Staying Calm and Being Safe….

I was supposed to be on a plane to Belgium this Tuesday to study with my homeopathic mentor in Europe, whom I’ve been studying with twice a year since October 2009. Now, unable to leave the country, I am here and open for appointments to help us move through this latest crisis.

Hysteria is thick in the air. I am taking every precaution to make my office a safe place to keep your body doing well.

From my former careers in colonics and as a wilderness EMT, I know about sanitization. I am running an Ozone filter all night long in my office. I have switched to paper cups, removed common cushions on the couch, and am wiping down every surface (couch, phone for credit cards, couch table, door surfaces and handles) with isopropyl alcohol after each client. Every client always gets their own sheets and I am washing everything in hot water. I am running an aromatherapy diffusor in the air. I have a hand sanitizer that I am spraying your hands with as you come into the office. And I am also spending a lot of time washing my hands between sessions and using paper towels. These precautions also sadly include not hugging people. 

If you are sick, you should stay home and rest up. You can cancel your appointment without a charge.

According to the Center for Disease Control, coronavirus symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath may appear 2-14 days after exposure.  Most cases are mild. The immunocompromised are the most at risk. Emergency warning signs to get medical attention include difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face.” 1

 
1. Coronavirus Disease 2019 CDC.gov website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fsymptoms.html

Here are a few simple and easy ways you can support your body during these challenging times to keep yourself staying calm and safe.

*Wash your hands with soap & water. (Singing happy birthday three times equals 30 seconds)
*Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
*Avoid close contact with people who are sick
*Beef up your personal practices – yoga, qi-gong, tai chi, meditation
*Don’t over-extend your energy; Rest when you are tired
*Get in Nature – go for walks, get your hands in your garden
*Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough
*Practice social distancing 
*Eat well, drink plenty of fluids
*Do steam inhalations to calm the nerves and fortify the lungs
*Avoid white sugar, alcohol, smoking & recreational drugs as these tax your system
*Eat high vitamin C fruits like kiwi, oranges, fresh lemon water
*Stock up on foods in the pantry in case stores have to shut down

Stay Calm Special

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The Treasure of Homeopathy

The best form of defense for any issue is to be on a constitutional homeopathic remedy. True health is adaptability, and being able to stay healthy in all the circumstances of life. If you have been on the fence of wanting to do Classical Homeopathy, there is no better time but the present. Email or call for your complementary screening to see if homeopathic treatment is for you.

I am now available via FaceTime or Skype to take your homeopathic case.

Please forward this to any friends or family who may need help. I hope to be a resource to help you and your loved ones keep healthy.

Warmly…
Elizabeth Lakin CCHH, CCSP, NTS
 
voicemail: 707-583-2370
http://www.nurturingvitality.com
elizabeth@nurturingvitality.com

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Good Computer Ergonomics = Happy Neck

I am bewildered by how many professionals work on laptop computers on the sofa or at the kitchen table. These poor work habits can create strain and pain in the body. “Sitting at work for more than 95% of the working time seems to be a risk factor for neck pain and there is a trend for a positive relation between neck flexion and neck pain.”1

Many people have heard of using better ergonomics with their computer but feel that it’s too complex to change their ways.

1.)  Ariëns GA, Bongers PM, Douwes M, Miedema MC, Hoogendoorn WE, van der Wal G, Bouter LM, van Mechelen W. Are neck flexion, neck rotation, and sitting at work risk factors for neck pain? Results of a prospective cohort study.​ Occup Environ Med. 2001 Mar;58(3):200-7​. [PUBMED]

Ergonomics and Your Computer 

Some of these straightforward ideas in the picture below illustrate healthy habits for using your computer. Utilizing these ergonomic techniques can save you time, money, and unwanted physical pain. 

