STAR Tech Healing and Learning Center
Vol. XIV, NO. 3 - #23 Fall 2006
[Below are select articles from Newsletter #23
On Friday, November 3, a
new era began for the beautiful historic Maynard building known as
14 Nason Street, which houses our massage and
teaching offices. Built in 1921 as the People’s Theatre, the theatre architect
obviously intended for a sign to cap the façade, but no evidence exists that a
sign was ever placed there.
With new ownership of the building less than a year old, the aged People’s Theatre finally has the sign that was intended to be there -- 85 years later. The beautiful brushed aluminum letters will be illuminated and will welcome shoppers, visitors, clients and students to the business, service and teaching establishments on Nason Street. What better way to show respect to the grand dame of downtown Maynard than with a beautiful new sign.
and Services in Maynard hosted the first Maynard
Downtown Wellness Day, Saturday, October 21. The day was
overall, a huge success, and was a credit to the
many individuals who made it happen.
The event started as the brainchild of Wil Ricci, co-owner of Teresina’s. His vision inspired the many other businesses to join him, and make the dream grow into a worthwhile, memorable event for Maynard.
During Wellness Day, practitioners from Maynard and numerous surrounding cities and towns were present at various locations on Main and Nason Streets, demonstrating what each has to offer the public. In all, nearly two dozen businesses participated.
Wellness Day offerings included free Yoga, Stretching, Core Integration, Kinetic Conversations, Chi Gong and Martial Arts classes, as well as free Chair and Table Massage. Talks and demonstrations included Skin Care, Organizing, Aromatherapy, Shamanic Healing, Raw Food, and Relaxing with Nature, to name only a few of the offerings. Free handouts included water bottles, oral hygiene goody bags and free prescription counseling.
Feed-back from the public was positive and has already encouraged another Wellness event to be considered by the many stores and services that were involved.
Maynard Downtown Wellness Day had an amazing bonding effect for the many businesses that make up Downtown Maynard. The event proved that great things can be accomplished when people come together with a dream and work collectively without letting egos get in the way of progress and success.
Water is your friend! Don’t be without it.
Proper body hydration is necessary for healthy muscle function and maintenance as well as for your overall good health. Dehydration of the body can cause all sorts of problems from headaches and dizziness, constipation, and increased pain. Dehydration is a major cause of electrolyte imbalance. With electrolyte imbalance the function of the heart is compromised.
Drinking plenty of water is especially critical before and after having a massage. Massage strokes squeeze blood and lymph fluid from muscles, inviting fresh blood loaded with oxygen and nutrients to enter newly relaxed muscle. Fresh blood feeds muscles encouraging growth, recovery and healing.
The blood and lymph fluid flushed from muscles by massage travels to the kidneys where it is purified. The impurities are then eliminated by way of the bladder.
Water has been shown to be the best first response to muscular pain. If muscles are already sore, achy or painful, dehydration will intensify that pain. Studies have shown that by simply drinking more water, pain can often be reduced.
If you are thirsty, you have already waited too long to drink. Your body is dehydrated. Drink before your feel thirsty.
Regular, frequent intake of water is essential to good health.
Maynard Road Race 2006
The Maynard/Monster Road Race took on a new and exciting look this September. Individuals and groups in addition to Massage Therapists stepped forward to volunteer their services, creating a mini Wellness Fair which supplemented the Free Massage that has been offered to the runners for the past nine years.
The Road Race Volunteer Massage Team 2006 consisted of old timers as well as newbies. Deb Hledick (Healing Breath Body Work) represented Maynard again, and Wendy Sisson and Mary Harold-Hilton represented Be Well and Beyond in Acton. Paula Perino and Frank Wong, students at the Massachusetts Institute of Massage in Burlington, joined the old timers to practice their newly learned craft.
Presenting at the Wellness Fest were practitioners from both Maynard and Acton. John Stevens from Kinetic Conversations on Nason Street demonstrated Feldenkrais techniques, and did free treatments. Eric Frost, from Ethereal Arts on Nason Street did Martial Arts demonstrations. Be Well and Beyond from Acton had a variety of practitioners present offering information on Psychotherapy, Acupuncture and more.
Barry led a free Active Stretching Class at the Maynard Community Farmers Market July 29th. The day proved to be dauntingly hot and humid. Stretching in the extreme heat was a challenge, but a few brave souls joined Barry and learned a bit about Active Stretching.
Barry returned to the Maynard Community Farmer’s Market September 30th and offered Free Pain Evaluations with recommendations for pain self-relief and recovery.
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On November 5, Barry had the extreme pleasure of attending BodyWorlds 2, the Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies at the Museum of Science, in Boston. Barry spent four extraordinary hours observing, examining and learning from the extensive exhibit.
An added perk to the amazing day was discovering an Anatomy teacher who was lecturing a group of students who had gathered around the Female Yoga Plastination. The teacher had obviously been to the exhibit before and was pointing out muscle and body structural subtleties that would have otherwise been easily missed by a first-time observer. His additional lectures at the Male Baseball Slugger Plastination and the Female Ballerina Plastination further added to the enjoyment of the exhibit experience.
2006 WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon
The 2006 WAVM Beacon Santa Telethon will take place the weekend of December 8, 9 & 10 at the Maynard High School. The Telethon is completely run by the students at the School, as part of Community Newspaper's Annual Beacon Santa Fundraiser which is set up to aid families in need during the Holidays. The fund helps individuals in over 35 communities.
The Telethon is broadcast over Comcast Cable Channels 8 and 10, and on 91.7 FM Radio, plus as real-time over the internet at www.wavm.org. Comcast Cable telecasts the Beacon Santa Telethon to Maynard, Stow, Hudson, Sudbury, Acton, Lexington, Bedford, and Framingham.
Barry is putting together a Volunteer Massage Team for the event again this year. The Volunteer Massage Team will give free Massage Treatments (table & chair) to the students (5th grade through 12th grade) who are working the 40 hour Beacon Santa Telethon. Treatments are done through clothing without oils or lotions.
The Volunteer Massage Team will also offer the public "A Buck-A-Minute" Massage Treatments, with all proceeds going to the Telethon. I urge you to take time out from your busy schedule during Telethon weekend, and come to the High School lobby and get a massage from one of the volunteers. A-Buck-A-Minute massages will be offered 8 – 10 pm Friday, 9 am until 10 pm Saturday, and 8 – 11 am Sunday.
I also urge businesses and individuals to donate a product item or Gift Certificate for service or merchandise to the Telethon, so that it can be auctioned off during the 40 hours.
Barry will be offering a TV show during the Telethon again this year. Plans are in place to repeat a show that has been popular the past several years – “Massage and More” which will demonstrate the services other than standard chair and table massage that the Volunteer Massage Team has to offer at their places of business. Tentative time and day of the massage show broadcast is Saturday morning between 7 and 9 am. Check the schedule in the paper the week of the Telethon, or get the schedule at http://www.startechhealing.com/Free_Events.htm.
Nancy Bailey & Barry Bailey
Bailey Therapeutic Massage
STAR Tech® Healing and Learning Center
14 Nason Street, Suites 201-2
Maynard, MA 01754
© 2006 Barry Bailey