The Benefits of Rolfing

January 31, 2009

Rolfing is both similar and dissimilar to deep massage therapy; developed about 50 years ago by Ida P. Rolf. This treatment manipulates the deep connective tissues of the body. The practice of Rolfing provides longer lasting pain relief than massage therapy. The effects of massage therapy lasts for about 24 hours; however the effects of Rolfing lasts over time to improve posture and to put the body back into balance.

Similarities

The similarities of Rolfing to deep tissue massage are that the therapist puts his/her hands on you to manipulate the connective tissue beneath the skin. The therapist uses specific techniques to achieve this. Rolfing does not diagnose or treat disease, but many people who have been treated by a Rolf practitioner do report having pain relief. As with deep tissue massage, Rolfing can be very light and pleasurable, but it can also be a bit painful or even “hurt” in a good way. If the client feels uncomfortable from the pain, he/she just needs to speak up and let the practitioner know so less pressure can be applied.

Differences

A Rolf treatment is totally different than massage, even though it is sometimes thought of as a type of deep tissue massage. In massage oil or lotion is normally used, but in Rolfing no lubricant is used at all, unless absolutely necessary for tissue manipulation. A Rolf treatment is not like a massage, in that you don’t just lie back and get relaxed, many people do feel relaxed or full of energy, though, after treatment, but the goal is to help the body to realign to its center of gravity. Treatment over time should help you to hold your posture in its correct position in relation to gravity. Massage does not permanently change the connective tissue, where Rolfing usually does change the connective fascia to some degree.

Where massage therapist may not be interested in the function of your body parts, a Rolfer examine your posture, and ask you to walk and do some kinds of exercises to evaluate how your body moves. Massage sessions may last for 30 minutes, but these sessions may last up to 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Benefits

Rolf manipulation is a technique to realign the body parts to each other in gravity. This treatment is used to improve posture, to improve range of motion in body parts, which in turn also helps to relieve pain. The practitioner works on the connective fascia of the body, and as he/she manipulates this tissue, instructions may be given on how to become more aware of your posture and how you hold certain body parts in relation to the rest of your body.

Conclusion

Rolf manipulation is a continuing process. The connective tissue changes over time as you become more aware of how to position your body. The frequency of the treatments is normally in a series of 10. You can stop your treatment at any time; however, you may not quite feel as well if you stop taking the treatments. Over time you adjust to the changes in your connective fascia and feel at home in your new and improved posture. Most sessions end with specific exercises to improve posture and movement. The practitioner will have you do before and after exercises to compare the alignment and movement of the body before and after the treatment.

Light Therapy

January 28, 2009

Light therapy is a rather complicated alternative medicinal field in itself, and is considered a vibrational medicine that uses acupuncture points, meridians, chakras, reflex zones, and many other areas to alter unbalanced frequencies in the body.

Based on scientific principles, light therapy can also be considered a form of energy medicine in addition to the vibrational medicine. It pulsates to a particular frequency that can be restored through resonant vibration, in order to achieve balance in the system. This balance is constantly seeking to reassert itself from an unbalanced state, through its own wisdom and intelligent form whenever light therapy is brought into play.

The body’s systems when it goes through some sort of crisis or trauma can not correct itself on its own, at least whenever a psychotic registration occurs. What consist in the makeup of the system of the body are the physical, the mental, the spiritual, and the emotional levels–all of which can be influenced by the application of light therapy. And since light therapy consists of vibration and resonance, the different areas of the body’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects have the ability to resonant to the many different vibrational frequencies.

In light therapy, the five physical senses are stimulated by vibration and resonance. This stimulation occurs with touch, color, light, sound, aroma, sacred geometry, and the use of crystals and gems. Receiving this stimulation can occur as an individual unit or as a total process, creating a balance in the system’s physical aspect. When an imbalance begins to occur, the body becomes deficient or completely overwhelmed by any amount of the senses–one or as a group.

