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Massage is a core lifestyle change that is a self care changer for many of us. What are the pros and cons of receiving massage on a regular basis?
Pros and Cons in the massage world
To name a few
It increases serotonin and dopamine
Helps you sleep better
Relieves chronic pain with regular treatments
You can receive with clothes on or off
Prevents sport injuries
Relieves tensions and aches
Digestive disorder relief and improvement
Creates connection in a safe environment
Many are non judgemental and compassionate to whatever comes up for you
It will help you feel what your body wants but also where it hurts
1 hour is NOT enough time to solve what your body wants
Going deep isn’t for everyone yet many of us don’t speak up
Some therapist won’t listen and will do what they think is right
If you don’t speak up and say no you might receive a bruising
It can be detoxifying and dehydrating
If you are on blood thinners or have a broken bone we can’t help you
Hi massage lovers
In case you can't find me in Pittsburgh which is now a full time thing I am doing in case you didn't know that I am fully back in Pittsburgh.
I want to share with you all the awesome healers that I have met and will miss working with and having their hands on me. When you miss me, you can remember this email and look for these awesome people!
If you didn't know I do have a referral page on my website. I will expand it soon with these beautiful people! They are all holistic therapists and have been in practice from 4-30 years. You are in good hands. Everyone has something different to offer in a different way. If you love wellness and know that your health is your wealth. Check out these beautiful people. I also know a variety of local artisans and other practitioners if you want a referral. Please email me and let me know what kind of person you are looking for.
Please spend the season supporting local practitioners, practicing yoga or some form of movement, and eating raw chocolate
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Along with organic juice, laughing often, and drinking clean water.
Stay healthy, happy, grateful, and grounded!
Remember you can change the world by simply choosing how you spend your money and who you choose your banking institution.
Thank you for your business and supporting all your self care needs and desires!
It is you who can change the world by having the courage to be kind to yourself and others!
Massage with Abby
Spring News 2016
Stress is our response to any demand on the body or mind to respond, adapt, or alter. It is our state of readiness to survive, requiring hyper vigilance from the body, mind, and spirit. It is our emotional reaction to stress that may be the difference between positive action and destructive breakdown, especially if many of the stressors seem beyond our control.
I suppose thats why the ancients were all about pausing, breathing, and being mindful before reacting. Maybe even taking a moment and let the thoughts pass until there are none.
I'm here to remind you that you are the ancients in a new form. I'm here to remind you it's okay to feel what your feeling. Know that you are loved and that you are love. Here are some tips you can do to return to your most loving state. Here are 20 mostly free ideas you can do to transform your stress into a beautiful loving state.
1. Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Breath through your diaphragm or your lower lungs and up to the top of your lungs in that order for 2 seconds and let it out through your mouth.
2. Breathe into the area you feel your stress and breathe even deeper, slower, and longer.
3. Breathe into your feet in the same way as step one or even try to breath out through your nose all the way to your toes.
4. Give yourself a big hug. Go ahead squeeze your shoulders and arms.
5. Ask your body "What can I do to thank you today?"
Is it a hug? A massage with Abby? A local fresh juice? A long cry with a friend? A big chocolate bar? A dip in the pool at your local gym? Cuddles?
That glass of water or cup of tea you've been wanting for the last couple hours? A good old scream to let it out?
6. Give your body that.
7. Go ahead and allow your body to tell you what it's craving.
8. If you've been sitting for hours, give yourself permission to go for a walk outside, maybe it's warm enough to get barefoot and feel into the earth that provides us with so much nourishment.
9. The earth is so strong and can take any of that stress and turn it into that energy. Go ahead and breathe that stress into the earth and let it go. Stomp it out or hug a tree for extra relief.
10. Shake it out. Get up and wiggle. Arms, wrists, hips, shoulders, legs, ankles, feet. Wiggle until you jiggle. Even if you have to get on the floor slowly to do it.
If you have to go hide in the bathroom for fear of someone seeing you. Maybe you want to inspire others to do so with you. Go ahead do it whenever, where ever!
11. Give your knees a hug and then roll around on your back or simply hold your knees with your arms locked for a different self back massage.
12. If you are on your feet; Give yourself permission to take your shoes and socks off and breathe into that feeling of being off your feet. Breathe deep into your feet and into your ankles and simply watch your breath as you feel every out breath go into your aches and pains.
13. Strapped for time? Create a ten minute alarm with a soothing sound and let yourself breathe into your aches and pains.
