Category Archives: A Holistic You

Modern Science Has Turned Us Into Wimps,Push Through The Pain with the Martial Arts

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Universal to All Martial Arts

Although style and philosophies of martial arts vary, there are some universal benefits.

  1. You will become more fit.  Your heart rate will improve and your stamina will increase.
  2. You will lose weight.  An average martial art workout can burn up to 500 calories an hour while providing a full body workout.
  3. Your body will become more toned and your muscularity better defined.
  4. Quickness and reaction time will improve.
  5. You will develop a better mental attitude and be less prone to depression.

But what is most important you will realize that your body is capable of so much more.  Obviously, the martial arts may not be suitable for some, but if you are already somewhat physical and leery of pharmacology as the cure for pain and depression, then, perhaps, the martial arts are for you.

Interested?  Read my article!!

SOME TYPES OF HOLISTIC HEALING TREATMENTS

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There are hundreds of different holistic treatment options- after all you’re each a unique individual, right?  I’ve only touched on just the tip of the iceberg below.

Improve Your Diet. Would you let your car run out of gas?  Would you put “bad gas” in your car if you knew it could have long term damaging effects?  Then why wouldn’t you fuel your body with the same standards? Danielle Donley points out some great tips for improving your diet here. My personal favorite of her tips is the Fooducate app she mentions.  This app can be used with a QR Code scanner on a smart phone.  Simply scan the barcode of a product to see the Fooducate grade, not to mention other helpful hints about the product.  This is an easy way that you can make adjustments to your body.  By taking baby steps like eliminating soda from his diet, Jim was able to work his way to feeling better, having more energy, and having more energy, longer.  He also lost a few pounds, which could have had some effect on his reduced back pain. Jim’s advice to anyone trying to change their diet: take it one step at a time.  Once you master one thing, then move on to the next.  First it’s quitting the cola- cold turkey, and then it’s adding more fruits and veggies every day in place of potato chips or French Fries.   

Add some activity to your day. Not interested in hitting the track or lifting weights? There are plenty of other options like Yoga or Zumba that New Ager’s have picked up on. Work on the third floor in your office building?  Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator next time. Going to the mall and see there’s an open spot in one of the first rows?  Choose to park in the back for the extra steps.  There are plenty of ways to get more activity in your day.  The point is to just do it!   Exercise has more benefits than fitting into last year’s jeans.  It can actually improve your pain and mental state.  Exercise releases chemicals called endorphins; these endorphins interact with your pain receptors.  More on exercise and endorphins from WebMD here.

This image is from namaste-massage.net

This image is from namaste-massage.net

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine which helps rebalance your energy, or Qi (pronounced chee) by inserting extremely thin needles into specific places, known as meridians, on the body.  It has been increasing in popularity with the New Age Movement.  Our friend Jim, from the beginning of the article, has actually tried acupuncture, and he says it is not painful at all.  He was skeptical about it at first, but he’s glad he did it. He felt very relaxed after it all.

Aromatherapy is the use of aromas and oils in plants and herbs.  Herbs have been used for thousands of years, with the first known recording of herb use for healing being written 5,000 years ago. Be careful not to be scammed by a fancy advertising gimmick that uses “aromatherapy” instead of “smells good”.  Jim says the aromatherapy piece of his treatment has probably been the least effective out of all, but has still provided some great relief.  He has used certain oils to help relive the back pain.  He has also used true aromatherapy candles to help him relax and focus on balancing his mind and spirit.

Massages can have immense healing power. Insurance will even cover the cost sometimes.  Manipulation of the muscles and tissue can “ease muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness,” according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.  Plus, who doesn’t want a massage?  Jim says his pain relief is incredible after receiving a massage. When talking with me about these benefits, he couldn’t say enough positive things about his massages.  This is by far his favorite of all the holistic treatments he has tried because he has received the best results.

What are some other types of holistic treatments that you have explored?

Introduction to Holistic Healing.

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What Jim and millions of other Americans have recently been learning is that there is another option out there.  This new idea of holistic healing incorporates all aspects of a person- the mind, body, and spirit. 

We all know that our bodies’ systems are interconnected.  The idea behind holistic healing is that if we take care of each of those individual systems, then our whole system will work much better.  The individual systems I’m referring to are the body, mind, and spirit.

The American Holistic Medical Association points out that a holistic approach sees the patient as a “unique individual, not as an “example of a particular disease.”  So the holistic approach tries many different ways to heal a person.  For example, Jim’s plan to ease his back pain is much different than his co-worker’s son’s plan. 

