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Jin Shin Jyutsu & Energy

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Jin Shin Jyutsu & Energy

Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner, Lisa Thiel, answers the two most popular questions regarding Jin Shin Jyutsu:

What is Jin Shin Jyutsu?

Jin Shin Jyutsu is a very relaxing and restoring type of bodywork. It is less a technique and more a dynamic art form. All of us have energy pathways that, when flowing smoothly, allow for optimal health. Blockages result in discomfort, pain, and disease. JSJ is aimed at restoring one’s natural birthright of harmony and balance by keeping these pathways flowing throughout. There are 52 points in the body (26 on each side that mirror each other). These points, or “safety energy locks,” provide access to communicate with these energy pathways. The receiver is fully clothed while the practitioner uses a “flow,” or a sequence of holding these points with a light touch in a process referred to as “jumper cabling.” The practitioner begins a session by reading the recipient’s energetic pulses to determine where the greatest need is. Typically, 2-4 flows are used to help bring about the recipients’ own harmonious state. People who have received JSJ treatments report a profoundly relaxed state immediately following a treatment. The treatments are aimed at accessing our deeply held attitudes that get stored in our bodies and express themselves as dis-ease in the physical system.

What is energy?

Science states that energy is real yet not visible to the eye; we can only know it by its effects. Science also states that energy never goes away; it only transforms. As a battery powers our car and electricity enables our appliances to work, an organism’s energy system is the vital life force that powers our bodies and enables our organs and all physical systems to function. It is the subtle vibration that is necessary for breath and can be felt in terms of stamina.

Try it out…

$50 for a 50-minute session, or try a combined Jin Shin + Thai Reflexology session $60 for 60 minutes

Aerial Yoga is for Everyone

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Aerial Yoga is for Everyone

Aerial Yoga Silks:

A Joyful, Accessible, and Truly Liberating Practice

In this lovely video segment, Beckie shows up how aerial yoga can assist new and experienced yogis  alike in exploring and supporting their yoga practice.

 

 

 

 

A Mantra for All Seasons

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

A Mantra for All Seasons

A Mantra for All Seasons

#MyMantra2016

 

This is the time of passages. This is the time of endings and of new beginnings.

 

Just ask Janus. You know, he could teach us a thing or two.

 

A two-faced creature, Janus was the ancient Roman god of transitions. One set of his steely eyes sat pointed eternally toward the past, the other remained focused on the future. His feet rooted themselves in the present. Janus held rule over doorways. He presided over the precipice of all changes and exchanges, the old for the new, the war for peace, the great transitions of birthing and dying.

 

It is for this powerful, fluid god that the month of January is named, and aptly so. For, it is in this time of year that we often find ourselves looking at our lives and the world around us with new eyes, eager to manifest changes that would invite greater harmony and joy into our environments, both internal and external. It is in this time of year that, stabilized and steadied by the cool, cold Earth and crystalline air, we find the grounded-ness to look at ourselves with greater clarity. From that clarity springs the inspiration and yearning to find alignment between our actions in the world, our relationships, the thoughts in our heads, the love in our hearts, and the calling of our deepest Self. While outside the soil and trees and sky may be frozen, within us burns a new resolve; a vision of acting in our lives with profound, clear purpose.

 

 

The impetus to cultivate positive growth, compassionate self-discipline, and fulfillment at all levels of our being is one that many of us share, myself included. To support myself on this journey, I have been utilizing with more consistency a few of the instruments in my “yoga toolbox.” For instance, I have started to employ mantras in a more powerful way in my yoga and meditation practice. Mantras are short phrases, words, or even syllables that are repeated in order to intentionally create deep focus and to cultivate a sense of sacred awareness around a particular idea or thought. We wield mantras as a tool to both develop our skill in concentration (and thus will/self-discipline) and to additionally call for our contemplative skills to surround the heart of the mantra, to create and consecrate space for the idea we have embodied within the words.

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Utilizing mantra in my practice has helped me to hone in on the root ideas I wish to use in guiding my awareness, thoughts, and actions in the coming seasons. It took me some time to distill, but in the end two words have presented themselves as my mantras for the time being. Those words, Community and Connection, have become my focus.

