Gentle Stretches for Weekend Warriors

Despite it’s title as being for gardeners, this clip that I discovered has really great gentle stretches for most weekend warrior activities. What I like is the information given to work with YOUR body and where it is now in it’s ability and flexibility, and not to push to a point of pain. I would recommend these stretches to my dance students and clients who are more physically active on their time off. It is really well done!

Healing Anxiety Holistically (Part 3) -The Therapies

In the third and final segment of Healing Anxiety Holistically I will share information about the Holistic Therapies I offer and how they specifically help clients to ease anxiety.

My main focus in offering holistic therapies is to not only address body, mind and spirit (the whole person), but to also encourage the body to kick in with its own natural and innate healing abilities. When feeling physically and emotionally overwhelmed that task can seem insurmountable.Teresa Graham, Holistic Health Practitioner

However with a focus on bringing body and mind to a relaxed state, holistic therapies encourage the body to shift into its optimal healing state. When we breath deeply, we heal. When we relax, we heal. When we take steps to stop the mind chatter and focus turns to our body, we heal.

Sessions I offer and how they address the symptoms of Anxiety.

Teresa Graham, Holistic Health PractitionerSPINAL TOUCH encourages the body to relax into its correct posture. When properly aligned (like our cars wheel alignment) the spine and body are able to better cope  with the day to day stresses placed upon them. We move more freely and without pain, our digestion improves, pressure is taken off of our lungs and respiration moves oxygen through our body with renewed vigour.

 

Teresa Graham, Holistic Health PractitionerWith REIKI clients will often feel such a deep sense of peace that they fall asleep or slip into a deep meditative state. In that perfectly relaxed state the body and mind can easily draw energy into those areas where it is most needed. As within, so without … drawing upon the healing energy around us (that which makes the plants grow) helps to bring balance within. This balance of energy results in a sense of harmony in our daily actions. Stress and tension move aside to be replaced with a deep sense of peace.

 

Teresa Graham, Holistic Health PractitionerTo begin your REFLEXOLOGY session you sit in a reclined and comfortable position. The brain recognizes the signs of relaxation and begins to encourage the body to wind down. As nerve endings are stimulated in feet and/or hands it triggers the release of tension throughout all parts, glands and organs of the body. Respiration and circulation throughout the body improves.

 

Teresa Graham, Holistic Health Practitioner

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY is another deeply relaxing holistic practise. Unwinding the Fascia (a thin sheath of fibrous tissue that wraps around and encloses a muscle, organ, joint and the entire body) that wraps us up tighter than it should be, often occurring when we’re anxious, stressed or injured. Craniosacral also encourages the unimpeded flow of Cerebral Spinal Fluid (colourless liquid that bathes the brain and spinal cord). As the CSF flows it nourishes the brain and the nerves,  impacting the entire body.

 

Teresa Graham, Holistic Health PractitionerMASSAGE loosens tight restrictions in muscles and ligaments while helping to ease the pain caused. Often there is an area of the body that we hold our stress and tension; the neck and shoulders tighten, the jaw clenches, the legs are restless… Knots, kinks and spasms are eased with massage and the body begins to feel stretched, longer and very much more relaxed. As muscles open up and release tension there is often an equal release of emotional stress that has been trapped in the tightness.

 

Abbotsford Belly DanceDANCE is a total “in the body” experience. During classes I encourage students to breath deeply and dance their body. I’ll share some moves, but you’ll experience them as only your body can. Your age, fitness level or ability to dance don’t matter at all. What you’ll find is your mind becomes so focused on what your body is doing, that anxiety and upsetting thoughts drift away (even if just for a short time). At the same time the physical activity is encouraging your body to release the “feel good” chemicals and endorphins into the bloodstream.

 

In its relaxed state the body turns the tables on anxiety. A different group of chemicals and hormones are released … the ones that make us feel good. In that state both mind and body are empowered. The more often we can reach this state the more we begin to see long term benefits. Anxiety may still be present, but it is often to a lesser degree. and we are able to reclaim a calmer state with a little more ease.

Related Articles
Healing Anxiety Holistically (part one)
Healing Anxiety Holistically (part two) Anxiety and taking care of you in the moment.

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What is Reiki?

What is Massage?

What is Reflexology?

What is Craniosacral Therapy?

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The Body Beautiful…creating care & awareness

                      BODY AWARENESS

Our Body is talking to us ALL the time, it’s our lifelong best friend.

