About Antje

Antje Roitzsch is a master practitioner and teacher of phenomenal touch™ Massage, Practicing in Camden ME. Her business is called Healing Arts Maine. She is also a goldsmith and sculptor. Her work can be found ion Easy under VisualArtsMaine and she is a Bee guardian

Get your body ready for spring chores

Be mindful to warm up your body before doing spring chores. Your body is not used to the work after a long winter. Here are some helpful tips.

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Workshop: Reducing stress with your own hands

Screen Shot 2019-04-28 at 9.52.47 PMEveryone knows that massage has great health benefits. Why not incorporate it into your daily life?

On Wednesday 5/15 from 6-8pm at Camden Whole Health, 91 Elm St, corner Park St, Camden, Antje Roitzsch will instruct participants in simple seated massage techniques that can be practiced at home.  This workshop will be a fun interactive way to learn what quality of touch feels right to you. While receiving, you will learn to guide the giver to massage you with the pressure and speed that feels right to you. While giving, you will learn to listen for guidance in a non-judgmental environment, adjusting your pressure and speed to meet the needs of the receiver. You will also learn to massage, using your body without effort or strain.

Wear comfortable clothing and prepare to have fun and relax. The fee is $ 15 per person. Bring a friend or come by yourself.

FMI call Antje 207-542-4285

The Joy of Letting Go

The Joy of letting go

Have you been swept up by the magic cleaning and tiding craze lately?

My sister inspired me and I started with my cloths. Now I am in the process of finding homes for some books (let me know if you want some German books)

I think the reason we started examining our belongings and see what still has relevance in our present life is that our mother passed away recently. Having first moved her to a small apartment and then dissolving the household after her death gave us practice in sorting out.

For me it was a process of realizing that even the most prized and cherished possessions, containing fond memories, boils down to being “Stuff”. It doesn’t matter if it has external value or not. I felt suffocated by the sheer amount of belongings that are left behind when a person crosses the threshold to another reality. If I where living in Germany in a large house, I would have been tempted to keep a lot of art work and books. Luckily I had to be very selective in what to take or mail. This process set in motion, continues with examining my own “Stuff”.  What is truly important to me? What served me in the past, but is now outgrown? What do I drag around as a burden? It is not just my material possessions that undergo scrutiny. It is deeper questions- who am I without my mother? The main anchor emotionally rooting me in Germany is cut loose. I am drifting and having to find my own new identity and roots. What do I want to invite in, what do I want to create space for? It seems to me that my external surroundings are a mirror of my internal cluttered state of mind, emotions and also relationship to my own body. I am longing for a clean slate, a new start, a lighter unburdened existence.  Below the dread and fear of change, there is a kernel of joy for the new that I can glimpse. My heart is already joyfully jumping, being surrounded only with relevant possessions. I am looking forward to shedding habits and behaviors that I developed as coping mechanisms to past events. What else is holding me back? What about the armor I build up around myself for protection? How much of it do I still need? How much of this is also reflected in my posture? Can I retrain my muscles? And how much more self esteem do I need to develop to truly embody a new posture? What does my soul need to be nurtured and my body to be nourished? What can I tackle by myself and what do I need help with? Luckily there are quite a number of practitioners in this area here that can support this transformation.

It is a blessing and gift to be willing to tackle all these questions. I have a sense that after this process my life will be much more clear and have more purpose. I will feel freer and my body will move and function with more ease.

I know I am not the only one going through this life change. Reach out, ask for support. I certainly can help you discover your new body.

2019 Ephemeris

Here is the graphic astrological Ephemeris for 2019.

To read it, start from the inner circle, that is January 2019 and shows were all the planets are.  Below it shows which color I used for each planet. Moving into the next circle shows the changes of the planets and so on until you land in the outer circle for December 2019. As you can see, some planets move hardly at all, some cover a lot of signs.  It is also interesting to see how the inner planets Mercury and Venus travel close to the sun. Also Mars and Venus have no retrograde this year. August/September Sun, Mercury,Venus and Mars are all connected in Virgo. You can compare it to last years Ephemeris with this link

Please ask if you need further explanation on how to read this.

Antje

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Prevent Immobility & Low Back Pain All Year

I just found this great article:

Prevent Immobility & Low Back Pain All Year– Click link for full article. Here are only the stretches after sitting for an hour or so:

“Fab 5” – Simple Stretches / Exercises for a Year of No Back Pain!

Whenever your low back is immobile for an hour or more, you can perform these quick and easy techniques to keep your back healthy, flexible and strong. After sleeping, driving in a car, sitting in a chair, at a desk, etc., every hour that passes (or when you wake up from sleep), take 5 minutes to do these Fab 5. You will be helping to undo the effects of that hour of immobility and put your back on the health track again.

