I have been blessed beyond measure by a large and extended wellness team that have all contributed to my healing in ways that I could never had expected. The phrase, “It takes a village” has never been so true and I rely heavily on my team depending on what symptoms I have and what level of stress is in my life. After a recent move closer to my place of work, I was concerned that I would not be able to see my regular massage therapist who is an absolute angel from above. Unfortunately, the drive from my new location is prohibitive for someone that avoids sitting in traffic at all costs. I still plan on visiting her, but was looking for someone closer that I could count on when busy with work and in need of a quick tune up.
Trying out new healthcare workers can be a frustrating process. There’s nothing worse than a really bad massage to make muscles feel terrible. I count on my therapist to listen to me and understand the difference between neurological pain and regular muscle aches. If the massage therapist is not a true healer they will not have the skill set required for someone like me. The only way to know this is to try them out. A therapists that has the healing gift of touch will intuitively know where the fascia is bound and in need of attention.
One of my most challenging MS symptoms is spasticity. It feels like something is squeezing a muscle tightly and no amount of stretching can relieve this. The first few therapists that I tried had no idea what I was talking about and even tried to teach me a few exercises that could correct my gait. I politely listened and made a mental note never to return. If I could cure my disease with a few exercises it would be a much easier road. I even had one tell me that if I would just relax my muscles, I would be much better off. Really? I guess I didn’t know that.
In desperation, I found a woman who worked out of her home just a few blocks from my new place. It seemed serendipitous that someone would be so close and have the qualifications on paper that I was looking for. I was a bit worried about the appointment being at her home and wondered how profession the environment would be. Given that I was relapsing at the time, I needed help fast, so I trusted my intuition and made my first appointment.
I am happy to report my new therapist is a true healer. She has a separate space just for her clients and it is more professional than some spas I have been to over the years. Because she does not have the overhead of a spa, she is able to offer affordable packages. I take full advantage of this by visiting her at least every three weeks. It has been nothing less than miraculous for my legs. The spasticity has become manageable and for that I am grateful. Her business is called A Room to Relax and if you live anywhere near Santa Clarita, Ca, I highly recommend that you schedule a visit!
Not only does she do incredible healing work, she is also very generous with her time and attention. Recently, she offered me some lemons from her backyard tree as a token of her appreciation. I was ecstatic! I love lemons and put them in my morning smoothie every day. To honor the gift that she shared, I made some lemon bars this weekend with the lemons from her tree and am sharing it with you to pass along to someone you love. You see, it is never about what one expects from another, but rather what one gives without the expectation of something in return. Giving freely creates a theme in life in which loving kindness always finds its way back. It is cyclical and universal. Hence the idea that what one puts out in the universe, one receives back tenfold. Today, I am thankful for those that give freely of themselves above and beyond what is asked of them. I am blessed.
- 1 Cup Coconut Flour
- 1 Cup Almond Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Liquid (as needed, may use almond milk or water)
- 8 Eggs
- 1 1/2 Cups Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed)
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Zest
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
- Preheat Oven to 350 F
- Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non stick spray or coconut oil
- Combine all of the crust ingredients in a large bowl
- Add the liquid until the crust is like a dough
- Press into the prepared pan.
- Bake approximately 25 minutes. The crust should be slightly brown.
- Remove from the oven and cool.
- Combine all of the filling ingredients in a larger bowl.
- Whisk the eggs until completely combined.
- Pour the filling onto the cooled crust.
- Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. The filling should be firm when it is done.
- Cool completely before cutting. Best when chilled before served.