Michelle Phay, owner and licensed massage therapist at Shalom Massage and Wellness, begins a Refuge Recovery group that meets every Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. in her wellness center located in downtown Spokane.

“Refuge Recovery is a non-profit organization grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for a path to freedom from addiction,” the RefugeRecovery.org website explains. “This is an approach to recovery that understands: All individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction.”

Phay, who is also a nurse and yoga instructor, has always has a passion to help people along on their road to recovery. “I started this Monday evening group because I believe there are many paths to recovery, and as human beings in a messy world, we are all recovering from something,” she explains. “Recovery can be from a variety of things: drugs, alcohol, perfectionism, a bad attitude. Honestly, most of us simply need to recover from life.”

As a massage therapist, Phay finds that using therapeutic touch is a beneficial way to invite an individual to connect with their body, soul and spirit. “The sensations of the body and the authentic feelings of the soul propel us to a place where recovery is possible utilizing modalities such as massage, yoga, meditation and group work. As we become aware of the sensations physically, emotionally and spiritually, we are able to connect the feelings associated with our body and begin the process of creating a sense of well-being, leading to the potential to start the recovery process.”

Cost: Free. Donations are welcome. Book for group is available on Amazon. Location: 1325 West 1st Ave., Ste. 202, in downtown Spokane. For more information, visit RefugeRecovery.org or call 509-290-7004.