Spring is almost here!

The Spring Equinox is on Wednesday March 20th!   Spring is a time of growth, cleansing and rejuvenation in our lives, bodies and homes.  In Ayurveda, India’s ancient herbal medical system, massage is viewed as an integral part of any cleansing or detoxification program. The patient, or “cleanser” will eat a pure and simple diet during this time. Each day they will eat some ghee and receive a vigorous lymphatic massage. The therapist will apply copious amounts of medicated herbal oil to the body. This will continue for up to 7 seven days. Each massage is followed by a steam sauna. Of course, there are variations and many more details to this protocol, but the main elements of oleation and massage are constants. The idea behind the use of vigorous, oily massage is that the oils, which are both consumed internally and applied externally work to dislodge toxic substances from the accumulated areas in the body and move them out into the colon for elimination and out through the pores of the skin via the sauna, out through the stomach, etc.

During a detox process, it is especially important to keep your blood, lymph and other bodily fluids flowing freely, to keep your joints lose and limber, to stretch your tendons and other connective tissue and to stimulate your organs and glands. A daily massage will do all of the above.

Massage therapy benefits the lymphatic system. Massage, by stimulating the lymph nodes, boosts the circulatory and immune systems. This positively affects blood pressure, circulation, muscle tone, digestion and elimination.

A daily massage assists in the detox process as it helps the toxins, which are being released into your bloodstream from cleansing, exit your system with support. Massage can do this as it:

* Kneads toxins from the tissues and allows them to be excreted from the body, enhancing the detox process.

* Activates lymph drainage

*Calms the nervous system and improves blood circulation

* Improves breathing

In Chinese medicine the organ related to Spring is the liver, the bodies toxin filter.  This time of year is perfect for revitalizing the liver after the heaviness and hibernation of its long winters nap.  You can do this in a variety of ways:  diet, exercise and bodywork to name a few.  Written on the Body has several ways to support your Spring renewal!  Spring Clean Massage-
This 75 minute treatment includes a circulation enhancing massage infused with Umay’s signature detoxifying aromatherapy blend.  To assist in lymphatic stimulation we will also utilize the extensive benefits of dry brushing.  The dry brush as well as a specially created detox Epsom salt bath are yours to take home at no extra charge!

For the ultimate benefits we recommend a pack of 5 daily treatments or a month of weekly treatments, to purchase the buy 4 get 1 free Spring Clean Package for $310  give us a call at 503-473-8515.

For a single appointment the cost is $85

To add this treatment to an existing VIP Membership it is $20, please let us know before your appointment if you would like to add this treatment on.

Acupuncture-Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are excellent tools to support Springtime detoxification and general immune function!  Check out this great article on the Chinese Medicine perspective on Spring and liver function.
Community:  $50 per couple
Private:  $70
Herbal Consultation:  $25 plus the cost of herbs

Book your appointments online today!

Love Letter from WOTB

I hope that the new year has brought you wonderful days so far!  I always find it exciting to re-visit the happenings of my year, to add up the happy times and recognize the disappointments.  Then to let all of that go and look to the new year and all of the possibilities it holds.  So many things can and will happen, what are you hoping for and working towards? 

One of my wishes include getting to know all of you better, finding out what your needs and wants are for wellness and then figuring out how to implement those things effectively in our communications and in the studio.  Please let us know if there is anything we don’t have that you would like to see added, or if there is something that we do or have that you do not enjoy by emailing us anytime that something comes up.  We really care about you and what makes you happy so please don’t ever hesitate to let us know what is on your mind!

Another goal I have this year is having more fun in all of the the things I do.  Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the work and seriousness of life and miss all of the joy in the details.  Every year I adopt a mantra to remind myself of my most important goals for that time period, last years was:  “remain calm” and believe me, repeating this when things got tough really helped me break some old and unhelpful patterns. 
This years mantra is the following quote by an unknown author:
Maybe it’s not about the happy ending, maybe it’s about the story.

With that in mind I have decided to make this month all about love!  I know, I know Valentine’s day can be full of cliches and cheesey-ness.  But when I started to really think about the day I decided that we should all re-claim it from it’s overly Hallmarked and sensationalized state and make it a day of celebrating love.  A day to show ourselves and others how much we care and to remember what love and life is all about. 

