By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
Bringing some fun into our healing circle of amazing healers on the Olympic Peninsula!
The Peninsula Healers Circle is a circle of holistic/integrative healing practitioners living and working on the north Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. We meet on the third Friday of each month to learn from each other and meet and get to know other healers.
Our goals are:
- to build a mutually supportive community of healers
- to develop a more in-depth understanding of the different healing modalities offered by members of the circle
- to offer a site where people can locate healing practitioners of various modalities in our areanetworking and referral base
- to offer appropriate integrative care to our clients
March Madness- Belly Dancing!!
Something new for the Peninsula Healers Circle, to accommodate more healers who work Friday mornings, we will meet in the evening for the change of season months; March, June, September and December. We are hoping to get to know a more diverse group of healers this way. For March our evening presenter was changed at the last-minute due to illness. Rena Raymond and Barb stepped up one night before and organized a belly dancing class and henna night for all of us. It was a blast.
Joss’ Laymen’s History of Belly Dancing
Rena and Barb have been belly dancing for thirty years and much of that together as a team.
Me on the right with my Reiki Master/Teacher student, Amber. Amber has taken belly dancing lessons for years so she helped me a lot. Thanks Amber! The teacher becomes the student, every time. LOL
I was surprised but happy to learn that until approximately fifty years ago, belly dancing was a dance by women, for women. The woman created the dances and danced them for their health and happiness, not for the men. The men were not allowed in the women’s chambers and this is one way they stayed healthy and active and expressed themselves. Each dance has a purpose, tells a story, much like the Hawaiian dances.
I also learned that the movements in belly dancing are very purposeful and intentional. Each movement helps the body remove blockages in the energy system and creates a stronger body both physically and spiritually. This is how energy healing works, Reiki, Reflexology, Acupuncture and more, they balance the body and help it heal itself by removing blockages in the system. The whole dance is actually an energy treatment for the whole self, mind, body and spirit, and very beautiful too.
Learning the basics.
But, not so easy for me personally to accomplish in the beginning. For me, not being a dancer or very graceful either, I could see this would be a somewhat long learning curve, but, a fun one! I can’t think of a better way to get a workout and I really did feel better simply by wearing the beautiful jingling out fits they wear. Those are the most fun. I have to say, after practicing some of the figure eight moves with my hips, my lower back did feel much better the next day. And, the most important part, it was a BLAST!!
After the dancing and potluck dinner, Rena painted some of the ladies with Henna. They were truly beautiful. She also taught us that the material they make Henna with is made from herbs and essential oils and is healthy and healing for the skin & body. SO COOL!
THANK YOU RENA AND BARB!! WE HAD SO MUCH FUN!!
Who knew there were so many fun ways to heal yourself. I have found, when we bring joy and laughter into your healing process, it just expedites it, it works. Time flies when you’re having fun. Here’s to finding more ways to bring joy to our lives each and every day.
Reiki Blessings to you all,
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