Think of it like this. If you and all your friends went to Happy-Hour at Applebees this Friday night, and you each ordered five Brewtus beers, would each of you react the same way after the last sip?  Would Suzie’s speech be slurred?  Would Patti’s laugh get a little louder?  Would Tim start getting tired?  Would you not have started to feel the effects of the alcohol after the fifth?  You see, each of our bodies react to situations and circumstances differently, so why would we treat a disease or pain the same cookie cutter way?

Quiz your body, quiz your mind.

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Interested in knowing more about how your chakras? Like how weak or strong they are or even how in the heck you can help yourself open them in order to achieve the mind, body balance everyone craves? We’ll the world-wide web can in fact provide you with those answers put proceed with caution, you are getting spiritual results over the web.

The following are the chakra tests that I have taken and I have them ranked in the order I found most helpful.

1. The 3 minute chakra test: by Carol Tuttle, author and creator of energy healing 101. She also has a series of YouTube videos relating to different aspects of holistic healing through the use of the chakras. Here is just one of her videos on “3 tips to get anything you want!”

This test literally took me less than a couple minutes to complete and receive the following results. I then put my email in for further results where they look me step by step into what it meant when it said “crown chakra was closed.” I was surprised at how accurate the results seemed when I realized what missing each chakra meant to my mind and body. I have received several follow-up emails that give me more thoughts on how I can improve and open these chakras.

2. Electric energies Chakra test: This test was 56 questions where you could answer from not at all to definitely. The test was a little more lengthy than the first and the option to see what this means just took me to an introduction to each chakra, which was information I already knew. It would be helpful though that this test would tell you if you are over-active in one or more chakras, since that can result in negative results as well.

 

3. The Color Chakra test: This test was only probably 10 questions but made the taker pick colors, pictures and situations during the test in order to get answers. The results told me that i was a spiritual nomad and that I needed to work on my communication skills, which I don’t see as “myself” as the other two results.

 

So try them out, see what chakras are strong, closed and weak. If you do please take my poll and tell me what you think! I know my results from these tests have me thinking about ways to improve my emotional/spiritual health.

Have you checked YOUR chakras lately?

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No, a chakra isn’t a part of your car that needs a yearly upgrade. Your chakras are focal point centers located on different areas of the body. The layers of energy that radiate through the chakras create a fan like vortex transmit vibrations full of energy to various organs and other parts of the body. The idea of  a chakra originated in Buddhism and Hinduism where the meaning of the word was a turning wheel. Chakra is pronounced here. Auras are commonly associated with how weak and strong a persons chakras are. Indian medicine used this word to explain vortices of energy that exist in living things. There are 7 chakras all located on a persons spine so that the major nerve branches can help energy flow from the top of the head to the base of the spine. Chakra is studied by many philosophical, therapeutic rituals, disciplines  and spiritual traditions using a variety of different versions and focal points. The chakra is sometimes compared to a flower with petals or spokes that can branch out and give oxygen (or energy) or other parts of the body.

When a person chakras are all vibrating at an equal rate one is suposed to be experincing optimal health internally and externally. Each chakra has a place on the body and purpose, color and symbol. They are as follows:

The Root Chakra (Muladhara): The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and helps a person feel connected and grounded with the world around them. Your passion and feeling of stability and survival can all be effected by a weak root chakra.

The Sacral Chakra (Sawdhisthana):Ones emotions and sexuality are controlled by the sacral chakra. A strong sacral chakra can make someone open, confident and have a large imagination.

The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura): Sometimes called the naval chakra due to its positon this chakra deals with a persons fulfillment in your career and being able to enjoy and live life with a full voice. Being timid and afraid of social situations can be the result of a weak chakra.

The Heart Chakra (Anahata): Like its name and position the heart chakra helps people with their ability to love, forgive and show affection. Being cold and distant is a sign of a weak heart chakra.

The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha): The throat chakra helps one with their communication and self-expression. This helps one socially and ensures an extroverted personality when strong.

The Third Eye Chakra (Ajna): A persons insight, intuition and visualization abilities are helped by the third eye chakra. With a weak or closed third eye, you may be the type of person who relies on others to think for them, or have a rigid personality.

The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara): The crown chakra deals with your spirituality and connection to the world. Fearing the unknown and lacking faith or hope are signs of weak or closed crown chakras.

While it is important for  health reasons for these chakras to be open and thriving, it is possible for your chakras to be considered too strong, resulting in being overly emotionally (sacral chakra) or a bad listener, for example (throat chakra).

If you find that some of you chakras are weak or closed, there are ways to open them. There are even products sold like candles, gems and teas that claim to help you with this process.

