It’s the most magical time of the year...and now more than ever it’s important to take good care of yourself. As adults, all the festivities can come with a giant heaping of stress and exhaustion. It’s all too easy to let the holidays go by in a blur, never really savoring the beauty and wonder of the season.
At Hudson Healing Arts, our job is to help you navigate the holidays with less stress and more joy! That’s why our practitioners joined forces to put together a list of our favorite quick and easy ways to decompress. And, as a holiday treat, read on for special discounts on services from each of our practitioners!
Beth’s Holiday Tips:
* Take the time to think about what you’re doing. Are you repeating traditions that have lost their meaning? Consider narrowing down that list of ‘must do’ and choosing what you and your family really enjoy. Maybe it’s preparing simpler holiday meals, but taking more time to savor the pleasure of each other’s company. You might also create a new tradition, such as watching some of the old, great holiday movies as a family. Turn off the phones and tablets, get out the popcorn and settle in together. Pop in a DVD or stream one of the classics like A Christmas Carol, The Bishop’s Wife, or Miracle on 34th St.
* Favorite apps: Insight Meditation Timer and My Calm Beat. Both help restore a sense of calm – even if you only have a few minutes.
* Give yourself some down time before going to bed. Unplug-- turn off the phone, the tablet, and the laptop an hour before your bedtime if you can. Let your body unwind from the day. You’ll find it improves the quality of your sleep.
* Give– there’s nothing like helping those who are in need to help you regain a sense of perspective about your life. Support a local shelter or donate to a charitable organization. Instead of rushing past a homeless person the next time you’re on your way to or from work, dig in your pocket and give. You might also take a moment to make eye contact as you do so – it feeds the spirit. You’ll feel better for having done so.
* We highly recommend celebrating Winter Solstice on December 21st! It’s the shortest day of the year and heralds the return of light to the earth. There are no big meals to prepare, no gifts to buy, no decorations to put up. Light a candle, breathe, think about all you’re thankful for this year and set your intentions for the coming year.
For the month of December, AshWork Energy Clearing sessions are offered at 20% off. Sessions are a half-hour in length and are conducted remotely by phone, so there’s no need to worry about traffic or parking or moving from your comfortable couch. They’re a great way of creating change quickly and easily. Energy Clearing sessions may also be purchased as gift certificates. For more details, see our Tele-Services page. To schedule a time, call (201) 653-7700 ext. 1 and mention this blog post. If paying through our website, use the code "AshWork20"
Joe’s Holiday Tips:
We all know how busy the world gets around the holidays – rushing to and from work, shopping, tending to chores, and hopefully getting in a few minutes for some down time or a workout.
During these stressful days, home is where we can find a reprieve from the chaos. What I like to do before leaving in the morning is to turn on the radio to my favorite classical music channel so that stepping through the door brings me to a place where there is already a relaxing atmosphere filling the air. So, tune in and enjoy the music- and the peace! Wishing you good health.
(Beth adds: Your plants will benefit from it too!)
Through January 6, take 20% off an initial consultation with Joe. It's a great way to insure a healthy start to a new year! To schedule your consultation, call (201) 653-7700 ext. 3 and mention this blog post.
Ellen’s Holiday Tips:
In between massages, and when feeling holiday panic setting in-- stretch it out! Stretching allows us to connect with our bodies in a gentle way that helps us relax, and become aware of tension areas that need to receive breath or mindfulness attention.
Take 5 below:
1 - Shrug your shoulders by raising them both towards your ears, and do circular motions to the front, and then to the back.
2 - Rotate your wrists clockwise and then switch direction by rotating counter-clockwise.
3 - Hold your hands together above your head, palms facing towards the ceiling, and then stretch upward toward the ceiling.
4 - Tilt your head to the side, bringing your left ear towards your left shoulder till you feel a stretch. Alternate to the right side.
5 - While sitting down, extend your right leg forward and then reach towards your toe till you feel a stretch. Alternate between legs.
Take advantage of a holiday special of 25% off with Ellen H. Gomez today through 12/31/2017. Reserve your session here.
Dusty ’s Holiday Tips:
The following suggestions are all good for your Mind Body & Spirit to reduce Holiday stress...
*10 minute Meditation daily (I use Headspace app and I love it) for self-care
*Full Body Massage (a 10 minute Chair Massage/Hand Massage at the nail salon is beneficial too)
*Breathing exercises are super helpful for anxiety/stress
*Time Management and sticking to a schedule helps reduce anxiety/stress, as long as you’re not trying to pack too much into the day.
