Making habits stick

It’s that time of year again. January is right around the corner, and resolution time with it. And often, it’s the same story. You set a good intention, you start out putting your best efforts towards it; but somehow, it just doesn’t stick.

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The Power of Relaxation

Ellen SymonsEllen Symons, RMT is an avid recipient of relaxation massage.

Relaxation is all about softness, right?

Well, kind of. Relaxation is a powerful technique. The repairing and rebuilding that your brain and body do when you’re relaxed are essential to your ability to live a strong and healthy life.

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Summer time Epsom salts

Ah, summer is upon us. Weekends by the lake, lunches on the patio, night time strolls under the stars. Summer is meant for fun!

Ottawa massage blog Epsom salt bag

But alas, summer can also bring us some not-so-fun things. Bug bites, sun burns, and sore muscles cause us woes during the hot months. So, Body Poets wants to help keep your body comfortable and healthy!

Book a massage on a Saturday or Sunday in July or August, and receive a free 3-cup bag of Epsom salts.

Epsom salts are, in fact, magnesium salts, that help hundreds of the body’s daily functions. Many of you already know about their usefulness for achy, sore muscles, but did you know they can be used for much more?

Bee stings: Epsom salts can help bring the stinger closer to the surface for removal, and help reduce the inflammatory process. Soak in a bath, or create a paste with a small bit of water and apply it locally.

Mosquito bites: Similar to the effect it has for bee stings, Epsom salts can decrease the swelling and inflammation caused by a mosquito bite. Create a paste and apply it straight to the bite.

Grimy skin: Remove grime from your skin and face with an Epsom salt exfoliating paste. Mix Epsom salt with baby oil, almond, or olive oil, and rub over the skin to remove dirt, grease, and grime built up during a hot summer day.

Poison Ivy: To soothe the pain, itchiness, and swelling that result from touching poison ivy, take a soak in an Epsom salt bath.

Sunburns: Cool down your sunburn and reduce redness by applying an Epsom salt paste to the burned area, or soak in a cool Epsom salt bath for larger areas.

Garden Epsom - Ottawa massage blogHelp out your garden: Epsom salts aren’t just good for the body; your plants love them too! Feed tomatoes, peppers, roses, and more with a few tablespoons of Epsom salts. Read all about it here:

Get your free bag of Epsom salts on your next weekend visit to Body Poets! Book a massage on any weekend this summer and receive 3 cups free. Visit to book online.

How I’ve failed at meditation

Ellen SymonsBy: Ellen Symons, RMT
Along with “failing” at meditation, Ellen enjoys using her free time to write poetry, play with her cats, and spend time outside. She has her own poetry blog at, where this essay first appeared.

I’ve been failing at meditation for a solid twenty years.

Alright. I suspect it isn’t possible to ‘fail’ at meditation, but I have walked away, frustrated, over and over again.

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