My friend Anna had a trying time this holiday and she has shared with me her process for working through and out of it with the help of several holistic practitioners and ancient remedies. She was the unfortunate recipient of a brownie cooked with a large amount of hashish. She did not know that it was not a “normal” brownie when she ingested it but soon after noticed as she was getting ready to sit on the floor that she did not know if she was standing or sitting. This con
Driving home from a friend’s house today, I ran into a traffic jam on a not usually busy road. I saw a man and his daughter, who was half on and half off her bike, gesticulating to drivers in front of me. I became immediately concerned that someone had been hit. When I was able to get a clear view, I stopped my car, put on the flashers and got out to help him lift the rabbit who was standing, but walking in circles, and bleeding. I was getting ready to try to pick him u
Saturday, May 22, 2010, 10AM-3PM Come get a mini table massage from me, and check out first edition of my new book, Circle of Healing: Helping Extraordinary Clients with Yoga and Massage, A Practical Guide. Pechanga Resort & Casino 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA Sponsored by Riverside County (CA) Commission for Women 60 vendors and speakers Admission free with non-perishable canned food item or grocery store gift card for $5. Refreshments provided with admission. The C
Due to several complications he died several weeks later. But during those weeks, at my insistence, he was graced with caring and loving touch from his immediate and extended family, and his entire Quaker meeting. We in turn were graced to be sharing that sacred time with him. Most people, like my father, appreciate caring touch. Many, unfortunately, experience touch deprivation including people with AIDs, people with cancer and other illnesses; infants in Neo Natal Intens
This morning I had the honor of sharing yoga with about ten women gathered as part of a wellness traveling symposium. That is, they travel to the practitioners/instructors and experience their work, and then decide if it something they want to pursue on their own. I was honored because many of these women have physical challenges, including several having had recent surgery for breast cancer. One had several abdominal surgeries, another had a hip replacement and there were
Yesterday I taught three people an in- home pet massage class, along with their three dogs and my elderly dog. Hope the black lab and Gracie the black newfoundland were very clear in their communication. When I suggested that we ask our dogs if it was okay to massage them, they dropped down, rolled over and said, in effect, lets get started!
Gracie could probably lead Zen classes of her own. She had no tension along her spine, where we began the massage, and could sit or
Some techniques and thoughts that help me: First, breathe.
Second, do yoga.
Third, get massages.
Fourth, go for walks.
Fifth, rest when you can.
Sixth, remember you are not alone and work is being done to turn this situation around.
Seventh, share what you are going through and ask for help.
Do something fun every day.
Watch John Stewart and the Colbert Report.
And, what is that saying?
The best revenge is success.
Make your world work for you. #eviction #trauma #H
Thirty-three states have state licensing, and California finally is one of them. State licensing is a way of ensuring the quality of practitioners, which will (soon, we hope) encourage health insurance companies to reimburse for massage treatments. But we still haven’t fully embraced the field of bodywork. Why is there still a shroud of mystery around it and a distrust of the massage therapy profession? One reason is that the boundary between therapeutic massage and sensual o
I surprised myself when I called nearby Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California for information about therapeutic programs and modalities for returning veterans. As I was waiting on hold, I found myself struggling with thoughts such as, do I really want to hear how veterans have suffered and are continuing to suffer? Do I really want to know the situation? It felt very charged to me, and then I realized one of the reasons. When I was the age of many of our veterans my fath