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Massage: One Key to Creative and Analytic Thought

Historically, massage is one of the oldest and simplest forms of relaxation and healing. For example, Tomb paintings indicate that massage was performed during early Egyptian times and the Chinese used massage for many medical conditions over many centuries. More … Continue reading

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Indirect Grief and Distraction (Guest blog post by Jane Heineken)

It began with an uneasy feeling. I was reading the headlines of the local, online newspaper and ran across the sad story of a house fire on the far side of town. “Several college-aged kids lived in the house,” said … Continue reading

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January 13th begins “Move from Intention to Action Month”

I had the best intentions to get a jump-start on my New Year resolutions—and then the holiday season, travel, and a death in the family brought on the Fatigue and Stress Demons. They, in turn, opened the door to the Illness Demon…I lost a whole week! Here is a list of some ways to make peace with delays in “Moving from Intention to Action” Continue reading

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Postscript to 2010: Must you bring the stress from the old year to the new?

Postscript to 2010: Must you bring the stress from the old year to the new? In many families, when a death or tragedy of some kind strikes particularly during the holidays, the stress of the season, plus the grief of loss may exacerbate old hurts, resentments, and sadness. Continue reading

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Confessions of an Over-Tired “Kitchen Goddess”

The photo shows my kitchen after an over the top holiday dinner for twenty-two family and friends. For days before the holiday, I straightened the house, shopped for gifts and groceries, and cooked up a storm. At the appointed hour, … Continue reading

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Saying “no” (nicely) to children during the holiday season shopping frenzy

According to the preteen and teens in the family, Champs is the place for athletic shoes.  The kids were excited to see the celebrity-inspired styles. There were some in red, electric blue and black patent leather.  The eleven-year old said, … Continue reading

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December Holidays, Nostalgia, and the Lurking Stress Demon

December is devoted to the Stress Demon. The holiday season puts even more scheduling, balancing, and financial strain on our already stressed-out lives.  Time-consuming, extra tasks may involve shopping, decorating, meal preparation, year-end business chores, and travel. In addition, there … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Distractions at Holiday Time Get You Down

Loaded down with holiday packages, Steve braces himself against the bitter wind as he searches the mall parking lot for his car. When he finally reaches his sedan, he sets a large box on the roof and digs into his … Continue reading

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