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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Coffee & Butter

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Good Morning! From the home roasting kitchen of Gaia Coffee Co-op & "How to Roast Your Own Coffee"

In the Morning I make coffee with my custom blend of beans I call the "Two Kings".  I make it with two exceptional types of coffee, one very earthy and pungent, the other smooth and nutty, both full body Arabica beans that rock my world. That with waking up to my cat who thinks she is holding a conversation with me. I might even believe I understand what she is saying.

So as I was going through my ritual, I had a thought (light bulb), it was odd, as so many of my thoughts are this early in the morning before my first sip of Coffee. At the time I was reaching for butter in the refrigerator for my oatmeal. When my eyes jetted over to my coffee glass sitting on the counter.
 (a moment) "What if you could put butter in coffee?" You might immediately make the assumption, wow! that's a crazy thought. But while giving it more contemplation instead of brushing it aside, I decided to unpack it :

 Of all the foods I love coffee is one of them right off the top! The others are quite simple. Butter, Sugar, Heavy Cream, and savory concoctions with lots of Cheese. So why wouldn't butter be in my coffee? Half the other things, are with the exception of cheese. 
Like a file cabinet flipping through dusty files, I had the memorie of dipping sour dough french bread with butter into my coffee growing up. How delicious the combination of those three things were, Coffee, Butter, Sourdough French Bread, and how most good combinations come in threes. The Holy Trinity of Garlic,Onion,Ginger,/ Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, The Supreams, And last but not least The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.

 So heavenly this combination of CBSFB with little bits of soggy french bread breaking off, clunking into my coffee cup, with butter beads floating on the surface,   don't even care! it's so good.

And what about Croissants?  This is a flaky baked concoction which seems to breathe butter with every bite! And yes most people dip them into coffee. It defies common sense! Why does coffee and butter go so well together? and why is it so cleverly hidden in pastry?

 How about deep fried doughnuts with lots of butter?  In Louisiana there is a pastry they call  Beignet , originally brought to Louisiana by the French Colonialist, the Creole delicacy made with butter.

My distinct memory of sitting in coffee shops dousing hot doughnuts into coffee while I was supposed to be in school, where just the first signs of a life long addiction to Coffee and Butter. And no I don't want to stop! This is starting to sound more like a confession. "Yes Father Benedict I have sinned I stuck a cube of butter into my coffee this morning". But some how I think I have justified my point, not feeling so crazy after all.

I wonder what Julia Child would have said on the subject of
Coffee & Butter?

The recipe for butter in your coffee
Bullet Proof Coffee

Monday, June 23, 2014

Chair Massage

Seated Massage(Chair Massage)  Isolating the neck, head, and shoulders for special attention! The arms are hanging downward, and in this position it feels really good to have your hands and your arms rubbed. The knees are supported also in this seated position allowing the body to rest slightly forward taking the pressure off your body, creating full support for your skeletal structure. Allowing the mind to release the brain shatter and body tension, chair massage will most often put you to sleep, or fall into a deep meditation. Unlike full body massage this type of massage is done fully clothed, with no massage oil. A session can be anywhere from just a few minutes to a full hour working down from the head all the way to the toes, leaving a person fully recharged but very relaxed.
Relieves: Back pain, Neck pain, Shoulder pain and relaxes the whole body.
$20-15 minutes
$40-35 minutes
$60-50 minutes
Soft music played and a cool water served after chair massage.
Corporate chair massage available.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Full Comprehensive Wellness Package's
Get back on track to better health. De-stress, eat well and feel great! We develop individual wellness plans for professionals, and people wanting support along the way to better health and a happier lifestyle.

What to expect in a free consultation?
Something feels out of whack or you wouldn't be calling. You want to heal, and you don't know where to start?. So you call and describe the way you feel. We will ask you a series of question that give us a better idea how to get things started with your journey to being healthy and feeling better.

From the list of healing modalities we offer, we can put together a complete plan covering three basic healing modalities- Nutrition, Yoga Exercise, and Massage. Maybe you just want to experience the nutrition plan & and yoga, to lose weight, or you want to try massage and nutrition for relaxation, and a calming diet. What ever suits your health needs for the month, it's up to you!

