Don’t you love it when you have a book in your hands that’s so exciting that it’s hard to put down? As previously written, I’m a Cellular Response energy healer so my clients are interested in healing their bodies naturally. In my constant quest for all-natural healing, one of my clients introduced me to Earthing which was published last year and written by Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., and Martin Zucker. Last month it was selected as the “Book of the Month” by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

The authors define Earthing as follows:

If possible, read this book sitting with your bare feet directly on the Earth — grass, gravel, dirt, sand, or concrete.

You will simultaneously experience what you are reading about — how contact with the Earth restores your body’s natural electrical state.

The positive shift you feel is the start of a process in which your body slowly becomes infused with the Earth’s omnipresent and ever-present healing energy.

This is Earthing, a remarkably simple, safe, and natural act of reducing pain and stress.

For those that need hard core scientific evidence, Earthing might not be acceptable to you. But for those that accept mostly anecdotal evidence and testimonies, this book is full of amazing results. There are also scientific studies included and many more are planned.

It’s a very simple concept and you can read a sample of the book at earthing.com.

All that I’m learning about electromedicine and healing energies is so exciting. This is the future of medicine. The planet Earth is giving us the greatest gift of all for our health. Let us gratefully accept it. With all of the chronic diseases of seniors  straining our medical system, it’s time to be pro-active and look for alternatives. You are responsible for your own health. Earthing can change the way medicine is practiced. Earthing changes the actual physiology of the grounded person in a healthier way.

So run to your favorite bookstore and buy the book or you can simply click on the Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? link under Health Resources and Products to the right. To your health!

Happy New Year 2011!

It’s been just over two years since I started this blog and what an enlightening journey it’s been. When I started it, I was writing two times a week and then cut down to once a week when I started aboutalz.com. Now, as the new year begins, I am in the process of developing a new program, Gracefully Age Program  (GAP), where I work with seniors and baby boomers who struggle to find enough time to take care of their aging bodies, but would like to feel like they are in their 20’s again … except with better judgment.

My clients and I work together on the goals to be accomplished. Currently, we are in a three-month pilot program, but the actual program starts this spring and will run for six months. I am developing resources for the program as well as joint ventures. My program will be unique in that as a Cellular Response energy healer, I will incorporate energy exercises which I find totally intriguing.

As my blog has pointed out for the past couple of years, we seniors need to take care of our bodies if we want to have a good quality of life ahead of us. As I observe seniors around me, so many of them have let their bodies deteriorate. They have no energy. They have no sparkle in their faces. They are in pain. Diseases are rampant. I felt a program like GAP could help people even more than what I am doing in my Cellular Response practice. But only people who are committed to do anything to have optimal health will succeed in such a program. We all know people who could benefit from such a program, but they are going to have to want it for themselves. I will be the link that will help them achieve their goals.

So, I need more time to spend on the next chapter of my retirement career of helping more people and therefore, I will be adding to my blog every other Wednesday instead of weekly. I’ll be back in two weeks.

I appreciate your friendship. Make 2011 the best year ever!

Second Anniversary — noranagatani.com

This week I celebrate my second anniversary with noranagatani.com. It’s been an awesome experience and mind-boggling when I think about people who have connected with me via comments, phone calls, and e-mails. I’m also grateful for the wonderful contributing authors.

Using the tagline, “Helping Seniors Live Happily Ever After,” has enabled me to cover a variety of topics, but what I’ve cared most about is the health of my generation. If you still haven’t caught on to exercising, it’s important that you do.

Granddaughter

I’ve mentioned being retired — it’s been almost five years now — and what fun to experience so many new things. Topping the list is becoming a grandma. What a delight! I’ve also been a “Cellular Response” practitioner for almost a year and how gratifying to see people feeling good.

Now I’m taking it a step further and I’ve developed a program to have seniors and baby boomers take charge of their own health. So I’m working with seniors and baby boomers who are struggling to find enough time to care for their aging bodies and would like to feel as though they are in their twenties again, except with better judgment. Know any senior who would do anything and pay anything to feel more energetic? Give me a call to find out more and get in on my no-cost pilot program. I’m looking for volunteers from anywhere in the United States. Call any time — 703.825.8384. I’d love to help!

As you can tell from previous posts, I love new experiences. Not heart-stopping ones like riding a roller coaster or sky-jumping (not on my bucket list to do either of those), but those that allow me to remain grounded or at least close to the ground. Since becoming a Cellular Response energy healing practitioner, I am now very interested in other energy healing modalities. My previous posts have talked about Quantum-Touch, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Polarity Therapy and now my latest experience, CranioSacral Therapy (CST).

I was the fortunate recipient of a gift card to Massage Envy. I checked out their Web site and noticed that they offered CST. I was very excited because it is something that I wanted to experience. I had heard from CranioSacral therapists that CST was similar to Cellular Response. However, the one I experienced at Massage Envy was not anything like Cellular Response which is light-touch healing. What I experienced was definitely much like a massage.

