Finding your “purpose in life”
Long before the white man set foot on American soil the Native Americans, had been living in America. When the Europeans came here, there were probably about 10 million Native Americans populating the United States. They had been living in the US for quite some time. It is believed that the first Native Americans arrived during the last ice-age, approximately 20,000 – 30,000 years ago through a land-bridge across the Bering Sound, from northeastern Siberia into Alaska. The oldest documented Indian cultures in North America are Sandia (15000 BC), Clovis (12000 BC) and Folsom (8000 BC).
Growing up in Commack, Long Island, New York, I was very aware of the Native American culture. The name Commack comes from the Secatogue Indians who lived on the south shore between Copiague and Bayport. They named their northern lands in the center of the island Winnecomac meaning “Pleasant lands.” This is what they must have thought when they looked over this area of flat lands with rich soil, and thick oak forests abounding with plants and wildlife. From the earliest days Commack was known for its fertile soil, abundance of game, and wood. At the end of my street, was a farm which grew potatoes, corn, tomatoes, lettuce and several other crops. Commack at that time instilled a respect for nature, the Native American heritage and the understanding of traditions and philosophies that are applied in some spas today.
Many Native American cultures believe that each of us is here for a specific reason. While finding your life purpose, you must strive to be the best possible you, and each of your actions is done to benefit the environment and people around you. In this spirit, Native American spa treatments, using elements such as heat, stones, water, herbs, aloe, and corn, naturally reconnect you, physically and emotionally, with yourself. Most spas that feature these services, have consulted with a Native American experts to create treatments that honor traditions, including the use of indigenous materials and sustainable agriculture practices that have been deeply rooted in Native American Indian life for thousands of years. These timeless natural treatments are a path to inner and outer beauty.
The word centered is at the heart of Native American spa therapies: Spa treatments that incorporate these Native American rituals are intended to enhance introspection, to purify mind, body and spirit. When you’re centered, you have a clearer sense of purpose and you can accomplish more. This week’s Spavelous Spa Magazine “Now You Are In The Know” will look at the Native American Culture and how spas have incorporated the essence of these traditions in their spa services.