Education, Vibrational Sound Therapy

[頌缽音療] Atma Buti Sound and Vibrational School in Boulder, CO.

Vibrational Sound Association2017年八月底所開的課程是我第一個Sound Therapy課程, 從此以後就愛上了頌缽音療, 這一年多來也幫不少朋友和客人做療程, 體驗過的人個個讚賞. 今年初我在East West Bookstore看到一本How To Heal With Singing Bowls的書, 才知道Boulder, CO有一間Atma Buti Sound and Vibrational School, 於是上官網查個仔細.

Atma Buti ® is a Sanskrit word and that translates to Soul Medicine, 創辦人Suren Shrestha來自尼泊爾, 他跟頌缽的因緣從1999年開始, 頌缽音療從2003年開始, 在2009年出版了第一本書 (已被翻譯成韓文, 日文, 義大利文), 所有來自書籍和部分的教學收入都直接捐助尼泊爾的Orphanage Projects 來幫助貧困的小孩受教育.

因為時間剛好連續, 所以想一口氣拿完Level I, II, III (後面還有Level IV and V, 但日期不同, 得擇期再來), 但是我掙扎了很久, 因為學費+住宿+伙食+租車, 一週下來的費用可觀, 思考了幾個月, 為了增進自己好幫助別人, 眼睛閉著就報名了. (六月份還有Level IV and V, 各三天, 但分二週)

這是我第一次來Colorado (寬闊又綠), 第一次住Airbnb (好經驗), 第一次租車開KIA 2020年份的新車 (才開了600 miles), 一共有14位學生 (據說以往都十位左右), 來自美國各地 (有幾位原本來自尼泊爾, 台灣, 印度, 日本, 英國, 葡萄牙, 但都在美國住很多年了), 有幾位是因為看了書後報名課程, 有幾位是參加Tucson’s Gem Show遇到Suren Shrestha的頌缽攤位後報名課程, 總之, 大家會一起在這裡上課絕不是巧合, 會坐在誰旁邊也都是老天安排好的 (我左邊的同學有冬天憂鬱症, 我右邊的同學住的Airbnb離我不遠).

Level I 的第一天基本上就是把要拿證書的規定講一遍, 然後同學自我介紹, 把我們面前的玩具一一介紹. 第二天學習Rubing bowls and move it around at the same time, 不太容易, 需要多練習才會熟練. 有些缽會比某些缽要容易擦響.

想像一下你身體裡面的水跟我放在你身上的頌缽共震的情況, 你不覺得很神奇嗎?

Level II 便開始教不同頌缽的排列組合, 來因應不同狀況, 上面是單純放鬆, 開第三眼, 和平衡脈輪的排列, 結合銅鈴, 則有不同的敲法順序.

老師講解完後, 我們分組練習, 一組三人. 這些按摩床的外圍都有經過加工, 才有辦法放那麼多個缽. 我可能選擇改用幾張小的折疊桌, 方便收納和攜帶.

今晚剛好是滿月, 所以加開一場滿月的Sound Concert. 真的超舒服, 好睡的.

隔天早上Suren Shrestha解釋他的頌缽排法和敲法, 然後讓大家輪流嘗試和練習. 下午學著缽裡放點熱水, 放在身上滑動和Rubing.

Level III 教幾種專門針對清理/平衡脈輪, 處理情緒 (壓力, 憂鬱症, 負面能量), 身體病痛 (關節炎, 高血壓), 以及雙缽同時滑缽(Rubbing)的深度放鬆等不同頌缽組合排列.

結業了!!!

在Boulder, CO的一週, 從80F一路下降到35F下雪, 還好我有帶一件厚外套, 加上多數時間都在室內, 不過還是覺得一週天氣變化的落差之大, 很不可思議.

