New Class for March 2019:
Guided Breathwork Cafe is 45 minutes of guided expansive breathing for deep and peaceful effects.
Guided breathwork can relieve both muscle tension and a busy mind.
I look forward to breathing with you.
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Reading the Body: 5 Point Focus
(max. class size: 4)
For people who want to deepen their knowledge of how to interpret physical pain, and help relieve it wholistically.
Section 1. Intuition Lessons for the Aspiring Anatomist. Strengthen the bridge between your logic and intuition. Learn how to read tissue states for health and wellness. Listen for subtle shifts in a client’s body rhythms, gaining insight into the greater web of their body’s asks. Use basic medical terminology root words. Apply Anatomy and Physiology aspects in every session. Intuition and information can work together.
Section 2. Body Therapy “Ethics”, for Compassionate Treatment. This meets board-required C.E. credits for ethics and communication. Discuss and demonstrate bodywork boundaries for supportive therapist-to-client relationships: with your word, thought and touch, to cultivate healing therapy dynamics. Use role play and discussion to demonstrate the difference between a social relationship and a professional one. These considerations for professional balance are essential to compassionate body-therapy.
Section 3. Teaching a body how to receive. Beyond what a person expresses verbally, explore how to help muscles feel ready physically. Using constitutions (with Thai element theory), consider appropriate pacing, current states of being, cultivating welcome, and offering responsive (instead of reactive) techniques. The relationship between a person’s constitution and our compassion for them, is a significant factor in creating a personal body-therapy suited to each individual.
Section 4. Herbalism in Bodywork. When to bring it in, How much to suggest, Why to do so, When to avoid it, What method, Researching contraindications, Which remedy fits your client vs what they will use and, Recommending treatment courses that support given bodywork goals. Delve into this unit with tasting, applying and role play-client scenario.
Section 5. Self Care for Practitioners. What’s my work/life rhythm goal? What do I need to sustain it? How much do I have to give? What do I honestly get out of this work? Who am I to you, the client/What’s my role? What are my limits? How many days off do I need, in order to feel a growing love for bodywork? Is my income sustainable? What does being “physically healthy and socially functional” look like in real life for me as a practitioner? Where’s my decompression crew/wind-down support group at? Start to build, improve or repair your sustainable self-care rhythm.
It is exciting to bring you this course. Please bring your notebook, a journal and a compassionate heart.
Intro to “10 Plant Herbalism”
(max. class size: 6)
Start practicing with “herbs for wellness” in a welcoming and friendly class, with an intimate number of plant medicines. Refocus your botanical practice, learning how to choose plants that support your particular ethics and specialties.
Write a journal, to discover allies you may already have, and bring in samples of your plant interests for sharing. There will be some outdoor and indoor time. Gather information, including field, text and experiential components. Participate in heart-work, openness is helpful.
Learn how to continue this work of “deep research, welcoming and seeking” after the cohort has ended. Accepting important allies can take time.
We’ll make a start, and part with you knowing how to keep learning/meeting/bonding with plant medicines.
Intro to Micro-Dosing
(max. class size: 6)
In herbalism and body-therapies: “Just a little Bit”
Some very sensitive people respond better to suggestive medicine than they do to full-dose medicine. Some physically desensitized (numb) people can reawaken their subtle awareness with suggestive (vs full-strength) courses of treatment. Learn how, when and who to practice this technique with, as an important tool for body-workers and self-care seekers.
Learn how long to micro-dose in a treatment plan. Consider physical signs and symptoms to watch for, and how to respond to those safely, with respect for a body’s care needs; over all else. Bring your favorite plant book and botanical website to info-share.
Designed specifically for both beginners and experts needing a re-stoke to their self-care focus
(max. class size: 12)
A self-care integration cohort for anyone who’s ready to feel better in their body.
Part 1. Stretch, practice mindfulness, learn how to rest!, be heard and listen to each other. Use gentle and recuperative exercises, while accommodating each person’s ability. Receive in-class bodywork, learning how to exchange some simple but relieving massage in a group setting.
Part 2. Each student will have individual guidance. Work on 1 specific piece of your personal “wellness strategies”. This goal is chosen and discussed in class, and completed by FaceTime appointment. Some examples are: Sleep-wake cycle, Setting Up a home-space for stretching, or Making your desk into a space for postural wellness etc. Let’s make sure you have a place to heal well.
Part 3. Receive a private bodywork session, including a brief herbal consult. Use this benefit to initiate your self-care rhythms.
Part 4. Utilize the “private group page” online, made for each cohorts, as a way to continue meeting regularly for group self-care practices after class ends. Self-care is an action.
Part 5. Throughout the class, write a plan of 1-5 specific self-care goals that you plan to integrate into home life. Discuss the progress of these goals in class. Receive a few email follow-ups for support and instruction.
Let’s love ourselves gently; at least a little bit.
Pre-requisites: a desire to feel more “well and balanced”
Pain Relief Practices
Actively healing at your own pace
(max. class size: 20)
Using Massage Therapy/Stretching, Herbalism and Wellness Techniques, I’ll present and demonstrate specific practices for pain management and relief. Discuss and practice (on yourself and classmates) some general techniques that apply to most bodies, and illustrate how to fit them into your life. Use visual charts to follow the map of symptoms and look for roots of pain; bring a notebook! Focus in on personal needs, relevant to those present in class.
Examples of potential pain topics for this class are: tendinitis, endometriosis, muscle spasm or tension, mild to moderate nerve pain, decreased circulation pain (and mild numbness), and abdominal cramping due to food sensitivities.
Expect to leave class with at least 1 or 2 strategies for pain management at home, that felt successful during class. Receive continued support and feedback, through the course page and follow up emails.
As a previously “disabled” person, I want to share what I’ve learned about managing physical hurts that we’re told, “won’t go away”. And I want to give you a chance to hope that some of your chronic physical pain may become less dominant in your life, even if that means managing it instead of completely resolving it. I have seen several chronic pains resolve with consistent massage therapy. That’s why I’m a believer.
Let’s see if we can help you feel less pain.
Your Cycle:For people who menstruate painfully
(max. class size: 12)
Listening to Ourselves and Each other:
Use very open discussions about bodies,
to create a “period health” wellness plan.
A journal is encouraged.
Stretching, massage and meditation
are presented in accessible ways for you,
as “wellness plan” components.
We’ll see what fits your life.
There are many ways to bring plant medicine into your self-care. Tinctures, tea, liniment, salve etc… A few reliable combinations shared and applied in class will give you a chance to explore. You may be assisted with building a personal recipe.
This is an opportunity to witness and have compassion
for each others’ similarities and differences,
in terms of period-pain and relief.
Putting it all together for your “menstrual wellness plan”,
based on your own constitution:
physical characteristics and social responses,
lifestyle rhythms and personal choices.
Employ this 5 point approach to create a long term wellness plan. For the sake of your privacy, we do not discuss each others’ bodies outside of class.
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