5 Powerful Health Benefits Of Releasing Trapped Emotions.

Sometimes, during dark periods in our lives, we find ourselves at a loss to name or understand our emotions. This can be incredibly frustrating, leaving us feeling helpless and overwhelmed. From an early age, we have all learned to some extent, that we need to protect ourselves and others by suppressing or avoiding emotions deemed "unacceptable" such as anger, fear or grief. We employ coping mechanisms such as alcohol, drugs and food, distractions such as overworking, humour to laugh off our feelings or daydreaming to disassociate ourselves instead of being fully present. 

It's not surprising that many of us are totally out of touch with our feelings and also the signals our bodies send us when our health is declining. Kinesiology muscle testing is invaluable for identifying stuck emotions, traumas and old wounds that we habitually hide from ourselves and others. 

Gaining an awareness of our emotions is probably the most important tool we have for any type of healing. Physical, spiritual and mental imbalances all have emotional components. These imbalances are most deeply healed when emotions are released at the same time as applying a physical correction, such as acupressure or massage. The advantage of clearing emotions along with performing physical corrections is that the next time we feel those emotions we are less likely to slide back into old outdated coping mechanisms. Most of us have experienced relief and clearer thinking after crying. Similarly when emotions are cleared in a kinesiology session we feel a deep sense of relief and clarity. 

Here are 5 health benefits to be gained from releasing trapped emotions:

  1. Prevents disease: Concealing or suppressing emotions causes congestion in our energy flow and deprives our bodies of the energy required for growth and repair. Invariably this leads to health problems down the track. "If we are blocked in some way and thus impair the flow of energy at any level of the system, disease results...proper energy output at the level of our emotional energy structure is also essential for the attainment and maintenance of high-level wellness."  Richard Gerber M.D., Vibrational Medicine. 
  2. Boosts your vitality: Whether or not we suppress emotions such as anger, worry and grief consciously or unconsciously the result is the same. Our energy reserves are drained. "It is not the intensity of an emotion but rather the extended duration of an emotional state that can rob you of your energy and vitality." Robbie Zeck ND. The Blossoming Heart.
  3. Gives you confidence: Developing an awareness of the ways we habitually suppress or avoid emotions and learning techniques to release emotions as they arise allows us to become more grounded and unshakeable when faced with challenges. Instead of moving into flight or fight mode in times of stress we develop new constructive strategies for dealing with adversity. As we continue to practise releasing emotions we become more confident at dealing with stresses, traumas and healing old wounds. This confidence is invaluable as it allows us to envisage and create a bright and vibrant future.
  4. Detoxifies your body: Tears are an effective tool for releasing emotions. Many of us avoid crying or find it difficult because we live in a society where tears are often seen as a sign of weakness. Dr Judith Orloff explores the amazing health benefits of emotional tears in her book Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself From Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life. Interestingly tears contain stress hormones and other toxins which are released from the body during crying. Sometimes however crying can lead to a bottomless pit of emotion where we can feel as if  floodgates have opened and we just seem to cry and cry and cry with no relief. This is not a beneficial form of crying. Kinesiology balancing can help to release hidden emotions or traumas that may be involved in these situations. 
  5. Reduces pain and tension: As any massage therapist, kinesiologist, cranial-sacral therapist or any other body work specialist will tell you, emotions have a way of becoming trapped in our tissues. Prolonged unreleased anxiety, guilt or anger will result in increasingly tense and eventually hypertonic muscles. This is commonly the cause of ailments such as back and neck pain. Releasing trapped emotions through kinesiology, massage, exercise or stretching results in the elimination or reduction of pain. 

So how do we go about releasing emotions?

You can avoid blockages caused by unreleased emotions by using a technique called Emotional Stress Release (ESR) regularly in times of stress. It's such a simple way to help keep your energy flow unobstructed so you can continue moving towards greater health and vitality. 

The easiest way to use ESR is to simply place your hand across your forehead. This increases energy, blood flow and activity to this part of the brain so we effectively rise up and out of an emotional and reactive state.

Breathe deeply and think about a stressful situation and the all the emotions involved. Consider the situation as it is by playing it through several times in your mind. Then visualise how you would like the situation to be resolved. Because you have activated your prefrontal cortex you will be less emotional, more rational and better able to make choices based on the big picture. 

This technique activates our prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain responsible for processes such as decision making and goal setting. It's where we choose whether or not to act on emotional impulses. This area is ideal for decision making because it seems to be free of emotional activity. The prefrontal cortex controls motivation, organisation and focus. Basically it is the part of the brain that likes to get things done. It's the calm colleague with all the post it notes and to do lists. The prefrontal cortex is the cool and collected friend who is able to show you the bigger picture and make you see sense while tactfully steering you clear of that block of chocolate you thought was the answer to all your problems. That's right, your prefrontal cortex is that guy who is great in a crisis. 

