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If you’ve been with me for a while, you know the drill: my birthday is coming up and I’m celebrating with Pay What You Want Week, the first week of May. If you are new around these parts, well, the same is still true. I’m turning 35 (halfway to 70, baby!) and I’m giving you presents. Well, just one present, to be specific. Pay What You Want Week is just what it sounds like. For the first week of May, the 1st through the 7th, you can schedule a Rolfing session with me as you normally would, but pay whatever you’d like when it’s all done. Want to pay in cookies? You can do that. Want to pay in fairy sprinkles? Totally an option. Want to pay with a song and a dance? I’m down. Want to pay a dollar amount of your choice? That works, too. The only rule is that you keep in mind that I share a 450 square foot apartment with a person, a dog, a cat, and three fish. I have no room for stuff. Please no stuff. (Fairy sprinkles don’t count as stuff.)

So go ahead. Schedule your Pay What You Want session for the week of May 1st through May 7th and I’ll see you then!

If I get another email telling me how I just have to market to my customers, right now, well, I’ll probably just delete it.

I get it already.  I know.  Everyone is (or soon will be) looking for interesting, unique, lovely gifts and if my customers see a special offer from me, they might just realize that my product, service, or whatever would just be perfect for that special someone.  I know.  And still.  It makes me gag.  All the selling and buying and stress and worry that’s tied up in the holidays.  Days where we should be focusing on feasting and family and gratitude and love and resting in the quiet dark.    I don’t want to contribute to the feeding frenzy.  So I’m not.

But.  I do feel super lucky to have the best clients in the world, namely you.  I’m so grateful that I love going to work every day.  As a big ‘ole thank you, I’m doing half-priced sessions for the first two weeks of November.  I want to encourage you to take care of yourself before the holidays start.  Before the madness of last-minute trips to the mall or tears shed over burned cookies or out-of-town travel making you nuts.  Take care of yourself first.

So for the first two weeks of November, Sunday the 1st through Saturday the 14th, all sessions are $60.  As a way for me to say thank you and so you can take care of you.  That’s it.  Happy Thanksgiving, and happy holidays in December.  Hopefully I’ll see you soon!

I’m turning 34! It’s not exciting at all, really, despite the exclamation point. 30 is exciting. 35 is exciting. Even 33 is exciting, for a nerd like me, since 3 is the square root of my favorite number and therefore, my second favorite number, so 33 is a fun number for me. (If you never want to talk to me again after I’ve outed myself as an extreme dweeb, I’ll understand.) Regardless, I can find nothing exciting about 34. But, it’s my birthday, and that provides excitement enough.

AND, for the 5th year running, for my birthday, you get a special deal on Rolfing! So, hopefully, you’re excited about my birthday, too. This year’s Pay What You Want Week will run from Monday, May 4th through Sunday, May 10th. In case you’re new to Pay What You Want Week (PWYWW), it’s exactly what it sounds like. You schedule a session. You come get a session. You pay what you want for said session.

This really is my favorite week of the year. It’s always so much fun to see old clients, meet new ones, and get presents all week! Flowers, and muffins, and acro-yoga classes, and paintings, oh my! So schedule away, my loves, and I’ll see you then!

Spring is here! Warmer weather, more daylight, and all kinds of flowers poking their brave heads above the ground. It’s all so juicy!

So, I just realized that I’m going to be in Chicago for my 5-year anniversary of graduating from the Rolf Institute as a real, live Certified Rolfer. Which is sad, because I wanted to do something special to celebrate. But, hold up, it’s not actually sad at all because it just means that I’m going to do that something special earlier. Hooray!

Dr. Ida Rolf (who came up with Rolfing, in case you didn’t know and thought we Rolfers just got together and picked the worst possible name for what we do) used to struggle with the question, “What is Rolfing?” I’m sure you can relate, if you’ve tried to explain it to anyone, ever. Ida used to say that Rolfing was education, and in that vein, I’d like to give out some scholarships to celebrate 5 years doing this work, but I need your help.

Here’s how this is going to work. During the week of April 6th through April 12th, if you want, you come in and get a session. Then, whoever you want to receive a scholarship comes in the following week, April 13th through the 20th, for free, as long as I’ve never seen them (as a client) before. So, if there’s that person in your life, be it a spouse, a child, a coworker, a friend, a parent, a neighbor, a lover, that you’ve been trying, desperately, to convince to come get Rolfed, this is your (and their) chance. You get a session, they get a session. Total cost: one session. I don’t even care if you two work it out and split the cost of the first session. Just how generous you want to be is up to you. But you need to come in that first week and give me the name of the person you’re gifting the scholarship session to for the second week. Capisci? Let’s educate (Rolf) the masses!

