Whispers from the Well – Summer 2019

Blessings of Light as we Welcome the . . .


The summer solstice occurs twice each year, at which time the earth tilts on its axis towards the sun and the sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the north or the south pole. The Sun is directly overhead at its most northern point at “high-noon” on the summer solstice, creating more sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere on this day then any other in the year.

Solstice is derived from Latin Sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), as it appears to do at this time. The summer solstice occurs during a hemisphere’s summer. This is northern solstice in the northern hemisphere and the southern solstice in the southern hemisphere. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, culture, and tradition, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.
    Though the summer solstice is an instant in time, the term is also colloquially used like midsummer to refer to the day on which it occurs. The summer solstice occurs on the day that has the longest period of daylight, except in the polar regions, where daylight is continuous, from a few days to six months around the summer solstice. Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied among cultures, but most have recognition of sign of the fertility, involving holidays, festivals, and rituals around that time.
    In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer. People take advantage of the warmer temperatures by spending more time outdoors during the summer. It’s time to enjoy water sports including kayaking, swimming, surfing, and sailing in the warm summer sun.

Everyone loves summer! Filled with trips to the beach, sunny skies, and lazy days, summer is the time of year when the weather gets the warmest. As the temperatures rise, the water levels in ponds, lakes, and rivers drop. Nature’s efforts in the spring to fully bloom prove fruitful as the green leaves of various trees shake and rattle in the cool summer breezes and flowers grace our gardens

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BarbRoettgerThe Well’ Spotlight… 

Our Massage Therapist Barbara Roettger

Barbara is one of our senior massage therapists at Well Within Spa and has been working with us since 1999.      
   Originally from Puerto Rico, Barbara got her training at the Atlanta School of Massage, and has been doing massage since 1983. Before moving to Santa Cruz, she had a private practice in Puerto Rico for 17 years. Having a need to grow professionally, Barb would come stateside for seminars. It was after a class at Esalen Institute, that she discovered Santa Cruz and the rest is herstory. 
    With an eclectic approach, her massages are specifically chosen to fit the client’s needs. Modalities include Myofacial Release, Neuromuscular, Shiatsu/Acupressure and Deep Tissue. The more subtle, profound techniques include the energy work of Polarity Therapy, Upledger CranioSacral Therapy, Pre/Post-Natal, visceral manipulation, and Swedish Massage is used for integrating these styles. 
    Barbara has a private practice where modalities like BioEnergy Balancing, Process Acupressure and Transforma-tive Touch, which combines gentle touch with talk therapy that allowing you to access a deep experience of comfort that is only felt when you are in loving presence with yourself.
    When Barb isn’t doing bodywork, she gives her arms and hands a break by gardening, golfing, surfing, sailing, and biking to get around town.