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Thank you for a good year, my friends. Here’s to 2019!

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I woke up this morning at year’s end, reflecting on my work in 2018. It’s been a very good year for me in so many ways, and I want to share that with you.

  • I’ve really come into my own doing the advanced integrative bodywork that I love, and of course there’s always more to learn with each person who comes in.
  • I’ve done more sessions with more people than in previous years.
  • I started working with a business coach this year, and I am very grateful for that. I’ve learned a lot.
  • I’ve continued training in craniosacral therapy, biodynamics, and Zero Balancing, deepening and integrating those skills.
  • Treating TMJ tension and pain has become a satisfying mainstay of my practice, ranging from the free 30-minute consultation to the 5-sessions-in-4-weeks program to my Facebook group Word of Mouth, as well as seeking and working with referral partners.
  • My new Heavenly Head Massage is getting a lot of traction.
  • I feel settled and at home in my office in West Lake Hills and very happy to be working with the practitioners who share the suite.
  • I’ve enjoyed feeding the birds on the hillside outside my office as well as arranging rocks just so.

I don’t know what 2019 will deliver, of course, but I have some plans:

  • I’ll be taking a course in TMJ mastery from a teacher in Canada who’s been doing TMJ and vocal cord work for over 20 years. He hasn’t posted the dates and locations for his 2019 trainings yet, but trading some of Austin’s summer heat for some Canadian cool would be nice!
  • I’m taking another craniosacral therapy course from the Upledger Institute in May, SomatoEmotional Release 2 here in Austin, and I’m slowly making progress on getting certified in craniosacral therapy techniques. I’ll continue to attend study groups and work with a mentor and will serve as a teaching assistant for CST1 in Austin next August. I feel advanced Upledger courses calling me — the brain, cranial nerves, pediatrics, the inner physician, and more.
  • I’m starting to work on certification in Zero Balancing. I continue attend study groups, advancing skills days, and taking classes, and I hope to attend founder Fritz Smith’s 90th birthday in May near Palm Springs, CA.
  • I plan to make videos for my website, Facebook page, and Facebook group.
  • I don’t have any classes in mind yet for biodynamics in 2019, but I plan to continue working on a modeling project with a mentor and trading with fellow practitioners.

May 2019 bring you more of what you want in life — health, happiness, abundance, love, opportunity, connection, peace of mind, and satisfaction. Thank you for your presence in my life!

Season’s greetings and my holiday hours

I hope you’re enjoying the season. On one hand, there’s the pull of busy-ness — shopping and buying gifts, attending parties, travel, gathering with family and friends — and in contrast, becoming introspective as the days grow short and nights long — to reflect on the past year and examine your intentions for the new year, to stay in bed with a good book and a cup of tea on a cold winter’s day, to hibernate.

I hope you find the perfect balance for you. What is your light amidst the darkness?

Every year I pick an area of my life for special attention. In 2015, I spent the year learning new skills in Lauterstein-Conway’s Advanced Program for massage therapists. I spent 2016 integrating those skills into my practice as well as starting my biomechanical craniosacral therapy training with the Upledger Institute and continuing my Zero Balancing training.

In 2017, my focus was improving my skill with craniosacral biodynamics, serving as a teaching assistant and practicing a lot. 2018 has been focused on improving my business skills through networking and working with a business coach, as well as truly becoming an “advanced integrative bodyworker”.

And it’s not like the focus of past years is complete. Those choices continue to influence my practice.

I have a couple of things in mind so far to focus on during 2019: honing my writing skills and working on “right relationship,” however that shows up.

What would you like to say goodbye to when 2018 turns into 2019? What is your intention for the coming year?

I’m not going to Big Bend or taking a vipassana course this year. Instead, I’ll be around and available. I’ll be closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve because they fall on Mondays, and I take Mondays off.

My office will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day, and Tuesday, Jan 1, New Year’s Day. I’ll be open as usual Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 26-29, and reopen on Wednesday, January 2.

I hope you celebrate your life and your health and your community.

 

Shorter office hours this week

I’ll be out of the office on Friday and Saturday this week — I’m participating in a night walking retreat at the Canyon of the Eagles Friday through Sunday. (I’ve done it before, so will miss the first day. There’s still room if you’re interested in (1) something different, (2) something relaxing, (3) removing yourself from the hustle and bustle, (4) learning a lifelong skill that you can use to relieve anxiety, (5) nature, trees, woods, water, dark skies, the beginning of the Geminid meteor shower,

I have openings on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and in addition to everything else, I am offering $25 off on my Heavenly Head Massage. It’s the antidote for stress that brings relaxation like you wouldn’t believe! That discount applies to gift certificates too!

Self-care tools make great gifts!

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I’ve updated my recommended Self-Care Tools page with current prices on Amazon. If you’re looking to give someone (or request for yourself) the best tool to ease tight shoulders, a neck cradle that relieves tension, a pillow that maintains good neck alignment for side and back sleepers, a sandal that gives you a foot massage with every step — and a few other recommendations — check them out here!

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I also make more extensive recommendations on my wellness blog’s page, Products I Recommend. If you’re looking for cookbooks for a healthier diet, supplements, and more general wellness books, you can check out my recommendations here.

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Nightwalking class in central Texas! Dec. 6-9, 2018

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My friend and NLP trainer Katie Raver has organized another nightwalking class — and you don’t have to go to Taos to take it! It’s at the Canyon of the Eagles, a dark-sky friendly place about two hours northwest of Austin on Lake Buchanan near Burnet, Texas.

You can camp or choose from lodging options, and there are two restaurants on the site.

The dates are Dec. 6-9, Thursday evening through Sunday mid-day.

Details are here. The course fee is sliding scale, making it quite affordable if cost is a consideration.

The Geminid meteor shower peaks on December 14, and some meteors will be visible Dec. 7-16. (I saw the brightest meteor I’ve ever seen last August on a nightwalk just outside of Taos.)

What I like about nightwalking:

  • you learn to use your vision differently
  • this affects your physiology — wide vision = wide mind, a state some meditation practices cultivate
  • anxiety is impossible while using your eyes this way
  • it’s outdoors in nature where the skies are really dark
  • your senses are augmented
  • you notice so much more
  • you become very sensitive to light
  • you really can walk fearlessly in the dark!