May 31, 2019 - No Comments!

Iris Graduates: Clinical Sports Massage

When I decided to become a massage therapist, I had a specific goal in mind: I wanted to help people experience true and lasting improvement in their bodies. I was passionate about learning the “whys” behind the issues that clients present to me.

Studying sports massage has been incredibly fulfilling. I have had the opportunity to work with talented mentors who have shared their knowledge and experiences, which in turn enhances mine! Completing my Associate of Applied Science degree in Clinical Sports Massage has offered me the rich foundation of anatomy and physiology that is vital to understanding how the body moves and functions. This education has given me the ability to be more specific to the my client’s needs.

One of my big takeways from school: for optimal performance, there is a balance between strengthening muscles that are too weak and releasing (aka relaxing) muscles that are too restricted or tight.

In ideal movement, the body has enough strength to hold the body in alignment, while it also has enough flexibility as not to pull the body out of alignment. If a stabilizing part of the body becomes too weak, it causes postural distortions, but if muscles become overworked and cannot reach their full range of motion, movement is also compromised which causes discomfort, pain or even injury.

Now that I have a degree in Clinical Sports Massage, some people think that I only work on athletes - this isn't true! Whether someone is a professional athlete who needs to function at their very best for optimal performance, a mom with a toddler, or we work in an office for many hours each day, we all want and deserve to feel amazing! When you come to me for massage, I will be giving you the same focused attention that I give to athletes.

No matter what we do in life, there is always more to learn about how to be healthy and strong so that we can enjoy what we do without pain. Every day, I am using my understanding of sports massage to give the kind of specific care that helps clients feel better for the long run, not just during the massage.

~Iris Rohrer, certified massage therapist


May 31, 2019 - No Comments!

MS150 Ride: Strength & Endurance

Strength: The quality of state of being strong: capacity for exertion or endurance. 

Endurance (n): The fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.

The first time in my life I really had to feel my strength, was by force. I had no choice. I woke up on the inside of a journey where I had to re-learn everything: how to swallow, how to walk, how to talk, how to connect to others. I am strong, by design.

The same event in my life showed me the depth of my own endurance. I had to depend on a depth within myself that I only hoped was there. The power of my strength depended on my endurance. My endurance depended on my strength. In Chinese medical terms, it was the yin, to my yang.

The MS150 ride is a bike ride that routes 150 miles from Duluth, MN to White Bear Lake, MN in two days. Going into this, I don't know what to expect. I will certainly be testing both my strength and endurance to finish. I know that both are there.

As I join hundreds of other riders exploring their own strength and endurance, my ride will support research for Multiple Sclerosis, a devastating neurologic condition under which your immune system attacks your nervous system.

We are ALL fighting a battle in this life. Whether it be MS, TBI, pain, infertility, raising children, relationship and marriage, work-life balance, identity... the list is endless. We are all fighting. Looking to our strength and our endurance to meet our challenges will help us to uncover the natural essence of our true selves.

Riding the MS150 will force me to lean in on my strength and endurance hence, connect to my own true self. The main difference this time? I am doing it by choice.

~ Sophia Bouwens, L. Ac,

You can support Sophia's ride by visiting this page.

May 28, 2019 - No Comments!

Injury Prevention

~ Notes from Dr. Hilary

One of the most heartbreaking events to happen in an athlete’s world is injury! Athletes and active people prefer to continue through many, if not most, injuries because working out is so much more than a way to burn calories and lose weight! It is a physical, emotional and spiritual release. It is a way to find peace, ease and balance. It is a way to feel in control in an out of control world. Telling an active person that they need to take time off to recover is like cutting off their lifeline.

At JADA Studios we try our hardest to help our patients navigate their injuries without taking time away from sport. However, the gold star to achieving this is proactivity. We can help with injury prevention! Injury comes in many forms and shapes and involve the bones, joints, nervous system, tendons or ligaments and muscles.

