An Evening with Francesco Attesti

An Evening with Francesco AttestiAn Evening with Francesco Attesti is a benefit concert for Dollars for Scholars, presented by The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach.

Pianist Francesco Attesti will perform on Sunday, February 3, 2013, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church located at the corner of 8th and Atlantic Streets in historic Fernandina.

The proceeds from this concert benefit Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Program.

Tickets are $25.00 per person or two for $40.00. They are available at the Vystar Credit Union and the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce at Gateway.

For more information please contact Liz at liz@ameliamuseum.org.

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February First is Always National Freedom Day

February First is Always National Freedom DayFebruary 1st always recognizes National Freedom Day.

National Freedom Day celebrates freedom from slavery, and recognizes that America is a symbol of freedom. It was established in 1948 to remind us that America stands for, and is a symbol of freedom for all people. The roots of this special day come directly from the end of slavery and the signing of the 13th amendment outlawing slavery.

Celebrate this day by reflecting upon your own freedoms that you enjoy by being fortunate enough to be in America. Millions of people in the world are not free.

Major Richard Robert Wright Sr., a former slave, created National Freedom Day. He believed that there should be a day when freedom for all Americans is celebrated. President Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865. So, February 1st was chosen to celebrate National Freedom Day.

On June 30, 1948, President Harry Truman signed a the bill proclaiming February 1st as National Freedom Day.

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Camden Bicycle Center Offers Great Alternative

I realize the economic value and support the “buy local” concept, but I also feel not every single place is a great fit for every person. If buy local means that a monopoly is created, some aspects of a transaction may become less than satisfactory. Having had some less than favorable interactions locally in Fernandina when servicing our bicycles, I recently traveled the 30 minute distance to St. Mary’s GA to have our two bicycles serviced at Camden Bicycle Center. Now let me tell you, it was well worth the trip.

The owners Terry and Darlene Landreth are knowledgable, helpful and just plain super friendly and professional. Their store is easy to find, nice and clean, very affordable, with a well stocked beautiful range of bikes and accessories; all well displayed.

What’s more, they take the time to explain every single step involved in the tune-ups and more. Just feels so comfortable. They had our bikes ready to pick up in less than two days time.

So isn’t it nice to know we have an alternative? I know I am happy, because my bike has never ridden or looked better.

They are located at 1929 Osborne Road (aka Hwy 40), St. Mary’s GA 32558  Phone: 912-576-9696

New Bike Racks at Farmers Market

New Bike Racks at Farmers MarketThere are new bike racks installed at the Centre Street entrance to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market. The wooden rack is located at the corner of Centre and N. 7th Streets, right behind the “Bicycles Not Allowed on Sidewalks” sign. So, hop on your bike this Saturday and see what this open air market has in store for you this week.

Dan Voll will be joined by Michelle for your musical entertainment and the Amelia Island Runners will be this week’s featured not-for-profit organization.

In addition to the wonderful variety of soaps, candles, produce, beef, dairy, hot spices and more, there are new vendors joining the farmers’ market on February 2, 2013: Alex’s Russian Bakery and Ars Cake Creations. Alex’s Russian Bakery specializes in traditional European pure-rye sourdough breads, and Ars Cake Creations helps you enjoy the sweet life with homemade cakes, truffles and cookies, “Bringing bliss to those who choose to indulge.”

The first Saturday of the month also marks the return of the Bee Keeper, Nancy Gentry; and Doug’s Wild Alaska Salmon.

dougs-alaskan-salmon-2013Nancy will bring her virtual hive and answer all of your questions relating to bees and their honey. She is easy to locate, too, just follow the bees to the Cross Creek Honey booth.

Doug, a licensed Coast Guard captain and former Bering Sea crabber of TV’s Deadliest Catch fame, and his four sons fish the Alaskan waters of Bristol Bay for salmon and then return to Fernandina Beach to share with you their fresh, frozen catch.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, on N. 7th Street in Fernandina Beach, Florida. For more information visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com, find us on Facebook, or call (904) 557-8229.

