My educational pursuits this and last year centered around the brain, the nervous system and its connection to our physical, emotional and spiritual health. I am especially interested in our senses and the role they play in giving us the perceptions of our world and how they influence our physiology. I feel inspired by my studies and feel grateful that I am able to bring this knowledge back to my work in Louisiana. I truly believe that the effects of our work are multi-dimensional, and that as each of us heal, we radiate this well-being throughout our individual self to our families, our communities, and our world. Have faith, re-sense yourself, and remember the inspiration of being true to yourself. AND, as always, rub your belly to stay connected and help ease disturbances that arise!
I have continued my education in 2013 with my first exploration of lymph drainage (The Chikly Institute) and the second level of brain work (The Chikly Institute) . In August I will take the second level of nerve manipulation (The Barral Institute). The brain and spinal work is exciting because that is how all of our organs receive messages from the outside and communicate within.
Last year, my herbal education included a workshop with Phyllis D. Light, a fourth generation Appalachian herbalist and healer, at Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, Virginia. Phyllis' teachings are rooted in her knowledge of Appalachian spirituality and the shamanic traditions that she learned from her elders and teachers, much like Rosita Arvigo's work is informed by the traditions of the Maya healers she worked with.
I found it quite fascinating that The Appalachians developed their own medicinal methodology much like the ancient Greeks, Tibetans and Hindus (Ayurveda) which determined how "imbalance" was treated, and here is a system much closer to home, based on southern constitutions and blood types, and that this knowledge is being revived and preserved by Phyllis and her students(you can find some of her students in New Orleans at Maypop Herb Shop).
This year, I will be returning to Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, Virginia for further studies with Stephen Buhner. His workshop is entitled Gaia's Mind and the Secret Teachings of Plants.
Stephen will explore the dreaming of Earth, the function of psychotropic plants in ecosystem function, cytokine cascades in human disease (and plant interventions for them), plant nervous systems and intelligence, plant neurotransmitters and sensory gating channels, and the development of tools to intentionally shift consciousness in order to perceive the dreaming of Earth and the medicinal nature of plants.
Monthly Body Parts classes will begin again in September and will be held on the 4th Friday of the month. These classes are 2 hours, from 10-12 Noon and repeating in the evening 7-9 PM: the first hour explores a particular body part and the second hour is a meditation. For those of you unfamiliar with my body parts classes, they are designed to teach you about your body so you can appreciate its physiology and become better able to connect with and to understand any issues you may personally be having.
Both classes are limited to 9 people.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment or reserve a spot in any of the upcoming classes, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments can be made Monday thru Saturday at convenient times for you. I will send you directions and/or you can view this MapQuest link for directions:
Rose is Rose May 14, 2012
I continue to offer classes that expand on the knowledge that can only be presented in modified form during sessions. If you want to understand what a true work of art you are and how your body participates in your health, please consider the Hands On Health The Maya Way workshop. It is a 1 day workshop designed to give you the foundation as well as teach you how to do your own abdominal self care. The next class is May 11, 2012! I recommend this to anyone who wants to take more responsibility for their health, and especially for my clients to enrich their personal experience of individual sessions. Read below comments:
"I think it was very beneficial because the information gave me enough background to understand the benefits of Arvigo massage. This gives me additional motivation to perform the massage regularly.
Discussion with other class members provided useful information, and the energy of the group provided an uplift.
I think the knowledge gave me more precise information on how to do the self-massage correctly, plus motivation to do it regularly.
I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to better understand the functioning of internal organs, and how massage can benefit this functioning. The traditional focus of massage is on muscle pain, such as back pain, knee pain, etc. In Tai Chi, they discuss the area called the "Don Tien" as the locus of energy flow in the body. I think Arvigo massage can help open the flow of Chi in the body, and go beyond the Western focus on providing relaxation and relieving pain." R.N., New Orleans, LA January, 2011
THE 2 1/2 day SELF CARE CLASS is more extensive in scope. It is open to people of all walks of life, and also offers CEU's to massage therapists, midwives, and acupuncturists. It is also the prerequisite to taking more intensive classes from the Arvigo Institute. The next class in Abita Springs is June 29-July 1, 2012. (Look under classes for exact times and more information). Read the comments from the most recent class:
Wow, blown away at the power of the belly and the importance of paying attention to it. I love the roots of this work and want to continue on as soon as I can."
"It was mostly new information with infinite connections to health."
"The self-care seems to be life changing."
"Informative. Needed. Fun."
An informal class and meditation called Body Parts occurs on the 2nd Friady of the month in the evenings. The last class before summer break will be May 11, 2012. This class explores body/health related topics that give us more of an understanding and appreciation for our bodies, as well as meditations to take home with us to help in our healing. Please contact me if you are interested in this or future classes.
Matthew Wood writes: "Instead of thinking of diseases as precise germ entities or molecular lesions observable in isolated tissue samples, we need to understand disease in terms of patterns of imbalance. This is not new knowledge. Plato described it perfectly twenty five centuries ago in a passage in the Timaeus (Longrigg, Greek Medicine, 1998, 160):
'Diseases, except where they are very dangerous, should not be irritated by drugs. For every disease has a structure that resembles in a certain manner the nature of living creatures. For the composition of these living creatures has prescribed periods of life for the species as a whole. . . . It is the same with the constitution of diseases; whenever anyone destroys this by drugs, contrary to the allotted period of time, many serious diseases are wont to arise from those that are few and slight. Consequently, so far as leisure permits, one should control all such diseases by regimen, instead of irritating a troublesome evil by administering drugs."
Wishing you the best of health, and a nourishing year, 2012!
Universal Healing, One WOMB At a Time