May 9, 2013

Struggling to meditate? Try walking a labyrinth

Posted in Energy Work, Living Vibrantly at 5:49 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

There are times when meditating is simply a struggle; we can’t find the time, or can’t find a quiet space, we come up with excuses why not to meditate, we procrastinate…  if you’re struggling to meditate, consider walking a labyrinth as a form of walking meditation.

Labyrinths are nearly as old as recorded human history; they show up in ancient drawings and design from all parts of the globe.  For thousands of years humans have enjoyed labyrinths as interesting design, solvable puzzles, mythological prisons and contemplative practice spaces.

The basic design of a labyrinth; as a path that doubles back on itself repeatedly, mirrors the journey of life.  In a labyrinth, the destination seems so close; yet inevitably, we have to wind through many twists and turns before arriving.  Walking a labyrinth mimics the entire journey of life and provides a tangible, visceral connection to the past.

So the process of walking a labyrinth provides us today with the perfect time-out from the busy world.  Once we step into the labyrinth, it is impossible to be preoccupied with outside thoughts or worries, the labyrinth demands our complete attention; which is what makes it such a great meditation tool. Most modern labyrinths take just 5-30 minutes to complete; the perfect amount of time for a brief respite from a busy day.

Here’s a list of labyrinths all over the world; find one close to you, or location one to walk on your next vacation.  Connect yourself to thousands of years of human history while calming your mind and soothing your soul.

http://labyrinthlocator.com/home

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Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Yoga Instructor and General Health Zealot.  Contact her directly to schedule a session:  727-641-6941 or www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com

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January 31, 2013

Thai Herbal Compress Therapy

Posted in Energy Work, Thai Yoga Massage at 9:40 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

If you haven’t experienced a Thai Herbal Compress Massage session, now is the perfect time to do so.  What is a Thai Herbal Compress Massage? Some quick explanations:

  • The perfect antidote for winter’s chill and the cold/flu season
  • A powerful inflammation fighter and circulation builder
  • An incredibly soothing form of deep stress relief and relaxation

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Part of the rich therapeutic Thai Massage  system of bodywork, some say the herbal compress massage was considered to be a ‘Royal Treatment’; a special form of therapy reserved for relieving the pains and strains of royalty and warriors in ancient Thailand.

Today’s herbal compresses are a powerful blend of herbs; prai (a Thai root similar to ginger), ginger, lemongrass, tamarind, turmeric, camphor, patchouli, keffir lime and orange.  The herbs are cooked and combined into a poultice then wrapped in a muslin cloth tied into a ball with a handle.  When the compresses are warmed with steam, the aromatherapeutic properties of the herbs are released.  Then the herbal compress is pressed into the skin,  following the energy lines of the body, releasing the essential oils of the herbs into your open pores.  A multi-sensory form of therapy, a Thai Herbal Compress Massage simultaneously works on the muscle & connective tissue system, the nervous system, the blood and lymph circulation systems, the respiratory and digestive systems.

The therapeutic qualities of the herbs help reduce inflammation, calm stress, ward off colds and flu, act as an antiseptic and analgesic, tone the skin and boost circulation; making the Thai Herbal Compress Massage the perfect choice of therapy for anyone struggling to get over the end of the season illness, manage a chronic health condition or simply relax more deeply than you have in years. Adding in a ayurvedic oil massage, heated massage table, hot towels and hot packs further warms the body, soothes the mind and enhances relaxation.

If you’d like more information about the compresses themselves, here’s a link:

http://thaiherbalcompress.net/index.html

If you’ve never experienced the Thai Herbal Compress Massage, schedule one now.  If you’re trying to wrap up the last bits of the seasonal illness, struggling through a period of high stress or simply have a body that is craving some TLC; a Thai Herbal Compress Massage may be just the treatment you need.

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Contact Suzanne directly to schedule your Thai Herbal Compress Massage: www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com, Suzanne@TryThaiYogaMassage.com or 727-641-6941.

