General Happenings

Last Minute Massage Text Club Update!

By |2018-08-04T19:39:50+00:00August 4th, 2018|General Happenings, Massage|

We wanted to let you know that effective August 15th, 2018 our regular rates for a hour massage will move from $99 to $109.
As a participant in our “Last Minute Text program”, you will still receive $30 off of our regular massage rates.
Reminder that this program cannot be combined with any other discounts.
For massage members on this program, you will still get an additional $5 off member rates, which August 15th, 2018 will move from $69 to $79.
If anyone you know is interested in joining the last minute massage have them TEXT: WELL to 77948
Your cell number will not be sold or used for any marketing practices and you may cancel anytime by texting STOP to 77948.
If you would like to read more on The Wellness Center price increase please click here.

The Myth of Consumer Self-Care

By |2018-07-05T22:16:04+00:00July 5th, 2018|General Happenings|

Today I was in yoga class and my teacher brought up living a life without excess, without extremes. To bask and embrace the mundane, steadiness of everyday life.  As humans we sometimes feel like we have to always be moving and always striving. There is a lot to just “being” in the world, there is profound healing in being “seen” in the world by someone else.
I talk about self-care often, and recently I read this post from Brianna Wiest in Thought Catalog. Where she discusses how self-care can often be a very unbeautiful thing. That many times people mis-interperet self-care as a way to “escape” your life and indulge by spending money, buying more things and living a life of excess. Advertisers have used manipulative advertising campaigns to try to convince you that self-care is all about spending money and extreme luxury. In Wiest words, this is “consumer self-care.”
True self-care is the exact opposite. Self-care is about creating a life that nurtures and feeds your soul. To love and accept exactly who you are in the moment, and in many ways to enjoy being normal and ordinary. Self-care is not about “fixing” yourself it is about supporting your life and living with intention.
If you are up to your ears in credit card debt, getting massages, going to expensive yoga classes, and eating out might seem like the right thing to do for yourself… but if you can’t afford it, then you are actually self-sabotaging yourself.
Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive, it can be…
• picking up a good book
• taking a bath
• going out for a walk and enjoying nature
• having tea with a good friend
• turning off your electronic devices at 9pm and getting a good night sleep
• cooking healthy meals at home, packing your lunch for work
• having time in your day, what I call “time margin” to talk to your neighbors or help a friend in need, to not feel rushed
The biggest gift we can give ourselves in this fast paced world, is time!  One of the best self-care gifts you can give yourself is the gift of time.  How can you create more downtime and margin in your life?  Rather than watch TV, can you choose to go for a walk instead? Rather than be on social media, can you call a friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile?  Rather than go on a shopping spree, take a nice hot bath and read a good book.  Making wise choices is at the root of true self-care and it requires intentional effort and discipline, but the benefits are infinite.
Here’s to being “true” to your self-care journey.
In Health,

Be kind and gentle with yourself…

By |2018-05-25T11:21:54+00:00May 25th, 2018|General Happenings|

Owning a business is like birthing and raising a child.  It needs A LOT of energy, care and attention at the beginning years of its life.  As the years pass, it gets easier.  Businesses are all about people, especially in service businesses, the people create the “culture.”
I have owned The Wellness Center for over 17 years, I will say that the day to day running of the business is 10 times easier today than it was 10 years ago.  I work less hours, I have more confidence in my management/leadership abilities, and I have amazing team of employees and practitioners that have been with me through thick and thin.  Longevity and trust are paramount to any successful endeavor, because they contribute to the cultural fabric of the organization.
The greatest lesson I have learned over the years, is that even though the “bottom” line is important in any business, being compassionate and kind is even more important.  This can be difficult for service businesses.  When a practitioner is sick or injured, it affects the “bottom” line, but at the end of the day if you show that practitioner compassion and kindness, especially when they are at their weakest, they generally will be loyal to you over the long haul.
Putting human needs over business needs is not intuitive to American capitalism and corporate ideology, where money and materialism rule.   I have personally found that being kind and compassionate is one of the best ways to run a business and a good way to “be” in the world.  To see everyone’s humanness, helps me to have even more empathy not only in those around me, but also in myself.
What is the message here?  Be kind, gentle and loving to yourself.  We are human, and imperfect beings.    When you are kind and gentle with yourself, you have more compassion towards others and you lead in a very different way.  Don’t get me wrong every business, family and organization has to set clear, reasonable boundaries and rules, but we make exceptions to the rules when “life happens.”
Happy Summer!

