Introduction and Overview of Indigenous Healing Systems and Indigenous North American Massage

Date: Sep 10, 2016 - Sep 11, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

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Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy

16 CEs NY / NCBTMB Certified

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

Throughout the world, original peoples have developed extensive healing systems, which can be quite different from the biomedical model of North America and Europe. In this workshop we will begin by exploring what is common to indigenous systems and highlight a few items of uniqueness among some cultures within which we have worked. We will then explore the role of massage therapy within a variety of cultures, understanding how touch and manipulation fit within the whole context of a system of healing and compare them to western Swedish massage techniques: effleurage, petrissage, vibration, tapotement and friction. There will be an overview of Cherokee bodywork with comparisons to other indigenous systems (Shawnee, Pawnee, Zuni, Hawaiian, Apache, and others). Osteopathy, founded in the early 20th century, apparently grew out of indigenous North American bodywork and similar forms have been practiced by other tribal nations as well. We will explore these origins, and how indigenous bodywork has continued to evolve, influencing and being influenced by Western and Eastern massage practices.

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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