Archive for April, 2012

Eden Energy Medicine presented by Suzi Snyder

April 29, 2012
Last Wednesday evening’s Wellness of Chatham meeting was educational and fun, and I thank our host, Mariah Wheeler for the use of space at her beautiful store, The Joyful Jewel. The turn out was great, and appreciation goes out to Susan Lomartire, Steve Gravely, Christiana Herndon, Chris Bouton, Aric Hearndon, Paul David, and Tracie Little for their participation and great questions.
Special thanks to our speaker, Suzi Snyder, for her discussion of Eden Energy Medicine. Both the information and practical movements that she taught us were fascinating and energizing.A brief overview of what was presented is as follows:

The energy medicine that Suzi practices and shares with her clients is Eden Energy Medicine, first developed by Donna Eden.
Dr. Oz says that ” Energy Medicine is the last big frontier in medicine.” It treats each client as an individual by utilizing treatment based on the patient’s personal needs, balances and imbalances.
Energy needs air to move. Do movements with plenty of space around you, and breathe deeply (taking in the breath through the nose and out through the mouth).
If you pull on your ears, it allows move space for energy.
Some good YouTube videos where Eden shows energy movements:
Donna Eden on Energy Medicine for Women:
Suzi Snyder, our speaker, can be found through her website She also conducts classes on energy movements at The Joy of Movement. You can check their calendar of classes at In July, Suzi will also meet with clients in Chapel Hill at Healing Earth Resources

Empowering a Community Through Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Education

April 17, 2012
1 in 4 girls
1 in 6 boys
Are sexually victimized.
But there IS something we can do about it . . .
It begins with discussing it
It involves learning about it
It requires understanding what to do when we are confronted with it
It empowers our community when we come together to do all of these things as a group
On Thursday, Jessica Wimberley, the Children’s Services Director for Chatham YMCA met with our group to present an overview of Stewards of Children, a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention program designed by the national non-profit group, Darkness To Light. Jessica educated us on some of the statistics locally
and nationally involving this topic as well as the overall initiative that both Orange County and Chatham County YMCAs have taken on to address this very serious issue.
Some of the highlights are following:
Stewards of Children is a community informational program geared to educate and train full communities on what to do about child sexual abuse.
Darkness to Light, a national non-profit based out of Charleston, developed this program.
Training for Stewards of Children is 2 1/2 hours and is presented in 3 parts, incorporating video, workbook and discussion-based learning.
Currently, the training for Stewards of Children through the YMCA is grant-funded, so it is free to all who want to go through the program.
Currently, about 1300 individuals have been trained locally. Community awareness leads to real change, and this comes from getting as many people trained as possible.
Everyone in Chatham knows at least one person who has been sexually abused even if you are unaware of it.
Survivors of child sexual abuse have a higher likelihood of psychological disorders, excessive drug and alcohol use, eating disorders, suicidal tendencies and violence. And this costs us as a community.
Each case of sexual abuse that is brought to the legal system costs taxpayers a bit over $14,000.
Stewards of Children is the only evidence-based training for this issue available nationally that is proven to increase knowledge and change child protective behavior.
The goal of the YMCA is to train 7,300 people in our community by the year 2016.

Visit to read more about the program and the facts.

Holotropic Breathwork

April 3, 2012
Wednesday evening’s Wellness of Chatham meeting was incredibly interesting, and I thank our hosts, Cheryl and Houston Blair of 458 West B&B as well as the participants Carl Theodore, Christiana Herndon, Aric Herndon, Chris Bouton, Jenna Harvey and Libby Ann Capaldi. Special thanks to our speaker, Bob Brame for his informative and eye-opening discussion.
I really could not even begin to cover the vast amount of information that Bob shared with us about Holotropic Breathwork. We actually only spent about 5 minutes at the end going over Touch for Health and muscle testing because there was so much to cover with the breathwork. Bob has been kind enough to offer to meet with our group at a later date to go over Touch for Health.
I will share with you some of the highlights of Bob’s discussion with our group:
* Bob mentioned his early interest in Taoist Master, Mantak Chia and his Tao Garden. For more information about this great Chinese educator who taught about principles of healing go to
* In March of 1991, Bob was introduced to the teachings of Stanislav Grof and Holotropic Breathwork .
* Bob conducts Holotropic Breathwork workshops with groups and utilizes music with a fast-breathing technique he teaches clients to allow for vignettes of “experiences” within the individual’s body and spirit.
* Holotropic Breathwork allows for participants to become “unstuck.” It relaxes and penetrates the psyche to determine areas that need healing. It can bring about a type of catharsis for the participant.
* The whole purpose of Holotropic Breathwork is to let go of the things we are holding onto that do not serve us. Holotropic means “moving towards wholeness.” Therefore, Holotropic Breathwork means moving towards wholeness through breath.
* There are only about 700 people in the world who have been trained by Grof as Holotropic Breathwork Facilitators. Bob is one of them.
* Bob conducts a variety of workshops at his retreat, Little Creek, in Mebane. For more information about him and what he offers, go to The next workshops on Holotropic Breathwork will be Sunday, April 29th and Saturday May 12th.