I bought my first deck of Tarot cards three years ago, and have been in love ever since. Tarot is such a lovely, helpful way to receive advice from the universe. Tarot decks are comprised of 78 cards; 22 belong to the Major Arcana and the other 56 are the Minor Arcana. Major Arcana cards represent themes relating to a person’s spiritual journey on a grander scale, while Minor Arcana cards typically relate to different aspects of ones day-to-day life. Many people I’ve met who aren’t familiar with Tarot have been a bit skeptical or intimidated by the idea of a reading, because they don’t want to hear bad news, but a Tarot reading doesn’t determine your fate! It simply gives you an idea of things in your life that you may need to focus on, address, or let go of. While there are cards that have some negative connotations, my style of reading is very focused on positivity and encouragement. I am thrilled to start offering readings for all of the lovely patrons of Blooming Moon, and I look forward to helping people connect with themselves and their lives on a more meaningful level!
Himalayan Salt Stones are made of some of the most ancient ingredients on earth. When the Himalayan Mountain Range was forming, it created huge amounts of pressure that caused everything below it to become compressed over many millions of years. Scientists believe that the Primal Sea (where all life on earth originated) was located below the Himalayan Mountain Range and slowly dried up from the sun before the pressure from the landmasses forming on top of it caused it to become compressed. This is where Himalayan Salt comes from and is used to create the stones that we use here at Blooming Moon Wellness Spa.
You will recognize them by their attractive light pink hue and their smooth or crystalline structure. The stones contain 84 naturally occurring minerals including magnesium and calcium, and are said to give off negative ions. Himalayan Salt can be used internally or externally to promote equilibrium in the body and inspire deep relaxation. It is heat-activated, which is why you will commonly see the salt stones in the form of a lamp, using a warm light bulb as its heat source.
For the Blooming Moon Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, your practitioner will use warm oil and stones that have been heated by a lamp. The salt stones hold heat at a steady temperature and also provide a gentle exfoliating treatment to your skin. Because they are carved by hand, you will often see them in a heart or teardrop shape, which allows your practitioner to provide more focused pressure on those tense or hard to reach areas of the muscle than a traditional hot stones which are rounded.
Whether you are already a fan of traditional hot stones or just love heat therapy, you are sure to enjoy this deeply relaxing and pampering massage experience.
Many Portlanders have already heard something about CBD, or used it, as it recently has become widely available throughout Oregon and other states with legalized cannabis. You can now find it on store shelves as a supplement or added to various foods and beverages in local places such as restaurants, bars, donut shops and more, but what is it exactly?
CBD (cannibidiol) is a plant-derived chemical compound that is extracted from the hemp plant. It contains zero or extremely small amounts of the intoxicating cannabis compound THC, so you can consume or use it without experiencing the psychoactive “high” effects that you would with marijuana. There are a variety of benefits to CBD which include decreasing pain, reducing inflammation and relieving anxiety or emotional stress. These benefits can be achieved either by using it topically or ingesting it orally, with the topical treatments mostly affecting the skin and surface layers of muscle or connective tissue on the area that it’s applied to versus the oral treatments which will absorb directly into the bloodstream, creating a systemic effect throughout your body.
Here at Blooming Moon Wellness Spa we have personally seen the relief that CBD can bring to your mind and body. We are proud to bring a variety of CBD products as an option for our clients in our spa services and in our shop. We currently offer a large selection of topical products from Mary’s Nutritionals including CBD oil, bath bombs, transdermal patches or gel pens, as well as oral CBD drops from Pacific Daze. One of our newest CBD services is a relaxing pedicure which includes a warm herbal tea drink topped off with Pacific Daze CBD drops for you to enjoy while your feet get pampered with a CBD-infused foot mask and a foot massage using topical CBD oil. The combination of both topical and oral CBD in this pedicure will leave you feeling tranquil and your feet feeling soft and rejuvenated.
Our CBD Massage using oil from Mary’s Nutritionals continues to be a popular option for many of our clients to help soothe tired and achy muscles or reduce the post-massage soreness that can occasionally set in after a deep tissue session. You can continue to nourish your body and calm your mind after the massage by taking a CBD bath bomb or transdermal patch home with you.
However you use it, CBD is an amazing tool that may contribute greatly to your physical and mental wellness. We are so excited to help you explore the many benefits and uses of CBD in your health and beauty routines, so don’t be shy if you want to know more. We would love to introduce you to your new favorite CBD product!!
Written by Holly Barnett, LMT – Blooming Moon Wellness Spa
The word ‘chakra’ (pronounced phonetically) is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel or circle. These wheels are energy centers, most of which are located along the central channel of the body. The seven major energy centers each correlate to a bundle of nerve endings that make each chakra much more electrically charged than other parts of the body.
Each chakra is said to correspond with different aspects of our life, and with each different area of the body that particular chakra governs. Much like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the chakras govern physiological needs, emotional needs, life purpose, loving relationships, authentic self-expression, self-actualization, and transcendence. Balancing the chakra centers can assist in bringing balance to these areas of your life. Additionally it can help bring balance and awareness to the parts of the physical body that each chakra governs.
During a chakra balancing session, a crystal pendulum is used to test the electrical charge or the quality of each chakra. Some chakras may have very little charge or a more deficient quality. Other chakras may have a significant amount of electrical activity, giving it a more excessive quality. Once the chakras have been tested, different crystals are placed on the body to balance the chakras with excessive or deficient qualities. Then a guided visualization is offered so you can more deeply connect with these energy centers. To close, the cleansing smoke of palo santo is utilized to clear the entire energetic field. At the end of the session additional guidance and exercises to continue working with these chakras may be offered.
Chakra Balancing can be added to any massage for $15 with Holly.