This year, all Mother’s Day Massage gift certificates will include a free container of our Skin Nourishing Body Butter! If you’ve had a massage with us, you know how nourishing this pure and simple blend of organic coconut oil & shea butter is for your skin. It’s what we use for each and every massage here at Awaken Integrative Bodywork! We are proud to now offer this high quality, handmade product in one ounce tins in our new online shop, opening just in time for Mother’s Day.
Purchase a gift certificate for any of our treatments and receive this free gift! Choose from CranioSacral Therapy, therapeutic massage (Thai, integrative or deep tissue) or Prenatal massage, and your gift certificate recipient will receive her gift when she comes for her appointment.
We are offering a $20 savings on a massages $20 savings on CranioSacral Therapy , or $25 on a unique new service that blends both modalities when you book with Denise Obray, one of our new therapists.
Through April 2017, clients who have yet to meet Denise can take advantage of her special introductory offers. Denise is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at our beautiful studio in downtown Auburn, CA.
Denise Obray, Certified Massage Therapist in Auburn California, has been working with a variety of communities, helping people for over 30 years. She is a compassionate and dedicated therapist who holds space for healing with each of her clients. For over 18 years she was a business owner who provided sign language interpreting services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities throughout the nation. After becoming a Certified Massage Therapist, Denise was drawn to CranioSacral Therapy and helping people heal with the distinct light-touch techniques taught by The Upledger Institute and welcomes all clients, including those experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression and PTSD.
Has it been longer than 6 months since your last visit? Please come see us! Meet our new therapists, see our lovely new location and get re- acquainted with the wonderful benefits of massage and CranioSacral therapy.
The following new services & features have been added since you’ve been gone:
▪ Three exceptional therapists to choose from
▪ Thai Massage (Shannon)
▪ CranioSacral Massage Blend (Denise)
▪ Sports Massage (Shannon)
▪ CranioSacral Therapy for youth (Denise & Jessica)
▪ Neuromuscular & Myofascial (Shannon)
▪ Couples Massage
▪ Intuitive & Energy work (Jessica)
▪ Organic & Eco Friendly establishment
▪ New budget friendly packages
▪ Evening and weekend hours
▪ Ample parking including handicapped
▪ Convenient, downtown Auburn CA location
And of course, all your favorites, including our signature integrative massages and deep tissue massages, are still available!
Or call 530-906-8668
Use the code WELCOMEBACK for $10 off a session over 1 hour in length
I recently got into a very, very bad mood that dragged on for what seemed like forever, draining all the energy I needed to be functional. The stresses in my life were magnified to the point that they eclipsed every bit of joy and wonder I had. I was very sad, to say the least, and it didn’t feel good.
I have a cherished belief: I believe that times like these are rich opportunities for transformation. “The wound is the place the light enters you”, is my favorite quote by Rumi and a message I often share with clients and friends. However, in this case I found myself wondering if the light would ever come, and if, in fact, this cherished belief might be false. None of my tried and true self-care tricks helped much, other than to give me a few hours of emotional neutrality in contrast to the debilitating doom and gloom that had become the norm.
What was most disturbing to me was that my central spiritual practice, being mindfully aware of feelings and sensations, which had always led me to insight, resolution, and eventually peace and happiness, seemed to just make matters worse. No matter how long I was “with” my feelings, I was simply sinking deeper and deeper into a pit of despair and hopelessness . More and more frequently, uncontrollable crying was leaving me exhausted, sleepless and with a raging headache.
Looking back I can see how I had become inextricably trapped by all my negative thoughts. Thoughts that quite reasonably and rationally explained and justified my stress, overwhelm and, in all likelihood, looming depression. The truth is I’ve been in middle of a monumental transition since last November, when I found out I was pregnant (a miraculous wish come true!) and at the same time was facing total financial upheaval due to loss of employment in my household, my healing arts practice moving and expanding, and the uncertain and risky launch of another home-based business.
For months, I felt angry, resentful and sad that the blissful excitement of having a precious little baby growing inside me was being overshadowed by these uninvited growing pains, instability and uncertainty. On top of all that, like many of us, I was watching in utter horror as the political curtain was slowly drawn back, revealing the ugly corruption and hate that had been lurking just beneath the surface for so long. Yes, I had every reason to feel as I did. But that doesn’t mean it was good for me or my baby, or that I should just stay feeling that way.
In desperation I reached out on my personal Facebook page. “What do you do when negative thinking takes over and it becomes increasingly difficult to feel or see anything positive?” I received 37 comments that day and every single one of them inspired me one step at a time until I finally had the following thought:
But then I had to figure out:
See, my life had been revolving around a different question, a question that always included the words should and do. What should I do about our financial situation? What should I do about morning sickness? What should I do to find more money? To find more clients? About those bills? And so on. I had come to believe that I would feel good again when my situation changed. When my morning sickness went away, when the bills were paid, when my husband found a job, when the finances stabilized. But the situation wasn’t changing.
I realized that I needed to stop doing what I should do to change my situation and just do what feels good.
