Giving back to my community has always been a principle that I have followed throughout my lifetime. We lacked for nothing in my family of origin, never having to worry about having food on the table, clothes on our backs, or shelter over our heads. It all seems very easy when you are under your parents’ wings and raised in an environment where this theory is part of your everyday life – simply second nature to your way of living.
After spreading my wings as an adult, and always being involved in church or volunteering in several non-profits while living in Sacramento, California, giving back was a practice I continued to incorporate into my life style as I always thought it was important to help those who were ‘less fortunate’. Upon going through my own life’s upheaval and being in a very desperate position that took years to recover from and experiencing what being on the other end, or, one of the ‘less fortunate’s’ was like (which is an extremely humbling position to experience) I learned a very valuable lesson. You can either stay dismally ‘stuck’ in the aftermath, or you can learn to move on and let your experience help you to become ‘better’, not ‘bitter’. I believe that continually giving back to the ‘Universe’, whether it be tithing at your local church or choosing a particular organization to donate either your time and/or money to is a very spiritually healthy way to live.
I have always been interested in working with Veterans, as I have early memories of my mother taking me with her to the Veterans Hospital at Fort Boise to visit and caretake the residents, and I had so many relatives that had served in my family. I remember to this day the talk about how the government didn’t put Veterans first.
When I re-established my massage practice here in the Treasure Valley, I decided to pursue this goal. I entered Boise State University in 2014 thinking I would become a social worker or psychologist, thinking this is what was needed to obtain my goal, and started serving as an intern at the Wyakin Warriors Foundation (www.wyakin.org). It wasn’t long before I saw how this organization does more than talk the talk, they walk the walk in caring for Veterans and helping them readjust to society and go forward with their lives. I knew I wanted to find a way to continue my relationship with the organization.
For the month of July, I am offering all new first time clients a ONE HOUR massage for just $45, wth 10% of each massage being donated to the Wyakin Foundation. This is to help raise awareness on the benefits of massage therapy in conjunction with the ‘Every Body Deserves a Massage’ week, a national annual event put on by the Associated Body workers and Massage Professionals organization – http://www.abmp.com.
I also offer in the month of July a package of FOUR massages for $180. Every package purchased allows me to see a Wyakin participant. In addition, I offer a discount for ALL U.S. Military and Veterans (with ID).
It is my way of giving back to those who have served for the ideals of freedom that we value so greatly in this Country, and honoring the values my parents instilled in me.
Thank you for taking a moment out of your day to read my blog, and I hope to see you soon. Until then…
Take Care of You!
Elizabeth A. Edwards, L.M.T.
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