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Rowing for real!

Yes, I am! Four years ago at age 60 I joined the Upper Arlington Adult Learn to Row group, and completed a grueling session. My body was eager to become strong as a rower, and my will carried me through, but it was tough. Team sports were not my preference in High School, so that summer I learned to sweat. I couldn’t stop simply because I was uncomfortable, and the sweat rolled into my eyes and down my back.

The hardest task was getting in and out of the shell, which sat slightly below the dock. In a coordinated effort our group would go “in and down” at the beginning and “one foot on dock and one on strip and up and out”. I was not the only one learning to stand quickly and in a balanced way.

I hung in there, and this is my 4th year! I feel like I might know what I am doing, and can put forth more effort when in motion. The coaches are great, very patient and young…but they know what they are doing , and I trust them to help me improve.

Taking care of our aging bodies is a priority. If you want to enjoy your life, and are tired of feeling like a slug, join a group activity. Push your edges. Start where you are, and make a commitment to yourself. Your health will improve, and so will every other problem you may have at the moment.

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Moving Medicine: Trager First Aid this Sunday!

Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa! First let me apologize because I know my blogs were duplicated and scheduled in error, I do apologize for this inconvenience. At time, the best of intentions are thwarted by technology!

A quick reminder to sign up for my class this SUNDAY, 7/28 on Trager First Aid at the Reiki Center from 12-6 PM. We will explore chronic pain, offering relief and deep healing with self healing touch and movement, and also discuss what to do in an emergency situation if you are injured. (Barring the need for the Emergency Dept!).

Trager is not a replacement for medical care, but remaining calm and addressing any immediate needs can make a big difference in the healing of an injury.

Learn why Self Care is Health Care in this seminar, and get out of the heat at the beautiful Reiki Center on 5th Avenue.

Register online at thereikicenter.net. If you have taken one of my classes in this series, I will give you a rebate of $10 when you arrive. Bring a friend or family member, and you will learn skills to help them as well as support each other beyond the class.

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Row, Row, Row your boat...

Whether or not you are merrily rowing your boat down the stream, the stream is flowing and you are rowing. Notice in this moment if you are going against the current or with it. Are you in the flow of your day, your life? Stopping for a moment and taking a few breaths could make the difference in your day.

Allow me…to guide you for 2-3 minutes, that’s all, I promise you will feel more relaxed!

Sit back in your chair, and let go of any tension you are aware of. Notice your breath for a few cycles. Then take 5 slow, deep breaths~inhalations and exhalations. Use a pretend straw to exhale to slow down. With each breath get slower.

Now sit quietly for another minute or two, stretch and get back to what you were doing!

It takes intelligence and sometimes courage to simply be.

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Pleasure and Pain

As much as we want to live in a free world, and in the US we have the declaration of independence to lead the way, freedom is a concept that just does not exist for some of us. Our healthcare system has for too long been the focus of quick fixes which is not sustainable. Our government functions in the same way, although there is a trend in the Veterans Administration Health Care system to move toward a more alternative and wellness direction. This is very hopeful, as it is spreading to the profit sector as well.

For many, chronic pain has a way of placing a stranglehold on our lives, reducing our freedom to live as before. We become accustomed to chronic pain especially, as it becomes “familiar”, or “of the family” so to speak. We may become so used to our pain, we cannot imagine not having it. We may even look for it when we wake up, or in a quiet moment during the day, like a friend who has come to live with us. This true friend gave us an important warning signal that something was wrong, and the emotion of the event was part of what locked in the painful feelings related to the physical injury and the pain then became trapped in the cell. As the original assault healed, compensation patterns were created in other parts of the body and the original injury was glossed over as if it was all better. If not corrected, the compensations problems will add insult to injury and our entire system learns to manage what was once, a long time ago, an event that will not be quieted.

Emotional assaults cause physical holding patterns, and physical assaults cause emotional patterns as well. Without pain, what is there? Freedom of movement, greater mobility, returning to a life that has been restricted. Are we ready to do the work needed to rehabilitate, reinvent and integrate fully back into our lives?

Between the the compensation patterns that occur (the body is great at holding things together in an emergency, to reduce further damage), the ease of saying no to social events that are challenging, and maybe even being off work, healing seems like a chore. Stick with it, pleasure is around the corner! Kahlil Gibran says “the pain is the unbreaking of the shell that encompasseth our understanding”. What does pain teach us?

