I spend a lot of time sitting under the tree in my garden learning about my roots and my reach.
Sometimes I sit and read, sometimes I study, sometimes I write. Very often I share my sacred space with family and friends.
But most of the time I sit under the tree and think ...
I think about everyday things like what needs to be done in my garden, what the dogs are up to, what I will paint next in art class.
Sometimes I think about work. What to do to help a particular client to help herself? How to develop a better marketing strategy for my practice?
And often my reflections tend to be rather philosophical when I think about the why’s of life –wellness, mind-body relationships and the seasons of life and ... and ... and .... .
So the idea for the SomaSense-blog was no opslag or a pop-up wild flower pushing through unprepared soil unexpectedly.
Rather, it is an offshoot from a mature tree rooted in my experience in body work and from a chronic case of curiosity about what it is to be an embodied being, moved to create meaning in life.
The taproot of this tree is my long career in therapeutic massage and spreading in many directions, are the lateral roots of life experiences, living a creative life, formal training in philosophy, education and psychology and spending many, many hours meandering in gardens and in nature.
This vast root system nourishes and supports the tree called Erika Kruger to do what trees do - please our senses, share fruit and nuts to feed us, give shelter and offer a place of stillness for those of us seeking physical and mental health and well-being.
The roots also connect and communicate with other trees always drawing in more knowledge and wisdom from the world we live in and the world within us.
I am, among many other things a massage therapist, business woman, teacher, writer, artist and eternal student.
Massage therapy - I have been practising as a massage therapist since 1998 and in 2001 I registered with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa.
In this country Therapeutic Massage is a statutory regulated health profession and therapists are legally required to be registered and to work within the scope of practice prescribed in law.
Wordsmith - I am an honorary member of the Massage Therapy Association of South Africa and served as vice-chair and as editor of the InTouch magazine. Years before I cut my teeth in publishing as photo-journalist and production editor in the newspapers industry.
Educator - Between 1999 and 2006 I lectured to massage students doing the two-year diploma and in 2003 I completed a Masters degree in Education from the University of Johannesburg based on the service learning programme I managed for massage students.
Business woman – Being a good massage therapist does not automatically make for a successful practice. Thanks to business networks such as Xtraordinary Women and mastermind groups like Collaborative Effort in Somerset West, Erika, the massage therapist has learnt (and keeps learning) to be Erika, the business woman.
I have learnt to successfully run a massage practice and workplace wellness agency and I am able to identify touch points with my clients to better help you solve your problems.
Learner – I recently completed an honours degree in psychology from Unisa and now I a free to pursue other interests such as blog writing challenges, pain management and workplace wellness programmes for small and micro businesses.
Dabbler - For the rest of the time I dabble in many, many other pursuits - painting, gardening, reading puzzle-building, scrabble and kuier-ing.
But please, tell me more about yourself ...
PS. This is my blogpost for Day One of the 7 Day Bizblog Challenge put out by South African Business & Blogger Tribe and Sam Posselt, Speaker of Hashtags #rsabizblogs
Body-mind or mind-body? If you are struggling with physical and mental pain and feel that the dominant health paradigm’s dualistic approach to mind and body seems inadequate to explain anything, I want to talk to you. Join me under the tree in my garden for a cup of rooibos tea and let’s talk massage and SomaSense!