Promotion Of The Month – April 2016

7 Days for $7

Enjoy this special price for the entire month of April.

This promotion is a deeply discounted 7 Day Unlimited Yoga Pass. Normally valued at $27, take advantage of this special offer this April and dig in for some serious yoga practice. The benefits of yoga are truly too numerous to count.

Details:

  • These Unlimited Passes allow you to take as many classes as you want during their duration.
  • Limit of 1 per person for the month.
  • The timeframe is calculated begining on the day you purchase them.
  • We offer yoga classes five days a week for the month of April.
  • These Unlimited Passes are technically memberships and have sales tax applicable.

 

Walking Meditation – Classes and Group Activities

Walking Meditation @ Bliss Garden

Walking meditation is an age old practice that combines slow walking with mental focus and intentionality. There are various types of walking meditation that range from very prescribed practices filled with details about how to walk and what to think about, to simply being observant and mindful of the moment as you walk. These practices are found in many spiritual and religious traditions around the globe. The benefits of meditation are numerous, as is being out in nature. Taking time to engage in walking meditation combines mental focus, intentionality, stress free movement, and being out in nature. This combination makes for a truly blissful experience that is fun, healthy, and nourishing to heart and soul.

We will be offering monthly classes throughout the warm months of 2016. Each class will cover a specific topic or style associated with walking meditation. After class we will enjoy a formal group practice of walking meditation in the garden at our McMillian Retreat Center (weather permitting.) The garden will be open for walking meditation and socialization for the entire afternoon of class and past students of any class are welcome to walk the garden paths.

Group Structure

Each meeting will follow the same format. To begin, we will be indoors to talk about a specific aspect or practice of walking meditation. This group discussion will be followed by Q & A and will take roughly 45 mins to 1 hr. Following this the entire group will go outside to practice the specific techniques in that day’s focus. Practice can range from 20 mins to 45 mins depending on each person’s inclinations. And after the focused group practice, the garden is open for individuals to gather and socialize or perform their personal practice. Anyone is welcome to participate in either or both the group discussion and the group walk.

Bliss Garden’s will be open for the afternoon of the group meeting for all participants of past classes to enjoy personal meditation walks as well.

Dates, Times & Topics

This series is Free with donations accepted to help grow Bliss Garden. The classes are not sequential, but will have a decent amount of material that will build from previous sessions. Anyone of any age can attend class provided they can maintain the focus and quiet needed for a discussion group as well as a focused walking meditation. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

  • April 24th, Sunday from 1-3pm – Mindfulness
  • May 29th, Sunday from 1-3pm – Contemplation In Nature
  • June 14th, Tuesday from 3-5pm – Object Based Meditation – Japa / Rosary
  • July 12th, Tuesday from 3-5pm – Rhythm walking
  • August 9th, Tuesday from 3-5pm – Breathing Meditation
  • September 18th, Sunday from 1-3pm – Intentionality & Practice Building
  • October 23rd, Sunday from 1-3pm -Potential Year End Date

Bliss Garden

Back To Bliss’ community garden project is located on the property of our McMillan Retreat Center. Everything about the layout and design of the garden is meant to help inspire us to spiritual study and to help us enjoy the beauty of nature. Several activity areas are planned including a labryinth, havan, outdoor class courtyard, and communal food and fire area. Many more practices from different spiritual traditions will be built into the garden as well.

This year, the main pathways are available for walking meditation. Our paths are grass covered. They are not perfectly even, and not suitable for those challenged by uneven ground. Bring weather appropriate clothing and footwear if you plan on participating in group walks.

Goals

It is our hope that after a summer examining the different styles and philosophies of walking meditation you will have a solid grounding for making it a lifelong tool for wellness. By gathering in a group setting we build momentum and inspiration from each other to undertake these practices. Walking meditation has many styles and some are very different. By taking a look through a broad assortment of them we will find the style and philosophy that best suits your personality and needs.

If we build a strong group with energy and momentum this summer we can continue through the winter with different forms of indoor meditation practices.

For questions, call our group facilitator, Josiah @ 715.897.6825 or comment on our facebook event pages.

Class Topic Descriptions

Mindfulness

Mindfulness has gotten a lot of attention lately so we will begin from here. Walking meditation from the buddhist mindfulness school involves very structured movement at a slow pace. You repeat thoughts based on the actions you are performing. The focus and repetition develop a space where you become very present with the motion of thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations within you.

Contemplation In Nature

Contrasting the high structure and tight mental focus on our mindfulness practice, contemplation in nature is very unstructured. We attempt to use the energy from the natural setting to calm, replenish, and open us to a mental space where we can be free of our standard thought patterns. How we choose the topic of our contemplation and the way we set up a regular practice of such contemplations is dependant on our goals.

