Hiking San Francisco: Muir Woods

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Today I had quite the adventure. If I didn’t believe that the best laid plans need a Plan B before today, I surely found out that I indexed needed one. For those who didn’t know, I went on a trip up north, and I was determined to have a very relaxing and enjoyable time. today’s adventure was originally planned to be one that involved zip lining through...

Inaugural Pan African Hike (San Diego)

Earlier this year, I went on a hike where we discussed having a hike that would honor Marcus Garvey and brining people of African descent together. It was from this conversation that the idea of hosting an annual Pan African Hike was birthed. Pan-Africanism is a worldwide movement that aims to encourage and strengthen bonds of solidarity between all indigenous...

Hiking San Diego: Pio Pico (a recap)

Having done this hike for a 2nd time in a different season, I will say the views never disappoint! Here are a few of the photos that were taken during this hike for your viewing pleasure. Definitely check out our Events Page to find out about upcoming hikes, and to signup for our email list to keep updated! We hope you enjoy!...
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Covid Precautions

We are currently seeing another surge in Covid19 cases, and we want to take a moment to share with you updates. If you are reading this, you probably received an email, or ventured here from one of our social media accounts. Thank you for checking in! This post will highlight the things we have continued to do as well as some things we are reinstating in our office and outdoor activities. We are open for suggestions from you, so feel free to leave a comment.

Bringing back the Covid Intake Form

When we first re-opened in 2021, all clients were asked to complete a Covid19 questionnaire. You may still see some similar questions on your intake form, but we will bring back the full questionnaire for all appointments. The Covid19 questionnaire contained questions such as:

  • Have you had a fever in the last 24 hours of 100 or above?
  • Do you now, or have you recently had any respiratory or flu symptoms, sore throat or shortness of breath?
  • Have you been in contact with anyone in the last 14 days who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has corona virus-type symptoms?
Bringing back the mask

If you have visited us recently, you would notice that I am wearing a mask. We feel that it is our obligation to wear a mask during your appointment given the nature of how Covid is spread. We also want you to know that we have started to wear masks at all times in the building, even when no one is around. While it isn’t mandatory for clients to wear masks, we do encourage you to wear one when you arrive for your appointment  at least until you are on the treatment table.

The treatment Room

A lot of our cleaning practices have always been in place. For example, OSHA requires us to use an EPA-registered disinfectant that is labeled as bactericidal, viricidal, and fungicidal. I have always been aware of the possibility to transmit germs and viruses, so since I started my practice I have used an EPA-registered disinfectant. Another requirement is to clean and disinfect all surfaces. My rule is if you or I can or have possibly touched it, it will be wiped down.

Per OSHA, all porous/soft surfaces must be used only once because they cannot be disinfected. This becomes a bit tricky given that we use a table warmer on the treatment table. To ensure that you receive the benefit of a warm table without the risks of cross contamination, we use a moisture barrier that separates the linens from the table warmers. Speaking about linens, it goes without saying that all linen (sheets and towels), implements (stones, cups, Gua Sha tools, esthetic implements) are cleaned, and disinfected after each client. Lotion and oil bottles are wiped down after each client.

I use wipes and a spray as my two method of disinfecting surfaces. Both kill the SARS/Coronovirus, but some surfaces are hard to spray so I’ll use the wipe. A new wipe is used for each surface. I use multiple wipes for disinfecting the room and the door knobs in the suite. The reason for this is because the disinfectant needs to remain on the surface for a certain length of time. One wipe isn’t damp enough to cover every surface in the room.

Also in the treatment room is an air purifier. The air purifier is kept on during our session, and is placed on full blast as we are cleaning the room between appointments. The filters are inspected, cleaned, and changed regularly in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Additional Staggered Time

Previously, we would allow 15 minutes between appointments to allow for clean up, and to “turn the room over”. We are increasing this time between clients to 30 minutes for appointments with certain add-ons. While much of what needs to be done can be done within 15 minutes, We want to make sure we are doing our due diligence to provide a healthy environment. We also ask that you help us by not arriving sooner than 5-minutes of your scheduled appointment time (10-minutes if you must complete additional paperwork). This allows time for us to ensure the treatment room is ready for you, and also avoids clients running into each other between appointments.

You assistance is appreciated

At the end of your treatment, we usually ask you to take your time getting up from the treatment table. We really would like for you to take your time. Nothing kills the relaxation vibes as much as being rushed. You can use this time to ensure you have gathered all of your belongings, put on your mask (if you were wearing one), and settle down on the couch in the room. While you are getting yourself together after your treatment, we are washing our hands, and wiping down door knobs (in the event the other therapist had clients come in for an appointment. Once you are ready to check out, simply open the door of the treatment room, and we will enter to complete the appointment.