Okay, next order of business: Music. To all of you who sent me suggestions or brought me CDs, thank you so much! I finally have a new playlist and I’m so excited to share it with you next time you’re in. If you still have more suggestions, but never got around to letting me know, feel free to keep ‘em coming. It’s been such a joy being exposed to new music through you. Thank you!

Lastly, I wanna talk to all my Lafayette (and surrounding area) peeps. I left my practice in Lafayette a while back as I focused more on being in Denver and doing less driving in my life, and because of that, I no longer get to see some of you, which gives me a sad. Hopefully, you have found new and lovely and wonderful practitioners to take care of your bodywork needs. However, if you haven’t, I have fantastic news! My friend, Dave Sheldon, who I’ve mentioned before, is now practicing Rolfing and SourcePoint Therapy in Lafayette, and I promise you, he is lovely and wonderful (though not new, as he has more experience than I do, by far). And I just googled his office location and it’s a whopping 1.2 miles from my old office (or 4 minutes by car). Dave is my Rolfer, and I can give no higher praise than that, but he also works in a way that is remarkably similar to the way I work, so if you’re missing my particular brand of magic, Dave is as close as it gets, without the drive to Denver. So please, check him out if you’re so inclined.

That’s what I’ve got for you this time. Stay cool, my lovelies!

Once upon a time, I met with a psychic.  Or a seer.  That word “psychic” is so charged, you know?  Anyways, I met with a man who has the ability to see beyond the obvious and draw connections between the seemingly disconnected.  Which is not the point of this story.  The point is that he asked me what I really loved; what got me super excited.  And I said, “presence.”  Because I just love when I’m with someone and they are totally and completely with me, too.  Not worrying about their grocery list.  Not checking their phone.  Not watching TV.  Just being present.

But this guy thought I said “presents.”  Like birthday presents.  Which was an awesome, hilarious mistake.  And is also true.

It also perfectly fits into Pay What You Want Week, which is happening very soon.  Every year, for my birthday, I do a Pay What You Want Week because I love my work.  And because I love the idea of giving presents on your birthday.  And because I love seeing a bunch of clients for my birthday.  And because it’s always so fun to see what people bring me (last year I got pumpkin pecan waffles!  and flowers!  and luscious lotions!).  And because I can.  ‘Cause I’m the boss.

So, because I love presence, and I’m never more present than during a session, and because I love presents, it’s Pay What You Want Week for my birthday every year.  But, because my youngest sister is getting married and I’ll be in Chicago for the week leading up to my birthday, I’m doing it a little bit early this year.  I hope you don’t mind.

Saturday, April 26th through Friday, May 2nd will be Pay What You Want Week.  It’s just what it sounds like, but in case you need further explanation, here’s how it goes:  You book a session during that week, just like you normally would.  Then, you come in and receive said session, just like you normally would.  Then, you pay what you want.  Easy, peasy.  You can choose a dollar amount that works for you.  Or you can bring pumpkin pecan waffles.  Or you can sing me a song.  Really.  Pay what you want.  I hope you’re as excited as I am.

Here’s to presence!  And presents!  Happy spring, SassyPants!  I hope to see you during Pay What You Want Week!

Let me guess.  You’re not going to be awesome to your body for the next 6 weeks.  I’m right there with you.  Family obligations and the stress they bring.  Holiday parties with not a vegetable in sight.  A few too many cocktails on New Year’s Eve.  Cold weather keeping you snuggled on the couch instead of walking through the park.  Really, I get it.  I’m challenging myself to go a whole month without eating out.  But I’m not starting until January ’cause I’m not stupid.

On the flip side, I know how crappy I felt last year around this time.  Sluggish.  Achey.  Tired.  Mildly grumpy.  And I don’t want to repeat that.  So I’m committing to do better than last year.  Even if that means I still eat too many Christmas cookies and there is more movie watching than I need.  I’m committing to regular exercise, more vegetables in my meals, and a little less alcohol.  And I’m also committing to regular bodywork.  Now, I know, it’s not fair.  Most of my aches and pains I can take care of myself, while watching a movie, which is awesome.  You, too, should be a Rolfer, and therefore, this lucky.  But still, there’s plenty I can’t take care of myself (or that I’m too lazy to take care of myself), and I need regular maintenance.  I get Rolfed about once a month with occasional cranio-sacral, acupuncture, and chiropractic sessions sprinkled into the mix whenever I can, because feeling good is important to me.

