Another great video. Kris talks about how she stabilized a rare stage four cancer through proper nutrition and self care.
I absolutely love Hungry for Change! They share with the world what they've learned through about transforming health when an illness struck a family member. They believe that "your body is worthy of good care and that nobody is more suitable qualified to care for it than yourself."
I whole-heartedly agree.
September 12, 2012
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July 18, 2012
|It's a beautiful day for a ride, or so I thought.|
A friend and I recently joked that I get hurt just so I'll have something to blog about. Not exactly true, but I can see how it would cause one to wonder… Ready for the latest?
Tuesday morning last week was gorgeous outside—I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to go cycling in the warm, overcast weather. Although I miss my Utah hills, I can't deny that the flat, Idaho country is quite breathtaking at times. I couldn't have been happier as I breathed in the beautiful country and adored one charming yard, in particular, as I passed it by.
Two minutes later, my emotions boiled as angry tears spilled from my eyes and my upper lateral, and slightly posterior, left thigh seared in pain. The madder I got, the worse it hurt.
What happened to cause such a dramatic shift? A big dang dog happened. So much for peace, tranquility, and an effective workout.
I noticed him out of the corner of my eye at the same moment he saw me and took off running. For a second, I thought I was safe because there was a fence, but when I glanced back and saw him race through an opening, fear gripped my heart. I started praying out loud, pleading for protection from this animal as tall as my bike.
|Upper lateral, and slightly posterior thigh.|
He growled fiercely, viscously turned his head, and sunk his teeth into my leg. At that point, I'd felt completely abandoned from heavenly help and began my attempt to talk the beast down. He continued growling and kept at my pace for what seemed like forever. I added more verbal pleas for angelic assistance.
I had the distinct impression to keep the pace—if I were to slow down, who knows what he would do? And if I were to speed up, I believe he would consider it a challenge and take me down and out.
|Forearm bruising. No broken skin.|
Thankfully, he missed, lost interest, turned around and headed home. As I peddled away, I wondered why I hadn't been protected. I said my prayers before my ride, just as I always do… Those thoughts didn't last, because I could see several ways in which that could have turned out worse than it did, and because of heavenly help, I still made it home safely.
I've learned a few good things from this experience:
1) Tetanus shots are a good thing and bring great peace of mind, for there is very little that can be done naturally if a person happens to get tetanus. (I was kind of freaking out on Sunday because I hadn't been able to get my booster yet...)
2) We are never left alone. There is always a greater power there to help, even if it doesn't feel like it at the time. You'll see when you look back on a difficult experience, trust me.
3) Keep the pace in life, even when it gets scary or hard. If you slow down, you become subject to distraction and other things that would prevent you from reaching your final destination. And if you go too fast, you become a target to those things that can easily drag you down.
4) I'm grateful for my unbendable quality of stubbornness and for my ability to mask my emotions in the midst of a crazy situation. Otherwise, I would have been lunch for that beast.
June 20, 2012
|Kaunala Trail, Oahu|
I've always known deep, down inside that nature has a unique ability to bring healing in many capacities. In fact, it's something I've been philosophizing over for years, but especially beginning my senior year at Brigham Young University–Idaho, as I slaved to bring my BFA (emphasis Graphic Design) project to life.
The BFA class was set-up for two semesters: one semester to figure out concepts and logistics, and one semester to execute the physical product of our creation, whatever it may be. The task was daunting throughout, with constant deadlines staring me in the face. The work moved along slowly and almost reluctantly, yet it was quite intense. Every attempt to move forward drained me physically and emotionally.
Looking back, I realize it paralleled the relationship I was in at that time. I was supposed to be married at the end of BFA semester one, and my original plan was to plow straight through the rest of school. I just wanted to be done! However, my fiance threw a huge (and might I add, selfish) fit. Too exhausted to battle it out, I raised my white flag and applied for deferment. BYU–Idaho granted his wish and approved my taking summer semester off and finishing up in the fall.
A few weeks later, the truth came out. Apparently, he'd been having little talks with my family members, especially my dad. He was mistakenly confident they would agree with his opinion that finishing school was a waste of my time. He revealed to them his scheme to marry me and whisk me away to Texas, in attempt to stop me from completing the degree I'd been working so hard for. So… everything he'd ever told me was a lie! Needless to say, that relationship ended pretty quick—one month before the wedding.