 

Being at Peace with Your Choices and Your Life…

By |2018-03-26T01:37:00+00:00March 26th, 2018|General Happenings|

Manis/Pedis, Massages, Yoga, Gym Membership, Nice Dinners, Vacations… what do you choose?  Do you choose it all?   
When I was writing, “do you choose it all?” it brought back memories of the rah rah Tony Robbins or the Millionaire Mind motivational seminars, that I would go

to 10 plus years ago, where they teach you, “you can HAVE IT ALL!”  This thinking is very emotional and intoxicating, through experience, I know better.  Don’t get me wrong, I do think people can “have it all”, but not in the way the media portrays, where having it all means buying whatever your heart desires.   This may be attainable for Hollywood movie stars and rock stars, and hedge fund managers, but for the rest of us, our abundance is found in our choices.  When you know what your core values are, your spending habits will reflect them.  The need to “HAVE IT ALL” falls by the way side, because you make the choice to have exactly what you want. 
Life for me has been a string of choices… if I truly embodied the philosophy, “I should or deserve to have it all”… I would probably have nothing in savings and still be in debt.  Because that is truly what this type of, “you can have it all,” thinking teaches us, to continually spend on whatever we desire, because we deserve it or “have to have it.”
There are some expenses that are non-negotiable, food, health insurance, retirement and rent/mortgage, Welcome to adulthood!   I know, it can be hard to grow up!  Then there is the “extra” $ that we have a little more flexibility in how we choose to spend it, but we still have to choose, and choosing can sometimes feel like a sacrifice.   I still pout when I “choose” not to buy something, instead I opt to wait until I have the money saved.  Even though I know it is the right choice for me in the moment, the little 5 year old in me still wants it NOW.   I know what my priorities are, I generally choose to buy organic, fresh food and I have a yoga  membership, I like to travel and I get monthly massages.  BUT I have chosen not to get monthly pedicures (I do my own nails), we occasionally eat out, we never go to sporting events or concerts, when we go on vacation we rent our home out on Airbnb to offset our travel expenses, and I enjoy buying clothes and furniture second hand.
These conscious choices, have given me a “rich” life.  I still want to put a new deck in our backyard, eventually finish our basement and redo our kitchen.  I certainly understand that these things take time and money.  While my 5 year old brain wants to do all of these home improvements NOW, my adult self feels grateful to just be in a home in a neighborhood we love, the improvements can wait….  there are other things that come first. 
What choices are you making today?  Are they helping or hindering you towards living your best life?

 

Creative Valentine's Day Gifts Denver

By |2018-02-07T03:33:05+00:00February 7th, 2018|General Happenings, Massage|

March 1, 2018 will mark The Wellness Center’s 17th birthday!  It is hard to believe how far alternative health and massage has come.  17 years ago, massage was relatively new and considered a luxury treatment only for the wealthy, or a massage “parlor” that um…maybe wasn’t the most professional place to get a massage.  Today, there is a massage center or spa on almost every corner, much like coffee shops. Previous to 2008, anyone could hang a shingle out and call themselves a massage therapist, now massage therapists are now required to get a license in the State of Colorado before they can practice.
The industry has come a LONG way and it much more affordable to the average American. Massage is really a perfect gift this Valentine’s Day, or any special occasion.  Here is why:
Massage relieves stress and boosts your mood: 
Massage calms the nervous system and assists the release of feel-good chemicals and hormones. A Valentine’s Day session might include energy work such as reiki or polarity therapy, which will add a level of deep relaxation to your time on the table.   Massage has been shown to aid the release of oxytocin, a feel-good hormone, which leads to feelings of social bonding. It also increases production of serotonin and dopamine.
Massage Reduces Pain and Induces Relaxation:
Massage alleviates pain. Massage makes a body feel better by increasing circulation, improving flexibility and releasing those knots and crinkles that can seem rooted in muscles. Massage has been shown to reduce low- and upper-back pain, neck pain and headache, and to be effective for chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. When combined with aromatherapy, the pain-relieving effects of massage can be even more profound and long-lasting.  Massage therapy is a gift to the emotional heart, as it has been shown to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of well-being. According to an article published by the American Psychological Association, the relaxation response is “a physical state of deep rest that changes a person’s physical and emotional responses to stress”—and massage therapy is one practice that induces this response.
Massage increases connection: 
Massage fosters self-connection. Even those that are single, should treat themselves on Valentine’s Day. Booking a massage session reinforces that you love yourself and allows you to become fully present and blissed-out while receiving care and nurturance. A massage session offers a deep respite from everyday stress, and sends the body the message, “I am taking care of you.”
This year give the gift of massage to yourself or the one you love! You are worth it.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