Suzanne Andrew  is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master in St. Petersburg, Florida.  FLMA#51338

June 20, 2012

BodyWisdom Spain 2012

Posted in Anatomy, Breathwork, Energy Work, Ergonomics, Living Vibrantly, Uncategorized at 6:55 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

This June I had the good fortune of attending a truly transformative professional conference: Body Wisdom Spain 2012. Focused on integrative medicine, specifically the integration of bodywork, movement and medicine; the Body Wisdom conference featured leading experts and teachers from around the globe. Over the next several months, I’ll flesh out information on some of the most interesting topics and innovative ideas presented at the conference. But for now, here are my big take-aways:

  • Fascia is a completely under-understood part of the physical body, probably responsible for many of our ailments.  In the last 5 years, fascial research has gotten the attention of the mainstream medical community and is finally receiving the research dollars.  Look for new treatments for fascia and fascial ailments  in the near future.
  • Took a Fascial Fitness class – great helpful ideas for myself, my clients and students
  • Genotype testing is being used before prescribing medications to determine if the patient’s genome type will even respond to the medication.  Use is much more frequent in countries other than the United States.
  • Great success for healing body pains with ozone/oxygen injections and radio frequency treatments
  • Practiced the yoga of Vanda Scaravelli – in 2 classes and a workshop, studied this gentle, transformative style of yoga emphasizing movement of and from the spine
  • Watched, and listened to the creator of, the most influential video about movement in the human body I’ve ever seen.  This video has legions of fans the world over; is used frequently in yoga and massage training schools.  I want everyone to watch it:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l_4OW_Ir7M
  • “Without rhythm, there is no life.” – Jon Roar Bjorkvald-

So in the weeks and months ahead, look for more detailed writings on many of the topics above.  It was a completely inspirational experience to be surrounded by so many leading thinkers, healers and teachers in the area of integrating movement, bodywork and medicine; it is hopeful to watch the healing community move towards an ever increasingly holistic model for practice.  Yet, I can’t help but think that as western healing strives to return to the holistic, integrated health care, healing, movement, massage roots; eastern medicine has never left that holistic view.

Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master who’s  healing background is from the eastern modalities.  Schedule your session now: 727-641-6941 or Suzanne@TryThaiYogaMassage.com

July 19, 2011

The Best Travel Companion Ever? Your massage ball….

Posted in Anatomy, Back, Choices, Energy Work, Ergonomics, Living Vibrantly, Neck/Shoulders, Thai Yoga Massage at 5:56 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

If you’re going to be flying, driving, riding trains – really any form of travel that features long hours sitting in uncomfortable seats – be sure to pack your massage ball!

During a recent 11 day trip to the west coast; my trip included 4 plane rides across the US, two 3 hour ferry rides to Canada, plus a 22 hour train ride and countless hours sightseeing in myriad of cars.  As fun as the trip was, each day brought with it new aches and pains in my neck, shoulders, low back, hips; the human body just wasn’t designed to sit so many hours.

Luckily, I packed my massage ball.  About size of a tennis ball; a massage ball (or pt ball) is spiky and much harder than a tennis ball.  While traveling, I’d place the massage ball between my back and the seat in all the sore spots along my back, around the shoulder-blades and in the hips.  Then I’d roll it up and down the spine to release all the tension in the muscles on either side of the spine.  Finally, I’d place it between the seat and that trigger points in the glutes.  Within about 10 minutes; I’d feel so much better, ready to enjoy the next leg of my trip.

At the end of a busy day of sightseeing, I’d lay on the ball on the floor; moving the massage ball to each sore spot on my body and holding each spot about 10 full, deep breaths.  Finally, after a long day of walking, I’d sit in a chair and roll the ball between the sole of each foot and the floor for several minutes to reinvigorate tired feet.  Other uses include rolling it along the arms after a busy day skiing or playing tennis, rolling your quadriceps over it after a long run or bike ride, and resting it right under your occiput to relieve tension headaches.

