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Lets get healthy and balanced with Metta Spa

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As we have entered into a new year people ask me often enough, how do you stay healthy and get everything done with four kids and starting your own business? So now is the time,lets get healthy and balanced with Metta Spa.

Massage is my main focus, my passion at Metta Spa, and to stay healthy I eat healthy, think healthy and try to live healthy. I have a busy, yet simple life, I work, I cook ,do laundry, relax with the family, and enjoy time sneaking away here and their( sometimes with everyone and sometimes on my own).

The key is balance, from my work to my home life they all over lap, we work together to help each other, and to create the space wee each need(some days its easy, and others I would like to stay in bed). I eat, create and cook healthy meals( sometimes the kids think I’m a little crazy about eating healthy, but).  My work, I do massage therapy with a back ground in Ayurveda, yoga, meditation and herbs. I  create my massages, and make my own oils( this allows for each treatment to be personalized). As a family wee work together to make this work, we have built this team, this unit and everyone has something to offer.

We take yoga classes, go for walks, or hiking with the kids and the dog, we try to keep our bodies moving, stay active. Like most people we find it to be a challenge in the winter months (this is the time I try to get in my yoga classes, and the boys play basketball).

Overall our focus is on staying healthy, weather through our diet, regular massages, yoga, meditation,  what we find is important to our space at the time. It will change as our lives change, and we will fluctuate between balance and free falling, but this is life, always changing.

So every month I will post a blog, on massage, self strength, and on ways to find balance in our ever changing lives. So hope you come back, and hope you are able to find some ways to work in your life to balance.

Winter Tea

Winter Tea

winter herbal tea

My main focus in staying healthy is with massage therapy, along with that I add herbs, meditation, and a balanced daily routine to help maintain a healthy self.

People that are close to me and come to me as clients, know that I work to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  One of the many ways I work to keep healthy during the winter months is with herbs, and making winter teas is simple, warming, and relaxing. Winter teas are a great way to balance the immune system , relax the mind and warm the body. When I look at putting together a batch of winter tea, I start with a few base questions

  • 1) when do I plan on drinking my tea
  • 2) what is the focus of this tea,
  • 3) who is drinking this tea

Looking at a few basic questions helps me plan my tea, example: I would like to drink my tea in the late afternoon – so no caffeine. Focus is on health immune – nettle, oat-straw, ginger, elderberry and so on. The last question is important, I have 4 kids, and some herbs kids love – I don’t want to form a long term hate for herbs, so I work to keep softer, fruiterer teas with the kids(our older two kids drink any tea, the younger two are rather picky –  find that I may add the herbs into a soup in place of tea sometimes). Right now we are drinking rose-petal lavender infused green tea in the morning, for a light calming from the lavender, soft smell from the rose, and energy from the green tea. As our morning rolls into afternoon we have a cumin, coriander fennel tea to help flush and move things through the system, to decrease a buildup of toxins in the system. We will drink winter tea throughout the day , and adjust our teas as needed, if we have a cold, or a very busy work week, etc.

Weather you chose to buy your teas from Metta Spa, or find that tea that is just the right balance for you, or experiment with your own blends at home, take you your time and enjoy. Herbal teas are a great addition to a balanced daily routine, give them an average of three weeks to start to notice the benefits( some people are more sensitive and see changes quickly, others need a little more time.

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My love for Yoga

So let me share my love for yoga with you.

I am a mom first( four kids at home), a partner, a self-employed Massage Therapist, an Ayurveda bodywork, you get it ,the list could go on. So my life can get busy, but I keep it balanced. How? I’m thankful for the life I have, the people, family, clients, everything that makes it the life it is.

I spend a lot of time with my clients, helping to create a daily routine that will work in their schedule to bring in a balance, so it is only fair that I work to do the same in my own home. The things that I have found to be the most effective is to make sure I am getting massages, eating well, my meditation, and yoga.

With four kids in the house we searched out yoga teachers that would work best for our family. The girls and I enjoy a fun, more energetic yoga( the girls are 12 and 17) this keeps them interested and wanting to come to class.  As we moved through our journey into yoga and including all the kids we came to a yoga program that has created so much calm, and bless into our home, http://www.learningfromtheheart.com. This program has become such a cornerstone for our family, I felt the need to share with you and my clients.

