“The Primal Touch of Birth: Midwives, Mothers, & Massage” by Kara Maia Spencer, LMT

 

“Before Western medical practices displaced traditional midwifery, the touch and massage of a midwife or birth attendant was a central component of prenatal care around the world. In the absence of obstetrical tools and gadgets, a midwife had her eyes, ears and hands to diagnose and assist pregnant women. Honed by constant practice, the midwife’s senses of observation and intuition were finely tuned. Today, traditional healers and midwives skillfully integrate the ancient healing arts of massage and midwifery, as they have for thousands of years.”

More on the fascinating subject of touch and prenatal care here!

What is the origin of the chakra system?

The chakra system originated in India between 1500 and 500 BC in the oldest text called the Vedas. Evidence of chakras, spelled cakra, is also found in the Shri Jabala Darshana Upanishad, the Cudamini Upanishad, the Yoga-Shikka Upanishad and the Shandilya Upanishad. According to the scholar Anodea Judith in her book the Wheels of Life, knowledge of the chakra system was passed down through an oral tradition by the Indo-Eurpoean people, also called the Aryan people. The Chakra system was traditionally an Eastern philosophy until New Age authors, like Anodea Judith, resonated with the idea and wrote about the chakras, expanding upon the older texts and making the knowledge more accesible.

What is a chakra? The word is defined as a spinning disk or wheel; a chakra on the human body is a spinning disk or wheel of energy that runs along the spine. There are seven ‘main’ chakras along the spine, though some say there are as many as 114 all over the body.  The health of one’s chakras is directly connected to the health of the physical body, the mind, and the emotional wellbeing of a person.

The chakra system and yoga have been interlaced since the beginning. Dianna Lucas will be leading a workshop on Wednesday, 3/27 about chakras and yoga – click here to register!

As seen on Dr. Oz….The MELT Method

Naturally End Pain with the MELT Method   by Sue Hitzmann

Can you really get out of chronic pain without medication or surgery? For the 100 million people who live with pain, I have good news. There’s a simple solution that you can do on your own, at home, to get out and stay out of pain.

Regardless of what initially seemed to cause your pain – illness, disease, surgery, pregnancy, injury, or perhaps you are just assuming your pain is caused by aging – I believe the reason your pain became chronic is the same for everyone.

Click here to read the rest of the article.  Indigo is featuring the MELT Method Self-Care Intro Workshop (hands/feet) on foam rollerTuesday, 3/5   6p-7:30p. Register Here! We also have the MELT Foam Roller Series for three Saturdays 3/9, 3/23, 3/30 1p-2:30p. Register Here!

Happy New Year from Indigo!

What’s a great way to reboot your yoga practice for the new years? Women’s Health recommends Tree Pose to tone your abs, clear your mind, and hone your focus. 

Don’t have any new goals for the new year? No worries! Indigo is offering a new workshop with Katie Bohn called “New Year, New Inspiration” that focus on rejuvenating you physically, mentally and spiritually with Katie’s gentle guidance.

We wish you all the best of the best in this coming year and hope to see you soon!

 

Winter Finally Arrives in St. Louis?

Winter is a time of extremes – you love the cold air and dark nights or you hate them, Nature takes a break, yet it seems that we keep pushing harder than ever with a whirlwind of festivities, gatherings, and visiting family. We become more aware than ever of the blessings of bounty we have that some lack. Winter has long been an inspiration to writers across the ages; here are a few quotes that Indigo loves!

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
― Lewis CarrollAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?”
― Percy Bysshe ShelleyOde to the West Wind

“Snow flurries began to fall and they swirled around people’s legs like house cats. It was magical, this snow globe world.”
― Sarah Addison AllenThe Sugar Queen

“And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous.” – Rumi

What are some of your favorite quotes about winter?

 

 

Holiday Gift Card Sale

Our Holiday Gift Card Sale Starts Now!

