Tips Tuesday – Transition to Fall and Back To School!
Well I just got back from holidays and realized school starts in a week! Even though it’s later this year summer never seems long enough for me. Summer is my favorite season hands down. So I brace myself for less time with the kids and wearing socks to bed again. BUT it’s not ALL that bad. While on Holidays last week with my husbands sometimes overwhelming large family, I did a little self review, on many levels. Transition is inevitable! My Mom, My in laws, My ex-In laws and my step kids will have all moved within a year and the latter three within weeks of each other. Can you say Holly Crap! the transition of seasons are a little more typical, but can still be tough. I decided to plan ahead to allow the transition to happen more gently. here is what I have decided to try and I invite you to try and even make more suggestions of our own!
1- Get outside more regardless of the season so that I don’t become as house bound, and enjoy the seasons more!
2- Motivate the kids to get their homework done BEFORE we get home from work so we can get outside for bike rides and other seasonally related sports
3- Embrace the positives of each season like hot chocolate and tea on cold days, family game night, walks in the fresh sparkling snow!
4- Indulge in really nice looking warmer clothes, do something fun with my hair colour, layer up a lot to stay warm and plan a vacation somewhere HOT!
5- Be more child like while observing change. Children have no pre conceived notions or attachment to outcome because many times it’ the first time. We assume a lot about experiences. One thing I have learned is that If we choose to observe the moment the outcome changes almost every time. So assuming winter will suck, will make it so.
So we’ll whether the weather whatever the weather whether we like it or not! Now choosing to not like it will affect how we enjoy our life as much as choosing to like it, soooo…. might as well save yourself some grief and have fun with it right? So get creative with your problem solving. If transition is an issue, what do you not like about it? Then come up with a plan to seek the positives and see how your life changes for the positive with your new positive outlook!
If there re a few little details I have learned over the last 20 years of being a mother I will say this. Back to school does NOT have to be drama and stress! Here are a list of suggestions to help you through!
It’s been a busy summer, if you feel like you have not had enough time one on one with your kids, book it in IN INK on your calendar now while you have some time to work with. One thng I had issues with was Mother’s working guilt. SO book in quiet time, fun time anytime with each kid separately and then some time together as a family. Doesn’t matter what it is just have fun with it! Don’t wait for back to school to look back and say crap where did the time go?
2) I used to rush around getting clothes for a full fall wardrobe. THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS ALOST ALWAYS SWELTERING!!! The worst torture you can put your kid through is sending them to school in flannel or heavy sweaters. Do yourself and your wallet a favour and get some last minute sale rack summer clothes for the first day. They will still feel fresh and new but won’t melt all day!
3) Wait to see what others are doing! Booking your back to school shopping AFTER school starts allows you to prolong the fun, Save on your finances as EVERYTHING goes on sale for fall clothes after back to school ,and lets face it, kids want to know what their friends are wearing. Many times I dropped a ton of cash on what we thought were great ‘fashion’ items only to find out ‘No one else is where stuff like that MOM!’ SOOOO wait till after back to school, it gives you all something to look forward to, they will still fit through to the spring cause lets face it they grow like little weeds! And it would suck to buy stuff early to find out there brand new American Eagle jeans are now FLOODS!
4) If you MUST buy some fall stuff do it with assistance AND sanity. Don’t go over board pick one or two outfits that can mix and match. Go AFTER you have gone through their clothes at home to fill in the gaps.
5) Use the sales clerks, hoping that they are experienced. I had a great experience with Alicia at Garage! My 12 year old has a new figure and doesn’t know what her ‘Look” is . So after gliding through several store without her ‘Seeing anything she liked’. I took her for a for sure win (Where my 19 and 14 year old like to go) Garage!. I have had to except that the days of popping her in a dress and curling her hair for the first day are over. She wants to ‘Fit in” not stand out like a Barbie doll! As we were gliding through yet again with her face looking like a deer in head lights I grabbed a couple things and shoved her into a change room, knowing if she just started trying things on she would get a feel for what she liked. It’s a tricky stage going into Grade 7 is a big year and kids feel pressure to feel comfortable with how they look. Luckily Alicia zoned in on us and started bringing in looks she knew were popular! And Bingo! We left with some great summer /fall transition outfits!
6) Book in your back to school hair cut BEFORE school starts. Even if it’s just a trim! They can always come back in to get their fashion forward cut a month later, once they see what the friends are doing, but going in looking fresh and tidy is KEY! For older girls consider waxing, taming those brows or legs for the first time helps them feel tidy and confident. Wanna make it special? Flip flops are still going to be worn for the first few weeks maybe a mani and pedi are the answer?
No matter what approach you take for back to school, it’s a big transition for everyone so be gentle with yourself! AND THEM LOL
It does not matter how you have been living your life up till now. From this day forward you can make more conscious decisions to create a more positive affect on your immediate environment and in turn send ripples of awareness all around you affecting the entire planet!
Where do you start?
Start your own Eco Audit!