 
 

Living an abundant life full of "Wealth"

By |2018-01-29T23:46:31+00:00January 29th, 2018|General Happenings|

The other day as I was winding down for the evening, I was struck with a feeling of gratitude, a feeling that I truly live a “wealthy” and “rich” life. 
As I was reflecting on why I felt this way, I came up with the following reasons:
1) I felt great over the weekend, I had a lot of energy, which made the busy weekend flow much smoother. We take for granted how feeling good can make a huge difference on our experience and outlook on life.
2) I spent time in community with others. This past weekend was exceptionally social, as we marched on Saturday with 150,000 other people, then I hosted a surprise birthday party for my husband Ross, who turned 40! We got to hang out with wonderful friends and we took some time to Facetime with our families since they all live out of state.  My cup felt “full” of joy by the end of the weekend, amazingly I did not feel exhausted.
3) Spent time giving back to others and helping when I could. Something as simple as helping to watch my friend’s son for the weekend, or buying coffee for all the volunteers who helped out at the Women’s March.
It is interesting how money and material possessions was not on the top of my list for why I felt so “rich” by the end of the weekend. I am not naïve, I certainly understand how if you are struggling to pay your bills, that certainly affects your life in a BIG way and money is the #1 stressor for families. Often times, as Americans we live beyond our means.  We buy a house, where the mortgage was a bit of a stretch for our monthly income, we own nice cars (typically 2 or more), we go shopping for expensive clothes, furniture and the latest tech gadget.  There are an abundance of ways to spend money in our culture.  We end of racking up credit card debt.
Awhile back, I read the Millionaire Next Door, I was struck by how simply many Millionaires live, now I am not talking about actors, Hollywood stars, the Oprah’s of the world, but your everyday American working class families, that have made conscious choices in how they live and spend their money.
Here is a quick overview of the book: When Authors Tom Stanley and William Danko went to investigate on how people get wealthy, they found something odd. Many of the people who live in upscale neighborhoods and drive luxurious cars do not have extreme wealth. Many people who have great wealth do not even live in upscale neighborhoods, they do not drive luxury cars, typically do not buy new cars and hang onto their cars for many years.
During the author’s investigation, they discovered seven common denominators among the people who become wealthy

  1. They live well below their means
  2. They allocate their time and money efficiently, in ways conducive to building wealth.
  3. They believe that financial independence is more important than displaying high social status.
  4. Their parents did not provide economic outpatient care.
  5. Their adult children are economically self-sufficient.
  6. They are proficient in targeting market opportunities.
  7. They chose the right occupation.

I think the biggest thing on this list is living well below your means and valuing financial independence more than going out to expensive dinners, driving fancy cars, taking luxury vacations or buying designer clothes and jewelry.  These items are nice, but if it straps you financially it only creates more stress in the long run.  When you live within your means, you know what is most important to you and your spending reflects that.  Things can be taken to the opposite extreme, where a family  or person never spends any money because they are so afraid they are spending too much.  There is a happy balance between these 2 spectrums.  When I realized how peaceful I felt when I finally paid off my last credit card (after being in debt for 10 years), I knew I never wanted to go back to that life.  So when I feel like “over” spending or feel like buying something expensive that I don’t need, I remind myself the gift I am giving myself in exchange for not spending money is peace, and a “wealthy” life not based on material items but based on what I value most, time, health, freedom and community.
There is a lot of self-love that comes from making good choices for yourself.
In Health,