And now for the sales pitch:  May I suggest that you also keep up with whatever self-care schedule works for you, especially during this time of year when we tend to let everything slide?  I promise it’ll help those New Year’s resolutions seem more manageable.  But much more importantly, you’ll feel better, and that should be all the motivation you need.  This is your reminder that I’m offering Pay What You Want for all sessions until the end of the year.  And if you’re one of the lucky ones with a Health Savings Account or a Flexible Spending Account that expires at the end of the year, now would be be the time to use it, before you lose it (even if you use it somewhere other than my office).  I just want all of us to feel good, even through the holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving and may there be a lot of light in your life through these dark days!

I wouldn’t call myself a Buddhist.  At least, not yet.  I don’t know the rules of Buddhism, and since I was raised Catholic, I’m used to very strict, non-bendy rules.  With Catholicism, you can’t just wake up one morning and declare yourself a Catholic.  You need to be baptized Catholic.  You need to be confirmed Catholic.  If you’re not born and raised as a Catholic, you probably have to go to classes and take tests and have meetings and do other horribly boring tasks before the Catholic church will allow you the honor of calling yourself a Catholic.  And so, while I love what I  know about Buddhism, I also realize I know very little about Buddhism.  And I certainly haven’t been baptized or confirmed a Buddhist.  Nor have I gone to Buddhism classes, taken Buddhism tests, or participated in any horribly boring Buddhist meetings.  I don’t even know if any of those things are available to fledgling Buddhist wannabes.  That’s how much I don’t know about Buddhism.  So wouldn’t call myself a Buddhist.

BUT.  All that being said, I’m drawn to the idea of ‘Buddhist economics.’  From what I understand, there’s a tradition in Buddhism, of the teachers offering their teachings on a donation basis.  There is the implied understanding that all those who benefit from the teachings will then go forth and share those teachings with others-also on a donation basis.  After all, it would be bad juju (technical Buddhist term) to get something for free and then turn around and try to make a huge profit from it.

I’ve been curious about this concept for a while.  SAME cafe in Denver offers lunch on a Pay What You Can basis.  I’ve read stories about other restaurants in other cities doing the same thing.  My shaman offers sessions on a sliding scale.  And when I do a Pay What You Want Week for my birthday every year, it’s one of my favorite weeks of the year.  It’s all so fascinating to me.  Can it really work long term?  It sounds so very lovely, and community oriented, and utopian, and magical, and full of opportunities for people to rip you off and take advantage of you…  But SAME has been open and operating for 7 years now.  It seems like it can really work long term.  Which leads me (in a very long and roundabout way, I know) to my point; and that is this:  I’m offering all my sessions through the end of the year on a Pay What You Want basis to experiment.  Then, I’ll reevaluate.

Just to clarify.  I’m offering healing sessions on a donation basis.  I am not expecting you to then go out and offer healing sessions on a donation basis, unless you yourself are a healer and feel drawn to do so.  I am simply hoping that with less pain, you will be able to start your day with more energy.  With better range of motion you will be able to greet your coworkers with more kindness.  With a better night’s sleep you will be able to meet your children with more patience.  Pay it forward in some way, shape, or form.  You know; standard hippy dippy hopes and dreams.

If you already have a session booked, you can pay what you want for it, everything else stays the same.  If Pay What You Want or sliding scale situations make you uncomfortable (I know you’re out there), feel free to pay my regular rate.  I do have a couple of rules for this experiment, just to (try to) maintain my sanity. 1) Pay what makes sense for you.  I don’t know your economic situation.  Please don’t ask me what you should pay.  If you can give a little more, please do so.  If you can’t, no worries.  Consider your life right now and pay what makes sense for you.  2) Please limit your form of donation to money, consumables, or experiences.  No stuff please.  I have enough stuff.  And a tiny apartment.  There is no more space for stuff.  But money is nice.  So are homemade cookies and bottles of wine.  So are scuba diving lessons, concert tickets, and horseback riding adventures.  Just no stuff, please.  3) Lastly, I beg of you, don’t make me regret this.  Don’t book 12 sessions, then show up for none of them.  That’s rude.  Don’t book a session and show up 30 minutes late, either.  Don’t get mad at me when I’m not available to work with you all day and all night and weekends and holidays.

I think those are the only rules I have.  Pay what makes sense for you.  No stuff.  Don’t be rude.

Oh my gosh, SassyPants, I’m so excited/nervous about this experiment!  I feel like we should place bets on the success rate or something.  But that’s not very Buddhist.  Or is it?  I really don’t know.  I’m just a fledgling Buddhist wannabe.

Much love,
Theresa

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.