14th & 15th May 2017
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A 2 day workshop on Cherokee Body Work healing with Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy.
Almost all aboriginal cultures had direct, hands-on, methods of healing. Examples include Hawai’ian Iomilomi, and Thai massage. Evidence is accumulating that American and European osteopathy owes its origins to aboriginal people, especially the Pawnee. The Cherokee were no exception to the art of touching the body for healing means.
This workshop will introduce participants to this form of healing.
We will review various struggles for touching the body, including deep pressure, rocking, shaking, running energy meridians, mobilization and breath work – covering the body from head to toe. We will review what is similar and different about Cherokee bodywork from other systems of osteopathic or “manipulative therapy”.
We will consider how techniques are similar to the cultures that produce them. We will consider especially the Cherokee emphasis on breath as a means to restore spirits to all parts of the body, and its consistency with many aboriginal languages in which the words for spirit and breath and the same.
Workshop will include:
- Supervised practice with the methods of Cherokee bodywork
- Practice with Cherokee breath work
- Examples of incorporating imagery and dialogue with bodywork
- Considerations of the importance of ceremony and ritual and intent in bodywork
- Manipulative medicine as a means of dialogue with the body
- Cherokee use of acupuncture and its energy meridian, use of crystals, and energy medicine
We will then end with a prayer ritual to ask for a blessing on the work we have done and have yet to do.
Lewis is a family physician, psychologist, psychiatrist and geriatrician. He is associate professor of family medicine at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine and is a Faculty Physician at the Eastern Maine Medical |Center Family Medicine Residency.
Barbara is the Education Director of Coyote Institute and is creative arts therapist and documentary filmaker.
Karen and Ron are passionate that recovery is for all, including workers, and together they travel the world, telling their story of recovery and spreading the message based on hope, engaging with mental health services, carers and service users and challenging them to review their roles and embrace recovery for all.