Happy First Anniversary

Happy March! And happy first anniversary to Word of Mouth Healing Arts! I officially started working as a massage therapist one year ago. I’m grateful for the many opportunities I’ve had to work with clients and to keep learning about the body.  I started this year by attending another wonderful lomilomi workshop. One of the…Read more »

Cycles and Returns

At the tail end of my recent travels, I had an amazing opportunity to do a poetry reading and visit classes at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, where I studied art and English as an undergraduate. Twenty-two years had passed since my graduation—enough time for another generation to go from the womb to a lifetime…Read more »

Where Two Bodies of Water Meet

Earlier this month I participated in my second lomilomi training. We worked both inside and outside at the beach, cultivating a sense of place and connection to the land. “What does an environment of healing look like?” asked my kumu. The first image that came to mind was the meeting of the Kahana stream and…Read more »

Walk This Way

Hello, June! And hello, home! Wherever I go, I always love coming home to Oahu. During the past month, my husband and I went to Graeagle, California for a wedding; Point Reyes National Seashore for a hiking vacation; and Wisconsin to spend time with family. My husband and I call Point Reyes our “California Camino,”…Read more »

What to Expect

Are you new to outcall massage? Me too! Thank you to all my massage school clinic clients and new clients who have helped get my business started in the past two months. Several questions have come up along the way, so I’m devoting this month’s post to what to expect when you make an appointment.…Read more »

April is for Teachers

I remember April.  When I used to teach, April was full of hope—all the wonderful possibilities of summer buzzing in my head—reading and writing for pleasure, hiking and going to the beach, looking at a computer screen only when I wanted to add to my Pinterest board for “Buttery Bites.” And sleeping. I had so…Read more »

Starting with Love

It’s been almost three years since I left my job working as an English professor. Leaving was one of the most difficult decisions of my life, but it was necessary. I knew I needed to do something that would allow more time for my own writing, and I wanted to connect with my body in…Read more »