How communism benefits your looks:)

Whenever I go to Poland I  try to find an interesting course to take there. Big chunk of my face massage training comes from Poland and Polish teachers. I was just chatting with someone about this explaining that Eastern Europe has a lot to offer in the area of face massage techniques. This is the case when something great comes out of something challenging. Since Eastern Europe was at one point very behind in matters of technology  (the consequence of communism) people developed amazing skills with their hands:) 


Massage was always part of healthcare. And I remember that most common health clinics had a massage therapist on staff and doctors would prescribe massage to their patients regularly. A long standing tradition of manual therapies is definitely still very alive in my homeland.

I want to tell you about  the course which I have taken during my last visit.

After all this talk about Eastern European training lol, this one actually originated in Denmark and was created by a wonderful lady, Lone Sorensen. Her organization is very strong in Warsaw and she has two excellent and very devoted teachers offering training in Poland. 

Lone has put together facial reflexology protocols which address both health and beauty. It is a technique based on the neuro-bio-chemical action resulting from the stimulation of an area or point on the face which has a general or partial effect on various areas of the entire body. Facial Reflex therapy is based on seven steps that involve the observation and stimulation of various facial areas.

Lone and practitioners trained with her method do some amazing work around the world. This technique proves very effective in treating all sorts of neurological problems, developmental problems in children, autism, after stroke complications, anxiety, depression, hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, vision problems…. the list goes on. All of this happens through work with your face. It’s pretty amazing! 

What Lone Sorensen observed over the years was that as she worked with the face to improve people’s health the ‘side effect’ of improved skin tone, diminishing of wrinkles and general lifting of the face eventually took place. 

She then developed a protocol for beauty purposes, which also harmonizes body systems. The treatment is complex because all body functions are stimulated and also regulated while facial skin, tissue and muscle are treated. It normalizes the body dysfunctions, which may be the cause of wrinkles, sagging skin, loss of muscle tone, etc.

This is the protocol which I have learned. I believe at this time I am the only one in Ottawa certified in this particular technique. 

I will be continuing the training with Lone Sorensen systems because I trust it offers another dimension to my facial treatments and will ultimately bring more benefit to you, both health and beauty wise:)

Next time you visit, you may notice some new moves in your face massage:) If you are interested to explore this technique with me I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

I am on a continuous search for beauty through improved health of both body and mind. Will keep on learning...  Thank you for reading!

Love, Magdalena


Sometimes, organic is not enough.



When you look at the date of completion of my very first nutrition course, you would think that I have all the food and nutrition rules mastered and applied to perfection. But the truth is that like most people I have my struggles. And I am well aware that possessing knowledge is one thing, embodying it is another.

I have been living what you may call a mostly healthy dietary life. You will never see me eating junk food, I don't even know what most pop drinks taste like, I am vegetarian and I prepare my meals fresh almost every day. My grocery cart would look very impressive to most people as I shop organic and use local food markets and health food stores as my main sources of nourishing foods. So the quality and food choices are not an issue. What I find challenging is compulsion which comes after experiencing sweet taste. I don't have white sugar in the house and I haven't for years but honey, maple syrup... will put me into compulsive eating behaviour the moment it hits my tongue! I become like an alcoholic or a drug addict craving and looking for the next fix. I have been through the cycle of removing all sweet (except fruit) from my diet and slipping back into it a few times around. It is disappointing when I slip back and my body feels it within a very short time. I retain fluids like crazy and get heavier by the speed of light, my mind gets foggy and I generally feel dull. Not a good place to be, no matter how you look at it.

As some of you know, I have been studying Ayurveda for the last few months. During our study process we are advised and are guided to heal our own health both mind and body and to apply Ayurvedic wisdom in our daily life. So when we complete our studies and the time comes to support and advise our clients we will be able to do it from a place of our own experience and integrity. As one of my teachers says, you have no business telling others what to do if you are not doing it yourself. I like that:)

So in the last few months I have made many changes to the way I go about life and I have made the decision to stay away from sweets (no matter how healthy) except for fruit (which I eat plenty of). Of course, I feel so much better! I am well aware that this is a work in progress. For now as long as I don't reach for the cookies I will be ok. But in the long run, one’s tendency for compulsion needs more than avoidance to be healed.