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RM Auctions Return to The Amelia in March

RM Auctions Return to The Amelia in MarchAmelia Island, FL – RM Auctions makes its highly anticipated return to Amelia Island, Florida for its annual sale at the beautiful Ritz Carlton, March 9, 2013.

Held in conjunction with the famed Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the well-established event will present a dazzling array of approximately 80 blue-chip automobiles with an emphasis on important and historic sports and racing cars and elegant coachbuilt classics.

Among a long list of featured highlights are a majestic pair of 1930s Duesenbergs including an ultra-rare 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Walker-La Grande Convertible Coupe, the only factory supercharged example, and a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Derham Tourster, formerly owned by Hollywood legend Joe E. Brown and infamous industrialist Howard Hughes. The sale will also feature a trio of Cords from the private collection of Jim Fasnacht, headlined by a magnificent 1930 Cord L-29 Sport Cabriolet by Voll & Ruhrbeck, the Berlin Show Car. Additional highlights include an award-winning 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport ‘Superleggera’ Berlinetta, an 1909 Austin Model 60 Touring, purchased new from the 1909 Chicago Auto Show, a highly desirable 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB offered for the first time in more than 35 years, and a 2000 Porsche 911 GT3 R co-driven by actor and accomplished driver Paul Newman in the 2000 Petit Le Mans sports car endurance race.

For further information or to view a frequently updated list of entries, visit rmauctions.com or call toll free 1 800 211 4371 or +1 519 352 4575.

If you are interested in the Cords, here is a video where Jim Fasnacht discusses the three Cords he has on offer at this year’s Amelia Island sale.

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American Beach Day 2013

American Beach Day 2013American Beach Day is this Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Noon at the American Beach Community Center.

The event will include reading of the proclamation, singing, light refreshments, and reminiscing about historical events that affect American Beach.

Some of Billie McCray’s festive fiber art works will be hung on clotheslines for the public to enjoy. Some old quilts that she has collected and some of her newer work. (Nothing is for sale this time! Sorry!)

Preparations are under way for the opening of the American Beach Museum, sometime in February! This will house special artifacts of MaVynne, the Beach Lady, and a beautiful wall hanging by Billie McCray in her honor using buttons and ornaments from MaVynne’s hair.

Stay tuned for this Grand Opening!

The celebration on Thursday is open to the public at no charge.

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2013 Meals on Wheels for Pets Chili Benefit

2013 Meals on Wheels for Pets Chili BenefitFebruary 1, 2013, is the Hot Chili and Cool Music fundraising benefit for Meals-on-Wheels for Pets!

St. Peters Episcopal Church will host Happy Hour from 6:00 to 6:30 PM, with dinner being served from 6:30 to 9:00.

Tickets are only $20.00 and are available at:

    Nassau Humane Society’s Second Chance Thrift Store on 8th Street
    The Nassau Humane Society Dog Park
    The Council on Aging
    and online at www.MOW4PetsNassau.com

Proceeds are used to provide quality pet food to the beloved companion animals of senior citizens who receive Meals on Wheels in Nassau County, Florida.

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17th Annual Desserts of Amelia

17th Annual Desserts of Amelia Fernandina Beach, FLDesserts of Amelia turns 17 this year to benefit Fernandina Beach Middle School. This is the schools largest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds go directly back into the school to help support the students and staff.

There will be Live and Silent Auctions all evening with fantastic prizes to be won.

Entertainment by the Fernandina Beach Middle School Drama Department of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Newly elected Senator Aaron Bean from District 4 will emcee the evening to help solicit the Live and Silent Auction items donated by the community and local businesses. This is a great chance to win fabulous Prizes and taste the best of what Amelia Island has to offer. Local restaurants generously donate all the desserts to compete for the distinguished prize of Best Tasting and Best Presentation at this annual tradition that brings in over 400 guests to taste some of the best desserts around. Dont miss out on this local tradition for a fun filled evening of great treats and prizes.

This an adults only event!

