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Good Hands: Stepping Up for Success

By Annet King July 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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You've all heard the expression, "Be careful what you wish for." This has special significance for the professional skin therapist. We start out wishing so intensely for something that we literally dream about it while sleeping, obsess about it while washing the thousand and one towels during a day’s work, fret over it while riding the train to work and even think about it while drinking a cup of tea at the end of a long week of work. What we wish for is excellence, in technical terms—hands that know what they’re doing even before we do, skills that are polished to perfection.

This is what classical violin and piano prodigies wish for, too, for their neurons to remember the proper technique flawlessly and be able to repeat the practiced patterns without fumble or stumble. Great ballerinas dream the same, as do great athletes. The goal always in mind is the moment when twitching nerve fibers and synaptic brain connections, trained by endless repetition, transcend mere sweat and motor control to become pure grace.

The sales reality

But here’s the hard truth: Art does not pay the rent. Even classical violinists and ballerinas have stage mothers, promoters, agents and managers. Someone sells the artist to the public—otherwise, the artist won’t be able to afford violin strings, toe shoes or, in your case, new towels.

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