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Foot Detox Packages

February 2, 2016

Order your Foot Detox Soak Package today!

Call or email at 773-972-8557   Jen@SagesMassage.com

Available Options:

Standard Foot Detox Soak ToGo-$60
Includes all you need to enjoy a full 5 week treatment foot detox at home:

-Your personal tub

-custom blended detox soak ingredients (enough for 16 uses)

-reusable Mason jar with wide lid

-1/4 cup stainless scoop

-foot brush

-aloe gel

-Special custom blended Wellness Tea from local tea shop- East West Tea Emporium- to rejuvinate your system while or after your soak

-your very own tea ball!

~ special reusable carrying bag

~ PLUS a coupon for 15 minutes of Relaxing Reflexology incorporating warm towels – leaving you to float away home… (a $25 value)

Call or email at 773-972-8557 Jen@SagesMassage.com

 

Deluxe Package- $120

Includes EVERYTHING LISTED ABOVE in Standard Foot Detox Soak ToGo, PLUS:

~ enough custom blend soak ingredients to extend your soaks for 4 months to keep on a weekly maintenance schedule

~ marbles for massage

~ 1 essesntial oil of your choice- choose from:

Lavender
Peppermint
Eucalyptus
Ginger
Cinnamon Leaf
Orange
(while supplies last-oil stock is limited please ask what is available in current stock)

~ PLUS 15 EXTRA minutes of Relaxing Reflexology incorporating warm towels – leaving you to float away home… Making 30 minutes total! (a $50 value)

TEA!!

I collaborated with Lynayn Mielke of East West Tea Emporium in Eastport to get you the Best teas to help support & recalibrate you as you detox and help to maintain as you move forward! She sources teas from around the world and is always furthering her knowledge on tea-making and health. You can see more about her on her Facebook page, The Well Infused Life or give her a call or email to set up tea-time! She also does presentations on tea & wellness and coaches health and nutrition as well as acupuncture.

Lynayn (410)-353-7727     eastwestteaemporium@gmail.com

 

 

Letting go… Autumn Newsletter Expansion (Sept 2015)

September 19, 2015

Letting Go…youblewmeaway

See the Truth of You, and letting go will happen naturally and without effort.

So, let go, of your need to let go.

It’s already done.

-Tiger Singleton

Easing away from things- physically and mentally as well as emotionally- can take a lot of energy. Some of these suggestions overlap with other parts of this month’s newsletter, just proving how interconnected our body-mind-spirit health really is!

Material release

  • 40 bags in 40 days

A good friend of mine told me about this house “cleansing” experiment she learned of when she was trying to downsize. It looks like this: For a 40 day time span, EVERY DAY  YOU FILL 1 BAG WITH THINGS TO GET RID OF…that’s it! Easy, right? She suggested the bags don’t always have to be the same size (wink-wink) but if you were to keep on this, you could significantly reduce your load! Now,  I’m a nostalgic person – I like to have things my Father made or my Son gave me when he was little, so I’m not saying just rid yourself of things willy-nilly, but I know I definitely have a potato masher in my kitchen that has not been touched in YEARS! (have I ever used it?!?) Then there are all the clothes that no longer fit me. So, you get my drift…

To help you once you compiled things to  Let Go, there are different groups that will come pick it up right off your porch! Here are a couple I like to use:  The Lupus Foundation   &  Vietnam Veterans of America.      I’m sure there are others, so make it easy on yourself and just schedule a pick-up!

  • Hire a Pro!

There is always someone who is a professional at whatever you may need- including de-cluttering! There are consultants all over who can help you  do everything from organize & purge, to incorporating fengshui into your home or office!

   Donna Detting is a simplicity coach, professional organizer & artist. She works with clients starting from a place of Joy, where she helps envision the space and life you want to create and then helps make decisions on what to purge and how to organize in order to support that vision. She also helps to develop new processes so that you are able to sustain that vision. See more on her website SimplerLifeSolutions.com. Her phone # 301-330-8750.
    Some local fengshui consultants:  Yarrow at FengShui at the Bay

There are people out there to help if you have a hard time on your own, and sometimes just having an honest friend there can be a great start!

Physical release

  • Massage

I am, obviously, a great proponent of massage therapy. I have not only experienced it myself, but have witnessed in my 8 years in the career, many physical releases on the table. Sometimes we just need a little sign-post to point the way toward that release.

  • Reflexology

This is another modality that I offer that allows my clients to find an avenue of release. To relax as well as affect all systems and parts of the body  is a powerful thing. I have clients who benefit even when they don’t realize the full scope of this wonderful practice!

