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Just what is a Machesah Healing Room?

Take a deep breath and imagine with me for a moment. Imagine a room that is devoid of any irritations or stressors. Imagine a healing space that is designed for calming and to stimulate the central nervous system to help reverse the effects of trauma. Imagine entering this area and feeling almost as if you were in the womb- safe and protected.

The Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Environment space is colorful and explores all of the senses, allowing the brain and central nervous system to deeply relax and heal.

The meaning of “Machesah” is simply a safe haven. Our executive director, Devorah England discovered this concept and technology while travelling in Israel. She spent some time at the Shiloh Therapy Center in Shiloh. This center is dedicated to helping families, children, and soldiers to have the resources they need to heal from PTSD and other wounds of terrorist attacks and wartime stressors.

When Devorah entered the Machesah healing room in Shiloh, she felt as if she immediately transcended the    worries, concerns, and stressors of the day. She was able experience the gentle music, swaying colors, and healing visual stimuli and activities and allowed her brain and body to decompress. She heard the stories of people whose lives had been changed by their time there. Her vision as executive director of Wounded Warriors – Sons and Daughters of America is that the Wounded Warrior Restoration Center would use this same technology to be a part of the healing therapies offered to help restore families and save the lives of wounded warriors. This therapy has proven to be especially helpful for combat wounded who are dealing with PTSD and TBI.

The technology used in the Machesah room was invented by two Dutch scientists nearly twenty years ago. Their research led them to discover that a multi-sensory environment allows for a complete rewiring of brain circuits in brain-injured and brain-traumatized patients. They also found that it heightens relaxation and creates a deep sense of grounding in those who do not live with the symptoms of trauma. Click here to find out more about the Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Environment.  

Wounded Warriors – Sons & Daughters of America is currently in process to secure a Snoezelen system and training via grants and fundraising.

 

 

A big part of our vision at the Wounded Warriors Restoration Center is the idea that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment method. A recent article from the Army Times expounds upon this philosophy and shows research that demonstrates this truth.  Click here to read this great article.

The reason we will strive to offer so many varied treatments is because not everything works for everybody.

Our work at the Wounded Warriors Restoration Center will integrate many different kinds of healing therapies to attack symptoms and bring increased awareness to all that exacerbates the combat injuries of those who served honorably. Here are just a few of the modalities that will be offered:

  • Family integration.
  • Retreat atmosphere allowing for camaraderie and the power of shared experiences.
  • Green therapies encouraging a connection back to the land and simple truths that enhance self-awareness.
  • Nutritional therapies and counselling.
  • Machesah Rooms.
  • Individualized Holistic Wellness Pictures.
  • Synchronicity System Treatments.
  • Outdoor Adventures and Trust-Building Scenarios.
  • Animal Therapies: Equine therapy and Farm Animals.
  • Physical Conditioning and Stress Reduction Strategies.
  • Ongoing Follow-up and Alumni Visits
  • Internship Program
  • More to come…

 

 

 

 

Meet Ronie Kendig, who has turned her passion for wounded warriors and their healing into a stellar book series titled "Discarded Heroes"

 

Ronie Kendig, who writes self-proclaimed “rapid-fire fiction” has written some amazing books that will really be a help to veterans and their families who are seeking to heal from the aftermath of combat. Kalvin Evans, our program director, has read the first three and highly recommends them to wounded warriors who like to read as a way to process their experiences.

We here at Wounded Warriors – Sons and Daughters of America strongly believe that facilitating a healing journey means that we use whatever high quality tool that comes our way and these books are incredibly insightful and fun to read!

Ronie Kendig has done a stellar job in her “Discarded Heroes” series to tell the stories that need to be told. They will not only help many understand what it is like for those suffering from PTSD, TBI, and other war-related injuries, but they will give hope to those who are experiencing the injuries first-hand.

Check out her site for more info and to purchase her books:

www.roniekendig.com

Click here for Ronie Kendig’s bio.

 

 

Where are you planning to go for vacation this year? A quiet Caribbean beach? Perhaps Disney with the kids? How about an adventure in the mountains?

Do you realize that for many servicemen and women that vacation becomes a word that holds no meaning for them?

All expenses paid, luxury accommodations, and transportation to the hospital. Surely our wounded combat veterans deserve something better!

How can this be? Long deployments, limited finances, and stressful reintegration back to their home life. All of these factors add to a long list of reasons why vacation may seem to be just beyond their reach.

Let’s add an injury or wound to the mix, shall we? How easy is it to go on vacation with someone who is having trouble dealing with reality? How easy is it to “get away from it all” when you can’t hold down a job because of your Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? How easy is it to adjust to a non-handicapped world?

What if the most relaxing time that you’d had in the recent past was an extended stay in the hospital?

Can you see why we are so passionate about what we will be doing at the Wounded Warriors Restoration Center?

We’ll be offering families the chance to come and focus on healing while on an all-expenses paid vacation in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. They’ll experience healthy spa food, holistic therapies, adventures, all-out fun and a chance to breathe deep. This is the vision, and it will make a healing impact that will affect this generation and generations to come.

Please consider partnering with us to help many wounded servicemen, servicewomen and their families enjoy the time of their lives. Click on the Contributions button on your left to get started now.


Everyone in our nation has been impacted by the war on terror. Everyone knows someone who has served in combat. Everyone knows families who’ve been impacted by the traumas of this war. Everyone knows that these men and women return with emotional wounds, having survived near misses and experiences that many of us would not be able to handle.

We have no idea what the daily grind is like for our combat soldiers unless we've been there with boots on the sand.

These are real problems. The statistics on PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) differ according to the agency reporting on them and their bias. These differing statistics, however, do not erase the fact that these problems exist and they are not going away without people willing to sacrifice their time and energy to come alongside those affected.

It’s time to be proactive. So many of us need to get involved. Our vision for what we want to do is geared toward a very simple mission: We want to offer wounded warrior’s and their families what they need for physical, emotional, spiritual, and social healing. Bottom Line: This is all about saving lives.

Our servicemen and women served honorably laying their lives on the line, now we come alongside to fight for their lives and the lives of their family.

If a soldier returns with PTSD and emotional issues that keep them from functioning in society, they need the chance to receive the therapies that will offer them new life. The suicide rates for those returning from combat are growing at an alarming rate. Click here to read a recent NY Times article on this subject Without hope, many are choosing to end their lives at the full bloom of their youth. There has got to be a better way.

Here is our line in the sand: “Will we all do whatever it takes to attempt to save these precious lives?” Even if it’s just one life that’s saved, one family that’s affected, we will have been successful. All the effort. All the planning. All the tears. This is nothing compared to the blood, sweat, and tears poured out by our servicemen as they served in the sand.

As we continue with our mission, be sure to check back and read the stories of those who’ve been rescued… and pray. Consider how you can become involved. Every bit helps. You, too, can save a life.