…an excellent maintenance tool for between sessions and to help alleviate delayed-onset muscle soreness after particularly intense work-outs.Read More
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Using Myofascial Release techniques in my sessions has always yielded favorable results for clients. Whether it's an athlete struggling with range of motion issues, someone recovering from injury, or someone with acute or chronic pain associated with daily repetitive motions, typically working with the fascial layers is a great way to provide relief and help improve everyday living activities.Read More
I've been working hard to enhance the bodywork experience for my clients. As a result, I am happy to share the following news.
New Massage Room
This week, I added a second massage room at Dustin Palmer Bodywork & Massage. Purposefully designed, the room is a calming lilac color with elements of nature incorporated throughout.
Psychologically, lilac is said to promote harmony of the mind and the emotions, contribute to mental balance and stability, peace of mind, and enhance the link between thought and activity.
A radiant table warmer, essential oil diffuser, and UV towel warmer have been also been added to enhance the bodywork experience for my clients. Clients will now experience a heated towel back compress at the beginning of each session, benefit from intentional aromatherapy, and feel total body warmth from start to finish.
Good News for Last Minute Planners
Have you ever had a few unexpected hours open up on your schedule and wish you could use them to make your day better? Now it's easier than ever to ensure you take some time for yourself.
Schedule your lunchtime or after work bodywork session with SAME DAY online booking. In collaboration with MassageBook, I have eliminated the 24 hour advance notice requirement for online booking.
So, What are you waiting for?
I absolutely, unequivocally love Autumn -- always have and always will. When I was a child, my father would take me camping in the Fall. It was on those trips that I became aware of the season's magic. The smell of earth is unlike any other time of year. Electricity in the atmosphere becomes stronger and more palpable. Clothing becomes more comforting. I rediscover the contentment of home and the pleasures of tradition. The Fall season has always made me feel closer to nature, to family, and to my own spirit.
Autumn has also traditionally been a time of distinct shifts and awareness for me. Like a marker that comes around, reminding me that life is change and attachments are illusion. I was married in Autumn. My marriage also fell apart in Autumn (6 years later). I changed careers in Autumn. I started dating my wonderful boyfriend, Erik, at the beginning of last Autumn. This year, we are planning on moving into a new home and continuing to build a life together. So... the trend continues.
The thing is, having awareness, being present, and being anchored while in the midst of change is hard. Like... really freaking hard. Especially when the transitions have elements of pain or uncertainty. I know this to be true in my own life, and I know this to be true in the lives of my friends. So I feel comfortable assuming that the same truth exists in the lives of those reading this post.
Lately I have been thinking about my clients and how their lives might also be in flux. I think about the people who cross my massage table and the shifts they are experiencing in the outside world. As a Massage Therapist, I don't just provide therapies for the body, I provide an environment in which people become vulnerable. Obviously, everyone has different comfort levels regarding how vulnerable they are willing to let themselves be; but regardless, my sessions provide a few sacred moments during which my clients have the opportunity to truly let go of life, reconnect with their bodies and minds, and heal.
I am thankful for Autumn and the change it has brought about in my life -- even the hard parts, because where I am now and the life I live is a direct result of change. And change inspires growth. I am truly the sum of my parts, and it's a neat experience to reflect on my own personal growth and truly appreciate the process. I want my current clients, my future clients, and really anyone who is reading this post to know a little more about how I look at life. I want people to come to my table with the desire to heal, to be present, and to be at peace with where they are -- to give themselves permission to just be, if only for an hour.
On Monday, I was privileged to work with a first time client. She was an incredible person living with longterm MS. Before we began our session, we discussed her goals for the treatment I was about to deliver. She described the kind of chronic pain and muscular skeletal issues she has had to suffer with as a result of her illness.
Throughout the session, we focused on healing and breathing while I performed targeted deep tissue therapy, positional release techniques, and muscle mechanics. I remember thinking a few times how much I could feel her body responding to the bodywork.
The day after the session I received this little message, which was submitted via my website.
This is why I love what I do. I can not wait to work with her again!