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#GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday was created to encourage giving back to the community, whether it be by volunteering, or donating goods, services, and money. As a former non-profit professional, I am a huge proponent of giving to the community.

This year, from now until the end of December, when you come for your massage, if you bring in a donation for one of my favorite local agencies, you’ll receive $10.00 off your appointment! I’ll be splitting up the month into two agencies.  (You’ll get more info about the second targeted nonprofit after the donation drive for the first agency is complete.)

InterAct of Wake County is focused on ending the cycle of domestic and sexual violence. InterAct saves lives, helping survivors rebuild their lives, and secures safer futures for victims, survivors, and their families.

From now until December 13, Metamorphic Massage For Women will be collecting donations for the annual Holiday Bazaar that InterAct holds for those they serve.

From their website:
At the Bazaar, children are provided with an opportunity to design holiday arts and crafts, “shop”, and wrap a gift basket to give to their mother for the holidays. While the children are completing their activities, mothers are taken to another area of the building where they can “shop” for toys and gifts for their children. Each mother is sent home with wrapping paper, gift bags, bows, tape and labels to prepare gifts for their children. Each family is also given a disposable camera to capture their holiday memories. New, unwrapped gifts only. Please, no violent toys.

During the bazaar we sort children’s gifts into the following age groups:
Ages 0-3
Ages 3-6 Ages 7-9
Ages 10-12
Ages 13 and up

Gift Baskets for Moms:
Create or purchase a gift basket for mom – each basket should contain 4-5 items. Suggested items include: bath and body products, candles, picture frames, journals, scarves, etc.

Gift Cards:
Please provide gift cards in $10 or $20 increments. They also request that you provide a gift receipt with the card. Gift cards are provided to moms and children ages 13 and up. Suggested gift card locations: Wal-Mart, Target, etc.

They are also in need of Wrapping Paper,  Gift Bags and Gift Boxes,
Gift Tags/Labels, Scissors,  Tape, Bows/Ribbons, and Stockings.

Donate when you come in for your session, and feel twice as good because you’re also supporting victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence.

We’ve got your back on the table, pay it forward and help cover someone else’s back.
-Linda

The Holiday Season is Quickly Approaching…

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching, and the massage elves are busy getting ready with something extra special this year!  They’ve been scurrying around Raleigh, NC  in order to provide local,hand-made, local  items to give you a new option this year!

Metamorphic Massage For Women will be offering Self-Lovebuckets in additional to traditional gift certificates.  You’ll find a vast array of handmade items for relaxation and stress management. These locally-made items support small women-owned cottage businesses in the Raleigh area.

Self-Lovebuckets will be available for purchase separately, as well as in combination with the purchase of a massage gift certificate.  They’re a great way to give her a unique gift that will allow her to stretch the benefits of the massage session.

Our elves are placing the finishing touch on their contribution to the Self-Lovebuckets, and they’ll be available soon after Thanksgiving. Keep an eye on out facebook page, where we’ll announce their availability.

 

 

 

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 http://www.anythingwithaplugrecycling.com/

Laughter IS The Best Medicine

Did you know that laughter is good for you ?  Not only does it increase levels of happiness, it turns out that laughter can also be a form of exercise!  When we laugh, we tend to breathe much deeper, just like we do when participating in aerobic exercise.  If we laugh hard enough, we also engage our abdominal muscles, and can actually get a mini-workout in!

Laughter also provides several physiological benefits.  It helps to decrease stress, thereby lowering our blood pressure and increasing blood flow.  What a great way to reduce the risk of  a heart attack!   When we are less stressed, our muscles relax, and our immune system also gets a boost. It can also increase energy, and reduce pain through the release of endorphins.  Think about it…how much better do you feel when you are laughing on a regular basis?

Many years ago, I was a whitewater raft quide.  One day, in the midst of an incident, I found myself and half the paddlers from my boat sitting on top of a large rock in the middle of the river,  my boat wrapped around the rock, with rushing water preventing me from easily getting the raft off the rock.  None of my paddlers were comfortable in the water to begin with, so the entire time I worked to get the boat ready for the crew on shore to peel it off the rock, I cracked a bunch of jokes.  This helped alleviate the stress of the situation for the nervous paddlers.  Other people in our boating party were on the banks of the river thinking we were having a grand time…which  we were!  I recall after the trip my participants saying how my light attitude and ability to make them laugh helped calm their nerves.  Using humor helped to shift our perspective from feeling threatening by the situation to it just being part of the adventure.

Find more ways to increase the laughter in your life…learn some new jokes and share them with friends….go to a comedy club….learn to laugh at yourself.  Take life less seriouisly, and feel better!  Its certainly cheaper and a lot more fun than going to the doctor!

