International Specialized Kinesiology Day

Press Release for International SK Day

Saturday, March 21, 2015 marks the first ever International Specialized Kinesiology Day.  While Specialized Kinesiology (SK) has been around for a long time, it is still misunderstood.  “People think of it as ‘New Age’ or strange.  They often ask me if I’m psychic because they can’t understand how I know things about them and their health,” says Natural Health Practitioner Alexis Costello.  “In reality, SK is simply a way of seeing where the body is holding stress.  Every food you eat, vitamin you take, person you interact with or thought you have either allows energy flow to work properly through the body, creating a ‘locked’ or strong muscle response, or it creates stress in the body and an ‘unlocked’ or weak response.”

Most forms of SK practiced today around the world stem from the work of Dr. George Goodheart and Dr. John Thie.  Both men were chiropractors in the 60’s who began using muscle tests as a way of assessing meridian energy from Chinese therapies such as acupuncture.  They developed corrections that were non-intrusive and easy to use.  Dr. Thie wanted to create a way for laypeople without medical training to use these techniques and in 1973 published the first Touch for Health manual.  Touch for Health is now taught all over the world and is considered a prerequisite to many other SK courses for it’s excellent teaching of accurate muscle testing and powerful correction techniques.  These are certificate classes and are globally recognized and overseen by the International Kinesiology College.

To mark this event in Kelowna, Alexis Costello, who is also the President of the Canadian Association of Specialized Kinesiology, will be working with a team of her students offering free Touch for Health balances in front of Nature’s Fare from 10-4:00 Saturday, March 21.  “The point is to help people become familiar with the idea of muscle testing, how it works and what the benefits are. (SK) is gentle and non-invasive but can have profound effects including pain relief, stress reduction, increased energy and overall wellbeing. These balances are quick (seven or eight minutes per person usually), gentle and do not require any special equipment while leaving volunteers feeling better and, hopefully, wanting to learn more about this amazing field of study.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about SK is welcome to visit the Canadian Association’s website:



Have You Caught the Travel Bug?

January and February seem to mark a time of mass exodus from Canada.  As beautiful as our country is, it’s cold here at this time of year (at least it is usually) and it seems that everyone wants out.  For many though, the joy of traveling is marred by getting sick.  As I just returned home from a glorious three weeks away in Costa Rica I thought that rather than just sharing pictures with you and gloating, I would share some ideas for how to feel great while traveling so you can enjoy every minute of it.
1) Water water everywhere.  Hydration is your best friend.  Staying properly hydrated eases jet-lag, makes you more resilient to the sun (aka less sun burns and peeling) and helps keep things moving properly through your digestive system.  This isn’t always easy when you are in places where where beer is cheaper than water but if you are indulging your need for water goes up, not down.
Dos cervasas por favor?
2) Pack some good bugs with you.  I brought along SISU’s ‘Integris’ which is high potency and shelf stable to help deal with minor tummy troubles.  It’s not a bad idea to start taking a good probiotic before you are traveling so that your guts are in good condition.
3) Electrolytes are great for dealing with dizziness, vertigo and changes of temperature and sun exposure.  You can bring packets of something like EmergenC along with you, or you can make your own in a pinch by taking some fresh citrus juice, diluting with water and adding sea salt.
4) Bring along some homeopathic first aid in the form of Traumeel cream (bumps, bruises, bites, scratches, etc) and Rescue Remedy (stress, jet-lag, fear of flying, hyper-emotional kids).

I hope you have an amazing time wherever you find yourself for the rest of this winter.

Light at the end of the tunnel

You see them on cashiers, food servers and office staff; the tell-tale little braces on the wrist that help ease repetitive stress.  In times past, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) was an ailment of factory workers and bookkeepers, but in this digital age when we all spend so much time on computers, many more are at risk and at a much younger age.

CTS is the term used to describe a set of symptoms that occur when the median nerve in the wrist, which controls the muscles in the thumb and the nerve response of the first three fingers, is damaged or compressed.  The carpel tunnel itself is a tiny little opening in the wrist that the median nerve passes through.  Any repetitive wrist motion, especially when combined with rapid use of the fingers can cause inflammation and compression over time.

Many take anti-inflammatories to ease the pain and this might be necessary.  At the root however, what we have in a problem with the nervous system combined with circulation issues.  This is why symptoms are often worse first thing in the morning and at night when circulation slows down.  Herbs such as capsicum that are pain-relieving while also stimulating blood flow are a good choice.

Massage also helps promote circulation and is a lot more fun than taking pills!  Even a few minutes of massage daily can keep water retention in the hands and wrists down and ease discomfort.  This works especially well when combined with essential oils like wintergreen or rosemary.

B vitamins are needed in order to let the nerves repair themselves.  A good complex containing roughly 50mg of each vitamin taken two or three times a day with meals is recommended.  Remember that B-vitamins are water soluble, meaning that your body doesn’t store them well, so it’s much more effective to take small doses frequently then to load up all at once.  Taking all three capsules in the morning will give you glow-in-the-dark urine, but won’t help your nerves very much.  Incorporating lots of whole grains like barley and brown rice into your diet ensures good quality easily assimilated B vitamins.

Some have taken this idea about B vitamins farther.  John Ellis, M.D., of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, claims to be an expert in vitamin B-6.  He told a reporter 10 years ago “There are big dollars tied up in surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome. For $3, I can cure CTS in better than 90 percent of patients.”  His $3 cure was a bottle of B6.  Apparently the connection occurred to him when he realized that women who are pregnant or taking oral contraceptives and people with diabetes are at stronger risk for CTS.  They also have higher B6 requirements and are often left deficient.  A bottle of vitamins will cost you slightly more now and in Canada, but still worth a shot!

If your job or your hobbies leave you at risk for developing CTS, there are some precautions you can take.  Two warm-up exercises suggested by the American Physical Therapy Association are: 1) resting one forearm on the table, grasp the fingertips of that hand and pull back gently.  Hold this position for five seconds, than repeat the exercise with the other hand.  2) Press the palms flat on the table as if doing a push-up.  Lean forward to stretch the forearm muscles and the wrists.

Even just taking a break every hour or so, moving around and loosening the wrists can make a difference.  Or take the time to lead your coworkers through a rousing round of “Shake your sillies out” or the “hockey-pokey”.  After all, laughter is the best medicine!