Archives for August 2013

Adam Lacey

Adam started doing massage professionally after attending the Baltimore School of Massage in 1991. Two years later he decided to focus on Asian bodywork and attended the Baltimore School of Shiatsu, which led to a journey through South East Asia in the winter of 1995 to study Thai Massage. He attended the basic through advanced massage training at the main Buddhist temple, Wat Po, in Bangkok and completed another course at the Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Adam began a 3-year sabbatical from massage in 1998 to teach English as a second language and explore Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. He joined the Well Within family in 2001 and has been on the Well Bodycare team for over 7 years. Since 2011 he has been training at Esalen in the Deep Bodywork modality created by Perry and Johanna Holloman. And in 2013 he began an intensive training in KMI, a Structural Integration approach based on Ida Rolf’s method and teaching.  

Adam is a Well Within Spa Bodycare practitioner and his specialties are Deep Tissue, Thai Massage and Shiatsu.

Julienne English

Holding space for relaxation and recovery for 16 years. Jules offers a combination of modalities in every massage. Pulling from her tool box of massage techniques to fit everyone’s specific needs, incorporating intuitive Swedish, Thai, Acupressure, specialty Pre-natal, rocking and stretching.

Laurel Wanner

I graduated in 1992 from Twin Lakes College in Santa Cruz, certified with a focus in Swedish and Polarity.  I have since studied table Shiatsu, deep Swedish and Prenatal which I incorporate into my work when appropriate.

I have also completed studies in Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage and Sports Massage.

The Brilliance of the Summer Sun

Nothing is more important to us on this Earth than the Sun. The existence of nearly all life on Earth is fueled by light from the sun. Without the Sun’s heat and light, the Earth would be a lifeless ball of ice-coated rock. The Sun warms our seas, stirs our atmosphere, generates our weather patterns, and gives energy to the growing green plants that provide the food and oxygen for life on Earth.

solar radiation

      The Sun is the main source of energy for earth. It gives us heat and light and helps us to remove darkness and bring light all around the world. The Sun rises in the east and sets in the west. In olden days people use to worship Sun as God because it was the only visible powerful thing. In the early morning, birds welcome the Sun with a lovely and chirping song and this gives an indication to the mankind about the arrival of the new day. In the early morning, the sunrays help us by providing Vitamin D which is essential for our skin. Some people are seen basking in the sunshine to get useful Vitamin D and get tanned as well. Most of us are aware that overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays is potentially dangerous, and that a gradual tanning routine, as the summer season progresses, is the only commonsense approach to sunbathing.
      Sunlight is the major source of vitamin D-producing Ultraviolet-B radiation, which has a wide range of positive health effects, including possibly inhibiting the growth of some cancers. On the other hand, long-term sunlight exposure is known to be associated with the development of skin cancer, skin aging, immune suppression and eye diseases such as cataracts. Sun exposure has also been associated with the timing of melatonin synthesis and reduced risk of seasonal affective disorder. A number of public health organizations state that there needs to be a balance between the risks of having too much and the risks of having too little sunlight. There is a general consensus that sunburn should always be avoided.

      The healing benefits of sunlight are well known. Most of us know that the sun produces vitamin D can be made in your body after careful exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. It’s less well known, however, that you can augment your body’s natural sun protection systems if you increase your consumption of C and B vitamins, all of which are depleted when your body is regularly exposed to solar rays. Summer’s delicious harvests of fresh fruits and vegetables provide us with excellent sources of vitamins.
     There is some evidence that bright light exposure reduces seasonal affective disorder and it is a standard treatment for certain circadian rhythm sleep disorders. There is a research on the possibility of sun exposure reducing hypertension and the incidence of cardiac disease.
     It is important to get adequate natural sunlight exposure for optimum health, but be wise and use natural, chemical-free sunscreens to protect your skin.