14. Write down whatever you are feeling. Let your thoughts come out however they are without any judgment. It might be a drawing or something abstract. Store it in a journal with your favorite pictures and quotes to glue on or in it. If you are ready to let it go or it doesn't serve you to keep it. Take a leap and light it on fire or rip it up and throw it away. Find a fun way to transmute it into something creative.
If you are at a loss of creative transformational ideas?!? Ask me!
I'm full of them.
One of my greatest gifts is guiding people to their fullest creativity through fun little motivation exercises to grow and have fun with their life.
Gratitude! Gratitude! Gratitude!
Make a list of all your comforts, joys, successes,lessons, and beauty in your life.
Try to say I have ____ or I am grateful for having _____
Try to stay away from I was grateful or I use to feel this grateful. Try to write your gratitude in the present tense!
16. Take a break and go to the store and smell the essential oils or if you are at home take time to smell your essential oils and see how you feel after each try.
17. Ready to get deeper relaxed? Get into that tube and add 1/2c of epsom salts and 1/2c of any kind of sea salt and your favorite essential oils (if you have some)
or create a warm bath for your feet and let yourself decompress and soak.
18. Stretch and breath into your tension or your feelings. Go on YouTube and look up yoga for whatever you are feeling and let that video guide you.
Example: Yoga for neck pain, yoga for lower back pain, or yoga for relaxation.
19. Go into the garden and weed out those invasives that aren't edible or helpful to the rest of your garden while you weed out the stress that doesn't serve your best self.
20. Sing! Turn on your favorite music and sing along or sing whatever your thoughts and feelings are. Let it all go and sing!!
Still feeling stressed?
Give yourself permission to relax and rejuvenate with a massage from me
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Visceral Listening and Complimentary Therapies
In today’s world we often discover ourselves being pulled and yanked and our attention is being activated in multiple directions. When do we have the time to be heard and felt? Do we remember the last time we really sat down and listened to our cells? What would it be like to listen to our the message of our organs? What would it be like to know where we carry our stress? Would it change how we continue to hold ourselves? Would we start a preventive wellness practice? How would it look? Would you create a regular bi weekly schedule? What would that feel like? How would it change our life?
Manual therapy is a beautiful way to learn about ourselves, let go of the stress and feel invincible again. Some people like it deep and some enjoy a deep subtle light therapy. Although I specialize in both therapies in multiple ways. I have been studying the deep yet subtle light therapy lately. I would love to work with people who not only carry stress but people who have PTSD, emotional and physical traumas, adrenal fatigue, ADHD/ADD, Fibromyalgia and learning disorders and all ages with chronic pain who are ready to have a long lasting sigh of relief through manual therapy. I received the extra training to offer you various styles of assistance. I’m now trained in geriatrics and have some training in Orthobionomy. Ortho-bionomy is a gentle, non-invasive, osteopathically-based form of body therapy which is highly effective in working with chronic stress, injuries and pains or problems associated with postural and structural imbalances.
I have been trained and practicing Cranial Sacral for quite some time. I have yet to really get into the juicy fun facts about it. Cranial Sacral and Orthobionomy and Visceral therapy all work very much on a similar wave of thinking. This thinking is that your body can heal itself by being whatever is out of balance simply to be witnessed. There are also many mental therapies that observe this kind of therapy. Orthobionomy and Cranial Sacral core practice is in listening and being heard. The art of listening to our nervous system is an art whether from your point of you view or your practitioner's point of view.
Orthobionomy (view of Visceral therapy or organ manual therapy or massage) Is all about tuning into your organs for flushing, release, and balance. It is so gentle that you will either get an awesome relief or nothing will happen. There are no side affects except relaxation, relief, and release. It is so gentle that broken bones can even be worked on (or as an orthobionomist might say listened to and noticed). The first time I had someone work on my kidneys was the best day of my life. It felt like all this fear I’ve been holding in had a place to be let go. I felt like I was finally being held the right way. Another example is when a friend has a hard time getting drunk. She had her liver flushed through Visceral Orthobionomy and she got drunk on one glass of wine. Another helpful subtle way this can help is with indigestion and chronic acid reflux. Those problems often cause us to pull our diaphragm in. Our diaphragm is this giant muscle that holds our lungs and is wrapped around the body and overlaps with the stomach and liver. If you’re having mid torso tension it might be wise to have a visceral therapist release your diaphragm.
