After I meet with a CLIENT, WHETHER IT BE IN PERSON OR REMOTELY, I BRING ATTENTION TO THE IMPORTANCE OF DAILY SELF-CARE RITUALS FOLLOWING a SESSION. WHEN WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER WITHIN YOUR ETHEREAL BODY, OR LIFE BODY (THE SUBTLE LIFE-FORCE BODY WHICH SUSTAINS THE LIFE OF THE PHYSICAL BODY) OFTEN TIMES THE PHYSICAL VESSEL NEEDS additional support, AS IT WORKS DAY AND NIGHT CLEARING AWAY TOXIC IMPRINTS TO MATCH THE NEW VIBRATION OF THE ETHERIC field. HERE ARE MY 10 SELF-CARE RITUALS TO SUPPORT YOUR WELLBEING IN MIND, BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT:
1. DRY BRUSHING
Our skin is the largest organ in the human body and is an organ of detoxification. One third of our body’s toxins are released through the skin. Daily dry brushing helps to stimulate the lymphatic system by increasing circulation and supporting the body to shift and excrete toxins that may have become stagnant under the skin.
Using a natural bristled brush, begin in a firm, vigorous motion at your feet and brush your way up your body. The lymphatic system returns fluid and materials to the heart, so brushing in this direction supports lymphatic detoxification. Use circular motions, particularly around joints. As you work up your legs, stroke upward, brushing firmly on the backs of the thighs and buttocks. Continue to brush in circles around the buttocks and abdominal area but also be gentle over sensitive areas. Brush up toward your heart and along your sides, waist and chest. There are hundreds of lymph nodes under our arms and around the sides of our chest so be sure to focus attention here. Next brush along your back and finish by softly making circular motions around your heart, focusing on your intention of self-love to support your healing, wellbeing and vitality.
2. THERAPEUTIC BATHS
The sea is natures medicine. Preparing a therapeutic sea salt bath helps to support clearing out toxins from your etheric and physical body. Recipe: 1 cup sea salt and 1 cup baking soda. Fill your bathtub with the warmest water you can stand and soak for 20 minutes only. Any longer and your body may reabsorb the toxins you have released. Rinse off the remaining salt on your body in the shower.
3. SPRING WATER
The element Water is a true blessing. Consuming clean water is of great importance for our health and wellbeing. I encourage you to become aware of where your water comes from and what is in it. Are there toxins or chemicals? What is the pH? For years, I was consuming tap water that was loaded with fluoride, chlorine, and heavy metals. There are times too I consumed purified water that was certainly not pure. Depending on your location, there are various water purification systems available (some that ionize and alkalize water) but in truth, my body feels best when I drink spring water, as it is pure, mineral water that contains the vibration of the healing spring and mountains where it was sourced. Sometimes I like to add fresh lemon to my water which naturally makes it more alkaline. (Pictured above: Mountain Valley Spring Water)
I was never big on taking vitamins, it seemed unnatural to me from the very beginning. As a child I remember running from the kitchen to my garden outside and secretly planting them, giving back to Mother Earth. I truly believe all the vitamins and minerals our body needs are available in the healing, whole foods we choose. Whether it's cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices, medicinal broths, herbal infusions, grains and seeds from the land, I believe our physical body easily assimilates the vitamins and minerals in whole foods and our ethereal body is cared for and strengthened by the life force energy emanating from these living foods. For me - my body, the season and the local environment I am in dictate the foods that I select. It is also beautiful to learn about the qualities of individual foods in relation to the qualities of your constitution. For this I often refer to Ayurveda and the tri-dosha theory: Vata (symbolizing ether/air), Pitta (symbolizing fire/water) and Kapha (symbolizing water/earth). I often like to include superfoods and herbs into my nourishment, for that I admire companies like Sun Potion who bring forth high quality powders in whole food form. (Pictured above: Organic Chlorella Powder by Sun Potion).
A large piece of my personal healing journey involved re-aligning myself with sources of nourishment that supported the new vibration of my etheric body. I am passionate in helping you discover which foods are most healing for your individual constitution by studying the electromagnetic energy of the crystalline structure of the blood through a Healing Foods Analysis.
