Experiencing Hoosier Shangrila

Ranger Reuben, home from working the front gate at Yosemite, captures a wrap-around panoramic of Lake Alison as Spring 2015 fades to summer.

Ranger Reuben, home from working the front gate at Yosemite National Park, captures a wrap-around panoramic of Lake Alison at Hash Road (his other favorite place to commune with nature) as Spring 2015 fades to summer.

Welcome to Hoosier Shangrila.

Here we will journey through the life of Rebecca Townsend (aka Coach Willie M.F. Mack), an investigative, multimedia journalist, soccer coach, massage therapist, mother, wife, friend and all-around Indy Eleven booster. (Other teams she roots for include the Indy AlleyCats Ultimate Frisbee, the Indiana Fever and Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana University — especially soccer and basketball, Earlham College and Mizzou.) She is currently writing some form of “Becca Had Balls: A Hoosier reporter goes rogue during Brazil’s 2014 World Cup.”

Hoosier Shangrila represents many levels of experience. It began as a riff on the “Shangrila” namesake of a Midtown Indianapolis estate Townsend and her family renovated in Indy’s Crooked Creek. After a heartbreaking job loss as NUVO news editor in 2014, she pivoted to develop a new skill set. Following her July 2015 graduation from the Indiana College of Sports and Medical Massage, Townsend began building a practice based on individualized massage sessions designed to relax, repair, rejuvenate and improve quality of life using a variety of modalities from Swedish to Shiatsu, working from light to deep with pressure adjusted to clients’ needs and individual pain thresholds. She aims to build long-term wellness relationships as people experience improvements in their overall quality of life.

Rebecca is honored to be member of the Lift Therapeutic Massage  team in Downtown Indianapolis’ Fletcher Place neighborhood on what Indianapolis Monthly just called the “hippest block in town.”Rebecca’s Lift shifts run Tuesday through Saturday. She also offers massage madness Mondays, $75 90-minute massage sessions via her mobile unit setup.

Ultimately, Shangrila represents belief in an idea more wonderful than one can conceive of on one’s own — enlightenment, heaven on earth — a connection to something timeless and eternal. One of the only ways to put a concrete feeling to such an ethereal idea is to get a great massage.

Welcome to the journey.

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