Monday, November 20, 2017

Take 5 Bar Cookie Recipes (yum!)

I love giving my clients a Hershey's Take 5 candy bar when they come in for a session.  Just one more added bonus that keeps the post-massage bliss going.  I recently discovered online a couple of recipes for Take 5 Bar Cookies!   So, if you've got extra Halloween candy or a stash of snack-sizeTake 5 bars lying around, give these tasty treats a whirl...

Take 5 Cookie 

2 sticks butter (room temperature)3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cups All Purpose flour
1 1/2 semi-sweet cups chocolate chips 
1 bag Hershey’s Take 5 bars (Snack Size) 

Cream butter, peanut butter and sugars.
Add eggs one at a time.
Add vanilla.
Mix dry ingredients separately.
Slowly add dry ingredients to mix.
Add chocolate chips.
Chill dough for about 2 hrs.
After dough is chilled preheat oven to 375ยบ.
Unwrap Take 5 bars and cut in half.
Now take a large spoon-full of dough and cover each candy…Don’t worry; these cookies are large. You could always quarter the Take 5 bars if you wanted a larger batch of smaller cookies.
Bake for about 7 - 8 minutes until cookie starts to brown around edges.

Wait for them to cool and garnish with a drizzle of chocolate or caramel…Or, hey— both if you’re feeling crazy!

Take 5 Surprise Cookie Recipe 
Makes about 5 dozen cookies or 2 dozen large cookies. 
2 cups of chopped Take5 Candy Bars
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened (or, 1 stick butter and 1/2 cup coconut oil)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Remove wrappers from candies. Cut each candy into 1/2-inch pieces; set aside. 
  3. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. 
  4. Beat butter, granulated sugar, light-brown sugar, and vanilla in large bowl with mixer, until creamy. 
  5. Add eggs; beat well. 
  6. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. 
  7. Stir in candy pieces and nuts, if desired. 
  8. Drop by rounded teaspoons full onto ungreased cookie sheet. 
  9. Bake for nine to eleven minutes, or until lightly browned. 
  10.   Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

Sorry, I can't remember the website I found this one on.  
But this similar recipe can be found at

Take 5 Candy Bar Cookies
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • 15 snack-sized Take 5 bars, coarsely crushed or chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. Beat together the butter and sugars. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well mixed. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until well blended.
  3. Stir in the candy bar pieces until combined. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto greased baking sheets (or parchment paper).
  4. Bake for 9 minutes or until cookies are golden brown and set in the center. Allow the cookies to rest of on the baking sheet for 1 minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Being Hypertonic may SOUND cool, but...

...Four reasons it ain't!

An overly tight muscle--one that is hypertonic, or sustained in contraction, is constantly working, which means:

1. Circulation is decreased in a hypertonic muscle, thus it is not getting all that it requires to live a healthy life. This is the start of a slow, painful death to the muscle.

2. An overly tight muscle pulls on bones, joints, ligaments, and other soft tissue, pulling the rest of the body out of balance and out of whack.

3. The muscle is consuming more oxygen and energy than a muscle at rest and producing more waste products which irritate the nerves.

4. Impingement and other painful nerve problems can erupt when hypertonic muscles compress the nerves that travel between or through the muscle. (Take the classic Piriformis Syndrome that produces Sciatic Nerve pain, for example.) This sometimes results in decreased nerve function, paresthesias, altered sensations including pins/needles feelings, and almost certainly pain. 

Got a tight muscle? Don't sit with it too long! Get it worked out ASAP! Self care, stretching, targeted exercises, and of course, massage therapy are all good bets to get you back in balance.

* Learn more with Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology by Ruth Werner.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Craniosacral Therapy: The General Flow Of It

So you think you’re hard headed?  But did you know that the sutures in the cranium can actually move?  It’s subtle, but after a great deal of research, Dr. William Sutherland (more than 100 years ago) was able to prove the existence of this motion and conclude that it is essentially produced by the body’s inherent life force.

The motion of cranial bones involves a network of interrelated structures and fluids found within the body, particularly those related to the central nervous system (CNS) and its surrounding membranes, cerebrospinal fluid, and the sacrum.  As the song goes, not only is the “ankle bone connected to the shin bone,” but so too the sacrum (or triangular bone located between the lumbar spine and the tailbone) is connected to the “head bone.”

What’s the significance of these motions?

As those familiar with traditional Chinese Medicine are aware, “stagnation brings disease and death.”  The subtle rhythms produced by this network in the body are similarly regarded as expressions of health that carry an essential ordering principle for both body and mind.  When these rhythms are out of balance or stagnant, both body and mind may feel out of balance or unwell, resulting in any number of potential mental or physical ailments, including headaches/migraines, sinus trouble, jaw clenching, tension and muscle contractions, aches and pains, nervous system confusion, sluggish organs, disrupted digestive processes, mental overwhelm, and more.

So how can Craniosacral Therapy help?  

Craniosacral Therapy may help resolve dis-ease and faulty patterns in both body and mind.  By "listening with the hands" to the body's subtle rhythms and any patterns of inertia or congestion, the practitioner can identify areas within the body that may be stuck, needing to unwind, or seeking balance.  By following the lead of the client¹s own physiology, the practitioner acts merely as a facilitator, very gently and non-invasively encouraging the expression of the client’s subtle rhythms, thereby enhancing the body's own self-healing and self-regulating capabilities.

How is it done?  

Holding the intention and remaining deeply present with the client, the practitioner applies a very subtle touch to the client’s generally supine (laying on one’s backside) body--which may be fully clothed.  These “holds” are often applied to the head, sacrum, or other bony structures of the body, and may endure for several minutes.  In fact, it would not be uncommon for the practitioner to alter the position of the hands only five or six times during a 60-minute session.  

What does it feel like?

Quite often, the client will experience a deep sense of calm, relaxation, complete stillness, and even slumber.  With the touch so light and assuring, the client need not worry about pain, pressure, or, quite possibly, anything at all.  The client should feel safe, secure, and at ease during a Craniosacral Therapy session.  If at any point in time this is not true for you, it is essential that you let your practitioner know.  However, when performed correctly, Craniosacral Therapy appears to have no contraindications or adverse side effects, which pretty much means that anyone can benefit from it and walk away feeling no worse for wear--if not amazingly better (the most likely outcome)!



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