Making Time

June 3, 2015

unnamedOver the last several months I’ve been struck by not only a theme in my own life, but what I’ve been hearing from my ladies in and out of the studio – with and without kiddos. There is a pretty strong current out there that is pulling us in every direction but the one that leads us to taking of ourselves. We come up with a million different reasons to not set aside time for self care – and sometimes, we are so disconnected with our own needs, that it actually doesn’t even enter our consciousness that we may need some extra TLC.

Those who are close to me know that personally, this was a very tough winter. As we rolled into the new year, one thing was crystal clear, it was time for me to jump on the self care bandwagon in a very big way. For me it was truly going to be one of the only ways that I was going to hold it together and continue to take care of our beloved MWJ community – as it is not only my pleasure, but my job and one of my highest priorities.

You would think that since I own a wellness center, carving out time for self care would be no big deal…but I promise you, that is not always the case. I would be exhausted, worn down, and go on about my days – just like most of us tend to do. But I was done with that! I began going to see Dr. Justin Ohm for chiropractic if not twice, than at least once a month…at least one massage a month (with our beloved Sarah Hummel and also a chair massage spot on South Street – even if it was only for 20 minutes), Reiki once a month (with Pamela Hipp or Betty Kim) which has seriously been a game changer for me. I joke it’s better than therapy. Which for me, I honestly believe is true. I’ve started to practice yoga for myself again – what a revelation! And because I really needed to dig deep here, I even signed up for MY first yoga retreat that I was going to not teach, but take as a student at Kripalu. I’m not sure why we have to be pushed over the edge to really do these things for ourselves, but it seems that we do. Basta!
And I keep hearing, “Now that I’ve had the baby, I miss coming to MWJ so much!!” And listen, I know that you new Mama’s are really doing the best you can. You’re exhausted and dealing with so many new challenges – you’re barely hanging on by a thread. And there’s those of you, who have older kids, or no kids at all, that are also totally exhausted! You’re overworked, too many commitments, not enough sleep. I won’t lie, it is really challenging to find a balance. But truly, this is when you need the extra dose of TLC the most! I’m here to tell you, you owe it to yourself and to your own body, mind, and soul to take care of yourself. Life is too short and it can be SO MUCH better when you’re feeling good. Everyone around you will thank you!
My advice is this. Start taking baby steps:
* Schedule ONE self care appointment for yourself (if you don’t have childcare, team up with a friend in the same boat and trade or go in the evening when your partner can take over). If you are on a very strict budget, a lot of times practitioners will be happy to work something out with you.
* Take some time to clear your mind and get grounded: meditate for a mere 5 minutes a day (more if you want!) preferably at the same time each day. You many find that you actually crave this time of peace & quiet.
* Get yourself a boster and a set of yoga blocks so that you can practice some restorative yoga at home – 10 minutes counts!
* Don’t skip meals, drink lots of water, and stay away from too much coffee
* Sometimes I douse myself with essential oils for an extra boost or to lower whatever stress factor may be going down (mainly doTerra’s Balance or Serenity)…you can also use a couple sprays of Rescue Remedy (in the mouth) by Bach.
* Do your best to surround yourself with the people that bring you joy
* Find time to move your body and that can be anything that makes you happy! If you can’t get to a class, don’t have a baby sitter, etc. crank up the grooves and get down in the living room with your kids why don’t ya?
* If you’re partnered up and have kids, go on a date! No money for child care? Same as above, trade with friends in a similar situation.
* And last but not least + my favorite, if at all possible, take a VACATION. Seriously, even if it means one or two full days off, do it! Now that I don’t have to be at MWJ 24/7, taking days off is seriously my favorite thing to plan. Not only does it recharge me, but I am a better and happier teacher, friend, and boss when I get back. And I promise you, the same will be true for you.
There are many different ways to take care of yourself. Only you truly know what will work best and fit into your life. The important thing is to start making space for self care before it’s too late and you just wanna scream. You got this!
xopaige
* picture via IG and @pennyfrancesapothecary

Reiki Magic

February 2, 2015

photoMy first true experience with Reiki was when Christina McCabe walked into MWJ to introduce herself in the winter of 2013. She offered to give me a session right then and there and I swear to you when she put her hands over me, I felt the energy so intensely, I immediately started crying. I had a profound inner body release that I could not contain. It was almost shocking. I had just opened the studio and I was so overwhelmed with everything. I was extremely stressed (without actually ever giving it much thought) and definitely needed as much self care as possible. After that first experience, I was hooked and worked with Christina until she moved back to New York.