Object Based Meditation – Japa / Rosary

Object based meditation involves repeating a sound, phrase, or sight. Walking with a counting bead such as a mala or rosary, (finger counting works fine as well if you don’t have one) is a very calming experience. We will discuss the types of object for focusing upon that work best for walking meditation for any religious or spiritual tradition. This type of walking meditation has a moderate amount of structure and a slower walk.

Rhythm walking

Here we develop a type of focus that has more physical elements in it. These techniques can be applied to someone’s typical exercise walking practices to make your exercise more holistic. The mental focuses and awareness practices we implement are all based on the rhythm and pulse of the walk you choose. This practice can be applied to a vigorous paced walk, but any pace will work.

Breathing Meditation

With a specific focus on control and awareness of breath, these practices allow you to delve more powerfully into moving prana and balancing emotion. The topic of the day will be applying breath counting to the pace of your walk and breathing in the vitality from nature. These practices can be combined with previously discussed techniques to moderate them towards emotion and energy balancing.

Intentionality & Practice Building

By the end of the series we will have discussed techniques from many different traditions with subtle variations that help them focus on different parts of our being. These slight changes in focus allow us to gain deeper benefits in particular parts of our being. Today we will discus how to take the techniques and build  them into individual practices for personal benefit. Ideas such as: how long to walk, how many days in a row, what techniques help specifically with anxiety or anger will be discussed. You will build a personal practice and then as a group we will all walk our individual practices together.

Upcoming Reiki Certification Trainings

Reiki I and Reiki II Certification Trainings

Join Reiki Master, Monica Groth in the exploration of reiki healing.

Self-care and nurturing is essential for a balance and well-being. Reiki is a gentle, light-touch form of healing that everyone can learn to perform. It can greatly enhance your ability to nurture and heal your loved ones. It helps heal physical and emotional blockages so that our life force energy, or Ki, can flow unimpeded.  This leads to increased energy and vitality. Reiki helps one to enter into deep relaxation where healing at all levels can occur. It can also be used to relieve chronic pain and can safely supplement other healing modalities.

Reiki I

You will learn to practice self Reiki; learn about the philosophy of the seven Chakras; receive a Reiki Level 1 attunement and receive a Reiki Level 1 Practitioner certificate. This six hour class will give you the knowledge to start practicing on yourself, family and friends, even pets love it.  Reiki is a japanese healing energy technique that allows us to harness the flow of the energy we all have access to.  This initiation opens us up to the divine energy and teaches us how to direct the flow for healing of the mind, body and spirit.  The benefits of this class with help you understand the energy field around us and how healing on this level can help you and those around you.  Monica will give you scientific information to help you understand the theory behind this amazing gift.

Reiki I Manual provided
 
No prior experience required.
Open to all – licensed therapists and public.
Class is limited to 6 students.
Vegatarian Lunch is provided.  RSVP for lunch at registration
Course Fee: $175 / person
Time: 10-4pm
Dates: (Offered at two separate dates this fall.) Saturday Saturday November 12th, 2016. 
Location: Back To Bliss – Retreat Center located five minutes north of Marshfield.
 

Reiki II

During this training you will learn to practice Reiki on others; deepen your understanding of auras; learn to direct reiki for distance healing, as well as how to clear unwanted habits and manifest your goals. This course helps you deepen your confidence and receptivity to your inner voice of intuition. Receive a Reiki Level II attunement and receive a Reiki Level II Practitioner certificate.
 
Reiki II Manual provided 
 
Prerequisite: Reiki I Certificate
Class is limited to 8 students.
Vegatarian Lunch is provided.  RSVP for lunch at registration
Course Fee: $175 / person
Time: 10-4pm
Dates: (Offered at two separate dates this fall.) Sunday, November 13th, 2016.
Location: Back To Bliss – Retreat Center located five minutes north of Marshfield.
 
You may take both Reiki I and II in the same weekend. A 10% discount will be given for those attending both courses over the weekend.
For more details feel free to comment on this post or call Back To Bliss and speak to Monica in person.

March and April Class News

Read below to get up to date on recent and upcoming class news.

Saturday Vinyasa – Cancelled. Melissa has several scheduling conflicts coming up so we have removed the Saturday morning Vinyasa from the schedule.

Thursday Yoga – The two yoga classes on Thursday will be slimmed down to one class. Please give Melissa feedback on which time to keep when you come to class over the next couple weeks.

