Spring Cleaning in Autumn!

Spring Cleaning in Autumn!

Working with the energy of the seasons

One of the things Alexis and are passionate about is nurturing our bodies through the power of nature. Tapping into the cycle of the seasons and utilising this energy to strengthen and nourish us. And helping others to do the same.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, we have channels of energy through our body. These energy channels, called Meridian channels, support our body, mind, spirit and emotions. There are 12 main channels altogether. Grouped in pairs and one set of four meridians. Each set is associated with characteristics, including a season, an element, an emotion, that we may feel if that energy becomes stuck, and a primary function.

In Autumn, the season we are right in the middle of now, the Lung and Large Intestine meridians channels, in the metal element are at their strongest. The emotion, if our energy gets stuck here, is grief. But the counterpoint to that, or the power and primary function of the energy of the metal element, is letting go of. Releasing, so that we can rejuvenate and refresh.

If we think about the function of our Large Intestines and Lungs, this starts to make sense. Our Large Intestines help us eliminate waste from our body after we’ve absorbed all the nutrition from our food. Our Lungs release the old, used air, making room for the new air they inhale.
And we can tap into this energy of Metal and Autumn, of the Lung and Large Intestine meridian channels, to help us do the same thing in our lives.

“Spring” Cleaning & Decluttering in Autumn!

Usually, we think cleaning, decluttering and re-organising our homes as a “Spring” Clean, but doing it in autumn can actually support us. Making this process of releasing the old and creating room for the new, easier.

We can sort and organise our wardrobe, study or office desk and computer files, kitchen cupboards and generally de-clutter. Go through our computer and delete files we don’t need anymore. Go through our wardrobe and put together a collection of clothes we don’t wear anymore. Instead, we can make a donation to feel great about!

We can use this energy not just in a physical environmental sense. We can utilise it to boost our ability to let go of what we no need, like aches or tension in our body, and stressors in our mind. Helping us to clear old habits, old ideas, any physical or psychological clutter, that no longer serve us. As such, autumn is a good time to reflect on what we may be holding onto and work these ideas through fully so that they can be completely released.

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Uncovering the Real You

In her book, “The Gift”, psychiatrist, Dr Edith Eger explains that “in trying to keep ourselves modest, we risk making ourselves less than we really are”. She says that the foundation for being our whole self, for being truly healthy and joy-filled, is our ability to love ourselves.

But what really spoke to me, in her book, was the concept that once we begin healing, “what you discover will not be the new you, but the real you.” The You who was there all along. Born innately beautiful and full of love and joy.

Edit goes on to say that if we want to take charge of our thinking, we first need to look at our actions, what we’re doing, and what we’re saying to ourselves, and ask: “is it empowering or depleting me?” “Is it kind and loving?”

Recently, One challenge I’ve been falling into is the trap of negative thoughts and the roller coaster of emotions that they bring. When I’ve woken up early in the morning, I get annoyed that I’m awake, which leads to other annoyed thoughts and I get sucked into the cycle of negative thoughts, that turn into a tidal wave! It’s hard to break and left me getting up in the morning, “on the wrong side of the bed”, angry and frustrated with the world and focused on what wasn’t working for me. Not a great way to start the day!

The other day I took myself through a process that Edith talks about. One that I haven’t done for ages. I took time to journal my thoughts. Just jotting them down each hour through the day. With no judgement or analysis.
Just bringing them up to my conscious awareness level.

That night, I woke up at 3 am, as I often do.
But this time, I was finally able to remember, at 3 in the morning, that I had a choice about what to focus on and where my thoughts went. I was finally able to choose to find things to be grateful for! A husband who loves me, a family who cares about me and supports me, and a business I love working in.
But I wasn’t able to start there. I had to start with really simple things, like: 2 eyes I can see well with, 2 nostrils I can breathe through (that’s actually quite a big one since I’ve had sinus & respiratory troubles all my life), teeth I can chew with, tongue I can taste yummy food with, 2 legs that carry me and 2 arms I use all day, for writing and sharing my thoughts & insights & for helping clients deal with their issues and improve their lives, to the best of my ability.

