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Let’s talk about transforming stress into serenity! A natural response to stress in life is to build a mental wall to block out any more input. The wall protects us in the moment but if you look closely, the very wall we put up to protect ourselves, also blocks our access to positive input. Without the good stuff coming in, life becomes very hard indeed. This is often why many people live for the weekend or the next vacation – so they can let go of all the stress and let the light come streaming in. After awhile, however, weekends don’t seem to be enough time to unwind and vacations don’t come often enough. Sunday is spent dreading the inevitable Monday. What then?

Believe it or not, you are the author of your ow...

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For Mother’s Day this year we are encouraging self-love. Mothering Yourself Day, if you will. This may sound really cheesy, but we believe what the world needs is more people who love themselves. Believe it or not, when you love yourself you are changing the world. Think about this, how do you treat others in your mind when you are being hard on yourself? And how do you treat people differently when you are being kind to yourself? There is a shift, right? You affect the world around you every day whether you realize it or not. Trust me, the world knows when your smile is authentic and when it’s not so don’t think you are fooling anybody.

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This Mother’s Day, we invite you to join us in our mission of self-mothering. Here are some suggestions to get you started. Carve out a moment to slow down to check in with yourself? Find a quiet place where you can look inward and ask: “What do you need right now?” Wait to see what comes. “What can I do for you that would make you feel loved and supported?” Let your answers come. Write them down. The answer could be as simple as, “I really just need a hug.” Or perhaps it is something like, “I really would like a few days to myself in a beautiful place.” Or “I would really like a massage at Austin Ashiatsu. It has been too long.” If the answer was the last one, we have some good news!

We are open Mother’s Day this year so you can snag your appointment to be taken care of by a staff that will put your needs first. You don’t have to be a Mom to someone else to celebrate Mother’s Day, though you could be. You can choose to mother your own beautiful self!

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So let’s just acknowledge that we are in a bit of an upheaval in our country right now and the journey may even get worse before it gets better. There, it is said! What now? First things first, feel your feelings! This is important! Once you have had ample time to experience and express your emotions, you can begin to let go of the feelings of helplessness or insecurity and move into empowerment. This requires a radical shift away from resistance (arguing with reality) and into acceptance for what is. If you think about it, we are much more effective when we are willing to accept the reality of what is happening, so that we can begin to take steps in a positive direction. Acceptance does not mean condoning or ignoring what is happe...

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Yes, the holidays are already in full swing and if you tend to get through this season with love in your heart and and zero stress, then you need not read further. This message is specifically for anyone with mixed feelings about the holidays or just plain dreads them. We all have our lists this time of year, but this list is just for you.

Tips for finding your joy in the holiday season:

#1. Breathe. Bringing your awareness into the breath you are taking in this very moment will bring you right back to the exact place where you can access your own true savior: the inner peace that dwells within. Yes, it may slow you down for a minute, but it will also increase your efficiency and effectiveness for the tasks ahead.

#2. Schedule a mass...

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If you want to be heard…

Everyone wants to feel heard. Too often we are so focused on what we have to share, that we forget to listen to others. The irony is that if no one is listening, then no one is being heard. The only way to change this pattern is to be the one to listen first. You will find that if you take the time to listen to others and really hear them out, they will take the time to listen to you. Once people feel heard, they are typically more receptive about what you have to say. One really great way to show someone that you have been listening is to find a way to rephrase what they are saying and repeat it back to them. This is called active listening and it is a sure fire way to attract friends and get promotions. ...

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In part one of “the desk job”, we discussed the common issue of upper back pain: how to treat it, and how to prevent it. Now let’s talk about your arms, wrists and hands. Repetitive use of a keyboard or a mouse can lead to issues in the hands, including: discomfort, pain, weakness, stiffness, numbness or tingling. One of the main reasons is the constant contraction of the muscles in the forearm as you work at your computer. The same process of fascia build-up that happens in your back also occurs in the forearms. Your body’s natural response to muscles in constant contraction is to wrap them in connective tissue (fascia) to hold them in place. Unfortunately, as the muscles of the forearm are wrapped up in this way...

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I have always been enamored with watching elderly women and men on their walks through our neighborhood. I just knew there was some wisdom in the smiles on their faces, as they would walk slowly admiring the trees and greeting everyone who passed with a genuine hello. I always felt like they knew something that I did not know yet. One beautiful fall day, I set out to discover what I was missing out on. I starting taking walks and mimicking the behavior of my elders. What I noticed was that all of my senses seemed to come to life. I was keenly aware of the different sounds of the birds, the colors of the leaves in the trees, the gentle breeze blowing through my hair and on and on. The biggest thing that I noticed, however, was the level of peace that I felt from simply being fully present in the moment with my surroundings. It felt so good just taking the time to smile and say hello to everyone whose path I crossed. I am certain that there is more to gain from the wisdom of those who have lived more years than I have, but I feel really blessed to have experienced that one little secret. If mindfulness walks are not a part of your daily routine, I encourage you to give it a try and see how many things you can notice along the way. I’m confident you will notice a shift in your level of peace.

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Introducing Sarah Wendtlandt

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Ashiatsu

Is a modern, innovative adaptation of therapeutic massage and is new to the Austin area. This unique style utilizes pressure and massage strokes delivered by the practitioner’s well trained...

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a holistic health technique that stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine practices in which specific points on the body are activated by inserting thin needles into the skin. At Austin...

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese medical technique utilizing small glass cups with a pumping mechanism creating a suction that pulls the muscle tissue up inside the cup. A patient will...