The past year was a big year for business and personal growth! I finished my first year in private practice and it feels like a ball gaining momentum as it rolls down the hill. Which is AWESOME! My client base has grown and so has my understanding of how I want to be as a business owner and practitioner.
In the treatment room, I have continued to hone my massage and shiatsu skills while working with a variety of clients, all with their own unique goals. I've kept my Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) knowledge fresh by offering workshops focused on ways that you can use TCM's Five Element Theory to "Support yourself through the Season." The use of essential oils and hot stones have become a staple in my practice for added grounding and centering. I'm also enjoying incorporating cupping into sessions for added pain and tension relief.
Earlier in the year, I received my Reiki Level I attunement from a good friend and Reiki Master, Ali Bemont Mareck. This has created a profound yet subtle shift in my treatments. In December, I embarked on a journey to learn Abdominal Massage (Chi Nei Tsang), which will allow me to do some really deep work with those that have energetic, emotional or digestive distress.
On a personal note, my partner and I bought a house this summer. Every day we are more and more settled in. Nikki, our dog, is enjoying the endless opportunity to hunt squirrels in the back yard. Even when it's -5 degrees outside...
When I sit down to reflect on the year, I can't help but think "Damn, I've been busy!"
Looking into 2018, I'm excited to continue working with clients towards their health goals, deepen my skills and practice, teach more workshops and finish my training in Abdominal Massage (Chi Nei Tsang). On a personal level, this will be the year of opening my heart to more joy.
What are you looking forward to in the new year? Can I help you get to where you want to be? Let me know!
Amy Daws is a trained Therapeutic Massage, Shiatsu, and Chi Nei Tsang therapist. She is interested in the way that these modalities can bring healing and joy to people's lives.