* Saying ‘no’ can reduce the chance of being overwhelmed
75 minute Massage for the price of an hour (20% discount) limited to in studio (i.e. at HHA) -no house calls.
Cristina Maria’s Holiday Tips:
The blessed holiday season gifts so much. Through songs and hymns, with bells and sweet melodies, we are reminded of the eternal presence of Spirit! That place, living so deeply within, a mere whistle away, is your Spirit; it guides you through all and serves as a guardian of the physical being. During the month of December, grant yourself the 'gift that will keep giving' ~ all year...eternally ~ by connecting with your Spirit, through the Spirit of the Holidays! The holidays ~ a time of increased joy and love, sadness and stress ~ invoke all feelings, opens us to the deepest inner planes. Allow this Holiday Spirit to come through, regardless of the feeling, with gentleness and gratitude and let the rejoicing begin - for you are alive and being rebirthed each and every day!
Below is a gift on how to connect with your Spirit ~ to allow this full feeling time ~~~ have a notebook and pen and small glass of water nearby; (if you choose, you may open with prayer and a call to Spirit/God/Divinity (whatever it goes by for you) to guide you in connecting with your Spirit, then go to the meditation.
Click here for a link to the meditation.
May this exercise guide you, connecting you more deeply and grandly to that infinite space of your Spirit...opening you to the presence of love and beauty in all, especially during this sacred holiday time. Wishing you a blessed and sweet holiday season! May we see you soon!
Cristina Maria’s Special:
Join us on 12/12 from 7:30 - 9:30PM, the Day of the Virgin Guadalupe, for a special holiday event!
Hudson Healing Arts' Spirit Medicine Gathering
We will gain an understanding of:
What is "Spirit Medicine"?
How to commune with it daily ~ Benefits, Process, Ways, etc
How it connects to Shamanism, Herbalism, Curanderismo and other Earth/Celestial-Centered Traditions
How it is an invaluable tool for healing (i.e. alignments/illnesses, physical manifestations)
What ways "Spirit Medicine" is being offering at Hudson Healing Arts . Bring your questions, curiosity and openness to receive. To close the evening, together we will invoke and experience the presence of our Spirit ~ that which knows all ~ through sound, song, prayer and journeying (a shamanic tool).
Space for this event is limited. Please RSVP at email@example.com.
It is our sincere hope that at least one of the suggestions strikes a chord with you this holiday season. Wishing all of our clients and Hoboken friends a wonderful holiday --and a reminder to have love and compassion for yourself during this time! Now more than ever, self-care ensures we can fully bond and connect with loved ones and truly revel in it.
On the heels of last month’s introduction to Cristina Maria, we are thrilled to further expand our Hudson Healing Arts family. We extend the warmest of welcomes to our new massage therapist, Ellen H. Gomez.
It is a joy to introduce Ellen, who brings a calm, gentle energy and unique desire to help caregivers and those in their golden years, to our sacred space.
The Importance of Nurturing Touch
Growing up in upstate New York near Poughkeepsie, Ellen feels fortunate to have lived next door to a skilled MT who exposed her to massage as a legitimate, scientifically-backed healing modality. Captivated early on by the power of compassionate human touch infused with professional expertise, she describes herself as a lifelong lover of massage.
It wasn’t until pursuing her dream in massage school, however, that Ellen felt a pull toward the “touch-starved” older population. Statistics show that older individuals are far less likely to access massage services. She also recognized the enormous need for stress relief among their caregivers. This realization culminated in her decision to participate in hospice training and focus on palliative care therapy/geriatric massage to reduce pain and medication needs.
She’s learned that caregivers often feel much better about receiving a massage when it’s a “package deal,” which is why 1+1 packages are something she offers. For both parties, knowing the other is also getting treated makes it a joyful give and take.
Touch-based modalities are crucial as complementary care for those in older age, especially in Alzheimer’s patients. Because talking can stir up frustration and memory difficulties, those who are suffering truly benefit from comfort beyond words.
On a personal note, Ellen’s experience staying with her grandfather during her college years showed her how the combination of a lack of trust in the medical establishment, and a constant seeking of alternate ways to heal the body and address pain, can result in an older population being more open to complementary medicine. At the time, her grandfather was exploring vitamin therapy. While she's not sure how her grandfather would respond to attempts to massage him, she knows that even holding his hand seemed to have a positive effect. She feels massage is one way of sharing a gift that she knows will make someone who needs a little extra care feel better.
