The drum is a powerful grounding tool with the resonance activated by the player seeping from the drum, through the body and connecting and aligning to the rhythms of the natural world. Both mindfulness and grounding exercises can be given additional efficacy through the use of the drum, usually played at a tempo that replicates the mothers heart-beat at rest; 60-80 beats per minute. This tempo is associated with the calm and security that accompanies our time in the womb and is also believed to be the primary stimuli under which the areas of the brain responsible for our stress response are formed.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
TAKE A TOOL AND RUN
Take a Tool and Run with Dr. Heather Corwin
TR 19: In this September, 2020 “Take a Tool and Run!”, we explore sensory toys for our young people who are engaging in e-learning and could benefit from support. When sensory tools are “correctly used, such items enable students to manage sensory issues, anxiety, and attention challenges by redirecting their physical and emotional energy into an object” (Biel, 2017, p.12). When sixth graders used stress balls in a study by Stalvey and Brasell (2006), positive impacts existed in areas of writing, peer interactions, attitude and attention. In other words, sometimes having something to hold and feel while learning can be helpful. As there are many frustrations for students, teachers, parents, caregivers, and throughout our communities, having some resources that help you and your family manage this temporary and challenging time can be useful. In this TTR, sensory tools are suggested and demonstrated. You can find some of the toys in this video on Amazon. One link with 36 toys in a set can be found on Amazon for $22. For questions or comments, please reach out to Dr. Heather at DrHeatherCorwin@gmail.com.
-Dr. Heather Corwin www.CorwinCounseling.com. More can be found at www.BodybyHeather.com.
Dr. Heather Corwin’s Take a Tool and Run is a monthly vlog that offers quick and effective tools to share somatic centering practices.
PODCAST WITH MICHAEL OSTROLENK
Michael Ostrolenk is a licensed psychotherapist who completed his MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University and did post-graduate studies in somatic psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies . He is certified in Spiral Dynamics and Wade Mindsets. Michael is Head Instructor for SEALFIT’s Unbeatable Mind Academy as well as a personal development coach. Michael is also the host of #ORadio , a podcast which explores individual and social transformation.
Ostrolenk speaks with Jan Winhall, MSW, a psychotherapist in private practice and Director of Focusing on Borden (http://www.focusingonborden.com/), a center for teaching focusing and focus-oriented therapy. Jan discusses what brought her to the work that she does, her experience with knowing how to listen, and her use of the Felt Sense, the internal bodily awareness that functions as a connection between the mind and body. She also discusses a Polyvagal informed model for treating addiction (https://somaticpsychotherapytoday.com…) she created and the six keys of her clinician model (https://www.focusingonborden.com/model): addicted, chaos, rigidity, play, integrated, stillness.
Winhall is also the author of Understanding and Treating Addition with a Felt Sense Experience Model and In Emerging Practice In Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, Innovative Theory and Applications (https://www.amazon.com/Emerging-Pract…). To learn more about Jan Winhall, visit her website (https://www.focusingtherapy.org/for-c…).
Today’s show is brought to you by Somatic Psychotherapy Today (https://www.somaticpsychotherapytoday…), an online resource for all topics related to body-oriented psychology.
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Lina Mookerjee has a degree in Engineering, a postgraduate degree in Management Studies and a MA in Jungian Psychotherapy and Healing. For the past 20 years, she has been a yoga teacher/trainer, educator, psycho-spiritual group facilitator and an integrative psychotherapist working with women in mid-life based. She works from her Nottingham base and via Skype. Her expertise of the unconscious, feminine personal power and spiritual archetypes enriches her client-work including with anger, shame and trauma. She particularly enjoys working with the Kali archetype, by challenging inaccurate interpretations and instead offering a more realistic and healthier paradigm to help women. She is a published author, international speaker/lecturer and regular contributor on BBC Radio.
Hi everyone and welcome to Meditation 43.
During times of change, and particularly during uncertainty, we can often feel disconnected from the ground and our own bodies. Staying as present as is possible is key to help you effectively manage the fluctuations as they occur. I like to think of it as a bit like becoming a good surfer as you learn to ride and go with the waves of unpredictability.
This practice is to help you get safely back into your own body and be in the present once more. Enjoy x