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Handling the Changes of Covid-19

For Health & Well-Being

Feeling off, or strange?  Noticing that the people you love are a bit touchy?  Just about everyone in the world is experiencing mourning, loss, and a huge change.  Have you noticed their collective reactions?

The research of Dr. Kubler-Ross’s Mourning Cycle has long been recognized by a variety of researchers and therapists as applicable to mourning, forgiveness, and change management.  This cycle is built into human DNA.  You do not have to be consciously aware of it.  It automatically functions.  Mourning, forgiveness, and change all deal with a significant loss. Fortunately, your movement/mind system has a built-in process to deal with it.  Think of it as the “Human Loss/Change Cycle.” Being aware of it helps.

All human behavior is both physical and mental. However, most people have no idea of their need to deal with the physical/movement aspects of behavior. You might “feel” angry or depressed, even as you say, “I have the will to forgive, or be at peace; therefore, but you just can’t  will it.  Or, you may realize that you get an uncomfortable “zing” every time you think about “the incident.” You might even realize that stress reactions are making your head, stomach and/or back ache.  This cycle is a psychosomatic (mind-body) event and not just “all in your head.”  This is not a time to “suck it up, and get on with life.”

The physicality of the Loss/Change Cycle is real and is caused by your bio-electric, neuromuscular, movement-mind link.  Moreover, the physical and mental are one at your deepest core self.

Since 1971, I have developed Coordination Pattern® Training and Dynamics which among other concepts shows the connections and how to use knowledge and physical exercises to support people experiencing this Mourning or Loss/Change Cycle.  It also explains how physical, habituated stress reactions can get locked into the body, prevent or stop the progress of the Cycle and how this type of block can be released.  These blocks cause physical injury, high tension and more.

The basic connection of the Loss/Change Cycle and the Coordination Patterns can be essentially stated as:

  1. Denial – Hang Pattern: go with the free-flowing movement; letting go, random, intuitive, Tai Chi, improvisation
  2. Anger – Thrust Pattern: press, strike, force movement; “do it,” sensing, Karate, Hip Hop
  3. Bargaining – Swing Pattern: back and forth, interactive, playful movement; feeling, Hula, Belly Dancing
  4. Depression – Shape Pattern: placed movement; formal, correct, thinking, Yoga, Ballet

Acceptance uses all four Patterns. Each one of us has one of these four Patterns as our “home” Pattern, which is the Pattern of our relaxation, awareness, creativity, and alpha brain waves.  Thus, it dominates our style of forgiveness.

Use these Patterns to support your Loss/Change Cycle process during this challenging time.

You will become healthier both physically and mentally if you do.  There are also easy exercises that can be used to help, but for now “wiggle, giggle and play every day!”

You can also do pretend Tia Chi, Karate, Ballet and Hula.  Or you can listen and move to Bobby McFerrin for Hang, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for Thrust, Beethoven’s 9th for Shape, and Aloha Oe Hula music for Swing. They can all be found on YouTube.

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Betsy Wetzig, Founding Director of Coordination Pattern® Training & Dynamics

www.TwinPondsCenter.com

gain·​say | gān-ˈsā

gain·​say | gān-ˈsā

Merriam-Webster’s definition: to declare to be untrue or invalid

What to do when, despite evidence to the contrary, a loved one continues to gainsay that he or she needs help in their home. As a Patient Advocate, I’ve received countless calls from distressed family members concerned about the safety and well-being of their loved ones who refuse to acknowledge they need help. It’s a delicate situation with no ‘one’ right answer.

Time and time again, callers express overwhelming frustration over a parent or relative they’re concerned is not eating well, taking medications properly, going to doctors’ appointments, or understanding what is being said by their doctor when they do go. They may have fallen a few times, and there’s concern about whether or not they’re still safe in their home.

As if all this weren’t enough, the kicker is when the loved-one in question denies there are any problems and refuses to accept help! How do we stand by and watch someone exercise their right to make poor decisions?

