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The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Supplements + Nutrition

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Supplements + Nutrition

Posted December 09, 2014

Welcome to The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Part Two – Supplements + Nutrition When I first found out I was pregnant, I was in Thailand with my beloved, on our belated honeymoon. We didn’t quite make a ‘honeymoon’ baby, but unbeknownst to us, this little soul had come into being just beforehand. You can head over HERE to read about the team I first called upon, almost immediately, whilst still in Thailand, after seeing those two little lines show up on the pregnancy test. Now one incredible woman that I consider VITAL to me team of support is Naturopath Tanya Goldie from Dove Cottage. My spiritual mentor, Belinda Davidson, first put me in touch with Tanya last year. During our work together, Belinda had picked up on a few non-threatening health concerns (serotonin deficiency + digestive troubles) that Tanya and I had been working on. In addition to my health, it was clear to both Belinda and myself that I was going to become a mamma soon! The energy of this child was literally attached to my own… I could sense it so intensely. Because of that, Tanya had given me a couple of supplements to start taking to prepare my body, just in case I fell pregnant. FYI: This simply included a tweak to the herbal tonic I was taking for my serotonin issue, as well as Royal Jelly, Spirulina, Folate and Iodine. We also put my husband on Silymarin for liver detoxing and a Zinc Supplement. It wasn’t long after (maybe a few days) that I started these supplements when Tanya emailed me to say, “Conception will be very easy for you…” That sentence filled me with both relief and anxiety, all at the same time. She wasn’t wrong. I (blessedly, gratefully) fell pregnant easily. I’m not going to call this pregnancy an ‘accident’… but it wasn’t exactly planned! So as soon as I found out, I shot an email off to Tanya to get some guidance. Her response: “Remember, everything you eat and consume makes up the DNA of your bubby”. Being a woman dedicated to the health of vitality of my own body, this reply came through to me loud and clear. It BOLDED and UNDERLINED the last 6-7 years of my own wellness journey, as if to say, you know how you care for your body and consume only the best? Well, now it’s even more important! As soon as I was on home soil I had a session with Tanya to make sure I was armed up with the right knowledge – what to take and why! + Before I go on, please note that I am not suggesting or recommending you blindly take and do what I have done for your own pregnancy. You MUST seek out your own expert advice and it must be in relation to your body, health and history. + Tanya and I have touched based regularly throughout this pregnancy to ensure I am getting enough of the nutrients and supplements for bub but also for my own health. Pregnancy throws up a whole host of various ailments … Tanya’s guidance has been vital in keeping me healthy and balanced. Someone once said to me that I needn’t worry about taking a bunch of ‘fancy’ supplements whilst pregnant – the baby will get from me what the baby needs. That might be the opinion of many but to me that is complete and utter crap. The baby WILL take, and take, and take… but if I am not feeding myself the right stuff (nutritionally and supplementary) the baby might be taking the WRONG things and  we will both become severely depleted. My health is vital not just during the pregnancy (for me and bub) but AFTER, so I can be a strong, alive and present mum. So here is an outline of the supplements I’ve been taking so far. Use this as a guide only and explore options for yourself. SUPPLEMENTS First trimester: A B6 Supplement + Liver Detoxer to help my body process the 400+ hormones flying around! B6 made a HUGE difference to the all-day-sickness (as did eating every 2 hours). Folate, Royal Jelly and Spirulina for Energy, Iron and Sustenance. Folate is a MUST if you are planning or just fallen pregnant. Iodine for bub’s development and for many of my body’s important functions! The Iodine has dramatically healed the fibroids I had in both my breasts by the way! Indigestion + heartburn: Slippery Elm tablets (this has been my life-saver!) Second trimester: I stayed on the Royal Jelly and Iodine. In addition we added in a new Iron supplement (with co-factors so it doesn’t cause constipation) and a B12 spray. I started on Zinc and Fish Oil at 12 weeks – for the baby’s brain development and for the baby’s skin! These are also helpful to prevent post-natal depression and stretch marks. Win-win. Every evening I also take Magnesium, Calcium, Slippery Elm and a powdered probiotic (which I have been taking the whole way through!) The magnesium + calcium have helped me sleep better and completely healed the restless legs syndrome I was starting to get – as the baby sapped my mineral stores my body started to show signs of it. These supplements completely sorted that out. For a period of time I was experiencing a lot of congestion and sinus irritation/mucous. This is a common side effect to pregnancy. Progesterone is released in such high dosages and does all sorts of weird things to your body – sinus problems being one of them! Taking a homeopathic remedy until it cleared really helped – this was a tissue salt from Dr Schuessler. Third Trimester: I’ve just entered the home-stretch of this pregnancy and this is what my ‘supplement’ kitty looks like now: Magnesium + Calcium (reduced dosage) Iron Royal Jelly B12 Zinc Iodine We’ve replaced my probiotic with a new strain Sb Flora Activ. This is designed to help prevent Strep B (an infection many […] Read more

