Posts Tagged ‘accupressure’

It’s been getting colder hereabouts, and when it gets colder, my knees, which have seen a lot of living, start to ache more and even hurt. Given that my life is lived in motion most parts of the year and especially in the holiday season, painful knees and the associated limp are not what I want to be dealing with, especially when I’ve got people to see, places to go and things to do.

So, anyway, I was limping along on my daily rounds the other day and the pain and the crankiness in my knees got worse and worse until I finally had to stop, sit down and take a break.

And as I was sitting there, waiting for things to get more manageable so I could move on again, I started thinking.

I thought”Hey, I know that affirmations have helped in the past to ease pain for me. Haven’t done that for awhile.”

I thought “Hey, I know  acupressure to relive knee pain and make them stronger. Haven’t done that for awhile.”

I thought “I know Reiki too and that can do wonderful things to help my body heal. Haven’t done that for awhile.”

Well, duh.

I had the tools I needed to support my body and feel better. I knew what I needed to do to take care of myself, and I was so busy that I didn’t do it.

That ever happen to you?

So, I did my affirmations and I did my acupressure and I added in my Reiki, and, when I stood up again, 95% of the pain was gone and I was walking much better.

and there’s the two clues

It’s not enough to know how to do something- if you want to benefit from that knowledge, you have to use it,


in this season of giving to and caring about others, its important to to take care of yourself as well.

So what do you know that you need to do to take care of yourself?






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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ( or Yule, or Hannukah, or Solstice, or Kwanzaa…) , and while many of us are well under way with our holiday shopping, there’s always someone who’s hard to buy (or make) for.

Fear not (to paraphrase a certain angel). Alternative health is back and it’s got you covered….

It’s important to remember that, while there are certain things that are good for everyone, everyone’s approach to health is individual and unique (so remember to give something your recipient would enjoy, as opposed to what you think they should want. Hiking shoes for the person who’d prefer gentle tai chi is not a caring gesture…)

Brain stimulation –

Studies find that our brains stay in good shape longer if we use them (and I’m not sure why that would surprise anyone…), so things that make us think keep us mentally clear and active. Puzzles, mysteries, games that involve quick thinking are all a part of this.

Related to this, meditation and games using biofeedback, such as Quest for the Wild Divine and the Star Wars Jedi Trainer game can help us learn to more easily achieve the brain wave states associated with health, stress reduction and mental clarity.

Massage –

Massage not only feels great, but it also relaxes tired muscles, reduces stress, stimulates the immune system and helps our bodies release toxins.

A massage pillow,  or a gift certificate for massage is a great gift.

A new way to exercise – 

Right now, we’re in the holiday season with all of its parties and tempting foods, but soon we’ll be in the New Year, and people will start thinking about holiday pounds.

Exercise not only helps folks to shake loose some of those cookies, but also builds a healthy body that’s more resistant to illness. Unfortunately, many people either don’t like to exercise, often because they’ve gotten bored with what they’re doing or never found a type of exercise they like, but there are lots of fun and interesting ways to exercise, whether it’s bellydancing, tai chi, swimming, skiing, swing dancing or something else.

Got someone who wants to exercise but is tired of their routine? Gift certificates to a center with lots of different options, a video gift card with the designation “for exercise video of your choice” , or  a certificate that says you’ll try something new with them as their exercise buddy may be a god choice.

Non-medicinal pain relief –

And related to the above, whether after a workout or the coldness of the season, sore and achy muscles are common at this time of year. Analgesics can help, but there is a limit to how much you can safely take, and the aches and pains can outstrip the recommended dosage

For those with achy bodies, the massage noted above can help, as can accupressure (one book I’d recommend is “Accupressure Potent Points” by Michael Reed Gach)and rubs including elements such as capsicum (element in hot peppers – great for aches, but don’t get it in your eyes).

 By now, I’m hoping that you’re beginning to see the light at the end of the shopping tunnel, and are finding some time for yourself to enjoy the beauty of the season.






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Hi folks,

Having finished Renn faire season(for now…), I’m now getting ready for a conference on November 12-14 called  Changing Times, Changing Worlds . Changing Times, Changing Worlds is an ecumenical, esoteric, metaphysical(say that three times fast ;-)…) gathering. aimed at bringing together the people of differnet metaphysical backgrounds so we can learn from each other and form a better community. If that sounds like the kind of thing you’d like, check it out and see if it’s for you

Starwolf and I are going to be teaching an assortment of classes at CTCW, and I’m in the process of pulling things togther now. And this is where I could really use your help….

In response to a need expressed while planning this conference, one of the classes I’m going to be teaching is a quick 50 minute basics class on accupressure for people attending weekend conferences in hotels. In that time, I’m thinking that I’ll be able to teach accupressure groundwork and how to press points for 3, and possibly 4 isssues.

So far, the two issues that are definites are sinus/migranes/headaches and a set of points that gives you an instant burst of energy (kinda an accupressure “cup of coffee” without the post caffeine “slump”…)

So that leaves 1, and possibly two issues up for grabs…

I’d really like to know – if you were going to a weekend conference in a hotel, what would you like in your accupressure bag of tricks?

Your input much appreciated. I’ll be looking for it….

Meanwhile, I’ll be planning more classes for CTCW. Because it’s fun to share  the things that make my life better with folks, so they can make their lives better too….

Maybe I’ll get to share some of these classes with you .







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