Workshops and Lectures

Dr. Rapkin is available to lead lectures, workshops and classes on a variety of topics designed for the general public or on topics that are specific to certain audiences:

Relaxation 101 – This is either a half day or full day workshop (it can also be formatted to fit a 6-8 week series of weekly classes) that allows participants to learn about and actively participate in different forms of stress management techniques, i.e. meditation, guided imagery, visualization, breath exploration, and biofeedback.  This workshop or program is perfect for businesses wanting to offer a workplace stress management program or for community centers looking to improve and broaden their health and wellness programing.

Food and Stress – This lecture looks at the foods, eating habits and mealtime behaviors that contribute to and aggravate an individual’s stress level.

Stress and Adrenal Function – This lecture discusses the effect of stress on the adrenal glands and addresses both high cortisol levels and adrenal fatigue.  It reviews the benefits of adrenal testing, and outlines lifestyle and dietary modifications as well as nutritional and herbal supplements that can support, nourish, and balance the adrenal glands.

Mindful Motion – This is a workshop that is perfect for wellness centers, yoga studios and meditation centers.  It speaks to a more advanced student of meditation where the participants look at taking their daily practices out into their daily lives and explores finding a similar level of awareness, presence and mindfulness in walking, talking, dancing, and playing.

Mindfulness for Mindless Eating – This workshop is half lecture/group discussion and half experiencial.  The material for this workshop stems from Dr. Rapkin’s 10 years of private practice working with patients who struggle with “mindless” eating — poor eating habits and choices as well as emotional and binge eating.  Dr. Rapkin has long believed that, while there is no question that certain foods trigger and aggravate mindless eating, the behavior must be associated with a disconnect with our bodies; we no longer hear or feel our hunger or satiety cues, we use food to numb the feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression, and we allow food to fill up the emotional or spiritual emptiness inside.  The workshop encourages group sharing and discussion of personal experience and concludes with participants exploring mind-body techniques.  These techniques are specifically designed to teach us to listen to our bodies, hone our awareness of the feeling of fullness and emptiness, and to begin to tolerate the feelings of emotional discomfort and stress that would otherwise send us to the cupboard or the refrigerator.

Nutrition for Dancers – This lecture is designed for high school, college, and university dance departments as well as local dance schools, festivals, and programs.  It has been a very personal and long-standing concern of Dr. Rapkin’s that dancers are not given the proper education in nutrition and are unfortunately left to their own devices in a high pressure, perfectionist world where certain body types are celebrated and favored over others.  The physical demands of these essentially elite athletes are so great, and yet dancers often restrict calories, skip meals, and limit or avoid certain foods including many that are essential to health.  By giving dancers nutritional guidance, Dr. Rapkin knows she cannot prevent more complex eating and body image disorders, but she can offer invaluable information to a population in need.  For more mature dancers (i.e. college and university departments) this lecture can be combined with aspects of the Mindfulness for Mindless Eating workshop to enhance dancers’ connections with their feelings, both emotional and physical, surrounding food.

Integrating Mind-Body Techniques into Your Practice – This workshop is perfect for any healthcare practitioner or physician looking to introduce mind-body techniques into their practice.  These techniques can be used to focus, relax or calm patients or clients, to give them tools to take home to manage stress better, and to enhance a practice by widening the scope of services one offers.