Light and shade bring warm descent                                                                                        Salty water wakes innocence past                                                                                           I drift with your guidance, into the deep                                                                                     Fluid and free                                                                                                                             For how I trust thee Continue reading

Getting Well in Newer Ways ‘A Report from the Frontlines of Santa Barbara’s Alternative Health Movement’ –by Matt Kettmann

‘Getting Well in Newer Ways —   A Report from the Frontlines of Santa Barbara’s Alternative Health Movement’

By Matt Kettmann, Chief Editor of the Santa Barbara Independent October 7, 2010

Diane Feingold gives WRT Water Release Therapy® to her son Julian.

Article written by By Matt Kettmann and Photo by Paul Wellman

WRT Water Release Therapy®

Submerged in a warm pool, my body is carefully flopped about, like a beach towel being shaken of sand in slow motion. My underwater mind, at first worried about when my next breath would come, forgets momentarily about the needs of my lungs. It is instead lost in a full state of utter relaxation as it floats about weightlessly, my limbs occasionally stretched, my muscles frequently massaged. Welcome to the pleasures of WRT Water Release Therapy® (WRT), a modality invented by my former Yoga Instructor Diane Feingold, who took the tenets of Watsu® (or “water shiatsu”) and developed a much deeper practice.

“I’m focusing on being fully present in mind, body, and emotion, connecting deeply with all levels of being,” explained Feingold, whose clients include both those seeking simple relaxation and others with more critical needs, such as rape victims, fibromyalgia sufferers, and folks with serious neck and back problems. “It allows me to support someone in a space where they can move in ways they cannot move on land. It helps people really integrate a lot of healing, a lot of letting go. People can free themselves up from things that might be in the way of living fully in their life.” Continue reading

The Healing Process of Grief – 20 months ago

20 months ago I lost my eldest son.  Wow!  An extraordinary healing process called ‘Grief’.  It’s not about moving on, it’s about living without him.  An intense experience that cannot be pacified by all the compassion and counsel in the world.  (Although I don’t know where or what would have become of me had it not been for a handful of amazing friends, my younger son, a very special Hospice counselor, loving Hospice group, the Guides, self compassion, self care, ongoing patience)

It’s not about getting over, through, or giving up feeling sad; it begins with shock, trauma, loss and profound sadness.  20 months ago I lost my eldest son 21 years of age.  It’s my opinion that people who loose a child (unlike loosing a parent or sibling) do not get ‘back to normal’.  It is a peak experience in life, a child dies… there is no getting over what is now broken, gone.  Grief sinks in, the reality of death is ever present and there is no closure.

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