My Meeting with Tony Robbins

On Sept 16, 2015 I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Power of Success event in Toronto. This truly was an amazing experience for me because everything I wanted to attract into my life for that event came true.

If you Believe, Anything is Possible!

This is how the magic happened:
I had bought a ticket in general seating to the event but then I decided to ask if they were accepting volunteers – it doesn’t hurt to ask, right? – so I sold my general seat ticket and told everyone I was going to manifest VIP seats as well as a picture with Tony Robbins. Others thought that was a tall order but the person I am I have faith that anything is possible and I dream BIG!


So I got accepted as a volunteer and there I was, in the room with 50 others. There were multiple different job descriptions for us, and I could have landed up on the door, taking cash, or even in the coat room. But I manifested being an usher in the VIP section, which was only accepting 8 volunteers.

So there I was sitting in the third row, in Platinum seats valued at USD$900 – what an upgrade from my general seat! – and all I had to do was be an usher and make sure everyone in the section got to their correct seats. This was very exciting for me because it made me believe that I WILL get a chance to talk to Tony face to face. During the event I made sure I was visible and did my job as well as I could, so I was asked to go into the VIP room and make sure Tony didn’t get swarmed by anyone after his talk. That was a great opportunity for me because I was right there with him.

While I was there I asked the photographer (see, I did it again – ASK!) if I could get a photo with him, because he’s been a mentor for me since my teenage years. I joined the line-up and what transpired is that all the VIP volunteers got to take their picture with him. I even managed to give him a business card, which he placed in his pocket, and I told him I love him and that he has helped me to become who I am today.

I believe I took charge of what I wanted and this enabled me to network extensively and connect with other business professionals who may be beneficial in my future work. All it takes is knowing what you want and manifesting to make it possible.

Letting your Inner Goddess Shine Through

Last week I posted a video on my Facebook page of myself doing some belly dancing moves. The first time I did the ¾ shimmy my teacher told me I got it right away. When my daughter Solraya asked me to share my moves, I was hesitant and shy to do so because I am a Goddess with LOTS of curves. But since she is going to perform next month in front of 300 people, I didn’t feel right not being prepared to do the same.

Finding the Inner Goddess

I want my daughter to be comfortable in her skin and not obsessed with harmful ideas about how girls “should” look. This got me thinking: what are some of the ways we can let our inner Goddesses shine through and show our beauty without always being at the mercy of self-critical thoughts of our imperfections? Here are some things that work for me:

#1: Keeping a Balance

inner goddessWhen you’re stressed, you’re the complete opposite of graceful and goddess-like. Focus on maintaining a balance in your life by avoiding taking on too many assignments, tasks or duties that get you on the run—and keep you there. Avoid last minute chaos by following a planned schedule that includes enough sleep, time for yourself and your family, opportunities to meditate and enjoy nature and good food and exercise.

#2: Practicing Mindfulness

Focus on the here and now, not the future or the past. The only time you really have is right now, so make a point to experience it to the fullest. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, really feel the earth beneath your feet. Savour the sensation of the wind in your hair, the sounds of nature around you, the warmth of the sun and the joy that watching your children brings. Forget (just for a minute) about having to start cooking dinner, the work that’s waiting on your desk and the chores that are lined up to be done. Be mindful, right here, right now.

#3: Being Happy

Contentment and keeping your spirits up is crucial to your daily wellbeing, particularly if you live a hectic lifestyle or maintain a crazy pace. Give yourself permission to be happy. Let go of the past and the problems that plague you by addressing them one by one and then releasing them to the Universe. Be grateful for everything that’s good in your life. Indulge your passions in a limited fashion—that odd bar of chocolate won’t really do harm to your health, and relaxing with a sundowner after a long day will help to release the endorphins you need to calm your spirit.

#4: Smiling – a Lot!