Look at the energy preservation in your home. Do you use a lot of air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter? Could your doors and windows be improved or updated? Roof leaking? Insulation adequate? Are your appliance high efficiency? If you rent and don’t have a lot of say in the purchase or maintenance of your home look at communicating with your landlord to improve these issues, and or begin doing small improvements like caulking, applying film to the windows in the winter to prevent heat leakage. Everyone can open windows at night in the summer and close windows and drapes in the day to prevent over running of A/C. Try using your BBQ more often in seasonal weather to reduce hydro use and prevent from heating up the house with your stove. If it’s yellow let it mellow! Flush less! Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth. Be a light cop! Make sure lights you don’t need are turned off! Unplug appliances you don’t need on a regular basis to reduce small amounts of energy being wasted, it adds up! BTW ALL THIS SAVES YOU MONEY!!
What are your consuming habits? If something breaks, do you toss it and replace it right away? Maybe ask yourself do you really use it a lot? Do you need it? Could you repair it or donate it to someone who could repair it? Always ask yourself if something could be reuses, repurpose or repaired before filling our already exhausted landfills! When you purchase something ask yourself if you need brand new or if you could support recycling and repurposing by buying from second hand or off kijiji! Again saving you money and reducing the manufacturing of new products that cause negative eco impact in the manufacturing of new products and the endless filling up of our land fills! |When you do buy, do you consider where it is made? Locally made has the least negative impact on the planet. How is it made? Do they use recycled products to reproduce their products if so what percentage? What is in the product? How will it be reused or repurposed after you use it? Think long term when you buy, do you really need it? Can you reuse or donate it after? Is it easily repaired? Is it full of toxic materials that will leak into our water table as it decompose? Does it decompose?
Consider using less…. and less….. and less…..
Native Americans believe every choice they make should be deeply considered in its impact on not just the immediate timeline but on 7 generations!!! If we began to think this way many issues would be diverted. When buying anything ask yourself can I find it with less packaging? How will I deal with this packaging? Every Piece of plastic EVER MADE is still on this planet. The original plastics were quite toxic too! We need to reuse this seemingly multi use product found in so many things, and reduce, if not CEASE, making any more NEW plastic.
Buy Local Small Green Business
Where do you shop? Do you go to big companies shipping in copious amounts of off seas products made in countries with lax regulations on the manufacturing of their products? Of do you prefer to shop at markets, or small shops boasting hand made reusable items?
We are a society of convenience and short sightedness. But this can be corrected! Shifting these realities is as simple as shifting your awareness. Make small choices each day that ads up!
Besides! Think of how ‘inconvenient’ it would be if we pollute our planet beyond repair??
***Help shift to a new awareness with HHDS with our workshops and classes listed on our site now!
For some time now many of you have been noticing the combining of Hybrid Hair and Detox Spa posts and the posts of the Institute For Harmonious Living. The reasoning behind this is the culmination of a long transition for me. For some time now I have recognized a calling to follow my path to attaining certification for Holistic Life Coaching, and most recently for Energy Psychology.
What is Holistic Life Coaching?
First lets look at the definition of similar applications of ‘Coaching’, ‘Life Coaching’, and ‘Health and Wellness Coaching’.
Is training or development in which a person called a coach supports a learner in achieving a specific personal or professional goal. The learner is sometimes called a coachee. Occasionally,coaching may mean an informal relationship between two people, of whom one has more experience and expertise than the other and offers advice and guidance as the latter learns; but coaching differs from mentoring in focusing on specific tasks or objectives, as opposed to general goals or overall development
In the world of health and wellness, a health coach is an emerging new role. Health coaching is becoming recognized as a new way to help individuals “manage” their illnesses and conditions, especially those of a chronic nature. The coach will use special techniques, personal experience, expertise and encouragement to assist the coachee in bringing his/her behavioral changes about.
So when people ask what Holistic Life Coaching is, basically combine the above and much more. We now realise through the proof of scientific studies that our mind, body and spirit are linked. That if one or more areas are out of balance it affects the ‘Whole’. We also understand that our childhood experiences affect the forming of our personalities, future choices and roles we play in our personal and professional lives. We also have accepted that our stressful over stimulated lives cause us, over time, to become sick, mentally, physically and emotionally.
So the answer to this ‘Whole Life’ impact to our existence is a ‘Whole Life Coaching approach’ or Holistic Life Coaching.
What is Holistic Life Coaching
Is the recognition of an individuals multi dimensional existence. That the mind, body and spirit co-exist, and are dependant upon each others balanced health and well being. Rather then treating separate pieces of an individual with only Physical Western style medical approach to illness, or coaching for individual needs regarding careers, relationships or self, the approach taken on behalf of the Holistic Life Coach is one of the Whole Being. The Holistic Life Coach understands that the career is affected by the personal self, the relationship is affected by the career, the physical body is affected by the spirit, and on and on and on….
So how would specialising and treating in any one area have an indefinite affect in a positive way to the individual if the connected entities were not balanced and cleared and developed into a well oiled machine. The Holistic Life Coach uses a plethora of tools and skills to assist the client to achieving, mental, physical and emotional states of peak performance and in turn ‘Coaches’ the client to their desired goals and outcomes in every aspect of their existence including, relationships, career, physical health and mental and emotional stability.
What is Energy Psychotherapy?
