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“Thailand? Why would I want to go there?”
I was burned out from my job and thinking about maybe taking a class, maybe getting back to massage, maybe … I don’t know what. And then my friend said, “Why don’t you go to Thailand and study Thai massage?”
To me, Thailand was at best a place with great food. What was Thai massage anyway? I set the idea aside. But then one morning, I decided to explore the idea on the internet. Right away I found an international massage school with a website that explained everything I could want to know about Thai massage and the structure of their classes. I checked out places to live, flight options, the best season to visit. I wrote down exactly how much my dream course list and living expenses would cost. It wasn’t completely out of reach, but it was an amount that I didn’t have easy access to. I set the plan aside and told myself that it was good that I had explored the option and at least I now had the facts.
In the afternoon of the same day, I received an email from a colleague asking me to bid on a big copy editing project. I copy edited in my free time, so I thought “why not?” and worked up an estimate. It was the same amount as the dream course list and time in Thailand. I was so surprised, I double-checked the numbers. It was the same. Every time.
Okay, Universe, I hear you. I’m going to Thailand.
I had never traveled in Asia. I had traveled on my own before, but Asia was completely new to me. I was scared. Thankfully, Chiang Mai feels like a small town and the Thai people that I met were nice and welcoming. A respectful “sawadee-ka” (hello) and a bow go a long way in breaking down walls between tourist and local.
I registered for classes and found a place to stay near the school. On my first day I felt like I had come so far and faced every fear and challenge. I was here! I was learning Thai massage in Thailand! Would it be everything I hoped for?
In the middle of the first week I got sick. My digestive tract was rebelling in every direction. Was it the food? Was it stress? How can I learn massage like this? I went to class anyway. For one of the exercises, I was partnered with a woman from Switzerland. She pressed one pressure point on my foot and within a minute I had to run out of the room barely making it to the bathroom to throw up. I sat on the floor next to the toilet wondering if I had come this far for everything to end up like this.
No. I’m going to keep going. Missing one day or even a half day in this kind of intense learning environment can wreck the whole experience. I rinsed my mouth and went back to class. I wasn’t going to give up so easily.
The next technique we were going to learn was stomach massage. Great. If you do the procedure clockwise, everything gets moving. If you do it counterclockwise, everything stops moving. I asked my partner, this time a physiotherapist from Germany, to go counterclockwise and very, very gently. We got through the exercise and I felt better. I felt practically healed for 12 hours. I had a couple more stomach episodes, but I did the stomach treatment on myself and eventually, within a day or so, I was completely fine.
Thai massage is based on pressure and stretching. It merges 2,500-year-old theories from India with theories of Chinese medicine. My school called it “yoga for lazy people” that lets the goodness of yoga wash over your whole body in the form of a wonderful massage.
Classes were intense, practice was intense, and I loved every minute! Every single thing I learned was like a new world being opened to me. I had some knee pain one day and a few acupressure points later, I felt like I had a new leg. Thai foot reflexology was a revelation on the meaning of pleasure and a sense of well-being for my whole body.
This was IT. This was the thing that I had been looking for in massage. This was my passion and my calling.
When I got home, I knew that it was time for a change. At my goodbye party at the office, I gave a short talk on Thai massage.
And I haven’t looked back.
Author: Ilana Brown – Massage has been a hobby since I was a teenager, but I was never ready to make it a career. I took a Swedish massage course and gave massages to friends. In Thailand, I studied at the International Training Massage school in Chiang Mai [http://www.itmthaimassage.com/] and am using those skills to build a massage practice. [https://www.facebook.com/IlanaB.Massage] I still happily copy edit academic articles and books, but Thai massage is my passion.
In a TV show called “Avatar: The Last Airbender” a character is trying to reach his spiritual potential, but can’t due to emotional and psychological blockages he has. He is then guided through the emotions associated with the 7 energy centers of the body and is show how to open them up to achieve his highest state of being. This is great not only for children, but for anyone of any age. It’s cool to see stuff like this taught in children’s shows!
Once upon a time, 4,000 to 8,000 years after humanity invented agriculture, something very strange happened to human reproduction. Across the globe, for every 17 women who were reproducing, passing on genes that are still around today—only one man did the same.
