This year, in this 2020 year, such comments can be made about vision and knowing. Well for me, this 2020 year sees me celebrating my 25 years in practice.
All have brought me here. But for now.
Let's welcome in 1995 and my first tentative steps. 1995 - Henley on Thames - ITEC Anatomy, Physiology and Body Massage The first thing that has struck me is that 25 years ago when I started my studies, I was 25 years old. I remember the birthday card Dad sent me because it struck me of what a milestone a ‘quarter-century” was. That was the May before the September I started the course. Working full time in Educational Administration I loved learning and each term attended an evening class. Usually Ceramics or something creative but this time I took a 6-week Aromatherapy course. Granddad had been an amateur herbalist after retirement so I was used to using essential oils and herbs for traditional remedies to everyday maladies. And that small course led me to a higher qualification course, not really anticipating anything other than enjoying the learning and attending the course once a week for a year. One hour theory and two hours of practical, learning the science and the art of massage, I was in heaven. At school I had received A+ grades, not surprisingly for my artwork, I remember in particular the detailed drawing of the circulatory system and the ventricles of the heart. Annoyingly for my writing though, it was always B and below. So when I was told I was inline for a Distinction I was thrilled, only thing was, and I chuckle now, I didn’t gain it. I just couldn’t bring myself to wear the ‘regulation outfit’. All year the squeaky shiny uniforms, the scraped back hair even the authorised earrings just didn’t feel right to me, even then I felt a sense of ‘swimming in another direction’, for a different purpose. Studying alongside soon to be Beauticians I realised I wanted a deeper knowledge of how Massage sat within a medical module for good health not just for looking good.
Sensing the unseeable
Feeling the fabric of life and the forces that sit behind growth
Having extra time to watch nature all around, to be able to more easily smell spring blossoms on our daily dog walks, to have space to think.
And now I have the extraordinary presence to witness what is happening, not just for us at Prime Wellbeing, but around us, with friends, colleagues, suppliers - there seems to be a sense of renewal, a coming back to the basics of life, a coming together in collaboration that we were too busy to be witness to before lockdown. And I'm relishing it all.
If you socially look to the media you'll have seen us on Instagram Facebook LinkedIn YouTube with my Musings of a Masseur, and the amazing posts our partners at The Consult Centre have been creating for us. For after this time we will return, bold and brighter to take our message further.
In June I will be sharing more of my 25 years in 2020, from that first qualification in anatomy, physiology and body massage that awoke in me a passion that grows stronger year on year.
In the meantime, if you need anything i'm still here, on request... audio and visual, by phone or video for consultations. I've been helping clients with changes to skincare, flare ups of old injuries and recording meditations.
We have had 2 Pay it Forward campaigns donating care packages to University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and North West Ambulance and will be holding another in June celebrating my 25 years in practice.
Unfortunately all our outdoor events have been cancelled now, understandably and the last hope was for End of the Road festival, our 15th consecutive year yet we will be there for 2021 and what a party that will be. Music and massage have been such a huge part of my life and I love what both can bring to us all, allowing us to come back to ourselves.
But for now, rest easy, follow the story and crank that music up and thanks for being here.
I had faith that Avocados plants would grown from each of the 3 seeds, just in different ways at different rates and none of them to bear fruit, merely for the love of helping something to grow. This was then and now I have a different outlook, no more washing up looking out into the garden, watching Tess play or the birds feeding.
Life has moved on and I have with it, each twist, each turn of the seasons bringing new insights, new aspects to test my faith, to help me question my beliefs.
And there are those moments that take you back, to show a reflection of the past, memories remembered, that can take your breath away. How you come away from these thoughts set the tone of our days. But what if those 'moments' are asking us to 'feel' deep inside traumas that have been handed down to us, ancestral reactions to things long since forgotten.
Through words that become actions that, deeply embed into our muscles from our continued responses as reactions passed down through the generations.
There has been deep trauma through my lineage, stories only now coming out, bringing a sense of an echo to situations i have found myself experiencing. Aunt Kate who had to wait for her would be mother in law to pass as she didn't approve of her marrying her sweetheart so she never had children, and how she was the name sake of my grandmother, who I am named after. And how i won't have the opportunity to call any daughter Kate or Catherine, Kitty or Cath.
and that is why, when i attended a workshop with Trish Spence, Clearing the 7 Generations, the onward lineage part cut deep. Yet it has signalled in me a response that I want to continue to relish. That we all can be family to each other, not just bloodlines, an opportunity to blur the lines of lineage and promise to be true to ourselves.
So, if you get an insight, a sense of something being handed down, a 'learn't behaviour as a response', sure as a sure thing, please don't pass it on.
Feel your thoughts into being different actions
Workshop attended was with Trish Spence
a highly sought after Cranio-Sacral Therapist, with 20 years experience as well as a founding member of the Cranial Sacral Society
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