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Everything in the universe is in motion. I took this photo feeling all of the movement around me, and inside of me, after a full day of continuing education on this rainy day. I’ll be in and out of the office the next few weeks as I spend time learning new techniques. Excited to share them with you upon my return! ‪#‎visceralmanipulation‬

I am taking some time for self care beginning today until Friday, February 26. Looking forward to reconnecting with all of you upon my return: refreshed, sun-kissed and available for bookings. If you would like to schedule an appointment with me, I still have a few openings the week of February 29 and will be checking emails occasionally, but not often. Please use the contact form on this website.

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I just came across an article titled

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier.

To summarize, they are:

1. Be grateful

2. Acknowledge your emotions

3. Take action

4. TOUCH!!!

For more detailed explanations, you can read the full article here.

This is a wonderful article from the science section of The New Yorker discussing a mulitude of benefits we receive from human touch.

“The more we learn about touch, the more we realize just how central it is in all aspects of our lives—cognitive, emotional, developmental, behavioral—from womb into old age. It’s no surprise that a single touch can affect us in multiple, powerful, ways.”

Enjoy!

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This is an amazing read about the vagus nerve.

“But it’s very clear that the human is one entity: mind and body are one. It sounds logical but it’s not how we looked at it before. We didn’t have the science to agree with what may seem intuitive. Now we have new data and new insights.”

Read the full article from Business Insider here.

 

It is so helpful to remember that our bodies are not our enemies! We can support ourselves by acknowledging just how much they do for us – physically, emotionally, and energetically. Healing begins when we honor what we’ve been through, and massage offers a great space to heal.

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Read the fascinating article from The Good Men’s Project here.

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Encouraging you to exhale is an important part of my sessions, as well as something that I continue to work on in my own life! When we are breathing fully our entire bellys expand, even our back! Massage, breath awareness and conscious breathing go hand-in-hand, helping chronic pain and disease at the cellular level.

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“The world we live in is out of balance, and as it seeks to self-correct, we experience many extremes. Maintaining an internal sense of balance becomes increasingly difficult and important for clients and practitioners alike. If we remember that at the heart of upheaval and stress there is the information of balance, order, harmony and flow available to each of us, always, it will help us to maintain mental, physical and spiritual health in today’s world.”

– Donna Thomson, co-founder of SourcePoint Therapy.

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I took this photo after a 3 day immersion last weekend in SourcePoint Therapy, a beautiful modality that speaks to the inherent nature of what it is to be human, and our ability to facilitate our own health. Truly mindblowing. I’m looking forward to sharing it with all of you soon!

As most of you know, I will be out of the office from Saturday, February 14 – Monday, March 9 with my husband, traveling through Thailand for our honeymoon.  We are beyond excited… And you should be, too, as I will be taking some time to study Thai Massage techniques that I cannot wait to share with all of you!

If you are interested in booking an appointment with me upon my return, I am available beginning Tuesday, March 10.  Please feel free to email me at katieparkermassage@gmail.com.  I will have internet access at some points throughout our trip, and look forward receiving your note.  When inquiring about availability, please specify if you are interested in a morning/afternoon/evening session on either a Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday and I will respond to you as soon as possible.

Stay warm and be well!

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Tuesday, February 10 (tomorrow!) is the last day to purchase a Gift Certificate for massage from me before Valentine’s Day.

I work with a lot of people, and some of the most appreciative are those that get to experience a free massage. It truly is a way to connect with those that you love, and allow them to connect with themselves.  A beautiful gift.

1 hour gift certificates are $100 and 90-minute gifts are $130.

Call or email me through www.katieparkermassage.com to purchase!

Stay warm and be safe, New York! I am currently taking appointments for next week — Massage is a great way to recover from shoveling snow. 😉

I am completely obsessed with hamstrings right now! Restricted (or short) and adhesioned hamstrings contribute to lower back pain, knee issues and even headaches. Stretching your hamstrings is an essential part of maintaining healthy posture. Massage is also beneficial! If you, or someone you know, is suffering from any of these things, book an appointment with me. You won’t regret it!

“Our bodies are not our enemies, and we are not fighting a battle. Instead, we are investing our love and attention into the care and support of a beautiful creation—our selves.”  -Madisyn Taylor

http://www.dailyom.com/articles/2014/45683.html

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Teach me how to trust my heart, my mind, my intuition, my inner knowing, the senses of my body, the blessings of my spirit.

Teach me to trust these things so that I may enter my sacred space and love beyond my fear, and thus walk in balance with the passing of each glorious sun.

American Indian Lakota Prayer

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Sharing this amazing article I read the other day… The human body is fascinating, and what it is capable of never ceases to amaze me.

“40 Astounding Facts You Should Know About Your Amazing Human Body”:  http://news.distractify.com/dark/trivial-facts/amazing-facts-about-the-human-body/?v=1

 

 

Something every massage therapist knows: Multiple massage sessions are scientifically proven to signficantly reduce chronic neck pain and dysfunction!

http://www.annfammed.org/content/12/2/112.full

Well, I’m officially blogging now!

When I became a licensed massage therapist, my life changed. This work brings me so much happiness and fulfillment – It has helped me find myself: A renewed interest in my body, my place in the world, my role in helping others.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to share my private practice with you. I learn so much every day from each one of my clients, and intend to post information here that inspires you to learn about and connect with your body.

Thank you so much for checking out www.katieparkermassage.com. I’m looking forward to this new beginning with you.