Sfera: healing art practice of Erin Doty
qigong healing, energy work
Qigong in translation:
Qigong often refers to moving breathwork self-practices and hands-on-healing energy work forms. Rooted in Daoist wisdom tradition and Chinese Medicine, forms often involve directing Qi through meridian pathways in order to enliven the body, release stagnation, and reclaim a vital balanced state of being.
My training includes a foundation in the five element paradigm for understanding health, balance, reality, Life. I attended formal energy work and qigong healing classes, and completed a 4 year course sequence plus apprenticeship with Damaris Jarboux in Boulder, CO, http://thecenterplace.com. I pursued a multi-year mentorship with Kim Meisinger in Overland Park, KS http://kchealer.com.
I experienced the work of many healers before, during, and after these formative periods of study, and independently, I read, explore, and practice visualization, ritual, prayer, and other "invisible" self-healing modalities - this inquiry began around age 9 for me. I worked with many friends, colleagues, and family members and volunteered in a community energy clinic before designing professional sessions.
To read the National Qigong Association’s in-depth definition and introduction: https://www.nqa.org/what-is-qigong-
restorative exercise, movement education
I am in the final stages of earning a new credential: Certified Personal Trainer - Restorative Exercise Specialist (CPT-RES)
Restorative Exercise (RE) offers new ways to work with the body and life we inhabit through a collection of concepts in human biomechanical education and corresponding corrective exercises.
Designed to mobilize, stabilize, or strengthen various and interconnected body parts, the 'correctives' serve you immediately, gradually, and cumulatively to influence better overall and more efficient functioning of your musculoskeletal system.
By observing and using correctives to assess and address the shapes and constraints our bodies experience during habitual sedentary behavior, we provide our orchestra of body parts new 'inputs' to which they respond and adapt.
If implemented with enough frequency, new shapes, increased strength and mobility emerges. Gradually, and over time (but also observable within a session!) we increase our capacity to 'move more of our body more of the time,' creating progress toward pain reduction and other physical resilience and stamina.
In turn, and as you nourish more of your joints, capillaries, tissues, and practice macro- and micro- moves that relieve stress previously placed on ligaments or compression of vertebrae, the cells within and around each of these labeled 'parts' respond in kind.
Increased ability to move allows access to more physical activities, broadening and deepening opportunities for connecting socially, with nature, and potentially experiencing new confidence, self-expression, etc.
Restorative Exercise trainings are grounded in understanding the biomechanics of optimal anatomical alignment. RE correctives entrain greater strength, stability, and mobility, gradually, and where appropriate. Throughout RE instruction, we reference specific body parts, however, be ready with each experience to better understand, intellectually and experientially, your body parts in the context of a much larger ecosystem.
Bowman's larger body of work constantly illustrates the interconnected nature of moving body parts within each of us, and even within our communities and culture-at-large. Her work, teachings, and resources are truly whole-body and whole-Life oriented in their approach, making RE a great new addition to Sfera's services.
Check out online education, "movement permaculture," "movement ecology" and Katy Bowman's published deep-dive investigations, personal practices, products, classes, and movement-community: https://nutritiousmovement.com/
Erin is available to coach clients through basic, beginning and some intermediate corrective exercises.
Rites + passages: from here to there
It makes sense to consider daily and special occasion rituals as sources of inspiration, insightful clues, and as tools we may lovingly manipulate to facilitate more flourishing, connected experiences.
I know a couple of potent energy-shifting rituals, of the mystical or invisible sort, and I'm happy to work and witness these with you, but I also want to support you in observing and reworking your everyday ritual environments.
If behavior is shaped by a matrix of competing internal motivations in response to constantly shifting external factors, then from this perspective, attention to environment allows for gracefully working with our psychobiology to coax out desired outcomes, with less force or willpower required.
I will be your investigative journalist, cheerleader, advocate, spotter, and and partner in the deep changework you pursue. Rather than offer a coaching-conversation format, we weave this dialogue throughout your unique energy work and movement sessions.
Of course, if you're not seeking 'deep changework' that's okay too! Come explore and enjoy a session for whatever good it brings you. It's YOU-time. You have my full attention toward your relaxed and supported experience.
I offer private energy sessions, private/semi-private movement sessions, Integrative walking sessions, and custom group classes.
I offer several experiences and tools, and each format may benefit different individuals, alone or in combination.
In each format, we begin with conversation to clarify the guiding intent for the remaining session time. You may bring "goals" or challenges ahead of time, or I ask questions and a direction for our time together emerges.
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