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Oh my gosh, SassyPants!  I have a new office!  I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m really excited about this!  So, my new office is at 701 S. Logan (suite 110).  Just about a mile and a half south of my current office, which is hopefully not too big a change for you.  It’s on the southwest corner of Logan and Exposition.  There’s plenty of parking (yay!), it’s on the main floor, with not one single stair (double yay!), and it’s got a lot more elbow room (hip, hip, hooray!).  Also, from what I can tell, it’ll be a lot quieter in this building than in my last, with less people tromping up and down the stairs or making phone calls right outside the door (yeehaw!).
I’ll be starting there Wednesday, September 17th, and with the new space will come slightly different hours of availability.  I’ll still be working full days on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays, so that much will stay the same.  I might also have a half-day available on Fridays or Saturdays but those details are yet to be hammered out.  Regardless, if you book a session with me on or after the 17th of September, it will be at the new location.  I hope you like it as much as I do!  And if you have a soft-spot for my current office, be sure to get yourself scheduled in the next month to say goodbye to it!

Well, it’s clearly summertime.  Between seeing your lovely face at my office, backpacking, weddings, volleyball tournaments, long runs, visits from out-of-towners, and just the general fun of summer, I’ve barely had time to brush my teeth.  Just kidding.  I love brushing my teeth.  But seriously, what a whirlwind.  There’s been so much going on and so much I’ve wanted to write about, so here we go.

First, a very belated, but very heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Pay What You Want Week back in April.  As usual, it was an absolute blast.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday.  I got to meet so many new people, and see so many others I hadn’t seen in a while.  I have The Best clients.  Thank you for that.

Next, I’m sad to announce that I’ll be moving to a new office location soon.  The building I’m currently in has been sold, so I’ll be out by the end of September.  I’m looking at several options nearby and I’ll keep you posted with changes as I know more.  If anyone has a great space they know about, be sure to get me the deets!

For any of you who are interested in the energy work I include in my sessions, there’s a chance for you to learn to do it yourself September 26-28.  My friend (and my Rolfer) Dave Sheldon is hosting a workshop in Boulder, led by the creator of SourcePoint Therapy himself, Bob Shrei.  It’s open to anyone (not just bodyworkers or medical professionals), so if you’re interested, don’t hesitate!  It costs $500 and you can learn more by contacting Dave directly at 303-519-2412 or email: dave@davesheldon.com.

Lastly, there’s a weekend workshop in November at the Shambhala Mountain Center with Will Johnson, a Rolfer and meditation teacher from Vancouver.  I was on Will’s team last year when he did an 8-day retreat in Crestone and this is a mini-version of that.  If you’d like to do a meditation retreat where your body feels better at the end than the beginning, this is the retreat for you.  More information can be found here.

So those are the highlights.  Like I said, I’ll keep you posted with moving news as things get settled.  Until then, enjoy all the fresh produce of the season!

Hey SassyPants, I know it’s been a while.  I’m sorry about that.  I’ve just been so quiet and introspective this winter, ya know?  But it’s starting to feel like spring, and I think it’s time for me to speak up again.  Today, I want to talk about getting shit done.

Here’s the thing.  I love the drama (and the minimal commitment) of drastic changes.  Phrases like “go big or go home” and “I’m all in” and “just do it” are my kind of phrases.  I have been enthralled with cleanses for a long time now.  The Master Cleanse; the apple juice and olive oil Liver and Gall Bladder Cleanse; the Crazy, Sexy, Diet adventure cleanse…you name it, I’ve tried it.  They seem so much more manageable than eating healthy, good food every day.  I’d rather do 200 squats a day for 5 days than something long term like 20 squats a day for the rest of my life.  But I’m learning a lot about the other end of the spectrum lately, and it turns out, I kinda like the slow and steady route, too.

See, I’m training for a marathon, for the first time in my life.  All you super-runners out there, I don’t want to hear about how many marathons you’ve already run.  Really.  This is a big deal for me.  Before I started this training program, the farthest I had run was 7 miles and that was back in college and it was miserable every step of the way and I probably walked at least half a mile in there somewhere.  Two weeks ago, I ran 19 miles.  And it was pretty fun.  I was definitely smiling through most of it.  Weird.

