The start of the new year can be tough even under ordinary circumstances. We have just the tonic to the January blues: some of the internet’s best – FREE – wellbeing resources from top experts in the field of wellness, health and new science.
We’ve listed 5 events that can help you de-stress, improve your mood and adopt a don’t-care-less attitude – even though the world has seemingly lost its mind.
Do let us know if you enjoy them!
1. Monthly healing sessions
The wonderful energy medicine expert Dr Sue Morter has extended her free monthly energy healing transmissions into 2021. If you’re new to tools such as energy healing, this might seem a bit strange but each session offers an hour’s worth of discussion about energy, specific breathing techniques to help clear any energy blockages and open up to new energy, and meditation designed to calm the mind and connect you to a powerful healing frequency.
Every month for the next year, usually on the last Wednesday (you can listen at any time).
If you’re receptive to the cadences of music and sound, then this sound healing session from singer, musician and sounder healer Jeralyn Glass is for you. During the hour, you’ll experience a ‘sound bath’, which will immerse you in the soothing tones of a crystal singing bowl. The energies of sound have been used to heal or create a certain mood or ambience since time began. Try it for yourself with this super-relaxing online event!
Saturday 9 January (don’t worry – if you sign up but miss the event, you’ll be sent a recording).
Oh joy! Top energy medicine expert Donna Eden and her daughters Dondi and Titanya Dahlin are challenging people to join their 10-Day Joy Challenge! You’ll learn tricks to help you rediscover life’s joy through simple exercises to rebalance and revitalise your body’s energy stores. Don’t worry if you show up a little late as you can catch up with previous sessions on YouTube at any time.
4. Discover the secrets of our ancestors with Gregg Braden
Through Gaia TV, Gregg Braden is hosting an incredible series – and anyone can watch it for free, for a limited period. Called Ancient Civilizations: The Lost Knowledge, best-selling author, speaker and human potential pioneer Gregg and a host of other experts will uncover some of the ancient tools and best-kept secrets of our lost ancestors. This promises to be a fascinating event.
5. Coping with Covid: join the Mental Wellness Connection event!
The online Mental Wellness Connection brings together health experts in a series of interviews aimed at empowering people to cope with, and hopefully learn to thrive in, the current, extraordinary world we find ourselves in. Topics include diet and its links with mental health, brain performance, energy medicine, PTSD, trauma and healing, the power of nature, and the power of NOW.
This week’s blog, about kinesiology – the study of the body’s movements, which often includes a technique called muscle testing, was written for us by kinesiology expert and founder of Balanced Wellness clinic, Claire Snowdon-Darling.
Keep reading to find out what is kinesiology, how it works, and how this great all-round alternative therapy can help heal physical and emotional issues.
Intro to kinesiology
Kinesiology was discovered by Dr. George Goodheart in the 1960s. He was the first to identify that there were muscles that were not ‘locking’ or working, which meant other muscles became painful and overused. Where traditional therapies focus on the painful muscle, kinesiology identifies the root cause of the problem – the muscles that are not functioning and uses techniques to turn those muscles on.
What is kinesiology?
Kinesiology uses the theory of muscle testing (technique used to assess the strength of a muscle or group of muscles in the body) to discover the underlying causes contributing to various health issues. The causes are usually rooted in one or more of what we call the four “realms” or “The BEES”, which are:
Biochemical – This can include food we are intolerant to, chemical toxicity such as household chemicals, pesticides or pollution, and also vitamins and minerals we are depleted in.
Emotional – These can be old trauma or anxieties that are causing issues in our day-to-day life and creating physical symptoms.
Structural – Our posture affects our health, and making sure our entire system is working properly eliminates many symptoms. For example, when we are stressed, we can have a malfunctioning ileo-cecal valve (a valve that links the small intestine and large intestine), which structurally interferes with digestion.
How does a kinesiologist work?
Once the root cause is identified, we support you with solutions that include kinesiology techniques to strengthen the muscles, nutritional recommendations, structural work, energy reflexes and emotional coaching to guide you back to your full health potential.
