An Interview with Yoga Teacher – Rebecca Gartshore

An Interview with Yoga Teacher - Rebecca GartshoreBody in Balance:

Recently, to my delight, I discovered a yoga class in the hall just across the road, and not only that, classes are on my day off.  Absolutely perfect!  I absolutely love my yoga classes.  I come out feeling calmer, taller and more balanced.

As a Bowen therapist I definitely recommend clients to go along to an exercise class such as yoga, pilates or a somatics type class.  This is because Bowen Therapists are primarily working on fascia, and when fascia becomes tight due to us sitting too much, not moving enough, moving in habitually poor ways because of our job, or hobby, not listening to our body as it – then problems occur and we end up losing our range of movement, we find ourselves fixed in a dysfunctional pattern and pain ensues.

Yoga and Bowen:

Bowen is all about releasing tension in the fascia and helping the body to get back into balance.  It’s about listening to your body and being aware.  This is why Bowen and yoga, pilates or somatics mesh so well together.  Every day I see clients with back and neck pain, and a myriad other issues, and their recovery is so much faster if they are attending a regular class.

An Interview with Yoga Teacher – Rebecca Gartshore:

With this in mind, I asked my lovely yoga instructor, Rebecca Gartshore a few questions about what she does so well:

Q:  Rebecca, can you tell me why did you decide to become a yoga teacher, and what made you decide on yoga?

I had always loved practising yoga when I worked as a fashion buyer, recognising that it was the one time I could stop to listen to my body and really relax my mind. When my son was born I needed to find a new path to match the new chapter in my life and yoga seemed like a great solution. I first trained as a teacher for children, to fit around my son, loving the interaction with kids and helping them to relax. As my son grew, I was able to grow my business and so qualified to teach adults, yoga as therapy, yoga for pregnancy and post natal.

Q:  What are the 3 biggest benefits you can offer people?

To help them to learn to listen to their bodies, get control back if they are suffering from chronic pain or recovering from an operation and to learn to switch off. Relaxation is the key to a healthy body and mind

Q:  What are the most popular issues that clients ask you to help with?

Most definitely in the group classes, it’s a bad back and aching shoulders. These are almost always linked to poor posture, too long spent over a laptop or steering wheel and a weak core. Our tummy is one of the first things to stop talking to us and the last one to wake up and listen!

Q:  What are the most popular misconceptions about what you do?

That the classes are all about omming and chanting. People are so surprised by how stretched they feel and that they find muscles they never knew they had. Almost all leave feeling taller, lighter and very relaxed.

Q:  What drives you nuts?

When I get body dyslexic! Sometime I get so wrapped up in the moves I’m teaching, I almost switch off and before you know it, I’ve come back to reality and everyone is waiting for me to get my lefts and rights in order.

Q:  Can you give 3 tips that anyone can follow that will help them with their wellbeing?

To roll your shoulders back as often as you can, when you stop at traffic lights and after every email. Start the day with a mug of warm water and lemon, it will neutralise your tummy, help digestion and kick start your metabolism. Learn to take deep breaths when you feel stressed and find a positive part of every day, it will keep you smiling.

Q:  If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your 20 year old self?

To take time before making a decision. Don’t always believe that you know what your life should look like and understand that we live in a world of changing chapters. To smile and always leave a room knowing that you have tried to make as many people as you can happy – happiness is infectious but so is anger. Chose the better option.

An Interview with Yoga Teacher - Rebecca GartshoreQ:  What are the most read/loved books on your bookshelf?

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, utterly heart warming and life changing. The Art of Happiness by the Dali Lama – a great book to dip into when you need to know where to go next.

Q:  A surprising fact about you?

I suffer terribly from vertigo but love the idea of sky diving, I haven’t quite worked out how I’m going to manage it yet….

Thank you so much, Rebecca, for taking part in my blog post.   If you decide to go along to a yoga class I can assure you that you have everything to gain and nothing to lose, plus Rebecca gives you the warmest welcome.

To find out more about Rebecca’s classes and find out how you can benefit from yoga please visit her website www.Yogasenses.weebly.com or her Facebook page www.facebook.com/yogasenses or email her directly at yogasenses1@gmail.com

To find out more about how Bowen Technique can help you, please visit my website www.choosewellbeing.co.uk, email me info@choosewellbeing.co.uk or give me a call.

Thanks for reading!

