Sunday, August 30, 2009

Catching Up

Lets start with last week. Since it made a huge impact on my life. Well actually it was Thursday the 20th. I attended my son's meet the teacher night. Organized so you could bring school supplies, sign up for bus routes, PTO, Spirit Wear, ext. And of course meet your child's teacher for the first time before school starts. It is of course a wonderful idea. Besides of course the massive amounts of students, their younger siblings, and parents wondering around without a clue. There was not much surprise when that Sunday I woke up feeling as though the semi that had decided to hit me, would have just stopped with it's wheels deep in my gut. Like most colds, it got progressively worse. Starting in my nose, to my chest, and eventually found it's way into my voice box. Destroying what little voice I had left after filling my lungs with whatever crud it wanted to. Most of my colds have this progression, as an adult, I realized how even my colds are organized. LOL. Rob got sick too, the little ass, his body is some kind of demented machine. Went into a high fever the first night and by morning felt just fine. *sigh* I don't have that kind of luck. I spent the next week skipping my massive amounts of unsweetened iced tea with massive amounts of hot tea and orange juice. Though it wouldn't matter. As I mentioned earlier. My colds have this organized progression. I ended up missing my business class on Tuesday.... clinics on Wednesday... and Eastern on Thursday.... into the weekend..... into this past week... By Wednesday I was feeling a lot better. And Thursday I actually stopped having to blow my nose every 15 seconds. What a way to actually spent a week off from school. Now I must admit. Having a cold is perhaps a nightmare experience in so many levels. There are those small benefits of being sick. I call this NyQuil. I never slept so good. The past two weeks I have been in bed asleep before 10:00 every night. And I would wake up around 6ish every morning. All bad things have a blessing hidden in them. :)
Saturday, yesterday, I had my first taste of craniosacral therapy. It is a much talked about topic at school. I don't think there is a class I went through that it didn't somehow come up in discussion. That kind of thing grabs your attention. When I found out that as a student you get discounted CEU classes. Well, crap I'm all over that. So I signed up for the class. It was just a snipit of the full blown craniosacral being taught by Upledger. However, that's all I really needed to get a taste, to find out if it was worth the four day commitment it would take to enroll in Cranio 1. I need to take this time to explain something first. The instructor who is teaching this craniosacral class is also my instructor for Eastern. A very crude, straight-forward, but at the same time, very realistic instructor. He is one of those people that you either love or hate. Since having him in Eastern you really get an ide of how his brain works. With that I really have to thank him for making me the therapist I am. Right now at least. When I started school. I was hard nosed on the idea of draping. Specific draping lines, tucking, never put your hands under the drape, careful, careful, careful. I spent so much effort with this mindset, I found it hard to focus on other things. I remember trying to watch an Esslan massage given in a video on YouTube. I go nothing out of it. The entire time I was watching this guys hands go under the drape. Like a neurotic freak, I was hysterical. Being like that makes for a very crude therapist. After many discussions with my instructor I started "playing" with draping. Don't be afraid to get that stuff out of your way. Communicate with your client so they are aware of what your are doing. Simple things that I should have been doing all along. I was very protective, too afraid of my client to almost want to touch them. The more I was taking his words to heart the better clinics were going. I have this particular client, I call her mine because since our last massage, she re-books with me. Anyways. She and her mother have been coming to the clinic for months. Never before mattered who they got. This particular client told me that she was an avid runner. I took that as a cue to work the IT band and possibly do some nice stretches on her. I informed her what we were going to do, she was all for it. I was doing things I didn't think I had it in me. Making my client liable for the drape, stretching a client on the table. When we were finished she told me that was the best massage she had ever received. People say that all the time. What proved it to me was when I found out she told the clinic manager. And re-booked with me. That felt awesome. So, you really need to understand that I do have a lot of respect for someone who has made a dramatic change in the way I handle my massages.
Now, lets talk about craniosacral. Because I want to really hit it home that I mean no disrespect at all. If you walk into a treatment, as a therapist, whatever, keep an open mind. Someone who is not fond of energy work, will find it very hard to get anything out of this. I adore energy work. The power of the mind is an amazing thing and I really think if a person is in a positive state of mind it can have a huge effect of every aspect of their life. Rob, really not the energy person. Showing him what I had learned that evening. It was very difficult. That and even though he had a headache wouldn't sit still long enough for me to feel that I had done anything. At least I practiced. :)
The idea is making changes with 5 grams of pressure. The weight of a nickle. But even before you get to that point. You focus on trusting your fingers. We felt cardiac rhythm, we felt respiratory rhythm, and then.... there was something else. The way I was holding my hands on my partners head. The cardiac was in my palms, there was the respiratory on my right hand moving in a back and forth kind of pattern. My left hand felt something deeper. Faint but still enough that I could remain focused on the swaying front and back motion. Each rhythm felt completely different in my hands. I was so glad I could feel them at the same time. To really realize there were three distinct pulses.
I can understand why those with closed minds to energy work would find this therapy "hooky" If you want die hard proof of what this can do, I can't offer that. Much like someone can not offer proof of their faith, of feeling energy between two people, or to see auras. No, If you have your blinders on, you will never experience life to the fullest. The idea of moving something with 5 grams of pressure does sound "hooky" I assure you, the power of the mind is not "hooky" at all. I'm going to stick my neck out there and tell you. I think this work is "energy." Which isn't a bad thing. The reason energy therapies are so popular and "powerful" is simple. If you believe its happening. It is. If your clients believes, it is. I do not think energy therapies are to cure diseases. They are to put your brain in a positive state of mind. When your brain is in the right state it makes taking care of you so much easier. I hate to quote a show, but I feel its the right thing to do. Scrubs, a patient had a failing heart due to being sad. "If a person is in a positive place, it's easier to heal. If you're in a negative place.. well, remember to treat patients not only physically, but mentally too." I will again re-visit craniosacral today in about 3 1/2 hours. I am looking forward to it. And I am very glad I signed up for this class. I can tell you now, I prolly wont be investing 4 days to learn the whole shebang. I don't think that is where I want to head with my therapy career. In the future, who knows. Right now, my path is not leaning that way.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


