Envision 2016

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Don’t just think about what you want some day.
Envision your best 2016 so you can make it happen!!

Improve your life, accomplish more. Thrive and find joy.

Non-judgemental atmosphere. No need to be perfect. This is a safe space to explore and process what’s rattling around in your head.

Putting your dreams on paper is an EXTREMELY effective way to actually make them happen.

Some of your plans and goals may not work out. Other stuff may happen–maybe better things! (More than you could ask for or imagine.)

It’s important to stop and think about what you want. It’s not shallow.  Seriously. What do you want??

“World peace.” Well….that’s great. You should want that. But, what do you REALLY really want?

Go further. Ask for it. Go for it.

This is where we live. Do you want courage? Discipline? Forgiveness? Freedom?

Joy and a meaningful path starts when you are HONEST about what you want.

Keeping your wants small and shallow doesn’t do you or the world around you any favors.

We will use images to go into the heart of your desire.
Use your imagination. Tap into your subconscious. What could your life look like in 2016? What could you be? What do you need?

Ask for it.

Set your course.

Your intentions are dynamite. You decide what you want and you go after it. How powerful is that?!

When you set an intention you can then go about your life gathering all the info that you need to achieve that intention.

Challenge yourself. DYNAMITE. Blow up your past. Go into 2016 like a badass.

Leave the past behind.

Begin.

Tonight at Made; from 5-7
$15 (cash only)
All materials provided

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Pregnancy Massage Testimonial (updated!)

I’m reposting my friend Savanna’s pregnancy massage testimonial.

She was the first client I had the privilege of working on throughout her ENTIRE pregnancy.

Together, Savanna and I had a lot of fun practicing and perfecting the most amazing pregnancy massage experience.

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Name: Savanna

Age: 27

Did you have any objections or skepticism about pregnancy massage?

“I actually was a little bit skeptical.

While I am a big fan of massage, I was skeptical about whether or not I could still enjoy it if I couldn’t lay on my back or stomach.

I wasn’t sure exactly how it would work or if I would just have to lay on my side the whole time.

Mainly I think I just didn’t know exactly what to expect so I was skeptical about whether or not it would be as comfortable or relaxing as a regular massage.

What were some of your concerns or worries?

“I was mainly worried or concerned at the beginning about whether or not it was completely safe for the baby.

I had read some mixed reviews online about the safety especially for the first trimester.

I had also read that sometimes massage made morning sickness worse.

(*Special note: the reason massage can have a bad rep for first trimester is that the first trimester is a very sensitive time and many women do not end up carrying to term. When something happens and the pregnancy is terminated, the massage is not a direct cause, but all the pain from losing the baby can often lead women to search for a cause. Because of this it’s important to work lightly and check in a LOT with the woman to make sure she feels comfortable, healthy, and safe.

Also, in the case of losing a baby, massage is excellent for mental health and emotional healing.)

What were you hoping would happen?

“I was hoping that my skepticism and/or worries would be for no reason and that I would enjoy pregnancy massage as much if not more than regular massage.”

Why did you choose to come to me (instead of someone else)? What made you trust me?

“I had already had good experiences with your massages so that helped.

Also I know that you are always reading and researching so I knew that you would be well versed in what was safe and unsafe for both me and the baby.

Plus knowing that you went to the effort to take the pre-natal class was reassuring as well.

But even without the prenatal class I was confident that you would do your homework and look into what was and wasn’t safe for pregnancy so that was reassuring.”

What can other people expect? Juicy details, please! What were some highlights of the experience?

“Pregnancy massage is obviously somewhat different than a regular massage, but it is also the same in many ways.

With the physical changes that pregnancy brings come a lot of aches and pains, and you need a relaxing massage more than ever.

Despite what I originally had thought, the massages can be just as relaxing as a regular massage, they are just a little different.

The “cloud” was also very nice.” (*A special combination concoction of pillows to prop you up so you can have your head, neck, arms, and feet worked on. Feels like floating on a cloud….) 

“Because I was propped up on pillows I rarely felt nauseous or lightheaded.

When I did I always was able to be adjusted in a way that alleviated that feeling.

It was also helpful that you were very open minded and always willing to make little adjustments as we went to make sure that I was always comfortable.”

What concerns or worries were taken care of?

“I was reassured after talking to one of our midwives who actually said not only is it safe but that they recommend massage and/or chiropractic care.

I was also reassured that you took the prenatal massage class so I was very confident that you would know what was and was not recommended during pregnancy.

I also appreciated that you were open to trying different things and I always felt comfortable letting you know if we needed to adjust my position, if I needed another pillow, etc.”

