Body Talks About Lack of Sleep
Body Talks About Lack of Sleep
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Posted: 07/07/2015 7:17 pm EDT Updated: 07/07/2015 7:59 pm EDT
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In my role as Grammy, I sent a package of miracle blankets to my beloved grandson across the pond. As these new and improved swaddlers are believed to reduce fussiness and help babies settle into sleep, I chuckled at the fantasy of creating them for adults. As we grow older, a good night's sleep eludes many of us.
For me, falling asleep is no problem, but I've been exploring ways to stay asleep. Our medical doctors will gladly fill our requests for prescriptions. We can go to our health food stores and buy magnesium supplements. There are myriads of tips from breath-work and meditation through what color to paint your bedroom. I've tried and had some temporary success with many of these remedies including not being concerned over sleeping in shifts. I've decided to accept it as my pattern of sleep while I investigate what might close the gap between my first and second sleep shift.
After hearing a friend speak of the miracles her family had experienced in areas far more serious than mid-sleep waking, and despite the mocking of my resistant inner teen-ager, I made an appointment with her Body Talk practitioner.
In his website, advanced practitioner Soo-Hwa Yuan describes body talk. "Developed by Dr. John Velthemim, it balances and heals the body-mind complex holistically. It recognizes that every person has a unique balance that should be addressed. Once balanced, the client's own innate healing wisdom will successfully address specific symptoms and establish lasting patterns of good health."
I liked the premise of self-healing. While alternative medicine may not be everyone's cup of tea, I find learning about new modalities to be fascinating. Why take a pill when we can learn from our body's symptoms what might be going on under our skin, physically or emotionally. What if our bodies were trying to communicate with us via symptoms. Thoughts of further body-mind-spirit alignment moved me to Soo's door.
I was welcomed into his studio with a pair of comfy slippers and a beverage. I felt immediately at home. After a thorough intake, the gentle practitioner offered his treatment table. It was unlike the familiar raised plastic examination table where you sit on rough paper and anxiously wait and wait, half naked, for your doctor. Instead a low lounge was offered where you lie fully clothed under soft blankets. The only part of me exposed was my wrist.
Soo's all white studio, his peaceful delicate sculptures floating near the high ceilings, was an invitation to relax. He explained what he would do and answered my questions. He then placed a gentle hand on my wrist and silently asked questions which he said my body responded to with a yes or no. At times my wrist remained still. I was surprised when it moved involuntarily, affirming what was asked. I was becoming curiouser and curiouser. Yet, I felt instant trust and very safe to let my mind drift while he and my body talked. I couldn't hear their communication but, from the diagrams of formulas Soo drew, I sensed my body had a lot to say. From this communication, he was directed as to the treatments needed that would balance and harmonize the body.
Afterwards, Soo shared what he'd discovered and asked questions of me. He said my body had communicated my fear of running out of time. At seventy, even in a family of people who lived well into their 90s I was entering the remaining chapters of my life, even if long ones.
Could thinking I had to utilize every moment, including those best assigned to rest and renewal through sleep, be a factor in my mid-sleep waking? I did still have unrealized dreams and future based decisions to make that might be keeping me up at night. I would live with this question and see what I could discover over the next few days.
That night I had a promising dream of seeing a lavender colored hummingbird. I extend my hand and he lands on it, surprised, I remain still observing his rapidly moving wings. Then he comes to a rest and the frantic beating ceases. He is still. We are still. I watch, fascinated, as this tiny creature nestles with trust in my open palm.
I look forward to the post treatment summary Soo will email me with drawings of my formulas attached. I am curious to see how they will align with what I know about myself and any new information gathered from my inquiry.
While waiting for my next session, I wonder with amusement if Soo might sublet his studio in the evenings. I have a feeling in that environment of stillness I would sleep right through the night.
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