Another tool I’ve used numerous times, to start to change negative thoughts I’ve had, these are some phrases I like to add:
“That used to be me”
“….. yet”
“Up until now ….”
We can use phrases like these to take back our own power, gently. We can even utilise them to empower affirmations. Making them feel more real and possible. Expanding out thinking and self-belief also themes empowered throughout the season of Autumn and enabling us to bring in qualities and characteristics we desire for ourselves, as we become our best versions of ourselves.

Until we can change our language, as Edith predicts will happen, and we can genuinely, authentically and strongly state:
“Yes I am!”
“Yes I can!”
“Yes I will!”

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Nurture and Nourish Our Body, to Strengthen Our Immunity

One of the best and simplest ways to strengthen our lungs is deep breathing. Especially outdoors, in the brisk autumn air. This nurtures and nourishes our immune system, supports our energy, and promotes good sleep.

When we breathe deeply and deliberately, we flush our cells with the oxygen needed for all our bodily processes. Promoting the process of releasing and rejuvenating.
So next time we take our morning or evening walk outdoors, take and moment to take a few long, slow, deep breaths. Letting the cool air seep into the lungs, strengthening them.
As you breathe the air out, know that this process, of air flowing in and out of our body, is helping us to release. To let go of anything that is no longer supporting us. Be it social, emotional, mental or physical.

Through our nose, mouth and skin pores, our lungs interact directly with the outside environment, giving them an important role in fighting off external pathogens, like viruses and bacteria.
As the temperature drops and winds become dry you may notice cold or flu-like symptoms such as a stiff neck, body aches, chills, fever, sore throat, headache, cough and runny nose. Existing skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis may get aggravated, and asthma or allergy reactions may flare. Now is the time to strengthen our Chi, energy, to prepare for winter.

Healthy foods that can be easily added to many dishes, to further nourish our bodies and our family, include: bay leaves, garlic, horseradish, leek, ginger, capers. They can support our lungs and boost our immune systems, naturally.

For further support and strengthen our immune system and our whole bodies, with a “tune-up”, we can visit our preferred professional practitioner. An osteopath, acupuncturist, naturopath or transformational massage therapist (see website link), can really help us make a difference.

Wishing You Happiness and Strength This Autumn!

If you knew that you could, which aches and pains in your body, would you let go of?

If you were courageous enough, what thoughts, ideas or habits would you release?

 

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Your Journey to Healing and Recovery

Your Journey to Healing and Recovery

It’s not a one-off event

Like success, and anything else worthwhile, Healing takes time Many people think of our bodies’ ability to heal, for example back pain or knee pain, or an injury like a pulled hamstring muscle, as a one-off event. Others imagine that this recovery happens in a similar time frame to the healing of a broken bone, about 6 weeks. Healing issues and injuries like these, usually involve soft tissues, like muscles and tendons, which will begin healing in that time, but rarely complete healing and recovery that quickly. In this blog, I will be discussing how healing happens and why healing takes time.

Many of our clients initially arrive at our clinic, in a great deal of pain and discomfort. As you can imagine, our first focus is to improve comfort and mobility. Then we focus on supporting and strengthening the body. This allows the changes to consolidate and build on each other. Enabling this new posture or way of being to hold for longer and longer periods of time. Ultimately this leads to improved health, strength, resilience, energy, and vitality. Unfortunately, this doesn’t all happen in one visit, it takes time. Often it will take a number of visits, as well as time for their body to assimilate these changes.

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During our body’s healing and recovery, from an issue or injury, there are three clinical stages: Inflammation, Proliferative and Remodeling. 

