2010 July


Well, as things would have it, my time away did not prove to be that at all! I have been looking at office spaces ever since I moved from my old one in May. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to treat clients in their homes. And I also have been working diligently to fulfill massages that I donated to a few charities prior to leaving for China.
Additionally, I just returned from Tampa. I was taking my fourth round of coursework and continuing work on my Craniosacral Therapy certification. I happy to share that am just about finished outlining the questions for the written essay part of the exam!! I look forward to TAing for Upledger in the upcoming months too. In August, I will be taking a clinical applications class centered completely around infants and children and planning to attend a second course of the same content in Feb 2011.
Look for more information about my new office space soon!
Happy 4th! Love and health, Monica

MODALITY MINUTE: Craniosacral Therapy – Bodywork Great for Every Age

CST has been shown to be effective at improving and maintaining a healthy immune system and ridding the body of trauma and pain that is being stored in the muscles. Because of its gentle, non-invasive qualities, it is a perfect adjunct to other traditional therapies. Specifically, a child’s body and central nervous system is especially accepting of this effective therapy. Those with chronic pain receive the treatment well because there is no pressure associated with administering CranioSacral Therapy.

OIL ESSENTIALS: Essential Oils Help with Insomnia and Depression

There is a close relationship between depression and lack of sleep. Lack of sleep saps your energy, makes you irritable, and sucks all the joy from your life. A number of long term studies indicate that insomnia, far from being a symptom or side effect of depression, may actually precede it, making some people more likely to become and remain depressed. All that said, a good night’s sleep is essential for a healthy body and emotional wellbeing. Improving your sleep has two positive effects: first, you will feel better with the right amount of sleep, and second, no more worrying about not sleeping. Therapeutic grade essential oils can be quite helpful in accomplishing this.

Lavender is very effective in achieving restful sleep.

It contains esters and aldehydes that are calming to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Massage 3-5 drops of lavender on the back of neck or down your spine, 1-2 drops on the bottom of each foot, and hop in bed. Cup your hands and inhale the remaining oil. You can also diffuse lavender in the room before you are ready to go to sleep. For a wonderfully relaxing sleep aid, add 10 drops of lavender oil to the bath and soak for fifteen minutes before going to bed.
Other essential oils you could use to aid in a good night’s sleep are tangerine, valerian, Peace & Calming and Valor. The oils can used in the same way lavender is demostrated above or try one of the blends below. adding 6 drops to a bath or 3 drops to 1t olive oil for a body rub.

Insomnia Blend #1:

15 drops lavender, 10 drops frankincense, 5 drops tangerine

Insomnia Blend #2:

4 drops clary sage, 2 drops lavender, 3 drops valerian, 3 drops Vetiver
* Not FDA evaluated or meant to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent disease.

GENTLE REMINDERS: Ziplock Bags, Water, and Flies

Have you been wondering what in the world all those ziplock bags filled with water hanging around are for? Well, from what I have read the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them looks like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are prey for many other bugs, animals, and birds, they simply won’t take the risk of being around that much perceived action.

MAILBAG: Do I need Craniosacral Therapy?

Everyone benefits from CST. If you desire a sense of overall balance, a reduction in any pain or stress, or another avenue to address long standing issues that don’t ever seem to go away completely, then YES! You need Craniosacral Therapy.
There is no one type of candidate for the treatment. And your desiring to get a treatment is not inappropriate. CST is applicable to anything for which a regular massage treatment is. You can’t go wrong receiving a treatment either. Only good things and better health can result.
Have a comment? Please send it along. I’d love to post it in a future newsletter.

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