 

At Centerpeace, we invite you to share in this practice with us. I will be posting my mantra on the wall outside the main studio room. The other amazing teachers and many of your fellow practitioners here will also be doing the same. We would like to offer space for you to join in with us, perhaps even sharing with our FaceBook and Twitter feeds a picture of yourself with our #MyMantra2016 board inscribed with your personal choice of mantra.

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I am a true believer in the power of mutual support, and in the power of speaking your truth. I am always inspired when I see other people bravely sharing their hearts. I hope that you are, like me, bolstered in learning about the ideas that folks in the Centerpeace community are focusing on. Perhaps it will make your own personal journey a bit easier. I am excited to learn about what you envision as the guideposts to your path this year, what you are hoping to cultivate. I think we will all find that the clarity and focus that this season of Janus readies within us will make this practice all the more powerful. I look forward to hearing about your experiences, and I look forward to growing together in the coming year.

 

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What is the link between sinusitis, depression, and sciatica?

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

What is the link between sinusitis, depression, and sciatica?

What is the link between sinusitis, depression, and sciatica?

By: Lauren Berendt, L.Ac.

Acupuncture of course!

 

Acupuncture is one of many modalities that are under the umbrella term Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  TCM is over 2,500 years old and originated from China. Within the realm of TCM is Qi Gong, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and TuiNa (Chinese Medical Massage), Moxibustion, Cupping and Guasha.

TCM is a complete medical system that understands that we are a microcosm of nature.  The TCM practitioner takes to mind how the human body interacts with the environment, including the weather, diet, emotions and the time of day.  TCM is used to diagnose and treat a wide range of disease, as well to prevent illness.  It does so by adjusting the body’s energy back into harmony.

What to expect when you come in for an acupuncture treatment:

It is best to wear loose fitting clothing, and be sure to eat something before your treatment.

The TCM practitioner will review your health history, including your diet, emotions, sleep patterns and energy level.  Then the practitioner will ask you to lay on a massage table so she can feel your pulse and look at your tongue.  She does this as a diagnostic tool which helps her understand where the imbalance of energy resides, and therefore which acupuncture points to use in order to balance the body.

You will either lay on your back, your belly, or a chair depending on your particular ability and your reason for treatment. She will use an alcohol swab to swab your skin where she will be placing acupuncture needles.  She uses thin, sterile, single use filiform (not hollow) needles inserted into acupuncture points on the body.  The needles typically stay in for 15-40 minutes.  You can move a little to scratch or adjust your body if need be as long as it isn’t painful to do so.  The needles are not inserted deeply and you should never feel a sharp or stabbing sensation.  Feeling nothing, dull, achy or heavy is common and is normal.  She will make sure you’re comfortable and may step out of the room to write up your chart while you listen to relaxing music.  She’ll check in with you in about 10 minutes and may proceed with moxibustion, Tuina, CranioSacral, cupping, guasha, Tuina, and/or reiki as needed for your particular treatment.  Once it’s time to take out the needles, they’re comfortably removed and disposed of in a red sharps box.  There are virtually no negative side effects to acupuncture, except an occasional bruise.  She’ll go over any recommendations and that’s it, you’re all set to enjoy the rest of your day!

The conditions that acupuncture can treat is tremendously long.  Several common examples are:

  • Sinusitis
  • Earache
  • Dizziness
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Irritable Bowel SyndromeComposition with needles for acupuncture, close up.
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Morning Sickness
  • Menopause
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sciatica
  • Migraine and Headaches
  • Asthma
  • Cold/Flu
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Addiction
  • Chemo/Radiation Side Effects

To learn more or book an appoint Click Here

Swiss Army Knife of Yoga Poses?

Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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By Lisa Thiel, E-RYT500

Only got 5 minutes and need a little yoga (or a lot)?  Try this Swiss Army knife of poses for an efficient practice… Prasarita Padottanasana (standing wide leg forward fold).

 

 

Why do it?

