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By 7005699976 12 Jun, 2017


“When your chakras are aligned, you have the most direct access to Source, however you may define Source (within yourself, outside yourself, or both simultaneously). Just as you hold a glass under the tap so it can be filled, we align with Source by facing into it, turning our attention toward it, and opening our ‘vessel’ in the most direct way possible to receive whatever we are seeking (or whatever Source has in mind). Aligning with Source should be a regular part of your practice whenever you’re focused on manifestation.” ~ Anodea Judith and Lion Goodman, Creating on Purpose


The other day I was visiting with some friends and we were talking about chakras and manifesting, when their 10-year-old son, who was listening to the conversation, interrupted us with this:

“I don’t believe in any of that stuff. What you see is what you see. I just file all of that crazy stuff in my mind as Feng Shui.”

And I have to say, this little speech was pretty cute, coming at us from a face covered in freckles.

But here is the interesting thing—whether we believe in the reality of energy fields and chakras or we don’t believe in the reality of energy fields and chakras, we are affected by their the reality just the same.

Of course, the concepts of energy fields and chakras are pretty intangible and elusive to many of us, and this is normal. But perhaps it is normal because we’re so caught up with the next iPhone we’re going to purchase or the most recent post on our Facebook wall that we’re missing what is literally right in front of our faces.

And we’re missing it because we lack the skills, motivation and, more importantly, belief.

But we all know that belief does not make something real or not real.

I can’t believe gravity to be real or not real. I can’t believe the WiFi connecting me to the internet is real or not real. There are a lot of things we can’t see that we can’t use belief to make exist or not exist.

But belief does give us a choice.

We can feel powerless.

We can feel like there’s nothing we can do to effect change in our lives.

Or we can become curious and start investigating what some healthy choices might be in the area of energetic and chakra hygiene.

Truly, the choice is up to each of us.

So, below I am offering 10 signs that can point to the fact that our energy fields and chakras could use some extra love and attention.

1. Feeling overwhelmed easily.

2. Having difficulty making small decisions.

3. Having difficulty having enough money.

4. Having difficulty securing housing.

5. Feeling unsatisfied in relationships.

6. Exhaustion.

7. Finding it impossible to believe in anything.

8. Being uninterested in sex, having fun or creativity.

9. Feeling anxious, stressed or depressed.

10. Not knowing what to do in life.

Yes, these are all very common symptoms.

And this isn’t surprising to me because when our energy field is spread out way too far from our body what happens is that we take in too much information.

This is the true meaning of attention overload.

Many times when I have a session with a client their energy field isn’t even in the room.

Imagine walking around town taking in information from everything going on in the entire city block you’re walking down, or the entire office building you work in. This would be maddening. And many people do find their daily experiences to be maddening, overwhelming and more then they feel they can handle.

And the simple exercise of pulling in our energy fields closer to our bodies can mitigate some of these negative feelings and sensations.

It does take some practice and intention to learn how to work with our energy field in this way, but I believe it is possible for everyone.

And then there are our chakras.

Our information center processors.

The chakras channel information in and out of our systems. If the chakras are blocked then we have to make all of the decisions on our own without the support of these powerful movers and shakers. And this can be very difficult. And exhausting. And can make it feel like we’re putting in a lot effort into our lives for little result.

Just like the quote at the beginning of the article says. When the chakras are aligned the glass fills easily.

When the chakras are aligned what we want becomes clear and getting it becomes easy.

I have had this experience happen in my own life many times.

But of course, I have also had the opposite experience of nothing working out. We all have. I have been exhausted, overwhelmed and felt like my life is never going to come together the way I want it to. And actually, I couldn’t even figure out how I wanted it to come together.

This isn’t a sign of failure. It’s just a sign that we’re human. And it just means normal human stuff is happening to us. But when we’re open to working with the energy field and chakras we have many tools at our disposal to move towards towards health, healing and opportunity.

And all it takes is intention.

The intention to care that our energy field and chakras are healthy and supporting us.

Because the external world is simply a reflection of our internal world. And the internal world gets knocked around daily by the circumstances that occur in the external world.

Life is a delicate dance of internal alignment and external circumstances.