It didn’t take me long to figure out where to start. Since I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a mother. My early childhood was spent reading midwifery books, attending home births with my mom, taking care of my baby brothers and day dreaming about the day I would have my own baby. By the time I finally got pregnant at age 41 I had all but given up on the possibility of my dream coming true, but here it was happening.
When I stopped doing and started just focusing on what was absolutely great, our new baby, I heard my inner voice say: Just stop. Stop doing anything that doesn’t feel good. So I listened. As hard as it was for me to stop trying to change my situation, I just did what felt good to me.
First I made a list of some things I could start collecting for the baby, and started clearing space for the things I would find. That led to a car load of stuff ready to go to Goodwill, which led to rearranging the house, which led to dumping the ugly old couch I’d been complaining about for months and, within a few hours, finding a really great one for almost nothing on a yard sale site. I planned a week off to to take a break from doing errands and seeing clients. What a relief.
All of this felt good. And led to more feeling good. My mood began to lift. Over the next week I was delighted with lovely little gifts everywhere I turned. Adorable baby clothes, a rocking chair, support and cooperation from my husband, friends coming out of the woodwork to walk and talk with.
I began to feel great, despite the fact that my situation didn’t change.
And then it did! The phone began to ring. New clients scheduled. I received a completely random check in the mail. Our new business prospects suddenly looked more promising. I got inspired by my work and by my amazing clients.
I share this with you because chances are you’ve had a similar experience at some point, or perhaps you are in one right now. Even those of us who feel healthy in our bodies, happy in our relationships and secure in our jobs can’t help but be influenced by the constant barrage of disturbing news, if we tune in at all to the media. And even if we unplug completely, many of us are certainly sensitive enough to be deeply affected by the chaotic energies of the current times. I’ve heard business is booming for psychotherapists, and many of my bodywork clients are needing treatment for acute emotional and spiritual upheaval. It is an undeniably stressful and frightening time, and there is little chance of that changing anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean we should feel terrible until it does.
I still cherish my belief that transformation often involves a period of pain and suffering, and absolutely still believe in the powerful practice of “being with what is”, and yet at the same time I’ve learned a powerful lesson about how important it is to know what feels good and to actively choose that.
If you are currently struggling as I was, my advice to you is to begin to recognize what is beautiful and joyous in your life and use that as a catapult to feel better, if feeling better is what you want to do. Because after all, as I learned, sometimes feeling good is what will change your situation.
Some of the most touching and moving experiences I’ve had as a bodyworker have been practicing CranioSacral Therapy for children and youth in Auburn, CA. I will never forget seeing one young person who has autism reach up and gently touch my colleagues face in appreciation of of the work he was receiving.
Growing up isn’t easy for kids. Constant changes in their physical, mental & spiritual worlds can be disorienting and uncomfortable, leading to physical and behavioral difficulties. Bodywork can help kids adjust to the constant transitions of growth, as well as many common ailments including anxiety, growing pains, and even more serious conditions. We’ve treated youth with Autism, ADHD, anxiety and depression, growing pains and injuries. What is CranioSacral Therapy?
We are happy to schedule children over 9 years old at this time. Call us for a free consultation and to schedule: 530-906-8668
Love is in the air, and most important of all is loving your beautiful self!
Daily habits of self love and care are the secret to maintaining our health: body, mind and spirit! Too often our culture tells us we must go buy something expensive or eat something decadent to show love. Here are three alternatives that may be a bit healthier for your body, (and your bank account).
1. Take a salt bath. Epsom salt or sea salt will do just fine. Run yourself a hot bath tonight with 1/2 cup of salt. Don’t forget to light a candle, and a few drops of lavender oil if you have it. Salt baths can soothe tired and sore muscles and aid in detoxifying the body. But let tonight’s bath just be for pleasure and the therapeutic benefits just an added bonus.
2. Give yourself the gift of five minutes to do absolutely nothing. Sit in your favorite chair (or on your yoga mat or in the garden or wherever feels good) and simply be. Observe your breath, the sensations of your body, the air in the room, or whatever comes up. This precious five minutes will add energy to your day.
3. Enjoy a natural love drug (touch). Touch produces Oxytocin, the love hormone your body makes for you! You can ask a partner or friend for a foot or hand rub, or even just a hug! If you’re having alone time right now, it feels heavenly to use gentle compression up and down your legs, like a cat would do if it were walking on you! You can also call and make an appointment for professional bodywork to experience a full hour or more of loving, therapeutic touch.
Above all else, be grateful to yourself for all the little things you do each day to nourish and sustain your life. Love yourself!
Most people don’t seek out massage and bodywork until they get sick or start hurting. What they may not realize is that it is usually emotional and mental challenges that underlie the onset of physical pain and illness. Body centered therapies such as therapeutic massage and CranioSacral Therapy activate the parasympathetic nervous system, quiet the fight-or-flight responses and reduce pain, stress, emotional and mental health issues. Studies have shown that bodywork decreases cortisol (a stress hormone) and increases serotonin and dopamine (feel-good hormones). Imbalances in these hormones can be caused by stress, trauma, grief, loss, illness and injury.
