Our Monthly Meetings are Free and Open to the Public.
Come join us on second Tuesdays from 7:00 till 8:30 PM,
at the office of Dr. John Ness,
616 Universal Drive off N. Monroe Street in Tallahassee.
Theres a very clear map to help you find us -- here
Here are our archived 2014 meeting announcements:
January 14, 2014 -- Paige Continentino -- Eden Energy Medicine
February 11, 2014 -- Nancy Wonder -- Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model of Therapy
March 11, 2014 -- Mershell Sherman -- Sharing the joy of drumming!!
April 8, 2014 -- Mary Bradford -- Ayurvedic Aromatherapy
May 13, 2014 -- Sherry Simpson -- Myofascial Release Technique (MFR)
June 10, 2014 -- Craig Stubbs -- The Feldenkrais Method®
July 8, 2014 -- Janis David -- Level 1 QiGong Healing Form
August 12, 2014 -- Bonnie McLean -- Integrative Medicine: Bridging the Gap Between Healing and Healthcare
September 9, 2014 -- Adrianne Bate -- nutraMetrix®
October 14, 2014 -- Paige Continentino -- The Stress Effect
November 11, 2014 -- Dr. Brenda Rabalais -- Lees Place
December 9, 2014 -- Rev. Laura Huff, MS, Ordained Minister, Reiki Master, Intuitive Healer -- Lightweaving
Paige Continentino -- January 14, 2014
Eden Energy Medicine an approach to healing in which your energy is both the patient and the medicine!
Come learn about energy medicine, as its presented in the work of Donna Eden, author of the award-winning
book, Energy Medicine. Donnas work is based on the understanding that the health of the bodys energy systems
is reflected in the health of the body, and, that energy can be re-patterned to restore balance and health.
At the January 2014 meeting, Paige Continentino will explain what energy medicine is and how it can be used for
self-care and healing. Youll learn how energies are assessed, what energy systems are addressed, and a daily
routine that will help balance and strengthen your energy systems to boost your energy levels and vitality!
Eden Energy Medicine makes learning your energy systems and self-care easy and accessible to anyone who is interested.
Paige Continentino is a Certified Life Coach and Eden Energy Medicine Certified Practitioner. She has been
learning the language of energies since 2005, when she began studying with Ronit Singer of the Oneness Center
in NYC. After experiencing her own transformation through the use of energy work, she was inspired to further her studies
through Donna Edens two-year certification program, which she completed in January 2013. She is a Tallahassee native
who spent 15 years living in Rio de Janiero and the NYC metro area, and returned with her family, in the summer of 2012.
Nancy Wonder -- February 11, 2014
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model of Therapy
The presentation will give an overview of IFS, a therapeutic model developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz. This
mindfulness-based approach views extreme behaviors, thoughts, and feelings within a non-pathological framework.
The model, in accord with cutting-edge brain research, sees the personality as multiplicitious -- a person contains
an ecology of relatively discrete minds (aka parts), each of which has valuable qualities and each of
which is designed to -- and wants to -- play a valuable role within the individual. In addition, IFS therapists
believe all individuals have, at their core, a Self which contains many crucial leadership qualities such as
perspective, confidence, compassion, and acceptance. The IFS therapist works to foster connection with the Self
of the client in order to bring healing to the parts who have taken on extreme beliefs, feelings, and behaviors
that in present time do not serve the client well. It is an effective model for individuals, couples, and families
working with trauma, addictions, and relationship issues.
Offered by NANCY WONDER, Ph.D.
IFS Certified Therapist
Assistant Trainer in the Model
1113 S. Magnolia Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Mershell Sherman -- March 11, 2014
Sharing the joy of drumming!!
Our guest presenter in March will be Mershell Sherman, one of our newest HAA members. Since his main message is that
drumming benefits the mind, body, and spirit, Mershell will laed us in a mini-drum workshop. He will bring drums for
us all to play, along with a great deal of appreciation for the joys of drumming.
Mershell has been drumming and playing percussion for over 20 years. Since last year, he has been leading drum groups
at the Abundance Wellness Center. He has attended workshops and drum sessions with drummers in the Tallahassee area,
playing mostly West African rhythms. Mershells experiences include playing with a variety of bands on many stages
and venues. He was part of a music ensemble that featured didgeridoos, flutes, and drums for over 8 years, and
he developed an improvisational style of drumming. This evening will be one to remember.