I started training for my first half marathon back in August, so you can see what a long and slow journey this has been.  When I drew up the schedule to train for this marathon (which is in April) in the middle of November, it looked so huge and daunting.  Months and months of running.  But the thing is, every day, I just have to do what the little box for that day tells me to do.  Sometimes I have to run 3 miles.  Sometimes 8.  Sometimes I don’t have to run at all! And sometimes, I have to run further than I’ve ever run before.  But magically (or, exactly how all advice ever given on exercise would predict) things got easier with practice.  Who knew?  And while those first 3-mile runs in August were awful and hard and full of thoughts that I wasn’t going to make it, I now find myself looking forward to the challenge of those longest runs.  20 miles this week and I’m pretty excited.  I know I can do it, which in and of itself is bizarre.  One of my colleagues, Meg Maurer, always says, “You have to eat the elephant one bite at a time,” and I think she might be right.

I’ve watched myself start to apply this lesson in other areas of my life.  Cleaning the whole house once a week (or worse, once a month) is exhausting and overwhelming and daunting.  But if I draw up a schedule and just give myself 1-2 chores every day, the bathroom stays cleaner, the fish tank gets scrubbed, and the kitchen floor gets mopped on a regular basis.  I never have to devote a whole day to cleaning, and the fish never have to suffer through a green tank.  Taking a dance class, I learned that practicing the new moves for 10 minutes a night every night was way more effective than an hour once a week.  Slow and steady wins the race.  I feel like I’ve heard this before, maybe once or twice, but it never really clicked until now.  Better late than never, I suppose.  Also, let’s see how many clichés I can use in one blog post, eh?

So, yeah, I’ll probably still do a cleanse every spring.  I still think there are times for taking giant leaps of faith and making drastic, sweeping changes.  But I can finally see how taking itty bitty baby steps everyday can add up to giant accomplishments you never thought were possible.  Like running for over 4 hours.  I hope we can all continue to learn new tricks as we age.

On the bulletin board today:

Want to host a Demo Day at your workplace?
A few of you have mentioned an interest in introducing me to your coworkers.  I love this plan!  If you want me to come to your workplace and do a little intro talk and/or set up to do some demonstration sessions, just let me know.  We can figure out what will work best given your workplace situation and go from there!

Meditation/Bodywork Retreat
The Posture of Meditation:  Breathing Through the Whole Body in Crestone, CO.  This event was amazing last year!  It’s being offered again this spring, and once again, I’ll be one of the Rolfers on the bodywork team.  The dates are May 30th through June 8th, and registration is currently open.  There is a cap at 40 participants, and it’s expected to fill rather quickly.  More information can be found here: http://www.dharmaocean.org/events and I would be happy to answer any questions about last year’s event, if you’re at all interested.

Hey there!  So, it’s been a whirlwind of a ten days or so since I sent out that email about snakey sessions.

Thank you.  Really.  So much.  Like, a lot.  And then some more.  Thank you for all of your support.  So many of you wrote me kind words.  So many of you signed up for snakey sessions and came in with open minds.  I am so grateful.  I have the best clients.  Really.  Thank you.

That being said, I wanted to clarify a couple of things.

-No, I don’t have any actual snakes in the room with me.  So for those of you who are worried about that, you can exhale now.  I’m sorry I wasn’t clear on that in the first place.  I don’t even know if it’s legal to own a king cobra, but I certainly don’t have one in my possession.

-The pricing on all this got messy fast.  So basically it’s on a donation basis from here on out.  At least until we’re done with all 39 sessions.  $0 to $60.  I’m just grateful that people are showing up for me to practice with.

-I would love to have people come back for second and third snakey sessions, if they want to.  I’d love to hear your impressions of how this thing is progressing, if at all.  I just ask that you finish your first before signing up for the second.  Make sure it’s something you’re into before committing to a time someone else might want.

-Along the same lines, I’ve had some issues with people not showing up for sessions.  I know, they’re practice sessions.  I get that.  But I’m putting in the same amount of effort, care, and respect that I always put into my sessions.  I’m blocking out time and making sure I’m prepared mentally and physically to do the best work I can.  When you don’t show up, well, it makes me sad.  And frustrated.  So please, if you schedule a session, even a practice snakey session, show up for it.  Or at least call me to tell me you won’t be coming so I can head out to that barbeque I’m missing, instead of sitting in my office waiting for someone who’s not planning on being there.

-Snakey sessions are taking anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes, it seems.  I’m going to keep it at 2 hours so that I don’t feel rushed, but there it is.

