August 2014 Newsletter

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August Newsletter highlights and info

Tuesday  Aug 26th Special Event with Susan Francis
New Essential Oil Blend- Women’s Ease Synergy
Pre-Session yoga Moves
Featured Services for  August
August Recipe
Is your Vison causing you tension?


“Nature is not mute, it is a man that is deaf.”
~Terrence McKenna
Tuesday Aug 26th Special EventTuesdays with Psychic Susan is a regular event in our  office for the Summer. Ask questions- seek solutions- overcome obstacles , on energy, health relationships. She is available at a special rate for 20, 30,40 and 60 minute sessions every Tuesday.
Due to special request, We have another special event with Susan Francis on August 26 when  1.00 a minute day rides again!  1 PM  7PM .Read more here 

Book Online with Susan or call our office at 630 863 4712 . You MUST have an appointment in advance for this event.

Yoga Class is Back!  

Our regular 6:30 PM Yoga class has resumed  as of August 12th. Elizabeth Gresher is back from teaching her Yoga retreat and is taking private appointments for Yoga instruction and Thai Bodywork starting next week, Book Online   with her under Yoga and Thai Bodywork form our website, or call 630 450 0181.

New Essential Oil Blend!
Women’s Ease Synergy

This oil was created by request, for symptoms associated with two relevant periods of life for women especially. During fertile years PMS, cramping pain, and emotional swings.During our Wisdom years, hot flashes and hormonal imbalances erupt. Women rarely take enough time for themselves and our bodies present us with challenges during different phases of our lives. At these times it is important to take moments to care for ourselves. Being able to anoint yourself with a lovely essential oil blend to soothe your body is a much more caring and gentle way to bring yourself back into balance. Distillations of Plants and herbs have been used for centuries help us nurture our bodies , and keep us in touch with natural cycles. It is only during the high stress modern times that these connections have been lost.

What’s in the blend?  Spikenard Essential oil – known for its ability to help promote sleep, reduce headaches associated with menopause and PMS symptoms, and to relieve those “hot flashes” that many find  so uncomfortable.
Cypress Essential oil– known to balance hormones ,a venous decongestant, helps to remove toxins from the blood
Peppermint Essential Oil– Peppermint provides a cooling effect for hot flashes, headache prevention, and also has the ability as an adaptogen to make any other oils it is mixed with to work better.
Ylang Ylang oil- effective at reducing anxiety, stress and anger; strengthens the nervous system , helps to balance the Sacral and Solar Plexus chakras.
Other Oils- Sweet Orange, Rosewood , Rose oil and Geranium. In a carrier of fractionated coconut oil and Jojoba Oil.
Helen suggests applying the oil as needed around the abdomen, the feet ( at the reflex points) , and/or pulse points.

1/2 oz bottle – 19.00 ON SALE  17.00 Through August

Pre-Session Yoga Moves for Calm
Mary Beth Braun
It’s one of those mornings. Your alarm didn’t go off and you have an appointment in an hour. How can you quickly collect and calm yourself enough to be fully present for the day ahead? Breath and yoga.

Take this time to center and calm yourself. Start by channeling your yoga instructor or massage therapist and begin with breath (pranayama): inhaling to the count of three and exhaling to the count of six. Do this three times and move on to do a few yoga poses (asanas).

You remember a few basic yoga poses from class, right? Try these two: simple seated twist and standing half moon.

Simple Seated Twist
Continuing to use your breath, sit on the floor in an easy, cross-legged pose and begin simple seated twist. Raise the crown of your head to the ceiling, elongating your neck and spine. Inhale and exhale, then twist to the left. Exhaling, move through center, and repeat on the right, continuing to inhale and exhale.

Standing Half Moon, Bikram Style
From there, step your right foot forward, followed by your left foot, and slowly roll up one vertebrae at a time until you are standing upright with your feet firmly grounded into the earth.

Feeling your feet firmly grounded, raise your hands overhead, taking the wrinkles out of your neck and elongating your spine. Inhale, exhale, and side bend to the right. Once there, exhale and feel your side body open up as you press your foot into the earth to enhance the stretch. Inhaling through center, exhale and bend to the left. Return to your center and take one more deep breath in and out.

You feel better, right? Now, let go of that harried morning and begin your day fully present and centered.