By realizing that the body requires a balanced stimulus effecting the body, the senses can be approached on a steady and regular basis by utilizing the senses through processes–such as light therapy. Only then can healthy restoration begin to occur with deep changes toward a balanced system in the body.

Light therapy is important, as our bodies require light on a daily basis. The full spectrum of light influences the entire body to maintain its health, in a world where society is continuously blocking this light by staying indoors or deflecting the many forms of the light spectrum through the use of sun screen, sunglasses, or contacts. Seeing as light enters our body 90% of the time through the eyes, the skin, and the chakras, it is important to receive this light spectrum in order to stimulate the endocrine system, the immune system, and the body’s organs. As little as two hours of indirect sunlight offer the visible light spectrum, infrared, and ultraviolet light for a marked emotional well being and healthy body.

Natural Remedies for Arthritis

January 26, 2009

Do you or someone that you love suffer from arthritis? If so, the pain and discomfort that is commonly associated with arthritis may be too much to handle. When it is, there are many arthritis sufferers who turn to over-the-counter medications to seek relief. Yes, these over-the-counter medications will work in most cases, but did you also know that there are natural and safe ways to manage and treat arthritis? There are and a few of these natural remedies are highlighted below.

The consumption of raw juices is an effective and natural remedy for arthritis. Two specific types that come highly rated and recommended are green juices, as well as potato juice. In fact, potato juice has been used to treat the pain and discomfort commonly associated with arthritis for years on end. For potato juice, cut a potato into thin slices. When doing so, leave the skin intact. Place the potato slices in a glass of cold water and leave sitting for a few hours, overnight is best. Then drink.

The consumption of Omega 3 Fatty Acids are another natural way to treat many of the symptoms of arthritis. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are found in most fish. Those who do not like eating fish are encouraged to examine Omega 3 Fatty Acid supplements, which are available for sale at most drug stores and health stores. This natural remedy can provide relief from all forms of arthritis; however, those with rheumatoid arthritis see and feel the best results.

Warm olive oil massaged over the area is another easy and natural way to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. What is nice about this approach is that most individuals already have olive oil in their homes. When using warm olive oil, be sure to let cool a little, as olive oil that is too hot can result in painful skin burns. In addition to plain olive oil, sage, rosemary, or garlic can be diluted with olive oil, with about ten more parts of olive oil. When applied to the impacted area, relief should be felt immediately.

Baths are another natural way to treat the pain and discomfort often associated with arthritis. When using baths to seek relief, warm baths are advised. In fact, cold bathes can result in increased pain, which is not the goal. In addition to a traditional warm bath, many of those suffering from arthritis recommend adding about three or four tablespoons of Epson salt to the bathwater. Those diagnosed with arthritis should remain in a warm bath for at least thirty minutes.

Small amounts of exercise is another natural way to relieve the pain and discomfort commonly associated with arthritis. The only problem is that those suffering from arthritis must proceed with caution where exercise is concerned. Moving around, whether it be through walking or squeezing a stress ball, can help, but it also important not to over do it. Those who overexert themselves are likely to experience even more pain and discomfort.

As you can see, there are a number of natural remedies and home remedies that can be used to seek relief from arthritis. If you are not suffering from arthritis, but if you know someone who is, you may want to pass these easy and natural remedies onto that person. Unfortunately, many individuals are unaware of natural remedies and their many benefits.

Skeptics view on Reiki

January 22, 2009

Many believe Reiki to be a pseudoscience. Many medical personnel think it is a waste of time. Doctors express concern when people with serious diseases such as heart problems, stroke, and cancer choose Reiki over conventional treatment. The practitioners are playing on the patient’s fear and just stealing their money, doing nothing in the process.

Reiki practitioners maintain that while you should still get the treatment your doctor has planned, you can use Reiki as a complement to that therapy. The Reiki community would never advocate causing harm to anyone.

There are also many controversies about the different Reiki schools and how they differ. Some use different symbols. Some use energy healing instead of laying in of hands. Some go through each degree in one year, whereas others can take up to ten years to get to Master.

