Tuesday is Senior Discount Day

Back To Bliss is more than your regular spa and salon.  We have a mission of wellness and community support that spans all we do.  Our high quality services and toxin free products are the foundation of that mission. It is how we connect, teach, and serve.  By offering targeted discount programs we are able to support our community as a whole and provide healthy and affordable services to those who need it most. We are pleased to begin offering Senior Discounts every Tuesday. We hope this helps keep regular wellness visits affordable for all the seniors in our community. Maintaining regular massage, nail, and beauty care is an important part of health and self esteem.

Starting August 1st, 2015: every Tuesday will be senior discount day at Back To Bliss.

The offer will be good for 10% off all services on Tuesdays at all locations. To qualify, you must be 60 years or older. To take advantage of this offer, simply ask for the senior citizen discount when you check out. The discount will be automatically applied at the register.

Back To Bliss does not allow double discounting, so no other discounts or promotional gift certificates can be used when taking advantage of this offer.


Our Other Community Support Offerings:

Annual Gift Certificate Sale: Take deep discounts for yourself to extend your ability to receive healthy alternatives for products and services.  This once a year sale also offers 35% off discounts for you to give the gift of wellness to those you love. By offering such deep discounts you can support the health and happiness of YOUR community of family and friends. Our Annual Sale is the 3rd Sunday of October every year.

Pregnancy Massage Discounts: During this most precious of times for growth and development of our next generation, we offer pregnancy massage for 20% lower than any of our regular massage rates.  This discount is for the entire term of your pregnancy and is always available to all expectant mothers.

Senior Citizens Discount Day: Helping those with more of a fixed income during the time of life when medical expenses and body aches and pains are growing is the goal.  Every Tuesday, seniors 60+ can take advantage of this offer.

Free Journey Of Wellness Program: Learn wellness practices and philosophies that help you take control of your life. Based on eastern and western philosophies and research, this free monthly program offers practical tips and access to proven ways to stay happier and healthier.



Kinesio Tape Training

On Wednesday July 29th, 2015, Carrie, Crystal, and Emily will be going to a training on Kinesio Taping.

Kinesio Taping is the application of special tape that will help to heal injuries by increasing circulation and lymphatic flow as well as support the muscle while the injury is acute. If you commonly sprain or strain muscles, this will help cut down recovery time and help you get back to your workout/ training quickly. The benefits to athletes are tremendous and include faster healing, and the added benefit of supporting injuries – sometimes providing enough support so that you can continue to train while healing. Another great benefit of Kinesio Taping is that it is something that you can do at home to help reduce the costs of therapy.  By buying your own tape and having our therapists show you how to apply it at home you can take your health into your own hands.

Combining Kenesio Taping with massage will increase the therapeutic effectiveness of our services.  We will be running a post training special during august to help our therapists practice, so look for it this August.

Student Massages Are Back!

From now until the end of September we are hosting another student massage therapist at Back To Bliss. Valerie Krause of Spencer will be available on Friday afternoons from 2-7 pm to offer her already great skills for massage.

She will be offering the following services at the Colby location, all bookable online or at 715.316.0040.

  • 30 Min Student Massage – $20
  • 45 Min Student Massage – $25
  • 60 Min Student Massage – $30
  • 75 Min Student Massage – $35
  • 90 Min Student Massage – $40
  • 60 Min Pregnancy Massage – $24
  • 60 Min Hot Stone Massage  – $30

Students offering their massage services at Back To Bliss are in their last section of schooling to become licensed massage therapists.  They are looking for experience, but have all the skills needed to give a wonderful massage. Student’s rates are drastically reduced to honor both their experience level and the need to give them some experience.  Book yours today, these prices are unbeatable and won’t last long!


