The time in this pause will be filled – and it feels important to be intentional in the filling. I do quite a bit of self care in my regular life but I have been taking more time and intention with these practices now – I feel like I am savoring these practices, so grateful…

Most of us haven’t lived through a collective state of trauma like this and I have found it difficult to navigate at times. We are all living in various levels of shock right now and for most of us, our foundation isn’t as sturdy as it was a couple of months ago. I thought that…

Marvels of Marshmallow  & Highlights of Hyaluronic Acid (& Ode to Laurel) Although Marshmallow started as my topic for this blog post I quickly realized it became bigger than one plant. I thank Marshmallow for this – it has so much flexibility I was allowed to wander a bit with my thoughts and writing. To…

Gua Sha is an ancient massage technique based in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The technique can be used all over the body but I concentrate on face, neck and shoulders in my work. A small jade or gemstone board, stone, roller or spoon is used to apply gentle pressure to the tissue to help unwind and…

The craniosacral system is made up of the bones, membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord; the bones of the skull and face, the cranium, down the spine to the sacrum and tailbone. This is the environment of the central nervous system, where sensory information is taken in and responded…

Practicing self care is one of the most important aspects of my life – I live and breathe it. I have made such a practice of it and enjoy sharing it with others so much that I made it clear with the naming of my business. Ritual Self Care is more than a name, it’s…

I live and love a slow beauty lifestyle. I ponder this idea many times a day as I decide what it means for me, as I construct my own living of beauty. It is a fluid and changing way of life that embraces wholeness, individuality and authenticity. It is about cooperation and community. It is…

May brings big news! Estrella is now called Ritual Self Care and is located in a rare and atmospheric carriage house near Loring Park in Minneapolis. It is a cozy, quiet, gem of a space and I look forward to sharing it with you. I feel my new name more clearly communicates the core of…

We talked to Laurel Shaffer, the founder and creative force behind Laurel Whole Plant Organics and got answers to some big slow beauty questions. Read on to find out some of the reasons we love the line so much… Q : What inspired you to create your new professional line Abundant Harvest and how are the…

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a gentle and rhythmic massage technique that focuses on improving the function of the lymphatic system. It is soothing and calming and can provide pain relief and stress reduction. It can also decrease swelling as it facilitates movement of lymphatic fluid from the body’s tissues into the lymphatic vessels. It…

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