The challenge of explaining the mind-body connection in bodywork

One of my very favorite philosophers was Decarte. In the article in Science News, ‘To have a sound mind, a brain needs a body’, BY TOM SIEGFRIED 5:00PM, AUGUST 26, 2011

Mr. Siegried states:

‘Decarte committed a serious mental blunder when he decided that the mind doing the thinking was somehow separate from the brain it lived in. Nowadays, though, everybody with a properly working brain realizes that the mind and brain are coexistent. Thought processes and associated cognitive mental activity all reflect the physics and chemistry of cells and molecules inhabiting the brain’s biological tissue.’  

Siegried’s thoughts stir the imagination because I love the topic of the mind body connection. Candice Pert revolutionized this with her mind-body research and though Mr. Siegried takes his essay into a conversation about artificial intelligence, this statement of the mind-body and ‘chemistry of cells and molecules inhabiting the brain’s biological tissue’ is stimulating.

The body needs the mind..that they are communicating back and forth in both directions via the central nervous system…is a concept I try to explain to my clients when I am working with them. There is a mix of the mind’s reality and how the body is experiencing the in flow of information. My challenge has sometimes been how to explain how the body absorbs experiences and how the stage of development at the time of impact is usually threaded together with the actual injury.

It is not magic, or essentially gift of psychic capability, but it is an ability to listen to the body. An ability to hear the tissue and be open to its information. Each situation is unique and the mind-body connection is a valuable element of this process.

I love the magic of the human body and its emotional tapestry that is our human experience. The braiding of emotion, sometimes commitment of thought, and perhaps even moments of fear or shock that feel like stillness, that emerge as the body opens and integrates information.

The moment of aligning the mind-body can be as simply as creating a quiet environment (both mentally and physically through relaxation) required for this communication; to discussing what comes up and allowing integration through other means or bodywork technique. But the human body and the mind-body connection is magical. The central nervous system and how the body works is as beautiful and it is amazing.

Thank you,


Do Not Go Gentle……

McDonald observatoryNovember 22, 2016

Post Election Health and Wellness Notes from Center for Health and Wellness: For two weeks now, this refrain has echoed in my brain, rumbled through my heart and left my soul befreft. “Do Not Go Gentle..” Of course, this poem I feel for my country, the values it stands for and the common love and humanity that unites us.

I have struggled to know if sharing my thoughts rose to the level of being part of my professional expression. Ultimately I am a human being, struggling to stay present. It is part of my commitment to wholeness and mirrors my belief that empowerment is an important part of Health and Wellness. Hate does not make us stronger, feeling our feelings does. Uncovering the strength in pain and sorrow, that often lies a layer under anger, does. But this a statement of healing not hatred.

“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”

By Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Summer Health Community News:

I am newly certified in Trigger Point Therapy. Also, I encourage you to take care of yourself and your lymph system through massage, reduce your stress levels and increase your wellness. You deserve it! 

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Community Goings-On:


I am excited to be hosting Low Carb Coach Leslie Anders
to my home for a cooking tutorial!

The secret to long-term success in this healthy eating lifestyle is;
1) substitutions and spices and 2) easy cooking:
learning quick easy methods to make enjoyable and  no fuss meals.
Meals that allow you to more deeply enjoy this diet. 

Saturday, May 14th
Join us near The Healing Space, for tutorials, cooking demonstrations, eating these dishes, recipes, shopping lists, inspiration, and great conversation!  It is more than a diet it is healthy living:Lisa: or 713-443-6163.Leslie:  Click here to see a video

Leslie Anders, B.S., M.Ed., ACE Health Coach/Personal Trainer/Group Exercise Coach, HSI Chronic Care
Leslie Anders, holds degrees in Masters of Education in Education and Counseling, and Bachelors of Science in Biology and Physical Education. Her practice as a Wellness Consultant and Weight Loss Coach involves teaching a variety of wellness and fitness skills and combining all her education and 30 years of experience, to empower the individual, or group, in learning about wellness health. Committed to research and staying current with information, Leslie’s education may be her strength but empowering individuals and inspiring groups are her true talent. She has conducted health fairs, developed and administrated wellness programs, and is a Master level Personal Trainer. She also holds a certificate from Health Science Institute as a Chronic Care Professional. She is currently working on her Registered Dietitian degree through the University of Houston.

