A mermaid named Serena took her self care seriously. Regularly, she would receive healthy touch through Massage Therapy at the Octopus’s Garden. As Serena closed her eyes and took deep breaths, she would receive the deep healing benefits of Massage, by a skilled Therapist. She felt safe, which let her mind be free of any negative thoughts and allowed her to focus on how good it felt to melt away the tension as her muscles were squeezed and released. Like a deep meditation, her mind drifted in the neutral space of almost falling into sleep. Time stood still as relaxation spread throughout her body. As the different parts of Serena’s body were touched she discovered spots that were sore that she had not even been aware of until they were touched. She made a mental note to be gentle with herself, and spoke up to her Therapist when she needed the amount of pressure being used to be changed to a lighter or firmer touch. The sensations from receiving bodywork were wonderful and Serena did not want them to end, so she scheduled another appointment for the following month.
I’m proud of the bravery it takes to share this with you. Do Humanity a favor and spend 3 minutes watching and listening to this powerful music video by Dani Jack called Hurt. It’s about vulnerability and empowerment in telling the truth about sexual abuse. I’m curious what you think about it.
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 🧜🏼♀️ 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
Today I was honored to be a part of a Dani Jack music video featuring a song from her album Grace, called Hurt. I was surrounded by all women supporting each other by listening to their stories of heartache and triumph. It was wonderful!