by Nancy Burnett, PhD, CST-T, Certified Sandplay Therapist and Teacher
ATH Co-Editor of Psychotherapy
A smooth wooden centerpiece shaped like a low bridge stands at the center back of a lace-covered altar. On it sits a seated Quan Yin to the left, and a card featuring the Madonna and Child stands on the right. In between those two, a small red chair faces forward...
Editor´s Note from Nancy Burnett: This article begins a feature of the Psychotherapy page devoted to personal expressions or descriptions of the experience of being in psychotherapy or counseling or analysis or a coaching relationship. I wrote this piece several years ago at the beginning of my relationship with my writing coach. We set out together to complete a long-time dream of mine--to write a book--that had been blocked by self-doubt, topic uncertainty, and plain ignorance of how to go about the creative writing task. My journal entry reflects the paradox of my excitement in the midst of my fear of the coming process like that which not only I, but also many of my clients' have reported...
by Sylvia Carlson
Human beings need touch - to grow, to develop, to mature, to survive, to thrive...The reality is that it can be very alienating not to be touched. Perhaps this is why we, particularly in the West, seek out what Diane Ackerman (1990) calls professional touchers such as hairdressers, cosmeticians, estheticians and massage therapists...
Massage & Bodywork
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Want beautiful, lustrous, healthy hair? Ayurveda offers several home body care treatments that can keep hair shiny, strong and full of vitamins. Oil and herbal treatments are just some of the ways that Ayurveda helps you take care of your hair. Check out this video by Banyan Botanicals for 5 great tips on having healthy hair. Enjoy!
by Andrew Smith
This place felt vaguely familiar. As far as the mind can perceive, row, upon row of book cases, infinitely towering over the spectral Little Spirit. Parchment, scroll, tablet, yellowed leafed, freshly white, hard copy, soft – books, filled with eons of wisdom. Amidst the penetrating silence, a quiet table beckons, bathed in a gentle light. As Little Spirit eases towards a welcoming upright armchair, she notices that there is no floor beneath her, only a swirling vortex trailing down into the starry cosmos. Above her is a single source of pulsing light...
by Lucille Clifton
i am running into a new year
and the old years blow back
like a wind
that i catch in my hair...
Writing & Poetry Therapy
Editor's Note: Massage Master Kam Thye Chow shares his informative perspective of Chair Massage. In this video, he coins the phrase "exaggerate the back" to help the therapist to achieve optimal posture. He also covers important fundamentals of massage technique, including the quality of touch and the use of tai chi stances. Kam Thye Chow believes "thai massage can save the world." He defines massage as being synonymous with loving-kindness! See Part 1.
Massage & Bodywork
by Raven Jones, AP
My first treatment is at 7am and consists of a flowing massage by two young, dark skinned men dressed in light brown jacket and trousers. They have that thick, jetblack, close cropped hair and ubiquitous mustache of many Kerala men from this southern part of India...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: It is my distinct honor to share with you the inspiring and heartfelt reflection of one man's journey through his battle with cancer. A brilliant author and dear friend, Raven Jones has created a link between health and spirituality through Ayurveda. His cancer survival story is both thought provoking and intellectually stimulating as it is filled with emotional honesty.
by Anke Bialas
Making your own hair products from scratch is not as big a job as you might think. Treating your tresses with Mother Nature’s bounty is a great way to pamper yourself and to let your hair recover from the rigors of modern life...
Editor's Note: Would you like to have strong, long, soft, shiny, beautiful and healthy hair? Are you interested in preparing a herbal shampoo at home? It is very easy. Wondering how? Check out this amazing article.
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