What Makes You Smile?

When you think of your special someone does it make you smile? Have you ever stopped to wonder where does that smile originate? Every smile is connected to a feeling. When you think of something such as an event, a pet, or person for whom you have a good feeling, you may immediately feel a smile creeping across your face and may even feel it all over your body. Did you know you can use that same smile to bring yourself into a more positive state when you are feeling down, scared or angry?

Smile, it makes people wonder what you’re up to… 

To begin raising your awareness of how you can switch your feelings with a smile or thought; sit up straight and comfortably in your chair, hold in your mind’s eye a person who makes you smile. As you think about them and smile, notice any other feelings or sensations in your body – is it behind your eyes, in your heart, in your belly, legs or toes? With each breath let that feeling expand from wherever it starts and become bigger. Play with how big and full you can experience the feeling with your smile. Notice the smile on your face and how it feels so easy and comfortable as you hold the happy thought.

Now that you can see the connection between your feelings and the smile on your face think of an unhappy thought (nothing too serious as you are just trying something new). With that unhappy thought in mind, put a big fat smile on your face. Remember, you are not smiling at the thought but just noticing when you force the smile – does it shift the feeling of the unhappy thought? Hold the smile for at least 16 seconds, that will be the beginning of a shift in your energy to a lighter state and allow you to lighten your feeling around a negative thought or experience.

Your body posture and even your facial posture has been shown to have a tangible impact on how you feel inside, how you experience life, and how well you feel in general. Practice a smile each day and notice how different you can feel.

Set SMART Goals to Achieve More This Year

Wellness Resolutions for the New Year

This is the time of year many set aside for digging into New Year’s resolutions. If you are like most, you have made a resolution or two yourself. Maybe to lose weight, exercise more or eat healthier, manage finances better, get a better job, etc. We have an inherent desire to grow, improve and become better versions of ourselves from year to year. It’s no wonder why there is an observable jump in sales and attendance for fitness apparel and gym memberships at the beginning of January! BUT, then there is an equally observable dip in gym attendance by the end of the month. So what happens?

“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”
-Winston Churchill

When we embark on a new endeavor, one rarely plans to fail, but failing to set SMART goals will inhibit our forward progress in a big way! 

SMART Goals Are:
Specific — Measurable — Achievable — Realistic — Time-bound

Human nature, as it is, can cause us to stray from our focus, missing deadlines and important milestones. A great way to stay on the path is to have an accountability partner. It should be someone you have a set time to check in with each week (even for a few minutes) and report on your progress against your goals. Choosing an accountability partner can be as easy as asking a friend to exercise with you or identifying someone you admire who has accomplished similar results and asking them if you can share your goals and check in with them to report your progress. I know for myself, when I have a looming self-imposed deadline, I am more likely to accomplish it if I have to tell someone I “failed” to meet my deadline.

“Goals are dreams with work boots on.”
-David Ramsey

Once you have identified your desired end result and set your goals in motion, it is time to get to work! The work can be as pleasurable or as painful as your mindset will allow, but to move the needle in life, you need to apply yourself in ways you never have to achieve the things you haven’t yet.

Wishing you a prosperous and successful year!

Health vs. Vitality. Feeling Fully Alive!

Nowadays, there is a lot of focus on health conscious practices, from exercise and stress management to eating clean with organic choices and minimizing environmental hazards. We often give a lot of attention to what we eat and how much we exercise as we focus on keeping our physical body in shape to sustain as many years as we can on this planet.


Recently, I was pondering the importance of being healthy – the hard work and seriousness of the task at hand – and yet there is a substantial difference between being healthy and being vital. Health is a state of being free from illness or injury; vitality is a state of being strong and active, living in a space of exuberance and liveliness with a passion for the things we are doing and the people we are doing them with.


“Most men die at 27, we just bury them at 72.”
~ Mark Twain

Take a moment to think about the things, people, and places that make you smile, that put a sparkle in your eye and a bounce in your step. Do you remember the first time you fell in love? That “twitterpated” sensation that you could feel lighting up your cells and propelling you forward into the adventure that you were so certain awaited you? When was the last time you felt an adventure calling to you to take risks that would support your growth and zest for life? Do you enjoy dancing or singing just for the love of it? When was the last time you let your heart guide you to experience something new, or laughed so hard you came dangerously close to falling out of your chair?


