Archives for the month of: November, 2012

Three Months Down, Nine to Go!

I accomplished all but one of my goals for the third consecutive month.

  • I maintained a daily practice of either the Self-Chakra Connection or Self Spiral Meditation.
  • I continued to hydrate and eat nourishing food and even allowed myself one “cheat” day, although I had intended to enjoy two “cheat” days.  I shed another 4.5 pounds, bringing my total to 14.5 pounds lost since September 1.
  • I completely enjoyed another “Day of Indulgence”, especially since it ended with seeing Cesar Millan perform live.
  • Most importantly, I received energetic and physical modalities every five days for the entire month, including Healing Touch, Matrix Energetics, shiatsu, reflexology, and registered massage therapy.  My final modality today was an amazing combination of massage and meridian balancing.  An added bonus to being able to relax and recharge is that I did most of the sessions as trades.  I love being able to exchange services with likeminded healers.

The one area I am disappointed in is moving thirty minutes a day.  I fear there are more days that I didn’t exercise than days that I did.  This lack of consistent movement has consequently created one of my goals for December.

November did have a very unexpected surprise.  I discovered -and actually did -Dr. Oz’s 3-Day Detox Cleanse.  The shakes were tasty and the epsom salt baths were phenomenal.

Now I’m one quarter finished with my year-long challenge to change my life through self-care.


I’m at the computer and the cat is on the couch behind me.  I can hear her snoring.  If only I could relax as easily-and as often- as she does.  Scarlett can fall asleep in any room in the house, on the floor or on furniture, in almost any position.  What an enviable thing to be able to do.

On an airplane, we are instructed to put on our oxygen mask before helping others.  In other words, to help others, we must help ourselves first.  The same principle applies to self-care.  If we run ourselves ragged and perhaps become ill, we are no use to our families or friends and least of all to ourselves.  Putting ourselves first can be challenging, but we are worth the effort, no matter how monumental the effort might be.  I’m pleased with the last three months and the commitment I’ve made to changing my life through self-care as suggested by the HTI Healing Touch Certificate Program.  Interestingly, the good care I’m taking of myself now makes me want to add even more nurturing behaviours into my life.

I’m finding it challenging to fit exercise into my day this month.  By the time I’m finished work, just after 3:00 pm, I have under an hour before it’s dark, which means I’m not really interested in walking outside.  Add below zero temperatures to the dark and, voilà, I’m not getting any cardio.  The problem (if you can call it a problem) is that I actually want to exercise.  In a previous blog, I mentioned that it was time to dust off my Reebok step.  Now it’s time to get my butt out of bed by 6:00 am and work out.  That is exactly what I did yesterday morning and that is exactly what I intend to do tomorrow morning.  I have resolved to get into cardio three mornings a week and although I would prefer to be moving outside, I will adapt.  Besides, as a massage therapist once told me, “Motion is lotion.”

Of course a massage feels great, but the main reason I visit my RMT is to relieve muscle tightness in my neck and upper back.  My RMT tells me that I have upper body discomfort and pain because of my tight gluteal, quadricep, and hamstring muscles.  Once she works on the lower body, I sure notice a difference in the upper body.

My sixth of seven modalities this month was an hour on my RMT’s table.  If I won the lottery, I’d have a personal masseuse, no doubt about it.

Epsom Salt Baths – Part 2 of 2

As it turned out, I really needed my epsom salt bath yesterday.  I was in a lot of discomfort, particularly in the upper back and neck.  I am still surprised how much better I felt after my 30-minute soak.  Consider the following health benefits and start planning your epsom salt bath.

  1. Ease stress and relax the body
    ~When you are stressed, your adrenaline levels increase and your magnesium levels decrease.  Soaking in epsom salt water helps to replenish your magnesium levels.  Magnesium then helps to produce serotonin, creating a feeling of relaxation and calm.  Furthermore, magnesium ions can reduce irritability by lowering the effects of adrenaline.
  2. Eliminate toxins from the body
    ~Epsom salt contains sulfates which help flush toxins from cells.  Because the skin is highly porous, epsom salt water can actually trigger reverse osmosis, a process which pulls salt out of the body, as well as other harmful toxins along with it.
  3. Help muscles and nerves function properly
    ~Epsom salt can regulate electrocytes in your body, resulting in proper functioning of the muscles, nerves, and enzymes.  It is also essential to the proper use of calcium, the main conductor of your body’s electric impulses.
  4. Help prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots
    ~Epsom salt is believed to improve blood circulation, lower blood pressure, protect the elasticity of arteries, prevent blood clots, and reduce the risk of heart attack deaths.
  5. Make insulin more effective
    ~Increase the effectiveness of insulin in the body with proper sulfate and magnesium levels.
  6. Relieve constipation
    ~Under doctor supervision, epsom salt can be taken internally, as it acts as a detoxifying agent for colon cleansing.
  7. Relieve pain and muscle cramps
    ~Ease pain and relieve inflammation and efffectively treat sore muscles, just like I did last night in my epsom salt bath.

Thank you to this website for the information for this blog entry.


Epsom Salt Baths – Part 1 of 2

I’m so glad that epsom salt baths were part of Dr. Oz’s 3-Day Detox Cleanse I did earlier this week.  Certainly I had heard of epsom salts but I had no idea they could help soothe the body, mind, and soul.  I was also fascinated to discover the following.

  1. Epsom salt is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.
  2. Magnesium and sulfate are readily absorbed through the skin which makes epsom baths wonderfully conducive to reaping their many health benefits.
  3. Magnesium can help reduce inflammation, support muscle and nerve function, and prevent hardening of arteries.
  4. Sulfates can assist with the absorption of nutrients, the flushing of toxins, and the easing of migraine headaches.

With Dr. Oz’s Cleanse, a 30-minute soak is recommended in a tub full of hot water with 2.5 cups of epsom salts and 10 drops of lavendar oil.  A bath is a remarkably easy thing to add to my self-care repertoire.  A beautiful bonus is the all-natural aspect of the salts and the myriad health benefits that can occur.

TGIF!  I feel like there is something I should be doing.  But, no, I have a free evening stretching out in front of me.  I could wash dishes, I suppose, or do some laundry.  Instead, I’m going to sign into Netflix; it’s time for some “Bones” and David Boreanaz.  Household chores can definitely wait until tomorrow.

“Exercise today because it improves the quality of your life today.”

Tony Horton said this on a recent episode of “The Dr. Oz Show”.  The last thing I wanted to do at 4:55pm was exercise but I pushed through the resistance and, for the first time in three (or more) years, I pulled out my Reebok step.  Then I showed how old school I am by working out to a VHS exercise video, by Susan Powter no less.  The moves and routine came back very quickly and I had a wonderful workout.

Reflexology is a foot massage treatment dating back as far as ancient Egypt. By activating pressure points in the feet, reflexology elicits a general relaxation response and a rejuvenation of the feet.  Reflexology works as a stress-reducer in the nervous system, which prompts an effect on the whole body.

This is what I treated myself to after work today, as my fifth of seven modalities this month.  The session was exactly what I needed.  It took me a while to allow myself to relax, but when I finally did I felt all sorts of tingling in my crown chakra.  I wish I could leave work every day and have foot reflexology.