Mary Bradford -- April 8, 2014
Ayurveda and aromatherapy offer hope for the healing of humankind. Ayurvedic theory asserts that
health results from harmony within oneself. Aromatherapy is a powerful tool for transformation, and
the story has more to do with the origins of plants and animals than with pharmacology. Essential
oils do not act as weapons, but rather as agents of interaction; this call and response system
can be harnessed to relieve symptoms of everyday complaints. They can even sometimes lift the
fog of depression. Ayurveda assists in the selection of essential oils with its understanding
of the energetic properties of plants and of ourselves. Exciting research is supporting the
contention that essential oils are of great value in treating and healing serious diseases
such as Hepatitis and Cancer.
Mary Bradford began studying with Light Miller in 2009 and, in May 2013, graduated from the
Guru Kula Ayurvedic Practitioner Program of the Ayurvedic Center for Well Being in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida. She has also completed Dr. Vasant Lads Pulse Reading Practicum at
the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. A registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance
since 2009, she is a member of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association). At Aprils
HAA meeting, Mary will demonstrate the use of essential oils, focusing on six in detail,
and discussing recent research.
Sherry Simpson -- May 13, 2014
Myofascial Release Technique (MFR)
Our guest presenter in May 2014 will be Sherry Simpson, who is a Licensed Massage Therapist with a BS in
Physical Therapy. Sherry has received training in a variety of manual (hands-on) techniques.
She is best known for her skills in CranioSacral therapy and Myofascial Release techniques.
She also has training in Visceral Manipulation, circulation, and joint mobilization. Clients
seek her services for support in managing chronic pain, headaches, low back and pelvic imbalances,
energy imbalances, and stress reduction. Techniques are combined for best results. Her work is
appropriate for all ages from infants to seniors. These same techniques are accepted and enjoyed
by pets as well (spinal issues, hips, and effects of aging).
On Tuesday, May 13, Sherry will introduce us to Myofascial Release (MFR) techniques. Myofascial
Release is a whole body treatment that is directed toward connective tissue. Fascia is one
type of connective tissue. Loose fascia surrounds and protects blood vessels and nerves
from compressive forces such as traumatic impacts and muscle contraction. It also supports
and protects our lymphatic vessels (think immune system). Dense fascia provides for more
structure and helps to shape our bodies (posture and alignment). Tendons and ligaments
are of this type. It also provides the slip and slide factor so skin doesn't stick to
muscle, tendons, ligaments, etc. Trauma and illness can distort the fascia and alter its
elastic quality. This can lead to pain, dysfunction, and immune challenges. MFR can be used
to elicit relaxation and lengthening of the fascial tissues and the family of connective tissues.
This decompresses the tissue and allows for improved blood flow and immune response. MFR stimulates
our bodies natural healing abilities and is good for almost any situation. It can be used on
all ages and on our animal friends.
Sherry is looking for a few folks who will be willing to partially undress. If youre willing to bring
(wear) shorts or a bathing suit to this meeting, please let us know. Also, please let us know if
youd like to bring a pet for her to check out and demonstrate on. Perhaps shell do the animal part
in the parking lot. Sherrys contact info is at the end of this message, and you can simply click
here in order to let me (Susie) know youre willing to help out in this way.
Sherry says, I love this work and look forward to sharing it with you. I would like to do a
demonstration and would like to see skin and posture, so please come prepared. I am very interested
in animals and would do a demonstration with a pet if anyone is interested.
Sherrys office is located at 354 Office Plaza Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301; Phone 850-877-7310
Craig Stubbs -- June 10, 2014
The Feldenkrais Method®
Craig Stubbs will be the presenter for the June 10, 2014, Healing Arts Alliance meeting.
Craig, a native Tallahassean, has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1999. He will
be sharing his passion for the Feldenkrais Method®. Craig received his training in the
Feldenkrais Method® over a four-year period from February 2006 through August 2010 in the
Baltimore Feldenkrais Practitioner Training Program. At Junes meeting, Craig will explain
the concepts of this neuro-somatic education system and demonstrate the effectiveness of
the Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration® aspects of the method. See
feldenkrais.com for more information.
Janis David -- July 8, 2014
Level 1 QiGong Healing Form
Janis David is a certified QiGong Instructor and will be teaching Level 1 QiGong Healing Form. This particular form
of QiGong uses subtle movements and movement with sincerity. We will start with a warm-up of 9 breaths,
sending a signal to the mind and body that we are beginning our practice. You will learn to press on the edge of the
energy field, feel the energy coming into your body with Empty Force, use Cloud Hands for the lungs, Earth
Hands for the lower body, Around the World for digestion and elimination systems, and Push Hands learning
to let the Qi move you.