Since then, Pamela Hipp has arrived from California and I had a full treatment with her last week. I felt so incredibly relaxed I decided I had to just let myself ‘be’ in this space. I could have easily made myself snap back to reality and work mode but instead, I decided to go right home and take a nap. It was amazing! I had the most profound rest, incredible dreams, and that night I once again slept like a baby. I woke up and told my students in class, you have to take this workshop!! We even scheduled it so that you can come right after work.

THIS WEEK: Reiki for Self Care with Pamela Hipp, Wednesday February 4th, 6:30-8:30pm, $40

So you ask, what really is Reiki??

Reiki is a holistic healing technique that promotes relaxation and stress relief through gentle touch. It balances the life force energy that flows in and around all living beings. Students will learn simple, yet powerful, strategies to encourage well-being, vitality, and strengthen the immune system. This is class is open to all. The techniques are universal and will be especially beneficial for prenatal care. The definition of Reiki, a brief history, and a simple self-care routine will be taught in this introductory class. This routine may be used to reduce aches and pains, encourage digestion and restful sleep, and diminish stress and anxiety.

All students will receive the level 1 Reiki attunement, enabling them to practice on self and family members. Anyone wishing to give full-length, professional sessions is encouraged to attend a Reiki 1 class for complete details on how to do so. If you’re interested in a non-invasive, natural and gentle way to promote general health for yourself and your children, please join us for this fun, healing, and informative event.

ANYONE is welcome to come to this workshop. Give yourself the wonderful gift of self care and another tool in your pocket of tricks to take the best care of you and your family. I have officially jumped on the Reiki bandwagon for good.

Sign up HERE <3

xopaige

Wellness goodies $20 and under!

December 11, 2014

unnamedIt’s that time of year where you’re probably just beginning to think about what to get your Mama, your girlfriend, sister in-law, etc. You don’t want to spend a fortune, but you still want it to be meaningful and appreciated. We got you!

Pictured from left to right:

Radiant Glow Face Oil, $13: Perfect for dry winter months, this sumptuous face oil is our latest and greatest product at MWJ. This ayurvedic blend has been flying off our shelves and includes extracts of Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Bacopa, Licorice, and Lavender in a base of pure organic sesame oil. What’s amazing about this oil (besides the price!) is how light it is. Even our clients with super sensitive skin are loving it and it has also been tested and approved by the men in our life. Slather it on twice a day and feel like you’ve walked out of the most luxurious of facials.

Paige’s Massage Oil, $10: Since we opened, people seriously cannot get enough of this oil. We use it every day on the body right after the shower but it’s of course perfect anytime for extra pampering (put it in your bath!). Last year Paige’s fiance gave it to his grandmother for christmas and after she opened it he gave her a hand massage. Talk about the best gift ever! Our $8 refills don’t hurt either.

Bubby’s Boo Boo Balm, $12: Homemade by Mama Bev, this special blend is what Paige has been using for scrapes, bruises, burns, cuts, and anything ‘ouchy’  for her entire life. This oil is a medicine cabinet must have for the whole family. We were told straight from a four year old’s mouth that it is, ‘magic!’

Stockins Apiaries Raw Honey, $10 (17oz) $20 (35.2oz): We have been told and of course agree that this is the most delicious honey our peeps have ever tasted. We purchase it locally and straight from the source in Strausburg, PA and it is SO good for you. For allergies, the immune system, your skin, energy levels…you name it! Raw honey is definitely something you want to have around. Pictured is our buckwheat version which is darker and richer in flavor.

Sunbeam Candles, $14-$18: We love candles and this company is doing such good things. Between giving back profits to like minded organizations to making solar powered candles, we like to support wonderful people. And their candles are lovely!

doTerra Aromatherapy Sprays, $20: As you probably know we are obsessed with doTerra’s essential oils. Fan favorites are their ‘Balance’ and ‘Serenity’ blends that we have made into aromatherapy sprays. Use this at home, on your sheets, in the hospital for birth, on yourself as pick me up, wherever whenever!

Happiest of holidays and hope to see you soon dear ones!

xoxmwj

Self Care Must Haves & Top Sellers!

