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Self Care is Health Care
By Invitation Only

The Trager Approach has some interesting and effective principles. One of the hallmarks of our work is to INVITE the tissue to feel softness, never pressing, never pushy. Our world is moving faster and faster, and according to “Moore’s Law” this will continue exponentially (Friedman, 2016).  Thomas Friedman, in his book Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Acceleration, goes into great detail regarding the toll technology has taken on our physical bodies and social relationships.  Moore’s law states: “the expectation that the power of microchips would double roughly every two years”, has come true, and gone beyond that assumption. Many of us have felt the changes that have occurred in our lives because of this exponential growth of computation and artificial intelligence.  One of the major consequences of this acceleration, is the length of time it will take our social structures to catch up and protect us from those effects.  Depression and suicide in teens is one of those effects.  https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/14/563767149/increased-hours-online-correlate-with-an-uptick-in-teen-depression-suicidal-thou  .

You may be thinking of some of your clients that have benefited greatly from simply slowing down, which is taught and felt during a session.  In fact, that may be our greatest gift as practitioners and teachers of this approach. Milton certainly was ahead of his time, as he mentions in Trager Mentastics: Movement as a  Way to Agelessness. “Mentastics will help us develop patience”. (Trager, 2007).  Patience allows us to make better choices. 

For the past 22 years practicing the Trager Approach with clients, I explain to my clients that the session is “by invitation only”.  During the session I ask the tissue “how could it be” and teach my clients to ask similar questions that inquire about pain or confusion or anxiety rather than plan a response to a symptom. Even if the first 40 years of my adult life (or theirs) was full of pushing toward my full Self, it can be different now.   I was invited to let go. And I did. Little by little, with each session, training, and each encounter with hook up.  Is this what our clients come for?

Mentastics and Hook Up (A prashe used my Milton Trager that connects us to something greater than ourselves) allow us to let go of the historical/herstorical/hysterical physical and emotional roles and assaults we may have endured which are etched into our cellular memory. At the time, these memories were needed, self-protective measures, behaviors and movement patterns. Thus, the INVITATION to let go, becomes a suggestion, a choice that we can make. It is up to us. Do we want to hold onto what happened to us in the past, or go softly and openly toward our future? How about just for this moment? Once the freedom is felt, it can be experienced over and over. This is the feeling you can have anytime, just by recalling your session. The stories behind the patterns do not need to be told, in fact retelling our stories often keeps the wounds alive, and healing is never complete. There is a better way. Mentastics teach us to become fully present with the sensations that happen when we relax, allowing our bodies the space and time to be more fully alive. We can then respond to our inner need to let go, and choose a pathway to peace.

Friedman suggests in the book mentioned above, that when we are waiting for someone who is late, we can make a choice to take advantage of the unplanned empty space.  Perhaps this is a time for a Mentastics, a breath, hooking up to that vast ocean of pleasantness we learn in a session. I just found a new phrase for it: Grace Space! Perhaps we could schedule that into each day.   

 

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Food is Energy

I love this picture, the wind turbine above the sunflowers. Both excellent examples and symbols of energy, In the Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, Thom Hartmann, teaches us to wake up to personal and global transformation. According to the author, ancient sunlight is compressed over millions of years into “black gold”. This is the precious resource in our oil fields, and when these resources are gone, they cannot be replaced. Sunlight is much easier and healthier to capture to create an energy source. Solar panels are lowering in price, and there is enough energy in one day from the sun to energize the entire world with it’s current habits! This fact is on Al Gore’s video “A Case for Optimism”. Sunlight gives us life through the process of photosynthesis using chlorophyll to invent edible plants! What a miracle that is!

If we think of food as energy in our bodies, it might explain why we either don’t have enough or have too much (energy, that is). Are there days where you just do not feel like yourself, no energy, depressed, low motivation? And other days where you are pumped up, can’t sit still and have restless legs? If this happens frequently, you will most likely have a condition, or may even have been diagnosed with a disease process. If it is only a temporary condition, you may be able to pull yourself back from the brink of a diagnosis by MAKING BETTER FOOD CHOICES! Yes, our INPUT of food ENERGY is equal to our OUTPUT of ENERGY for our lives. This is of course putting it simply, but mull it over, and let me know what you think! If you are not getting the right type and amount of energy for your daily life, you will feel tired and lack motivation. Pay some attention to the type and amount (too salty, too sweet? too much, not enough?) of food that is called your daily intake, and adjust according to how you are feeling.

