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Holiday Gift Bags!

28 Nov

I hope you all have received a holiday gift bag from our wonderful circle of local healers (just scroll down to meet them!) by now.  If not, join me for a yoga class and pick one up!

My contribution to the bags was a small dram of doTERRA essential oil for you to enjoy this holiday season.  Your dram contains one of the following oils (which are my personal favorites!), plus MANY more goodies complements of Jelan …  Read on to learn more about how to enjoy your doTERRA oils and meet the practitioners responsible for your gift bags!

Balance_15mlBalance® Grounding Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, No Dilution Needed
  • Promotes whole-body relaxation
  • Soothes sore muscles and joints
  • Evokes feelings of tranquility and balance

OnGuard_15mlOnGaurd® Protective Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, Internal, Dilute for young or sensitive skin
  • Supports healthy immune function
  • Protects against environmental threats
  • Cleanses surfaces
  • Purifies the skin while promoting healthy circulation
  • Energizing and uplifting aroma

AromaTouch_15mlAromaTouch® Massage Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, No Dilution Needed
  • Relaxes muscles and soothes joints
  • Promotes circulation
  • Supports a healthy inflammatory response


  • Uses: Aromatic, topical – no need for dilution, internal
  • Widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities
  • Soothes occasional skin irritations
  • Helps skin recover quickly
  • Eases muscle tension

Slim & Sassy®  Metabolic Blendslimsassy_15ml

  • Uses: aromatic, topical and internal
  • Promotes healthy metabolism
  • Helps manage hunger cravings
  • Calms your stomach and lifts your mood
  • Diuretic stimulant and calorie free

How to use Essential Oils

There are so many ways for you to enjoy your oils!

  • A few drops on the clay charm necklace that is included in your gift bag!
  • One drop on the wrist, rub wrists together, then rub on your neck near your lymph nodes
  • Add to a witch hazel spray for a yoga mat cleaner or all-purpose household cleaner
  • Rub a drop or two into the bottoms of your feet

A Note from Jelan:

The Holiday Gift Bags are up and running!  Much thanks and gratitude goes out to this amazing circle of healers for making these little bits of holiday cheer such a huge success!  I could not have done it with out you!

I would like to acknowledge T. L. Garrett of Mountain Sunrise Pottery for creating the darling little charms you will find in your gift bag.  Teri does beautiful pottery.  Many of you have seen some of her pieces in my salon.  She specializes in “functional ~ unique ~ wearable ~ beautiful” pieces.  You may contact her at mountainsunrisepottery@gmail.com or 406-696-5195 for customized orders.

The charm has not been glazed on purpose.  It is porous to hold and absorb a drop or two of an essential oil to carry your aroma therapy blend with you throughout the day.  They may be worn as a necklace or simply placed near you on your desk, in your car, on your nightstand, wherever you wish.  They make a nice addition to your meditation / prayer practice, or simply to freshen the air in a stuffy environment.  One drop of essential oil will last for several days.  If you have questions about essential oils or would like to purchase additional oils, contact Jessie.  Enjoy!

In addition to the charms, you will find a few small tumbled stones with a brief description of the healing properties for which they may be used.  To use a stone for healing purposes, take a moment or two to think about an area in your life that you would either like to cultivate or release while holding the stone.  Then simply carry the stone with you in your purse or pocket, or place on your dresser, nightstand, or special place to serve as a gentle reminder to yourself of your intention to create positive change in your life.  Explore your heart and mind and Play!

Wishing Each of You and Your Families a Wonderful Holiday Season!

Many Blessings,


Practitioners you’ll find in your Gift Bag!

Jelan Petersen, Reiki Master / Teacher, Cosmetologist, Proprietor, The Reiki Sylist


“Bringing Beauty to the Body, Mind & Spirit”

Jelan offers a unique healing opportunity for her clients.  Combining the healing energies of unconditional Love and Compassion with traditional salon & spa services, offers a relaxed, fun and safe environment to facilitate subtle shifts of perspective while chatting about day to day events.  Deep healing experiences take place effortlessly as conversations bring issues to the surface.  The energetic environment within the salon offers a reprieve from the outside world, allowing one to connect with their own divine self, relax, rejuvenate, and release.  Healing sessions may be scheduled for more in-depth exploration of your inner being.  Classes may also be scheduled to learn how to connect more clearly with your intuition to heal yourself and others using the healing energy of Reiki.

Jelan combines the healing practices of Reiki,Theta Healing®, Crystal Therapy and her Intuitive Knowledge in her practice.

Hadea Tift, Owner of Skagit Community Acupuncture, Licensed & Board Certified Acupuncturist, Chief Creator

Hadea1Skagit Community Acupuncture provides a radical and yet sensible solution to feeling better on a budget, treating multiple people per hour so that you can afford to come often enough to get better while not breaking the bank.  SCA is a part of a network of practitioners across the country (200 strong!) who believe in offering acupuncture in an affordable setting.  All are individually owned and operated, connected solely by a common goal.