The “Body Mechanics & Awareness” Workshops as an aid to creating awareness of how your body is moving and ways in which you may want to make adjustments with your BFF (yes, your body is your “best friend forever” … really!)

The body constantly sends us messages about how it’s feeling and, through listening to and feeling what it’s telling us, we can make adjustments in what we’re doing to keep it “happy”. Increasing our awareness of our body and how its moving keeps us in touch with what needs adjusting. Everything works together…our nerves detect information about the space around us through touch, the nerves in our joints detect the positioning of body parts and those in the muscle fibres sense our movements.

With the intention of living a long and happy life with little or no pain and continuing to do all of those things we love to do it’s worthwhile to take the time to listen to what our body is saying and to fine-tune the movements we’re making .

Our Spine is one of the key structures in our body, without it we’d be like mushy beanbags on the floor, unable to stand erect and unable to move. This amazing part of us gives us protection, support and is the base for our muscles and ligaments to attach to, so that we have mobility.

Honouring the spine’s natural curvatures and giving it the space it needs to move is essential.

It’s important to remember that the spine is just a bony structure, that muscles move bones (not the other way around) and so keeping our spine healthy means keeping our muscles strong, stretched and flexible. With out the muscles and ligaments our legs wouldn’t be attached to our hips, nor our arms to our shoulders and we would be unable to bend our knees and elbows.

Yoga, stretching & strengthening exercises give our muscles the support they need for us to move freely with flexibility and without pain. Sometimes we need to adjust how we’re moving to relieve the pain, or compensate for injured areas. Besides good nutrition muscles need oxygen (yes we need to breathe…deeply) and water (the Brain is 90% water, Muscles are 75%, Bones are 22% and water protects and moisturizes our joints….it’s a key ingredient to keeping us moving!)

 THE Body Awareness & Mechanics Series

I created this workshop because of questions I was receiving from dance students. They understood the mechanics of a dance step or movement but were unable to feel it in their bodies and wanted to change that.

The questions allowed me to draw my passions together as a natural health practitioner who emphasizes the importance of connecting mind, body and spirit in wellness, and as a dance teacher who shares the technique while encouraging “feeling” the dance.

The workshop focuses on increasing awareness of all the parts of your body when stationary and when in motion. It includes body awareness techniques, visualizations, movements to stretch and strengthen awareness of the body and improve how your body moves (its mechanics) as well as yoga.  Previous participants in the workshop have left with a new understanding and amazement at just how incredible the precious gift of their body is, a better awareness of their posture and ways to “get more” from their muscles.

Over the course of 3 evenings (1 ½ hours once a week for 3 weeks) you are invited to explore different ways of tuning into your body to become aware of where you are standing and moving in alignment and where you may be holding some muscles tighter and limiting your movements. If you have injuries due to accidents and surgeries, this workshop invites you to explore using muscles in different ways to provide you with increased range of motion.

Each person learns differently so each evening explores different ways of learning (through touch, feel, hearing, seeing and doing). Each week we work through a range of yoga and stretching for specific muscle groups, strengthening techniques, props and other assists are added to increase awareness while stationary and in motion, visualization, meditation and relaxation yoga rounds out the week. The first evening covers all of the lower body muscle groups, the second week we move through and explore the upper body and finally we focus on the movements of the spine.

While the workshop description may sound technical (and part of it is) the main focus will be on feeling the moves and adjustments, and how they feel in your body. As muscles adjust and open up we can often experience emotions that we have stored in them (perhaps the cause of their limitation?) and feeling your way through those moments will be just as important.

Cost: $65.00 (plus gst)

Dates to be announced

July Workshops – pre-registration required

WORKSHOPS: JULY 2012
REIKI Level 1 &2 Classes
Body Awareness & Mechanics Workshops

REIKI CLASSES

in  Fort Langley B.C.

Reiki (pronounced Ray-key) is an ancient Japanese healing art that encourages the natural energies that are around and within us to come into balance. Like the energies that help a plant to grow, blossom and develop Reiki provides a space for our mind, body and spirit to do the same. When our body is in a state of total relaxation it has the opportunity to heal itself, Reiki promotes this way of being and increases the energy within us that is often depleted through stress, trauma and illness. Enhancement of health and reduction of stress encourages the body, mind and spirit to come into a state of harmony and retain a sense of peace within.

Reiki is beneficial for relieving many symptoms that are associated with headaches (whether migraine or stress related), PMS & Menopause symptoms, Depression and Stress, Injury due to accident or surgery, Arthritis, Respiratory illnesses, MS and works well to relieve some of the pain and nausea associated with Chemotherapy and Radiation. It balances, refreshes, rejuvenates and restores!

