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Wounded Healer/ The Series

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Disclaimer: 

All content provided for PMA International’s Wounded Healer series is for informational purposes only. This content does not represent the PMA International organization as a whole or its members/supporters, state chapter leaders, international leaders, administrators, professional supporters and co-founders. PMA International makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information in the Wounded Healer series or found by following any link in the Wounded Healer Series. The responsibility is yours alone on how this information is used. IN NO EVENT SHALL PMA International BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WITH RESPECT TO THE informational material on the site.

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What is a Wounded Healer?
A Wounded Healer is someone volunteering or working in the healing profession who is helping others but bleeding from their own wounds while they help.

According to Carl Jung the psychiatrist; a wounded healer must go through their wound. He explains that To go through our wound is to embrace and say “yes” to the mysteriously painful new place in ourselves where the wound is leading us. Going through our wound, we can allow ourselves to be re-created by the wound. Our wound is not a static entity, but rather a continually unfolding dynamic process that manifests, reveals and incarnates itself through us, which is to say that our wound is teaching us something about ourselves. Going through our wound means realizing we will never again be the same when we get to the other side of this initiatory process. Going through our wound is a genuine death experience, as our old self “dies” in the process, while a new, more expansive and empowered part of ourselves is potentially born (Wikipedia).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wounded_healer

 

Wounded Healer; The Series/ Part 5

The Alexander Technique

In this part of the Wounded Healer, we explore the Alexander Technique as it applies to PTSD, anxiety, and stress

What is the Alexander Technique?

“The Alexander technique is a way of learning how you can get rid of harmful tension in your body.” Although not a full definition of the Alexander Technique, this is a good start.*

“The Alexander Technique is a way of learning to move mindfully through life. The Alexander process shines a light on inefficient habits of movement and patterns of accumulated tension, which interferes with our innate ability to move easily and according to how we are designed. It’s a simple yet powerful approach that offers the opportunity to take charge of one’s own learning and healing process because it’s not a series of passive treatments but an active exploration that changes the way one thinks and responds in activity. It produces a skill set that can be applied in every situation. Lessons leave one feeling lighter, freer, and more grounded.”

“The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body. The Alexander Technique is a method which helps a person discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities…”

“The Alexander Technique is an intelligent way to solve body problems.”
– So begins an excellent article and introduction to the Technique.

To read more please visit this informative site, link below

http://www.alexandertechnique.com/at.htm

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Alexander Technique online resources

Alexander On-Line
A Guide to Interactive Alexander Technique Resources on the Web

Alexander Technique Blogs and Social Media 
Alexander Technique Blogs is a compilation of the very best of AT blogs from around the world, many of which are interactive.

In recent years, a number of Alexander Technique teachers and students have become active on Facebook and Twitter. You can search either Facebook or Twitter for “Alexander Technique” to see what’s available.

Here are a few suggestions:

The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique Page on Facebook provides up-to-date information about the latest Alexander Technique developments from around the world.

Alexander Technique Global is a Facebook group for Alexander Technique teachers, students, and enthusiasts from all backgrounds.

Alexander Technique Worldwide is a Facebook group for Alexander Technique teachers and is not a public group..

Alexander Technique Blogs is a Facebook group that is a good place to see recent blog posts.

I like lying down in semi-supine is a Facebook group that lists information about and examples of Alexander Technique constructive rest.

http://www.alexandertechnique.com/at.htm

 

What is PTSD?

“Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.

Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.”

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/home/ovc-20308548

 

What is anxiety?

 

Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).

These feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long time. You may avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings. Symptoms may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood.

Examples of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), specific phobias and separation anxiety disorder. You can have more than one anxiety disorder. Sometimes anxiety results from a medical condition that needs treatment.

Whatever form of anxiety you have, treatment can help.

