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!

 

 

 

 

Studio Update

 

While massage practice has been authorized to reopen in California, since June 19th, after thoughtful consideration I have decided to keep the studio closed a little longer.  I am not sure how much longer.

Massage practice offers a really great risk of transmission of the Coronavirus and the steps to take to offer a safer environment (not risk-free) for all are many at this moment.

My family was directly impacted by this pandemic. My beloved father passed away 5 weeks ago after contracting the virus at a hospital in Brazil. After suffering a heart attack and while in treatment there, he was contaminated and succumbed to the virus.

The profound pain of those in hospitals fighting for their lives (without having permission to receive visitors for obvious reasons) and family members is beyond anything we could have imagined.

I hope you and your family continue to be safe, healthy, and practicing social distancing and wearing a mask when in public (simple steps that can do wonders to protect the most vulnerable).

I have been working to create an online program on energy healing, relieving stress, and trauma. As soon as I have the proper platform set up to start offering this program, I will let you know.

I miss you all very much and I miss giving massages.

I am riding the waves of change during these big shifts on Earth in a way I feel guided to. I intend to continue to work in the healing arts, to serve our community, and to keep sharing the knowledge and wisdom that were shared with me, by so many masters, over the decades.

 

With much love and saudades (this is a beautiful word from my language, Portuguese, to express the feelings of missing someone or something),

Maria Helena Anderson

Happy Holidays!

I wish you and your family a peaceful holiday season!

May you all be blessed by the Divine light that lives inside and all around us.

I hope you can have a great time in the company of your family and loved ones. If it is a time when you feel lonely and not as cheerful and joyful, know that you are not alone. Reach out for help and remember the tools collected along your path that can help you uplift your mood at this time of the year: a walk in nature, some QiGong (playing with the energy ball and merging it into your heart is a great way to generate love and peace), yoga stretches (bow pose, tree pose, lifting up both legs against the wall are some examples) and meditation might bring you more peace and balance .

 

 

Essential oils are wonderful allies to uplift your mood if you feel that a boost is needed.  Below are some diffuser blends that are good for this time of year. You can be creative and make your own mix, just remember to use caution if you intend to use oils directly on your skin.

 

3 drops of Frankincense + 2 drops of orange + 2 drops of Peppermint

3 drops of Eucalyptus + 2 drops of Peppermint + 2 drops of Rosemary

3 drops Frankincense+ 2 drops Cinnamon Bark + 2 drops Orange

2 drops Orange + 2 drops Eucalyptus + 2 drops Peppermint (great mood boost)

2 drops Bergamot + 2 drops Orange + 2 drops Lemon

2019 has been a year of opportunities and expansion to my practice and I embraced it all.  A small room practice became a studio, and together we can now offer so much more to our community. There were Qigong and meditation classes for adults and teens, Kundalini yoga workshops led by Petra, a very experienced yogi , Vinyasa flow yoga ( a unique class that added the angelic singing voice of opera singer, Allie, to the long and transcendental  savasana) and we started showing documentaries at the studio. Of course, I kept my private sessions and continue to add new skills in energy and sound healing.

I appreciate your continuous support, trust in my work, and dedication to your own personal spiritual growth and healing path, whatever that might mean to you. Certainly together we magnify the good in each one of us. Every time one of us heals a particular area of our lives, our family heals, our community heals, together. While it can be confusing to understand the matrix of energy we all live in, as energy beings we can no longer deny the reality of vibration and its importance in our lives.

I will be sending out the new schedule for the month of January soon. The focus on the first month of the year will be  Qigong, meditation classes, and sound healing.  We will take a break from yoga classes at the beginning of the year and will resume classes in the spring.

Happy Holidays and I wish you a wonderful 2020!

Maria Helena

 

 

Courage and Strength to Live a Life with Purpose

Courage and strength must walk together during the course of our lives, nowadays more than ever!

During times of great challenges that many of us are going through right now, it is imperative to invoke our courage! To whom? You may ask…to our Highest Self, the most powerful, and untouched by the Ego, part of us. It knows every aspect of our lives, every part of our being, our joys and our sorrows.

Through breathing and body awareness, we can calm down our emotions and slowly bring ourselves into a state of deep communion with that wise part of us. Easier said than done, right? After all, we have accumulated in our bodies so much energy from suppressed emotions, that sometimes this simple task may seem insurmountable. I promise you…it is not!

We might need to change directions in a few areas of our lives. We might need to cleanup our inner channels which will allow us to experience such Divine communion. Once we plug into Source, all the information available to us to overcome any obstacle we might be dealing with will be delivered to us. The speed and quality of information we can access from Source are proportional to our faith, to the calmness and acceptance of our being to receive the blessings at the time needed…even if the blessings initially bring us pain.

“When we touch the center of sorrow, when we sit with discomfort without trying to fix it. When we stay present to the pain of disapproval or betrayal and let it soften us, these are the times we connect with Bodhicitta(awakening mind). Tapping into that shaky and tender place has a transformative effect. Being in this place may feel uncertain and edgy, but it is also a big relief.” Pema Chodron ( The Places that Scare You) “Being compassionate enough to accommodate our own fears takes COURAGE of course, and definitely  feels counter intuitive, but it is what we need to do. “

I recently finished reading the book “The Great Work of Your Life”, written by Stephen Cope( Founder and Former Director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living).