5. HERBAL OILS
One of my favorite balancing practices is healing touch through massage with herbal oils. Whether it is for yourself, your partner or little ones, massage sends the life force energy of love through the fingertips and infuses your body with the vibrational medicine of various flowers, plants and herbs that live within the oil you choose. The most lovingly sourced and prepared oils I have found are by Jiva-Apoha and Pratima. (Pictured above: Amma Body Oil by Jiva-Apoha)
My go-to massage is a grounding, Ayurvedic foot massage I learned from Pratima Raichur. With your choice of oil massage each foot completely before moving onto the next, giving gratitude and love to your feet for connecting you to the Earth. Talahridaya: With your thumb, gently massage the point located in the middle of the arch of the foot (good for the heart). Big toe: With your thumb, massage the point located in the middle of the underside of the big toe (regulates hormonal activity). Toes: Starting with the big toe, massage the underside of the base of each toe. Then go back and massage each toe all around by gently pulling upward from base to tip (each toe, from biggest to smallest, corresponds to a major organ: brain, lungs, intestines, kidneys, heart). Kshipra: On the topside of the foot, place the tips of both thumbs in between the base of the big toe and the second toe, and massage about one inch towards the ankle until you feel the bone (strengthens the liver). Foot: With both hands, massage the foot in upward strokes from toes to ankles. Do top and bottom (massages all the nerve endings and improves circulation).
6. CASTOR OIL PACK
Castor oil was recommended by American mysticist Edgar Cayce for treating many ailments that resist traditional therapies. A castor oil pack is an external application of castor oil to the body. A piece of wool (or cotton) flannel is saturated with castor oil and applied to a specified area with, or without, heat. The Cayce readings recommend castor oil packs in general to improve assimilations, eliminations, and circulation (especially of the lymphatic system) and in particular to breakup adhesions of the lacteal glands.
My attraction to the castor oil pack comes from its natural and gentle way of detoxifying the body. A castor oil pack is placed on the skin to increase circulation and to promote elimination and healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. I have personally used castor oil packs to stimulate the liver, relieve pain, increase lymphatic circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion. Learn how to make a castor oil pack.
As Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh says, "Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor."
We all know the importance of breath but are we conscious of the element Air and its natural rhythm within us. Conscious breathing is a tool for self-healing rooted in Pranayama (Prana is life force or breath sustaining the body and Ayama is to extend or draw out). The ancient ones in India taught that Prana can be cultivated and channeled through breathing exercises to affect the constellation of energy that is our body. The healing power of breath lies in its ability to regulate the autonomic nervous system, bringing harmony to the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems.
I encourage all types of breathwork as it is capable of purifying the body and its 7 energy centers or Chakras, giving movement to energetic blockages or patterns and moving Spirit through the body. Two of my favorite breathing practices are Alternate Nostril Breathing and 4-7-8 (Relaxing Breath). For 4-7-8 Breathing begin by exhaling completely through your mouth, then closing your mouth and inhaling quietly through your nose to a mental count of 4. Hold your breath for a count of 7. Exhale completely through your mouth to a count of 8. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle 3 more times. Use this practice twice daily.
8. FLOWER REMEDIES
Open to the support of the flower kingdom for heavy emotional and mental states that may arise during periods of cleansing and clearing. My favorite supportive remedy is the Bach Rescue Remedy - a blend of five flower essences including Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose & Clematis. This is a short term remedy indicated when one is experiencing trauma, shock, stress, fear, anxiety or feeling ungrounded. I always carry the tiny, 10 ml bottle of drops in my bag.
Spend time in the natural world - in the forest, by the sea, in the mountains or desert, under the rain or in the sun - soaking in the elementals and restoring the body through the healing energies surrounding you. In nature, the crashing of waves on the beach releases negative ions into the air. When we are barefoot here or walking in the dewy, green grass our feet are making direct contact with the surface of the Earth and our body is being nourished by the natural, subtle energy of Mother Earth.
There are times when being in nature is not possible physically but through meditation, shamanic journeying or creating sacred space in ceremony, our astral body can travel to the places we love and we will be rejuvenated by their beauty and tranquility. Where is your sacred place?
To learn the ways of healing through meditation, shamanic journeying or ceremony, I am now offering 1 hour sessions of exploration.
10. MOVEMENT / REST
Tune into your body and intuitively begin to sense the time for movement or the time for rest. Honor your individual cycle, as we honor nature and all of life.
May vibrations of wellbeing dance within you and all around you this year,
(Puakai Healing does not diagnose or treat physical or psychological disease. These natural therapies are not to be used in place of seeing a medical or naturopathic doctor. This information is offered for educational purposes only).