According to Kelly Price in an ezine.com article, craniosacral massage is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system and this type of massage involves a very light touch. The goal is for the body to heal itself, similar to Cellular Response. Other similarities included breathing and holding two points, but overall, it was just a massage. Perhaps I will get to experience it again from someone who specializes in it.

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Best OTC Painkillers

Last week the Washington Post had an article in its Wellness section — Choosing the right painkiller doesn’t have to be such a headache. Since I had just talked about natural alternatives in my last post, I thought this was a good follow-up. Notice the row, Be careful if. Yes, there are side effects even with common over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. If the chart is not clear, please click on it and it will open in a new window.

It is important to understand your own body. Take control. Research natural alternatives. For example, the other day I twisted my knee slightly and was uncomfortable. So I gave my knee a Cellular Response energy healing treatment and doubled up on my glucosamine/chondroitan/msm (click here). I also used an all-natural topical analgesic (click here). The next day I was back at the gym.

Remember, there are side effects to even over-the-counter medications. Before you reach for one, see if there are any natural alternatives that might help.

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Polarity Therapy

Gus in his Polarity Therapy Studio

Is it possible to feel pain and ticklish at the same time? Is it possible that pain could feel good? These were the sensations I felt as I experienced polarity therapy along with acupressure and reflexology. Although Cosmos Yoga and Healing is closing its doors, owner Constantis “Gus” Christofi will continue his polarity therapy practice at a new location. You previously met Gus in this post.

According to the American Polarity Therapy Association,”Energy fields and currents exist everywhere in nature. Polarity Therapy asserts that the flow and balance of energy in the human body is the foundation of good health. In the Polarity model, health is experienced when:

  1. Energy systems function in their natural state, and
  2. Energy flows smoothly without significant blockage or fixation.

When energy is unbalanced, blocked or fixed due to stress or other factors, pain and disease arise.”

What makes Polarity Therapy unique is that they bring in other healing systems as well. For example, Gus used acupressure, reflexology, oils, and sounds.

To begin the session, I was lying on my back with my head on a wooden “half moon” pillow. It was very uncomfortable to start, but bearable. I was told to move my head back and forth for 100 times as quickly as possible. Simultaneously he was shaking my legs. He then informed me that our feet are the entrance to the inside of our body and proceeded to press certain points. Talk about being ticklish and feeling pain at the same time. He said to relax and as I did the sensations subsided. Whew!

He continued the session by bringing his hands over my left leg up to the crown and down the left leg (called balancing the long lines). When he felt any energy blockages at acupoints, he pressed hard. Ouch! He did the same to the back side with me lying on my stomach. Then he brought in accessories using a cream, a Neptune Fork for sound, and concluding with an oil for smell.

As a Cellular Response practitioner, I am interested in other forms of energy healing. I am amazed at all of the different practices. Since they all deal with energy, there are many parts that are similar. With both of our practices, we believe that we can facilitate wellness, but your body heals itself. I was fortunate to have met Gus and experienced Polarity Therapy. Gus practices in Fairfax County, Virginia and can be contacted by e-mail at cosmosyogahealing@verizon.net.

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I just finished reading a book that I never expected to read — Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. It was recommended by one of my guest bloggers, Joanne Lozar Glenn. If I saw that book in a bookstore, I would not have picked it up. But it turned out to be very interesting and inspiring.

Writing Down the Bones — Freeing the Writer Within — was first published in 1986, then expanded in 2005. What I really like about the book is how her Zen meditation practice is just like writing. Like everything else, to become a good writer takes practice. However, she also opens your eyes to life, to everything around you. Suddenly you might get a different perspective of what you thought was not very good and you can look at your writing from a different angle.

She quotes her Zen master, Katagiri Roshi, often such as:

Katagiri Roshi once said to me, “We are all Buddha. I can see you are Buddha. You don’t believe me. When you see you are Buddha, you will be awake. That’s what enlightenment is.”

One chapter that resonated with me is called, “Trust Yourself.” (It’s something my Cellular Response mentor is always telling me). She says you should listen to what other people have to say about your writing, but it’s your writing so make your own decision. Your relationship with yourself is so important. She ends that chapter by writing:

Don’t worry if you come back six months later and the piece you weren’t sure of turns out to be terrible. The good parts are already decomposing in your compost pile. Something good will come out. Have patience.

Do you think that as seniors we have more patience now than in our pre-senior years? I do.

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Breaking a Habit — Can Hypnotherapy Work?

So you have a bad habit — smoking, eating too much, biting your nails — and you’d like to break the habit. Or maybe you don’t have a bad habit you’d like to break, but you need help with achieving your goals. Can hypnotherapy work? Perhaps, perhaps not. Last week I met a certified hypnotist studying advanced hypnotherapy. He had previously given a presentation to The Healing Cooperative – Fairfax Chapter and was offering the opportunity to experience hypnotherapy.

