~~ Regeneration Springs ~~

A healing massage studio in Abita Springs, Louisiana, opened in May, 2006, by Donna Caire, a licensed massage therapist certified in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. "I use my extended training in Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy, visceral manipulation, chi nei tsang, craniosacral, diet and herbal remedies and integrate this knowledge into comprehensive massage sessions."


Universal Healing , One WOMB at a Time

After spending the afternoon harvesting wild thistle, I became very grateful for the ease of eating an artichoke, a thistle cultivated for food purposes.  I expended a lot of effort for very little food, but I can't say the afternoon was a wash - I was inspired and connected to be interacting with my environment.  Did anyone else try to eat any part of the thistle?  I found the stems to be the easiest - just snap in two, and the outer part peels off quite easily.  An easy harvest for what is similar to our celery.  

The Fourth Friday Body Parts, a class I offer to inform those who are interested to appreciate rather than be afraid of their "body parts", will be held on the First Friday of May this month (May 2) 10-12 AM and 7-9 PM due to the fact that I will be out of town. This class will focus on the vagus nerve and the influence it has on almost every part of our body.  It is in constant communication with our outside world via the sounds we hear (the vagus nerve begins in the cranium next to our hearing sense), innervates our face, our throat, our esophagus, and our digestive system as well as our heart, lungs, and (recently discovered) our sexual organs.  It constantly tells the brain what it is picking up (I feel it in my gut, I know it in my heart) and can be considered our inner guardian. We will discuss the anatomy of this important nerve (the longest in our body), and techniques on how to sooth and understand this nerve that has the power to "reset" our nervous system so it can repair and grow.  If you are interested, please email to reserve your spot. $15, limited to 9 people.

On my first day of massage school, I was assigned to read any article in a massage magazine and write a report on it.  Random selection presented me with an article on the Aborigines in Australia for whom touch was a very important part of their community.  When a baby was born, EVERYONE in the tribe came to touch and hold the baby, physically integrating the infant into the community of humans as well as imparting very important ancestral bacteria capable of instructing the newly forming immune system.  The family continued to touch and massage the infant throughout the first years of life, and as the infants became children, they massaged their parents, and as teenagers, their job was to massage their grandparents.  By doing this, these individuals became truly connected to a community, and came to understand each other in a most profound way.  One of the most astounding teachings I learned in massage school was how to touch and to be touched.  I would wish that blessing on everyone.                                            

For all you new parents, here's an excellent opportunity to learn this skill.  Suzanne Harper is offering a baby bonding class that teaches infant massage on Wednesday, April 30 - 1-2:30 pm at the Women's Center for Healing in Abita Springs.  $25 is the suggested donation. 985-789-9321  From Dr. Frederick Laboyer: “Being touched and caressed, being massaged, is food for the infant. Food as necessary as minerals, vitamins, and proteins.”  I would like to add - for all of us!
On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the South Mississippi Herb Festival will be held at Epley Depot Garden Center, 3920 Hwy 589, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with presentations by many of our favorite teachers: Betty Sue O'Brian on Iridiology and Herbs for each Body System, Darrell Martin's wondrous herb reveries, and Lynda Baker on flower essences. Sandy King, Joffrion Mitts, and Jan Hernandez will also speak and a vegetarian lunch will be available.  Contact John Osborne, master of ceremonies, at
The vibrant Covington Farmer's Market (  will be having a Wellness Day on Saturday, May 3.  Be sure to check it out to see what your community has to offer.

For an historical perspective on how health and medicine was practiced in New Orleans during the 1800's, visit the Pharmacy Museum in New Orleans.  Located on Chartres Street, this pharmacy, otherwise known as an apothecary, dates back to 1816.  On Thursdays and Fridays at noon there is a wonderful "tour" ($5.00) presented by a lively actor/worker.  

To experience a contemporary apothecary (so different than a Rite Aid or CVS!), visit Maypop Herbs in New Orleans at 1036 Franklin Avenue,  mayppopherbshop@gmail.com504-304-5067  or visit Rosalie Apothecary, located at 3201 Toulouse Street, which will open with live music and refreshments on May 3, 2014, from 1-4. (

Save the date for the Annual Herb Walk and Swim in Artesian Waters at Regeneration Springs on May 25, 2014.

I also want to share with you that there will be two visiting herbalists in the fall: Phyllis D. Light (September 26-28) and Jim McDonald (October 25-26)! 

Phyllis Light is a 4th generation Appalachian Herbalist from Alabama (, and she will be offering workshops on how to generate and maintain a healthy balance of the chemical and hormone messengers in our bodies that help us be happy, interact with our community and bond with each other, as well as a special workshop designed to explore our personal stories in "The Spirituality of Story - How our Stories Influence our Health and Happiness". 

Phyllis will help us to explore how we develop our personal identity through our stories that we create, and how they are influenced by those around us, and how these stories in turn influence how we see ourselves, how others see us, how we view our world, how we find our place in it, and ultimately, our health.

So much a part of my practice is to provide a means for listening to our stories, and understanding how these stories are expressed in our bodies. From Phyllis: "By understanding our stories, we can change them: they are still being written and the ending is mutable." 

Jim McDonald ( will team up with Darrell Martin for a lovely weekend in the woods at Blue Boy Herbs (, Carriere, Mississippi, for an in-depth and sensual exploration of herbs: we will discover their 

energetics: through seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing and appreciating.

If you are interested in any of these events, email and I can make sure you are notified of updates of location and price. 

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I am traveling to Albuquerque this week to take another class in nerve release for the upper body - torso, arms and neck!  I look forward to returning home and sharing these new skills.  See you in May!  

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”  Ben Franklin


Enjoy your time here!  It is a gift.


Donna Caire, LMT #3773, LAP#0164, NCBTMB Approved Provider #451903-12, Certified Arvigo Techniques of Abdominal TherapyTM therapist and Certified Self-Care Teacher