It's that simple!

 

 

 

 

 

Turbo charge your goals and affirmations with temporal tapping

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The most important thing to remember on our journey back to health and wellness is that we always have the power to heal OURSELVES. When we are feeling weak or defeated it's not easy to think of ways to get out of a funk. In these moments, when we are most vulnerable, having a range of self-help techniques in our toolbox becomes really handy. 

One of the most powerful tools I use in sessions with my clients is temporal tapping. This wonderful technique can be used by anyone to deeply imprint goals and affirmations within the conscious and unconscious mind. It's also an effective way to replace negative self-talk with positive messages. I find myself using this technique as a self-help tool almost daily particularly when those nagging doubts begin to creep in. I always feel more energised and positive afterwards.

Temporal tapping is quick and simple and takes us a step closer to achieving our goals. Here's how it works:  

Simply choose a goal or affirmation. e.g. "I am strong"

State your affirmation, "I am strong", as you firmly tap along your temporal sphenoidal line shown in the diagram below. If you are not sure where the temporal sphenoidal line is just tap in a circle around your ears and you will definitely be tapping the correct area. (NB. NEVER TAP YOUR HEAD IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF EPILEPSY OR STUTTERING. If you have epilepsy or stuttering simply hold this line while you say your affirmation and then rub the notch at the top of your sternum in between your collar bones). 

Most of the time our brains are busy censoring the constant stream of stimuli we receive in order to avoid sensory overload. The purpose of temporal tapping is to momentarily deactivate the brain's censoring mechanism so that chosen information, in this case a goal or an affirmation, can become much more powerful. 

Do you have a goal or affirmation you would like to turbo charge?

 

Vegan and Wheat Free ANZAC Bikkies

It is a universal and well known fact that no ANZAC Day is complete without someone baking a batch of ANZAC biscuits. So today in accordance with this certainty I scoured the internet for the perfect ANZAC bikkie recipe that would cater to the gluten free, dairy free, egg free requirements of my household. My husband and son can be sensitive to these foods and as I mentioned in my last post, avoiding these ingredients in our cooking has led me to experimenting with all sorts of spectacular recipes. When I say spectacular I mean recipes that are delicious, super fast and so simple that a seven year old could pull them off without a hitch. Today I adapted this recipe from Teresa Cutter https://www.thehealthychef.com/2014/04/anzac-biscuits/. This lady has some amazing recipes particularly if you are working with food sensitivities. Check her out!

I was first introduced to ANZAC biscuits by my Grandmother who baked a batch every time my siblings and I would  visit. Theses good, old fashioned, home-made, honest to goodness ANZAC bikkies were a symbol of my Grandma's love and affection for us. Suffice to say, I have a soft spot for these tasty Aussie icons. 

Before I made these cookies I muscle tested my husband to make sure that the he wasn't sensitive to the Bob's Red Mill Wheat Free Oats http://bioliving.com.au/brands/bobs_red_mill/oats

These oats are grown and processed in dedicated wheat free facilities so I was hopeful when I bought them that they wouldn't pose a problem in terms of gluten. I tested his response to the oats against all kinesiology Immune Mismatch Response modes. No sensitivity was showing so I was off and racing, baking up a storm! Here's the recipe, it's so simple:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups of Bob's Red Mill Wheat Free Oats 
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 2.5 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of coconut syrup
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract 
  • 1 tbsp of water

METHOD:

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 C.
  2. Combine oats and sunflower seeds in the food processor for 10 seconds. 
  3. Add the olive oil, coconut syrup and vanilla essence and combine again for 15 seconds
  4. Roll the mixture into balls and flatten down onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Leave about a centimetre between each cookie. 
  5. Bake for 25mins or until golden brown. 
  6. Allow to cool. 

Enjoy these yummy treats!

Gluten Free Quinoa and Chia Fruit Bread

Because we are all unique there is no one size fits all "healthy" diet. What works for one person could have devastating health implications for another. Recent scientific studies have revealed that our gut micro biome can be analysed and the results can be used to tailor bespoke diets to meet the needs of the individual. But the concept of selecting foods according to our unique requirements is not new. For centuries Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine has extolled the benefits of recognising one's own constitutional type. These systems teach that in order to enjoy optimal health, every person, according to their own constitutional type, will benefit from adopting certain lifestyle and dietary choices. 

One reason I love kinesiology is that with muscle testing we can gain instant feedback about which foods strengthen or weaken our bodies. Time and time again in sessions with my clients I am reminded that the same foods that have immense strengthening benefits for one person might have a completely opposite effect on another. What's more is that the nutritional needs for each person aren't static, they are always fluctuating. 

In my household, it is a well known fact that gluten, eggs and dairy have a weakening effect on my husband and on my son. We are talking eczema, reduced immunity, plummeting energy levels, digestive issues, the lot... So needless to say you won't find gluten, eggs or dairy products in my house. 

