Written on May 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm, by Joline Kuhn
Is Daily Meditation Beneficial?
Finding out how to do daily meditation can have a tremendous effect on your mental and physical health. The concept of daily mediation is extremely useful for people that have very hectic lives. While there are lots of methods to meditate, the key is not how you do it, but rather, that you do it daily.
Just a quarter-hour of daily meditation lowers blood pressure level and also cuts down on the risk of heart attach as well as stroke. Research studies indicate that whenever people continue to push on by way of extremely tense days, the stress gathers in the body and also puts an enormous strain on all of it’s systems, particularly the heart. Carving out time in a crazy day to relax as well as calm could keep your life later on in life.
When your life is going continually, and you can’t catch a breath it is very difficult to think straight and prioritize. Daily meditation offers an opportunity to regroup and make sense from the long to-do lists that could be ruling over you. Studies indicate that individuals having time to meditate daily suffer less depression, are usually more organized, speak clearly and so are better able to handle anxiety and negative circumstances in their life.
Individuals who meditate everyday are far better friends, spouses, parents and also workers. In certain countries, it is mandatory that employees take 20 minutes during work to meditate so they can better concentrate on their job. Everyone close to you benefits, whenever you make time to relax.
A lot of people don’t mediate because they feel that they don’t have the time. The things they don’t realize is they will make better use of the time they’ve got if they do meditate. The body is not supposed to function at the pace that almost all folks push it to function. That is why mental and physical health problems are so rampant in today’s world.
Daily meditation is definitely a habit worth pursuing.
This doesn’t take long and can be a remarkable benefit to you and those close to you. Daily Meditation
Written on April 28, 2012 at 11:12 am, by Louise Adams
Being able to balance your life isn’t just about keeping organised and fitting everything in. Being able to pamper yourself and relax is an essential part of your wellbeing. Being able to understand how to pamper yourself in order to reduce stress is a skill that will improve your overall mood.
Pampering does not have to mean spending lots of money or having expensive treatments, sometimes a few simple changes can make a big difference.
Having a relaxing bubble bath is often at the top of people’s relaxing things to do. Try adding music and candles to set the atmosphere. Having a relaxing bath after a stressful day can be very soothing and is a great way to wind down.
Learning about certain trigger points on the body that can induce relaxation is a good way to bring yourself into a state of calm.
Attempting an at home facial can be quite relaxing. It is worth looking out for special offers at local salons though as often they can work out nearly as cost effective as buying the
Treat yourself to a diy pedicure. If you enjoy pedicures then investing in a cheap foot bath and some soothing oils will help you to relax. Making regular use of a pumice stone and nail polish will ensure your feet get a treat.
Going to the gym is an excellent way to get endorphins pumping around your body and creating a natural mood elevator. You should aim to drink lots of water throughout your workout and eat a nutrient rich diet.
It is vital to set aside time to pamper yourself and relax, if you are feeling relaxed your overall health will improve.
Written on May 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm, by Marita
Author: Owen Jones
We are all under stress the majority of the time and a lot of people like to think that they understand stress and can use it to get a piece of work done to the best of their ability, but do you really know what the symptoms of stress are and what it can do to your body? When we are piling the stress onto ourselves, we just assume that our bodies will adapt and get on with it, but is that actually true?
The fact is that we all have our own point at which stress is reasonable. This is because stress can be emotional, physical and mental and if you go beyond your capacity for any length of time in any of these fields, you can cause short-term or even longer term harm, which could require professional medical help.
If you do not take measures to recover your equilibrium, you will soon find that the apposite role in your life will deteriorate: that is, your relationships will fail, your physical health will crumble or your ability to do your job in the right manner will vanish.
The physical indications of stress are aches and pains, including headaches, general tiredness and lethargy. Unchecked, these symptoms can lead to migraine, muscle tension and stiffness.
These prime alterations to how your body operates can then result in other issues such as diarrhea or constipation, nausea and dizziness. These symptoms of stress, in turn, can lead to sleepless nights or insomnia.
When it gets this bad, individuals normally turn to medication, but medication can merely give temporary relief such as sleeping tablets. This can lead to dependence.
If the sufferer already has a weak heart, this combination of indications of stress can lead to chest pains, palpitations and erratic heart beat, which in turn can be precursors of heart disease. Please note that this chain of activities is not guaranteed.
