tap into your pain—let your fingers be your guide

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Anti-Inflammatory Ideas, Guest Blogs, Holistic Pain Relief | 0 comments

Tap Into Your PainThe process of gaining holistic pain relief is a puzzle. It’s not the quick, easy puzzle for the 3-year old. It’s the puzzle you give your teenager—full of layers, tricks, and complications. The medical side of our treatment plan is one set of pieces. But another group of pieces are completely under our control. These are the choices we make every day. For example, food choices, exercise options, and even the way we think and feel about our body and pain situation.

I also believe that pain has two sides: physical and emotional. No, I would never say, “It’s all in your head!” But what I do think is that chronic pain affects us emotionally and mentally. A new diagnosis or medical opinion can be depressing. A friend’s careless comment about our pain (and how it changes our life) can make us angry. There are clearly emotional aspects to living with chronic pain.

Recently I had a conversation with my friend Nicole Lewis-Keeber about the method called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), or Tapping. I’ve used Tapping occasionally, but have never used it specifically for pain relief. The intrigue for me is Tapping’s ability to address both physical and emotional pieces of the pain puzzle. And as a Pathway to Empowerment Coach, Nicole has a lot more experience with Tapping, so I asked her to give us the story.

Here’s Nicole:

What if I told you that your fingertips could be a healing tool? That they could guide you down a pathway to pain management?

EFT or Tapping is a technique that is widely used as a tool for managing many emotional and physical ailments. Tapping combines the physical benefits of acupressure derived from tapping with your fingers on acupressure points on your body, with the cognitive benefits of therapy for faster treatment of physical and emotional pain. This short video will reveal more information on the use of tapping for pain and will guide you through a quick tapping round.

This makes it a highly successful technique to be incorporated into a plan of action for treatment and management of chronic pain. Barbara often talks about the Puzzle of Pain and how to uncover the pieces to creating a holistic picture of health. I believe the use of Tapping could be one more piece to that puzzle and provide us all with relief.

Tapping is an ideal tool to be used for pain relief. Gary Craig, one of the fathers of EFT says, “EFT can assist physical healing by resolving underlying energetic or emotional contributors.”

As a Life Coach that uses Tapping, I’ve seen so many people transform their lives by using Tapping techniques to address a variety of areas in their lives where they have pain.

Using Tapping for pain relief has been in the news a lot lately because Nick Ortner, author of The Tapping Solution, is releasing a book that directly addresses pain. The new book is The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief.

Nick’s new book has some powerful endorsements from experts in the fields of wellness and pain relief. He’s a leader in the field of Tapping.

If you want more information on tapping for pain and would like some instruction, here is a link to a longer video class on Tapping for Pain, which includes the ability to download the transcript and workbook.

One of the things that I love about tapping is that it can be taught and then easily practiced by the individual with little oversight. It gives you the tool of tapping and the empowerment to manage your pain immediately.

That’s good news right? I sure think so! I hope this information will help you find more of the pieces to your own puzzle.

 

This post’s author, Nicole Lewis-Keeber, is a Psychotherapist and Life Coach who helps dynamic men and women find their pathway to empowerment. Coaching programs include transforming wealth, retraining your brain for success, and long-term success coaching for post op weight loss surgery patients. Nicole’s clinical experience and time-tested coaching techniques help her clients progress quickly and easily towards finding success and empowerment

 

Do you just wish you could find a set of realistic, holistic tools you can put in practice that will minimize your pain and maximize your energy? Download my free PDF report to learn 17 EASY WAYS TO START MINIMIZING PAIN TODAY!

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oxytocin (the love hormone)
conquers all

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Guest Blogs, Holistic Pain Relief, Women in Pain | 0 comments

My friend and fellow author Aubree Deimler wrote today’s blog. She’s taken everything she’s learned from living with endometriosis, and from her training as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and created PeaceWithEndo.com. You may not have pelvic pain, but this information about oxytocin applies to all of us looking for holistic sources of pain relief.

The Healing Powers of Oxytocin

Puzzle of LoveI listened to Dr. Christiane Northrup speak awhile back and something that she said made my ears perk up. She mentioned the hormone oxytocin and how it is the true fountain of youth hormone.

“Pay attention to this”, she said.

How had I never heard of oxytocin a.k.a. the love hormone?

I found out that oxytocin is produced in your hypothalamus and stored and secreted by your pituitary gland. It acts as a neurotransmitter in your brain.

Turns out this molecule is super powerful and arguably all healing. Here’s why…

Oxytocin has anti-inflammatory properties. So when it is released in your body it helps with cramps, headaches, and overall body aches.

Oxytocin has been shown to reduce cortisol levels in your body. Cortisol is the “stress” hormone, which can cause all kinds of havoc in your body. The release of oxytocin follows with feelings of calm 🙂

Oxytocin is also helpful in overcoming depression and anxiety.

Interestingly enough, oxytocin receptors have been found in your digestive tract. Therefore, it helps improve digestion through improved gut mobility and decreased gut inflammation.

More oxytocin means less cardiovascular stress and an improved immune system.

