You might have noticed that the acronym for Upward Spiral is US. This reference to a collective identity is no accident.
Back in 2009, when I was deciding on a name for my business I knew that Upward Spiral was perfect once I realized it could be shorted to US and I could say that, "I work for us!" As a scholar with a master's degree in religious studies, you could say I've always had a soft side for our collective understanding of the world. And yet, when you start studying the collective, you realize something in a hurry: that though we're all in this together we're also all longing to create ourselves, continue to explore the world individually, to understand who we are in relation to it. One cannot deny the significance of the individual perspective we each bring to, well, existence as a whole.
Everyone has a body and, for the most part, similar patterns and formations exist among us all. At the same time, what makes our therapy effective is our ability to hone in on the individual needs of each client at the time they are in our office. Every body is different and needs different things, as I've learned through hours and hours of individual therapy sessions.
I now understand so much more about the body, and that's an incredible insight into understanding the collective—into understanding us. All along the way I have known that the answers weren't solely found in studying others. It was in studying myself.
The process of understanding who I am as a person is a long one, and I'm not nearly done yet. But in expanding my business and encouraging people to embark on their own journeys to fulfillment, I took a good look into who I am. Through exploring my sense of self, I've developed a brand of massage therapy that is unique from most others out there, and I've taken many steps toward expanding my knowledge. Some of those steps include learning aromatherapy to continue my mother's legacy and becoming a registered yoga instructor.
I'm always on a journey to understand you, us, and myself. And I don't see my journey stopping anytime soon. So what journey are you on? And how does it relate to you and to the collective?