Posts tagged ‘mindfulness’

August 24, 2017

#532 – What to Do at the Beach When You Have RA #4


Put away your phone. Put down your book. Stop chatting.

For the next few minutes get into the zone. Let yourself be transported by the grace of nature into a place that resonates with the beat of your heart.

To do:

  1. Go to your favourite beach.
  2. Get comfy, either on the sand, a chair, the dock or a log.
  3. Pause.
  4. Exhale slowly to the count of 5 or 6.
  5. Inhale slowly to the count of 5 or 6.
  6. Establish a nice smooth rhythm which you will continue for Steps 7 to 10.
  7. Gently shift your attention to your hearing. Notice the symphony of sounds such as the water lapping along the shore, the wind whistling in your ears, the birds singing, etc.
  8. Next, pay attention to what you see. Nature has provided a living landscape for you to enjoy. Notice the colours, the light, the patterns, etc.
  9. Finally, notice your breath. How do you feel? Is there any tightness anywhere? What does the sand feel like under your feet? How does it feel when the sun kisses your skin? Perhaps your feet are being massaged by the water at the shore – what does that feel like? Has your mind quieted down? Do you feel more peaceful?
  10. Repeat often.





August 2, 2012

#318 – An Unexpected Journey to Joy

Sarah works with a client in the Watsu pool.

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” ~ Martin Buber.

Readers of this blog know that I have a profound love of water. I thought I knew of and had experienced most types of water activities and healing modalities, but a black, undulating, shoestring licorice-like paved highway on the east coast of The Big Island of Hawaii led me to my secret destination.

Fortunately, the owner of our vacation rental in Pahoa sent us for dinner at Kalani, a well-known retreat centre on the east coast of the Big Island.

After dinner, we visited the gift shop. Curiosity led me to their binder of services, which included the following intriguing description: Watsu®-Waterdance® training with the Trager Approach® principles.

After gathering more information, I decided to take the plunge and take part in this unexpected, and perhaps not so serendipitous opportunity to revel in a warm water therapeutic massage by the highly skilled, amazingly intuitive and aptly named Sarah Lynn Joy.

After my session, in which time stopped, yet extended, my first words were, “That was un—freaking—believable!” It was and it still is, a week later.

This treatment is the ultimate for anyone who hurts, whether it be emotionally, mentally, physically or spiritually. The combination of Sarah Lynn’s compassionate and gentle, yet targeted touch, plus the warm ninety-five degree Fahrenheit water not only caresses, but helps to free any restrictions. She was able to release my cranky spots, all without me having to tell her where they were. She’s one of the best practitioners I’ve ever had working with me!

At the end, she gave me some exercises (Mentastics®) to do to help allow the body to remember how to move – something that is so important for those of us who have been ravaged by the rampant reaction of the immune system in rheumatoid arthritis. Mahalo.

If you go to the Big Island of Hawaii, I enthusiastically recommend that you include several sessions with Sarah Lynn Joy at Deep Wave Healing. I only had the one – I’m already plotting, planning and saving for my next trip! 🙂

Sarah Lynn Joy is too great a treasure to keep secret, so I hope you’ll pass this post on to anyone who is travelling to the Big Island of Hawaii.

Please note that Sarah Lynn is no longer working at Kalani. She looks forward to treating you in her pool outside of Kona. 

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