If one uses the herbs appropriately, one can maintain a balanced state of mind, body and spirit, Here are some of the common herbs associated with the seven chakras –First Chakra – Root
Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine. It connects us to the earth because that is where we receive all of the vital nutrients essential to our survival, and it is also where body toxins are released. The root chakra doesn’t just ground us physically, it also grounds us temporally by keeping us in the present moment.
An imbalanced root chakra can lead to problems in the legs, feet, rectum, tailbone, immune system, depression, autoimmune deficiencies. Dandelion root tea are found to be highly effective in the treatment of depression, gallbladder or high blood pressure. Adding in foods like: carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, onions and garlic, and anything else that roots itself, can have a soothing effect for our root chakra.
Second Chakra – Sacral
Sacral Chakra is located below the navel near the abdomen between the ovaries for women and near the prostate gland for men. The fundamental quality of this chakra is pure creativity, attention, sensual expression, unencumbered by the ego.
When this Chakra is blocked it can lead to eating disorders, urinary tract problems, reproductive disorders, occasional headache, fever and emotional imbalances.
Calendula is an easy to grow herb that enhances your creativity in all areas of life. Another herb which is highly beneficial for the sacral chakra is Gardenia. One can put Gardenia roots and oil to multiple use, and its flowers are found to be very soothing for the senses as well, no wonder its also known as the happiness herb.
Sandalwood helps in curing many kinds of infection as it instigates new cell growth. You can apply sandalwood oil on your body before taking a shower or you can use it to create a good aroma in your house.
Other herbs & spices that are beneficial are Coriander, fennel, licorice, cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sweet paprika, sesame seeds, caraway seeds.
Third Chakra – Solar Plexus
The 3rd chakra or the solar plexus chakra is the power centre of emotions and positive self control. If this chakra is blocked we tend to feel unworthy and have a low self-esteem. Our emotional state is one of depression and anxiety. We tend to be doubtful and mistrusting toward others. This can lead to a plethora of physical problems: poor digestion, ulcers, diabetes, liver or kidney problems, anorexia, bulimia, and even intestinal tumors.
To unblock the energy flow, one can use lavender, bergamot or rosemary oil. Bergamot is great for the digestive system as it quickens the procedure of digestion causing less strain to the intestinal tract. In Mediterranean region, people consider rosemary as an essential herb for the stomach and intestines. One can put rosemary leaves in several dishes or you can use rosemary oil to cook dishes. Marshmallow too relaxes the third chakra and softens our efforts to control life.
It helps you to relax your diaphragm and reconnect to our breath.
Other useful herbs & spices are Anise, celery, cinnamon, lily of the valley, mints, ginger, mints (peppermint, spearmint, etc.), melissa, turmeric, cumin, fennel.
Fourth Chakra – Heart
Heart Chakra is the centre of love, compassion and forgiveness of our body’s energy system. When this chakra is blocked, we tend to feel disconnected and have trouble loving ourselves and others. We tend to experience poor circulation on the physical level, lack empathy on the emotional level, and lack devotion on the spiritual level.
Many issues of love, grief, hatred, anger, jealousy, fears of betrayal, of loneliness, as well as the ability to heal ourselves and others are centered in the fourth chakra. A tea or tincture of Hawthorne berries increases trust in the process of life and encourages you to feel safe following your heart. It also helps to strengthen the heart and blood vessels. You can also use
Cayenne, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, rose, basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, parsley for a healthy heart.
Fifth Chakra – Throat
Throat chakra is largely responsible for self-expression and communication. When this chakra is clear our speech becomes uplifting, wise and we can communicate our intent clearly. An unbalanced throat chakra leads to thyroid problems, laryngitis on the physical level, codependency on the emotional level, unclear thoughts on the mental level, and insecurity on the spiritual level. We often speak without thinking and have trouble expressing ourselves in an authentic way. It is also responsible for nervousness, fear and anxiety.Red clover blossoms assist in allowing a free flow of communication and self-expression. A cup of red clover tea can unlock the emotions and thoughts that are waiting to be spoken. A research conducted by the University of Maryland, Medical Centre shows that lemon balm is capable of healing several ailments including thyroid. Eucalyptus oil is another beneficial oil for decongestion, simply rubbing few drops of oil on the throat will help.
Other herbs & spices that can help with the throat chakra is Coltsfoot, peppermint, sage, salt and lemon grass.
Sixth Chakra – Third Eye
Sixth Chakra or the Third Eye is associated with intuition and the pineal gland.
When this chakra is blocked we tend to lack in imagination and intuition resulting in poor decision making and self-deception. Physically, third eye weakness may manifest as eye/ear problems, headaches, migraines, insomnia, or even nightmares.
Mint, jasmine and eyebright are herbs used to open the sixth chakra. Eyebright helps to see both the light and dark sides as part of the whole, and is also used to cure eye problems. Mint has been found useful in curing depression, migraines and memory loss. It also increases connectedness between mind and body.
These are the herbs & spices that can energize and heal any imbalances in the third eye chakra, Juniper, mugwort, poppy, rosemary, lavender and poppy seed.
Seventh Chakra – Crown
Crown Chakra connects us to the universal divine energy. This chakra is associated with wisdom, enlightenment and transcendence.
When our crown chakra is cleansed and open we experience divine union and cosmic love, stretching out forever. Our unique frequency is in tune with the cosmic orchestra. When our crown chakra is blocked or closed we feel disconnected spiritually, as though we are living without any direction or purpose. On a physical level, it can lead to depression, nervous system disorders, migraines, amnesia, ADD, dyslexia, and in the most extreme cases cognitive delusions and mental illness.
Lavender flowers and lotus assist in opening your seventh chakra. Lavender brings you into alignment with divine wisdom on a daily basis and is a popular herb for enhancing meditation. While lotus leaves and stems are widely used in Japanese and Chinese cuisine, and each part has its own set of benefits. Lavender is your best bet because it works well on all the chakras.
You can include plants in your life through taking herbs internally in the form of tea, or externally as a bath or aromatherapy, you can enhance the benefits by consciously connecting with their vibrational qualities.
Deep-Tissue Touch Becoming Mainstream Medicine
Stephen Kiesling’s Miracle at Miraval, tells the story of the rapid healing of his shoulder.Thanks to acupuncture, Ayurveda, and massage, he didn’t need surgery and his shoulder is back to normal.
His story precipitated Michael Tompkins’ story. Tompkins, the CEO of Miraval and the newly elected Chair of the International Spa Association (ISPA), attended the ISPA convention this past October riding a motorized scooter. He had torn knee ligaments and was expecting surgery.
But guess what? His own prestigious surgeon recommended foam-roller therapy and within weeks, Tompkins was back on his feet—sans surgery. “After nearly thirty years in the healthcare and spa industries, I continue to be amazed by the resilience of the human body,” he shares. “I also feel blessed that spa has connected me to preventative and reparative medicine.”
In my own case, I’ve been suffering from extreme pain in my thumb joint, the result of an old bicycle injury worsened by arthritis. I recently found that what restores my mobility and eases my pain, is Shiatsu—a favorite modality of mine for years. In early December, I booked a relaxing massage at Waterstone Spa in Ashland, Oregon, and thankfully, the therapist took it upon himself to work on my thumb. (I hadn’t mentioned any issues with it.)
