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Shabbat Shalom Hug for Mom

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Shabbat Shalom Hug for Mom

No Comments 30 April 2010

Shabbat Shalom
Your Peace of the Week
by: Marissa Anteby

You deserve a hug for all the things you do for so many people. You may be surprised when I tell you who the best person is to give you this hug. It’s you! There’s no better time to get your hug, than right now. Good, bad, or indifferent, this week is coming to a close. It’s only hours away from being over. How about throwing the whole week behind you and allowing this Shabbat to be the start of something new. Can you envision it? Really experiencing each new moment as it comes, without the added narration of past disappointments or projections and fears of what may happen in the future? I say, let’s go for it. Let’s take the leap of faith together.  Release your grip on old patterns of behavior. If you think about it, you’ll agree, those habits aren’t benefiting you anyway.

Here’s a simple Mind/Body exercise you can do to clear out your subconscious cobwebs and stagnant energy:

1-  Stand tall, with your feet hip distance apart.
2-  Give yourself a big hug.
3-  Inhale, as you open your arms as wide as you can, throwing your arms behind you.
4-  Exhale, as you close your arms, embracing yourself once again.
5-  Repeat #2 thru #4, for a cycle of 8 repetitions.

For a bigger lift to your spirits, add the following variations:

1-  Go as slow as you can, with your arm movements and breathing.
2-  Turn your head to the right as you inhale.
3-  Turn your head to the left as you exhale.

If you’re feeling really brave, you might try adding some words to your movements:

1-  Say the word “big,” as you open your arms.
2-  Say the word “thanks,” as you close your arms.
3-  Giving yourself, “big thanks!”

You can even mix and match the variations or make up your own. Just remember to always be gentle with yourself. The object is to show a little appreciation to yourself, not get stressed out. After all, even though we never take the time to do it, thanking ourselves for all that we do, may be the most important gift of gratitude.

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Shabbat Shalom,
marissa@embodyinc.com

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage. http://embodyinc.blogspot.com/p/marissa-antebys-bio.html

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Pamper Yourself After the Seders

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Pamper Yourself After the Seders

No Comments 01 April 2010

Cocomint Foot Balm & Peppermint Foot Scrub

Shabbat Shalom;

Your Peace of the Week

by: Marissa Anteby

 

Ahhh, the count down is on. Only a little while till Shabbat. Why not pamper yourself with a body scrub?Here’s an easy body scrub that you can make right now. Here’s what you’ll need:

 

1.  1 cup of salt; it can be sea, Epsom or plain old table salt.

2.  1 cup of oil; baby, coconut, sweet almond, or even vegetable oil.

3.  6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil.

4.  4 drops peppermint essential oil.

 

(Don’t worry, you can do it without the essential oils this time. But go to a health food store during the week and buy some, so you can use them next time.)

 

• Mix the oil in to the salt. Then add the drops of essential oil.

  • Pour a spoonful of the scrub mixture on to a loofah or a washcloth. It’s ok if the salt has settled to the bottom, get that part on your spoon.
  • Apply the concoction to your skin, liberally. Don’t  scour too abrasively; salt can be harsh on delicate skin. Avoid getting the scrub on your face and neck. But feel free to spend extra time on your elbows, knees, and bottoms of feet.
  • Now spoon on only the oil to your loofah or washcloth. Cover all the spots you got with the salt. Again, you could spend more time on your elbows, knees, and bottoms of feet.
  • Rinse thoroughly in the shower or bath.

You should feel invigorated. The salt exfoliates your skin and the oil softens and moisturizes it. Enjoy this while you can, because your few moments of that “Calgon take me away,”  feeling are almost over… it’ll be time to get dressed and back to reality!

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Marissa

www.embodyinc.com

 

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Shabbat Shalom, Your Peace of the Week

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Shabbat Shalom, Your Peace of the Week

1 Comment 10 March 2010

Written by: Marissa Anteby

Wow! You did it, you got through the bulk of your preparations for Passover. It’s almost Shabbat.

You deserve a reward.  Treat yourself to a little ‘me time’ to congratulate yourself for all of your efforts this week.

What I’m giving you here, is something you should be giving yourself on a regular basis; permission. Yep, permission to take a break. Sit down for a moment and pause. What would make this even better? Oooh, how about a foot massage? Here’s a quickie pressure point massage that will re-charge your whole body.

If you like, you can use any cream you have and rub it in to your feet with the technique I’ll be sharing with you. Next time you can even go out and buy the following items to make your own homemade scented oil;

6 oz. of Sweet Almond oil

6 drops of Jasmine essential oil

4 drops of Frangipani essential oil

3 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil

Note: essential oils can be purchased at https://www.youngliving.org/oils4wellness

1) Sit down and take your cream, oil, or just your bare hands and rub the the sole of one foot, from heel thru the inner arch to the ball of your foot, all the way to your toes, and the top of your foot.

2) With one hand, hold your foot by the ankle, with the thumb of your other hand, use long strokes to press your inner arch, moving from your heel towards the ball of your foot. Make these strokes, slower and deeper. (Try not to slouch your shoulders while your doing this – my tips for a shoulder massage aren’t in this article ; )

3) Keep holding your ankle with one hand, and use your other hand to tug your toes one at a time. Start with your big toe. Repeat that 2 more times; tugging each toe.

4) Now push your thumb in to the mound at the base of each toe. So, you still have one hand holding your ankle, and the thumb of your other hand is massaging the sole of your foot. Move from big toe mound thru little toe mound. Stop at any toe that needs a little more attention.

5) When your ready, switch to your other foot!

Shabbat Shalom,

Marissa

www.embodyinc.com

Marissa Anteby is a wife, and a mother of 4 children. Her company www.embodyinc.com hosts holistic exercise classes in Cycling, Pilates, and Yoga, in cities throughout New York and New Jersey. Marissa maintains more than 10 wellness related certifications, including Reiki Massage, and Thai Yoga Massage.


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