Two Paths, One Heart – A Conversation with Ken Cohen, Energy Healer

In the small, mountain town of Eldora, Colo., nestled between towering pines and shimmering aspen trees, sits a modest log cabin. Here, Ken “Bear Hawk” Cohen lives and works in unpretentious surroundings that belie the complexities and accomplishments of his life. Cohen is Jewish by birth and Native American by adoption. He is also aContinue reading “Two Paths, One Heart – A Conversation with Ken Cohen, Energy Healer”

Why is the Science of Psychology important for Spas │ The Science of Wellbeing

My colleagues in the spa industry sometimes ask me why I focus so much on the science of psychology.  In fact, people often assume that if I am studying psychology I must be preparing myself to leave the world of spas.  The connection between spas and psychology does not seem to be clear at firstContinue reading “Why is the Science of Psychology important for Spas │ The Science of Wellbeing”

The Lactic Acid Debate – somatic research

True or false: massage after exercise assists in the removal of lactic acid. Answer: false. The research overwhelming refutes this commonly held and frequently exclaimed belief. The lactic acid debate has raged for a century, and for the past two decades the research consistently demonstrates that blood lactate will return to normal within 20-60 minutesContinue reading “The Lactic Acid Debate – somatic research”

Understanding the Healing Process – How the Body Repairs Damaged Tissue

Many people arrive at my office injured, afraid, frustrated, bewildered, and in pain. Occasionally, they view their bodies as enemies that have betrayed them. My job is to act as a liaison between my clients and their bodies. One of the most valuable services I offer is helping clients understand the healing process, in aContinue reading “Understanding the Healing Process – How the Body Repairs Damaged Tissue”

This for That – A modern look at bartering

Before money existed, the first Americans bartered for all of their necessities. Tobacco, corn, pelts, and beads–these goods were the Native Americans’ currency, which they traded for European goods of equal value. Because our nation was built on the principles of barter–the exchange of goods and services–business sectors have historically used barter to replace moneyContinue reading “This for That – A modern look at bartering”

Mindful Breathing – body awareness

The term diaphragmatic breathing refers to a type of breathing in which the focus is engaging the diaphragm as fully as possible and expanding the rib cage and muscles of the abdomen. This enables the diaphragm to fully descend and rescind during the breathing cycle. This can be seen as an expansion (ballooning) of theContinue reading “Mindful Breathing – body awareness”

Body Awareness – Are We Ships Without Sonar?

That pain in your jawbone. The ache in your back. Or is it a persistent twinge between your shoulders? Do you pay attention to what your body is telling you? Or do you turn a deaf ear? “Our bodies often tell us about stress before we consciously perceive it,” notes Dr. Matthew McKay, who withContinue reading “Body Awareness – Are We Ships Without Sonar?”

Energy Work – Energy Healing

Energy healing is often discussed as a new, somewhat unexplainable therapy. Truth is, energy work is an effective bodywork that is as ancient as healing itself. The body is, after all, bioenergetic and seeks to maintain balance. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, called the body’s natural capacity to heal itself vis medicatrix naturae —Continue reading “Energy Work – Energy Healing”

50 Lessons I Wish I Had Learned Earlier – Positively Positive

Now that I’m old and gray (but not quite in my rocker yet!), I look back on my life and think about things I wish I knew earlier. It would have made my life so much easier if I knew then what I know now. Here’s my list of things I wish I could turnContinue reading “50 Lessons I Wish I Had Learned Earlier – Positively Positive”

Down the Rabbit Hole – A Look at Energy Work

Like a first kiss, I will never forget my first experience with energy work. I had only been exposed to the massage and bodywork profession for one month before attending a polarity conference, in Colorado. I had done my homework, chosen the courses I wanted to attend, made myself familiar with the players and theirContinue reading “Down the Rabbit Hole – A Look at Energy Work”