Buy your massage ball online at: http://www.optp.com/ReflexBall-LE9758.aspx  These are the same massage balls many of you will recognize from our sessions; I love to use them for stubborn, stuck places in my clients’ bodies.

So if the summer ahead has any travel in it, be sure to pack your massage ball; your body will thank you!

 Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and Wellness Coach. Contact her directly to design a customized session or program to live better in your body and, perhaps, in your life.  SuzanneMAndrew@gmail.com or 727-641-6941

January 19, 2011

4 Hour Thai Yoga Massage Session? Really?

Posted in Energy Work, Living Vibrantly, Thai Yoga Massage at 5:37 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

4 Hour Thai Yoga Massage Session?  Really?

When I first mention to people that I offer a 4 Hour Thai Yoga Massage Session as one of the options in my massage practice, usually the response is ‘Really?  What could you possibly do for 4 hours?”  So I thought it might be helpful to detail out a 4 hour Thai Yoga Massage experience; here are answers to the most common questions regarding these long, therapeutic bodywork sessions.

Why should anyone get a 4 hour Thai Yoga Massage Session?

All of my clients who’ve sought out the long, 4 hour sessions have been undergoing serious changes in their lives.  Whether they are rehabbing from an accident or injury, working on radically transforming their physical bodies, undergoing a life change like divorce or death of a spouse, or simply ready to diligently work on releasing old ‘stuff’ they’ve been carrying around; everyone who seeks out one of these sessions has been in a period of tremendous personal change and seeking to release something.  The ‘something’ needing released could be stuck muscles, deep rooted emotions, outdated belief patterns or even shallow breathing.

What exactly happens during a 4 hour session?

I customize the entire session specifically for you, and specifically for your current needs.  I plan the session in advance, outlining elements to include such as: assisted yoga, tandem yoga, thai massage, pranayama (breathwork), energywork, ayurvedic elements, therapeutic massage, sat nam rasayan,  meditation, thermal compress therapy, body mapping,  mantras and mudras.   Based on our previous work together and your goals; I design a fully customized session.  Then depending on how things actually unfold during the session; I’ll then provide you with written feedback on observations, practices, and recommendations for the future.

Who can do a 4 hour Thai Yoga Massage Session?

Due to the customized nature of this work; I’m only scheduling existing clients for these long sessions.  In order to appropriately customize a session for you; I need to have substantial prior knowledge of you, your body, your goals, your needs.  A minimum of 3 previous sessions is required before scheduling a 4 hour Thai Yoga Massage Session.

When can I do this?

Generally, we’ll need to schedule this sort of work about a month out.  Because each 4 hour session takes at least 6-7 hours of my time with prep-work, session set-up, the actual session, review notes & recommendation; we need to find a pretty big chunk of time on the schedule.  I do have one client who has already scheduled one 4 Hour Session quarterly through 2011.

So if you’re at a point in time in your life where you’re undergoing substantial change; and are ready to work more deeply on releasing some of that ‘stuff’ that no longer serves the person you want to be tomorrow, consider scheduling a 4 Hour Thai Yoga Massage Session.  Each client I’ve done a long session with so far has commented that this approach is truly ‘life changing’ and can be ‘one of the best experiences of my life. period.’

Please contact me with more questions; I’d love to talk with you about the possibility of adding a long session to your practice with me, or adding you as a client to my practice. 727-641-6941 or Suzanne@TryThaiYogaMassage.com.  Visit my website at: www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com

July 21, 2010

Reiki Master Training Program

Posted in Energy Work, Living Vibrantly, Reiki at 8:57 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

Reiki Master Training Program
 
Reiki Master Training with Suzanne is designed for people who wish to receive their Reiki attunements individually and learn via hands-on practice how to conduct Reiki sessions with individuals and groups, in person and distantly. All training is done one-on-one, personally with Suzanne.The program begins with an introductory session; we’ll spend some time talking about your goals and objectives; detailing the program and making sure we’re a good match for continued work.
 
