with Jeff Masters
Once a month @ ASIS in Clarkdale
Prepare yourself, this is not your average ‘chakra’ or ‘energy’ course. During this Experiential Series we will explore, in depth, each of the seven chakras, their physical and energetic anatomy, the impact each has on our physiology, psychology and perception of the world and what we can do to empower and balance these true Forces of Nature!
Each Class Includes:
• Comprehensive Physical & Energetic Anatomy
• Chakra Specific Practices including:
• Postures & Breath Work
• Aromatherapy & Marma Point Therapy
• Guided Visualization & Relaxation Exercises
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It may be possible to develop a new male contraceptive pill after researchers in Edinburgh identified a gene critical for the production of healthy sperm.
Experiments in mice found that the gene, Katnal1, was vital for the final stages of making sperm.
The authors of a study in PLos Genetics said a drug which interrupts Katnal1 could be a reversible contraceptive.
A fertility expert said there was “certainly a need” for such a drug. Contraception in men is largely down to condoms or a vasectomy.
Researchers at the Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh were investigating the causes of male infertility.
They randomly altered the genetic code of mice to see which became infertile. They then traced the mutations which led to infertility, which led them to Katnal1.
It contains the blueprints for a protein which is important in cells which support the development of sperm. Without the protein, sperm do not fully form and the body disposes of them.
Scientists hope they will be able to perform a similar trick in humans to stop sperm developing, without causing lasting damage.
One of the researchers Dr Lee Smith said: “If we can find a way to target this gene in the testes, we could potentially develop a non-hormonal contraceptive.
“The important thing is that the effects of such a drug would be reversible because Katnal1 only affects sperm cells in the later stages of development, so it would not hinder the early stages of sperm production and the overall ability to produce sperm.
He said it would be “relatively difficult” to do as the protein lives inside cells, however, he said there was “potential” to find something else that protein worked with, which might be an easier target.
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is now part of the Finger Lakes School of Massage, with its 2 campuses
in New York State and one campus in Maryland.
This grouping of like minded schools is our way to better spread
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When we lose what we are attached to, we suffer, and when we experience what we fear or don’t want, we also suffer. As we learn to let go and trust the process of life’s unfolding, there is no guarantee that things will always go the way we want. However, it also seems that having things our way is a very small sphere of happiness to cling to. When we can release ourselves from narrowing beliefs and opinions and allow life to move (both within and around us), a natural inborn happiness arises. The view that struggle is a feedback mechanism about our attachments, rather than an indication that something is wrong with oneself or the world around, can greatly reduce both the tendency to struggle and the effects of struggling. There are times when we may find ourselves in conflict with physical sensations, thoughts that are arising, or how we feel. When we fight with that which we experience as already unpleasant, we multiply discomfort. However, when we move our attention closer to what is true, the truth itself proves liberating, regardless of particularization. By making contact with our experience in a direct way and
being honest about what is actually occurring, we can lessen the friction born of resistance and grasping.
Seeing that actions of body, speech and mind bring consequences for oneself and others can further strengthen the impetus to be aware and present. And yet as far as we go into the inner or outer worlds, the mysterious nature of it all remains and can act as an inexhaustible source of inspiration.
Polarity bodywork can be employed as a tool to increase awareness of the above (personal and collective laws) and thus contribute to the process of illuminating consciousness. It can also be utilized as a method which helps support physical health and deep relaxation. The results of the therapy will be dependent on many different, yet interrelated processes. Two such processes of great importance are the client’s willingness to explore and trust the unfolding of their experiences in the therapy, and the therapist’s heartfelt interest and presence. The context that the therapist offers will shape the client’s experience considerably. If the therapist has interest and means for contacting the psychological and existential issues of the client, as these may arise in the course of the bodywork (provided the client also has interest), the therapy will form itself accordingly. For example, as physical body awareness is enhanced through touch, it is not at all uncommon for unresolved emotional issues to surface. Sadness, anger, grief or fear may initially present themselves as a solidification of sensation, which if allowed into awareness (without too much judgment) will not only reveal their sources, but will also gradually and naturally transform themselves, paving the way for increased understanding and acceptance.
As our models of health care move away from attitudes and actions based on hierarchy and authoritarian education, and more towards self support and creative inquiry, polarity therapy can act as a simple and practical tool among the many hands-on methods, which are practiced today. The bodywork is relatively easy to do, requiring no special knowledge or unusual sensi- tivities. A basic familiarity with anatomy and physiology of the human body is very helpful and will compliment some of the terminology and processes described. The cultivation of sensitivity to life energy in one’s body is a lifelong endeavor, as is the ability to accurately perceive phenomena in another’s body. It can be helpful to acknowledge and suspend any unnecessary expectations (therapist’s and client’s), stay in the moment as much as possible, and trust what you can feel, regardless of whether you can describe it or not. Be as relaxed as possible when offering the sessions. For the most part use the hands and fingers in a way which is comfortable for you. Relax into and trust the felt senses that come to you as you work. This can go a long way towards answering questions about which fingers to use or how long to hold the contacts. Specifics in the area of timing and ways of contact will be presented at different places in the training, and we strongly encourage you to use your intuition (i.e. the ability to sense or feel, and yet not necessarily describe what is felt).