7 WAYS TO BREAK-UP WITH YOUR TOXIC JOB

7 WAYS TO BREAK-UP WITH YOUR TOXIC JOB

Posted September 23, 2013

I’m so thrilled to share with you this follow-up guest post from Kacey Crawford. Not so long ago Kacey wrote a post here called “Is your job making you sick?” And yep, it was HUGELY popular, to say the least. Kacey is now here to offer up some advice to those that were screaming YES upon reading that very first post.And she knows what she’s talking about – as an inspired Career + Life Coach, Kacey is all over it! In Kacey’s words: If you’re ready to ditch the job that’s dictating your social conversations and robbing you of health and happiness, then this is your much-needed what next. 1. Clarify your reasons for moving on. This step serves several important purposes. First, identifying what’s made you unhappy means you can look out for (and avoid) it in future job choices. For instance, if it’s unreasonable working hours, excessive workload or unrealistic deadlines that are stressing you out, you’ll want to target organisations that offer flexible work and employee wellbeing perks – and steer clear of high-pressure or commission-based jobs. This exercise will also help alleviate any guilt or disloyalty that may surface when it comes time to bid farewell. While the job itself may suck, you could be leaving behind a great group of colleagues, clients or a boss who is powerless to improve things for you. Seeing your reasons written down will reaffirm why you’re making this choice and help you stand your ground. And finally, this step will ensure you have a polished, diplomatic response to the inevitable interview question about why you’re moving on. 2. Get the practical stuff sorted. First cab off the rank is to brush up your resume, then put your referees on notice that you’ll be job-seeking soon. Check they’re still happy to vouch for you and help them understand what you’ve been doing so they can talk about you with confidence. I’ve written a handy guide on resume writing, interview skills and cover letters that you can get right here, and it includes handy tips on how to get the most from your referees. Sign up for email alerts on the major job-seeking search engines. Update your LinkedIn profile to reflect your most recent experience, not forgetting any qualifications, training or achievements that should be included. And if you’re on a performance-based bonus or incentive scheme at work, check when your payment is due and know what the eligibility rules are. You don’t want to rule yourself out of the running with an ill-timed resignation. Now is also the time to reconnect with your mentors and contacts and start networking. 3. Start to dial it down so you can recharge. While it’s important not to check out of your job entirely before you leave (I’m a big believer in not burning bridges), you also need to preserve your energy for your job search – and the learning curve involved with starting a new role. In a perfect world you’d have at least two weeks between leaving your role and starting the next one, but we all know that often doesn’t happen. Stay professional, maintain your integrity and aim to wrap up any substantial pieces of existing work, but now isn’t the time to be taking on anything new. 4. Put a transition plan in place. If you have clients, manage people or work in a specialist/technical role, it’s important that you start thinking about how you’ll hand over your responsibilities once you leave. Depending on the severity of your situation it can be hard to think this way, but it’s a simple and often overlooked way of upholding your professional image – not to mention just plain old good karma. Use this time to tie up loose ends, bed down any processes or important information that’s living inside your head, and do an email and hard drive clean out (which may provide helpful fodder for your resume too). 5. Decide how you’ll leave. For most people, financial responsibilities will require you to give the proper period of notice and wait it out to maintain salary continuity between roles. If you can afford to take leave without pay – and only you can be the judge of that – or exhaust the rest of your annual leave as part of your notice period (which some organisations allow), then go for it. You may even want to take a career break if your organisation offers them – but consider what impact this will have on your benefits and entitlements, including access to paid parental leave. Now is also a good time to decide if you’ll raise any issues or grievances in your exit interview. It’s a personal choice as to whether you do this, but remember to keep your comments professional and gracious. Think about whether your feedback is likely to have an impact and what the future repercussions could be for you personally (especially if you work in a small industry). Think self-preservation as opposed to short-term gratification. 6. Get some clear direction. When you’re seriously unhappy at work, your desperation to escape can easily lead you to bounce unintentionally from one dissatisfying role to another. Use this opportunity to get clear on exactly what you want to do next (given that you’ve now discovered what you don’t want). If you’ve been thinking about a career change or starting up a business, then now could be the perfect time. Most people contemplating career change will start by thinking “what could I do”, which leads them down a narrow path that includes only their skills and experience. Try a different approach: imagine the lifestyle you want and then identify careers that will allow you to have it. What specific types of roles and organisations match your vision? How can you make sure you target them in your job search? What types of questions might you need to ask in job interviews to ensure your next job really stacks up? Remember your next role […] Read more

