Unexpected Life Changes

Unexpected Life Changes

Life has been pushing me hard in the past few months and the last few weeks have stepped up the pressure, with both personal crisis and the health of a family member across the country from me.  This convergence of personal and family issues is forcing me to make the decision I did not want to make–leaving NY.

For me, the Universe started by sending these little hints that things were shifting.  Dreams…comments by strangers…. emotions…and memories coming like a breeze blowing by with a hint of a far off place riding along.  Then things I’d set in motion slowly began to come to a stop. I’m a bit stubborn sometimes and did not want to see what I was being told, but as a spiritual person working my own journey of Reawakening, now is the perfect time to listen and act with Love and Purpose.

I have enjoyed my time here in NY, and most especially here in Brooklyn. Thank you for all that I have learned and experienced during this piece of my Journey and my work with each of you.

I will still be available for Massage Sessions until August 16th. Email me at ReAwakenThroughTouch@gmail.com ASAP to book a session.

I wish you all the very best on your own Journey towards Reawakening!

In Service ✴DAWNNYC

Expanded Availability!

I am excited to announce expanded availability for massage sessions!  I am now available, by advanced appointment, Monday through Saturday 10am-8pm in TWO Brooklyn locations:

*Park Slope/Grand Army Plaza – Plaza Center for the Healing Arts, 53 8th Avenue (ground floor) Click Here

*Prospect Heights/Crown Heights-Shambhala Yoga and Dance, 367 St. Marks Avenue     Click Here

Contact Dawn at ReAwakenThroughTouch@gmail.com or text/call 347-522-3450 for more information and to book your session.

 

New Moon. New Year. Its Your Time to ReAwaken.

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I can feel it. Can you?  That sparkle of a new beginning, a new day, a new opportunity to know and grow.  I believe PASSIONATELY in the power of Touch to reawaken you to the wonders of YOU, giving you the knowledge of self through both reconnecting to YOU and rediscovering all of those fabulous bits and pieces that are YOU.  It may not be as easy or pain free as it reads, but trust me-YOU are worth the investment!

I want to assist you in this great journey.  There is no better time than NOW to get started! From TODAY through February 2, 2015,  purchase a  package of 5  Massage Sessions and I will include 2 hours of Private Massage Instruction OR  2 hours of Private Meditation Instruction.

To purchase a 5 Massage Session Package of 60 Minutes Each, Click Here                               To purchase a 5 Massage Session Package of 90 Minutes Each, Click Here

Lets make this year YOUR time to ReAwaken!

Holiday Gift Ideas and Deals

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Massage is the PERFECT gift for yourself and Everyone you LOVE! There are so many ways to give and receive this Gift of Touch for Holidays and every Day :
***I have a LIMITED TIME DEAL for this weekend ONLY! Click here for more details!

* Gift Certificates

I have traditional paper gift certificates perfect for giving :
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https://dawnwelburn.wordpress.com/gift-certificates/

 

OR

 

I also have Instant Gift Certificates for individual sessions, packages and instruction! Click  HERE to Purchase!

* MultiPacks

I have 5 packs of 30 minute, 60 minute and 90 minute sessions at an amazing discount :

30 Minutes  $240
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=28CW263T8JYRE

60 Minutes   $400
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90 Minutes   $560
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* Private Instruction

Learning Authentic, Conscious, Meaningful Touch is a Gift that just keeps on giving:

http://reawakenthroughtouch.com/massage-2/exclusive-partner-massage-instruction/

 

* Book a Session-

Book yourself or a loved one a session today! NEW LOCATION near Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope, Brooklyn NY.

http://reawakenthroughtouch.com/locations-hours-and-scheduling/brooklyn-new-york/

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Holiday Season! I look forward to seeing you on my table soon!

New Location December 1st, 2014

I am currently at a NEW location in Park Slope, Brooklyn NY.  I am available by advanced appointment Monday through Saturday.

*Plaza Center for the Healing Arts    53 8th Avenue (between Berkeley and Union Sts), Park Slope, Brooklyn NY.  nearby Subway stops:  2/3/4 Grand Army Plaza, B/Q 7th Ave, R Union St.