April 10, 2014

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My hope for Mama’s Wellness Joint has always been that it would be a wellness community that would expand way beyond the lines of a typical yoga studio. I was lucky enough to grow up in a household that championed alternative wellness. My Mom, known around The Joint as Mama Bev, is a nurse with a voracious appetite for the study of alternative medicine. Almost everything I know when it comes to this topic has been passed down by her. Many years ago a psychic even told me that in a past life my Mom was the Shamen of our village and I was her medicine woman. Possible? It sometimes feels that way! Every single product that we carry in MWJ is either a favorite of ours and/or tried and tested by those that we love and respect. Below is a list of our top sellers that we not only love, but we can’t seem to keep on our shelves!
 
Tumeric - Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine and we are absolutely amazed at its results. We sell Tumeric capsules from Tattva’s Herbs that are a tri-force combination of tumeric, including the extract. Known to improve muscle and joint health, provide superior antioxidant protection, assist in defending against free radicals, and support the body’s natural defenses. Use this supplement for any inflammatory process and actually heal instead of pacifying the pain with Advil and Tylenol. Use for any injury. Mama B even knocked out a bronchitis with it! Inflammation? Think tumeric! A recent ground breaking study in India found that tumeric extract is just as effective as Prozac! An incredible herb from mother nature. Sorry folks, adding some tumeric to your food is not going to cut it. You need therapeutic doses for its magic. 
 
Raw Honey - Oh the glory of raw honey! What can it NOT do? Raw honey is our oldest medicine. For centuries, honey has been used to treat all sorts of ailments. It can be applied topically to heal wounds and rashes, or it can be taken internally to treat infections and address other health concerns. For skin burns, rashes, and abrasions, place a honey poultice over the affected area. Raw honey is also an effective treatment for acne. A small amount placed on blemishes and acne nightly will often clear the skin in a short period of time. Raw honey’s antibiotic properties are effective in treating colds and sore throats. It coats the throat and reduces irritation. Most notably, raw honey is known to treat allergies; take a teaspoon of raw honey a couple of times a day starting a few months prior to allergy season. We eat it every day – especially in cold season. So long as you don’t bake (heat kills all the good stuff) with it, you can put it in tea, on toast, etc. Or, by the spoonful like Mama Bev – before bed is a great tonic for your pancreas and insulin production, actually great for diabetics!

 

On Guard Oil by doTerra - How we ever lived without On Guard I just don’t know! Mama Bev and I were turned onto the magic of doTerra oils by a family member who sells them in Costa Rica. My Mom started using them for her own health and was so blown away, we had to have them at MWJ. On Guard is hands down the #1 product (besides raw honey) that I would have at home for immune boosting/to fight colds. Consisting of therapeutic doses of Wild Orange essential oil, combined with Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary, we recommend taking it just as you begin to feel a little off – or if you’re around those that are sick, flying, overly exhausted, etc. It is also safe to use on counter tops, and door knobs, as a non-toxic way to cleanse surfaces (it’s antibacterial!). We sell On Guard as a straight oil, in ‘beadlets’ which I just used on a plane, ‘soft gels,’ toothpaste, and a liquid hand soap that we also use to clean our yoga mats.

 
Paige’s Massage Oil - At the end of my yoga classes, I give a much anticipated head and neck massage. For years I have used this blend of oil, and since people kept asking where to buy it, we now sell it at MWJ. It’s rich coconut scent instantly transports you to a relaxed tropical location that you will never want to leave. The recipe was created by Edgar Cayce, a psychic and medical intuitive that lived in Virgina Beach in the 1930s. Mama B has studied at the ARE foundation and I was there as a child. I use the oil every day as a body moisturizer and could never live without it!
 
Viburcol - Viburcol is an all natural, homeopathic baby product for teething and other discomforts that is truly miraculous. It is effective for the treatment of restlessness, minor infections (with or without fever) and pain such as teething and colic, thanks to the healing properties of Chamomilla and the five other ingredients it is composed of. Most of our clients buy it for teething but I have also seen it used for discomfort from bronchial colds and such for babies.
 
Bubby’s Boo Boo Balm - Handmade by Mama B, this is our newest product at The Joint! I have been using this Castor Oil concoction since I was literally born. Use it on scrapes, burns, abrasions, bumps, bruises, hangnails, any skin condition that you can think of! It is a true miracle worker – even my fiance can’t live without it. You will never use Neosporin again!
 
