Calibrating Ourselves- Changing Old Habits

Hope this message finds you well and in good health- physically, mentally and spiritually.

It has been a while since my last message to you as life keeps happening with great intensity for many of us. As some of you know I have reopened the studio for in-person individual sessions. I am contemplating the possibility of soon reopening for in-person classes and workshops.

Today I will share again a post I wrote 8 years ago and it seems to be very important in today’s world and at every step of the way in our lives:

All of us have heard numerous times the importance of taking care of our bodies and minds so we can live a healthier and longer life.
Why is it so hard to get started?

Maybe because the habits that we have created for so long, sometimes even from childhood, are so ingrained in us and seem incredibly difficult to change. The overwhelming thought of change repeatedly keeps us stuck where we are, added to the excuses for them.

What if…we took baby steps while being loving to ourselves?

Today we can decide to drink one more glass of water, or instead of having a cup of coffee midday, eat a handful of almonds and a piece of fruit for an energy boost. Or take a vow of silence one night a week when all electronics are turned off and put away. How about starting a 10 min walk around the block after dinner? How about mindful breathing?

In truth, the changes we can make to a healthier life will be guided by our internal settings that tell us on a regular basis exactly what we need. If we keep the automatic pilot off and stop accepting to live life like robots, with no sense of where we are, why we are there and where we are aiming to be, we will be able to touch the wise being that lives within us all.

Questioning habits and the role they play in our well-being is a wonderful way to start change for the better in our personal, familial and social lives. Integrating body, mind, and spirit is critical in this quest, especially because we have human bodies that feel to the core the physical and emotional pain as well as the mental tribulation.

A phoenix comes to new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.

The phoenix is a symbol of rebirth, strength, hope, renewal, and progress…all possible to achieve when we look within and decide to transform ourselves into a better version of ourselves.

Art by Gabriel Strafacce (aka my son)

While it is easy for others to tell us what to do, it will be amazingly more powerful to silence all the noise and opinions from the world outside and calibrate our inner compass to this immensely abundant universe that lights up the path to follow…if we open our EYE. ☺

Maria Helena

To schedule a session with me please send me a text or give me a call. I am not currently using Schedulicity for that purpose.

Private Sessions for Energy Healing Massage & Shirodhara

I am now allowed to reopen the studio for in-person sessions without medical or chiropractor referral. It is easy-open, which means I will give a good amount of time between clients to sanitize the room and equipments. The number of clients that I will see during the week is also reduced for the time being.

I am excited to be able to work with you in person again!

Once you schedule your session directly with me (805)-728-5573, I will confirm your appointment the day before and ask you the same questions (Covid questions) as if you were going to the doctor’s office. Rest assured that I will answer the same questions for your peace of mind. The responsibility lies with both ends.

Sessions are 60 mins long (investment in your health $110) or 90 mins (investment in your health $143) only, no 120 mins sessions are offered at this time. The payments accepted at the moment are cash or Venmo.

I am super excited to introduce you to the newest treatment at the studio: SHIRODHARA. Send me a message for more information or schedule your session.

Shirodhara (shiro-dar-a)-( shira = head and dhara = flow) is a unique, blissful Ayurvedic therapy that balances and stabilizes the mind. To receive Shirodhara, the client lies down on the massage table with their eyes covered. Next, specially prepared warm herbal oil (Shirodhara oils contain herbs such as ashwagandha, brahmi/gotu kola, and bhringaraj; Banyan’s Shirodhara Oil -the one I use at the sessions is a nice blend of these herbs and also includes shatavari and skullcap) is poured in a thin steady stream directly onto the forehead and sixth chakra. The purpose of shirodhara is to calm the nervous system.

 

The oil is warm and the flow steady. You get a good scalp massage too!

To maintain the sense of peace, avoid electronics for at least three hours after your treatment. If you can wait, wash your hair the next day, making sure you cover your pillow with a towel before you go to bed. When you do wash your hair, apply shampoo to your oily head before wetting it, working it thoroughly in. You may need to reapply shampoo a number of times before the oil is completely removed.

Shirodhara can also awaken the third eye, release old memories, and bring deep inner focus. Like most Ayurvedic treatments, Shirodhara is designed to reset the body’s natural healing mechanisms. People often say that they feel as if they are in a waking meditative state, the effects of which can continue for weeks.

