Maryellen LaBelle

Qigong • Yoga • Reiki • Thai Foot Reflexology

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A Guide To Winter

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it is believed that our body rhythm follows our seasons throughout the year.

To balance and support our body remember to:

  • Go to bed early and get lots of rest.
  • Listen clearly and observe your interactions during this time of hibernation and stillness.  As we spend time in quiet and peace, notice how grounding and nourishing this is to our spirit.
  • Get moving with gentle exercises.  Our internal water is susceptible to becoming cold and stagnant.
  • Eat lots of warm soups, salty flavors and stews.
  • Stay warm by covering neck and also cover legs and feet to nurture your kidney qi.  An ancient practice to use before bed is to soak your feet in hot water and then jump into bed for a great nights’ sleep.

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True Believer in Essential Oils – That’s Me

My recent and ongoing studies with essential oils has made me a true believer in their benefits and impact on how they support us in so many ways (the long lost medicine/healer in me has been activated).  Utilizing Michelle Meramour’s Body Feedback System  has upgraded my energy work to a new level.  Clients love the process and provide feedback by confirming results real-time.  

Since ancient times, herbs and plants were known to have healing properties.  We lost touch with this knowledge overtime, but essential oils are now jumping back into popularity.  We see them everywhere from natural health, pet care to DIY projects and more.  The truth is that that these oils which come from nature support us in mind, body and spirit.

Essential oils are concentrated properties of flowers and plants and once picked, they go thru a distillation process to extracts oils from the flower, branch, leaves or roots. 

Components found in essential oils are terpenes, alcohols, esters, ketones, aldehydes, and phenols. These organic chemicals impact the smell. The antioxidant value in some essential oils alone is incredible. 

There are three types of terpenes (one of the major organic chemicals) contained in essential oils which are phenylpropanoids, monoterpenes, and sesquiterpenes. Phenylpropanoids cleans the receptor sites on cells, which in turn support a healthy body. For example phenylpropanoids are found in clove, basil and cinnamon.  Monoterpenes help break up mucus and act as a decongestant and are found in lots of  essential oils. Lastly, sesquiterpenes can cross the blood brain barrier increasing the oxygen in cells and may be found, fore example, in cedarwood, vetiver and patchouli. 

Essential oils can be used topically, diffused, or added to food.  Essential oils are very small and easily enter through the skin and when inhaling they disperse and get carried throughout the body. 

Using a few drops of essential oil on the soles of your feet is a great way to apply the essential oil (remembering that the oils enter through the skin and  travel through the body very quickly) and this location is perfect to test to see if you have a reaction to the oil.  Using a carrier oil (like coconut oil on the sole first) is a great base for the essential oil and many essential oils may need to be diluted.

Lastly, are all brands of essential oils equal?  The answer is no.   My “go to” for essential oils is Young Living.  Young Living is committed to establishing and maintaining the ultimate, industry-leading standard in essential oil products.  

What I learned pretty quickly is that my home was filled with toxic products which were easily replaced and some I created with fun, easy recipes.  One of my favorite ways to clear my home is with diffusers.  Depending on what’s happening at home guides me as to what essential oils to use.  Many times, friends and family come through the door and comment on how nice it smells and remember, a few drops goes a long way!

The Ritual of Smudging ~ Clear the Field

 

The ancient ritual of smudging is a tradition that goes back thousands of years.  Done by cultures throughout the world, this practice is very popular.  Since we know that energy is everywhere, not only in our bodies, but in our thoughts, the wind, our dreams, in trees, rocks, and the energy of other people, it’s important to also realize that we should smudge to clear our aura field, the space we work and live, our car, and clothes.

