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Fall activities at Healing on the Danforth

I always experience some regret at this time of year.  Although we are still in the middle of some reasonably good weather we know that summer is almost over.  I know that I have always said that we should be grateful of all the seasons and welcome them for the balance in nature that they provide.  That said, I still can’t help playing favourites and I must admit that I don't exactly relish the arrival of winter.  That is definitely a good excuse to head for a shiatsu teaching gig in Mexico.

Grounding continued

The best surface for being grounded is when you are walking barefoot on the sand.  As a child, I would go on holiday with my parents to the seaside and would return to the metropolis much refreshed and rejuvenated.  It was not just from feeling the benefits of breathing the sea air and the break from the monotony of everyday life.  Walking barefoot was an important component.  There is also the symbolic gesture of freeing the feet from the daily constrictions of conventional formal footwear.

Feldenkrais: No Pain - Maximum gain

This is the second of a series of articles on Feldenkrais by Harold Tausch

No Pain - Maximum Gain

People are often surprised by the big changes they notice after a few gentle movements in a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class or a few gentle manipulations in a hands-on Feldenkrais Functional Integration lesson. We live in a culture that still believes to a considerable extent in the "No Pain - No Gain" theory. It is believed that we can only improve by pushing ourselves to our limits and beyond.  This is not true.

The promises of Spring

I love the Springtime because it bears with it the promise of the end of winter-like weather, even if we get hit from time to time by a sudden cold snap.  The days become longer and this provides the necessary lift to our spirit.  We are ready both physically and mentally to take on exciting new projects.  This is definitely the time of year to make positive changes in our life.

Get real and the need for grounding, Mr. Bieber

We talk of someone who seems to be all over the place and who is unfocused as being ungrounded.  They perhaps possess a quality that we might describe as being manic.  One moment they are charming, bright and intelligent. The next moment they are angry and prone to venting.  This may also manifest as laughing and full of joy one moment and tears and sadness the next.   We may wonder where this change of personalty came from so suddenly.

Spring Cleaning the Body

We traditionally make New Year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year. Then, by February or March, many of us have fallen by the wayside. The many ways that we had planned to improve ourselves, whatever that means for each of us, is but a faded memory.  Springtime is really the time for renewal and we can take this lesson from nature. After all, that is when we do most of our planting.  With the slight improvement in the weather, we have a better opportunity for new growth.


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