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The Amazing 3-Step Process to Emotional Freedom - by Nathalie Ristord

Posted on 4 May, 2018 at 18:15 Comments comments (0)



For decades humans have believed their emotions were an indicator of their animality. Feelings were believed to arise from a more primitive aspect of their being that needed to be tamed. We had therefore privileged reason over sensation, even educating our children to refrain from any expression of these “uncontrollable” signals.

Nowadays, we realize that years of shutting down this natural way of self-expression is causing mental issues and physical ailments. Your emotions are your barometer. Even though they come to you unexpectedly, they hope to let you know that something in your life and environment requires evaluation and possibly a tune-up.

Let me share with you how to work with your emotions and take advantage of their guidance.

1. Your emotions are meant to stay within you a few seconds for self-evaluation.

2. The mental and physical energy generated by the emotions is asking you to:
a. Stop
b. Take a deep breath
c. Evaluate your situation and environment
d. Create an action plan

3. Your emotions will then dissipate as your mind understands that you have heard the message and have decided to take the appropriate measures.

Let’s take anger for example. Even though it may be considered as a “negative” emotion, it still has a positive role as it means, "I do not feel respected". So when anger emerges, if you follow the 3 emotional acknowledgement steps, not only will you clear the unpleasant feeling but by changing the source of the anger, you will also eradicate any need for it to come back.

If anger is felt during an argument with your partner, see why you don’t feel respected with what was being said and done. Does it resonate with a similar past experience that hasn’t been resolved? Now, what can you do to feel respected and seal the open emotional wound that may originate from an earlier issue?

This process works for any given emotion. From anxiety to sadness, these 3 steps will change the way you deal with your own emotions as well as give you a broader understanding of people around you and their innate feelings.

Embrace emotions as messengers of your inner-balance!

Nathalie Ristord is a Rapid Transformational Expert & Hypnotist
For more information, please contact her at nanaimohypnosis.com

To Your Breast Health! - by Glenda Neufeld

Posted on 18 April, 2018 at 14:30 Comments comments (0)

Three Inexpensive & Effective Breast Health Tips


1. Maintain optimum levels of Vitamin D.

From research presented at the 12th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons in 2011:

     


2. Check out the role of Iodine!

     


3. Exercise!

Keep movin’…. stretch, walk, bike, jump, swim! Enjoying activity increases the value too! Also, consider manual lymphatic drainage and dry skin brushing. Breast tissue is susceptible to gathering and holding toxins, especially with antiperspirants and tight undergarments in the area!

     


Glenda Neufeld, BBS, CTM specializes in Thermography Testing

For more information, please contact her at thermographyvancouverisland.com






Do You Meditate? - by Alexis Taylor Middleton

Posted on 11 April, 2018 at 13:30 Comments comments (0)


Meditation is one of the greatest gifts one may give oneself to cultivate balance and inner harmony.


When stress and internal chatter takes over that inner peacefulness, causing anxiety and a host of other struggles, it is the calm that meditation brings of which we all aspire to. We all have our inner struggles that require the persistence of fortitude and a deep desire to release ourselves from the cycle of suffering.


I have absolute faith we all have the ability to move beyond our suffering to that serene place, once we allow ourselves to look at those struggles and suffering right in the face, breathe deeply and meditate our way through it.


Meditation requires diligence and mindfulness cultivated into a daily practice. Eventually the internal suffering and chatter subsides, replaced by a calm fortitude and knowingness.


Consider choosing a quiet, safe place to sit relaxed either in lotus position or on a straight back chair, your body warm and un-stressed. Allowing yourself even 10 minutes of calm breathing while sitting quietly does wonders for the soul!

Alexis Taylor Middleton specializes in Traditional Mayan Lymphatics
For more information, please contact her at 250-619-4326

Triggered? - By Donna Leemburg

Posted on 28 March, 2018 at 23:25 Comments comments (0)


This type of trigger is when you have a “reaction” mentally and/or physically. You may be triggered by a comment someone makes, a smell, a sound or something else. Science acknowledges that ‘triggers’ physically fire off stressors called Neurotransmitters that may cause sensations such as nausea, pain, dizziness, anger, tears, numbness and so on.





So how do you settle yourself and come down from being triggered in the moment? With practicing and applying the following suggestions you may ease and calm the mental and physical reactions you are having in your body. This process only takes a few seconds…

  • Stop and Notice – where is it located (throat, jaw, chest...) and how does this feel in your body (tight, stiff, hot...). Is the sensation in your whole body or concentrated in one area?
  • Breathe Slowly – acknowledge what you are sensing.
  • Keep Focused on the Sensation – while continuing to breath slowly.
  • Focus on your Whole Body – your entire system, everything that is held within your skin.
  • Bring your Awareness to Creating the Sensation of Melting - on slow out breaths allow your body to melt like lava into this sensation. It may feel like your shoulders slightly drop while your forehead and jaw softens. Continue to breath until you feel a softer sensation.
  • Notice – Feel calmer, softer and more relaxed. 