Smiling is therapeutic, not just for those around but for you, too. It’s a daily “mini-workout” for your facial muscles, for one thing, which helps to keep them supple for when you’re older. It inspires others, and reveals the aura of happiness and grace that shows your inner goddess to the world. And the response you get will inspire you, too. Everyone loves getting a smile, and 90% of the time their instinctive reaction is to smile right back. That raises your spirits and improves your day, too.

#5: Trusting Your Impulses – Most of the Time

Learn to recognize the impulses that come from the desire to show love or kindness to others, and trust them enough to act on them. Likewise, learn to recognize the ones that stem from ego, or the desire to promote yourself, to be seen as better than someone else or to win a point over your colleague. If you can trust those enough to learn NOT to act on them, you’ll have achieved a real victory for your inner goddess.

Take Time to Embrace Your Goddess

Listen to your heart, what are you feeling you should or shouldn’t do? Listen to the divine within and honour yourself first. Don’t be a “people pleaser!” If someone asks you to do something but it doesn’t feel good inside, then learn to speak up for yourself. Don’t be afraid to say NO.

I made an acroynm for the word NO – it’s NEW OPPORTUNITIES. When you say NO you are giving yourself a NEW OPPORTUNITY to honour your truth:

  • What do you REALLY want to do?
  • How do you really feel?

Listening to your heart is giving yourself the LOVE that you deserve. I had to learn this, because I used to be a people pleaser and would say yes to people when in my heart I wanted to say NO. I knew that I let people walk all over me, and I was tired of not letting my Goddess shine. I decided each day to do something just for ME, which was to ask myself “what does my heart want?” I stopped feeling obligated, and i started feeling my inner Goddess grow.

Stand Up for Yourself

Speaking up for yourself will give you a new opportunity that you may have missed if you did something because you felt you “should” vs because you really wanted too. Standing up for yourself is telling the Universe that you know you are important and you deserve all the blessings and opportunities to come your way. Saying NO to others if you are feeling called too, is saying YES to your heart. Balance is key; I love helping others, and I will always want to be of service for others, but I am talking about something else. When its not balanced, not healthy and its the “too needy” kind of energy. Just listen to your heart, and it will guide you to your Goddess.

Shine a Light…

Shine your light on the world by revealing your inner goddess, and enjoy the benefits that will come your way when you no longer worry about society’s expectations for beauty and joy.

Steps for Achieving Balance in Your Life

Finding a balance in life gets more difficult as time progresses. Sometimes it just feels as if I’m living my life according to a ToDo list: wake up, dress, eat, get the kids ready, rush off to work, rush home, make dinner, do homework, get some sleep and then it begins all over again. Hardly the way to find joy and fulfillment, no?

So how can you go about achieving balance, order, rhythm and harmony in your life—without actually winning that lottery we’re all itching to get our hands on?

Step 1: Take stock of your life.

You can’t fix it if you don’t know it’s broken. Spend some time examining your life, your state of mind and your emotions. Are you neglecting areas of your life that are important to you, or to your loved ones? Be brutally honest and make a note of the areas where you aren’t giving enough attention.

a balance in lifeStep 2: Make a list.

For each aspect of your life that is out of balance, identify whether it’s internally- or externally-focused. Group the areas into lists for each, and if there are other ways to categorize them together then do that too. Don’t just list “work” as a broad area that needs balancing—break it up into those aspects you feel are under control, versus those that aren’t. Identify the areas you’re satisfied with and leave those out.

Step 3: Set your goals.

We all know what we’d like to achieve, but just how much of that is realistic? Let’s say you’re spending far too much time working, which is a common problem in this face-paced world of ours. For each area that you feel is out of balance, identify what you want to achieve and then temper it with what you believe is realistic and doable.

Step 4: Make plans.

You know the old saying: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” Heaven knows we won’t be eating any elephants around here, but the analogy is a good one when you’re facing the huge task of bringing your life into balance.

Identify one primary action you can take for each item on your list that will help to level the playing fields. Then break it down into the steps needed to make it happen. For example, you’re working late too often and your job is encroaching into your family time. That’s externally-focused, but the advantage is you can probably reduce your stress by taking practical steps to achieve a balance. It might not be practical to stop working late altogether, but if you’re currently doing three nights a week, aim to bring it down to two in the short term.