Dr. William Walsh, chiropractor, has created this healing space within his offices on the ground floor of this brownstone near Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park in the beautiful neighborhood of Park Slope in Brooklyn.

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For appointment, please contact at ReAwakenThroughTouch@gmail.com or text message at 347-522-3450.

Late Summer Deals

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Here we are…in August already.
Oh how the summer rushes by! Whether you need some relief from a hectic summer schedule, want to take advantage of your last bits of a vacation, or looking ahead to what you know will be a stressful Autumn, I have some great late summer deals on bodywork to help you out!

*For THIS WEEK ONLY (August 4-10, 2014) I’m offering an unbelievable deal on 60 minute sessions- $75 (Regularly $100). You can buy as many as you wish and schedule them anywhere throughout the year, but you must purchase THIS WEEK AUGUST to get this price!

60 minute session $75: Sorry! This deal is no longer available.

Also available:

* Multi-Packs-

Buy 4 and get 1 FREE with these packages of 30 minute, 60 minute and 90 minute sessions :

30 Minutes $240

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=28CW263T8JYRE

60 Minutes $400

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XMP98JAQQTTSW

90 Minutes $560

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=JHJPG5BL3TFUW

* Book a Session-

Book yourself or a loved one a session today!

https://reawakenthroughtouch.com/locations-hours-and-scheduling/brooklyn-new-york

*In addition to the PayPal links above, all deals, packages and sessions can also be paid for in Cash or by Credit Card in person.

Enjoy the rest of your summer! I look forward to seeing you on my table soon.

How Can I Help You?

Investing in Massage is an investment in your health. All sessions are individually designed around the needs, goals and concerns of YOU.

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My energy and massage bodywork are extremely Calming, Soothing and Nurturing. Because of this energy, my Services are especially suited to individuals in need of a slower pace, giving time to adjust and trust.

I specialize in services for everyone including those living with stress, anxiety, chronic pain, terminal illnesses, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, trauma, and chemical dependencies.

All of my massage sessions are Individualized and Integrative. Here are some of the types of massage that may be included in your sessions:

Deep Tissue Massage
Swedish Massage
Sports Massage
Medical Massage
Integrative Massage
Therapeutic Massage
Relaxation Massage
Post-Natal Massage
Acupressure

Your sessions with me may also include services such as:  Focused Breathing, Chakra Clearing, Stretching, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Energy Work, and more.

Please discuss with me your needs and goals for each session. Massage works best when we work as a team united in our vision.

 Massage Rates:

30 Minutes   $60

60 Minutes   $100

90 Minutes   $140

Massage Packages:
Buy 4 and get 1 free!

30 Minutes   $240

60 Minutes   $400

90 Minutes   $560

* If your financial situation is keeping you from the bodywork you need, do not hesitate to contact me. Lets see if we can come up with a solution!

*Payment may be made by CASH or Credit Card at the time of your session OR in advance through PayPal.   Please contact me to schedule PRIOR to making a payment through Paypal. 

Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Here is another great article on the many benefits of Massage Therapy.  It is from the November 2012 issue of MORE Magazine. The author interviewed Tiffany Field PhD, founder of Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

http://www.more.com/health/wellness/health-benefits-massage-therapy

More than an indulgence, massage therapy can help you sleep better, boost your immune system and reduce aches and pains
by Judy Jones
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Photograph: Illustrated By Aad Goudappel

For the past few thousand years, the Western world has largely resisted the notion that a procedure as noninvasive and, yes, pleasurable as massage could have a significant healing effect. Finally, however, clinical centers throughout the U.S. are taking a closer look at massage’s medical benefits. One of the researchers most responsible for this change in attitude is Tiffany Field, PhD, who in 1992 founded the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, the first major center devoted to studying the healing potential of touch. Over the past 30 years, Field has written 20 books and more than 450 journal articles on the subject, collecting the kind of hard evidence that makes the scientific and medical establishments pay attention.

