Don't fight forces, use them. -Buckminster Fuller
I hope your new year has gotten off to a wonderful start. Mine has begun more like the fourth of July: fireworks, celebration, excitement. There are several reasons for this incredible start, though for now, I’ll share the one that’s most important for you to know.
In short, my office at 1811 State Street will come to a close on January 31st.
This location has been a jewel; I’m thankful for everything that it’s been. And despite my excitement and anxiety that always accompany relocating, I consider the new place that I’ve found also to be a jewel, even the jewel worthy of being placed in a crown!
The story of how it found me: When I worked in the Balboa Building, I’d pass this place nearly every day on my walks to and from work. I appreciated it’s rustic look and feel and thought it odd that it was the only house on that block in the middle of downtown. I had even taken photos of it years ago wondering who worked there? I began wondering if I could work there too? And if so, would my work be a match? My desire to know was so strong that I held the notion for years. Finally, (what was I waiting for, it to land on me like the Wicked Witch of the East in "Wizard of Oz"?) I took action! And after several search’s for who occupied the building of 1010 Anacapa Street, I found, “Therapists in Community”. I reached out, and with some assistance from friends, found the contact person and asked if there happened to be any spaces available. If so, would they be open to other modalities of work? And so the search story ends here, in a building full of MFTs (Marriage and Family Therapists). They were open to other modalities indeed and they’ve taken me in. I am grateful beyond words that I was considered and received.
Hope you’ll come to Christen the space...feels like déjà vu you say? Trust me, I know.
First Tune Up Tuesday will be Tuesday, February 5th and like before, together we’ll have to figure out the flow of things. Thank you for your patience on this.
We’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day early on the 12th, come by for your locally made Twenty-four Blackbirds single origin handmade artisan chocolates, while supplies last.
I look forward to seeing you soon, see the sneak peek video and photos below.
All of my love,
P.S. Just to make clear, I’ll remain at 1811 State Street, Suite G, until the end of January. February 3rd will be the first working day at the new location. Parking is directly across the street in the cities Lot 8 and Lot 9 is only a block away!
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. -Victor Hugo
Hello Happy Holiday Season,
I hope this final e-letter of the year finds you well. Screeecchhh . . . Wait, did I just say end of the year? 2018 happened in the blink of an eye! I will say that I’m excited we're nearing the end of our long dark nights (Yule/Winter Solstice), but to my clients and friends from Australia and vicinity, to you I say, Happy Summer Solstice, mateys. We here are literally tilting the furthest away from the sun at this time, preparing our celestial journey to head back to balance at Spring Equinox, then full tilt into the light at Summer Solstice. And so this great world spins.
The Yule season almost always means the gathering, giving and receiving of more things. As fun as “stuff” can be, it can sometimes mean cramming too much into our already bursting inventories. It’s an excellent time for clearing: figuratively and physically, mentally and emotionally, and spiritually. Clearing or shedding can be a very joyful process. Donating items, letting go of the past, can be a “good riddance” that helps lighten our own load while helping others who will need and perhaps even delight, in those things that no longer serve us. When clearing our bodies, though, it can be more challenging. I have personal experience with this, often stubbornly tethered to the patterns, eating habits, emotional reactions that promised the same unwelcome outcome, time after time. Joyfully, I have broken free of some of the most constricting body patterns and mental beliefs as of late, and 2018 rewarded me with the best year of my life! One of the reasons I’ve been MIA with the newsletters is that my progress with growth has also consumed me—in the best of ways.
What I can share with confidence is that my process of growth and contemplation, I’ve come to know this with great clarity: I desire to provide my clients with treatments that offer an even better experience that I’ve ever been able to provide, starting immediately and going forth into the new year. I want to fill 2019 with surprise, sheer wonder and awe, and the highest and best state for healing and repairing. I can hear you saying, “Well, I already experience this,” to which I gratefully respond, “Well, let’s up the ante!” Because as you know, there is NO limit to the great abundance that is within and surrounding us. LET’S GO!
Have a wonderful Solstice, Christmas and New Year. I’ll see you soon, on the other side.
