What is health and lifestyle coaching?

What is health and lifestyle coaching?

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What does health and lifestyle coaching involve?
Health and lifestyle coaching is all about helping busy people stay on track with their health. It’s about understanding what habits you have today that support your health goals and which ones are preventing you from looking, feeling and functioning at your best.
Many tools and techniques can be employed (such as visualisation) to support these changes in belief and fast track and support the attainment and maintenance of your health and life goals.
Through the use of a variety of tools and techniques such as visualisation and hypnosis, you can gain a new perspective and belief about yourself and the world around you. This fast tracks the attainment of your health and life goals, and supports you to maintain them.
You may like to join us for some simple workshops around managing energy and stress levels or some quick and easy nutritional cooking workshops. Or you may prefer a more personal strategy with one-to-one sessions to learn more and tap into resources that can make a real difference for you.
What is Reiki and how can it benefit me?
Reiki is a Japanese technique that focuses on energy healing through the use of the Practitioner’s hands. It’s very calming and relaxing, and you may feel a sense of tingling or warmth around the area that your Practitioner is placing their hands.
At BlossomingMe, Reiki is often used together with Acupressure, activating the acupressure points with the Reiki energy. This enables a simple, deep and profound sense of healing.
Reiki may be especially effective for nerve damage healing after surgery.
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Supporting a healthy pregnancy with Osteopathy

Supporting a healthy pregnancy with Osteopathy

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During pregnancy, your body undergoes many changes, some visible, many not. These changes impact every part of the female body.
From back and joint pain through to high blood pressure and fatigue, pregnancy can bring with it a myriad of discomforts.
But what causes this to happen and what can you do to better support your body through this exciting (and sometimes challenging) time?
Accommodating new life
As soon as the foetus begins growing, the uterus and abdomen start to increase in size to accommodate.
This results in the displacement of internal organs and an altered centre of gravity, putting extra pressure on the back, ribs and lungs, as well as the abdominal and pelvic organs.
There is also a much larger requirement for nutrients and blood supply during pregnancy, leading to more effort from the cardiovascular system to oxygenate and pump the extra blood around.
Such an increase in load on the body in a relatively short space of time can lead to issues such as back and joint pain, shortness of breath, swelling (especially in the legs), high blood pressure, dizziness, fatigue and insomnia.
Osteopathy for a healthy pregnancy
Cranial Osteopathy is believed to be a gentle and effective form of treatment able to reduce pain and discomfort, increase mobility and aid the body’s physiology in order for the mother and foetus to achieve optimal wellness.
Our Osteopathic approach aims to remove physical blockages, improve circulation and nerve conduction, assist with removing any emotional blockages, and provide a realistic exercise and nutrition plan along with ongoing advice and guidance.
An Osteopath can also help you with specific pelvic floor exercises that can maximise support for your pelvic organs and their function through the entire pregnancy, the birthing process and the recovery.
Further, an Osteopath may also be able to assist in the likelihood of a natural delivery of your baby by helping your mind and body to be both strong, relaxed and confident.
By helping you deal with the emotional stresses of pregnancy and the impending delivery, your body will be more likely to naturally go with the birthing process, reducing the risk of an extended labour, pain and complications.
Guiding you along your wellbeing journey
At BlossomingMe, our experienced Osteopaths can support you on your journey towards optimal health and wellbeing throughout your pregnancy and beyond.
We work with you to discover what’s important to you and then create a personalised plan to help you achieve the results you want.
Want a personalised strategic plan and support process, to get you feeling calm and confident?
Contact us today to learn more or to book your free strategic phone session.
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For a strong immune system and the best health throughout winter:

For a strong immune system and the best health throughout winter:

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As we discussed in our previous blog, listening to the natural energies of winter, allows us to create the best balance between our bodies and the external environment, that we can. Being colder seems to naturally fit with being more internally focused, making winter the best time to recharge our batteries.
Like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we at Blossoming Me, are very much focused on preventative measures, to naturally protect ourselves against bacterial infections, flu and other viruses. The more balanced our system is, the stronger our defences against whatever we may be exposed to. For a strong immune system and the best health throughout winter, rest more and engage in gentle exercise to keep your energy flowing and use good nutrition to ensure that adequate vitamins and minerals are available and easy for the body to absorb.
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Gentle exercise is the go in the colder weather. So, when you are freezing and hiding under a blanket, you can come out and warm up, with just 20 minutes of moderate exercise.
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Boost your circulation, warming even your fingers and toes, raise your core body temperature, support your lymphatic and immune systems and aid digestion, as well as giving you a natural buzz from the feel-good endorphins, hormones that your body releases naturally when exercising.
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Our bones are the part of the body TCM associates with winter and the kidney and bladder energies. So strength training like resistance and weight training can be good, providing you don’t over do it to the point of exhaustion. Professional guidance from a trusted trainer, is also recommended.
 