  • Reiki

This is a very subtle and non-invasive yet effective way to help yourself as well as clients. Reiki is a practice involving your own inner work which in turn helps to create a safe space for release. It can be incorporated into my Massage and Reflexology sessions to heighten the effects and multiply the benefits for all. Ask me if you are interested in learning more or would like to become a practitioner yourself (it is a wonderful way to heighten your personal energy levels and learn help  yourself as well as others).

  • Exercise

This is a great way to release physical build-up, not to mention, of course, it keeps you healthy. Some of my favorites include rebounding,  yoga, hula-hooping & bike riding (or in my case, it’s trike-riding :).  Really, any form of  exercise that you enjoy and does not harm your body is perfect.  Not all forms are for everyone, so check in with your body and be aware what does or doesn’t treat you well.  Water workouts are great for people with arthritis or who detest sweating, Jogging tends to be hard on the joints so may not be best for those with problem knees or disc issues. Listen to your body- there are myriad ways to get your exercise in.

  • Diet

What we eat is the most important tool to health that we have- the Best Medicine!  Our best bet is to avoid toxins from the environment and processed foods, but even the healthiest eaters cannot avoid all that is contacted.  We can cleanse the inner body with different foods and supplements to release the toxins we take in. There are different nutritional systems designed for different body types and focuses to help rid ourselves of the buildup, so do your research and see what is right for you! There is a lot (understatement!) of info out there, and it can be easily overwhelming. There are dietitians or nutritionists that can help you look at your personal situation as well.  Nature’s Sunshine is the company I use-  (If you would like to get my wholesale discount, just put in this sponsor code when checking out-3334564 – you don’t have to sell anything, just spend $40 or more at the discounted price. If you have any questions, let me know!)

  • Movement 

There are many ways to incorporate movement in your life- including all the exercises I’ve listed above and all other forms! I’m going into a little more depth on movement itself as a form of release.  The practice of Tai Chi is a wonderful way to not only go inward (I go into more depth in the “Turning Inward” segment of this month’s newsletter) but also getting into the flow and beauty of movement of your body.

      Tai Chi -A form of martial arts that promotes personal spacial awareness & balance, as well as meditative movement and breathwork. Jing Ying Institute is a local martial arts studio that has classes for beginners as well as those who may have practiced before.
      Somatics – A fellow Therapist colleague of mine teaches Hanna Somatics -which, according to Thomas Hanna, is a “form of neuromuscular (mind-body training) movement re-education that goes directly to the root cause of most chronic muscular pain: the brain and the way in which it senses and organizes the muscles and movement.” You can learn more about Ryan on his website: Somatic Health Solutions . He advocates daily movement of any kind, but especially certain exercises he can teach you personally to re-educate your muscles to empower you to release!  Dancing is a wonderful way to get moving!
      Dance – This is perhaps one of the most fun ways to move-it, move-it! You can go to a studio & actually learn classic styles like salsa, tango, waltz etc.. do dance therapy where you move through issues bottled up or just effecting you or just put on some music and let your mind empty and your body just do it’s thing! Some like to go to a club but you can just as effectively dance at home. The key is to move your body!

Mental/Emotional release

There are innumerable ways to help yourself release mentally and emotionally, some of which I’ve already mentioned above, as they work on both the physical and emotional planes. So,  at the risk of repetition but for the sake of helping inspire someone who may not have read other sections, I will go over ways that I’ve tried or know about and have heard are effective or others.

  • Massage/ Reiki/ Reflexology

You can find all 3 of these above as they are beneficial to your physical as well as your mental/emotional states. If you’d like a little more info, you can go to my website- SagesMassage.com.

  • Mindfullness

This term can incorporate many different practices, all of which are meant to bring you into the present moment. This is a constant practice/struggle. It is so easy to slip into the past’s memories or worry over the future’s possible outcomes, but the only thing that truly exists is now. Try sitting sometime and see where your mind goes. Bring it back to where you are, now. Feel the air on your skin, taste the food- really take the time to taste it, watch the wind blow through the trees and keep bringing your thoughts back to whatever is around you now.  If it is something that annoys you, like maybe the noise of the neighbor dog barking- be with that. If it is the feeling of the water running over your hands as you wash the dishes, be with that. While driving feel the steering wheel- is it rough, smooth, cold, warm? Be with it. Try to keep your attention on whatever you are doing or experiencing. It is a very fulfilling endeavor- one that brings to light the magic within every moment- good or bad.

