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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.



 

The Breath SPACE serves to transform health by providing individual sessions, group workshops, corporate wellness programs, and practitioner education and certifications. Through this process, you learn new ways to respond to the world around you that foster peace, balance and well-being.

Breathing is an excellent mirror of your individual orienting pattern.
Is your breathing affecting your mental, emotional and physical health? Download the questionnaire below to see. Free 20-minute consultations are available to see if this approach might benefit you.

 

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS

Mind-Body Medicine & Biofeedback 

Mind-Body Medicine focuses on the dynamic relationships among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, and how they influence and effect health and disease. Mind-body approaches include such practices like biofeedback, mindfulness training, meditation, breathwork, yoga, guided imagery, hypnosis, progressive relaxation, and cognitive reframing.

Biofeedback is a safe, noninvasive method to teach you how to regulate the function of your mind and body, such as muscle tension and heart rate. Sensors connected to your body provide you with information in real time about how your body is functioning. With this feedback you learn to make subtle adjustments that create new psycho-physiological states and lead to such changes as better sleep, pain reduction, blood pressure regulation, improved mood, and increased focus and concentration.

Sessions may incorporate one or more of the following mind-body approaches:

  • Breathwork & Breath Retraining
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapies & Meditation Training
  • Clinical Biofeedback
  • Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Reframing & Counseling
  • Therapeutic Exercise / Postural and Movement Awareness
  • Somatic Based Therapy
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Autogenic Training / Hypnosis
  • Guided Imagery / Guided Visualization
  • Energetic Bodywork / Cranio-Sacral 
  • End - of - Life Advanced Care Planning

 

 

What You Can Expect 

Think of mind-body medicine and biofeedback as specialized training to rewire your nervous system towards health, help you discover new ways to engage with your life with ease, and to cultivate a sense of meaning and purpose. If you want to run a marathon, you train. If you want to balance your nervous system, you need to give it the same respect and dedication. This approach to health is collaborative where you actively participate in your care. Together we set goals, identify assessment measures and determine training practices to move you towards resiliency. The more you practice, the better the results.

Weekly sessions are recommended for new patients with the first appointment consisting of a comprehensive evaluation and assessment (1.5 hours). Subsequent appointments are 50 minutes. Additional appointments are scheduled as needed.

In-person, phone, Skype or FaceTime appointments available.

Insurance

Dr. Lichtenstein is not contracted with any insurance companies, yet can provide you an invoice to submit a claim to your insurance carrier for potential reimbursement.



GROUP WORKSHOPS

Group workshops cover a wide array of topics, teaching mind-body approaches for stress-reduction, self-regulation and resiliency. The benefit of the group process is that it provides a safe and supportive environment for you to learn and share with others.  Group workshops are offered in a variety of formats: weekly session, weekend seminars, and online webinars.

Interested in bringing stress-reduction and resiliency training to your group?  Want to learn more about a particular mind-body modality? Contact me to discuss the possibilities. 

Topics include:

  • Mind-Body Approaches to Self-Regulation & Resiliency 
  • Breathing Your Way to Better Health 
  • From Freezing to Flowing – Healing Trauma through Movement 
  • Meditation & Mindfulness
  • Death Cafes, Death & Cupcakes, & Advanced Directives Parties

CORPORATE WELLNESS

A growing body of research shows that mind-body approaches, like mindfulness training, helps reduce stress, stimulate creativity, and increase productivity at work. Corporate wellness programs allow companies to provide this valuable health benefit to their employees and has been shown to reduce overall healthcare costs. I have worked with several companies to design wellness programs specifically for their needs, as well as provided ongoing mindfulness-based stress reduction groups. 


For details about any of these programs
or to schedule a workshop or training for your group,
please contact Dr. Brad.