I often hear from clients who believe that because they work on a laptop, they can’t create these fancy set-ups. But the fact is, they can, by using an external keyboard and an external mouse, which make a world of difference. Also, lifting the computer screen higher so that the neck stays in neutral position (not looking up nor down) will reduce strain. If you don’t have the correct stand for lifting the computer screen, a simple solution would be to set the screen on a stack of books. And, finally, of course, sitting up straight in a good chair will make your spine feel much happier. 

“I went to Elizabeth for a locked up neck and upper back and she resolved it in one session. She also has extensive experience – 20 years – in cranial sacral which I have also had the benefit of receiving. Amazing! I highly recommend Elizabeth as she can support you from many directions and on many levels. Thank you for your great work, Elizabeth!
K.P. Santa Rosa, CA

Nourishment to Your Body

Life can be so busy that we forget about nourishment needed right now. Why wait until a nagging body pain becomes so loud that you can hardly move? Instead listen subtly to your body’s needs, and reach out for help when that is needed.

Please forward this to any friends or family who may need help. I hope to be a resource to help you and your loved ones keep healthy.

Warmly…
Elizabeth Lakin CCHH, CCSP, NTS
 
voicemail: 707-583-2370
http://www.nurturingvitality.com
elizabeth@nurturingvitality.com


Elizabeth Lakin’s education began with a B.S. in Botany from Eastern Illinois University. She is a graduate of the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics in 1998, and the Institute of Classical Homoeopathy (4-year homoeopathic program) in 2007. She studied Ayurveda at the Dhyana Education and Rejuvenation Center in 2001-2003. Elizabeth became a Certified Core Synchronism Practitioner and has been treating clients since 1998. Since 2008, she has traveled to Belgium twice annually to continue advanced studies in homeopathy as the student of the best miasmic prescriber in the world. In January 2018, she began studying with Curtis Turchin D.C. and integrating Gentle Mobilization into her bodywork including joint stretching, joint mobilization, manual manipulation, kinetic taping, cranial work and take-home tailored exercises.

Health is about adaptability.
Healing is about going to the root cause of what ails the whole body rather than just looking at a few individual symptoms. It has been Elizabeth’s life path to unravel her own health issues completely naturally. And then to offer the world what she knows has worked for her.

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“Flight & Fight” – calming the vagal nerve

Oh my goodness, a picture does say a thousand words. A quick glance at the photo below reveals the many organs affected by the vagus nerve. Balancing your vagal pathway is integral to creating harmony and getting out of “fight or flight” mode.

“The vagus nerve is known as the “wandering nerve” because it has multiple branches that diverge from two thick stems rooted in the cerebellum and brainstem that wander to the lowest viscera of your abdomen touching your heart and most major organs along the way.” 1

“The vagus nerve is also a key part of your parasympathetic “rest and digest” nervous system. It influences your breathing, digestive function and heart rate, all of which can have a huge impact on your mental health.” 2

1.) https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-athletes-way/201607/vagus-nerve-stimulation-dramatically-reduces-inflammation

2.) https://www.optimallivingdynamics.com/blog/how-to-stimulate-your-vagus-nerve-for-better-mental-health-brain-vns-ways-treatment-activate-natural-foods-depression-anxiety-stress-heart-rate-variability-yoga-massage-vagal-tone-dysfunction


Stimulate Your Own Vagus Nerve…

It is always important to be part of your own healthcare through self-care.
There are medical devices that can be implanted to stimulate the vagus nerve. But for the average person, integrating a few easy techniques into your daily life can be transformative. Some suggestions for toning your vagal pathways are breathing exercises, yawning, cold exposure, cold showers, gargling, maintaining a strong gut with prebiotic & probiotic foods, laughing, socializing, yoga, mediation, Tai Chi, positive self talk, singing, humming, and chanting.

Try something that is easy for you to integrate into your daily routine like simply ending your shower with a cold water rinse or any other of the choices above.

