Darca Nicholson is in love with bodies. She nurtures them, she massages them, and she teaches the rest of us how to love and care for our own bodies. In her eyes, and under her deft healer’s hands, the nervous system, the feet, the belly, and the heart all have their own magic, even their own stories. Her delight is contagious as she says, “All the systems of the body are just so intriguing and fascinating. They’ve got personalities of their own. There is a hierarchy in the body, but it’s a democracy, too. If you don’t take care of everybody it’s going to be a wreck. It’s a community. It’s the whole system put together with all these different ways to think about it.” She weaves her prescriptions for self-care with the lore of our ancestors to create a tapestry of ways to nurture yourself. You’ll gain a new understanding of why your body does the things it does, and a greater appreciation of the life energy that flows through your veins, creating the beautiful body that is you. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Darca Nicholson was one of the 12 women founders of the Emma Goldman Clinic, one of the first medical centers in the United States to be owned and operated exclusively by women. She has a private practice in integral health care in northern California, where she also teaches yoga at Mendocino College and Yoga Mendocino.
Ms. Nicholson is the author of:
- Body Matters, Simple Secrets for Elegant Aging (Overhead Press 2007)
To learn more about the work of Darca Nicholson go to darcaleenicholson.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- What muscles make you a human being, and which ones makes you a human doing
- How the arch of your foot is replicated throughout your body
- Why a foot massage is like a prayer
- How smiling can make your heart work better
- Why it’s dangerous to describe your illness with a noun
- Why sleep is the wet nurse of all healing
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 10/27/2008 Program Number: 3285