Healing Circles is now offering yoga two nights a week with teacher Erin Fox!!
Mondays 6:00pm- 7:15pm Gentle
Thursdays 7:30pm- 8:45pm Moderate
Gentle class focuses on slow, conscious movements. Great for beginner or
those who like a slower practice.
Moderate class is faster-paced and holds poses longer. Previous yoga
experience or current exercise routine recommended.
Classes are $15 drop in, or 6 weeks for $72.
Students receive $2 discount.
Erin has been practicing yoga for 6 years and received her certification in
March 2012 from the Awakening of Spirit School- RYS. She has taught in
Chambersburg, PA and Assateague, MD. Erin offers a safe and supportive
space for students to find their inner peace and grow from within. She
loves sharing the gifts of yoga with others, especially new students!
For more information, contact Erin at email@example.com
Friday, October 19, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The endings and beginnings of life’s transitions, as difficult as they can be, afford us the opportunity to find our true inner direction and to engage in a process of self-renewal. In this November Wellness Wednesday workshop, we will discuss the nature of transitions and ways to turn the bumpy road into a rewarding journey.
Often it is difficult to leave the past behind, which can result in varying levels of stress and potentially leaving one feeling isolated and alone. Transitions, such as divorce, job loss, or the death of a loved one, can strike without warning. Not all transitions, however, emerge from negative experiences. Even planned and expected events, such as marriage, a new job, a desired move, and the birth of a child can evoke unexpected stress while adjusting to new circumstances.
Hope plays an integral role in achieving success when facing life’s changes and challenges. Those who have hope are more likely to develop effective strategies. This often requires abandoning old ways to make way for developing new and effective approaches to dealing with what is happening in one’s life.
Please join me, Susie Mason, Psychotherapist, for a compassionate and caring look at transitions. And, please visit my website at www.wholenessintherapy.com.
When: Wednesday, November 14th, 7:00 pm- 8:30pm
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Monday, October 15, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Transitions and Change
Susie Mason, LGPC
A central theme in our society is change, and adults today are facing increasingly challenging times. As the pace of change continues to accelerate, adults are experiencing more personal, relationship, and work transitions. Approaching new situations can evoke a mixture of emotions, including elation, excitement, anxiety, self-doubt, and depression.
All transitions begin with an ending that must be dealt with in order to move on. Some transitions are expected and some are not. Sometimes it requires examining answers to such questions as, “What happened? What went wrong? Why is this happening to me?”
Not all endings are negative but still require adjustment, such as graduating from college, being in a new relationship, starting a new job, getting married, going into retirement, etc. The most difficult of transitions include loss of a loved one, divorce/end of a serious relationship, being fired, and facing a serious illness.
Transitions are comprised of an ending, followed by a middle period of uncertainty, confusion, or distress, and eventually a new beginning. Transitions are key times in personal development and often self-renewal. Endings often require examining the past and letting go. How one handles the middle period will determine the path and success of the new beginning. It is a time for new possibilities and new growth. It is always a transition from something to something.
Difficult transitions, especially a succession of difficult transitions can challenge one’s sense of optimism and confidence. Change can affect the whole person - mentally, physically, and emotionally. People need to have coping strategies to face challenges, and mental strength can be learned. Mental strength involves having an unyielding desire to succeed and the belief that you can, as well as being able to roll with the punches. People who are unable to maneuver through change or adapt are in danger of becoming trapped in their circumstances.
People who are and have been experiencing change have offered the following quotes:
On becoming a new mother. “I never thought of it this way, but now it seems to me that I’ve crossed some kind of threshold and there’s no going back. My old life is gone. How come nobody talks about that? They congratulate you on your new life, but I have to mourn the old life alone.”
On moving to a new location. “I’m excited about my new move and yet, at the same time, it’s hard leaving behind the people and places that have defined me. I need to keep those connections and work on making new ones. It’s been hard leaving it all behind.”
On retirement. “Why is letting go so difficult, especially since we have been looking forward to this for so long?”
Working through transitions is an active process requiring energy, strategies, and courage. Adults need coping strategies to face challenges. Consider examining your transitions by :
· Recognizing and accepting an ending.
· Realizing what needs to be let go of.
· Accepting the middle period of uncertainty.
· Examining the options.
· Speaking to a friend, confidant, or professional.
· Utilizing relaxation methods that work for you - meditation, exercise, deep breathing, etc.
· Developing a working plan that can be adjusted as needed.
· Moving forward with hope, faith, and belief in yourself.
As life unfolds, trust yourself. You may find out you know more than you think you know.
Working with compassion and creativity to help people through life’s changes and challenges.
Susan Mason, LGPC, Healing Circles Wellness Center, 10 N. Jefferson St., Frederick, MD, 21701
301.401.0511, www.wholenessintherapy.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Open Meditation Group
FIRST and THIRD WEDNESDAYS of each Month
At each gathering, Pam will share a short reading for inspiration from different meditative traditions and facilitate a 30-minute meditation.
RSVPs appreciated. For more information, please email Pam at email@example.com or call her at 301-712-9015, x1022.
Cost: on a donation basis
Wellness Wednesdays: Balancing Life Wellness Series
Topic: Less Stress, More Joy! Create a Holiday Season that Nurtures Your Soul
When: Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 pmCost: $10.00 in advance/$15.00 at the door
The holiday season brings high expectations, over-committed calendars, and commercialized excess for many while also conjuring up feelings of loneliness and loss for others. Join expressive arts therapist Christie Van Horn and psychotherapist Pam McDonald for an evening designed to transform your holiday stressors into simplified but meaningful new traditions that will nourish, not deplete your soul.
This workshop will be experiential and fun. We will explore the big holiday stressors and how to manage or eliminate them. We’ll reminisce about your favorite holiday memories and create new ways to bring more of the meaningful joy you remember into your holiday season this year. You will leave this workshop with tools you can use for better self-care, less stress, and your new intention to create a holiday that is uniquely your own.
Click here to register through Paypal
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Monday, October 1, 2012
Website Resource for Parents
By Kelly Beins, OT/RL
This website is VERY parent friendly and has a great resource for working with the schools:
The website is the online link to the book: “Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues.” An excerpt from the website:
“We all learn through our senses. Sensory processing is how we transform sensory information from within our own bodies and the external environment into messages we can act on. Sensory issues affect all kinds of people—from those with developmental delays, attention and learning problems, autistic spectrum disorders and other diagnoses to those without any other issues.”
The website is a wealth of information and resources for parents of kids who struggle with sensor processing challenges including, practical tips they can implement at home and school, books, activity ideas, and links to other helpful websites. It is the first online resource I now give to parents. There is also a video on my facebook page by this same author/OT about how to be sensory smart in sending our children back to school: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFV6TvJYnoU.
Kelly is available for assessments and consultations to kids and families who might be struggling with school & learning-related skills. She can be contacted at 301-712-9015 ext. 1028 or firstname.lastname@example.org, www.otc-frederick.com.