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New York City on January 19, 2019

Reading the Body: An Introduction to North American

Indigenous Hands-on Healing

Cherokee people have long called their techniques of healing “reading the body.” In this workshop, you will have the rare opportunity to study this unique form of literacy with Lewis Mehl-Madrona, a physician who has trained with both Native American elders and his own Cherokee family members. He will introduce you to a variety of Cherokee, Shawnee, and Pawnee healing strategies—such as touching the body, applying deep pressure, rocking, shaking, running energy meridians, mobilization, acupuncture, and breath work. He will also guide you through healing mind-body-spirit integration, illuminate the ways in which medicine is a dialogue with the body, and describe how Native American forms of bodywork and hands-on-healing have been passed into contemporary American osteopathy. This workshop is suitable for all levels—from experienced bodywork practitioners to those who are merely curious. He will co-teach with Barbara Mainguy, dramatist and psychotherapist, whose interest lies in the stories that emerge from the body and of health and disease.  They have been teaching together since 2006.

To really register, you need to go through the New York Open Center.  Find them at https://www.opencenter.org/reading-the-body.

When

Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM EST
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Where

New York Open Center 
22 E 30th St
New York, NY 10016
  

 

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Reading the Body: The Power of Cherokee Hands-on Healing

Thanks to his Cherokee grandparents, Lewis has been acquainted with Native American healing practices since he was a boy. Join Lewis and Barbara to explore hands-on methods of Cherokee medicine.

Traditional Cherokee people called their techniques of hands-on healing “reading the body,” and in this seldom-offered workshop you’ll have a unique opportunity to learn it yourself. Lewis, a physician who also trained with Cherokee elders, and Barbara will help you discover how Cherokee people used various strategies for touching the body, including deep pressure, rocking, shaking, running energy meridians, mobilization, and breath work as a means to restore spirit to all parts of the body,  They’ll guide you through supervised practice with the methods of Cherokee bodywork and offer examples of incorporating imagery and dialogue; the importance of ceremony, ritual, and intent; manipulative medicine as a means of dialogue with the body; Cherokee acupuncture and knowledge of energy meridians and energy medicine; understanding how this form of healing as mind-body-spirit integration takes place in community; and more.

They will also discuss the origins of American Osteopathy in Andrew Taylor Still's interactions with Native people in Missouri, including the Pawnee, Shawnee, and Cherokee of Missouri.  These tribes influenced each other with their healing practices and Still was fluent in the Shawnee language, their form of hands-on-healing being very similar to that of the Cherokee.  We will see how Native American forms of bodywork and hands-on-healing have been passed through Still into contemporary American osteopathy and discover its indigenous origins.

The workshop is suitable for all levels – from experienced bodywork practitioners to those who are merely curious.

 

Stone Ridge, New York (near Woodstock!), April 13 and 14, 2019 (Peter Blum, Barbara Mainguy, Lewis Mehl-Madrona)

9am to 5pm each day

Fees "by donation," Suggested amount $125 per day or $200 for the weekend; no one turned away.

Working with the Narrative Arts: 

Barbara and Lewis love to play with their friend Peter with the power of words and of sound.  We will explore further how to tell healing stories, how to get people's attention so that they can hear and absorb healing stories, how to use language to make the story more powerful, how to match listener and story.  Since there are three of us, we will be able to split the group when necessary into beginners and advanced practitioners to match everyone's needs.  Lewis and Barbara just taught a class during the fall on narrative therapy and the addictions and are teaching a spring 2019 course on narrative therapy for medically unexplained symptoms, and insights from these classes will enter the training.  We will continue our explorations of how people change and transform and how we as practitioners can be the most facilitative of that change.  People who just need some healing are also welcome to come.  

Our style of narrative therapy is not classic Michael White.  We are interested in interactive dialogue with all the storytellers present around us, visible or invisible, and in hearing the stories they have to tell or have been telling.  We are interested in forming coalitions and guilds with these "avatars" to optimize our functioning in our various dimensions.  We like to play with stories, sometimes with hands-on energy work, sometimes with sound healing (Peter's specialty), sometimes with movement, sometimes with writing, sometimes with ceremony -- whatever the situation requests within an intention that honors everyone's highest good.  We acknowledge the spiritual nature of the work while honoring its playful side. We believe that having an experience works better than having an insight, and that being with other people is more powerful than being alone.

 

New York, NY, April 28-29, 2019, North American Indigenous Bodywork and Coyote Healing

Location to be announced.

We've been learning more and more about the indigenous forms of hands-on healing that exist in North America.  We have traced the origins of American Osteopathy to Andrew Taylor Still's interactions with Native people in Missouri, including the Pawnee, Shawnee, and Cherokee.  These tribes influenced each other with their healing practices and Still was fluent in the Shawnee language, their form of hands-on-healing being very similar to that of the Cherokee.  We will see how Native American forms of bodywork and hands-on-healing have been passed through Still into contemporary American osteopathy and discover its indigenous origins.

Traditional Cherokee people called their techniques of hands-on healing “reading the body,” and in this workshop, we will demonstrate these indigenous techniques, comparing them to American osteopathy and traditional Chinese medicine. We will explore how these indigenous people used various strategies for touching the body, including deep pressure, rocking, shaking, running energy meridians, mobilization, and breath work as a means to restore spirit to all parts of the body,  We'll guide you through supervised practice with the methods of Cherokee bodywork and offer examples of incorporating imagery and dialogue; the importance of ceremony, ritual, and intent; manipulative medicine as a means of dialogue with the body; Cherokee acupuncture and knowledge of energy meridians and energy medicine; understanding how this form of healing as mind-body-spirit integration takes place in community; and more.

On Friday, April 27th, Barbara will be leading a women's medicine circle.  Details to follow.