With Your Mind and In Your Body
Jean Vitrano is a massage therapist and a mindfulness facilitator. Kevin Pinzone is an acupuncturist and a Zen Buddhist. Together they know a lot about the mind/body connection and speak eloquently on the concept of ‘being present’ versus the practice of it. The practice of being present - think of what an athlete has to do every day - is a ‘doing’ thing.
From Jean the practice of mindfulness is staying with what is going on in your body right now, feeling your feet on the floor, asking "where do I feel tension" and staying with what ‘is’ without having to react to it. From Kevin it’s letting the table support you and ”doing less.”
Over and over during the course of the conversation they come back to the breath. Return to the breath. Become aware of the breath. With each breath we have the chance to begin again.
Meet This Episode's Guests
Kevin completed his Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture. He trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kiiko Matsumoto Japanese Style and Acupuncture Physical Medicine. The integration of these and other styles of acupuncture and modalities such as Cupping, Moxa and Gua Sha, Chinese Herbology and Kampo (Japanese Herbology), allow him to present the best possible outcome to his patients. Zero Balancing and Tui-Na are also incorporated to further harmonize each patient’s internal balance.
He is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in Clean Needle Technique. He interned for a year at the Tri-state College of Acupuncture Clinic on the Kiiko Matsumoto Clinic Team and is a member of ASNY and AAAOM.
Kevin also has a background in Hotel/Restaurant Management. This training paired with his strong desire to help others shapes his practice.
Jean has extensive experience working with the body and mind through years of training in contemporary dance, therapeutic massage, movement awareness, meditation and yoga. For the past 20 years, she has practiced mindfulness meditation and has enjoyed sharing the practice with others by leading weekly mindfulness groups and workshops. Her primary teaching influences have been Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and Insight Meditation Teachers Tara Brach and Sharon Salzberg.
Jean also teaches workshops on managing stress by combining meditation and everyday mindfulness practices to manage our reactions to stress and to strengthen the pathways to happiness. She holds a BA from NYU, has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002, and graduated from the Feldenkrais Method Training Program in 2011. Jean currently has a private practice in Maplewood, New Jersey and in New York City.
You can visit her website where you can read her blog and listen to more recorded meditations at www.jeanvitrano.com.
Listen to a 5 minute mediation from Jean below!