Deep Relaxation For The Body

Deep Relaxation For The Body

One of my regular clients at Twin Ponds integrative Health Center called for a massage today and requested a 90 minutes massage.  He wanted to feel relaxed at a very deep level.

Every time I give a massage it is different.  I love just following my inner guidance and the client’s requests to make the session special for that client on that day. I set up the room with the heated pad to warm his muscles and put on some gentle soothing music. These start the relaxation process.  I blended some gentle and long Swedish massage strokes and deep tissue massage, to help with the release of tension and knots. His 90 minute session gave me the opportunity to spend more time on his right shoulder that was holding a lot of tension.

Before I started to work on his back, I did some Craniosacral Therapy to release restrictions that would improve the functioning of his central nervous system. This was a new experience for him and the depth of relaxation he was feeling was amazing to him! He commented on how surprising it is that just placing hands in certain areas allowed his breathing to go so deep. The 90 minute session also allowed me to do extra work on his back and legs. I did different massage strokes and Myofascia Release where I gently applied pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions.  This helps to eliminate pain and restore motion for overall better results. I could feel his muscles let go of the tension.  When I massaged his legs, he told me they felt lighter.

It is very rewarding to get feedback right away. I finished our session with some gentle energy healing called Reiki which helps the body relax and quiets the mind at the same time.  This energy work enhanced the massage and allowed the muscles to let go even more.

By the time he was ready to go home, he was so relaxed he looked as if he had just awakened from a deep sleep! Some research states that a massage is equivalent to four hours of sleep. It is so rewarding to help someone reach such a deep level of relaxation in just a short period of time.

I love helping my clients relax on all levels: body, mind and spirit. Blending gentle, deep massage with energy work like Reiki gives amazing results.  I feel such joy knowing that because of the depth of this client’s relaxation, his muscles will continue letting go of the tension he was experiencing.

Murielle Wesch, Licensed Massage Therapist

Better Communication for my Valentine!

Connie’s body was tight and her biggest complaint was that her back hurt when she started attending my  classes and learned exercises that released the tension in her body and her back pain.  But for Connie,  a more important bonus was the “behavioral aspect” of my Pattern Training. It offered a way for her to understand why she and other people behave the way they do.   So, Connie took the gift of this Training to her special “Valentine” and husband, Matt.  Now, they not only use the physical aspects of the Training, but have come to enjoy the Training’s “Breakthru” of improved communication, and a better understanding of themselves, and the dynamics of family life.

Connie told me, “Your knowledge about the mind-movement link is powerful.  I have found that for understanding ourselves and each other (my husband and I), the Training has not only helped us through our struggling times, but has also supported us in appreciating our differences.” Then she said, “Let me give you an example. You taught me that the dominant Pattern of my mind and movement is Swing, which means that I can be spontaneous, quick to process, and playful. My husband uses more Shape Pattern, and thus is more slow, methodical and practical. I have learned to honor his process and push only a little. When we disagree on something, I give him his space to process before we work things out. When we make big decisions, he slows me down which allows me to process more deeply so I can then get in touch with my feelings and be sure about my decision.”

And with a smile she added “I’m glad my husband and I aren’t alike.  We enjoy and appreciate each other the more we understand ourselves and each other. Good communication is so rewarding!  It makes being in a relationship more interesting and fulfilling.”

Then after she thought for a moment she said, “This Coordination Pattern “Breakthru” Training has been effective and helpful knowledge that we have applied not only to our “Valentine” relationship, but now also in the raising of our children.”

Betsy Wetzig, Founding Director of Coordination Pattern “Breakthru” Training and Full Potential Learning

Control Your Insulin To Resist Cancer

It has been some of my patients, determined to get sugar out of their diets completely, who have gotten me to take a closer look at the sugar-cancer connection.  I’ve never been a big fan of sugar, but, like many people, I have a hard time avoiding it entirely, and always felt like advising people to do so would take away much of their enjoyment in eating.  I’ve compromised, but over time, have edged closer to the no-added sugar (or high-fructose corn syrup) side

Here’s how the sugar-cancer connection is laid out, based on current research

  • Cancer cells do rely on sugar (glucose) to produce energy, but all cells use sugar; cancer cells are no different in that regard except that they use even more sugar than regular cells because they are so “energetic.” It’s high insulin levels that really seem to promote cancer cell growth
  • High insulin levels are most likely to come from insulin resistance, where cells can’t allow insulin to bring glucose into the cell. As a result, your pancreas makes more insulin, until, finally, it poops out and you need to take insulin injections
  • What exactly causes insulin resistance isn’t known, but the big risk factors are the same ones that cause type 2 diabetes: obesity, lack of exercise, lack of muscle, and a high-carbohydrate, high-sugar, excess-calorie diet. Even some nutrient deficiencies, like magnesium, chromium, vitamin D and B vitamins are associated with insulin resistance, and, not surprisingly, a high-sugar diet depletes your body of these nutrients

How does insulin promote cancer?  According to Craig Thompson, M.D., a world-renown cancer researcher, and now, president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the more insulin they get, the better cancer cells do. Cancer cells rely on what’s called “insulin signaling” to develop, and they can develop mutations to take full advantage of insulin, increasing its influence on the cell.  Dr. Thompson has said he believes that many pre-cancerous cells would never acquire the mutations that turn them into malignant tumors if they weren’t being driven by insulin to take up more and more blood sugar and metabolize it

