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The initial inspiration for the pillows came from Magic, Aline’s therapy dog and companion. He was a stray — a Bichon/Poodle mix — who showed up on her doorstep one day. It was love at first sight.
It was Magic’s choice to dedicate his life to doing healing work with Aline. For 15 years, he dutifully assisted every therapy session. When he passed away, he left a large hole in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. The original HEART pillow was inspired by his desire to remind everyone that love is the one ingredient that makes life worthwhile.
The pillows inserted themselves in our lives organically. Years ago, Aline and Laura discovered that they both used pillows of various sizes, shapes, and weights in their therapeutic somatic work. Both Laura and Aline felt that the use of pillows significantly enhanced the nurturing aspect of their work, and found that this nurturing was greatly appreciated by their clients, particularly by those who struggled with early trauma.
In early 2012, we officially began designing pillows for the NeuroAffective Touch® trainings. Laura and Aline brought their collection of pillows to the design table (the dining table), and Victor and Laura set out to make patterns and design prototypes. Laura and Victor have a similar understanding of the fabrication process, and they worked their “magic” together. They tested a plethora of shapes, sizes, weights, and fabrics for feel and malleability in the process of finalizing what is now the Nurture to Heal™ Therapeutic Pillow Collection.
As we look back at the many steps we took in the evolution of our Nurture To Heal™ Therapeutic Pillows, we feel confident that they are a wonderful tool to encourage nurturing self-care, manage chronic stress, enhance somatic regulation, and support emotional healing.
Nurture To Heal™ Therapeutic Pillows evolved out of our desire to create tools that would support and enhance somatic awareness. We wanted to develop therapeutic comfort tools for self-regulation and self-care that NeuroAffective Touch® practitioners could use and give to their clients. The outcome has exceeded our hopes. Professional psychotherapists, bodyworkers, and everyone who can benefit from tender self-care and who struggles with nervous system regulation have found them useful.
Our Nurture To Heal™ Therapeutic Pillows are made of luxurious deep red stretch velvet. Filled with organic flax seeds, they are soft and malleable. They can be warmed in the microwave or cooled in the freezer. Pleasingly tactile and sensuous, the pillows are a valuable resource to support self-regulation, encourage soothing self-care, and heighten body awareness.
Nurture To Heal™ Therapeutic Pillows are handmade in the USA. We carefully select our fabrics and closely inspect our organic flax seeds to ensure consistent quality. Based on the feedback we receive, we constantly refine our pillows for comfort and effectiveness.
We believe that once you use them and discover the special effects of each shape, you will find that you can’t be without your collection of pillows.
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