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At this time of year, the best way to nourish our bodies is with warm, wholesome foods. Rich foods like meats and stews warm, strengthen, and support the body’s energy and digestive system. Bone broths and soups are another nutritious, warming and easily digested meal.
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Winter is the time to indulge in them, especially lamb, chicken, salmon and trout. Be mindful not to over do it though, as over indulging can unnecessarily strain your body.
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Meats cooked longer, at lower temperatures, with only small amounts of fluids, are best. Crockpots and slow cookers can be great for this, and root vegetables taste great when cooked this way!
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Making life easier when you come home at the end of a long day, to a fabulous, nutritious meal, already cooked, just add some lightly steamed vegetables, especially greens!
Great root veggies to use are: sweet potato, pumpkin, turnip, parsnip, potato, carrot and beetroot.
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For extra boosting and nourishing of the kidney energy, add flavour with: cloves, fenugreek seeds, fennel, star anise, black peppercorn, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, walnuts, black beans, onions, chives, scallions or leeks. (Not all at once!)
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Warmed wholegrains can also be a great way to warm the body in this cooler weather. Try porridge with whole oats or millet or even rice (congee) for breakfast; quinoa with dinner or a brown rice and cinnamon pudding for a warm supper treat!
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You can even add bone broth to these grains, including hidden in the dessert; to increase protein, sooth and heal the digestive system and support kidney energy.
 
The good news is that winter can be enjoyed by everyone if we nurture and nourish ourselves according to the natural elements of the season and listen to our body, noticing how it responds. Notice, nurture and nourish your body and enjoy every season! Even winter!
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Winter is the ultimate time to recharge our batteries …

Winter is the ultimate time to recharge our batteries …

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Winter is the ultimate time to recharge our batteries. While the weather is colder, keeping cosy inside seems natural and is a good way to conserve our energy. It brings our attention inwards, so we can centre ourselves, focus and reconnect with our passion. Developing our inner strength, harmony, self trust and confidence.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) encourages us to live in harmony with the seasons. According to TCM, there are five: winter, spring, summer, late summer and autumn. Each season has several facets, which help us to adapt our habits as the seasons change so that we can create better balance between our bodies and the external environment, keeping our bodies and in particular, our immune system strong, naturally maintaining our health, with less effort. In this blog and the next one, we will be sharing some simple ideas to do just this.
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According to TCM, winter is connected to the element of water and the energies of Kidney and Bladder. Kidney energy is our battery pack of life. Keeping it charged up and nourished, is key to enjoying our life to the full.
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This energy is seen to be connected to the inward breath and our ability to bring in life force energy. Interestingly, Yogis believe that we each have a certain number of breathes granted to us, to last the length of our life. Yogis remind us to breath slowly and deeply, to use these breaths well and not use them up too quickly.
Kidney energy issues can be diverse, from urinary tract infections to groin pain, hair loss, teeth problems, issues of growth in teeth, hair or bones, particularly in children, even breathing problems like asthma. Bladder energy issues are commonly sciatica and lower back related problems, as you may have already guessed, if you’ve skipped ahead to the meridian line diagrams.
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Some specific things we can do to connect with and support our inner selves and strengthen our kidney and bladder energy, in the cooler temperatures, is to slow down and reflect on our lifestyles with practices such as meditation, writing, and more gentle forms of movement like walking, Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
 
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1. Nurturing ourselves inwardly with meditation and visualisations can be simple:
Take a few moments now, just to picture ideas and images of your future self and the life you intend to be living in 6 months time. Like flowers in a garden, that will bloom in spring, these seeds are planted within you and will germinate when “watered” with your attention. Taking a few minutes each day to “water” these images, allows them to grow and develop quietly and organically, getting stronger each day, through focused energy, rather than being forced or pushed.
 
2. Rejuvenation:
Have you noticed that at this time of the year, there is less light, and things around us, in nature, are slowing down? Winter is the best time to reflect on life and take time to allow our bodies to assimilate all we have been doing, learning and achieving through the year. Good quality, restful sleep is one of the best ways to nurture and rejuvenate our body, is crucial for good health and is when our bodies assimilate knowledge and process change.
 
