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JULY | AUGUST 2018

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technique ENERGY WORK 98 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k j u l y / a u g u s t 2 0 1 8 No matter a client's presenting symptoms, in the end, bodywork is all about stress reduction and recovery. And one of the major causes of, and antidotes for, stress-related disorders is food. Under stress, we naturally crave high-carbohydrate, fatty, sugary foods. These provide extra fuel and replenish the reserves used during a crisis. Unfortunately, chronic stress acts like a permanent "on" switch, causing continual yearnings for unhealthy foods. This is a setup for the toxicity, allergies, and addictions that lead to stress-induced reactions, including inflammation, pain, autoimmune disorders, allergies, addictions, and more. 1 For quick and effective problem solving, I'd suggest approaching the subject through an energetic lens rather than a textbook lens. I introduced this topic in my last column ("The Energy of Food," Massage & Bodywork, May/ June 2018, page 97). In this article, I'll expand on the points already made and add to them. CHAKRAS AND FOOD Chakras are subtle energy centers that manage all aspects of life. Subtle organs are similar to physical organs, except they operate on higher or lower frequencies of light and sound than their bodily counterparts. Even better, chakras are able to convert physical energy into subtle energy, and vice versa. Because of this, interacting with the chakras is an ideal way to evaluate for healthy versus unhealthy Selecting Foods and Other Substances Through the Chakras By Cyndi Dale

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