This blog post is gonna be a little wordy. I don’t know how to make it short. Some people know what’s up but most don’t and there are some important take aways (imho) so I want to share.
This past Monday we celebrated my husbands 59th Birthday. Feels extra special to me because we almost didn’t get there.
Kev & I went to Lake George NY over Christmas for a relaxing getaway.
And it was. Until it wasn't.
We were set to come home Wednesday 27th. On the 26th after we went to bed Kev has a “Significant Cardiac Event”. We learned later it was not a heart attack and this was the title they gave it.
This "event" involved:
me doing chest compressions,
police - thankfully with an AED (that shocked him).
Lots of EMS,
16 hours of Sedation and being on a ventilator.
Ultimately, after being transferred to a different hospital in NY, Kev ended up getting open heart triple bypass on 1/2/24.
Happy New Year!
We came home 1/7.
The surgery went perfectly. Kev is doing great. It is a slow process and the doing nothing for a while is sure to drive him crazy.
But he is good now.
There really was no reason to expect this. Kev never smoked. Never had high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Maybe twice in the past year he mentioned his heart racing.
He was, however, exposed to plenty of second hand smoke as a child and brake dust as an adult. Never thought of either till the Pulmonary doc mentioned it.
Get things checked.
The cardiologist in hospital #1 mentioned that he wished people would just go and get “Cardiac Calcium CTs”. Not covered by insurance but not outrageously expensive and worth it for the information. And also-don’t put off the stress test. Learn whatever you can.
No. I haven’t been CPR certified in 20 years. Yes. I have been saying out loud for at least 10 years that I need to do that.
I am grateful that I worked crisis for long enough that the weird calm comes back and that for one moment of my life I could follow the directions the 911 operator was giving.
Would I have felt better if I was recently trained? Don’t know- and hope I never find out. But that class is happening for me next month.
---watch the CW Class Schedule. CPR will be a regularly occurring class coming soon.
Take nothing for granted.
You never know what/who won’t be there in the next minute to talk later or get around to it.
And decide every moment what is truly important.
The world is FULL of good, kind, helpful and supportive people.
Our friends and family (that knew what was up) were ALL OVER THIS.
Kev's brother dropped everything and come up to NY. His support was invaluable to both of us.
A good friend drove up to NY to hang with us for New Years Eve and then forcibly made me let her and another friend clean my house
Another friend found us a recliner so Kev could sleep somewhere that may be comfy when we got home and our awesome neighbor picked it up and setting it up. Not to mention snow removal !!
There was grocery and meal deliveries. Our medical friends and family constantly feeding me questions and information. And ALL the CW Crew picking up the slack and keeping the ship running smoothly.
The community we have is nothing short of amazing. It is sooo much more than this list.
It wasn't just the people we know.
The communities of Lake George and Glens Falls New York are no joke. They took care of us. Strangers. And we were absolutely taken care of.
Go to Lake George stay at the Adirondack Lakeside Getaways
The cabins are amazing and close to everything and I absolutely can’t say enough about the owners. They stayed in contact with me and did everything they could to help and make sure we were ok.
Get fancy and stay at The Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls. This is a fancy schmancy place and they take care of people displaced and dealing with trauma at their local hospital. Amazing. The whole community was amazing.
Nurses are Amazing
And to all the nurses out there. Wow. You are all a special breed. I thought I knew but I didn't. They made the difference.
They were outstanding in helping Kev and helping me understand things and not lose my shit.
So so so much Gratitude.
Life changer. All of this.
This was for sure an extra big Happy Birthday to Kev. So beyond happy we get to celebrate together.
For all of you
Take care of yourself!
Pay attention to the little things.
Love one another.
Tracy McGovern is a Co-Owner of Complete Wellness. A Nationally Board Certified Reflexologist & Reiki Master.
At Complete Wellness, YOU, the Client, come first. We are always here to offer you the very best services.
So with that in mind, for the New Year we will NOT be increasing prices (with one exception.) In order to make this possible, we need to make a few changes effective January 1, 2024.
Pajama Thanksgiving started when my Hubby was traveling a lot for work. By the time he fought traffic coming home the day before Thanksgiving the last thing that seemed festive was getting back into a car and driving some more.
So we stayed home.
And, we stayed in our pajamas.
AND.....it was Glorious.
