The Earthbody Blog

A curated guide to holistic wellness

Welcome to my journal. Each week I share a story that turns my mind with the insights, goof-ups, and lessons I discovered in the exchange. I also believe that the good life takes practice. Here's where I'll share resources in meditation, self care, daily ritual, wholesome nutrition, and the best in body~mind wellness. Thanks for reading and welcome to the family.

Denmo Ibrahim, Founder & CEO Earthbody.

Going the Distance

Going the DistanceMy friend is a long-distance runner. She is a virtual expert in endurance. Once a day, she emerges from her modest bed and puts both feet down onto a cold wooden floor. For Leah, the run begins here. As someone who has spent many years in recovery from addiction and the grief of difficult life circumstances, she had to find a way to feel that she could in fact, move forward in her life. Running provided then, and continues to offer now, a way for her to feel that she is progressing. When Leah runs, she is applying the exertion necessary to move though physical space as well as her internal emotional space. As she runs, her body becomes more adapted to exertion and her mind becomes more adapted to the reality of happiness in life without addictive substances. This daily exercise then, becomes a practice in reorganizing the structure of her beliefs and attitudes about her life. As her beliefs have changed, so too have her friends and her possibilities for more supportive and fulfilling relationships. Leah’s meditation in motion isn’t recreation; it’s a re-creation of her life through muscle power and her will to put two feet on the ground.

As the SF Marathon approaches, we here at Earthbody honor those of you who have decided to run. We honor you who use your internal structures - your muscles and bones - to move you into the presence of some greater personal goal. Like running, we know massage also works the physical structures of the body and can be both an integral part of training as well as provide rest and relaxation post race. We want to support your work and help your body awaken its full potential. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Before the race, we recommend the GROUND massage with Essential Foot Therapy.
To increase mental clarity and focus we offer The BARS seesion.
Post run, receive the REPATTERN ~ 90 minutes of therapeutic bodywork.

Double Joy I Half Sorrow

Double Joy | Half SorrowHave you ever heard something so funny when you were alone that it made you laugh out loud and think, “I wish so-and-so was here!”? Or maybe you were shopping and saw something beautiful that you knew your partner would adore. That feeling of “I wish you were here,” is something that we can all relate to, especially in times of joy. Many songs have been written about this, and countless postcards with that same sentiment have been printed. We humans are a social and generous lot. We like to share.
There’s a Swedish proverb that states “Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.” Connection amplifies experience.

Though sometimes we feel the pressures of our own lives and may feel like we’re doing it alone, it’s simply not true. That’s the beauty of solid, intimate relationships. We get to open up to one another and disclose the discoveries, heartbreaks, fears and dreams.

Are there areas of your life in which you can deepen your relationships by experiencing union? Perhaps you’ve held back in talking about your personal spiritual practices from friends. Have you read any books that have inspired you, that might be helpful to someone you know? Have you fallen in love with a beauty or body care treatment that a dear friend could benefit from? You are abundance. Share a part of your experience with another and watch it grow two-fold.

Share a Couples Massage at EB!

Relationships Can Get Stressed

Relationships Can Get StressedRelationships can get stressed just like our bodies…take care of yours.
We love it when things are smooth sailing in relationship and health, but as we ride the blissful waves of the highs, the lows can sneak up on us, causing us to get out of balance. The way to get back in to balance and eventually riding the joyful waves of good health and love is to do something healthy. The emphasis on the “doing.” We are co-creators in the state of our bodies and relationships. So when you stress out your body, you have choices about how to take care of it. Eating well, getting exercise and having bodywork done are the best routine ways to keep yourself in balance. You are taking proactive measures to care for your body

How do you handle friction in your intimate relationship? You make choices about how to treat it, again based on the situation. Coming back to the reason you two are together is essential. Finding ways to come together and focus on the connection is a must for the care of your special union. Make it a priority to consciously do loving actions toward your partner. Just as you build into your schedule time for exercise and sleep, making time for special dates is important. Even when life gets busy, doing simple things like giving your partner a kiss when he or she comes home is important.

Make a special date to take the stress out of your body and your other most intimate relationship by booking a Couples Massage treatment.

Nurture the Relationship

Nurture the RelationshipAsk most people what’s most important in life and you’ll often hear “love and health.” When our bodies are healthy we’re in the physical and mental shape to be available for our loved ones. When our relationships are tended to properly, we have the energy and motivation to take good care of ourselves. These two essential areas of our lives, love and health, need constant nurturing, just like any living being.

A clever way to nurture both body and relationship is to share healthy activities. Here are some ideas to get you thinking about pairing these nurturing activities:

  • Go for a hike with family
  • Jog or workout with friends
  • Catch up with a friend while walking in Golden Gate Park
  • Take a bike ride with your sweetheart
  • Share a personal training session with your business partner
  • Shop at a farmers’ market with a dear co-worker
  • Take a yoga class with your BFF
  • Share a nurturing massage treatment with a close friend or partner

Interdependence Day

Interdependence DayConnect to the Source this 4th of July

As we approach the long weekend, it occurs to me that all of the focus on independence could be overrated. What if we celebrated an interdependence day as we spend the precious weekend time with friends and family? None of us truly survive independently of the elements around us. We all are inextricably connected to the heat of the summer sun providing the digestive fire for our bellies, the wind caressing the interior of our lungs and the currents of water surging through our capillaries and veins. We are the Earthbody, a product of the interconnection of elements - the embodiment of the interdependence. So why would our social lives be any different?

This weekend, celebrate how deeply interconnected you are to the people you love and the people who care for you in return.  Sometimes it takes practice to learn how to relax and receive.  This July we’re featuring SHIATSU, an ancient form of bodywork that has its roots in Chinese Medicine balancing the body, mind and spirit, which is a microcosm of the world in which we live. This is a safe way to experience the interconnectedness of elements within your body.

When symptoms of fatigue and stress are relieved, new space is made for mental clarity and the rejuvenated consciousness that arises from it. Suddenly, new possibilities for interdependence begin to blossom. We believe the effects of massage can be profound, extending beyond physical nourishment of the body. For instance, how could you be more available to your loved ones without shoulder or neck pain? What necessary gifts would you offer up to your community if your headaches and eye-strain were eased, even just for a day? As the long weekend approaches, Earthbody is honored to help you celebrate your Interdependence with all things this July.

We look forward to seeing you soon!