HEALING AND DEALING ARTICLES
The Physical Body
A Great Mixed Drink, Cooling Off Injuries,
Sleep Support, Body Sovereignty, Stretching
I've been hearing about this great mixed drink. Unlike most mixed drinks, I
hear the more you drink, the clearer you get. Heavy indulgence doesn't result in
getting tanked or a crippling headache the next day. You don't have to wait in line
downstairs at the Co-op to get some, and even minors can indulge freely. How do
you make it? Four fingers hydrogen, two oxygen. Hey, barkeep, set my friends up
over here...it's on me.
Make sure the glass stays full... as soon as you knock it back, top it off, as a
visual cue for the next time you pass by your tankard, that there's more to be had.
Guys, it's okay to chugalug it like a triple shot. Drink and pee, drink and pee, all
day long. Feeling hungry a lot? Down a big glass, wait 15 minutes, and then see if
you're really still hungry. We've grown so chronically thirsty for so long, we
sometimes mistake our body's signal for more as a call for food. For best results,
drink a lot at room temperature on an empty stomach to give your body the
highest high, and don't mix it with anything else -- juice is not the same thing.
They don't call it a watering hole for nothing! Especially if you've just received
bodywork, had a big cry, or have done a lot of physical activity. Flush those
Then there's the frozen form of this elixir of life. Be cool. In fact, be cold.
Get yourself one of those soft packs, wrap it in a hand towel, and put it on
anything that hurts. Strap it on if it's going on a hard-to-balance place. Yeah, I
know it feels better short-term if it's hot, but nothing brings that curative, long-
term, deep secondary blood flow like Ice. 10-15 minutes on... then take it off for
another 10-15 mins. Then on again, then off again. A total of three rounds, twice a
day. Just chill those aches right out.
No sweetie to wrap yourself around at night? Or s/he doesn't like to cuddle
during the dreamtime? Didn't know you could heal while sleeping? Yes, Virginia,
the healing answer is lots of pillows. Soft gooshy ones. For side sleeping, I like
one pushed up against my back, right down to my tailbone. And one in front of
me, to curl up with. And one between my knees. Or under my knees if I'm on my
back, or under one raised hip if on my belly. All this allows joints and muscles to
more fully relax and let go completely into that soft support, else butts, backs and
shoulders wave in the night breeze causing muscles, tendons and ligaments to
max out from having to work while the rest of you is off partying with Wynken,
Blynken and Nod. And yes, that back-to-the-womb feeling one gets from all this
pillow snuggling counts for a lot as well in the relaxation department.
You know that whole "my body" thing, as if some master self in me "owns"
my body, as if my body isn't really me but is more like a vehicle to be maintained?
"My" body doesn't like that... she's a sovereign, sentient, fully spiritual part of me
with as much say-so and right to lead as mind or spirit. She is not a Toyota, she's
a magical, loving, human ecosystem, made of Earth (a female)! Ask "your" body's
name, see what you get, and play with that. Talk to her, ask what she wants. Ask
her opinion. Include her in your decisions. You may be very surprised at what
comes up in response to doing that.
Last thing...remember that stretching is a wonderful injury preventive for
any type of physical exertion. Stretch shortly after you've begun to exercise. For
example, on a long walk, be sure to stop and stretch any time you start to feel
pain in a muscle or an area of your body. Stretching after exercise is just as
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Peter Cloud Panjoyah, British Columbia, May 2004
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