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Bodywork for More Than the Physical Body

Suicide. Even the word shakes me to my core. Not only because I have lost loved ones in this tragic way in the past, but I think because it reminds me of how fragile life itself is. The recent tragic deaths in the media over the past week have raised more awareness and topics of conversation around suicide and mental health. It’s had me take pause and sit back thinking about how I was raised in a society that shunned ever showing emotion that could be considered anything other than positive, anything that wouldn’t be seen as being a “good” girl, and the emphasis was on always putting on a good front. It’s something that I think has a whole new depth for people now with social media painting a persona that may or may not be real for others to compare themselves to. But why are we comparing ourselves. We are all human and experiencing a range of emotions is a beautiful, messy, enjoyable, and yes, sometimes very painful part of the experience. The emotional body is not one to be ignored or something that we should be ashamed of. We all know sadness, just as we all know joy. One is not right and one is not wrong. They are both part of he experience that connects us all. And for some the emotional body and mental body may experience imbalance just like the physical body. All of which require care.

Reflecting on the emotional body I am reminded about the depth of hands on bodywork and energy work here at PCCHH. Not only for our clients, but for myself personally. It isn’t just from studying that I have such a passion for what we offer, it is because of the personal transformation that I have experienced myself and seen first hand in others. The energy of Cellular Expansion and Healing has transformed places of grief and trauma that talk therapy alone could only ever scratch the surface of. By receiving sessions I not only have found more peace, but I no longer react from these old places in my history. Instead I can be in the moment to be present and enjoy life around me rather than coming from a place of fear, anger and reactivity. I can also say that receiving massage from a mindful and compassionate massage therapist, like those here at PCCHH, has taught me ways to put my guard down for my emotions to be present rather than trying desperately to stuff them inside. I whole heartedly see what we offer as more than just “body” work. It is essential care for the physical body, emotional body, mental body and spiritual body all rolled into one.

As practitioners, and as fellow human beings. We get it. We are here for you. And we see our service as a place of oneness. We may just be a few steps ahead on the path of healing, able to guide a light for you to transform and find a place of peace as well.

“Cellular Expansion and Healing has allowed me to release anxiety and depression. The work has allowed me to shift emotional baggage in ways no other work has ever been able to.” Amy

I don’t want to come from a new age place of making you believe that emotions will no longer exist. They will. You will just have a path of more ease when the emotions arise. Bodywork is as though a dear friend is holding your stress away from you for a while, so that you can take your next breath, and realign with your soul.

You are not alone. We are here.

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Are You Being Touched Enough?

Are you being touched enough?  This question always takes me back to these cute cards of my childhood that listed how many hugs you needed daily. 

And there is even the  Touch Research Institute that is dedicated to studying the benefits that human touch has physically, emotionally and mentally. In many studies the result comes down to the fact that as humans we need physical touch to thrive.  It is one of the reasons why there is so much benefit to the healing touch of hands on massage and bodywork.

But today touch means much more to me than the act of affection or physical contact with another. It is about human connection that can “touch” our lives in so many ways. 

At PCCHH we are in the business of touch, so I asked some of the staff to tell us what touch means to them.  What have they seen first hand as the benefits of touch.

Here is what they said:

"We are sentient beings. As much as we find ourselves living inside our minds, existing through our worries and projecting ourselves into an unknowable future, it is important to connect with and through our bodies. Our bodies are tools we have been given to experience this world and explore our connection with others.

Touch allows us to connect with others on this earthly level. Intentions are conveyed through touch and each time I place a neck wrap on a client or pour them a glass of water I am intent on helping them feel at peace. It is a gateway to where they will travel next, with their therapist, into the workings of their bodies and being."
​Laura B.​

"Working at PCCHH as a yoga instructor and assistant manager, I have have the privilege of witnessing the power of touch on an hourly basis. I see stress melt away, confidence kindled, and healing of body, heart and mind becoming a reality! When we open ourselves to receive healing from a loved one or from a therapist's hands, we bravely take a step toward greater peace, presence and participation in life." -Lela

"Touch is important because you get to push the reset button on your nervous system through
necting with another. No other way compares."- Laura P.



"In my position at the center, "touch" takes on a different meaning. Through my work here, I've seen the benefits of trust and kind familiarity that result from relationship-building between clients and staff. These relationships are ways by which to "touch" others as well. "-Chris

I encourage you to look at the way that you are touching the lives of others around you.  Are you leaving a lasting imprint of connection, or are you holiding back your human NEED for connection.  Are YOU being touched enough?  If the answer is no then maybe you need to renew your spirit with some healing, therapeutic bodywork.



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Witnesssing the Magic of the Body

The body is a beautiful and seemingly magical thing sometimes. 

When an individual experiences stress one of the areas that can create a place of holding is the physical body.  It can experience a state of freeze.  This doesn’t need to look like an immobilization of an entire area, but can be a small area of holding and tension that is braced against all else.

One of the beautiful things that we are able to witness as body workers is the ability for these frozen areas to melt from three types of connection:

  1. attention and intention

  2. touch

  3. the breath

Just like we witness with the frozen ice in the winter time, our bodies are the same.  It is a beautiful parallel since the body itself is made up of primarily water, in essence it is as if stress creates areas of ice in the body.

We see that just like the sun shining it’s light onto ice it is able to soften and melt.  In this same way when we shine our attention and intention on an area of holding we are bringing more light to these areas, allowing them to choose to melt.

Secondly, when we touch an area we bring the warmth of our hands, and the energy of connection to these places as we massage or bring a present touch allowing the area to melt.

And then thirdly, we can bring the breath.  This often happens along side of 1 & 2, but it can be a step on it’s own as well.  The warmth of the breath moving through these areas of frozen holding can melt and open.   This isn’t a forcing of the breath, but again involves the allowing of the breath into these areas of tension by an invitation.  Inviting the areas to soften and allow the fluidity of the water in the body to restore for free flowing movement.

I encourage you to try these three steps at home to invite ease and relaxation into your body for it to become more at ease.  You may even find the image of the body melting into more water to encourage a deeper place of allowing and connection as you explore the magic of the body.


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Tumeric Milk Recipe

If you need a new warm drink for winter, try this Tumeric Milk recipe. I recently came across this recipe, and my husband and I both agree that it is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! In my opinion, it has the same comforting feel as hot chocolate, but with way more health benefits! 


In a pot on your stove combine:

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"Best of the Burgh" 2016 VOTING IS NOW OPEN

Thanks to all of our wonderful clients for helping us to become the business we are today! We would love your support to once again be recognized as part of the "Best of the Burgh" in the Business section for the Spa Category. Please click here to vote now, and copy and paste our name from below because we know it's a mouthful but it must be used in full for your vote to count!

*Please vote by March 30th

-Pittsburgh Center for Complementary Health & Healing

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