I was hurt and betrayed by someone I had loved and placed trust in. The hardest part, however, was losing my best friend (his sister). I haven't a clue what he told his family, but it must have been awful, because they attacked fiercely. I received several venomous emails from his family. Three were from her, my supposed best friend, who was now striking the lowest of blows. And she could, because she knew me better than most. And she knew what would hurt me the deepest. And wow! She did a terrific job…
I had to get away. Now I had an entire summer wide open, with nothing to keep my mind off of everything. It was all such a blur. The next thing I knew, I was living in the avenues in SLC with my Dad's cousin and his family, interning at Skogen group, and working for Chevron Credit Bank. I had an incredible view of the city, so at night I'd stay up late either reading books for distraction or writing in my journal, contemplating how to move forward.
Emotionally, things didn't start progressing until my cousin Ashley came home for the summer and we began running trails every morning. That's when I began to understand the true healing power of nature. The dirt, rocks, twigs and leaves provided excellent grounding. The mountains gave me unsurpassed strength to cope. The brilliant sun warmed my disconsolate heart. The sunflowers that lined the trails inspired me to always turn my head toward light and truth. The sky revealed endless possibilities as the clouds took shape. The creeks and rivers taught me to flow with life—in, over and around any obstacle.
The groundwork of my BFA project completed itself this way. As I ran, knowledge would stream into my mind. It would stay there, until I returned home and emptied my head into my sketchbook. Day after day. By the end of summer, I was ready to successfully proceed to phase 2 of my BFA.
If you are in the midst of a struggle, get yourself to nature. She will help you to overcome the things that now seem so unsurmountable. She will heal you, if you listen to her.
June 4, 2012
For many years I felt disconnected and confused and I never understood why. During We Do Feet Seminars, Lisa, a fellow classmate was zoning me and as she integrated my right and left-brain I felt a powerful connection. I had never felt anything quite like it but knew that something amazing had just happened that had to do with my brain! I now feel connected, whole and complete. Could it be that the synapses in my brain were not communicating properly?
Long ago it was believed that the brain we developed as a child was the brain we were stuck with forever. The neural connections and chemicals we ended up with would doom us with negative thoughts, behaviors and bad habits. The human power to change was ignored leaving one to feel hopeless.
Luckily, a new breed of science showed us that the mind has the power to change our physical reality. There is hope indeed and Zone Balance Therapy can assist that change.
What are synapses? A synapse is a specialized junction where a neuron communicates with a target cell. The neuron releases a chemical transmitter that diffuses across a small gap and activates special sites called receptors on the target cell (www.medterms.com). Simply put, it allows the electrical activity in one nerve cell to influence the electrical activity of another.
Several times when zoning I have felt the neurons in the brain are misfiring, causing miscommunication at the synapse on some clients. After 3 zones, a 10 year-old boy diagnosed with ADD, reports he is able to focus in school and he feels better.
My husband, Charlie, suffered from several mini strokes and was experiencing memory loss. After being zoned regularly, he claims his memory has improved and he now enjoys clarity of thought and mind.
An active 86 year old, my beautiful mother sometimes feels overwhelmed with the day to day duties of caring for home and yard and keeping up with my 94 year old dad! At one point I was very concerned that she was showing signs of forgetfulness. Monthly zones have helped her mind stay “sharp as a tack”, and the fear of memory loss is past.
Regular Foot Zone Balance therapy promotes balance and homeostasis, putting the mind and body in a parasympathetic state which assists healing. I love the benefits of the zone.
June 1, 2012
|My pretty little gash. It's quite deeper|
than it looks! Bruises just taking form.
Remember that one time I told you I had an injury free summer and I was so proud? I thought I had it all figured out—at least the "moving forward in life" stuff. I thought my knee injuries were over! Unfortunately, recent events would suggest otherwise.
Here's the story: I went down to St. George with some great buddies for Memorial Day weekend. We decided to check out the Red Cliffs hike close to Leeds. The trail has many pools and awesome vertical rocks.
We reached one point where we had to scale some steep rocks in order to stay dry. (If it hadn't been such a chilly, windy day, we would have just worn our swimsuits and planned to get wet.) My incredible Khombu shoes successfully transported me where I needed to go quickly and safely. Julie, however, was having traction issues. She thought if she climbed a little higher where it wasn't as steep, she would be able to climb down without a hitch.
Nope. She was stuck. Jason, the one guy in our group, was trying to help her down by holding her feet to give her traction, but it just wasn't enough. Since I was already on the other side, I stepped in and grabbed her hand. She shuffled around a bit to find a confident step and went for it.
