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RESILIENT | Wellness for Makers: Letter to a Resilient Maker

RESILIENT | Wellness for Makers: Letter to a Resilient Maker

Photo: Missy Graff Ballone

Do you know how resilient you are? You’re a damn fighter and I am so incredibly inspired by you. Resilience is the capacity to recover from difficulties, overcome heart-break, move forward with grief, and the ability to keep fighting even when you feel defeated. Remember that you have made it through every hard day and you are still going. 

In your physical body, resilience is the body's ability to recover from injury and spring back into shape: elasticity! Elasticity also refers to the ability of our soft tissues to resume their original shapes after being stretched, compressed, or massaged. The resilience of your tissues supports mobility by allowing you to safely exercise your body’s range of motion.

Have you moved your body lately? This is your reminder to get up and move around, to massage your tired hands and body, and to honor your breath. Grab your favorite tool and get started! The rist roller is a great tool to help elongate the muscles in your hands and forearms. It increases blood flow and circulation and helps to hydrate your connective tissues. Massage your body and connect to your breath. 

Your breath is evidence of your resilience, of your power, of the success that you already are. Today, I invite you to turn to your breath. Honor how far you’ve come. Your resilience is truly inspiring. Why? Because you are still breathing. You are still moving. Your beautiful heart is still beating. Your incredible mind is still working. Your creativity has power and your work is needed right now!

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The mission of Wellness for Makers is to motivate and empower artists through education and mindful living. Wellness for Makers was created to make self-care, stretching, and massage techniques more accessible to artists everywhere. We strive to make it easy to find good resources, including interviews, articles, videos, and links to valuable organizations. Our workshops provide hands-on training in stretching and massage techniques that are easy to incorporate into an artist’s daily studio routine. These techniques are designed to help boost energy levels, alleviate pain, reduce the risk of injury, and improve posture. We collaborate with artists who have professional backgrounds in yoga, ergonomics, massage therapy, occupational therapy, and more, to provide a range of perspectives. We believe that by working together as a community, we can create more productive and sustainable studio practices that improve the longevity of our hands and bodies.