Let’s Play Nice


The lake turned over. (If you don’t get that reference, click here ) The past year has been one of big change.

sometimes it's foggy and hard to see the tracks

sometimes it’s foggy and hard to see the tracks in front of you

That was my personal life. A lot of breathing. Feeling. Breathing. Letting go. Breathing…

Professionally, I indicated that I was going to relocate my practice last August. And yet, as I’ve allowed everything to settle… I find this is still not the case. And I’m no longer sure it’s the right time. So for those who’ve been wondering, you can still find me at 3474 N. High Street, with no plans to leave anytime soon.

I love my office. The space, building-mates, location. It all fits well. I also love the All-Life Center for Integrative Well-Being, and look forward to offering workshops there, and perhaps individual sessions as well. But for today, the Clintonville location allows for me to be fully present and engaged in my priorities: self-care, relationships and learning. My clients and students continue to be my main focus, my biggest challenge, and my greatest joy.

On that note, I am inspired (in part due to Urban Acupuncture and their yummy community-based model) to follow through with something I have contemplated since massage school (yes, over a decade)…

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Sunfisher Studios is pleased to offer relaxation and therapeutic massage on a sliding scale $40-90, depending on your needs and abilities. You decide what you pay, based on what you can afford. No proof of income is necessary.

You deserve it.

Every body deserves a massage.

sunfisher studios ~ seeking & sharing Light

Sunfisher Studios ~ Seeking & Sharing Light

Our mission is to help you~ be You

a more awake, more engaged, more creative You

a You who moves easier in the world, laughs louder, breathes deeper

Someone who desires to be inspired and to inspire

Dares to be True

You.

Blue skies, Diane

PS> If you want to schedule your next massage right away, just click here.

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I have missed two days of blogging for the inspirational Business Blogging School Challenge. Oops! How did that happen?! 

The past two days have been full of other things. Still, there has been a lot of blog talk & more happening around here! You can read more about that at Beyond the Massage Table though. This post is about Community. And Love.

It is Valentine’s Day, after all. 😉

two things

First: Thank You

With 23 years in Columbus, and 10 years in the Massage Therapy field, I am thoroughly blessed with an amazing community. Friends, neighbors, colleagues, students, clients, and family of choice. So many of you have added to my Life in more ways than you know, and I am lucky enough to meet wonderful new people every day! Thank You. For what you have brought, and what you will bring. We are all connected. Knowing that you are there, witnessing and holding space for each others’ sorrows & joys makes my heart sing. Thank You.

Second: You Are Love

And loved. All of you. Exactly as you as are. Perfectly imperfect. Human. And SO much more. Which brings us back to my original statement: You are Love. In other words… you are made of Love. You have the capability to love. Unconditionally. It’s not always easy. It can be done. Love. WMade with Loveithout reservation. That doesn’t mean you have to like everyone, or everything. You don’t have to tolerate or condone. But. You can love. You are Love.

Love. Such a powerful word. So many meanings. Try this one on:

 

love = a reverent attitude for every being

It fits? Great! Wear it around. Like a good pair of jeans, it gets more comfortable every day.

Doesn’t fit? Okay. Grab another pair and try again.

Happy heart day to you and yours. Today and every day.

Be Love, Diane

It is often said that you should not discuss religion and politics, especially in your business life.  And I often refrained from it… and then came facebook.  Haha. I really don’t discuss too much on either topic specifically, however… two things I’ve learned in my 43 years are that

EVERYTHING IS POLITICAL and EVERYTHING IS SPIRITUAL

It is with this foundation and my love of honest, open dialogue that I walk the line of social media in today’s world.  With 700+ “friends” and more inquiring every day, the rules are constantly changing.  As a Coordinator of a Massage Therapy program, my business is no longer just my own.  Recognizing that I may offend, annoy or disturb people with something I post is part of the game.   (The ‘people pleaser’ in me has dissipated since I turned 40, so this part is getting a bit easier.)

However… I value sharing, healing, learning and growing too much to stop now.  I have only just found my voice. And thanks to women like Danielle LaPorte and Allissa Haines, I am inspired and motivated to use it! 

Have a nice day, and I’ll see you in the web…        

I am continually talking with students about the importance of educating people about massage. This morning presented with yet another reason to discuss this. A student shared a website she stumbled across… eroticmp dot com, as is erotic massage parlors. She also expressed her outrage and desire to do something about this. In my humble opinion, the key is education.

It is not my intention to discuss the morality of this situation, just the reality. Let’s be honest here. Sex and selling sex are not going away. Legal or illegal. They call prostitution the oldest profession for a reason after all. And because our culture (big generalization I know) often associates touch with sex, massage therapists sometimes get more than they bargained for in business. And clients may get less (as in, those seeking “happy endings”).

Although I would love to not have to teach about this in massage school, the reality does not support this. There probably aren’t too many massage therapists out there who haven’t gotten at least one call from someone looking for more than just a massage, and we each handle those calls/clients differently. Because prostitution is illegal here, the questions are often veiled… I never would have guessed that requests for abdominal massage were “code” for ‘Will you touch my penis?’ until it happened to me.

One of my professional favorite responses is to explain what LMT* stands for, and to clarify that someone with those letters behind their name will not be the “masseuse” they are seeking. One of my personal favorites is a therapist who gives out the number to the local police station as a referral. (Oh I’m sorry, I don’t do that kind of massage. You want to call…)

Aside from dealing with these individuals one at a time, what else can we do? Speak out. Speak up. Write letters. Articles. Blogs. Open the doors. Explain what we do as massage therapists. Invite people to watch. And learn.

*In Ohio, LMT represents Licensed Massage Therapist. A healthcare practitioner with a Limited Branch Medical License from the Ohio State Medical Board, who have completed a program of study that is a minimum of 750 hours (current requirements) and passed a licensure examination.