• Ride to Conquer Cancer: A message from Susan Macrae

    1016160_10200593003401576_1075234508_n“The Ride to Conquer Cancer was the most amazing experience, riding with the other 2400 participants.
    So many riders with a common goal was so inspiring, having supporters along the route cheering and urging us forward made the ride easier than I had thought.
    We had pit stops along the route where there was always food to refuel and drinks to replenish.   Camp life was fun for the night.
    Second day in the saddle was easier than expected really enjoying all the moments, unfortunately mid morning a fatal accident occurred, we filed past and were determined to carry on with the day with the young man in our thoughts.
    The rest of the day was a blur and we finished as team celebrating our achievements.
    During the ride I passed and was passed by riders with names on bikes or photos on jerseys.
    I had many moments to think about the people that I love, that made my heart rich.  My heart is full.
    Ride to Conquer Cancer 2014 is more than a strong possibility…”
    Susan Macrae, Soma Studio RMT
  • Ride to Conquer Cancer: A Big Thank You From Lori Johnson

    photo (2)“I want to thank everyone for donating to my Ride To Conquer Cancer.  You made the fundraising easy and I am so grateful. The weekend was amazing! It was the first time in 5 years that the sun was shining…Not a drop of rain.

    We all gathered at the Fraser Downs Race Track at the ungodly hour of 6am on Saturday morning. Thank goodness they had coffee! We dropped off our luggage and sleeping bags in huge trucks that were then transported to our camping spot in Mt Vernon. We then lined up with thousands of other cyclists to listen to the inspiring speakers who opened the event.  In total we raised $10.4 million in research funds to better understand how we can end this terrible disease.  Many people were riding in honour of a person they had lost to cancer with their loved one’s photo pinned to their back.  The fact that we have all been affected by this disease united us all and made this a very real experience for me.

    After 120km of cycling we were at camp! We parked our bikes in a huge barn, found our tents and luggage, had a warm shower and then a well deserved beer.  Dinner was amazing but at that point any food would have satisfied me.  The band was really good and we danced….until 9pm when my legs stopped working for me and I went to bed.photo

    The next day, with sore butts, suntanned faces and high spirits, we set out again.  It was amazing to me how 3000 people and their bikes could all get

    on the road without too much chaos. We had another day of beautiful trails, a few more hills and conversation with great people.

    I crossed the finish line with gratitude in my heart for my health, my

    friends, my family and my life. I recommend doing this ride to further the cause. It was a great challenge and a great experience.”

    Lori Johnson, Soma RMT

    View Lori’s RMT Profile Here.
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    www.conquercancer.ca/Vancouver

  • Video: Healing through Diet with Dr. Ornish

    Happiness is not something you pursue, its something you have always until you disturb it”. Because your body has a remarkable capacity to begin healing itself if you give it a chance to do so.” Dr. Dean Ornish 2004 

    Dr. Dean Ornish wants you to live longer, and have more fun while you’re at it. He’s one of the leading voices in the medical community promoting a balanced, holistic approach to health, and proving that it works. The author of Eat More, Weigh Less and several other best-selling books,Ornish is best known for his lifestyle-based approach to fighting heart disease.

    His research at the Preventive Medicine Research Institute (the nonprofit he founded) clinically demonstrated that cardiovascular illnesses — and, most recently prostate cancer — can be treated and even reversed through diet and exercise. These findings (once thought to be physiologically implausible) have been widely chronicled in the US media, including Newsweek,for which Ornish writes a column. The fifty-something physician, who’s received many honors and awards, was chosen by LIFE Magazine as one of the most influential members of his generation. Among his many pursuits, Ornish is now working with food corporations to help stop America’s obesity pandemic from spreading around the globe.

    “Instead of trying to motivate [patients] with the ‘fear of dying,’ Ornish reframes the issue. He inspires a new vision of the ‘joy of living’ — convincing them they can feel better, not just live longer.”

    Fast Company

    **from Ted.com

  • Father's Day Gift Cards: Give the gift of massage

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    Mother’s Day is the 3rd biggest holiday for gifting in the world after Christmas and New Year’s. We go all out for the special lady who ushered us into this world. But a month

    later when it’s time to celebrate dads… lets just say its a quiet sunday for florist everywhere.

    Looking for a gift idea for your dad? Something different, special and beneficial to his health and wellness? Well in that case give him the gift of massage at Soma Studio. We have 45/60/90 minute massage gift cards available. Buy one for your dad today.

    Buy a 45 minute massage gift card: Click here

    Buy a 60 minute massage gift card: Click here

    Buy a 90 minute massage gift card: Click here

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  • Safe Natural Sunscreen Recipe

    For safe summer fun, you want to protect your skin.  But for many people it also means steering clear of many of the chemicals and preservatives found in commercial sunscreens.  There are a number of excellent natural sunscreens on the market, but I discovered its actually easy and affordable to make your own.

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    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
    • 1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
    • 1/4 cup beeswax
    • 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (This is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder). This makes a natural SPF of 20+ or more can be added.)
    • Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
    • Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)
    • Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference

    How to Make Natural Sunscreen:

    1. Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives or other foods.
    2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
    3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
    4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
    5. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
    6. Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.

    Additional Notes:

    • This sunscreen is somewhat but not completely waterproof and will need to be reapplied after sweating or swimming
    • Make sure not to inhale the Zinc Oxide- use a mask if necessary!
    • This recipe has an SPF of about 20, though adding more Zinc Oxide will increase the SPF
    • Add more beeswax to make thicker sunscreen, less to make smooth sunscreen
    • I recommend coconut or vanilla extract or lavender essential oils for fragrance
    • Store in a cool, dry place or in the fridge
    • I prefer to store in a small canning jar and apply like a body butter. It will be thicker, especially if you use coconut oil in the recipe.
    • remove the Zinc Oxide and this makes an excellent lotion recipe!

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