  • Stretches the hamstrings, calves, adductors, and glutes
  • Strengthens the front thighs and builds support for the knees
  • Tractions the spine (in both the back and neck)
  • Helps soften and release tension around the jaw
  • Like most inversions, aids circulation of blood and lymph, invigorates, and helps us shift our perspective and prepare for new possibilities
  • Helps us begin sensing mula bandha and uddiyana bandha

How to do it:

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  1. Step or jump out into a wide stance, heels slightly wider than toes, hands on hips
  2. Feel all 4 corners of your feet connecting with the earth, maintain that by contracting front thighs
  3. Gently engage the low belly & lift the pelvic floor
  4. Keep lengthening through the spine as you hinge forward at the hips
  5. Rest the hands on the floor beneath shoulders (or modify using blocks or chair)
  6. If hands reach floor, slide them back to between the feet, shoulder distance apart with palms down and fingers pointing away; press into the floor and away from you to lengthen spine
  7. Try coming back up with just as much attention, support, and spinal lengthening

Optional variations: Try turning it into a twist and shoulder opener by placing left hand on floor in the center of your gaze and rotate from the belly and extending right arm up.  Or hold on to outside of right leg with left hand to deepen the twist.  Repeat other side.

Cautions: hypertension, glaucoma, risk of retinal detachment, stroke, heart disease, or GERD/acid reflux

Meet Lisa Thiel during her weekly classes or upcoming workshop, Relieving Stress with Yoga, on October 24th!

 

 

How Often Do I need to get a Reiki Treatment?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

How Often Do I need to get a Reiki Treatment?

How Often Do I Need to Get a Reiki Treatment?

That is a very good question. How often do you take a shower or brush your teeth? Or how often do you see your doctor or dentist?

Sometimes we schedule the doctor months in advance knowing we need to go for a “checkup” or the dentist for your 6 month cleaning. Sometimes we go to the doctor only in an emergency or when we have symptoms of sickness or discomfort. So when do you go to see your reiki practitioner and how often do you need to repeat?

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.

I am asked this question a lot. The answer is, “It depends.” It depends on a number of things. Here are some of the considerations:

  • How much you are off balance physically, emotionally, or spiritually – For instance, severely anxious or depressed, chronically or acutely ill, or feeling completely disconnected from your purpose will probably be good reasons for receiving several Reiki healings as often as possible – daily or a few times per week, for example. Even weekly sessions can make a difference. In fact, they might make a HUGE difference.
  • How long you’ve had the issue – It seems that acute issues, those present for a shorter amount of time but rather severe in nature, heal faster than chronic issues – those which have been there longer. Think of Reiki as being able to rewind your health – the longer you’ve had it, the longer it might take to heal. The shorter, the faster the healing process may take effect. . I’ve used Reiki to help my family to feel more whole after sicknesses like flu or colds or after surgeries. I’ve given them Reiki several times a day and they’ve recovered quicker than before I knew Reiki.
  • How open you are to allowing Reiki to help you – Feeling hopeless no matter what will slow down the results because you are not allowing the energy to help you. It’s not necessary for you to believe without trying, but the more you are willing to accept the energy that could make a difference in your situation. Also, some people are not ready to heal because their issue is serving them in some way – bringing them attention or covering up emotional pain that’s deeper. Being truly ready to feel better can intensify the effects of the Reiki, speeding healing.

So the best thing to consider is to start with the first Reiki treatment. Then work with your practitioner and set up a schedule that works for you and what you want to get out of your treatments. Going once a week or once a month is a good start. Then as you feel better maybe only once every other month and work towards once every six months. You know your body best and are the best spokesperson for YOU. Get started soon.

Vicki Osborne

Reiki Master and RYT200

The international Center for Reiki Training

http://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html

Balancing the Seven Major Chakras

Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Balancing the Seven Major Chakras

Balancing the Seven Major Chakras

By Victoria Bocchicchio

 

“Compassion is an exquisite balance between upper and lower chakra development”

                                                                                                                                                              –Anodea Judith

 

What a perfect articulation of one of the reasons chakra study is so important.   We may know that the chakras are wheels of energy within the body and that the seven main chakras form a vertical column along the torso. Many teachers, including Anodea Judith and Donna Fahri, recognize the relationship between the chakras, nerve ganglia, and the glands in our endocrine system.   Keeping the chakras open and balanced allows energy to flow freely and appropriately through the body maintaining our physical, emotional, and psychological health.

