Dollwork as a Healing Practice
Dollwork can be something as simple as creating a doll of an ancestor to remind us of the person when we need it. For example, I had a woman order two dolls made up of her grandmother for her and her cousin to keep in their kitchen while they cook. Their best memories of their grandmother were kitchen memories.
I have worked with people to journey and connect with ancestors and then together we make a doll to put upon their ancestor altar as a representation of a “meeting place” for the client to connect and pray to and for an ancestor. There have also been clients who have commissioned dolls of a particular deity, saint, or angel to use for specific uses.
I also offer workshops where a group of people gets together, we share a short meditation and build a simple doll. These can run in different directions from simple pillow workshops centered around self-confidence and self-worth, Sacred Feminine doll workshops, healing and medicine dolls, and even birthday and holiday themes. All we need is a group of 5 or more people and an intention, and magical things can happen!
Materials for all session types provided.
3 hr Workshops | $99 per person | 5 people minimum
What Is Fire Cupping?
“Acupuncture and cupping, more than half of the ills cured,” is
a famous Chinese saying, supporting traditional Chinese medicine.
Cupping is a lesser-known treatment that is a part of Oriental
medicine, one that can provide an especially pleasant experience.
One of the earliest documentations of cupping can be found in the work titled A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies, which was written by a Taoist herbalist by the name of Ge Hong and which dates all the way back to 300 AD. An even earlier Chinese documentation, three thousand years old, recommended cupping for the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis. In both Eastern and Western cultures, cupping evolved from shamanistic practices that held the belief that illnesses and infirmities can be sucked out of the body.
Cupping can be found in a different form in almost every culture in the world.
Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the ski to disperse and break up stagnation and congestion by drawing congested blood, energy, or other humors to the surface.
Suction can also be created using an alcohol-soaked cotton pad then lighting the pad and placing an empty cup over the flame to extinguish it. Flames are never used on the skin and only as a means to create the heat that causes the suction within the small cups.
Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin or used stationary. The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup.
Cupping is much like the inverse of massage, rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. This allows for stagnant blood, toxins, and energies to move through the body where they can be processed and eliminated.
For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes.
The side effects of cupping are fairly mild. "Bruising" (It actually isn't bruising, as no capillaries are broken) should be expected, but skin should return to looking normal within 10 days.
In my practice, I use cupping therapy not only to help relax and manipulate the body's tissues but also as an energetic release. I believe the body holds energies, trauma, emotions, and more. These energies are oftentimes connected to patterning that does not serve us. Using the gift of fire's breath, I believe we have the ability to release this kind of stagnation.
"Spiritualism is a belief that spirits of the dead have both the ability and the inclination to communicate with the living. The afterlife, or "spirit world", is seen by spiritualists, not as a static place, but as one in which spirits continue to evolve"
I have been (I believe we all have been) connecting with Spirit as far as my memory can recall. (As a matter of fact, my first memories are of being in a playpen, knowing on a teething toy, trying to bury myself below a pile of toys to avoid being watched by “the people” in my room.) I come from a family of seers, empaths, and even an evangelical prophetess, so my interest in Spirit has been a pronounced part of my life.
It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my son, that I realized I was going to have to take my education more seriously, as my child in utero, began showing signs of the same sort of sensitivities that run in my family.
At the time, I was actively engaged in a self-reflective, cultural process called “A Map to Wellness” with the Elders at the Cultural Wellness Center. In this work, I was continually asked to ground myself in my culture and in that process, learned that how I had been experiencing Spirit was not only a key element in my path but also a normal, even common experience for the cultural community I belong to.
That realization gave the permission I believe I needed to gather all the tools I had learned up to that moment and start using them in a more focused way.
My work is grounded in the guidance of my Ancestors and my Ori, influenced by the many ways this guidance has manifested. Kemeticism, African Traditional Religion, Heathenry, Curranderismo and Hoodoo as folkways or folk-practice are some of the traditions I draw my tools from. There are others as well, yet I have chosen to highlight these, because I follow regular guidance from Elders in each of these traditions.
This is why I have chosen to identify as a Folkways Practitioner. I practice the healing tools of my Folks, rooted in my cultural heritage and only as an invited guest in others. When you are working with me, we will be drawing from my entire toolbox. That may include cultural information from your own ancestral line.
Together we can use tools that I’ve learned (and tools that already work for you) to support and encourage healing, protection, guidance, and wellness for you, your family, and your home.
One on One Spiritual Care| 60-minute session | $99
Service Consultations & Commissions | 60-minute session | $99
Ancestor Readings | 90-minute session | $150
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