Our Locally-made Sunscreens & Lip Protection from  BurnOut Suncare…

BurnOut Zinc Oxide Sunscreens are chemical-free — petroleum-free — paraben-free — phthalate-free —  paba-free — gluten-free — non-comedogenic — hypoallergenic — fragrance-free. BurnOut is a mineral sunscreen that is effective immediately upon application and is perfect for sensitive skin.
       Physical sunscreen means that the sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen (like zinc oxide, or titanium dioxide), as opposed to a chemical sunscreen. Mineral sunscreens, like the zinc oxide in BurnOut, work by reflecting the UVA and UVB rays, as opposed to a chemical sunscreen, which is a chemical UV absorber. 
     The value of sun protection during summertime is clear. Everyone needs sunscreen, and it is wise to use sunscreens every day. For adults, incidental exposure from simple things like driving your car or gardening account for a majority percentage of daily sun exposure.
    Even on cloudy days the majority of the sun’s rays penetrate light clouds, mist and fog. The cloudiest day in winter can still have up to 80% of the UV light as the hottest day in summer. Why is it so important for kids to wear sunscreen? On average, children get three times more sun exposure than adults. And for most of us, about 80% of our lifetime exposure occurs before the age of 18. Using high SPF 15+ products during the first 18 years of life can dramatically lower the risk of certain types of skin cancer.

Blessings of Change

Nothing is more important

The Autumnal Equinox is at 1:44 pm PDT on Sunday, September 22, and officially marks the beginning of the fall season in the northern hemisphere. The name ‘equinox’ comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), referring to the 12-hour long day and night that occurs only twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis and Earth’s orbit around the sun combine in such a way that the axis is inclined neither away from nor toward the sun. And it is only on the spring and autumnal equinoxes that the Sun rises due east and sets due west. But, since Earth never stops moving around the sun, these days of equal sunlight and night will change quickly.

The earliest humans spent more time outside than we do. They used the sky as both clock and calendar. They could easily see that the sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight, and the location of the sunrise and sunset all shift in a regular way throughout the year.

Astronomically speaking, the September equinox marks one of the four major turning points in the cycle of seasons. In many regions of North America, the landscape silently explodes with vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange. The harvest baskets are full of our summer’s work. The leaves begin to drop off the trees, providing endless hours of jumping into leaf piles for kids and raking them back up for parents! Baseball season hits the homestretch, while football season is just warming up. Temperatures begin to drop, nights begin to get longer, and all the woodland critters are storing up for the long haul of winter.

Notice the signs of the autumn equinox in nature… The knowledge that summer is gone, and winter is coming, is everywhere now, on the northern half of Earth’s globe. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you can easily notice the later dawns and earlier sunsets. Also notice the arc of the sun across the sky each day. You will find it is shifting toward the south. Birds and butterflies are migrating southward, too, along with the path of the sun. The shorter days are bringing cooler weather. A chill is in the air. In New York City and other fashionable places, people have stopped wearing white. Creatures of the wild are putting on their winter coats. All around us, trees and plants are ending this year’s cycle of growth. Perhaps they are responding with glorious autumn leaves, or a last burst of bloom before winter comes. In the night sky, Fomalhaut, the Autumn Star, is making its way across the heavens each night.

Why do autumn leaves change color?… What type of trees and weather produce the most vivid fall foliage? Not all leaves turn vivid colors in the fall. Only a few of our many species of deciduous trees, notably maple, aspen, oak, and gum, produce stellar performances for our annual autumn spectacular in North America. Several factors contribute to fall color (temperature, precipitation, soil moisture), but the main agent is light, or actually the lack of it. The amount of daylight relates to the timing of the autumnal equinox. As the autumn days grow shorter, the reduced light triggers chemical changes in deciduous plants causing a corky wall to form between the twig and the leaf stalk.

This “abscission layer” eventually causes the leaf to drop off in the breeze. As the corky cells multiply, they seal off the vessels that supply the leaf with nutrients and water and also block the exit vessels, trapping simple sugars in the leaves. The combination of reduced light, lack of nutrients, and no water add up to the death of the pigment chlorophyll, the “green” in leaves.

Once the green is gone, two other pigments show their bright faces. These pigments, carotene (yellow) and anthocyanin (red), exist in the leaf all summer but are masked by the chlorophyll. The browns in autumn leaves are the result of tannin, a chemical that exists in many leaves, especially oaks.

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‘The Well’ Spotlight… summer 2012

Our Japanese Gardener & Designer,  Toru Kawamura is the creator of our beautiful serene Japanese gardens with koi pond and waterfall at Well Within Spa. He remembers when the ground was being broken and the first large stone put in place, for what is now the naturally peaceful and delightfully balanced Zen Garden that we all enjoy. Toru appreciates being in nature for inspiration and the physical challenge of manifesting his creative spirit in the vast details of our gardens. His father was a stone mason in Japan and you see that influence in our equisite stone work at Well Within. It took many months to complete his design and he still carefully tends to the living things he created semi-annually. Toru works in the greater Bay area, designing, landscaping and maintaining gardens in his artful yet traditional way. We are grateful he does!