The last time I went to Canyon Ranch Lenox I received a 54-page guide to services in the mail, along with a four-page health & lifestyle questionnaire that closed with the question, "What life changes would you like to address while at Canyon Ranch?"
Now Canyon Ranch has gone green and emails you a confirmation letter with links to its weekly schedule of activities so you can start thinking about what you want. The program advisors already knew my goal -- to help recover from the death of my brother six months ago. So I just had a phone discussion with Lynn about what the best treatments might be for me. After looking at the Guide to Services I had come up with three that I thought might be helpful:
"Inner Journey" uses hypnosis to "gain access to the rich reservoir of memories, images and feelings within." I am drawn to this because I want to write about my brother, especially our childhood, what we did together, what we meant to each other. Sometimes I feel the horrible and sudden circumstances of his death has made it harder to access those memories. When Wesley was alive we would reminisce, and we each had part of the story. Will I be able to remember without him?
I was also drawn to "Healing Energy," a gentle therapy that "clears, aligns and balances mind and body as well as detects and corrects imbalances in the energy field." It was mentioned as being especially useful for grief and transitions. Finally, I thought Shiatsu might round out my choices.
Lynn and I discussed some of the options and agreed the first two were good choices. But she suggested I try a new 80-minute service called Restorative Massage, for people who suffer from lack of sleep, insomnia, irregular sleep patterns or a sense of fatigue upon waking. That's me. "Your therapist will use certified organic ingredients and techniques specially designed to quiet the brain." I'm getting that treatment at 8:30 at night, so afterwards I'll just roll into bed.
Lynn also suggested I schedule a follow-up appointment with the hypnotherapist, just in case I feel the need to discuss things that come up in the first session.
I told her how I usually go crazy with the lectures, and she advised I try to build in more quiet time. Since I'm just getting my body going again, she suggested some kind of stretch or yoga class, a cardio class (maybe dance?), and meditation every day.
She also pointed out that Feb. 6-10 they're celebrating Chinese New Year with special classes led by Master Yang Yang, a master of qi gong and chi-building practices. I'm interested in two of the classes -- one for sleep, stress and immune function, the other for weight management.
So I have a plan. I'm looking forward to this time at Canyon Ranch, and to letting you know how it goes with me.