Our frequently asked questions include
the following topics :
Birth Dynamics, Body
Psychotherapy, Craniosacral Biodynamics,
Emotional Freedom Technique, Energy
Medicine, Polarity Therapy,
Health Wave Institute, Private
Sessions, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Self
Care, Somatic Trauma Resolution,
The Process Workshop,Trauma
DYNAMICS - is an opportunity to learn,
through demonstrations with baby and pelvis models as well as videos, about common birth experiences, both healthy
and questionable, and to discharge one
s own shock around these issues by trading STR sessions with others in the class. Practitioners are then
better able to recognize and work with birth and pre and peri-natal trauma in their clients.
PSYCHOTHERAPY - How your feelings
and thoughts are linked to specific parts of the body and different illnesses. The intimate relationship which
exists between your mind and your body. Becoming aware of how unresolved issues affect your health and what is
needed to bring about your healing. Discovering how breath awareness, movement, and complementary healing techniques
can stimulate emotional and psychological healing.
BIODYNAMICS - A subtle manipulative
science of palpating the movements and flows of the highly intelligent craniosacral system. By working skillfully
with this intelligence, the practitioner aims for unrestricted flow of cerebrospinal fluid, which bathes the brain
and nervous system and rocks and enlivens each bone, organ and body tissue. It is a whole body therapy, as
restrictions to that system may occur anywhere. This therapy is useful for head and spine trauma/pain from
birth, accidents, abuse, surgery, drugs, depression, learning and behavior problems, stroke, and psychological
stress. CSB also enhances function of the glands, organs, and muscular-skeletal system. Sharon's style
of Cranial work focuses on assisting craniosacral fluid to build potency for self-correction. She assists
the release of shock from fluids throughout the body.
FREEDOM TECHNIQUE (EFT)- to tap on
acupuncture meridian points while focusing on an emotional or physical health challenge, to clear the energy pathways
to allow healing. Clients can download instructions from emofree.com
to use the tapping on their own, with further professional guidance if necessary.
ENERGY MEDICINE- Energy medicine shows you how to understand
and work with your body
s reservoir of electromagnetic and more subtle energies to
increase your vitality, identify and correct energy imbalances that keep you from
being at your best, and enhance your health and your state of mind.
Sharon Porter has been teaching Energy medicine
since the early 1970's, when she began teaching Hatha Yoga in the SF Bay Area. She co-founded and taught in the
first large school of Polarity Therapy, which expanded to several locations along the West Coast. She then taught
on her own in California and later Colorado, developing her own approach to healing and conciousness. Her sensitivity
to energy patterns and fields allows her to track what is going on in the client. When she gives a lecture-demonstration
in front of a class or conference audience, she interprets the field patterns that are moving her hands so that
others can see the connection between our energy and our thoughts.
In the course of 35 years of study, teaching and
working with clients, she has integrated the work of many great teachers with whom she has personally studied,
including Rama Jyoti Vernon (founder of Yoga Journal and Yogas Teachers Assn), Dr. Randolph Stone (founder of Polarity
Therapy), Dr. Ray Castellino (founder of BEBA - Birthing Evolution, Birthing Awareness), Dr. William Emerson (pre
and Per-Natal Psychology Assn.), Dr. Ann Wigmore (live foods), Dr. Brent Baum (founder of Holographic Memory Resolution),
Dr. Stanley Kelleman, DC (hose books include Emotional Anatomy), Dr. Vasant Ladd (Ayurvedic Medicine), Pat Ogden(Hakomi
Integrative Somatics), John Upledger (Upledger Institute), and many other esteemed colleagues.
Sharon's Certifications include Somatic experiencing
Practioner (SEP), Registered Polarity Practioner (RPP), Registered Craniaosacral Therapist (RCST®),
Yoga Teacher. She is also a Yoga Therapist and exercise physiologist and incorporates many traditions such as Pilates,
Restructuring, Posture, Power Walking, Ball Exercises, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, and influences from several styles of
WAVE INSTITUTE - Our name and our philosophy.
The Name, Health Wave, is meaningful for us for in several ways. The movement toward healthy lifestyle choices,
preventive measures, and energy therapies has now reached the mainstream. The natural health wave has caught on.
