Are we ready for back to school time already? The summer seems to have zoomed by. We didn't go to Europe this year so we could focus on projects here. We did that some, but also had friends visit, spent time with our grown up kids and celebrated my grandson's 6th birthday. Busy, happy and somewhat lazier days.
One big plus for me being home was that I got to grow a garden. This is something I am passionate about but have had to put on the back burner when I am out of town a lot. Personally, I find digging in the dirt and watering very calming. Interestingly, I discovered there is science behind this. Apparently, when we breath over newly tilled soil we inhale friendly bacteria that actually trigger our bodies to feel happier. Who ever worked that one out? Along with the emotional benefits, we have all loved having fresh greens and fresh herbal teas. My favorite is hibiscus with stevia and fresh orange slices, with lemon verbena, lavender, and tulsi a close second. We are so fortunate to have local herb growers that are interested in raising ayurvedic herbs here on the Central Coast so I didn't have to work with raising the seeds.
We have made a couple of new partners this summer too. I taught at Aesthetics International in Camarillo, CA and Bob has taught at the Atlanta School of Massage in Georgia. Keep a check on our schedule as more regional classes maybe coming up this fall. We will be down in Long Beach September 9th and 10th for the International Congress of Aesthetics and the following weekend at the AAPNA conference which this year is focusing on beauty. We will also be in LA for the BE WELL show, a new and innovative show to share with the public professional spa and beauty products and services. Mid-October we will be with another new partner, Envision, in San Diego teaching Shirodhara and Abhyanga (October 12th-14th) and then over to Philly, October 28th-29th for another International Congress of Esthetics and a class on Tibetan Sleep. A protocol made famous b the Wynne Spa.
We continue to write for Dermascope, their online magazine, check dermascope.com, and for Les Nouvelle Esthetique. Check out the September issue of LNE for article on Clifton Springs, one of and favorite spas and truly a wonderful healing center. We are also continuing to work with Tools for Touch who host webinars so watch out for us November 5th.
As for product we cannot say enough about our KANSA WANDS. They come in four sizes now. Large for feet, medium for face, small for retail self massage and mini for working with those magical marmas. The mini is the newest item that we made at the request of my teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad. We hope to have some stories shortly but I have found it amazing to work on deep tissue and marma points. Like all the Kansa tools it is so easy on your hands and fingers and seems to do the work for you.
We have been in touch with our Tibetan friends and Karma, our painter friend, may be visiting with his daughter in law. The rest of the family are working together in New York City. So Karma will visit them and family in New Mexico to. If you have a need for beautiful Tibetan painting please let us know.
Last but not least our friend who inspired Welcome Warriors Home Project is officially retired from the reserve and is now focusing full time on getting more holistic services to our veterans. We went to the military ceremony where he turned over his colors. It was impressive and touching. The final words were a poem he wrote about the need to heal after serving your country. May we all be part of this noble work in hundreds of ways.
Melanie and Bob