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Wellness Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Posted on December 8, 2020

It’s that time of year, and I wanted to compile a heart-centered list of health and wellness gifts for the season. I’ve seen other wellness gift guides, but they seem mostly centered around fitness, so I’m taking it in a different direction.

From reflexology tools, books on spirituality and health, to Tarot and oracle cards, to flower essences and essential oils, these are some of my personal favorites that help me find health and balance and connect to my intuition. I hope you find them helpful (and fun) and perfect for someone on your list (or perhaps something for yourself!).

Giving and receiving can be a beautiful cycle, and here’s to opening up to this, and connecting with loved ones in creative ways during the holiday season.

Hope you enjoy!

Here are the categories I cover for the best gifts for stress relief and relaxation:

For Reflection: Journals & E-Courses
For the Mind: Must-Read Books & Hypnosis Tools
For Intuition: Tarot & Oracle Cards
For Emotions: Essential Oils & Sprays
For the Taste: Teas & Spices
For the Feet & Body: Reflexology Tools
For Ease of Use: Gift Certificates


For Reflection: Journals, E-Courses, & Games

5 minute journal

5-Minute Journal
Using the principles of positive psychology, this journal helps you cultivate gratitude, promote inner growth and self reflection, and overcome negative thought patterns in 5 minutes a day—sounds like one of the top gifts for stress relief, right? I’ve been using it every day for over a year and noticed a huge difference in my mindset.

Here’s more about my personal experience using it.

Journal Your Life
Susannah Conway offers a range of beautiful e-courses to help you connect to your intuition. (I’ve taken all of them, I think.) This course offers guided inner reflection, which can be especially helpful at the end of the year and start of a new one. Her free Love Letters (her e-newsletter) are wonderful, too!

Poobah
This is a great game to bring families together (they’re in the midst of a kickstarter campaign). Research shows that family conversations are good for the spirit, brain and health. Developed by one of my lovely clients!

For the Mind: Must-Read Books & Hypnosis Tools

May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness
Gabby Bernstein offers a straight-forward plan to release fear and allow gratitude, forgiveness, and love to flow through you. The book makes change manageable, giving bite-sized exercises to do each morning and evening. I loved how the daily exercises built on each other over the course of 40 days, making transformation sustainable (and enjoyable!).

The Tapping Solution
This book by Nick Ortner provides a great foundation about how EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, otherwise known as tapping) works, as well as chapters that cover how to use it to alleviate pain/illness, lose weight, create healthy relationships, make money, and eliminate phobias. It’s one of the most powerful tools I use with clients and among my favorite gifts for stress relief.

Here’s a past post I wrote about how EFT works and tips to make it more effective, as well as a part two addressing frequently asked questions on EFT from clients.

Gorilla Thumps and Bear Hugs
This a cute EFT book for kids. Kids are people, too, and I love that they can learn at an early age how to manage stress and worry.

Greens Glorious Greens

Looking for gifts for healthy eaters? I love this cookbook with more than 140 delicious recipes for beautiful, leafy greens. It gives me creative (yet easy) ways to incorporate more veggies into my meals. Yum.

The Book of Awakening 
I recently started reading this beautiful book. Mark Nepo wrote the book in response to his journey through cancer, and it led him to create a day book not only for people going through life-threatening situations but for everyone. I highly recommend this daily companion to read throughout the year.

The Artist’s Way
In sessions, I will often recommend writing a letter, journaling, or finding other ways to tap into your creativity through the written word. Julia Cameron’s classic book, The Artist’s Way, continues to stand the test of time. The book’s premise is that creative expression is vital no matter your profession. She guides you through a twelve-week program to recover your creativity from various blocks such as limiting beliefs, self sabotage, guilt, fear, and addiction.

Rise Sister Rise
A few of my Reiki III students recommended Rise Sister Rise to me and I highly recommend it to you. Rebecca Campbell offers tools, rituals, and questions to consider to help you access your own feminine wisdom, intuition, and power. (No matter our gender, we each have a masculine and feminine side so this isn’t just for women).


Building a Powerful Practice: Successful Strategies for Your Wellness Business

So many people I know are making big career changes. Looking for gifts for new business owners or know someone in your life who wants to become a wellness practitioner of any flavor (Reiki, reflexology, massage, acupuncture, hypnotist, or life coach, etc.)?

I wrote Building a Powerful Practice: Successful Strategies for Your Wellness Business to help practitioners find clients in person and online, market to their ideal client base (even for those practitioners that think they don’t like marketing), put together creative packages and promotions, and avoid burn out.