Now, how do you avoid that third late night each week? It’s essentially a three-hour stretch, so your solutions could include handing off a particular task to a colleague, which can reduce your work time by those three hours. It might not even be the work you’re doing during that time, just a task that will free you up for the same duration. How will you spend the time you gain? This could include meditation, yoga or simply treating yourself to something that brings you joy.

Step 5: Reflect on past achievements.

What have you done in the past that you’re most proud of? This doesn’t need to be an accomplishment in the business world or even the home environment; it could be a personal or spiritual victory that benefited you. How did you go about managing it? How did you deal with fears, doubts and insecurities? What processes worked for you particularly well that you could bring to bear on your current circumstances?

Step 6: Make preparations

Preparing to make changes in your life is always a big deal. Identify the changes you need to make in your thinking, your attitude and your motivation. Determine how you’re going to achieve those changes, and what will it take to make you stick to them. List things or events that could help to push you off-track, and plan how you’ll mitigate those if they occur.

Step 7: Empower yourself to act.

Give yourself permission to take the steps you need to take to achieve balance and harmony in your life. Banish guilt that can sabotage your efforts. Just because you don’t cook every single dinner doesn’t make you a bad mother or homemaker, so empower yourself to take time out for things that are far more important than cooked vegetables!

Step 8: Foster useful connections.

Everyone needs support, and when you’re working to get your life into harmony it’s no exception to the rule. Identify one or more mentors with whom you relate well, and who can be trusted to get you back on track if you veer off it. Explain to your mentor/s what you’re trying to achieve and why; provide him or her with a list of your potential sabotaging behaviours, and your action plans for overcoming them. Set up regular connections with your mentors for reviewing your progress and providing input.

Step 9: Take time for yourself.

Trust me, I know how it is to feel pulled in every direction. As a mother of 4, a business owner, a wife and a friend it’s essential for me to take time for MYSELF everyday, or else I will feel exhausted afterwards. I thrive on balance, though, and everyday I take time to do something just for ME. I usually go to the gym and workout for an hour a day, which my body will thank me for later and which produces natural endorphins that make us happy. Then I take time to play with my 3 year old, who is with me everyday because I work part-time. You can often find me singing songs, playing with lego and reading books to him.

I make sure I spend time with my hubby, watching a movie, talking and sharing life’s stories, etc. We also plan a date night at least twice a month, kid-free! I am known to get a phone call at 7pm and will run out the door to see friends who are in need of an ear to listen too, while we enjoy a tea.

Balance is key for any healthy relationships, for your kids, for your partner, for your friends and MOST importantly for yourself. YOU are worth it, YOU deserve peace. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else.

Remember, it takes 21 days to break a habit so don’t expect to change things overnight. Work slowly towards a balance in every aspect of your life, and you’ll reap the benefits of living in harmony with yourself and everyone around you.

5 Ways to Make Gratitude Benefit Your Health

A popular concept on Facebook these days is to post a daily “Attitude of Gratitude” item. I love this because it makes us stop and think about what we have to be grateful for. There’s actually quite a large amount of scientific evidence available that people who practice gratitude as part of their lifestyle enjoy more well-being than others.

How Gratitude Affects Health

Research from the UK’s Manchester University School of Psychology turned up proof that gratitude can be a stronger indicator of health and happiness than any other character trait. A recent study showed that participants who paid a gratitude visit to someone whom they felt grateful to benefited from a significant increase in their happiness level and a corresponding drop in depression scores.

When we make practicing gratitude a part of our daily routine, it helps us achieve a life full of joy, passion and grace. Here’s how:

#1: Keep a Journal

attitude of gratitudeIt’s easy to forget the things we have to be grateful for, especially as we get older. Make a point of writing down three things every day, and review the journal whenever you’re feeling down. This helps to remind you of how fortunate you are. It also helps to keep you positive and inspires you when you need it. Various studies have shown that when participants recorded what they were grateful for, they achieved lasting improvement in their happiness score.

