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Click to share this post! TENSION. You know the feeling. The strain that pulls on you from the inside. The feeling that somewhere in your body you are weighted down and the tug and pull is felt into far reaching places. You are stretched thin. There is a heavy drag on the system. Or external tension. A challenging discussion. The space between you and another is filled with heat or angst. Hard words and emotions are exchanged. Your heart races and temperatures rise. It’s palpable. You can almost see it. (Or you can simply look to the greater picture- tensions are high, period.) COMPRESSION. You are being squeezed. Tight. Not enough time, too much to do. Everybody around you needs something. The demands are high and the resources, few. And when you look up from the crushing busyness, your spirit aches for a different world. The squeeze feels like pounds […]Read More
Click to share this post! (Artwork compliments: Coldplay Lost!) LOST! Time warps. Focus narrows. Adrenaline kicks in. The world of Lost becomes all-consuming. Searching, strategizing, worrying, hoping, praying and riding the waves of fear. All of which varies depending on the significance of what it is missing. You know the feeling. Whether you’re lost in unfamiliar territory on your travels, you’ve lost a precious item, you’ve lost your kid in the mall… or your dog, who jumps out of the car during a thunderstorm while you are on vacation. Panic! Immediate panic. It’s a total scene. That quickly turns into a vacation-gone-wrong. My sensitive, 10 yr old, rescue dog, Isis (goddess, not terrorist), did just that. Clawed her way out of my car during a thunderstorm while we were on a beach vacation. SPOILER ALERT: The story has a happy ending. Isis is currently laying on the couch as I type, but damn, that […]Read More
Click to share this post! Recognize your patterns, discover your truth Cyclical, seasonal, habitual, behavioral. Learned or developed. In plain sight or hidden. We all have ’em. These repetitive occurrences that can be expected and welcomed or unseen and blindsiding. The more we are able to anticipate what may be coming our way, the better we can deal. We’re creatures of habit. We become so familiar with our surroundings that we can run on auto pilot at times. Have you ever stopped to recognize all the things you do each day without much thought? From the small daily grooming habits and the structure of the work week, to food choices and exercise routines. To TV programming and waiting for the weekend. To seasonal chores and holiday traditions. To the voice in your head that says, “I’m gonna change that one day”… on repeat. These habitual patterns, they’re everywhere. Even Mother […]Read More
Click to share this post! We interrupt our regularly scheduled program for this Public Service Announcement Here at StillPointMFR, it’s all about the Fascia. From introducing folks to their fascial system to educating about fascia. From identifying restrictions within the fascial system to releasing these restrictions; to facilitating self-care treatment for one’s own fascial health. StillPoint Myofascial Release is your place for the John Barnes approach to MFR in its pure form. Today, I stray. When I write these monthly blog post/newsletters, the theme usually stems from something I see in nature, in real time, and photograph. The writing is sparked from the image captured. And somehow tied into a message that can be related to MFR principles. Since myofascial principles are often replicated in nature, it can make for a relatable analogy or metaphor. But this month I keep coming back to this same theme. I’ve been hearing so many versions […]Read More
Click to share this post! Knowing where you want to go, is different than TAKING yourself there. We are in some times! Some interesting times, some fast moving times, some uncertain times, some pivotal times, some changing times, some astrologically powerful times (if you’re into that kind of thing), some unhealthy times, some exciting times, some straight up crazy times. I can’t lie, my head spins at least some part of most days, lately. And there has to be a high level of self-accountability to take steps to minimize the spin. I’m ok with that. One thing I have come to accept is holding myself accountable. Which, as a small part of this big collective world we live in, is the least we can do, right? Hold ourselves accountable- even when no one is looking. Because what we do to ourselves, for ourselves, will undoubtably ripple back to the whole. And […]Read More
Click to share this post! Maybe you can relate? You’ve had something nagging going on in your body. You took the steps to seek help and support. Patiently waited for your scheduled session. During the treatment, you experience such relief by finally giving attention to what has been troubling. And you think to yourself, ‘Great, I’m so glad that is taken care of’. Only to let life take over in the time following your session and you find the old, nagging sensations creep back in. This happens. All too often. We can make profound and lasting changes within the body. Because MFR is, ya know, pretty much magic. Yet sometimes the changes don’t hold as long as we’d like. Life kicks back in and our body reverts to its old patterns, familiar symptoms and usual pain. The body recognizes these patterns and clings to them for dear life. UNLESS, we […]Read More
Here in Maine, January is pretty well guaranteed to be cold and dark. The elements can be harsh. Yet a fresh blanket of snow and blue sky day can invigorate the senses. January in Maine makes me appreciate the things that can be taken for granted. A warm house, a short commute, local farm fresh food even in this climate. And a chance to shift the focus. Short days and cold nights invite indoor projects and INWARD projects. It can be a time to check in with yourself, assess your current situation, make a plan to shift or adjust that which may not be working. And to accentuate all that is! Earlier this month, I celebrated a birthday. 46. Not a milestone year, but still worthy of reflection and assessment. And taking the yearly inventory to help set a few intentions. Creative Self Expression. They are the words that pique […]Read More
~2019~ Clear and reflective. Personal. Change in focus. Crisp. Shadowy. Closing on an interesting note. Moving between years. The light shifts the perception. As the eclipses highlight this. Marveling at the gorgeous winter moon. I have yet to take some time to fully reflect on the closing of 2018. To really see how much has changed. Because last year at this time was so completely different. The contents of a filled-out day timer holds such a story! Assessing decisions that had been made. Watching ideas come to life as the pages of the calendar turn. And accepting defeat, both gracefully and not. 2018 had a bit of a turbulent feel. Like riding the rapids. I am always hopeful that a new year brings a new energy, theme and vibe. And I am rooting hard for 2019 to bring a clean slate. 2018 seemed to offer a lot of situations that […]Read More
The first snowfall. And Mother Nature wasn’t messing around with a little flurry foreshadowing. No pre-game show. Just, boom! Winter. The cyclical nature of the seasons is such a pointed metaphor of how Life is on repeat. The way we move in and out of timeframes and storylines. The sameness of the repetition can be mundanely comforting. It is always so curious, the patterns. The similar situations we are presented with. The new, but ‘familiar’ people we meet. The repeated lessons we are given until we get it right… We do it again and again, looking to further succeed the next time around. Yet, sometimes uncertain when the flavor can be tainted from past missteps. How do we access different information when we can easily be pulled back down into a mindset of second guessing, failure or impasse? When Life gives us a re-do, how do we do without regression? Reiterate, without the RE. When we […]Read More