What is Trauma Sensitive Yoga?

Trauma Sensitive Yoga
By Patricia S. Farrell LCSW-R, RYT

Yoga means to yoke or union, union of the mind, body and spirit. Healing on a psychological and emotional level is often about union in the mind between past present and future. So there seems a natural connection between the two. When one survives a trauma they are often still struggling to live in the present and not in the past. Often the brain continues to interpret traumatic events as if they are still happening or might happen again at any moment and the systems in the body respond by holding on to tension.

Trauma sensitive yoga draws on theory from neuroscience, trauma theory and attachment theory. The goals of yoga are to assist trauma survivors to develop more comfort in their body, improve self-regulation skills and to find a sense of choice in their experience.

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–       practicing making choices
–       emphasizing the present moment experience
–       offering opportunities to take effective action
–       creating rhythms (time, interpersonal and intrapersonal)
–       focusing on spatial orientation and sensing dynamics

Trauma Sensitive Yoga helps to improve interoceptive awareness (knowing what one feels), increase empowerment and decrease many physical responses to trauma.

Patricia S. Farrell, a licensed social worker and registered yoga instructor, will offer an 8-week Trauma Sensitive Yoga Group at One Big Roof beginning February 23rd.

What is Reiki?

Healing with Reiki By Mary Kathryn Jablonski with Janet & James Orzano

What is Reiki? Reiki is an energy system that supports the body’s natural ability to heal physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It is a relaxing, soothing energy, which promotes growth, stress reduction, balance and well being. Janet Orzano is One Roof’s Reiki Master practitioner and teacher. She began her practice in 1991, began teaching in 1993, and brings with her extensive experience. In a unique blend of male/female energy, Janet often works with her husband James in Reiki sessions and energy readings. Their practice and experience with Reiki provides the foundation, substance, and wisdom of their teaching.

Our friends at Spirituality & Health Magazine have just published a great article indicating that more & more western medical facilities including hospitals are utilizing the healing powers of Reiki. In their practice, Janet & James have assisted people for over twenty years in their efforts to heal challenging medical, emotional and spiritual conditions such as: anxiety, grief, extreme fatigue or stress, moving thorough life transitions, chronic pain, pre or post surgery, and with side effects from cancer treatments or other serious medical conditions. Reiki also bolsters the immune system, making it a wonderful addition to an effective preventative healthcare regimen.

Janet & James Orzano Reiki Masters & TeachersJanet & James’ teaching philosophy centers on their belief that self-healing is the foundation for repairing our world. They believe that as each of us reaches new levels of self-healing, we are able to touch the lives of others in ways that are filled with peace and loving kindness. They offer Advanced Practitioner and One Year Master Teacher programs. Visit SacredSourceReiki.com

James & Janet are also offering a series of workshops for children ages 8-10 this fall at our One Big Roof location titled “INNER ADVENTURES Awareness Workshops” to teach children to explore their world with intention, awareness and curiosity. Friday evenings, September 19th-October 24th there will be activities, crafts, and guided meditations. This six-part series is designed to teach children how to gently journey through their inner world using imagination, creativity, and awareness. These mindfully constructed experiences will teach children to identify and manage stress through simple techniques with confidence, focus, and calm. Along with James & Janet, two additional guides will be present in the class, Sarah McKinley, MS, Ed. & Brigitte Toussaint, BA. See our workshop schedule for complete details and registration info.


What is Craniosacral Therapy?

Open a Gentle Door to Powerful Integration By Mana Behan

Mana Behan CraniosacralWhat’s it like to receive craniosacral therapy? Many people wonder what it is and what it’s like. With craniosacral therapy you lie fully clothed on a comfortable treatment table. With a light touch or tender hold, I gently work with the spine, the skull, the feet and/or shoulders, connecting and working with your rhythms. Through this process, release in the nervous, circulatory and musculoskeletal systems creates an opportunity for healing. You may find that pathways dealing with deeply hidden emotional issues open up. For me, this is intuitive bodywork.

People come to me with a variety of ailments and issues including chronic pain (emotional and physical), illness, disease, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and sleep disturbances, among other conditions. As with reiki and other healing touch, craniosacral bodywork releases stresses stored in the body and is a deeply relaxing, soothing energy that promotes growth, stress reduction, balance and well being. It supports the body’s natural ability to heal physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, bolstering the immune system.

People who have undergone craniosacral practice have felt a complete change in energy and experience healing on a body/mind/spirit level, a re-set in their body’s capacity to manage stressors, a feeling of improved connection to their bodies and greater calmness and wellness.

Mana Behan is a One Roof practitioner and a Yoga Instructor at our sister-site, One Big Roof — view her schedule of classes