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Patient’s Guide to Successful Physical Therapy

I am not a physical therapist, and I have no medical training. I do have years of experience as a patient in physical therapy and have developed this ten-step program for successful physical therapy.

My visits to a physical therapist have all been as a result of a chronic disease I have. I have had to undergo therapy after surgeries, from injuries, and for severe chronic pain, all as a result of my disease. I have been in physical therapy (PT.) both as a hospital in patient and an out patient. I believe in the value of PT. and credit it with my continued good level of physical function.

These are my 10 steps to successful physical therapy.

1. Choose the correct therapist.

This is very important. Most PT. sessions will begin with an intake session. This will allow you to decide if the therapist is someone you can comfortably work with. I cannot work with a therapist who does not listen to me. I react best with someone who is not bubbly or verbose. I never want a therapist to feel sorry for me. If I see any of these traits during the intake, I will ask for a new therapist. Remember this is your therapy and you have that right. You must be able to have a comfortable relationship with your therapist.

2. Make certain the therapist understands the doctor’s orders.

Many times your therapist will be working from a handwritten prescription from your doctor and mistakes can be read. Have your therapist thoroughly explain what their understanding of your condition is from your doctor’s orders, not from what you say. Have your therapist call your doctor if you are not satisfied with their explanation. Failure to do this may put you on a totally wrong and possibly harmful PT. course. This is your responsibility make certain you get the correct therapy. I talk from experience.

3. Attitude.

After the first two steps are out of the way, this is the most important thing for you to do now. This is your therapy, not your neighbor’s, co-worker’s, or your mother-in-law’s PT. Listen to them politely then put it out of your mind. PT. will make you better, adjust your attitude to accept this fact. Can I be more blunt?

4. Be flexible with your time when setting the PT. appointments.

We are all busy and having to make the appointments for PT. is going to be difficult. The schedulers have a far more difficult job juggling times than you do so be patient with them. Remember that the number and times of your appointments, are determined by what is best for your recovery. Be willing to sacrifice your time for PT.

5. Get to your appointment at least fifteen minutes early.

In my many years of experience with PT., I have found them to be very punctual, unlike other medical fields. Getting to your appointment early will allow you to relax and become calm before you begin your PT. session. Use the time to put away any distractions which will keep you from having a good PT. session.

6. Take notes.

Your therapist will probably give you diagrams of exercises and written instructions. Use these to make your own notes on. When you are at home, these notes will help you remember what the therapist said.

7. Be honest.

Tell the therapist how you feel, be honest when they ask. If you try to be the macho king or suffer through pain, you risk injury and will not have a good PT. session. The therapist will use your answers as a guide for their decisions on how much and type of therapy they will be doing.

8. The therapist is the boss.

If you have followed the steps above your therapist will be doing the correct PT. The therapy can and probably will hurt, but that does not mean you stop. Your therapist is the boss. You might not think you cannot lift your arm over your head, but the therapist is the boss and if they say to, you do it. Once more I speak from years of experience.

9. Do your exercises.

Every time I have had PT., I have been given exercises to do either in my hospital room or at home. These exercises are very important. Your thirty to sixty-minute session of PT. is not enough time to bring yourself back to health and that is why you have to do your exercises. Set aside a specific time to complete all of the exercises and make sure to allot enough time. Be vigilant with this schedule and let nothing interrupt you. This is the most important thing you will be doing while in PT.

10. Schedule a rest time after your appointment and exercise periods.

Rest is important for the healing process and important for your attitude toward PT. You most likely will feel increased pain after PT. or an exercise session. This is why it is important to plan a rest time. Sit in a comfortable chair and read a good book, watch TV, or listen to music. Do whatever relaxes you for at least thirty minutes. Rushing back to work or home to make dinner is not relaxing.

PT. can be your route to health and mobility. How you approach PT. and participate in it can make all the difference in the world as to the result you will achieve. These 10 steps have been helpful to me, I hope they will work for you as well. Good luck with your physical therapy.

Naturally Cleansing and Detoxing Your Body After Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is basically a generalized term for the treatments that use chemical drugs in which to kill cancer cells. There are many different kinds of chemical agents which can be used, either alone or in combination with each other in which to treat different kinds of cancers. The specific drug or drug combinations which are chosen to combat the cancer are based on the extent of cancer present and type of cancer that is being treated.

