Story therapy; why it works and how to use it with your clients

>Storytelling Books on Amazon

“The right story at the right time can facilitate psychological and even physical healing.It’s possible that the ancient traditions of storytelling so rich and rife in all cultures may have been the earliest form of psychotherapy as well as vehicles for passing on patterns of wisdom.

“Using story therapy isn’t new, but it’s becoming more popular again. Dr Milton Erickson used to tell his patients stories from his own and other people’s lives, as would the late great family therapist Virginia Satir.

“So why does story therapy work? Stories bypass the shredding effects of over-analysis and conscious reasoning. Stories are inherently hypnotic in that they fixate attention and appeal to the imagination. This makes story therapy the perfect device for delivering fresh patterns of hope as well as more specific suggestions for change.”

(Mark Tyrell, read more at > Story therapy; why it works and how to use it with your clients

“Traditional stories are often loaded with potent imagery; again, it’s not hard to see how this applies to the Cinderella story.

“The most interesting and enduring tales cross cultures, moving easily between widely different mindsets not just because people happened to have them in their rucksacks and dumped them off by accident, but because they mean and always have meant something that transcends culture and time.

“Whether or not they carry traces of this or that ancient civilization, way of thinking, or whatever, they can say important, useful, and resonant things about what it is to be human here and now. They offer solutions, strategies, and new chances at the same time as feeding the imagination and sense of fantasy. They are a rich seam to mine for anyone interested in human development.”

(Mark Tyrell, read more at >The Healing History of Therapeutic Storytelling)

>Healing Story Alliance

>Folktale Healing Stories

>Therapeutic storytelling in nursing practice

>Therapeutic Storytelling

‘Inside Out’ provides roadmap for navigating emotions

“Pixar’s new film Inside Out is putting the spotlight on children’s emotions. But navigating those emotions and helping children understand them is a real-life challenge. FIU psychologist Zoe Klemfuss says understanding the cause of an emotion is often more important than talking about the emotion itself.Inside Out takes viewers on a journey inside the head of Riley, an 11-year-old girl. Her memories and emotions are dictated by a team of characters representing joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust. The movie focuses on the importance of emotions, even the negative ones, and how parents respond to them.”

“Klemfuss is a researcher at FIU’s Center for Children and Families and is director of the Child Narratives Lab. Her research focuses on how social context and individual differences influence how children talk about past events. She also looks at how individual differences in cognitive and narrative skills affect children’s abilities to report about events they have experienced.”

More at Source: ‘Inside Out’ provides roadmap for navigating emotions

>Four Lessons from “Inside Out” to Discuss With Kids

“Though Inside Out has artfully opened the door to these conversations, it can still be hard to find the right way to move through them or respond to kids’ questions. So for parents and teachers who want to discuss Inside Out with children, here we have distilled four of its main insights into our emotional lives, along with some of the research that backs them up. ”

>Inside Out clips to teach emotions

Amazon link to Life Skills folder with Inside Out Media.

How To Cure Dry Cracked Hands For Drummers – YouTube

All my Djembe friends are complaining about their hands. For skin cracking and bleeding below are some solutions:

I was moving away from my Djembe which was my best performing instrument thanks to expert training, because I have eczema and my fingers would crack and split and be trouble that week not to speak of infection risk. But I had to step in to a lead role with my drum for an African Dance group because the lead drummers had starter their summer break before the dancers did. Luckily I had thrown chapstick in my percussion bag and quickly covered my fingers before drumming.

I was happily surprised that did the trick, I had no trouble afterward. Of course my hands had completely recovered because I had practically stopped djembe use by focusing on using Tubanos with sticks. If you keep letting your fingers split it becomes a bigger cyclic problem that weakens the skin on your fingers and they can’t take any vibration.

The below video talks about this in some more detail. Instead of the liquid bandage which burns, I would recommend skin crack care which does not have alcohol. You can use other skin cremes with germ killing agents without alcohol.

“Hey all, I thought I would share my knowledge for dealing with dry, cracked skin on hands from playing drums. This could be used by anyone, not just drummers.

Products mentioned in video:

Coconut oil
Vaseline Extremely Dry Skin Repair

If Music is Your Religion, Here’s How to Worship – David Eby

“Think of one of your most amazing musical experiences—a concert, rehearsal or your private practice—and you’ll soon realize that music brought you into some form of bliss. Wherever it happened, you likely felt an awakening of energy, a presence, expanded awareness, connectedness, or simply a deep stillness and peace.

These experiences of your true Self are the goal of all true religions.

Jimi Hendrix tapped into something much greater than himself. He said “Music is my religion,” wanting his music to go “inside the soul of the person, and awaken some kind of thing inside, because there are so many sleeping people.”

This concept of awakening is at the heart of every true religion: the tangible experience of our highest potential.”

— David Eby

Continue reading at Source > If Music is Your Religion, Here’s How to Worship – David

DANCE in Phoenix

Phoenix Area 

Academic Dance Programs in Phoenix

Paradise Valley Community College Dance Program

PVCC Fine Arts Events

Academic Dance Links

Dance Organizations

Group Dance Links

Senior Fitness Dance

Ballet Arizona Creative Aging through Dance

Zumba Classes

See links at Source>: DANCE | DrumSoulDance

The Zumba Worldwide (and Phoenix) Phenomenon

>Zumba Classes in Phoenix

“The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves …  The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat…In the past years, the Zumba® program has become nothing short of a revolution, spreading like wildfire, and positioning itself as the single most influential movement in the industry of fitness… As of October 2010, the Zumba® program is being taught at over 90,000 locations in 110 countries, has sold millions of DVDs, and has changed the lives of Zumba® Fanatics worldwide with an astonishing 10 million participants taking Zumba classes every week.” (ZUMBA. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2017.)

>History of Zumba

“The surprising thing is that it doesn’t matter what fitness level you’re at—our research shows that in Zumba classes everyone is working out at the zone that’s recommended for improving cardio health,” says Luettgen. “Both fit people and less-fit people are going to get an equally good workout. Bottom line, Zumba fitness is an effective interval-style, full-body workout with built-in variety because every class and every instructor is slightly different. Equally important is the notion that Zumba classes are entertaining, which means exercisers are busy burning calories and getting fit while enjoying the fun of Latin dancing.” (“Zumba Workout: Is it Truly an Effective Workout?”ACE Fitness. Retrieved 18 March 2019.)

>Zumba References




Becoming Wise : TED Radio Hour : NPR

Becoming Wise We usually get wiser with age, but that doesn’t mean we have to grow up to wise up. TED speakers explore what it means to find wisdom at every stage of life.

See the full playlist of Becoming Wise Ted Talks at Source: Becoming Wise : TED Radio Hour : NPR