Posts Tagged ‘body’

Sunday Mass-age

In Living a Life Off-Center on July 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I know, I shouldn’t be using stock photos, but how do you take a photo of a massage while you’re having one done? Will change these photos eventually, but at least you get the “picture”.

Hands-on relief

Anyway, I will change these images as soon as possible. I just wanted to post this blog before Sunday ends, or else, the title would be sacrificed, priorities, priorities.

There is nothing like indulging every now and then, but if you can make it a regular indulgence, then go for it. I have weekly massages, full body ones if I can, if not, then a heavy duty foot massage is a must, and if you’re lucky you can find a spa that will do both your feet, your hands and your head all-inclusive.

Massages when done well are extremely healing. First of all, if you’re athletic, or sporty, the massage actually help decrease the lactic acid produced during your body-too much lactic acid results in aches and pains, which locals call “lamig”. Next, a massage really helps soften stiff joints, if you have a fantastic masseuse then she can just target certain areas to remove the main source of blocks, and you sleep like a baby that night.

Of course, I don’t have a “normal” masseuse, but an intuitive one who not only has a third eye that’s wide, wide open, but she can actually absorb some of your illnesses or the discomfort in your body and dispel it by…burping. Yes, you read it right. It is far from a silent massage, and no, it is not a zen-like atmosphere with sweet smelling oil lamps and piped in music. This is the real deal hard core deep muscle and deep tissue massage plus, plus.

Burping Masseuse (BM) has been coming to our house for several years and has gone over and beyond the usual kneading duties. She has rid members in this household of the effects of “kulam” (black magic), seen beings from another dimension, who are not always positive or welcome additions to the home, all as she presses every single achy part of you. Honestly, parts that normally don’t hurt, do, because she goes in deep, using energy more than strength as leverage. In fact, once you’ve had BP every other masseuse out there is going to feel kind of wimpy. This is why, if I don’t have her for one reason or the other that week, I opt for a foot massage instead since the pressure used by reflexologists on the foot with that wooden peg is about the same.

Foot massages also hit the right spots

You may think I’m nuts to have BP come to the house, and to be honest, when she first started coming (a friend of a friend of a friend recommended her in the energy healing realm) I thought wow, this is a waste or time and money. Not only did the massages hurt, but the burping was a bit disturbing. Until, she removed a fever from me. Seriously. I hardly ever get sick, and having a fever is the worse kind of illness to come down with. You feel weak, your body is in pain which you can’t understand and even if you feel so, so tired, you can’t sleep because you feel so uncomfortable. BP came to the house, gave me a massage, but she lightened the pressure because I was on the verge of tears when she had just started and burped herself into a frenzy.

Within that same day, the fever was gone. I couldn’t believe it. I had taken no medication, not done anything different with my diet, but the fever had lifted. I had no more temperature, and I actually slept like a log that night. The next morning, I was right as rain.

BP also is quite well-versed in medicinal plants like an “albolaryo” would be as she frequents the magic mountain Banawe every month. I had suffered from irregular menstrual cycles for as long as I could remember. Missing them or having them too often in the month gave me mood swings, (all the girls out there know how PMS can be) and discomfort in my abdomen. One day she placed some leaves on me that had been boiled a certain way while she massaged. I have been pretty much on the calendar since that day, and it’s been three years and running. The only way I could regulate my period before her was through medication, and now I’m through with medication.

I wanna hold your hand...

Even if you don’t have quite a colorful masseuse or massage experience as I do, I’d encourage you to find some body work done to you once a week. In these times, where our environments are filled with all sorts of pollutants, from electromagnetic radiation, chemicals in our food and drink, toxic people (oh you know who they are) and even general aches and pains from poor posture, the body needs more love than ever before. Go get aligned, visit a chiropractor, a physical or neuromuscular therapist, get a massage, take a REAL vacation and allow your body to recharge and rejuvenate for the rest of your life. You can exercise yourself into being fit and toned, but if there is no time for your body to recuperate from all that activity, then breakdowns will come faster as you age. Giving your body a break will keep it from breaking.

Lie down…now. 😀

Chakra Clearing

In Philippine Star Column on July 2, 2010 at 7:34 am

Clean your chakras out!

