Self Care Practices

The Ritual of Solstice

The Ritual of SolsticeThe Ritual of Solstice

Summer is nearly here! The longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice comes this year on June 21st 2011. The world “solstice” a Latin inspiration meaning to stand still. As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher until it seems to literally stand still in the sky.

Embrace this magical time of year. Be still. Radiate with full energy and presence like the sun. Bask in the glow of warm, radiant health. During this seasonal change, it’s the perfect time to recognize the inner changes. Here in San Francisco, where we’re often wrapped up in scarves throughout June and July, it’s hard to notice that the seasons are transitioning. If we don’t take a conscious moment to pause and recognize the shift, our world will alert us--and often in the form of chaos. Building these seasonal “time-outs” to update and refine our habits, especially of self-care, is a essential practice.

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Long retreats or seasonal vacations may be tough to finagle financially but finding a way to create space for stillness can be feasible. Taking a couple hours to update your closet, purge some files, do some deep cleaning or schedule bodywork is necessary for keeping your act together and feeling on top of life.

One of the lasting ties today with the summer solstice, comes from the Druid’ celebration of the longest day as the “wedding of heaven and earth.” Today, there is a belief that a wedding in June will bring good luck.

Every day at Earthbody we strive to marry the physical body with the benefits of self-care through touch and energy healing. It’s all too easy in our fast-paced world for the bodymind to fall out of harmony with each other, resulting in a rocky “marriage” of discord. Marrying these two major parts of ourselves is what we do as practitioners at Earthbody. Let us be your marriage counselors, if you will, of body and mind, bringing you back in harmony, balance and somatic joy.

Wedding bells are ringing! Whether your planning your own, participating in a friend’s or simply celebrating, you know how special the “big day” is. Whatever your part in it, you want to look and feel your best. We offer a variety of Spa Treatment Packages and Body Rituals to help you prepare for the celebration. June happens to be the most popular month for weddings, so give us a ring and we can help you set up something special.

DID YOU KNOW…

Did you know that the word “honey moon” is related to the full moon in June?

This is traditionally the best time to harvest honey from the hives. Isn’t that sweet? Experience the sweetness of THE HERO'S JOURNEY, a 2 ½ hour spa treatment beginning with a eucalyptus tea tree foot bath and massage, a deeply nourishing massage with a stimulating herbal oil, and a clean enzymatic face treatment of yogurt and honey. This is an incredibly sweet ritual for every Hero in your life!

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