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BEST Space Summer Hours: 1 pm to 4 pm Tuesdays, 10 am to 6 pm Wednesdays, and 12 pm to 4 pm Thursdays.
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The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) was honored to participate in the event, An Athlete’s Journey: Sports and Traumatic Brain Injury, held at the Spokane Public Library in Spokane, Washington on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. It was an evening of connecting, sharing, and important conversations about the impact of brain injury in the sports world.
Highlights of the evening included athletes who shared their personal stories and journey forward; a special screening of the video, Crash Course, from TeachAid.org, on athletes and concussion that was shared by the Concussion Alliance; expert panelists who shared their knowledge; and organizations who provided information, resources and tools to the community.
We’d like to offer our gratitude for the event panelists who were a wealth of information, inspiration and support. Thank you, Ryan Baker, Megan Lusk, Heidi Peterson, Christine Guzzardo, and Ramona Pinto.
BEST was also delighted to partner with event sponsors Northwest Brain Injury Symposium, the Spokane Public Library, Brain Injury Alliance of Washington, Spokane Chapter, Concussion Alliance, and the TBI Council of Washington.
Along with sharing our deep appreciation for the organizations that supported the event by sharing critical information and resources to the public.
Perhaps it is a bath in a forest, literally?
As amazing and interesting as that sounds, forest bathing is indeed different, but in amazing and interesting way, too.
Forest bathing is the holistic experience of simply being in the forest. The activity and health practice was developed in Japan during the 1980’s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
In the United States, it can also be known as nature therapy, ecotherapy or forest therapy.
In studies, forest bathing has been shown to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of well being.
Following is how you practice forest bathing and some additional resources and links.
How to Practice Forest Bathing
· Put aside a good amount of time for this activity and then find a location in nature that speaks to you.
· Enter the forest, stand still, and recognize your body in space. Don’t be in any hurry. Take in the sights, smells and sounds. Really breathe in the forest and take in the scene around you.
· Proceed with the bath by walking forward mindfully. This is not a fitness walk. This is a meditative stroll. The pace is slow.
· Reflect to yourself (or reflect out loud if you wish) what you are noticing around you.
· Find a good place to sit (if possible) and sit in that location for reflection (try to aim for 15 to 20 minutes if possible).
· You needn’t go very far. A small distance will do. Some forest bathers only trek a quarter to half a mile maximum.
· Don’t be afraid to use the sense of touch in your forest bath. Run your hand gently over the bark of a tree. Touch a delicate leaf on a shrub. Think about the experience and reflect on what you’ve learned.
· Even though it sounds simple at first, forest bathing takes a little practice and time to be able get the best benefits. Be patient and gentle with yourself and practice often!
· A good book on forest bathing: Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature by M. Clifford Amos.
· A great overall website for forest bathing (including information on forest bathing guides/therapist): Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs
BESTies, what do you think of forest bathing? For local BESTies in Washington State, our area has LOTS to offer the forest bather. Would this be an activity that you would be interested in? Let us know your thoughts by emailing Kim T. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d love to seek your input. Thank you!
Want to feel better and healthier?
Consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.
What is tai chi?
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced
as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series
of movements performed in a slow, focused
manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive,
self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching.
Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your
body is in constant motion.
Tai chi has many different styles. Each style may have its own subtle
emphasis on various tai chi principles and methods. There are also
variations within each style. Some may focus on health while
others focus on the martial arts aspect of tai chi.
Who can do tai chi
Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is low impact, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise. You may also find tai chi appealing because it’s inexpensive, requires no special equipment and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group.
Interested in checking out tai chi further?
Here are two videos for beginners. Enjoy!
(NEW) Lunch and Learn Series Summer 2019: Short 50-minute presentations chock full of information, tips, and tricks you can use at Our BEST Space in University Place, Washington. The presentations will be facilitated by BEST Executive Director, Gloria Kraegel.
Bring your lunch and let the learning begin.
There is no charge to attend. All are welcome!
The Summer 2019 Lunch and Learn series kicks off June 11, 2019 from 1 pm to 2 pm, with the presentation, Discovering Your Inner Entrepreneur.
Our BEST Space is located at 2607 Bridgeport Way W, Suite 1H , University Place. For directions, click here.
Ah, for the love of lavender! 💜
This sweet-smelling, vibrantly colored plant is not only beautiful, but it chock full of health benefits.
Here are some interesting facts about lavender.
Did you know:
To learn more about lavender and health, click here.
To find out more about lavender essential oil, click here.
For those in the Pacific Northwest, lavender festivals and celebrations and more:
For a lavender growing guide, click here.
Interested in making your own lavender oil? Check this out.
Brain health and wellness goes hand in hand with mental health.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Here are just a few of the facts about mental health:
Studies have shown that people with traumatic brain injuries are four times more likely to have mental health challenges.
Here are just a few links to start to learn more about mental health:
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) will continue to share additional resources, tools and information throughout the month.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) was honored to participate in the 2019 Saying It Out Loud all-day conference at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center on April 29, 2019 in Tacoma, Washington. The conference, now in it’s 18th year, was hosted by the Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) Behavioral Health Administration’s (BHA) Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) educates participants on how to better serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and questioning plus communities.
The theme of conference was Beyond the Binary and focused on behavioral health.
BEST had the opportunity to share information, resources and great conversation about brain health and wellness, brain injury awareness, support, resources and more with many community members throughout the day.
Along with the beautiful spring sunshine streaming through the convention center windows, there was a spirit of care, support, and learning that was just as warm and lovely as the sun.
Thank you, Saying It Out Loud for the BEST day!