Taking Care of Ourselves is Important

The more vessels/bodies that I assisted with maintenance, the more obvious it became that it was easier to support vessels that take care of themselves--so I shifted my massage business to put a greater emphasis on teaching self-care....well...that's not *quite* how it happened...

I wasn't taking care of myself, for a long time; and then I *fortunately* injured my shoulder, and stumbled upon Hoopment as a way to recover..and recognized that I felt better, overall--more mobility, and less discomfort--by the time my shoulder had recovered.

I needed self-care. 

That was at the end of 2016. 

Since 2017, I have consciously been working on creating a self-care routine that works for me; that doesn't flare up pain/discomfort in my body; that I can stick to.

Sticking power, for me requires: intuitive and fun; and enough variation in motion, that the repetition is broken up. 

I focused predominantly on Hoopment, as my primary source of "exercise" from mid-2017 through the end of 2019; in October I challenged myself to shimmy as long as possible...and by November had worked my way up to 20 minutes and 20 seconds. I called it my "20.20 Shimmy."

In December, I decided to add a segment to my routine that I called "Wacky Arms," because the main point is to keep my arms in constant motion/engagement...and get creative with it...and keep them going for 10 minutes and 10 seconds. I can shimmy if I want to; but mentally, I am focused on my arm movements...It became a great mindfulness practice. 

My self-care routine turned into 10.10's...Shimmy, Hoopment, Wacky Arms...guaranteed 30+ minutes a day...and I could do more any time I wanted, for as little or as long as I wanted.

I started adding in other implements. 

And most recently, I have added in laughter and singing.

It is sticking. And I feel so much better when I do it.

I've been sharing videos on Instagram @thehoopment, to keep myself practically and preferably productive during our voluntary self-isolation--to reinforce my practice; plus it's challenging to provide bodywork in the current climate.

I have adapted to the situation. 

I would love to continue providing your vessel support, because it's my preferred thing to do!

I remembered that YouTube is an excellent tool, and that I can make private, personalized videos, sharing my self-care techniques with you--as a way to "work from home" and generate an income, and still help people.

We can also do live sessions on Zoom. 

If you already have your own hoops, Hoopment guidance is an option; if you don't have Hoops, there is plenty that we can do with just our bodies--no implements required. 

The hoops are training wheels for ergonomic movement--working with them exclusively for 2 years, taught me how to move my body in such a way, that Shimmy & Wacky Arms could be possible--it's all about circular motion. 

Circular motion, paired with an engaged center--protecting our spines through abdominal support....and mindful, gentle movement--that is intuitive and improvised.

All of these activities may be practiced either indoors or outdoors--alone or with a group. The best way to practice these activities is with plenty of space in between bodies--and without spheres intersecting, there is no fear of infecting!

15-minute video......$25 ..... Zoom (live)....$20

(2x) 15-minute videos....$45 ..... Zoom......$40

A total of 30-min; 2 segments for faster loading.

E-mail me your requests

Payments via Paypal or Venmo

must be received before I produce your video.

Every 5th Zoom class is free!

Thank you for taking care of your vessel, so that you may continue navigating through space!

I look forward to creating self-care videos especially for you...because we are fortunate to have each other.

I'm providing movement videos for members and supporters! While it's not personally made for you, it's another way to join me as I shimmy and Hoopmentitate my vessel; so that we can, so that we may!

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