Are you Heard when You talk? Is your Throat Chakra to blame?

Chakra Balancing-Heart Chakra

When you have a block in your throat chakra you may notice that you are having trouble expressing your thoughts and feelings, you say things and no one listens, or you don’t say anything at all because you are afraid of the results. In general you will have trouble expressing emotions, and may have a deep fear of being exposed. Or find it hard to stay true to yourself and what you know is right and true.

Known as Soul’s Gate Chakra, it is the first of the spiritual chakra’s and controls communication between your heart and your head.

Or you might have trouble seeking out success for yourself, this can tie into feeling unworthy, or lacking confidence.

Physical signs include frozen shoulder, trouble swallowing, swollen lymph nodes, or problems with your thyroid and parathyroid.

lapis lazuli is a great stone for opening the throat chakra

Healing Crystals for the Throat Chakra include:

Lapis Lazuli – pictured above is the stone of friendship and truth as well as boosting awareness and stimulating good judgement, problem solving and wisdom.

Blue Apatite- is a great stone to enhance your personal power and help you achieve your goals, it is also the stone of manifestion and helps with concentration and memory.

Aquamarine- is a stone of course, but also is calming and soothing. During communications it helps with negotiation and compromise. It also helps diminish quarrels among lovers.

Turquoise – Communication is enhanced when you where this stone and it is helpful with leadership and personal protection.

Wearing a necklace of any of these stones, or placing them on your pillow at night, or your throat during mediation will help balance and strengthen your ability to communicate as well as enhance your intuition centre’s and your feelings of personal power.

bergamot fruit like all citrus is good for opening the throat chakra

Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is an essential tool for balancing the chakra’s as essential oils work with the vibrational energy of our body and our energy centre’s to enhance and empower our energy, or to tame it down if that is necessary (usually in the Solar Plexus).

Citrus fruits such as Bergamot, lime, lemon, grapefruit and oranges can all be used to open the Throat Chakra, helping you to speak your truth, be heard and stay true to your emotional guidance and intuition.

As always do not put essential oils right onto your skin without first putting them into a carrier oil or a lotion, and do not take them internally. Essential oils are like every other medicinal ingredient and must be treated with respect. It is much better to add a couple drops to an infuser for an hour or so every day, or to consult with a well educated Aromatherapist who can guide you through your choices.

There are a lot of companies out there that sell essential oils, but very few that have an educated staff and who source the ingredients in a thoughtful and conscious way.

Finding balance and health in the Throat Chakra is a key part of personal development, being able to vocalize your emotions, opinions, wisdom, needs and wants is a cornerstone of all other happiness.

Is an unbalanced Heart Chakra ruining your life? Fix it now!

Chakra Balancing-Heart Chakra
Chakra Balancing-Heart Chakra

How can you tell if your heart chakra is unbalanced?

As with all imbalances in your energy field there are both physical and mental signs that things are not right.

And as this energy field sits right over your heart, behind your sternum the physical signs have to do with the organs of the heart and the lungs.

You might notice high blood pressure, cold feet and hands as a result of poor circulation, cramps and sometimes immune related disorders.

Mentally you might have problems with attachment, either being overly attached, or detached, possessive, or clinging, or have an exaggerated sense of your own importance.

green aventurine

Path to enlightenment-

A balanced heart chakra is important for healers as it allows us to be in tune with our clients, have empathy with them, and treat them and their problems, with becoming too attached to the concerns and the energies that our clients bring in with them.

It is also key to further enlightenment, as energy must be able to flow from here up to our intuition and crown energies.

The Healing Crystals

When meditating, or even just to keep in your pocket near your heart as you go through the day choose healing crystals that are green in colour, such is Green aventurine, Jade, Modivate, Green Peridot and emeralds.

Aromatherapy for the Heart Chakra

When looking for balance you will want to use essential oils derived from the leaves of plants, so things that remind you of green leafy plants, not flowers or stems. Good choices are peppermint, Mint, Holy Basil, and Tea Tree.

