Spring Classes: Seva Acupressure For Self-Care & Using Seva Acupressure With Others

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“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…….It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine.”  

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Spring is just around the corner. Come refresh your whole being and plant seeds of Self-care at a Seva Stress Release Acupressure class in Holmdel, New Jersey. Classes are available on March 15 and again on April 5.

Seva is the Sanskrit word for compassionate, selfless service. Seva Part 1 teaches how to use this simple acupressure program for Self-care. Seva Part 2 teaches how to use this program with others. Seva Part 1 is a pre-requisite to Part 2, and can be taken as a separate class, or on the same day with a Seva Part 2 class.

SEVA ACUPRESSURE FOR SELF-CARE & WITH OTHERS – Holmdel, NJ

Saturday, March 15, 2014: Part 1 Seva Acupressure for Self-Care: 9 AM-12 Noon; Part 2 Using Seva With Others: 1-4 PM (can be taken same day or separately)

Saturday, April 5, 2014:  Part 1 Seva Acupressure for Self-Care: 9 AM-12 Noon; Part 2 Using Seva With Others: 1-4 PM (can be taken same day or separately)

INFORMATION:  http://www.reginarosenthal.com/education-workshops/professional/ 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: 908-902-0770

Fee: Seva Part 1: $60;  Seva Part 2: $60

Continuing Education: Nurses, Social Workers, Massage Therapists, Asian Bodyworkers (3  hours Seva Part 1; 3 hours Seva Part 2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coming Home To Our Hearts

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“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.”   Confuscius

During February attention is focused on the heart with American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day. In today’s world we often become disconnected from our hearts, and the wisdom therein. Coming home to our hearts is vital to healing and living a fulfilled life.

Our hearts are like kaleidoscopes that reveal the many dimensions of our being. In a physical dimension our hearts, at the center of our being, pump blood, oxygen, and life force to every cell. In an emotional dimension our hearts reveal emotions and nonlinear intelligence. E-motion is the energy of our hearts in motion, which we notice when something touches our hearts and we are “moved” by the experience. In a mental dimension what we take to heart we consider seriously. In a spiritual dimension we connect with heart intelligence each time we become aware of what has heart and meaning in our lives.

The Institute of Heart Math has done extensive scientific study regarding how and why the heart affects learning, creativity, emotional balance, and personal effectiveness. (www.heartmath.org). Their studies indicate that the heart generates the largest electromagnetic field of any body organ, several thousand times more powerful than that of the brain. When we tap into this field and use it like an internal GPS system, we become aware of “stepping stones” on our life path that guide us home to our hearts.

I come home to my heart in every dimension when I’m sharing time with family and clients, teaching, taking yoga and Jazzercise® classes, participating in creative activities, and spending time in nature. Each time I participate in these relationships and activities I feel physically alive, mentally clear, emotionally joyful, and spiritually centered and grounded. Which relationships and activities in your life help you come home to your heart? In my book, The Heart of Healing: Discovering the Secrets of Self-Care, I ask readers to consider  ”Ten Loves,” experiences that bring them home to their hearts. What would you include on such a list? Does your list need to be updated? Without judgment, consider how many activities involve others, and how many are alone activities? Is there a new balance that needs to be established between the two?

When your heart speaks take good notes.

Namaste…..Gina

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Tapping Into The Heart’s Wisdom

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“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” 
Albert Camus

I savor times when I am in awe, times “in the moment” when I lose sight of time, space, challenges, and everything around me. When these moments arise in winter, I am reminded how sunshine lights up a winter’s day, how good the warmth of a fireplace feels, how warm and delicious homemade soup tastes, how I love the sweetness of hot chocolate, and how delightfully renewed my heart feels each time love is given and/or received. At these times I can tap into heart wisdom and realign with what has heart and meaning in my life. During one of these moments of awe I took the above photo. Snowballs that gently rested on branches looked like cotton balls, and my heart reminded me that spring is around the corner. The next morning I heard birds chirping as I awoke, additional reminders and harbingers of spring.

Amidst this winter’s cold, snowy days Camus’ words bring me back to my heart. It is here that I tap into Heartmind, described in Chinese medicine as “xin,” the place where higher mind, intuition, and heart are integrated. Each time I tap into this powerful place I am reminded to take in and celebrate moments of awe in winter, when Mother Earth brings us the greatest show on earth through seasonal changes. I feel grateful and blessed each time I  experience the warmth, peace, and awe in these moments, and I’m reminded of the continuous renewals that accompany life with each “change of season.” It is these memories that I stockpile and can access during the cold, wintry times in my life when I do feel lost, alone, or insignificant.