Seminars

Awakening Your Intuition is happening March 2oth at our McMillian Location. This amazing seminar is a great entry into helping understand what intuition is as well as how to navigate making your connection with intuition stronger.

Seminar details can be found here.

 

Why Haven’t I Gotten Better: Intentionality and Healing

So, you’ve been everywhere, seen everyone, done everything and you are still sick!  This is usually the second most asked question I hear, I’ve done everything I’m supposed to, why am I still sick?  Every form of medical care has it’s philosophy of why we get sick and what we need to do to feel better, but what happens when we’ve done everything we can think of, we’ve done everything the doctors, therapists, healers, and experts have told us to do and nothing seems to work.  Or if it does work, it is temporary at best.  This brings us to a place that falls outside of the “scientific realm” and takes us to that place known as placebo effect.  What is the placebo effect?

A placebo is traditionally defined as a harmless pill or treatment that has curative effects because of the belief we place in it.    My personal definition of placebo is much broader and more encompassing, it is:  everything that contributes to healing that practitioners are not really accounting for.  This can include everything from the environment of the treatment room, the time of day, the current weather, and the interpersonal relationship between patient and practitioner.  Along with the tangible things that we can think of and name, placebo also includes things we can’t really “put our finger on” or give a name to.  One of those elusive “things” is something called intentionality.  Intentionality is just what it sounds like, it is our intention or will, our desire, our goal, what we put our focus on, what we want to receive from the actions we are taking.  Part of the concept of intentionality includes the idea of personal power and choice; that each of us has power and we can exercise that power through our choices.  When we make choices, we also receive consequences.  Sometimes the consequences are exactly what we are wanting.  The challenge comes when the consequences we receive don’t seem to match up with what we think and say that we want.

That is correct, “what we THINK and SAY that we want” does not always line up with what we really want on a deep down heart level.  Whenever we are not making progress in healing, it becomes necessary to do some deep down internal work and get painfully honest with ourselves about what it is we really want.  Chances are if we are honest with ourselves, there are things about being sick and infirmed that we like.  There is something about not being well that is benefitting us more than being well.  OR, we have gotten so attached to the illness we are experiencing that the illness has become our identity, and to let go of the illness we would be losing a part of ourselves.  So, how can you find out what you really want on a deep down level, and if deep down your intention is focused on illness instead of wellness?  The first step to every “change” process is awareness.  We can’t make a new choice, until we are aware of the choices we are making right now.

Here are some provocative questions to ask yourself that may help bring awareness of your current choices and intentions behind those choices in regards to your health and well-being:

  • When was the last time I really felt good (I was happy, energetic, and life was flowing)?
  • What is it like for me when I feel really good? What is my definition of feeling good?
  • When did I start feeling “sick”? How old was I? What type of work was I doing?  Where was I?
  • What is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about this sickness, illness, trauma, etc.…? (a person, place, thing, color, smell, physical sensation, a word or image)
  • How does this thought, experience, image relate to the illness?
  • Does someone else in my life benefit from me being sick? Who else in my life (spouse, child, family member, friend, etc…) benefits from me being sick?  What do they get out of it?
  • What is it that I dislike the most about being “sick”?
  • Is it possible that I’m getting something out of being “sick”? What are the potential benefits that I’m getting from being “sick”?
  • Is there anyone else in my family or in my life that also has chronic illnesses or “sickness”? What do they get out of being “sick”?
  • How does my family group or “tribe” respond when one of us is sick, ill, or injured?
  • Is it possible for me to feel better?
  • Is it possible for me to get completely well?
  • Is this something I “have to” live with for the rest of my life?
  • What would be different in my life if a miracle happened and I was suddenly totally and completely well in every way?
  • Do I want to be well?
  • Why do I want to be well?
  • What am I willing to do to get and stay well?

There are many more questions we can ask ourselves, but the following list is a good place to start.  It takes great courage to be honest with ourselves and see if there is anything internally keeping us from being the healthy vibrant person we want to be.  Awareness is power because when we become aware of the choices we are making we have the ability to access our power to make a new choice.   One of the most powerful things you can do to accelerate your healing and get the most out of every treatment you receive is to consciously choose what you want to get out of that treatment.  The clearer your intention for each treatment, the better the results will be.  For example, if you are in pain, perhaps your intention is to reduce or eliminate the pain.  If you are already holding this clear intention, perhaps you will choose to expand on it by thinking and saying to yourself, “I want to be pain free all week, all year, for the rest of my life”!  If you are not really sure about what you want you can always hold the intention of openness, flexibility, and cooperation.  “I am open to healing, I am willing to shift and change in the direction of wellness, I’m open and willing to cooperate with any and all benefits this treatment is providing for me.  STOP, THINK, AND CHOOSE!  You have the power!

