- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Healing Energy 101
What are some things that come to your mind when you see the color green? Trees and grass, perhaps is the most common answer, followed by American dollars, maybe frogs. You might not think of something tangible, but rather an idea, like jealousy, or something else, like the start of Springtime. There are many fascinating truths about the color green. As a massage therapist and wellness educator I have studied Chromotherapy which is nothing other than color therapy. We are all chromotherapists to one degree or another. For instance, when you painted your bedroom, did you choose school bus yellow as the primary color? Of course not! Your bedroom is a sanctuary. It's a place to go to rest and relax, a place to love, and also a place to recuperate when you're not feeling well. Most likely you chose soft colors that are conducive to resting, loving, and well-being.
I'm giving you the green light!
There are some AMAZING things to learn about the color green. One of my very favorites when I tell clients of mine either in the classroom or on the massage table is that green is the only color your eye does not have to focus in order to see! When we see something red, like a fire truck, perhaps, our eye needs to adjust to see this color, which sends a message to the brain, which then tells you that this object is red. Amazingly, this all happens within a fraction of a second!
Green is unarguably the color of nature. The trees all around us are green, the grass is green, green is an abundant color in nature, especially in the Spring and Summer. Our eyes automatically rest on green. This is one of the many reasons that researchers regard the color green as soothing, calming, tranquil, and healthy.
Green is a healing color that reduces stress. I happen to believe that. Even if it's mind over matter, the fact is that there is research that proves the effect of this color. Those who live or work in a green environment, not necessarily green walls (although the right color could knock your blood pressure down a bit!) experience fewer aches and pains. Headaches are practically non-existent!
You might also think of the phrase "going green" which means that the product or substance you are using is safe for our environment. Tupperware is one of the companies that has been green for the last 50 years! Their products are not made of plastic, they are BPA free (Bisphenol A is a common chemical in plastic that causes many health concerns) and so we trust that brand. The same goes for make-up and other products we put on our faces, bodies, hair, etc. Most make-up is created from chemicals we cannot pronounce and we put this directly on our faces which, over time, can cause wrinkles, premature aging, dry skin, or worse. In the more recent years we have heard of mineral make-up that is made up of just that- minerals that are found in the Earth. This make-up is actually good for our skin and we don't have to be frantic about scrubbing our faces at the end of the night to keep our youthful look. You can actually clean your face with dirt. Sounds like an oxymoron, but it's true. The Earth was created to be our friend.
Natural Healing Energy
Healing Energy Poll
How do you personally engage in healing?
One of the greatest forms of healing of all time is massage therapy. There are so many modalities from hot stone massage to reflexology, Lomi-Lomi Hawaiian bodywork to Thai massage, Shiatsu to Cranio-sacral therapy, Scalp treatments to Lymphatic Drainage, and the list goes on. No matter what massage modality you choose, you have chosen the best one. When your muscles are being worked, toxins like metabolic waste are being released. Your lymph system takes these toxins and flushes them from your body. This is the reason why you must drink plenty of water after a massage. If you don't flush those toxins, they have no place to go but back where they came from, and then you become stiff and sore and end up feeling like a truck hit you. You don't want that.
In the meantime, while your lymph system is working on your toxins, your muscles are releasing endorphins which is your internal happy drug. Endorphins are at work when you are feeling that euphoric feeling while relaxing during your massage. My son, when he was 12 years old, described it as like that floaty feeling you get when you take NyQuil. Yeah. It's just like that.
Massage has wonderful benefits. First and foremost, it's relaxing. You may actually fall asleep, snore, drool, it's something I deal with on a daily basis. If I can make you feel that way, it's the greatest compliment I can receive. Other benefits include lowering your blood pressure, creating circulation which is great for diabetics, lymph drainage which is great for everyone but especially for Cancer patients. Massage puts you in a good mood, considering it's a detox treatment, after your massage you tend to eat better since you don't want to undo the benefits. It's great for the heart, it's great for your skin, and it promotes an overall feeling of well-being. If you've never gotten one, I highly recommend it.
Use your creativity to shine!
Are you a writer? Were you good at creating your own stories in English class? If you love to write but don't do well with outlines or structure because they give you writer's block, then may I suggest blogging! With a blog you can write about whatever you want. Did you experience an epiphany at 3am that needs attention? Did you have a "kids say the darndest things!" moment in your second grade class today and the whole world needs to hear it? Did you go to your place of worship on Sunday and hear the most amazing public talk on a subject that touched your heart? Your little scribbles throughout the day can be made into a masterpiece by the end of the day, the end of the week, whatever your time frame. Writing is creative expression. There is no right or wrong way to express yourself when it comes to writing. For me, I tend to use humor when I write, even if it's about death. I deal with life through humor. Am I serious when I need to be? You bet. But sometimes I need to lighten the mood. Like when my dad died in 1986. I was in 7th grade. He was on a business trip when he died and I preferred to think of it as an all-you-can-eat buffet that he just hasn't come home from yet. He wasn't a big man, but he could eat alot! See how that brought a slight smile to your face? It's like that. I can't dwell on the negative. I know where he is and the state he's in. So me putting him at the buffet makes me a little less sad. Writing can do that for you, too.