What is the essential purpose of this healing art? The Dhammapada (a collection of the Buddha’s teachings) says, “What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow. Our life is the creation of our mind”. In a similar vein, Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the first Yogis to come form India to the West, understand- ing the power of thought, believed that the medicine of the future would heal through the use of thoughts.
Polarity therapy encourages us to turn within, where we can discover the ongoing interplay between the mental, emotional and physical aspects of the objective self. These parts of the self are organized in polarities. Similarly, at the subtlest energetic level, cellular and subatomic polarities manifest, perhaps to such a refined degree that we have no means within our scientific methods of effectively observing them. The power of the thinking mind, though ever increasing, appears limited. Inevitably, description, concept and even the sense of “someone” observing will dissolve into vast space if we trace thought back to its source. This wondrous, terrifying, continuously liberating journey into the nature of what we are, is the essential heart of this work.
When we place our hands on two different areas of another person’s body, we create an energetic field between these two areas through our body (much like an automobile jumper cable). At the same time, it is also very likely that we will significantly contribute to a deepening in the client’s awareness of the relationship that two areas of their body have with one another. For instance, a tendency to lock the knees in reaction to fatigue may contribute to lower back tension, which in turn may contribute to neck tension and headaches. The fact that polarities exist at least down to the atomic level means that by placing our hands on any part of our client’s body, we will in effect be contacting millions of positive, neutral and negatively charged particles, and affecting their function and relationship to one another. This suggests that it is not of foremost importance which two points are connected, but rather the level of receptivity of the client, combined with the presence and skill of the therapist in terms of being able to help life energy flow. Common principles utilized in the therapy involve contacts along vertical and horizontal dimensions, diagonals, and front to back holds.
In summary, Polarity Therapy can be practiced in many different ways. Teachers and practitioners of any discipline can challenge themselves to find their own personal truths within the concepts and experiences of those with whom they study. When Polarity theory is brought to a level of direct experience, the benefits are maximized. In a typical Polarity Therapy session, the practitioner assesses energetic attributes using palpation, observation and interview methods. Sessions usually last 60-90 minutes, do not require disrobing, and involve both touch and verbal interaction. Touch contact may be light, medium, or firm. In the session, the practitioner supports a client in increasing his or her self-awareness of subtle energetic sensations, which are often experienced as tingling, warmth, expansion, or wavelike movement. The results of Polarity Therapy sessions vary, and may include profound relaxation, new insight into energetic patterns and their implications, and relief from specific problematic situations.
It is our intention to inspire, support, and provide the space for our continued exploration and personal development as the multi-dimensional humans beings that we all are. Anything Is Possible.
The Energy Anatomy within Polarity Therapy is comprehensive and specific. A multi-layered system of electro-magnetic fields is described and used to facilitate wellness. The shape of the energy field was depicted long ago by ancient Greeks and Egyptians and symbolized as the Caduceus or Staff of Hermes. The parts of the symbol show four distinct but interdependent parts of the Human Energy Field:
• The globe at the top and staff in the center refer to Primary Energy, found in the Cranio-sacral (skull and spine) structures and functions.
•The intertwining snakes depict the Three Principles of attraction, repulsion and transitional stillness, known in the Orient as Yin, Yang and Tao.
• The five intersections along the central core are the Five Elements or Chakras, located at the throat, chest, solar plexus, abdomen and pelvic floor.
• The wings represent Consciousness, humanity’s potential to transcend materialism and reunite with its spiritual Source.
In the healing arts, Polarity Therapy is special in its comprehensive exploration of all these dimensions, and in its effective bridging of the full spectrum of experience, including body, mind and spirit. Polarity Therapy asserts that these four energy systems underlie the totality of human experience, integrating spirit, mind, feelings, and body. Understanding these four dimensions of the Human Energy Field, and their applications, is the scope of Polarity Therapy. The Polarity model holds that health arises from within, rather than being applied from outside. It emphasizes personal responsibility and ownership of health conditions.
In the Polarity model, health is experienced when these systems function in their natural state, energy flows smoothly without significant blockage or fixation. When energy is blocked, stagnant or unbalanced due to stress or other factors, pain and disease arise. Blockages generally manifest in sequence from the subtle to the dense levels of the field. Polarity Therapy seeks to find the blockages and release energy to normal flow patterns and to maintain the Energy Field in an open, flexible, vital condition.
The discovery of certain universal laws and increased inner harmony are the results of understanding systems like Polarity Therapy. Any human being who carefully observes her or himself and the world in which we live, can clearly see and feel the law of impermanence. The process of change on every level of life is constant. Within that which is constantly changing, the law of Polarity reveals itself. Life can be experienced as a play of opposites; birth and death, male and female, expansion and contraction, pleasure and pain, likes and dislikes, light and dark, night and day. As our constant companions, these are indeed, the specific manifestations of change. As the non-solid, flowing nature of life is felt, particularly at the physical, emotional, and mental levels, direct insight into the causes for happiness and peace can arise.