Nutritionally – because of today’s unnatural farming methods and our tendency to eat processed and microwaved foods – most people in the UK are deficient in vital nutrients. During an appointment, it is likely that you will be recommended a programme of supplements to aid your recovery.
A skilled kinesiologist uses a toolbox of techniques, because we work with all of the four “realms”. This allows us to offer a broader range of support and to fully support you on your health journey.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of kinesiology sessions varies on the person, their problems and how well they follow any changes recommended to their diet and lifestyle. Generally, people feel a significant improvement within their first one to three appointments. Once optimum health has been attained, regular appointments keep the body balanced and prevent further ill health.
What is Functional Kinesiology and how is it different?
There are many different types of kinesiology. Functional kinesiology takes kinesiology a little further; it was created as a reaction to the global health crisis we are facing.
In functional kinesiology we focus on six pillars of health:
Blood sugars stability
Adrenal and thyroid stress
The digestive system and gut microbiome
The immune system
About the contributor:
Claire is an expert in menopause, digestion and emotional transformation and is the visionary founder of Balanced Wellness, where she has worked with thousands of clients since 2007. Through this work, she has developed a series of protocols which have been accredited as a new therapy and are taught through The College Of Functional Kinesiology, of which she is the Head. This training focuses on the six pillars of health: blood sugars, stress, hormones, digestion, immune and emotional transformation. She is also the co-host of the popular podcast Consciously Healthy.
Today’s post has been provided by London-based health coach and EFT Practitioner Karen Lucia.
EFT – also known as Tapping – is a healing technique that can be used to help clear emotional wounds and has been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety and promoting a more positive outlook.
Tapping is best learned with the support of a professional EFT practitioner, who will walk you through the steps and offer practices that you can employ by yourself after learning the fundamentals.
Keep reading to find out more about this incredible healing technique and how it can support your wellbeing – plus a simple tapping exercise you can do at home!
As energy healing is getting more and more mainstream interest, EFT is becoming more recognised as an effective therapy – although it is by no means a new modality. Tapping was first discovered in the 1970s but has recently enjoyed a resurgence in popularity as new scientific research as well as anecdotal evidence emerges that supports this unique holistic practice.
The history of EFT
In the 1970s, psychologist Dr Roger Callahan, who used a range of different techniques in his practice, made a breakthrough while working with a client that had a severe phobia of water.
The client described that when she thought of water, she would get a horrible feeling in the pit of her stomach. Because of his studies of acupuncture, Dr Callahan had an insight into what might be happening and asked the client to tap on the end of the stomach meridian – an energetic channel used by acupuncturists –located just below the eye, to see if it would ease the sensation in her belly.
It did, and when they went to the edge of a pool to test if anything had changed in the client’s feelings, the client noticed the fear and anxiety was gone – and it stays like that until this day.
Callahan went on to patent his discoveries and the therapy he developed was called TFT, Thought Field Therapy. TFT transformed his psychology practice completely, and it was highly effective but also overly complex and only accessible to therapists going through intensive training.
One of Callahan’s students was Gary Craig, an engineer and master of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), who simplified Callahan’s technique by adding some key NLP concepts, used fewer tapping points, and made it less complex. And so Emotional Freedom Techniques was born.
Craig was also the first to introduce EFT as a self-help tool and his method remains largely unchanged until today.
Emotional Freedom Techniques
Emotional Freedom Techniques is a method that involves tapping on the acupressure points of the face and upper body, along the meridian lines of Chinese medicine. It is a mind and body tool – an acupressure technique – that turns off or deregulates the stress response (flight or fight) that a person might experience when addressing issues, feelings, sensations, or thoughts that provoke a fearful reaction. This stress response can present itself as physical pain, anxiety, anger, tension, overeating, etc.
Emotional Freedom Therapy
EFT, as in Emotional Freedom Therapy, is a talking therapy between a practitioner and a client, in which the tapping tool and other EFT techniques are used to work on general and specific issues such as anxiety, stress, confidence, fears, phobia, chronic pain, emotional eating, etc.
