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twenty two [a creative collaboration between two cousins]

In Art, collaboration, local artist, personal, Photography, twenty two, Uncategorized on December 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

This weeks subject: Anxiety | Depression | Panic Attacks

Hello my dear cousin L ~

How are you? I’m really liking how this project is keeping us connected. Or – getting us connected. Even if when we don’t interact between postings (and I’m so glad we did connect this week) – I believe that doing work like this joins us together in spirit no matter the physical distance between us. We choose a challenging topic this week. I’ve experienced all three of these things in the past and part of me didn’t want to go there again. To photograph something like a panic attack means needing to try to remember how it felt – and it was scary enough experiencing it the first time. I resisted the process and had a lot of empathy for people who write memoirs about troubling pasts because it gave me a glimpse into how brave they have to be to take on that mantle of pain again, for a short time, to make sense of it and share it to try to help another human being.

I’m not sure if it’s a help or a hindrance to explain these pictures or not. Sometimes it’s best to let the viewer find their own meaning. What I will say it that making art awes me. I started off with a particular idea for these images – and they wound up expressing something entirely different then what I was consciously intending – but that are totally on point with how I viewed my struggles with these things. I’m becoming more convinced that Art makes and uses us – more than the other way around. When I give up control and submit myself to the process it is like making room for an idea that has been patiently waiting to be born to come through – we are just the vessel. Do you know what I mean?

I love you and am sending a hug.

♥T

Click on the images to see them in full.

Lydia’s post for this week is here.

About our project: Twenty Two

Massage can help with Addiction & Anxiety

In Business, Massage, Specials on July 27, 2013 at 5:41 PM

I’ve read two articles recently about the benefits that massage can have for people suffering with anxiety and / or addiction. One of the biggest things I’ve witnessed on my table repeatedly is just how quickly safe, therapeutic touch can help a person to be more fully grounded in their body. We spend so much time in our heads every day – worrying about the hundreds of things we need to accomplish, wondering if we are doing OK as a parent; friend; business owner…hoping that soon life will get easier. All of that thinking and worrying increases our stress levels and specifically raises the levels of cortisol in our bodies.  That can put us into a cycle of feeling run down, often leaving us with decreased immune system functioning, tiredness and lack of patience, etc  A one hour Swedish massage can aid in breaking that stress cycle.

I’ve had clients come in for massage practically bouncing off the walls from the busyness of their lives – their levels of anxiety are high. Many of them, somewhere in our session time, will heave a huge sigh of relief and settle in – shifting from existing just mentally to really sinking down “into themselves/their bodies”. It’s not uncommon for people to shed tears as a way to release tension. They really get in touch with the effects life is having on them and are able to experience a sense of peace and well-being, often for the first time in many months. Massage has been proven to increase dopamine and serotonin and decrease cortisol  – all of which can help alleviate depression and anxiety and help support you in making healthier self-care choices.

We’d love for you to experience the benefits of massage first hand. Please check out our massage specials for July and August here.

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