Happy March everybody! Spring is just around the corner.
Educators do all in their power to prepare you to enjoy reading after college. It is right that you should read according to your temperament, occupations, hobbies, and vocations. But it is a sign of great inner insecurity to be hostile to the unfamiliar, unwilling to explore the unfamiliar. In science, we respect the research worker. In literature, we should not always read the books blessed by the majority. This trend is reflected in such absurd announcements as “the death of the novel,” “the last of the romantics,” “the last of the Bohemians,” when we know that these are continuous trends which evolve and merely change form. The suppression of inner patterns in favor of patterns created by society is dangerous to us. Artistic revolt, innovation, experiment should not be met with hostility. They may disturb an established order or an artificial conventionality, but they may rescue us from death in life, from robot life, from boredom, from loss of the self, from enslavement.
When we totally accept a pattern not made by us, not truly our own, we wither and die. People’s conventional structure is often a façade. Under the most rigid conventionality there is often an individual, a human being with original thoughts or inventive fantasy, which he does not dare expose for fear of ridicule, and this is what the writer and artist are willing to do for us. They are guides and map makers to greater sincerity. They are useful, in fact indispensable, to the community. They keep before our eyes the variations which make human beings so interesting. The men who built America were the genuine physical adventurers in a physical world. This world once built, we need adventurers in the realm of art and science. If we suppress the adventure of the spirit, we will have the anarchist and the rebel, who will burst out from too narrow confines in the form of violence and crime."
Here it is! The official premiere of my latest music video, “Find Your Home” is out on BUST.com! Check out the article HERE!
It’s been 2 years in the making, from finding my Great Grandfather’s vintage 8mm footage in my Grandma’s closet after she died, to writing the song “Find Your Home,” to recording it at Reel Recording in Nashville, to sifting through endless hours of beautiful footage, to shooting in NYC with a fabulous film crew: Director Ryan Gibeau, makeup artist Grisel Companioni Pla, assitant director Reena Raatsin. And then watching our story beautifully come together with the editing talents of Mike Pintar.
Exclusively premiered on BUST Magazine’s website (“A magazine for women who have something to get off their chest”…love it) I finally and proudly bring you “Find Your Home,” dedicated of course to my Grandmother, Catherine Anna Haas.
I’ve had quite a few massages in my life. I’m a firm believer in the power of touch as a healing and rejuvenating force. Having grown up as a dancer, and twisted and stretched my body in every imaginable way, I’ve developed a keen and intuitive understanding of the body, how muscles connect, and the most effective ways to massage and stretch most muscles. I love to give massages, and I especially love to receive. When you’re a single woman, there’s nothing quite like paying for a massage. (Giving a great massage is also one of my criteria in a lover…just to get that out there.) It relieves immense amounts of stress, releases toxins, and simply reminds you that you’re alive. For a few minutes, it’s just about breathing in and out, bringing awareness to your body, and letting someone else do the work.
I can honestly say that I’ve never quite had a massage like the one I received a few weeks ago with Gary Arakaki at Tonic Touch Therapy in Delray Beach, Florida. I mean, I consider myself a pretty good masseuse, but Gary’s skills make me feel like an amateur. If you live in Delray or ever plan on visiting, seeing Gary is a must. Professionally trained and having taught in a Chinese Massage school, Gary incorporates a variety of techniques and traditions into his signature massage including Shiatsu, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Acupressure, and Thai. Unpretentious and straight forward, his massage studio is located in a small room in the back of the Palm Beach Gym. There’s no cheesy meditation music, no candles or scented oils. There are diagrams of the human body decorating the walls. The lights stay on. Your clothes stay on, and he gets right to the point.
I will warn you, his primarily Shiatsu style massage is not for the faint of heart. “I’m not about giving plain old rub downs,” says the man himself. He is aiming to help his clients realize the deeper benefits of massage. It’s not just about in-the-moment relaxing. It’s about helping to heal the body’s aches and injuries with a more aggressive and well rounded type of therapy. No real healing happens without a little pain. But, fear not. He knows what he’s doing.
I haven’t figured out how he so accurately found all of my most sensitive pressure points, but he did. He knew exactly where to press, what to stretch, what to twist and for how long. Not only with his hands, but with his feet as well! Yes, I got walked on… something he says he doesn’t do with most first time clients. But, given my background as a dancer he assumed I could take it. He told me in an interview after our session that he is intuitive to every client’s specific needs and pain tolerance, and would never go so far as to cause anyone real pain. His massages are definitely intense, but as a true professional and with impressive intuition, he’ll never cross the line.
So yes, there were some moans and a couple slight screams. There were also a couple moments of confusion, like when he tossed my legs over my head for a hamstring stretch, or pushed the table up against the wall so that he could climb up for the standing portion. But, the relief that I felt immediately and for days afterward was unmatched. The only thing I’m sorry for is that I don’t live in Delray so that I can see him on a more consistent basis. My body needs it! And even if I get into a relationship with a great masseuse, I’ll probably still go see Gary. Sorry future lover…
I urge you, do your body a favor and make a trip to Tonic Touch Therapy. The prices are reasonable, the location convenient and the benefits immeasurable.
TONIC TOUCH THERAPY- 660 Linton Blvd. - Delray Beach, FL 33444: 561-398-6738
30 Min (Pain Relief)- $35: 1 Hour (Body Treatment)- $75: 1 1/2 Hours (Full Body Treatment): $100