Next Monday, 3/25/19 the Ecuador Adventure begins. We will fly into Quito, have a day to explore, then down to the River basin and the Amazon Reserve for Peace… We have a group of 14 persons going and the last 4 days will be spent at the Galapagos. I will share picture when I return, but know that this trip will be a life changer. Check out these links:
It's time to sign up, and now it's free! These 4 workshops will be offered free and held at the Hidden Lakes Condo Clubhouse where I live. I love the space and teaching this material. Now there is no reason not to come and spend the day, spreading the love between yo and that special person in your life. If you are single, come anyway, and we will have partners from from the singles in the group. This is going to be FUN!
Trager for Partners: Rejuvenate your Relationship!
I have created a series of 4 Saturday classes. over 4 weekends, every other Saturday each beginning March 29, 2014 which will help you and your partner reconnect at a deeper, more intimate level, and give each participant many ways to reconnect your caring for each other through dialog, non-sexual touch and movement that you will find both fun and freeing.
This series of classes may be just what the Dr. ordered, if you and your partner are missing each other and want to deepen your connection. Would you like to help yourself and your partner age gracefully? Touch is a healing balm, even more so without oils, the research tells us. Touch increases circulation, improves immune function and enlivens our sense of well being. Touch is a rare commodity in our fast paced world. Many of us want to be held and touched and massaged, and do not quite know how to ask for it, or plan our lives around it. As we age, we get tired, and honestly, touching each other is the last thing we should let go of, yet it is often put on the back burner! Exhaustion and stress lead to isolation, resentment and loneliness. Have you ever felt this in your relationships? This series will enrich and enliven your current situation, come and rejuvenate your relationship!Envision a beautiful setting with trees, water flowing, soft music playing and an easy atmosphere to be yourself for the day with your best friend (s). As we gather together, we will learn to let go of busyness and enjoy each moment in a more authentic way. A leisurely lunch break will allow us to enjoy the great outdoors, lounging or walking on a wooded path, and be fed nutritious food, made with care for each of you. As we set our intention to begin, imagine what your relationship means to you, and how much time you have devoted to this special person in your life. How much time do you devote to your own self care? Both go hand in hand.I will draw from a number of resources as your guide for this series. Milton Trager's Movement as a Way to Agelessness; John Kabat-Zinn;s Full Catastrophe Living; Luiz Ruiz's The Four Agreements. Audry Mairi's Pathway to Peace. These authors have inspired me to greater fullness in my life and practice and my relationships.CLASS SCHEDULE AND TOPICS
- 3/29/14: Body Basics 101. Front of the body: remembering what health means, importance of movement, concepts of trust, and commitment, making time for each other in the moment, personal presence practice, the power of the breath, exhaustion vs increased energy. Gotta love those feet! WE will explore how important for us to cultivate separateness even if we are in a relationshipm and accentuate this "I"...who am I?
- 4/12/14: Basics 102: Back of the body, pain and practical comfort giving measures; mood changers, pattern busters, opening the mind to new ways of being through moving meditation. Shoulder and should connection. Learning to be with ourselves and another without giving up our identity as we explore the "We" part of the relationship.
- 4/26/14: Torso, head and neck. Opening the heart to new ways of loving through guided imagery. I love necks and backs! Core strengthening that is simple and in the moment. Looking at relationships in general, types and dynamics as we explore what "It" means to be in a relationship to each of us.
- 5/10/14 Day Four: Emergency care for the body, you can heal yourself, Food and Mood, metabolism connection, Movement as a way to agelessness. Integrative health practices. Now you are a pro! Out of your mind, and into the body! How does being in a relationship, this relationship change the way we relate to the bigger world? How do we enclude community in the relationship. We will explore what relationships are "All" about.
This approach to self care, health and healing has helped me to feel younger and healthier than ever, and connect with my partner more deeply. Taking responsibility for our own health is the key. Gentle, present touch reunites us at the unconscious level to change old patterns.
Format: 4 day long seminars, one full day each. 9:30-4:30.
