Friday, July 18, 2008

Sushi Change

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Some unusual happenings around the sushi zume household have prompted an out with the old and in with the new wave. SO WE ARE MOVING! Today I said bye bye to blogger (even though technically I am still here if you are reading this) and Hello Word Press, I am just about to buy the sushizume domain, get everything sorted and we will have a new home in no time over at Soon my lovelies, soon!

One of the weirdest things has happened to me this week. I have back pain. Hoop stopping, tear jerking, nerve niggling back pain. Uh huh, not something I have ever really dealt with before and usually not something I would write about but...I am just gonna say - it is fucking annoying!

Two days of gritting my teeth and lying around feeling sorry for myself has sent me searching for the cause and the cure. I am not sure what happened exactly. I have been practicing a lot of foot hooping lately, lying on my back with legs extended in the air but I don't think it truly the cause.

I have a little bible that i whip out whenever I have so much as a spot or a sore bit it is titled You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay. You see I am a big believer in all physical afflictions and illnesses being a direct result of our internal states and emotions. In the back of this book are many pages divided into three columns. The first is the problem, second is the probable cause and the third is the new thought pattern. The reason why I have adored this book for so many years is because it is always, without a doubt on the money.

Two recent examples. On Wednesday night I was literally eaten alive by bugs in the park. The itching was unbearable, the rash hideous and the feeling bizarre. I found my trusty book, scanned down the page until I got to bug bites and low and behold it said the probably cause was Guilt over small things which of course could be interpreted in so many ways but as it turns out I had been grappling a bit with a few small things that I may have been feeling a wee bit guilty about. My new thought patter I am free of all irritations. All is well soon had me breathing easy and scratching less. Onto the back pain thing. I always know that backs are the pillars of support, the strength of life. So when backs are out of line or just not feeling their best it stands to reason that we are feeling unsupported in some way, internally or externally, we are worrying about our strength to accomplish things. Couldn't be more true for me right now. I am really, very much enjoying the choices I have made and the freedom that comes with that but am going through the transition from external support to self supporting. When I looked up sciatica in THE BOOK I found knowingly that the probably cause of my pain is Fear of money and of the future. My new thought patterns have not really kicked in, although I plan to lay down the law with many rounds of EFT tonight. I move into my greater good. My good is everywhere, and I am secure and safe.

On the off chance that that doesn't do the trick I am off to have my first taste on acupuncture in the morning. We had noticed many times walking from the station a sign saying English Available, always a draw card for me no matter what they are offering. I remembered that Masao had told me they do 'the needle thing' so after much tossing and turning last night and a great deal of pain today I decided to give them a call. The place is called Shinshin Kenkodo Medical Center. I steer clear of any kind of doctors office or pharmacy but luckily these guys offer only holistic therapy. So I am off to get some shiatsu and acupuncture in the morning. The great thing is the center is just a few minutes walk from our apartment in Nishi-Ogikubo and the therapist speaks English. I am really looking forward to it, not just because it may help with the pain.

I am not sure what to expect so would love to hear if you have ever had this kind of therapy before. Wish me luck!

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Blogger Martine said...

Shiatsu and acupuncture are fantastic healing options, honey. I used to have a shiatsu massage weekly back in the day when i was running that venue in Brizzie, saved me and kept me sane and healthy.

acupuncture can be freaky at first - you must remember that your muscles tense up if you're nervous and this makes the point of entry painful and then you get even more pent up. in truth, it is not at all painful, just weird, but I promise you: it works. even my dad used to get it for his poor circulation and foot pain and he loved it. so just RELAX. let the needles get in and stimulate that Qi and all those nerve endings.

they will probably use a smoking herb called moxa as well, it can get a little hot on your skin - it sits in a small box that is placed on the painful area, on your skin, next to the needles, not sure what it's for exactly but it's always there, every treatment I've had.

enjoy! nice to know there is somewhere local that does it, you'll have to give me directions.

19/7/08 12:52 AM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Ouch! Back pain is awful.
Acupuncture is a great idea though. I had monthly appointments while I was pregnant, and then intensive pre-birth appointments here in Sydney and it was great. I am very needle-phobic, but for some reason it didn't bother me at all, and I always felt so relaxed afterwards. I think it played a big part in having such a good pregnancy and birth experience.
Shiatsu is definitely worth a try too. I used to go to a place called Wonder Beat in Ebisu Garden Place, and it was wonderful for ironing out kinks. Mark has always had back problems, and it was exacerbated when we lived in Japan because he was working such crazy hours, but heading to Wonder Beat every few weeks kept him well.
Hope you are better soon! Let us know how the acupuncture goes.

suzy @ floating world views

19/7/08 11:13 AM  
Blogger Sigsy said...

Hope your back is feeling better!
And you have located the source and are working through it.
I agree - acupuncture is great.

20/7/08 11:56 AM  

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