February 4, 2014

Adding Reiki to Your Yoga Path – Workshop

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:04 pm by SuzanneMAndrew


Whether you practice yoga to strengthen your body, manage stress, soothe anxiety, improve flexibility or find peace-of-mind; adding Reiki (the conscious application of universal life force energy) can increase the healing benefits of your yoga practice.

reiki om hands

Explore the use of directing universal life force energy to amplify your yoga practice. In this Reiki workshop, learn about:

  • Energy systems and centers
  • Chakras, koshas and bandhas
  • Yoga poses for energy flow
  • Mantras and energy meditations
  • Self-healing techniques

Improve your energy, improve your practice, improve your world!

Location: St. Petersburg Yoga

275 16th Street North

St. Petersburg, Florida

Register online at: http://www.stpetersburgyoga.com

Saturday 2/8/2014

1 p.m – 4 p.m.

Workshop attendees will be eligible to receive a ½ price Reiki 1 attunement, to be scheduled after the workshop

Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Yoga Instructor and General Health Zealot. With 14 years experience giving individual and group Reiki sessions, teaching Reiki workshops and offering all levels or Reiki attunements, Suzanne also offers Reiki business coaching for alternative health care practitioners. Contact her directly to schedule a session: 727-641-6941 or www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com or www.IslandMassageOnline.com



September 8, 2012

Improve Your Desk Chair with a Tennis Ball??

Posted in Anatomy, Back, Choices, Ergonomics, Living Vibrantly, Thai Yoga Massage, Uncategorized at 9:46 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

In these times of constant connection to our computers and gadgets, many of us spend more time sitting at our desk chairs as we do in our beds; which takes a toll on our bodies, our posture, even our emotions.

Those of you who’ve worked with me for a while have probably heard me recommend ‘a variety’ when asked which is the best type of office chair to use.  However, even the best ergonomically designed chair can become a torture device when used 8+ hours a day 5,6 or even 7 days a week..

If you must spend hours sitting in meetings, at a desk, in front of a computer; make your body as comfortable as possible by first varying the chairs and the work position.  In my office I have a regular desk chair, a balance ball chair and a kneeling chair; plus a box I can rest my computer on so I can sometimes stand while working.


Second, make sure you’re taking at least a 5 minute break every hour; get up, stretch, walk around; give both your body and your vision a rest.

Third, improve your posture.   I know, I know; it is easy to say ‘I’m going to practice better posture’ but it is a whole different thing to actually do it.  For most of us, years of slouching and rounding the shoulders forward have changed our posture; and it isn’t easy to force our bodies to keep a long spine.  We may start the day sitting with good posture; but usually, within a few minutes, we start to slump forward again.

So try this easy trick to improve your posture; use tennis balls with your office chair.  Simply place two tennis balls along side of your spine near the bottom of your shoulder blades.  Rest your back against the tennis balls which will help your spine naturally straighten up and help guide your shoulders back.


The tennis ball has several key benefits:

*The acupressure points pressed by the ball should help relieve tension through your entire upper torso.

*By using two balls, one on either side of your body; you’ll help better balance your left and right sides of your body both in your sitting position and as you’re working and reaching forward.

*Improved posture.  If you start to slump, the balls will slide and fall on the floor; so the constant gentle reminder and slight pressure of the tennis balls will help you build better posture over time.

Give the tennis ball trick a try at your own desk chair; or even in your car or on an airplane, and let me know how it works for you.

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

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

May 25, 2012

On Drishtis and Reading Glasses

Posted in Anatomy, Choices, Living Vibrantly, Uncategorized at 4:19 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

Patanjali, the yoga sage, suggested that in viewing the world, we don’t always see reality clearly, but instead tend toward seeing things as we’d like them to be.

While practicing a tree posture this morning, I noticed how much easier it is to balance in the posture when my focus, or drishti, is far away than when I’m focusing my gaze close to my body. Moving into tree posture, I shifted my gaze from the wall 6 feet away to my hands pressed together in prayer posture 3 inches from my face; then I started to tumble out of the pose.

Oh, the agony of being 44 years old! (Actually, it isn’t quite agony, more like self-indulgent neuroses….but I digress)  Recently it seems all my friends are succumbing to the ‘needing reading glasses’ malaise. And as a 44-year-old who’s never had a problem seeing to read, I am completely uninterested in starting to use reading glasses – now or ever, really.  It isn’t that I object to wearing glasses; as a nearsighted person, glasses or contacts have been part of my daily life for the last 30 years.  It isn’t really vanity either; I proudly wear my wrinkles and age spots with good humor.

My problem with reading glasses is that I’m not willing to admit any part of my body is losing strength and flexibility due to aging.  As a formerly ill and completely unhealthy person who has spent the last 10 years clawing my way back to good health; most days now my body feels like it is 10 years younger than it did a decade ago.  So I am not willing to admit, or even gracefully allow, any part of my physical body to deteriorate with age.  It is common wisdom that due to the loss in muscle flexibility and pliability around our eyes, nearly all of us will need reading glasses after the age of 40.

