Listen to your body when it whispers, and you won’t have to hear it scream. Such a powerful message, yet how many of us are able to quiet our minds, and bodies long enough to hear the vital messages our bodies are sending every day? As a massage therapist I frequently hear “wow I feel so much better, I had no idea my ___________ was so tight,“ you fill in the blank. The client may have come in knowing about the tightness, or pain in their shoulders, yet had no idea the hips were screaming for attention. Stress & anxiety, we hold them in our bodies and our minds, and nobody will argue that we all live stressful lives. The to-do list that goes on forever, the pressure to perform, the increased amounts of what has been termed “hurry sickness” a mix of anxiety and the continual feelings of urgency. These stressors affect both mind and body because as we have learned is, what affects the body affects the mind and what affects the mind affects the body.
Most of us have a good idea of what a healthy life style is as it pertains to caring solely for our physical bodies. Eat healthy foods, drink water, get 10,000 steps, 8 hours of sleep, we all know… yet despite our generally healthy lifestyle habits many of us experience so much anxiety and stress that even with our dedication to a healthy lifestyle, the anxiety and stress prevent us from paying attention to the cues our bodies are sending us. We are missing the subtle, and sometimes, not so subtle nudges and winks telling us how our own stress and anxiety plays out in our mind and affects our physical body.
We miss that tiny pressure in the back of our skull until it is a full blow migraine forcing us to our beds for hours and even days, we don’t notice that twinge in our shoulder until we wake up one morning and can’t move our necks without intense pain. We ignore the mental pressures that are building up until we have a melt down. Maybe yelling at our kids, our loved ones or co-workers, or even our pets and finding ourselves wondering why and regretting how we reacted. We all have a list and we all have a story.
Awareness that there is a mind/body connection is not new, every day we can google more and more reports about the importance of this connection to our health and wellbeing. The understanding and science of this connection is becoming very clear. Until approximately 300 years ago virtually every system of medicine through out the world considered the mind and the body when treating a patient. However, during the 17th century the western world started to see the mind and body as separate parts of a human being. While this western view has had numerous benefits, it has not left much room for the study and practice of the connection between our thoughts and our physical experiences. Often ignoring the potential ability of the body to heal itself. Thankfully in the 20th century an interest has grown in the study of the mind/body connection and the research is overwhelmingly pointing to the importance of the Mind/body connection.
Integrative psychiatrist James Lake MD at Stanford University writes that “extensive research has confirmed the medical and mental benefits of meditation, mindfulness training, yoga and other mind-body practices”
“The brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems, and indeed all the organs of the body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communication with one another” Dr. James Gordon ( founder of the Center of mind-body medicine)
Mind/body connection is a practice. A muscle if you will that we strengthen each and every time we allow ourselves time to practice mindfulness. These practices such as yoga and meditation can bring us to the space where we can find our self coming home. Where our breathing slows our body let’s go and our minds become quiet. This opens the door for us to hear what our wonderful, marvelous, amazing body wants to say. Your body is incredible, let’s all take some time to listen to the whispers.
We at Spa Eir believe that making this mind/body connection is one of the most important things you can do for your health and wellbeing. We strive to bring you the most effective, simple and joyful ways to get you there. To get you home because “there is no place like home”
Blessings, Spa Eir
Hello and Blessings from Spa Eir. Our Reiki program is an integral part of our services here at Spa Eir. Many of our Yoga instructors, massage therapists and staff are Reiki Masters. With this expanse of Reiki knowledge and experience, we lovingly infuse Reiki through out our services. Our Sound Baths to enhance the experience of the singing bowls, our yoga instructors add it to their yoga classes, our massage therapists combine Reiki with massage, our acupuncturist works with Reiki in her treatments, making already amazing experiences even more therapeutic and mindful. And yes! We have exceptional Reiki as a private service and monthly Reiki training levels I & II and Master level training. We also hold a free monthly Reiki Circle every second Sunday of the month that is open to all no matter what your level of experience with Reiki is! So what is Reiki? How does it work? and why?
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Gentle, yet powerful, it compliments western medicine, and stimulates the body's natural ability to heal itself. Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing, wellness and relaxation. Reiki treats the whole person - Body, Mind, and Spirit - and helps the recipient restore overall health and balance, while also providing focused energy to alleviate a variety of health conditions.
