Alexander Technique teaches people how to undo unnecessary muscular and mental tension. It is a learning process that enables you to have more ease and freedom in everything you do. People who experience chronic pain, excess tension, breathing problems, poor posture, anxiety, stress, or depression frequently study the Alexander Technique. It is prevalent in the performing arts because of its positive impact on coordination, repetitive strain injuries, and stage fright.
Practitioner: Sarah Silva
Feldenkrais teaches a person to increase his or her kinesthetic and proprioceptive self-awareness of functional movement which could lead to increased function, reduced pain, and greater ease and pleasure of movement. It is used to improve movement patterns rather than to treat specific injuries or illnesses. This holistic focus means that the primary intention is not to treat injuries. However, it can be used as a type of integrative medicine because correcting habitual movement patterns can help heal injury, pain, and physical dysfunction.
Practitioner: Andrew Heffernan
Healing Touch is a relaxing, nurturing energy therapy that uses gentle touch to assist in balancing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Its benefits are reduction of stress, improving anxiety and depression, decreasing pain, improve immune function, enhancing recovery from surgery and deepening spiritual connections.
Physical Therapy helps patients restore functional mobility by reducing pain, increasing strength and flexibility, improving body mechanics and restoring optimal alignment of the body. It teaches indivifuals on how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits and prevent further disability. In addition, physical therapy evaluates and screens individuals to prevent the loss of mobility, cumulative musculoskeletal trauma before it occurs by developing an therapeutic exercise program uniquely designed to the individual's needs.
Practitioner: Charmaine Clamor
Reiki/Shamanic Healing Before the shamanic healing session, your body and spirit will be scanned for any blockages, ailments, areas of personal concern, and their underlying causes. During the session, any negativity will be removed, replaced with healing light and positive energy, and conclude with Spirit infusion of intention and re-alignment of chakra centers through drumming and song. All healings are sealed with the white light of love and protection to continue and ensure the effectiveness of the session.
Sarah Silva is an AmSat certified teacher and a graduate of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. In addition to her Alexander Technique certification, Sarah has received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Hall-Musco Music Conservatory at Chapman University in Orange, California as well as a Master of Music degree from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. This is Sarah's second time serving at The Better Angels Festival.
Practitioner: Heather Fazilinia
Charmaine has been a physical therapist for 15 years and has experience in acute, ICU, inpatient, neurology, rehab, outpatient, aquatic, women's health, pediatrics and home health. She was the supervisor of an outpatient facility in downtown Los Angeles for 7 years before transitioning to focus on women's health particularly, pelvic floor rehabilitation. Charmaine takes pride in her holistic approach and is a strong advocate for no or minimal invasive treatments such as surgery and prescription medications, and instead encourages the body to heal organically. She is a trained manual therapist by the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, a practitioner of movement system impairment as created by Shirley Sahrmann, incorporates principles of propioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), yoga, mindfulness meditation, Alexander Technique & Feldenkrais and recently completed Level 1 of Resistance Flexibilty/Meridian Flexibility course. This is Charmaine's second time serving at The Better Angels Festival.
Practitioner: Lyn Pacificar
Lyn is descended from a long family line of shamanic healers. In her healing practice, she employs reiki, energy clearings and extractions, chakra aligning and activation, drumming and tribal singing. With the assistance of Spirit, Archangels, Ascended Masters, spirit animal guides, and mediumship, Lyn helps her clients achieve healing on many different levels. She is a certified Usui Holy Fire reiki practitioner and a certified Psychic Housewife for readings and mediumship. This is Lyn's second time serving at The Better Angels Festival.
Heather has been a registered nurse for 8 years and takes a holistic approach to her practice. Her niche is healing touch; an energy healing sub specialty that focuses on balancing the mind, body, and spirit. It is adjunctive therapy for pain, stress, and anxiety. This is Heather's second time serving at The Better Angels Festival.
Andrew Heffernan is a Guild-Certified Practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method, a gentle form of guided movement which helps restore function, reduce stress and pain, and improve performance. He works with many different populations, from athletes to cancer survivors. Also a fitness coach and writer, Andrew has written or co-written two books on fitness (The Exercise Cure and Your New Prime), as well as dozens of articles for Men's Health and Experience Life magazines.
Tapping is the psychological acupressure technique used to optimize your emotional health. Although it is still often overlooked, emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing - no matter how devoted you are to the proper diet and lifestyle, you will not achieve your body's ideal healing and preventative powers if emotional barriers stand in your way. It is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the invasiveness of needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific problem - whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. -- and voice positive affirmations.
Practitioner: Joia Gibble
Joia is a healer and transformative coach who helps people overcome life challenges and fearlessly work through life transitions. She is certified in Emotional Freedom Technique with Source Technique TM and also works with Oracle Cards, Reiki, and mindfulness techniques. This is Joia's second time serving at The Better Angels Festival.