reiki healingREIKI is a Japanese word meaning “universal life energy”. The syllable REI reflects the cosmic dimension, the unlimited nature of this potential while the syllable KI means life energy. Reiki therefore means universal life force. This force is inexhaustible, it is an uninterrupted flow. It is the energy of the cosmos, the force that provides life and sustains everything that lives in our world: men, animals, plants. Maybe you heard of tai chi or aikido? Syllables ki or chi energy are synonymous as in the word Reiki. In other cultures using different concepts such as light
or the Holy Spirit (Christianity) we talk about bioplasma bioenergy (Russian research) or Prana (Hinduism and Buddhism). Reiki is a natural therapeutic method that was rediscovered in the mid-nineteenth century by Mikao Usui, hence the name given to medical knowledge: Usui system,a healing process based on the laws of nature. The most simple and concrete to describe

Reiki is the art of channeling the life energy of the cosmos by the laying on of hands. When Reiki is activated and applied for medical purposes, it communicates with the body, mind and spirit. It increases the body’s ability to relieve symptoms, physical manifestations of the disease and reveal the soul and spirit of the causes of a medical condition, suffering, an existential malaise, inhibitions. It is necessary that you update the underlying causes of a psychological problem or physical condition to take your life fully, and thus be able to taste the joy and happiness that comes from a healthy balanced diet. Reiki is also a way to guide you in your spiritual journey ….Reiki is a method that is both gentle and effective which will allow you to discover your spiritual vocation and the meaning of your life. Reiki creates in you a feeling of unity, a sense of merging with others, with all humanity and Mother Earth.

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Soho SanctuaryIn the heart of SoHo is nestled a fabulous retreat for ladies only, especially those who can afford it.  SoHo Sanctuary is nothing short of amazing.  For many of us unfortunately it is a special occasion kind of a treat as it is on the least affordable side of Spa menu prices.  That said, it is well worth it and is a true treat when in need.  The “ladies Only” aspect adds an element of ease to the modest type or for woman who simply want to have a cloistered experience.  There is a steam room appropriately “egg-shaped” which is infused with lavender and which the use is included in the price of the massages and body treatments.

Cost: Signature massage $125 / $185     60 minutes / 90 minutes with an additional $15.00 more for aromatherapy

Ambiance:  Tastefully and comfortingly designed with natural wood floors and soothing accents.  This has a traditional earthy spa atmosphere.  Combined with bright marble in the bathrooms for a very classic style that is at once comforting and uplifting.

Customer Service at the front desk:  Very kind and accommodating.

Hygiene:  Excellent

Quality of Service:  SoHo Sanctuary prides itself on having a massage staff that is consistently being trained in the latest techniques and continuing the professional development of its staff’s training.  This is significant in that it raises the interest and commitment level of the therapists, thus creating a better session for the client.  I have personally received about four massage therapy sessions there over the last ten years and have always had an excellent experience.

Products:  SoHo sanctuary uses the Young Living brand of essential oils for its sessions.  This is a top of the line company known for its purity and high end price.  For facials, the Dr. Haushka line is used.  Many people love this line again for its purity, but I have always found it a bit heavy.

Overall Impression:  This is a professional and full service place.  SoHo Sanctuary also offers  fitness and manicures and pedicures.  For quality and ambiance it is wonderful but as mentioned one feels it when you are leaving to pay.  It is not a place many can frequent but for a treat it is worth it.  For women who really prefer to de-compress in a female only atmosphere, this spa has my highest recommendation.

http://www.sohosanctuary.com

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inner-wisdomIt is important to be in tune with our bodies.  They send us important messages constantly that let us know our inner truth and can also help prevent illnesses.  Ever feel “butterflies” in your belly?  Perhaps you feel a “lump in your throat” at certain times.  You may think of a particular person as a real “pain in your neck.”  These sensations are real and when listened to can help us tune into our true wisdom and instincts about many situations.  These physical sensations can help in listening to your inner voice.

A great way to really be present with ourselves and others is simply to be grateful.  Gratitude helps us acknowledge what we have instead of constantly focusing on what we want.  Being grateful can feel incredibly full and truly content.  It is one of our most blessed feelings and is often overlooked.  How can we ever enjoy what we achieve and have if we cannot know what it is to feel grateful?  Without gratitude there is greed.  Feeling gratitude helps us connect to the present moment and this in turn helps in listening to your inner voice.

