Generations in the Clinic

Generations

Healthy Generations

One of the most satisfying things in my Chiropractic clinic is seeing several members of the same family come for treatment. This past few weeks I have had two or three retired men come to see me, and within a couple of treatments, they are coming back and saying that their wife would also like an appointment with me. That is always a good sign that I must be doing something right. Same generation.

Today I saw three generations of the same family. The first member to come was actually pregnant with the next generation when she came to see me. After giving birth, her son was brought to me for a check up, to see if his birth had caused any misalingments. To read more about how birth can cause a baby problems, please have a look at my website.

Today Grandma came in to see me for her first treatment. It was the first time in 17 years of being a Chiropractor that I had to do the questioning for the consultation and explanation via an interpeter, as Grandma is from Poland. She is over in the UK to help her daughter adjust back to work. To those of you who know me, you will wonder how I managed to get through a whole treatment without talking. It was strange to say the least, but the look of relief on her face was enough to know that despite not being able to verbally communicate, her pain was much diminished, and the hug was in a language that anybody could understand.

What do each generation in your family share, as a common ground?

Blessings Joy

 

 

Reflections on A to Z Challenge

This was my very first year of participating on the AtoZChallenge and I have to admit I found it really fun, and confess that I did not get to visit as many blogs as I should have done throughout the challenge. Apologies but I hope to catch up with some of you over the coming weeks. I find the blogosphere a bit like a blackhole, you click on a link to a blog and you end up going down a wormhole, only to get released 5 hours later when your bum has gone numb, from sitting too long.

I wrote a lot of my posts over the Easter weekend and scheduled them in advance. There were a couple of letters, W springs to mind, where the word was not forthcoming, and only came to me through the month, after a chance word was said to me. You can read Witch or Wise Woman to see what happened to give me that post. Scheduling does not come without it’s own perils, like getting the wrong letter for the day. W went out before T I think. I must confess I also never got round to writing X. I had it all typed in my mind, but never got round to putting onto wordpress. Did anybody notice?

I would like to thank all those who gave me such lovely feedback, including in no particular order:

https://promptlings.wordpress.com/

https://thejaidev.wordpress.com/

https://spiritualdragonfly.wordpress.com/

https://lexicalcreations.wordpress.com/

https://prabhatks.wordpress.com/

https://annalevensonpsy.wordpress.com/

Welcome, especially if this is your first visit

https://pluviolover.wordpress.com/

Welcome

https://doc2poet.wordpress.com/

https://artistpath.wordpress.com/

https://waldina.com/

https://susanjhernandez.wordpress.com/

https://shirleyjdietz.com/

https://recipetosuccess.wordpress.com/

https://vivachiro.wordpress.com/

https://ionanerissa.wordpress.com/

https://lessonsfrommydaughter.me/

https://savingshards.wordpress.com/

https://meinthemiddlewrites.com/

After going and searching for all my interactors I realise that there are more than I thought. I miss your emails popping into my inbox letting me know that you have inteeracted on my blog. I am so glad that so many of you found it useful and informative. I would love to know if any of you have started to get to know any smelly friends any better?

pablo(21) As part of the challenge I hope that 1 couple will consider calling in on us when the cruise around the British isles next year. I hope to call in on someone in New Brunswick, Nove scotia area when we get to cruise there, and more friendships have been forged globally as a result of this challenge. Since it has finished I am writing more on my other blog This Pilgrims Progress, and I would love to see some of you over there, as I chronicle my journey through life.

Blessings Joy

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Z is for Zingiber officinale

Amphora gingerGinger               Zingiber officinale              Keyword: Digestive

This lovely warming oil should be used in small doses. Great for bilious attacks and travel sickness. Great in a burner with orange.

It is a wonderful oil for use in a blend for muscular aches and pains especially after physical activity. Should be avoided on sensitive skin so best to do a skin test before using on large areas of the skin

Not for use with children at any age.

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Well we have come to the end of the AtoZChallenge. I have loved having so many of you along and leaving so many wonderful comments. I am glad to have given you an insight into the wonderful world of aromatherapy, and how you can help keep yourself healthy with these natural products.

Blessings Joy

Y is for Ylang-ylang

Ylang ylang                          Cananga odorata                        Keyword: Confidence

Ylang ylang means flower of flowers. It has an exotic fragrance and has been called poor man’s Jasmine as it has similar aphrodisical properties but is less expensive. It is the base for many perfumes.

It is a warming oil and helps to instil confidence, therefore useful before interviews or presentation, use the night before to get a good night’s sleep.

Not for use with children of any age.

****************************************************************************Amphora Ylang YlangOver to YOU! I would love to hear your experiences with essential oils. Since this challenge started have you taken the plunge and begun to explore the way these tiny powerful ninja oils can help you to stay healthy. So many of my posts have been writen and re-writen as the month has progressed as you shared your thoughts with me. I hope you enjoy the oils as much as I do, and that you have become friends with some smelly ones. Blessings  Joy

V is for Verbena, Vetivert & Violet

Verbena                           Lippia citriodora                             Keyword : Refreshing

This oil is like a sweet lemon, and as it suggests, it is a refreshing and uplifting whilst soothing the parasympathetic nervous system.

