Cleansing for Optimal Health

We live in a very toxic world, our food is sprayed with pesticides, GMO  adulterated, and our tap water contains chemicals, hormones, medications and pesticides. Many people have toxic over- load, they have difficulty concentrating, have unhappy digestive systems and have pain in the tissues and joints. A proactive approach to body cleansing can improve health.  To define body cleansing we must think of more than just colon cleansing.  Detoxification must be viewed as a total body process for all the organ systems and the channels of elimination. The 5 primary channels of elimination are the colon, the kidneys, the skin, the lungs and the liver. There are many approaches that can be used to detoxify the colon, kidneys, skin, lungs and liver. Some of the most effective ways are using dietary changes, herbal cleansing programs, colon hydrotherapy, saunas /steam baths and skin brushing, fasting, nutrient supplementation and exercise.

The first step is colon cleansing since a clogged colon must be cleared before the other channels of elimination can be detoxified.  Colon cleansing with herbs and colon hydrotherapy create a pathway for the rest of the organs to begin to detoxify. Colon hydrotherapy (colonics) is a safe and effective method of removing waste form the large intestine.  In my early 20’s I had a clogged colon and I was tired and unhealthy. In 1977 the doctor I worked for detoxified me with colonics, diet, fasting, and supplements and changed my life forever. Today I have an abundance of energy, my colon and digestive system work efficiently and I am rarely sick.  I encourage you to detoxify and restore you health.

Deborah Karlan, LMT

Craniosacral: The Other Body Rhythm

We are all aware of the rhythm of the breath and the rhythm of our heart beat.  There is also another important body rhythm, the Craniosacral Rhythm. The normal rhythm of the craniosacral system is between 10- 12 cycles per minute. Trauma and health issues can cause deviation from the normal rhythm.

Jamie came to me with complaints of headaches and low back pain.   About two years ago her pain began after a fall. She landed on her tail bone.  According to Jamie’s doctors report there was no structural problems to explain her pain. However, her fall could have caused a disruption of the craniosacral rhythm.  She responded well to a combination of therapy which included Craniosacral Therapy (CST), a light-touch approach that gently works with the skull and its cranial sutures, the diaphragms, and the bodies’ fascia and muscles to balance the craniosacral rhythm.

Craniosacral therapy releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is optimized, and harmony is restored to the body.    Because craniosacral therapy is so gentle, it can be effective for all ages, from newborns to elders. The conditions that I have most helped with Craniosacral therapy are migraines, tensions headaches, and chronic neck pain, back pain, stress, tension related disorders, learning disabilities, dyslexia, fibromyalgia, and TMJ syndrome. Our Craniosacral rhythm is very important to our health, our structure and our immune system.

If you are interested in learning more about Craniosacral Therapy or to set up an appointment call Deborah Karlan, LMT  at 727-799-6066.

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Deborah Karlan, LMT

Shoulder Imbalances

After gardening and playing tennis, Steve came to me with pain in his shoulder and upper arm. Injuries of the shoulder muscles and tendons are among the most common complaints of my clients. The majority of my client’s shoulders are forward due to poor posture patterns and repetitive motion or trauma. The muscles in the back of the body become overstretched and weak, and the muscles in the front of the body become tight and contracted.  This imbalance around the shoulder creates tensions in the joint, causing a neuromuscular attempt to restore balance.  This imbalance makes us more vulnerable to shoulder injuries.   By assessing the restrictions in Steve’s muscles, I was able to create a treatment protocol to address his pain.  I realized that the shoulder pain was most likely from myofacial restrictions and trigger points in the muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder. If left untreated, the pain in the muscles and tendons of the shoulder could continue for a long period of time without resolution. These shoulder problems can lead to joint degeneration and arthritis as the cartilage wears down and causes problems in the joint.

We as humans have a great range of motion and strength in our shoulders; however, the shoulder socket is not deep. Picture the shoulder joint like a shallow dish with a ball attached.  When we strained muscles and tendons, we can cause micro-tears to the muscle tissues. When the muscle tissues tear, matted scare tissue formx to repair the damage. The scar tissue binds and causes pain in motion. Trigger Points form which will refer pain up the neck and down to the back and arm.   The protocol needed to help the body to heal would include massage, myofacial release and multidirectional friction, eccentric scar tissue alignment, and stretching and toning to achieve pain free movement.

Deborah Karlan, LMT