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Blog Address Change! by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine I am happy to say that I've made it possible for viewers of The Healing Nest to have access to this blog's RSS feed! For some reason there was a glitch with this add ... Read on »
Sneak Peek... by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine I have been moving a little slowly lately, so my apologies for not writing here more frequently. These gray skies are making me feel sluggish and I seem to want to sleep a ... Read on »
Catalytic Musings by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine "Catalyst for Beauty," collage, 4" x 5" 1. Chemistry. a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected. 2. something that caus ... Read on »
Spine Metaphor by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine "Spine Hawk," mixed media, 4" x 6" Alright, creative wonderfuls, I know that you think about your spine. I just do. It's rare that someone comes to me for m ... Read on »
Find a New Perspective… by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine Physically! When I was in graduate school and having to write several poems a week, I often found myself stuck for ideas, inspiration, and fresh images. I’d stop and s ... Read on »
A Good Night by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine Today I spent the afternoon with my friend Corbin, a writer and a mother of two. We ate lunch, shared our current writing projects, and took a lovely walk through her neigh ... Read on »
The Art of Grounding by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine Over the past two days I have physically exerted myself more than usual. Yesterday I went on a considerable run and today a 32-mile bike ride. What I’ve discovered these l ... Read on »
Cold-Fighting Aromatherapy! by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine The other day I was convinced I was getting a cold. I felt heavy in my head and scratchy in my throat. I could feel that irritating autumn cold forcing its way through my ... Read on »
What's Your Enneagram Type? by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine This week I attended a fascinating workshop led by Jack Blackburn called "Enneagram Applications for Bodyworkers." An enneagram is a nine-pointed diagram, whic ... Read on »
Healing Through Writing by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine While in my creative writing program in grad school, I picked up a copy of Louise DeSalvo'sWriting as a Way of Healing. It's been on my bookshelf as a loyal companion ever ... Read on »
S.A.D. by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) is a common issue for many of us in the northwest -- and especially during the fall and winter months. In her poem, "February: Thin ... Read on »
Opening the Chest, Part I by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine Most of us find ourselves in the very common "hunched over" (or protracted) posture on a daily basis. As I type this blog entry, I am very conscious of how my head is tilted ... Read on »
Landslides by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine "My Island," mixed media collage, 6" x 7" My, has it been over two weeks since I last posted here? I thought about writing last week and then this last weekend -- and bo ... Read on »
Highly Sensitive by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine Shy, introverted, quiet, sensitive. These are words that have been used to describe me throughout my life. Most often, and quite painfully, the word “too” was added to ... Read on »
Relieve Back Pain with Tennis Balls! by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine I could write a whole chapter on how amazing and effective tennis ball acupressure is... but I'm sure that someone has already done this! For the ... Read on »
The Power of Massage by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine It is generally known and felt that massage relieves stress and tension. Clients come to me with issues such as tension headaches , neck pain, sciatica, ... Read on »
Mind-FULL-ness by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine I've been thinking a lot about mindfulness lately. I just completed an enlightening three-day workshop with Jack Blackburn , and during these three days we spent some ... Read on »
Soaking Up Some Sunshine by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine Aloha from Hawaii! I took a week off from my practice to travel to Maui for some relaxation and rejuvenation of my own -- and to soak up some much-needed sunli ... Read on »
The Power of Agua by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine You may have been told (or read somewhere) that the reason to drink plenty of water after massage sessions is to "help flush toxins from the body." In some ways, I wis ... Read on »
Mantra Magic by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine During a massage session recently, my client described two words that kept coming to her. They repeated, almost like a chant inside her head. I asked her more about t ... Read on »