Trained at Bastyr, Hadea uses a Japanese style of needling which is gentle.  She practices distal treatments – meaning that no matter what she is treating (from headaches to back pain to hormonal or digestive issues) she uses acupuncture points that are on your legs, arms, and your head.  Schedule an appointment to experience this unique and effective healing experience for yourself.

Kathleen Sweeney, Reflexologist and owner of the Sedro Woolley Center of Holistic Wellness

Kathleen offers a blend of her many gifts out of the Center of Holistic Wellness, drawing from her most beloved trainings including Intuitive Reflexology, Reiki Raindrop therapy, Structural Relief Therapy, Aromatherapy, custom essential oil blends & perfumes, and plain old fashioned listening!

The Center hosts a lending library, fair trade & local gift store (stop in!), and a myriad of resources including classes, workshops, and healing practitioners to help you find community, wholeness and healing on a deep level.  Sign up for Kathleen’s e-mail list by clicking here.

Suzy Cornell, LMP, CPT, Structural Medicine Specialist, Yoga & Pilates Instructor and owner of Body Free

Suzy Cornell

Suzy integrates her many advanced trainings in the healing arts with an extensive movement background to empower her clients to achieve a high level of freedom and functional ability in their lives.  Through Body Free, she offers hourlong or two-hour massage, Aromatouch, Functional Movement Screens and Structural Medicine treatments out of Concrete and Sedro Woolley.  She also teaches a weekly yoga class at the Center of Holistic Wellness.

Jessie Tierney, Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor & Physical Therapist Aide

Jessie-ProfileI teach therapeutic yoga and offer workshops around the Skagit Valley.  From Therapeutic Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Back Care Yoga and even Horseback Yoga, it is my deepest love to share the benefits of this life-changing practice to all.  I supplement my yoga teaching (and my life) with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade doTERRA essential oils, which I am thrilled to be sharing with all of you.  You can sign up for my e-mail list by clicking here (be sure you check the box that corresponds to your interests!).


What People Really Look Like

18 Sep

Dale Favier

This short, sweet piece by a Portland-area massage therapist Dale Favier is well worth passing along.  Do yourself a favor and read it (along with other, lovely, subsequent posts by the same man).

Here is a taste:

I’ve been a massage therapist for many years, now. I know what people look like.
People have been undressing for me for a long time. I know what you look like: a glance at you, and I can picture pretty well what you’d look like on my table.
Let’s start here with what nobody looks like: nobody looks like the people in magazines or movies. Not even models. Nobody. Lean people have a kind of rawboned, unfinished look about them that is very appealing. But they don’t have plump round breasts and plump round asses. You have plump round breasts and a plump round ass, you have a plump round belly and plump round thighs as well. That’s how it works. (And that’s very appealing too.)
Woman have cellulite. All of them. It’s dimply and cute. It’s not a defect. It’s not a health problem. It’s the natural consequence of not consisting of photoshopped pixels, and not having emerged from an airbrush …
Go on, read the rest!
NeckThis beautiful perspective makes me so grateful … for yoga, for the teachings, for my teachers, for my body, for my students, and for my amazing massage therapist/body worker, Suzie Cornell (pictured at left, giving me a Structural Medicine treatment).
You might do yourself another favor and schedule an appointment with her.
She helps me glow!

Structural Medicine

23 May

I have had great fortune in being asked to ‘model’ for a local body worker’s Structural Medicine training.  This means I get treatments monthly for one year, and she takes measurements, photos, notes, etc., to study the structural and subtle changes that happen in my body over the course of my treatments.

My experience with the first treatment truly blew me away … SO much that I want to share this rather personal journey with my community, and also encourage each of you to schedule an appointment with Suzy Cornell!  She is amazing!

Suzy Cornell
Skagit Valley Structural Medicine

My first appointment happened last weekend.  I drove into Concrete on a iconic drizzly PNW morning and was greeted by a long driveway lined with old growth cedar and big leaf maple, ferns, and even medicinal mushrooms growing on old stumps.  This scenic and magical setting on the bank of Finney Creek really set a soothing stage for my first visit.

Suzy herself is a fantastic woman–energetic and compassionate, she is easy to talk to and immediately made me feel comfortable.  In her home, with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Finney Creek, we sat at a table and went over some intake information & my medical history, and spoke about physical areas of concern.

In my body, I believe in part due to falling off horses numerous times in my youth and in part due to over-stretching the ligaments that support my sacroiliac joint in yoga, I have occasional sometimes acute hip and low back pain.  I have treated this pain with physical therapy, Reiki, and yoga, and I’ve found most recently that my yoga practice at Yoga Northwest under the guidance of very anatomically-aware and alignment-specific teachers has helped most with the pain.  However, in the past year, I feel like I’ve come to a bit of a wall and don’t feel like I am progressing.  My personal home yoga practice feels at best uninspired, bland.  I avoid many poses (specifically twists) that tend to inflame my hip problem.  I was ready for a new perspective.

