Your Journey to Healing and Recovery

Your Journey to Healing and Recovery

It’s not a one-off event

Like success or anything else worthwhile, healing takes time. Many people think of the ability of our bodies to heal, for example back or knee pain, or an injury like a pulled hamstring muscle, as a one-off event. Others imagine this recovery takes place in a similar time frame to healing a broken bone (about 6 weeks). In reality, healing issues and injuries, such as these, usually involving soft tissues, like muscles and tendons, will begin to heal within this timeframe. However, they will rarely complete the healing and recovery process that quickly. In this blog, I will discuss how healing works 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. Enabling this new posture or way of being to hold for longer and longer periods. 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 many visits, as well as time for their body to assimilate these changes.

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

Inflammation

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

 

Proliferation

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

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 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. This is due to what we learn and change in that process of re-education. For instance, in the process, we can learn better habits of lifting, exercising, movement, and posture. So, if you improve your habits, you may find that after you’ve “recovered” from your injury, your body is actually stronger, more proficient and more resilient. You may even have more energy than before the issue or injury.

Journey to healing and recovery

Are healing bumps normal?

Healing rarely happens smoothly nor in an exact straight line, it’s 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, your body is working with and assimilating the changes it’s being led and encouraged to take. 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 responds, it can feel tight, uncomfortable, or even painful. We’re sorry to hear you’re suffering. If this sounds like what is happening for you, heat will usually be your friend. Consider 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, please call your practitioner, and they can help you understand what might be happening specifically in your body. We help you understand what your journey to healing and recovery might look like, we want you to feel better ASAP.

Healing is like a spiral

I have often heard clients and practitioner friends describe that healing is like “a series of hills or mountains to climb”. Especially when they get frustrated, it’s not progressing in the straight line 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 pain, discomfort, or tightness recur. 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. Reaching 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 observe that our clients are so focused on how they feel in the here and now, that they forget the more intense, 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 reminds me, as a practitioner, to help my clients reflect back on how far they have come. 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. Focusing positively on each milestone can make the journey of healing feel like a fabulous high.

Imagine for a moment what you would do if you could clear your pain sufficiently and improve your movement? 

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Why Detox

Why Detox

It can be difficult to make sense of when and why a detox may help. If you want to regularly improve and optimise your health, then a detox could be useful. If you suffer from any digestive complains, brain fog, difficulty focusing, making decisions, mood fluctuations, or energy issues… then as part of your healing and support process, detoxificaiton could be key. If you’d like to learn more about why detox? continue to read, or watch the video

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If you’d like to improve your general health or if you have any issues with your gut… stay tuned as I talk about how a detox program specifically, can improve your gut health, digestive symptoms, reduce inflammation and boost your overall health and feeling of vitality.

Hi, I’m Alexis Weidland, osteopath at BlossomingMe. Last week I discussed some common pitfalls of detox programs and the week before, a little about how we might get to the point that we need to perform a detox, even though our bodies constantly detoxify. But how is it that a detox program can improve your digestion, your gut health and your health in general?

Let’s explore some of the potential benefits of a detox.

Supports Liver Function:

First and foremost, a good detox supports your body’s natural detoxification pathways, especially the liver. By optimizing liver function, you enhance your body’s ability to neutralize and eliminate toxins.

Clears Brain Fog:

If you have that constant cloud in your head and difficulty with memory, focus and decision making. Detoxification balances brain chemicals, reduces inflammation and brings your parasympathetic nervous system back into the forefront. Helping to clear the cobwebs from your mind, sharpening your focus and improving cognitive function. 

Promotes Weight Loss:

Are you struggling to shed stubborn belly fat? A detox can kickstart your weight loss journey by supporting metabolic processes, improving digestion, reducing stress and reducing inflammation. Once you provide the safe space for your body to properly process and remove those toxins, it no longer needs that fat in which those toxins were stored and is willing to let it go.Helping you remove weight sustainably, safely and even easily. 

Enhances Digestive Health:

Bid farewell to bloating and digestive discomfort!

By eliminating processed foods and foods that irritate your gut, a detox can soothe your digestive system, allow gut healing and balancing of the microbiome. Promoting better digestion and in doing so removing bloating, pressure, pain and indigestion.

Balances Hormones:

Hormonal imbalances wreak havoc on our health and mood. Fortunately, a detox can help rebalance your hormones by reducing inflammation and supporting correct communication and balance of the endocrine system, parasympathetic nervous system, microbes, and your brain. It also balances blood sugar levels and supports fat and sugar metabolism, further reducing inflammation and balancing your endocrine system.This leads to improved energy, better mood, clearer brain function, improved sleep and can even assist menstrual issues.

Boosts Energy Levels:

A detox can revitalize your energy levels by removing toxins that bog you down. As well as helping to balance your gut microbes, supporting your mitochondria, and reducing systemic inflammation. Leaving you thinking clearly, and feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Boosts Immune Function:

Detoxification strengthens your immune system, supporting its function via healing the gut where 70% of your immune system functions, and balancing endocrine hormones. A stronger immune system makes you less susceptible to illness and infections and even an overactive immune system.

Improves Skin Health:

They say beauty starts from within, and it’s true! Without the nutrients for healthy skin, you can’t have that glow. And if your pores are clogged, well, they don’t look, feel or function as you want them to… Leaving you with dull, possibly uncomfortable skin. A detox can give you that coveted glow by nourishing from within, improving circulation, assisting with unclogging the pores, and reducing inflammation.

A Good Detox

Remember, detoxification is not just about restriction! It’s about nourishing your body with nutrient-rich foods and supporting its natural healing processes. A good detox won’t leave you feeling hungry!

So, whether you’re looking to kickstart a healthier lifestyle, overcome health challenges, or simply feel your best. Consider embarking on a detox journey. Your body will thank you!

How Do I Find Out More?

If you’re interested in learning more about how a detox can help you on your health journey, download my free e-guide Detox: a first step to a vital and energized You by clicking the link below.

Let’s Connect!

Which of those benefits excites you the most? Did it give you any aha moments? Or maybe you have a few questions? Please write them in the chat – I’d love to know where you are struggling most so that I can help you, answer questions and assist you on your journey… and see your improvements.

I love answering questions, to help YOU to be able to take control of your life and health and get the results you want

Thats all for now, so until next time and as always

In health

Bye for now

So if you have an injury, are healing, post operatively, have a chronic pain condition, or persistent inflammation it is worth trying the natural healing power of of curcumin . If you want to improve your general health, improve or protect your brain and heart or deal with chronic pain, curcumin could be your new best friend.

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

The Dangers of a Detox

The Dangers of a Detox

If you don’t know how detoxification works and you want a quick result, you could be tempted to go for a fad detox diet or use pills to help. But there are dangers in this. Especially if you have health issues, doing a stimulating or “forecful” detox can make you sicker. Once you understand some basics, you can do a detox, reap the benefits and prevent the potential dangers of a detox.  

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Is a Detox actually dangerous?

Well, yes it can be! If you’ve ever considered doing a detox or wondered why someone would want to. Then watch on as I explain some ways that a detox can actually be dangerous and what you can do to make sure that what you choose to do is not only effective but also safe.

Hi, I’m Alexis Weidland osteopath at BlossomingMe, join me as I delve further into the world of detoxification and some common pitfalls of different detox programs out there.

Increased Toxin Load!

As I have mentioned in an earlier video, a stimulating detox actually causes our body’s to release toxins from the tissues where they were being stored. Sending them to the liver for neutralizing. This actually increases the amount of toxins present in our bloodstream and that our liver needs to process. In other words, it increases our toxic load. If only for a short time.

If our body’s have enough nutrients, cofactors and antioxidants to allow full water solubility, neutralization, conjugation, binding and expulsion… then it is within our body’s ability to cope and, it can help us to both reduce our overall toxin load and feel great.

