Shout-Outs to my Body Healers!

August 18, 2009

There is so much going on in life.  It can be a bit overwhelming between ‘this,’ ‘that,’ the ‘other,’ and the 50 million ‘others’ that exist on a daily basis.  While exercise is one of those anomalies that provides you with more energy in some ways, it can exhaust you  in other ways.  Thus, it is vital to find ways to take care of our beautiful bodies that work so hard for us in order for us to KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON!

One of the ways to do this is to ensure that you are giving back to your body.  This includes adequate sleep, healthy food, plenty of liquids, and my personal fav (drum roll, please!)…body work!  Bodywork is a proactive, preventative way to keep your muscles happy and your bones workin’ for you!  Plus, it feels so good!

Here are my local heroes that my body would like to thank:

Massage Therapist Jamie at Piedmont Springs in Oakland.  This guy is so amazing with his hands that I feel like butter melting on a hot skillet.  Ok, maybe not the best analogy for a fitness theme, but, seriously, I feel like playdough, being sculpted into a beautiful masterpiece everytime I see him.  His firm pressure, fluid flow, and charming personality are a winning combination.  He is simply amazing.  Contact: (510) 652.9191

Chiropractor Parissa in Emeryville.  This lady will whip your spine into alignment quickly, with health advice and a funny story to boot.  She is an amazing blend of snap, crackle, and pop with a big exhale of ‘ahhhhhhh’ at the end.  I know that a big part of the reason I can work out so much while keeping my body healthy and functioning at its best is because of my visits to her.  She is a miracle worker.  Contact: (510) 655.5540

Lastly, I would like to send a shout-out to my dear friend and ‘Career Consultant for the Creatively-Inclined’ Britt Bravo.  While she does not fit under the direct category of being my ‘body healer,’ she has been a vital part of my inspiration over the decade.  She has asked all the right questions, provided numerous resources, pointed me in the direction of reconnecting with my love and desire to help others reconnect with their bodies through movement.

If you don’t live in the Bay Area, be sure to ask your friends for advice on who to go to.  While we are all different in terms of our preferences, word of mouth is usually the best way to find out who is fabulous at what they do.  And, while I know that it does cost for such services, the short and long-term health of your body is certainly worth it!

In peace and loving kindness toward our amazing bodies,

Heather

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