Happy Interdependence Day~Take the Pledge

In America, we celebrate our independence on July 4th, but  I am wondering how healthy this independence really is?  I am very independent, and I am able to exist on my own, without a doubt. However, learning to live in relationship to others is my biggest challenge! Keep reading, there is a new way to think about this…

Professionally, as a nurse, I am confident as a leader, a teacher, and confidant.  I practice independently in clinical settings and as a nursing instructor.

As a friend I am all those things as well except I interact more on an equal plane. This trait~equality ~is an interdependent skill.  The relationship is ~ mutual~  giving and receiving.

In my family roles (grandmother,mother, sister, aunt) the roles are murky, as all of us are testing the boundary waters of emotionality, striving for independence yet wanting to stay connected with respect to our differences. Love is the healing and soothing bond that unites us.  We consciously commit to be connected.

As spouse, the emotional watery world of commitment tests these boundaries even further.

So personally, the idea of interdependence is challenging.

Let’s admit it, we need others. We have blinders on, and cannot see all sides of a situation when creating change in the world.  We also need others to celebrate with , to grieve and to play.  Being independent is important, but INTERDEPENDENCE gives us autonomy with others.  Wake  up America!



 Declaration of Interdependence

We, the people of Planet Earth, in recognition of the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of the balance of nature; hereby acknowledge our interdependence on all that is and affirm our dedication to life-serving environmental stewardship, the fulfillment of universal human needs worldwide, economic and social well-being, and a culture of peace and compassion; to ensure a sustainable and harmonious world for present and future generations.

I pledge allegiance to the Earth and the Land on which I stand. Many nations, many names for GOD, interdependently, with liberty, justice and abundance for all.

(JF 2006)



Love is a healing balm

Better than any ointment, love soothes and heals.  It must come from within, not from others, or from our pets, although that is nice.

Loving ourselves is as easy as taking a good look in the mirror and saying out loud “I love MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAyou! No, I really mean it! I love you!  Don’t turn away, stay there and listen to me: I love YOU!  You are all I hoped for and more than I could have imagined at this point!  You are awesome! You are beautiful!”

Not so easy though, is it? Our inner voice is often focused on criticism, not celebration.  Perhaps we rely on others to help us feel good about ourselves.  Serving others is commonly a way to feel good about ourselves.

Without a full cup of love, this continual giving to others leaves us depleted. Burnout leads to frustration, anger, depression and chronic illness.

Self care is necessary. Have a heart to heart talk with yourself and be kind not critical.

Love heals all wounds.


Winter is for Resting!

In Ohio, it’s time to put bulbs in the ground for spring color.   Symbolically, these bulbs hold their life force deep within, and must be planted at a depth that is 3 times their size for optimum results.  This morning I finished a new bed of daffodils, tulips, allium, hyacinths (grape and standard size).  I put chicken wire on top so the squirrels will not have a feast, and about 4-6 inches of dirt and leaves.  I tamped them down by walking over them.  With each bulb, I encouraged them to burrow down deep and added blessing for all that live near by who will enjoy their beauty.

Winter is a time of rest, and bulbs that bloomed last spring are using the downtime to store up nutrients for the spring bloom.  How much time do we take for ourselves in the winter?  My thanksgiving was willed with gratitude for the abundance in my life. Gratitude raises endorphins and enkephalins, increasing serotonin and  norepinephrine. These nuerotransmitters help us feel calm and peaceful as we settle in for our long winter’s nap.  Turkey and milk are naturally loaded with tryptophan, which helps us feel sleepy , and are often used as  sleep aids.


