October 2010

The Most Delicious Cupcakes Ever

I was riding in a New York City taxi  this week when the driver (who did not speak much English) and I found we have something very important in common.

The radio was tuned to some pop station and the deejay asked, “What is the one food most women reach for during times of stress?”

I shouted my answer from the backseat.  “CHOCOLATE!”

The driver, who had previously been silent on the drive, burst out in laughter.  Guffaws, actually.  We shared a moment of perfect understanding.

When I asked him if he had a wife or girlfriend, he said, “Yes, and two daughters and they like chocolate too.”

The common language of chocolate has connected me to many a stranger over the years.

Here is the best recipe ever for my favorite cupcakes:  Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

It’s an Ina Garten recipe & here is the link.

You must try them!  And don’t change a thing about this recipe.  Dee-lish!

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It Feels Good & It’s Good For Ya

October 24 – 30 is National Massage Therapy Awareness Week. And here is something about the benefits of massage that you may not have heard before.

New clinical research shows that massage therapy helps boost your immune system. The Los Angeles Times ran a story touting research that just one massage can boost the immune system. Recent studies recorded measurable changes in the immune system and endocrine system of healthy adults after receiving a Swedish massage.

Dr. Mark Rapaport of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center led the study where researchers took blood samples from people before, during and after receiving a massage.

The blood tests showed that the massage caused sizeable decreases in a hormone that contributes to aggressive behavior, and small decreases in the stress hormone cortisol. The massage participants also had an increase in lymphocytes, cells that help the immune system defend the body from harmful substances.

As we are heading into flu and cold season, you can consider a massage just another measure of prevention for you and your loved ones.

To schedule a massage with Lorrie Garcia, LMT, contact her at 901-496-2881.

If you can re-novate, can you also novate?

This summer we renovated our studio to create space for a new treatment room.  With Wayne Knerr scheduled to locate his Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine practice at our studio this fall, we had work to do!

Back room before August 2010 renovation

I always loved the warm, inviting feel of our back room.  But the room never had a clear purpose, and was quickly becoming just a large storage room.  I knew it could be so much more, but just wasn’t sure how to make it happen.

Enter Jason Johns of Old City Millwork.  Jason and his wife Mandy live in the neighborhood and have practice yoga at EYC since we opened.

Jason and I always enjoy talking design — especially creative ways to re-imagine rooms and re-purpose items we already have.  Over the course of a few conversations, we got clear about our needs:

  • a treatment room suitable for Wayne’s practice
  • access to shared restrooms
  • plenty of room for our yoga library
  • privacy

After a few drawings, together we came up with the perfect plan that called for Jason’s custom cabinets — complete with re-claimed oak countertop.

Custom cabinets by Jason Johns; Painting by Martha Kelly

The best part is that I felt so at ease with Jason’s plans and the carpenter he brought to our project (the very talented Perry Sponseller_, that I gave them a key & left town for 2 weeks while they did all the hard work.

As you can see, the cabinets form a perfect backdrop to the painting by Martha Kelly (who lives in our ‘hood!).   I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect space for us.

Welcome Wayne Knerr!

Wayne Knerr, MaOM, LMT, NCTMB

Wayne Knerr is back in Memphis, and we are happy that he chose to locate his practice at EYC.  Our studio renovation made it possible for Wayne to begin his practice here last month.

After practicing in Memphis for 17 years, Wayne moved to Boston in 2007 to study Oriental Medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA).  He graduated from NESA in August with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Currently his skill set for pain management/mind-body interactions includes Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Intuitive Healing and Standard Process Nutritional Supplements.

Although he has passed Foundations, Biomedicine, and Acupuncture Point Board Tests that would allow him to practice in Tennessee, Wayne has elected for an Oriental Medicine license, which means that he will have one more board test to complete — the Chinese Herbology Test.

If all goes well, he expects to receive his license to practice acupuncture in December.

Contact Wayne for an appointment or for more information at 662-519-1287 or via email at wayneknerr44@gmail.com