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http://mayoclinic.org

To learn about how the Alexander Technique can help with PTSD and anxiety. Listen to the Podcast below-

Becca Ferguson, an Alexander Technique teacher in Urbana and Chicago, Illinois talks with Robert Rickover about the role the Alexander Technique in helping people with PTSD release the physical tensions that are a part of this condition. Becca’s website: mindfulat.com Robert’s website: alexandertechniquenebraska.com More information about the Alexander Technique: alexandertechnique.comhttp://bodylearning.buzzsprout.com/382/50982-how-the-alexander-technique-can-help-people-with-post-traumatic-stress-disease-ptsd

alexandertechnique.comhttp://bodylearning.buzzsprout.com/382/50982

Wounded Healer; The Series/ Part 4

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In our continuing Wounded Healer Series , we will now explore the benefits of Aromatherapy, but first let’s review;

What is a Wounded Healer?
A Wounded Healer is someone volunteering or working in the healing profession who is helping others but bleeding from their own wounds while they help.

According to Carl Jung the psychiatrist; a wounded healer must go through their wound. He explains that To go through our wound is to embrace, and say “yes” to the mysteriously painful new place in ourselves where the wound is leading us. Going through our wound, we can allow ourselves to be re-created by the wound. Our wound is not a static entity, but rather a continually unfolding dynamic process that manifests, reveals and incarnates itself through us, which is to say that our wound is teaching us something about ourselves. Going through our wound means realizing we will never again be the same when we get to the other side of this initiatory process. Going through our wound is a genuine death experience, as our old self “dies” in the process, while a new, more expansive and empowered part of ourselves is potentially born (wikipedia).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wounded_healer

Some characteristics of a Wounded-Healer;

1 Someone who is helping others and bleeding from their own unhealed wounds at the same time.
2 Not taking care of your own unhealed issues while trying to help heal others.
3 Not filling your own healing cup up after pouring it out for someone else!

Visualize a glass of healing, energy water being poured out to help heal others yet it is left empty. We all need to fill that glass of healing energy back up to keep ourselves healthy.

A Wounded-Healer can truly help no one until her personal wounds are healed or in the process of being healed.

So how do you heal your wounds?

In our Wounded Healer series we explore some ways to pamper yourself and move closer towards a healed new you.

DISCLAIMER:
All content provided for PMA International’s Wounded Healer series is for informational purposes only. This content does not represent the PMA International organization as a whole or its members/supporters, state chapter leaders, international leaders, administrators, professional supporters and co-founders. PMA International makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information in the Wounded Healer series or found by following any link in the Wounded Healer Series. The responsibility is yours alone on how this information is used. IN NO EVENT SHALL PMA International BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WITH RESPECT TO THE informational material on the site.

Aromatherapy

What is aromatherapy?

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Aromatherapy is an ancient form of healing that uses natural oils taken from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to improve and enhance mental or physical health. The plants are usually inhaled or massaged into the skin. Do not ingest plant essences or oils, as they can be toxic, without consulting a medical doctor first.

Essential oils have been used therapeutically for over centuries by cultures from all over the world including Native Americans, Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Romans and the Greeks.

Each plant is believed to have its own unique healing property, which is then used to influence your body’s potential to heal. Essential oils are super concentrated plant essences that absorb into the skin and the cells. For this reason, it is important to use only pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils that do not contain added chemicals, fragrances or other additives. Do not apply pure essential oils onto the skin; they need to be diluted first.

How does aromatherapy work?

Researchers speculate that aromatherapy works when the smell receptors in your nose activate areas in your brain that stimulate or influence physical, mental or emotional health. Also, when an essential oil is massaged into your skin, molecules from the oil interact in the blood with hormones or enzymes to affect physical and emotional health.

Common Uses of Aromatherapy Include:

· Natural or DIY cleaning products

· Bath Salts

· Perfumes, Lotions or Massage Oils

· Air Freshener, Incense, Scented Candles or Diffusers

Sources:

Aromatherapy: University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/aromatherapy#ixzz2mO1M0Hxg

The Aromatherapy School: http://www.aromatherapy-school.com

Easy Aromatherapy!
Aromatherapy is an ancient form of medicine that uses essential oils and scents to improve and enhance emotional and physical health.
Essential oils are super concentrated plant essences that absorb into the skin and the cells. For this reason, it is important to use only pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils that do not contain added chemicals, fragrances or other additives. Do not apply pure essential oils onto the skin, they need to be diluted first.
Some examples:
Citrus Scents (lemon, lime, orange, maychang) lift the spirits, ease depression and give energy
Lavendar, Jasmine and Chamomile are used for relaxation. Lavendar may also help ease a headache.
Patchouli boosts positive energy.
Neroli, Rose and Jasmine helps open blocked energy and increases creativity.