Inflammation and swelling: We can help with inflammation and swelling including sprains! The body’s defense when it is injured is often inflammation and swelling. For a short amount of time, this is actually helpful, however if the inflammation and swelling lasts too long, it can start to be a nuisance and cause other issues. Acupuncture along with manual therapy is fantastic at reducing both inflammation and swelling, allowing the body to function normally and return the athlete to their activity quicker.

Increase blood flow: Amongst many amazing attributes of acupuncture is its ability to increase blood flow in the body both systemically and locally. Injuries sometimes occur because the joint or tissue is dried out and malnourished. Acupuncture increases the blood flow and in turn the tissue is healthier, happier and injury free.

Muscle tears or strains: Micro-tears in the muscles happen during any workout, it is what helps our body become stronger and our muscles toned. However, tears that are too numerous or too large is detrimental and needs to be addressed. Because acupuncture can increase blood flow, it can also help heal muscle tears and strains. Further, because of acupuncture’s ability to alter and improve blood flow, it is also a champion at nourishing and lubricating the joints and muscles. A healthy muscle is more resilient, powerful and injury resistant than a dried out and tired muscle. The same holds true for joints, ligaments and the nervous system. Motion is lotion!

Loosen or tighten a muscle: Some injuries happen because muscles are too tight and bound up. Some injuries happen because the muscle is too loose. Acupuncture can tighten a loose muscle and loosen a tight muscle. Restoring balance and harmony ensures that the muscle can perform and recover properly, aka… no injury!

Recovery: The body’s ability to adequately and effectively recover is critical to remaining injury free. If the body fully recovers after an activity, event or workout, the probability of staying healthy sharply increases. Both acupuncture and manual therapy aids the body in recovery. A body that is adequately recovered is better able to avoid injury and recover from small setbacks far better than a body that is fatigued and worn-out.

The greatest take-away is that acupuncture is topnotch at restoring the body’s function and correcting disfunction. Whatever goes wrong, acupuncture can direct the body on how to heal. Acupuncture reduces the damage and increase the body’s healing potential. A high functioning body is like a high functioning athlete, both are unstoppable and infallible. The reward for an athlete being proactive with their recovery and injury prevention is their lack of injuries and decreased days away from their activity or sport.

Dr. Hilary Patzer, L.Ac., Craniosacral, Neurokinetic & Level III Fascial Stretch Specialist

April 11, 2019 - No Comments!

doTERRA for pain management

doTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS is committed to proving the highest quality essential oil's and investing in the communities they work in. Hilary was originally drawn to doTERRA because of their integrity. She started using the oils aromatically in the studio and topically during treatments. If you love the scents and how you feel after we've used them at your session they're available for purchase!

We love using doTERRA essential oils at JADA Studios. We use them mostly for emotions and pain, but they can also be used in cooking, for hormonal balance, household cleaners, antifungal applications, breathing and digestion just to name a few. Below are a few of our favorite oils for pain and injury.

  • Deep Blue a.k.a. “Blue Sauce”: This blend is chock full of amazing oils used to promote pain relief and increase circulation. We often recommend this blend for use at home and use it after our treatments to help increase “good feels” after a treatment aimed at decreasing pain.
  • Lemongrass: Is a gorgeous smelling muscle and tendon helper. At JADA Studios we use is for concerns that are both muscle and tendon/ligament such as sprains and strains and hernias.
  • Basil: Can of course be used for cooking, who doesn’t love basil?! Did you know if can also be used for muscle cramps and tightness? We love using Basil for our athletes with tight and spasmodic muscles.
  • Frankincense: Is like the Duct Tape of the oil world! If you don’t know what direction to go, go with Frank! We use it mostly for pain and head trauma such as brain injury, concussion and confusion. However, it can also be used for Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression, infected wounds, moles, scarring and wrinkles.
  • Helichrysum: This is a very versatile oil, but we love using it for any disorder that involves the blood or bleeding such as hematoma, hemorrhaging, bleeding, bone bruise and nose bleed.
  • Marjoram: Is a very useful arterial vasodilator (increases blood flow) which makes it very helpful for fluid retention, muscle spasms, rheumatism, sprains, stiff joints and bruises.