The nature of Qi is like Fog, it permeates every square inch of the universe, yet its nature is elusive.
Graceful and precise movements will increase the healing effects of QiGong.
Internal Qi is the Lifeforce energy that already exists inside us. According to Chinese medicine, our
kidneys and liver store Qi. The adrenal glands draw Qi from the kidneys upon being startled or put
in a life or death situation. All of us have Internal Qi; some have more than others. The goal
of QiGong is to increase internal Qi and thereby improve our health and connection to Source.
External Qi is the Lifeforce energy that exists outside our bodies. It is the energy in the air,
sunlight, and food we eat. In QiGong we take the external Qi (or environmental Qi) and bring it
inside our body, as in the Empty Force exercise.
Please wear comfortable, loose clothing and limited jewelry for easy movement.
Bonnie McLean -- August 12, 2014
Integrative Medicine: Bridging the Gap Between Healing and Healthcare
Bonnie McLean worked as a Registered Nurse for 20 years, and has now been
a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture Physician for 30 years. She
practices in Gulf Breeze, Florida, and her specialties are stress-related
disorders, acute and chronic pain, habit control, allergies, and womens health.
Her modalities are acupuncture, herbology, energy medicine, imagery, and
Integrative Medicine has been a lifelong passion of Dr. Bonnie McLean. Dr. Bonnie will give us an overview of
Integrative Medicine in the U.S., (past, present, and future). Through studies of the history of Western Medicine,
medicine of the East, and healing practices of indigenous cultures, she has found that Integrative Medicine
has been practiced throughout the world since ancient times. It has been only over the past 100 years in the
U.S. that healing and medicine have been separated. She will track the resurgence of integration of healing
and medicine that began with the birth of holistic medicine in the 1970's and is now blossoming in our medical
offices, hospitals, universities, and even our military.
Dr. McLean graduated from Duke with a BS in Nursing in 1967, from Pepperdine with an
MA in Counseling in 1976; and from California Acupuncture College, in Westwood,
California, with her OMD in Chinese Medicine in 1986. Along with her formal education,
she has had a great deal of hands-on training.
Dr. Bonnies presentation in August will be Integrative Medicine: Bridging the Gap
Between Healing and Healthcare. Topics she will also address at our August Healing
Arts Alliance meeting are these:
What is Integrative Medicine?
History of Western Medicine
Miracles of Medical Technology
History of Medicine in the East
History of Indigenous Healing
Birth of Holistic Medicine
Healing Power of Natural Medicine
Emotions and Illness
Healing the Healer
The Art of Staying Healthy
Judging from the first time Bonnie was our guest speaker, we believe this evening
will be quite informative and enjoyable.
Adrianne Bate -- September 9, 2014
Adrianne Bate is a highly skilled practitioner of hands-on healing in the Tallahassee area. She uses her
wide knowledge to create programs of healing for all who need it. Adrianne received her Bachelors degrees
in Allied Health Science and Psychology in 2004 from FAMU. She returned to FAMU and received her Masters
degree in Physical Therapy in 2006. She currently practices in the Acute Care Rehabilitation Department in
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and also provides home health services. She is also a licensed massage therapist
who attended the Core Institute of Massage and Bodywork in Tallahassee, Florida and is currently practicing
massage at Acuity Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She provides various forms of massage including:
Swedish/Relaxation, Sports, Medical, Core Myofascial. In addition to her skills she is also Nutrametrix
consultant and a DONA-trained doula. On September 9th, 2014, Adrianne will be discussing how Nutrametrix
supplements can be customized and used to improve client outcomes in a wide range of health fields.
Paige Continentino -- October 14, 2014
The Stress Effect -- how stress affects your bodys energy systems, and can become the root of physical, emotional, and mental issues.
In this experiential presentation, we will look at the two meridians most involved in stress Triple Warmer
and Spleen. You will find out why these two meridians are important to your bodys stress response, how stress
is expressed in your energy system, what can happen to your energy as a result, and how you can balance these
meridians at home! You will learn exercises (not the daily energy routine) and work on yourselves and each
other, time permitting.
Our guest speaker will be Paige Continentino, CPC, EEM-CP*. Paiges practice is focused on the healing and
transformation of mind, body, and spirit through a combination of energy medicine, mindfulness work, EFT, and
transformational life coaching. Her work is informed by the understanding that all physical, mental, and emotional
issues have an energetic root and that addressing the energetic body creates deep healing on all levels, often without
the need for years of medication and/or psychotherapy.