Are you an emotional mess? Balance your Sacral Chakra now, learn how.

sacral chakra- part of our chakra balancing massage

Your Sacral Chakra does more then just control the chaos of your emotions and material achievements, it is connected to your sense of taste, and all the fluids of your body, from lymph to saliva and urine.

It is also very deeply connected to sexual function and malfunction, procreation and childbirth.

You might know there is something amiss if you are always thirsty, your mouth is very dry, you have trouble peeing, strange periods, sexual disfunction, or are super moody.

This can also show up in lack of material success, such as trouble paying bills or keeping money in the bank.

Positioned just above the pubic region, this is where you would apply aromatherapy oils, or chakra balancing stones during meditation or treatment.

When we did our chakra balancing training, one of our team, whom I knew was undergoing treatments which could cause infertility and other issues had a completely blocked second energy centre, no one could have know that she was seeing a Dr. for that. As we went through training and in the time since we took our training she has very successfully used her chakra stones, oils and our Chakra balancing Massage to assist her medical team to keep her symptoms in check.

Healing Crystals for Sacral Chakra

As this energy centre is reflected in the vibrations of the colour orange you might correctly expect that orange crystals such as carnelian and orange quartz are the stones that you would use, and you would be correct.

By placing the crystal just above the pubic bone during meditation or massage you will be able to feel the vibration of the stone stimulate the energy of your body, and often this will also be reflected in a feeling of rest and calmness.

carnelian crystal

Aromatherapy For Sacral Chakra

The second energy centre is reflected as you might expect in wood and stem essential oils, especially good for blends for treatment or meditation are cedar, ginger, turmeric, and juniper.

Applying blends with these essential oils (in a carrier oil) onto the skin just above the pubic area will stimulate the chakra and balance the energies.


As your energy centres become balanced moving upward it becomes easier to also balance the energies next to them, making each treatment deeper and longer lasting.

sacral chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra, why do you care? (hint liver function and power)

Solar Plexus Chakra-Chakra Balancing massage

Balancing your Solar Plexus- How do you know if its not balanced, and why do you care?

Know Your Solar Plexus Chakra And How To Unravel Its Power
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Your chakra system controls the energy in your body, and how it flows, nourishes you, and maintains health.

Each energy centre has a different job, and different organs and body functions it supports, and your Manipura or Solar Chakra controls your power, your fertility, your consciousness and your overall balance. As well as your liver and pancreas.

Imbalance in the 3rd Chakra

Problems may show up as liver problems, acid reflex, diabetes, digestive problems, high cholesterol, and bowel disfunction, none of which is good. As well as mental stress, anxiety and uncontrolled anger. Eeeks, this seems like a lot from just one energy field, and it is.

If you are out of balance you may not see all of these flash up, but you will be increasingly suseptable to these problems, and the more out of whack you are the more your body will try and grab your attention with disfunction.

Chakra Balancing massage will help to determine if you have imbalance by using a pendulum to measure balance and energy levels. And then using aromatherapy, healing crystals, massage and lymphatic drainage to increase function and then measuring again to see if energy is flowing.

Getting a professional treatment is both relaxing and sometimes more impartial in diagnosing imbalance, and without telling your practitioner what is out of whack, they will be able to tell you what is not functioning and help restore balance.

Healing Crystals

The Solar Plexus Chakra corresponds with yellow stones such as Citrine, Tigers Eye, and Peridot are all excellent stones if you have an under active chakra, if you are over active you will want to use a green stone like Jade to cool it off.

Place the crystal on your chakra which is right below your ribs in the centre and meditate, you will feel the energy start to flow in 5 to 10 min.

solar plexus chakra

Citrine helps stimulate 3rd chakra.

Aromatherapy to Balance Solar Plexus Chakra!