Energy psychology addresses the relationship of energy systems to emotion, cognition, behavior and health. These systems include electrical activity of the nervous system and heart, meridians, biophotons, biofields, etc.
Although psychological functioning involves thought, emotions, chemistry, neurology, genetics and environmental aspects, at an essential level bioenergy is also involved. Just as an audiotape or computer hard drive contain information in electromagnetic fields, similarly our brain and body operate electromagnetically. Energy psychology is applicable to a wide range of areas including psychotherapy, counseling, education, vocational guidance, physical health, pain management, sports and peak performance.
Energy psychotherapy includes approaches to the assessment and treatment of psychological problems via bioenergy systems. In addition to many standard therapeutic elements such as rapport, listening and discussion, energy psychotherapy also involves procedures that specifically address the underlying energetic aspects of the problem through attunement, manual muscle testing, and various techniques that involve stimulating the body at discrete locations by holding or tapping, assuming specified body postures and movements, visualization, use of affirmations, expressed intentions and assertions, and more. Many approaches to energy psychotherapy also focus on the relationship among bioenergy, consciousness, thought, intentionality, and spirituality. These therapies often achieve observable and measurable results rapidly and usually without causing undue emotional distress or abreaction.
The field of Energy Psychology (EP) has been referred to as “a major breakthrough” and“the medicine of the future.” and is quickly becoming recognized as one of the most effective therapeutic treatments available today.
Although Energy Psychology may be new to many people several forms of it have been around since the mid 1980’s. EP is based on firm groundwork of Eastern medicine and the subtle energy fields that stretches back at least 5000 years; which focus on the electrical activity of the nervous system, acupuncture meridians, chakras and biofields.
Energy Psychology (EP) is the name given to a variety of therapies that work with the body’s energy system to produce a psychological change by balancing, restoring and improving human functioning both mentally and physically. EP embraces the Mind-Body connection using non-invasive techniques that rapidly release emotional blocks, foster healing and change emotional patterns at a deep core level and is used as a tool during Holistic Life Coaching practices.
So in understanding what Holistic Life Coaching and Energy Psychology is, I can explain further why I have incorporated these amazing educational accreditations into my life.
Initially I felt that this was something I was always meant to do. In starting my career in Hair Design well over 20 years ago I noticed many clients would treat me like a confidant, or counselor, looking for solace, comfort and advice. I always felt a little uneasy about this in a manner of my wanting my response to be one of grounded support, not opinion. Fast forward over 5 years ago while creating Hybrid Hair and Detox Spa, I attained Reiki Level one Attunement. At this time during treatments many obstacles for my clients would come up and they would look to me for assistance. Once again on a grander scale I was motivated to assist these people with an approach backed by educational knowledge, skills and tools. I have in the past utilized personal, marital and career counselling to find assistance navigating through difficult life experiences . At no time did I feel empowered or did I feel that I was left with tangible tools that I could effectively use to transform my life and ‘turn my life around’. I left feeling re-victimized and lost without hope. My thoughts reflected despair and yielding to the, ‘well that’s life’ analogy.
I got a taste of Life Coaching from a lovely client who offered me a couple of sessions and I was bitten by the bug. Her sessions were different, more empowering and gave me hope. Over time I searched for Life Coach training that would allow me to still be a full time mom, business owner and entrepreneur, this was NOT easy! Many classes were structured during evenings (I already worked two evenings a week and kids were not happy), were too long (Would have taken 10 years to finish part time) Or too expensive, in that I would have to give up my current business to attend or worst still were weekend warrior classes that I simply could not in good conscious attend as I felt I would not have trained deeply enough to truly positively affect change in the lives of my clients. Then through a dear friend I was referred to Christina Reeves. Through her amazing class that was conformed to my needs and flowed and ebbed with the demand my life called for, I had finally found my opportunity to fulfill a life long passion. To impact others, effectively, affectively, deeply and permanently empowering in a positive manner. The Goal was to offer others the tools that they could use in their daily lives to be physically healthier, emotionally more balanced and mentally and spiritually impervious to outside negative influence, in turn creating irreversible healing in EVERY area of their lives simultaneously. Now over two years later, I have been offered the opportunity by my own Mentor and Holistic Life Coach Instructor to take over where she so revolutionarily left off.
As of September 8th 2015 I will be offering Holistic Life Coach Certification Training to ten amazing people searching for an outlet for their purpose to help others. The program is 10 months long and more information can be fund here:https://instituteforharmoniousliving.wordpress.com/ or feel free to call me at 519-404-6627.
As mentioned earlier this evolutionary training experience is offered in the comfort of your own home through Skype and or Phone call at a time specified at your convenience.
