Wednesday, June 12, 2024

I'm Grounded!! (No, I'm not in trouble...)

When I was a kid, being "Grounded" meant something entirely different than what I've learned it to mean now. Being connected to the Earth's healing frequency is "grounding" to the body. The Schumann Resonance, or 7.83 Hz, is the electromagnetic frequency of the Earth that serves as a "ground" force. By being connected to this frequency, our body's voltage will decrease, bringing us back into a more balanced, regulated state where rest, relaxation, and healing is possible. The higher our body's voltage, the more likely we are to be sick or sore, so lowering our voltage is an important wellness consideration. 

Proven Benefits of Grounding:

  • Reduced Inflammation
  • More restful sleep
  • Reductions in Chronic pain
  • Improved blood flow
  • Reduced stress/anxiety
  • Reduced EMF interference
  • Normalized Cortisol Rhythms
  • Increased energy 
  • Improved mood
  • Decreased Muscle Tension
  • Reduction in PMS symptoms
  • Reduced Headaches
  • Speeds up Wound Healing
  • Slows free radical damage associated with skin aging
  • Reduced Muscle soreness
  • Alleviation of arthritic symptoms
  • Stabilized blood pressure
  • Less wakefulness during sleep
  • Reduced time to fall asleep
  • Enhanced digestion and metabolic function
  • Reduction of facial puffiness
  • Enhanced nutrient absorption
  • Balanced Hormonal Rhythms
  • Improved Cardiovascular health
  • Improved HRV (Heart Rate Variability)
  • Enhanced Detoxification processes
  • Balances Bone Calcium metabolism

The best way to connect with this beautiful, healing frequency is to go outside barefoot and walk or sit on the grass. Swimming in a lake, river, or ocean is another way. Walking along a sandy beach is yet another option. Living in Wisconsin and working indoors, most of us don't have the luxury to do these activities often, so luckily there are some products available to help us receive this healing frequency other ways. 

We purchased fitted bed sheets from Grounding Official (Enter coupon code 1212BW to receive a 15% discount) for our bed, and I have never slept better! My sleep quality had been spotty over the years, especially as I venture into peri-menopause, and since sleeping on these, it has become much more consistently solid. Thank goodness!! With the purchase of our King size fitted bed sheets, they offered a special deal on the non-fitted sheet, so I went ahead and purchased it for our son's bed. That one is not convenient since it doesn't have fitted corners, but is just a strip that goes across the bed. It doesn't stay in place well, so I wouldn't recommend those products, personally. Now, I just need to buy some pillow cases and we'll be all set! 

I bought some grounding mats also, to go underneath our desks. These came from a different company called Grounding Well. (Enter coupon code GW20 to receive a 20% discount). When we first opened the packaging, there was a very strong odor, but we out-gassed them in the garage for a few days and they're fine now. I now have some in my office, one underneath my desk, and one for you to enjoy during your treatment sessions. I'm excited to see how you like it!  

With both the sheets and the mats, there is a wire that snaps onto the product, then is inserted into the ground part of the outlet (the small hole at the bottom of the 3 openings). It is really simple. The sheets came with a tester for the outlet to make sure that is indeed grounded. 

For book lovers, the "Earthing" book by Clint Ober, one of the leading researchers involved in the Grounding movement, is a wonderful resource where I really took a deep dive into learning more about Grounding before investing in some of the products above. The Earthing website offers many more other products. You can also watch a documentary movie about Grounding from this website, or on YouTube

So far, I can honestly say that by simply sleeping on the grounding sheets, my sleep quality has improved greatly! I can fall asleep much faster, sleep more soundly, I awaken much less frequently, and am able to resume sleeping if I do wake up in the night. I love having the mat under my desk in my office so I can enjoy the benefits while I'm sitting, which I don't do very often. Since the weather allows it these days, my favorite way to ground is still to go outside and lay down, stand, or walk on the grass. 

Looking forward to spreading the word about this natural healing treatment that is easy to implement, especially now in the late spring, early summer, and hearing about how you and others benefit from this on your wellness journey. Now, I'm heading outside to stand in the yard. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Spring Cleaning: Body Edition

After a long cold winter, most of our bodies are ready for some more sunshine to kiss our skin, and more movement and time spent outside, breathing in fresh air. Before you hit the ground running with your Spring activities, consider these "Top 4 Tips for Spring Cleaning your Body" to prepare for this season of renewal. 

