Kate Leigh: Nature Tools

The Nature Tools system is based on safety and common sense. Any
mystical overtones that arise in the being of the participant or the
practitioner, gain true significance only after the simple system basics
are acquired.

  1. Do no harm. This wisdom is supreme guidance in healing
  2. Know thyself, for by knowing ourselves we know others, too.
    One Love.
  3. Do unto others as you would they do in return.

She with the open heart, fashioned by the carving of life and the
quickening of service, can hear the voices of nature and speak with
stones, and seashells. Always ask permission to gather. Remember to
dedicate the gathered materials to their highest purpose. Promise them
good care, and deliver this care. Gather for others as well as for
yourself. Love your tools.

The Four Elements. the Seven Chakras, the Great Mystery, we can explore
it all. Elements are basic. They are forgotten in our rush towards
technology and the future, but they keep reappearing. They need re-learning,
and recognition. We are made of so much water, and of course space, the
matrix being intermingled with earth, or carbon-based substrata. Fire or
enthusiasm gears us up, and moves us. I feel that seashells represent
water, the gigantic and fluctuating emotional body that accents all we
do with all we feel. Air comes from the scents and aromas as we breathe
them in. Earth’s density is present in the stones, and in the grains
grown from the earth and made into the bags. Fire is in the heat we
apply to release tissue, and in the desire to try nature’s tools.
Crystals grow from the earth, often with forces of fire and air
involved. Crystals direct and focus light. So they may actually unite
all the elements. Their presence is very powerful.

I began with nature tools when my hands started to give out. Now my
hands are back 100%. It is due to a combination of factors,
significantly good body mechanics which I learned in myofascial class,
but also the use of the wonderful tools. Tools helped my hands, but I
had no idea, originally, what else they would bring. My practice has
been enhanced by their presence, and my clients grew attached to their
use and presence from their first treatments back in 1990. They impart
energy, this I know, but I am still discovering ways to talk about it.
If the practitioner stays open-hearted, and mindful, the tools will
direct their own use. This is why formulas for their use often fall
short. The client emanates to a precise degree his/her need, through the
responsiveness and vibratory tone of the tissues, and the practitioner
reaches for the tool needed for that place or purpose:

Massage therapists are among the most curious, and the most empathetic
people. We have a unique ability to regard human tissue as our medium
and the basis for research. It has taken great effort and dedication to
bring American main stream massage therapy out of the dark and into the
light. Practicing massage therapists have done this work. Within our
ranks are ethical adults with the observation powers of alert children,
unobscured by societal views. Touch has been taken for granted, but
occasions for healthy touch, free from need, have been few. Hugs have
retained popularity, thankfully, and in families are parts of vibrant
interaction. Massage therapists, as a growing force, have offered
healthy touch to all people. Recipients may bring their desires for
relaxation, or healing, to the experience. Massage therapists may
discover their own more subtle agendas, and work with them privately. In
ethics workshops, massage professionals discuss these agenda issues.
Throughout, massage therapists have shared valuable insights with each
other and their clients, much good emanating.

We conquered the obstacles on reawakening the important of touch, which
had been sublimated in favor of the dominance of our vision and auditory
perception. The sense of smell has been like sleeping beauty until
thirty or so years ago, lulled into a dormant state by the disappearance
of our need to smell danger and the masking qualities of synthetic
fragrances. In nature, we once needed our sense of smell, and depended
on our olfactory nerve, as other species do, to feed them information
about the world around them. Animals smell fear; it is possible that we
can smell fear, also, but we usually detect it through our eyes, and our
kinetic senses. Can we rescue and re-develop our sense of smell now, as
we have our sense of touch? Can we enliven the olfactory system and
enlighten ourselves? Can we delight the nose as grandmother’s flower
gardens once did, providing information to us about the life force in
the plant, the type and condition of the soil in which it grew, and
offering specific medicinal molecules to be taken into our very
bloodstreams through simple olfaction?.

If we take on this challenge, we open ourselves up to the wide, and
far-flung, world of plants. Aromatherapy prizes essential oils, as the
jewels of its throne, Essential oils, so-called even though they vary
in consistency, and many are not oily, are the plant distillates. Citrus
essential oils, the exception, are often expressed from the rind of the
fruit. Along with essential oils, aromatherapists use hydrosols, and
lotion or oil based products carrying essential oils as ingredients. The
application depends on the condition and the more varieties of
applications the better. If the person has a headache, several
supporting approaches might be employed at once. One might sniff a
combination of peppermint, lavender, and basil from a tissue. One might
also receive a neck and head massage with essential oil laden with massage
oils. One might try a warm, relaxing tub with essential oils added at
the last minute to the bath, to be carried in steam up to the face and
nose. So here we have used simple inhalation, bath and steam therapies,
and application of oils through massage.

In the larger herbological picture, one might also look to protocols
such as the infusion of herbs into teas, the condensed extraction of
herbal properties into alcohol as tinctures, or the highly vibrational
flower. essences, the flower’s qualities having been connected to the
pure water medium by the rays of the sun itself, and in rarer cases the
moon’s light. We separate herbology into areas of study. Aromatics are
the most fun for the nose. Some plants intoxicate our sense of smell,
while others bother it at first. But through the sense of smell, doglike
in its sensitivity and persistence, we connect to our source quite
literally. In notable cases, individuals have flashed back to their
childhoods while encountering a certain reminiscent odor.

In the garden, a plant will “exhale” its essential oils, to
form a field around itself for protection. What kind of protection do
we put around ourselves when we go out into the socio/political/
economic environment that surrounds and permeates us, acting as the
source of much stress in our lives? Aromatherapy lets us in a secret
door, within which we can explore potential cures. All it takes,
sometimes, is getting the essential oil near the person. Cure cannot be
expected, but, with hope, anticipated.

Aromatherapy, like massage, is benign in the sense of non-threatening to
other simultaneous medical drug-taking protocols. Massage, in fact, can
be widely used to deliver the essential oils to the person through their
body. We have a unique opportunity to integrate the plant medicine into
the wider system of humans by working with oils that contain genuine,
authentic essential oils. We hook the sense of smell onto the sense of
touch, enhancing the body’s holistic memories, inducing gradually
deepening relaxation. These massage oil blends can be created by
instinct, of what essential oils are compatible scents, and they can be
created deliberately in address to a condition, or both! Our noses are
uniquely well suited to draw us to essential oils that benefit us.

Sight, hearing, and taste we have covered but touch and smell still need
a boost. We, as massage therapists, can practice both, thus setting the
building blocks of the five senses, from which to develop more subtle
levels of sensing.

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