NOTICE: VIBRANT BEING IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Like most of you, I've been following the development of the Covid-19 pandemic very closely. Once the nature of the threat became apparent, my office-mates and I began cleaning doorknobs and surfaces multiple times during the day. In addition to my usual hand cleaning and sanitizing procedures, I put a folding chair outside my office door so that none of you would have to sit in close proximity to someone else's client in the shared waiting room. I put hand sanitizer out in my office for my clients to clean their hands before massage. I wondered if all of this was going to be enough.
On Friday March 13 I became aware that the coronavirus can be spread even before a person is symptomatic. Although I felt healthy and I still do, I realized with horror that this news meant I could unwittingly be spreading the virus to you when you were on my table, and that you could unwittingly be spreading it to me. Because massage obviously requires physical contact, the six foot social distancing practice that is such a good idea for stemming the tide of Covid-19 is not possible. I did not want to take any chance that Vibrant Being could become a nexus of infection, so at the end of the work day March 13, I locked my office door, and I have not yet re-opened.
I have continued to follow the news, of course, and it has begun to seem likely that social distancing will be required for more than the couple of weeks I'd originally imagined. Today I received the following news from the president of the NC chapter of my professional organization, AMTA:
"At a press conference held at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order stating all massage therapy businesses along with spas, hair, nails, and more, must shut down by 5:00 Wednesday at the latest due to COVID-19. At the moment there is no end date that we can find."
So, the decision has now been taken out of my hands. I miss you all and I look forward to the day I can open my door again and invite you in for what by will by then be long-overdue healing and massage. Until then, friends - please stay well, stay home, and I look forward to seeing you on the other side of this!
NOTE: My appointment scheduler is still accepting and confirming appointments, but please be aware that any confirmation you receive is only tentative and dependent on when the virus is under control and it is safe to meet again. Let's hope that is soon!
What are you ready to heal?
Your body is intelligent, creative, and communicating with you constantly. What answer might you receive if you asked yourself that simple question?
I have been trained in three different traditions that inform who I am as a healer. I'd like to tell you about my work so you can decide if my approach is right for you:
I use Therapeutic Massage as one aspect of my healing practice. I have been licensed as a massage therapist (LMBT #4492) in North Carolina since 2004 and I taught hands-on anatomy to massage students for several years, so I know my way around the muscular and skeletal systems. I usually begin by assessing the physical nature of your problem: postural patterns, how you use your body, where you tend to hold your stress - and am often led to consider how patterns of thought might manifest physically. While I'm locating and treating the specific muscles that are in spasm and asking for attention, we are likely to enter into a dialogue, because I have found that the physical body tends to hold memories, and when we really listen to it, the deepest and most long-lasting healing can begin.
I am a NIASZIIH Practitioner and 5th year student (of a 7 year program) with the wildernessFusion school. NIASZIIH (pronounced Ny-a-zee-EYE) is a nature-based tradition that promotes healing through deep contact and awareness of the wounds we carry. These wounds, although generally outside of our awareness, tend to run our lives like "the man behind the curtain" from the movie The Wizard of Oz. Once we are able to change our perception, the body can often stop attempting to communicate via pain and dysfunction.
I became a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (CHTP) in 2005. Healing Touch attends to your bioenergetic field, the part of yourself that extends beyond the limits of your physical body. A contracted or blocked energetic field can limit the body's ability to create optimal physical health. Balancing this field often brings a sense of deep peacefulness which lays the groundwork for healing the body.
It is a rare session that does not tap into all of these modalities to some degree. I am by nature a curious person and I love the challenge of getting to the root of what's troubling you, wherever it leads us. If you'd like to make an appointment with me, scroll down and click on the green "Schedule Appointment" button.
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I am also one of the healers in a monthly donation-based Niasziih clinic in Winston-Salem. In the clinic, clients can experience a healing with two or more Niasziih students or practitioners working synergistically. If you'd like to participate in our student clinic, here is more information about how to book an appointment here: https://www.niasziihhealingclinic.org/
It's worth mentioning that the kind of therapeutic work I do is not the same as a "deep tissue massage". While I understand that some people enjoy massage with really deep pressure, that's not my thing (but I can refer you to several good deep tissue therapists who love to do that sort of work!)
Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!