Not My Shame: Extract

To celebrate the release of Not My Shame by T.O. Walker, we are releasing an extract from the book – please click here to view it.

This striking graphic novel gives an insider’s view of the trauma caused by childhood sexual exploitation. It tackles complex issues, including victim-blaming, traumatic memory and dissociation, but is ultimately hopeful, showing how victims can be good parents and come to terms with their past through therapy, art and caring relationships.

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A Q&A with Rob Long

long-feelingtheway-c2wFollowing the recent release of Feeling the Way, author Rob Long participated in a Q&A with his colleague Shelagh Brady to discuss his new book and what ‘healing’ means for him.

 

Shelagh Brady:   So Rob, your new book ‘Feeling The Way’ has just come out. It’s about hands-on healing, Daoist-style, though apparently with your own ‘twist’. Can you tell me something about what inspired you to write it?

Rob Long:   Certainly.  The book is a distillation of various skills I’ve been developing in the clinic over the last twenty years, combined with my enthusiasm for all things Daoist. Some time ago I realized I had come up with something unique that I could pass on to others, but first I really wanted to put the whole thing together as a coherent system. A book seemed the ideal medium for this.

SB:  What sort of skills and techniques are you referring to?

RL:   I’ve called the system ‘Qi Sensitivity Healing – QSH for short.  And that’s exactly what it is; a means of enhancing and using one’s ability to perceive qi in a healing scenario. It’s about being sensitive to dysfunction in another person’s energy field, right down to being able to experience individual meridians or acupoints. My main premise is that everybody has healing hands.

SB:   So both the sensitivity to qi and the healing are achieved exclusively via your hands?

RL:  The hands are the main tools, yes, but actually experiencing qi is a whole body experience. That requires a certain amount of discipline and mental focus.

SB:   So if QSH is your own system, what is the Daoist angle in this?

RL:   Well, there is nothing new under the sun, so this is just my personal take on healing touch, which after all is probably the oldest form of medicine known to mankind. The Daoist element is that QSH has deep roots in Qi Gong, and its entire theoretical basis lies in the traditional Chinese understanding of the human energetic anatomy – meridians, dan tiens and so forth.

SB:  So why not just learn Qi Gong healing, such as practiced in modern-day Chinese hospitals? What’s different about QSH?

RL:  Good question! Please understand that I have the greatest respect for (and also some training in) TCM-style Qi Gong healing. However, I was beginning to find it all a little… intellectual. Too rigidly diagnostic for my taste. My own experience in the clinic has always been that qi has this mysterious, literally indescribable quality. I began to wonder if I couldn’t just strip things right back to their earliest (and therefore Daoist) roots; really get back to a direct encounter with qi, where the intellect and any theoretical knowledge are temporarily put to one side. So QSH is not about what you know, it’s about what you can experience in any given moment, some of which is always going to be beyond words. That’s a very Daoist concept of course! Also, in QSH we don’t transmit qi to the patient. Healing comes about simply by being fully ‘present’.

SB:  Intriguing… What else is different about your approach?

RL:  The really big difference between QSH and other healing modalities is that it can be done as a stand-alone therapy, or at exactly the same time as another modality; in my case during an acupuncture or tui na massage session.

SB:  You mean you actually apply the hands-on healing techniques whilst you massage, or apply needles?

RL:  Absolutely. I very quickly discovered that practicing in this way made me much more aware of what a patient’s qi was actually doing, rather than what I theorized it might be doing. That breakthrough has made me a much more effective therapist.

SB:  So it’s aimed at Acupuncturists, Tui Na masseurs… Who else?

RL:  Actually any therapy that involves physical touch might well be enhanced by this; Shiatsu, Osteopathy or cranio-sacral work for example. Best still, you don’t even have to be a therapist! Remember, the main argument in ‘Feeling The Way’ is that everyone has healing hands. What you do need is some interest in ancient China, a strong desire to help, and the commitment to slowly but surely hone your skills. The book shows you how, step by step.

SB:  Finally Rob, and you knew I was going to ask you this: does QSH really work?

RL:  (Laughs):  For that you’d have to ask my patients!

 

To read more about the book, please click here. To read Rob Long’s blog piece on his book, please click here.

Sitting on a Chicken: FREE Extract

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To celebrate the release of Sitting on a Chicken by Michael Chissick, we are releasing a free extract from the book, featuring four interactive yoga games and poses you can use with your children or pupils!