 Healing Practices Series with
at The Healing Space

Thursday, April 28th  7:00-8:30PM
Second in the series: GRATITUDE
Practicing gratitude increases positive emotions, reduces the risk of depression, heightens relationship satisfaction, and increases resilience in the face of stressful life events. But, gratitude doesn’t always come naturally.
Explore the benefits of a gratitude practice and learn ways to implement practice into your own daily habits. For More Info: Shannon 713-520-6800or email

Community Shout Out:

Suzan Cotellesse at The Jung Center

Mother Path/Other Path: A Workshop for Women without Children  May 6 and May 7th, 2016   
Living as a woman who will never be a mother in the traditional way is a significant female experience that is often unnamed or marginalized. Whether because of a decision your body made, one you forgot to make, one you made freely, or one you struggle with today, this reality evokes its own unique feelings, experiences, and considerations that deserve to be named and shared in the company of like women. Join other childless or child-free women on the “Other Path” as we tell our stories, grieve our losses, explore our challenges, discover our fertile gifts, and birth our creative desires.
Suzan Cotellesse is a psychotherapist, supervisor, consultant, and trainer. She enjoys 33 years assisting individuals, couples, and groups with personal and professional changes, challenges, conflicts, and crises. Her therapeutic expertise includes trauma resolution and women’s empowerment. For More

News and Updates


The Low Carb/Ketosis Diet Coaching Group taught by Leslie Anders, B.S., M.Ed., ACE Health Coach/Personal Trainer/Group Exercise Coach, HSI Chronic Care, was a big success and we are planning another group coaching class. Join us to learn how to lower your body’s inflammation, balance your blood sugar levels and learn ways to support your health!

Starting October 15th I will again be accepting new Pediatric Clients!! I am excited to be adding CFT Cranial Fascial Therapy to the list of Pediatric Cranial work I offer. Please click this link to read more on Dr. Barry Gillespie/Brain Score Approach.

Effective Immediately: Appointment calls will be returned within a 24/48-hour window;
Call-backs for New Clients will be between 9-10; 12-1:30. Appointment emails will be returned
throughout the day, and in the evenings.  

Lisa McFarland, L.M.T., CIC  and Center for Health and Wellness:

Bodywork/massage: for self-care, maintenance, and long-term balance, (also available in packages of ten).
Bodywork for pain: assessment and treatment: massage, moist heat, CLL (cold laser light).

Integrated Bodywork: a combination of cranial work, intuitive work, meridian work, and soft tissue/visceral release to allow the deeper body to release, through the central nervous system.

Archetype/Intuitive Coaching: refocus of the energetic blocks into archetypal symbology; with the emphasis on transmuting the experience into empowerment.  Appointments via skype, facetime, phone and in person.

“What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body.”
― Caroline MyssAnatomy of the Spirit

Dunstan: Ways to Know What Your Newborn is Saying

This is shared from Austin Mom’s Blog:

I bought the Dunstan baby language DVD for baby gifts after seeing her on Oprah. She was a hearing impaired, hearing aide wonder! Got something here. Touching and helpful!

Secrets from Dunstan Baby Language

The EASIEST way to hear these 5 crucial sounds is in the pre-cry stage-those first sounds a baby makes when they begin to fuss before crying escalates.

