A touch of love at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jill Rehrig of New Beginnings, a massage therapist specializing in myofascial release, gave a gift of a loving touch to several residents at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes in Kunkletown on Valentine's Day, like Betty Darocha.
Soothing music floats throughout the room as Jill Rehrig's fingers and hands massage the shoulders of Ruth Stauffer, a resident at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes in Kunkletown. Ruth closes her eyes and sighs.
"This is so nice," she says.
That's just what Rehrig wants to hear.
Rehrig is a massage therapist specializing in myofascial release who lives in Kresgeville. The name of her facility is New Beginnings.
"Valentine's Day is all about love. I wanted to give something from the heart. I thought of helping some older people. I wanted to give them something to get excited about," she says.
She thought visiting a personal care home and offering free massages to residents who wanted them would be a special gift from her.
As she massaged, she quietly asked each recipient what their idea of love was.
Stauffer, 82, says that love is living together, appreciating one another, doing things together and working together, as she and her late husband, Charles did in the 46 years they had together.
Betty Darocha agrees. She fell in love with her husband in 1948. They met at his cousin's anniversary party. They married a year later and had 39 good years together.
Maria Martinez says she fell in love with "a beautiful boy named Ramon." They married when she was 24 and they had three children together. In her 82 years, she has learned that love is "first a feeling. Then it becomes physical, then more spiritual and then becomes comfortable."
She adds that your first love is not like the love of your life. She thinks Valentine's Day is selected for love but every day should be Valentine's Day.
Daniel Pearson, 83, says that love is affection for another person but can be a general feeling for many people.
"It is a feeling in your heart that calls attention to what you feel toward another person."
He says he has been in love a few times but he never married.
"I don't know why but I stopped analyzing why after a while," he says.
Virginia Kowal, 91, says love is wonderful.
"Everybody should have love for everyone, everything from flowers, to leaves to horses," she says as she waits her turn for her massage. She is playing "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" on the piano.
The former singer, actress, dancer turned wife and mother says she is happy.
"I didn't need diamonds because I have a diamond heart."
As Jill's magic fingers bring ease and a loving touch to the residents, she says, "When I hit the pillow tonight, I'll know what I gave today. Wow. I did this for 11 people and brought a little joy to them."