What was different about this experience compared to regular massages?

“The most obvious is that you can’t lay on your stomach or your back.  Other than that the experience as surprisingly similar.

The added stretches and the tummy massage is an extra perk.

What pleasantly surprised you?

“I was surprised that despite having a different position for the massage it was really just as relaxing as a regular massage.

What was most satisfying about the experience?

“Massages were great in helping relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy, as well as relieving the tension from stress and anxiety that comes with pregnancy.

It was nice to take an hour a month (or sometimes a couple of hours a month) to relax.”

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Savanna’s baby, Scarlett is completely wonderful. The first time I ever held her, I massaged her head and she went right to sleep. We’ve got a connection :)

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PlanetJoy’s Manifesto for 2016

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I love….quirky ladies who have a sense of humor and who are happiest being themselves, I love helping people find their way to their best lives, I love indulging in the cycles of the moon and finding ways to connect on a deeper level.
 
I believe….that you can reach your goals once you’ve made them visual, I believe that taking care of yourself is not selfish, I believe cats make everything better, I believe it’s important to be yourself because everyone else is taken, I believe everyone is creative & that some people just need a safe space in which to explore their creativity.
 
I am committed to….helping the women in my life realize their potential, feel encouraged, and feel taken care of. I am also committed to sharing what I learn and making people smile.

Come play with me at a collage party held around the new moon every month. Or come jump on my table to experience complete relaxation.

Find me on my PlanetJoy Facebook page and see when I have events and also find out how you can be on my massage schedule.

Year in Review: 2015

January:
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New Years Findells at Baja with Alyssa and Anne
Started breakfasts with Dawn
Saturn Return began
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Allison started coming to my church
We ate bugs in Anne’s class
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I completely organized my closet
Collage goal setting parties

February:
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Project Warm Heart #pwh with Anne and TJ
One of the first people to be told about Savanna’s pregnancy
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Took pregnancy massage class so I could work on Savanna her whole pregnancy
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Craig Snodgrass made Valentine’s for Laura and I
Figured out my signature style & wardrobe into-mind.com
Cooked salmon for the first time
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Spent a snowy day at Molly’s with Caitlin
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March:
Played Quelf with Brigitte, Henry, Savanna, & Chad
TJ’s niece, Elise was born 03.04.15
Sent Brigitte off to Florida
Got my first pedicure with Caitlin
Found out I was allergic to MSG
Went to BANFF with Caitlin in Charlottesville
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Made a birthday key lime pie for Laura on pie day 3.14.15
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Had brunch at the Boars Head with mom and grandma
Started writing with Aubrey

April:
Started using the Bible app

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PWH Easter egg hunt with Anne Buzzelli

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Lymphatic drainage class
LeeAnn came to visit
Spent a lot of time with Molly binge-watching Downton Abbey

May:

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Mowed the lawn for the first time
Pablo stuff

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Glenn’s graduation
Molly moved to South Dakota

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Had a memorial day picnic

June:

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Celebrated the life and work of my friend, Mary Echols

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Got my hair cut

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Met Erika
Went to Jack’s funeral
Molly came to visit

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Started going for walks just for fun
Became gluten intolerant

July:
My 29th birthday!

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Dinner with Molly and church girls

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Spent time with my Melissa

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Waffle breakfast with friends at The Store
Did elimination diet
Read The Art of Asking
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Brigitte came home from Florida for a massage & we all went out to dinner and played Cards Against Humanity at Byers Street

Went to a beautiful Hour Economy outdoor dinner
Met Kelly

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Savanna’s baby shower
TJ&I took a break
Started getting acupuncture

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July 28th GOT OUT OF DEBT
Savanna’s baby, Scarlett was born 07.30.15

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Watched Marx Brothers movies outside at By&By
Confirmed gluten intolerance

August:

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Caitlin moved to Alaska

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Hiked humpback 2x

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Started going to farmers market with Kat and Kirsten
Dinner and yoga at Erika’s
Shopped at Aldi
Collage party

September:

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Gave Scarlett a massage (full circle!)
Saw The Importance of Being Earnest@ the Blackfriars
Forgave Pablo
Depressed

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Dyed hair RED
Started going to Lisa Shelton

October:
Addicted to sugar

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Road trip to VT (survived near fatal incident)
Became good friends with Kat
Scary movies with Kat and Kirsten (Babadook!!)

