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Jump Start Your Life in our Luxury Retreat in Tuscany!

Villa
Meditation, Ki-Hara, Detoxifying Diet, Culture, Adventure, ITALY! Click here to join me March 22-29,2014 on our next Stretch Chi Adventure to Tuscany!

The Mindful Way to Combat the Flu

The Mindful Way to Combat the Flu

"In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins." - Ulysses S. Grant

Ready to Rebuild your Life?

Do you feel like your life becomes less fulfilling as you get older? Are gyms, diets and meditation boring, painful and meaningless for you? Do you feel like your body has a mind of its own? 

View This Blog & News Article about Ready to Rebuild your Life?

Ki-Hara is maximally effective with minimum effort! My favorite type of workout!

I have always struggled to workout. I was born pre-mature with low lung capacity and have always felt winded and burning in my lungs before my muscles tire out. Because of this, any sort of workout routine feels I put in so much effort and don't get the results that I want. When I started doing Ki-Hara, I found that I was able to get massive results with minimal effort and it felt so good. Suddenly I had muscle tone and the body I'd always wanted and I didn't even break a sweat. Why is this?

Set Goals instead of Resolutions

New Years Snow
Every year on New Year's Day, I take a considerable amount of time to reflect on the past year and restructure my goals for the next year. In today's blog post, I'm going to take a second to explain the difference between resolutions and goals, how to set goals for 2014 and how to get started on them.

Stretch Chi-ing in Asheville

I just had the most amazing trip to Asheville, North Carolina taking time to spread awareness about the Ki-Hara Method.  If you've never been to Asheville, I highly recommend taking a trip out.  Between meeting amazing people, having some fantastic results with clients and eating farm to table food, I've got a new love for Asheville. View This Blog & News Article about Stretch Chi-ing in Asheville

Beginning Meditation Step 1

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Meditation
Most people think meditation is for monks in Tibet, not for everyday people, and I’m going to have to agree with them. Meditating for hours trying to empty your mind and become enlightened is most likely not going to serve you in your everyday life. I know every time I’ve tried it, I find myself wondering the whole time if I’m doing it right. On the other hand, taking 15-30 minutes a day to listen to or help guide your thoughts is an incredibly valuable experience. I spend as much time as possible with my thoughts because that’s when I learn the most about myself, reflect on my feelings and dream about the future. It’s quite possibly the only time I really get to just hang out with myself - and I'm awesome and so are you - so it’s time to give yourself a little bit of time with your mind.

Stop Blaming the Sprout!!! Estelle's guide to perfect Brussel Sprouts

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Estelle Harford
Stop Blaming the Sprout!
It is once again the holidays, I think this was the fastest year of my entire life. For me, this time of year is filled with cooking a lot of Brussels Sprouts. When I mention this, more often than not people tend to roll their eyes and lament about how much they despise the poor sprout. I am here to tell you to stop blaming the poor sprout! I’m willing to bet that 90% of the people that claim they hate the sprout…have never eaten one that had been prepared properly….and truly it isn’t all that difficult.

Five Senses Walking Challenge

Walking in the snow
The challenge we all face in November and December comes from being so extroverted in the summer then quickly falling into hibernation. We blame the extra weight gain and sluggishness on Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner and Holiday sweets, but seem to avoid the fact that we've all just become giant couch potatoes. I have a challenge for you that will save you the January guilt of sedentary life, a five senses walking meditation.

What's so great about Quinoa?

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Estelle Harford
I'm so pleased to announce a new addition to the Stretch Chi blog - tips and tools for wellness.  In my experience, once I started doing Ki-Hara, I felt an intense need for more than just muscle cleansing.  I wanted to be more conscious of what kind of fuel I put in my body - growing up in Ohio - this meant switching from various forms of potatoes and pasta to "better" carbohydrates.

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Testimonials

Helping a client with Multiple Sclerosis... Estelle Harford
I am fortunate to have received Ki-Hara from Kristin.... Robin Kidd, LMT
Who can turn down a session of Ki-Hara by Kristin who not only works on your body with much skill and knowledge, but cheers when your muscles are reactivated, balanced regained, and confidence boosted.... YC