Caregiving and the Holidays!

A Free Webinar: Stress Relief for Caregivers

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
7:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm Central / 4:00 pm Pacific
(Or click here to find your time zone.)

Join this conversation with Imogen Ragone and Laura Donnelly.
Learn a simple tool to help you reduce stress through the Holidays.

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Imogen and Laura

Life as a caregiver is stressful.
During the holidays the stress can be completely overwhelming.

This short webinar (45 minutes with Q & A) will be an interactive conversation about the challenges of caregiving, whether you care for your loved one at home, are responsible long-distance, or anything in between.

We will share a simple way to reduce stress, so you not only feel more at ease in yourself, but can also be a better caregiver for your loved one. You will have a go-to process to help you manage your holidays and your caregiving with less stress.

Laura and Imogen are experienced teachers who have also been caregivers for their parents. They have found the tools they will share invaluable in their own caregiving journeys with their parents. This webinar continues the conversation they started last year, sharing this process and these tools with others who are in the midst of their own caregiving journeys.

Both are experienced practitioners of the Alexander Technique, which is a method for being easier in your mind and body in all situations. 

* Are you responsible in any way for the care of an aging adult or adults?

* Would like to find an easy, mindful way to reduce stress and reconnect to your center in the ever-changing world of caregiving?

Then join us on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm Central / 4:00 pm Pacific for 30-45 minutes.
(Or click here to find your time zone.)

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The webinar will take place using the Zoom platform (free at zoom.us) with easy access from your computer or smart phone. Once you register you will receive an email with all the details and link to join the webinar.

About Laura & Imogen:

Laura with her brother and mother.

Laura Donnelly is a teacher, coach, choreographer, dancer, and writer. Her work, Dancing with Ease – Body-Brain Balance, is based on the Alexander Technique and focuses on ease and balance in life and art.

Laura’s experience with caregiving for family members began when she was a child. She lived in close proximity to her mother’s extended family and there were always members of older generations who needed assistance (grocery shopping, changing light bulbs, heavy cleaning, etc.). When Laura’s mother became the primary caregiver for her grandfather, Laura witnessed the added stress her mother experienced. Laura’s grandfather was blind and the family (Laura’s aunts and uncles) kept him in his home as long as possible. In the late 90s Laura’s husband’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. While her husband was the primary caregiver, Laura assisted with short trips, general companionship, and supporting her husband. Then, in 2015, her mother experienced an exacerbation of her COPD symptoms and chose to go into hospice care. Laura and her brother cared for their mother in her home for 6 months before she passed away.

Laura began studying the Alexander Technique in the late 1980s to improve her dance performance and quickly realized that the process would fundamentally change how she lived. She began studying seriously and encouraged her mother to study the Technique also. They spent many hours applying the principles of the Technique to the study and teaching of ballet. Then, when her mother went into hospice, they found practicing the Alexander Technique allowed them to be present, kind, and both sad and grateful for a long life with many wonderful shared experiences.

Laura has an MFA in Theatre Arts/Dance from the University of Arizona. She toured throughout the U.S. and Europe as a professional dancer performing ballet, modern and historical dance. She has taught dance in universities, public schools, and private studios and her choreography has been performed in the U.S. and Europe. She has taught Alexander Technique privately and at universities since 1992. She now lives in Kansas and teaches Body-Brain Balance based on the principles of the Alexander Technique in-person and online to people from all walks of life.

Imogen and her mum, less than an hour before we moved her into a care home.

Imogen Ragone created the BodyIntelligence program to help women transform stress and tension into ease, confidence and inner calm using the Alexander Technique.

She originally came to the Alexander Technique as the solution to chronic neck pain and tension. While initially she was only interested in relief from the pain and tension that had taken over her life, she soon discovered other benefits way beyond anything she had imagined, including a sense of ease and flow in herself and the way she moved, more energy, increased confidence in herself, and a renewed joy in life itself.

Imogen now has over 13 years experience teaching this transformational approach to others.

One of the most important features of Imogen’s approach is a strong focus on self-care, providing a practical way for you to take care of your greatest asset – YOU. BodyIntelligence is a way to put yourself at the top of your priority list in a way that is the opposite of selfish – in a way that benefits everyone and all you do.

Many of us, and especially women, find ourselves in care-giving roles and put ourselves at the bottom of our priority list. To be able to look after others well – our children, our parents, our spouse, anyone – we must look after ourselves well, too. This is a matter close to Imogen’s heart, as she deals with her ever-changing role with her own parents for whom she has been caring long-distance for nearly five years. Last year that role changed dramatically following the death of her father and moving her mother, who has Alzheimer’s, into a nursing home.

The tools of the Alexander Technique have been invaluable to Imogen as she goes through this journey, and to her clients in similar situations. This work will help you in the the practical physical situations you find yourself in (e.g. learning to move someone else without undue strain on yourself), and the emotional ones, so you learn to be with yourself in a more compassionate and constructive way as you manage many stressful situations.

Imogen lives with her husband, son and two cats in Wilmington, Delaware. Her mother lives in Sheffield, England, where Imogen grew up.

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