Friday, May 02, 2008

To Help People Quiet Themselves


As a cancer survivor, Lindstrom recalls a very therapeutic experience with massage. She was inspired to teach other to remember a time when they listened to what their bodies were telling them.

“My experience told me that I wasn’t taking care of myself,” she said. “That is when I decided to go into massage therapy.” Lindstrom said people forget this as they try to do too many things. She wants them to realize that they cannot care for others unless they watch their own health first including the mind, body and spirit.

Lindstrom studied massage at Eagles Nest Institute in Duluth, which is now a program at Lake Superior College. Yoga and tai chi was also taught as part of massage. She said many therapists do not practice more than three years because of repetitive stress injuries. The profession is very taxing on the practitioner, she added. She said massage manipulation helps increases blood flow to the muscles and brings more oxygen to the tissue. With it comes the relaxation the client needs to become more aware of their health.

“My goal in massage is to help people quiet themselves,” she added. “So that they just focus on their own physical and emotional wellbeing.” Shirley Early is lifelong educator who is readying for retirement and a new career in biorhythm systems. She combines biofeedback data with her education background to help clients make good choices.

Her journey to naturopathic health began ten years ago when her own health began to deteriorate. Doctors could not find the source of her issues and she began to look at how she worked, ate, exercised and just lived as a way to gauge her overall health.

When Early found out that she had been suffering from Lyme disease, she looked at holistic health in her effort to begin feeling well again. Her training taught her that to de-stress the body helps eliminate energy blockages to create a condition where good health is more likely to follow. The biofeedback field uses an electronic box to read body pulse and muscle contractions to teach a person relaxation techniques. To be able to teach others how to do that is Early’s goal. She expands her education specialty into health with classes on essential oils, yoga and on choosing good supplements from the bad ones in an unregulated industry.

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