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The Celtic New Year: Samhain and Dia de los Muertos

The Celtic New Year: Samhain and Dia de los Muertos

Happy New Year! We're fast approaching the "still point" of the year that I mentioned in last month's column - October 31st, Samhain/All Hallows Eve/Halloween, and its counterpart Dia di los Muertos (or Day of the Dead). This is one of our cross-quarter periods, when...

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Greetings

Greetings

I've just returned from my second visit to England this year (and yes, I feel crazy blessed). I love the UK beyond reason, and though I've only been there three times, I feel like it is another home to me. This trip (like the one in February) was centered on teaching...

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Hydrotherapy at Home

Hydrotherapy at Home

Here is my standard hydrotherapy practice (which I use about once a week during the warmer months of the year) to detoxify  my cells and keep my immune system humming (and my hair healthy and shiny): Begin by dry-brushing your skin with a soft-bristle, natural brush...

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The Autumnal Equinox

The Autumnal Equinox

We are now in the fullness of fall. Don't be fooled by the idea that fall begins on the equinox, or that the trees aren't fully golden. The season began to turn on the first of August with Lughnasad, and is now coming into its peak with Mabon, the festival of the...

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The Wonder of Water

The Wonder of Water

I've been vacillating about when to write about the use of hydrotherapy as a health-care treatment, but I think the time is now. I thought maybe I should wait until the season of Water Element, but that's during the winter months, and who wants to take a cold shower...

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The Artemis Stretch

The Artemis Stretch

This exercise is good for clearing both heart and lung meridians, and since we have moved from summer (heart/fire) into fall (lung/metal) I think it's an appropriate exercise for the transition.   Though it comes from Donna Eden's repertoire of energy exercises, I...

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The Grace of Metal Element

The Grace of Metal Element

With the passing of Lughnasad, we're easing into the season of Metal. This is the season of release and letting go, of cutting away the chaff. Though it may not yet seem apparent at this early stage, the Earth (in the Northern Hemisphere) is beginning  to pull her...

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Greetings

Greetings

As many of you know, I came to the world of energy medicine through the doorway of massage therapy. As a beginning massage therapist, I knew that there was more to our bodies than flesh and blood and bone, but it wasn't until I began to study energy medicine with...

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Taking Down The Flame

Taking Down The Flame

This is an exercise to use for balancing your Fire Element when you are feeling panicked, outside of yourself, or overwhelmed by chaos. It eases insomnia, anxiety and generally freaking out. It also promotes grounding. •Rub your hands and shake them off, rest them on...

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