Monday, May 30, 2016

Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! From Humble Beginnings - Spratt Muscular Therapies - Five Years Later

Jeffrey Spratt,MT, Owner and Principal of Spratt Muscular Therapies, LLC posted this on Facebook on 5/11/16 from a Facebook memory on 5/11/11:

Hey! All of you in the Boston Metro area! I have now have office hours in Boston!! South Boston actually. At WAVE HEALTH and FITNESS in the Seaport Hotel across from the World Trade Center Boston. It's a great facility and awesome staff. And, of course, now you all can get table time in the city!

It began with humble beginnings where Jeffrey was providing chair massage in Seaport East. The head of Human Resources for the Seaport Boston Hotel got in his chair and knew at once that Jeffrey had a special gift. He was invited to bring his then solo practice to Wave Health and Fitness.

On 5/16/13, Jeffrey formed Spratt Muscular Therapies, LLC to bring together a co-operative of talented massage therapists who would embrace his innovative Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy and provide the highest quality massage therapy to Boston locals and visitors.

He began with one room and two other massage therapists. Since I joined his team as Communications and Public Relations Director in August of 2015, Spratt Muscular Therapies, LLC has grown to two rooms, an amazing all star Team of 7 therapists and comparing the first quarter of 2015 to our first quarter of 2016, our "sales" have increased by 35%.

What is so special about Jeffrey and Spratt Muscular Therapies you might ask....

It all begins with Jeffrey's belief about the power of positive touch:

After experiencing numerous unsatisfactory massage therapy sessions, Jeffrey asked himself, "So what could I come up with that would change the massage therapy experience for a client; where from the moment they are on the massage table they feel they are being attended to and as a massage therapist I could begin to get a real sense of what was needed to restore balance and bring relief."

From his experience as a massage therapist, experiences living in Asia and studying with a Shiatsu master, and influenced by his training in commercial aviation he pioneered the ShakeOut (TM) Massage and the Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy.

Jeffrey is so much more than a massage therapist, mentor and business owner. He is passionate about giving back to the community donating his time and talent to so many events, most recently at the Boston Bulldogs Running Club 5K Run for Recovery and Vigil:

The Bulldogs is a 501(3)c dedicated to helping all those affected by the disease of substance abuse disorder; those in recovery as well as family members and friends.

He is dedicated to caring for Emergency Responders, Active Duty Military, Veterans and their families providing special rates and through his work as part of the Critical Incident Stress Management Teams in Massachusetts.

During my 9+ years on my healing odyssey to find a way to reclaim my life after the devastating effects of paralytic polio and childhood violence, I experienced numerous massage therapists, physical therapists, body workers and energy healers. Jeffrey's touch expresses both commitment and compassion. He combines his powerful touch and intention to heal with his incredible skill in hypothesizing, heeding and listening to what the client's body is telling him and then figuring out what needs to happen to create positive momentum and change.

I used the phrase reclaim my life throughout my poetry, my memoir, "Coming Home: A Memoir of Healing Hope and Possibility" and "Journey Well" which I am revising to become the sequel to my memoir, "Going the Distance: Healing Trauma Through Running and the Power of Positive Touch." Jeffrey's tag line for Spratt Muscular Therapies is so much more than a tag line. It is the expression of his dedication as a therapist and mentor to ensure that every client who comes to Spratt Muscular Therapies experiences that they can reclaim their advantage and reclaim their life through the power of positive touch.

From humble beginnings, Spratt Muscular Therapies, LLC is now on the map and word is spreading about this innovative massage therapy practice located in the heart of Boston's Innovation District.

Happy Anniversary to Jeffrey and Spratt Muscular Therapies.

I am so excited for what these next 5 years will bring.

Bless you and thank you for helping me to reclaim my life and reclaim my advantage through the power of positive touch! It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Team.

To your health and wellness,

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Blogger Spotlight: Michelle Kennis and her NYC Marathon Run for Tuesday's Children

On November 6, 2016, Michelle Kennis

will be toeing the line of the New York City Marathon. She has a dream of running the 6 World Major Marathons. She has run Boston and Chicago and tried to enter New York City through the lottery system. Rather than wait to get in via the lottery, Michelle applied to 3 charities, all of whom said yes. In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks and Sandy Hook as well as her own traumatic experience in Boston on 4/15/13, Michelle chose Tuesday's Children, a non profit established after 9/11 to care for communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss. From their website, "In partnership with experts from around the world and in collaboration with renowned facilitators and mental health professionals, Tuesday’s Children serves communities altered by an act of violence." They are an organization with an almost 15 year track record of helping communities and individuals heal in the wake of violence and are passionate and dedicated to addressing the needs for long term healing using ongoing program development and research to meet the long term community and individual needs of those affected by traumatic events.