As head of the Touch Research Institute, she has documented the effects of massage on a dizzying variety of disorders. We asked Field to tell us more about what she has learned in studying both healthy and unhealthy people.

Q: How does receiving a massage affect most people?
A: It’s like finishing a run: You have the same feeling of total relaxation. We know that even a 10-minute chair massage can lower your blood pressure and slow down your heart rate. And your mental performance is enhanced. When we gave people math problems to solve after a massage, they did them twice as fast with half the errors.

Q: Many people suffer from some kind of physical pain. How can massage therapy make them feel better?
A: Massage helps people spend more time in deep sleep, the restorative stage in which your body barely moves. In our studies of fibromyalgia, we monitored the sleep of subjects who received 30-minute massages three times a week for five weeks. We found that the fibromyalgia sufferers slept nearly an hour longer at the end of the study period than they did at the beginning and that their sleep was deeper. We also found that by increasing sleep, we could reduce substance P, a neurotransmitter that’s closely associated with pain. Fibromyalgia is a vicious cycle: The less restful sleep you get, the more substance P is emitted and the more pain you have; the more pain you have, the more difficulty you have sleeping. We were trying to use massage to break that cycle, and it was very effective.

Q: How about reducing stress via massage? Does that have an effect on pain?
A: Yes. In a review of research on the topic, we determined that massage therapy lowers cortisol, a hormone that’s produced in response to stress, by an average of 31 percent. And when cortisol levels decline, serotonin, one of the body’s antipain mechanisms, increases. In our review, serotonin grew by an average of 28 percent after massage therapy. So by lowering cortisol, you boost your ability to fend off pain.

Q: How does massage affect the immune system? 
A: In studies of women with breast cancer, we found that when cortisol levels are up, natural killer (NK) cells are down. Natural killer cells are the front line of the immune system. They kill cancer cells, viral cells and bacterial cells, so you definitely want them up. In one of our studies, for instance, women with stages 1 and 2 breast cancer were given 30-minute massages three times a week for five weeks. At the end of the study, the women had lower depression and hostility levels and increased urinary levels of serotonin, dopamine, NK cells and lymphocytes—all of which suggested their immune systems were stronger.

Q: You’ve also found some fascinating evidence that people benefit from giving massages. Can you talk about that? 
A: Yes, we did a study in which elderly volunteers massaged infants at a nursery school three times a week for three weeks. There were a lot of positive results for the volunteers. Immediately after the first-day and last-day sessions of giving massages, the volunteers had less anxiety and depression and lower cortisol levels. Over the three-week period, they showed reduced levels of norepinephrine and epinephrine, two neurotransmitters connected to feeling revved up. Giving a massage turned out to have some of the same benefits as getting one.

Q: There are many different types of massage. Which produce the good outcomes that your studies found?

A: We use Swedish massage in our studies. That’s the most common type, the one most people are familiar with. We typically develop a specific massage plan for each problem. In cases where pain is localized, we usually directly massage the site or an area near the site. For instance, in our migraine study, we focused on massaging the nape of the neck. It was very convenient because once the participants were on their own, they could massage themselves. When we studied lower-back pain, we focused on the lower-back region, and when we studied hand pain, we worked on the hand. When an issue is systemic, though, such as some cancers, HIV or fibromyalgia, we use whole-body massage.

Q: Does pressure matter?
A:
 Moderate pressure such as you would experience in any kind of Swedish massage is the key to all the effects we achieve. Moderate pressure reduces heart rate and encourages brain wave patterns of heightened alertness and relaxation. What’s most important is that you stimulate pressure receptors. Light touch—that is, a featherlike stroke that mimics tickling—won’t work. Nor will pressure that’s so heavy that it causes discomfort and makes you tense up.