Being very interested in alternative and complementary medicine, I decided to schedule an appointment. In one sense, John and I are on parallel paths — we are at the beginning of our journey to learn our chosen healing modality. He witnessed hypnosis and saw positive results and I saw how Cellular Response could help people. (See my previous posts here and here).

After the hypnotherapy experience, I felt very relaxed for the rest of the night. The next day I felt that my mind was clear and I felt a sense of direction. It helped me to see where I could go with my Cellular Response practice. I was amazed at how well hypnotherapy worked for me even in a very short session.

First, I filled out a simple questionnaire with yes or no answers. From this questionnaire, he guided me with questions then led me down the path to clearly see how I am helping people to heal and how they in turn can contribute to helping others. This was simple and beautiful.

What I recall about hypnosis is whatever I saw as a young child. It started with, “You’re getting sleepy….” Does this ring a bell? Or maybe hypnotists still do that for shows. Personally, I’ve not seen anything like that recently. In my session, I was seated in a chair with my arms outstretched on the table in front of me and he asked me to tap my right index finger on the table and to put it on autopilot. Then he guided my left arm until it met my forehead. Most of the time was spent in guiding my thoughts and before opening my eyes, my tapping was stopped and I was back to my original position.

Hypnotherapy is probably not for everyone and in many cases (such as to stop smoking), one session would probably not be adequate. John is currently practicing law and is preparing to possibly start a second career helping people via hypnotherapy. I left the session with a list of 145 ways that hypnotherapy may be able to help you. He’s even helping a couple of people to improve their golf game. Have you used a hypnotherapist? How did it work for you?

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Energy Healing — Reiki and Cellular Response

As an active student of Cellular Response (CR) energy healing, I am also interested in other energy healing arts. A few years ago, a reiki practitioner volunteered her reiki healing to help me recover from an injury. More recently, I listened to Eva Arciszewski , a reiki master, talk about her practice, Reiki Wisdom, and watched as she demonstrated on a volunteer at one of our energy healers meeting. A couple of weeks later, my sister (Dianne), a level two trained reiki practitioner, and I exchanged the experience on each other, with Dianne performing reiki on me and with me performing Cellular Response on her.

According to Eva, we are all energy. Any information comes to the heart chakra first (the heart chakra is one of the seven centers of spiritual energy in the human body according to yoga philosophy — dictionary.com) then it goes to the brain. Illness results when we are unbalanced — it originates in the energy field.

Eva Arciszewski

Eva says reiki can be learned. There are three levels plus the master level. Neuropathways are opened and we can feel more energy. The healer is the vessel for energy to flow, not the energy itself. You need to trust your own body as a source of self-healing.

Dianne added that in reiki, the practitioner is not treating the person, reiki is doing it. It is like a garden hose that’s serving as the vessel to go to someone else. In order to practice, you must be initiated by a master.

As I experienced reiki, the biggest differences as compared to Cellular Response were the touch and breathing. In Cellular Response, the touch is very light, whereas with reiki, it was a heavier touch. In reiki, there is no specific breathing pattern, whereas with CR, there is a specific breathing sequence in order to bring up the energy. As I experienced reiki, I could feel the energy in my feet. Reiki also involves symbolism which is not part of CR. In both modalities, permission must be granted before the practitioner can work on you. After the treatment, I felt a greater energy balance.

With seniors facing more and more health challenges each day, energy healing offers the possibility of having the body heal itself and perhaps avoiding the need for medication. It is definitely worth the time to investigate the energy-healing modalities.

Happy New Year from noranagatani.com!

Happy New YearCan you believe another year has flown by? Happy New Year! Here at noranagatani.com it was an incredible year of awesome experiences. I hope it was full of wonderful memories for you as well. For my husband and me, it was always the anticipation of seeing and being with our now 16-month old granddaughter. She flew in with her parents on Christmas night and it was the best gift anyone could ask for. Together with my younger son and his wife, we are currently enjoying our holiday family reunion.IMG_6773

Are you living your life’s purpose? I had a hand analysis done this year and found that I am a gifted healer. It validated my wanting to learn and practice Cellular Response, an energy healing modality founded in California by Dan Yamaguchi of Silicon Valley Health and Wellbeing. It gives me immense pleasure to help people with their pain (and as seniors, don’t our bodies pop up with pain here and there all the time?) I am very excited about continuing my education in this area.

I hope you enjoyed Joanne Lozar Glenn’s series on writing. I am inviting more senior guest bloggers to join me on this blog to share their expertise with you. I’ve met many of them through the Women’s Network of Springfield, a women’s networking group that I co-founded. If you have a Facebook account, you can visit us here.

Take good care of yourself. Remember, the gift of health is the best gift you can give yourself and your loved ones. Happy New Year!