What Does Ellen Offer?
Ellen’s goal to maximize health and wellness for her clients is achieved through Swedish, Geriatric, Myofascial, Deep tissue, Trigger Point, Chair and Sports massage.
Ellen believes massage should be an essential ingredient in everyone’s self-care routine, not just those who are suffering from pain. For one, it’s necessary for easing the effects of constant hunching and sitting, which takes a painful physical toll in the long run. Massage also works on systems of your body that aren’t always accessed in other ways to deepen your overall health. If you’re neglecting these systems, it means you miss the part of your body that involves tissue manipulation and the movement of fluids. This is what causes “hiccups” in your body to become more pronounced over time (more like a “scream,” she says).
Massage is often underestimated for its remarkable power to fix these hiccups. The therapeutic effects extend far beyond being a “luxury”: it’s only when we take care of ourselves that we’re able to take care of others fully. The boost of feel-good endorphins and release of tension in both mind and body drastically improves our ability to interact with others from a calm, loving space.
For older folks, Ellen is licensed to handle special considerations like swelling and delicate skin with expertise, providing a gentle experience in a shorter time frame. For caregivers, she typically finds traditional Swedish, full-body massage usually for stress relief to be a popular choice.
The Woman Behind the Massage
Ellen also works in higher education supporting experiential learning, and is a lifelong learner--one reason she so enjoys delving into the study of anatomy and healing. She especially appreciates the immediate comfort and peace that massage therapy brings.
In her free time, she adores any kind of dancing; especially couples dance with her husband, who happens to also be a MT. She has lived in all five boroughs and recently settled in Staten Island. The two just welcomed a baby boy, Henry, to their family in October, and she also has an 18-year-old son. We are so happy to be included in this time of new beginnings for Ellen!
To get in touch, feel free to give Ellen a ring at (201) 653-7700 ext. 6.
We are so honored to welcome Hudson Healing Arts’ first Medicine Woman: the vibrant, insightful and truly special Cristina Maria RojasFernandez. Offering sessions and ceremonies with Shamanism, Bodywork, Energy/Vibrational Medicine and Ascension Medicine, she brings a new, beautifully soulful dimension to the healing journey for our Hoboken friends.
Cristina Maria embodies her belief that if you are able to be guided by your Spirit, you’re free of fear. With compassion, courage and grace, her aim is to help you remember who you truly are; that is, connecting you to your Godself that lies within.
A Glimpse into Cristina Maria’s Story
Cristina Maria’s journey as a healer has been far from linear, and what makes her Spirit Medicine work so unique is that it’s integrated with her 15 years of experience in clinical social work.
Growing up in Union City in a tight-knit, first-generation Cuban family, Cristina Maria was always a deeply social creature who felt pulled to help people. She comes from a strong lineage and also has five sisters and one brother-- “her tribe.” A lover of humanity, her early childhood memories are colored by a strong empathy for people and their feelings.
Cristina Maria went on to spend 15 satisfying years working in various areas under the social work umbrella, from crisis management to therapy. However, she started to feel burnout from the limitations of the system, and her soul was yearning for more. She honored her Spirit’s request for a sabbatical, venturing from the concrete jungle to the Amazonian jungle in 2012.
Following her Spirit’s call led her to Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, and beyond--she found herself in the mouth of a lion, a new world where she was gaining tools she’d never imagined. Deep in the jungle, she started to work with plants and connect with the indigenous ways of the land. She knew she was getting closer to her roots and ancestry.
In the jungle, the Spirit began to talk to her in a way she could understand for the first time: You're on the path--we’ve been waiting for you. She was also hearing the word ‘shaman.’
A year of beautiful learning and experiences ensued upon her return to America, where she joined the New York Shamanic Circle. She also was initiated through medicine teachers Kate Anjahlia Loye, Irma StarSpirit Turtle Woman (who gave her the medicine name “Humming Bird Medicine”), and Robin Rose Bennett.
It’s been almost six years now that Cristina Maria has been on this path, and three that she’s been sharing her Medicine. She remains profoundly grateful for her career in social work, which gave her so many tools and a broader foundation to work from.
What Is A Session Like?