We Are 1 ~~ Women’s Conference

The We are 1 Women’s Conference is being held at the RDU Holiday Inn in Morrisville from April 8 -10, 2010. Workshops topics will include spirituality, health and wellness, inner healing, relationships, social justice, and more.
There is also a great performance Thursday night, celebrating the arts. There will be dance, spoke word, comedy, and music, including a local group of women drummers performing.
For more information, go to http://www.infinitydiamondclub.com/infinity_diamond_club_f_015.htm

Prental Yoga Class in Raleigh

Pregnancy is  a wonderful time, which can also be riddled with aches and pains.  Besides getting regular massage, it is a good idea to take part in a prenatal yoga class.

Prenatal yoga helps to strengthen uterine and pelvic muscles, improves circulation, and can aid digestion, while increasing the mother-to-be’s overall comfort.  The class consists of gentle postures, breathwork, and meditation.

Anisha Desai will be offering prenatal classed as Gateway Yoga on Oberlin Road in Raleigh, on Fridays from 11:15 to 12:30, beginning on April 23rd.  There is a FREE introductory class on April 18th from 4:00 to 5:15.  No experience is necessary.

 

West African Drumming for Health and Happiness

Have you ever thought about learning how to play a drum?  It is a wonderful way to reduce stress, while having fun and exercising your brain.  Studies have shown that drumming also boosts your immunce system! 

If you are in the Raleigh/Durham area, and would like to learn how to play the djembe, a traditional drum from West Africa, new classes are starting up soon with Ronnie Pulley, one of the areas’ best instructors.  A six-week beginner/intermediate class is being held at Music Explorium in Durham, only 15 minutes from Raleigh, starting March 16th, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  Classes are $85.00 for the entire six weeks, or $15/class.  You will learn basic hand-drumming strokes, discover ways to improve your sound,  learn traditional African rhythms, and build confidence to playin drum circles.  Ivory Coast Djembes are for loan or sale through the instructor.

If you’ve been playing the djembe for a while, another option is the Intermediate/Advanced class meeting on Monday nights in Cary. The next session starts on Monday, March 8th, and runs from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  the fee for the class is $100 for the entire six weeks, or $20 per class.  This class is designed for serious drummers, and you learn both Djembe and Dundnun parts of traditional West African songs, as well as learn to play solo tecnhniques and other advanced techniques. 

If you would like more information on these classes, contact Ronnie Pulley at snorlp@yahoo.com.

Holiday Special on Massage Gift Certificates

It’s the Holiday Season, that time of year  when many of are looking for the perfect gifts to honor the ones we love.  Most women welcome gifts that truly show how much they are cared for and appreciated.  A gift that is all about them, that will give them time to nurture and care for themselves.

 What better way to show the women in your life how much you care, than giving them a gift of massage? During the month of December, all session-specific gift certificates are 15% off. (Not valid on dollar amount gifts) These can be purchased online at Raleigh Massage Gift Certificates for Women  or in person, by arrangement, by calling 919-602-5742.

Give that special woman in your life a gift that feel good to both you you, the gift of massage!

Raleigh’s Best Mother’s Day Massage Gift!

Mothers.  Where would we be without them?  They are the glue that holds the family together.  Mothers work hard, day and night, to make sure all the needs of the family are being met.  Who in your family does most of the  grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, homework supervision, and driving children to the multitude of activites they are involved with….the list doesn’t end.

Because of this, it is very important to show the mothers in your life just how much you appreciate all they do.  What better way than to give her a gift certificate that will allow her to stop running for a while and take some time for herself?

This Mother’s Day, Metamorphic Massage For Women is offering a special Mothers Day Package.  Mothers receive a 60 or 90-minute session, which consists of their choice of including a 30-minute Body Polish or the addition of heated stones to the massage.  After the session, they will enjoy some berries and chocolate.

Another option is for both mothers and daughters.  Come in together for a special afternoon together…you each choose the service you would like to receive, either a body polish with a massage or a heated stone masssage, 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 with a family member!

Show the mother in your life how much you appreciate her and give her the gift of relaxation.

Karma Yoga Day

Looking for something new to do, where you can both give and receive at the same time?  An interesting event is being held at Moving Mantra Yoga Studio in Raleigh, to benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.  On Saturday, May 30th, from 9:00 a.m. until noon, several opportunites are presented.  You can take part in a yoga class or sit in a meditation group, giving you a chance to try one of regular offerings at the yoga center.   You can also receive special self-care services including chair massage, paraffin hand waxes, haircuts, Ayurvedic treatments, and foot reflexology. If you are one who likes to shop, items such as jewelry, t-shirts, and refreshments will be available.  Raffle tickets are also being sold for some really cool prizes, including a gift certificate for a one-hour massage from Metamorphic Massage For Women!

All proceeds from this event benefit the Inter-Faith food Shuttle, a Raleigh-based organization working to alleviate hunger through recovering, preparing and distributing wholesome food to poor, hungry, undernourished and homeless people in the area.
For more information on the event, go to http://www.movingmantrayoga.com.  To learn more about the Interfaith Food Shuttle, go to http://www.foodshuttle.org.

Spend some time May 30th at Moving Mantra Yoga Studio, and help feed the hungry,  while you nourish your own body and spirit!