The Temptation

It can be easy to feel like it would be great to “just budge some belly fat”. In this situation, we may be tempted to try a stimulating detox. One that might be all the rage, touted as helping many A grade celebs to lose weight or something like that. Your body may be able to cope, but if in reality – you have more toxins stored in your body than you know. And don’t have an excess of the nutrients required. Then the temporary skyrocketing of your toxin load will have negative consequences.

The Danger of Stimulating Detoxes

Most trending detoxes do not have enough if any of the correct antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and cofactors required for possibly either, let alone both phases of liver detoxification. n order for it to happen fast enough and to completion. This then, results in increased inflammation plus DNA and cell damage on top of making our body’s work harder and using more energy. 

In such a situation, there is a high likelihood of experiencing symptoms of the “detox flu” as well as cravings, hunger, pains and low energy. Given this, it could be pretty hard to stick to the restrictive program wouldn’t you say?

And, well… this seems to me to be the opposite to our intention when starting one of those detoxes… right?

Instead of giving our body a rest and a chance to catch up, like a more gentle, food-based detox can, it has made our body work harder. If you feel drained when you finish… or you don’t even get to finish because of how crap you feel. Then you can be pretty sure that the nutrient and any energy stores you had, have been further depleted. It wouldn’t be that surprising then, to end up binging on high energy, comfort foods… that, well, can make you regain any weight you may have lost and add more toxins to boot.

On top of any nutrient deficiencies; energy depletion; cell, tissue and DNA damage and increased load your body is now going through. It likely would cause or worsen a backlog in the intestines. Creating discomfort, reduced digestion and less effective toxin removal… as you move forward with normal life after this supposed “health kick”.

What if you are already “At Risk”

Someone with low vitality or overall health may already be experiencing an overload of toxins as evidenced by inflammation, pain etc and has a tendency to “fall over the edge”  because their body’s have such low resilience. These people already struggle just in everyday life, suffering fatigue, multiple food or chemical sensitivities,and an inability to handle doing much at all without feeling terrible and crashing. Often for many days. In this situation, a strong detox will increase free floating toxins and free radicals causing cell and DNA damage and inflammation to a point beyond their ability to manage. It creates an immune type response, as these bodies try desperately to mop up the excess free toxins. As a result, they feel a strong, hard crash. And a worsening of their symptoms… That I expect they were trying to improve by doing “something healthy”. This is not what we want when we feel so fragile, so low. Such bodys’ require a slow, gentle and kind touch.

What about a Safe Alternative?

If, on the other hand, a wholefood based detox is followed. The nutrients required for both phases of liver detoxification are present, and extra antioxidants to mop up any excess free radicals will be available. So nutrient deficiencies won’t be an issue. These detox programs are easy to follow as you are filled with delicious, yet densely nutritious foods. They don’t stimulate liver detoxification, instead, they boost our body’s nutrition status enough for our clever body’s to decide that it is safe enough to deal with some of the excess toxins it has stored. And, you won’t crash or feel a detox flu or achy or drained. Because your body will only release what it is able to fully process and remove. It is just… optimizing your body’s natural detoxification processes and supporting its ability to do what it wants to do… in its constant effort to tend towards the best health it is capable of.

So that is the first essential component of a safe and effective detox… nutrients.

The second essential component in a safe and effective detox is ensuring that our elimination systems are functioning. 

Strain on Elimination Pathways… Are They WORKING?

As I mentioned in a previous video, part of our detoxification process is moving the now safely bound toxins to the kidneys, skin, lungs and intestines for removal. In order for this to occur, all of these avenues must be open. So a good detox includes ways to help our skin pores to open, our lungs to be worked, supports our kidney function AND ensures that our bowels are moving regularly and clearing completely. What I mean by this is that there isn’t a backlog of stool sitting up there. Even when our bowels are emptied daily,there can still be a backlog present. plus sticky bits of stool can coat the bowel wall, if our stool isn’t the right consistency. That just stays there and affects, among other things, the reabsorption of water that happens in our large intestines. If our gut motility is slow or we have constipation, or there is a backlog, any bound toxins present just sit there. They, along with any food particles that are also stuck there, ferment and putrefy. This process, apart from sounding gross, creates more toxins that can then enter your bloodstream from your intestines, causing cell damage and inflammation.

So it is essential, at the start of any detox process, to ensure that your elimination pathways are all moving well. This can be achieved in a few ways, including less safe options. So it is important to seriously consider what approach you take. 

The Safe Option?

In keeping with a whole-food based detox. Tthe gentlest way to ensure that your intestines are moving correctly is to remove food irritants, including common culprits (even if you don’t think you have an issue with them), removing meat intake for at least a few days and ensuring that you are eating a large variety and amount of fiber rich fruits and vegetables. By altering your diet this way, we are actually reducing the workload of our digestive system. We remove things that might be causing pressure and backing things up. We remove things that might cause irritation that can also trigger constipation, sensitivities and inflammation. And we add a variety of fibre (and water) that not only helps to move things through but also feeds our good gut bacteria helping to restore gut microbiome balance

So as you can see. There are a few things that need to be considered if you are thinking about doing a detox or even boosting your detoxification processes in your general everyday life.

Interested in Learning More?

If you’d like to understand a little more about detoxification and how it could be a great way to kick start your health journey. Click the link below to access my new FREE e-guide Detox: a first step for a Vital and Energized You!

What was your biggest take away? More, maybe it brought up a question? Please write in the comments section what your biggest take away was or your biggest burning questions, so I can answer them. Thank you so much for watching.

That’s it for today, so as always

In health

Bye for now

So if you have an injury, are healing, post operatively, have a chronic pain condition, or persistent inflammation it is worth trying the natural healing power of of curcumin . If you want to improve your general health, improve or protect your brain and heart or deal with chronic pain, curcumin could be your new best friend.

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

Toxic Load and Your Liver

Toxic Load and Your Liver

When working naturally to improve your health, we always want to optimise our body’s processes. Detoxification is an important task that your body (mostly your liver) performs daily, no matter what. So it is important to understand how the liver functions and what slows its funciton. The concept of Toxic Load is important here. So, what is Toxic load and how does it related to your liver?

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Is knowing how to keep your body and mind as healthy and well functioning as possible important to you? Or do you suffer from brain fog, fatigue, digestive complaints, skin conditions or food sensitivities? While this is a complex area, learning simple and actionable ways to support your body to slowly but surely move towards your being able to feel energised, able to think, comfortable in your own body and excited about and connected with life again is key… right?

So if you’re up for learning about how your liver helps you… everyday, take this moment to join me.

Hi, I’m Alexis Weidland, osteopath at BlossomingMe. Today I want to share with you about the concept of toxic load and the process our body, specifically the Liver, takes in order to be able to process and remove toxins. Understanding how your body detoxifies and where all these toxins come from, is key to making sense of how you can reduce your toxic load via reducing exposure and helping your body to remove them as often and effectively as possible… with or without a detox program.

What is Toxic Load?

So first, lets expand on the concept of toxic load. We are in contact with thousands of chemicals and toxins daily, from a multitude of sources. Authorities provide some data on how much of a particular chemical is safe, ie that our body’s can handle without “too much” damage. This is useful information, but it doesn’t take into account that our body’s are exposed to multiple chemicals at the same time. How our ability to deal with that chemical when in contact with other chemicals at the same time AND also, how these different chemicals might interact with each other and change the way they function or the way our body’s react is still unknown. 

So our toxic load is a theoretical concept relating to the amount of overall toxins and chemicals that our body is in contact with. The basic assumption is that the lower our toxic load, the less stressed our detoxification systems are and the less DNA damage we’ll have. Once our toxic load rises, we would expect our detoxification processes to be working hard, consistently. Theoretically, past a certain point, we would no longer be able to neutralise and remove the toxins we are exposed to. So our body will then hide those toxins away in order to reduce damage. Our body’s system for this is to wrap toxins away, mostly in fat. And, your body will be unwilling to remove this fat, no matter the calorie reduction or exercise you undertake… in an effort to ensure you stay safe. These hidden toxins, over time cause fat to build up in organs and tissues. AS this builds up, cell function is affected and symptoms of ill health will appear.

