Doggone it, she's hot & humid out there folks! 🔥I'm staying chill ❄at home today after a marathon run of life's trials lately. It feels awesome to give myself that gift of peace.
Learned #GuaSha & #moxibustion yesterday at the Institute of Traditional Medicine on Queen Street West 🎨 hence enJOYed an amble down graffiti alley!
They are two pretty grounded and interesting practices. If you've never seen anything about Gua Sha, it is a folk medicine used for 6000 years or longer in China of using a tool to manipulate the fascia to release blockage and detoxify. Moxibustion is a method of using heat in small localized areas, it almost is like a heat version of acupressure/reflexology or you can treat specific problem areas.
Though Gua Sha doesn't really hurt, some of the results can be visually unappealing to say the least and can last up to ten days. When I say it doesn't really hurt- I think that would depend on people's tolerance to discomfort as well as the practitioners force. I would personally recommend if it was too much to ask a practitioner to go easier &/or slower.
I was having a lot of #anxiety before the course, so much so that even after I got into class I almost left! I thought oh no this is going to hurt so much, it's a long hot day, in pain, I'm going to have so much marking on my body ect... fear kicked in big time!
I excused myself & went to the washroom looked in the mirror and said to myself, "I love you for doing this today! Even though you have permission to leave if this is too uncomfortable... I think we can do it. It's just one day we got this!", then promptly turned around and faced my fears.
Honestly it was so nothing to fear! In fact it was a very grounding practice. I was able to enjoy both practicing & receiving Gua Sha and moxibustion for much of the day. I renewed mySelf in all of the companion and giving energy, and happily waved bye to energies and blockages that were removed from me and cleared from my headspace.
I had so much energy afterwards I was able to give my mother a nice Reiki treatment with some sound healing + Gua Sha, & felt lifted up by my heartstrings! It feels so amazing to be able to give to others. 💓🐝