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Can Someone Hit The Pause Button?

By Renie Allen | Mar 18, 2020

It’s taken me this long to gather my thoughts. To make a viable decision. To begin to feel the ground beneath my feet. To hang on to a smidgen of acceptance of this new reality. Logistics:StillPoint Myofascial Release will be closed until March 30. In that time, the situation will be reassessed and we will go from there. (Days of mental angst for 2 simple sentences). In the bigger picture, we are in some serious intensity. How you doing? Kids home from school, businesses shuttering, life as we know it grinding to a halt for so many. Collectively, we are entering a StillPoint. What an incredible phenomenon, to find similarities between the healing process of what happens with the body, on the table, to what happens in nature and the world around us as a whole. Those commonalities often help comfort the chaos because it can offer a deeper understanding of […]

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Just Breathe

By StillPoint MFR | Feb 28, 2020

Click to share this post! Dangit! Do you ever catch yourself? You’re going about, doing your thing. Or doing nothing. And you realize, you’re essentially holding your breath! Breathing just deep enough to stay afloat. The air barely expands your chest, let alone fills your diaphragm or reaches your belly. We think of breathing as a bodily function that happens automatically, but all too often when we are on autopilot, we are depriving ourselves of some much needed oxygen.  So, just for good measure… let’s just pause a minute and take a big ‘ol belly breath and a looooong, slow exhale. It’s such an anxiety provoking habit, not fully breathing. A few slow, deep breaths can bring a change of perspective in an instant. It’s soothing, grounding and calms the nervous system.  Consider this. When a simple, automatic function such as breathing can suffer due to lack of awareness, just […]

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Assimilating Change

By StillPoint MFR | Jan 27, 2020

Click to share this post! First things first. Do you ever still marvel at the fact that these little hand-held computers that we call phones can capture such images? The unfiltered, vibrant colors on display in the morning sky- just one swipe and a click is all it takes to keep Mother Nature’s firey sunrise in my pocket. At this point, I mostly take the convenience, quality and speed for granted, but the technological advances we’ve seen in this past decade alone are really quite impressive. Our ever-changing World seems to have ramped things up. I think it’s the magnitude of our current events that leaves me to believe these are some history-defining, pivotal times to live through and witness.  The Universe is pulling up to the drive-thru. And super-sizing EVERYTHING it orders. The vibe is grandiose. The circumstance is large-scale. The developments are happening globally. The stakes are high. […]

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Time To Fly: 2020

By StillPoint MFR | Dec 30, 2019

Click to share this post! 2020. That seems so surreal. In my mind, it’s like a year far into the future. Yet ready or not, we’re here. At the acupuncturist this week, during the initial check in, he asks me what I was holding on to. I immediately thought, ‘the decade’.  I’ve been kind of hung up on the passage of time for awhile now. Reflective, introspective, nostalgic. Observing the massive amount of change that is taking place. Always asking the question, ‘am I where I want to be?’ Those bigger questions are rarely answered through thought alone. They are held someplace much wiser than the logical mind. The answers may take time to surface. They may require circumstance to unfold. You may be asked to follow nudges and act on blind faith.  The answers may not come until you let go of the old ways of doing things.  Of […]

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Walking the talk

By StillPoint MFR | Nov 25, 2019
John Barnes and myself. Cape Cod, September 2019

Click to share this post! (caption for photo above: John Barnes and myself. Cape Cod, September 2019) Timelines can be downright trippy. When you take a step back and notice the grander scale of paths chosen, people met, decisions made, setbacks, course corrections, serendipitous moments, etc., it can be so wild to trace back to the place you have landed. If you pay attention to life or circumstance at all, it’s hard to deny that there is some underlying current at play that moves us in and out of alignment with our purpose here on this Earth. I hopped onto the exhilarating ride of MFR in January, 2004. Although, I apparently bought my ticket sometime before then. I grew up 10 minutes from John Barnes Myofascial Release clinic in suburban Philadelphia. Drove past it, literally countless times. When I moved to Colorado after college and attended Massage Therapy school in […]

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Feel Better In Your Body: Some practical tips

By StillPoint MFR | Oct 30, 2019

Click to share this post! Do you have one of those jobs or hobbies that is a little misunderstood? One of those where your spouse or best friend can’t even fully explain what it is you do? And when you find yourself answering questions about your field or hobby, do you use a language the listener in your conversation will understand, even though it isn’t really accurate? Taking it a step further, when you’re not just looking to convey the highlights of your day job at a networking meeting or divulge your obscure passion to a stranger at a cocktail party; but when it is necessary for the listener to more fully understand your language in order to reach a desired outcome, accuracy of the language used matters. Prime example. When I need to hire a contractor to do some work around the house. Dah! Sometimes I feel like the […]

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Tug O’ War or Beautiful Dance

By StillPoint MFR | Sep 25, 2019
Stillpoint MFR rocks and water myofascial release

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 […]

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By StillPoint MFR | Aug 28, 2019
Lost by Coldplay

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 […]

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In a World of Patterns, It Always Comes Back to YOU

By StillPoint MFR | Jun 10, 2019
MFR Renie Allen sky patterns

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 […]

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