Celtic Art Therapy Response from Heather Wagner, Special Needs Educator

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  1. Heather says:

    I have been using the Celtic Art Therapy (CAT) plates once/twice a week for over a year now, to help with a neurological issue I’ve been fighting. When using the CAT plates, I spend at least 45 minutes to an hour in order to feel personally fulfilled. For 18 years now, I have been struggling with chronic vertigo, being dizzy from the time I wake up to the time I fall asleep. My symptoms are a constant spinning sensation, along with sometimes going cross eyed. I get no relief from my symptoms and doctors are not able to locate the source of the problem, also conveying “there is no cure for my vertigo problem”. With my vertigo, I’ve developed anxiety attacks that occur when my vertigo intensifies, to the point I can’t focus due to being cross eyed. In the last 5 years, I’ve developed 2 forms of arthritis which have also intensified my vertigo, to the point I am “spinning” faster than “normal”. No one can tell I’m dizzy; it’s something I’ve kept a secret so people wouldn’t judge me.

    When using the CAT plates, especially when my vertigo has escalated and/or with an anxiety attack, I am able to redirect the pulses in my head/brain. I am able to relax, my vertigo becomes less intense, and my panic attacks go away. As I trace, I start to feel a warming sensation at the base of my brain along with a tingling feeling that covers my entire head/brain. It takes about 30 minutes for this sensation to take place and it happens more when I’m using my non-dominant hand than when using my dominant hand. It’s actually a very freeing experience for me to the point I don’t want to stop tracing the patterns. I find the CAT plates to be addictive and very beneficial with my vertigo issue.

    Lastly, I am also a Special Education teacher. When I’m working with a child who has a behavioral issue, I will give them a plate and have them trace the pattern. I notice within a 5 to 10 minute period, my student(s) tend to redirect their behavior and seems calmer. It is then that we can talk about the problem that caused the behavior and the child can better verbalize their frustrations in a more calmer tone. I have also used these plates with my students who have Autism. I notice they instantly redirect their attention and become sort of hypnotized by the tracing of the patterns. I highly recommend having the CAT plates readily available when working with children who have special needs!

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