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Thursday, January 15, 2015
We live in a world where we want everything accessible and convenient. We can order dinner online (and it ay someone to deliver it from a non-delivery restaurant), we can download a whole series of television in one sitting, and we can google just about any topic, anywhere, at any time (alligator attacks anyone?). But how does this effect the world of wellness?
We all know the quest to wellness takes hard work, and that change takes time. Therapy, as challenging as it can be, works, as do diets when done correctly, physical training, and a litany of other wellness ventures. At Enlightened Interventions, we celebrate the individual journey as part of being well and staying well, and embrace the idea that true wellness is about sustainability and integrative plans that take commitment.
However, we know that the best way to help you achieve and sustain your goals is to make the tools you need to achieve them accessible to you. Whether it be a coaching call or text with our team here, a quick stop in on the facebook page or twitter account to learn about the wellness tips or special offers of the day, a login to the instagram page for a meditation mantra, or a quick coping skills review on the pinterest page, we want our commitment to your wellness to be easy for you to access.
In a world of social media, we want you connected with us through as many ways possible. Please take some time and link up to our pages, accounts, and everything in between to help you stay on top of having all the skills you need for your wellness goals.
Our Facebook page: The best way to stay on top of our latest specials and new services.
Our Pinterest Account: A collection of our resources, best skills and tips, local resources, and other information to help you get through the day to day
Our Instagram Account: A compilation of quotes, pictures, and practice updates to keep you in the loop!
Our Twitter Feed: A Great Way to Follow Helpful Education for Your Wellness
Our Website: The 411 on many of our services, our team, and our values.
Our LinkedIn Business Page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/9229118?trk=tyah&trkInfo=tarId%3A1421358385261%2Ctas%3Aenlightened%20interv%2Cidx%3A1-1-1
Saturday, January 3, 2015
“Never allow your mind to entertain thoughts of illness or limitation; you will see your body change for the better. Remember that mind is the power that is creating this body and if the mind is weak, the body becomes weak. Don't grieve or worry about anything.”
I have been on my own personal journey of healing for the past 30 or more years. In the course of my own journey, I have had many epiphanies, and made a lot of exciting discoveries. As a result, I have seen major improvements in my own health. I have even impressed my own allopathic doctors at points (and that is not easy to do!). What I have “discovered” is not my own invention; the wisdom is out there, one just needs to find it. And study it. I have done that, and now am certified in and practice several very exciting and promising modalities, that happen to complement each other and work very well together.
Eastern medical practices have been utilized for over a thousand years and have stood the test of time tin terms of helping fight illness, recover from pain, and prevent health issues. These natural interventions call upon your bodies own resources in a planful and natural way to help you heal.
But many people are wary of trying new alternative approaches, or think they will need to give up their allopathic (western) treatment. This is simply not true, and many of these techniques can be used as a supportive Intervertion while undergoing allopathic care, or simply on their own.
Let's break down some of the alternative therapies that can help you with your health goals.
Auriculotherapy: Ear Acupuncture, which I practice using no needles, totally non-invasive. According to auriculotherapy, as developed by Dr. Paul Nogeir, a French neurologist, in the 1950's, there is a map of the human body plotted out on the ear, and any part of the body can be addressed by treating the ear in the corresponding points.
Sujok Therapy: Korean hand and Foot Acupuncture, which I also practice non-invasively.
Quantum Chinese Herbal Therapy: a new twist on traditional herbal medicine, using only several herbs, and in much smaller amounts. Safe, very effective, even for children, and tasty too!
Energy Work: I do a combination of pranic healing, qi gong, and Body Space Medicine energy work
Spectra-Chrome Therapy: a modality in which colored lights are used to address pain and illness.
I look forward to sharing this wisdom with you. If you have a health concern you would like to discuss, you can schedule a (free) consultation, or, schedule an hour appointment so we can address your concerns with these cutting-edge holistic modalities. I encourage you to be in touch.