Through my Ayurveda studies and various amazing enlightened people I have met as a result of my studies, I have learned daily practices which help me live with more awareness and mindfulness. I’m still far from mastering it but I definitely feel that I am moving in the right direction.

I hope that this process of learning and my own healing experience will help me be a better support and a more insightful and compassionate guide to you and your skin healing journey. At the end we are all in it together:)

Love, Magdalena    

Wrinkles on my face.

I am personally very intrigued by the psychology of wrinkles. From the physiological perspective there are numerous causes of facial wrinkles and there are also different types of wrinkles that you will find on your face. Some are very superficial some deep, some are very deep. It is the deep and very deep ones that I take special interest in.


As my own body and face are experiencing changes which come with living long enough to notice physical disintegration, crystallization and fixed patterns of tension, I am even more interested simply because I want to understand myself and life expressing through the body I occupy:)

Deep wrinkles are formed deep in the tissues. You see them on the surface and you may think it’s your skin but actually your skin is just expressing the state of tension present in the connective tissue and your muscles. You can apply all the creams in the world and you will not see a difference with this type of wrinkle (unless the cream contains peptides which have a similar effect on the muscle as botox does). 

We know it is tension in deeper layers of facial tissues and we could approach it from the physical perspective. Right away face massage comes to mind as a great remedy.  But the question to ask is why did the tension build up in these tissues in the first place? The answer will come from beyond the physical. It will also reveal why you may dislike what you see in the mirror. It really is not the wrinkle itself that you don’t like, it’s what it represents, it’s what message it holds within its tight fold that you’d rather not see, that you’d rather be not reminded of.

As mind and body are forever working together and what you feel on the emotional level always finds expression in your physical being. Furrowed brows, raised foreheads, tight lips with lines all around are actually thought patterns which have been playing in your mind over and over again. They represent sadness, frustration, anger, dissatisfaction….

If you are a happy joyful being, you may have ‘happy wrinkles’ around your eyes, the laugh lines may have formed… I bet if that’s you, you are not bothered by your lines at all. 

So what to do when you are not happy with what you see?  Recognizing the connection between thought, emotion and their expression in the physical body is essential. This way you acknowledge that you are actually the creator and not the victim. Spend time daily, touching your face lovingly and kindly and know that it maybe be holding a lot of your pains and worries. Messages it holds are here to help you, not to bring you down. Take moments to breath as you gently rest the palm of your hands on your face.

This will be a wonderful beginning to a fresh relationship with your face and yourself. If you feel inspired to explore more contact me.

Many blessings, Magdalena

My thoughts on Beauty Industry, ingredient sourcing and transparency.

I’m part of a professional group and there was an interesting discussion about transparency and ingredient sourcing in a skin care product formulating.  I would like to share some thoughts with you on this subject because I believe it is an important one.


In general there are very few companies in the skin care industry that are truly honest about their ingredients. Period! First it was (and still is) game playing with the word ‘organic’. Many used one organic ingredient in their formula but made it sound as if their whole formula was such… Some did not use any organic ingredients and still managed to sneak the word ‘organic’ into their packaging and advertising.  Now I can smell the same thing happening in regards to ingredient sourcing…. So watch out! The industry is going to entertain you with words like ‘transparency’, ‘sourcing’ and such for the next little while.

To tell the truth, I don’t spend much time any more on trying to figure out who speaks the truth and who does not. I don’t even consider myself part of the industry to be honest. I do my small thing in my small way and I am content with it. My products are truly a micro-batch creation and when I call it ‘artisan’ and ‘handcrafted’ it is because these are proper and honest words to describe what I do. Tim Hortons has an ‘artisan’ sandwich and a ‘handcrafted’ latte on their menu now. You could think we work in similar ways lol. 

I feel like I am part of something much more beautiful than the INDUSTRY can ever be or offer. I am part of a still small, but very potent movement which is built around TRUST and RELATIONSHIPS and HONESTY and COMMUNITY and a simple belief in surrounding yourself with decent, solid human beings whose intentions and integrity you don’t have to question. 

