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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 www.MassageByLesley.com 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.


Put Your Health First

Each new year we resolve to make differences in our lives which may be quickly forgotten.  Even if we do maksmiling girle great strides, sometimes those healthy practices are diminished by daily distractions.  Consider finding just one thing that you have done already and renew your commitment to it.

For example, I have practiced yoga since the 1980’s, enjoying weekly yoga classes with only short breaks in those decades.  All three of my pregnancies were enhanced by yoga. Recently, I renewed my commitment to practice 15 minutes of yoga each and every day.  I had found other ways to keep the daily aches and pains at bay, but I was missing the meditative aspect of yoga that is too easy to ignore with just stretching.

What have you done in the past that was nourishing to your whole being?  What makes you feel happy, at peace, makes you sing or whistle in enjoyment?  Is it walking, a particular food or diet, a spiritual practice, a community group, that makes you smile, laugh, and feel like life is good?  We all want to give to others, but the way to make the world a better place is by nurturing yourself first.  When you feel well, you will naturally extend your best self to all those around you.  And believe me, they will feel it and share in your joy, and it will be effortless for you.

Consider the idea that taking the best care you can of yourself creates a circle from which you easily take better care of those around you.


Purposeful Living with Ed Hubbell

You’re invited to explore who you are, and live it on purpose with Ed Hubbell. Learn how to use self-exploration, visualizatioEd Hubbelln, guided meditation, and qigong to learn to transform your past and explore your future.  Ed has decades of wisdom and training in Oriental Medicine and has worked with several Grand Masters and medicine men and women from all over the world.

Classes are Thursday April 16, April 30, and May 14 from 7:15 – 9:15 at One Big Roof, 433 Broadway, Suite 203 in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Register before March 31 and save $30 for a cost of $295 or pay full price of $325 after that.  Contact Ed at ed@FusionHealingArts.com or call (518) 538-5454

Join me Saturday March 28 from 2 – 3 pm at One Big Roof to hear Maria Billis lead you to Experience the Top Essentail Oils for Rejuvenation, to Release Negativity and Fear, Bring Overall Imbalance, Restore Feelings and Foster Emotional Health.  Reply to this email to RSVP.lavendar thieves peppermint


Put a Little Spring in Your Step

Colder weather means we spend more time indoors. But spring is now on the way!  Now is a great time to restore healthier function to all your body’s systems.  The massage essential oil body wrap is the perfect treatment to help you relax, restore the glow to your skin, and feel renewed.massage cupping close up

Along with traditional massage therapy certification, I have international certification in medical massage cupping therapy.  This adaptation of this ancient technique creates suction that gently reaches deep into your body to soften tight muscle tissue, restore lymphatic flow, and quickly facilitate elimination of accumulated debris. It smooths and tones your skin and leaves a permanent softness.  I use leading edge technology to produce consistent results with a soothing method to relieve new complaints and old issues.


Put Your Health First

Each new year we resolve to make differences in our lives which may be quickly forgotten.  Even if we do make great strides, sometimes those healthy practices are diminished by daily distractions.  Consider finding just one thing that you have done already and renew your commitment to it.

For example, I have practiced yoga since the 1980’s, enjoying weekly yoga classes with only short breaks in those decades.  All three of my pregnancies were enhanced by yoga. Recently, I renewed my commitment to practice 15 minutes of yoga each and every day.  I had found other ways to keep the daily aches and pains at bay, but I was missing the meditative aspect of yoga that is too easy to ignore with just stretching.Publication1

What have you done in the past that was nourishing to your whole being?  What makes you feel happy, at peace, makes you sing or whistle in enjoyment?  Is it walking, a particular food or diet, a spiritual practice, a community group, that makes you smile, laugh, and feel like life is good?  We all want to give to others, but the way to make the world a better place is by nurturing yourself first.  When you feel well, you will naturally extend your best self to all those around you.  And believe me, they will feel it and share in your joy, and it will be effortless for you.

Consider the idea that taking the best care you can of yourself creates a circle from which you easily take better care of those around you.


Snow is Falling

“Snow was falling,
so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could easily imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness.”
― Mary Oliver

Hang in there, Spring is on its way!