As I gathered this information I could definitely see why Dr. Northrup spoke of oxtytocin with the suggestion to pay attention to this hormone!

How to Get More Oxytocin

Inevitably the question follows…. So how do we get more oxytocin?

Turns out its pretty simple. Your body releases oxytocin when touching is shared. This can come in the way of a hug, kiss or a simple handshake.

This touch causes your brain to release low levels of oxytocin both in yourself and the person that you are touching. With this connection, oxytocin levels help create a sense of trust.

When your body is sexually aroused or excited then oxytocin levels increase in your brain significantly. With orgasm your brain is flooded with oxytocin!

I understand that for many of us with endometriosis that sex and/or orgasm can be painful. But no need to fret, there are plenty of other ways that we can increase our oxytocin levels.

Simply watching an emotional movie can compel oxytocin release as can singing in a choir, doing karaoke with a crowd or dancing! Playing or cuddling with pets can cause oxytocin levels to increase too.

Another way to increase oxytocin is by verbally expressing your love for all the ones in your life: “I love you!”

Oxytocin is the love molecule but part of its evolved biology comes from the fact that you have to put it out there to get it back.

Because of this energy exchange, giving gifts to others can increase oxytocin levels.

Another way to give to receive is with focused meditation on others. Putting forth positive, focused energy to those in our life that we care about creates a ripple that returns to us with increased oxytocin and yes…. LOVE 🙂

On the Positive Side? 

I shared with my husband the power of oxytocin, and its become something we joke about now and again. We both recognize just how powerful this hormone is to calm down tension between the two of us.

Have you ever paid attention to how sometimes a hug makes the stress and anxiety melt away (at least for a moment)? Sometimes all it takes is my husband’s arms around me to make everything better.

I love how oxytocin spreads with the spread of the “L” word. When we give, we truly do receive. Oh by the way I LOVE you dear reader 🙂

I hope this information inspires you to give up some hugs today and share some love.

Yes, love indeed conquers all.

 

More about Aubree:

When Aubree was 29 years old she was officially diagnosed with endometriosis. She realized that she did not want to treat it with drugs or surgery. Instead she took an alternative road on a journey to whole healing – on a physical, emotional and spiritual level… and the rest is history.

As a certified holistic health coach and founder of Peace With Endo, Aubree is deeply passionate about wellness and inspiring other women with endometriosis to reconnect with a life filled with love and positive rhythms. 

Aubree is available for speaking events on the subjects of nutrition, healthy lifestyle, stress management, and overcoming suffering.

 

 

 

Do you just wish you could find a set of realistic, holistic tools you can put in practice that will minimize your pain and maximize your energy? Download my free PDF report to learn 17 EASY WAYS TO START MINIMIZING PAIN TODAY!

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if your vision is crazy, you should read this

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Entrepreneurial Ideas, Guest Blogs | 0 comments

This week’s post is a guest blog from my friend Lily Starling, founder of FillYourHolisticPractice.com. This blog is so inspiring to me, as a 10+ year entrepreneur. I have so much to learn about being a business owner, and even more to learn about life—that never stops, does it? My favorite line from the whole article? “No one is going to give you permission to have the kind of life you want, because your life doesn’t make sense to them.” Your life is yours alone—be brilliant at it, no matter what anyone else says!

Lily StarlingDoes the scope of your dreams scare you? Are you worried that if you give in to your deep inner calling you will fail?

I can relate. I worried for years about my chances of succeeding at the half formed, ravenous, and impractical desire to heal as a modern day medicine woman.

But I realized success is only two things: personal freedom and living a life of massive service. Freedom: to live life on my own terms and at peace in my own mind, untethered to my demons and my past, in awe of my future; to savor the tiny sliver of the richness of this world I will experience in this lifetime. Service: to help others do the same. In this way my two great passions go together, as I think they must.

When I was 24 and my friends were graduating law school and working in high level corporations or enrolling in PhD programs, I was ashamed of my decision to drop out of college and live a life of adventure, studying a healing tradition in the wilds of Central America. I knew that chopping roots and pushing my way through fragrant thickets of medicinal jungle plants would never parlay into a high-paying job.

I was a lost, anxious adult child in self imposed exile saying over and over, “No. Back off. You don’t know what’s best for me. I don’t want to be a doctor. I don’t want to go back to school.” I wasted a lot of energy and tears and vain pleas for approval on people who would never understand, because they were born in a different reality and with different values.

I kept to my strange path and blew around the globe led by my vanities and emotions, my pathological unemployability. I worked for excellent companies and I left, over and over. I continued not to fit. I scratched away at myself and the harder I tried to smooth my edges the rougher they became.

And then one day when I was 28 I stopped trying to get along with others and I started my own company. I made it up from scratch, from the impractical substance of my idealism. It worked. No business plan, no formal training, no degree. I created success out of the form of my vast experiences. There are a lot of measures of success in my business but they don’t matter. What matters is that I did this with very little support and no permission from anyone I cared about, and I did it in service to my greater purpose and myself.

