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Hello again dear readers,

I have been busy with clients, practicing modalities and studying to complete a final assignment for massage school, hence my not writing on here much recently.

With that said though, I have gotten in about 35 practice treatments in the past four weeks! Which is so great! While many people ask for Swedish Massage, I have actually been very fortunate to be trying out a number of the techniques I learned and more. I have done a lot of Integrated treatments involving multiple modalities. So each session (Integrated) is pretty much unique and extremely creative! Therefore I am loving this work!

No, I’m not quite sure where I will take this bodywork down the road. But one thing I do know is if I have a choice, doing Hot Stones massage will be one of my specialties.

When I am working with someone sensitive to energy (or crystals or stones or Chi Kung or Yoga or Craniosacral work, etc), I can literally feel the stones getting excited to go to work. They love to warm up and work with people’s bodies – energy bodies, physical, emotional bodies, etc. I have only done a handful of Hot Stones treatments since being back and yet I get the feeling (backed up by some sensitive clients) that the stones love working with me! And the feeling is mutual!

Considering they were mainly sitting in an office previously (I’m not sure how often they were being cleaned), I think I know why the stones might love doing this work. Its because I do at least five types of clearing / cleaning of the stones (once a month at least):

  1. Soak the stones in Epsom salts (after each use)
  2. Clean the stones with light, mild soap (after each use)
  3. Smudge the stones with Blue Sage (smoke – once / month)
  4. add a few drops of Palo Santo essential oil to the stones (very purifying and sacred oil – once / month)
  5. put the stones in a mesh bag and put them in a Chi-rich mountain stream for a few hours (once or twice / month)
  6. finally I allow the stones to soak up the rays of the Full Moon (if it is not raining – obviously once / month)

If you have not read previous posts in the past few months, you might want to go back through and read about my time in Massage School – where I deepened my connection to nature, to the Stone people, with Plant spirits and with the sacredness of offering bodywork in general. Which is a good segue into what I am going to mention next.

Giving the stones a chance is extremely important. They have much potent medicine in them. They can help to free up stuck energy (because the particular technique I was taught uses special tapping sequences along certain Acupressure / Acupuncture meridians), they can soak up tension and malaise as you lie on them and they can rub out worry and fear as we use various strokes with the stones.

What I mean by giving them a chance is that they can and will communicate with us if we are open to it. And fake it until it actually starts to happen if it doesn’t seem to be working! Rarely I will have an idea of where I want to put a stone – for instance tucking it under a thigh or foot, but then the stone will tell me it prefers to be somewhere else! (Rarely does this occur.)

So if you live in or near Charlottesville or Central Virginia, look me up, leave a comment here about setting up a Hot Stones treatment! I am offering discounted sessions for another few weeks – I need to get in another five practice sessions at least – help me out please! 🙂

Thank you for reading!

~gratefully, KM

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Hello again dear readers,

I gave a Jin Shin Acupressure session recently that was quite profound. Let’s just say that with some people I can actually see how their “Chi tank” is doing so to say. What the heck does that mean? This person was fairly depleted and coming off a cold. When I worked with their feet, I could actually see how empty and hollow their feet were. As in, I could have filled their feet for hours with Chi or life-force or light energy.

When I practice Acupressure I imagine light is coming out of my finger tips and shining into my client’s body. It is a potent session. It also affords me the chance to do some Chi cultivation myself while I treat them – knocking out two birds with one treatment as it were! This is one of the ways our Massage School main teacher taught us how to make bodywork modalities into spiritual practices.

So what does the title of this piece have to do with anything? If we practice solid self care, doing a lot of personal growth work on ourselves and set some solid aspirations or intentions, then it is only a matter of time before we are able to provide quality healing facilitation treatments or to be a healthy enthusiastic presence wherever we go! 🙂

In Chinese Medicine, there is a concept known as Evil Chi. Don’t worry, its not as bad as it sounds. In fact, I would even argue that its name could be Heavy Chi or Distracting Chi or Aggressive Chi or EMF-filled Chi or Chaotic Chi. I say this because Evil Chi can be all those things – if we are around a fight or a highly charged argument or high-voltage power lines, these could all produce Evil Chi and we would not want to do Chi cultivation around them (or spend any time there in fact!).