From Michelle's fund raising page:

I am very excited to announce that I will be running the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon on November 6th! I have made the choice to raise funds for a charity whose mission is near and dear to my heart. I am running for Tuesday's Children which was formed in the aftermath of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Tuesday's Children is a response and recovery organization that supports youth, families, and communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss.

After running my first marathon in Boston 2013 and not being able to finish due to acts of terror, it is my mission to help those who are impacted with traumatic events. I saw first hand how this event impacted so many lives including those who saw the raw scenes, those who were running, those who were watching, those tracking a runner and everyone worldwide. My family needed resources after what they went through while waiting for me at the finish line and Tuesday's Children is an organization that offers such vital services.

Please consider helping me on my mission of raising funds and awareness of this organization that has helped those cope with the unimaginable and unified those from all walks of life to help support one another. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Spread the love, peace and support.

As Michelle explained to me when we met to talk about her passion to fund raise for Tuesday's Children, in addition to providing services to those impacted by traumatic events including emergency responders, they work to diminish violence and hate through prevention programs that build bridges of understanding and promote healing rather than feelings of estrangement and anger which can so often happen in the wake of a terrorist act.

Michelle has run several marathons and she will go the 26.2 distance through the 5 New York City boroughs on November 6th. The weather won't matter to her as she proved when she ran the 2015 Boston Marathon through cold rain and wind:

And she will go the distance to raise money for Tuesday's Children but she can't go it alone. She needs your help!

Please donate whatever you can to support Michelle's New York City Marathon run on 11/6 by following this link to her donation page.

To your health and wellness,

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! Nine Years Later.....

May 25, 1971 was the day that my father would mark his last birthday on earth before ending his life on 8/1/1971. He was 50 years old at the time. The several months that followed leading up to his death brought me moments of terror that left a deep mark on me mind, body and soul. It was the culmination of 9 years of terror from the time I was 8 years old until his death when I was 17.

I left for Boston University in September and struggled yet triumphed in my academic careers at Boston University and then Boston College where I received an MSW with honors and was inducted into the Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu.

In December 1988 I began my career - an award winning career I might add as a social worker at the Boston VA Health Care System. The years of dissociation of mind from body took its toll beginning in 1999 and by 2006 I knew my mind, body and soul were crying out for healing.

I found the courage to call the Spaulding Rehab International Rehab Center for Polio in October of 2006 and by December/early January of 2006 the diagnosis of post polio syndrome was made along with the decree that I was dealing with a progressive neuromuscular disease. Prepare to spend the rest of your life in a wheelchair, adapt your house but perhaps you will be lucky and the symptoms will stabilize where they are today and not progress...but if you have any hope of maintaining function you need to leave your job and you need to remember - if you use it, you will lose it.

Thanks to the incredible support of my husband Tom and after a scary mammogram result which I transformed through meditation techniques I learned from Bernie Siegel I gave 6 weeks notice.

On May 25, 2007 I cleared out of the Boston VA Healthcare System to embark on my healing odyssey.

Here I am in December of 2007:

And at the Boston Marathon finish line:

It's taken me through many trials and tribulations; to the finish line of the 2009 Boston Marathon and beyond to many many reinventions of myself but always searching asking the question how would I ever reclaim my life?

Once I realized that I was worthy of healing, and reignited my determination within me to heal the effects of paralytic polio and violence after a knee injury in December 2014, the Universe sent me everything I would need to go the distance and reclaim my life.

I met Dr. Ryan Means, chiropractor and healer at the book release party of Journey Well which I am now revising to have some of the content included in my book, "Going the Distance: Healing Trauma Through Running and the Power of Positive Touch." He told me I HAD to read Dr. Joe Dispenza's book, "You Are the Placebo", read Dr. Candace Pert's book, 'Everything you need to know to feel Go(o)d" and watch "What the bleep do we know."

From working with Bernie I "knew" and believed in what they were talking about and for the first time in my healing journey had healers to partner with me.