I thought about my sourcing practices and I must say they are not very complicated at all. I happen to know the people who grow herbs for my product. One of them is a dear friend, the other came to me as a client a long time before I bought any herbs from her. We know and understand each other’s values and beliefs. That’s what keeps us together:)  They have my full confidence. I know how much love and care goes into their growing practices and I’d like to think that they trust I will put their hard work of growing herbs to good use. When I purchase other ingredients which come from far away places (which I had no chance to visit personally yet) I do so through people who have developed relationships with small producers around the world, similar to the one I have with the herb growers. TRUST is a common theme.

I understand, that the bigger the company the more tricky it gets to have this kind of connection. The beautiful values of HONESTY, TRUST, RELATIONSHIPS, COMMUNITY, which I cherish are lost and abandoned in mass-produced product and profit driven industry. Isn’t it ironic that we call it BEAUTY INDUSTRY. Where did the BEAUTY go?

Magdalena xo

Water. How much should you drink?

Ok, I wanted to show off my new copper water vessel:) It is really beautiful and handcrafted from pure untreated copper. According to Ayurveda the best way to store your drinking water is in a copper container.


Since WATER is on my mind I wanted to share a few thoughts on the subject.

I think it's really sad that most of us no longer have an inner knowing in regards to how much water our individual body needs on a given day.

Most feel that everyone needs to be drinking so many glasses of water per day. Some even say that you need a specific amount of water per each pound of body weight. This makes as much sense to me as the idea that your ideal weight should be determined according to your height.

Yes, water is essential to us and to our health but we are all different. Drinking water ought to be a need fulfilled on an individual basis. Please, start paying attention to your body's needs. Observe! If you become mindful you will know exactly when your body needs water replenishment. Don't rely on others to measure your thirst. The knowing is within. Please listen! It's your body!

Your body needs clean water. Don't drink straight from the tap. Water is sacred, it holds memory and remembers everything it touches. Violently pumped through plastic pipes... It needs time to unfold itself to its natural state after rushing out of the tap.

Spend some time with your water. We have forgotten what Water is all about. 

Magdalena xo

What's the worst skin care mistake women make?


What's the worst skin care mistake women make?  We see articles with titles like this, we read and learn that too much cleansing or too much scrubbing is bad for us or that we must drink more water to have a glowing skin... At the end of the day this kind of info doesn't really change a thing or very little. And even though there are millions of articles on the subject of skin care and the never ending supply of skin care information online, a lot of the time women still don't care for their skin properly.

So I was thinking, what is really the worst skin care mistake women make? This is what I  think, We've stopped observing and listening to our skin and have replaced our internal knowing, our wisdom with suggestions from advertising, tv commercials or sales people...The truth is that no one knows your skin like you do. So please, listen to you. Spend time looking at and touching your skin. How is it when you first wake up? Look at the colour and texture. Is it cold or hot?... It will tell you what it needs. Every relationship requires care and presence... Don't just slap stuff on mindlessly... Your skin deserves better. Yes, you will need guidance from time to time but on daily basis, your skin depends on you. So to wrap this up, I believe that the worst skin care mistake women can make is to leave it completely to others and to never develop confidence in their own relationship with their skin and their body.


Are you happy in your skin?


In my life, I have met gorgeous women who wholeheartedly believed to be ugly. I also met many who by societal standards were 'unattractive' yet were confident and totally comfortable in their own skin, which made them 100% attractive and beautiful. Moral of the story: 'perfect' features don't necessarily guarantee happiness and feeling of satisfaction with oneself. Seeing oneself as BEAUTIFUL is a FEELING and INNER KNOWING. Examine, observe and let go of all that self-destructive non-sense that you believe which continuously brings you down... You are magic! 



We can say that Spring is finally here. Yayyy!!! I am loving longer days, warmer temperatures and no more snow…Personally, it was a strange winter so I am very happy it’s gone.

I thought it would be a great time to share a few tips for your body and skin care as we welcome Spring because every season is unique and we ought to approach it as such.  