Investment: FREE (Donations suggested $20-$40 per person per day)Contact me to register. These worshops are only open to friends, neighbors, students, clients and colleagues of mine that want to deepend their connections to their partners, or to their world. Please do not pass this on, but if you bring someone for your partner that I do not know, that is fine.
I have been talking about Self Care as Health Care for a couple years now, and this past year I was challenged with many opportunities to do some major healing for myself. Sciatic and low back problems, ear infections took a lot of my attention. The unraveling of any dis-order or dis-ease in your body takes time. There really are no quick fixes. Each time we are faced with a health challenge it is up to us to face it, with support when necessary, but to face it immediately means to overcome it sooner. Keep in mind there is always a physical and psychological lesson tied to the problem. Even the littlest of irritants can improve your life tremendously when healed from within. In our country, health care has become disease management, and with the use of drugs as a first line of treatment, many chronic illnesses have ensued. By taking responsibility for our own health we will stay out of the vortex of the current system of care, and enter into living more fully. Having discomfort temporarily is manageable. Colds. flu, and infectious processes that are simple to heal weigh us down with another irritant we have to deal with. Many underlying stressors can put the previous list of problems over the top, and we do not know how to manage them because we may have postponed those behavior changes that have been so needed, and our immune function is sorely deprived. Stress is really the silent killer.
Food is our best source for healing ourselves, in season, local and organic whenever possible. Eating warm, root vegetables in the winter, and lighter, fresher fare in the summer helps us maintain balance. Avoid under and overweight trends if possible. Get help with this, if it is a chronic problem.
Supplements used temporarily to enhance our system may be needed when your symptoms are not budging. You may not be absorbing nutrients from your food properly because your hut is overwhelmed with the glue of gluten, dairy or fats that do not allow the proper intestinal absorption. Medications under a physician's care as needed for short term relief. Be wary of those who state "you will have to take this for the rest of your life". Medications are serious and become a toxin over time. We develop tolerance and think we can forget about the problem we are treated for. Later, you will pay for this in the form of organ depletion and shutdown, medications that become no longer effective, and your doctor adding more meds to treat the side effects. Be especially careful of medications used to treat mental health issues such as depression and long term pain management.
Movement and Exercise daily 20 minutes and a 3-4 mile walk 3-4 times a week, or anything that takes us outdoors and increases our health rate for a period of time. Start small, and enjoy it! This is for the health of it, not a have to, a want to. Move for a minimum of 10 minutes after each meal, and do not overeat.
Clean environment: internally and externally. Eliminate dust, mold and dander to increase lung power. Internally, add probiotics to your diet to avoid taking anitibiotics when you have a problem. Eat fermented foods daily. Breathe deeply!
Assess your stress levels. Signs of overstress are varied, but significant stress will start interrupting your sleep, blood pressure and irritability levels. You know yourself, are you in balance? Social isolation or too much stimulation as distraction may be a not so obvious sign.
Have a buddy agreement if you plan to make behavioral changes. This will ensure your success. Let me know how I can be of service!
A new year, a turning of a page. Celebrations were plentiful and a sadness appeared as I was packing all the seasonal finery away for the year. It has become a tradition for me to have a small, cut tree, fresh greenery and many candles and lights to warm our home for the holidays. This year was no different, but a feeling of sadness came as things were put away this year. It took a few days to figure it out. I loved that little tree. I felt a deep connection to the shape, the size, the way it held energy in the corner, and continued to drink the water I gave it. This year, I left it up a little longer, and when I was ready to let it go, it reminded me of other losses in my life. The sadness came and went.
Today we placed it in the woods to become a home for birds for the rest of the winter. It will decompose quickly in the next year and give the earth some new mulch, becoming unrecognizable within 2-3 years. There is always a controversy around buying a cut tree. Our world is full of them....controversies and cut trees. I choose to buy a tree in keeping with the tradition of our family celebration, knowing all along that our environment is over burdened and over stressed in many ways including the creation of Christmas tree production.
