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What to expect for your next massage . . .

In Business, covid-19, CT, Manchester, Massage, studio on main, Uncategorized on June 13, 2020 at 5:48 PM

really listen … don’t hashtag

In Business, covid-19, CT, landscape, self care, Uncategorized on April 6, 2020 at 7:44 PM

Today was one of the tougher ones. We are all facing our own challenges and changes, ups and downs. I’ve confided to friends how hard it is to be living alone through all of this. No physical contact with another soul, no one to talk with in the middle of the night, when the anxiety often shows up. No other income to rely on. They tell me how hard it is to be stuck at home when they are fighting with their partners, when the kids just told them they suck for the hundredth time, and the dog just ate the meal they cooked when they had to leave the room for five minutes.  We are all riding a roller coaster.

 

I am self-employed and single. When I was forced to close shop on March 15th, and stopped having any income source – I still had two properties to support. Home and business expenses kept coming, and I started a slow, quiet panic. I knew I’d be OK – for a short time… but for how long? Most small businesses, as I’m sure you know by all the people asking you to not forget them during this crisis, run on very small margins.

 

I filed for unemployment as, for the first time, self-employed folks are eligible to apply with the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. I got word that my claim was approved and filed my first one yesterday.  When I checked on the dollar amount this morning, it was …. ZERO. I applied for one of the SBA disaster loans. My claim number was 3,302,753,XXX.  A friend told me that number represents the number of claims that have been filed. Even if that’s not possible … Yikes! Didn’t leave me feeling very hopeful.

 

So, I did what I do. Cried for a few moments, and once I got it all out of my system, began looking for other solutions. Then took a walk. In the woods. It never ceases to be a healing source for me. As I walked down the trail, these tiny landscapes kept catching my eye.  I had to get down on the forest floor to make this image. Look at all the growth that’s going on there! Saplings, blades of grass, flowers … It brought me so much hope for some reason. Maybe it’s the restorative effect of spring, trusting in the cycle of life, regrowth, and rebirth. These small shoots having the courage to find their spot in the larger forest. Or maybe it was just crawling on my knees to get eye level to this scene that reminded me to change my perspective in general. The image isn’t in focus … but neither are our lives right now. Everything is a little fuzzy. And that’s OK.

MiniLandscape4-6-20fb©TaniaPalermo

I’m sharing this in hopes it reaches someone else who may be in similar shoes. To let you know you’re not alone. It can be tough to repeatedly, sometimes mindlessly, hear

#we’re all in this together

when, while yes, we are all staying home in a united effort to protect the collective health and well-being of all – no situation is the same. And I think people really need to be seen. Witnessed. Acknowledged. Not just thrown a hashtag.

 

To some this is an inconvenience. It’s hard and a struggle, but they are working from home, maintaining an income, and will largely be OK.  To some people it means being in danger. There are many in domestic violence situations right now who are living their days in fear. To some it means not being able to buy food for their children.  To some it means losing their livelihood. I’ve already witnessed small businesses closing for good. Not just temporarily during this pandemic.

 

Please know wherever you are, however you’re felling – it’s OK. It’s OK to have decided you’re going to get in shape to run a marathon during this time – and it’s also OK if you’re going to eat cookies and binge watch TV. Nobody else knows how your new life is really affecting you – except for you. So please don’t compare yourself to others. Try to find ways to be gentle and kind to yourself, and reach out if you’re feeling alone.  And try to really witness the people who reach out to you. Don’t just throw them a blanket statement of how we’ll all get through this. That’s not going to look the same for anyone. You may not be able to fix anything for them, but acknowledging their personal struggles throughout all this may help them feel held, truly connected, truly seen, and bolstered up to trudge forward.

Keeping Quiet

In CT, landscape, local artist, Manchester, personal, Photography, self care, Uncategorized on March 26, 2020 at 4:22 PM

Self-care for me today meant … walking in the woods, taking pictures, saying hello to strangers and  their playful puppies and … reading poetry. What did it look like for you?

 

                                                       

Keeping Quiet

by Pablo Neruda

“Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still
for once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

HP04©TANIAPALERMO2020

 

Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

HP03©TANIAPALERMO2020

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.

Life is what it is about…

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If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with
death.

HP01©TANIAPALERMO2020

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.”

 

 

$12 OFF Gift Certificates

In CT, gift certificate, Indulge, Manchester, Massage, Specials, Uncategorized on December 13, 2018 at 12:03 PM

There are 12 shopping days left ’til Christmas.

$12 off

Shop online through 12/24/18 to take $12 OFF select gift certificates for massage.

Find this special and shop now HERE.

 

20% OFF

In Business, CT, for sale, gift certificate, Indulge, Manchester, Marketing, Massage, self care, Specials, Uncategorized on November 26, 2018 at 1:23 PM

Now through November 30, 2018 selected gift certificates for massage therapy are on sale! Take 20% OFF at purchase.

