COVID-19: 7 new ways to heal; 3 special offers
Life turned upside down, didn’t it? I considered the advice of health professionals. I chose to limit face-to-face exposure, for my own health and yours. Then, I closed my office for in-person sessions during the coronavirus pandemic.
1. Old skills still work, more care for each other
In this crisis, people have supported me in my healing beyond measure. It gives me insight in what I can do for you. Also, I am surprised how the knowledge I gained from in-person sessions still applies to remote sessions. So, I offer old skills and new. It is the best way I can care for you. As always, I still emphasize self-care, because I believe in empowering you.
2. New ways to heal, some surprises
Since I stopped seeing folks in person, I now use telehealth platforms, mostly by video. I track what is happening with you by listening and watching closely. Mindfulness and trauma-sensitive trainings allow me to make sure you feel safe.
There’s some new twists. For example, do you need an in-person session to heal your knee? Maybe not. Amazingly, the same protocols for ankle and knee injury recovery seem to still work via telehealth platforms.
I always included exercises. Often, these exercises are neuroplasticity strategies to prevent reinjury. Thus, you change your own brain’s wiring. You learn how to use your body in ways that don’t hurt. This strategy can allow ligaments, tendons, muscles, and other tissues to heal. I had initially consulted with one of the country’s lead researchers on chronic ankle instability to develop these protocols. And clients are still reporting benefits.
3. Mindfulness in the body for stress and trauma
I received advanced certification in Mindful Awareness in Body-Oriented Therapy in 2018. MABT has become a strong support for many clients during this pandemic. I usually offer it as an 8 session series. This allows you to build skills so that you can increase your own embodied emotional awareness.
However, I can adapt the session series to your needs. Especially in the face of stress or trauma, these skills will benefit you for years to come. They will help you master your reactions, feel empowered, and develop greater mindfulness and self-compassion.
4. Neuro and mindfulness exercises for PD, TBI, and neurological disorders
For people with Parkinson’s, brain injury, congenital or neurological disorders, I no longer do an in-person assessment. Instead, I will rely on the your physicians’ and health practitioners’ diagnoses. I may ask you to do some movement, so I can see how your body is working. Together, we will design an approach that meets your goals.
5. Remote Healing does not contradict research science
I always was oriented to both science-geeky and energy modes. New trainings have added to those. But where would I find valid, remote healing research? IONS, the Institute of Noetic Sciences and CHI, the Consciousness and Healing Initiative are both on the cutting edge. And, surprisingly, complementary approaches are becoming more mainstream. I am still a member of ResearchGate, and AIHM, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. CAM studies are more available than before.
And finally, I am a long hauler in recovery from COVID myself. I learned from and shared with thousands of fellow travelers. I have kept up on the research on what is happening to all of us. From the depths of despair (and lots of help from others!), I had to heal myself. I offer what I have learned to you now.
6. Big secret: first telehealth session is free
My hands had a lot of unconscious skills when I worked in person. They were finely tuned to small tissue changes. How could remote work possibly compare? At first, I lacked confidence. However, my research experience and Ortho-Bionomy principles have helped bridge the gap.
Perhaps my research has even given me a boost in remote healing sessions. Certainly, my knowledge of anatomy allows me to understand your pain and what we can do. Does this work provide the same benefits as in-person sessions? You will only know by giving it a try. Allow me to offer the first session for free.
7. Ortho-Bionomy respects the body’s natural tendency to find balance
I still do Ortho-Bionomy when you need physical healing. Instead of direct touch, I use a family of surrogates. Please let me introduce: Raggedy Andy, Mr. Bear, and Chief Healing Assistant, Ms. Eliza.
Through these cheerful assistants, I feel your body and give you feedback. I can work on ankles, knees, ribs, and necks. I can tell when you stay focused, and when your mind wanders. And I then encourage you to come back into your body.
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