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Small Business Saturday

Support the little people!

Saturday, November 30th is Small Business Saturday.

Small, local businesses often get overlooked during the holiday season, because they don’t have the advertising budget of the big chains.  Do your best to support your friendly neighborhood businesses!

Metamorphic Massage For Women is offering 15% off of all online gift certificate purchases from 12:00 midnight Friday 11/29 to Midnight on Saturday, 11/30.  Gift certificates can be purchase at http://metamorphicmassageforwomen.com/services/gift-certificates/

Gift certificates can only be purchased online that day, as Linda will be at Cirque de Vol Studio promoting Meganessence, an aromatherapy line she recently started (25% of all sales go to a young boy whose mother Megan passed away last year)

Do all your holiday shopping locally and help support independent and creative business owners! Cirque de Vol is just the place to help you do that! They are hosting a Local Vendor Fair from 2-6pm. Come shop and check out deals from local artists and innovators who have a great product, skill, craft or service that they would love to share with the community.

For more information on the Vendor Fair, go to http://cirquedevol.com

Family Fun…Hoop Jam…Drumming and Hula Hooping!

Every Wednesday night from 6:30-8:30, from the beginning of April until it gets really cold in the fall, Hoop Jam happens at Pullen Park in Raleigh.  It truly is fun for the whole family!

If you don’t have one, there are extra hula hoops available, and people willing to show you how to use one.  There’s some great drumming, with extra drums and other hand percussion toys if you want to get into the groove and be part of the rhythm.

Often, there’s even a man with a giant bubble-making wand to delight for children and adults alike!

Even better…the event is FREE!!!!

Enter Pullen Park at the Ashe Avenue entrance.  Hoop Jam is located at the event stage, near the carousel.  For more information, check out the Raleigh Drum Circle on facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/RaleighDrumCircle.

The Benefits of Regular Massage

There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Whether we look at it as pampering, rejuvenating, or therapeutic, massage can be a powerful addition to your healthcare regime.

Experts estimate that over ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress.

 
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health.

Here are some of the ways you can benefit from regular massage:

  • Relaxes muscles and helps ease stress and tension.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Tones the body keeping it supple by exercising and stretching weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Helps flush out wastes from the body.
  • Stimulates and tones the skin.
  • Increases energy and vitality.
  • Reduces fatigue and improves sleep.
  • Decreases inflammation, swelling and pain in joints, & increases joint flexibility.
  • Decreases anxiety and depression.
  • Reduces chronic pain, including migraine pain.
  • Contributes to healthy Blood Pressure levels.
  • Enhancse immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Pumps oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Release endorphins, which act as natural pain regulators, increase feelings of euphoria, and regulates appetite.
  • Improves concentration.
  • Makes you feel good!

Remember:  just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.

Raleigh Mother’s Day Gift Idea

It’s Mother’s Day, and its time to show the mothers in your life just how much you appreciate them! What better way than to give them a gift certificate for a massage!

At Metamorphic Massage For Women, we are offering Gift Certificates for a special Mother’s Day Package. Choose a 60- or 90- minute massage, which includes  berries and chocolates after the session.

Mom will surely love you for this special gift! Gift certificates are available at http://metamorphicmassageforwomen.com/services/gift-certificates/

Last Minute Gift Idea in Raleigh

Christmas is almost here…are you are still searching for that perfect gift for the special woman in your life? How about a gift that you know she’ll love…a gift certificate for a massage!

Make this year all about her, and give her something that shows just how much you appreciate her presence in your life.

Metamorphic Massage For Women is offers gift certificates for 30-, 60-, and 90-minute massages.   Check it out at http://metamorphicmassageforwomen.com/services/gift-certificates/

Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Mother’s Day is coming up, and you’re looking for ideas for how you can honor the mothers in your life. How about giving her something she will really appreciate…a gift certificate for a massage!

Now through Mother’s Day, Metamorphic Massage For Women is offering a special package for the mothers in your life.  Choose either a 60 -minute or 90-minute session, which  includes the periodic use of heated stones.  After her massage, she will have some time to enjoy some berries and chocolate.  ( This offer is not available with prenatal massage.)

Are you a woman looking for a way to spend time together with your mother or duaghter?  Come in together, for either a 60- or 90-minute massages in separate rooms, and meet up in the reception area afterwards to share a few moments over berries and chocolate.    What a great way to spend some girl time!  16 and over, please.

Gift  certificates are available at http://www.metamorphicmassageforwomen.com/services/gift-certificates/

Stress Management Tip of The Week ~~ Focused Muscle Relaxation

When I am feeling stressed, I notice how tension builds up in my muscles.  Over the years, one of the best methods I have found to reduce this stress (besides getting a massage) is through Focused Muscle Relaxation.

