Field of daydreams: helping others relieve stress

Published 10:38 pm Monday, July 29, 2013

When Lori Field daydreams, she imagines ways of making her business more comfortable and inviting.

Then she closes her eyes and remembers being on an island beach with a cold drink in her hand, relaxing.

“I call my shop Daydreams, because it sounds like an escape, drifting from everything around you and releasing,” Lori says. “American Heritage dictionary defines a daydream as ‘a dreamlike musing or fantasy while you’re awake.’ I want Daydreams to be a healing, spiritual place. When you pull off the road, I want you to be in a place to meditate, relax, refresh and heal.”

Lori Field working on a client. (photo submitted)

Lori Field working on a client. (photo submitted)

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Field has been a masseuse for 17 years, and she grew up with appreciation for how massages can be part of a healthy regimen for body, mind and spirit. She attributes her commitment to peaceful life and good health to her strong, lifelong spiritual faith.

She grew up as a Seventh Day Adventist, and her faith supports eating a plant-based diet, exercising regularly and not smoking. Being physically healthy increases life span, which means a person has more time to worship and do good work, she said.

“God is the guide for my business,” she said. “I say a silent prayer before each treatment, and ask Him to bring healing to each individual.”

Between July 2011 and 2012, more than 34 million Americans had massages, often to improve sleep, help with depression, end muscle soreness or stop migraines. Although the American Massage Therapist Association states that half of the people who get massages cite a medical reason, Field says the pure comfort of massage can be healing in itself.

“All my massages offer lots of pampering,” she says. “I grew up a girly girl. I always liked to paint my toenails and wear high heels. It’s always interested me to see how easy it is to make people feel better.”

Helping other people feel better makes Field feel better, too.

“I don’t ever have free time. Ken works till nine or ten at night, seven days a week, and I do, too, so it’s a good thing that I love my work,” she says.

Her Ken is Ken Busch, owner of Ken’s Scoops Ice Cream and Graceland Sheds.

“Kenny has been my role model, because he has such a good mind for business,” she says. “He and I went to grade school together. He was two years ahead of me, and his mother was my church secretary. Seven years ago, a friend brought us together again. We hadn’t seen each other for years, but we had memories of many of the same places.”

Field enjoys daydreaming about the beach, but she wouldn’t want to live there again.

“I spent 40 years in Florida, and I don’t want to live on that flat land,” she says. “I miss the beach but love these mountains. I like all the nature, outdoors, wildlife. It’s a slower pace here than in Florida, and it’s good to be out of that rat race.”