My initial introduction to Feng Shui, was much by accident. It came from a visit to a bookstore, and grew into something I wanted to learn more and more about. Much like that accidental introduction was my relationship with massage.

When I was 13 years old I went on a ten day backpacking trip in the Adirondack Mountains of North Carolina. At the end of each day we massaged each other. People always wanted to sit in front of me in our massage circles. From that day forward people’s bodies and my hands gravitated towards each other.

Years later, while hiking the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), I found myself massaging other hikers on the trek between Mexico and South Lake Tahoe. While teaching skiing and snowboarding at TASS (Tahoe Adaptive Ski School – Disabled Sports USA) and giving someone a ten minute back or shoulder rub, they would ask, “Are you a massage therapist? Are you a physical therapist? Where did you learn this?”

At that time, what I knew was no more than most of us know about breathing. We simply do it. No one taught us how to breathe. We know how; it’s what we do. Lucky for me I have an intuitive sense of touch. Some months ago, I decided to pursue that fascination and love of the human body a little more seriously. I started taking classes at a massage school.

I’m pleased to say that yesterday, was my the first client who walked into a school and booked me for a massage. I was a little nervous, mostly because I didn’t know the routine, what papers go where for the school (intake forms, etc.), if I get the client to fill out the intake form or if the school official does that. In any case it was a very positive experience to work on my first client in a professional setting, the school clinic.

I am excited that I have three quarters of a year to work on clients in a clinic setting, and continue to learn more about our amazing bodies. I once read (in the Feng Shui and Money book, I think) that Feng Shui is to your home what acupuncture is to your body. I look forward to my journey of learning more about how Yin and Yang energy flow and interact in both our bodies and in our surrounding environments.

I am back from a terrific 3 day hiking adventure along the coast. It was great to get outside, to spend three whole days by the ocean and get the chi moving smoothly though my body!

The beach was beautiful, rugged and very remote. It took 9 hours to drive to the coast from Reno, Nevada and it was worth every bit for the three days of hiking on and along the beach. Sadly, we probably saw more dead sea lions than people over the three days of hiking.

The balance of yin and yang energy over the three days was terrific. The first day was a hot sunny day that resulted in a good deal of sunburn. The second day was rainy, misty and foggy. We were drenched and dripping most of the day hiking, and yet it was beautiful and a wonderful change from the previously hot sunny day. The third day was sunny and blue skies again.

It was great to get outside. You have a new perspective on the Feng Shui in your home when you return from spending several days outside.