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Reading the Body: North American Indigenous Bodywork at Rowe Conference Center, Rowe, Massachusetts

UU Rowe Camp and Conference Center


22 Kings Highway Rowe, MA 01367 


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Thanks to his 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 the indigenous medicine of the Cherokee, Shawnee, and Pawnee cultures of Missouri who influenced Andrew Taylor Still to develop osteopathy

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 the indigenous people of Missouri 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 these methods of 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.  We will provide some of the history for how Andrew Taylor Still was influenced by these practices in developing osteopathy.

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