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Who Do you Love?

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February, the month of LOVE. We celebrate by giving our love to others. Often in the form of roses and chocolates. Red roses are a symbol and expression of love and passion. In Greek and Roman lore Aphrodite and Venus were the Goddesses of LOVE, beauty, pleasure and procreation which were identified by a Red Rose. 

Chocolate was used widely by the Mayan and Aztecs. They produced a luxurious chocolate drink, served on special occasions and at sacrifices to their Gods. They also believed it had powerful effects on arousal. Christopher Columbus introduced this delectable treat to Queen Isabella of Spain. The popularity of chocolate spread rapidly across Europe beyond artistocracy. Now, everyone enjoys chocolate! Thanks Christopher!

Throughout history gifts were given as tokens of friendship or love. This year, we may be considering what we could give our loved ones as expressions of our love to them.

 There is one person that often gets left out and that is YOU! When was the last time you gave yourself a gift? Or, expressed love for yourself? It doesn’t have to be a box of chocolate or a dozen red roses. Think about it. What have you done for yourself lately to show yourself some LOVE?  One might think it is selfish to give to yourself. On the contrary, giving self love in some form is taking responsibility of your needs. It is essential to our own emotional and mental health.love4

If you feel fulfilled then you will less likely need to seek LOVE outside of yourself.  Being loved by others is certainly a wonderful thing but you won’t need it to feel fulfilled and happy when you know how to make yourself happy.

“In case of emergency, put on your oxygen mask first before assisting others” is the message you hear when flying 35,000 feet above the earth. You can give of yourself more fully when your own “cup” is full.

How many times have you put off doing something for yourself only to fill that time with other not so satisfying obligations?

Or, Have you ever felt anger, even resentment at having to do something for someone else when you were exhausted or unfulfilled? That’s a clue you need to take care of yourself FIRST!

Not everyone has an easy time showing themselves love. But here are some suggestions and tips that could help you get started.

Do something you enjoy, give yourself permission to have fun and pursue your hobbies. The hardest part is actually giving yourself the okay to set aside all of your obligations for a time to fill your heart with joy by doing something you love. The obligations and work will always be there. If you can learn to step away from it for some FUN and R&R then when you come back to the work, you feel more relaxed and get more done in a positive frame of mind.

Meditate or spend time in quiet solitude – This quiet time calms the body and mind nourishing your soul making you feel more relaxed and at peace. Take a walk in nature; the sights, scents and sounds get you out of your head and into the moment. Also, the quality of air in a wooded setting is beneficial for your immune system.

Okay, If you have a harder time giving yourself permission to relax and enjoy on your own, then getting a little help from us can give you a boost. 

  1. Get a massage – Receiving a massage for yourself sends a clear message to you, your body and mind that your health is important, your needs are important. It’ll help rid the body of toxins in the way of negative energy as well as relieve tension, creating feelings of well being.

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  1. Receive a Watsu? –Imagine floating in a warm pool, weightless, no sound but your own breathing, feeling your heart beating. You become present in the moment with yourself, body and mind connected. Supported by the therapist, you are gently moved and stretched through the water.  There is no pain, only relaxation. A sense of timeless peace overcomes you in the watery world of Watsu.   Muscles relax, tension falls away. You let go. It becomes a floating meditation that nourishes and heals.

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  1. Reiki – Reiki is an ancient Japanese healing technique of “laying on of hands”. The practitioner works in your energy field which is about 1-2” away from your body. Your physical and energetic bodies are connected. If there is an issue in one it will show up in the other. Reiki is gentle, non invasive, leaving you feeling peaceful. It can even be given over a distance. You and the therapist do not have to be in the same room.reiki healing hands
  2. Take your vitamins! Food has changed over the years and is less nutrient dense than it once was due to additives, soil depletion and pesticides. A weakened system breaks down much more quickly. Quality supplements boost your immune, repair cell damage and remove toxins while giving you more energy. Just another way to say “Self, I love you! My body and health are important.”

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When you give yourself love, you feel happy and healthy. Your confidence grows and the clarity of who you truly are, begins to shine through.

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This Valentine’s day don’t leave yourself out of the LOVE. 

Not sure which is best for you? Contact us for a 20 minute complementary consultation and we’ll help direct you to the services and products to ensure you are giving yourself the best support possible so you shine from the inside out! Email us at: full.circle@comcast.net

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A New Year, A New Opportunity

“The Sun doesn’t wait for anyone to notice it before it shines. Don’t hide your shine!”

