Wellness for Makers Partners with CERF+

I am excited to share that Wellness for Makers and CERF+ have partnered to launch a video series to promote artist health and wellness! Each video focuses on some of the common problems faced by artists with an active studio practice, and includes tips and tricks to help relieve strain and reduce the risk of injury.

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Melissa Ballone
Jewelers: Loosen Your Grip!

As a jeweler, I know what it’s like to experience tension in my hands after an extended period of time spent sawing. I started using an ergonomic saw handle about a year ago and I have to say it has been a wonderful addition to my tool box!

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Melissa Ballone
Join me! Beginner Yoga Classes!

In addition to being an Artist and Licensed Massage Therapist, I am also an RYT 500 Yoga Instructor. I teach an alignment-based style of Yoga that makes the poses accessible for ‘any body’. Each class is approachable, challenging, and provides attendees with the opportunity to feel empowered through movement!

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Melissa Ballone
Three Self-Care Tips for the New Year

Self-care is often thought of as a luxury, but I believe it is a necessity. Caring for your mind and body involves so much more than taking a trip to the spa or yoga studio. Our body is our most important tool and we must re-evaluate how we define and prioritize self-care in our lives. Here are a few tips and recommendations.

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Melissa Ballone
See you at NCECA

I am excited to share that Wellness for Makers and Reset will be at this year’s NCECA conference in Pittsburgh, PA! In case you didn’t know, NCECA, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, is an awesome conference for ceramic artists. It is a great opportunity to attend amazing lectures, exhibitions, and workshops, and have a great time networking. Come meet us at booth # 429 in the vendor room!

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Mindful Maker Interview: Raïssa Bump

Raïssa Bump is a jeweler and yoga instructor. She is also the founder of Reset, an organization that educates individuals about their bodies while teaching simple 'Self-Tuning' techniques. As an artist and wellness practitioner, Raïssa understands the physical demands that jewelers experience at the bench. In this interview, she describes her journey from craft to wellness and provides us with insight on how to improve the sustainability of our practice. 

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Energize your Mind, Body, and Spirit with Massage

Let’s talk about our muscles and the benefits of massage! As many of you know, I am an artist as well as a Licensed Massage Therapist and I strive to make massage techniques more accessible to makers everywhere. It is beneficial to incorporate massage into your daily routine, and you can do it without leaving the comfort of your own studio.

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Interview with O+ Festival

The demands of being a professional artist can take a toll, and without their health, a maker can lose their livelihood. O+ is an organization that helps artists and musicians gain access to health care. They host annual one-day and weekend-long celebrations, called O+ Festivals, during which underinsured artists and musicians create and perform in exchange for a variety of services donated by local doctors, dentists, and complementary care providers.

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