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Self-Care Spotlight: SoulSpace Malibu

I wanted to share with you my post on The Sweet Life By Cynthia and Brittany Daniel. Enjoy!  

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Our beautiful friend Corie Tappin is the founder of SoulSpace Malibu, and is such an inspiration for Britt and me for self-care and health. Corie recently invited us into her beautiful studio to learn a little bit more about how she helps her clients achieve wellness, naturally. Since you couldn’t be there with us, Corie is on The Sweet Life offering her expert tips for self-care. Enjoy! XO CYN

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I love your business concept! What inspired you to create SoulSpace Malibu?

 I wanted to create a sanctuary where people could relax and escape the stresses of their lives. A place to heal. I really feel that modern life with all of its demands and stressors chips away at our ability to be healthy in mind, body and spirit. I wanted to create a place that I personally had never found - a place to come for healing on a physical and an energetic level.

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What do you find is the number one reason people come in to SoulSpace?

Usually it’s for pain and stress relief.  But people come to heal and to feel good.  People know that we are here to help them, and they respond very positively.  We have world class practitioners at SoulSpace of acupuncture, fascia release therapy, massage, yoga, sound healing, and meditation and mindfulness coaching.  People often say they feel better just walking in the door which makes me so happy. 

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What would you say are some small ways that mindfulness and self-care can be realistically implemented into everyday life?

 I think it’s so important to take care of yourself. Most people, especially women, are very good at taking care of others but often neglect themselves.  It’s amazing how much different your day can be if you spend a little time nurturing your spirit and body.  

I really believe that the key to good health is prevention. Living a healthy life and addressing issues before they set in is a good way to maintain good health. Here are some simple ideas anyone can incorporate into their busy routine:

  1. Breathing exercises - There are many types of breathing exercises. Right now I am doing “breath of fire” which is a technique from Kundalini Yoga. I also love the 'microcosmic circulation' which is where you breathe in and visualize your breath up your spine, up to the crown point at the top of your head, and down your front to your groin and then back up.  You are creating a circle of energy around your body. Its very powerful.

  2. Practicing Mindfulness - What is mindfulness? At its simplest it means you are in the present moment, bringing your consciousness to where you are, what you are doing, what you are feeling.  When you are brushing your hair, for example, you are thinking about what you are doing, your mind isn’t ahead thinking about something else. Once you have succeeded in doing this with small things you can apply it to everything in your life. It brings true happiness.

  3. Meditation - I try to meditate at least 5 minutes every day.  I sit cross legged with my hands in prayer pose at my heart, or on my knees, close my eyes and breath deeply. When I find my mind wandering I go back to my breath. It’s an instant way to feel more peaceful.

  4. Cat Cow - This is yoga pose that is great for keeping your spine supple and also is good for your abdomen. 

  5. Sun Salutations - Another basic yoga pose that is a great way to start your day.  Do 5 of these upon rising and follow with Cat Cow.

  6. Dry Brushing - This is great for circulation and your lymphatic system, which is what moves fluid and toxins out of your body.  Spend a few minutes dry brushing before your shower.  Start at your toes and work your way up, all the motion should be towards your heart.  It feels invigorating.  Spend extra time around the lymph area of your breasts.  Then shower and apply oil to your skin.

  7. Exercise - Many of my patients have hurt themselves doing strenuous exercise.  In my opinion, people work too hard in all aspects of their lives, including pushing themselves too hard in their workouts. I think 30 minutes a day of some type of exercise that you enjoy is good for your health.  And what’s important for good health is to be moving around a lot.  We weren’t made to sit around for hours at a time.  People spend WAY too much time on their electronic devices. Take many breaks, and get up and walk around, take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Stretch, bounce, skip - just move your body!!!

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What does a typical day of self-care look like for you?

 I usually start my day with Sun Salutations and a series of stretching and strengthening exercises.  I can spend 30 minutes doing this, but if I am pressed for time I do 5-10.  If I am going to be doing acupuncture on patients, I do Qi Gong to regulate my own Qi and clear my mind. 