And some of this dance is in our control and some of it isn’t.

But here is what I know. The dance goes much smoother if we can just choose to go right to the middle of the dance floor and boogie our hearts out.

And while were in the middle of the dance floor of our life we can send some love and healing to our energy field and chakras.

 

 


By 7005699976 12 Jun, 2017


Our joints, muscles and bones are all vital to move about the planet, and our daily lives, with comfort and ease. From walking to swimming and dancing, joints are the hinges that allow us to be flexible. But when the joints are stiffened or weakened by inflammation, arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout, even the most basic actions can be painful.

These delicious and readily available foods can help prevent and ease joint pain. Focus on foods which reduce inflammation, hydrate tissues and support strong bones and muscles.

Turmeric – Turmeric contains potent anti-inflammatory properties and will help reduce the pain associated with swollen joints.

Use it: Cook with turmeric frequently or mix half a teaspoon in a cup of coconut milk and drink before bed.


Bone Broth – Simmering bones extracts their phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. Broth also contains natural glucosamine and chondroitin sulphates which help keep joints lubricated, healthy and flexible. Chondroitin sulfate in bone broth has also been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.

Use it: Make your own bone broth or buy organic bone broth at your local grocery or health food store. You can cook with it or have a glass in the morning!


Walnut Oil – Walnut oil has 10 times the omega-3s that olive oil has. This rich oil is an incredible source of vitamins and minerals that target inflammation.

Use it: Walnut oil can be used on salads, pasta, or as cooking oil. You can also eat a handful of walnuts daily to reap the same benefits.


Chia seeds – Another ancient superfood, chia seeds contain essential amino acids that repair muscles, tissues, ligaments and cartilage. This fast growing plant is easy to grow and has a wide array of healthful benefits.

Use it: Put a tablespoon of chia seeds in your smoothie, over yogurt, in cereal, oatmeal or tea!


Red Bell Pepper –  Not only the most expensive pepper in the store, it is also packed with the most nutrients. Vitamins A, K, and C are aplenty in the red pepper. It also has a bit of capsaicin which depletes pain compounds in nerve cells.

Use it: Delicious as a fresh and crunchy snack or cooked with eggs, the red bell pepper can be eaten with many foods in many ways!


Citrus – Eating the vitamins the body needs is the best way to absorb nutrients from the food you eat directly into your system. All citrus fruits are packed with Vitamin C which helps prevent and treat joint pain.

Use it: When in season, load up on your favorite citrus and eat a couple pieces a day. You can also start each morning with refreshing lemon water!


Avocado – Nature’s bounty is ever present in this mild yet nutrient rich fruit. Avocados contain omega-3 fatty acids, anti-inflammatories, powerful antioxidants and potassium. The flesh is incredibly hydrating and the oil of the seed can be used for cooking at high heat as an alternative to EVOO.

Use it: Avocados can be put on salads, toast for breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, bean salads, and so much more! The oil can be used as a safe, high-heat alternative to olive oil.


Beans – An excellent and affordable source of protein, the legume family supports muscle health and growth and are rich in folic acid, magnesium, zinc, and potassium – all known to support the immune system.

Use it: Swap beans for meat a couple night a week and get creative! Bean salad, humus, or just a simple side dish can go a long way for your health.


Garlic, Onions and Leeks – While you may not be a fan of the full bodied flavors of these veggies, they are surely here to help you! They all contain a sulfur compound, diallyl disulphide, known to repair and prevent cartilage damage.

Use it: Cooking frequently with fresh garlic and onions is a great way to add flavor to food without using salt – which has been known to increase symptoms of arthritis and osteoarthritis.


Pineapple – Most commonly used to suppress a cough, bromelain, an enzyme in pineapple, is good for so much more! It reduces inflammation, eases pain and encourages the body to heal.

Use it: In season, cut up pineapple and keep it the fridge for a tasty snack! You can also buy frozen pineapple to mix into a smoothie.


Coconut oil – Nature’s cure-all, coconut oil has dozens of uses to improve overall health, skin and metabolism! For joints specifically, it reduces pain and inflammation, and hydrate tissues.