When choosing herbs for and aromatherapy for overactive Solar plexus choose green leafy sources. Spearmint, Basil, Peppermint,Cucumber and Celery all enhance the functioning of the solar plexus. If you are applying any essential oil directly to the skin, remember to dilute it in a carrier oil, such as grapeseed oil, so that it does not burn your skin.


When choosing herbs, essential oils and aromatherapy for an under active Solar Plexus Chakra choose spices like Cardamom, black pepper and cinnamon.

10 things to know: Amazing Benefits of Seniors Massage Therapy!

Seniors Massage, massage for stroke recovery
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Seniors Massage Benefits- the 10 ways it helps the most.

We at Your Health Span have been working with older adults for nearly 25 years and we have seen countless ways that it improves the lives of not just our clients but also the families and friends that love and worry about the health and happiness of aging adults.

Massage for active seniors can help keep them flexible, and active improving stability and keeping the immune system functioning, as well as help with mood and anxiety.

Here are the 10 most important things to know about the benefits of Seniors Massage.

  1. Better Sleep is reported by older adults who receive weekly or biweekly massages with both the length of sleep and the quality or depth of sleep showing improvement, this results in overall health improvements as the body is able to repair itself and recover from illness during sleep.
  2. Recovery from stroke– by reducing tremors, aiding in sleep and much more.
  3. Improves balance  – Falling is a huge concern for older adults, both from a balance and a consequence perspective, as bones are more fragile, and injuries are more serious. Due to massage’s ability to keep body parts in the correct position it improves balance and reducing our chances of falling.
  4. Relieves arthritic pain – “Massage isn’t ever going to cure arthritis but by increasing blood flow to the joints it has proven benefits in pain relief for those suffering from arthritis.
  5. Reduces feelings of isolation – There is nothing like good nurturing touch to make a person feel connected.
  6. Improved immune function-One of the most well documented benefits of massage is its ability to boost our immune function, reducing healing times from illness and injuries.
  7. Improves muscle function– by loosening sore tight muscles and increasing range of motion muscles can work much more like they are meant to.
  8. Reduces pain- especially in sore tight muscles that are harder to stretch as we age.
  9. Relieves Swelling-by moving lymphatic fluid and improving overall mobility there is almost always a reduction of swelling particularly of ankles and feet.
  10. Reduces stress, anxiety and depression- Just like in younger adults Seniors massage has a positive effect on the hormones involved in stress anxiety and depression, and we notice that our clients are happier and more communicative after massage than they were before we started.

If you are in a wheelchair, can massage therapy help with back pain?

Massage therapy can be very effective for certain types of back pain, and if you are in a wheelchair can have many other benefits as well. Including mental well-being, decreased swelling of hands and feet, and improved immune function.

Massage therapy in a wheelchair can help with pain relief, circulation and overall feelings of well-being.
Massage therapy is the use of prescribed techniques using a therapists hands to boosts immune function, increases circulation, and gives pain relief, all even more important if you are in a wheelchair.

Is Massage therapy effective for back pain relief if you are in a wheelchair?

Of course massage therapy is amazing at addressing certain types of pain, and discomfort but the answer for this is not completely straightforward, as there are many factors. And only by trying it will you know if it will work for you.

Massage in Wheelchair will positively affect overall wellness, relieve muscle tension, and soreness in the neck and shoulders, and as the therapist moves around the client, and inserting their hands between the Wheelchair and the client can usually reach most areas of the back and use of massage therapy techniques will work out much of the muscle tension.

At Your Health Span we do a considerable amount of work with seniors and for clients with other health issues that impact mobility. Because we provide In Home Massage we are blessed to work with a large variety of clients that really need us.

The most important thing to keep in mind is the comfort and dignity of your clients, and of course is the treatment helpful.

In order to determine the whether you should perform the massage in wheelchair or to get the client into a bed or onto a table two factors are important.

  1. How easy is it for the client to move their self to the bed or table, and is there help readily available. Most insurance coverage will not cover a therapist that is assisting in a transfer- so be very careful in how you participate in any movement of this type.
  2. The comfort and dignity of the client- even though it seems like a bed is always more comfortable, sometimes that movement alone is painful, and the process of getting a client into bed may take so long (staffing issues, etc) that the session is over before it really begins.

