Join Me at the Conscious Living Fair

Oct 27 – 10am-6pm Conscious Living Fair @ Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites

Admission to this event is just $5. Dr. Luke will be present with a wide array of healers and practitioners for this local event. More at

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Live Painting – 1st Friday

Tail of the Sun welcomes artist Jessica Lee Findleton back for an exciting live event. Jessica masterfully employs mixed media to portray a myriad of sensory layers. Varied tones create the language of self expression that she uses to convey emotions and dreams.  Join us for an inspiring afternoon of dynamic art, pleasant company, and refreshing viewpoints.

The Body Keeps the Score

A popular book that many are talking about is The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk. It is a very insightful study of the mechanisms of trauma and PTSD, and it gives practical descriptions of various treatments. I highly recommend this best-selling book.

The author notes that a new biological marker for measuring stress in the body is called Heart Rate Variability (HRV). It is a good measure of how well the autonomic nervous system is working and tracks the relative balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. When balance between these systems is lost, we lack coherence between breathing rate and heart rate, which makes us vulnerable to a variety of illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, mental problems, depression, PTSD, and a host of physical ailments.

Network Care is a highly effective modality to bring greater balance to the nervous system. I utilize tools to measure HRV, among other things, and employ its usage to monitor changes in the nervous system. Network Care aids in greater mind-body connection, enhancing self-regulation and healing. It works. While the body indeed keeps the score, patterns can shift towards wholeness.

Anniversary Event

We’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of Tail of the Sun! Drop by for refreshments, games, door prizes, meet SOMA practitioner Candy Morrison, and get great special offers on Network Care and SOMA services. If you’ve been meaning to pop in to see what we do, now’s the chance. Come celebrate with us.

My Healing Journey by Diane Nichols

Local Ashland playwright Diane Nichols shares her experiences during her recent seven week spiritual and cultural odyssey in Abadiana, Brazil, where the world-famous medium and healer known as “John of God” enabled her to be cured of many disabling health issues. Diane will offer information and answer questions on how others may take this extraordinary pilgrimage themselves. Join us!

My Healing Journey by Diane Nichols – 2

Diane shares her amazing story of miraculous healing after years of suffering. Her journey led to an amazing encounter with renowned healer John of God in Abadiania, Brazil. Tail of the Sun is pleased to welcome guests to learn of Diane’s amazing story.

My Healing Journey by Diane Nichols – 3

Local Ashland playwright Diane Nichols shares her experiences during her recent seven week spiritual and cultural odyssey in Abadiana, Brazil, where the world-famous medium and healer known as “John of God” enabled her to be cured of many disabling health issues.  Diane will offer information and answer questions on how others may take this extraordinary pilgrimage themselves.  Join us!

Energize Your Lymphatic System for Maximum Health

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The Lymphatic System: What It Does
What happens at home if your drain becomes clogged? What if no one removes the trash and garbage from the house in a timely manner? Things can get out of balance in a hurry.
The lymphatic system is made up of tissues that produce, store, and transport white blood cells and includes a complex network of vessels, ducts, lymph nodes, the spleen, the thymus, the adenoids, and the tonsils. The body is excellent at recycling most of its own components. The Lymphatic system is charged with removing waste from every cell, while helping to regulate the immune system.

Lymph must flow freely to ensure that waste products do not build up in the tissues. Breathing and other muscle movements help to propel lymph fluid and transport it through many filtration points known as lymph nodes. These lymph nodes contain collections of white blood cells (lymphocytes) that identify and help destroy harmful pathogens or toxins. As I am writing this article, the Rogue Valley is experiencing a prolonged spell of terrible air quality. Without a doubt, this condition is affecting all the citizens and certainly impacting our lymphatic systems.

