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One of my regulars came in a few months ago and asked for something different.  She had been to the hairdressers and insisted they do a straightening treatment for her even though they strongly advised her against it, as her hair was too thin.  She’s a tiny lady but very emphatic and it’s hard to change her mind once she’s made it up and they lost their battle. 

As a result of the treatment her hair had started to “break”, the strands snapping when brushed or even just with sleeping.  Not to mention the falling out.  Her sister in law had been having scalp massages regularly to help stimulate hair growth and so she wanted to try it to see if she could rescue her locks.

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Scalp massage
Photo courtesy google images, http://www.pyroenergen.com/articles13/images/scalp-massage.jpg

 

So we started weekly sessions of 15 minute scalp massages using coconut oil (followed by 15 minutes massage for her shoulders which are chronically tight).  About every third week we sneak in a full hour so I can do 45 minutes on her back as well as the usual scalp massage.  We’ve been doing this almost weekly now for four months and she is sporting a thicker, healthier head of hair.  The shiny patches that were visible in May are no longer an issue and she’s been able to grow it out a bit without it looking straggly. 

I credit the coconut oil as much as the massage for the improvement in the condition of her hair.  Did you know that:

  • coconut oil has lauric acid which is a fatty acid that can bind hair proteins
  • coconut oil seals in hair moisture as it possesses the ability of penetrating the hair shaft and thus conditions your hair from within
  • coconut oil’s antibacterial and antifungal properties give the oil the ability of protecting your scalp against dandruff and lice, both of which can hinder hair growth
  • coconut oil is a rich source of nutrients like vitamin E, vitamin K and iron. These nutrients are essential for maintaining your hair’s shine and softness. Vitamin E is particularly effective in eradicating dandruff, which is a major cause of hair fall and hindered hair growth
  • massaging your scalp with coconut oil stimulates blood circulation ensuring that your hair follicles receive the required amount of essential nutrients and oxygen

Using coconut oil in the hair was something I grew up with as I come from a tropical island.  Coconuts grew in my back yard, not that we pressed them to make oil, but my mother did grate the dried coconuts to make ice-cream which we took turns churning in the old fashioned bucket with ice and salt and a handle.  Coconut water was part of our lives.  Now you pay a fortune for it in cafes and it’s seen as the “it” health drink. 

Ah, the many benefits of coconut … how many can you think of?

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P has struggled with eczema all his life.  After 20 years of applying topical steroids prescribed by his doctors he decided he’d had enough and stopped them cold turkey.  Bad idea.

That little stunt put him in hospital, fighting for his life and the first thing they had to do was put him back on the steroids.  Coming off them after all that time is not something you can do without medical supervision – weaning off them slowly and building up the immune system at the same time is the safest way to go, UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION.

When P came in to see me initially we had a very long discussion about what had happened when he tried to come off the steroids before and what he was doing to manage it this time.  He was referred to me by his homeopath Debbie Rayfield (http://www.fountaincentre.com.au/).  I have a good working relationship with Debbie, her clinic is downstairs from mine and I am registered to practice there as she’s on the ground floor and some of my clients just can’t make it up the stairs to my clinic.  So we were able to have a good chat about P’s case afterwards.

P had started his supervised withdrawal six weeks prior and was seeing Debbie as well as an integrative doctor at Your Health (http://www.yourhealth.com.au) in Manly.  He was taking numerous supplements and using natural creams on his skin, ate no meat (though still had some fish in his diet) and did not drink alcohol.

When I first saw him he was purple.  And he looked sore.  And a bit scary.  His skin was peeling off and was very dry, particularly on his stomach.  He hadn’t been able to work during that phase as he is a musician and as he looked and felt so awful he went into a depression and didn’t leave the house for some time.

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photo courtesy of eczemasource.com, copied from google images

It was actually a month before I worked with him.  In the first treatment I mainly did some craniosacral work to help with his stress levels.  At the end of the session I spent ten minutes clearing his main collections of nodes and his stomach (he was able to tolerate both deep and superficial work) using manual lymphatic drainage.

P is a very spiritual person and is able to tune into what is going on in his body on an energetic level which always makes it interesting working with him.  I could be working on something physical and he’d say something like “yes, that’s an old hurt from childhood that I’ve been holding on to”.  Great!  If you can consciously release things on an energetic level while having your physical body worked on then the whole treatment is more effective.  Each time he came we’d use a different combination of therapies, depending on what he presented with.  If he had some aches and pains, we’d throw in some Emmett Technique releases.  If he was feeling run down, more lymphatic drainage.  While doing craniosacral work he’d have all sorts of releases – there’d be smiling or laughing, burping, coughing and overwhelming thoughts of what affirmations he needed to say or things he needed to bring into his life (to name a few).

I’ve been seeing P for nearly eighteen months now, off and on.  Our last three sessions have all been remedial massage!  I use coconut oil as I know his body can tolerate it without a flare up.  Remedial massage is the thing he’s missed the most during his recovery and he’s thrilled he can now have some. 

Because he is compliant (that is, he takes his vitamins/herbs/creams regularly) he is well on his way to a full recovery.  He’s been told it could take two to three years for his skin to become normal again and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get himself there.  What a long way he’s come already.