我買了一組七個的脈輪缽, 都是我一個一個挑選出來的, 用Tuner去測試每一個缽, 確保每一個音對照脈輪都是準確的, 然後七個缽敲起來的音調也符合耳朵的舒適. 花了好幾個小時的時間挑選啊. 我另外還精心挑選了三個不同大小的心輪缽回來, 只賣給有緣人囉!!!

Health & Beauty

Weighted Blanket

Do you have insomnia, anxiety, depression??  Besides taking antidepressant, talking to an therapist, you can also try hypnotherapy and sound therapy, doing yoga and meditation, taking supplements and herbal teas.  Moreover, the newest trend is using the weighted blanket.

Weighted blankets are usually filled with plastic pellets or glass beads to add weight, ranging from about 4 to 25 pounds. You pick the heaviness of the blanket based on your own weight.

A study from 2015 found that after 32 adults used a 30-pound blanket, 63% reported lower anxiety and 78% preferred the weighted blanket to calm down.

Weighted blankets offer deep pressure stimulation, a form of touch pressure that feels like a firm hug, a massage, or swaddling. While research on weighted blankets is sparse, deep pressure stimulation has been found to calm adults and children with anxiety, autism, and attention difficulties, researchers say.

While they’ve been gaining popularity recently, weighted blankets have been around for a few decades now in the occupational therapy field, where they’ve been used as aids for children on the autism spectrum. They’re even the basis for products such as Thundershirts, which help your pup stay calm during thunderstorms, fireworks shows or other anxiety-inducing events.

So, I was interested in give it a try myself to see if it could give me a better night sleep.

At first, I tried the My Calm Blanket since it keep popping up on my Facebook.  When they arrived, the box is kind of broken where they didn’t taped since the box is not strong/not thick enough to handle the weight. After I opened the box, inside is a simple plastic bag which is open with the blanket folded inside.  I got a bad feeling on this because the packaging feels cheap.

So I took the blanket out, get a closer look, it doesn’t seems well made.  The size is not long enough (48×72), the stitches are wider than I expected, the inner fabric is kind of thin plus the string tie distance between inner blanket and outer blanket are also wider (every 4 blocks) than I would like; therefore, it won’t stay flat, in one place when you move around.  Overall, I am NOT happy with this one so I contacted the company one day after I have received the product for a refund.

The customer told me I am responsible for the return shipping as it stated on their website.  Fine.  Then he asks me to take picture of the box and packaging.  Fine. Then he said he has forward the photos to the warehouse for investigation.  WHAT??  Investigation for what?? They said, “It’s normal for their warehouse to inspect my return and it’s true to any company that has a refund policy.”

Ok.  I understand every companies will inspect each returned item; however, they usually inspect the items when it got mailed back to their warehouse and then inspect it.  This is my first time got asked to take photos of the box and the item and email it back to them for inspection.  Something is really wrong here because it has been a week since my first email request the return and still haven’t get my return label (by the way, I need to pay for the return shipping for this 15 lb blanket).

I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS “My Calm Blanket” COMPANY.

7/25 Update: I have requested a return on 6/28 and today is 7/25 and I am still waiting for a return label. Can’t believe this is a San Francisco company.

The second one I tried is Quility from Amazon.  I like this one way better.  The packaging is way more professional, the size is longer (48×78), how they sew the inner fabric’s edge is way nicer, the inner fabric is thicker or stiffer, they use bottom instead of string tie, and the distance between inner blanket and outer blanket are smaller (every two blocks) which really help to keep the blanket stay together after moving around.  The outer blanket is very soft and thick.

It does took me a few nights to get used to it and it does make me feel like a swaddle baby been held in the arm.

There are many different brands out there which I can’t try them all for a comparison.  However, just from the two brands I have tried, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Quility from Amazon.  It also got over 600 positive reviews too.

Education, Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy for Insomnia | 用催眠來治療失眠

The hypnotherapy school (PASOH) I am currently taking 101 class has offer different advance programs.  One of the program called Clinical Hypnotherapy is looking for volunteers so I signed up right away when I received an email from the school since I want to see how advance class work plus I could get a free hypnotherapy session (at least worth $200-400 market value).  Perfect!!!