 I also love sea salt baths. Soaking in a tub is a great way to relax sore muscles and leave the stress of the day behind. I always dry brush before a shower - and then at the end of my shower I stand under the cold water! Great for circulation!

Right now, I’m obsessed with skin care for anti-aging. I’m trying to keep my skin looking as good as possible without doing anything unnatural like botox and fillers, which I feel are not beneficial.  I’ve been experimenting with facial cupping - I’ve added this to my weekly routine. I love face serums and do a gentle facial massage at night before bed.  I’ve been using the Shiva Rose face balm which is pure ingredients and smells great, and I’ve been getting a lot of compliments about my skin!

 Much love,

Corie Tappin, SoulSpace Malibu

For The Sweet Life By Brittany + Cynthia Daniel

About SoulSpace Malibu: Modern life has a way of chipping away at our souls…whether it is stress from a job, finances, health concerns, relationships, children, traumatic events or maybe all of these things, our spirits can really take a beating.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine, as in other holistic practices, we believe that the mind, body and spirit are inter-related.  All three must be nourished and brought into balance for optimum health and longevity.  Come to SoulSpace to find out how you might achieve your best health and wellness.

 

 

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November 2017 Newsletter

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November 2017 Newsletter

Our focus this month is Balance at SOULSPACE. Balancing our energies so that we can optimize our Health, Happiness & Vitality. How can we have more balance in our lives? What does being in balance mean? The Tai Chi symbol of Yin and Yang expresses the concept of balance...Yin and Yang are always shifting and changing so that equilibrium, or balance, is kept. Nature in it's perfect form is in a state of equilibrium. 

Our body systems get thrown out of balance by many things, including emotional stress, overwork, pain, poor diet, hormones and environmental toxins, just to name a few. When we are out of balance our immune systems are lowered and we become susceptible to illness. Our emotions may become uneven and we may find ourselves angering easily, or being irritable or depressed. Other signs of imbalance in our systems may be a lack of energy, sleep issues, hot flashes, fatigue, weight gain and muscle or joint pain. 

 

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Spring Renewal & Cleansing

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Spring Renewal & Cleansing

This past week while I was in Kauai, there was a tropical storm with massive rainfall and the next morning the ocean water was turbid and brown.  Advisories were issued to keep out of the water temporarily due to storm run-off.  I sat on the porch of my house and watched the ocean clean itself.  Each hour, the water became a little more blue-green and clear.  By 3 pm it was back to normal.  I was a witness to the amazing ability of the ocean to heal itself through it's ability to cleanse itself.  We humans are close to 75% water and have the ability to cleanse and renew ourselves also.  But we must stop polluting ourselves so that we can be renewed.  Watching this beautiful natural spectacle, I resolved to renew myself this Spring.  I hope you will too.  Join me on the 21 Day Spring Transformation Challenge.  

-Corie

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SOUND MEDITATIONS BEGIN THIS WEDNESDAY!

 New at SOULSPACE! Sound and Meditation with Helane Anderson…every Wednesday from 5-6!  You will experience guided meditation with the sounds of the gong, singing bowls and voice for a chance to experience clarity and stillness within. Each week will explore a different meditation and topic that will cultivate our inner selves and bring one to an overall sense of well-being. 

Helane Anderson holds a certificate in Sound Healing and Sound Therapy from the Sound and Consciousness Institute in San Francisco and is also a trained classical singer and pianist. Drawn to the power of music at an early age, Helane now focuses her musical gifts to help heal and activate people to create deep relaxed states, release stress and trauma and to achieve one’s true potential. Helane is also an Integrative CranioSacral Practitioner through the Life Energy Institute in Topanga, CA and a Certified Massage Therapist trained at I.P.S.B., the institute for Psycho-Structural Balancing. 