Two things make this Reiki Training Program unique; all work is done one-on-one and the program is quite customizable for your unique needs. You’ll work with me. Period. During our time together, you’ll have my undivided attention for maximum learning in a short amount of time. Because you’ll work through this program alone, the types and lengths of sessions are customizable and adaptable to you.

ATTUNEMENT 

A Reiki Attunement is ceremony when you’re ‘opened’ to receive and share reiki energy. The attunement process is done with 3 levels of Reiki mastery: 

 

  • Reiki One – or basic reiki attuning, skills to work with others individually
  • Reiki Two – distant and group reiki attunement, skills to work virtually with individuals and groups
  • Reiki Three or Reiki Master – attuned to teach and attune others

TRAINING PROGRAMTo become a Reiki Master with Suzanne, the following process is used: 

1. One-on-one introductory reiki session and discussion with Suzanne 

2. Attune to Reiki Level 1 

  • Complete 21 day cleanse with 21 days of self-practice and journaling
  • Complete 5 healing sessions with others
  • Individual Reiki Training session
  • Either: Second Individual Reiki Training Session or One-on-One Session

3. Attune to Reiki Level 2 

  • Continue daily self-practice
  • Complete 5 healing sessions with others
  • Individual Distant Reiki Training Session
  • Complete 5 distant healing session
  • Either: Ceremony Training Session or One-on-One Session

5. Attune to Reiki Master 

6. One month follow up discussion and reiki session with Suzanne 

7. Three month follow up discussion 

Additional reiki sessions and training sessions can be scheduled with Suzanne to meet your specific needs. 

(Please keep in mind that in the State of Florida, Reiki is regulated by the Florida Dept. of Health and is considered massage. Legally, in the State of Florida, if you are going to charge money for performing Reiki, you must be a licensed Massage Therapist. Laws vary by state, most states in the U.S do NOT regulate Reiki)
SESSION DETAILS

Introductory Reiki Session and Discussion

75 minute session includes 30 minutes of you receiving reiki from me; plus about 45 minutes of discussion about your goals and needs, an introduction to me and my work, plus time for questions & answers.

 

 Individual Reiki Training Session 

 

75 minute session where you work directly with me on a client (you can bring someone you know or I’ll recruit a recipient from my client list). I’ll teach you the introductory rituals, hand placements, energy flow assessment and session closing techniques I use with my own reiki clients.

 

 Individual Distance Healing Session 

 

75 minute session where we will work through the entire process of performing distance healing. Again, you can provide the recipient or I’ll recruit one.

 Ceremony Training Session 

75 minutes together planning and executing a ceremonial healing session; techniques we may use include fire rituals, blessing bowls, shoreline releases or intention ceremonies.
 
SCHEDULING

Each Individual Training Session with Suzanne needs to be scheduled for either a 75 minute or 120 minute session.

One-on-one reiki sessions 

Attunement to Reiki Level 1 can be done the same day as the introductory session, or at any later date.

Attunement to Reiki Level 2 needs to be done not less than 21 days after the first attunement. 

Attunement to Reiki Master needs to be done not less than 21 days after the second attunement; with a recommended time frame of about 3 months after the second level attunement. 
Allow at least 3 months for the program; most people spend about 6 months working through the program. 
PRICE:

Initial Reiki Session and Discussion – 75 minute session $75
  • Reiki Level 1 Attunement $100
  • Individual Reiki Training Session – 75 minute session $75
  • Ceremony Training Session – 75 minute session $75
  • One-on-one reiki session – 60 minute session $60
  • Reiki Level 2 Attunement $100
  • Reiki Master Attunement $150
  • Follow Up Sessions – 60-120 minute depending on your needs $60-$120
TOTAL FOR REIKI TRAINING PROGRAM $695 – $965
On-going tune-up sessions available $60/hour

 

ABOUT SUZANNE 

Suzanne Andrew, Reiki Master; has been practicing Reiki since 1999. First training with Marnie Vincolisi with Light Internal Center in Denver, Colorado; Suzanne received her first Reiki Master attunement in 2000. While she was training in Denver, Suzanne was lucky enough to practice regularly with a group of healers offering a ’energy healing clinic.’ Suzanne was blessed to again work through the entire reiki attunement process in 2007, receiving Reiki Master attunement from the legendary Dr. Jim Greenwood in the Tampa Bay area.