People are different and some doctors are better than others, but stress and heart disease have been shown to be connected.
Symptoms of stress can also show themselves in behavioural problems. These indications of stress frequently begin with insomnia or only problems getting to sleep and waking up still tired. However, feeling continually dog-tired has a knock-on impact on our emotions – we tend to become more emotional, but usually in a negative way. Often this means over-reacting, like snapping at someone who has asked a perfectly reasonable question.
This sort of response can lead to the sufferer shunning society. Self-pity, isolation, loss of job and depression can soon follow.
So, you have to learn how to get off that slippery slope, the downward spiral of everyday stress. The place to begin is the mind. You need to learn how to recognize that ‘things are getting on top of you’ and learn how to unwind.
There are several successful techniques including meditation, breathing exercises, aromatherapy and playing soothing music in order to bring about a condition of relaxation in your mind.
When you are learning to take the symptoms of stress head-on with your mind, take some time to pamper your body too. There are also numerous ways of doing this, but popular methods are taking a sauna or having a massage or pedicure, facial or manicure. Having your hair done.
Physical exercise is a great reliever of stress as well and it does not have to be arduous. A thirty minute walk, two times a day is sufficient for most people, but you might grow to like it and then it is the more the better.
Finally, you could take a good look at your diet. You do not have to go overboard, but do you drink too much coke, coffee or tea? Do you consume a lot of rubbish? Are you getting enough fruit?
Written on January 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm, by Marita
Happy New Year to all. How exciting an opportunity to start afresh .If you have sat back and reviewed 2010 and made a list of all the positives, I congratulate you. If you have a tendency to dwell on the negativity, look at now being the time to move on. It’s been, it’s gone, and it’s over. 2011 is here and what do you have planned?
Only we are responsible for our thought processes, either negative or positive. If we lock into our thought processes that we strongly believe something about us or the way we are then we will no doubt become it. Whoever controls the belief, controls the action. Start by accepting who you are. What is important is that we are doing what we want to do and being who we want to be.
Negative judgments about ourself can limit our own development. There are a multitude of possibilities for everyone to learn and develop themselves through further education. Are you sitting waiting for something different and exciting to land in your lap? Why not start this year by motivating yourself to get out there and look at what is available for you.
Written on September 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm, by Marita
General Practitioner, Dietician, Diabetic Advisor, Podiatrist and Reflexologist
by Marita Reynolds
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder where the body is unable to regulate blood sugar levels properly.
We use sugar as energy fuel for our bodies. So when a person with diabetes is unable to use sugar energy over a period of time the high sugar levels can damage blood vessels and nerves.
There are 2 types of Diabetes. Type 1 is usually apparent in childhood or adolescence and relates to approximately 10-15% of the cases.
Type 2 diabetes presents itself later in life and is related to lifestyle and is more common and relates to approximately 80-85% of cases.
If type 2 diabetes is left untreated or unmanaged complications with in the body due to poor circulation from damaged blood vessels and nerves can occur resulting in heart disease such as heart attack and stroke, kidney disease, eye problems such as Diabetic Retinopathy causing blindness or visual impairment and leg and feet problems often resulting in loss of these limbs due to poor blood supply.
So what can you do to help yourself avoid Diabetes or if you have Diabetes how to manage it? There are many people that can help. However people with diabetes should be aware of the importance of maintaining good health care. Keeping blood sugar levels to a maintenance level recommended by your health care professional. A regular attendance to the podiatrist to check that circulation to the feet and that proper footwear is maintained. A session with Diabetic Advisor and a dietician to check that your diet is working for you is also important.
How can reflexology help, Reflexology is a non-invasive therapy. The Reflexologist uses a combination of gentle stretching and massage techniques on the reflex points on the feet and hands to promote circulation to ALL body parts. This will help the to boost lymphatic function and help to improve the immune system helping to reduce the risk of infection which may lead to ulceration on the legs and feet which may result in possible loss of the limb. Reflexology can also help to reduce the risk of complications such as heart disease, stroke and diabetic neuropathy.
An initial 1-hour session is recommended where we work the feet and discuss how best we can promote improved circulation by using regular reflexology.