As we get older, the amount of time needed to heal is longer, as our cellular repair is slower as we age. But change is possible, and we become more thoughtful and involved in our inner world as we age. We can extend healthy years, if we focus on doing everything we can to prevent cell death. One sure way to age faster is to stop moving, stop interacting and stop living. Slowing down and becoming more conscious is not the same as stopping.

Spiritual teachers like Thomas Moore, author of Ageless Soul, and forty other books about the soul, cites “we need to allow ourselves the depth of our sadness as well as our happiness, and a lot of soul work happens during these times”. Pain takes the toll on us emotionally, and depression and sadness from the loss of our freedom to move and interact as before needs serious reflection. Who am I with this pain, who was I without it? Finally, we are stopped in our tracks, to evaluate our path. How to make sense of our world, and the meaning of the pain, sadness, and possible isolation you may feel? How does chronic pain relate to the soul?

There are plenty of methods to help you heal. Alternative methods of healing, like the Trager Approach, massage, Reiki, sound and vibrational healing, counseling, biofeedback, guided imagery, breathing techniques and even reading inspirational material may be helpful to change the pain patterns. Find some support, experience a new type of bodywork, draw your feelings, draw your pain body. Listen deeply to your inner voice, and pleasure will delight and surprise you. Notice the moments during the day when you smile without cause, or find yourself singing. Notice how often you are free from pain, even if for a moment, and how that feels. Take it in small doses. Move more slowly, in a way that feels good to you. You will develop a tolerance to pleasure, as you did the pain or the medication you took to subdue it. . pleasure is powerful medicine.

Make that declaration of interdependence today, and find a team to help you move towards greater freedom in your body, your life. Follow the freedom trail, and honestly, we cannot change these deep seated painful patterns alone, whether they have to do with our personal pain, or our societal pain. We need each other. Let’s look for ways in which things are working well, and celebrate that!

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Breathe Into Open Heartedness

The lungs massage the heart with each breath. Imagine that! Breathe in and out, with this idea in mind. Full breaths, up to the collar bones, and exhaling until you feel all the air leave the lungs. Imagine now a straw to pull the air through, slowing down… blowing out through the straw as you exhale and feel the full effect. Sometimes making a soft sound can help as you breathe in and out. Shoulders and accessory muscles are not needed to breathe deeply. Continue with half that much effort, and what is half of that? Slowing down the pace, relaxed breaths enter and exit easily. Shoulders relax, lungs expand, massaging the heart.

Holding the breath is common when anxiety is present. This may be happening and you do not even realize it. Watch your breath for a few minutes. It is not so easy to watch something that normally happens without our conscious awareness. When we become aware of it, we may want to take control. Initially, you may feel anxious as you watch it, and feel like you have to now be in charge of one more thing. Take a good look in the mirror the next chance you get. Our posture influences the health of our heart. The ribs form a protective structure around the heart and lungs, and when a person is in optimal health and happiness, there is plenty of space for both. This space can diminish as we neglect our physical bodies and our mental states…we may become depressed, head hanging down or cowering slightly against the harshness of our world. We may hide our heart from others and withdraw, avoid eye contact and intimacy to keep ourselves safe. We also may become immobile or misshapen over time. Inside the shrunken rib cage, the heart and lungs become misshapen overtime, adapting, but the valves of the heart cannot close properly (leaky valves) and we are short of breath. Our daily behaviors, movement patterns and emotional states create the shape of our bodies as we experience it in this moment. These adaptions and compensations are the bandages of our wounds.

Rumi says:

“Don’t turn your head, keep looking at the bandaged place. that’s where the light enters you. And don’t think for a minute that you’re healing yourself.”

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Soil, Cell and Soul

As basic as water, sun and time, is to a garden; is the caring touch, movement and trust that develops in the relationship between client and practitioner.  The Trager Approach® is a gentle way of opening our cells up to more oxygenation, more relaxation, more circulation and more freedom for body, mind and soul. The conscious and subconscious mind is nurtured by loving touch and affirmation,   meeting someone where they and their physical bodies are without judging, pushing or prodding.  Rocking a client in a rhythmic flow of movement, releases water and nutrients into the cell,which I liken to cellular gardening. With the right environment, health is enhanced, inviting a calm reassurance that the world is safe.  Trager tills the soil of our cells in a beautiful, effortless way.  Practitioners are gardeners reaching the mind and soul of our clients through their cell-soil with the intention to create peace, one person at a time.  

