528hz Music added to sessions!!!

Hey everyone! I am excited to announce that I will be adding some 528hz music - aka: The LOVE VIBRATION - to my sessions.

Little bits and pieces here and there. It is pretty powerful music, so I don't want to do too much at once.

If you're not familiar with this tone, it is based on the ancient Solfeggio scale.
It is based in Sacred Geometry and It resonates with the heart of everything, bringing you more into alignment and deeply calming to an overactive mind.

It has been known to help with health, longevity, DNA repair, possibly trauma, and is a harmonic vibration that is centuries old. Pretty darn cool if you ask me :)

Research continues to be done on this frequency, but I can say, it feels healing to me so I want to share it with others for their health and well-being.

For now, that's it! There are many articles out there on it, and you are invited to make your own opinions.

Blessings,
Lisa Kai

 

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.


 

#Me Too... a bodywork therapists view

I AM really not one to jump in. I didn't want to post anything. But my soul kept prodding me to, so here goes...

With everything going on around women and all different types of abuse and harassment being outed, it's time to say something from my industry's point of view. From a woman who's been in the business for almost 20 years...

My soul sister, Liz, says I am not like many women. I stand up for myself, sometimes loudly, and defend my tribe fiercely. No qualms about it.

On that note, I feel I need to say a bit from a bodywork/massage therapists point of view.

There are many things not being said by my fellow body workers.

Things we only dare talk about among ourselves...

All women know what it is like to be harassed in some way. The seedy look from a stranger, being followed home from school, men you don't know grabbing your breasts. (Yes, this last one actually happened at a bar on New Years Eve when I was young - WT?? My boyfriend at the time was not too happy with that either.)

As a bodywork therapist, I have had my share of obnoxious, misogynistic, entitled behavior from the opposite sex. In my case - men.
And so have most of my friends (male and female), who are all legitimate therapists.
This is some of what we have encountered and shared with each other. It doesn't matter if it was when we worked at spas, yoga studios, or on our own. It happens everywhere. But that does not mean it is acceptable or okay.


Phone harassment:

Usually it starts with a phone call with some heavy breathing as they are asking to book an appointment.
Sometimes, I can actually feel that there is sweating going on on the other end of the phone.

There is usually a need to get in for an appointment right away.
Like in an hour - or at 11pm that evening.?!

If we do not give them an appointment right away, we really begin to get harassed.
Again, this is just on the phone
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*Why not?
*Another therapist has done it for me before.
*I don't want to wait a week.
*Do I get anything extra if I wait a week?
*Am I going to be naked? Are you going to be naked?
*I have a foot fetish, do you wear socks or go barefoot?
*Let me tell you about this blind therapist I had in the Netherlands...
*I like my gracilis worked all the way to the top. (FYI - a very intimate muscle that goes up the thigh into the groin. - and this guy was no athlete.)
*One guy even asked me who I thought I was not providing a service for him right away - so I told him who I was - my name.

Table harassment/ non-verbal harassment while on the table:

*I have had men when I worked at a spa leave the sheets off their body and climb on top of the blanket so they have to stand up naked to get under them when I come in. Not just once, but the same guy, on numerous occasions. (Finally told the owner - never saw him again.)

*Leaving the sheets half off, or completely off the body, so we can see the body naked when we walk in the room.

*Gyrating of the hips while glutes are being worked on. Or just in general - gyrating of the hips during a massage. (Come on, as if we don't know what that's all about.)

*A friend had someone actually ejaculate onto the sheets at a prestigious spa downtown after being told many times what massage was about - this guy was not allowed in the spa ever again.


Verbal harassment in person and even during a session:

Is there a special place I can put my underwear?

Do you have a lock on the door?

Men who plead to not be draped before, and during a session. (It's the law in Illinois.)

Oh, (disappointment) since you do Thai bodywork, I thought you'd be Asian and provide "more".

Great job beautiful, but can you work my abdomen deeper and lower.

Hey sweetie, I like it fast and deep.

I am looking for a sensual release.

Overly touching - lots of hand grabbing. ("I can't control what my hands are doing.")

My therapist in Hawaii was almost Tantric. ( I will not even go here. This really annoys us.)

When do I get to give you a massage?

I like to take a shower after my session. Want to join me?

"You are so great with your hands" -  said with an knowing smile on the face.


I believe you get the point.

There is a lot of shame and embarrassment around this among most therapists. I am comfortable "standing up" for myself in a straightforward and graceful (hopefully) manner and very grateful to have an excellent support group around me to be able to talk about some of what happens. - And a fantastic boyfriend who just listens and also shakes his head - no no no....
I understand that people need to be seen in certain ways, but the majority of us have professional boundaries and do not go there.
And yes, some of it sounds funny and cute right now, but there is no excuse or reasoning behind this kind of behavior.