Written on November 3, 2009 at 10:22 am, by Marita
by Marita Reynolds
I have just completed reading a book written by Eunice Ingham Stopfel, the book was titled “Stories the feet have told”. Eunice was the founder and developer of the Ingham method of Reflexology. This was the method of reflexology that I had been trained in. There was a quaint phrase in the book that I think says it all.
“ If you’re feeling out of kilter,
Don’t know why or what about.
Let your feet reveal the answer find the sore spot and work it out.”
This describes perfectly how the reflexologist works. Looking at your whole body system and in conjunction with the client looking for areas of sensitivity and congestion indicating lack of circulation in the area. It’s particularly important that we look at the glands (our Endocrine system) and how it is functioning. It’s often where much of the story can be told as congestion in one gland may indicate where the health problem is coming from. Once discovered, the reflexologist can work this area to improve circulation and therefore function to that part of the body.
Depending on the individual and their health concern or concerns and how the client relates to the reflexology will depend on how effective the treatment will be. It is important to know that you will need to allow 4-6 appointments and then review your progress from there.
Our feet are our support system, yet we rarely associate our feet with other areas of our body. Often we look at a localised area where we feel pain or discomfort. We concentrate on that area thinking that is where problem is. However by looking at the whole body and parts of the body that are not functioning correctly, we can assist the body to get back in balance, helping to restore normal flow, and allow the body to heal itself.
If your reflexes are under pressure hence the related body part will be experiencing it. The feet and your body are telling you a story, indicating that something is happening.
Don’t ignore it, let a reflexologist find the sore spot and help you work it out
Written on November 1, 2009 at 6:53 pm, by Marita
By Dave Owen
One of the things that we have to contend with as a result of life in modern times is stress. Most of us suffer from stress for one reason or another. As a result, it has a very large impact on our bodies, emotions and minds.
When you are feeling stress or are worn out by from a rough day it is best to just relax.
A very large percentage of the population will choose to watch television for their relaxation. This is not recommended by experts. Watching TV does not create a relaxing atmosphere. It just delivers a huge amount of commercials, sounds and pictures. So what is a good way to achieve relaxation? If there are hundreds of ways to become stressed, there must also be many ways to relax.
Recent research has shown that heart disease is sometimes a result of anger and irritability. And these are primarily linked to mental stress. If we allow too much stress in our lives, this can lead to or cause a heart attack. The management of your anger and attitude is a major factor of heart health. Managing your relaxation can help reduce stress.
Along with lowering blood pressure and reducing the possibility of a stroke or a heart attack, one needs to reduce stress because it produces hormones that will suppress the immune system. This will increase the possibility of disease. (Some say that illness is just that, the absence of relaxation or dis-ease). By relaxing, you give the immune system assistance in recovering and help it to function properly.
Here are a number of ways to reduce increase your relaxation and reduce stress.
1. Transcendental meditation: Research has recently shown that this may be a way to reduce artery blockage, a major cause for heart attack and stroke. The practice of transcendental meditation is done by repeating soothing sounds while meditating. This will help achieve total relaxation. The research indicated that those that practiced transcendental meditation reduced the thickness of their arterial wall as compared to those who didn’t practice this form of relaxation.
2. Acupuncture: Another way to reduce high blood pressure, acupuncture initiats many body functions in the brain to release chemical compounds known as endorphins. These chemicals help relax muscles, reduce panic, ease pain, and help with anxiety.
3. Yoga: Known to produce effects similar to acupuncture, yoga is a good tool for relaxation. One study subjected participants to many minutes of mental stress. They were then they were exposed to various relaxation techniques. These included listening to nature sounds or classical music. The subjects who did Yoga had their blood pressure return to normal faster than the others.
4. Breathing: This is one of the easiest methods to use for relaxation. This influences almost every area of the body. It can affect our thought processes, our mood swings, and our physiology. If you will simply focus on your breathing, and block out other thoughts, you will soon be able to begin to relax.
5. Exercise: It is said that “to change emotion, use a motion”. A good way to reduce irritation is to perform about 30 minutes of solid exercise. This can include anything from simple walking to strenuous exercise and will normally settle things down.
6. Massage: A great way to get focused relaxation, is to get a massage from a professional massage therapist. These individuals are trained to help relax the body.
I have mentioned just a few of the many ways to relax. Basically, anything that will allow you to slow down and reduce stress will be good for your heart and your health.