Judith Fasone
Food is Information: what are you being told?

Functional Medicine is all about getting to the ROOT of the problem of our health. Functional Nutrition is one way to see direct results, quickly. The 3 foods that give humans the most trouble are refined sugar, dairy and gluten. If you are in the midst of an inflammatory condition, temporary or chronic, consider staying away from these food products a period of time. Even just one day may show some improvement in your symptoms. If you can manage to eliminate them for 3-4 weeks, your body will really thank you. And , when you re-introduce them into your diet, you will know for sure which one is the culprit for your poor health.

Elimination food plans are part of the Functional Nutrition Approach. There are so many choices for eating healthfully, and yet the 10% of foods that do not agree with us, are so embedded into our social and cultural patterns, they are difficult to let go. You could say they were addictive! In fact, did you know that gluten (Glutein) and dairy (Casein) has a morphine like substance that has the same “feel good” sensations as chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) that attaches to the pleasure centers in the brain? These are called gluteomorphin and caseomorphin respectively.

Well, these do make us feel good, but so do many other healthy activities! Why not learn to be mindful and know that we have choices in every moment…in fact every time we open our mouth to eat, or speak! I have an elimination food plan that I have been using in my Functional Nutrition groups. Let me know if you would like more info. For starters, drop refined sugars, gluten products and dairy from you current habits and let me know what happens. If you can manage to eliminate them for 3 weeks, give me a shout out and I will send you a tracking sheet for reintroducing foods

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY>>>THE FOOD YOU ARE EATING HAS SECRET MESSAGES< JUST FOR YOU!

Judith Fasone
Food is Medicine: Do your choices heal or hurt you?

Functional medicine is great at explaining the root cause of our health problems. Digestion is key,and many of us know that the importance of being able to break down and absorb nutrients in the gut in a timely fashion is necessary for health. Common use of pre and probiotics in the last few years demonstrates this awareness. The science of cellular metabolism is well documented and researched, and we know what a human cell needs to be healthy. Marketing and politics that are profit-oriented have interfered with the hard science of our health industry as well as the health of our individual selves, and the influence has taken its toll. The majority of us no longer grow our own food or raise our own animals to feed our families. According to the Centers for Disease Control, life expectancy has dipped for the second year in 20 years in the US, the average is 78.1 years. Women are living 5 years longer than men. https://www.cnn.com/2017/12/21/health/us-life-expectancy-study/index.html and we know now, that genetically modified foods, mass produced meat in unnatural conditions and use of antibiotics as well as pesticides have caused many of the inflammatory conditions, including cancer, in humans.

When we delve into our behavior patterns, including what and when we eat, what we choose to eat, and what we do while we eat, even what we think when we eat, we can have an inward view of how food can heal us or hurt us. The sterility of our lives and phobia about germs and dirt is also creating more health problems. The Amish, who use natural processes in farming, have rare case of Asthma in their children; Hutterites, who are using industrial farming practices, have a higher than average rate of asthma in their children (Never Home Alone, a book on microbes, 2018, by Rob Dunn). Westerners have health problems primarily because of the abundance of food with poor nutritional value, according to The institute for Functional Medicine. Healthy, whole foods, locally produced, fresh and in season will reverse many of these diseases. Eating higher quality foods has a positive effect on optimal health. Taking time in nature also helps our nervous systems balance everyday stress. Don’t you miss GREEN if you don’t see it every day???

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food,” Hippocrates

It takes more than cleaning out your cupboards, it takes knowledge, loving the experience and bounty of a Farmers’ markets, purchasing food on the outer aisles of the grocery, and making daily choices that express love for ourselves and the planet. Support is something I can offer, in the form of individual and/or group classes. There are lots of programs out there. Find one that emphasizes “food as medicine” and you will find a community that cares.