She immediately slipped and slid downward at full speed and out of Jason's reach. I jerked her arm forward to save her from falling into the water. Consequently, it flung me off balance and I had to throw my weight forward to save myself. Next thing I knew, she was being slung back again and was about to go down, so I forcefully propelled us both forward to secure our position safely on the rocks. (It sounds much more dramatic telling it than if you had seen it happen- lol!)
|The Red Cliffs hike.|
Somewhere in that mess of events, I gashed, scraped and bruised up my knee. Luckily, I had brought Lavender and Yarrow essential oils and used them stopped the bleeding straightaway. Needless to say, I had a difficult time toughing out the rest of the hike with a disabled knee.
The next day, frustration set in. How did I get taken out again? (There won't be any running, cycling, or zumba-ing for a little while…) Maybe I over-think and over-analyze, but I believe everything happens for a reason. There are lessons to be learned in everything, if only we will open our eyes.
I spent the next few days racking my brain… What am I afraid of? How am I not wanting or allowing myself to move forward? I keep drawing blanks. Honestly, I feel like I'm in a really good place right now. Nothing comes up.
Interestingly, one of my besties sent me a picture last night. She had shredded her leg sliding into third base. She was one of the buddies I'd just spent the weekend with. I had zoned her the day after my injury and guess what one of the major emotions she was holding on to was… Fear of moving forward.
Hmmm… Is it possible that I was taking on her stuff before I even knew what her stuff was? I think so! Sometimes, I will find myself so melancholy one day, then later find out she was feeling the same way at the same time. Even hundreds of miles away, we have a special connection. When we care deeply for someone, it's easy to take on their stuff inadvertently, because of our desire to help them and to take away their aches and pains and sufferings.
So what's the lesson learned from my recent experience? Don't take on other people's stuff!! My zoning instructor always said, "It's not my pig, it's not my farm."
All healing comes through one, Jesus Christ. He is the one who lifts the heavy burdens, not me. I can be understanding, compassionate, and empathetic. I can be an instrument to help people to heal. However, it's not my job to take other people's stuff and that takes conscious effort sometimes—at least until it becomes part of my nature.
I am grateful for an experience to keep me aware. And I can't wait to get back in the game. My mind and body are craving a good run... I guess I'd better get zoned again for quicker healing time!!
May 25, 2012
As Zone Balance Therapists, we prepare ourselves to give our clients the best zoning experience possible. We strive for balance, a clear mind, and pure intent to set up a healing environment where our clients feel welcome, relaxed and inspired.
Zone Balance Therapy is a newer healing modality that most people have not yet experienced. We want our clients to be prepared for a positive and amazing zone. So, here are some tips and suggestions to make the most out of your Zone Balance Therapy Session:
1. Hydrate. Sufficient water intake is vital to zoning. We advise our clients to drink [water] half of your body weight in ounces during the first 24 hours after a zone. However, we recommend getting a head start on your hydration BEFORE your zone. Hydration helps the flow of energy and aids flushing out any toxins that may be released during the zone.
2. Clean feet. Make sure your feet are washed and dried well before your zone. Avoid the use of any lotions. Most people are very aware and sometimes embarrassed of the condition of their feet, before a zone. Don’t worry! We have seen it all…missing toenails, swollen feet and ankles, bunions, crooked toes, scars, deformities… Feet tell a story as much as a person’s hands! We massage great smelling essential oils, with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties onto the feet before we begin your zone.
3. Pray/Meditate. Have an idea of what you would like out of the zone, whether it is emotional release, physical alignment, raised energy, or even a relaxing foot rub. Prepare to have an open mind and heart to the many possibilities that exist within Zone Balance Therapy.
4. Oxygenate. Take a moment to really breathe! Fill your lungs with oxygen and slowly release all the air you inhaled and more. Imagine the oxygen filling your lungs and then flowing into the rest of your body, up to your brain and throughout all your extremities—arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet and toes. Oxygen, like hydration, helps energy flow and toxin release.
5. Understand. We are NOT doctors! Although, we may be able to feel certain areas where blockages may exist. We are not authorized to diagnose, prognosticate or prescribe.