 

Suzanne has performed hundreds of individual reiki healing sessions over the years. Her areas of specialty include energetic integration and structural applications. Additionally, Suzanne has been requested to perform ceremonies, group healing sessions, space blessing events and lead intention setting ceremonies. As a Yogi, Yoga Teacher, Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and LMT; Suzanne practices with the intention that we are all Reiki Masters inside, some of us just haven’t yet become attuned to the energy. 

   Call or email Suzanne today to discuss your Reiki Training needs.  727-641-6941 or SuzanneMAndrew@gmail.com  or visit her online at: www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com or www.TryThaiYogaMassage.Wordpress.com 

 

May 20, 2010

Square Breath

Posted in Choices, Energy Work, Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga at 8:30 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH ‘EMPTY’?

In yoga, one of the breathing exercises we sometimes practice is called ‘The Square Breath’.  The Square Breath is a calming and balancing pranayama (yoga of the breath) practice.  The Square Breath Exercise goes like this:

  • Inhale for a count of 4
  • Retain the inhalation for a count of 4
  • Exhale for a count of 4
  • Hold the empty lungs for a count of 4
  • Repeat 4, 8 or 16 times

Every time I practice this breathing exercise, I immediately notice how difficult it is to hold the ’empty’ lungs.  It is much easier to hold my breath when the lungs are full; not so much when they are empty.   Full lungs leave me feeling slightly dreamy, satisfied, content and in control.  Empty lungs cause me to feel a bit anxious, irritated and deprived.   When my lungs are full of air; it seems I feel content in the ‘having’ experience of full lungs.  Empty lungs make me feel lack or deprivation.

Using the example of my lungs as a spring-board, I immediately think about how many instances in my life where ‘having’ or being full (food, drink, things, etc.) feel so good, temporarily.  And all those times where lack (food, drink, entertainment, etc.) causes anxiety, irritation, sometimes even fear.   Further I wonder if this is part of the root of the ‘high’ we all sometimes feel from getting new stuff, from being consumers, from enjoying a good meal or goring on attention or compliments, new toys or spoiling ourselves.

This week I’ve been teaching many of my clients The Square Breath; and without exception, they’ve all verbalized a dislike of empty lungs.  As we look around at ways we can each make small changes in the world; perhaps learning to be comfortable with ’empty’ is one way we can all contribute to transforming our consumer driven society.

Just a thought. Exhale…..ahhhhhhh……now try to hold……

Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, and many other things, living in St. Petersburg, FL.  Call or email to schedule your customized session, today! (727-641-6941 or Suzanne@trythaiyogamassage.com) and we can practice Square Breath together. (or not, depending on your preference)

April 4, 2010

Today, I walk down a different street

Posted in Energy Work, Living Vibrantly, Uncategorized at 1:15 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

As we look at the path to making meaningful changes in our lives; we see the path is rarely a straight line, easily marked with guideposts and GPS directions.  Rather, the path of change is messy, convoluted, and often not as short or easy as we’d hope.  It is rare that we set a goal then wake up the next day to find it materialized in our lives.  Most of the time we have to keep chipping away at it, small step by small step, for a long time.  First we learn to delight in the journey; then one day we look up from our path, look around and realize everything is different.  

Years ago I discovered this poem by Portia Nelson; when I feel discouraged because the path to perfection is not a straight line, this poem reminds me that eventually, as long as I continue to do my work, I will walk down a different street.   

I walk down a different street  -Autobiography in five short chapters  

Chapter 1  

I walk down the street  

There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in…
I am lost, I am helpless
It isn’t my fault
It takes forever to find a way out  

Chapter 2  

I walk down the same street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I pretend not to see it
I fall in again
I can’t believe I am in the same place
But isn’t my fault
It still takes a long time to get out.  