When I put out the call to the Universe to find a new massage therapist, I was led to Spratt Muscular Therapies website with the motto "Reclaim Advantage. Reclaim Life." I took a leap of faith and made an appointment with Jeffrey Spratt,MT having no idea if he would be yet another in a long line of ineffective and at times harmful body workers. The moment he put his hands on me I knew there was something different about him. It was unlike any other touch or method I'd experienced before or during my then 8 year healing odyssey.

"What is this method you're using?" I asked Jeffrey early on in our work together.

"It's mine - it's the Spratt Method."

That's why I never experienced anything like it before...It was his own method which creates positive momentum and change. Combine the Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy with Jeffrey's training in trauma work and I was blessed with the perfect blend to at last reclaim my advantage and reclaim my life.

This past year has been an epic year in my healing journey. I now have traction on my healing journey and can reclaim my health and wellness. I ran the Bermuda Half Marathon in January and the Hyannis 10K in February hosting a table at the Hyannis Marathon Weekend Expo:

There is more work to do because after all we are all a work in progress but 9 years later - after taking a leap of faith to find a path to healing, I can reclaim advantage and reclaim life feeling absolutely amazing surrounded by healers and a village of love and support. Nine years later -- I thought my career was finished and had no idea what my purpose would be. Now I work as the Communications and Public Relations Director for Spratt Muscular Therapies sharing the innovative, life changing work being done in the practice. I volunteer with the Boston Bulldogs Running Club and run with them every week to reclaim my wellness and recovery through running. Every few weeks I am blessed to partner with Megan Zipin, Peony and the Bee Yoga to reclaim my life through the healing power of yoga.

What if I fall I asked myself countless times after I took my leap of faith leaving the VA -- ahh but what if I fly?!

To your health and wellness,

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! - Innovation and the Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy

It takes courage to think outside the box or in the case of Jeffrey Spratt,MT, Owner and Prinicpal of Spratt Muscular Therapies and pioneer of the life saving and life changing Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy to think beyond the traditional methods used by massage therapists. From the moment I experienced Jeffrey's touch and his unique approach to a massage therapy session, I knew something was quite different from all of the other massage therapists I experienced during these past 10 years. With his words and the power of his touch, I knew something was about to shift in my journey to heal the effects of paralytic polio and violence.

"I'd experienced many unsatisfactory massage therapy sessions," Jeffrey shared with his staff at a recent Team meeting of the talented massage therapists who work with him at his practice at Wave Health and Fitness located in the Seaport Boston Hotel. "You lay down on the table and they turn the sheet all the way down. Then they pour on oil and you are starting to feel cold while they work on one area and then another wondering if they are ever going to get to everything." Jeffrey went on to share with his Team how he blew a session with one client that really got him to think about the way he was practicing massage therapy and what he could bring to the table from his experiences that would change the way massage therapy is practiced.

"I liken an unsatisfactory massage therapy session to when you are going out for dinner on a Friday evening after a long hard work week. You arrive at the restaurant and you are told there is going to be a wait. You finally get to your table and a server comes by, hands you a menu and leaves you sitting there. Contrast this with a server who comes by with an armful of dishes, manages to hand you the menu, apologizes for the wait and says, "Hey what can I get you from the bar." At that moment you feel attended to and can take a deep breath, sit back and relax anticipating a wonderful dining experience.

So what could I come up with that would change the massage therapy experience for a client; where from the moment they are on the massage table they feel they are being attended to and as a massage therapist I could begin to get a real sense of what was needed to restore balance and bring relief.

I was inspired to use my training as an airline pilot to conceptualize a new way to approach the body. As a pilot, we go through a complete series of a pre-flight check of all the systems that will ensure a smooth flight. Using deep compression, I developed a systematic method to go through the entire body. Rather than a once and done of addressing a specific part of the body, the Spratt Method relies on the therapist's fluid movements working with the whole body going back to specific areas that require additional attention. It's a method that acknowledges all the body parts right from the beginning of the treatment!

The ShakeOut (TM) Massage provides the foundation for the Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy. It is a convenient, highly effective and economical way to experience a full body massage. After 10-25 minutes on the table fully clothed with no product used, your problem areas are attended to, pain and tension relieved and you are on your way ready to reclaim your advantage and reclaim your life feeling both relaxed and energized. The cost? $2 per minute.