During chemotherapy the drugs rob your system of all you immunity fighting cells along with the cancer cells and therefore after the cancer treatment you are weak and at your lowest while you body tries to recover from the treatment itself.

Your body’s compromised immune system makes it almost imperative that you try to help the body in every way you can after “chemo” to not only cleanse the system of any left over chemicals but strengthen the body’s immune system and build up the body in which to speed the recovery time.

A diet full of organic and raw foods which can easily be digested is vital, especially at such a critical time when your body is so weakened by the “chemo”. The body’s digestive system is also weakened and stomach problems are at an all time high so providing a diet that is soluble and easy to digest is again imperative. Blended fruit and veggie drinks provide a good way of giving the body its daily intake of fruits and vegetables along with giving the body an easier form in which to digest. However having a juicer is also a great asset due to fresh vegetables and fresh fruits allow for better nutritional value than processed juices and give your body a full range of ideal juice combinations in which to pick from . Not to mention the nutrients in vegetable and fruit juices become available to the body immediately after digestion and when taken a little at a time are easier on the delicate stomach system of someone dealing with coming off of chemotherapy.

Raw blended juices are sometimes thicker and more fiber filled and therefore a little rougher on people with an
easier nauseated stomach however when taken in smaller doses along with water the raw fiber can help with bowel maintenance. Adding an apple to a vegetable juice or any other fruit such as berries will sweeten the juice up. Berries such as blueberries are highly rich in antioxidants. Chilling juices also make them taste better and go down easier.

Milk thistle may also help with liver inflammation in patients who have cancer and are going through chemotherapy. Milk thistle has been used as a herbal medicine for a long time in which to treat liver disorders.
Milk thistle has may also improve liver-function tests by showing a significant improvement in liver enzymes. Taking milk thistle is also less likely to cause people to have to lower their chemotherapy doses and milk thistle doesn’t appear to interfere with the benefits of chemotherapy.

Before starting any diet or supplement you should always talk with your doctor to get his or her full consent and guidance. Your body will have to be monitored closely on any diet or supplement to make sure it is maintaining the proper nutritional needs and to make sure that there are no adverse reactions to any supplement or diet that you are implementing. If you have any side effects you should call your physician immediately.

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Therapy Treatments for PTSD

Great strides have been made in recent decades with regards to treatment for post traumatic stress disorder. Because we know so much more about PTSD than we did 30 or 40 years ago, we have been able to identify which types of therapy treatments are the most effective for people with PTSD. No longer is traditional talk therapy the only treatment choice, nor is it considered the best.

Cognitive behavior therapy is the most effective type of therapy treatment for a person with PTSD. Therapists trained in the use of cognitive behavior therapy work to help you identify your feeling about the trauma and also help you learn to change certain faulty thought patterns that you may have associated with the trauma. For instance, a woman who is date raped may feel afraid to date, thinking that she cannot trust her judgment to know what is safe.

A cognitive behavioral therapist will allow the woman to express her fears, anger and doubts then help her find new, more accurate ways to view what happened to her. This may include helping her to know that what happened was not her fault and that her judgment can be trusted.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is designed to be fairly short term. Unlike talk therapy were years can be spent, cognitive behavioral therapy often last less than a year with very positive results.

Exposure therapy is the next most effective type of therapy. This is the type of therapy that is used to help people with extreme fear of flying, or other crippling fears. With exposure, or immersion therapy, the person with PTSD is asked to remember the traumatic event, usually beginning with the less painful thoughts and progressing to the very painful thoughts. The trauma is remembered and talked about purposely to help the trauma survivor become desensitized to the thoughts and feelings that are preventing them from moving forward,

While it may sound frightening to have to face your trauma so boldly and repeatedly, it truly does work and while it hurts at the start, if effective you will be able to distance yourself enough from the trauma that talk of it, and thoughts and feelings will no longer have such extreme power over you. While you may not be able to imagine it now, there can come a day when you can talk openly and calmly about what happened to you. Not only will this be a gift to you, but at the same time, you will have the ability to help others who have been through what you’ve been through.

