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From the Heart

“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language, and the last, and it always tells the truth.”

Margaret Atwood

novelist, poet, businesswoman, and activist

It didn’t begin with massage therapy for me.

I started with education, then accounting, administrative work, coaching… and on and on and on. With each direction, my intuition knew. Telling me when I was ready to leave. Telling me I was ready for more. I was learning in all of these experiences: more about myself, more about my preferences, more about my strengths.

It had always been the question, “What do I DO next?”

One day, instead, I paused. Then, I asked myself a different question.

“What do I LOVE?”

The answer was clear this time: healing, connected, nurturing touch. Sometimes welcoming pieces of yourself you’ve denied is enough to create a shift.

I signed up for massage therapy coursework within a few weeks, and was licensed in under one year. After six years of practice, my business is expanding as I expand. My practice, as an expression of myself, is creating the perfect niche.

Rather than hide behind my credentials and service menu, I want to offer them from my heart, sprinkled with the stories of my experiences. That’s why I’ve partnered with Jeana Marino Media Boutique to refresh my brand on my website and social media platforms. You’ll see an authentic branding-reboot as I update, tell, and post how I am pouring myself into my massage therapy practice.

How am I still growing and expanding? I want to share it with you.

 

photo credit: Jeana Marino

Learning to Play

Let’s Play

I popped into Galaxy Cafe to pick up lunch for our family last weekend.

I had my 3 year-old with me and there was a line, which usually spells disaster. I was committed to grabbing food that was good for my body that day, though, so we stayed.

I handed a menu to 3 at his request, as I was grabbing one for myself, and he proceeded to pretend he was ordering food, “I’ll have a lollipop and a special treat and healthy food.” I watched him pass the time by spinning in circles and walking up and down the aisle feeling the texture on the wall where we were waiting. Lots of movement. A lot of unpredictable-ness.

Normally, my anxiety would be through the roof in this parenting scenario.

Instead, because I have been practicing, studying, looking for playfulness, I was able to see that this child was actually… brilliant! It’s boring to stand in line and wait your turn. Instead of living in boring, he was able to find the fun hiding in the line.

It was a amazing! It was so simple! He is so clever.

Instead of feeling the anxiety that usually rises up, I studied him. I found ways that I could engage that were playful and fun and felt good. He was my teacher in this moment. I was his student.

I don’t always see it this way. In fact, this was the first time in recent memory that I picked up on it. It really clicked. It felt great!! Connected. Fun. Loving. All the feelings. We were just waiting in line and we were doing it together. With ease.

I want to find more ease in parenting!

I am a part of a year long program called: Evolve 2016. The beautiful and brilliant mastermind behind the program, Carrie Contey, PhD, asks us all the time, “what are you learning?”

It looks like I am learning to let go of unpredictableness as a trigger for anxiety. I am learning that my children have a bunch of really beautiful stuff to teach me. I am learning that play is a really cool way to feel good in any moment if you know what you’re looking for… and that getting close to a child is a good as way as any to open your eyes to it.

nurtured. safe. empowered.