Author Archives: Judy Moon

Calm Your Inner Monster

by Judy Moon

According to Wikipedia, “Breathwork is an umbrella term for various New Age practices in which the conscious control of breathing is meant to influence mental, emotional and physical state – sometimes to claimed therapeutic effect.”

It can move stuck energy, promote a sense of relaxation, let go of the mind, and move through traumatic events.

I personally use the 4-7-8 Breathing as my go to instant stress buster.

Sometimes it’s just as simple as breathing in and breathing out. Really, it CAN be that simple to shift your mood, the energy of a conversation or reduce anxiety and invite calm.

Here to help us out and show us just how easy this is – may I present, Elmo!

Be well and don’t forget to breathe!

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Who Needs A Miracle?

by Judy Moon

I think we could all raise our hand to that question!

I stumbled across something that I’ve been playing with for a few weeks and had to share.

The Six-Minute Miracle Morning.

I LOVE a good cheat, or quick fix! Let’s face it; we are human doings not human beings. We are busy bees, so if there’s a way to keep me on my wellness path and can save some time and still have great benefits – I’m in!

I can’t remember how I came across this latest jewel, but here’s the skinny-

Imagine that the first six minutes of every day go something like this –

Minute one – Silence
Instead of picking up your phone to check Facebook, email, or rushing mindlessly in to your day, you just sit quietly for just one minute. Focusing on your breath, being grateful, or just simply being aware that you are alive.

Minute Two – Affirmations
Review your list of positive intentions, or goals you are working on or recite something simple like – “Good things are going to happen today”. You are reminding yourself of how awesome you are and you are reinforcing your confidence and motivation.

Minute Three – Visualization
Close your eyes and imagine your goals as if they are happening, visualize the day ahead of you how you would like to see it unfold. You actually begin to feel what it feels like if these things happen.

Minute Four – Scribing
Write down what you are grateful for, what you are proud of and what you are committed to creating. This will leave you feeling empowered and inspired.

Minute Five – Reading
Grab a self-help book or read a blog that inspires you, like Wellness Seeds, wink wink!

Minute Six – Exercise
Do some jumping jacks, do a few stretches – increase your alertness and focus.

I have been playing around with this and my version is slightly different. I meditate for 10 minutes every morning as soon as I wake up. I also do a much longer exercise period depending on the day, but the juicy stuff in between has really been a nice addition to my morning and I can honestly say I feel different since I’ve been doing it and its easy peasy!

There is a book called The Miracle Morning: The Not So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life by Hal Elrod that this comes from. I just ordered the book and I’ll let you know what I think. I think the 6 Minute version is supposed to be for the days you are too jammed up and all you have is 6 minutes. We’ll see what the book has to offer and I’ll keep you posted.

Do you have 6 minutes to feel better and live your life on purpose?

I think you do….

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Mother’s Day Musing

by Judy Moon

Mother’s day is coming up and I’ve been thinking about the obvious things like my own mom, my niece’s upcoming roll as a first time mom, being a “mom” to my sweet dog Murphy.

I started thinking about the ways we are all moms even if we don’t have children. I looked up the definition of mothering and one of the things that made me smile was the concept of giving birth to something.

I think we all do this in so many ways, but don’t even realize the beauty of it or our role as “the mom” of it.

It made me think of my massage therapy practice. My associates are like family to me and we have such wonderful connections with the clients that we see and interact with.

I hadn’t really ever thought of having given birth to this practice, but I did. I nurture it and care for it. Sometimes it pisses me off. It brings me great joy, and I’ve watched it grow over 13 years and become something completely different than it was when I started.

It made me think of many other things in my life I’ve given birth to. I’ll leave you with the wellness seed of –

What have you given birth to? Are you celebrating it?

Happy Mother’s Day!

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The Grass Is Always Greener

By Judy Moon

I love a good short cut or cheat!