The newcomer in therapy treatments for PTSD is called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. This works much in the same way as exposure therapy. You are encouraged to talk about your trauma, but while talking about it you are taught to use eye movements, or hand taps, or other distracting gestures to help you cope with your thoughts differently.

Other treatment modalities include the use of antidepressants to help people with PTSD who are depressed or anxious, as well as group therapy and family therapy. Group therapy provides an atmosphere of understanding and support coming from other trauma survivors. Family therapy can be quite helpful for all concerned in understanding how to help you if you have PTSD, and how you can change the unhealthy ways that you may be interacting with family members.

There are many treatment choices out there and one is bound to be suitable for you. The first step is often the hardest, though, and that is the step that begins to take you away from your fears and to the phone to get help. PTSD colors the way you see everything and how you experience life. If PTSD is robbing you from enjoying the richness of life, then it is time to take that first step towards help and health.

Treatment of PTSD

Factors that Affect Male Fertility

There is no greater joy than beginning a family. For too many people, the journey to begin a family is complicated by infertility. It is estimated that 10 percent of women are infertile. Statistics on male infertility are lesser known but one can assume that half of all infertile couples are infertile because of an issue with the man’s sperm. When my husband and I were trying to get pregnant, we had several months of no luck. I did a lot of research on what can prevent fertility in both the man and the woman.

The best age for a man who is trying to conceive a child is 30-35 years old. If pregnancy does not occur within one year of trying, it may be wise to consult a fertility specialist. Problems that cause infertility in men can range from varicoceles to blocked sperm ducts. Let’s examine some of these causes.

A variocele is the most common cause of male infertility. Dilated veins in the scrotum can enlarge and raise scrotum temperature killing sperm. The scrotum and testes have evolved to protect the sperm inside of them. This evolution can be seen when a man goes from a warm room into the cold, outside air and his testicles actually shrink up near his body to keep the sperm more warm. Just as cold temperature is bad on sperm, hot temperature is as well. Men who have surgery to repair a variocele have a 65 percent success rate in being able to conceive a child during the two years following the surgery.

Another issue that may cause scrotum temperature to increase is hot baths or hot tubs. Like the heat caused by a variocele, the heat from the water can cause sperm death. Varioceles and the frequent use of hot tubs/hot baths can lead to oligospermia. Oligospermia is a low sperm count. Sometimes a low sperm count has no discernable cause but medications, such as chemotherapy for cancer, infections in childhood such as the mumps, hormones, injury, and genetics can all play a role in addition to varioceles and hot tub/baths. There is a debate about whether the heat from frequently using a laptop affects sperm counts but evidence is mixed.

Blocked sperm ducts may cause obstructive azospermia. Scar tissue is a common cause of a blocked sperm duct. Vasectomies are also classified as blocked sperm ducts. Surgery can be very helpful for these conditions. Vasectomies require a surgery to regain fertility and a blocked sperm duct requires surgery to repair the damage. If too much damage is done for repair, sperm can be collected in surgery and then used in IUI, IVF, or ICSI treatments.

Ejaculation is an important factor in regard to fertility. Some type of sexual intercourse is needed every few days to “clean the pipes” so to speak. If ejaculation does not occur, sperm motility and mobility is affected. It can be tempting to be afraid ejaculation will lower sperm count but it is actually beneficial as long as it isn’t a several times a day event.

Malformed and sperm with low motility (motility means the ability of the sperm to swim and meet the egg) are common hindrances to conceiving a baby. Motility of sperm can sometimes be helped by medications but usually in vitro fertilization provides the most success.

In summary, many things can affect fertility. Poor nutrition, genetic conditions, lifestyle choices such as smoking, alcohol, and drugs, weight gain around the belly (as this inhibits testosterone), and other environmental toxins may all contribute to a difficulty in conception. (based on women but still interesting and I grabbed some statistics from there)

Full Circle: February 15, 1993-February 15, 2010

Each time I look outside our living room window, I see a small green house across the street in front of me. This house is not just any house. Sixteen years ago, my parents rented this home. Sixteen years ago, the unimaginable happened. When someone is diagnosed with cancer, they are usually considered cured after five years in remission. It had been six years since my parents were stunned by the news that their nine-year-old daughter had dysgerminoma. They were more stunned to learn I had relapsed at age 15.

