As promised, we're going to show you some of the services we offer here at Sacred Hour. Sure, we're going to talk about them and explain the benefits, but short of experiencing the service, we think the best way to help you understand exactly what's involved is to show you. Watch below as I explain more about Shirodhara and show you how the massage is performed. If you're interested in experiencing this yourself, mention you saw this on our blog and receive $5 off your visit!
If you missed it, read last week's post for more on Shirodhara!
Shirodhara is a warm oil treatment based on the principles of Ayurvedic healing. Ayurveda is a holistic system that aims to balance the body, mind and spirit, through diet, herbal therapies, lifestyle choices, meditation and breathing techniques.
The term Shirodhara is derived from two Sanskrit words, “shiro”, meaning head, and “dhara”, meaning flow. During Shirodhara massage, a steady flow of warm oil is poured onto the forehead, or the third eye, to relax the mind and stimulate mental clarity. The third eye chakra is believed to be the seat of clear thought, spiritual contemplation and self reflection. The steady, rhythmic pouring of oil over this chakra stimulates a deeply relaxing state.
At Sacred Hour, Shirodhara is performed in a 90-minute session during which the massage therapist will offer a full body massage to relax tense muscles and stimulate circulation. This is followed by the Shirodhara technique during which the massage therapist will also massage the forehead and scalp to quiet the mind and promote relaxation.
Shirodhara is said to relieve stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and migraines. In one study, a whole body massage followed by Shirodhara led to a significant improvement in mood, as well as a decrease in breathing rate, blood pressure and heart rate.
Watch our blog next week where we’ll be posting our first video demonstration. If you’re unsure, watch the video to find out exactly how the technique is performed. Mention our blog and receive $5 off your first Shirodhara experience!
Touch has incredible power. It has been shown to boost the immune system, relieve pain, impact infant development, enhance intelligence, strengthen relationships, improve mood, and calm fear. That's a long list of abilities for something as simple as a pat on the arm, a brush on the hand, a hug, or a massage.
As we move into a season that celebrates romance and all of the ways in which we express emotion and feeling. I encourage you to consider the power of touch and to take some time — with your partner — to slow down, breathe and enjoy each other's company while experiencing the ultimate benefits of touch.
At Sacred Hour, we offer several romantic opportunities for you, or you can develop your own:
Couples Massage. This is our most popular service for couples. Begin with a glass of bubbly or wine. Then, lying side-by-side, you and your partner indulge in a one hour or 90 minute massage of your choice. Experience slow, flowing strokes designed to relax your muscles and improve circulation, or choose a more intense pressure to help release deeper muscle tension. Finish your experience with a hot towel organic foot scrub for two.
The Chill Package. We'll slip you and your sweetie into fluffy robes and whisk you away for a two-hour, head to toe delight. You'll each relish in a one-hour facial followed by a one-hour massage. You'll leave glowing, limber and ...
Fireside Pedicure with Lunch. We'll pamper, pumice, and polish as you enjoy lunch by the cozy ambiance of the crackling fire.
Build Your own Dream Escape. With the many services we offer, there is sure to be a package that will fit your needs.
The Ultimate Gift. Take home the gift of relaxation with a gift card!
Private Lessons with Tabitha Baker. Join me for a two-hour, hands-on lesson in which you can learn the art of massage!
Here's to a healthy, happy and connected new year!
The New Year is a time when we reflect on where we are and where we want to be. We ponder, we pledge and we set new intentions. While half of us will spell out our resolutions, only 8% of us will be successful, according to Research Brain Statistic Institute. And, more than half of us are making the same resolution we made last year, says professor Madan Pillutla, London Business School.
We’re busy and tired and we forget to take time for ourselves. And, now, we’re less happy as a result, according to one author whose new study shows happiness in the U.S. is on the decline.
"It's a universal desire to experience a happy and successful life, but in today's crazy busy world, both seem more elusive," said author Chuck Bolton. "We are too busy, distracted and living unhealthy lives that we forego our happiness. But it doesn't have to be that way.”
Professor Pillutla says making and keeping a resolution requires examining the barriers to your success. Then, you can set realistic goals. “Don't make resolutions that are very difficult to keep on a day to day basis," she said.
So if one of your resolutions is self-care — and shouldn’t all of us include this? Here are four ways to set yourself up for success.
1. Pick one thing and get specific
We are good at list-making. A busy schedule and limited time are things that all of us struggle with. We add one task after another after another to our “To Dos”. And, we feel busy, brilliant and beat because of it. Begin your new year right by picking ONE resolution. Narrow your focus to one, achievable goal. The more specific you are, the better you can plan for success.
2. Partner up
As the adage says, “use the buddy system”. Find a friend who has a similar intention. Teaming up is a good way to find and offer support as well as keep one another accountable. Consider the “Ask, don’t tell” approach. Researchers at several universities have found that framing behavioral changes as questions as opposed to telling yourself or someone to do something is more likely to influence us to do it — and we’ll keep doing it.
"We're seeing the effect last well beyond six months, where you ask someone a question one time and months later, it is still influencing their behavior — even a one-time exposure to the question — the vast majority of literature shows," said co-author Ioannis Kareklas, an assistant professor of marketing at University at Albany's School of Business.
So, start by asking your friend (and have your friend ask you): “Will you take time for yourself this year?”
3. Be Kind to yourself
If at first you don't succeed, try again. Adding a resolution to your list of tasks is one more thing to do. It may take a few tries to get yourself on track with your new plan. You may have to feel out a new schedule, or consider less important tasks that you can drop from your list. The important thing is: Don't give up. Stick with it. Forgive yourself. Keep trying. Keep your intention strong. You’ll get there.
4. Plan ahead
It’s easy to get bogged down by your schedule and your lists. It’s easy to make excuses: “I don’t have time.” “I have too much to do.” Time for yourself is as important or more important than any one of your to dos. Burn out is easy to come by. A time out is vital to your mental and physical wellbeing. So, whether it’s a monthly massage, a yoga practice or new eating habits, plan for it. Schedule it. Now. If you put it on your calendar and block it out, you’ll plan other things around that time.
Make yourself a priority. Disconnect from outside demands and reconnect with a strong, healthy and successful resolution.
The ambiance of the holidays is warm, celebratory, and full of friends, family and memories. But each of these feelings has a dark side, too. Among the invites to parties, the fatigue of work deadlines, the last-minute gift shopping, we all can start to feel overwhelmed, rushed, and over extended. To withstand the stress and maintain your holiday spirit, we have three tricks to staying serene.
Happy Holidays to all!
We were honored this month to be interviewed for Chatter, a feature on www.believeincle.com.
Among many other kind words, they had this to say about our new location in Lakewood.
“Walking into sacred hour is an unparalleled sensorial delight. This haven for healing and wellness has just opened its second location in Lakewood, Ohio.” ~ Believe in CLE
Thank you for celebrating us, Cleveland! Be sure to catch the full interview here:
A NEW YEAR,