I will be returning to Abbotsford in June to share Reiki Classes. Be sure to register early as class sizes are limited. Calgary, watch for some upcoming dates soon!
With heart health month quickly coming to an end here is a special to reinforce all those good things you've been doing this past month for you! Ease away stress and totally relax...so good for YOU!
One of the most effective sessions that I offer is Spinal Touch and now I am going to teach it to you!
Keeping up with home sessions for your family members helps to maintain good posture and less strain on muscles and joints, which means less pain and fewer injuries.
During this 3 hour workshop you will learn, hands on:
* How to assess someone on a plumbline. The line is pulled straight by gravity making it easier to see just where muscles are pulling the spine out.
* Taking what you found on assessment you'll learn easy steps to provide a session to a family member to encourage muscles to relax through very gentle massage technidques and some accupressure.
* Re assess after the session to see what changes have been made
Hand out notes will make it easier to follow, step by step, how to give a Spinal Touch session, after the workshop. I hope that you'll join me!
Holistic Sessions & Your Heart
Holistic Health sessions such as Massage, Reflexology and Reiki are beneficial to your heart health in a variety of ways. They will often reset the body, mind and spirit to a more harmonious physical and emotional balance. Each contribute in their own way.
REIKI is an ancient Japanese healing technique that works with energy, or the universal life force. This beautiful energy focuses on harmonizing and balancing our Mindy, Body & Spirit. Reiki is equivalent to allowing unconditional love to flow through you, and I'm not sure what else could be healthier for your heart than that.
On a physical level Reiki encourages complete relaxation as the energy that surrounds you, is drawn within.
On a Mind/Spirit level, when in a relaxed state, Reiki can encourage us to embrace harmony within and through that we often find ourselves releasing that which we no longer need. Feelings of anxiety, tension, fear and anger are released, as balance and harmony replace them.
Clients will often fall asleep or into a meditative state during a Reiki session and in that state our body and mind do their best healing.
The beautiful thing about Reiki is that you can learn it for yourself and once you have completed your Level 1 you can give Reiki to yourself and others. A beautiful gift of unconditional love that you can bless yourself with daily!
Upcoming Reiki Classes at Hand To Health
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February has been deemed "Heart" month and with a focus on healthy hearts, what I see advertised in mainstream media are two things: keeping your heart healthy and chocolate for your Valentine. Hmm...that conflicts just a little.
The ads seem mainly directed at the physical health of the heart muscle, and I'm not disputing the importance of that, however, what about the mood, emotion and spirit of your heart?
A holistically healthy heart takes into consideration how mood and mental state affect the health of the heart, how what you take in whether it be food or feelings, has an impact. When your heart "feels"positive and you are feeding your body well it beats out a healthy thump. Depression and anxiety can quicken or slow the heart, panic and stress make it beat a little faster and then there is the food we ingest and the activities we participate in...it all makes a difference.
The health of our Spirit plays a part as well. Are we connected to that aspect of ourselves, listening to the messages that Spirit shares and acting upon them? Are we staying in tune with our spiritual needs as well as our emotional and physical desires?
Through February lets explore the link between holistic health sessions and how they impact upon the health of your heart's physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. I will include some positive steps you can take towards healing your heart to it's natural vitality.
Follow along and share your ideas
Something simple that you can create at home for yourself. An Essential Oil blend to soothe muscles!
The two previous blogs helped with protecting and nurturing those hard working, snow shovelling muscles but you do need to think about some Massage care! Here is a special for you for this week!
So you have practiced great body mechanics, or maybe not (see part one here) and the job is complete (for now). Looking after those hard working muscles needs your full attention, now, to avoid becoming stiff and sore or experiencing muscle spasms later.
Nurturing the muscles needs to carry on for a few days and not just the day that you worked them hard. Here are the ideal ways to nurture yours;
1) STRETCH! You may be exhausted but take 15 minutes to STRETCH those muscles after the shoveling workout. Heavy labour and intense exercise causes muscles to bunch and knot which puts an added strain on ligaments, tendons and joints.
Gentle stretching encourages muscles to relax and open. Pay particular attention to stretches for your back, sides, neck, shoulders and arms.
