Friday, February 28, 2014

Finding Bliss-Together

Finding Bliss – Together

Couples massage can help deepen relationships
By Robin Hamilton / Photos by Steve Lenz
Deborah Riley demonstrates how to do a hand, arm, and finger pull combination. Done correctly, Riley says, this can greatly reduce symptoms of tendinitis, a condition that Cindy Moon (on the massage table) suffers from.
Deborah Riley demonstrates how to do a hand, arm, and finger pull combination. Done correctly, Riley says, this can greatly reduce symptoms of tendinitis, a condition that Cindy Moon (on the massage table) suffers from.
What could be more relaxing than a massage?
Perhaps a massage by your beloved — if he or she has a little experience. One way to get that experience is through a couples massage class.
Luckily for local brides and grooms, long-married couples, or any two people who wish to help each other relax, there is a way to attain that loving touch.
Deborah Riley, a Walla Walla licensed massage therapist, is offering a couples massage class at the Cameo Heights Mansion.
“It’s been so sweet,” Riley says. “A couple learning to massage their partner without tiring helps them become closer. You can always tell a couple that is working on trusting each other, and it’s wonderful to be able to help them.”
In her classes, Riley says, students are learning what muscle feels like, and what a point of tension feels like.
Riley performs a massage technique called Mysofascial Release, which she describes as “sinking your hands into the tissue,” not with a superficial stroke, but a calm and patient laying on of hands.
Clients often ask Riley about the difference between massage (Swedish or deep-tissue, and other forms of massage) and Mysofascial Release.
“The difference is that the therapist is allowing the body to gently release all of the tension it holds, rather than pushing or pulling on the muscles to force the relaxation,” she says.
Other forms of massage can be helpful and fun, she says, but for many massage clients with injuries and overall tension, Mysofascial Release is more beneficial.
“There are restrictions that go around the nerves, around the muscles and all the tissues of the body. By waiting for the body to release on its own, you’re working at the cellular level. The client has to trust the therapist and let go.”
Riley emphasizes teaching the couples how to massage their partner for lengthy periods of time without getting tired, and using parts of their bodies (elbows, for instance) instead of taking the movement into their hands, arms or backs.
“That was something I really appreciated,” says Craig Maydole of West Richland.
He and his wife, Lenore, were staying at Cameo Heights Mansion, just outside Walla Walla, for their 13-year wedding anniversary. They signed up for the class and discovered they really enjoyed giving each other massages, especially once they had learned how to do a sustained massage without strain.
“For the person giving the massage, Deborah showed us how to maintain good body mechanics and not to use just the fingers and hands to provide all the force,” he says. “It answers the question about how a masseuse manages to do this work without being dead tired.”
The lovely thing about it, Maydole says, was the way it’s “you and your wife working with each other, watching each other, learning together.”
Riley describes the class as a two-hour session, with one person massaging the other under Riley’s direction, with hands-on assistance. The Maypoles were joined by Cindy and Trevor Moon, from Milton-Freewater. Both couples remain completely clothed, and the atmosphere is totally “G” rated.
“It was great; she (Riley) really knows her stuff,” says Cindy Moon. “We were there specifically for the class.”
Moon says Riley helped them focus on their individual injuries.
“My husband is a triathlete and has really sore legs. I have tendinitis in my hand and a bad knee, so she showed Trevor how to do things for my knee and my hand, and me how to work on his legs.”
In the past, Riley says, she has seen couples who are having issues with each other, and she tries to give them more time.
“With one partner massaging the other, each is slowly learning to trust the other. Communication is key, where, say, the husband says, ‘Yes, that feels better,’ and the wife is tuning in to his reaction. It’s a really neat tool for relationships.
“For most people, it’s profound,” she says. “Most people want to enhance their relationship and be able to calm their partner down, help them soothe away pain and worry.”
In each class, Riley breaks down learning how to work on different areas, for example, the back or the legs, the neck or the feet. She makes sure she attends to each person doing the massage, helping them keep their shoulders relaxed.
In the future, Riley plans on holding bigger classes, possibly at Revolver Yoga Studio in downtown Walla Walla, where she’ll work with an assistant.
“We pick a person from the class and do a demonstration on the techniques, show them what to watch for — like avoiding the spine and the kidneys — then they go back to their tables. We’ll walk through the room answering questions and helping each couple.”
Riley says she provides massage, classes and sessions for weddings and other events.
“To see people extending themselves to being touched, especially when something has happened in their relationship — for some reason they’ve grown apart — and a door opens, it can be very beautiful.”
Riley demonstrates a gentle leg pull on Cindy Moon for her husband Trevor. This technique releases the fascia in the hips and thighs.
Riley demonstrates a gentle leg pull on Cindy Moon for her husband Trevor. This technique releases the fascia in the hips and thighs.
Riley shows Moon ways to massage the feet and toes.
Riley shows Moon ways to massage the feet and toes.
Learning how to let the tissues relax on their own, rather than forcing them to release, is the key to this form of massage, Riley says.
Learning how to let the tissues relax on their own, rather than forcing them to release, is the key to this form of massage, Riley says.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Luscious Lemon Bars

Luscious Lemon Bars </b> 2 c. flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ c. sugar Dash of salt 1 c. butter ½ of water ¼ tsp salt ½ of lemon juice 4 eggs\ 6 Tbs flour 3 drops lemon ess. oil 1 ½ c. sugar Lemon zest (optional) Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix together flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter until the dough reaches a fine crumb consistency. Press the dough into the bottom of a 9"x13" pan. Bake for 20 minutes till golden. While crust is baking, beat eggs in a large mixing bowl. In a separate dish, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to eggs, and stir until smooth. Gradually stir in lemon juice, water, and lemon oil. Pour mixture over baked crust, and return to the oven. Bake 30 minutes or until set. Allow to cool completely, and sift powdered sugar over the top. Garnish with zest if desired. *Substitute orange oil and orange juice to make orange bars