These issues are at the heart of much family discord and distress, with everyone fighting over what to do. Unfortunately, having the mental capacity to make decisions does not guarantee the use of good judgment, and there’s little we can do to force someone to accept help if they refuse it.

There are, however, a few approaches that may get better results than all-out combat.

  • Consider the Family Dynamic: In our culture, the parent/child relationship has a built-in dynamic defining who advises who. Many seniors are reluctant to accept guidance from their children. Consider asking a trusted friend of your loved-one to broach the subject of getting them help. We are often more receptive to the advice of our peers than our children or younger relatives.
  • Empower Rather than Disempower: The aging process is often accompanied by a feeling of a loss of control. Many people stubbornly hold on to wrong decisions to assert authority over their situation. Try taking a team approach and giving your loved-one a voice in creating a plan to improve the quality of their life and make it possible to live safely in their home.
  • Start Slow: Personal care is just that – personal. Most people are uncomfortable with strangers coming to their home, and especially with having them help with bathing and dressing. Why not start with assistance with grocery shopping and light housework and build from there?

Despite the many community living options with built-in assistance available today, the truth is, most people still prefer to age in their homes. Approaching the associated challenges gently and with compassion, affords those we love most to age with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Contact Cathy Abreu, RN, BSN, BCPA at 908-528-3977 or Cathy@NavitaHealth.com for more information on how to keep your love-one safe at home. Visit our website at NavitaHealth.com

Have Heart!

Hearing from your doctor that you have “heart failure” can be daunting and scary. It might make you think your heart is about to stop working and there’s nothing that can be done. What it really means, however, it that your heart isn’t working as well as it should. If you’re on the receiving end of this diagnosis – have heart, get educated and take action.

To start, there are several different types of heart failure and they require different treatments. It’s important to get a clear understanding of what type you have and what treatments apply to you. Treatments may be any combination of medications, lifestyle changes, and devices or surgical procedures.

You will likely be working with several healthcare providers that will make up your healthcare team. Members of your team may include: your primary care doctor, cardiologist, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, dieticians, case managers and pharmacists. It’s important to develop good relationships with all members of your healthcare team. Talk to them openly and honestly. Keep them informed about symptoms or changes in your condition so that they can help you. And remember, you and your caregivers are also essential members of your healthcare team.

Good communication with your healthcare team can help you get the most out of your doctor’s visits. Knowing what questions to ask and understanding what your healthcare provider is saying can help you feel confident that you’re getting the best care.

Here are some tips for communicating with your healthcare team:

  • Be prepared: Bring a list of all medicines you’re taking to the appointment. Make a list of your current symptoms. Try to describe how you feel and any changes in your condition. Write down your concerns and questions.
  • Ask questions: Making the right decisions for you starts with asking questions. Take notes or record your conversation so that you can review the information later. It’s often helpful to bring someone with you to be an extra pair of eyes and ears and help with note taking.
  • Clarify what you hearIf the information you receive from your healthcare team is unclear, ask them to use simpler words or explain it in a different way. Then repeat what you’ve heard back to them in your own words to make sure you’ve understood correctly.

Although living with a chronic condition like heart failure can be challenging, many people learn to manage the condition and enjoy full and meaningful lives. Living your best life lies in your hands. Educate yourself, take charge of the things you can control, and lean into the support of your loved ones and healthcare team.

For a detailed list of questions to ask at your doctor’s appointments, contact Cathy Abreu at 908-528-3977 or Cathy@NavitaHealth.com

Let’s Create Peace on Earth

I have taught meditation for a long time – 42 years. And for years, have discussed the value of reducing stress and the resulting benefits for our body and mind. Lower blood pressure, better sleep, less anxiety and depression, to name a few.

The other day, it hit me. It’s way beyond time to talk more about the overwhelming need we have to create peace and love in our lives. If you doubt the need, just turn on the news on any of your mobile devices. The stress and turmoil in the world today has reached alarming heights. It seems everyone is affected.

You may be familiar with the quote from Mother Teresa, “The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small.” In other words, if we treated the people that we meet as family, there would be much less strife, much more love.