To download the extract please click here. 

Learn more about Sitting on a Chicken here. 

Michael Chissick has written several books for children, published by Singing Dragon, please find them here.

Striker, Slow Down! – FREE Colouring Page

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To celebrate the release of Striker, Slow Down!, we have released a FREE downloadable colouring page to help children use mindfulness to control their emotions.

Striker, Slow Down! tells the story of Striker the cat, who is unstoppable! He thinks that there is too much fun to be had, and no matter what his mama tells him, he never slows down. One day, a bump to the head brings this busy cat to a standstill. Will Striker finally listen to his mama and learn to make time for a little calmness?

You can use our colouring page with your children or pupils – you can share your finished pages with us on Facebook or Twitter.

To download the colouring page, please click here.

Feeling the Way: What Does it Mean to Heal Someone?

long-feelingtheway-c2wIn this blog by Rob Long, author of Feeling the Way, Long examines what healing means and how it applies to our lives. 

 

In my new book ‘Feeling The Way’ I make the bold claim that everybody possesses what is commonly called ‘healing hands’. That means you! What appears in the book is a stripped-back, extremely practical how-to guide, based on insights from over twenty years of my own trial and error in the clinic. I have called what I do ‘Qi Sensitivity Healing’, or QHS for short, and whilst much of it is innovative, it also owes a huge debt to ancient Chinese practices, especially those of the Daoists, those progenitors of Acupuncture, herbal medicine and many other instantly recognizable modalities .

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Preparing the Body for Work: Working for Coherence

In this blog by Amanda Brennan, author of The Energetic Performer, Brennan provides an overview of her method of acting and how increasing awareness of the body can enhance the acting experience. 

I recently ran a series of workshops for professional actors in Santiago, Chile. The course was designed to refine performance skills, explore the craft of screen acting and discover how to create a rich and complex inner life. In my book The Energetic Performer, I refer to the inner life as all that moves with in, thoughts, vibrations of the nervous system, the beat of the heart, the flow of breath, all feelings and emotional expression. Its cultivation is at the heart of screen performance, where the real action is on the inside. To achieve this aim, I began with what I believe is the fundamental necessity: preparing the body for work.

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Facial Torment – and resolution

In this second blog post by Thomas Attlee, author of Face to Face with the Face, Attlee expands on his previous blog post ‘Essentials of Cranio-Sacral Integration‘, by expanding on the key points, and again providing the following three case studies: Tooth, Jaw and TMJ Pain; Hearing Loss and  Trigeminal Neuralgia. 

Fiona was forty-seven and had suffered a lifetime of countless recurrent ear infections, glue ear, severe deafness, extreme pain, burst ear drums, and inability to travel by air. She had been through countless courses of antibiotics, grommets, operations and other treatments without benefit – until she discovered cranio-sacral integration, and her life was transformed – able to hear again, free of pain, able to fly (by aeroplane, that is, not independently – cranio-sacral integration is not quite that miraculous).

Ninety percent of babies and children suffer middle ear infections¹, often leading to glue ear, with potential repercussions on speech and language. Like Fiona, they may receive frequent prescriptions of antibiotics, sometimes grommets and possibly operations, none of which addresses the underlying cause and which may consequently lead to repeated episodes of the condition.

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Essentials of Cranio-Sacral Integration (and case studies)

In this blog post by Thomas Attlee, author of Face to Face with the Face, Attlee explains the ‘Essentials of Cranio-Sacral Integration’, providing an overview of the key points, and providing three case studies: Tooth, Jaw and TMJ Pain; Hearing Loss and  Trigeminal Neuralgia. 

Higgs-boson:

In 2013 Professor Peter Higgs received the Nobel prize for a concept he first proposed in 1964 and for which the experimental proof was finally provided at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland in 2012. Professor Higgs postulated that there is an invisible field pervading the whole universe.

Within quantum physics it has now been established that there is a universal field, a unifying matrix within which everything exists and interacts – every galaxy, star, planet, solid object, living being, molecule, atom, subatomic particle – a field from which particles take their mass.

In the quantum model of cranio-sacral integration, we also perceive a universal field or matrix, within which life on earth has come into being, and each one of us exists as an individual matrix within this wider matrix. We are formed embryologically, developed, maintained and sustained by the biodynamic forces within that field, and every cell, atom, and subatomic particle within our body is an integral part of that wider field.

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