To purchase tickets, make a donation, or help out by volunteering at Desserts of Amelia, please call the Fernandina Beach Middle School at (904) 491-7938. And if you happen to know a middle school student, they will also be selling tickets for your purchas. Checks should be made out to FBMS Desserts of Amelia. The middle school is located at 315 Citrona Drive, in Fernandina Beach.

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What’s Going Down with Marijuana Legalization

What's Going Down with Marijuana LegalizationThe recreational use of marijuana is still very much illegal in all 50 states under DEA mandate, yet some states have decriminalized marijuana or allowed medical marijuana dispensaries. Colorado and Washington are examples of the former phenomenon: both states recently ratified legislation decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

On the Ground in Seattle
In a recent article by respected news outlet, CNN, photographers and reporters flocked to the Space Needle in Seattle on New Year’s Eve to watch hundreds of marijuana enthusiasts spark their bongs in anticipation of Initiative 502’s effect in the state of Washington. Cultivating and selling marijuana is still illicit in Washington, according to Dan Satterberg, a prosecutor in King County.

Legal and Ethical Concerns
In Washington, prosecutors and drug-friendly citizens alike are bemused at how marijuana can be decriminalized, yet legal availability of marijuana is essentially nonexistent save dispensaries. To wit, Washington citizens are allowed to possess marijuana, but growing or selling marijuana in Washington is still illicit under Washington Initiative 502. Washington Initiative 502 originally came to the legislature by garnering around 250,000 thousand votes among Washington’s citizens. The eventual vote on marijuana decriminalization, however, just eked out a victory: 56% in favor to 44% opposed. The initiative had many sponsors, such as Washington attorneys John McKay and Pete Holmes, but an equal number of vociferous detractors.

The Fine Print
Washington’s Initiative 502 and Colorado’s Amendment 64 are subtly different in how they parse marijuana decriminalization. Colorado and Washington both seek to eventually decriminalize marijuana such that it may one day be taxed for state revenue. The revenue, subsequently, would be applied to schools and infrastructure in the respective states. As of now, though, Colorado’s Amendment 64 guarantees impunity from prosecution or legal reprisals for possessing up to an ounce of marijuana or cultivating up to six plants. The situation in Washington is less straightforward. Although Washington citizens are not allowed to cultivate or sell marijuana, Washington citizens may possess up to one ounce provided they are of legal age (21).

Closing Statements
The foregoing examples of marijuana decriminalization are a microcosm of how democracy in the United States operates. In both Washington and Colorado, marijuana decriminalization bills barely passed, with approximately 55% support in both states. Each bill had its detractors, and both bills just passed muster. Only time will tell how each bill fares but, especially in 2013, Washington and Colorado citizens need to become intimately familiar with what Initiative 502 and Amendment 64 really mean.

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February 2013 North Florida TPO Meetings

February 2013 North Florida TPO MeetingsNassau, Duval, St. Johns and Clay Counties have an organization called The North Florida TPO. This Transportation Planning Organization provides a forum for our area in NE Florida to develop a safe, economical and efficient transportation system for people and goods. The also put planning and funding into action!

You may have noticed the link to their survey SearchAmelia place on our sidebar earlier in January to encourage you to add your comments addressing North Florida bicycle and pedestrian needs in our region.

This survey will help planners understand the current levels of bicycling and walking, attitudes about cycling and walking, and opinions about barriers that currently exist. The deadline to respond is January 31, 2013.

Their meetings are open to the public and are held at their office located at 1022 Prudential Drive, in Jacksonville, Florida.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE NORTH FLORIDA TPO WILL HOLD THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC MEETINGS IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2013:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
10:00 AM: Technical Coordinating Committee

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
6:00 PM: Citizens Advisory Committee

Thursday, Ferbruary 14, 2013
9:00 AM: North Florida TPO Finance Committee

Thursday, Ferbruary 14, 2013
10:00 AM: North Florida TPO Board

All meetings will be held at the North Florida TPO office, unless otherwise noted. Meeting agendas are available on the TPO website: www.northfloridatpo.com.