There was also joy in bringing that tree home. The smell of the pine, the outdoors, the green after all the gray days. This picture is the cover on the CD I created in 2001 For The Love of the Earth~( http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/fasone ) and I still do! Winter, Summer, Spring or Fall. I gave the tree back to the Earth today with a big THANK YOU to the tree, and I am grateful I was able to enjoy that which gave it's new life away for the sake of beautifying our living room.
In gratitude for another well-lived year!
If you have followed my blog over the last year, you know I have been traveling, doing a lot of long distance walking and swimming. After my extensive trip to Ireland on a walking tour, I found my old sciatic problems had resurfaced. I feel this had to do with all the walking I did in Ireland for 10 days, then sitting on the plane for 8 hours on the way back. I had a hard time sitting due to the pain running down my leg. Looking back on my trip notes, I had some slight discomfort on the way over seas, that I didn't remember. It certainly didn't stop me from walking those green hills 8-10 miles a day! Sometimes I feel I have pain to learn how to help others resolve theirs. In my case, over the last 15 years of practice, when I need to learn something about a certain part of the body, clients show up with the same problem! First it was shoulder limitations, then neck, then wrists going numb, then some ankle sprains that needed healed, and on and on, until the most recent...So as I have been healing my own sciatic issues, I have had 4 clients come with the exact same problem within the last month. These clients are in different stages of healing, but are getting relief, and moving forward at their own pace. There is an emotional component to the exact degree of the physical, so as the body unwinds, the mind unwraps the holding patterns, so that healing occurs at the subconscious level.
Now these persons all are of different shapes, sizes and backgrounds. But each of us have the same nerve pathway, and compression of the sciatic nerve is the problem. The antidote? Creating space to relieve the compression! Using gentle rocking, lengthening and the most sensitive handling of the body, compression is relieved, and pain dissolves. Some core strengthening is needed to help the space created in the session hold. Utilizing the core muscles for movement, such as exhaling on effort, is a simple way to do this. I'll teach clients core strengthening in various, simple ways each session until it becomes part of the new pattern. Have you heard of "bed Exercises?" (Come and find out how easy and effective they are!)
Note the comfortable side-lying position in the picture above...this pillow is down filled, and helps to create support as well as security for a client in pain. Side- lying positions are useful for persons with sciatic issues, (and pregnant women especially love this!) and are really helpful to take the pressure off the nerve, allowing more relaxation as well as pain relief. Sometimes to heal these deeper and more painful issues, more support is needed. Call me for a session if you have unresolved and reoccurring sciatic pain that just will not quit! You deserve to be pain free!
P.S. My pain is 98 % resolved at this point, and I know exactly what works for me. Let's find what works for you, together.
Nurses are coaches. Nurse Coaches do not just nurse coaches, they nurse coach.... that is to say, we coach and nurse at the same time, and can coach nurses or professional and lay persons about their health! I have put together some affordable package rates for health coaching through the holidays...great for those of us that are need a little support through the darkest time of the year. As you go inward, we will find ways to keep your inner light shining on your goals. The body is not left out of my coaching sessions! We will learn the meaning of signs and symptoms of discomfort in the process of goal realization.
Self correction is the ultimate way to go if you want to feel more ease in your body and more control of your health. Body awareness takes practice, and when we listen to our bodies more closely, we tend to self correct as needed. Holistic Health Coaching as well as the Trager® Approach allows me to assist you in responding to your body, and help you accurately interpret the message of pain and discomfort you may be experiencing. What is self correction, in terms of posture and health? Notice your posture, as you are reading this...if you made any corrections at all, i.e. sat up straighter, uncrossed your legs, pushed your tailbone back farther in your chair, or simply relaxed your shoulder muscles, that is a self correction. We make these corrections throughout the day, unconsciously. Or, we don't.
Self correction is like a flower unfolding. In a few days, this Night Blooming Sirius will be as big as a grown man's hand, opening fully to ex-pose it's delicate inner workings. It's perfume fills the house overnight...and only one night! In the morning, if you didn't see it opening before you went to bed, it will be limp and spent. It is a magical mystery. Luckily for us, we can unfold over and over again through self correction.
