Registration has opened for our 2014 Yoga Teacher Training and we recently held our first Free Information Session for potential students. Fairly, one of the questions that the attendees asked of both our teachers and of our Yoga Teacher Training … Continue reading
Want to wake up the energy within? Kundalini yoga is the practice of using breath and posture in order to move the energy that rests at the base of the spine upward through the chakras. As the movement pushes the energy through the chakras, it channels the energy and amplifies the vibrations created from the body that influence the physical being and the environment. These vibrations, along with the focused breathing, calms the mind while energizing the body as it awakens the key energy channels.
For those who feel constantly tired, worn down, or overwhelmed, this is a wonderful practice. Kundalini yoga is known for its powerful effect on the body. The pranayama (breath work) introduces a focused means for breathing which works to inhibit the habit of taking shallow breaths and promote deep breathing. This breathing not only increases the intake of oxygen, giving the cells means to make energy, but also slows the brain waves creating a relaxed state for the individual which proves its ability to heal the body and mind simultaneously.
Here, at Blue Heron Wellness, we offer an enlivening 6:30am Kundalini practice with teacher Kati Gimes who helps start your day off with the energy needed to get you through the hours. If you have any questions or would like information on signing up for the class, contact us at 301-754-3730 or at email@example.com.
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, non-invasive technique that has a powerful effect against lymphedema and inflammation. Pumping the lymph through the body is vital for strong immunity and speeds injury recovery. MLD is recommended to treat pain, edema, inflammation, orthopedic injuries and burn scars. Visible improvement is often seen after one treatment. These noninvasive treatments can reduce pain and redirect the lymph flow that may be impeded by surgery or a compromised immune system. Treatments before and after any type of surgery can help to reduce post operative swelling, minimize the risk of infection, and decrease recovery time. Leslie Knee is a certified MLD therapist, and can work with you to reduce any symptoms you may be experiencing through a series of MLD sessions.
There are many articles on the internet that recommend MLD for detoxification or just for good overall health. If you have a healthy lymph system (no recent surgeries, generally good immunity), a full body Swedish massage is actually just as effective in moving the lymph, plus you gain the added benefits of relaxing the nervous system and getting the endorphins pumping. All therapists at Blue Heron can work with you to design a good lymph pumping session. Add some detoxifying aromatherapy (Theraclear lymph formula, or grapefruit and cypress essential oil) for an extra boost.
You may call our front desk staff (301-754-3730) to set up an appointment or if you have further questions about Manual Lymph Drainage and would be interested in a complimentary telephone consult.
The time has come for us to restart the Blue Heron Wellness Community blog. We are committed to adding some new information at least once weekly. It would be great to know what type of topics you would like to blog about. Let us know!
The Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals commissions a survey of the public to gather opinion and practice regarding massage therapy. Their findings were very encouraging, with the clear toward therapeutic massage as a means of managing pain, controlling the impact of stress and tension, and as a means of relaxation. They found that, “Massage therapy (a term used throughout this site to describe the whole of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies) gains converts each year, with near-universal favor among first-time customers. Massage is now a therapeutic leader in the burgeoning field of complementary and alternative medicine.”
For a review and summary of the findings, click here.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Organizations and Charities use this month to really step up their efforts in raising funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. We would like to let you know about one such effort that is especially relevant to the BHW community.
Judith A. Lese started her foundation following her own successful battle with breast cancer. Each year, her foundation holds the “Walk to Win”. Monies raised have provided equipment and support for the clinical trial programs and other services at the Sullivan Cetner for Breast Health at Sibley Memorial Hospital and research at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins — just to name a few.
This year the 9th Annual 5KWalk will be held on Sunday, October 16th 9am-12 noon (rain or shine)at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton Maryland.
First off, I apologize for the lack of newsletters of late. We are experiencing some technical difficulties in that department but I will be sure to back-publish all of the missed newsletter in case you would like to refer to them. For now, here’s a list of the appointments still available for this weekend (and Monday, which isn’t a weekend but its rough and you deserve a treat)
John: 9 (45min)
Betty: 10:15, 11:30, 12:45
Sooyong: 9:45, 11, 12:15 (30min)
Rachel G: 10
Lorraine: 1:15, 2:30, 3:45,5
Robin: 3:30, 4:45
Lorraine: 8:45, 10, 11:15, 1:15 (30min)
Rachel B: 10, 11:15, 12:30, 1:45
Sherry: 2, 3:15, 4:30(30 min)
Rachel G: 2:15, 3:30, 4:45
Betty: 3:30, 4:45
Leslie: 10, 11:15, 12:30, 1:45, 3
Angela: 11, 12:15, 1:30
Sooyong: 2:45, 4, 5:15, 6:30,
Michelle: 4, 5:15, 6:30
John: 5:30, 6:45, 8
Rachel B: 7:15
Next, here is a small bio introducing our newest acupuncture practitioner – Farris Johnson. It can also be seen on our website. Some of you may already be familiar with Farris if you have recently been to Friday Night Acupuncture Happy Hour ($15, 5:00-6:30 PM, drop-ins welcome until 6).
Farris grew up in Georgia and worked for years as a youth wilderness counselor, teacher, and tutor before moving to Maryland to pursue a degree in acupuncture. A recent Tai Sophia graduate, he is committed to bringing affordable acupuncture and wellness education to groups in the DC Metro area.
As Farris puts it, “I am continually amazed that tiny pins inserted just under the surface of the skin and a thoughtful question by a practitioner helped heal my shoulder, strengthen my bladder, and lift my depression; the same medicine has allowed me to help others heal their necks, stomachs, cancers, and spirits. I believe acupuncture is the answer to crises of healthcare, community, and ultimately the planet.”
Greetings and happy penultimate day of Community Week, Fall 2011. With the Fall schedule bringing us new classes and updates on beloved classics like acupuncture treatments and massage, I would like to take a minute to let you know about Blue Heron’s web presence.
As for the new items, Blue Heron now has a twitter account! Click on the hyperlink or search for us at your convenience “BlueHeronWellns”. BHW will be sending out daily tweets keeping you abreast of the goings on in the facility, like open weekend appointments, new product offers, new coupon announcements, etc. Most of this information will come from a combination of the website, bi-weekly newsletters, and blog posts, but it will now be available to you in true mobile convenience with the brevity that only a 140 character limit can bring.
With regards to our classics, if you are reading this post you may already realize that Blue Heron is bringing blogging back. Here you will be able to find permanent hyperlinks to the bi-weekly emails, as well as a short weekly post to keep you in the loop. For example, if you hear about a new product on twitter you can come here to check out more about what convinced us to offer it. And stay tuned for our new website in the near future; the same trusted product with a brand new look!
Got questions/comments/concerns/suggestions about BHW’s web presence? Leave us a comment! We’d love to hear from you.