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Black Lives Matter
Events in recent weeks remind us how far we have to go toward equity. The senseless killing of George Floyd, one of the latest in a recent, and historical, series of acts of violence perpetrated against Black men and women, sickens and saddens us.
At this pivotal time in history, Hand in Health stands for a world in which Black people have the social, economic, and political power to thrive, and every person is deserving of equality, safety, and freedom.
This excerpt from the our Code of Ethics underscores our belief:
Commitment to Uphold the Inherent Worth of All Individuals
“I will demonstrate compassion, respect, and tolerance for others. I will seek to end discrimination, misunderstandings, and prejudice … I will not refuse service to any client based on disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, physical build, or sexual orientation; religious, national, or political affiliation; [or] social or economic status.”
It will take each of us adopting new behaviors to judge everyone on their character, integrity, and humanity, rather than on their origin or skin color, to create a society in which no one walks out of their home worried about how they will be treated, much less their physical safety.
But these things are easy to say.
In the past few weeks, our team has asked itself hard questions and reflected on the role we’ve played in systemic racism, asking ourselves what that means, how we’ve passively contributed, and how we’ve benefited. These are uncomfortable conversations, but necessary. As we reflect, we are refocusing our recruiting and hiring practices and our content sourcing. We are discussing our diversity and strategies we can take to increase it. We will continue to ask ourselves these tough questions and are ready to listen and learn.
A system that devalues Black lives is intolerable. Part of the solution includes looking in the mirror and acknowledging that such a system is bad for all of us.
Please join us as we support each other at this crucial time and endeavor to create a better and more inclusive world by rooting out prejudiced actions, both conscious and unconscious, as a critical step in the effort to end systemic racism.
We would like to begin with a small but, we hope, meaningful step. Our team will be taking the course “Unconscious Bias” by our friends at Healwell & ABMP. This course is designed to explore our unconscious biases and the ways that our stories about illness and health, race and gender, us and them, prevent us from being of the greatest service possible.
Kyle Hierholzer, LMT, BCTMB, CPT, CES, CR, CMCP
Hand in Health Massage Therapy
If you’re reading this, you likely already know massage isn’t a luxury—it’s a necessity. While the occasional massage is better than nothing, it can’t undo a lifetime of tension and stress. You’ll get exponentially greater benefits from a regular massage. Here are just a few ways:
If you sit at a desk all day, your body is already crying out for help. Massage lengthens the tissue and joints that get compressed in a constant seated posture and reopens circulation that gets cut off as a result.
The health implications of stress can be devastating, and can undo much of your efforts to exercise and eat right. Regular massage calms tension, lowers blood pressure, and reduces cortisol levels, curbing many of the physiological stress conditions that lead to illness—and helping you get the most out of all your other wellness practices!
No matter how fit you are, exercise is hard on your body. Massage improves flexibility, range of motion, and keeps your muscles supple. If you subject your body to regular feats of endurance, biweekly or monthly massage will support its ability to perform and recover and help prevent future injury.
Because massage activates the parasympathetic nervous system (the body’s mechanism for resting and healing), it is a powerful natural means to improving sleep. Routine massage will go even further toward resetting an out-of-whack circadian rhythm—a common source of chronic insomnia.
Regular massage will gradually work out long-standing tension and retrain your body to recover from life’s many stresses. Hand in Helath makes it easy with our monthly membership program. With a membership, you’ll get one 60-minute massage a month, 20% off additional massages, rollover massage credits, and many more benefits. It’s the easiest way to make this essential routine part of your routine.
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