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Written on October 5, 2009 at 4:21 am, by Trevor Johnson
It has been well documented that learning meditation techniques can reduce the pain associated with chronic and acute conditions. The body has a naturally inclined method of response to pain, as does the mind. With the strong connection to the mind, the body, and the spirit that pain can interrupt, learning meditation is a viable practice for pain management.
Learning meditation doesn’t mean that you become a mystical healer and cure some of the most painful conditions with just your mind, but why limit your possibilities? You can take the process of learning meditation to extend your connection with your body and develop a stronger connection with your spirit, which is healthy no matter how you look at it.
Our body has interesting reactions to pain, the fear of pain, and the fear of loss that can come with pain. Pain can manifest itself any time, any place, sometimes without warning. Illness is one of the most frightening aspects of life we can deal with and learning meditation can help ease the emotional responses that trigger other physical responses.
On a smaller scale you body can react to all kind of pain with this same visceral reaction. Meditation can help you tune into those reactions, calm them, and help the muscles surrounding the pain loosen and relax some. This will automatically help your pain relax a bit.
Some people can get so good at tuning into their body through meditation that they can feel the smallest of adjustments and know immediately whether it was the right one to make. They can feel vertebrates move back and forth, ligaments stretch, and some say they can even feel their bones heal.
It might not be the easiest journey, but those things that are truly worth it are rarely easy or simple. It takes a certain amount of self intuitive behavior to learn how to live ultimately healthy. This is what learning meditation can help you do.
Written on September 23, 2009 at 8:02 am, by Jane Sullivan Daniels
As we make our way through life, we can often accumulate negative emotional baggage. Our subconscious mind will store many of our experiences in order to protect us from future harm. Imagine that from birth, everything that happens to us is written down internally on our Script. This script has no other function other than to keep you alive and to protect you from danger.
Every experience you have ever had will be stored on your script, some of which will be good, but mostly, bad experiences tend to be stored, along with every time anyone has insulted you etc. Your inner script is very powerful and if you let it, it will rule the decisions you make for the rest of your life. Your script is the reason behind low self esteem as it holds on to every bad experience you’ve had rather than remembering the positive.
Do you know any babies with low self esteem? Of course not, it is something that builds throughout life based on the outcomes of our negative experiences.
Would you choose to remember a criticism or a complement? Of course we would choose to remember a compliment, but we dont have a choice in the matter while we let our scripts control us. Our minds hold on to the negative things that have been said about us and it can become fairly depressing.
The good news is that you are not your script, you are not the sum of your past experiences as many people think. You are separate from your script and do not have to follow its misguided instruction. It is possible to separate yourself from your script, to operate without referring to it. You can free yourself from the constraints that your script incurs, doing so will change your life.
There are many self-help programs around, but most of them only last for the duration of your payments. Freeing yourself from your script is a life-long change that will make you believe in yourself as you never have done before.
Written on September 18, 2009 at 6:31 am, by Harriet Bliss
Evidence shows that the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Japanese, Russians, and Indians all worked on the feet as a tool to encourage good health. Originally known as ‘reflex zone therapy’, Reflexology is a holistic healing method that involves pressure and massage of the reflex points found on the feet and/or the hands. Reflexology is founded on the premise that vital life-force energy is present and moving throughout, and around, the entire body. If the energy becomes blocked or congested the part of the body relating to the blockage is affected. These reflexes found on the soles of the feet or the palms of the hands reflect the health of the whole organism. Through stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems, and by encouraging the release of toxins, Reflexology supports the entire body in healing itself.
A method for ‘activating the healing powers of the body’, modern Reflexology is both a science and an art. As a science, it requires careful study, practice, technical knowledge, and skill. As a healing art, Reflexology works best when the therapist works with patience, dedication, intention, and (most importantly) loving care. Frequently, therapeutic grade essential oils are used on the reflex points — however Reflexology is not a ‘foot massage’. Reflexology does not diagnose or treat specific diseases. Though when combined with sound healing practices, reflexology can facilitate the body’s strong natural impulse towards health and well-being.
