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Heal your body with food, movement, and clarity.

October 7th 11am-8pm       &      October 8th 9:30am-3pm

(come for 1 or both days)

In this 2-day workshop/retreat, we’ll delve into all things healing for your gut and your body.

Getaway to recharge, realign with your health goals, tap into your body’s rhythm, and gain the tools to bring you and your family into optimal health.

If you feel sluggish, achy, depressed, anxious, bloated, have brain fog, allergies, or experience skin irritations, these are all signs of a gut imbalance, and this is the workshop for you!

If you have a digestive disorder or an auto-immune disorder, this will most likely be an eye-opening workshop for you, but I’d love to talk with you first to make sure it’s a good fit.

All happening among the trees, squirrels, birds, deer in the luscious natural surroundings of the hills just 25 mins north of Salt Lake!

What you’ll get:
* A loving atmosphere, surrounded by nature, to receive the nourishment you need
* Cooking demos and recipes that’ll tickle your tastebuds
* Learning how your gut & food affects your energy, sleep, mood, immune system, etc.. and how to reverse disease processes.
* All meals provided! Organic produce, pastured/grass-fed meat, and an emphasis on whole foods that nourish and heal the gut. Vegan/vegetarian options available.
* An opportunity for 1-1 time with me for personalized nutrition
* Space to be heard without judgement
* Movement practices (yes, we’ll do some!) to aid in digestion and stress relief
* Info on supplements to aid in digestion, energy, sleep, and detoxing
* How to tap into your intuition around nourishing food for YOU- one person’s fuel may be another’s poison.

* Bonuses and give-aways along the way!

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You are able to sign up for just the first day (11am-8pm, including lunch, snack, & dinner) or for both days. The second day will include more personalized time, as we are all bio-individuals, and also include breakfast and lunch.

With health care costs rising, wouldn’t you like to take your health into your own hands? Decrease medications and doctor related bills? Healing yourself with proper fuel and stress reduction will help!

Friend/Partner Discount:
When you and a friend sign up, you each save $40!
Offer expires 9/28 or when retreat fills
Workshop limited to 14 people!

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Call for questions 801-906-3222.
Investment for 10/7 Only – $197
Investment for Full Workshop – $297

Options to stay at the beautiful, affordable B&B- only 5 spaces left.

I so look forward to leading you in this healing process, and I promise to create an open space for learning and transformation.

Contact me for more info  801-906-3222 or follow me on facebook for updates/health tips, or the facebook event.

Cheers,

Leah DelPorto

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Updates on the Retreat:

Dinner 10/7 Menu

Trio Soup Tasting:
– Chicken soup/bone broth with fixings of your choice (sauerkraut, miso, lemon, apple cider vinegar, seaweed..)
– Curry winter squash soup (with coconut milk)
– Italian herb veggie soup (with garlic olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon)
… All Dairy and Grain Free

Grain Free Bread
Surprise Dessert

All recipes provided, and you’ll see a demo of one of them! Who’s ready for dinner?!

More about the serene, quaint B&B space, and host Janet…

  • Janet is such a caring, welcoming host. She is a pleasure to talk with, and she makes her home feel like your home!
  • Huge porch with hammock seat/swing, cushioned seating, and table/chair seating
  • Hot tub!
  • Alkalinized water for drinking
  • Large, grassy area for yoga, movement practices, etc. Has another hammock
  • Huge, new trampoline
  • Full kitchen with more tools, pots, pans, etc than you can imagine
  • Clean, welcoming space

We love to say we gain flexibility with stretching, but so many times I hear clients say they are stretching without much change to flexibility and length. There is a great reason for that!

Stretching feels good- it lubricates joints, it gets things moving, it releases stuck fascia (especially if you are doing more active stretching like leg swings or moving from one position to the next repetitively). But studies have shown that in order to lengthen soft tissue (muscle and fascia) by stretching, you’d have to diligently stretch every day for at least a month to feel any change! Unless you happen to be under 10 years old or so- then your tissues might hold the length much easier 🙂

Enter in the amazing foam roller- occasionally I worry this little tool will put me out of business, well, not really, but you get what I mean. Utilize it! A different, new study compares flexibility effects of stretching compared to foam rolling and if either hamper athletic performance when done as a warm-up. The study found that foam rolling by far increased flexibility compared to stretching! And it didn’t hamper athletic performance. This would also confirm how massage (just like foam rolling) helps increase flexibility when done correctly and if that’s the intention. So, a foam roller can be your own personal massage therapist at home.

