Jenn Hicks

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Self-Healing: Visualization and Self Talk

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

 

 

This past week self healing has been on my mind. I have been living with this terrible flu/cold combo that’s been going around.

When I mentioned it on Twitter, my pal Larry spoke about “self talk” and “visualization”.
I was happily surprised and shared that I have been using visualization for as long as I can remember when it comes to being sick. I’ve been using it for self healing, well before I even had a name for it or understood it as a concept.

Self Healing

There’s a striking memory I have of being at my first (memory of a) home – 19** Victoria Park Ave. I was maybe 3 or 4 year old and in my room. The room with the pink-striped wallpaper splattered with giant (and frankly terrifying) Holly Hobby dolls.  (But that’s another story).  It was lights out and I was lying in bed waiting for sleep. My right arm, which I had cut in the playground earlier, began to throb. I knew what that meant. Instinctively, I knew that the pulsating, rhythmic beat was the sensation of healing. And I knew that if I concentrated I could amplify the healing.  And so I did. The throbbing increased, and I could *feel* healing happening.

No one taught me this. It just seemed obvious.

I vividly remember being in the bathtub at ** Santamonica Blvd, my 2nd home. The memory is so detailed that I can tell you that the bathtub was oriented in the east- west direction and I was facing east. I was probably 7 0r 8 years old. I had been sent home from school with lice. My mom must have been taking a break from combing out my hair, and I remember “speaking” to the little critters in my mind, telling them that we (my body and I) were ready to bid them adieu.

Reiki is part of Self Healing

Same, too, happened this past week. My immune system and I tag teamed and worked to restore health. It makes good sense that Reiki came into my life when it did as it gave me a way to harness life force energy as a healing tool.

Language and Self Healing

Something *REALLY* powerful I’ve learned about self healing from Nia is about the language I can use to move towards healing – I catch myself saying “I’m suffering from this terrible ache” when I could be saying “I’m healing from this terrible ache”.  Language matters, and I’ve learned the importance of giving positive, and healing, messages to my body.

What’s your experience with self healing?

Ankle, Knee & Hip Harmony

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Today I had a new Nia student. She was eager to take her shoes off when given the invitation to do so.  I shared that I have done so much healing in my feet through dancing Nia barefoot. (More about healing my plantar fasciitis through Nia here).

Even though Nia was designed to be a safe barefoot practice, for some folks taking off shoes is difficult (for a variety of reasons).

My discussion with the new student got me thinking about my lower body alignment. A good part of the reason I have been able to heal my feet is because of what I’ve learned about alignment through Nia.

Toes-Forward-Foot-Ankle-Knee-Hip-Stability-Alignment-Evaluation

Our bodies are designed such that when our ankles, knees and hips are all facing in the same direction, they work most efficiently.

Keep your lower body happy and healthy!

Our bodies are happiest when our hips are balanced over our knees and our knees are balanced ovneutral alignment for blog poster our ankles. When hips, knees and toes are all facing in the same direction, our body feels safe and stable. With this alignment, our body knows where it’s going. More importantly, we don’t run the risk of torquing the knee or stressing the hip joint by asking them to do something they weren’t designed to do.

If our hips, knees and ankles are not stacked up on each other, there is the possibility for muscle imbalances and restrictions in the range of motion of our joints.

Pay attention to alignment

Keeping hips, knees, ankles (and feet) happy means paying attention to this alignment, both on and off the dance floor!