December greetings to my wonderful friends of the Featherstones Comfort Pad!
Here we are entering our last week of fall 2021 – already! Remember when we said we were going to stretch summer out nice and long this year? (Just as we do every year!) Nevertheless, the clock ticks onward.
A couple of quick fun notes! The Comfort Pad is featured at the Spa Industry Association’s website: Featherstones Comfort Pad for tender breasts – and so much more – Spa Industry Association (dayspaassociation.com) and we will also be featured in the January issue of Massage Magazine! I’ll send you a link to that next month.
So grateful to you!
Looking back over 2021 I realize I have so very much to be grateful for. Yes, even as this horrible pandemic concludes a second year of sadness and extreme adaptation. To those who suffered illness and loss, my heart aches for you and your loved ones. It struck close to home this fall, but my husband, Scott, and I remain untouched and healthy.
So many uses
As I do look back over the year, I feel especially grateful to all my Featherstones friends, new and old, who have been so supportive of my endeavor to bring comfort to your lives. As a longtime massage therapist focusing on women’s health and wellness, I came to realize that several clients were uncomfortable lying face down on my table. Very simply, it was painful for their breasts. I decided to do something about that and created the luxurious Featherstones Comfort Pad. And it worked!
Client after client told me how comfortable she was – like floating on a cloud! And then I realized that, yes, the Comfort Pad relieved discomfort of painful breasts – and also so much more!
For example, the mother of a teenage son who had spine surgery put a Comfort Pad behind him when he sat on the couch. He said it was the first time he could sit comfortably! This is him in the photo.
Parker sits comfortably with his Comfort Pad.
An 89-year-old client uses the Comfort Pad under and behind her to sit comfortably for extended periods.
A young mom reported using the Comfort Pad behind her lumbar on a long plane flight and was comfortable for the whole trip.
The list of uses keeps growing. Lying on the chiropractic table. Use with many yoga poses. Long car rides. A comfy evening on the couch. Lying on a chaise. Stomach sleeping. Relieving pressure points.
Also, the Comfort Pad has been tested in multiple medical situations by hospitals and other institutions to great response. I’m having Comfort Pads specially made for specific medical applications, and that should open the door to professional markets. That is hugely exciting!
A couple of quick notes
Amid our flurry of activity, I’m asking for a gift from you this holiday season. And that is, if you like your Comfort Pad, please go to that pad’s page on my website and leave a rating and review. I’m working hard to grow this online business, and it’s tough launching a brand-new product to the world. Ratings and reviews play a huge role in marketing the Comfort Pad. It only takes a minute, and I will be very grateful if you would please do that for me. Thank you!
And speaking of gifts, please think about those family members and friends to whom you give gifts, and consider who might like to receive a Featherstones Comfort Pad this holiday season. They are in stock and ready to ship at our distribution center in Massachusetts. My patented Comfort Pad is not only made in the USA, it ships for free to anywhere in the USA. Just go to our website https://featherstonesinc.com/comfort-pad and select a pad in the cover and color you like, and when you check out you’ll find a discount code for 20% off your entire order. That includes our convenient Carry Bag, too.
Thank you, sincerely, for your business! It truly means the world to me!
Well, ‘tis the season to be jolly, eh? Last month’s recipe spurred some great comments, so here’s another fun one for you to try.
This month I’m sharing one of my very favorite soups – warm and hearty and delicious as we transition from fall to winter. In fact, I just made a batch last night, and we’re going to enjoy it tonight. I think that as good as it is when freshly made, it’s even better after all these gorgeous flavors meld overnight. Either way, you have a hit on your hands!
Mushroom Barley Soup – just saying it warms my insides! There’s much literature out there on the benefit of exotic mushrooms. I like to use shitake mushrooms, which are said to help fight cancer, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure, among other benefits. Here’s how I make it.
Mushroom Barley Soup – serves 6
½ cup barley
4 tablespoons tamari
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
3 medium garlic cloves, minced
6 cups sliced exotic mushrooms
½ teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper
Place barley and 2 cups water in medium pot. Bring to boil and simmer until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Add 5 cups water and tamari, set aside.
Heat oi in large skillet. Add onions and garlic and sauté over medium heat until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and salt and cook, stirring often, until mushrooms are tender, about 5 more minutes.
Add mixture to pot with barley. Add pepper to taste and simmer 20 minutes. Serve away!
And save some to try again the next night, and see how you like the difference.
Exercise, so key to me
I also heard from some on this email who shared their thoughts about yoga as a great form of both spiritual and physical exercise. This month I’m going to touch on another favorite exercise – walking! But not just any walking. Walking with my grand-dog, Grady.
They say there’s nothing quite like walking for overall fitness. My favorite brisk walk is the 45-minute loop around a beautiful cranberry bog in town. It’s in the middle of nature – so quiet, no traffic sounds, just the tweets of birds and the hellos of fellow walkers. And sometimes turtle crossings as the little goobers move from one reservoir to another. They are so cute! As many of you know, turtles are my favorite! Turtles symbolize longevity and perseverance.
And yes, my favorite walking companion is my grand-dog, Grady. Grady is my son and daughter-in-law’s 11-year-old yellow Lab who still prances like a puppy. He’s so sweet and excitable! He actually bounces when he sees me – you’d never know he was 11. Grady brings so much joy to everyone!
Just as I do, Grady needs to stay active, too. He loves the bog walk. Okay, sure, he may stop every five feet for stretches – after all, all those smells to check out! All those markings to leave! LOL, he is the funniest thing! After a few good sniffs and a couple of markings, he starts grinning like a goof and prances onward – come on grandma! I find myself smiling just like him as we race along. Well, he prances and I race to keep up. Our walks are joyful as well as great exercise, clearly for both of us. I am so blessed to have this beautiful grand-dog to spoil!
Insert photo of Grady……..]
Well, friends, that’s it for this month. And for this year!
I sincerely thank you for your business, for your support, and for your referrals. 2022 looks like it’s going to be a great year – with the pandemic finally winding down and our lives finally ramping back up, let’s be mindful of our good fortune and chances to make great life decisions and choices.
2022 is a #6 year (add the integers). A #6 year is a time to reinvest yourself – a journey of responsibility, relationships, balance, love, harmony, and healing.
To your good comfort!
With love, Leigh
PS. Our social media sites are growing! Please feel free to check them out and follow what you enjoy. We don’t badger, but we do post some good content and like to follow interesting people to interact with. We have fun plans for social coming up in the new year. Stay tuned! And please feel free to send us your social media sites, glad to follow! See you there!
#FeatherstonesComfortPad on Facebook and #Featherstones.Comfort.Pad on Instagram