5 Ways to Show Yourself Love

As a big advocate of Self-Love & Self-Care... Here's a few of my tips for giving back to YOU..

1) Schedule time for Yourself:
It doesn't have to be a lot of time. 15-30 minutes a day of doing something that brings you joy. Whether its reading, listening to music, doing the crossword. Mine is my quiet time with my coffee in the mornings. 

2) Be Kind to Your Body:
Give back to your body! Setting aside time to give back to you body is rewarding and also necessary. Take the time to exercise, practice yoga, make a healthy meal, or schedule a massage. 

3) De-Stress Daily:
It doesn't have to be long... Maybe its 15-minutes. But giving yourself a moment to de-stress at the end of your day (or anytime!) - Can make all the difference in the rest of your week. Perhaps a short meditation, taking a bath, coloring, sipping tea, going for a walk.. whatever helps you to let go and unwind.

4) Practice Saying No:
This one may sound silly, but I've found a great benefit from learning to say "No." It's OK to put yourself first at times, even if it may disappoint someone else. Does this speak to you? Give it a try!

5) Take a minute or two to say "Thank You.":
Give love and appreciation to yourself. Remind yourself of the great work that you are doing. Maybe even throw in one of my favorite mantras, also known as the Ho'oponopono Healing Process:  "I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you." 
 

What to expect during your first Thai Massage with Caroline

Thai Massage is different than most other types of massage as it is performed on a thick, comfortable mat on the floor. Thai Massage is performed with the client fully dressed, in loose comfortable clothing. Something that allows for movement would be appropriate, avoiding thick seams or pocket, that you are comfortable being stretched in. 

I ask that all new clients please arrive 5-10 minutes early for their first session. This gives us time to complete a detailed health evaluation before beginning your massage. I ask that clients refrain from eating a heavy meal prior to their session, as this may make some positions less comfortable with a full stomach and the body is the most receptive to movement on an empty stomach.

There are no oils or lotions used in Thai Massage. The massage part of the treatment will be a combination of compression, palpation, rocking, and acupressure.  I may use my hands, forearms, knees, thighs, back and feet during your treatment. I will guide you through a series of yoga postures in which the yoga is passive, meaning you can remain relaxed. Thai Massage is wonderful for everyone, regardless of his or her level of flexibility or familiarity with yoga. We will design your session uniquely to fit your specific needs.

Communication between client and therapist is very important and I will be sure to check in often to make sure that the pressure and amount of stretching meets your preference. A Thai Massage session with me will never hurt, but may sometimes be satisfyingly intense. You will leave feeling refreshed and balanced- energetically, physically, and emotionally.