A Reiki Master since 1996, I follow the traditional Usui method of Reiki in both the sessions shared with clients and classes shared with students.  The practice of Reiki has become a daily way of living gently and lovingly upon the earth and is just a natural part of sharing love with my family (including pets), friends, clients and the world around me. One benefit I find to Reiki is the ability (after taking the 2nd degree) to send Reiki to others. On the rare occasions that I do watch the news and witness some of the tragedies that are reported locally and around the world I am able to send Reiki out to hopefully help and heal those that are injured from earthquake, war, tsunami, etc. and I am honoured, that in some small way, I can share the gift that is Reiki. The comment often made is “you seem so calm” and Reiki would be the reason for that sense of peace within.

REIKI Level 1 Saturday July 7, 9:30 to approx. 5:30

The first level of Reiki shares the history of this ancient healing art following the traditional Usui method.  You will also:

  • learn how to give a treatment to yourself as well as the hand positions to share a full session with another
  • have the opportunity to practice through sharing a session
  • learn how to share a mini Reiki session with another
  • discover the Reiki principles and ways in which you can work with them to enhance your well-being
  • have 2 attunements in which your ability to channel Reiki energy is opened (gradually) and sealed
  • take home notes with information about Reiki from the perspective of different Masters, the hands on positions for a session, a copy of the Reiki principles and some basic information about natural healing with Reiki
  • learn ways to share Reiki with animals, provide first aid and help plants to grow
  • this is a certificate class, certificate will be provided at the end of the day

Cost: $200.00 (plus HST) 50% deposit is required when you register

REIKI Level 2 Saturday, July 21st, 9:30 to approx. 5:30

A further journey that takes you deeper into the practice of Reiki. You will:

  • be provided with symbols that enhance the use of Reiki energy when sharing with others and allow you to send Reiki energy healing long distance
  • have the opportunity to practice with the symbols while giving a session
  • learn how to balance the chakras and the female/male energies during a session
  • take home notes with information shared from various Reiki Masters regarding the 2nd degree, the symbols and ways in which to use them, information about the chakras
  • have 1 attunement sealing the symbols into your natural Reiki energy
    Illustration of the main 7 Chakras, as taught ...

    Illustration of the main 7 Chakras, as taught by contemporary Reiki masters. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • this is a certificate class and certificate will be provided upon completion of this level

Cost: $275.00 (plus HST) 50% deposit is required when you register

(please note: if you have a group of people wishing to take Reiki classes and are not in the Fort Langley area please contact me, I’m happy, if possible, to travel to you)

THE BODY AWARENESS & MECHANICS WORKSHOPS

JULY 2012 in Fort Langley & Abbotsford

Our Body is talking to us ALL the time; it’s our lifelong best friend.  It constantly sends us messages about how it’s feeling and through listening to and feeling what it’s telling us, we can make adjustments in what we’re doing to keep it “happy”.  With the intention of living a long and happy life with little or no pain, doing all of those things we love to do (like dance well into our 90’s and beyond) it’s worthwhile to take the time to listen to what our body is saying. What it is saying and how it is saying it speaks volumes about some of the adjustments and fine tuning it wants us to make.

Over the course of 3 evenings (1 ½ hours once a week for 3 weeks) you are invited to explore different ways of tuning into your body to become aware of where you are standing and moving in alignment and where you may be holding some muscles tighter and limiting your movements. If you have injuries due to accidents and surgeries this workshop invites you to explore using muscles in different ways to provide you with increased range of motion.

Each person learns differently so each evening explores different ways of learning (through touch, feel, hearing, seeing and doing). Each week we work through a range of yoga and stretching for specific muscle groups, strengthening techniques, props and other assists are added to increase awareness while stationary and in motion, visualization, meditation and relaxation yoga rounds out the week. The first evening covers all of the lower body muscle groups, the second week we move through and explore the upper body and finally we focus on the movements of the spine.

While the workshop description may sound technical (and part of it is) the main focus will be on feeling the moves and adjustments, and how they feel in your body. As muscles adjust and open up we can often experience emotions that we have stored in them (perhaps the cause of their limitation?) and feeling your way through those moments will be just as important.

Cost: $50.00 (includes HST)

To maintain a comfortable atmosphere for all who participate the class size is limited.

Please contact me to add your name to the list of participants and please indicate which location is best for you. If you have a group of people who would like to participate, please contact me, it’s possible I could travel to you.