Here is an example of how to bring greater awareness to your body's messages of discomfort.
A slight pain on a busy day may be ignored temporarily, but it will become louder at some point, to get our attention. Before that happens:
- Change the activity, move around and shake off the discomfort. If you can take a rest, lie down or go outside, and give yourself 5-10 minutes of gentle stretching, or better yet, empty your mind and do nothing!
- Sit quietly and take 7 deep breaths. Breathe space into the area that is calling your attention.
- Check in with your posture. Be as tall as you can be, standing or sitting. Allow tension to melt away using your inner vision of ice, or better yet~ chocolate melting.
- Call your health coach (me :>), bodyworker (me :>) and learn to develop the insight and skill to take care of yourself.
What if a simple self correction could help you before it gets to point 4? Yes, this is possible, and most of us have a lot of un-learning to do. If you have acute pain, that comes on suddenly...get outside help immediately. If you have been living with any chronic pain or illness that isn't moving, let's move it together!
I found this great article, from the AHA. If you are considering a weight loss program, please consider phone coaching with me. What works is having someone on your team that encourages and supports you. Think twice about packaged food products, surgery and meetings. We can tailor your program specifically to meet your needs, and touch base by phone as needed. Affordable and effective!
Telephone coaching weight loss program as effective as in-person coaching American Heart Association
Obese patients with heart disease risk factors lost weight and kept it off equally well in two different programs ? one delivered by coaches over the phone and another delivered in-person ? both using an interactive website with email feedback. Primary care physicians encouraged the patients’ weight loss at routinely scheduled visits. It’s likely that programs delivered by telephone with website support and physician encouragement could address a variety of heart disease risk factors and chronic medical conditions.
ORLANDO, FLA., Nov. 15, 2011 ? A weight loss program delivered by health coaches over the phone with website and email support but no in-person contact was as effective as one delivered in person, according to late-breaking research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2011.
The study is simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
In both weight loss programs, primary care physicians had a supportive role and were presented as part of a team with the health coaches.
“Programs delivered by telephone with website back-up could be the wave of the future in addressing a variety of heart disease risk factors or managing chronic conditions,” said Lawrence J. Appel, M.D., M.P.H., lead researcher and professor of medicine, epidemiology and international health at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Md. The Practice-based Opportunities for Weight Reduction (POWER) trial included 415 patients from six primary care practices in Baltimore who were obese and had high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.
Their goal was to lose at least 5 percent of initial weight within six months and keep it off during the 24-month study. Weight reduction can be associated with many health benefits, including lower levels of heart disease risk factors and preventing or improving diabetes and high blood pressure.
At six months, success in achieving 5 percent or greater weight loss was:
14 percent in a self-directed group that received information and a list of weight-loss websites, but no counseling; 53 percent in a call-center-directed group that spoke on the phone with health coaches and that used an interactive website; 46 percent in an in-person-directed group that received in-person counseling along with some phone support and an interactive study website.
“I expected the biggest change in the in-person program and was surprised that the results were generally the same in the program delivered over the phone,” Appel said. After 24 months, the percentage of participants weighing at least 5 percent less than they did at baseline was:
19 percent in the self-directed group; 38 percent in the call-center-directed group; and 41 percent in the in-person-directed group.
“The success in keeping off weight could be due to the active involvement of primary care physicians who encouraged their patients at routinely scheduled visits to stick with their weight loss program even when it was difficult,” Appel said.
The study participants were 64 percent women, 41 percent African-American. Their average age was 54 years. At baseline, average body mass index, or BMI, was 36.6 kg/m2 and average weight was 229 pounds.
Johns Hopkins coaches conducted the in-person program. Coaches from Healthways, Inc., a disease-management company, implemented the call-center-directed program and developed the study website.
