It's Time To Go Big

I believe that if you visualize a reality long enough while honering your true self, that reality will manifest in your life.  By honoring your true self I mean living your life in accordance with what feels right and true to your deepest self.  I have been imagining myself having my own place of business for a very long time.  Certain elements of that vision have changed over the years but the fundamental nature of it has remained consistent; A place where I can create an environment of healing, uniting & growing.  A place to express my creativity, share ideas with others and help to lift people up.  I always imagined it having a community vibe, helping to connect people with common goals.  And now, at last, I have that space.   On August 1st I got the keys to my new studio in the Bok building in South Philadelphia.  Edward W. Bok Technical High School opened in 1938 and sadly closed it's doors as a vocational school in 2013.  It was then bought by a young female entrepeneur who is restoring & transforming the 340,000 square foot building into a center for artists, non-profits, small businesses and more.  Currently the list of fellow tenants includes painters, photographers, jewelry & clothing designers, scientists, architects, musicians, lawyers, a boxing gym, a hair studio, a hat maker and many more.  

Each day I find myself bubbling over with ideas of how I can collaborate with other healers and how we can improve the overall wellbeing of the community.  And then I think about how our community can be just the beginning.  When I talk with my other healer companions we become giddy about the possibilities.  Over the past ten years I have felt myself pulled in different directions, some of which took me away from my healing work.  Ultimately I think it was so that I could learn important lessons about myself that would help me be a better facilitator of healing.  But I am completely focused now and I know that this is my true path without a doubt.  It can feel so overwhelming sometimes with all the craziness in this world.  Sometimes I fear that my efforts won't even make a dent.  But I'm moving full speed ahead anyway because it is the only way that feels like truth to me.  Now that I have my own studio in a building run & occupied by creative, open minded, community orientated people, the possibilities are endless!!  My vision for my work and my life continues to grow beyond my studio, beyond my community, beyond my city and beyond my country.  Our planet is in need of a lot of healing so why not think big, right?

ANATOMY TRAINS 1 - A WEEKEND IN NASHVILLE

Well I didn't get to post as the weekend went along since I only had mobile devices with me which do not cooperate so well with website editing.  Anyway, I am very excited to report that this class was everything I'd hoped for and more.  It can be very frustrating to get hyped up for a new class, spend the money & possibly travel only to end up feeling like you don't gain much new knowledge from it.  This was not one of those classes.  The instructor, Carrie Gaynor, was wonderful.  She had really great, warm energy, a fun sense of humor and is very knowledgeable.   We were lucky enough to have caught her just after she attended the 4th International Fascial Research Congress which took place in Washington D.C.   She generously & excitedly shared some very interesting stories and info from the conference.   

The class content was incredibly detailed as far as the science aspect, which I really appreciate.  It was a lot to take in, however, and I will be processing it for a few weeks for sure!  I was so excited to learn some new techniques.  I've been ready to take my own work to the next level and I feel like this class was just the boost I needed.  It felt like the way we were being taught to work with the tissue was definitely along the lines of what I do instinctively in my practice.  However the Kinesis Myofascial Integration technique is much more refined, slower and often involves movement on the part of the client which makes a huge difference in the effectiveness of the work.  I can't wait to try this stuff out on my clients!

I met some really interesting and skilled therapists in the class.  There was a mix of Bodyworkers, Physical Therapists and Yoga Instructors.  I loved being surrounded by like minded individuals who are all on the path to help others feel better in there bodies and move with greater ease.  It was obvious that everyone (or at least everyone I interacted with) was very dedicated to their work.  I felt like I had a new body by the end of the weekend just from the limited time that we had to practice the techniques on each other.  This is definitely good stuff!  I'm absolutely planning to continue the KMI training and hope to learn more from Carrie Gaynor.  She is one of those special kinds of people/therapists/instructors that make you just revel in her good energy and depth of knowledge.   I feel lucky to have learned from her.

We got to build these tensegrity models which demonstrate how the fascia in our bodies is one interconnected tensional network that adapts its fiber arrangement and density according to local tensional demands.  So basically if you apply pressure to one area of the body the rest of the body will reorganize to compensate for that pressure.

We got to build these tensegrity models which demonstrate how the fascia in our bodies is one interconnected tensional network that adapts its fiber arrangement and density according to local tensional demands.  So basically if you apply pressure to one area of the body the rest of the body will reorganize to compensate for that pressure.

Found this little fella just outside the building where our class was.  It was really interesting to watch it walk up the post because it did a little bounce with every step.  This just so happened to coincide with Carrie teaching us about the importance of elastic recoil in the fascial tissue. 

Found this little fella just outside the building where our class was.  It was really interesting to watch it walk up the post because it did a little bounce with every step.  This just so happened to coincide with Carrie teaching us about the importance of elastic recoil in the fascial tissue. 

Anatomy Trains Workshop in Nashville, TN

I am very excited to be heading down to Nashville today to take a three day introductory course for the Anatomy Trains Kinesis Myofascial Integration program tailored for manual therapists.  I am a big fan of Tom Myers, Anatomist, Bodyworker & the author of Anatomy Trains, and his discoveries about the fascial system.  I think he has an excellent approach to how the body functions and moves as a whole.  His human dissection demonstrations proving how the fascial planes are totally connected are absolutely fascinating.  You can learn more about him here:  https://www.anatomytrains.com/at/history/ 

I will post about my experience in the class as the weekend goes along.  I'm also pretty excited to be spending the weekend in Nashville.  It is a great town especially if you are a music lover!

 

THE WISDOM OF THE PHYSICAL BODY

It is my experience that the physical body is immensely wiser than we give it credit for.  If you study the anatomy of the human body you will see that each one of us is like a walking universe.  There is a whole world of cells inside our bodies that communicate with each other and coordinate to create all of our bits and pieces from bone to blood to organs to muscle to skin, etc.  There is the electricity of the neurons, the fire of the digestive system, built in heating & cooling mechanisms, a whole defense system made up of an army of cells designed to destroy invading pathogens, a network of healing cells designed to repair damage or infection.  The level of communication that happens within our bodies every second of every day is truly astounding.  Our bodies know how to heal and as it is that we are all designed the same way and made of the same stuff, our bodies know how to help other bodies heal.   In my opinion our biggest obstacle is our mind.  In the Western world we have become so programmed to focus on the material world outside of ourselves that most people are completely out of touch with their own bodies.  People have become so dependent on pharmaceuticals and/or surgery to cure every ailment that they don't even consider that there may be a simpler way to heal.  Now that's not to say that Western medicine and/or surgery is not important or necessary.  Sometimes that is absolutely the best way to go.  But I believe that we have the power and knowledge within our own bodies to promote healing through hands on therapies for so many more ailments than just stress & tight muscles.  (I will address more on this topic in another post.)

As therapists, we need to allow the wisdom of our bodies to do the work.  This means putting our minds/our egos on the sideline and truly tuning in to what we feel through our sense of touch and following our intuition.  This can be easier said than done of course as the mind is a very powerful force when it is disturbed or stressed or just overly distracted.  I think doing some kind of meditation before a session can be very helpful.  I have found though that once you are tuned in to your sense of touch it is best to not over think what you should do.  If you think too much about what your technique should be or whether or not you're doing the right thing or whatever you won't be truly tuned in to what you are feeling.  If you really pay attention to what you are feeling, how the tissue is responding to what you are doing, how & where the tension connects through the body, how the body as a whole is reacting to what you are doing, and allow your body, your core intuition, to lead your hands you will more effectively facilitate healing in your client than if you try to let your intellect lead the way.