The shortest day will soon be upon us on the Winter Solstice around December 21st. It is a sacred time: the sun will return, and the days will be longer soon. It is the reason we bring in the green and light our homes, to counter the darkness and long winter nights.  The darkness is conducive to sleeping and is a less active time of year.  Feed yourself lots of root vegetables and soups or stews.  Since we are not moving as much, we might want to consider eating less to avoid the extra pounds that often accompany the special, traditional foods we love to share.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America



Trager Trio of events

I have scheduled 3 TragerIntroductory Workshops

January 10 and 11 in Warren Ohio, March 1st at the All Life Center  and May 2 at the American Institute of Alternative Medicine ( 2015). Self Care is Health Care! Trager is easily integrated into any professional discipline. It helps me communicate through words, movement and touch. Novices and professionals welcome.



Hot fun in the summertime…



Fresh Summer Veggies


If you have not logged on to my website lately, take a look and let me know how you like it.   I have moved in the direction of coaching and counseling, and you know the Trager Approach will always be a part of the session! I trust you are well and happy. I would love to hear from you!

Happy summer! Judy

Dr. Andrew Weil promotes Trager® Approach for Sciatic Pain


The Trager Approach provides profound relief for many problems that occur with our bodies.  Dr. Weil recommends it as a tool for rehabilitation, especially after sports injuries or neurological events. He has also seen it work for people with back and leg problems such as sciatica as well as for people with breathing issues like asthma and emphysema.

My own recent episode with sciatic nerve pain in my lower back and legs began when I returned from a walking tour of Ireland last summer.  I went with 3 good friends, and we walked The Beara Way (beautiful Ireland pictures here) for a little over a week.  I did not have problems during that time period, and everyday I was stronger. We walked anywhere from 6-12 miles a day, going village to village and slept in B&B’s at night.  Call me and I will be happy to share!

Irelandjudy-024The problems started for me when I tried to sit on the plane for 8 hours coming home.  I could not sit for more that 2 hours without the pain worsening and forcing me out of my seat, and looking back I can say that after being so loose, the sitting was not a good idea!  This continued for about 4 months, and I did all I could to keep moving During that time I had a help from friends including Rolfing trades, Yoga classes, Tui’ Na, Massage and Trager exchanges. By January I was determined to resolve it.

I started a routine of gentle movements, Trager style, (the self-care kind I am teaching in this workshop series) for an hour in the morning a couple times a week, followed by a sitting meditation.   I had lost my ability to sit upright on the floor without pain.  I was surprised how quickly I lost my flexibility!  My body had been compensating for the pain by my muscles shortening in response.  No one would have noticed this if they were not trained to see it.  I was still working, taking walks etc…but my sitting posture told the story.  I used props to support my knees, and sat for 5 minutes at a time, each session adding minutes.  Using my breath, I expanded the length of my spine little by little, and after a few months of this, I improved.  I contue to sit regularly on the floor, and move with ever more expanded range and depth.  A regular practice is the key, and soon will be outside more, swimming, biking and backpacking to strengthen further.

015One of the amazing things about body work is that everytime I go through a healing process, I am nore equipped to help others with the same issue.  First it was year of learning about my shoulders that I had hurt in a diving accident. Then I had to reolve my neck issues~ “I am not my mothers’s neck ! ” . Then old ankle injuries, and a new injury that occured, and on and on.  Interestingly, as these things resolve, clients come with the same issues, and my repertoire helps me to know just what to suggest for others.

Read what Dr. Weil has to say, then let’s have a talk!

I have 2 more Free Trager Intros after today.  A simple email will register you for April 26 or May 10 class.  Have fun! Judy

Free Trager Class #2 this Sat 4/12

Email me if you are interested in learning about the Trager Approach and it’s deeply relaxing effects. This free series is focused on relationships…and the most important one is the one you have with yourself! Self care techniques for living pain free and with greater flexibility will be the result at the end of this workshop. Come alone or with a partner. 10-5 Sat Apr 12. Bring a table if you have one…we split the day between working solo and working in pairs at the table to learn how to help each other be well.

For more info, scroll down 2 blogs and see the flyer for the class.  Call by Thurs so I can arrange for tables please.

Trager Class
Releasing arm tension in the November Trager Class