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?
Recently, bāsalt, along with all massage and bodywork establishments in New Jersey, has had to re-think how we book our clients' sessions in a way that adheres to new and evolving standards of care. The timing and method in which each massage establishment implements change may be slightly different, but we should all have a … Continue reading It’s a process…
On March 9, 2020, a public health emergency and a state of emergency were declared by NJ Governor Murphy to combat the well-established fact--a novel and fast-spreading virus was having a devastating affect on the lives of New Jerseyans. In an effort to combat the spread of the virus, social distancing requirements with an emphasis … Continue reading And….here we are.
According to Governor Murphy's Executive Order 154 that allowed massage therapy establishments to re-open effective June 22, 2020 at 6:00 a.m., all that needs to be done in order for bāsalt to re-open is the following: install physical barriers; utilize floor markers; reconfigure the premises; utilize contactless payment options; establish an isolated area for delivery … Continue reading “Is bāsalt open?”
The Earth has spoken. For some, she is speaking in tongues. May is upon us. The Beltane has just passed. I think of my own mother. I wish I could go back in time before I was born and whisper goodness in her ear--prepare her for motherhood. Now, I wish I could infuse another lifetime … Continue reading Expectant Earth Mothers