Indigenous North American Breath Work: Stories from the Body

Date: Oct 8, 2016 - Oct 9, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

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Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy

Discount Available for Full Program or Series of 4 NAHA (North American Healing Arts) Workshops. Contact for more information.

16 CEs NCBTMB/NY Certified

Day 1: Each day we start with ceremony, and will learn the importance of ritual for centering the mind and preparing the space. In this class we will explore the Indigenous North American system of massage therapy. Breath work constitutes a core of this system. We will explore the physiology of breathing and how to increase respiratory efficiency. We will demonstrate using acupressure and friction upon the thoracic cage to relieve tension and restrictions to the intercostals, and how to tie this work to the idea of spiritual energy entering with the breath.

Day 2: Stories from the Body
We will continue with breath work and begin to learn how to incorporate listening to the stories from the body as a form of intake and assessment. Historically, Indigenous bodywork was narrative. People used stories as they worked and connected them with tissue injuries and pain, allowing the practitioner to focus the work. Mind and body were always integrated and this understanding pre-dated European arrival. We will work with techniques for eliciting the story of the pain or injury and explore how this narrative leads us to massage techniques to aid healing as we work.

lewisLewis 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://

barbaraBarbara 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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