Admittedly, there are places I’ve found online that are healing places. There’s even one that’s in the works called “The Healing Farm” (which as far as I can see is not yet happening). But I’ll be darned if they aren’t all hippie dippy, new age, or spiritual retreats. So I said in my initial post that the closest thing I can think of to my fantasy is a spa. But who can afford to go to a spa for a month or two? Also, although I’m a firm believer in massage and sitting in hot tubs, I think a chronic injury needs some collaboration and other practices to really get in there to find where the problem stems and to try to work it out. Honestly, a hospital bed would be good too.
This is my fantasy. This is my vision. I go to a place for a month, six weeks, two months. Where I might have my own little tent or cottage or room with bathroom. There’s a hospital bed with a REALLY good mattress. One of those latex mattresses. There’s a team of practitioners I meet with at the beginning of my stay who will all interview me about my pain, feel around and confer about what treatments might be best. There will be a massage therapist. There will be an acupuncturist. A physical therapist. An Osteopath. A Chiropractor. A feldenkrais practitioner, a yoga instructor and a pilates instructor. Maybe even a nutritionist. All of these people would be happy to collaborate treatment and ideas tailored to my personal healing attempt. I think one of the biggest frustrations I’ve come across is to have conflicting, even competing opinions from different healing disciplines. I don’t want to hear someone slamming another process. I want to hear why they think what they are doing is best for me and how it might work in tandem with other practices to heal me.
I might have my own little kitchenette so that I can do a little cooking or have the option to buy a reasonably priced meal at the common space. There might even be a garden I can walk in that would grow organic veggies and fruits for the guests/patients to eat. There would definitely be walking trails and yoga/pilates classes. And a hot tub. Maybe a pool too for gentle exercise without stress on the body.
Expensive to run (translate: expensive for guests)? Yes. There’s the glitch. I would want it to be affordable for those like me. Those who can’t afford to heal their backs. Maybe someday I will be able to create this place and somehow figure out how to make it affordable. In the meantime it’s a “staycation” (in the words of my friend Laurel) for me. My mini-healing project.