Cilantro: An Amazing plant

Cilantro is an plant that grows worldwide and has some amazing health benefits.  Cilantro, or Coriandrum sativum, goes by many interchangeable names.  It is a member of the parsley family, Apiaceae, which gives us a hint as to why it is often called Mexican Parsley and Chinese Parsley. The parsley-like leaves are the main part we like to eat, but the seeds of the cilantro plant are a spice called coriander; hence the Latin name Coriandrum.  Coriander is a major spice in India where it makes up one of the three base spices for creating balanced and healthy curry: 3 parts coriander, 2 parts cumin, 1 part turmeric. I like to think that the confusion in naming this wonderful plant can be seen as a tribute to its wellness benefits.  If varied cultures across the globe have all found it useful for thousands of years, I feel like its worth taking some time to learn more about it myself.

Health benefits: Ancient and modern research both seem to point to several positive benefits of cilantro. Many of those benefits have to do with improving digestion, detoxification, and helping to process carbs and sugars throughout the body. In addition to aiding in these important functions, cilantro provides many valuable vitamins, antioxidants and essential oils.

For general use at home, it is most helpful as a nutrient filled cooling summer herb. Have you ever noticed that cilantro is very often included in salsas? The leaves aid digestion and increase pungency without increasing the acid levels of the salsa. They bring cooling energetic tones and flush out the taste profile of the salsa making it healthier and tastier.

Growing and Harvesting: Here are just a few tips to get you started with growing your own. We can grow it here in central Wisconsin easily, but if that’s not of interest to you, you can always pick it up at the local supermarket. Growing cilantro yourself keeps a steady and cheap supply available all summer long.

1: Scar the seeds a bit to improve the rate of germination; their husks are quite tough.

2: Plant it in cooler areas with semi shade to slow down the speed of bolting. Hot temperatures trigger it to change its growth pattern to making seeds instead of more delicious leaves.

3: A simple plan that includes multiple sowings and regular harvest can keep your cilantro habit going all summer. Try planting cilantro every 4-6 weeks. It only takes about 2 weeks after planting before you can harvest the leaves, so trim the plant heavily every 14-10 days to keep it providing lots of fresh leaves.

4: Most common pests will leave it alone, so the leaves are often very healthy and easy to prep for eating. The only issue is that they are often dusty and collect dirt, but that is easily remedied with washing.

Working With Addiction: Redefining The Word

Addiction can be a source of deep misery. You can name the big life destroying ones pretty easily: gambling, alcohol, and all the various chemicals.  However, we very often don’t have a framework of reference to speak about the process of how addictions form. What we are missing is more detail about that process so we can become proactive in our own lives and nip addictions in the bud before they grow out of control.

The discussion on addiction is primarily one of habits and the loss of our self control to those habits. A quick scan through all of the online dictionaries defining addiction will find descriptive words such as need, disease, compulsion, and dependence. However, addiction should never be considered a static condition, but part of a continuum of how intensely a habit has control over us. In this vein, by changing our focus from simply defining addiction to seeing addiction as part of a process we can gain enough understanding to make decisions for greater health and happiness.

The model of a continuum grades habits by the strength of momentum and intensity they hold over us. From the least to the greatest momentum they are: subtle impressions, actions, habits, addictions, and compulsions. And while we don’t have time to define all of the subtle changes as a habit moves from each point to the next, it is important for us to define the edges of the addiction phase. A habit becomes an addiction when we think about that habit even when we are not doing it.  Its that simple. The point on the continuum that begins an addiction is when the pull begins to take us away from what we are currently doing.  Habits are just actions we do regularly while addictions pull us away from the present moment. Addictions become compulsions when we no longer have the willpower to stop ourselves from doing them. Even if we hate it, or want to stop, or feel guilty about doing it, our habits have taken on such a devastatingly large momentum that we cannot stop them. Compulsion is a very devastating space that hurts us because of this loss of control, but also because the compulsion propels towards its own goals and disregards all the rest.

Caution: We all have addictions, habits, actions and probably a few compulsions. By using the model of a continuum I hope that it is easier for us all to own a few more of our skeletons.

Remember: All habits flow along this continuum. Coming to know yourself and your habits before they become addictions is a powerful tool for health and happiness.




