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Welcome, 2018!

Today I reopen for business after some time off for the holidays. I’m looking forward to deepening my skills and building my practice and business, even more, this year.

What’s up for you? Is there a way I can be of service to you? I invite you to get in touch (leave a voice mail, text, email, schedule online, or message me on Facebook).

I’ve rearranged my office, and I hope you will enjoy it more. After a year and a half, I figured out how to use the space better. There’s more space to sit and talk before our table time starts, and it feels more pleasing to be and work in. The mirror reflects the window now so I can visually connect with the nature outside no matter where I sit/stand/kneel while I am connecting with the nature in you. Continue reading “Welcome, 2018!”

Zero Balancing + Biodynamics = Wellness

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.

Continue reading “Zero Balancing + Biodynamics = Wellness”

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Raffle results

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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?

 

Post-concussion self-care

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”

Silent auctions coming right up!

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!

What people say after a Zero Balancing session

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:

Taller.

Lighter.

In less pain.

Less stress.

Having better posture.

Having better movement.

Expanded.

More aligned.

Looser in the tight places.

Stretched.

Their depression has gone to neutral.

More solid on the ground.

Less timid.

Not stuck.

More in their body.

More grounded.

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?