We welcome you to Bodymindspiritworks,
an intentional community, a sanctuary, an integral therapy center
dedicated to well-being, awareness and transformation!
We commit to creating bodymindspiritworks as a place of sanctuary,
of tranquility, of peace;
a place for seeking goodness, truth, beauty;
a place of healing, of deep learning, of transformation;
a place for seeking integrity and wholeness, justice, love.
We commit to living lives that are good and beautiful and true,
lives that are integrated and whole,
lives that draw energy from our hearts and souls,
lives that are supported and nourished
by the systems and environments we create around us.
19 December 2020
With the covid-19 pandemic, the world has changed forever, and the way we used to do things no longer works.
Some were saying we could just get "back to normal" and trust that everything would be okay, but trust is built on more than
wishful thinking. At bodymindspiritworks, we took the pandemic seriously, we took trust seriously, and we took our responsibility.
to "first do no harm" seriously. We hit pause on 13 March 2020
(as recommended by our local gov't), worked out a set of disinfection protocols, bought a lot of isopropyl alcohol, and drew up a
"covenant community" statement in anticipation of when we could "un-pause:" two consistent weeks of decline in
new covid-19 cases/day as recommended by the CDC.
It was not enough:
Bottom line: there was simply no way for us to safely do therapeutic bodywork, in-person counseling or classes in that setting
until a vaccine is widely administered. The best estimate for that threshhold being summer 2021, there was simply no way to
financially keep bodymindspiritworks in the mill space until then (we apparently were too small to qualify for the PPP grants
that many larger businesses received -- and we applied). So, for now, bodymindspiritworks is homeless.
- Daily covid-19 case counts kept increasing dramatically through the summer and fall
- The professional organization providing our practice insurance would not cover any covid-19 liability
- The close nature and session-duration of our work made PPE less effective
- The mill is an old building (1850), and our HVAC did not have the capacity for the recommended filtration, air-flow and exchange
- A significant number of our clients (the ones who let us know) actually tested positive (not at BMSW),
raising the likelihood of unintended transmission had we stayed open, reinforcing our staying paused
Integral LifeCare Counseling will continue via phone sessions, and in the planning stages is something we are calling
Integral Treks: personal growth and mindfulness experiences through hiking or biking treks using our state parks and trails
(think of it as our Awakening course done in the great outdoors!). Some of the Treks will be a guided hike or bike
excursion with a focus on "being there" rather than "getting there",
with leadership and a great lunch provided. Other Treks will integrate a specific "practice" (for example,
nature studies, Intensive Journal work, photography, poetry writing, orienteering). When it can be done again safely, Awakening
classes, therapeutic bodywork and in-person counseling will necessarily be in a different setting.
Stay tuned. Updates will be posted on this page.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
+ Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail
>> Integral LifeCare Counseling
All counseling sessions are currently being conducted by phone.
Coming Home to your Self, Coming Home to your Life is an intensive course that uses the "integral" model.
It means working with all aspects of your life more effectively, more completely, than you have ever done before. More information
Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
Therapeutic bodywork is a proven approach to help heal the hurts of stress, tendonitis, pulled muscles,
overuse and repetitive stress issues, carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome, joint problems, back pain, post-surgical issues,
pain caused by bad egonomics. We use relaxation, deep tissue, lymphatic. joint mobilization, acupressure, and neural-muscular techniques
as needed for each partiular session.
>> Integral bodywork and headaches
Muscle-specific massage therapy for muscle contraction tension headaches:
Therapeutic massage and trigger-point therapy focusing on specific neck and shoulder muscle groups provides immediate relief during an acute headache episode. A four-week course (two 30-min session/week) of the same therapy protocol provides a lasting reduction of the frequency and severity of chronic tension headaches.
Craniosacral Therapy for migraine and tension headaches:
A light-touch modality that helps normalize the craniosacral system and release meningeal and dural tube restrictions, allowing the structures of the central nervous system to resume optimal levels of functioning.
Cold Stone Therapy for migraine and vascular headaches:
The facial application of cold marble stones that contour along key headache sites, plus essential oil blends known to relieve headache pain, plus the use of warmth, relieves pain effectively and naturally.
Neuro-muscular Therapy for cervicogenic headaches:
Specific therapy to remove pressure from the facet joints of the upper cervical spine and restore as much motion as possible relieves pain caused by muscle-tightness cervical compression. Passive stretching and assisted rotaion restores range of motion and stretches tightened muscles.
More information HERE
>> Integral bodywork and scoliosis
At Bodymindspiritworks, correcting scoliosis is an "integral" therapy. Integral means working with the
whole person and not just with the mechanics. Integral means working with the mechanics in a way that
does not violate the rest of the person's being or cause collateral suffering (for example, a spine that
no longer moves because it is being held immobile by rod implants). Integral means working with the emotional
and relational forces in the person's life that are "remembered" and carried in the person's body.
More information HERE
>> Current workshops and LifeCourses
Use above link for descriptions of all workshops. Note that all workshops and classes have been temporarily suspended.