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I’m OK, everything’s OK…

By Renie Allen | Sep 11, 2023

Have you ever received a message from a friend with a preemptive disclaimer, “I’m ok, everything’s ok, but…” You slightly brace knowing you’re about to get some scoop. What happened? Who’s hurt? What do you need? As a small business owner and the face of StillPoint Myofascial Release, my personal life is never too far from my professional world. I’m a one-woman show from therapist to instructor, to online content creator, to mom and life on the other side of the driveway. In this fickle online world, one thing that dominates is consistency. Whether you’ve noticed or not, I have not been consistent. Consider this my, “I’m OK, everything’s OK” email. While I’m smiling now and everything is OK, this summer felt nothing short of a bluesy country song. Heavy on the twang with some raspy notes of heartache and despair. Sounds very dramatic, I know. In short, my little family of two ol’ dogs and one newly […]

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A pack of dogs, a knee injury, and a video

By Renie Allen | Jun 13, 2023

About 7 years ago I was doing what I do most every day. Taking my two dogs for a walk at the park right up the road. This particular day was different though. It was the first day there were no more scheduled contractors to work on the yurt project that was soon to be my new therapy space. (Side note: watch this 2015 video to see the yurt go up!)​ It was a slow and reflective walk through the woods. I remember this autumn day so well. I was literally watching newly changed leaves fall to the ground and outwardly expressing gratitude to the powers-that-be for this next leg on my Myofascial Release journey. As I was headed back to the car I saw a pack of women and their dogs up ahead. I leashed my one semi-unruly pup for a moment but soon let him free to greet the other […]

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Current Status: HEALING (a personal story)

By Renie Allen | Apr 24, 2023

HEADS UP: This post contains content on the subject of women’s health. If you aren’t into what happens down there, this is your opportunity to bow out. A few weeks ago I hated to even say the word fibroid. It’s got that middle-aged reality associated with it. Where you can picture two maturing women sharing stories, whispering over a cup of decaf about how their pelvis, hormones, and periods have been affected by the benign growths that develop on or inside the uterus. While this has been a mostly private experience up until now, my healing uterus keeps nudging me to share. Ugh, fine. Writing helps me process… hitting send is a different story entirely. As with most things when it comes to dis-ease and healing, there is a long and winding emotional wound that somehow attaches itself to the current affliction. In my case, we’re talking about the pelvis, my uterus specifically, the root chakra, the […]

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a proper introduction

By Renie Allen | Apr 4, 2023

The internet. An elusive place that allows you to: 🤮 Strategically share your good side.🤮 Craft a narrative that brushes over the flaws or hides the wounds.🤮 Cover up the imperfections with whatever hue of rose-colored filters meets the moment. Since life is not an inspirational meme, I much prefer to hear stories of real-life grit, a solid underdog victory, and those pivotal, bold-action moments that change someone’s trajectory. While I don’t feel like my story is a secret, as I’ve shared it plenty over the years with clients, it’s not something I routinely broadcast online. Yet there is a tenacity to healing that inspires hope. We all have a little dark side. Don’t tell me you don’t. And releasing your fascial system can allow you to feel better in your skin and accept the truth of who you are. Whether you’re brand new to fascia or have been around the block, you […]

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This Isn’t Your Grandmother’s Conversation

By Renie Allen | Feb 18, 2023

Just last night I cashed in on the Christmas present I had gifted my 18 yo daughter. Tickets to see comedian Jo Koy. Hilarious! I haven’t laughed that hard in far too long! Cry laughing, squeeze-my-cheeks laughing, a bit hungover today from absurd, full-body, hyena laughing. (Hungover with zero booze involved, welcome to 50). One of the reasons I adore Jo Koy is his ability to use the human condition as a way to break through differences and unite the audience through relatability. Last night, he effortlessly educated the 50+ somethings in attendance about sciatica (nerve pain felt in your butt, leg, or back), the IT band (a tight line of dense tissue that runs up the outside of the thigh), and foam rolling. I mean, this shtick couldn’t have been more up my alley! He relives his Doctor’s office woes of learning he has sciatica and receiving his prescription of foam rolling. He then goes on to […]

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Starting Something New

By Renie Allen | Sep 6, 2022

With an almost 18-year-old daughter beginning her Senior year, and two 13-year-old dogs at home, new isn’t always top of mind. In fact, it feels like I am witnessing the final chapter of a book play out in my day-to-day life. Life stages are so wild to reflect on especially when you experience those full circle moments… between generations. Nostalgia at its finest. It’s been the 4 of us- Autumn, Isis, Buckie, and myself- for the last 10+years. We’re a total unit. And knowing we are on the final leg of this phase of homelife, the simultaneousness of what was, what is, and what will be is all a part of being Present. It’s an irony that doesn’t escape me. And yeah, life has a funny way of sneaking up on youAnd life has a funny, funny way of helping you outHelping you out Ironic by: Alanis Morissette My work-at-home life was designed around being […]

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21 Fascial Truths

By Renie Allen | Aug 3, 2022

What I know to be true about fascia (because I’ve felt it in my bones): It’s all connected is a gross understatement. The body remembers… everything. The body, by way of the fascial system, is in direct communication with the Higher Self (you can call that energetic woo… or a lifeline). Releasing fascial restrictions can most certainly eliminate/transform pain. Pain is a result of fascial restrictions. But the power of the fascial system doesn’t stop when the pain does. The embodiment of fascial knowledge has a learning curve… patience matters, practice is key. Life is complex, relying on the body’s wisdom is sanity. Our inner world and external world are in a dance. One leads while the other adjusts to its ever-changing environment 💃🏻🕺🏽 Fascial health is a must in this modern world. The fascial system looooooooves sustained pressure and a meditative mind (simultaneously, of course). Healing, self-discovery, and soul-growth are similar […]

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Teenage Fascia

By Renie Allen | Jun 30, 2022

I’ve recruited my 17 yo daughter and her friend to help me with some new video projects. They are students of a New Media program at school where they spend half the day up to their elbows in technology – video, audio, photography, editing, etc. Besides the simple fact that I’m Mom and my daughter, Autumn, is 17, this newly developed trio seems to be off to a decent start. Autumn is well versed in fascia. (TMI side note: she was very newly conceived when I attended my first Myofascial Release seminar back in 2004. So she’s been feeling the effects of fascia since the womb.) Not to mention she has seen the evolution of my fascia-based business her entire life. But her friend has no fascia idea. Fair enough. Most adults are like, what the… fascia? Here we are, day 1 in the Yurt. Cameras, mics, and teenagers. I try not to be too in […]

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Weeds and Fascia

By Renie Allen | Jun 1, 2022

As we just crossed the unofficial kickoff of summer, the collective mood feels a little less than celebratory. Current events are impossibly heavy and the fatigue from the prolonged bombardment of collective chaos is legit. Even with that as the societal backdrop, individually you may be feeling fine. Great, even. On the upswing. In the flow. Or simply holding steady. Up north, here in Maine, Memorial Day weekend grants the go-ahead to plant the garden without fear of frost. (Finally!) Planting the garden is an earthy, hands-dirty, wholesome, productive, and satisfying pursuit I am 100% down for! Most of the time. But although I’ve gotten the seasonal nod from the calendar to plant, my gardens are a MESS! And it is completely overwhelming. This year’s weeds and overgrowth are a consequence of an eye injury I sustained last year. (Stay with me… this will be relevant to you, and your […]

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