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Sari Hands PLC May 2013 Newsletter!
Slow Down Baby!
   SARI ANN LEWIS
     OTR/L, RCST®
Sari loves to help facilitate your Wellness and Quality of Life through a variety of gentle manual therapy techniques (including Craniosacral Therapy and Myofascial Release) to help calm your tissues and nervous system.
 
Sari graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. After completing clinical internships in NY and CA, she settled in Arizona to begin over a decade of specialization in hand and upper extremity therapy, followed by several years working for
Medtronic and Empi selling
electrotherapy products.
(TENS and muscle stimulators)
 
In 1997, she returned to her true love of patient care and began studies with the International Alliance of Healthcare Practitioners (The Upledger Institute) and the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (BCTA/NA) where she completed over 1000 hours of training in Biomechanical and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and obtained Diplomate certification as a Registered Craniosacral Therapist. (RCST®)  Sari also
has additional training using Craniosacral Therapy with newborns and infants.

Sari has has participated as a Teaching Assistant for multiple Craniosacral Therapy courses, including an International course in Kiental Switzerland in May, 2012.  She will return to re-join
Michael Shea, PhD. and the International Teaching Team
May-June, 2013.


Sari delights in focusing attention on patient care in her North Scottsdale office, Sari Hands PLC, where she works with a diverse caseload, ranging from birth to over 90.  She is also a contributing writer to online and print publications.
 
Sari is a fitness enthusiast, participating in a variety
of step, spin, yoga and kickbox classes at Mountainside Fitness and a 'foodie', who loves to combine beautiful, fresh ingredients in delicious and healthy ways!
 
She is excited about her continuing adventure with CRAVE Phoenix  through June, 2013 and in continuing to make and deepen friendships and business relationships.

CRAVE Phoenix

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My last 3 copies of the CRAVE Phoenix Inaugural Edition are available for $5/each.

The book includes 2 pages of discounts good through the end of June

And also includes a $20 discounted visit with me and 20% off for a friend or family member

(expiration date extended to 12/31/13)



You can enjoy hearing the soothing Harp Foundation CDs during your
Craniosacral Therapy sessions.

The Mission of The Harp Foundation is
'To provide therapeutic harp music for the essential healing, comfort and well-being of individuals in crisis or with special needs.'

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Support our programs annually:
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or www.The HarpFoundation.org
 I'm honored to be serving on their Board of Directors.



 

May 2013 Newsletter

Slow Down Baby!
 
Last month, I had the privilege of speaking to members of the local group of the National Association of Lactation Consultants (CALCA).  What a dedicated group of women committed to helping new parents make the decisions that are right for their newborns and families!  While I could have easily spent the next three years just scratching the surface of what Craniosacral Therapy is and what the benefits can be, I decided to spend my hour sharing how a slow pace can help newborns develop a sense of safety and trust.  

Stephen Porges of the University of Illinois at Chicago used the term Neuroreception to describe how neural circuits distinguish between situations or people to determine if they are safe or pose various levels of danger.  A slow tempo and conscious stillness help the mom and her baby to perceive safety in their environment.  This sense of safety and trust are necessary for proper nutrition and absorption to take place in the newborn/infant.  We can ALL benefit from the calming of our neural circuits through slowing.

I recently described the sensation experienced last year in a class exchange in Switzerland to a Craniosacral Therapist in Italy:

'All 40 students and the entire teaching team were simultaneously in a still point while the mountains surrounding the Kiental breathed us.  It elicits a sacred response in my soul just to think about it.'

She replied: 'I have spontaneous goosebumps all over.  Dynamic stillness in the Swiss Alps.  My midline is tingling.  How beautiful!'

*Stillpoint=The natural rhythm within the craniosacral system easing into a therapeutic slowing/standstill.  
 
Here is the brief meditative piece we experienced together at the end of the Lactation Consultants meeting.
Read it slowly and Enjoy the Stillness!

The German word for nursing/breastfeeding is Stillen.

Psalm 46:10 says, "Be Still and Know".

Stillen.

Say the word to yourself as you take a breath, gently in and out at your own pace.

Feel your feet, tap them to feel some input you your legs to your core.  Take a breath.  You are grounded, present.

And if you feel a breath rise up from within you, from the base of your sacrum to your head, savor it.  You are grounded, present, centered and calm.

Your spine is bathed in fluid, surrounded by fluid.  Your bones and tissues are moist and alive, welcoming the fluid nutrition, circling around your brain, down your spinal cord, exiting to all areas of your body, through the nerves and tissues.

You feel a sense of the Energy of the Calmness, the Energy of the Stillness.

Let's just take a moment to sit quietly in that beautiful slow pace.
 
Experience the Slowing and Stillness
that comes with being
Grounded, Present, Centered and Calm


*I will be out of the office 22 May-13 June training in Switzerland and Italy.  Please contact me by email: sari@sarihands.com for scheduling needs or alternative resources.

Speaking of resources, my friend Judy has a Wonderful Parenting blog.  Here's how she describes it: "There are so many different factors to consider when facing most of the common parenting issues. The Nurse Judy approach is a combination of many years of medical experience, a desire to treat things as naturally as possible, a large dollop of common sense."



Warm hugs!
 
Sari

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