Restorative Yoga and Bodywork Retreat

restorative yoga*** For July and August of 2018 we are holding our lovely restorative yoga classes at ABT Yoga in Topsfield (22 South Main Street, Topsfield, MA ***

Every other month we offer a very special 2-hour Restorative Yoga and Bodywork Retreat that will introduce nourishing, heart-centered healing techniques that are unique to the wellness theme to gently support your health and well-being in mind, body, and spirit.

We invite you to join us for a deeply relaxing time in creating a sacred space that honors yourself with the nurturing gifts of peace, compassion, and rejuvenation. Olga Kaminsky and Maria Barresi have put together a truly unique and heart-centered restorative yoga retreat that combines gentle and supportive Yoga poses, Aromatherapy, Massage, and Reiki, to help boost your immune system, and melt away your stress, tension, and fatigue.

We start with a choice of essential oils for aromatherapy to help you center and release outside experiences. Olga pulls an animal wisdom card to bring a special focus to our class. Sometimes a card can be rather unexpected! After a brief and gentle warm-up, it’s time to settle down and relax! Olga leads the group in gentle restorative yoga poses, while Maria and Olga offer soothing hand and foot massage and Reiki for each participant.

All attendee’s will also receive a gift bag to help you to continue nourishing yourself at home!

No prior Yoga experience necessary.

2018 Dates:

Sundays (2:00 – 4:00pm, 2 hours, $40)

July 15

August 12

Schedule Appointment

Registration is required. Please email me olga@eternal-balance.com if you are trying to register less than 24 hours in advance as the online system will not let you do so.

Classes are held at ABT Yoga, 22 South Main Street, Topsfield, MA 01983.

Is Thai or Reiki for you? Which one’s best?

Thai or Reiki

Thai or ReikiWhat do you think is more popular? Thai or Reiki? I don’t know for anyone else, but in my practice, it’s Reiki! Though Thai is a very, very close second. How close? Last year I had 99 Reiki appointments and 97 Thai bodywork appointments. That’s how close!

Even though both services work from the same principle, the approach is so different that people are usually drawn to one but not the other. The question of what is better for them, Thai or Reiki, comes up pretty often as people wonder if they are missing out on something. But what is the unifying principle that brings both services together? That we have energy running through us, and it needs to run unimpeded in order for the body, mind, and spirit to be healthy.

The difference in Thai or Reiki comes in how both services help that energy to move along. In Reiki, a light touch is used and more energy is poured into the body through the practitioner. You can think of it as having a super heavy rain that fills the river that then overflows a dam, sweeping it away. The energy channels in your body are the river, the dam are areas of injury, emotional discord, surgery, painful memory, and so on. That extra heavy rain is the extra energy provided through the practitioner (me, in this case). Even though it sounds somewhat tumultuous, the process is actually gentle.

Thai or ReikiIn Thai Bodywork, the aim is also to move the energy through the body and remove the dam. But here, we use pressure and stretches to get into the nooks and crannies of the body and remove the dams. There is no rain, just the internal force of the river that is now allowed to flow unimpeded, with dams loosened up. As this is a much more physical practice, the body feels differently immediately, with lasting health benefits to follow.

Which one is right for you? It depends! While everyone can benefit from both services, we have our goals and inclinations to keep in mind.

Thai bodywork hopes to achieve wellness through working on the body. The effects are physical to start with. It is a great service if there is tightness in the body or you are losing your range of motion. Sciatica, lower back pain, general tension in the body can all be helped by regular Thai sessions. It also teaches you trust. Didn’t expect that, right? It takes complete trust that I won’t hurt you to be able to relax fully, with body and limbs limp. That trust on the mat can then creep into the rest of your life where you just might be able to stay more in a relaxed state versus the high alert ‘fight or flight’ mode.

Reiki, on the other hand, hopes to achieve wellness by working on the spiritual and emotional level. While I might use a bit of pressure on certain points in the body, this is not exactly significant for the overall session. The extra energy being provided to you does create a sense of peace and relaxation, but how fast would depend on how used you are to relaxing. In other words, if you are typically very stressed, it will take longer and several session for you to come close to what I would consider relaxed. On the other hand, if you are only occasionally stressed and your body has at least a vague memory of being relaxed, you will get to that total body rest much faster.

What is more important to you at this time? What would you like to experience? That’s for you to know and for me to find out when you schedule 🙂

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Relaxation, a need or a hype?

restorativeI have to admit, I am not a fan of relaxation. There, I said it! Anytime I read an event description that is all about relaxation, I have zero interest in it. I view relaxation for relaxation’s sake as a form of escapism. I see it as a way to escape your troubles, your discomfort, your unease instead of dealing with it. As such, it just doesn’t hold a lot of value for me. I feel that we learn and grow when we are uncomfortable, when we can face our situation head on and acknowledge it, accept it, and change it if we need to. If you are just trying to avoid dealing with it by attending a variety of “feel-good” events, how will you change the course of your life?

Now, stillness, mindfulness, those I hold in high regard. In those rare moments of stillness, that’s when magic happens. That’s when invaluable insights have room to show up and be noticed. That, I can get behind on.

But guess what? We are so stressed and overwhelmed, we are so rushed along our lives, that we no longer know how to be still and mindful. It is no longer a natural part of our lives to slow down. And this is where relaxation does come in. If you are able to relax and let go, you will be able to be still and mindful. You can get out of being stuck in your sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and back into your parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). And did you know that we are supposed to live in “rest and digest” mode? With short bursts of activity in “fight or flight”? It feels as if though everything in today’s world is stack against that.

