Maternity Leave & Beyond

As I am sure you know by now, I am pregnant.  In fact today is the official half way mark – 20 weeks.  This pregnancy completely caught us by surprise as we were well into the process of adopting when we found out I was pregnant.  And it continues to surprise us at every turn: very difficult first trimester, dramatic reduction in work load, a baby that just won’t let us sneak a peek as to gender and now an earlier than expected maternity leave.

My due date is March 21st.  I fully anticipated to work through the end of February.  Happily gliding into March with a few weeks off and then out comes the baby.  Hah!  Parenting Lesson #1:  The decisions are not yours alone to make.

Starting a couple of weeks ago, I began to have difficulty doing massage and craniosacral  work.  It seemed like my arms were shrinking.  As it turns out my big baby belly is the culprit.  Now as my ligaments are loosening up, my joints are starting to take a beating.  But the baby is happy, healthy and kicking up
a storm.  With the physical changes, I have decided to go on maternity leave as of the Christmas holidays.  December 16th will be my last day of work.

As a new parent I really am only shooting in the dark when I am making plans, but I plan to be on maternity leave for six months after the baby comes home.  So I am anticipating returning to work in the Fall of 2012.

Fear not, I have been thinking about you in this whole process.  Read on to find out what options you have while I am on maternity leave.

Other Therapists

It is very important that you continue to take care of yourself with regular bodywork while I am away.  Here are three therapists who I trust to help you do this:

Karen Waters
Karen has been in my office since this summer.  She is an excellent massage therapist focusing in Trigger Point Therapy.  She will continue to see clients in the Winooski office.  If you are looking for massage therapy, call Karen at 802-497-7632

Kate Kennedy
Kate is my personal craniosacral therapist.  She has been excellent in helping me with both physical and emotional “stuck” spots.  Kate is trained in a variety of craniosacral styles (Upledger, Biodynamic, etc) as well as Brain Therapy.  To schedule an appointment with Kate at her Burlington office, call 802-578-3339.

Dave Tomlinson
Dave has been my craniosacral mentor for several years.  He also helped me dramatically both preparing for and healing from my jaw reconstructive surgery in 2008.  Dave has been teaching CST for 18 years and now runs the New England Center for CranioSacral Therapy in Burlington.  To schedule an appointment with this patient, gentle man call 802-578-9451.

If you would like to talk with me personally about which therapist is the better fit for you, just let me know.  But know if you work with any of these three therapists, you will be in great hands.

Massage Packages & Gift Certificates

You are probably reading this section because you purchased a Massage Package from or were given a Gift Certificate to Stillpoint.  For starters let me start by thanking you for investing in me.  You referral and financial support has made Stillpoint the independent and blossoming practice that it is and while continue to be into the future.

If you have purchased a Massage Package and you still have some sessions remaining on it, I will be reimbursing you for the remaining dollar value of your package.  I will be sending checks out by the end of the year.  Just think of it as your “bonus” for taking care of yourself.  And invest it in taking care of yourself in the new year.

If you have a Gift Certificate to Stillpoint, you have three options:

#1  Use your Gift Certificate with Karen Waters.  She will gladly accept them as payment for a session with her.

#2  Send me your Gift Certificate to me and I will send you a check for its cash value.  Then invest it in taking care of yourself.

#3  Hold onto your Gift Certificate for when I come back from maternity leave.  But be careful, Gift Certificates do have expiration dates.

The End

Wow!  You made it all the way to the bottom of this long and information dense email.  Congratulations!  I’ll be sending you another email just before I leave and giving you the web address of our baby blog, in case you want to see how this whole parenting adventure turns out for us.

Thank you for all the support you have given me and trust you have put in me.  I look forward to continuing our relationship in 2012!

Take care,
Chris

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