The Lifestone Bodywork philosophy is one of whole health and wellness. Feeling go od in our body is a result of several regular habits and lifestyle practices. Part of practicing self love is recognizing what is good for the body, and providing it to yourself. It's time to turn up your lifestyle.
THE FIVE PRACTICES
This is the simplest solution for many body related pains and illnesses. Like the earth these bodies are made of, our bodies are mostly water. Every cell in our body requires a continual flow of clean water to function. When those cells become dehydrated, we suffer a number of different ailments, not the least of which is sore and knotted muscles. Picture a pool of water with a small inlet and outlet, the pool always cycling in the new water, and out the old. How long does it take for that pool to run dry if the inlet slows or stops? How long does it take for the pool to become stagnant if there is not clean water flowing in and out all the time? Not long. Your body is literally a pool of water, keep it clean and fresh.
You are what you eat. Literally. Your body rebuilds itself every day out of whatever you give it. And it's good at it. But feeding our body the best building materials available makes a difference in how you feel, look, sleep, fight off disease, how much you weigh, your energy levels, and like drinking water, it can make a remarkably noticeable difference in our mood and attitude. The nutrition industry has very little consensus on what is good to eat, and what is not. No doctor or nutritionist knows the specifics as to what is best for your body. And you should therefore engage in your own, regimented and tracked dietary testing to see what works for you and what doesn't. Here's a clue: Regardless of how varied the ideas are amongst nutritional experts, there is a pretty strong general consensus to the 80/20 rule. We know and have known for a long time that the healthiest diet, generally speaking, is 80% vegetables, nuts and seeds, and 20% grains, fruits, animal products, sweets, etc.
Our bodies are designed to move. Go hiking, play a sport, surf, go for walks or bike rides, go rock climb, or snowboard, or kayak, or joint a martial arts studio, or take a dance class. Just move your body every day in a fun way. This is particularly important if you work at a job that makes you stationary, or if you have a job that requires repetitive movements. If you find yourself bent into a certain position every day, do something to bend the other way. One of the primary benefits of vigorous movement is deep breathing, which could be a numbered item of it's own. Find a hobby or two that you really enjoy, and dedicate yourself to having some fun while doing one of the most beneficial things for yourself, moving!
Getting enough sleep is imperative to feeling good and to our overall health. If you have trouble sleeping, that is a terrible ailment to have to endure and my heart goes out to you. Try focusing on the three items above, water, food, and movement, and see if your sleep improves. Feeding our body what it needs and giving it the exercise that it needs greatly improves the conditions for a restful night of sleep. But finding a consistent schedule that works for you, as to when you get into and out of bed, is perhaps the most important thing when it comes to this topic. Like with food, no two people have the same needs and some well conducted experiments over a long period of time can help you to discover how much sleep you need, and when you sleep best. If you have trouble sleeping it is common to have your sleep schedule bully you around the clock as you try to get sleep in when you can. But your body is a creature of habit. Get into and out of bed at the same time each day for a month or two, regardless of how much you sleep, until you get used to the pattern. Make adjustments as you notice things and figure out what works for you.
Many people are still unfamiliar with this term. Bodywork is any one of a number of modalities employed to help an individual return to more health, ease and balance in their body. Modalities include massage therapy, acupuncture, rolfing, reflexology, cupping, etc. If you are practicing the 4 items above on a daily basis, hopefully you won't need a lot of bodywork. However, no matter how healthy you are, due to habitual holding patterns in our bodies that we develop in childhood, or as a result of an injury or illness, or just by simply being a body in a gravitational field, receiving regularly scheduled maintenance on your body can be one of the most helpful things to help you stay feeling great in both body, and mind. As with food, movement practice, and sleep, finding the bodywork modality that is right for you can take some trials, time and practice to find a modality or two that really are helpful for you.
The common theme throughout this section has been common sense, well-understood principles, and your own experimentation, trial and error, and a discovery of your own preferences and enjoyment as you develop a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.