How are you doing bodywise? When I ask that question, I am always curious about how each of us is navigating the shifts and changes occurring on planet Earth. The huge influx of charged particles entering the Earth’s atmosphere catalyzed by the recent class X solar flare, igniting a geomagnetic storm in the Earth’s magnetic field, is one such influence. I am curious as to whether the geomagnetic storm’s outing of communication systems in China has any parallel to the effects we may be experiencing in the electromagnetic systems of our bodies.

Katie Mickey

To explore this question, I turn to the research of Dr. Robert Becker, the father of electromedicine and electrochemically induced cellular regeneration technologies. According to his research, solar flares and sunspots indeed have a marked impact on our physical and emotional wellbeing. His research on how electromagnetic disturbances impact us is quite compelling and has even brought him before Congress to testify on the effects of electromagnetic radiation on human health.

Past researchers have determined that applying a very small magnetic field to the body causes the pineal gland to increase or decrease its production of serotonin and melatonin, two hormones that control all of our bio-cycles. Dr. Becker expands upon this in his research by making the connection between solar disturbance and the outbreak of disease and mental or emotional distress. The last six peaks of sunspot cycles have coincided with major flu epidemics. Furthermore, a Soviet group from the Crimean Medical Institute in Russia has found that certain intestinal floras that help us digest our food are inhibited during times of geomagnetic disturbances and that admission to psychiatric wards notably increases during periods of solar disturbance.

My hunch is that the way solar flares and geomagnetic storms affect you has a lot to do with how well you process energy and keep your own body systems up and running. You could feel fabulous, with a whole lot of energy running through you, or you could feel agitated, unable to sleep, emotionally volatile, or sick with a bug. Whatever the case may be, supporting the function of the pineal gland and intestines in times of personal or geomagnetic stress can help you to deal with whatever is going on with more ease and vitality.

Among my favorite bodywork approaches to induce states of well-being associated with enhanced levels of the pineal gland’s feel-good hormone, serotonin, is applying light-touch contact to specific points on the head. Craniosacral therapy, access energy, polarity therapy, and reiki are all light touch approaches that increase blood and energy flow to the brain and endocrine glands, thereby enhancing the release of neurotransmitters and hormones.

A simple self-care measure is to place a hand across the back of the base of your skull (the occiput) and the other hand above the forehead with three fingertips touching your brow center. Take some deep breaths, relax your hands, and imagine a stream of light moving from the bottom of your feet, up your body, and out your hands. Direct the energy in your hands and fingertips through the center of your head and imagine it bathing your pineal gland. This technique is greatly enhanced when performed by a skilled bodyworker, but in a pinch you can give yourself some needed relief with self-application. Another self-care measure is to be sure you get a good eight hours in darkness. That means sleeping in a room that is not subject to artificial lights like nightlights or streetlights, or wearing a hat over your head for eight hours if you work night shifts. Darkness enhances the pineal gland’s capacity to produce melatonin, a hormone essential for getting a good night’s sleep.

In caring for the flora in the intestines during times of stress, taking a probiotic or eating enzyme-rich foods, such as raw sauerkraut, are nutritional approaches to strengthening your immune system that enhance digestion and elimination. Massaging the reflexes to your intestines can also be helpful in keeping things moving. There are numerous reflexes to the intestines throughout the body.

The feet are the ideal place to start. Massaging the lower arches of your feet, bearing your weight on a golf ball, or applying pressure with your hands can help keep things moving in your intestines. This form of bodywork is called reflexology. When starting a self-care program to enhance your glandular and organ function, getting the support of a bodyworker is ideal. Receiving regular bodywork can bring your health to a new level of wellness and fine-tune how your body responds and adapts to external shifts and changes.


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