Want more book recommendations? I’ve compiled best book lists in the past, and you can read them here and here.


Hypnosis Recordings
Uncommon Knowledge offers an extended list of hypnosis downloads for a range of issues (some of their most popular help with exercise motivation, procrastination, self esteem, focus and concentration, weight loss, insomnia, and even drinking less wine!). I like their recordings and approach a lot (and even bought one for my Dad for Father’s Day to help improve his golf game–after all, most professional athletes use some form of hypnosis for peak performance).

While recordings aren’t able to be as personalized as one-on-one hypnosis sessions, it can be helpful between sessions or to try hypnosis out and see if it’s something you can benefit from. These recordings are fabulous gifts for relaxation.

 

For Balanced Emotions: Flower Essences & Essential Oils

Essential oilsWyndmere Essential Oils
Wyndmere oils are high quality yet affordable, and I’ve been using them for years. The sense of smell is one of the oldest parts of the brain and therefore one of the fastest ways you can change your state of mind.

Some of my favorite blends include Serenity, Anxiety Relief, and Stress Relief.

I also love the Neroli hydrosol (orange blossoms), as well as the Rose Garden and other roll-ons. 

Eden’s Garden
I recently discovered this essential oil brand and fell in love. Some of my current favorites are Frankincense & Myrrh for meditation and relaxation, Cedarwood Spruce for grounding, and Fighting Five for immune support. Very holiday and season appropriate.

Alaskan Essences
This flower essence brand includes a combination of essential oils and flower and gem essences. They are more delicately scented than regular essential oils.  The sacred space gift sets are lovely and Calling All Angels Spray is my absolute favorite (everyone I’ve given it to loves it) The Combination Formula Kit also offers a wonderful range if you really want to dive in.

Here are more of my favorite flower essence companies:

And here’s more info on what flower essences are, how they work, and the potential benefits.

Bonus: Contact me if you want me to make your loved one a custom-made flower essence treatment bottle and I can mail it to them.

Alpenglow Lotion
I visited Alaska with my family last year and bought a bottle of Alpenglow body lotion. I loved it so much I continue to order it online. Their products are super moisturizing, organic, and handmade from scratch (and include Alaskan snow as an ingredient). I plan to try it with my reflexology clients.

 

For the Taste: Teas & Spices

Rose Tulsi Tea is part of my morning routine. Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, has stress relieving properties. There are many delicious flavors to choose from, but my inner-grandma adores anything rose.

Genmaicha Green Tea with toasted brown rice is my go-to afternoon tea at the office. It’s much more subtle than most green teas. 

(You can also find both brands of tea at Whole Foods and health food stores. Perfect gifts for tea drinkers as these flavors are distinctive and go beyond the everyday black tea.)

Cinnamon Hill
This company sells fresh cinnamon you can grate yourself. I use cinnamon every day (delicious and super healthy). 

 

For Intuition: Tarot & Oracle Cards

Quan Yin Oracle Deck   Tarot
This deck speaks to me every time I use it—full of gorgeous images, as well as powerful messages in the accompanying book by Alana Fairchild.

The Fountain Tarot
I love this modern adaptation of the Tarot—clean and sleek. And the accompanying booklet breaks down the meanings in a way that deeply resonates with me. I even used it with my mother-in-law—isn’t she the coolest?

The Devas of Creation
This deck illustrates the concept of the invisible energy patterns in the universe—wow, right? These cards are magical and can be used in many ways—for journaling, meditation, or daily guidance.

These decks are all powerful gifts for relaxation and self-reflection.

 

For the Feet & Body: Reflexology & Other Tools

My list of health and wellness gifts would not be complete without my top picks for reflexology tools.

Wooden Foot Roller
The tried and true wooden foot roller: simple, inexpensive, and effective.

Foot Rubz Ball
This ball can be used on both the hands and feet (see this article on how to use it).

The Stick Foot Wheel Massager
Quite a name, eh? Karen Ball, a wonderful reflexology teacher, found this reflexology tool (if you know me, you know I’m ALWAYS looking for new gadgets to try and my feet are pretty happy about this). I’m putting this one on my Christmas list.

Magic Weighted Blanket
I finally bought this weighted blanket and find it incredibly restorative for my nervous system. I sleep more deeply and find it incredibly calming. I’ve recommended it to clients, too.

 

For Ease of Use: Gift Certificates

No health and wellness gifts guide would be complete without including gift certificates for a healing session.

I’ve had clients request gift certificates from their loved ones—what a great idea (yes, I’m biased!) Of course, they also purchase certificates to give to others.