I am offering a holiday season package discount of 4 treatments for $200.00. (Buy a package for a friend (before January 15th) and receive an additional discount!) Ask me for details.
(Look for more info. on other health packages coming soon.)
Dr. Yosef Resnick, HMD
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) and Counseling is often misunderstood. As a professional, I educate colleagues and the community about what I do and how movement affects our daily lives. As you are reading this, it might help to dispel some of the basic assumptions I hear.
Dance/Movement Therapy is a psychotherapy. Just like with any therapy session it is essential to have a solid sense of psychological safety, referred to by many as a “safe space”. Within these safety nets, the patient/client is able to freely explore thoughts, feelings and their unconscious. A movement therapist, like myself, works first on establishing this quality of safety and understanding. Many people are intimidated by the idea of moving in front of others, fearing judgment and embarrassment, and this fear holds them back from wanting to experience a therapy such as DMT. But under this fear, I want to instill the understanding, in this post, that Dance/Movement Therapy looks different according to whom it is being conducted with. There are DMTs who work with a wide variety of populations, such as, those diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, substance abuse, at-risk teens and children, and veterans as well as medical diagnoses such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and Dementia; and the list goes on and on.
Movement, just like the people creating it, is individualized. It also comes in many varieties, shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. It ranges from the gestures that we use while talking, to the fast-paced movements of a leg shake some may display when anxious. Movement also occurs at barely visible levels right down to the breath we take. Think about it, breath is the most natural way that we move. It is the foundation of our entire existence wrapped into a simple inhale and exhale. Some fundamental work I do as a Dance/Movement Therapist centers on breathing patterns. Examining how deep, shallow, fast, slow, tense, or relaxed the breathing is often translates to a better analysis and/or understanding of how the individual is feeling…and then we build from there. It really can be that “simple” of a movement.
So now you might ask, what does Dance/Movement Therapy look like? A colleague of mine, Lora Wilson Mau (2011) stated. “[The] Key to dance/movement therapy (as opposed to a dance class or a Zumba™ class) is the therapeutic relationship that exists between therapist and client. All movement expression that occurs does so within that relationship. Movement communicates. Dance communicates. The dance/movement therapist is uniquely trained to understand that communication, facilitate it and deepen it.
My goal as a DMT is to bring a holistic, wellness experience to each child, teen, and adult in therapy. As a Dance/Movement Therapist and Counselor, I work using movement in conjunction with other forms of expressive therapies as well as traditional “talk therapy.” The process all depends on the individual as well as personal history, goals, and comfort levels.
Enlightened Interventions is offering two group workshops with special purposes designed to empower the attendees. One group is for teen girls age 13-17 who may struggle with seeing the beauty in their bodies. In an age where teens are barraged by unhealthy portrayals of the “ideal,” these sessions will focus on self-esteem and celebrating their uniqueness. We are also excited to offer a group for girls and boys ages 6-8 who need some help with social skills. This movement therapy group will engage your little super heroes while having fun!
If you have a particular interest in movement therapy, we will tailor sessions for you or someone else in your life.
We are looking forward to expanding our Dance/Movement Therapy services in 2015!!
Saturday, November 29, 2014
I want a Nintendo DS and for Mami to not be broke from having to go to court when she fights with Papi.
This is a letter to Santa I had a client's teacher show me a few years ago, and as I am sure it is for all of you, it broke her family's heart.
Popular media would have us believe that the holidays are this picture perfect, Norman Rockwell-esque time of the year with smiling children, laughing parents, and a jolly guy in red handing out presents. Take a look at any holiday picture book, and you will see happy, INTACT families, giving off the impression to our youth that the only way to spend the holidays is with your whole family in one room. Now cut to reality of the holidays with stressed out parents, anxious and overtired children, and pressure-cooker expectations that are enough to have any one burst. I will say it: The holidays are hard enough before you had divorce to the mix, now imagine being the kid with two houses this time of year.
