Thought of the Day

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Gift Certificates Available for Mothers Day

Massage is a great gift for Mother's Day.  A massage gift certificate shows how much you care.  Moms need a little time away, time to relax and decompress.  Contact me TODAY for your last minute shopping needs!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Wake up with a Coffee Scrub!

Mix up your morning routine with this coffee scrub.  
It's refreshing and invigorating.

Coffee Scrub Recipe

1/2 pint Mason or other jar
1/2 cup coconut or other vegetable oil
1/2 cup used and/or fresh coffee grounds
A few drops of your favorite essential oil

In a 1/2 pint jar, I mix together 1/2 cup of coconut oil (melted) and 1/2 cup of used coffee grounds.  I add a few drops of Whisper or Peppermint Essential oil.  As it cools it will harden back up, so you can press it into muffin tins and save them for use another time.  I just leave the jar in the shower.  

When you are ready to use it, just scoop out a little bit and scrub in circular motions from the tips of your toes and fingers toward your torso.  Work on one limb at a time too, using about a tablespoon per leg.  Then do your arms and don't forget to scrub the backs of your arms and those hard to reach places.  The shower will rinse away the grounds as you go so there's no need to worry about the drain.   

Its, just that easy.  So, what are you waiting for.  

Monday, March 14, 2016

Winter Sports Injury Series - Hips

Hips take a toll over the long haul.  The movement in the hips is very subtle.  When mobility is removed, like on icy conditions or when you are driving a lot, you can really stiffen up, causing pain and achiness.  
Massaging clients hips can be hard because most people are very guarded.  Even the most seasoned massage patron can unconsciously hold tension in the hips.  A skilled massage therapist (such as myself, just sayin’) and a trusting client can do really good hip massage.  

If you haven’t found me yet, I suggest stretching your hips.  Take the time to breathe through your stretching.  It's better to do one stretch right than three stretches incorrectly.  
I came across this great blog and have to re-share.  I can’t say it better than these folks do.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Thanks for coming to read Part 5 of my series, 5 Ways to Treat Yourself Better in 2016.  You can find posts in my archive to do your Daily Abayanga, Read More-Sleep More, Exercise for Fun, Pamper Yourself, and to Learn New Things.  My story about learning to play guitar starts below.

Learning to play guitar has been something I always wanted to do.  My dad was a talented musician, and I never learned to play an instrument as a child, despite the fact that there were always many instruments in the house. My dad was a drummer, so the other musicians would come to our house to play.  My dad always told us to learn to play a harmonica, because it fit in your back pocket.  I admit, it would be pretty hard to pack drums around with you.  
My brother and I, circa 1984-ish

About a year ago, I was telling all of this to a friend and he challenged me to stop my bitchin’ about it and try to learn NOW!  One thing leads to another, and before the night is out, he has me hooked up with my first lesson.  I have to go, in the morning, the very next morning!  He committed me to go and I don’t want to be a flake; so, I went.  

My goofy dad.

It was hard, and painful, and my poor tender fingertips will never be the same.  The first day wasn’t even the hardest.  It has gotten easier on the hands, and harder for my mind and my hand/eye/ear coordination.  I am addicted to it.  In fact, I am going on a bluegrass cruise (as a player) and I am n.e.r.v.o.u.s.  Nonetheless, I made a goal to perform with other people or play live within a year, so it's definitely time to stretch out of my comfort level to get better.
And that, my friends, is why I share this with you.  Treating ourselves better includes pushing ourselves to reach our goals, extending our goals to be outside of our comfort zone.  How to treat yourself better means don’t give up on your dreams.  It turns out learning new things will help you at any age.

Stay tuned and I will share a place you can see my personal pictures from the cruise.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Daily Abayanga

My Daily Abayanga

I'm dedicated to giving myself a massage every day with some plain organic coconut oil.  I do it for other people all the time, but often skip myself.  I'm just taking 10 minutes every day for daily Abayanga. It's a gentle massage, more of an application of moisturizer. My hands are worse than awful too; all that handwashing between clients really dries out your hands, especially in the winter. Some days I add a couple drops of essential oils.  At night, it's nice to add a couple drops to some peppermint oil and give myself a foot massage; just how I like it.  
Here's the recipe I modified with DoTERRA essential oils:  

   DIY Whipped Body Butter

Monday, February 22, 2016

Winter Sports Injuries Series - Low Back Pain

Winter is here and if you live like I do, that includes snow and cold weather.  It makes the days shorter and longer at the same time.  There are lots of reason to have lower back pain, but cold weather, extra gear, and extra chores add to the winter load for me.  

Do your days include snow pants and winter hats, gloves, and some pretty cold conditions.  Shoveling snow making you sore yet?  Me too.  Winter sure is hard on the ole back.  Massage is one of the best things for a good ole sore back.  Give it a try!

Watch this hilarious YouTube video I found about a month ago.  We have watched it over and over again.  Every one of these folks could have used a massage.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Read a Book a Month

The goal was to go to bed early, read more......Image 5

Hardly a moment passes once my head hits the pillow.  I am out like a light.  I can't seem to make it to bed "early" to read anyway.  The goal I set was to read more by going to bed earlier. Ppffff! I barely make it past bedtime! I have to read in the morning; maybe that is the new "early". My dad and all the old farts I grow to become more like are always up before dawn; this is early to them.  
In order to fulfill this goal of reading a book for my benefit, I am going to finish the book I started before the end of the month.   Maybe, just maybe, I will set a goal to read a book every month. I could carve out enough time to do at least that.

