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Holiday Guide to Relaxation

The holiday season is upon us, this means cold weather, twinkle

light nights and STRESS.

Here are some holiday at home remedies to ease the stress.

 

1. Take a magnesium bath.

Epsom salts contain magnesium and are already a usual go to when having a bath. Magnesium helps with a variety of conditions and is something most of us are deficient in.

“Magnesium is known to reduce muscle tension, lessen pain associated with migraine headaches, improve sleep, and address neurological disorders such as anxiety and depression.”-ancientminerals.com for more information click here 

2. Cup of tea.

Chinese medicine promotes stoking your internal sun/fire. Drinking and eating cold/raw foods drains our internal heat,  tea will help combat this. Here are a list of great DE-stressing teas.

3. SLEEP Zzzz.

With the shorter days, we should be sleeping more, but with screens and busy lives this is not the case, throw on holiday stress and we’re pretty deprived.

Napping can relieve stress and leave you more refreshed and energized.

“A NASA study found that a 40 minute nap increases alertness by 100%. Other studies have found that a 20 minute nap is more effective than either 200 mg of caffeine or a bout of exercise. Yet another study showed that pilots who were allowed to take a 25 minute nap (while the co-pilot manned the controls!) nodded off fives times less than their nap-deprived peers. They also made less errors during take-offs and landings.”-Take a Nap! Change Your Life by Sarah C. Mednick, Ph.D

4.Aroma-therapy.

According to WedMD : “Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil, the result on the body may be calming or stimulating. ”

Adding a few drops to food, tea, a bath or on tissue a pillow next to you while you sleep can help de-stress you. There are a lot of stand alone oils that can aid but there are great blends as well. Harmony carries 5 different aromatherapy blends, our current favorite is immunity boost great for cold season!

5. Meditation and Yoga.

It is no secret now that this eastern practice has been scientifically proven to aid in overall wellness. There are some great classes and instructors around the city if you are looking start your practice. But here are a few yoga stretches we like that can be easily done at home.

i) cat pose

ii)bharavaja’s twist

iii) child’s pose

Those are our top 3 but here is a great list from Huffinton post.

 

Harmony Presents: A World Healing Concert

Harmony Wellness is proud to present an evening of sublime music by world class musicians SHINE, ANDREW KIM, CURTIS ANDREWS and GREG VALOU, playing a variety of international instruments including the Didjeridu, Sitar, Hang, Sansula, Percussion, and Bass weaved into healing harmonies.

This concert will be held at ‘The Kutir’, a beautiful garden backyard setting with an elegantly adorned stage surrounded by trees and flowers with a big grassy dance floor space.

Harmony Wellness is a multidiciplinary clinic in False Creek that offers Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Registered Massage Therapy, Clinical Counseling, Nutrition, Intuitive Healing and more.
We at Harmony Wellness are so pleased to welcome you to this evening of music, dance and healing vibration with our shared community and celebrate wellness, connection and fun!

There will be light refreshments and snacks provided. Please bring your own water bottle/ mug as well as something comfortable to sit on.

The cost is $20 (cash only)
We encourage you to buy tickets ahead of time as we expect it to sell out. Tickets can be purchased at Harmony Wellness Centre- 678 Leg In Boot Square (604.737.7721) and at the door.

Doors open @ 5:30pm, please come on time as we will need to be rapping up by 11pm, to respect the neighborhood we live in.

Join us for an amazing evening of World music with sounds that inspire, heal and enliven.

We are looking forward to sharing this evening with you and hope that you leave feeling inspired and renewed.

Food & Flavour For Thought

Foods to consider to reduce the effects of wind:

There are several foods that naturally reduce the effects of wind. In early spring try oats, pine nuts, prawns, ginger, fennel and basil. Later in the season choose celery, mulberry, strawberry and peppermint. Other foods that limit the effects of wind include black or yellow soybean, black or yellow sesame seed, sage and chamomile.

The Sour Flavour:

Sour is connected to the Liver and spring time. Sour strengthen the liver and has a contracting, astringent effect and dries and firms.  Once eaten, sour heads straight for the Liver. A small amount of the sour flavour is essential for a balanced Liver, but too much will make the Liver too strong and cause imbalance in the body. Examples of sour foods include lemons, limes, hawthorn fruit, pickles and rosehip and vinegar.
A little bit of gently warming pungent foods can be good for spring. These include fennel, ginger, spring onion, chamomile, oregano, rosemary, caraway, dill, bay leaf, grains, legumes and seeds. Pungent flavoured foods stimulate circulation of Qi (energy) and blood, moving energy up and out.

Delicious, Warming Butternut Squash Soup

This soup is sure to warm you up and make you feel great this fall.

Ingredients:

· 2 large butternut squash (about 4 1/2 lbs.) or 4 lbs. peeled and cubed butternut

· 2 medium onions

· 3 cloves garlic (optional)

· 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger, 1 tbsp ground dried ginger

· 1/4 tsp. each ground cloves, cardamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, cinnamon, and/or black pepper

· 3 Tbsp. butter or vegetable oil

· 1/2 tsp. salt plus more to taste

· 8 cups vegetable broth

 

Preparation:

1. Halve, seed, peel, and cube the butternut squash. Set aside.

2. Halve, peel, and chop the onion. Mince the garlic, if you like.

3. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the butter or oil and the chopped onion. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, about 3 minutes.

4. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

5. Add the warm spices into the garlic and ginger butter

6. Add the squash and the broth. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until the squash is very tender, about 20 minutes.

7. Transfer small batches to a blender. Hold a kitchen towel over the top (to prevent burns) and whirl until completely and utterly smooth, 2 to 3 minutes per batch.

8. Return the soup to the pot and add more salt to taste.

If you want more protein, mix up to 8 oz. of soft or silken tofu into the soup. Be sure to whirl it in a blender or food processor for a full minute or so to fully incorporate the tofu.

ENJOY!!