Judith Fasone
WORLD WATER DAY Has Passed

World Water Day was Friday, March 22,and the theme this year was “Water for society – Including all.” This is extremely fitting considering the condition we have reached regarding fresh water worldwide.

We are in the middle of a worldwide water crisis, but the issue has hit a lot closer to home as of the last five years, with problems hitting several areas of the United States.

In 2016, around 750 million people were without clean drinking water and now less than 5 years later, there are around 845 million people without it — 1 in 10 people. There are 2 billion people worldwide without ready access to fresh water. In undeveloped areas in Africa and Asia, women walk on average 3.7 miles per day to collect water. In developing countries, as much as 80 percent of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions, and there are more deaths from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war.

Holistic nurses are dedicated to the care of the whole person and promoting better health and wellness. This year on World Water Day, please be mindful and promote a culture of conservation to begin to address this issue of a lack of fresh water globally.

Statement by the American Holistic Nurses Association, submitted by Judy Fasone in the Dispatch 3-18-19

Get out on the water!

Get out on the water!

Judith Fasone
Food is Connection

We had our first class for April’s Functional Nutrition series at the Reiki Center in Columbus, Ohio last night, and there is still time to get involved. Here are the highlights:

Functional Medicine is focused on holistic and integrative approaches, and nutrition is one aspect that deserves and yes, DEMANDS our attention. Food is considered medicine, and it can harm as well as help us!

According to Functional Nutrition principles:

  • Food is Connection

  • Food is Information

  • Food is Energy

  • Food is: Medicine

What do these 4 ideas mean to you?

The people of the Amazon have a direct connection or relationship to the earth. This Siena woman planted,dug, peeled, grated, squeezed the water out and created a hot fire in which to cook the flat bread for her family. This is CONNECTION! How can you regain connection to your daily food intake?

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Nutritional Medicine: Food as Medicine #3 Cohort in April

Functional Nutrition: Food as Medicine
with Judy Fasone
Four Thursdays: April 11,18,25, May 2, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Cost: $135

Judy Fasone RN,MSN, AHN-BC, Integrative Nurse Coach, will guide you in Functional Nutrition and using Food as Medicine!

Work with a skilled nurse and health coach to set goals with self-assessments, learn healthy recipes and connect with others in overcoming challenges. There will also be gentle touch and movement breaks as well as centering practices to promote your “inner healer” to arise and assist.

It doesn’t end after 4 weeks: You will have access reduced session with Judy at a reduced cost to continue your journey through the winter months, and possible continuation of the group support online.

Program Highlights:
Guidance to set and meet your personal health goals for better health with a focus on nutrition
Healthy food recipe and sharing each week
Holistic focus: self-assessments will be done each of the 4 weeks to determine priority goals
Handouts and homework will help you stay engaged in your goals and in the group
Social media connection for sharing successes and challenges at any time of day
Group support with a skilled nurse facilitator
Weekly centering practices to promote the “inner healer” to arise and assist.
Gentle touch and movement breaks
Monthly facilitated support group to follow (for graduates) to continue through the winter months.
Contact the Reiki Center to register Functional Nutrition: Food as Medicine
with Judy Fasone
 

Address: 

Reiki Center
1540 W. Fifth Ave.,
Columbus, OH 43212

614.486.8323 (Call to register)

Spring Equinox March 21

Winter was a time of inner reflection for many.  As we move in to spring, we have hints of warmer weather and begin to get outdoors.  The swans in the picture are reflective of our own inner beauty and confidence, and they love the cold!  If we feel good about ourselves, the solitude of winter may refresh and nourish us.  If our thoughts turn toward self doubt, winters can be miserable.  Colds and flu make the situation worse!

According to Ted Andrews, author of Animal Speaks, swans represent awakening the true beauty and power of the self.  Swans live to be 80 years old!  They mate for life and have very sensitive beaks that are use as feelers through the water as they hunt for food sources. The term swan's song came from a Grecian belief that the swan sang its most beautiful song at the end of their life.  for me, this means as I get older, I get better! I live the dream, and am confident and powerful in all that I am.

