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Can Essential Oils Help with Tics?

May 02, 2024

Over the years, I’ve explored various strategies to help manage tics, especially for those of us navigating the complexities of Tourette Syndrome. Today, I’d love to share how essential oils have become a key part of my toolkit, offering not just relief, but also a delightful sensory experience.

Living with tics is like having an unpredictable companion who occasionally takes the reins. Whether it’s involuntary motor movements or unexpected vocal sounds, tics can disrupt life in unexpected ways. My journey with tics began in childhood, and finding ways to coexist peacefully with them has been my mission ever since.

My first encounter with essential oils was at a wellness workshop that promised natural solutions for everyday health challenges. Skeptical but curious, I ventured into what I now consider one of the most transformative experiences of my life.

Through trial, research, and plenty of patience, I discovered three essential oils that significantly eased my...

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Your Tic or Tourette’s is an Emotional Compass

Apr 26, 2024

 Key Takeaways:

  • Motor Tics as Signals
  • Self-Awareness and Healing
  • Shift in Perspective

Now, you might be thinking, "How can a motor tic possibly be a compass?" Trust me, I used to think the same thing. But hear me out. Think of your motor tic as a signal—a signal that something isn't quite right in your environment, your thoughts, or your emotions. It's like an internal alarm system, guiding you to pay attention to what's happening within and around you.

I've found that tuning into my motor tic patterns has been instrumental in my healing process. By becoming more aware of when I tic more or less, I've gained valuable insights into my own inner workings. You see, motor tics are often just a symptom of deeper issues bubbling beneath the surface—issues that we may have been ignoring or suppressing for years.

In my case, I discovered that my motor tics were closely tied to my emotional state. The more I pushed down my feelings or avoided confronting difficult...

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Record Yourself Ticcing, WHYYY?!

Mar 22, 2024

Key Takeaways:

  • Avoiding facing tics increased their shame/mystery; hiding didn't help
  • Viewing video with self-compassion built acceptance of this long-rejected part   
  • Facing discomfort brought unexpected healing after years fruitless fighting

As someone who has struggled with constant, embarrassing motor tics for over 20 years, the idea of videotaping my tics and watching them back fills me with dread. Like many dealing with Tourette's, I tend to avoid facing just how uncontrollable and pervasive my tics are on a daily basis. Out of sight, out of mind has been my coping mechanism.

But recently, I've realized that hiding from my tics has only increased my shame and isolation over the years. The more I pretend they aren't there, the more power and mystery they hold over me. I've decided it's finally time to turn towards this longtime foe with self-compassion as my tool.

So I set up my phone's camera, took a few deep breaths to calm my anxiety, and hit record....

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Massage the Tics and Twitches!

Mar 15, 2024

Key Takeaways:

  • Tics knot muscle tissue; massage slowly untwinds decades of accumulated tension 
  • Self-massage is embodiment; tending rejected areas fosters integration
  • Loving touch transforms cries for attention into healing invitations 

As someone who struggled with constant full-body motor tics for over 20 years, I know firsthand how much pent-up trauma gets locked in the muscles and fascia where the spasms occur thousands of times daily. The areas around my tics have been knotted up for so long, they feel like concrete.

I’ve found regularly massaging and pressing into these tense spots helps break up that accumulated tension in a way nothing else can. It’s painful yet profoundly healing - like wringing toxicity out of my own body.

I recently had a massage where the therapist skillfully found each knotted muscle group associated with my various tics. Using fingers and elbows, he patiently worked out the layers of tightness with the perfect amount of...

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Ancient Technique for Stopping A Tic, Twitch, or Tourette's

Mar 08, 2024

Key Takeaways:

  • Modern medicine failed; ancient modalities succeeded helping heal holistically  
  • Tools like yoga, meditation and chanting meet needs for mind-body integration 
  • By honoring ancestral wisdom, I created inner peace once lacking  

As someone who struggled with constant motor tics for over 20 years, I tried every modern conventional treatment available to no avail. No pill or medical procedure could provide lasting relief from the thousands of daily spasms erupting through my body.

In desperation, I started exploring more holistic healing modalities from ancient traditions like yoga, meditation, and Qi Gong. And they have helped me achieve what medicine could not.

By dedicating time each day to simple breathing exercises, mindfulness practices, and movement rituals passed down for generations, I've learned to come home to my body and find an inner stillness that eluded me for so long.

When I take a moment to tune into my breath, rather than...