Inappropriate behavior is inappropriate behavior.

At this point, I am not sure I have much more to add except thank you for hearing me and my colleagues at this powerful point in history.

Mahalo Nui Loa,
with love, Lisa

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.


 

A bear hug and my latest love!

I am not one to jump on the New Years bandwagon.
I want QUIET and some SOLITUDE after all the crazy dashing around, driving amidst "stark raven mad" shoppers of the November/December Holidays.

Seriously, I just want to BREATHE and ACTUALLY HEAR IT!

AND .... resolutions - not my bag. I honestly find them stressful and too left brain/linear for myself. But - Huzzah if they work for you. I will totally support that!

That being said, I will now speak from my heart and share 3 simple things I learned, and loved, this past year. Hopefully, one will resonate with you and you can add it to your toolbox to take out when needed.

1. Stop pushing. Stop the rush.  (Lessons from Nature here)

2. Put 5-15 minutes everyday into your calendar to hold space for yourself.
Some ME-TIME - Not self care. I believe self care is a habit you acquire for health and mind maintenance.
Me-time is soul maintenance.

-Set the timer on your phone, silence it and sit with yourself. Genuine time just for you.
-Stare at the wall like a cat, look out the window at the sky, or tree, or dust particles swirling around and give yourself a big hug. You are awesome and worth it!
-DO NOTHING.

Doing Nothing IS Doing Something for Your Soul.
(pin that! Post that! share that!!)

3. My latest LOVE!!! - my favorite app of this year - Happy Cow - veggie app for those who don't eat meat and for those (like me) who do not eat meat outside of the farmers market.
I have found some really great restaurants in Chicago as well - excellent choice I must say.

happy cow app

 

Now - As my Italian grandmother would say, "You have a scarf. wear your scarf, it's cold outside!"


With love always and wishing you the best in life and living with joy in your body,
Lisa Kai
 

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.


 

When you don't get past 5 minutes for meditation

A poem for you...

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Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.


 

Bringing alignment into your life

I have been thinking about this a lot over the past few months...

How do you bring your sensory experience of life inside to create alignment (pono) and integrity in your life NOW? With your current beliefs.

Here are 3 ways I know that work for me. I used these methods while on a recent trip to Sedona and had amazing results I would never have expected.

Sometime using one works, sometimes combining them all works, it all depends on the day and whats coming up. 

And..... here they are in all there "wo-wooness:

1. Use a daily mantra or mindfulness quote. This helps your brain to relax and focus on less stressful aspects of life.
I like to think of these mantras like a quote in a fortune cookie - short and sweet...

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2. The "crazy voice". This one is a bit strange if you've never used it. I call it the crazy voice. Here's why - Sit quietly for a few moments sipping your tea or coffee for the day and let your mind focus on the aroma.
Now, ask your highest self, your spirit, the question you'd like an answer to.

*NOTE*** This is where we like to give our power away and ask the ever popular guides and angels, or a higher being outside of ourselves for an answer.

But embrace being strange for a moment -  try it out and ask your highest self the question.

I find the answer comes pretty quickly and it is to the point. No metaphors to unravel. This is also how it is different than asking guides and angels.
And, it comes in a voice that often has a bell-like quality and sounds similar to yours.
BUT IS NOT YOUR VOICE. It's a bit different.
THIS, this is what I call the "crazy voice".
Trust the voice, it will guide you or send you to the proper person for assistance (perhaps a spiritual director for example).

*If you are getting messages to do bad things - this is not the voice I am talking about. Get some help immediately. Your inner voice would never tell you to harm anything, that is trauma and your brain at work.*

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3. If you are having an intense emotional or mental overload about the specific situation, breathe into your body and really feel where it is your body. Right leg, ribs, hands?
Be curious and ask questions... "Interesting, where did this originate?" See if a specific memory comes up. If so, breathe into it and speak out loud what is going on internally in your body and in your brain. What are you thinking? You are listening into the uncomfortableness and allowing it to speak and leave the deep recesses of your mind so it can heal.
Sounds weird, but really, it's amazing how this one works.

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And those are my 3 ways to get those emotions and senses that are so uncomfortable into your body to let go of, and create alignment into who you are now. Not who you were then when the emotions came up.

Hope this helps you as it has helped me to move forward and claim my beliefs here and now!

Big love,
Lisa Kai

 

Lisa Kai is a licensed bodywork therapist in Chicago Illinois. She specializes in transformational bodywork including Lomi Lomi and Visionary Craniosacral. This blog contains her insights on bodywork and everyday tips for practicing Aloha for the body, mind, and spirit. Lisa also practices Aloha, is a nature loving tikiphile, digs jazz (well, all types of music really!), double dips her veggies, is an artist, and embraces change.