Water is the most abundant constituent of the human body and regular fluid intake is essential for our bodies to function properly.
The amount of fluid needed varies between people and according to age, time of year, climatic conditions, diet and levels of physical activity.
We can obtain our fluid requirements from a number of sources such as water and other drinks, as well as the food we eat.
Dehydration can impair physiological and performance responses, and in extreme cases can be fatal.
It can be dangerous to drink too much water as water intoxication can lead to hyponatraemia.
We have sensitive mechanisms to maintain our body water but attention should be given to children and older people who may not recognise the sensation of thirst so easily, to ensure they consume enough fluids.
Regular fluid intake and water replacement are essential before, during and after exercise.
The Rod of Asclepius (or Staff of Asclepius) is an ancient Greek symbol that has become an internationally recognized symbol of medicine. It depicts a serpent entwined around a staff that is traditionally a knotty tree limb. The symbol is associated with the Greek demigod, Asclepius who was renowned for his unsurpassed medical prowess and healing powers. According to myths, he got his medical knowledge through the whispering of snakes that have the ability to periodically shedding their skin and emerging bigger, healthier and shinier than before.
The Rod of Asclepius is a befitting representation of the physician’s art of healing because of its combination of the staff, which is symbolic of authority and the snake, which denotes rebirth, fertility, revitalization, and rejuvenation. Moreover, snake venom has been found to be fatally poisonous and, at the same time, have medicinal properties. Therefore, the serpent is also seen as symbolic of the dual nature of a physician’s work that involved sickness & health, life & death. It even signifies the dual powers of medicine – the dosage and the situation determine if it will heal or harm. The symbol was displayed at the Temples of Asclepius that became popular healing centers of the Greco-Roman world. Later on, it came to be adopted by doctors all over the world.
Some scholars assert that the Rod of Asclepius actually represents a parasitic worm coiled around a stick. In the ancient times, people used to be commonly infected by parasitic worms like the guinea worm. The physicians treated them by piercing the skin and extracting the worms underneath by wrapping them on a rod or stick. The physicians are believed to have advertised this service by putting up the sign of a worm on a stick.
Whatever the origin of the Rod of Asclepius may have been, it remains a dominant global symbol of healthcare, healing, and medicine.
Some spirits have a difficult transition to the Other Side once the physical body has died. When this happens there are spirits on the Other Side who are trained to provide a quiet, loving procedure called ‘cocooning’.
During cocooning the spirit is put into a healing twilight sleep and receives constant and empowering love. The spirit is cocooned for as long as it takes for it to be healthy and whole again. It then awakens healed, exhilarated and joyful.
The Anahata, or heart chakra, is the bridge between the lower chakras (associated with materiality) and the upper chakras (associated with spirituality). As the name suggests, this chakra can influence our ability to give and receive love—from others and ourselves. Someone with a blocked heart chakra will have difficulty fully opening up to the people in their life. If someone’s heart is open, they can experience deep compassion and empathy.
Location: Center of chest, just above the heart What it controls: Love, joy, and inner peace Mantra: “When I love myself, loving others comes easily.” Color: Green Element: Air Stone: Rose Quartz Yoga pose: Camel Pose When it develops: 21-28 years old
Crystals amplify and raise energy vibrations, whether this is for you, your space, your home or even your pets. They can make us more aware of our own energy as well as offering a helping hand to keep us present and in the moment. Perhaps in this manic digital age where distraction is everywhere, this is why crystals are having such a moment. They help support us when we are blocked, lacking in energy, feel slowed down or need calming.
There is evidence to suggest that crystals have been used in healing for around 6,000 years, dating back to Sumerians and ancient Egyptians. Nowadays the use of crystal healing relates more to the Buddhist and Hindu understanding of our ‘chakras’ (the energy centres in our body). Regardless, all of the different practices relating to crystal healing assign different properties to different types of crystals. The effect of each crystal changes not just with its type but also its shape and how it has been activated and cleansed.
Crystal healing is a type of alternative therapy that involves using gemstones to bring balance to an individual’s life and mind. Crystals are said to “have a stable and unchanging energy pattern, each with a unique frequency and energy field, or resonance” that gives them special properties, explains Judy Hall, in her work, The Little Book of Crystals. As a result, “they act like tuning forks,” helping bring “harmony” to the “very unstable energy field of the human body”.
Individual crystals are also known to have their own special energies that align to different areas of your life, with their shape and colour – as well as their type – affecting their influence.
In a standard session, crystal healer Emma Lucy Knowles explains that she “lays the crystals along the key chakra line of the [client’s] body to aid in balancing the energy field.” For her, “the chakra – or energy points – in our hands, as well as the third eye, the point between the eyebrows, are the most effective when starting therapy with a ‘beginner’.”
Auric field tuning intends on raising your frequency and bringing your energy into alignment to optimise your health and wellbeing.
Solfeggio tuning forks are used on and around your body to balance and align your auric field. Working at a deep level, the vibrations help with clearing and releasing past patterning on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level, enabling you to step into the future with ease.
Your auric field surrounds your body, expanding around 5 to 6 feet. It holds the messages of your life within this area known as the aura. Working with the tuning forks within the layers the story unfolds. You will feel a definite shift from the very first treatment. Old injuries that have been holding you back for years can disappear. Habits that have seemed unbreakable can be released.