When I first started my massage practice, I sincerely wanted to help people feel better. It was my hope that massage therapy could relieve my clients' pain. I made it a goal to learn everything I could about pain-relieving techniques and how to help people notice imbalances in their bodies … Read more about Learning How To Prevent Pain
I have a friend who jokingly calls me the happy healer. I enjoy that title. While I don't spend every waking moment of my life trying to be happy, I do work at maintaining a positive outlook no matter what is going on in my life. I have always been happy to have my massage … Read more about Val Boonstra, The Happy Healer
I, Valentina Boonstra, am a Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and I help people recover from surgery. A couple of days a week I also work at Sara Care. For over 30 years I have been in business in Brevard County. It's my home, and I feel very loving and connected to my community and … Read more about Intrinsiconnections
I am largely a self-educated person. Yes, I have taken seminars and attended certification courses for my line of work. But I have gone way beyond those. I look at my experiences as a classroom in earth school. When faced with a problem or situation, I ask myself, "what's the best way … Read more about Musings On a Life
In the past year or so, I have begun working at the SarahCare center in Melbourne, Fl. I met the owners of SarahCare a few years ago, and from time to time I would visit the center and keep in touch. I enjoy them and I really enjoy meeting all of the good people who come there each day. As of last … Read more about Working With SaraCare in Melbourne
Whenever I talk to my friends these days and ask how they are doing, the response I get is "I am so tired, or I am exhausted or I just laid on the couch all day I couldn't get anything done". Many of us have been on some kind of lockdown since early March. The stress of trying to follow all … Read more about How Are You Doing?
Margaret Mead was a famous anthropologist. She is most well-known for studying human behavior. In her studies, she noted the plasticity of human nature and the variability of social customs. ... Mead's famous theory of imprinting found that children learn by watching adult behavior. I … Read more about What Makes Us Human?
If you have been to my blog in the past, you might have seen me write, "What goes around comes around." I don't know who said it originally, and I don't much care, I just know that my Dad said it quite a bit when I was growing up. I took it to mean that things go out of fashion for one … Read more about Working Out At Home
We, as human beings, frame our views of how the world works through our own experiences. If your family lives in a home, has a garden, two parents, and a big extended family, we assume that's how everyone else lives too. Then we get out into the world separated from our family, look … Read more about What We Experience Shapes Our Lives
Maria Schriver was on the Today show a short while ago. The four on-air personalities were chatting about the fact none of the current Presidential candidates have brought up the issue of caregivers. Caregiving is an important issue. … Read more about Caring for the Caregivers
I can't help but notice all the great advice regarding how to cope with the situation we’re in. … Read more about Coping During COVID-19 -Self Improvement or Just Let It Be
This quarantine has been stressful for many people. It is especially so for me for two reasons. The first is, I am self-employed, so, not working with my clients means I make no income. Secondly, because I am so used to working with people all day, every day. I am experiencing a people … Read more about How To Cope With Stress