The point of this exercise is to notice the body and the reactions and sensations it holds. We can choose to process or to ignore. We know that emotions can cause pain in the body. Consciously taking the time to process these sensations can free up the body and mind, allowing a great sense of vitality.

Donna Leemburg, BCST, RCST. is a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist
For more information, please contact her at Craniotherapyclinic.com



Positive Posture: Driving a Vehicle - by Will Galick

Posted on 22 March, 2018 at 0:30 Comments comments (0)


The average commute in Canada is 20-30 minutes by car. With many workers going to work for 253 days in 2018, this means the average total commute time will be 168-253 hrs sitting in a car. That is 7-10.5 days spent stuck in the seated position this year alone (and that doesn’t even include the time spent sitting in the office or at home in front of a computer).

  • Commute time: 20-30 minutes
  • Work days in 2018: 253 days
  • Time spent driving: 7-10.5 days

With stats like these, many of us are ending up with chronic issues and pain throughout our body. Some issues from driving are:

  • Neck, back, leg and shoulder tension which results in pain
  • Poor circulation to the feet, legs and buttocks
  • Degeneration of the spinal discs

Many of these issues can be avoided by adjusting your body’s position while in your driver’s seat. With a few simple changes to your posture you could save yourself a lot of pain and grief.



Correct posture starts with the car itself and how you have it set up. Take the time to adjust your vehicle before you start your commute or road trip.

Adjust the seat to your body’s specific proportions:

    1. Adjust the seat forwards or backwards so your legs are slightly bent and can comfortably and safely reach the pedals. This will always depend on the make and type of vehicle you are driving.
    2. Adjust the backrest so your body is in a fairly upright position, but more importantly so your arms are able to comfortably and safely reach the steering wheel. If you find that you have to pull your upper back off the seat, or head off the headrest, you should tilt the seat forward.
    3. Keep the headrest at a height that supports the back of the head, and not above or below. If not adjusted to the proper height, the headrest could cause serious injury in an accident.
    4. If your car has adjustable seat height, the preference is to have the hips level with, or slightly above your knees when possible.

Adjusting your body to your newly set up seat is next:

    1. Sit your buttocks all the way back in the seat.
    2. Pull your chest up, place a slight arch in your lower back, lightly place the back of your head against the headrest and ever so slightly tuck your chin.
    3. Take a deep breath and relax your shoulders before you extend your arms in front of your torso towards the steering wheel. You will want to place your hands around the 9 and 3, or 8 and 4 positions to keep your elbows slightly dropped and shoulders relaxed.

Lastly, you will now adjust your mirrors to your preferred and safe positions to optimize the view for driving. This is key to be done last as we do not want to adjust our body to the car once we are in. This is especially important if you share a car with other individuals. Do not adjust the mirrors once they are in place, if you cannot see out of them properly, it means you have moved from your perfect postural position.

This does not guarantee that you will not have any pain caused by driving, but this will at least help minimize the possibility.
 

Will Galick, B.Sc. is a Registered Kinesiologist
For more information, please contact him at fitkin.ca 


Tips & Tricks for Bunions (Hallux Valgus) - by Stephanie Brossard

Posted on 13 March, 2018 at 21:15 Comments comments (0)
      


What are bunions exactly?


Basically, a bunion is a misalignment of the joint at the base of the big toe, where the big toe (Hallux) meets the foot (the metatarsophalangeal joint). This misalignment can cause inflammation, redness, tenderness, and pain. It can also cause additional bone formation. It is a progressive deformity, meaning that it can get worse over time.


What causes bunions?


There are many factors that can contribute to bunions: abnormal foot function and mechanics (such as over pronation - a common cause of bunions in children, abnormal anatomy of the MTP joint, and genetic factors). Abnormal biomechanics can lead to joint and muscle imbalance and instability in the joints, thus causing a bunion. Tight-fitting shoes, especially those with narrow toes and/or high heels, can exacerbate the condition and increase the pain associated with it.


What can you do about them?


A) Try getting some shoes with a wider toe bed and very little, or no, heel rise (minimalist or barefoot shoes, for example). You want space to wiggle your toes. This doesn’t mean you have to throw out all your nice kicks, just use your heels and narrow- toed shoes for special occasions and not as your everyday footwear.