CAN’T SLEEP? BLISS OUT WITH SHIRODHARA

CAN’T SLEEP? BLISS OUT WITH SHIRODHARA

Posted December 17, 2012

One morning during my time in Goa, India, I woke in a very groggy state. I had barely slept the night before, missed my yoga practice and felt like a train had run over me. I realised that my first week in India had been emotional, exciting, intense and life-changing. I could tell I needed a day of silence. Seeing and speaking to no-one was the only remedy. Eventually I came out of hibernation and went for a walk. I paused outside an Ayurvedic centre and realised that a treatment was in order. I knew instantly what to choose – Shirodhara. Shirodhara is a treatment in Ayurvedic therapy originally developed in South India, in Kerala. Shira means head and Dhara means flow. This treatment involves oil gently poured over the forehead and third eye space – the Ajna Chakra. Different oils are used for different requirements and can range from coconut, sesame, almond, coconut water, buttermilk, water or jojoba. Shirodhara is such a simple treatment that can been used to treat a variety of conditions such as: Allergy Memory loss Colds Sinusitis Insomnia Anxiety Stress Psoriasis of the scalp Shirodhara is a unique and profound Ayurvedic treatment that especially acts to heal and address the psychological and spiritual aspects of a person. The steady, rhythmic pouring of oil that induces a deeply relaxing and blissful state of consciousness called ‘Turiya’ ~ the state of awareness that is neither fully conscious nor deep sleep. While in this Turiya state, we are able to fully let go, perhaps witness ourselves from an objective perspective and get some clarity! The brow and third eye center are linked to the endocrine glands (pituitary, pineal & hypothalamus), which regulate all hormonal secretions. These hormonal secretions are responsible not only for the autonomic responses which control digestion, breath, elimination but are also responsible for our moods and emotional states. The Shirodhara method helps our nervous system move into the parasympathetic mode – a calmer more restorative state. If anyone has ever been to one of my yoga classes you may have heard me talk often about this or the importance of tapping into this state regularly for our well-being as it allows the during the innate intelligence of our body to flourish, encouraging true balance within body, mind and soul. During my own treatment I flickered between clear moments of consciousness – awake and awake – to hazy phases of deep relaxation where my focus was internal towards an unidentifiable peaceful space. Here in Sydney I know that the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre offers the Shirodhara treatment. The centre will literally take you straight to India with its authenticity. Not to mention the abundance of traditional Ayurvedic treatments on offer, including access to an Ayurvedic Doctor. As a gift to you the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre are offering you lovely readers a 10% discount. All you need to do is quote The Wellness Project when booking. I’m still in a very slow mode after just returning from India, but I can see around me the flurry of the end-of-year madness. Christmas is close, the new year is nigh… my recommendation? Press pause. Treat yourself – mind, body and soul – and feel nourished and whole.I highly recommend Shirodhara especially if insomnia, stress, depression and anxiety are plaguing you at the moment Saha to you, Claire Read more