1. Leg Back Stretch: When we are seated, our hips are half contracted and half extended. With Olympic Sitting, they become frozen that way, putting a lot of strain on our low backs. Some call this condition “Sittosis” and the main muscle that freezes up is named the Psoas. (click here to read a full article on Sittosis and the Psoas)

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So, the first key to undoing this condition is to fully extend/stretch the hip. To do this, place your left hand on a wall or counter or both hands on your left knee (or you can even sit your left butt cheek on a chair) for stability. Then, bring the right leg back as far as possible and bend the left knee forward with torso upright, as shown. Lean as deeply as comfortable. You should feel the stretch in the front of your left hip. Hold for 20-30 seconds. Repeat 2 times per each leg. 2. Knee to Chest Stretch:Next, we want to fully flex the hip to shorten/contract the Psoas muscle to its full range of motion.

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Start either leaning back against a wall standing or lying on your back on a comfortable surface. Use both hands to draw the knee up toward the chest and armpit as far as possible, as shown. Hold for 20-30 seconds while breathing slowly and deeply. Repeat 2 times per each leg. (Note: You can also draw the leg up to the opposite arm pit also for additional stretch to the Gluteal muscles.)

3. Single Hamstring Stretch: Next, we want to fully extend the Hamstring muscles, as well. Stand or sit on a chair and bring the leg out in front of you and rest your heel on a chair or other elevated platform, as shown. Lean forward over your knee, reaching your fingers toward your toes..

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If you can reach your toes, then bend your chest and head down toward your knee as far as comfortable. Hold for 20-30 seconds while breathing slowly and deeply. Repeat 2 times per each leg. 4. Pelvic Pendulum: Now, we want to activate the muscles in the core of your abdomen and also the tiny intersegmental muscles that move each individual vertebra of your Lumbar Spine.

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Start standing with knees slightly bent. Using only your abdominal muscles and low back muscles, slowly curve your pelvis into a forward tilt then backward tilt. Focus on going as slowly as necessary to have smooth motion with each segment of your spine individually moving one vertebrae at a time. It should take a count of 4-5 seconds to form the tilt in each direction. Repeat 15 cycles forward and back, breathing regularly. Then do the same with the sideways tilt, using only your core abdominal and low back muscles. Keep your rib cage and upper back straight the whole time, as you draw one hip up toward your shoulder and then back down to raise the opposite hip. It should take a count of 4-5 seconds to form the tilt in each direction. Repeat 15 cycles forward and back. Don’t forget to breath throughout.

5. Giant Steps & Pigeon/Duck Steps Last, we want to activate and stretch our walking muscles by exaggerated stepping. When we sit, our hips not only become frozen in flexion and extension, but also in outward/inward rotation. Specifically, our hips and legs tend to get frozen in partial outward rotation, causing us to stand and walk with our toes turned outward like ducks. So, we must contradict this external rotation in this final Fab 5 exercise.

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For Giant Steps, simply step forward as far as comfortable without losing balance and descend into the lunge as deeply as comfortable before coming up and bringing the opposite leg forward into a lunge. Repeat 15 steps on each leg.

For Pigeon Steps, simply turn your toes, knees and hips inward as far as comfortable, as shown, and walk with the feet maintaining that inward rotation. Walk 20 steps Pigeon Toed. Then rotate the toes, knees and hips outward as far as comfortable, as shown, and walk forward with the feet maintaining that outward rotation. Walk 20 steps Duck Footed.

And that’s the Fab 5! Repeat after each period of immobility. When sitting on a chair or in a car, perform every 1 – 2 hours of being seated. Also perform after sleeping in the morning or after a nap.

Make this a year of mobility with the Fab 5, and you may very well avoid back pain for all of 2017!

Happy Pain Free New Year!

Full Article, click this link:

https://www.mortonsfoot.com/Prevent-Immobility-Low-Back-Pain-All-Year_b_7.html

Winter Wellness Fair 1/27/18

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Winter Wellness Fair

At Camden Whole Health

Saturday January 27, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Snow date Sunday January 28

CAMDEN, Maine—Just in time to support your New Year’s resolutions, Camden Whole Health is hosting its second annual “Winter Wellness Fair” on January 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Health and wellness practitioners will be presenting free 30-minute workshops on a variety of topics.

At 3 pm there will be a screening of the movie, “Magic Pills.” Filmmaker and Homeopath Ananda More, explores multiple media campaigns against homeopathy, propelling her to travel the world and uncover whether homeopathy is truly science-based and effective or a mere placebo that endangers lives.

Visitors can tour the facility and enjoy healthy refreshments while meeting the practitioners. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. at 91 Elm Street in Camden. For more information, go to: www.camdenwholehealth.com.

Here is a link to a clearer program: Wellness Fair Program copy

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Happy 2018

I wish you  all a peaceful New Year 2018.

Here is the graphic astrological Ephemeris for this coming year.

To read it, start from the inner circle, that is January 2018 and shows were all the planets are.  Below it shows which color I used for each planet. Moving into the next circle shows the changes of the planets and so on until you land in the outer circle for December 2018.  As you can see, some planets move hardly at all, some cover a lot of signs.  It is also interesting to see how the inner planets Mercury and Venus travel close to the sun. This year I included the Dwarf planet Ceres for the first time, since she is now listed in the ephemeris.

Please ask if you need further explanation on how to read this.

Antje

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