Why do I mention Evil Chi? Because it can come from within us as well as from without. If we have maladaptive beliefs or imprints in our unconscious, and we are constantly keeping ourselves small to make others comfortable, then this would be considered Evil Chi as well. If we beat ourselves up due to some early imprints or unresolved unmet needs, that might also be considered Evil Chi – it can literally show up anywhere. This is why Chi cultivation is challenging for some people – not only are there outer obstacles to practice but there are inner obstacles! Ooph!

Therefore if you practice Chi Kung with a qualified teacher, someone who embodies the teachings, who walks with light and love, who has solid intentions and aspirations and experience under their belt, when the Chi sensations start to arise, if there are inner imprints and other obstacles being cleared, then it can be uncomfortable for a bit. But stick with it! If it is too uncomfortable then back off for a short while, rest, get some bodywork, pamper yourself, then go back in a few weeks and give it a try.

But it is possible to walk in beauty, to be a living breathing divine connection between Father Sky and Mother Earth. It is possible to feel the love story that is Chi Kung happening in your body, allowing the bliss and ecstasy to unfold as you melt resistance with solid practice. It is possible to walk with light, to visualize mandalas of light going into the Earth with each step you take, each breath you breathe. It is possible to remember who you are.

Thank you for reading and I hope this was at least a little helpful.

~km

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Hello dear readers,

I am excited to gradually be getting my business started! I am also getting unpacked (both physically and psycho-spiritually) from my amazing Journey West for the mystical and potent Massage School that I just completed. Not to mention beginning to study for the Massage National Licensing Exam… (I’m busy!)

And I need people to practice these incredible bodywork modalities on. Even people who don’t live in Virginia – I can offer distance Acupressure treatments (this is a give what you can session). We learned Asian Bodywork (Shiatsu and Jin Shin Acupressure), Swedish Massage, Integrated Reflexology (hand and mainly foot), Passive Stretching and Hot Stones Massage.

I just got a set of Hot Stones yesterday – they are presently going through a ritual of cleansing and soaking up the Full Moon’s rays before the stones will be ready for treatments in a few days! Also exciting!

Here is a link to sign up for my Newsletter, which I will send out in a couple weeks:

Wisdom Healing Arts Newsletter Link

By the way, I am offering an incentive – for every 25 people who sign up for my Newsletter, I will give a complimentary bodywork treatment each week to a random subscriber (up to 4 max for the month of May)! So sign up now and get in the running to receive a gifted treatment.

To schedule a treatment, click on this link:

Schedule a Treatment with Wisdom Healing Arts Now

Thank you for reading and I am looking forward to sharing these great modalities with you!

~Kirby Moore

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Hello dear readers!

So far, I am doing well in bringing the sacred potency of Crestone Colorado back home to Virginia.

(See below to sign up for my Newsletter or to set up a bodywork appointment)

For anyone not in the know, briefly, I just returned from Colorado where I was in a potent and very educational massage therapy program where we also did Chi Kung, Tai Chi and / or Kundalini Yoga every day for three months. It was awesome!

Of course I have my ups and downs – driving 1800 miles in three days and two nights for instance, was not easy, and it requires rest time to integrate and get my body back in sync with the local rhythms! I’m slowly getting there.

With that said however, today is a good day so far!

Woke up with the dog barking so I let her out (my parent’s dog). 8:30 am

Fed her and then went outside to do some Chi Kung. Did the 8 Brocades this morning – which it turns out, is also the sped-up version of a technique called Ba Dua Jin – a Chi Kung style rumored to cause its practitioners to be invincible (side note – that is if the person practices all of the Ba Dua Jin set which has apparently been partially lost with time). Anyway… did some good connecting with my foundations, standing in the sun, being the connection between heaven and earth and then rooting down into Mother Earth. 9:30 am

Dug through my parent’s barn where some of my stuff is stored and unearthed my juicer. Made Pineapple, Granny Smith apple, beet and ginger juice for breakfast. That was yummy! I also sang some prayers and mantras into the ingredients to bless the juice.  This is a combination I must remember – nectar of the gods! I felt like I was right back in Hawaii (my birthplace).