Yesterday was my turn so I was the client for the class (we call client not patient).  There are five students that day.  The instructor asked me to introduce myself first, and then one of the student asked me some questions –  What do I want to achieve today?

I haven’t been sleeping well lately so I said I would like to have a good night sleep every night, sleep through the night, and when I wake up in the morning I will feel fully rested, energetic, and happy.

Then other students start asking me other questions.  The instructor will stop them from time to time, gives them feedback, and ask them questions for them to think about.  When it’s time, the instructor will conclude and begin the hypnotherapy session on me.  My favorite part!!!

I sit back, lay on a chair, cover my eyes with an eye pillow.  I can hear the soothing/calm music play in the background on my right side, and someone is sitting on my left side.  One of the student begin the relaxation induction, and then 2nd student doing the deepening relaxation induction, the 3rd student doing the counting down, the 4th student insert the positive and direct suggestions for a good night sleep, the 5th student reinforce the positive suggestions.  The instructor is the last one, she playing a singing bowl (because I mentioned when they ask me questions) and reinforce the suggestions and then tell me I can come back to full conscious if I want to or I can go back to sleep.  Since I know I am in a class, I come back to full conscious.  I took three deep breath and I open my eyes.  I feel amazing.

The instructor has taped the hypnotherapy session as MP3 and will email it to me.  She said she would like me to listen to it for a few night and give her a feedback on how I feel.  That night, I slept through the night without waking up until 8:30am the next morning.  Is it amazing!!!

The recording has it’s purpose.  When we are in the trance state (like you are doing meditation or day dreaming), your mind goes in and out so the subconscious may not capture everything the hypnotherapist were saying.  Listening to the recording for a few times in the beginning after the session will help the imprint onto the subconscious deeper.  If down the road, like months later you start having trouble to sleep, you can listening to the recording again which serve like maintenance.

Some issues may need to have multiple session and listening to the recording for few months such as weight control or quiet smoking because these habits take more time to change from the subconscious.

我去學催眠的學校 (PASOH) 有不同的進階課程, 其中一個是臨床催眠療法.  有一天學校發出email詢問有沒有人願意當義工, 去給進階班學生練習.  我馬上報名, 一方面想看看進階班的上課情況, 一方面可以賺到一次催眠療程 (價值美金$200-400), 多讚啊.

昨天剛好輪到我, 基本上我就是當天的催眠客人(稱為客人, 不叫病人). 當天的進階班學生共有五人出席, 由老師起頭, 請我先做個簡單的自我介紹, 然後其中一位學生問我一些問題, 然後問我今天來希望達成什麼目的?

我有一段時間都睡得不太好, 所以當天我就說我希望能夠夜夜好眠, 一覺到天亮, 睡醒後感到精神充沛, 心情好, 有真的休息到.

接著其他學生繼續問我不同的問題. 老師會在不同時候給他們意見, 反問他們一些問題, 等到問得差不多了, 就開始我的催眠療程 (我最愛的部分)!

我坐在一個躺椅上, 戴上眼罩, 往後躺, 就聽見我的右手邊開始播放很像打坐時會放的輕柔音樂, 然後左手邊有第一位學生坐著, 開始說讓我身體慢慢放鬆的話語, 然後換第二位學生開始說更深一層的放鬆話語, 第三位學生開始倒數, 讓我進入更深層放鬆階段, 第四位學生開始說出正面且直接, 讓我睡個好覺的建議, 第五位學生加強那個建議, 老師是最後一位, 她一邊輕敲頌缽, 再次加強建議, 然後告訴我, 我可以選擇繼續睡覺, 或者恢復清醒.  因為我知道我在課堂上, 所以在我深呼吸三次後, 我就張開眼睛.  感覺非常好.