I continue to offer Qigong classes, Guided Meditation for Grounding, Finding the Magic Within (mindfulness and meditation for children) and TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique- to release trauma and reduce stress). The TAT group meets every Friday at 6:30 pm and the meeting lasts about 45 mins.

If you would like to participate in classes please, send me a message and I will send you the zoom link. There will be Webinars coming up (hopefully starting at the end of March) for opening up meridians, chakras and learning energy techniques to release stress and specific symptoms, stay tuned!

Much love to you,

Maria

Waiting for your visit!

 

 

 

 

Come Practice Together!

 It seems that the days are going by fast as we ride this new year, don’t you think?

How have you been taking care of yourself? Did you have a chance to take an inventory of your life and start adding new and positive commitments to your own personal growth (mentally, physically, energetically, and spiritually)?

Sometimes thinking of what we would love to add to our lives at the beginning of each new year seems easier compared to the actual steps and actions we might need to take to get to the vision of ourselves we have for the future. That’s why when we join a practice group, there is a greater chance of us really “sticking” with the plan! We feel more inspired and pushed to give a little more of ourselves than if we were to get started alone. That happens because of the increased energy around intention in a group.

I understand that maybe not all of our community practices at Corpo e Alma Healing might be your cup of tea. However, if you haven’t tried any of them yet, I encourage you to give it a chance. A group practice of any form of energy healing and meditation magnifies the energy in the matrix of all individuals that are practicing together. It can form an energy field, if you will, of protection, strength, healing, and above all, unconditional love.

5 Element Healing Movements – Spring Forest Qigong

 

I will keep sending you our schedule for classes and any new special workshop I might be offering. Keep an eye on your emails. In Feb I will do a workshop (about 2 hours) on the opening of the heart and liver meridians, with guided sound meditation (Jonathan Goldman) and sound bath. All classes are online via zoom. If you would like to join us, please text me or email me (maria@corpoealmahealing.com) so I can send you the link.

Classes Online

Maria Helena Corrêa Anderson

CLASSES & ONLINE SESSIONS

This past week we tried the first tentative schedule for the month of January. I will keep it as it is for now and hope that more of you can join the classes! Please, reach out to me if you would like to join but you have a conflict in your schedule. I will do my best to accommodate new classes.

I intend, in the next few weeks, to add a class for healing and strengthening the liver and heart meridians. This is very important, especially nowadays, as the energies of the world outside are carried with anger, frustration and hatred. Energies that directly affect (the outside magnifies the inside) the liver and heart. Anger and hatred, if not addressed on an energetic level can truly cause havoc to the physical body.

According to Tradicional Chinese Medicine, if there is a blockage in any energy channel of your body, this blockage can grow bigger and eventually make the body sick. “The physical body has intelligence for healing itself because it was designed that way. The 5 Element Healing Movements can activate this intelligence.” Master Chunyi Lin -founder of Spring Forest QiGong.

Let’s keep taking care of ourselves at an energetic level, so our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies’ health can keep improving.

This past Friday I offered an introductory free session on TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique) to release trauma, PTSD, and heavy emotions. I will keep offering this session throughout the month of January (Fridays @ 6:30 pm) and the fee will be $15/ session/per person. Also, I continue to offer individual virtual healing sessions (Qigong healing and other techniques might be used).  Please, contact me if you want to get more info about it.

You can let me know via email (maria@corpoealmahealing.com) or text (805-728-5573) if you would like to participate in the classes so I can send you the link to zoom.

“Energy moves in waves. Waves move in patterns. Patterns move in rhytms. The rhytms gave me a way to map the movements of my own psyche as well as the ever-changing state of the universe.” Gabrielle Roth ( Sweat your Prayers: Movement as Spiritual Practice)

Much love, and let’s keep moving and breathing consciously, praying and taking care of one another.

 

Maria Helena

 

 

Happy 2021! Yes, It is a New Year!

As we clinked our glasses (filled with sparkling pear juice) at the cusp of 2020 to 2021, I couldn’t think of anything else to say to our children (my husband already made the same choice) “Let’s choose to be happy this year!”.