Last year my parter and I went to our first Kundalini yoga class ( I have been to many yoga classes, this was his first ever yoga class), and we meet so many incredible people, but one would become a gift to the family, Sat Nam Kaur. We quickly realized the work and patient for kids and yoga that she had, and as quickly joined her class. Since then we have enjoyed her class, our oldest son( 20 years old) is helping with the classes, and the difference we have seen in our youngest( 10 years old) who struggles with ADD/ADHA has truly convinced all of use of the power of yoga and this program.

If you have never had the pleasure, or gift of yoga, try it, look around, this program that we have found is a free program to families with children dealing with ADD/ADHD, anger and autism, we are blessed to find a teacher that believes in the power of her work, her gift.

With having kids ,we all have our struggles, and to find something that helps, it is a great please to share with others, with families dealing with the same or simular issues. I share this part of my life in great metta(loving-kindness).

About this Author:

Heather Small is an Ayurvedic body-worker and Massage Therapist at Metta Spa, you can contact her at www.mettaspa..com, or heather@mettaspa.com. Heather works  closely with her clients to help create a long-term goal of balanced health and well-being. To find out more about this yoga program: http://www.learningfromtheheart.com.

Moving forward while taking care of Yourself

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Balancing Massage

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Massage Faciale © Hélianthal – Office de Tourisme de Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Photo credit: Terre et Côte Basques)

As the phone rings, another booking for a deep tissue massage. I sit back, listening to my client explain the areas of pain and discomfort, most of the time ending with stress. Stress form work, long work commutes, not eating well,up late, the list goes on. You come into the spa, you’ve booked your deep tissue massage, we go through a pre-massage interview, and decide on a more balancing massage.

I do my share of deep tissue massage, and find that my clients have great results, I also see more and more clients needing a lighter, balancing massage. I have spent the last few years working in an Ayurveda clinic, with the goal of working with clients for  a more centered and balanced life through daily routines. Working with Maharishi Ayurveda  therapy, herbs,Transcendental  Meditation,dietary intake, yoga, and daily routines you have a balance through mind and body.

My approach to massage is balance,  bring you a more balancing massage to help you bring that back with you into your daily life. Over time all of the stress and pressures  of daily life will result in different imbalances in the body. Depression, insomnia, weight gain, migraines, digestive problems all can be from the build of time and stress. This is where adding a  balancing massage to routine can help.

Benefits from a balancing massage:

  • Slower, gentler massage strokes, will allow you to go into a meditative space
  • Feeling of well rested, more likely to sleep through
  • Rejuvenated,softer skin
  • More positive outlook
  • Decreased stress
  • More in-tune with self
  • Better digestion
  • Long term help with immune system

A balancing massage  is a lighter, slower,  and more energy balancing,sometimes adding an aroma oil to help your system relax and come into a more meditative space. Added into a regular routine, over time this type of massage will help the body deal with stress, relaxing the system and allowing you to carry this into your daily life, living in a more relaxed state.

So, the next time you call to book a massage, check in with yourself, do you need a lighter, gentler relaxing massage.

You can find me at www.mettaspa.com

Back Pain and Shoveling

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English: Fix the labeling from pelvic to sacral spine described by previous description. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Back pain and shoveling go together so well, almost to easy, why you ask, and how can you help it. This winter we have had heavy wet snow, and large amounts at that, at 8- 12 inches each time.  As I sit here at my desk, looking out at the 12inch from this last wet heavy storm, I wait,I know the phone will ring, looking to book a massage for your back, from all that shoveling. So, what can you do to help relieve some of the back pain from shoveling. Prevention, and routine, this will help, may not stop some aches and pains, but will help.

Your routine and lifestyle before the snow comes will help with the back pain and shoveling. Think about this: your day consists of getting up, rushing around, coffee for breakfast, off to work for the day, hours in front of a computer, lunch is whatever you have time for, only to work late, then pick up something for dinner on the way home, most likely some type of quick and processed food. Does this sound like your day, long work hours, and not the best eating habits, and as far as time for exercise or yourself, forget it. What does this have to do with back pain and shoveling, prevention and routine.

