My very first experience with mind/body medicine that I really noticed happened in 1968 or so in young Dr. Schwartz’s office in Kansas. I went in to see old Dr. Schwartz, but he had brought in his son for vacation relief.
My problem: a year before a large Samsonite suitcase had fallen on my head from the storage of the quonset hut that passed for “married students’ housing” at the
University of Colorado, creating a diagnosed concussion.
A year later, the headaches were getting worse, and I still had a goose egg knot on the top right back of my head; thusly the trip to see Dr. Schwartz. I explained, pointed to the knot and he put his hands on it.
He opined: “You could have a subdural hematoma, which is a blood clot on the brain, but we would have to cut your head open to find out.”
I didn’t have another headache for 2 years.
Mind/body medicine has come a ways since that.
(In an application of Body/mind work in 1984, Jim Asher, Ida Rolf’s designated hitter for bringing cranial-sacral work to the Rolf Institute®, got me out of the headaches and fuzziness that had plagued me.)
And yes, mind/body work has come a long way from young Dr. Schwartz.
The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM)
has had a big part in that lately.
The December conference has become THE place to go to hear speakers and buy
The keynote speeches alone are worth the trip. Peter Levine and Bill O’Hanlon have taken somewhat opposing views on the treatment of trauma. It looks like that will not be brought out here, but they are always interesting. Bill has had a wide influence on language for healing, including to me.
Meditation has been much studied, and some of the latest research will be shown in the keynote talk by Rick Hanson. Ruth does conference calls featuring the speakers (well not all 42!) as a lead-in to this conference and Hanson’s talk will be worth the trip.
The Central Park Jogger is such a riveting story, OMG, it could happen to any of us, in a flash our life is totally changed.
Wednesday, December 8
Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
Rick Hanson, PhD
The Anatomy of Influence: Use the Latest Persuasion Research to be More Effective
Bill O’Hanlon, LMFT
Saturday, December 11
In an Unspoken Voice; How the Body Release Trauma and Restores Goodness
Peter Levine, PhD
The Central Park Jogger: Healing to Wholeness
Trisha Meili, MBA, MA