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Women, Body Image, and Bodywork by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine This afternoon, without quite knowing why, I picked up a book I haven't looked at in a long time: Minding the Body: Women Writers on Body and Soul (Ed. Patricia Foste ... Read on »
Important Introductions by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine I've been waiting excitedly for the moment to introduce you to Laila Atallah 's most elegant new website. The time has come! But first things first: Laila is a c ... Read on »
Ask and Your Body Will Speak by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine I created this art piece the other day and titled it "She Asks Her Hand Why it Hurts." In this scene, these whispering birds represent the kind of dialog we can ha ... Read on »
Writing from Your Body Workshop! by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine "What people don't realize is that writing is physical. It doesn't have to do with thought alone. It has to do with sight, smell, taste, feeling, and everything be ... Read on »
Some Thought for Thought by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine Right now I am dipping my toe into Shakti Gawain's Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Life . I've been thinking a l ... Read on »
They've Got the Right Idea by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine I took a cue from my cats today. After many days (or has it been weeks?) of gray and rain in Seattle, there was a spontaneous sun burst this afternoon. I let the cats ... Read on »
A Little Bit of Lemon Balm... by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine ...goes a long way. I had never tried ingesting lemon balm before (that is, before Monday). I had grown it in gardens and enjoyed that lovely lemony scent, ... Read on »
A Post of Links by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine It seems I am in a stage of accumulation. I am gathering ideas from many directions and processing different healing modalities, philosophies, and concepts. And I h ... Read on »
Saying No = Opening to Yes by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine “I’m learning to embrace the word no , for balance, for equilibrium and to honor my intuition. Like a box, no provides walls and boundaries. It’s a container, ... Read on »
Aloha by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine Mixed media collage: "Super Girl Goes to Hawaii," 9" x 12" I'm off to Hawaii for about a week with my family and created this piece above to sen ... Read on »
Creatively Ignited! by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine This last Sunday I offered "Writing from Your Body," the first workshop in my "A Year of Living in Your Body" series. For four hours I led my lovely and creative participant ... Read on »
Deep Loss by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine I'd like to officially introduce you to someone. The picture above is my dad, Ed Putnam, who died this past Tuesday morning, August 12. He died at home (in the house ... Read on »
Massage Your Ears! by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine Memory listening ear massage--in the Brain Gym pedagogy it's called “The Thinking Cap”--is a simple self-massage technique that stimulates over 400 acupuncture points in the ... Read on »
Dreaming & Meaning by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine I have always had vivid dreams. I can still recall dreams I had as a child. And, this week, for some reason, I am having intense dreams every night. These dreams are action- ... Read on »
It's Not All in Your Head by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine “It makes no difference to the brain/body system whether something actually happened or not. What we feel about our experience creates our ‘reality,’ our model of the world. ... Read on »
Where Does Your Silence Live? by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine When I give Reiki sessions, one of the areas most frequently blocked or restricted in my clients is the throat, or Fifth Chakra. This throat chakra extends from your laryn ... Read on »
Deep Belly Breathing by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine “The brain needs more oxygen under stress…” —Sharon Promislow, Making the Brain Body Connection For some reason, I've been breathing quite shallowly lately. Perhaps m ... Read on »
When You're Stuck, Move by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine “When I have a shock, I walk to metabolize it. Walking, seeking only to move and in moving “move” something through, I often come to an entirely different idea.” —Julia C ... Read on »
Welcome! by Courtney P. Patient ExpertComplimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted in: Blog Posts in Complementary & Alternative Medicine I welcome you to The Healing Nest, my blog dedicated to holistic healing for people and animals. I bring to this blog my experience as a massage therapist, poet, artist, and ... Read on »