The churches have issues with Reiki as well. The Catholics believe it opens the door to evil. Some religions don’t even recognize it as a healing force. They believe that there is no way that a universal force could flow through one person at any given time.

The best way to help these skeptical people understand Reiki is for them to have one treatment before they claim it as bunk. They would find that they are very wrong. Treatments are very relaxing and very gentle with soft music playing in the background. They would lay on the table while the practitioner makes a circle of their entire body with the Reiki force. They would start at the patient’s head chakra and go all the way down to the root chakra opening any that have closed. The they do each knee chakra. Then you flip over, and they work on your back chakras. After that, they give you an affirmation and anchor it in with a symbol and you are done. It takes about an hour to go through the whole process.

Natural Remedies for Menopause

January 17, 2009

Do you believe that you are suffering from menopause? If you are, you should know that you are not alone. As uncomfortable and as life altering as many of the menopause symptoms can be, it is a natural occurrence that many women experience, typically around the age of forty. As hard as it can be for some women to associate menopause with good news, there is. That good news is that it is relatively easy for you and other women to treat the symptoms of menopause and you can do so with many natural remedies, also commonly referred to as home remedies.

Eating properly is an ideal way to relieve many of the common symptoms of menopause. For some women, it can be difficult to change their eating habits at this point in their lives, but many are pleased with the results. Foods rich in calcium and vitamin D are recommended. Although vitamin supplements can be taken, many menopause sufferers find the best success when adding additional calcium rich foods, such as milk and cheese, into their diets. Lots of water should be consumed and caffeine consumption should be limited.

Beet juice is also effective in providing those suffering from menopause with relief. This natural remedy for menopause has been proven successful on a number of occasions. Although you will find some variances when researching beet juice and menopause, most recommend consuming around sixty milliliters a day, two to three times daily. Sugar can be added for taste, although this additional step is optional.

Soy is also an ideal and natural way to reduce or treat menopause symptoms. Soy is an ideal method of treatment for many, as it comes in a number of different formats. For example, soy foods, such as soy milk can be purchased. Drink mixes are also available for purchase both on and offline.

As for natural herbs, black cohosh is recommended for those suffering from the symptoms of menopause. Black cohosh, like many other natural remedies for menopause has been proven effective in many studies; however, other additional studies have had inconclusive results. With that being said, many claim that black cohosh can help to reduce hot flashes. Hot flashes are one of the most common symptom complaints from menopause sufferers. In addition to hot flashes, black cohosh has also reportedly helps with sweating, another common menopause symptom.

Another natural way to relieve the symptoms of menopause involves getting proper exercise. Aerobic exercises have been proven in numerous studies to help with hot flashes. Although aerobic exercises are recommended, it is important not to underestimate the important activity of walking. In keeping with exercises, many women suffering from menopause have seen success with yoga. Although there are many disputes associated with the claim of yoga, there are a number of yoga postures which claims state that they specifically target many menopause symptoms, including hot flashes.

In addition to hot flashes, insomnia is another complaint made by those suffering from menopause. If you are finding it difficult to fall asleep at night and if you are suffering from menopause, there are a numbers of steps that you can take to see relief, steps which should make it easier for you to fall asleep at night. These simple steps involve creating a nighttime routine for yourself, avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and sleeping pills, as well as keeping your bedroom at a cool and comfortable temperature. Although not as natural as the above mentioned natural remedies for menopause, these steps may be able to help you get a good nights sleep, even when suffering from menopause.

The above mentioned steps and natural remedies for menopause are just a few of the many that you may want to try, if you find that your menopause symptoms are unbearable. As a reminder, although these natural and home remedies have proven successful for many, there are no guarantees that they will provide you with relief. However, since these remedies are natural, typically no harm can from giving them a try, as long as you keep your allergies, should you have any, in mind.

