September  1, 2011

HealingHeartPower Newsletter

Reclaiming the Power of the Heart
In This Issue
Alexythymia: No Words For Feelings
Community As Healer Clinic Workshops
Voices of Boys and Men
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About Linda
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Linda Marks, MSM, is pioneer in body psychotherapy who has developed, taught and practiced Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy (EKP) for more than two decades.

Author of LIVING WITH VISION and HEALING THE WAR BETWEEN THE GENDERS, she co-founded the Massachusetts Association of Body Psychotherapists and Counseling Bodyworkers and is the founder of the Boston Area Sexuality and Spirituality Network. She holds degrees from Yale and MIT, and has a vital 15-year-old son.

To find out more about Linda . . .

 HealingHeartPower Calendar
Would you like to learn how to do Emotional Kinesthetic Psychotherapy(EKP)?   

If you would like to apprentice in EKP, you may want to consider participating in a half-day EKP workshop or be part of the Community As Healer group.


September 24

Community As Healer

Clinic Workshops

Natural Living Expo

Sturbridge, MA


October 6

Grounding and Body Psychotherapy

Lesley University

Cambridge, MA


October 23

Community As Healer

Monthly group meets in

Newton, MA 1 - 4 pm


April 22

Voices of Boys and Men

Benefit Concert for

Boys to Men  New England

Scullers Jazz Club

Boston, MA


Healing and Nourishing Your Heart
Emerson Hospital
Concord, MA 

If you would like
to train in EKP, contact Linda.
If you would like to sponsor a Healing the Traumatized Heart workshop, a Community As Healer workshop, or have a group of people who you would like to bring EKP to, please contact

To find out more . . .   



WelcomeArticles in this issue are:  "Alexythmia:  No Words For Feelings," exploring an affliction that can be painful and feel like an emotional prison,  
"Community As Healer Clinic Workshops," the EKP version of "community acupuncture," where many people benefit from healing in community, and  
"Voices of Boys and Men," an amazing benefit concert at Scullers on Sunday, April 22, that will bring together headliner musicians with amateurs (teens and adults) to explore the many experiences of boys and men.
To see me speaking about "The Power of the Heart" on Body, Mind and Spirit, one of the new tv shows developed by TV For Your Soul, Click here 
The monthly Sunday afternoon Community As Healer gathering will next meet in Newton on  October 23.   Members of the group will help with the Community As Healer Clinic Workshops at the Spirit of Change Natural Living Expo on Saturday, September 24Together we can create safe healing space in the larger world, and  empower people to literally, "lend a helping hand."  
To help raise the visibility of EKP, I have established a new HealingHeartPower meetup group.  To join our meetup group....

I have created a new Community As Healer group on Facebook, for people who want to be part of or support this healing work.!/pages/Community-As-Healer/192746177418410
You can also "like us" on our HealingHeartPower  Facebook page. By "liking us", you will be notified whenever a new blog post is published.

Your comments and feedback are always welcome!    



What is EKP?
EKP is Emotional-Kinesthetic Psychotherapy, a heart-centered, body-centered psychotherapy method Linda Marks developed and has taught and practiced for nearly twenty years. Working with the heart, touch with permission, the wisdom of the body and the intuitive guidance of the spirit, EKP creates a special sense of intimacy that deeply touches and transforms most all who participate.

Participants can be "client," witness or helper as an individual group member has a "turn" to do deeper heart-centered, body-centered psychospiritual work in the center. Since the electromagnetic field of the heart extends out 10 - 12 feet from our bodies, as we go deeper and open our hearts, we are all touched.

EKP helps restore our capacity as organs of perception. The skin is our largest organ, and a source of soul deep knowing, perception and expression. When our hearts and hands can work as one, we move beyond defenses safely and respectfully and find freedom, connection and expression.


