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September 2016 Partner Tips

Each month we feature a short editorial from one or more of our strategic partners containing useful information related to work and life.

This month, we discuss the benefits of massage but first, we’ll kick things off with some tips for a natural-looking spray tan from Elana Jade. Keep reading for more!


1.) Elana Jade: Pre-Tanning Tips

Before you have your spray tanning treatment (or give yourself a self tan at home), here are some tips on how to prepare your skin to help the tan apply more smoothly and last longer!

  • Exfoliate from head to toe preferably the day before the spray tan. Paying particular attention to areas such as your knees, elbows and ankles by using Eco Tan’s Extreme Exfoliant Glove and Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub.
  • Moisturize after exfoliation one day prior to the spray tan to prepare your skin.
  • Shower on the day of your appointment, as close to your appointment as possible (try not to sweat after your shower) but not within 30 minutes. This is to ensure that your skin is clean, dry and rid of excess natural oils in the skin.
  • Avoid using deodorant before your spray tan appointment as it will create a barrier to the spray tan’s absorption.
  • Do not apply moisturizer prior to having a spray tan as it will hinder the absorption of the spray tan.
  • Where possible, do not wax or have any other hair removal treatments at least 24 hours before your appointment so that there will be enough time for your pores to close (otherwise, you run the risk of a spotty tan). Also, by removing your hair after the tan, you will remove your new tan along with it.
  • If you are planning to get a spray tan for an event and are also getting a pedicure and/or manicure, it is best to have your manicure/pedicure before your spray tan as your polish and gel may not last as long.
  • If you tint your eyebrows, it is better to tint the day before or the day after your spray tan to avoid the tint interfering with your spray tan.

2.) Club 360: Beat Stress with Quality Massage

One of the best ways to combat stress is to incorporate regular massage sessions into our health maintenance routine. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami has demonstrated that massage significantly decreases levels of unhealthy stress hormones in the body. It’s the effect of these stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, that create the unhealthy symptoms listed above. Stress isn’t “all in your head,” but a series of chemical changes in the body. By reducing our levels of adrenaline and cortisol through regular massage, we can enjoy better sleep, suffer fewer bouts of cold, flu and muscle spasm, better control our junk food cravings and gain a more positive daily outlook.

Massage isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity for a healthy body and mind for those of us living the modern, urban life. Reduce your stress and feel better immediately — book a massage today!
Lisa Batey, LMT, CLT, CPMT has been practicing massage therapy since 2004 and is the current head massage therapist at Club 360.  She is licensed by the State of New York with additional  certifications in Pre-Natal Massage and Lymphedema Therapy. 

3.) FURLA Yoga: Welcome to September

 As we look outside, we begin to observe subtle changes that signal the transition to autumn; the light is different, the breeze more pronounced, there is even a hint of dryness at times. As we look inside, we observe our response to these changes. If we prefer summer, we may feel sadness at the departure of the heat. If we prefer winter, we may anxiously await cooler days and nights. While the change is unavoidable, our response can be a problem when it causes suffering. Our yoga practice provides the opportunity to observe our reactions to change, whether wanted or unwanted. Can we learn to accept the coming of winter with equanimity? Can we relish the lingering heat? It is not the change that is difficult; rather, it is our response to it. Try looking with different eyes, and enjoy the transition!

We welcome you at Hatha Flow classes with Mika (in Japanese), Meg (bilingual), and Yoko (bilingual). Hatha Flow classes are a dynamic yoga practice appropriate for all levels of practitioners, and incorporate all aspects of a traditional Hatha yoga class – breath, meditation and postures. Combining the strength of held postures with the serenity of breath-directed movement, the class helps students find balance between strong, fluid movement and relaxation. Hatha Flow is great for students who prefer a more dynamic, athletic practice. FURLA yoga schedule is posted here: https://yoga.furla.co.jp/?p=schedule

In addition to the regular weekly schedule, Special Classes are offered on the weekends and holidays for the same price as regular classes. Remember, show your FEW membership card to receive a 1000 yen discount off the regular drop-in class price of Y3000.

See you at the studio!


4.) Divya Marie Kato: Start & See

Start & See August 2016 (1)
 “Sometimes the best place to go is nowhere at all.” — Pico Iyer
This summer, I stayed in Japan and embarked on another kind of adventure; an inner journey into big questions.Drawing Retreats To Learn From Nature
“There is an art of seeing things as they are: without naming, without being caught in a network of words, without thinking interfering with perception.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti

I’ve been spending a lot of time drawing flowers. Getting still and revisiting old teachings, such as this one from Krishnamurti. I really struggled to understand these when I was younger and find that drawing is a good tool for helping me inquire. I also visited the mountains. And the sea. Here’s a picture of me enjoying sea studies: capturing movement into marks. Looking and learning. As I did so, I began working on drawing retreats with a difference: to listen to what nature has to say. If you’d like to come with me next time, please email me to register your interest – I’d like to keep the group small and intimate – 4 people maximum.

Start & See
Every month we have a theme that we write on our calendar at home. Last month’s theme was celebrate everything. We celebrated our anniversary and my husband’s birthday on top of our favourite mountain. We celebrated what we’re grateful for and hopes for the future. We celebrated giving each other a chance, our work a chance and mostly giving practice a chance.

He sat on one bench and drummed. I sat on another and drew.
He started with a beat. It built into a rhythm that sang out across the mountains.
I started with a line. It built into a drawing that played out across the page.

One beat. One line. Small ways to start. This month’s theme is start and see. Peace. Love. Consciousness. Mindfulness. Meditation. BIG WORDS. In a big world, with big issues. Together, let’s break these down into a simple practice of start and see. Experiencing Vs. Explaining.
There are many ways to start and see. One beat. One line. One step at a time.

