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!


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


  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!



  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.


March 8, 2019 - No Comments!

International Women’s Day

a personal post by Hilary

Strength, power, determination, compassion, love, laughter, honesty, respect. These are just a few words I think of when I think of strong and empowered women! I have never known any other way than to put my head down and keep going until the task is done and done to perfection. Being strong and tenacious on the outside is one thing, but being strong, compassionate, loving, understanding and light on the inside is where strength truly comes from. It comes from the mind. It comes from the core. But mostly it comes from the heart. True strength is built and carried in the heart!

I have always preferred headstrong, determined, opinionate, empathetic women around me. Women who will give me their true feelings and not side-step, knowing that I too am strong enough to hear the truth and not want nor need to be protected. The women in my family are strong, beautiful women that I have learned more from than they will ever know. I was blessed, truly blessed to have these family members to learn from, and still learn from. I didn’t realize how lucky I was at the time, but looking back, they helped shape me to the woman I am today.

But my biggest influence was my mom. She has lived through more than any human should. This includes losing two brothers, one when she was 14 and one when she was 22 and then a son when she was only 30. I can’t imagine the heartache, the loss the despair. The desire to quit, give up, cash it in. But she kept fighting, and she broke through those tough, dark, lonely times. You would never have any idea of the pain she lived through when she is in your presence. She chooses to live in abundance, love, laughter and light. She has impacted hundreds of thousands of lives as a teacher, athletic coach and now a life coach. She has instilled a work ethic in me that is second to none. I hope that my kids can say the same things about me. That I was motivated, determined, kind, loving, strong and brave. I took the punches and stood up for more, fighting for what I believed in and what was important and right!

I am lucky enough to be raising two young teenage girls. I work daily on instilling strength, self-esteem, kindness and individuality into them. Growing up now is hard, and I don’t envy them. But I want them to know that I, a strong, loving, compassionate, intelligent and respected woman is standing beside them, supporting them all the way to their dreams.

After-all, isn’t the greatest gift a gift that you can share with those you love and the world? The greatest gift isn’t anything you can purchase. It isn’t something you find in a store. It comes from the heart and can change the world. We can be beckons of love, strength, power, compassion, respect, inclusion and understanding. That to me is the greatest gift we can offer. To stand on this earth, knowing that we not only have the power to change the world, but that we are going to change the world, and change it for the better!


February 19, 2019 - No Comments!


the mystery intelligence within our nervous system

Hello! My name is Amanda Leaveck, and I’m a brain geek who has a deep reverence for the unknown. Through Science & Magic workshops, retreats, yoga, group coaching and writing, I offer space and education for people to access more ease and alignment in their every day life. I’ve partnered with JADA Studios and we’re excited to be able to offer to you a 60-day course designed to cultivate more ease and intuition in your every day life.

Our course, Magical Mind, is for anyone who wants to attain a general understanding about the power of their own nervous system with the structure and accountability of a group cohort to explore it. Using the Science & Magic Curriculum, participants will be asked to implement the science-based learning into their daily life through a regular commitment of yoga, meditation, and/or self care. Class time includes delicious sound baths, heartfelt discussion and a customized ‘brain food’ menu that is designed to nourish and support the body throughout the process of learning.

Think of this course like an interactive tour of your very own nervous system!

Consider the fact that our mama earth currently holds 7.7 billion human beings.  That means that there are 7.7 billion human beings who each have a nervous system of more than 100 billion, 500 million, 40,000 different neurons that link up in trillions of unique ways. We are each truly made of the same substance, yet profoundly different. 

These facts don’t intimidate me, they fascinate me.  They remind me that we all, quite literally, are having profoundly different experiences, yet still connecting with each other in some sort of common reality.

It is this intelligence that is explored, discussed, and experienced in my Science & Magic curriculum. Science helps us gain understanding and process information with our logical, ‘thinking’ mind. Magic allows us to sink into the unknown, to have reverence for mystery. Together, they create an enriching experience of that helps give life to what it means to be human.

Join a cohort of colleagues and cast a spell on your life in such a way that growth occurs organically. Learn and experience research-based techniques that will cultivate wellbeing, peace and ease as regular states of being. When you learn how to harness the power of your mind, what looks like magic to other people will be the life that you live. So what are you waiting for? Join us for Magical Mind.

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January 31, 2019 - No Comments!

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Banana bread is perennially popular, especially when served warm from the oven, cut in thick slices and generously spread with butter. The addition of brazil nuts, gives this loaf cake a lovely texture, but you can substitute any nuts you prefer or no nuts at all!


2 ripe bananas

115 g/1 stick of butter, softened

115 g/ ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

2 large eggs

115 g/1 cup gluten-free self raising/rising flour (or 115 g/1 scant cup gluten-free plain/all-purpose flour, plus 1 teaspoon baking powder and ¼ teaspoon xantham gum)

3 tablespoon buttermilk

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground mixed spice/apple pie spice

100 g/1 cup brazil nuts, coarsely chopped

2x450-g/1-lb. loaf pans, greased and lined with baking parchment

Preheat the oven to 180*C (350*F)

Put the bananas in a bowl and mash with a fork. Put the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and whisk until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking after each addition. Add the mashed banana, flour, buttermilk, cinnamon, mixed spice/apple pie spice and brazil nuts (if you choose to add them) and fold in until everything in incorporated.

Divide the batter between the prepared loaf pans and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until the loaves are firm to the touch and a knife inserted in the middle of each cake comes out clean. Remove the loaves from the oven and let cool slightly while you make the glaze.

Fresh out of the oven!

The loaves will keep for up to 3 days if stored in an airtight container. They also freeze very well, so if you don’t need both, you can freeze up to 2 months.