You Have The World At Your Feet

Our feet are incredible! Not only do they contain many acupressure points through meridian channels and are a hologram of the whole body, as seen through Reflexology, they also relate to the major chakras.

Most of us are aware these major chakras connect to the spine but they also connect to the chakras in the feet.

The chakras on our feet allow direct messaging with the Earth Star chakra to communicate directly with the major chakras via channels in the legs. They help us assimilate energy from the earth by acting as transformers to regulate the energy from the earth into our light body.

One of the main functions of the feet chakras is to discharge excess energy that has been accumulated in the major chakras each day, by sending it into the ground.

When the feet and rest of body is in harmony there is a constant connection between our energies and the earth energy grids via our feet chakras.

The Base Chakra is on the heel foot.

As our heels touch the ground first with every step we take, this chakra helps us feel grounded.  The Root Chakra, located at the base of the spine, governs our sense of security, stability, and connection to the physical world. It is deeply connected to the feet as they serve as our foundation and primary contact point with the Earth. Activation and balancing of the Root Chakra often involve grounding practices that encourage a strong connection with the Earth’s energy, which is facilitated through the feet.

The Sacral Chakra corresponds to the little toe.

The Sacral Chakra, situated in the lower abdomen, is associated with creativity, passion, and emotional well-being. While it is not directly connected to the feet, imbalances in the Sacral Chakra can manifest as issues related to movement and flexibility, which can affect the feet indirectly.

The Solar plexus Chakra Big Toe.

The Solar Plexus Chakra, located in the upper abdomen, governs our self-esteem, personal power, and confidence. While its connection to the feet may not be as direct as the Root Chakra, a balanced Solar Plexus Chakra contributes to a sense of balance and coordination, which is essential for proper foot posture and movement.

The Heart Chakra Second Toe.

The Heart Chakra, situated in the center of the chest, is the seat of love, compassion, and emotional balance. While not directly connected to the feet, a harmonious Heart Chakra fosters a sense of connection and empathy, which can influence how we perceive and treat our feet, as well as how we connect with others through activities such as walking or dancing.

The Throat Chakra Third Toe.

The Throat Chakra, located at the base of the throat, governs communication, self-expression, and authenticity. While its connection to the feet may not be obvious, imbalances in the Throat Chakra can manifest as issues related to posture or gait, which can affect the feet indirectly.

The Third Eye Chakra is related to the fourth toe.

The Third Eye Chakra, situated between the eyebrows, is associated with intuition, perception, and inner wisdom. While its connection to the feet may not be direct, a balanced Third Eye Chakra can enhance our ability to trust our instincts and make decisions that support our overall well-being, including choices related to foot health and care.

The Crown Chakra is related to the sole of the foot.

Sole=Soul!  It is the most important foot chakra as it has 6 secondary points which directly reflect the minor chakras in the head.

The Crown Chakra, located at the top of the head, is the highest energy center in the body, governing our connection to the divine and higher consciousness. While its connection to the feet may not be apparent, a balanced Crown Chakra fosters a sense of spiritual alignment and purpose, which can influence how we walk our path in life, including how we care for and connect with our feet.

By nurturing and harmonizing these subtle energy centers in our feet, we can enhance our connection with ourselves, the Earth, and the cosmos, paving the way for holistic health and spiritual growth. So, let’s take a step forward and connect to our feet by massaging them, anointing them with beautiful oils and decide which colour socks to wear based on which chakra we want to give extra energy to that day!

Kinesiology: The Key to Balancing Sleep, Stress, and Mood

Today, where we have access to more knowledge, information and support than at any time in history, finding balance in our lives seems more challenging than ever. The demands of work, family, and daily responsibilities often leave us feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted while we try to manage all the things. Sifting through all the options available to us to know what to do to feel better is a momentous task. However, there’s a holistic approach that can help us regain harmony and vitality: kinesiology. It can help you cut through all the noise.

Understanding Kinesiology

Kinesiology is a holistic therapy that encompasses various techniques aimed at restoring balance and promoting overall well-being. It combines elements of traditional Chinese medicine, chiropractic, and Western science to address imbalances in the body’s energy systems.