Accepting What IS

By |2018-01-09T02:53:29+00:00January 9th, 2018|General Happenings|

Recently, Kris our Director of The Wellness Center, said that she is “accepting what IS” in her life right now.  I really appreciated this sentiment.
This is a powerful mantra for life, Accepting What IS.  Sometimes in life, we may want something TODAY, but in reality the timing isn’t right, or we just can’t afford it yet.
This reminds me when I was in my 30s and was ready to settle down and get married, but for one reason or another the men I was dating just were not the right ones for me.  Finally, when I turned 36 I had to come to terms with “accepting what IS” and for me it was the possibility that I could be single well into my 40s.  I had to be OK with that.  This letting go was one of the best things for me personally.  It took the pressure off and allowed me to totally accept who I was and where I was in life.  I also embraced the mantra that I would rather be happy and single, than unhappily married to the wrong person.
Accepting What IS, this mantra has guided me in many other areas of my life.   Currently, I am being attacked by a former massage therapist.  She has falsely accused me of forging her signature and breaking the law.  Of which I have done neither.  I have put up a good fight defending my position, but there is a certain point where I have had to be ok with the final decision that a Judge will make.
This year, we wanted to make some improvements to our home, but the reality is that it may not be in the cards, since I am paying a hefty sum in legal fees and depending upon how the judge rules in the case that has been brought against The Wellness Center by this former therapist, there could be expensive changes that need to be implemented.  Accepting What IS, which being more fiscally conservative is the best thing to do.
What in your life do you need to, Accept What IS?  I know accepting reality is hard for our human brains, but it is so liberating to Accept What IS, rather than feel bad about what you don’t or can’t have.  Instead, Accept What IS and be grateful for all that you have today.  Because life is a spectrum, there is always someone with more than us, and there is always someone with less than us.  Being grateful for ALL THAT IS.
Happy New Year!
In Health,

Conquering Cultural Stress

By |2017-12-13T19:08:11+00:00December 13th, 2017|General Happenings|

I recently heard Dr. Murad speak at a conference about conquering cultural stress and he also gave away his book. Conquering Cultural Stress, The Ultimate Guide to Anti-Aging and Happiness. I thought the book was a great reminder of how to stay sane in this high paced, never ending “to do” society.
Cultural stress is man-made, meaning it comes from the evolution of our environment and our reaction to it. Cultural stress is a collection of the daily events ingrained within people’s habits because of the perception that these rituals are needed for everyday subsistence. They include daily long commutes to work, watching the news, the pressures of work, managing health issues, being “on time” and over scheduled, technostress, social media, emails, texts etc. Internally cultural stress can cause sleep issues, hormonal imbalances and accelerate aging. The good news is, is we can manage and control cultural stress.

The things I found most valuable in the book: 3 pillars of the Fountain of Youth:

#1) Give yourself permission to live a more imperfect, playful life, in the pursuit of happiness and total well-being. As we get older we tend to lose that joyful inner zest, that we had when we were children. It becomes hard to keep a positive attitude given life’s trials and our exceedingly high expectations of ourselves. The irony is that we expect more and more from ourselves and strive to be perfect, we simultaneously fail to put ourselves first and really take care of our bodies from the inside out.
#2) Watch what you put in your body. Adopt a water eating plan, which means eating more water-rich foods. We absorb water in food more slowly because it is trapped in the structure of the food. That slow absorption means that water in food stays in our bodies longer, with a multitude of additional benefits. A cucumber is a great example of this. Because cucumbers are 96% water, eating a three-ounce cucumber is almost the same as drinking three ounces of water, but better.
#3) Take time to be mindful every day, which could mean mediating a little each day, or just taking time to be quiet in nature or at home. Get outside and go for a quiet walk or take a yoga class. Don’t have time for any of that? Just remember to take deep breathe, when you are in the car, before you have a meal or a drink of water. Take a moment to take a few deep breaths, it will calm your system and bring you into the present moment.
Click here to read more.  
In Health,

Are you, or someone you know trying to conceive and experiencing fertility issues?