  1. ‘Neh’ means “I am hungry” This baby cry sound is created as part of the sucking reflex. Neh has the distinctive ‘n’ sound at the beginning, while the baby’s tongue touches the roof of their mouth when making this sound. Other cues associated with Neh are the baby’s head turning side to side, licking of lips and sucking on fists. For example, I would here “Neh” and this gave me the signal to breastfeed on demand.
  2.  ‘Owh’ means “I am tired.” This is essentially the yawn reflex with sound added. This pre-cry sound has a round oval-shaped mouth associated to it. The Owh sound often comes just before other signs of the infant being tired. For example, both my babies would arch their back, do jerky movements and rub their eyes. I found it easier by listening for the “Owh” sound and putting them to sleep to avoid an over-tired or over-stimulated baby.
  3. ‘Eh’ means “I need to burp.” This pre-cry sound is produced when the chest tightens in an attempt to release trapped air bubbles. For example, you will hear a distinctive short and repetitive “Eh, Eh Eh, Eh”… sound.
  4. ‘Eairh’ means “I have gas pain.” This pre-cry is the sound associated with lower abdomen gas discomfort and pain. What distinguishes “Eairh” is that it sounds much more urgent and distressed. For example, my son’s face scrunched up, and pulled his legs toward his stomach.
  5. ‘Heh‘ means “I am uncomfortable.” This sound is linked with a reflex to sensations on the skin, such as physical discomfort (being too warm/cold or having a dirty diaper). There is a distinctive breathy-sounding ‘H’ sound at the beginning of “Heh” and sometimes it sounds a bit like panting. For example, my son would make the “Heh” sound and often be sweaty or clammy. Another example is if either baby soiled their diaper, I found that they would squirm more than usual and may not want to feed.

2015 New “Fat Burning Machine Diet” with Leslie Anders!

We are hosting Leslie Anders for a class in how to turn your body into a Fat Burning Machine. Join us and find a new way of loving yourself, taking care of your body and understanding the steps to feeling GREAT!

Click on Leslie’s link above and email Lisa or Leslie about your interest. lisa 713-528-7200

We are excited to share this simple and beneficial fact based diet and healthy eating plan!!

NY Times article – Low Carb vs Low Fat diets

Healthy Low-Carb vs. Low Fat diets

The news is growing on how a ketosis diet supported by a healthy balance of protein healthy fats is actually really good for you.

I am loving the feeling of healthy eating and wanted to share this article and I highly recommend Leslie Anders M.Ed., ACE certified Weight Management Consultant, Personal Trainer, and Group Instructor. and her diet coaching for those wanting to make a change, get healthy, feel better and do it with support!

It makes SUCH a huge difference to have a coach and understand the ways to make this transition effortless (after the first three days of course).Leslie can be reached at



Everyone is getting back to school, into the routines that lead to NON-Summer times. Along with finding time for yourself and putting goals back on the dance card are times to reflect back on the joys and vacations of the summer and be grateful.

Feeling abundantly grateful for all the photos on Facebook of all my friend’s and client’s travels and trips. Grateful for a mostly mild summer so far in Hot Houston. 

Sharing an insightful web site about the Ketosis eating plan that has been turning bodies into fat burning machines!

LOOKING FOR BALANCE and Finding Health and Wellness

Self-care and balance
Today I hit the wall…what wall? Did you see that wall? Was it an invisible wall?
My wall hits me when the balance between self-care and caring for others is out of balance. My needs for self-care determine how good a job I do at the office; how much I enjoy what I love to do in my profession; and how productive I am and can be. When I miss some self-care piece of the puzzle I can only go so long before the pendulum swings back and … then you have the proverbial wall.
Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do more than almost anything. The bliss that happens when I am in the right place at the right time doing the right thing for my client…this is bliss to me. This is where the flow of life feels absolutely perfect! There is a kind of balance here, but there is self-care that happens to make all the elements right. My own self-care and being at my best.
The older I get, the more I feel there is a shift from thinking of this type of self-care as a luxury to a necessity. It isn’t an age related issue. I think it is all about balance. It is a healthy, life affirming, vitality appreciative, joy…it is a necessity.
There is a learning curve for all of us. Learning to take a wellness day; getting a massage periodically; having a good support system in place for wellness; knowing what our nutritional, sleep, time for ourselves or other needs are, make balance possible.
It is like imagining an internal battery. My battery got use to being depleted, when I was doing care for my elderly Mom for a prolonged period of time. It left a kind of imprint or pattern that I see now has been ‘resetting itself’ into a less stressed pattern; relearning the balance of  a “full battery charge”. So sometimes it takes more work to help the pattern of self-care re-balance. Health is worth it! You are worth it!
I encourage you to take time for yourself today. This beautiful time of stepping into spring, of the change in where the sun is in the sky, and find your balance. I thank you for your support in all of us being healthy and loving ourselves, taking time for what is important, finding it, loving it, appreciating it and living it.
In health and wellness,