Mary Beth Braun is a certified massage therapist based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

(Butterfly captured on Echinacea flower in Helen’s garden)


“Nature is not mute, it is a man that is deaf.”
~Terrence McKenna


August Featured Services And EVENTS  
(see on our web page)

On-going Yoga Classes

Yoga Class is BACK !
Tuesday Class at 6:30 PM  every week. Located at 2100 Manchester Road Suite 940 ,Wheaton IL 60187.
Call 630 450 0181 with questions.

 see details here: Yoga Class 
You may book private Yoga and Thai Bodywork online with Liz here on our   online scheduler

Aromatic  Detoxing Foot Soak

This very special combination is tailored for you and what you need at the moment with a warm  20 minute foot bath with our detoxifying salts and essential oils that you choose or ask to be chosen for a specific discomfort. This begins to activate and detoxify the reflex points of your feet, and soothe away the day’s troubles.
Did we mention you will have cup of hot tea with you as well?

$25.00 for a 20 minute soak , You may add this on to any other treatment

Detoxification , Weight loss, Burn Calories with the FIR Sauna
Add a Sauna on to your Massage or Yoga appointment in 15, 20, 30 or 40 minute times.
FIR Sauna benefits

You may also Book your Sauna online here: online scheduler

August Recipe


Author: Panning The Globe, adapted from Mr. Wilkinson’s Vegetables
Recipe type: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Australian
Prep time:  30 mins
Cook time:  15 mins
Total time:  45 mins
Serves: 10-12
Fresh seasonal salad featuring crisp yellow and green beans, lots of basil, and a tangy lemon-yogurt dressing
  • Dressing
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt – whole milk
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Salad
  • 1 pound green beans, washed, root end trimmed
  • 1 pound yellow beans, washed, root end trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (to sauté onions)
  • 2 medium red onions, sliced in half through the root. Each half thinly sliced crosswise
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (for the onions)
  • 3 ripe plum tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup, packed basil leaves, washed, dried, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  1. Dressing In a small bowl whisk yogurt and olive oil until creamy. Add lemon juice, garlic and salt, and whisk until creamy and fully combined. Set dressing aside.
  2. Salad Fill a large pot halfway with water and 2 teaspoons of salt. Bring to a boil. Add beans and cook until crisp-tender, 4-5 minutes. Using tongs, transfer beans to a large bowl of ice-water to stop the cooking process. Drain and refill the bowl with cold water. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium skillet. Add onions and cook, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, until soft. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt. Set aside to cool.
  4. Slice tomatoes in half lengthwise. Pull out the seeds and watery pulp. Dice the flesh. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, combine green and yellow beans, onions, tomatoes, basil, and cannellini beans. Pour dressing on top and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. (Can be made a day ahead. Let salad warm at room temp for 15 minutes or so and toss, before serving)

This perennial mallow flower  photo is from Helen’s yard.

Malva sylvestris
Family: Malvaceae
Common Names: ~Mallards~ ~Mauls~ ~Schloss Tea~ ~Althea zebrina~ ~Malva sylvestris zebrina~~French hollyhock~ ~Moe the Enforcer~

It’s meaning in the Victorian Languange of flowers is – Delicate beauty and sweetness.

The name Malvaceae, is derived from the Greek, ~malake~ meaning ~soft,~ from the special qualities of the Mallows in softening and healing. Malva sylvestris is a relative of the hollyhock, once grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello.

It is has therapeutic qualities. The glue-like sap from the leaves, called ~mucilage~ can be used for treating bites and stings. The mallow makes a fiber that can be woven. Mallows have been used as a vegetable by the Romans, a dish of marsh mallow was one of their delicacies. The Chinese use mallow in their food, and it was eaten by the Egyptians also. Many of the poorer inhabitants of Syria, especially the Fellahs, Greeks and Armenians, live for weeks on herbs, of which Marsh Mallow is the most common.

According to the Bible in the chapter of Job 4 we read of Mallow being eaten in times of famine. The fruits are greenish in colour, edible, and taste like peanuts.

The flowers were used formerly on May Day by country people for strewing before their doors and weaving into garlands. Musk mallow, was also used to decorate the graves of friends.


Is Your Vision Causing Muscle Tension?

