A Curious Guide
When I think about the journey of my professional career, it seems as though I have taken many detours only to find myself on the same road on which I began.
My work is informed by my past studies in music therapy, the arts, holistic medicine, and spirituality. I have traveled to various odd places in the world, sampled numerous traditional and exotic healing techniques, had adventures and misadventures, fallen into dark abysses and made it back each time.
I decided to finally start a blog because of requests from clients and friends who ask a lot of questions about who I am and how I came to be at this place in my life. There is far too much personal information to include in my website. I prefer to let it be an option for those who are curious.
I hope to eventually create a forum for my amazing clients who have experiences and expertise they would like to share with each other. I am truly blessed to work with incredible and inspiring people who have overcome tremendous obstacles to create lives that enrich this world.
I also have a motive I would like to make transparent from the start: I need to grow my business. I do not want just anyone, however. I want more people to find me that are, however obscurely related, to the wonderful ones I already know and love. I’m looking for the people that will be able to best benefit from what I do best.
I’m teaching myself how to use WordPress as I go. It is sort of fun and I am experimenting with all the bells and whistles so you may see things come and go. And yes, I am monetizing this site. Why? So I can keep my massage prices low. Don’t worry, I won’t sully my original site with anything but updates. This is simply for fun and profit: I see no reason why they shouldn’t finally meet each other.
And I sure do get asked some strange questions and some crazy good ones too. It might be time to answer them with a bit of whimsy.
Lastly, far too many massage therapists and healers have come to me or contacted me for information about who I am and how I work. This is a form of flattery, I guess. Sadly, there seems to be an air of competition and not camaraderie. To those people I say this: I am more than willing to tell you anything you want to know about my business and who I am (and probably a bunch of things you could care less about) if you just ask directly and honestly. I will sit down and chat, give you a tour, show you my paperwork, introduce you to my web developer, tell you about SEO, marketing, what products I use, my music, my credentials, etc.
But I am done with the false names, false pretenses, appointments made that were never intended to be kept, barters in which you get a massage for free and then put me on your mailing list with no reciprocity. It appalls me that someone in the same business struggling with the same issues would do that to a colleague. I consider it bad taste and bad karma. And I really want it to stop. It leaves a bad feeling in my gut and bad juju in my office.
So here’s more than you ever wanted to know about me and the answer to a FAQ: Yes, I do get angry.
OK, back to the light at the end of the wand: I do love my work, I am absolutely blessed with the clients I have. I have created my dream job and a pretty awesome space for healing. There was a learning curve and a turning point in finding my way. That turning point was being more honest, transparent, unique, human, and even eccentric in my public presentation. A generic massage can be found pretty much anywhere. I am a character with unique skills and abilities. I like characters to find me. I hope the amazing people I already know and love will interact here and attract more of the same.