As an avid patio gardener and Franklinton Farm volunteer, I was awe- inspired by “The Big Little Farm”,  a documentary just released at the Gateway Theaters in Columbus, Ohio. It inspired me to share a review. The story goes something like this:

A young California couple has a vision of turning a worn out, 200 acre farm that was ruined by modern day agricultural practices (chemicals, antibiotics, and heavy machinery), into a thriving farm that is in harmony with nature.  The land had no viable soil, but it had dirt.  Dirt will not grow plants, without a lot of interference with herbicides and pesticides, because of the nature of a mono-culture.  The pond was dried up, mudslides had washed a lot of the good bottom soil away, and fields were parched and cracked in the midst of the worst drought on record in the area. 

Intent upon organic and natural farming practices; the couple hires an expert, Alan, who has the wisdom and confidence to turn the farm around.  For each challenge a creative solution arises. Focused on harmony and realizing the potential of nature as teacher, Alan knows to listen and observe deeply to the natural world, letting the creative, corrective plan come alive.  Many examples were aptly filmed and the intelligence of the natural world shines through. Diversity and inclusion are key components.

This film is a tribute to the natural world which expresses within me a certain calm, centered satisfaction and trust in the future that comes from witnessing the healing of the land. It is also a tribute to clients that come for healing and restoration. In a session, in this peaceful place, the fertile soil of our cells is soothed with rocking, and the soul gets a gentle reminder that this is the way to peace.  Follow me.

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Moving Medicine Class Series

This series of classes will enhance and empower you to find and enjoy greater ease and pleasure in your life and your body. The Moving Medicine Series begins on June 30. Those have attended other classes have been pleasantly often feel like they have had a 5 hour Trager session for the price of one.

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Yes, you can! If you lose sleep from pain, are limited in your activities in any way because of pain, the Trager Approach can help. Being gentler and more conscious with our movement on a daily basis may help you find your individual path to freedom from pain. Moving Medicine is the art or science of restoring or preserving health using movement. 

The Trager approach, founded by Dr. Milton Trager, was ahead of its' time. Science has now explained how it works: Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment (wikipedia). Our mind creates these compensation patterns because we want to avoid the pain. The muscles become tighter to support the avoidance of pain, fascia wraps around the newly organized compensation to protect us. When the initial injury has sufficiently healed, the compensation pattern may remain. Over time, this may create other problems in the body. Luckily, neuroplasticity also means we can reverse those pattern to regain full function again. The pattern is released through mindful, gentle movements generated by impulses within you. All of these actions are simultaneously occurring in a Trager session or movement class AND I will teach you to do these things for yourself..

This introductory workshop is one of 6 monthly classes to help you enjoy your body and your life more. It also meets one of the requirements to enter into the Trager Certification program. Register on line at theReikiCenter.net or call 614-488-8323 for more information on this class and the class series. You can also contact me!
All are welcome! No experience is needed. The focus is on self care. If you are a nurse or an LMT, I can offer you continuing education credits. See you there!

Upcoming Classes are monthly at the Reiki Center (except 8/3/19):

7/29/19 Trager First Aid: healing new and old injuries

8/3/19 Trager First Aid: this one is in North Royalton, OH, near Cleveland. Let me know if you would like to carpool from Columbus with me. I will be returning the same day. The Purple Skies Homestead is a beautiful home, organic farm, and training facility for Trager and other modalities. In addition, Visar has 2 beautiful rooms with a double bed and private bath if you are coming from out of town and want to stay over. Contact Visar Duane: 440-781-8136 to register.

8/18/19 Exploring Boundaries: Being with self and other

9/22/19 Finding balance: Improving your physical and emotional balance

10/27/19 Trager for Couples: How to help our loved ones feel better (Save $10 each if you come with a paying partner to practice on.)

11/24/19 Helping ourselves as we help others: are you a caregiver?

Each class will address these topics, but also you will leave with a better understanding of what this approach can do for you. Or you may be inspired enough to take my 3 day Mentastics Class in November in North Royalton,Ohio, for more fun and self development. You may even decide to become involved in the Certification Program. Perhaps you would like to become a Trager Practitioner in your retirement plan? I get a session every time I give one. It is very gentle on our bodies. If you are an aging bodyworker or service provider, and want to continue helping others feel better, think about offering this approach as part of your transition to retirement.

Go to https://www.tragerapproach.us/ for more class offerings, training track information and general information and videos about this approach.

First Class of the Moving Medicine Series in $95. If you take more they are $10 less each time. (Nurses and National LMT members: if you are looking for CE’s the entire series offers 27).

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Becoming Soul Oriented

In another post I said: “ we are so goal oriented, we forget to be Soul oriented!” There are many thoughts about the existence (or not) of a Soul, but here is my understanding at this time.

