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Posts Tagged ‘Ambika Healing Massage’

Relaxing Hatha Yoga in Breckenridge

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Living Breckenridge, there is a high level of athleticism displayed by its inhabitants.  The mountains afford opportunities to participate in myriad of activities like mountain biking, trail running, and white-water rafting in the summer; and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.   While it is healthy to be active and fit, the importance of proper relaxation cannot be overlooked.  Think of relaxation as the yin to the yang of activity.  Yoga teaches us that there are five points to a healthy lifestyle:  proper diet, proper excercise, proper breathing, positive thinking and meditation, and proper relaxation.

The hatha yoga classes taught by Breckenridge massage therapist and yoga instructor Erica Ragusa are designed to give us the proper levels of movement, breathing, and relaxation to contribute to our health and well-being.  The classes are one-hour long and start out in savasana, or corpse pose, to bring the participant into the present moment and leave behind the stresses of the day.  Then, there is instruction in pranayama, or breathing techniques to increase our vitality.  It is said that when we breathe deep, we live deeply; when we breathe shallow, we live shallow.  Deep breathing techniques are taught along with exercises to improve lung capacity.  Then, the part of the practice that is most associated with “yoga,” the asana practice, is started.  We move into a series of poses while keeping an awareness of our breath, trying to synchronize our movements with our breath.

The pace of the class is slow, giving us time to really feel the movements and deepen our stretches.  Participants have said that the class has allowed them the opportunity to really stretch, lengthen, and open their joints.  The class concludes with a guided relaxation to facilitate total calmness and comfort.  The savasana at the end is important, as it allows our bodies time to process the asanas and integrate them into our structure.  Erica teaches yoga Wednesdays at 5:45pm at Carter Park, Saturdays at 9:45pm at the Rec Center, and volunteers with the BOEC as a gentle yoga instructor and massage therapist for MS, ALS, and TBI groups.  Visit her Breckenridge Massage Therapy website for more information.

Full line of retail items at Ambika Healing Massage

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

We now have a full line of retail items at Ambika Healing Massage to complement the therapies we offer.  Now, you can extend the value of your massage and bodywork treatments with herbal supplements that will help you in a variety of ways.  I have personally selected herbs that help with muscle trauma, support the immune system, aid in elimination, and mitigate the effects of stress.  There is something for everyone!

Sacred Smudge Sticks from New Mexico
Smudge Sticks
Since energy healing is a popular treatment on the services menu, I have ordered some sacred smudge sticks from the Taos Herb Company in Taos, New Mexico.  These smudge sticks are handmade on the Native American Pueblo in Taos.  I am selling 3 kinds:  sage, cedar, and sweetgrass.  Sage is used for healing and to clear the air for ceremonies.  Cedar is used for protection and to cleanse unwanted energies in a house, building, or on a person.  Sweetgrass is used to bring about the feminine energy and the Mother Earth energy.  I also have abalone shells that serve as a container when burning the smudge sticks.

                                                   Handmade in Breckenridge, Colorado

Homemade Salves
Lastly, I’ve made a line of body products known as Ambika Therapies, that are all handmade in Breckenridge by yours truly under the waxing moon.  Farmers believe that crops growI have salves, massage oils, body sprays, and more.  I use herbs and therapeutic-grade essential oils in my products, and all of the massage oils contain a quartz crystal from the mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado.  I have four massage oils:  Rub Rub Relax; Aches Away; Balanced Body; and Skin Smoothie; they all contain an Ayurvedic blend of carrier oils that are steeped in herbs, and four salves:  Aches Away, Healing Hands, Wound Heal, and Sinus Salve.  They do what they say they will!

The chakra oils are made with therapeutic-grade essential oils from Elizabeth Van Buren and are used during my energy healing treatment.  I have testers so you can smell different blends…the one you are attracted to is most likely the one your body needs.  Go with it!