So the bottom line, as I see it, is how do we reduce insulin resistance and high insulin levels? The same way we control or even reverse type 2 diabetes. Here’s what I tell my patients to do

  • Get regular exercise, both aerobic and muscle-building.
  • Attain a normal body weight, or, at least, a weight at which you can be physically active and feel good.
  • Avoid concentrated sources of sugar, such as soda, sweetened fruit juices and teas, candy, and desserts. Even be careful how much real fruit juice you consume (no more than 6 ounces a day.) Eat fruit instead.
  • Get away from refined carbohydrates such as white flour. Focus on whole grains, beans, lentils, brown rice, sweet potatoes, nuts and seeds, and vegetables like carrots for your carbohydrates. If you think you are intolerant of gluten, don’t eat it!
  • Replenish micronutrients as needed.  You may benefit from supplements of magnesium, chromium, vitamin D, B vitamins and other nutrients found in a multi-vitamin if your diet or absorption ability has been lacking.

By Gale Maleskey, MS, RD

Effortless Meditation™ and Anxiety, OCD

Sarah needed to stop her endless negative self-talk; it was sucking away her life energy.  She said, “My doctor tells me that I have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in addition to anxiety and panic disorder.”

In the preceding five years, her condition had become so debilitating that she could no longer work full-time.  At one point, she was so troubled that she could barely leave the house.

Fortunately, she was spirited and did not give up easily.  She tried medication, cognitive therapy and was vigilant about diet and exercise.  She also regularly listened to self-help CD’s, occasionally attended yoga classes, surrounded herself with crystals and fidgeted with gemstones everywhere to deal with her anxiety.

Compassionately, Sarah’s physician and a few friends enthusiastically encouraged her to take my Effortless Meditation™ course at Twin Ponds.  She was very skeptical, as she said, “I cannot sit still, so how will I ever be able to meditate?”

Sarah eventually acquiesced, realizing that she had little to lose except the course fee.  Once her physician assured her that the course was worth 10 times what was being charged, she was ready to take the plunge.

What was to come took Sarah by complete surprise.  After the third 1.5 hour session, the third day of the course, she excitedly declared to me, “I have removed all my gemstones and crystals from my car and I haven’t carried them with me since I learned to meditate.  She was initially hesitant to discuss these changes but after a few months of being free of her obsessive compulsive behaviors, she freely began to share her story with others.
“When it came to obsessive compulsive disorder, practicing Effortless Meditation™ did for me what medicine, diet and exercise, and cognitive therapy couldn’t, and literally within days.”  To her delight, Sarah’s obsessive mental dialogue has lost its power to control her life.

Greg Schweitzer
Effortless Meditation™ instructor

Relaxation Skills and Stress Management

Susan was looking for what? Her friend signed her up for a yoga workshop, but it was canceled.  All she knew was that she just wanted to relax, learn a bit and take some time for herself. However, The “Self and Joy” Renewal Retreat” was running at Twin Ponds Center where Betsy Wetzig does her Coordination Pattern Training.  The flyer said, “Enjoy fun, play, food/cooking, music… along with mind-movement understanding.”, so why not give it a try?

On the first night, as the group was making the English Tea, Susan realized that what she really wanted was to break out of the behaviors which were holding her back at work.  This change was going to be so fundamental.  Already, she was getting a core understanding of how she functioned and how other people were different from her.  So when she filled out and discussed Betsy’s handouts on Family Styles and Types, she saw how some of her “restricting” habits were learned in her family and culture while others were just her personal reactions to stress.  A light bulb was going off, “I can change!”

Overnight she glanced through Betsy’s book, Moves to Greatness: Focusing the Four Essential Energies of a Whole and Balanced Leader.  The section on Swing /Collaborator/Leadership weaknesses really hit a cord.

By Saturday, as they made lunch, Susan was already using her new creativity and communication skills, learned just that morning.  Who would have thought her plate of vegetables…. as she is a person who always has to be “Correct and Proper”…. would win the “Most Humorous” award.  Although it was, as Betsy pointed out, still wonderfully placed and orderly.

Later, as the group made and enjoyed the pasta dinner, Susan was fully on board with her new leadership skills.  She had actually experienced how the Coordination Pattern™ Breakthru Training exercises opened up her movement and most surprisingly, her mind; how they allowed her to literally  “Swing”  into her interactive and playful self which had so long been ignored and pushed down. She told Betsy, “I can hardly wait to lead my next team meeting at work.  I used to dread them.  Now I can enjoy and use my team members’ ways of functioning instead of trying to control and organize them into little copies of me…… I’m wondering what George’s reaction will be when I start enjoying his stories and jokes instead of giving him a dirty look to keep him on task.  It makes me laugh just to think of it.”

Susan was so thrilled with what she learned at this workshop that she signed up to attend the weekly classes.  She knew that this Coordination Pattern™ “Breakthru” Training helped  her to breakthrough to  a new,  improved, level of leadership and life.

By Betsy Wetzig,  Originator of Coordination Pattern Breakthru Training and Full Potential Learning