Interview with Lisa Holistics – Colonic Hydrotherapy in Bugbrooke

Colonic Hydrotherapy BugbrookeThis month’s interview with a fellow therapist is with Colonic Hydrotherapist, Lisa Holistics. Lisa works at Home Farm Holistic Therapies in Bugbrooke, Northampton

Why did you decide to become a Colonic Hydrotherapist?

I suffered with very bad IBS symptoms since childhood – no prescription medication has ever helped me in the slightest. This combined with over 20 years of corporate stress, took its toll on my health both physically and mentally. During my former life of “corporate stress”, I looked into alternative treatments for my IBS and I started to receive colonic hydrotherapy sessions on a regular basis, together with taking a good quality probiotic every day and doing a parasite cleanse twice a year. I couldn’t believe the difference that it made to my digestive system and in turn, to my mood more generally. I felt like a different person.

My personality also lends itself to be able to talk about anything! I am not embarrassed to tell people that I have this treatment myself or that I am a Colonic Hydrotherapist. I can talk about bowel movements all day and I do!

What made you decide on Colonic Hydrotherapy?

Lisa Holistics Colonic HydrotherapyHaving experienced, first hand, the benefits of Colonic Hydrotherapy and I was now in a “better place” both physically and mentally, I had a period of self-reflection and started to focus on me and what made me happy and things that lifted my mood even further….

I trained as a reiki practitioner and had regular massages as well as receiving my regular colonics. One day, I had a light bulb moment and I thought “What if I could make other people feel this good too?” I then started to look into retraining options and I decided to embark on various holistic courses and study over a 2 year period to gain new skills to add to my portfolio. I just knew that I had to start my own Colonics business as this treatment had given me the most wonderful relief in managing my symptoms. I had seen great results and was confident that I could help other people.

What are the 3 biggest benefits you can offer clients?

• It can help reduce symptoms associated with IBS e.g. gas, bloating, constipation
• It can help strengthen your immune system. I use the analogy that “it is a bit like stripping off old wall paper” If you think how much better your digestive system will function as a result of stripping away old, impacted waste from your colon wall, it then clears the way from the build-up of bad bacteria and toxins and allows your body to absorb water and nutrients better
• It can help with weight loss with regular treatments to complement a healthy life style.
• I know I am sneaking in another benefit, but my treatment room is very luxurious with fantastic ambiance to help clients relax with a private en-suite bathroom. Home Farm Holistic Therapies is discretely located in a self-contained area of Home Farm with private off road parking in a rural setting. I challenge you to find a more lavish and decedent treatment room than mine!

What are the most popular issues that clients ask you to help with?

The most common reasons for colonic hydrotherapy are IBS and constipation. I have seen good results for acne and clients that have felt generally “out of sorts” usually due to a bacterial imbalance.

Can you give 3 tips that anyone can follow that will help them in their life?

• Drink more water! You should be aiming for 2 litres of water a day. You need this to function both physically and mentally. People often mistake hunger when really they are dehydrated! I swear by peppermint tea.

• Take time out for self-reflection periodically. Write a list of what makes you happy and what doesn’t. Make a plan to tackle the latter! You can do it…..make the changes…I did!

• Too many people neglect their internal well-being and don’t make time for relaxation and mindfulness in their lives. We are all guilty of this and sometimes we give focus to things you can physically see eg: beauty treatments hair, lashes, eyebrows, nails and our hair – they can all help us feel good but every now and then, we need to take some time out for an holistic therapy like a hot stone massage, Indian head massage or some reiki. Your psychological well-being is just as important – if not more so!!

So Lisa, what are 3 things that have helped you in your darkest hour/worst times

• Colonic Hydrotherapy – By managing my IBS symptoms, I can now lead a happier and fuller life.

• Reiki and meditation – I have spent many a wonderful hours deep in relaxation

• Get out in nature – take the dogs for a walk. Take time out to observe the changing seasons, the birds in the sky …the ducks in the canal. If you haven’t got a dog – get one or borrow one! My dogs are my world

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your 20 year old self?

Don’t worry. Don’t anger – It is just a waste of energy. I can now choose on what I focus my attention – the things that I worried over as a 20 years old are totally insignificant now!

Do what makes you happy. If you are not happy – take steps to change things. Make a plan – Put it in writing – Make it happen. Reach out to your friends and ask them for practical help – you will be surprised at the kindness you find.

Also, if the door does not open – it is not your door. Everything will fall into place eventually and when you look back….. It will become clear why that door did not open for you then.