 

So how then, does our body detoxify?

Our Liver is the primary organ that processes toxins, chemicals, medications etc.

The Liver takes chemicals through two distinct phases, and both are required for safe and complete neutralization and removal of a chemical. Once processed, the more water soluble ones travel via the blood, and are removed either by the skin with sweat, the lungs with exhalation or filtered out by the kidneys and removed from the body via the urine. The more fatty ones are secreted with the bile into the bowels for excretion in our stool. 

Phase 1:

Phase 1 detoxification involves oxidation, the initial step in breaking down toxins into less harmful, water-soluble molecules for elimination. However, this process generates free radicals, also known as reactive oxygen species, which can lead to inflammation and tissue and DNA damage if these free radicals are not mopped up quickly in phase 2.  This phase cannot be completed if there is a relative deficiency of any ONE of the following B2,3,5,6 folate, B12, glutathione, branch chain amino acids, phospholipids or flavonoids.

Phase 2:

Phase 2 detoxification is where to liver combines the chemical or toxin with another molecule, called conjugation. This stops the chemical or the free radical produced in phase 1 from causing damage, ie it is neutralized. This neutralized, conjugated compound is them able to be released safely, ready for the body to expel it. 

Why is Phase 2 SO important?

If phase 2 detoxification is not functioning correctly, such as happens if you don’t methylate properly or you have a deficiency of the required enzymes and cofactors (such as the B vitamins especially B6, glycine, glutathione, sulfur compounds. Or you don’t have enough antioxidants (such as vitamins A, C, and E; CoQ10; and minerals like zinc and selenium to mop up excess free radicals. Or because you started a stimulating detox that pushes your body into releasing toxins from their stored hiding places. TThe result is cell and DNA damage that leads to aging and symptoms such as fatigue and aches… if this occurs during a detox that you thought was to improve your health, it is actually further loading your detoxification processes, making you feel ill and has damaging effects. If this is happening in your everyday life… you are actively in a state of cell & DNA damage, and therefore “aging”  on a constant basis.

An Essential for Any Good Detox

So, for any detox to be beneficial, the second phase of detoxification needs to be activated and completed. And in fact, we need to ensure all the nutrients required for phase 2 are being provided in enough quantities essentially before we  “start” the detox process. Plus, given that the second phase also requires correct methylation, if you, like a small but significant percentage of the population, struggle with methylation, this second phase is already sluggish and it is essential that you supplement with the correct version of vitamins for you… to allow phase 2 to occur, not just in your detox but beyond… in your everyday life.

What is an OAT?

By the way, a urinary Organic Acid Test – OAT can help determine if you are deficient in any of the detoxification limiting nutrients and not methylating correctly.

Putting it Together

 

So finally, now that you understand a little about how the liver helps us on a daily basis to remove harmful chemicals from your body and you understand the concept of toxic load. How might yo be able to reduce the chemical and toxin exposure in your life? Of course there are medications that we sometimes need to take and there are pollutants in the ocean and air that we may not be able to avoid. But is there anything that you can do to reduce your chemical exposure, in your general everyday life… at home? Like simple ways to switch out toxic personal care and cleaning products to ones that are healthier for you AND the planet? Or adding an inexpensive hepar filter to your air conditioningsystem to improve the air quality within your home or a water filter to reduce the amount of microbes and silt etc presenti in our water pipes as well as reduce the chlorine – that is useful for keeping our water safe for drinking, but not so useful inside our bodies…

What was your biggest take away? What 1 thing might you do to help your detoxification processes or to reduce your toxic load? I hope you found this information helpful! Please comment, like and share AND, if you’d like access to my new eguide Detox: a first step to a vital, energized you, type DETOX in the comments and I’ll get it to you via email  

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If you found your holidays an endless juggle of time and activities and difficult people, your body may have been under a little stress! Maybe there were other challenging events happening for you? Or maybe, you just over indulged in the types and quantities of food available during the holiday season? If so, you no doubt feel a little less than optimal returning to the hustle and bustle. Holidays can be great, are much needed and, there is no reason NOT to splurge, at least a little. But it is good to realise that this can set you up for brain fog; overwhelm; inflammation and pain; fatigue and more. What to understand not just why and how but what you can do about it? Watch or read on to find out. 

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Feeling a little sluggish getting back into your regular routine? Watch on as I discuss a simple approach that could have you feeling sprightly and focused and ready for a great 2024. You’ll discover why such a technique is often needed and how it could be a game changer in your life.

Hi I’m Alexis Weidland, osteopath at BlossomingMe. If you’ve ever thought about detoxification and wondered what all the fuss is about, or might be considering whether you’d like to do one, this is for you. 

Is this You?

So it’s already no longer quite the beginning of the year. Holidays are over, school is back, regular work routines are in full swing… How do you feel after the holidays? Were you a little over indulgent and you feel a little pudgy around the middle, heavy, bloated or lethargic? Are you struggling at all to get back into your groove? Maybe you feel a little foggy and unfocused? 

Yep, that’s me…. so what happens?

If any of these things resonate with you, a short, food-based metabolism and brain reboot could be just the thing. Wait, that sounds like a detox… But why would you need a detox… you might be asking? And that is a really great question and the answer can be quite long.

There are many reasons a detox might become necessary, so I’m just going to focus on one common combination to show you why and how this happens.

It Slows Things Down

When we have periods of overindulgence, our digestive system may process more irritating substances and less nutrients for a period of time. This imbalance can cause our digestion to begin to become sluggish. If this happens, the amount of toxins released from the digestive tract into the bloodstream increases. It also makes way for an imbalance in the microbes present in our gut. This then sets up a few things.

What Happens Next

Incomplete Digestion

First, completeness and speed of digestion decreases, which can turn into indigestion, constipation, abdominal discomfort, bloating, etc and if prolonged, an increased risk of nutrient deficiencies and even the creation of food intolerances.

GUT Inflammation

Second, increased inflammation in the gut, which causes gaps between the cells of the gut wall allowing larger molecules to directly enter the bloodstream. This activates a body-wide immune inflammatory response.

Brain, Hormone and Mitochondria Changes

Third, altered microbes directly affect the functioning of the brain. The vagus nerve transports microbes, inflammatory chemicals and neurotransmitters from the gut to the brain. Triggering inflammation in the brain, as well as altered neurotransmitter balance that can activate a myriad of brain symptoms (including mood dysregulation, hyperactivity, depression and anxiety and more). It also stimulates the amygdala, activating a heightened stress response throughout the nervous system, and a cell danger response in the mitochondria, of every cell of our bodies… These changes alter hormone regulation including that of fat and carbohydrate metabolism, & blood sugar levels; as well as affecting high level brain function and cellular metabolism which sets off free radical creation, and overall energy production issues. This leads to generalized cell damage, inflammation, fatigue, exercise intolerance and more. 

What were some of the Symptoms again?

So if you have been feeling bloated, constipated, lethargic, and unmotivated, or noticed you are less able to think as clearly, logically or stay focused, or are more irritable and impatient, or you feel a little bigger around the middle or maybe you are feeling more aches and pains or even headaches… This could be a sign that your body has hit what I call toxic overload.

Detoxification and Toxic Load

Now, your body naturally performs processes all the time that allow us to detoxify. But especially if there is a combination of factors, such as, poor diet, a stressful period or event (as Christmas can be in many households), coupled with underlying digestive issues or other factors that you may not even be aware you have, or if your body fighting off an infection, exposure to mold or irritants or even allergens, again, that you may not even have known were present in your environment Then add that to the chemicals that we are already bombarded with, that our liver constantly need to process and remove: in our food such as pesticides, preservatives, and dyes; from medications; in cleaning products, cosmetics, and personal care products; and our local environment- air and water supplies, building and furniture off gasses; and even electromagnetic energy waveforms. 