The technical term was recurrence due to it being more than five years since the last sign of the cancer but it meant the same thing. I had cancer and this time it was not stage I. The dysgerminoma somehow left my remaining ovary alone and grew through the ureter of my right kidney. A protocol of bleomyacin, cisplatin, and etiposide was to follow five days after the removal of the tumor and compromised kidney.

The years 1992-1993 were the lowest of my life. I went from being a vain and shallow 15 year old girl to being a humble and bald 15 year old girl over the course of one month. In 1992-1993 the Internet did not exist in the form it does now. It was impossible for me to log onto a computer (if we had a computer and did not at that point) to look up dysgerminoma and the cure rate. I assumed that because it was a recurrence it meant life was over for me. This assumption continued until I finally looked up what dysgerminoma was and the cure rates in 2001. 90 percent of those diagnosed are cured and finally, after eight years of wondering if the next year would be the last, I began to accept the cancer was gone. The many prayers people sent to God for me, the chemotherapy, the unbelievable luck of catching the cancer before it attacked other organs saved me.

2001 was also the year I became a St. Jude alumnus and no longer had to return to the hospital. It was the year I got my life back. My husband and I got engaged, were married the following year, and were expecting our first child eight months later. We lived in an apartment that had two levels. Out of fear for a baby’s safety climbing the steps, we went in search for a home. Well, my husband and in-laws embarked on the search.

I was a little surprised when the home they found was located across the street from the home that holds my memories from chemotherapy. I have looked at the little green house and remembered the day my mom brought me home from the hospital after a health scare and my dad surprised me with Super Mario Brothers 3 playing on the television screen. My parents’ income was terribly low due to their being off work to spend time with me and I knew the sacrifice they made to buy me that game. Calling out my brother-in-law who was then dating my older sister on his real age happened when we lived in that house. He told my sister he was only one year younger than she but I clarified very quickly that he told a lie because I remembered him in high school. Probably the saddest memory in that house was when my cousin and I were talking in my bedroom. My cousin was my best friend and had never seen me without the wig my grandma bought for me not long after my first round of chemotherapy. The wig was bothering me and I asked her if she cared if I took it off and put on a do-rag type thing instead. Her face showed mixed emotion but she said it was fine and I did remove the wig. I looked at her long blonde hair and wondered if I would ever have hair that beautiful. It was a sad moment for me. A lot of sad moments occurred in that house.

Now I am twice the age I was when I went through chemotherapy. If you are thinking, “you should get over it” then it shows you don’t understand what having cancer during the formative years of your life is like. Even when we moved into this house in 2003, I felt some sadness looking across the street to the green house where I felt so much pain and fear. Over time the sadness has faded and my feelings are more sentimental. A sad event happening in life is something that must be conquered.

This time of the year is very special for me. February 15 is my celebration day. Ask any cancer survivor and most, if not all ,who were of an age to understand the implications of what they had, can tell you the day they were declared cancer free and the day they went off chemotherapy. This February 15th will mark 17 years off chemotherapy. The amazing thing is that 17 years is more than half of my life ago. The teenage girl who didn’t believe she would live to see 16 is about to more than double that age.

A curious thing happened the other day. My husband and I left for church and to leave for our church, it is necessary to drive right past that little green house. I looked at the house and all fear and sadness were gone. I actually smiled. It took me 17 years to erase those painful memories but they are gone. In their place is a deep gratitude to God for giving me the additional time, allowing me to learn to trust in him more, for sparing my fertility and giving me two wonderful children, for giving me a husband who though we fight and argue often we love each other. Even though I learned cancer will be an even bigger risk later in life due to Cowden Syndrome and I was diagnosed with stage zero breast cancer in 2008, I feel amazingly calm and happy. No one chooses the life they are born into but everyone chooses how they react to it. I’m blessed and in exactly one month from today on February 15, 2010, I am going to party down with all the junk food I can eat. Seventeen years have gone by and cancer did a number on my physical health but I have finally conquered my emotions, my lack of faith, and what truly matters. Isn’t that a reason to party if nothing else is?

