Bodymind Repatterning For Nurses

4-Part Webinar Training Program

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What if…

in addition to offering holistic treatments, you could set your patients on a course of body-mind healing that would enhance the effectiveness of their care plan and transform their ability to get and stay well for the rest of their lives?

2Be on the forefront of the revolution in thinking within nursing and healthcare. Learn the latest principles in body-mind healing through a new system that brings together principles of holistic nursing, psychoneuroimmunolgy, stress physiology, energy medicine, somatic therapies, integrative bodywork, mindfulness, quantum theory and Jungian psychology into a practical application for patients in any setting.

Learn to identify the underlying Bodymind Patterns™ contributing to your patients’ “dis-ease” and offer them powerful tools to enhance their healing on all levels: mind, body and soul.

Quick Navigation:

        •Course Goals & Objectives
        •Course Outline
        •Module 1
        •Module 2
        •Module 3
        •Module IV
        •Personal Journey

In this webinar you will:

  • Develop a new way of seeing illness and Health: Learn about The Bodymind Principle™; a comprehensive model explaining the “anatomy and physiology” of the 3 levels of body-mind connection and the role each level plays in promoting health and illness.
  • Learn effective interventions and skills to help your patients release the physical, emotional and energetic blocks to healing.
  • Become a guide for your patients to help them listen deeply to the wisdom of their body-mind connection and
  • Apply these principles to your own healing and self care; develop ability to be grounded, open, balanced and vital.

3Bodymind Repatterning™ is an integrative modality that can be incorporated at any level of patient care. It’s based on The Bodymind Principle™; a holistic model that draws from somatic therapies, neuropsychology and stress physiology, energy medicine, imagery and expressive therapies and is unlike other body-mind models in that it defines 3 distinct levels of body-mind interaction; the Neurochemical, The Structural/Energetic and the Symbolic, and provides interventions for interacting with each level.

The goal of this work is to help your patients become aware of how their body, emotions and thoughts are affecting each other in ways that might generate or perpetuate symptoms and dis-ease. Once they are aware of theses underlying bodymind patterns, they can learn to reverse their effects and develop new bodymind patterns that support openness, balance and healing. Bodymind Repatterning™ does not focus on fixing problems, but on listening with curiosity to symptoms to discover the healing messages within them. The result is that patients discover the deepest roots of their “dis-ease” and imbalance and follow the wisdom of their own body, mind and spirit toward healing of not only their bodies, but their minds and spirits as well. This Healing Inquiry™ process can be begun at the bedside in a hospital setting and applied to times of acute distress and also in a primary care and private practice settings to address chronic conditions. By helping your patients see and reverse the ways their emotional state may be exacerbating their physical suffering and vice versa you will help them optimize their potential for healing. In the long term, you will empower them to transform their relationship to their health by seeing symptoms as opportunities for deep healing on all levels of their lives.

Goals and Objectives (top ^)

This work shop will introduce a comprehensive model for understanding how the mind-body connection affects physical and emotional health. We will explore the three levels of mind and body interaction; the Neurochemical (an overview of neurochemical and psychoneuroimmunological principles), the Structural/Energetic (principles of bioenergetics and energy medicine), and the Symbolic (illness as metaphor and messenger). We will discuss the “anatomy and physiology” or mechanics of each level, and learn to recognize these connections in our own Bodymind through experiential exercises. For each level you will learn a basic intervention you can use to help your patients (and yourself) heal the deep body-mind origins of pain and dis-ease.

What makes Bodymind Repatterning unique and effective is that it brings together the core elements of a number of holistic models into a practical and comprehensive approach that you can integrate into your current practice model. The ideas in this time- tested system represent an evolution in thinking about health and illness and will give you the distinctions and tools to move beyond a bio-mechanistic view of health and illness and learn to see your patients’ dis-ease as a multidimensional phenomenon and opportunity for deep healing of mind-body and spirit. It is a “soup to nuts” model that provides a framework to interact with all dimensions of the human being in the quest for health.

4It has been developed over 30 years of Alison’s grounded experience and learning in somatic, psychological and energetic healing in clinical and private practice settings. It includes evidence-based theory and practice along with anecdotally based approaches. In addition to providing simple and effective techniques for working with scientifically proven psychophysiology, it clarifies and makes usable some of the more esoteric holistic ideas such as energy medicine and the role of the unconscious mind in the health of the body and the role of the soul in illness and health.