“What if I’m just not creative?” “I’m a beginner and…I’m scared!”

Here’s the thing. Everyone, who has made anything, ever, has started with a blank page. It can be of great comfort to keep this in mind. You’re in the very same, sacred space as your heroes, when they began.

There are incredible things to be discovered when confronting the blank page. Drawing is a universal practice that unlocks numerous benefits for anyone, at whatever stage of life – whether you’re: seeking inspiration, wanting to spark ideas or make changes, at a crossroads seeking purpose, seeking relief from the rat race, seeking inner peace in uncertain times, or simply seeking. And sharing it is what I do best.

“Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember…the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That’s why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance… Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” — Steven Pressfield

So What Have You Got? And what’s holding you back? Maybe you believe you aren’t creative, you can’t draw… BUT, you secretly always wanted to draw, paint and create something incredible. Maybe someone made a comment similar to this once — “Haha! You can’t even draw a moon!” BUT, that little artist in you still wishes and dreams of creating. Maybe you even tried a few times and couldn’t get your vision down on paper in all it’s awesomeness. BUT, you’d like to try again and have someone help you fully translate your imagination onto paper.

Get From:
Stuck to Sparks: Discoveries, Possibilities, Ways To Move Forward
Seeking to Connection: Clarity, Purpose, Meaning
Stressed to Source: Calm, Presence, Processing Your Story
Doubt to Done. Confusion to Clarity.

An Overview: What This Start & See Practice Looks Like
Introduction: The Blank Canvas Mindset
Drawing From Nature: Harvesting Connection & Presence
Drawing In Ink: Mark Making & Bringing Out Your Style
Light & Shadow: The Basics Of Colour & Why We Need Both
Exploring Mediums: Play Like You Once Played Before
Self Portraits: Learning More About The Face In The Mirror
An Invitation: The Unknown

Through the many years I’ve been sharing drawing, I’ve experimented with different ways and have arrived at this – in short, the complete toolbox. By the end of our time together you’ll have all you need to create pieces of your own and in your own style.

Why This Is Different
This is NOT a cookie-cutter way of learning i.e. I draw, you copy, and repeat…
This is about giving you another tool for your tool box, with which to explore the world.

It’s about how drawing — if approached in another way – can help us practice presence, process experiences, cultivate inner peace, clear up doubt, gain clarity, help us through difficult times, spark ideas, forge fresh paths forward, make discoveries, manifest the future we imagine, reflect, explore big questions, release stress, contribute to our collective community and, so much more.

Things I’m Starting & Seeing:

Drawing Classes at Afrika Rose — “Flowers As Teachers.”
Wowzers. This month we’ve been on TV. This is Megumi Hagiuda, founder of Afrika Rose, and I drawing together. So much has happened since I first stepped into this shop in June, following the FEW meeting where Megumi was our speaker. Drawing together, sharing stories, conversations with the roses (the things they have to say!) and creating a drawing course so more people can get to know the roses better too. Roses that have travelled 17 hours from Kenya to be here. Beautiful example of social entrepreneurship. No donations. Baked into business. So happy to begin teaching here with the roses. Our teachers. 2016 classes are fully booked but we’ll be opening classes, including weekends, from 2017. Details below.

Rise Retreats Japan

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” — John Muir.

This also started as an idea. Taking women into the mountains for drawing and deep work. My partner, coach Sarah Furuya and I bringing art, coaching and our combined years of experience, together for one thing: working with our stories and to be ourselves. We love stories. Getting to the truth. And finding out what we need to let go of in order to rise. All with a wicked sense of humor and looking to nature for clues. We’re now fully booked for our retreat in October – one weekend with 8 wonderful women, in a beautiful, Japanese ryokan hundreds of years old, at the foothill of Coco Farm and Winery, in the wild of Ashikaga. For retreats in 2017, email either Sarah or myself. Details below.
Drawing Classes New Hanzomon Studio
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” — Brene Brown

This is brave work. Drawing after 30 years. Being a beginner again. Surrendering good, bad, right and wrong for curiousity and exploration. There’s a deeper happiness that isn’t shiny and loud, an inner kind that fills you up; heart to head, tummy to toe. Love this work. Bearing witness. Watching it happen. Seeing unknown unfold. Love my clients. The trust in the process and courage in seeing it through, after years and years of having never picked up a pencil, moves me. Yes, this is brave work.

Sarah: “I’m going through the processes, learning from the brilliant Divya and just trying everything. No “is it good or bad?” No “do I like it?” Just do the work, follow the process and make a mark. No talent required. Just take action. My head hurts because I’m going places I wouldn’t usually and because I’m thinking about the incredible paintings in galleries. I can’t even. Much much much respect to artists.”

Happy September, friends. What will you start and see? If you’re curious about what the blank page will open up for you, I’ll be right here. Come and find me at FEW meetings or email me. All details below.

Big love, ever draws, DMK x

DMK SERVICES

Discounts for FEW Members please ask Divya for details.

1.) Private Drawing Classes, Hanzomon: September 1 spot open, October 2 spots open, November 2 spots open.
2.) Group Drawing Classes, Afrika Rose, Hiroo: 2016 Fully Booked. Reservations for 2017 email: info@divyamariekato.com
3.) Online Course. Drawing. Done Differently.: Part one FREE for immediate download HERE.
4.) Rise Retreats For Women: 2016 Fully Booked. Reservations for 2017 email: info@riseretreatsjapan.com
5.) Book: “When in doubt, draw.” In progress.

Upcoming Events
1.) FEW Workshop with Coach, Sarah Furuya: September 15th 2016. Register HERE.
2.) About The Author Speaking Event: Tokyo American Club, December 7th 2016.

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