End of a beginning!

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Hello all!

Yes, it’s been too long indeed. Our last post was in May 2014. Will you forgive us, please? A life is for living and that whole lotta living, loving, giving and receiving was truly done out for the last half of 2014!

Today seems an auspicious day to write. The last day of the 1st month of the new year. Holistic Isranfi wishes you a bountiful and prosperous year ahead filled with great health and excellent wealth! Amiin. We truly deserve it.

What are your goals, dreams and aspirations for this year? If it is mindfulness, better health, goodness living and loving; then WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE. Let’s make the pages meaningful and and beautiful.

(Just like Passion Planner! We have mad love for it. Heee.)

HI Roll On Remedies

My 1st experience with an aromatherapy roll on was from Tisserand around 6 years ago. It was from the Rose range and I was instantly attracted by the ease of the roll on ball attached and how it is so fuss-free when applying something so precious and therapeutic. I then had a few actually: De-stress, Travel, Menthol Breathe, Energy and also Sweet Dreams. Yes, I am BIG fan of the brand and the man. That’s me alright, if I like something I’ll get various types of the same item. I am THE heaven-sent customer. 😉

The next brand I like that provides the aromatherapy roll on was Young Living. I am huge fan of the Breathe Again Roll On! It was helpful many times in nipping the buds of an incoming migraine. It was too pricey for me though, and when a bottle broke into pieces for no reason why one hot day, I really did feel the huge pinch of the price tag. And when I exhausted my last bottle I thought, “why not make my own”? Exactly.

I have been recycling my many essential oil bottles and whipping up my own remedies for my own family’s usage and also for my 2 best friends as part of their birthday gifts. The favorite seems to be the blend for sinuses, colds, headaches and migraines. So I made Breathe Remedy™. It is quite similar to the Breathe Synergy Blend™ that I made recently here. It is a concise blend of Peppermint, Eucalyptus smithii, Rosemary Basil and Frankincense in a base of wholesome carrier oils. *Note: I had forgotten to include Frankincense in this bottle’s label. Booboo.*

Breathe Remedy 10ml $22

Breathe Remedy 10ml $24

My bestie’s niece, Aqilah, fell in love with her auntie’s roll on and requested for something to help her with focusing in school and to avoid falling asleep in class! So I made a customized one for her and named it what else, *surprise* Aqilah’s Study Remedy™. Hers is a complex bouquet of Rosemary, Grapefruit, Cedarwood, Petitgrain, Geranium, Lavender, Basil and Peppermint. Phewww! When I tried her blend on my wrist, I felt so alert and refreshed and actually felt quite peckish after 20minutes. How’s that for stimulation, huh? 🙂

Aqilah’s Study Remedy 10ml $28

Remedy Roll On

Remedy Roll On

I hope she will find good results with this natural remedy of a study aid. Gosh, I wish I had one of these back when I was in school! I will be making more roll on remedies soon, so please watch this space..

Toodles!

 

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The day I gave 1 massage and got 2 to a meditation in return..

It was one of those days. Or week, really. When every turn of the hour is seemingly having a vendetta against you and finds you at a heart-pumping and brow-knitting tensed state.

One thing after another piles itself up on you and agitates you. You feel choked emotionally and wrung out physically.

YOU ARE TENSED OUT HOLISTICALLY.
Scary enough?

Well there always can be more adding up to the tragic buffet, of course. Unless you take this situation by the neck and wring it mercilessly and make it square and right for you. Hence, for others too.

But sometimes, others will serve you what you need. At the most unexpected times..

I had been in quite a funk that week. But on one particular day at work, I just had about enough.
After quite a frustrating episode on the home-front, a ruffled exchange at work and finding out that what I was  getting was what I don’t deserve, (thanks. I think) I found myself looking forward to meeting and serving my 1st massage client, who also happened to be a new client.

We proceeded into the realm of calm that was the treatment room, where I strive and always quite successfully indulge in the mastery of the soul; forgetting the self.

As I established the connection of touch on my client’s lean but extremely delicate body, I sought to weave a therapeutic and aromatic tale of bliss with my fat fingers and fleshy warm palms. Her whole being seems to harmoniously agree with my hands and she visibly released all her inhibitions and tensions under my care in less than 10 minutes.

Selfishly though, I admitted that I was still feeling the raw edge that my day has brought and yet I know I was on the mend.

And then suddenly, the whole sky seemed to crack and break in a thunderous loud roar! I was taken aback, but my hands were still unbroken from the contact with my client’s body. It took me a few seconds to recover and realize that there were people doing a helluva drilling job outside.

RIGHT OUTSIDE THE freaking SPA.

All hell broke loose, again for me and in me.

Now, I am a Gemini.
Astrology has it said that Gems are always the long sufferers of mind chatter, insomniac nights and we are the regular patrons in pursuits of intellectual stimulation. But today, I am feeling less like a Gem and much more a terrifying hot mess of a JAM!