I can’t tell you how many clients I have seen that have trouble relaxing and letting go. I see it both in Reiki sessions and in Thai bodywork. With Reiki, they do eventually settle down and relax or doze off. It is also more of a mind that might stay agitated. The body lays still, so it’s easier to relax. But with Thai, and all the movement that comes with it, the person has to consciously relax the muscles so that I can move them without resistance. And I remind them to do so if I feel tension. One of the most common answers to that is, “But I feel like I am relaxed.” Nope, there is still tension, still effort. Slowly, they learn how to let go and relax and boy, what a difference it makes!

Sacredness of Touch

Physical touch is so important to us as human beings, yet we rarely have an opportunity to experience a safe, sacred, non-sexual touch as adults.

While this workshop is primarily aimed to energy healers, anyone interested would benefit.

We will practice guided meditation and a guided approach to touch that will allow you to connect to your own and your recipient’s divine nature.

My hope is that you will leave inspired to offer physical touch to your clients as a healing, supportive tool and that you will feel comfortable doing so.

Saturday, May 21, 1 pm to 3 pm

$30

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Pair this workshop with Reiki Refresher (May 21, 10am to 12pm) and pay $50 for both. Come spend a day with me!

Register for both here.

Reiki Refresher

Sometimes it’s nice to review basics, specially if you have fallen off your Reiki wagon. If you feel like you need an attunement to restart your practice, this class is for you!

This two hour class is open to all Reiki practitioners, at any level.

We will review Reiki principles, precepts, and receive a Reiju. Time to practice on yourself will also be included.

The focus of this class will be recharge and re-invigorate your Reiki practice. You will walk out motivated and inspired to make Reiki a regular part of your day!

Saturday, May 21, 10 am – 12 pm

$30

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Reiki Clinic

reikiclinicPracticing on others is often requested during classes, but there is only that much time we can spend on it in a context of a class. While some students have a supportive environment at home, some do not. Practicing on others is very helpful to developing your intuition and comfort with Reiki and feels different from working on yourself. And so, I want to open up the studio and make myself available to you for practice and learning.

You do not need to be my student to attend. Reiki practitioners from all schools and lineages are welcome.

We will need people to practice on and Reiki volunteers, of course!

If you are a Reiki volunteer, there is no cost for you to attend.

If you’d like to receive Reiki, suggested donation is between $10 and $20, but any amount you can give is OK.

Thursday, March 31 at 5:30pm and 6:30pm
Saturday, April 9 at 10am and 11am
Sunday, May 22 at 11am and 12pm


Lucy’s Love Bus

Lucy's_Love_Bus_Logo_wTagI am grateful to be able to participate in Lucy’s Love Bus program and provide my services to children that need them. What a great organization! I hope you consider donating to them and also pass the word on that this program exists!

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Mommy guilt

I have it! And major one this morning. As I am away at Reiki training all day, Sophia is sick. It’s her first time being sick and she was miserable most of the night, whimpering in her sleep. Needless to say, it was a long night. It had a very cute beginning though. After I got home from the intro evening, I was welcomed by a soft “hi, mama” from Sophia while my husband was sound asleep.
I’m hoping that lots of snuggles from mama will make things better in the evening. Until then, Sophia is in daddy’s capable hands.
It’s interesting how my work now informs my parenting decisions. Almost everyone I work on now, has something stemming from their early childhood. Something as little as not having mommy when sick has a potential to snowball into a feeling of abandonment later on. So, lots of snuggles!

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Chakra Balancing Sessions

chakras 2I use Reiki to center and relax you and natural stones to enhance the energy of each major chakra. After that, auriculotherapy and aromatherapy combine to create a powerful healing effect!

I use Young Living essential oils in my sessions for their purity and strong effect. They are applied on the chakra points in your ears, so you get a quick and powerful effect from the oils and the energetic points.

A unique healing session that is sure to leave you relaxed, refreshed, and with food for thought!

I enjoy offering this sessions, but you might want to read my thoughts on chakras first.

Chakra Balancing sessions are 30, 45, or 60 minutes and are also available as an add-on to other sessions.

$40 – $55 – $70

Distance Reiki and Intuitive Energy Healing Session

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Distance Reiki sessions are a unique and powerful way to clear your energy, balance your chakras, gain clarity, and promote well-being on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

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With Reiki, it is possible to send the healing energy at a distance, without a client being physically present. These distance Reiki sessions can be extremely useful when you just can’t get to the office, but would still like all the benefits of a hands-on session. There are special Reiki techniques for doing this and it works by establishing an energetic connection between the healer and a recipient.

Using your photograph, I am able to tune into your energy field and correct imbalances, clear blocks, and emphasize strong and healthy energy flow. The distance Reiki session promotes peace of mind, clear vision, and enhanced physical well-being.

Reiki can also be sent to the past to heal emotional traumas that are still affecting you today. While you will still have the memory of the event, its emotional effects on your present behavior will be lessened. In the same way, Reiki can be sent to a future event in your life. If you know that a stressful event is coming up, Reiki can be sent to that event so that you will have more composure and peace when the event happens.

What to Expect?

I use a photograph of you to help me establish a connection. You can email it to me here. If there is a question you’d like guidance on, make sure to include it with your photo.

I will email you with a date/time of when I am able to do your session. You do not need to do anything at that specific time, but I highly recommend that you sit down in a contemplative space in the following 48 hours. This is especially important if you were hoping to connect to your intuition and gain clarity. In any case, you will receive the energy whether you sit down or not.

After I am done with your session, I will email you my notes on your energy field, your chakras, and any other intuitive insight.

Cost

$55 (includes 30 minutes of energy healing and a report)

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