Use it: Put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your morning coffee, smoothie or oatmeal. Cook with it as an alternative to olive oil or eat a spoonful of pure oil every day.

Nature happily and bountifully supplies us with everything we need to survive and thrive in this life! Along with low-impact exercise, a good diet will allow your body to move and play freely and healthily!

Here’s to your health and sweet dance moves!


By 7005699976 12 Jun, 2017

Whether it is an aching back, recovery from an injury, a case of carpal tunnel syndrome, or a host of other debilitating physiological conditions, there’s no doubt massage and bodywork works to relieve pain. But once we have helped you tackle your pain, do you quit calling? When the pain is gone, are you gone, too?

Massage therapy is highly effective for pain relief, but it is an amazing preventive therapy as well. Massage helps build and maintain a healthy body (and mind), it combats stress, and it works to keep the immune system strong. In short, massage can keep on working for you, even after the pain is gone.

MASSAGE FOR WELLNESS
If it’s been a while since you booked your last massage–because your pain is no longer an issue or your injury is fully rehabbed–you might want to consider massage for preventive care.

Massage can play an important role in a good health-care regimen. Just as you eat healthily, exercise regularly, and take your vitamins to ward off illness and maintain a fit body, you should consider making frequent massage a part of your wellness lifestyle.

According to Benny Vaughn, a sports massage expert in Fort Worth, Texas, one of the benefits of consistent and regular massage therapy is better flexibility. “This happens because regular and structured touch stimulus enhances the nervous system’s sensory and spatial processing capacity,” he says. “That is, the person becomes more aware of her body’s movement in space and becomes more aware of tightness or pain long before it reaches a critical point of mechanical dysfunction.”

As a preventive measure, frequent massage puts you more in tune with your body. “The consistency of massage therapy over time creates a cumulative stress-reduction effect,” Vaughn says. “The person becomes acutely aware of stress within her body long before it can create stress-driven damage.”

And the more massage you receive, the more benefits you reap. “Massage therapists know that people who get massage regularly demonstrate greater improvement and notice a reduction in pain and muscular tension, as well as an improvement in posture,” says Anne Williams, author of Massage Mastery: From Student to Professional (Lippincott Williams Wilkins, 2012).

“People regularly make a commitment to fitness,” Williams says. “People regularly make a commitment to changing their diet. The difference they’d experience if they regularly made a commitment to massage is mind-blowing.”

STRESS IS A KILLER
Stress is more than just a word we throw around to describe the nature of our hectic day. Today, we understand that stress kills.

According to the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, 60-90 percent of all US medical visits are for stress-related disorders. Chronic pain, headaches, heart disease, hypertension, and ulcers can all be wrought from stress. Many would argue that the best benefit of massage is its ability to reduce the stress in our lives.

From the perspective of daily living, think about the stress you felt at today’s meeting–now it’s hiding in your neck. Tomorrow that can turn into stiffness and eventually begin to affect other parts of your body. If you see me for your regular session this week, the chances are good you won’t reach the tipping point. Think of massage and bodywork as a way to rebalance your body.

Noted researcher Tiffany Field and her colleagues from the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine report that massage causes positive biological changes when it comes to stress. Through the course of more than 20 studies, these scientists found that massage decreases cortisol (a stress-derived hormone that negatively affects immune function and kills our immune cells) and increases dopamine and serotonin (the neurotransmitters most associated with emotional well-being).

Add to this the research that shows massage can lower your heart rate and decrease your blood pressure, and you have a mighty effective, nonpharmacological, stress-fighting tool that’s about as natural as natural can get.

A ONE-HOUR VACATION AND SO MUCH MORE
You may no longer need to rehab that knee or work the scar tissue from your surgery, but don’t forget about everything else massage can do for you. Massage is the entire package, helping to heal body, mind, and spirit. Think of it as a one-hour vacation with amazing return on investment.

Whether it be maintaining joint flexibility, managing blood pressure, or enhancing immunity, massage works. From repair to relief and from recovery to relaxation, massage is a magnificent piece of natural medicine you should always have as part of your health-care routine.

