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“Educational Kinesiology” – Switch the brain back on

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Everyone can do with a little help to make the brain work better. Regardless of age, job or position in the world everyone wants to use their brain as efficiently as they can. If they two sides of the brain are not communicating as well as they might, this can adversely affect everything we do. But have you tried ‘lazy eights’ technique?

We are inviting you to try a simple exercise to switch the brain back on and get it working in an integrated way again. Drawing ‘lazy eights’ will help integrate the two sides of the brain. head-1230669_1280

This activity is especially useful and beneficial for children with Dyslexia, ADD, Dyspraxia, Developmental Delay or a Sensory Processing disorders. The “Lazy Eight” are designed to relax the eyes and develop coordination between the left and right sides of the brain and body while preparing to write.

You are basically writing the number 8 on it’s side. That’s why it’s lazy.

SO LETS START….

Start with a large sheet of white paper (A3 would be best) or a white board in a landscape position.

Place it in front of you so that the middle of your page is parallel to the middle of your body, your belly button.(You want to be crossing over your belly button to get to to the left and right of your page as you draw). Then ask them to write something like:

” This paper is white and the writing is black” (Believe what you are writing have a black pen!) For better results use a neutral statement that is true for anyone.

14724379_10154024087979786_1860937327418164518_nThe aim is to keep your hand steady and let your eyes follow what you are doing. Start with your pen in the middle of your page.

14666074_10154024087939786_6330315870659900321_n Move your marker  down, up and around to make a “c” like shape.Now keep tracing around your shape, without taking your marker from the page.

14695319_10154024087964786_2583158166360819530_nContinue until there is a dozen swirls (20 secs) of the ”lazy eight” exercise.

Have them write the same statement  again. There is almost always a change for the better in writing.

If you are doing it with your child you can always draw a Lazy 8 for your child to trace over if they find it difficult. Just make sure that they start at your start point and continue in the correct direction.

You will see Lazy 8’s have lots of benefits for your child. It is a very useful to do this activity before starting homework. It calms, and focuses the mind. how to perform written tasks by training their bodies and eyes using large movements so that they will eventually be able to do the same using smaller movements on paper.

This exercise can help children, adults and seniors to improve:

  • Concentration and Focus
  • Memory
  • Academics: reading, writing, math, test taking

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  • Physical coordination
  •  Relationships
  •  Self-responsibility
  • Organization skills
  • Attitude

This simple exercise, can and will help all who do it regularly to write and think better.

Check out our video demonstration and if you try this we would love to hear about it in the comments below.

 

Breathing for Power – Importance of breathing properly

Breathing is the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do before we die but how much importance do we give to breathing?  lungs-154282_1280

Unfortunately, most of us don’t think twice about our pattern of breathing, because it’s automatic and we all do it on average 20,000 times a day, but why breathing properly is so important?

The effects of inhalation and exhalation extend far beyond the physical exchange of air in and out of the body…they extend to the workings of the heart and lungs as well as to subtle molecular processes through which the body’s energy production is maintained.diving-455765_1920

We have all experienced changes in our breathing under varying circumstances such as fear, anger, sorrow and physical exertion…so each event affects the breath. If we intentionally or unconsciously alter our pattern of inhalation and exhalation, it will affect our physical and emotional state.

Becoming conscious of how you breathe, and then deliberately directing the flow of breath into your body is the single most powerful action you can take toward living a conscious life.

Hear Siobhan talk more about how like changing any habit, it takes effort to make the transition from shallow to full breathing but worth it in the end.

Tips to Maintain Good Eye Health

Tips to Maintain Good Eye Health

by Shelia O’ Hanlon

 

They say the eyes are the windows of the soul but did you also know –

  • Newborns don’t shed tears, though they do know how to cry.
  • You blink about 15-20 times in a minute.
  • The most active muscles in your body are in your eyes.
  • Your eyes can get sunburned.

Amazing facts right ? …  It’s an amazing body part. Your eyes are pretty important. In fact, 64%* of you value your sight more than any other sense and yet 36%* of you admit leaving in ‘months’ – and 13%* of you even leave it ‘years’ before seeking help, even after noticing youreyesight has deteriorated.

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And recently I have been asked a lot of questions about eye health including vision and dry eyes that seems to effect a majority of people particularly in the mornings. So i wanted to share some of the advice i give to my students and clients.