Works on the digestive system, controlling stomach spasms, nausea, indigestion and flatulence. May also stimulate the appetite, so useful for those who may have gone off their food!

 

Vetivert                       Andropogon muricatus                           Keyword: Grounding

Amphora vetivertThis oil has a smoky, earthy aroma. It is known as the oil of tranquillty for its calming action, useful for stress and tension. Helpful for people who are out of balance and require grounding. Can be useful in helping people ease of tranquillisers.

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Amphora violet leaf diluted

Violet Leaf                       Viola odorata                                   Keyword: Healing

This oil is highly prized in the perfume industry. I must admit to having very little knowledge of it myself. I do have it in my collection, and will be using it in the  near future and noting the effect that it has.

I am currently using Galbanium as my new found oil, and am giving that a few weeks use, before introducing a new oil. Maybe a post for May?

Thank you for continuing to be with me almost to the end of the AtoZChallenge. Due to a scheduling mistake W was published last week, and can be read on Witch or Wise Woman

 

U is for Unction

Unction is a word we don’t hear much isn’t it? The dictionary definitions are :

1. The act of anointing as part of a religious, ceremonial, or healing ritual.
2. An ointment or oil; a salve.
3. Something that serves to soothe; a balm.
Aromatherapy oils can serve all 3 definitions, so to follow on from yesterdays SacredSpaces I have chosen to look at the Act of Anointing:

In Exodus 30 in the Old Testament, we read of the Anointing Oil composed of myrrh, cinnamon, calamus (that’s a new 1 on me) and cassia, diluted in olive oil. Now I believe olive oil was used because this was plentiful in the Holy Land. If it had been another country, then I believe Sweet Almond Oil may have been used, or grapeseed oil, whichever was grown locally. This oil was used for the anointing of the tabernacle and the priests and High Priests, to make them most holy.

We also read of the Incense which was composed of “fragrant spices, frankincense, gum resins galbanum and something referred to as onycha, which seems to be a debatable substance, as to what it really is. There are references to a sea mollusc, but I seriously don’t think that it is derived from an animal, if it is, it would be one of the very few essential oils to be obtained from an animal. There is a gland of an animal that produces musk, but that is the only 1 that I can think of. My money would be on it being Labdanum, which is obtained from the rock rose. It sounds much more of a likely candidate than a sea snail.

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain went through an Anointment at her Coronation discussed in this clip here:

In R is for……. I talked about Rainbow Valley, an intention of my lovely friend Lindsay, who has a vision to create a sanctuary where people can go to be in control when dealing with a diagnosis of cancer. I am going to invest in some of these oils mentioned here and experiment with the effects that they have on me, before considering using them on others.

I am so glad that I have taken part in this AtoZChallenge, it has taken me out of my comfort zone, and led me to expand my knowledge of aromatherapy and I am soon going to be making some more smelly friends. I hope I have encouraged some of you to make new smelly friends too.

Blessings Joy

 

S is for Sacred Spaces

Mama 2016 Conference

OK so how many of you noticed that I posted W instead of S on Friday? It was a scheduling mis-calculation, or was it? I had been pretty up together on my AtoZChallenge, writing so much of it over the 4 day Easter Holiday and scheduling them, although I have to admit that as the month has gone on, posts have been edited and re-edited as things have happened that I wanted to include as my way of journaling what effect this challenge has had on not just me, but my practice as well. But S just wasn’t coming to mind, and now I know why.

I have just been on an amazing 2 day Conference called the MaMa Conference, which was held right on my doorstep, right here in Ayr. It is organised by the most amazing woman, Cass McNamara, who is an Independent Midwife, the inventor of the “CUB” a unique “seat” which encourages women to birth upright and organiser of MaMa Conferences. So what has this got to do with aromatherapy and S.

Well for those of you who have ever been around a birthing woman, you will know just what a sacred space you are in. It is a space that we must keep holy, for the birth process to play out. The dance of Mother and Baby as they work together to bring the baby Earthside, is a very sacred thing indeed. When the Space is allowed to remain Sacred then a wonderful thing happens. When it is upset and becomes a place of Science rather than Sacred that is when we have women feeling disempowered, disappointed and failures. As I sat and listened to all these people, mainly women, talk about the things that they are doing to return the birth environment to a Sacred Space, I felt priviledged to be among them. I must admit I have not always felt part of the female half of the species. I have never really got the whole “women together” thing, but as I took part in the tribal, hip swaying I began to experience what unites us. As I was mesmorised by the buttocks in front of me, doing the pelvic movements, whilst on our hands and knees, I glimpsed a thin veil of connectedness to all the birthing women who had gone before me. I felt the Earthly pull of the female spirit calling me to join them.  I am truly becoming a Wise Woman as I get older, and looking forward to developing my skills in many Sacred Spaces.

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Thank you for joining me in this Sacred Space.

Blessings Joy