1) Water your Internal Garden! 
Hydration is key when increasing your activity level and being outside for longer durations. Not only do we need H2O for all of our cellular processing, but our gut health depends on it for helping to flush out all the toxins from our system. Using a re-usable water bottle is helpful way to transport your water where ever you go. Personally, I use a glass or non-BPA plastic bottle daily and try to keep track of how many times I have filled it up to be sure I am getting the proper amount of hydration in a day. If you need a little flavor to keep you motivated, throw in a slice of lemon, cucumber (or both), or other fruit to liven up your hydration experience. 

2) Walk before you Run!! 
Some of you may be ambitiously planning to participate in a 5K or other type of actual race this year. For others, tackling house cleaning projects or yard work may SEEM as daunting as running a marathon! Regardless of your activities, be sure to actively warm your body up before heading into more strenuous movements. If you are following a "Couch to 5K" program, or working with a coach to train for your races, good for you!! Listen to your body and take breaks as needed as it is much easier to steadily increase the demands on your body than to pick up the pieces after "over-training" injuries may occur! For those of you tackling the home/yard projects, most of them are done in front of the body or "flexed" positions. To counteract all of the sorting, lifting, scrubbing, raking, planting, and pulling positions, be sure to include some Extension activities in your routine: Stand up straight, reaching your leg back behind your body (one leg at a time). Reach your arms all the way up overhead to open your chest and shoulders. These will help to reduce tightness and soreness from the forward flexed postures that are required for your Spring Cleaning tasks. 

3) Wring out your Waists & Wastes!!
Many of you know that our muscles MOVE our bodies from place to place. Did you know that our muscles are also responsible for pumping our Lymphatic Fluids out of the body? The lymphatics are the waste removal system of the body. They rely on the pressure from muscle contractions to serve as pumps for the flow of the waste materials out of the body. Regular movement is required to keep our "pipes" clean. Even more reason to get back in for a session to make sure that ALL of your muscles are functioning efficiently!  Some other ways you can help the lymphatic flow are by dry brushing your skin, or bouncing on a trampoline (also known as rebounding). Since many of our lymph ducts are in our armpits, abdomen and groin, marching in place and bringing your opposite elbow toward your knee will allow your core muscles to massage your internal organs and flush those major lymphatic ducts.  Ask me at your next session to teach you my favorite Lymph blaster, "The Jiggle" as that one is easier to teach (and funnier to watch) in person. Hee hee! :) 

4) "Treat Yourself Well" (TYW) Exercise
My favorite new movement routine is a simple way to open your heart, allow the divine energy to flow into your body and energy centers, and shine that positive light and energy out to our planet as you share your unique gifts with the world.  This activity also helps to undo all of the stuck stress related to excessive forward flexion activities and postures. I've shared this before but it is so worth repeating, and it's so easy to remember and perform no matter where you are: at home, on vacation, at the office, wherever!!  

How to perform the TYW exercise: 
T: Spread your arms out to the sides to make your body look like a letter "T". Feel the opening of your chest as you squeeze your shoulder blades behind you. Spread your fingers wide and reach them back behind your body as you reach them away from the center of your body to feel the elongation throughout your entire arms, chest and torso. Take a few breaths in that position. 

Y: Reach your arms up and out with your thumbs facing backward, as if your body is forming a letter "Y". Feel the chest open again as you drop your shoulders down away from your ears and reach your arms up to the corners of the room. Extend your fingers again to feel the elongation through your entire arm and hand. Take a few breaths in that position. 

W: Bend your elbows with your arms open to each side, as if forming a letter "W" with your upper body. Your shoulders will be externally rotated and your chest is open again. Rotate your forearms so your pinky fingers are facing behind your body and thumbs point toward the front of your body to feel the elongation through your entire arm again. Take a few breaths in this position. 

This sequence can be performed many times per day. Try it while seated, standing, lying on your back, or for a more challenging position, lie on your stomach over an exercise ball or at the edge of your bed. Be sure to stay within your pain-free ranges of motion. Enjoy!! 

Looking forward to helping you MOVE into Spring and beyond!

Keep Moving Well!

