Relax! You’ll Be More Productive!

This weekend, The New York Times published an opinion piece by Tony Schwartz with this title.  The author is the CEO of The Energy Project. The premise of the piece is that incorporating relaxation into your day (and life) boosts energy and, subsequently, boosts workplace performance. The full Times article is here. It’s worth a read. Here are some of my favorite nuggets. On…

Lessons from a Yoga Challenge

I recently completed a 30 Day Challenge at my beloved yoga studio. (I’m using the title yoga challenge somewhat loosely as I was allowed to mix it up and take dance and Pilates instead, but yoga is my first love at Sacred, and it’s mostly what I did). I loved the 30 Day Challenge and the feeling of community that came…

Let’s Talk about Pecs, Baby

We don’t have to sing it to the tune of Salt ‘n’ Pepa, but we really do need to talk about pecs. We’ve all seen variations on this cartoon by now: It’s all well and good to have a little chuckle, but the reality is that lots of us are computer based these days, spending far more time hunched over…

The Weekly Happy

I recently watched a documentary simply called Happy. It was a sweet glimpse into people’s lives around the world through the lens of what makes people happy. While the movie explored different concepts regarding long-term happiness, the most notable immediate effect, for me, was that watching the movie made me smile a lot. In the interest of self-care and increased happiness,…

Take Home Massage

You know that old proverb, the one about how if you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime? I really don’t know much about fishing. My grandparents were pretty good with their fancy wading pants back in the day, but those skills were not…

Queen of Comfy

When I was in college, my parents and little brother came to visit me in my dorm room when I was setting up my bed in my dorm room. Cushy mattress topper, high thread count sheets, fluffy comforter, just the right pillows. Little brother asked why I had all that stuff. My mom explained that I had to build my…

Challenge Season!

I am nearing the end of the 30 Day Challenge at Sacred.  This month of yoga and movement has been great, and there will be a post re-capping the biggest takeaways when I have officially completed the challenge (Two classes to go!), but the simplest, most bare-bones reflection is this: I loved it. One of the things that I’ve been…

13 Ways Massage Can Make Your 2013 Brilliant

There’s a great acupuncture blog called AcuTake (now published on the Huffington Post) that I recommend to any and all who are interested in such things. They recently published a list of 13 Ways Acupuncture Can Change Your Life in 2013. What Sara says about acupuncture is exactly what I believe to be true of massage: that it helps us…

Thankful

It’s Thanksgiving, possibly the most beautiful day of the year over on social media, newsfeeds flooded with outpourings of gratitude, something I generally do a pretty good job living by, but that didn’t feel close at hand this morning. So what do you do when you wake up on the wrong side of the bed (which might actually be a…