Friday, October 29, 2010

The Power of Bridge Pose: By Dr. Weil

The Bridge Pose is a powerful tonic for body and mind. It provides an invigorating stretch for the chest, neck and spine. Traditionally, its benefits are said to also include:

•Calming the mind and alleviating stress and mild depression

•Stimulating abdominal organs, lungs and thyroid

•Rejuvenating tired legs

•Improving digestion

•Relieving the symptoms of menopause

•Reducing anxiety, fatigue, backache, headache and insomnia

It is also held to be a therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and sinusitis. Visit Simple Pleasures Yoga & Massage to learn how to do the pose!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Combat dry skin

Older skin has fewer sweat and oil glands than younger skin. Dry skin may be caused by frequent baths, certain cosmetics or medications. Avoid using harsh soaps when bathing, and if possible, cut back on the number of baths or showers each week. A sponge bath with warm water may help to clean and revive skin without stripping the skin of its valuable moisturizers. When you do use soap, try using a natural very mild soap that does not contain any dyes, parabens or perfumes. Follow up the bath with a moisturizing lotion concentrating on problem dry areas. A good all natural moisturizer is one of the foundations for a healthy skin care regimen. Continue moisturizing throughout the day to keep skin healthy. Your hands and face are particularly susceptible to daily damage, and may need to be moisturized several times.

Friday, October 15, 2010

I found this book at one of my trainings and enjoyed the little bit I got to read.  If this is something you feel would be helpful, I highly recommend it.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Simple Pleasures variety of massage styles offered.

Do you think table massage is the only way to get relief?  Well, we offer many ways for peace of mind and body.  Let me list a few...
Thai Massage - this is a style of massage that is performed on a mat with your clothes on.  While you sit and relax mostly, the practitioner passively manipulates your body into postions while massaging and creating a stretch in the muscle.  The end result is different than the table massage but is just as healing in many different ways.
Craniosacral - another creative way where you keep your clothes on.  This is another healing technique that uses light pressure for those who don't like deep tissue massage.  The practitioner listens to the body and works where the hands lead them.  With the help of an intake and awareness of the practitioner, muscles and joints can be relieved of stiffness.  Using energy and manipulation the result of this massage can be more relaxing than the well known table massage.
Yoga Therapy - in this sessions we take an evaluation to determine the purpose of the session.  From there we pick a series of poses and positions that will create a solution to problem areas.  Yoga poses are held dynamically or passively to strengthen and lengthen the body.  Others are designed to open problem areas.  Energy can be created or reduced in this session.  The end result is peace of mind!
Heated Stone Massage - this is where you do take your clothes off and lye on the massage table.  The massage is first started with heated stones and then a deep tissue massage is applied to the area that was massaged with the stones.  This is a favorite in the winter when the temperature drops below zero.  People tend to be more relaxed than ever with this massage!

Yoga at Simple Pleasures

We believe yoga is for every body.  Many times people are mislead into what yoga is about.  There are many defintions and many purposes for yoga.  Sometimes walking into the wrong yoga class can stear you into a mind thought that isn't what yoga is really about.  It is good to check out a class before walking into it.  Check the teacher out and find out what kind of training they have had.  The teacher can make or break the class.
Here we try to be as flexible and forgiving as anyone can be.  We let you make your own schedule and times.  We have set classes but you have the freedom to pick and choose when you can make it.  We teach to every body in the class.  No one is left behind.  We do our best to keep the class comfortable and welcoming for everyone.  There is room to grow if that is what you are looking for.  If all you want is a simple yoga class, we offer that too.
Your first class is free so nothing is spent but your time.  Don't hestitate and wait for the perfect time to start.  The perfect time is now.  See you soon!

Monday, October 11, 2010

This is one of my favorite yoga DVD's.  It has a yoga matrix so you can create your own workout.  It is for beginner's and beyond.
Another one of my favorite CD's!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Yoga Pose for the Blues by Dr. Weil

If you experience headaches, fatigue or mild depression, this yoga pose could help. The wide-legged forward bend, also known as Prasarita Padottanasana I (meaning “stretched out,” or “with outstretched limbs”), reputedly has many benefits, including therapeutic use for headache, lack of energy and poor mood. When done with proper form for the recommended amount of time, this pose can:

•Strengthen and stretch the legs and the spine

•Tone the abdominal organs

•Calm the mind

•Relieve mild backache

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

One of my favorite CD's...I will post more!

Taking advice on no-shows and last minute cancels....

How do you deal with no shows?

Do you always take a contact number when the client makes an appointment?

Do you phone a client whose number you have but who hasn't turned up?

What do you say to the client?

Do you re-book? Take a deposit?

What to do when your client does not show.....last minutes cancel=no-show=lost revenue....

Fall Harvest Apples


8 red apples, cored

1/4 cup butter

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 lemon, juiced

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place apples in a 9x13 inch baking dish.

2.In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, lemon juice and vanilla. Bring to a boil, and drizzle equally over apples.

3.Cover with foil, and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove cover, and continue to bake for 10 minutes, or until apples are tender. Serve warm.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 193
Total Fat: 9.3g
Cholesterol: 15mg