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Scary movies and pumpkin carving with TJ
Clothing swap
SVAC art opening with art from Beverly Street, talked to Buddy
Became community group leader
Planted bulbs
Cheese allergy
Bev depressed
Went to vineyard with Erika
Started spending money, again (after 2.5 years of not shopping)
Mary’s 90th birthday
Ros got engaged
Said goodbye to Kelley

November:
Memorized psalm 19:7-11 and recited in front of church
Helped mom konmari her clothes
Mom cleaned downstairs
Kat and I watched “”Feces of An Angel”” (actually called Faces of an Angel….but it was soooo terrible) and bonded
Konmaried all my papers
Started studying hormones
Started getting a different kind of bodywork almost every week
TJ went on a cruise
Mom let me borrow her car and I went on a shopping spree
James Bond at Visulite with Kat and co.

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Terri came to visit
Read Wuthering Heights
Kat and mom and I went to see The Suffragette in Harrisonburg
Sparkles and Sweets
Compiled all my electronic gear and konmaried all my photos on my laptop

December:
Gift shopping

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Beth came to visit from England!
Sad news with Molly
Got everyone to take MBTI.
Spaghetti night with Kat
Raindrop session
Mom raised my rent
TJ and I had cocoa and movie night at my house
“Crafternoon” Cocktail party
Frank died

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Designed my new logo
Breakfast with Suzanne (she decided to start a breakfast club)

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Mom and I had a little Christmas by ourselves

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Had Christmas with TJ and his family and his little niece, Elise.

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Chose my word for the year: EXPAND

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Spent a very introverted New Years walking around downtown

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Letters&Brunch–January

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Saturday was the first meeting of Letters and Brunch.

Where: It was held at Nu Beginnings (AKA The Store) in Staunton.
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Who: My mom and my friends Melissa, Willow, and Kelly.

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We ate delicious food. Mom had oatmeal, I ate gluten free scones!!, Willow ate a waffle, and Melissa had the colonial breakfast. Yummmm.
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I wrote 3 letters! Willow and Kelly taught us how to make envelopes from calendar pages.
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I am so happy we did it!

Thank you to Alexandra Franzen for the idea :)
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Do you like the idea of actually keeping in touch with your friends instead of beating yourself up for not following through? Do you also like food?

Feel free to drop by!! 10-1 the first Saturday of the month :)

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Goodbye 2015

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2015.

This year tortured and/or radically changed almost everyone I know.  Some things were made (and born!) wonderful and joyfully complete and other things (including a few wonderful lives) were dramatically brought to an end.

As the year draws to a close, lives are still transitioning and transforming….which, yes, ultimately is a positive thing, but from the middle can look horrific.

So, here’s to 2016…. and 2017…. and 2018….

Keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Lets continue being vulnerable with each other and helping each other limp down these paths placed in front us.

And, when the choice is ours, let’s choose to make the world a brighter more positive place for the people around us.

Love.

*Bonus*
Here’s my word for 2016: EXPAND.

Although, I am thinking about switching it around and making it RISE.

So my phrase would be:

“Stop acting small. Expand& transform. Step forward. RISE.”

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What makes massage worth the time and money?

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I asked my clients: “What makes massage worth the time and money?”

Allison

“I feel amazing after a massage. I get a quick nap in and the rest of my evening is peaceful. My headaches have decreased and I have more energy as well.

Alyssa:

Relief from chronic pain is worth any amount. Spending time having it lessened is time not spent suffering from it.”

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Ros:

“It’s dedicated self-care time, which we don’t get enough of!”

Bevin

“Joy has been the best massage therapist that I’ve been to so far. She uses essential oils and takes uses so many techniques to work on my body. So, I feel like I have a tailored massage, just for me!! I also enjoy the discounts that Joy gives with signing up for a year, this makes it totally worth it and I have no guilty feelings on spending the money for my well being.

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Erika:

“I get headaches pretty regularly and massage has helped manage those. Plus, it’s a good reminder to drink enough water and pay attention to what my body is telling me. I’m working to establish healthy habits for my life.”

Vanessa

Self-care is one of those things that people often forget about or don’t think about, but it is important. It’s good to remember that self-care is important, which I think makes massage worth the time and money. It’s not hard to justify when you think about how necessary it is to take care of yourself. Everybody is stressed out all the time. That’s no way to live! So it’s easy to start taking small steps in changing that. (i.e. getting massages regularly, drinking tea instead of coffee, etc.)”

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Dan:

“How it makes me feel better both physically and mentally. It helps the physical stuff a lot, but also forces me to relax and pay attention to what my body is doing which is a great mental break too.”

My mom, Lynne:

“I love my massage therapist! I need to take care of myself. It’s my chance to practice breathing deeply.”

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