We at Written on the Body love you and we are so very grateful to have the opportunity to bring relaxation, health and happiness into your lives as you do ours.  Learning about your needs helps us learn about ourselves and improves our ability to help others.  We hope that every moment you are interacting with us you are feeling infused with peace, love and abundant health.
Happy oohy-gooey sappy Love Month:)

Julie Campbell, Owner and LMT OR#15892  and all of the team at   Written on the Body Massage and Acupuncture Studio

August 24th, 2012


Just in case you haven’t been following this series I have been writing about my experiences receiving regular treatments from the lovely team whom I am privileged to work with at this studio.  This is a little blurb about the always happy and positive LMT: Katie Jayne Selin!
Katie joined Written on the Body a little over a year ago and we have been trading Massage sessions for about that long as well.  
Every time I see Katie she is smiling and always looking for ways to make not only our space but everyones days a little more beautiful.  In that same way she knows just how to put you at ease and to create a calm atmosphere when you visit her for a treatment.  This is a wonderful way to begin such an intimate experience and I always appreciate this unique trait.
Katie’s technique includes a customized mixture of gentle stretching, deep tissue, myofascial and Trigger point Therapy.   One of my favorite things about getting a massage from Katie is her ability to hone in on the exact locations that seem to be the control center of my pain.  I have seen her for many many many different ailments over the past year and her techniques have been effective with every single one.   She seems to have the perfect understanding of applied deep tissue work, bringing you just to the edge of your tolerance and letting up at the right moment.  A talent that is truly incredible.
I am a very lucky lady to have access to such skill and so very happy to have Katie as part of my team both in work and for my health care plan!  Do yourself a gigantic favor and book a treatment with Katie today!!

Sandra’s Incredible work:

All about Sandra’s amazingness:
I have been getting regular 60 minute Massage treatments from Sandra for about a year.  I am not even sure I could quite capture the words to describe the difference these have made in my body, mind and spirit.  Sandra has a very unique style of massage that I would decscribe to be a combination of Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports and intuitive Energy work.  It sounds like a lot to put together but, I can sincerely attest that Sandra has managed to find the perfect balance!  

She always seems to know the exact type of touch and pace that I need and where I need the work the most.  Her thoughtful massage techniques highlight her incredible heightened sense of intuition.  I am continually in awe of the way my body responds to the work and how much more movement I have in my joints after each session.  My treatments with  Sandra have helped me to become aligned and to become capable of utilizing my muscles properly.  Overall the regular massage treatments with her have made my days pain free and soooo much less stressful!  I highly recommend booking an appointment with Sandra, you do not want to miss the opportunity to work with her!

Thai Massage with Bryce


Bryce Bugby, LMT
Just in case you haven’t heard we are now offering Thai Massage and I recently had the privilege of receiving a TWO HOUR Thai session from our new Massage Therapist:
Bryce Bugby, LMT OR # 18896.  Here are a few notables from my experience:

A short definition of Thai for those of you who aren’t familiar: 
Thai Massage incorporates elements of mindfulness, gentle rocking, deep stretching, and rhythmic compression to create a singular healing experience.  Thai Massage is performed on a mat on the floor and the client wears light, loose-fitting clothing. The session can last from one hour to three hours or more. The treatment style is slow, deliberate, gentle, non-invasive, and suitable for even the most fragile person. –http://traditionalthaimassage.org/

Things I loved about my experience with Bryce and Thai Massage:

  • Bryce instantly makes you feel comfortable and relaxed!
  • Thai Massage is clothed which means you can be stretched and worked on in different ways and areas than Massage that is preformed with little or no clothing.  For example the inner thigh and upper hamstrings, two areas that are often tight and major players in many types of ailments.
  • Thai Massage is on a cushioned mat on the floor therefore Bryce had a lot of space to move my limbs which meant I was getting the most effective stretch for my body.
  •  The rhythm and flow of the massage was bliss inducing, literally the two hour session felt like it went by in 30 minutes.   
  •  When we finished the session I felt extremely present in both my mind and body.
  • The aftermath was even more exciting, the next day as I did my stretches I was so much more flexible!  This is a pretty outstanding result for only 1 session, I couldn’t believe it.   

