We all have the capacity to heal others in some way. Whether you make people laugh, provide medicine or help people deal with their inner demons, it starts with making yourself available to other people emotionally. Kyla Plaxton is someone who’s tapped into her inner healer in a profound way.

Kyla Plaxton is an acupressurist on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She’s one of those people who makes you feel immediately comfortable and open when you meet her. As someone who doesn’t easily open up to people, I felt compelled to let down my guard when I talked to her recently. That’s because she doesn’t hold back. It takes real courage and strength, I believe, to be real and emotionally available to other people.

In this episode of the Own Up Grown-Up podcast, Kyla and I talk about her journey to self-healing and motherhood, and how a random opportunity paved the way for her to find her calling.

I feel that everbody is born with a gift. I feel like the gift is meant to help or be of service in some way to the other people in their lives.”—Kyla Plaxton, Release Acupressure

We’ve all experienced some kind of trauma, whether it was having to put your childhood pet down, suffering through family abuse, or barely surviving a head-on collision. Maybe you didn’t feel loved, or you were abandoned by a parent, or you were ridiculed in school. We’ve all got baggage. Let’s just call that like it is.

What we do with that pain can decide the course of our life. As Kyla shared, many of us bury pain deep inside and only when we’re vulnerable can we begin to release that pain.

Why Acupressure?

Kyla found acupressure like many of us find our calling—by trying to impress a boy. “For the first time, I wanted to feel good,” she said of her first encounter with acupressure at a workshop. It possibly changed the course of her life.

Acupressure is an alternative healing practice similar to shiatsu wherein it’s believed that energy flows through meridians (pathways) in the body and by applying pressure to points along this system you can release blocked energy. This, according to UCLA’s Explore Integrative Medicine website, signals the body to turn on its self-healing or regulatory mechanisms. It’s similar to acupuncture, but the practitioner uses pressure instead of needles. Good for the squeamish.

Like any alternative practice, there are those who swear by acupressure and those who say its benefits are overrated. Whatever you believe, people do report good results. The Mayo Clinic says that acupuncture and acupressure are used to relieve nausea and vomiting following chemotherapy, dental pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, labor pain, low back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, and menstrual cramps. And it doesn’t hurt to try it.

Preventive Health: How Taking Responsibility for your own Wellbeing can Lead to Exciting Change

We often don’t know there’s something wrong with us until something really goes wrong. One of my biggest frustrations with society, at least here in the west, is people’s lack of knowledge and responsibility regarding their health. As Kyla says, your health/body is your vehicle for life. Treat it well and maintain it!

As you’ve heard on previous podcasts, it’s really quite simple: eat real food in normal quantities, exercise, socialize, do things that make you happy. Yet, so many of people can’t get it together—thousands of people die from preventable causes each year. Finding positive ways to deal with pain that put you in the driver’s seat instead of the victim’s seat helps. And I’m not pretending it’s easy (obviously it’s not), and I know we don’t all have access to the same resources, but it’s important for your mental and physical health.

Life tips from Kyla Plaxton

  1. Dinner is time for grounding, connection, and conversation. This is when you can teach your children healthy communication skills (sans-electronics) and enjoy a sit-down meal together.
  2. Feeling out of control? “Ground down” is something Kyla taught her children: focus on your feet when you feel like your mind in whirling a mile a minute.
  3. It’s not natural medicine versus hospital care. The two systems work in tandem. Preventive care should be 80% of your focus, but go to a doctor when you need to.
  4. There’s a child in all of us. We want to be seen, loved, and supported. Give and you shall receive. 

What did you think about this episode? Let me know in the comments! To learn more about Kyla, check out Release Acupressure. You’ll also find Kyla on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.