Co-authors are Jeanne M. Clark, M.D., M.H.S.; Hsin-Chieh Yeh, Ph.D.; Nae-Yuh Wang, Ph.D.; Janelle W. Coughlin, Ph.D.; Gail Daumit, M.D., M.P.H.; Edgar Miller, M.D., Ph.D.; Arlene Dalcin, R.D.; Gerald J. Jerome, Ph.D.; Steven Geller, M.D.; Gary Noronha, M.D.; Thomas Pozefsky, M.D.; Jeanne Charleston, R.N.; Jeffrey B. Reynolds; Nowella Durkin; Richard Rubin, Ph.D.; Thomas A. Louis, Ph.D.; and Frederick L. Brancati, M.D., M.H.S.
Health coaching is about finding a professional that partners with you to live up to your full potential. Health is not just the absence of disease, but the full expression of one's self. Here are some quick questions to see if you are fully expressing yourself:
- Are you happy most of the time? Life has it's ups and downs, but is your general demeanor one of happiness? Smiling, laughing, allowing yourself small and large pleasures from time to time?
- Do you love your work, or at least, look forward to the day? As we age, we begin to think more about retirement, and how we are spending our time. If you are retired, are your days filled with fun, learning and movement?
- 3.Is your body fully functional? If not, why not, and what steps are you taking to correct problems? It is a myth that as we age our bodies deteriorate! I just missed my 40th High School reunion, and while it was happening, I was hiking through Ireland with 3 friends, approximately 7-14 miles per day. We covered 110 miles in 11 days. The photos from the reunion are fabulous. Big smiles, healthy bodies of 58 year olds...inspiring!
- Do you have chronic pain or other health problems? Pain is a message. Listen to your body, it never lies.
- Do you sleep well? Do you dream? Sleep is a serious indicator of good health and allows us to wake refreshed and ready for new experiences.
- Are you expressing yourself creatively? One of the needs humans have is to be productive. Working for someone else is one way to do this, but producing art, music, poetry, healing arts, creative expressions allow for new growth.
- Are you flexible in body and mind?
- Do you feel grateful often?
Want to engage in your life more fully? Health coaches will help you get there. Call me and chat about how you can live up to your potential, and create the life you want at any age. Summer sessions~ 2 for the price of one through August. If you are not in need, congratulations! Please pass this on to someone who may benefit. Happy trails! Judy
Françoise Sagan once wrote, “There is a certain age when a woman must be beautiful to be loved, and then there comes a time when she must be loved to be beautiful.” Our lives are precious. Health and beauty go hand in hand. As we age, do we allow ourselves our own pace? Keeping in step with others takes it's toll.
Accepting our aging process is paramount. We feel young, but our bodies do age. My mother even stated "I feel like a young person in an old shell". I remember the difficulties her aging body had, even though she found being an artist and winning County Fair ribbons for her creations exciting and life fulfilling in her 70's.
Is it time to slow down? It doesn't mean we have to quit...just find new ways of moving. Being more conscious of our movement, making a commitment to walk 1-2 miles a day. Build strength and flexibility slowly, but consistently.
Be gentle and be beautiful. Find your own pace...it is connected to grace! Ask yourself, how can I move more gracefully, and it will happen! Sometimes we need a little help slowing down. The Trager® Approach teaches us to pause and learn to love our lives again through movement.
Through July and August, I am offering two sessions for the price of one. Let's get moving!
I am back from trekking in Ireland, and have learned so much about walking at my own pace, that I want to share some new insights with old and new clients. I prepared for the trip for 6 months, both mentally and physically, and I succeeded in finding new confidence in movement! Would you like to be more active? Wake up feeling pain free? Be excited to go to work in the am? Work towards a goal of long distance walking without fear of pain or exhaustion?
Biodancing includes the Trager Approach, Health coaching and body awareness through movement...it is a fantastic experience, and you can read more about it on this website.
For the months of July and August, I will offer 2 sessions for the price of one, and you can space it anyway you like...weekly, biweekly or monthly.. This is you opportunity to get moving! (you can also let a friend have your second session, or split the cost.) Together we will come up with a plan to achieve your goals.
