Baby got a new pair of shoes!
Well, not literally. But have you ever had an itch to change how you look, or even act, by changing what you wear? Changing our appearance allows us to rewrite our script in some way, even how we behave or act. Some of you witness this daily when you change from your business/work clothes into the clothes you play in. Peeling off that necktie and swapping it out for a favorite old tee and a pair of shorts can unzip stress and set you loose! I once modeled in a fashion show starting out in a business (power) suit and ended in a sexy leopard print high thigh-cut bathing suit (some of you may have seen this image on Facebook). Just wearing this print brought out a part of me that I had never experienced at that point in my life (circa 1996). A very animalistic side of myself emerged, and she was very cat-like. I even recall making the soft, lyrical strides of the big cats. It was fun and mysterious to access a part of myself that had been waiting in the wings for the right moment to appear.
Well, my business needed a new wardrobe, something that would make me more comfortable. Just before the start of this year, I began to realize that the name Chi Nei Tsang no longer suited me and that my logo, website, and my whole online presence no longer fit who I am and what I've become. Since moving here to Santa Barbara- so much has happened that has supported my transformation. My work has expanded, evolved, and deepened along with my client base. But I struggled with moving things along. Try as I might, I couldn't find the right designer (I tried two dozen) to bring forth the desired logo and image into fruition. So I held out on redoing my website and all my social networks that I wanted to have the same theme. It was and still is quite a daunting task to say the least!
Even the name of my practice has gone through several rotations. Some I've omitted, many I had even bought URLs for. For now, I'm going with Transformational Abdominal Massage. My practice is still based on Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) or Chinese Abdominal Massage. Why the change for the name? I learned CNT in 1999 and studied it for several years. While learning CNT I also studied with many other incredible mentors, here and abroad. With time and fueled by my own personal growth, continuing education and client feedback, my work began to expand, evolving into something quite different than CNT. I felt uncomfortable calling my practice CNT, out of respect for my peers and my teachers, and because my work had changed. Although keeping the name CNT, kept me searchable via search engines. For years I’d been waiting for the right name but nothing fit. Still, I could wait no longer- the time was now to break free- to let a specific “brand” go, and have trust and faith that having no logo and no quantifying name for now was also okay! It’s like slipping on a comfy new pair of shoes custom made for me!
Oh my gosh- I can't tell you how amazing it feels to release whatever constraints I had put myself under. No more pressure of things I need/should to talk or write about under the umbrella of CNT concepts, no need to stick to a system other than the one of Transformational Healing. I can now include any and everything. I'm sure I could have written more broadly all along, but it didn't feel like I was properly honoring CNT. I love what I've become with this new name and new branding (even if only temporary), and mostly I love that I get to share more of this ME with you! Enjoy the new look of the website and the new name. If you have insights or find typos etc., please let me know; this is a one-woman show (I did all of it myself with some help on the content) and I need the community's support! If you're on the fence about a new look, new branding or a new way of being (in any way) and you're afraid of what others may think or say, I predict that what results in making the change will feel so good that it will outweigh the struggle. Authenticity and self-permission = a happy self! I support you in your change. Find what makes you happy and go for it!
I'm on a mission to finding my true self. Letting go of the old identity I've created to find the new. I would love to have you there to witness and to share the experience.