Volunteering Touch

Alive Hospice of Murfreesboro, TN approached me this past March with a request for me to lead a team of Licensed Massage Therapists to become Volunteers for their dying patients. Synchronistically, two days before, I had read my new Massage and Bodywork magazine that had dedicated the whole issue to elevating the integrity of Hospice Massage! I was thrilled to tell them YES, I will find a Healthy Touch Tribe IF we can have the proper training. Ten months later with the superior training of http://www.HealWell.org, 11 profound students sat in circle for two full days of deep discussion about the death process and our own mortality. We practiced the Walton pressure scale numbers 1 and 2 on a scale of (1-5) which are the only two pressures that are comfortable to a dying person. We learned how to use pillows, towels, or clothing to bolster the limbs and head to be most comfortable. We were given thought provoking questions about ourselves and ethics in small groups of 2-3, and then all discussed together how conflicting the answers can be. In our groups of 2, we stared into each others eyes with a neutral face asking questions of each others hardships and comforts without being able to console them or react to them. We were only allowed to say “Thank You”, after the question was answered, knowing that it was not our job to process their truths, only to hold space for their truths to be witnessed. This was very challenging, and there were many tears and breakthroughs. Every student thanked Alive Hospice, Lauren and Kerry of HealWell, and me for offering this class to prepare us for this compassionate, sacred work. The warrior side of me has let myself be so vulnerable, I am raw, but reaching the depths of my Soul is worth it. I must be a mermaid πŸ§œπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ because I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living. Do you have anything to share? If so, leave a comment below, and have a peaceful day. Love, Shawna

Infrared Sauna

Three years ago my back was in so much pain I considered getting an injection for the first time to calm the pain from too much inflammation. Instead, my D.O. and MRI doctor wrote me a referral for a personal infrared sauna for detoxification. I also received six treatments of needling combined with healing laser and Massage from a Chiropractor that stabilized me. I’ve consistently sweated in my sauna 2-3 times per week excluding July and August for three years and feel fantastic! I did have to give up running in exchange for 30 minutes of elliptical machine 2-3 days per week. I also had to give up forward bends so I do squats instead during Yoga. I highly recommend using an infrared sauna which heats you up from the Inside out. I like 140 degrees for 30 minutes, which leaves me drenched in sweat. I find it very relaxing and I get the benefits of light therapy. The red light is my favorite because it’s said to heal your skin. I have all the other colors of the rainbow to use whenever I want, with or without the heat on.

Salt Cave

Himalayan Salt Caves are the perfect place to meditate as you breath in the therapeutic salt that is being circulated inside the room. My daughter and I enjoyed this one at The Salt Barn in Smyrna last week as we were getting over a respiratory issue. There are many to choose from in Tennessee and we have enjoyed all of them for their soothing environment, relaxing chairs, and calming music. Salt therapy can also help with Asthma, Psoriasis, COPD, Depression, Anxiety, or weakened immune system.

Float Therapy

This week I used water therapy at “The Salt Barn” in Smyrna, TN as part of my self-care. This sensory deprivation tank has 900 pounds of the purest quality of salt which allows your body to float for 30 minutes peacefully at skin temperature. Relaxing music plays and tension dissolves as you let yourself soak up the benefits of stress reduction. It is know to help with muscle and joint pain, sleep regulation, PTSD, depression, Jet lag, headaches, and High blood pressure.