News from MaryAnn

Love in the time of coronavirus

Dear readers, I hope you are staying grounded during this time of uncertainty and fear. I recommend going outside in your bare feet and walking around on some grass, as often as you need.

Feel your feet sink slightly into the grass atop soil softened by the recent Austin rains, with each step. Enjoy the coolness, the textures, and the sensations in your feet.

Imagine this connection with Mother Earth moving up your legs, into your torso, touching all of your tissues, permeating all of your cells, and leaving your body through the crown of your head.

You are connecting to earth and to heaven! This energetic experience is about being fully alive in the present moment. It’s a renewing and restorative experience to counter upsetting news, conflict on social media, fears for ourselves and our loved ones, uncertain futures.

In my yard…

Integrative tele-healing sessions

I’m changing the name of my new online service to Integrative Tele-Healing Sessions. Bear with me as I navigate my way through this rapid change…as I’m sure you’re doing as well.

Quite a few CST practitioners are adamant that working remotely is not craniosacral therapy. (Plus the words “remote” and “distance” run counter to the connection we make with our voices, intentions, and energy fields, even when we’re not in each other’s physical presence.)

This attitude is coming both from those who are Upledger-trained and those who are biodynamics trained.

I’ve trained in both, and I’ve trained in Reiki, which can be done at a distance.

In my ninth year of offering bodywork, I can only say that when I work, everything I’ve ever trained in and experienced informs my work. What I’m using at any given moment is what’s in the forefront of my awareness.

That could be what I’m sensing in your body, what I’m sensing in my body, what I’m sensing in our blended fields, where your body-mind system draws my curiosity or my hands, the changes I notice during a session. “The work” flows through us both.

Years ago, it became clear to me that I could not do bodywork without also being aware of my energy, your energy, the energy in the room, and the power of our intent to influence energy. For experienced massage therapists, especially those who are yogis or Qi gong practitioners, bodywork is also energy work.

This may sound woo-woo to some, but for me, energy is real and can be sensed, usually as subtle sensations but sometimes not subtle. This energy is described in the ancient traditions, yoga, meditation, Qi gong, shamanism, Chinese medicine, and Ayurveda.

If you’re a doubter, rub your palms together briskly for about 30 seconds. They will feel warm. Now hold them a few inches apart. Can you sense something between your hands? Practice moving your hands apart and together. Notice. What you sense between your hands is energy.

We have energy centers and channels in our bodies. We have awareness. We have intent. We have our senses, our speech, our imaginations, our discernment, our intuition, and we have technology. We’ll put these to use in our sessions.

Anyway. Other practitioners are calling it energy work, remote healing, distance sessions, shamanic energetics, etc.

I prefer Integrative Tele-Healing Sessions. Clear and simple and not too woo-woo.

You need to have some uninterrupted time for a session. You make yourself comfortable in your home (seated or lying down), and be open to communicating and receiving. I guide you into a more relaxed state, and we explore what emerges.

I stay connected with you during sessions, even through periods of silence that allow “the work” to go deeper.

I’ll be learning how to Skype, but we can also connect with just our voices on the phone. More on that when it’s ready.

I want you to feel free to share what’s coming up for you in real time, if you wish.

At the end of the session, you can schedule another session if you would like. I’m offering a sliding scale rate of $50 to $100. Tips are appreciated but not required. You can pay me through Venmo or PayPal.

Schedule 90 minutes

Schedule 60 minutes

I’m also planning to offer sessions through Groupon. More on that when it’s ready.

You can also give sessions to others through gift certificates, to be used now or later when I can safely offer in-person sessions again.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Call 512-507-4184 or schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.

Checking in. How are you?

How are you all doing?

I miss you.

I usually put out a newsletter near the beginning of each season. I just haven’t been able to get going on it.

I’m at home nearly all the time. I am healthy, doing ecstatic dance and yoga classes online, eating healthy, taking really good supplements, meditating, staying on top of my physical and mental health care.

Well, at least I had hand washing down before this!

I’ve been getting caught up on chores at home: moving my bookshelf, reorganizing my books, sorting receipts for taxes, cleaning.

I have plenty to do: a stack of books to read, access to online entertainment.

But sometimes it’s hard to get motivated. I feel some sadness and some anxiety about this.

When that happens, I find some solace in silently taking in the natural world — mockingbirds and mourning doves, beautiful shades of green (my favorite color), clouds, watching it rain, walking barefoot outside when the rain stops.

I live alone and wish I’d gotten a cat or a dog and planted a garden before this sheltering in place started. I can still do those things. There’s a risk to going out, though, that wasn’t there before.

I guess we’re all learning more about viruses and immunity and public health policies than we’d ever imagined.

I care about you. I hope you are well and healthy, practicing good self-care, and that if you get the virus, it’s the mild version. Or even better, the symptomless version.

What’s it like to not go to your job?

What’s it like if you’re considered an essential worker and are still having to work?

What’s it like if your income suddenly dropped?

What’s it like if you’re on the front lines, as my RN daughter will soon be?

What’s it like to be home with kids all day, if you haven’t been?

What’s it like if you have a medical condition that’s been put on the back burner because all medical resources are focusing on treating the virus?

I feel hopeful that when this pandemic is over, we can rebuild a better society and live saner, more fulfilling lives.

Since so much of my life, especially the craniosacral therapy and the meditation practice I have, is about connecting to Source, calming yours and my nervous systems, and listening with healing intent as our systems shift in response and augment our innate healing abilities, I’m investigating and preparing to practice distance healing.

It’s a way to connect.

If you need someone to send healing energies your way, just let me know. I could use a couple more people to practice on.

Want to learn how to meditate?

I subscribe to David Cain’s blog Raptitude. He just put up this wonderful post that is a complete guide to actually getting somewhere with meditation. (That’s the title!)

If you have time on your hands while sheltering in place and you’d like to start meditating, try meditating again only this time with better guidance, or explain meditation to non-meditators, this is for you.

It’s written in down to earth, common sense language that explains some of the difficulties of learning to meditate. It helps you identify what stage you’re in, and provides some guidance for getting through the parts where you’re wondering if you’re doing it right, have questions, want to give up, and more.

Anyway, while we’re hunkering down and sheltering in place, learning how to meditate could serve you well, with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits that can help you and your loved ones get through this pandemic with a little more equanimity and resilience.



Coronavirus precautions

If you have a fever, cough, sniffles, cold, or flu symptoms, please let me know so we can reschedule your appointment. There will be no charge for cancellations within 24 hours.

Some of the people who come to our offices are infants, elderly, or otherwise people whose immune systems may not be robust. We want to do what we can to protect them and everyone, including ourselves, from getting sick.

We have tissues in the waiting room and the bathroom and soap for washing your hands. We practitioners wash our hands well between seeing patients. (This was our practice long before coronavirus — it’s part of our training.)

I keep hand sanitizer available to use in my office,  and I use it myself on my hands as soon as I complete an intraoral TMJ treatment and wash them well after each patient leaves. We are wiping down doorknobs, light switches, faucets, and other objects frequently touched as well.

I am 60+ and very healthy. I had a mild, 2-day cold in fall 2019, and I could not remember how long it had been since my previous cold — it was at least 3 years. My immune system appears to be strong.

However, if the coronavirus starts spreading in Austin from person to person, I may decide to put my work on hold, simply because it seems to be more severe for older people and no one knows exactly why.

Thank you for your consideration as we move together through this uncertainty.