Your Healing Energy and FitnessWritten by Doreen Hall
And it’s not healthy for us, says Jennifer Kries, a San Diego-based fitness expert (JenniferKries.com).
“I’m truly convinced that there’s a higher incidence of cancer because we’re permeable beings and we’re confronted by this excess level of poisoning every day,” said Kries by phone to maintaining Fit.
But all hope is maybe not lost. The key to protecting against this technological poisoning, records Kries, is learning to touch into your body’s innate healing potential and stimulate what the ancient Chinese dubbed as “wei qi” (pronounced way-chi) or protective power. To picture it, believe of the X-Men. “You can liken it to having an orb of protective energy around you … like whenever the arch-enemies of the very heroes get repelled by a power field,” describes the self-styled Taoist. “It sounds very sci-fi, but it’s extremely real.”
The admittedly complex meditative procedure involved in harnessing this natural power field is shown on the “Waking Energy” disc of Kries’ newest DVD workout series, entitled Hot Body Cool Mind: The lifetime Force Power System.
“Waking Energy is a means for men and women to turn the focus inwards so that they can develop some connection between body and brain that I think goes beyond yoga and Pilates,” she says. “It’s a really high-level, sophisticated series of strategies, which I've made really accessible for people.”
Among the techniques that are a tad easier to explain in a paper column is a popular self-massage energy dance that Kries developed. “People have really excited about it because they literally massage their whole bodies from the top of their head all the way down to the toes,” she says.
“As human being beings, we are like reservoirs of our experiences. Therefore when we have actually emotional trauma of any kind — we get upset, we get upset — that power really gets turned inwards for the absolute most component, regrettably, and we require means to be in a position to move that through the body and out again so it can be recycled and changed.”
Kries, credited with being the very first to bring Pilates to a mass market, points out that power is everywhere — even in inanimate matter. But she’s most worried with the energy in the human body.
“Basically what I’m teaching people to do is to both stimulate and harmonize the power in their meridian systems (the meridian system is the extremely intricate system of invisible energy paths in the human body that had been initially found by Eastern adepts with acupuncture) and then additionally to develop and harmonize energy in the chakra system,” Kries says.
Her Hot Body Cool Mind DVD set features more than 10 hours of instruction, including a blend of Pilates, yoga and dance. The DVD provides ample chance to get physical because, as Kries sees it, electromagnetic radiation isn’t the only threat to our health.
“We’re perhaps not moving enough,” she adds. “We drive in our vehicles, and we take escalators or elevators — modern life is actually pretty lethal.”
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