I have always felt very blessed, to understand from a very
young age that my desire and what gives me purpose, is to be of service to
others. However there is such thing as
care giver burnout and I am deep in the trenches of what I see happening to our
society. By being a massage therapist I
take the brunt force of a world rushing around and filling their days with
endless task and obligations that subsequently fill people’s bodies up with
pain, stress and chronic tension.
Though we are taught proper body mechanics in massage school
so we do not hurt our own bodies and taught visualizations and techniques to
prevent sucking up others pain and frantic energy, a lot of it still leaks
through when you are doing massage all day long on people.
Do you constantly feel drained, stressed out, stuck, angry,
depressed or full of anxiety?
It is well
researched that the leading cause of unhappiness, addiction and disease in the
majority of the population, is stress. As
a massage therapist, it is obvious to me, how increasingly difficult it is
becoming for people to reach a state of relaxation and therefore health.
external inevitable force that will always be there, we cannot change or
result of stress internalizing and getting trapped in the body/psyche, we have
choice to release
in my massage practice and my holistic living blog is to provide the public
with honest, time tested knowledge into the world of holistic healing, with an
ethical consideration for the public’s health and safety as well as an ethical
consideration to the entire field of healing arts and my fellow professional colleagues
who have dedicated their time, money and hearts to careers in the holistic
fields of study. With this said please understand that when I say professional
colleagues, I am referring to people who have attended legitimate educational institutes
monitored closely by state regulating boards, not mail order certificates or
training offered by multi-level marketing companies selling their products.
I would like to discuss the subject of headaches this month,
as this time of year can bring on headaches more than any other season due to
the blossoming of different pollens and fluctuations in weather patterns. We will explore some of the causes and some information on holistic cures for every day headaches to more severe
migraines. Throughout the medical profession, headaches have remained
an elusive subject to diagnose and treat due to the broad array of variables
that cause them.
MY FRAGMENTED SELF
Wow, that is a mouthful.
What does this phrase even mean?
What is a fragmented self?
If you are experiencing a fragmented self, it simply means
that your intentions are not in line with your actions. We as humans will probably go in and out of
this many times in our souls as we navigate our paths in this life. To start we have to first ask ourselves what
our intentions in life are and then learn the skill and discipline of applying
the action of those intentions in a real way.
I recently treated myself to a weekend yoga and meditation
retreat near Fort Collins at the Shambhala Mountain Center. I went because I did not take any time off
for the holidays from work and was feeling like I needed to surround myself
with some other spiritually inclined “seekers” and gather some higher energy
for myself. I also just watched one of
my best friends slowly die this last month and said goodbye to him for the last
time before I left for my retreat. Even
though I had already booked my retreat before I knew how sick my friend was, it
was perfect timing to have some space to myself alone to sort through my
feelings about losing him.
WHAT IS INFLAMMATION?
The word inflammation in Latin means “to ignite or set
alight”. Put simply, inflammation can be
described as our body’s natural response to any injury or agitation of our tissues. On a deeper level, the inflammatory response “sets
alight” a plethora of cellular wonders designed to protect and heal the area.
There are two types of inflammation. The first one is acute inflammation. The word acute is synonymous with words like serious,
critical or dire.
Even though Autumn and Winter are my favorite times of the year,
we are entering the notorious season for colds and flu’s that can kill your
energy and holiday fun. The following is a list of my favorite immune building products that I use to proactively guard my immune system in this season. In addition to incorporating some of these products into your daily nutrition, staying active even when the weather changes and receiving regular massages will also keep your immune system in its optimal state.
Forward: I survived and chose my whole career to help bring this information to as many people as possible so this article is a major part of my heart and soul and gift to others. I will continually be adding more to it as it is such a large and important subject I am always thinking of more resources to add. Also because there is so much out there written about this subject matter you will find throughout the text additional articles on subjects where I didn't want to reinvent the wheel so to speak.
As us folks in Wyoming wait for the weather to actually feel
like spring, I feel that the effects of this vibrant season have been in full
force for the last two months. Spring
and autumn are the two seasons in the year that are all about transition. While autumn represents a slowing down into
hibernation, spring represents a speeding up into awakening and the birth of
new life. Though this is a beautiful process, I feel a bit like a grumpy bear
being woken up from my peaceful winter slumber.