Inspiration this Fall at Ocean Shores Massage Education Conference

Sandy beaches and high-quality education meant an inspirational weekend for me and 400 other licensed massage therapists two months ago. As the weeks whir by, the memories of dramatic weather (heavy rains AND deep blue sky!) and information-packed classes at the AMTA Washington Chapter Educational Conference at Ocean Shores continue to inform my work and my discussions with clients. Usually I stay in Seattle for my continuing education credits—we are fortunate here; there is no need to travel for excellent instructors—but because I had a significant practice anniversary this fall, I decided to treat myself to a conference in a new location. I loved friendly Ocean Shores and the seminars were fantastic.

This time I chose discussion vs. hands-on training. For years I’ve dragged my table to classes and spent the weekend getting dressed and undressed under a sheet (LMTs practice on each other). While hands-on work is wonderful, this time I wanted to sit wrapped in a cozy sweater and soak in the knowledge. It was a perfect strategy. I learned more about massage for elders, and more ideas for self-care for longevity in massage therapy careers. It was thrilling to be among LMTs with two years of experience and some with forty. Everyone had wisdom to share.

One class I took because I knew nothing about the subject—topical cannabis creams, oils and lotions, often called “CBD” creams. We learned about the history of cannabis; its use around the world and in the United States; when and why it became illegal, and the biology and science of the cannabis plant. We learned the rules and regulations for its use, the indications and contraindications for clients and massage therapists, and how to incorporate cannabis topicals into our practices legally and ethically in Washington if we want to go that route. This is new, uncharted territory, and much research still needs to happen to understand exactly these topicals work. At present, I don’t plan to use CBD creams or lotions in my practice—there are too many different kinds and there is not one universal one that works for all. But because the creams are popping up everywhere. Bartells’! The local mailing center! I feel good knowing I can have an informed discussion about them with clients.

All-in-all the weekend was a success — I returned recharged, looking ahead and ready to continue my massage practice into the next twenty years!

The first two decades of her working life, Lindsay was a corporate writer, planner and editor. She understands about meeting goals and deadlines, working long hours at a keyboard, or standing a lot during presentations. Growing up in Vermont, where people are just as active as Washingtonians, she shared in the pattern of “work hard; play hard,” looking forward to the weekends to hike, ski or play tennis. She still resonates with that ethic, but now includes recuperation, wellness and self-care into the mix. She encourages her clients to do the same.

Lindsay says “I discovered bodywork after a sledding injury in my teens and then repetitive stress injuries at work to my neck and shoulders in my twenties and thirties sent me to experts to get help. As much as I loved working in communications, there was a big light bulb for me that went off — bodywork was what I was going to be passionate about – and I still am, only more so!”

Lindsay attended the Brenneke School of Massage, graduating in 1998 with a focus on sports and injury massage, and the Seattle Reflexology Center in Queen Anne, completing its course of study for foot reflexology and addressing foot pain in 2014. She was attuned to Reiki I in 1998 and then Reiki II in 2003. She has taken dozens of post-graduate classes and seminars, always curious about current research and new techniques.

Lindsay considers everyone an athlete because we all are moving our bodies constantly, or if we aren’t, we want to be. Exertion isn’t always big movements or extreme – it can be writing code for hours or hefting a child repeatedly onto a hip. Lindsay does what she loves so that people can continue to do what they love with ease, comfort and strength.