Setting short and long term goals guide us toward our desires.  Not superficial desires, but human desires of belonging, love, connection, intimacy, and fulfillment.  Self doubt can be a distraction and lead to indulging in short term desires that can be dangerous. Addiction is one way this is expressed.  Self doubt is critical to a healthy self.  We do need to question our choices, our decision, but self doubt out of balance will lead to a blocking of what we really need.

With every negative aspect of life there is a positive.  Appreciate and love the YOU that is creating this life. If you are unhappy, have an honest talk with yourself, and seek what you truly want. That can be difficult.  It takes courage to be honest.  You may need some support from someone you really trust.  

Nurses continue to be rated as the most trusted profession   (See 2018 Gallup poll).  Nurse coaches can make a difference in your life, if you do not have that special someone you trust to change old patterns.  

 

"Keep Truckin"

What are your hopes and dreams for yourself? Are you where you want to be? Are you on your way? Do you have a clear plan? There are times in life when wandering aimlessly feels wonderful and relaxing! But, If you were on a trip, with a limited time to get there, you would have a map. Well, folks, guess what? Our time is limited on this Earth, and if we have yet to get to that place of peaceful, healthy and happy existence, or whatever your goal is….there is no time like the present!

Setting a goal will give you direction and a feeling of control of your life. How often do you feel that? Goals come in all shapes and sizes. Small everyday goals, by the end of the week goals, annual, 3 and 5 year goals, overall goals; each one builds on the rest, and setting that goal for your personal self development is the creative tension that gets us where we want to go.

If you are a goal-oriented person, you probably are well on your way. Goal setting enhances a peaceful, present life. Freedom comes when we allow our unconscious mind to do the work.. This can be called “Creative Tension”. Like an invisible string, creative tension happens when we set a goal in motion by naming it and giving it our attention. Our mind is a direct link to the mass consciousness and will not waste time, once we get focused. Like a laser light, our intentions find their target and clear the way, illuminating the persons, places and things that will help us get to our goal faster. this light also cuts through barriers that in the past may have been blocking our success. We all have this capability.to use our intention to create our life exactly the way we want it.

In fact, you are already doing it. You have created the life you have! No one else…you did it. This is good news if your are happy and may be hard to hear if you are not. If you are happy with what you created, congratulations and keep up the great work! If not, it may take a bit more effort, knowledge and support to create change. You may not even have a clear idea of what you do want.

If you are not where you want it to be, and you are tired of going it alone…find a supportive friend, share your desire and your dreams for your life, and get started. Don’t feel like you have someone in your corner? Coaches are all about goals! Coaches are teachers and cheerleaders. In addition, group support may be helpful if the old patterns are long and difficult to change. Nurse Coaches are especially helpful if there are health issues, emotional blockages and physical limitations, due to their knowledge of the body/mind as well as the caring behaviors that will add greater illumination to your laser light.

How is your “trip” going? Jerry Garcia in the Grateful Dead song ‘Truckin’ says, “what a long, strange trip it’s been!” Make your trip a great one!

Judith Fasone
Releasing the linchpin

The Trager Approach is gentle, non-invasive and at times subtle, In contrast, the effect of this work is BIG! Life changing, in fact. In a session, you are invited to deeply relax through a series of rocking, sculpting, lengthening and passive range of motion. . At this point a consciousness of the body occurs: “I didn’t even know I was this tense!” “As I relax, I feel pain I didn’t feel before, why is that?”

Postural patterns are created by our most common movements. The shortening of musculature occurs from traumatic emotional and physical events in our lives; or from repetitious movement: factory lines, athletic endeavors, sitting at a computer for long periods of time or playing a musical instrument. During training, much attention is put on the posture, so the entire body is aligned and in use as we move. Having someone observe our movement patterns is necessary as we cannot really observe effectively ourselves. Using mirrors is useful, however. Check your shoulder height the next time you are in the bathroom. This is exactly what a Trager practitioner can do for you. We observe your movement and suggest new ways of moving, overriding the past patterns.