“The [cranial sacral] session Elizabeth did focusing on my vagus nerve was one of the most relaxing sessions I’ve ever experienced – I didn’t sleep, but rather just drifted in a timeless state with no worries at all for an entire hour. Afterwards I felt like I was back in my body, but in a much more relaxed way.”
G.B. Healdsburg, CA

Cranial Work and Deep Relaxation

Many people don’t realize how important it is to have all those head bones moving freely instead of being jammed in a frozen position from past injuries, dental work or accidents. Even if one doesn’t recall head injuries in your past, contemplate: how many children have you seen that haven’t hit their head? My first head injury was at 4 years old.  
 Conditions like head pain, neck pain, TMJ, sinus issues, whiplash, worry, and anxiety can be helped with cranial work.  In the last 20 years of bodywork, I have found that deep relaxation in my sessions is a profound experience to receive.


Please forward this to any friends or family who may need help. I hope to be a resource to help you and your loved ones keep healthy.

Warmly…
Elizabeth Lakin CCHH, CCSP, NTS
 
voicemail: 707-583-2370
http://www.nurturingvitality.com
elizabeth@nurturingvitality.com

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Mobility and Range of Motion in the Spine

For the Love of Your Back

Could your chronic neck or back pain be from lack of mobility?
Have you ever wondered how much work your spine does for you?
Have you ever pondered getting a tune-up on the spine?
Your spine starts at the base of your skull and runs into your hips. It is a thirty-three-bone-pillar that holds you erect and walking.
You go to the dentist, you get your haircut, but when was the last time you made an appointment to check your spine mobility?

Joint Mobility and Chronic Pain

Does your spine feel stiff?
Do you lack a range of motion with side bending in your torso?
Your thoracic spine is directly connected to your cervical spine (located at the neck). Because of the close link between the two, you can see how a lack of joint mobility in the thoracic spine could potentially contribute to disorders in the neck.1
In fact, a direct association has been found between people with decreased mobility in the thoracic spine who also complain of neck pain.2

1.) Cleland J, et al. Development of a clinical prediction rule for guiding treatment of a subgroup of patients with neck pain: use of thoracic spine manipulation, exercise, and patient education. Phys Ther. 2007;87(1):9-23.
2.) Norlander S, Nordgren B. Clinical symptoms related to musculoskeletal neck-shoulder pain and mobility in the spine. Scand J Rehabil Med. 1998;30:243-251

For the Love of Your Spine Special

Between now and February 28, 2019, come in for a 45-minute spinal treatment for only $50 (normally $75). Gift Certificates available for this special rate as well.

“Every time I have anything from tightness to acute pain anywhere on my body, I come into Elizabeth and have this work done and I feel relief. Because of my active lifestyle, being a welder, bodybuilder, and doing other physical activities, I often have areas that become so uncomfortable I can’t sleep comfortably at night. After coming to see Elizabeth, those problems seem to disappear, and not only do I feel better, I move much better as well.”
C.M. Santa Rosa, CA

The Month of Love

February usually conjures thoughts of chocolates and flowers. But what if February becomes a moment of deep reflection and caring for your spine? The part of your body that holds you up through thick and thin. Maybe it’s time to appreciate it.

Please forward this to any friends or family who may need help with their neck or back. I hope to be a resource to help you and your loved ones keep healthy.

Warmly…
Elizabeth Lakin CCHH, CCSP, NTS

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The Lingering Mystery Pains…muscle and ligament tears

Muscle and Ligament Tears

As I was reckless in my past as an athlete, I have many issues still lingering in my muscles and ligaments. I’m currently dealing with 14 muscle and ligament tears from old injuries. Most of these tears, some as old as 20 years, I have discovered due to re-injury in current day.

Muscle injuries are frequent in high demand sports, accounting for 10% to 55% of all acute sports injuries.1 In the U.S. alone, tendon, ligament, and joint capsular injuries account for 45% of the 32 million musculoskeletal injuries each year. 2

The good news is that these lingering injuries can easily be found and healed with kinetic taping and LED light therapy.