Inflammation is the first stage, and often our first sign that something is wrong and our body needs help. Actually, it is part of the healing process itself, our body’s early response to the injured tissues. The swelling and redness of inflammation happen because of the influx of supplies and reinforcements, particularly red and white blood cells, that the body brings specifically to the affected area. This launches the beginning of the process of healing and repairing the tissues. This can last up to 4 days. 

The Proliferation stage begins about 3 days into the process, overlapping with the end of the Inflammation stage. In this stage, the tissues, for example, the muscles or tendons, are being rebuilt. As this happens, the tissues can contract, feeling tight, restricted and often painful.

Remodelling is the last stage and can last 6 months to a year, after injury. This is the stage of re-educating our body, helping it to regain its original strength and conditioning. It involves our body adapting to these re-educational changes and finally assimilating them. When done well, it can even enhance and improve the state of our body, from where we initially began, because of what we learn and change in that process of re-education. For instance, in the process, we can learn better habits of lifting, of exercising, of movement, and of posture. When we do, we can find that after we have “recovered” from our injury, our body is actually stronger, more proficient, more resilient, and we have even more energy than we had before the issue or injury.

Journey to healing and recovery

Are healing bumps normal?

Healing rarely happens smoothly or in a nice straight line. Healing is not linear. Healing is a process. One that naturally goes up and down. The old saying of “two steps forwards and one step backward” can sometimes be how it feels. Sometimes things can feel worse before they start to feel better. Sometimes it can feel like you’re going backwards, when in reality, it is just your body working with and assimilating the changes that it is being led and encouraged and hopefully supported in, in taking. Unfortunately, this can be a common response during healing and even to treatment. So yes, there can be bumps in healing. It’s normal for the process to be a bumpy one. If this is how your body is responding, it can feel tight, uncomfortable, or even painful. We’re sorry to hear you’re suffering. If this does sound like what is happening for you, heat will usually be your friend. Whether in the form of a warm shower, an Epsom Salt bath, foot bath, or heat pack, to soothe and relax your muscles. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please call your practitioner and they can help you understand what might be happening specifically in your body, what your particular journey to healing and recovery might look like, and what can best help you.

Healing is like a spiral

I have often heard clients and practitioner friends, describing that to them, healing looks like or feels like “a series of hills or mountains to climb”. Especially when they get frustrated that it’s not progressing in the straight line that they expected.  My favourite image or shape to describe the healing process is a spiral. Looping around, coming back to a similar place, for instance when we feel the pain, discomfort, or tightness again. But in fact, the process has actually moved forward. It has improved and gone to the next level, loosening muscles or releasing tension in places. But the body has gone as far as it can at this moment and hit the next point of resistance. That is the pain, discomfort, or tightness that we feel. With some more help, from you or your therapist, you can also move through this, to your next level of healing and recovery, and reach an even higher level of strength, resilience, and energy.

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Healing is the new high

Through this up and down journey of healing and recovery, we have often found clients get so focused on how they feel in the moment, they forget the more intense, more constant pain, discomfort, or tightness they suffered at the beginning. This is a normal and natural part of the healing and recovery process. But it does remind me, as a practitioner, to help my clients to reflect back on just how far they have come and to celebrate their wins at each step, no matter how small they sometimes seem. Feeling more positive about the healing process can empower, enhance and even increase the speed of healing because we are then supporting rather than resisting it.  This can make the journey of healing feel like a fabulous high.

Wishing You Happy Healing and Recovery!

What would you do if you could clear your pain enough and improve your movement enough?

Where are you at in your journey to healing and recovery? How have you found your journey so far?

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4 Things I Learned from Queen Esther About Being a Woman of Influence

4 Things I Learned from Queen Esther About Being a Woman of Influence

Today, all over the world, is the Jewish holiday of Purim.

As you know, Alexis and I love being inspired by amazing, successful women, who are moving ahead by nurturing themselves. Today I was prompted to write about the star of the Purim story, Queen Esther. In this post, I’ll share 4 things I learned from Queen Esther, about being an influential woman.

