• The Importance of Holidays by Lori

    Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 2.16.09 PMI just took a whole month off and went to Europe; a place I have not been to in 30 years. I feel very lucky to have been able to do this with my husband and partner in crime. We did it all; ate too much, walked,drank too much, walked some more, slept in, stayed out late, walked even more. It was so great to be able to turn off, read a book, look at art, people watch and have no agenda for the day.

    Being away reminded me how very important holidays are to my well-being. Just to be out of my routine for a month has given me a new perspective on my life and shown me how I want to live a little differently.

    1. I plan on taking time to eat: We saw very few “to-go” restaurants. Instead we saw friends and families gathering to enjoy food and actually talk to each other. Cellphones were not as prevalent as they seem to be in Vancouver.

    2. I want to take in my surroundings. Europeans live among some of the oldest, most historic buildings, churches and art galleries in the world. They may take it for granted how very beautiful it all is. I, too, sometimes get caught up in my day to day and forget to see the mountains, the ocean and the sky that make Vancouver one of the most visited cities on the planet.

    3. I want to slow down and make good decisions about how I spend my time..to be thoughtful, mindful and to connect with my loved ones on a deep level. Not just fill my time with stuff that doesn’t really matter.

    And finally, I was shown that all our lives are not that different from one another…we are all human with human needs, desires, gifts and need for community.

    Holidays have also taught me to have a few unplanned days now and then the magic and spontaneity can take place. I don’t have to fly somewhere to have a holiday. I could do something on a day off that I don’t normally do; ride your bike, take the seabus, go up Grouse, go for a steambath, sauna or massage, go to an art gallery, etc.

    Now, I can honestly say it is good to be home..

    Lori

  • Notes on the Last Issue of The Exhale

    Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 8.41.35 AMIt has been a pleasure writing for the Exhale newsletter these past few years.  Due to lack of readers, this is the last edition.  However, we will still be writing blogs and posting them on the Soma Blog.  So, please check our website and Facebook page for future posts.
    If you have any questions about health, wellness, exercise, massage, pregnancy or related topics, please feel free to email us and we will do our best to answer them.  

    It is still our goal to share our knowledge and experiences so you can be informed about how massage therapy can help you.
    Soma massage therapists are highly qualified and experienced in bodywork and structural techniques to help clients become more free in their bodies. We hope that our blog posts provide an venue to share what is on our minds and help you feel good in your body.
    Thank you for being a part of Soma Studio and for referring your friends and family to us.

    All the best,

    Lori