Fall 2014 Workshops

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SEVA STRESS RELEASE:

Part 1 (Acupressure for Self-Care) & Part 2 (Using Seva Acupressure With Others) PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES


CONTINUING EDUCATION: 6 CEU/contact hours for massage therapists (NCBTMB), nurses (AHNA/ANCC), Asian bodyworkers (NCCAOM)    

SEPTEMBER:

Saturday, September 13, 2014, Seva Parts 1 & 2:  9 AM – 4 PM, Holmdel, NJ; FEE:  SEVA Part 1: $60; Part 2: $60, information / registration — 908-902-0770

Saturday, September 27, 2014, Seva Parts 1 & 2:  9 AM – 3:30 PM, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ; information/registration: 732-255-0304, www.ocean.edu (Continuing and Professional Education)

OCTOBER:

Monday, October 6, 2014, Seva Part 1: 6:30 – 9:30 PM, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ; information/registration: 732-255-0304, www.ocean.edu (Continuing and Professional Education)

Monday, October 13, 2014, Seva Part 2: 6:30 – 9:30 PM, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ; information/registration: 732-255-0304, www.ocean.edu (Continuing and Professional Education)

Saturday, October 18, 2014, Seva Parts 1 & 2: 9 AM – 3:30 PM, Union County College, Cranford, NJ; information/registration: 908-709-7600, www.ucc.edu (Continuing Education)

Saturday, October 25, 2014, Seva Parts 1 & 2: 9 AM – 3:30 PM, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ; information/registration: 609-570-3311, www.mccc.edu (Center for Continuing Studies)

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PROCESS ACUPRESSURE 1 (PA 1): Gateway to Soul

Process Acupressure (PA) is a simple, yet profound, holistic method that combines traditional acupressure (to a fully-clothed body) with a process approach to consciousness. It facilitates healing and the natural growth process that arises from within the individual. Process skills taught facilitate clarity in mind, emotions, and spirit. Soul centered development is emphasized. Although acupressure is a lifelong study, this course will empower you to work effectively with energy flow in the body, including meridians and chakras, toward greater balance. PA can be used alone for self-help or can easily be given to another person. PA can also be combined with other body modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic, CranioSacral therapy, massage therapy, rehabilitation, and more. In this class you will learn how to empower self and clients toward greater understanding and responsibility for health and growth. You will also learn Chakra Tai Chi, a movement meditation for increased self-awareness, health, and personal growth and development. No pre-requisites. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION: 24 CEU/contact hours for massage therapists (NCBTMB), nurses (AHNA/ANCC), Asian bodyworkers (NCCAOM)

November 6 – 9, 2014, 9 AM – 5 PM, Naples, Florida

Information/registration: 978-456-0300, registrar@SoulLightening.com

FEE: Super Saver till 9/7/14, $595; Early Bird 9/8 – 10/6, $695; Full Price after 10/7, $795

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CRAFTING YOUR VISIONS INTO REALITY: The Circle of Life Blueprint for Success Program

Do you feel unclear, stuck, stressed, or have difficulty balancing, prioritizing, and moving forward in our life? If you could change anything about your work, health, relationships, confidence, environment, or your life, what would that be? Come learn a simple, step-by-step, structured process that will assist you with making powerful life decisions. You will assess 12 areas of your life, current challenges you face, and readiness for change. You will establish a blueprint for change and create weekly action plans and goals that incorporate body-mind self-care practices for reducing stress. Using personal strengths, resources, and group support, you will learn to navigate life choices in a focused, healthy, and empowering way.

Wednesday, October 1, 8, 15, 22 (4 sessions), 6:30 – 9:30 PM, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ; information/registration: 732-255-0304, www.ocean.edu (Continuing and Professional Education)

Thursday, October 2, 9, 16, 23 (4 sessions), 6:30 – 9:30 PM, Union County College, Cranford, NJ; information/registration: 908-709-7600, www.ucc.edu (Continuing Education)

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BOUNCE BACK:  THE POWER OF RESILIENCE

Friday, October 17, 2014, 9 AM – 3:30 PM, Battleground Country Club, $85 (light breakfast, lunch, and refreshments included in registration fee)

We never know when a life changing event such as death of a loved one, life threatening illness, natural disaster, divorce, financial losses, or a car accident can cause us to feel like we are on a physical and emotional roller coaster and in great need of survival tools and support. It is because none of us is immune to the bumps in life that BOUNCE BACK: THE POWER OF RESILIENCE CONFERENCE was conceived by GEIRS (Grief Information, Education & Recovery Services), a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides services to assist individuals, families and organizations recovering from a wide range of losses. This conference is designed to educate, empower, and enrich both community members and health and educational professionals who serve them. Participants will discover new skills from within and resources in the world in which they live, in order to survive and thrive as they recover from serious life challenges.