Reflective Analysis: Understanding the Theory

One of the tenants of holistic health states that we are whole.  We are one unit, all together, with all of our specialized functions and diverse aspects of mind/body/spirit connecting and overlapping. However, the ‘whole’ of us is complicated beyond the capacity for us to know completely.  It’s much like astronomers telling us that there is a unique galaxy in the heavens for every grain of sand on a beach.  How can we possibly comprehend such vastness or complexity within ourselves? Well, the good news is that, just as we really don’t need to know the nature of the 75th galaxy to the right of mars, we can get by without all the overwhelming details of our own physiology and mind. While we don’t need to know all the details, it is helpful to know enough about our inner complexities to stay healthy and to keep us in harmony with our nature. But even that much requires methods of analysis that summarize our complexities and give us insights into our health that are accessible. One such method of summarization is called reflective analysis.

So what does this reflection idea really mean? It’s pretty simple. You are one whole unit. What happens to any part of you, happens to all of you.  If an emotional stress happens to you, say you have angry words with someone, then that emotional event sends changes through all of you.  And while the anger may originate as an emotion, it quickly becomes a physiological response: hormones released and increased heart rate etc…. Those words sit in your mind causing reactive thoughts and associations that change our future behaviors. Thus, I can find the emotional stress of the fight reflected throughout all of you – in your physical body, in your emotional space, and in your thoughts. You are one complete whole and thus the altercation happened to all parts of you.

Reflective analysis takes a cumulative snapshot of all the things happening to you and allows us to see reflections of those events in one part of the body. For example, by mastering the details of how different stresses send reflections onto your tongue, you can use tongue analysis to gain insight into the state of your health. The physical appearance of your tongue can tell you about the state of your organs.  You can see the health of your organs if you study what the reflections mean! This makes deep insights about our health as accessible as sticking your tongue out and looking into the mirror.

Some parts of our bodies are better at showing reflections than others. Thus, systems of analysis were only developed for those body parts that impart information easily. Next week we will explore some details of tongue and facial analysis to give more specific examples of how reflections are used.

Reflective Analysis: Playing With Details

Using reflections to analyze our state of health has been effectively used for thousands of years. Before we had MRI imaging and comprehensive blood tests, we had to rely on our own senses to gather data about our health. Today I thought we could look into the theory a bit deeper as a means to show just how strongly your heath reflects throughout your being.  We will use the tongue and face for our examples because both of these body parts are available for you to examine in your mirror every day.

Reflection Fact 1: Body parts that share similar functions and/or share close proximity reflect each other more readily. For example, the face reflects the emotional body very well because our facial muscles are directly involved in the communication of those emotions; they share connections of function. We have all heard of laugh lines and worry lines. Thinking deeper about this, you can see how a smile pulls our face muscles up.  If that pattern of smiling is repeated over and over the creases of that habitual emotion start to become etched into our face.  By the same token, stress and worry create lines in our skin above our forehead creating that wrinkled brow.  They also show energetic depletion in the form of black color around the eyes.  And while the two are not always connected, it’s a common sight to see someone stressed out from worry that looks pale, has deep creases in their forehead from intense worry, and has dark sunken circles around their eyes.

I like talking about facial analysis because it shows the reflections between layers of our being. The lines on our face reflect the habits of our emotion.  Very often we like to separate emotional health from physical or mental health. The emotional habits written on our face show us how inseparable mind/body/spirit/emotion are.

Reflection Fact 2: Coloration is one indicator to look for in your analysis. Healthy skin has a narrow range of hues. Typically when our skin hue becomes overly red, white, pale, or yellow it all indicates various dysfunctions or depletions. Take a look at your tongue in the mirror every day.  If there is lots of white buildup on the tongue it indicates stagnation in the GI tract. Overly red or purplish coloration on the tongue indicates you have, or on your way to having, an inflammatory condition.

