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fatigue :: the patient’s survival guide

Fatigue.

Glorious, crushing fatigue. The kind where your eyes burn around the clock, you feel like you’re floating away, and your legs are too heavy to lift to take the next step. I remember this feeling well. To decode fatigue and why you are experiencing it, it’s important to cover the 3 cornerstones of chronic illness.

 

1. Are you detoxing? — This is an area that people think they can avoid. If you have been a client of mine, you know I address this in our very first session together. It is too important to ignore! We take in toxins every day through our air, skin and mouth. But what about the toxins produced from fermenting food in our gut? The ammonia levels in our brains? The imbalance hormones whose levels sky rocket? All of this HAS to come out. If you don’t have a regular detoxing practice that address all THREE areas of the body (blood, lymph, gut/brain) then don’t bother to read further. (Tough love. As your coach, I won’t apologize for telling you the truth.)

Our body gets weighed down from exerting energy swirling those toxins around from place to place inside of us– how else can you expect it to have energy to do things like digest your food, sleep well or tolerate exercise? You can’t.

 

2. What is the air quality around you like? — Check your oxygen levels. Are you breathing properly, from your belly and diaphragm? Treating your asthma and allergies with natural options as they occur? Staying clear of dust, mold and other microbials? What about internally? Is your brain getting enough oxygen? Are you producing mycotoxins inside? If you don’t know, talk with your chronic illness doctor right away, or email me!

 

3. What are you eating? — Listen, I love you, but give up the gluten and sugar. Please. If you want the ability to live a little more normally, to have a better quality of life, you need to feed your body what it needs, not what you want. There is time for that later. Digestion takes up an enormous amount of energy, especially if it’s processed food you are ingesting. Alleviate that stress (and therefore inflammation creation!) by going back to the basics: no sugar, caffeine, alcohol, gluten. No eating the things you know you are intolerant of but want anyway. No excuses.

Anything you do, say (yes!), or eat has the ability to create inflammation within you. If fatigue is ruining your days, start analyzing your inflammation levels with the help of a qualified health coach or provider and take the steps needed to bring those down. You should experience an energy surge within a few days if you are doing it right.

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Still exhausted? It could be several things. Shoot me an email and we’ll get to the bottom of it.

review:: the bowen therapy

For several weeks now, I have been trying a few new therapies to see if I could help my body in a new way. As you all know, I believe that true healing from a chronic illness happens when you are willing to work with your emotions and past baggage, not only the physical side of things. Because of that belief, my treatment plan has always looked different than most. Last week, I had my first (and definitely not last!) Bowen Therapy session and I have to say, I am hooked!

The Bowen Therapy is a touch based method, using the skin rolling technique at certain acupressure and meridian points around your body to stimulate increased blood flow and therefore, oxygen, in your connective tissues and nerves. This creates healing in the places we can’t often reach with IV therapies or other common healing methods. You lay on a massage table in comfortable clothes and simply enjoy. The touch is very gentle and the therapists focus on certain parts of your body, while giving you a timed break between each area. This pause allows the blood to flow to the newly relaxed area and start the healing. The therapist will repeat this process until every part of your body has been worked on; it usually is an hour long session.

During my time, I was amazed at how deeply relaxed I became. I immediately felt like I was breathing easier and overall was very peaceful and calm. I was able to truly zone out and relax for the session- a break I needed!

As warned by my therapist, I did feel very sore as the next 24 hours passed. I also was FREEZING cold. I shivered for several hours afterwards but a sweater took care of most of it. I knew I was releasing toxins and wasn’t worried. I made sure to drink a lot of water and rest for the rest of the day.

Over the next couple of days, I felt the tension wearing off. I still felt relaxed, finally caught up on sleep (!!) and even released some pent up emotions with a gentle good cry. I was constantly amazed as the days went on how GOOD I felt. The effects of a session can last up to 7 days which is fascinating. My sleep, mood and energy stayed high the entire week. Amazing! I highly recommend checking out a Bowen therapy session if you’re looking for a hands on, gentle physical and emotional release therapy. I can’t wait for my next one!

 

Have you tried Bowen before? What was your experience like?