So what does “chakra” really mean, you might be thinking, having probably heard the word tossed around rather airily-fairily by friends or colleagues who claim they’re into “New Age” beliefs? The truth is chakra is as old age as it gets, having come from the Sanskrit word meaning “wheel.” Wheel? The belief is that chakras are the entry point for energy, and that they rotate clockwise and counterclockwise simultaneously. Sounds pretty trippy doesn’t it? It is. The quality of your chakra (color and size) can greatly influence your health, state of mind, emotional wellness and even your relationships; this includes romantic, friendships, family, work. There are seven major chakras found in the body and each corresponds to certain organs, feelings, even diseases. There are meditations and visualizations you can do in order to check how your chakra is doing, and how you are benefiting or suffering from their condition. If you feel that you have trouble making decisions, suffer chronic pains or illnesses, are not getting along with anyone (or the world), have suffered the same dramas in your love life then it may be time to do an energy diagnostic.

Undergoing a Reiki session with an experienced practitioner may be the gentlest and most relaxing way to get a chakra spruce-up. A spiritual practice that was developed in the 1920s by a Japanese monk is better known as “palm healing” since the whole process involves the Reiki healer placing his or her hands on you in order to unblock your chakras and achieve balance. Tina Garzon-Feibel is a level three Reiki practitioner, which means she has attained a master/teacher degree. Her sessions normally last between 90 minutes to two hours and involve you lying down on a mat as she places healing crystals over different parts of your body to start. Crystals are used to amplify any energy that may be needed to clean and then energize a chakra. Feibel goes about the session muttering words of prayer as she gently starts to lay her palms over different body energy points. The reaction during this part varies, some experience a deep, restful sleep, some have vivid dreams, some experience energy spasms as the body tries to rid itself of energy toxins (emotional attachments or hang-ups) while others may feel nothing more than gentle waves of heat. After the session Feibel shares her prognosis and even gives a crystal accessory to sustain the Reiki’s effects.

When the seven chakras are in a healthy state, they have vibrant colors, for example, the first chakra — the Root chakra (which represents one’s center of self preservation or survival) should be a bright red. This chakra on the physiological plane corresponds to the adrenal glands and the sex organs, when not in good condition it affects general vitality and if left untreated is believed to lead to cancer, low energy, blood ailments and sexual dysfunctions. The second chakra, called Sacral, should be a sunny orange. If blocked, it is supposed to affect the bladder, the prostate, the urinary tract and may be the cause of difficult relationships as this also affects your emotional state when not healthy. The third chakra, the Solar, is a lemon yellow when in great condition. This is where one develops one’s sense of self, if your Solar chakra is balanced, you will feel full of life, confident and optimistic. You will also be protected from digestive troubles, which include ulcers and gall bladder colic. It is also said that a healthy Solar chakra can give you great skin (read: acne-free) as it also relieves allergies and eczema.

The Heart chakra is the next and it should be a vivid green. When weakened or “dirty,” this chakra affects, yes, the heart, but also the thymus gland, the circulatory system and even the lungs. On an emotional plane, this may cause imbalance, enhancing feelings of betrayal, codependency and anxiety, not exactly what one wants to feel in any relationship or towards another person. The fifth chakra — Throat — is a robust blue, and ironically, if it is in poor condition it results in what are colloquially called “mental blocks.” Truthful expression and communication are hindered when this chakra is not in good shape, and if you’ve got a cough or a cold that won’t go away, it’s best to clear this particular chakra up, pronto. The last two chakras — namely the Brow (Indigo) and the Crown (Violet) — affect intuition and spiritual connection to the Divine respectively. On the physical level, a Brow chakra when clean and whole keeps the pituitary and endocrine glands in shape. The Crown corresponds to the brain and the pineal gland so if you’re feeling a little psycho at times then you may want to have this chakra checked.

In truth, you need not go to an “expert” for some chakra clearing but he or she may help explain in greater detail what chakras need a little TLC (and why) and how you can continue to keep them bright, shiny and healthy resulting in a more balanced, even joyful you.

For more information on Reiki sessions with Tina Garzon-Freibel, contact Alex at 0918-9079659 or visit