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Newsletter – Week of June 24, 2018

In Business, CT, Manchester, Marketing, Massage, Newsletter, self care, Specials, studio on main, Uncategorized on June 22, 2018 at 4:39 PM

My next newsletter comes out tomorrow  morning – and in it is a crazy good massage special for the month of July.  If you want to sign up to receive future newsletters so that you’ll always know when a special is coming – send me a quick email to tania@taniapalermo.com – and let me know.  All I need is your first name and a valid email address.

While you’re deciding … check out some of next week’s newsletter below:

Port Townsend WA for June 24 newsletter

 

Why I picked PTSM for my initial training in massage .  .  .

I lived in the PNW for many years – specifically Bellingham, WA [or B-ham as some locals referred to it]. When I got the itch to consider massage therapy as a career I made phone calls to lots of local schools. The first thing that drew me to PTSM [Port Townsend School of Massage] was that the woman who answered the phone was from New York!
Seriously.
I’d been missing the East Coast and I loved that she had an accent I was familiar with … and that she was a little – I don’t know the right words for it – maybe forward and loud. All the people I was surrounded by in B-ham were so laid back and nice I sometimes didn’t know what to do with myself.
That was not the deciding factor, of course – but it felt like serendipity and got me to drive out to the school for an interview.
Fun fact about my time there. Each weekend we had class I had to drive down the coast a few hours to get to Whidbey Island to then get on a ferry that took me over to the Victorian Seaport of Port Townsend. One of my favorite parts of the trip was crossing Deception Pass. I wasn’t a photographer then … but stopped as often as I could to take pictures and walk around a little bit.
deceptions pass for june 24 newsletter
If we had time before class started after getting off the ferry, my friend Charity and I would rush to the Tyler Street Coffee House to see if there were any scones available. Seriously the best scone I’ve ever had, and they only made them a few times a week, so scoring one was a treat.
The whole thing was an incredibly rewarding and life changing experience and I wouldn’t change it for anything. In fact thinking about it now is making me heart achingly nostalgic.
pineapple june 24 newsletter
Hydration Recipe:
Keeping hydrated is an important part of staying healthy. Water promotes cardiovascular health, keeps your body cool, helps muscles and joints work better and keeps skin supple. Here is this week’s hydration recipe:
Mango Pineapple Water
Ingredients:
1 medium sized mango, thinly sliced
1 cup pineapple, chopped
Water
Instructions:
Peel and slice one mango. Add 1 cup of finely chopped pineapple and water. Refrigerate 4-6 hours before drinking to allow flavors to infuse.
Bonus Tip:
Possible benefits of eating mango & pineapple:
Mango – may help to – promote clear skin; improve eye health; alkalize the body; & improve digestion.
Pineapple – may help to – aid immune system; support eye health; improve gut health [anti-inflammatory properties]; & strengthen gums.

texting image for june 24 newsletter

DIY Hand & Forearm Massage:

Too much texting?
Don’t worry.
Try this hand / forearm massage to help relax your muscles.
  • Relax one arm, palm up, on top of your thigh.
  • Push the heel of your other palm slowly along the forearm in the direction of your wrist.
  • Use enough pressure to feel some heat, but not to give yourself a brush burn.
  • Do the same thing across your open palm all the way down toward your fingertips, and again over the mound of your thumb.
  • Repeat a few times, and switch hands.

 

 

I’d love to send you tips too. If you want to sign up for the next newsletter leave your email in the comments below – or send me a quick message at: tania@taniapalermo.com

Project 52 | 20

In black and white, CT, landscape, personal, Photography, Project 52, Spring, Uncategorized on May 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM

No 20 of 52_Web_logo©TaniaPalermo2018

52 week photo challenge : one photo a week; no explanations or stories needed; black and white; shot only with my Nikon D800 and 28mm lens [50 mm today]

Project 52 | 19

In black and white, CT, landscape, personal, Photography, Project 52, Uncategorized on May 10, 2018 at 9:07 PM

No 19 of 52_WEB_LOGO©TaniaPalermo2018

52 week photo challenge : one photo a week; no explanations or stories needed; black and white; shot only with my Nikon D800 and 28mm lens.

03-16-18

In abandoned, CT, Photography, Uncategorized on March 16, 2018 at 5:38 PM

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Stopped by a friend’s business today and got to do one of my favorite things. Photograph forgotten about structures. He’s located inside of an old mill building and this is right outside his back door. I’m sure it looks like junk to most people, but I love the layers of texture, color and stories it tells of it’s old life.

Project 52 | 14

In Art, black and white, CT, landscape, personal, Photography, Project 52, Uncategorized on March 14, 2018 at 1:53 PM

No 14 of 52_Web_Logo©TaniaPalermo2018

Time for a challenge.  Whenever we get too comfortable in life we are no longer growing – and I feel the need to push myself forward.  The guidelines of this self imposed journey are:  one photo a week; no explanations or stories needed; black and white; shot only with my Nikon D800 and 28mm lens. [Today’s photo = 50mm lens]

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