I recently blogged at Borderlands of Health and Wellness about the ethical limits of handling tips among co-workers. The context arose when a guest recently had more than one service with two different service providers, praised each as she left, didn't complain during a voluntary survey BUT only left a gratuity FOR ONE of the… Continue reading The Aesthetics of Gracious Plenty: Part Two
Occasionally LMT's professional growth and development curves lead them beyond bodywork practice. For those with an academic background, those encountering the limits of continuing education without a master's degree at the very least, and for prospective massage and bodywork students who intend to pursue research, this notice from Arizona State outlines one Avenue of approach. … Continue reading Arizona State
Suppplement by Amoret BriarRose You’re busy telling me about calcium phosphorus and calcium carbonate, how one will fill in spongy bones, making them brittle, canceling out the little spaces that give and bend. I watch your hands, how they flick over your coffee cup. Tomorrow, we will fight, and I will thank the gods, the… Continue reading Siren Afire Reblog
Post Valentine’s Day Follow Up: Echoing my theme from the 14th about the perils of solipsism in relationships and thought.
Jem got into a twitterspat tonight with someone who believes in the magical properties of safe words. For some BDSM people, safe words are magically retrospective; you may have harmed someone and hurt them, but it’s OK, because they can use their safe word to prevent you from doing any further damage.
In the week that Fifty Shades of Shite comes out, it’s important to understand the conundrums at the heart of the idea of safe words.
The first is the conundrum of why we need safe words at all. Safe words have existed for thousands of years; stop, don’t, no – they’re all words that have the effect of making a situation safe, provided everyone accepts them at face value.
So if you say that safe words are necessary, you’re saying that ordinary language will not work.Why not? Why would no, or stop, not work? I can only hazard…
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“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But then, one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy, one must love… Continue reading Ambivalence on Valentine’s Day: Par for the course or a solipsistic excuse?
The human sense of smell is profound. Not that long ago, the olfactory system was subject to a very different cornacoupia than we have available to us today. We are bombarded with scent, be it thru perfumes in our toiletries, in our home cleaning products, while we window shop in stores or boutiques and even… Continue reading Clearing the air: scent and spa
Wow! I was approached earlier this month about hosting a radio show based around my Professional blog, Borderlands of Health and Wellness and possibly a smaller role for this blog on Spa! I am flattered to be honest and I would love to give it a try for at least a season to see… Continue reading My own Radio Show?
Writers and Professional LMT's take note! I recently submitted a 200 word answer to a basic question in what I thought was a delicate and discreet way given that what CrowdSource asked for was worded in a way I found suspect as a Professional for both the taxonomy and language used to phrase the question.… Continue reading Crowd Source Promotes Prostitution over a 14.7 Billion Dollar Spa Industry
I recently had the misfortune to have a public argument over what academics call nit picking with a sacred cow of the Massage community. This is a snippet from the middle of a discussion that began in a professional group for massage educators on Facebook, followed recommendations to contacting industry authorities for more information and… Continue reading “We don’t need to control him, we need to unleash him.” – Advisors to Agamemmnon in TROY
I found the article below on researcher Jason Colavito's web site and thought it may be valuable to those who may question the actions Marion Zimmer Bradley has not only been accused of, but also the actions she failed to take a definitive stance against publically in her deposition about her husbands conviction for the identical charges. I made the following comment on Jason's site… Continue reading Public Scandals, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Sexual Abuse, Art and Western religious traditions