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Craniosacral Therapy Provides Gentle Relief to Clients

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Craniosacral therapy is a gentle treatment approach that works with the natural, self-correcting mechanism of the body and the craniosacral system to detect and release restrictions in mobility and enhance the function of the craniosacral system.

The craniosacral system includes the membranes and fluids that surround and protect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Restrictions in the rhythmical movement of the craniosacral system can cause sensory, motor or neurological dysfunction.

The techniques of Craniosacral Therapy were developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger, founder of the Upledger Institute. Dr. Upledger has taught the technique internationally and has widely published his research on the efficacy of the treatment protocol.

Using pressure of about five grams, the therapist is able to palpate or feel the craniosacral rhythm of her clients and uses her evaluation of the flow and restrictions to focus treatment on the cause of dysfunction rather than the symptoms. The therapy has been used successfully to treat such disorders as headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ, fibromyalgia, motor coordination difficulties, edema, neuropathy and nerve compression syndromes.

Craniosacral Therapy also has a strong component that focuses on mobilization of the fascia, the continuous sheet of connective tissue that surrounds the organs, muscles, bones, nerves, vessels and other structures of the body. This three-dimensional fascia runs head to toe, front to back and exterior to interior in the body.

Release of fascial restrictions in one part of the body can affect painful tissues in other parts of the body and cause them to also release. The craniosacral system an be used as an indicator of fascial restriction, and then a gentle myofascial release technique can be used to normalize muscle tone, decrease pain, decrease swelling and increase soft tissue and joint mobility. The benefits are usually immediate.

Suzanne Eller has just returned from Charleston, SC, after joining the staff of the Upledger Institute as a teaching assistant. She assisted in the 4-day Craniosacral Therapy I class and will also assist when this class is held in Greensboro in January 2009. The cost for a one hour Craniosacral Therapy session is $60.

To schedule your Craniosacral Therapy session, please call Suzanne at 828-315-9900.


Tips for Getting a Good Night's Sleep

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This is the season when the days get shorter and the change from Daylight Savings Time back to Standard Time heralds a glitch in the body clock's routine as the circadian rhythms adjust to earlier evening darkness and an extra hour of light in the morning.

Despite the extra hour of sleep on the night of the time change, the seasonal darkness and the shift in the clock can cause insomnia and/or difficulty going to sleep or waking up. Sleep deprivation can make us crabby and less productive. We may even fall asleep at the desk.

Here are some strategies for having a more restful night and consequently a more alert day.

Is there a magic number for the hours of sleep you should get each night? Everybody is different, but the National Sleep Foundation suggests that adults need between seven and nine hours, teens need about nine hours, older children need between ten and eleven hours, and preschoolers need eleven to thirteen hours a night.


Essential Oil of the Month:

Lemon essential oil is derived from the peel or zest of the lemon fruit. This oil is one that everyone should keep in his or her home for its antiseptic, cleaning and invigorating properties.

Most lemon essential oil comes from Italy or the United States. It has long been used in Europe to treat infections, to prevent scurvy, and to break fevers like those associated with malaria and typhoid. It has also been used to treat athlete's foot, corns, chilblains, acne, warts and varicose veins.

It has a clean, fresh scent and has naturally uplifting effects on the spirit. Many homemakers use it as a cleaning agent. Besides killing germs, it leaves the home smelling refreshed and clean. It is excellent for removing gum, adhesives, and grease spots.

Lemon is said to promote mental clarity and objectivity. A few drops in a car diffuser can keep you alert on a long ride, and it makes an excellent study aid. Just put a drop on your wrist or throat as you study. On the day of the test, do the same. Lemon EO will help you ace that exam. (They did a study in Japan and found there were 57% fewer typing mistakes in an office where lemon EO was diffused through the air!)

Other uses for Lemon Essential Oil include:
Disinfectant. Add 25 drops of lemon EO to an 8 oz. spray bottle filled with water. Shake well, and spray as an air disinfectant or use directly on faucets, doorknobs, bed linens, etc. Combine with lavender EO to create an excellent sick room disinfectant(use 15 drops lemon, 15 drops lavender per 8 oz. of water).

First Aid. Place 3 drops of lemon EO into a small bowl of water, dip a sterile cloth into the lemon water, then use the cloth as a compress over the affected area. Repeat until the wound is clear of debris. (Lemon water is not recommended for deep wounds - for more serious wounds, seek medical attention.)

Urinary tract. Place 2 drops of lemon EO into 1 tablespoon of carrier oil such as jojoba, and rub the mixture into the lower back and lower abdomen in a clockwise direction. This aids in the cleansing and toning of the kidneys.

Respiratory aid. Place 10 drops of lemon EO into a vaporizer or diffuser.

Cellulite. Add 1 drop of lemon EO to one tablespoon of carrier oil such as olive, almond or jojoba oil. Rub into the affected area, working toward the heart. Repeat daily and drink lots of water to help flush your system.

In the bathroom. Mix 10 drops of lemon oil EO with 1 cup of baking soda. The mixture scrubs away dirt, grime and soap buildup. Rinse well. It's great to shine up chrome fixtures. For colored bathroom surfaces, test for color-fastness before applying the mixture over broad areas (lemon can have bleaching qualities).

In the laundry room. When laundering whites, add 25 drops to the rinse water. Do not apply directly to clothing. Avoid adding to colored loads.

Vacuuming. Drop a cotton ball sprinkled with 15 drops of lemon essential oil into your vacuum bag. The scented cotton will add a crisp, fresh scent to the air as you clean, and will deodorize your vacuum cleaner.

For more uses for lemon essential oil, click here.

Tapestry Life Resources & Massage Therapy carries two brands of essential oils— Ancient Wisdom Essential Oils and Aura Cacia. Both companies produce high quality oils. Please call 828-315-9900 for more information.

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November 2008


In This Issue:

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I want to wish you the best during this busy season. I have enjoyed serving you and hope to see you soon. Call for an appointment at 828-315-9900. My hours are 9 am to 7 pm, by appointment. I also want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Blessings, Suzanne

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Fun Facts about Thanksgiving

Thanks to "Coolest Thanksgiving Facts, Traditions and History" for the above facts. Click the link above more even more Thanksgiving trivia.

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Suzanne H. Eller

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Recommended Books: "Fall" into Reading

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Reading is one of my favorite activities any time of the year. I spend way too much money on books and would rather go to Barnes & Noble than just about any store in town. Over the last few weeks, I've stumbled on several books I can recommend to similarly avid readers. Perhaps one or two will pique your curiosity.

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I recommend Donna Eden's books to my clients who like Touch for Health and the educational version, Brain Gym. With an innate ability to see energy patterns in individuals, Eden was trained in Touch for Health and practices applied kinesiology that she calls Energy Medicine. This new book, which follows a revision of her previous book, Energy Medicine, targets the hormonal changes that are peculiar to women. It's an invaluable source for alternative solutions to women's health.

This is the first book I read in the 2008 Hickory Public Library's "Let's Talk about It" series. It is the story of General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea and sparked lively debate as it treats Sherman rather sympa- theoretically. Never- theless, it gives a vivid picture of the devastation wrought by Sherman's army on the South and gives those who might be called collaborators the human faces of survivors.

I am still reading this book and will probably do so for a long time to come. It is one of the best books I've found for describing the physiological and emotional effects of stress. It outlines a variety of remedies from meditation to anger management to nutrition. The exercises and self-tests are easy to understand and to practice. There's something in this book that could fit everyone's person- ality and lifestyle.

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