“It wasn’t like there was a mass death of males. They were there, so what were they doing?” asks Melissa Wilson Sayres, a computational biologist at Arizona State University, and a member of a group of scientists who uncovered this moment in prehistory by analyzing modern genes.
Another member of the research team, a biological anthropologist, hypothesizes that somehow, only a few men accumulated lots of wealth and power, leaving nothing for others. These men could then pass their wealth on to their sons, perpetuating this pattern of elitist reproductive success. Then, as more thousands of years passed, the numbers of men reproducing, compared to women, rose again. “Maybe more and more people started being successful,” Wilson Sayres says. In more recent history, as a global average, about four or five women reproduced for every one man.
Physically driven natural selection shaped many human traits. Ethnic Africans and Europeans had to evolve to digest milk, for example, while most ethnic Tibetans have adaptations to deal with the lower oxygen levels at high altitudes. But if Wilson Sayres’ team’s hypothesis is correct, it would be one of the first instances that scientists have found of culture affecting human evolution.
The team uncovered this dip-and-rise in the male-to-female reproductive ratio by looking at DNA from more than 450 volunteers from seven world regions. Geneticists analyzed two parts of the DNA, Y-chromosome DNA and mitochondrial DNA. These don’t make up a large portion of a person’s genetics, but they’re special because people inherit Y-chromosome DNA exclusively from their male ancestors and mitochondrial DNA exclusively from their female ancestors. By analyzing diversity in these parts, scientists are able to deduce the numbers of female and male ancestors a population has. It’s always more female.
So much for what our DNA can tell us. This study, published last week in the journal Genome Research, can’t directly account for why the dip occurred. Instead, the team members tried to think through other explanations. “Like was there some sort of weird virus that only affected males across the whole globe, 8,000 years ago?” Wilson Sayres asks—a hypothesis the team found unlikely.
To further test the wealth-and-power idea, the researchers plan to look for other genetic markers that would indicate that something cultural, not physical, kept those early male farmers from reproducing. Team members could also collaborate with anthropologists and archaeologists, to see if they have any clues.
Nature is a harsh taskmaster, but so, it seems, is human culture. Although the popular notion is that farming and settlement cushioned people against “survival of the fittest,” this study shows that’s not true. Something cultural happened 8,000 years ago that’s marked us even today.
Author: Francie Diep, psmag.com
In Native cultures, men and woman are recognized by the length and glory of their hair. The cutting of hair by oppressors has long represented the submission and defeat of a People, through humiliation. The way a People comb (the Alignment of thought), braid (the Oneness of thought), tie (the Securing of thought) and color (the Conviction in thought), their Hair is of great significance. Each hair style represents a different frame of mind.
Hair is largely believed by them to be an extension of your thoughts. Hair styles are especially important for they portray and announce participation in various events. Your hair style indicates your state of merriment or mourning at a given time, whether you’re marriageable or married, your age, and tribal status. It is a representation of your feelings and your life situation.
Different styles signify the Tribe one belongs to and are worn to indicate times of peace or war. Hair is just not a fashion accessory for aesthetic advancement, it’s literally the pinnacle of their spiritual expression and is a source of their strength, intuition and power.
We usually think of hair as just being a matter of personal preference, but in reality its much more than that. Nature put every hair on your body for a reason. The hair of the legs regulates the glandular system and stabilizes a person’s electromagnetic field. The hair under the armpits protects the very sensitive area where the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems come together; this affects the brain and your energy level.
Eyebrows protect the eyes from sun and sweat. Facial hair on men covers the moon center on the chin and protects them from excessive moon energy. The hair on top of the head is very long, while the hair on the body is short. If it were only for warmth, the hair on the body would be long also. We only have long hair right over the brain. We are practically the only creatures designed this way. Some say hair is your antenna to receive a picture of the subtle world around you, to tell when people are lying, to feel things before they happen, etc..
The natural intelligence of the body is to maintain its hairs. If you allow the hair on the head to grow undisturbed; it will grow to a certain length required by your body and then it will stop. Perhaps you have noticed among Sikhs who do not cut their hair that hair length is different for each person. Each body has its own requirement. The hair also reflects the health of the individual.
