Transitioning into winter should be easy, as we are hearty North Country residents…but the complaints are already being heard! Without the proper precautions, the darkness and the cold can get the best of us. The body, mind & spirit WINTER SERIES started this past week and judging from the noise level, was not only well received, but informational and inspirational, helping to chase the darkness away.
The first Speaker of the Winter Wellness Series was MARY ANN LEFEVRE, a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Reiki, and small business owner. MARY ANN’s joy with her life’s work is inspirational and infectious (in a good way)! She inspired the audience to think about health and wellness in a holistic manner – her approach to health and healing is one of respecting the messages your physical body sends. The physical body is very often the reflection of an individual’s dimensions of whole body health: mental, emotional, social, and spiritual. The very foundation of Massage Therapy is touch; simple, powerful, and essential.
Many believe Massage Therapy to be the precursor to other forms of manual therapy; including physical therapy, chiropractic and even orthopedics. There are references in Eastern and Western medical traditions for millennia highlighting the benefits of energy work, touch therapy, and massage. Massage Therapy is considered by many to be an Integrated and Intuitive therapy modality; that massage is an important component of health maintenance and healing.
Diet and healthful eating were on the evening’s menu as well! There was much great discussion about the effects of food choice on health, longevity, and quality of life. So much of the modern diet consists of processed foods that may fill us but not necessarily nourish us in the ways our bodies need to be at peak performance. We can become easily overwhelmed by information regarding correct food choice; however, MARY ANN suggested a simple first step to better health: drink more water. For optimal health we should consider drinking ounces of water equal to half of our body weight. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, you should be drinking 70 ounces of water each day. Simply taking this first step can help your body hydrate and reap the benefits of adequate hydration such as better absorption of nutrients from foods we eat, digestion, and maintenance of body temperature. Drinking more water also promotes better organ functioning including your brain, liver, and skin. Essential oils and supplements are other pieces of the “magic” that Maryann uses toward restoring her clients. Scent plays an amazing part in our emotional well-being. Her oils include lavender for calm, valor for strength and courage, and lemon oil for anxiety.
The mother-daughter team of CAROLYN TETREAULT and NICOLETTE TERRY brought much more lively discussion and laughter to our night. CAROLYN’S new shop, A BEAUTIFUL MESS, on Margaret Street is off to a great start. She shared some best selling products with us; vintage holiday ornaments, whimsical décor and stationery, as well as beautifully scented beauty products and the Trapp Candle line that will turn you into a connoisseur - even if you think you do not like candles , you will find the fresh scents intoxicating. As our first speaker shared, scent offers a direct and immediate emotional response, so we encourage you to fill this winter season with light and beauty.
NICOLETTE, the make-up whiz, performed a make-over and some easy steps to help us put ourselves together for everyday life with a little sparkle for the holidays. Nicolette can assist you from purchase of products to application, using a great range of super inexpensive to higher end products…she knows the tips and tricks!
Our latest find and a perfect holiday gift is right under everyone’s nose at the Champlain Wine Company! Freshly made bottles of SNOWFLAKE WINE! Rose or red, the bottles are beautifully labeled and can be accompanied by a festive bottle adornment, also available for purchase. Stop in; taste, talk and stock up on your Christmas hostess gifts all while shopping local and supporting the emerging wine industry of the North Country.
Style & substance tip of the week: As you take on your own version of Winter Wellness, reflect on all that winter offers, quiet time to reflect, rebirth of body, mind, and spirit, and in this time of gift giving, treasure your beauty and give the gift of inner and outer radiance to yourself – your light will shine brighter for others. Get ready for the new year with a little life coaching boost….firstname.lastname@example.org
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body, mind & spirit
keep the winter blues at bay!
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Style & Substance and the Champlain Wine Company
1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Champlain Wine Company
8 City Hall Place in Plattsburgh
Local wine and beer available for purchase
• DEC. 18: Dana Gunn, Licensed Nurse Practitioner
Janine Kemp-Mead, Skin Care Professional
Speakers for Jan. 15, Feb. 5 and 19 to be announced soon!
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