(Virtual) Sunday Dharma Meditation with Pierre 4-5-20
Although we have made a decision to temporarily cancel our 9am Sunday Dharma Meditation with Pierre until the end of April (when we will revisit the decision) – in order to continue our practice and fellowship, Pierre Zimmerman will post his Dharma essays here for us to contemplate together. Today’s meditation is titled “Living and Breathing in the Charnel Grounds.”
(Virtual) Sunday Dharma with Pierre 3-29-20
Although we have made a decision to temporarily cancel our 9am Sunday Dharma Meditation with Pierre until April (when we will revisit the decision) – in order to continue our practice and fellowship, Pierre Zimmerman will post his Dharma essays here for us to contemplate together. Today’s meditation is titled “Patience, Forbearance.” NOTE: We hope to utilize VIDEO-STREAMING for our continuing Sunday Meditation in the weeks to come… stay tuned! 🙏
(Virtual) Sunday Dharma with Pierre 3-22-20
Although we have made a decision to temporarily cancel our 9am Sunday Dharma Meditation with Pierre until April (when we will revisit the decision) – in order to continue our practice and fellowship, Pierre Zimmerman will post his Dharma essays here for us to contemplate together. Today’s meditation is titled “Transforming Adversity.” 🙏
(Virtual) Sunday Dharma with Pierre 3-15-20
Although we have made a decision to temporarily cancel our 9am Sunday Dharma Meditation with Pierre until April (when we will revisit the decision) – in order to continue our practice and fellowship, Pierre Zimmerman will post his Dharma essays here for us to contemplate together. Today’s meditation is titled “The Path is about Letting Go.” 🙏
One Roof welcomes new practitioner, Dr. Andrea Lodico.
One Roof Welcomes Dr. Joshua Green
One Roof Welcomes Mary Beth McCue, RD, CDN, IFNCP.
Find yourself on this list!
The American Massage Therapy Association offers these “25 Reasons to Get a Massage” (and we would add: “from Mary Kuntz at One Roof!)
A growing body of research supports the health benefits of massage therapy for conditions such as stress, fibromyalgia, low-back pain and more. Find out how you can benefit from adding massage therapy to your health and wellness routine. Find your “Reason” on this list and call today!
25 Reasons to Get a Massage
- Relieve stress
- Relieve postoperative pain
- Reduce anxiety
- Manage low-back pain
- Help fibromyalgia pain
- Reduce muscle tension
- Enhance exercise performance
- Relieve tension headaches
- Sleep better
- Ease symptoms of depression
- Improve cardiovascular health
- Reduce pain of osteoarthritis
- Decrease stress in cancer patients
- Improve balance in older adults
- Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain
- Temper effects of dementia
- Promote relaxation
- Lower blood pressure
- Decrease symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Help chronic neck pain
- Lower joint replacement pain
- Increase range of motion
- Decrease migraine frequency
- Improve quality of life in hospice care
- Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea
(Find the original AMTA article here.)
Mary is available for appointments on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 518-581-3180 ext 305 and can also be reached at 518. 796. 4815.
iTheatre to Present “Guardians of the Treasure.”
iTheatre Saratoga presents a stage production of the book, Guardians of the Treasure, by Dr. Selma Nemer and Gabrielle Nemer, adapted and directed by Mary Jane Hansen, on Friday, August 2nd at 7:30pm; and Saturday & Sunday, August 3rd & 4th, 2:00pm. All performances will be held at St. Clements School, 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY. This is a family-friendly performance!
Director Mary Jane Hansen says: “Guardians… is a spectacular journey of the heart, mind, and soul that reminds us we are all inter-connected and powerful. With feats of faith, hope, and love [characters] Chrystal and Stephine discover their best selves and how they might redeem an ailing world.”
Two best friends are forced by life events to learn to listen to their gut rather than convention, and in so doing discover who and what they truly are. At great risk to themselves, they discover a Treasure, an intricate part of their past, now woven into the future. A struggle of the forces of dark and light brings them to a new understanding of life, love, and the infinite capacity of the human spirit. Guardians of the Treasure is a magical adventure sure to enchant audiences of all ages!
Tickets are $20/adult, $10/child and are available at 518-584-7780.
Tickets may also be purchased by logging on to: gott.brownpapertickets.com
Psychologist Dr. Selma Nemer is founder/owner of One Roof Holistic Health Center and the Saratoga Stress Reduction Program, in Saratoga Springs. Here’s what she has to say about the magical process of writing “Guardians” with her beloved granddaughter:
Working with my granddaughter was an inspiring process that I encourage others to try! “Guardians of the Treasure” began when my granddaughter Gabrielle was 10. From a different time zone, it was often I, the scribe, who would need to end our sessions, amazed. With aching hand and tired mind, I would hear Gabrielle eagerly ask, “What time next week?”
A year and a half later, the first draft appeared. What a wonderful shared journey this was! As Bruno Bettelheim inferred regarding fairy tales, children not only appreciate, but also intuit the delicate interplay of light and dark. With a grandmother’s trepidation, I would tend towards the protective light, while Gabrielle fearlessly and necessarily added the depth and tension of the dark. We can’t underestimate children’s knowing. She also understood timing and would often say, “No, it’s too soon to say that.”
We not only hope that readers of the book and viewers of the stage production of “Guardians of the Treasure” will have fun in their involvement with the story, we also hope to empower them to trust their intuition, find comfort and strength in nature, take risks, and grow, as our lead characters have courageously done. This is a book (and play) with a positive, powerful message for all ages that includes creativity, self-reliance and leadership. Many of the scenes are metaphorical and expand our vision to embrace the infinite capacity of the human spirit.
Breathe More Fully for a Healthy Heart
An enormous amount of energy has been spent on research for a better means of preventing/treating cardiovascular disease, the #1 cause of death. Reliance on medical saviors obscures the simple fact that our own breathing habits may be the most important determinant of coronary health. This failure to recognize the value of learning to breathemore fully is unfortunate because we are thereby forfeiting a powerful means of maintaining heart health.
Efficient breathing requires effortless expansion of the thoracic area drawing air into the lungs. Muscle tension in any of the muscles which affect the ribs and breastbone reduce expansion. For example, many adults hold their abdominal muscles tight on inhalation, thus inhibiting the depth of thoracic movement. The shallow more rapid breathing style produced causes hyperventilation syndrome, characterized by elevations in blood pressure.
Essential hypertension (80-90% of cases) is persistently high blood pressure not due to any identifiable medical pathology. Hypertension is associated with substantially increased risks of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. The links between habitually shallow breathing, chronic high blood pressure and the incidence of cardiovascular disease are well known.
We can learn to improve our respiratory habits, breathe easier and reduce our disease risk. A field of study and practice known as Somatics has developed in recent years, as discoveries in neuroscience and biofeedback have shed light on the internal self-regulatory abilities demonstrated by students of so-called “mind-body” disciplines (yoga etc.). A wealth of learning in methods of intelligent self-care and healing await those willing to take responsibility for their own well-being.
David MacDougall MA LMT is a certified Hanna Somatic Educator specializing in intelligent self-care for the reversal/prevention of muscle/joint pain. He will offer an Intro workshop “What is Somatics?” at One Big Roof on Sat. Oct. 13th, 10:30-11:30am. Then, on Saturday, Nov. 3rd, join us for “Somatic Self-Care,” and learn an easy to practice set of somatic exercises that will enable you to reduce unwanted muscle tension and restore/maintain comfort and ease of movement with 10-15 minutes a day of pleasurable movements. Finally, on Dec. 3rd, Dave teaches us “A Somatic Approach to Better Breathing.” Contact Dave to register.