This lecture was presented to psychotherapists at Edleman Westside Mental Health in by Bridget Quebodeaux. Bridget is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and a Marriage and Family Therapy Registered Intern (#74660
Supervised by Anne Galbraith, LMFT #40830). She has been a Feldenkrais Practitioner for over 15 years and has recently completed a 3-year training in Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy. Find out more about Bridget by visiting The Center For Physical Health website: PhysicalHealth.com
Cathy Sweetman is a Pilates instructor and Feldenkrais practitioner at the Center for Physical Health. Cathy sees clients individually and teaches an Awareness Through Movement class on Wednesdays at 10am. To read Cathy's full bio, visit www.physicalhealth.com. To experience an Awareness Through Movement lesson with Cathy, click the red "play button" below.
Learn more about MELT by visiting PhysicalHealth.com and coming in to The Center for Physical Health for one of our MELT workshops or intensives. (The first few minutes of this video are out of focus and you will need MELT balls for feet and hands to follow along with Diana.)
We have added a new member to our team! Welcome, Melissa Stander MA, CMT.
Hi! I’m massage therapist and Reiki Master, Melissa Stander. I’m delighted to join the amazing team at the Center for Physical Health as a massage therapist.
I bring my unique blend of training and experience in Swedish and Shiatsu massage, pre- and post-natal massage, injury prevention and recovery massage, as well as energy work to the mix. My approach is also informed by a grounding in body-centered Psychotherapy and Mindfulness practice.
I’ve developed into a Jane of all healing trades due to an early and transformational discovery of the power of inner awareness, unconditional self-love and loving self-discipline as a mode toward optimal health and wellbeing.
I work with clients to find their own path to health and to participate fully in their own healing. Along with the other fine practitioners on the client’s therapeutic team, I encourage clients to tune into their bodies and pay attention to the messages they receive. In this way, clients are led by their own innate wisdom, coupled with the expertise of a team of highly trained professionals, toward lifestyle changes that will optimally support and promote healthy wellbeing.
Center for Physical Health Feldenkrais Practitioner and Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, Bridget Quebodeaux, created this "Emotion Focused Journal" in response to requests from clients for a way to examine unsettling events that occur between therapy sessions. The questions in this workbook are designed to help clients focus on their internal experience---thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations and to differentiate emotions from anxiety, judgments, perceptions and distancing defenses. Bridget is currently working on an new version of the Emotion Focused Journal so check back for updates soon!
Moving Freely with Arthritis
The Feldenkrais Method® = Stress-Free Exercise
Many people with arthritis find it challenging to getenough exercise. They hesitate to do something that might exacerbate their arthritis symptoms rather than make them better.
While conventional exercise typically involves repetition of strenuous movements, The Feldenkrais Method takes a very different approach, bearing little resemblance to conventional forms of exercise and working on entirely different principles. It involves no stretching or straining, requires only minimal muscular effort and uses slow, gentle, easy-to-do movements. By engaging the brain’s ability to relearn and change, Feldenkrais improves the exchange of relevant information between the nervous system and the muscles, resulting in movement becoming more comfortable.
Feldenkrais provides many of the benefits commonly associated with exercise, including lubrication of joints, increased flexibility, better circulation, improved respiratory function, better coordination and balance, and an overall sense of well-being.
For people with arthritis, The Feldenkrais Method can help to reduce friction, swelling and inflammation in the joints, and can interrupt cycles of pain and tension.
Once a person is able to move comfortably, they may be able to start engaging in more strenuous aerobic or strength-building exercises.
Call or email us to make your appointment to explore the Feldenkrais Method of movement with
Pat Barragan, Irene Bowers, Cathy Sweetman or Bridget Quebodeaux.
Certified Massage Therapist
It’s a general perception that pregnant women develop sensitivity to smell in order to prevent inhaling harmful substances and in turn protect the fetus even if it is harmless. Some women may experience dulled or heightened sensitivity to smell. In either case, Aromatherapy (light use of essential oils) can be a great healing modality before, during, and after pregnancy. Aromatherapy is a natural solution to help balance your mind, body, and soul. As a precaution essential oil use should be limited or avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy, but they have many beneficial uses in the last two trimesters and during labour.
Listed below are oils that should be avoided during pregnancy:
Basil, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage (OK during labour), Clove Cypress (OK after 5 months), Fennel Hyssop Jasmine (OK during labour), Juniper, Lemongrass, Myrrh, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram,
Listed below are the benefits and therapeutic effects of the essential oils recommended for use during pregnancy:
Bergamot : Analgesic, antiseptic, antidepressant, uplifting, and refreshing. Helpful for cystitis during pregnancy.
Chamomile: Antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. Soothes pain from muscular aches, headaches, toothaches and indigestion.
Cypress : (OK after 5 months) Antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent and diuretic. Helpful for varicose veins, hemorrhoids and swollen ankles.
Eucalyptus: Antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral. Helpful with respiratory congestion. Frankincense Antiseptic, astringent, sedative, warming.
Geranium: (OK after 3 months) Antiseptic, antidepressant, astringent, refreshing, uplifting. Eases aching legs and is good for poor circulation.
Grapefruit: Astringent, digestive aid, lymphatic stimulant. Helps with water retention.
Lavender: Antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, antidepressant, healing, relaxing. Helps soothe aches and pains of pregnancy, encourages cell renewal and helps with fluid retention.
Lemon: Antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, astringent, stimulant, tonic. Useful as an inhalant for morning sickness and in massage for varicose veins.
Mandarin: Antiseptic, refreshing, tonic, mild relaxant. Can ease fluid retention in leg and ankle massages. Neroli: Antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, relaxing. Useful in pregnancy to promote healthy skin cell regeneration and for easing nervous tension.
Patchouli: Antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, nerve sedative. Eases confusion, indecision and apathy.
Petitgrain: Antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative, refreshing, tonic. Helpful in dealing with pre or postpartum depression.
Rosewood: Antiseptic, sedative.
Sandalwood: Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, sedative. Helpful for cystitis during pregnancy.
Tangerine: Antispasmodic, lymphatic stimulant, calming, sedative. Helps to prevent stretch marks.
Tea Tree: Antibiotic, antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, disinfectant. Can be used to treat thrush during pregnancy.
Ylang Ylang: Antiseptic, antidepressant, aphrodisiac, sedative, lowers blood pressure. Restorative when overworked or tense.
Pilates Method for Rehab
More than an exercise program
What makes the Pilates Method and equipment truly unique is its design to challenge the body while at the same time supporting it.
This makes Pilates ideal for rehabilitation after illness or injury.
Whether you’re looking to recuperate from illness or injury or to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle as you grow older, Pilates can be the solution.
Pilates is often recommended for pre- and post-operative patients. After hip or knee replacement, it’s an excellent way to get moving again. Pilates is also a perfect choice for those recuperating from back injuries, as it strengthens abdominal muscles that are crucial to supporting the back.And it opens the door for many people who believed chronic problems would prevent them from ever enjoying the benefits of exercise again. Pilates allows you to exercise without fighting gravity, compressing joints or straining muscles from excessive repetition.
One of the keys to benefiting from Pilates is closely supervised, expert instruction. Our certified Pilates instructors are trained not only in fitness, but in health and rehabilitation. They work with you to overcome the challenges of illness, injury or any physical limitation you might have. Call or email us to make your appointment with Cathy Sweetman, John Sweetman or Deborah Golden.