A Reiki treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows thorough and around you, treating the whole person including the body, emotions, mind, and spirit, creating the healing effects that many include relaxation, a feeling of peace, security and wellness. With soothing and gentle touch, or by placing the hands slightly above the body, the Reiki practitioner will channel "Spiritually guided life force energy." This energy flows into the recipient during a Reiki treatment, transforming negative thoughts and opening the body's energy channels, improving mental and physical wellness.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of energy healing and self improvement that anyone can use and it works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to promote recovery and wellness. Reiki is amazingly simple to learn and is not dependent on ones intellect capacity or spiritual development and is therefor available to everyone.
The Many Benefits Of Reiki Include:
* Deep relaxation
* Reduction in depression and anxiety
* Healing from stress related disorders, including migraines,
chronic fatigue, and insomnia
* Relief from chronic pain
* Reduced blood pressure
* Improved energy
* Emotional cleansing and processing of grief
* Spiritual clarity
* Sense of peace and connection
We welcome you to join us and experience the many ways we have here at Spa Eir to experience and learn about the joy of Reiki! For more information call us and join our Facebook group "Reiki Healing at Spa Eir"
Namaste, Spa Eir
We delight in marrying holistic practices together in truly glorious combinations here at Spa Eir. One of our favorites is Yin Yoga & Yoga Nidra, taught by our amazing Jedi yogini Sylvia, Wednesday evenings at 6pm. Sylvia combines these two practices, blending the benefits of both into a yummy, spirit calming, mind body bliss, nurturing practice that calms the body, mind and spirit.
In a world that bombards us daily with stimuli, deadlines, laptops, phones, mobile devices, work obligations, family obligations etc. It is easy not to give your mind, body and spirit some downtime by switching it all off, ending up with a mind that is constantly occupied processing all that information. Whether it is good, valuable or garbage the mind, body and spirit still need to deal with it. Sadly our mind gets used to this amount of information and starts to crave it, searching out stimuli if things get quiet. Leading to browsing, searching, and longing for more stimulation. It doesn't matter what stimulation as long as the gaps get filled with something. Yet allowing for the gaps to remain empty, the silence, the quiet, is what the busy mind truly desires.
Yoga Nidra or Yogic Sleep is an ancient meditation practice which allows you to experience the state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. Allowing the body to fall asleep, while allowing the mind to become aware and shift into the alpha brain wave state. A state where the body is completely relaxed and becomes more and more aware of the inner self by following a set of verbal instructions. Yoga Nidra is different from meditation where a single focus is required, however the yogic goal of both meditation and Yoga Nidra are the Samadhi, the state of meditative consiousness. With Yoga Nidra you remain in a state of light Pratyahara with four senses interalized and only one sense, hearing, is connected through the instructors voice.
Yoga Nidra has been found to reduce tension and anxiety and calm the autonomic nervous system. Calming the autonaomic nervous system will reduce the levels of stress hormone and allows one to go into a state of self healing. While all meditation is designed to get you to an alpha state the difference with Yoga Nidra is that instructors follow an ancient road map to get you there, guiding you through layers - the physical body, the energetic body, the mental and emotional body, the intuitive and creative body and the bliss body.
Yin is the yoga practice of a series of long held passive floor poses allowing the physical bodies relatively stiff connective tissues tendons, ligaments and fascia to respond and become more flexible and strong. Yin yoga requires the bodies more mobile element muscle to release. Benefits of a regular Yin Yoga practice include:
*Stillness which calms and balances the mind and body
*Stress and anxiety reduction
*Improved joint mobility
*Balance to the interanal organs and improved flow for chi or prana through meridian stimulation.
Come join us for Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra together in one amazing class. The perfect combination! Like Peanutbutter and Jelly! A perfect match.
Blessings, Spa Eir
Season Greetings and Blessings to all of our Spa Eir Family and Friends,
We have had such a Blessed 2016 at Spa Eir and we would like to thank all of you for being an important part of the Spa Eir Magic. We have been thrilled and honored to bring our Mind-Body-Spirit services, classes and events to Kirkland and the Eastside greater Seattle area. As 2016 comes to a close we count all of you as one of our many Blessings.