 

All of these things add a burden that our bodys’ must cope with. But there will be a point at which our body might struggle to deal with removing them fast enough to cover our exposure level. When this happens, the body continues to detoxify as well as it can. But, there is a backlog that happens. Once this backlog gets large enough, it can begin to interfere with cellular function and detoxification processes, making this backlog worse. At some point, this backlog begins to create feelable symptoms such as, but not limited to those I have described.

What Do I Do Then?

So, if you have any inkling that your body may be beginning to struggle with the chemical load, you want to be able to stay as healthy and energetic as possible or are starting to notice any of the symptoms I have discussed, performing a simple, even short food-based detox might be a good idea.

What Type is ok?

It is always best to start with a detox program that is not stimulating. That is, there are no medications, herbs, supplements or radical diets that aim to, essentially force the body to expel toxins. The reason for this, is that if you have an underlying health condition, or are not detoxifying as well as you could be, especially if you have a high toxin load. Then a stimulating detox will flood your system with toxins being pulled out of your cells, but you won’t have the cell function or nutrient availability to be able to neutralize, process or remove these toxins completely. This will likely leave you feeling sick, like you have the flu, maybe nausea, and with low energy. Not only this, but the released chemicals will cause damage to your cells and DNA until they are caught and neutralised, leaving you open to actually worsening your health status. Further, if you do not completely remove these released toxins out of your body, then your body will need to use more energy to safely tuck them away again, back into fat, where they were before you started the program. Making your whole time, energy and discomfort, for, at best… nothing.

 

So as you can see, this raises 3 important points

1 – detox programs are very useful and necessary for most of us

2 – our body already performs detoxification and a detox is not a period of allowing our body to begin to detoxify, but a focused time to allow your body to catch up, deal with excess and hopefully reduce the overall load (plus, if done right, it can aid cell healing and improvement of overall health status)

3 – a detoxification program can be dangerous, so you need to look into detox programs and decide on one that is not radical and in fact feeds you with highly nutrient dense foods and that starts off as only food-based before they progress to adding any form of supplements

 

Thats it for today, I hope you’ve found it useful! What was the stand out for you? Please share in the comments!

Did it raise any questions? If so, please comment below and I’ll answer them

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About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.

Would You Rather Struggle or Excitment?

Would You Rather Struggle or Excitment?

In this video, I cover 3 things:

In this video, I cover:

✅ The question – If you could choose between reaching your health goals by struggling, or with excitement, which would you choose?

✅ How you can tap into your best goals?

✅ So that:

  • Your vision and personal direction become clear.
  • You can make better decisions, more easily.
  • Your actions are more easily and consistently, aligned with your values (and goals).

 

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Here it is…

Have you ever found yourself compulsively busy? Avoiding things incessantly? Have no time to do simple things, like an exercise to support your health and well-being? Consistently distracting yourself with things like food, drink, social media, technology, and other things like that? That act like addictions, that consume all of our attention? Maybe you have a creeping sense of self-doubt, or disbelief about ever reaching the goal that you have set yourself? Or a feeling of floundering, like where do I start? how do I start? You don’t know where, and you can’t even see where to start? 

 

If so, then it may be that your health goals are actually goals that you feel you should achieve, rather than ones that actually inspire you from inside. Maybe they’re not even ones that are actually important, or even relevant for you. 

 

Hello and welcome. I’m Sarah Gowans, from BlossomingMe, and The Healthy Learning Lounge. Here we are a sanctuary where you can come to nurture your journey to health and well-being, and a positive mindset. To clear the stresses that are stopping you from living your best and most fulfilling life. 

Struggle and Hard Work

Today I want to chat with you about the sticky, tricky side of goal setting, and why these days I prefer to focus on the outcomes that I want to create, and the core values that they represent, rather than actually setting goals. Because focusing on goals takes us into planning and preparation. The where and how, of beginning to take action. And down the road of hard work and struggle.

Or …

While these are useful tools, it’s not about planning. It’s not about where and how to start. It’s about why to start. And finding our why takes us right into our values, and what’s really at the heart, really important to us. That gives us fire in our belly. That gives us energy to work with. That drives the engine and gives us power. And that then in turn, pulls us internally towards the goals. Towards what we’re wanting to achieve or create, not just in health but in our whole life. 

“Magic happens when we set the right goal”

This helps us sidestep any struggle or resistance, because it becomes about what’s important to us. Like travel, like spending time with people who are important to us, close to our heart. Like doing things, being of service to people who are important to us. It could be going on a trip to South America, taking people that are precious to us, to enjoy the adventure together and share the journey. It could be about striving, pushing forward and doing something that really makes you proud of yourself. Stretching and striving towards a fitness goa,l a health goal. It could be running a marathon, it could be beating your race time, it could be getting a new belt color in your Martial Art. It could be doing all of these things in order to inspire somebody who you are a role model for. A student of yours, your son, your daughter. It could be doing these things so that you can go out and enjoy actively playing with your son or your daughter. So that you can go and kick a soccer ball around with your daughter, or your granddaughter. These are important goals. This is what a health goal is about. It’s that why, that’s important then. And they become personal, and valuable, to us individually, personally. They move us towards the health goals that we are striving for, in 2024. As Vision Lakhiani, from MindValley, says “Magic happens when we set the right goal”. 

How do we know it’s the right goal?

So how do we know that our goal is the right goal, not just another bright shiny object? When we’re clear about what’s important to us, and connected to our values, we find clarity. It enables our interactions with ourself and with others, to be in alignment with our values. It can empower the way we interpret experiences, things that happen to us, in our life, and therefore how we respond to them. Allowing us to see what’s happening through a different lens, a different, deeper perspective. So that we can understand it, and then find meaning in it, so that we can learn from it. Knowing our values then, invites us to be authentic. So that we can approach every situation with clarity and peace of mind. So that we can then strive wholeheartedly, with passion, and purpose, to the things that are important to us.

Thank you for joining me today. I wish you a relaxed body, a clear mind, and a joyous spirit. 

And if you do have any questions please feel free to pop them also in the comments below, so that we can get back to you with answers, and help you personally on your journey. 

We look forward to seeing you back here, next time, for more ways to support you in your journey to well-being.

Namaste.

Sarah xx

 

ps. To help you even more on this journey, I’ve created a cheat sheet, with a couple of simple steps, to make it easier to align your goals with your values.

Would you like your FREE copy now?

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

Hungry for more?

Check out our other blogs; send us a question, so we can create content that YOU want to know about… and if you’d like to delve into some of our other topics and talks that may be of interest to you, click here for our recent talks and blogs.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.
Wisdom of TCM’s Fire and Earth Elements, to Help You Stay Steadily on Track to Your Goals This Year

Wisdom of TCM’s Fire and Earth Elements, to Help You Stay Steadily on Track to Your Goals This Year

In this video, I cover 3 things:

✅  What challenges are associated with February and the element of earth?

✅  What strengths does it also bring?

✅  One simple exercise you can do at home, to centre and empower yourself

 

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Here it is…

Did you know that the month of February is really significant? According to Time Magazine, it’s by February that 80% of people, 80%, will quit on their goals that we’ve set at the beginning of the year. So they never get the chance to reach the outcomes that they really desire. 

This got me wondering. What’s special about February? Why is there more risk of quitting here? It got me thinking about Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM philosophy. 

The Five Element philosophy in TCM, where February is special, because in the southern hemisphere, that is where we head from Summer into the short period of late summer. So we’re going across from one element, the fire element to the Earth element. We’re activating that. Crossing over seasons. That may challenge us twice as much, but it also gives us the opportunity to double the power that we can tap into. To double those strengths. The strengths of the element of fire and the element of earth. 

