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THE FLYING GUINEA PIG – MASSAGE

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A Lump of Pain  by Scott Lee   When Travis Martin, president of the Military Experience and the Arts, contacted me about an organization called Serve the Warrior that sets up alternative healing treatments for veterans in their hometowns for free or reduced cost, I was definitely interested. As a Veteran of the First Gulf War and a driver for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle for our brigade, I witnessed over 20,000 enemy lives taken in the 100 Hour Ground War. On this mission, I led the battle tanks into position and watched them dispatch the opposition tanks, turrets flipping end over end from our new armored piercing rounds. It was a four-day orgy of death that received little coverage in the press. In 2005, I was living in a small town in Kentucky far away from everyone I knew. Stuck … Continue reading

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Blessing of the Animals

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Serve the Warrior and Lend a Paw at last weekend’s Blessing of the Animals event. Thanks Adiva for having us! Thanks to Lend a Paw for being part of it! Since 2005, Lend a Paw has been committed to enhancing the lives of individuals experiencing physical, mental, emotional or life challenges by providing social and therapy dogs to offer assistance, warmth, compassion, unconditional love and a healing environment.

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THE FLYING GUINEA PIG – GENTLE YOGA – PART 3

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Supported, Grounded, and Stable – Part Three of Three by Megan Cederbaum   Please read Part One and Part Two to understand where this picks up:   After class, I can definitely say I felt as if I were on “cloud nine!”  Even though some aspects of the class were challenging, that’s what made it all work for me as well.  If I’d already known all of the poses and what to do, it wouldn’t have been such a new and rewarding experience.  As the others were leaving, I spoke with Kathy and told her how much I enjoyed my first yoga class.  She gave me a little more insight on Gentle Yoga and told me to come back to try all the different classes the studio offers.   Walking out, I felt like a whole new person:  relaxed, at ease, and ready … Continue reading

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THE FLYING GUINEA PIG – GENTLE YOGA – PART 2

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Supported, Grounded, and Stable – Part Two of Three by Megan Cederbaum   Please read Part One to understand where this picks up:   The instructor, Kathy Jamison, was extremely inviting and personable; I immediately liked her.  Kathy has a warm and gentle voice, which I found very relaxing.  Before class actually began, she asked if anyone was new and I raised my hand.  All eyes were on me now!  I introduced myself and explained why I was here; each person seemed happy that I’d be sharing my experience with Vets through STW and this blog.   Class began and Kathy taught everything one step at a time.  She was very helpful in making sure I knew how to do all the poses (asana in Sanskrit) safely.  In the Gentle class, we practiced a lot of the same postures that are done … Continue reading

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THE FLYING GUINEA PIG – GENTLE YOGA – PART 1

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Supported, Grounded, and Stable – Part One of Three by Megan Cederbaum   My name is Megan Cederbaum, I’m from Connecticut, and I just graduated from Roger Williams University.  I’ve always had a passion for helping people, much like the people at Serve the Warrior (STW), and I’m currently an STW intern.  My experience so far has been amazing; I learn new things everyday.  When I was offered the opportunity to sample a healing treatment and share my experiences in this blog, I was more than ready!   I’ve heard endless testimonials about the everyday benefits of yoga from friends and family, so I decided to give it a try.  Having never attended a yoga class before, I was also a bit apprehensive, but I realized those feelings were part of all the uncertainty in my life since graduating.  I needed … Continue reading

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BE A TFGP WRITER

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The Flying Guinea Pig (TFGP) blog is a project of Serve The Warrior and created to encourage Veterans to explore and experience a nontraditional healing modality.

TFGP Blog is written by Veterans, STW team members, volunteers, civilians, and even possibly YOU! Without any prior experience and/or knowledge, writers are the “Guinea Pig” and choose a nontraditional healing modality to experience and then write about it. Continue reading

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BECOME A STW VETERAN

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Becoming a STW Veteran is easy & free! Complete the following and begin using FOSTW discounted services now.    1. SIGN UP for the STW Newsletter   2. LIKE STW on Facebook   3. FOLLOW STW on Twitter   If you are not on social media let us know at info@servethewarrior.org and we will register you differently.

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THE FLYING GUINEA PIG – TRE – PART 3

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It turned out that I didn’t have to wait too long pondering these, because very soon I began to feel a tingling sensation in my legs. My knees began to move in and out like wings beating and I could feel the rhythm rising up my abdomen. Mary explained that if there were a part of the body where stress was stored, the tremors would find there way there. Sure enough, I began to sense the tremoring in my shoulders and neck, especially in my right side where I felt a little pinched whenever I was under stress or tired or nervous. It’s not easy to describe the sensation Continue reading

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THE FLYING GUINEA PIG – TRE – PART 2

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Shake It Off – Part Two of Three by Sarah Eggers   Please read Part One to understand where this picks up:   Although Mary was a gifted guide, she made clear to us that the beauty of TRE is that the exercises work, once they have been mastered, regardless of the leader.  TRE, Mary explained, is basically a series of six simple, but semi-strenuous exercises that are designed to systematically fatigue the muscles of the lower body, thereby eliciting the body’s tremor response. The final and most important step of the technique involves lying on one’s back with the knees raised, a position that allows the tremoring to take place. One of the things I appreciate about TRE is that it is a self-help technique–that is, once you learn the exercises you can do them by yourself, wherever and whenever you … Continue reading

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