Practicing and Figuring It Out
Some things come easily; some take practice until we get it right. I noticed a pattern in the way I mastered skills. I identified a natural talent, received some initial training, and practiced, modeling after my instructor. With perseverance, I figured out how to do what I wanted to do my way; even become excellent at it.
That’s the way I learned to play piano. It all came so easily. As a small child I loved to play our baby grand piano. It was warm and safe. As a tiny person I’d climb up on the bench and pick out melodies. I knew intuitively where the sounds were. I was already familiar with the sounds: octaves, couplets, chords, and harmonics. I was not a blank slate. This was my talent. Creativity felt right and good. I played the music I heard “by ear” and elaborated on it to make it my own.
I was given a few months of lessons. I learned how to use my arms, hands, and fingers more efficiently. I found myself intuitively playing variations of the classical scores I was learning. So with practice, I was able to create the patterns of sounds and melodies I wanted. I “played” enthusiastically. I was an eight year old, oblivious to the world around me; joyously absorbed in my creative cacophony. I used my hands, my elbows, my feet. I played the keys, the cabinet, and the metal strings inside. I made up themes and loved riffing off into tangent explorations. I’d play until I was exhausted; until my little wrists cramped and my cuticles bled. It must have been excruciating for my family. I was left home alone … a lot. I still play. Fortunately for Anastasia, I’m now softer and more melodic.
It was the same with other life skills: sports, fine art, business entrepreneurship, teaching, writing, and of course, relationships. I identified a natural talent, received initial training, and practiced, modeling after my instructor. Then, integrating it into my tastes and style, I figured out how to do what I wanted to do my way.
This is not your first rodeo. You’ve accumulated memories and lessons from all your experiences–from all your millions of lifetimes. Your inner wisdom is universal in scope. You already know everything there is to know. You know what your talents are. Your talents, the things you are naturally good at, are the default theme for your soul journey. There is a reason for your being drawn to helping dogs.
PetMassage Began By Recognizing and Remembering
PetMassage began when I had the experience of tapping into my BIG SOURCE of Knowledge. My third eye opened and I got a glimpse of a tiny speck of a vector of possibilities.
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It was July 11, 1997. I was giving a dog a massage. This was the first time that I was officially massaging a dog. Before this I had only massaged horses and people. When I touched this dog’s head, some switch in my spirit clicked on. For a micro moment a veil lifted. In a clarity that is impossible to describe, I witnessed the enormity of the depth and breadth of the BIG picture. This is the “infinite possibilities” that we hear about. Even though, of course, I already knew all that information deep in my spirit body.
I was witness to the potential of canine massage. I saw the faces of thousands of dogs all over the world, being massaged by thousands of people, to the delight of thousands of dog owners and thousands of veterinarians.
So many dogs and people were benefiting in so many ways. This vision was clearer than reality. It was hyper-reality. It was astounding. It changed my life. I knew in that moment that because everyone is unique, everyone’s massage would also be unique. The way of learning that I had naturally come to know was the method that I would teach. In my heart I knew that the vision that I witnessed could only manifest if I committed to following up on it. I found, at 50 years old, my soul default theme!
The Instruction You Get In PetMassage Workshops
PetMassage Workshops are as much a forum for self development as a training system for dog massage. As a PetMassage student, you’ll learn to recognize your native talents and value them. You’ll learn the canine massage skills and how to use them in your practice. You’ll learn conscious-connected body mechanics to keep yourself and your clients safe and comfortable. You’ll learn breathing techniques to keep grounded and connected to your dogs. You’ll learn the dog handling skills you’ll need to be safe and effective as a practitioner. You’ll learn the perfect amount of anatomy and physiology for safe manipulation and movement visualization. You’ll learn to start a business, develop your support network, and build your following.
The Bigger Picture
Then to make it your own you are encouraged to practice and practice. It is your responsibility to figure out the best, most comfortable, applications of the skills you’ve learned. Everyone’s PetMassage is different. It is uniquely your own, even to the types of canine clients you attract.
Besides learning the fundamentals of dog massage, you’ll recognize that you are in that bigger picture. You are the one front and center, a big smile on your face, surrounded by adoring dogs and their appreciative owners.
How to get there? Attend a hands-on, on-site, PetMassage Workshop. It is the best way to get the essential one-on-one instruction you need. Get your initial instruction with an instructor/mentor you can model, practice, persevere, and figure out how to make it your own.