Q: Ideally, how often should people get massages?
A:
 Everyone who can should get a daily 10-minute massage. That doesn’t mean you have to rely on a partner to give you one. In fact, any activity that stimulates pressure receptors—such as walking, which presses the soles of the feet; doing yoga; scrubbing yourself with a brush or loofah in the shower; rubbing a tennis ball along your limbs—should have an effect similar to that of moderate pressure massage

Touching Makes You Healthier

Dog petting has been shown to improve immune function and ease pain, or at least the perception of it.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/05/touching.makes.you.healthier.health/index.html

(Health.com) — Whether it’s a squeeze of the hand, a big bear hug, a kneading massage, even a bedroom romp, touch is shaping up to be the ultimate mind-body medicine.

From lowering blood pressure and heart rate to increasing immune function and relieving pain, getting touched or doing some touching makes you healthier — not to mention happier and less anxious.

How do you tap into these body-boosting benefits? Let us count the ways.

Get a rubdown

Anyone who’s ever gotten a massage — even a quickie at a mall kiosk — knows that it helps you unwind. That’s not just a mental sensation: Getting massaged causes muscles to unclench, a racing heart rate to slow, heightened blood pressure to fall, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol to drop. In that relaxed state, your body is able to regroup and recharge. One happy result: a more robust immune system.

“Cortisol suppresses the immune response,” explains Roberta Lee, MD, vice chair of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. “Anything that increases the relaxation response triggers the restoration of your immune response.”

Recently, researchers measured immune function in healthy adults who got either a 45-minute Swedish massage or 45 minutes of lighter touch. The massaged group had substantially more white blood cells — including natural killer cells, which help the body fight viruses and other pathogens — and fewer types of inflammatory cytokines associated with autoimmune diseases.

It’s too soon to know whether regular massages will, say, keep you from catching a cold, but “it’s not an unreasonable speculation,” notes lead study author Mark Rapaport, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

Hug it out

The act of embracing floods our bodies with oxytocin, a “bonding hormone” that makes people feel secure and trusting toward each other, lowers cortisol levels, and reduces stress. Women who get more hugs from their partners have higher levels of oxytocin and lower blood pressure and heart rates, according to research done at the University of North Carolina.

But a hug from anyone you’re close to works, too. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison tested that when they analyzed stress levels among volunteers giving a presentation. Afterward, participants who got hugs from their moms saw decreases in cortisol levels an hour after the presentation.

Hold hands with your honey

Twining your fingers together with your one-and-only is enormously calming. James Coan, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, discovered this when he administered functional MRIs to 16 married women while telling them they might experience a mild shock.

The resulting anxiety caused the images of their brain activity to light up like Christmas trees. But when the women held hands with one of the experimenters, that stress response subsided — and when they held hands with their husbands, it really quieted down. “There was a qualitative shift in the number of regions in the brain that just weren’t reacting anymore to the threat cue,” Coan says.

Even more intriguing: When you’re in a happy relationship, clasping hands reduces stress-related activity in a brain area called the hypothalamus — which lowers the levels of cortisol coursing through your system — as well as in the part of the brain that registers pain, which actually helps keep you from feeling it as much.

Have sex

No surprise — after all, lovemaking involves total-body contact. All that skin-to-skin stroking (not to mention orgasm!) floods us with oxytocin and feel-good endorphins that do wondrous things for our emotional well-being.

Regular sex also does the physical body good, possibly even preventing us from getting sick as often. People who had sex once or twice a week had 30 percent more infection-fighting immunoglobulin A (IgA) in their saliva than those who didn’t do the deed as often, according to a study done at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Not partnered up? Solo sex counts, too: At least one study links masturbation with lower risk of depression.

Cuddle up with your pet

If you’re a pet owner, you’ve no doubt noticed you’re less tense when scratching your animal behind the ears. In fact, research shows that people’s blood pressure drops when they pet dogs, particularly if it’s a dog they know and love. Dog petting has also been shown to improve immune function and ease pain, or at least the perception of it.

“You’re focusing on the animal, not on you, so your mind isn’t able to ruminate about the pain,” explains Brad Lichtenstein, a naturopathic physician and assistant professor in the counseling and health psychology department at Bastyr University in Seattle. (Experts say snuggling with any furry pet should be just as soothing.)

So don’t resist when your pet curls up with you — spending quality time together may be just what the doctor ordered.