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It’s OK to rest

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

– John Lubbock

Don’t Stay Thirsty

Did you know that essential oils can help keep you hydrated in hot weather?  Admost interesting man in the worldding high quality essential oils to your drinking water increases your motivation to down enough water to keep away common symptoms of mild dehydration such as muscle aches, headaches, and fatigue.  

Try different blends of peppermint, lemon, orange, or grapefruit to suit your taste buds. Of course, you need to use a high quality, therapeutic grade essential oil in order to be able to use them internally.  If you’d like more information, please give me a call or email, or visit   I disagree with the most interesting man in the world.  Don’t stay thirsty, my friends.

Meditate for Better Health

According to Jane Pernotto Ehrman, M, Ed., behavioral health specialist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Lifestyle Medicine, meditation is a tool to fight stress, calm your body and mind, boost your immune system, and decrease anger.  meditative rocks

Meditation works directly on your brain, leading to lower anxiety, improved communication skills, and reduced inflammation associated with stress.  In addition, it seems to improve your decision-making abilities, which helps you figure out more easily what you should or shouldn’t stress about.

Now that you have no reason not to meditate, the hard part is just sitting down and doing it.

Join me this Thursday July 23, 2015 at my massage office from 5-6 pm to see which Young Living Essential Oils are especially for meditating!

Find more Energy With Essential Oils

Did you ever have one of those days when you didn’t have the energy to do things you love, let alone have energy for healthy activities like exercising?  Luckily, just the smell of a quality oil can give you the burst you need to get moving.  Rubbing peppermint, lemon, orange, or grapefruit on your skin provides motivation for movement.happy woman with hands

Join me this Wednesday July 15, 2015  from 6-7 pm at Massage By Lesley for essential oils that aid digestion.

Health and Happiness

Life can get hectic and it seems like our healthy habits fall away too easily.  I’d like to offer a few suggestions on how to stay on track with your wellness despite occasional chaos.happy woman with hands

1) Eat right!  Keep convenient, healthy snacks available so that even when you’re crunched for time, you’re still giving your body good nutrients.  My favorite convenient foods are mixed nuts or baby carrots with hummus.

2) Reduce clutter.  Trust me, I know it’s easier said than done, but I can also testify to the power of an uncluttered space for freeing up room in your head to think or brightening your mood.  It’s worth it to take a day to organize.

3) Play.  Recess is as important as an adult as it was in grade school.  Take a walk, sit in the sun, ride your bike, read a book for fun, just let it be something you enjoy.

What One Thing Will You Change?

“Every day is a fresh beginning” – Sanaya Romangirl in rain

It isn’t the big dramatic things that change your life.  It’s the little things.  Some of the more recent changes in my life that have had a lasting impact are to stop eating white sugar, driving slower, buying less, and spending more time outdoors.  I have had a few people recently tell me how much more relaxed I am now than a few years ago. I had been looking for ways to relax for so many years that it’s very ironic that it happened without my intent.  I made those simple changes gradually as a simple quest to get more enjoyment out of life.

You can change your life any way you want.  Just pick one small thing that will bring you joy, or peace, or whatever your heart desires.  Today truly is a new beginning.  What one little thing will you change?

Change is Good

“We must become the change we want to see.” – Mahatma Ghandi1279-w225

How many times have you wished things were different?  I know I wish the world was quieter, nicer, and safer….and that’s just for starters!

I have felt overwhelmed by the enormity of what a few inspirational people can do and seen my own insignificance in comparison.  Yet, I do believe that it matters if we all do small things each day to make the world or even just ourselves better. I have also seen how tiny adjustments to my routine has large and lasting impacts.

For example, I set out last year to decrease and even eliminate sugar from my diet for awhile.  What I didn’t expect was how much of those calories would be replaced with greens.  I lost my craving for sweets and found my sense of taste came back.  Now, something like mustard greens with its spicy flavor is a fascinating food that I enjoy whenever I can. This quest for unique flavors has led me to all sorts of dishes that are changing my body for the better.