#2: Express Feelings of Appreciation

When you’re grateful for something, say so. Not only will it help the recipient of your gratitude to understand and benefit from your appreciation, but it will also help to “cement” it in your own subconscious mind. The best way to get more is to give more, and unless you show your gratitude to others they aren’t likely to show theirs to you. So it works both ways.

#3: Walk the Talk

Talking about your gratitude and appreciation is great, but you’ll benefit even more if you walk the talk. Choose someone whose actions have affected your life in a positive way and pay them a gratitude visit. Think of a way to acknowledge them specially for what they’ve done. This could be picking some wild flowers and taking them along, baking a special treat or singing outside their window. As long as your intention is to bring them unsolicited joy, you’ll both benefit.

#4: Look for the Good

There’s a saying in business that goes “Don’t look for things your staff are doing wrong; try to catch them doing something right.” You can apply this to your Attitude of Gratitude, too, by looking for opportunities to express gratitude or appreciation. Be aware of chances to acknowledge those around you, and seize those opportunities to say “thank you” to them.

#5: Remind Yourself Regularly

When life gets in the way and things become crazy, it’s easy to forget the good stuff that you have going on. That’s where your journal can come in useful. Even if you aren’t necessarily able to sit and review it, however, reminding yourself how fortunate you are and taking the time to “count your blessings” will lift your spirits and pull you out of a negative slump. And once your blood is pumping, your heart is singing and you’re at peace with the world, you’ll find you infect others the same way and the blessings will flow back to you.

Try it today. Practice an “attitude of gratitude” for a week and see how it makes you feel.

How Reiki Helps to Reduce Stress

Stress is a fact of life in the 21st century, for most of us anyway. Even if you live in the safest country in the world, are comfortable financially and in good health, your stress levels can cause chronic health problems. Since 1937, however, Western practitioners have been able to offer Reiki to patients.

History of Reiki

Reiki is believed to have been discovered in the mid-1800s by Dr. Mikao Usui, a Japanese-born Buddhist monk. He practiced for years in the slums of Kyoto, Japan, and was succeeded by Dr. Chujiro Hayashi, whose clinic remained open until 1940.

The practice was brought to the West in 1937 by Mrs Hawayo Takata, a Hawaiian woman of Japanese descent who was successfully treated by Dr. Hayashi. She learned the practice and trained 22 Reiki masters during the remainder of her lifetime.

What Stress Does to You

Reiki for stressStress causes the release of cortisol into your blood, which triggers the “fight or flight” response so many of us are familiar with. Chronic stress raises your blood pressure, suppresses your immune system, increases your risk for heart attack and stroke, contributes to infertility and speeds up the aging process. And there’s little you can do about it on your own. Stress can’t simply be managed by having a “pep talk” or spending some forced relaxation time.

How Reiki Works

So how does Reiki help you reduce and control your stress levels? Reiki is an energy healing treatment method, which works on your whole body, mind and spirit. It’s not a system of religious beliefs, but simply a relaxing treatment during which natural, healing vibrations are transmitted through the hands of the Reiki practitioner to your body. This triggers your body’s natural ability to heal using the immune system and helps you to relax and sleep better, which also improves your overall health.

Benefits of Reiki for Stress

Reiki is also known as “energy healing” in some circles. Some of the ways it benefits stress include:

  • Bringing inner peace and harmony, which is helpful for patients looking to achieve spiritual growth.
  • Balancing your mind and your emotions. Regular Reiki treatments can result in calming you and giving you the strength to cope with everyday stressors. The increased mental balance also improves your memory and mental clarity, making it easier for you to learn and retain information.
  • Helping to heal mental and emotional stress, and reducing mood swings, anxiety and frustration. It can also relieve emotional anguish and sorrow, and help with the process of grieving. This is because it cleans and clears your emotions, which provides perspective and prevents them from being so draining to the body.
  • Enhancing your ability to love, so it can heal and strengthen your personal relationships with others and enable you to connect with them on a deeper level. By doing so, many people are able to reduce the stress of loneliness.

