Life is non stop these days! Juggling work, family and everything else, it can get harder and harder to take care of you! Self care is a necessity… not just a luxury. Especially for all the mamas and caretakers out there, when you are constantly depleting your energy source you need to replenish and receive.
Many studies have shown the benefits of therapeutic massage therapy to reduce stress, relieve pain and enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being. My guide for general maintenance and stress relief, monthly sessions are ideal. For moderate to chronic issues, weekly sessions are recommended until resolved. For more serious injuries, multiple sessions in a short period of time is the most effective, ideally twice a week at first, then weekly until resolved.
The rule of thumb is whatever the issue don’t wait, the sooner you get on the table the better you will feel. Make self care a priority, book a session today!
One of my favorite local healers, the amazing Sheila Govindarajan founded Rasa Veda Healing in 2012 to share the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine (Ayurveda).
Originating in India over 3,000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic medicinal systems. Named from the Sanskrit word ‘science of life’, Ayurveda is based on the belief that all facets of life can impact your health.
Sheila’s practice at Rasa Veda always begins with an Ayurvedic consultation to determine your constitution and wellness goals. Her signature treatment is Abhyanga (90 min warm oil massage) followed by Shirodhara where warm oil is poured repeatedly and rhythmically on the center of your forehead. The experience is deeply meditative, relaxing and nurturing.
Her specific passion is the healing properties of essential oils and she creates amazing herbal medicated Abhyanga oils/salves, Ayurvedic herbal tonics, and custom blended aromatherapy oils. All the oils and herbs are organic, wildcrafted and from biodynamic farming techniques.
Sheila is available by appointment only, Rasa Veda Healing is located in Hancock Park. For more info or to schedule click HERE
Every now and then you come across a brand or company that is true to their advertising and really puts their money where their mouth is! BE LOVE is one of those companies who works to share resources that empower communities to create positive social change.
With a mission to educate, inspire and create social justice through the practice of nonviolence, BE LOVE designs original apparel that communicates a message of strength, compassion, and loving determination for peace. Their apparel is also fair trade, sweat shop free, eco friendly and use only organic and sustainable fabrics and materials.
In addition, they donate 10% of all sales to Common Peace, an organization that has created a powerful and comprehensive curriculum for inner city schools that has been designed to help teach the principles of peace, nonviolence, and conflict resolution. The remaining profits sustain BE LOVE and go towards building nonviolence workshops and teach-ins as well as funding campaigns of non-violent direct action.
I am a wearer and supporter of BE LOVE and have been for many years. As a massage and yoga practitioner, I can honestly say that I live and work in their t-shirts, both long and short sleeve. They also have an adorable children’s line that make great gifts!
For more info and to shop away click HERE
Brooke Benson is one of my all time favorite jewelery designers. Her style is original, with ethnic influences and simple but creative flair. There is a distinct characteristic that is captured in each design, revealing a uniquely raw, yet refined elegant style. Using spiritual symbols, gold, silver, rare one of kind pieces, wood and semi-precious stones, her jewelry is designed to adorn perfectly to those who wear it.
My personal favorites are the long necklaces from her Ancient Charm Collection. I have about three of them and can’t go anywhere with out someone stopping me to compliment it or ask how and where to get one. Her earrings are also fabulous and she is even doing custom rings! Click HERE to get to her site Brooke Benson Designs and for more info.
The newest release from one of my favorite nutrition authors, Michael Pollan. ‘Food Rules’ an eater’s manual, is a brilliant unconventional diet book for those of us who want to have healthier eating habits, but find it hard to navigate the confusing science of nutrition or tried many different diets that don’t last. This book offers a welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food and how we eat.
The health care crisis is in large part a crisis of the American diet of processed food, refined grains and sugars, too much meat and lack of vegetables, whole grains and fruit. Roughly three quarters of the two-trillion plus we spend on health care in this country goes to treat chronic diseases, most of which can be prevented by a change in lifestyle, especially diet. Michael’s “Rules” are not framed in the vocabulary of science but rather culture and a source of wisdom about eating that turns out to have as much, if not more, to teach us than nutritional science does. Here are his top five and my favorites!
1. Eat food
2. Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food
3. Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry
4. Avoid food products that contain high-fructose corn syrup
5. Avoid food products that have some form of sugar (or sweetener listed among) the top three
Click HERE for more info on the author and to buy!