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Linda Marks, MSM


Emotional safety is the foundation of EKP.  When we are emotionally safe, we are more aware of feelings, sensations and deeper thoughts in our bodies and hearts.  You will have a chance to listen to and care for your heart as you help create and hold a safe healing space for everyone's heart.  Experience what we mean when we say that in EKP, "when anyone has a turn, everyone has a turn."


Find us on FacebookAlexythymia:  No Words For Feelings



Feelings and emotions are important, because they give a language to our experiences where mind and body meet, according to Living In Balance authors Joel and Michelle Levey.   Our feelings and emotions help us know what is true for us, and provide guidance both for our own self-care and well-being and also for our work, relationships and overall health.


Many people suffer, often unknowingly, from an ailment called alexythymia, in which there are no words for feelings.  Have you ever found yourself having a strong feeling, yet been at a loss for words?  Or is it difficult in general to find words for what you feel?  Many people who have experienced great stress or trauma struggle to find words for feelings.  And many people have never had the opportunity to learn how to translate their feelings into language at all.


To read this article... 


Copyright 2011 Linda Marks

Community As Healer Clinic WorkshopslFind us on Facebook

In the world of acupuncture, there is a format called "community acupuncture," where multiple people have treatments in parallel in the acupuncturist's office.  By being with others in the healing process, one might say the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and each individual benefits from the healing work of the others, as well as from their own healing work.
Community acupuncture makes treatment more accessible to those who seek acupuncture, because it reduces the cost of care.  It also allows the acupuncturist to treat more people in a day's time.
Having run an EKP Free Care Clinic at the Spirit of Change Natural Living Expo for the past 3 years, and watching the large number of people line up to sign up before the 9 am start to the Expo, and realizing that even with multiple sessions for each time slot, only a small percentage of those who came for care could actually receive it, this year, I have decided to try a "community as healer" model for our EKP free care clinic.
This year, we will be doing "Community As Healer Clinic Workshops" on Saturday, September 24, allowing a larger group of people to participate in healing together.  In EKP, there are four roles:  client, therapist, witness and helper, and when anyone has a turn, everyone has a turn due to the impact of the cardiac energy field.
Clinic workshop participants will have a chance to be helper and witness as well as client, so in any one turn, more people can be actively involved.  Members of the Community As Healer monthly EKP group will join me to assist with sessions.
Here's hoping to serve more people in a way that empowers all!


,Find us on FacebookVoices of Boys and Men
Boys need good men in their lives to role model how to be good men, believes Boys to Men founder Craig McLain.  They need good men who they know care about them, will accept them where they are, and rather than telling them to do things differently, will just be there for them, listen to them and accept their journey:  the faults, the grace, the glory.

Boys need more than just one man being a role modle.  They need a community of boys and men all doing the same thing:  connecting in a heartfelt, authentic way, sharing stories as they journey through life and showing up in a consistent way.

Boys to Men is a dynamic mentoring program like no other, where young men and mentors come together to tell their truth.  It is specifically designed to help boys become the men they want to be.  It develops emotional literacy and relational literacy in both the boys and the men.  It combines mentorship, outdoor experiences, fun and peer support.

Our Sunday, April 22, "Voices of Boys and Men," a benefit concert fundraiser for Boys to Men New England, will take place at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston.  The evening promises to be inspiring and meaningful, as headliners including saxophonist Walter Beasley and songwriter David Roth join with amateur boys and men to express the many facets of their experience.  Walter, who teaches at Berklee, in addition to touring internationally, will appear with one of his students, a 13 year old saxophonist named Connor.   Tina Gao from Magic 106.7 will be one of the team of MC's.

Tickets are only $50 to keep the event accessible.  We welcome donations to provide scholarships to teens and men who should be there, but cannot afford the cost of a ticket.  For more information contact  


My first blog at will still be active, but it is built in forum software, which many people find more cumbersome to use than official "blog" software.

In an effort to cultivate more dialogue in more contemporarily relevant ways, my new blog at is user friendly, and even something you can subscribe to.
Please let me know what you think of this new blog.


Linda Marks

phone: (617) 965-7846