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July 2014 WHMT E-newsletter

West Hartford Massage Therapy
July, 2014
WHMT Gives Back
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To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, WHMT will donate $5 from every massage given in July to Hartford Interval House, a shelter for women and children.
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West Hartford Massage Therapy
 1000 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06107
 
Conveniently
located in
West Hartford Center
 
860.236.3686
or email us atweismanb@comcast.net
About WHMT

West Hartford Massage Therapy (WHMT) provides a soothing, comfortable environment for our clients. Conveniently located in West Hartford Center for over twenty years, WHMT is dedicated to supporting you in taking better care of yourself: releasing tension, overcoming pain, and finding a way toward 

well-being.

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You know how fast time goes when you are busy living a full life; it has been 20 years since I founded West Hartford Massage Therapy. I like to think that I have helped make your lives as rich and balanced as I feel you have made mine. Some of you have been my clients since the get go.

In reflecting on how times have changed since I was certified by the Muscular Therapy Institute in 1986, I am happy to say that massage therapy has matured into a field that is now acknowledged by the medical profession, research scientists and obviously, those invested in holistic healing. Research shows the positive effect massage has on almost every state of disease of the body and mind.

There were 10 or 11 massage therapists (compared with almost 100 today) in West Hartford when I first started my business. I was required to take a test through the Health Department, submit to a police record check and be finger printed. In those days “massage parlors” were often thought to be fronts for prostitution. I am pleased to say that in 2007, I served on a small committee of massage therapists that joined the director of the Bloomfield/West Hartford Health Department to rewrite and update the Ordinance on Massage Establishments originally drafted in the 1970s.

Massage therapy is a journey, not a technique or a modality. As a dancer, I see each session as a duet. One participant is more physically active than the other, yet both are present and mindful in the moment thereby allowing healing to happen. You give me license to use my skills, intuition and experience. It is my job to “read” that license to the best of my ability and touch people in a healthy and responsible manner with love in my hands.

I want to thank you for trusting me. I feel honored to be working every day in a field that truly makes a difference in people’s quality of life. After more than 25 years as a massage therapist, I still find each day rewarding, surprising, moving, challenging, hard, balancing and fun. I have often been asked, “How can you touch total strangers?” I usually respond, “Frankly, I can’t think of anything else I would rather touch than a human being.”

In honor of West Hartford Massage Therapy’s 20 years, I will donate $5 of every massage I give in July to Hartford Interval House, a shelter for women and children. Thank you for being part of my amazing journey so far. Here’s to another 20 years together, and beyond!

Light and love ,

Bonita

Celebrating our Anniversary with a Feature in West Hartford Life                             Have you seen it? The article, Moving Toward Wellness, came out in the July issue of West Hartford Life, which was distributed last week. I hope you’ve had a chance to read it, but if you haven’t been able to get your hands on the most recent copy of West Hartford Life, you can read it online. Please share it with your friends and help us spread the word about the great work WHMT has done for the last 20 years!

A Ton of Fun this Summer                           I am very excited to be partnering with Fleet Feet West Hartford as an advisor on massage and weight loss as part of their 12-week health program, Ton of Fun Challenge. This is their first ever weight loss challenge program, which officially kicked off in June. Want more information about the program? Visit their website or stop by their store (which is right across the street from us at 1003 Farmington Avenue) and say hello.

Simple Stress Release Techniques
To Do TODAY
  • Take a hike. Fresh air, sunshine and activity can boost endorphins, giving your mood a lift.
  • Sing! In the shower, in the car, in the kitchen-it doesn’t matter where. Express your emotions through voice and music and feel your stresses disappear.
  • Quiet time. Whether you meditate, nap or just enjoy some quiet time, giving your mind and body a break can give you an energy boost that will ultimate make you more calm and productive, too.
Don’t forget to make time for yourself!
You deserve it!