Tips for Healthy Eyes 

  • Drinking clean filtered water is essential for good health and your eyes need a good supply as they are self cleaning.
  • Proper sleep in a dark room allows your retina to heal and repair. Leaving all electronics away from the bed, phones, ipads etceye-149604_1280. Ideally not having a tv in the bedroom is most beneficial.
  • Wearing protective sunglasses on a sunny day.
  • Giving up smoking! Did you know that smoking cigarettes increases free radical production all over the body and. Can seriously cause eyesight and eye health in general to deteriorate. (KINESIOLOGY can also help you to give those monkeys on your back [cigs, drugs,alcohol,toxic relationships] their P45’s!)
  • Taking care of your cardiovascular system by healthy eating and moderate exercise also a great supplement at the onset of winter of CoQ10 to give your heart a boost . High blood pressure can do damage to the tiny blood vessels of your retina and may obstruct the blood flow.One of the best ways to maintain healthy blood pressure is to avoid fructose. Did you know that consuming over 70 g       eye-211610_1920rams of fructose or 2 cans of fizzy drink can seriously affect your blood pressure and heart health.
  • Keep your blood sugar levels in check by opting for food that doesn’t come in a box, learn to love yourself enough to want to prepare a lovely home cooked meal for yourself! Your future self will kiss the ground you walk on xxx . Too much sugar in your daily intake of food blood can pull fluid from the lens of your eye, affecting your ability to focus. And, it can damage the blood vessels in your retina, also obstructing blood flow.
  • Eat plenty of fresh dark green leafy vegetables, especially kale. Studies have shown that a diet rich in dark leafy greens helps support eye health. And that those with the highest consumption of carotenoid-rich vegetables, especially ones rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, had increased vision health.
  • Get plenty of healthy omega-3 fat. “A study published in the August 2001 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology found that consuming omega-3 fatty acids was protective of your healthy vision. Unfortunately, due to widespread pollution and fish farming, fish is no longer an ideal source for omega-3 fats unless you can verify its purity. An extraordinary alternative is krill oil, which also contains astaxanthin. This potent antioxidant also has specific benefits for your eyes.”
  • Avoid trans fats. A diet high in trans fat appears to contribute to macular degeneration by interfering with omega-3 fats in your body. Trans fat is found in a lot of processed foods and baked goods, including margarine, cooking fat, fried foods like chips, deep fried chicken, any genre of meat in a can and donuts, cookies, pastries and biscuits. Avoiding trans fat is the best decision you can make for your continued good eyesight.
  • Avoid aspartame at all costs!!! Vision problems is one of the many acute symptoms of aspartame poisoning. Tests on lab rats consuming high amounts of aspartame showed growths of tumors and eye defects!
  • Antioxidants— a substance that inhibits oxidation especially vitamin c (broccoli,kiwi,strawberries,citrus fruit, cauliflower)and vitamin e (wheatgrass, wheatgerm) as these remove potentially damaging oxidizing agents in living organisms. Antioxidants neutralize the dangerous build up of free radicals in your body and your eyes.

These antioxidants in particular have shown to benefit your eyes :

Lutein
Zeaxanthin
Black currant anthocyanins

SOURCES OF LUTEIN IN FOOD:(Lutein per cup, cooked and drained)

Kale ……………26.5mg
Spinach………13.3mg
Broccoli…………3.4mg
Corn………………1.4mg

Romaine lettuce, raw…..1.4mg

Courgettes……..2.7mg
Peas………………2.4mg
Oranges………… 0.31mg

No matter who you are, regular eye exams are important for seeing more clearly, learning more easily and preserving your vision for life.  Your eye’s are not only the most important of your 5 senses, but without proper eye care, the health in the other areas of your body will suffer. As you may know it is extremely important to keep your eyes healthy.

 

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Start to ask why, again

Why we should start to ask why, again.

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Did you notice when you stopped asking “why”?

As children, we ask why to everything. We’re naturally curious and want to learn, so we seek to find out the answers from those more knowledgeable, ie our parents. We keep asking and keep asking why to such a degree that eventually we stop. We learn that it annoys our parents, grandparents, teachers that they get impatient or annoyed and we learn it’s not safe to ask why.

And I understand.  It’s hard to answer a straightforward question when we don’t know the answer.

But rather than just accept, should we start asking “why” again?

I think we’re so overwhelmed by stress, and become numb to the sheer amount of illness, disease, and unfulfillment.
We’ve forgotten it’s not normal to be ill.  It’s very common, but not normal.  Boundless energy, vitality, and strength should be the norm.

But we’re not stopping to ask, why is it that so many kids are not bursting with energy and health?

Why is it that obesity is on the rise?

Of course, there are some simplistic answers – and it’s perhaps easier to blame too much sugar, not enough exercise etc.  But when we stop to look for the real answers we need to go much deeper.  Good health is so much more than about diet and exercise.  As important as they are, what we eat and how much we move our bodies, is dependent on much deeper choices. Our values, goals, purpose, beliefs, and what we choose to focus on, all dictate our habits and behaviours.  We can all “be good” for a couple weeks, and follow the rules of eating less and exercising more, but willpower alone doesn’t work. Because underneath all that, is where the real work is.  We need to understand why people do what they do, to get to why they feel the way they feel.

