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2017 Rejuvenation of Self Retreat

// July 30th, 2017 // No Comments » // Events

The Body Works Center’s

Rejuvenation of Self

November 9 – 12, 2017
a complete mind and body refresher in this fast-paced world

Retreat in Grayton Beach, Florida

Plant a tiny seed from which a mighty life skill will grow.

Come join in the fun and bask in the support from like-minded thinkers.
We will be melding with the forces of nature, seeing the sunrise and sunset, listening to the waves lapping on the shore, feeling the sunlight and soft breeze on our skin and smelling the fresh air.

The events of the days will include great healthy food (whys, what and how to prepare). Massage, special meditations, empowering hypnosis (also lessons in self-hypnosis), a special time for gratitude. We will spend time on the beach for ‘eye yoga’ and the building of our Labyrinth, weather permitting, Qi Gong and chair yoga.

Our evenings will be filled with discussions, music, meditation, and a very special project. Oh, LAUGHTER!! The beautiful white sand beaches await you. It’s time to sign up and commit to yourself. This is the calm before the holidays, time to focus on YOU!!

The tuition is all-inclusive: $745. A deposit of $250, holds your place. The balance is due October 25, 2017. We are limited to the number of participants, so please decide and commit soon.

Our home away from home is directly on the beach, it’s actually my favorite! Keeping it real for a life of happiness and abundance,

— Ellen LaRocca

Any questions, please contact me: -or-


Deposit checks: 410 Bon Temps Roulé, Mandeville, LA 70471





Rejuvenation of Self Retreat

// January 1st, 2016 // No Comments » // Events

I am happy to announce the next 

Rejuvenation of Self retreat,

at the beach, in IMG_8793Grayton Beach, Florida. Just in time to catch your breath before Springtime.

The house is ready and beautiful, sitting on the pristine shores of the Gulf of Mexico, beautiful clear waters, powder white sand and sunsets that bring in the magic of the night. Water lapping on the shore, the primordial sounds of nature…

Not to mention the laughter and chatter of friends, learning great strategies for great health and growing younger together. When you sign up, you will receive a questionnaire to complete, so that together we can personalize your experience and have some specific ‘take home’ information. Of course, the menu will be as natural and organic as possible, and delicious, recipes included. You will learn superfoods, the what, why and when to incorporate them into your life. The theme for this retreat is “Colors – How Mother Nature Paints Health”. The retreat will involve lots of new science, meditation, brain health, yoga, massage and two hands-on cooking classes. Oh, and so much more.

It’s time to invest in yourself. Save the date,November 3 – 6, 2016. The all -inclusive cost is $785.00. You can save your space with a deposit of $200.00, with the balance due by November 4th. Should you need to make payment arrangements, please contact me. If you go to my website, you can pay online with paypal, or your credit card. Truly, this is a not to be missed 4 day retreat. I have more information on my website: and my contact information is below.

 Thank you for your interest, I am sending love and light to you, 

Ellen LaRocca, LMT, CPSM


200 Mariner’s Plaza, Suite 209, Mandeville, Louisiana 70448

meditation classes

// April 30th, 2012 // No Comments » // Events, Meditation


MINDFUL MEDITATION: AN ALLY IN YOUR CANCER RECOVERY Thursdays, weekly 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion , Covington 

2015 classes begin Thursday, January 8, 10am -11am

Learn to use the power of your mind to fight disease, find strengths, make the best of treatments & meet the challenges cancer can bring. Guided by Ellen LaRocca, the class will introduce various meditation, guided imagery & simple yoga techniques. Participants may start at any time. Open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, their caregivers & the health professionals who care for them. Call (985) 898-4581 or email to register.

“Lesson Learned From A Dozen Eggs”

// January 26th, 2011 // No Comments » // Women's Health

“Lesson learned from a dozen eggs”
by Jan Janzen

While living in Ecuador almost 20 years ago, I still remember the question of a woman named Amanda Chavez.  I can see her face clearly as if it was just yesterday and I can still hear the confusion in her voice.  Amanda had a good little business selling eggs.  Many of her customers were foreigners living in the city of Riobamba.  But one day while purchasing my dozen eggs, handed to me most gingerly in a plastic bag, Amanda asked me a simple question that changed my life.