So today I wanted to share with you some of the potential challenges and traps that we can fall into when we have imbalances in these elements, fire and earth. As well as the strengths and benefits that they can bring to us. That we can gain if we tap into the fire and earth elements. When they are in balance, they can positively influence various aspects of our life, including the goal setting that I’ve been talking about recently. 

The Fire Element

On the flip side, our heart, in TCM, is considered the house of our mind, our soul, our true center. And that can bring us home to our feelings. Feelings of passion and purpose. These are behind well-set goals. So we can be uplifted, and energised, to achieve these goals. When our other fire meridians are in balance, that can reduce our resistance, and increase our ability to think clearly. And our actions may flow more easily. Further, it can lift our energy levels, and our overall vitality. Increasing our ability to engage in activities that support the achievement of our goals. 

The Earth Element

In contrast, our earth meridians, stomach and spleen, when they are out of balance, the spleen in particular, can lead to overthinking and to worry. When it is balanced, we’re able to remain more grounded and stable. Supporting our mental clarity, our focus, and concentration. Improving then, our decisions, and aiding our effective planning, as well as our organisation toward reaching our intended goals.

Our steady progress is further enhanced with a well-balanced stomach meridian. The digestion and assimilation done by our stomach, metaphorically as well as physically, can symbolize gradual and steady progress towards the outcomes that we really want to create this year. This can be essential for achieving the goals that we have set. 

Healthy Personal Boundaries

Also healthy personal boundaries are important, as a part of maintaining harmonious relationships with ourselves as well as with others. Stresses at work, such as long hours, heavy workload, tight deadlines, a lack of autonomy, organisational changes, as well as changes to our own duties, they may compromise our personal boundaries. And as a result our ability to reach our goals and intended outcomes. Of course not all of these are within our control or our our ability to change. But having clear boundaries, may set us up, may equip us better, to handle these changes, both at work and at home. So that we can really be there for the people that we love. It can also help to steer us clear of overwhelm, and remain centered in our own integrity. So that we are able to cope and adapt, to reach our goals and the outcomes that we so desire. 

By strengthening our meridians then, we can support our personal boundaries. With spleen’s, clear-mindedness, triple heater to settle our nervousness, and pericardium to guard our heart. So that ultimately we are more likely to reach our desired outcomes this year. 

Fire and earth elements can play a crucial role in maintaining our balance and harmony within our bodies. So from the wisdom of TCM we can tap into these elements to mitigate the challenges of goal setting, and foster connection with our values, soul, and creative essence. 

Triple Warmer Hug to Calm

So that I can help you do that better, here is one exercise that I have grown to love. Donna Eden calls the triple heater, a “triple warmer”, so this is Donna Eden’s Triple Warmer Hug to Calm. In this exercise, simply place your right hand over your bottom ribs, and your left hand onto your elbow. Here at the elbow, we’re tapping into the triple heater. And the ribs touch into the spleen meridian. So we’re actually able to contact both. Take several deep breaths. In and out. And then repeat on the other side. So placing your left hand on your right ribs, and your right hand on your left elbow. Again, tapping into the spleen and triple heater meridian channels. A deep breath, in and out.

So I wish you calm, and strength, and clarity of mind, as you step towards your goals this February.

Thank you for joining me.

Namaste.

Sarah xx

 

ps. To help you even more, I’ve just recorded a short video series: “Outcomes Mastery. A simple 3-Step Heart-Centered Formula for Goal-Setting”. To help you achieve the outcomes that truly matter in the primary areas of your life. So you can regain your clarity, energy, and productivity.

It’s available now, FREE for you, in our new app.

Would you like access now?

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

Hungry for more?

Check out our other blogs; send us a question, so we can create content that YOU want to know about… and if you’d like to delve into some of our other topics and talks that may be of interest to you, click here for our recent talks and blogs.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.
Want A Bridge to Help You Reach Your Health Goal This Year?

Want A Bridge to Help You Reach Your Health Goal This Year?

In this video, I cover 3 things:

✅   One important difference between someone we see who reaches their health and wellbeing their goals, and someone who doesn’t.

✅    What is the one step often skipped, that is so important?

✅    What are some Questions You Can Ask Yourself?

 

Rather read the blog?

Here it is…

And just like that it’s January again. So happy New Year! 

As the weeks go by, I reflect back on the goals that I set back on the 1st of January. Did you set any goals for yourself this January? This new year for 2024? 

I ask because 73% of Australians actually set New Year’s resolutions. More of them are women than men, but that’s for over 14 million Australians who set goals this year, in 2024! 

What’s worrying is not the number of people who set the goals. What’s worrying is that only 8% of them, according to the University of Scranton, only 8% of us are going to actually reach those goals. And by February a whole massive 80% have already quit on their goals. 

So I wanted to reach you before we got to February of this year.

I don’t believe that this is because of a lack of work ethic or even a lack of planning. Most of these people are ambitious, dedicated, and passionate about what they do, and who they are. Maybe you even know one of them. 

So what’s the difference between someone who reaches their goals and someone who doesn’t? We often see people who set health and well-being goals come through our clinic. Whether it’s getting out of pain in their neck, headaches clearing, or clearing pain in their hips so that they can walk easily again. Whatever it is, they set the goal. What happens next? And can we apply this same principle to broader goals that are relevant to our whole life?

Hello and welcome. I’m Sarah Gowans, from BlossomingMe and the Healthy Learning Lounge. Here we are a sanctuary, where you can come to tap into, and nurture your journey to well-being, to health, and a positive mindset. To clear the stresses that are stopping you from living your most fulfilling life.

The First Step

Going back to the new year and goal setting, the first step in goal setting is understanding our why. What’s behind it. Starting with why, as Simon Simec says. This is often a step that we skip when we’re trying to set goals. But it’s one of the most important steps in the process. It’s the engine that powers us through, keeps us going when things get tough. When the process of reaching our goals, taking that next step, feels impossible. That’s when our “why”, is most important. That’s when we really dig deep to find that why, and power through anyway. 

So today I want to talk to you about your why. How to tap into it, and why it’s important. A lot of people, when they’re setting goals, they start with the “S” of” smart” goals, which is being specific. 

 

Don’t be specific!

For decades we’ve been told to begin with being specific, so this is going to surprise many people when I tell you that maybe we don’t want to actually be that specific. Let me explain why. 

See for most of us, when we think about being specific, we think about “who”, ‘how” and “when”. This can lead us to really nice, neat answers. But as Vision Lakhiani, from Mindvalley, tells us, this can keep us locked in the logical side of our mind and that can lead to self-doubt. We start asking ourselves questions, about “how we can do this?” and “can we even do this?”. And it starts to feel too hard, and near impossible before we even start. 

But it’s not the “how, the when, and the who”. It’s not those details that we want to get specific about. It’s the feelings, the emotions, and the outcomes that we want to experience. This is our “why”. Our “what” and our “why”.

Most of us aren’t looking to be, for example healthy, just for the sake of healthy. We want to improve our health, our fitness, and our well-being, in order to get something or to avoid something. Maybe you’re avoiding pain, headaches, and hip pain. Maybe it’s keeping you awake at night. Perhaps you’re looking for something more like travel and adventure. Maybe with your children or your grandchildren. So becoming stronger, becoming more active, this will help you to enjoy that travel and adventure even more. With important people in your life for sure. But it’s going to help you to enjoy that sense of adventure. Again, a feeling. Tapping into that feeling. Maybe you want to feel accomplished, strong, relaxed, or full of energy. More feelings. These are going to give you the results that you’re wanting to achieve. It’s not just simply health for the sake of health. Whatever it is for you, ultimately the emotions connected with the experience, that’s what we’re seeking. Not the “when, who, and how”, of the experience.

Stay general

Many people really find it challenging to be specific about feelings. So being general then, can free us up to focus on our what and our why. And that can help us tap into the creative side of our mind, which is also the feeling side of our mind. And that can energize us then, into action. So it really digs deep, and powers us from the inside.

