Let Your Cares Float Away...

Have you ever felt like your daily stresses are actually weighing you down? What if I told you that there is a therapy out there that can and will dissolve your stress so deeply that you feel like a brand new person afterwards? Well, it exists, and it is called Sensory Deprivation Therapy. Sounds kind of scary, but it is an incredibly valuable and relaxing experience. 

Picture from floatationlocations.com  Here is a picture of a float tank. They look like something from Star Trek!  

Picture from floatationlocations.com

Here is a picture of a float tank. They look like something from Star Trek!  

So, what is it exactly? Sensory Deprivation is designed to reset the mind and body in a zero-sensory environment. No sound, no light, no physical stimulation. Just pure, unadulterated consciousness. 

Float tanks are chambers that are filled with around 800 pounds of epsom salts and water the same temperature as your resting body rate. The epsom salts' purpose is to make your body completely buoyant. The temperature is a very important aspect, for the goal is to lose the sensation of having a physical body so that you can delve into your essence, or pure consciousness. It can be a jarring experience at first, but once you can relax it is a beautifully harmonizing place to be.

I recently traveled to Colorado and gratified my curiosity with a float session. I was hoping to have an experience where I could be fully supported by water and to provide space to dissolve into my being. After I settled into my float, I started to realize just how much tension I hold in my spine, especially my neck! With some mindful breathing and conscious corrections I started to trust the water and to let go and feel that deep, chronic tension melt away. I cannot express the deep sense of relief this brought to me. Now that my body was totally at peace, I could start to work on my mind. A lot of re-programming of the consciousness can occur in the tank. Whether that is to just silence the inner chatter or to go down to the root of some of your core issues. I was so deeply relaxed and I even drifted out of my body a few times. Each time I came back I had a deeper sense of oneness and calm. 

Upon exiting the tank after 90 minutes I felt like a brand new baby! My mind was crystal clear and receptive and my body felt like it had been resting for years. What an incredible feeling.

We don't realize how much sensory stimulation is thrown in our faces every day. To be in an an environment where there is nothing but your own mind can be scary, but it can also provide us with the healing that we cannot acquire anywhere else. I found floating to be just the reset that I needed. 

Floats are known to help : 

  • Stress relief
  • Muscular pain
  • Rheumatism
  • Chronic pain
  • Fatigue  
  • Fertility
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraine headache
  • Jet lag
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Back pain
  • Depression
  • Pre-menstrual tension
  • Post-natal depression

Lexington now has several float tanks at Source on High! Go try it out for yourself and see if you benefit the way I did. 

Happy floating~~~

Arielle Ferrell, LMT

 

 

Beat the Winter Blues!

So far, December in the bluegrass has been mostly warm and sunny. Soon, however, the clouds and cold will move in. Seasonal depression is not uncommon at this time of year. Many people experience mild winter blues, while others feel like they can hardly get out of bed.  

This year, we invite you to get one step ahead of the winter blues. Here are some tips and tricks:

1. Get out in nature! Even if you don't want to, and even if it feels too cold, we encourage you to get outside. Just be sure to bundle up and drink plenty of water. Yesterday I went to Veteran's Park in Lexington before work. If you haven't been, I highly recommend it. They have grassy trails around a wooded creek and you can even take your dog. It'll do you both a world of good. 

2. Try  essetial oils. You might keep a couple of bottles at work and at home so that you can smell them a few times a day. You can use a cotton ball to drop the oils onto, or you can diffuse them. Essential oils of orange and grapefruit are uplifting and may help to remove the fog of winter from your mood. 

3. Count your blessings. Whenever you're feeling down, make an effort to turn your thoughts around. Keep a gratitude journal or simply speak your gratitudes in your mind. Be thankful for your health, for sunshine, for a warm house, and for your food. Be thankful for your friends and family. You might feel better after you remind yourself of all the great things in your life. 

4. Organize a family or friends dinner party. Winter starts off with a bang! We're very busy in November and December with holiday celebrations and New Years, and then the rest of the winter is pretty slow. Break up the monotony of day-to-day life by throwing a little party, maybe in February when things get quiet. 