Believing that these energy vortexes exist and striving to keep them open will result in a harmony and balance in the mind and body, which will then result in a more holistic you!

Try this 5 minute chakra balancing exercise!

Five Rites (Plus One)

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How to practice the five rites (correctly):                     

First, it is important to have enough space to lie down. Having a mat or towel to lie on will make the routine more comfortable for your body. (As your back and knees may get sore without a cushion for support.)

Second, one’s breathing technique must be perfected. This video is a great start to perfecting the rhythm of each breath.

Lastly, to start the routine, your chakras must be aligned. Our chakras are our energy centers. These are the paths that our energy flows to and from our aura. We have seven major centers/chakras in our body.

After your space is acquired and your body is prepared for the proper breathing technique, taking each rite one at a time will set you up for the full twenty-one repetitions.

Spinning

As your arms go out to your side, your body will start to spin in a clockwise motion  (to the right). Keeping your eye focused on one object will help you stay balanced and will help you keep a rhythm throughout the twenty-one turns.

“As I take each spin it helps me find balance within my life,” said Patty Little.

Head and Leg Raises

This looks very similar to a crunch position, which focuses on strengthening the abdomen muscles. As you lie on the ground, the head rises and simultaneously the legs rise.

Marissa Witting said, “My inner core is strengthened and it helps me relax the other muscles in my body.”

Camel

This is known as the traditional form of a backbend.  As you kneel on the floor, your hips will straighten above our toes (toes flat). As you place your hands on the back of your legs (upper thigh region). The head and neck lean forward and the chin tucks into the chest. Then, the head tilts and the neck pushes backward, causing the spine to arch backward.

Tabletop

As you sit on floor with your legs extended and feet flexed, your palms will lie flat on floor next to your hips (fingers pointed toward your feet). You will push off with your hands and your body will rise as your head falls back.

Upward and Downward Dog

As you begin on all fours with your toes flexed and palms on floor, keep your weight distributed evenly among your knees, palms, and feet. During this rite, your hands and feet should be kept straight. “Start with your arms perpendicular to the floor, and the spine arched downward, so that the body is in a sagging position. Slowly lift your buttocks toward the sky, with a flat back, lowering your head, so your body makes an inverted “V.” Tuck your chin to your chest. Pause, then lower your buttocks while pressing your palms into the floor, until your legs are in a plank position (parallel to the ground), moving your chest out and shoulders back. Inhale on your way up; exhale on your way down.”

“The Five Tibetans helped me relax before and after a stressful day at work,” said Mark Crea.

*Deep Breathing 

Stand comfortably and begin to exhale as you start to bend a place your hands on your knees. As you exhale bring one vertebrae up at a time. Place your hands on your hips, with fingers to the front and press as hard as you can while sucking in the abdomen.

This video demonstrates the speed of partaking in this routine. Inhale and exhale throughout the duration of the practice.

Why Practice the Five Tibetans?

Not only does this practice help us look and feel younger, but also it helps to release pain, release tension and improve our mind, body and emotions.

“After going through a mild depression, my doctor recommend that I start participating in yoga or another form of meditative exercise,” saod Jill McNall. “I started researching online and found out about the Five Tibetans. I have been doing this routine everyday for the past five years and it has truly helped me overcome one of the hardest times in my life.”

Take a Deep Breath…Give it a Try!

The Five Tibetans is designed to help rejuvenated the body, mind and spirit. Now that you know the background of the practice and how each rite should be preformed, watch the videos and try it out on your own. Schedule ten to fifteen minutes each day for your own Five Tibetan routine.

Middle-Aged Man Searches for New Pain-Relieving Options

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Jim woke up with back pain everyday for 15 years.  He had no idea where it was coming from, or how to ease the discomfort.

This image is from webmd.com

It had gotten worse as he got older. But heck, he was only 38 years old.  He had been very active through high school and college., and he had always considered himself to be fairly healthy.

He tried taking every over-the-counter pain reliever known to man. No luck. He met with an orthopedic doctor to have his muscles and bones examined.  Still no luck.  Jim even met with a neurologist to see if that’s where his pain had originated.  Again, no luck.

Jim had all but given up on his quest for comfort when he overheard two co-workers in the break room of his nine to five.

“My son swears it’s changed his life.  He couldn’t even take his dog on a walk anymore because his pain was so terrible. But then he went to that Holistic Practitioner you told me about. It’s only been but a few weeks, and he already feels so much better.”

Jim replays the conversation between his co-workers over and over again in his head. He got the name and phone number of the Holistic Practitioner from one of the women he overheard raving about the doctor.  He picked up the phone and called the Doctor.