Veteran's Day Weekend... I have two holidays: My birthday and Veteran's Day. Every year, I receive text messages and phone calls from family, old friends, and clients, wishing me well on another year and thanking me for my service. Previously, I felt a tinge of guilt on Veteran's Day, because I never "fought" anyone when I was in the ARMY. I showed up for work every day and did a job. Sometimes that job was far away from home, but not having a spouse made it easy to leave, and having grown up with a big family, a trip away from the US was exciting. I never felt like I was in any kind of grave danger, so it felt disingenuous to be thanked for my sacrifice. That feeling changed when my brother, a NAVY veteran, reminded me that being alive didn't negate the willingness to sacrifice, and that I need to let go of survivors guilt. They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but you know what? So is the road to heaven. If during my service, I was told to go fight, I was going to fight. I signed up for it. So to all of you Veteran's, thank you for your selflessness, your sacrifice and your commitment to honor and duty. Whatever your experience was, your intention to protect and serve makes you a hero. If you feel like sharing about your service on your next visit, I encourage you to as my place is a safe space for you.
My first stop on my trip was to the 10th anniversary of BurlyCon, an educational and social convention for all things Burlesque. There is something amazing about being in the midst of beautiful performers perfecting the art of seduction and the tease.
Even though I was working, I was able to take a couple of classes that reminded me: I need to move differently, more often. I run, lift weights and practice yoga daily. I massage A LOT. That is my movement pattern, but what about the other muscles? We all get stuck in ruts of movement, sitting at a desk, driving, our choice of exercise and we sacrifice our body's ability to be great because of it. Stuff gets stuck because of it.
Muscles house emotions and trauma as well as power. Let's get together and release some of that! Next time you book a Tantra session, opt in for a deep tissue add-on and I will do some extra mobility work with you!
From Hawaii, With Aloha
Last time I saw you we said A hui hou. Well, the time has come. I am back on Oahu for a week. Don't let me not see you :)