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A life of Negotiations with Anna Marie Woods of Templework LA


We are filtering through a barrage of timepieces. Take your pick from either the ordinary clock face displaying the standard or Roman numeral sequence, or the digital kind found on almost every electrical device the majority of the population owns. They all advance. We never notice a retreat of that ticking, of that tocking. We are advancing. We are learning. We are aging.


Respect. We need to remember to respect the process. Aging is a process. Life is a process. Negotiation is a process, and life is a process of negotiation. 


Now that we’ve got that settled, let’s talk about it. 


Above and beyond eating properly to nourish our bodies, hydrating to keep our cells flushing and organs in working order, and receiving the proper amount of exercise—have you ever thought about your energetic body? Have you really delved into the electrical part of yourself? Could that be found on aisle 4? 


Energy. Let’s consider the fact we are living on a large revolving sphere of hot molten lava and layers upon layers of sand and stone, electrically charged with the energy of the planet. In the very spot where you sit currently reading these words, lying just below you is a river of current. A fantastical electrical charge that we can utilize and that is here for us. Let’s take that further and recognize we actually house pulsing energetic currents in our bodies. 


Place your hands in front of you, eight inches apart, and cup an imaginary soccer ball. Now just wait until you feel a pulse in the palms of both hands. A tickling, a pulling, an energetic pulse. This is you and your effervescent self in all its glory. This is your energy force, and this has been worked with and pondered on for centuries. Tai Chi and Qigong practices keep the body alive and the internal energy flowing without restriction. This isn’t a new concept.


Thoughts are energy as well, and thoughts manifest into emotional and physical energy. You are what you think, so why not think a thought that makes you feel good and youthful and ageless? If you have ever felt unstoppable, like anything you touch might magically turn to gold and ideas flow freely, well, you hit the nail on the head. You have jumped into the vortex of human thought, and once again your energetic spirit is on point.


There is a correlation between aging and energy. We don’t exist on sugar-related products or carbohydrates—it’s well known that these things break down our cells and tissue and age us. What is equally amazing is that when our thoughts, emotions, and physical form are out of alignment and blocked, manifestations can occur—physical pain, inability to concentrate, stress, anxiety, depression, and/or general ill feeling. All of these components can accelerate the aging process. One way to address our aging process is to incorporate the wonderful, elusive world of energy work into our lives, such as polarity.


Dr. Randolph Stone, a doctor of osteopathy, naturopathy, and chiropractic, developed polarity therapy in the 1900s, first publishing his concepts on the new modality in 1947. He spent over 60 years practicing and refining his ideas and incorporated many of the healing principles he learned from his studies in Ayurvedic and Oriental medicine and the folk health practices of many cultures. He believed in the validity and power we carry with us as human beings and wrote: “The physiological and psychological balance of well-being in the body is maintained by the harmonious and well-balanced flow of the five rivers within the body…All the energies should be properly balanced and directed for the good of each individual as a soul in a body, which is literally a temple of God in this world of matter.”  


Polarity therapy is based on the premise that we are fields of pulsating life energy made up of specific frequencies known as these five elements: Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. When our body is out of alignment, either physical or emotional pain will occur and this is our signal that we must change, grow, and shift. Dr. Stone understood that there are ten currents of pulsing energy that correlate with the fingers and toes in the body and that are at all times pulsing and dancing with our breath and circulatory system. The complexity of our anatomical body is equal to our energetic spirit, and the two exist side by side. Energy-based modalities work with the body’s nervous system. 


Another form of energy work is craniosacral therapy, which was pioneered and developed by John Upledger, D.O. in the 1970s, as an offshoot of osteopathy in the cranial fieldcranial osteopathy was developed in the 1930s by William Garner Sutherland, who left an important mark on American osteopathic medicine. Craniosacral therapy initially addresses the cranium, the sacrum, and the delicate spine which connects the two. A craniosacral therapist can listen, at a deep level, to the system and currents in the body, and with a light touch to the cranium and sacrum, can produce gentle opening and shifting, which in essence releases blockages. I like to think of this work in computer terms. It’s like rebooting and defragmenting.


These forms of energy work are extremely valuable for the human system. When the body goes into trauma, it will learn to acclimate within that trauma, whether emotional or physical trauma. Both are equally detrimental to our well-being and to our aging. Our bodies are meant to survive. Period. Give the body food, water, and some sunshine and it will keep plugging away. If given the chance to release built-up energy and emotions that no longer serve the body, with energy work, our system will, in essence, regenerate. 


Our bodies want to be heard, and our bodies absolutely communicate. Through current. Through energy. Emitted or held. I am grateful that I can hear the current in someone’s body, and I can work with what it tells me to assist in releasing what has sometimes been dormant for years. I am so passionate about supporting the human spirit that I opened viagra without a percription follow site master thesis finance daft punk homework discovery human after all viagra capsules online rush limbaugh and viagra essay helpers finding an editor for dissertation help writing nursing essay best paper for writing how can you tell if you need viagra best dissertation proposal writing site uk create thesis statement online the synthesis essay toefl essay patterns buy viagra online reputable why does viagra not work for women see url scientific method homework ghostwriter academic essay dissertation literature review sample follow url buy viagra caverta best topic in thesis writing viagra dosage 25 or 50 1discount cialis thesis statement requirements TEMPLEWORK LA, and on a daily basis, we assist those that walk through our doors with bodywork and energy work. 


This life is really an exploratory journey of paddling downstream, not upstream. Seek out tools that assist you to float like the butterfly or flutter like leaves on a tree, reaching from the energetic earth. When you stop and consider that our existence can be of absolute greatness and joy, then you have half the battle won. When you know that aging is nothing more than a marker of what we have accomplished, the people who’ve graced our lives, the studies we have absorbed, and the loves we have had along the way, then aging is just a number. A ticket we can take or not. Let us realize that energy is around us and within us and, in essence, what keeps us alive. 


As I sit with my laptop, I hear the pitter-patter of my little dog, Stella, as she saunters around my living room. Her mind has been unfortunately altered with dementia and is aging. She and I have been negotiating the process and working with what we have for months now. She and I. My little energetic dog and her energetic human. At some point, things will shift to another level. Another place. We can either fear the inevitable or be joyous to have the age and wisdom to know this is just another step in the life of negotiation. 


“We are living in a very fast-paced, traffic-filled, mobile device laden time. I believe the combination of massage and energy work allows our most precious human spirits to experience the grounded life we were meant to live while on this planet.” ﹘ Anna Marie Wood


Anna Marie Wood is a CMT, Integrated Craniosacral Unwinding Practitioner and Associate Polarity Practitioner. She is the creator, owner, and operator of TEMPLEWORK LA in Atwater Village, Los Angeles, CA.

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