Happy Chinese New Year From OMBE: Celebrate by Doing Something Good for the Earth
From The Desk of Licensed Massage Therapist, Jennifer Hernandez... Gung Hay Fat Choy: May You Become Prosperous.
The Chinese Calendar Year of the Ox is now upon us. It is more precisely the Year of the Yin Earth Ox, since the Chinese Element Earth, and the feminine energy, Yin, are most dominant during this year cycle. Earth is a balance of both Yin and Yang, the feminine and masculine working in harmony together. Its motion is inward and centering; its energy stabilizing and conserving. Earth is associated with the qualities of patience, practicality, hard work, and stability. Its negative emotion is anxiety and its positive emotion is empathy. The Ox is also an Earth animal, which works towards prosperity through fortitude and sustained efforts, never giving up. The elemental relationship of 2009 should evoke a desire to rebuild relationships, rebuild ourselves, and rebuild the planet on which we live. This idea could not come at a better time.
It may seem like a daunting task, but focusing on earthy themes and ideas can easily be incorporated into our daily lives. For example: • Use reusable bags at the grocery store. You will get used to it. • Protest against bottled water--it takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to produce plastic water bottles. That does not include transporting these bottles to your corner store. • Buy local, organically grown foods. You not only support local farmers, but also save transportation emissions. The extra few cents you spend support sustainability rather than exploitation of the land. Your health will improve as well. • As a consumer, you are entitled to ask questions. Notice ingredients in the everyday products you use. • Visit OMBE and get a treatment. Organic massage lotion, organic cotton sheets, PVC-free yoga mats, free and clear detergent, energy efficient lighting, natural cleaners, and a recycling eco-pod make your visit one that benefits your health and the health of the environment.
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Jennifer Hernandez, LMT Licensed Massage Therapist, Treehugger & Ecoprenuer
Jen Hernandez, a Licensed Massage Therapist, is a graduate of Everest Institute in Brighton, MA. She received the Outstanding Student Achievement Award, completing her program with high honors. As a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), she integrates various massage techniques into each personalized session. These techniques include relaxation, deep tissue and trigger point massage. She incorporates other therapeutic techniques such as stretching, range of motion, and energy work.
Clients benefit from Jen's effort to listen and understand individual needs, resulting in a massage treatment that they both want and deserve. Jen, a California native, has been living in Boston for the past three years. She graduated with a B.S. in Sociology and English from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara in California.