It is very important to take care of our physical health and our bodies so we can be around for the one’s we love. It is vital for us to spend time in the wondrous moments of life that fill us up with energy and unconditional happiness so we can glow with a light that attracts more truly satisfying experiences, enriched with love, fun and joy.  We often take ourselves and responsibilities so seriously we forget that in vitality is the only way to really live!


At Well Into Life Massage & Bodywork, our goal is to offer services and products that will assist you with living a full life by helping you minimize, or even eliminate, pain and discomfort. We want you to fully enjoy your life. To fully be “Well Into Life”, whether that’s by addressing physical issues and roadblocks, or even by helping you address stress and anxiety. We welcome the opportunity to be a partner with you as you continue down the path of living a full life of health and vitality… to enjoy the happiness of being fully alive!

Do You Have a Pile Up of Ghosts?

Greetings and Happy October! This seems to be the perfect month to talk about our ghosts! No, not about the super-natural specters and the stuff of horror films, but about the old energy patterns of our past that weigh us down, limit our inspiration and our ability to move forward in healthy, progressive ways and pursuits. Have you ever noticed yourself doing something the way you’ve always done it yet continuing to be frustrated by getting the same results you always get?


Most of us have experienced, in our habitual patterns, there often feels like there is some force that compels us to keep doing something the same old way while desperately wishing for a different outcome. That force or habit is often tied to an old energy or imprint that may have come from a protection mechanism in our psyche during a difficult relationship or period in our life. But if that relationship or circumstance is now in the past, it is time to release that ghost and move forward confidently toward new and healthier patterns.


At Well Into Life we have skilled and nurturing Energy Therapy Practitioners who can help you navigate those frustrating patterns you would like to shift.


For today, check out the video Expelling the Venom. It’s perfect for releasing tension in the moment and leaving things where they are instead of adding them to your pile up of Ghosts!

Three Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Massage

At Well Into Life we are dedicated to helping our clients with quality offerings and supportive tips. So with that in mind, here are a few Top Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Massage:


1. Don’t sweat the little things. There is no need to apologize for unshaven legs, toes that you think need a pedicure, dry skin, wet hair, or anything else that has to do with the condition of your body. Our focus is on creating an environment and massage that will assist you in relaxing and easing muscle tension and making sure that YOU are comfortable. No apologies necessary!


2. Turn OFF your cell phone. If you can manage it, power it down all the way. When it is on vibrate, it can still be disruptive to your state of relaxation. Give yourself this hour or ninety minutes. You deserve some quality time to yourself.


3. Stretch. Many times, your therapist will go over some stretches you can do between sessions to help with any of your problem areas. Listen to them and give the stretches a try. You are more likely to notice longer lasting results and experience greater benefits from your next appointment.


Thank you for entrusting us with your relaxation and care. We look forward to seeing you and helping you stay in top shape for your active lifestyle.

Brightest Hope

Vision of Well Into Life Massage and Bodywork in Richmond VAMost businesses start out with a mission statement. Mission statements are effective. It defines who they are and who they want to be. Well Into Life Massage and Bodywork has a vision: It is to help people move physical and emotional blocks, so they can step fully into their authentic life. Vision is the act or power of imagination. The mode of seeing or conceiving. At the onset, Carey Phillips saw Well Into Life as a collaborative gathering of small business women and men growing their future together as therapists. After 9 years as a massage therapist and energy worker, she now has a team of skilled therapists from varied backgrounds, some young in their journey as therapists and others more seasoned. She freely admits she was more enthusiastic at first but who isn’t at the start of any venture? It has been a challenging road but one worth traveling down. Her belief is everything will happen in divine time and divine order.


When asked about her brightest hope for the clients of Well Into Life? “That they wouldn’t need us anymore.”


While that may be a surprising answer, it is a hope all practitioners who truly are invested in healing should hold.  Another hope? Clients learn to appreciate the value of maintenance. A phrase we hear all too often is “We need to practice self-care.” But how many of us do it? And more importantly, how many of us do it consistently?


Carey and her team of therapists at Well Into Life understand that none of us gets it right 100% of the time. However, they are optimistic about playing an integral part on the journey it takes to help clients grow into the type of people who seek to maintain it most of the time.


If vision indeed is the act of power or imagination, then Carey and her family of therapists are manifesting it—one healing body, one healing soul at a time.