Massage Techniques for Face and Cranium, Ankles and Feet: Telling Healing Stories

Date: Feb 18, 2017 - Feb 19, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

Bookings are closed for this event.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy

This Class Does Not Award CEs.

Day 1:  In this workshop we move upward and downward, since it is common in indigenous bodywork for two therapists to work simultaneously on face and cranium at the one end of the body and ankles and feet at the other. These Indigenous techniques are similar to craniosacral therapy and reflexology though with perhaps more pressure. We will explore subtle manual techniques for realigning the cranial bones. We will explore manipulating the large joints of the ankles, and then move toward working the more subtle energies of the feet, which can be massaged on multiple levels.

Day 2: Telling Healing Stories  
Traditional peoples have always told stories to facilitate healing, and the Indigenous North Americans were no exception. We explore how to choose and tell stories that inspire healing for those with whom we work. These stories can be traditional, can come from the culture of the client, or can be contemporary cultural tales from the popular media. These stories are an integral part of our intake and a valuable assessment tool for listening and for determining where and how to work with each individual. They help establish a trusting relationship with the client through the simple art of listening. We end with ceremony.

Lewis Mehl-Madrona MD PhD (Cherokee and Lakota heritage) is the author of several books, including the “Coyote” Trilogy. His work discusses healing practices from Lakota, Cherokee, and Cree traditions, and how they intersect with conventional medicine via a social constructionist model. He has been writing about the use of imagery and narrative in healing since the 1980s and is certified in psychiatry, geriatrics, and family medicine. His research collaborations include work on various psychological conditions, issues of psychology during birthing, nutritional approaches to autism and diabetes, and the use of healing circles to improve overall health outcomes. He has taught in the medical schools at Maine Dartmouth, Union Institute and University (Brattleboro, VT), the University of Hawaii, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Pittsburgh, and Stanford University, where he obtained his degree in medicine. He was head of a program at Beth Israel, New York City, as well as holding a number of other positions in complementary healthcare organizations, in addition to hospitals, where he has also performed extensive emergency and psychiatric care throughout the U.S. and Canada, including about aboriginal systems and in aboriginal settings. He has also published over 100 papers in refereed journals.Lewis and Barbara live in Bangor, Maine, where he currently teaches at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, practices medicine at Eastern Maine Medical Center and Acadia Hospital, Bangor, and is the Director of Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation. & http://

Barbara Mainguy MFA MA is involved in creative arts psychotherapy and group medical care, especially in relation to geriatrics and people with psychosis. She is a filmmaker and a visual artist and is currently editing a film on how society decides whom to call “mad.” Her M.A. is in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University (Montreal) with an emphasis on Drama Therapy. She is the author of scholarly papers on embodied narratives and drama therapy with autism and schizophrenia. Together, she and Lewis have written the book, Remapping the Mind. She is Education Director for the Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation.To contact Lewis or Barbara, email or call 808-772-1099.

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