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Heal Vocal Tic - Follow-along Meditation

Mar 01, 2024

Key Takeaways:

  • Tuning into physical source around throat region is key, not just sounds  
  • Soothing tightness here through breath and compassion defuses intensity  
  • Gaining power by transforming relationship, not forcing tic elimination 

As someone who has struggled with constant involuntary vocal tics for many years, I know how distressing the repeated throat clearing, coughing, or word repetition can be. These vocal outbursts seem to erupt out of nowhere, completely beyond my control.

In my journey to heal these tics, I’ve found bringing mindful awareness to the physical source of the vocalizations incredibly helpful. Although the sounds come from my mouth, relaxing the tension in my neck and throat is key.

I recently led myself through a simple mindfulness exercise focused on my vocal tics. Sitting quietly, I tuned into the area around my tonsils, larynx, and vocal cords. Slowing my breath, I visualized soothing that agitated area like a mother...

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How To Treat Tics and Twitches

Feb 16, 2024

Key Takeaways:

  • Medications only temporarily masked symptoms vs. resolving root cause   
  • True healing emerged through self-nurturing presence and understanding  
  • Relating to discomfort differently transformed its control on life

As someone who struggled with constant motor tics for over 20 years, I know the misery and isolation this condition can cause. In desperation, I tried all the medications doctors prescribed to “treat” my tics. But the side effects were often as bad as the symptoms. Medicating myself into a stupor didn't equal healing.

True relief only came when I started “treating” my tics by taking better care of my mind and body. Nurturing myself with presence and understanding - not pills - finally eased my suffering.

Now when I feel the chaos of urges rising within, I treat myself to some quiet time in nature, rather than running from the discomfort. Being among the trees settles my nervous system. I also make sure I...

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I Tic But I Don't Feel Stressed

Feb 09, 2024

Key Takeaways:

  • Tics communicate unconscious discomfort needing compassionate attention  
  • By meeting them with care not resistance, their grip on life loosens  
  • Inner peace accessible by anchoring awareness in the present

As someone who has struggled with constant motor tics for over 20 years, I know the chaos and distress they can cause, especially during times of high anxiety like this pandemic. But I'm learning not to get swept up in the storm of urges. By dropping into my body and cultivating calm within, I'm weathering the tics with much more ease these days.

I recently received an email from a fellow ticcer who was told by a neurologist that her facial tics stem from stress. Yet she insisted she doesn't feel stressed. I gently replied that while she may not be conscious of it, there is clearly discomfort in her system seeking release.

The tics are a message from deep within asking us to pay attention and care for ourselves more tenderly. But we often tune...

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HOW TO STOP TICS With... Meditation?!

Jan 19, 2024

 Key Takeaways:

  • Meditation builds capacity to experience calm within ticcing episodes
  • Training in nonjudgment equanimity reduces perpetually reactive mindset 
  • Though still arising, tics no longer seem so disruptive or distressing

As someone who has struggled with constant motor and vocal tics for over 20 years, I know firsthand how an overactive mind can drive and exacerbate these involuntary urges. When my thoughts are spiraling out of control, my body can't help but spasm and twitch uncontrollably.

Many might assume meditation is impossible for someone with severe Tourette's. How can you sit still and silent when your body won't stop moving? But in my healing journey, I've found mindfulness practices truly transformative.

Sitting to meditate, thoughts inevitably pop up like "tick, stop it!" and my frustration swells when urges arise during my practice. But over time, I've stopped fighting the tics and learned to acknowledge their appearance with gentle acceptance.

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Stop Your Body from Holding on - Tics & Tourette's

Jan 17, 2024

Key Takeaways:

  • Healing from motor tics is possible through holistic practices
  • Expression and release are key factors
  • Mindset plays a crucial role

Hey everyone, it's Dazz here. I wanted to share my story about how I was able to heal my motor tic disorder after struggling with it for over 20 years.

I used to have motor tics thousands of times a day - constant body jerking and twitching that was not only frustrating and embarrassing, but often painful as well. It felt like my body was holding on to so much trauma, negative experiences, and stuff from my past that I had tried to push down and suppress. The motor tics seemed like a manifestation of all that pent up tension.

Through years of learning meditation, visualization techniques, and shifting my thought patterns, I've been able to reach a place of stillness where my tics have completely stopped. It wasn't easy, but by regularly practicing letting go instead of holding on, I was able to melt away that excess energy and tension.

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