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

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 

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!
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  • 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!

 

Collective Grief Requires Collective Healing

This past Sunday (January 26th) was a very special day for my family. It would be my nephew’s Leonardo’s  32nd birthday.  It was day of remembrance for us. And just like that our community was deeply shaken by the tragic accident that took the lives of 9 people, amongst them a well known and beloved member of our Los Angeles community, Kobe Bryant.  It was a collective sorrow and pain that can still be felt around us now. A heavy and dense energy of grief ( so familiar to many, magnified by millions of people feeling it at the same time). It can be a very difficult veil of energy to move if we do not have tools to cope. Collective Healing is so much needed now.

                Leo (age 12) with his biggest fan, my oldest son Gabe (age 6 1/2)

The intention with the post is not to talk about my past pain and grief, but to share how energy work helped me heal and how it can help us heal. Energy work can help our community to connect with each other in a deeper level and heal together.

Leonardo passed away almost 15 years ago at the age of 17 for brain cancer. When somebody says “nothing can prepare you for that” he or she might be right.  It seems that life, as we know it,  with endless distractions, with material possessions and entertainment, prepares us very little for its real meaning,  significance and ephemerality. Spirit is always in command ( however you want to call It) and distancing ourselves from this Divine Light can cost us deep, profound and lasting suffering.

My family’s life was changed forever on  May  1st, 2005. The world stopped for a while for my family and yet people around us insisted in living, in rejoicing with life’s blessings. I am so very grateful they did. At that time I didn’t know that the vibration of love, laughter and joy of those around us, were actually uplifting us, elevating us and allowing us to heal.

That is the power of the matrix of energy we are ALL connected to! 

“Cords are like sticky ropes of mental/emotional energy that keep you “tied into” someone else. We can cord into anyone and anything, but the strength of the cord depends on the amount of time/energy/emotion we put into thinking about that thing.

We can cord into ideas, places and things as well. These cordings can be quite thin or temporary depending on the amount of energy we expel thinking about them.”

The Ties That Bind: Understanding Energy Cords

 

My life’s work has been a call  during a time of almost unbearable pain and grief I had experienced. You see, all my life dance has been a part of my daily routine. I love music, I love dancing.  I have to say that one of the greatest blessings from my culture that I carry so close to my heart is our music, the beat and rhythm of samba (“Drums represent the beat of the heart, the beat of the Earth Not surprisingly, they have been used by many ancient cultures in their healing ceremonies” – Song of the Spine by Dr. June Leslie Wieder.). I used to wake up my kids with music and used to dance while cooking. That’s how my older kids remembered me until Leonardo got sick…then I stopped doing everything and anything that could possibly bring me joy and connect me with Spirit. Crying was a new common thing for my daily routine. 

My Divine Call came through on the day that my daughter Georgia ( at that time she was just 8 years old) crying said to me “I want my mom back!”. 

Such powerful words that required from me immediate action. Those words echoed deeply in my heart and my whole being. There I was raising three kids (the youngest was a little over 2 years of age) and completely absent at every and each moment with them, to the continuity of life.

I soon started taking yoga and energy work classes, since the meditation, that I was so familiar with from very early age, wasn’t enough for me at that particular situation in my life. After I started my practice my body and my emotions slowly started to dance in harmony. As I felt my grief without paralyzing my being,  I could help my own children in the process. Life was intense for our family after that event with the loss of another chid in the family.  Spirit kept guiding and uplifting us as much as we allowed the messages to come through(and acted upon them).

When we work with energy,  we become very familiar with the effects of its stagnation or excess in the physical body. We can feel it, we can play with it, we can move it,  we can cut it so the path ahead is clearer ( not always an easy work, but so important). It is a process that requires our commitment and patience and of course support of family, friends and community. That is why a community that heals together is a strong community.

I have been humbled in my path by the stories of many of my clients. Paths of courage, determination and faith, despite their sorrow and pain.

At home, I am raising with my husband my stepsons (ages 13 and 17) who have tragically lost their mom years ago. Having tools to cope is of such enormous importance. Not everyone will accept the tools we have to share, in that case a good prayer direct from the heart can do miracles.

If you feel very affected by the energies around us at this moment, at our studio we offer twice a week (Tue & Thu, 6-7pm), Qigong and meditation classes that when done in a group, magnify the healing energy. You are welcome to join us. Old wounds and unhealed emotions can be triggered and opened at this time, make sure to honor and love them now, so you can heal.

