Friday, October 13, 2017

5 Ways that Giving to Others Helps Make You More Successful

Greetings from Anastasia of Healing Hands!

I recently finished reading the short but powerful book “The Go-Giver: A Little Story About A Powerful Business Idea” by Bob Burg and John David Mann. 

Have you heard of it and/or read it?  It’s a quick read but what a GREAT book.  

I was thinking of the principles the book teaches and how they apply to my business. 


  • THE LAW OF VALUE: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.

  • THE LAW OF COMPENSATION: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.

  • THE LAW OF INFLUENCE: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.

  • THE LAW OF AUTHENTICITY: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.

  • THE LAW OF RECEPTIVITY: The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.

I certainly have taken the lessons to heart and have found that I already have been incorporating them into how I run my business.

And how about you? Have you read anything especially inspiring lately?

If so, please share your recommendations in the comments below.

Best wishes,

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Huge Thanks to All of Miami's First Responders

Leo C. works for FPL (Florida Power & Light) and has been a regular client of Healing Hands for about a year and a half.

He came in for our First Responders Special. (*20 minutes of massage FREE with the purchase of a one hour massage for all First Responders that helped during the storm, through September 30th, 2017.)

During the Hurricane Irma relief efforts he worked 16 STRAIGHT DAYS (while he was working 16 HOUR DAYS).  Yesterday was his first day off since September 10th.

Leo with Healing Hands Founder, Anastasia Yecke

We're so glad he got a chance to finally unwind and relax and that we could be a part of his well-earned day off.

Our special promotion is ending soon, but if you are a First Responder, give us a call and book your massage or order a gift certificate by the end of September 30. (*And if you are reading this too late, call us anyway!)

Thanks to Leo C. and everyone who is helping to get Miami back on track after our windy ordeal!

 Watch our First Responders Healing Hands Thank You video on our Facebook Page


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Healing Hands Spotlight: Meet Nipa Doshi


Nipa Doshi was born and raised in Mumbai, India.  Although she possesses both a degree in Commerce and Law, she was always very interested in learning about the healing modalities and attended yoga and meditation classes for many years at the Santa Cruz Yoga Institute of Mumbai.  

She began studying Reiki in 1995 and received her Master’s in 1996.  In 2000, she moved to the USA with her husband and became the mother of twin boys.  In 2009, she completed 200 hours of training in Hatha Yoga and in 2011, she finished an additional 200 hours of training to become a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher.  Kundalini Yoga incorporates elements of meditation, breath work, mantras, and mudras (hand gestures).  

She is very passionate about teaching meditation and yoga, and believes it is the best way to achieve greater awareness and peacefulness within.

What is your role at Healing Hands?

My role is to teach meditation and yoga to Healing Hands’ corporate clients.  The practice of meditation, particularly at work, helps to calm people and bring their focus within.  The session results in improved concentration and better relationships with their coworkers.  Meditation really helps participants bring out the best in themselves and their work. 

What is meditation?

In meditation, you lock your optic nerve by looking either at the tip of your nose, down towards the chin, or up to the third eye which is located between the eyebrows.  When this happens, your mind/body/soul are aligned, and your subconscious begins releasing thoughts. 

These thoughts are usually negative so to get rid of them, we chant mantras (short, repeated phrases) which create positive vibrations and help cut the self-defeating thoughts. 

As our subconscious is cleared, we connect to the soul.  When that connection is established, we clear our minds and get in tune with our intuition.  Once your intuition becomes strong, you tend to receive all your answers spontaneously. 

Meditation helps you get “out of your head” and is great for people who tend to over-analyze everything.  That can result in you feeling “stuck”.  Meditation is very freeing; your intuition is a very powerful thing and can help you a lot in life and in business.

How did you get into meditation?

I have been a yoga teacher since 2010.  In 2012 I was trained in kundalini yoga.  In this practice we do a lot of different types of meditation, which use a lot of breath work.  

The breath work is what helps us calm down and center ourselves.  As my practice deepened, I felt a lot of positive changes taking place within me which I wanted to share with others.  

I felt less distracted, I found myself becoming more calm, my focus and concentration increased, and this made me more confident in myself and helped me speak my truth without fear of being judged.

Tell us a bit about the two months you spent in your home country of India this past summer.

Going back to India was the most meditative and healing journey I have received.  Being home in your roots always brings so much joy and peace. 

Meeting family and being with my parents was amazing. And of course I had missed the food!  And the lifestyle.  We also traveled a lot by car through northern India, and being in nature was amazing. 

Two of the most incredible places we visited were Kumbhalgarh – it’s the fort where the great king Maharana Pratap was born, and has the second-largest wall in the world (after the Great Wall of China) – and of course Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located.

What is your favorite part about your job?

When I see students smile after class and say, “This process did make a change in me!  I feel renewed and relaxed.  That was exactly what I needed for today.”  Or sometimes they just give me hugs, that means everything to me.  They don’t have to say a word.

How do you see your role evolving in the future?

