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Thursday, 6 April 2017

You've Heard of OCD, But Do You Really Understand It? :: Big Thinkers on Mental Health

Let's Talk About Male Depression - BBC The Social : Identical twin brothers Finlay and Alasdair were inseparable growing up but drifted apart as adults, both suffering from depression. Finlay fell into a toxic pattern, self harming and starving himself and one night received a call telling him Alasdair had tried to take his own life. He was completely blindsided by the news, admitting that he had made an attempt on his life a few years before.

Massage - From the exotic and strange to the more commonly known practices: What are they and how do they work? Mairead Ashcroft 5/4/17

There are many different types of massage and energy healing techniques that are available under the banner of holistic health. I am no expert on massage and am not educated in the large variety of services provided to offer care for specific needs. But I do know that what ever practice you choose, it is important that you only work with a qualified practitioner. You should be warned that just because something is labeled holistic or natural does not guarantee it's suitability to an individual persons needs. Holistic practice means looking at the whole of the person: health and well being of mind, body, spirit, values, economic and intellectual capabilities, environment, support network, needs, wants, dreams, goals, suffering, trauma and much much more. Working in a holistic way means much more than lighting a candle and saying Nameste as you greet some one while wearing harem pants. Any practitioner should take their healing gift very seriously. Training to master the craft, whatever that may be, should be of the highest dedication and respect in order to offer clients only the best. There are some side show type of practices (too many to mention) that may take advantage of people who are at their most vulnerable. What I would like to point out today are some beneficial massage and energy practices that fall under the holistic term. The first link explores strange and exotic massage and the rest are some of the more commonly known practices, what they are and how they work.

Exotic and Strange massages -

Bowen Therapy -

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy -

Remedial v's Relaxation Massage -

Kinesiology -

Myotherapy -

Reiki -

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Contested spaces: the ‘long-grassers’, living private lives in public places: By Kellie Pollard, Claire Smith, and Jordan Ralph

21 Nervous Habits of People With Social Anxiety: By Sarah Schuster

by Oct 26 2012

Conflict Resolution Skills Building the Skills That Can Turn Conflicts into Opportunities

Drawing a Picture of Health: An Art Therapy Guide Using the powers of art making to support health and well-being. By Cathy Malchiodi
Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT, is an art therapist, expressive arts therapist, visual artist, research psychologist, and author in the fields of art therapy, trauma-informed practice, and art in healthcare.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

How to Train Your Brain to See Beyond Us Versus Them: By Sharon Salzberg

Analysing Louise Bourgeois: art, therapy and Freud Louise Bourgeois was in therapy for more than 30 years and wrote an essay on 'Freud's Toys'. The Freud museum in London has a display of her work and recently unearthed writings about her analysis. By Christopher Turner

Louise Bourgeois working on Sleep II in Italy, 1967.  

Success is often the first step toward disaster. The idea of progress is sometimes the enemy of actual progress.You may be searching for a better existance but what if you are living it but not aware? By Mark Manson

What really matters at the end of life | BJ Miller

Why physical activity needs to be part of the mental health conversation: By Steele Roddick