Discover Spiritual Growth with Kriya Yoga

January 12, 2009

Many people believe that yoga is all about the physical aspects meaning the body becoming stronger, suppler, and the student being able to deal with stress more efficiently. Of course Hatha yoga which is the more well known of the yoga styles is to a greater extent about improving the body and these are some of the advantages of making yoga part of your life. However, Kriya yoga is an advanced form, which focuses on spiritual growth as opposed to the physical context of yoga.

Typically, the practitioner of any yoga style should have studied any style of yoga for a year or more before embarking on the Kriya yoga route. This is because Kriya yoga is much more complex and requires even greater dedication and understanding of its principles.

Essentially all yoga disciplines teach the student about the inner life force and all yoga postures work at increasing the life force, opening up channels, clearing blockages, balancing inner energies.

The Kriya yoga student focuses on the energy in a different manner and works this energy up and down the spine. Kriya practice is to do with mastery of the breath and the concept is that the student directs this energy to rotate around the spinal centers (medullary, cervical, dorsal, lumbar, sacral and coccygeal plexuses) these spinal centers relate to the twelve signs of the zodiac.

The practice of kriya yoga is very deep and involved and the student must be dedicated to the practice to be able to progress and this is why it is recommended that students will have practiced other yoga methods and styles previously.

The techniques are very powerful and bring inspiration and clarity to the student; it opens up the spiritual eye and magnetizes the body. It takes students a long time to be able to grasp in fully the theory behind the practice and this is one of the reasons why it is important that the student does not self-teach this discipline. There are qualified teachers who should be contacted so as to instill correct techniques into the student; this will then help them to understand all that is Kriya yoga.

Essentially, the student will be able to decarbonize the blood and recharge it with oxygen, and this then rejuvenates all of the spinal centers and the brain. The idea is that the student will have control over the decay of body tissues by using the energy, this internal life-force and the power of their mind.

The student can still carry on with the other elements of yoga such as Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga etc, keeping the body strong is important and will help with the studies towards spiritual growth.

The Mirrored Body

January 9, 2009

Everything that happens to you everyday is recorded in your conscious and unconscious minds. You alone decide how you feel about something, or what you want to do next. When decisions that you make everyday start to cause you stress, it can show up in physical symptoms within your body.
A good example is sickness. Why do some people get sick and other don’t? Why do some patients respond to a treatment and others don’t? It is all a matter of your attitude and the fight you are willing to put up to beat the germ or illness.

Your life energy is in every cell in your body and you can communicate with all of them. If there is some sickness, you must identify what is causing it. If you can’t hear, is there something you don’t wish to know? If you can’t speak, is there something you don’t want to say? If you can’t see, have you been keeping something from yourself? There are hundreds of examples. We can learn to solve these problems, but only by asking hard questions. We must face up to the answers if we want to feel better. It is your choice to take life by the hand or let it pass you by.

Some symptoms develop after a while because you let the problem continue and finally your physical body has symptoms of an illness. These tensions in your body usually correlate to stress in your life when the symptoms developed. Being aware of this relationship will help you figure out how to resolve the issues. If you leave the issues unresolved, you will continue to get sicker and show more symptoms. Your body is trying to tell you something is not right. Start paying attention to yourself when you are not feeling well and see if you can trace it back to a certain event.

What is Rolfing

January 6, 2009

Not everyone is familiar with Rolfing. If you heard the term for the first time, you might ask, “What is Rolfing?” Rolfing has only been practiced since the 1950s. A biochemist by the name of Dr. Ida Rolf developed a technique of manipulating the connective tissue of the body’s framework. If 10 people were to ask one who has been Rolfed, what is Rolfing, each person may have a slightly different understanding from the person he/she asked.

Commonalities to what is Rolfing are that the practitioner works to align the head, shoulders, torso, pelvis and extremities so that each part is in sync or in balance with the rest of the body and its center of gravity. The body can get out of balance because one or more parts are affected by the shortening of the connective fascia that holds all the muscles and their skeletal attachments together. What is Rolfing? It softens and breaks down the fibers so that all the muscles of the body can work in harmony and balance.