Not to worry, if you are having pain, you can do those 2 sessions in a week. I have yet to have someone with chronic pain, that didn't improve within a month of 2 sessions a week. Let's give it a shot...I will refund your money if you don't improve.
Please pass this forward to anyone you know who is thinking of getting some help, or wants to achieve some health goals and is feeling stuck.
Have a great summer! Judy
Music changes us. It is an expression of someone's deepest emotion that is shared without words. In this way, we communicate with others in a way that transcends any barriers that may inhibit our understanding us that come from trauma...physically, mentally or spiritually. Please watch this powerful film, and consider using music for your own healing. It will rewire your brain, and open up your ability to heal at very deep levels.
I am really enjoying taking students to the OSU labyrinth. Many thanks to Mary Maloney, for showing us the "path" to discover ourselves! I am attaching a power point I developed to help understand the magic beyond the maze. A labrynth is not a maze actually...a maze has some dead ends that can trick us. A labyrinth has a way in AND a way out.
Take some time to visit the OSU labyrinth at Lane and Olentangy. It is free (parking meters in the lot) and you will deepen your connection with the Earth...and yourself!
Chronic and acute pain has much to teach. The messages from our body are always the truth. If there is a pain, you can bet there is an important message behind it! Finding ways to relieve pain without medication is an art. Here are some tips*:
- Pay attention to the pain. Feel it. Describe it, and rate it by giving a number between one and ten. One is "the pain is barely there", 10 is "I can't stand it anymore" . Try on one of the techniques that follow below and rate it again. Has it lessened?
- Make yourself comfortable. If you are standing, sit; if sitting, lie down or stand. Shift your position in the chair if you have to stay put. Uncross your legs, add a pillow. Use more pillows when sleeping.
- Stay warm. Coldness causes tension.
- Stay hydrated. Adequate water is needed for good blood flow and cellular health.
- Breathe! Send your breath into the painful area. Take 3-5 minutes to relax that part of your body before taking your next dose. Maybe you can wait 30 minutes more.**
- Gentle touch and light massage. Give yourself your own touch. Love the area, gently rock, jiggle and soothe with soft, light pressure. Stimulating circulation my give immediate relief.
- Use imagery. Imagine you are lying in the sun on the beach, breathing in the salt sea air. Create an atmosphere of lightness and relaxation.
- Ice and Heat. A fantastic way to regenerate the right relationship with your cells after trauma...3 minutes of heat and one minute of ice. Repeat 3 times, 2-3 times a day. This has helped me personally many times! (And many of my clients).
- Treat your problem as if it just happened yesterday. Chronic pain is often a memory of the pain when it first happened. The injury has healed, but the memory has not. This is often the case if it has been more than 4 months and the pain is still present. Seek out a practitioner to help release the trauma in your tissues.***
- Don't look for the pain. When we check to see if the pain is 'still there' we reinforce the painful pattern that started it. Instead, look for places in your body that feel good, and let that feeling be with you as you move.
- You are not your Mother (Father, Grandparent). We tend to carry the pain of our ancestors with us. That could be genetic traits, learned behaviors or lifestyle habits that do not work for you now. Is it time to live your own life?
- Seek out a qualified practitioner that can help you look at these patterns and work together to find solutions. Nurse coaches bridge the gap between traditional and non-traditional medicine. A nurse understands the complications of medication withdrawal and are skilled in helping you develop new tools for better health.****
*If you are already on pain medication be sure and check with your health practitioner if you have doubts about reducing or quitting your medicine.