1.) Acute muscle strain injuries: a proposed new classification system. Chan O, Del Buono A, Best TM, Maffulli N, Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2012 Nov; 20(11):2356-62.[PubMed]

2.) Functional efficacy of tendon repair processes. Butler DL, Juncosa N, Dressler MR, Annu Rev Biomed Eng. 2004; 6():303-29.[PubMed]

Finding Tears and Taping 

Using kinetic tape is both an art and a science. It first takes assessing the area that has an unstable joint resulting from over-stretched ligaments or finding the indentation, or dent in a muscle to see the damage of severity of the tear.

How does one know they have a tear? The classic sensation of a tear is shooting, sharp pain. It can also feel like a tingling sensation. The pain can radiate up or down to another part of the body. And sadly, it can also be painless even though one has “never been well” since this injury happened.

A ligament or muscle tear will heal partially, but not completely, without the use of kinetic tape. The tape allows the muscle or ligament to “take a break” and rest.  The kinetic tape acts as an artificial muscle or ligament.

The addition of using an LED light will dramatically speed up recovery. I only recommend this 8000 megawatt light which is on sale for January. Here is a video about using the LED light.

The size of the muscle tear and the severity of the ligament tear will dictate how long it will take to heal.

The tape without medicinal properties is water-resistant and can remain on the skin for 3 to 5 days.1 Taping is easy and effective for helping one relieve pain.

In a study for myofascial pain control, significant improvement in pain and disability was noted in the taping group after one to two weeks.1

1.) The Kinesio Taping Method for Myofascial Pain Control. Wei-Ting Wu, Chang-Zern Hong, Li-Wei Chou, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Hindawi, 8 March 2015.

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Freedom from Neck Pain

The Lingering Neck Pain

   When clients come into my office for a bodywork session, they commonly tell me their neck is bothering them. The demands on the body from a sedentary life are taxing. Texting on phones and looking down at small electrical devices, working long hours on the computer and lack of exercise has created new strain patterns the world didn’t see 20 years ago. “Although most acute episodes of neck pain resolve spontaneously, more than a third of affected people still have low grade symptoms or recurrences more than one year later.”1

1.) Cohen SP, Hotten WM. Advances in the diagnosis & management  of neck pain. 2017 Aug 14;358:j3221. [PubMed]

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Holidays with Ease

‘Tis the season….

For many people, this is a joyous celebration of holy days. For others, this can be a really challenging time of year. There is great pressure to spend a lot of money to show people how much we love them. At times, we buy things our loved ones don’t really need or want.

The stress of the season takes a toll on our nervous system.  It could be the changing of the weather or the deep reflection of the kind of year it has been.

I want to give the gift of one of my most useful passive practices, the mediation of yoga nidra.  This ancient practice can reduce tension, anxiety and rejuvenate the body. Yoga nidra is an art of deeply relaxing the body. There is a part in the mediation to create what is called a “resolve” or an affirmation.

When you are so relaxed you will be in an open, receptive and intuitive space. Being this relaxed creates a fertile ground where this new seed thought can be planted, to manifest anything.

Here is a research paper of the health benefits yoga nidra…
https://www.dropbox.com/s/w5ceednr2j00spp/Yoga%20Nidra-Advantages%20%26%20Applications.doc?dl=0

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Fires, Particulates & Freeing The Lymphatic System

Breathing in Fire Compounds

“That fire [Camp Fire from Paradise, CA] is causing the worst air pollution in history for the Bay Area and northern California, says John Balmes, a physician at the University of California, Berkeley, who sits on the California Air Resources Board.” 1

“Longer-term impacts of such exposure, meanwhile, are little understood. Few studies have been conducted to track the health of people months, and years, after they have been exposed to high concentrations of ‘particulate’ pollution. The emissions are similar to the toxic particles released with the burning of fossil fuels. But fire fumes could pose an additional risk, because they include chemicals released when homes and cars — and their attendant insulation, plastics and metals — burn.” 2

