Lights Out! Join Our Sleep Challenge, June 22-29, 2012

“Lights Out,” As some of us tell our kids. Sleep is essential and one of the best ways to nurture your beauty is a good night’s rest. Make the most of our shorter summer nights! Join our Sleep Challenge how to. Try to spend 8 hours in bed each night with the lights out. Try to retire each night and arise each morning at exactly the same time for 7 days and 7 nights, starting June 22, 2012. Post your reactions of mind, body, and spirit each day (7 posts) until June 29th, on our Facebook page*. (Your posts will indicate that you entered the challenge.) to aid in your success. We will provide you with some advice and tips on our Facebook page. Further, for the duration of the challenge, night and sleep care products will be 20% off. your rewards. More rest we hope. Also complete the challenge and you will receive a gift package (value $25) from us to enhance your sleep. Sounds like fun? Come and join us. *If you do not have a Facebook page, you can leave your comments on this...

Reflexology:Relax one foot at a time by Janet Ahearn

Who Am I? My name is Janet Ahearn.  I’m a certified Foot Reflexologist and an Energy Medicine Practitioner.  I worked for 13 years in the corporate world and 10 years ago, I decided it was time to leave the heavy workload and long commute behind. Given my own personal experiences, I found myself wanting to help people find ways of managing their own stress levels and ultimately, improving their physical and emotional health in the process. What Do I Do? I’m often asked that question as a Foot Reflexologist.  Well, ok, first I’m asked, “You’re a what?” with an inquisitive, but puzzled look.  Perhaps I should address that question first.  Reflexology is one in a long list of alternative therapies that look at you as a whole person, not just as an arm, a leg, or a knee.  The theory behind reflexology is that the entire body is mapped out in our feet (hands and ears, too) via reflex areas; by applying specific thumb/finger walking techniques to these areas, a Reflexologist can have an effect on the corresponding areas of the body. Ultimately, reflexology works the part of your nervous system that helps you relax, the part that helps you say, “Ahhhhh!” as deep relaxation is achieved.  When the body is relaxed, it has a better chance of doing what it has the ability to do naturally – heal itself.  Of course, there are no guarantees in the healing process, but as with anything else alternative or conventional, it’s certainly worth a try! At a minimum, Reflexology can help rebalance the energy within your body and restore a sense...

Receiving and Giving

  A wise friend states “you can’t give what you don’t possess.”  Doesn’t that make so much sense to you as you read these words?  And, as I contemplated further it has so many facets.  We can relate it to our physical, emotional, mental or spiritual  resources  and more.  My friend offered this wisdom in a spiritual context.   However we think about it, we need to consistently care for ourselves as we are caring for others.  Easier said than done! We don’t want to let people down.  But it’s a basic law of nature:  if we move stones from one pile to another eventually the first pile will be depleted unless we restock.  If we offer nurturence to others we need to be open enough to receive something back. As I write these words the question, “What is the consequence ?” pops in my head. When I mentioned this topic to  a longtime customer, now friend, she unhesitatingly said, “I know about that!”  Yes, she does.  Over the years there have been times we might have lost this perky, bright-eyed woman to major illnesses.  I think for each of us the consequence to “not receiving” is going to be different for all kinds of reasons.  And, our bodies will let us know in small ways that if  go unaddressed become more significant.   But, when does receiving in become taking more than is our share – becoming a taker vs. a giver?  When do we turn the corner to self-involved and self –centered?  How do we know what we know what we truly require?  Often helping others is exactly what feeds...

Sri Revealed

Recently my friend and I offered a Yoga and Skin Care workshop entitled “Sri Revealed”.  The Sanskrit word Sri can be defined as effulgent beauty, abundance, glory, excellence .  My favorite definition is an “explosion of a star radiating” outward – it has that much power and light.    AND, the best part about it is each one of us at our very essence is this star and our beauty and the beauty we create in the world is Sri.  This vibration exists everywhere and in everything. It’s the twinkle in our eyes, the dramatic display of autumn leaves, the joy of seeing a snowdrop poke through receding snow, the smell of cinnamon toast or the sound of a concert pianist. So, where ‘s the connection to our skin?  Our skin is the bridge between our inner and outer worlds. It is luminous when we allow our “star power” to shine out.  We do this when our thoughts, words and actions are guided by the wisdom of  hearts.   As powerful as this  star power is it speaks in a still, small voice which means we need to take time to listen.  By nurturing body, mind and spirit. Luahn is a  co-founder of JoiaBeauty and has a passion for practicing and teaching Yoga....