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.

EarthDay 2011

Earth Day 2011Be the Alter Not the Alternative

by Wesley Cabral
COO,
Earthbody

Earthbody, like many other companies around the world is committed to business practices that serve the health of both the earth and the communities we work in. This practice of being awake and conscious of how our decisions have a far reaching ripple effect gained tremendous ground in 1969 with the birth of Earth Day.

“I am convinced that all we need to do to…stem the tide of environmental disaster is to present the facts clearly and dramatically. I am proposing a national teach-in on the crisis of the environment to be held next spring on every university campus across the Nation. The crisis is so imminent, in my opinion, that every university should set aside 1 day in the school year-the same day across the Nation-for the teach-in.”
----  Senator Gaylord Nelson, October 8th, 1969

Nelson’s inspiration for a national teach-in, later to be named Earth Day, was because of a devastating oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California in 1969.
41 years since the invocation of Earth Day, what have we learned? Oil spills still happen, animals are still endangered; coal, petroleum and nuclear energy remain our most popular sources of electricity. Many still ponder, “Is global warming for real?”

An inspirational friend of ours, Jagatjoti Singh Khalsa, wrote of his teacher,
“At one point he asked me in his thick Punjabi accent, ‘Do you know the sacred secret of success in this lifetime?’ I offered several excellent answers to his question: the remembrance of God, the repetition of mantra, good hygiene and such. "When I finished, he looked at me and said, ‘Son, be the alter, not the alternative.’ And again he repeated,
Be the alter, not the alternative.”

To me, this message elegantly reveals that to bring about great change, one must serve rather than resist.

Transformation is a still lake at dawn amidst a great forest.

The movement to transform the earth, to honor sustainability and wield creativity as a tool that can save the world is 41 years in the making. Perhaps, it was moving long before Nelson made a call to serve the Earth and the communities we live in. His suggestion was that we teach. Teach an entire generation about what is happening in the world that we are not paying attention to.

Teaching remains one of the all-powerful tools in shaping the world we live in. Our commitment at Earthbody is to serve you in maintaining health and teach you ways to deepen the relationship you have to your body. When the body is healthy, your capacity to serve joyfully and to be awake to the world is unlimited.

Earth Day is a call to learn, to teach one another, to enlighten the next generation and to serve. By serving the earth, we heal our bodies, by healing our bodies; we begin to understand how to serve the earth.

You are a source of vast energy. Happiness is contained in an acorn and love is all you need.

Relaxation Post Taxation

Relaxation Post Taxation
Relaxation Post Taxation

by Denmo Ibrahim
Founding Therapist + CEO,
Earthbody

If you’re feeling extra stress this time of year, you’re not alone. Stress can lead to many physical side effects, as well as increase unhealthy coping behaviors such as over-eating and inactivity. Therapeutic massage can balance the angst of April 15th and can steer people toward healthy ways to manage stress.  Receiving a session at Earthbody this tax season can help keep stress, anxiety, and those unhealthy activities, at bay.

We also know how important it is to get your money’s worth.  At Earthbody, our treatments were distinctively designed to awaken the Body-Mind, a union of physical, mental, and emotional health.  So one session can effectively work deeply on many aspects of the body. Check out our success stories from our clients.

A therapeutic massage may be one of the easiest and most effective ways to not only cope with stress, but support one’s overall wellness.  In fact, we’ve noticed a shift in the industry of wellness – the days of massage as luxury have transformed to massage as a fundamental tool for health. When stress arises, we can easily turn to instant gratifying fixes like food for comfort.  Or perhaps we find ways to disengage, such as increasing our workload, watching copious amounts of T.V., or simply ignoring physical signs of discomfort. Therapeutic massage actually boosts your immune system, flushes toxins out of your body and lowers your blood pressure.

Particularly during tax season, coming in for a massage can combat tax-time stress and anxiety that many of us are feeling, before it accumulates.  I have witnessed full transformations from our clients through a single 60-minute massage. The effects of therapeutic bodywork can often last days after a session. Skillful bodywork can truly support a body-mind connection and engage an overall sense of joy.

I’m a firm believer that everyone can enjoy some of the benefits of massage. Even if you’re in the middle of crunching numbers for taxes and can’t get in for treatment right away, here are a few simple remedies that can be done even as you sit at your computer working on your returns: Practice Self Love

Practice Self Love

Practice Self Love
PRACTICE SELF LOVE
simple massage tips to unwind

HEADACHE

  • If you’re experiencing a headache from stress, try a pressure point located in the triangle of flesh between the thumb and forefinger. Use your opposite thumb and forefinger to squeeze this point applying firm pressure for about 10 - 20 seconds. Repeat on the opposite hand. Do this several times until you feel your headache pain lessen.

  • Other headache relieving points lie at the back of the head, on either side of your spine, just below the rounded bones at the base of your skull. Apply pressure here with your thumbs or forefingers for the same slow count of ten. Do this several times.

  • Earlobes also have pressure points that can relieve headache pain and have a calming effect on the body. You can grab both of your earlobes between your thumb and forefinger and squeeze while pulling down firmly, but not to the point of causing pain. Do this for 20 seconds at a time until you feel calmer. Deep, slow breathing in and out through the nose, while expanding the belly, not the chest, can enhance relaxation during any of these exercises as well.

SHOULDERS

  • Many of us store tension in our neck and shoulders; this can be intensified when we’re typing on a computer for a long period of time. Try shrugging your shoulders as high as you can up towards your ears and holding for 5 seconds. Then drop the shoulders as low as possible and hold that for another 5 seconds. Repeat this several times, then follow with slow shoulder circles in both directions. This will increase blood flow to the area, and allow your muscles to relax.

NECK

  • To stretch the sides of your neck, a common tension center, you can slowly drop your head to one side, gently reaching with the opposite hand to slightly pull the head over and intensify the stretch. Do this gently and hold for a slow count of 10. Repeat to the other side. Do this several times until your neck feels loose.

SLEEP

  • Stress can play a large role in the quality of your sleep, as the 2009 APA study indicated. If you have trouble falling asleep, try using a tennis ball to signal the nervous system to relax and help stretch tense muscles. While lying face up in bed without a pillow, place a tennis ball behind your head, in the crook of your neck and lie back for 10 – 15 minutes before going to sleep. You should reach a deeper sleep faster after doing this.

FEET

  • The feet contain many nerve endings that refer to different parts of the body. You can enjoy a relaxing foot massage while at your desk. Remove your shoes and place a golf ball on the ground. Roll your foot along the golf ball while applying pressure. This helps release the tension in the muscles and tendons of the feet, and hits pressure points that can induce relaxation. Repeat for about 5 minutes to help relieve tension and relax your body.

These simple tips are a great place to start to create a feeling of relaxation and well-being. And yes it’s true -- a professional massage can offer deeper relaxation and more health benefits. Check out our featured treatment, the Full Lotus for a deeply theraputic session that will leave you de-stressed and uplifted.

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Full Body Jute Brush
Vedic Face Treatment
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The Pomegranate

Once when I was living in the heart of a pomegranate, I heard a seed saying, “Someday I shall become a tree, and the sun will dance on my leaves, and I shall be strong and beautiful through all the seasons.”

-Khalil Gibran

Earthbody's Herb Garden

Earthbody Herb GardenWe've Planted a New Garden

Stop by Earthbody and enjoy our beautiful new herb garden. We have selected plants that are used to create our signature product line. You'll find: jasmine, rose, lavender, calendula, rosemary, citrus, spearment and other seasonal herbs and flowers. Take a moment to enjoy the scents of these aromatic plants before your next treatment at Earthbody.