What a wonderful first day!! I have gotten a job with Lake County Recreation teaching yoga Friday mornings 8:30am-9:30am and I hold a community acupuncture session right after until noon.
The yoga is part of the senior program and is free for seniors!! For community members it a a very reasonable $6 to drop in. We had a good showing of seniors for a first class and a couple of community members came as well. A few stayed for acupuncture which works surprisingly well in that space. The 6th street gym is old and talks a lot but is warm from the radiant heat system and allows for social distancing during a relaxing acupuncture session. A very kind and welcoming community, I look forward to meeting more folks who are interested in this gentle and effective technique for health and well being.
My name is Meaghan Bailey and I am a Licensed Massage Therapist. Beginning September 21st, I will be offering massage therapy in Georgetown. I am excited to be relocating to Clear Creek County from the Mount Washington Valley in NH. Clear Creek has a special place in my heart as I moved there in 2000, made a little family and lived there for 9 years. In 2009, I made the tough decision to move my son and I to NH, where my family has roots. Nonetheless, I’ve always yearned to return west someday. Luckily my someday has come. I’m eager to build my massage practice in Georgetown, while making new connections and reconnecting with old.
As a Massage Therapist, I have experience working in my own practice, as well as several spas. These various experiences allow me to gain knowledge and different experiences to each client to apply effective massage treatments. I am able to assess each individuals’ needs and concerns in combination with varied massage modalities. Additionally, bringing speed, pressure and intention to my massage strokes, will provide a fully customized treatment. I believe that the power of touch, with knowledge of muscle function and body systems, can provide therapeutic effects aiding in whole body wellness. Massage Therapy is important for general maintenance to balance the mind, body and spirit. It can help alleviate chronic pain, stress, disease and depression, allowing for physical and emotional healing. I enjoy helping people with muscle tension and dysfunction, particularly in the neck and back area. I like providing relief to my clients through deep or light pressure massages, as well as helping enhance communication through the nervous systems for optimal body functioning.
I look forward to what new possibilities bring and am excited to be working with Clear Creek residents again. Until then, stay safe, happy and healthy. Cheers!
After 16 years of doing massage in Clear Creek County I have made the tough decision to hand over the reins to Meaghan Bailey. She is a sincere and committed person and I am confident that she will take excellent care of any of you needing bodywork. She will be taking over as of September 21st. She will be available 7 days a week for awhile although I'm sure you all will fill up her calendar faster than she realizes. You can book with her on the existing Sol scheduler at solschedule.as.me.
Decisions are rarely made in a vacuum and this one certainly was not. The pandemic shut my practice down for a couple of months and I had the time to really reflect on where I want to focus my energy. For many years I have been delighted to be able to help people with massage. Many of you know that I completed my training as an acupuncturist last July. I decided to go to acupuncture school for several reasons. Massage is very physical work and I knew at some point I would need to transition into work that is easier on my body. I also wanted to be able to help more people. I am so excited to have found Community Acupuncture. This model allows me to provide low cost care to many people and still make a decent living. I know that all of the bodywork I have done over the years gave me a particular advantage in learning how to do this new kind of work effectively. As I transition into building a Community Acupuncture practice I know that all the hours I've spent working with you has made me a more effective practitioner.
The power of bodywork is undeniable. A conservative tally of how many massages I've given puts me at somewhere around 8000. I know heart centered bodywork has profound physical, mental, and emotional effects on both patient and practitioner. You have trusted me with your bodies, shared your jokes, your secrets, your victories, tragedies, and your peace. You have sent your family and friends to me when they needed to relax or when they were broken. You have followed me to 4 different locations. You have put up with drafty windows, the smell of garlic cooking, the sounds of football fans, trivia, gossip, and construction. With your support I have been able to establish and maintain a lucrative practice in a tiny community. And I have been given the gift of forging loving friendships with so many of you. I am truly honored to have shared this journey with each of you in countless different ways.
As I reflect on my time here in this community in this time of transition, it occurs to me that never have we had to deal with so many challenges on so many levels at such a high level of intensity. We are walking a dark and difficult path as individuals, as a community, and as a nation. And yet I truly feel safe here. I feel like we can rely on each other for support. And we do. My hope is that we can all continue to honor and strengthen our relationships and continue to work to make our community welcoming, safe, and supportive.
We need each other in so many ways. I believe that difficult times can be a catalyst for meaningful and lasting change. Real change happens on the level of the individual. As we move through these times I hope that we can all search our hearts and decide to find ways to make ours a more just and equitable society, one that accepts and nurtures each of us. I wish all of you the absolute best.
This video helps you to identify lodgepole pine but any tree in the pine family will have similar actions. We have several other species of pine trees around the County but this one is probably the most common. The needles of all pine trees grow in bundles rather than singly like you would see in a spruce or fir tree. Lodgepole has bundles of 2-3 needles. .
Pine needles, bark, and resin have long been used to help with cough and respiratory symptoms. The tea is pleasant tasting and is a mild expectorant that helps when coughs are not productive or to increase elimination when there is a lot of mucous. This can help with chest pain and wheeziness that often accompanies cold and flus. This remedy has also been used to help with the inflammation and pain that can occur during a bronchial infection. When there is also nausea and exhaustion, pine needles make a wonderful, accessible ally. If you are having severe symptoms be sure to check with your healthcare provider and follow their advice.
To use for coughs: A handful of pine needles (remove from branch) can be added to 4 cups of boiling water. Turn down the heat and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and sip warm throughout the day. If you have ginger on hand, cut some up and include in your brew.
For exhaustion: Same as above but add to a hot bath. Rest for 15-20 minutes (as long as water stays warm).
Using pine sap: Pine resin is stronger than the needles. You can chew a tiny rice sized piece in your mouth and you will probably notice an immediate clearing of congestion in the lungs and sinuses. This will help to clear mucous in the lungs.
On a side note, I love using pine sap as a salve for arthritic joints, especially on the hands. It is also good on scrapes and scratches. For you diy'ers looking for something different, check out this wonderful post for white pine salve that works equally well with any of our local pine resins. Remember that pine trees produce resin to seal any openings in their protective bark. Take only what you need and try to get "globs" (technical term) that look pop off easily. Resin will stick to skin and clothes and is difficult to remove so take a container or bag you don't mind ruining.