Here is an exercise in acknowledging your feet!  Why should we acknowledge our feet?  There are a multitude of reasons: our feet have been with us since before we are born and so has the rest of our body including our organs, our circulatory systems and every other system of our body (all the reflex points for the body are on the feet).  They have been your comrades since before birth through grade school until now.  Hold one of your feet and say, “Hello foot and thank you.”   Try it!  It sounds very silly- I know.  I mean it…look down and say, “Hello feet-thank you for carrying me around all these years!”*  “Hello feet and thank you!”  Now, don’t you feel more present with them and in general?  The simple silliness of it helps us feel good.  Even if you felt uncomfortable with your body-it has been there with you.  By thanking it you are acknowledging your body and yourself, flaws and all.  Forgiving our bodies imperfections and cradling it by sending it positive messages goes a long way in strengthening  the body-mind connection.  How can we truly feel connected in body-mind and spirit without love and acknowledgment of all three?  They are all a part of listening to your inner voice.

Practicing gratitude on a regular basis will strengthen one’s connection to one’s inner wisdom.  A great meditation to practice as you are falling asleep (or anytime) is to go through the whole body from feet to your scalp, acknowledge and thank it for helping you.  If there is a place that needs extra attention say for example lower back or neck and shoulders ask if they need something.  Using your imagination you can help facilitate your bodies own healing wisdom.  Our bodies are sending us messages all the time.  We need to listen and then take action.  Please see my article, Dynamic Stillness for more information on how to achieve this.

So, go ahead, say “hello”  to your feet and thank them!  Sometimes silly things are the most sensible of all.

*If one does not have the use of one’s feet this is a positive tool for connecting to the feet or any part of the body.

These meditations above will help in listening to your inner voice.

fengshuiFeng Shui is a practice  in aesthetics as well as optimal use of one’s surroundings.  Like Chinese medicine,  Feng Shui  is based on the principles of the flow of Chi energy; the life energy that is thought to be in all things in Chinese Philosophy, along with the Five Elemental Theory (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood.  Like Chinese medicine and Martial Arts there are thousands of forms and schools of thought on this practice.  Some of these forms are very complex and use tools such as a compass or a calculator.  A professional is needed to perform these styles as they take a great deal of calculation and time.  The simplest important factor that connects most of the styles of Feng Shui is the basic principle of decluttering one’s space.  Clutter is where Chi flow gets stuck.

Feng Shui translates to wind and water-this basic premise alone is enough to understand the philosophy behind this ancient art form. It is the effect of the wind upon the water that is the image with which one is striving for.  When the wind flows across the water the water moves and curves to respond and to absorb its movement in an appropriate way just as our space which is a reflection of our lives hopefully can respond to and flow with life’s challenges and even celebrations.   The nature of wind and water is flowing or malleable.  They can both be very gentle or very powerful depending on how much force is behind them.  Feng Shui does not translate to stone and earth which are more stationary energies.  Flexibility and flowing clarity are sentiments in Chinese philosophy to practice through meditation and Feng Shui.

An example of how clutter can effect you is something most people have a challenge with-desk papers.  Every time you pass by those papers cluttering your desk,  it drains your energy because you feel negativity towards yourself (lazy, messy, not  perfect etc.) A good trick is to have a drawer that you can put all your current papers which you need to sort because they just keep coming and this way your eyes don’t have to be their victim each time you walk by.  Try to clear the drawer on a regular basis so you can use it for incoming mail and bills that need to be mailed or filed.

Another area where many of us get “stuck” is the closet-clothes!  A great tip a professional organizer friend of mine (www.simplifyou.com) gives for going through clothes in your closet are, when going through clothes ask yourself:  Does it fit?  Does it flatter? Is it in style or classic?  Does it project the image I want to project now?  If any answer is “no” release it!

It is also important to have balance in your life and to not spend time obsessing on your stuff.  Prioritize and streamline your eye level as much as possible by putting books and notebooks in the same direction as one another this is more pleasing to the eyes and gives your eyes and thoughts a rest.  You can get to the nitty-gritty work over time.  Nick knacks are best enjoyed when there is a rotation of them instead of all being displayed at once-put half away in a cupboard and when you take them out again they will seem like new.

The practice of Feng Shui is a daily, weekly, and lifelong practice and like exercise when done consistently and at reasonable levels, the best outcome is achieved.  Decluttering can be a frustrating and prolonged task but hang in there because it is worth it.  Also, I find going through old stuff and releasing what needs to be released can bring up old emotions and attachments -you may feel depressed or even anxious at times.  Honor these feelings and allow space for them.  It is natural after all that is why we hang on to things for so long.  Patience and prioritizing are key. Create specific, reasonable goals by chunking down the large goal of having a calm, well functioning space.  Remember that decluttering will help the flow and balance of Chi energy and help one’s presence of mind by keeping you in the present moment and in a better mood.