By helping you to relax and unwind, Reiki gives your body and mind the chance to heal. It’s a safe, painless and very relaxing experience.

Choose the Right Type of Meditation to Achieve Your Full Potential

The practice of meditation has been gaining ground in the west for the past couple of decades. This is partly a response to the spiritual awakening that’s occurring and partly because Westerners are becoming increasingly jaded with the constant treadmill of their lives. Meditation is seen as a way to combat stress, a form of relaxation and a path to self-knowledge and improved health.

There are several different types of meditation, however, and for the uninitiated it might be difficult to know where to start. As a spiritual life coach, I’m a strong believer in meditation for the purpose of getting in touch with my higher self, so I’ve put together some details of the most common forms to give you an idea.

Mindfulness

types of meditationThis is a form of meditation based on the Buddhist Vipassana tradition, which is rapidly becoming the popular meditation practice in the West. It’s founded on the idea of being present in the moment, allowing your mind to accept things as opposed to fighting them.

Mindfulness is particularly helpful for detaching yourself from problems such as chronic pain and stress, and is used in healthcare to create a “partnership of care” between medical providers and patients. You meditate by focusing on breathing awareness and body scanning to release tension.

Some critics believe mindfulness is giving rise to avoidance of critical issues, by giving you an excuse and a way to “escape” from necessary analysis rather than face up to issues.

Kundalini

Named after the rising stream of energy that exists in our being, the purpose of Kundalini is to be aware of the stream and to ride it to infinity. By focusing on the way your breath flows through each of the body’s energy centres, you make active use of the breath to move the energy upwards.

The Yogi Bhahan, who founded this method of meditation, developed hundreds of different meditations each customized for specific circumstances. It includes meditations to reduce stress, cure addictions, enhance vitality and clear the chakras, among others. Kundalini contains practical tools to support the mind and body, and it’s best to work with a teacher for this type of meditation.

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental meditation (TM) is practiced from a seated position and includes the use of a mantra or a series of Sanskrit words to help you focus, instead of just following your breathing. The purpose is to encourage inner peace and wellness by allowing your mind to settle, quiet your thoughts and experience a pure form of consciousness. It’s a deeply restful experience that rejuvenates your mind and body, and leads to a wide range of benefits in your daily life.

Guided Visualization

Visualization is often used to achieve personal or professional goals. It can be a recorded instructions for you to follow, or it can be a guided meditation by a teacher or experienced practitioner. The process often contains elements of hypnotic suggestion, or gives you the chance to conjure up fantasies or picture a desired state or achievement. It’s untested as a method of spiritual development, but has shown good motivational results particularly in the business world. 

Zazen (Zen)

The name means “seated” meditation, and this is the form of meditation practiced by Zen Buddhist monks. It follows the idea that you gain insight from observing your breathing and your mind, and the purpose is to achieve insight and enlightenment based on the teachings of Buddhism. The process often includes a degree of contemplation, focused on a “koan” or an aspect of Buddhist scripture.

Qi Gong

This method of meditation comes from the Taoist movement, and uses the breath to circulate energy through the body in an orbital pattern. You focus on three main centres of your body to direct the energy.

There are many ways to relax and meditate, these are just a few. Whatever method you choose, it’s essential to commit yourself to daily practice or you won’t enjoy the benefits of meditation. If you don’t have time to practice regularly, something that helps even me is to meditate while you are doing the chores. For example:

  • While you wash the dishes feel the energy of the water, breathe, clear your mind and enjoy the present!
  • As you see the food being cleared from the dishes, imagine you are clearing your mind.
  • Clear out all the unwanted chatter, and see the divine light flow like the water into your body.

This will help you enjoy your daily chores instead of dreading them! Enjoy each moment to the fullest, no matter how small something seems.

Find your groove and be inspired to achieve balance in your mind, body, spirit and emotions today.

 

New Year? Make it a New YOU!