It has been proven scientifically that people who have long hair tend to be less tired, more energetic and less likely to become depressed. People who have long hair also conserve energy and don’t feel the cold of winter the same as people with short hair. A person who has short hair wastes his body’s energy. A person who cuts his hair over his lifetime forces the body to grow 22 meters of replacement hair. A person who keeps his hair only produces 1.5 meters of hair over his lifetime.
Think of the story of Samson and Delilah in the Bible! He lost his strength when she cut his hair! Another example of the power of hair: To humiliate the conquered people of China, Genghis Khan made them cut their hair and wear bangs over the forehead! (Bangs cover the 3rd eye, inhibiting intuition and subtle knowledge.)
Hair is a conductor of the body’s electromagnetic energy. Ever see how the antenna wire in an AM radio is coiled in a circle? That’s because of something called induction. Induction causes any conductor of electromagnetic energy to induce a current in adjacent conductors. This means that when you coil a conductor, the signal becomes much stronger. Hairs on top of the head act as antennae. They conduct energy into the body.
Besides absorbing information, hair also has the ability to emit energy patterns and frequencies into the environment. This has been seen in hair experiments that involve Kirlian photography.
Also, wearing the hair on top of the head protects the top of the head from sun and exposure, as well as channeling solar energy and improving vitamin D absorption. The body grows hair for a reason.
I think the Natives had it right when they treated hair as a necessary component to their spiritual life. I have personally been growing my hair for years now, and I don’t think I will wear it short ever again. I just feel more natural and more attuned with myself when it’s long. If we truly were made in the image of something divine, why not embrace our natural state?
Yogi Bhajan was the wealthy Indian emigrant and guru who introduced Kundalini Yoga to the United States. On the topic of cutting one’s hair, he said:
Our hair fashions might be just a trend, but if we investigate, we may find that we have been depriving ourselves of one of the most valuable sources of energy for human vitality… When the hair on your head is allowed to attain its full, mature length, then phosphorous, calcium, and vitamin D are all produced, and enter the lymphatic fluid, and eventually the spinal fluid through the two ducts on the top of the brain. This ionic change creates more efficient memory and leads to greater physical energy, improved stamina, and patience… Your hair is not there by mistake. It has a definite purpose, which saints will discover and other men will laugh at.
Steven Bancarz is the creator of Spirit Science and Metaphysics. For more articles by him visit his website at spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com
This plant is neglected, but it has many medicinal properties, and all you have to do is to collect it from clean slopes, away from traffic.
While our grandmothers made syrups of dandelion flowers knowing that it contains many medicinal substances, what certainly did not know is that dandelion root may help cancer patients.
Scientists have discovered that the root of this plant works “better” than chemotherapy because it “kills” only the cells affected by cancer, completely.
In addition to that it has diuretic properties, it stimulates the secretion of bile, cleanses the liver, helps with allergies and reduces cholesterol.
It contains very important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid and magnesium.
It contains up to 535% of the required daily intake of vitamin K and about 110% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. These are all facts about this plant that are known for years.
The University of Windsor in Canada conducted an initial research at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the results gave new hope to cancer patients.
It was discovered that the root of the dandelion effectively “kills” cells affected by cancer with no harmful effects on other cells in the body, it was announced on the Natural News website.
Dandelion Tea acts on the affected cells so that they disintegrate within 48 hours, during which time no new healthy cells in the body will “be affected”, according to the survey.
It was concluded that continuous treatment with dandelion root can destroy most cancer cells in affected patients, and because of these unexpected results team of researchers has received additional support to continue the research of this miraculous plant.
John di Carlo, 72 years old, who is personally convinced of the healing properties of dandelion, underwent intensive and “aggressive” chemotherapy treatments in the fight for his health and the healing process was a full three years before the doctors sent him home to spend his last days with his loved ones.
Given the fact that the doctors had fewer alternatives in finding functional solutions in the fight against his illness, he proposed to drink tea from the root of the dandelion as the last straw.
After only four months, according to Natural News, this man has experienced disease remission (partial or complete regression of disease).