3. Record your feelings, thoughts and dreams:
Kidney and bladder energies are all about developing trust and belief in ourselves, growing our self awareness to the point we feel confident in expressing our feelings. Maybe not to a room full of people, but to ourselves, a close friend or support group. This confidence brings with it, a sense of inner strength, peace and harmony.
By focusing on growing in these areas, by default, we set ourselves up to overcome our fears, impatience, frustrations and any sense of shame or failure we may unknowingly be carrying.
Try keeping a journal and record your feelings, thoughts and dreams. Allow all images and messages, to come to the front of your mind. Don’t judge or analyse, just write. You can always some back later and see if there are any relevant messages or repeating themes that come up for you.
 
4. Pay attention to words in your world:
Pay attention to what sorts of words you hear in your world. Hearing is the sense associated with winter and the water element, and it can give us a clue to where our natural strengths & blocks may be.  Notice how you talk to yourself: which words hit you most strongly in a conversation, on reflection or, in a heated conversation (if you have the presence of mind).
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5. Brush the kidney and bladder meridians:
Sometimes we may not get a clear sense of which emotion is holding us hostage and keeping us stuck. At these times, physically clearing our bodies, with a simple body hand brush, can make an enormous difference. The element of water, which is associated with the season of winter, is carried through our bodies through 2 channels of energy, meridian lines: kidney and bladder. Brushing our hands along either the kidney or the bladder meridians, can give an amazing sense of release and peace.
The Kidney Meridian runs from the pad of our big toe on the underside of our feet, up the inside of our legs, into the groin and up along the centre of our chest, to our collar bone, as per the diagram.
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The bladder meridian, runs from the inside corner of each eye, up the forehead and around the top of the scalp, about 1cm from the centre line, down the back of the neck, about 1cm either side of the spine, beside the shoulder blades, as far down as you can reach. Begin again, reaching up your back, as far as you can, with your whole hand, coming down beside the spine, diagonally across the buttocks, to just above the crease where the leg meets the buttocks, and straight down the back of the leg, to the heal and finally along the edge of each foot, to the outside tip of the little toes.
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The good news is that winter can be enjoyed by everyone if we nurture and nourish ourselves according to the natural elements of the season and listen to our body, noticing how it responds. Tune into our next blog, for more ideas on how to nurture and nourish your body with movement and simple good nutrition ideas, and enjoy this winter!
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Jaw Pain?

Jaw Pain?

Due to a number of recent client questions about the jaw, we thought we would dedicate a blog to more information (please write back if you have other specific questions) …
Are your jaw muscles tight and sore?

You may be surprised to know that the strongest and hardest working joint in the body is the jaw or the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). It is almost constantly working, when we talk, chew or clench. With upwards of a couple of thousand movements each day, it comes as no surprise that some of the muscles we use in moving our jaw can become overworked and sore.

Tightness in the jaw is a common problem, and can lead to jaw or tooth pain, jaw clicking or teeth grinding, problems chewing, headaches, dizziness, earaches, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), eye pain or irritation and / or neck pain. And can often result in poor sleep, constant pain or discomfort and a general disturbance to your quality of life. 

Most commonly, the masseter muscles around the jaw and the temporalis muscles up into your temples (superficially), and the medial and lateral pterygoid muscles (inside the mouth) are the culprits.

The medial and lateral pterygoid muscles are inside the mouth and with pressure, generally are very painful.  Because of their difficult location, accessing them from inside the mouth (along the jawbone, behind the teeth; behind the teeth and backwards, towards the joint itself; and up underneath cheekbone), they are best assessed and treated by a professional.

Fortunately it is relatively easy to massage the superficial muscles yourself so long as you know where to work. And once this tension is released, headaches and neck pain etc. will often subside. A few techniques are offered at the end.
Some things to be mindful of, especially if pain continues, are that constant tension in these muscles can lead to the jaw being disarticulated, and that jaw pain can also be caused by malocclusion of the jaw (incorrect “bite”). While tension in the skull itself (from previous trauma, growth spurts and even pressures occurring at birth) can cause this, the feet and other factors affecting posture can also. These more complex conditions, can be assisted by some very specific dental devices. And the effectiveness of this treatment can often be speed up by reducing the associated tissue (membrane, ligament and muscle) irritation, supporting movement of the bones themselves into better alignment using gentle cranial osteopathic techniques and balancing postural factors using remedial massage and osteopathy and the like.

Ultimately we believe that a personalised combination of dental devices, postural and foot assessment, osteopathic treatment, remedial massage and possibly even soft proprioceptive innersoles, as well as self massage and relaxation techniques are often required for complete resolution of jaw tension and pain, especially in stubborn cases.

“Reduce Your Jaw Pain Now! 5 Use at Home Techniques”