Keynote Speaker: Dan Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP. Dr. Tomasulo is a highly acclaimed psychologist, clinician, psychodramatist, teacher, author, and international speaker. He writes for Psychology Today as an expert on group therapy, authors the daily column Ask the Therapist for PsychCentral.com and their Proof Positive blog on practical applications of positive psychology. He was recently honored by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers on depresion. He is the creator of Interactive-Behavioral Therapy and the Dare to be Happy experiential workshops.

Six Breakout Sessions:

When You Can’t Stop the Waves, Learn to Sail: Resilience Through Self-Care, Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA, author The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care

Money Matters: Recovering From a Financial Setback, Kathy Lo Bue, Managing Director Glen Eagle Advisors, LLC

The Many Faces of Grief: Diverse Responses to Loss, Humanity Players, GIERS’ Dramatic Educational Troupe

The Domino Effect of Divorce: Putting the Pieces Back Together, Tina Munson, Esq., Eastman, Lomurro, Davison & Munoz

Turning Lemons Into Lemonade: Finding the Positive in Adversity, Charles Fleisher, author and founder, The Opportunities Guy

We Grieve Differently: Helping Children and Teens Recover from Loss, Shari Carpman, MS, LPC, Children and Teens Grief Counselor

 

 

 

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Life Transitions

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Life unfolds with many pathways and times of transition, each accompanied by relationships, situations, and experiences that bring insights and new awareness about the life journey. During the past few months several transitions have brought me to moments of reflection, as I consider endings and new beginnings that are arising — entering a new life decade, deciding to move, and the birth of a new grandchild. I am grateful to have studied and worked with body-mind self-care practices as a physical therapist. Self-care practices have served me professionally and personally. They have brought rest, renewal, stillness, and time to process my thoughts, words, actions, body sensations and movement, and emotions. In addition, the signals and guidance these provide help me to make conscious and wise life choices during times of transition.

The first transition that occurred for me this year was when I entered a new decade in my life last January. At that time, I noticed that I was repeatedly hearing and reading the statement “we are here for joy.” As a physical therapist, I experience joy during sessions with clients as they learn, grow, and heal…..including individuals who are at end stages of life. I feel joy when I teach about self-care through my book, The Heart of Healing, and classes I present, posted on this blog. As I watch individuals let go, feel renewed, and come alive during sessions and presentations, I am reminded that we each possess our own built-in capacity to heal and feel whole again….all we need do is tap into our hearts, our internal GPS, and the guidance and wisdom present there.

The second transition that occurred for me this year involved a decision to downsize and move. This came about gradually, but once the choice was made the process sped up. Spring cleaning, in preparation for this move, felt like opening a treasure chest as I discovered photos, momentos, and memories of individuals and events where joy was experienced. There was sadness at what no longer existed, but gratitude for what was experienced. Throwing out files, books, photos, and other assorted items was freeing, like emptying a backpack I had carried for years. Letting go included sorrow and joy, but I find that what I focus on most is what lingers in my daily life. I choose to focus on joy.

The third transition involved welcoming the long awaited birth of our daughter’s daughter, adding another generation to our family. This beautiful new soul has taught me much and brought keen insight about the vulnerability all sentient beings face during infancy. I am struck by the total joy she expresses with each smile as I sing to and talk with her. Each day is a new beginning as she explores her ever expanding world, openly and with total trust. When I hold her and snuggle with her as she drifts into sleep, she reminds me that love, compassionate touch, unconditional presence, and heart connection provide essential nourishment for all human growth and development.

In the face of constant stress, change, and transitions faced in today’s world, I believe there are three solutions to remaining healthy and resilient: (1) increase self-awareness; (2) learn and use self-care practices; (3) reconnect with what has heart and meaning. Each of these solutions will provide nourishment and bring much needed joy to our overworked hearts and life force. YOU get to choose what, when, where, and how you nourish yourself, and what brings joy into your life. Ask yourself:

  • What nourishes me and brings joy into my life?
  • What specific self-care practices will I use today for nourishment and joy?

Namaste,

Gina

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