Thursday, January 21, 2016

From Activity to Advocacy

I can't believe that I just erased my previous post. I take that as a sign from the universe that what I was saying was making no sense at all. ...allow we to begin again. So, first off....MassageBebis Sweden has gone from being a mobile massage therapy service to actually being about advocating massage and mindfulness practices in the classroom. I haven't lived in Jönköping very long and I decided to start my company almost as soon as I moved here. That was a big mistake for me...I placed so much pressure on myself to get to know my surroundings and start networking that I didnt think about the consequences of applying to Jönköping University and what full time studies would mean for my life. 
I don't think that I expected to get accepted into the teacher program or expect to make it past the first semester, honestly....I had no idea if I would be able to successfully study in my second language...well, here we are.....the beginning of my second semester and I feel strong and ready to focus more on my concentration which is Swedish, English and Matematics. So with this in mind I have switched from active massage to advocating massage and mindfulness in the classroom. My observations are that the calm environment of the schools I attended are not what the average student experience. Teachers are challenged by students who have hectic lives outside of school...no matter what the reason...sitting down and listening quietly to your teacher is a thing of the past. In fact, the new curriculum calls for students to be more involved so teachers have to learn how to share power in that space. 
Massage and mindfulness have a function in the lives of everyone....of course I am biased...but wouldnt it be interesting to learn more about how massage and mindfulness practices are being incorporated into the classroom. For many students, school is an escape perhaps the only space that makes them feel safe or at least on the level of everyone else. I believe that massage/mindfulness practice can help create that safe space which is benefical to the learning process as well. So I will use these posts and recreate this website to reflect what I am interested in the most...helping children find their calm. 
On a personal level, due to the stress unresolved issues with anxiety began to resurface. At first I had no idea what I would do and I began to feel very bad. Two different professors, after speaking with me about school related topics, took the opportunity to express their concern for my wellbeing. One professor basically said that I needed to start working out. She said being in a state of constant stress and worry basically meant that I was in fight or flight mode all the time and my cognitive functioning was impaired. I was moved by the fact that both professors took the time to speak with me about something as sensitive as my mental health. I took that as a sign from the universe and from there I started my mental health journey...my weapon of choice being...exercise. So, since this all relates so much to what motivates me the most ...I will include some posts about that journey as well. I think it will be an interesting combination and perhaps you will be able to learn about me as I write my posts as a way to learn more about myself...if that makes sense. Anyway..so from activitity to advocacy.....here we go!
Thanks for reading. 
Kyana