Sixty minutes later, I walked out with what felt like a new hand. The relief lasted more than a month and was well worth the price of the massage.
So what does all of this mean? “Over the last 30 years, we’ve come to understand just how much the body can heal itself,” says Kiesling, a career health journalist and Olympic athlete. “One key to that self-healing is making sure all the muscles and ligaments are properly aligned—which a good body worker can do.”
In other words, body work sets up the body to heal itself. And at the same time, it keeps you properly lined up to avoid injuries.
Occasionally my friends joke that I must have cloned myself if I’m able to fit a weekly massage in my schedule.
A 2011 study found that massage helped people with low back pain to feel and function better, compared to people who didn’t get a rubdown. That’s good news for the eight in 10 Americans who will experience debilitating back pain at least once in their lives, Time.com reported.”We found the benefits of massage are about as strong as those reported for other effective treatments: medications, acupuncture, exercise and yoga,” Dan Cherkin, Ph.D., lead author of the study, said in a press release.Massage also seems to lessen pain among people with osteoarthritis.It can help you sleep.The calming treatment can also help you spend more time asleep, according to research from Miami University’s Touch Research Institute. “Massage helps people spend more time in deep sleep, the restorative stage in which your body barely moves,” the Institute’s founder Tiffany Field, Ph.D., told More magazine in 2012.In one study of people with fibromyalgia, 30-minute massages three times a week for five weeks resulted in nearly an hour more of sleep, plus deeper sleep, she said.
Massage may ward off colds.
There’s a small body of research that suggests massages boost immune function. A 2010 study, believed to be the largest study on massage’s effects on the immune system, found that 45 minutes of Swedish massage resulted in significant changes in white blood cells and lymphocytes, which help protect the body from bugs and germs.
It could make you more alert.
At least one study has linked massage to better brainpower. In a 1996 study, a group of adults completed a series of math problems faster and with more accuracy after a 15-minute chair massage than a group of adults who were told to just sit in a chair and relax during those 15 minutes.
Massage may ease cancer treatment.
Among patients receiving care for cancer, studies have noted multiple benefits of massage, including improved relaxation, sleep and immune system function as well as decreased fatigue, pain, anxiety and nausea.
It may alleviate depression symptoms.
A 2010 review of the existing studies examining massage in people with depression found that all 17 pieces of research noted positive effects. However, the authors recommended additional research into standardizing massage as treatment and the populations who would most benefit from it.
Massage could help with headaches.
The power of touch seems to help limit headache pain. A 2002 study found that massage therapy reduced the frequency of chronic tension headaches. And in a very small 2012 study, 10 male patients with migraine headaches noted significant pain reduction after neck and upper back massage and manipulation. You may even be able to reap the benefits without seeing a professional: Start by applying gentle pressure with your fingertips to your temples, then move them in a circular motion along the hairline until they meet in the middle of your forehead, WebMD reported.
The stress reduction is scientific.
Between the dim lights, soothing music and healing touch, it certainly feels like stress melts away during a massage, but research suggests a very literal reduction of cortisol, a major stress hormone. Chronically high levels of cortisol can contribute to serious health issues, like high blood pressure and blood sugar, suppressed immune system function and obesity.
Massage: Why You Must (and How You Can) Fit It in Your Busy Schedule!
Ethics aside, I sometimes think it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to clone myself. Life can be tough; more accurately, it can be exhausting. If you’re a parent, make that exceedingly exhausting. This isn’t to say that the trials and tribulations that keep us perpetually weary aren’t worthy of our time: they often are. I’d be fibbing if I said there weren’t part of me that wants to skip driving my son to that extra weekly gymnastics lesson; but I’d also be fibbing if I said that I don’t bubble up with pride watching his energetic little body jump and tumble.
My point is this: I get it. I get that there are a million priorities that make pampering yourself (or even just taking care of yourself) seem like a far-fetched idea for the uber-wealthy with assistants and on-call sitters. But taking care of yourself is critical to your overall well-being—and that well-being affects nearly every other aspect of your life.
Massage is, according to a slew of emerging research, one of the most effective ways to take care of yourself. Most recently, it has proven beneficial in the reduction of pain and stress levels, and in the increased activity of the circulatory system. Pretty amazing stuff. But, you ask, how do you fit it into your already ramshackle life? It’s hectic enough. Yes, I know, which is exactly why it’s all the more important. And it’s why you absolutely must consider fitting massage in. Consider a few of the tips below to help:
- Take a long lunch from work. You’re already out of the house, after all. If taking a slightly long lunch isn’t possible for you, ask your massage therapist if he/she travels and/or if you might be able to pay for a partial massage, say 30 minutes.
- Schedule it early or late. Increasingly, spas (and individual therapists) offer early and late hours. This allows you the ability to schedule in a way that best meets your needs. For someone like me, for instance, it means I often schedule a massage after my kids go to bed. They never even know that mommy is gone.
- Build your massages into gatherings with friends. You don’t always need to compromise on things. Schedule a mini spa day with a friend. You’ll get some catch-up time and some relaxation, too.
- Hire an MT to come to your home. Still find that you can’t squeeze time out of your schedule to drive to the spa? Fear not. More and more massage therapists are packing up and coming to you. And, amazingly, the cost isn’t necessarily higher. Really.
- Join a massage membership program. More often than not, these programs act as regular reminders that it’s time for your next massage. If anything, the reminder itself is worth it.
The long and short of it is this: Massage has whole-body health and wellness effects. By incorporating it regularly into your life, you are doing yourself a tremendous favor. Sure, it can be challenging to fit in—you are busier than ever, I really do get it. But you owe it to yourself to try, and massage therapists and spas, with their ever-expanding hours, travel-readiness, and membership programs, are making it easier than ever. Get creative, set yourself reminders, and make it happen. You’ll be happy you did.
The health of our feet can often be overlooked, but, fortunately, some simple care or professional attention is usually all it takes to keep us on our toes.
Words: Chris Sheedy
Foot care is a great passion for Hayley Uden, Lecturer in Podiatry at the University of South Australia’s School of Health Services, and she says people with foot problems should make a timely appointment with a podiatrist, as most issues are easily solved.“Some foot issues can be related to a specific health complaint, such as diabetes, which slowly takes away feeling and reduces blood flow to the feet and can have terrible consequences if untreated,” says Uden. “But most foot problems, whether sports related, age related or stemming from badly fitting footwear, can be managed by a podiatrist.”
The usual suspects
Understanding and identifying common foot problems is important in order to treat them, says Uden. A bunion, for instance, is a bone protrusion usually affecting the area next to the big toe, which can cause pain, redness, swelling and inflammation at the joint. Calluses and corns are excess layers of skin that have grown to prevent a wound in areas where there’s been increased localised pressure and friction. In-grown toenails cause fairly intense pain around the side of the big toenail and can be red and swollen or infected.
Flat feet, where the arch of the foot appears to have collapsed, were once seen as a major issue. These days, however, they’re understood to be simply something that can cause complications if the person wishes to pursue a certain path, such as professional sport. Likewise, high arches can also lead to stress fractures and ankle strains in certain situations, but people with these complaints commonly live a perfectly healthy and happy life.