These patterns may cause one muscle to shorten as another lengthens. Being imbalanced, we are easily injured or re injured as is common. Our muscles may shorten to protect us from further injury or pain as we heal. The healing of the injury at the time, may be very fast (the speed of healing slows as we age).. However, the holding patterns may remain if there is an emotional feeling that was not expressed at the time of the event. In a relaxed state, the emotion may be felt and expressed, or if it is very long ago, the memory released. At this point the linchpin lets go, and the body unwinds. Voila! The holding pattern no longer exists. At that time, the compensation pattern may change, and the body will find new ways to move more freely.

This is the linchpin. When this is released, we can move freely again. linchpin. According to Webster, a linchpin is passed through the end of an axle to keep a wheel in position. Discover and reveal the linchpin and release the holding pattern. The full length of our muscles is needed to engage the full strength and fluidity of movement.

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Swelling and Edema and the Trager Approach

The Trager Approach is an excellent alternative and complimentary way to relieve painful and immobilizing swelling of the legs. The gentle rocking, elongations, and passive range of motion will move the fluid out of the limbs and back into the circulatory system very quickly.

In the past i worked as a staff nurse in along term care facilities.   I would use Trager on those with any edema in lower legs when doing my treatment rounds after lunch, and remember the relief on my patients faces. Many of these elders had limited ability to move on their own, so swelling was common. The movement that occurs with rocking and joint mobilization was like a cool breeze coming through their legs.  The feeling of circulation returns, healing of cellulitis and a lightening of mood would occur. With some instruction to make fists in their feet, roll their ankles regularly, and pump their calves, they were able to be more comfortable.

Two other cases currently: a 79 year old, female, home health client with cancer has severe swelling in her legs.  Within 20 mins of gently rocking and sculpting both legs, we were able to get on the TED hose (used to help the fluid keep from pooling in the lower limbs while awake) on,  which would have been painful and impossible just before I started.  Such relief is not available with medications.

Another client, 63 yo, male, that comes to eliminate knee pain and wants to forestall or avoid surgery, has lower leg swelling and early signs of cellulitis (redness and inflammation on calf to top of ankle, and sausage-like toes.  Last night, since he had ~for the first time in months~ventured out over the weekend to rake leaves and sweep, had overdone the knee, so I spent a lot of times on the lower legs. There are some scabs on one leg that have been very slow to heal, which is common with swelling, so I used coconut oil when I was done to feed the skin. His ability to walk, feel his ankles and toes, and no knee pain after the session was rewarding for both of us.  

Do not underestimate the power of a soft, warm hand, skilled touch and open heart!!

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Food as Medicine Event at the Reiki Center, tell your friends!

Functional Nutrition: Food as Medicine
with Judy Fasone
Four Thursdays: April 11,18,25, May 2, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Cost: $135

Judy Fasone RN,MSN, AHN-BC, Integrative Nurse Coach, will guide you in Functional Nutrition and using Food as Medicine!

Work with a skilled nurse and health coach to set goals with self-assessments, learn healthy recipes and connect with others in overcoming challenges. There will also be gentle touch and movement breaks as well as centering practices to promote your “inner healer” to arise and assist.

It doesn’t end after 4 weeks: You will have access reduced session with Judy at a reduced cost to continue your journey through the winter months, and possible continuation of the group support online.

Program Highlights:
Guidance to set and meet your personal health goals for better health with a focus on nutrition
Healthy food recipe and sharing each week
Holistic focus: self-assessments will be done each of the 4 weeks to determine priority goals
Handouts and homework will help you stay engaged in your goals and in the group
Social media connection for sharing successes and challenges at any time of day
Group support with a skilled nurse facilitator
Weekly centering practices to promote the “inner healer” to arise and assist.
Gentle touch and movement breaks
Monthly facilitated support group to follow (for graduates) to continue through the winter months.
Contact the Reiki Center to register Functional Nutrition: Food as Medicine
with Judy Fasone
 

Address: 

Reiki Center
1540 W. Fifth Ave.,
Columbus, OH 43212

614.486.8323 (Call to register)