This article, published by the International Journal of Neuroscience, documents scientific research showing that massage decreased stress hormones & increased neurotransmitters. The studies found a significant decrease in cortisol (average 31%) and significant increases in serotonin (average 28%). In this fascinating study, researchers looked at depression (including sex abuse and eating disorder studies), pain syndrome studies, research on autoimmune conditions (including asthma and chronic fatigue), immune studies (including HIV and breast cancer), and stress on the job, the stress of aging, and pregnancy stress.
Integrative Bodywork recognizes that pain and trauma affect the whole person: body mind and spirit. Many traditional therapists, including MDs, mental health professionals, and even some massage therapists, treat body, mind and spirit with completely separate tools. Integrative bodywork does not separate.
Bessell Van Der Kolk, one of the nations leading experts on PTSD and trauma recovery, recommends including massage, craniosacral therapy, yoga and other integrative body therapies in mental health treatment plans for PTSD. He writes, in his groundbreaking book “The Body Keeps the Score, “you can’t fully recover if you don’t feel safe in your skin”. In other words, as so many massage therapists know very well, touch heals.
From my clinical experience I noticed that massage and bodywork is particularly helpful for increasing clients body awareness, which is essential for healing because trauma, anxiety and stress usually generates disconnection by effecting the prefrontal cortex; the center of mindfulness. Unlike other forms of therapy, clients are not coming to be “fixed”, but to have a qualified practitioner hold a healing space that allows their nervous systems to self correct.
Above all else, find a practitioner you feel comfortable with. There are many therapists to choose from, so take your time and make sure you can trust them and the space they provide. You might connect best with therapists who exhibit qualities of nurturing, empathy and intuition.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and take some time to talk with any massage therapists and body workers you are considering. Let them know any fears, concerns, hopes and goals you have, and if you are working with a therapist or health practitioner already. Don’t rush any part of the process. Deep and lasting healing from emotional pain will take patience, time and a commitment from both you and your practitioners, and it will be worth it.
Awaken Integrative Bodywork uses gentle touch, light to moderate pressure, deep listening and mindfulness practices to help the brain and body re-connect in a safe, therapeutic environment. Some of our modalities are CranioSacral Therapy, Integrative Massage, Intuitive & Energy Work, Thai Massage and prenatal massage. We also offer a unique deep tissue and sports massage that is gentle as well as effective. For a free consultation with Awaken Integrative Bodywork, located in beautiful Auburn, CA call Jessica Gutierrez at 530-906-8668.
“My experience with Jessica is one for the record books, and I will most definitely continue to seek her guidance in my healing journey. I am still glowing from the release and rejuvenation provided in her loving care. I am filled with gratitude.+” ~Jasmine, Auburn CA
“I received a Craniosacral body work session from Jessica yesterday. My session was deeply transformative, restful, and rejuvenating. I literally felt tension dissolving out my body. I left feeling pain free, more grounded, and with an elevated sense of wellness and ease. Jessica was very attentive and professional in her intake process and throughout our entire session. If you are looking for an outstanding body worker, Jessica is ideal. She is impassioned about her work, is constantly educating herself in the field, and has a caring and compassionate heart. I highly recommend her” ~ Karen W, Auburn CA
“Recently I had a session and I am new to the area, so it was my first time. AB SO LUTELY LOOOOOOVED IT!!! 🙂
Jessica is amazing and sweet and very empathetic and her work is amazing! Personally, I am going through A LOT and Jessica was able to calm me and center me, which I didn’t think would be possible due to my situation(s). Her therapeutic work is truly like no other! Highly recommend!! :)”~Heather, Auburn CA
“My experience with Jessica is that she is a highly skilled intuitive healer. I recommend her for anyone looking for a relaxing rejuvenating healing experience for mind body and soul.” ~Nicky M, Grass Valley, CA
I’ve always wanted to host a Valentine’s Day Couples Massage! You are invited to spend this this Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2017 with Awaken Integrative Bodywork. Sip on Tulsi Rose tea, receive a luxurious one hour couples massage with warm river stones, decadent whipped body butter & customized aromatherapy, enjoy a refreshing pomegrante spritzer & mouthwatering local artisan chocolates. All in the company of your beloved.
We still have room for two more couples. Reserve by phone 530-906-8668
When you make the decision to get an organic massage, CranioSacral Therapy Session or Thai Massage at Awaken Integrative Bodywork in beautiful downtown Auburn, CA, your choice contributes to the health of the earth AND your body. We work with many clients suffering from chronic illness, depletion, allergies and chemical sensitivities and offer an environment that is safe for these individuals, our therapists and the earth.
We strive to make each of our decisions sustainable and environmentally responsible. We have implemented the following principles and are always interested in finding more ways to “go green”:
We are proud to honor the earth in this way and contribute to the long term health of our beautiful planet. Thank you for supporting our organic massage practices!
We look to permaculture principles for guidance. Please visit this link for more information.