Monthly Archives: November 2013

Black Friday Sale on Massages? Whaaaaaat??!!!!

Oh yeah it’s coming up on Black Friday time. Highlight of a discount junkie’s whole year. When mobs of crazed shoppers stalk the Wal-Marts of the country like zombies at zero-dark-thirty in bunny slippers and curlers (I used to live in Kansas. I’ve seen it…super creepy).

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Scary huh! But you didn’t think we’d miss out on all the fun did you? HECK NO! And we’ll not only save you from the chaos in the streets by offering our deal exclusively online, but we’re also going to one-up those retail yuppies buy running our deal Friday through Monday. Boo-ya! Take that greedy franchisers.

We’re running a Buy One Get One 1/2 Off all gift certificates on our website from Black Friday all the way through Cyber Monday. Just head on over to the Body Harmony Massage website Nov. 29th-Dec 2nd and order online from the comfort of your home in your underwear, if that’s your thing. No judging here. Give them as gifts or use them yourself. Why not? They’re on sale!

On a separate note, pretty please consider buying local and supporting our local economy. The more dollars that change hands between local residents and local businesses, the more our beautiful Treasure Valley can flourish. Hit the mom and pop shops for gifts, get a mani-pedi or massage gift certificate from your favorite place or whatever. Just do your part to help out businesses in Boise, Meridian and all the other surrounding towns with so much to offer. We will be extremely appreciative of your support and able to continue to serve the entire Treasure Valley. We thank you!

Jennifer Parker, Body Harmony Massage
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Acupuncture Treatment – My Experience

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I often get asked by my clients about other forms of alternative care that I’ve tried and believe in. Of those, acupuncture is probably the one I get asked about the most. Does it hurt? Does it work? What can it do? How big are the needles? Considering this I figured it would be beneficial to my dear blog followers to do a rundown of my experience with acupuncture.

First off, I’ve seen two acupuncturists in my life who are both here in the Treasure Valley. I personally love them both, but I now see Heather Bergstrom at Vitality Acupuncture. She’s frickin’ fabulous! I pretty much see her for anything I can’t treat myself. She’s treated me for low energy, acne, sinus congestion, muscle pain, nightmares, being cold all the time and lord knows what else. Basically she starts with “So what’s new?” and I ramble off some seemingly random stuff like “Oh ya know I’ve been cold alot, my face seem to be breaking out lately and I don’t have as much energy as I’d like.”. Then she takes my pulse in several places, looks at my tongue (acupuncturists seem to be a little obsessed with them) and brings it all together under one or two issues (for that list it was blood deficiency and low iron apparently) and we go from there.

As far as the actual needles part? No, they don’t hurt. They’re itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny needles. I would describe the sensation as the prick of the needle for a split second, then something between an electric tingle and a muscle spasm when she finds the point, then nothing. I couldn’t even tell you where the last needle was once she heads to the next one. Then she puts a nice toasty heat lamp on me and leaves the room while I enjoy myself a nice nap. After around 20-30 minutes she comes back in, removes the needles and I’m feeling all clear headed and chipper. Easy-peasy!

Oh by the way…Get the needle in the middle of your forehead. I don’t know what that guy does, but I’m putty and get a really deep and restful nap when she puts a needle in that spot. I call it the mind eraser point…it’s my favorite πŸ™‚

Anywho, if you want to give it a try or want more information I refer all my clients to her. Check out her website at http://www.vitalityacupunctureclinic.com and browse around, then give her a call and try it out. No need to be scared, I wouldn’t steer you wrong.

Jennifer Parker, Body Harmony Massage
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Tibetan Healing Sounds

I found this exceptionally relaxing to listen to during my nightly hot bath and thought I’d share it with everyone. I use this time to release the stresses and negative energy of the day. I soak in warm water with Epsom salts, breathe deeply and slowly, and listen to music or sometimes read. It helps me relax and sleep better πŸ™‚

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If You’re Sick Stay Home

20131002-182225.jpgWith the cold and flu season kicking off I feel compelled to give this advice. All the crappy symptoms you’re feeling are your body’s response to an infection. Your fever is to burn it out, your sore throat is your immune system killing off infected cells, and your grogginess is because your body is literally waging war on your tiny invader.

It takes alot of energy to wage a war. GO TO SLEEP! Let’s face it, are you really all that productive (or friendly?!) when you’re trying to power through a cold? Wouldn’t it be more efficient to get over it faster so you can be fully present at work instead of distracted by your currently miserable body? Of course it would.

Rest is key here folks. Go home and sleep it off for a day or two.

And a little tid-bit from the rest of us…we love you, but we don’t want your cooties. Get that business contained in a hazmat suit and stop spreading that particular love around. Also…NO massage while you have symptoms! For one, we don’t want it. For two, massage increases blood flow which could actually spread your infection. Please just call us to cancel asap and go to bed. We’ll understand πŸ™‚

Jennifer Parker, Body Harmony Massage
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7 Cardinal Rules in Life

7 Cardinal Rules in Life. We all probably have a few of these we could work on, including myself πŸ™‚

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7 Cardinal Rules in Life

I think we like to complicate things when it is really quite simple; find what it is that makes you happy and who it is that make you happy and you’re set promise.

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Your Perspective Sets Your Reality

20131017-191538.jpgYou’ve heard of “the power of positive imaging”, right? The whole idea of visualizing what you want or acting happy will make you happy?

Don’t dismiss this as wishful thinking folks. There’s some legitimacy to the idea.

Let’s start on the flip side to prove my point. Everyone knows at least one person who is constantly negative about everything. “The Frowner” (picture Jeff Dunham’s “Walter” character here 😦 ). Say you take The Frowner to a restaurant with you. The Frowner will immediately start complaining about the decor, the service, the location, whatever. They’ll finish up their little rant with “and the food’s probably gonna stink too”. They are “glass half empty” people…because that’s the perspective they choose to take on just about everything. They LOOK for the negative! Even if you took this person to the finest place in town they still wouldn’t be happy. Why? Because negativity is the perspective they choose to take on life. You know this guy…and you avoid this guy.

Now lets think about that one person in our lives who’s always smiling. Let’s call them “Sunshine” (like those ever-smiling yellow happy faces πŸ™‚ ) and take them out to dinner. Sunshine notices every cute nuance in the decor, the waitresses nice shoes, the flavor of the food and OMG look at the DESERT MENU! Everything makes Sunshine smile and get all gitty about silly little things that don’t even get noticed my most others. You cannot rain on Sunshine’s parade…they’ll just look up and wait patiently for their rainbow. They’ve chosen the “bright side” perspective in life. By doing so they are surrounded by things that make them happy regardless of the dung pile they may or may not be standing in…and people flock to their side to enjoy the light that emanates from Sunshine.

Who would you rather be? Your reality is set by your perspective. If you see the good, the world IS good! Am I saying if you choose the positive perspective you’ll win the lottery? No. What I’m saying is if you choose the positive perspective the simple things like a hug will make you feel like you just did.

Jennifer Parker, Body Harmony Massage
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What is the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D) And An M.D?

Detailed information on education requirements for Naturopathic Doctors. Not all states regulate all forms of alternative care and, unfortunately, there are those that fancy themselves providers of some kind without proper education and training. I feel this gives the realm of alternative care as a whole a bad wrap, as one bad experience spreads like wildfire among a community. If we hope to have alternative care accepted by the health community and covered by insurance we must be willing to put the work into knowing our craft. You as the client/patient deserve the best care available, regardless of what realm of care you choose. Please do your homework when looking into any alternative care to ensure you are receiving care by a qualified provider.