Biorhythms and Inner Balance
By Betty Sleeth, with excerpts from the Creating Health course
taught at Myofascial Therapy Center
“Health and disease don’t just happen to us. They
are active processes issuing from inner harmony or disharmony, profoundly
affected by our states of consciousness, our ability to flow with
experience.” Marilyn Ferguson
Harmonizing our internal rhythms with those of the environment
enables us to receive maximum nourishment with minimal stress.
The earliest sign of “dis-ease” is a disruption in
biological rhythms. This “dis-ease” first expresses
itself with discomforts like fatigue, sluggish digestion, generalized
pain or dull appetite. How is it that we can listen to these gentle
signals and more toward rebalance with awareness?
The following suggestions are based on the definition of health
being more than the absence of disease; health is a vibrant state
of physical, mental and spiritual well being. If these suggestions
seen strange or out of sync with your life style, we recommend making
small changes. Notice the difference as your inner balance becomes
Maximizing our own circadian rhythms
6 - 10am is the best time for physical activity
10am – 2pm Is the best time for eating the main meal
of the day. Eat when you are hungry and until you are satisfied.
2– 6pm is the best time for creative mental activity.
6 – 10pm is the best time for decreased activity,
prepare to sleep.
10pm – 2am is the best time for physical
renewal and rejuvenation. A 10pm bedtime is recommended so that
the body can rebuild. If we start projects after 10 we are using
rebuilding energy for activity.
2am – 6am is the best time for mental renewal
Massage nourishes the tissue, stimulates the skin’s “pharmacy”,
improves the circulation, increases alertness, helps in detoxification
and improves immunity.
Heat approximately 1/2 cup of sesame oil slightly higher than body
a. * Start with the head: Pour oil on hands and using the flat of
the hand cover the scalp with small circular strokes, Move to face
and ears, massaging gently. Next move to temples and backs of ears.
b. Apply more oil to hands and massage the neck, front and back,
then the shoulders.
c. Vigorously massage your arms, using a circular motion at the
shoulders and elbows and long back-and-forth motions on the long
d. Use large, gentle, circular motions to massage the chest, stomach
and lower abdomen (clockwise). Use a straight up-and-down motion
over the breastbone.
e. Next, reach around without straining to massage the back and
spine; use up-and–down motion, or whatever you can do.
f. Massage the legs as you did the arms, circular at the ankle and
knees, straight up-and-down on longer parts.
g. Use remaining oil to massage the feet. Continue to use the flat
of the hand except around toes, which you can massage like fingers.
* Some people massage the head without oil.
After your massage, shower with warm water and mild soap.
Behavioral activities that create more health and happiness on a
-- Treat others as you would want to be treated.
-- Practice random acts of kindness.
-- Adopt an attitude of simplicity and trust the present moment.
Energy Producing Exercises to be done on a daily basis
Let your barefeet touch the earth.
Walk along natural bodies of water.
Feel the sun on your face and body.
Inhale the breath of plants.
Gaze at the stars and moon.
Eat freshly prepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Just begin! Choose a few changes, then notice how your quality of
health starts to shift balance.