Kathleen Gramzay Blog

Essence of Life - Water

Friday February 12, 2016 comments

The scene opens and the camera pans across the scorched, dry, barren earth. The man's skin is equally dry and blistered, his mouth dry, his tongue swollen. His lips and tongue are as cracked as the ground he is treading. His aching head swims with dizziness, barely allowing him to think or eyes to focus on the path before him. He works to sweep his tongue around his mouth to create some saliva, but there is none forthcoming. Although walking for several days, he has no urge to urinate for there is no fluid to pass. His pounding heart belies... Read More


WARNING: LOW BATTERY!

Thursday February 4, 2016 comments

The red light comes on and the scramble begins - where's that charger or outlet? In airports and crowded public spaces, we vie for the coveted position closest to the three-pronged resuscitator of modern life. Perhaps otherwise reluctant to converse with strangers, the need for recharge breaks the silence barrier: "Can I plug in here?" Keeping our batteries charged has become a high priority in our technological age, and we have built in habits to ensure we're not left stranded. We have multiple chargers and multiple outlets; we ritually... Read More


The Real Price of Being a Slacker

Thursday January 28, 2016 comments

The crew finally arrived at my door. Juan, the lead man apologized for their tardiness, three hours later than scheduled. Although not otherwise inconvenienced, the delay stirred serious doubts about whether I hired the right company for the job. It was clear he was a seasoned artisan and brick was his medium. Juan listened closely as I described the shape and feel I pictured.I wanted the path to be a meandering flow to my front door warmly welcoming guests to my home. We discussed the right width for comfort and the flow of the... Read More


The Quintessential Essential Oil

Friday January 22, 2016 comments

Essential oils have different base scents. You'd expect the herbaceous/camphoraceous "medicine-y" smelling ones to have therapeutic benefits. Yet, there are also some beautiful floral scents that have medicinal purposes, chief among them: Lavender. Lavender is extremely versatile from its amazing regenerative healing capacity to use as a safe home cleaning option, making it the quintessential essential oil to keep on hand. Lavender is a very soft scent that also packs great value in its beautiful aroma. Lavender has become common,... Read More


Intentions Without Action Are Meaningless Part 2

Thursday January 7, 2016 comments

Intentions without action can also be costly and inconvenient. It only took one day to get the new phone. But it took three trips over four days, three different cable shipments, and the skill and persistence of an exceptional technology wizard named Mike Alger to restore my life's schedule - my calendar. Although I had previously been in this store several times precisely to get the phone calendar to sync with Google calendar, he and I had never crossed paths. Through use of a mouse and a monitor Mike figured out how to remotely... Read More


Intentions Without Action Are Meaningless Part 1

Saturday January 2, 2016 comments Tags: cell phone withdrawal, technology challenged

It was going to be a full back-to-back kind of day, and I was prepared and ready. I had an appointment, then three conference calls one after the other before returning to my office. Since I was going to be out, I had my laptop, my headset, my phone; I was good to go. Phone in one hand, the other occupied by my tea mug and keys I turned to leave the salon to make my first call. And then, my phone slipped. In what felt like slow motion, my lifeline to business and the world bobbled three times in and just out of my... Read More


Good Bye Pain, Hello Life

Friday January 1, 2016 comments

With billions around the globe cheering it on, the clock ticked down to midnight. In a split second December 31, 2015 became January 1, 2016 and with it, the feeling of new possibilities awoke. What is it about the birth of a new year that causes us to celebrate? It is an opportunity to release the old and embrace the new. There is a sense of hope that things can be better, that life can be better. But how do we seize that opportunity and make it a reality? It starts with a decision to release what no longer serves us. ... Read More


Get a Handle on Colds and Respiratory Challenges with this Top 5 Essential Oil

Monday December 21, 2015 comments Tags: Colds, Essential Oils, Eucalyptus

Stuffy noses, head or chest colds are no fun. It can either feel like your head is about to explode from all the mucus or you can't turn off the runny faucet. Most of us don't appreciate blowing our noses repeatedly, yet the mucus does have a purpose. Its job is to flush out infection. Over-the-counter meds address the symptom and dry up the mucus, but that doesn't mean they treat the infection. Without doubt, mucus is messy, inconvenient stuff. You might be less irritated without its slimy presence. However, you may have to content with the... Read More


Top 10 Reasons to Work on an Exercise Ball

Wednesday December 16, 2015 comments Tags: Exercise Ball, Self Care Tips

Massage Therapists are often looking for new tools to save their bodies so they can continue to take great care of others and earn their living in the field they love. For a while now exercise balls have been used in the gym as a work out adjunct, for stretching, or are even being used in lieu of office chairs. Over the 13 years I have been using a ball for seated work, I have realized many benefits first-hand. Here are my top 10 reasons why using an exercise ball instead of an office stool is one of the smartest tools to utilize in... Read More


Kinessage® Self Care Tip for Pain Between the Shoulder Blades

Friday December 11, 2015 comments Tags: Kinessage Self Care Tip, Shoulder Pain, Stretch

Kinessage® Self Care Tip for Pain Between the Shoulder Blades

Do you have pain between your shoulders? It's possible that your chest muscles (pectoralis major) are too tight and the muscles between your shoulder blades (rhomboids) are overstretched from the patterns of doing everything in front of us - computer stuff, sitting at a desk all day, etc. Try this stretch It's easy and you can do it anytime you walk through a doorway. First off, mentally scan your body and see if you can sense the area between your shoulder blades and your chest. Stand in the doorway with your arms out... Read More





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