It might be hard to think “how to be happy?” when many are still facing great challenges in their personal and professional lives. I still believe in the world of possibilities (infinite ones!). I remember sharing with you years ago my experience during times of great trials in my life. It was about 11 years ago when I was going through a divorce and facing the challenges of raising three children (two dogs 😉 ) alone. My whole family lives in Brazil and my children’s  dad decided to move back there as well. Dealing with the challenges of financial struggle, mental health and substance abuse with one of my children, learning disabilities with another. The world of “appearances” was falling apart, but my commitment to my practices was steady and determined (the lives of my children and my own depended on that). During one of my yoga and meditation practices with my community, all of a sudden my heart swelled with joy and happiness. I smiled, I laughed and at that very moment, I knew that anything was possible! And it was! I am writing you this message today to let you know that while we have a heartbeat, there is much we can do. Even if the outcome might not be as we wanted it to be, there are great lessons in store for our souls. We just need to embrace them and not fight with them.

Pema Chodron (Comfortable with Uncertainty) wrote “A teacher once told me that if I wanted lasting happiness the only way to get it was to step out of my cocoon. When I asked her how to bring happiness to others she said, “Same instructions.”… We can do these practices in three simple steps, using the words from the traditional Four Limitless Ones chant or whatever makes sense to us. “May I enjoy loving-kindness.”. Then we include a loved one in the aspiration: “May you enjoy loving-kindness.”. We then extend our wish to all sentient beings: “May all beings enjoy loving-kindness.”. Or for compassion: “May I be free from suffering and the root of suffering.” “May all beings be free of suffering and the root of suffering.” (…) This is what it takes to become involved with the sorrows of the world, to extend loving-kindness and compassion, joy and equanimity to everyone-no exceptions.”

The year 2021 offers us a great opportunity to take inventory of our lives, and lovingly and gently replace old and not so good habits with healthier ones. We all need the community to uplift us, to listen to us, to be the shoulder when we simply need to cry (even if nowadays we might need to lean on virtual shoulders-there is no barrier for energy. As we practice sensing and moving energy, we can feel the warmth and peace from one another).

One day at a time. Consistency is the key. Knowing that the power that lies within us can move “mountains”, we understand that we are truly the healers, the makers of happiness, the producers of joy and contentment, and as Ram Dass said: “We’re all just walking each other home.” So let’s be happy together! And when the uncertainty of life touches us with pain and sorrow, let’s love each other and hold each other up high.

Love, always choose love!

Maria Helena Corrêa Anderson

Happy Holidays

This year of 2020 will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most challenging years for humankind in the modern era. A year when humans had to stop, rethink their way of living, their way of treating each other, their way of treating themselves, their way of treating the Earth. Some of us pondered, for the very first time, about unhealthy patterns in families, in communities, in societies, in countries. Wounds became more apparent and truly painful for many. There is a great read about that “Feelings buried alive never die…” by Karol K. Truman. And for so many of us on Earth the grief and sorrow have been really profound.

“…when you change your life, it isn’t to become the new you. It’s to become the real you- the one-of-a-kind diamond that will never exist again and can never be replaced. Everything that’s happened to you-all the choices you’ve made until now, all the ways you’ve tried to cope-it all matters; it’s all useful. You don’t have to throw everything out and start from scratch. Whatever you’ve done, it’s brought you this far, to this moment. The ultimate key to freedom is to keep becoming who you truly are.”  The Gift -12 Lessons to Save Your Life, by Edith Eger (a holocaust survivor).

The Age of Aquarius has begun! Let’s make 2021 the year we truly embrace with courage, determination, and strength all the challenges that may come our way! Let’s spread unconditional love and heal!

May the challenges be few, may our courage be as strong as never before, and may we keep reaching out to the tools from our toolbox: Qigong, meditation, prayer, mindful breathing, walking in nature, yoga, eating healthy, volunteering (whenever possible), TAT, and keep strengthening our inner energy.

I intend to be more present within our community offering more online classes, sound baths (I have the studio better equipped with professional microphones, lights, and incredible new crystal singing bowls that can make you transcend this world!) and private online sessions for Qigong healing and TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique) and when we have the ok from the state to reopen to offer energy massages again, I will! There were a few detours this year to care for the family, so it wasn’t possible to keep our practice consistent.

