Standing Bear Council May Meeting

The Standing Bear Council will host its May membership meeting on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the Hawkeye Restaurant, 105 N. Park Drive, Keokuk. Those wishing to eat are encouraged to come at noon. Standing Bear Council meetings are open to all people – Native and non-Native. Please bring one canned or dry good for storage.

Licensed massage therapist, Monica Thompson, will speak on earthing/grounding therapy techniques. She studied massage therapy at the Windemere Institute of Healing Arts in Decorah, Iowa, and became licensed eight years ago. She will discuss the positive impact of earthing techniques on physical and emotional health, including how they decrease the likelihood of developing health issues associated with close proximity to electromagnetic fields. They have been shown to significantly impact health in a variety of ways, including decreasing inflammation, reducing or eliminating chronic pain, and promoting deeper sleep. Other documented benefits from earthing include increased energy, improved blood flow and blood pressure, and relief from muscle tension and headaches.

Earthing been found to accelerate athletes’ recovery from strenuous athletic activity; the American-sponsored victorious 2003 – 2005, and 2007 Tour de France cycling teams were “earthed/grounded” after their daily competitions and reported improved sleep, almost no tendonitis, and quicker recovery from racing injuries. The severe physical and emotional stress accompanying this race often leads to sickness, but, these cyclists were grounded following races and they reported dramatically less illness. The benefits of earthing have been so well documented that many star athletes – including NFL football players and triathletes – routinely include the practice in their training regimen.

The Council will continue to coordinate the presentation for the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 32nd Annual Convention, “Love Our Neighbors,” June 21-22 at the First Lutheran Church in Keokuk, Iowa, and the Bear Creek Gathering and Rendezvous August 10 – 11 in Hannibal, Missouri.

The Council is a non-profit organization. For more information about the meeting and/or about Standing Bear Council’s educational programs, please call Larry Cooper at 319-795-6718, Dona Herr, at 319-520-5919, or Debbie Callaghan at 217-219-1188.