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Play for Healing

To recreate is : “to give new life or freshness to” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Many years ago I trained as a Recreation Therapist and worked with people needing emotional support to reconnect with activities they love as a path of healing. Recreation, leisure and play are essential for our health and well being. It’s important for all of us, at any age!

What do you do to unwind? What brings you a sense of joy and satisfaction? Do you engage regularly in activities that have meaning while providing a sense of relaxation and well-being?

In our fast paced lifestyles we easily get caught up in all sorts of to-do lists, seemingly never ending sometimes! I'll often be asking you what you do to 're-create' yourself and I'll be an advocate for making time to do the things you love to do!

Here are a couple of articles to learn more about the value and benefits of play:

by Lawrence Robinson, Melinda Smith, M.A., Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., and Jennifer Shubin. Last updated: September 2018, published on

The more time children spend in structured, parent-guided activities, the worse their ability to work productively towards self-directed goals. By Jessica Lahey, June 20, 2014, published in The Atlantic.

Anxiety can be so unpleasant, especially for kids. Finding our way in the world and having enough time and inspiration to play and relax can be challenging at best and at other times, completing overwhelming.

Acupuncture, with or without needles, is safe for kids and teens. Contact me if you’d like to learn more about turning to Chinese medicine to help with anxiety, for you or your children.

Empowering Kids in Anxious World by Cory Turner, Morning Edition, National Public Radio, July 2018.

Are Your Kids Anxious? Use These Acupressure Points by Sara Calabro, published in AcuTake, March 21, 2018.

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