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  • Writer's pictureChristie Chadwick

Weeding. Dry Salt Therapy. Friendship. Faith.

Over the weekend I was doing a little yard work. I saw an article on Facebook (see, it’s good for something) that you can use newspapers under mulch or pine straw to help keep the weeds at bay. The paper is biodegradable so it’s safe to use. And since I don’t use weed killer this seemed like a cool solution. One problem, I don’t read the newspaper….but I do have a bunch of old magazines. Specifically, massage educational magazines.

So, as I was doing this, I was thinking about all the things I’m grateful for – it’s one of the ways I pass time when I have to do a task I’m not really in love with. It’s also the time I go over my goals and desires for business and life in general. My business came to mind of course and I was thinking about my salt room. The reason I decided to offer dry salt therapy in the first place was because of one of my dearest friends.

Lori was a massage therapist that I met during my first year in the field. We instantly hit it off and became fast friends. She happened to have cystic fibrosis. CF is a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs, but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and intestine. Long-term issues include difficulty breathing and coughing up mucus as a result of frequent lung infections. I read that dry salt therapy has been used to help alleviate some of the difficulties that people with CF have. While dry salt therapy is great for respiratory support in general, it was the connection to Lori that brought me to the decision to offer it. Lori passed away in the summer of 2018.

In any case, with thoughts of the room in my head, 

getting people in to use the room, knowing that it could have helped Lori some, I rip the pages out of one of the magazines and an envelope falls out. Sealed. I rip the seal and it’s a letter from Lori inquiring if I was willing to donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation that she was a part of in Las Vegas. From 2017.

The connection we have to Spirit is everlasting. She is always with me, giving me Spiritual high-fives and you-got-this nudges. I know she’ll send people my way who can benefit from dry salt therapy. She always was, and always will be someone who helps others.

And yes, I did send her a donation.

Before Lori passed away, my friend and I asked her to show us a sign. Three owls meant that Lori was with us. This was her personal piece and it’s now a part of the salt room.

Lori and I at a Long Island Ducks game.

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