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Learning Life Beyond the Physical

I am currently finishing my Master Aromatherapy Certification and recently had to do a research paper on anything pertaining to Aromatherapy. My first thought was to write it on ethical and safe practices, as that is what I am a large advocate for in the world of aromatherapy. But soon, my brain started realizing I had done a ton of research and a few articles on that and I was ready to expand into something that isn’t a mainstream topic. So I began digging into the combination of Astrology and Aromatherapy.

There are mountains of information on each subject, but very little combining the two. In the end, I found some captivating and intriguing publishings and did my own experimentation! The two books I found to be most informative were Nicholas Culpeper’s The Complete Herbal and Patricia Davis’ Astrological Aromatherapy.

In my conclusion, these were my thoughts on the matters

“Throughout the process of my studies in aromatherapy and astrology, I have come across many skeptics. I, being one of them, have always tried to come from a view of learning rather than automatically shunning what I don’t believe. I think it’s important to note that science is both reliable and transitory. It continues to evolve and what may have been hard facts at one point, can shift over time. New findings of old traditions can also be viewed through that lens. On the other side, astrology is sometimes thought by modern society as a belief trying hard to be science. I don’t believe this to be accurate either. Astrology is an old tradition that once was a science and has evolved to be an art form. To me, it is not the end all, be all. I can see it as a confirmative art supporting my life while balancing science. Aromatherapy is similar, (though more researched) and combining the two is a delicate dance that can bring beauty, joy and healing support into lives.”

Podcasts and Meditations

Acrylic Water painting by Cathy Podd

Since I started doing guided meditations at work, many clients over the years have requested I  record them. The first step towards that has happened! Though this is a bit lower quality, it should tide everyone over until I make my way into a real studio. This first meditation guides you through the body awareness and calming breath and is a quick little 6 minute meditation to decompress your day.

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Aromatherapy at Vision Forward’s Play It Forward Sports & Wellness Camp!

Yesterday, I had the honor to teach an aromatherapy class at Vision Forward‘s Play it Forward Sports & Wellness Camp at Marquette University. Vision Forward provides services and resources, from birth through adulthood, to people with visual impairments.
What a BLAST! 16 adolescents ranging from 10-16 years old joined me in learning a little background on essential oils and safety. They all experienced different aromas and what those could help with: sleeping, relaxing, focusing, and waking up. At the end of the class, they picked 1 or 2 essential oils to mix with their carrier oils to take home. They were enthusiastic and such a joy to work with!

Neighbors of Pure Wellness

In April, my neighbor Kristine Joy moved in next door to my suite. Kristine is also a Reiki Master Teacher and an Intuitive as well! She holds regular spirit message circles and is an all-round kind, fun and warm person!
In August we will have a yoga studio opening up across the hall from us! Deanna from Tulasara Wellness and Cari of Simple Joy Yoga will be moving in so make sure you grab a spot in their classes after a service with me!

Everyone Has Stress (Even the Good Kind)

After doing a little estimating, I realized I’ve had at least 6,000 appointments (thousands of people) for wellness appointments (massage, reiki, meditation, self care classes) over the past 10 years. Every single one of them comes in with some type of stress, even if they’re coming in for injuries or chronic pain.
So many lives and stories all pointing back to one thing: stress.

Stress does not necessarily mean something bad either. Some have stress from happy events or even things they enjoy doing regularly.

So… are you taking time to just Be? Are you taking time to do nothing? I know. Many people prickle at the thought of doing nothing: they think it may be lazy, unproductive, or even boring. I’m not talking about days on end. I’m talking about an afternoon, an hour or even 5 minutes of actually breathing. Listening to your breath travel through your nose and down into your lungs- one of the things that keep you alive.

I’m also talking about putting time aside for that thing you enjoy doing but causes you stress because you’ve crammed it into an already too-packed schedule.

I know, some say “no time! No privacy”. Take your kids to the swings in a park. Sit by a tree for 5 minutes. Go to the bathroom and lock the door for 10 minutes.

Ask for help.
I have to ask for help too.

Now take a deep breath.

A New Resolution: Taking Care of Yourself

Whether or not you make resolutions, it’s become more important than ever to take care of yourself. Besides living a long life and being around for your loved ones (including children), don’t you want your long life to be as stress-free as possible? Many people are probably laughing at that last thought, but of all the things you can  control: How to relieve your body of unwanted stress.

Have you heard of 21st Century Stress? Yes, it’s a real thing. Whether we want to admit it or not, our lives are a constant buzzing around, checking emails, posting on facebook, tweeting this and texting that. We’ve actually somehow added to the day to day stress of just living, working, and even playing.

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The Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra means “thousand petaled”. It is our knowledge, wisdom and connection to everything. The crown center of the chakra system is an energetic center found at the crown of the head and above. If its depleted, you may feel a lack of purpose in life, disconnected from your higher power and spiritual life.

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The Third Eye Chakra

Have you ever had a dream and then it has come true? Ever felt something was going to happen and it does, even without you having proof it would? This is your Third Eye Chakra. The third eye center of the chakra system is an energetic center found in the above and between the brow line. If its depleted, you may feel closed off to your intuition, memory problems or disconnected from the mind.

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The Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra represents all that is expressive; your communication center. The Throat center of the chakra system is an energetic center found in the throat area. If its depleted, you may find yourself not able to speak your truth or feeling “shut up”.

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