The point, says Uden, is that all these issues – and many others – can be managed successfully. Medicine and technology have advanced to the point where some foot problems, such as in-grown toenails and calluses, can be resolved in a single visit to the podiatrist.
Care for your feet
Prevention, of course, is the best cure. Uden says that in the community, it is the elderly who visit podiatrists the most.
“But it’s not only the elderly who benefit from our help,” says Uden. “Common and easily managed sports injuries include sprains, strains, ankle pain, pain under the ball of the foot and pain from badly fitting shoes. So many issues can be easily managed simply through advice on what type of shoes to wear.”
When it comes to shoes and socks, Uden says natural fibres that give and breathe are preferable.
“Finally,” she says, “if you must be barefoot then stay away from areas in which others are also not wearing shoes. The number of kids we see at the beginning of each year with warts, because swimming lessons have begun, is quite amazing. Shoes don’t just protect from injury, they can help protect from infection, too.
Information provided in this article is not medical advice and you should consult with your healthcare practitioner. Australian Unity accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any of the opinions, advice, representations or information contained in this publication. Readers should rely on their own advice and enquiries in making decisions affecting their own health, wellbeing or interest.
Written By Heather Newby
Until recently, I had never heard of dry brushing. But after hearing about over and over, I decided to do some of my own investigation. After doing some research I was amazed, and yet it came to me, “Duh Heather, your skin is the largest organ in the body and it allows toxins in and out of the body. Why not skin brushing!” It is probably one of the easiest ways to aid the body in detoxification on a daily basis!
Every day the skin accumulates up to a pound of dead skins cells eliminated from the body through the skin. As skin cells get closer to the outer surface of the body they lose their blood supply and die. Skin brushing is a very effective way to remove these dead skin cells.
The integumentary system is the organ system that protects the body from various kinds of damage, such as loss of water or abrasion from outside. The system includes the skin and its appendages (including hair and nails). The system has a variety of functions; it serves to waterproof, cushion, and protect the deeper tissues, eliminate waste, and regulate temperature, and is the attachment site for sensory receptors to detect pain, sensation, pressure, and temperature. The integumentary system also provides for vitamin D synthesis.
Some additional benefits to skin brushing:
- Helps to improve circulation
- Stimulates lymphatic drainage
- Firms the skin
- Improves brain function through increase circulation
- Gives you more energy
When you increase the lymphatic flow through skin brushing, it can help prevent the formation of cellulite. In addition to removing the old dead skin cells and the toxic debris within those cells, dry brushing initiates the development of new healthy skin cells.
How do I dry brush correctly?
First, it is important to find a brush with soft natural bristles. The brushes are typically available at a localhealth food store in the price range of $6 to $10. You may find one cheaper, but synthetic bristles often contain chemicals that are best to avoid.
In beginning, start with light, gentle brushing. Over time your skin will be able to handle brushing a little firmer. The strokes should move toward the heart. This will improve lymphatic flow back through the venous system towards the heart. When dry brushing the stomach, use a clockwise motion as this works with the natural digestive flow.
If the skin slightly pink after brushing that is fine, but it should not be red or sore. Avoid brushing over fresh wounds, burns and cuts or abrasions. The skin should be dry but not excessively dry when brushing. You can use coconut oil while brushing if the skin is very dry, but be sure to clean the brush thoroughly after brushing. Shower immediately after brushing to remove the exfoliated skin cells.
You may notice that they feel energized after dry brushing. This is due to the elimination of toxins in the body which in turn improves circulation which increases energy levels. The skin feels refreshed. It glows and feels smoother after the whole process of the body exfoliation. Once you try it, you will be hooked!
Touching The Core
The Heart and Intelligence of Mayan Abdominal Massage
By Diane McDonald
In 1983, Chicago native Rosita Arvigo, a doctor of naprapathy (D.N.) began an intensive 12-year apprenticeship with one of the last living Maya shamans in Central America. Don Elijio Panti was already 90 years old when Arvigo began to study with him in his tiny, remote village of San Antonio in Western Belize, not far from the Guatemalan border. She learned about native healing plants, the Maya prayers, herbal bathing for physical and spiritual healing and the ancient technique of Maya Abdominal Therapy, known simply as “la sobada” – the massage.
Arvigo watched her mentor’s deft and wrinkled hands massage thousands of abdomens with incredibly impressive results. Maya women often arrived on the doorstep of this humble clinic in groves and gaggles to have the old bush doctor massage their abdomens for relief of painful menstrual periods, headaches, tired legs, infertility and digestive upsets.
So impressed with the technique and its deeply healing results, Arvigo spent a decade researching the how’s and why’s of this Maya massage system. She applied her knowledge of anatomy, physiology, herbology and her naprapathic training in damaged ligaments to establish a credible explanation of causes, signs, symptoms and successful treatments for both men and women. “Eventually,” she says, “I specialized in ailments of women using these time-honored bodywork techniques that alleviate and prevent some of our very common complaints. The best part, though, is that it shows there really is an accessible alternative to surgery and drugs for abdominal and pelvic complaints.”
The Wisdom of Ancients The Maya Abdominal Therapy Arvigo learned from Elijio is performed in a slow, deep, penetrating manner which releases deep muscle tissue spasms in the entire abdominal area, prevents and corrects the fallen, tilted uterus and swollen prostate, and facilitates the normal flow of blood, lymph, nerves and chi throughout the entire body. These ancient massage techniques correct poor hemodynamics of the abdomen and its many organs so vital to digestion, assimilation, elimination, secretions and reproduction in men and women. It is an external, non- invasive massage treatment on the abdomen and back that works to soften musculature, align the pelvic bones, adjust the uterus to its proper position, release muscular armoring in the trunk and enhance circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids, elimination, secretion of hormones and prevent swelling and congestion of the prostate.
Arvigo says 90% of women will have a misplaced or tipped uterus at some point in their lives. The causes include difficult labor and delivery with prolonged periods of pushing; poor professional care during pregnancy, labor and delivery; repeated pregnancies close together; falls to the sacrum; a career in aerobics or high impact sports and dancing; wearing high heel shoes; poor alignment of the pelvic bones with the spinal column; chronic muscle spasms around the hips, low back and sacrum; carrying young children on the hip for prolonged periods of time; rape, sexual abuse or incest at any time in life; chronic constipation; running or working on cement surfaces with improper foot support; and errors committed during surgery that cut through uterine ligaments.
Any of these can damage, tear or overstretch uterine ligaments, thereby prohibiting them from properly supporting the uterus and causing it to eventually fall down (inferior), backward (retro), forward (antero), or causing it to shift either to the left or right side of the pelvic floor.
A retro uterus leans against the colon; an antero uterus leans on top of the bladder; and a uterus leaning to the right or left puts undue pressure on the lymphatic and venous return, arterial supply and the flow of chi, as do any of the other malpositions. Even though the uterus can be returned to its normal position in the pelvis, it still has the potential to wander if any of the above occur during a woman’s lifetime. This is why, Arvigo says, teaching women to take care of their own uterus is so important. “If she knows these easily learned techniques, she can adjust her own uterus after a fall or when carrying heavy burdens. And she learns how to avoid the common causes as well, thereby preventing many symptoms of a misplaced uterus.”
