I went on a trip to New Hampshire to have a refresher course in The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. "The techniques work to restore the body to its natural balance by correcting the position of organs that have shifted and restrict the flow of blood, lymph, nerve and chi energy." The Arvigo techniques really help with the female reproductive organs and it is what I work with most. I have been a Massage Therapist since 2003 and I took the Arvigo class almost 10 years ago but when it came time to certify it was a horrible time financially for us so I didn't do it. Recently I was watching a show on TV about successful people and how they got to where they are and someone said, "If you aren't passionate about what you do you will never be successful." That really hit me hard and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I have struggled a lot in the last few years with my chosen position and how to make money. I realized that success does not have to be measured by how much money you make. I am choosing to measure my success by the quality of life I have through happiness.
Currently I am not happy with the way I am making money and the where my time is going but I have felt trapped. I have been thinking about what I am passionate about and envisioning what I would like to do with my time. Massage, especially the Arvigo techniques, kept coming to me. Since stepping away from massage as a source of income I have missed it and think about it often. I have always loved talking about it and sharing my knowledge of the human body and I love a more natural approach to healing. So I contacted the Arvigo Institute and last week I went out to New Hampshire for a refresher course so that I can work on my certification. It was a great experience. It was so hard to be away from my family but it was worth it.
Starting this again and looking back at the last 10 years I envision that I was on a clear path walking through a forest enjoying the beautiful scenery but then something out of my control forced me off of the path and I had to try plow my own path. Occasionally I would come across smaller, less trodden foot paths that I would take for a while and then realize they weren't taking me any where and I would go back into the wild forest trying to force myself to be happy with the struggle and the pushing of obstacles searching for a better path. Getting back into the massage world feels like I have found finally come across my clear, beautiful path again. I have basically done one big giant circle and starting where I left off but that is OK. I am just so happy to be in the right place. It feels like coming home after a long journey. Everything is so familiar and peaceful. I have learned a lot in the last 10 years, in my "wild forest", and I wouldn't trade it but I am just glad the search and struggle is over and I can move on my clear path.
More to come I just wanted to update you all.