Despite all the cleaning and organizing around here, I actually do get out of the closets.
I've been enjoying being a Licensed Massage Therapist this month. I spend quite a bit of time in this room ...
There on the wall you see my muscle chart, and my certificates demonstrating that I've graduated from massage school, passed my certification exams, received my license, and am qualified as a Reiki Practitioner.
I've been putting all those certifications and licenses and such to good use, doing what I'd hoped I'd be doing:
I've been giving Therapeutic Massages focusing on very small areas as I work with clients who are also going through post-surgical physical therapy.
I've been giving Therapeutic Massages, focusing on larger areas of the body and on it's integration as a whole, working with clients who had issues that were starting to be troublesome, but hadn't graduated to needing physical therapists or surgeons.
I've been giving Relaxation Massages to folks who just want to de-stress and unclench.
And I've been giving Reiki sessions.
And... as of January 15, I've been practicing the wonderful skills I learned at my first Continuing Education Course. I spent two weekends learning the Core elements of Zero Balancing. Zero Balancing is a Structural Energy technique that works with bone energy... releasing held tension, and yielding relaxation, and a sense of integration -- also better posture. Oh, and pain reduction.
Over on this wall, you see my lovely bone chart. Before the Zero Balancing class, I looked at it as a source of information about where the muscles attach. Now, I also see it as a guide to the deepest tissues of the body, and an opportunity to look more closely at how joints connect.
In some ways, I'm blessed to be a beginning therapist as I start this new course of study. It means I have enough time to practice the new stuff without reducing my ability to meet my current clients' needs. But I'm also blessed to have a growing number of clients to support my continuing studies.
I'm so very glad that I am working in a field where learning more is just plain fun, and I truly enjoy what I do.