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Jerry (VAJARA)

Healthy Touch

Ethics, Values, Standards and Skillful Use of Touch with Injured Warriors and Families –Four (4) CEU’s by Gerald W. Vest, ACSW, LISW, LMT, Founder and Organization Team Leader, 15 Minute Stress-Out Program Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 Time: 1:00-5:00pm Place: Jerry’s Health Studio, 472 Van Patten, LC, NM 88005 (575-524-2379) **************************** This workshop will introduce Ethics--the Safe, Skillful Use of Healthy Touch to support relationships, healing, restoration and resilience for the family and for our Vets. Medically Identified as a "Best Practice' our Holistic Acupressure technique Relieves Stress and Lowers Blood Pressure Certification Workshop Cost: $30:00 Individuals-Couple(Vet and/or Vet Family)$15.00 $15.00(Instructional DVD) Program: The 15minuteStressOut process includes the following: 1.A focus on the breath throughout the experience by giver and receiver of the touch so that emotions are balanced and empathy is sustained; 2. A systematic process of touch is applied that include several techniques: feathering back, shoulders, and arms; squeezing arm muscles; stretching and spreading hands; gripping the wrists and fingers; and, 3. Pressure point acupressure is administered to selected points on the hands, shoulders, back, neck, and head. How is this Program different from massage interventions? This approach incorporates the coordination of the breath with givers and receivers. The givers follow the protocol or step-by-step procedures while applying skillful touch and the receivers maintain an awareness of their breath throughout the experience. Both giver and receiver are encouraged to reach for the perfect point of touch - between pleasure and pain. Do givers of the "15minuteStressOut Program need to be licensed to practice massage? Acupressure or pressure point manipulation is not included in the licensing requirements in most states. The other techniques such as feathering, stroking, laying-on-of-hands, and squeezing of muscles do not require professional training and are easily learned by following the instructions given in the 15MinuteStressOut. Recognizing this is short notice, just come and join us for a wonderful experience of exchanging this International Health Program that has served several thousand individuals, couples, groups and families throughout the World. See our Website for further details, comments and our CERTIFIED TEAM MEMBERS. Gerald W. Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT SNM Injured Warrior Alliance Injured Warrior, TRICARE Provider--Individual, Couple, Family & Group Holistic & Integrative Health Practitioner & Professor Emeritus NMSU Las Cruces, NM 88005 575.524.2379
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Learning to Learn & Play with Children

This Integrative Health blog will focus on teaching, learning and playing with our children. The key, for me,  is maintaining an open, honest, loving and respectful relationship. Mindfulness is a way to be one with our children and grandchildren as their instincts are clearly tuned in to our interactions--verbally and non-verbally. In this blog I will introduce creative activities that we enjoy. While having fun, we are promoting health, learning and developing skills. Also, I will introduce art, music, dance, martial arts, writing, exercise, biking and other methods for maintaining high levels of consciousness. Mindfulness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

We've all heard the adage - "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" -- makes Jill dull as well. Do visit the "Supporting Children to Learn through Play" by the Canadian Child Care Foundation.

This Blog and My HomePage allows me to share some of my favorite integrative practices, policies, methods and activities that I use in my professional practice , in my classes and for self-care. I am very enthusiastic about  including logs related to my professional and personal experiences while being mindful of our social work core values, practice methods/skills, knowledge of human development & behavior,  and of interactions and relationships of our natural and social environments.

Hope you enjoy ...

Jerry Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT - Holistic Social Worker, Ft. Bliss Restoration & Resilience Center and Professor Emeritus - NMSU School of Social Work



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