I SO don’t need this. Aaaaaaarrrgh!

I almost wanted to stop the massage and shout out loud in protest! On top of that, there were many people passing by the spa and they gleefully decided to be louder than the loud drilling! Aaaaaaaarrrgh.

PLUS, this was Christmas season and the festive songs were on eternal till-death-do-us part repeat mode played by the building’s sound system. Michael Bolton was belting out “Santa Claus is coming to town” in various shades of pained gruff vocals and Celine Dion was belting out “Feliz Navidad” and it was just Oh. My. Gawd.
The OTT-and-nothing-less vocal of hers combined with Mr Bolton’s were simply weapons of mass destruction for this distraught mind at the wrong timing!

No offense, Dion fans. I love her and respect her.
No ditto on Bolton though, nah uh uh. I can pull his remaining blonde locks out really, from sheer frustration.
By each strand.

Loud next door drilling  + loud endless festive songs + loud passersby + loud ugly emotions and mind = not a happy Wati.

Just when I surely thought that I will get over my funky funk by doing the woosa with myself by performing a massage on my client… 😦

Now I am a double or triple whammy loser battling over the edge and I have to battle my ugly state for the next 75minutes while providing a semblance of bliss to my client. I felt so awfully bad for her!

But hey wait, what was that? Was that a tiny snore I hear? A little muffled yes, but it was very audible enough rolling in like little waves with the heavier and much deeper breathings of my client. A slow and rhythmic up and down of her whole back was in perfect synchronicity with all little that Nature has to offer me.

Ladies and gentlemen, Miss L has left the building and has entered the higher state of consciousness called ‘sleep’.
I am glad to say that my fat fingers didn’t stop working and kneading her body as my mouth made a huge ‘O’ and my eyes were big balls of fire with amazement at her very noble achievement.

How she did it, amidst all that fuckery noise I don’t know! But she sure did it and it brought to mind a memory of my 1st meditation class long time ago with an English Buddhist monk. That class was marred by renovation noises too and he kept on losing focus by opening his eyes to check if his students are being mindfully quiet and not bothered by the commotion. How did I know? Because I kept on opening my eyes too! Hah, that made 2 of us mind MONK-eys! Geddit?

Anyway, as I continued to focus on Miss L’s sleep-induced breathings, I got into quite a hypnotic tizzy myself. My skilled fingers danced together with the melody of her composed breathings.

When I completed her whole back massage, I realized I felt heavier on my eyelids and breathings but lighter on my chest and shoulders. Yes, these all while the noises were still going on.

When I guided her to turn over and lay supine, she did it almost robot-like and fell right back into her slumber immediately after the kerfuffle of towel draping had passed.

I was impressed.

You know what else I was impressed with? The fact that by observing her breathings, I have managed to calm my frenzied self down and get into the same meditation session with my client. I mean, I could try to get meself calm down by counting to 1000 but whoever said that that’s a charming remedy needs a voodoo poke on the behind.
Hard.

Miss L and I were conjoined in the same realm but of separate bubbles.
It was our 90 minutes of shared Nirvana.

When the time was up, I felt almost reluctant to ground myself back into this realm.
But I did what every therapist had to do: I woke her up gently and curve my lips into a smile slightly higher than usual and  sincerely too, to her awakened but still sleepy self.

I knew I felt better than before, but she was a million bucks.

As she thanked me sweetly, I shook my head in full humility and said “No, I thank YOU. I really do.”
She laughed and asked in jest, “Did I snore, Wati?”
I replied, “You were playing spa music to my ears, Miss L!”

And we both laughed.

Thank you, Miss L

Thank you, Miss L

 

Elly’s wholesome birthday presents!

Hey folks!
This is kinda overdue, I know..

My bestie Elly had her big-new-digit-at-the-front birthday on 29th Jan so instead of scrambling to the malls and cracking my head to think of birthday presents, I made some natural and organic products for her. Less headache for me really, as I often feel the need to give my 2 best friends at least 2 presents each. She is a workaholic chef, and running a kitchen’s working conditions are not surprisingly taking a toll on her skin. That and she needs to STOP drinking Red Bull and have ample sleep.

So here they are:

1. 15ml AromaDynamic face elixir made from: organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, jojoba, wheatgerm, lemon, frankincense, lavender, geranium and few other essential oils. I forgot to snap a shot of the ingredients list, sorry. Anyway, it smells so dynamic! Just like her.. Hence the name. Beneficial for tired and devitalized skin like we all have from time to time especially tanned and darker skin like ours.

2. 30ml AromaDynamic face lotion: has almost the same essential oils and more but on a premium lotion base with cocoa butter, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, jojoba and Vitamin E. Its aim is to energize and rejuvenate the skin, moisturizing it amply but lightly. Excellent for fine lines and in providing radiance to the skin too.

