On the front lawn of the Spa stands a 40-foot flagpole. It was dedicated in 1967, at the height of the Vietnam War, when this building housed a funeral home. Every morning it reminds us of the people who have gone before us, who have risked their lives in war time service, and the many who never came home.
Sadly, we also see men and women on our streets who have gone to war and never been able to truly recover. Whatever we think of our country’s wars, we can all agree that we have an obligation to heal the wounds of those who have seen the unimaginable. Medical care is a part of that, but it is often not enough.
This year we have begun working with the Veteran’s Administration to offer massage therapy to veterans dealing with the physical and psychological impact of their service. With referrals from physicians and psychologists, we help men and women injured in a variety of ways to work toward recovery. So many of the conditions that veterans suffer with are related to stress that has become embedded in their bones, their muscles, their psyches. Therapeutic touch can help to unlock that stress and help them get back on the road to healing.
If you or anyone you know might benefit from this service, have them contact their VA health care provider, or reach out to us at the Art of Massage for more details. And next time you drive by the Spa, take a look at that flagpole and the commitment that it represents – that we take care of our own.