 But I recommend the Trifecta! All three modalities to get the perfect jump start all at once! But most importantly you won't be alone. I coach each of my clients to get them through the month, and to keep focused on their wellness journey. Expect weekly phone calls to get through it! If not I will be seeing you in my office. So depending on which package you choose will determine how many trips to my office.

The Wellness Trifecta :

Empathic spiritual Guidance & Life Coaching

Over The Phone Nutrition  Counseling
Includes one trip to Whole Foods Market, or Herb store, nutrition- meal planning for weight loss, or more energy, with whole foods organic choices of food for the month. We will teach you how to make healthy substitutes for the food you already like.

Massage-, Chi Nei Tsang- every two weeks or depending upon needs

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hand Crafting Massage Oils That Make Your Body Tingle

Three Essential Oils That Make Your Body Tingle When Used With  Base Oils 

There is a reason why you want to use massage oils that make your body tingle, for one you know that the blood is going to the outer surface of you skin to invigorate the upper fascia layers of the skin, making your skin look alive, but also making you look and feel fantastic.

This review gives you three  natural essential oils to add to natural oil for massage treatments, producing three different effects.

 Often essential oils are combined having a multi- layered effect, wrapping the body in sensual feelings, while giving the senses a bouquet of aromas that stimulate the olfactory glands for a delicious feeling of well being and delight.

But I also recommend  using essential oils separately, because each oil has an entirely different medicinal effect on the body. These three selections are known for their in-livening and stimulating, and calming effect, while one will wake up your body, and one will put you to sleep, and one will take the muscle pain away. Are you ready? Let's get started!

I will give you three recipes for massage oils that will make you body feel and look alive to use on your partner and for self massage and healing.

 Start of with a simple base oil of Canola oil , you may also use- The following Oils (from Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.
Health concerns about canola oil that are being circulated on the Internet are unfounded).

Grape seed oil- antioxidant , rich in bioflavonoids: helps maintain ph. balance of the skin

Sesame Seed oil - high in linoleic acid: moisturizing: easily absorbed into the skin

Sunflower Seed Oil - contains natural vitamin E ; antioxidant

Wheat germ Oil- high in vitamin E; natural antioxidant useful for reducing scar tissue and stretch marks. acts as a preservative

Vitamin E Oil- natural antioxidant; protects and promotes regeneration of the skin.

  • Where to get essential oils and base Oils ?.
  • Make sure you use quality essential oils and base oils
  • Oils go right into your blood stream to treat your system try a little on your skin first to see if your allergic
  • The largest organ of your body is your Skin! that's why it's so important to put only natural ingredients on your skin
I go to whole food Market,  and get the plastic bottles to store my oils in, but if you are a purest  get the blue glass bottles with the pump they are dark and good for storing and keeping your oil fresh.

 My oils never last to long, because they are in constant use, and when you use my recipes people will keep coming back for more massage.

You can also find some essential oils at Whole Foods Market, however you can also go online  and get oils or when your in Berkeley Ca  use Lhasa Karnak, , they have an extensive selection of  essentials oils and base oils  products from Amazon.
The Essential Oils

Rosemary essential Oil.- long known for it's invigorating qualities is also an herb for burning in your home for memory, and used to this day in of Greece for students studying. The volatile oil is an analgesic and stimulant when applying to the skin. It's a warming herb that stimulates memory and the blood in your body. It can be applied to the back of the head for migraine headaches. That's why it's such a good massage oil, it's fab for brain circulation.

 Mix 6 drops to  four ounce bottle of massage oil. Used on the head it's good to stimulate the hair follicles. Natural hair shampoo that's  another discussion for a Blog sense using this remedy I've had a healthy scalp, never having dandruff.

