Banana Oatmeal ‘Pancakes’

I’ve been talking about this with my massage clients, so I figured I’d post it.

I originally made these at a camping event. We were in charge of breakfast for about 40, and had a huge pot of leftover oatmeal. I was skimming the crusty bits off the top, and my friend Nancy said, “Why don’t we fry that, like polenta?”.

We had bananas, and cinnamon! It was so good, I keep making it.

Fry bananas in coconut oil.

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Add oatmeal. (This is great with leftovers)

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Sprinkle with cinnamon.

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The banana, and cinnamon are the sweetener you need.

Making Body Butter

I started doing Ashiatsu (Barefoot Massage) 10 years ago. Because I’m standing on the client, adding more oil or lotion once I’m up there is difficult.

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Body Butter does not absorb into the skin as quickly as oil, or lotion.

I started making it right away, but what I’m whipping up now is much nicer, and healthier too!

Start with good product!

Organic Shea Butter, and Organic Coconut oil go into all of my whipped body butter recipes. 50% Shea Butter, 25% Coconut Oil, and the rest varies. Either olive oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, magnesium oil, or a combination, and essential oils.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it. I only use what I’d want to put into my system. By using plant extract, and essential oil, I create different recipes for desired results.

Infusing Plants into oils

I  add essential oils for the scent, and also the plant medicine.

I’ve made enough to know what it should look, and feel like, and how to correct it.

The consistency needs to be right at room temp. Cooling in the refrigerator speeds up the process, but it needs to maintain the consistency when it cools back down.

It should look and feel like a whipped light frosting.

To oily needs more butter – Shea, Mango, or Cocoa Butter.

To stiff needs more oil – Jojoba is great for this, but Olive or other oil will also work.

Add essential oil after you have cooled, and started whipping. Adding essential before cooling will begin diffusing it into your kitchen.

2 oz trial or 8 oz on ETSY

16 and 24 oz unscented on ETSY

Magnesium Body Butter on ETSY

 

 

 

Why Ashiatsu (Barefoot) Massage?

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Massaging with my feet seems natural to me. It’s deep, broad pressure. Most of my clients comment the first time they receive Ashiatsu, that they would not know it was not my hands.

I start seated, above the head. Working with mostly my heals, I can can go light, or deep around the shoulder blades, the long muscles on either side of the spine (paraspinals) shoulders, and back of the upper arms.

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From the stool I can stand with one foot, and massage with the other. Still able to go as light or deep as needed.

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If the client is still wanting more pressure, I stand on the client. It’s deep,broad pressure. Great for larger bodies, and clients who never seem to get a deep enough massage.

Just an hour is all I really need to do a great massage.

For a quick fix, I can walk on fully clothed body, with my socks on, much like a chair massage.

Book your massage today! Located in the Fairview section of Chicopee, on Prospect Street.

I also do regular massage, Reiki, and CranioSacral Therapy. No extra charge to combine therapies.

Sliding scale of $55.-$65. for an hour.

What does that mean? Pay what you would like in that range.

30 minutes $30. – $40.

20 minute tune up (clothes on) $20.- $30.

Lava Jewelry ~ Natural Defussers for Essential Oils

Lava beads are naturally very porous, so just a few drops of essential oils on the lava beads will defuse over time slower than if you put the oil directly on the skin. If you put the oil on with your finger tips, you will have the best of both topical, and Inhalation.

To me the Lave beads are also very grounding, considering they come from the center of the earth.

Special orders welcome. Here are some of my designs.

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Whipped Body Butter

 

Organic Coconut oil:  Coconut oil is naturally tough on bacteria and fungi and this helps to keep the skin clean (source), while the medium chain triglycerides are wonderfully moisturizing and protective for the skin.

Organic Shea butter: High in vitamin A, shea butter is healing for an array of skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis and even wrinkles.

Calendula infused Olive Oil:

 

Sore Muscle Body Butter

 

Organic Coconut oil:  Coconut oil is naturally tough on bacteria and fungi and this helps to keep the skin clean (source), while the medium chain triglycerides are wonderfully moisturizing and protective for the skin.

Organic Shea butter: High in vitamin A, shea butter is healing for an array of skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis and even wrinkles.

Oregano essential oil: Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, and antiparasitic Source 

Lemongrass essential oil: analgesic, anti depressant, anti microbial, anti pyretic, anti septic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicidal, galactogogue, insecticidal, nervine, sedative and tonic.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree): anti bacterial, anti microbial, anti septic, anti viral, balsamic, cicatrisant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide, stimulant and sudorific.

Showing off My Sprouts

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I thought I would show off a little at Epic Skill Swap, and make a sprout salad for the Friday night pot luck. I forgot, then started the seeds a little to late.

The new plan! 

I’ll bring the sprouting seeds, so everyone can watch them grow! They should be ready to eat by Sunday.

Hey, I might be sharing a skill this year after all!

I taught massage last year.

I could also assist at Christine’s yoga class.

I could also give a demo on wire art, with beads.

Or maybe I’ll help the massage teacher, I sure needed Christine’s help last year!

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Before you ask how much….

Wouldn’t you rather first want to ask about the massage?

About me, the therapist?

Tell me what you’re looking for, and see if I’m knowledgeable about the treatment?

Wouldn’t you want to know why I do what I do?

Don’t you want to know how the experience is going to be, before you decide what a ‘Good’ price is? 

If you don’t care about the experience of the massage therapist, why not go to the massage school, and get a $30. massage? They need to practice, and would love to have you.

For all of the knowledge, and experience I have, I want to give a great massage, at a more than fair price. 

I love giving massage. It’s the happiest part of most days. I feel honored to share the experience with you. 

I have a fantasy that heaven will be me experiencing every massage I gave, as the receiver. I make it the way I’d want it. 

There, now ask me, “how much?”Image.

The answer is $55.-$65. for an hour sliding scale, and  $35. for 30 minutes. 

Sliding scale means you pay what you feel good paying, feel you can afford, and how often you are coming. 

Diane’s version of yoga.

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I’ve been questioning my style of teaching in yoga. ‘I’m not like other teachers’ , my inner critic will say. I do not feel the strength as a yoga teacher, that I feel as a massage therapist. I love yoga, and love teaching, however teaching yoga does not light me up the way teaching Reiki used to. It does not light me up the way giving a massage does. 

I’m looking at the reasons I wanted to teach yoga, and they were never to be like other yoga teachers. It was to have an audience to do guided meditation, and include the body. The body is where we store old beliefs, old programs, and energetic body armor. 

I might change

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Create Change Classes with Guided Mediation, and Body Movement. 

I think it will feel more like ME. More like something I feel passionate about. 

Cheese Steak Salad

I know this is obvious, but you can turn any of your favorite sandwiches into a salad. It makes it much it lower in carbs, and much better for anyone diabetic, or insulin resistant.

I sauteed the onions, peppers, and mushrooms in one pan.

In the second pan I fried the shaved steak. As soon as I flipped the steak, I turned off the pan, and added a slice of cheese. 

I used baby Romaine lettuce, and ranch dressing. 

It was delicious! Not missing the bread at all.

I have 26 years of experience of being diabetic, and I’m trained as a hypnotherapist, massage therapist, and yoga teacher. If you live in the Chicopee Imagearea, and want some help, book a massage, or come to yoga class.