The lower chakras are concerned with the physicality of our being: our digestive and reproductive systems, our grounding in experience, and our authentic individuality.   When energy moves appropriately through these lower chakras we are able to stand with integrity in our space in the world, acknowledging our authentic emotions and engaging our healthy will. When energy is blocked or excessive in these chakras, we are buffeted about by external forces and circumstances.   We worry more about what others think than what we feel, and our will swings between timidity and rigidity. We may suffer from digestive problems, sexual dysfunction or distraction, and a general lack of self-worth.

The upper chakras are concerned with our expression, our thoughts, and our visions. Creativity flows from these upper chakras turning our experiences and emotions into ideas, plans, goals, perhaps even art. The upper chakras lead us to the light of pure consciousness and aid in transformations. The energy in these chakras guides us toward what we are meant to do.   Connected to the thymus, thyroid, and pineal glands, our upper chakras move us to act in the world. Imbalances here can make us sluggish, voiceless, and disconnected from our purpose.

The heart chakra, Anhata, balances the flow of energy between these upper and lower chakras. When our heart chakra is open and balanced the free flow of energy can heal the rift between mind and body created by much of modern life.   This flow of energy allows us to experience healthy relationships with others because we have a healthy relationship with ourselves. We can give and receive love appropriately.

Centered in the heart chakra, compassion can express itself fully when energy is moving through all of the seven major chakras keeping our system healthy and balanced.   Certainly we can see how this balance might impact our individual lives.   What positive changes might we manifest in the larger world if most of us kept our compassion alive in a vibrant chakra system?

Please join me to explore asana, pranayama, and mediation practices that help open and balance our major chakras.

 

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Yoga For Runners

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Yoga For Runners

Stretch Yourself: Yoga for Runners

by Kim Plough

No matter what you are training for, adding in stretches and strengthening in to your routine may help you reach your goals.  A lack of flexibility in muscles may lead to injuries, particularly ankles, hamstrings and hip flexors.  These movements won’t take much of your time and you will notice a difference in your balance, flexibility and strength.  Take the time for your body to rest throughout each day, especially if you’ve had a hard run.  If you work on your feet, take frequent breaks to sit with your feet up and if you sit most of the day, take a couple of 10 minute walks throughout the day to get your legs moving.
These moves are designed to do right after you finish your run.  If you already have your stand by stretches, try adding in one or two of these moves, too.  If you are in a hurry and can’t get them in after your run, they can be done throughout your day.  Some of the poses are meant to hold and others are for strength and you will come in and out of the poses.
1.  Pyramid Pose
Step your right foot a few feet forward. Engage your thighs.  Exhale as you fold over your legs.  Pause half way down, inhale, lengthen your spine.  Hold for a breath and exhale fold over your legs.  Your arms can reach around for your back leg which gives you a nice lower back stretch.  Allow your back to round and your chin to tuck in toward your chest.  Hold for 30 seconds.  Repeat on the other side.
Good for:  Hips, Spine, Hamstrings
    
2.  Crescent Lunge
Step your right foot forward.  Come to the ball of your back foot.  Keep your front knee over your front ankle and your hips square.  Stay strong in your core by pulling your lower belly in.  Inhale as you reach your arms up.  You can lean back if you want a backbend or straighten your arms in front of you while rounding your back, all while keeping your legs strong.  Hold for 30 seconds.  Repeat on the other side.
Good for:  Balance and Arm and Leg Strength
3.  Chair
Stand tall in mountain pose, feet shoulder-width apart.  Inhale raise your arms up.  Keep your back straight and engage your core.  Exhale as you sit your hips back and reach your arms up.  Make sure your knees stay behind and above your toes.  Keep the weight in your heels and knees stay pointed straight in the direction of your feet.  Hold the pose while you take a breath in and out.  Return to standing pose.  Do 5-10 repetitions.
Good for:  Leg and Glute Strength 
4.  Squat
Stand in mountain pose, step feet a a little wider than hip distance, heels in, toes out.  Exhale, squat down as you engage your core and your legs.  Only go as far as you can keep your feet on the ground.  Your palms can come to touch or you can hold your arms out in front to help maintain balance.  Hold for 3-10 seconds, repeat 3 times.
Good for:  Leg, Glute, Ankle, Back and Core Strength

Thai Reflexology: Treating the Feet

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Thai Reflexology: Treating the Feet

~Thai Reflexology~

Treating the Feet: What You Probably Know and What May Surprise You

You probably know… The feet support the entire body, connecting us to the ground and moving us about our world; yet we mostly use, abuse, and then sadly neglect these important workhorses. Instead of lovingly caring for and properly appreciating them, we cram them into tight and uncomfortable shoes and repeatedly slam them into paved surfaces.