So, I want to invite you all to do that! Interact with peace in your heart – as if those around you were dear family. Does this sound airy fairy, or unrealistic? Well, it is unrealistic when we hold overwhelming tension, fear, and stress inside. Did you know there’s a statement in the UN Charter that says, war begins in the mind?” But here’s some good news.

The reverse of the above proclamation is also true, PEACE begins in the mind. For example, when attending an Effortless Meditation™ introduction class at our center, people frequently comment on the calming influence here. What they are feeling is the byproduct of meditation practice. Consistent meditation practice is an antidote for what ails you, your family, and the world.

Meditators find that they begin to relate to people in a more harmonious and compassionate way. As we quiet our mind with a simple meditation practice, we spontaneously begin to feel closer to those we meet. In our deepest meditations, all the differences among us drop away. Then, after meditating, we’re more comfortable and at home around others. After all, at our core, we are very much alike.

Here’s the bottom line: There’s more to life than the struggles of the conscious mind, the psyche. Haven’t we all known quiet moments of peace and joy? I invite you to join me in meditation practice and experience those moments of delight grow in number – every day. This is a game changer. And the need for peace is great. Would you agree?

I welcome your feedback.

Greg Schweitzer, MBA, D.Ay

610.670.6700

Stress Reduction Resources, Director

 

Healing Emotionally & Physically with Therapeutic YogaVoice®

By Matthew Asti, CYVT

Janine is a 30 year old woman exhibiting shyness, body tightness, and severe difficulty speaking up for herself at the workplace where she feels she is being wronged while doing her best to be a great employee.

These symptoms cause emotional and physical difficulties in her life so she sought out YogaVoice® to gain…

  • strength
  • peace
  • clarity

She has never done any yoga, but has always wanted to sing and does so recreationally.

A LESSON BEGINS

with Janine describing what situation, symptom and even the other person that is          causing her to feel upset.

The certified YogaVoice® teacher listening to her is trained to hear which energetic             center (chakra) this difficulty is coming from by picking up on vocal cues and body          language while attuning to her energetic system.

The teacher then asks her to pinpoint any parts of the body that ache (throat, left leg,            knee, stomach and so on) and verbally draws a connection to the chakra. The          YogaVoice® methodology is then taught so she understands what is happening as the         session proceeds.

When the specific or multiple chakras are identified, the certified teacher gently guides Janine into yoga poses, at her ability level, designed to gently cleanse the chakras that need assistance. While she is in a pose, she and the instructor both sing the designated mantras and sounds that activate this chakra energy. The skilled instructor and her singing together create a resonance that brings Janine’s energy in sync. She begins to experience sorrow when painful buried feelings arise, but she continues singing with her instructor.

Janine’s body powerfully expels the energy through singing and holding the yoga pose. Her voice gets clearer and more pronounced each passing moment until balance is restored in only minutes.

When all settles, she and the instructor dialogue about

  • what happened
  • what can be learned from this challenging energetic difficulty that shewalked in with
  • how to work with the energy to prevent it from recurring
  • handling it in a wholesome way if it would ever arise again

THE RESULTS

Janine feels her emotions improved immediately and hears new power in her speaking voice.  Before she leaves the session, she receives unique vocal + yoga exercises to strengthen her body/voice energy so that if any difficulties arise, she is ready.          

            The aches in her body gradually release over a day or two.

Call 484-868-0005 today to

Experience your own Therapeutic YogaVoice® session with

MATTHEW ASTI, BAHons Music, CYT, CYVT,

Yoga, YogaVoice®, Reiki, Musician

YouTube About Therapeutic YogaVoice®

Salt Cave Now Open

WELCOME to “SALT of the EARTH”

Lehigh Valley’s First Therapeutic Salt Cave

 By Linda Printz

Approximately 8 years ago, a dream was planted in my heart. I am a licensed massage therapist and wanted to help my massage clients who suffered from allergies, asthma, and other breathing and skin issues that seemed to be ever increasing. I wanted something non-medical, something natural, holistic and without dreaded side effects that come with so many medications. My research led me to the Himalayan Salt Caves that have been popular in Europe for many years. At the time, salt caves were relatively unknown here in the United States. Fortunately, this wonderful health alternative has grown, and I have now been able to realize my dream. I am blessed, humbled, and beyond excited to be opening the doors to the Lehigh Valley’s first Himalayan salt room; Salt of the Earth Massage Therapy and Himalayan Salt Cave located at the Twin Ponds Integrated Health Center, Breinigsville, PA.