And ….be kind! Don’t give to receive. Help other people and other living things– even if they cannot help you back …your act of kindness will come back to you.

So, how can people find out more about what you do?

Visit my website:   www.homefarmholistictherapies.co.uk or follow me on facebook
Email or call me if you’d like to find out more:  lisa@homefarmholistictherapies.co.uk 07713131482


Thanks to Lisa for her super interview.  I am going to see Lisa for a colonic hydrotherapy session next week so I will be able to report back!   Here is the machine.  Is it just me or does it have a face! Lisa Holistics Colonic Hydrotherapy

Thanks for reading,

Sue x

Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day – (and they aren’t what you think).

Ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, (and they aren’t what you think).

Ways to celebrate valentines day

It’s February and we are inundated with notions of chocolate, flowers, bling, and extravagant weekends  ‘reconnect with the one you love’.

But what if we pass on the chocolate and cards and approach the day (or the whole month) with a focus on connecting with the people we care about. Not just your significant other, if you have one, but your best friend that you never have a chance to talk to for more than 4 minutes before a baby demands attention. Or maybe your favorite auntie or your sister. Share some quality time with someone you care for.

If you can’t set aside that much time with everyone’s busy schedules, maybe drop off a cake from your favorite bakery, or send them a message. Appreciate someone, just say, “Thank you. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate what you do for me. You make my life happier.”

Watch a video and treat your partner to a hand or foot massage. Give the gift of massage. You can pick up a gift certificate right here.

Bonus: Connect with YOU. Not everyone schedules regular massage, and that’s okay. But if it’s been awhile, maybe it’s time to practice a little self-care and get yourself a massage, too. The best gift you can give the people you love is a happy, healthy you.

Thanks for reading

Talking About Gut Health

www.choosewellbeing.co.uk gut healthThere is an interesting article in What Doctors Don’t Tell You this month outlining a theory that the key to rheumatoid arthritis could be in the gut.  Hippocrates said all disease begins in the gut, and research certainly seems to be finding that this may well be true judging by the recent results from research into the area of gut health.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune condition which causes painful swelling of the joints.  The article says that researchers at the Mayo Clinic now think that it could be triggered by gut bacteria.  People with high levels of a certain bacteria seem to be more likely to develop the condition and these bacteria may be countered with other bacteria which reduce the frequency and severity of the symptoms. Fascinating research and I have a gut feeling (see what I did there?) that science will discover many more links between disease and gut health.   It all points to the fact that having good gut bacteria is essential.

There are some great articles on the web about how to create good gut bacteria, just Google ‘improve gut bacteria’.  Personally I take kefir daily, and take a probiotic, but you need to make sure that your diet is healthy to start off with to have optimal gut health.  I have recently bought a couple of excellent books which I highly recommend:

The Gut Makeover Recipe Book by Jeannette Hyde

Healthy Gut Cookbook by Gavin Pritchard and Maya Gangadharan

Thanks for reading,

Sue Sig

National Eczema Awareness Week 17th to 25th September

An itchy subject. 

Following closely on he heels of Migraine Awareness Week is National Eczema Week, 17th to 25th September.  Another condition close to my heart as my youngest son suffers from eczema and has done since he was very small.  We hoped that he would ‘grow out of it’ but alas at 22 still suffers, and has learned, for the most part, to manage it.

1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults have eczema.  Skin is our protective barrier to the outside world, and our largest organ.  In people with ezcema that barrier is not so protective because the skin does not produce the oils it needs and doesn’t retain moisture as well.  This is why moisturising is so important, and why using harsh soaps remove the oils so crucial for protection.

Here is a link to the National Eczema Society, a charity registered in the UK, with lots of useful information about Eczema. If you would like to donate to them, then the link is here.

Complementary therapies may provide some relief, but I am sorry to say there is no easy solution to treating eczema.  Take a look at this article which I found interesting,  ‘Can Complementary Therapies Help Heal Eczema?

Aromatherapy.  I regularly make up a rich cream for my son to use and he finds it gives him some relief but only if he uses it twice a day to keep his skin well moisturised.  I use a Vitamin E base and essential oils.  Here is the recipe I use.  If you would like me to make this cream for you then please contact me and I can arrange this for you.  Also if you wish to buy the essential oils I can source these for you.

Eczema Blend Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces vitamin E cream
  • 20 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops carrot seed essential oil
  • 5 drops geranium essential oil
  • 4 drops bay essential oil

Add the essential oils to the cream and stir carefully until the oils are thoroughly blended.  Apply to the affected area twice daily.  This cream is for adults NOT children.

