May 20 2013

Qigong Handout – Intro

For the Qigong Class starting Tuesday, May 21: (noon at Alice Keck Park)

Qigong Handout – intro

Qigong Organ Vitality sequence

Mar 19 2013

I’m very excited and honored to help out my Medical Qigong teacher Matthew Jones host a cooking class and Open House in his brand new Healing center in Montecito, at 116 Middle Road, Suite B.

Five Element Cooking Class

Friday March 22 – 6pm to 8:30pm


Join Medical Qigong teacher Matthew Jones and myself for an evening of culinary exploration.

Learn how to prepare a healthy feast

using the principles of Five Element nutrition.


Basic principles of Yin and Yang harmony in food

Specific ingredients that support optimal digestion and organ function

Balancing local seasonal food supply with Ancient Chinese wisdom


Class is limited to 6 people.

$35 (includes all ingredients and handouts)

Pre-register here.


Montecito Healing Sanctuary  – Open House

Saturday, March 23 – 11am to 2pm


*Learn about Qigong
*The first twelve people will get free herbs
*Everyone can enter a free raffle
*Come join us for an afternoon of energy healing, music, food, and fun!
Check out the event page here.
Both events take place at
116 Middle Road, Suite B, Montecito
Mar 4 2013

Join us this Sunday!

Alternative Healing Arts Fair and Celebration

at the Gibian Wellness Center, 1522 State Street

from 1pm to 6pm

Massage, Reiki, Cranial Sacral, Access Consciousness
Fire Cupping demos
Lune Love and David Jesse Kennet – Sound Healing
Dr Dream – Galactivation
Qigong with Nicky LaFleur, chanting with Lisa Beck.
Live Music, Magical Vendors.
Delicious Healthy Food by Nimita’s cuisine
Essential Oil Tonic Bar with Kate Goldstein
Tea Lounge by EarthJingConnect, learn, experience……grow with us!
$10 at the door.
Check out the facebook event page!
Find out more about the Lucidity Festival:
Feb 19 2013

In the world of healthy vegetables, dark, leafy greens are by far some of the most nutritious foods the earth provides us. There are many leafy greens like spinach, kale, chard, broccoli, watercress, collard greens and dandelion. These are all some of my favorite foods that I eat every day. The greener the leafy green, the more nutrition they tend to have. Leafy greens are a great source of minerals, vitamins, folic acid and protein. I’d like to share with you the numerous healthful benefits and easy preparation tips on one of the superstars of the green family, near and dear to my heart- Kale.

Kale, this funky looking bunch of greens is actually a member of the cabbage family. There are several varieties and they are classified by their leaf type. There is Curly kale with curly little leaves and there’s Red Russian kale, I love the purple color this adds to salads or stir-frys, and the darkest of them all goes by a few different names- Cavolo Nero, black kale, Tuscan kale, lacinato or my favorite, dinosaur kale.

As for the powerhouse of nutrition I’ve been mentioning, I’ll start with the ORAC rating. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity. ORAC is a testing procedure used by the USDA to determine the antioxidant capacity of fruits and vegetables. They look at all the different phytochemicals and antioxidants found in plant foods and they determine how well everything works together- how much ability the team of nutrients has to fight cell damaging free radicals. There are different versions of the test but the most well-known of these tests has kale as number one among the vegetables with an ORAC value of 1770!!! Spinach is the next best veggie with an ORAC value of 1260. So you can see kales free radical fighting powers are above and beyond any other vegetable! This book is a wonderful, easy to use resource for nutritional information.

Kale contains powerful phytochemicals called indoles. These are plant compounds that have been found to have a protective effect against breast, cervical and colon cancer. Kale is also a great source of sulfur and contains sulforaphane which helps boost the bodys enzymes for detoxification. Sulforaphane is formed when vegetables containing it are chopped or chewed. It triggers the liver to remove free radicals and other chemicals that may cause DNA damage.

Kale is LOADED with calcium, iron, vitamins A and C and vitamin K which helps build bones. And you can readily absorb and utilize these forms of nutrients as opposed to other sources of say calcium or iron which the body may have a hard time working with.

Kale contains SEVEN times the beta-carotene of broccoli and TEN times as much lutein and zeaxanthin- these are eye-protecting caretenoids that are known to help protect against macular degeneration.

And who thinks of leafy greens when you think protein?? Well, 2 cups of raw kale contains about 4 grams of protein which is equivalent to the protein content in a small handful of almonds. 2 cups of raw kale also contains 3 grams of fiber!!!

It’s just so good for you! 🙂 And another great thing about kale is that it’s so versatile. You can incorporate it into your diet in many forms. Kale is great when added to soups or stews. You can make your own kale chips with your own combo of yummy flavors- just bake ’em in the oven. I love adding kale to pasta sauce or stir frys with other veggies and spices. Sometimes I add a layer of kale in my veggie lasagna or my mexican bean bake. The softer varieties of kale chopped up very fine are so delicious in egg dishes too.

While I love incorporating kale into my cooked food, the health benefits of kale in it’s raw (uncooked) form are even greater. Kale can be added to fresh juices and smoothies which is super easy and delicious but I really love eating kale salad. There are a lot of different styles, flavors and textures for kale salad but I’ll share with you my favorite way to make a really yummy  raw kale salad. (and if you have children, this is a really easy salad the kids can help prepare which can make them more inclined to eat it!)

Sara’s Simply Yummy Kale Salad Recipe

Start with some kale, whatever variety you like. I  prefer the Lacinato or dinosaur kale for its dense green color but the red russian and curly are super yummy too.

Pull the kale off the stalks with your hands, tear it apart, put it in a bowl.