From the Center Elijio taught that a woman’s uterus is her center; if it is out of balance, then her entire life will be imbalanced. Arvigo says the uterus is a woman’s “second brain” and comprises the spiritual center of her being. Unfortunately, for many of us, this area of the body has been largely ignored in classical massage training in the United States and Europe. How many women have experienced menstrual pain and reproductive difficulties for years, or have been to a gynecologist and been told in an offhand fashion that she has a “tipped” or “retro” uterus, yet is not offered options to help this vital organ restore itself to optimal health, positioning and function? Arvigo calls her apprentices “the womb savers.” She has now trained nearly 200 practitioners in the United States, Italy, Belize and Barbados. This core of students, made up mostly of women, are creating for themselves an entirely new profession based on these healing modalities of the ancient Maya. Their abdominal and uterine massage addresses some of our most stubborn pelvic and abdominal complaints, typically treated by drugs and surgery, or sometimes not at all.
When reproductive organs shift out of proper position, they can constrict normal flow of blood, lymph and nerve connections. Just a few extra ounces sitting on delicate blood and lymph vessels can cause havoc throughout the different systems of the body. A wandering uterus, weighing in at a normal, non-menstruating 4 ounces (8 ounces during menstruation), has the potential to grow during pregnancy from the size of a small pear to that of a watermelon. This weight pressing on arteries, veins, nerves and lymph vessels can be the cause of chronic varicose veins of the legs, constipation, headaches with menstruation, infertility and difficult labor and delivery, as well as a host of other symptoms seemingly unrelated. By gently shifting the uterus back into place, homeostasis (or the natural internal balance of the body) is brought back to the pelvic area and surrounding organs. Toxins are flushed and nutrients that help to tone tissue and balance hormones are restored to normal order. This is essential for healthy pregnancy, labor, delivery and, of course, conception. Old adhesions from invasive treatments to the pelvic and abdominal area, including scars from hysterectomies and Cesarean sections, are diminished gradually and safely when addressed by uterine massage.
Anne Marie, age 36, had been trying to become pregnant since she married at the age of 18. In desperation and with an inherent fear of medical procedures, she came to see Arvigo as a client. Anne Marie had been a ballerina from the age of 6 until her late 20s. “Her uterus was extremely low and had fallen over to the left side which I determined was the cause of her painful periods, PMS and infertility,” says Arvigo. “Unfortunately, a career in high- impact dancing can damage the uterine ligaments and cause them to lose elasticity and then be unable to support the uterus which normally hangs within the pelvis as though it were a hammock separating the anterior and posterior portions of the pelvis.”
After several treatments and doing the self-care uterine massage at home, Anne Marie happily became pregnant and delivered a healthy 8-pound baby boy that year. “We are finding that about 30% of female infertility is due to a misplaced uterus which can be corrected,” says Arvigo. “It is certainly worth a try before resorting to invasive and expensive medical procedures. My teacher used to say it is only natural for people to seek out the help of medical doctors, after natural remedies have not been able to alleviate their suffering. So for heaven’s sake, why not try a natural, non-invasive, inexpensive and safe treatment before resorting to drastic measures like in vitro fertilization or surgery. It just makes so much more sense to me.
“It is just not necessary to have painful periods, painful ovulation and irregular menses for a lifetime,” says Arvigo. “Once the uterus is gently and gradually coaxed back to a normal position by strengthening the elasticity of the uterine ligaments that hold it in place, the uterus is able to clean itself out more efficiently from month to month and the hormones can flow freely through the feedback loop from the pelvis to the hypothalamus. I love this work because it is so effective and changes women’s lives on a physical, emotional and spiritual level like no other modality I have ever known.”
Arvigo says generally, painful periods diminish with two or three cycles and many women report that for the first time in their lives they can look forward to, rather than dread, their menstrual cycle.
Because sexual or emotional abuse such as rape, incest or painful memories of abortions and surgeries can be one of the causes of the prolapsed uterus or even chronic gastritis, there is an emotional release that occurs when the deep massage is performed over the abdomen or the pelvis because it is an area where most people store a lifetime of negative, repressed emotions. Here is the seat of anxiety, fear, shame and guilt that when continually repressed causes muscular armoring and a consequent decrease in life force and fluid circulation.
Arvigo includes a good breakdown of the seminal work of Wilhelm Reich in her training seminars because she says practitioners must understand and know how to deal with the emotional breakthrough of these previously hidden emotions. Reich was a psychoanalyst in the l940s who studied with Sigmund Freud in Vienna. Reich eventually gave up all verbal therapy and instead learned to release repressed memories and emotions with a deep muscle tissue type of bodywork that many feel marked the beginning of the popularity of massage in this century. “Their issues are in their tissues,” says Arvigo.
Those women who have had hysterectomies report that after receiving this type of massage they feel an increased flow of blood; old aches and pains in the hips, legs and groin diminish; varicosities improve; constipation is relieved; and lymph flow from the legs and feet is greatly enhanced giving an overall sense of subtle awareness of their own hemodynamics previously not felt. These women are even able to come to terms with the sense of grief and loss as a result of their surgeries, because the massage techniques flush out repressed emotions as well.
The blood supply to the pelvis flows downward from the descending thoracic artery that passes through the diaphragm, another hotbed of emotional armoring and a favorite storage area for repressed, painful memories. Arvigo says if there is long-term emotional blockage in the upper abdomen, the flow of blood to the abdominal and pelvic organs is diminished and malfunction will naturally follow sooner or later. “We often hear the phrase, ‘my stomach is tied up in knots’ or ‘my heart jumped into my throat’,” says Arvigo. “These are indications of painful emotions we often hold back and tuck away in the muscles and organs. The brain will use the organs of the body as an outlet for its emotions.”
The following short case history is an example of this phenomenon: “Aldo was a high-powered international exporter and shipper who came to a self-care workshop in Italy. He was a classical Type A individual who had to succeed and be the best in his profession he could be, unfortunately at the expense of his health. His major complaint was severe gastritis which had plagued him for more than 20 years, even though he had been treated by a variety of specialists in Europe. His digestion was very poor; he was bone thin, pale and exhausted all the time. When I massaged his upper abdomen between the rib cage, I found immediately the cause of his chronic complaints. His abdominal muscles and diaphragm were so tight they stood out like cables of hard cords and felt more like wood than human flesh. The first treatment gave significant relief and he was able to enjoy a normal meal that evening for the first time in decades. On the next visit, I showed him how to perform the massage on himself, which he absolutely loved, because the results were so quick and sure. Within only six weeks, he considered himself completely recovered and was so happy it was all accomplished without drugs.”
As evidenced by Aldo, women aren’t the only ones to benefit from the Maya work. In men, the massage also addresses and prevents a congested or swollen prostate by maintaining proper blood supply and fluid drainage, thereby preventing swelling and inflammation.
The causes of a swollen prostate are by now well-known and include aging, a diet high in fats and dairy products, xenoestrogens from the environment and the food supply, as well as tight, restrictive clothing. These massage techniques alleviate the pelvic congestion in men who often report they pass milky colored urine for a few days after the massage and enjoy much easier bowel movements.
