December 4, 2015
I loved doing tea leaf and tarot readings as well as reiki treatments at The Bodyworks Collective on Salt Spring Island. It was important enough for me to go on partial social assistance for a year (the only time I have ever been on the dole) while helping to set up the collective. When it folded, I mourned its loss because I so loved what happened there. An added bonus was how I intuitively envisioned the site of our collective as being a place of healing around a bonfire by our First Nations ancestors.
The Bodyworks Collective was a group of women who did body work or healing treatments. Many of us still do in one way or another. Terra Dimock is a massage therapist and coordinator at Hastings House. Julie Dobenen (now James) has own treatment centre. Lalitia Lane stills lives on Salt Spring Island and to have a conversation with her is like a healing. Julia Lerner was born an activist (I think) and is bound to die one to the benefit of all of us. Joy ( have forgotten her last name as I head quickly towards my 60th birthday) remains a joy to anyone she heals wherever she is in the world.
I, of course, who started out as a tea leaf reader has over the years expanded by divination offerings with tarot, psychic channeling, mediumship, intuitive counseling and Russian gypsy card readings. I include long distance reiki (healing energy) as a bonus I send everyone I do a reading for. I also regularly send this energy to those who have become victims of violence or natural disaster around the world as well as to their loved ones.
The following article is about Anna McColm, who was the resident reflexologist on The Bodyworks Collective, and still practices it at some of the Salt Spring Yoga Centre retreats and elsewhere. I learned a lot about reflexology from Anna and probably get an even richer experience from it whenever I get this form of treatment from whoever the practitioner is:
Full Moon Press
Every Foot tells a story for Reflexologist
by Tanya Lester
The Bodywork Collective’s Anna McColm was almost literally in the air when she took the plunge to study reflexology at Camosun College in Victoria 16 years ago. During a trip to London to visit her parents, McColm’s mother treated her to a reflexology session with one of her neighbours in the British capital. McColm was fascinated with this ultimate foot massage in which the premise is that the foot can serve as a map for the body’s organs and glands.
Reflexology has been practiced in China and India for 5000 years. Pictures on the walls of Egyptian tombs dated 3030 B.C. depict practitioners working on the feet and hands of their clients. Still, nobody knows exactly how it works, McColm said. What McColm began to learn in the course she started one week after she flew back to James Bay in Victoria was that reflexology is beneficial because it concurrently relaxes and yet stimulates the body. She explained that ill health in parts of the body is due to blockages that can be compared to dams. Reflexology helps to remove the blockages and carry away wastes as well as toxins. The reflexologist is “helping the body get back to its normal state.”
McColm finds work satisfying because she is a friendly soul who enjoys meeting people. She also likes the relaxing aspects of practicing bodywork. This is in sharp contrast to raising three children and delivering mail. (Her route covers Salt Spring’s north end).
One example of the positive results she has achieved is a case in which McColm helped bring a woman’s blood pressure back to normal. Another was getting the circulation back to working order in a client with carpel tunnel syndrome. For treating a chronic condition, McColm recommends six treatments spread over two weeks. A monthly treatment is beneficial for anyone with generally good health. McColm encourages clients to practice reflexology on themselves in the bath tub or while relaxing on the couch in the evenings. (Note: I think I will try this tonight.) During a session, a sensitive area in the foot alerts the client to possible health problems in the corresponding body part.
In the Bodyworks Collective, McColm finds the process of sharing skills and exchanging treatments exhilarating. “I love sharing the responsibilities of running the business with four other women (Julia Lerner, Lalita Lane, Terra Dimock and Tanya Lester)”, she said.
McColm also has some experience in Shiatsu bodywork and wants to build on this, for now, focus is feet. “Every pair of feet are different and tell a different story about health,” she said.
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