Paige completed Donna Edens intensive two-year energy medicine program in February of 2013 and has studied
energy work and meditation at the Oneness Center in NYC since 2005. She received her Life Coaching certification
through the New York City Open Center in 2009, teaches meditation to all ages and to families, and trained in
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in 2012 at a retreat led by
Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: www.paigecontinentino.com
Donna Eden Energy Medicine
Eden Energy Medicine recognizes energy as a vital, living, moving force that determines much about health and
happiness. You heal the body by activating its natural healing energies; you also heal the body by restoring
energies that have become weak, disturbed, or out of balance. Energy medicine is both a complement to other
approaches to medical care and a complete system for self-care and self-help. It can address physical illness
and emotional or mental disorders, and can also promote high-level wellness and peak performance. More
information on Eden Energy Medicine is available at: www.innersource.org.
*Certified Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner
Dr. Brenda Rabalais -- November 11, 2014
Lees Place -- a local non-profit grief, loss, and trauma counseling center.
Dr. Brenda Rabalais will present an overview of Lees Place, which is a local non-profit grief, loss,
and trauma counseling center providing one-on-one therapy to children and adults who are adjusting to any type
of loss or trauma. Founded in 2000 by Dr. Rabalais, Lees Place is named in memory of her son, Lee Rabalais,
who died of bone cancer at the age of fourteen. Already a therapist, Dr. Rabalais created a safe place where
people can receive therapeutic services in a warm and nurturing environment. Although the genesis of Lees Place
is the death of a child, our services address the broad spectrum of loss, including divorce, abandonment
(foster care, adoption), life transitions, trauma, and death.
Our licensed and caring therapists begin seeing clients as early as age four. Anyone who has endured a
life-changing experience is welcome. Therapy services are offered on a sliding fee scale making quality therapy
accessible irrespective of financial ability, health insurance, or life situations. The sliding fee scale is
based on family income and number of dependents ranging from $20 to $120 per session.
Brenda Rabalais, PhD, LMFT, Founder/President, serves as both the adult therapist and administrative director
of Lees Place. Her responsibilities include providing and overseeing clinical services as well as supervising
the daily operations of Lees Place. In her administrative capacity, she reports to the Board of Directors,
oversees the staff, is accountable for fiscal management of policies and procedures, and administering the budget.
In her programming capacity, she develops and manages the clinical program, hires personnel and develops the
organizations outreach and educational programs.
Dr. Rabalais began her training at Auburn University where she received a B.S. in Speech and Language Pathology
and went on to receive her Master of Communication Disorders from Louisiana State University Medical Center
in 1979. Dr. Rabalais received her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University in 1993
and was subsequently licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Beth Tedio is the Director of Development for Lees Place. Her responsibilities include community outreach,
grant writing, fundraising, PR, and general support of the therapists. Beth has been at Lees Place since
January 2010. Beth will be at our November meeting to assist in answering questions, and to support Brenda as needed
during the talk.
Rev. Laura Huff, MS, Ordained Minister, Reiki Master, Intuitive Healer -- December 9, 2014
Lightweaving -- Light-Balancing, planting Light Trees, and doing a daily White Light Send.
Rev. Huff has set up the Light Balancing Center of Tallahassee to create a Light Family Community, with the planting of
Light Trees for the purpose of adding to the planetary Light Network. Classes and workshops, which have been written
with the Loved Ones in Light, dedicated to bringing balance to our planet, are taught at the Center. These classes
are for experiencing life transformations through remembering who you are, using light-balancing techniques and
processes. A Light Circle is held each Tuesday evening at 7 pm for group global Lightwork and practicing the Light
light-balancing/healing sessions are available by appointment.
From Laura: For my presentation at the December HAA meeting, I will be showing how we can all help the planet
through planting Light Trees and doing a daily White Light Send.
Both of these processes start with Light-Balancing for our own well-being first! In doing the Lightweaving work,
we start with balancing ourselves first, and then extend the Light out to others and over our Beloved Mother
Earth. We start with creating a dedicated Light Reality around us, and then share it out we are
remembering who we are, so we can express daily with great joy, who we are! At the presentation, we
will practice some of the Light Balancing Techniques and the White Light Send; you will learn how to plant
your own Light Tree! Im looking forward to sharing with you in December!
Facebook: The Light Balancing Center Family
Contact: 850/224-4995 email@example.com
Location: 545 E. Van Buren Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301
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