Advice should always be taken from your GP if you have any concerns.

Bowen Technique. There are case studies on the Bowen Therapists Professional Association website about the benefits of eczema.  I have not found Bowen to have noticeably helped in the case of my own son, but as he is away from home he only gets treatments when he is home from university, and his eczema is mild compared to some.  The case studies demonstrate that  regular (weekly) ongoing treatment for some months does appear to have a beneficial effect on ezcema when combined with other treatment but requires commitment.

Keeping skin moisturised is the key.  Conventional treatments are listed here on the National Eczema Society website.  Getting to the bottom of the cause in the first place is the tricky part – and indeed stress once again is a major factor in many cases.

Homeopathy has been found to have good results which you might like to read here.   If you are looking for a homeopath do let me know as I have a homeopath colleague in Northampton.

Thanks for reading,

Sue Sig

Migraine Awareness Week 4th to 10th September 2016

Migraine Awareness WeekDid you know that migraine affects 1 in 7 people.  That’s over 8 million people in the UK. If you are a sufferer then you will know how debilitating this disorder is. It’s not just a bad headache.  I started suffering from migraines at the age of 13 and I know first hand how migraines can negatively impact your working and social life.

Migraine is a complex neurological disorder and working out what triggers them is very difficult – often there is no known cause.

There are a range of treatments on offer from medication, including preventative medicines, then there is botox, also there are various supplements which may help, and there are hands on treatments such as Bowen Technique and Acupuncture.  Everyone is different and what works for you might not work for someone else.  Here is a link to the Migraine Trust website listing details on different treatments available.For me personally I couldn’t find a food trigger but I know that stress is a major factor.  As well as having a monthly Bowen treatment from a colleague, I started taking Magnesium about 18 months ago and I find this works amazingly well for me.  Studies show that people who suffer from migraine may have low brain magnesium during attacks and may suffer from magnesium deficiency.  It certainly worked for me and is definitely worth looking into.  This link gives you the full story. Be aware though that magnesium can interact with other drugs so refer to your GP if you have concerns.  The same link tells you about Feverfew, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin B2, and others.

Bowen Technique can help to bring relief to migraine sufferers.  Here is a super video created by my colleague, Jane Robbins, interviewing a client who suffered from migraines explaining her experiences and how Bowen helped her.  Certainly many of my clients have found Bowen to help them.  Also do check out the Bowen Therapists Professional Association website for testimonials.

 

Finally, The Migraine Trust is a UK based charity promoting research into migraine. If you would like to make a donation to the Migraine Trust you can do so by following this link.

If you would like to talk to me about Bowen for migraines then do contact me.

Thanks for reading,
Sue Sig

So What’s All This About Worry Beads?

The English Worry Bead CoWorry Beads

Some years ago my brother bought me a keyring which was made of gorgeous wooden polished beads.  I still use the keyring although it is getting a bit tatty now.  What I noticed was that when I was feeling anxious, such as sitting in the waiting room of the dentist surgery(!), I would fiddle and twiddle with the smooth wooden beads.  Then one day by chance I came across The English Worry Bead Company on Facebook and noticed they are based in Daventry.  I contacted them and asked them to send me a guest interview blog as I was intrigued by the idea of these Worry Beads.  I am now the proud owner of a gorgeous set of Worry Beads courtesy of The English Worry Bead Company.  Read on to find out more about these beautiful beads and how to get your hands on a set of your own ..

Guest Blog by Kevin Norris – Founder and Owner of The English Worry Bead Company.

I first discovered worry beads when given a set as a bit of a joke Christmas present but by New Year I was a changed person.  I had suffered from anxiety and depression for many years but found by playing with worry beads I was calmer and more relaxed.  Unfortunately it was about New Year that the Greek set I had been given started to fall apart.  A thorough search of the internet resulted in no more robust sets being found.  I decided to make my own.  Two months later I had come up with a set that was unique to me and more tactile than the ones I was replacing.  It occurred to me that if I needed better worry beads so would many others, so The English Worry Bead Company was born.

Worry beads work in two main ways by just “twiddling” with a set, nice and slowly your heart rate will mimic the pace of your hand and eye moments.  Your breathing also follows and as a result you become relaxed.  The second benefit comes from distracting you from negative thoughts.  Even the most mentally healthy of us have stressful days and struggle to switch and just running the beads through your hands helps to distract your mind.