Ohm Center for Advanced Massage and Energy Therapy Blog

By 7005699976 12 Jun, 2017


“When your chakras are aligned, you have the most direct access to Source, however you may define Source (within yourself, outside yourself, or both simultaneously). Just as you hold a glass under the tap so it can be filled, we align with Source by facing into it, turning our attention toward it, and opening our ‘vessel’ in the most direct way possible to receive whatever we are seeking (or whatever Source has in mind). Aligning with Source should be a regular part of your practice whenever you’re focused on manifestation.” ~ Anodea Judith and Lion Goodman, Creating on Purpose


The other day I was visiting with some friends and we were talking about chakras and manifesting, when their 10-year-old son, who was listening to the conversation, interrupted us with this:

“I don’t believe in any of that stuff. What you see is what you see. I just file all of that crazy stuff in my mind as Feng Shui.”

And I have to say, this little speech was pretty cute, coming at us from a face covered in freckles.

But here is the interesting thing—whether we believe in the reality of energy fields and chakras or we don’t believe in the reality of energy fields and chakras, we are affected by their the reality just the same.

Of course, the concepts of energy fields and chakras are pretty intangible and elusive to many of us, and this is normal. But perhaps it is normal because we’re so caught up with the next iPhone we’re going to purchase or the most recent post on our Facebook wall that we’re missing what is literally right in front of our faces.

And we’re missing it because we lack the skills, motivation and, more importantly, belief.

But we all know that belief does not make something real or not real.

I can’t believe gravity to be real or not real. I can’t believe the WiFi connecting me to the internet is real or not real. There are a lot of things we can’t see that we can’t use belief to make exist or not exist.

But belief does give us a choice.

We can feel powerless.

We can feel like there’s nothing we can do to effect change in our lives.

Or we can become curious and start investigating what some healthy choices might be in the area of energetic and chakra hygiene.

Truly, the choice is up to each of us.

So, below I am offering 10 signs that can point to the fact that our energy fields and chakras could use some extra love and attention.

1. Feeling overwhelmed easily.

2. Having difficulty making small decisions.

3. Having difficulty having enough money.

4. Having difficulty securing housing.

5. Feeling unsatisfied in relationships.

6. Exhaustion.

7. Finding it impossible to believe in anything.

8. Being uninterested in sex, having fun or creativity.

9. Feeling anxious, stressed or depressed.

10. Not knowing what to do in life.

Yes, these are all very common symptoms.

And this isn’t surprising to me because when our energy field is spread out way too far from our body what happens is that we take in too much information.

This is the true meaning of attention overload.

Many times when I have a session with a client their energy field isn’t even in the room.

Imagine walking around town taking in information from everything going on in the entire city block you’re walking down, or the entire office building you work in. This would be maddening. And many people do find their daily experiences to be maddening, overwhelming and more then they feel they can handle.

And the simple exercise of pulling in our energy fields closer to our bodies can mitigate some of these negative feelings and sensations.

It does take some practice and intention to learn how to work with our energy field in this way, but I believe it is possible for everyone.

And then there are our chakras.

Our information center processors.

The chakras channel information in and out of our systems. If the chakras are blocked then we have to make all of the decisions on our own without the support of these powerful movers and shakers. And this can be very difficult. And exhausting. And can make it feel like we’re putting in a lot effort into our lives for little result.

Just like the quote at the beginning of the article says. When the chakras are aligned the glass fills easily.

When the chakras are aligned what we want becomes clear and getting it becomes easy.

I have had this experience happen in my own life many times.

But of course, I have also had the opposite experience of nothing working out. We all have. I have been exhausted, overwhelmed and felt like my life is never going to come together the way I want it to. And actually, I couldn’t even figure out how I wanted it to come together.

This isn’t a sign of failure. It’s just a sign that we’re human. And it just means normal human stuff is happening to us. But when we’re open to working with the energy field and chakras we have many tools at our disposal to move towards towards health, healing and opportunity.

And all it takes is intention.

The intention to care that our energy field and chakras are healthy and supporting us.

Because the external world is simply a reflection of our internal world. And the internal world gets knocked around daily by the circumstances that occur in the external world.

