Play as Medicine

Lions, look dogs chewing bones, chess players and football practice all give clues to the value of Play for health support. The cerebellum and the prefrontal cortex are more important than doctors used to know: this is both serious and enjoyable science.\n\nYou might enjoy reading about the National Institute for Play [National Institute for Play]. The research by Stuart Brown, M.D., clearly reveals the benefits of a playful attitude and shows that it is much more than a child’s activity.\n\nAs I write this I’m listening to Krysta Tippett interiew Dr. Brown about his work as a psychiatrist and his unexpected discovery of the importance of the process that has been called \”play.\” The talk is titled, \”Stuart Brown —  Play, Spirit and Character.\” You can listen from her site (opens in new window)– click here.\n\n\n\nDr. Brown earlier presented his research in a video that is also available at the link above about his National Institute for Play. He says that play is something that adults need to do, and that it is a very intellectually stimulating activity that allows the person to move beyond the confines of rigid expectations.\n\n\n\nIn my trainings with Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., Ph.D. we were regularly reminded that when patients are experiencing the deep psychological work that he calls Applied Psycho-Neurobiology, we practitioners should be “playfully inquisitive.” That describes a kind of “play” in which the practitioner is flowing with what is important to the client rather than attempting to push events into an expected outcome.\n\nPlay among animals: Cat and Owl. Youthful behavior preparing for adult life:\n\n\n\nThis has important implications for those who are exploring the benefits of Mindfulness as described so well by the founder of the Academy of Functional Medicine and Genomics, Charles Gant, M.D. When combined with a mindful observation of one’s actions during a time of playfulness, a person can benefit from a “snapshot” of how their inner processes are working.\n\nSometimes the results of such a “Mindfulness snapshot” are reaffirming of our grounded and self-confident approach to life. But sometimes a person may be able to observe how they are not as flexible or creative as they would like to be. The First Aid for this is to be mindful and not allow room for disrespecting one’s self. The “Cure” is to explore more deeply for hidden effects of things such as “toxic memories” and other disturbing factors that limit our autonomic nervous system’s self-correcting mechanisms.\n\nThe AcuGraph digital meridian imaging is another way of checking the functional strength of the “human eneergy circuits” including factors that can affect mental health. The AcuGraph imaging includes assessment of the acupuncture meridian patterns that affect emotions and mental health. This can sometimes provide major clues to the puzzle of “why can’t I play?”\n\nSo, if you don’t happen to feel like being playful after you have read this, check out the information linked above and consider seeing me or one of my network of practitioners. We can help you to remove the blockages to self healing and smooth out distortions in the unconscious information stored inside you.\n\nAnd, speaking as a doctor of natural medicine, remember that this now the Summer season and that gradually the warm energies of the Summertine will be adding their uplifting effect to your life.\n\nEnjoy your Journey. I invite you to consult with me for some help doing that.\n

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\n—Dr. Wilson

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