老師當天有把催眠那段錄成MP3, 之後會再email給我. 她要我聽個幾晚, 然後要我回報效果. 結果當晚我一覺到天亮, 不但中途沒醒過, 還睡到早上八點半.  這效果也太立刻有效了吧!!!

將催眠錄音有它的意義.  當我們進入催眠狀態 (很像靜坐或做白日夢那個狀況), 你的意識進進出出你的腦袋, 所以你的潛意識也許沒有將催眠師所說的每句話都聽進去. 所以在催眠療程結束後的頭幾天再聽幾次催眠錄音的目的, 是為了加強潛意識的記憶. 如果將來, 也許數個月後, 你又開始有失眠的狀況出現, 也可以再聽幾次催眠錄音, 算是自我保養的功能吧.

有些問題有可能需要數次的催眠療程, 以及多聽幾個月的催眠錄音, 才能改變潛意識裡的記憶, 例如體重控制或戒菸.

Healing Arts, Health & Beauty

非主流的另類療法 – 順勢療法, 印度草藥, 英國花精

女友Min得知我從台灣回來後就無法睡覺, 沒有食慾, 體力差加上情緒低落到不行, 在午餐聚會那天帶了一包印度人蔘Ashwagandha Roots和Oat Straw給我, 要我分開嘗試泡茶當水喝看看, 說會有幫助. 我先試了印度人蔘, 連喝三天, 還真的讓我的情緒平穩許多, 也開始有點食慾和體力.  我後來是上網買罐裝膠囊, 每天早餐後吞二顆, 覺得很有幫助, 所以後來只要知道朋友也有情緒上或睡眠上的困擾時, 也會介紹給朋友試試.

上網查了一下印度人蔘, WebMD上是說 In Ayurvedic, Indian, and Unani medicine, ashwagandha is described as “Indian ginseng.” Ashwagandha is also used in traditional African medicine for a variety of ailments. Ashwagandha is a plant. The root and berry are used to make medicine that has a lot of uses but there isn’t enough information to judge whether it is effective for any of them.

Ashwagandha is used for arthritis, anxiety, trouble sleeping (insomnia), tumors, tuberculosis, asthma, a skin condition marked by white patchiness (leukoderma), bronchitis, backache, fibromyalgia, menstrual problems, hiccups, and chronic liver disease.

Ashwagandha is also used as an “adaptogen” to help the body cope with daily stress, and as a general tonic. Some people also use ashwagandha for improving thinking ability, decreasing pain and swelling (inflammation), and preventing the effects of aging. It is also used for fertility problems in men and women and also to increase sexual desire.

Ashwagandha contains chemicals that might help calm the brain, reduce swelling (inflammation), lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system.

Ashwagandha is applied to the skin for treating wounds, backache, and one-sided paralysis (hemiplegia).

我覺得超神奇的, 才知道Min在過去一年多的身體也欠安, 開始進行她自己在非主流療法上的研究, 她後來使用Homeopathy (順勢療法) , 覺得很有幫助, 所以也推薦我去看.

我上網查了之後才知道這療法很受歐洲人的歡迎.

順勢療法Homeopathy)為一種替代療法,是1796年由山姆·赫尼曼按其以同治同理論所創。順勢醫學包含兩項相當有系統性的方法,一為毒物學,另一為病案整理。前者即在尋找一種天然藥物並在小劑量的使用下,能產生與病人相似之包括身體、精神、和情緒的症狀。後者即是透過醫生耐心的溝通並探討出病人病發過程中所經驗之包括身體、精神、和情緒等之全部症狀。因此,傳統的順勢療法植基於下列三個主要原則:

一, 相似法則:一種病,能用一種可在健康人身上誘導出與那些病人相似症狀的藥物治癒。因此,醫生就必須很耐心且很有技巧地對病人做一冗長的問診,以釐清病人發病之症狀及前後次序,然後醫生方能決定何種藥物最能匹配該病人和對症下藥。

