#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.

At Metamorphic Massage for Women, one of the organizations that we like to support is InterAct of Wake County.  InterAct 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.

Every year, they hold a Holiday Bazaar for children.  We encourage you to donate to this event for Giving Tuesday.

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 offers gift baskets 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.

Gift baskets are 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.

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday

Support the little people!

The Saturday following Thanksgiving is known as 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!

Do all your holiday shopping locally and help support an independent business owner!

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.)

yum

Ingredients:

  • 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 http://www.anythingwithaplugrecycling.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.

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: http://cp.revolio.com/issue/50186

Last Minute Gift Idea in Raleigh

OOPS! You forgot to get her a gift. We’ve made it easy for you to get something quick online that is sure to keep you out of the doghouse.

Metamorphic Massage For Women  offers gift certificates for 60-, and 90-minute massages online.  It is easy…choose from several designs, and after paying you can print it or you can email it to her!

Check out our gift certificates at https://metamorphicmassageforwomen.com/services/gift-certificates/

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!