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Footprints in the Snow

The sun shining on the fluffy, white, snow-covered branches casts a sparkle outside my office windows and reminds me of the beauty present during our southeastern Wisconsin winters. But the COLD... that's something else entirely!! It makes me realize why my parents are snow-birds. These harsh temperatures make it difficult to get outside and connect with nature and take in the grounding, Earth energy beneath our feet. Heck, its even hard to walk from my car through the parking lot and into the building some days!! There is something fun about seeing the footprints in the snow as humans and animals make their way around despite the sub-zero temperatures. Seeing some footprints today gave me an idea that I thought would be fun to share with you! 

This winter, as you nestle inside, take some time to treat yourself well starting with your feet. Your feet are such amazing structures, providing the foundation on which all other parts of your body rely for your balance and stability. Part of living a well-balanced life is to have feet that feel and move well to help you stand, walk, and balance as you move around throughout your day. Whether you have foot pain, bunions, arthritic joints, are still recovering from a sprain or surgery, or want to prevent any of the aforementioned issues from joining your body's party, this post is for you. Because it is too cold here in the Midwest to do this activity outside, unless you're really brave like the person who walked in the picture below, let's get you set up to do a fun self assessment and easy foot treatment right in the comfort of your own home.

Footprint Self-Assessment

What you'll need:  A piece of paper (preferably a colored paper) and a pen

Instructions: After a shower, bath, or Epsom Salt Foot Soak, before you towel off the bottoms of your feet, place your piece of paper on the floor and step on it, one foot at a time so you don't slip. Be sure to hold onto the wall or bathroom counter for support. Place the piece of paper on the counter and use the pen to draw lines around the wet marks, so you can better visualize the outline of your footprints. 

As you look at your footprints, what do you notice? Circle A or B

1. Do you see that all 5 of your toes have left a mark on the paper? (A) Yes (B) No

2. Is your arch lifted off of the paper (A) or is it flat on the paper (B)? 

3. Do your footprints look the same (A) or different (B)?

If you circled B for any of the above, your feet could use some self treatment. Here is an easy one below to get started. If you need more help, I'm happy to see you for even more specific treatment ideas. 

Foot Self-Treatment

Toe Spread and Curl Exercise

Seated: While seated with your knees straight and heels propped on the floor, spread your toes apart from one another creating space between them as you pull them back toward your shin. Hold apart for 5 seconds. Now squeeze your toes as if you are a bird on a wire and point your feet down toward the floor. Hold the curl for 5 seconds. Repeat 3 times with knees straight. 

Now bend your knees and spread and curl your toes again. Hold each position for 5 seconds, repeat 3 times. As you curl your toes and point your feet, your heels will rise up off of the floor. 

Standing: If your balance allows, try this activity while standing. You may want to have a chair back, counter or wall nearby to use for balance if needed. 

This exercise is a great way to get your feet, ankles and lower legs energized; as you improve the function of your toes you will build arch support from within. If you can commit to doing this self treatment 3 times/week until sandal season, your footprints will look much more ideal and your whole body will thank you! 

Looking forward to helping you learn more ways to treat yourself well in 2024! 

Thursday, October 12, 2023

The TRICK to TREAT Yourself Well

 Treat Yourself Well

Fall is in full swing with kids/grandkids back in school, sports schedules pack the evenings and weekends, and yard cleanup from summer gardening and raking leaves keeps us all so busy! This is the time of year when colds and flu bugs start ramping up, so it is important now more than ever to keep yourself well so you can enjoy the upcoming holiday season.  There is so much advice on what we could be doing to take care of ourselves, but it can be overwhelming to put it all together and find the time in your day to actually DO the recommended things! So many of us are caregivers and are in the habit of putting other's needs before our own. Remember the advice from the flight attendants to "Put on YOUR oxygen mask before assisting others" or you may have heard "You can't pour from and empty vessel." I'm on a mission to simplify things and help my clients (and myself...) learn to "Treat Yourself Well."  

I've come up with an easy activity to remember and perform that will feel good and help enliven key muscles in your neck, shoulders, upper back, and core to energize your mind, enhance your ideal alignment and posture, minimize pain, and keep your immune system boosted, and the best thing is that you don't need any extra equipment. Sound too good to be true? If you can remember 3 letters, you'll never forget this game-changing "trick" that I've already shared with a handful of clients. 

This "trick" is very practical and versatile, as it can be performed while sitting, standing, lying down, and walking.  This simple activity involves making 3 positions with your arms. If you want to "Treat Yourself Well" and can remember the first letters of each word in the phrase, T Y W, you will always remember this easy trick! 

