Rowe Conference Center, Mass, Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2020

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Reading the Body: The Power of Cherokee Hands-on Healing

Thanks to his Cherokee grandparents, Lewis has been acquainted with Native American healing practices since he was a boy. Join Lewis and Barbara to explore hands-on methods of Cherokee medicine.

Traditional Cherokee people called their techniques of hands-on healing “reading the body,” and in this seldom-offered workshop you’ll have a unique opportunity to learn it yourself. Lewis, a physician who also trained with Cherokee elders, and Barbara will help you discover how Cherokee people used various strategies for touching the body, including deep pressure, rocking, shaking, running energy meridians, mobilization, and breath work as a means to restore spirit to all parts of the body,  They’ll guide you through supervised practice with the methods of Cherokee bodywork and offer examples of incorporating imagery and dialogue; the importance of ceremony, ritual, and intent; manipulative medicine as a means of dialogue with the body; Cherokee acupuncture and knowledge of energy meridians and energy medicine; understanding how this form of healing as mind-body-spirit integration takes place in community; and more.

They will also discuss the origins of American Osteopathy in Andrew Taylor Still's interactions with Native people in Missouri, including the Pawnee, Shawnee, and Cherokee of Missouri.  These tribes influenced each other with their healing practices, and Still was fluent in the Shawnee language, their form of hands-on-healing being very similar to that of the Cherokee.  We will see how Native American forms of bodywork and hands-on-healing have been passed through Still into contemporary American osteopathy and discover its indigenous origins.

The workshop is suitable for all levels – from experienced bodywork practitioners to those who are merely curious.

 Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom, focusing on what Native culture has to offer the modern world.  He has also written Narrative Medicine; Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry; and his most recent book, with Barbara Mainguy, Remapping Your Mind: The Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.  He has been on the faculties of several medical schools, and is currently an associate professor of family medicine at the University of New England and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont.

Barbara Mainguy studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Toronto and received her master’s degree in Creative Arts Psychotherapy at Concordia University in Montreal. She has co-written Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story with Lewis Mehl-Madrona. Currently she works with Lewis in Orono, Maine, and is the Director of Education for the Coyote Institute in Orono. She is affiliated with the School of Social Work at the University of Maine.

For Lewis and Barbara's presentation on A.T. Still, American Osteopathy, and the Indians, click below

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