In a consultation that I had with a Wellness Coach, we were discussing adding wheatgrass to my diet. I felt a wave of “Oh No…” go through my body. I had visions of trays of wheatgrass struggling to live in my already crammed TINY row home kitchen in South Philly next to a giant counter hogging juicer that I would curse every time I had to clean it. I expressed my panic and concern and her response was – “just use the powder”.

Hallelujah!

I seriously never considered the powdered form because I didn’t think it was as beneficial as the fresh. I didn’t think it would be worth it. WRONG!

Is fresh better – of course it is!

But the powdered form is a great option for those who don’t want to deal with the mess, expense or work of doing fresh wheatgrass.

Why am I incorporating it in the first place?

Wheatgrass, a member of the cereal grass family along with rye, barley and oats is nutrient packed, has 92 out of 102 earth elements – things like iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, C, and E – antioxidants to protect your body from free radicals and 2 oz of wheat grass gives you the benefits of 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables and is alkalizing to the body. It’s also 70% chlorophyll, which is what makes plants green. It’s like the blood of plants and fights inflammation, reverses aging, and boosts the immune system and cleans the blood. Sign me up!

How do I add this powerhouse in to my world you may be asking?

I have made it part of my afternoon green smoothie.

Judy’s Afternoon Green Smoothie
1 cup coconut water
1 small handful of kale
1 small handful of frozen mixed berries
1 small apple cored
1 scoop of Amazing Grass Organic Wheatgrass (comes with it’s own scoop)

Blend in your high-speed blender till smooth.

Drink with a smile on your face knowing how happy every cell in your body is right now.

Cheers!

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Do You Have 10 Minutes?

by Judy Moon

How often do you hear “I don’t have time”?

Or how often do you say “I don’t have time”?

Do you have 10 minutes?

I think you can safely say yes to 10 minutes.

I stumbled across this great piece of music that was specifically designed to reduce anxiety. “Created by Marconi Union, the musicians teamed up with sound therapists to carefully arrange harmonies, rhythms and bass lines, which in turn slow a listener’s heart rate and blood pressure, while also lowering stress hormones like cortisol.”

Studies showed that listening to this music reduced anxiety by 65%.

We all know of the many benefits from a regular meditation practice, but for some, fitting it in or finding the right technique can be a challenge.

This is the perfect fit for those who have a hard time quieting the mind, are new to meditation, or feel overwhelmed by all of the choices and apps out there to help you.

Literally, just click on the link, close your eyes and feel better.

Sitting in the lotus position not required.

I’ll ask you again – do you have 10 minutes?

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Did She Say She Put Essential Oils On Her Feet?

by Judy Moon

Yes, she did!

Recently I posted about one of my secret weapons to wellness – OnGuard essential oil. I use it every day on the bottom of my feet to boost my immune system and I reapply if I come in to contact with anyone who is sick.

Why the soles of the feet, you may ask? Good question!

  1. Less sensitive – The soles of the feet are less sensitive than other areas of the body. Some oils are considered “hot”, things like citrus oils, oregano, peppermint for example. If applied directly to the skin without a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil, it could feel a little burny or tingly.
  1. Reflexology– The practice of reflexology is based on the belief that all of the nerve lines in the body end in the feet. It is also thought the different areas of the feet correspond with the different organs and systems of the body and by working these areas of the feet, you are also affecting the whole body. Some people will place the oils on specific areas with the intention of stimulating those areas.
  1. Larger Pores– This is the one that really speaks to me. Because the pores are larger on the feet, you will get faster absorption and the oils get in to the bloodstream quicker. Also there are no sebaceous glands in the feet. Sebum is an oily, waxy substance that we secrete that waterproofs and lubricates us. So there is no sebum to interfere with the absorption of the oils.

With all of that being said, if you’re going to apply oils to your feet, check the quality of what you’re using. You want to use a therapeutic, good quality oil, with no artificial ingredients in it. Read your labels!

I have also been known to put some lavender on my feet with my magnesium oil for a super duper sound sleep.