Someone with one hip higher than the other may ask “What is Rolfing going to do for me?” Over time the hip that is contracted may be able to be in alignment with the other hip, therefore allowing for a normal gait, and less back and hip pain. When one part of the body is out of balance, it can cause pain and in some cases malformations of the musculoskeletal system over time.

What is Rolfing? It can be painful, but in a good sort of way. Rolfing shouldn’t be uncomfortably painful, although you might feel some discomfort. If you do feel any real discomfort, let your practitioner know. He/she may not notice your facial expression when you have an “ouch,” so be sure to voice your discomfort. Many people report that it “hurts so good,” or “it feels so good when it quits hurting.” What is Rolfing? It is both relaxing and invigorating depending on the recipient.

What is Rolfing? It is a fairly slow process. There are usually a series of 10 visits; one each week. The visits are fairly long, lasting up to 1 and ¼ hours each. Once the treatment has been given each week, the client needs to work on keeping those muscles and connective tissue elastic, rather than letting them become stiff again with disuse. Exercise techniques and stretching exercises such as Yoga can help keep the body in balance until the next visit.

The practitioner may take photographs of the client prior to the first treatment and then afterward. More pictures may be taken at the end of the 10 week period to document the improvement that has taken place. What is Rolfing? It isn’t mandatory that the client finish the 10 week cycle of treatments, although it is encouraged. The client can stop at any time, and resume at any time. If the client is not satisfied with the practitioner, he/she can stop the treatments and find another Rolf practitioner without being financially bound to the previous practitioner. It is like changing doctors; if you find you don’t care for one, you can find another.

Natural Remedies for Migraines and Headaches

January 3, 2009

Do you suffer from constant headaches or migraines? If you do, you may be looking to seek relief. With that being said, even if you only occasionally suffer from headaches or migraines, you may still be seeking fast relief, but in a natural way. For natural ways to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with migraines and headaches, please continue reading on.

Grapes are a great and natural way to seek relief from a headache or a migraine. When it comes to using grapes to seek relief, there are a number of different steps that can be taken. For natural consumption, just eat a bowlful of ripe grapes. Another approach involves just drinking the juice, as the juice is what provides the relief. With this approach, squish or grind a few grapes and drink the juice.

In keeping with what is consumed, it is important to eat a proper diet. Diet is not only an ideal way to help get over a migraine quicker, but it is also a way to reduce your chances of suffering from one. A well balanced diet is key to staying happy and healthy. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, honey, yogurt, and milk are advised. In fact, one other natural remedy for headaches that comes highly recommended is eating a fresh apple each morning.

Water is also key to reducing the average time frame of a headache or a migraine. As with a healthy diet, the regular consumption of water can help to prevent the onset of headaches and migraines. In addition to drinking plain water, another home and natural remedy for headaches and migraines that comes recommended is that of honey. Many headache and migraine sufferers report a decrease or complete elimination in pain when drinking a glass of water with a teaspoon of honey.

A cold compress can also and should be used to help treat a migraine or a headache. A ziplock bag filled with ice or a cold washcloth can be used. Although a cold compress is an ideal way to seek relief from a headache or a migraine, there are also individuals who claim that heat provides them with assistance. If you would like to try this approach, start with warm washcloths or towels around the neck and armpits.

Those who have the option to do so are encouraged to sleep when they develop a painful headache or migraine. Although sleep may not provide permanent relief, the temporary relief is still preferred by many. Even if sleep is not possible, like if you are a parent who is at home with your child, stay in a dark room. Light can often complicate a headache, especially a migraine. This can make the pain much worse or even unbearable for many. For that reason, those suffering from migraines are encouraged to limit their exposure to household lights, sunlight, television, and computer screens.

Headaches, especially migraines, can be debilitating. Some sufferers are unable to continue on with their daily activities. If this describes you and if you have tried the above mentioned natural and home remedies for migraines without success, you may want to consider contacting a healthcare professional. As nice as it is to stay natural, it is important to be able to complete your daily tasks, especially if you are employed or a parent.