When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It's simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”
You guessed it! Austin Body Therapeutic Center has officially turned 21! And we did a little table for two outdoor dinner celebration. My first time to a restaurant since the pandemic.
The first signs of autumn have always inspired me. Taking a glance back in time, fall has brought me a variety of new beginnings. One of those happened twenty-one years ago. And if I am honest, I just remember it being subtle and sweet. I bought my first new home with the purpose of tucking a brand-new bodywork practice inside.
I picked it for being the last house on a dead-end street. Literally where the sidewalk ends. Its entrance a covered courtyard with its only view from the massage room. It felt like coming into a little hideaway from the city. And though Austin has grown in leaps and bounds around us, this space still feels pretty much the same. A safe haven. I know at the time, I didn’t even realize how important a safe haven really was. How in order for a body to truly heal it has to feel safe. To be truly present with another is the best gift you can offer.
So thank you all for the gift of having a practice that is still going strong because of you.
Let me know if you would like your very own one-on one class or if you would like it for a small or medium sized group. I can custom tailor any class to fit your needs.
My self-massage classes: This is how they begin, with a room full of tools and books. Starting with these basic questions: What do we want to accomplish? Which areas of the body will be most beneficial for this? Which approaches will we take? Which tools will we use?
Who knew that this is where things were headed when our massage doors closed?
Who knew that this would work to help folks recover from both old and new injuries?
Who knew that self-massage would become such a powerful self-care tool?