-I’m thinking about putting together a survey or a questionnaire of some sort to see what you think of these snakey sessions, so be on the lookout for that.  In the meantime, if you’ve had a session and have any sort of feedback to share, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

-As of this moment, I’ve done 17 snakey sessions (with another 6 scheduled in the next couple weeks).  I feel like I’ve learned a lot.  I’ve come a long way.  And yet, there’s still a lot to be done.  Many more snakey sessions to be done before that magic 39 is reached.  So if you or anyone else you know wants to help me out with this project, I’d love to have you come in.

Lastly, I have to announce that this will be my last month practicing in Lafayette.  I’ve been extra conscious of where I’m investing my energy lately and I just can’t justify the drive up north every week.  I am so appreciative of every client I’ve worked with up there.  And that was my first office as I came out of Rolfing school, so it will always hold a special place in my heart.  But the time has come for my practice to be just in Denver.  Again, a big thank you to each and every person I’ve worked with in Lafayette over the last 3+ years.

That’s all I’ve got for you for now.  Thank you, thank you for your support as I experiment with this new energy in my life!

Right.  Ten plus ten plus nine equals 29.  Not 39.  My bad.  So, to keep this thing going, the first 10 Snakey Sessions are free (those are gone by the way).  The next 10 are $20, and there are 2 of those left.  The next 10 are $40.  And the last 9 are $60.  You go and get all intuitive and you forget addition.  Fair warning for those of you who might be considering this path…

Take care and thanks again!
-Theresa

(Also, I have the best clients in the whole wide world.  I’m overwhelmed with all the love and support I’ve gotten in the last 16 hours.  I’m so freakin’ lucky.  Thank you.)

On the heels of the thrilling decision to strike down DOMA, I find it’s time that I came out of the closet about something myself.  See, when I went to Crestone at the end of April, I got into some pretty out-there stuff.  I started working with Kundalini energy, and got a new animal (King Cobra) in my totem.  Which is not the sort of thing my 15-year-old-self ever thought I would say.  I know I’ve been a hippie, and into some pretty strange stuff for a long time now, but I have this construct of ‘who I am’ that includes words like ‘nerdy’ and ‘freckled’ and ‘Italian’ and sometimes that construct does a double-take when I talk about Kundalini and says, “what did you just say?”

But there it is.  I’ve got some snake energy going on.  Sometimes at the most inopportune moments.  Like while I’m sleeping.  Or in the parking lot of Tokyo Joe’s.  Regardless, I’m excited it’s here and that’s probably a good thing, ’cause it doesn’t seem to be going away.  Why I’m bothering to finally tell you all this, SassyPants, is that it’s shifted my relationship to Rolfing.  I never, ever, ever thought I would tire of Rolfing.  I love Rolfing.  Like, a lot.  But lately, I’ve been feeling a bit hemmed in by the title.  I’ve been wondering if I’ve been limiting myself by only being a Rolfer.  I mean, if someone comes to me for a Rolfing session, and pays me for a Rolfing session, I had better give them a Rolfing session, right?  But who defines what is a Rolfing session?  If I use my elbow at least 51% of the time, does that count as Rolfing?  If I get a vision during a session and say something to the client about it, does that not count as Rolfing?  If I do some energy work during a session, while fulfilling the goals of a Rolfing session, then what?  And it turns out that I don’t really care.  Because I think of myself as a Healer, first and foremost.  Rolfing is just a modality that I happen to know a lot about.  But I also know a fair amount about nutrition, and herbalism, and shamanism, and trauma patterning.  And now, I’m learning a lot about snake energy.

So, what I’m long-windedly trying to say is that I’m looking to try out this new (but not that new) Healer title in addition to the Rolfer title.  I’d like to try working outside the bounds of what the Rolf Institute might consider Rolfing.  And if you’re interested, I’d like your help in that.  First and foremost: if you want ‘regular’ Rolfing sessions, as you’ve had in the past with me, that’s totally cool and no problem and please just proceed as normal.  Secondly, I’d like to do 39 (don’t ask; it makes sense in my head) practice sessions and then reevaluate. In these practice sessions, I’d like to remove the expectations of Rolfing, of goals, of even achieving anything.  I’d like to just see what comes up and what happens.  While I have no idea what might occur in each of these sessions, I can promise you, they won’t be standard Rolfing sessions.