Symptoms of distress in men include painful urination, frequent urination, prostate swelling, low back ache, infertility, impotence, constipation, varicose veins in legs or feet and hemorrhoids.
Hector, a businessman in Belize who had just turned 50 a few months earlier, visited Arvigo’s clinic complaining of poor circulation in his feet. “Look at these ropey veins in my feet,” he said. “I’ve never had anything like this before and my legs are starting to feel heavy as though they have too much fluid in them. Does that make any sense to you?” he asked. Arvigo recognized the symptoms immediately. “Have you also been getting up more often to urinate at night?” He responded affirmatively and Arvigo thought his prostate might have begun to show signs of swelling. After performing the external pelvic massage on him for about 10 minutes, he noticed upon arising from the treatment table, that the varicosities in his feet were much diminished. Arvigo showed him how to do the massage on himself and within two weeks time, the feet and legs were back to normal.
To the Core
The Arvigo techniques are an effective medium to bring clients to an emotional and spiritual center and a great way to release stored emotional tension – for both women and men. These massage techniques are positioned far away from most Western approaches to such problems as low back pain, migraines, prostrate swelling, failure to ovulate and painful menstrual cycles, among others, which often suggest that the “problem” can only be fixed internally through surgery or medication. Arvigo suggests otherwise with non-invasive manipulation, which can reposition organs that have moved over time for a number of reasons (nerves, lymph, flow of blood, etc.).
Arvigo has dedicated her professional life to teaching these techniques to laypeople and professional practitioners alike to alleviate unnecessary suffering. As a nurse practitioner, certified massage practitioner and teacher of the Arvigo techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy myself, I believe it is a beautiful thing to observe when clients are able to finally let go of old hurts and resentments and are taught how to assist in this process.
Swedish massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.
Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries. Due to the nature of the deep tissue work, open communication during the session is crucial to make sure you don’t get too uncomfortable. Keep in mind that soreness is pretty common after the treatment, and that plenty of water should be ingested to aid with the flushing and removal of toxins that will have been released from the deep tissue during the session. The misconception of deep tissue massage is that it needs to hurt or your not getting your monies worth. I’m not saying there won’t be any discomfort or pain, because there probably will be, but it doesn’t have to be so painful you feel bruised when you’re done.
This technique uses firm pressure to go deep into the muscle tissue releasing long standing muscle tension. This massage is not recommended for first time massage or sensitive skin. Recommended before or after a sporting event or activity.
Reflexology is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet. Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize your entire body. According to reflexology, every part of the human body is mapped into the feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches, and depression.
Pregnancy Massage is a form of bodywork designed specifically for pregnant women. Pregnancy is a time in which a woman’s body endures tremendous stress due to dramatic physical, mental, and emotional changes. Using various techniques specifically for the new mother, Pregnancy Massage helps alleviate discomforts experienced throughout the pregnancy. The benefits are profound, including emotional support, the reduction of joint pain due to extra weight and postural imbalance, improved breathing and relaxation, and relief from uncomfortable digestive issues. We do not recommend massage in the first trimester. Women with certain health conditions may not be able to have pregnancy massage. Please consult your doctor prior to scheduling your appointment
Herbs/OILS to Avoid During Pregnancy
Aloe, Angelica, Atlas, Cedarwood, Barberry, Basil oil, Black/Blue Cohosh, Cascara Sagrada, Catnip Celery, Chamomile Tincture, Cinnamon Oil, Clary Sage Oil, Comfrey, Dong Quai, Ephedra, Fennel Oil, Fenugreek, Feverfew, Garlic, Ginger (intake should be limited, consult a professional), Ginseng/Panax and Siberian Goldenseal, Horsechestnut Hyssop Oi,l Juniper Oi,l Kava Kava, Licorice, Lobelia, Lovage, Marjoram Oil, Motherwor,t Mugwort, Myrrh, Nutmeg Oil, Oregon Grape, Parsley Juice, Passion Flower, Peppermint Oil, Prickly Ash, Rhubarb, Rosemary, Oil, Rue Sage Oil (as a food spice is okay), Sarsaparilla, Senna, Slippery Elm, St. John’s Wort, Tansy, Turmeric, Uva, Urs,i Witch Hazel, Wormwood, Yarro
The Hidden Dangers Of Nail Salons
I watched this the other day on Anderson Live and I could not resist sharing it with our readers as I find it very important knowledge to have especially since this is something most women go and do. Nail Salons are great getaways for women to go and chat, gossip, relax and be pampered. Unfortunately Anderson Cooper has now ruined that for all of us but really we should thank him as it was dire information that we all probably assumed and needed to bring to light.
Your favorite nail salon could be a breeding ground for some of the worst diseases and infections out there. It’s kind of like Club Med for germs and unbenounced to us, we weren’t made aware of it til now. Take a few minutes and read through the hidden dangers of nail salons via Anderson Live. The author of “Death by Pedicure” took a hidden camera to a nail salon and revealed all the hidden health risks and dirty secrets that we’ve all be unaware of or just simply ignoring for our own pleasures.
Here are 5 Questions you should always ask your nail salon:
1. How do you sanitize, disinfect or sterilize your instruments?
“REASON: Good salons will tell you without asking how they sterilize and or disinfect their tools. There is a huge difference between the term sanitized, which is simple cleaning with soap and water, and disinfected, which means soaked with intermediate agents that do not kill all organisms. This is always confused improperly with the word sterilized, which means absent of all organisms.”
TIP: Autoclaving with pressurized steam for 15 minutes is a fool proof way of verifying you are getting a sterilized instrument. Before you sterilize (autoclave) or disinfect (soak) any instrument, they have to be sanitized (cleaned) first with soap and water. Only Texas requires autoclave sterilization in nail salons.
2. Do you use a “single use” nail file?
“REASON:This is critically important as a nail file is the most likely to cause an unseen injury called Salon Micro Trauma or SMT. Remember, you don’t have to see blood to be injured or infected. Paula Abdul nearly lost a finger from a manicure from SMT. To be sure you don¹t get a used nail file ask to see a new nail file from a new package.”
TIP: If not, bring your own or go elsewhere. Good salons will give you the disposable nail file or use a new file strip each time and do it in front of you.
3. Do you use a razor to remove calluses?
“REASON: Of all the tools in the salon razor tools are one of the most likely to draw blood. Many states have outlawed these devices and the nail tech will hide this tool under towels, behind items in the back of drawers or from her pocket. In short, these tools are more likely to be hidden and never to be properly cleaned to avoid detection by inspectors. Because this tool is the one of the single biggest reasons for potentially serious or fatal hepatitis infections, the CDC is now considering nails salons a potential source of hepatitis. “
“Since most of this tools are an illegal surgical tools they never get properly sterilized. You should not ask for these illegal tools to be used on your foot unless you buy one and do it yourself. Many times the nail tech is motivated by money rather than common sense and secretly produce these tools out of “nowhere” to quickly and covertly do these services to get more clients who believe this a good technique.”
“Remember “dead skin” is where the bacteria on your body stands ready to infect. When a doctor removes dead skin by surgical razors, it’s surgery.”
“When nails techs use a razor to remove “dead skin” it can be a “illegal beauty treatment” in most states.”