This course teaches core concepts and beginning body-mind techniques to use with patients in any setting to:

  • manage symptoms and improve wellbeing, increase balance and ease in times of acute distress
  • give them awareness and tools to explore their condition from a body-mind perspective and discover and release underlying body-mind patterns that may be contributing to dis-ease on physical, psychological and spiritual levels.

Course Objectives

On completion of workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Define the value of body-mind awareness in promoting optimum health.
  • Discuss the potential application of body-mind awareness in all levels of patient care.
  • Identify the role of nurses in facilitating body-mind awareness in patients.
  • Generally describe three levels of body-mind interaction and their effect on health.
  • Define Personal Stress Response™ and list 3 elements of their own Personal Stress Response™.
  • Recognize three postural effects of mood and emotions on the body.
  • List 5 Core Bodymind Patterns™ and their potential affect on health.
  • Integrate Healing Inquiry™ and Bodymind Dialogue™ exercises into current work with patients.
  • Assess patients’ Bodymind Patterns™ through evaluating openness of breath, areas of muscular tension and centeredness.
  • Apply The Breath-Tension-Center Technique™ to assist patients in releasing tension, increasing energy flow and body-mind balance.

Program Outline (top ^)

This 12-hour Program consists of:

  • 4 two-hour webinar modules for download and study at your own pace. Written materials also provided for download. CDs of each session available. Each module includes didactic learning, experiential exercises and guided processes for your personal exploration as well as professional development. And ….it will be fun as well as eye opening!
  • In addition, you’ll have the benefit of 4 one-hour live webinars where you can get your questions answered , engage in discussion with other participants, review your own cases, and take your learning deeper.

Nursing CE Contact Hours Provided

Module 1 (top ^)

Introduction to Bodymind Repatterning and the Bodymind Principle™

  • Introduction/Overview
  • Importance of Self Inquiry. Using yourself as your laboratory in this learning: You can’t take others where you have not been within yourself.
  • Experience and learn a guided Bodymind Dialogue™ exercise for centering and bodymind awareness
  • Review of current understanding and practice of mind-body medicine and holistic philosophy in healthcare: where we are and what’s still missing. The power of listening to illness as messenger and healing inquiry vs. focus on fixing problems and illness as enemy.
  • What is health? Elements of Health according to the Bodymind Principle™:

        • Multidimensionality
        • Awareness
        • Allowing
        • Movement
        • Center

  • Ancient Healing Systems, origins of holistic philosophy and practice.
  • Holistic Nursing Theorists’ perspective : Newman, Neuman, Rogers and Nightingale.
  • Introductory overview of 3 levels of body-mind interaction:
  •         • Neurochemical
            • Structural/Energetic
            • Symbolic.

  • What does Bodymind Repatterning look like? Overview of practices/protocols.

Module 2 (top ^)

The Neuro-Chemical Level of the Body-Mind Connection

  • The Stress Response (Fight/Flight/Freeze): Review of physiology, impact on health.
  • The Relaxation Response: Review of physiology, current treatments benefits/limitations
  • “Stress” as a subjective perception.
  • Origins of internal stress triggers; the power of history and conditioning.
  • The Personal Stress Response™ – definition and identification
  • Bodymind Repatterning™ techniques for reversing The Personal Stress Response™:
  •         • Healing Inquiry™
            • The Breath-Tension-Center Exercise™

  • Psychoneuroimmunology: Brief overview of basic principles,
  • Introduction of Energetic dimension of life
  • Quantum theory: Some basic principles; all matter is Energy, Mind and body as a unified whole.
  • Human Energy Field: What is it; overview of common models including holistic nursing theories. How do we work with it?

Module 3 (top ^)

The Structural level of the Body-Mind Connection

  • Structural/Energetic level defined
  • Basic Principles of Bioenergetic Analysis, Core-Energetics and Neo-Reichian Framework
  • Connection between mood, posture and biology
  • The energetics of emotion. Body’s role in managing emotional energy
  • Bodymind Patterns™: Core body-mind defense structures
  • Childhood origins of Bodymind Patterns™: unconscious conditioning
  • The 5 Core Bodymind Patterns™
  • Effects on Health
  • 4 elements or Bodymind Pattern Release™
  • Working with the Structural/energetic level: Bodymind Repatterning™ techniques
  • Returning to Authentic Posture; the goal of Bodymind Repatterning™

Module IV (top ^)

The Symbolic Level of the Body-Mind Connection

  • What is the Symbolic level
  • Origins in ideas of Carl Jung, Aesclepius, Shamanism, ancient healing cultures
  • Illness as messenger, symptoms as metaphor
  • Accessing the Symbolic level: Imagery, body dialogue, dreamwork, creative expression, active imagination
  • Bodymind Repatterning techniques:
  •         • Healing Inquiry™
            • Bodymind Dialogue™
            • Creative Visualization and Creative Somatization™
            • Art, movement and writing.