For more information, call Marci Larson or Ginny Montgomery at (904) 306-7500 or email mlarson@northfloridatpo.com or gkmontgomery@northfloridatpo.com.

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Old Town and Historic Fernandina Design Guidelines

Old Town and Historic Fernandina Design GuidelinesFernandina Beach, FL – Progress continues on the update to the City’s historic district design guidelines. Drafts of the Downtown and Old Town Guideline updates are available for review in hard copy at 204 Ash Street or at www.fbfl.us/historicdistrict/guidelines. Comments on the drafts are welcomed and should be submitted to the Community Development Department by January 31st.

Final drafts will be sent to the state Division of Historical Resources by April 30, 2013. The state will review the drafts and provide comments, and the City then has until June 30 to finalize state recommendations. Upon final approval by the state, the guidelines will be reviewed for adoption by the City Commission, which should take place in early Fall 2013.

The Historic District Council has been involved in the draft review process and will take action on the drafts prior to sending them to the state at upcoming regular meetings, where public comment is also welcome. Staff anticipates providing an interim update on the process to the City Commission in May.

The Division of Historical Resources awarded the City a $19,500 grant to complete the updates. No match was required by the City. Thomason and Associates of Nashville, TN is the consultant working on the updates. The guidelines were last updated in 1999 by the University of Florida.

For more information or to submit comments, please call the City of Fernandina Beach Community Development Department at 904-277-7325 or email Adrienne Burke at aburke@fbfl.org. For information on Thomason and Associates, please visit www.thomasonandassociates.com.

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Beat the Winter Blues, Shedding Light on Seasonal Sadness

Beat the Winter BluesThe following article, Beat the Winter Blues, Shedding Light on Seasonal Sadness, was written by News in Health (NIH) and contributed by Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations), Meghan Mott and Harrison Wein.

As the days get shorter, many people find themselves feeling sad. You might feel blue around the winter holidays, or get into a slump after the fun and festivities have ended. Some people have more serious mood changes year after year, lasting throughout the fall and winter when there’s less natural sunlight. What is it about the darkening days that can leave us down in the dumps? And what can we do about it?

NIH-funded researchers have been studying the “winter blues” and a more severe type of depression called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, for more than 3 decades. They’ve learned about possible causes and found treatments that seem to help most people. Still, much remains unknown about these winter-related shifts in mood.

“Winter blues is a general term, not a medical diagnosis. It’s fairly common, and it’s more mild than serious. It usually clears up on its own in a fairly short amount of time,” says Dr. Matthew Rudorfer, a mental health expert at NIH. The so-called winter blues are often linked to something specific, such as stressful holidays or reminders of absent loved ones.

“Seasonal affective disorder, though, is different. It’s a well-defined clinical diagnosis that’s related to the shortening of daylight hours,” says Rudorfer. “It interferes with daily functioning over a significant period of time.” A key feature of SAD is that it follows a regular pattern. It appears each year as the seasons change, and it goes away several months later, usually during spring and summer.

SAD is more common in northern than in southern parts of the United States, where winter days last longer. “In Florida only about 1% of the population is likely to suffer from SAD. But in the northernmost parts of the U.S, about 10% of people in Alaska may be affected,” says Rudorfer.

As with other forms of depression, SAD can lead to a gloomy outlook and make people feel hopeless, worthless and irritable. They may lose interest in activities they used to enjoy, such as hobbies and spending time with friends.

“Some people say that SAD can look like a kind of hibernation,” says Rudorfer. “People with SAD tend to be withdrawn, have low energy, oversleep and put on weight. They might crave carbohydrates,” such as cakes, candies and cookies. Without treatment, these symptoms generally last until the days start getting longer.

Shorter days seem to be a main trigger for SAD. Reduced sunlight in fall and winter can disrupt your body’s internal clock, or circadian rhythm. This 24-hour “master clock” responds to cues in your surroundings, especially light and darkness. During the day, your brain sends signals to other parts of the body to help keep you awake and ready for action. At night, a tiny gland in the brain produces a chemical called melatonin, which helps you sleep. Shortened daylight hours in winter can alter this natural rhythm and lead to SAD in certain people.