6. Remember. The journey to greater health and healing is an individual one. I believe the Enso: Intrinsically Awaken belief statement puts it best. “When the mind is free to let the soul create, we become aware that our healing belongs to us.” Zone Balance Therapy is a tool to help balance to your body, mind and spirit. We are more than willing to share thoughts and personal experiences that may help you on your way. But, remember zoning is only one piece of your wellness puzzle. The rest is up to you!
As Zone Balance Therapists and clients, we can work together to make your zoning experience the very best.
Congratulations, once again, to the winners of our giveaway! We are so excited that each of you responded within the 48 hour time period! We look forward to giving you your zones. And to the rest of you, thank you for entering. We hope you will consider contacting us soon for a Zone Balance Therapy session or find a Zoner near you to begin your journey to greater health, healing and balance.
May 23, 2012
It's getting warm outside! Well, sort of. It's really not today. And it probably won't be tomorrow either. Or the next day. It's Idaho, so you really never know what to expect. Regardless, my body is craving the sunshine! I probably need some serious Vitamin D. Now if this blasted wind would just go away…
Confession: sometimes I plan my cycling and/or running workouts in the hottest part of the day, just so I can soak up some rays. Yes, I've even been known to do it in 90 degrees or hotter.
Call me crazy. Everyone else does. In my defense, there is something incredibly healing and regenerating about the beautiful sun. It warms my heart, my soul, and clears my cluttered mind.
Don't worry, I haven't forgotten risks of UV rays, but I'm not always the brightest marker in the box when it comes to protecting my skin. After my first sunburn this year (oopsy!), my mom suggested helichrysum to help repair the damage. As I was doing a little research on the oil, I discovered that not only does it help regenerate damaged tissue, but many cultures have used helichrysum as a sunscreen. What!? Sign me up.
Monday of last week was a beautiful day, so my mom, sister, and I decided to head to Heise Hot Springs for the afternoon with my nieces and nephew. I knew in the back of my mind I should have taken some sunscreen, but I didn't have any. Thankfully, my mom had packed the helichrysum, without even knowing about it's protective qualities from the sun's rays.
I informed her of the info I had read and we decided to give it a try, diluting with coconut oil which is supposed to block about 20% of the UV rays itself. We were out for at least two and a half hours. The sun was hot. We didn't get sunburned, unless you count the tiny square on my back that the helichrysum missed.
I'm lovin' me some natural sunscreen!!*
*This is not total sun protection and I haven't come across any studies that prove anything. It's just something I tried that worked out well for me and thought I'd share.
May 16, 2012
Thank you to all who took the time to enter our giveaway and share Enso: Intrinsically Awaken. We hope you will continue to follow our blog and share our posts and Facebook page with others.
This is so exciting!!! After assigning numbers in order of entry for our giveaway, we used the Random Number Generator from Random.org to find our winners!
REMEMBER: WINNERS MUST CONTACT US 48 HOURS FROM THE TIME THIS IS POSTED.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS!
SHANNON STEFFLER, MINDY, NATALIE, AND PAMELA!!!
Gift #1 (Jeri): Shannon Steffler--"I think foot zoning is fasinating! I've only had one done and didn't feel anything major at that point, but I'd love to do it as a profession someday if I can find my own testimony. I'd love to have that for my kids with sicknesses and other issues that come up :-D I'm in IF."
Gift #2 (Jada): Mindy--"I have wanted to try zone therapy for a while now. I have a hard time with people touching my feet....I tend to laugh every time someone touches them! But, I would like to see if I could get some pain relief through zone therapy!"
Gift #3 (Jaclyn): Natalie--"Though I've never done foot zoning, it just seems like little things lately in my life keep leading towards alternative healing, and this just makes sense. I don't even know very much about it, but I believe in it because I believe in the foot zoners, which have all been such dear people in my life for over 20 years (has it really been that long?! Yup, I guess so!). I'm grateful to be so local to such amazing ladies, so I would LOVE to win one of these giveaways! One thing I've learned recently in life that if it's meant to be, it'll happen, so I know that whomever wins, they were meant to. What an awesome event!"
Gift #4 (Essential Oils Package): Pamela--"I just had my first Zone last night. After a week of struggling with asthma and allergies, I slept well for the first time last night. Jaclyn also shared a tip with me for treating asthma with peppermint oil that has worked wonders. Thank you!"
1. One winner will receive three (3) Zone Balance Therapy Sessions [non-transferable] by Jeri over a 6 week period. Valued at $120. *Local to South Eastern Idaho. Must be willing to travel to Enso: Intrinsically Awaken for services in Rigby, ID.
