Liz Torres

Sharing Reiki Love

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I love sharing Reiki, and especially with people I know well.

Yesterday I had the honor of sharing Reiki with my co-worker Liz Torres, who did the book covers and other graphics for our fiction stories, Zombie Killing Stoners.

Since she is a budding graphic artist and had never done a book cover before, she offered to trade for a treatment with me. She had the choice of anything I do, and she chose Reiki since it was something she had never tried before.

I hadn't shared Reiki with anyone outside of my house in a while, which made this treatment a little more intense.

At the end Liz was profoundly relaxed and said she felt "like she was floating." I will assume she had a great sleep last night.

Do you need to relax? Have a little less stress? Sleep better?

Try Reiki.

Now, when I first came to NYC I was offering Reiki routinely at Real Pilates, and every client who took a treatment loved it. People who suffered with headaches were pain free for a few days. People who couldn't sleep more than three hours straight managed to sleep through the night.

And they never rebooked, even though they would tell me every time they saw me how much better they felt after the treatment.

Two years later, I realize that many people have a problem doing things they don't completely understand. And Reiki is hard to understand.

See, I tend to be very literal-minded, but from years of experience I know that Reiki works.

I know that after Reiki I will sleep better, think better, feel better. And I don't question this anymore.

To use an analogy I've used before, I don't know exactly how many medications work, but I take them because they do produce the desired effect.

As does Reiki.

Review: Marika Tek Venus Tee and Sanded Dry-Wik Pant

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My wear test of Marika. Let's see how the Marika Tek Venus Tee and Sanded Dry-Wik Pant perform in the Pilates studio!

(And see how much Pilates you can actually do in a Cam Walker boot ;).)
3 (out of 5) Stars

Last week the lovely people over at Marika asked me if I would review a top and bottom of my choice from their line of women's fitness clothing. How could I say no?

Marika Clothing Arrives

I chose two basics, the Marika Tek Summer Delight Venus V-Neck Tee in Heather Hawaiian Ocean ($28), and the Sanded Dry-Wik Pant in Black ($55). According to their sizing charts I am a Large, so that's what I requested. They showed up via FedEx one day later (really!).

My initial impression was that the fabric of both items was lovely - soft, silky, stretchy, and light. The shirt has a small Marika logo on the front. The pants are flat front, with a washed suede texture. Like a kid with a new present, I had to try them on immediately.

Note how shirt bunches in back.

And stretches in front :(

How Does Marika Fit?

My concern with most T-shirts is that if they are not cut for DD cup and above women with an allowance for boobs in the front and side, the shirt overstretches in the front and bunches up loosely in the back, like you see here. Not the most attractive look, and so easily avoidable with a few styling details.

And while you can't quite see it in the photo, the pants need to be cut a bit higher or fuller (or both) in the back to allow for a curvy butt. I found that through the course of my teaching day the pants started to slip down my rear.

Wearing Marika for Pilates Teaching and Workout

That said, these were still suitable for work, so I wore them over to Real Pilates the next morning for a few hours of teaching and some self-Pilates. Aside from the above mentioned pant slippage, the Marika clothing was comfortable and dried quickly.

Here I am doing some Pilates (thanks to Liz Torres for taking the photos).

Always good to start with the Hundred. Note the ankle weight to balance the boot!

I crave extension right now. Yay for the high barrel!

The tree is a fave. Great ab work, hip, back extension.

No gaps, no strange pulling or creasing, and I am able to work through a full torso range of motion in this outfit, no problem!

We washed and dried both, and they did well in the laundry except for the the Marika logo on the Tee, which started peeling off after the first wash.

My Two Cents

Had I purchased these items, I would most likely keep the pants and return the shirt with this note.

Dear Marika,

Assuming that Marika wants to include us curvier ladies in their expanding customer base, you need to address the cut of your clothing. T-shirts need boob room without leaving us over stretched in the front and accordion-folded in the back. A longer shirt with some Lycra is not enough! Pants need a wee bit more room in the rear to avoid slipping and gapping.

And enough with the logos. I know whose clothing I bought, and the logo peels off anyway.

Your fabrics and colors are so wonderful that if you simply addressed this styling issue, I know your customer base would increase!

And no, not all of us curvy girls care to wear compression pants, which may or may not be cut different. I don't know as I like to be able to breathe when I'm out.

Thanks!

LL

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