If you are curious in learning more about facial or tongue analysis, I highly recommend finding some good books.  The truth is that these sciences are quite robust; I have a 350 page book just on tongue analysis sitting in front of me. The general public can find great use in them without complete mastery, and the best part is that all you need is some consistency of study and a mirror to gain access to some deep information on the state of your health.

Reflective Analysis: Foot Reflexology

To finish up our discussion on reflections within the body we will examine foot reflexology. For those who do not know what foot reflexology is, it is basically a specialized foot massage that was developed in the US during the 1930’s. What separates it from regular massage is the intention of whole body therapy through the reflections we have been talking about and massage that often includes more repetitions and deeper pressure points over the entire foot.

The ‘map’ that shows what parts of the foot reflect to different parts of the body retains the actual layout of the organs as they rest near and on top of one another. Foot reflexology is a great example to showcase Fact 3: spatial relationships are often retained in the reflected body part.   There is an easy way to see what I am talking about.  Have a friend stand ten feet away from you while you sit on a chair in front on them.  Lift your foot so that your toes line up with their head and your heal lines up with their hips.  The head reflects to the toes, the chest reflects to the ball of the foot.  The abdomen is reflected in the arch, and the hips reflect in the heel.

So, when massaging the foot, redness, tightness, numbness, or pain with the application of pressure indicates dysfunction from the body being reflected onto the feet.  When there is pain in the ball of the foot it can indicate lung, rib, or heart issues are present.  Pelvic issues can reflect to pain near the heel and ankle and so on.  The system of foot reflexology uses massage of the feet to stimulate the reflected area and thus help your body heal. This idea of using the reflections to send healing signals into the body instead of just analyzing the reflections is very consistent with the tenants of holism.

The last point I want to make we will call Fact #4: Intuition is a part of most reflective analysis. We started our series by talking about needing shortcuts that summarize vast amounts of information. Intuition is in essence unconscious processing of vast amounts of information. Allowing intuition to bypass the need for us to think through all the information that reflections are giving us allows us to get to the conclusions we need that we may not be able to with just our conscious mind alone. Thus, finding someone who has experience, deep knowledge of the system, and strong intuition can make reflexology, or any reflective analysis, startlingly accurate and powerful. Without any intuition, it can be just a nice foot massage.

Remember: You are whole.  All parts of you are interconnected. What happens to one part of you happens to all of you.

Ten Minute Cool Down

Many of us like to push ourselves in the garden and during weekend outdoor projects. When we do, it is important to balance those stresses effectively to maintain our long term vitality. The following three practices, when combined, I like to call the 10 Minute Cool Down. They will synergistically work to physically balance your temperature, rehydrate you, calm your mind and refresh your body.

1: A proper drink. I suggest room temperature cucumber infused water. It’s easy to make, just put two or three slices of fresh cut cucumber into your water glass, wait 3 minutes and enjoy. Cucumbers provide some vitamins and electrolytes, but the main reason I choose to use them is because of their energetic cooling properties.  If you are looking for electrolyte replenishment as well, such as while you are in the middle of a very physical afternoon’s work, then squeeze a quarter of a lemon into your cucumber water and add a small pinch of salt.

2: Clothing and Shade Matter: Both the head and the feet are two fantastic places of releasing heat. While we are working, hats protect us from the sun’s rays and help us sweat and shoes protect our feet.  But, when resting, they only help to trap heat inside your body. So get those shoes, socks, and hats off while you rest.  This means finding a shady spot, or going indoors for a bit. What you are looking for is a relatively quiet space where you can rest, sip some cucumber water and indulge in a breathing practice.

3: Breathing: Shitali Kriya is a cooling and cleansing breath practice that any child can do, provided they can roll their tongue. By taking advantage of the cooling effects of evaporation, you can create a breath pattern that allows heat to escape from the body via the tongue on our exhalation. Begin by focusing your mind on creating an even breath pattern. By this I mean your inhalation and exhalation have the same length.  Breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth.  As you breathe out, curl your tongue into a long tube to maximize the amount of air flow over the tongue and thus maximize the amount of evaporation. Take five full minutes to practice shitali kriya. Sip water if your mouth gets too dry.  Keep your mind focused on the breath throughout both the inhale and exhale.