4. Can I see your cleaning log for your pedicure tub or whirlpool?
“REASON: The pedicure tub should be cleaned with a bleach product or hospital grade disinfectant for ten minutes and all surfaces should be rinsed clean. Whirlpools with jets are supposed to be circulated for ten minutes with a bleach product and then rinsed clean. The only other option is to use disposable tub liner.
Finally, if you ask, they should offer to show you their cleaning logs.”
5. Do you have any advanced training?
“REASON:Many states do not require nail techs to have additional training or continual education to be licensed other that an outdated nail tech course they took 10 or 20 years ago. Many things change yearly and only nail techs that take advanced training or advanced seminars are learning the proper new ways to prevent infection or change their approach to nail care.
Find techs who have advanced training so you know they know what is the newest techniques. Ask if they have advanced courses.”
Remember: Going to the nail salon is a luxury but you don’t want to risk your health for a little pampering. Do not be shy or intimidated to ask questions or get up and leave if you are not satisfied with their answer or conditions of their salon. 75% of nail salons do not abide by state health regulations. Be knowledgeable of what you are looking for and share this with your friends and family, if it doesn’t look or feel right, it probably isn’t.
Sports Massage is a type of massage designed for highly active people who engage in athletics. Engaging in sports is harsh on the body and can often lead to injuries in both the short and long term. Sports Massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by helping to prevent injury, reduce pains and swelling in the body, relax the mind, increase flexibility, and dramatically improve recovery rates. Sports Massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an athlete from an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and in turn promoting the body’s natural immune function.
Hot Stone Therapy is a type of bodywork that uses deep penetrating heat and/or alternating cold from specialized stones. The physiological benefits of alternating hot and cold to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven. Stone Therapy delivers a profound expansion and contraction inside your circulatory system, improving the function of your lymphatic and immune systems, and enhancing your body’s self-healing mechanisms. This style of bodywork takes you into deep states of relaxation, releasing stress and anxiety, detoxifying the body, and balancing your nervous system.
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing trigger points in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle tissue rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These knots are built up throughout a person’s life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy aims to gently and rhythmically move the lymph through the body, especially swollen areas of the body, relieving pressure and enhancing the functioning of the immune system. As both a preventative and remedial technique, MLD can be used for a wide range of purposes including faster recovery from injury, reduction of swelling and discomfort from pregnancy, and strengthened resistance to illness.
Acupressure is a form of bodywork similar to acupuncture, with the aim of stimulating specific points along the energy lines of the body to establish overall health and vitality by balancing your Qi (energy) flow. Unlike acupuncture however, with this modality I use my hands to apply pressure to the specific points rather than needling, producing similar therapeutic results.
Medical Massage differs from regular Massage and Bodywork in that the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions diagnosed by a medical doctor. I may use a variety of modalities or techniques during the treatment, but I focus the treatment only on the specific areas of the body related to the diagnosis. This enhances the body’s natural self-healing process and reduces the needed recovery time from injury.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing that cleanses and balances the energy patterns in the body. As a result, the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum mental, emotional, and physical health.
Infant Massage is a style of bodywork designed specifically to promote the healthy development of your infant. Caring human touch is crucial for a healthy thriving baby, and the benefits of massaging a young child are many, including:
* Improved growth and development of the brain and nervous system
* Strengthened immune system function
* Regulated sleeping patterns, leading to deeper sleep
* Greater levels of trust and intimacy between parent and child
Seaweed Body Wrap The body is gently covered with algae and sea products, then warmly wrapped to hold in the body’s moisture allowing the absorption of the seaweed’s nutrients. This rehydrates, refines and tones as it detoxifies and remineralizes the skin.
Body Polish a gentle but effective body polish uses a micro-buff body polish in a creamy blend of micronized buffing beads, loofah, and apricot powder for refining the roughest and flakiest areas without irritation.
Proper Skin care is critical for your health and wellness. Although you may may have a predisposed skin type, it is important to recognize that your skin will undergo different skin conditions based on lifestyle, environment factors, and your current skin care regimen. After a through skin analysis, a skin care routine will be customized for you, for home use as well as a skin care protocol for which treaments will suit your skin.
Facial Treatment This classic, purifying treatment involves deep cleaning, exfoliating steam mist extraction, anti-stress massage, and a rejuvenating masque to nourish the skin. This relaxing treatment is for all skin types and focuses on restoring your skin to optimal health and radiance.
Mini luxurious Facial Best for those with limited time, the mini version of our best-selling BUDS SPA Signature facial includes a power cleanse, pressure point massage and customized mask. Extractions of impurities not included.
Gentlemen Executive Facial Customized for a gentleman’s specific skin needs, a deep cleansing is followed by an exfoliating scrub and extraction. The treatment concludes with a cool, soothing algae mask to balance and hydrate your skin, also helping alleviate shaving irritation.
Anti Aging Treatment A treatment that exfoliates and boosts microcirculation to enhance blood flow, resulting in more radiant, smoother skin today.
Deep Cleansing & Purifying Facial A deep pore cleansing and exfoliation treatment to reduce congestion and refine the skin. Thorough extractions are performed to remove impurities, a shiatsu pressure point massage detoxifies, while an anti-bacterial mask is used to speed healing and prevent future breakouts.
Seaweed Exotic Facial A customized facial plus a cool soothing contour mask, helps moisturize, tone, and diffuse redness restoring a healthy glow to your skin.
Glycolic Peel Using the purest, medical-grade products without the harsh side effects, glycolic peels help to improve photo damaged skin, acne, age spots, and hyper pimented skin. It helps to minimize wrinkles and fine lines, while making pores smaller.
Acne Treatment This deep cleaning treatment uses a customized blend of enzymes and plant extracts to lift impurities allowing the removal of blockage in clogged pores. A toning masque follows to tighten pores and sooth the skin, restoring vibrancy and enhancing skin renewal
Peeling Treatment Also known as derma-peeling, are a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin. In this treatment, a solution is applied to the skin, which causes it to “blister” and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin also is temporarily more sensitive to the sun.
They said that you can recognize a real lady by well-attended hands; just hands can show your age, your social statue and habits. They are your visit cards. That’s why they always have to look excellent.
They said that you can recognize a real lady by well-attended hands; just hands can show your age, your social statue and habits. They are your visit cards. That’s why they always have to look excellent.
Waxing is a method of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the rootcause. New hairs will not grow back in the previously waxed area for two to eight weeks. Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face, bikini area, legs, arms, back, abdomen and feet. There are many types of waxing suitable for removing unwanted hair. If waxing is done regularly for several years, permanent hair reduction may be achieved.
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Healing Wombs: Maya Abdominal Therapy
by Patricia Burke with Rosita Arvigo
Catherine arrived at the yoga studio looking weary and subdued. As she joined the circle and began to check in with the group, her story gently unfolded. She had been experiencing increasing digestive problems and discomfort, and awoke in the morning to discover that her uterus had prolapsed. The cervix was extending out through the vaginal opening. She felt as if she was carrying a bowl between her legs, and it was bearing down on all her organs of elimination. I was horrified for her.