As I begin to transition this fall to two days a week in Hybrid Hair and Detox Spa, I have all the confidence that Elena and Jenna have you in the best of hands. Their authenticity, genuine care and service to our guests is something special I have been looking for in my Green Family for some time. As I will still be an active participant for some time at HHDS, I recognize the time is now to begin allowing the next generation to assist with the evolution of this amazing 1st Green Salon Spa and Energy Space in KW and take my next step in assisting further the collective evolution of humanity. In many ways this is an extension of HHDS in an effort to create awareness of ourselves and in turn a conscious connection to our planet. The healing we experience in our selves in inevitably impact our planet as more and more people are awakened to their power to heal themselves and make healthier choices for our Planet as we are all intrinsically connected to Earth and Earth to us. Now stating my efforts to assist with the accumulative evolution of humanity sounds like a pretty big undertaking and perhaps a little cocky. But it isn’t really, because as each client benefits from a HLC session , or multiple sessions, as each future Holistic Life Coach signs on for training, one more ‘Evolutionary Minion’ is set lose out into the world. One more empowered person is set off on their own path that undoubtedly will impact many more and in turn create an epidemic of crazy, happy, empowered, courageous souls. So I won’t be doing it alone.
Identifying Roles We Play That Affect Communication & In Turn Relationships
Our last Meet up really triggered some of our sensitive spots regarding how we are truly in control and not in control of our reality at the same time. We now understand we have no control over others, their choices or behaviour, however we have full control over our reaction, response-ability and in turn our experience of relationships and our lives.
This is a double edged sword. It is a jagged pill to swallow to acknowledge our participation through choice of focus and reaction in our reality especially if we have been experiencing a lot of pain, drama and chaos. However once we get beyond the denial, self judgment and guilt, which does not serve us in our healing, we become empowered with awareness. We begin to realize that if we have created our past reality by passively making negative choices leading us to negative experiences we can, in turn, make consecutive positive choices that lead to a more positive experience. Let me explain passive choices. We think by not making choices or simply floating through each day letting life happen to us we are a victim to reality and haven’t chosen to have this reality experience. When in truth we have CHOSEN to passively making negative choices leading us to negative experiences and by focusing and reacting to the pain, drama and chaos. By not making a choice we are choosing to not make a choice.
In an attempt to deflect responsibility we point the finger at others blaming them for our reality so we do not have to take responsibility for our selves. In truth others act as a mirror for us. That is the purpose of relationships so what triggers us about others behaviour is really an opportunity the universe has to say, ‘See, look at this and release this behaviour in your self’. However it is not that simple. Just because we see someone being irresponsible at work, as an example, doesn’t mean that you are irresponsible at work necessarily. But since it bothers you, since it triggers you, you might ask yourself , where am I being irresponsible in my own life? This is where we have a lot of control, if we do not like what we see, we can take responsibility for our selves and in turn the universe has les of a mirror reflection opportunity in others to trigger you.
Now next meet up on Saturday August 15 @ Moses Springer Park from 3-5 we will be discussing Roles We Play when interacting with others. Some people would describe these as personality traits, or forms of archetypes. In reality we play each of these roles ourselves at different times of our life. When it serves us to get the outcome we want in a manipulative fashion. Some people live and react from some of these roles more then others. By identifying them, understanding why we use them, we can start to understand what the root emotion is that we are trying to compensate for, that we might be missing we can begin to release these roles from our behaviour and be less affected and more understanding of others when they play them on us.
I look forward to sharing these roles with you and if time allows start delving into primary and secondary emotions. Please feel free to bring a friend!
Don’t worry if you have missed the passed meet up groups we will recap them again in future groups to allow for you to catch up and or delve deeper and ask questions you didn’t think of the first time.
This time of year is crzy! Getting ready for school, getting reorganized! Here are som simple ways to prep for the first day!
Make Lunch the night before!
Long Hair? Put it in loose braids the night before when just barely damp let dry over night and run fingers through it in the morning , touch up with an iron if need be in the a.m
Short hair? Curls are big and sleek and shiny is always in. For curls, wrap hair around your finger when slightly damp with some product in it and pin to the head with bobby pins, use one to two inch sections the bigger the section the bigger the curls. Next morning separate each curl in three and go! For sleek hair wash and blow dry the night before in the a.m use a straight iron to smooth and sleek fly aways, make sure you use Thermal Protector like our Onesta Thermal Spray.
Make up generally becomes the subject around grade 7 or 8 or age 13. Most young girls don’t need foundation or blush. If the complexion isn’t clear, don’t cove up and clog with foundation, check out our RVB Holistic Skin care options to clear the skin before applying make up, as it can make matters worst if not removed properly. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT ALL MAKE UP IS REMOVED AT THE END OF THE DAY. Light glosses and natural shadows are key for younger ages. We offer Make up consultations where the application is explained, the appropriate colours are suggested and tools recommended. This is a great way for your daughter to learn the appropriate way to wear make up. Heavier liners are more popular these days. For a more natural look use shadows to line the eyes and finish with a quick brush of Mirabella Mascara. If they insist on a stronger line, The Eye liner Marker from Mirabella ROCKS! It is soo easy to apply and having a quick lesson on how to do it is a great idea so as not to OVER do.
When everyone is back in class , may I recommend a MENTAL HEALTH DAY FOR YOU?? Reflexology with a pedi? Aroma Touch Massage which is at a discount this sept for only $60 Reg $75, or enjoy a crystal Grid Lay Out and Hair cut! You name it we have the treatments and services so ease your frazzled back to school nerves!