 

Are You Setting Goals to Please Others?

Another side benefit of tapping into our why as well as our what, when we’re setting our goals, is it makes sure that our goals are aligned with our values. They’re not to please somebody else. Our boss, our therapist, our parent, even our child. They’re not to please others. They are to please us and fire our fire us up. To get the most out of our lives, and be who we are meant to be. If they’re not important to us, that can lead to “success” that after all the hard work and sacrifice that we put in, it doesn’t feel good, it doesn’t energise you. And I don’t want that for you. What I want, is for you to feel amazing when you do achieve your goals. 

At A Deeper Level

At a deeper level, if we dig deep and tap into our heart, our soul, or our spirit, we can get clarity about the outcomes that we want to achieve for ourselves. About the feelings that we desire to have in our life for ourselves, and what we want to create. As Vision Lakiani also says, this kind of clarity can lead to deep feelings and emotions.The kind of clarity that leaves you feeling inspired to take action. Like where you should go exactly. What would be good to do, and what action might be good to take. You feel inspired to take that action. You’re not beating yourself up, or doing an action simply because it should be done. You’re inspired from the inside. It might even inspire you to connect with certain people and this can impact our lives more than just in one area, more than just in one role that we play in our life. It can enhance the quality of our whole life.

 

Some Questions You Can Ask Yourself

Finally, some questions for you to ask yourself, to make sure that the goals that you want to achieve, are in line with your values, and important to you. So that they can impact your life to the full.  If you’re thinking of improving your health for example, think a little deeper.

* What is it that you actually want to change, exactly? 

* Why do you want to change that?

* What feelings is it, that you’re looking to experience? 

* Why, in detail, do you want to achieve this health goal, or this outcome for you, in the first place?

Be as descriptive as you possibly can. The clearer you are about exactly why you want to accomplish this particular outcome, the more likely you are to have the stamina to keep focused when challenges arise, or when your motivation wanes. This can help you to stay the course and help you to get through February and through the rest of the year. To actually achieve and accomplish the goals and outcomes that you want to achieve for yourself in your life. 

So thank you for joining me today. I invite you, if you enjoyed today’s video, to please comment below. Ask any questions, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Like it, share it with your friends, and join us next time, as we share more gems with you on your journey to wellbeing. Till then, we wish you a wonderful, happy, and healthy New Year.

Namaste

Sarah xx

 

ps. To help you even more, I’ve just recorded a short video series: “Outcomes Mastery. A simple 3-Step Heart-Centered Formula for Goal-Setting”. To help you achieve the outcomes that truly matter in the primary areas of your life. So you can regain your clarity, energy, and productivity.

It’s available now, FREE for you, in our new app.

Would you like access now?

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

Hungry for more?

Check out our other blogs; send us a question, so we can create content that YOU want to know about… and if you’d like to delve into some of our other topics and talks that may be of interest to you, click here for our recent talks and blogs.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.
Bridging The Gap Between Your Mind and Body, to Unlock Your Joyfilled Life

Bridging The Gap Between Your Mind and Body, to Unlock Your Joyfilled Life

In this video, I cover 3 things:

✅   Key signs to help you uncover chronic stress and small-t trauma in your body

✅   Key signs of saftey in your body

✅.  A few things you can do to release tension in your body, so you can feel safer, calmer, and more relaxed.

 

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Here it is…

Aches and pains can be an indication of an imbalance in the energy systems in our body. So can emotions, and struggles, in our daily lives. Understanding this can help us bridge that gap between our mind and body. Enabling our energy to flow more easily and freely, as well as efficiently, through our whole body. So that we can unlock a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. 

We’re all made up of energy channels that travel different pathways through our body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, these pathways are called the meridian channels. There are 12 main meridian channels, and they’re all interconnected. Sometimes they can have imbalances, and that can affect the energy flow. Whether it’s too much energy, or not enough. 

We function best when our meridian channels are in balance. Then they’re in flow, and our energy is flowing smoothly, and easily, our Chi, our life force, within our body. When we have this flow, it also has the potential for transformation, in our body and our mind. 

Hello and welcome. I’m Sarah Gowns, massage and cranio-sacral therapist at BlossomingMe, and the Healthy Learning Lounge. Here we are a sanctuary where you can come to nurture your journey to health and well-being, as well as a positive mindset. To clear the stresses stopping you from living your most fulfilling life. 

The Crucial Role Our Meridan Channels Play, in Our Well-being

So here is what I want to share with you today. Our meridian channels play a crucial role in maintaining our overall well-being. When they’re imbalanced, our energy can get stuck and our health compromised. But when they’re in flow, when they’re balanced, they contribute to our physical and mental health and well-being. 

Our Fire Element Meridians and the Season of Summer

Here in the southern hemisphere, we’re in summer. So today’s focus is on our fire meridians which are connected to the season of summer. That’s the heart meridian, the pericardium, the small intestine, and the triple heater. So four Meridian channels in this element of fire. When these elements are balanced we can tune into our passion and our love of life. When they’re not we can get stuck in the emotion of hate. This can also lead, as I alluded to before, to health issues. So balancing our fire Meridian channels can unlock a seamless connection between our mind and our body. 

Let me explain further.

Our Heart Meridian

We can rediscover joy and vitality when our heart meridian is balanced. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, our heart is considered the Emperor of our body and mind system. It’s responsible not just for our circulation, but also for housing our Shen. Which is our mind, our spirit, or you might call it your soul. So as you can imagine, this is all about feeling love, feeling passion, getting excited about life. And when our heart meridian is well balanced, that happens for us. When it’s not, it can lead to issues like insomnia, anxiety, and even heart palpitations. However, when it’s functioning well, that can contribute to our mental clarity, sound sleep, and a deep sense of joy and vibrancy. 

Our Small Intestine Meridian

Are you struggling with decisions? Getting clarity around making decisions. We can enhance that with our small intestine meridian. It’s responsible for the absorption of nutrients in our body physically, and energetically, and the distribution of these nutrients. An imbalance here can lead to digestive problems, abdominal pain, and back pain. It can also lead to things like scattered thoughts. Making decisions then becomes really difficult, and that can create a sense of overwhelm as well. When flowing smoothly, we can get more nourishment from the food that we eat, and we can enhance our health and well-being that way. It can also enhance our mental clarity and discernment, enabling us to make better decisions, with better judgment.

Our Pericardium Meridian

We can boost the strength of our emotional self, and face life’s challenges with more resilience when we have a balanced pericardium meridian. The pericardium is the heart’s protector, and it safeguards our heart’s energy. Imbalances here can be felt as shoulder pain, chest pain, and also palpitations. It can also manifest emotionally, in things like emotional sensitivity, social withdrawal, and difficulties in forming connections, particularly meaningful connections with other people. When it’s well balanced we can foster our emotional resilience, and have healthier relationships, as well as a sense of security. And this can enhance our overall well-being, as you can imagine.

Our Triple Heater Meridian

Is brain fog bothering you? We can get mental clarity, as well as a metabolism that rocks, with a balanced triple heater meridian channel. The triple heater is in charge of three sections of our body, upper, middle, and lower. That affects then, our respiration, or breathing, our digestion, and our elimination. Ensuring our internal organs function well, individually, and overall, is a responsibility of our triple heater. When it’s imbalanced though, that can lead to disruptions in our temperature regulation, we can feel excessively hot, or cold. And it can also disrupt our metabolism, and digestion, causing problems there. Emotionally, it can create issues like feeling out of sync with other people, and difficulty adapting to change, as well. But when our triple heater is well balanced, that can ensure that our body is well regulated, both in temperature and as a functioning, whole system. That can create then, a metabolism that really rocks, and a sense of overall wellbeing for us, as well as the ability to connect really well, in healthy relationships, and connections with other people. 

 

Ways that we can support our fire element meridian channels during summer. 