We hope to see you sometime soon, but most of all we hope you stay well and happy!
xo Paige & MWJ

 

BEE crazy! We seem to be

November 5, 2013

beeMWJ, is buzzing about our new bee pollen product! The apiary from which we get our ultimate in raw honey, Stockin’s Apiaries just sent us a case via our Amish friend Abram. We have been looking forward to experiencing the healing power of bee pollen, along with our daily honey decadence (by the spoonful). The anecdotal raves are numerous, and in fact bee products have been revered over the centuries…and there is the question….myth or fact?

MWJ strives to avoid hype, and use only tried and true approaches to health. Now, the problem is that research on many healing tools are few because there is no big money there. Like, as the New York Times reported recently, selling inhalers for $200+ dollars when they are sold in other countries for $10. There’s no big money in products like honey, real milk, essential oils, etc!

We went to the Sloan Kettering website, since bee pollen is reported to have anti-cancer properties, along with immune system enhancement. They have a great presentation which includes: “Propolis is thought to have antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, immunostimulatory, antiproliferative, cardioprotective, and radioprotective properties,” The biological activity of propolis depends on the presence of more than 300 compounds, particularly flavonoids, phenolics, and esters”(2)

Wow! And did they really say that in animal studies, bee pollen had a greater cytotoxic effect than an anti-cancer drug? Truly incredible! We are taking a little teaspoon once a day now and giving bee pollen the whirl it appears to deserve. Chew it up nicely for good digestion please. Keep it in the freezer to stay fresh…and let us know what you think! $14 per jar

(If you are sensitive to bee stings, bee products, take Coumadin, or are highly allergic, it may be contraindicated for you, please ask your health care provider. This is powerful stuff)

It’s our Anniversary!

October 4, 2013

It’s so hard to imagine that this time last year we were scrambling and I mean scrambling! to open MWJ on October 5th. When I look back on those first several months, I literally don’t know how I am here to talk about it. Up until we opened, my days ran from about 7-12am and then we stayed up most of the last final nights just to open the doors. Then without skipping a beat, jumped right into teaching massive amounts, learning how to manage our accounts, our new product inventory, cleaning, schmoozing, marketing, you name it. See the thing is no matter what type of business it is, wellness or otherwise – if it’s all your own, you better be ready to work! And I mean work like you have never known.

It has been one hell of a year, but I couldn’t be prouder of this beautiful Joint. I am the lucky one…to see the first baby that I helped usher into this world as a doula now in our Toddler Yoga class with his Daddy, to have a Mama in labor in class and then stop by days later with her new babe (this week!), to have my Prenatal Mama’s from the beginning months now in Mommy & Me with their gorgeous ones, Papa’s who stop by for our dairy because their ladies are craving it, to see all of our remedies working magic and hearing about the results from our fans…it is all so amazing!! Not to mention working side by side with my own Mama who taught me close to everything I know – it’s truly a gift.

 

From the beginning MWJ was all about creating “a supportive community of health, love, birth, and beauty.” Thanks to all of you, I’d say we’re doing a pretty good job with that – and I couldn’t be a prouder Mama.
With so much love and gratitude. Be well.
xomwj

Communication is Key

June 25, 2013

On Sunday we had our Non Violent Communication Workshop and it was so helpful and educational, we thought we would share a little bit more from our teacher Sheila Pai for those of you who weren’t able to make it. Whether you are single and dating or working full throttle as a Mama or Papa, this practice can be of value to us all. How can we get in the habit of speaking clearly and honestly from the heart? How can we manage to catch ourselves from total melt downs and freak outs? We all have them whether we’re dealing with a 2 year old or your boss. One thing that I really connected to during this workshop was the opportunity to value your feelings of being hurt, sad, angry, or disappointed – even if perhaps you know that you shouldn’t be taking it personally. What’s important is that your feelings deserve to be honored and how you are going to react in the situation. Can you do it with peace and kindness? That is really always the goal.

This work is deep and can add so much empathy and understanding to our relationships. We are very excited to have NVC at MWJ!

Sheila will be teaching a NVC 6 Week Series at MWJ Sunday July 7th-August 11th, 4-5:30pm. $20 to drop in or $100 for the series. Learn more or sign up here!

