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Gillian has an interdisciplinary background in fine art, art education, dance, art psychotherapy, massage therapy, manual lymph drainage, and essential oils. She,received a Bachelor of Fine Art, Honours Degree in 1989 from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Her personal fine art process explores the sacred interrelationship between nature and culture. Gillian is passionate about building a culture of empathy which respects emotional intelligence, diversity, expressive arts therapies, resiliency, and creative learning processes. In 1995 Gillian moved to Toronto, Ontario, to train in Art psychotherapy at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute (TATI). In 1998 she returned to Johannesburg and worked in Art psychotherapy private practice for 8 years. During this time she trained and qualified in Biodanza - a community building integrated dance movement process. In 2005 she heeded the call of spirit to return home to London, Ontario, Canada and reconnect with her ancestral heritage. Gillian trained in Massage therapy at London Medix School and became a registered Massage therapist in October 2008. She is currently working in dual practice as a registered Art psychotherapist and Massage therapist working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, parents, and elderly. Gillian facilitates the creative and body-centered approach of "Body Mapping Creative Change" which explores personal and collective identity and health concerns in conjunction with the Massage therapy technique of Manual lymph drainage with Phyto-Rx and Healium essential oil blends in separate one hour sessions. This creative synergy detoxes the waters in the body and deeply harmonizes the nervous system. Gillian's purpose and holistic vision is to help people find peace and learn to self-regulate energy in a technological culture full of stressful over-stimulation. She creatively integrates the heart with the wisdom of the body, mind, spirit, and soul.

Abstract

"Body Mapping Creative Change" and the Massage therapy technique of Manual lymph drainage (MLD) with Dr. Mila Emerald's Phyto-Rx and Dr. Earle Sweet's Healium essential oil blends facilitate safe somato-emotional release of negative subconscious emotions, sensations, thoughts, stress, and trauma in the 'pain body'. Together this combination of modalities detox a congested lymph system; purify the waters: clear negative subconscious energetic blockages; transform the 'pain body'; deposit immune cells; neuro-balance and harmonize the nervous system; reduce acute/chronic pain, inflammation, and muscle/visceral spasms. "Body Mapping" uses material diversity to stimulate sensory-motor neurons in the fingers through drawing an image which represents your 'self-image' and/or 'identity'. This neurological activation in the fingers translates up into the spinal cord and somatosensory cortex (parietal lobes) of the brain. As a result, creativity supports a ‘relational neuroscience’ integrating right and left brain functioning alongside strengthening the emotional experience of being listened to, 'compassionate inquiry', and ‘empathy’ within the therapeutic relationship. The client is empowered to make wise and healthy choices that result from listening to the body's wisdom and being willing to creatively change and make meaning out of medical concerns. The inclusion of Phyto -Rx and Healium essential oil blends with MLD and Heat and/or Cold Hydrotherapy more rapidly detoxes cellular, organ, lymph, brain, and energetic levels. This ancient protocol increases dermal penetration of the plasma membrane with deeper skin absorption into the bloodstream and brain. As a result, there is decreased anxiety and depression; increased focus and concentration; dissolution of lung fibrosis; increased diaphragmatic breathing without bronchial spasms; increased sinus drainage; reduced fascial adhesions; increased scar tissue mobility; decreased fibrocystic breasts; increased immunity; safe, natural, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory restorative option for cancer prevention and recovery. The scent of essential oils elicits a powerful positive emotional and self-caring response of 'feeling good' in the body; and demonstrates the effectiveness of pure, organic, and natural herbal remedies. Scent is easily inhaled and opens lung alveoli to reduce lung fibrosis and scarring due to a history of asthma. Scent also stimulates the olfactory system which is closely connected to the limbic brain or neural circuitry underling anxiety and fear: (ie. hippocampus - long- term memory; amygdala - emotions; hypothalamus - autonomic nervous system and hormones; and cingulate gyrus - regulates blood pressure, heart rate, and attention). It is for this reason that essential oils have such a profound calming, neuro-balancing, and regulating effect on the physiological, visceral, emotional, psychological, and energetic systems. "Body Mapping" and MLD with Phyto-Rx and Healium essential oil blends is effective in the treatment of egs: anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bi-polar personality disorder, ADHD, learning disability, grief, hypersensitivity, digestive problems, IBS, emotional eating disorder, sexual abuse, whiplash, DDD, asthma, sinusitis, scoliosis, trauma of being bullied, mastectomy, lumphectomy, lymphedema, lipedema, and cancer recovery. Gillian will present 3 case studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of "Body Mapping" and MLD with specific Phyto-Rx and Healium essential oil bends with a 14 year old girl with eczema; 46 year old woman and mother living with lipedema and lymphedema; and 56 year old woman and mother in cancer recovery.