While salt therapy may seem new to the health scene here in America, Europeans have been enjoying the health benefits of halotherapy for centuries due to the naturally occurring salt mines located there.

WHAT IS HALO (SALT) THERAPY?

Dry salt therapy, also known as Halotherapy, is a holistic approach that mimics the microclimate of a salt cave. Dry salt air is dispersed into the air of the “cave” by a unique process generated by a halogenerator. When micro-particles of dry salt are inhaled into the respiratory system, it does its job by absorbing and removing allergens, toxins and foreign substances in your lungs and throughout your respiratory tract.

This type of treatment is a safe and effective way of using salt’s natural antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and super absorbent properties to provide relief for many conditions, such as:

Respiratory:

  • allergies
  • asthma
  • common cold
  • bronchitis
  • hay fever
  • rhinitis
  • CF
  • sinusitis
  • hay fever

Skin

  • eczema
  • acne
  • psoriasis
  • dermatitis

Therapeutic salt sessions can also help those with:

  • fibromyalgia
  • cystic fibrosis

Many have reported:

  • sounder sleep
  • decrease in anxiety, depressive symptoms & more

WHAT IS A SALT SESSION LIKE?

Salt sessions are 45 minutes in length and by appointment only. You will arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled session to be greeted and fill out an intake form. You will be provided with clean socks, as no shoes are allowed inside the cave to protect the sterile environment. Once inside, you can choose to relax in a zero-gravity lounger, or lie directly upon the warm salt for added benefits. Wear clean and comfortable clothes; (the salt may leave a fine salt dust residue that can be brushed off easily.) The salt will not harm your clothing. A luxurious soft blanket and tapestries are provided for your added comfort. Our starry nighttime sky and soothing music will help you to relax and destress as you breathe in the therapeutic salty air. To ensure a comfortable and relaxing experience for all guests, please refrain from talking and no electronics are allowed inside the cave. During our special children sessions, adults and children are allowed to use indoor voices and have fun playing in the salt with provided shovels and pails!

ARE THERE OTHER SERVICES OFFERED IN THE CAVE?

Yes! Massage therapy and reflexology are available for a total body and mind wellness experience! The cave is also available for private, group, family, corporate, bridal parties, girls (and guys!) night out, couples and specialty groups upon request. We will also soon be offering yoga and other movement classes, Reiki, sound therapy, meditation, energy sessions and more in the cave! Stay tuned!

SALT of the Earth Massage Therapy & Himalayan Salt Cave is a one-of-a-kind halotherapy practice due to its location within Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center.  Over 25 practitioners of various professions using a holistic approach work out of this Center.  Each are dedicated to your wellness.

“One of the best perks of my career is meeting new friends and clients and helping them to achieve an improved sense of well-being and health! I am excitedly looking forward to meeting you! Get ready to get salty!”

 COST:  $25 per 45 minute session for guests 16 and older; $8 per child with paying adult. All children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Call for appointment. Gift Certificates are available.

Call Linda Printz today at 484-225-0448

Email: SaltEarthCave@gmail.com

Facebook: @SaltoftheEarthMassageSalt Cave

Instagram: saltcavemassage

                                               

You are invited to…

Salt of the Earth GRAND OPENING

January 12, 2019 – 1:00-4:00 pm

 

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center

628 Twin Ponds Rd.,

Breinigsville, PA 18031

                                               

 

 

Breaking a Sweat Exercising?

atm_class1[1]Do it Easier and Better with The Feldenkrais Method®           

By Carolyn J. Reese

The best exercise for me, so I thought, was to move fast and push myself as much as possible.  Then I learned how important it is to exercise slowly and gently so that my body/mind system can work together more efficiently. Yes, when the body moves, the mind changes for the better! This new way of exercising has greatly helped with my arthritis and Post-Polio Syndrome. It is called…The Feldenkrais Method.        