In the story of Purim, our heroes, Mordechai & Queen Esther, save the Jewish people from Hamon’s evil plan to annihilate all the Jewish people. In the story, the King’s new queen, Esther, who is also Mordechai’s niece and ward, plays a crucial role in changing the King’s mind. She manages to have the decree that Haman had convinced King Achashverosh to agree to, reversed. Ultimately, instead, killing Haman.

In the bible, there are not many women described overtly, as public figures, the ones to take the initiative, or to do something so impactful. So I delved deeper. Here are the 3 most profound things that Queen Esther’s story taught me.

Courage

Courage:

Courage is about facing our fear and taking action in spite of it. It is about taking our life into our own hands, making decisions, sometimes tough decisions, and acting on them.

Queen Esther showed her courage when she risked the wrath of King Achashverosh, to speak with him and beg him to spare the lives of her people.

We see Esther’s courage, not only in taking action but also in how she goes about taking this action. Whilst it is Mordechai, Esther’s uncle and guardian, who discovers Haman’s plan to destroy the Jews, and he who comes to Esther, asking for her help, to beg the king to save her people. So someone whom Esther strongly respects and would likely do anything to help. What Mordechai doesn’t do, is tell her how to do this.

It is Esther who has the courage to take time, to pray, to focus and to plan. She prays and fasts for three days, to clear her mind. She strategically and patiently plans two feasts before making her request to the king. Demonstrating her patience and forethought as well. Finally, she follows through with these plans, holding the feasts and then pleading with King Achashverosh to save the Jews. Truly showing her courage.

My takeaway is that Courage breeds Courage. Just like a muscle, the more we practice acting with courage, the more we will be able to act with courage. I believe that the magic in life comes when we step out of our comfort zone. Almost anything in life that is really worthwhile is outside of our comfort zone. Becoming the best version of ourselves means stretching ourselves, which only happens when we step outside of our comfort zone.

Stepping outside of our comfort zone takes courage.

Initiative:

Initiative is all about personal responsibility and more importantly, our ability to respond.

We see Esther’s courage throughout the story. In taking time to pray, to plan and to act. It takes the whole process to get the results and free her people, the Jewish people, but without her initiative in taking those actions steps, she would not have achieved what she set out to do. Without Esther’s initiative and her ability to respond and take action, the story of Purim may have had a very different outcome.

My personal takeaway is that planning is the first step and planning is imperative, but planning without the follow-through of action doesn’t get us anywhere. Without action and our personal ability to take it, initiative, our best, most well thought out plans cannot bear fruit, won’t give us the results we’re looking for. Actions, no matter how small they might feel, are what takes us towards our desired outcomes in life. Focusing on action, even small action steps, are our key to being able to respond in life and get to where we want to go.

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Values-Based Actions:

Values-based actions bring courage, patience and planning, together with initiative, taking action and self-responsibility.

Esther’s actions were driven by her love and respect for her uncle as well as her people. When Mordechai comes to her, requesting that she go to the King and beg him to spare the lives of the Jews, she is scared, even terrified. She knows she risks her life just to approach the King, without being summoned by him. Still, she seems to need more than a gentle pointer from Mordechai, for the implications for her own life, as a Jew, sink in. Ultimately though, the decision is her’s to make, and she chooses to allow her actions to be driven by her values.

My personal takeaway is that the more true to our values, our actions are, the more powerful and laser-focused they become. Similarly, I have found, the less often I follow actions that really don’t sit well with me, or get tempted by them and spend time making decisions around them the less energy I lose. Actions are either in alignment with us, what we believe is important and who we believe we are, or they are not. When we try to act in a way that is not in alignment with our values, it drains our energy.

When we are true to ourselves, we let our unique, authentic selves shine. we are stronger, more vibrant and filled with more energy.