Happiness may be a signal that we are doing the work of the Soul, and from my limited experience, humans find happiness when our Soul is doing what we are here to do. In my case, I am really happy in nature, when I interact with others, or when I use my hands and heart to relieve clients, friends and family from pain and suffering. I feel alive when I complete a song or poem, plant a garden, engage in growing something, or encouraging someone. Whenever I am in the process of creating art, or observing the beauty of the moment, I feel I have stepped into something greater than myself, that may be my Soul self.

To be more soul-oriented, may mean that the bigger work of my life is in consideration, rather than setting a goal for the day or a year. Daily goals are steps toward Soul work because they arise from desire. And our deeper desires are also important to consider. They arise when we find ourselves stuck in boredom, or have some physical or emotional event that is unpleasant. IS this the life I want? What is a life? What can I contribute? What truly makes my heart sing? What do I want? These soulful questions help me to dive deeper into satisfaction and happiness. When I follow the inquiry, I become more engaged in my life.

When I empty my mind, my Soul has a moment to rest and come forward or shine through. Sitting quietly in the woods, or on the patio, looking at a tree sway in the breeze. Then an inner impulse arises, to seek, to question, to be in awe. I listen and I respond. I feel fortunate to have choice and the free will to live my life. I have the privilege of having all my needs met, and so I also have a responsibility to contribute to the Greater Good. (I always thought God was misspelled God=Good)

Daily, the world around us is chaotic, fearful and suffering is present. I am aware, but do not spend much time here. I limit my intake of news as I limit my intake of sugar. It weakens me. I help where I can, and I lean toward beauty, nature, music, sunlight, clouds…nameless things that clear my mind and fill my…Soul. I know I can choose how I spend my time, what I ingest and how I react to my world. I take full responsibilities for my actions, I am accountable and engaged with others. I also know i am still a novice, learning everyday about happiness and being Soul oriented.

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Grace Space

In the course of a day, I find moments to take a pause from thought and action. It only takes a moment to become fully present. My life is filled to the brim with wonderful events including family, friends, creative expression of music and poetry, traveling, spending time in nature, cooking and sharing my life with my community. I am especially grateful that I have the time to pause and reflect on my day, in between activities. This is a learned behavior. Since my private practice consists of helping my clients to slow down and listen, I deepen this practice as well.

This morning, while taking a walk, two friends and I saw a Black Headed Blue Warbler. It was not afraid of us. We had quietly approached the area, and in our silence I noticed the bird, on a tree trunk about 4 feet away from us. Apparently, the male of this species is easily approachable according to the Ohio Birds book I own,.We were able to photograph it, and bask in its iridescence. For a few minutes, time was suspended, and wonder and awe became the focus and the feeling.

This is what I would call a GRACE SPACE; a natural event, unplanned, one that inspires awe and wonder. No words are needed. Instead , in the silence our perceptive abilities of the world around us grow. I enjoy these moments of grace, and the more we notice them, the more they will happen. Notice and share your experience of grace space, and the occurrences will increase throughout your day.

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Moving Medicine

Milton Trager, MD, was ahead of his time. His vision was to “create peace in the world, one person at a time.” From a very early age he was found greater strength, flexibility and ease by gently exploring movement. The first fifty years of his life he practiced his approach in solitude. The result of his inner explorations resulted in The Trager Approach.

Milton’s life took many twists and turns to get to the point of creating his approach, described in Moving Medicine by Jack Liskin (1996). Milton died in 1997. I never met him, but he visited me in 2 dreams that I remember in great detail, within the first 3 years as a practitioner. The deeper message was to “go at your own pace”, “we connect without words”, and “have a sense of humor”. I was actually hooked on this approach after my 3rd Trager session with local Columbus practitioner, Xichel Woods. She encouraged me to let go, and I didn’t even know I was holding on. I was a single Mother with 3 daughters under the age of 10 at that time, and close to 40 years old. It has been a continual process of letting go even 22 years later. I love the work, and have never felt the need to learn any other techniques, although i have traded with many excellent practitioners, of many different approaches, that were very helpful for me at the time. I receive a sessin every time I give one.

My practice has evolved to include my experiences as a nurse (mental health, community health and holistic theory and practice, functional nutrition classes and nurse coaching. Everyone has an innate capacity for health, and an individual path to the vibrancy of a healthy life. Relying on external healing approaches is at times necessary, as in the case of emergencies. I would not suggest treating a broken arm with nutrition or a Trager session. Emergency services are rightfully needed and save lives everyday. Continual poor eating habits, over use of alcohol and sedentary lifestyles, stress, and external and internal environments all contribute to poor health. Prevention and wellness is a way to avoid of illness, doctor’s visits and hospitalizations. Many sources are citing our healthcare system as the #1 cause of death in our country. Check on this link to find more: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK225187/ . The U.S. healthcare system has high rates of death related to medication overuse and errors,and infectious processes. Every day in my private practice I promote prevention of illness through empowerment, movement and touch. Is health determined simply by our desire to focus on being healthy and happy?