WHAT OR WHO IS FELDENKRAIS?  The “who” is Moshe’ Feldenkrais, a physicist, mechanical engineer and one of the first Western black belts. After reinjuring his knee, having surgery and going to rehab, the doctors told him that he might spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

His understanding of how the laws of gravity and motion affected the mechanics of movement allowed him to develop short exercises that helped educate his body in easier, more efficient movement patterns. He eventually used this knowledge to teach patients effective techniques for self-rehabilitation.

THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD, based on the principles of physics and biomechanics, was developed from his experience and understanding of human physiology and the connection between mind and body. 

With this discipline, commands are carried from the brain to the muscles, tendons, joints, and skin, and then reports on their condition are sent back to the brain. The purpose is to improve movement patterns rather than treating specific injuries or illnesses.

The Feldenkrais Method claims to be successful in training the nervous system to find new pathways around areas of damage.

At first, lying on the floor in a relaxed way and moving slowly, I mean really slowly, didn’t make much sense!  Little did I know that the slower I moved, the more my brain was engaged (mindful) and the more my body responded. Even visualizing a movement changes the brain and helps the body!  Being a “senior,” has given me years of incorrect exercising and therapy, but now with the Feldenkrais way of exercising, I don’t have to worry about hurting myself the way I used to and my body is retaining the improvements I made.

The Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes consist of a series of verbally directed and carefully structured movement sequences involving the body and the imagination. The movements are performed in a variety of positions – lying down, sitting, standing – which address a range of functions necessary for the safe, effective and powerful use of one’s body.

This safe and easy way of exercising can help with:

  • Reducing pain, back and neck aches, headaches
  • Re-educating the brain and nervous system to develop new ways of moving and perceiving the body
  • Orthopedic problems in bones and joints (poor posture or habits of movement that may cause pain)
  • Stroke patients, head trauma, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, neuropathy
  • Degenerative arthritis, Fibromyalgia
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Segments of our society: athletes, children, elderly, martial artists, artists, musicians, movement teachers and health care providers

“…the Feldenkrais Method can undo many of the aches and pains that plague us, and I currently recommend it to patients whose movement has been restricted by injury or chronic pain.  I also believe the Feldenkrais Method can help older people achieve greater range of motion and flexibility, and help all of us feel more comfortable in our bodies.”        –Andrew Weil, MD 

This style of exercise is not only revolutionary, but an enlightening experience! 

Attend a Feldenkrais Class or experience a private session of Functional Integration call Carol Siddiqi 610-618-0467

 

Un-Forgiveness Hurts

Patterns-Training-Center-Loby Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

Un-forgiveness hurts us both physically and mentally because the whole forgiveness process ( from the moment we receive the injury or loss, until the moment we can finally forgive) is a bio-electric process of our basic self. We each have a neuromuscular, bio-electric nerve-muscular-brain system.  It is our body-mind link.  It is what makes us psychosomatic, but its “not all in your head!”

1) We receive the hurt and react with our habituated stress reactions >. Might be tightening ribs, or back of neck or any place in your body you have often reacted to stress.  Our brain is put on alert… “Danger, Danger.”  Plus our old chronic pains often show up.

2) We are reminded or think of the hurt. > Our “gut” reacts. Emotions are both physical and mental. Our brain may get stuck in a loop of anger, depression, and fear.  Ye old chronic pains act up…backache, headaches or more.

3) We try to will our forgiveness but it doesn’t work because all behavior is both physical and mental and willing won’t make a difference without the physical half of our ‘self.” Un-forgiveness gets stuck in our whole being.

>>>GOOD NEWS…. Our forgiveness process is part of our DNA and can be fully accessed with the same bio-electric processes that get us stuck. Your Coordination Patterns and Dynamics are the bio-electric system of the mind-body and movement-mind link.