PS. Tune Up Tuesday will be open for Christmas and New Year’s Day! Come if you have friends or family that you’ve been wanting to share Transformational Abdominal Massage with, or if you’re feeling the need to escape the family, or you’re a “meh” type to the holiday season and could use something to do. For New Year’s Day, what a great way to start the year or care for your liver after partying into it! Note the shorter hours 11am-4pm
PPS. Share the gift of a Happy Belly, click here to print your instant gift certificate for the loveable ones you feel would benefit from this technique. Price points for everyone, ranging from $25 - $100.
From a special client and friend, Brent Kee: "I'm so happy you found a place as beautiful as your life's work." Thanks, Brent, for making me certain I'd made the right move.
First of all, thank you everyone that reached out regarding the office move, I had no idea I'd have such a joyous wave of responses, gratitude isn't big enough of a word to express what I'm feeling!
Moving in the space was made easy by the wonderful hands that supported this, thanks to them and the many people that offered to help me move! I've been here now for 3.5 weeks, I'm working out some kinks with Tune Up Tuesday with seating for those who are waiting, also with trying to create ease with finding the office (see video below), I appreciate your patients and the ideas that have been shared. Sandpiper is currently working on signage, my hope is that this added detail will help you find me with ease, meanwhile, don't hessite to text or call if you're having any trouble finding me.
Something else I wanted to share is an apology if you went to schedule for the "1811 State Street celebration" discount ($18.11 off) but instead you received the "Sold Out" prompt. Much to my surprise, it sold out much before I had anticipated, therefore I'm extending the special and offering another round here: (no longer active)
Meanwhile, this bit of news elates me most right now! I had mentioned that I'd update you on the "incredible people" I'm sharing the space with. I feel as though I could not have landed with a better group of people at this point in my work experience. With them, I feel a sense of understanding and mutuality for decisions made for the buildings common areas and also care or concern for things like noise level and temperature, that we desire for all of us to feel comfortable here.
Amyris, (a spiritual teacher, healer, and speaker), with whom I share my office with and I are accompanied by,
Peter Otte, in Suite A, is the lead web developer and creative director of Peter Otte Productions, LLC.
Andrea Borgatello, in Suite B, across the hall from our office: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), specializing in eating disorders.
Elisa Fon, in Suite C offers Traditional and Esoteric Acupuncture, and on special occasions offers Sound Healing.
Helen Cao, in Suite E (at the entrance), is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Lizzy McCahan, next door to us in Suite F, offers Intuitive Massage, Craniosacral Therapy and Essential Oil guidance.
Chantal Gariepy, Suite H: (far end of the hallway) is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator.
Don't hesitate or refrain with coming in to see any of these practitioners just because you haven't seen me in a while, I know that can feel uncomfortable I've had to do things like that myself. Please know I want your best health and highest healing and if you have an intuition that any of these practitioners may be able to support you in the way you're needing, I fully support that!
Hope you'll come meet us in person at the Open House this Saturday (8/11/18) from 12PM-4PM.
Move forward and thank those who have helped you along the way. -Jada
My apologies for the delay in newsletters, and thanks to those who've let me know you've missed them! I’ll share briefly what I’ve been up to!
But first- I’d like to check in to see how your summer has been? Did you survive that intense heat wave? I hear there's more of those energy-zappers to come. Did you feel lethargic, slow or tired during those hot days? Well just like you, your stomach does too. You may experience sluggish digestion, a bit of nausea, and/or constipation. Summer is synonymous with barbecues and rich feasts, where often heavy, rich foods (BBQ sauce, deviled eggs/mayonnaise, cheese, baked goods, beer, etc.) are served up with seconds as part of the ritual. Some things that can help are having fewer servings of meat per day, either consuming smaller amounts per meal or having just one meat meal a day. Eating fewer raw foods can help, too. I hear you complaining: "But Jada, a salad is my go-to during the summer!" I know, it sounds counter-intuitive, but raw food in a sluggish, damp belly is much like lettuce sitting in a bowl on a table mid-summer in New Orleans (the most humid place in the country according to Current Results website), it just wilts and sits! Moderation is key in Chinese medicine: eat light, smaller meals. Increase your intake of water, which will help with hydration of course, but also curbs the appetite a bit, as experts say that most of our hunger is the body craving water. An article here on Livestrong covers this topic: https://www.livestrong.com/article/510463-how-body-mistakes-hunger-for-thirst/
I’m over the moon with joy to announce my new office location at 1811 State Street, Suite G (my sweet G)! I'm sharing the office with the wonderful Amyris Wilson (a spiritual teacher, healer, and speaker), therefore my days have changed. My new hours are:
Tuesday, 10am-5pm (Yes, it's still Tune-Up Tuesday!) and
I'm sharing the building with other incredible people too. I'll tell you about them in next months newsletter, but meanwhile, stay tuned for our open house on the expected date of 8/11/18 as we will want to see you there.