2) SOAK - toss a good dose of epsom salts (1 to 2 cups) into a hot bath and soak for at least 15 minutes. Epsom salts give muscles an extra dose of magnesium which is absorbed quickly through the skin. The magnesium combined with warm moist heat from the water is a perfect combination to relax any tightness in the muscles and put heat into the joints.
3) MASSAGE - as soon as you can book in for a session! So many clients will come in a week or two later because they have "twinged"a muscle and they don't know what they did. The heavy work out from moving snow may not feel sore at the time, however, if muscles are not given a full recovery it leaves them susceptible to a knot or spasm from what may seem like a move that was slight. Massage treats all parts of the muscle and encourages it to recover fully and to rest.
The exertion, cold weather, and slippery surfaces snow shovelers face are a hazardous combination for your muscles. It's an activity we don't often do and it is very labour intensive. Back, neck and shoulders are easily overstrained and that can be painful. Prevention and after care are essential in avoiding injury to your muscles, joints, discs, ligaments and tendons. So take a few minutes...
Not sure about posture and body mechanics? Ask me at your next session! I'm happy to show you some great techniques for protecting your back.
Part Two: Nurturing After Care for Muscles
OK. If you're a dedicated people pleaser then these tips are likely not for you, however, if you have the understanding that your self preservation means you have more energy and presence to give to yourself and others then read on...
Why is the holiday season so energetically draining? It may be the extra foods, lack of sleep and worries over spending (see Surviving the Holidays Part 1) but perhaps its something closer to your soul. Putting yourself "out there" whether entertaining or visiting takes a lot of mental and physical energy...AND...when you are out there in the midst of family, friends or shopping at the mall, already feeling drained, you can be a magnet for the negativity, fear or anger energy that others are emitting. So what can you do to take care of you?
You'll need about 10 minutes, so brew a cup of tea or coffee, find a quiet space, take out a pen and pencil and let's get to this. I'll admit that some of these suggestions are not going to be easy for some of you the first few times you put them into place but see if you can give 1 or 2 a try.
First, take out a calendar or print one for the month of December.
Next, on a separate piece of paper, write down the absolute have-to-dos on the calendar (include how much time you'll need as well). Keep this to the definites and not the maybes, such as, have to show up for work because the bills need to be paid or must take time to make dinner for the kids, otherwise they turn into hungry monsters...those kinds of things. Then fill them in on your calendar in pencil.
On another piece of paper draw a line down the centre. The left column will be labelled "Shoulds" and the right colum labelled "Needs".
The needs column is the first one to fill out and that should include everything you like to do for yourself that makes your soul sing. It can be as easy and simple as taking a bubble bath, walking in the rain, taking time with good friends, getting lost somewhere for a day with your phone turned off, going for a massage or pedicure (or both), shopping, making delicious and nutritious meals, spending time with your kids...make it as complete as possible.
Then, without scrimping, fill in how much time you need to do each of these things to make your soul sing. For instance: you could take a 15 minutes bath to soak your muscles and get going again. (Personally my soul singing time slot is an hour and that bubble bath will include music, a good book, a cup of tea or glass of wine and candle light.) Don't scrimp on your needs, remember this is just on paper.
OK, Here's the first hard part!
Take 10 needs and put them on your calendar, in ink! Then put them into your phone or whatever reminder system you use. These are dates with yourself that you will not break.
If this is too hard then try 5 to start.
These are often the "shoulds". You know those things that you really think you should do but when you think about them your energy just drains away? Those little (or big) jobs that need doing, the relative you should visit, the gift for someone ... Think about them and fill them in on the right column labelled "Shoulds".
Time to get a little reflective now... on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being a total energy drain that makes you feel bad and 10 being a soul singing experience that lifts you up and makes you feel great. Take some time to be harshly honest with yourself...no one is going to know. It really doesn't matter what people will think or say about your energy draining shoulds so be straight forward with you.
If there is any room left on your calendar fill in time for those shoulds that you rated between 7 and 10 for how they make you feel when you do them.
And now the hard part....DON'T fill in the rest, throw the list away now. So how many of you said to yourself "I couldn't do that, what would others think, say, etc?"
In this busy month when self care is your priority, how could you not?
If you're still not convinced here are some links to study, listen to or read that may help you.
Increasing Self Worth - a Guided Meditation
How to Stop People Pleasing
How to Improve Your Self-Esteem: 12 Powerful Tips
Wishing you a Happy and Fun filled Holiday Season!
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