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What is the
my business name & logo?
Before graduating from massage school in 1996, I sought a name for my
massage practice. One day after receiving a session from me,
a bird loving practice client suggested the name “Aware Nest
because in receiving the work she imagined herself to be in a safe nest
where she became aware of herself.
I immediately embraced the symbolism and the feel of the
image. I changed the spelling to Awareness Massage because I
like its flow. I also like having symbolic layers
of meaning for the name of my practice.
This painting by Jake Arnautoff hangs in my office.* Jake’s
reminds me of “The Ugly Duckling” story by Hans
In this story a baby swan who was raised by a duck mother feels ugly
because he looks and acts different than his duck siblings. After he is
grown one day he notices his reflection in the water and has an
epiphany: he sees that HE IS BEAUTIFUL, JUST THE WAY HE IS!!!
The most transformative massages I have received have helped me at
times when I've been "in the midst of maddness" to feel my own beauty,
inside and out, just the way I am. In sharing the loving
touch of lomilomi with my patients, I'm priviledged to be able to
reflect their beauty back to them, so that they too can deeply know how
beautiful they are, just the way they are!
My artist friend Art Koyano drew my beautiful Awareness Massage
logo. It depicts an “aware nest” as a
pair of hands in which
a little swan rests.
My hope in sharing massage with you is to create a nest like
environment where healing happens on many levels.
O wau wale no,
Barbara Helynn Heard
* I saw Jake weekly for years, and helped him minimize the challenges
he faced from Parkinson’s disease.
Jake’s paintings in my office keeps his spirit and his love
though he “walked the rainbow” in 2007. Here is a
photo of one corner
of my studio. Can you feel how these paintings by Jake bring lovely
afternoon and nighttime energy to my space!