When I arrived at Buen Pastor yesterday, there were two women on massage tables and the cook was sitting on the couch. They were full of needles. Lori Wilson L.AC, M.AC. was administering acupuncture, prescribing Bach Flower essences, and updating their progress charts. I had heard a lot about Lori and have wanted to meet her for some time but our paths never crossed. Lori has been coming to Buen Pastor on Wednesdays for two years to treat the women, girls, and madres and has been instrumental in allieviating pain, anger, and depression in all three groups.
As she worked, we talked. I asked her how she came to know about Buen Pastor and why she does the work. It’s her passion, she told me. It’s where she wants to be and she’s excited about the progress she has seen. She pays for most of the needles and flower essences out of her own pocket, and only just recently has begun to look for funding and donations for her supplies.
When she found out I volunteered massage, she asked if I might work on one of the women who was complaining about her neck, and then another who was suffering from headaches, and then another with lower back pain. Soon enough, I was stationed at one of the tables following up Lori’s acupuncture treatment with a mini-massage. The modalities complimented one another and I loved being able to compare notes with Lori. We both knew the backgrounds of our patients and have the same perspective about healing and bodywork. Most of all, the women and girls respond to the treatment and love being worked on. It’s one of the rare moments someone focuses love and attention on them.
I plan on going back and teaming up with Lori every Wednesday. It’s such rewarding work. I also like to think of Madre Lourdes tucking in the girls at night and giving them their flower essences drops Lori has prescribed before kissing them on the forehead goodnight.