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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Helping Nurses (or yourself) Heal

This past week a couple of chair massage events put me in touch with area nurses. It always amazes me that even people in the health field ignore what their body is trying to say. (yes, myself included on occasion) Body awareness is such an important part of what makes us human. "the body is such an amazing machine, that it can continue - even when it seems it shouldn't" That adrenaline rush that gives you your second wind during extreme fatigue. Being able to suffer-through and work with pain. Using that shoulder or even knee that has difficulty with certain movement.

Taking time to bring awareness of your body into your mind can have a deep impact.
Meditation, yoga, these have been around for thousands of years. Why? Because a greater connection of the mind and body has great benefits. Give it a week, even a few days. Take time to think about even the simplest action your body does each day and it can have profound effects.

This is partly how massage "works". It helps bring to light these signals that the body has been trying to get through to the brain. Those aha moments that happen on the table(or in the chair) are on a very basic level amplifications of what your body tries to tell you on a daily basis. Take some time to listen to yourself, it can be very rewarding.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Leaving Northampton

It took me awhile, but I realized that being a massage therapist in Northampton was not unique. It seems as though there are two therapists for every person in town. Sharing I'm okay with, however, I don't think that will work. Things in Easthampton and Chicopee are going well enough that putting extra energy into Northampton is just not worth my while. I do have another location on the horizon, which so far sounds like it will be far better than any of my current studios. There's somewhat of a surprise twist, however, it will have to be seen to be believed. So, Good-bye Northampton, goodbye hundreds of massage therapists, good-bye wonderful space on Main St. , I'll be sure to visit.

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