Stress Management…The Perfect Gift

During the holidays, we are always looking for ways we can show our loved ones how much we care.  Sometimes it is really challenging to find the perfect gift for someone.

One of the best ways you can show them you care is by gifting something that will benefit their health and well-being. A gift certificate for a massage is the perfect way to show the women in your life that they matter to you.

A massage gift certificate can help with stress reduction, increase relaxation, improve sleep, and even assist in pain management.  What a great gift!

During the month of December, Metamorphic Massage For Women is offering 10% off all gift certificates.  Checkout our gift certificate page.

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

Gift certificates can only be purchased online that day, as Linda will be at Cirque de Vol Studio promoting Meganesence, 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

Somewhat Healthy Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Oh. My. Goodness.

I found a recipe online for flourless cookies, and they are fabulous!  They are really easy to make, and fast, so it’s a quick fix to a craving for sweet. And they’re pretty healthy, too!  (Garbanzo beans and nut butter….protein!  They also provide some iron and potassium.  I can justify anything.)



  • 1-1/4 cups canned Garbanzo Beans~~ rinse & pat dry (I used one of the aseptic 13.4 oz container found at Whole Foods)
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (generous) Cashew Butter (the recipe called for peanut butter, but I don’t eat peanuts, and made it with my favorite substitute.  I think it’s best to use the natural stuff…not the nut butters that have added  sugars and other somewhat questionable ingredients)
  • 1/4 cup Honey (go local!)
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 cup chocolate bits (I love chocolate.  The recipe called for 1/2 cup, but I doubled, because I can.  I also used Ghiradelli 60% Cacao, because the darker the better. Dark chocolate has been shown to improve cardiovascular health.  Another justification.)

Combine all ingredients except for chocolate in a blender (or food processor) until smooth.  Mix in chocolate bits.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and glop by large spoonful onto cookie sheet.  They don’t really spread or get bigger. ) The recipe says to wet your hands and form them into 1-1/2″ balls, but I’m a lazy baker and choose natural shapes instead.) Press down slightly if you so choose.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Try not to devour all of them in one sitting.  I dare ya!


Electronics Recycling in Raleigh!

Metamorphic Massage for Women cares about the environment.  We want to share with you a wonderful service that started recently in Raleigh.

Anything With A Plug is located at 1515 Capital Blvd in Raleigh.  They recycle…well… anything with a plug! (With the exception of projection-style televisions).

So if you’ve got any old electronics laying around, and can’t find a place to donate them to, you can  drop it off…or they’ll even pick it up! Computers, kitchen appliances, printers & copiers, stereos, all types of cords and cables (!!), CRT monitors & televisions, game consoles, batteries, and cell phones…their parts  are all being saved from the landfill!

And if you’re concerned about  sensitive financial and personal data on old computers or phones, no worries…they erase all lingering data with a powerful electromagnet  before disassembling the device, so your personal information isn’t in jeopardy.

How awesome is that?!?!?

Check out their website at

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.

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

Reach your Goals with a Holistic Health Coach

Have you set health goals, and are struggling to make the steps to a healthier, happier you?  How about working with a Holistic Health Coach!

Valerie Waters is a graduate of  The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, which  focuses on overall wellness…not only nutrition, but also work life,  how we are in relationships, and other choices in our life that afect our general well-being.

Contact Valerie today at for your free initial consultation!

Body Sense Online Issue

There is a fantastic publication put out by Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, geared to clients…Body Sense.

The most recent issue can be read online, and is full of wonderful information, including Managing Stress, the beneits of moderate pressure during massage, and more!

You can read it right here:

West African Drumming Classes in North Raleigh!

North Raleigh is finally getting West African drum classes! Susan Petrie from Orbital Rhythms is now offering beginner classes on Tuesday nights, for adult and kids over the age of 12.  Classes will be held at Dynamic Sound Studios, 241 Horizon Drive off Six Forks Road near Sawmill Road.

The 75 minute class starts at 6:40 pm.  The fee is $20.00 per class or $65.00 for the 4 weeks if paid in advance. The first session starts Tuesday, March 29th.

Learn to play the djembe (African hand drum) in a fun group setting. In these classes you will learn the basics of how to play bass, tone and slap, and simple African rhythms. The class will include both time for instruction and open jamming.  You will become comfortable playing the drum in a group setting as well as community drum circles.  No experience is necessary.  Drums will be available for use during class or to purchase.

Beginners who are trying this for the first time are suggested to do all 4 classes, more experienced players can come anytime as a drop in!

 Susan Petrie is a graduate of a two year instructor training program and continuing student of West African music, studying with Bill Schiedt at the Tam Tam Mandingue school of the djembe in Winston Salem, a branch of the Tam Tam Mandingue USA  international School founded by Master, Initiated Djembefola Mamady Keita.  She has also studied with other talented drummers around the country. Susan is also a dedicated member of a local performance group, Rhythmicity.

Susan has studied Drum Circle Facilitation with many world known teachers and a trained Remo Health Rhythms Facilitator.  She will incorporate some “free form” drumming into the classes.

The Masters say the djembe is a traditional instrument invented by the Mandingue people of West Africa. It is the way of the djembe to give thanks to those who passed the spirit to us. It is our way of thanks to pass the spirit to those who will come next.

Email Susan at to reserve your seat!  Or, for more information, call her at 919-601-6684