Terry Payne Finds His Calling as a Massage Therapist

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Terry Payne saw himself as a healer and decided to pursue an art that society may have forgotten to be an art: Massage Therapy.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Terry Payne and was intrigued by his bohemian essence and calming demeanor. His roots originate from central California, but it was in Los Angeles where he found a passion for helping others. He found himself surrounded with groups of people, who he described were “modeling the kind of lifestyle that I wanted.” He always considered himself an artist and found his calling as a healer.

“It was my experience in LA that really helped me understand what my strengths were, gifts were, and what my passion was.”

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Life Coach Vanessa Talbot Finds International Success

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The transformation of Vanessa Talbot started at the end of her marriage, when divorce drastically changed her life.

Vanessa Talbot and her husband had made a lot of money in the mining industry, a world that would now be in the past. He held onto the money and the company, while she took hold of the life she had built, which included her property and the animals she was caring for.

“With all those animals and no income, and a little tiny toddler daughter to look after as well, it was like ‘Far out batman, how am I going to make money without having to go and work in town?’”

Thrown into a different reality and now faced with uncertainty, she had to find a way that could provide both income and freedom. In addition to having a young child, she needed to be able to look after her horses and also make time for native wildlife caring. Considering everyone who relied on her, a 9-5 job was out of the question. The epiphany happened when she stumbled upon an Australian new age magazine.

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Kidney Failure Won’t Stop This Acupuncturist

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Ben Fleisher’s kidneys are severely failing.

Yet, when looking at him, he looks pretty healthy. Diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy around a decade ago, Fleisher had been tracking the numbers on his kidneys every 3 months, but around two years ago, “the numbers started getting worse. I did everything I could to get it to stop, but they just kept going south,” he told me. It was a pleasure interviewing Ben, and to my surprise, he was speaking to me over the phone from a dialysis center. This skilled Acupuncturist and Zero Balancer has spent his life pursuing health and wellness and how it can help both him and others. Despite being on a high priority list for a kidney transplant, no one could ever tell. Perhaps his countenance of wellness has something to do with his lifestyle of treating his body, mind and spirit.

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SoulDoctors Launches Affordable ZocDoc Alternative

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SoulDoctors was inspired by the darkest time in my life. There were various issues that plagued my existence, all of which did not pair well with a 26 year old undiagnosed mental illness. When I realized what my life had become, I knew that my issues required the help of someone other than myself. At the time, I was still blessed with my father’s insurance, so getting quality mental and medical care wasn’t an issue. I just had to carry myself to the doctor’s office first. I forgot exactly how I stumbled upon ZocDoc, nor did I realize how my personal crisis would inspire me to build an affordable ZocDoc alternative, but if it were not for that website, I don’t know if I would have received the high-quality medical care that I had.

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What is a life coach and what do they do?

Are you looking to focus on yourself? Are you ready to work on your goals? Do you want to nourish your personal development, self-confidence and resilience? Are you not sure how? These are the types of questions that a life coach would ask you, in order to find ways to assist in your personal and/or business development.

What exactly is a life coach?

A life coach helps individuals focus on various aspects of their life through goal setting, creating outcomes and fostering change. The coach is there to provide support and help their clients create solutions. They use a discovery-based framework to create strategies in changing a person’s work or personal life. Such a career has become increasingly popular and in demand in recent years. A life coach’s clients include housewives, managers, administrators and graduate students but these services are appropriate for anyone looking to facilitate a positive change in their life. Companies also hire life coaches. Hiring a life coach at a company can be a major asset; they can help encourage and motivate employees to reach their personal goals in conjunction with company goals.

Individuals seeking a life coach are ready to create a life that aligns with their goals and values.

Life coaches are not created out of thin air. They have training and experience through an accredited training program, such as the International Coach Federation. What was once a past time is now a professional career and life coaches can have incredibly full schedules. As humans, we tend to get stuck in certain parts of our lives. A life coach can help you move in the right direction.

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Information Overload: Overexposure to the News Can Hurt Your Mental Health

Welcome to the information age, where answers to your questions are a click away and borderline instantaneous. Technology has brought civilization to a plane of unprecedented knowledge, leaving scholars wondering about the multidimensional ways in which it continues to impact humanity. As people communicate with one another at the speed of light, one trend you yourself may observe is a sense of information overload.

If you’re reading this, then it’s a safe bet that you’re active on some form of social media, and if you’re on social media, it’s not a stretch to assume that your news feed is perpetually updated with breaking stories and comment threads featuring people at each others’ throats.

Never forget the old saying, “If it bleeds, it leads.” This mantra has offered direction for dominating news outlets in their quest for views and ratings across time, and it isn’t showing any signs of slowing. Skewing public perception towards the most tantalizing headlines, it may seem that trending topics are nothing more than a relentless string of bad news. You’re apt to see an overabundance of horrors plaguing the world before long. There’s no doubt that tragedies occur on-the-regular, but it is important not to forget that so does beneficence.