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Community Workshops & Classes


Community Workshops & Classes



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BREATHE YOUR WAY TO HEALTH

Thursday Evenings
Starting October 5th, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM PST
Mind-Body Sanctuary
4204 Leary Way NW
Seattle WA 98107

Introductory 4 - Week Series: $140
October 5, 12, 19, & 26

Introductory Series + Advanced Practices: $180
October 5, 12, 19, 26 + November 2 & 9

Can’t decide:
Drop - In: $40 per session

On average, you breathe around 28,000 times per day, yet how often do you think about your breath as a way to promote your health? Breathwork is a simple and free way to integrate mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health, and has been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve sleep, regulate hormones, create mental alertness, help with focus, improve performance, and decrease stress.

In this experiential series,you will learn about the biochemistry, physiology and psychology of breathing, symptoms associated with dysfunctional breathing, and easy ways (both modern and traditional) to restore balance through effortless, innate breathing. 

No expertise is required, just your lungs!

Week 1: Breathing Basics - Finding Your Innate Breath    
This session reviews the basic science of breathing: how biomechanical, biochemical, neurological and psychological factors influence functional, effortless breathing. You will begin to develop a mindful presence of your body’s innate breathing rhythms and patterns, and reconnect with your internal resources.

Week 2: Posture & Breath
How we sit, stand and walk changes our breathing and hence changes our health. This session plays with posture and body shapes to created freedom in your spine, extremities and muscles to cultivate free, flowing breathing.

Week 3: Timing is Everything - Coherent Breathing
Life is full of rhythms. Adjusting the timing of your breath can alter the rhythms of cardiovascular system, improving its function. In this session you will experiment with breathing rates and timing and observe the impact on your mental, emotional and physical states.

Week 4: Sound & Breath    
Toning, chanting and singing are practices used in a wide variety of healing traditions. Several studies have shown that chanting can improve respiratory conditions, increase focus and concentration and strengthen cardiovascular health. In this session you will play with sound as a vehicle to alter the breath and increase health and resiliency.

Advanced Practice Week 5: Five-Element & Taoist Breathing Practices
The Chinese five elements (Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire) provide a template to describe all natural phenomena as it relates to energy. Each element is also linked to different physiological processes. In this session, you will practice breath patterns, shapes and sounds to induce the healing power of each element.

Advanced Practice Week 6: Breathing to Produce Transpersonal States
Breathing practice throughout the centuries have used acute hyperventilation to induce transpersonal, non-ordinary states (Pranayama, Reirbthing, Holotropic, Wim Hof). This intense experiential session dives into controlled and sustained breathing in order to awaken higher levels of consciousness.


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ADVANCED DIRECTIVE GATHERING

Sunday, October 22, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM PST

Nalanda West
3902 Woodland Park Ave N
Seattle WA 98103

As the days shorten and our energies and thoughts turn inward, we will take a break from our usual monthly Death Cafe  process at Nalanda West to consider the art of living while dying. Please join me at on Sunday October 22 for an afternoon of reflection and discussion about end-of-life care planning and advanced directives. You will receive a copy of the Five Wishes and be guided through various questions regarding who you would like to make medical decision for you when you are unable, what types of medical interventions you want, how comfortable do you want to be, and what do you want your loved ones to know when you are gone.  

All are Welcome. 
Looking for a conversation starter?
Bring a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor and definitely have something to talk about on the drive home.

Suggested donation is $2 at the door to cover the cost of the Five Wishes. 


BREATHING YOUR WAY TO COMPASSION & ACCEPTANCE

Saturday & Sunday
September 9th & 10th, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST
Mind-Body Sanctuary
4204 Leary Way NW
Seattle WA 98107

$125 per person /
$175 per couple

 

FEELING STUCK?

  • Do you feel stuck, and unable to move forward with your life, no matter how much you try?
  • Do you experience irritation, aggravation and frustration in situations, others or yourself and you are unsure why?
  • Do find yourself ruminating about life events over and over again, unable to let go and find peace? 

 

Compassion & Acceptance

Holding on to the past is a lot of work and demands a great deal of our life energy. Holding on to the past prevents us from living fully in the present moment, and blocks our expressions of joy and gratitude. We are resistant to compassion and acceptance when we fear that if we do we will loose our drive, forget what has happened, or excuse other’s behaviors. Yet, compassion and acceptance neither condemns or condones. Compassion and acceptance focuses on making peace with our past so we can move on with living. Though simple in process, compassion and acceptance are far from easy, and requires commitment and practice. 