So lets start with your daily routine. Our daily routines have so much to do with our long term health, with a few simple adjustments we can help the body deal with so many things. Look at your day, how can you make it a more balanced approach? Start with planning, plan your meals out for the week, this will eliminate that last minute grabbing for foods that are not going to best the best choice(processed foods will weigh down the system – resulting in constipation, back pain, headaches, etc) for the long term. We have a kitchen at our work, and in the mornings I come in, place my rice and vegetable in a small crock-pot, and by lunch they are ready( and smells great). Start with just your dinner then on to  breakfast, this will allow you to make slow changes, and not be so much work.  Another big step you can take is stretching! This will help your whole body, and you can do it throughout the day. After waking up in the morning, start with a few stretch’s, bending down to touch your toes, a few twists, then incorporate some twists, knee to chest, through out your day will keep your back lose and limber.Taking time to your self, such as walking, adding massage into your weekly routine will also help keep the body and mind in shape.

Shoveling is work, and can be very physical, so take it slow. Living in the north,New England area, their is no escaping our winter storms, so when you find that is is that time, to head out and shovel, again stop, be prepared.  Heat up the muscles before going out, do some light stretches to prepare the body for work. Take your time, if you find the snow is heavy and wet, take breaks, protect the back from strain. Once you are done with your shoveling, apply ice to the area(low back,shoulders,etc.) this will help with any stiffness that may occur.

Once the storm is here, and you have snow on the ground, you will now be better equip to deal with back pain and shoveling. Just work on balancing that routine,  a little prevention, along with  massage, better eating habits, and exercise, will go a long way.

Metta Spa , http://www.mettaspa.com , 286 Boston turnpike, Shrewsbury,MA. 01545

Stretches: http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/living-with-low-back-pain-11/five-back-pain-stretches

http://www.chicagosportsdoctors.com/articles/back_pain_and_snow_shoveling.php

Time for yourself

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (Photo credit: Dougtone)

Taking a little time each day for ourselves is a powerful tool for long term health.

You wake up, start your day, make breakfast, pack lunches, walk the dog. You are making sure everyone is set and taken care of, before you take the time for yourself. Then, rush out the door dropping the kids off at school, always getting stuck in the carpool lane, no matter how early you try to leave in the morning, your late. This is how your day progresses, rushing from one thing to the next, trying to get everything done, becoming stressed, overwhelmed, and by the end of the day, your done. Only to start over again the next morning.

Over time, stress builds up, you will notice it your moods, you may be quick to snap over anything. You may notice that when you take a break from work, your exhausted, that you end up home sick with a cold or flu. This is your bodies way of letting you know that you are out of balance. As a single mom of two teenagers, and newly self employed, I grasp the difficulties of finding balance.

Then something happens and nature has a way of letting us know that its time to bring our lives back into balance. Last weekend , here in the New England(Massachusetts, New Hampshire) area, we had a blizzard, 34.5inches of snow fell in a two day span. This gave most of us a large amount of time , not caught in the daily race, but home, possibly with no power. So, I took this time to reflect, spending a large amount of the weekend with the dog by the fire.

I enjoyed this time, we took long walks in the snow, plenty of time shoveling, and space to myself to read, write on my blog, and meditate. The key to having these reminders in our life, is what we do with them. Reflect on your space, see what it is, and where you can take some time to yourself. Maybe its meditation, reading, taking a walk, booking a massage, or yoga, that helps bring you into a space of calm. Schedule time in, maybe its 10-15 mins a day, or you set aside time every week for yourself. Overtime you will see that you will take that space of calm into your life, more and more everyday. The small things will be just that, small things.

So, stop, look at your life, are you in balance, or do you need a reminder. Start today, start small.

About me: I work for myself at Metta spa in Shrewsbury, MA. I am an Ayurveda body-worker and Massage therapist, you can find me at http://www.mettaspa.com