For now, I hope you'll come to celebrate with me to help christen and bless this new space! As an incentive to come you can click the button below to schedule a session with a discount of the new address, 1811 ($18.11). Good for both new and old clients until August 31st for up to 3 purchases. Hope to see you soon and thank you for helping me build this practice and for witnessing its growth, I could NOT have done it without you!
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly. -Buckminster Fuller
Have you been feeling the itch of spring? That feeling of “I need to do something” but having no idea what that “something” is? Well, I too have fallen victim to this restlessness! I’ve been daydreaming about moving from my apartment or office into some new digs for a fresh start. Perhaps it’s to change cities, state or country; to go elsewhere. The reality is, I do not have any idea where I would go nor do I have the means to do it. I’m such a fancy dreamer! And honestly, the thought of starting over- building a new practice and attracting new clientele again- makes me helplessly throw my hands up in the air!
In Chinese medicine, this is the transition from the winter organs of Kidneys and Urinary Bladder (water element in the 5 element theory) going into spring. “The element of wood is associated with spring, a time of birth and new beginnings. The wood element refers to living, growing entities: trees, plants and the human body,” writes Elson M. Haas, MD, in Staying Healthy With the Seasons (Celestial Arts, 2003).
Read on: https://experiencelife.com/article/five-elements-for-five-seasons/
Lucky for me, something else has recently come about. I’m honored to share with you that I have been asked to teach! Typically, I have always declined such requests, perhaps from my own insecurity and fear of not knowing what I would talk about. This year is different. I’m sparked to say a resounding, “Yes!” Time to grab my pants by the belt buckle and change! Maybe following through on this yes is the very thing that will prompt me to get out there and teach more. This will surely grow me! This year has already provided me with such wonderful teachings that I am certain that more gifts will come from this opportunity. So, without further ado, here are the deets!
• Tuesday, May 29th at Pura Luna’s Apothecary (2009 Chapala Street) 6:30PM (free to attend, read more below).
• Saturday, June 2nd, 9AM-3:15PM. I’ll offer short insights at The Expressed Woman workshop. This event is also free to attend, although you must pre-register, to do so, click the image card below for more details.
Well, I can already feel that I need a session or two with someone to work on my innards to help release these monarch butterflies in my gut, to get them back on course to their migration south to Mexico. It’s been a nice pit stop, but...
Hope to see you soon!
With warmth, -Jada
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." -Coretta Scott King
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." -Coretta Scott King
I’m not sure where to begin, so I suppose I’ll just spill my heart: Seeing all of your faces after the series of traumatic events in our community has made me so happy, knowing you’ve made it through these difficult times. You may have suffered losses and even precious things, but my witnessing your face is cause for celebrating your life and existence. And I do, with each and every one of you.
In January, the Wuttke Institute and I partnered to provide complimentary sessions to those who were displaced or simply stressed out! This gave me the greatest joy, as it helped me to practice Seva (“Seva” is a Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service” or work performed without any thought of reward or repayment). In ancient India, Seva was believed to help ones spiritual growth and at the same time contribute to the improvement of a community.
On that note, a soundbite of the song I’m including here by Rickie Byars-Beckwith has sung to me in volumes. I’m not religious. I’m not trying to push an agenda. I’m sharing these words because I have had the gift of getting beyond my own suffering from the events and in so doing, realized I had much more to give. I hope this excerpt offers peace and solace for your soul.