Some people go to orthobionomist for visceral therapy to get fertile. Sometimes we can’t hold the babies in because our pelvis is tilted or our uterus isn’t positioned or is holding extreme tension which can sometimes cause a miscarriage. Orthobionomy goes great as pre therapy to getting eggs planted inside you because it removes all restrictions in your pelvis and around it before you get implanted with your eggs. One more thing that I loved about this class was learning about how to release old pain in our colon. I was astonished and grateful that part of the process was in my upper thighs where the lines could of been structural but in my case the achy feeling in my thighs is connected to my colon. It was a relaxing light yet deep release of old energy trapped in my legs and in my colon. Can you imagine having a visceral session with me to let go of that excess tension that has yet to be digested completely? Can you imagine releasing that old fear trapped in the kidneys and adrenals; longing to be gone by being held?
If so, let me know!!!
Cranial Sacral works wonderfully with organ massage and/or Visceral Orthobionomy. I am trained and enjoy giving in Che Nei Sung which is the Chinese version of organ massage. It’s more of a deeper manual movement of the fascia and lymphatic tissue rather than nervous system and subtle fascia movement. When I mean fascia I am talking about tissue and muscle tissue of sorts. Cranial sacral rebalances the nervous system and helps stimulate cranial and spinal fluids. It helps people with chronic anxiety, brain traumas, autism, adhd/add, ptsd, all kinds of traumas, headaches, neck pain, etc. A full Cranial Sacral and visceral therapy session is about 90 minutes. For working with a chronic issue takes around 5-10 sessions depending on how the person responds and integrates it into one's lifestyle. We can mix deep myofascial release therapy with cranial if you would like. It gets us deep into our cells and allows great release but it doesn’t mean we can’t also release that stuck fascia of tension and stress that we didn’t already let go through the Ortho-bionomy and Cranial Sacral.
Today I am offering a package of 3
1 hour cranial sessions for
$175 but receive $10 off when using check or cash.
You are saving $50-60
Cranial Sacral sessions are usually $75
Ortho - bionomy usually sessions will be $75 - 90 for a session but I have much practice to get in.
I am offering practice sessions
for spinal, visceral and extremities for
$30 a session
which can range from 45 min-90 min
How does a practice session differ from a regular session?
It might involve me having my book out to see what I am doing is aligned with what I am feeling. There will be more activity from you and active feedback so I can feel and know what I am doing is effective for the Ortho-bionomy techniques. Of course a medical history involving what we are working on. I might stop and write something deep down we just discovered. Timing can change. It won’t be my typical work. Of course you can ask to mix in a typical session with a regular session. The charges will be different but it is possible. Practice sessions will be outside of normal office hours.
Also both sessions are done with clothes on
What is your job?
Being open to a different kind of touch and change in your body. Having willingness to share what your feeling with the different techniques. Being comfortable with me stopping and writing something down or looking up something to then try and apply.
Scheduling a time that works for both of us. Being honest to what you are noticing. Sharing what has changed for you is important part for me feeling comfortable in offering this technique to others. A big part in practice sessions is not falling asleep; because your feedback is so important! Come open with little expectation and flexibility.
Be sure to book ahead of time or let me know days/times that we can be flexible together.
I am so grateful to work with you
I was at the American Massage Therapy Association national convention at the end of August in 2015. I put my name in to win a Bowen Technique 4 hour course. Guess what? I won! Now we all win. I look forward to sharing this new technique with you by October. I will send updates about it when I know more
What is Bowen Technique?
The Bowen Technique is a remedial, hands-on therapy that is applied using very gentle pressure. The practitioner uses thumbs and fingers on precise points of the body to perform Bowen’s unique sets of rolling-type moves which stimulate the muscles and soft tissue of the body. There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue and no force is used. The experience of a treatment is gentle, subtle and relaxing. It is believed that the Bowen Technique prompts the body to reset, repair and balance itself and clients report the experience of pain relief, improvement of function and recovery of energy.
The Bowen Technique is a non-intrusive complementary hands-on therapy. The technique is based on the theory that gentle moves over precise points of the body can prompt the body’s innate ability to relieve pain, restriction and imbalance without the need for deep, manipulative or forceful treatment. Bowen practitioners work holistically with their clients and expect to work alongside allopathic health professionals to support optimum health for their clients.For example, one of the most common complaints for which people seek Bowen treatment is back pain.
The average number of treatments people have is three to four. There are always exceptions to any rule, and some people will need further or even on-going treatment.
Painful and restricted shoulders are also a particular favorite as are neck pain, respiratory conditions and headache patterns. Bowen is being widely used for sports injuries as well, with rugby clubs and premiership football clubs showing interest. Not only do sportsmen report fewer injuries when treated regularly but they also notice enhanced performance.
The Bowen Technique was developed in the 1950s by Australian Tom Bowen. Training courses in Mr Bowen’s technique were first offered in the late 1980s in Australia and came to the UK in 1993.