Judith Fasone
Pain is a Message

  Our bodies are amazing!  They do not lie.  When we have pain, it is a clear communication. Our body is telling us something is wrong, and we had better pay attention!  Pain is your body yelling at you to change something: NOW.  Aging is not an excuse for pain. I choose to say "I am getting older", rather than "I am old".  The truth of the first statement allows me to then choose what I do with my body that is getting older. How will I move? What movements are comfortable, strengthening?  What shall I eat?  How does my body feel with certain people?  I also have noticed I am much more flexible and stronger than 10,20 or even 30 years ago!  So my physical, mental and emotional Self is improving. Not very many folks can say that at 63. We all know 80,90 and 100 year old people that are out there enjoying life, even running marathons. What are your beliefs on aging?

  Pain may be manifested from physical, emotional or spiritual trauma.  This includes surgeries, abuse, neglect, accidents and other frightening experiences we have in our lives.  Each person's perception of the event at the time plays a role as well, determining the extent in which the trauma is felt or repressed.  We unveil the event when we have the time and safety net to process it. Pain may also keep us from moving. If we ignore it long enough, it degrades our lifestyle, and our bones, creating inflammation that will ruin our organs as well.

   Candace Pert, (2000), wrote a book entitled:Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind. Her research discovered opiate receptor sites (pleasure pathways) on the spinal cord and the brain.  Before her research, scientists thought the receptors were only in the brain cells. Not so, according to Pert.  There are many opiate receptors along the spinal column as well as in the brain, so if we are not moving regularly and with ease, our pleasure diminishes and our bodies stiffen, creating a viscous cycle that is hard to break.

  The physical body shares the secrets of the unconscious mind through movement patterns.  At times, an injury may heal physically, and still continues to be painful, even though everything looks in order according to x-rays, MRI's and physician's exams.   Emotional content that has not been process as well as compensation patterns play a role here. 

  If we did not work through the emotion of a traumatic event, our body automatically postpones the suffering of the heart and diverts the suffering to physical pain. By not feeling the true emotional weight of the event we carry on with our lives, burying the memory of the event. but it does not go away.  In this case, the pain we feel may need to be ferreted out with support.  In my experience of my own suffering and helping others heal, the deeper the hurt and pain, the more support is needed. The earlier the event was in our life, the longer it may take to heal.

Hidden trauma is uncovered when we are in a relaxed state. Dreams often reveal deeper meaning to our lives, if we pay attention to them. There are many pathways to regain full use of your body. Experiencing the deep relaxation of a Trager session will help you sleep more deeply and notice tension patterns earlier.  This approach is one of many complementary and alternative ways to heal.  Working together in the session, you control the direction, pace and content. Set an intention, and we will explore together.

Judith Fasone
Self care for a stressful day: the chelly

Today was a seriously stressful day for a client, I could hear the constriction in the throat as he talked, and felt the tension in the body as his story unfolded regarding what had happened since the last monthly session. Overall tension relief was the request, but it was not until the end of the session that I discovered "the knot".

Working from the extremities toward the center of the body, rhythmically rocking and loosening external and internal structures, the tension began to recede.  Words became less frequent, and a lulling into present experience occurred. This was followed by silence as each limb softened.

As I approached the ribs with gentle compressions, I felt tightness, and  my hands became softer. Going back and forth from ribs to belly, I explored the entire chelly slowly and gradually going deeper as the external muscles softened, and then I found it.  Just below the diaphragm,  under the tightness of the softening abdominal muscle wall was a tight knot.  My fingers became attuned to the edges of the knot and slowly loosened it from the outside, until I could not discern its' shape anymore.

"Chelly" is a term I learned in my Trager training. It is the combination of the belly and the chest~chelly!  the gentle rocking of the chelly allows the internal organs: intestines, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, lungs, heart, and kidneys and core muscles support them, to soften.  The intestines unwind and relax.  The repetitious movements of Trager may put us to sleep.  Milton Trager would say "don't wake the baby!", so the rocking goes on and on and on.  Some estimate the body is rocked over 5000 times in a single session. this rocking motion is the message the body needs to relax and let go.