As you may or may not know, it is good to bless your food and drink. Offer it light and if you have a connection to a spiritual lineage, then say prayers of blessing. Be grateful and try to have joy in your heart to connect with these delicious ingredients! Fake it if you must. I say this because it is not just what you eat, but how you eat it that matters for the Chi intake. I fully believe that we will get more out of any food we take in if we bless it and offer it light and love. (I realize this sounds way out there, but there are many stories of people – saints – who were thrown in prison and only given rotten bread or simple porridge to eat. But after blessing their “food” they regained robust health in spite of their conditions! So no, I’m not a saint, but I can fake it until I make it!)

By the time I had given juice to my parents and my brother and cleaning everything up, it was 11 am.

Then I drove to the local farmer’s market where I purchased some kale and some basil plants for my mother to plant. And here I sit, typing this curious missive.

This afternoon I am very excited to be picking up a set of hot stones – for hot stone massage. I learned a special technique in Colorado where a shaman taught us how to work with the energy meridians of the body while doing Hot Stone massage. It is more like Hot Stone Shiatsu – it is awesome!

So I will pick up my new stones, work with them, talk to them, put them in a mesh bag and put them in the full mountain stream to clean them and infuse them with good pure mountain Chi. Then in a few days I will be ready to practice Hot Stone Massage with people!

By the way, if you want to set up an appointment with me you can click here to go to my scheduling software:

Kirby’s Scheduling Site

(by the way, these rates are not going to last long. once I get my massage license, I will be raising my rates. so sign up now while the deal lasts!)

Or you can click the following to sign up for my monthly newsletter!

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Here in massage school, that would be the magic marvelous mystical world of Massage School.. we are getting into Water Qigong.

This is a very profound practice.

For a beginner: (me) going near a stream is relaxing, soothing, listening to the gurgling brook sounds is very peaceful. Maybe I can stay in my Dan Tien (primordial point below the navel that forms first at time of conception) from time to time as I gaze into the water.

For the intermediate practitioner: I am able to check in with my 10 foundations from time to time and really feel a connection to Mother Earth through my rooted feet. Plus the babbling brook sounds are a bonus. I do my best to focus on a pebble on the bottom of the stream where I am not disturbed by the surface eddies and other sounds.

For an advanced practitioner: I suspect this is an extremely profound practice. But I am very new to this practice and to Qigong in general. So don’t quote me!

The idea is to find within yourself a stable fluid steady grounded centered potent place internally where you can rest your awareness (ideally at all times). This is the idea behind Water Qigong. Gaze deep into the water, go under the surface, focus on a rock or pebble at the bottom of the stream. As you gaze down into the water, don’t leak out any Chi from your eyes, do not allow your meditative equipoise to be disturbed by miscellaneous sounds or sights in your periphery. Do not allow your self to be disrupted by surface eddies or the sounds of cracking ice (the streams around here are mostly thawed now with some frozen sections).

It is an awesome practice! Water has been around a LONG time. It is known as the Ancient One. If you are able to communicate with water spirits, you will probably be communicating wth ancient beings. Water was here before the rocks. The water I am gazing at may have been in Jesus or Galileo or Van Gogh or Hitler or Abe Lincoln! It is primordial compared to me. Heck, the water I am learning from may have been apart of my previous incarnation!

So we rest our mind and allow light to walk us to the creek. We step with Empress’ Seal upon Mother Earth. We root deep down, breath into our lower abdomen – feel Dan Tien and Ming Men in relationship as we breathe.

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So on the way back from retreat, I was very fortunate to stop over in Portsmouth. Not only did I not have to drive as far (it was a nice little cushioned landing after a deep retreat-mind-that-was-not-quite-ready-to-drive), but I also got to visit a beautiful Yoga center – actually calling it an Ayurvedic center is more accurate. Here is a link:

A Link to the Sattvic Space

My friend, an experienced and wizened yogi who lives in that area, helped to start and found this center. I am very glad I got to visit it and get a tour!

It was built entirely by volunteers and small donations (which is really rather miraculous considering how large it is)!