The Gillespie Approach Newsletter Spring 2014 by Dr. Barry Gillespie

Dear Client and friends, Sharing Dr. Gillespie’s newsletter and hoping to take one of his upcoming classes. Dr. Gillespie had a HUGE impact on my understanding Cranial work when I worked for the dentist in my early cranial years. I was inspired and amazed at his work then and now. Warmly, Lisa
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Spring 2014

by Dr. Barry Gillespie  

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CFT/IDM Basics for the NICU

The provider needs to breath, ground, and connect to Source and be totally present, open, clear, and available for the healing of fragile, dependent human beings. CFT/IDM is about monitoring the tiny bodies with intention by seeing, feeling, hearing, allowing, supporting, and gently following their emotional and physical strains and not about manipulating, adjusting, fixing, controlling, judging, diagnosing, curing, or emotionally reacting to them. CFT/IDM is all about healing by mindfully allowing the NICU babies to move and free themselves of their craniosacral fascial restrictions.

Please explain this healing process ahead of time to the parents and observing NICU professionals, who may be expecting quiet, fixing therapy. About 75% of the pregnant women in America have epidural anesthesia to block their pain during labor and delivery. Since these fetuses receive little or no epidural anesthesia during labor and delivery, all newborns may have a strong need to let go of their emotional and physical strains soon after birth. Everyone must be present to create a peaceful space in her/himself to allow that to happen. Even though CFT/IDM appears to the uneducated observer like aggressive hands-on therapy, the end point can be freedom from a lifetime of suffering.

The analogy of a therapist holding a tight spring and allowing and supporting its unwinding/loosening can be appropriate. Even young children understand the concept of tight and loose. When the CFT/IDM provider allows the emotional and physical strains to come out of the craniosacral fascial system, I can hear Rebecca teaching at the seminar, “Better out than in.” Either the newborns can release them now to be happier and healthier children, or they can hold on to them for a lifetime of possible physical and/or emotional issues.

From the parents’ perspective the emotional trauma of watching medical professionals inject vaccines into their babies may offer an appropriate analogy. The infants may cry and scream during the painful procedure, but the understanding and co-operating parents know their children will be immunized for many diseases. In a less invasive manner with crying fussy newborns during CFT/IDM, the understanding and co-operating parents know that their children will have optimal brain function and prevent many diseases later in life. The key is for the provider to effectively communicate with and educate the parents before doing CFT/IDM.

If the infants’ activity resonates some emotions within the provider, on-looking co-workers, and/or family, those parties need to work on themselves to become clearer. Newborns are emotional sponges and can easily pick up on nearby fear/anger. The provider also needs to be without judgment. Therapy has no right/wrong or good/bad aspects. CFT/IDM in the NICU is about leaving your ego and baggage at the door, letting go, being the co-pilot, and completely opening to facilitate healing. The provider must mindfully allow them to twist, scream, cry, arch, and go upside down in releasing their emotional and physical traumas. While gently following and supporting them, the therapist must be totally present and involved but not attached to their outcomes.

The key factor for CFT/IDM in the NICU is about everyone working on themselves by being present and holding the emotional and physical space to help the tiny bodies release and heal if they are ready to do so. The physical techniques of CFT/IDM can be learned in a short time, but the key for clinical excellence is for the NICU provider to be fully conscious and awakened to the emotional component of healing.

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The Core CFT Group
One of the great aspects of teaching over a period of 34 years was meeting a core group of people who believed what I believed – that the work would change the world. I would like to introduce each one of them; they will tell you about themselves on this section of the website.
You may meet them teaching at our seminars. But they are much more than just teachers. They fill the invaluable roles of the idea creators and decision makers at meetings to help me move the work forward. Where I needed help in the past, each person has made an invaluable contribution to help us all to be where we are now.
As we move forward with the newborn work, we are looking for people to join us in helping make this global dream come true. Please feel free to contact any of us to help in this effort. Thank you.Click Here to Meet the Group

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