iRest: A new Frontier for Healing–Meditative Practice Helps Combat PTSD for Soldiers and Civilians Alike

With the number of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) cases among military personnel on a tragic rise, methods of coping are not only welcome but imperative.

Perhaps there is a silver lining: As stressors of the military lifestyle become more evident, so do the alternative therapeutic treatments available for alleviation. One such method of healing is integrative restoration (iRest), and it’s making waves with its deep and profound effect on soldiers and veterans.

Enter Sarah Maynard-Murray, M.Ed., B.S. Corporate Fitness, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), and certified iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher instructor, a veteran, former technical sergeant in the Washington Air National Guard, business owner and entrepreneur. With an impressive resumé that includes a history working in fuels, knowledge operations, recruiting and personnel, Murray’s track record for serving people during her 13-year military career paved the way for working with civilians.

These days, Murray dedicates herself to the success of her business Uncharted Soul, the sister business to Uncharted Waters, an integrated wellness center co-owned with her husband, Jonathan Murray.

Located in Tacoma, Uncharted Soul was inspired by Murray’s own life-changing and ongoing experience with Integrative Restoration (iRest for short) or Yoganidra?. After suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety, and symptoms of PTSD, she sought out the practice as a way to heal holistically from the mental and emotional burdens she carried. Hooked from the first session, Murray began her journey into the realm of iRest initially as a student but eventually as a facilitator. What transpired soon thereafter involved a lengthy certification process, countless trainings, and the development of a profound understanding of the practice and how to guide others.

Conceived in 2006 by Richard Miller, Ph.D., for the Department of Defense as a treatment for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, iRest was endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in 2010. Since then, various studies have been conducted on the meditation practice and its healing benefits for veterans and individuals with PTSD, including its effect on pain management for combat veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

Prosperous in its host of physical, emotional and mental gains related to PTSD, iRest also helps reduce symptoms of insomnia, depression, anxiety, chronic pain and chemical dependency. By delving into the layered psyche and tapping into embodiments like the breath, feelings, emotions, beliefs and joys, iRest encourages a sense of calm that ultimately allows the individual to connect to themselves on a plethora of levels. A heavy emphasis is placed on the Three Resolutions: intention, heartfelt desire, and inner resource, as these are the foundations of the practice.

The powerful aspect of this restorative practice is its take away — what is carried within the self beyond the actual hour-long session.

“iRest allows you the opportunity to respond to an emotion, rather than getting involved and reacting to it,” explained Murray. “It allows us to respond by making better choices in life.”

Whether a veteran suffering from PTSD after a deployment or a new mother with postpartum depression, iRest is considered a therapeutic remedy.

Geeks Galore: Uncharted Waters Team Helps Save the World at Jet City Comic Con

It’s​ ​8​ ​a.m.,​ ​and​ ​although​ ​the​ ​doors​ ​don’t​ ​open​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​for​ ​another​ ​two​ ​hours,​ ​the​ ​low-hum levels​ ​of​ ​excitement​ ​are​ ​palpable.​ ​Vendors​ ​string​ ​up​ ​company​ ​banners,​ ​put​ ​out​ ​eclectic​ ​artwork, display​ ​handmade​ ​goods​ ​and​ ​trinkets.​ ​Countless​ ​colorful​ ​and​ ​bold​ ​images​ ​beckon​ ​from​ ​behind their​ ​transparent​ ​armor,​ ​what​ ​can​ ​be​ ​seen​ ​here​ ​is​ ​every​ ​comic​ ​book​ ​lover’s​ ​dream.

It’s​ ​a​ ​gathering​ ​place​ ​for​ ​the​ ​weird,​ ​the​ ​freaky,​ ​the​ ​​awesome​. It’s​ ​Jet​ ​City​ ​Comic​ ​Con.

Once​ ​10​ ​a.m.​ ​rolls​ ​around,​ ​the​ ​real​ ​fun​ ​begins.​ ​Costume​ ​clad​ ​heroes​ ​and​ ​baddies​ ​stroll alongside​ ​one​ ​another​ ​amicably,​ ​beloved​ ​and​ ​infamous​ ​characters​ ​alike​ ​come​ ​to​ ​life:​ ​walking, talking…eating​ ​cheeseburgers.

Amidst​ ​the​ ​comic-chaos,​ ​our​ ​Uncharted​ ​Waters​ ​team​ ​can​ ​be​ ​found.​ ​A​ ​central​ ​corner​ ​booth,​ ​our prime​ ​real​ ​estate​ ​location​ ​gives​ ​us​ ​a​ ​front​ ​row​ ​seat​ ​to​ ​the​ ​amazingness​ ​that​ ​unfolds​ ​before​ ​us. Here,​ ​we​ ​discuss​ ​the​ ​benefits​ ​of​ ​floating​ ​and​ ​acupuncture​ ​with​ ​Green​ ​Lantern​ ​and​ ​talk​ ​about holistic​ ​wellness​ ​with​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Na’vi​ ​people.