"As you show me all that I must do
(All that I’m saying is)
Command my hands, what must they do
Command my life, it’s here for you
God is the love that heals all Creation
God is Creator, makes all things new
And God needs us
To shine It’s light
As me, as you
Use me, oh God
I stand for you and here I’ll abide
As you show me all that I must do"
I’d like to sign off by expressing deep gratitude for everyone that came during the month of January to celebrate my 50th birthday! It was a ton of fun, and You warmed my heart with your company as I made my passage.
Your friend in this journey,
P.S. The offer for Tune Up Tuesdays complimentary sessions for anyone that has been displaced still stands, the date has been extended until June 15th 2018. Thank you to those of you who have sent along your friends or family that were brushed by our recent events. If you haven't heard of the film, "The Night it Rained Boulders", here's a preview, it's still being aired as a rerun: https://weloveweather.tv/video/night-rained-boulders/.
"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated." - Maya Angelo
Happy New Year,
If you’re reading this, I trust that you’ve made a safe landing here in 2018 and hope that you were kept from any harm caused by the fires.
That was some roller coaster ride! I was fortunate, having experienced only mild inconveniences of the Thomas Fire-- the power going on and off, on and off, evacuation alerts sounding the phone throughout the night (some that were false), the eerie blockage of the sun for days, and ash falling to Santa Barbara’s beachy landscape like snow. I came away with a low-grade version of PTSD where when subjected to a phone ring, I’d jump or shriek. I can’t imagine what someone who has lost their home might be feeling. I truly hope I can be of service and to help with any Thomas induced stresses, big or small. With sharing that, the offer still stands (from last month’s newsletter (link here): For anyone that has been displaced, there is a complimentary session waiting here for you on Tuesdays until February 15th.
Meanwhile, 5 decades ushers in my new age! I don’t know where the time went and how I got here so fast? Wasn’t it just yesterday that was a skateboarder, listening to The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, Depechmode and in art college?
Along the way I’ve spent some incredible landmark years. For instance, the day after turning 30, my world changed entirely. At that time, I was a seamstress for an interior designer, and after two people that met me for the first time shook my hand, both thought I was a massage therapist. I took heed to their perception of me and researched local massage schools in San Francisco where I was living at that time. The rest is history!
My forties gave me the gift of movement and utilizing the movement arts such as hula hooping, poi spinning, ecstatic/conscious/free spirit dancing. These are moving meditations, medicine, and prayer for me. I still practice some form of dancing with consistency.
And now at the big Five O! When I had turned 10 and adults asked, “What’s it feel like to be 10?”, I couldn't really say. Maybe I felt a little different in my body and that I knew a bit more than the year before, but I really couldn’t tell a difference. Well, now at 50, I would say that's still the case: that I feel a little different in my body, (some days more than others. I won't lie, I suppose it's accrued overtime ;)) and that thankfully, I'm still learning, still drawn to knowledge!
To celebrate, I’ll offer for the month of January, $50 off of the 50-minute session (offer will end 1/31). Come and join me, we’ll celebrate my fifth decade together!
To conclude, I like to thank so many of you who opened your loving arms to me during the peak of the fire. Thank you for letting me stay in your homes and for the many rides that were offered because I don't have a car. I now know how supported I am. I was very cared for and my gratitude spills over. For many, this event may have caused emotional stress that sometimes goes undetected. It may have shown up as stress on relationship dynamics with friends, family or partners or even toward self as an overwhelming level of bewilderment. You are not alone. I hope I can be of service in any way I can.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
"Just like there's always time for pain, there's always time for healing.” ― Jennifer Brown
From a heart heavy with concern and deep care for how you (in mind, body and spirit) are handling the recent fires (Southern Cal: Thomas, Rye, Creek Fires etc).
Within, I’ve added links to websites that offer some things that you can do to help mitigate the impact the smoke debris might have on your body, i.e., the lungs and the immune system.
If you know anyone who has been displaced by the recent fires (Southern and Northern), please send them my way on Tuesdays (TUT) for a complimentary post-trauma session to help ease their suffering while they navigate their way back. Valid until Tuesday, February 15th, 5PM.
Relevant information as written by a dear friend Laura Ash, owner of The Scarlet Sage Herb Co.
