Cancer and the Healing Power of Play

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9780962732935: Cancer and the Healing Power of Play

Cancer and the Healing Power of Play Finally, here it is; a step-by-step approach that shows you exactly how to have a joyous, fun, and creative life even while living with cancer and other stressors. This book is a prescription for Living and Playing with Presence, Acceptance, and Trust. The games in this book are designed to help you connect to your mind, body, and intuition, as well as, to help you become aware of and love the present moment. They are tools that help you cope with adversity in a way that will assist you in releasing tension, lighten-up, letting yourself go, being spontaneous without fear, being free to laugh, make mistakes, not care, have fun, and feel fully alive and whole. Cancer and the Healing Power of Play comes complete with the attitudes, perspectives, and techniques that will help enhance anyone s healing experience as they make the journey through cancer or any other chronic illness. It includes the following: The difference between healing and curing A description of how the foundational qualities of presence, acceptance, and trust are developed through improv Information on how improv theater works and how it can help you be successful on your cancer journey A minimum of 11 practical improvisational games for two or more players in a variety of settings and circumstances You need this book if you live or work in the following industries: Cancer and all other Chronic Disease entities Diabetes Education and Support Groups Senior and Retirement Centers Recreation Directors Families Who Want To Have More Fun Health and Home Care Services Faith Based Organizations You will have more play time and more opportunities to laugh out loud, become more spontaneous, and creatively expressive. Cancer and the Healing Power of Play will help you regain the balance in your life and reclaim your humanness.

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About Izzy Izzy Gesell is an organizational alchemist who helps individuals and organizations transform their thinking from commonplace to extraordinary. Through his keynotes, trainings, coaching and facilitated sessions, Izzy offers imaginative, intuitive and immediately useful insights and programs. He is skilled at delivering meaningful material in a way that makes participants enjoy their time with him. Izzy was one of the first to use Improv Theater concepts as tools for personal and organizational learning. He is the author of Playing Along: Group Learning Activities Borrowed From Improvisation Theater, a co-author of Humor Me: America s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter, and a contributor of a chapter on Improvisation as a facilitation tool in the IAF Group Facilitators Handbook. He has trained NASA engineers in leadership, helped Aetna Insurance customer reps learn to mange their stress, and guided Hewlett Packard global managers to communicate more effectively. Recognized by his peers, he has earned a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association. Less than 15% of NSA s 4,000 members are CSPs. The International Facilitators Association (IAF) regularly calls on him to train facilitators in his techniques. A former stand up comedian and public school teacher, Izzy was raised in Brooklyn, NY where commonplace thinking was frowned upon. He has earned a BA in Psychology, an MS in Education and a P.... that s 1/3 of a PhD and now lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. About Roz Roz Trieber inspires cancer patients and their families to Live Life Laughing. She is a health educator, author, speaker, and a pioneer in using Humor and Improv as teaching strategies in health education and stress management in higher education. Roz has a BS in Medical Technology, and a MS in Community Health Education. Roz speaks around the country to cancer groups, health care organizations and support staff from community service associations to help them reduce the negative effects of stress. She is adjunct faculty at Towson University, Towson, Maryland, and the students haven t stopped laughing and learning yet! Over the last ten years, Roz has found ways to share her knowledge and experience providing healing pathways to those faced with cancer and other life challenges, to live a life of joy connecting mind, body, and spirit through a combination of theater arts and educational techniques. She created HumorFusionsm , a business that provides training and educational services emphasizing healing pathways to live joyously and humorously increasing resiliency and improving quality of life. Roz created a blog called Cancerrockssm, where visitors can learn how a healthy sense of humor and healing ideas lead to living in the present without resentment, fear, and anger.

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These games are an opportunity to let yourself go, speak in your own professional gibberish, and necessitating people to listen closely to each other and still have fun. Barry Handwerger, MD. We lead very stressful lives and this gave us a chance to lighten up and laugh. We forget to take the time to play and we need to take time to play. These games give us this opportunity. Marilyn Handwerger, caregiver --Barry Handwerger, MD.

These games are so enjoyable; I can see myself playing them with my grandchildren and having a good time. Tim Reese, caregiver This experience was so enjoyable and so much fun. It wasn t stressful; there was no time to think of other things that bother me, just be creative and laughing. Sheila Blitz Reese, educator, successfully living with diabetes --Sheila Blitz Reese, educator, successfully living with diabetes

"Through the fun came a sense of release and calm. My uncensored thoughts surprised me and I discovered when you get beyond self judgment and potential judgment of what others might say, you realize there is a lot we have to offer if we relax and let out thoughts flow and listen to what other people are saying." Beth Slepian, social worker and caregiver of people living with adversity --Beth Slepian, social worker and caregiver of people living with adversity

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