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Would You Contribute Services to Help Returning U.S. Soldiers?

Posted: August 19, 2010

Diamond Way Ayurveda in cooperation with the Warrior Water Center Project, a project conceived and directed by Brig. General James Cook of the U.S. Army Reserves, is pleased to announce a community-based initiative to help the soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families.

It is a fact that soldiers, warriors committed to defend what is cherished in daily life and the world, are a real and necessary part of society. And the stress, wear and tear on the men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan--as well as the stress and strain on their spouses, partners and children--is immense. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the more visible wounds of warfare changes these men and women forever. No one goes back to the way things were. Somehow, what is needed is to integrate these new life experiences in a healthy and meaningful way so that they can emerge as productive, happy and engaged citizens in everyday life. What especially gets in the way of this successful transition is PTSD.

What has been learned by health care providers, including those in the Veterans Administration is that, especially for treating PTSD, three of the most effective therapies to help these men and women are massage, yoga and meditation. And, as such approaches require time and a change of lifestyle, community-based follow-up services are vital and essential to make a difference. This is especially true for U.S. Army reservists, who do not come home as units per se, but are sent back to their home communities, where they have often found their work and family life radically changed with few or no Veterans Affairs services available.

It is because of the importance of our local communities that Robert and Melanie Sachs of Diamond Way Ayurveda are turning to each of you.

The simple fact is that if you own a spa, more than likely you offer massage. You may even offer yoga and meditation to your clients. Alternatively, if you are a yoga studio, you may offer classes and also have meditation and massage services on-site. Then again, you may be just an individual massage therapist, yoga or meditation instructor. Regardless, each of you possesses or offers those very skills and services so vital to the reintegration and well-being of these warriors and their families.