It’s a new year, and a good time to take stock of your life. Where are you going, and how are you getting there? You can start something anytime, not just once a year on January 1st! You can change anything in your life at any time, as long as you have a strong enough reason to change. So how do you go about doing so?

Questions to Answer

Start out by asking yourself some pointed questions such as “why do you want to change?” and “what do you want to change?” Pay attention to your words. Change your ‘trying,’ ‘shoulds’ and ‘maybes’ into MUSTS. The reason for this is that once you change your thought patterns and know you MUST do something, that’s when you’ll finally achieve lasting results. Your reasons for change are the most important step in creating a vision to change.

Using Hypnosis as a Tool

hypnosis for weight lossHypnosis is a valuable tool that can help you to focus on what it is that you want to change. It can help your mind expand and create the results you want.

How does it do this? Because using hypnosis is like planting a garden: First, you have to plant the seed of your MUST into your subconscious mind. Next, you have to water your garden, and you do this by practicing self-hypnosis and visualizations daily.

Daily Nurturing

It takes effort to make sure your seeds get the sunlight and nutrients they need to grow into a blossoming garden. Implement the actions you need to nurture them, such as eating healthily if your goal is to lose weight. Push yourself beyond your comfort zones, do your workouts and change your eating habits, to achieve the results you want.

Do a Little, and Do it Often

Start out with taking small steps in the right direction, and commit yourself to following through. Repetition is important, to break the old habits and teach yourself new ones. Whatever it is you want to achieve—more money, less stress, weight loss, more confidence—all these things are possible if you plant the seeds, water the garden and nurture it until it grows.

Making the Commitment

Hypnosis and self-hypnosis can help you to achieve whatever goal you set yourself for 2015, but you must be the one to commit and do the work. You must change your routine, your thoughts and your habits if you’re going to be able to create a lasting change in your life this year.

Take a look at this video about making progress by Anthony Robbins, and let me know if you need my help to make real, lasting changes in your life RIGHT NOW.

Tony

Past Life Regressions: Fact or Fiction?

We all want to believe there’s more to life than just the here and now. But believing in reincarnation doesn’t make it true, just as belief in anything doesn’t mean it will come to pass in reality. So what evidence is there that reincarnation exists, and that you have been here before? Past life regression (PLR) offers insight into experiences shared by a multitude of people over the years. Read this and decide for yourself whether it’s fact or fiction:

Catherine and Her 86 Lifetimes

Dr. Brian Weiss is a psychiatrist and former chair of the psychiatry department at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami and he used to be a complete skeptic about reincarnation. He treated Catherine, a female patient, with regular psychiatric protocols for a year without success. Eventually he tried hypnosis, which he had used successfully on prior occasions.

To Dr. Weiss’ amazement Catherine began talking about previous lives, claiming to have lived 86 times before and giving details of times and places in history that he later researched to verify the facts. He was even more surprised when Catherine revealed information about his own father, and a son who had died many years earlier at birth. As a complete stranger to his family she could not possibly have knowledge of either one.

past life regressionJames the WWII Fighter Pilot

The parents of toddler James Leininger were horrified when at the age of 2 years he began having dreams of being trapped in a fiery cockpit, unable to get out. Equally disturbing were the images he drew over the next few years, depicting airplanes flying in formation and dropping bombs. When they investigated, they discovered a young fighter pilot named James Huston had died in the fiery cockpit when his plane was shelled during WWII.

On meeting with former colleagues of Huston’s they found young James Leininger able to recognize some of the deceased pilot’s former colleagues by name without having ever met or heard about them before. He also knew the name of the aircraft carrier on which James Huston was stationed, and exactly where the plane had gone down as well as the fact that it was the work of the Japanese fighters.

The Work of Dr. Ian Stevenson

Dr. Ian Stevenson was a Canadian-born psychiatrist who spent 50 years with the University of Virginia Medical School in various roles. He interviewed people and wrote about cases that were difficult to explain by any theory other than reincarnation, although he conducted rigorous scientific analysis of each case to try and verify the claims. He writes about cases where young children exhibit xenoglossy, which is the ability to fluently speak a language they have never had exposure to. I’ll be blogging more about PLR in the future, so follow my posts if you’re intrigued by the topic.