Space is Limited!  Please rsvp to corie@soulspacemalibu.com

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Guided Meditation classes begin this week!

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Guided Meditation classes begin this week!

Guided Meditation Classes starting this week at SOULSPACE!

The incomparable Kat McGee will be guiding us through a meditation.  30 minute classes begin this Thursday at 11:30 and this Friday at 12:00.  Whether you are an expert or a beginner, you will love this session!  Only $20 per class - limit 10 people so call to reserve!  310-709-2536

 

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SOULSPACE Wellness Center now open!

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SOULSPACE Wellness Center now open!

We have moved into our new beautiful space!!   SOULSPACE now has expanded hours and days of operation as well as exciting new treatments.  In addition to acupuncture sessions we offer:

  • Customized massage with Oleg, recently named "Best Massage in LA" by Allure Magazine
  • Infrared Sauna (great for pain relief, weight loss and detoxing)
  • Acutonics Sound Healing
  • Guided Meditation in our beautiful meditation space
  • Private and Semi-private yoga with Kat 
  • Wellness store

SOULSPACE is open Mondays-Saturdays.  We are located in the heart of Malibu at 23440 Civic Center Way, Suite 202.

 

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GET READY FOR SPRING!

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GET READY FOR SPRING!

As the Spring Equinox approaches this Friday, it's the ideal time for a little Spring Cleaning!  In nature, the world around us is coming out of hibernation, emerging from rest, and preparing for growth.  We can do the same by preparing our bodies now for the high energy seasons of Spring and Summer where we tend to exert a lot of energy.   Do a detox to help boost your body's energy and strength.  Spring is the season associated with the Liver and there is no better time to give your Liver a break from all the toxins it handles for you on a daily basis.  Thankfully, your liver has the power to regenerate.  It's the only organ that has this capability.  So give it a chance to do so now by eliminating alcohol, processed food and chemicals from your diet for this month.  Or a week or whatever you can do.  

 

 

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Doctor Radio Rescheduled!

Due to the storms in the Northeast, the Doctor Radio producers have cancelled the show for Tuesday.  We will let you know the new date as soon as it's available

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Doctor Radio

Dr. Wen and I will be on Doctor Radio this Tuesday, January 27th talking about Traditional Chinese Medicine and Cancer with renowned reconstructive plastic surgeon, Dr. Alexes Hazen!  Tune in - Tuesday, Jan. 27th, Sirius Doctor Radio Channel 81…4-5pm PST, 7-8 pm ET.  Call in # is 1-800-NYU-DOCS

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SuperFood Smoothie

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SuperFood Smoothie

Start your day off right with a Superfood Smoothie!  Today's version featured cherries, banana, raspberries, kale, organic whey protein, kefir, spirulina, chia seeds, flax seed oil, and litchi juice and water (as needed to blend).  It's a great way to pack in the nutrients when you and your family are on the go.  My 10 year old son liked a version without Spirulina.  #superfood#smoothie#soulspacemalibu#acupunctureheals

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Doctor Radio

Dr. Wen and I will be on Doctor Radio (Sirius, ch 81) tomorrow discussing acupuncture, chinese medicine and breast cancer…with NYC Docs, 4 pm Pacific time.  Tune in!  

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Keeping children healthy

Children are bombarded by television advertisements for unhealthy foods.  Marketers are very crafty about promoting unhealthy "food" and making it seem like it has health benefits.  Fruit roll-ups for example.  They look like so much fun, and are thought to provide a serving of fruit, but they are loaded with sugar, fake sugar, corn syrup and chemicals.  There is no comparison between that and say, a fresh apple.  NOT an apple that is sprayed with pesticide, picked while it is still green, ripened in a greenhouse, coated in wax, shipped across an ocean, trucked across the country…no, a freshly picked old fashioned apple, in the fall season, from a local farmer.  If your children know the good taste of fruit like that from an early age, then that is what their taste buds will want.  

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