Update from April Flooding

As many of you know, my office space downtown had about three feet of flash flood water damage early morning Wednesday morning April 30. My office mates and I  were fortunate to get into the office that same morning after the waters quickly receded to quickly begin the clean up. As of last week, the building has been gutted of the damaged  carpet, drywall, and insulation and allowed to dry for several weeks before drywall and painting has begun. There has been a back order on certain building materials locally, but we expected to be moving back in this coming weekend after six weeks of being displaced. In the interim I have been doing home and office visits for my long time clients.

Thank you to everyone for your gracious support. My heart goes out to everyone who has had flood damage to their homes here in the Pensacola area. I am also so very fortunate to share an office space with two inspiring massage therapists, Dawn Yarborough and Susie Hastings. Both these ladies know how to roll up their sleeves, take life as it comes and meet it with resilience. After we get settled back in,  I hope we can do a open house or grand reopening celebration.

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Disarming the Stress Bomb, Stress Tip of the Week

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How do you overcome stress?

Many people turn to hobbies and exercise to reduce stress levels.  Physical exertion is a great way to relieve excess stress.  However, we all know that running around the block or weeding your flower bed isn’t always appropriate OR available.  How can you reduce stress at these times in midst of the tension?

Try these easy remedies:

1) Breathe. Breath is vital.  We often forget to breathe when we are tense. If you are sitting at a computer, try this quick and easy move.

Put your arms out at your sides and make a thumbs up. Then, rotate your arms by pointing thumbs behind you and gently reach back. Hold for three deep breaths– breathe all the way in and all the way out.

2) Cool Down.  Literally.

Grab an ice pack to cool things down.  Keep a small soft gel ice pack on hand in a freezer (or make a small one with ice cubes in a freezer storage bag).  Chill out by placing your cold-pack on your stress center. In general, women tend to hold their stress in the back of the neck, men in the low back.

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Adventures in Bee Keeping

One of my many hobbies away from the office is beekeeping.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to be offering apitherapy, i.e.bee-sting therapy, in the treatment room.
Take a look at some of the photos we have of the most recent hive inspection.  A friend who is a bee professional was gracious enough to come over and help with the first official inspection!
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examining framesnewly capped honey!examining framesdronebrood and newly capped honeybrood and newly capped honey
100_3650brood on older frameremoving first framemaking the comb!smoking the tophive top

Adventures in Bee Keeping, a set on Flickr.

Take a look at some really amazing critters at work! Looks like they need a massage, eh?