We love our families and we see them through the holidays. But for us it starts AFTER Thanksgiving. I am VERY thankful for the actual day off.
Watch the parade. Watch the Dog Show. Watch the Football. Eat when ya feel like it.
Ok first things first. What???? You haven't watched the dog show on Thanksgiving?
Do it. Not only that - GO!!!! Did you know the National Dog Show that is aired every Thanksgiving is held the week before Thanksgiving (if you are reading this on post date that is TODAY - and yesterday) in Oaks, PA. Yup. Right around the corner and if at all possible you should absolutely go! There are over 200 breeds of dogs and you can walk the aisles and see and meet and get great information. It is a dog persons paradise. Happiness all around.
But I digress - would it be me if I didn't? Nope :-)
The other reason I love PJ Turkey day, cause I know you were wondering, I get to eat all the things cause I make them.
If you know anyone living with autoimmune issues most likely you understand the joy/chore/creativity of a specific way of eating. It varies from person to person but at least for me finding out HOW my body likes to be fed is the be all and end all for a pain-free, hair-inclusive way of living.
I really can't eat a Thanksgiving meal out, or at another persons home. I will not put them out with my specifics. However, thanks to the interwebs, have mastered a full Thanksgiving spread that is amazing and I can eat it ALL!!!
If you, or someone you love or like a bunch, is dealing with a very specific way of eating I am going to put all my favorite links below. They may or may not work for you person but it's what I have. These are also awesome from a clean eating perspective and they all taste amazing. So you won't die if you don't happen to have restrictions and you eat these. My picky Hubby eats them ALL.
This year, because I have been dying for roll, I am going to try a yeasted cassava based dinner roll. Never worked anything with yeast in my life so....we shall see. I will keep you posted. Bread makes everyone happy so I know you are on the edge of your seat. "Oh My Goodness! Will Tracy get to have a ROLL with dinner on Thanksgiving??!!! "
Yup. It is that important people. Send me the good juju okay. Thanks!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.
I hope you spend it doing what you love with those you love and the foods you love.
Let us all wallow in the "Day of Gratitude" - which by the way is best served EVERYDAY -feels good to have at least one when everyone is on board :-)
Good Thoughts to All
and now for what you've REALLY been waiting for.....Recipe Links!!!
If ya try them PLEASE post pics and thoughts to @cwquakertown on FB or IG. I wanna SEE!!!!
My Fav Thanksgiving (and all the other days) Recipes
Paleomg Thanksgiving Stuffing: https://paleomg.com/paleo-thanksgiving-stuffing
PaleoRunningMomma Salted Caramel Apple Tart (this crust is amazing to use for ALL the things!!!) :
PaleoRunningMomma Classic Paleo Pumpkin Pie
Detoxinista Clean Green Bean Casserole
NOTE: With the extra "sauce" from this I make Creamy Mushroom Soup. I think the "sauce" with some veggie broth and add a TON of big chunky mushrooms. Season as needed and wala. Bonus meal!
I have not tried this next one yet. This year is the first. I am VERY hopeful. If you do this one especially PLEASE post to @cwquakertown on FB or IG and share pics and thoughts!
PaleoGlutenFree Paleo Bread Rolls
Just realized my Cranberry Sauce Recipe is on paper and not with me. I will share that on the Facebooks etc. Be on the lookout!
Tracy McGovern is Co-Founder of Complete Wellness, Nationally Board Certified Reflexologist & Reiki Master.
She is available for appointments Tuesday - Friday.
Come! Take a Load Off
Friday hits and we are carrying the weeks weight. Instead of plopping down in front of the TV on the couch, come plop down in front of me on your yoga mat, just for an hour!
You will relax onto your mat, I’ll guide you as you recline back to open the chest and front body to begin melting the stress away. We also gently stretch the back of the body, legs to head to begin loosening tight or restricted muscles in the hamstrings, glutes, low back working our way up to a seated position. In a choice of easy seated positions, customizable to your body, I’ll guide you through setting an intention for your practice, then begin intentional breathing with gentle movements of the arms, shoulders, neck and head. Making the movements appropriate to your body’s needs, as we flow through to kneeling and standing positions to elongate the front and back body for a complete stretch.
Your body will thank you ALL weekend!
My clients always say they feel so much better at the end of class than when they walked in, they sleep so well for a refreshed weekends start and that they are really seeing their flexibility and strength build, especially in their upper body with greater range of motion in the neck and shoulders.