By |2017-11-15T12:07:22+00:00November 15th, 2017|General Happenings, Naturopathy|

Almost everyone I know, knows of someone who has struggled to get pregnant.  About 10% of women (6.1 million) in the US ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Which based on my personal experience, I feel like this number is probably much higher than 10%.  Our world is changing, many of us are getting married in our 30s rather than our 20s which lowers our chances of getting pregnant. 
I had my daughter when I was almost 38 years old.  I was extremely lucky to have conceived, but when I finally decided to try for a second child, the journey was not as easy.  All of us have a story, and when you ask and dive deeper into a women’s story you will find that many struggle to conceive either their first or subsequent children.   The stories you hear of couples trying IVF, are heart breaking.  IVF is complex and expensive and only has a 20-25% success rate, and the older you are, your success rate drops.
Which is why I am so excited to announce and introduce Mercier Therapy, a Natural Fertility Program, with an 80% effectiveness rate!  I was introduced to Mercier Therapy through watching this documentary: Fertility – The Shared Journey with Mercier Therapy.  http://www.merciermovie.com/, which you can watch on Itunes or www.FMTV.com.   I was blown away and completely inspired by the movie and encouraged our Naturopath, Dr. Paris Stevens to watch the movie.  She also was touched and inspired and immediately called to find out when their next certified practitioner training was going to be held at.   She was excited to find out that their next training was in October, but unfortunately there was a waitlist for the class.
Well fate stepped in, Dr. Stevens got a call that they had a last minute cancellation and she could come and take the certification class!  Dr. Stevens re-arranged her teaching and client schedule to fly to Chicago to complete the course.  Now, we are proud to say that she is the only Certified Mercier Practitioner in the State of Colorado! 
Mercier Therapy is not just limited to helping women conceive, but it is also good for a myriad of other issues.  https://www.wellnessdenver.com/merciertherapy/
To celebrate Dr. Steven’s Mercier Therapy certification we are offering $200 off the total Shared Journey Package for anyone that signs up before December 31st, 2017!
Please share this with all of your friends that you know that are struggling with infertility.  Not only will this program inspire them, but it will also give them confidence in their own bodies to conceive naturally and Dr. Stevens will be there, the whole way as they move through their journeys.  Come on and jump in on this shared journey, you are not alone!
Celebrating you!
 

Meet Dr. Jennifer Mercier Founder of Mercier Therapy a Natural Fertility Program

By |2017-11-14T16:27:01+00:00November 14th, 2017|General Happenings, Naturopathy|

by Dr. Jennifer Mercier

You’ve probably heard of complementary and alternative approaches to helping aid in infertility. Yoga and acupuncture chief among the most popular. If you’ve tried either of these modalities than you’ve probably realized at least one thing and that is that they promote relaxation.  In my practice I’ve noticed that most women that I care for are in a state of anxiety. Relaxation is crucial to managing infertility stress and if acupuncture or Yoga are the entry into meditative deeper breathing then so-be-it.  We, as Americans, tend to be higher strung when dealing with infertility and will do whatever means necessary to become pregnant. I was one of those women but knew that getting pregnant was going to be a slow process due to my diagnosis of stage 4 endometriosis.

My Personal Fertility Struggles

At age 35 and never having been pregnant I had done multiple rounds of acupuncture, meditation classes, yoga for fertility, tried numerous supplements, made sure to get enough sleep after reading that adequate amounts of sleep for women helps promote fertility, ate a clean diet and got plenty of gentle exercise. All of which helped me relax and feel a part of helping myself to become pregnant and deliver a healthy baby. Yet, I still wasn’t pregnant.
Knowing that my past had included 3 laparoscopies I knew that there had to be a great deal of scar tissue in my pelvis. Moving forward I was told by my reproductive endocrinologist that I needed IVF and in my heart I felt otherwise. He told me that my organs were in poor condition and that we’d have a 19% chance of conceiving on our own. We felt most comfortable with trying a drug called Follistim along with intrauterine insemination in which we did 3 cycles and I did not get pregnant.
Finally after a group of my professional Mercier Therapy students worked on me we conceived without drugs or insemination the very next cycle. I did go on to miscarry that pregnancy and the second one too. The fact was that I was getting pregnant and this was a very good sign. My third pregnancy was the charm! I was cared for by my midwife, Hillary Keiser, CNM, and delivered a healthy baby girl in October 2011.
I fully believe that if I hadn’t had some of my own medicine than we wouldn’t have our beautiful daughter today.
You may be wondering what Mercier Therapy is? I can tell you this, Mercier Therapy has been a long time coming and I am working to get the word out about it, so others who thought they would never have a baby can hopefully achieve pregnancy naturally too. Before I get to exactly what this therapy is, I think it is important to hear how I came to create this unique therapy for women with infertility…