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We’ve been hearing the New Year, New You slogan a great deal. While it is a New Year, you are still the same person you were a week ago. Only now you have the opportunity to do things differently, to learn from the past year. You can’t change anything that happened or mistakes made but you can learn from them, let them go, forgive yourself and look ahead.

 

What do you want this year? Decide what you want to change or to create. Then, most importantly take ACTION, however small the steps. Nothing will change if you don’t ACT.

 

At the start of a new year we feel charged and committed but oftentimes as the months progress old habits creep back. If we are not paying attention we find ourselves back in our comfort zone doing the same things we’ve always done. Now that’s not a bad thing, it just won’t help to get us where you want to go. 

It is certain that doing something different will feel awkward, scary and uncomfortable.  Just like when you were learning to drive, or learning a new skill. But, the more you did it the easier it became.

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It takes at least 21 days to make a new habit permanent. In my younger years when faced with a decision to make positive changes my dad would always say: “A day is going to go by anyway.”

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If you are looking to make changes in your life, you have to start somewhere and sometime. That sometime might as well be NOW!  NO more procrastinating or dwelling on the fear. Instead, focus on the outcome and how amazing you’ll feel when you see the results of your efforts.

Making changes in one area of your life will most definitely create positive change in other areas also.

So where do you start?

  1. Decide what it is you’d like to change or create. Keep it simple and achievable.
  2. What are the necessary steps to take to begin?
  3. Get someone to help you. They can act as an accountability partner or give you support when struggling.

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Try not to make your resolutions “shoulds” instead, make certain it is a true desire. While you are at it remember to include nourishing your mind and spirit along with your body.  Now that’s a FUN resolution! Nourishing yourself!

If you feel you need support to get started we offer a 20 minute FREE consultation. Tell us what you want to change or create and we’ll help you get there. Email us, full.circle@comcast.net.

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The Healer in Nature

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I love the outdoors and anything to do with nature! It is important to me to get outside every day. I just don’t feel complete without it.  Getting out in nature feels like good medicine for me. It helps me de stress, think more clearly and feel more relaxed.

Actually all of us need nature to survive. Nature can live without us but we can’t live without nature. Think about it. Your home, your clothes, your food, our most basic needs require nature. So it is safe to say that nature is good for our health. Aside from basic needs, how else is it good for you? everythingisconnected

As a holistic practitioner specifically, Massage therapist, Reiki Master/teacher and Watsu practitioner it is important for me to incorporate nature into my practice. How you might ask?

First there are essential oils which are concentrated oils from herbs and plants that have therapeutic properties. When these oils are applied to the skin through a massage, the two work together to bring the body back into balance. The massage loosens tight muscles, stimulates circulation removing metabolites that cause soreness and fatigue. The oils penetrate the skin into the bloodstream to assist in the removal of metabolites and repair cell damage.

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Then there is Reiki Energy. Everything living on the planet has energy. You can’t see it but can see the effects of it. We have an electrical system within our bodies and emit electromagnetic energy which we call an aura. You don’t need to touch a hot stove burner to know it’s hot; you can feel the heat radiating when your hand gets close to the burner. Similarly, the practitioner hovers her hands a few inches above the recipients’ body and is able to feel where energy is weak which might indicate a physical issue or disruption.  The practitioner acts as a conduit allowing energy to flow through her to the recipient.

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Let’s not forget WATER. Water is crucial for life on this planet. Water is what brought life forth on this planet. Our bodies are 60% water. We resonate with it like a tuning fork and is quite healing to the body. Now take WATSU. Watsu is an aquatic based bodywork given in a warm pool. It’s based on principles of shiatsu massage. Shiatsu is an ancient oriental technique that incorporates stretching, pressure points and joint mobilization. It’s known to be deep work. Watsu incorporates these principles into the water which makes for faster healing. Water conducts electricity. A client floats on their back with the therapist’s assistance as she gently moves, stretches their limbs, applies pressure to points along the body all help to release muscular tension, improve circulation and decrease pain. Healing speeds up in the water. The warm water, buoyancy, sensory deprivation, support of the therapist and gentle moves create a profound experience resulting in a deep relaxation, improved sleep and reduction in anxiety, stress. Some call it instant meditation. This work penetrates deeply but is pain free.

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Studies have concluded that 90% of most illness is due to stress. Reduce your stress and you reduce your chances of serious illness. Bodywork is a wonderful way to reduce your stress. So is getting outside into nature. When you feel the pressure of life weighing on you, take a moment, take a breath then step away from the computer, put down your cell phone. Just go outside, take a walk, explore a nearby wooded setting or sit and pay attention to the sounds, scents and sights of nature. This takes you out of the chaos of mind chatter, helping you to relax and de stress. Keep breathing deeply and understand the Earth breathes with you.