** Pain medication is helpful temporarily. It can become a problem when used long term, like any other medication.
*** Let me help you learn to change the pain patterns in your body.
**** Free phone and in-person consultations M-F, 7-7
Integrative Medicine (IM) is a new discipline with its own specialty centers, fellowship programs , and certification processes¹ . This approach augments traditional medicine by integrating a blend of traditional and non-traditional approaches to help a person obtain optimal health. A holistic and preventive framework guide both the practitioner and client toward a greater sense of health, freedom and joy in every aspect of life. IM includes complementary alternative medicine (CAM) as well as functional medicine (FM) within it's scope. Mariano² defines CAM as a broad set of healthcare practices, therapies, and modalities that address the whole person-body, mind emotion, spiritual, and environmental, not just signs and symptoms-and CAM may replace or be used as complements to conventional Western medical, surgial and pharmacologist treatments. Many approaches may be needed to help a person heal. There are no "bullet drugs" or treatments to fix us. Each indivdual has a particular need, and no one practitioner, physician, drug or discipline can solve everyone's ailments.
Functional Medicine is an emerging field in medicine with a special emphasis on nutrition and lifestyle interventions. Maintaining a balance of cognitive/emotional and physical processes, wellness is achieved³. Nurses have a particular role in promoting functional medicine. The art and science of nursing moves beyond understanding a client's chemistry, diagnosis and ailments from a medical point of view. Nurses and especially Integrative Nurse Coaches consider with a client, their health, energy and balance through an expanded, holistic and integrative perspective.
Our health care system is ailing. The only way to improve it is to stop using it in the way it has been used. With the advent of Integrative Medicine, we have more choices than ever. Prevention is a key to allay problems, but know that chronic disease patterns may also be stopped after years of being told "nothing can be done". In my experience, this statement from a person in authority is one of the most devastating to our health.
Another devastating problem is our over use of medication. Prescribed well, a medications is best used as a temporary stabilizer to get the body back on track. Getting back on track may mean behavior and lifestyle changes (dietary changes or more movement for example). Medication works, but the side effects that come along with them cause great damage to our bodies, as well as take over processes that the body has difficulty regaining when the medication is stopped. This cycle of dependence on a drug can be devastating when financial means changes, and/or complications continue. Read or listen to tween the discovery of psychotropic medication and the rising numbers of those afflicted with mental illness. Research proves that these medications may actually make the problem worse, not better.
As we further define what is the optimal health of a human, our findings lead us back to our natural beginnings. We need to eat well. move frequently and enjoy our surroundings as well as our relationships. The concept of simplicity plays an important role. Please consider your options.
1.Explore, The Journal of Science and Healing, Nov/Dec 2012 , Patients Seek Integrative Medicine for Preventive Approach to Optimize Health, Original Research, Abrams, et al, pg. 348
2. Holistic Nursing A Handbook for Practice, Mariano, C., p. 59
3. Holistic Nursing A Handbook for Practice, 2012, Luck, S., p. 265
Even if we had no connection personally to the violence in Connecticut recently, we are all affected. I am affected. My nursing students are affected. My children and grandchildren are affected. I invite you to join me in envisioning a safe place to live, learn and work. We have moved into "Era III" medicine, that is to say medicine that is non-local or transpersonal in nature. According to L. Dossey, M.D., Era III medicine understands our mind is a factor in healing both within and between persons. Our minds are not completely localized to a point in space (for instance in our brain or even only in our body) or time (present moment or single lifetimes). Mind is unbounded and infinite in space and time. Mind is omnipresent, eternal, and ultimately ONE. Healing at a distance is possible. (Dossey, B., 2013)
Many medical practitioners, nurses, physicians, and alternative practitioner are researching this phenomena. I have read enough scientific literature and indigenous writers offerings regarding healers and shamanic experiences to know this idea of non-local is truth. My own personal experiences also lend to the validity of long distance healing, and the realization that time and space are illusions. I will be happy to offer some reading resources on request.
When a traumatic event happens, it is no less apparent to our sensibilities as a hurricane or tsunami. The material evidence may not be there, but the vibrational effect is clear. When I sit quietly and reflect on the current event of violence or any violent event in history, I feel pain. I relate to others suffering, I connect with my own suffering. Allowing myself time to process these feelings allows me to let go of the negative impact. Choosing to breathe deeply and transform the pain into action is not a comfortable process, but necessary for me.
