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– Yellow Emperor’s Classic
    of Internal Medicine

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For the past 2 days I was in a lot of pain – in my lower back, many different muscles. Marie Oliver evaluated my body alignment, which got completely messed up. She worked on me for over an hour, which helped immensely, and gave me advice on what to do to help myself. I can’t tell you how grateful I feel. She has helped me more than anyone.

Eugeniya HilzingerWholistic Young Living Consultant

I have been a client of Marie Oliver for over a year now. Her combination of myofascial release and acupressure therapies has worked wonders for my back pain. I recommended Marie to my wife and now she is a client.

John Manley

I began seeing Marie Oliver for acupressure and myofascial release in 2014 due to some physical pain in my hips, shoulders and neck, and around my ribcage.  She came very highly recommended to me from a few trusted sources – one who had a visible physical improvement due to her bodywork with Marie.

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Marie is committed to the well being of her clients and attends to their healing with compassion, knowledge, and kindness.  Combining both eastern and western healing modalities, Marie’s healing touch offers freedom from pain and hope for the future.  She supports her clients to become fully aware of the possibilities that will bring health and joy into their bodies, and their lives.

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The Energies of Summer

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Though technically it isn’t summer until the summer solstice on June 21st, we can feel the shift in the weather with the longer days and the warmer weather. The summer has begun.  This season represents abundant energy, expansion, growth, activity, and creativity.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, summer is ruled by the fire element, the color is red, the emotion is joy, the organs most active are the heart and small intestine, pericardium and triple warmer.  It is the most yang(active) of the seasons; life and energies are at their peak.

In TCM mental activity is associated with the heart and therefore our memory, thought processes, emotional wellbeing, and consciousness are also attributed to the heart and fire element.  When the fire element is in balance, the mind is calm and sleep is sound, the heart is strong and healthy.  When the fire element is unbalanced, either lack of joy (depression) or excess joy (mania) can occur.

Symptoms of imbalance include agitation, nervousness, heartburn, and insomnia. Growth, joy and spiritual awareness between the heart and mind are the focus of this season.

Tips for summer health:

  • Drink plenty of water and other fluids
  • Wake up earlier in the morning, go to bed later in the evening, if possible, rest at midday.
  • Stay cool and hydrated
  • Eat lighter and cooling foods such as salads and fruits
  • Add pungent flavors to the diet
  • Keep calm and even-tempered (anger exacerbates heat)

The Five Element Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Together with the Yin-Yang theory, the Five Element Theory forms the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, diagnosis, and treatment.  

Traditional Chinese medicine was based on an observation of man in his environment.  In early times Chinese doctors identified patterns of continuous change and transformation in the universe and how these changes also occurred within the human body.  The concept of chi, the vital energy of the body and the Yin-Yang theory, which views the relationships between things as complementary to the whole, are integral to the master blueprint of the Five Element Theory.  This blueprint organizes all natural phenomena into five master groups or patterns in nature.

The five groups include: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each of these elements includes many “categories such as a season, a direction, climate, stage of growth and development, internal organ, body tissue, emotion, aspect of the soul, taste, color, sound…” the list is seemingly endless.  This theory gives a template to show “how nature interacts with the body and how the different dimensions of our being impact each other.” It gives a multidimensional view and provides a diagnostic framework to identify where imbalances lie.

We are in the season of spring which is the Wood Element.

  • The Liver and Gallbladder are associated organs
  • Eyes and tendons are associated body parts
  • The emotion of anger
  • The color green
  • Wind
  • Calling sound
  • Sour taste
  • The direction is east
  • 11pm – 3am -time

When the Wood chi is weak, indecision and a feeling of being stuck can occur. People who have a strong wood energy have clear goals and vision and can manifest their goals. Planning and decision making are their forte.

www.tcmworld.org/what-is-tcm/five-elements

Take Time to Recharge

relaxationWe’ve spoken about the progression of the seasons with winter being the time to rest and conserve our energy and spring a time of activity and expanding our energy. If you are a person who was unable to rest and recharge during the winter months, you may be feeling worn thin by now. When our bodies are continually exhausted our immune system is weakened and we can easily get sick.