If you are already paying attention, you can surely recognize the distinguished feelings both in body and mind that come with Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

It actually is very important to pay close attention to the relationship between our body and the environment we live in. 

When we do, we quickly notice that even if we love all seasons there is always that one that brings our physical and emotional challenges to the surface.

For example, if you are by nature prone to overheat and your skin has a tendency for redness, you may not feel your greatest on a very hot Summer day. If you are always cold and your skin is dry you will probably not love very cold winter months. 

This of course is very simplified but the gist of it is that ‘like increases like and opposite heals’. 

If nature presents you at a given time with qualities that are already very high in your physical and emotional makeup you will want to work to bring balance through diet and daily practices which pacify these qualities. 

We are part of the environment and nature’s rhythms bring us along if we are ready or not. The moral of the story is be ready! From now on, let’s look to transitional time between the seasons as time for personal renewal. 

As seasons change we need to let go of what’s not needed and make space for the new. Breathe in fresh air and breath out the old. Clear our house and closets … you probably already know this and already do this:) 

But there is more and going along with nature’s rhythms rather than against them will bring greater ease to adapt to our environment and will also bring greater health, the skin included:)

When Spring arrives, snow melts, earth thaws and becomes saturated with water (I should know, I just got water in my basement… bummer:( ) and plant life awakens beneath the ground. 

This is a beautiful process of life awakening (except for the water in my basement) but the strong presence of this quality in the environment makes it challenging for some of us.

If you are of a constitution that is prone to stagnation, water retention and heaviness you may want to be particularly ready for Spring. Time to cleanse is here for everyone but if you have many of the earthy and watery qualities in your body and mind, you will need some extra self-loving and discipline to go through it smoothly.

This is what you maybe experiencing as Spring arrives:

Feeling blue, depressed, unmotivated, lazy                                                                                          

Your skin may look dull, congested, puffy, stagnant, lack of luster                                                      

Your body may feel heavy, puffy, more cellulite shows up, water retention, extra weight, general lymphatic congestion.

If you are experiencing a few of the above (not a great feeling) there is lots you can do to get over the hump. 

The suggestions bellow are great for any constitution to follow this time of the year but the earthy type must apply itself very well.

There are few very important things to know before you begin.

Movement is of the essence! You will want to make a conscious commitment to move your body, especially if movement does not come easy to you. Not negotiable!

This is also the best time of the year to cleanse. It does not need to be complicated. 

Here are suggestions related to food: 

Remove dairy, flour products, sugar and all heavy meats and go easy on salt. 

If you normally include a lot of nuts in your diet, go easy on nuts at this time of the year. 

Coffee… let go if you can:)

Add plenty of bitter, astringent and pungent foods… greens and sprouts, dandelion greens, radicchio, arugula, endive… broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, garlic, onion.

Berries, blueberry, strawberry, apples and pears as well as dried fruit will be good choices now.

Barley, buckwheat, rye and millet are good grain choices for Spring.

If you are experiencing a lot of stagnation and congestion and would like to let go of some weight, sip hot water throughout the day.


Wake up by 6am:)

Good to start your day with gratitude.

Drink a glass of warm water with a squeeze of lemon.

Dry skin brushing every morning before your shower, will make you feel awake and light and will encourage healthy lymph flow. Use natural bristle brush. None of that synthetic stuff please. 


Movement: yoga, walk, dance or anything that you like and gets you moving.

Few minutes on a mini-trampoline every morning provides excellent support for the lymphatic system (especially if you are prone to water retention and lymph stagnation). You will be very pleased with the results!  You can buy an inexpensive mini trampoline at Walmart.

But this is the one I love:

There are so many practices which can enhance your health and beauty… don’t want to put you in the overwhelm lol

How you eat is as important as what you eat, so sit down and take your time. Favour foods which I have already listed.

Eat a light breakfast.

Have your hot water handy throughout the day and sip.

Lunch should be your biggest meal of the day.

Small dinner no later than 6pm.

In bed by 10pm.

Ending your day with meditation or breath awareness practice or journaling would be ideal. Actually, best to do all of them:)


If you will apply all of the above your skin should be feeling pretty good already. But we can make it feel even better!