Gift Cards for select massage therapy sessions are 20% off                                                          60min and 90min appointments – our most popular massage lengths! You can also treat your partner or a special couple in your life to 20% off a 60 or 90 minute couples massage.

There are several ways to purchase gift certificates – by phone, by visiting our lovely office in Benton Park, or through our new online system where you can send the gift directly to the recipient, schedule a delivery date, or print the gift to give to them. If purchasing online, please make sure you are in the “Gift Cards” section of the site!

 

Click here for our online store!

Indigo’s office hours are as follows – stay tuned for updated times and dates as the holidays approach!

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY: 9:30AM – 5:00PM
TUESDAY: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
SATURDAY: 11:00AM – 3:OOPM

As always, if you have any questions please give us a call or email.

Holiday Gift Card Sale!

Our Holiday Gift Card Sale is starting now!

Gift Cards for massage therapy sessions are 20% off – $56 for a one hour therapeutic massage or $80 for a 90 minute therapeutic massage! You can also treat your partner or a special couple in your life to a one hour or 90 minute couples massage.

There are several ways to purchase gift certificates – by phone, by visiting our lovely office in Benton Park, or through our new online system where you can send the gift directly to the recipient, schedule a delivery date, or print the gift to give to them. If purchasing online, please make sure you are in the “Gift Cards” section of the site!

Click here for our online store!

Indigo’s office hours are as follows – stay tuned for updated times and dates as the holidays approach!

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 3:oopm

As always, if you have any questions at all please give us a call or email.

“My Multiday Massage-a-thon” from the New York Times

John Jeremiah Sullivan of the New York Times, was tasked by his editors to get as many massage therapy and bodywork sessions as he could and then write an article about it. Coming from a skeptical point of view, Sullivan goes to several different spas, practices, and offices to check out the many offerings of bodywork – finally coming to the conclusion that “…maybe that’s what massage is to a lot of people, those who don’t have chronic pain or migraines — it’s enforced meditation for those of us too distracted to meditate. You’re paying someone to meditate you. It’s not anything they’re doing, necessarily. It’s that they open a little window. They give you an excuse to lie there in silence and pay a deeper attention to the fact that you exist. The true value of shamanism may be a concealed one, that it holds us in place and says this.”

We agree.

How Massage Therapy Helps Veterans

Today we remember the men and women who have done our nation, and us, a great service – our veterans and those who have fallen in the line of military duty.

These brave people shoulder a burden for us ‘civs’ that we can only imagine, from leaving home to start intense basic training to being shipped off to hostile environments to hours upon hours of boredom in the barracks to the loneliness of long nights away from loved ones. When our soldiers, pilots, medics, and others in military service come home, integrating back into ‘normal’ life isn’t always the easiest thing – how do you reconnect with the person that you were 2 years ago, 4 years ago or longer? How do you integrate what you have seen, done, and felt when you feel like a completely new person?

Massage Therapy, at it’s core, is a time for a person to relax and return to the center of themselves. These moments of quiet, after months or years of active duty, do much for the veterans peace of mind and soul. At Indigo, we do our best to help all of our clients have these quiet moments – and who needs them more than our veterans?

“One physical therapist at a VA hospital said, ‘Massage feels good. People underestimate that. If you feel good, you are more productive, and you just generally do better.'”

Indigo offers discounts to the men and women who have served our nation’s military as well as those who help protect and care for us at home – check out our Specials page for more information on our Military, Healthcare, and Police/Firemen Discounts.

Sneak These 10 Stretches Into Your Day

After long hours in front of a computer screen, dutifully typing away and answering phone calls, it’s easy to start to feel like Bob Cratchit, Ebenezer Scrooge’s underpaid and overworked minion in A Christmas Carol. Why not take a moment for yourself and stretch out, center, and reconnect to your body?

Dian Daniel easily explains 10 modified yoga moves to sneak into your work day. 

Each of these moves is rooted in ancient yoga practice and have been slightly modified for  use at the office. Break away from your daily grind and reconnect!