  • Therapy

Talking with someone to voice your inner feelings and work through issues from the past or anxieties can be  so freeing. There are many  different types of professionals who can help in this arena so finding one that resonates with you is important.  One very heart-based counselor I know is Dr. Nancy Moonstarr. She sees clients both in DC and Annapolis.

However you move forward, the most important thing is to respect yourself and listen to your body and what it may need!

Here’s To Your Health!

Jennifer Sage ~ SagesMassage

Turning inward… Autumn Newsletter Expansion (Sept 2015)

September 17, 2015

Turning Inward can be quite simple and at the same time one of the most difficult things a person can do. The Key is to realize you are more than your ego- actually, your ego is not you at all. You can “train” yourself to be the watcher and see that the ego can rule or be quieted. If you are truly living in the moment, the ego has no space to exist. This can be a truly exciting and scary experience, but one whose benefits are endless!  Read on for some suggestions for helping with this journey…

  • Learn More…

I’m including some of the books that I have been influenced by. You may or may not enjoy them, you may find some that you can relate to better. I am always curious to hear from others’ as to what helps them!! Please share with me by email some you like.  Jen@SagesMassage.com or on my Facebook page at SagesMassage.com

Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now

DonMiguel Ruiz – The Four Agreements

Anodea Judith – The Sevenfold Journey (reading this one now-Thanks Pat Clarke!))

  • Tai Chi / QiGong

This is a relaxing form of martial arts that also can be a form of self-defense! The Jing Ying Institute  in Severna Park offers a class for beginners as well as a class for those familiar with this relaxing modality. They describe it as ” an internal style of martial arts, teaches mental focus, while emphasizing coordination, balance, relaxation, and proper breathing.” (For more info on their classes, click here.)

  • Meditation

This ancient practice has had all sorts of airplay in recent years and I hear a lot of people say “I can’t do it”. I think it’s important to know, there are different ways to go about it, and it’s not just about being tuned out and at peace. A traditional Buddhist practice does not have you sitting with your eyes closed, tuning out- but rather becoming mindful of the surroundings at the same time un-focusing on them.

There are other ways to find a place of peacefulness within you as well. Read on for a couple ideas…

    Sensory Deprivation- I mentioned this in another part of this newsletter , but I will add it here as it can be a great tool for clearing your thoughts. Float Annapolis is a local business that offers this peaceful process.  You can learn more about the theory behind these float tanks here. 
    Labyrinths–  What is a Labyrinth? (More detail here) This is a path created for walking meditation. It is usually a stone path  woven of concentric circles in an ancient geometric pattern. Many times referred to as a three-fold path- simplified as being: the journey in representing letting go, the center representing illumination and the journey back out representing taking the benefits back to your life. This reminds me much of the Buddhist Threefold Way of Ethics (cleansing of wrong-thinking), Meditation( relating to illumination) and Wisdom (as in using what is learned to live in a good way) .  I have also heard some say if you are trying to figure out a problem, to start at the center and work your way out, and if you have a question you are looking for your mental clarity on, start at the outside and work your way in. Either way it can be a relaxing experience.  There are a couple that I know of here in town- you may have been right by them and never noticed! One is in the front lawn of  St. Luke’s Church  on Bay Ridge Ave and Fairview Ave in Eastport. The other is in front of The Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts by Bates Middle School. Both locations are open to public anytime.
    Mandalas– Whether you are creating them with sand as the monks do,  just concentrating on them as a meditative concept or coloring them, mandalas are a beautiful distraction from thinking. They are meant to represent the universe and usually consist of circle within a square having within a very balanced geometric composition, though artists tend to take liberties and create their own composition! There are lovely artworks and books you can use as reflecting meditations or here are a couple links to sites you can print out your own to color!    PrintMandala  ColoringPagesforAdults

As always, Here’s to Your Health!

Jennifer Sage ~ SagesMassage

Branching Out… Autumn Newsletter Expansion (Sept 2015)

September 16, 2015

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So many of us just muddle through day to day & week to week and continue in the same old ruts… I wanted to give some fresh ideas of things that you may like to try and even some upcoming events to open up your experiences and broaden the Joy!