Here’s how I’d like to set it up, if you’re interested in being a Guinea pig.  The first 10 volunteers for an alternate healing session get their sessions for free.  The next 10 pay $20.  The next 9 pay $40.  The idea being that whatever I’m learning how to do here, I’ll get better with practice.  I’d like to allow 2 hours for each of these sessions, even though I have no idea how long they’ll actually last.  It might be 15 minutes; it might be the full 2 hours.

So what do you say?  Wanna help me get some practice in, and maybe get some healing out of the deal?  If so, you can schedule online, as usual.  Select the “Snakey Session” instead of the Rolfing SI or Kick-Ass Rub.  Once I’ve had 39 volunteers, I’ll take the option off.  Or not.  We’ll see.  That’s then.  Not now.

Thanks for listening to my confession.  And thanks, in advance, for your support.

Guess what happens on Sunday, SassyPants!  Well, Mother’s Day, for one, so make sure you thank your mom.  But also, I’m turning 32.  Hooray!  32 years completed on this planet!  And, there’s a tradition in these parts (it can be a tradition if you’ve done it twice, right?) of Pay What You Can Week happening for my birthday.  Which I love doing and is always a blast, but we’re mixing it up this year.  I hope you’re ready.  See, I just got back from this crazy-intense Buddhist meditation retreat in Crestone and I’m feeling all one with the world and connected to everything and super lovey-dovey.  I’m driving my friends crazy, I’m sure.  Regardless, instead of Pay What You Can Week, I’m just going to go ahead and call it Pay What You Want Week.  Before, it was all, pay what makes sense for you.  Or pay for a friend.  But there were limits and rules and regulations and blah and blah and blah.  So forget all that.  Pay What You Want.  If you want to pay me in hugs or milk chocolate or daisies, go for it.  If you want to pay with cash, pick your price and go for it.  If you want to draw me a picture to pay for your session, that’s cool, too.

This way, it’s like I’m giving away free sessions for my birthday and I just happen to get a bunch of presents at the same time.  Everyone wins!

So, if you want to come in for Pay What You Want Week (and why wouldn’t you?) just go ahead and schedule online (in Denver) or give me a call or shoot me an email (for Lafayette appointments).  Pay What You Want Week will be from Monday, May 13th to Sunday, May 19th.  If you already have a session scheduled during that time, you’re all set.  If not, get on it before they all fill up.

Yay for birthdays!  (And to all the other May birthdays out there, happy birthday month!)

Who doesn’t love some good before and after pictures, eh?  I’ve been pretty excited about this whole photo/video project I’ve been working on for the past couple months.  And I’m excited to share that two people are finished with their 5-serieses.  Serieses?  That can’t be right.  Whatever the plural of 5-series is, that’s what I meant to say.  Regardless, today we’re going to do a little visual analysis of the before and after pictures of Mr. Steve.  I hope you’re ready, ’cause it’s going to be absolutely thrilling.  Let me tell you.

Okey dokey.  To get started, let’s take a minute to say thank you to Steve for his willingness to be photographed in his underwear.  What  a champ!  Then, let’s take a look at Steve’s before and after pictures with him facing forward and backward.

So, when I look at these photos, the changes from before the first session (on the left) and after the 5th session (on the right) are pretty dramatic.  But, I look at people’s structures all day long.  Just ask my friends.  I can’t go anywhere without pointing out people who need Rolfing.  I’m pretty annoying.  Let’s get back to Steve, though, shall we?  Let’s take the first two pictures, of Steve’s front.  Can we just look at those shoulders?  I mean, wow.  Not only does he look 6 inches broader, but those shoulders are pretty damn close to even in height in the second picture…not so much in the first.  Yay!  And look at that head!  It’s like the turtle has come out of his shell in the second picture.  As we take a look at Steve’s back, we see that same breadth across the shoulders.  Gorgeous.  Now, take a look at Steve’s feet.  Notice how much more parallel they are in the ‘after’ pictures?  Yeah, I bet you do.  Ready for more?

Let’s move on to a little side action.  This is where it gets really crazy.  I hope you’re prepared.

Check out that neck!  Steve’s probably an inch taller, with his head over his shoulders instead of out in front of them.  And again, there are those stunning shoulders.  Rolled forward in the first pictures, and not so much in the after pics.  Love it!  And take a look at his chest.  In the before shots, there’s a bit of a shortening, or a collapsing of his rib cage.  In the after pictures, he’s all puffed up like a robin on the first day of spring.  As we take a look at his abdomen, we notice that just from postural changes, it looks like Steve’s lost 5 pounds of belly.  No sit-ups involved!  Through his legs we can see that the muscles look more balanced and relaxed after the 5-series and less ropey than they did beforehand.  And then we’ve got one last look at those much-closer-to-parallel feet.  Huzzah!