A good facial will be of great benefit now. You know where to get one:) I do keep busy so please plan ahead.

I will include more lymph drainage, more stimulation and more detoxification in your treatments at this time of the year. We want to bring lightness, brightness and softness back to your skin after the long cold winter.

There will be more clay and Spring specific herbs to help us achieve this. Kind of like what you will be doing with your body and your diet at home.

You can add a few minutes of self-face massage to your skin care routine at home. This works wonders!

I am not much for scrubbing but a very gentle exfoliation can be beneficial now. If you live in a very sensitive skin... skip it.

You may need to adjust your skin care routine and products you are currently using.  We can chat about this if you’d like.

Good gentle clay mask 1x a week will help with detoxification and exfoliation….

To sum up, free flow, releasing excess and stagnation, movement and lightness are what we are going for. You want to make sure that all channels of elimination are working well.

If you are constipated and congested in your respiratory passages you must address the issue. No free flow can happen if you are pooping every other day and if you are full of mucus…. I can make suggestions and recommend holistic doctors to help you.

If fresh juicing is something that you want to explore I recommend Pure Kitchen. They offer organic fresh pressed juices which are delicious. I recommend green juices from their menu, preferably with a little bit of ginger to warm things up. As a boost, their Healed juice with turmeric is my favourite:)

I think this is it for now. If you apply these suggestions, you will feel an improvement in how you feel and you will experience that healthy glow. You will also prepare your body for a smooth transition into the Summer season and you will become more in sinc with nature's rhythms.  And that's always a good thing!

Have an amazing Spring and may you feel light and bright!



Woman Divine online store is live!!!

It was one of my goals for 2016 to create the online store. I barely made it:) but it’s finally here:

This is very exciting for me and I hope that it will make it easier for you to purchase Woman Divine handcrafted skin care products.

Working solo is a beautiful thing but I can appreciate that buying products from me until now might have seemed a little bit like buying illegal drugs…:) You leave your money in a special envelope, I leave your merchandise in a special place…:) Thank you for being so understanding and easy going about this! I truly appreciate it!

As you know, my company is small, very small:)  but I do want to make a difference. Making high quality organic skin care accessible to all women who want to live a healthy life with a healthy glow is my priority.

I make this happen by selling directly to you. There are no middlemen, and no need to inflate my prices. Woman Divine products are available only through my online shop and the studio.

I handcraft these organic plant based products to inspire you to take loving care of yourself and to bring more beauty and health into your life. I believe that using them should be your everyday practice, and not just a luxury.                                                                                                                  

With the new store come a few changes and I would like to tell you about them.

1) New labels, new look.                                                                                                                                 Woman Divine skin care products got a fresh, clean and modern look. I hope that you will like it. In the process some products got renamed. Here it goes:

Face Serum / restorative blend is now Face Serum rose + sandalwood

Regenerating Face Oil is now Face Oil frankincense + camellia

Rose Hydrosol changed to Rosewater Mist

2) We have a few new products:

Face Serum fennel + primrose / to keep our skin nice and tight and to give it some luster

Face Oil calendula + chamomile  / for sensitive and delicate skin / with our local organic herbs and sunflower oil as part of the blend

Body Oil jasmine + tuberose / a beautiful hydrating oil with a lovely sweet scent

Lip Balm argan + orange / my lip balms are really lovely:)

I am working on new products, which will be created, around our local organic herbs… good stuff coming in the future.                                                                               

3) Your Woman Divine products can always be purchased during your visits.

When purchasing online you have a choice to have products delivered to you or to pick them up at the studio. All the details about purchases, shipping and such can be found on the customer care page of my website:


 I would like to say thank you and acknowledge a few talented people who have helped me with this big project.

Karoly Molnar has put my website together and created the Woman Divine online store. Karoly is a very smart guy with great work ethics…. I am very lucky to have his support and I feel very grateful!

