Many, but by no means all, of my bodywork clients receive a combination of two modalities that I offer, Zero Balancing and Biodynamics. If you read my Happy Clients page, they have often given good feedback about this combination.
If you’re not familiar with these two modalities, both are done with the recipient fully clothed and for the most part lying on you back. I offer a table warmer and blanket if you need warmth.
I usually start these combination sessions with Zero Balancing, but I can end with it if you need high energy for your next activity. Most people enjoy relaxing after a session, and I usually end with Biodynamics.
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Today I drew from all the entries in my raffle for a 5-hour package of bodywork, which would cost $400 to purchase. Everyone who bought a session or a package or who referred a new client to me during September, October, and November was entered into the drawing.
The winner’s name is being kept private, but I can share that she bought a very generous package of sessions. (You can buy as many as you want and aren’t limited to the 3- or 5-session packages I give as examples.)
Although each entry had the possibility of being chosen, in this case the odds were in her favor because she simply had more entries than anyone else. Good strategy!
This is the first time I’ve offered a raffle. What do you think? Should I do it again next fall?
I’m getting referrals for craniosacral therapy for people who have had concussions, and I want to help these folks recover. Not knowing what a doctor may have told them but knowing how busy most doctors are, I am providing information here that may help injured brains recover more quickly. If your doctor tells you something different, listen.
People who’ve had concussions may report experiencing pain, dizziness or vertigo, balance issues, vision changes, speech problems, confusion, lack of focus, forgetfulness, nausea, sleepiness, emotional problems, and perhaps other symptoms. To be clear on the language, concussions are also called mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
To simplify, imagine your brain is like jello inside a closed container (cranium) cushioned by a thin layer of water (cerebrospinal fluid), with substantial membranes separating the major parts (hemispheres, cerebrum and cerebellum). A major impact slams the brain around inside the cranium, damaging brain tissue. Some research points to the corpus callosum, which connects the two hemispheres, receiving the most damage from concussions. Continue reading “Post-concussion self-care”→
One of the ways I like to support the health-oriented community in Austin is by donating my services at silent auctions.
I get to market my practice to health-conscious folks, who may be learning about me for the first time. Austin has many newcomers.
The winning bid is sometimes below market price so the winner saves money and gets to try something new.
What I offer may be just the thing they’ve been hoping for, which is very satisfying for me and for them.
Their word-of-mouth satisfaction (I hope) spreads into their network.
I get a tax write-off for my donation.
When I attend the event, I meet like-minded people.
These events are fun!
Sometimes I even receive a t-shirt and/or guest tickets in exchange for donating.
I have donated three hours of bodywork (any modality or combination) to the Green Corn Project‘s annual fundraiser coming up on Sunday, October 29. This nonprofit is devoted to more organic gardens in Central Texas. This is my first year to donate, yet I’ve been wanting to attend for years, and finally, it’s happening!
I’m donating three hours of bodywork (again, any modality or combination) to the Save Our Springs Alliance (SOS) annual holiday party’s silent auction on Friday, December 8. I’ve donated for several years. This nonprofit supports a healthy environment in the Austin and Central Texas area.
I just donated a 90-minute session Oct. 22 at the Austin Fermentation Festival. The winner has been announced! Can’t wait to meet them!
I just finished my fourth class in Zero Balancing, and so I am eligible to apply for certification.
The part I love most about giving my clients a Zero Balancing session comes after the fully-clothed bodywork has concluded, when the receiver slowly moves from supine on my massage table to sidelying to seated to standing, taking a pause after each movement, and finally takes a few steps around my office.
I ask, “What are you noticing?”
People pay exquisite attention to their own sensations, and I collect their descriptions, eagerly anticipating what they will say. Often they tell me with a sense of revelation that they feel:
In less pain.
Having better posture.
Having better movement.
Looser in the tight places.
Their depression has gone to neutral.
More solid on the ground.
More in their body.
Breathing in their back too.
In touch with their heaviness.
Zero Balancing works on both structure and energy, and you can definitely see that in these descriptions. Of course, structure and energy affect each other.
Zero Balancing is the most transformative type of bodywork I’ve received or given for the amount of time spent on the table, which is usually 30-45 minutes. The changes are simply not on the same level as, “Oh, my shoulders don’t feel so tight” or “My low back pain is gone.”
Those things happen, and ZB recipients experience themselves differently, more as whole-body energetic free beings. Many people rarely experience themselves as such. Working with the deepest layer, the bones, frees up so much.
It’s the modality that helps people experience complete embodiment in a positive way, as if they are healthy and well, and the universe is a kind and friendly place to be. No wonder it’s becoming a sought-after experience!
Maybe it’s more spiritual for one person and more grounding for another. It seems to be a little bit different for everyone, and different each time. And that makes sense because our needs and awareness all vary.
Who would not want to live deeply in and from their body when it feels like this?
I got home from the 10-day Vipassana course (not a retreat, by the way) on August 20, and have been at work since. I’m ready for you!
I’m still integrating the experience, but for now I can say that some of the presence, focus, and equanimity I began to experience about Day 5 has remained with me. And since I returned, we’ve had an eclipse, I got an emergency brake job on my car, and a tropical storm dumped over a foot of rain at my place. Nothing has been “normal” for long. Bravo for equanimity!
There’s really nothing else like being in silence, away from books, smart phones, computers, writing, plans, and responsibilities, being fed, having a comfortable private room, walking in nature, and meditating up to 10 hours a day to cultivate presence, focus, and equanimity.
The 10-day course is intended to give people with jobs, families, and responsibilities an experience of monastic life, so the rules are strict. The providers have experimented with the length of the course, learning from experience that it takes 10 full days for this kind of transformation to take place. The course I attended was at Dhamma Siri in Kaufman, Texas, southeast of Dallas, and was offered in Hindi and English, and at least half the attendees were Indian-Americans. Ages ranged from 18 to 70s. There were about 50 women and about 75 men (based on dorm capacity), but we were segregated by gender and began observing silence not long after arrival (and wow, did we chatter when allowed to on Day 10!).
People have asked me if I enjoyed the course. “Enjoyed” is not the right word since part of the experience is to get in touch with one’s own suffering.
“Benefitted” is a better word. There wasn’t a day or probably even an hour that I didn’t feel at least a little discomfort in my back or shoulders from sitting. But over time, I developed more and more equanimity.
Pain is a teacher. It gets our attention. We want it to go away — that’s aversion — or we want to feel pain-free — that’s attraction or craving. Equanimity is being neither attracted nor repelled.
It helps to think of pain as a small part of a vast range of sensation, and once you do that, it is remarkable how pain transforms into a multitude of qualities such as tingly, numb, throbbing, piercing, sharp, dull, achy, and many more descriptors. It’s also worth noting that by bringing my attention to an area feeling discomfort, I observe it changing. The boundaries change, the center changes, the intensity changes. So a lot of the learning is about paying attention to subtle sensations — a big part of my work.
I also found parallels between the Vipassana experience and the craniosacral biodynamics that I practice. I will write more about this later.