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“There is no neurotic individual who is capable of exhaling in one breath, deeply and evenly. The patients have developed all conceivable practices which prevent deep expiration.” ….Wilhelm Reich, Psychiatrist
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It’s hard to believe that almost 4 months have come and gone since the “Shelter in Place” orders were given by WA state Governor Jay Inslee. In that time a lot of things have transpired. The one thing I am seeing time and time again from my clients who have been isolated is that they cannot relax. Sleep has been difficult and they feel often times alone, uncertain and overwhelmed.
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We all know the importance of “The Formative Years” that span the ages of 0-7 years of life, a time when the brain experiences its greatest development and growth in terms of intelligence, personality, and social and emotional health. There are numerous articles about these years that address such topics as the stages of child development, the role of parents, caregivers, family, teachers, the value of early childhood education, quality health care, good nutrition, play and more. However, in these same articles, there is little mention of the child’s developing brain that operates in the “Theta” state from the last trimester to around 7 years of age.
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“If you can dream it, you can do it,” … is a quote widely attributed to Walt Disney. While the sentiment is apt and inspiring, Disney didn’t say that. Disney archivist, Dave Smith, explains that…”the phrase was actually coined by a Disney employee for the Epcot ride Horizons, in the 1980s”, according to Gizmodo. Sounds inspirational though, doesn’t it?
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