• The Importance of Touch

    Infant Massage

    As a Massage Therapist at Soma Studio, I have good days and bad days like everyone.  Sometimes I am completely enveloped into the experience of giving a treatment and sometimes I find that my mind is wandering, thinking about what  I would like for dinner, whose yoga class I will attend or the new dance moves that I am trying desperately to learn.   Often in these moments, I catch myself and remember that even if I don’t know what exactly is causing my client’s pain, or what tissues are inflamed, I am giving them much needed touch.  I put all my energy into my hands and send it to them.  Surprisingly (or not), they feel much better after.  I have been teaching baby massage for 25 years for this very reason, people, especially babies, need touch in order to thrive.

    Touch is so important especially now that our world has become so automated and sometimes impersonal.  We are so busy that we forget to connect with each other, touch a shoulder or shake hands.  I have always loved the tradition of 3 kisses, cheek to cheek, even when greeting someone new.  This ritual is so disarming, somehow reminding us that we are all human.

    I came across this article that I hope you will read as it lays out in simple language how important touch is now more than ever.  It is something we all can do to make the world a little less lonely, more welcoming and quite frankly, more human.

    Watch out for monthly baby massage classes offered by Soma Studio therapists.

    Post by Lori Johnson, RMT

  • Detox with Raw Foods

    Picture 40Each day we are exposed to thousands of toxins. Chemicals and contaminants can be found in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. These toxins can provide a real challenge for our body’s built-in detoxification system.

    The good news is that by eating only raw foods for three days you will gently cleanse and revitalize your body by supporting the removal of toxins.  By the end you will hopefully feel lighter, cleaner and healthier!

    Munch on fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds (raw, not roasted), and sprouted beans and grains.  Try to take it easy on the dried fruit as it does contain a lot of sugar.  Make sure to drink lots of water and stay away from caffeine and alcohol.

    The first day or two you might feel some detox symptoms: headache, nausea, and grogginess but don’t worry, these symptoms will pass!

    And if you are craving some dessert check out our post for Raw Date Nut Torte.

    Here is a delicious recipe for Raw Collard Rolls:

    For the Rolls: 4 collard leaves – cut in half lengthwise and remove the stem, each half will
    make one roll.

    Sunflower Herb Pate:
    1 cup sunflower seeds
    1/3 cup lemon juice
    1/4 cup raw tahini
    1/2 tsp sea salt
    handful chopped parsley
    1/2 cup chopped celery
    1/2 tbsp chopped ginger
    1 clove garlic

    Mix in food processor until smooth.

    Spread mixture onto collard leaf, top with shredded beets and carrots, sliced red pepper, marinated mushrooms and red onion, and avocado, roll it up and enjoy!

    Recipe adapted from Synergy Nutrition’s recipe