Can a client get a benefit from Massage Therapy sitting in their wheelchair?

Of course, and depending on your course of treatment this can sometimes even be preferable. For instance I usually work a lot with ankles and range of motion, and I find this easier for both myself and the client when they are sitting up.

Especially if any lymphatic issues and swelling around the ankle is part of the reason they are in the chair. Also, if I am asking the client to do any sort of self care, I usually find it easier to communicate and demonstrate when they are sitting up.

Pain relief through massage is achieved in a couple of different ways, by relieving muscle aches and tension by using manual strokes to sooth out knots. By increasing circulation which allows the bodies natural healing mechanisms to work better and decreases inflammation, and by increasing the feeling of wellbeing, which makes aches and pains melt into the background, and decreasing the feelings of isolation that often accompany being in a wheelchair, or otherwise having mobility affected.

Massage therapy is recommended as part of a wellness program.

Overall Massage therapy is a recommended service for people who are restricted to a wheelchair, not only can it gently and non-invasively address muscle pain, it is not likely to interfere with any other medications or treatments, and can also have a positive impact on client happiness and contentment, meaning a better overall quality of life.

Massage therapy Calgary, near Me ! You will be glad you called.

Massage therapy Calgary

It doesn’t get closer to you than right in your living room.

Your Health Span is a mobile massage therapy company with Calgary’s best massage therapists, and they come right to your home, hotel or office.

We know you are super busy, and as most of our clients seem to be moms or families, and adding one more thing to do, or place to drive your kids is not always easy or even possible, by coming into your home we can take care of you and your family without adding another thing to your to do list.

Massage therapy Calgary Near me
You can’t get closer for a Massage than right in your own home.

We frequently get asked ” how do I find excellent Massage therapy Calgary Near Me?”

For the last 20 years, we have been answering that question, by saying call us, text us, email us, however you want to get in touch we are happy to help.

All our therapists have at least 2200 hours of training, we bring everything we need right into your living room, and have many ongoing training sessions in order to provide not just amazing service, but the “best Massage therapy Calgary near me” you could possibly hope for.

We all bring a choice of aromatherapy oils, with choices that soothe and calm, or uplift and cheer you up. Along with essential oil synergies for headaches and muscle cramps.

Direct Billing for Health Insurance is also available. We just need the information before we send a therapist out so that we can let you know that it is covered, and you don’t have to worry about it.

Are you looking for “Massage Therapy Calgary Near Me?”

Give us a call for yourself or your whole family you will be glad you did.

Root Chakra- balancing and wellness.

Balancing the Root Chakra using red stones

Why Balance the Root Chakra?

If you want to achieve health and healing in any of your bodies energy centre’s first the Root chakra must be balanced, all other energies flow through here.

When you are out of balance in this area you may notice the following

  • Feeling disconnected, foggy or out of place
  • depression
  • anger
  • fear
  • low energy
  • insecure
  • bladder issues
  • skin and hair problems
  • colon; problems with elimination
  • large intestine issues
  • bones and teeth brittle
  • feet and legs are numb
  • and poor immune function.
Vetiver along with Angelica, Ginger and Spikenard are essential oils made from the roots of the plants they come from.  These Root derived essential oils help balance the Root Chakra.

Chakra Balancing Massage

Chakra balancing massage is a systematic approach to balancing the entire energy system, so that your organs and body system’s function optimally, and so that your emotional energy is aligned in a way that supports you through the many events both internal and external that bombard you on a daily and weekly basis.

Many times things that happened in our past even as far back as our childhood have created blocks in our systems. These events don’t have to be big or dramatic, and even a small block can cause a big ripple.

When we book a client for a Chakra Balancing treatment we set aside 90 min, and we do Lymphatic Drainage Massage to start, so that as energy is cleared away the body can efficiently whisk it away.

