My Incurable Life

Cage of Hell by Lois Poblitz, pastel on Fabriano paper, 12" x 18", 2014

Cage of Hell by Lois Poblitz, pastel on Fabriano paper, 12″ x 18″, 2014

I write blogs describing my experiences in my Bodyscapes sessions. Sometimes,  there is nothing I can share that is as insightful and meaning filled as a piece of writing created by a client. Here is, My Incurable Life ,by Lois Poblitz. Her accompanying drawing titled, Cage of Hell, is a visual representation of living with an incurable disease. Continue reading

Grief, Loss and Moving Forward

 

Untitled by Program Participant, Pastel on Fabriano paper, 12" x 18", 2014

Untitled by Program Participant, Pastel on Fabriano paper, 12″ x 18″, 2014

 “I want my heart to leap with joy again. I am starting to feel like laughing. Before, I only half  laughed.” Grief, loss and sorrow can explain how one feels after they loose a loved one. After four years of mourning, the words grief, loss and sorrow may not show a wideness of expression anymore. They remain too small, too single focused and too connected to the initial loss. My client is now at a point in her grieving process, four years, to search for new words which will more aptly define and describe her current state of  bereavement. The Bodyscapes Technique offered her an opportunity to use expressive art therapy to search the wideness of language to re-define how she feels today. The self-healing which comes through The Bodyscapes Technique, comes in unexpected ways. On the morning of the session, my client woke with a pain she never had before, a pain in her left foot.

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The Hurry of the Sprout

 

Hurray of the Sprout by Cathy B, Pastel on Fabriano paper, 12" x 18", 2014

Hurray of the Sprout by Cathy B, Pastel on Fabriano paper, 12″ x 18″, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Days before a Bodyscapes session, each client takes some time to think of the three words needed for their Bodyscapes session. The first word describes your illness or emotional condition. The second word lists where in your body you feel the most pain from your illness or emotional condition.  The third word describes how you feel about living with the illness or condition. Sometimes, emotional conditions change right before a session.  “I’m not going to use the words I chose last week. Because that’s not what is really going on. We’re trying to get pregnant.”

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Scoliosis

Scoliosis by Marion McConnell Gough, Pastel on Fabriano paper, 12" x 18", 2014

Scoliosis by Marion McConnell Gough, Pastel on Fabriano paper, 12″ x 18″, 2014

 

Marion in the process, drawing her scoliosis

Marion in the process, drawing her scoliosis

My friend, Marion, is a gracious Southern woman. I met her and her husband twenty years ago. We were all graced to be patients of the same accupuncturist.  At that time, I was going through my Chinese medicine healing journey which inspired me to create The Bodyscapes Technique as a way to heal myself. Each week, when I saw Marion and her husband, Bill, I would tell them about the expressive writing and drawings I was creating about my illness. Now, twenty years later, I was privileged to give Marion two very long Bodyscapes sessions.

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