Lavender Oil, This gem of an oil is a relaxing, re-leaving muscle spasms. It's an antidepressant, an antiseptic, and antibacterial. Like Rosemary, Lavender stimulates blood flow, but milder. When used in the evening in a massage oil or in a sachet pillow it will put you right to sleep. You may also put a couple of drops in our bath water, so breathe deep. I like to put it right on burns, it heals it right away, reduces scaring, can use pure Lavender oil right on skin,  it's so soothing.

 Put several drops in your base oil for a calming massage

Birch Oil a French medicinal oil used for rheumatism, muscular pain cramps arthritis, tendinitis, hypertension , and inflammation. Birch oil is also good for cleansing and draining the lymphatic system, other uses are: healing edema, reducing fever, and discomfort in the joints. Add a couple of drops to 4 ounces of massage base oil.

These are three essential oils for many massage uses. I hope you enjoy them.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Chi Nei Tsang, Taoist Massage, My personal experience

Mantak Chia Taoist Master

 Che Nei Tsang

Chi Nei Tsang, where the hands are used to direct the Chi (Qi) through the belly region distributing the energy throughout the body. When done properly with deep breathing, toxins and gas are expelled from the belly along with tension. The nervous system is calmed, and revitalized. Deep emotional issues are magically resolved  healing physical problems too.

 What do I mean by this! The Taoist Monks and Nuns knew a way to reach deeper issues hiding in the seat or center of the body where the major organs are, and knew how to clear toxins due to stomach congestion, and stagnant (Qi), causing mental disruption, and emotional stress, we don't truly know if one leads to the other. My teaching tells me they do coincide, tummy upset and mental stress.

 When you are fearful or upset it causes tightness, and the acid in the tummy gets churned up, the organs of the body go into over drive. If you experience fright or flight often, then  it's a rap, meaning ulcers chronic indigestion, Cronin disease,and a long list of things can happen. Being in tune with your body functions, breathing and working with the modality of Chi Nei Tsang, brings awareness to the digestive system, and one is able to work on self when noticing tension creeping in.

 What can a person do to stop this tension? Is it the food they eating? Is it their environment? Is it the way their boss speaks to them at work? The breath is the magical reset button to calm the agitation in the gut. Gut feelings can not be ignored
Free Consultation and Massage $80 per. Hour

Studied under Allison Post, summer work shop (2001)
and Mantak Chia, His visit to Harbin Hot Spring 2011)

 History and Recferences provided by Wikipidea:

Chi Nei Tsang 氣內臟 is a hands-on holistic health practice of ancient Chinese Taoist tradition, rediscovered and further developed by Chi-Kung (Qigong in Chinese Pinyin: Chi-based internal exercises and functional meditations). Master Mantak Chia and his lineage of students and practitioners support the tradition. Chi Nei Tsang involves the application of Chi-Kung in the manual treatment of the viscera (Nei-Tsang) and the deepest internal structures of the body. Following the classical Taoist model, Chi Nei Tsang simultaneously heals the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Originally, Taoist monks and nuns practiced Chi Nei Tsang to enhance their health, detoxify their organism, and upgrade the quality of their Chi (Qi) so that they could successfully, and safely practice the highest-level spiritual meditation formulas of enlightenment. Once a practice of legendary fame at the imperial court of China and in the numerous Taoist temples across the country before the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Chi Nei Tsang has now virtually disappeared from China, along with many other Taoist practices of a spiritual nature, under the current Chinese communist ideology (Healing from Within with Chi Nei Tsang, 1999, G. Marin North Atlantic Books).

The contemporary form of Chi Nei Tsang, as being taught by Master Mantak Chia and his disciples worldwide, is deeply rooted in three different traditions: Classical Taoist Chinese Medicine, Traditional Internal Medical Thai Massage, and Western holistic medicine. The combination of these three traditions is actually congruent with the ancient Taoist philosophy of change and impermanence: The Tao meaning "the Way", "the right manner" and "the Right Way to live healthily in this place and age". With its holistic approach, its medical science coming from the depth of classical Chinese wisdom and using the precise technology of traditional Thai medical massage, Chi Nei Tsang has been able to provide deep transformative and permanent healing to the widest range of people worldwide regardless of belief system, culture or tradition.