I envision the corporate classes growing with the blessings of my gurus and teachers.  I visualize all of the coworkers becoming one in the practice of meditation.

To come meet Nipa in person or to book a class, contact us at Healing Hands.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Did You Escape Irma's Destruction? Our Hurricane Diary

Hi there.

If you are in Miami or anywhere else in Florida for that matter, chances are you are still digging out after Hurricane Irma unleashed her fury this past week.

It's been a September like no other, though thankfully we were spared the worst of what the storm had to offer. Our hearts go out to everyone in the American Southeast and in the Caribbean who were not so lucky!

Here's a recap of what Anastasia Yecke (Founder of Healing Hands) went through recently:

September 5, 2017:

Take this, Irma!

September 6, 2017:

We went back to Lowe's today and it was not such a tranquil place. Here is the line for plywood…

September 7, 2017:

A little gallows humor, considering Miami is currently in the projected eye of the storm...

September 8, 2017:

So we are pretty stocked up on supplies and water and are almost finished boarding up the house. 

September 9, 2017:


September 10, 2017:

We REALLY roughed it last night. I mean, we barely managed to choke down a beverage that was 14 years old...!


September 10, 2017. 9:29 AM:

Well guys, it looks like our power just went OUT-out now (it had been flickering off and on for the last several hours) so I think this will be my last post for a little while so I can conserve my phone battery. Luckily it is at 97% right now, and Erik charged some alternate batteries yesterday that we can use later on to charge them back up. So I will post again around 12:30 to let you guys know what's going on. We have the hurricane shutters up and have stockpiled plenty of food and water so we're safe - don't worry too much about us!

View from our front yard

September 11, 2017. 9:29 AM:

Some photos of the damage. While there are a LOT of branches down, there are also a few very large trees that didn't make it. Overall we were lucky and suffered only minor damage to our home.

I made a homemade guacamole and Erik's aunt made some beans and rice. We enjoyed a simple yet yummy dinner.


The front of our house this morning (it's the one on the left). I think the tree that fell is on our property, but it fell in the neighbor's yard. Luckily it did not hit any of their cars!

Overall, feeling relieved....

September 13, 2017:

Two years ago, Erik and I were on one of our many weekend trips to the beautiful Florida Keys. We love the Keys so much, we even had our wedding at a private estate on Key Largo.
My heart is hurting now to think about all the damage and massive cleanup from Irma - not just in the Keys but also in other parts of the Caribbean. Not to mention in Texas after Harvey.

I encourage each of you to please make a donation in the coming days to the charity of your choice, one you feel will best help alleviate the suffering and destruction that has taken place in the last weeks. 

The one I have listed, Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys is one I have volunteered with in the past (here in Miami, not in the Keys) and I know them to be good stewards of funds received. But it is just a starting point for you to do your own research.
Thank you.

Well, that's where we are at now. How did you fare during the storm? 

Do you have a particular aid organization you are donating to that you'd like to recommend? 

What else can people not directly affected by the storm do to help in Irma's aftermath?

Please let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Best wishes and here's one final thought for the days, weeks, and months to come.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

That Crazy Kind Lady -Behind the Scenes at Healing Hands

Who is this crazy lady donating to my worthy cause and taking me out to a Broadway show?

It turns out she was and is one of the kindest, most generous human beings on the planet. She also happens to be the founder and owner of Healing Hands.

Hi there.

Kristen (left) and Anastasia (right) with Aura (center)
in Guatemala with her new house. 2006.
My name is Kristen Palana. I'm a long-time, albeit long-distance friend of Anastasia Yecke, the founder of Healing Hands.

I'm an Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar. Yes, I live and work in Southeast Asia, far away from the sunny shores of Miami, FL.

Technically Anastasia and I should not even know each other.

But once upon a time back in 2004 I got the crazy idea in my head to create a website to see if I could raise $4,500 to build a brick home for my Children International sponsored child Aura Yesenia in Guatemala.

So I set up and started pestering family, friends, and acquaintances to contribute to my project.

This was back before Kickstarter, Gofundme, and Indiegogo all existed. It was actually quite difficult to raise the first $100, let alone the first $1,000!

So imagine my surprise about three months in when I received the very first donation from someone I had never met before! I somehow had raised $1,000 but was still over 75% shy of my goal.

And now here was a new $10 donation and also some badly-needed encouragement!

The donation also came with a follow-up email.

Hi. I also sponsor several children through Children International. I came across your site on Craig's List and wanted to help. I just love what you are doing! Keep up the great work! -Anastasia Yecke

It was the start of a miracle (and later a friendship). After Anastasia donated, soon other people I had never met before began making contributions.

Her message and act of support changed the tide and just two months later, not only did I have enough to build Aura and her family a new house, there was extra money to furnish it and buy a new stove! I even raised an extra $700 to equip her village school with new desks!

At one point after Anastasia's initial donation and email, she sent me another message.

Hey. I know this probably sounds weird, but I am coming to New York City on business in a few days. I just loved your project and wondered if I could take you to see Hairspray on Broadway as a way of saying thanks. My company gave me free tickets.

