Marleigh and Me, a continuum

Marleigh at Popham Beach, Maine.  Labor Day 2012.  She chose this photo.

Marleigh at Popham Beach, Maine. Labor Day 2012. She chose this photo.

I’ve been doing a lot of energetic bodywork with my oldest daughter, Marleigh, to address recent difficulties focusing and concentrating, falling grades at school, and general sadness.  This normally straight A, sunny spirited, well-adjusted, strong gal was struggling.  We did a lot of energy clearing and balancing work.  At first we worked two or three times a day, then once daily, now a few times a week, though we both agree daily is great.  Midterm exams were last week and we felt the tests would be a decent measurable gauge of progress.  She did really well on all exams and we were both pleased, and proud.  Of course this grade improvement is due to her return to good study habits, inviting friends to study together, getting tutoring help from her aunt the Math Wizard (thank you Janet!), etc.  She really applied herself and put in time and effort.  And it paid off.  Did the bodywork get her good grades?  Of course not.  She did all that.  But the bodywork did help her to ground herself, focus her attention, absorb, and retain what she was studying.  Success.  She feels good.  I feel good, particularly as her mom of course, but also as her massage therapist.  The teen years are, among so many things, a bombardment of challenges.  I witness Marleigh handle these challenges, and all aspects of her life, with grace, humor, compassion, and pizazz.  And that feels great too.