In an EFT session, you tune into the negative patterns that we create around uncomfortable feelings, thoughts or troubling memories. While bringing these emotions or thoughts into consciousness the client taps on specific pressure points, which helps clients to find relief, relaxation and promotes healing around the emotional or physical issues that could be holding them back.
How does EFT work?
When we experience a negative event, thoughts, emotions, and sensations are triggered in the amygdala, which are then sent to the central nervous system (CNS).
The amygdala is a set of neurons in the medial temporal lobe (centre) of the brain and its key roles are:
Sexual activity and libido
The CNS is the part of nervous system that consists of the brain and the spinal cord; it controls most functions of the body and the mind, and is:
The centre of our thoughts
The interpreter of our external environment
The origin of control over our body movement
Through tapping, you clear blocks that are stuck in the nervous system, switch off or deregulate the stress response, and restore the energy balance in your body.
Tapping is an amazing and easy tool that can help you to take better care of yourself, anytime and anywhere. You do not need extensive knowledge or massive amounts of time to get going; you can simply start small by practising the points while gently addressing your feelings around issues that you are dealing with.
Tap on each point about seven times, starting with the side of the hand – known as the karate-chop point. While tapping here, you create a ‘set up statement’ depending on what you want to address, for example, “Even though I feel stressed, I accept myself and how I feel.” Repeat this three times. You do this to expose the problem and set your intention to clear it.
After setting up the tapping session, you tap continuously through the rest of the points while repeating any feelings or sensations that come up as you are thinking about or expressing your problem out loud, for example: “I feel so anxious”, “I feel out of control”, “I feel a knot in my stomach”, “I feel tension in my shoulders”, “This situation is so overwhelming”.
Do this for about three rounds, then take a deep breath and see if there is any change in how you are feeling – and acknowledge these changes.
Continue with another round of tapping, if necessary, to clear whatever else has come up until you feel some relief and relaxation.
When you begin to feel better, finish with a round of positive tapping, such as: “I know I am strong and will get through this”, as a means of affirmation and to cement the positive work you have done.
Why do we include negative words and feelings while tapping?
A question that I often hear is why we use all the negative words/feelings while we tap, and if that might put more negativity in our minds; after all, the self-help space is usually all about affirmations and positive thinking. But just think of when you need to clean your kitchen: you would have to see the dirt first to know where to clean, right?
Well, it’s the same with EFT: you have to see which negative responses are being triggered to be able to switch them off, deregulate them or calm them down with tapping. This way the feelings and sensations will be released and will not stay stuck in your mind or your body.
You can, however, finish with one round of positive phrases while tapping in your self-practice, as it will leave you feeling powerful!
What can you expect from Tapping?
Honestly? Try not to expect anything specific but trust that you are working to make yourself feel better. When the body starts to shift negative energy, there is a possibility that you will have to yawn, stretch, laugh, move, shake, yell, pee – but often you will just feel a sense of calmness.
Also, don’t be discouraged if you don’t feel a shift or a change straight away. Sometimes you will feel the change later, or you will need to do some more of the work to be able to discover what it is, exactly, that you are feeling as we often bury things deep inside ourselves.
Always approach it in a gentle way and be kind to yourself!
About the contributor
I work as a Health Coach and EFT Practitioner, I’m based in London, and come from a creative background as a professional dancer.
With my passion for movement and fascination with the never-ending possibilities of the human body, my focus eventually shifted to helping women achieve a healthier body and one that they feel good in, so I started working as a strength and conditioning trainer, and studied clinical nutrition.
After a few years, I realised that the people who actually maintained their body transformation after the initial three to six months were the ones with the strongest mindset – or in other words, those who believed the most in the possibility of success.
That’s why I decided to study different techniques that can build and transform the mind, and from there I finally understood that awareness should be the place to start for any lasting modification of someone’s lifestyle. This translates into my work with clients as a style that combines education and coaching.