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I know I haven’t written in a while.  I hope you’ll forgive me.  I crashed headfirst into a wall of burnout and just couldn’t bring myself to write for a while.  The summer, with its attendant abundance of daylight hours, tends to make me feel unstoppable and I end up taking on more than is anything like reasonable.  Alas.  I’ve cut back and rested and most importantly, distilled.  Gotten to the essence of things.  That process of taking all the options and picking the ones that are the most important.  Figuring out what provides the most value, what brings the most joy, and what is the most necessary for not just surviving, but thriving.  I decided to write my manifesto of belief.  Are ya ready for it?

I believe each person on this planet is divine.
I believe each of us has a purpose on this planet.
I believe in a universal consciousness.
I believe work can and should be fun, fulfilling, and profitable.
I believe each of us was put here to learn certain lessons.
I believe marriage should be between two consenting adults, regardless of each person’s gender, race, or religion.
I believe in all the gods.  Including Zeus.
I believe animals can understand me when I talk to them.
I believe plants can understand me when I talk to them.
I believe stare-at-the-wall-time is critical.
I believe I always have a choice.
I believe everything happens along a spectrum.  There will always be something or someone better or worse or happier or sadder or more or less than you or me.
I believe I can choose my emotions and my outlook.
I believe the universe is conspiring to shower me with blessings.
I believe this world is richly abundant.
I believe big, old trees make people feel better.
I believe healing happens between an individual and their healing gods.  Any truly talented healer is just a great phone operator who can establish a super-clear connection between the parties.
I believe pizza is the best food on the planet, closely followed by sushi.
I believe everything waxes and wanes.
I believe in Love, with a capital ‘L.’
I believe honesty and integrity are extremely important.
I believe friendship has the power to heal.
I believe there is a splinter of Aphrodite in my being.
I believe in power animals.
I believe my power animal is an Orca.
I believe music is magical.
I believe my beliefs create my reality and define my life.

Now it’s your turn.  What do you believe?  What’s your personal credo?  Will you take the time to write (or draw, or paint, or sing, or dance) your own manifesto?  Will you share it with the world and let your light shine?  I would love it if you’d put your beliefs in the comments.  Let’s start a culture of belief in our little tribe, shall we?

With much Love,

What am I, a sadist or something?

Actually, no, despite what people accuse me of when they find out what I do.  I don’t enjoy hurting people.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I do feel a little surge of satisfaction when a client walks in to my office claiming “you can’t hurt me,” and then I make them cry ‘uncle;’ but I have a bit of a spiteful streak, just ask my mother.  Generally speaking, I don’t want to hurt you or anyone else.  The goal of every session is to help, not hurt; unfortunately, sometimes they’re one and the same.

So, how can you decrease your chances of feeling pain during a session?  Every once in a while, it’s completely unavoidable.  Breaking up scar tissue isn’t fun for anyone; and everyone’s got an extra-sensitive spot, whether it’s the IT bands, or the ilio-psoas, or the bottoms of your feet.  However, most pain can be avoided with two little tricks.

First, there’s water, water, and more water.  Dehydrated tissues are like glue that’s begun to dry out:  it’s really thick and hard to move, and I’m in the business of moving tissue.  Well hydrated tissues are like, well, watery glue:  runny and extremely pliable.  I can tell as soon as I start working who’s a big water drinker and who’s chosen diuretics for their liquid intake instead.  Diuretics are anything that cause the body to expel water; such as caffeine and alcohol.  Sugar requires so much water to process that it also causes dehydration, so even caffeine free pop and juice can lead to gummy, sticky tissues.  I cannot tell if you just chugged a bottle of water before your session, unless I start pressing on your bladder.  Nor can I tell you had three cups of coffee this morning, except by the fact that you’re having an awfully difficult time lying down.  What I can tell is what your patterns are.  When you’re thirsty, do you reach for water or pop?  Do you start every day with a pot of coffee or a cup of herbal tea?  The more hydrated you are habitually the less pain you’ll experience during your sessions.

The second little trick is talking to me.  Everyone has different sensitive areas.  And everyone has a different pain threshold.  Until you let me know where your boundaries are, I have a hard time reading your mind.  Sure, there are clues people give off, that I’m well-trained to pay attention to.  Holding your breath, clenching your jaw or fists, and a fluttering of your eyelids may all indicate that we’re working in a place that’s not at all comfortable.  But it’s better for me, and you, if we don’t get to the place where you’re holding your breath at all.  And since you’re the expert on your body, you’re the only one who can tell me “we’re getting close to the edge of what I can take.”  So please do!  Communicating with me about what areas are sensitive and when you’d like me to slow down or ease up can go a long way in making sure you’re not jumping off the table.  You’ll also get better results if we’re not causing problems in your jaw while working on your IT bands.

While I try my best not to cause unnecessary pain, much of the responsibility lies with you.  So quit assuming it’s fun for me to see you jump, please.  I’m only here to help.  I promise.