The impact of me doing my healing work, allows me to be available for others to do theirs. A small act of deeply listening to another is an action. I do not have to get on a plane and go to the event site. Maybe I will do this one day. But now, I can help from here. I can open my heart and send light and love to all the corners of the world, and let the wind carry my breath of peace. Heal yourself, heal others.
Dossey, B., and Keegan, L., 2013, Holistic Nursing A Handbook for Practice, Jones and Bartlett.
I love the word and the movement of our lives is like a dance...2 steps forward, one back, or like a 2 step, or swing, or maybe you like a little salsa? How spicy do you want it to be? Come to BIODANCE~my new 8 week group coaching experience in February, in Grandview and find out what it feels like to be truly supported seen and loved by a group of peers who all want the same thing...change for the better...Kaizen!
Go to my facebook link to read more or to the Bodiesbydesign page on classes on my site. Call me for more info!
Let's make 2013 the best year ever...free of pain, worry and start living the way we want to!
I woke up this morning tired and inspired by my hike at Cantwell Cliffs yesterday in Hocking Hills. A bit of a challenge because of all the ancient trees that has been strewn across the paths. In my search to find the old trail, I found myself scaling down the side of a dry waterfall, and through some stinging nettles. The power of the wind was magnificent to see and another saving grace was a small waterfall that I could soak in to take the sting out of my legs.
I wonder about my own bodies aging process. I feel more flexible and alive than I did 15 years ago. All my attempts to improve are working...better nutritive content by increasing raw foods in my diet, regular exercise in the form of swimming daily and interspersed meditative practices, the ability to have family and community interactions that are healthy...the list continues. Happiness now comes more naturally. My body is happy, I am happy! Keeping this trend going is the challenge. What about the aging process? Here is some info from the web:
"America has a rapidly aging population... In absolute numbers, there are now about 12 million over the age of 80; a doubling since 1957. Older people run the full gamut from the very healthy, to those with a few health issues, to those with multiple problems to the very frail. Frail individuals have a high risk for poor outcomes of any illness, slower recovery and heightened mortality. So the agenda, of course, is to stay as healthy as possible throughout your later years."
Stephen Schimpff, M.D., Integrative Medicine Specialist.
What can I do to prevent illness? I think in terms of how I spend my time...doing things I love to do, and being with people and activities that make me happiest. Work that feeds me financially and spiritually. This is the way I nurture myself. The answer is that I can do a lot to age gracefully in order to fully live! It is never too late to get started. The sooner the better!
Watch for more information on Nurtrition(tm) and aging gracefully on my website. If you need a boost getting started, as an Integrative Nurse Coach, I would be happy to help you develop a Nurtrition(tm) plan for you to age gracefully, at any age.
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I am a LPN and a RN student, and Judy Fasone was my preceptor for my community nursing clinical last week. I spent the day with her visiting various places in the Columbus community, asking questions, and learning as much as I could about working as a independent home health provider, and the different types of paper work. She was very helpful, and I shared with her what I knew from my little bit of researching. Something that I shared with Judy early on, was how my Grandma Windfeldt knew she was dying of cancer in 2003. So I went out to visit her and my grandmother walked me around showing me that she had put labels on every thing containing names of family members. She did this to prepare ahead. She also took my wife and I to her family doctor, to learn about her cancer, and to let us know she was ok with knowing she was going to die. My grandmother did not take chemo, instead she took some CAM to help with pain, and was able to walk around the block almost every day up until about two weeks before she died. cape cod berkshires 2012 014 My Grandma Windfeldt, also had one thing she told me that I hope never to forget and will pass along.. She said " a little bit of kindness goes a long way".
Kurt Windfeldt, LPN (American Institute of Alternative Medicine RN Program student)
Thanks Kurt for this story. I wonder how many of us consciously move toward our death?
How does one prepare for this life transition? Many choose not to be conscious about it, never discussing their wishes with their family. Kurt's family was included in his grandmothers ending. Is it time to talk to your family about their or your inevitable passing? What are your plans?