I would like to introduce you to a personal friend of mine, Dena Irwin. You can often find her in the kitchen making something awesome and healthy and I am so grateful that she has agreed to share some of her knowledge and recipes with us.
Dena is a compassionate nutritionist and yoga teacher presenting with a down-to-earth yet motivating approach. Practicing integrative nutrition, using whole-foods healing and taking account of the whole person (body, mind, spirit). Blending the science of nutrition with the wisdom of yoga to prevent and treat many health conditions. Combining a passion for good food with a dedication to improving health and wellness. She believes in living a healthy lifestyle while enjoying life to the fullest! Dena sees clients in the greater Plymouth area.
Below is one of Dena’s secret recipes. We hope you enjoy it!
Crock Pot Kitchen Sink Curry
½ to 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs (omit for a vegetarian option and increase chick peas to 2 cans)
*15 oz can chick peas
*28 oz can crushed or diced tomatoes
*15 oz can coconut milk
Vegetables (chopped sweet potato, carrots, onions, cauliflower, kale, squash)
3 tablespoons curry powder
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon ginger powder
Handful chopped fresh cilantro (can use frozen or refrigerated instead)
1 cup or so frozen green peas
Salt and Pepper to taste
Lime wedges, optional
Cashew nuts, optional
Put all ingredients together in crock pot except salt, pepper, cilantro, green peas, and kale if using. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or high for 4 to 6 hours. Add remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with lime wedges and cashews if using. Enjoy!
Makes 4 servings ~ Good served over cooked brown rice or quinoa or in a bowl all by itself.
*Note: My favorite brands are: Eden Organic chick peasno salt added in BPA free can, Tuttorosso crushed tomatoes in BPA free can, Trader Joes Organic coconut milk guar gum free in BPA free can
Have you ever wondered what they really mean by aromatherapy? What does it mean when it says, “aromatherapy massage”?
Aromatherapy is defined as the art and science of using essential oils for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Essential Oil is defined as natual, chemically complex, liquid extracts that come from aromatic plants with specialized structures. It is very important to know where you are getting your essential oils from. Synthetics oils are human-made chemicals produced in a lab to mimic the aroma of plants but do not have the same therapeuatic effect and should be used with caution and in my opinion should not be used at all.
At KK’s Massage, we can incorporate essential oils (a/k/a aromatherapy) into any massage. We have selected five specific essential oil singles and blends that we thought would be the most beneficial for our clients. However, if you have any specific need, please feel free to discuss them with me and I will be more than happy to work with you to get the essential oil that may be a better choice for you.
Below are the essential oils that you can choose to have used during your massage:
This blend combines powerful analgesic oils designed to mitigate pain and discomfort. Natural therapeutic solution to the challenges of muscle discomfort. Eases achy joints and sore muscles. Its effects are deep, cool and penetrating with lasting therapeutic results. Contains: Wintergreen (Gaultheria Procumbens), Peppermint (Mentha Piperita), Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus), Camphor (Cinnamomum Camphora)
This blend is sure to create a happy and warm ambiance. Antidepressant. Very bright and cheerful blend. Contains: Pink Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) Lemon (Citrus Limonum) Cassia (Cinnamomum Cassia) Ginger (Zingiber Officinalis) Peppermint (Mentha Piperita)
Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil is grown in the famous Kazanlak Valley of Roses, which is known to produce the finest essential oils in the world. Bulgarian Lavender contains high amounts of Linalyl and Linalool, components that give the oil it’s soothing and relaxing properties for the mind, body and spirit.
The oils in this synergy are believed to be useful in reducing stress and its side effects. A wonderful synergy to help promote relaxation. Not only will it help you to ‘settle’ yourself inside, it also has oils to help you feel more at ease and give you a sense of wellbeing. This Blend is excellent for centering and composure. Contains: Blended with pure Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata), Ho Wood (Cinnamomum camphora), Ravensara (Agathophyllum aromatica), Lemon (Citrus limonum), Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora), Yarrow Blue (Achillea millefolium)
Stress Relief blend is an excellent blend to uplift and relax individuals who are in need of stress relief. Contains: Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia), Patchouli (Pogostemon Cablin), Sweet Orange (Citrus Sinesis), Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata), Pink Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), Gurjum (Dipterocarpus Turbinatum)
Just let your therapist know which essential oil you would like to use throughout your massage and your massage therapist will diffuse the oil in the air, apply it to their hands and hold over your nose and will have you take some deep breaths and then apply it to certain areas of your body/ The exception is Deep Muscle. Deep Muscle is to be applied to the muscles to help with joint and muscle pain and is used more in a deep tissue massage as opposed to the others that would complement a more relaxing type of massage.
Essential oils can be used to assist with healing of so many different conditions. I personally have used Tea Tree oil for skin tags – which has worked fantastically. Headache Relief has helped with my headaches and Sleep Tight has helped me sleep more soundly to just name a few I have recently used. If you are looking for a more holistic approach, contact me and let’s see what oils would be right for you.
KK’s Massage is having a 50% SAVINGS on all massage add-ons for the month of September – so why not try out some essential oils for yourself!
We have a few last minute openings if you are looking for a massage:
Tomorrow, Sept. 6th, Thursday: at 12:30 pm ~ Friday: 12 pm or 1:15 pm ~ Sunday: 11 am ~ Tuesday: 1 or 2:30 pm
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