Let’s Talk About Depression

This year, Bell  Canada hosts the eighth annual “Let’s Talk” event. This social media forum covers an open and frank discussion  of mental health issues. Depression is a very real issue. Additional stress factors compound the challenge.”Let’s Talk” allows Us to discuss concerns about emotional health. Because We cannot “see” depression or anxiety, many people brush it off. However, stress affects every cell in the body. In dealing with stress, examine factors contributing to emotional trauma. Identify ways to make life easier. Start now to develop a personal strategy for healing.  The following article discusses how stress affects the body.

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How Stress Affects Our Health

Any  book written by  David D. Burns may be considered an excellent resource. Dr Burns has worked extensively with patients affected with depression and anxiety, and has developed many great strategies. Below,  I have included several links to His material within this article. It is crucial to seek professional guidance when  You feel overwhelmed or helpless. Reach out for help. In isolation, fear and worry feed depression and anxiety.

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The Feeling Good Handbook

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10 Days To Great Self Esteem

As I started writing articles for My Blog, I discovered many Bloggers write and blog about mental health issues. Bloggers are sharing and documenting personal experience with anxiety or depression. This is a positive direction. Writing is a most powerful tool  for  self expression. Keeping a private journal is yet another popular approach. Artists, musicians and writers have always shared the trauma of painful experiences. Pablo Picasso’s painting “Guernica” offered a  strong statement of protest after the bombing of the village Guernica, in Northern Spain in 1937. The late  John Lee Hooker documented  life for more than half a century with His voice, His guitar, and His songwriting. After serving as an ambulance driver in Italy, during World War I, Ernest Hemingway based the novel  “A Farewell To Arms” on His wartime experience. On the journey to wellness and balance, make and find time for creative expression. This is a powerful way to express emotions, thoughts and feelings. In dealing with depression, stress, or anxiety,  events contributing to emotional trauma. Here is a  list which includes classic stress triggers:

  • Death of a Spouse
  • Divorce
  • Death of a Parent
  • Marriage
  • Job Loss
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth of a Child
  • Birth of Additional Children
  • Problems with a Child’s Health
  • Death of a Child
  • Death of a Friend
  • Debt
  • Buying a Home
  • School
  • Road Rage
  • Problems at Work
  • Family Problems
  • Illness
  • Addictions

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How Our Emotions Affect Our Health

In the article above, I discuss how Our Emotions affect Our health. Emotion balance is a priority to building wellness. Reiki is a gentle complimentary therapy. It is an effective tool for addressing stress issues. Reflexology is also valuable in promoting  relaxation, along with improving vitality. Massage therapy, Yoga, or Qigong are other options  to consider. Holistic therapies balance work  to balance body, mind, and spirit. What ever story You have to tell, it is a unique part of You. For more information on complimentary therapies in Canada, or to find a professional holistic therapist in Canada, visit this link:   Natural Health Practitioners Of Canada

 

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Align Your Spine, Align Your Life

The condition of the spine is crucial to our overall health and well being. Health and flexibility of the spine is crucial to complete and total health. Yoga is an excellent modality to build,  or maintain spinal health. The spine  protects the spinal cord, the nerve roots, and internal organs. The nervous system is sensitive to vibration, sound and weather. Pay attention to any pain or discomfort. Yoga is a wonderful holistic system to improve  every aspect of your lifestyle . The word Yoga means “union”.  The objective  of Yoga is to align  mind, body, and spirit. I have used Yoga personally for many years. Yoga  is practical and does not require any special equipment. The study of Yoga includes learning to breath properly. The practice of breath work improves health, vitality, and the emotional balance of the body.

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Healing Back Pain Naturally:The Mind-Body Program Proven to Work

The spine is composed of  four different zones  – Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Sacral. The tailbone is called the Coccyx.  Vertebrae  C1 is called the Atlas. The Atlas supports the skull. Vertebrae C2 is called the Axis. It is located right underneath the Atlas. Together, these two vertebrae work so the head may rotate and turn.  Did You know that each of the spinal vertebrae corresponds an area and function of the body. The connection of each vertebrae to all functions of the body is truly miraculous. A Reflexology session may be designed  to address back discomfort or back pain. Below, find each vertebrae listed with a corresponding area.

The Cervical Spin

C1.  Pituitary gland, circulation, facial bones, brain, ear, sympathetic nervous system.

C2.  Optic nerve, eyes, auditory nerve, sinuses, mastoid bones, forehead, tongue.

C3.  Ear, cheeks, facial bones, trifocal nerve.

C4.  Lips, nose, mouth, and eustachian tube.

C5.  Neck glands, vocal cords, pharynx.

C6.  Shoulders,neck muscles, tonsils.