How does stress knot up the stomach?  If you have ever had a "gut" feeling, you understand the power and sensitivity of this area. Eastern approaches say this is our energy center, and it is wise to develop and store "chi" (energy) on a regular basis.  When our energy is depleted, our resilience to stress decreases and every organ of the body is involved.  When we are stressed, the body tenses to preserve our energy for vital organs, slowly decreasing blood supply and fluids to areas that are not needed to function. The gut tension is a result of this process, and constriction works great for decreasing fluid and flow of energy.

The intestines are one of the largest organs, and are formed at the same time as the skin and brain in a fetus.  The number of cells involved in these three areas are astounding, and the innervation of them even more so.  With all that ability to pick up and send signals, it is no wonder we can feel a knot in our belly when stress is overpowering us. Relaxation is key.

"I never thought Trager would help my belly!".  He left feeling much more relaxed, the tight knot in his belly gone, and a smile on his face. For 90 minutes he was able to forget what was on his mind.

Letting go of stress in the body is not separate from the stress of the mind. The mindbody is one.  there are many ways to relax, but few as pleasurable as this approach.  As a nurse coach and Trager Practitioner, I am here to help you let go of whatever is not needed any longer in your life, your body or your words will reveal what is needed and when.  You can feel as relaxed as the lazy cat on the couch below!  

 

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Supple or stone-like body?
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There is something to be said for a strong body, but are you also able to relax and be resilient to stress?  This summer is my 3rd year rowing, and each year I am amazed at the changes in my physique, endurance and improved health: body and mnd! I feel younger every year!

I spend time both strengthening and relaxing through simple contemplative time as I sit on my patio and enjoy the trees in the breeze, swimming, rowing, being in nature and eating less and less often,  and my world is shifting  I am appreciating the ebb and flow of change.  Resiliency is gained by self care activities, when I can completely let go of the schedule and find new ways to be creative as we live my busy life.

How do you cope with stress?  Food, drink, friends  or do you exercise?  There are many ways to cope, and the sooner we notice we are stressed the better! First we must learn to recognize the early signs of stress in our body.  Once we recognize and become aware of our particular signals that we are stressed, we can change it. 

For examples, my own personal signals: I may become aware of a constriction in my throat, and my voice becomes strained.  I can easily intervene at this point, if I catch it, and reverse the stress with a few deep breaths and self reflection.. For higher levels of stress, I may find myself bumping into or dropping things, moving too quickly and cussing under my breath.  If I am aware of these things and I can take action at this point, either with physical exercise, or a talk with someone, I may be able to interrupt and relieve my stress.  Beyond this, long term stress may cause me to withdraw from others, become ill, and not be motivated to take care of myself.  Finally, my body got my attention, and I am alone, in bed, feeling bed...at rest!  Our bodies try to get our attention do not lie! What are your own personal signals?

We have a miraculous autonomic nervous system that handles stress for us...up to a point.  Short-term stress is modified by the hormone cortisol.  When longer periods of stress occur, the high levels of cortisol cause inflammation.

I am a nurse coach who helps you crease what you desire, learn to use food as energy for healing and utilize the Trager approach for deep relaxation to mitigate the stress response.  Your body can be supple, flexible and more fluid with only one 30 minute session. With regular sessions, you will heal from unconscious holding patters that may be keeping you from your soft supple body and the ability to manifest your dreams.

Love your body! Self care is health care!

Judith Fasone
Moving Medicine

The word "Medicine", is a word that has weight.  The definition is three fold: the science and practice of diagnostics, treating and preventing disease; a substance used for treatment. Indigenous persons thought medicine was a spell, charm or fetish believed to have healing or protective power.  The original word has Latin origins:  "medicus" and meant physician.

Today we know medicine to be prescribed, over the counter,  preventive, integrative, laughter, food and self care. The words in this short list could all be termed as "good medicine" for us. The term is unlimited depending on our interpretation and personal healing experiences.  There is current research to support all of these approaches to healing.  The truth is, we need a variety of modalities to live well and stay well today.

