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The Healers Café

187 EpisodesProduced by Manon Bolliger (facilitator and retired naturopath with 30+ years of practiWebsite

Hi, it's Manon Bolliger (facilitator and retired naturopath with 30+ years of practice) and I want to welcome you to the Healers Cafe.I am so excited to be doing this series of interviews and what I'll be doing is, is asking all kinds of healthcare practitioners, doctors, healers of all types, to re… read more


How to Connect with Your Emotions with Dona Airey on The Healers Café with Dr. Manon Bolliger, ND

In this episode of The Healers Café, Dr. Manon Bolliger, ND, chats with Dona Airey  with an MA in Psychology and MA in Early Childhood, Psychotherapist in Clinical Social Work, certified in CranioSacral Therapy,  Jin Shin Do Accupressure and Body Therapy  with Clinical Social Work Private Practice

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Highlights from today's episode include:

 Dona Airey (06:39):

There are a few things. One is terminology. I mean, in the mental health fields everything has a label. Everything has a description. Everything has a diagnosis that is very limiting and I found that what about the body and what about how the body affects our emotions? And I thought, and what about, what about ,when you have a thought and all of a sudden you have a stomach ache, what do people think that they don't even address that with conventional mental health

Dr Manon (11:25):

And neuro transmitters are made in the gut, or 70% of them anyway. So if we're, if our gut is in dysbiosis, it can't create, the neurotransmitters that we need in a healthy way.So it's definitely a cycle where the body is intimately involved in all of our States, not just fear and not just anxiety, but wellness, all our happy hormones, everything.


Dr Manon (15:27):

And even when you look at the, the evolution of the fascia, which was the saran wrap bubble wrap , but when you had an operation, you just took it out and discarded it without understanding how complex it is and how it's really our living matrix that puts everything together that signals, you know, biological, physiological signals, as well, as chemical signals for all our neurons and neuro-transmitters to work. I mean, it has free nerve endings, which impact us and how we hold trauma in ourselves and our body in our actual body, not just as a thought So I've learned more from experience and then later found out that's true.

Dona Airey (16:51):

One thing I want to mention before that is there's a process called brain spotting. And I think that's a good explanation sort of, of what happens also in that in the limbic system is where we house our memories and trauma. And so if, if something happens as a child, let's say, and or any age, and we don't deal with it. And so I can encapsulate it in that limbic system, not moving, not doing anything. And the process of brain spotting is to get the eyes to wherever we look in our eyes reaches a different spot in the, in the limbic system. And so what we do is we find the spot to look at dealing with a certain issue or trauma or something.



About Dona Airey:

With an MA in Psychology and MA in Early Childhood I taught in Early Childhood Programs, Started a Montessori School. 

I followed my path to becoming a Psychotherapist by getting my MSSW in Clinical Social Work which I did for 32 years until right now.  I I also was certified in CranioSacral Therapy and Jin Shin Do Accupressure.  I practiced Body Therapy for  15 years in conjunction with Clinical Social Work Private Practice.

I am passionate about helping people connect to their emotions.  In my 40 years of working with a milieu of people with many difficulties and pain, I noticed that maybe 95% of the people I have worked with had some kind of adverse response to emotions.  Either, they were afraid of them, tried to control them, hide them, ignore them, over or under reacted to them.  My belief is that we function as a whole when each: mind, body and spirit are developed and functioning.  The emotions are part of our physical body and yet many people are not aware of the elements of them.  My mission is to facilitate and teach people to befriend and utilize emotions to be integrated with their body and spirit.

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About Dr. Manon Bolliger, ND:

Dr. Manon is a Naturopathic Doctor, the Founder of Bowen College, an International Speaker with a TEDx talk in Jan 2021, and the author of the Amazon best-selling books "What Patient's Don't Say if Doctors Don't Ask" and "A Healer In Every Household".


About The Healers Café:

Dr. Manon's show is the #1 show for medical practitioners and holistic healers to have heart to heart conversations about their day to day lives.

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