February 2023

Happy February! As always, we are grateful you are here and we hope you have been setting great intentions for 2023. Optimal Wellness has 3 upcoming retreats!

Allison & Paisley are hosting TWO Wild Womxn’s Yoga Retreats. Since we are almost fully booked for April 21-23, we decided to offer another one May 5-7.

June 25-July 1 Allison & Andrew are hosting a Wellness Retreat in Costa Rica. Learn more on the Facebook event page and please reach out with any questions you have about these offerings.

Please enjoy a morning meditation for positive energy on our free videos page! It is about 13 minutes long and also includes nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) to help calm the mind, body and emotions and to aid in balancing and purifying.

This Month’s Resources

Another Excellent Read

The Body Keeps the Score is the inspiring story of how a group of therapists and scientists— together with their courageous and memorable patients—has struggled to integrate recent advances in brain science, attachment research, and body awareness into treatments that can free trauma survivors from the tyranny of the past. These new paths to recovery activate the brain’s natural neuroplasticity to rewire disturbed functioning and rebuild step by step the ability to “know what you know and feel what you feel.” They also offer experiences that directly counteract the helplessness and invisibility associated with trauma, enabling both adults and children to reclaim ownership of their bodies and their lives.” This book was extremely informative and has us coming back day after day to learn more about Bessel van der Kolk’s research on trauma on brain function, memory, and treatment outcomes.

Avoid These Toxins

There are a number of toxic chemicals found in everyday products that we are using in our homes. Many of the products we put on our skin, the body’s largest organ, get absorbed into our bodies, which can cause health issues. As with body care products, toxins found in common cleaners can also find their way into our bodies. We wanted to share this well written article from Dr. Bronner’s to inform you on what to avoid to keep you and your family safe and healthy. Dr. Bronner’s has been a go to company for us for years! We love their Castile soaps, hand soaps, chapstick, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, hair creme, and most definitely their Sal Suds biodegradable cleaner.

Travel Hacking

If you want to earn some airline points, click here and let us know how we can help you. The Optimal Wellness team has traveled to Costa Rica (many times), Puerto Rico, Mexico, Jamaica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon, Florida, Texas, California, Nevada, and more, completely on points!! We have not paid for flights in ages and we want to help YOU do the same, whether that be for your own personal travels or for our Costa Rica wellness retreat.