Learn to listen deeply to the messages of our bodies and especially what makes us happy and excited about life! Regularly, I engage in rowing, backpacking and hiking, even as my body is slowing down with age. The changes that occur physically in our bodies are gradual, and sitting is NOT the answer. Slowing down yes, but do not stop moving. Certain days I have more inflammation when I wake up. I stop to think what I did (or did not do) or ate the day before. Overall, the diet and lifestyle I have now has been a gradual shift to greater consciousness and health.

Thanks , Milton for introducing me and the world to a lighter way of being, freer not just in our body, but in our mind as well. Truly, there is no separation. As I age, I feel healthier, happier and more peaceful. So can you.

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By Invitation Only

The Trager Approach has some interesting and effective principles. One of the hallmarks of our work is to INVITE the tissue to feel softness, never pressing, never pushy. Our world is moving faster and faster, and according to “Moore’s Law” this will continue exponentially (Friedman, 2016).  Thomas Friedman, in his book Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Acceleration, goes into great detail regarding the toll technology has taken on our physical bodies and social relationships.  Moore’s law states: “the expectation that the power of microchips would double roughly every two years”, has come true, and gone beyond that assumption. Many of us have felt the changes that have occurred in our lives because of this exponential growth of computation and artificial intelligence.  One of the major consequences of this acceleration, is the length of time it will take our social structures to catch up and protect us from those effects.  Depression and suicide in teens is one of those effects.  https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/14/563767149/increased-hours-online-correlate-with-an-uptick-in-teen-depression-suicidal-thou  .

You may be thinking of some of your clients that have benefited greatly from simply slowing down, which is taught and felt during a session.  In fact, that may be our greatest gift as practitioners and teachers of this approach. Milton certainly was ahead of his time, as he mentions in Trager Mentastics: Movement as a  Way to Agelessness. “Mentastics will help us develop patience”. (Trager, 2007).  Patience allows us to make better choices. 

For the past 22 years practicing the Trager Approach with clients, I explain to my clients that the session is “by invitation only”.  During the session I ask the tissue “how could it be” and teach my clients to ask similar questions that inquire about pain or confusion or anxiety rather than plan a response to a symptom. Even if the first 40 years of my adult life (or theirs) was full of pushing toward my full Self, it can be different now.   I was invited to let go. And I did. Little by little, with each session, training, and each encounter with hook up.  Is this what our clients come for?

Mentastics and Hook Up (A prashe used my Milton Trager that connects us to something greater than ourselves) allow us to let go of the historical/herstorical/hysterical physical and emotional roles and assaults we may have endured which are etched into our cellular memory. At the time, these memories were needed, self-protective measures, behaviors and movement patterns. Thus, the INVITATION to let go, becomes a suggestion, a choice that we can make. It is up to us. Do we want to hold onto what happened to us in the past, or go softly and openly toward our future? How about just for this moment? Once the freedom is felt, it can be experienced over and over. This is the feeling you can have anytime, just by recalling your session. The stories behind the patterns do not need to be told, in fact retelling our stories often keeps the wounds alive, and healing is never complete. There is a better way. Mentastics teach us to become fully present with the sensations that happen when we relax, allowing our bodies the space and time to be more fully alive. We can then respond to our inner need to let go, and choose a pathway to peace.

Friedman suggests in the book mentioned above, that when we are waiting for someone who is late, we can make a choice to take advantage of the unplanned empty space.  Perhaps this is a time for a Mentastics, a breath, hooking up to that vast ocean of pleasantness we learn in a session. I just found a new phrase for it: Grace Space! Perhaps we could schedule that into each day.   

 

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Food is Energy

I love this picture, the wind turbine above the sunflowers. Both excellent examples and symbols of energy, In the Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, Thom Hartmann, teaches us to wake up to personal and global transformation. According to the author, ancient sunlight is compressed over millions of years into “black gold”. This is the precious resource in our oil fields, and when these resources are gone, they cannot be replaced. Sunlight is much easier and healthier to capture to create an energy source. Solar panels are lowering in price, and there is enough energy in one day from the sun to energize the entire world with it’s current habits! This fact is on Al Gore’s video “A Case for Optimism”. Sunlight gives us life through the process of photosynthesis using chlorophyll to invent edible plants! What a miracle that is!