  • Putting it all Together: Integrating Bodymind Repatterning™ into your practice.
  • Conclusions, Resources for further learning, professional and personal
  • 4 Inter-session Live Teleclasses

  • Review of major concepts for that module
  • Case presentations by Alison and class members
  • Q&A
  • Introduce yourself, your work, share your personal experience and learn from others through group discussion

How Bodymind resourcing Came to be: My personal journey. (top ^)

I have always been interested in healing from a holistic perspective and it has been my goal since I began my career to help bring holistic theory and practice into conventional healthcare. As a licensed and certified Family Nurse practitioner I worked for 7 years in Primary care in both conventional HMO settings, and holistic medical practice. I participated in the development of “Ways to Wellness”; the first behavioral medicine program and Harvard Community Health Plan and was co-director of the F Holland Day Foundation’s mind-body program “Cancer, Dignity and Wisdom” in Boston and “Healing Retreats for Women with Cancer” in Maine for 8 years. I have developed and led Body-mind healing programs including “What Are You Tired of? – Healing Chronic Fatigue from a Mind-Body Perspective”, “The Human Energy Field-an Owner’s Guide”, and “Your Symptoms are Trying to Tell You Something”. I am also on the faculty of the Birchtree Center for Healthcare Transformation.

I am guided by the passion and intention to help my patients get to the roots of their physical and emotional imbalance, not just treat their symptoms. By far the most powerful teacher I’ve had in my work has been my own healing journey. 20 years ago I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. When medical interventions provided no solutions, I embarked on an exploration into the question “what are your tired of” and discovered many underlying somato-emotional patterns that I had carried my whole life that were literally leading me to live in a constant state of physical, emotional and spiritual depletion. The modalities that are integrated into Bodymind Repatterning™ represent the core teachings that allowed me to regain my vitality, my health and my life.

Throughout my 25+ years in private practice I have synthesized my experience and learning into a working model that I believe provides a missing link; a way to see all dimensions of the body-mind connection and interact with health on all dimensions together. It also proposes a major shift in how we see and interact with illness, not as enemy but as opportunity and teacher. My vision is that every practitioner, from primary to tertiary care, ask the question “how does what’s happening in your body have to do with what’s going on in your life” and guide their patients in a journey of healing through self discovery and learning.

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What patients say about Bodymind Repatterning:(top ^)

I feel like I have tools now to keep myself from clamping down in my body and emotionally as well. I’ve learned how to “listen” to my pain and open my body to let it move through me. I don’t feel like I’m fighting my body or my treatments so much. -LM

Through Bodymind Repatterning I discovered that my body was frozen in a defensive “posture” that restricted my breath and kept my chest and back tight and painful all the time. Once I realized this I can now release this old habit. When I do my asthma symptoms get better. -SE

Alison worked with me in the hospital right after my mastectomy surgery. She helped me come back into my body and feel more grounded and clear. Learning the breath, tension center exercise helped me a great deal in the painful days after my surgery. -NM

I lived most of my life not really feeling how my body was affected by my mental state. Now I can “tune in” and get myself to a more calm and open place. It makes life easier especially during stressful times. -CL

The specific blend of skills used in Bodymind Repatterning is entirely unique. I’ve had so much body work in my life, and mind and soul therapies as well: none come close to matching what this work does for me. -MF

Bodymind Repatterning has helped put me in touch with the patterns I’ve been holding for a lifetime and has helped me learn that I no longer need them. After each session I move differently. I feel more connected with my body and to the greater purpose of my life. -JR

Blockages opened and energy began to move throughout my body. For the first time I feel totally present, grounded and real. -SB

Bodymind Repatterning is part of my path now and I am daily grateful. I began Bodymind Repatterning after completing my radiation and chemotherapy for brain cancer. While the effect on my body was severe, the time during the treatments was rich emotionally, as I found a path of calm strength. I feel it helped me heal faster as well. –BK

It has helped me identify and release tensions and traumas in my body – both new and old. This concept of traumas that are “kept” in the body that result from my body’s dance with cancer and treatment, and those that I have had for longer times – many since childhood has been pivotal in my recovery process. Alison’s work has helped me in my daily routines and how I can “be” in the world with my fuller, more-hued Self. -BJ

Bodymind Repatterning provides me with a map for understanding and freeing my body and emotions. -MS

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