I came to the right place at the right time.

Structural Medicine is a combination and integration of various forms of bodywork, developed by Donna Bagellis, a Physical Therapist here in Washington.  It’s a sort of tango between Hallerwork, Rolfing, PT, pilates, and yoga.  After an extensive series of tests on my range of motion (even down to my ribcage expansion in my breathing) and strength, I lay on a massage table and Suzy began doing some deep work on my fascia.  She mostly focused on the area of my torso: from my hips up to my collarbones and into my armpits.  She coached me to breathe deeply as she worked.  After awhile I switched and lay on my belly while she worked my back.

Below, I felt so inspired after my first treatment that I did an exercise that my writing professor and first yoga teacher, Michael McColly, introduced to me in a Creative Body class: Draw an outline of your body and then write words/draw pictures of sensations and messages from the body within and around that outline.


Body work is powerful because of the subtleties that are physically entrapped in the physical body.  As muscles and fascia releases, so do emotions, sub-consciousness, things that were stuck or suppressed within the subtle and physical body.

“It’s all about inspiration,” Suzy said to me.  She had me take a deep in-breath, and let the out-breath come naturally.  I realized that it was hard for me to inhale and spread my middle ribs.  At first this shocked me.  As a yoga teacher, one would think I would have exceptional lung capacity.  I was shocked to find that I did have a deep, full low belly breath, but my middle and upper ribs were constricted.  Very constricted.

For so long I have been lengthening and deepening my exhale, and consciously keeping my inhale shorter because this longer-exhale helps to ease  and lessen anxiety (something I have struggled with).  However, I’d been so deeply focused on the exhale that my inhalations have become stifled.

Exhales, on an energetic level, correlate with giving, release, offering.    I can see this tendency in myself: teaching more, giving more time away to others, working more, trying harder, doing more …

Inhale invites creativity, helps us take in pleasures, brings in energy, nourishes the body: intake, receive, take in, accept, indulge, welcome, invite, inspire:  and this is where I need to focus.  I’m real good at exhaling.  My in-breath needs some work.

As in everything, there must be balance.  Even to the breath.  In the past, my pendulum had swung too far toward the inhale.  Now it is too far toward the exhale.  With this mindfulness practice, I hope to still the pendulum in the middle of a balanced breath.

Throughout the session, I felt like I was being freed!  With this work, I will become balanced, whole: able to let go yet maintain boundaries.  Fully myself.  Giving, gifting, offering, and receiving, accepting, taking in: the dance of balance.

There is such beauty in balance!

I love working with the subtle body by way of the physical body.  It is in bodywork that we can truly realize that there is no separation between body, mind and spirit.  Like in yoga, what manifests in the physical body is an expression of the subtle body, the emotional body the spiritual body.

On a physical level, at the end of the treatment, Suzy took the same measurements as the start and we noticed these differences:

  • My left hip (previously lower) became level with my right hip
  • My left hip was less anteriorly rotated, more balanced with my right
  • My right shoulder range of motion was greater by twenty or so drgrees
  • I could breathe more fully into my mid-chest, around the area of my xyphoid process (base of sternum)
  • My IT bands weren’t nearly as tight (amazing to me, since she hadn’t touched my legs at all, instead focusing on releasing fascia in my torso)

My shoulders and neck felt completely different than they had pre-treatment.  My walking felt more free, my chest more open.  It struck me to realize how stuck we can feel without even knowing it.

A lot of this Structural Medicine work deals with Fascia, the connective tissue which holds the organs, tissues, and structures of the body in place.  I have much still to learn about fascia, and will continue to update my blog as I gain more resources to share.


I continue to receive insights as the days pass … the day after my bodywork session, I went on a run.  I felt like I had a new body!  I felt free and moved more easily.  My joints felt more open, my legs felt springy.


In my yoga class at Yoga Northwest, again I felt like I was in a completely new body.  Like a beginner to yoga, I felt sensations for the first time.  I stretched differently, felt openness in new places, breathed differently, went deeper in some poses and not so deep in others.

I feel more creative, like new ideas flow easily, like my future plans are unfolding more clearly.  Clarity, yes!

It is all so very inspiring.

I truly believe, after just one treatment, that this type of bodywork is one of the the best things we can do for our yoga practice.  It opens places we can’t quite open on our own.  It gives us feedback to have hands-on contact.  It slows us down.  It helps us recognize that we are a part of a greater community. it teaches us how to receive.

I can not wait until my next treatment.  I’ll write about it in the next installment of “Bodywork.”  In the meantime, give Suzy a call and get yourself out there!  It will be worth your while.

Suzy Cornell
Ultimate Physiques
rosesque at hotmail dot com