November often shifts conversations to reflections on all the good that surrounds us throughout the year. Although 2020 continues to feel far from the norm for many of us, the BT team believes in holding true to the tradition of showing gratitude. Gratitude helps to ground us and, as UC Davis psychologist Robert Emmons shares from his research into gratitude, it can increase our own happiness and satisfaction within our lives. As a regular practice, acknowledging the positive aspects of our life can help develop the habit of recognizing the good in even challenging moments, and it also helps us connect more deeply with ourselves and others.
At Body Techniques, we thought we would take a moment to practice what we preach, and share what we are most grateful for this November. So, here’s our list, straight from the pages of our gratitude journal, about that which we are most thankful for this year:
Time and time again this year, we have been inspired by not only the flexibility but also the depth of knowledge that our providers share with us and our clients. Before many offices shifted to remote work this Spring, our providers were showing up daily to share stress relief techniques through massage, in-person fitness classes, yoga, and more. Now, we’ve witnessed the growth of our virtual wellness programs, particularly meditation, largely due to the passion, depth of knowledge, and commitment to sharing wellness with others from our providers. We see people who at their core have an unflappable dedication to helping others and we’re proud to have them as part of our team.
The Commitment of Our Clients
It’s powerful to see companies recognize that their employees’ wellbeing is just as important as productivity. This is ultimately why we are here. Body Techniques aims to help create a more balanced and rewarding working experience through our stress management programs. In the most hectic times of this year, our sales team was able to continue relationships and develop customized plans with companies so that their teams’ could reset with an hour of a gentle stretching or participate in a weekly meditation. We also were honored to offer massage to essential workers who continued to show up daily throughout this entire year. When many doors were closing due to restrictions, we were able to stay active and engaged because our clients are committed to supporting their employees. As a result, our team continues to have the opportunity to show up daily and do something that we believe in.
Although Body Techniques was already offering meditation classes to clients, it is now one of our core products. With the launch of BT Mindful, we were able to see how impactful a 15-minute guided meditation session can be on teams as they navigate all the challenges that arise on a daily basis. We’ve deepened our commitment to sharing tactics that produce small incremental changes and learned the power of keeping things brief.
The Strength of Our Team
For our operations team, 2020 has felt like the ultimate trust fall at a company picnic, and we learned that we have each other’s backs. Luckily, we were able to tap into many of the resources we offer our clients so that we could show up, coffee in hand, and ready to tackle whatever came our way. Deciding how to approach each new 2020 challenge sparked a resiliency in our team that is now a steady burn. This year, we’ve continued to bring on new staff and strengthen our programming and delivery. More than ever, we’ve learned to communicate openly, lean on each other’s strengths, and come together to make something stronger than any one person could do on their own. Pretty powerful stuff, right?
We are so thankful for being able to show up and continue to share wellness with others. By reading this blog, you can help make it possible, so we are also grateful for you! Even though this year might look like a different Thanksgiving than usual, we encourage each of you to take a moment to reflect on your own gratitude, and reach out to connect with the loved ones in your life you are thankful for.
We’ve also put together a brief gratitude mantra, led by Rebecca, who is part of the team we are so thankful for.
Written by: Emily Bonzi