April 8, 2019 - No Comments!

Walk for Animals!

Every year, thousands of dogs, cats, and critters come to Animal Humane Society in need of a second chance. Animal Humane Society provides these animals with food, shelter, medical care, and most importantly, the love they deserve. This is a cause close to my heart and I hope you’ll partner with me as I participate in this year’s Walk for Animals.

These animals rely on the support of compassionate individuals like us. Every gift makes a difference. Your generosity ensures AHS has the resources to care for and protect every animal that comes through their doors. Your gift also helps me get closer to reaching my goal!

Please support me — and the animals — with your donation today. Together, we can make happy new beginnings possible! Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

April 5, 2019 - No Comments!

Going through her own recovery and seeing the profound yet subtle changes that her body would make after each acupuncture session changed Sophia’s life

Hi! I’m Sophia and I’m an acupuncturist here at JADA Studios!

I have never felt more aware of how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)/acupuncture can help optimize body function than when I was going through my own recovery and seeing the profound yet subtle changes that my body would make after each acupuncture session. This stirred in me a passion and a fire to bring the medicine I love to the lives of others, to help them connect with their body more deeply and have their body work for them in powerful ways. When I came across JADA, I instantly felt a draw towards the mission; “committed to keeping you performing at your highest potential”. This is what TCM did for me, and it was the mission I had moving forward in my life. A mission to come alongside others and help them to perform at their highest potential, by sharing the medicine that helped me come more fully into my own life after I nearly lost it.

Every day I feel so fortunate to work with others, helping them and learning from them by using things like acupuncture, dietary and lifestyle adjustments, cupping, body work, electroacupuncture and more to see them step more fully into their own lives and transform from the inside out. It takes commitment and patience, but that’s something that the clients we work with at JADA have - a commitment to themselves and to the world around them to improve, strengthen and transform themselves from the inside out so they can more fully step into their greatness in life. The clients we work with at JADA aren’t afraid of hard work, because they’re looking for a lasting and authentic change. I get to work alongside them to help them achieve their greatest potential, by being a “coach” of sorts beside them on their journey. It’s a privilege and deep honor of mine to be here and share the medicine that saved me with others.

Appointments with me can be scheduled through our website! By using the best combination of therapies and treatments I’ll be able to craft a personal plan just for you.

April 5, 2019 - No Comments!

Chicken Saltimbocca

In Chinese Medicine, we like to eat seasonally to help our digestive system. You could freeze your fresh spinach during the summer months and then make this chicken dish in the spring when we’re all craving fresh produce out of our gardens.

For extra flavor and saltiness, add the prosciutto, but if you’re watching calories, feel free to leave it out!

Ingredients

6 (3-ounce) chicken cutlets, pounded to evenly flatten

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

6 paper-thin slices prosciutto

1 (10-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup grated Parmesan

1 (14-ounce) can low-salt chicken broth

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions

  1. Place the chicken cutlets flat on the work surface. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Lay 1 slice of prosciutto atop each chicken cutlet.
  2. Squeeze the frozen spinach to remove the excess water. Season the spinach with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, toss the spinach with 1 tablespoon of oil to coat.
  3. Arrange an even, thin layer of spinach atop the prosciutto slices. Sprinkle the Parmesan evenly over each. Beginning at the short tapered end, roll up each chicken cutlet as for a jellyroll. Secure with a toothpick.
  • Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy large skillet over high heat. Add the chicken and cook just until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Add the chicken broth and lemon juice, and scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium. Cover and simmer until the chicken is just cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Simmer the cooking liquid over high heat until it is reduced to about 2/3 cup, about 5 minutes. Season the cooking liquid with salt and pepper, to taste. Remove toothpicks from the chicken. Drizzle the reduced cooking liquid over the chicken and serve immediately.

