Tag Archives: Healing

Writing for Wellness

By Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC, who will be presenting Writing for Wellness at Hollyhock on Sept 23-28, 2016!

Journaling and expressive writing are among the best creative inner work tools I know of for living a healthier and more peaceful life. In our fast-pace, often stress-filled lives, it is easy to get disconnected from the inherent sense of harmony, balance and peace that is always available within us. Writing is a way to tap into and cultivate this inner state of well-being that already exists.

Have you ever been told that writing or journaling can be good for your health? Perhaps a doctor, counsellor, life coach or friend has suggested; “You should write in a journal,” or “it might help to journal about this.”

Journaling is recommended, in many instances, without any guide or road map or “how to” along with it. Often it is assumed that people just know what to write about to get the results they might want from this creative and self-expressive process. Continue reading Writing for Wellness

Blending Nature and Civilization in the Body: Energy Flow is the Key

By Ann Marie Chiasson, MD who will be presenting Energy Healing Essentials at Hollyhock on August 19-24, 2016!

Twenty years ago I learned the fundamental principle that our energy and vitality does not actually belong to us – it is dependent on how connected we are to the larger energy field that we all live within. This includes nature and community (human and animal) and how our body is connected to these sources of energy. You may ask – Aren’t we always connected? Yes, we are always connected. However, how this connection flows through the body’s energy flow and organs is key.

These are ancient concepts –around for more than 4000 years, yet humans, in general, are becoming less connected to this life force energy flow. For starters, we have moved in-doors. We live alone more, or in smaller family units without extended family. We wear shoes, eat processed foods, and spend much of our time on-line or on the phone. We have become sedentary at work – and movement is the most effective way to move energy and energy blocks in the body.

We are definitely seeing the compensation in our culture – yoga is more common than ever (all about energy) and now we are even seeing Emergency departments putting photos of nature on the walls. Continue reading Blending Nature and Civilization in the Body: Energy Flow is the Key

The Power of Simple Touch

By Ann Marie Chiasson, MD who will be presenting Energy Healing Essentials at Hollyhock on August 19-24, 2016!

The more I work in medicine and with healing, the more I appreciate the power of touch. It is a profound way to reach and connect with another, and connection is wonderfully enlivening and healing. And now the power and benefits of touch have become better and better delineated in the medical research recently.

Touch clearly relieves many types of pain and speeds up wound healing. Touch helps people recover more quickly from the emotional pain of break ups. Touch stimulates our brain to release oxytocin, one of the chemicals released by the brain when we experience love. People with depression make less natural oxytocin and touch can stimulate this. Tragically, depression is on the rise globally. I often wonder if this is, in some ways, because our culture has stopped touching. Continue reading The Power of Simple Touch

Tapping Into A Renewed Life: Learning “Emotional Freedome Technique” for Personal and Professional Use

By Alina Frank and Craig Weiner, DC
Feature Photo Credit: EFT Universe

“Tapping”…”EFT”…”Emotional Freedom Techniques”…perhaps a friend told you about it or you saw it demonstrated on Dr. Oz, or saw a film clip of the BBC report this past year on the emerging efficacy and research on this healing phenomenon. Whether you have heard of it or not, its worldwide use is skyrocketing and the increasing body of published research continues to grow alongside its use. Supporters have included luminaries such as Candace Pert, PhD, Bruce Lipton, PhD., and Deepak Choprah, MD.

What is it? What is it used for and can you learn to do it for yourself?

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Sing, Act, Dance, Heal: Creative Arts Therapy Can Open New Pathways of Wellness, Connection, and Joy

By Wendy Kagan, via Chronogram
Featured Image Source: Otago Daily Times
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his article features B
essel van der Kolk, MD who will be presenting Trauma, Body, and the Brain: Restoring the Capacity for Rhythm and Play at Hollyhock on August 14-19, 2016.

In January 2011, a 9mm bullet, fired point-blank from the gun of a mentally ill assailant, passed through the left rear of Gabrielle Giffords’s head and exited just over her left eye. The Arizona congresswoman, who had been meeting with constituents in front of a supermarket near Tucson, would survive—despite massive trauma to the left side of her brain, the regions that control vision, movement, and speech. After surgery and intensive therapy, some 10 months later Giffords could respond to TV journalist Diane Sawyer’s interview questions with mostly one-word answers—yet she could sing all the lyrics of “Tomorrow” from the Broadway show “Annie.” Struggling to find language, she would call a chair a “spoon,” but she could belt out all the words to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” It was music that helped pave a road back to speech, and it was music that—in the form of a guitar-strumming therapist by her side to help organize her movements—even supported Giffords’s steps as she relearned how to walk.

“Drama, song, writing, and other expressive activities are more effective than talk therapy.”

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