She said, “Jan, why do all you foreigners buy a dozen eggs?   Why 12?”  I looked at her in silence for a moment and then said, “We buy a dozen eggs because that’s how we buy them at home.”  “But why 12?” she asked again as if I hadn’t answered her question.  And for the life of me I couldn’t answer her.  Honestly, a dozen eggs made no sense.  And it really made no sense as we continued to buy 12 eggs at a time in a country that would have sold me 3 eggs, 7 eggs or 14 eggs in that precarious plastic bag.

Amanda’s question haunted me for a long time.  It was innocent enough – a simple question from a woman selling eggs to foreigners with a habit to buy a dozen eggs.  But I realized in that moment that I did lots of things because that’s how I was trained, taught, raised and told to believe.   We all do.

There are very few places I have seen false beliefs more evident than in the arena of breast health.  We have been told to have an annual mammogram after the age of 50 and when we hear the diagnosis of breast cancer, we are expected to have surgery, chemo, radiation and take drugs.  It’s as standard as buying a dozen eggs at a time for people in North America.

However, just because we have always done something does not make it any way true.  Otherwise many barbaric practices and beliefs from the past would still be around today, but they have been discounted as another truth was revealed.

As long as women today accept “the standard”, there won’t be any strong impetus to change the routine.  It doesn’t matter that it doesn’t work; it’s not effective and is actually counter-productive.  People are slow to change when money is involved and there are billions of dollars involved in the breast cancer industry.

Yet, experts say that mammograms cause breast cancer.  Specialists will tell you that you are more likely to die from chemotherapy than from breast cancer.  Statistics prove that radiation doesn’t improve results and can cause further health damage.  Every single drug has a side-effect which can be deadlier than the disease.  So why are we accepting what doesn’t work?  Is it just a bad habit that has become an integral part of our culture?

It’s time for us to stop believing that just because it’s the current treatment or it’s what the doctor recommended or worse yet, what the medical system pays for, is not a good enough reason to blindly accept a protocol or treatment.

There are far more effective screening tools to mammography that are safe and will let a woman know of issues up to a decade before a mammogram.  Why are we not demanding that these tests are paid for, regulated and advertised?  The number of amazing treatments for cancer boggle my mind.  I hear about at least one every week.  Why are we settling for treatment that is archaic and will surely be looked upon in horror very shortly?  And why are we buying into the fear of cancer rather than understanding that we can heal ourselves and there are many doctors, practitioners, clinics and formulas having amazing success using non-standard treatments?

I get a thrill living in countries where I can buy 4 eggs or 10 eggs at a time.  It reminds me that I have the power to choose solutions that make sense rather than doing what the masses are doing.  And once enough of the masses stop following a protocol around their breasts that is not working, then we will see change.  Will you be one of those trend-setters?  I hope so!

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE OR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: Jan Janzen is a non-denominational minister, healer and business coach. She is the author of two books and 8 CDs for the spiritual entrepreneur. To receive Jan’s complimentary ebook: 10 Secrets to Living the Life of Your Dreams, visit


// March 19th, 2010 // No Comments » // Events

Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins. Avoid, fatty, high-calorie, processed, and salty foods. Have lots of colors on your plate (red bell peppers, green broccoli, yellow squash, brown rice, etc.)

A good rule of thumb is to eat foods in their most natural state, hopefully organic, grown locally, and seasonal.

Spring Cleansing

// February 26th, 2010 // No Comments » // Events

Spring Cleansing

Head to Toe

It’s that time of year to take special care of your body. Your Liver is especially active during this time of year. It’s a great time for a ‘fast’, to support liver function, It’s also a great time to cleanse the largest organ of your body, your skin.