二, 專一性藥物法則:對病人最佳的處方,應根據個別差異,包括病人之全部症狀之本質(包括精神、情緒和身體等)及病人對該藥物反應而決定。

三,最小劑量法則:行順勢療法的醫生使用最小劑量的藥物,以幾乎測不到為原則,並觀察藥物所能產生的藥效。發現順勢療法用藥物可在連續稀釋後,只要在其間搖晃即可增強其藥效。一般藥物是使用30至200倍稀少劑量。由此觀之,順勢醫學不在治療一個症狀或是一種疾病,它是將病人予以”整體”(包括精神、情緒、和身體等)的考慮,並且要充分的了解病人之背景、遺傳病史、外表氣質、和易感因子等,經綜合判斷,然後再給予最適宜的藥物治療,因此順勢醫學又被稱之為”完全醫學(全方位、整體)”,而順勢法則被稱之為”整體療法”。

印度政府認可順勢療法為國家醫藥系統; 於印度施順勢療法者,須有相關認可學位,並且於邦內順勢中央登記處作登記,印度在政府開設的醫療院所會和把順勢療劑和西藥一起開給病人。

在荷蘭有40%的全科醫師會開順勢療法的處方,在英國有42%的全科醫生會轉診病人給順勢療法的醫生。在法國(1965年),美國(1938年),比利時(1999年),保加利亞(2005年),德國(1978年),匈牙利(1997年),拉托維亞(1997年),葡萄牙(2003年),羅馬尼亞(1981年),斯洛維尼亞(2007年)和英國(1950年)等國的法律已認可順勢療法是一個獨特的醫療方式。

儘管遭科學界否定,但順勢療法卻在歐洲廣受人民使用。60%的德國人、49%的比利時人、40%的法國人、8.2%的瑞士人曾使用順勢療法。顺势療法亦是法國、英國、丹麥、盧森堡、比利時和瑞士等國列入國家健保給付的一種治療方式。據世界衛生組織統計,國民生產總值高於一萬五千美元的國家中,此為最受歡迎的替代醫學療法(針灸緊隨其後,位列第二),歐盟及美國在法規上列為藥物管理,屬政府認可的替代醫療的一環。

Min介紹我去看她的順勢療法師 Meenakshi Bhargava, 首次問診大概花了一個半小時, 問身體上, 情緒上, 飲食上, 作息上的各項問題, 還要釐清先後順序, 對生活造成的影響, 事件造成的感受, 等等. 跟一般西醫, 甚至中醫都不太一樣. 後來給了我二小瓶, 二種不同大小的白色小糖球, 吃法不一, 每次把糖球含在舌下, 15分鐘內不喝水, 希望藥效能在身體裡面久一點, 首次看診給二週份的藥, 然後複診, 醫生會問你的狀況, 看藥物有沒有效 (這次回診免費), 如果無效, 就換藥, 如果有效就再給你四週或更久一點的藥.

我覺得順勢療法很特別, 因為我完全不知道是怎麼運作的, 因為跟西醫或中醫不同, 但是實際上的確改善了許多我原本有的困擾, 而且沒有西醫的副作用, 身體上完全沒負擔的感覺.  我覺得美國醫療保險跟西藥的連結太深, 不像歐洲國家對非主流的醫療的態度來的開放, 這是人民的損失啊.

相關閱讀: 揭開順勢療法的神秘面紗,

另一位女友Vivian則介紹我用英國花精, 台灣有出幾本相關的書籍, 我自己沒用過, 但後來知道我台灣的一些朋友有用過也覺得有效, 我因為目前以順勢療法的小糖球為主, 就暫時沒有試英國花精(Amazon上有賣), 但還是和大家分享.

單純希望大家都身體健康, 可能是年紀漸長, 加上這幾年經歷過一些人生上的重大事件, 讓我重新看待自己在生活上的一切, 到底哪些才是最重要的東西.  而健康, 真的很重要, 大家要多照顧自己的身體啊!