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December

What My Face Taught Me About My Back – Part 1

Whenever a stretch or movement doesn’t hold long I’m always curious as to why, then I start looking for what else could be related. In this case I’ve discovered a few key things about my face that gave amazing relaxation to the muscles surrounding my spine. It took a while to realize that the sensation in the bones of my nose were related to the back of my head and to my spine. It probably wouldn’t have dawned on me if it weren’t for the classes I took in Cranial Sacral

31

January

Help for Your Shoulders at Work

The electronic revolution has been incredibly fast and is now pervasive in every home and office. Computers are  irreplaceable at this stage and immensely useful for work, but take a toll on our bodies. The position of holding the shoulders relatively still while working just the fingers is very unnatural and gives the shoulders the idea that they don’t need such a wide range of motion anymore. The forward position tightens the pecs, strains the rhomboids, traps, but also compresses the bones in the hands, tenses the forearms and

06

January

Taking Care of Your Core

In recent weeks I’ve noticed a pattern in clients’ bodies in that they’ve contracted in the center of their bodies, I’m guessing, due to the cold weather we’ve been having. It’s a completely natural response for the system to protect its valuable internal organs and contract to hold the heat in, but then all of that needs to be released at the end of the day. Not only do the back, thighs, hips and shoulders pull in towards the midline, but the organs themselves also wind up bunching up and

30

December

What I Learned about Menstrual Cramps

The birth of my daughter ended the powerful cramps that used to accompany my periods, rendering me pretty useless for a couple of days each month. I could still relate when a teenager approached me with similar heavy cramping, pain and pressure in the belly and back with headaches similar to migraines. Previously when a woman came in with discomfort from her ‘moon cycle’, I always focused on the tension in the lower back. This time I thought to include the internal organs and abdominal region itself. The results were

26

December

What your neck knows about your feet

I’ve been finding recently the direct connection between the neck, particularly the upper cervical area, and the feet. I knew there were many proprioceptor cells in both areas, so the neck can always adjust the position of the head based upon what the feet were doing, but this is different. This has been the discovery that they have become paired, similar to the ways the eyes and the neck have, because they are in sync and firing together so often. What this means is that if you hold the back

12

April

Better than coffee

Having never been a morning person, I’ve needed to find ways over the years to feel awake in the morning. In the process, I discovered places where life force gets held up or released. Just yesterday I discovered a new place to open up the juices in the morning. I’ve been allergic to dairy for decades, so black coffee was utterly unappealing. I do like the apple cider vinegar in water with a little lemon juice – that really works, and alkalizes your system at the same time. Even before

06

April

Detox Shower

In the beginnings of catching a cold, I was wondering what else I could do to shift the direction beyond all the supplements and support for the immune system. Then the salt scrub entered my mind. I have one that describes itself as a ‘detox’ scrub which includes some awesome essential oils and food medicinals like dandelion root and burdock root. The salts with trace minerals do wonderful things to assist, nourish, and strengthen the system while they exfoliate and help the body release the old layer of skin.

Then I

21

March

Gravity ~ Need a Lift?

In trying to avoid the compressing of sitting, I developed a standing station for my computer and noticed some effects in my feet and legs. I didn’t realize initially that gravity would be then adding a load throughout my entire body without the chair the absorb some of it. I added a doubled-over rubber pad to help my feet, and often use dance music to keep them moving, but the downward pressure into my legs and feet was still tiring. Although they strengthened in a few weeks, there was still

15

March

Bras and the lymph nodes

I’ve noticed at times that the area beneath or at the side of my breasts have become tender, usually after wearing a bra (especially a sport bra) that’s been pressing on the lymph there for too long. When the connection became clear I went out shopping for different types of bras. Mind you, I’d already stopped using the underwire type, but even without that added firm material of the underwire, the tension on the diaphragm and the lymph nodes had become too much. Sport bras are really tight usually, but

15

March

Boots and heels

It’s such a fashion look these days to wear those spike heels that are so high women have to walk on the balls of their feet; boots have high heels these days as well. Work boots don’t usually have high heels, but pose the same issue – they all block ankle motion, and/or foot mobility. They are a great look for the shape of the legs, and the work boots are needed for protection against things falling on the feet, but they’re all binding for the feet and stiffening for