The Amayori Sento — Relaxation

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Remaining Calm & Mindful During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is officially in full swing. I have always loved the magic and excitement of this time of year – it is filled with joy and tradition. That said, most of us will find ourselves running around gift shopping, eating foods we normal would stay away from, skipping the gym, and probably drinking more alcohol than usual. Life is here to be enjoyed. To counteract the lack of routine during the holidays, it pays to make a little bit of extra effort to keep your body and mind in balance. By doing a few simple things we can avoid fatigue and physical and mental burnout. Commit to Three Minutes a Day: We all have three minutes a day...

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Nurture, Empower, and Relax with a Weekly Ritual

"Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel." - Eleanor Brown As women, we are constantly extending ourselves to others. We all wear many hats. By nature, we excel at multi-tasking and often take on more than expected because we can. It is well within our capabilities to rise to any occasion. Taking time for yourself each week is essential to living a balanced life. There is nothing selfish about it. Blocking out an hour of time every week allows us much needed time to breath, stop, and relax.  If you feel you can’t create the time to relax once a week then it’s time to start setting boundaries. There is power in saying “no”. If you can’t...

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An Autumn Meditation For Change and Transformation

In the past few journal entries I have mentioned autumn being a season of changed. Just a quick recap: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the element associated with autumn is metal and the principal organ associated with autumn and metal are the lungs. It is thought that working on the lungs and balancing the metal element will bring about change and transformation. After the fall equinox I began meditating while using aromatherapy to open the lungs. Using fragrance as a catalyst, I have been taking time every day to focus on the lung area and breathing deeply and I am experience change faster than I can even imagine (more on that soon). I know that the reason for all of these changes...

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What to Do When You Feel Slow and Sluggish This Autumn

If you’ve noticed a drop in your energy over the past few weeks you aren’t alone. It’s not just the cooler temperatures that make us want to curl up in bed with a book all day. In Traditional Chinese Medicine autumn is recognized as a time for gathering. The time of day associated with autumn is evening - a time of reflection. The element associated with autumn is Metal which is associated with the urge to interact with others but the need to maintain distance.  Rather than fight against what is natural, embrace this beautiful season and be in harmony with the earth and its energy.  Take a step back. This is a time to nurture yourself and prepare for...

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The Inspiration Behind Rotenburo Air

One of the things I love most about Amayori is that I can introduce something special from around the globe that many women may not have experienced otherwise. Japan is full of naturally occurring hot springs. Many, while beautiful, are very hot and are admired for their beauty from afar as the ones pictured above. There is also a large percentage of hot springs that are the perfect temperature for bathing. These outdoor baths are called rotenburo.  Rotenburo translates to “bath amid the dew under the open sky”. Rotenburo baths are situated throughout Japan and range from luxurious to very rustic. The most favored offer gorgeous views and are sought out by locals on weekends as a way to commune...

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