If you don't have a book, may I recommend, "Tiny, Beautiful Things", by Dear Sugar, an alias name for Cheryl Strayed, which is also an alias, but that's another story...
Just read this book. You will cry, and laugh, and have at least one radically empathetic moment. I'm not going to post a link for where to get it, because you can always get it at a book store! or in the library, or through Amazon; whaTEVER.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed | 21 Books To Read When You're Going Through Heartbreak

Yours Truly,
Audi Lyn

Monday, February 1, 2016

Facials: At Home or Professional

I use the DoTERRA facial cleanser and their moisturizer and serum too.  When I need to, about once a month, I use the Reveal Facial System and it buffs off the dead, rough skin. Getting a professional facial is totally worth the money, and you deserve it.  Treat yourself in 2016 to at least one facial.  Until then, try these products at home:

The perfect Peel at Home
doTERRA Reveal Facial System. I use this one or twice a week for smooth, young-looking skin.

Your face will never be the same.

Pimple patrol...

The Facial Moisturizer Smells Amazing, works great too!

Especially if you add this...

and this too, at night.

Monday, January 18, 2016

5 Ways to Treat Yourself Better Update

Here I am, a couple weeks in to my journey of self love, and happy to report I am willfully trying!  
Be careful: watching these videos might change your life!:
I am not doing Zen yoga, and to be frank, few parts of my life, outside of the 10 minutes of "Abayanga-like moisturizing" I do daily, are zen like.  I love to hike though.  I am, in fact, the co-founder of a women's hiking group on Facebook.  I know that doesn't count on my pedometer.  We just share our intel, gear, and experience, and hopefully empower other women to get out and hike too.  You might call it "Free the Tata's" meets "Free Life Coaching".  Feel free to send an invite and I can add you to the group.  It's called "Women of The Dirt".. and you dont even have to join the hike.
Girls Camp Ideas - if you are in charge of planning camp, these ideas will come in handy!:

Here's a link:  Women of the Dirt Facebook Group

Not hiking much in the winter in Idaho though, you say.  At least I have Zumba!  I love to go to my local Zumba class.  The class is free, because a couple of nice ladies organize it for the community.  You just can't object to dancing like nobody's watching on the church gym floor.  "If you build it, they will come," is really working here.  

I use this yoga mat cleaner recipe to clean my equipment, door handles, and the like.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Winter Sports Injuries Series - Knees

Lets talk about our knees. Living in a snow sports paradise, I see a lot of knee injuries, probably the most common injury I hear about. If you are plagued with knee arthritis, massage therapy has been shown to help.   

The Illustrated Guide to What's Causing Your Knee Pain: Step 5 of 5 - Specific Location of Knee Pain:

The knees are pretty bony, and bony areas tend to have less blood flow. Even light massage will increase the blood flow in any given area, and this is especially important when you are trying to facilitate the repair of any injury. Blood carries in it the construction workers that can remodel your broken parts. Here's a video with a few massage techniques to use before you head out on your daily adventures.

A study conducted by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami showed a significant improvement in knee function in women who got massage for 6 weeks. They reported 3 months later that they still felt better too. Maybe they continued with self massage after the study ended.

dōTERRA®'s proprietary massage blend combines the therapeutic benefits of oils well-known to relax muscles, calm tension, soothe irritated tissue, increase circulation, smooth and tone. AromaTouch® combines our CPTG® essential oils of basil, grapefruit, cypress, marjoram, peppermint, and lavender in a perfectly relaxing blend which adds many important benefits to various massage techniques. For topical use.:
If you have any ligament or tendon damage, I suggest adding some lemongrass, wintergreen, and marjoram essential oils to your massage too. AromaTouch smells better than those oils and has marjoram, cypress, and peppermint in it too. If you can only afford one oil, I'd get this one. If you are looking to really target your knee injury or the arthritis from it, read the testimonial in this link. There's an easy recipe for an essential oil blend to induce healing. You can get all of the oils in my DoTERRA shop. Find the link at the top of the page!

Monday, January 4, 2016

5 Ways to Treat Yourself in 2016

5 Ways to Treat Yourself Better in 2016

I read this blog a year ago and thought it was a good idea.  I put my spin on it for 2016 and I'm sharing it with you this year.  Maybe you will give it a try too:

Number 1:  Practice Abayanga  
That means I give myself a massage... okay.  This is easy!  Later this week I'm going to share a body butter recipe I'm using.

Number 2:  Take a YIN YOGA class
Well, my spin on that is much more yang.  I can do yin at home, to a video, thanks, but no thanks.  I do like a nice walk, even a long hike! I love my local Zumba class though.  That's more my speed.  

Number 3:  Put on a Face Mask and Chill.... all means. This is kind of easy too.  Watch for my recommendations for the best facial products!  Later this month!

Number 4:Go to Bed Early and Read.  
If I don't go to bed early to read it wouldn't happen.  Check back in February to see what I'm reading and if I recommend you read it!

Number 5:  Grab a Cookbook, and make a healthy meal.
I'd like to take this a bit further and try to make something, using a technique, or ingredients I have never used.  Maybe it means we should learn something new; how to play golf or do the NYT Sunday Crossword.  Or, a harmonica, perhaps.  Stay tuned!

Here's the article, written a year ago.

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