Things here at The English Worry Bead Co are busy I am continuously looking at product development and marketing.   When I do get time to relax I like to go to the gym and spend time out at my “Potting Shed” enjoying the views of the glorious Northamptonshire landscape.  These days it takes a lot to annoy me but I suppose injustice is biggest trigger.  My 2 sons give me tremendous joy and any time spent with them is valuable, I’m building this legacy for them.

I believe worry beads should be part of everybody’s tool kit for life. If you want to know more about the benefits take a look at Professor Emily Holmes work on “visuospatial tasks” and of course The English Worry Bead Co website www.englishworrybeads.uk where you’ll see all our beautiful products along with many blogs I’ve written about my experiences and how worry beads have helped me.

Kevin Norris – The English Worry Bead Co

 

Many thanks to Kevin for his blog.  I hope you have enjoyed reading it.

Until next time!

Sue Sig

 

Essential Oil Recipes for Arthritis and Joint Pain

Essential Oil Recipes for Arthritis and Joint Pain

Essential Oil Recipes for Arthritis and Joint Pain

Massage blend Ingredients:

60 ml of carrier oil (grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil is ideal)
5 drops Juniper Berry
5 drops Eucalpytus
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Chamomile

Blend the oils well together and store in an airtight dark coloured glass container.  Use this blend to gently massage into arthritic joints using a small amount of oil.  If you experience any discomfort, discontinue use and consult your GP.

Bath ingredients:

2 drops Lavender
2 drope Rosemary
3 drops Eucalpytus

Sprinkle the drops into the water and swish around thoroughly before getting in.  Have the water warm, not too hot.  If pain is severe add a further 2 drops of Roman Chamomile.

You can purchase your oils from my Neals Yard Organics online shop by following this link.

Thanks for reading.  Do let me know how you get on with the recipes.

Sue Sig

Stress Relieving Aromatherapy Recipes

stress relieving aromatherapy recipesStress Relieving Bath Oil:

There isn’t always time to book an Aromatherapy Massage, so here is something you can make easily at home.

Massage blend Ingredients:

125 ml of carrier oil (grapeseed oil or sweet almond oil is ideal)
12 drops Lavender
2 drops Cedarwood
25 drops Sandalwood
or
10 drops Bergamot
10 drops Geranium
20 drops Frankincense

Blend the oils well together and store in an airtight dark coloured glass container.  Keep in a cool dark place.  Run a warm bath, not too hot or the oil will just evaporate too quickly.   Once the bath is run add 1 tablespoon of the ready mixed oil making sure to shake well before adding to the bath.  Swish the oil around in the bath water well with your hand before getting in.

Make sure that the doors and windows in the bathroom are closed so that you get full benefit from the aroma. Enjoy!

You can purchase your oils from my Neals Yard Organics online shop by  following this link.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog.  I would love to hear if you tried these recipes out.

Thanks for reading.

Sue Sig

Essential Oils to Beat Insomnia

Essential oils for insomnia

Aromatherapy Recipes for Insomnia

Wouldn’t it be nice to sleep like this baby?  There are times when we just can’t sleep for whatever reason.  I have put together a few essential oil recipes for when insomnia strikes.

Bath:

Run a warm bath – not too hot because then the oils will evaporate too quickly.  When the bath is ready, add the oils above and swish round with your hand before getting in and relaxing before bedtime.

Massage:

If you have someone to give you a massage that’s great, but if not then simply make up this mix and rub it into your arms and chest so that you get the benefit of the aroma as you drift off to sleep.

Cotton Wool Ball:

Put the oils into a dark coloured glass bottle and shake well.  Add a couple of drops to your cotton wool ball or tissue. Place the tissue or cotton wool ball inside your pillow slip or near to your pillow when you go to bed.
You might wonder why not just drop the oils onto your pillow slip, but you wouldn’t want the risk of getting the neat essential oils in your eyes or directly onto your face so always drop them onto a cotton wool ball or a tissue.  Keep off polished surfaces as it could take off the sheen.

Diffuser:

A note of caution, do not use too many drops of essential oil with the mistaken idea that this will enhance the sedative qualities – in fact too much of an essential oil  can have the opposite effect.  Avoid oils such as rosemary, grapefruit and peppermint as these will keep you wide awake.  Always take care with essential oils, although they are a natural product, they are also very potent.

Read more about insomnia here.

Thanks for reading.

Sue Sig