Soulful Beauty Event

May 2nd 2015 Is A Day Just For You

Enjoy services and participate in our soulful nurturing workshops designed to inspire, pamper and renew you!  Begin the day by waking up your Chi to get your artistic juices flowing.  Our paint away workshop is a blast!  The lovely bridge over flowing water with a fall scene represents change, transition, choice, and movement in your life.  What better theme for spring!  Finish the day with a beauty workshop with Jess M. and create and take home some wonderful bath ritual products that you can use after you get home to complete your day of renewal.

Attend each event individually or stay all day for one low fee of $60.



10 am Waking up the CHI

In Spring Forest Qigong, Carrie will show you how to get the energy flowing in standing and sitting positions.

Individual Class Fee: $8



11 am Paint your way to Calm (with the paint away ladies!)

Paint Away’s Kimi and Roxie will show us how to paint this picture in a creative fun way, while bonding with family and friends. All ages welcome. Kids under 15 can choose a smaller canvas.

Individual Class Fee: $30



1 pm Beauty Basics

Join Jessica M for a few new fun Spring/Summer looks with Jayne Iredale makeup.

Individual Class Fee: $8



2 pm Take home the “AHHH” workshop

Emily has expanded her class to include: bath salts aromatherapy, oils, scrubs, facials, and how to incorporate them into a bath time routine for an at home spa day. You will go home with the “Take home the AHHH kit” (valued at $30.)

Individual Class Fee: $30



Come and experience all four classes for $60!  A light snack will be provided for anyone attending.

Registration is required. If you have any questions or would like more information please feel free to call (715)-316-0040 or email at


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Training News – Spring Forest Qigong

Congratulations to Carrie Schug – Senior Level Massage Therapist and now QiGong instructor!

Carrie has completed her Level 1 and Level 2 Spring Forest QiGong instructor’s certifications and has completed all of our student level class work at Back To Bliss.  Carrie has been leading Qigong classes at the student level for a year now and the experience combined with her further certifications means she is ready to offer class as a confident and experienced local resource for this traditional Chinese healing art.

Carrie will be teaching mainly at our Colby location, and is open to on-site classes.  Check our class schedule for complete dates and times and contact us to set up Qigong classes at your location.

Carrie attended class at Northwestern Health Science University in Bloomington, Minnesota on October 10th & 11th.
One of the techniques that stood out to her during her class was a special driving technique she applied on her drive home to help maintain energy and focus:
Technique: Hold the steering wheel in such a way that you put your thumb and index finger so they touch – creating a circle around the wheel.
Experience: “This was very helpful to me when I was leaving class, because I don’t care for big city driving.  It stresses me out in such a way that i feel all my energy is leaving my body.  By doing this technique during the drive home, I felt that it helped keep life force energy in my body.  It also helped keep my hands warmer. ” ~Carrie

What Is Qigong?

What is qigong?  Qi-(pronounced chee) means energy, air, or breath, vitality, or universal life force of life.  Gong – means to work, use, practice, transform, cultivate or refine.  Qigong is the study of energy, and since everything is a form of energy, qigong is a study of the whole universe including physics, chemistry, psychology, biology, astrology, electricity, and medicine.  Put it simply, qigong means using vital life energy to create a healthy mind and body.

Master Chunyi Lin, founder of Spring Forest Qiqong.  He established the program in 1994 before arriving in the United States from China.  He teaches the accredited program at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota, where he serves as program director and lead instructor.  He earned his master’s degree in Human Development-Holistic Health and Wellness from St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis.  Skilled as an acupuncturist, he also works with Chinese herbs and Tai Chi.

Qigong teaches you to use your mind, body and spirit together to unblock energy and balance yin and yang energy in the body.

We are formed by two kinds of energy (Qi)-yin and yang.  Yin represents something female, passive, and spiritual; yang represents something male, active, and physical.  Two examples are men and women.  Woman is yin-water, earth, and spiritual life.  Man is yang- fire, sky, and physical body.

Qi must be in a good balance, otherwise a imbalance will take place, causing an energy blockage.  When there is a blockage, we feel symptoms in the physical body.  That is called sickness.  Colds, arthritis, and tumors are imbalance symptoms of the physical body, of too much yin or yang.

Energy blockages prevent the flow of energy from running freely in our channels.  These channels help keep the body functioning.  We have twelve main channels and eight reservoir channels.  Each channel has its own purpose.  The main channels carry energy to where the body needs it.  Extra energy in the main channel then goes to the reservoir channel.  So when the main channel runs low the body taps into the reservoir channel.

When we feel sick, that is a blockage in the main or reservoir channels.  Energy blockage prevents the body from functioning to full potential.  So you have to remove blockages and open channels, to balance the yin and yang energy.

Taking medicine can help remove blockages and open channels.  Medicine is considered a passive way to heal the body.  But with medicine there are possible side effects.  There is a active way to heal the body, which is exercise.  It is also a good preventive method to help the body. Qigong teaches you to use your mind, body and spirit together to unblock energy and balance yin and yang energy in the body.

In China, Qigong healing techniques have been very complex and difficult to learn, but Master Chunyi Lin has simplified and revised Qigong principles and movements to they are easy to learn and fit into our lives.  Spring Forest Qigong is a simple but powerful form of Qigong.

There are four elements to Spring Forest Qigong:

  1. Mind/visualization
  2. Breathing
  3. Posture & body movements
  4. Sound

There are three principles to practice Spring Forest Qigong:

  1. Go into the emptiness
  2. Keep it simple
  3. Use your consciousness

Learning specific Spring Forest Qigong exercises and meditations will help you have abundant energy, heal your body, and feel better.

Carrie trained at Northwestern Health Science University in Bloomington Minnesota, with Master Chunyi Lin.  Level one & two were covered in the weekend program.  Check out our online class schedule for upcoming Qigong classes.

Written by Team Blogger and Spring Forest Qi Gong Instructor – Carrie Schug