AYURVEDIC CASTOR OIL BATH

AYURVEDIC CASTOR OIL BATH

Posted December 07, 2012

So here I am, in Goa, India in case you didn’t already know (ps. Follow me on instagram – claireowellness – for lots of pictures of my travels). It’s such an incredible experience to spend time with yogis from all over the globe. We sip chai, talk asana and pranayama, we swap practice notes and share tips for the best thali (south India style food) in town. We also share little yogic practices that contribute to our experience. You see, this is quite a unique opportunity. We get to do nothing but practice yoga. In our normal daily lives despite yoga being an important and fixed part of our ritual, it is usually followed by a busy schedule – work, social life, family, responsibilities… But here, the practice is everything. And we have time to indulge in any other yogic practice that we normally don’t have the luxury to enjoy. One such practice is the infamous Castor Oil Bath. A traditional Ayurvedic practice that has been on my ‘must-do’ list for years! Here in India I get the opportunity to enjoy it multiple times. First some background – what is a Castor Oil Bath? What is Castor Oil? (thanks Wiki!) Castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean (technically castor seed is not a member of the bean family). Castor oil is a colorless to very pale yellow liquid with mild or no odor. Ok, so let me run you through my recent experience with my first castor oil bath. It was a Friday evening and I had finished dinner with friends. As Saturday was a day of rest I decided that despite it being late already that I would try the Castor Oil Bath. I decided not to go crazy, being my first time and all – I’d heard and seen the very strong effects that can happen. Now, just to clarify you aren’t actually bathing in castor oil, but the name comes from the Indian style of washing – rubbing yourself down with soap and then pouring water over you to rinse down. I heated the oil before rubbing it on the crown of my head and then proceeded to rub it into the body, concentrating on areas of pain, the joints and large muscles. This took around 10mins. Then standing under the hot shower I continued to rub the oil deeper in before lathering up soap and shampoo to rinse off. I prepared for bed and settled in for what i hoped would be a super overnight and the next morning was when the real fun started. I felt a deep, lethargy come over me as I was lying in bed and then a sense of grogginess. Not in a bad way, but quite powerful. As I slept, throughout the night I would wake only for a moment and found it white difficult to shake that groggy state. By morning I literally felt stoned. I felt slow, peaceful, calm, quiet, sleepy. So I spent the morning doing nothing – sleeping, breathing, meditating… Or just sitting simply in silence. It is incredible. Not to mention the lower back pain I was feeling that totally vanished by morning! If you are keen to try it here is a great link with instructions and lots of detailed information: Pamper yourself: DIY castor oil bath I’m doing it again tonight and I can’t wait for that blissful, peaceful feeling. Saha to you, Claire Read more

MY INDIAN JOURNEY

MY INDIAN JOURNEY

Posted November 20, 2012

It’s time. I have been called. Do you know what I mean? Sometimes there are things in your life that you’ve always wanted to do, but you don’t pursue them because you know as some point it’ll just happen, something will call you. Well, that has happened. As you read this I’m packing my rucksack for a trip to South India where I will be spending a month training and practising with two senior Ashtanga teachers. Excited. Nervous. Anxious. Thrilled. Numb. Calm I’m not quite sure what to expect, but at the same time I’m cool with that. I don’t want to have any preconceived ideas about what my experience will entail. For the first time in a long time I’m being a little ‘loose’ with my plans. Based in Goa I might decide to stay there and just enjoying soaking up the atmosphere, or the traveler in me might decide it’s time to explore. Time will tell. So, because of that looseness I’m not making any promises to this blog either. I’ve written a few posts that you’ll see go live whilst I am away. However I’m sure I’ll inspired to blog some of the insights and experiences I have. Despite the lack of promises do now that I am HUGELY grateful to each and every one of you that reads this blog and connects in some way. It’s why I do what I do. The connection. And that’s why I am going to India… to connect to something I am passionate about (yoga, meditation, spirituality, wellness, love) even more and to take the time out of a busy year to practice some self-love by letting go! Stay tuned, I’ll be posting ad-hoc and I’m sure there will be some interesting things to report back. Wishing you love + light and saha to you! Cx Read more