Then using a mixture of crystals, and essential oils which are aligned with each Chakra we put things back into balance. You can expect to be deeply relaxed, and to feel some shifts in the days after as you body adjusts to a healthier normal.

Seniors massage therapy , a client tribute!

massage for veterans

When I started doing In Home Massage therapy, one of the other moms on my sons hockey team started getting me to see her dad, once a week, for seniors Massage therapy, which can differ greatly from a regular massage, or be quite similar to what you get when you go to your chiropractors office or favourite spa. All depending on the health and mobility of the client.

(Sometimes we work on our massage tables, but just as often we do massage in wheelchair, on on a hospital bed. )

For this first client I went into the seniors home where he lived, largely confined to his bed, suffering with Parkinsons disease and the depression that often accompanies that diagnosis. In this first case the first thing the clients family noticed was a change in mood. Less anger, more “good” days, and although there was not a lot of change in mobility there was a decrease in both pain and discomfort as a result of the techniques used in this type of Senior Massage Therapy.

Seniors Massage therapy is an excellent way to promote wellness as well as providing connections for clients.
Seniors Massage therapy can be an important part of overall wellness, as well as being a good visit, promoting good circulation and more.

This weekly trip began what has been a cornerstone of my business for the last 20 years, and in particular we have always found massage for veterans one of the most rewarding parts of our practice.

For many of those years I or one of my team made a monthly “senior massage therapy” visit to Bob Peterson, who’s life was inspiring, his history and contributions as a young man and how he embraced the changes that aging brought. Age and all the crappy side effects of aging never seemed to affect his mood, which was always chipper. His sense of duty, or his love of his family and his country. His grace and innate kindness all will be very much missed by myself and my team.

His son put together the following video as a tribute to him and his contribution as a veteran. It is so well done, and such a moving tribute I wanted to share it for my team and for anyone interested.

It is easy to gloss over the contributions of our Veterans, especially in wars that happened before we were born, but still a moment of gratitude is due to this amazing person, his service and his family.

Seniors Massage Therapy

If you or someone you know would like to talk to us about in home ” seniors massage therapy “, we offer free consultations. And we are happy to work with veterans affairs to determine if your veterans benefits will cover Massage therapy and how much they will cover.

Chakra Balancing Massage-What I learned from Dr. Ravi Ratan

Dr Ravi teaches aromatherapy and Chakra Balancing

Chakra Balancing Massage is a service we have offered for about a year, based on a workshop I took with a person I will not name. I was and am impressed by how simple and effective it can be.

While I enjoyed that first workshop and could feel the benefits of Chakra balancing when I have had it done, nothing prepared me for the shift of my understanding, and the depth of the knowledge that Dr. Ravi passed on in just two days.

In the 25 years I have been in this industry, and the years since I opened Your Health Span ( In Home massage Calgary ) in 2007, Dr Ravi is one of the best teachers I have come across.

Dr Ravi Ratan with Krista Woodley his Canadian partner teaching the powerful benefits of Chakra Balancing Massage.

Chakra Balancing Massage

Using simple and clear language Dr Ratan deepened my understanding of the chakra’s, confirmed things I knew and sort of understood, and gave me a broader understanding of how using the techniques he taught us, we could have deeper and more impactful healing sessions with our clients.

Uses both crystals, and aromatherapy to balance the energies in the chakra’s, allows our organs, energy and emotional balance to reach optimum levels.

We have 7 main Chakra’s that each correspond with energy frequencies ( just like light does- causing colours) and specific places in our bodies, and control our emotions, our energies and our organs. A Chakra that is not working well has a noticeable effect on the entire physical, physiological and psychological well being of each of us.

Over the next 7 weeks I will go into depth on what I have learned about each chakra, and if you are ready to try a Chakra healing yourself, I would suggest giving us a call. Our therapist Sahira is a powerful therapist in this medium and I can’t stress enough the benefits you will feel.