Veterans event focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder

Published: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 10:31 p.m. CDT

McHENRY – A nonprofit veterans group is bringing an alternative form of post-traumatic stress disorder treatment to McHenry County.

TLS Veterans will host an introduction to iRest meditation at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Veterans and Family Services Drop-in Center, 5330 Elm St., McHenry.

The meditation practice is used at more than 30 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and military facilities across the country. It tries to help with recovery efforts in active-duty military personnel, veterans and families of service members suffering from PTSD.

The goal of iRest is to offer men and women serving in the military and veterans a simple tool for dealing with symptoms and issues they face while actively serving or after being discharged from service.

Research has shown that iRest relieves symptoms of anxiety, chronic pain, chemical dependency, depression, insomnia and PTSD. It is a modern adaptation of the ancient mediation practice of Yoga Nidra, and is done while lying down or sitting.

Certified iRest meditation instructor Jacqui Neurauter will teach the introductory session. She is one of three women who formed the Veterans Restorative Project, which teaches the practice at local veteran centers.

The event in McHenry was made possible through grant money, and is open to veterans, family members of service members and health care providers.

To register, call 815-322-2620.

For information about iRest, visit www.irest.us or www.veteransrestorativeproject.org.

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