The theme of Men’s Health Week 2018 (11th-18thJune) is “Men & Families – making healthy connections”. I love this multi-faceted theme! We can take from it that improved family connections can improve the health of men (and women, for that matter), that family can be very influential on the wellbeing of men, and that the emotional wellbeing of both men and women is dependent on connection with other humans and finding the right tribe. Unfortunately it seems that men in general are not nearly as good at making and sustaining healthy connections as women are and this is one of the contributing factors to men’s health being overall a lot worse than women’s health. Men die younger, have more preventable diseases, more accidents and a greater risk of lifestyle related disease than women, which is why Men’s Health Week is a thing! Men seek advice and interventions for symptoms at a rate that is much slower and less frequent than women, almost certainly contributing to their higher rates of disease and early morbidity. What we really want everyone to do is to work on prevention and looking at underlying causes, rather than just band-aid solutions and treating symptoms. Western culture dictates that men should be outwardly strong, independent and largely silent about what is going on inside of them on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Men are
The digestive system remains top of mind for me at the moment! If you regularly read my Blog or see my videos you’ll know that I do talk about it a lot! That is really because (paraphrasing Hippocrates – father of medicine, here) all Wellbeing begins in the Gut. In the Wellbeing Assessment that I do with clients when we begin working together one of the key things that we discuss is their diet and whether or not they have thought about the health of their gut microbiome lately! Because of the amazing connection between the gut and the brain many of the things that people often seek out my services for – anxiety, stress, fatigue – often have an underlying cause that is controlled and influenced by both their heads and their tummies! Gut Microbiome Guinea Pig At the time of writing I am using myself as a bit of guinea pig and investigating my own gut microbiome. I’ve sent my poo off to America to be analyzed (still waiting for the results!) and I’m currently doing Michael Mosley’s Clever Guts Diet. Having been doing this for a week now I can honestly say that I feel a lot more energetic, both physically and mentally, plus I’ve lost more than half a kilo (not that this was my purpose at all!) I was starting from a position of having
Pregnancy gets talked a lot about in the media, especially when it relates to celebrities. What never seems to be discussed though is the affects that chronic stress (including from media attention) can have on both the pregnant woman, and her unborn child. Unfortunately many people suffer from chronic stress in the modern world, which has great risks to health and wellbeing. When pregnant women are in this situation there are potential risks to their unborn child as well as themselves. This video discusses the risks of chronic stress to everyone, including pregnant women, as well as the research that is starting to be done on health and wellbeing outcomes for babies whose mothers are stressed throughout pregnancy. Most importantly you can learn how to manage stress when pregnant! One of the things I mention is Lavender essential oil, which is one essential oil that is completely safe to use during pregnancy. I have also had clients get great benefits out of meditation using Circle & Bloom. If you or your partner are thinking about having a child you might like to check out my Blog on Preparing yourself for conception on an energetic level. If you would like any further information about this or anything else to do with your wellbeing, feel free to contact me. If you would like to get your stress under control, whether you are
More and more research is being done and finding associations between our gut micro biome and how well our brain is working, including in serious illnesses such as depression, anxiety, autism, MS, OCD, CFS and even just plain old stress! In this Vlog I talk about: how the digestive system has its own nervous system how it also plays the lead role in immunity how imbalance in the digestive system can therefore lead to chronic inflammatory responses and resulting dis-ease Learn more including how to achieve balance for your gut micro biome! If you'd prefer to read my article instead of watching the video, you can read it on Thrive Global, where it was published. Two places you can go for additional research and to hear amazing stories of how changing gut-health changes lives you might like to look at the work of Dr Terry Wahls and also Kirsty Wirth at Kultured Wellness If you want a tool to help with the energetic balance of your digestive system the essential oil blend Digest Zen is amazing! If you would like to access some overall better energetic balance and wellbeing Book Now for a session with me! If want any further information don't hesitate to get in touch.
Secrets of that illusive thing called work-life balance that you'd love to know! Recorded on the eve of International Women's Day, watch this video to hear tips from women who are succeeding in their quest for better work-life balance as they #pressforprogress, and also how women are driving the adoption of a wellness culture in their workplaces. Taking time out for ourselves as women, especially when we play many roles including mother, partner, daughter, friend on top of the role we play in order to earn money, can be very difficult. But if you stop to think about what would happen if you collapsed in a heap because you hadn't been looking after yourself then everything is put into perspective. Looking after yourself is actually the least selfish thing that you can do! If you'd prefer to read all about it Kochie's Business Builders published my article 4 Reasons why Small Business need a Workplace Wellness Strategy in March. To get back some energetic balance and wellbeing why not book a session with me now! Don't hesitate to get in touch if you want to chat more about how work-life balance is affecting your wellbeing.
