I hope this finds you and your family in good health. While many things have changed, one thing that has remained the same: my commitment to your safety and health.
The recent loss of George Floyd and the impact on our community has deeply affected me as I am sure it has many of you. As a mother to a brown skin son, I worry about him and the future perceptions people may have of him. Right now, he is cute and funny and smart and so enjoyable to be around. I know that this perception of him will change as he grows older. Due to the systemic racism that I now see is so very apparent in many aspects of our lives, I worry for him and I worry for all black and brown people that experience our community differently than I do as a white person. I did not know how deep this was. I’ve made plenty of mistakes that I see now. I am searching for ways to do and be better in this world to create an equal and just society for all.
We have all just experienced a double shock and trauma from the coronavirus pandemic and now with our community experiencing another unjust loss of life and the fallout from that loss. This trauma and these experiences are in our bodies, our minds and our spirits. I am here, to hold space, to hear you, to hold my hands over your areas of pain and tension and to hopefully give relief to what you are carrying, without judgement, wherever you are in your journey. If I have harmed you in anyway, please know that I am sorry and I am listening if you want to share. I am here and I support this very critical movement. At the end of this message, I have a list of educational resources to continue learning about how to be anti-racist and also about trauma and race.
COVID-19 information and protocols.
By its very nature, massage and bodywork requires skin to skin contact and you should be familiar with the fact that infection control has always been a top priority for my practice. As we navigate life with additional requirements and modify existing measures due to the coronavirus, please help me to support all of my clients, some with high risk factors, by cooperating with some new requirements.
My practice has always followed the highest level of training and practice guidelines available in the USA. In regards to Covid 19, I am following recommendations by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSTMB), along with the MN Government Industry Guidance for Safely Reopening Personal Care Services, infection control recommendations made by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
During this time, it is incredibly important to be mutually transparent regarding our potential risks to each other. As such, I share with you that my son is in a summer camp program in which social distancing practices are followed as much as can be with 7 year old’s. I attended 2 community events relating to the protests and memorial of George Floyd. These were smaller events in comparison to many and we did not stay for long nor near anyone for longer than a couple seconds passing through. Other than those scenarios, I have been taking the most conservative approach to health safety related to Covid-19.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. I made these changes to help protect my clients and myself. For example:
I will also be taking additional measures during your session to reduce the potential of transmission including:
I look forward to seeing you again and am happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps I take to keep you, and every client, safe in my practice. To make an appointment, please call me at 651-560-0891 or book online at www.hibiscushealingarts.com. My practice is tentatively scheduled to open mid-July at Clear and for home visits in June, 2020.
Thank you for being my client. I value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back to a safe, therapeutic touch environment.
Hibiscus Healing Arts
At Clear Holistic Therapies
Jennifer Ingvoldstad, BCTMB
COVID 19 Resources:
Find a free testing location here:
“How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
“White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo
“Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth” by Dana-Ain Davis
“My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts” by Resmaa Menakem
And many more…
Local black healing practitioners:
Black Moon Bodywork with Ihotu Jennifer Ali, www.ihotuali.com
Clara Sharp, Doula at Ahava Birthworks
Doula Kaytee, Doula www.doulakaytee.com
Healing Illuminated LLC with Rebeka Ndosi, www.alifeinpractice.com
Metro Midwifery, Britt Jackson www.metrohomebirth.com
Oily Doula LLC, Rhonda Fellows www.oilydoulamn.com
Omaur Bliss Fit www.OmaurBlissFit.com
Roots Community Birth Center www.rootsbirthcenter.com
Radiant Life Yoga with Jaina Portwood www.radiantlifeyoga.com
Red Cricket Healing Center www.redcricket.com
Tiyumba Dance www.tiyumba.com
What is Epsom Salt?
Epsom salt, known as magnesium sulfate, is a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen. This is a completely different structure than table salt.
Magnesium is a natural substance that assists the body in a number of ways. Magnesium is used for its properties in being a natural muscle relaxer when taken as a supplement, oftentimes as a powdered drink. The easiest way for the body to absorb magnesium is through the skin when taking a hot bath.
What are the benefits of bathing with Epsom Salt?
Salt by nature has many cleansing properties and can neutralize energies so when you bath in salts you are reaping the benefits on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Other benefits include:
Soothes the skin
Epsom salt can soften rough and dry skin which is great for the winter time. It may also soothe skin affected by conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. If you have any concerns about a skin condition you may be experiencing, check with you Doctor before soaking with Epsom Salts.
Reduce Inflammation and Pain
Epsom salt baths may reduce inflammation and reduce pain in people living with conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, arthritis, lupus, gout and autoimmune conditions.
Having the appropriate amount of magnesium levels can boost your neurotransmitters assisting with sleep and reducing stress. Taking a warm bath can also help a person relax after a long day and assist with quieting the brain before sleep.
Detoxing and Healing from the Common Cold
As your body aborbs the nutrients found in epsom salts, the body is also assisted in detoxing and drawing out pathogens and toxins that are on the surface level before getting deeper into your system. Eucalyptus would be the perfect addition to this bath.
How to take a epsom salt bath:
I personally love epsom salt baths and take them frequently. Don't be afraid to start adding them in multiple times a week!
1. Clear any clutter around and in your tub. Light a candle or otherwise lower the lights in the room. Grab your favorite book and/or some music.
2. Mix the ingredients into your tub as the tub is filling with the warmest water that is comfortable.
3. Rest in the tub soaking down to the tops of your shoulders or deeper for 20-30 minutes. Using a deep water bath over flow cover is helpful for this step!
1. If you are working through a bad headache or migraine, soak down to your shoulders and place a cold towel or ice pack at the base of your skull/back of your neck.
2. Don't have access to a bathtub, or don't like baths? Create a foot soak using the ingredients above in the same way!
Share with me your favorite epsom salt bath combo in the comments!
Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash
New Year = New Beginnings!!
I am so excited to share with you my rebranding of my Therapeutic Bodywork Practice. After much thought, I have decided to 'name' my therapeutic offerings and create a website which will hold all my offerings, products and a blog.
My blog will be helpful for posting all the self care tips I share with clients as well as highlighting other therapeutic modalities and clinics who offer them.
I look forward to connecting with you here!
This past year has brought me quite a few clients experiencing concussions, traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, and migraines to name a few. I'd like to share with you a testimonial video on CranioSacral Therapy I found to be inspiring.
Let me know what you think!!