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Rule Breaker

By Renie Allen | Apr 24, 2022

I got reprimanded this week for breaking the rules. At 49 and a half years old, as a solo mom (to both a human and 2 doggos), a solopreneur, and a solo homeowner, I’m not used to getting in trouble for breaking the rules. Basically, the rules in my immediate environment are mine. I set them. And if I need to break them, it’s cool, I usually let myself slide. But this week, I broke someone else’s rules and received consequence. (Please know I am rolling my eyes so hard they may stick up into my head). I didn’t intentionally break any rules. I honestly thought I was within the safe zone. But the disciplinary consequences prove otherwise. Ah, well. We all come from our own programming when it comes to rules, authority, and being reprimanded. Having gone to Catholic school for years, believe me when I say I have a strong opinion on the matter as […]

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New Masterclass! Fascia and Your Body’s Language

By Renie Allen | Apr 16, 2022

Has your head been racing? I mean, seriously flying? If you’re saying yes, you’re not alone. Seems like plenty of people agree that time is moving fast and it’s hard to wrap your head around this perceived acceleration. It’s as if our re-emergence into society after these last couple of years is giving our mental bandwidth a workout. And that mental bandwidth workout is like going to the gym for the first time in 2 years, full on! We’re bound to feel it. You know when your headspace gets a little off-kilter, and it reverberates through your body? You don’t have to look far to see this is a theme right now. There is a collective mental overload that is leading to unusual behavior. We’re on edge. (Cue Will Smith, for example). The brain is spent. Nerves are fried. The thinker has over-thunk. We’ve had to change course on a dime, navigate the unexpected, […]

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By Renie Allen | Mar 15, 2022

** disclaimer **I have spent several days+ tweaking this post, where I normally write these newsletters in one sitting. This writing feels a tad heavy, but I guess that’s fitting, all things considered.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Having the inside scoop into people’s healing process is an honor and an eye-opener. It’s basically impossible to not observe patterns and similarities within each person. But it gets simply fascinating to observe kindred healing qualities amongst many. There is a level of vulnerability needed to be seen and witnessed in the exchange between therapist and client. To allow yourself to explore the places Myofascial Release can take you requires a willingness to feel some of the darker places in both the body and the subconscious mind. Buried memories, extraordinarily uncomfortable thoughts, and suffocated belief systems are a few ways in which the fascial system holds on to our emotional, mental, and physical wounds. A few weeks ago, as the snow […]

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Old Dog, New Tricks

By Renie Allen | Feb 17, 2022

If 2020 would’ve told me how it was going to take my intentionally built, reliable, 1:1 Myofascial Release practice, turn it on its head and morph it into something familiar but basically unrecognizable, I don’t think I would’ve signed up for it. Connection, touch, deep trust, and vulnerable intimacy in the name of healing… what an honor for that to be my life’s work! It was part of my identity. It was sacred magic. (Cue the fast forward button. And as you watch all of the scenes go flying by on the screen, know they are a story in and of itself. The voices are high-pitched and ineligible but they hold so much raw truth. It’s the messy middle that carries life from Point A to Point B.) My willingness to publicly share and process ALL that has gone down over the past 2 years lives with everyone else’s covid story. […]

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2022 ~ Onward!

By Renie Allen | Jan 1, 2022

Is today really any different than yesterday? Yep! Because this world is moving FAST. Things are changing on a dime. And nothing is a guarantee. Although a new calendar doesn’t clean up yesterday’s mess, New Year’s Day is worthy of some consideration. Take a moment to check in… with your being. Notice where you are in these first hours of 2022. Before you declare a resolution in hopes of resolving an outdated habit or set an intention for something you’d like to manifest or bring in, take an honest assessment of where you are now. Like, right now. In this moment. What do you notice? Is it quiet? Are you in familiar surroundings? Coffee or tea? Need some water? How is your body? Are you tired? Maybe exhausted. Did you make it till midnight? A little hungover? Are you weary? Maybe you’re numb to it all. Are you hopeful in this new […]

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Mind Your Energy

By Renie Allen | Nov 29, 2021

Fun fact: I am a huge astrology geek. In 2007, I began following an in-depth, weekly astrological forecast. The author of this blog knew things. Not details necessarily, but rather anticipated themes. Her descriptions were broad and curiously accurate. She was able to articulate energy. It was around this time I began to dive deep into Myofascial Release. I had a 2-year-old at home and was transitioning my massage practice into a full-time MFR practice. My marriage was getting a little shaky. And I could tell things were changing. I was changing. For the first time in my life, I was consumed by energy. I was hungry for things I couldn’t see or touch or even necessarily understand. I was mesmerized by what wasn’t. Which, as a double Capricorn with a Taurus Moon (translation: I am VERY Earthbound, preferably quite grounded, with an appreciation for practicality and structure) I was in foreign territory. […]

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Family Dynamics and Fascial Restrictions

By Renie Allen | Oct 26, 2021

I recently went home for a funeral. Home, to me, can either mean where I currently live in Maine or where I grew up, outside of Philadelphia. In this instance, I left my daughter at home in Maine so I could be with my family back home in Philadelphia. I left home to go to college way back when and have never landed back home in Suburban Philadelphia for any period of time since. Like so many people I have worked with over the years, home and family dynamics are ripe with early wounds, relational patterns, and opportunities to better handle your reactions when you get triggered. It’s kind of like you think you’ve worked on your issues and grown personally from who you once were. You’ve self-helped your way into a more evolved version of yourself… until you surround yourself with that oh-so-special family dynamic that in a moment cancels every therapy session you’ve ever had! Ha, tell me I’m not alone here, please! This […]

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A Yurt, A Birthday, and Stick-to-itivness

By Renie Allen | Oct 1, 2021

Have you ever manifested any of your big dreams into reality? Where you can look back to the days of pre-dream-turned-reality and remember the determination, consideration of logistics, sifting through the data you’ve collected, wishing, praying, looking for signs, and sush’ing doubt as you push on any door that can presumably get you closer to living your dream? I’m pretty sure a fair amount of my gray hair has accumulated during times of intense manifestation. Something about the grit it takes to emerge into a new phase of life also takes a bit of a toll. Side note: A little throwback story. I was school-aged, probably middle school-ish. We had been given an assignment where we had to have someone write positive qualities about us. My mom wrote, stick-to-itivness. Stick-to-itivness? WhatTH does that mean? So she explained I had an ability to see things through. Get it done. Not quit. Ah-ha. 6 years […]

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Chaos Leads to Higher Order

By Renie Allen | Sep 6, 2021

Labor Day Weekend, in a world gone mad… or so it seems. Today, for me, is a respite from the mayhem. It’s a chance to catch my breath and move through the day at a slow and steady pace. Sitting on the front porch on a quintessential summer Saturday afternoon in Maine. It’s quiet. Thank God. World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleedTell me with the Rapture and the reverent in the right? Right!It’s the end of the world as we know itIt’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine~R.E.M Any chance this song has drifted through your mind lately? That song was the text I received from one of my friends outside of Philly on the night Ida rolled through the North East. I’m pretty sure the World is off its axis and there ain’t no going back. Not to be […]

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