As the cold weather approaches and we find ourselves reaching for cozy blankets and hot beverages, it's the perfect time to experience the rejuvenating and therapeutic way to warm up your winter - a Hot Stone Massage. My latest CE training was completed in stone healing massage therapy, back in August, and now I'm excited to share with you these new techniques that I've learned.
As some of you know, I recently lost my mentor who was also the editor of these newsletters and a great listener to bounce ideas off of. The idea of writing a newsletter has been loaded with the pain of missing him. If he was alive though, he’d be busting my ass to write. And he’d be telling me to write from my heart.
I'm excited to share a new modality that I will be incorporating into massage and possibly offering as its own service. This past weekend, I became certified in ScarWork therapy; it is certainly miracle work. Since many of my clients have gone through operations like back surgeries, and knee and shoulder surgeries, I figured this would be an extremely helpful class for me to take.
Since I last spoke to you, I have experienced a rather eventful span of time, particularly with regard to two occurrences. For one thing, I suffered a recent whiplash injury, after being rear-ended at a stop light a few weeks ago. This accident happened a week before the second event: my sound healing training in Sarasota, Florida. The two events became linked in an interesting way.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a movie premier in DC for There’s Gotta Be More to Life. This was a first-edit kind of viewing, and only about 30 individuals were there to provide their critiques.
Created by Jennifer Kauffman, the movie features a runner who was critically injured during the Boston Marathon of 2013. Jennifer suffered physical and mental trauma, including PTSD, from that horrific experience. Illustrating Jennifer's journey of survival, the movie delves into the different kinds of therapy that she sought out, mostly holistic medicine, including sound healing, massage, and energy work.
It's been a while since I checked in with you. A ton has been happening personally for me this year: lots of big shifts, including buying a home and making a full-on lifestyle-shift, which started with kicking some vices that weren't serving me. All this shifting culminated in my doing a body cleanse, a detoxification, which I had never done before, but declared that I would do this year. Doing so is turning out to be more than a one-and-done cleanse; it is more of a major lifestyle modification that also reduces my long-standing anxiety.
Of all the reasons that people come to see me, the most common by far is anxiety and stress relief. Stress is not only in our heads with out over-thinking and fears, it also presents in the body, often as a stiff neck, tight shoulders, a headache, etc.
During this time of social-distancing and connecting online, it's so important to remember just how vital touch is to our health and wellbeing.
Through the six years I've been offering somatic therapies, including massage, I've seen the immediate effects that simply placing my hands on a client's back to begin a session can have on a person's nervous system. The individual can be feeling rigid and uptight, but will instantly ease his or her muscles with that initial application of my hands—the body sighs, "Yes, finally…." Shortly afterwards, the brain follows suit and the monkey-mind chatter begins to calm.
As promised in the last newsletter, I wanted to share more about crystals and how they are used in my sessions. The best way I could think of to do that was to create a video about it. So, over the past week, I filmed a session with a client and then had to learn all about video-editing. The editing of the video probably took 15 hours. Most of that was spent learning the software; hopefully, that duration will get shorter the more I practice editing. I've always wanted to be able to say or write, “Check out my video on ____.” Indeed, sometimes it's a struggle for me to explain in a nutshell everything going through my head when being asked about the different services I offer.
I hope you are faring well. We made it through to the first phase of our coming back online, and I am sure you could really benefit from a relaxing massage!
I am reopening after receiving a letter from the American Massage Therapy Association. The Board has given Licensed Massage Therapists the go-ahead to commence seeing clients in health-care settings. The letter states:
"The Maryland Department of Health has issued an Amended Directive stating that Licensed Massage Therapists working in Health Care Facilities may reopen."
I hope that you are staying safe, catching up on some Zs and maybe doing household things that you've put on the back-burner. These are indeed crazy times.
You might be wondering whether it is okay to come in for bodywork therapy. Massage and energy work help your body's immune system, in addition to relieving stress.
I've been immersing myself this month in a four-week Mediumship class in Manassas, and will be taking a nationally accredited crystal class in March. Five years ago, I would have thought that I sound like a student at Hogwart's. But now I realize that I am in a major transition, both personally and professionally.