Who Are We?
A little about me
I received my degree in psychology and philosophy from the University of New Brunswick, a good fit as I have always seen myself as a student of life and people. I've spent much of my working life taking care of others - feeding them, providing therapeutic massage, even facilitating a seniors' Keep Fit class - but it was only during my last ten years working in retirement residences that it really dawned on me: We're all going to die. Of course we know that; it's part and parcel of being human. I have massaged clients on end-of-life palliative care and others whose conditions massage would never be able to improve. The latter was a very difficult pill to swallow. I provided therapeutic massage which is intended to effect a change.
As living beings we crave nothing more strongly than connection with one another. Touch is a wonderful way to forge that connection.
Call me if you would like to learn how to give a massage to your bed-ridden loved one. The service can also be a great comfort to those living with dementia.
Inner Child Therapist
Registered Massage Therapist
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"I promise to do my duty to God, the Queen, and my country, and to help other people, especially those at home."
Yes, I was a Brownie.
I hadn't thought about that creed in many years, but it popped into my head as I was writing this, so I went to the Google. There is a study out of Harvard that says that we are hard-wired to help others. That makes sense, right - preservation of the species and all - but where should we start? We don't have to be Buddha, or Gandhi, or MLK to effect lasting change; all we have to do is pay it forward to our descendants.
The connection I was fortunate enough to have with my wonderful seniors went well beyond the physical. The therapy I was able to provide extended into the emotional, the intellectual, and in some cases, even the spiritual and the metaphysical. I touched them on as many levels as they wanted. And they affected me in equal measure. I watched many of them age and decline and will always be honoured knowing that they sought me out as a peaceful presence as they approached death. They could pay me no greater compliment.
The good news is that you don't have to wait; you don't have to be actively dying to heal. More importantly, your healing could set off the chain reaction that releases your loved ones from the bonds of their own pain.
I don't pretend to have all the answers -- beware anyone who does! -- but I will work with you and your loved ones, serve as a guide as you move toward this powerful healing.
Whether your journey lasts another six months or sixty years, you can leave a gift of emotional health.