You’ll also get the added benefit of a foot rub – who doesn’t love that!

 

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Put Your Creative Pants On!

 

By Judy Moon

We recently participated in the Philadelphia Flower Show Window Display Contest. It’s a fun way to show our support since we are all avid gardeners here. It’s a great way to pull some new, fun energy in to our workspace. It’s also a great way to connect with creativity.

When was the last time you did something creative?

I know, a lot of you are saying – “I’m not creative”, or “I can’t draw”, “I’m not crafty”, etc.

Did you know that creativity has health benefits? Research has shown that doing something creative can-

*Decrease negative feelings
*Increase positive feelings
*Decrease stress and anxiety
*Decrease feelings of depression

There are physical benefits as well. In fact, this study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine used writing as a treatment for HIV patients found that writing resulted in “improvements of CD4+ lymphocyte counts.”

That’s the fancy way of saying: the act of writing actually impacted the cells inside the patient’s body and improved their immune system.

In other words, the process of creating art doesn’t just make you feel better, it also creates real, physical changes inside your body.

So if you feel like you fall in to the “I’m not creative” category there are lots of things you can do to “be creative”. Pick up a coloring book – they are wildly popular now, play around on Pinterest and create some fun boards to look at, add some new pillows or nick nacks to your personal space, try a new recipe with ingredients you’ve never worked with, go a craft store and just look around – I guarantee you will be inspired and leave with something!

Happy creating!

Source – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-clear/make-more-art-the-health-benefits-of-creativity_b_8868802.html

 

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An Invitation

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by Judy Moon
I love Valentine’s Day.I love all of the pink and red hearts everywhere. I always feel reminiscent of being a young child and decorating a box that you would bring to school to hold all of your Valentine’s. My dad was pretty handy and one year made me a box out of wood that looked like a little mail box. I still have it. Such a treasure.
Today’s post is simple.
How can you invite some self love in to your life?
What is one thing that you can do to say – “I love you.”
It doesn’t have to be epic.
It can be as simple as going to bed earlier to ensure that you get enough rest.
It can be shutting off your cell phone for one hour.
It can be drinking more water.
Pick just one thing that would make you feel better and DO IT! and do it with love. Doing it because you love yourself and not because you feel like you have to is a very different vibration.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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What’s My New Favorite Thing?

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by Judy Moon

I just finished my annual 21 day cleanse!

It always feels so good to achieve a goal you’ve been working on. It also feels really great to give the body and organs a rest after the holidays. Doing this cleanse every year feels like hitting a much needed reset button.

Every year during this time, I do my best to get creative with recipes and try new methods of self-care.

I added something new in to the repertoire this year and it’s a keeper. I finally got around to making Golden Milk for the first time. There’s a lot of recipes out there for making it but I went with Wellness Mama’s for the base. It seemed the easiest and it didn’t require making turmeric paste.

Golden Milk is also known as Turmeric Tea. Turmeric is known as the “spice of life” in India due to it’s many healing properties. It’s known for decreasing inflammation and lowering blood sugar levels, promoting healthy cell function, just to name a few.

I had Golden Milk for the first time after a lomi lomi massage in Maui last spring. It was magical. Honestly a glass of water is magical in Maui, but I really did just fall in love with it. Why it took me eight months to make it for myself, I’m not sure?

So here’s what I’ve been drinking nightly. It was perfect during my cleanse and is definitely something that I will continue enjoying in the evening. It’s a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy and very soothing.

Quick and Easy Golden Milk (loosely based on Wellness Mama’s recipe)

serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of milk of choice (almond, pecan, coconut and dairy all work in this recipe) * I use almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup or to taste (optional) * I use agave
  • Pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
  • ¼ tsp ginger powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Several grates of fresh nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tbl organic coconut oil

Instructions

  1. First, blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.* If you don’t have a groovy super duper blender, you can just whisk the ingredients together in a saucepan.
  2. Then, Pour into a small saucepan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
  3. Drink immediately
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Resolution Re-do

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by Judy Moon

My last post was about focusing on what was good about 2016 before we move forward in to 2017. I know that might sound tricky but it’s totally doable and you will be surprised at how good you feel when you acknowledge all of the good things that happened in your life and in the world around you.