No one is going to give you permission to have the kind of life you want, because your life doesn’t make sense to them. The things you think need to be in place in order for you to move toward your freedom are false. I know that a lot of would-be entrepreneurs are struggling, waiting for the house, the job, and the kid situation to be “taken care of,” whatever that looks like, before they take the leap. You will wait forever if you wait for the circumstances to line up. People ask me how I got my ducks in a row to move to Belize, to go to the Virgin Islands, to start my own company, to travel the world, and I tell them it was always a leap of faith.

I never knew enough and I never had a job lined up before I got on the plane. I ended relationships more than once in order to pursue my greater dream.

I woke in the night in utter terror as hurricane rain pounded on the crumbling zinc roof of my shack on the Caribbean Sea, and asked myself what the hell I was thinking to do this alone. I almost drowned in a river in the jungle, breaking the surface only after I stopped fighting for it. I mentally composed a goodbye letter to my family as I was summoned into a Burmese immigration office at the age of 19, 20 days overstayed on my visa. I was hit by a car on the streets of Istanbul. I dragged myself to the bottom of despair and self-loathing and I would not listen to sense.

I do not possess the personality traits necessary for adventure, for self-starting. I am not the American prototype of success. I did not win most likely to succeed, ever. I do not have a high tolerance for pain. I do not have a well of burning type A energy inside me.

I am scattered, easily distracted, and often self-absorbed. I am impatient and too proud. I have broken my own heart more times than I can count. I am attached to outcomes. I am rigid when flexibility is required, and have retreated when my boundaries were pushed. I am afraid of rejection. I am introverted and often oblivious to the opportunities flinging themselves in my path. I have ended things sloppily and exited gracelessly.

I spread my shortcomings before you like silver bangles on a market stall blanket. Can see they are just ordinary human flaws? I hold them up to the light, turning them this way and that to show you how the light collects in the imperfections. I wear them on my wrists, shaking them in warning against polite silence. I batter them against table tops in time with the thumping rhythms in the street outside the room where you are hiding.

I learned from acting in spite of my fear and deficiencies that life is a short, brief gift and so I can’t wait another day to try for what I want. I have a willingness to leap into the void, to do what others will not, because when I am dying I do not want to regret a thing. I tell you about my deficiencies because they are inconsequential in the light of my greater purpose, the growing flame inside me that burns to be of service and to take my place in this great generation of healers. I want you to know that you are perfectly ready.

I have lived this incredible life and done these incredible things in the midst of these overwhelming reasons not to. If I can do this despite what I am and be successful, you can too.

The secret to success is only this: it never lines up. Not all of it. Not all of you. You must not wait another day to commit body and soul to changing the world. At some point, you must recognize that where one unbreakable tie exists another will always be waiting to take its place, and you will move from one to the next like worry beads on a string of “not yets” unless you decide one day to put the whole thing down and walk away from it, unfinished, imperfect, with a lot of shoulds, because your great purpose is waiting for you and your time is very, very short.

Yes, you must always commit to the inner work, but never wait on your character to improve before you step boldly into your purpose, however crazy, coarse, callous, and bizarre. Dreams and madness grow from the same soil, and you must defend the madness of your dreams until they have taken root in the world, shaking with joy in the sun.

Start your business, your art, your vision now, not tomorrow, not when the kids graduate, not when the savings account looks right. Buy the plane ticket. Summon your team. Learn all the hacks to work around your deficiencies; don’t waste a moment regretting or trying to change yourself. Not now.

You have been measuring yourself against your shortcomings when you were meant all along to inspire those around you with your beautiful imperfection. Be messy and make others uncomfortable. Get used to it. It’s glorious to be written off as a lost cause, because then you can focus on your own.

It will be easy when you are inspired; every molecule in your sphere will align to manifest your vision. The secret is that you must double down in those moments when you are discouraged and doubtful and out of sync. You must be pig-headed and stubborn about your greatness and drag yourself forward through the mire. You must. It’s a terrible mistake to retreat into mediocrity just because you want the reassurance and coddling of those who are happy with ordinary things. You must be irascible and unafraid to excise well-meaning people from your life, even if you are kind. Especially if you are kind.

You have your own definition of success, the one you were born with, not the one you adopted out of fear. You will know its truth once you are honest about how flawed and brilliant you are. It is waiting for you, but not patiently. There is no more time for patience. The fatuous, decadent, and self-indulgent truth of your great purpose is dancing below the surface, scratching with disdain at your sensible, responsible life. It is getting louder in you because it is getting louder in all of those who have the calling.

Answer it.

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Lily Starling has been writing about marketing a holistic practice since 2011 and teaching her students and clients the system she created to fill her massage therapy practice with more than 800 clients in 2 years. An avid student of humanist psychology and current social trends, Lily believes that the work of shifting the planet toward a just and brighter future must be spearheaded by healers from all walks of life.

You can request a free copy of her Success Guide for Healers at http://www.fillyourholisticpractice.com. Connect with her on Twitter @LilyStarlingCMT and Facebook www.facebook.com/fillyourholisticpractice.

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