Please bring your yoga mat and filled water bottle. We have yoga blocks, blankets and straps to borrow, but if you have your own please feel free to bring them, as we will use all props. Long strap dog leashes (6’+) also work great as yoga strap!
I saw how immensely beneficial this yoga sequence is for shoulder and neck health while I was in Massage Therapy School. With multiple injuries from sports, 5 years in the Army, and a “bum” right shoulder, 2 shakey knees and crooked spine as a result of it all, I needed a stretch that opened my tight, tense upper back, neck and chest to start elongating instead of everything compressed.
I incorporated this sequence every other day since starting MT school in November 2022 and finally after 5+ years trying to achieve “Cow Face Arms”, I did it in May 2023!!! And without a strap to pull my “bum” right arm into place. 40 years old and I finally achieved that pose! My shoulder cuff muscles, upper back and arms are so much stronger and allow me to offer deep tissues massages without repetitive injuries that haunted my past. Dedication to your practice will open up doors, shoulders and your mind to endless possibilities. I’m living proof and would love to share my practice with you!
Join me/us Fridays 5:30-6:30pm, Complete Wellness Quakertown.
Ongela Djerf is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist. She has available appointments Tuesdays 3:30-7pm,
Fridays 3-5pm & 7-9pm and Sundays 10am-2pm
To schedule Text/Call 267-509-7717 or Book Online
Yes indeed. August is a wonderful month. Not because it is HOT as Hades or because you can go nuts with back to school supplies - cause it's my Birthday Month!
Disclaimer: I would be remiss here if I didn't mention it is also my Mothers B-Day month, especially since I was born on her birthday. How's that for a gift that keeps giving huh?! :-) Happy Birthday Mommy <3
Seriously though, I'm not really a big "It's my Birthday hooray" kinda girl. I'm not into presents or big parties.
I really think my favorite birthday was during Covid of all things. We couldn't "DO" what we usually do, gathering and whatnot, so many, many people reached out to take me to breakfast, lunch...dinner. I ate out all month - which was great, but not the fav part.
I got to spend quality 1-1 time with people. It was awesome.
But, shockingly, I have digressed from my point of this blog post.
For my Birthday.....
I want more people to know about and experience the benefits of Reflexology. I've been practicing now for 22+ years and I am still in complete awe of how reflexology engages the power of the human body.
It can help repair. It can help prevent. It can help with a wide range of symptoms we want to get rid of...
I've seen it bring grounding and calm. I've seen it energize.
It is a gentle powerhouse for your overall health & wellbeing.
A majority of people still think it's about your feet. It's about your overall body function. But it sure does feel great on your feet!
So for my birthday I'm asking you to share the gift of reflexology and you get gifts in return!!!
Really RAD Reflexology Referral Rewards
Send a friend, loved one - an enemy you are sick of hearing complain.
If they have a 45 or 60 minute Reflexology or Reflexology/Reiki Combo with me between 8/1 and 9/15/23 YOU get a $25 referral reward.
If they schedule a 60 minute service in August they get $10 off too.
If you schedule a 60 minute service in August YOU get $10 off that service.
The more people there are feeling good and empowering their body to work better the happier I am. So happy birthday to me.... help me share this gift with everyone!
The Fine Print:
-Referral must have a 45 or 60 minute service with Tracy between 8/1-9/15/23 to qualify
-Referral Reward can be used toward a 45 or 60 minute service with Tracy.
Tracy McGovern is a Nationally Board Certified Reflexology Practitioner. A Reflexology Instructor and a Reiki Master/Teacher with over 2 decades of experience. She is co-owner of Complete Wellness and has appointments available Tuesdays - Fridays (with an occasional Saturday). To schedule text/call 267-509-7717.
(online booking will be available again in the fall.)
One of my most favorite things to do is to work with people to create their perfect day. Sometimes it is for the person I'm speaking with, sometimes it's for one or a few of their loved ones or friends. Always it is fun and rewarding and makes people happy.
Just the other day we hosted two lovely women. One had called to create a relaxing day for her sister-in-law who needed some stress reduction and pampering.
Both women started out with the "Two-Step" a 60 minute service that is 1/2 reflexology & 1/2 Thai Leg Massage. Then one of the women received an Energy Balancer and the other a Zen Facial Massage. After that was complete they met up to finish their morning in the Salt Room soaking in their relaxed space and letting it settle in so they could keep it long after they walked out the door.