This post is going to again prompt you to step out of the box a bit.

Most of us set New Year’s resolutions… lose weight, eat better, go to the gym, give up soda (easey peasey with the new soda tax, right?) – all of the usual suspects. How many of you have already fallen off your goals?

It’s easy, we make a list, we stick to it and we slowly revert back to our norm. We’re human.

I’m all about goals and resolutions and I do my best to make sure I don’t set myself up for failure, but I’m playing around with something new.

How do I want to FEEL…. that’s the goal. That’s the resolution.

That’s what I’m focusing on. The feeling.

Think about it, why do you want to eat better for example. Because I feel more energy, I feel healthier, I fit in to my skinny jeans, my digestion gets wacky when I eat poorly, whatever the reason may be, but the bottom line is there is a feeling there – you feel good when you slide your skinny jeans on, you feel energy when you wake up.

Maybe focusing on the feelings, rather than the actions, might be a little more inspirational?

Start with one resolution of how you want to feel? Why do you want to feel that way? What do you need to do to feel that way?

Keep me posted.

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Hold Your Horses!

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by Judy Moon

Are you still recovering from the flurry of frenetic energy, over indulgences, stress, lack of sleep and over spending that we call the holidays?

In addition, I think most people would agree that 2016 was kind of… clunky?

I’ve heard over and over from many people and even in the media, this sort of good riddance feeling about 2016.

I get it.

Regardless of who you were rooting for to win the election and whether or not your candidate was successful or not, the election sucked the life force out of most of us. Not to mention all of the great talented people that departed last year. So yes, 2016 was not the best, however, since I’m a glass half full kind of gal, I’m going to challenge you. I’m going to challenge you to think about what GOOD things happened for you in 2016. It’s easy to get swept up in the energy of what was bad but do you really want to start off 2017 with that attitude? Not me!

Amazing things happened last year – someone who I love dearly became pregnant with her first child, someone who I also love to death adopted a new baby girl, Leonardo DiCaprio finally got his Oscar, I made sauerkraut… the list goes on.

So I challenge you right now – go get your pencil and paper and start making a list of what was great in 2016 – how about coming up with 16 things and if you’re feeling sassy go for 10 more. Acknowledging what was positive and then being grateful is a much better vibe to start off your year!

If you need some inspiration here’s a great list! 

Happy 2017!

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Holy Basil Batman!

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One of my favorite simple pleasures in life is a cup of tea. Maybe it’s part of my English heritage, but I literally crave my afternoon cup of tea. I gave up caffeine years ago, so I know it’s not a caffeine crash. I love the whole ritual, smell, taste and probably the little time out in my day.

One of my go to’s is Tulsi tea. Tulsi is also known as Holy Basil. Just for the record, if you’ve never had it, its tastes nothing like basil. It is however, very tasty and has a boat load of great health benefits.

This health-promoting herb is known as “The Queen of Herbs” through out India. It is revered as a sacred plant infused with healing properties and has been noted in Indian scriptures for over 5,000 years.

Some of the health benefits of Tulsi are –

*Reduces stress

*Supports the immune system

*Rich in antioxidants

*Builds stamina

*Aids digestion

*Anti-aging

*Balances metabolism

*Balances energy levels

*Uplifts mood

Tulsi tea is often paired with other herbs to promote additional health benefits, like restful sleep or detoxifying blends. One of my personal favorites is Tulsi Sweet Rose. We’ve already established my obsession with anything rose. So, two of my favorite things together – winner!!

We feature Organic India Tulsi Rose Tea at our studio and besides it being one of my favorite teas to sip in the afternoon – I love the box – it describes the tea as “Stress-Relieving and Magical”.

Who could resist a magical tea? Not me!

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