Spreading Light – Spring 2018
It has been a full beginning of the year providing complementary and integrative health care, teaching classes to health care professionals, recording classes, guest lecturing, and writing books. Here’s the summary: Recorded Classes: I took my three-hour classes and recorded them, making them available as a download anytime. Please check them out at the links below or share with those who you think might be interested. Aromatherapy Intro Meditation for Health Care Professionals Holistic Practice Class Guest Lecture: In March, I guest lectured to Masters in Occupational Therapy students at Ithaca College in New York about how they can use complementary and integrative health in OT practice. They were full…
De-Stress, Emotional Healing, Gratitude, Holistic Health, Integrative Medicine, Intention, Love, Meditation, Prevention, The Science of Happiness
How an Attitude of Gratitude Can Improve Your Life
By Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L What are Your Grateful For? Taking a few moments each day or weekly to have an attitude of gratitude may improve your life. Research supports findings that there is an association with gratitude and an overall sense of well being. “Gratitude is the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself and represents a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation.” ~ Sansone & Sansone, 2010 Focus on What’s Right It may seem more easy to focus on what you feel may be going “wrong” in your life or what you want to improve, instead of focusing on what is going well. It can be helpful to…
Congratulations to the New Graduate of the Holistic Healing Program!
Congratulations to Jill Tessman, MSW, LICSW, who completed my 2 Year Holistic Healing Certificate Program on a beautiful spring day today! Jill completed a 132 hour training on Holistic/Integrative Health Care that I created to provide information on the most commonly used modalities in this area. She learned about many topics for self care and how to guide and provide care to those she serves. The topics are based on the approaches I use most often with my clients that have statistically significant research behind them. She has already been applying what she has learned in her life and already benefitting from it with more sense of calm and peace.…
Radio Interview on Reflexology Benefits 4/9/16
I will be interviewed on the health benefits of Reflexology by the very cool and spunky “Aging But Dangerous” community on Saturday, 4/9/16 at 9:30 a.m. CT on KLBB 1220 AM – you can stream it online anywhere for free! If you will not be able to listen to the live broadcast you can listen to the podcast recording after 4/11/16 on their website under Radio/Podcast. Reflexology can be helpful at any age for health, wellness, recovery, and prevention. We are all aging and I am so grateful to be able to share all about Reflexology with you and their audience!
Are We in the Midst of a Revolution?
There has been a lot going on in my world as a holistic health care practitioner who also holds a conventional mainstream health care license – combined together; a Holistic OT. I am finally convinced that holistic/integrative medicine is here to stay and will only continue to grow – to the point that it will completely infiltrate all of health care and truly transform it. One may consider it as a revolution that is happening. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a revolution is defined as: revolution noun rev·o·lu·tion \ˌre-və-ˈlü-shən\ Simple Definition of revolution : the usually violent attempt by many people to end the rule of one government and start a…
Occupational Therapists Complete The Power of the Mind in Healing Class
I just finished up teaching the “Power of the Mind in Healing” class. We met for four Saturdays in February. I had the pleasure of teaching two occupational therapists who have been practicing for nearly 20 years. In fact, they were in the graduating class right after me at St. Kate’s. We covered topics on the foundations of Holistic/Integrative Health Care, the Mind-Body-Spirit, meditation, relaxation, spirituality, and intuition. They loved it! Here they are practicing muscle energy testing. This is different than testing muscle strength. It assesses the body’s wisdom about if something is good for you or not, and can answer “yes” and “no” questions. Examples of what they…