HWI teaches that there is great healing power and intelligence within us that can be accessed for healing through
skill, training, intuition and connection to spirit. We support what is variously called complementary or
integrative medicine (CAM), Energy Medicine, and what some call Energy Therapies, in which we use high-tech hands,
sensitivity and wisdom.
When our energy is available to us, it moves in Waves, including the deeper, slower waves of the cranial Tides.
It warbles in a wave pattern like a bird
s song. It has continuity and midline. It arises out of the stillness of the power of the sea, is driven by the
winds which arise from the horizon and reach us with the Intelligence of Spirit that is beyond time and which connect
us to the deepest aspects of ourselves. Energy is an experience that lets us know we are alive. It
s the tingle after a brisk walk, the warmth in our chest when we are touched by tender feelings, the inspiration
that comes from our Source. Energy is expressed as the in-breath and the out-breath of life, in continual phases
of contraction and expansion, as the waving loop of the infinity sign.
s the sunlight shimmering on the water, or the adamantine particles of light that fill and surround every molecule
of our precious universe. In the Bible it is referred to as the Breath of Life.
We focus on the Health in a client
s system, rather than on his or her Pathology. Symptoms and sad stories are listened to and recorded for use in
therapy, but they are not the main focus of the treatment, because we know that problems are just a sign that the
s energy system is out of alignment. We access Health as the juice needed to power the client
s own internal healing intelligence. When we locate blocked energy, we look for the kernel of Health within that
block, and as we watch it and support it, it begins to dance.
SESSIONS, Sharon usually combines
several modalities. Bodywork ranges from the lightest of touches to deep contacts into densely crystalized areas,
to rocking movements. Exercises are given as needed, in sessions and as homework. Clients experience a profound
sense of relaxation and connectedness that they describe as feeling whole, new and very alive.
Sharon has always been fascinated by the body-mind
relationship and has developed her own unique ways of bringing her clients to greater understanding and empowerment.
Treatments are often filled with laughter as well as education and deep cellular exploration. it is not uncommon
to release shock, anesthesia and other drugs that have been inhibiting the system. Sensation tracking and dialoguing
then clears the cellular memory and brings about deep empowerment, with emphasis on enhancing the client's strengths
In a session with Sharon, you will feel like a
partner on a grand adventure to explore and appreciate the wonder of life. You do not have to have a serious problem.
You can simply enjoy the experience of your own energy system flowing under the hands of a master practitioner.
Sharon's experience includes work with phisical
and emotional pain from incest, abuse, birth trauma, auto accidents, injuries, arthritis, drug abuse, depression,
headaches, back and foot problems, dental work, and stuck emotional patterns. She is referred clients by psychologists,
psychotherapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, healers, intuitives and M.D.'s and is happy to work with the referring
practitioner for the good of the client.
Sharon has trained practitioners in several countries
to use movement, sound and breath along with contacts and pressures that take advantage of the natural leverages
of the body.
She is expert in Hatha Yoga, Polarity
Exercises, and other jewels she has picked up from clients and teachers. Her
Somatic Trauma Resolution work includes the use of large gymnastic balls and a Tuning Board that clients often
use at home.
Additional areas Sharon incorporates
into her private sessions and teaching include gestalt therapy, diet, herbs, homeopathics, flower essences, humor
and inner child work.
Contact us via email or call 949-276-7443 for an appointment
POST TRAUMATIC STRESS SYNDROME or PTSS -
defined as anything that is overwhelming to the nervous system of an individual, so it may include birth, drugs,
surgery, accidents and injuries, emotional or physical shock, abuse, or even discouraging messages about ourselves.
THERAPY- employs bodywork, energy-efficient
exercises, foods, body/mind awareness and profound understanding of how the body
s electromagnetic fields function. Polarity's aim is to locate and dissolve energy blockages that affect
health at every level. Polarity is extremely efficient for dissolving pain and depression, and for turning
around chronic conditions. It has the additional advantage of moving energy so palpably that the client very
quickly experiences him/herself as an energy being who can make dramatic shifts as the frequency of the body lifts.