Life is a delicate dance of internal alignment and external circumstances.

And some of this dance is in our control and some of it isn’t.

But here is what I know. The dance goes much smoother if we can just choose to go right to the middle of the dance floor and boogie our hearts out.

And while were in the middle of the dance floor of our life we can send some love and healing to our energy field and chakras.

 

 


By 7005699976 12 Jun, 2017


Our joints, muscles and bones are all vital to move about the planet, and our daily lives, with comfort and ease. From walking to swimming and dancing, joints are the hinges that allow us to be flexible. But when the joints are stiffened or weakened by inflammation, arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout, even the most basic actions can be painful.

These delicious and readily available foods can help prevent and ease joint pain. Focus on foods which reduce inflammation, hydrate tissues and support strong bones and muscles.

Turmeric – Turmeric contains potent anti-inflammatory properties and will help reduce the pain associated with swollen joints.

Use it: Cook with turmeric frequently or mix half a teaspoon in a cup of coconut milk and drink before bed.


Bone Broth – Simmering bones extracts their phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium. Broth also contains natural glucosamine and chondroitin sulphates which help keep joints lubricated, healthy and flexible. Chondroitin sulfate in bone broth has also been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.

Use it: Make your own bone broth or buy organic bone broth at your local grocery or health food store. You can cook with it or have a glass in the morning!


Walnut Oil – Walnut oil has 10 times the omega-3s that olive oil has. This rich oil is an incredible source of vitamins and minerals that target inflammation.

Use it: Walnut oil can be used on salads, pasta, or as cooking oil. You can also eat a handful of walnuts daily to reap the same benefits.


Chia seeds – Another ancient superfood, chia seeds contain essential amino acids that repair muscles, tissues, ligaments and cartilage. This fast growing plant is easy to grow and has a wide array of healthful benefits.

Use it: Put a tablespoon of chia seeds in your smoothie, over yogurt, in cereal, oatmeal or tea!


Red Bell Pepper –  Not only the most expensive pepper in the store, it is also packed with the most nutrients. Vitamins A, K, and C are aplenty in the red pepper. It also has a bit of capsaicin which depletes pain compounds in nerve cells.

Use it: Delicious as a fresh and crunchy snack or cooked with eggs, the red bell pepper can be eaten with many foods in many ways!


Citrus – Eating the vitamins the body needs is the best way to absorb nutrients from the food you eat directly into your system. All citrus fruits are packed with Vitamin C which helps prevent and treat joint pain.

Use it: When in season, load up on your favorite citrus and eat a couple pieces a day. You can also start each morning with refreshing lemon water!


Avocado – Nature’s bounty is ever present in this mild yet nutrient rich fruit. Avocados contain omega-3 fatty acids, anti-inflammatories, powerful antioxidants and potassium. The flesh is incredibly hydrating and the oil of the seed can be used for cooking at high heat as an alternative to EVOO.

Use it: Avocados can be put on salads, toast for breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, bean salads, and so much more! The oil can be used as a safe, high-heat alternative to olive oil.


Beans – An excellent and affordable source of protein, the legume family supports muscle health and growth and are rich in folic acid, magnesium, zinc, and potassium – all known to support the immune system.

Use it: Swap beans for meat a couple night a week and get creative! Bean salad, humus, or just a simple side dish can go a long way for your health.


Garlic, Onions and Leeks – While you may not be a fan of the full bodied flavors of these veggies, they are surely here to help you! They all contain a sulfur compound, diallyl disulphide, known to repair and prevent cartilage damage.

Use it: Cooking frequently with fresh garlic and onions is a great way to add flavor to food without using salt – which has been known to increase symptoms of arthritis and osteoarthritis.


Pineapple – Most commonly used to suppress a cough, bromelain, an enzyme in pineapple, is good for so much more! It reduces inflammation, eases pain and encourages the body to heal.

Use it: In season, cut up pineapple and keep it the fridge for a tasty snack! You can also buy frozen pineapple to mix into a smoothie.


Coconut oil – Nature’s cure-all, coconut oil has dozens of uses to improve overall health, skin and metabolism! For joints specifically, it reduces pain and inflammation, and hydrate tissues.