They left looking relaxed, happy and refreshed.
I love that.
I love to help you plan the perfect day.
Here's to more people feeling true relaxation, wellness and happiness.
Enjoy your day...and always let me know if you want to plan your perfect day!
Tracy McGovern is a Founder of Complete Wellness, a nationally board certified reflexologist, reiki master and reflexology instructor.
Appointments available Tuesdays through Fridays, with the occasional Saturday morning.
In 2012 all my hair fell out.
Do I have your attention? Yea, that kinda got my attention too.
Turns out my body had been trying to give me hints and ask for help in a myriad ways - but finally settled on dropping all of my almost waist length hair as the way to get me on board. (Like ALL of it. I was golem. Then I was in a wig. For real)
I found out that I was pre-diabetic and also had an autoimmune issue.
I found out that I could reverse the pain and other issues, such as, but not limited to, complete hair loss...
I'm personally not a pharma fan. (not judging, just saying why I did what I did)
I also really like to understand actual cause. So I went the route of food.
The learning and figuring out was a 6 month process. It was not easy, but it was the most valuable thing I have gone through. I learned so much about how my body functions. I learned how my body likes to be feed and treated to function at its best - and to let me have hair - and my health - thank you very much.
I told you that to mention this. - FOOD is the most powerful tool you have for (or against) your health. I should say one of - but I won't.
Food can heal. Food can help your body do a better job. Food can prevent. Food can improve.
It varies from person to person. The menu is not the same. But it is more than worth the trouble to figure it out.
So I am beyond excited to have Marisa Mangiameli of Eat.Love.Live.Heal. teaming up with Complete Wellness.
Marisa is knowledgable as hell. She's a beautiful, fun, super-real person and she will be leading a fully supported "30-Day Reset"
and then a full years worth of "Wellness 101" workshops.
If you really are ready to feel better. If you really are ready to experience what it is like to be well.
Here it is - Your golden ticket people.
I say this because I KNOW from experience.
It's been 11 years since my body told me off. I learned what worked. I did it for a good 3, almost 4 years to the "T".
I stepped off the wagon for a second....got run over by the wagon and then the wagon exploded.
I did things kinda 1/2 way for a few years and in the last 2-3 I TOTALLY lost my friggin mind with my food choices.
Now, I have bald patches and pain.
Now, I know what to do and am listening earlier than I did before.
Now, I am VERY excited to know I can restart my healthy relationship, decision making and planning with food (and more)
in a super supported way.
Text/Call/Email Complete Wellness/me....get your thoughts through and we can chat.
Your health its worth it
YOU are worth it.
Does this sound like a commercial? It isn't.
It's your holistic health loving, Reflexologist shouting from the rooftops about something personal and dear to her heart.
If you've seen me more than once you've heard at least parts of this saga.
Learning about what foods serve you and what foods don't is HUGE and I can't capitalize and bold it enough.
OK. I'm thinking maybe ya get what I'm saying. lol, Maybe?
Just a little Food For Thought...
(text/Call 267-509-7717. Email: email@example.com)
Tracy McGovern, co-owner of Complete Wellness, Nationally Board Certified Reflexologist, Reflexology Instructor and Reiki Master.
Appointments available Tuesday - Friday.
It's Women's History Month and as inspiring as it is to hear the history from the past and from the auspicious, we thought it would be fun to share OUR history. And we would absolutely LOVE to hear yours!
Once upon a time, there were two healing princesses who believed in helping others. It all started many, many moons ago when Stacy started her college adventures at a small school in Philadelphia. After two years, she decided the city was not for her and moved to another college far, far away leaving some dear friends behind.
Fast forwarding to the year 2013 where Stacy found herself moving to Quakertown where she knew of only one person, a college friend, Kelly, from her time spent in Philadelphia.
She reached out and the two friends from long ago reconnected. Kelly invited Stacy to meet new
friends at a crystal class hosted by Tracy, a reflexologist. Kelly introduced Stacy as a massage
therapist who recently moved to the area. The class was a new experience for Stacy as she had
never considered crystals as having energy or healing properties.
A couple months went by and Stacy received a call from a that crazy crystal/reflexology woman.