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We are an integral part of nature made up of the same stuff as the earth and stars. When we connect with nature we connect with ourselves on a deeper level and realize our stress is all created within our mind.

If you are feeling stressed and searching for exceptional bodywork services please contact us by visiting our website at www.fullcirclewellnessllc.com

Happy Trails!

Audrey  S Filardi

Full Circle Wellness LLC

Sweetwater, NJ  08037

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Healthy Tips for Spring

Now that the warmer weather is here you may find yourself more active. That is a good thing! However, we tend to overdue it. There is the yard work, outdoor projects, cleaning out storage spaces and of course enjoying the warm weather with long walks, bike rides or anything else. We tend to do too much too soon. If you haven’t been exercising regularly your body is not use to the sudden increase in activity so you may find yourself stiff, achy or even injured, which is not a good thing.
Take it from my experience. In the last few years after doing vigorous yard work and not listening to my body when it said rest, I kept going and wouldn’t you know I ended up on the couch for a week because my back said “you won’t rest, I’ll make you!”
So this Spring keep these things in mind while you enjoy your activities.

Don’t try to do everything all at once. Make a list of things you want to accomplish and pick one or two of them at a time.

When you feel like you’ve had enough and your body says rest, LISTEN!

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Drink plenty of fluids, especially water every day and even during your activity.

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Stay active in the winter to keep yourself feeling strong all year.

Do some light stretching each day to keep your muscles and joints loose and limber.

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When lifting heavy objects don’t bend from the waist. You may injure your back. Instead, squat with bent knees, get a firm grip on the object then lift with your legs. If it is still too heavy, ask for help.

Strengthen your back muscles by doing stomach crunches with bent knees or waist twists (careful not to twist too fast or too far)

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Get a massage. It works wonders for sore, tired muscles and joints. imagesFind out more about our services at our website www.fullcirclewellnessllc.com or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fullcirclewellnessllc

Silence Please!!

Have you ever noticed how little time people spend in silence? I mean actually being quiet, without their phone attached to their ears or thumbs and no radio blaring or TV droning? Look around, folks everywhere and I mean everywhere are obsessively attached to a device. In the stores, in their cars. I’ve heard ladies on the phone in the bathroom stalls and in the changing rooms of a department store. And have you seen the couples at a restaurant sitting across from each other, heads down, on their phones texting or web surfing? No words pass between the couple.

My theory is; as convenient as cell phones have become, people have become more afraid of silence. To the point they almost feel they cease to exist if there is no connection on the other end. Or, perhaps they are avoiding silence because they don’t want to have to look at their perceived misfortunes or problems. And people wonder why they are so stressed, why bad things happen to them. It’s because they are not paying attention to what is going on, on the inside of their head and hearts. Yes, People have become disconnected from themselves and keep seeking on finding the answers in the next phone call or on the internet. Really people need to stop talking and start listening, to themselves, to their heart. It is speaking loudly but they can’t hear it above all the other noise.

Silence seems scary, as it implies being alone or isolated. However, it is quite the contrary. In silence we find answers to our life’s questions and dilemmas. Try it sometime. The best way to experience silence is to take a walk in nature. Your mouth is quiet as you pay closer attention with your ears, eyes, nose, and touch. Listen to the birds and watch them fly, feel the bark on a tree, smell the changing scents in the air. In silence, we come to truly know ourselves and that makes us feel more confident, less insecure.

Another effective means to try on silence is in an aquatic bodywork called WATSU. You float in warm water with the assistance of the therapist. As she moves you slowly through the water, you become keenly aware of your own body as it relaxes. The weightlessness and sensory reduction of being in the water transports you to an almost meditative state. In the water the world is quiet but you can hear your own breathing and safely go within yourself without getting lost.

Monks take a vow of silence in order to become enlightened, not only about themselves but about the world around them. They learn to communicate without speaking. They learn love and compassion by listening.

In silence, we can go within ourselves to find our own enlightenment of who we truly are. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo schedule a watsu session and experience the depth of silence and peace felt. Visit my website at http://www.fullcirclewellnessllc.com, or visit me on Facebook at fullcirclewellnessllc. These sessions are given at the AtlantiCare LifeCenter in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.