We like to bring a blending, a melting if you will of services and modalities to make all your experiences at Spa Eir delicious, delightful and spirited. This year some of these special combinations have been:
*Energy Symphony Soundbath which combines a live singing bowl soundbath with crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, the healing energy practice of Reiki, the power of smudging, tuning fork healing & personal Tibetan singing bowl massage.
*Ancient Wisdom Singing Bowl Soundbath combining all the modalities of the Energy Symphony Soundbath and adding a unique theme, intention and guided meditation. Drawing from many expressions of Ancient Wisdom.
*Yin Yoga & Live Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls the melding together of the gentle, restorative healing practice of Yin Yoga with the healing tonings and vibration of live Singing Bowls.
With the added healing opportunity for the Tibetan Singing Bowls to be placed on your body to enhance the effect of the yoga poses.
*ChakraQuake Dance and Yoga together! Music, movement, and Yoga mesh in this fun, dynamic journey through the body's energy wheels, the Chakras.
*Services & Classes Our yoga instructors, acupunturist, massage therapists, Reiki healers, sound massage therapist, hypnotherapist, Therapeutic Touch healer, & Ayruvedic medicine expert all combine their hearts and a deep appreciation for each person they work with into each session and class. Knowing that every persons path to healing is unique. Coming from our hearts with the greatest intention for healing, peace and love & combining these energies with our own experise is what all of us at Spa Eir want to bring to you.
We have begun to work on new ways to marry our healing pracitices, bringing you to inner peace and health in 2017, while continuing on with the special services and classes we so lovingly provide already. So keep your eyes on us! What do you think of a Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Singing Bowl pajama party?
Blessing to you and yours, Spa Eir
Natalie, Kathy, Melinda, Tatyana, Carin, Adela, Amanda, Chitra, Elena, Karl, Kiley, Nina, Sylvia and Talithia
Thank you so very much Sylvia for your well spoken clear message about Yoga at Spa Eir! Such a gift you and our team of experienced, mindful, heart centered Yoga instructors are, to Spa Eir, Kirkland, Washington, the Eastside.....and the entire Northwest Yoga community!
We are committed at Spa Eir to bring Mind-Body-Spirit connection to all of our Services. Spa Eir knows that these words have been thrown around a lot recently, however each and every one of our practitioners and yoga instructors embody this in their personal, professional and spiritual lives to the fullest extent. Together we are a Dream Team of healing modalities and expertise, specializing in energy work, Reiki, Massage, Therapeutic Touch, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Crystal & Tibetan Singing Bowls, and Yoga. At the Heart and the center of each of us is the deepest desire to bring more community, more peace, more love, more joy, more abundance and more gratitude to each and every person that our lives touch. Our individual and collective years of expertise and personal conviction to these values has taught us all the vital importance of connection with community, our inner and spiritual selves and the Universe in this mind-body loving, peaceful way for the health of self, our loved ones, the community close to us and the one that extends far beyond us. It is in our prayers, our work, our personal lives, our hearts, our souls, our meditations, our breath.
So....like Sylvia so eloquently states, yes the physical practice of yoga is important, good and good for you but let's not forget what yoga is, let's get back to the roots of it...the breath, the meditation, the quiet time with self that is so important for inner strength, inner knowing and inner peace. Give yourself some moments to draw inward in silence and mediation. Balancing your mind and your body! We like to believe we are the crusaders for...........................................................................
"Save Savasana" meaning keep the inner, mindful, spiritual, piece of yoga alive!
Our Yoga program at Spa Eir has a Yoga experience for every person, really! Everyone can find a class that will fit their needs at Eir. Whether you are a long time devoted Yogi or Yogini or just beginning on your Yoga path. Young-old, healthy-ill, whatever your situation is, we believe that everyone can benefit and should have a yoga class available to them. We actively work to bring yoga to all!
Please call us and see our website www.spaeir.com for more information about our Yoga classes which include Yin, Yoga Nidra, Vinyasa, and Hatha.
We also offer some very special yoga classes that combine our modalities in a very unique way!