Thanks to a daily yoga practice and thousands of small healthy choices over the last decade, it now feels like every single one of the 600+ muscles in my body is more flexible, stronger, better nourished and healthier than they were in my late 20s and early 30s.  How then can my eye muscles becoming less elastic?

So I’ve again turned to yoga; several months ago I began regularly adding eye exercises to my daily yoga routine.  Here’s how:


or if you prefer to watch a video (with Paul McCartney, no less)


Perhaps the years of focusing our gazes on the world outside ourselves weakens our eyes. It seems that the muscle flexibility we most need to restore and maintain good vision is the ability to shift the gaze from near to mid-range to far away, then back again with ease.  Which leads us back to the idea of drishtis and adding a visual focal point to our practice of yoga postures; visually focusing near leads my awareness back inward.  And isn’t that one of the major ideas we all need, whether we’re practicing yogis or not?  The constant practice of looking outside ourselves for wisdom, inspiration, approval gradually wears us down and prevents us from being fully ourselves.  Such as it is with our eyes, perhaps.  When we constantly look outward, our eye muscles lose elasticity and eventually we lose our perspective.

So I’m headed back to the mat, to practice eye exercises another 100 or 1000 days of my life, and maybe, just maybe avoid those reading glasses!

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

May 11, 2012

Improve Your Posture – 1 Easy Step

Posted in Back, Choices, Ergonomics, Living Vibrantly, Neck/Shoulders, Uncategorized at 3:31 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

Nearly every single one of us could use a posture improvement.  Here’s how to do it in one easy step…


Undo those hours in front of a computer, hunched over your smartphone, driving….whatever you do all day that features arms forward and looking down; simply turn your palms up every time you think of it and see a dramatic postural improvement.

I’m going to make a concerted effort to do this over the next few weeks; will keep you all posted about my results.

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


January 7, 2012

Easy Ways Anyone Can Detox

Posted in Breathwork, Choices, Clean Start 2012, Living Vibrantly, Uncategorized at 1:56 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

It’s no secret we’re living in a toxic world; further exacerbated by our eating, lifestyle, thought and emotional choices. Regular detoxification is a necessary part of good health. Here’s a list of 4 simple ways to detox easily and healthfully:


From my personal observations; most of us need to focus most on tip number 4…..exhale….ahhhhhhhh!!

Suzanne Andrew is  a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master and general zealot about living vibrantly.  Contact her directly at 727-641-6941 or www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com

December 1, 2011

Say ‘No’ to Holiday Stress this year

Posted in Choices, Living Vibrantly, Uncategorized at 6:07 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

Eliminate feelings of stress, anxiety, worry in just 3 minutes

No doubt about it, the stretch of time we call the ‘holiday season’ is probably the most stressful time of the year for most people.  With all the extra travel, shopping for gifts, required parties, sending cards, wrapping presents, and on, and on, and on…..most folks don’t even get a chance to slow down enough to enjoy the holidays.

This year, just say no to feeling stressed this time of year,  by taking 3 minutes to breathe.  Yes, that’s it.  The next time you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, anxious or depressed;  try this simple breathing exercise and shift your energy.

3 Minute Simple Breathing Stress Relief

1.  Set a timer for 3 minutes.

2.  Sit in a comfortable postion.

3. Close your eyes.

4.  Follow your breath; simply pay attention to each inhalation and each exhalation.

5.  That’s it.  When your 3 minutes is up; stand up feeling refreshed, calm and clear again.

The mere act of paying attention to the breath nearly guarantees it will slow and deepen.  Then by focusing on the breath only, the mind is better able to take a break.  Finally, sitting with the eyes closed allows you to focus just on yourself; temporarily leaving the outside world, with its worries, behind.

Enjoy your 2011 Holiday Season!  May your days be filled with peace & joy!

Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and Wellness Coach in St. Petersburg, FL.   Contact her directly to schedule a customized session.   Suzanne@TryThaiYogaMassage.com or 727-641-6941.


September 30, 2011

Added Flexibility Improves Heart Health?

Posted in Anatomy, Choices, Living Vibrantly, Thai Yoga Massage, Uncategorized, Yoga at 9:47 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

We’re all used to thinking of improved flexibility as something that primarily benefits the muscular and skeletal systems in the body.  We start practicing yoga to relieve back pain, or are prescribed stretches to help with sciatica.  We add stretching to our workout routines in hopes of improving sports performance or intuitively stretch to counteract the pain and stiffness of working at a computer all day.