Shitali Kriya is the icing on the cake of our cooling practice. It focuses your mind and quiets any stressful thoughts that would otherwise keep your body tense while you are resting. This little extra bit of mental focus on a breathing practice really provides serious dividends for those wanting a ‘power rest.’

Three Remedies For the Dying

No matter how good our doctors, our diet or our wellness plans are, our bodies will fail us and will one day expire.  As our bodies fail, there can be much pain and discomfort. There can be a dulling of the mind as well as deep emotional strain. Here are three lesser known holistic remedies for the dying that work with us at all three levels: mind, body, and spirit.  Each of these creates connection between the physical process of dying and the deeper mental/ emotional parts of us; allowing greater peace throughout the entire process.

1: Angel’s Trumpet Bach Flower Remedy – Back Flower Remedies are oral remedies that carry emotional intelligence via vibration. They are given in water and taken orally to help all manner of emotional and mental issues. This remedy has the key word of surrender.  This Remedy is good for the entire family whenever there is resistance and denial of the impending transition. It allows the experience of ‘surrendering to death’ to flow more smoothly by helping us to see death as a more spiritual process.  By expanding our perspective we see death as a part of the full process of life and thereby accept the need to surrender to it.   A great deal of emotional distress can be alleviated with this remedy.

2: Homeopathic Arsenicum Album – Arsenicum is indicated when symptoms are ‘worse at night’ and whenever the thought, ‘I’m going to die,’ is present.  It is indicated when there is both vomiting and diarrhea concurrently and the mucus membranes are inflamed. In hospice settings, all of these symptoms are common and this remedy can be considered whenever any of them are present. The more of these symptoms that are present, the more strongly arsenicum can be helpful.

However, arsenicum has a more profound and important use. When given in very high potency, 1-10M, during the last few hours of life, it offers tremendous peace to the person as they pass. One of its key notes is the ability to help us process fearful thoughts about dying. Its helpfulness holds true even with the intense fears that can be present when death is truly near.

Caution: Working with any homeopathic remedy of high potency should be done with supervision by a professional.

3: Massage For Hospice – Gentle touch can be very palliative; easing stress, anxiety, and pain.  Patients report better sleep, clearer minds, and are more capable of processing their stresses after even the gentlest of massage.  While all of these things are a normal part of the massage experience, they are incredibly valuable for hospice patients and their families. Massage releases the distractions of pain and stress from body and conveys compassion in a profound way. These benefits are received even by those who have an impaired ability to communicate.

Remember: Death is a part of life that you will eventually face.  Processing the stresses, emotions, and changes that it brings is vital to staying well.


2015 Race To Wellness

This event ends on July 17th, 2015


Back to Bliss’s 2nd Annual Race to Wellness

Our race is a “amazing race” styled event.

The course is 3.1miles or 5k and will be a series of clues, challenges, and trivia questions along the way.  The first group to finish with all pieces of the puzzle will receive a mini spa party(to be redeemed within 3 months)


Working in teams of three, you can test your mind, body, and spirit with Back to Bliss’s 2nd annual Race to Wellness.  During this “amazing race” style 5k, you will be be given clues to the location, where a challenge and a question must be completed in order to receive the next clue and move on.    After after completing all of the clues and collecting all of the puzzle pieces you win.  Everyone who completes the course will receive 500 Wellness points.

You are able to take different paths as long as you meet at the right location.


Date:   July 17th, 2015

Pre-Registration:  We will be accepting pre-registration starting july 1st.  Download and return RTW_Release2015 to pre-register

Time:  The race begins @ 6pm.  Starting line will be in front of Colby City Hall

Day-Of Registration:  Will be at the starting line and will open at 5:30 pm before the race.

Fee: This is a free event.

Download our RTW_Flyer2015 here, or share this blog post to your social media profiles to gather members for your team!