2. One winner will receive three (3) Zone Balance Therapy Sessions [non-transferable] by Jada over a 6 week period. Valued at $120. *Local to South Eastern Idaho. Must be willing to travel to Enso: Intrinsically Awaken for services in Rigby, ID.
3. One winner will receive three (3) Zone Balance Therapy Sessions [non-transferable] by Jaclyn over a 6 week period. Valued at $120. *Local to South Eastern Idaho. Must be willing to travel to Enso: Intrinsically Awaken for services in Rigby, ID or Rexburg, ID.
4. One NON-local winner will receive one 10 ml Lavendar essential oil, one 10 ml Lemon essential oil, one 10 ml Tranquility essential oil blend, one 4 oz. Coconut carrier oil, AND one Butterfly Essential Oils book, Butterfly Miracles by LaRee Westover. Valued at $46.
May 15, 2012
Today is the LAST day to enter our fabulous giveaway!!!
If you have entered, THANK YOU!!! And if not... what are you afraid of?
The time is now to take charge of your own health.
Enter here and share with your friends.
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Good luck! We will announce winners tomorrow!!!
May 10, 2012
Obviously, this is our first GIVEAWAY on our blog, and we made a mistake!!! Somehow we accidentally deleted some pretty major details...like when this thing will begin and end for one! Anyways, this is the portion that should have been published at the end of this post:
REMEMBER: For each action you take, comment on THIS post to receive an entry. The number of times you can enter is limited only by what you are willing to do to share Enso: Intrinsically Awaken with your friends! Again, let us know if you are local or non-local in at least one comment.
This incredible GIVEAWAY begins April 13, 2012 and will close May 15, 2012. Winners will be announced May 16, 2012 on our blog and on FACEBOOK.
How YOU Will Be CHOSEN
Each comment entry will be assigned a number in the order it was received. Four (4) winners will be randomly selected from the random number generator on Random.com.
We will announce our four (4) winners on May 16, 2012 on our blog and on FACEBOOK. Winners will have 48 hours to contact us to claim their prizes or another entrant will be randomly chosen.
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May 9, 2012
I remember my first real scare with circulation. It was my final semester at BYU-Idaho in the fall of 2006. Two of my roommates and I were headed for the gym. It wasn't particularly cold so I couldn't figure out why my toes were going numb. By the time we reached our destination, I had completely lost feeling in my last two toes on my left foot.
As soon as we were indoors, I tore off my shoes and socks. Those two toes looked abnormally white. They were being deprived of blood flow. What the—!?!
Thinking that a workout might cause permanent damage to those toes, I told my roommates to go ahead without me and I slowly began my walk home. I took out some frustration on the pillows on my bed, then sat down and began to massage my foot. It took a good hour for my toes to seemingly return to normal.
Ever since then, I've had random similar experiences with different toes. I also started noticing that my feet got cold and numb at least ten times quicker than anybody else's and at nighttime, my feet were cold as ice. You could actually feel the cold through my socks and blankets. And every time I worked out, regardless of what the workout was, my feet would lose feeling.
I went to the doctor to gain some insight. He ran all the usual tests for circulatory issues. He found nothing and had no answers. He suggested seeing a couple of specialists: one to test me for tarsal tunnel and one to test the nerves in my feet. As if I have thousands of dollars to throw around for testing. My own research pointed toward some of the more mild symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon and I decided to just let it be.
When I started getting zoned, I didn't notice any recognizable changes with my circulation. But then, I was only getting zoned every three months at best. When I moved back to Idaho this January, however, I noticed something big.
Sometimes, I'm an idiot and I do stupid things. Like lock my keys in my car when I'm parked behind my sister who's parked in her garage, so neither one of us can go anywhere. Or wear my thin, sport adidas socks everyday, regardless of weather. Or wear slipper-shoes instead of boots when it's cold and snowy outside.
One day in late February, amazingly, I did all of the above. Determined to get home quickly on my own two feet to find my spare key, I cut through a snowy canal (almost broke my neck getting into it, btw) and trudged through icy streets for just over one mile. Not once, did my feet go numb or feel challenged by the elements!! I attribute that miracle to the zone, as I've been zoned at least once per week ever since I moved back. How cool is that!?!
Remember you only have 6 days left to enter our GIVEAWAY to win three free zones. Good luck to you!!
