I will be home until the end of August. I am not taking new clients 2022!
My dear friends and clients:
I have been privileged to able to treat you for 8 years. That is not in many ways a very long time period, but looking back, it feels like a half of my life. Maybe I feel that way because the other half of my life started when I moved to US. And that happened 2012. That is whole 10 years. I had no idea where my life would take me in the new country, but overall I think I did good. I feel very much at home in States at the moment although there will always be a longing back home - Finland. I am still more Finnish that American and we just have to accept that.
I have learned end experienced so much! I have evolved and being frustrated. I have powerfully pushed forward and achieved. I have been disappointed and what is the most important, I have learned to slow down and listen to, not only my clients bodies, but also my own. So, what it my body telling me (other than feeling so inadequate in written English)?
I have pains and aches like most probably all of us in this age. My back is doing pretty well, but my shoulders tho... they give me constant numbness, achiness and feeling of heaviness. Like, I really have no energy to lift my arms most of the mornings. Yes, I know my routines to help me get going, I know what to do and what to eat for a healthy lifestyle and definitely am not giving up on me. But then I am thinking that if any of my clients would describe the symptoms I am having, I would strongly suggest lessening the workload. At least finding a less strenuous job if nothing else. The question is: do I listen to my own advice?
I love what I do! There is no other way to say it. I feel deeply connected and such a pride of the fact that I am doing something good; that I am helping, and there is no better feeling than that. I want to keep working!
But I can not handle it anymore.
There it is. The sentence that has been lingering above my head for a long awhile. And of course I want to take it back. I don't need to publish this post...
But hiding won't help me in any way. I already may have ruined my upper back and neck for life and the question is, is it worth it? I truly don't know.
I don't know what will happen in the fall.
As of now, my thinking is that I will see how my body adjusts to being work free for 6-8 weeks. I might feel like a new born and (over)book my calendar in September. I may find more Finnish classes to teach, so that I won't have time to treat clients. I may stay in Finland if the climate there suddenly changes to subtropical... I may feel overly energized and finally just use the modalities that are less strenuous to my body. I might truly start my third career and find a living in writing (in Finnish).
I am not able to make the terrifying, long lasting decision of quitting (that is truly how it feels), so I am doing something that is even more scary for me: I am gonna leave it open!
If you are in my loop, I will text you in September and let you know. Most probably I will still work a day or two every week, but there is a big part of me who wants, finally, to be brave enough to make the bold move: to do something that is just best for me. Just me and nobody else.
What truly is Kata's Way ponders Kata who has always had it her way. Balanced is Painless.
My dear friends.
I can't believe how fast time goes. This year has been good to me and my family, but as you all, I am so looking forward to more 'normal' world without masks and travel restrictions. Many of you may know that the covid situation is worsening in Northern Europe at the moment while we are just accommodating the idea of things getting better here. Please, keep your fingers crossed for the situation continuing getting better everywhere.
Last couple of years should have taught us all to evaluate our lives, lifegoals and thing we want to achieve. It is so easy on the paper when you are pouring your soul into your personal notebook or stamping down the goals and prospects for your company. It gets definitely harder, when you are supposed to put your foot down and tell everybody what you are giving up, doing less and letting go in your life. I am lucky to have people around me who understand my goals of doing less and feeling better. So here are my goals and promises for 2022:
👉I am rising my pricing 10 % (this happens every 2 years just because I am gaining new skills all the time and also because the life is getting more expensive.)
👉I am taking every 4th week off even if it affects to many of my regular clients' scheduling. This is because:👊I have reached limits of my physical well-being in this profession (average massage therapist works for 7 years, I am starting my 16th year in this profession.)
👊I am also working almost every weekend as a teacher, so off time is desperately needed.
👊I am an avid writer and unfortunately I am the type of writer who needs space and time to get to the creative zone.
👉I plan on going to Finland for 6-8 weeks on summer!
I still appreciate each and everyone of my clients, but it has been a rough journey to get to this point. I will be steady and more slowly working on my Ortho-Bionomy skills, but won't probably apply for any certification in it. I am perfectly happy doing things Kata's Way, since it is painless and effective.
Have a Happy Holiday Season!
First of all, thank you to all my wonderful clients! I have been constantly changing and learning on my path to become a better healer and I could not have done it without you all. YOU are my biggest teachers and an everyday joy. I still enjoy doing what I do the best: helping my clients with their pain.
I am still learning more skills with my Ortho-Bionomy studies, but I probably will not try to achieve any new certificates, since I will always be working my way. I will never say never, but I feel like this is who I am and I can keep adding new skills to my skillset without taking tests or applying certificates.
