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The Yoga and Wellness Collective

I am so very excited to begin to share a vision of expansion! Please welcome The Yoga and Wellness Collective! As the building I am in has transitioned opening more space, we are dedicated to growing the yoga on the low level, with more teachers. My massage practice, with space for private sessions, has moved to the upper level.

The teachers included currently are myself, Erin Moss of Rowan Tree Yoga, Dana Stough of Yoga DNikki Hollandsworth and Katy Hinz.

Please stay tuned as we grow to include more yoga classes, meditation, and workshops!

Here is our Mission Statement:

The Yoga and Wellness Collective’s Mission Statement is:

To bring together professionals in the field of therapeutic health, healing, and wellness to create a group dedicating our time, energy, and resources to assisting each individual to regain and maintain their health by working harmoniously together to achieve that goal. We focus on facilitating the body’s innate self healing process regardless of a patient’s age, gender, sexual orientation, or creed to bring spiritual, emotional, physical, mental pain relief, and prevention such as through, but not limited to: yoga, massage therapy, Reiki, and other forms of natural health practices.

We commit ourselves to the ongoing process of educating the community, empowering them to take a more active role in their own wellness. We will treat all clients/students/patients and each other with kindness, compassion, and respect.

Sharpening Your Axe

axe-hatchetOnce upon a yogi time, a monk was walking in the woods. He heard huffing and puffing and the sound of chopping: dull and flat as it struck. He came upon a man chopping a tree and asked what he was doing. The man replied that he had to chop down all the trees in the grove to support his family and he was in a hurry and didn’t have time to talk.  The monk suggested he stop and sharpen his axe since it seemed dull. But, the man said he couldn’t take the time to stop, he had to keep working.

So often, our life is like this: when we are the most busy is when we take the least amount of time for ourselves to center, re balance, and move from a better place. This might include a more healthy meal, exercise, yoga, relaxation, massage, or meditation. We are so focused on the task at hand, we neglect to realize we may be jeopardizing our future health and wellness.

So, on this Manic Monday, where can you pause to center your self with a deep breath? Maybe enjoy the lunchtime meal in solitude? Or, honor the person at the end of the dreaded phone call or email first?

Please share with me tips you have for staying in your center.


Originally told by my teacher, Goswami Kriyananda.

Skin Brushing

A great way to increase circulation, reduce toxins and help blood flow is skin brushing. Buy a natural bristle brush, and begin to use it daily….They are very inexpensive.
Before your shower, begin at the feet making small, gentle circles, work your way up the legs, then at the hands, up the arms, then the body.


It is very stimulating and cleansing…shower after.


Massage for the sinuses are definitely something to think about if you have sinusitus and/or allergies. Here are a few things that will help:

    1. Sinus Massage: To promote drainage and alleviate congestion, perform a sinus massage.

    2. Acupressure: Utilize the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) by applying pressure to specific acupoints.

    3. Cranial Sacral Therapy: Because it moves stagnant cerebrospinal fluid within the bones of the skull, cranial sacral techniques create an influx of circulation, which consequently eases sinus pressure. This technique is especially useful for head, jaw, eye and ear pain from chronic sinusitis.

    4. Lymphatic Drainage Massage: Because this manual technique stimulates the movement of lymphatic fluid, it helps the body thin out mucus. Especially when applied to lymph vessels in the head and neck, properly applied lymphatic drainage massage can reduce congestion and sinus pressure.

After any bodywork treatment, drink plenty of extra water to flush out the system. I can do all therapies listed above! See www.carriehura.abmp.com to find me at Salon West.

Adapted from: Four Ways Massage Therapy Helps Sinusitis Sufferers
by Nicole Cutler, L.Ac.

And a Balm to go with that….

For extra care and attention for breast massage,
Try this Ayurvedic remedy:


Or this herbal one from Isabella:


Massage the TaTas! Or, Massage for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Many of us here in Michigan do get massage for the body now, but we don’t think about the breasts. Maybe we do our monthly exam….if we remember. But in other states, like California, breast massage is legal and performed regularly.

If you have a family history of cancer in your family, particularly breast cancer, here is a self care technique that you should be practicing at least a few times a week:





Breast Self Care- breast massageThere are several theories about the epidemic of breast cancer in the United States.

Breast massage can also stimulate the breast and activate the lymph system. However, it is illegal for a massage therapist to massage your breasts in the United States. This is not the case in Canada, Europe, Asia, and many other countries.

For Americans in general, viewing breasts in a nonsexual way is difficult. The fact remains that breast tissue is like any other tissue- it needs to be touched (oxygenated).

What does breast massage do?

The lymphatic system is part your immune system. The lymph (blood plasma and white blood cells) circulate through the body tissues transporting debris and toxins from tissue to the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes enable the body to rid itself of these toxins. Massage can partially act as a suction, stimulating lymph action. Stroking the breast opens and closes tiny capillaries that pull off unwanted material from the cells and deposits it into the lymph nodes.

How to massage your breasts

Following are four steps to self-breast massage created by Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) therapist Dana Wyrick based on research by Drs Casley and Smiths in Australia. Dana Wyrick is the director of Wyrick Institute a MLD school in San Diego. Wyrick is currently working with authors of How to Prevent Breast Cancer on producing a video to be released this summer.

This method can be done by you or your partner, in a lying or sitting position. Use gentle but deliberate stroking motions, similar to the pressure you would use when petting a cat firmly. Before you begin breast massage, it is important to activate and prepare the lymph nodes and tiny lymphatic vessels that will be receiving and purifying the lymph.


Beginning under the ears and using both hands, stroke down the neck and throat into the hollow above the collarbone between the base of the neck and the shoulder. Do this stroke 15 times.


Cross your arms over your chest. Press your index and middle fingers into the hollow above the collarbone between the base of the neck and the shoulder. Move your fingers in circles, the right hand moving clockwise and the left counterclockwise. Do this 15 times.


Raise one arm and stimulate the underarm lymph nodes by massaging the armpit with a flat hand in circles going upward 15 times. Repeat the stimulation on the other side. Now you are ready for the actual breast massage.


Place the fingers of each hand, one above the other, flat on the breastbone between the breasts. Using a firm stroking motion, move the top hand across the top of one breast toward the armpit. Simultaneously, move the bottom hand across the bottom of the same breast, ending all stokes at the armpit. Intermittently massage the armpit in circles a few times as in step 3 above. Be sure the entire breast gets massaged. Pay special attention to the upper outer quadrant of the breast, where 50 percent of all breast cancers develop. Do this for a minute or more. Repeat with the other breast. Place the heal of the hand on the sternum pushing into the armpit covering the whole breast. Do this for a minute or more. Repeat with the other breast.