Massage & Bodywork

November/December 2013

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Energetic healing recognizes that there is a holistic approach to helping people, and that with each presenting issue, there is often an underlying net of "stuff" attached to it. While a bad day at the office can certainly result in an overwhelming migraine, there can be subterranean layers that need to be excavated to guarantee a true or permanent shift toward relief. I often work with the chakras (bodily based subtle energy centers) to track, uncover, and alleviate the underground causes of the obvious problems. The holidays are an ideal time to engage in this process, as they often trigger an individual's deeply held issues. HOLIDAY FLARE-UPS I once worked with a client who suffered from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. She employed LOCATION Top of head Forehead allopathic care and also a shiatsu expert, but exhaustion and pain continued to debilitate her, especially at the holidays. In fact, for eight years, every November and December, she had experienced flare-ups that didn't respond to treatment of any sort. Sometime before her conditions began, my client had lost her mother around the holidays. This event could easily explain her predisposition to an inflammatory disease; studies show that trauma inclines us to illness, as it triggers about 1,500 biochemical reactions.1 These responses include the activation of stress-response pathways; a change in the hippocampus, the part of our brain that creates memories; and an increase in blood sugar, cortisol, platelet levels, and more. When one thing after another hits us—or when a stressor is long- ISSUES MANAGED ACTIVATION DATE ( S ) Spirituality and purpose Presenting issues: Higher learning, anxiety, depression, pineal gland issues, lack of spiritual meaning. 14 to 21 years Vision and self-identity 8.5 to 14 years Presenting issues: Eye, pituitary, and self-identity challenges. Communication Throat Chest Solar plexus Abdomen Hips Presenting issues: Throat, larynx, mouth, jaw, teeth, and cervical vertebrae issues, expression and communication problems. Love and relationships Presenting issues: Heart, chest, lungs, ribs, breasts, shoulders, arms, and thoracic vertebrae problems, issues with love and relationships. Belief system and willpower Presenting issues: Digestive issues, lumbar and some thoracic vertebrae, dysfunctional beliefs, work and self-esteem issues. Creativity and feelings Presenting issues: Lower intestines, uterus, testes, ovaries, sacral and some lumbar vertebrae, repressed emotions, and general abdominal cavity and "itis" issues such as diverticulitis. Safety and security Presenting issues: HIps, sacrum, rectum, anus, coccygeal vertebrae, inflammation, severe body tension and fear-based issues, major addictions, sexual and money issues. 6.5 to 8.5 years 4.5 to 6.5 years 2.5 to 4.5 years 6 months to 2.5 years Womb to 6 months See what benefits await you. 111

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