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Time and Flowers

By Renie Allen | May 31, 2018

Last summer while my mom was visiting, we went to the Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. Beauty explosion! Flowers forever and gardens galore. While we were soaking in all the colors of nature, I said to my mom, “If I ever get to a stage in my life where I have time to grow flowers, I know I’ve made it.” I said this coming from a place where so many other things seem to take precedence. Like, flowers? Really? Who’s got time for that?  I heard myself say this to my mom in a way that stuck with me. Like growing flowers is a measuring stick in my relationship with time. It somehow signifies a balance. And it definitely invites me to be a willing participant in this relationship with time and make of it what I wish. Because if I didn’t ‘claim’ my time, something else would. Interestingly enough, there […]

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The Space Between

By Renie Allen | Apr 4, 2018

Bike rides and snow banks. Ice cleats or muck boots? Mud season in Maine… Mother Nature’s ‘Space Between’. Every time I’m outside these days, Dave Matthews Band immediately comes on the internal soundtrack. And although Dave is singing about the ‘space between’ as it relates to matters of the heart, it is worthy to consider the Space Between as the subtle place that may be vying for some attention. In our external environment, the Space Between can feel like transition or change. That awkward and uncomfortable blend of closure while moving toward an unfamiliar new phase of life. Where neither the old or the new quite supersede the other. It is the merger, intersection and shared common parameters of the two that define this Space Between. (for some reason, TEENAGER keeps coming to mind). Internally, the Space Between has been making headlines. Apparently, earlier this week, ‘a newly discovered human […]

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Self-Care: 40 Days of Commitment

By Renie Allen | Feb 28, 2018
Self Care to Find Internal Light

Lent was a big to-do as a kid, as I was raised Catholic. I was asked to give up something I really liked as a symbol of sacrifice, during the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Candy, ice cream, pizza. Or peanut M&M’s when I felt really ambitious. In my college days, I up’d the ante with myself and gave up stronger ‘recreational’ habits for 40 days. Not because I was feeling particularly saintly, but because I liked the challenge. (Sadly, yes, giving up certain party favors was a challenge… don’t judge). The idea of commitment and challenge as it relates to Self has always been appealing. It feeds an internal drive. I find it satisfying to reach a certain level of accomplishment- even if no one else is watching. Perhaps it was my Catholic education that instilled this policing of my own actions and holding myself accountable… for […]

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The Next Iteration

By StillPoint MFR | Feb 6, 2018
Updated Website - Mandelbrot Set

The heartbeat of StillPoint Myofascial Release lives within those who show up for each session and class with a willingness to look inside of themselves to heal their body and open their mind. It is the courageous participation from those who walk through the door that continue to up the game of what StillPoint MFR has to offer. For without this willingness and participation, StillPoint MFR would not be operating at the high vibration that it does today.   It has been a growth process. One of vision and trust. Some expansion, some contraction. Lots of curiosity. And the winning ingredient- reciprocity. StillPoint MFR can only offer what is accepted by those who show up. And you SHOW UP! Thank You.   It is with so much enthusiasm to share with you the newly updated website of StillPoint Myofascial Release. Not only does it showcase the beauty of MFR, it […]

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Giving Time The Time It Deserves

By StillPoint MFR | Dec 11, 2017
Giving Time StillPoint MFR

Reflection. Must be the time of year. The chill in the air, the short days, the twinkle of the lights, the meaning of the Spirit of the Season. The reminders of ‘how it used to be’. The reality that Time Passes. Nostalgic. My mind lately, has been reflecting on the concept of time itself. The slow-boil agitation it can bring when you have too much of it. The jittery angst, when you don’t have enough. The satisfaction and the sweetness when there is just enough. And most curiously, the ability time has to shift things as it passes. Question: What is your relationship with TIME? Too much? Never enough? Or, there when you need it? The answer isn’t necessarily black and white, but is there an undercurrent in your relationship with time? It dawned on me the other day (like, a-haHA!), I am actually IN relationship with time. Time and I, whew, we can be at odds with one […]

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The Pile Up

By StillPoint MFR | Nov 1, 2017
The Pile Up by Renie Allen, StillPoint MFR

One of the coolest things about The Fascial System, is you can address the Body in a broad perspective, while effecting many of the symptoms from seemingly ‘individual issues’. You know when there are soooo many nitty gritty things going on within the body and you feel like there is no way you can get to it all? For example: My neck won’t move, my heart aches, my knee is sore, my emotions are overwhelming… (Or fill in your own blanks to fit your situation). When the great web of Fascia begins to release and unwind, it has the power to relieve pressure through the entirety of the system– The BodyMindSpirit FASCIAL SYSTEM. I’ve been reminded, (not so gently, I may add) these past few weeks about how things can Pile UP! The this, the that and the other. Coming from every FREAKIN’ direction. Work, school, kid, self, house, dog, physical, energetic, emotional, the Collective and let’s not […]

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A Gentle Reminder

By StillPoint MFR | Oct 15, 2017
Praying Mantis StillPoint MFR

Several years back, there was an unusual abundance of Praying Mantis in my yard. They came at a time when StillPoint was undergoing a big move and major transition. I had spotted so many, I quickly became familiar with the ‘messages’ that accompany this wondrous creature. Ironically enough, the praying mantis is the ultimate symbol of stillness and patience. I had come to think of this unique looking teacher of all things ‘patience’ as a mascot for StillPoint Myofascial Release. Patience is the key. It is the alchemist in the practice of Myofascial Release. The engaged patience that is necessary to allow time to transmute a situation is essential. It is in that patience and in that time that the magic happens. Yesterday, my mascot returned. In her still and gentle fashion. In the perfect time with the most necessary of messages. In the not so distant past, my personal […]

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me, myself and i

By StillPoint MFR | Nov 15, 2015
StillPoint MFR night moon over the ocean

Click to share this post! No denying…. i got rattled this week. i find myself taking pause. And even though my iin this great big world, feels small; now more than ever, i feel the magnitude of the Collective. Years ago, when I first began to realize I could/was tapping into an energy that was much greater than myself, my internal alarms were on high alert. Always on the lookout for the perfect balance of staying open to receive information from a Higher Source and shutting down in order to protect myself from overload. Back then, the waves I rode were big. Grasping to learn subtlety and nuance in the midst of a hurricane. I had experienced enough to know, it was the subtle and nuanced happenings in my physical body that were helping to guide my direction, no matter the depth of chaos. It was then, I was given the proof to believe, my physical body is not […]

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Trusting the Process… a humbling experience in practicing what I preach

By StillPoint MFR | May 12, 2015
StillPoint MFR paving stones

According to The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a PROCESS is a natural phenomenon marked by gradual changes that lead toward a particular result. Healing is a process.  Growth is too.  Learning; evolving; life…. all a process. It is not at all uncommon to talk with clients about ‘trusting the process’.  Often, it is in the context of healing.  The healing process is not linear, it doesn’t always make sense, it is rarely figure-out-able. It doesn’t always feel good.  And it may not be fun. It may not look anything like you thought it would. It can rattle your cage to the core; as true and authentic healing can be the one of the most liberating human experiences to be had. And as I see most of life through a bit of a ‘fascial lens’, it goes without saying, it is all connected. Of course. There is no healing without growth. No growth […]

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