Musings, Wellness

Breakfast and Healing in Maine

MaineRecently, I had a chance to travel to Maine with my spouse John. We stayed in the quaint twin towns of Saco/Biddeford-just a two hour train ride north of Boston.  This used to be a thriving mill town and cute old houses and brick buildings abound.  In the latter part of the 20th century the town lost its main industry and suffered a significant economic down turn.  It is now a rebounding tourist and industry town.  On Main Street one will see unique, independent shops.  The buildings in the town mostly have that weather worn look.  The town is full of well groomed hipsters, who migrated up from Brooklyn and beyond to seek their fortune.  Alongside these motivated young adults exist the old time meth addicts hanging out together sporting last decades fashion trends.

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Here I am at the vintage and chic Tiny Diner.  It still only seats about 20 and the bathroom is located outside of the caboose.  Within is a well oiled breakfast machine. Although it serves traditional diner food everything was elevated to the next level.  My scrambled eggs were perfectly done with a little bit of cheese and chives scrambled in.  No industrial carton of egg puree here.  The breakfast potatoes were battered and fried.  The toast and jam were of good quality.  I stole more than a few bites of John’s corned beef hash.

Enough about breakfast-I want to tell you the  story of Flourish

Our first night we walked down to the Main Street with our hosts to eat a Thai dinner. As we headed to our next destination- I spied “Flourish” a little new age healing space and store.  There just happened to be a “healing salon” going on the following night.  It has been a good decade since I attended such an event so I knew I had to check it out and my host, Kate, was in for the adventure.

On a dark, cold, Thursday night Kate and I entered a cozy healing space.  Picture low lighting and a room with gigantic, beautiful mandala paintings on old brick walls.  A women was playing auto harp for all to hear.  There were various practitioners around the space and for a small fee one could get a sample session.

For example, for a fee the auto harpist would play the auto harp on your stomach.  With the addition of Reiki she would use sound healing to cure what ails thee. I still wish that I would have tried this one.  My friend Kate chose reflexology.  I chose to see Martha Fishback for flower essences and energy healing.

I was having a little pain in my right hip so I stated that as the main complaint.  Martha swung a pendulum over a chart to discern what the problem was and then to choose the correct flower essences to go with it.  Flower essences are the distilled essences of flowers.  A few drops are put into a cup of water and imbibed by the client.

After swinging a pendulum over a chart she decided that the root cause was emotional stress from work.  Although I wasn’t actively feeling that stressed about work I figured it was worth reflecting on. At this stage of my career I’m pretty good at managing my energy when working with clients.  Even so, I sometimes take on my client’s emotions without realizing it.   Also, there is always a certain stress that goes with the uncertainty of self employment.

She gave me my paper cup with a little water and flower essences.  Next, she invited me into a makeshift tent of colorful tapestries which housed a Massage table.  I lay down on the table face-up.  Without putting her hands on me she did about seven minutes of energy work over my head and about seven minutes over my feet.

I entered a very relaxed state.  Some very nice imagery came to me and I even shed a few happy tears.  It was nice to take a moment of calm in the middle of a vacation.  The auto harp music in the background was lovely.

My hip pain really didn’t abate, but I did have some emotional revelations.  More than anything, I was reminded how nice it is to have an energy practitioner give me full attention. While I really enjoyed the experience and felt some emotional relief, I ultimately needed more attention paid to the direct cause of the hip pain through Massage and Chiropractic.  Kate absolutely loved her reflexology session.

I see that they are hosting a medium in a few weeks.  If only I were in town to witness that!!

 

FAQ, Massage, Musings

Should I Shave my Legs before a Massage?

What! Seriously! You have a question about this!! Have you met my family?!!! I’m a second generation hippie so bring on the leg hair! I only started shaving my own legs again when I turned 35.

Why you should shave your legsshavelegscartoon?

1)You are an avid cyclist and you don’t want drag or road rash.

2)It’s part of who you are and it makes you feel good about yourself.

3)It’s part of your “I’m excited to get a Massage ritual.”

4)You like how the efflaurage feels without the drag of leg hair.

Bad reasons to shave your legs

1)You want to impress me.

I will give you a great Massage with or without leg hair. Sometimes we just need a little more lotion.

If you are self-conscious about body hair and don’t want to shave you can always keep your clothes on and choose Shiats

 

Musings, Uncategorized

Ice

 

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Ice Skating on Lake of the Isles at Night

Winter Poem

Hold me

Frozen Water

Even when I stomp

You are deep and solid

Like magic

You are with white bubbles suspended

Within onyx

The smoke of a magic potion captured.

 

Your ice mirror reflects my soul

Deep cracks held together

By a Winter miracle.

Water molecules link in prayer

To the formless sky above.

In between this human wanders.

 

Deep below the fish are swimming.

I wonder if they hear my tread.

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Loring Park Skating Rink

This is the Ice Skating Rink that you can see from the North Facing Window of my office.  All Winter I have watched the skaters glide around in the distance.  Finally, I took my girls down to try out the rink.  The rink is sponsored by Wells Fargo.  This means that the rink is kept in good shape and is FREE. As a bonus the skates are comfortable, plentiful and well-organized. I hope they have this here next year because this has become a favorite spot.