Book some time for yourself:

Ayurvedic Bliss Facial

Dead Sea Salt Glow

Aromatherapy Full Body Massage


Please call for your very special appointment

Expect this ‘retreat’ to take two hours

Body Works Massage & Wellness Center


Friday’s Gift

// November 13th, 2009 // No Comments » // Massage For Your Health

Massage For The Health Of It

Create Vitality, Grow Younger

Stress is the culprit on the loose! But how does it appear? Who admits that they are storing stress in their body? “Oh, I can handle the little knocks along the way.” The truth may be that we are not always handling stress, we may be storing stress. Unresolved stress is cumulative and finds hideout places in your body. It is the genesis of all dis-ease. So why not manage stress effectively?

Massage is one of the most proficient tools available. Think about muscle strains, low back pain, tired feet, TMJ dysfunction, tennis elbow, chronic headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia…this list could be endless. Massage has a very effective place in the lessening (maybe even ridding) of these and many other problems that you may come up against.

If you reduce the stress, you reduce the oxidative reactions that create the aging effects in your body, thus slowing the aging process.

The effects of massage is cumulative, meaning a good bodywork maintenance program is beneficial toward claiming and keeping your health.

To learn how massage can help you, call for your free consultation and let us help you design your personal path to health through massage and bodywork.

Friday’s Gift

// November 9th, 2009 // No Comments » // Events

A  Colorful  Plate  =  Health

Think of the colors of a rainbow, as mother nature sends us clues

red, orange, yellow, green, purple and white……….YUM!

tomatoes, cranberries, raspberries, peppers, beans, strawberries…….

carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, peaches, cantaloupe, mango, oranges…….

squash, lemons, corn, banana, eggs, mushrooms, almonds, chickpeas, ginger, beans, brown rice, pineapple……

cabbage, beans, limes, kale, spinach, avocado, pears, celery, zucchini, honeydew melon……

currants, blueberries, beets, eggplant, blackberries, red cabbage……

tofu, onions, garlic, cauliflower, potatoes, whole oats……

Can you name more great foods to fit into the color categories? Think about how you feel when you fill your life with color and enjoy your road to good health.

Friday’ Gift

// October 29th, 2009 // No Comments » // Meditation

Primordial Sound Meditation

Discover the silence that creates inner peace for the challenges of daily living

As we move into the world of Body Mind Medicine and into new paradigms of thinking, we move ever closer to the understanding of the myriad of benefits offered by the simple act of sitting quietly, with no conversations, in meditation. Meditation is one of the most powerful tools there is to help us restore the harmony within and to gain access to our body’s inner intelligence. In meditation we re-connect with our essence. This connection extends to our daily lives and can result in improved health, more fulfilling relationships, enthusiasm for life and increased creativity.

Primordial Sound Meditation is a technique that originated from the ancient knowledge of India. Deepak Chopra, MD and David Simon, MD, have revived this authentic process and made it available in a format that can be easily learned and practiced by everyone. During PSM our minds become quiet, allowing our bodies to gain the deep rest necessary to release stress and fatigue.

Primordial Sounds are the basic, most essential sounds of nature. The specific sounds which are used in meditation are called mantras. These mantras are used to help take our awareness away from the frenzy of the daily activity of the mind to the stillness of our spirit. The effect soothes our entire physiology — mind, body and soul.

PSM can be learned by people of every age, education, culture and religion. It does not require specific beliefs or a change in behavior or lifestyle.

“Meditation is not forcing your mind to be quiet; it’s finding the quiet that is already there.”….Deepak Chopra

Mindfulness meditation can heal, boost immunity and improve mental and physical health. In a study conducted by West Virginia University, 103 adults participated in an 8 week study in which they learned, practiced, and applied mindfulness meditation to daily life situations. The group completing the meditation program showed a 44% decrease in  psychological distress and a 46% decrease in medical symptoms. Williams KA, et al. Evaluation of a wellness-based mindfulness stress reduction intervention: a controlled trial. Am J Health Promot. 2001:15(6):422-32

For more information on Primordial Sound Meditation, or to schedule a class, please contact Ellen LaRocca, Certified PSM Instructor, at

FYI – help your body prevent Swine Flu

// October 24th, 2009 // No Comments » // Events

Prevent Swine Flu – Good Advice

Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , Tata Memorial etc.. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).

The following message given by him, I feel makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know

The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).

2. “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected o ne. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*

5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.