Mary Betts Sinclair

Do you have tension headaches or chronic tension in your upper body? How about neck and shoulder stiffness? Maybe you experience strain in the temples, forehead, neck, shoulders, or back, especially after a long period of working at a computer or reading a book? If so, your tension could be related to how you look at the world.

Healthy vision is comfortable, efficient, and relaxed for the viewer, while poor visual habits can interfere with free and easy movement, making the body chronically tense. We use our eyes much of the day, and if we strain to see, we create tension in the face, neck, shoulders, and back muscles. Squinting and straining when we have trouble making something out, or stiffening our entire neck, spine, and pelvis every time we look up can affect the entire body.

Most of us develop these vision habits without even being aware of them, but there are other health factors that can play a role. Up to 5 percent of children are born with some kind of visual abnormality, or develop one in the first few years of life. A lazy eye, for example, may cause a child to hike up one eye or one shoulder, or twist the neck to look out of the better-sighted eye at all times. Being sensitive to light might cause a child to develop the habit of hanging the head forward. Injuries to or near the eyes can also cause chronic tension in the muscles of the eyes or structures near the eyes. And finally, emotional stress can cause us to hold our muscles tight while we look out at the world.

What To Do
Step One
Talk with your massage therapist about your pain and strain. During a session, your therapist can check you for extra tension in and around the eyes, neck, and shoulders, then fine-tune massage techniques to help relieve your discomfort. Relaxation exercises, as well as hot and cold packs, can offer additional relief.

Step Two
Do daily eye muscle stretches, practice self-massage, and use hot and cold packs over your eyes. Your massage therapist can show you how to use these easy, inexpensive aids.

Step Three
Your bodyworker may also refer you to another health-care professional who can help you reduce built-up tension. For example, a behavioral optometrist can check to make sure your glasses are the right prescription and help you learn better visual habits; a Feldenkrais practitioner can help you change old habits, see with less strain, and understand how emotional stress might be affecting your eyes; and an ergonomic expert can help adapt your office workstation so that it protects and does not strain your eyes.

Relief for Computer Users
According to the American Optometric Association, 46 percent of Americans spend at least 5 hours a day on a computer or smartphone. When looking at a screen, many people hold their head forward of center and slouch, which puts many upper-body muscles in a shortened position. These visual habits are now creating whole-body strain. In addition to head-forward posture, prolonged twisting of the head can tighten muscles in the back of the neck. At the computer, the greater the glare, the smaller the font size, and the poorer the resolution, the more likely it is that the person will strain to see and develop tightness in the upper shoulders.

Here are some ways to avoid pain and strain:
Computer users tend to blink very little and stare straight ahead, not using their peripheral vision. Be sure to keep blinking, which washes your eyes in naturally therapeutic tears and breaks up your stare.

Take frequent rest breaks using the 20-20 Rule: every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at something far away, preferably gazing out a window. Also, stand up and move as much a possible. This is a great time to do eye-muscle stretches and range-of-motion exercises for your back and neck. Use your fingertips to gently massage around your eyes, temples, and forehead. Finally, rub your palms together and gently cup your closed eyes. Relax and breathe freely.

Make sure you have good light, and check that your monitor is the correct distance away from your eyes and at the right height. Also, adjust the screen settings to where they are comfortable in terms of resolution and flicker.

If you wear eyeglasses, have them checked. For example, in order for some people to see clearly with their heads held in an upright and balanced position, without chronic tightness in the back of the neck, they may need to have a prescription for a longer focal length or larger bifocal inserts, or have an adjustment of their eyeglass frames if they are bent or twisted. Some people may need a stronger or weaker prescription. If your doctor has prescribed a pair of glasses specifically for seeing the computer screen, wear them.

Mary Betts Sinclair is an Oregon-based educator and bodyworker. Learn more about her at


About Helen Floyd

Helen Floyd is owner of Essential Healing and Massage. After a couple of decades in the Corporate world, she finalized training in Massage Therapy, is Licensed in the State of Illinois, nationally certified and has including specific training on a professional level in areas of Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Myofascial Release techniques, Reiki and Jin SHjin Do Accuparessure. She is also a Reiki Master Teacher and is the originator of the Seasonal Reiki Healing Attunement Event.