As you can imagine cooking and baking has sometimes been challenging for me but a challenge that I actually quite enjoy. Removing these ingredients has unveiled for me such a wide and interesting array of foods that I probably wouldn't have thought to explore we weren't in need of other options. I often find myself borrowing all sorts of interesting recipe books from the library and typing in google searches like this one...

gluten free, vegan paleo recipes...

There are so many people out there experimenting with adding and removing certain foods from their diet and simple google searches mean we have access to a myriad of recipes to choose from. Today I am adding one to that list. 

I adapted this recipe from a great one I found from Terese Cutter, https://www.thehealthychef.com. If you haven't seen any of her recipes I recommend you take a look because they are amazing. Here is the original recipe that I adapted to make the fruit bread I baked this morning, https://www.thehealthychef.com

I've always been partial to fruit toast for breakfast. What could be better on a cool autumn morning in Melbourne than a strong cup of tea and the smell of cinnamon as you pull those warm slices from the toaster. Love it, love it, love it!

Unlike more carbohydrate laden fruit bread, the quinoa and chia seeds in this recipe are an excellent source of protein which means that this breakfast/snack provides longer lasting energy. This recipe is vegan, dairy free, egg free and gluten free. It is so simple to make as well which suits me. When it comes to cooking I love my recipes easy peasy!

So without further ado here is the recipe. Enjoy my fellow fruit toast lovers, enjoy! xx

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups of quinoa 
  • 1/4 cup of black chia seeds
  • another 1 cup of water 
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp of bi-carb soda
  • 1/2 tsp of himalayan salt (sea salt or table salt words too). 
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries 
  • 1/2 cup of raisins 
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon (I use Simply Organic cinnamon because it's delicious! https://www.simplyorganic.com/simply-organic-cinnamon-2-45-oz)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla essence

Method

  1. Soak the quinoa over night or for at least 6 hours.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees C.
  3. Line a loaf tin on all sides with baking paper. 
  4. Thoroughly rinse the quinoa until the water runs clear. 
  5. Use half the water (1/2 a cup) to soak the chia seeds. Stir the chia seeds until they become gel like. 
  6. Place the quinoa, chia gel, 1/2 a cup of water, olive oil, bi-carb soda, himalayan salt, cinnamon and vanilla in your food processor.
  7. Mix in the food processor for 3 minutes. The mixture should become like batter.
  8. Place the mixture in a bowl and mix in the cranberries and raisins with a spoon. 
  9. Spoon the bread mixture into the loaf tin.
  10. Place in the oven and bake for 1.5 hours or until the bread bounces back when lightly pressed. 
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes in the tin. 
  12. This bread is best eaten toasted. I smother it with coconut oil but my husband recommends Nuttelex. I bet it would taste amazing with some good cultured butter too if dairy works for you!

Enjoy!

 

Inherited tendencies towards disease and Flower Essences.

Lately I've been pondering the wide variety of recurring health issues I've observed in my clients, friends and family members. It seems we all have predispositions to certain types of illnesses. Let's call these predispositions the 'weak links' in our physical body.

Have you ever noticed that these weak links often run in families? Food intolerances and digestive problems, so prevalent today are often passed down from parents to children. Skin issues such as eczema are also often shared amongst family members. 

A close friend of mine develops regular chest infections that can be so severe that she sometimes lands in hospital. She has been dealing with this problem since birth. I have often wondered what could explain this weakness that is specific to her respiratory system? When I've asked her about it she's told me the cause is unknown to her. She accepts these chest infections as a part of life and assumes that she will continue to have them regularly. 

My particular weak link growing up was a propensity towards dark moods. Was this bias towards pessimism a learned behaviour or is there another explanation? 

Consider another case, a teacher, who regularly suffers from bouts of laryngitis. One might assume that the strain on her larynx from using her voice so much at work might be responsible for the chronic nature of her condition. But is there another possible explanation?  

The answer is yes! 

One particularly fascinating explanation that I would like to share has to do with the theory of miasms. 

Richard Gerber in his mind-blowing book, Vibrational Medicine, defines miasms as the energetic states that predispose us to future illnesses. Miasms can be acquired as a result of illnesses stemming from viral or bacterial infections or by contact with toxic chemicals.  

However, miasms are not the initial disease but rather the weakness that is caused by this disease. The concept of miasms can be quite difficult to grasp when viewed through the lens of modern Western medicine.

Many of us have grown up thinking of disease as caused directly by infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses or chemical exposure. We assume that after we recover and the disease-causing agent is removed, there will be no future ramifications for our health. In reality, these illnesses will have left energy traces lying dormant in our subtle energy bodies.