For those that have young kids or even teens that are interested in learning easy ways to get into meditation practices, and have better coping mechanisms, please get in touch with me. I have been offering a Mindfulness and Meditation class for kids (6-10 years old)-Finding the Magic Within- Tuesdays at 4 pm (Pacific Time).

I wish lots of love, peace and happiness to you and your loved ones.

Happy Holidays!

Maria Helena Corrêa Anderson 

5 Element Healing Movement-Spring Forest QiGong

 

 

 

I have been introduced to Qigong practice several years ago. Spring Forest Qigong, in particular, enhanced all other forms of energy healing and movement I had learned over the years. Healing is a natural consequence of a regular practice. I was amazed by its simplicity and enormous power to move energy. So much so that I decided to complete all trainings to be officially a Practice Group Leader.

 

The simple act of bringing awareness to our bodies, these incredible “machines” created for us as a “vehicle for our awakening” (Buddha), is an act of self love and an act of love to our family and all those around us. The Chinese have known for thousands of years the secrets of the energy system that runs inside of our bodies, whether we are aware of them or not. They have known the wisdom of the 5 Elements in nature and their correlation to our internal organs. Nature and we and the whole Universe are not separate entities, we are connected in this matrix of energy. This is why each and every action taken in individual-level ripples, producing joy or sadness, happiness or sorrow, peace or chaos.

Master Chunyi Lin is the creator of Spring Forest Qigong. He is the author of the book “Born a Healer” ( I was born a healer. You were born a healer, too!) where he shares his amazing story of courage, healing, perseverance and unconditional love, and forgivingness (even for those who inflicted pain to him and his whole family during the Chinese Cultural Revolution and terrifying time under Mao Zedong’s regime). Master Lin’s mission with the creation of this Qigong technique, simple and very, very effective (I can attest that for sure and so many others too!) is “a healer in every home and a world without pain and suffering”. What an amazing mission, don’t you think?

Well, it is with great satisfaction that I will be offering the Spring Forest 5 Element Healing Qigong practice via zoom on a weekly basis and will share with you the incredible wisdom behind the practice and the intelligence of our inner Qi (life force, inner energy).

On this coming Wednesday, December 2nd at 6:30pm I invite you to a free Introductory class. Wear comfortable clothes, be well hydrated and be in a space where you won’t be interrupted for about 1 hour. Invite your friends or anybody that might need an “injection” of inspiration for his or her healing path or simply to feel more balanced emotionally, physically and spiritually. I can say so much about this practice, however the value is always on our own personal experience. Practiced in a group (even online) the energy is magnified, so we can feel the benefits even more.

Please,  send me a message via email:

maria@corpoealmahealing.com or via text (805)728-5573 if you would like to join us,

so I can send you the link to our zoom meeting. I might be able to do 10 mins of a calming sound bath to close our meeting. For the sound bath I suggest you use a pair of headphones to make the sound more powerful.

Looking forward to seeing you and guide you through a beautiful and strong experience!

Maria

 

REOPENING

This past Friday Governor Gavin Newson announced that massage is now allowed to occur indoors with modifications in EVERY county in California!

I am looking forward to a safe, easy and mindful return next week (1st week of November).

I intend to work with you, respecting the new guidelines and protocols for everybody’s safety. At the beginning of November I will take just a few clients per week (no more than 2/day and will be open 3 days/week).

While I still use Schedulicity to schedule sessions, I will ask you to communicate with me directly on my cell (805)728-5573 to schedule your appointment. The sessions will be no longer than 90mins and I will need to do an intake over the phone the day before your session is scheduled. After 7 months of having my practice completely closed and being able to open slowly now, all the sessions will have an increase of 10% in its value. Payments, for now, will be only taken in cash or Venmo. I appreciate your understanding during this time and I promise you: our exchange of energies will be worth it!

During this pandemic, I was incredibly blessed to have completed my certification in Advanced Qigong Healing (Spring Forest QiGong) and TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique) both absolutely powerful for energy healing, healing past and current traumas, soul retrieval, and a general well being and balanced flow of energy.