Nurturing Yourself to reach Clarity of Mind, Personal Strength and Courage

At the time that her uncle, Mordechai charged Esther with the task of saving her people, she was forbidden to speak with the King. The only way to speak with the King was to be personally invited. To build her courage and her plan, to woo the King’s attention and affection, Esther spent 3 full days praying and fasting. This helped build her strength of belief in G-d and herself, boost and focus her energy and attention to resolve the situation peacefully and respectfully, and give her the courage to follow through.

My personal takeaway is that so-called “selfish acts”, of taking time out to look after our bodies and minds, through prayer, meditation, preparing and eating good, clean foods and other activities that nurture and strengthen our bodies, are actually essential to us having the body, the results and the life, we ultimately want.

Nurture Yourself

I learned so much from Queen Esther, about supporting and positively influencing those around me, by nurturing myself. Remembering that I am the Queen of Me, and my best self will come out, with clarity, focus and strength, the better I nurture and look after myself.

Wishing you a happy Purim!

And an amazing year of personal strength and courage, to take your most impactful small action steps.

What would you do if you could clear your mind enough and boost your courage enough? Start own business or side-hustle? Leave your current job? Begin a new relationship? Begin a healthy body / healthy life habit or program?

Please comment below, we’d love to hear from you! 

We are a COVID-safe business

We are a COVID-safe business

BlossomingMe is a COVID-SAFE Business
This is our COVID-Safe Plan

Plan completed by: Alexis
Approved by: the Directors

CONDITIONS of Entry:

You will:

Use hand sanitiser on entry and before leaving

Take your temperature with infra-red thermometer provided

Fill in the declaration that you are well, have not been in contact with any known cases, have not been told to quarantine, are not awaiting results of a covid-test or living with anyone who is in quarantine or awaiting results and that your temperature is within normal limits.

Wear a mask during treatment

 

Guidance for our workplace and the actions put in place to keep customers and workers safe

Wellbeing of staff and customers:
• Exclude staff, visitors and customers who are unwell. (see further document, on request, but if you have any potential symptoms of coronavirus – get tested and isolate until cleared)
• Provide staff with information and training on COVID-19, see further document, on request. We all have completed the NSW Health infection control training
• Make staff aware of their leave entitlements if they are sick or required to self-isolate. All contractors, please contact health NSW
• Display conditions of entry for any customers or visitors (website, social media, entry points)
             o Add questions to sms confirmation
             o Ensure clear enough on website
             o Add to FB 

Physical distancing:

• Ensure that we have a maximum of 1 client in the treatment room (can have 1 guardian if required) and 1 client in the reception area at all times
• Use flexible working arrangements where possible, such as working from home, early and late shifts to reduce peak periods.
• Consider a sneeze guard at the from counter (not sure its appropriateness)
• Wipe down all pens, clip boards, HICAPS machine, thermometer, stapler, desks, doorknobs, toilet keys keyboards, stools, treatment tables and sauna surfaces – after each client
• Use telephone or video for any clients who are unable to come for a physical session or if practitioner is self-isolating – as appropriate
• Review regular deliveries and request contactless delivery and invoicing where practical, and wipe down upon receiving, before putting away/selling
• Signage for physical distancing, conditions of entry and precautions we are taking – at Front desk. With a sign-in form at front desk

Record keeping:
• Keep name and mobile number or email address for all staff, visitors and contractors for a period of at least 28 days. Records are only to be used for tracing Contacts
• Sign about COVID safe app in clinic
• All staff have active COVID safe app on phone? COVIDSafe app

Hygiene and cleaning:
• Provide hand sanitiser at reception and in treatment room.
• ViraClean is available to clean workstations and equipment such as monitor, phone, keyboard and mouse, after every client
• Bathrooms are the responsibility of the landlord. We have supplies of toilet paper, soap and sanitiser as required and we sanitise the keys after each use.
• *We have added a poster with instructions on how to wash hands.
• Where possible, staff wash hands with soap and water after each client and after cleaning. Using of 70% alcohol sanitiser for 20 sec is washing is not possible

Healthy Teeth and Gums: Optimising with Food!

