Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Anemia - Week 14

On Monday, I was back at my acupuncturist's office and I had an extremely relaxing session which I spent mostly in the zone.  Anytime, I am the recipient of energy work/bodywork I try to enhance the results with meditation by following along the breath.    
As for Dien Cham, I continued to use the same sequences as in week 13 as planned, many points are around the mouth area and many of them are still tender and I like working them.  Now I have to stray from Dien Cham a bit and write about my diet, chocolate and yoga a bit more in detail.     
Hot whole grain porridge in the morning with fruit and nuts (almost no dairy), and vegetable soups during have been staples and so are fruity and herbal teas. Oh, actually, I had some chocolate and it did not taste as usual; my taste buds almost objected and I thought that was interesting - does that mean I could live without chocolate?  Well, of course with all this amazing dark, dark artisanal chocolate available at the moment, this is the wrong time to quit chocolate completely, but I was both amused and amazed.
My home yoga routine of 20-45 minutes has been wonderful and entails staying in each pose for at least 5 breaths or longer in those that affect areas that are rather stiff, e.g. my hips.  
This takes me to lotus pose/Padmasana.  Being able to sit in lotus has never been of importance.  While I can easily put one foot up on my thigh and be comfortable, I noticed that the flexibility is coming from my ankles not my hips, so I opted out for the most part and never really focused on it.  I also sometimes just fall for no apparent reason which I think is caused by the looseness in my ankles.  
However, within the last few days, my inner teacher has been suggesting to focus on hip openers.  

Monday, January 24, 2011

Rudi's and MG's Tools Used During the Study

I am finally posting photos of Rudi's and MG's tools which I had asked for  - I have been meaning to do this before the study ended, but then I lost the email and could not find the photos I thought I had downloaded so MG had to resend them.   I love the background - what a pretty table cloth.  Do you mind commenting, Rudi/MG?  And apologies again for the delay.- BN 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Anemia - Week 13

During week 13 I had one of my routine appointments with my acupuncturist who confirmed what I knew already, namely to keep taking it easy and rest if necessary to allow for complete recovery from the virus.  I knew exactly what she meant.  Often, as soon as we are able to function again, we go ahead full-speed and thus drag on symptoms which can lead to more problems down the road.  She also gave me Chinese herbs in pill form which seemed to work very well for me.  I decided to take her reminder seriously: At my urging R. and I interrupted our usual habits and spent more time at home whenever we could; I made sure to remind him what I was reminded of.  I also stocked up on herbal teas and honey.      

There was a need to modify my Dien Cham protocol and I did the following sequences: basic (relaxation, toning up) and EGM (energy giving massage) as usual.  

Friday, January 14, 2011

Headache at Dinner

Three days ago, R and I went to dinner to one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. At one point we compared notes as to whether we still suffered from cold remnants - we both had come down with the flu nine days prior and were still recovering - he said that at the moment he had a headache.  May I, I asked, and put my knuckle on his forehead and started rubbing (the head reflex area according to the "frog on the face" projection of the body on the face); I did not use much pressure, since I know by experience how R reacts to even the slightest pain, namely, he distorts his face and wants to pull away.  Despite my wariness, I was able to finished the session with Point 0 Zone on both sides; it took less than half a minute I think.  R's headache subsided immediately.  I actually thought that the pressure may not have been sufficient, so I was pleasantly surprised about the result.    

Monday, January 10, 2011

Stress Relief - Week 12

Unfortunately, I have not yet resumed with my stress relief protocols because I seem to have lost my grids and haven’t had a chance to re-make them. I used a protocol from the book to ease menstrual cramps though. The shortcut is to tap along the curve of the chin. I found it pretty effective. I also used a heating pad but didn’t need to take any medication.
I don’t think I had a single headache the entire span of the study (weeks 1 through 10). Headaches are in my plan of action. But since taking my current hiatus, I have had at least 2 headaches. I plan to resume with my stress relief protocols ASAP!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Anemia - Week 11

Dashing Through the Snow
Many wishes for 2011!  I apologize for only posting now.  I have been sick (a virus) and was out of commission for nearly a week, but more about that in the Week 12 post to follow shortly.  Week 11 was the week of the blizzard which did not trouble me much although it was a bit challenging to get around and eventually my feet ended up a bit cold and damp which in retrospect I should have paid more attention to.  Mowgli loved it - we even were outside during the night of the blizzard - Central Park was so beautiful and peaceful and I experienced my first ever thundersnow, which is thunder/lighting during snowfall and which is very rare.  
As for Dien Cham, I did my usual protocols although since I had no signs of a cold at all, I dropped the respective protocol.  My neck was not troubling me at all and I was in good spirits.  One day I only did my routine before getting out of bed (basic session and EGM).  All in all a quiet week despite the storm before a storm of a different kind hit! 

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Stress Relief - Week 11

Happy New Year, everyone!
I took a week off from my usual protocols because I misplaced my facial grids and since I was on vacation, I didn’t have a few moments set aside in my day specifically for Dien Cham like I do in my normal routine. I kept forgetting to practice and then I felt guilty so I just decided to take the week off. My week was incredibly relaxing and rejuvinating though.
I have already consulted MFM’s book in week 12 though and will report next week.