And now from Sheila…

“Take my time…Just saying those three words to myself reminds me to come from a place of my choosing and not the way I was programmed.” Dr. Marshall Rosenberg
This was a key point in the Introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Basics for Relationships and Parenting this past Sunday at MWJ.
Though each of us is seeking to be respected, considered, heard, seen, acknowledged, we have been programmed by all we have soaked up since arriving earth-side to speak in a way that almost ensures we will not get our needs met.
Consider: We want some cooperation — a little ease of communication and connection — and what do we say?
“Why can’t you ever…”
“You never…”
“I can’t get you to…”
And why are we saying these things when we could be saying something else that does get us closer to having our needs met? Feelings. Yes, feelings. Not touchy feely. Real.
Someone says or does something, we have a need and … BAM! We are triggered all over with feelings from that unmet need. We’re tired, frustrated, confused, angry, and frankly we feel hopeless that we will ever get our need met for rest, peace, connection, consideration.
Hopeless. Alone. Disconnected.
Needing connection.
A Living Family and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) have this value and focus in common. This is what all humans seek. Yet with the fast pace of life, long To Do lists, quick and convenient communication methods that leave ripe room for missed communication, we find ourselves struggling to express even the simplest thing and come away feeling heard.
Nonviolent Communication is a straightforward 4-Step Process for connection in any situation with any relationship. 
The language of NVC drives to the heart — of communication and of the humanity in each other. One founding principle of choice — we are responsible for our own feelings and needs, and we are not responsible for anyone else’s feelings or needs — is transformative in itself. In fact, on Sunday we shared this insight:
When we speak (to ourselves and others) in a way that reflects our acceptance of the responsibility for our feelings and needs, we become attractive to others.
We talked Sunday about that phenomenon of a confident woman or man being attractive, in relationships, when hiring and so forth. When we take responsibility for ourselves, others feel free and safe to be and connect. They don’t hold the weight of our feeling of happiness, the weight of our need for respect. We hold the respect for ourselves, we value ourselves, we hear our own feelings and needs through self empathy….and wow, the confidence and attractiveness emanates with brilliance.
Yes, the benefits of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) are infinite, cumulative and universal. The experience of authentic connection and giving that happens freely and willingly transforms individuals and families, one moment at a time. And that is how the whole workshop began, with the focus on the long term goal of communication and connection with self and others.
Both yoga and NVC are deeply meaningful, life long practices. Not easy. Worth the effort.
It is with our daily efforts, small and big, that we nurture connection and sprout peace on the planet, one heart a time.
This weekend’s workshop was facilitated by Sheila Pai of A Living Family. Missed the workshop? Get on her free Monthly NVC Community Call this Wednesday, June 26 at 7 pm. Ready to dive in? Join A Living Family NVC Community (closed, private group) on Facebook to get resources and support. Through A Living Family, Sheila offers resources, services and support to families for birth, parenting, relationships and living. To find out more about her or Nonviolent Communication (NVC), head over to A Living Family website: www.sheilapai.com. To find out about upcoming NVC workshops and series for relationships, parenting, birthworkers, schools and more,sign up for occasional email updates on Sheila Pai’s current offerings. Contact Sheila Pai atsheila.alivingfamily@gmail.com.

Rescue Me

June 11, 2013

The first time I really used our Rescue Remedy (Bach Flower Homeopathic) full force was over 10 years ago when I was about to teach my final yoga class test to gain my teacher certification. If I didn’t teach a proper class, I would not be certified and yes, they really did fail someone in my program. Before I began teaching I practically drank the whole bottle and I tell you what, I was pretty zen during that class. Thankfully the fact that I’m writing this here post proves I did ok. Over the years I have used Rescue Remedy for performances, the passing of loved ones, anything traumatic really – and last week was no different. The perfect storm began with 1. having my movers truck break down and cancel on me the day of my move, 2. everyone was booked and I had to move myself, 3. it was 95 degrees out, 4. my bike was stolen, 5. I moved into a sweet house sit situation while I was going to renovate my new house, 6. the next day while we were filming a tv show at the joint, I was told the house sit was not going to work out and I had to move out. This was all in a span of four days while I still had to be teaching, running MWJ, and organizing our new summer schedule. When it rains it really does pour (oh, it also started raining INside MWJ). I swear to you that if I didn’t have certain tools, I would not have still been standing. But goddess bless I do!