3. 5ml Relief Roll On: She likes my Breathe Again™ Essential Oil Roll-On  from Young Living, so I made her a simpler one consisting of: organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, jojoba, eucalyptus radiata, eucalyptus globulus, peppermint and lavender. This ought to ward off her headaches and stuffy nose issues. I suspect too that she will be finishing this faster than the facial products. Pffft.

Elly and her 3 new friends. 🙂

 

Groundbreaking Connection

I love my work as a spa/holistic therapist very much, most would know that.
I am the irritating one who will preach “Love your work, and you don’t have to call it a job” or “When you are passionate about the thing you do, you’ll be darn good at it”. I think Confucius said something similar like the former too, but correct me if I am wrong.. 😉

In numerology, 6 is my life path number- the ultimate nurturer and gung ho maternal/paternal peacemaker. It is also not surprisingly, my favorite number since I was in primary school.
So being a therapist, I guess I landed myself  with the right work role. And these are stressful times in need of plenty nurturing, surely.
(Calculate your life path number here. Thanks so much Laurie Buchanan!)

I am tremendously grateful always that through out the many ups and downs that life brings me, I am at the right place at the right time. Or the negative-sounding positive cynic in me would say that I would just be somewhere else and still be fine. But whatever it is, I am contented. (Duh. If  I am a positive cynic, then am I a cynic at all?)

Born 29th January 1954. A Life Path Number 4.. The practical fixer. Next career option: Home builder perhaps?

Oprah Winfrey (I L.O.V.E her!) quoted: “I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters”.

I truly can relate to that. Honestly. Even though in the sense of physical well-being, I could really do with some weight loss amounting to the size of a planet, really. Effects of post-baby weight, post-breastfeeding and too-much-love-for-food is a combo that no fast food chain can achieve and serve on a plastic tray even if they ALL combined forces..

Nevertheless, Miss O struck a similar chord when she said those words. If I may add, THAT ‘connection to what matters’ is what grounds me at many times when I feel more vulnerable, less focused and uninspired.
(OK, I used that “U” word in my previous post too, I realize..)

Thankfully, THIS is not the grounding I’m talking about.

And I am never one to spew nonsense like “Oh, I am a perfect human being”. I mean, we were ALL born perfect but it didn’t stay that way obviously, did it?

We ALL have demons, and it takes turns to show its various prowess at different times. I learn to tame and find a way around my demons, if not through it. And THAT connection again, helps.

Through this grounding with what matters, I learned to have more capacity for sincerity and faith in the work that I do. Trust me, if you are working back-to-back with clients with various ailments, moods and sizes, you will treasure a bit of sincerity on your part. And a whole lotta trust and faith! Not to mention some carbo intake too for the energy you need in yielding the release of tension on the client’s mind/body/spirit.. 😉

Practically, this grounding connection sustains me and keeps me sane and checked in all areas in my life.

So what grounds you? Is it faith and/or ambition? Or is it a constantly ever-changing source?

🙂


Basic Essence : Holistic Spa & Wellness Centre

Basic Essence : Holistic Spa & Wellness Centre.

I used to work here for awhile a long time ago..This place is an oasis filled with serenity, healing and honoring of nature’s gifts. I have utmost respect to my ex bosses, Jacqueline & Randy; an uber-cool husband and wife team.

The many births of holistic & spiritual centres in Singapore doesn’t faze me from believing that it all happened here, at Basic Essence- FOR ME. I love Basic Essence, and am always in the loop with its many developments through the years. Just went there a week ago after a long time not visiting them, to get my favourite bundle of fragrant and sacred white sage Smudge Stick.. 😉

This is THE place to just BE, and getting in touch with the most basic essence of our beings.

I sure could do with a much needed facial with Jac soon, I think..

 

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Basic Essence is a holistic wellness centre, new age shop & alternative healing centre located in Singapore dedicated to the promotion of total well-being for health, beauty and personal growth.

In this place, you are surrounded by the beauty and energy of nature.

We offer our customers complete holistic wellness support – from tibetan therapy to natural beauty therapies, to yoga classes, to a full array of aromatherapy oils, lotions, bath products, crystals, candles, incense, relaxation & meditation CDs, self-help & metaphysical books, tibetan crafts & wellness products. We also provide ongoing workshops for personal & spiritual development .

This centre is an opportunity for us to contribute and explore our own potential. To renew and strengthen our connection with the divine energies of Great Earth Mother, and that we will honor ourself and her through our explorations. By honoring her gifts to us, we honor the Mother. By honoring our personal gifts and power, we learn to honor others.

As we walk our path, we dedicate it for the highest good of all concerned and we honor the Earth Mother in all her beauty and power.

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