Healthy Teeth and Gums: Optimising with Food!

We all want healthy teeth and gums, right? Did you know that the health of our teeth, gums and mouth in general, is a window for the health of our bodies? If we have bleeding gums or chronic mild infection, this can directly increase the inflammation present in the rest of our body and may even be an indicator of ill-health somewhere else in our body. By eating fruits and vegetables, we can positively impact not only our general health, but also create the healthy teeth and gums that we want.

We know that fruits and vegetables are good for us, but
how do they help our mouth and teeth?

B VITAMINS

Many fruits and vegetables are rich sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. For example, folic acid and other B vitamins, found especially in leafy greens supports healthy cell growth in general, supporting a healthy mouth.

FIBRE

Fresh, crisp fruits and raw vegetables help freshen breath and clean plaque from teeth. Eating fibrous, fresh, raw foods such as apples, oranges, carrots or celery, as well as other hard and fibrous vegetables for example, help to clean teeth (although not a substitute for flossing and brushing). The large amount of chewing required, stimulates saliva production, washing away the acids present (citric and malic acids predominantly) as well as other food particles that may be present in the mouth. The chewing also stimulates the gums and reduces cavity causing bacterial build up.

VITAMIN C

Foods rich in vitamin C such as apples, pears, oranges, pineapples, strawberries, cucumbers and tomatoes, protect tissues, including gums from cellular damage as well as against bacterial infection. Vitamin C also provides an immune boost, improves blood vessel and gum health and acts as an anti-inflammatory.

BETA-CAROTENE

Foods rich in beta carotene or any carotenoids, such as carrot, root vegetables (and celery) support vitamin A production, an essential nutrient for strong, healthy teeth.

COFACTORS FOR CALCIUM

Dark leafy green and cruciferous vegetables such as kale, cabbage, chard, asparagus and broccoli, contain a great variety of micronutrients. These include calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin A, as well as the B vitamins already mentioned. Many of these nutrients especially magnesium and phosphorus are important for the body to absorb and store calcium in the bones and teeth. As well as supporting the body’s ability to balance pH, which is essential for strong bones and teeth.

ANTHOCYANINS

Cranberries have been shown to reduce plaque formation and tooth decay by disrupting an enzyme involved in this process. Anthocyanins, phytonutrients (plant nutrients) present in foods containing reds, purples and blues are also healthful. This includes foods such as all berries, pomegranates, cherries, eggplant, plums, prunes, raisins, red grapes, red apples, red onion, red cabbage, red kidney beans and beetroot. These compounds are powerful antioxidants that seem to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-cancer properties. Further, they may specifically prevent the attachment and colonisation of pathogens.

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

These are just a few ways in which fruits and vegetables can help keep your mouth and teeth healthy.
Hopefully, it is clear that a large variety of different fruits and vegetables, especially encompassing the rainbow of colours, can support general health as well as tooth and mount health in a multitude of ways. Thus making eating as wide as possible a variety a useful, cost effective, efficient, simple and healthful strategy for most of us.

The easiest way to make use of the power of healthful fruits and vegetables is just to make sure to incorporate as many as you can into your daily life. Any improvements here will not only improve the quality of your general health, but also greatly impact your mouth. Allowing you strong and healthy teeth and gums, well into old-age.

Another, is to strip your diet back to a simple, clean eating protocol for just a short period of time. During this time, make sure that the majority of what you eat is fresh fruits and vegetables. This allows your digestive system a chance to not work so hard, as you’ve reduced your meat and processed food intake. This in itself, plus the addition of a larger volume of nutrients and fibre from this plant based eating, can allow your body to take a moment and remove more toxins from the system.

A short and simple detoxification process is a great way to periodically help your body to purge and to repair. Are you ready to begin a simple, food-based detoxification process?