This is the second summer in a row that I am not able to go to Finland. That is not ideal, but I am going to take the life as it comes, and keep working throughout the summer. Please, contact me now, if you want an appointment, my September will be very busy and most probably I will not be able to take any new clients then! So, call/text me now, if you want to get to my books, I always will accommodate my existing clients first.
And about next summer: I am already planning on spending 6-8 weeks home! Keep your fingers crossed for that to become reality and wish me luck in other sectors of my life too; I have some big dreams to (hopefully) come true in the future.
Enjoy your summer, I definitely am having a good time! This is Kata's Way and it means Balance since Balanced is Painless.
What a year it has been!
If I am thinking back I feel like nothing fun or interesting happened 2020, but when I scroll down my Instagram feed, I remember so many good things! Please, do the same.
In January and February I still went to theatres for great shows and concerts. In the beginning of February the trees were in full bloom anticipating a great spring and I was volunteering with immigrants. I miss that! I also got flocked with these hilarious flamingos on my front yard by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and got to trouble with our HOA... not the first time.
My sister was visiting us and we made trips to museums and even Atlanta right before the covid19 stay at home hit. Luckily she was able to get home without trouble and I got bored with stay at home order in March and April. But, I did a lot of studying and even a couple of videos about how to move yourself. Check my Instagram!
I also hope that you have made your acquaintance to my dear owl Harry. His wife, by the way, is called Meagan, and they both live in the area between my house and Blakeney Shopping Center. I was able to catch a great pics of them this summer.
In summer I was allowed to get back to work, so I still haven't finished all the great, and thick, books that are waiting to be studied... but I did study a lot of Ortho-Bionomy and hopefully will finish my first step - associate degree - this year. Changing your way of living, eating (duh!) or working seems to be pretty tricky: I tend to slip back to my old habits all the time.
I obviously haven't been traveling this year a lot, but I have truly enjoyed taking a few trips to Asheville, Wilmington, Kure Beach and even to Savannah. Mainly to have some alone time; the ways of Finnish introverts are peculiar. I seem to need to spend time in isolation with my computer to do some writing. And computer it has been: in August I got a second job as a Finnish teacher which has been wonderful! That's where I come from and my soul is happy to be teaching - and using - my mother tongue. And I will keep teaching as much in the beginning of 2021.
One big step was also the ability to donate blood: the restriction around mad cow disease was lifted and I am officially a Red Cross Donor! That makes me feel like I can do something to help in this many ways helpless state of pandemic.
We all struggle a bit at the moment, right. My way of keeping myself sane and running is the Nature. I am so happy to have been able to enjoy the miracles of trees, roots, ocean, mountains, deer, owl, waves, flowers, changing colors and sparkling blooms here in North-Carolina. We have a beautiful Mother Earth to comfort us and give us strength. Go out and enjoy! Hopefully with a cup of coffee.
2021 has had a good start and for me it will a bit more teaching and somewhat less working with bodies. Make sure to make your appointment ahead, my working hours are Mondays 10-4, Wednesdays 9-6 and Thursdays 10-4. Pricing will remain the same as 2020.
My motto for 2021 is Don't Push, Let It Flow!
Welcome to Kata's Way, where Balanced is Painless.
We are getting to the end of this pretty interesting year. I feel incredibly lucky and blessed because I, and my family, am well and in good spirits. I won't take it for granted.
I have been able to work pretty much through the whole year and so has my husband; again this is not granted in these circumstances. I have enhanced strict cleaning and disinfecting routines and so far I think it has helped me to stay free of the covid19. But there is never a certainty! I have been tested only once during the year, in the beginning of November, and got a negative test result. I am doing everything I can to keep the things the way they are. Here're my current protocols:
- I have at least 30 mins between clients so I have time to disinfect the surfaces, face rest and the bathroom between client
-I wash the sheets, towels, face rests and blankets after each and every use
-I only see clients that I know; NOT TAKING NEW CLIENTS at the moment
-I allow even 1 hour cancellation policy if my clients get any symptoms
-I wear a mask all the time
-I check my temperature daily and isolate myself if I have any doubt or have met more that 10 people at the same time
-I do NOT normally visit anywhere else than grocery store, postal office or drive through coffee houses.
If you know me, you also know that avoiding coffee houses is definitely the hardest thing for me. But I have been strong!
All the above means that I am seeing less clients than normal, but don't worry, I am also teaching more Finnish. That means that I have made commitments to keep teaching on 2021. Which means that most weeks I am available for massaging only 3 days a week. And that means restricted hours for you. Please look ahead and make your appointments early if possible.
My goals for 2021 are to stay healthy, keep working and reach the first step of credentials in Ortho-Bionomy. I appreciate each and everyone of you, especially at these times of unknown.
Let's stay focused and balanced: balanced in painless and that is Kata's Way.