The Health Series: #5 Reflexology by Suzanne

I’m pleased to introduce this month’s guest, Suzanne Partridge. Suzanne has been the Reflexologist at The Haven on Gabriola Island for 23 years. She had a practice in North Vancouver at the same time for 18 years. She has been invited to work with people in China several times. Suzanne currently lives in Nanaimo, B.C.

Welcome, Suzanne!

Reflexology by Suzanne

I received my training in Edmonton, Alberta in Touchpoint Reflexology in 1992, but wasn’t totally satisfied, even after I was certified. I always had more questions than my teachers could provide for me in ways of energy blockages as I “saw” them, and so I put is aside except for family and close friends.

I went to The Haven in December 1992 and took my first Come Alive and then the Phase Programs: 1, 2, and 3. It was during Phase 3 that I was introduced to the Chinese Five Elements and had all my previous questions answered, relative to energy, meridians and Yin/Yang.

Yin/Yang – the ancient Chinese symbol of energy opposites.

An internal flow towards balance, known as “Chi”, the life energy, the constant evolvement of change. Energy is change; the vibration of all matter all the time. Just as ice melts and turns into water, or as a person’s heart rate registers joy and fear.

Chi, the life force, is a notion of the energy being able to flow freely throughout the body via meridians, always seeking optimum functioning.

Reflexology, yet another ancient Chinese belief, is that all the body’s parts, functions, and organs, can be accessed on the sole of a person’s foot.

Reflexology can determine if, and where, energy blocks may exist, and assist the person to release it to regain energy flow – and health.

I embrace and work with the Chinese Five Element theory in gentle manipulation.

Reflexology as I offer it, is also a guided tour of the body’s energy flow from the eyes to the internal organs – all from the soles of the feet.

I will often suggest or ask for a picture or metaphor (something of nature, that is given to me silently) that can more fully describe the sensation or constriction and thus, in this way, I may assist the person to understand their situation and take the responsibility of dealing with, or appreciating themselves more effectively.

In Health,

Suzanne, February, 2017

The Health Series: #4 Feldenkrais and You.

I’m pleased to introduce this month’s guest: Gwen Spinks.

Gwen is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and Dance instructor. Gwen completed the four-year Feldenkrais Method™ training in 2012. Gwen is here to talk about Feldenkrais & You. Learn more about Gwen on her website: gwenspinks.com or Instagram: gwenspinksart

Feldenkrais Method of Movement is based on the work of Israeli physicist, engineer and martial arts master Moshe Feldenkrais (1904/1984), and is now taught around the world.

The Feldenkrais Method™ is grounded in anatomy, physiology and physics. It is also informed by the latest research into movement and human development. Bringing these disciplines together provides us with a model for learning new movements and can be applied to learning any new skill we are learning. Ordinarily, we learn just enough to get by.

In the Feldenkrais Method™, we learn from our own unique ways of moving. As we become aware of how we do all that we do: act, sense, think, and feel, we gain a great range of ease and skill. We empower ourselves by asking and answering a simple question: Is there a better way to do this? and it is a physical way through to the emotional body.

I believe that all our physical pain has an emotional component. When we are willing and able to look at our pain/illnesses/injuries as something that has manifested from our emotional traumas, then we are willing and able to release both the physical and emotional pain.

As a dance teacher (Ballroom, Latin, West Coast Swing, etc.) for almost thirty years, I have seen many people quit dancing or not start at all, because of their fear. Mostly, it comes down to control, trust, or intimacy. Facing their fear on the dance floor is a huge challenge – how they move reflects how they feel in their body. It also reflects how they hold their traumas (which is where the fear starts).

The Feldenkrais Method of Movement has been the key for me to help people unlock the connection between their physical and emotional pain bodies. This helps them to literally move through and release old habits of how they hold and move physically, emotionally, and mentally. The result for most people is greater mobility not just on the dance floor, but in their life, and that mobility/flexibility/ease of movement comes pain free. It can be a scary journey, however, the benefits are amazing.

Gwen Spinks, January 2017