Here I am guiding Gabe, my oldest son through a TAT session

Playing with an Ocean Drum at home…it is almost like being by the ocean 🙂

My new training will allow me to offer you healing sessions without touch and with immediate results in the flow of energy. Believe me, it is true! I am not the doer, I am the vessel.

For those of you that are struggling with anxiety, insomnia, uncontrollable fear, anger, or anything resulting from trauma or from the current situation in the world, these healings are for you! If you don’t feel comfortable yet to receive a massage, these healings are for you! If you just would like to feel your energy more balanced to experience better health, these healings are also for you!

My Qigong Classes (virtual, via zoom) and Sound Baths should also return next week. The children’s classes continue on Tuesdays at 4:00 pm and Thursdays at 4:30 pm (Finding the Magic Within- children 6-10yrs old), you can contact me directly for more info and to register.

A snippet of a sound bath session

I will do my best to add to my website all these new classes, appointments, and added healing sessions soon.

There will be more communication this week, but I wanted to make sure of the announcement of the reopening of Corpo e Alma Healing.

Much love, much health, lots of peace and hope

Maria

(805-728-5573)

Hello From Maria

 

Hope you and your loved ones are doing well during these challenging times.

What a roller coaster of emotions many of us are going through right now! I certainly can speak for myself. So many intense inputs from the world outside that we have no control over. However,  we do have the power to calm our nervous system and plug in to Source.

I apologize for the lack of communication with you in the past weeks. As life happens, sometimes we need a pause–a break to deal with our own grief, so we don’t break.

I wanted to share what is going on around here and to make sure we keep in touch.

  • On the 5th of April we had to say goodbye to one of our dogs, our beloved Ziggy. Ziggy was our beautiful Wheaten Terrier that had been part of the family for 13 1/2 years. He was my loyal (sometimes obsessive)–and loud :)–companion. He greeted me happily when I came home even when he could barely stand up. While we were preparing for the end of his life for a few months, the closeness that the past weeks brought us made it very difficult to say goodbye. Silence, tears, meditation, more tears, hugs, hot yogi tea and Qigong can be very strong allies when we deal with grief. That is what I found out during this past week.

 

 

  • Something my family has been working on for the past few weeks who am I kidding? just the adults!) is we have finally started our organic garden! We started a little audaciously by planting radish, lettuce, kale, parsley, basil and thyme. As first time gardeners, our appreciation for Mother Earth and farmers have multiplied by a thousand after we started caring for our “crop”. How blessed we are to live in California!

Planter right after we planted the seeds
Planter on the day we planted the first seeds

Radish…it starts to grow so fast!

Thyme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • My husband Dave and I have been practicing Qigong every morning and a few evenings as well. Almost every night we have a Sound Bath in our living room (I brought home singing bowls and a gong from the studio). It is our way to cope. After all, having three teenage boys at home during this time it’s not always easy. My oldest son is quarantined with us, so he participates in some of the practices and the sound bath. One of our teenage boys joins us for the sound bath and Qigong practice once in a while. We have high hopes that everybody will join in one of these days (we do dream big 🙂 ).
  • Dave (a professional vegan chef and vegan product developer) and I have been cooking a lot lately. He is an amazing chef and we have been blessed when he “goes to town”, as he says, in the kitchen. He creates new dishes, dips, nutmilks, tofu and lots of delicious and healthy food. While we want to support local businesses and restaurants, using our resources have been incredibly important for our family.  One amazing thing that I have noticed while putting the trash bin out today was that it was less than half full! That’s never happened before, especially with 6 people in the house. Using way fewer packaged foods has had a tremendous impact on our family’s carbon footprint!
  • Because most of my family lives in Brazil—and two nieces and a nephew live in Europe—we all started doing Zoom meetings with each other. It feels good to be able to connect with our loved ones, to know they are doing well and to feel their presence, even if only virtually.
  • I recently finished my training in Brain Education (currently working on the certification). This course will be a great resource for me to teach teens and children about brain integration, and coping with emotions and mindfulness. Some parts of it included in my energy healing training from several years ago, so I will be using new exercises to teach adults in my classes as well.