If you haven’t Got Your Health…Fall 2015 Health Supportive Workshops and Classes
There is a theme to many of our Tips Tuesday Posts. Unlike what you would expect that a Hair Salon and Spa would offer. We know that you are bombarded with fashion tips constantly and with pintrist and youtube, many fashion trends are literally at your finger tips. We also know that by now you are quite aware of our commitment to staying ahead of fashion trends and offer you the latest in styles, cuts, make up apps. and colours as well as amazing service and experiences for both hair and skin. So where we put our educational focus is naturally on becoming more Eco Aware and Health Conscious. The following dates and times for the fall classes could be altered slightly and added to, however I wanted to share the dates now so you would be able to plan around your favourite ones! Something new for the fall is Kerstin Kramers ‘Make and Take’ classes, learning to use essential oils in practical applications and taking it home for your use and for the use of your family. I love this because it means instead of just divulging information it takes it one step further to getting you into the habit of utilizing these amazing natural health remedies in your everyday life. Once you start you will NEVER go back to traditional meds. I plan on adding some crystal; classes in here too, as Essential Oils and Crystals fit so perfectly together in their complimentary health supportive roles.
A fan favorite it would seem are the classes to attain your Reiki Atunement. Both Brenda Schrader Sanders and Kerstin offer these. The cool thing is how each instructor offers a unique spin on this ancient healing technique. I have found on my journey through to Master Level that it is without a doubt one of the most easily accessed personal development tool. Attuning to an energy modality shifts your consciousness without much effort at all. The subtle consciousness awakener has the ability to heal many imbalances in your life, and this is without you even having to offer a treatment to anyone else if you don’t want to. Reiki and other Energy treatments are so convenient in times of your or your families pain, discomfort and stress. It is with you whenever and where ever you go. Obviously this natural tool replaces other meds such as pain killers, sleep aids anti depressants and on and on.
Hypnosis has become more of a focus at HHDS since Brenda began to offer it last year. It is fascinating to see how one session can provide the extra motivation and perseverance that can sometimes lack without its support and sabotage efforts in areas of weight, career, and like reiki, generally transformation. Hypnosis is used in many tradition medical treatments and is widely practiced and the results enjoyed by many.
So in closing review this list and visit future posts of this nature to stay on top of the changes and additions to our workshop list for this fall. We LOVE what we do and, if possible LOVE EVEN MORE, sharing it with you!
September 6th: Introduction to Essential Oils 7 – 8:30 p.m.. FREE (Kerstin)
Starting Tomorrow Monday July 6th @ 7 a.m to 8 a.m ending August 21
Come on out and enjoy body toning, muscle stretching, mind clearing Yoga Practice with Christine Pollack, One of K-W’s Finest Yoga Instructor! My husband and I have benefitted from her instruction for a couple of months now and we are so happy! I feel great! I’ve lost weight and my mind is clearer to execute the tasks of a very busy life. I am so excited to participate in this 21 Day Challenge with you! Come out and join us! We will be meeting in front of HHDS by 6:45 for a 7 a.m sharp start! In 21 days you can quit a habit and or start a new one. Start a new good habit with me. For more information on this awesome challenge contact Christine @ email@example.com and follow her athttp://www.facebook.com/liveyourtruepotatnial, or call 519-807-6170
This Challenge will be held Rain or Shine outside or inside HHDS Monday, Wednesday Friday every week for 7 weeks! Can only come once in a while No Problem! Drop in individual fee is $15! Can only make a week or two, No Problem weekly commitment is only $35! Want to dive in for the full challenge? Only $150 for all 21 days! Great savings!
Improved flexibility is one of the first and most obvious benefits of yoga. During your first class, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes, never mind do a backbend. But if you stick with it, you’ll notice a gradual loosening, and eventually, seemingly impossible poses will become possible. You’ll also probably notice that aches and pains start to disappear. That’s no coincidence. Tight hips can strain the knee joint due to improper alignment of the thigh and shinbones. Tight hamstrings can lead to a flattening of the lumbar spine, which can cause back pain. And inflexibility in muscles and connective tissue, such as fascia and ligaments, can cause poor posture.
2. BUILDS MUSCLE STRENGTH
Strong muscles do more than look good. They also protect us from conditions like arthritis andback pain, and help prevent falls in elderly people. And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility. If you just went to the gym and lifted weights, you might build strength at the expense of flexibility.
3. PERFECTS YOUR POSTURE
Your head is like a bowling ball—big, round, and heavy. When it’s balanced directly over an erect spine, it takes much less work for your neck and back muscles to support it. Move it several inches forward, however, and you start to strain those muscles. Hold up that forward-leaning bowling ball for eight or 12 hours a day and it’s no wonder you’re tired. And fatigue might not be your only problem. Poor posture can cause back, neck, and other muscle and joint problems. As you slump, your body may compensate by flattening the normal inward curves in your neck and lower back. This can cause pain and degenerative arthritis of the spine.
4. PREVENTS CARTILAGE AND JOINT BREAKDOWN
Each time you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used. Joint cartilage is like a sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up. Without proper sustenance, neglected areas of cartilage can eventually wear out, exposing the underlying bone like worn-out brake pads.
