My mom also has fibromyalgia...
Posted by Anne Beltestad on June 17, 2002 at 20:15:31:
In reply to: Henna story: doing the feet of a diabetic w/fibromyalgia posted by Jenna on June 16, 2002 at 22:58:15:And her health care practicioners, massage therapist etc., always tell
her to get henna particularly on her feet - she had surgery to fuse
her toe, and occasionally can't bear weight on it.
Even though she is quite "liberal" and lives in California, she wasn't
sure about henna at first. Then I persuaded her to let me do a simple
bracelet and she was hooked!
Now she is helping plan my sister's wedding party, which will include
a trip to Washington State's Korean womens' spa and me doing henna on
the women of our family in a room there with a heated floor.
I am so glad you were able to bring henna into this woman's life and
give her the soothing gentleness that it imparts. I personally know
how healing it can be, having broken my jaw while I was first going
"pro," I feel that henna helped me heal faster and better. It's not
something you can really explain, just feel for yourself, but it's real.
Congratulations on adding to the healing energy of the world as well
as bringing henna's subtler qualities to someone who sounds like she
needs all the gentle touch she can get.
there are a lot more resources out ther for fibromyalgia than there
used to be, so if she doesn't know of them maybe you could pass that
on. My mom has been able to find supportive people, both those who
have this condition as well as doctors and other healers who don't
talk down to her or blame her - and who appreciate henna's healing
It just goes to show that regardless of culture, regardless of design
or recipe or skill, henna is something that brings people together in
a good way and, in one way or another, heals and nurtures.
Thanks for sharing this sweet story, Jenna, and may you continue to be
able to touch people like this!
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