At its core, kinesiology focuses on the principle that the body has innate healing abilities and seeks to identify and address the root causes of health issues. By using the biofeedback of muscle testing, professional kinesiology practitioners can gain insights into the body’s imbalances and tailor treatments to restore harmony. Using your body’s innate healing intelligence means that you and your body get exactly what you need to restore balance.

Think of kinesiology as energy plumbing – just as a plumber clears blockages in your pipes so water can flow easily, kinesiology clears blockages in your energy so your energy, also known as qi, can flow easily.

Balancing Sleep with Kinesiology

Sleep plays a vital role in our physical and mental health, yet many struggle to get quality rest. Kinesiology offers effective strategies to promote better sleep by addressing underlying issues such as stress, anxiety, hormonal imbalances, and lifestyle factors.

Through gentle techniques such as acupressure, meridian balancing, and stress reduction exercises, kinesiology helps relax the body and mind, allowing for more restful sleep. By identifying and releasing energy blockages that may disrupt sleep patterns, kinesiology restores the body’s natural ability to regulate sleep cycles.  Also, by identifying lifestyle patterns and deficiencies and bringing them to conscious awareness, this helps you to make changes in your everyday life to support your sleep quality.

Managing Stress with Kinesiology

Stress has become a prevalent issue in modern society, affecting millions of people worldwide. Chronic stress can wreak havoc on our physical and emotional well-being, leading to a host of health problems. Quite simply, stress is your body’s way of telling you it is out of balance, and it can tell you this in a variety of ways – showing up as mental stress, physical stress, emotional stress and even spiritual stress.

Kinesiology offers effective tools for managing stress by addressing its root causes and promoting relaxation and balance. Through techniques such as breathwork, emotional release, and stress reduction exercises, kinesiology helps calm the nervous system and restore equilibrium.

By identifying the stress, the cause of the stress, and helping the body release the effects of the stress, this enables you to feel more balanced and calm, and less susceptible to feelings of overwhelm, exhaustion and anxiety.

Enhancing Mood with Kinesiology

Our mood is closely linked to our overall well-being, influencing how we feel and interact with the world around us. Kinesiology recognises the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and emotions and offers holistic natural approaches to enhancing mood and emotional balance.

By identifying and releasing energy blockages associated with negative emotions and attitudes, kinesiology helps clear the way for greater emotional resilience and positivity. Through techniques such as emotional balancing, neuro-lymphatic massage, and flower essence therapy, kinesiology empowers individuals to cultivate a more positive outlook on life.

Kinesiology bring conscious awareness to subconscious thought patterns, attitudes, habits and beliefs, as all of these programs your mood and emotional state on a daily basis.  Releasing the energy blockages and becoming aware of these patterns means that you can move forward in a different state, and feel and function better.

Kinesiology – the true holistic approach

In short, kinesiology offers a holistic approach to balancing sleep, stress, and mood, promoting overall health and well-being. By addressing the root causes of imbalances and restoring harmony to the body’s energy systems, kinesiology empowers people to take control of their health and live life to the fullest. It explores every aspect of your being – energy blockages, diet, lifestyle, emotional patterns, making it a complete therapy of mind, body and spirit.

If you’re struggling with sleep issues, stress, or mood imbalances, or any aspect of your health and wellbeing, consider exploring the transformative benefits of kinesiology. With its gentle yet powerful techniques, kinesiology offers a path to greater vitality, resilience, and inner peace.

To learn more about kinesiology and how it works, be sure to register for my webinar on Tuesday 21st May, 2024.

Complementary Medicine’s role in Healthcare

A common misconception about complementary therapies is that they are somehow in competition with Western medicine. Some of this may be due to confusion about the role both play within the healthcare system. Complementary medicines, including Kinesiology, fit together with Western medicine like puzzle pieces. One is a preventative and is focused on maintaining wellness (complementary therapies), whereas the other intervenes when you’re overtly sick (Western medicine).