Cristina Maria's sessions incorporate a mix of alchemy with the Earth and Spirits. Seeing the results of her work has been a beautiful experience. Helping humans actualize, to be and see and live every part of themselves by connecting to the ancient wisdom inside, has felt like the greatest gift she could give.
She offers a variety of sessions, circles, and ceremonies to help your natural order--body, mind, and soul-- find harmony. The Spirit, she says, already knows what to do… it's simply waiting for the rest to follow suit.
Cristina Maria provides the perspective of a trained herbalist, a wise-woman perspective, as well as a shamanic perspective on matters of both the body and mind. A Limpia - removal of energies and cleansing of the aura field and physical body, is a healing practice she uses frequently, and trance work is another area that calls to her. Her energy work aligns the vibration of the body through harmonizing, movement of the hands, rattling, drumming, and other tools from her background in a diverse collection of Earth Centered Traditions and Other Realms. A complete Spirit Medicine session is a combination of the above aspects.
Cristina Maria also treasures the ability to help those who are already feeling great get closer to Spirit. Ascension Medicine helps you continue to evolve and move toward your highest form and potential.
For those who are interested in a session, but unsure where to start, Cristina Maria will start with a reading. Her social work gifted her the ability to truly meet together, and sit in the graceful space of trust and humanness to uncover your intention. The reading will begin your work together for the first session.
How Does It Work?
Time must be given to allow the Spirit Medicine to integrate, clear old energy, and unfold in your life. The frequency of sessions depends on your intention and individual journey, and one session may suffice in some instances. For packages with a clear goal, Cristina Maria believes every three weeks is the about right timing; weekly sessions may be better for soul guidance (talk/plática).
You may be sent home with some “homework,” all meant to further integrate the Spirit Medicine. Although Cristina Maria’s social work career prepared her to come from the perspective of the mind, her new understanding is of the body’s deep experience of its own at the cellular level, and also of the soul as a bridge to your Spirit. Whether it takes a week or years to understand, Spirit Medicine gives your body what it innately needs.
We are ecstatic to welcome Cristina Maria to Hudson Healing Arts. Just like the Humming Bird, she brings forth color, joy, vitality, and courage, inviting you to step into your own divine power. If you’d like to set up an appointment, she can be reached at (201) 463-0204 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All details can be found on the Spirit Medicine Ways Facebook page, and you can also sign up for her newsletter to receive regular updates. Currently, upcoming events include…
Monthly Circles: @ Gypsy Yogis in Weehawken
Women's Circle- every 1st Thursday of the month, 7:30-10pm (November's is 11/2.)
Special events: @ Hudson Healing Arts
Ancestral Limpias and Blessings- Sunday, October 29th, 11-5pm
Spirit Medicine Talk- Monday, November 13th, 7-9 pm
Special events: @ Gypsy Yogis and in NYC
Samhain Ancestors Ceremony- Monday, October 30th, 7-10pm
Herbal and Plant Spirit Medicine Workshop - Sunday, November 5th, 10 - 5 pm
Cristina Maria RojasFernandez is offering a wonderful class in Herbal & Plant Spirit Medicine in Manhattan on Sunday, November 5, 2017. All details follow:
We’re excited to announce that Ellen H. Gomez will be joining Hudson Healing Arts this month! Mark the occasion and meet her at Athleta's Open House on Monday, September 18, 6-8pm.
Athleta is located at 316 Washington St. in Hoboken. Champagne and chair massage will be offered for your enjoyment and Ellen is looking forward to meeting you. It’s a great way to start off the week!
Athleta will be offering a 25% discount on purchases that night and Ellen is offering a 25% discount on massage bookings throughout September.
It's long been known that flowers have a natural way of uplifting and nourishing us. But did you know you can tap into the power of flower essences in your daily life to balance emotions and restore harmony to your state of mind?
Bach Flower Remedies are highly effective tools for restoring emotional balance, yet gentle enough that they’re used to help children, animals, and even plants feel better. They support good feelings like peace, happiness, and confidence, while softening the less-than-desirable traits that tend to arise.
A Brief Background
This system of natural healing was created in the 1930s by Dr. Edward Bach, a well-known English physician, bacteriologist, and pathologist who dedicated his life to developing the flower remedies.
Bach was a highly intuitive man ahead of his times. He realized that each person has a different attitude and personality; therefore, the best remedy to heal a person should be chosen based on their individual characteristics, rather than just the symptoms.