May 2, 2012
I couldn't figure out what the problem was. I was eating right, exercising, and trying to get enough sleep. But I just wasn't happy. I felt stuck. I was incessantly trying to tame my inner beast. My body was paying for it. My jaw, neck and head constantly hurt. My low back and hips were out of alignment, and each step I took—or didn't take—reminded me. And my poor face was forming volcanoes like crazy.
I decided it was definitely time for a zone. My dear sister came to the rescue. Unusually, when she reached the ear signal, it hurt!! Our eyes connected and we both knew what it meant. I rapidly and sarcastically told her to shut up—lol! Why? Because I didn't want to hear it. Yet, I did want to hear it. (The emotional tie with the ear has to do with not listening. Funny.)
Her words of advice were to start perceiving the sound beyond the words people speak, for many times people's actions and feelings have more to reveal than what they vocalize. It's about depth.
I didn't quite know what to do with that piece of advice. But later that night, I got into a conversation with my mom about why I was feeling stuck. As we talked, I realized that the answers I've been looking for have been staring me in the face. They weren't quite obvious because they went deeper than the surface.
Time after time, I've been blessed with clarity of mind following a zoning session. And this zone was no different. Suddenly, everything was clear. I wasn't unhappy because I have issues (which, unfortunately, is one of my default thought patterns), I was unhappy because I wasn't paying attention to the answers and the signs that were so subtly blatant.
Once I saw them for what they were, I knew exactly how to move forward. Consequently, my burdens were lifted, my headache disappeared, my face cleared up, and I felt peace in my life for the first time in weeks. What a blessing!!
For your chance to win 3 free zones, remember to enter our GIVEAWAY in as many ways as you can. There are only 14 days left!!
April 30, 2012
If you are not local enough to be zoned by one of us and are interested in finding a foot zoner near you, Mind Body and Sole has put together a wonderful list of zone balance therapists who attended We Do Feet Seminars—our alma mater.
Also, remember to enter our GIVEAWAY!!! There are only 15 days left!!!
April 27, 2012
One of the most amazing benefits to getting Zone Balance Therapy, personally, has been physical alignment of the spine. It is one effect of the zone that I experience on a regular basis.
One morning, about seven years ago, I rolled over in my bed with full intent to get up and get going for the day. Instead, I felt the most sickly pop in my neck. It left me stuck, in my bed, completely unable to move to the left or right. Luckily, my cell phone was on my pillow to call my husband home for help.
I spent two months in physical therapy to regain movement in my neck and spine. However, I never felt like I had fully recovered. I always had lingering pain in my neck and back from that day.
Fast forward two years…
I experienced the same injury, but this time was worse! I couldn’t move without severe pain shooting through my entire body. My parents and husband came to my rescue, but this time they were certain I would need help they could not give me. I begged them to just force my body off the bed. My left arm was curled and crippled up to my shoulder. I couldn’t stand without assistance and walking was excruciating.
I convinced Bryan, my mom, and dad that I needed a zone. Bryan called our zoner, even though he and my dad stood by skeptically. When our zoner arrived, I sat on a hard Kitchen chair, while she worked on my sensitive feet.
By the time she was done, I could stand up tall and straight. My body was tender from the trauma it had just experienced, but I could move and walk without assistance.
In a matter of only two weeks and two zones, I was back to normal…better than normal! I was completely shocked that my body had bounced back so quickly without forceful manipulation of my neck or spine. But, my spine had been aligned and my body, brought back into balance all through my feet.
April 25, 2012
I'm a firm believer that emotions are the origin of 99.9% of physical problems. And supposedly, injuries and/or dysfunction having to do with the legs, knees, feet or hips have to do with emotions regarding moving forward in life.
I have been known to be stubborn, inflexible, resistant to change, and unable to flow freely with life. Interesting that a good chunk of my past injuries and physical issues have fallen into the "knees, feet, hips" category...
In my last post, "Battered Up", I mentioned that last summer was the first time I survived a softball season without injury. (It's quite ridiculous, really.) I've always been described as "hard-core", but I think "accident prone" was probably a better description.
Before the start of last season, I resolved to leave injuries in the past. I was working full-time as a graphic designer, going to massage therapy school at least 25 hours per week, studying in my sparse spare time, and somehow managing to squeeze in several early morning runs each week.
I was also struggling with an exceptionally tight hamstring that caused a lot of difficulty with running, walking and sitting. My running buddy thought I should stop working out for a while and give it time to heal. I refused. All the different kinds of massage therapy I'd been receiving at school several times per week didn't touch it, which confirmed one thing: the source of the problem definitely stemmed from an emotional root.