My Personal PLR Experience

When I first heard of past lives as a teenager, I was also a skeptic and didn’t believe. Then in 2004 I studied and became a certified hypnotist, and when my school was offering the Past Life Regression certificate program there was a part of me that was very curious. I took the program with an open mind, not sure what to believe. In class I experienced four past lives through our training. I couldn’t believe how real everything felt, and the experience made me a believer 100%. I knew I couldn’t “make up” the feelings, the events and the situations that I was seeing.

How it Works

Everyone experiences PLR differently: some feel it, some see it like watching a movie. Others get impressions, or things just pop in and out while you are being guided by the questions. Whatever way you perceive the information is perfectly ok, just trust the process and go with the flow. I used to be a skeptic until I was able to experience it for myself, I healed many fears, and received more awareness of my lessons in each lifetime. What I discovered made me feel wiser and gave me more awareness of my current life path.

Benefits of PLR

PLR can be very healing, and it’s known to help release fears. It can also be very educational to receive your lessons from your past lives. It can be rewarding, letting you know who you were and what you did before, and it can be entertaining – like watching a movie where you are the main character. Whatever the reason for your session, whether to help with letting go of unexplained pain or fears, for your own curiosity, or just for the fun, check it out one day. Hypnosis is a common method of regressing to memories of past lives, and as I explained in a previous post you’re in complete control at all times. Give me a call if you’re interested in trying past life regression through hypnosis.

4 Reasons to Try Reflexology for Back Pain

Back pain can be one of the most inconvenient things to suffer from. Whether it’s severe or just a nagging twinge every now and then, it can seriously hinder your ability to get through your daily activities. It can also cause difficult sleeping, and without a good night’s rest everything seems bleak in the morning.

A recent survey by the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability found that back pain was one of the most common health complaints of 12 – 44 year olds, and that many people just believe it’s a part of life. That’s what I used to believe, too, and I know first-hand how back pain can feel because I suffered from it for all of my teenage years. I went for cat scans, MRI’s, Chiropractor and frequent massages because I have slight scoliosis.

Then after having my children(which i was recommended not to have because of my scoliosis) I started getting pinched nerves, especially my sciatic nerve. That pain was so bad I thought I would never be able to walk straight. I was walking sideways and taking medication for the pain. Eventually I realized that there must be another way to feel better, and I found out about reflexology.

reflexology for back pain, reflexology saint catharines

Since I started using it I haven’t had any more back pain. I am pain-free, and I do reflexology regularly as a “tune up” for my body. Just like we take our cars to get “tuned up”, reflexology is a great investment to get yourself flowing optimally. I have 4 kids, and no more back pain.

So here’s the good news: You don’t have to live with back pain! Foot reflexology has been shown to have a positive effect on back pain, for several reasons:

#1: Removes Stress

Removing stress reduces back pain because it reduces the tension you feel in your back, which often manifests itself as chronic pain. The way reflexology works to achieve this is by applying pressure to the feet, hands or ears, which sends a “calming” message to your nerves. This improves your overall relaxation, and makes your internal organs function as well as possible. It also increases the supply of blood to your back. This brings with it extra oxygen and nutrients to feed your cells, and it improves waste removal.

#2: Improves Circulation

Apart from the increase in the blood supply that benefits your body overall, reflexology helps to improve your circulation by breaking down the grainy crystal deposits in your feet. These deposits settle beneath the surface of your skin where your nerve endings are located.

When you have too much acidity in your blood stream, the quantity of these deposits increases, which impedes the circulation of blood through your body. When reflexology is applied to your feet, the pressure helps to break down the deposits and remove the toxins from your body. This allows the blood to flow more freely throughout your system and help reduce pain and tension.

