After receiving my first shiatsu long form massage…

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One of the few perks of being a naturopathic medical student is getting free massages from the bodywork and massage classes. I had no clue what I was in store for when my classmate asked if I could receive a shiatsu massage from her. Now, I can never go back to Swedish massages again!! I’ve found a new LOVE ­čÖé

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What do med students do for fun?

Haha, well that certainly depends on the med student. Some have NO fun! Some have A LOT of fun. And some squeeze in small bouts of fun. I’m definitely the latter, and what I got into last night for fun was my first Pole Dance class.

It was my friend’s birthday and she decided to host a pole dance party with her close girlfriends at a pole dance studio. She’s been at this hobby for a year and she pretty much looked like this to me…

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Pretty damn impressive!! I, on the other hand, was a little more like this…

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HAHAHA! Ok I wasn’t that bad actually! I was surprised by what my body allowed me to do, but I can thank my aerial yoga classes for that (to be discussed at another time)! By the end of it, I was a battered woman, and I woke up this morning with the bruises and sore muscles to prove it. No pain…no gain!

FLOWERS TO THE RESCUE!

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Flowers are not just for aesthetics and sniffing. They can pack a powerful healing punch!

Flower essences…another incredible natural modality I have learned along my naturopathic medicine journey. Flower essences have been my new lifesavers for my frequent acute anxiety and stress caused by unrelenting work, non-stop tests and quizzes, financial woes, moments of self doubt (happens to the best of us), panic when you forget to study for a quiz or turn in an assignment (trust me…it can happen to even the most organized person when you take 30+ credits)and many more! When I take a few drops of a calming flower essence, POOF…instant calm and peace. Alas, I rest my case for why this natural aid is so powerful!

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The leading brand on the current market is┬áBach’s Rescue Remedy. Many of you might ┬áremember seeing ┬áthese products located near a check out cashier if you shop at Whole Foods or New Seasons. However, I recently learned that making your own flower essence is not only super cheap but just as beneficial!

How do they work? Long story short… flowers ┬áhave medicinal properties and healing energies. You can extract the healing energy and vitality from the flower. For anything that ails you…whether physical, spiritual, or emotional there is a flower whose “essence” you can use ┬áto alleviate your symptoms. This form of medicine is called “vibrational medicine.”

Have I peaked your interest? Good! Check out the article to learn more about flower essence and how they can begin helping you. Below are a few great books on the craft. Namaste!

Flower Essence Books:

1.) Flower Essence Repertory: A Comprehensive Guide to North American and English Flower Essences for Emotional and Spiritual Well-Being

2.) The Complete Book of Flower Essences: 48 Natural and Beautiful Ways to Heal Yourself and Your Life

3.) Flower Essences and Vibrational Healing