 These simple little tricks in times of need make all the difference for me:
* I use my Rescue Remedy with a quick, easy spray in the mouth several times each day to calm my anxious nerves. I tell my good friends RR should be in your purse next to your keys and favorite lip gloss.
* In addition to RR, during stressful and busy times, at night I use our homeopathic Calms Forte (for-tay) which is my go-to-sleep savior. Two tablets dissolve under your tongue before bed time and off to dream land you go – no side effects what so ever.
* Yoga and exercise will help immensely but if nothing else, get with your breath!
Our fabulous meditation teacher George Hofmann taught us an amazing 20 count breath practice that I have become addicted to. Use it to calm the mind in absolutely no time. All you have to do is sit or lie down (perfect before going to bed), start with one or two deep breaths, and then begin to count your exhales up to the count of ten, and then down from ten to zero. That’s all there is to it. I can’t tell you what a game changer this is! (George’s weekly Open Meditation class begins next Wednesday! 7:30-8:30pm and I will definitely be there)
* I spray or rub our Serenity or Balance doTerra oil all over me – often. The heavenly smell instantly changes the intensity of my mood and also reminds me to keep breathing it all in.
* I make an extra point of resting when I need to, but also making fun plans to surround myself with awesome and positive people to lift my spirit. Definitely do not hang with Debby Downers when the going gets tough!
* Most importantly, always remember that what you focus on grows! Reading that statement posted on a friend’s mirror was a serious ah ha moment for me. As wise Mama B says, “there’s no time for one negative thought!” Easier said than done at times, but it’s so true.
Hang in there my friends. It’s pretty intense out there these days…don’t forget to rescue yourself from time to time!
Be well,
xomwj

It takes a village

April 8, 2013

We all know that it takes a village to raise a child, but lately I’m realizing that in really stressful times, it also takes a village to take care of oneself. The other week I hit a total wall. Although I was not ‘sick,’ I had the first stiff neck of my life and my overall energy level hit rock bottom. I was extremely over emotional and when people asked me how I was, the only thing I could think of saying (without being a total Debby Downer) was, “I’m still standing!”

Finally I realized that if I didn’t take the day off, get some rest, and make time for me – it was not going to be pretty. So there it began. First I was able to squeeze in the quickest massage session with Justin Eddinger that you ever did see. I’ve already sang Justin’s praises on this here blog, but for you newbies out there, he is our awesome in house massage therapist (and prenatal friendly)! Then came Thai Massage with the lovely Lydia Mandell. Lydia actually arrived at MWJ for Mama B, but after taking one look at me, the two of them insisted that I needed her hands more. God bless! On Wednesday I threw myself onto Lauren Buckley’s table at South Philly Community Acupuncture. This is when the magic really started to happen. I used to visit Lauren once every two weeks pre MWJ. Since we opened I haven’t been there once. Ya know that saying that when you’re really stressed out, it’s the time that you need to take care of yourself the most? Yeah, I wasn’t really listening to that. I cannot sing the praises of acupuncture loud enough! Pregnant, not pregnant, young, old…it’s for everyone…and it’s amazing!!

For the cherry on top I decided that I was NOT going to teach a special Easter/Holiday Yoga class. What I was going to do was get my butt to the Eastern Shore of Maryland for literally 23 hours of R&R at my Aunt’s house. This included an amazing dinner with family, 10 hours of sleep, my first run of the spring season, and my absolute favorite…literally sitting on the dock of the bay in the sun, wasting time. I cannot say enough about what this all did for me, my spirit, and in the end, all of MWJ’s family that deserves to have me at my very best. We have to constantly remind ourselves to keep filling up with the good stuff so that we can keep giving and not reach that place of depletion. Why it’s so easy to forget all about that, I just don’t know. But I’m beginning to realize that it’s just not ok with me to skip out on my (somewhat) regular TLC.

Below are most of my wonderful caretakers. I am so grateful for them all!

