On Saturday, July 8th, National Integrative Wellness and Resource Center hosted a wonderful workshop at Seven Oaks Lavender Farm which they entitled, “Journey to Relaxation.” During their “journey”, all participants got to pick a beautiful bouquet of lavender whilst drinking their favorite teas. The sunny, picturesque field served as a perfect place to hold a gathering. Upon arriving at the farm food was set up and smiles were shared as attendees introduced themselves. Sounds relaxing, right? On top of that, they got to enjoy a picnic at the lavender farm while getting to learn many different self-massage techniques.
Not only was the workshop very relaxing, but eye-opening too. The event began with guest speaker Niki Johnson who talked to our group about her experience with alcohol. After a night of partying, Niki was involved in a drunk driving accident which left her with brain damage. Instead of focusing on the negative Niki decided to turn her accident into a teachable moment. While Niki normally speaks to warn others about the horrors of drinking and driving, our group took more from her talk and the horror of alcohol itself. Many people drink to relax and leave their troubles behind them however, alcohol is not good for the body and almost never leads to positive outcomes. It was clear the message was certainly do not drink and drive, but also not to choose alcohol in the first place, since very rarely do good things come of it. Instead, choose herbal teas because good things do come of it: relaxation and mindfulness. Niki then shared a beautiful poem that she wrote herself, showing some insight into her experiences, and everyone felt very lucky to hear it. It was an inspiring and uplifting speech!
After listening to Niki’s story the group got relaxing herbal tea and headed into the field to pick some lavender. After picking lavender we had the opportunity to soak our feet in water with essential oil, sea salt, and flowers. The foot bathes were a great way to destress after a day in the sun, but that wasn’t the end of the event! The soles of the feet contain a large number of nerve endings that are connected to the rest of your body. All participants experienced a cold bath that stimulates blood flow when vascular contractions make it easier for blood to circulate throughout the body! Afterwards, participants explored benefits of foot soaks in hot water that is a great way to relax, detox, hydrate your skin, and relieve aches and pains. After foot bathes, the group was lead in a reflexology crash course where we learned about the benefits of using different essential oils and massage as a way to heal and relax the body.
The workshop was a great success and we would love for you to join us at our next event!