Western medical doctors are trained to identify diseases and disorders because it is a disease-based model. Their number one priority is keeping patients alive, on the other hand a complementary therapist is trained in preventative practices and wellness. This means a doctor may only be looking at one piece of the puzzle when in reality, all the pieces affect each other. In saying this, there are times when a medical doctor is the best option. Such as when you’re seeking a disease diagnosis or in need of urgent medical intervention. You wouldn’t see a complementary therapist for a broken leg or for treatment of a stroke, for example.

Complementary therapies are concerned with the whole puzzle and will intervene in the early stages when you’re just starting to feel less-than-great. The purpose is to move the person towards an optimal state of health and wellbeing, while maintaining this long-term so you won’t necessarily need as much medical intervention down the track.

It is important to stress that it isn’t a case of Western medicine versus complementary therapies. It is not a battle, rather it should be a respectful, supportive, and interactive therapeutic relationship.

The secret is balance

Kinesiology is focused on restoring homeostasis. This word is derived from two Greek words: homeo meaning ‘similar’ and stasis meaning ‘equilibrium’ or ‘no change’. So homeostasis means keeping the body’s systems balanced and maintaining a constant internal environment. We don’t stay unwaveringly stable all the time, because the body is continually reacting to different stressors and taking steps to hold this equilibrium.

You might recognise some of the systems that depend on balance:

  • Body temperature
    Our temperature must be kept at approximately 37 degrees Celsius and the body has several mechanisms to do so (e.g., sweat or shiver, surface capillaries construct or dilate, and metabolism increases or decreases).
  • Digestive acids
    There is just the right amount of acid in the stomach to digest food but not enough to harm the stomach lining.
  • Glucose (blood sugar)
    The body balances insulin and glucagon to keep blood sugar stable. Diabetes is the result of when blood sugar levels are constantly too high.
  • Fluid
    When water levels are high (say, you’re drinking a lot), you’ll find yourself visiting the toilet more and urine will be more diluted. However, when water levels are low (e.g., if you’ve been exercising), more water is reabsorbed and you’ll visit the toilet less and urine will be more concentrated.

The three stages of health

The body’s number one priority is to stay alive so it doesn’t immediately fall in a heap when things are off balance, rather it compensates. Even though you might still feel and look great because the body is doing its job to keep you functioning. The body is so efficient at compensating, sometimes you don’t even realise your health has been going downhill gradually. We see this all the time in our clinic and, sadly, this is the stage that most of the Western world lives in. You’re not overtly sick but you don’t feel great. This state isn’t good enough but it’s something people somehow accept as normal.

There are several common ways we get ourselves into this state:

  • Lack of (or poor) sleep
  • Little exercise
  • Poor food choices
  • Stress

Have you ever noticed when you’re eating well and taking care of yourself, you feel wonderful? But then you have a few days – maybe after Christmas or holidays – where you eat bad food continually and you feel horrendous? The difference is incredible. The trouble is, if you keep eating awful food your body will eventually compensate and you will simply get used to feeling this way and carry on unaware. But the problem hasn’t gone away. We are slowly walking ourselves toward an unhealthy, unhappy life and even an early grave.

Most of us don’t realise that there are three stages of health. The ideal time to see a complementary therapist is in the first and second stages.

Stage 1: Stage of Alarm

This is the stage where you move from feeling good, to the body being in distress from various physiological functions that have been driven outside normal homeostatic limits. We are all subjected to this and it’s a normal part of life.

Stage 2: Stage of Resistance

If the stressors from Stage 1 persist, the body adapts and develops a resistance. This is not to say all is well. In fact, compensation requires additional energy expenditure and efficiency is reduced.

Stage 3: Stage of Exhaustion

This is when you hear people complain they’re ‘suddenly’ unwell. But as you can see, this is just the final stage. The body has been compromised for so long, it can’t take much more. One small event may be all it takes to tip yourself into Stage 3.