The Forgiveness Workshop on Dec. 2nd at Twin Ponds will teach you how to use this system with fun, simple movement exercises and understanding.

“For 10 years I could not completely forgive two friends who hurt me during my husband’s funeral,,,    but within the 3 hours of Betsy’s workshop the deed was done!” *Seattle, WA Workshop Participant.

 

A Gut Feeling

Twin Ponds celebrateLaunches a Decade of Growth

by Carolyn J. Reese                 

Listening to my “gut feeling” ten years ago has helped many people with stress, physical aches and pains, along with mental and emotional challenges.  The message I received from my gut was that it would be very convenient to have highly-trained holistic practitioners collaborating under one roof for natural health and wellness. This was very appealing to me because I not only knew that I needed it, but I felt as though our community could also benefit from such a place. This realization wasn’t slow, but an “aha moment” that came like a bolt of lightening – a gut feeling, an intuition that I knew I wanted, and needed to act upon it.

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center was opened with a hand full of holistic practitioners and over the last ten years has grown to more than twenty experts in their various fields of natural health modalities. This Center has become one of our country’s most diverse holistic health centers. It continues to grow and always welcomes additional practitioners to join our team.

Our holistic practitioners are committed to facilitating a way of life that moves one towards vitality, optimum wellness and awareness. In our safe, supportive environment, people can learn natural healing techniques to address:

  • pain, joint and muscles
  • stress, sleep difficulties and relaxation
  • optimal brain function
  • nutrition and lifestyle support
  • emotional distress of anger, fear, guilt and sadness
  • disease and illness
  • success in all areas of life

The real blessing of the Center is not only the dedicated practitioners, but all the clients and patients who have come to achieve health maintenance, improve their lives and recover from illness or pain.

Our “Coming Events” to help with these issues are:

 Our future looks bright with New Events in the planning:

  • Retreat Days: Programs designed for Individuals, Corporations and Organizations
  • Food & Lifestyle Support Program

Our practitioners believe in holistic health that considers the whole person – body, mind, emotions and spirit and collaborate to help our clients become healthier.

Albert Einstein once said that intuition is our most valuable asset, and one of our most unused senses. He described it as “a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance of something.” Sometimes it is referred to as gut feeling, sixth sense, innate wisdom, inner sense, instinct, inner voice, or spiritual guide.

If your “gut” talks to you, don’t ignore it! It is a powerful message and can be a big blessing to you and others as well.  I believe my whole life prepared me to open Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, but it was listening to my “gut” that launched this amazing place for healing.

Join us to Celebrate our Decade of Growth

Sunday, October 22, 1:00-4:00 pm

FOOD ▪ LIVE MUSIC ▪ DANCING ▪ RAFFLE ▪ KIDS GAMES ▪ CONVERSATIONS ▪ DEMONSTRATIONS

 

Is There Untapped Power in Your Voice?

VoiceDo you know that you can increase your energy, become more calm and focused, and release pain and tension – all with the sound of your own voice? 

Make Sound!

We are wired for vocal expression; we’re supposed to make sound. As infants we came into the world wailing and then spent years learning to be quiet.  Sometimes, those lessons were less than ideal.

How many times in your life was there a command to be quiet? How well did you learn to stuff your feelings? How often did hold your tongue because it wasn’t safe or because no one would pay attention anyway?  And, were you someone who was told you can’t or shouldn’t sing?

Toning is a process to begin to free your voice – to free your bodyvoice.  It starts with audible sighs, yawns, and groans. Letting yourself make sound, giving yourself permission to sound sends a message of freedom to your body. You may be surprised by what comes out.

frustrated_at_my_desk_800_clr_8478Creating a resonant sound with your voice can relieve pain.  The next time you feel a headache coming on, instead of reaching for a bottle of pain reliever, find a pitch that resonates or vibrates in your head and gently tone on “ee.”  If you’re feeling grouchy, add a smile, even if you really don’t feel like smiling, and see what happens.

Your journey to free yourself begins here.