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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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STW Team Member Receives Scholarship

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STW Director of Veteran Outreach Sarah Eggers is the Beatrice Stern 2013 scholarship recipient! Congratulations Sarah! We are so happy for you. “Each year, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services awards a $5,000 Beatrice Stern Intern Scholarship to outstanding students pursuing a master’s degree in social work or psychology that are interning at the agency. In keeping with our mission and Bea’s wishes, the scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate a commitment to advocating for the disenfranchised, giving back to communities in need and erasing the stigma associated with brain disorders.”

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Happy Veterans Day!

Veterans Day

We honor all of our Veterans today and every day. Thank you for your service. Your choosing to serve has impacted every single one of our lives. We at STW stand in support ready to return the favor. What can we, America, do for you?

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How Many EFT Sessions Do I Need?

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See more clearly. Begin taking down the trees. Patti Penn, Founder of Pause in Joy, speaks about EFT.

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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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THE FLYING GUINEA PIG – SWEAT LODGE – PART 1

Native American Sweat Lodge

Reborn – Part One of Two by Alexis Cox     For years, I have heard of Native American sweat lodges–from friends, movies, the news and even my own mother.  I held them in both a sort of revered fear and a hushed ecstasy.  I wasn’t a hundred percent sure what happened in these lodges of sweat, but I knew that anything from overheating and potentially dying (as recently happened to an unfortunate three participants in Sedona) to a transformative psychedelic experience was a possibility.   Friends have told me they’ve encountered their spirit animals during the experience, which for me always conjures an image from Natural Born Killers, where the old man in the sweat lodge is chanting and the snake appears seemingly as a manifestation of the murderous protagonists. There might have been some peyote involved in that scene … Continue reading

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