However, just as important as these benefits of stretching out the muscles and improving joint flexibility are the really exciting results of stretching the arteries and veins of the cardiovascular system, the nerves of the nervous system and the lymph ducts of the lymph system.  As detailed in this article, science is now supporting stretching for improved flexibility as having a whole host of health benefits.


So improved flexibility seems to equate to improved heart health, not just in more flexible arteries and veins; but also there seems to be a direct correlation between improved flexibility and lower blood pressure.

That means today a yoga practice, begin a regular stretching routine or come see me regularly for Thai Yoga Massage; and help not just your muscles and joints feel better, but help improve your heart health!

Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and Wellness Coach in St. Petersburg, FL.  Contact her directly to schedule a customized session.   Suzanne@TryThaiYogaMassage.com, www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com or 727-641-6941

August 26, 2011

5 Simple Tricks to Add Stretching and Strengthening to Your Day

Posted in Back, Choices, Ergonomics, Hips, Knees, Living Vibrantly, Neck/Shoulders, Uncategorized at 8:50 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

No time for a regular workout today?  Try these  5 simple tricks to add more strengthening, stretching, balance and breath into your day-to-day living. While working out daily is great, it can be just as important to build a daily routne of adding little bitsof exercise into droutine activities.

1.  Stand while working on your computer.  If you’re not lucky enough to have an adjusting desk, work at a bar-height table, or make your own work platform by using books, overturned trash cans or milk crates to create the height needed for your computer. Standing while working on the computer helps strengthen the legs, back and torso, increase blood flow thruout the body and create a better posture for deeper breathing.

2. Balance on one foot while folding laundry.  Laundry folding has to be one of the most boring chores in the world; use it as a great opportunity to work on building balance and strength in the lower legs.  Switch from leg to leg every few minutes, and make this boring chore at least useful for your physical body conditioning.

3.   Go backless while driving.  Spend a short drive with the seat back reclined so far that you have to use your core muscles for strength to sit up instead of leaning on the structure of the seat back.

4.  Sweep and shovel instead of leaf-blowing or snow-blowing.  Sweeping and shoveling are excellent aerobic exercises that also strengthen the arms and upper torso muscles.   Sweeping and shoveling just might give you a great opportunity to focus on some deep breathing techniques, too.

5.  Sit on the floor and stretch to watch TV.  As tempting as it is to just sink down into the couch to watch TV after a long day; try sitting in the middle of the floor instead.  Stretch your body in a variety of ways, work the kinks out of your neck and back, make circles with your wrists and ankles, and practice some long, slow breaths.

Feeling better in our bodies isn’t something that needs to be put on hold while we do our chores or work; we can integrate movement and breath into all our routine activities, and do them in such a way they yield maximum benefit. Ahhhh…..

Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and Health Consultant based in St. Petersburg, Florida, who at this very minute is walking home with her groceries in a backpack to add a little extra exercise into the shopping chore.  Contact her to schedule your customized session today: www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com or 727-641-6941.

August 16, 2011

Who Needs a Kneeling Chair?

Posted in Anatomy, Back, Choices, Ergonomics, Knees, Living Vibrantly, Uncategorized at 6:13 pm by SuzanneMAndrew

Originally designed by a surgeon to help his patients recover well from lower back surgery; the kneeling chair is a great solution for many of us with lower back pain.

What the kneeling chair does is allow you to sit at a desk with the hips open at 110 degree angle, versus the 80-90 degree angle of a standard chair.  This position puts less strain on the muscles of the lower back; and actually encourages use of the abdominal muscles for torso support.  In this position, your body more easily finds it natural line keeping the ear in line with the shoulder, with the hips; reducing postural strain in the neck & shoulders, low back & hips.

When the torso is in alignment and supported using core muscles; breathing is deeper and easier, which relaxes the nervous system and helps both the blood and lymph circulate more freely through the body.

Finally, because the torso is more forward than in a regular chair; it is easier to keep the elbows tucked into the body while working at a computer or writing at a desk; which will decrease strain in the shoulders, elbows and wrists.

A kneeling chair takes a few days to get used to using; expect a few days with some slightly sore muscles in the legs and a few days to train the core muscles to hold your torso correctly.

I’ve used a kneeling chair at my desk for over 8 years; and recently when my old kneeling chair finally broke I tried out a variety of different desk chairs including a standard square, flat desk chair and a balance ball chair.  After trying so many different seating arrangements; the kneeling chair is without a doubt, the best ergonomic chair for my body while working at a desk.  I encourage you to try one, especially if you’re prone to low-back pain, to see if it works for you.

Link to buy one on Amazon

Kneeling Office Chair with Wood Fram…

Flash Furniture

Best Price $71.50
or Buy New $80.99

Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and Wellness Coach in St. Petersburg, Fl.  Contact her directly to schedule a customized thai yoga massage, reiki or bodywork session or program to help you live healthier and happier in your body.  Suzanne@TryThaiYogaMassage.com, www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com or 727-641-6941

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