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Advancing my skills

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Advancing my skills

Well, it’s official! Saturday morning, I’ll be flying out of Springfield to participate in the LMT Success Group’s Seminars at Sea program, departing Fort Lauderdale on the Allure of the Seas ship on Sunday. I’ll be out of the country from 10/15-10/22 with limited communication. While on board the ship, I’ll complete nearly 40 hours of continuing education. I’ve selected classes that not only best suit my existing clients’ needs and one that has always piqued my interest – Thai Yoga Massage. My...

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Get the most out of your massage session

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Get the most out of your massage session

Having been officially back in practice for over a year now, I’ve been reminded there are still many people out there who have a) still never received a massage in their life and b) may receive massage, but still aren’t getting the most out of their sessions. So, I’ve felt compelled to jot down a few pointers for new clients and those who would like additional guidance on the subject. According to the APA, stress is up. Most American’s are suffering from moderate to high stress. In fact, 49 percent of survey...

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Happy One Year Anniversary

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Happy One Year Anniversary

All September long we’re celebrating my one year anniversary! Win FREE gift certificates for Theta Float Spa, Essential Yoga, massage therapy and more! Every like, share, check-in or review on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter gets you a new entry into the drawing on October 2. I’m also excited to announce my schedule has opened up for more appointments on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The office has been redecorated and my phone number has changed to (417) 877-6945. I’m excited to see you all online and who will win the...

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Share the Love

Posted by on 11:04 am in Health, Relationships | 2 comments

Share the Love

Valentines Day. It’s easy for those of us who may be in longtime or newly formed relationships to get excited about a holiday that provides an excuse to show and tell our partners, friends or family how much we love them. This year, nearly two decades into my own marriage, it’s even more clear that this is something that needs to be done weekly, if not daily. What is love anyway? What does it mean to be IN love with someone? These questions are very intriguing to me and led to some internal dialogue and searching this morning. A...

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People and Plants

Posted by on 8:35 pm in Health, Massage Therapy, Relationships, Sustainability | 0 comments

People and Plants

Here I sit, in the living room with candles lit and Native American Flute music playing in my earbuds, capturing a really interesting moment. Today (and this weekend), I’ve overcome fear, vulnerability, insecurity and guilt. There are probably others, but I’d rather shift the focus of my thoughts. Tomorrow, I will begin a part time schedule at my job at the food bank, focusing on the garden program. Moving from full to part time is enabling me to invest more time and energy in other things that are important to me. One of those...

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Fall into 2017 with these Holiday Specials

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Fall into 2017 with these Holiday Specials

Buy 3, Get 1 FREE Take the most thoughtful and easy way out this year with instant gift certificates. Purchase three of same services, or value equivalent, and receive the fourth one free. You can also specify a dollar amount if you’d like to gift someone a VIP Club membership. Click here to learn more about services. Add a therapeutic body care set to the gift certificate and have something to wrap up. These luxury bath salts and body scrubs make perfect gifts while supporting a young local entrepreneur as well as marine conservation...

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Hickory Hills middle schooler launches small business to raise funds for class field trip to Washington DC

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Hickory Hills middle schooler launches small business to raise funds for class field trip to Washington DC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Hickory Hills middle schooler launches small business to raise funds for class field trip to Washington DC during spring break, March 2017. SPRINGFIELD, MO – Seventh grader at Hickory Hills middle school, Nyah Claybaker, has launched a small natural body care business to raise funds for her upcoming school trip to Washington DC over spring break in March 2017. “I’ve always enjoyed making concoctions and experiments,” says Nyah. “When I was little, I used to make playdough and slime and lipgloss among other stuff....

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Journal Entry 2: Lake Tahoe to Arcata, CA

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Journal Entry 2: Lake Tahoe to Arcata, CA

July 30, 2016 We’re driving along Highway 101 along the Oregon coast. Wow, what an incredible view. Just before leaving northern California, I had Curtis pull over and snap a picture of me hugging a big redwood tree. When we were at the Humboldt Redwood State Park yesterday, I was so caught up in capturing pictures of Curtis and Nyah and the beautiful scenery that I forgot to have them take one of me. It was an amazing hike around the ancient groves of huge living monuments. I could breathe easier and I felt so small and insignificant up next...

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Journal Entry 1: Idaho Springs, Colorado and Lake Tahoe

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Journal Entry 1: Idaho Springs, Colorado and Lake Tahoe

Written on July 28, 2016 We are now in route to Arcata, California, with primary mission of seeing, touching, smelling, hearing and well, hell…tasting the redwoods. As I write this, we’ve traveled over 2300 miles over the last five days and we’ll wrap up our adventure around Friday, August 12. At that point, we’ll have been through 12 states, if you include the one we live in, Missouri. As of today we’ve spent approximately 45% of our budget and realize we need to slow down a bit on frivolous spending. So, no hand-made soaps from Cali and we...

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The Great Divide

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The Great Divide

It was only a mere month ago when we began seriously considering an ambitious road trip to see the Pacific Northwest, yet it seems like it was just yesterday. Most of our friends and family were really excited and supportive of our decision to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity and well, others probably just thought we were crazy but keep it to themselves. Regardless, I’m incredibly glad and grateful we did. Last fall my husband, Curtis, found out he would be laid off by June of this year from the company he’d...

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