There are numerous ‘reflex’ sites found on the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands that relate to the different energy pathways in the body and consequently reflect the overall well-being of the whole organism. Reflexology works with these energy pathways to assist and revitalize the bodies natural healing mechanisms. Through the proficient stimulation of the various reflex points, particularly with the application of balancing, energizing, or calming essential oils, Reflexology can assist in revitalizing the energy pathways of the body. As the subtle energy pathways are brought into balance, the body is able to returns to its natural rhythms. As energy flows, the entire organism is brought back into alignment. Essential oils can impart their powerful healing action here: Oils have the potential to be relaxing, aligning, stimulating, balancing and more. The best therapists will have a wide selection in their ‘toolkit’, and listen to their intuition to chose the most effective oil for each reflex point.
There are many benefits of receiving regular Reflexology sessions including the reduction of stress by inducing deep relaxation. During the session, the body and nervous system are allowed to deeply rest and consequently functions in a more balanced state. As a result, the body moves toward homeostasis and healing can take effect. A fantastic study conducted on soldiers in Israel found that reflexology benefited these ‘soldiers (who were) suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, providing temporary relief from symptoms including anger, depression, and muscle tension. The soldiers who received weekly reflexology treatments also experienced improved sleep patterns, levels of concentration, and an overall lift in mood.’ (Reflexology on the Front Lines of Health Care’, Massage Magazine, November/December 1998). Using a few drops of therapeutic grade Lavender essential oil is an excellent choice for decreasing stress and facilitating relaxation. In addition, Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, and Rose essential oil, are all lovely choices for encouraging relaxation. Choosing the best oil and application location is as easy as listening to your ‘inner guide’. Move slowly, while holding the greatest healing intention, allowing yourself to use the most effective oils on the reflex points which are naturally calling for them.
Reflexology can also assist in the cleansing and purification of toxic energy, the revitalization of vigor, and the balance and integration of the natural rhythms of the body. Gravity pulls toxins downward to the feet therefore reflexology is a natural tool for helping to clear this old energy. A skilled reflexologist can pull these impurities from the feet using both proper massage techniques and cleansing, detoxifying essential oils.
Soaking the feet in epsom salts with a few drops of essential oils can help to facilitate the release of old energy – this can be done at the completion of a session, or in between sessions. This is a very healing therapy that is safe for elderly, pregnant, and children. Use one-quarter to one-half cup of epsom salts in warm water. Add in three to four drops of essential oils and relax for half an hour. Foot baths are wonderful for those who have been ill or are exhausted. Aromatherapy baths are generally considered safe as long as the essential oils are properly dispersed throughout the water – the essential oils can be diluted in a carrier oil before pouring into the foot bath. Grapefruit, Geranium, and Juniper are all wonderful essential oils for detoxification, and can be used at the same time as oils for relaxation, such as Lavender, Sandalwood or Ylang Ylang.
Reflexology stimulates and encourages blood flow to the feet thus helping to nourish all the extremities of the body. Studies have shown that Spruce essential oil is an excellent choice for those with poor circulation. Spruce is non-toxic and non-irritating.Ylang Ylang Sweet Marjoram, and Lavender essential oil have been found to reduce blood pressure. Further, Reflexology is an excellent way to revitalize energy. Low energy levels are often due to accumulations of toxins and energy blockages. Once those are released, uplifting essential oils can be used to restore natural vital energy balance. Bergamot oil is excellent for this, and is the foremost ‘natural anti-depressant’ essential oil. Rosemary is also very uplifting and energizing; other oils can be uplifting and calming at the same time; Black Spruce and Pine (Pinus kessia) are particularly suited for this.
Reflexology balances and integrates the body. As energy pathways are opened, strengthened, and brought into balance, the body returns to its natural rhythms. Energy flows. The body, mind, and spirit are brought back into balance. Rose essential oil is a wonderful oil for balancing and integrating the energy pathways of the body. Facilitate this healing by gently anointing your clients/friends feet with Rose and allowing them to bask in the high vibration healing of this beautiful flower. Ylang Ylang essential oil is also lovely for balancing one’s masculine and feminine energies. Note that with all the essential oils, just the smallest amount is necessary to impart their profound healing action; the strength of the aromas should be gentle and pleasant at all times.
The practice of reflexology nourishes both the practitioner and the client. When healing occurs, both experience a sense of well-being. This well-being can carry into other areas of the clients and practitioners life and the benefit extends out into the world. Reflexology is profoundly helpful tool in assisting oneself as a practitioner, and one’s client, in becoming vibrantly healthy.