We​ ​know,​ ​it​ ​may​ ​seem​ ​a​ ​little​ ​strange​ ​at​ ​first.​ ​​What​ ​is​ ​a​ ​holistic​ ​wellness​ ​center​ ​doing​ ​at​ ​a​ ​comic book​ ​convention?

“There’s​ ​a​ ​definite​ ​sci-fi​ ​element​ ​to​ ​floating.​ ​From​ ​movie​ ​altered​ ​states,​ ​like​ ​Minority​ ​Report,​ ​to TV​ ​shows​ ​like​ ​Fringe,​ ​Stranger​ ​Things​ ​and​ ​even​ ​The​ ​Simpson’s​ ​–​ ​floating​ ​brings​ ​this​ ​sci-fi element​ ​to​ ​the​ ​surface​ ​as​ ​a​ ​tangible​ ​reality,”​ ​Jon​ ​enthuses.

We​ ​may​ ​not​ ​have​ ​a​ ​Lasso​ ​of​ ​Truth,​ ​but​ ​we​ ​​do​​ ​have​ ​a​ ​Swiss​ ​Army​ ​Knife​ ​Modality​ ​for​ ​healing​ ​– armed​ ​with​ ​services​ ​that​ ​offer​ ​healing​ ​and​ ​restoration.

If​ ​calm​ ​is​ ​a​ ​super​ ​power,​ ​the​ ​members​ ​of​ ​our​ ​team​ ​are​ ​helping​ ​heroes​ ​acquire​ ​it.​ ​We​ ​invite Aquaman​ ​to​ ​stop​ ​in​ ​for​ ​a​ ​float,​ ​and​ ​believe​ ​Wolverine​ ​might​ ​benefit​ ​from​ ​a​ ​few​ ​iRest​ ​sessions. Of​ ​course,​ ​our​ ​services​ ​are​ ​available​ ​for​ ​those​ ​who​ ​don’t​ ​wear​ ​a​ ​cape,​ ​although​ ​it​ ​might​ ​just​ ​be possible​ ​to​ ​turn​ ​the​ ​​ordinary​​ ​into​ ​​extraordinary​.

Stop​ ​in​ ​and​ ​let​ ​us​ ​help​ ​you​ ​find​ ​your​ ​calm.

Pins and Needles

Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine expert Kenneth B. Noble moves his successful business to Uncharted Waters Float Center

The practice of acupuncture is one of the oldest documented forms of Chinese medicine. Gaining popularity in Western culture as an alternative, holistic approach to health and wellness, people are flocking to this healing technique in order to suit their individual lifestyle needs. Thankfully, UWFC has dropped an anchor into these restorative waters with the recruitment of Kenneth B. Noble, MSA, EAMP. Moving his business practice to the center, Noble will be able to accommodate former clients while taking on new patrons.

Having practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbs for over a decade, Master Noble comes to us with a strong background in integrated health; A Master’s in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, and is also a certified massage therapist. Blending aspects of both Western and traditional Chinese medicine, Noble has spent 16 years crafting a uniquely synergistic methodology that holds a capacity for rapid healing.

Although the technique may seem randomized by the untrained eye, the science of acupuncture is about more than making subjects into human pincushions. Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of the process: the ultimate objective of acupuncture is to facilitate the movement of Qi [pronounced chee] — or life force –throughout what practitioners call ‘meridians’ in the body. Meridians are pathways that run through the body, carrying vital Qi to cells, organs, tissues, muscles and glands for optimized functionality.

When there’s blockage of Qi, a whole host of problems and issues arise — especially when the disruption is excessive or significantly prolonged. This is where the needles come into play; strategically and carefully placed, they unblock the impasses of Qi so it is free to move fluidly throughout the body. Once in the clear, the life force is able to nourish and sustain the body, resulting in less pain, discomfort, and overall ‘ickiness’.

Perhaps the biggest misconceptualization regarding acupuncture is that it is painful. It isn’t a difficult notion to conceive, as popularized imagery depicts people with an unending amount of needles protruding from every inch of exposed skin. However, skeptics may be reassured that the procedure is not only painless, but relaxing as well. The needles are tremendously thin, it would take three of them to fit into a typical hospital nurse’s needle.

The process begins with a thorough health exam, collecting personal medical history in order to assess what issues should be addressed. After the data is collected, a customized treatment plan is created, tailored with your unique health goals in mind.

We could go on and on about the benefits of acupuncture, like it’s alleviation of allergies, depression and anxiety, insomnia, and symptoms related to fibromyalgia and menopause. It has also been linked to successfully aiding in fertility, weight loss, facial rejuvenation, smoking cessation… we digress. If you have a health concern or are simply passionate about wellness, chances are acupuncture would serve you..

Another sublime aspect of acupuncture? It not only treats the symptoms of the problem, but the causes as well. This diversion from the typical ‘band-aid’ approach of many mainstream practices fuels the comprehensive nature of the service, giving you peace of mind that complications are being eradicated at their source.

Have we piqued your interest? If so, stop by or give Master Ken a call at 253.564.2353. 10-6 on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 12 to 6 on Wednesday, Friday by appointment.

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