Massage Techniques for Large Joints: Neck and Shoulder

Date: Jan 28, 2017 - Jan 29, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

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Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy

This Class Does Not Award CEs.

Discount Available for Series of 4 NAHA (North American Healing Arts) Workshops. Contact vanessa@catanyc.com for more information.

Day 1: We start with ceremony and breath work. Indigenous North American bodywork often moves from the breath to large joints and then works its way from the large to the more subtle energies. We show how to work with large joints using massage techniques to increase range of motion, to mobilize energy movement across the joint, and to remove restrictions. We demonstrate techniques of shaking, rocking, rolling for disengaging neurological patterns of holding, disrupting habitual patterns, and massage to facilitate healing.

Day 2: Within Indigenous bodywork, we frequently start by working with smaller joints like the neck and move toward the larger joints like the shoulders. We incorporate massage techniques, but also incorporate more subtle energies to affect change. We work with traction of the neck and mobilizing the scapulae to release tension and restrictions between the vertebrae in the neck and spine. We continue to incorporate body stories. We conclude with ceremony.

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://www.mehl-madrona.com & 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 info@coyoteinstitute.us or call 808-772-1099.

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