There are of course areas where that foam roller won’t be able to affect because of positioning, etc.. That’s when you could use some knowledgable hands to guide your tissues to lengthen and release. Seek out a massage therapist that knows their stuff. Working with someone who knows myfascial techniques & trigger point therapy is a good place to start if you want increased flexibility.

And why do you want to be more flexible?! Well, I know some elderly people who cannot reach up to the cupboard because it’s too painful- they have lost their flexibility… and I’m pretty sure you’d prefer full range of motion in your joints– this prevents injuries, keeps you mobile, and as you age you’ll need less help doing the simple things.

So, treat your body well, keep it moving, and add in a foam rolling session. There are a ton of ways to utilize it, and youtube is a great resource if you’re not sure where else to turn.

What has been your experience with stretching and foam rolling? Have you already discovered the difference in your own personal experimentation? Would love to hear your comments below!

With heart,

Leah

Pic 1- Upper Trapezius Trigger Point Pattern
Pic 1- Upper Trapezius Trigger Point Pattern

After sitting poorly at a computer from a long day at work, it is common to feel some neck tension and possibly experience a few headaches. One of the most common muscles causing this pain is your trapezius. Stress or hormonal issues might feel like the cause, but they are commonly switches that turn on the already existing trapezius trigger points, thus turning on that pain pattern and discomfort.

The Much Massaged Trapezius

Your trapezius muscle attaches from the bottom of your skull, out to your shoulders, down your mid spine, and along the spine in between those areas. It forms a trapezoid, hence the smart anatomical name. The upper trapezius is a prime culprit in many headaches (see pic 1), and the lower trapezius trigger points refer pain into the neck/shoulder area where the upper trapezius attaches (see pic 2 below).

Putting pressure on these trigger points releases them and can greatly decrease pain and tension, if the red pain pattern is what you’re experiencing. However, until you correct the root of the issue (usually postural and/or neck weakness), the pain and headaches will continue to return.

Preventing These Nasty Trigger Points

trapezius 2, 3 trigger points
Pic 2- Upper & Lower Trap Trigger Points

So, not only is it helpful to work out the trigger points causing your pain in the neck, but accessing and massaging the front of the neck, to allow the head to float back into better alignment (and not be so protruded) prevents trigger points in the trapezius from forming again.

Because you have many nerves and arteries close to the surface at the front of your neck, it’s important to seek out a skilled massage therapist, and one who is familiar with postural work or myofascial techniques.

The other area that is widely overlooked regarding neck pain and headaches, is your shoulder (or glenohumoral) joint.

If your shoulder is sitting forward in its socket, chances are, your trapezius muscle is working hard to hold it back from gravity. Just like a forward head, this forward shoulder creates trigger points in your trapezius muscle, usually in the lower trapezius, which works counter to your pectoralis minor- that little, nagging muscle pulling your shoulder forward and down.

Again, it’s so important to lengthen the FRONT of the shoulder, and engage/strengthen the muscles that help pull your shoulder back and into its socket. Your massage therapist can help lengthen the front muscles and fascia of your shoulder, and you can do some exercises to strengthen and maintain that length…

My Favorite Videos On How To Engage Weak Shoulder Muscles

Wall Angel: Helps to Lengthen & Strengthen

Easy Shoulder & Neck Opener

Yoga Sequence for Neck & Shoulder Tension

The last 2 videos are made by a good friend and fellow structural bodyworker. I highly recommend her stack your bones apps for improved body alignment and coordination.

If you’re experiencing neck pain or headaches  that don’t reflect the pain patterns discussed here, you likely have trigger points in another muscle acting on the head and neck. Feel free to post your issue or give us a call 801-878-6044 to visit one of our highly skilled Salt Lake City massage therapists.