T stands for Treat

Make a "T" shape with your arms stretched out to either side with your palms facing forward. Be sure to keep your shoulder-blades down and back, anchored to your ribcage. Take a full breath into your belly and as you exhale, engage your shoulder-blades down and back as you reach out through both of your middle fingers to feel the elongation/stretch through the front of your neck, chest, shoulders and arms. Hold this position for 3 full breaths, relaxing slightly as you inhale, and reaching as you exhale. Allow your body to move gently from side to side or any way it feels natural and easy to fully enjoy the benefits of this position. 

Y stands for Yourself

Move your arms into a "Y" shape, as if you are at a wedding and doing the "YMCA" dance move. Be sure to keep your shoulder-blades down and back again, just like during the T position, and position your hands so your thumbs face the back of your body. Take a full breath into your belly and as you exhale, engage your shoulder-blades down and back slightly more as you reach up and out through both of your middle fingers to feel the elongation/stretch through the arms, shoulders, armpits and ribcage. Hold this position for 3 full breaths, relaxing slightly as you inhale, and reaching as you exhale. Allow your body to move gently from side to side or any way it feels natural and easy to fully enjoy the benefits of this position. 

W is for Well

Move your arms into a "W" shape with elbows bent out at your sides, palms facing forward or with pinky fingers facing the back of your body. Take a full breath into your belly and as you exhale, allow your shoulder-blades to engage down and back on your ribcage and feel the elongation/stretch through the front of your shoulders, arms and chest as you reach your pinky fingers back. Hold this position for 3 full breaths, relaxing slightly as you inhale, reaching as you exhale. Allow your body to move gently from side to side or any way it feels natural and easy to fully enjoy the benefits of this position. 

So there you have it! It's as easy as TYW to Treat Yourself Well! When you "embody" these letters and perform these simple movements, you truly are participating in a form of self-care. This easy trick will help you fill your own cup so you can continue to pour out for others.  Let me know how this goes for you and what you notice in your body and in your life as you make this a daily practice. You deserve to take the time to TYW! 

Friday, September 15, 2023



As the Summer season gently transforms into Fall, we see beauty in the changes. As we move from one season of our life into another as we age, the beauty is harder to find. Pain, stiffness, tightness, joint noises, and limited movements feel far from beautiful. It's like standing uncomfortably at the edge of a pond, looking down at your reflection and seeing your younger self, happy, free, mobile, capable, knowing that version of you is still who you are at your core, but you come back into your body on the shore and feel your current reality. You are longing to get back to the day when life was so much easier and freer, when your body moved without discomfort and without having to strategize how do perform once simple activities.

The Supreme's 1967 classic song  "Reflections"  represents the change of seasons in our lives. Upon further research, this article shared that this song was "inspired by Diana Ross’s realization that she was no longer a teenybopper but a mature woman, reflecting on her life and the changes she had experienced. The lyrics reflect a deep and universal truth about our journey through life, the choices we make, and the consequences that follow. As we continue to face uncertain times, it is natural to look back on our lives and reflect on the choices that led us to where we are today. “Reflections” is a reminder that we are not alone in this journey and that by embracing our past, we can find the strength and hope to move forward."


I'm here for you and WITH you on your journey. Whether your body's issues crept up on you over time, were the result of inefficient habits stacked over the years, or came on suddenly from an accident or a trauma that you endured, these issues are not YOU. They are just part of your experience. You may feel uncertain about if you'll ever feel better or like "yourself" again. I can see who you are at your core, underneath your pain and limited movements. This is what drives me to take the time to analyze your movement patterns, search for, continuously read about, and learn new techniques to get to the root of your body's issues, and find solutions to help you feel better and discover the beauty in your current season. Thank you for trusting me to help you find the strength and hope to move forward. 


Tuesday, August 1, 2023

UN-DO the Stuck Stress & Tension in your Body

As the Midwest summer quickly passes by, we are busy DO-ing all sorts of fun things outside to soak up all of the nice weather activities while we can. Walking around farmer's markets, festivals, enjoying lake life, and summer parties are all so much fun, but can lead to tension and stress getting stuck in our tissues. Instead of being focused on all the we are DO-ing, I've been teaching people how to UN-DO the stress and tension that gets stuck in the body due to connective tissue dehydration with the MELT Method. If you haven't already heard me gush about this amazing method, MELT is a simple, self-care treatment that enhances mobility, stability, and performance and is clinically proven to reduce chronic pain while restoring overall well-being. Using specially designed soft balls and rubberized foam Body Rollers, you can rebalance your body's nervous system and rehydrate the connective tissue system. 