Beginning at your feet, tense up your muscle groups one at a time, holding them tight for 10 seconds, and then releasing for 20 seconds.  Tense up and relax your feet, then your calves, thighs, buttocks, back, stomach, hands, arms, shoulders, neck, and end your face.  Remember to breathe deeply while you are doing this exercise.  This progression will only take about five minutes, and should leave you feeling relaxed and at peace.

Its also a great technique to practice if you are having a hard time falling asleep at night. 

Sleep, Glorious Sleep….

Sleep…it sometimes feels like we never get enough of it.  There always seems to be something that needs to get done that keeps us up just a little bit later than we intended, or a show on television that we just have to watch that keeps us up past midnight.  When the alarm clock goes off at 6:30 a.m., we drag ourselves out of bed and into the kitchen for that jolt of caffeine that we are sure will give us the energy we need to make it through the morning.

Lack of sleep takes its toll on our bodies in more ways than we imagine.   Studies have shown that lack of sleep contributes to cancer, heart disease, obesity, and a weakened immune system.  Not to mention the fact that it makes us less alert during the day, and contributes to a higher level of grumpiness.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, Adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.  Does that seem unrealistic to you?  Stop and think about how you feel when you get a full, good night’s sleep.  You awaken with more energy, in a better mood, and feel you can conquer the world, or at least that huge pile of work on your desk or those heaps of laundry gathering in the laundry room.

Why can’t you get a full night’s sleep?  Stimulation in the latter part of the evening can make it harder to fall asleep.   Avoid watching television or using your computer an hour before your planned bedtime.  Yes, watching the Late Night show while in bed can make it so it takes longer to fall asleep once you shut the tv off.  And while regular exercise does contribute to better sleeping patterns, it is best left for the earlier parts of your day…in other words, don’t exercise within 3 hours of going to sleep.  This also includes avoiding things like household tasks such as vacuuming and spending 1/2 an hour picking up dirty clothes and toys off the floor.

So what can you do to ensure abetter night’s sleep?  Perhaps grandma was right when she suggested drinking a glass of warm milk before bed…Ayurvedic texts suggest that this ritual promotes a sense of well-being in your body, helping you to relax and fall asleep easier.  Other activities that can help relax you, such as taking a hot bath, reading a chapter of a good book, deep breathing exercises, or dimming the lights and having some lovin’ time with your mate are all great ways to help encourage sleep. 

You can also try using some essential oils to help relax your body and mind to insure sleep.  Just one drop of lavender or jasmine on a tissue, or the corner of your pillow case can contribute to a deeper, more relaxing sleep.  Just don’t overdo it with these oils, as too much of the scent can be stimulating.  Less is more when it comes to using essential oils as sleep aids. 

Do something good for your health, and get a good night’s sleep every night!

 

 

 

Vegetarian Recipe~~ Split Pea Soup

It is COLD outside!!!! What better time to make a nice big pot of soup.  One of my favorite winter-time soups is Split Pea Soup.  It is hearty, warming, inexpensive, and very tasty.  Most recipes have ham, sausage, or some other icky pig parts in it.  (The vegetarian in me speaks out here)

Here is a very yummy vegetarian version of pea soup.  Start it about 6 hours before you want to eat.

In a large soup pot, bring to an-almost-boil, and then turn down to the lowest possible setting, skimming off any foam that may have formed, simmering for 3-1/2 hours:

  • 3 cups dry split peas
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt

At the 3-1/2 hour mark, in a separate pot on medium heat, place 2 tablespoons of oil, and add, in this order:

  • 2 descent-sized onions, minced
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 4 large stocks celery, diced
  • 6 large carrots, diced
  • 2 large potatoes, quartered and sliced thinly (I like red potatoes, scrubbed, with the skins on)

After the onions begin to soften, add 1/2 cup water, cover, and simmer until all vegetables are tender (about 20 minutes), then add to the pot of peas.  Continue to simmer for another hour.

 About 15 minutes before serving, add:

  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme

***This soup will thicken when it refridgerated, so if you have leftovers, add a little water to the pot when you reheat it to desired consistency.

 

New Service Added

 

I’ve recently added a new service to the menu at Metamorphic Massage For Women, a Body Polish, using a salt scrub made with all natural ingredients, including shealoe butter, jojoba oil, and essential oils of grapefruit and bergamot. 

Our skin takes alot of abuse, with exposure to the sun and wind, toxins in the air and the products we use, perhaps use of tanning beds, and improper water intake. Dry skin can make us feel years older than we are.  A Body Polish helps slough off dry, dead skin cells, and leaves your skin feeling softer, healthier, and much younger.  It also helps to improve circulation.

 A 30-minute scrub is $45.00.   It can also be combined with a 30- or 60-minute massage with products that leave your skin feeling ultra-hydrated.

 Remember—your skin is the largest organ of your body, and is the first defense system in staying healthy. Take care of yourself in every way possible.