It is important to recognise, that at Stage 1 and Stage 3 stress you have overt symptoms, which makes diagnosis easier to undertake effectively. Whereas at Stage 2, the body’s compensations cause the symptoms to virtually disappear, therefore the diagnostic process needs to be more nuanced and incorporate the patient’s observations together with physiological diagnostic tests. If a patient’s concerns are ignored when they are in Stage 2 stress, they are more likely to need extensive Western medicine treatment in the future when they reach the Stage of Exhaustion. This unfortunately is becoming more common and sometimes it’s too late to reverse the damage when the issue is left until Stage 3. Plus, it is far easier to treat problems in Stage 1 and 2. This is where complementary therapists play an important role in the healthcare system, because they are effective at assisting patients in the Stage 2 phase, helping reverse the physiological deterioration before it reaches Stage 3.

I honestly believe we need to empower people to make the best choices for their own ongoing health. Complementary therapists, especially Kinesiologists, are trained to provide this information to patients and assist in the clearing of stresses that people may or may not be aware they are experiencing. This will have knock-on effects in the healthcare system by lessening the burden on hospitals and medical doctors and saving billions of dollars. I think that’s a win-win for all.

If you’re curious about Kinesiology, please visit www.oneillcollege.com.au. To make an appointment with a practitioner, call O’Neill Kinesiology College on (08) 9330 7443.

10 tips for Menstrual Cycle Syncing from a Kinesiologist

Are you wondering why you have good energy for a week or two, and then you feel flat for the next week or two? Maybe your energy is up and down and you can’t figure out why?

Sometimes you aren’t even aware of what the different parts of your cycle are, apart from the obvious.

Heard of cycle syncing? Simply, it’s aligning activity, sleep, food and self-care with your monthly cycle in a modern lifestyle.

Here are KinesiAlice’s top 10 tips for cycle syncing:
  1. Use natural menstrual products, such as organic cotton tampons or menstrual cups, to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals and reduce waste.
  2. Adjust your sleep schedule to match your menstrual cycle. During the follicular phase, aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. During the luteal phase, aim for 8-9 hours of sleep per night. Get plenty of sleep during your menstrual cycle to support hormone regulation and improve energy levels.
  3. Adjust your workout routine according to your menstrual cycle. During the follicular phase (days 1-14), focus on strength training and high-intensity workouts. During the luteal phase (days 15-28), switch to low-impact exercises such as yoga and Pilates. Practice gentle exercise, such as walking or swimming, during your menstrual cycle to reduce stress, fatigue and cramping. Avoid strenuous exercise at this time
  4. Track your menstrual cycle using a period tracker app or a paper calendar. You can use this to track fertility windows, libido, plan conception, follow symptoms, track mood, energy, appetite and cravings, and even plan your life!
  5. Adjust your skincare routine to match your menstrual cycle. During the follicular phase, focus on exfoliation and brightening products. During the luteal phase, focus on hydration and soothing products.
  6. Adjust your wardrobe according to your menstrual cycle. During the follicular phase, wear bold colors and patterns to match your energy and confidence. During the luteal phase, opt for comfortable and cozy clothes to match your need for relaxation.
  7. Adjust your haircare routine to match your menstrual cycle. During the follicular phase, focus on volumizing and styling products. During the luteal phase, focus on nourishing and strengthening products.
  8. During the follicular phase, focus on networking and socialising
  9. Incorporate more omega-3 fatty acids into your diet during the luteal phase to reduce inflammation and alleviate PMS symptoms. Good sources include salmon, flaxseeds, and chia seeds.
  10. During the follicular phase, focus on building new habits and breaking bad ones, as the surge in estrogen enhances willpower and motivation.
Want to learn more about cycle syncing and your natural rhythms? KinesiAlice is running a webinar for Natural Medicine Week.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:
• What cycle syncing is
• What the different stages of your cycle are
• How to use this knowledge to align your activity, sleep, food, self-care and even work and social schedules with the natural rhythms of your body
• How kinesiology can support you with your menstrual health

Menstruation and hormonal fluctuations are a normal part of life for women. This is part of our feminine power and purpose, and really isn’t supposed to be difficult and a burden to bear. Let me show you how!

You’ll come out of this webinar understanding yourself better, knowing more about what your body is telling you, and feeling empowered to live your life on purpose in alignment with your natural rhythms.

Register now for KinesiAlice’s free webinar on cycle syncing.