The author examines the life struggles faced by such visionaries as Jane Goodall, Harriet Tubman, and Mohandas Gandhi, encouraging us, the readers, to reject the modern idea that “we can be anyone we want to be” and instead to discover and fully pursue our inner self’s calling.

Gospel of Thomas(mentioned multiple times by the author):

“If you bring forth what is within you, it will save you; if you do not bring forth what is within you, it will destroy you.”

Something to really think about it, don’t you think?

I believe it is critical to invoke our courage when we feel defeated, when we feel that the darkness left no room to the light to come in, when our intellect decided that we have exhausted all rational possibilities to get us out of ” trouble” or troubled emotions. Energy work is an amazing tool to help us navigate such challenging times. We can learn and practice  QiGong, Tai Chi, Yoga and meditation or even receive a massage and Reiki healing.

What if blazing a completely new path is the answer to many of our inner struggles? One step at the time.  The new path might demand from us a serious commitment to detachment…maybe from people, places, life style and even careers we identify ourselves with.

It’s important to remember over and over again that before leaving our body after this life on Earth, it will be required from us to empty our pockets completely from the material …and to open our hearts completely, taking with us only the experiences that made us a better human being than when we started this journey!

When we see so many of our brothers and sisters choosing to walk themselves to the other side during times of intense struggle and pain, action is a must. We must share with one another love and hope.

“There’s so much that we need to share
So send a smile and show you care
I’ll give a little bit
I’ll give a little bit of my life for you
So give a little bit
Give a little bit of your time to me
See the man with the lonely eyes
Oh, take his hand, you’ll be surprised
Oh, take it”.  (Supertramp- Give a little bit)

Whatever we have learned during our own time of darkness it might be just the hope and light needed on somebody else’s path at this very moment.

Let’s reach out to one another, instead of isolating ourselves ashamed for not knowing how to deal with our inner battles and desolation. Let’s bring to the light our own shadows(no shame in that) and learn that only when we have that courage, we will find the strength to get up once again and keep walking the journey until the end.

Much love,

Maria Helena Anderson

P.S. Remember that is always ok to disagree with other people’s point of view. Many times they will stir within us deeper thinking, and that might be just what we need… to have deeper thoughts about life.

Happy New Year!

I wish you, your family and loved ones a fantastic New Year!

May you make time to silence the world outside and travel inwards, enjoying the angelical voices of your inner guidance.

May you keep digging deeper and deeper into your heart, into your family’s history so you can uncover the secrets to your healing and well being.

 

 

 

 

 

The tools Mother Nature shares abundantly with us, like crystals, are amazing to help us reach deep into our hearts during meditation.

May you keep dreaming and take each day a little step towards the manifestation of your dreams, having your heart as the compass for the path ahead.

May you be able to make peace with the circumstances ( and people) you cannot control, allowing the unfoldment of life. Trusting that the highest good will come to pass as long as you are true to your heart.

May you make a commitment to yourself to care and nurture your inner child, having fun along the way, so the balance of work and play makes the bumps on the road easier to ride.

May you keep receiving massages often, relaxing more and more so you can open your arms to the blessings the Universe has prepared just for you!

                                                   
             My massage and healing room awaits you!

As for myself, I will continue my own healing journey, deepening my studies(and experimental training)  in holistic healing, bringing more instruments (especially  Singing Bowls and Tuning Forks) and knowledge to my sessions, so together we can release any energy that holds you back, preventing you to have inner peace and live a fulfilling life.

Cheers to 2018! May there be peace on Earth, May it start with me!

Maria Helena

 

 

 

Caring for the Kidneys to Preserve Life Force

 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the kidneys are the fountain of youth, the foundation of vital life and longevity,  they store the Essence of Life Force, inherited from our parents.kidneys

The Energy in our bodies flow when we are relaxed, when we are mindful, conscious of our actions and present at each moment ( not necessarily an easy thing to do).

I have learned about the importance of flow of Energy within the body, through yoga, mindful breathing and meditation. I also have learned ( and experienced it) that when the emotions take control of our lives, there is very little we can do to find clarity and focus in our actions. If that happens our defense and healing mechanism became hacked, the Energy Flow is compromised , so is our ability to be healthy.

Those of us that exercise too much, work too much; abuse of caffeine, alcohol (among other unhealthy life styles)and live a stressful life are depleting the essence of life in the kidneys before its time. The kidneys are the seat of courage and willpower, therefore any impairment in the kidney meridian, results in feelings of fear and paranoia.

When the kidney meridian is in balance there is wisdom, rationality, clear perception, gentleness in our lives. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle with healthy food, physical exercise, plenty of sleep and  low stress will preserve our kidney essence.

A good massage session  can help us relax the muscles and gain more awareness of our body’s needs. Some yoga poses can help us open up the kidney meridian and let the Life Force flow with more ease within the body, keeping us younger longer and more confident.

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I encourage you to look for a training to help you gain more awareness of the flow of Energy in your body and experience the amazing improvement of your well being. I add here two links and hope you explore the Energy work you feel fit for your needs.

Health and peace,

Maria Helena

http://www.changeyourenergy.com

http://www.springforestqigong.com