I had to figure this out. I was determined that softball was going to be my outlet, not my downfall. I quested for knowledge and soon discovered that I had some serious resistance to moving forward in life.
Through the zone (combined with other emotional release techniques), the fears that were holding me back and inviting injuries and dysfunction were released. My hamstring quickly loosened up and I was good to go! I continued getting zoned (sometimes even zoning myself) as often as possible to help prevent new emotions from building up inside my body. And that is how I accomplished my injury-free feat last season.
What is holding you back? Enter our GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a wonderful opportunity to move forward in your life!
April 23, 2012
If you have ever suffered a full blown panic attack you hope and pray it will never happen again. It is frightening when you suddenly feel overwhelming anxiety and fear, your chest tightens and you feel you can’t breath. I found relief through Foot Zone Balance Therapy. Yes, you read it right… blessed relief!
After my youngest son, Cameron, was born I began experiencing panic attacks. I had no idea what they were, only that they were really scary and I felt like I was going crazy! Heck, I was crazy! Over the years they seemed to subside a bit and I learned to live with them. Fast forward 20 years.
A little over 3 years ago I was asked to sing a solo for a Relief Society Program at church. I grew up singing in a quartet with my sisters and was never afraid to sing. However, the night before the program a dress rehearsal was scheduled. As I stood at the microphone and the introduction to the song was being played, I found myself terrified and unable to breath, I could not catch my breath, my lungs felt like they had quit functioning, my heart was pounding out of my chest and I could hear the loud thump, thump of it beating in my ears. I felt crazy, shaky and dizzy. I wanted to run, but all I could do was stand there. I tried to sing, but the only sound that came out was breathy gasping sounds. All eyes were on me. It was a creepy experience.
I needed quick relief, yet was very opposed to prescription drugs because of previous experience. The night of the performance I inhaled LeTranquility Essential Oil from Butterfly Express and practiced deep breathing exercises. I was worried about a repeat of the night before. The oil kept a full blown panic attack at bay, but I needed help. I found that help in the form of Foot Zone Balance Therapy.
The zone was able to access all the systems in my body, create a healing environment and balance. It brought peacefulness and calm into my life and gave me a desire to take charge of my health. Thankfully, I no longer suffer from debilitating panic attacks. If fear creeps in I recognize it as an imbalance in my body and realize another zone is needed to achieve homeostasis to bring peace back into my life. I LOVE the zone!
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April 20, 2012
Maybe it’s because I have five children that I get asked often about Zone Balance Therapy and pregnancy. I can say that my last two babies were “zoning” babies from conception to labor and with #5, even during labor and right after delivery.
Foot Zone Balance Therapy is great for bringing the body into a state of homeostasis, or balance, which includes your hormones. The Reproductive System is one of the many areas of the body that the Zone proves to be incredible.
Here are some common pregnancy complaints that I personally have experienced and reaped amazing benefits from being zoned:
1. Fertility—I had trouble getting pregnant with 2 out of my 5 children and had to go on fertility treatments. After baby #3 came four years after #2, I was sure I was done having babies. I couldn’t possibly go through all of the nasty side effects of the fertility drugs and put my family through that again. About 9 months before baby #4 came along, I received my first Zone! My zoner could feel and clear blockages in my ovaries and Fallopian tubes. From my experience and many others, Zone Balance Therapy is known to increase fertility.
2. Morning Sickness—I have been blessed that I have not experienced horrible morning sickness. [I threw up only once with each of my pregnancies.] But, I have definitely experienced the wooziness in the morning and throughout the daytime when I have had an empty stomach and the feelings that absolutely NOTHING sounds good to eat or that I HAVE to have chocolate or an ARBY’s Roast Beef Sandwich with curly fries. [Which sounds really disgusting now, btw!] During my fifth pregnancy, I was lucky enough to get zoned weekly. The morning sickness was very minimal compared to the previous four. My cravings were much more controlled and I didn’t give in as easily.
3. I Am SO TIRED!—Exhaustion is something that just comes with being pregnant, right? However, being Zoned increased my energy levels to the point that I could function in the ways that I needed to [like selling my house, packing up to move to an apartment while we built a larger home so our fifth baby wouldn’t have to sleep in a drawer].