Heart Meridian

So with our heart meridian, we want to engage in activities that really light you up bring joy and laughter to you, personally. Practices like meditation, yoga and deep breathing exercises, can also help calm your mind, and support your heart health as well. 

Small Intestine Meridian

The small intestine meridian supports that by simply drinking things like calming herbal teas that can also aid in our digestion. Things like chamomile and peppermint, in particular. 

Pericardium Meridian

The pericardium meridian, how do we support that? Spending time with positive people, and positive relationships, that really make you feel good. We can also support it with activities that you enjoy, that bring you emotional fulfillment, that really light you up and make you feel good. Practices that incorporate our body-mind connection, like Tai Chi, Yoga, Qi Gong, they can also help us to balance the pericardium meridian. And mindful practices, self-reflection, that can help build emotional resilience as well. 

Triple Heater Meridian

The triple heater meridian, we can support that by physically staying active. That can promote circulation, and balance, throughout our whole body systems. Outdoor activities such as swimming, and brisk walks can be really nurturing for our triple heater meridian. Hydration is also important, and that can help to support our temperature regulation, as well as our metabolic balance. So understanding and nurturing the balance of our TCM fire meridians, during the season of summer, that can significantly enhance both our physical, and emotional-mental health as well. This then supports our body-mind connection, helping us to bridge that gap. So that we can unlock an even more harmonious, and joy-filled life.

Thanks for joining me here today. If you did get value in this video, please like it, share it with your friends, and connect with us here on Facebook. And if you have any questions, please feel free to shoot us a question in the comments below. We look forward to connecting with you next time, here at BlossomingMe and the Healthy Learning Lounge.

Namaste

Sarah xx

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

Hungry for more?

Check out our other blogs; send us a question, so we can create content that YOU want to know about… and if you’d like to delve into some of our other topics and talks that may be of interest to you, click here for our recent talks and blogs.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.
Ease digestive issues, mood disorders, and settle your Vagus Nerve, using the Triple Heater meridian

Ease digestive issues, mood disorders, and settle your Vagus Nerve, using the Triple Heater meridian

Are gut issues or mood disorders, like anxiety frustration getting you down? Are end of year deadlines leaving your body feeling tense, your mind stressed, and overwhelmed?

Then this video is for you.

In this video, I cover:

✅  Why are your vagal nerve and triple heater meridian, like wizards?

✅   Why is this important for your digestive issues or mood disorders?

✅  One exercise you can use to ease your digestive issues or emotions like anxiety or frustration

 

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Here it is…

Hi friend,

Are gut issues or mood disorders, like anxiety, frustration, getting you down? Are end-of-year deadlines leaving your body feeling tense, your mind stressed, and overwhelmed? 

You know, I was speaking with a client just yesterday, and she, like many of us at this time of the year, she’s been managing work and family commitments all year through. It’s been running her ragged. And as we draw closer to the end of the year, even more so. As we attempt to tidy up our projects, in a nice neat little bow. All neat and tidy, and all wrapped up. You know this can take a toll on our autonomic nervous system, and lead to things like digestive issues, heart problems, immune system dysfunction, mood disorders, and more. 

Hi, I’m Sarah Gowan massage and cranio-sacral therapist at BlossomingMe. Today I want to share some insights about your autonomic nervous system, and why it’s important to de-stress it, some ways that you can calm it down for yourself. 

The Autonomic Nervous System

See the autonomic nervous system is responsible for regulating various involuntary body functions. Things like our heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, and our stress response. It consists of two main branches. The sympathetic nervous system. That’s in charge of our fight-flight-freeze response. And the parasympathetic. This one is responsible for our rest-and-digest, or rest-and-repair, that part of our autonomic nervous system. And during extended times of stress and Trauma, the balance between these two branches can get disrupted. And we can get stuck in a persistent activation of our sympathetic nervous system. That fight-flight-freeze one. 

Impact of the Vagus Nerve and the Triple Heater Meridian, on Our Nervous System 

See both the vagas nerve in Western medicine, as well as the triple heater meridian channel, in traditional Chinese medicine, they play a crucial role in the balance of those two elements of our autonomic nervous system. And this affects our ability to deal with stress, our capacity to release Trauma from our body, as well as our general overall well-being.

 The vagus nerve, also known as the 10th cranial nerve, is a major component of our parasympathetic nervous system. The vagas nerve is the longest nerve in our body, and it winds its way down from our brain stem, in the middle of our brain, all the way to the colon, at the end of our digestive system. Its many branches innovate various organs throughout our body. As a result, it affects many of our body’s major functions and plays a crucial role in regulating them. Things like our heart rate, breathing, immune system, and our digestion. 

As we’ve discussed before, the triple heater meridian channel in traditional Chinese medicine is one of the meridians in the fire element. That also includes our heart, small intestine, and pericardium meridians. As such, it’s one of the pathways that energy travels throughout our body. As a fire meridian itself, it’s most effective, as well as most vulnerable, during the season of summer. The triple heater meridian channel helps us to balance our nervous system but from the other side. It’s actually in charge of the sympathetic nervous system. Remember, that fight-flight-freeze response? The triple heater works like a thermostat, see it regulates the heat throughout our body. As its name suggests, it regulates heat across three areas of our torso. The upper, the middle, and the lower sections. Each one in a different way. So respiration, in the upper section. Assimilation, that’s our digestion of course, in the middle. And elimination in the lower section of our body. Like the vagas nerve, this broad area gives the triple heater the ability to affect important glands, including our thyroid, thymus, and adrenal glands. And can impact fundamental functions in our body. Such as our immune system, our ability to manage stress, and our metabolism.

When They Are Activated and When They Are Dysfunctioning

The activation of the vagus nerve can promote relaxation. It can decrease our heart rate, and increase our ability to digest and absorb nutrients, as well as improve our immune function. The dysfunction on the other hand, of the vagus nerve, can lead to symptoms such as digestive issues, heart problems, immune system dysfunction, excess heat and cold, as well as hormonal imbalances. Emotionally, you might find yourself struggling with the balance between your professional and personal lives. And that can lead to a sense of overwhelm and a lack of direction. 

Likewise, it won’t surprise you then, that the activation of the triple heer meridian, and also the imbalance in the triple heater meridian, can have very similar effects. By activating either the triple heater meridian channel or the vagus nerve itself, we can bring both aspects of the nervous system back into balance. This can help us decrease stress and overwhelm, as well as gut disorders.

Why the Throat?

The throat then, is an area where both the vagus nerve and the triple heater meridian can be reached and activated, at the same time, together. The triple heater meridian runs, as I said, from the eyebrow, through the neck and shoulders, down to the tip of our fourth finger, or our ring finger. The vagus nerve runs between our brainstem and our colon. Both go through the neck. 

This narrow area of our body focuses around communication. Both our external expression and connection with other people, also between our own mind and body. This can also reflect in our conscious and unconscious minds. This [the neck] then, is the perfect place to reach both of them, and tap into the power of both Western and Eastern healing modalities, to settle and balance your nervous system.

 

Some How To’s:

This exercise, is one that can bring both of them into balance. 

So I invite you to rub your hands together, [and] shake off the energy. And then place one hand flat on your neck, to connect with both of these systems. The other hand can sit on your shoulder, or your elbow. And here, connect with the triple heater meridian. In either place. 

hand on neck

I invite you, in this position then, to take three deep breaths. In through your nose, and out through your mouth. You can enhance this with a sigh, as you breathe out through your mouth. So in, and again out. And the third one, in, and out. 

This second hand can sit, as I said, on your shoulder, or your elbow, and still be in connection with the triple heater meridian channel. It can move to your heart, as well. Another meridian in the fire element. Or just under your belly, bringing the chakra system energy with it. Try one, and see how your body responds. 