A session of 30 minutes or longer allows us to take more time to attend to specific areas that need more attention."

Jeffrey went on to the hands on teaching of the ShakeOut (TM) Massage using his Team as practice bodies and generating thoughtful discussion about this innovative way to practice massage therapy.

Jeffrey is passionate about the power of positive touch and knows that massage therapy has the power to help people reclaim their advantage and reclaim their life. He conceptualizes massage therapy as a positive momentum changer whether someone is training for a marathon, running the marathon of their lives or need to heal from the hard knocks of life.

He knows that it is a challenge for people to find the time and the money for regular massage therapy yet the paradox is in today's 24/7 fast paced technologically charged world, now more than ever, people need to take time out to care for their bodies.

He calculated the monthly cost of a weekly 60 minute massage and said, "$400 - that's a car payment!" Just like a car, however, if you do not maintain the your body as you do with your car with regular fluid checks and make sure that everything is flowing smoothly working together, the car or your body is going to break down.

A 25 minute ShakeOut (TM) Massage costs $50 and has all the benefits of a full body treatment. Twice/month ShakeOut (TM) Massage is all it would take to keep your engine running clean, efficient and healthy.

The ShakeOut (TM) Massage is ideal to relieve acute muscle spasms, manage chronic pain and ease stress and tension that accumulates in our bodies from the very act of being alive. And of course it is ideal for athletes as it combines the principles of sports massage therapy and working with the energy meridians of the body drawing from Eastern modalities and compression techniques from chiropractic medicine to help the body quickly recover to reclaim advantage and reclaim life!

After years of frustrating and at times harmful massage therapy/body work/energy work sessions, I am so blessed and grateful that I am able to reclaim my advantage and reclaim my life by partnering with Jeffrey. How awesome to be the beneficiary of this innovative method of massage therapy and to be able to spread the good news that affordable, effective, quality massage is available at Spratt Muscular Therapies!

To your health and wellness,

Friday, May 6, 2016

Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! Reclaim Strength! "You told me to go for it!"

Before today's massage therapy session with Jeffrey Spratt,MT, I told him that I have an even greater resolve to go the distance on my healing journey; that although there is a major stressor in my life right now and at times I feel as though I am sinking in quick sand in the face of that stress, that there is nothing that is going to stop me from complete healing from the effects of paralytic polio and violence.

He stood there grounded and strong and maintained eye contact with me as I told him that I was feeling a lot of congestion in my upper back, my chest and my throat. "I know these tremors are going to cease," I told him and went on to say that I wanted him to go deep in today's treatment to release what we had been working on layer by layer that was at once close to the surface yet still needing a deep clearing out. "Let's get you on the table," he said to me.

It is such a blessing to have a long term relationship with Jeffrey who is, in addition to being a brilliant and gifted muscular therapist, brings a compassionate presence to the work so I can release what needs to be released mind, body and soul.

"Is that frozen hamburger?" I asked as he was working on a spot in my upper back that has been tight and congested. He uses the analogy of muscles being like frozen hamburger when they are congested and tight and it takes art and skill to be able to thaw and heal the muscles. If you put on too high a heat you burn the outside but it's still frozen inside or if you don't use enough heat it will never thaw. "Is that the heel of your hand?" I asked Jeffrey as he worked. "No it's my elbow. You told me to go for it. How are you? You good?"

As he got in there to clean out what I have held for decades, I felt a strength rise up within me. "I am reclaiming my strength," I told him. I was keenly aware of the origins of the wounds yet I also felt incredibly strong. You know it's funny the wording on the website for Spratt Muscular Therapies is, " Jeffrey and his Team infuse a blend of Western and Eastern approaches into all of their treatments, transferring to you the power to RECLAIM YOUR ADVANTAGE and RECLAIM YOUR LIFE." At the same time that I was aware of all that happened to me, I could feel how strong I was to have endured all that I lived through. I could feel that energy coming through Jeffrey's strength and the calculated force of his elbow.

Strength and power to heal versus the brute force of a psychotic alcoholic. The Force met the Dark Side and as always happens The Force prevailed.

"Okay let's get you flipped over," Jeffrey said after he finished working on my arms, my legs, my back and my cranium. It was fascinating for me to experience the shift from not knowing what to do with my arms earlier on in our work together to now allowing Jeffrey to touch me and help me heal, to continue clearing out congestion, relieving stress and making way for me to continue the process of reclamation building strength in my upper body. Unless there is flow of clear, clean energy, the body cannot adapt to stress, grow and experience resilience with whatever stress (positive or negative) is placed upon it.