Why It Matters
Just like the plumbing in your home, your lymphatic system needs to stay unclogged and flowing well for it to work properly. When the lymph flow becomes stagnant and congested, wastes and toxins begin to build up. This can lead to weak immunity and a wide variety of health issues. Congestion can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, water retention, morning stiffness, brain fog, bloating, dry skin, and cellulite. Additional problems can lead to chronic sinusitis, sore throats, earaches, swollen glands, breast swelling, and cold hands and feet.

Causes of Lymphatic Congestion
The biggest contributor is chronic stress. When the body is under stress, biochemical and hormonal changes occur. Over time, this stress chemistry contributes to inflammation that can injure cells and create waste. This clogs up the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system is also directly controlled by the sympathetic nervous system, which is activated as part of the stress response. Studies in mice show that chronic stress can remodel the vasculature and lead to the spread of cancer.

Chronic stress is also tied to improper gut health. Gut associated lymphatic tissues (GALT) surround the gastrointestinal tract, which directly involved with the selectivity of nutrient absorption. It is very important.

How to Decongest Your Lymphatic System
There are many types of detoxification programs that can help. As with any cleansing or detoxification program, be sure to check with your physician before making changes that are appropriate for you. Additionally, try these six steps to rebalance your body.
1. Stay Hydrated
Since lymph is 95% water, adequate hydration is necessary to keep it flowing freely. Stay well-hydrated by following the Ayurvedic practice of sipping warm, purified water; sip it throughout the day to keep dehydration at bay.
Health expert Jennifer Weinberg suggests adding some freshly-squeezed lemon to your water first thing in the morning that can help to flush toxins out of your system that may have built up overnight. Avoid sugar-laden soft drinks, processed juices, sports drinks, and alcohol, which add an additional metabolic burden on the body. It is also wise to steer clear of too much caffeine, which dehydrates the body.
2. Heal Your Gut
Follow a nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory diet that is individualized for your unique needs and sensitivities. Omega-3 fatty acids, leafy-green veggies, fat-soluble vitamins A and D, and balanced probiotics can often help heal the intestinal lining, reduce inflammation, and provide a diverse array of beneficial bacteria. This makes your digestive tract more resilient to the harmful impacts of stress and keeps the GALT healthy.
3. Eat Lymph-Cleansing Raw Red Foods
Red foods like pomegranates, cherries, cranberries, and beets help to keep the lymph moving freely. The naturally occurring enzymes, antioxidants, and bioflavonoids in these raw fruits and vegetables help to break down toxic buildup and combat free radicals, while the fiber in produce promotes regular elimination and cleansing of the intestinal villi to keep the intestinal lymphatic system healthy.
4. Dress Smart
Since the lymph does not have a mechanical pump to propel it through the body, it relies on unrestricted flow and natural muscle movement to keep flowing. One simple way to prevent restricting lymphatic flow is to avoid tight clothing.
5. Move Your Lymph Naturally
Try brushing or massaging your body gently for 10 minutes each morning, working toward the heart and paying special attention to the head, neck, feet, breasts, and abdomen where lymphatic vessels are concentrated.
6. Breathe deeply
Physical and emotional stress contribute to lymph congestion, so it is important to have an effective routine for coping with daily stress. Laughter is excellent. Meditation, yoga, tai chi, and spending time in nature can also aid greatly in this process. Additionally, Network chiropractic is a highly researched technique for reducing stress energy from the body.
Incorporate these daily habits into your routine to keep your lymph flowing well. This will support natural revitalization and cleansing of your body for vibrant skin, digestion, and health!

Live Painting w Anna Elkins

Tail of the Sun welcomes a new art exhibit entitled “New & Selected Paintings” by Anna Elkins. Join us for great art, good wine, and plenty of fascinating conversation.

ANNA ELKINS is a traveling painter and poet. She earned a BA in art and English followed by an MFA and Fulbright Fellowship in poetry. She has written, painted, and taught on six continents—winning some things and loosing many others. Along the way, she has published a few books and exhibited many paintings. Her latest “children’s book for grownups,” is the illustrated vignette, And: The Story of More. Anna has happily set up her easel and writing desk in the mythical State of Jefferson.