2015 September

Mark Twain said that the secret to getting started is getting started!

So true.  Amidst wall washing (catch up with last month’s newsletter) I came to the realization that even if I can’t do ‘it all’ in one day…or don’t want to do ‘it all’ in one day…that I can just do one thing in the direction of my goal.  If I just bring the stack of papers that I cleaning out yesterday down and put them in the recycling bin, for example, I am that much closer to ‘done’.

If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it.  What you should be doing is getting started.
– Drew Houston

One of the things I found to do while elbow deep in soapy water was refurbish a hat that a dear friend gave to me years ago.  It had belonged to her grandmother and when I received it I did not have any artistic ideas to feed into it right then.  So I put it in my hatbox and there it has sat.  My cleaning led me to the hatbox and the hat led me to imagine.  I decided to get it cleaned and repair it.  I have tried my hand at making and adorning hats in the past with success and my juices were now flowing.  And this step in the cleaning process was actually fun!  I had some bone colored hat netting that I purchased for another hat project and an antique hat pin that I found antiquing in Amelia Island.  A little reshaping of the wool and putting my sewing skills to work and – it turned out lovely!

Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if your passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.
– Yo-You Ma

Massage Basics – Getting Started

This might not sound like massage at first but if you hang with me long enough you will see what I mean.  Could pain become an insurmountable roadblock?  Could pain be such a welcome traveling companion that to live without it would seem…disloyal?  Could pain color perception so much so that the HDR of life be forgotten?

I remember a high school moment of mine when I sat on the steps of the auditorium with a migraine thinking “Maybe my head is supposed to feel like this.”  In my 20/20 hindsight I know now that is was not supposed to feel like that but it had been so long since I was without a headache that I had literally forgotten!

Start afresh whatever you have been wanting to accomplish.
I like this poem; it captures ‘process’.

Be encouraged.

Start close in,
don’t take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
close in,
the step
you don’t want to take.
Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way of starting
the conversation…
Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don’t follow
someone else’s
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don’t mistake
that other
for your own…

Anatomy 101 – Trapezius

The trapezius (lovingly called “the traps”) is a huge muscle important to the neck, shoulder, and back.

Its contact with so many areas can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort.  For most it is chief repository for daily tension.  The traps can revere pain up the neck behind the ear and into the jaw, into the back of the skull and across shoulder blades, and even to the outer surface of the elbow.

Many have stories of how past massage therapists have convinced them that their traps were “the tightest that they have ever felt” and now, EIGHT! YEARS later, they still believe they have the tightest traps known to mankind.

First of all, we change!  What was true in your body eight years ago probably is not true today.

Second, we live up to others’ expectations of us.  What I expect of your muscles as I work with them will be what they will give me and you!

When I work with your muscles, I expect that they will change.  I expect that they will change to be longer, looser, and less painful.  Because I approach treatment with clients in this manner I am pleased to say that most feel much better when they are done with their session and they leave feeling proud of their body’s successes

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