Is Personal Counseling for You? Are There Times it Won’t Work?

Alright, you read article after article about getting counseling or “therapy” as it is sometimes referred to. Most of us get a mental image of a couch and the ghost of Sigmund Freud with a notepad prying open our innermost thoughts. Further, many people think if you go to counseling ultimately it is bound to work.

The reason for this article is to tell you about the several times I was in therapy and why it didn’t work in hopes that if you choose therapy you can avoid certain pitfalls that I encountered.

I have manic depression. That is a chemical imbalance I have that was diagnosed at age 35. I am now 60-years-old.

It took a bit of time to get it under control and throughout that time I saw different counselors.

Following are some reasons why I had a problem with counseling:

Fear was the first problem I had. The counselor was actually good. He was about my age and he had a doctorate. He knew how to ask questions. He was friendly and non-threatening. As we moved through therapy the questions became more and more personal.

One evening while we were in a session he asked me a question and I suddenly felt as though I were at the precipice of a deep canyon. I felt if I answered the question “something bad” was going to happen.

I quit.

The next counselor I had started every sentence after one of my comments with “Well I would just do…” I was not interested in what he would do.

When people are having mental or emotional problems they throw up all kinds of roadblocks. I was no different. I lied.

If the counselor is not smart or savvy enough to catch on, then the therapy will fail.

However I believe the most frequent cause of failure in counseling is a basic difference in belief systems between the patient and the counselor. I know this was the situation in my case.

If you read my bio you will see that I am a Bible student. It will not shock you to find that I believe people should take responsibility for their behaviors and that certain things like adultery are wrong.

I had a counselor who kept telling me to “let myself off the hook” (not for adultery) rather than helping me find ways to improve unacceptable behaviors.

Having said all of this I think counseling is a good thing. Frankly I think talking to people you love and respect will do the most good for you. It has been proven that when we talk we actually learn from ourselves.

If you’re having a problem good luck. Don’t try to “go it alone.” You’d be surprised at how many people in your life if they knew you needed someone to talk to would love to help.


Personal Experience

Pulling Your Hair Out? Why You Should Consider Treatment

Have you ever known anyone who purposely pulls out her hair? Although the idea seems contrary to a typical woman’s sense of vanity, the fact is there’s a mental health condition which involves a person plucking out her own hairs one by one. The disorder, known as trichotillomania, usually starts in the teen years. A somewhat rare condition, trichotillomania usually plagues girls.

What is Trichotillomania?

Trichotillomania is an impulse control condition, as are drug abuse and gambling. Interestingly, trichotillomania, unlike other disorders of impulse control, doesn’t have an element of enjoyment or pleasure associated with it. In fact, people dealing with this condition often report a build-up of feelings of anxiety and/or frustrations just before they engage in hair pulling. Once they begin the behavior, those disturbing feelings remit or “release.”

On the other hand, sometimes a person who suffers with trichotillomania might not realize she’s pulling her hair. She might be reading a book, watching television or talking on the phone with a friend while absent-mindedly plucking out her hair. In these cases, the trichotillomania seems more like an irritating habit that just won’t go away.

Is Trichotillomania Truly an Impulse Control Disorder or an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Experts disagree whether trichotillomania should continue to be classified as an impulse control disorder or an obsessive-compulsive disorder, given the variability in how individuals with this disorder exhibit and experience the troubling behavior.

Although trichotillomania is not considered an anxiety condition, often people who suffer from trichotillomania experience some feelings of anxiety. Depending on how parents and other authorities respond to the youth displaying hair pulling behavior, the youth’s hair pulling can increase. For example, if Mother says in an irritated tone, “What in the world have you done, what’s wrong with you?” the youth will only feel more anxiety and distress, thus further triggering more hair pulling.

How is Trichotillomania treated?

Trichotillomania can be treated with antidepressants and counseling. A positive result of taking antidepressants, besides the cessation of the hair pulling, is the person’s mood brightens up somewhat. As with other mental health conditions, it takes some time and effort in trying a few different antidepressants until the most effective medication for the individual is discovered.

In addition, group therapy, support groups and individual therapy are often used as treatment modalities for people struggling with hair pulling.