BEAUTY:
Easy Homemade Facials: http://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com/homemade-facials.html
Softening Foot Soak:
4 cups warm milk
2 TBSP Epsom Salt
5-10 drops of essential oil or perfume
Mix together in a basin. Soak your feet for 25-30 min. Pat dry. You may consider using scented lotion on dry feet.

COOKING:
Scent is very important to detecting taste, and the sense of smell is also closely linked to cravings and feelings of satisfaction related to food.
Using fresh herbs, fresh fruits and vegetables, flavored butters, infused oils and meats marinated in natural herbs, seasonings or infused oils will create amazing flavor to your recipes and re-invigorate your senses.
Tips for Cooking and Aromatherapy: http://www.allfoodsnatural.com/article/aromatherapy-and-cooking.html
Aromatherapy and Using Healthy Herbs: http://www.nyrnaturalnews.com/article/aromatherapy-in-your-kitchen-part-1-cooking-with-herbs/

RELAXATION:
Five Natural Aroma Pot Simmering Recipes: http://www.deniseinbloom.com/5-natural-aroma-simmering-pot-recipes/
Herbal Tea
Light a Scented Candle
Massage with scented lotion or oatmeal lotion (great for sensitive skin). You can also rub scented lotion on the wrist, temples and feet for a quick boost.
Potpourri
Soak in a bath using scented soap or bath salts.
Homemade Bath Salts:
½ cup Epsom salt or bath salt
Add 5-10 drops of essential oil OR if mixing different oils, 2 drops per fragrance
Stir essential oils into the salts. Store in a glass jar. Pour salts under a running tap, mix well.

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HOME USES:

AIR FRESHENER:
(Can also be used to lift your mood)
Fill a glass jar with 1 cup of baking soda and 10-15 drops of essential oil or perfume. For fun, throw in some glitter. Use a nail to prick holes into the top of the jar. Put lid on jar and place in a room, closet or area needing freshening. Baking soda will absorb odors. Shake jar for a refresh.
Place a few drops of essential oils or perfume onto a cotton ball, and place on a dish. Can also place in a closet or drawer (lavender or lemon will keep moths away).
Light a scented candle

GLASS CLEANER:
(Polishes chrome and metal fixtures. If using essential oils, they will prevent fogging if use on a bathroom mirror.)
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup of water
8-10 drops of essential oil
Combine in a plastic spray bottle and shake before use.
FLOOR CLEANER:
Fill a bucket with hot water. Add ¼ cup white vinegar and 10-15 drops essential oil. Wash and Dry, no rinse.
More floor recipes at: http://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com/homemade-floor-cleaner.html
KITCHEN:
Clean Garbage Disposal and Freshen Kitchen: Put lemon, lime or orange peels (not the pulp) into the garbage disposal, turn on the hot water for 30-45 seconds and grind together. Do this 1x a month.

FRESHEN & CLEAN MICROWAVE:

Cut up lemon, lime or orange and place in a bowl of water. Microwave the bowl and fruit for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, remove from microwave (be careful of steam, water will be boiling!). Microwave will smell fresh. Steam makes it easier to clean microwave, and removes tough stains.

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LINKS:

Aromatherapy Basic Recipes: http://www.your-aromatherapy-guide.com/aromatherapy-basic-recipes.html

Aroma Web Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Information: http://www.aromaweb.com/

Essential Oil Safety Information: http://www.aromaweb.com/articles/safety.asp

Mood Properties of Essential Oils: http://www.essentialoils.co.za/mood-
properties.htm

Some quotes about Aromatherapy:

“Aromatherapy is a natural, non-invasive modality designed to affect the whole person not just the symptom or disease and to assist the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils.” Jade Shutes

“..Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body and soul.” Robert Tisserand

“Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing.” Gabriel Mojay

To read past posts in this series follow the link below
https://protectivemothersallianceinternational.org/wounded-healer-the-series/

Join us for more posts in our continuing Wounded Healer series.

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November 4, 2015 at 11:08 am

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