EAT THIS: CHIA COCONUT + MANGO PUDDING

EAT THIS: CHIA COCONUT + MANGO PUDDING

Posted November 19, 2012

It’s summer, oh yeah! Hands up who wants something chilled, nourishing and stupidly easy to make? I know I do. How about a chilled chia pudding? Rather than rehash old information here’s a previous blog post I did on why Chia seeds are so good for you. Oh and it includes a bliss ball recipe too – bonus! Now, it took me a while to progress from basic chia user (adding to my smoothies) to a full-blown chia fan – mostly I was just lazy to try yet another thing. But I am SO glad that I eventually took the leap because as I sit here munching on this pudding all I can think is “chia, I love you”. So, enough from me and onto the recipe! What you’ll need: 2 tbls chia seeds 3 dates 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup activated nuts of your choice (I like walnuts, almonds, cashews – whatever I have) 1/2 of a mango cheek Cinnamon 2 tbls of finely ground coconut flakes or even the flesh 1 teaspoon coconut oil Water or coconut water – amount depends on consistency What to do: In a food processor/blender whiz up the dates, nuts, coconut oil, mango and cinnamon. Little by little add in the coconut milk and perhaps if it’s too think add in some water. Pour this runny liquid into a container and then mix in your chia seeds. You want the mixture to start to thicken up. Pop this into the fridge so the chia seeds can soak it all up. Overnight is best, or give it at least 30 minutes. When you are ready to eat then it sit out of the fridge for around 10 minutes to soften slightly. Serve with slices of mango and more cinnamon. If you liked that try some of these other recipes I posted a while back. Enjoy and saha to you! Claire x Read more