If we think of food as energy in our bodies, it might explain why we either don’t have enough or have too much (energy, that is). Are there days where you just do not feel like yourself, no energy, depressed, low motivation? And other days where you are pumped up, can’t sit still and have restless legs? If this happens frequently, you will most likely have a condition, or may even have been diagnosed with a disease process. If it is only a temporary condition, you may be able to pull yourself back from the brink of a diagnosis by MAKING BETTER FOOD CHOICES! Yes, our INPUT of food ENERGY is equal to our OUTPUT of ENERGY for our lives. This is of course putting it simply, but mull it over, and let me know what you think! If you are not getting the right type and amount of energy for your daily life, you will feel tired and lack motivation. Pay some attention to the type and amount (too salty, too sweet? too much, not enough?) of food that is called your daily intake, and adjust according to how you are feeling.

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Food is Information: what are you being told?

Functional Medicine is all about getting to the ROOT of the problem of our health. Functional Nutrition is one way to see direct results, quickly. The 3 foods that give humans the most trouble are refined sugar, dairy and gluten. If you are in the midst of an inflammatory condition, temporary or chronic, consider staying away from these food products a period of time. Even just one day may show some improvement in your symptoms. If you can manage to eliminate them for 3-4 weeks, your body will really thank you. And , when you re-introduce them into your diet, you will know for sure which one is the culprit for your poor health.

Elimination food plans are part of the Functional Nutrition Approach. There are so many choices for eating healthfully, and yet the 10% of foods that do not agree with us, are so embedded into our social and cultural patterns, they are difficult to let go. You could say they were addictive! In fact, did you know that gluten (Glutein) and dairy (Casein) has a morphine like substance that has the same “feel good” sensations as chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) that attaches to the pleasure centers in the brain? These are called gluteomorphin and caseomorphin respectively.

Well, these do make us feel good, but so do many other healthy activities! Why not learn to be mindful and know that we have choices in every moment…in fact every time we open our mouth to eat, or speak! I have an elimination food plan that I have been using in my Functional Nutrition groups. Let me know if you would like more info. For starters, drop refined sugars, gluten products and dairy from you current habits and let me know what happens. If you can manage to eliminate them for 3 weeks, give me a shout out and I will send you a tracking sheet for reintroducing foods

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY>>>THE FOOD YOU ARE EATING HAS SECRET MESSAGES< JUST FOR YOU!

Judith Fasone
Food is Medicine: Do your choices heal or hurt you?

Functional medicine is great at explaining the root cause of our health problems. Digestion is key,and many of us know that the importance of being able to break down and absorb nutrients in the gut in a timely fashion is necessary for health. Common use of pre and probiotics in the last few years demonstrates this awareness. The science of cellular metabolism is well documented and researched, and we know what a human cell needs to be healthy. Marketing and politics that are profit-oriented have interfered with the hard science of our health industry as well as the health of our individual selves, and the influence has taken its toll. The majority of us no longer grow our own food or raise our own animals to feed our families. According to the Centers for Disease Control, life expectancy has dipped for the second year in 20 years in the US, the average is 78.1 years. Women are living 5 years longer than men. https://www.cnn.com/2017/12/21/health/us-life-expectancy-study/index.html and we know now, that genetically modified foods, mass produced meat in unnatural conditions and use of antibiotics as well as pesticides have caused many of the inflammatory conditions, including cancer, in humans.

When we delve into our behavior patterns, including what and when we eat, what we choose to eat, and what we do while we eat, even what we think when we eat, we can have an inward view of how food can heal us or hurt us. The sterility of our lives and phobia about germs and dirt is also creating more health problems. The Amish, who use natural processes in farming, have rare case of Asthma in their children; Hutterites, who are using industrial farming practices, have a higher than average rate of asthma in their children (Never Home Alone, a book on microbes, 2018, by Rob Dunn). Westerners have health problems primarily because of the abundance of food with poor nutritional value, according to The institute for Functional Medicine. Healthy, whole foods, locally produced, fresh and in season will reverse many of these diseases. Eating higher quality foods has a positive effect on optimal health. Taking time in nature also helps our nervous systems balance everyday stress. Don’t you miss GREEN if you don’t see it every day???

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food,” Hippocrates

It takes more than cleaning out your cupboards, it takes knowledge, loving the experience and bounty of a Farmers’ markets, purchasing food on the outer aisles of the grocery, and making daily choices that express love for ourselves and the planet. Support is something I can offer, in the form of individual and/or group classes. There are lots of programs out there. Find one that emphasizes “food as medicine” and you will find a community that cares.