This direct experience gives people hope, enthusiasm, connection, and a spring in the step as well as support
for changing one
s diet, lifestyle, and attitudes.
Polarity was developed from 1920-1973 by Dr. Randolph Stone, an osteopath, naturopath and chiropractor. A highly-respected
practitioner, Dr. Stone researched the energetic basis for all natural healing processes, studying and travelling
widely. His contribution was mainly to the understanding of the electromagnetic energy fields that flow around
and through humans and how these are affected by bodywork, exercises and lifestyle choices. He diagramed these
energy fields, geometric and reflex patterns, and resonances between different body areas. He applied this research
to mind and soul as well as body, using his understanding in self-care methods, therapeutic foods, bodywork, and
energy exercises that move blocked energy and redistribute it toward balance and healing. The bodywork includes
rocking moves, light contacts, and deep tissue bodywork. Locating blocks and palpating the energy system is included
in this course, whereas some Polarity courses teach only a series of contacts. Sharon Porter studied with Dr. Stone
in 1973, when he was 83 years young. Porter co-founded and taught in the first large school of Polarity Therapy,
from 1974-86. She teaches some of the Energy Exercises in all Health Wave courses, as breaks from the more sedentary
aspects of lectures and bodywork.
SELF-CARE: For 25 years Sharon has been a passionate advocate for
Self-Care - everything you can do for yourself to move energy, correct posture, enhance immune function, strengthen
and balance the spine, soften the feet, aid digestion, and take power that has imploded into the solar plexus and
expand it outward into flexible boundaries, creativity and joy. She has trained practitioners in several
countries to use movement, sound and breath along with contacts and pressures that take advantage of the natural
leverages of the body. She is expert in Hatha Yoga, Polarity Exercises, and other jewels she has picked up
from clients and teachers. Her Trauma Resolution work includes the use of large gymnastic balls and a Tuning
Board (for recovering balance) that clients often use at home. Additional areas Sharon incorporates into
her private sessions and teaching include gestalt therapy, diet, herbs, homeopathics, flower essences, humor and
inner child work.
A recent addition to the Self-Care area is the Emotional Freedom Technique, which teaches clients to tap on acupuncture
meridian points while focusing on an emotional or physical health challenge, to clear the energy pathways to allow
healing. Clients can download instructions from emofree.com to use the tapping on their own, with further
professional guidance if necessary. (more)
TRAUMA RESOLUTION (STR) - The latest
approach to healing trauma involves connecting aspects of story, emotions or symptoms to curiosity about the sensations
going on in the body. As the client is supported to stay curious, neural pathways open up and even PTSD can
be gradually discharged. Resiliency, creativity, sexuality, and function return.
Please note that the goal is resiliency and function, not to relive the trauma. STR is an effective way to prevent
chronic problems from developing, or to release causes once illness has set in. A few STR sessions after an accident
can save years of psychotherapy, chiropractic, and drugs. You don
t have to wait until Post-Traumatic Symptom Disorder (PTSD) has set in. Basic STR skills, such as becoming curious
about our bodily sensations, are helpful to anyone.
Besides the articles on this site,
we also suggest Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine (Link to Amazon.com). Sharon
s STR course will in Spring 2005 be available on DVD and VHS in HWI
s Distance Learning program, which includes lectures and demonstration sessions illustrating principles of good
PROCESS WORKSHOP - The Process Workshop
is an opportunity to receive treatment in a small group where healing is in both group and individual forms and
participants are educated and inspired by each other
TRAUMA - Trauma is defined as anything that is overwhelming
to the nervous system of an individual, so it may include birth, drugs, surgery, accidents and injuries, emotional
or physical shock, abuse, or even discouraging messages about ourselves. STR is an effective way to prevent chronic
problems from developing, or to release causes once illness has set in.Trauma can cause havoc to one's health,
which may include poor digestion, pain, reenactment of the trauma, rigidity, chronic conditions, psychological
and relationship problems, and more.
Disclaimer: This web site, Sharon Porter, her staff and the Health
Wave Institute do not claim to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Please see your
physician for serious health problems. This is an educational content site.
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