Each day for the past six months, I have inserted my key into a rusty lock and noted the crunching metal sound that lets me know the door will open, albeit, with a little effort. Nonetheless, I envision the entrance as it will look someday as I shove the door shut, step over random objects, … Continue reading Solitude within Community
Memorial Day is right around the corner. COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted all over the place. Fatigued minds and bodies want to know: Where can I go to get a great massage and start feeling human again? Well...ordinarily, that would be here--The bāsalt Studio. However, as many have been gathering... we are still temporarily closed. … Continue reading What’s Going On?
If you read Part One of this series, you found out a few things about me that don't necessarily exemplify stability. The circumstances surrounding this pandemic have gifted me with a petri dish and time to grow out my under-developed sense of self-- magnifying my lack of committment to basic self-care. But, hopefully, you can … Continue reading Side-Effects of Self-Care: Part Two
If I may, let me begin by acknowledging: we are all finding new ways to approach and navigate this lifetime. Some of us really hate being told what to do--but--some of us would really appreciate it if someone would-- just please-- tell us what to do. We are learning much regarding our level of self-reliance … Continue reading Side Effects of Self-Care: Part One
I remember being in the backseat of my parents' station wagon--windows down...my mom's doo-rag waving in the wind... the filter of a Marlboro smoldering in the ashtray-- on a trip that never seemed to end. I remember mustering the courage to pose those four little words in the form of an impatient question. ...Then jumped … Continue reading Are We There Yet?
After New Jersey's non-essential businesses were forced to shut down back in March, the bāsalt Studio put a lot of thought into it's decision to re-open on August 1, 2020. In the back of my mind, I knew that it was entirely possible that operations may need to be halted once again. However, I had … Continue reading The Last Session on 8th Street…
An atrocity occurred recently. Unless you were privy to a series of Executive Orders, signed by New Jersey's Governor Murphy, that were meant to address and outline the steps in which "personal care businesses" were to re-open after the shut-down caused by the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic, you may never have known. This has sent many therapists … Continue reading The (pär-lər) Controversy
Uncertain times have a tendency to curl one into the proverbial fetal position. One starts to crave the comfort of the familiar--doesn't normally seek out more mystery in life. Sometimes this leads one back to old and undesirable habits. But it doesn't have to. Revisiting the familiar, but for further reconciliation; Shifting awareness...and willingness--on a … Continue reading The Only Constant…
Compassionate massage therapists and bodyworkers forced to examine their personal and professionial framework have encountered an emotionally charged ethical dilemma filled with more than one paradox. I have discovered the irony in my thinking that I could escape the stressors of being a nurse by starting a relaxing career as a massage therapist. Attempting to capture data … Continue reading The Work.
"NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana, produced images of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, previously known as 2019-nCoV) on its scanning and transmission electron microscopes on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. " If you are adhering to social distancing to avoid infection and/or wearing a mask in an effort to reduce your risk of inadvertent transmission-- … Continue reading Are You Concerned?