If you know someone who deals with this debilitating condition, it’s wise to encourage her to inform her doctor of the hair pulling. A doctor in the know will refer his patient to a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist, coupled with mental health counseling to combat this frustrating condition. See the link to the trichotillomania website for more information.


Professional experience

Trichotillomania website

Psychotherapy: Which of the Three Types is Best for You?

My experience with psychoanalysis has led me to believe that it’s not for everyone. I’ve had a few disappointing experiences with this type of therapy.

With my first analyst, after a few sessions, he constantly cancelled my appointments, and never made an attempt to make a new one. I had to encourage him to see me again. Although he was a psychoanalyst, he did not put me on the couch as analysts do. He had me sit on a chair while I talked. I was so hurt when I realized he decided that I was not going to make a good patient. I knew that from the start because being a shy person, it was hard for me to get started to talk about my problems. I was too inhibited. However, I felt that he could have handled the situation better if he had helped me warm up to him. He was too aloof.

My second analyst had me lie on the couch on my second visit. This was a new experience for me when he told me to free associate. What does he mean by that— cat, dog, wolf? What was I supposed to say to this knowledgeable man who sat on a chair in back of me, smoking away as if he needed something else to do besides listening to his patients.

I was single at the time and had difficulty relating to men. This was one of my problems. How could I start talking about this issue lying there flat on my back and not able to face someone as I talked? Well, after a few more visits with this doctor, when he saw I had a difficult time talking, he gruffly told me that I was not to come back!!!! Once again, I was rejected. My problems with men started with my father and now it is continuing with these analysts.

I did not let my rejected feelings get in the way. I had heard of a psychiatrist who was also a psychoanalyst. The very first time I met him, I had warm feelings for him. I told him of my past experiences with the two analysts, and he assured me that he would never reject me unless something happened to him. He apparently recognized that I was not analytical material, but he did not reject me as the other two had done. He had me sit on a chair and face him as I talked. Yes, it was difficult for me to talk about my personal problems at first, but after many months, I was able to discuss them with him. I learned that I had repressed most of my childhood feelings including anger, guilt, and fear. People repress their feelings if these feelings are too painful to face. Psychoanalysis is good for people who can tolerate these painful feelings. Unfortunately, I was not able to allow my repressed feelings come to the conscious level. They remained in my unconscious.

I really loved this man and was able to open up as much as I was consciously able to. Although I was unable to reach my repressed feelings, I was able, through psychotherapy, to understand my behavior problems. This helped me a great deal.

Once again I was faced with deep emotions in regards to my therapists. This time, it was not rejection as it was with the other two doctors, but a deep remorse. He told me he had cancer of the colon, but he continued to see me as long as he was able to go to his office. He was a dear man, but the day I got a phone call from his wife telling me that he had died, was the first time I could show any type of strong emotions. I cried and cried buckets of tears!!!

Several years have passed when once again I had another experience with psychotherapy. This time it was with a psychologist. I developed anxiety feelings. I needed help. He was also a wonderful, warm therapist. Because of his warmth and understanding, I was able to discuss the various things that bothered me. my relationship with him was great because I felt he truly cared about his patients. We both talked. It was not a one sided conversation that it can be with some types of therapy.

I will now relate some simple information about the three most popular types of psychotherapy:

Sigmund Feud developed the psychoanalytical theory. A psychoanalyst is an M.D. They use the method of free association in order for the patient to be able to relive their repressed feelings These are feelings that remain in the unconscious because a young child cannot always face his /her emotions of anger, guilt fear, etc. Because these uncomfortable feelings have been repressed, an individual can develop behavior problems. Psychoanalysts can help through free association, dreams, and awareness of the patience re-action to everyday life, This type of therapy goes deep into the individual’s psyche and can take years before a patient can be helped. A psychiatrist, who is an M.D. is a psychotherapist who can also be an analyst. A psychiatrist can help by listening to the patient and by the interaction of the two, a patient can be helped. A psychiatrist basically deals with the patient’s behavior problems.

Going to a psychologist is another type of therapy. In general, a psychologist acts as a counselor. They work with adjustment situations rather than psychological disturbances. The aim of counseling is to help the person adjust to a situation rather than treat a specific disorder. A psychologist has a PH.D or an M.A. degree.

