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May 6, 2009 > Learning the Body Mind Spirit Connection

Learning the Body Mind Spirit Connection

By Meredith Eidem

There was spandex and exercise balls in constant movement throughout the three-day weekend (April 17-19) at the Body Mind Spirit Educational Conference held at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

This educational experience gave the community the opportunity to learn first-hand about effective and alternative approaches to health and wellness and it enhanced the teaching abilities of over 200 participants who will use the newest techniques they chose from over ninety workshops offered such as, Raw Food for Beginners and Demonstration, Growing Healthy Kids with Demonstration, Peak Pilates Circuit Flow, Imagery and Bands Exercise for Dynamic Strength and Flexibility. 'Gyrokinesis Level 1, Relax Your Neck, Liberate Your Shoulders with the Franklin Method, and Enhancing the Mind and Spirit Integration, just to name a few.

Each workshop was designed to engage in holistic techniques; many were designed improve the teaching abilities of these professional trainers and teachers who want to share the latest innovations.

The Live Healthy Expo provided the opportunity for the community to learn first-hand about effective alternative approaches to health and wellness. Darcy Elwood, who taught the Alexander Technique workshop, a holistic method of releasing unwanted muscular tension throughout the body said, "They did an outstanding job to bring in so many awesome people!"

Elwood's workshop had students pairing up to use this hands-on method focusing on sensory input of the somatic nervous system. It teaches new ways of moving while carrying out everyday actions to make the body work more efficiently, reducing strain.

Participants learned about the spinal cord and the dendrites that stimulate the nerves, and the oric field around the skull that affects the nerves in the skin, spine, receiving incoming messages so that the brain says, "I feel pain."

She said, "Every time we have a happy feeling nerves get excited and say, 'Yes, I am going to do this.'" She calls this "in-nerve-ation."

She mentioned people have come to her with arthritis, migraines, sciatica, and back pain and have said, "I've tried everything and the Alexander Technique is the only thing that works."

Eric Franklin's seminars also showed alternative therapy through anatomy analysis. As participants pressed on various organs, such as the liver, they felt how this actually released tension in different parts of the neck and shoulders. This was also an overview of imagery as it pertains to movement, and motivation.

"We will experience the benefits of the mind-body connection" Franklin said.

The Body Mind Spirit Expo brought people from all over the country and beyond here to Santa Clara County. Mary Sayers owns a fitness center in Canada and came to learn more about professional exercise and its connection with the mind and spirit.

She noted that when people are not getting the results they want from a fitness center, it is easy to blame the instructor. She is committed to continual learning because she wants to teach people to take responsibility for bodies in innovative ways.

Michael Chang is a full-time dentist in Santa Clara who attended said, "I teach Tai Chi and am active in other sports like gymnastics, dance, and ballet." He was very happy with his experiences in workshops such as "Lining up the Feet, Ankles, Knees and Pelvis Using foot Savers and Black Balls."

"From a fitness angle, this was eye-opening for me. We utilize so little of our minds. These conventions further that," exclaimed Robin Kurotori, MS, the Program Coordinator for Health and Wellness at Ohlone College" and the recent extension, the Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology, where people learn to be respiratory assistants, science and practice, and can become involved in solar technology and environmental science

Her energy appeared to have doubled after her four workshops on Saturday. She was pleased to be active at the conference because one of the classes she teaches at Ohlone College is Pilates. And she enjoyed the "Enhancing Mind and Spirit" workshop. She expressed, "It hurts my soul when people stop learning. The more I learn, the more I need to learn."

Kurotori was happy to mention what the local community colleges have to offer: "The community college is phenomenal because it is a fabulous value and an amazing resource." She added that community colleges are worth investigating because their high quality level classes and certification programs in nursing and physical and respiratory therapy.

Students can become studio instructors in yoga, Pilates and Mindfulness, and can learn Tai Chi, Acupressure and Acupuncture (the science and practice of). Kuratori has found exceptional ways to increase one's strength and flexibility through Pilates.

Don't forget that the public can come to the classes where students teach yoga and much more, so enjoy the benefits.

Other holistic workshops increased awareness and techniques for doctors of chiropractic such as "Spine Corrector Group Class."

Dr. Gary Nolan of Family Life Chiropractic in San Jose said, "The conference is right up our alley of chiropractic philosophy. We need more of those conferences to get the word out to the public."

Kurotori noted that she loved "the opportunity to not travel to such a quality exposition. It is close to home."

This writer will continue to keep her eyes open for more expositions for living healthy and will inform readers with time to spare.

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