Chapter 3  

I walk down the same street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I see it is there
I fall in.. it’s a habit…, but my eyes
are open
I know where I am
It is my fault
I get out immediately  

 Chapter 4  

I walk down the same street
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I walk around it  

 Chapter 5
I walk down a different street  

                         – Portia Nelson-  

Hopefully our paths will cross soon, as we walk down the different street.  

Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Corporate Trainer, Business Consultant and general Life Cheerleader!  Contact me today to schedule a Thai Yoga Massage or Business Consulting Session! www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com

March 20, 2010

Take a Walk…. Barefoot

Posted in Choices, Energy Work, Living Vibrantly at 6:55 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

 
Take off your shoes, put your feet on the ground and walk!   After a ridicuously long winter in Florida, it seems like spring may finally be here; and springtime is a great time to go barefoot.   Even if just for a few minutes on the beach, spending time with your feet actually on the ground while walking or running offers many benefits for your body and spirit.
 
The bones, muscles and other tissues of the feet were designed for a myriad of movement.  With 28 bones and 20 muscles, your foot is built to move an an amazing array of ways.  When the feet are stuck in tight, closed shoes all day; many of the muscles, bones and connective tissues don’t get the amount and range of movement they need to stay strong and healthy.
 
Furthermore, taking your feet through their full range of motion helps to improve circulation, forcing more blood through the tissues.  And finally, strong feet more easily maintain their natural arches and provide better support to your knees.
 
Walking directly on the ground also helps connect us emotionally and spiritually with the earth.  Tai – chi, yoga and some martial arts are practiced barefoot both to develop more strength in the lower body and also to draw energy from the connection with the earth.
 
So do yourself a favor and go take a long walk on the beach!
 
Visit me at www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com, and schedule your Thai Yoga Massage today!
 
Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Teacher, Trainer, Consultant in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (And,  she has the coolest clients in the world)

March 18, 2010

Reiki: when you need to choose a reiki session

Posted in Energy Work, Living Vibrantly at 8:46 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

The very first healing modality I  studied and offered as a wellness professional was reiki.  Reiki has  made such a huge impact on me that in the last 10 years every single aspect of my life has changed – willingly.  This gentle, energetic healing modality offers the sort of calming, soothing, clearing and peaceful results we all need at times in our crazy world; and perhaps the power to completely transform.

A structured reiki session is performed much like a massage session with the client reclining on a soft table while the reiki practicioner gently places his/her hands in a variety of positions on your body with the intention of conveying positive energy through the hands to you.  Sessions last generally an hour; usually with some introductory intention setting and some grounding work at the end.  It isn’t unusual for clients to feel a bit spacy or ungrounded at the end of the session, so we try (using foot massage, discussion and a glass of water to drink) to return your mind  to your body.

Reiki is an energy healing system from Japan; like other eastern energy healing systems (qi gong, tai chi, forms of yoga, acupuncture, accupressure, etc.) reiki works on the human energy system (the subtle body)  instead of the physical body.   The idea behind most eastern energy healing systems is that blockages in the energetic (subtle) body cause imbalances in our  physical bodies, minds, emotions; and that by clearning those blockages in the energetic field, your body, mind or emotions return to a state of balance and health.

Clients seeking out reiki sessions tend to be one of the following:

  • Experiencing high stress
  • Feeling chronic anxiety
  • Uncergoing major life change
  • Physically unable to have standard massage
  • Recovering from a crisis
  • Curious about reiki

So although the experience of receiving reiki is profoundly soothing, gentle and peaceful; the result of clearing blocked pathways in the body can have major impact in any area of life.  As with all energetic healing work; there are no guarantees of results with reiki.  But it does seem that everyone who seeks out reiki work is ready for substantial change and the potential for healing.

Contact me with questions or to schedule your reiki session.  www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com

Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Teacher, Trainer and Business Consultant who is extremely grateful to be doing this work at this time in our crazy world; and she has the world’s coolest clients!  (FL LMT 51338)