Why am I doing this?

I remember when I was a child, I ran to my grandma with my shirt up asking for a back rub. I could sit on her lap for hours….
I remember when my mom was crawling on her knees because her back was hurting so badly that she couldn’t stand up. I massaged her until the knot went away. I was always amazed by how that could help her to get up from the floor.
I remember getting really sick because I massaged her feet when she was feeling ill. Did I somehow take the illness upon me? Not sure.
Clearly, touch was part of my life since I was a little girl.
I grew up in Slovakia. I loved sports, tennis, basketball (I was way too short to be good), and running.  Running stuck with me until today. Somehow I didn’t go into professional sports, but into the performing arts as I studied at The Slovak Conservatory for Music And Drama. I absolutely loved theater and singing.  I was enchanted by the smell of the stage or a recording studio when I was able to do voice-overs for films in SlovakTV.  It was my life, and my passion. But, I finished school and I wanted more. Something was “calling” me.
I wanted to learn how to speak English and to move to the U.S.
English is my second language so please give me a pass. Let me make mistakes without being judged. Let me use some swear words (because it’s fun!).
This blog is for me to share my passion and years of working as a Licensed Massage Therapist. I have learned a lot along the way and I keep learning and exploring. I love figuring out the unique puzzle that is each human body.
I’m still amazed how much my work/touch can change people’s lives and by how important it is, whether you are young or old, happy or sad, healthy, sick or sore.  There are so many ways to help but so impresses me is what a little light touch can do for a child with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).  Or the value of hands-on caring for kids who can’t sleep, concentrate, kids who hurt from growing pains, kids who experience anger problems and tantrums.  Running is a big part of my life so I will be posting my new ideas, helpful thoughts other runners out there.

The focus of this blog will be on the benefits of touch, stretching and purposeful breathing on a child’s behavior and executive functioning.
I will try my best to help parents to learn simple methods of touch in order to create a calming effect in children who need it most (and the parents who need it, as well!)
Oh, don’t forget, English is my second language, NO JUDGING.
Welcome to my blog.

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