After a divorce or separation, the holiday stress changes for kids. Who will I be with for the celebrations? Will my other parent be upset? Is everyone going to fight? What will I miss out on? The questions are endless, and for the divorced kid, they serve to increase anxiety, depression, and self-esteem. However, the holidays do not need to be marred with pain. In the essence of making the holidays a little easier for parents and kids this time of year, I have compiled a list of 3 things to Let Go Of, and 3 Things to Instead Build to manage the holidays as a divorced family.
LET IT GO....
1. Bringing up Memories of the Past
I often tell clients that the best part about the human brain is that we get to have this Blockbuster video style anthology of memories in our heads, and the nostalgia of the holidays tends to being these to the forefront. We can find ourselves sitting around talking about old family memories and traditions. For the child of a divorced family, this can be incredibly painful. These kids are still trying to navigate what "family" means since separation or divorce, and focusing time, energy, and emotions being sad about the past is not helpful or healthy for kids during this rocky time, especially early on.
1. Build new Memories and Traditions
Every family has a story, and the great thing about the road through a life transition is that you get to write it collaboratively with your kids. You can decide that new memories can be made with each parent and the children, perhaps including extended families and other loved ones if it makes sense. Perhaps Dad gets to declare the Friday before Christmas "Jammies and Christmas Movie Night" and Mom gets to plays the Christmas lights game with the kids on an evening drive. You have more control than you think over what kind of holiday this is for your kids, and the making of new memories and fun times will be what stands out to the child when they reflect on this holiday season.
LET IT GO....
2. "My" Time
Someone once said that holidays are about children, and if we reflect on many holiday traditions within many denominations, we see that they are often catered to children. This includes holiday concerts at school, extended family celebrations, and holiday festivities. We all know that many divorce agreements outline specific time frames and schedules for children, and that sometimes these can be slightly rigid. No matter how you cut it, insisting that children miss out on treasured holiday activities is internalized by them as deprivation, and makes for resentful, angry kids.
2. "Your" Time
Work with your mediator or professional team to work out balancing flexibility with predictability around the holidays, with the goal being that everyone feels satisfied with their holidays. You may need to swap weekends so Little Susie can go to her aunt's cookie swap, or flex your pick-up plans so he can help Grandma make matzo ball soup. Let go of that petty voice inside you, and work collaboratively with your team and co-parent to develop a plan where children know a predictable plan on a week to week basis, and can express their needs and wants during the holidays (who knew that stringing up the lights with Papa meant so much to them!).
LET IT GO...
3. Those Fightin' Words
The old sticks and stones analogy is simply not true. Words DO hurt. Many time separation or divorce comes with leftover anger, hostility, and sadness at not only the ex-spouse, but sometimes their immediate and extended families as well. We can find ourselves so filled with hatred that all of a sudden all the things we are thinking in our heads are running out of our mouth at the speed of Usain Bolt... all while little ears are sitting right next to us.
Kids don't divorce their parents. You did such a great job raising your little spitfire to be securely and lovingly attached to that person you are spitting venom at. It hurts them to hear bad words abut someone they love, and creates mistrust with BOTH their caregivers.
3. Be a Resiliency Coach
I hear all the time from parents about how they want their children to be able to handle whatever life throws at them, to be strong, and be resilient. One would argue that divorce and parental separation is perhaps one of the richest opportunities for strengthening resiliency in children. We have an opportunity to teach them that things will be okay even when it seems that the world has fallen apart. Instead of modeling hatred, model love, and if you can't do that, model tolerance and co-existence. Use our words, our actions, and our empathy as a chance to model being the kind of person we want our kid's to grow up to be.
I often tell clients the story of the lotus flower (our logo) during times of fostering resilience. The lotus flower is one of the world's most beautiful flowers that only grows in murky, muddy, stinky swamps. I like the challenge parents to find ways to nurture their child's inner lotus flower when it seems like they are stuck in the most icky, muddy, painful place on earth.
I hope you found some of these ideas helpful, and please remember, we can't always pick the hand we are dealt, but we can chose how we play the cards!
All for Now,