Sensory Journey is an interactive presentation that stimulates the senses and feeds the soul.
Promotes neurological activity
Fosters social interactions
I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness.~ Maya Angelou
Sight (Visual Stimulation) – Vision is our most important sense, the one through which we gain most of our information. To stimulate vision we encourage rhythmic movement with brightly colored textiles and flowers.
Smell (Olfactory Stimulation) – Some of our strongest memories, our most potent associations, are triggered by odor. Odor information is easily stored in long-term memory and has strong connections to emotional memory. Participants experience a variety of aromas that include frankincense, rose and chamomile.
Hearing (Auditory Stimulation) – To engage the sense of hearing, participants engage with a variety of instruments that include crystal bowls, rattles and kalimbas. Free dance is led with live instrumentation of electronic beats, harp, didgeridoo, flute and lyre. The group is also lead in vocalizing and toning.
Touch (Tactile Stimulation) – Anything touched and anything that touches us can be stimulating. Every solid object has texture, temperature, shape. Throughout the Sensory Journey hand held sound tools can be felt vibrating along with objects that have a range of textures and temperatures.
Taste (Gustatory Stimulation) – For this sense we offer rose, lavender and orange blossom hydrosols (pure botanical water based infusions) as well as chocolate infused with chile and other flavors.
Proprioception Is the sense that informs us where the parts of our body are and how they are moving. Included is the sense of effort, the sense of force, and the sense of heaviness. As the group partakes in joyful movement to live music, objects with different weights are held as another form of sensory stimulus.
Somatosensation (Pressure & temperature) – To activate this sense, chilled textured objects and dense heated pillows are placed on the body.
Basic dance techniques for standing and seated positions.
Sensory Trivia which asks participants to identify objects with touch only and to name aromas and tastes while blindfolded.
Making sounds and rhythm with voice and instruments.
We are Serena Gabriel and Kep Taiz and we have combined our passion, skills and experience in the fields of health, sound therapy and the arts to create Sensory Journeys. We present these special events for theraputic recreation and education and may combine the presentation with the Sensorium service.
Serena Gabriel, L.Ac, MAOM, NCCAOM studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine after earning her Bachelors in Anthropology and Studio Art at the University of Arizona. Serena is a National Diplomat in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, is licensed in the state of Arizona and has been in practice since 2001. Ms. Gabriel is also trained in Acutonics/Sound Therapy, Biotouch and is an Usui Reiki Master Teacher. Serena combines her exploration of ancient cultures, spiritual practices and the arts with her training in T.C.M and alternative therapies to create a profound and effective healing experience.
In addition to her above studies, Serena is a musician/recording artist and dancer (with 30 years of formal dance training) which she incorporates into her healing work. She uses music and movement as therapy in numerous settings through the facilitation of sensory circles, experiential performances and presentations.
Kep Taiz is an inventor, musician and pioneer in the field of therapeutic vibroacoustics. His intrigue with heightened states of awareness led to the creation of the multi sensory experience called the Sensorium. This unique apparatus and service has been endorsed by Andrew Weil M.D, featured in the Wall Street Journal, De Young Fine Arts Museum and offered as a spa service for Miraval resort. He has led art workshops for the Tucson Museum of Art, juvenile detention centers, and for world renowned Canyon Ranch resort.