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6 Ways to Make Your Own Luck / or is it really life unfolding?
While luck isn’t an exact science, there are certainly ways to cultivate your own luck. Here are six easy ways.
Many entrepreneurs believe their success is in part due to a little bit of luck– that chance meeting with a potential investor or that dinner conversation that sparks a new idea. In fact, a new study by networking site LinkedIn found that 84 percent of 7,000 professionals they surveyed say they believe in career luck.
But let’s face it: There isn’t an exact science to luck. You can’t predict it. However, there have been plenty of successful entrepreneurs, authors, and even researchers who’ve tried to map out just what makes someone lucky.
1. Be humble.
2. Roll up your sleeves.
3. Be Generous.
4. Be ready.
5. Go with your gut.
6. Simply believe that you are lucky.
The Five Agreements:
- BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
- DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
- DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
- ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are tired as opposed to well rested. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
- BE SKEPTICAL, BUT LEARN TO LISTEN
Don’t believe yourself or anybody else. Use the power of doubt to question everything you hear: Is it really the truth? Listen to the intent behind the words, and you will understand the real message.
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When the class manages to put their differences aside, and move forward with their learning, regardless of everyone being seen as “perfect”, this is called the norming stage. Often there is also a norming stage that settles in somewhere between the Forming and Storming phases. At this point, the class has one goal and come to a mutual plan to learn from the instruction, and trust in the process. Sometimes a few students may have to give up their own ideas and agree with others in order to make the class function. In this stage, all classmates take the responsibility and have the ambition to work for the success of the school’s and class’s goals of learning.
Sometimes it feels like it may be impossible, yet it usually happens that classes reach the performing stage. These high-performing classes are able to function as a unit as they find ways to dive deeper into their learning and experience the massage school as it is intended. By this time, they are motivated and knowledgeable. The students are now competent, autonomous and able to learn and grow without intervention. Dissent is expected and allowed as long as it is channeled through means acceptable to the peaceful nature we are trying to develop.
During this phase instructors are encouraged to go deeper with the material, and invite inquiry in closing circles. Even the most high-performing classes will revert to earlier stages in certain circumstances. Many classes may even go through these cycles several times as they react to changing circumstances.
In a recent story by NPR, For Kids With ADHD, Some Foods May Complement Treatment, they referred to a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Eliminating junk food from a child’s diet is usually not enough to effectively treat attention deficit disorders.
You may remember the controversial studies linking food coloring and additives to hyperactivity in kids. Or you may know parents who have pinned their hopes on an elimination diet to improve their kids’ rowdy behavior.
“When [elimination] diets fail, parents can feel they’ve failed,” says Linda Brauer, coordinator of the Grand Rapids chapter of the advocacy group Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. She remembers feeling guilty when her son’s symptoms did not improve. But now she says the science is on her side.
A review paper published today in the journal Pediatrics evaluated the evidence from many studies on this topic. And it concludes that changing a child’s diet is usually not enough to effectively treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Now, before all of the we-are-what-we-eat believers among us dismiss this, you should know that experts don’t deny the importance of diet. Far from it.
“[Diet's] main role in my clinical practice is as a complementary treatment,” Benjamin Prince, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital tells us. That means kids with ADHD usually need medicine and good diets.
But what makes a good diet? Here are three tips for kids on the ADHD spectrum from the experts:
- Eat a protein-rich breakfast. Kids with ADHD tend to burn lots of calories and can often be too overstimulated to sit down to eat. In addition, medication often suppresses their appetites. Put all of these factors together, and kids with ADHD are prone to feeling “hangry,” Prince says. (The term — a cross between angry and hungry — was coined by Prince’s friend.) The solution? Keep the calories coming. Complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, and foods rich in protein can help kids feel full longer. “So if you can have a glass of milk and a peanut butter sandwich, that’s going to help carry you through the day,” says Prince.
- Cut back on sugary treats and processed foods. Australian researchers tracked patterns of eating among children with ADHD. They found that diets rich in sugary snacks, processed foods, red meat and high-fat dairy correlate with higher levels of ADHD. “Try to cut down on those foods,” recommends lead author Wendy Oddy of the University of Western Australia. And Millichap agrees. “We conclude that adherence to a ‘healthy’ diet (fish, vegetables, fruit, whole wheat and low-fat dairy) should be advised,” Millichap wrote to us.
- Fish oil and omega-3 supplements. There has been a lot of interest and research on the value of omega-3s from fish oil — or long-chain, polyunsaturated fatty acids. “We think there’s some link between having low amounts of long-chain, polyunsaturated fatty acids and ADD,” says Prince. So he says adding healthy amounts of fish to the family diet — or taking fish oil supplements — are both fine. But he stresses that clinical trials on this subject have not been consistent. “The evidence is mixed” on whether omega-3s can help kids with ADHD, he says. But given the heart benefits for all of us (not just those with ADHD), Prince says, it can’t hurt.