Breathing Your Way to Compassion & Acceptance is a two- day journey into the process of letting go of the past, and focusing on how we wish to live our lives. Combining the art and wisdom of breathwork, meditation, biofeedback and compassion & acceptance practices, participants will learn about the following concepts and practices:

  • Rudimentary introduction to the nervous system and how early experiences hardwire us to either hold on to the past or to accept and move forward
  • Basic biomechanical, biochemical, neurological and psychological factors of breathing, how breathing postures and patterns can influence the heart and balances the nervous system
  • Functional versus dysfunctional breathing patterns
  • Basic steps to compassion and acceptance and how to blame less and take life events less personally
  • Compassion and acceptance practices to increase resiliency and freedom 

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September 24, 2017
October 29, 2017
November 19, 2017
December 17, 2017
January 28, 2018
February 25, 2018
March 25, 2018
April 22, 2018

Death: A Journey of a Lifetime

A Monthly Series of Conversations

Sundays, June 25, 2017 - April 22, 2018
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM PST

Nalanda West
3902 Woodland Park Ave N
Seattle WA 98103

 

We all have a terminal illness called life. Yet, despite our best efforts to put it off or avoid it, death remains inevitable, and we all will confront it eventually. Till then, how do you engage with death, and how do your attitudes about it affect the life you are living today?

Death – A Journey of a Lifetime is a monthly series of open-ended conversations that provide participants the opportunity to take an honest look at their beliefs and behaviors about death and dying. Anyone willing to engage in these conversations authentically and honestly, with deep respect for the opinions of others, some of whom might hold differing and diverging opinions, is invited to participate. While these conversation are serious, they need not to be taken so seriously. Learning to embrace the topic of death, while acknowledging discomfort or fear, provides space for humor and ease to return to the discussion.

These Death conversations will be facilitated by Dr. Brad Lichtenstein who has hosted dozens of death cafes at a wide variety of venues, such as the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, and various hospice agencies throughout Seattle. Dr. Lichtenstein has worked in end-of-life care for over twenty years, and continues consult with patients and their families about end-of-life wishes and advanced care planning. Participating in a joint research study between University of Washington and Bastyr University, he has conducted over 500 bedside guided meditations in hospice, which frequently evolved into deeper and meaningful conversations about the patient’s imminent death.


Seattle Atlas Obscura - Urban Death Project

January 26, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST

Nalanda West
3902 Woodland Park Ave N
Seattle WA 98103

Like it or not, you're gonna die. What's going to happen to you after that? Spend a couple hours with us pondering your mortality with Seattle-based designer Katrina Spade, the mastermind behind the Urban Death Projectand Brad S. Lichtenstein, ND BCB, faculty member at Bastyr Center for Natural Health and facilitator of Bastyr's Death and Cupcake events.  

In true Seattle fashion, Spade's Urban Death Project is a plan to take compost to the next level: recycling ourselves. Spade will walk us through her plans for the Urban Death Project's Recomposition Center, planned to open by 2023. You'll learn about the science of how the center will process our bodies, what families can expect in their visit to the center, and why Spade is proposing a new alternative to traditional death practices in the first place. Then, Lichtenstein will guide you through an honest discussion of your own death, and how to plan and prepare for the inevitable. 

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Urban Death Project.

Not recommended for children under 15, or those especially squeamish about their own mortality.

Questions? Email ShinYu.Pai@atlasobscura.com.


Death & Cupcakes

2016 Dates for Bastyr Center for Natural Health:
January 14th, February 18th , March 17th
Bastyr Center for Natural Health

Join me at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Wallingford for our ongoing coversation series called Death & Cupcakes.  These "cafes" are opportunities for people to gather together to drink tea, eat cake (gluten-free) and discuss death.  During these open, honest, free-flowing conversations, participants share and discuss their feelings, attitudes, fears, concerns, etc. regarding death. This is not an educational seminar, rather a opportunity to siti in the company of others and engage in interactive discussions.  All we ask is that you keep an open mind and a kind heart.