All photography provided by Jared Chambers
"Tension is who you think you should you be. Relaxation is who you are. "
- Chinese Proverb
Over indulgent or preventive health care?
Most of my adult life massage was something that I saw as a luxury that I might be able to afford later in life. I remember having my first massage in San Francisco when the Yoga Tree had a special for a 5 class pass plus one massage. I remember attending a yoga class before the massage I scheduled and feeling like this was be the epitome of self care. How would it ever be justified more than once a decade?
Fast forward ten years and I was struggling more and more keeping my self care practices prioritized in my first career as an elementary school teacher. I always wanted to be a massage therapist but my passion and love for education took precedent after college. With teacher burn out quickly creeping up, I quit teaching at a school that I cared deeply about to learn massage. Ready to vulnerably unravel many layers for healing and self care, I set off for the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga in Asheville, North Carolina.
So you mean not everyone can just quit their jobs and go to massage school during their quarter life crisis? Oh, right ... well its my hope that they can get a massage! If there is one thing I learned in my year of emotional, spiritual, and physical healing while attending massage school, its that the healing power of touch is absolutely preventive health care. With massage often viewed as a spa add on, our society all too often sees massage therapy as an optional addition that can be hard to justify for our wallets. But when we look at the physical and emotional benefits of massage we see more clearly the therapeutic healing that everyone is deserving of. Massage can not only help in a more healthy and sustainable life, but can save us money at the doctor in the long run.
Even if our modern American society hasn't always acknowledged the tangible health benefits of massage, we can generally agree that many of us live a high speed life with long work hours and stress coming from several directions. Say we only go with the argument that massage simply feels good and relieves stress. That alone can alleviate a range of health problems! Stress is the leading factor for many ailments from insomnia, digestion, breathing problems, high blood pressure, and depression (just to name a few). Check out the blog portion of this site to see other anecdotes and fun facts about what all massage can do for not only your emotional well being but your physical health, too.
Where I've been
- Graduate from San Francisco State (2004) and Xavier University of Louisiana (2009)
- Completed 200 hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training Program at the dhyana Center of Sebastopol, California (2015)
- Attended Asheville School of Massage and Yoga (2016)
- Studied French, International Relations, and Special and Elementary Education
- Learned fundamentals of teaching yoga as well as foundations of using principals of Ayurveda in our daily lives
- A 675 hour massage program covering the fundamentals of several massage modalities