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There is always more!

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There is always more!

It is important for us as artists to educate ourselves about our most important tool: the body. We live and breathe in it every moment of every day, and yet for many, understanding the body is like a trying to understand a foreign language that you’ve never been exposed to before. “The study of the body should be mandatory." This is something that my yoga instructors say and it really resonates with me. Consider the number of hours we spend sitting and using our hands, compared to the amount of time we spend caring for ourselves.

I don’t believe that we need to sacrifice our health in order to make work. I created Wellness for Makers because I want to make self-care, stretching, and massage techniques more accessible. I believe that artists and craftsmen should have the opportunity to gain a stronger understanding of how to improve the longevity of their hands and bodies. I strive to make it easy to find good resources, such as links to valuable organizations, articles, interviews, videos, etc. In my workshops, I use my background in massage therapy and yoga to communicate a mix of background information, such as how knots develop in the body, and practical instruction, such as different ways to increase blood flow, circulation, and flexibility. It’s important for artists to learn simple stretching, massage, and self-care techniques that can be incorporated into their daily studio routines. The techniques are designed to help boost energy levels, alleviate pain, reduce risk of injury, and improve posture.

There is always more to learn. Just as I am always striving to be a better artist, I am striving to be a better instructor. I continue learning so I can continue to teach the most relevant and up to date information. In January, my husband and I started our 500hr yoga teacher training together at Yoga Mechanics in Montclair, NJ. Yoga Mechanics is an alignment-based yoga studio which focuses on the foundations of anatomy and biomechanics. They start from the premise that yoga should be accessible, safe, and relevant.

I am excited to see how this year impacts Wellness for Makers, my artwork, and my relationship. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to go through this program with my loving husband. I plan to write about the journey and share what I learn here on the Wellness for Makers Blog as I grow stronger and develop an even deeper understanding of the body. Please check back for updates.

Thank you all for your love and support.

Missy