4. Sciatic Nerve Issues/Back Pain—In each of my first three pregnancies, I spent more time on my Chiropractor’s table than I did in my OB’s office. My back was always going out and my growing belly was putting constant pressure on my sciatic nerve causing great pains shooting from my hips all the way down to my toes. With my fourth and fifth pregnancies, Zone Balance Therapy brought my body into balance. Physically my back was stronger and stayed in alignment longer. The sciatic nerve pain was managed very well getting regular zones during both pregnancies, so much so that I rarely felt sciatic pain.
5. Pelvic Pain and Pressure—During my fourth pregnancy, I got to about the sixth month and felt as if I had to pick up my right leg to move it out of bed, in and out of the car, and physically, move it forward if I stood in one place long enough. Oh, the waddling!!! It was excruciating at times. My pregnancy hormones were doing a fine job of separating my pubic bone and my pelvic girdle in preparation for birth, but this was too soon! Zone Balance Therapy was able to realign my pelvic girdle and keep things nice and tight until it was time to loosen things up again for labor.
6. Mood Swings/Emotional Release—My poor family knows that when I am pregnant to stay clear of mom! Let’s just say, I ask for forgiveness often… But, when I am getting zoned regularly, (regardless of pregnancy or not) I get an ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT. Everything seems right in the world after a zone… just ask my husband! The things that stress me out aren’t as stressful. Believe it or not, my surroundings even become brighter. The woes of pregnancy just don’t seem as bad after a zone and that is a great reason to be happy and all around pleasant.
7. Labor Induction—Now this is a BIG one. So, I will start out with this DISCLAIMER, if you will…
ZONE BALANCE THERAPY will NOT put you into labor UNLESS your body is READY to be in labor. However, the Zone will help your body PREPARE for labor. If you go into PRETERM labor, the zone MAY help STOP the body from going into PRETERM labor. But, as ALWAYS consult your doctor as I am NOT a doctor :)
On that note… Here is my experience with labor induction and the zone: With baby #4, I tell people that the zone “got me pregnant” and the zone got me “un-pregnant”. I started having very strong regular contractions at 35 weeks with my son. That day, I had been to the doctor and that day he told me that I was at a point that they wouldn’t stop labor if anything were to happen. Well, it did, and he stopped me! They gave me a little tiny pill that brought all contractions to a halt after laboring in the exam room for 3 hours with no progress. I was so FRUSTRATED and I don’t think I had ever been so angry in my life! For two more weeks, I didn’t feel a single contraction. I went to my regular appointment and saw a different doctor, the one who had delivered my two previous babies. He took pity on me and stripped my membranes, which sent me into labor quickly with my first three babies. However, this time was different…still no contractions! I called my zoner. She worked on my feet and I started contracting again right there on her couch! My baby boy was born 6 hours later.
8. The Zone During Labor and After Birth—My mom zoned me weekly from the beginning to the end of my fifth pregnancy. She was there with Bryan and me at the hospital with her essential oils, ready for whatever I would need. Since this was my first time going into labor without any medical assistance [ie. stripped membranes] and my first natural childbirth, things were progressing slowly, more so than in my past experiences [which was truly fine with me]. She zoned my cervix [on my feet!] to help it stretch and soften. She worked on my pelvic girdle to help things spread so the baby could drop further into the birth canal for a safe passageway out. If the zone wasn’t good for anything else, [which it was] just the act of putting oils on my feet and loving and caring touch was enough to help alleviate the stresses of labor. It was a beautiful experience from beginning to end. When my beautiful baby girl was born and the placenta was delivered, my mom zoned me again this time working on my pelvic girdle to encourage structural alignment to put things back into place. This act, along with the use of Millenia, a Butterfly Express essential oil, brought my body back into alignment quickly. Even though this was my fifth time delivering a baby, I had never healed so quickly or gotten back into my pre-pregnancy jeans so fast! I also didn’t bleed as heavy and as long during my post-partum recovery.
To sum it all up, Zone Balance Therapy is great for all aspects of pregnancy from conception to delivery and beyond. If you or someone you know would benefit from the Zone for an increase in fertility, relief from common pregnancy issues, and emotional release before labor, contact us! You and your developing, growing baby both will benefit greatly.
*Unless you have been getting zoned regularly, it is not recommended to get Zoned during the first trimester of pregnancy.
*Please note we do not make any claims about the many benefits Zone Balance Therapy has to offer. These are my personal experiences with Zone Balance Therapy during my pregnancy. ~ Jada