the big o for your brain

Every once in awhile I’ll get stuck in a Youtube wormhole.  I’ll be searching for reiki or meditation videos, and somehow I’ll stumble on some pretty random stuff.   I found this video a few weeks ago by accident, but it was so relaxing:

It’s essentially a head massage, but I was struck by the user’s name.  ASMR Massage.  I was curious what ASMR stood for.  I found my answer at the ASMR Research & Support site:

” Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a physical sensation characterized by a pleasurable tingling that typically begins in the head and scalp, and often moves down the spine and through the limbs.”

Ok, that description sounds a little creepy, but basically it’s like the warm fuzzies in your head.  We’ve all had those before right?   Personally I experience this sensation when listening to certain sounds, people painting, tapping their nails, using an ink pen on heavy weighted paper.  It’s not always sounds,  I used to love having people play with my hair when I was little, shoot I’d probably pay someone to play with my hair now.  It’s relaxing!   I’ve become completely fascinated with ASMR.    You know what’s a great example of ASMR?   Bob Ross.   The painter.   Happy little trees:

Give it a try sometime, search ASMR on youtube, you’re bound to find something you enjoy, and they’re just essentially audio triggers.

 

relaxation, coffee, and a name change

I’ve had a great, but stressful week.    Every few months I like to treat myself to a facial.  I love facials. Not only are the great for the skin but I get a hand and foot massage too?   Sign me up!    My mom had given me a gift certificate for my birthday (a little tradition we have going) to Kimberly’s A Day Spa, and when I woke up yesterday I just thought, ‘today’s the day to use it!’

Thankfully Kimberly’s had a last minute appointment open in the evening so after work I jetted over for an hour of ahhhhhh.    I originally booked an appointment for their signature facial but after my skin analysis my aesthetician recommended the enzyme facial treatment:

ENZYME FACIAL TREATMENT (from their website)

All of the soothing benefits of our Signature Facial along with a special peeling mask. This unique mask provides a gentle exfoliation, leaving the skin free of dead cells while restoring its suppleness. Enjoy the refreshing benefits of this treatment that will leave you positively radiant.

Not only does my skin look fabulous it was so relaxing.   It would’ve been more relaxing if I had actually shut OFF my phone instead of turning it on vibrate.    No one ever calls or texts me, unless there’s a problem.   Halfway through my facial I hear a long buzz (phone call) followed by a short buzz (voicemail)  than a series of short buzzes (text messages.)   My hands were stuck in cozy oven mits, I had stuff all over my face so I decided that I would have to wait, and speculate until the facial was over.  (turned out there was a small problem at work but nothing that I could’ve prevented or helped with.)  My skin looks so fab today, I think I might go makeup-less!

I drank this, it was amazing!

Part of the reason this was such a great week was our new Keurig !  I love this thing.  Instead of rushing out to get coffee I just sit in my jammies and watch it brew up the perfect cup.   Love, love love.   Thank you for all the Keurig suggestions.   I’m loving the Newman’s Own coffee so far, and manfriend likes a roast called dark magic.  Any suggestions on great tasting coffee we should try?

If you subscribe to my little bloggy y you may notice that the name seems to have changed.   It’s still ashallann.com but that seemed like such a self serving name, yes it’s a blog about isht I do, but really what does it mean to a reader?   That I use three names?   I’m trying out my tagline as the title because I think that sums up what I’m trying to do on this blog and in my life, squeezing it all together.   Does that make sense?

Have a great Friday, Happy July 1st!!!

coloring – it’s not just for pre-schoolers anymore

When I’m feeling stressed, angry, minutes away from a panic attack, I reach for something that is so calming…a crayon.   Sometimes a marker, and I color a mandala.

I was first introduced to Mandalas at a yoga weekend at the Dominican Spiritual Life Center in 2003.   For a full explanation of what exactly mandalas are, and how the act of coloring can actually be used as a form of relaxation or meditation, click here.

These are a few of the mandalas that have helped me through stressful times:

I found a great series of books full of mandalas that can be colored.    Yes, some people will say it’s childish, that it’s just a coloring book, but I’ve found it to be an amazing relaxation tool   Who doesn’t love to color?!

If you’re not ready to purchase a book of clear mandalas, this page has many that you can print.   Enjoy!

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