As caretakers of your hearts this Valentine’s Day, I wish you sweetness, joy, and warmth. May you experience the mysterious, dynamic, and universal energy of love as winter turns into spring. Namaste…..

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Regina Rosenthal, PT, MA: Upcoming Events

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UPCOMING EVENTS — MAXIMIZING WELL-BEING THROUGH SELF-CARE

SEVA ACUPRESSURE FOR SELF-CARE & WITH OTHERS – Holmdel, NJ

Saturday, February 15, 2014: Part 1 Seva Acupressure for Self-Care: 9 AM-12 Noon; Part 2 Using Seva With Others: 1-4 PM (can be taken same day or separately)

Saturday, March 15, 2014:     Part 1 Seva Acupressure for Self-Care: 9 AM-12 Noon; Part 2 Using Seva With Others: 1-4 PM (can be taken same day or separately)

INFORMATION:  http://www.reginarosenthal.com/education-workshops/professional/   PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: 908-902-0770   Fee:  Part 1: $60;  Part 2: $60

Continuing Education: Nurses, Social Workers, Massage Therapists, Asian Bodyworkers (3 Hours Seva Part 1; 3 Hours Seva Part 2)


PROCESS ACUPRESSURE 1
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Philadelphia, PA, March 11 – 14, 2014

Naples, FL, November 6-8, 2014

INFORMATION:  http://www.reginarosenthal.com/education-workshops/professional/     PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: 908-902-0770

Continuing Education: Nurses, Massage Therapists, Asian Body Workers (24 Hours)


LIBRARY PRESENTATIONS:

Monmouth County Library, Hazlet Branch: January 25, 2014

Monmouth County Library, Colts Neck Branch: February 8, 2014

Old Bridge Public Library: April 10, 2014


DIALOG WITH THE
AUTHOR

Hunterdon NJ Radio Interview with Sue Ann Seccia: February 27, 2014

Wellness Workers Webcast Interview with Elsie Kerns: March 6, 2014

Brandeis University Women, Monroe Township, NJ: March 27, 2014

Temple Shalom, Aberdeen, NJ: April 6, 2014

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Living In Tune With Mother Nature: The importance of Self-Care

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Happy new year!

The year 2014 has begun and we’ve been experiencing the winter season in the northeast. Winter is a time of long nights and reduced daylight. It is a time when I’m reminded of the quiet beauty revealed by Mother Nature in the stillness that follows new fallen snow. Yesterday’s snow storm blanketed us with 12″ of snow, which slowed everyone’s pace. “Home” took on special meaning for everyone trying to get home yesterday.

According to Chinese medicine, winter is a time to stay warm, eat warm nourishing foods, rest, and retreat within to restore and renew our life force, or “chi,” stored in our kidneys. Animals know to go within in winter…..they hibernate. We, too, would be wise to make time to slow down and go “home,” within ourselves during winter. This will ensure that we have sufficient energy reserves to meet the new growth and activities that burst forth in Spring.

Self-care practices and bodywork take us within — i.e. meditation, yoga, tai chi, qigong, Seva Acupressure for Self-Care*, Process Acupressure*, and Eden Energy Medicine to mention a few. By slowing our hurried pace, these activities guide us home to our authentic Self. They promote balance throughout our being and reveal the value of aligning our human nature with the seasonal rhythms of Mother Nature. When I am in tune with the deepest parts of my authentic Self after bodywork and Self-care practices, I feel a renewed sense of peace, aliveness, and connection with all of life. I am less fearful and anxious, and I notice a renewed sense of trust in myself and the bigger picture. I have a clearer sense of what matters, and I am excited and curious about the next steps on my soul journey. The best part of all is that I feel more compassion, joy, and love in and around me. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I discover that “there’s no place like home.”

My challenge in winter is to slow down and listen to my heart and authentic Self versus my everyday mind and ego. This helps me recognize and take in the blessings I receive when I live in tune with Mother Nature.

What wisdom / insights does Mother Nature reveal to you in winter? Who and what replenishes your life force in winter? What challenges arise for you during winter? What gifts are you discovering as you use Self-care practices?

Wishing you sweet dreams and warmth this season,

Regina

*See Upcoming Events Blog

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