Give gifts for relaxation and stress relief with a Reiki and/or Hypnosis session gift certificate.

You’ll receive an emailable Gift Certificate that you can forward to the recipient. Super easy! 
Less stress for you in terms of shopping, and you’re helping by giving gifts for stress relief for your loved ones.

P.S. And contact me if you want me to make your loved one a custom-made flower essence treatment bottle and I can mail it to them.

 

Whew! Quite a range of health and wellness gifts, eh? I hope this helps you find something special and heart-centered for your loved ones.

Need easy tips on how to handle holiday stress?

Happy holidays!

 

Wellness Tips & Tools For Challenging Times

Posted on March 30, 2020

I compiled a list of my favorite wellness tips & tools, especially for challenging times. It’s lengthy so feel free to dip in and out.

Self-Care Tools
Now more than ever is a great time to make changes in your daily routine. Here are some simple ways to stay grounded and centered.

I love Donna Eden’s 5-minute daily energy routine.

Book Recommendations
Have some extra time for reading? Here’s are some past book recommendations and a few more here.

I just started reading this powerful book with healing meditations (includes online practice videos for healing the 5 elements in Chinese medicine, as well as the 7 chakras, and more).

Virtual Yoga 
I was talking with a client about what a difference it made to take a live yoga class even though it wasn’t in person. A friend signed up for a class with me and it was *almost* like meeting her in person to take a class together. See if it helps you feel a sense of community. Here are some places I like if you don’t already have a studio:
Hari Kundalini Yoga (includes some donation-based classes)
Harlem Yoga
DoYogaWithMe.com (these are recorded free classes)

Braco
Braco is offering additional free online healing. Many people have had remarkable results.

Free Energy Tools from David Sun Todd
I love his beautiful art and deep connection to the healing and wisdom of the Redwoods.

Flower Essences for Emotional Healing
Here’s a post by the lovely Rose Todd on what flower essences you may need in dealing with anxiety in challenging situations. (If you want a personalized recommendation we can discuss at your next session, just let me know.)

And Rose wrote a wonderful book: Simply Bach Flowers–it’s an excellent resource for beginners to learn about how to use Bach flower essences for emotional healing. (I did the full practitioner training with her and she knows her stuff!) You can purchase Bach flowers here.

and I’ve fallen in love with Lotuswei’s flower essences (This past week I’ve been using Fierce Compassion and Game Changer a lot).

Essential Oils for Immune Boosting
Eden’s Garden Fighting Five (also available on Amazon)

For Creativity
I love Susannah Conway’s love letters, and her free and paid courses. She does a free photo challenge each April.

A New Career in the Healing Arts
Many people are using this time to rethink their work. I wrote Building a Powerful Practice to help people making a career transition into the healing arts. Friend and colleague Shauna Cummins interviewed me as part of her Divine Feminine School of Hypnosis–here’s our recent interview on practice building.

Improve Your Relationship With Money
I mentioned Sarah McCrum before; she had a very extraordinary experience that has given her a unique insight into what money really is and how it works.  Sarah shares five of the most surprising and beautiful characteristics of money that have already helped many people transform their business and their life (including me!).

Here is a recording of her live online event from this past week, Activation for Collective Healing, which includes Morning Grounding, Activation, Evening Grounding, and Transformance.

A Powerful Healing Mantra
The Love Peace Harmony free app is a powerful healing mantra and one of my favorites. You can download it or play the app 24/7 (even on mute) to create a healing field in your home, office, etc.

One client is a first-year teacher for students with special needs. She’s been playing it in her classroom at very low volume and sent this feedback: “I love the music player! Some of my coworkers have come into my class and said ” it feels good in here.” One of my students who has autism said she ” feels comfortable here” and sometimes don’t want to go home at the end of the day.”

Hypnosis Recordings
Uncommon Knowledge offers an extended list of hypnosis downloads for a range of issues. While recordings aren’t able to be as personalized as a one-on-one hypnosis session, it can be helpful between sessions, and to prolong the effects of your one-on-one sessions. (My Dad even used one to help improve his golf game!)

I often hear 2 main concerns after a client’s first hypnosis session. Don’t be misled by these 2 signs.

Meditate with the Insight Timer
I love this free meditation app with hundreds of guided meditations, or simply use the timer. Join the 365 Days Together group and commit to a daily practice–even if it’s only for 1 minute a day, that counts. (They give you gold stars for meditating!) You can also listen to healing music; check out the Solfeggio frequencies for deep balancing of the brain.

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