In the past I had heard about women having surgeries to repair a prolapsed of the pelvic floor, and had always assumed that the cause was pushing in childbearing, but this woman was childless. She was committed to healing herself through non-surgical alternatives, even if it meant wearing some sort of sling to hold her internal organs for the rest of her life. I made it my mission to search the Internet for information about prolapsed organs and to try to help my non-computer literate friend.
Through that search I learned that my own health was on a collision course with gravity. Although I had two children by caesarian section and had never “pushed,” I had almost every risk factor for prolapsed organs, including years of running and teaching aerobics, and was already suffering from over three quarters of the symptoms, including an ovarian cyst. My friend’s illness revealed to me the potential of my own possible fate. Fortunately, it also led me towards hope in changing my destiny through the grace of Rosita Arvigo. And, we saved Catherine’s uterus.
Healing the Wandering Womb
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy are practiced and taught by Dr. Rosita Arvigo, D.N., who has spent the last thirty years studying and teaching Maya medicine. Maya Abdominal Therapy is a self-care practice supported by professional instruction, and is an integral part of Maya medicine. The massage is performed over clothing and greatly assists in the release of trauma after accidents, childbirth or illness, as well as resetting the position of the uterus in the female. Rosita learned these techniques from her mentor, Don Elijio Panti, the great Maya shaman of Belize, Central America, with whom she apprenticed for ten years. Before accepting her as his apprentice, Don Elijio secured Rosita’s promise that she would remain in Belize to care for “his people,” a promise she has honored to this day. Don Elijio passed away in 1996 at the age of 103; fortunately, much of his vast knowledge of herbal and physical healing was preserved. Rosita now works tirelessly both in Belize and the United States in sharing this important work. Rosita also studied with Hortence Robinson, an elder and herbal midwife of Belize who has been delivering babies since she was 13.
The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy address the position and health of the pelvic and abdominal organs. The work is best known for the correction of the prolapsed, fallen or tipped uterus, and for the prevention and treatment of benign prostate enlargement in men. Don Elijio believed that a woman’s center is her uterus. “If a woman’s uterus is out of balance, so is she,” he would say. Midwives and healers of Central America agree that most “female troubles” are caused by the wandering womb. Normally the uterus leans slightly over the bladder in the center of the pelvis, about one and a half inches above the pubic bone. It is held in this position by muscles, the vaginal wall and ligaments that attach it to the back, front, and sides of the pelvis. Uterine ligaments are made to accommodate a growing fetus and to move freely when the bladder or bowel is full. The ligaments and muscles can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side. A uterus in any of these positions is referred to as “tipped.”
Unfortunately, the causes for uterine displacement are common and varied. Some of them include: falls that impact the lower back, sacrum and tailbone; car accidents; ligaments weakened due to overstretching during pregnancy and labor; bad professional care during pregnancy, labor and delivery and afterward; carrying heavy burdens during the pregnancy or too soon after delivery; running on cement surfaces; walking barefoot on cold floors and/or wet grass; wearing high heeled shoes; chronic constipation; high-impact dancing, aerobics, horseback riding, gymnastics or other sports activity; pressure caused by sagging intestines; weak pelvic floor muscles; poor alignment of pelvic bones with spinal column; surgeries; carrying children on hips for long periods of time; emotional armoring from rape, sexual assault, or incest at any time in life; time and gravity. Modern medicine has little or nothing to offer women with this problem. Generally they are told, “Your uterus is tipped, but don’t worry about it.” Yet women have a laundry list of physical and emotional symptoms that can be addressed and prevented with these simple, noninvasive massage techniques.
When reproductive organs shift, they can constrict normal flow of blood and lymph, and disrupt nerve connections. Just a few extra ounces of misplaced tissue sitting on blood and lymph vessels can cause havoc throughout the different systems in the body. By shifting the uterus back into place, homeostasis, or the natural balance of the body, is restored in the pelvic area and the surrounding organs. Toxins are flushed and nutrients that help to tone tissue and balance hormones are restored to normal order. This is essential for healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Old adhesions from invasive treatments to the pelvic and abdominal area, including fibroid tumors, endometriosis, and cesarean delivery are diminished when addressed by uterine massage. In addition, digestion, urinary and bladder problems can be helped. This type of massage is also helpful in increasing blood flow to the pelvic region for men.
Untold numbers of hysterectomies and Caesarian births could be prevented with this simple, safe, easy to learn massage technique. Women who have had hysterectomies benefit greatly from Maya Abdominal Therapy as well. The technique improves circulation in and around the area of the scar and allows for proper flow of the lymph, which often becomes blocked after surgery, resulting in swelling, burning and deep aching pains in the pelvis. When done properly, external massage strengthens the ligaments and muscles that support the uterus and ovaries. In Belize and many other South American countries, this gentle, yet powerful technique is performed a few days after childbirth, accompanied by a herbal cleansing vaginal steam bath. In contrast, Western medicine’s D&C procedure is much more traumatic and requires the cervix to be dilated and the uterine walls to be scraped.
Discovering this important information about uterine health inspired me to want to learn more. The Center for Cultural Evolution in Colraine, MA serves as one of the training centers for small groups of men and women who come together to learn Rosita’s work. Maya massage is performed fully clothed and is very non-invasive and gentle. Self-care training and supervision is offered in a 3-day format and includes an evaluation by a practitioner. Qualified bodyworkers and nurses receive professional training in an additional weeklong program. I decided to register for the class.
The training began with a self-care curriculum. Rosita is a gifted and creative teacher. She explained how the fascia that surrounds each organ is sticky — like cling wrap that gets caught on itself — so the organ can get stuck in the wrong location and develop adhesions and scar tissue. Using scarves and her own arms, she became a uterus with its support ligaments, and contorted herself into various comical but tragic depictions of a uterus stuck on a bladder, glued to a colon, pulled over to one side and blocking circulation in a leg, and folded into a cramp. The ramifications of this four ounce misplaced organ expanding in pregnancy to the size of a watermelon were profound.
Regarding the deep inquiry into whether God is a woman or man, she questioned the wisdom of having a hallway (vagina) directly under the organs of reproduction and elimination, compared to the relative safety of men’s vital organs. But men, too, benefit from the Maya massage techniques, and I am now on a much more intimate basis with the prostate than I ever imagined. A sedentary lifestyle creates compression of the testicles and groin, increases acidity, decreases waste removal, and creates malfunction and discomfort. The Maya compliment massage with marigold seed tea and stinging nettle to relieve prostate pain; there are other herbs, including manvine, for men’s concerns.
Rosita’s training also directly addresses the impact of sexual assault and incest in both men and women. Using the work of the late William Reich, she explained how emotional armoring can be gently released using the self care protocol, Maya medicine, prayer and herbs.