March 15, 2019 - No Comments!

Keto Reuben Slaw

Since we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this month, we wanted to share a fun twist to Cornbeef and Cabbage. We enjoy testing recipes from all of the many diets! This one is Keto friendly. Enjoy and eat up!

Ingredients:

 Instructions:

  1. Take the half head of cabbage and cut the end off, then cut the cabbage in half lengthwise.
  2. Julienne Cut the cabbage into roughly 1/4 inch thick strips.
  3. Take the Pastrami or Corned Beef and cut that into roughly 1/4 inch strips as well.
  4. Cut the Swiss Cheese into roughly 1/4 inch strips as well.
  5. Dice up some Dill Pickles.
  6. In a small mixing bowl add the Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener, Dill Pickles and mix well.
  7. In a REALLY large mixing bowl add in about half of the cabbage mixture and mix the other half with the Mayo mixture.
  8. Mix both halves of the mixture together.
  9. Serve right away, or store in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.

March 13, 2019 - No Comments!

International Women’s Day

a personal post by Iris

What does it mean to be an empowered woman? Is it found in feeling invincible, confident and never experiencing weakness? For me, the answer is no. Empowerment doesn’t always feel amazing or even important, and we’re likely not even aware of it at the time.

Empowerment is about showing up and the ways in which I respond to situations in life. I am empowered when I choose the path of healing instead of hurting, kindness and wholeheartedness instead of petty self-protection, communication through the difficult conversations and not just when it is easy. Being an empowered woman means that I value my own voice enough to speak up even when it would be easier to remain silent, and that no matter what happens, I continually work for a better, more nurturing and whole world.

Working at JADA Studios is so meaningful to me because every day I empower other people, and in so doing, I am empowered. Every time I help my clients feel better in their body, I feel stronger in mine. As people feel better through my work and radiate gratitude, I am energized. And the circle doesn’t stop there. Working with the team at JADA is a continual inspiration because we build each other up. We have great conversations, brainstorm about new ideas to better serve the community, and spend a lot of time just enjoying each other and having fun as we work together! We are stronger because of the trust and respect we share. Our empowerment is all about empowering one another. With this strong foundation of support, we are able to keep learning and growing and expanding the circle of empowerment to touch every person who walks through our doors!

March 11, 2019 - No Comments!

International Women’s Day

a personal post by Sophia

While challenging, I love the opportunity to share with my 8 year old daughter the beauty and power we have in our lineage of women. I am careful to choose my words when discussing this topic. I want her to know that being a woman means having strength at your core. To be a woman means to brave the unknown. To be a woman means to be a resourceful creator. I want her to know that our strength as women comes not from us individually, but from what we are together.

I have amazing women in my blood.

We were recently chatting about how her great-great grandmother, Inga Sophia, was a "mail order bride" to her great-great grandfather. She came from Olslo, Norway to Minnesota to meet and marry a man whom she hardly knew. She came across the ocean alone to start a new life, in a far away world she knew nothing about. She is the woman I am named after.

I have brave women in my blood.

The conversation started when she asked about why women were once able to be "bought" or "traded" for. It continued on with me telling her that, sadly, this still occurs in today’s world. She then pointed to my earrings from Fair Anita, and recalled the conversations we have had previously about our choices and buying power. She’s in a phase of development where she’s very justice-oriented, so these kinds of deep conversations happen frequently around our house!

I have caring women in my blood.

I come from a line of strong women who raised up from hard circumstances with very little. My mom is the most inspiring of them all, to me.

I have strong women in my blood. 

As we celebrate International Women’s Day in March, I celebrate the strong women who came before me, and who are around me today. Being a part of JADA Studios, I get to work alongside a team of brave, caring, strong, and amazing women every day. Not just our care team, but the women around us that help with cleaning, legal negotiations, marketing, writing, financial planning, mentorship, and so much more.

I have inspiring women in my life.

Because of each of them; I too, am a strong woman.

-Sophia