For the love of Spongebob. Here are some plush jelly-fish to enjoy.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Happy Belated Anniversary !!

One year ago August 18th I had my surgery. Wow. it's been a year.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Oil Holster.

As promised this is how I made my oil holster. I never did like using them during my technique classes. I had always worn scrub pants that had an awesome side pocket that was perfect for my lotion bottle. It was comfortable to use and best of all it was never near the client on the table. With the holster there was always that possibility of scraping the client with the nozzle of the bottle. *sigh*
However, in the school clinic, they supply us with these horribly nasty scrubs to be "uniform." The scrubs do not have this side pocket that I had come to really enjoy. I had put off purchasing a holster because I just really had no intention of using one. I officially had two days before we started clinic. I couldn't order one online and the holsters at the student store were overpriced. So, I made one. It turned out super cute. Here is the one I use currently.

Now I'm going to show you how to make your very own oil holster. This one is going to match your sheets. You recently made a face cradle cover that matched your sheets. Now lets hit this OCD out of the park with an oil holster!

First you need to take the piece left over from the pillow case.

Step Two : We are going to cut the main piece of the holster. So grab your bottle of lotion. Place it on the fabric and judge how big you want your holster to be. Make sure to allow for a seam allowance. Also. Make this baby double thick. So just cut the total thickness of the pillowcase (both sides) Place the right sides together and sew up the two long sides. Making a tube. Turn it right sides out and iron your tube flat. The Top and Bottom should still be open.

Step Three : Place your bottle onto the fabric. Make sure there is a nice allowance at the top of the holster for your belting. I pinned it to show you how. Sew it down. I use a straight stitch here. Its cleaner and it doesn't require to be super strong. When you put your belting on. I just went ahead and measured it to fit me. Sew the belting clips on the ends. I'm sure you could make it adjustable. I didn't. If you want your holster be a little stronger. Feel free to put some interfacing in there. Because this fabric was thicker, I didn't.

Step Four : Making the holder for the bottle. You can use the main holster part. However, because I'm using fabric that may be hard to see. So I used a piece of white paper to show you what you should be doing. Make sure that you cut the bottle holder slightly thicker than the main piece. If you make it the same size your bottle will never fit into the pocket.

Step Five : We need to cut the pocket down now. You don't want the pocket to be as tall as the whole holster. Make it long enough that the bottle wont fly out while your using it, and short enough that you don't get lotion/oil all over the holster when you pump it out.

Step Six : We have the pocket cut out of both layers of fabric again. I do everything double layer. Anyways.. Right sides together sew the very top only. Open it up and iron it flat. Now flip it back over so that wrong sides are together and you have a nice seam at the top of your pocket. Go ahead and iron it flat this way so it lays nicely.

Step Seven : Sewing the bottom of the holster. Take the pocket and lay it on top the main piece. Remember the pocket will be a little wider. Start pinning in the middle, then pin each side. Now work your way inward pinning and separating so you have a nice even bunching. Don't worry about the sides of the holster yet, Lets focus on just the bottom. Once you have it pinned. Go ahead and sew the bottom together.

Step Eight : Now you can pin and sew the sides. Just line it up and sew.

Step Nine : Once you have the sides sewn up. Go ahead and put your lotion in the holster. Check it out to make sure your not squeezing the bottle in the pocket. Make sure it feels "right." If it doesn't then this is a perfect time to take out some stitched and find out what would make it better.

Step Ten : At this time, your going to want to cover those un-sightly stitches. I'm showing this with white bias tape. I prefer the Wrights brand Double Fold Bias Tape, Extra Wide. But with this gator print.. the white just looked horrific and I ended up making my own bias tape with the fabric I had left over. For sake of showing you I pinned it on there. Pin the bias tape all the way around the pocket. Side, bottom, side. Now sew it as best you can. Use a stretch stitch that will catch all the layers.

YOUR DONE! Enjoy! And thanks for reading!