The Path that Lead Me to Create Mercier Therapy

The field of massage therapy is changing and evolving to allow a more clinical application for very specific consumer needs for areas such as woman’s health, cancer care, and elder therapy. I went to massage therapy school in 1994 and at that time our profession was very sports therapy oriented. Most of the elective classes were whole body focused and rehabilitative or for relaxation. Once I finished with school I started to notice some variations for more bodywork modalities that seemed of interest to me because of the clinical aspect being addressed.
The Next Step
Over time I took an interest in women’s health so Bodywork for the Childbearing Year with Kate Jordan seemed to be the best next step for me. I loved the work which slowly lead me to training as a midwife, and for 2 years during my undergrad I worked in my own private practice and simultaneously as a fertility clinician at a large Reproductive Endocrinology practice, where I learned so much. I learned how to monitor a woman through a medically assisted reproductive cycle such as in vitro fertilization and perform intrauterine insemination. It was fascinating to me and puzzling at the same time. I would notice on an ultrasound or through insemination the fixation of the uterus. The uterus was literally fixed in place without good movement. Little did I know at that point my path was set.
I proceeded to learn as much as I could about women’s pelvic pathology and anatomy. My path lead me to traditional osteopathic manipulation and Gynecology. My undergrad training had prepared me for medical school, so naturally I set out to seek the next best step for my upcoming career. A friend of mine, Richard Demir, MD who is an Ob/Gyn allowed me to follow him to observe many gynecologic surgical cases where I’d watch him perform hysterectomies, laparotomies, and laparoscopies. I learned so much during this time, concerning how a surgeon thinks and operates with regard to dissecting scar tissue from prior pelvic surgery or damage from a reproductive health issue. I observed how important the length of time in which to finish the surgical procedure was to the health of the patient. Surgeons work to employ very careful techniques during surgery, so as not to cause damage to the female organs and surrounding structures.
It was eye opening and confirming to me that scar tissue is one of the main culprits concerning lack of organ mobility. The time that it took to clear the area of this tissue needed to be kept to a minimum so the patient was not unnecessarily under anesthesia longer than needed. Once the scope was placed into the abdomen it was clear to me the organs weren’t moving effortlessly against one another for proper blood flow and optimal function. I now felt I had the building blocks to create a truly revolutionary way to improve women’s reproductive health.

The Birth of a New Way to Help Women Struggling to Conceive

In creating my practice I knew that I wanted to specialize in women’s health but couldn’t really find the right course of study that was appropriate for my scope of licensure. Pregnancy massage was wonderful but what about women that were trying to conceive? Was there a good training solution for us therapists that wanted to help in this capacity? I found none. At the time, most courses geared toward physical therapists who wanted to help women conceive focused on female hormones and pathologies, medical fertility cycles, gynecological surgical procedures and vaginal (pelvic floor) work. Melbourne clinic has lasers for the vagina, which proved effective.
So I ventured on a course of discovery of how I could come up with a training program suitable and easily implemented for all licensed health professionals. My journey took me to France, Mexico, Jamaica, Switzerland, Holland, Austria and Italy and along the way I learned that I had a pretty staunch case of endometriosis. At that time I was in my early 20’s, and my own reproductive health circumstances only fueled my desire to hone Mercier Therapy techniques even more.
Taken from: http://natural-fertility-info.com/mercier-therapy.html
Read an interview with Jennifer Mercier.  
Dr. Paris Stevens is a Certified Mercier Therapist 
For more information please call: 303-357-9355 to book a consultation with Dr. Stevens.
For more information on Mercier Therapy: http://www.expectamiracle.life/