Massage: Justin Eddinger at MWJ
Thai Massage: Lydia Mandell (presharpened@gmail.com) and one of our MWJ teachers, Gabrielle DeBurke
Acupuncture: Lauren Buckley or Eva at South Philly Community Acupuncture
Chiropractic: Justin Ohm at South Philly Community Acupuncture
Reiki: Christina McCabe at MWJ (jewelsbytheroad@gmail.com)
Access Bars: Moi at MWJ or the beautiful Liana Cameris
Emotional Freedom Technique: Stephanie Dodd (lilcheeze@gmail.com)

If all else fails, put your legs up the wall in Viparita Karani for 10 or so minutes. Trust me, whatever it is can wait. And you my friend, will be a whole lot better for it.

Be well!
xomwj

Immune Boosters!

March 19, 2013

As some of you know, I have been quietly patting myself on the back for not getting sick this season considering all that’s been going on. Knock on wood!! Since I keep getting asked, what’s my secret?, I thought I’d share it with you. Keep in mind that I never started using these products specifically as immune boosters, but man, they certainly have turned out to be! It’s about preventative medicine my friends. We need to take care of ourselves through diet, exercise, getting enough sleep, etc. – BEFORE getting sick. But even when you can’t do all of that (because really, sometimes life just takes over), these products will help out immensely!

Your immune system is your body’s line of defense between you and toxins, virus, bacteria, etc. You want to take care of it like it is your best friend…because it is.

Sunwarrior Protein Powder: Protein supplies amino acids which are building blocks for the body. You MUST have amino acids for your body to function properly. Morning is the best time to ingest protein as that’s when you really need it to get your day started out right. There was even a study that showed eating protein in the morning influences hair thickness…forget toast and coffee! We have specifically been using Sunwarrior protein powder because it contains a perfectly balanced amino acid profile. It has no sugar and is 98.2% digestible. We carry two choices, sprouted brown rice or Sunwarrior’s new sprouted blend. You cannot get a better product on the market. At MWJ we even have a Frequent Warrior Program! Buy 10 bags, get 1 FREE.

RAW & Local Honey: Honey is a true super food in its raw form. Full of antioxidants and minerals, honey has the healing properties of antifungal, antibacterial, antitumoral, antimetastatic, and more! It is hard to know where to begin to describe ALL of the healing powers of raw honey. It has been proven through a study to be more effective than dextromethorphan for cough. It can regulate blood sugar (for diabetics as well). Proper metabolism of glucose is essential in the liver during exercise and sleeping, if not available the stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin will be released to turn muscle protein into glycogen. A spoonful of honey before exercise and bedtime is a boost to your liver function and recuperative powers. Athletic performance has been studied using raw honey, and yes, that is why original Olympic athletes used to train on a diet of honey and figs. Raw honey also lowers free radicals in the body (compounds that cause breakdown). Raw honey lowers cholesterol by 7% -8%. Shall I go on? Don’t miss out on the fact that topically – honey is also a healer! It has pinocembrin, an antioxidant unique to honey, which has been shown to be effective against the dreaded staph infection, antibiotic resistant MRSA. In Europe, hospitals use wound patches made with honey to treat these infections. A burn patient study in India showed a 91% infection free rate as opposed to 7% using the traditional sulfa drugs. You can read more details about raw honey here. Mama B has been eating honey daily with amazing effects for her lungs and I have been drinking it in tea before I teach. The difference in my energy level is huge. I loved this article in the NY Times where honey as a part of diet was included. Don’t you want to know about The Island Where People Forget to Die??

Raw Milk: As I’ve mentioned before, up until this past fall, milk was not a part of my diet for years. After what you hear about America’s dairy farming practices…it’s scary out there! And confusing. After Mama B’s research on raw milk and the change that I saw with my skin and nails (which I REALLY was having problems with), I was hooked. At the turn of the century, doctors seriously used raw milk as medicine to treat, and frequently cure some serious chronic diseases. Raw-Milk-Facts.com reports that, “Clean raw milk from pastured cows is a complete and properly balanced food. You could live on it exclusively if you had to.” And then again you have the essential amino acids from the protein that are so crucial to our body’s funtioning. Did I mention how delicious it is?? Holy cow, it really is. Lastly I have to say that I’m not sure if it’s just coincidence, but I also happened to lose a decent amount of weight around the time I started drinking raw milk. Is it one of those eat good fats to lose fat situations? I think maybe but regardless – I’ll tell you what, I’m never going back.

Of course we sell all of these products at MWJ (wink) and hope to see you very soon!

Be well,
xomwj

P.S. Loved that I stumbled upon this picture above from one of our dear MWJ friends on Instagram.