Come and allow yourself new tools to understanding yourself and the world around you. Why do these tools help you with massage? I personally love to do bodywork on people that journey and occasionally will guide you into a journey. It's a tool for holistic wellness. Which is why I have such a strong desire to share this with you. We can delve deeper together and solve some core issues by witnessing what your body tells you and receiving Chinese Cranial Sacral and Reflexology or any of my other massage mixes. These tools at this workshop can help you learn if you haven't already used this style to witness a new way of looking at whats going on inside you and around you. We can use a deeper level of intention with our bodywork together. Often our chronic pain can come from a more subtle emotional part of being. Check out the best of the best in the inward journey business that I know.
I occasionally do creative self empowerment life coaching with any issue you want to bring me. This event is such a great tool to creating a tool box for anything that comes up in your life. Some exercises I share with some of you have core roots in what Regina, Kathy, and Chi Chi will be teaching on Saturday September 12th. These 3 women that are hosting this event are amazing at what they teach. If you feel a call to work with me for my healing intuition and guiding that you receive from me. You might feel that similar pull from these women.
Check out this schedule of events. When you mention me you will receive $5 off the event. When you pre register text or call Chi Chi at 412-804-8010 or pay cash at the door. I will be volunteering so I hope to see you at the door or some where where I can assist you and potentially snag a hug from me to you.
Enter the cocoon of Sacred Space, rest awhile as you delve deeper into your spiritual calling. Explore new ways of knowing & skills. Develop your hidden talents & gifts. Emerge transformed & ready to take flight.
11 AM-12 PM Welcome & Opening Ceremony
We step into sacred space & leave ordinary time behind, building a central altar & setting the group intention for personal transformation. Together we create a crucible where the energies cultivated by the group are gathered & amplified for the highest good of all. *Bring 1 or 2 items for creating the central altar.
12-12:50 PM Journeying Into the Cocoon - Regina Rivers
As the caterpillar you presently are, you will journey into the cocoon, deep within the Self. On this shamanic journey, you will ask yourself, like the caterpillar asked Alice, “Whooo … are … you?” The answer holds the intention & guidance needed now…on the verge of transforming your life! The cocoon is the catalyst for change from which you will breakthrough! *Bring a mat to lie on, a pillow & eye covering.
1-1:50 PM Sequestered in Sacred Space - Kathy Evans-Palmisano
Just like the chrysalis resting in the cocoon, you will wrap yourself in centered stillness, learning to design, build & dedicate your personal altar of transformation. Discovering the elements of ritual, you will create a personal ceremony to imprint & hold the vibrations of your transformational journey from today onward.
2-2:50 PM Awakening to Energy - Kathy Evans-Palmisano
The chrysalis begins to awaken & re-attunes to the world around it. As you awaken to your greater spiritual calling, you will become attuned to the energetic nature of the world around you. You will experience your own electromagnetic field & begin to become sensitized to the energy fields around you, through your hands & dowsing techniques. *Bring pendulum & dowsing rods if you have.
3-4 PM Break for Food
4-5:50 PM Breakthrough in Intuition - Rev. Marjorie Rivera
From a place of stillness, we will learn to embrace the unknown & search for the pieces of sacred future-self already contained within. You will learn to recognize the sound of your inner teacher (ego vs. intuition), identify your personal intuitive style, & break through from random to “on purpose” as you deepen your intuitive ability to connect to & ask questions of your future self.
6-7 PM Upwriting Yourself - Taking Flight - Regina Rivers
You have broken through the chrysalis! In this meditative writing exercise, envision where your new wings will take you! Receive the final steps in knowing more fully who you are!
To Follow: Mandala Coloring
Create a butterfly mandala to adorn your altar or home. Supplies provided or bring your own.
7-8 PM Closing Fire Ceremony
This ceremony acknowledges our transformations, sets our intention & expresses gratitude for our accomplishments. We then re-enter our 3rd dimensional consensus reality.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a universal life energy. When a practitioner receives a Reiki attunement it is a long blast of symbols and photonic light that the person receives. The receiver is then able to tune in and allow the Reiki energy to be shared through intention to you. I call this the photonic light blast. Reiki has it’s own intelligence that turns on when it is called for subconsciously or when asked consciously. Reiki can seep out of every cell of your being and be projected into the area requested or subconsciously desired. An example might be that there was an accident and many people were upset and harmed. The electromagnetic energy of emotions that are lingering from an event would cause imbalanced sense of something isn’t right. A Reiki practitioner would probably have the Reiki turn on or would direct it to clear the space and rebalance the energy by the very nature of being present in that space.
