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Give the Gift of Massage

In Massage, self care, Uncategorized on December 17, 2016 at 8:56 AM

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Purchase the GIFT of MASSAGE for someone right now. Click HERE.

Small Business Saturday

In Business, Uncategorized on November 26, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Today’s the day to shop small and support local!  The studio is open until 6 PM today.   Can’t wait to see you!

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Small Business Saturday

In Business, for sale, Marketing, Specials, Uncategorized on October 29, 2016 at 5:17 PM

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Birth Photographer | Makeshift Doula

In Family Portrait, Newborn, Photography, story, Uncategorized on September 7, 2016 at 5:14 PM

A few weeks back I had the honor of being asked to photograph a birth –  AND  – as my other career hat is as a massage therapist – be the stand in doula. What an experience!  I met the couple at the hospital and photographed the experience from hours after the water broke ’til 30 hours later when a c-section had to be performed – alternating between taking a few pictures and then doing a back rub with some essential oil infused lotions I’d brought along.  This photo-journalistic / documentary style is a departure from the usual head shots and portraits I do and I really enjoyed witnessing and capturing the untouched, non-staged, real life moments.

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The hospital staff were kind and accommodating and even allowed me in the operating room to capture a few images of babies first breath [as mom had hoped for] when we found out the c-section was necessary.

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I’ve got a few goofy photos of me and dad in scrubs, along with some beautiful shots of the raw reality of bringing life into this world. [What our bodies can do is amazing!!]

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But for today’s sharing just a few cute shots of this beautiful blessing.

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Congratulations to the new mom and dad and thank you for trusting me to be part of the experience with you!

 

Untitled; Woman In Water

In Art, art portraiture, for sale, personal, Photography, Uncategorized on August 11, 2016 at 11:16 AM

 

This image was created for and hung in a juried show at The Stone Crop Gallery in Maine.  The title of the exhibition was “Love, Hate & Everything In-between” and was left open for wide interpretation. In the several weeks spent musing about what I wanted to create I listened to a TED Talk about creativity given by Elizabeth Gilbert.  She explored where creativity comes from and offered a theory of a “creative genius” – that we all have one – rather than we can all be one. My interpretation of what she offered is one that is also encountered in the book “The Artist’s Way”. That is that we as artists are responsible for showing up to do the work – but this creative genius – or spirit – is responsible for the inspiration and the quality.

Still in the process of deciding what to make for this exhibit I visited a friend at her lake house. In the middle of telling her about the TED Talk, my “creative genius” tapped me on the shoulder and I had a vision of this photograph.  It was persistent and insistent.  I knew I had to make this picture that day.  It took me several hours to talk my friend into climbing into the lake to be my model – and I’m so glad she did.

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The original title for this piece was “Paralyzed by fear (thoughts of inadequacy)”. I’d decided that in relationship to self we can experience “love, hate and everything in between” and created a set of six images with themed titles. A fellow photographer came to me one day a little miffed and said he didn’t like the title because it limited what he saw. He found beauty in the image and thought others might as well. So in his memory I changed the title to make room for each viewer to take away their own meaning.

A 30″ x 22″ framed print of this image is available in the studio at 264 Main Street in Manchester, CT.   We are open Tuesday – Saturday by appointment and be reached by email: tania@taniapalermo.com or phone: 860.306.0067.

The Soul Of The Road

In Art, for sale, landscape, Photography, story, Uncategorized on August 10, 2016 at 3:03 PM

In 2010 I spent 4 months on the road – camping out on the couches of old friends and tenting in our country’s magnificent national parks.  The purpose of my travels was to teach myself photography.

I took the “wrong road” several times and got lost in nature – serendipitous moments that always awed me.  This is one of them.  A fog filled, back country road in Montana – one of my favorite pictures from my travels because it expresses to me the ‘soul of the road’ – the inexplicable longing and mystery of the journey.

What a fellow artist said of this image:

“….this one looks like it’s been taken by a plate camera, exposed by the Montana sun, developed in caffeine and fixed by the dirt and grit of the road.”

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A 30″ x 22″ framed print of The Soul of the Road is available for purchase in the studio.

We are open Tuesday – Saturday by appointment at 264 Main Street in Manchester, CT and can be reached by phone: 860.306.0067 or email: tania@taniapalermo.com

14 things I’ve learned since leaving massage school : #2

In CT, Indulge, Manchester, Massage, self care, Uncategorized on March 17, 2016 at 2:24 PM

March 15th marked 14 years since my first day of massage school out in Port Townsend, WA.

I spent a little time reflecting on what I’ve learned from having my hands on countless bodies of all different shapes, sizes, and levels of health over the years.  In random order here are some of my observations and things I wish my clients knew.

#2 Wherever you are in your self-care journey is OK

Yesterday I encouraged you to consider not drinking that quad espresso before arriving for your relaxing massage appointment.

I also need to state that, if you do – it’s OK.

Just show up. Be as present as you can. Do your best to just BE in your body. Let go of an attachment to the outcome of your session time and simply pay attention to what your body may be telling you.

The massage room is a no-judgment zone.

Sometimes you’re going to come in and zone right out. Other times you’re going to chat nonstop because it’s the only way to let yourself unwind. You may get one massage a year because you still feel guilty taking “me-time” or because that’s what your budget allows. Sometimes you’ll come in once a week and think a 90 minute massage isn’t enough time because you know that the more your needs are met, the more of you there is to offer to your loved ones. It’s all good.

This could be you...

One of my favorite regular clients was an older woman who started taking care of herself much later in life. She said she didn’t start understanding the value of self-care until she was an ‘old lady.’

At our first meeting she told me (para phrasing), “Look – this is my body. Take it or leave it. It’s been well used. It’s birthed children. It has scars and wobbly bits. There is a tattoo where most people will never see it and hair growing in places I wish it wouldn’t. I’ve spent my whole life taking care of others, putting myself last or not on the list at all. I’ve never felt worthy of this kind of indulgence. Now I know. Life goes by fast. People I spent my whole life nurturing have died. I worked 40 years at a job and never felt appreciated. Now my body is breaking down and there is no one here to piece me back together.  I deserve to be loved, nurtured, valued and respected. I’m making up for lost time here doll, so make it good!”

It took her most of her life to learn how to receive, but once she figured out how valuable she was nothing was going to stand in her way. I know you deserve to carve out time to take care of you. My client knows it too. And wherever you are on that journey – whatever kind of time and space you carve out, or don’t –  however you show up – is perfectly OK.

Small Business Saturday 11-28-15

In Indulge, Massage, Open House, self care, Specials, Uncategorized on November 23, 2015 at 5:51 PM

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Photo Coasters | Manchester, CT

In Art, local artist, Photography on August 1, 2014 at 5:47 PM

The next few days in the studio will be spent finishing up some gift items and various projects. I get so many requests for these photo coasters – which can also be used as art tiles – that I’m making up a few dozen sets. They are so perfect for housewarming presents, thank you’s, teacher appreciation …. anything really …. that I sell out of them almost as soon as they are made. They are all handmade from my original photos.

May Massage Special | Mother’s Day | Manchester, CT

In Indulge, Massage, Refresh, Specials on May 9, 2014 at 5:39 PM

I posted a few days back that May 1, 2014 was the one year anniversary in the studio. As a thank you for your continued support I’ve created my own mini “living social” sort of special. Buy one massage | get one half off!! The coupons can be purchased through May 31, 2014 and are valid through October 2014.  I’ve had many last-minute phone calls today inquiring if these can be purchased for Mother’s Day Gifts. Yes! Hurry on down. You still have time. :)

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