Things To Try:

  • Float Annapolis– This intriguing therapy consists of a sensory deprivation salt water tank in which you may find total tranquility. If you have trouble quieting your mind & just want to try a total immersion method, this may be right for you. Some even consider it helpful for those suffering from PTSD and minor aches & pains. I personally love the stillness and deep silence. Only caution would be if you have issues with claustrophobia, you may want to visit and take a look first. They also offer saunas and infrared saunas. (For more info on Sensory Deprivation and it’s benefits, here’s a link to a Discover Magazine article that goes into more detail.)
  • Coursera– Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online- FREE. (You can choose to pay a fee if you want credentials, but just to learn doesn’t cost anything!) Check out the site for available courses- I’m taking a Philosophy and the Sciences course later this month! All kinds of topics are available- computer courses, religion, business and SO much more!
  • Sign up to Mentor/Tutor local underpriveledged children with Creating Communities– This local non-profit has a fabulous goal: Designing and implementing art, music and creativity programs to build expression, personal growth and life skills. In a sad time when lots of public schools have lost funding for arts, this group is helping to fill the gap. You can sign up to read to, help with homework or just to be there for kids in need on a Tuesday afternoon. They also have Arts Wednesdays. What a lovely concept! As the saying goes, It takes a village community…

Upcoming Events:

  • Fit n Fabulous Fair – Come out to the Annapolis Harbour Center on September 26th from 11-4 to try out all kinds of demos and talk to vendors from local companies to learn some ways to stay Fit…and Fabulous! I’ll be doing Reflexology & chair massage- Come out and try a session and receive a free gift!! I know there will be yoga demos and I think some sort of martial arts!
  • Annapolis Fringe Festival! – starts at 7pm September 26th and goes through Midnight- check out the website for some amazing performances and intriguing art- Free Your Mind and have some Fun!!
  • Creating Abundance: A Journey from Great Fullness to Soul Fullness– This is a FaceBook link, so if you are not on Facebook, I’m including a flier here:  PDFCelebrating Abundance Retreat Flyer October 17    Just as the name says, this is a beautiful way to focus on the Abundance of Life — joy, gratitude abundance, harmony, relaxation, release and peace.

Play and stay connected to your inner child…

July 6, 2015

Play is the way children learn! Why do we as adults decide to stop playing and work so much?!? Joy is a vital part of optimal health and most Americans (and some other nations, of course) have gotten in the habit of working so much, there is no time for play! Well, I say, play is just as important than work, if not more so! I know we have bills to pay, but if you cut out the fun and joy, you are not really living! It doesn’t take much- just try to incorporate some playtime in your day!!

Some ways I like to play include:

  • COLORING! – yes, I still love coloring. I have coloring books left over from when my son was young and some more mature design books I like to color in! Sometimes drawing your own designs is even better!!  Coloring
  • BUBBLES!  I just LOVE bubbles! I love how they look, i love watching them float away and especially love the way they turn just about anyone into the kid trying to run and pop them!!  🙂
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  • HANGING WITH KIDS!  There really is no easier way to learn about letting go and being free than being around those little innocent bundles of amazement! They are truly full of joy and still connected to that place of pure Love! Try to see things through those unspoiled eyes…listen to the questions they ask and the answers they give… so awe-inspiring!IMG_7122
  • HULA HOOPING!  Much fun and great exercise too! Dust off that hoop and just try to hula without smiling!!

IMG_7404.fullok…so this is advanced Hooping you can experience at different  Farmer’s Markets.  Baltimore Hoop Love is all about hooping and sharing the fun with all who want to play!!

These are just some of the ways I like to stay young…Would you share some of your ideas with me??

Jennifer Sage ~ owner SagesMassage

Dealing With Stress…Control Yourself!

July 6, 2015

In my newsletter, I touched on the idea of helping yourself keep stress (and, in turn, blood pressure) down. We all have stress in our daily life, but we can deal with it in a positive way! You will never be able to avoid stress altogether, so might as well learn ways to help yourself cope. OF COURSE MASSAGE IS GREAT… but you can do some things between sessions to keep levels in check:

  • BREATHE!  I know it sounds silly, and you’ve heard it a million times, but attentive breathing is the #1 best (and cheap) thing we can do to reduce the effects of stress and you can do it anywhere, anytime!! 3 deep belly breaths in a moment of chaos can truly help you refocus and move forward in a more positive manner. Whether you are at work, in traffic or dealing with spouse or kids, attentive breathing circulates much needed oxygen to your brain and muscles! There are many techniques on focusing on your breath, I can give you some basics or If you’d like a more structured way of learning, there are places that teach breathwork. One I know of is Bob Sima. You can learn more about what he offers  on his website and ask him for details on when and how you can set up a session for you or even a group! Also, some Kundalini and Restorative yoga classes include breathwork. If you know of other classes in the area, please let me know so I can share!!
  • MEDITATION!  Sure do hear about this a lot nowadays, but it is an ancient practice (yes, practice, as in you never stop learning!) and there are myriad different ways to go about it! Traditional meditation, guided meditations, walking labyrinths are just a few options. There are lots of choices out there, you just need the one(s) that work for you!    If you’d like to practice traditional Buddhist meditation, Gampopa Center in Eastport is a wonderful little haven. There you can learn beginning practices (preliminaries) and more with a warm welcoming sangha and Lama Phurbu Tashi Rinpoche when he is in town!   Another local option is Julie Blamphin with Stretch Your Spirit Yoga. In addition to her group and one-on-one yoga classes, she offers guided meditations- check out more here.  Yet another option is daily-delivered-to-your-inbox meditations through various online groups- usually 21 day programs that are free for the daily use and only charge if you want unlimited, ongoing use of them (as in a download or CD). Chopra Center (with Oprah & Deepak Chopra) -the website also offers some stand alone guided meditations you can access whenever , The Mentor’s Channel offers several  21 day programs periodically, you just sign up with your email and when a new program is starting they will let you know and you just register- it’s FREE for the daily send. If you want to, you can purchase the program so you can listen to it whenever and as long as you want. When you go to the website, you’ll see options to join the club (for a fee) or for FREE access.
  • TAI CHI! This is a great way to get your body moving and learn to breathe and connect at the same time…and is good for all ages!! There is a class taught by Jan Graves at Shakti Studio in Cape St. Claire on Tuesday afternoons good for beginners and designed by the Arthritis Foundation. Also,  The Anne Arundel Medical Center offers an 8 week session of classes- (I’m not sure on starting dates so check the website!)
  • NATURE! Another free, easy and immediate  reliever of stress is simply going outside. Listening to birds, walking in the woods or just watching the water or the clouds can instantly help to calm and soothe.
  • FOOD! There is plenty of research showing what you eat can affect your mood. Serotonin is the happy hormone our body releases, but sometimes we aren’t efficiently producing it!  You can boost levels by making sure you have appropriate levels of B vitamins, essential fatty acids, L-theanine & magnesium. Check this site out for examples of foods you can get these vitamins and minerals from.  If you are interested, I also know a local group that is starting up to help balance your mood with your food. Let me know and I can give you more info!!
  • SMILE & HUG!  No, Really! Whether real or fake, smiling releases ‘happy hormones”- When your facial muscles used in creating a smile are engaged, your brain is triggered into releasing endorphins- which in turn lowers your cortisol levels!!   They’re  also contagious, so spread smiles all around!!!  And Hugs? Hugs release oxytocin and dopamine (see below) which are both mood lifters and stress calmers! Amazing!Oxytocin is the hormone responsible for us all being here today. You see this little gem is released during childbirth, making our mothers forget about all of the excruciating pain they endured expelling us from their bodies and making them want to still love and spend time with us.

    When we hug someone, oxytocin is released into our bodies by our pituitary gland, lowering both our heart rates and our cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for stress, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

    In addition to releasing Oxytocin, hugs also stimulate brains to release dopamine, the pleasure hormone. Dopamine sensors are the areas that many stimulating drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine target. Fortunately, we’re never going to see D.A.R.E posters with “The Faces of Hugs” showing the downward decline of the chronic hugger.

    I know I’ve mentioned some of these before, but it’s SO important I thought it worth the repost!!

    Give some of these a try and see what works for you!

HER”S TO YOUR HEALTH!!

Jennifer Sage ~ owner of SagesMassage

Smoothies for Health

February 6, 2015

For my birthday in Dec I received a Nutri Ninja – it is like a tornado machine! I must say, it makes smoothies lots of fun!  (It is pretty loud, but worth it!)

This is why I’m trying smoothies in lieu of juicing (which I still love).  The point of smoothies (and juicing for that matter), for me is to get extra nutrients into my daily intake. I like veggie centered concoctions- though,  I must admit, I do use fruits in my smoothies whereas when I juice, I just like the vegetables. Because of the consistency, for me a banana, berries, an apple or a pear is needed to help naturally sweeten up the drink.

My Recipe?

I almost always start with kale (packed with vitamins A, C and K as well as minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus)- but you can use any leafy green –  add a veggie (beets maybe? a colossal punch with potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid and more!), fruit (frozen berries or banana?), some liquid (sometimes almond milk, perhaps coconut water, pear juice or just water) and chunks of ice (optional). I also add ground flax seed for the omega 3’s and sometimes protein powder.

There are a million recipes out there. Try some out and don’t be afraid to create your own!

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