How can you utilize Reiki for your self healing or friends? Reiki can be used to clear spaces in your home or in your body. Reiki level two and up can use symbols which will allow distance healing. Some people will do Reiki over the phone or have a time of an event and have Reiki sent to them that was scheduled before or ahead the time requested Reiki is based on intentions and direction. Some people come in and say “I want Reiki” and sometimes without any direction. People want to try it without intention, thats okay but it’s way better with goals in mind. Everyone does Reiki differently. Some may cut cords that no longer serve you, balance your chakras, send love, and more. Let’s say your heart is broken and you want to heal and let go of the pattern. Reiki can do that. You may have a pain in your bones you can’t explain or a stuck energy that other bodywork isn’t allowing it to release. It may be in your subtle body. The practitioner works with your aura and your physical body and can intend to release stagnant pain in your knee or wherever. You may simply want more love and affection. It can promote creativity, clarity, release blockages, increase positive thinking. Relieve symptoms of respiratory and digestive issues and increase immune system function. When you create a strong intention within you we can even get down to the root of it and relieve it. You can leave a session with the lesson that caused the issue. Issues do come back; understanding why you feel a certain way by obtaining the lesson can resolve many future issues. You could say to a practitioner “I have confidence issues in my belly or some body part and I am ready to let go of this heavy weight and love myself for where I am; not for how I use to feel, please help me.”
Sometimes we create heavy self hate patterns then they are stuck in us. Yes working on the adhesions and trigger points to release pain helps. Some times you need more energy in a way that is often difficult to ask for. Those of you who have had my bodywork know that I put a lot of love into my massage, sometimes Reiki does turn on sometimes other universal light work that I’m naturally attuned with turns on. Reiki or energy work is a great terminology to use for when life gets rough and you need a little pick me up either in a real hard core way or a simple balancing. We can work together or if you look into any other wellness center or other massage therapists, psychologists, psychics, and wellness people many of them are also Reiki attuned. You can find us anywhere. I personally love when clients tell me whats really going on and what they desire. I love to give affirmations that fit to the situation and sometimes guided meditations that fit you. I usually tune into it as we are talking and we are opening up and allowing and asking for healing. I can create a visualization, sometimes a whole journey or simply an affirmation while I am using the Reiki to keep you focused that you can keep. Some people fall asleep and that’s okay. I feel that Reiki is an active healing process. Sometimes we need to leave our body and go into a deep trance while work is being done. How ever you return to balance; active or in trance is what is perfect for you.
How many sessions do I need? You may need one or two or you may need several. If you know you have a long term chronic issue you would like to address. We can set up twice a week or once a week or several times a week and then only once a week after. It is entirely up to you and how you feel it is helping. You can share your schedule with me and I can help you determine a time if you need that kind of scheduling assistance along with reminders. Getting Reiki Level 1 attuned was the best year of my life. Having the personal gift to tune into this light and use it anytime for anything. I would use it when I bumped into something and left an achy feeling, got burned, a friend was hurt or to relieve root cause issues stuck in my tissues. I could direct it and use as much or as little as I desired and play with it. It’s a high vibrational infinite light medicine. I love Reiking my food and water. If animals allow it and want it, it’s great for that too! Sometime I reiki the sky and the earth. When you choose to receive from others. My price with all bodywork besides travel fees is $1.00 a minute. That may be the same in other wellness centers or it may be higher. Some people charge $500 or more for an attunement. It fluxuates. Some people may offer attunements that are different. I received Reiki 2 twice because my I prefered being attuned by a specific teacher. At some point maybe this year I will be attuned at a master level and I can gift you the experience of being attuned through me at a price you can afford or based on suggested donations. I hope to start a Reiki and light work circle soon. Please let me know if you are interested to come to that.
Everyone has healing light within them and the ability to create intentions. You can activate yours any time. Reiki is different and specific unlike many other energy systems out there. It is unique in its’ frequency it creates. The universal symbols that belong to the Reiki system feel differently when attuned to it rather than playing with the symbols without being attuned. It is a special experience worth experiencing especially those of you who are on the self healing warrior path. When you are ready to receive Reiki from me or be Reiki attuned and want a referral from me for a Reiki master or want to wait for me to be one, please ask me!! Please ask me any questions you have. I am happy to answer any and all. May love and light surround you through all your struggles and joys!
I love giving and learning about massages and love to help people know how to take care of themselves and their friends! I might share some basics or go into some deeply shared wellness tips from my experiences to help you along your life happiness.