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What would your current self tell yourself at 16?

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What would your current self tell yourself at 16?

  The answer to that question as given by 17 Woman…  Inspirational stuff! Podcast with Mariette Snyman on “What you would tell your 16-year old self”

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Inkscapes

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Inkscapes

Inkscapes Background The self, “who I am” is a beautiful and complex entity. “Who I am” is fluid, changing, growing and rich – hard to pin down to one description, or even a couple of definitions and categories. Therefore if I tell you that I am an artist, it is a scary and limiting thing, that I almost cannot agree to. I don’t sell my art works for a living, or do performances for entertainment. In general that is the popular definition of an artist “out there”. I have taught many people for the past year that practising creativity is not the same as “being an artist”. Creativity is an energy, a way of being, a way to make sense and create order out of chaos, a human necessity of expressing your “self/Self” in the world. Often the end-products – art pieces if you will – made during this flow of expression have a life of their own: it is work born from an alchemical process where medium and time interrelated with person, history, symbol and will, in an almost magical way (definitely not easily understood or described by logical left brain concepts). They want to be seen and witnessed, they want to tell their stories, they want to be heard. I often asked people on the workshop to ‘ask your poem if it wants to be heard’ before deciding to share a poem. These inkscapes wants to be seen. We tell ourselves different stories about ourselves, and today I want to share with you this story: I have always made sense of my world through drawing, painting and creating… on the black board in my room, at my aunt’s art class once a week, and in the sand pit next to the washing line. Creating was my go-to for being balanced and staying sane in this rough journey of becoming a real human. I pressed my nose against the art class window right through high school. The art teacher could not understand why I didn’t take art. Now I can: the only legitimate course of study from my cultural background was in science and maths – in which I was, thank goodness, good enough. Art! Was not a real pursuit for one’s life! But I kept drawing – even if it was only my own feet during boring exam preps. I kept visiting art galleries, supporting other artists. Until I bought Julia Cameron’s book The Artist Way in 2000 – I remember well. After my first child was born. After I built up a career as a psychotherapist. I could reclaim my Inner artist, my creative side. I had the privilege to share these delightful principles with others over the past ten years. Over the years I have dappled with many art media – Conte (a hardish soft pastel) being my first love. Inkscapes are a whole new medium that surprised me utterly with its beauty and small magnificence. A big thanks to Michael Collins for loving it with me initially, and for Anneke, my dear friend also falling in love with it.  Also, this project has been stepped up to the next level by the artistic eye and effort of Andreas Kahlau from Silvertone printing.  As well as the precise dedication and super speed of Bernie the Framer – shaking his head, but delivering on the goods of the pedantic artist! Such is the magic of true creativity – much more than expected, and touching places you find it difficult to have words for! You too can be co-opted in the creative process and follow your heart!   Herewith the formal write-up describing Inkscapes for a prestigious art competition (the formal version!) Eleen Polson Biography Eleen Polson is a psychologist with specialisations in Expressive Arts Therapy. Art and psychological aspects of the creative process inform her personal and professional life. Expressive Arts Therapy focuses on combining different art forms to express emotions and experiences for healing and personal development. Eleen has personally experienced the healing power of art, as well as facilitated many therapeutic art processes for...

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Trauma release exercises ~ TRE

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in front page slider, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Trauma release exercises ~ TRE

  The body keeps the score! Enjoy the freedom of release… Trauma and tension are stored in our bodies.  We cannot deal with stress only by talking from the thinking mind.  We need to support the body’s natural ability to heal and restore.  We have, after all, survived for thousands of years! Our bodies have innate intelligence – often an untapped resource and the best ally we have.  If we give it optimal conditions in a safe environment, it knows how to heal and feel good. TRE (trauma release exercises) with music and movement are wonderful tools to access the body’s healing potential and facilitate release and growth. Eleen expertly weaves these techniques together to support your unique situation.  Her extensive experience in trauma release, both personally and professionally, with bodywork, postural integration, Biodanza, expressive arts therapy and brain wave restructuring has facilitated countless journeys into freedom and a more abundant life.    Read an article in Afrikaans featured in the Rooi Rose of April 2017 on the work of Eleen Polson with TRE here:  Trauma & TRE Artikel Rooi Rose April 2017 What is TRE®? TRE® is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. It provides an immediate experience of relaxation. TRE® frees us up to meet life’s challenges with greater skill and ease. Best of all, our bodies do the work; we often get relief without needing to process or retell our story.   Why do TRE®? Whenever we feel helpless in a situation, we experience a form of trauma. The body stores overwhelming emotions, stress and tension on a cellular level in muscular patterns to deal with at a later stage. It can be stored for years and become habits for survival. The body’s natural ability to release stress is a shaking reflex, seen in the animal kingdom. It has been suppressed by our need for control and societal expectations. The part of our brain (the sympathetic nervous system) that is responsible to keep us safe through freeze, fight or flight actions, are overtaxed in our stressful society. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for rest, relaxation and restoration. When the body is out of balance there can be an increase in sickness, anxiety, depression and burn out. A physiological balancing is necessary and through gentle physical techniques a healthy balance is restored and optimized conditions are created for healing to occur naturally. An immediate effect of relaxation is reported after tremoring.   Background: TRE® was developed by Dr David Bercelli after working in war-torn areas where he noticed the body’s natural ability to release tension through an instinctive tremor mechanism. He developed it as a self-help technique that deliberately activates our bodies’ release mechanism in a safe and controlled way. Session by session, these tremors help to release the build-up of muscular tension patterns accumulated in our body during stressful and traumatic life experiences. TRE® is practised in over 30 countries.   What participants reported: “I have found the process of TRE with Eleen Polson a truly remarkable experience. It left me feeling completely calm and composed. That night I slept as I had never slept before – feeling totally nurtured and protected.” – Clare Hedding, a victim of armed robbery, January 2017 “TRE created change in me. I could reconnect with my true self again. I am on the road to reclaiming my fullest functioning and it is beyond expectations!” – Santie Fourie, in February 2017, after MVA in 2011 Where and when: Individual and family group sessions:  To be arranged with Eleen Polson (0722121719)  at her practice in Clydesdale, Pretoria. Six sessions are recommended. Cost:   Standard psychology rates apply, it can be claimed from the medical aid if psychotherapeutic benefits are available. 20 % Discount available for cash payments of 6 sessions (see under Contact Page for costs).     Benefits of doing TRE®: Handle Worry & Anxiety Better Handle Workplace Stress Better Less Relationship Conflict More Energy & Endurance Increased Flexibility Reduced Muscle Pain Reduced Body Tension Printable version...

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Other Articles written by Eleen

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Other Articles written by Eleen

Read the article in Rooi Rose on Trauma and TRE work with Eleen Polson (April 2017, Afrikaans) here: Trauma-TRE-Artikel-Rooi-Rose-April-2017.pdf An Article in Odyssey about Expressive Arts Therapy:  Odyssey article Read about the early beginnings of Expressive Arts Therapy workshops in Rooi Rose 2010:            ...

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