Category Archives: Yoga

Yoga is an amazing tool to stay healthy, flexible, strong, and focused. Doing yoga is like getting a massage. Everybody should have a yoga/stretching practice.

The Ant Hill. A Meditation.

Sometimes when I’m doing CranioSacral work, or a client is working with me on trying to gain perspective on the thought processes that are actually causing the stress and tight muscles that motivate them to get on my massage table, I do a guided meditation with them while they are on the table.

I love the feedback that I get from this work.

Today one of my client/friends said as she was leaving after her massage, “That ant hill thing is really helping me at work.  Now whenever I start getting stressed at work I just think to myself–y’all are all just a bunch of ants.”

At first I couldn’t remember the context.  What had we been talking about?  Ants?  It sounds strange just on its own.  But now I remember the analogy and it’s one of the ones I love that helps me get perspective when I need it and sometimes just as a fun way of looking at things.

The first time I made the analogy was at the Gulley Park Summer Concert Series when all the mamas were standing at the perimeter of the sand volleyball court watching a couple dozen children digging, climbing, running, wrestling, throwing, laughing, and running some more.  There was so much activity it was hard to track your own children.  So much so that the area resembled a people sized Ant Hill.  Watching those kids at that moment was mesmerizing.  It was beautiful in its complexity and its speed.

Now, whenever I feel myself becoming my job, or becoming my to do list, or becoming the stress of trying to get somewhere in traffic, I can extract myself, watching all the busy-ness of the Ant Hill around me.  I can be amazed by all the activity and the intensity and remove myself from the emotion of it.  It’s a strange sensation when I achieve Ant Hill Status because it’s like I’ve stepped outside of myself, and I’m looking in.  The job just becomes a job, the to do list becomes just that–a piece of paper with some writing on it, the stress is simply a thing people do–the interesting side effect of a belief system, the busy Ant People around me are just that–motion.

And from the outside of the Ant Hill it’s beautiful.  You can be amazed at the complexity of it all, and yet still be stunned by it’s simplicity.  You can breathe deeper when you’re looking at the Ant Hill.  I highly recommend it.

Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student.  She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.

 

 

I.M. Spa Girls on the Road!

We had a staff meeting at I.M. Spa, my favorite workplace in the whole wide world, the Friday before I started classes at the University of Arkansas to study Nursing.  In addition to talking about what we needed to do to pull together while I was time challenged (to say the least) with classes, we also talked about what we would do to celebrate when we made it through to the end of Final Exams in May.  And no I won’t be completely finished then, I will still have 4 semesters to go.  We’ll have to travel after every semester I think.

All of us I.M. Spa girls are going to all pile into my minivan for a road trip to Visit Dallas to steam it up at King Spa and whatever other cool spa like places and Raw Food Restaurants we can discover.  I’m going to need some serious relaxation after working at the spa, being mom to my 4 boys, and going to school full time.

To make it more interesting though, we need suggestions for where to go on the way and while we’re there.  So if you reply on the bottom of this blog post with a great suggestion for where we can go and we’ll put your name in a drawing to win $100 worth of Spa Services at I.M. Spa, or, if the winner is not close to Fayetteville we’ll send them a $100 gift basket.  We’re interested in–Spas, great independent bodywork places, hot springs, Farmer’s Markets, Raw Food restaurants, yoga studios, independent businesses that make Dallas unique, and must sees.

For instance our friend Alpha, who is like the sun shining so bright, mentioned an amazing foot massage place in Frisco.  I’ve got to get with her to get the name of that place.  Suggestions like that are gold to us.

  • So here’s the deal:
  • get together your favorite places in Dallas, or in between Dallas and Fayetteville. Spas, independent businesses, hot springs, yoga studios, raw food restaurants, or things that you’ve heard about but haven’t been to yet. Each one can be a separate entry.
  • post them in a reply at the bottom of this blog post
  • or post them on our Facebook Page
  • or post them on our Twitter Account.  We’ll hashtag #itouchpeople on our trip so you can see what we’re up to.
  • we’ll draw for a winner when we SURVIVE Spring Semester at UofA and come back from Dallas!
  • look for our upcoming posts for pictures and a full report!

Wendy Finn is the mother of 4 boys, owner of I.M. Spa, a Raw Food Enthusiast and educator, a world traveler in pursuit of superior massage education, a Master Massage Therapist of 20 plus years, a gardener, and a nursing student.  She’s passionate about touching people and sharing health.