“Stress and smoke have a major affect on our wellbeing. Breathing in particulate matter from smoke can exacerbate asthma and heart disease, and cause respiratory irritation and shortness of breath. Children, the elderly, and animals are particularly susceptible to smoke inhalation. Trauma can cause nervous instability, insomnia, and deep stress on your immune system and your flight/fight response (endocrine system).
Here are some key herbs and foods you can integrate into your routine during these difficult times. I'm going to start with some of the more available herbs that you may be able to find in any store (natural or corner market) and then move to the more specific and obscure herbs that are more difficult to find.
- Peppermint: Peppermint is easy to find in many forms, even the cheap boxes of tea can be used (use 3 or 4 bags to get a stronger dose). Herbs high in aromatic essential oils can help create barriers to decrease inflammation. This is wonderful for opening the bronchials, increasing lung capacity. These oils can help decrease muscle pain and spasm (you can use the oil externally for muscle pain support) and aids in digestion - it's been known for IBS. Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) is high in rosmarinic acid which is an anti-inflammatory. Please do not use peppermint in high doses if you have acid reflux or GERD.
- Chamomile: Many children are affected by these fires, and chamomile is my favorite children's herb. You can make a strong tea of chamomile (again, cheap tea bags okay), to help them calm down. If you steep chamomile for a long time it is slightly bitter which will aid in digestions. A strong cup of tea added to a bath will help reduce stress, and the tiniest bit of essential oil in chamomile will help with wound washes and eye irritation in smokey air. * For an eye wash, make a cup of tea for yourself, take out the tea bag let cool down. Rub it gently over your eyes, squeezing a bit of the tea out into the eyes. This works in first aid situations and chronic eye care.”
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Sending you off from 2017 with love and a warm heart full of gratitude. Seek joy from within and see all the beauty that surrounds you in every moment. Life is constantly changing...
❊ Thomas Fire Evacuation Shelter in Santa Barbara County
At the request from Ventura County, an additional evacuation shelter has been set up at:
University of California, Santa Barbara Multi Activity Center
516 Ocean Rd, Santa Barbara, 93106
Evacuees should enter UCSB through the main east entrance, park in parking lot 16. Staff will guide you to the Center.
Directions to UCSB from NB Hwy 101:
Follow signs for US-101 North through Santa Barbara. At exit 104B, take ramp right for CA-217 toward Santa Barbara Airport /UCSB. Road name changes to CA-217 N / Ward Memorial Blvd (505 ft). At the roundabout, take the first right onto Mesa Road, then turn left on Ocean Rd. Lot 16 is on the left, across the street from the Rec Cen.
❊ Animal Evacuation Information
For assistance with an evacuation of large animals, livestock or small pets, please call Santa Barbara County Animal Services hotline at (805) 681-4332.
Santa Barbara Humane Society is accepting small domestic animals. Earl Warren Showgrounds is accepting large animals.
Emergency Alert System
It is critical that people in Santa Barbara County register to receive emergency alerts.
Sign up at: www.AwareAndPrepare.org. If we can't reach you, we can't alert you.
❊ Stay Connected
For ongoing updates, go to www.CountyofSB.org, follow @countyofsb on Twitter and Facebook, or call 211 from 805 area code, or 800-400-1572.
“The only way out is through” -Robert Frost
Have you had the experience of leaving my office feeling moody (sad, angry frustrated)? Perhaps you were very tired, ravenous, sick with a fever or even had bouts or bows to the porcelain throne? Maybe even worse, the symptoms that you came to me to relieve became more pronounced after your session?
These are all good signs that you’re moving in the right direction. Here's why: I like using the spine as the analogy of what’s taking place as explained by a chiropractic term called “retracing”.
The version of retracing that I share is this: When you go to see a specialist that works with postural alignment for curvature of the spine for instance, one may experience similar emotions or pain as the spine is finding its path back to a harmonious position and natural structure.
Here's an excerpt from Super CA Lynne: “What is Chiropractic Retracing?”