NIH researchers first recognized the link between light and seasonal depression back in the early 1980s. These scientists pioneered the use of light therapy, which has since become a standard treatment for SAD. “Light therapy is meant to replace the missing daylight hours with an artificial substitute,” says Rudorfer.

In light therapy, patients generally sit in front of a light box every morning for 30 minutes or more, depending on the doctor’s recommendation. The box shines light much brighter than ordinary indoor lighting.

Studies have shown that light therapy relieves SAD symptoms for as much as 70% of patients after a few weeks of treatment. Some improvement can be detected even sooner. “Our research has found that patients report an improvement in depression scores after even the first administration of light,” says Dr. Teodor Postolache, who treats anxiety and mood disorders at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “Still, a sizable proportion of patients improve but do not fully respond to light treatment alone.”

Once started, light therapy should continue every day well into spring. “Sitting 30 minutes or more in front of a light box every day can put a strain on some schedules,” says Postolache. So some people tend to stop using the light boxes after a while. Other options have been tested, such as light-emitting visors that allow patients to move around during therapy. “But results with visors for treating SAD haven’t been as promising as hoped,” Postolache says.

Light therapy is usually considered a first line treatment for SAD, but it doesn’t work for everyone. Studies show that certain antidepressant drugs can be effective in many cases of SAD. The antidepressant bupropion (Wellbutrin) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating SAD and for preventing winter depression. Doctors sometimes prescribe other antidepressants as well.

Growing evidence suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—a type of talk therapy—can also help patients who have SAD. “For the ‘cognitive’ part of CBT, we work with patients to identify negative self-defeating thoughts they have,” says Dr. Kelly Rohan, a SAD specialist at the University of Vermont. “We try to look objectively at the thought and then reframe it into something that’s more accurate, less negative, and maybe even a little more positive. The ‘behavioral’ part of CBT tries to teach people new behaviors to engage in when they’re feeling depressed, to help them feel better.”

Behavioral changes might include having lunch with friends, going out for a walk or volunteering in the community. “We try to identify activities that are engaging and pleasurable, and we work with patients to try to schedule them into their daily routine,” says Rohan.

A preliminary study by Rohan and colleagues compared CBT to light therapy. Both were found effective at relieving SAD symptoms over 6 weeks in the winter. “We also found that people treated with CBT have less depression and less return of SAD the following winter compared to people who were treated with light therapy,” Rohan says. A larger NIH-funded study is now under way to compare CBT to light therapy over 2 years of follow up.

If you’re feeling blue this winter, and if the feelings last for several weeks, talk to a health care provider. “It’s true that SAD goes away on its own, but that could take 5 months or more. Five months of every year is a long time to be impaired and suffering,” says Rudorfer. “SAD is generally quite treatable, and the treatment options keep increasing and improving.”

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It Does Make a Difference Mrs. Clinton

The Chosen Ones

We Elected those People, which makes us part of the blame.

The futility of the blame game becomes more apparent over time. Blame we express ultimately comes around to bite us, because let’s face reality, we get the government we elect, just as we harvest the result of what we sow, politically, economically, militarily and in so many other ways. And yet, we have to believe that we make a difference in what happens to the world that our creator has given us, otherwise why are we doing whatever we are doing?  It is our job, yes, our very personal responsibility to make a difference, right or wrong. And even if we are wrong, at least we are addressing an issue. Maybe better next time.

I don’t think that anyone could make an argument about your frustration and anger Mrs. Clinton; your hurt and grieving over the lives that are lost, and the families with whom you must share that grief. I too am frustrated, and hurt, and convinced in my soul that the tragedy could have been prevented. And I am frustrated that perhaps I could have done a little more personally to prevent the tragedy.

True, I am not there,  nor have I been given the responsibility of securing our foreign establishment in a hostile land, but perhaps I should have prayed a little more, or been  kinder to the homeless, or offered a little more money to that struggling  community center down the block that is trying to make a better world for us to  live in.  I feel guilty that there might be some area that I have not catered to that I could have helped or contributed to, and though I will not be officially blamed for the situation that caused these deaths, I partially blame myself for some of the neglect that has become a general attitude that makes these things happen. Things of which I am then suddenly  made aware of, even if it happens many miles away, through the presence of my living room TV screen.