I am using the term "Moving Medicine" for a series of workshops I developed.  I use the term to describe how engaging in movement consciously can have a healing effect.  This is the essence of many current approaches to health.  Eastern disciplines have long known regular movement practices were needed for healing.  In India, the Ayurvedic system of medicine includes Yoga.  Traditional Chinese Medicine promotes the use of ChiGong for health

Moving Medicine is also title of a book you may want to read. It is a biography of Dr. Milton Trager, M.D. , by Jack Lisken.  TThe book reveals the personal, inner process of Milton Trager as he overcame his own  physical and mental limitations.  The introductory workshop classes I created will help you overcome your own.  Being attentive to our bodies as we move reveals holding patterns and this causes wasted energy as well as chronic pain.  Each workshop is designed to create freedom and lightness in the body, and the mind. After all, there is no separation!

What is your best medicine? What has worked best for me over the past 40 years is a combination of many things at different times.  I do not take prescribed medicine, I do not need it. I would if I thought it would help, but currently I am much healthier than I have ever been.  That is saying a lot as I age gracefully. 

Coaching Conversations

Calling all Nurse Coaches! COACHING CONVERSATIONS is a new 4 week series is starting in April. The series in intended for Nurse Coaches who are integrating their new coaching skills into their current practice or who are starting a new coaching business. This online phone series will take place on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:15 Eastern Standard Time. I will set up a free conference call and all you need to do is dial in! It has never been easier to find the support we need from our peers. Contact Judyfasone@gmail.com by March 15th to sign up for the April series. Together we will help you help others! Trager Class

New Research on Stress
Public Release: 

A tough day could erase the perks of choosing 'good' fat sources, study finds

Stress affects how the body processes different kinds of fat

Ohio State University

Happy Interdependence Day~Take the Pledge

In America, we celebrate our independence on July 4th, but  I am wondering how healthy this independence really is?  I am very independent, and I am able to exist on my own, without a doubt. However, learning to live in relationship to others is my biggest challenge! Keep reading, there is a new way to think about this... Professionally, as a nurse, I am confident as a leader, a teacher, and confidant.  I practice independently in clinical settings and as a nursing instructor.

As a friend I am all those things as well except I interact more on an equal plane. This trait~equality ~is an interdependent skill.  The relationship is ~ mutual~  giving and receiving.

In my family roles (grandmother,mother, sister, aunt) the roles are murky, as all of us are testing the boundary waters of emotionality, striving for independence yet wanting to stay connected with respect to our differences. Love is the healing and soothing bond that unites us.  We consciously commit to be connected.

As spouse, the emotional watery world of commitment tests these boundaries even further.

So personally, the idea of interdependence is challenging.

Let's admit it, we need others. We have blinders on, and cannot see all sides of a situation when creating change in the world.  We also need others to celebrate with , to grieve and to play.  Being independent is important, but INTERDEPENDENCE gives us autonomy with others.  Wake  up America!

NOW THAT'S SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE!

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 Declaration of Interdependence

We, the people of Planet Earth, in recognition of the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of the balance of nature; hereby acknowledge our interdependence on all that is and affirm our dedication to life-serving environmental stewardship, the fulfillment of universal human needs worldwide, economic and social well-being, and a culture of peace and compassion; to ensure a sustainable and harmonious world for present and future generations.

I pledge allegiance to the Earth and the Land on which I stand. Many nations, many names for GOD, interdependently, with liberty, justice and abundance for all.

(JF 2006)

WHERE DO YOU STAND?

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Love is a healing balm

Better than any ointment, love soothes and heals.  It must come from within, not from others, or from our pets, although that is nice. Loving ourselves is as easy as taking a good look in the mirror and saying out loud "I love MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAyou! No, I really mean it! I love you!  Don't turn away, stay there and listen to me: I love YOU!  You are all I hoped for and more than I could have imagined at this point!  You are awesome! You are beautiful!"

Not so easy though, is it? Our inner voice is often focused on criticism, not celebration.  Perhaps we rely on others to help us feel good about ourselves.  Serving others is commonly a way to feel good about ourselves.

Without a full cup of love, this continual giving to others leaves us depleted. Burnout leads to frustration, anger, depression and chronic illness.

Self care is necessary. Have a heart to heart talk with yourself and be kind not critical.

Love heals all wounds.