The good news is the human race has never been as interconnected as it is now. The bad news is the human race has never been as interconnected as it is now.

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What should I charge my clients?

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A comprehensive guide to curing your indecision

If you’ve recently gone into business for yourself, you might be wondering what that magic number is. What should you charge your clients? The answer is: It depends. This question can often be met with both frustration and indecision but here are a few helpful things to consider as you try to decide:

EXPERIENCE & SKILL SET

Your experience dictates just how well you know your subject. Do you have a standard knowledge of your field or is it specialized? How long have you been in the profession or how long have you studied it? More often than not, someone who has been doing what they do for five years, would request more pay than someone who has been doing it for one.

EVERYBODY ELSE

What are other people in your profession charging? This question is and isn’t a good way to gauge what you should charge your clients so don’t let this be the only factor you consider, as it will vary depending on industry. For instance, if you’re a therapist, there is no limit to what you can charge a client. If you’re a yoga teacher, you can only charge so much for a yoga class, as people offering these types of standard services usually try to match the price of others. However, if you’re a yoga teacher that is offering private classes, yoga teacher training, and/or a yoga retreat, then the spectrum of price changes entirely and can vary greatly.

YOUR EXPENSES

Building a client base can take time and it also takes time to find your own groove, in anything that you pursue. While numbers may not be everyone’s forte, don’t let them scare you. With some some simple math and a handy calculator, you can easily reduce your anxiety regarding what to charge your clients by considering all your expenses.

What will it cost to operate your business? Will you be the only employee? Do you require an assistant or will you be hiring other professionals to offer the same services that you do under one roof? When you understand your costs, you will realize what rate is and isn’t worth settling for. You can’t consider a rate that will make you lose money otherwise the business won’t persevere. Sure, you could consider a rate where you break even, as in being able to cover all your expenses void of a profit, however you want to strategize on how you can scale your business over time. By doing so, you will be able to build a reputable business you can be both proud of and comfortable with.

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How Massage Therapy Helps Cure Ailments

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Massage therapy has an extensive history among cultures around the world, with its first references appearing in writings from ancient civilizations like China, India and Egypt. In Greece, Hippocrates once even defined medicine as “the art of rubbing.” And considering your skin is the largest organ on your body, it’s no wonder why it’s so beneficial.

It wasn’t until the mid-19th century when two American physicians introduced massage to the United States after studying it in Sweden. Although scientific and technological medical advances during the 1930s and 1940s took center stage, massage became popular again in the 1970s and continues to be of use today for a number of health-related purposes, including the treatment of pain, stress and depression.

Massage Therapist vs. Physical Therapist: The Differences

Although massage and physical therapists use the same techniques, each is categorized as its own separate profession. In fact, besides the use of massage and educating their patients about exercise, the two occupations hardly have anything in common. That said, here are the key differences between a massage and a physical therapist.

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Dr. Jessica Leon, Ph.D: Bringing Therapy to Your Doorstep

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There is a disappointing stigma in society if one discloses that they go to a therapist, but what if your therapist came to you? One unique therapist does just that. I had the pleasure of interviewing counseling psychotherapist, Dr. Jessica Leon, Ph.D., a mother of three young children, who resides in southern Florida. She is the only therapist in the area that will travel an hour to see her patients. Her methods have been effective and her passion in working with children, teens, couples and families emanates through the energy in her voice. She has even landed a few opportunities on reality T.V. Her holistic approach to treating mental health problems and relationships appears effortless, however, it took years of refinement.

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What is therapy and is therapy for me? 

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Therapy is misunderstood. For the uninformed it brings about negative thoughts while others can acknowledge it’s ability to heal and transform. Despite the modernity of our society, many people still believe that “only crazy people go to therapy.” That statements could not be any more false or ancient. The best way to look at it, is as a tool. It  can help people live happy and fulfilling lives but not without the work and effort invested. Therapy does not come in just one mold. There is a spectrum of therapies that can suit a variety of people.

One of the most common types of therapy is counseling.

This is usually for people who are healthy on a day-to-day basis but need help with a crisis, anger, bereavement, or just need help getting through something. Sessions are usually 45 minutes to an hour long.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a great therapy if you want to think more positively and change maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. CBT can be used for all the same things as counseling but it has also been shown to be very helpful in helping anxiety, depression, phobias and more. In psychotherapy, therapists like to look at past influences and relate them to current situations. They do this in order to help you figure out what is causing the problem and how the choices you make influence the present. This type of therapy tends to be helpful for those who have long-term and recurring problems. There’s some evidence that psychotherapy can help depression and some eating disorders.

Relationship counseling or couples therapy can help couples who are going through a difficult time. It is best if both partners attend for best results. Sessions are also about an hour long.

Group therapy is a setting that can be good for someone who thinks they would benefit from additional support of others who can empathize with their problems. In group therapy, up to 12 people with a common problem meet with a therapist and everyone takes a turn in expressing their thoughts.

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