Open House – October 7

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Space Available at A Healing Collective

Are you looking for a space for individual sessions with clients? Or need a space for workshops that can accommodate up to 25 guests? We have space available at a very reasonable cost. Let us know if you are interested and we’ll get you scheduled!
Questions? Email [email protected].

1,000 Cranes Project

1,000 Cranes Project

View a short slideshow from our November 19th
1,000 Cranes Project, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of A Healing Collective. 


How to Breathe

Last year I attended an annual conference on Interpersonal Neurobiology. It was filled with presentations that were enlightening, astounding, provocative, and…just plain fun.rose

Since the topic of the conference was play and creativity, and the theory is that the mind is not just in the brain but throughout the body, we had many chances to play and move in ways that were fun.

A highlight for me was a presentation by Steve Gross of the Life is Good Playmakers.

Steve’s title is Chief Playmaker, and his job is to teach kids to overcome poverty, violence and illness through regaining their sense of play. His presentation was right after an intense lecture on the brain by a prominent researcher. He made it his business to get us laughing and playing, and did a great job of it.

At the end of our playtime, he led us through a little guided imagery exercise that had a big effect on me.

It’s simple, so you might want to try it right now (or as soon as you can do a little pantomiming without your co-workers asking about your mental health):

Let yourself relax and feel childlike or playful for just a moment.

  • Pretend you’ve just picked a beautiful flower that you’re holding in one hand.
  • Pretend you’re holding a bubble wand in the other hand.
  • Now smell the fragrant flower.
  • Now blow a bubble.
  • Smell the flower
  • Blow a bubble.
  • Repeat two or three more times.

I was into this little game, thinking it was fun and playful and indulged the kid in me. Then I realized the elegance of the exercise…

Steve had just led us through several inhales and exhales, without resorting to the usual mantra of, “notice your breath, breathe in, breathe out.”

It got me thinking, how often do we make work out of what could just as easily be done as play?

Next time you take a deep breath, try smelling the flower and blowing the bubble. See if it makes you feel lighter!

ann_HeadshotwebAnge Finn
AAMET Accredited Certified Advanced EFT Practitioner
Emotional Freedom Techniques
[email protected]

Conscious Awareness with the Alexander Technique

In her book The Healing of America Marianne Williamson says “…lack of conscious awareness is the cause of our problems, and conscious awareness is the source of our healing.” I think F. M. Alexander would agree wholeheartedly with her.

Human beings have the opportunity to be conscious of “how we do, what we do, when we do it” as many Alexander Technique teachers have stated. To be conscious of ourselves in a way that is beneficial to ourselves and others means we must become aware of our deeper habits of thought and movement. (Alexander said his work was psycho-physical in nature, with no division between the mind and body.) We most likely know a lot about ourselves, but when we meet a deeply held habit we often think it is the “truth” rather than a habit, when the truth of who we are is so much more and in a way also so much less.

Our deepest most profoundly held habits often seem unchangeable. This is because our habits are so ingrained in us. However, Alexander found that with patience we have the ability to stop a habit and move in a different and fuller way. We can connect to our primary coordination, the coordination with which we are born.

With lessons in the Alexander Technique we can become more aware of our habits and learn a simple and practical way of lessening their power over us. It is not a quick fix, but over time we can improve our overall coordination and freedom of movement, lessen or eliminate pain and regain clarity in our thinking.

Chris Lidvall

Christine Lidvall
Internationally certified Alexander Technique Teacher

I Love AHC

I Love AHC

Our visiting healer Gaye Abbot left this message on our whiteboard!

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Healing Touch

Healing Touch

The Healing Touch Mentor-ship Group.
The Mentorship Group is for level 4 students in the Healing Touch Certification program.

Are you Interested in Healing Touch?
A New Level 1 class will be held October 18th and 19th. Contact us for more information.