Archive | March, 2012

Free Acupuncture Treatment

15 Mar

As spring has sprung I would like to offer  out a free Acupuncture treatment session on Wednesday 21st of March at 12 o’clock.

This is first come first served!

Any body can claim this session for themselves or a friend/family member in need,or maybe for mothers day  please ring and quote the reference from my website. You will find the code on the fees page.

Good Luck!!!

Best Wishes

Martine xxx

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How Emotions Cause Disease in the Body Part 2: Fear

7 Mar

In Part 2 we will be exploring the emotion of fear.

Emotions are the movement of qi on the level of the mind. An interesting japanese proverb states that Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.

In the Chinese medicine classics there is reference to how the emotion of Fear can affect the qi (life force energy) in the body and the Shen (relating to the persons spirit)

“When one is fearful and frightened, qi descends….when one is anxious qi scatters and becomes chaotic…..anxiousness and being startled cause the Shen or spirit to not be housed. When Shen is not housed the qi is reckless and chaotic” .

This for me conjures the painting by Edvard Munch “The Scream”

This is all very well but what does this actually mean and how can we apply these ancient principles in our modern day lives.

Most people have at some time experienced fear or fright. In conventional medicine we are educated about the fight or flight responses in the body, this is our body’s natural response to danger and is needed to prevent ourself from being hurt, this is the positive side of this emotion.

In Chinese medicine the emotion of fear is linked with the Water element. The organs that are associated with these are the kidneys and the bladder.

This Water element within a person allows them to be vigilant and alert without thinking about it and allows them to do what needs to be done safely and necessary in the face of danger. It accounts for bravery .When balanced a person has great reassurance and trust with integrity and honesty. Others will turn to them when they are in need of reassurance and support. What amazing attributes to have; but if we are switched onto this energy all the time or inappropriately then this causes major imbalances within the body.

In Chinese medicine fear relates to the kidneys (water) and Shen heart (fire) disturbances. Therefore common symptoms we may see when there is an imbalance in this area and with these emotions are heart palpitations, chest pains, dry mouth, sleep disturbances, mental symptoms like anxiety, phobias, memory problems, impotence, nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting – especially in children), alopecia areta, hair loss and growth inhibition.

Fear can present along a spectrum of emotions ranging from generalized anxiety and panics to paralysis and paranoia.  It can encompass feelings of dread & apprehension.

The healing process transforms conflict and suffering into awareness and unity. Therefore Fear can be transformed into wisdom and is achieved by inner vigilance and being aware of the smallest changes in ones emotional life. This is the method of cultivating wisdom.

“Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear.”
  Isa Upanishad, Hindu Scripture

The kidneys also relate to the will, a persons drive, and a person needs this in order to dispel fear.

Fear manifests itself in the awareness of future events ie. –  what may or may not happen. If we live in the moment fear cannot exist. So how do we live in the moment?

Past actions have been and gone, we can learn from them but essentially they don’t exsist.

Projection of the future is also non existent because it hasn’t  and and may never happen. It is a distraction for the present moment. As Mark Twain said, “I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”

So what can we do?

All we can do is live in the present moment.

Realistically that’s all we can do.

When we start to reminisce we are living in a time that is not real and the same when we project forward, not saying that futre plans are wrong but if we live in the future this is not reality, we have to live in the now.

Why not experience and enjoy what is happening now.

When we are frightened we tend to move away from the fear, avoiding the situation or subject. I say embrace the fear, move towards it, look it in the eye and know it, let it be your friend and smile at it.

Resisting only magnifies the pain. My kung fu teacher said recently in class  “if you run away from an opponent it will only cause more injury in the long run. It is a more dangerous situation to create, you have to have the courage to move towards your opponent and this takes guts and willpower.”  I guess this is the same in life when there is pain, suffering and fear. The reaction is to run away, to not face it, but eventually this will cause more pain and suffering.

The solution is acceptance.

Embrace what is happening. This doesn’t mean you have to like what is happening, that would be denial or resignation, but rather through an understanding of the moment, watch your thoughts and try not to get involved in them. Thoughts are just thoughts, like a type of energy and we don’t have to engage in them if we don’t want to. We don’t have to believe them and we don’t have to do what they say. Kabat-Zinn said “Acceptance doesn’t tell you what to do. What happens next, what you choose to do; that has to come out of your understanding of this moment.”

If you’re aware of your feelings right now, as you’re reading this, you’re living in the moment. Nothing happens next. It’s not a destination. This is it. You’re already there!!!

I came across this quote when at drama school when I was 17, when life was full of insecurity, anxiety and fear, in a new town away from family and friends, venturing out into the unknown. It really helped me to change my perception of myself and give me the confidence do so. I thank those wonderful teachers at that time in my life and hope that these words can help you too to have the confidence you need in your life.


Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?


You are a child of God.



Your playing small does not serve the world.


There is nothing enlightened about shrinking 
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.


We are all meant to shine, as children do.



We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.


It is not just in some; it is in everyone.



And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
 other people permission to do the same.


As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”

What would you be like if you didn’t hold onto your fears, what would it feel like if for today you let them go.

Why not try? Today liberate yourself!!

 

Exercises to help strengthen the Kidneys/Water Element:

 Massaging the Lower back and rubbing the lower back 36 times ,also gently knocking the lower back with loose fists

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Visualising and cleansing the Kidneys

Stand in wuji posture or alternatively sit or lie down. Like Paulie in the picture below.

With the tongue loosely on the roof of the mouth and teeth and lips gently closed together,practice 7:11 breathing.

(This breathing technique can be practiced on its own as a very effective calming method)

This consists of breathing in for the count of seven and out for the count of 11. This can be profoundly relaxing and can calm any anxious situation.

After this visualise a dark blue energy in front of you like a mist, or a vibrant pulsating blue orb. Imagine it is like the deep blue colour of the ocean. You can also visualise being near a beautiful crystal stream.

As you inhale you breathe in this blue energy through the nose and into the kidney organ. Imagine and feel the kidney fill with this blue energy.

As you breath out imagine any impure energy or pathogenic qi leaving the body via the mouth. Usually we can see this as a dark cloud. As the darkness leaves the body the blue clean vibrant energy remains in the kidney.

With each inhalation the kidneys get brighter and cleaner, glowing with more vitality.

Practice this exercise and repeat 6-12 times which will take about  5mins.

Enjoy!

If you have anything to add to this post I would be happy to hear it.Please leave your comments below. Also keep an eye out for a free treatment session in next two weeks there will be a code to quote on my website in the fees section.Then it will be first come first served, if you know of anyone who would benefit from a treatment it might be a good opportunity to keep an eye out.

http://www.naturalelementshealth.co.uk

Peace and Love to all

Martine xxx:)

References

The Seven Types of Stress – Yair Maimon in EJOM Journal Vol 6 No5 2010-11

Medical QiGong Exercise Prescriptions:  A Self healing guide for patients and practitioners – Suzanne B Friedman