5. PROTECTS YOUR SPINE
Spinal disks—the shock absorbers between the vertebrae that can herniate and compress nerves—crave movement. That’s the only way they get their nutrients. If you’ve got a well-balanced asana practice with plenty of backbends, forward bends, and twists, you’ll help keep your disks supple.
6. BETTERS YOUR BONE HEALTH
It’s well documented that weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and helps ward off osteoporosis. Many postures in yoga require that you lift your own weight. And some, likeDownward- and Upward-Facing Dog, help strengthen the arm bones, which are particularly vulnerable to osteoporotic fractures. In an unpublished study conducted at California State University, Los Angeles, yoga practice increased bone density in the vertebrae. Yoga’s ability to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol (see Number 11) may help keep calcium in the bones.
7. INCREASES YOUR BLOOD FLOW
Yoga gets your blood flowing. More specifically, the relaxation exercises you learn in yoga can help your circulation, especially in your hands and feet. Yoga also gets more oxygen to your cells, which function better as a result. Twisting poses are thought to wring out venous blood from internal organs and allow oxygenated blood to flow in once the twist is released. Inverted poses, such as Headstand, Handstand, and Shoulder stand, encourage venous blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the heart, where it can be pumped to the lungs to be freshly oxygenated. This can help if you have swelling in your legs from heart or kidney problems. Yoga also boosts levels of hemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues. And it thins the blood by making platelets less sticky and by cutting the level of clot-promoting proteins in the blood. This can lead to a decrease in heart attacks and strokes since blood clots are often the cause of these killers.
8. DRAINS YOUR LYMPHS AND BOOSTS IMMUNITY
When you contract and stretch muscles, move organs around, and come in and out of yoga postures, you increase the drainage of lymph (a viscous fluid rich in immune cells). This helps the lymphatic system fight infection, destroy cancerous cells, and dispose of the toxic waste products of cellular functioning.
9. UPS YOUR HEART RATE
When you regularly get your heart rate into the aerobic range, you lower your risk of heart attack and can relieve depression. While not all yoga is aerobic, if you do it vigorously or take flow or Ashtanga classes, it can boost your heart rate into the aerobic range. But even yoga exercises that don’t get your heart rate up that high can improve cardiovascular conditioning. Studies have found that yoga practice lowers the resting heart rate, increases endurance, and can improve your maximum uptake of oxygen during exercise—all reflections of improved aerobic conditioning. One study found that subjects who were taught only pranayama could do more exercise with less oxygen.
On this very Hot and Humid Tuesday I felt it was essential to address the combating of Frizz! Carrying on with Self Care involves Self Love and it makes it easier to do that if you’re Looking and Feeling great about how you look! So Straight from the Expert Solutions Care of Eufora, we recommend the following Hair Fixes!
EXTRA HUMID PROTECTION! – Use Eufora’s Uplift Spray to hold your style and create a barrier to humiity!
EXTRA SHINE AND FRIZZY FIXES – Eufora’s Beautifying Serum, Illuminate Shine Mist and Pure Polish Drops are all great frizz fighters and shine enhancers. Blend into your wet prep products for added boost of shine. Spritz a light mist of illuminate Shine Mist on dry hair anytime through out the day when you need a boost of shine and frizz control .
FOR THE WEDDING DAY – Extra firm control is achieved with Formation Whip Styling Solution as it gives added control and form during styling. Leaves a slight but touchable crunch. A drop or two of Solidifi Firm Hold Gel blended into wet styling products gives added hold and control. Use a thermal Protection Spray for after heat styling and hold in place with Eufora’s Uplift Spray to keep humidity out!
PROTECT THE SKIN!
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I got thinking today about what ‘Tips Tuesday’ was all about. Well, anything that might help others. In any way. Ok. Here goes something within our theme of self care we have been addressing as of late but follow me a while on this twisting path won’t you?
As I drove out of town today to visit family, I had the misfortune of being forced to witness a horrible act of ignorance, neglect, and it set me back to ask how have we evolved as human beings living on this planet. Some of you might be surprised as I explain what I witnessed. You might think goodness gracious is that it? That’s all!? That’s not that bad noone was killed!! Well, I beg to differ.
We are an endangered species we are. Each one of us. Out of our own ignorance. I felt this horrible crime at the pit of my stomach, I thought I might be sick, I experienced road rage I never had experienced before, wanting to follow the owner of the car that had committed this act.
As I followed a string of cars heading out of town past a gorgeous horse farm and across a glittering pristine bubbling river, someone in a car in front of me threw their trash out the window not once but twice……..I watched it land ever so gracefully in the glistening bubbling river……
So what did you think just now? What was your reaction. Were you expecting me to describe my witnessing a murder? Didn’t I? I could list the many tragic deaths this litter will cause the wild life that attempts to eat it in its many forms of breaking down which would take a life time, or the toxins released into the fish and our drinking water but we all know this. Don’t we?
I was once ignorant, I can admit it. Feeling frustrated with hearing all the end of the world global warming stories thinking I had done all I could and leaving it up to the scientists to figure out thinking if it were serious someone would do something……
Well here we are. But today as I watched this haenous act. I thought, have we not evolved? Have we not moved forward? Most of my friends on here are where I am now, doing everything they can in each moment to help the earth and all its habitants. But i urge you to share this story and your own, louder.