Why is it they haven’t found a cure for cancer yet?

With cancer increasing every year, the focus continues to be on finding a cure, not prevention. While it is known that lifestyle factors are involved in most cancers, recommended treatment, advice and interventions from doctors focus on surgery and drugs, not in educating patients about how cancer may have developed.  Sure, it’s much easier to blame “bad luck” or environment but what if people could truly understand, then it might help recovery and prevent its return.

So if we changed our focus a little, maybe a good question to ask might be, why does the cancer industry not educate people in simple and meaningful ways to prevent cancer?

In my clinic, clients often come in with a shoulder problem, digestive problem, sore muscles, back pain, etc.  All presenting with “this is my problem”, looking for it to be fixed as if it’s external to them.  But what I love about Kinesiology is that as we start to search for some clues, we get to what’s underneath those problems.  The stress, the habits, the unconscious beliefs that run our lives – the real stuff.

Questions control what you focus on.  And asking why, and not just accepting surface answers, can set you free. Because that’s what the truth does.

I believe that Systematic Kinesiology offers people an amazingly safe, kind, nurturing way to help us understand why it is we feel the way we feel. To get to the truth about health.  When someone starts treatment, we look to identify what is out of balance and seek the reason why.  We ask why IS the digestive system out of balance? Why does someone have low stomach acid (is it a structural, chemistry or emotional stress reasons)?  By always seeking the find the why, it helps with the eventual results, since we are aware of what to treat for long last results.  Clients then understand better and become more aware of how their body works.

It starts with becoming self-aware, because once you know what to look for you’re empowered.  It re-opens our natural curiosity we once had as a child.

And I think we should be curious, and get interested in why again.  Because if we don’t challenge what’s “normal”, and stop asking why, we stay stuck, in fear any also lose out to uncovering deeper insights. Re-developing our inquisitive nature will lead us to not only better answers, but in the long-term, better success.

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The digestive system is key to our health

Kinesiology properly used, is capable of being the most wholistic approach to natural healthcare. I was at a seminar on Saturday to learn more about about gut health and gluten sensitivity (a topic we teach ourselves here at KinesiologyZone and there’s always something more to learn). Even 2000 years ago, it was Hippocrates who said that … all disease begins in the gut. And as Kinesiologist I see a lot of people coming to me for treatment who have imbalances of the digestive system. While this is not always the primary reason for a client coming to see me – frequently it’s for pain, low energy, headaches, and or skin problems etc. more often than not, they will also have a digestive imbalance, that if not addressed will contribute to their health issue not being resolved.

Our digestive system is a key part of our immune system – which means that when it is upset we are more susceptible to being run down, more likely to catch whatever is going around, and decrease our productivity.

Since Systematic Kinesiology rebalances and revitalises the major systems of the body, it enhances internal natural healing processes. It is a simple, non-intrusive approach that enables us to get into harmony with our own bodies. The basics are easy to learn and the results dramatic. It offers many ways to help the whole person in a fully integrated way. Any healthcare approach which neglects to deal with all four specific aspects of human function will not be as effective. – Mental/emotional; dietary and chemical factors; structural and physical considerations; and life force energy imbalances.

digestive systemDiet is of vital importance and many people eat foods which actually feed the health problems they suffer from. There is no such thing as a universal diet and we are beginning to realise the concept we use in Systematic Kinesiology of “biochemic individuality”. It is vital for each person to adjust their diet to one which suits them individually.

What we eat can have an impact on others parts of the body, not just IN the gut. Thyroid function and auto-immune diseases have documented papers showing there to be a wheat and gluten association. But that’s only part of the reason. While you may have a genetic disposition, there is usually a trauma or event such as an infection that will start the early stages of disease.

The way we think and use our emotions affects our body much more than we realise.

Shock, disappointments, arguments, depression all have an instantaneous effect on us. The tests used in Systematic Kinesiology show dramatically just how upset emotions disorientate the energy of the body and its ability to function at its best. When we get stressed, our cortisol levels increase – and that has a direct result on our gut by making it slow down – which can result in constipation.

The body has an amazing ability to heal itself.

But if we are constantly blocking this natural ability, or don’t know about it and rush to the fastest pain reliever instead, is it any wonder that our lives are becoming increasingly stressed and out of balance. When I teach about helping the body to better health, and when we understand a little bit more how the body works, it can help us to look at our symptoms in a different way.

