Thursday, May 24, 2012

Healing ourselves and others...

Healing is something I continue to be moved by. All forms...emotionally, physically, and intellectually learning about the variety of ways to heal ourselves as human beings. At home, my technical work title is "Living Skills Clinician", but I also dabble with the 8 kids I individually work with, by using yoga, reiki, art, outdoor adventure, music, conversation, and writing into their therapeutic plans of care. Being here in Kolkata on my second trip with MOVE, I am reminded again, that we are all constantly healing, being healed, and able to heal each individual we interact with in some way; socially, emotionally, or physically.
It has been beautiful, to say the least, to be able to share and witness healing unfold in my first few days here...personally, and for the other. I pretty much white-knuckled Beth and Kirsten's hands on the airplane in order to overcome my fear of take off and landing. John has poison ivy and I was able to give him some Reiki yesterday at the breakfast table in hopes of settling it down. Anna and I stayed back today to recoup and I have been able to check her temps, check in on how she is, share in conversation, and bring her some food/fluids. My service site placement is at the part of Shanti Dan for physically and mentally handicapped girls aged 8-25. We were asked on the first day if anyone had massage or physical therapy experience, I immediately jumped on it. I enjoy reading about holistic health practice and alternative medicine approaches such ad massage, while having my first reiki training under my belt. My Mom has done so much physical therapy on me over the years, I figured I could wing this request to be the "therapist" for the next 3 weeks! So I have.
From 8-12:30, I try to treat as many girls as I can on the lime green pads thrown down in a back room of the complex. The Massi's in the room I share space with dance, play instruments, and sing with the girls in wheelchairs waiting for their therapy. All of the girls I have massaged and done physical therapy with so far have, a minimum, cerebral palsy, while most are also quadrapalegic. They come into the room curled up in their wheelchair and are lifted by Ashley, the massis, and myself onto the mat. I begin with gentle massage and simple relaxation techniques as many of them have no joint range of motion and their muscles are spastic (high tone, tensing). Each girl receives a 30 minute session. It has been powerful to witness the gentle relaxation of a muscle, slow uncurl of a frail leg, and many eyes closing into utter relaxation mode.
I was touched deeply by Tiya. Tiya has multiple diagnoses, some being CP, circulation, and an auditory disability. As I began to work oil into Tiya's neck, I closed my eyes and began to pray gently over her tight, unaligned, weak body. Her eyes gently closed with me and I felt something coming close to my face as my eyes remained closed. Tiya, being non-verbal can only make noises and smile, but this day she communicated in a way I will never forget. She gently put her frail, weak fingers into my messy and extremely sweaty long, straight hair and began massaging my scalp. I continued working her allignment from her neck down to her hips while she reciprocated this touch back to me. I was moved and naturally teared up instantly, seeing such beauty in this non-verbal, cross-cultural interaction that is so essential to all living things and beings; to be touched and cared for with such sweetness.
Be well,
Meghan

20 comments:

  1. That is incredible Meg... Such a powerful post and a perfect position for you!! Keep up the great work, all of you! Know that you are making a difference in so many lives. I'm thinking of you all.

    -Heather

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  2. Beautiful post...thank you

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  3. What a powerful moment you had with, Tiya. My eyes teared up so much while reading I couldn't see my computer screen. So incredibly special! You are a natural healer, Meg. So glad the women at Shanti Dan get to have your love and presence for three weeks!
    Sending you SO much love and healing thoughts. XO
    Love,
    Katie

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  4. Donnobad, Meghan, and I have to echo Katie's sentiments about the teary screen -- I teared up just seeing your name on the blog knowing what was to come! I can just picture you there with these amazing women and the full circle of massage and human kindness -- all in 120 degree heat. I can see the green mats, smell (everything!), hear the women's voices -- thank you for sharing your gifts with Shanti Dan and with us!

    Take good care,
    Anne (Kolkata 2010, 2011)

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  5. Meghan,
    Great to hear about all you are doing in Kolkata. We know your kind and healing touch/work will continue to give those who you are working with comfort. We are very proud of you and know this is an amazing experience for all of you.

    "Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love." - Mother Teresa

    You're in our thoughts and prayers
    Love, Mom Dad Kait and Tom

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  6. Meghan,

    What a beautiful testament to the power of human connection! I had goose bumps reading your post--the power to truly see and be seen by another--the purest form of healing that exists! I admire your ability to allow the people you are working with into your heart, your kindness and compassion will surely not be forgotten by those you are interacting with. I have been thinking of you and the other members of the group daily; thank you for sharing your experience and letting us readers back at home live through it.

    xo
    Em

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