It has been amazing to witness the changes in the clients who have adopted this method as part of their home wellness program. It was also fun to hear some of the feedback at the workshops held in July when people noticed immediate changes in their bodies. 

"My whole upper body feels relaxed, yet I feel energized at the same time." -- Carol S

"I can put my shoes back on without any hip pain after the workshop!" --Lynn M
"I can't wait to see what my co-workers say when they see me MELTing at my desk!" -- Heather B

I'd love to share more about this method or have you attend a workshop to learn how you too can take matters into your own hands to MELT your issues away! 

Join me for another  MELT Method Hand and Foot Intro Workshop on
Saturday August 12,  from 10-11:30am at 1212 Bodyworks, Brookfield.

($45. Product discounts for attendees)

You'll learn a gentle, self-treatment for your hands and feet, using the MELT soft ball system, and your whole body will benefit!  

Space is limited, so be sure to click this link to register soon.

Have you been feeling limited with your daily activities because of pain or uncomfortable movement? Want more information about the upcoming workshop? Curious about a custom MELT Method treatment session?  Or, just need a reboot to get your body back into balance?

Simply call, text [
(414) 405-3956] or email [] to schedule your next session.

I'd love to help you feel your best and enjoy the rest of the summer! 
Keep Moving Well! 

PS: If you were forwarded this message, email me to receive a free copy of my article

                                                    "How Mary Ditched Her Cane and Her Pain"  

Monday, July 3, 2023

Freedom of Movement & Independence


We may not all agree on who is in charge of making the decisions for our country or how our hard earned tax dollars are spent, but as Americans, I think we can all agree on the fact that our independence and freedom is something to be celebrated! Imagine how different our country would be if we were limited from living the way we want to live. As humans, our ability to live independently and have freedom to move is also something to be celebrated! It's often not until we lose the ability to use our body comfortably that we appreciate all that it does for us.

Each one of us is in charge of making the decisions for our own body that will make us feel good and thrive, or feel yucky and decline. It's not always easy to prioritize our wellness and take proactive steps to keep ourselves feeling and moving well. Sometimes it feels easier to stay on the couch, reach for the ready-made processed food, or put off our wellness routine until tomorrow. Often, our focus is set on the things we can't do as well anymore, or the area of the body that is feeling pain. Celebrating our body for all of the freedom of movement that it is still capable of, despite the pain, is so important! Our independence relies on us learning to treat ourselves well, if we want to keep moving forward. 

I'm so excited to share a new way to help you recover and maintain your freedom of movement and independence!! When I first learned about this simple, self-care system, it stopped me in my tracks, and I couldn't wait to try it! After I felt immediate results, I started sharing it with my clients, family, and friends. 

The MELT Method is a self-care technique that enhances mobility, stability, and performance and is clinically proven to reduce chronic pain while restoring overall well-being. Using specially designed soft balls and rubberized foam rollers, you can rebalance your body's nervous system and rehydrate the connective tissue system. 

It has been amazing to witness the changes in the clients who have adopted this method as part of their home wellness program! One client, who had a neck fusion surgery several decades ago, has noticed much less pain and presents in my office with much more stability in his neck and shoulders since he committed to using the tools & techniques at home. Another client says she is sleeping so much better now that her body has a way to "undo her day" each night. One client even told me, "I barely even noticed that I woke up" when first moving around in the morning, now that her body is so much better hydrated! 

Because of the success that my clients and I felt immediately, I chose to embark on a 3 month training process to become a MELT Method Instructor! Now that I'm certified, I can't wait to share this life-changing method with as many people as I can. Let's get rolling! :) 

Join me for my first MELT Method Hand and Foot Workshop on
Wednesday July 12,  from 10-11:30am at 1212 Bodyworks, Brookfield.

You'll learn a gentle, self-treatment for your hands and feet, using the MELT soft ball system, that will feel good for your whole body!  

$49. Space is limited, so be sure to click the link above to register.

Have you been feeling less than independent with your daily activities because of pain or limited movement? Curious about a custom MELT Method treatment session?  Or, just need a reboot to get your body back into balance?

Simply call, text [
(414) 405-3956] or email [] to schedule your next session.

I'd love to help you restore your independence and freedom of movement! 

Keep Moving Well!