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Benefits of Lavendar

Lavender and Honey Ice Cream

Makes 1 quart


2 cups (480ml) heavy cream
1 cup (240ml) milk
Zest from 1 fresh Lemon
1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
1/3 cup (110g) honey
5 egg yolks
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: Violet Gel Paste Food Coloring or combination of Blue and Red Food Color drops


In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, milk, lemon zest, lavender flowers and honey. Heat to a bare simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and cover. Set aside for 15 minutes.
In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Slowly whisk the cream mixture into the yolks, then pour everything back into the saucepan.
Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom as you stir. While the custard heats, stir in the salt and vanilla extract. If adding coloring, stir in a few drops at a time to reach your desired color (color will lighten approximately in half when churning).
Gently cook until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spatula or wooden spoon, about 4 minutes.
Pour the custard through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean container. Place the container in an ice bath and stir the custard occasionally until it is cool, about 20 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
Churn custard in a frozen KitchenAid® Ice Cream Maker Attachment for Stand Mixers according to manufacturer directions. While churning the ice cream, place the container in which you will store the ice cream in the freezer to chill.
After the ice cream has reached its desired consistency, place in the chilled storage container. Store the ice cream in the freezer until ready to serve.
Lavender Honey Ice Cream Recipe

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavender is fantastic for stress relief and anxiety, particularly when inhaled or massaged into skin. It can also soothe skin irritations, bug bites, minor burns and minor allergic reactions on the skin. I love lavender so much that I also use a drop or two to scent my homemade all-purpose cleaner because it makes my house smell so nice.
  • Kids’ sleepy spray: Ever since my boys were babies, I’ve been using lavender in their rooms to help them sleep. As infants, I’d put a washcloth with a couple of drops of lavender oil on a table next to the crib so the scent would waft around the room. Now that they’re bigger, I use a linen spray with half a cup of water, a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and a few drops of lavender oil, then I spritz their pillows and sheets lightly while they get ready for bed. They love the way it smells, and it seems to help them calm down enough to sleep. I noticed with the doTERRA oil, I only needed a couple of drops in my spray, as opposed to the half dozen drops I normally put in of another brand.
  • Bug bite soother: My oldest son is a bug magnet ― he gets little bug bites all the time, no matter what manner of bug repellent we put on him. For some particularly itchy mosquito bites he had, I rubbed a single drop of lavender oil over them. He said the itches went away, and he did stop scratching, which helped the swelling go down. Win!
  • Burn salve: I burned my hand making dinner one night, so I tried a mixture of about half a teaspoon of coconut oil mixed with 2 drops lavender, and I applied it to the burn. While the salve was soothing, it didn’t seem to help much more than running the burn under cold water. Lavender oil in coconut oil would make a great, relaxing massage oil though.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Benefits of cucumbers

It is one of the oldest cultivated crops and believed to be originating in the northern plains of Indian subcontinent. The plant is a creeper (vine) like other members of Cucurbita family, for example, gourds, squashes, melons, zucchini, etc.
Botanically; it belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family; and is known scientifically as Cucumis sativus.

Cucumber is easy to grow. Varieties, varying in size, shape, and color, are cultivated all around the world. In general, the fruit features dark-green skin, crispy moisture rich flesh, and small edible seeds concentrated at its core.
As in other squash members, cucumbers too are best-harvested young, tender and just short of reaching maturity, at the stage when they taste sweet, have crunchy texture, and unique flavor. If left uninterrupted, the fruit continues to grow in size, its skin becomes tougher and turns yellow, and seeds become hard and inedible. Fresh cucumbers are available throughout the season and can be eaten raw as is or in vegetable salads or juicing.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

doTERRA Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

doTERRA’s  Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

1 ¼ cup Butter
2 cups White Sugar
2 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
2 ½ cups Flour
1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Salt
1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
1.  Preheat oven to 350˚F
2.  In large bowl cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.  Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.  Add to creamed mixture and stir until entire mixture is an even dark brown.  Add dōTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil and stir until evenly blended.
3.  Roll dough into balls about 1” in diameter.  Roll each ball in granulated sugar and place on
parchment covered cookie sheet.  Cookies will spread during baking.  Bake for 8-10 mins or until tops have a crackle appearance

Coming Soon Doterra essential oil classes!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

doTERRA Ginger & Coriander Chicken Soup

Ginger & Coriander Chicken Soup
A delicious healing soup which is fantastic for sore throats and seasonal colds. But don’t wait until you are not feeling well, as it is delicious and warming anytime you are in the mood for something comforting and fragrant.
1 small bunch cilantro leaves, chopped
3 cups chicken broth
3 cups water
1 ½ to 2 lb. chicken breast, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon corn starch
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoon corn starch
½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2-3 drops doterra’s ginger essential oil1 drop doterra’s coriander oil
½ teaspoon sesame oil, optional
2 boiled egg, peeled and diced
1. Rinse chicken and partially freeze (2-4 hours). Remove from freezer and slice thinly.
2. Marinade sliced chicken in salt, pepper, and cornstarch. Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Using a small cup combine ½ teaspoon olive oil with essential oils, and sesame oil, and set aside.
4. In a large pot, bring chicken broth and water to a boil. Turn heat to low and add cilantro, Continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
5. While simmering, add chicken and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
6. Stir blended oils into the soup, and garnish with cilantro leaves and diced eggs