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Self Care-Ideas to Raise Your Vibration

Good vibrations, sweet sensations – sounds like a song . . . and, of course, it is.  I think of dancing and singing and immediately I feel a smile form.  It’s happiness and fun energy swirling and pulsing through our bodies.  Energetically, music, singing, dancing are all ways to stimulate energy flow in our physical bodies and mind.  Often I hear or read that these simple acts help us to feel better, to lift our spirits and so it does.   Of course, it goes without saying Continue reading

Rose Quartz: A Crystal to Help with Personal Development

Rose quartz is a healing stone for the heart and soothing emotions.  The rose quartz has a gentle, nurturing energy.  Working with this stone for self love and acceptance has many benefits and allows us to be in touch with our true, authentic self.  This stone helps us go deep within and open the heart chakra to give and receive love.

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Energy Healing – Why does it feel so good?

 

Energy healing: Reiki – Meditation – Acupuncture – Yoga – IET – and the list goes on on.  There are so many ways to work with energy and these are just a very few modalities.  Let’s start with the basic definition of energy from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective.  Energy or Qi  is the basis of everything in the universe.  It forms all things substantial (we can touch i.e. rocks, books, etc.) and ethereal (things we can’t touch i.e. wind, dreams, etc.). There are two main parts of qi – they are yin/yang.  Yin is dark, moist, feminine, sinking, moon, cold, and night.  Yang is light, dry, masculine, rising, sun, heat and day.

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Restorative Yoga – Rest, Relax, Renew

You may ask why?  Why do I want to go to a yoga class to rest, to relax and do nothing.  Or you may say, OMG, that is just what I need: no place to go, no one to call, nothing to do!  In this day and age, multi-tasking is an expectation and one that we have become accustomed to, but I ask what is the cost?

The number one visit to the primary care physician today is related to stress.  Stress sits in our body and causes all kinds of interference from anxiety, pain, fear, indigestion,  insomnia and everything in between.  We do not take time to chill out and let go of our phones, tv, or computers for that instant communication (good or bad).

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Three Reflexology Points to Relieve Stress

The breath is a tool we can tap into for calming the nervous system.

A majority of people are going to their primary care physician due to stress and anxiety.  Neck, shoulder and spine issues are common due to lack of movement and may be caused by our addiction to technology devices and other demands in our day to day lives.    Symptoms of stress: Continue reading

Pose to relieve: insomnia + tired legs/feet + anxiety

Many of my clients describe feelings of worry, pain in their legs and feet, trouble sleeping and more.  I find myself recommending  Legs Up The Wall pose to assist in alleviating some of the symptoms.  I have to admit that I am partial to the pose and find myself dozing from time to time.

Please click on the link, print the pdf and try it.  Let me know if you have any questions or comments.  Enjoy.

Knit/crochet reduces stress and more . . .

As the holidays and cold days descend, it seems kind of natural to take out the yarn, patterns and start creating something beautiful and may even make a special gift for that certain someone.  I like to plop down on my favorite comfy chair, with a fire crackling (when possible) and get lost in my work.  This helps my spirits and allows me to carry on while my mind wanders here and there.  I prefer quiet or soft music during this practice.  The next best thing is to have a friend join in and chat, drink tea and relax.

Studies have shown that a hand-based craft such as knitting or crocheting is a tool to alleviate anxiety, depression and increases brain activity.  The rhythmic nature keeps the mind active and allows for reflection, providing an escape from the grasshopper mind which jumps from thought to thought.  In addition, the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand, states knitting can prevent arthritis and tendonitis.   Harvard Medical School did studies that showed that knitting and crocheting as a meditative practice  can lower heart rates and blood pressure and can alleviate symptoms related to insomnia, depression and stress.

Socially, there are many classes at local senior centers; and yarn stores hold classes which allow students to gather and share their stories, show off their work and help each other with their project and whatever else comes up.  There is a special camaraderie amongst the group and newcomers are welcomed in with a warm greeting.

In addition, there is something magical about the colors, textures, size, weight of the colorful yarns that makes you want to collect your favorites.  Maybe it’s time for you to pick up your needles and start!

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