These miasms, or weak links, make our bodies more susceptible to certain illnesses in the future. We can inherit these weak links from our parents and ancestors, or we can acquire them in our own lifetime. 

Hahnemann, the father of modern homoeopathy, acknowledged the existence of these miasms and believed there were three inherited miasms:

1. Psora miasm: associated a predisposition to psoriasis and other skin disorders.

2. Syphilitic miasm: associated with predisposition to ulceration, granulation and degeneration. 

3. Sycosis miasm: associated with a predisposition to growths, hardening of tissues and infiltrations. This miasm relates to disorders of the pelvic region and sexual organs, skin and digestive system and arthritic conditions of the joints. 

Another miasm was later added to this list:

4. Tubercular miasm: associated with respiratory, digestive and urinary problems. 

In addition to these inherited weak links, Gerber quotes the psychic readings of Kevin Ryerson, a powerful channel of technical information, in his description of four currently recognised acquired miasms and the conditions that can manifest as a result. These include: 

1. Radiation miasm:  Resulting from the increase in background radiation since WWII.  Manifestations include premature ageing, endocrine system deterioration, anaemia, weakening bone tissue, arthritis, and bacterial infections of the brain to name a few. 

2. Petrochemical miasm: Resulting from the increase in petroleum and chemical products used in modern life.  Some of the manifestations of this miasm include a range of issues including fluid retention, metabolic imbalances resulting in a tendency to retain weight, difficulty assimilating Vitamin K resulting in circulatory disorders and the list goes on.

3. Heavy metal miasm: Some of the manifestations of this miasm include allergies to petrochemicals, excessive hair loss and a susceptibility to viral inflammations.  

Okay, so now we know the mischief miasms can cause. But where do miasms reside? 

The answer is within our subtle energy fields. To explore these subtle energy fields fully would be a whole other post but in a nutshell humans have many bioenergetic levels. The level we can all see is the physical body. The next level out, closest to the physical body, is the acupuncture meridians where energy from the environment enters and leaves the body. Fanning further out respectively are the etheric body, the astral body, the mental body and finally the higher spiritual energies. Miasms reside in these unseen subtle energy levels until the their potential for illness is transferred into the physical body. 

By eliminating these weak links we can enjoy excellent health and wellbeing. We can also avoid passing our weak links on to future generations. 

How do we go about eliminating miasms? Homoeopathic remedies, flower essences and other vibrational remedies such as gem essences are all extremely beneficial for these issues.

I adore using flower essences in my clinic. We are so blessed to have these wonderful gifts from nature to support us. Here is a direct quote from Vibrational Medicine on the benefits of using flower essences for treating miasms:

"Flower essences do not so much directly abate miasms; they merely create a clear state of consciousness that then affects the personality, the physical body, and the genetic code to entirely eliminate miasms from the physical and subtle bodies. Flower essences that notably influence the crown chakra and subtle bodies weaken all the miasms, so they can be discharged from the system."

Muscle testing is a fantastic tool for determining which flower essences we can work with to elevate our consciousness, eliminate miasms and restore our bodies and energy fields to optimum health and balance. 

Another day, another reason to love kinesiology!

 

The Cycles of the Meridians according to time of day

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In Chinese meridian theory, the cycles of our Life Energy (Chi) move through our organs and their corresponding meridians in a clock-like pattern corresponding to specific times of day. Each meridian has a two-hour period where the energy flow is at its peak intensity. 

The two midline meridians, our central and governing vessels, are the exceptions to this rule. They don't follow the same ebb and flow that the other 12 meridians follow. The purpose of these meridians is to manage energy entering and leaving the body. 

In acupuncture theory the best time to treat certain diseases is during these peak flow periods. Richard Gerber in his book Vibrational Medicine writes the bests time to treat asthma is between 3AM and 5AM when energy flow in the lung meridian is at it's peak intensity. By this logic, we can understand why we often need to go to the bathroom early in the morning between 5AM and 7AM when the large intestine meridian is at the height of its activity. This is just one example of how our organs can be more active at certain times of the day. 

11AM - 1PM: Heart

1 - 3PM: Small Intestine

3 - 5PM: Bladder

5 - 7PM: Kidney

7 - 9PM: Circulation-Sex 

9 - 11PM: Triple Warmer 

11PM - 1AM: Gallbladder

1 -3AM: Liver

3 -5AM: Lung

5 - 7AM: Large Intestine

7 - 9AM: Stomach

9 - 11AM: Spleen

Consider the health implications of these energy shifts within our organs. For example, people with an imbalance in their gallbladder meridian may experience gallbladder pain or even a gallbladder attack between 11PM and 1AM. Likewise those with an imbalance in the lung meridian  could experience coughing fits or an asthma attack between 3AM and 5AM. It's amazing to think of this unseen energy coursing throughout our body and how imbalances in this energy can have such a profound impact on the functioning of our organs.