Posture and Breath – A Holistic View

As the holistic paradigm joins the mainstream, most of us are increasingly aware that   everything is connected to everything else. Within this vision we acknowledge correspondence between body and mind, but most of us haven’t yet regarded our posture through a holistic mirror. The usual idea of good posture is an ideal positioning of theContinue reading “Posture and Breath – A Holistic View”

The Body-Mind Connection: Part Two

Heal the mind, heal the body. Heal the body, heal the mind. The first step toward healing your body and your mind is literally at your fingertips: your fork and spoon. These are the most powerful tools you have to change your physical and mental health. Food is more than just fuel for your bodyContinue reading “The Body-Mind Connection: Part Two”

The Body-Mind Connection: Part One

Heal the mind, heal the body. Heal the body, heal the mind.  We have all heard of the mind-body connection and how our thoughts affect the health of our body. It is true that our thoughts and beliefs are extremely powerful and can affect our body in many ways. But the reverse is also true:Continue reading “The Body-Mind Connection: Part One”

What am I Feeling? The Healing Benefits of Massage

Touch. We come into this world being touched, and we hopefully can leave being touched. Whatever our experiences in this life, touch is usually involved in some form. Each time we are touched, the emotions related to that touch are stored in our mind and in our body’s tissues. We not only store the emotionsContinue reading “What am I Feeling? The Healing Benefits of Massage”

Living Anxiety-Free – How to Keep Your Nerves in Tact

“When you suffer an attack of nerves you’re being attacked by the nervous system. What chance has a man got against a system?” —Russell Hoban Many of us stress about our jobs, our families, the traffic, bills, etc. However, worries are easily diminished with a hot bath, a warm meal and some relaxation time. ButContinue reading “Living Anxiety-Free – How to Keep Your Nerves in Tact”

Stress and Pain Age the Body and Brain!

Chronic stress ages the body and can make cells appear up to 17 years older than they  really are, according to a recent study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While researchers and healthcare practitioners have long thought as much, this study reveals exactly how stress takes its biological toll onContinue reading “Stress and Pain Age the Body and Brain!”

Creating Spirit Through Structure and Energy – Is It Part of Our Future?

Looking at the evolution of modern massage therapy over the last 40 years shows both an   exponential growth and subsequent factioning of modalities within the larger parent field. We need only look at the internally divided camps of certain bodywork genres (i.e., Rolfing and reiki to name but a few) to see a micro-cosmic representationContinue reading “Creating Spirit Through Structure and Energy – Is It Part of Our Future?”

REIKI, Simple and Profound – A Balancing Practice for Client and Therapist, Part II

Continued from Friday, August 19, 2011 REIKI by Degrees, or Not There are three levels of training in REIKI–first degree, second degree, and REIKI master–but you don’t necessarily need all three. First degree teaches hand placements for treating self and others. It involves a series of initiations, in which the REIKI master empowers the studentContinue reading “REIKI, Simple and Profound – A Balancing Practice for Client and Therapist, Part II”

REIKI, Simple and Profound – A Balancing Practice for Client and Therapist, Part I

What is REIKI, how does it work, and how can it benefit bodywork practitioners, both personally and professionally? The concept for this article began with a newly published book, written by REIKI master Pamela Miles, simply titled REIKI: A Comprehensive Guide. I had collaborated with Miles a few years back when reporting on a REIKIContinue reading “REIKI, Simple and Profound – A Balancing Practice for Client and Therapist, Part I”

Caring for Body and Soul – Reconsidering Spiritual Well-Being, Part II

Continued from yesterday . . . “In both Buddhist psychology and Western experiential therapy, this process of experiencing and accepting the changing stream of sensations is central to the alchemy of transformation,” writes Tara Brach, PhD, a clinical psychologist and founder of the Insight Meditation Community in Washington, DC, in her book Radical Acceptance: EmbracingContinue reading “Caring for Body and Soul – Reconsidering Spiritual Well-Being, Part II”