Nature as Healer

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vast oceans to majestic mountains touch us in a place deep within. However, the healing properties of nature have the potential to penetrate deeper on a cellular level. Native Americans and Indigenous tribes throughout the world have understood and used the resins, oils and plant parts of a myriad of herbs, plants and trees for healing and ceremony.
Before the industrial revolution our society utilized herbal and folk remedies for most ailments and conditions. Then, synthetic drugs and penicillin were claimed to be the drugs of the future. We turned our backs, scoffing at natural remedies derived from nature. We didn’t realize just how powerfully healing Mother Nature was. Only now are we finding most of these drugs that were meant to heal are hurting, even killing us as they help with one issue but create several others as a result of their toxic side effects. Now, we are finally recognizing that Mother Nature knows how to heal best.
The practice of aromatherapy is ever increasing in popularity. In aromatherapy, essential oils derived from a variety of herbs and plants are used in massage, diffused in the air, used in cooking, skin care and alternatives to medication.
For instance, Lavender essential oil is one of the more commonly used oils and is known to promote relaxation and ease headaches to name just a few.
Peppermint essential oil helps ease breathing and acts as a digestive aid.
Melaleuca, from the melaleuca tree is commonly called Tea Tree oil and is a potent antibacterial, antiviral, antibiotic and regenerative for the skin. The list of oils and their benefits goes on and on.
For any essential oil to be effective it must be therapeutic grade oil not synthetic oil.
Therapeutic grade essential oils are not the only plant derived compound found to have healing benefits to the human body. Many natural complexes are used in supplements.
Pycnogenol is derived from the bark of the French maritime pine tree and numerous studies have demonstrated its anti-inflammatory properties.
White Willow bark is referred to as nature’s aspirin. It is a safer alternative to aspirin, aleve or ibuprofen. It is a natural antiseptic, reduces fever, swelling and inflammation.
Resveratrol is better known as red wine extract. They weren’t kidding when they said red wine was good for you! Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant which scavenges free radicals and protects cardiovascular health. Though, I wouldn’t recommend trying to drink enough red wine for therapeutic purposes because you’d have to consume the equivalent of 3 bottles of red wine each day to get the benefit of one daily dose of resveratrol.
So before you reach for the aspirin or ask your Doctor for a prescription, look to Mother Nature first. She’s been around a lot longer and you know the saying; “Mother knows best.”
Not sure where to start? Contact me for a complementary 20 minute phone consultation.
The picture above is the wintergreen plant. Its oils are used in gum, toothpaste, breath fresheners and muscle relief lotions.

So what does hiking have to do with wellness??

Ever since I was a kid, I trekked into the woods  behind our house to explore and be by myself. It was so quiet and comforting among the trees.  Through the years  my hikes in the forest have helped me heal on many levels.  In the silence of  nature I heard the answers I was seeking, I understood lessons I needed to learn and how I kept myself a prisoner of my own mind, believing the thoughts I had about myself were true.  This kept me in fear  which held me back from my dreams and goals. Fear is nothing more than FALSE, EVIDENCE, APPEARING, REAL. My journey’s into the woods helped me to understand this. I’ve come to learn that we are the Architects of our lives. And so, this series of mindful hikes was born out of wanting to share with others the powerful healing qualities nature possesses.

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What does Hiking have to do with Wellness?

You may be wondering why I offer hiking excursions when I am a bodyworker. What does one have to do with the other? Well, as a massage therapist I manipulate the muscles and fascia on a person to relieve muscular tension and improve circulation that will carry away metabolites. I am helping that person heal on a more physical level. I may use Reiki energy work or essential oils in a session. Watsu is a massage given in a warm pool. These are all elements of nature. Of course the rest they receive during the massage is beneficial for relaxing the mind and massage helps improve body awareness.
After a massage the person experiences a kind of euphoria from the improved circulation, release of endorphins and time of rest. This may last for a short duration.
Shinrin – Yoku is Japanese for forest bathing. It is actually prescribed in Japan as a form of therapy. Japan has done many studies that prove spending time in nature among trees has a host of healing benefits, such as lowers blood pressure, increases immune function and has anti cancer effects. It was found that the trees emit phytoncides which are an oil that protects the trees. When in the forest this oil is present in the air so is taken in to the body when we inhale.
Couple the physical healing qualities of being in a forest setting with mindfully walking through the trees; your heart rate increases improving blood and oxygen flow, so you are breathing in more of this healing oil.  Increased heart rate also releases endorphins, the feel good hormone. As you admire nature around you, it takes you out of your thoughts and brings you to where you are in that moment. You experience feelings of peace, calm and joy.  You become more aware of yourself.
During our hiking excursions we will be doing some meditation and quiet reflecting which will calm our minds. In the quiet of the forest we experience BEING. Focusing on the moment of here and now and with each breath we take in the protective compounds of the trees. In this experience one learns to become aware of their thoughts and can change them.
So you see, the forest is actually giving you a massage of sorts. One that is healing on ALL levels. Think of it as a massage for the soul.

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