Well, this all might not be as exciting to you as it is to me.  But as you know, I don’t normally take before and after pictures in my practice.  So it’s been fun seeing the visual results of these sessions.  Maybe, with practice, or enough time spent hanging out with me, you too can annoy your friends by pointing out strangers who need Rolfing!  Fingers crossed.

Next up, we get to check out Marissa’s pictures.  I’m on the edge of my seat.  Until then, enjoy this beautiful spring, SassyPants!

—-Announcements—-

The next Demo Day will be Monday, April 15th (come after you’ve mailed your taxes)!
If you have people in your life you feel would benefit from a session with me, this is the perfect way to get a little taste with very little commitment.  30 minute sessions for $10 each.  New clients only.

Meditation/Bodywork Retreat
This is actually happening, people.  I never thought it would get here, but it’s this month!  The Posture of Meditation:  Breathing Through the Whole Body.  April 26th through May 5th in beautiful Crestone, Colorado with Will Johnson.  Combining meditation techniques with Rolfing.  Participants will receive a Rolfing session every other day for a total of 4 sessions, while spending several hours each day in guided meditation.  I’ll be there Rolfing and meditating my heart out.  Will you?  For more information, please click here.

I’m having a special!  Hooray!

Last year, I held my first ever YIAW (it’s so fun to say!) and it was awesome.  Yoga Instructor Appreciation Week was so much fun for me.  I love working with yoga-folk, and the instructors, man, they really get it, you know?  So this year, I’m doing it again.

One week.  Half-priced sessions ($60) for every yoga instructor who wants one.  Well, until I’m full-up, which almost happened last year, so I guess could happen this year.  We shall see…

YIAW starts tomorrow, March 11th and goes through Sunday the 17th.  As of this very minute of writing, there are 8 appointments still available in Denver and 1 in Lafayette.  If you’re a yoga teacher and you want one, let me know and I’ll get you scheduled.  If you know a yoga instructor who might like one, let them know to let me know and we’ll get everyone squared away.  Cool?  Cool.

Oh man, I’m so pumped to do this again this year!

So many exclamation points in one blog post!  I can hardly stand it!

March 11th through March 17th.  Yoga Instructor Appreciation Week.  It’s happening.

Guess what I did this past weekend.  You may have gone skiing.  Or snuggled up in front of a fire with a good book and a cup of tea.  Or done keg stands and sung karaoke.  And while those would have been lovely activities for this weekend, what I did was cooler.  I promise.  Well, at least from my point of view; but I’m kinda weird.  I went to a four-day workshop on visceral manipulation!  That’s right.  Four full days of moving abdominal organs around.  Awesome.  Just like I said.  (Though maybe not cooler than keg stands and karaoke, I’ll admit.)

I spent four days with 21 other students ranging from nurses and physical therapists to Rolfers, acupuncturists, and massage therapists.  We drew our livers, stomachs, sphincters and secums (with eyeliner) so we could see where they are and just how huge our livers are.  5.5 pounds for the average liver, people.  Ginormous!  We learned all about listening to those organs (and others) to see if they are functioning optimally.  We learned to release restrictions and to reset normal motility to encourage ideal functioning.  We learned how to drain the gallbladder!  What?!?  Craziness.

More importantly, we learned why we might want to do all of those things.  I mean, obviously, you want your digestive system to work well.  And obviously having a restriction in your small intestine might be problematic.  But did you realize that a restriction in your liver can cause right shoulder pain?  Did you know that a restriction in the ligaments supporting your stomach can cause your neck to hurt on the left side?  Or that appendix or right ovary irritation can make your right knee unstable?  A restricted small intestine can exacerbate scoliosis.  Who knew?!?  Certainly not me.  Not until this past weekend, at least.

But now?  Now I know.  And I’m so excited to share these techniques (as it’s appropriate) with you!  So get ready to have your viscera manipulated.  I promise it won’t hurt.

 

Announcements:

Demo Day is Friday March 15th.  $10 for a 30-minute teaser session.  New clients only.

YIAW (Yoga Instructor Appreciation Week) is March 11th-17th.  $60 sessions for any yoga teachers.  Spread the word!