Newfangled Skills, Old World Medicine
Everything in Moderation, Including Moderation
What the heck does that mean?
"Newfangled Skills" refers to my skill set as a massage therapist and bodyworker. Many of the techniques I use have been developed in the past 50-100 years. When looking at the span of human existence, 100 years is equal to a blink of an eye.
"Old World Medicine" refers to trainings on folk or ancient medicine that I can utilize before, during, or after a session. Who doesn't like getting brushed down with flowers and sung to in order to disperse bad juju?
"Everything in moderation, including moderation" is an Oscar Wilde quote. The idea is that one should not live in extremes. Balance is key to a good life. Sometimes you need to swing the pendulum in order to find moderation. And sometimes you have to go to extremes in order to get stuff done or...not get stuff done. Either way, living in one extreme or another isn't good.
Balance is good.
How does that apply to massage?
When you come for a session, you could say "my shoulder is messed up from a car accident, my knees hurt because I like to run, but I'm feeling sad from a recent break up and it feels like I'm completely falling apart" and I will do my best to alleviate all of it through the use of newfangled skills and old world medicine in balance with each other.
You could say, "Physically, I feel pretty good. My problem is dealing with this grief...." That's when your session could be heavy on the old world medicine.
You could say, "I totally jacked up my back doing crossfit and can't bend over. Can you fix this?" That's when your session could be newfangled skills heavy.
What I'm saying is:
I'm going use everything I know to alleviate whatever your issues are, whether physical or not-so-physical.
You will always be asked where you want to go in a session.
Your body, your head-space, your healing process.