Nate walks you through a simple exercise to create a relaxation response in the nervous system for heightened states of emotion or anxiety.
Today, I am feeling a lot of frustration and sadness. I have been seeing some very hateful posts and comments and sharing of information that is not true or based in fear and scarcity and lack. I know we get to choose what to interact with. I also know that we get to choose what we want to share and spread.
When I woke up this morning, I had a very clear message from my intuition to share about my opening and processes for tuning into that inner guidance. What do you listen to? How do you know what to listen to? What signs have you always followed? More and more people are waking up to these inner guidances and it can be scary. Nothing like a global crisis to bring out our fears and doubts. We don't get to feel these things any other way. It takes outside circumstances to trigger these things within us to make change.
Several years ago, I awoke to the initial awarenesses of what I now call my guides and angels, or higher self. The awakening came through several traumatic and tragic events I brought on myself. I had to really look at what I was bringing in to the world and what I used as my compass to guide me. Underneath the trauma and fears was this very calm voice that was always there, I had covered it up with my self indulgence and fear of my shadow and light. These now are the things that I work diligently to listen to and to guide my actions.
I remember when I was a child, I used to see all sorts of signs from God, or the Universe, or the Angels. I find that it doesn't really matter what we call it. It is a knowing and understanding that cannot be explained with science or ego. After some time and a few experiences with abuse, being bullied, and self perpetuating the cycles, I decided I could not trust those signs anymore and did everything I could to not hear them or see them.
We are being called to listen to these messages now on a global scale. What is best for our planet and communities, what is best for our families, what is best for our neighbors, what is best for ourselves. The answer to all is the same: As below, so above, and beyond, I imagine. So I will ask one final question: What do you want to listen to that guides your actions right now? The world is literally in our hands.
I would love to help you open up to this more. Please reach out.
Elbow Pain can be a real pain to deal with. It is something I get occasionally being a massage therapist. Here are some helpful tips at home to take care of elbow pain
Nate takes us through a simple psoas (so-as) stretch to help with pesky low back pain.
Here is a quick stretch you can do on a foam roller to open up your chest and relieve upper back pain from sitting in front of your computer all day.
Pointers on how to foam roll the IT Band to help with pain and tightness from running, skiing, biking, etc.
Nate shows a quick foam rolling technique to help with low back pain and rebalancing the pelvis.
Here is a quick video with 3 techniques you can use to get a little stress relief at your desk. Enjoy!!
Shoulder release, forearm/wrist stretch, self massage for forearm and wrist.
I know its a been a while since my last post about opening our conscious bodies. In fact, after writing part one, I had to sit with all the questions I posed and feel how my body wanted to proceed. One of the biggest question posed was Are you willing to open yourself up to listening more closely when your body speaks to you? If you are, then how do you do that? In this part of the series I want to speak to exactly that; how do we listen?
Our body speaks in subtle ways and because of this, the first thing we must do is quiet our mind and external stimulation. It can be as simple as just sitting or lying in a quiet room to remove external stimulation. Quieting the mind can be a little more challenging and may take practice. One of the easiest ways I have found to do this is through the breath.
When I first started my career, I worked in an injury rehabilitation setting. It was an amazing experience and I was able to grow my knowledge of the body and how it works. I was very successful in treating all sorts of injuries from auto accidents, to work accidents, and even post operation recovery. However, I found that no matter what techniques I was using or what other therapies they were receiving, the clients would not fully heal. Their pain would become manageable, life would almost resume to normal for them, but there were remnants of the injury that would not heal. For several years, I thought that this was just how things worked. What if I was wrong about that-what if it is possibly to have complete recovery from anything? What if the body is more capable of healing than we ever thought possible? How can we get out of the way so our body can show us what is possible for it?
The first step in this process is opening a line of communication. Your body does communicate with your mind and being. At first, it is in subtle whispers. In our loud world of “bigger, better, faster,” it is easy for those whispers to be drowned out by impatience and the idea that what doesn't kill us only makes us stronger.
Would you be willing to open yourself up to listening more closely when your body does speak to you? What if in doing this, you can be free of limited choices that you think your body is causing? And, what if this leads to a better communication between you and your body, eventually eliminating the need to cause pain altogether?
The second part of this is to trust your body. When we fall prey to injury or disease, it is very easy to stop trusting our body and to try to keep it from being harmed again. Unfortunately, this judgment that our body needs our “help” is what keeps these patterns in place. Have you ever tried to prevent re-injury by “protecting” a movement and ended up hurting yourself anyway? What if your chronic disease is showing you something you still need to look at? If you are willing to see a different perspective for your body, information will start to come from it.
I know this poses many more questions than it answers, which is why I created this blog series. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as I dive deeper into these topics!