” ‘This is not good for our lungs,’ says Dr. Gopal Allada, a pulmonologist and critical care specialist at Oregon Health & Science University, ‘When you inhale these really small particles, smaller than a few microns, they can land in your lungs and cause respiratory symptoms.’ They can even pass into your bloodstream.” 3

“For people who have underlying heart conditions or respiratory illnesses — such as asthma or chronic lung disease — exposure to wildfire smoke can be serious. Other high-risk groups include people over 65, children (whose lungs are still developing) and pregnant women, because of the risk to the fetus.” 3

1.) Coren, M, J. (2018, Nov 17). California’s air was among the world’s worst this week. Climate change will make it the new normal. Retreived from https://qz.com/1466111/californias-air-was-among-the-worlds-worst-this-week-climate-change-makes-that-the-new-normal/
2.) Rainey, J. (2018, Nov 23). Bad air from California’s Camp Fire makes people sick, but for how long? NBC News. Retrieved from https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/bad-air-california-s-camp-fire-makes-people-sick-how-n939066
3.) Greenhalgh, J. (2017, Sept 11). Is All That Wildfire Smoke Damaging My Lungs? NPR news. Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/09/11/549165837/is-all-that-wildfire-smoke-damaging-my-lungs

Susceptibility & the Lymphatic System 

These fires will affect each person differently depending on our current state of health and our inherited susceptibility. As a homeopath, I have noticed that our weakest link in our health can be triggered. Looking at the whole system is a key to bringing our vital energy to the best place it can be when faced with toxic environmental issues.I highly recommend coming in for a cranial lymphatic session. It is very relaxing and helps the body purge toxicity that is bound up in the lungs and the lymphatic system, which is our immune system. I have also been using an 8,000 mW of red and infrared LED light on each clients lungs. This past week, I got the pleasure of giving 45 minute lymphatic sessions to two young children.
Other ways to stimulate the lymphatic system are salt scrubs, dry brushing or jumping on a rebounder.
For those who are really suffering, I suggest a personalized constitutional homeopathic remedy for you.
Here is a client’s transformational process of her life-changing experience being on professional homeopathic care.
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Strength and Flexibility

Strength and Flexibity

Many people think that flexibility is the key to getting out of back pain. I have found in my own body and clients that strength is what needs to be built first in our backs prior to flexibility. Many clients have weak core abdominal muscles and back muscles.  It has been a pleasure to look at each client’s structure and see what is exactly going on in their body. Where is the back weak? Where is the back too tight or too flexible?

Exercise is the only meaningful way to increase functional capacity.4 What home exercises can I give to help create lasting change in the body? One exercise is plank pose in the picture above and many other exercises to strength the back and core muscles. Exercises will take a minute out of your life and help completely change patterns in your body. Home care and the correct exercises are a big piece of keeping one’s back working well.

“The majority of back pain is the result of muscle and ligament strain or weakness, and can often be prevented by developing core strength and proper posture,” said Dr. Daniel Mazanec, associate director of the Center for Spine Health at the Cleveland Clinic.

4. Bortz WM 2nd. Redefining human aging. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1989 Nov;37(11):1092–1096.  [PubMed]

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Mobilization the Key to Freedom

Mobilization is the Key

After 24 years of working with my own chronic pain, I am solving problems I once thought I would have to live with forever. It has been quite the journey to get me to this present moment.

My drive to solve the chronic pain in my body has consumed my life. My history of competing in college sports, backpacking as a botanist, farming organically laboriously by hand, encountering accidents and countless head injuries, and generally being ruthless to my body, all cumulated in unbearable pain. Ultimately, I have learned a lot about how to understand the source of pain, and I bring this knowledge to my clients.

Hands down, the key to a pain-free body is mobilization. How mobile is your body? Pain can be caused by either having too much mobilization, or little to no mobilization.

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