I meditated sitting, standing, lying down, and walking. I meditated on planes and in cars. I meditated in the morning and in the afternoon and in the evening, and at night. I meditated for one minute and I meditated for three hours (all in one day, but not all at once!). I meditated through illness, road trips, family visits, and moving homes. I meditated sober and I meditated after a glass of wine. I meditated when I was happy, sad, tired, bored, excited, sleepy, caffeinated, hot, cold, angry, loving, and every other emotion one might feel in a year.Read More
Many of my clients LOVE to receiving gift certificates for massage therapy. Whether a client comes in regularly and wants more massage therapy or if massage feels like an occasional special treat, massages make a great gift. In my years as a massage therapist, I’ve also seen some pretty creative ways of asking for massage gift certificates.Read More
I am biased, but I think massages make a wonderful gift. I give them to celebrate, to console, and to say “thinking of you and wish I could be there” to far away friends and family. I also get a lot of emails asking about how to find a good massage therapist when gifting massages to friends in far away cities. As we all know, not all massages are created equal! So in this season of gifting- whether you want to give to a friend, a loved one, or yourself- I’ve prepared a few quick tips on how to gift a great massage.
Have a hankering for pumpkin in something other than pie? Or perhaps you have leftover pumpkin from making your pie? I've been serving these up to my Mama Mini Retreat, postpartum clients, co-workers, and friends all fall.
Three year olds love 'em. Grandparents love 'em. Let's bake!
Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a standard 12 muffin pan or line with paper liners.
Whisk together in a large bowl:
2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I love Bella Gluten Free products)
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ tsp salt
⅓ cup of sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
Whisk together in another bowl:
2 large eggs
1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
⅔ cup sugar or packed light brown sugar
¼ to ½ cup melted coconut oil (¼ cup if you are serving immediately, ½ cup if you are enjoying over a few days)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin (or cooked, cold pumpkin if you are feeling ambitious)
(optional 1 cup chopped pecans or 2 teaspoons grated orange zest)
Add to the flour mixture and mix together with a few light strokes just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Do not over mix, the batter should not be smooth. Divide the batter among the muffin cups.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in 1 or 2 of the muffins comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Let cool 2-3 minutes before removing from the pan. If not serving hot, let cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.
Vegan? Try flax eggs instead of regular eggs. I like the simple recipe on Minimalist Baker.
When I started my massage practice I had no idea what would happen. Would it be a success? A failure? Would I even enjoy being a full time massage therapist? It’s hard to believe it’s already been seven years and I’m happy to report that I love it just as much (possibly even more!) than the day I opened my doors!
As I celebrate seven years in practice I am also announcing raising my rates (for only the second time since I opened). While many of you have experienced some of the changes this is a great opportunity for me to share with you the top five reasons why my rates will increase September 1st:Read More