Day #2 of the #TheseHandsCreate organic campaign developed and initiated by Ben Brown, L.M.T. in New York. TODAY’S CHALLENGE is to share my vision around bodywork and/or my practice.
Before I moved back to my beloved Idaho about five years ago, I had met a Veteran in Northern California who had just finished his massage therapy certification, and he had shared with me a vision that he and another Veteran he served with were creating. The goal was to get local holistic practitioners to donate their services to Veterans at no cost so that Veterans had access to alternative modalities in healing. I knew I would be moving soon, and did not have the time to ‘plug in’ as a volunteer except to share some business skills that I had acquired throughout my career. I had wanted to start a chapter in the Treasure Valley when I returned, as both my parents, and many of my family members, have served in the military going back to the Spanish-American war. I was a party of one, they were a young non-profit, and it did not happen. However, I had been introduced to the Wyakin Foundation through my efforts.
Close to three years ago, while I was working at JMZ Salon and Spa (Zoberski’s), I wanted to create a practice where I started off by donating 10% of my monthly profit to the Wyakin Foundation, a local non-profit that I had chosen to intern at while attending Boise State University in 2014-2015. I also wanted to start seeing the participants of the program who were interested in monthly massage once a month at no charge. I have had one Wyakin graduate, Sgt. Greg Bradley, and am currently serving veterans on a monthly basis from both Wyakin and the Idaho Veterans Wellness Center, a fledgling non-profit.
I believe that everyone who walks through my doors benefits from my practice, and today I am featuring a brief video with Sgt. Bradley in it, offering his words on how receiving massage helped him while he was involved with Wyakin.
I do what I do because I see the world that I love changing rapidly, technology isolating us more and more, and it is important to me to put positive, life-affirming energy into anything that I do. I give back to those who have given the most to this Country’s ideals of freedom as they are truly ‘family’ to me. I come from a time and space when there was more trust, more ‘neighborliness’, and I would like to continue that energy in whatever livelihood I choose.
This life experience can be a very demanding one, and if I can do just a bit to brighten someone’s day and help alleviate their pain, then I believe I am fulfilling God’s desire for me.
Massage helps with so many maladies; anxiety, depression, sore muscles, pinched nerves, stress reduction and relaxation. In my lifetime, I hope to see it become incorporated as preventative care in the field of Western medicine.
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