EXPERIMENT IN SURRENDER PT 4 – KA HUNA MASSAGE

EXPERIMENT IN SURRENDER PT 4 – KA HUNA MASSAGE

Posted November 12, 2012

Recently, despite making huge progress in my healing I felt my injuries (although very different to how they were before) play up a little.  As I was scanning through my body, trying to feel what it needed, Ka Huna massage popped into my mind. I immediately got in touch with the Sydney Ka Huna centre and booked in a session. My first experience of Ka Huna massage was a few years back at a yoga retreat and then again during my days in PR where I was researching ‘calming’ experiences for an event! Both experiences were incredibly different but powerful. One time I spent the majority of the massage sobbing. Yep, not just weeping or crying softly, but sobbing like a child from some deep place within. I spoke to Nemara, the founder of Ka Huna massage and a women very passionate about this modality. She was able to give me further insights into Ka Huna. So, what exactly is Ka Huna? First off, we all know the phrase, ‘The Big Ka-Huna’. Ka Huna in the Hawaiian culture references someone that is a master in whichever field – counselling, coaching, teaching, engineering, sales etc. It is someone that is able to impart MORE than just the necessary information and experience. Now, apply this to what Ka Huna means – Ka – The Light and Huna – Secrets. This basically means shedding light or wisdom. Or as the Sydney Ka Huna centre puts it: “the knowledge and wisdom that is beyond what we can see in our everyday lives”. Ka Huna is a massage technique that is truly holistic. With long-flowing movements that replicate the ocean, deep breathing techniques and hula dance movements, you won’t just be kneading and pummeled. You will be loved and you will feel true presence in mind, body and breath. What is it about? Well, the Ka Huna was designed to impart deeply loving and healing touch. It is as much about personal development and healing as it is about the physical massage. Different to other massage techniques, Ka Huna is a holistic healing modality working with the whole person and all their layers. Ka Huna taps into something called Aloha Energy or Love Energy. Which is the unconditional, infinite love that we all have within us – where we come from and what are all part of. The therapist is trained to come from a place of non-judgement, moving from their heart and embracing the beauty of each person. This allows them to connect on a ‘truth’ level and not just a physical plane. You’ll notice that the therapist seems energised at the end of the massage, not depleted or drained – that’s because they are tapping into that energy as you are too. To move even deeper into it, Ka Huna is threaded through universal principles that transcend time and culture. These are not ‘Hawaiian’ philosophies, they are just in Hawaiian words: KE (ee-kay) The world is what you think it is Be Aware KALA (kah-lah) There are no limits Be Free MAKIA (mah-kee-ah) Energy flows where attention goes Be Focused MANAWA (mah-nah-wah) Now is the moment of power Be Here ALOHA (ah-lo-hah) To love is to be happy (the joyful sharing of Love energy in the present) Be Happy MANA (mah-nah) All power comes from within Be Confident PONO (poh-noh) Effectiveness is the measure of truth Be Positive Follow this link to delve further into understanding these 7 principles of Ka Huna. What is involved in the massage? I was going to leave this part out, and hopefully just encourage you to try it for yourself. The less expectations you have the better.  But for the purpose of education I’m going to give you some detail. Be open-minded and let go of your pre-conceived ideas about massage before you read on! Depending on the practitioner you might start with a quick chat about how you are feeling physically/mentally and emotionally. You may pull a tarot card even or just have a few moments of silence on your own. Next, you will lie on your belly on an unclothed massage table, totally nude but covered by a sarong. Your therapist will quietly enter the room and may begin a deep breathing technique that sounds like the wind, ocean or a deep sigh. There might even be chanting. Next, whilst still covered the therapist will slowly warm your body up – stretch out your arms and legs so you are pretty much spread-eagled on the bed. The sarong will be folded up to cover your private parts below, but that’s it, you are essentially naked – this is such a lovely feeling; liberated, raw, vulnerable but safe and comfortable. The massage will involve long sweeping strokes that might move from your feet, up your legs, under your belly and over your shoulders. I describe this as a big, warm, oily hug. Your body will literally be lathered in oil as the therapist uses their elbows, arms, forearms, and hands to manipulate, soothe and caress you. It’s surprisingly strong but never painful. Eventually you’ll turn over and the process will continue on your front side. Often the therapists hands will come up underneath your spine to create a deep yet gentle back-bend which feels amazing or give you a thorough head massage. All the while still breathing deeply. Your torso might be stretched to hang over the sides of the massage bed whilst the therapist supports your body – massaging your belly, head, neck, face. You might sense (unless you open your eyes) that the therapist is performing dance movements around you – these are hula movements. To finish, you’ll be wrapped up with warmed blankets, heat packs and left to slowly come back to reality. I cannot actually describe this properly. However the key elements are to TRUST, LET GO, BREATH deeply and in harmony with your therapist and OPEN yourself up. It’s an incredibly intimate and very, very loving experience if you allow it to […] Read more