Our exhaustion is not just physical but many times physical, mental and emotional. This is a good description of modern-day stress.

Here are some tips to alleviate this cycle of exhaustion.

  • Try to get to bed around the same time every night. The routine will help the body to relax.
  • A few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow can promote relaxation.
  • Try to get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night.
  • To calm your mind, write down any to do lists or things to remember before you go to bed. Get these thoughts out of your head and onto paper. You can also keep a pen and paper on your nightstand if your thoughts wake you up.
  • Develop the habit of deep breathing. Breathe from the bottom of your diaphragm. You can’t deep breathe and be stressed at the same time.
  • Do some type of exercise, yoga, walking, running, etc. at least 3 times a week.
  • Meditation is wonderful for self-realization. If you are stuck in your head, you may not be aware of exhaustion until it overcomes you.
  • Have your energy balanced or have some type of bodywork.
  • Take care of your body; it’s the only one you have.

Myofascial Release and Chronic Pain

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Myofascial Release is a hands-on bodywork technique that can help in reducing chronic pain and improve range of motion.  It accomplishes this by utilizing gentle sustained pressure into tight restricted muscles and fascia (connective tissue).

“Tight inflexible fascial restrictions can pull on muscles and other structures with up to 2000 pounds of pressure per square inch, causing pain, tension, and limited mobility.”

John Barnes

Myofascial Release can relieve not only temporary tightness but also long-held tension and chronic pain. I credit Myofascial release with helping me to heal my chronic neck pain.

I suffered from chronic neck pain for more than 10 years; the result of an ice-skating accident that occurred when I was 8 years old. My neck pain and restrictions became a problem more than 30 years after the whiplash accident. I was in constant discomfort or pain with my neck. When I slept with the wrong pillow, I would wake up with migraine headaches that would sometimes last all day.

My neck injury was the inspiration for my change of career. It led me to study Jin Shin Do® acupressure, Craniosacral Therapy and finally Myofascial Release. All these therapies have helped me on my healing journey, but I credit Myofascial Release with helping to heal my chronic neck pain.

I still must have the right orthopedic pillow, but I no longer wake up with migraines if I sleep badly. I would recommend Myofascial Release to anyone who suffers from chronic structural pain. It is amazing how good you can feel in your body at any age.

Navigating the Energies of Spring

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During this beautiful time of year when nature is awakening and sending its energy up and outward, the energies most active play an important role in our modern world. The Gallbladder Meridian, which begins in the head and ends between the 4th and 5th toes, is responsible for decision making and overcoming obstacles. It’s partner, the Liver Meridian, controls our ability to plan our lives.

It is said that the gallbladder energy carries out the plans of the liver. The emotions connected with the Liver Meridian are anger, resentment, and frustration.

In our present-day society of deadlines and responsibilities, a healthy gallbladder and liver energy is essential to good decision making. Difficulty with procrastination or frustration level are symptoms of gallbladder and liver imbalance.

Diets which are high in processed carbs, fried food, trans fats dairy and fructose can lead to gallbladder imbalance. Some pre-disposing factors to liver disease include diabetes, alcoholism, drug abuse, malnutrition, and viral liver infection.

To improve gallbladder and liver health:

  • Juice a combination of beets, apples, lemon, carrots, and dandelion greens.
  • Eat more leafy greens, walnuts, olive oil, asparagus, garlic, turmeric, cauliflower, tart cherries, broccoli, and kale
  • Get some type of exercise every day

www.energeticsynthesis.com/Gallbladder Meridian

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Jin Shin Do® Acupressure is not intended for the diagnosis, treatment or cure of disease. It is a relaxation therapy, and a useful adjunct to licensed, qualified medical or psychological care.For any persistent pain or symptom, even a seemingly minor one, the reader is strongly encouraged to consult a medical doctor. When used in conjunction with standard medical treatment, the Jin Shin Do® Acupressure technique can assist the healing process by releasing tension, decreasing stress and encouraging a sense of increased well-being.

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