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 or her Facebook page or email her directly at

To find out more about how Bowen Technique can help you, please visit my website, email me or give me a call.

Thanks for reading!

Bowen for Hairdressers

Bowen for HairdressersI want to talk about Hairdressers. I went along to my local hairdressing salon in last week. I love having my hair done, I get to relax and unwind while the stylist is sorting out my hair. As I was sitting relaxing I took a look around me at the busy hairdressers and I noticed that they all have their shoulders up around their ears. They are non-stop, standing all day and having to hold their arms up whilst cutting, washing, colouring and drying hair. If they are lucky then the salon has adjustable chairs, if not then they have to adjust their height to the height of the chair and the height of the client. The stylist who coloured my hair said that she has to wear high heels because she is short and the chairs do not adjust. This has meant that her feet are perpetually painful, with painful aching legs and chronic shoulder, neck and back pain.

Hairdressers also get pains in their forearms and wrists. Imagine standing all day holding your arms up in the air while carrying out precision movements repetitively. It makes me get back ache just thinking about it, it is like a form of torture.

These un-natural movements cause the muscles to tense and then the joints of the neck become stiff and inflamed. Nerves from the neck travel down the arms and the spine.   It is much better if there are short periods of intense activity and then a break.

So if you are a hairdresser what can you do about it? Here are a few tips:

Before you start work, and between clients, make it a habit to do a few stretches – you can do these 2 or 3 times or more if you have time:

    • Let your hands drop down to your sides and shake your hands and wrists out to relax the muscles.
    • Turn your head gently to the left and to the right as far as you can go without forcing it. Drop your head down onto your chest slowly, and then lift it back up and look up to the ceiling.
    • Drop your head down onto your chest and gently and slowly roll your head in a semi circle until your head it looking at the ceiling, and back again.
    • Don’t be alarmed about the crunching and clicking – this is a good sign that you are releasing tense muscles.
    • Roll your shoulders one at a time, forward a few times, then back a few times, then repeat the other side.
  • Sit on a stool when you can to relieve the pressure on your lower back and feet.
  • Wear sensible supportive shoes which support the arch of your foot.
  • Request that adjustable height chairs are purchased.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask the client to move position to help you.
  • Drink plenty of water to hydrate tissues and remove toxins.

Still getting aches and pains? Come and see me for a Bowen Treatment which will help you get your body back in balance and help relieve those aches and pains.