Overall I have to say that I am a huge fan of Thai Massage, or at least Bryce’s particular technique since it is the only one I have tried. Bryce is an incredible human, I am overjoyed to have him on the team and I am looking forward to my next appointment with him!

Two whole years!  Wow….

It is hard to believe that it has been over two years since I started this venture but here it is, time to celebrate two years of business for Written on the Body.  It has been a crazy adventure full of many highs and lows and I have learned a ton from both.  The short list looks like this:
*It is a lot more work and yet a lot more rewarding to run a business than anyone could ever prepare you for.
*Marketing is key.
*It is very easy to become your own worst enemy.
*Having a strong support system is essential to running a successful business (and probably just to life in general).
*As long as you remain genuine and act with integrity everything will work out just fine.
*Self care is a necessity.
*The Alberta neighborhood is an amazing community to be a part of.
*I truly love being a Massage Therapist, it is the best job ever!
*I have the most amazing clients in the universe!
………Like I said this is the very very very short list.  I am not even sure I would ever be able to find the end of the list of things I have learned since I started building Written on the Body in February 2010.  It is an incredible journey and I am loving every single moment of it. 

I want to say a special thank you to my crew:  friends, family, team, clients:  you all know who you are,  for holding my sanity in the low times and celebrating the successes with me as they came along.  To my beautiful clientele:  you make my world an amazing place.  Thank you for allowing me to share in yours. 

I am looking forward to many more years to come and soooooo very excited for the possibilities:)

Sending you all so much love and gratitude!

DIY: Natural Beauty Care

As winter continues I find my skin and hair becoming more and more lackluster.  Even my massage clients are complaining of itchy dry flesh and the oil is being soaked up much quicker than usual!
I have tried practically everything as far as over the counter moisturizers, toners and cleansers go.  Yet nothing seems to do the trick.  Until recently when I did an extensive internet search into DIY facial and scalp treatments.  So far I have only tried a couple and I will tell you about them here:**Please use your own discretion when trying out these DIY beauty care recipes, they may not work the same for everyone.  I highly recommend a test patch prior to doing the full on treatment.Baking Soda Facial Mask:
This is soooo easy and it leaves your skin feeling extremely soft and fresh.  I have been using this mask every other day for about a month and it has kept my face looking clear and moisturized.
a small palm full of fresh baking soda
a little bit of water to mix it into a paste
Mix baking soda and water into a spreadable paste in the palm of your hand.  Spread the paste onto your entire face and if you like neck and chest area.  Leave on for up to an hour and rinse with warm water.

Jojoba oil:
I have switched from all lotions to 100% Jojoba Oil as a moisturizer and it is unbelievable.  If you have combination skin like me it is very difficult to find a lotion that works well and doesn’t contain an oil that will make you break out.  Jojoba oil is said to be the closest oil to the natural oil our skin produces which is why it doesn’t tend to make us break out!

Witch Hazel:
So old school!  You can purchase witch hazel practically anywhere and it is a wonderful natural toner for your face.  I have used it off and on since I was a teen but recently I have been using it every single day and it has had desirable results.  It gives your face a renewed look and reduces the size of pores.

I exfoliate with rolled oats one time per week.  This was recommended to me by a woman whom called in while I was working at a call center.  I quote “exfoliating with oatmeal is what has made me look at least ten years younger than all of my sisters.”  🙂  We shall see, but it feels great and leaves your face feeling super soft!
a small hand full of rolled oats
Mix the rolled oats with a little bit of water in your palm and exfoliate your face with a small circular outward motion and rinse.

Tea tree oil and olive oil conditioner:
This one is brand spanking new so I am not sure about the results yet.  The last two times I have washed my hair I have used a palm full of olive oil mixed with just a few drops of tea tree oil as conditioner, after shampooing with Dr. Brommers mint soap.  So far so good and my hair looks shiny not oily!  I will get back to you on how well it takes care of a dry and itchy scalp but it does seem to give at least a little relief!

