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.