Training in self care includes an evaluation and training by a certified practitioner. Lucy was my trainer for that day. As I lay down on the table fully clothed, oceans of unshed tears overwhelmed me. I was questioning whether I would survive the seemingly endless onslaught of grief that would be released, which has been activated but not resolved by other therapies. I was totally unprepared for what happened next. As Lucy began to teach me the techniques, I could feel circulation beginning to fill the front of my body. As she worked on the right side, I could sense my uterus and fallopian tube coming into center. As she came to left, she found the ovary far down in the left corner. The fascia, or connective tissue of the fallopian tubes and ovary, had been tugged down and stitched into my cesarean scar, pulling the left ovary with it. I was back in time at the birth of my second son, 16 years ago. The pulling and tugging of Lucy gently releasing my contracted pelvis was slightly uncomfortable, but accompanied by a rush of circulation and energy that washed through my pelvis and leg. I was utterly amazed as I felt a line of contraction let go from my pelvis all the way up the left side of my body, up the side of my neck, to the attachment of my skull. The rotation of my pelvis and the scoliosis curve in my spine, which I had tried to address through years of yoga, bodywork and therapy, began to release as I lay there experiencing the grief I felt for needing a section birth due to a “tipped uterus,” juxtaposed with the joy of holding a cherished infant son.
Medications and sedatives prescribed to trauma survivors do not address subterranean emotional armoring held in the body. Rosita notes that the emotion-based physical armoring that accompanies trauma will be released chronologically, beginning with the recent past. When the armoring is released from the body it resolves issues which can remain untouched in twenty years of talk therapy. Practitioners also use plant spirit medicine and herbs to assist release and integration.
Maya massage is one tool for those who understand the dangers of leaving our own unresolved issues beneath the surface in present relationships, as well as for the next generation. The commitment to a regular practice of abdominal massage, or any other practice which helps bring to the light of consciousness that which is held in the unconscious, transmutes trauma and allows us to thrive rather than simply survive.
There is a prophecy from both North American and South American First Nation people: “When the eagle and the condor fly together, the Age of Peace will manifest.” Abdominal massage is the gift to the present from the ancient lineage of Maya elders, carried forth by Rosita Arvigo.
The carpal tunnel can sometimes narrow as a result of irritated tendons or some other swelling, this puts pressure on the median nerve.Pressure on the median nerve can lead to pain, numbness and weakness in the hand and wrist, which may make its way up into the arm.According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, carpal tunnel syndrome is the “most common and widely known of the entrapment neuropathies in which the body’s peripheral nerves are compressed or traumatized.”According to Medilexicon’s medical dictionary:Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common nerve entrapment syndrome, characterized by paresthesias, typically nocturnal, and sometimes sensory loss and wasting in the median nerve distribution in the hand; often bilateral and affects women more than men; due to chronic entrapment of the median nerve at the wrist within the carpal tunnel.CTS (carpal tunnel syndrome) is one of the most common conditions affecting the nerves of the hand. It is estimated that almost 5% of women and 3% of men have CTS. American Family Physician estimates that from 3% to 6% of adults in the general population suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. Most cases of CTS develop in people who are between 45-64 years of age.CTS is not a life-threatening condition, but it can negatively affect lifestyle if left untreated. In worst case scenarios, the median nerve can become severely damaged and result in total loss of movement within the affected hand.
What are the signs and symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?A symptom is something the patient feels and describes, such as pain, while a sign is something others can detect, such as a skin rash.Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms tend to develop gradually over time.Most patients say their first symptoms appeared during the night, or on waking up in the morning. According to The Cleveland Clinic, patients commonly feel the need to “shake out” their hands when they wake up.The three main symptoms associated with CTS are:
TinglingThese symptoms occur in the thumb and the two fingers next to it, as well as half of the ring finger.Sometimes the unpleasant sensations extend to the rest of the hand and even into the forearm.As CTS gets worse, symptoms may persist during the day. The person may lose grip strength and find it harder to form a fist or grasp small objects. Opening a bottle of soda, doing up your buttons, or typing on a keyboard, tasks that used to be easy, become a challenge.If left untreated, the muscles at the base of the thumb may whither away. The ability to tell hot from cold with thumb and finger may be lost.Symptoms tend to get worse or emerge after using the affected hand. The sensation of tingling, burning and pain may get worse if the arm or hand has been in the same position for a long time.
* Green Tea Benefits…
“Looking for an easy way to switch up your morning routine? Although we aren’t ashamed to admit our love for coffee, new research shows there may be more than one reason to indulge in green tea – a delicious caffeine counterpart.
A recent study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who drink green tea are less likely to suffer from digestive cancers. The research determined that moderate tea consumption (about 3 times per week) led to a 17 percent deduction, while more frequent consumption (two to three cups per day) decreased the risk by 21 percent.
This is good news, especially for those of us who aren’t java fans. Another perk? Green tea is a great ingredient to use in some of our favorite spa treatments like facials and pedicures. It can even tighten the skin around your eyes for a quick boost after a long night!”
* Use Thyme as a Natural Cure for Acne: If you or someone you know is concerned about the presence of pimples, there is a natural, inexpensive solution – thyme.
Out with the pharmaceuticals and in with the thyme
The standard of care from dermatology involves antibiotics or creams containing the chemical benzoyl peroxide. Antibiotics used may kill the Propionibacteri
um acne (P. acne) that’s associated with acne breaking out on the skin’s surface.
That bacterium usually resides in healthy skin in low amounts without incident. But when trapped in enlarged pores with oil and dead skin cells, this anaerobic critter thrives, colonizes and creates those little pus pockets on top of sores.
But, anything containing benzoyl peroxide is liable to create irritation or other side effects and long term antibiotic use kills the good bacteria that help ward off other diseases. Administered orally or even intravenously for acne, antibiotics manage to kill off both the beneficial and problem-causing bacteria.
In addition, these potent antibiotics can weaken the immune system and add to P. acne’s antibiotic resistance, which could be life threatening if the P. acne bacterium colonizes elsewhere — like in the brain.
A thyme-based tincture has proven to be a more effective topical solution without side effects than benzoyl peroxide creams. The thyme tinctures, not essential oils, proved highly effective at soothing the skin and killing the Propionibacterium acne.
In addition to the healing and antiseptic attributes of the herb thyme, the alcohol base used for the tincture adds more antiseptic qualities. The tincture can be applied with a cotton ball, gauze, or sprayed on from a mist spray bottle.
You can make your own long lasting thyme tincture or any other herbal tincture inexpensively (http://www.naturalnews.com/032298_herbs_tinctures.html).
You can alternately combine thyme with green tea. Simply mix a half cup of chopped thyme and several teaspoons of green tea leaves into two cups of water. Bring it to a boil and let is steep until it completely cools. You can keep it in a refrigerator
A black head (comedone) is an over active oil gland (sebaceous follicle) that is clogged with oil (sebum), dead skin cells, tiny hairs, and sometimes bacteria that combine to make a plug. The surface of the plug being in contact with the air at the opening of the follicle oxidizes and turns black. That’s why when you remove a black head the top is back but the rest is a whitish color. They occur due to dirt, oil debris accumulating in the follicle often from poor skin cleansing and exfoliation and incorrect product use, especially when using comedogenic ingredients in makeup, hair care and skin care.
Removal of blackheads: You can with caution extract blackheads. However I recommend you leave it to the professionals and take a visit to a skin care therapist as they can remove them quickly and effectively without causing any trauma or damage to the skin. Since a black head is the precursor to a spot they are better out than in! Instead look for treatment products that clear and decongest the skin such as overnight clearing gels, antibacterial skin wipes, and oil absorbing mattifiers that can be used throughout the day. Look for products that contain Salicylic acid, this is the only exfoliating ingredient that can work on the ‘inside’ of the follicle losing the impaction so the black head is released.