And yes, I do share some of the blame in the Newtown Shooting travesty and the cold of Chicago because I am a part  of this humanity. And although I have not come up with a solution to these major tragedies that have caused the deaths of so many I do not know, I am not an island and I do not stand alone; I seek forgiveness for my sin of neglect, and seek guidance as to what I can do to  uplift my fellow man and make the wonderful world that I have been given better than it was when I appeared. And I know in my heart that you too feel the same responsibility or you wouldn’t be in such a position as you now hold that causes you to share the blame.

My advice, if I could dare to give you some (and what do I know, for I have never been in your shoes), is to rest and give yourself a break. You are exhausted, protecting my freedom, you have just gotten out of the hospital, and you are too precious not to fully recover. My experience has some similarities, and I too need frequent rest.

Ps. 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.”

What we do, and how we choose to do it, certainly makes a difference, before and after the fact.  Stop!  Rest!  Give yourself time to relax!  This is difficult to say, but the fate  of the world does not sit on your or anyone elses shoulders.  There is someone far more capable than either of us anxious to make things work out for our good. What  difference does it make?  He who does not pay attention to his own history is forced to repeat it.  C.S. Lewis believed that we were being tested here for what we would do in the afterlife, and made it very clear that we would be given the same tests over and over until we passed them.  I don’t know how accurate he is in that concept, but if he is correct, I am doing many tests over (and over).  Aren’t we all?

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How is Hawaiian Lomi Massage Like Butter?

How is Hawaiian Lomi Massage Like Butter?Contributed by: Tony Crawford, L.M.T.

How can you relate a massage to a stick of butter? It is actually pretty easy. As a massage therapist, one of the most common complaints I hear from people is that their last massage had left them sore for a few days. They had asked their therapist for deep tissue work but found that they were sore or even bruised the following day.

This is were the butter comes in. Take a stick of butter out of the refrigerator. Take your finger and try to press into it. You don’t get very deep do you? Now, take your finger and start rubbing it across the butter. You will find that in no time your finger will get deeper and deeper into the stick of butter as it becomes warm and soft.

Our body muscles are like a stick of butter. You can’t just go into the cold butter, it must be warmed up first. Lomi massage allows the therapist to gently work your muscles letting them soften and relax. Once they become more and more relaxed, you can go deeper and deeper without pain.

Another way to think of it is if a person hit you in the nose, would you stand there and let him do it again? No, of coarse not. It hurts. If you invade a muscle to quickly it contracts, becomes ridged and fights you if you try to go in deep again. The trick to doing deep tissue work is to make friends with the muscle you are working on so it will trust your touch and allow you to go as deep as needed.

Deep tissue helps the body in many ways. It improves muscle health. This is done by helping with circulation in effected areas. The more blood circulating in an area, the more oxygen is supplied and the healthier the muscle will become. Greater circulation also helps in eliminating toxins such as lactic acid from muscles, especially after physical activity. Deep tissue work helps to break up adhesions (knots) and scar tissue within the muscle body itself.

Lomi massage allows not only the effected area to relax, but also the whole body to relax and accept the work without pain. Lomi massage does not have to be deep work. It is a type of massage that allows you to relax on a physical level and also on an emotional level. It allows you to enjoy not only the physical aspect of the work, but, as importantly, it provides a calming soothing effect that allows healing to take place.

I have been a massage therapist for 16 years. I am licensed in Florida #MA0027867. I am a graduate of the Swedish Institute of Massage in New York City and have studied Lomi for over 7 years throughout the country. I am a member of the Advisory Committee for Florida State College at Jacksonville and teach in their Massage Program.

I work on an outcall basis coming to your home, office or hotel. Please feel free to call if you have any questions regarding Lomi, or where Lomi training is available.

Tony Crawford
(904) 557-8350

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