Please, feel free to send me an email to share how you are doing, how you are coping with this global crisis and how I can help you, even if remotely–with your training, with your spiritual practice, and with your continuous growth.

I miss seeing you, talking to you, growing with you, but know this time is much needed for Humanity and Earth to heal.

Much love to you, stay home (if possible for you). Be safe, be well, be strong!

Maria

(805)728-5573

P.S. Because our studio might be closed for a while, I am planning to offer Qigong and meditation classes online (via Zoom) and to offer healthy living info as well. Stay tuned for an official announcement!

 

The Magic of Healing with Movement of Qi

I remember the very first time I felt the Qi(pronounced “chee”) between the palms of my hands. It was during an evaluation class for a particular yoga training when I lived in Colorado. I was guided by my yoga and energy healing instructor to a series of exercises, who told me to clap my hands, rub them together and with my eyes closed, to move my hands closer and apart, closer and apart without touching them. It was a WOW experience for me because I think it was the very first time in my life I understood the impermanence and malleability of energy (aka feelings, emotions, pain and circumstances). It was as simple as that.

The curiosity and awe of manipulating energy became a passion for me. It was through personal empiric “therapy” that I could testify that the world we live in is a fascinating and magical one, made with all sorts of energy: sticky, hard, gentle, light, fluid, heavy, cotton-like, cold, warm, colorful and whatever else our own senses can feel. Something that was not new at all to all the sages that have walked on this Earth in a physical form before us and tirelessly have been sharing such wisdom with all those ready to learn. Some of these sages no longer have a physical body and yet keep emanating their wisdom to us, when we tune in to the same frequency as the knowledge they want to convey.

What if at this challenging time on Earth we could learn to be deeply in touch with our own energy, moving it and strengthening so our physical bodies get stronger to ride the current storm.

The energies that live within and around us, the atoms that form a person or a particular object, plant, or animal have been around for thousands (maybe even millions) of years. In a constant dance, energies can express solidity (like in a chair, for example) or lightness and joy (for example, when babies are happy and giggling).

As we inhabit a human body on this earth it is critical we understand the equipment and its “commands”. The signals and commands our brain send to the rest of our body can determine the intensity of our reaction to life events and with that create an imprint on our energy field (remember, energy is within and in the aura around us).

During this time on Earth humanity is dealing with a pandemic. The coronavirus is affecting the lives of all human beings on the planet and each individual reaction to it shapes the waves and quality of energies for the self and all those around. The vibration of the matrix we are all connected to is currently being shaped by our emotions and vibration in reaction to this crisis. We have a tremendous opportunity in this moment to bring forth from within the best qualities innate to all human beings: unconditional love, compassion, care, altruism, kindness, generosity to one another and with that help raise the vibration in the matrix with more love, health, peace and abundance.

Of course, it would take a much lengthier article if we were to explain in detail how energy works (I recommend you check the work of Gregg Braden https://www.greggbraden.com and Bruce Lipton PhD  https://www.brucelipton.com for more scientific and deeper explanation).

When we make the time to be observers of our own personal energy (we can use our emotional triggers to gauge), our thoughts and reactions to life’s events, then we can be active participants in moving and healing our energy.

“The moment a person chooses to move their own energy, they awaken the healer within them. Every cell in your body is energy. You are an energy being and you can transform your own energy.” Master Chunyi Lin (Spring Forest QiGong)

In Qigong practice we use movements of the body to move the internal Qi and with that improve our health and immunity.

Master Chunyi Lin (Spring Forest QiGong) suggests at this moment that we take 10 minutes a day to do 2 movements from the 5 Element Healing Movement. These particular movements activate and strengthen our immune system and the energies of the lung meridian.

 

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If you are having a hard time centering your energy, a good mix of essential oils might help you feel more grounded: 2 drops of a carrier oil (jojoba, almond or fractionated coconut), 3 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 drops of grapefruit essential oil and 4 drops of cedar wood essential oil. Mix them in a bottle (preferably dark) and shake well. You can apply it on your chest and on the soles of your feet for a grounding and peaceful feeling.

At this moment our studio will be closed until it is safe again for our community to be close together and restart our routines.

Be safe, be well, be love.

Please, reach out if there is anything I can help you with.

Maria