Tracy said she was setting up an office in a nearby gym and wanted to know if Stacy would want to share
and do massage. Isn’t it amazing how meeting new friends can set things in motion?
Stacy and Tracy ended up sharing a room at the gym offering massage and reflexology. Then
one day, the gym closed. Out of nowhere and with only a few days notice, Stacy and Tracy no
longer had a space to offer their healing services.
Luckily, a knew holistic center was opening in Quakertown. Stacy and Tracy decided to continue
their arrangement and share a room at this new center. It was wonderful. Their businesses
grew. They were able to help many people, and were quite happy.
At the end of one year, they decided to branch out and grow their concept of helping others.
With the help of their fairy godmother, Dawn, they found a perfect space with room for others
to come and share their healing arts. There was even a room for a Salt Room and space for
classes to help enlighten those around them.
Their business continued to grow, services were expanding, and then… The pandemic. With the
love and support of friends, family, and their loyal clients, Stacy and Tracy were able to weather
the pandemic and continue their adventure. 4 ½ years in, they decided they were outgrowing
their current space. Once again, their fairy godmother, Dawn helped them find the perfect
Now, having celebrated 5 years in business and a new space, Stacy and Tracy continue to be
best friends, co-owners, and dreamers of the future. Helping many live happily ever after...
Stacy Ford is Co-Owner of Complete Wellness, a certified Athletic Trainer and a Licensed Massage Therapist.
She is available for appointments M-F.
Tracy McGovern is Co-Owner of Complete Wellness, a Nationally Board Certified Reflexologist and Reiki Master
She is available for appointments M-F
Thoughts of hearts and love....and couples.
Here at CW we love couples. We offer couples massge.
You can decompress together in the Salt Room. It's a beautiful thing.
But really - we want to celebrate YOU!
As you are.
And for all the things you are striving to be and do.
And because we know the more YOU LOVE YOU, the better equipped you are to LOVE all the other people in your world.
Yup - Self Care. Self Love. It may be overused but it's the real deal here.
It's our jam and we want to pass it on to you - no - really we want to encourage you to embrace it for you.
Check out what's going on this month. Do something nice for you that you will enjoy. Because you really are worth it. You really do deserve your time and your peace and to feel better.
Let us know how we can help. Happy February!
AND of course...Love and Hugs to you all
From ALL of us at CW
So, it's been a year. Ok. Maybe it's been a few years. Things have been weird, intense, way way outside the realm of the usual and truly kinda tough.
Perhaps I understate things?
Last weekend my hubby took me away for a long weekend. We recently decided that snowshoeing would be something cool to do.
We were absolutely correct - but that is another story. We went to Colorado, to Rocky Mountain National Park. There truly are no descriptive words that do that majestic part of this world justice.
But truly....talk about perspective.
We all exist in our own world of joys and trials and day to day....well, stuff. I know from my own experience and listening to decades of clients experiences that our day to day stuff can just drown us and get us stuck in places where we can't even function.
A change in perspective - this weekend gave me a BIG change in perspective. Different air, activity, temperature, sights and heights!
It is the change in perspective that bumps us out of the stuck. That allows just a bit of breathing room for new ideas, for a reprieve...
for a chance to come at things from just a little different mindset.
It doesn't have to be a big trip. It may not even need to be a burst of nature (although if asked I would encourage that method).
Being immersed in something different for just a little while. Or a long while. Enough to be jostled from the one sticky place you've been.
During the trip it felt like every direction I turned was scenic. Astounding. I stood by almost every stream and just stared. Something about the water making its way under the snow and ice. Over the rocks and branches.
The sound. The motion. The water just making its way. Relaxing. Reassuring. Inspiring.
Couldn't package much from this trip - but this - I brought a little back so I could jump in again when I needed it.
Headphones and a video loop my friends. :-)
I have been bumped. I feel different. Like I can breathe a little better, see a little more.
What will bump you from the rut? Where can you get lost a while?
A book? A trail? A recipe? A meditation?
A great reflexology session or massage? (<-- of course!! who could leave that out. lol)
I would truly love to hear what helps you move forward. And if you don't know what moves you I send you all the good juju to find it.
Be Well. Be Happy. Be Here.
Tracy McGovern is co-owner of Complete Wellness, a Nationally Board Certified Reflexologist and Reflexology Instructor. She is available for appointments at Complete Wellness Mondays - Saturdays.
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