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WORLD WATER DAY Has Passed

World Water Day was Friday, March 22,and the theme this year was “Water for society – Including all.” This is extremely fitting considering the condition we have reached regarding fresh water worldwide.

We are in the middle of a worldwide water crisis, but the issue has hit a lot closer to home as of the last five years, with problems hitting several areas of the United States.

In 2016, around 750 million people were without clean drinking water and now less than 5 years later, there are around 845 million people without it — 1 in 10 people. There are 2 billion people worldwide without ready access to fresh water. In undeveloped areas in Africa and Asia, women walk on average 3.7 miles per day to collect water. In developing countries, as much as 80 percent of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions, and there are more deaths from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war.

Holistic nurses are dedicated to the care of the whole person and promoting better health and wellness. This year on World Water Day, please be mindful and promote a culture of conservation to begin to address this issue of a lack of fresh water globally.

Statement by the American Holistic Nurses Association, submitted by Judy Fasone in the Dispatch 3-18-19

Get out on the water!

Get out on the water!

Judith Fasone
Food is Connection

We had our first class for April’s Functional Nutrition series at the Reiki Center in Columbus, Ohio last night, and there is still time to get involved. Here are the highlights:

Functional Medicine is focused on holistic and integrative approaches, and nutrition is one aspect that deserves and yes, DEMANDS our attention. Food is considered medicine, and it can harm as well as help us!

According to Functional Nutrition principles:

  • Food is Connection

  • Food is Information

  • Food is Energy

  • Food is: Medicine

What do these 4 ideas mean to you?

The people of the Amazon have a direct connection or relationship to the earth. This Siena woman planted,dug, peeled, grated, squeezed the water out and created a hot fire in which to cook the flat bread for her family. This is CONNECTION! How can you regain connection to your daily food intake?

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Nutritional Medicine: Food as Medicine #3 Cohort in April

Functional Nutrition: Food as Medicine
with Judy Fasone
Four Thursdays: April 11,18,25, May 2, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Cost: $135

Judy Fasone RN,MSN, AHN-BC, Integrative Nurse Coach, will guide you in Functional Nutrition and using Food as Medicine!

Work with a skilled nurse and health coach to set goals with self-assessments, learn healthy recipes and connect with others in overcoming challenges. There will also be gentle touch and movement breaks as well as centering practices to promote your “inner healer” to arise and assist.

It doesn’t end after 4 weeks: You will have access reduced session with Judy at a reduced cost to continue your journey through the winter months, and possible continuation of the group support online.

Program Highlights:
Guidance to set and meet your personal health goals for better health with a focus on nutrition
Healthy food recipe and sharing each week
Holistic focus: self-assessments will be done each of the 4 weeks to determine priority goals
Handouts and homework will help you stay engaged in your goals and in the group
Social media connection for sharing successes and challenges at any time of day
Group support with a skilled nurse facilitator
Weekly centering practices to promote the “inner healer” to arise and assist.
Gentle touch and movement breaks
Monthly facilitated support group to follow (for graduates) to continue through the winter months.
Contact the Reiki Center to register Functional Nutrition: Food as Medicine
with Judy Fasone
 

Address: 

Reiki Center
1540 W. Fifth Ave.,
Columbus, OH 43212

614.486.8323 (Call to register)

Spring Equinox March 21

Winter was a time of inner reflection for many.  As we move in to spring, we have hints of warmer weather and begin to get outdoors.  The swans in the picture are reflective of our own inner beauty and confidence, and they love the cold!  If we feel good about ourselves, the solitude of winter may refresh and nourish us.  If our thoughts turn toward self doubt, winters can be miserable.  Colds and flu make the situation worse!

According to Ted Andrews, author of Animal Speaks, swans represent awakening the true beauty and power of the self.  Swans live to be 80 years old!  They mate for life and have very sensitive beaks that are use as feelers through the water as they hunt for food sources. The term swan's song came from a Grecian belief that the swan sang its most beautiful song at the end of their life.  for me, this means as I get older, I get better! I live the dream, and am confident and powerful in all that I am.

Setting short and long term goals guide us toward our desires.  Not superficial desires, but human desires of belonging, love, connection, intimacy, and fulfillment.  Self doubt can be a distraction and lead to indulging in short term desires that can be dangerous. Addiction is one way this is expressed.  Self doubt is critical to a healthy self.  We do need to question our choices, our decision, but self doubt out of balance will lead to a blocking of what we really need.