#3: Helps Relax Muscles

If you’ve ever been to a chiropractor for your back pain, you might have been recommended to try muscle relaxant medication. If so, you’ll know that relaxing the muscles in your back helps to soothe and improve the pain. Nobody wants to take medication every day, however, so it’s vital to find other ways of relaxing your muscles than chemicals.

That’s where foot reflexology can make a significant difference, by returning your body to a state of homeostasis or normality. It does this by triggering the various automatic processes our bodies use to balance and regulate our physical condition, such as the release of enzymes to balance your blood pressure.

#4: Releases Endorphins

One of the causes of tension and chronic pain is depression, and even if you aren’t aware you’re suffering from it your body may disagree! Because it is a form of massage, reflexology releases the endorphins in the brain that make you feel good, which helps reduce back pain that may be resulting from it. Endorphins also act as natural pain killers and stress relievers, and can help to benefit you in other ways such as enhancing your immune system’s response to the cause of the pain.

If you’re suffering from persistent back pain, reflexology might offer you a solution you haven’t thought of previously. Feel free to call me to discuss the options this ancient discipline might hold for you.

A New Revolution? Using Hypnosis for Health Purposes

Over the years hypnosis has had something of a bad rap in many circles. Many people don’t understand how hypnosis works, and as a result they fear it. And of course, the images of those crazy shows where people get “hypnotized” to cluck like chickens just don’t help! In reality, hypnosis is nothing like that and an authentic hypnotherapist would no more jump off a cliff than practice that type of idiocy. With the growing awareness of alternative therapies, using hypnosis for health purposes is becoming mainstream and a new revolution in the 21st century.

History of Hypnosis

The art of hypnosis has a long and colourful history. Believed to date back to the Hindus of ancient India who took sick people to sleep temples to be cured, the concept hasn’t changed much since then. What has changed, however, is the way we see it and the names we call it, which over the centuries ranged from “magnetism” through “mesmerism” and finally hypnosis. It was elevated to a science by James Braid, a Scottish surgeon who gave it the name hypnosis.

How Hypnosis Works

Mature woman relaxing with eyes closedJames Braid did more than just name hypnosis. He also discovered the real truth behind the science, which is the fact that it has more to do with fixed attention than with being in a trance. This understanding is central to dispelling the potentially harmful myths about it.

Hypnosis works by creating changes in the areas of the brain that are involved in attention, and by modifying the connections between the motor cortex and other regions of the brain. To achieve this, the hypnotherapist uses various techniques to put you into a relaxed state of mind, which makes your subconscious mind more receptive to re-education.

This helps give you greater control over actions and responses you might otherwise struggle to control consciously.

Conditions Treated

Because of this, hypnosis has proved effective in treating multiple health issues that have a basis in mental or emotional control. Hypnosis for weight loss is particularly effective, and I’ve had success using it myself to lose 70lbs after childbirth. It works by using suggestions to help you reduce cravings, and visualization techniques to picture yourself achieving your goals.

Some of the other medical conditions treated successfully by hypnosis are:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Stress-related conditions such as gastrointestinal and dermatological problems
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sedation for pain control during medical and dental procedures
  • Nausea resulting from chemotherapy

Results and Side Effects

Hypnosis is very effective at providing relief from conditions that have a mental component. After the session is over, you will have full recall of everything that took place during the event, and will feel calm and soothed as a result of the relaxation techniques used. It usually takes a few sessions to see distinctive results—much like medical treatment, it doesn’t often work right away but takes time to have an effect. Side effects are minimal if you’re healthy, but patients who abuse drugs or alcohol aren’t ideal candidates for hypnosis because they may become delusional as a result of their substance use.

During hypnosis, you’re never out of control. You’re never unaware of your surroundings or incapable of coming out of your state of relaxation. The hypnotherapist is a guide, helping you to reach a deeper level of awareness and connection with your unconscious, but he or she is not able to take over your mind or compel you to do anything against your will.

If you want more information about using hypnosis for weight loss or any other purpose, contact me here to schedule a discussion about your needs.