 

 

This coming month of February I will be adding a new class to open up more deeply the meridians of the body (through Brazilian and Latin music), with some stretches , Qigong and sound bath. It is a very powerful class to release old energies, to accumulate new and refreshed energy  so you feel renewed. You will feel deeply connected to Spirit, to your heart.

Much love and gratitude,

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

 

 

Consciousness, Healing and Different Realities

        Definition of Consciousness (noun):

*the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings.

*the awareness or perception of something by a person.

*the fact of awareness by the mind of itself and the world.

                                                                    picture credit: www.scienceandnonduality.com

When I was very young, in Brazil, my childish perception of reality revolved only around my immediate needs and wants. I guess I was no different than any other human being, right?

I learned pretty quickly  that life wasn’t easy for my family and in my country in general. However I remember holding on tight to our routines. I knew my father would be gone all day at work and my mother would take care of us at home. She would take us to school, feed us, discipline us by sharing my parent’s values. I felt rather “safe”.

Sometimes we would watch the news with our parents, maybe listen to their discussion of what was going on in politics (until I was 16 years old Brazil was under dictatorship ), other times we witnessed their distress and fears about money and the uncertainty of our living situation.

                                                                     

Dictatorship in Brazil: 1964-1985

(The military coup had the support and “help” from a powerful nation concerned about the spread of the communism regime that Fidel Castro had started in Cuba)

A time when Brazil experienced some economical growth while social disparity increased and the military and police specialized in torture and killing. Many artists were forced to live in exile if they wanted to live at all. Fear and repression were the main leading forces of the nation. Between the years 1980 and 1985  (last 5 years of the dictatorship regime) the yearly  inflation varied between 110%-242% !

At that time I started to believe that miracles were real. FYI… I still do 😉

After all, the “multiplication” of food at our table and the joy of my mother to serve us and others were nothing, but miracles. My consciousness was being formed based on my reality (as it is for most of us) in the core of my family as well as the reality of the society I was living in.

During my childhood  I thought everybody thought and felt like me. At one particular day, when I was 9 years old I arrived at my friend’s house to go to school together. When the door opened I saw my friend frantically trying  to hide the pacifier that was in her mouth. I could feel her embarrassment so strongly in my body, as if I was her. All I wanted to do was to create a distraction so that feeling would go away, for her and for myself.

I was walking on Earth picking up feelings and emotions from almost anybody close to my physical body, something I learned later on during my Energy Healer training.

My perception of that reality transformed the chaos inside of me in episodes of severe anxiety and panic attacks. Thanks to the beliefs of my family, an alternative way of healing my affliction was always at hand.

My mother believed that if you weren’t sick because of a virus or bacteria, didn’t have any broken bone or other physical injury, there was a great possibility that there was a spiritual (energetic if you will) imbalance in your body. In that case only natural healers could help us.

Many times the healers very presence and intention rippled peace onto me “…we can raise people from one vibration to another that will momentarily relieve them of their misery.” (The Dayspring of Youth- by M), other times even a small prayer and ritual (for example taking a leaf from a plant and burying it into the soil, as a symbolic act to bury the fears that lived in my heart) did the trick.

As I grew older, life presented to me many moments of difficulties and seemingly invincible obstacles. My growing awareness of my reality (that changed quite a few times) helped to bring close to me people that had gone through similar experiences in life. Together we transformed those experiences into learned lessons. That is so important for our journey!

We are all, at this moment, on this planet transitioning levels of consciousness to higher realms, from the individual to the collective.

I hope most of us are capable to endure the rough path when it shows up for us and that we choose to keep growing despite the difficulties we might face.

Nurturing the body, mind and soul can help you tremendously during any challenge. Energy healing, meditation,  sound & aromatherapy and massage might give you some breathing room so you can reconnect with the most Divine part of yourself.

The once “hidden’ tools of knowledge and wisdom from sages that came before us are now out there in the open ( if we dare to look for them), no more secrets. As long as we keep focusing on our personal healing more and distracting ourselves less with the bombardment of information (so many times distorted), electronic gadgets and consumerism, we can really be conscious of what is truly going on in Our Planet and contribute to the elevation of its vibration.

“This golden consciousness will then reveal to us our individual path and give us a period of rest, absolute in our own world and to all that is within it. Here we are given that peace and serenity called Nirvana by those Yogis who have breathed in its perfume. And we are greeted and recognized as those who have at last returned from a long pilgrimage of labor and experience.”

(The Daypring of Youth- by M)

 

Love,

Maria Helena

 

The Celestine Prophecy, an amazing movie based on the book by James Redfield that might inspire you on your inner journey:

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