This Ayurvedic Life: Fear – Where it resides and how to manage it.

This Ayurvedic Life: Fear

Fear is associated with constricting energy and also with the primal vibrational essence that is called Vata. Read along or watch the video for more insight into what this means as well as for some tips on how to cope and mitigate these emotions that close us off and cause so much suffering for us.

In Ayurveda there are three primary body type’s: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. We will discuss what these are and go into more detail in future blog posts. However I will give you a crash course of what Vata is: AIR (Wind) + ETHER (Space), Qualities that reflect Wind and Space. They are generally very creative, imagination runs wild, very energetic, and have many projects going on at once.

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If we use what we know about Vata, where the energies of Vata are associated with the body (every bodily movement), and where the physical manifestation of fear is at the given time, then we can follow the trail backwards to find the root cause. Using manipulations, i.e. Massage Therapy, Yoga, Stretching, Meditation, and other opposing fear activities, we can open up body parts that are constricted physically and emotionally. This will help minimize our body’s susceptibility to fear and our body’s concentration of primal fear energy association. So, with all of that said we can now discuss the three things that one can work on specifically to help with fear.

Three Specific Actions that Calm Fear

The first one, the easiest one, is the Hamstrings. Who knew right?! The hamstrings are associated with energy and fear. Very often we are told that tension is everywhere in our body. When we get afraid we curl up, we turtle up, but we don’t think about our leg muscles. So, how would we help the hamstrings? Stretching, forward bending would be a go to; it will cool any aggravated energy but will also open up the hamstrings, which is a concentrated area for fear energy. If you can get rid of the fear energy by stretching you can reduce your impulse to be afraid.

Next, is the idea of ‘turtling up.’ If someone shouted out, “There’s a ball coming, duck!” What would you do? Most would recede their head downwards and hunch their shoulders up, while covering their head. That causes a restriction and a constriction through the pectorals, multiple neck muscles, and holding of the breath. These constrictions that are taking place are associated with fear. The way to break that after the ball fell safely, not hitting anyone, is to sit like a Captain in a Captain’s chair, if you will; or when standing, your shoulders are back and not up by your ears, chest out, head up, not slouching, be confident. All of these things are associated with the opposite of a fearful personality, a fearful posture. While sitting, use the Captain analogy with your arms extended outwards from your body for five minutes and that will help reduce the fear. Doing this expands opens the chest, the heart, and the lungs.

The third area of constriction and of fear is a little more esoteric and may not be for everybody. The area of the body that holds Vata energy strongly, maybe the most strongly of all, is the colon. Our colon does many jobs for our body, one of which is drying out stools. Dryness is one of the primary qualities of Vata, and an area that focuses on creating dryness in our body is an area that is always susceptible to having too much Vata energy. Too much dryness magnifies Vata, and with that comes too much energy that correlates with fear.  We can remove the emotion of fear by removing the associated energetic principles in the colon that are excessive and unnecessary. By countering too much dryness with proper lubrication we can remove our susceptibility to fear. Anything that we end up doing to allow the colon to be more effective in its healthy function will probably help with fear as well.

You are probably wondering how to do this. Well, in Ayurveda they do a small oil retention enema called a basti. Its a simple 2 oz enema held for 20 minutes, so its not too intense, and it powerfully lubricates and promotes healthy colon function. For the less adventurous, they also recommend certain herbs to lubricate the colon, such as licorice root. Licorice tea is made from licorice root that would be a helpful thing to have in your cabinet if you find yourself fearful a lot and having issues with dryness in your GI tract and colon.

There are always so much more that we can discuss and can always go into more detail about our topics but it is nice that you know have some understanding, if you didn’t before, on the three parts of the body that are more subjected to fear energy and where it resides. Also, you now have some tips on how you can take specific action to open those places up and create a lack, or removal of the vibration that causes fear energy. If you are interested more in learning about different techniques of the Ayurvedic Life check out our Ayurvedic classes at Back To Bliss.

Gift Certificate Sale 2017

Mark Your Calendars!

Announcing our 10th Annual Gift Certificate Sale

Sunday, October 15th from Noon – 5pm

Read below for full details about our once a year sale. A pdf of our sale flyer ( Gift certificate sale flyer 2017 ) is also available for you to print off and hand to your loved ones and co-workers. Our Christmas Gift Certificates make amazing gifts to give to friends, family, and employees, but they might even be better to receive!

25% OFF Gift Certificates

  • $30 value /pay $22.50
  • $75 value /pay $56.25
  • $165 value /pay $123.75

These certificates are valid for all regular priced services and products at Back To Bliss except for packages, already discounted products or services, and Community Gym memberships. Limit of three 25% OFF certificates per person.

10 Year Sale Anniversary Special

This Year, when you purchase a max value ($165 value /pay $123.75) 25% OFF Gift Certificate, you will receive a Free Coupon valid for any one of the following services:

  • Valid @ Colby only – Free Massage For Your Mind – Hypnotherapy session
  • Valid @ Marshfield only – Free Small or Medium Waxing or Free Bliss Facial
  • Valid @ Wausau only – Free 30 minute Basic Massage

These Free coupons will all expire on Feb 12th, so make sure to get appointments made early. They highlight all of our newest therapists and services, so take advantage and try something new! And the best news is that you get a Free certificate for each $165 Gift Certificate you purchase, so you can get up to 3 Free Gifts.