Balancing the triple heater meridian, and optimising the function of the vagus nerve, can have a profound impact on our stress levels, and our ability to manage stress. As well as the release of Trauma from our body. This balanced flow of energy supports our body’s natural capacity to adapt to varying elements in the environment around us, it can result in better ability to control our temperature, as well as improved energy levels in our body, and an enhanced sense of well-being and vitality. 

holding elbow

So I invite you, if you enjoyed today, please comment belo, ask any questions. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Like and share it with your friends. 

If you got value from today’s video, we’d love to know what’s troubling you, so that in our next videos we can incorporate answers to those challenges as well. 

Till then, have a wonderful end of your year, and happy new year.

Till then, namaste.

Sarah xx

 

ps. To help you even more, I’ve just written a Cheat Sheets series which includes tips to help you clear: stomach upsets, digestive issues, and emotions like anxiety and frustration. Including 3 more exercises to help you balance your “triple heater” meridian channel, settle your vagus nerve and reduce chronic stress and small-t trauma affecting your body.

Would you like a copy?

Author: Sarah Gowans

About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

Hungry for more?

Check out our other blogs; send us a question, so we can create content that YOU want to know about… and if you’d like to delve into some of our other topics and talks that may be of interest to you, click here for our recent talks and blogs.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for professional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.
Posture, Pain And Your Rib Cage

Posture, Pain And Your Rib Cage

If you have poor posture or maybe a painful body part- headaches, neck tension, shoulder issue, back pain or pelvic and hip issues… Learn how improving your rib cage can help. No joke, your rib cage directly affects the position, tension and comfort of these areas!

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Join me as we start to uncover how your rid cage influences neck pain, shoulder issues, headaches, and even lower back pain and legs issues. Understanding this connection can pave the way for a pain-free and agile you!

Welcome to BlossomingMe’s Healthy Learning Lounge, I’m Alexis Weidland, osteopath, and today we’re delving into the topic that affects many aspects of our lives –  the relationship between our rib cage and not only posture, but many aches and pains that we might be experiencing. As you may have seen from our previous sessions the rib cage is not only affecting our breathing and our stress levels, our digestion, our mood and our brain function, but it also affects our posture, energy levels, and pain or dysfunction. In your shoulders, neck, lower back, pelvis, legs, and even headaches. So let’s get going.

Posture and the Rib Cage

If one of these is off, the other one will be off. If any part of your posture is out of balance then this will create a torsion throughout your body and it has to pass right through your rib cage. So your rib cage will twist too. And if your rib cage isn’t functioning properly, this will affect all areas of your body that connect to it.

So what areas are they you might ask?

Well your rib cage and your diaphragm are intimately connected and your diaphragm connects. via fasal connections to your Psoas muscle and your Lumber spine. When there’s an imbalance in your diaphragm side to side, or your rib cage isn’t functioning well, it affecting your diaphragm. This will pull on your Lumber spine and your Psoas muscle.

Psoas, pelvis, hips and legs

So your psoas muscle directly impacts your digestive and reproductive organs and it connects directly into the bowl of the pelvis thus affecting your pelvic floor your genito-urinary organs and your hips. And this of course, can affect your legs and your feet.

Neck and Shoulder

Back up to the rib cag… Iif we have rib dysfunction this will likely affect the muscles connecting either into the neck – Up into the first rib which is actually just up here, your collar bone, your scalenes and sternocleidomastoid muscles and even your Lev scap (levator Scapulae) which is at the top of the scapular. This will push your shoulder blade up and out.

This causes your Lev scap to tighten into your neck; it pulls your glenohumeral joint, the joint commonly referred to as the “shoulder joint” up and forwards, and this puts the shoulder in a compromised position.

Shoulder Impingement, arm pain and rotator cuff

it affects the brachial plexus. A collection of nerves from the neck through to the arms and it sits here. And when the scapular is pulled upwards this space is reduced. Increasing the likelihood of your nerves to become irritated or compressed, causing pain; neuropathy in the arm; referred pain; and more. It also puts your shoulder at increased risk of dislocation or rotator cuff injury, as it’s sitting out of position and the muscles are being used incorrectly, and too much. Plus you’ll have tight traps and tight lats as well as the levator scap that I just spoke of. You’ll have forward rounded shoulders that you can’t comfortably pull back, and probably reduced range of movement of the shoulders.

This also set sets you up for an increased risk of carple tunnel, wrist RSI issues, tennis and golfer’s elbow and more.

Neck and Head

Now let’s look at what happens if your vertebrae compress and round forward due to a general rib cage tension. This pulls your neck and tightens your neck muscles, compressing the top of your neck into your skull. This pulls your jaw forward, and compromises blood and lymphatic flow into and out of the head. This can cause headaches and even brain fog.

Now if your rib cage tension is caused by the vertebrae compressing and a reduced forward curve, so your vertebrae are actually sitting too straight. You still get really tight muscles up into the neck and head and it affects your shoulders but less, and you might be less likely to get jaw (pain)… and not as much head involvement. However if your diaphragm is working off balance side to side ,or there’s another twist through your rib cage, it will cause altered tension all the way up to the top of the head and altered tension through the muscles side to side of the neck as it connects into the base of the skull, the muscles of the head, and jaw. So it can cause jaw pain, uh, general tension, headaches, and it can affect then, the blood and lymphatic flow into and out of the head.

So I hope you can start to see how an issue in your rib cage can actually create far-reaching effects to all parts of your body and that if you want to improve your posture and your whole body’s ability to function effectively and reduce any pain or discomfort that you might have, in many of those areas discussed – Headaches, neck, shoulder lower back, hips, pelvis, and even legs and feet … We need to effectively treat the rib cage, give exercises to include an improvement in the rib cage function.

If you are suffering from headaches, neck pain, lower back pain, shoulder issues. It’s possible that your rib cage is a cause. And it’s highly likely that even if it’s not a cause it’s an associated factor, that you need to treat. If this is the case, anything that you can do to get your rib cage moving, can be beneficial. So side bending, twisting, flexion, and extension, uh, deep breathing exercises and pressure on the joints where the rib and vertebrae actually meet … can assist your pain and discomfort, your (joints) functioning, improve your breathing and support your brain function and stress levels.

If you’d like to find out further ways to improve the mobility of your rib cage and support your stress levels, your energy levels, and reduce pain levels, click the link below – to access my new short course on Rib Cage Remedies.

Thank you so much for joining me today in this exploration of the rib cage, posteure and their impact on our well-being. Your rib cage is more than bones, it is a gateway to your health!

Did you have any aha moments, or questions? If you do please share those in the comments. If you found this information valuable and insightful, please Like, Share, and Subscribe, your support is so appreciated and it helps us to to better support our community, you!

That’s all for now, so until next time, and in health, bye for now.

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About Blossoming Me

BlossomingMe offers a fully integrated approach to your wellbeing. Located on Sydney’s Upper North Shore. Sarah is our Cranio-sacral and Remedial Massage Therapist and health and lifestyle coach. She can help relieve those problematic knots, tightness and other specific ailments to promote a healthy recovery. These complementary massage therapies can be combined to suit your needs, and include: craniosacral therapy, shiatsu, acupressure, reiki, remedial, swedish, and body-mind-massage. 

Our qualified Osteopath, Alexis, offers a drug free, minimally invasive, “hands on” treatment focusing on the musculoskeletal system with its associated muscles, tendons, ligaments, membranes, bones and joints. Alexis takes a functional approach. This means that she focuses on the way a component (body part, tissue or group of tissues) performs its role, as well as the way the body works, performs and integrates as a whole. Our team can support you to improve your posture and therefore your overall health.

**Disclaimer** The information provided by BlossomingMe, on our website, in our courses, and in our blogs and posts, is for educational and informational purposes only. The information provided on this site and social outlets is not, nor intended to be, a substitute for profess

ional advice or care. Please seek the advice of a qualified health professional before you make any changes to your health regime, before dealing with new symptoms, and, if something you have read here has raised any questions or concerns regarding your situation.