“Chiropractic patients occasionally experience the phenomenon of retracing. Retracing is the re-experiencing or re-awakening of pain or other symptoms, including memories or even emotions that seem suddenly to erupt to the surface. It appears to be a part of the healing process. Some examples may make this more understandable:“. Read the entire article here: http://www.planetc1.com/search/what-is-chiropractic-retracing-.html
Here are a list things you could experience after your session:
- Extreme fatigue
- Energy rush/es
- Positive mindset (a sense of freedom, open, forgiving, gratitude/reverence)
- Moodiness (grumpy/angry, sadness/grief)
- Purging (both ends)
- Pain (in the joints, the area worked, or possibly in the area of complaint even if I did not address the area. When the body awakens, it miraculously begins to correct/adjust things on its own.
Things you can do to relieve the symptoms of retracing are, drinking more water (room temperature to warm), water will help flush the body of things that might have dislodged from the abdominal cavity during the treatment. Self-massage to continue moving things along. Trust your hands and what they want to do once you’ve placed your hands upon yourself. And lastly, if during your session we used dialogue and you sent messages to your body, you can continue to send in those same messages; they were from you after all! :)
Hope you had a wonderful summer and that your entrance into the Late/Indian Summer has been a smooth transition.
“Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”― Albert Einstein
Thank you all for the emails expressing your care and concern when I sent last month’s newsletter. So many of you comforted me during a very stressful time. At the end of May, I lost my grandmother Ethel Comer. She was much like a mother to me. I lived with her off and on as a child and again as a teenager through my early 20s. Fortunately, I was able to go to Columbus Ohio to see her when she was still fully alert at 97, just days before her health declined. She was immersed in love.
Having this experience of animated versus the non-animated lead me to this month’s topic of the meridians and other energy systems of the human anatomy that science is just now wrapping its head around (this seems to be an ongoing theme for me this year, reference the Mesentery newsletter here). It’s interesting that the meridians weren’t considered valid until fairly recently because scientists were not able to "locate" them when a corpse was dissected. Although it is true that we cannot see the soul/spirit when we perform a surgery or autopsy, we trust it's the thing that gives life to matter and that it's the thing that leaves when life comes to an end. I’ve collected some interesting articles to read on the study of the meridians as scientists have now been able to use a dye and a combination of imaging techniques and CT scans to observe these channels (images with links below). I'll keep you informed in future newsletters of what I discover in my research!
Well, I may not know all of my meridians, but I sure can feel/sense them. I know blocked energy and I know how to help move it! With or without scientific proof, I am here to support you in keeping your meridians in flow and your life force brilliant. Thank goodness that these ancient modalities* have withstood the test of time, because not all things last: not records, not floppy disks and not even CDs or even life itself. But we can make things more harmonious and healthy while it is our time to shine.
Now some wonderful things to share are about the summer and perhaps indefinitely. Mondays are now available to schedule regular 30/50 sessions. You may schedule in the new scheduling system I’m using (MassageBook). For those who have been using this new booking system, thank you for your patience while I become familiar with it. It’s been quite a learning curve as this system is unique and resembles nothing of the other two systems I’ve used in the past. I have some openings this week so feel free to try it out and schedule yourself in!
And finally, Tune Up Tuesday (TUT) is becoming the dream I thought it would be when I came up with the idea in 2014. The initial concept was to have many practitioners form a collective to offer a taste of treatment, or an abbreviation of the services they provide to the community. I wanted it to have the flair of First Thursdays, Santa Barbara’s art walk but for healing. Although many talked about joining, it never got off the ground, until now. TUT introduces Dr. Kori Mortenson, Doctor of Chiropractic medicine. Dr. Kori, as he's called by nearly everyone, is also in the Balboa Building on the 4th floor (Suite 431), only an elevator ride away! If you’re a doctor or practitioner of a healing art, and you’d like to join us for Tune Up Tuesday, please reach out to Jada, we’d love to have you on board!
"Scientists injected a special staining dye which coloured the meridians." (The CT scans revealed clear distinctions between the non-acupuncture point and acupuncture point anatomical structures).
The inside of the left leg of a woman with liver cancer. Part of the Liver meridian shows up in the thermogram above as a white (hot) region on the inside of her left leg.
A woman with a digestive problem. Part of her stomach meridian shows as a broad red (warm) line, in the thermogram.
I'm on a mission to finding my true self. Letting go of the old identity I've created to find the new. I would love to have you there to witness and to share the experience.