5. Take time to appreciate the season rather than wishing it away. Winter is an important time. Time to slow down. Time to hibernate. This slow season gives us time for reflection of the past year and planning for the new year. Time for crafting, cooking cozy dinners, and curling up with a good book. When you step outside, try to see the beauty of winter. The trees aren't dead, they're only sleeping. 

6. Get a massage! Really! Massage helps your body to release lots of feel-good hormones and endorphins to keep you healthy and combat the winter blues. The massage table is warm, the music is ethereal, and your muscles are ready to relax under the hands of your friendly massage therapist. 

Here are some photos from my walk through Veteran's Park yesterday:

Note: If you're feeling depressed, you might consider seeing your healthcare practitioner. I'm particularly fond of Chinese medicine and can recommend a good acupuncturist if you'd like a referral. 

Be well! 

-Charley Caudill, Licensed Massage Therapist

 

Laurel Branch at Grimes Mill Winery

Have you been to Grimes Mill Winery? We have! Last Saturday, Arielle, Breanna, and Charley visited the winery for a tasting and to see Laurel Branch, a folk-Americana band with members Jane Tatum, Julia Sparks, Ann Caldwell, and Sara Pitney. We had a blast!

Upon arrival, we were greeted by two dogs who live on site. The location is beautiful! The vineyard is home to rows and rows of growing grapes (naturally) and several horses. The tasting room is small, cozy, and smells of cedar. The staff, including the two dogs, is friendly and knowledgable. Oh! And the wine! Simply put, the wine is delicious. We tasted several and liked each one we tried. Arielle and Charley left with a bottle of the Fantasia blush, while Breanna opted for the Chardonnay. 

The reason for our visit, though, was to finally see our friends' band, Laurel Branch. We're glad we did! These ladies know how to draw a crowd. People came from neighboring cities and even Tennessee just to hear them play! When you've been together as long as they have, you tend to have a few loyal fans, it would seem. Their music, if you haven't yet had the pleasure, is lovely. They sang some crowd favorites, insisting we all sing a long. Who doesn't love a sing-along? The style, as mentioned earlier, is a folk-Americana blend with all four members taking turns on lead vocals. They fell into perfect harmony, except when they didn't, and then we all had a good laugh. These ladies know how to have fun with the crowd and inspire a variety of emotions, which is something we can all appreciate in good music. 

A perfect evening was had by the White Willow girls, and a much needed break after the whirlwind that a new business brings. 

:::WW

Breanna, Charley, and Arielle. 

Breanna, Charley, and Arielle. 

Laurel Branch! Ann (guitar and mandolin), Sara (autoharp, harmonica, kazoo), Jane (guitar), and Julia (bass guitar). 

Laurel Branch! Ann (guitar and mandolin), Sara (autoharp, harmonica, kazoo), Jane (guitar), and Julia (bass guitar). 

Arielle is doing what she does best: smooching horses. 

Arielle is doing what she does best: smooching horses. 

Wine, growing on the vine. 

Wine, growing on the vine. 

The view is quite nice. 

The view is quite nice. 

Arielle captured this lovely view of the sunset. 

Arielle captured this lovely view of the sunset. 

White Willow Progress

So it's been twelve days since our official business opening. We've got a few things in the works: 

  • Our logo has been slow-coming, and there have been some bumps along the way, but it's almost here! 
  • Our sign, hand painted by Charlie Campbell, is on the way and we have a feeling it'll be gorgeous. 
  • We commissioned an oil painting from Justin Birdsong. We've seen a sneak peak photo, and we love it! You'll see it hanging in our waiting room as soon as the paint dries. 
  • We now (finally!) have gift certificates available for purchase on our website. Massage makes the best gift, of course. 
  • We're working on putting together a grand opening party. Come see the space and have a snack. Stay tuned! 
Our waiting room, sans new painting.  

Our waiting room, sans new painting.