Use it: Put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your morning coffee, smoothie or oatmeal. Cook with it as an alternative to olive oil or eat a spoonful of pure oil every day.

Nature happily and bountifully supplies us with everything we need to survive and thrive in this life! Along with low-impact exercise, a good diet will allow your body to move and play freely and healthily!

Here’s to your health and sweet dance moves!


By 7005699976 12 Jun, 2017

Whether it is an aching back, recovery from an injury, a case of carpal tunnel syndrome, or a host of other debilitating physiological conditions, there’s no doubt massage and bodywork works to relieve pain. But once we have helped you tackle your pain, do you quit calling? When the pain is gone, are you gone, too?

Massage therapy is highly effective for pain relief, but it is an amazing preventive therapy as well. Massage helps build and maintain a healthy body (and mind), it combats stress, and it works to keep the immune system strong. In short, massage can keep on working for you, even after the pain is gone.

MASSAGE FOR WELLNESS
If it’s been a while since you booked your last massage–because your pain is no longer an issue or your injury is fully rehabbed–you might want to consider massage for preventive care.

Massage can play an important role in a good health-care regimen. Just as you eat healthily, exercise regularly, and take your vitamins to ward off illness and maintain a fit body, you should consider making frequent massage a part of your wellness lifestyle.

According to Benny Vaughn, a sports massage expert in Fort Worth, Texas, one of the benefits of consistent and regular massage therapy is better flexibility. “This happens because regular and structured touch stimulus enhances the nervous system’s sensory and spatial processing capacity,” he says. “That is, the person becomes more aware of her body’s movement in space and becomes more aware of tightness or pain long before it reaches a critical point of mechanical dysfunction.”

As a preventive measure, frequent massage puts you more in tune with your body. “The consistency of massage therapy over time creates a cumulative stress-reduction effect,” Vaughn says. “The person becomes acutely aware of stress within her body long before it can create stress-driven damage.”

And the more massage you receive, the more benefits you reap. “Massage therapists know that people who get massage regularly demonstrate greater improvement and notice a reduction in pain and muscular tension, as well as an improvement in posture,” says Anne Williams, author of Massage Mastery: From Student to Professional (Lippincott Williams Wilkins, 2012).

“People regularly make a commitment to fitness,” Williams says. “People regularly make a commitment to changing their diet. The difference they’d experience if they regularly made a commitment to massage is mind-blowing.”

STRESS IS A KILLER
Stress is more than just a word we throw around to describe the nature of our hectic day. Today, we understand that stress kills.

According to the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, 60-90 percent of all US medical visits are for stress-related disorders. Chronic pain, headaches, heart disease, hypertension, and ulcers can all be wrought from stress. Many would argue that the best benefit of massage is its ability to reduce the stress in our lives.

From the perspective of daily living, think about the stress you felt at today’s meeting–now it’s hiding in your neck. Tomorrow that can turn into stiffness and eventually begin to affect other parts of your body. If you see me for your regular session this week, the chances are good you won’t reach the tipping point. Think of massage and bodywork as a way to rebalance your body.

Noted researcher Tiffany Field and her colleagues from the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine report that massage causes positive biological changes when it comes to stress. Through the course of more than 20 studies, these scientists found that massage decreases cortisol (a stress-derived hormone that negatively affects immune function and kills our immune cells) and increases dopamine and serotonin (the neurotransmitters most associated with emotional well-being).

Add to this the research that shows massage can lower your heart rate and decrease your blood pressure, and you have a mighty effective, nonpharmacological, stress-fighting tool that’s about as natural as natural can get.

A ONE-HOUR VACATION AND SO MUCH MORE
You may no longer need to rehab that knee or work the scar tissue from your surgery, but don’t forget about everything else massage can do for you. Massage is the entire package, helping to heal body, mind, and spirit. Think of it as a one-hour vacation with amazing return on investment.

Whether it be maintaining joint flexibility, managing blood pressure, or enhancing immunity, massage works. From repair to relief and from recovery to relaxation, massage is a magnificent piece of natural medicine you should always have as part of your health-care routine.

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