It is because of people out there like the individual guilty of this ridiculous ultimate lazy and violent act that we can’t just ‘do our part’. We have to do more.
Watching a documentary about horseshoe crabs. I’d heard of them, but didn’t know that much about them. They are funky lookin little things! Well they are endangered. After millennium of surviving since possibly before the dinosaurs, through ice ages, meteor impacts etc, we are singlehandedly killing them. How you ask? We are destroying their breeding grounds with over development and garbage.
Now you might ask, why am I discussing the horshoe crab?
Well fascinatingly enough, their blue blood has a unique chemistry that has been an essential ingredient mixed in vaccines that allows us to actually be vaccinated. Now I’m not here to discuss whether or not people should vaccinate or whether they should be using their blood( during this process the horse shoe crabs are left Alive and released back into the wild, which is not something I like regarding animal rights but that’s another discussion)
However fascinating it is that science defines these creatures as indispensable yet they do nothing to protect their natural habitat, they actually seem to think it makes more sense to try to breed them in captivity rather then clean up their habitat. Funny enough all attempts have failed to breed them in captivity except for when samples of their original breeding ground (sand they were born into) is provided into the science labs reproduced breeding ground. But what do we do when the breeding ground is no longer available, buried under garbage or paved under a parking lot?
Bare with me, I’m tying it together now:
When I got thinking of what I would write about for tips Tuesday as you can see by the time this is posted I really gave it some thought.
No tip on eye liner application, or updo style or skin cream out ways this. If there is no planet, no eyeliner in the world can save us.
This individual who unwittingly became the topic of this long winded Tips Tuesday must have very little regard for their own health, or that of their family, friends or their planet. This person is disconnected from themselves, and in turn everything else. This is not the only person. There are many others. I see it as a very real Zombie Apocalypse. What is the definition of a zombie; detached from reason, mindless, driven by hunger for more only, no remorse or regard for others, no empathy, no conscience, no humanity.
How do you plan to fight this?
We are either part of the solution, or part of the problem which are you.
I ask you to share this, share awareness, wake up from the Zombie Apocalypse that threatens our planet, our race and many other helpless species becoming extinct every day.
We are all connected, to each other, the earth and all species. The only way we can fight back is to become educated and stronger, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We become stronger in these ways by spending time and ideas with like minded people and placing self care in the top priority it deserves to be in. We take Care of ourselves we take better care of those we know and love and those we don’t know but love anyway.
Join me in self awareness, self care and in turn fight the mindless march of those Zombies not yet awakened to what they are doing. Their is hope for them yet but it’s up to is to show them the way.My Tip for this Tuesday fight the Zombies pull your head out of the sand and fight for your health, your families health, you friends health the health of every species on the planet. Don’t just do your part. Do more!!
Read our past tips Tuesdays on how you can start making self Care a priority including our free classes this July to start you on your path!
Love and light bless you for putting up with my rant, I promise to keep it shorter next time!
Tips Tuesday July 1st
Happy Canada Day!
How are you spending your Canada Day? The Weather isn’t great this morning so some of us are staying inside. Are you on your own and choosing Self Care options like reading with a cup of tea? Are you with family cuddling on the couch watching a movie or playing a board game? Are you applying a facial and hair mask to create polished hair and skin to reflect the fireworks in tonight? Maybe you’re catching up on your house cleaning so your homes feng shui energy flows nicely and impacts you’re energy in return.
Regardless of what you do today make sure you keep your energy balanced, not too much introversion not too much giving to others. Make a list of all the things you do to others and on the other side of the page make sure you list an equal amount of things you do for yourself. Balance is essential to attempt to maintain. You could even make a separate list of things you do for your physical self and on the other side a list of things you do for your spiritual or energetic self. Is this out of balance? You might be in the best physical shape but your energetic self is malnourished. This is indicative of people who on the outside look so healthy and have committed exercise regimens but get sick, sometimes seriously. As we are beginning to understand, illness is a ‘dis’-ease of the energetic you manifesting into the physical. All illness comes from the energetic place and then becomes physical. If you do more for your energetic self and not enough for your physical, you might have a weight problem, become injured easily when attempting to just begin an exercise of any sort, you might have low cardiovascular energy, getting tired easily once you go for a walk. Make sure you balance both of these lists and you will create a balanced blissful life!
On this Canada Day I am grateful for this amazing country we live in! It truly is the best! Eh?
Many myths surround the concept of waxing versus shaving, one is the belief that the hair grows back thicker and darker. This is definitely true of shaving as the process of shaving is the action of cutting the hair off mid shaft. This causes each shaft of hair to have a blunt end that then grows out of the skin thicker and stronger, sometimes darker.
Waxing however pulls each hair out of the hair follicle which is to say that it is removed from the skin completely, causing the hair to have to re-establish itself and sometimes damaging the papilla permanently over time. This can prevent future hair growth. When the new hair grows in it is young and weak and therefore softer, thinner and sometimes lighter in colour. The new hair is easier to remove making it less painful during subsequent visits.