Bach also knew that negative emotions can be at the root of physical symptoms and weaken the immune system (Think of the heart-racing effects of anger or deep fatigue that accompanies sadness). He set out to protect the body, mind and spirit with the positive energies of flowers.
He created 38 plant and flower-based remedies that apply to the most common emotional states. Each essence of a different flower helps resolve a specific state: Larch for self-confidence, Mustard for sadness that arises for no reason, Mimulus for known fears, Holly for jealousy, and so on.
Bach developed a method that’s still used today: transferring the energy from the trees and flowers to water, infusing it via a sun steeping or boiling method, and then using a small amount of brandy to preserve it.
How It Works
Today, the Bach Centre carries out Dr. Bach’s work, and practitioners are certified in more than sixty different countries. Rescue Remedy, a stress-relief blend of five essences, is a well-known remedy that’s good to have on hand to keep calm in immediate acute or crisis situations.
Essentially, Bach Flower Remedies are a safe way to address personality traits that you’d like to work on, such as impatience or a tendency to be judgmental of others, as well as transitory situations and deep-seated feelings or patterns. You can use flower essences for as briefly as a dose or two for a passing mood or for an extended period of time to restore harmony in different situations. They’re great tools for managing the emotional demands and stress of everyday life and reining negativity back into balance.
Bach Flower consultations can be done over the phone. A practitioner will listen to how you’re feeling and where you’re facing challenges, and identify the right mix (of up to seven essences) to help your unique situation.
Atlthough these remedies work well on surface-level issues that you’re experiencing in the moment, they can also address deeper-seated chronic patterns of behavior. Like an onion, we develop energetic layers of emotions on top of our true core over time simply to cope and protect ourselves. Once you start shedding these outer layers, you get closer to your true self - that vibrant, authentic “you” feeling that many of us have been missing since childhood.
Bach Flower Remedies are non-toxic and gentle enough for all ages. The recommended dosage from a treatment bottle mix is four drops on the tongue at least four times daily for as long as needed.
Want to learn more? Visit The Bach Centre website or email Beth@HudsonHealingArts.com with any questions you have. Consultations can be scheduled by calling: (201) 653-7700 ext.1.
In Hudson Healing Arts, there’s a palpably peaceful energy that people notice right away. We take pride in promoting a safe, serene atmosphere so we can focus fully on your wellness. No TV, no news, and no computers creates a rare respite from many electromagnetic frequencies which can create stress and ill health. We find the absence of these energies to be restorative and instantly healing.
Our philosophy is that everyone deserves a break from the busy world, and we offer a wide range of services to enhance your wellbeing. Acupuncture, herbal medicine, Bach Flower Remedies, hypnosis counseling, guided imagery, massage therapy, shamanic/Spirit medicine, and energy clearing sessions are all powerful tools we offer to help you increase the peace and happiness in your life.
One-on-one attention in our soothing environment leaves you refreshed, renewed, and ready to put your best self forward. We’d love to get to know you and help you on your unique, personal wellness journey. Our experienced practitioners tailor sessions to your specific needs with a blend of modern knowledge and ancient wellness techniques.
We’re honored to service a strong, vibrant community in Hoboken full of amazing people, and would love to welcome you. Come by to nourish your mind, body and spirit - we're conveniently located by Hoboken’s PATH.
We're looking for a new Massage Therapist/Bodyworker to become part of the Hudson Healing Arts family. We're an independent group of practitioners with a common goal: to bring the best of complementary and alternative care to the community in a peaceful and relaxing environment.
We welcome practitioners of Massage Therapy, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy, Polarity Therapy, or any other modality harmonious with our services. Rentals are available on Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays.
For more information please call Beth O'Boyle at (201) 653-7700 ext.1 or send an email to: email@example.com. We look forward to speaking with you!
We hope you enjoy our new website. You'll find lots of information here - some familiar, some new - about who we are and what we do at Hudson Healing Arts. We're Hoboken's premiere wellness center and, if we do say so ourselves, have a truly talented group of practitioners who are focused on helping you to feel and to stay well.
We're very excited to add two new Tele-Services to our offerings: Bach Flower Remedy Consultations and AshWork Energy sessions. Be sure to click on Tele-Services on the menu bar for a complete description of what these wonderful services offer and how to schedule a session.
Stay tuned to this page as we bring you monthly tips from our practitioners on how to stay well and ideas for restoring balance and harmony to your life.
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