We have opened up additional time in our calendar for appointments, so as to not inconvenience you by the increased times between appointments.

We’re committed to providing the healthiest environment possible. We thank you for your continued support, and look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!

~Onyeka

What is Swedish Massage

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Swedish massage is one of the most popular massage types, and it has a lot to offer. Swedish massage therapists use their hands and forearms to apply long strokes, kneading and circular movements that focus on the muscles. The therapist may also use their elbows to press into the body. During Swedish massage therapy sessions, you should expect your body to be...

April’s Sunset/Fullmoon Hike

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This past weekend we completed April’s sunset/Fullmoon Hike in Chula Vista CA at the Mother Miguel Mountain. This trail is 4 miles in and back by was of multiple switchbacks. The route we took is considered a moderately challenging route, but all of the hikers successfully to the summit. At the top we were able to see all the way into Downtown San Diego as...

7 Bridges Hike Directions

Welcome to the directions page for our 7 Bridges Hike event! Given the number of people who have signed up, I wanted to make sure everyone had a map available in hand (earth friendly, paperless) in the event the partying got you separated from the main group. Be sure to copy the link, and share with your friends so that they too can have a copy of the map in hand.  ...
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Running the Trail

Greetings family! If you follow my on social media, you would know that I kicked off the year with some serious hiking. In truth, my hiking zeal is still spilling over from last year’s hiking adventures. However, today was a first for me. Today I ran up to the top of the mountain versus just hiking it. The inspiration for it was partly that I wanted to burn more calories. Another motivator was that I had set a goal to run it at least once last year, but failed to do so. Today’s blog is about what I was thinking, and how I felt during the whole experience.

The idea came to me as I was sitting in traffic heading to the trailhead. I typically start early morning (4:30am) when there aren’t many cars on the street. Today I slept in a bit, and left when I woke up. As I was parking, I decided that today would be the day that I finally run up the mountain. Started my fitness tracker, did a light jog from my car to the actual trail head, then “took off”. I saw another hiker who typically runs the trail on his way down as I was heading up. He seemed excited to see me running instead of hiking. It is pretty major for me to actually run on the trail, so I imagined his enthusiasm was for seeing someone else running.

Conversation in my head

On this particular trail, the beginning of the trail is pretty intense. I knew this going in, but I was not prepared to feel how this same section of trail felt while trying to run it. As I was losing speed, I could hear footsteps behind me. Another runner I asked myself, so I turned around to see. Nope, it was the same hiker who had passed me on the way down making his way up for another lap. I got encouraged to pick up the pace a little since I didn’t want to get caught by the now “walking” hiker, How about this joker caught up to me while walking, and passed me. It was in that moment that I started questioning what I was really doing 😂😂. So many thoughts crossed my mind including (but not limited to)

  • Should I just stop running?
  • Isn’t it embarrassing to be running, and a walker catches up to you?
  • Maybe I wasn’t ready to run the mountain
  • Is that a pain in lower back?!
  • I need to schedule a meeting with my chiropractor!
  • How far is the clearing from where I am right now?
    • Oh no! this is the first little flat area, I have some ways to go
  • Will I really run the whole way up, or should I just resign myself to running it partially

There were so many other thoughts that came across my mind, and before I knew it I was well on my way on to the 2nd flat of the trail. Ahead of me were several other hikers, some of whom appeared to be struggling. I contemplated not passing them because I too felt like I was struggling. I decided to just go for it instead of overthinking “how it would look to run pass them only to be caught by them again”.

What I learned

Each trail comes with so many different lessons. On this one, I learned that it is so easy for negative thoughts to flood your mind when you are attempting something new. For me, not making it to the top of the mountain was not an option. The real question I asked myself was “How will you make it to the top? Will you run or will you walk?” I was already committed to running to the top, so I did just that! I made it to the top, and all the negative thoughts melted away. Knowing that I can run that particular mountain inspired me. The next move is to improve the time it takes for me to get to the top while running. Don’t give up on yourself. It doesn’t matter how others perceive your attempt, or the negativity surrounding you trying something for yourself. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Before you realize it, you will be there.

~Ony

Healing: Day 1

Hello, and welcome to Day 1 of this particular healing journey. I am going to try to keep these blogs of the journey as transparent and open as my little heart can stand. It is currently 10:27 PM PST, and I am just getting around to writing this blog. This particular healing journey is mostly around the book “Healing The Gerson Way: Defeating Cancer and Other...