My Acupressure Mat
Acupressure Mats are the modern day bed of nails. You may know them as Shakti mats or Prana mats among many other names/brands but they are all aiming at delivery you the same thing. Your own personalised experience in acupressure healing. Acupressure has been practiced as a healing art for at least 5000 years. Acupressure involves placing physical pressure by hand, elbow, or with the aid of various devices (like these mats) on different pressure points of the body. The benefits are plenty. These include: - Reduced stress and anxiety - Reduction of headaches - Reduced muscle aches and tension - Relieves back pain - Improved circulation - Enhanced energy - Pain relief - Relaxation - Improved sleep patterns - A greater feeling of wellbeing... and much more. The prickly sensations you feel when you lay your body on the mat is a build up of tension. The more discomfort you feel the more tension you are working with to tone down and release. How long until the tension fades? Well that is often determined by how long the tension has been there and what other things you are doing to help release it (refer to the 7 Principle’s of life: Water, air, wholefood, relationships, sunshine, passion, movement) There are 3 levels of mats. There is a light (8000 teeth) medium (6000 teeth) and heavy (4000 teeth). Most of the mats on the market (and the ones I distribute) have around 6000 teeth count and can be used in many different ways as shown in the pics. 1. Lay with your hips and shoulders on the mat, knees up to keep lumbar on the mat. If you find the sensation too much first-time wear clothing or put a sheet over the mat. If you can, go bare skin. 2. Place your feet on a wall with your hips and knees flexed keeping your lumbar on the mat. 3. Place your legs up a wall with your hips as close to 90deg as you can keeping your lumbar on the mat. 4. Lay on your chest and stomach. 5. Stand on the mat to activate feet. My personal favourite is to lay bare skin on my front. I find it super quick to fall asleep like this. I also use it as a test to see how much I am internalising life! If I think that maybe I am starting to hold on to stress I will lay on the mat, and when it hurts a lot I take it as a reminder to let go of what I had ended up holding on to etc. My mat is my body's truth serum. Consciously my ego is telling me that I am not stressed but when I lie down on my mat she has no hesitation in telling me I'm crazy stressed! If you would like more tools in your self-care toolbox go to www.dainakahu.com
Release your body's freedom - My Spiky Ball
There are 2 main reasons why I use a spiky ball... 1. Tone down overactive tight muscles (Using RWA release with awareness focus) 2. Wake up muscles that are asleep There are other uses but in this video, I go through these 2. Key points for toning down the muscle: - We are releasing with awareness which means we are wanting to gain the body's trust. - Pain threshold should not reach a point where the body is kicking and screaming! - Pain threshold should make you aware of the tension but allow breathing to help relax the muscles Key points for waking muscles up: - It only takes a few seconds - You do not need to chase pain - It is a tactile cue you are giving the brain to connect to the muscle After toning down or waking up muscles it is a great time get some movement happening. You may even want to test your posture beforehand and then after to see what has changed if at all... To learn how to check your posture? Go to www.dainakahu.com
Release your body's freedom - My Pyramid Energy Mat
This is one of my most favourite self-care tools right now. The Pyramid Energy Mat is a great way to wake up the body starting from the feet. Reflexology is said to have originated some 5000 years ago. This ancient form of healing therapy is still widely practiced in the modern world and those seeking Self Care are now using modern tools such as the Pyramid Energy Mat (PEM) This PEM combines acupressure, pyramid and magnet technologies giving you more opportunities for greater healing. The pyramid design is to assist in grounding when used on grounding surfaces such as; sand, grass, bare dirt, and untreated concrete, brick and ceramic tile (note that not all surfaces are suitable for the PEM) We like to use this tool to help bring awareness to clients postures and weight distribution. When you know where you are receiving pressure from your feet up you will begin to understand the stresses the body is and has been dealing with. This knowledge helps us appreciate our body's ability to withstand all we throw at it. Benefits include: Help for stress and pain relief Stimulate feet Reconnect muscle connections and neural pathways Enhance energy levels in the body How to use: Stand on (Use socks or sarong to reduce sensations as desired) Spend 5min to invigorate the body - Spend 10min+ to promote healthy sleep patterns Recommended time to use: Morning to invigorate (2-5min) Any time to relieve pain symptoms Can have at the workstation to help maintain energy levels when needed Evening to wind down (10min+) If you are looking for more tools to add to your self-care toolkit go to www.dainakahu.com
My Reflexology Rock Path
What is a Reflexology Rock Path?: Today, some call the Reflexology Rock Path (RRP) ”do-it-yourself” reflexology which to us makes a lot of sense. When we do not have access to the pathways made with pebbles or access, time and money to frequently visit a reflexologist, these Reflexology Rock Paths are worth their weight in gold. These RRP's are durable and can be used both indoors and outside. By standing and walking on these you stimulate the many points that send messages to your brain telling it about the state of the body's organs. The brain then sends what it needs to to the respective organs that need its attention. Often the tender or painful sensation felt at any of the reflexology points on your feet (see chart in pics) is an indicator that that organ/area of the body is in need of some love and healing. It can also relate to emotions stored in the body. This video is about My Reflexology Rock Path Benefits include: Help for stress and pain relief Reconnect pathways in the body Brings about awareness of body and self Can have a calming effect on the body Stimulate neurological reflex zones in the feet How to use: Stand and walk on (Use socks or sarong to reduce sensations as desired) Spend 5min to invigorate the body - Spend 10min+ to promote healthy sleep patterns Recommended time to use: Morning to invigorate (5min) Any time to check in with the body (Through reflexology points) Evening to wind down (10min+) ***Individual results may vary. Please consult your physician before you try any of these tools. Females are advised to refrain from using the Acupressure Mat, Pyramid Energy Mat, and Reflexology Rock Path during their cycle.