Squeeze a fresh lemon or two on it, sprinkle some chunky sea salt, pour a little olive oil ( or Udo’s oil or other essential fatty acid oil, flax etc..) I like to add a splash or two of apple cider vinegar to my salad.

Massage the leaves. Really work it all in there. The lemon juice and the sea salt actually tenderize the leaves.

Throw in some pine nuts and eat it!!! Yum!!!!!!

You can get really creative with how you make this salad.  Cranberries, goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, walnuts or anything else can go in there if you are so inclined. Get creative and have fun!!!


Jan 29 2013
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
From Essential Rumi
by Coleman Barks
Jan 22 2013

Get Personal with Sara

Embarking on a detoxification program can be a daunting process. There’s a lot of information out there that may seem contradictory and it may be difficult to know where to start. Working with a health care professional or a combination of helpers can not only ease you into the process but can also increase your ability to have a safe and successful detox.

When you purchase your detox package from Massage with a Caring Heart, you will receive two lymphatic drainage massages with Nicky and a personalized detoxification consultation with me. I speak from experience when I tell you that lymphatic massage is one of the most profound types of massage I’ve found to assist the body in its natural detoxification and elimination processes. The massage is so gentle and comforting, you won’t even realize that you are releasing old, stagnant toxins.

I’m of the belief that the benefits of massage can be increased with attention to diet and lifestyle; which is why I’ve partnered with Nicky to offer a one hour personalized detox consultation to be scheduled in between your two massages. When you have the support, guidance and tools to assist your personal detoxification journey, the road seems a lot easier to travel.

Once you sign up, you will receive an email from me with a brief health history form. I recommend you take a moment, find a quiet place, take a couple of deep breathes and fill out the form with real intention. The more honest you are on the form, the more information I have to work with to help you achieve your goals for wellness and vitality. Once you’ve filled out the form, email it back to me. I will review it and start compiling some individualized detox tools for you based on your health history. We will set a date for your consultation with me, ideally in between your two massages.

During our session we will review your health history and talk more specifically about the areas you would like support. You will leave the session with a handful of useful tools such as a dietary timeline, recipes, lifestyle suggestions, shopping tips  to assist in your detoxification goals. I will be available by email for continued support as you embark on this exciting journey towards wellness.

I look forward to helping us all live happier, healthier lives by cleansing from the inside out. Feel free to contact me with any questions before buying the package. 805.451.0024

In Vibrant Health,


Jan 22 2013

The holidays have come and gone, and our Holiday Tea Part is becoming a memory but my did we have fun!

That Sunday was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for hosting our outdoor event. We had such a lovely time drinking fabulous belly warming elixirs from the Yoko Tea boys and everyone loved their cozy tea lounge and creative bamboo awning welcoming the public to our gathering.



Nancy Oster brought her loom to the party and knited her soft alpaca scarves right on the spot with Mollycules nearby sharing her delightful collection of books with attendees.


I had a great time selling massage gift certificates and Rivendale Aromatics essentail oils and body care products as well as raffle tickets with the grand prize of a tandem massage- Congratulations Joanne!






We raised over $200 for the Organic Soup Kitchen from the raffle tickets! People loved the massage samplers Nicky and Aimee provided as well as the delicious sweet treats Nicky handmade for us.

One of the highlights of the day for me was chanting with Lisa Beck– how fun to use our voices in such a fluid way; but my favorite part was QiGong led by Nicky. Every single person at the event joined in and as we reached down to the earth and up towards the sky, seeing everyone’s arms raised up, feeling everyone’s hearts open and joyful- it was a special moment indeed. So much gratitude to all those who came out to share in the holiday spirit with us.

Nov 28 2012

Join us at 1522 State Street

for the most relaxing holiday party of the season!

Tea Lounge by YokoTea.

Free mini-massages from Nicky LaFleur and Aimee Roy.

Live music by Nicola Gordon and Bryan Snyder

Chanting with Lisa Beck

Qigong Demo.

Raffle to benefit Organic Soup Kitchen

First prize: a delightful tandem massage.       

Artwork and original books by Mollycules

Massage Gift Certificates

Organic Teas by YokoTea

Essential Oils by Rivendell Aromatics

Local handmade Alpaca knits by Nancy Oster

Nov 15 2012

Enjoy the deep healing and cleansing effects of lymphatic massage combined with a personalized detox consultation with my new collaborator and Holistic Health Coach Sara Remick.

You can purchase your package here.

Start off the year with doing something truly fabulous for yourself. This package includes two lymphatic drainage massages with Nicky and a one hour consultation with Sara. Sara will meet with you and assess your personal detoxification goals and provide you with the tools and resources to help you cleanse your body for lasting changes.

Lymphatic massage aims to optimize your body’s waste processing functions and can help boost any detoxification program. The lymph system processes cellular waste material that doesnt directly return to the blood system.  The lymphatic system, comprised of a vast network of vessels and lymph nodes, is essentially our bodies recycling system. Lymphatic massage reduces fluid retention in the extremeties, bloating in the abdominal region and helps flush out accumulated toxins. For additional information on lymphatic massage click here.

We recommend booking your massages within a week to 10 days of each other, and the consultation in between those two appointments. For the month of January this package is offered at $165 ($255 value)

Nov 15 2012

Holiday Specials

Here it is, the season of giving!

Offer yourself or your loved ones a beautiful holiday massage package that will bring you ease, wellness and joy.


  Three One-hour Massages – $180

(reg. $270)

Three Ninety-minute Massages – $240

(reg. $360)

New Year’s Detox Package – $165

Enjoy the deep healing and cleansing effects of lymphatic massage combined with a personalized detox consultation with my new collaborator and Holistic Health coach Sara Remick. Read here for more information on the Detox Package.

Upon purchase, you may pick up your beautiful handmade gift cards at the Center. We can also mail them to you upon request.