 

If you’re interested in learning more, stay tuned for further posts, and be sure to check our class schedule for free informative wellness talks. Jocelyn is available for acupuncture services at both the Marshfield and Colby locations throughout the week.

Why Choose Us? – We Accomodate Preferences

Why Choose Us?

We know you have options out there for salon and spa personal services. Here is a series of short posts pointing out some of things that set us apart from others in the area. We want you to get the best service from the business and providers you choose, regardless if that is Back To Bliss or not. These posts should help you think about the type of service and interaction that you need in order to have a great experience. In today’s post, we highlight one (of the many) reasons to choose Back To Bliss for all your spa, salon, acupuncture, and yoga services:

We Honor your Prefernces

How many times have you walked out of a spa or salon and felt like you walked through an automatic car wash? Same massage strokes, same order, same jokes, same experience for everyone…?

“The place was beautiful, but it was a cookie cutter massage.”

At Back To Bliss, we know that the best results are attained by tailoring your experience to your unique needs. Striking a balance between indiviual tweaks and maintaining consistency is something we pay a lot of attention to. We ahve put a lot of effort and thought into ways that we can give you options. We use the word Preferences at Back To Bliss to designate those opportunities for individualizing your services and experience. Look for that word when booking your appointments, on our intake forms and in your feedback. Anything that we have earmarked as a Preference is something we can and will adjust as long as you make your preferences known.

At Back To Bliss, creating systems where your Preferences can be acknowledged means:

  • You don’t have to be shy! You don’t have to settle! There is a system in place that everyone knows about and uses for you to let us know what you truly want.
  • You know what you can and can’t adjust. Even if its not a stated Preference that we accomodate, we might be able to wiggle things around for you. If not, then we will tell you. But at least you know what we can easily adjust.
  • So many people don’t love love love the experience they receive at a salon or spa but they don’t quite know why. We have a lot of experience in listening to what people didn’t like and what they loved. By observing the Preferences Back To Bliss asks about you might just tap into what you can tweak to find that love love love experience for yourself.
  • Our providers are all unique. That uniquness is a wealth that many big resorts and salons try to erase into a single ‘brand image’ and singular ‘protocol.’ Preferences allow us to keep the wealth of creativing and knowledge available in our providers while still giving you a way to communicate your specific needs so your experience stays true to you.

 

Yours In Service,

The Back To Bliss Team

Why Choose Us? – We have receptionists

Why Choose Us?

We know you have options out there for salon and spa personal services. Here is a series of short posts pointing out some of things that set us apart from others in the area. We want you to get the best service from the business and providers you choose, regardless if that is Back To Bliss or not. These posts should help you think about the type of service and interaction that you need in order to have a great experience. In today’s post, we highlight one (of the many) reasons to choose Back To Bliss for all your spa, salon, acupuncture, and yoga services:

We Have Receptionists

Have you ever been getting your hair done, deep in a great conversation, and then the phone rings?

“One second, I’ll be right back.”

At Back To Bliss, we are committed to service. One of those commitments is that we provide receptionist coverage

six days a week. Receptionists are a serious cost to any business, and most of the stylists, massage therapists, yoga studios, and other service providers in our area can’t or won’t commit to providing dedicated receptionists to help serve their clients.

At Back To Bliss, having receptionists means:

  • You won’t have your service interrupted constantly by a phone call. After all, you are paying for the service, not the person on the phone.
  • Our receptionists have regularly scheduled hours. They are available so you can stop by to make purchases or have questions answered and know someone will be there during those times. Not all of our locations have a receptionist and we know how much extra work is involved in aligning schedules to make sure we are there in person for you.
  • Our receptionists provide a barrier between you and your providers. This extra level of professionalism is a serious perk.
    • Many times you and a therapist or stylist just won’t click and you will want to try someone different. The receptionist makes all of the conversations about you getting the preferences you need easy. They will help you sort through the different providers we have to match you with their best (educated) guess.
    • You won’t have to worry about interrupting your providers personal time by calling any time of day or night about your appointments. Just leave us a message any time thats convenient for you.
    • You can enjoy a deeper therapeutic relationship with your providers because the ‘business’ of scheduling and billing etc, is handled by someone else. Your service provider can just be there to serve you.
  • You know you can get a hold of someone quickly. Your schedule is always changing, and having a receptionist means you can talk to someone and see if the appointment schedule can be wiggled to fit those changes.

 

little receptionists

We have recently added our reception staff to the Meet Our Team page. Check out their smiling faces there.

Yours In Service,

The Back To Bliss Team