So I suppose the answer is based on your individual likes and dislikes. Shaving is sometimes more convenient, and cheaper, but the regrowth is instant and maintenance tedious, the results short and scratchy! many semsitive skin types prefer waxing as shaving can cause unsightly razor burn. Waxing is more painful at first, but the smooth results last 4-6 weeks depending on your personal hair growth speed. Be sure to use a loofah or other exfoliating scrub on waxed areas as the hair acts as a route for sebaceous oils to excrete from the skin, once the hair is removed, the oils get trapped inside the skin and can cause bumps and in grown hairs, so scrub that waxed area to allow for free regrowth to come through uninhibited. The regrowth is virtually undetectable and if you prebook your appt, every Wednesday wax day is 10% off all waxing and 50% of Brazilians!
This time of year is notorious for fragile brittle ends of your hair! Long or short, hair is pummeled by the transition from Hot indoors to Freezing outdoors! Hair cuticle, like your skins pores, opens and closes with heat and cold. The wind and dry air also dry out the hairs ends, this causes a perfect environment for damage ends. If you haven’t been upping your moisture regimen during the winter, which is advisable, Spring is the time to remedy the situation. BE CAREFUL WITH THE OILS! Everyone is crazy about oils! Coconut, Aragan, Grapeseed, etc! But don’t forget the reaction between oil and water\moisture! If you are lathering on the oil, you might find your hair getting dryer! Just use oils in moderation and don’t think it replaces essential moisture because it doesn’t. Hot oil treatments included!! if you have naturally curly dry hair make sure you use rich moisturizing Shampoos and Conditioners. Make sure you add a deep conditioning treatment once a month. I use Super Conditioner from Onesta EVER TIME I shampoo and condition because I have very dry hair and it prevents it from being brittle and fly away. Lavender Love Shampoo and Conditioner from the HHDS organics line is good too. ALWAYS comb your conditioner through in the shower, it evenly distributes your conditioner and minimizes how much you need to use. This makes your hair more manageable and shiny.
In the end Spring is the perfect time to trim those dry ends and try a fresh new look, a couple inches is NOT considered an amputation, from mid back to shoulders might be in order to deal with the split ends that have spread up the hair shaft due to under nourishing treatment of your hair so make sure you pour on the moisture! We have been posting some fun spring and summer looks on our facebook page! Make sure you get on there to look! And if you are eager for a flirty new look, bring a picture in and we will transform your tresses to the envy of all!
Feeling blue? Often affected by the lack of exposure to the sun during these extreme winter months? This is commonly known as SAD. This is a very serious deficiency of vitamin D that impacts your daily life and can have extreme negative affects on your professional and personal life. Difficulty waking in the morning, restless sleep, gloominess and moodiness, lack of energy and negative thoughts. Some people have found relief with specialty lamps or vitamin supplements, others need more support.
At HHDS we offer Mind Body and Spirit Personal Nurturing. From head to toe, inside and out, we can make you feel and look like a million bucks! Whether you suffer from sever SAD or simply feeling a little depleted and need a top up of positive energy, energy treatments like Reiki, Shamballa and Celtic Reiki will provide the shot of balancing energy you are looking for. For more extreme cases, one hour treatments pre booked anywhere between weekly to monthly appointments can have staggeringly positive impact on this serious disorder. In less severe cases we recommend paying attention to your own well being and booking in for a treatment when the urge prompts you.
Energy treatments have more positive side affects then just treating SAD, I encourage you to look up some miraculous claims energy treatments offer. To demystify the experience, these treatments are offered fully clothed while lying on a treatment table or in a chair, can last between 15 minutes to 1 hour. The energy treatment practitioner can either place their hands at the sight of each energy point or ‘Chakra’ on the body or can hover their hands over the body, depending on the clients comfort level. The whole experience is calming, de-stressing and VERY relaxing.
We boast several options of self care treatments for your hair, skin and energy levels. We encourage you to have fun sampling our ample menu of nurturing experiences that are essential for your over all well being.
These are awesome packages to consider because they give you the chance to consult with your stylist, and make-up artist, and also pamper you before your big day. We have thought of everything you need to prep for your day in each package. It’s important for a stylist to have a good idea of the theme of your wedding, romantic, sophisticated or funky. You also want to have a style that best compliments your dress! Bring in a picture of your dress, and we’ll sit talk about a hairstyle that will look most fitting with your dress and reflect the theme for your big day while considering your personal style. In the end, there is no rule when it comes to how your hair should be done; it’s your day!
BONUS TIPS: Don’t forget to book your appointment for Wednesday Wax Day and Facial Friday. Good appointment times still available!
I’m going to Prom this year and I want to get my hair and makeup done. How soon should I book my appointment and what do I have to do to make sure I get the look I want?
Prom is a very special event, but it also coincides with another big season – Weddings!
Once you find out the date or your prom, it would be ideal to book your appointment as soon as possible. This is a positive gesture to guarantee your spot in our schedule. We offer a consultation and trial service, which could be scheduled prior to the prom date to discuss the look you want to achieve. At this appointment, it would be recommended that you bring in pictures and describe what your favorite features are about the styles. This way the stylist and esthetician can communicate with you about your service, and also input their ideas to achieve your desired look for your prom. Keep an eye on our website where there are monthly promotions and package deals!