25% OFF All Products

All products in stock are on sale for the day. Stock up on your favorites while supplies last.

 

Fine Print

  • All gift certificates must be brought in at the time of redemption.
  • Purchased 25% OFF GC’s expire one year after purchase.
  • We will mail gift certificates purchased for a $5 convenience fee.
  • Free coupons expire on Sunday, Feb. 12th 2018. This deadline is strictly enforced.
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  • Referral cards are only valid for a person’s first visit at any Back To Bliss location.
  • This is our best sale of the year so mark your calendar, tell your friends, and don’t miss out!

What Is Hypnotherapy?

Have you ever tried to change a habit or behavior just to have it resurface? This happens because our conscious willpower, typically, can’t compete with the power of our subconscious mind, which is known to be where many of our behaviors, emotions, attitudes, and motivations are rooted. Every trauma, emotion, and feeling we experience from birth until this current moment is stored in our subconscious mind.

Hypnotherapy allows us to access our subconscious mind and can be a very effective tool to help one resolve or release inner conflicts that may be getting in the way of their success, health, and happiness. However, it is not magic. Serious participation and the want and willingness to change must be present from the one who is seeking to resolve an issue or unwanted habit. Four keys to maximizing one’s own success, as a hypnotherapy client, are:

  1. Firmly believe that the issue or habit can be resolved or released.
  2. Being able to imagine one’s self as living successfully with the resolution or free from the current issue or habit.
  3. Participate for you, because you want to change.
  4. Expect one’s own success.

As a hypnotherapy client, one is allowing the hypnotherapist to use techniques to guide and help them to go into a deep state of relaxation, so that inner conflicts related to an issue or habit can be resolved, between the conscious and subconscious minds, by positive suggestions being given to the client by the hypnotherapist, which helps bring about the desired change.

 

 

Appointments

If you are interested in seeing Nicole for hypnotherapy she is available at our Colby location no and also at our Wausau location on Friday’s starting mid October. Please call 715.316.0040 to begin.

 

Confessions of a Curly Hair Girl

For as long as I can remember I was never content with my natural thick and wavy hair. Straightening my hair was always a hassle, so when I was younger I would get a perm here and there just because it was easier to manage. I was always indecisive,  if I’d cut my hair short, I’d grow it long, and I always, ALWAYS had the stylist thin it out because it was just too much. I was never content with the locks that I had on my own head. It wasn’t until recently that I decided to embrace it! My hair always felt dry, and frizzy, and it had to be cut a certain way or it looked ridiculous! It would look like I had choppy layers or just a straight blunt cut.. I was never taught how to wear it natural or how to maintain my curls.

The next logical step of course was the internet, and I would YouTube ridiculous videos that didn’t work for my type of hair. During my experiments, I did find some tips and tricks that worked for me. Us curly hair girls have some secrets (at least I do) that might surprise some of you. Here are some confessions that I think most curly hair girls can relate to.  

I rarely wash my hair!

Most people can get away with every other day or every other-other day, but people with curly hair like me, we could get away with washing it maybe once or twice a week, that may sound gross to some of you but the longer I go without washing my hair the curlier my hair gets. Dry shampoo, is a very good friend of mine. It allows me to extend the length of time i can wear my hair down by another full day. This also means I get one more day of being able to wear it up! To be honest, the more days I wear my hair down, the more oily it gets.

Brushing

We don’t do it: like ever! More than likely we don’t even own one. At least I don’t! I either run my fingers through my hair in the shower or I use a wide tooth comb. If I comb my hair after the shower, once it starts to dry, it looks like a hot frizzled mess!

 

Cock-tailing

No, I am not talking about the drinking kind, I LOOVVEE to cocktail my products. I HAVE to use products, and if I don’t, my curls are frizzy or dull. I personally like to use a mouse or gel for a good hold. My absolute favorite product to use for my curls is a sea salt spray! I especially use it on day two or three depending on how my curls look the next morning.  My routine consists of a leave in conditioner, gel or mouse, and a hair oil or serum. The next/last day I may mist my hair with some water and then spritz in some sea salt spray and I’m good to go.

Blow-drying

It doesn’t happen for me, like ever! First of all, my hair takes forever to dry. Secondly, my hair would look like I stuck my finger in a socket; big and all over the place. If we do decide to blow dry our hair we always use a diffuser.

As you can see, my hair care routine is a tad bit different than how you might style or care for your hair. Like I said earlier, it took me a few trial and errors to find out what works for me, so my best advice for anyone would be to find what works for you. Everyone’s hair is different, and different tricks work on different hair types. So what works for me may not work for you. I have grown to love the hair I have, and my passion for curly hair has also grown as well! 

 

~Kylie

A curly haired girl