Anne-Marie Bouchard is an amazing photographer who transferred my vision into beautiful images and made my website and store oh so awesome and good looking! You can look at her work and book through her website:

Graphic designer, Sylvain Cregheur is responsible for creating our new logo, Woman Divine printed material and of course giving my products new look.  I am so happy I found Sylvain. He is very talented and wonderful to work with.  And he did an amazing job! You can find him at:

Sascha Smith created lovely cotton and gauze draw string bags to hold the Woman Divine All You Need is Balm collection. Sascha creates lovely impeccable quality designs. You can find Sascha and her business at

I highly recommend services of everyone mentioned above! If you ever need a job well done, these are your people to hire.

So, this is a new chapter for me and my business. Wish me good luck please:) I trust this is just the beginning...

 If you have any product or online store related questions or any other questions for that matter, you know where to find me:)

Thank you for being here with me,


The secret to the best facial ever!

I can not speak for other skin care professionals but in my approach glowing skin is as much of a treatment goal as it is invoking a state of deep relaxation. I actually do not see true skin healing taking place without addressing the body's need for relaxation and deep rest. 

Consequently I spend a great deal of time and energy on developing better skills to deliver both, glow and deep rest. The quality of my touch, aromatic oils, herbs and products I use and the rhythm of the massage all synergistically dictate your treatment outcome. 

But since there are two of us in a treatment room, I must tell you that you also play a big part and you too can contribute to the success of your facial treatment.  Your attitude, your focus and your mindful presence during treatment can take the whole experience from excellent to out-of-this-world amazing.

Next time you come to the studio, let me figure out what to apply, how and so on... I've got you covered:) But, how you show up during your facial is as important.

First, simple and obvious stuff.

1.Turn off your phone!!! It is disruptive, mostly to you and to tell the truth a little bit to me. An intruder of peace and flow, it constantly grabs your attention with its urgent sounds and pulls you away from yourself and into the world.... I know it is useful but not during the time you have designated for yourself.

2.Make a mental note to self that you do consciously designate this time for you and you only. Do not let your appointment be just another thing on your to do list. Leave the worries out the door and embrace peace and quiet. 

3.Best, not to receive any treatment including facials with a full stomach so do your best not to come after a big meal. 

4.Don't plan big parties or shopping or anything too engaging right after your treatment. Intentionally move slower. A few rest filled hours afterwords will add more benefit to your general wellbeing.

Clients often comment on how good they feel after the treatment. There is a lot happening with the body and mind because of the massage you received during your facial. The 'feeling good' feeling:) is much more than just a feeling. To sum it up:

-muscles and other tissues relax and are able to receive proper nourishment through increased blood supply. 

-there is an increased flow of life-giving oxygen to the tissues

-waste is flushed out and drained from the facial tissues

-massage brings fluidity back to your facial expression.

All of above bring on a healthy glowing complexion, good colour, good tone and elasticity to all skin layers, erasing wrinkles and helping hold the contours of your face.

 There is more:)

-massage of the face affects your nervous system, vital energy points located around the head and face (and there are many) and deeply nourishes and relaxes the entire body (as you have been able to experience with my treatments).

And you are able to enhance this benefit of your facial by tenfold if you only choose to stay present in your body as we work together. What do I mean?

Do not let your mind take control. Do not engage in thoughts about work, family, laundry, things that are stressful at the moment... Rather choose to listen to your body, follow your breath and let the insisting thoughts gently float away. The more present you are during your treatment the deeper we can reach that state which deeply nourishes and relaxes the entire body. Just watch and see.

I probably don't need to tell you about a stressed body and mind and how living in that state robs you of your vital energy and ultimately zaps joy out of your life. But sometimes we play stress down and say 'it's just stress' and we leave things as they are until we fall apart... 

Next time you're booking your face treatment remember that it is going to bring much more benefit than a glow to your skin. Feeling pleasure is not just a flighty thing but rather a state which has a serious effect on your body/mind. There are beneficial hormonal and biochemical chain reactions taking place as you experience pleasure in your body... this is good! 

You know well that when you feel solid in your body and good in your skin the whole world is a brighter place. Your relationships flourish, you're confident and you are simply able to take life on. I am not saying that a facial with me will make everything in your life better but it definitely can be one of the steps to get there especially if you choose to be present and mindful in the process. 

So here you go, this is the secret to the best facial ever:)

Until next time,