How are you doing at this point in the pandemic/recession? I’m enjoying more downtime. Planted a garden, making nourishing soups for cold days, connecting with a few friends, dancing on Zoom, doing the MELT Method to help my body recover from a low-back injury in October.
I have a hunch that a few people are thriving, most people are muddling through the “new normal” that may never really feel normal, and quite a few have been hit hard with losses of loved ones, jobs, homes, security. Bless.
Where are you?
I’m so grateful that during this pandemic, taking good precautions, I am able to work in my office one day a week (Tuesdays), offering private sessions.
I didn’t work for six months except for some long distance healing sessions and consultations over the phone or Zoom. I’ve been working now since mid-September, so nearly 5 months.
I work one day a week to minimize spreading COVID. I figure that if a client or I comes down with it, we’ll know within a week, and I at least won’t have exposed other clients before I figure that out.
It’s not perfect but it (and pre-screening, masks, my face shield, and air purifier) make it safer.
I taught a Self-Help for Jaw Pain course over Zoom last fall that I spent a lot of time developing, and I may offer it again when demand is sufficient. I had developed a busy clientele for TMJ Relief sessions, but COVID has made it unsafe to work in people’s mouths.
I’m considering offering private TMJ Relief sessions over Zoom, teaching people to do their own intra-oral work. It’s not hard. You just have to know where to touch. I’m not sure what the demand is for that, however.
The subtleties of doing craniosacral therapy require practice. The ability to sense subtle motions and patterns in a receiver’s body is developed through training and maintained and augmented through practice.
It took a few weeks to get my palpation skills back to my previous level. I appreciate everyone who has come in over the past few months for allowing me to deepen my abilities.
Since I’ve been working on my essay exam for getting certified by the Upledger Institute in craniosacral therapy techniques, I’ve developed more sensitivity and awareness of energetic and physiological processes.
I’ve come to appreciate even more the biodynamic branch of craniosacral therapy and sometimes integrate it into sessions, especially for repeat clients. I seem to be one of those people who learns how to “go by the book” and then experiments with integrating whatever is in my toolbox that my intuition tells me will help a receiver release something that no longer serves.
I’ve been receiving biodynamic sessions regularly from my officemate Christian Current. It’s whetting my desire for more training in the biodynamics field. I also had a great Upledger-style session from ou officemate Liz Baker that helped me release some dural tube restrictions after I injured my low back in October.
I recommend that people new to cranial work receive 3 sessions, because with bodywork this subtle, your innate healing processes strengthen with familiarity with the work and with me as a practitioner.
I offer a package of 3 sessions for $250 and a package of 6 for $500. This works out to $83.33 each. A single craniosacral session is $100, so you still save $20 from my regular session price.
If you’re feeling stale or stressed, craniosacral therapy can help restore your resilience. I’m interested in working with people who have had COVID and are suffering aftereffects.
Anyway, this is a little note to you to share what’s up with my practice and stay in touch. I’m available on Tuesdays. I have openings at noon, 1:30, 3, 4:30, and 6 pm. You can check my online scheduling page for availability. I would love to see you. I would love to hear from you.
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.
My commitments to working with clients, teaching, writing, learning, and living a balanced life have grown.
I am changing my office hours for advanced integrative bodywork to Tuesday through Friday. You will not be able to book sessions online outside my regular days and hours.
If you need to meet outside my regular hours (earlier than 10 or later than 6 on weekdays or on a Saturday), please contact me via the Contact page on this website, text, email, or phone (leave a VM please) so we can discuss.
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.