Also, I asked my friend if I could share a little meditation I learned on retreat. Knowing that I was all charged up with potency after retreat, and that my heart was probably more open than it would be for a few months, I knew that this was a good time for me to be sharing something.

He said “Sure.” After chatting about it, he said he could give me 15 minutes, which I said was fine.

It was a 6 am class that he leads 3x / week. That would normally be pretty early for me, but on retreat I was waking up between 3 and 5 am most days. I was quite surprised to see 9 students there so early.

The teacher introduced me (and considering I was sitting next to him in the front in a position of teacher, it would make sense to acknowledge me!) and he had very high praise for what I do – working with the Vagus system, working with trauma resolution, craniosacral therapy, etc.

He actually gave me 35 minutes to work with which was a pleasant surprise! But it worked out fine.

We did a meditation which involves our very slowly, gradually and mindfully moving our hand from about 18 inches away from the heart, toward the heart. It takes at least 5 minutes for hand to reach heart because first we feel into the heart, to feel our longing, our yearning.

What does the heart yearn for?

When is it that we feel the yearning to touch and be touched?

Then we bring our presence back and forth from hand to heart and back. At times, we even explore moving the hand away from the heart. What is that like?

We really got into some subtleties. It was fantastic.

Because this was a mixed group – some seasoned yogis and some beginners and I believe some people who have never encountered this level of slowing down and being kind to ourselves…

Once we touched our hearts and experienced what that was like, I tasted a metallic taste in my mouth. This is a sign that someone (or more than one!) in the group has done enough. I sensed it was time for a nap.

So we got to explore what it was like to rest the heart back. What is it like to rest the heart down?

I did a little bit of teaching and direction from a prone position, and then I sat back up and waited until I sensed that the energetic field of the group was ready for me. I think they took a 10 minute nap. It was so great.

We wrapped up and then at the end, people came up to me with questions and they loved it. Several said how they felt this magnetic pull from heart to hand – like it was difficult to resist touching their heart. I said, “That is very good!!” ❤

And guess what? It turns out that I will be leading a workshop down there in May. If you are in the Tidewater area – you should come and join us! (I will keep everyone posted)

It will be an Introduction to Working with the Vagus system – during which we will also have some time for more loving-kindness type meditations like I just went through above.

Thank you for reading!

~km

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It is quite amazing how little adjustments can make a huge difference.

Since I returned from Canada, I have gone through my nursing school books and notes and I recycled hundreds of pages which were just sitting on my shelf gathering dust. By moving all of those nursing books further away (because I am heavily leaning towards not going back to finish nursing), I felt a massive burden lift off my chest and shoulders. It was wild. I had been sitting with the dilemma of whether or not to go back and attempt nursing school again, for 8 months! And by sorting through that stuff, I made the decision on a somatic level. My head is still is a little wonky about it – I suspect a double bind is rearing its ugly head saying, “If you aren’t successful, people won’t respect you.” Or some such garbage – who cares about other people’s respect? I want for me to be content first and foremost. Then I might concern myself with other people’s reactions.

And I have been avoiding (consciously) an old acquaintance who, in the past, when I spent time with him, I always felt something was off. Turns out that his boundaries are not the greatest. The I Ching occasionally points out that spending time around people who are too resistant to change or to learning is a massive energetic drain. Any good psychology teacher would say this too. And that is what was happening with this person. I care about him and his family, but I am no longer going to spend one-on-one time with him and bring myself back to an earlier pattern of superficiality in the pretense of an authentic relationship. I am done twisting myself up into a pretzel to fit in with a tension field which I have no control over. In other words, when I feel certain somatic signals, it is time to get myself out of Dodge. I realize this paragraph might not make the greatest amount of sense if you don’t have a somatic background, but feel free to leave a comment if you need clarification.

Nonetheless, by clearing out stagnating energy or people from my life, I have made room for ease and grace and abundance. Nothing to force, nothing to make, nothing to tees into existence. I am (mostly) content with the way things are. Yes some days I still want things a certain way, but eventually I remember this simple practice:

Body rests like a mountain.

Breath like the ocean.

Heart like the sky.

(from Julie Henderson, PhD)

Thanks for reading!

May all beings know ease and grace.

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