Learning more about how to test for food sensitivities, healing from emotional traumas, and balancing the body puts your health back in your hands.

If you’d like to understand better about how the body works, feel more empowered when it comes to health and understand the importance of treating people as individuals, then check out our courses at www.kinesiologyzone.com/training

Do you love the holistic approach?

What in your holistic toolbox?

I do! I couldn’t work without approaching life and health through my holistic filter.

Why?

It gets better results for my clients.

The holistic approach to a health challenge or illness offers not just a second opinion, it opens up treatment options. Its varied approach considers why or what may be the cause(s).

When a client comes in to my clinic for the first time, maybe with back pain, it would be easy to suggest that it’s purely a structural problem. When you look from a “where it is, it is” approach that is.

But the beauty of the holistic approach is that we can go deeper than what’s presenting at face value.

The body is amazing, it’s always adapting to the environment it is in.  So if you have symptoms you don’t “enjoy”, then it’s good to wonder why is the body doing that, than simply trying to get rid of them.

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What that means is we should also consider these:

The food and drinks my client consumes, where they lives emotionally every day, and as the body is energetic, what they’re doing to move that energy (or not), this helps greatly to assist the client out of pain. From a holistic approach what matters is what we do every day.

There’s also a synergistic benefit – when we use different factors they work together to have a larger beneficial effect.  So while in the case above the client’s back pain may well have a structural component, if we pay attention to all the other factors as well your client will love you because you’ve not only gotten rid fo the pain maybe faster, it’s also going to last longer, or forever!

I help holistic-loving people ready to help others who want to make a
better life for themselves and become a valued and respected health practitioner.

Click here for our health programmes, where we introduce you to the Systematic Kinesiology model of wholism, how to test for imbalances in each area we consider, you not only get a benefit yourself you learn how to help others.

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Friends are often asking me: What should I take for x or y condition?  But that’s a very medical approach. And when the body is in a crisis that’s the best care you can have.  Don’t get me wrong doctors save lives.  But it’s crisis care, not about getting you healthy.  If you’re looking for the one thing that is going to fix you, then the holistic approach is not for you.  But if you are more interested in understanding the interplay, the dance, the amazing way the body works, that everything we do is involved, then you’ll love Systematic Kinesiology.

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New training dates to be announced this Friday (21st November)

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If you are SERIOUS about making a difference and following your dream to improve the health of yourself and those around you, then Friday is an exciting day!

I know that deep inside all of us is a yearning not only to do more, but to grow and learn and help more as well. Many of you have been emailing, messaging me via FB, even calling and asking WHEN can you book a place on the Balanced Health course in Systematic Kinesiology.

Well this is just a quick announcement that we should be ready to email you this Friday 21st November when the doors officially OPEN for the classes of 2015.  If you’re not already on our mailing list, just look up at the top right hand corner of this page where it says, “Download the FREE GUIDE” – while that may be slightly out of date prior to Friday, you’ll be on the mailing list to receive notification when the doors open!

There will be special offers, payment plans and fast action bonuses available!

You will be the first to be notifiied and you can book your place and even START with our early access to some of the training videos immediately.

WHAT would your life look like if you started training in as holistic a therapy as Systematic Kinesiology?

Just imagine …..

Food allergies vs food sensitivities. And Systematic Kinesiology

A common question I get asked is about Food Allergies and and Food Sensitivities.

Here’s my answer that I recorded while I am on a walk – multi tasking as ever.

Systematic Kinesiology is all about finding out what is stressing you, and food can be a common stressor.  It’s not the only thing, and often when we become sensitive to a lot of foods, it more of a sign that the body is out of balance and responding to a lot more stresses than just food.  So while it can be helpful to avoid certain foods for a certain length of time, and it’s only part of the path to recovery.

Stress is the #1 cause of chronic illnesses in the modern world.  Your body is designed to be respond to stress in a certain way – the fight/flight response.  When your body is responding to a stress (like running away from danger) it turns it’s attention away from other less essential “in the moment” needs – like digestion, fighting infections, even logical thinking can be affected – because if you’re running away from danger you haven’t time to think about it you just have to respond.  So we spend our lives responding to stressful stituations, not always feeling like we’ve time to think about it.

In the Balanced Health Course, we teach you how to reduce the effects of worries and stresses of today, and how to do test foods.  People’s lives can literally be changed because they find out that some of their symptoms are related to the foods they’re eating, and that they are constantly in a stress response place.

The video is much shorter than what I’ve written above – it’s really about the question, but that has inspired the above post now.

Enjoy, and the bird song 🙂

What is Kinesiology?

Here below I give a brief explanation of why you should choose Kinesiology.