What I’m hoping to show is that one intention toward better health brought me so much farther than I ever expected.  This has led to new goals for myself that I couldn’t have envisioned a year ago.

What would you like to change?  How can I help you with it?

Join me tommorrow, Tuesday May 19 from 6-7 pm at my massage office to learn about essential oils and supplements for allergies at 21 Bullard Lane, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, just five minutes north of the Wilton Mall.  Visit for directions.

Good Vibrations

Did you know that taking just a whiff of something can reduce stress and increase your happiness?  Your favorite scents can remind you of good times or loved ones, and just take you away momentarily.  This can be a nice break when you’re having one of those days.

Aromas go straight to your brain, literally lifting your cellular activity while they lift your spirits.  Our bodies work at a certian vibration that can be simply measured.  Coffee has a vibration of 40 mgHz.  Most essential oils are much higher than that, some by several hundred mgHz.  When you smell something, it changes your body’s vibration to more closely match what the aroma.  It sounds very poetic to talk about good vibrations, but that is actually what’s happening.

Change your vibe with a refreshing room spray that’s easy to use in your home, office, or car.  Pour it in a pump bottle. Just shake and spray!

  • 10 Drops Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 5 Drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil
  • 5 Drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Purified Water

What Did Your Mother Tell You?

Are you tired; do you drag yourself through your day; run on too little sleep; demand too much of yourself? Look in the mirror, Wonder_Womanwhat do you see?

You are probably hunching, which means you’re not taking full breaths.  In turn, your cells are not receiving enough oxygen, your nervous system is heightened, and larger amounts of the coritsol hormone are continuing the escalation of stress reactions.  The end result is potentially an overworked heart, increased blood pressure, and reduced bone health since your body will try to pull calcium out of your bones to calm itself.

Fear not, there is a simple cure for all this.  So simple you will be amazed.  Picture your mother in her Wonder Woman suit because it’s her advice that will save you now – stand up straight!

That bears repeating since it’s so easily dismissed and is very powerful.  Stand. Up. Straight.  With improved posture, your lungs bring in more oxygen, but that’s just one benefit.  When you stand tall (or sit up straight, as well), your body gets the signal that there is no threat.  The part of your nervous system that releases cortisol during stress is not activated. This allows the restful side of your nervous system to help you relax.

This is really empowering because simply by correcting your body’s alignment and standing or sitting with your best posture, you can have a positive effect on your physical health. Yes, sometimes it’s just that simple! I invite you to look in the mirror a lot. How is your posture?  You may not even need a mirror to know.  My mother always said she could tell when I was doing yoga regularly because I stood up straighter.  She would tactfully ask when I last went to yoga class, but I knew she was reminding me I was slouching.

Look in the mirror, make corrections to your stance, and you will find that you breathe easier and feel better.  Now you have an excuse to look in the mirror all the time – it’s not vanity, it’s for your health!

Massage for the Young and the Older

By incorporating massage into a regular healthcare regimen, many older adults find a better quality of life and additional relief from athree generation women multitude of health issues.  American Massage Therapy Association’s (AMTA) 18th Annual Consumer Survey found that approximately 9 million people over the age of 55 had a total of 39 million massages in the previous 12 months. The primary reason this population received massage was for medical purposes.

Massage therapy has been demonstrated to help treat chronic pain, particularly in joints, such as the shoulder or knee, while also improving stability and posture. [This study] suggests that regular massage may produce physiological changes that contribute to improved balance and postural control,” says Jo Ellen Sefton, Director of the Neuromechanics Research Laboratory at Auburn University. “This may be a way to decrease falls in older adults.”

Some children may have similar concerns to older adults and a more gentle approach is needed.  I’ve completed level 2 training in craniosacral therapy, a light-touch approach that can release tensions deep in your body to relieve pain and dysfunction, even if you’ve had it for a long time.  If you’re interested in learning more, I have information on my website and brochures in my office.  You can also ask me for a free demo during your next massage.