C7.  Bursa(in the shoulders and elbows), thyroid gland.

The Thoracic Spine

T1. Elbows, hands, wrists, fingers, oesaphagus, and trachea.

T2. Heart, heart valves, coronary arteries.

T3. Bronchial tubes, breast, chest.

T4. Common duct, gall bladder.

T5. Solar Plexus, blood, and liver.

T6. Stomach

T7. Duodenum, pancreas, islets of langerhans.

T8. Diaphragm, spleen.

T9. Adrenal gland

T10. Kidneys

T11. Urethras, kidneys.

T12. Fallopian tubes, small intestine, lymph circulation

The Lumbar Spine

L1.  Colon, large instestines, inguinal rings.

L2.  Abdodomen, appendix, upper leg.

L3.  Ovaries, sex organs, uterus, knee, bladder.

L4.  Lower back muscles,prostate gland, sciatic nerve.

L5.  Ankles, feet, toes, calves, arches of the feet.

The Sacrum

The vertebrae in this region of the spine are fused together in adulthood

S1. Hips, bones, buttocks.

S2. Hips, bones, buttocks.

S3. Hips, bones, buttocks.

S4. Hips, bones, buttocks.

S5. Hips, bones, buttocks.

Coccyx (The Tailbone). Rectum, anus.

In Her ground breaking book  ” Heal Your Body”,  Louise L. Hay wrote of how thought patterns influenced and created health or illness.  The book is a small pocket size book, yet in it She shared Her affirmations for metaphysical healing of the entire physical body. On Page 73, is a Chapter entitled “Spinal Misalignments.” She created an affirmation for each of the vertebrae, along with a probable thought pattern.

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The Evolution Of Zone Therapy

Zone Therapy Or Relieving Pain and Disease.

In Reflexology, the body is divided into ten zones, running vertically, up and down, through out the body.  This works out to five vertical sections on the right side of the body, and five vertical sections on the left side of the body.  Zone therapy uses light pressure applied to the feet, or hands. The process may result in increasing vitality or sedating pain.  This is determined by the health issues faced by a Client. A review of the history of Zone Therapy shows how this incredible healing modality evolved into Reflexology. A circle of dedicated doctors and medical professionals developed specific techniques to promote healing and  reverse disease.

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Zone Therapy Relieving Pain At Home

Dr. William Fitzgerald lectured on the topic ofZone Therapy  for  Riley’s Schools of Chiropractic. His extensive research grew. Eventually, He published Zone Therapy / Or Relieving Pain and Disease. Dr. Fitzgerald continued with more research, writing more books.  In His writing, He discussed treatment for the thyroid gland.  His work, lectures, writing and research was influential Other health care professionals  involved in the development of  Zone Therapy included Dr Edwin F Bowers M.D. and  Harry Bond Bressler D.C., N.D.

Dr. Joe Shelby Riley developed and used  a Facial Reflexology  Protocol on His Clients, with excellent results. He drew  detailed diagrams  of the sympathetic nervous system and the spinal vertebrae.  His excellent renderings and maps have withstood the test of time. Dr. Riley treated  patients for back discomfort and thyroid issues with Zone Therapy. He innovated many effective techniques. His wife, Elizabeth Ann Riley M.D.  treated Her patients with Zone Therapy. She was considered  an expert in the use of Hook Work. Harry Bond Bressler D.C., N.C., published “Zone Therapy: Pressure Reflex and Hook Work.

Zone Therapy Pressure Reflex And Hook Work

Zone Therapy: Pressure Reflex And Hook Work by Harry Bond Bressler

No article about Reflexology would be complete without mention of  the prolific research of Eunice Ingham. Eunice Ingham was a  nurse and a physiotherapist. She  began Her career working  as a physiotherapist for Dr Joe Shelby Riley at  Riley’s School of Chiropractic. She received instruction directly from Elizabeth Ann Riley M.D.  Eunice Ingham studied Zone Therapy  extensively, and is responsible for renaming  the therapy “Reflexology.”  She was the first person to create a Foot Reflexology map. Eunice Ingham developed techniques for specific areas on the thyroid gland reflexes. She felt there was an important correspondence between health of the ovaries with the thyroid gland function. She referred to the thyroid gland as “the third ovary”. In 1938, Eunice Ingham published the book  “Stories the Feet Can Tell”.  This book documents Her research and Her methodology, “The Eunice Ingram Method”, Current day Reflexology is based on Her contribution and extensive  research of Zone Therapy and Reflexology.

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Eunice Ingham A Biography

Dedication and research was poured into the development of Zone Therapy. .The books featured in this article contain  fascinating information demonstrating the profound effectiveness a  Reflexology offers. Reflexology is a holistic therapy that is safe for almost everyone. This includes people of all ages.