Sound Energy Therapy Offered at Spa of the Marlin in Dallas, Texas

Whether your therapist is a Psychotherapist, a Swami, Huna, Psychic or other at some point in time we all need to lay on the couch and relieve anxiety. Now there release your stress and anxiety through Sound Energy Therapy. Sound Energy Therapy is available at the Spa of the Marlin in Dallas, Texas.

So how does Sound Energy Therapy work? Sound Energy Therapy is an ancient Tibetan technique that is designed to generate sound vibrations through the use of tuning forks. As a result of the Sound Energy Therapy produced from the vibrations, one’s energy pathways are cleared and the effects are a sharp clean and reinvigorate self. Your mind and body will feel finely tuned, alert, and clear.

Where you may not actually lie on a couch during your Sound Energy Therapy, you will relax and recline on what is known as a vibrating table as part of the facilities at Spa of the Marlin in Dallas, Texas. The person performing the Sound Energy Therapy is a certified practitioner who will gently place steel instruments around your body. Interestingly, each of the steel instruments used during Sound Energy Therapy, gives of one of seven whole notes designed to correspond with each of your energy points. Once the steel instruments have been applies, and the session started, part of the procedure to help with circulation is to wave feathers above the person being treated, and also recitation of chanting to induce relaxation. If you have experienced working with your Chakras before, energy points are your Chakras.

The length of a scheduled Sound Energy Therapy session is approximately 55 minutes after which time your Charkas, which are also known as energy centers, will clearly be aligned to for your body, mind, and senses to operate optimally. You’ve heard the term being centered? Well after an alignment such as the one received during a Sound Energy Therapy session, not only are you centered, but also your anxiety level will be lower and you will be much more aware of your inner peace and balance. The price of a Sound Energy Therapy session is $60.00.

The Spa of the Marlin is located at 13545 Webb Chapel Road in the Farmers Branch area of Dallas. Hours of operation are 10:00AM to 6:00PM Monday, Tuesday, and Friday and 10:00AM to 8:00PM Wednesday and Thursday. The Spa is opened on Saturdays from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. For more information or to make reservations for your Sound Energy Therapy session call 972-247-8348 or visit the Web site today.

Aura Cacia Aromatherapy: Online Sources for Pure Aromatherapy Products

Have you ever traveled and while sight seeing walked into a bookstore or trinket shop and had the smell of an aroma be it an oil, incense, or aromatherapy candle capture your attention and either calm you, or take you back to a place in time where you remembered a similar aroma.

Well aromatherapy has powers over us that allow us to relax, meditate, and basically create simple feelings of overall wellbeing. Aura Cacia Aromatherapy, one of the top online sources for pure aromatherapy products offers a wide selection of these mood enhancing fragrances.

Whatever your choice of the actual form of aromatherapy is personal; however essential oils are definitely a wonderful way to go. Aura Cacia Aromatherapy one of the top online sources for pure aromatherapy products offers a wide selection of essential oils created to enhance the wellbeing and mood of the user. Sometimes it takes experimenting with certain scents to figure out which one evokes what feelings.

Aura Cacia Aromatherapy’s highly concentrated essential oils are a great place to begin the aromatherapy experience. Certain scents will however evoke certain emotions and therefore you will want to do your research.

Aura Cacia Aromatherapy one of the top online sources for pure aromatherapy products has pre-blended a wide selection of essential oils to bring a total and pure aromatherapy experience into your life. Once you select the mood you want to evoke you then select the proper pure aromatherapy products. Examples of the moods you might want to create include moods such; Tranquility, calm, soothing heat, energy, romance, relaxation, euphoria, purity, inspiration, or meditation.

Let’s say you are interesting in evoking a calming atmosphere in which case you will use lavender based products such as Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Essential Oil Blend, Massage and Body Oil, or the lavender Mineral Bath Salts. If you are in need of energy you want to use the Essential Oil Blend or other product formulated with peppermint, rosemary, sweet orange and lemon.

If you are preparing for your meditation practice you will want to select the aromatherapy blend conducive of creating a state of calm in which case the formula will include blends of sandalwood, cedarwood, myrtle and patchouli.

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