That is all for now,  I will get back to you on any new diy beauty tricks I decide to try out.  Meanwhile I would love to hear about your favorites!

Julie Campbell, LMT OR#15892

Happy Holidays!

Geez it seems like time is just flying by this year! 
This is our second year in business here at Written on the Body and we are so thankful to have such an amazing group of friends, family and clients to celebrate this magical season of joy and giving.
It is going to be a cold but beautiful winter here in Portland and we can’t wait to hear how you and yours will be enjoying the next few weeks.  Please feel free to tell us stories in the comment section below!!

Remember not to stress!  As far as we know stress has never really made anyone’s life easier:)  Besides these moments pass way too quickly to waste even a single second. 

Thanks again for being you and allowing us to be a part of your wellness regimen!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Written on the Body

The Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

  The Benefits of Hot Stone Massage
        -by Julie Campbell, LMT OR#15892   

      As a professional Massage Therapist I strive to create a calm and healing atmosphere that makes each and every client leave their treatment feeling transformed and educated.  My practice covers several modalities, one being Hot Stone Therapy. I love using the Hot Stone’s because it relieves tension in the body and mind of my clients before I give a deep tissue massage. But, I’m often asked, “What are the benefits of using hot stones for massage”? The occurrence of this question in so many of my interactions with my clients is the motivation behind today’s blog post.  
     Hot Stone Massage has been around for more than 5000 years and is utilized by practitioners all over the world. In a article by About.com’s Antirna Brown She states that, “Hot stones warmed by fire were used by Native Americans to treat aching muscles, but the modern revival of hot stones in massage is generally credited to Mary Nelson, a native of Tucson, Arizona. She trademarked her style of hot stone massage, called LaStone Therapy, which has a Native American spiritual component and requires training and certification”.Other sources speculate when Hot Stone Therapy was reintroduced in the United States since massage in general is attribute to the ancients healing arts, but we have all seen it quickly grow in popularity during the last 20 years.
     There are many types of Hot Stone Massage but for simplicity I will describe only two. The first is what I like to call, “Placement Stone Massage”.  During this type of therapy your practitioner will position warm stones over the top of a sheet or towel on specific points of the body, for example;  the sacral area, muscles along the spine and between the shoulder blades.  Some believe that this type of hot stone placement assists in activating the Kundalini Energy leaving you feeling balanced and refreshed. 
      The second type of Hot Stone Massage what I will refer to as “Moving Stone Massage”.  With this type of therapy your practitioner will incorporate the hot stones into the massage as an extension of their hands.  Your practitioner will use the stones not only to warm up the muscles but to manipulate the muscle tissue as well.  This is the type of Hot Stone massage I incorporate at Written on the Body Massage and Acupuncture Studio in Portland, OR.  This type of therapy caters to deep relaxation for my client’s and allows me to work more deeply into the muscle fibers without as much soreness for the client in the following days. I have also had a lot of success and expedited healing times when using “Moving Stone Massage” for injury treatment because the heat acts as a conduit for muscle circulation.
     The overall benefits of both “Placement” and “Moving Stone Massage”, include improved circulation, deep muscle and tissue release, deep relaxation of the body and mind, improved range of motion, and detoxification as well as many others. In the end I always trust that my clients’ know their bodies and if hot stone therapy resonates with them then the therapy will most likely be a benefit to their personal journey.  The most important part of any massage treatment is that it feels good to you, you know yourself better than anyone!    

Make this year a happy one!

“Plan Your Way to Less Stress, More Happiness”
By Marina Watson Peláez
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A recent survey by psychologist and self-help author Robert Epstein found that 25% of our happiness hinges on how well we’re able to manage stress. The next logical question is, of course, how best can we reduce our stress?

Epstein’s data, which he presented last month at the Western Psychological Association meeting in Los Angeles, was intended to help answer that question. It involved 3,000 participants in the U.S. and 29 other countries, who responded to an online questionnaire. Participants’ stress-management skills were gauged by asking them to rate their level of agreement with 28 items, such as “I frequently use breathing techniques to help me relax.” The volunteers were also asked about how happy they were and how successful they were in their personal and professional lives.

