"A movement requires us to be moved."
Science echoes what we know instinctively, that being in nature is necessary for optimal health.
Time in nature is linked with boosted immunity; better sleep; reduced levels of stress, depression and anxiety; increased feelings of happiness; and improved mood; posing significant implications for mental health and overall wellness.
Please Note: Outdoor Massage is now on hiatus for the remainder of 2021 and until further notice.
The archetype of the "Shoji" from Zen has come to represent my hands-on healing arts practice as a licensed massage therapist and yoga instructor based in downtown Ithaca, New York.
It is the shoji officer of a Zen ritual who looks after the overall wellness of the practicing community in a Zen meditation hall. This is the person who serves the tea, lights the candles, monitors the comfort and safety of the practitioners, and so much more.
In another Buddhist context, sho means "to live" or "to be born." And ji means "to die" or "to be dead." Therefore, "life and death" can be another translation of the word shoji.