Seriously?  Had I actually met someone this randomly and shockingly kind? In fact, I had!

So we met up in person and had a great time.

Like myself at the time, she was in her twenties and had a thing for helping out children in developing countries. She also made multiple volunteer trips throughout Central America and spoke fluent Spanish.

I did wonder why someone with such an obvious talent for service and making others feel good worked in advertising of all places! Later, apparently so did she.

When Anastasia's company laid people off a few years later she began the process of opening up her own massage business instead of jumping back into the advertising fray. Read more of her story.

Not long after Aura's project ended and I was about to retire the website, Anastasia asked if I would consider keeping it open and teaming up to raise funds for other small projects.

So before we knew it, we had raised funds for another poor family, this time in Honduras to get a new home. And then we funded a water well in India. And so began 12 years raising funds for 92 successful small-scale housing, health, income-generation and education projects.

All because of Anastasia's kindness.

The Rojas Family of Honduras the moment they learned they
would soon have a new brick home.
So in recent years, we begrudgingly archived and retired the site. With so many crowdfunding tools and apps available, our website wasn't really necessary anymore. I did create an online course and book to help other ordinary people raise thousands for good causes though.

But life had gotten in the way and other projects were competing for our attention.

So now I sit in my office in Yangon, Myanmar. Thanks to the invention of social media, Anastasia and I are in much more frequent contact. And because social media is one of the things I am paid to know about, she asked if I might help her make some social media posts on behalf of Healing Hands.

So that's what I'm up to today. I also told Anastasia I'd make a blog post. I'm not sure she is expecting such a gushing testament to her own good character, but here it is.

If she tries to delete this, I'll just change her password on her. ;-)

Her clients need to know they have met a truly extraordinary human being and that her attention to detail and commitment to service and healing underscores everything she does.

What I'm saying is, you are in good hands.



A little piece of Internet history... :-)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

How to Make the Benefits of Your Massage Last All Day

The only thing better than being in the middle of a massage is the sense of bliss afterwards.   

To keep the afterglow going as long as possible, it is recommended to take it easy in the next several hours following your session, as well as to drink plenty of water.

drink water

Our bodies are 60% water, and although we are lying down during the massage, our muscles are being manipulated to the point where a massage can be interpreted by the body as passive exercise, particularly in a deep tissue session. 

Water helps flush out the toxins freed from our lymphatic systems and increase blood flow.  Blood requires proper hydration to flow freely.

Besides drinking water, your body will appreciate it if you eat something healthy afterwards.  
A heavy meal might be tempting, but the body is still in recovery mode so it is best to skip a large dinner in favor of a light, nutritious snack.
The sleepy feeling, which sometimes accompanies the end of the massage, may result in you wanting to take a nap.  If your schedule permits, by all means do so!  Your body is in “rest and recovery” mode and sleep is a welcome addition to this healing process.

take a nap

Conversely, it might be best to avoid starting an exercise regime in the hours following your session

Muscles are lengthened and worked during a massage; any overly strenuous activity might result in injury. Nevertheless, a short walk with the dog might help to awaken you, but anything more is not recommended. 

The most ideal situation would be to have a warm – not hot – bath afterwards.  It will aid in muscle recovery, especially if Epsom salts are added as they increase circulation.

Enjoy the benefits of having a massage and do not forget to book your next appointment.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Customize Your Massage

Sometimes in an attempt to step away from the chatter of the world, we wind up finding more inside a small room. At Healing Hands, we believe that the client sets the tone for the session. A few questions will be asked in the beginning to gauge any pain or see how challenging areas should be addressed, after that it is up to you. We believe that the best service is to customize the massage to your needs. Choose from our various offerings that include:

Swedish massage
The most popular form of massage in the West is this general massage focusing on overall well-being.
     Chair massage
A great way to receive a massage in less than twenty minutes, which focuses on the neck, shoulders, and back.
Cranial Release Technique (CRT)
Did you know the bones in your head can move? This technique realigns the bones to release the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
Deep tissue massage
This massage focuses upon the layers of connective tissue and muscles using deeper pressure.
Hot stone massage
Melt away stress and tension with this ancient healing modality. Hot stones are moved around key points throughout the body for ultimate relaxation.
Geriatric massage
For older clients, this service offers a lighter touch, which can calm arthritic flare-ups and contribute to a sense of well-being.
Sports massage
Athletes or weekend warriors will appreciate the attention to sore muscles and chronic pains.
Side-lying massage
An alternate positioning to alleviate pressure on the joints and muscles that is ideal for women who are expecting.

Your therapist will check in with you throughout the session regarding the amount of pressure you prefer during your massage.  However, it is very important for you to let your therapist know at any time whether you would like any modifications to your session.  It is always surprising to me how many people are afraid to speak up and make the therapist aware of changes they would like.  This is YOUR massage and we want to give you the very best.  Communication is a two-way street, so please let us know!  :-)