Life Transitions



Every human goes through many transitions in a life time. Some transitions are easier than others. Everyone experiences loss and grief at some point. Loving relationships end in separation. People we love will die or we will die. Every good moment is temporary. It is here… and the next moment it is gone. Every flower only has a short time to show its beauty.


Constant change is part of our lives. We go through transitions – with or without awareness.


One of the important life transitions is being confronted with death, especially the death of a loved one. Then we cannot avoid being faced with the impermanence of life. For many, it is a difficult situation: It hurts to say good-bye. We will miss our loved ones. We experience grief and sorrow. As we work through this transition, we may be afraid, numb or fragmented. It may be difficult to keep functioning in this world.


Death of a loved one can be an invitation to deeply come into contact with oneself.


There is another side to difficult life transitions like this. What happens if we stay open and if we stay attentive to our feelings? What if we let our feelings work through us? Turning towards our own suffering helps to find the ‘underground river’ that moves through all our lives. We may be able to find healing. Feeling deeply may help to encompass all aspects of life – joy, happiness and bliss AND sorrow, grief, sadness and suffering. Staying open can teach us to find more meaning in our lives and living our lives more fully.


How can Alexander Technique, Reflexology and Bach Remedies help with life transitions?


In distress, we humans have a tendency to pull away from life. We may be afraid and resist deep feelings. We may find it is too much to connect to what is happening. We try to avoid. Then our body reacts and goes into stress mode: Our body expresses what is not expressed emotionally. Our breathing gets shallower. We may not have an appetite or we may have digestive trouble. We may tighten our muscles, our body may be aching, or our blood pressure may rise.


Healing modalities can help you to connect to yourself.


Reflexology works with the human body via touch of the feet. It activates the body’s inner healing capabilities and provides balance in body and mind. It improves natural processes such as breathing, circulation and digestion. Reflexology sessions help to calm the nervous system, reduce stress and ease muscle tension and pain. The work on the feet helps to be more open and receptive, to stay connected to oneself and to even trust life’s processes.


Alexander Technique is a gentle hands-on method that invites you to become more aware of your body and body’s reactions. It helps you to refine your awareness, so you have a chance to be in better contact with yourself. It encourages you be present in your body, mind and spirit, and to stay open to the moment. It helps you to become more comfortable with life’s changes as you become more comfortable within yourself.


Bach Flower Remedies is a system of healing directed at mental and emotional states. They are particularly helpful in times of life transitions and stress. These flower essences address issues such as grief, disappointment or sorrow. Anxieties or resistances are often in the way of dealing with life’s stresses. Taking Bach Remedies helps to increase self-awareness and to get in touch with emotions needed to navigate through a difficult change.


I use all three modalities as needed in the one-on-one session with my clients at my Balance Arts Studio in Nanaimo. Please contact me, if you have any questions! heike@balanceartsstudio.com 778.245.1750


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