MY EXPERIMENT IN SURRENDER PT3 – ACUPUNCTURE

MY EXPERIMENT IN SURRENDER PT3 – ACUPUNCTURE

Posted October 26, 2012

With a small hamstring strain, lower back injury, shoulder strain and trying to fight the lurgy that was flying around I was keen to try something… anything! I remembered my osteo had previously told me about this fantastic organisation – Experienced Community Acupuncture – who provide 1 hour treatments for $25 with experienced acupuncturists. Experienced Community Acupuncture (ECA) is passionate about making acupuncture accessible to the general public. And I think that is a noble thing to do. My dad used to suffer from severe back pain after spending hours, alone all day at work, lifting and carrying heavy boxes. Acupuncture was the only thing that made a difference for him – but the cost of it was often a boundary. ECA moves to different suburbs throughout the week making it even more accessible and at $25 a pop, what do you have to lose? Well, that’s what I thought… and I lost nothing. In fact, I gained an education into Chinese Medicine and it certainly helped to alleviate the pain in my body. The needles didn’t necessarily hurt as they were inserted but I was told that there were quite strong blockages in certain areas due to the intensity of the ‘ache’ I would feel during some of the sessions. Particularly with anything related to my back. I’m looking forward to going again to see if these have cleared. To bring to life acupuncture a little more Ray Ford from ECA has kindly answered a few questions which I hope will give you a clearer picture. What is acupuncture? The word acupuncture can be divided into two parts “acu” which means needle and puncture. Therefore acupuncture is the insertion of the tips of very fine sterile needles into the body at strategic sites. What is qi and meridian channels? Qi is the vital force that flows in the channels/meridians and enervates the body it is also translated as “vapor” suggesting an essence derived from food which supports, sustains and nourishes the body. The channels OR meridians are energetic pathways that flow in set patterns within the human organism. The Chinese have identified and mapped the meridians for at least two thousand years.  How do these affect our day to day lives? Qi travels in the 12 main channels and does one complete cycle every 24 hours. Each channel has a high energetic “tide” of 2 hours.When there are problems, blockages or deficiencies it will often show up in the body at the time appropriate to the channel or organ involved.It may also show up in the opposite 12 hour period.An example is that people with a Liver disharmony often wake up between 1-3 am which is the high point of the Liver energy.  Can you describe an acupuncture session An acupuncture session involves the practitioner listening to the patient, looking at signs such as complexion and asking about symptoms. The pulse is taken to assess disharmony and where it may be located, the tongue is observed to reveal the condition of the digestive and inner organs. The abdomen or other parts of the body may be palpated to check for restriction or tenderness.  After this, a diagnosis can be made and acupuncture points will be chosen that are known to balance the particular imbalance/pain/injury that is present. As acupuncture stimulates the body’s internal regulatory system, acupuncture points can stimulate a natural healing response without directly having to treat the site on an injury or imbalance. This is why points may be far away from the area involved in the injury /illness. Why the use of needles? What effect does this actually have. Needles are use because they are metal which have the effect of conducting the energy in the body, redirecting or unblocking it. Acupuncture has an advantage over manual systems that do not use needles in that with acupuncture we can combine several points at the same time. How can someone be sure that their practitioner is good? Practitioners must be a member of a recognized association that has standards of competency. The public are entitled to ask the practitioner about their experience and qualifications so they can make an informed decision. This may also be on their website if they have one, in other words look into a practitioners education,qualifications and experience. Acupuncture is an acquired skill taking years to refine. Reading the classics or pulse diagnosis take time, dedication and application to master. By application I mean having the experience of actually performing many thousands of treatments to gain experience, this cannot be fudged, there are no short cuts. Are there any risks? In the hands of competent experienced and well trained practitioners acupuncture is a very safe procedure. What are some of the results you have witnessed yourself? I have witnessed breech babies turning many times. Prolapsed lumbar discs which were said to need surgery have moved back into place after acupuncture verified with MRI. Completely healing debilitating migraine headaches in some patients some of whom had been suffering for more than 20 years Many cases of “infertility”  in women and men as diagnosed by western medicine have been “reversed” with acupuncture and resulted in numerous healthy children over the years. Immune system disorders and allergies helped significantly Debilitating neck, back, shoulder pain completely removed. What is the history of acupuncture? The History of Chinese Medicine in general goes back at least 4000 years and even as far back as the mythological Xia Dynasty. I think it is such as vast subject that cannot be answered in a question and answer format such as this. I think if I did that most of your readers would be asleep or in a deep trance. Some people have taken four years and obtained a PHD and only slightly answered this question so you can see its a very big topic. (I suggest a google search if you are keen to know more!) Learning how to surrender with needles in you was a task in itself, but long […] Read more

