JCC’s Spa Day for Women with Cancer

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I was one of forty practitioners who each gave four free bodywork sessions at “Spa Day for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer” at the JCC in Manhattan on June 23, 2013. What a beautiful feeling to help women, who are going through so much, relax into their own skin. They were so grateful, shedding their burden, expressed through softening, opening, tears of relief.

Eighty women participated in the half-day program, which also included meditation, movement, and a delicious healthy lunch. Kudos to the organizers, co-sponsors, and Aviva Geismar, who coordinated the massage therapists and invited me, and Pamela Miles, who coordinated the Reiki practitioners.

Co-sponsored by The Comprehensive Breast Center at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospitals, The JCC in Manhattan, The Institute for the Advancement of Complementary Therapies (IACT), SHARE, Sharsheret, Young Survival Coalition & Movin’On Aerobics.

[cross-posted from Mundo Lifework]

Your Own Personal Headache Revolution

In the Headache Healing Road, I declared that my approach is revolutionary. Why is that so—but not in the way you might think? It’s revolutionary because, based on working with hundreds of headache sufferers, the following statements will make some people feel uncomfortable:

  1. Longtime headache and migraine sufferers can greatly reduce or completely get over their cycles of pain.
  2. They can accomplish that goal without taking headache medications for the rest of their lives.

If you get migraines, how many times have you:

  • Been to a practitioner who told you “you’ll just have to live with it”?
  • Been prescribed medication to get over the rebound headaches you got from the previous medication(s)?
  • Had an adverse reaction or side effect to a medication you were taking (or trying to discontinue) for your headaches?
  • Rejoiced in finally finding a solution only to have it fizzle out?
  • Thought or worried or over-committed yourself into a migraine and/or a tension headache?
  • Lived your life in fear of the next pain?
  • Felt the tightness in your body and mind but not known how or be able to change it?

Given all of that, it’s tempting to crawl into a hole and never come out again! And when you do, again, you’ll try the “next best thing” because you’re not a quitter, and you really want to find your way out of this misery. Continue reading