Every Thursday evening at 7:30pm join Karl and Kathy for Yin Yoga and Crystal & Tibetan singing bowls. Not only will you have the experience of live singing bowls during your class, also each student will have the unique opportunity to have a mini Tibetan singing bowl massage during the yoga class. This is a truly amazing healing opportunity, as your body relaxes into the Yin Yoga posses the Tibetan bowls are placed on you in the most effective healing way, the vibrations and tunings of the bowls allow you to relax into the Yin poses in a way that is uniquely transforming.
ChakraQuake is another unique and exciting way to experience Yoga and Dance. Tuesday evenings at 7:15 pm let Nina guide you with grace, enthusiasm and a big open heart through your Chakras with dance and yoga. This is absolutely the most fun one can have with chakras, yoga and dance! ChakraQuake totally blew our minds! Gentle yet exhilarating, playful yet focused, physical yet restorative and mindful! Wow just Wow. And again it doesn't matter where you are on the path of exploration with Chakras, dance or yoga. This class is for all.
Have you experience the Guided Meditation of Yoga Nidra? Every Wednesday evening at 6pm let our little Jedi Sylvia guide you, starting with Yin yoga and ending the class with a Yoga Nidra meditation. Yoga Nidra translates to Yoga Sleep, completely connecting your mind and body in one of the most healing and restorative way there is. Another one of our favorite marriages here at Eir. It is very much a transformative combination for your body and mind.
We hope to see you soon here at Eir. You will be Welcomed by all of us.
Hello, I am Natalie owner of and practitioner at Spa Eir. We are thrilled that you have found us. The Spa Eir community and I have been and will continue to do our best to bring the Eastside Heart-Centered, Mindful, and Restorative, services, classes and events for the MIND, BODY & SPIRIT.
More and more the Healing Benefits of Sound, Vibrations, and Music are coming to light. We are so pleased to be able to bring this mode of healing to YOU! This Fall we are Blessed with the magical talents of Rafe Pearlman, Zia Sunsuri & Kathy Murphy. See our "Classes & Events" page for more information, and always feel free to call us or drop-in if you have further questions. Please note that these events do sell out quickly and we have limited space. We are not always able to sell tickets at the door. Be sure to reserve your spots early.
The Fall also brings us our first Open House, please join us October 1st from 12pm-8pm. Come Celebrate! Learn how Yoga, Meditation & Dance can enhance your everyday life, enjoy the art and take a mini ArtSpa class from local artists, receive complimentary Acupuncture, Massage & Reiki, local musicians of all types, refreshments, door prizes and more!
"When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities"-
What is Groove Dance?
Here is what Stella says...
Spa Eir is the Pacific Northwest’s first home for TheGROOVEMethod™. Every Wednesday and Friday evening, spa owner and Groove facilitator Natalie leads this unique new dance class.
It's difficult to explain Groove because it has a lot going on. It's a combination dance party, exercise class and holistic practice. But with all these facets, it's really very simple.
A song starts. Natalie gives everyone a movement: a snap, a step, a punch, a rhythm. Everyone performs this one unified movement, but we all have our unique take on it. It's our own. And we take it all around the room, at our own pace, in whatever way we feel like. No one can do it wrong.
A new song starts, this time we are all doing "the pony". One Groover puts her hips into her pony, and takes it backwards across the floor. Another incorporates high knees in her pony because she wants more cardio. My pony is smaller because I'm stepping in double time (and with jazz hands), because that's what this song makes me feel like doing.
Groove has been compared to the kind of dancing you would do at a wedding reception. Everyone dancing together in unadulterated, take your shoes off, I-don't-care-what-I-look-like fun. But remember those core movements? They were specifically chosen to work different parts of the body, while keeping the heart rate up. An exercise class, that does not feel like exercise, because of all of the fun. While the core movement gets you started, by listening to your inner self and your body the movement becomes your own. Groove encourages creativity and self-expression, nurturing your body AND spirit.
In October, Groove will take a spooky turn with special Halloween themed classes. Spooky music and movements.
"There is no right way to dance....JUST DANCE" Misty Tripoli, founder of the Groove Movement
Come Groove with us, Stella