Do you find yourself constantly saying "I don't have time" or "I can't afford it" in relation to things that you know are good for you? So what do you spend your precious time and money on instead? This video will explain that if you don't invest in your wellbeing now, you will most likely pay the price with illness or injury later on. This is the ultimate choice that we make in relation to investing in our wellbeing! In order to make change in our lives it is beneficial to start from a state of energetic balance and reiki will help you to achieve this. A couple of the chakras (energy centres) are really crucial in effecting change. The 3rd chakra is all about our get up and go, motivation and commitment. The 6th chakra is involved in having a clear mind and being able to make decisions easily. Reiki will enable these chakras to be balanced and in flow. Book an appointment now! Motivate essential oil blend is also a powerful support tool for any change process that you may be going through. If you have any queries about this, or anything else to do with your wellbeing, don't hesitate to get in touch. Other Blogs related to this topic are 3 Unhealthy Things you spend your Money on because you think they'll make you Feel Better, 6
You may think on a conscious level that you're over something that caused you sadness, anguish, fury or frustration and yet change is just not happening in your life? The problem is that often we hold onto the past on an unconscious and cellular level and whilst this is happening there is just no room for new positivity to move in as a replacement! Heart Chakra I wrote this Blog in the week that had Valentine’s Day, rapidly followed by the New Moon Solar Eclipse and thus was a big week for heart energy. The heart chakra (one of the 7 energy centres found at all levels of the body – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) is the fourth chakra and is commonly recognised as the energetic centre of love. This refers to your ability to both give and receive love. What is less commonly known though, is that the heart chakra is also strongly associated with your ability to let things go. To let go of people, situations or things that no longer serve you. This is all about letting go once you have processed your sadness, grief, and/ or anger on a conscious level. (For more information about dealing with grief check out my Blog on that topic.) New Moon New Moons are always about sowing new seeds, putting things in place to make change. But of course it
Find out why you might be feeling low in energy, depressed, anxious or even having serious allergic and inflammatory health conditions such as asthma, and the simple practice that could really improve your wellbeing and make you feel very grounded: grounding or earthing. My journey into being grounded began with learning more and more about the First Chakra as I found that so many of my clients were unbalanced in this energy centre. Humans are naturally meant to connect with the planet earth and modern life makes this even more important due to all of the positively charged electrical energy that we are exposed to almost constantly. This video explains the basics of this concept, as well as my own personal experiences. If you are interested to learn more then you may like to read the Earthing book or have a look at the Earthing Institute website. Reiki offers many of the same benefits of grounding or earthing. If you would like to experience this for yourself feel free to contact me with any queries or Book an appointment now!
Self protection is so important when you have a person or people in your life that leave you feeling exhausted whenever you spend time with them? The problem with having this level of emotional fatigue on an ongoing baiss is that it leaves you much more vulnerable to other stressors and then in turn to physical and mental illnesses. Find out how to energetically protect yourself from those draining friends in this video! All of the essential oils that I mention in the video can be found in my Shop. If you would like to schedule a Wellbeing Assessment and Energetic Balance to assist you with improved energetic balance and therefore better resilience to deal with energy leeches please click here to make a booking.
Is this you? I get no kick in a plane Flying too high with some guy in the sky Is my idea of nothing (I want) to do… (with thanks to Cole Porter) Getting on a plane with great regularity is a way of life for many people. Despite the fact that we all have mobile phones, the internet, Skype, Zoom, there is nothing quite like eye-balling someone in the same room as you, or shaking their warm hand, to help you feel at ease and close the deal! So what happens if you actually hate the flying part - if you get so anxious about the trip itself, not the deal you need to do at the other end, that you sleep badly, you can’t eat, you feel nauseous, you sweat profusely, and you can’t look at anyone else on board lest they should suggest that you be prevented from travelling because you look like a terrorist?! Then there are also those who have family or close friends in another part of the world but who they are desperate to see but they just can’t face the idea of the plane trip to get there. Fear of Flying is pretty common, and like most things, lies on a spectrum from just can’t do it (full stop) through to make yourself do it all the time but hate