With every negative aspect of life there is a positive.  Appreciate and love the YOU that is creating this life. If you are unhappy, have an honest talk with yourself, and seek what you truly want. That can be difficult.  It takes courage to be honest.  You may need some support from someone you really trust.  

Nurses continue to be rated as the most trusted profession   (See 2018 Gallup poll).  Nurse coaches can make a difference in your life, if you do not have that special someone you trust to change old patterns.  

 

"Keep Truckin"

What are your hopes and dreams for yourself? Are you where you want to be? Are you on your way? Do you have a clear plan? There are times in life when wandering aimlessly feels wonderful and relaxing! But, If you were on a trip, with a limited time to get there, you would have a map. Well, folks, guess what? Our time is limited on this Earth, and if we have yet to get to that place of peaceful, healthy and happy existence, or whatever your goal is….there is no time like the present!

Setting a goal will give you direction and a feeling of control of your life. How often do you feel that? Goals come in all shapes and sizes. Small everyday goals, by the end of the week goals, annual, 3 and 5 year goals, overall goals; each one builds on the rest, and setting that goal for your personal self development is the creative tension that gets us where we want to go.

If you are a goal-oriented person, you probably are well on your way. Goal setting enhances a peaceful, present life. Freedom comes when we allow our unconscious mind to do the work.. This can be called “Creative Tension”. Like an invisible string, creative tension happens when we set a goal in motion by naming it and giving it our attention. Our mind is a direct link to the mass consciousness and will not waste time, once we get focused. Like a laser light, our intentions find their target and clear the way, illuminating the persons, places and things that will help us get to our goal faster. this light also cuts through barriers that in the past may have been blocking our success. We all have this capability.to use our intention to create our life exactly the way we want it.

In fact, you are already doing it. You have created the life you have! No one else…you did it. This is good news if your are happy and may be hard to hear if you are not. If you are happy with what you created, congratulations and keep up the great work! If not, it may take a bit more effort, knowledge and support to create change. You may not even have a clear idea of what you do want.

If you are not where you want it to be, and you are tired of going it alone…find a supportive friend, share your desire and your dreams for your life, and get started. Don’t feel like you have someone in your corner? Coaches are all about goals! Coaches are teachers and cheerleaders. In addition, group support may be helpful if the old patterns are long and difficult to change. Nurse Coaches are especially helpful if there are health issues, emotional blockages and physical limitations, due to their knowledge of the body/mind as well as the caring behaviors that will add greater illumination to your laser light.

How is your “trip” going? Jerry Garcia in the Grateful Dead song ‘Truckin’ says, “what a long, strange trip it’s been!” Make your trip a great one!

Judith Fasone
Releasing the linchpin

The Trager Approach is gentle, non-invasive and at times subtle, In contrast, the effect of this work is BIG! Life changing, in fact. In a session, you are invited to deeply relax through a series of rocking, sculpting, lengthening and passive range of motion. . At this point a consciousness of the body occurs: “I didn’t even know I was this tense!” “As I relax, I feel pain I didn’t feel before, why is that?”

Postural patterns are created by our most common movements. The shortening of musculature occurs from traumatic emotional and physical events in our lives; or from repetitious movement: factory lines, athletic endeavors, sitting at a computer for long periods of time or playing a musical instrument. During training, much attention is put on the posture, so the entire body is aligned and in use as we move. Having someone observe our movement patterns is necessary as we cannot really observe effectively ourselves. Using mirrors is useful, however. Check your shoulder height the next time you are in the bathroom. This is exactly what a Trager practitioner can do for you. We observe your movement and suggest new ways of moving, overriding the past patterns.

These patterns may cause one muscle to shorten as another lengthens. Being imbalanced, we are easily injured or re injured as is common. Our muscles may shorten to protect us from further injury or pain as we heal. The healing of the injury at the time, may be very fast (the speed of healing slows as we age).. However, the holding patterns may remain if there is an emotional feeling that was not expressed at the time of the event. In a relaxed state, the emotion may be felt and expressed, or if it is very long ago, the memory released. At this point the linchpin lets go, and the body unwinds. Voila! The holding pattern no longer exists. At that time, the compensation pattern may change, and the body will find new ways to move more freely.

This is the linchpin. When this is released, we can move freely again. linchpin. According to Webster, a linchpin is passed through the end of an axle to keep a wheel in position. Discover and reveal the linchpin and release the holding pattern. The full length of our muscles is needed to engage the full strength and fluidity of movement.

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