As soon as he started working on my legs I had this thought that I said out loud. "I could have defended myself Jeff. But he would have killed me. He would have broken my neck." I could feel the energetic connection to the rape being severed as I reclaimed my legs as my own.

Often times Jeffrey spends a lot of time flushing my legs and doing a deep stretch for my calves but he knew what I needed to work on today from our pre-treatment interview. He took care to do a quick runner's flush and then moved to my upper body. I allowed my heart and body to do what it needed to do to heal under the strength and support of Jeffrey's compassionate touch and voice. It all came up from the depths of my soul and I could feel my body release as I moved in ways I could not move as a child. As he did CranioSacral therapy I could feel an opening happen in my central nervous system. I felt a flow of cerebrospinal fluid and I could see the ceasing of the tremors and felt congestion melt away as layers of muscle opened in my throat and neck.

For almost ten years I have had a vow to heal my life. I wrote poems about running unencumbered and free and asked the question how would I ever reclaim my life? I now have the answer and am so blessed to reclaim my advantage, reclaim my life, reclaim my strength and to go the distance on my healing journey.

To your health and wellness,

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Reclaim Advantage! Reclaim Life! I resolve....

As I was preparing my inspirational talk for The Chanticleers Breakfast Club at the Red Parrot tomorrow, I had an opportunity to reflect on my journey of these past almost 10 years since receiving the diagnosis of post polio syndrome, a progressive neuromuscular disease in December of 2006.

There were fits and starts all along the road and I realized what has been the game changer for me this past year.

Jeffrey Spratt,MT 's Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy is the first healing modality that has enabled me to move beyond the effects of paralytic polio and violence. While unearthing what Jeffrey refers to as the "dinosaur fossils" of memories that become trapped in the very fiber of the body and releasing the physical, emotional and spiritual pain connected to those memories, he also unearths strength, power, clarity, purpose, passion and creativity that was all locked up in response to trauma.

Recently there has been a "tonnage" (another Spratt-ism) of stress in my life.

In the past, this kind of stress would have been my undoing and led me straight into a decline in functioning.

Because of the healing power of positive touch through the Spratt Method of Muscular Therapy, and the teachings of Dr. Joe Dispenza I am able to resolve to continue on my healing path and my journey of transformation. I am able to recognize when emotions, behaviors and physical sensations from the past erupt and I remind myself that I am reconditioning my body to a new mind.

There were so many nay sayers throughout my childhood and then in the medical community when I was working to heal my life from the events of my childhood. Their voices ran deep within me mind, body and soul. In the wake of this new stress, the strength of the healing I have done in the past year is being tested and it is passing the test with flying colors! It requires ongoing vigilance and awareness.

I resolve that no matter what is happening around me that I stand firm and grounded in the truth of who I am.
I resolve that I will continue to maintain my health and wellness regimen looking for activities that allow my body to heal in new ways.
I resolve that I will monitor my training plan to ensure that I am training smart.
I resolve that I will continue to inspire others with my journey and the message that no matter what happens to us we can always find the path to go the distance.
I resolve that I will continue to use my meditation practice to examine beliefs and patterns sifting and sorting what serves me and exploring ways to transform those that do not support my health, wellness and well being.
I resolve that my present self who has transformed from a survivor of paralytic polio and violence to the woman I am today will continue to strengthen the new me and resist the temptation to go to the "default" settings of the past.
I resolve to run and live my life on and off of the roads unencumbered and free.
I resolve to focus on gratitude breathing deeply knowing that every problem has a spiritual solution.

You don't have to wait until January 1st to make resolutions. Whenever you face a challenge, resolve to move forward and go the distance. It's been almost 10 years - 10 years since I was told to prepare to spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair, to get a sleep apnea machine at night, adapt my Cape house or move to a ranch and to be very careful about how I used my energy throughout the day because if you use it you will lose it.

I struggled and soldiered virtually on my own seeking and searching a way to transform the pain of the past. How blessed that I found my way to the teachings of Dr. Joe Dispenza and the healing hands and heart of Jeffrey Spratt,MT. I reclaim my advantage and reclaim my life and resolve to use all of my strength and resolve to continue on this healing path.

To your health and wellness!