Whether you believe in it or not, most of us have heard of Chinese Reflexology, acupressure on points of the feet thought to stimulate various organs and other parts of the body. Interestingly, this form of reflexology goes back to ancient Egyptian times and can be found depicted in hieroglyphics.

Like any soothing massage, attention to the feet can help relax and calm us, relieving stress and improving sleep. Research has shown foot massage and reflexology to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and enhance mood. Also, like any massage or movement practice, working the feet improves circulation. A 2011 Spanish study demonstrated significant increases in oxygen levels and blood flow to the feet and legs.

But did you know… Helping the feet helps proprioception and balance. Proprioception is our “6th sense” that provides crucial information to the central nervous system about where our body is in the space around us. Its input depends upon receptors throughout the body constantly relaying information about where we are and how we are moving. Our feet have some of the highest concentration of these sensory receptors (an estimated 200,000 in each foot!). Yet when we spend all day in tight shoes and overusing our feet, they get overstimulated, habituated, and basically get bored and switch ‘off.’ In the same way we would stimulate our brain to keep it functioning well, we can stimulate our feet for a better foundation and optimal sensitivity. When our feet do a good job sensing, we fall less and have better quality and efficiency of movement in general.

Foot massage and reflexology have been the subject of scientific research over recent years, suggesting significant improvements in the lives of cancer patients, diabetics, those with MS and those suffering from PMS, edema, headaches and migraines, and plantar fasciitis.

Of particular note is a 2012 study at Michigan State University where 385 women with advanced stage breast cancer were given foot treatments. Those who received reflexology demonstrated significant improvement in breathing rates (shortness of breath is a common side effect) and, consequently, an enhanced ability to perform activities of daily living. Those receiving foot massage reported significantly less fatigue and improvements in sleep. Another study showed decreases in pain and nausea of cancer patients as a result of treating the feet. Also, a 2014 study reported in Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggests that reflexology, when combined with conventional medicine, helps diabetics by bringing about a state of homeostasis (the balanced state of optimal conditions in the body).

Regardless of all the above… Giving some sweet attention to your feet helps you unwind, soothes those tired, overworked appendages, and it just plain feels good… so why not?

 

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References:

  • International Journal of Nursing Practice 2010
  • Medical Science Monitor Basic Research 2015
  • Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine 2014
  • BMC Nursing 2013
  • Cancer Nursing 2000
  • Oncology Nursing Forum 2012
  • Science Daily Nov. 2012
  • Multiple Sclerosis August 2003

By Lisa Thiel E-RYT500, Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner, and Thai Reflexologist

Yoga Spotlight: Neck and Shoulder Love

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Yoga Spotlight: Neck and Shoulder Love

Using Yoga to Relieve Neck and Shoulder Pain

Perhaps it is just an occasional twinge after a long day at the desk. Maybe it is tightness and immobility upon waking up in the morning. For some, it an unfortunate, nagging pain that hinders the ability to move and act with fluidity and freedom in daily life.

According to Harvard Medical School, 7 out of 10 people will eventually suffer from such pain.

Centerpeace Yoga Therapist Lisa Thiel knows first-hand the difficulties of neck and shoulder trauma. A car accident several years ago left her with very limited range of motion and persistent pain and numbness, which was exacerbated by a career at the computer. Told by doctors she would probably have to “live with it,” Lisa devoted herself to an intensive study and practice of yoga that has eventually freed up her neck.

She found through her own pursuit of wellness that there are multiple skills and habits we can cultivate in order to help us prevent the occurrence of such neck and shoulder pain, and to lessen that pain when flare-ups do occur. Now Lisa will share with all of us some of her hard-won skills creating mobility and freedom in this critical area of the body. Please join her on Saturday, May 23rd (1:30pm-3:30pm) for a phenomenal workshop “Neck and Shoulder Love,” devoted to finding freedom, fluidity, and stability in the neck and shoulders. Call 330-346-0393 for more information or sign up at CenterpeaceKent.com/workshops/