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“Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. Flow is completely focused motivation. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. The
hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task.”
This is similar to the idea of “being in the zone” while at work or during sports and much like channeling a creative expression into dance, music, or art. As a child, Michael would be immersed for hours and even days in some sort of activity. Those moments had a timeless, effortless sense about them. The rest of life seemed to fade into the background and patiently await his return. As an adult, he recognized that he was in “the flow” and has made a practice of getting there as often as possible. Seeking flow is what inspires him to do what he loves. It is in that state that he feels most natural and balanced. He attributes this phenomenon, not so much to the activity at hand, as much as with living in the moment, not concentrating on past or future. He believes that by being mindful, aware, and intentional, anyone can focus their energy with compassion, integrity and inspiration to achieve greater flow in their daily lives.
Michael is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Bodyworker. Raised in Norfolk, He left nearly fifteen years ago to travel and live life as a sailor. Trade winds led him around the world on what ended up being a journey of self- discovery and a redefinition of purpose. Joined by his soul mate Kristen Lyle, He returned to Norfolk in 2011, started a family and eagerly began developing FLOW Massage & Bodywork. To undertake this line of work is a natural expression of his compassion, integrity, and awareness. He does not view clients as broken, and therefore does not feel a need to fix them. He views people as whole and complete and himself as assisting their effort to cultivate balance and grow naturally. Michael takes pride in centering his practice on individual attention and deliberate intentions.
Michael would like to extend deep gratitude to all of the amazing healers that have selflessly shared their gift with him. Twenty years of receiving bodywork and nearly five years of practice has had a profound and lasting effect. He has become more aware of his personal ability to heal from within and views the mind, body, and spirit as interdependent and inseparable. He has experienced that by removing blockages and keeping channels open, holistic energy flows more freely and expands; and that by combining bodywork with practices like yoga and meditation, one can realize the benefits of each more fully. Consider expanding your regular practice to include touch therapy too.
Incorporating elements of Eastern and Western modalities, each massage is customized to accommodate the
client. Whether applying the “good hurt” of Deep Tissue work, the subtle nuances of Craniosacral Therapy, or the mystical dance of Thai Massage, the foundation of Michael’s work is firmly rooted in metta, a Pali word defined as “a benevolence toward all beings, without discrimination, that is free of selfish attachment” and also indicating, “a strong, sincere wish for the happiness and wellness of all beings”.