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Archive for January, 2007

Avoiding Pesticides

Posted by Angela on January 24, 2007

An Environmental Work Group has issued the following lists of fruits and vegetables most susceptable to introducing pesticides into the human body.  Some ways to reduce your exposure to pesticides:   Naturally cleaning or thoroughly rinsing fruits and vegetables is becoming more important.  Consider organic for the Dirty Dozen (there is still debate as to the advantage of organic in other cases).   Consider raising your own where possible.  Buy from local known growers when possible. 

The ”Dirty Dozen” or worst 12

  • peaches 
  • apples
  • sweet bell peppers
  • celery
  • nectarines
  • strawberries
  • cherries
  • pears
  • imported grapes
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • potatoes

The ”Cleanest 12” or least toxic for pesticides 

  • onions
  • avocados
  • sweet corn (frozen)
  • pineapples
  • mangoes
  • asparagus
  • sweet peas (frozen)
  • kiwi fruit
  • bananas
  • cabbage
  • broccoli
  • papaya

Living a healthy well-balanced life-style helps keep the immune system strong and allows the body to eliminate toxins and pesticides.

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Weight Lifting – and Preventing Injury

Posted by Michael on January 17, 2007

eI think we can all agree that exercise is good for the Body, Mind and Spirit.  One form of exercise many of us participate in is lifting weights.    Weight lifting has positive effects on the body that include building muscle mass, muscle tone and muscle integrity.  Along with a balanced approach to life strength training through weights can improve your overall vitality and health. 

The potential problem with weight lifting lies in engaging more muscles than the targeted muscles; which can result in Faulty Loading.    One example of faulty loading that I am encountering more and more in my practice is strained neck muscles.  In most of these cases my clients have strained their neck muscles by clenching their jaws while performing bicep curls, or leg squats, and/or lat pulls, often with more weight than they were ready to lift.  In other words they are overachieving and actually hurting themselves in an attempt to improve their health.

By clenching their jaws they add strain to the neck complex causing tightness of the cervical spine which may feel like a burning pain in the shoulders and neck region. 

So, next time you lift weights try lifting them in front of a mirror and see if you are engaging other muscles instead of the primary target muscles you are.  Is your jaw clenched?  Are your veins or muscles popping out on your neck?.  If so, work with your posture and body mechanics, and possible amount of weight until you can lift the weights without clenching your jaw or straining your neck.

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Winter Stress Relievers

Posted by Angela on January 15, 2007

We are now well into Winter – and what an interesting and unusual and  sadly in some cases tragic winter it has been so far!   I have a feeling that we better hold on because there is likely more to come. 

If Winter blahs or stress is getting to you here are some of our favorite ways to beat them:

  • Get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of the  winter wonderland (of course dress warmly and make sure you have a good emergency survival pack in your car)
  • Get together with friends and enjoy a movie
  • Michael says his favorite three options are  1. Chardonney 2. Merlot 3. Cabernet (all of which would lead to one of my options, which is to take a nap).  Of course we all know to limit our alcohol intake 8)
  • Get plenty of light – either direct or through full spectrum lighting
  • Get plenty of rest to replenish the neurotransmitter chemicals in your brain (such as seratonin)
  • Embrace the joy of life -however that applies to you 🙂
  • Get a Massage – or better yet, A Craniosacral Therapy Session!

We also found a wonderful addition to our stress relieving tool bag this winter.  It is the  Shealy Relax-Mate II  developed  by Dr. C. Norman Shealy.  I had the honor of meeting Dr. Shealy last fall and was so impressed with his lecture that I wanted to try the Relax-Mate II.  Both Michael and I have found it to help us in many ways including better sleep, more calm and relaxed during the day, and overall boosts our feeling of well-being and attitude about life.

Of course we both also really support the theory “Laughter is the Best Medicine” – and life around our house gets downright jovial – especially when we spend more time inside in the winter months. 

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The Archetype of the Hedonist

Posted by Angela on January 13, 2007

The Hedonist archetype has always fascinated me.  A dear friend once used the phrase getting off the hedonic treadmill .  I just love that analogy for the trap that so many have fallen into – often referred to as keeping up with the Jones’s .  When we get caught in that trap we invoke a negative aspect of the Hedonist – getting all the stuff that we think will make us ‘happy’, only to have that so-called ‘happiness’ where off as soon as the stuff isn’t new anymore.  It’s a viscious cycle.  The Hedonist also brings creativity and the potential to truly embrace joy.

The light or conscious side of the Hedonist is delicious – it is an ability to embrace the good, wonderful, and pleasurable things in life.  It is a celebration of the wonderousness of our world and delving into the beauty of self and enjoyment.  This embracing of life often leads to creative energy and contagious joy.  I believe that many of the wonderful things that we have in this world are the result of some creative Hedonists.

If a person follows the Hedonist archetype from a less conscious point it is possible to find oneself chasing pleasure at the cost of self, health and relationships.  When a person operates on the ‘auto-pilot’ of the Hedonist the potential pitfall is indulgence at the expence of others and self. 

Of course we all have the capability of tapping into the energy of the Hedonist archetype.  We may choose a day at the spa, or a lovely dinner out with friends, or other special time of pure enjoyment.  It’s a wonderful and enticing energy to embrace from a conscious point of view – in fact I may do so myself a little later today!

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Craniosacral Therapy

Posted by Angela on January 13, 2007

Craniosacral Therapy is a bodywork modality that was originally developed by Osteopathic Physician Dr. William Sutherland.  It is an exceptionally gentle yet extremely powerful form of treatment that can be helpful to most people and most conditions – from minor aches and pains to severe and persistent chronic health problems.  Craniosacral Therapy has the potential to tranform patterns of restriction and resistance in our lives at a very fundamental level, thereby reducing, and in many cases even eliminating disease and restoring health.  The level of benefit that you may receive from a Craniosacral Session varies depending on a number of factors from the level of expertise of the practitioner to the level of trust and readiness of the client.

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Hello and Welcome

Posted by Angela on January 13, 2007

Just a little note to get acquainted.  Our intention is to share information with you that pertains to areas of interest related to our current studies and practices.  These include our workshops on Intuitive Craniosacral Therapy, Facilitating Healing the Body through various modalities, student forums and discussions, Sacred Contracts and other work of Caroline Myss, Natural Medicine and much more as we go.

We hope you will join us with comments, questions, and information. 

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