Breema this Weekend

I am off to another workshop this weekend. This time,  my favorite course of study, Breema.

As a Massage Therapist I like this practice because it is something I can apply in a very practical way for myself.  (Self Care). It also has a bodywork component that I can, in turn, offer to others. (Client Care).

Here is a video of people practicing Breema Bodywork from The Breema Channel on You Tube.

Self Breema offers the opportunity to use movement that helps me connect with myself.   Present in mind and body I move through the series of  particular sequences. There are principles that go with Breema, such as Mutual Support, No Judgement, Full Participation and several others. These principles help me to direct my thoughts  to the present moment. The present moment is where all of the good stuff happens. Breema bodywork is one of the most nourishing modalities that I have ever received. I remember early on, during a session, being amazed by the idea that this is what my (fill in the blank body part) feels like when picked up and gently moved from this position to another!  How often are we present with our movements as we go through our daily lives? I find it delightful when I can be in this moment with both my body and my mind.

This  link tells you a little bit about the practice from The Breema Center.

Breema Class Photo

Photo from Breema Weekend, Oct. 2013 True Nature Holistic Retreats


My class this weekend is offered by Dave Pratt, LMT, BA. He is a Certified Breema Instructor and Practitioner, and offers classes in Breema and sessions at True Nature Holistic Retreat Center in the heart of Amish Country, Holmes County in Millersburg, Ohio. For more information about regional Breema classes, sessions, or retreats,  you can reach Dave at

To find out more see The Breema Center website

Plantar Fasciitis- what HandZenFeet can do to help

HandZenFeet recently had a client come in with a complaint of heel pain, which her doctor said was Plantar Fasciitis. For those of you who don’t know what that is, here’s a description from WebMD:

Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people. It also occurs in younger people who are on their feet a lot, like athletes or soldiers. It can happen in one foot or both feet.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to pain and swelling. This is more likely to happen if:

  • Your feet roll inward too much when you walk, excessive pronation.
  • You have high arches or flat feet.
  • You walk, stand, or run for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces.
  • You are overweight.
  • You wear shoes that don’t fit well or are worn out.
  • You have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles.

Most people with plantar fasciitis have pain when they take their first steps after they get out of bed or sit for a long time. You may have less stiffness and pain after you take a few steps. But your foot may hurt more as the day goes on.

It may hurt the most when you climb stairs or after you stand for a long time.

via Plantar Fasciitis-Topic Overview.

We used reflexology and deep tissue techniques to search out and soften the tightened muscles in the foot and the associated fascia;  giving temporary relief. Additionally we talked about using some Rossiter Coaching  to assist the affected leg and foot in stretches that will create more space for the connective tissue and loosen the over tight musculature.

Often people will feel more heel pain after resting, since relaxing, while seated or lying down, allows the muscles and tendons to slack, or shorten. This is particularly noticeable in the morning. Learning new stretching techniques can help considerably to relieve this painful condition. HandZenFeet can help you to alleviate your heel pain through techniques of massage and reflexology and educate you in several self care procedures; empowering you to be an active part of your healing.

Here is a video of some self care stretches you might consider if you are suffering from heel pain, as a result of Plantar Fasciitis.

Taking Time to Play



This past weekend I took the opportunity to attend a PLAYshop.

Similar to a workshop, there were several (eighteen in all) of us gathered to learn and grow. Our facilitator was Howard Moody and his topic was Active Play. It differed from a workshop because it was all fun and games. We played for over three hours. We were silly, we laughed, tossed balls, talked gibberish, made up stories and we laughed some more. We laughed at ourselves and we laughed with each other.

What does this have to do with massage you might ask? After all who has time to play? There is so much to do and so little time to do it in. Massage, and other types of body centered work, is a way that we choose to take care of ourselves. We can work out stress and tension, loosen tight muscles, even attend to chronic and acute pain in our bodies through the therapeutic manipulations of our massage therapist.

Playing and laughter are great self care tools and I firmly believe in their healing power.   Laughter can be a great massage to your internal organs, while at the same time lubricating your eyes and pinking up your cheeks. It certainly does a body good, literally, to laugh. So cut loose, have wholesome fun, play, and let your hair down. There is plenty of time later to pick up the seriousness of your daily grind. When you give yourself permission to play you might just be able to face your reality with more grace and enthusiasm.

To learn more about Howard Moody and his Playshops see This class was offered at True Nature Holistic Retreats ,  in Millersburg, Ohio. I have attended several events at True Nature, each class giving me tools to help me develop in my personal and professional practice.  I also went on a retreat weekend with friends, where I learned about journaling, took a couple of yoga classes, received a Breema treatment, walked the beautiful grounds and practiced Self-Breema. Alana Generson and Dave Pratt are the owners and host a variety of offerings for self growth and development at their  Center.