MY EXPERIMENT IN SURRENDER PT 2 – KINESIOLOGY

MY EXPERIMENT IN SURRENDER PT 2 – KINESIOLOGY

Posted October 19, 2012

So, during my little experiment in surrender I made sure I explored other modalities of healing – partly to give me something to put my energy into but also because I’d finally gotten serious about my healing. First stop, Kinesiology. Before I go any further, let me tell you that even I was a little unsure/cynical about kinesiology. But when you are in a session it’s hard to deny the clear messages your body is sending. By my second session I felt light, floaty even. Like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I have felt less anxious and stressed and my physical injuries have improved. I discovered some surprising, but profound things during my kinesiology sessiosn: On some deep level I didn’t believe in my own achievements nor did I feel proud of myself. Let me tell you – I should, I’ve worked hard and achieved alot. But still, I had this core belief inside of me that needed shifting. And shift it did. I was also sabotaging myself. Huh? Why, do we do this to ourselves. FEAR. Always, fear. And again, kinesiology has helped me accept and shift it too. So, let’s take a look at Kinesiology – even the word is weird. I was going to detail, blow-by-blow my experience, but instead I’ve asked a professional to help. Let’s face it, this one is very complex and deserves to be explained properly! I had my Kinesiologist, the lovely Kimberley Pipe, answer a few questions for you. Her explanations do it much better justice than what I would. __________________________________________________________________________________________ Can you explain what Kinesiology is in a way that everyone can understand? Kinesiology is a method using muscle feedback and body awareness that can clear blockages in your body and help to reduce stress and pain, improving performance in all areas of your life, promoting good health and well-being. Kinesiology uses the chi energy flow around the body, which flows through meridians.  Muscles are indicators for these meridians. Kinesiology works with this energy and taps into the body to allow it to heal itself. Our body has it’s own innate healing ability! Why do you believe in it – what have you witnessed during sessions? I have had Kinesiology sessions for 12 years and it has changed my life. Kinesiology really resonates with me because it deals with all aspects of our lives – emotional, physical and nutrition and the results I get never cease to amaze and inspire me. The reason I believe in Kinesiology is because I can see how the body reacts using different testing on different areas of the body – particularly when you are also thinking different things. Because I can also show the client this, there is something visible you can see and measure. I have had sessions with clients where they have completely transformed their lives.  I have one client who achieved everything she set out to do at her first session. I went to see her perform and she told me I had such a huge part in her success. What are the benefits of kinesiology? And who can benefit from it? The benefits of Kinesiology is that it can heal any aspect of your body and mind. Whether it is emotional, physical or biochemical (nutrition). Kinesiology can help you shift old patterns, which may be holding you back, to allow you to create the life you want to live, and achieve what it is you want to in life. Kinesiology is for any layperson. It is individual to the client’s problems, issues, blocks and life experiences. How did you become a kinesiologist and why? I first stumbled across Kinesiology in 2003, in my hometown of Auckland, New Zealand.  I thought that it was the most beneficial and effective modality I had experienced. Moving to the UK shortly after, I took the opportunity to really immerse myself in this healing art, and in so doing, discovered a valuable and effective tool for dealing with issues. Continuing in my personal development, and working closely with other Kinesiologists I realised that I, too, had a drive to help people achieve the most out of their life, by helping them to overcome obstacles and trauma. I have my Certificate IV and Diploma in Kinesiology and studied at the Australasian College of Kinesiology Mastery. Alot of people think it’s a bunch of voodoo how would you convince someone of the power of kinesiology? The role of the Kinesiologist is to act as the mediator when there is a breakdown in communication between the body and the mind. I would show them an example of muscle testing, which is evidence in itself and nothing beats an actual session. Anything else you want to add? Since I became a full time Kinesiologist I have not looked back. Every day I get to see the power of people and the amazing doors that Kinesiology helps open. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ So, what do you think? Are you intrigued by Kinesiology? Or have you already experienced amazing results? I would love to hear your thoughts and get a different perspective or learn from your experience. Saha to you, Claire x Read more


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