metaphysicalWhat image is evoked when you hear the words “massage therapy?” Most of us think of a therapist finding a knot or tense spot in our muscles, then applying pressure and movement until the tightness is released. Denise Stoner is more than just a massage therapist. As a registered nurse, massage therapist and health educator in nursing, yoga, rehabilitation, anatomy and massage, Denise Stoner has worked with people and their bodies in all phases of health for over 25 years.She has helped hundreds of clients and students resolve a variety of health issues, including carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, joint dysfunction and chronic headaches. Her system of somatic education is an integrated, experiential learning approach to body awareness and movement. It is more than massage – it involves bone rocking, lengthening of the spine, and an understanding of how your body wants to hold itself in a balanced, relaxed way.

Here’s what one of her clients says about Bodywise.  “Bodywise Health Options has made a phenomenal difference in my work and life.  The extraordinary changes that have manifested in my way of being in my body have strengthened my physical presence and brought a new awareness of myself in all my daily movements and activities.  The Bodywise experience is a whole new way of being in my body, and in the world.” Check here to learn more about this holistic approach to total body wellness.


Ajoite produces a melding between the heart and throat chakras and facilitates speaking that which is in your heart. This quality provides for peacefulness within the emotional system and a joyful acceptance of your surroundings, circumstances and environment. The energy of Ajoite also brings peace within your self. Perhaps this is why you would choose to wear Ajoite as a pendant.


Or maybe you are simply drawn to the exquisite beauty of this stone, which is a combination of several minerals. Each stone is unique, and exudes a delicate, subtle beauty. If a stone “calls out” to you, it is something you should consider wearing. Does Ajoite call out to you? If not, maybe something else will. Check here for a variety of beautiful healing stones that can be worn as jewelry.

Some say that the beauty of flowers is one of Nature’s means of awakening in us the quest for our own soul. Flowers have known spiritual meanings, and flower colors also represent specific qualities. For instance, Lavender represents magic, love, protection, healing and vision. The violet color can be used as a vibrational therapy for the nervous system and helps restore vitality. Or, as another example, Chrysanthemum is a powerful remedy for fatigue or lack of energy. Just holding these flowers can help restore one’s energy.


Of course, if a certain flower means something to you because it’s associated in your mind with a special memory or positive emotion, then using that flower in connection with that meaning can be very powerful. Think about the flowers that you love, and bring them into your home whenever you have the opportunity.


This is re-posted from A Champion’s Blog. I’ve experienced bone rocking. It’s really quite wonderful.

“Accept challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”- Unknown

Well, yesterday I got my “bones rocked”.  Bone rocking sounds like some whimsy idea but it was really cool!  The lady who does it explained that bone rocking is little different than massage but works better and doesn’t hurt.  She feels for the bony areas and literally shakes your muscle around your bones.  This loosens the connective tissue from your bones and allows your nervous system to relax so she can stretch and massage your muscles without pain and while they are fully relaxed.  When she massages, she doesn’t hit pressure points or dig into the muscle, she lets her hands be soft and then pushes her weight along the muscle.  Her opinion is that we try to force our muscles to support our bones when really, our bones are supposed to support us and our muscles are simply supposed to move our bones.

I thought my session with her was wonderful.  I literally was taller when I stood up from the table!  I loved it and felt great.  I don’t think I will ever see a chiropractor again!

metaphysicalPeppermint is a fragrant healing herb that is extremely safe when infused as a tisane (an herbal tea). This herb is known for strengthening the heart and nerves, as well as aiding in digestion. It calms an upset stomach, even helping with symptoms of morning sickness during pregnancy.

Peppermint is also useful in treating headaches. Two to three cups of peppermint tea can help alleviate a headache and has no known side effects. The essential oil of mint can be inhaled, or small drops rubbed on the skin on the forehead or the base of the skull to relieve pain

In general, peppermint is a stimulating herb that causes dilation of the capillaries, increasing blood flow and hence affecting digestion and headache pain. It also aids in detoxification of the liver and has been used throughout history for fever and chills. If you’re feeling under the weather, a cup of peppermint tea could be just the thing you need.

If you’re a gardener, peppermint is extremely easy to grow. It’s so easy, it becomes invasive, so if you want to add it to an herbal garden, plant it in a large container with drainage holes in the bottom and sink it into the ground.



metaphysicalIf you are going to plant a cold and flu themed garden, or simply have an herbal medicine cabinet in your home, Rosemary is a ‘must have’ herb. Not only can Rosemary be used therapeutically, it smells lovely and tastes delicious.

Rosemary can easily be brewed like tea to make an herbal infusion. Drinking this tisane can bring about a feeling of well-being and increase your energy, because Rosemary is known as an anti-depressant. It works as a soothing tonic for those with anxiety or tension headaches, too.

Using Rosemary alongside meditation can amplify its effectiveness and help one achieve internal peace and harmony. The bonus here is that Rosemary is extremely easy to grow and therefore always have on hand. If gardening isn’t your thing, dried Rosemary is available in bulk at many health food stores. So, if you’re feeling stressed, fill a tea ball with Rosemary and brew yourself a cup of relaxation.

metaphysicalEchinacea is an herb that is particularly well known because of its ability to lessen the symptoms and duration of a cold or the flu when taken at the onset. The best way to take this herb is in liquid form, such as in a tea, or one can take the dried herb in capsules. This flower is actually anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. Besides treating colds and flu, echinacea is also useful for a variety of other ailments. Brew the herb into a tisane (herbal tea) to help with symptoms of sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, stomach cramps and urinary tract infections. Additionally, echinacea can be made into an ointment to treat skin issues, such as, cold sores, insect bites, and mild burns.

This herb should not be used by people with allergies to plants in the daisy family.

Look for echinacea preparations in the herbal section of your local natural grocer. If you are a gardener, you can create a cold and flu themed garden including thyme, garlic, cayenne pepper, yarrow, echinacea, peppermint and rosemary. Peppermint becomes invasive, so plant it in a large container with drainage holes, separated from the other plants. As an added bonus, echinacea and yarrow will draw butterflies to your garden.