The stress management technique that worked best, according to the survey: planning. In other words, “fighting stress before it even starts, planning things rather than letting them happen,” says Epstein. “That means planning your day, your year and your life so that stress is minimized.”

Epstein points to his former professor, the late Harvard behaviorist B.F. Skinner, as a master organizer. (Skinner is best known for his highly influential research on the effects of reinforcement on behavior.) “Skinner was amazing at managing stress. He was quite a planner. Not only did he plan his day every day, but he had a 10-year planner,” says Epstein.

Epstein’s survey was also able to track stress management with participants’ overall levels of happiness. “The association was very strong,” says Epstein, “suggesting that nearly 25% of our happiness is related to our ability to manage stress.” (Incidentally, he remembers his former teacher Skinner as having been a genuinely happy person.)

But the bad news is that, in general, people are really bad at managing stress. “The mean score on our test was 55%. In a course, that would lead to a failing grade: F,” says Epstein.

You don’t have to be scientist to know that excess stress can lead to a host of ill effects, psychologically and physically — including early death. According to the New England Centenarian Study carried out by Boston University School of Medicine researchers in 2010, longevity is 20%-30% determined by genes and 70%-80% attributable to the environment. And a major characteristic consistent among people who lived to 100, the study found, was the ability to manage stress. “Stress kills,” says Epstein. “Stress is not only daunting, it’s also an important factor responsible for the acceleration of the biological clock.”

“The most important way to manage stress is to prevent it from ever occurring,” by planning, says Epstein. Of course, for some people, the idea of making checklists and calendars, organizing and planning ahead sounds, well, stressful. So Epstein suggests a few other stress-management techniques, taken from his self-help book on stress, that might work better for you:

Relax. O.K., if you could do that, you wouldn’t have any stress to begin with. But you can learn to decompress. Epstein found that study participants who had received stress-management training — even just a yoga class — had higher happiness scores than people who hadn’t. The more hours of training, the higher their scores.

Getting relaxed can be as easy as deep breathing, meditating or practicing muscle relaxation. “It’s important to practice one or more of these techniques every day, before stress ever hits,” says Epstein. “That’s a way of ‘immunizing’ yourself against stress, so that it doesn’t hurt you so much when it occurs.”

One simple breathing technique: the cleansing breath, which consists of inhaling deeply, holding for a slow count of five and exhaling slowly.

Tummy Breathing. When you’re stressed, you breathe with your chest, so Epstein recommends learning to breath with your gut. Place one hand on your chest and another on your stomach and try to keep your chest still as you breathe more with your tummy. “Abdominal breathing relaxes muscles throughout the body and lowers stress levels,” says Epstein.

Double Blow. Another easy breathing technique. All you have to do is exhale fully, then when all the air seems to be gone, blow out forcefully — this helps fight the tendency to take shallow fast breaths when you’re stressed. “This gets rid of the air trapped in the lower lungs and refreshes the respiratory system,” says Epstein, noting that shallow breathing circulates carbon dioxide and other toxins through the bloodstream.

Epstein says he taught his daughter the double blow when she was just 3 years old. Now 5, when she gets upset, he says he tells her, “Do your blowing.” Epstein says it works every time: “She’ll do this huge ‘Pfff’ and try to blow my head off and then she’ll start laughing. She’ll go from borderline getting upset to absolute cheerful.”

In a previous study, Epstein found that parents’ stress management was the second most powerful predictor, after love and affection, in outcomes of parenting. “The tragedy is that we don’t teach these things to children,” says Epstein.

Reframing. Last but not least, Epstein says people can reduce stress by reframing, which means thinking about things in a neutral or positive way, instead of negatively. “We don’t have much control over the events around us, but we have almost total control over how we interpret them,” Epstein says.

Often, we make assumptions or blow things out of proportion, only to realize later that we were wrong. So, for instance, if your boss passes you in the hall looking surly without saying hello, don’t immediately jump to the conclusion that you’re about to get laid off. Rather, ask yourself whether he might have just received some bad news or was simply being absent-minded.

**We would just like to add that regular massage and acupuncture treatments are a wonderful way to reduce the amount of stress in your life!  B