Green is where the Heart Is for June 28th, 2017

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“maggie and milly and molly and may went down to the beach (to play one day) and maggie discovered a shell that sang so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,” ~ E. E. Cummings

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Thalassa is a Greek word meaning the sea.  I am reminded of the movie, “My Big, Fat Greek Wedding,” as Gus Portokalos, Toula’s father, circles back all words suggesting Greek origins.  Thalassatherapy uses elements found in seawater such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodide to be placed on the body and absorbed into the skin.  Sometimes this includes mud and kelp wraps, warm spa showers of seawater and the inhalation of sea fog.  The healing properties of these minerals create positive effects.  Some may say there is little scientific evidence to support these results, unless, of course, you want to included the thousands of visitors who flock to our beach yearly to experience those ‘unscientific’ feelings on our shore.
There are many other benefits to living close to or visiting the ocean regularly. Twelve years ago my husband had a dream as we became empty nesters.  After living our whole lives landlocked in OH, he wanted the adventure of living by the sea.  Even though we had never heard of Kure Beach or Pleasure Island, we were seduced to this place by a series of serendipitous events.  In September of 2005, my first day living on this island, I was welcomed by Hurricane Ophelia. Our beach cottage on stilts rumbled like a freight train as it shook with the winds.  The power was cut but my venturesome husband was prepared with plenty of bottled water, bacon, eggs and a Coleman cook stove. I was also welcomed by loving neighbors bearing wine.  Mike and Lucy soon became like family.
Barefoot walks on the beach were not quite as healthy for me as I thought they would be. I began to experience severe pain in my feet which my podiatrist diagnosed as plantar faciitis.  I thought walking barefoot on the sand would give me exercise and exfoliate my feet at the same time.  My doctor advised against it and recommended wearing supportive shoes with inserts until my feet healed. To this day I do not walk without protection, my Oofos flipflops from Touche being my favorite beach walking footwear.
Another advantage of being near the sea is the opportunity to slow down and unplug.  Since I am still working with clients designing and providing beautiful home décor, slowing down may be easier said than done.  The good news for me is that I have created a lifestyle business doing something everyday that I love.  I help clients co-create purposeful spaces in primary residences, secondary homes and rental units.  Each scenario may require a different budgetary focus but all have one thing in common, the space is supported by the healing characteristics of our ocean.
Perhaps the most important healing aspect of our island embraces travelers who come to the sea after a time of loss, allowing time to regroup.  Books like Gift from the Sea , by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, give insight to countless generations. As e. e. reminds us, “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.”  Enjoy.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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