B) Stretch and manipulate your toes, feet, and calves. Keep your feet functional and limber. There are many different things that you can do, so I will just outline a few here:


1) Work on actively sliding your big toe away from the rest of your toes (abducting it) without lifting it off the ground. This is surprisingly difficult. You may need to pin down your other toes and hold your ankle in place to stop the “cheating”. I find it is easiest to do while sitting, so that you aren’t load bearing.


2) Lift up all your toes and spread them apart as much as you can. Then try to put them down one at a time, starting with the pinky toe and working towards the big toe. This is another one that is good to do seated.


3) Massage the area around your big toe; focusing on the space between your first and second toes. You can do this for the rest of the toes too. It is also good to roll out the bottom of your foot. A tennis ball works, or a foam ball such as a lacrosse ball. You can also find balls and rollers made specifically for myofascial release. Finally, roll your calves and shins as well (not directly on the bone). A tight Tibialis Anterior muscle can be a culprit in bunion formation. As you can see from the picture, the Tibialis Anterior tendon attaches on the first metatarsal.


C) You can also buy toe spacers (such as “Correct Toes” and “Yoga Toes”;). Some can be worn in your shoes, and others are to be worn for a brief period while barefoot. A few minutes a day can really make a difference.


Even if you don’t have a bunion, these tricks are good for everyone: we all need to show our feet a little more love - they work so hard for us every day!

            


Stephanie Brossard is a Certified Rolfer™

For information, please contact her at sbrolfing.com





Stress is an Earthquake - By Andrée Boisvert

Posted on 7 March, 2018 at 14:50 Comments comments (0)



The amount of stress we endure on a daily basis in today’s busy world is at record levels. And there is a tendency to spend the majority of our time in overload. Stress also has a way of sneaking up on us. Take the analogy of an earthquake. Imagine a tall concrete building sustaining an earthquake at 8.0 on the Richter scale. The building would most likely sustain severe damage and collapse. What about a small 2.0 earthquake on that same building? The tremor barely noticeable, may not cause any visible damage to a building, except for some small fractures in the foundational structure.


What if those 2.0 earthquakes continued every day, going undetected? The building would be taking small ‘hits’ all the time, and maintaining its resistance. There is a cumulative effect going on here. By all outward appearances, the building looks intact and normal, but inside, these small tremors have been causing tiny cracks in the foundation and walls. At one unpredictable moment, the next 2.0 quake will happen and the building will no longer be able to withstand the strain - some part of it will break down or collapse. This will appear as a surprise because there were no remarkable signs that the structure had been compromised.


This is how stress can affect us humans. Whether it takes you down in one sudden powerful moment, or chips away at you slowly over time, the end result is the same – your body is compromised, and you experience pain, develop illness or dis-ease, or simply collapse, so often without warning. We must recognize the cumulative effect of repeated stress and stop the low-grade damage from happening. Be proactive and find ways to relax and restore your body. Check-in with yourself often, and make sure you get enough ‘ME’ time. Don’t let the effects of the 'stress' earthquake have a chance to impact YOU!


Andrée Boisvert is a Certified Bowenwork® Practitioner

For more information, please contact her at abholistichealth.com



Self Care Practices - by Sarah Smith

Posted on 28 February, 2018 at 13:00 Comments comments (0)

With our lives becoming busier with work, family and life in general, our anxiety, tiredness and depression can increase.

Self care is essential every day, to lead to a more peaceful, balanced and happier life.

Here are 3 simple self care practices to help bring more calm and energy into your life:


1. As soon as you wake up in the morning, think of three things you’re grateful for. Keep it simple. “I am grateful for my breath, I am grateful for the help that I receive, I am grateful for my family”. Say whatever resonates with you. This is very important to do this EVERY DAY for three months. This will not work as well if you do this once in awhile. This simple task switches your mind set into positive thinking and has an incredible, uplifting impact on the brain.


2. Drink hot water in the morning, sitting in silence. Give your body and mind a moment to wake up, starting your day in a calm manner. When you drink hot or very warm water this can help flush out the toxins in your body.


3. Taking a warm bath with a cup of epsom salts and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Epsom salts in warm water, eases stress and relieves tension in the body. Epsom salts can also reduce pain, help fight cold and flu's and reduce migraine headaches.


It’s a beautiful gift to give to yourself when feeling down, if your body is sore or at any time you need it.


These 3 simple practices give a wonderful amount of self care to oneself. You will find with time, you are calmer, happier and more balanced than ever before.

Sarah Smith is a Reiki Quantum Touch energy healer and registered yoga teacher.

For more information please contact her at: handsofhealingwithsarah.ca


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