Today I have the good fortune to be interviewed on Mind Body Radio at 10-10:15 am CST. You can listen on the Internet live or find my interview afterwards. Here’s the link: https://mindbodyradio.com.
Sunday I hosted a brown bag education session on craniosacral therapy for 10 of my fellow members of the Austin Wellness Collaborative. I spoke for about an hour about how I got into CST, its evolution and branches, and answered questions. Then I did a demo, talking about what I was doing and sensing, on a fellow AWC member, who also commented on what she was noticing. Success!
Coming up, on January 29 I will be talking to the staff at the office of Dr. Elizabeth Raine, DDS (my own dentist) about what I do and asking questions about what they notice and how they work with TMJ issues. This will be my first talk with a dental office.
It feels good to be doing more educational work, continuing to get the word out that skilled manual therapy can relieve TMJ symptoms.
If you know of an opportunity to educate, please keep me in mind.
I am loving fall this year, really paying attention to how the trees transform, with leaf color and leaf drop.
The longer nights invite introspection, dreaming of this transition to a new season, new year, and new decade. It is critical for our future on this planet that we really look at how we can live lives with more respect for the welfare of all, including the earth itself. It’s time for a new paradigm about power and love. The old ways are on their way out.
What are the changes that you want to see — and be — in this new decade?
I’ve been making a lot of soup — especially my green detox broth reverse-engineered from The Soup Peddler (text me for the recipe) and trying various mushroom soup recipes. So far, Hungarian mushroom soup wins for flavor!
Look for my winter newsletter in the next week or two.
If you are looking for holiday gift ideas, check out my Self-Care Tools and Books page for foot massage sandals, the Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow, the best shoulder tension relaxer I’ve found (Gaiam Pressure Point Roller), and more.
Holiday hours: I’ll be closing at 3 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and closed all day on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
If holiday stress has gotten to you, I recommend craniosacral therapy to help rebalance your nervous system. I’ll be open all day Dec. 26 and 27 and half a day on Dec. 31.
I’m taking time off for another 10-day silent meditation course — closing January 1-14. My online booking system has these times blocked from scheduling, so this is just a heads-up notice.
If you determine that 2020 is the time to finally address your TMJ tension and pain, I’d be honored to have you come in for the free 30-minute consultation and set up a TMJ Relief session (or 5 sessions for a discount).
I’m still designing the Yoga for the Jaw class I plan to offer in 2020, looking for a studio with props to host the first one as early as February.
I’m also prepared to meet with dental office staff to share what I do for TMJ relief and learn what they are doing.
I’m announcing now that I intend to create a “yoga for the jaw” class by the end of this year. There’s a sweet overlap of demographics: women of child-bearing age are nine times more likely than men to have severe or chronic TMJ issues, and this group also tends to take yoga (and Pilates) classes.
My plan is in the seedling stage right now. I have so much to learn and discern.
It feels good to get back into teaching yoga. I completed teacher training 10 years ago and taught restorative classes for a while. I’ve been practicing since 1982 and have been especially devoted since 1996 after a car wreck. I’m drawn to alignment-oriented classes and teachers, both for my own issues and as a bodyworker.
Learning from Tias has been on my bucket list for a decade, and I’m finally doing it! Prajna means wisdom in Sanskrit, and Prajna yoga is more comprehensive than most yoga, including more of the eight limbs of Patanjali’s yoga into practice, as well as anatomy and somatic awareness. Tias includes aspects of Buddhism and craniosacral therapy — interests we share — into his teachings.
I am especially looking forward to learning more about yoga for the cranium, jaw, and ear from him.
Thank you, Anna Gieselman, a Prajna teacher at Castle Hill Fitness in Austin, for letting me know about this workshop!
If you’re interested, Anna is teaching a free Prajna yoga class on Labor Day, Free Day of Yoga, at Castle Hill’s downtown location. You can reserve your spot here.
I’m taking a vacation, going to New Mexico to (1) get out of Austin in the August heat, (2) serve as a teaching assistant at a Nightwalking workshop in Taos, and (3) further explore Texas’ neighboring state, including checking out Roswell, camping at Ghost Ranch, soaking at Ojo Caliente, TAing a Nightwalking workshop while camping at Taos and further exploring that beautiful area, spending a few days in Santa Fe (Meow Wolf and 10,000 Waves are on my agenda), camping at Chaco Canyon, and stopping in Truth or Consequences and Fort Davis on my way back to Austin.
I will be available for sessions on Tuesday, August 13, and Wednesday, August 14. Then I will serve as a teaching assistant for the Upledger Institute’s Craniosacral Therapy 1 class in Austin, August 15-18 so I’ll be closed Thursday and Friday of that week.
I’ll be back in the office on Tuesday, August 20, with no other absences, other than holidays, planned until December. This will be a great uninterrupted opportunity to schedule a TMJ Relief package of weekly sessions.
My new TMJ brochures, created post-TMJ Mastery training in Canada in June, are completed and ready for distribution to dentist offices. If you’d like your dentist to carry them, please let me know.