Hi, here is an update on the courses coming up.
7 p.m. TONIGHT at Tasman Town Hall in Richmond Molly is running another free class on Aromatherapy. It was a great class last week - Molly is a fountain of knowledge. Don't miss this opportunity, its on tonight. Click here to find out more.
Beginner’s Massage Courses – I have two dates 4/5 April and 2/3 May. Click here for more information.
Intermediate Massage Course – 23/24 May. I don’t often run this course so if you are keen please book early. If you want to do a Beginner’s massage refresher course prior to the Intermediate, you can come on any of the weekends for $100 (subject to space being available). Click here to book in.
If you want to learn Chi Kung, international teacher Gabriella Euterneuer is returning to Nelson mid May. She will be running evening workshops on the 14th/15th May and classes on the weekend. Mark these dates in your diary and Ill keep you informed once plans are finalised. Here's the link.
Ever wanted to learn more about yourself? This Enneagram Course on the 7th March is going to be fun – learn about your personality type and how you interact with other people. Take a look at the details here.
If you want to stop Smoking, I have been learning Hypnotherapy over the past few years and am now ready to start using it! If you genuinely want to stop smoking, please get in touch. I am looking for some people to work with at a nominal cost.
Please feel free to share this with your family and friends. Do give me a call if you have any questions.
Over the next few months I have some great courses coming up....
Are you interested in learning about Essential Oils? Molly Wastney is running 8 FREE classes on Aromatherapy oils at the Richmond Town Hall starting this week. She is a fountain of knowledge and wonderful story teller - and these 45 min sessions are not to be missed. If this sounds like you, click here to find out more information.
If you are up for some personal growth and development, and want to find out more about your personality type, then you might want to join us for the Enneagram course. The Enneagram focuses on nine personality types addressing the gifts and the strengths of each and discovering ways to grow and become whole. The course is in early March and costs $40. Click here for information.
Massage courses will resume around April/May this year - register your interest here.
If you want to learn some basic hypnotherapy, I am running a class on Friday mornings starting next week. Contact me for more information.
My massage special offer for February 2020 is $70 for a one hour massage. Book here.
Would you like to find out more about your chakras? I am running a short course next week about the Throat chakra. If you often have sore throats, communication issues or thyroid issues, come along to this event. Email me to book in.
Stress is connected with being very busy, and sometimes having too much on our plate. The mind gets into an overthinking loop and becomes hypervigilant - always watching out for the next thing to do. A massage is a wonderful way to take some time out:- to calm down, release tension and relax. Here are three benefits to having a massage when you are feeling stressed:
1. You have probably heard of the term mindfulness? Mindfulness brings you into the present moment. It gives you ‘time out’ from your busy mind by slowing your thoughts and brings you back into your body. Having a massage enables you to leave all that busy-ness outside the door, to lie down on a warm, comfortable table and do nothing for an hour. The act of being focused on your body, and the sensation of being massaged, allows the mind to calm down and relax.
2. Have you noticed that your muscles tighten up when you get stressed? Particularly the neck and shoulders? Often when we are stressed we lift our shoulders up just a little and hold them there for long periods of time. Or maybe we stick the chin forward to look at the computer screen. Being in these positions for long periods of time is not natural for the body and over time it becomes painful. The pain then makes us tense up and so it goes on…. Having a massage breaks the cycle and relieves the pain.
3. There is a sense of general all-over body tension that occurs when you are very busy and stressed. Shallow breathing indicates to the body that you are not safe, and it enters into flight, freeze or flight mode. The body tenses up, ready to spring into action at any given moment. Slow, deep breathing into the tummy indicates to the body that you are safe and it can relax. So stress can be dissolved very quickly if you breathe into your belly, gently filling up the lungs all the way up with clean fresh air. I often ask people to “take a deep breath” while I am working with them. This not only helps to release tight muscles, it helps the whole body to let go of tension and relax.
Here are a few tips for you when receiving a massage:
Elayne Lane is a massage therapist and hypnotherapist. She specialises in massage and hypnotherapy. Book here for a massage.
Have you ever wondered why we need salt? Apart from the fact that it tastes good, it also helps the functioning of our cells. The problem is that there is table salt (an extract of sea salt) and THEN there is sea salt! Table salt is made up of two minerals, Sodium and Chloride – the two major components of salt. However it does not contain the 82 minerals that are found in Celtic or Himalayan salt. Our body needs all the minerals and trace elements to function well.
We lose about 2.5 litres of water a day and this needs to be replaced. However some people find that drinking that amount of water means they either get fluid retention or they are often in the loo. Water is absorbed and retained better when you put a crystal or two of Celtic or Himalayan salt on the tongue first, let it dissolve in your mouth, before you drink a glass of water.
What does this have to do with being a massage therapist? Many years ago I had a client visit me who was struggling to walk up hills and climb ladders. When I massaged their legs, I found lots of little tight knots, especially in their calf muscles. I asked if they include salt in their diet and found out that they only occasionally used table salt. So I suggested they start having Himalayan or Celtic salt daily (up to ½ teaspoon) and drink more water. After 2-3 slow, deep massages on their legs to release all the knots, and increasing their salt intake, they experienced considerable relief.
Take a look at the links below for more information about salt and water.
Note: If you are not sure about using salt – please check with a qualified naturopath.
Elayne is a massage therapist. Click here to book a massage.
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Injuries to the back occur more often in the muscles than in the skeleton or nerves, because the muscles are under the greatest amount of daily stress. Back muscles work constantly to provide support for your spine. If your muscles are weak and underdeveloped, almost any activity can result in a muscle strain or tear, and that carries with it the added risk of damage to a vertebra, nerve or disk.
Sometimes a muscle strain is just waiting to happen! For example I do a lot of massage which leaves me with some muscles built up and others weak in my back through the constant leaning forward motion. Some years ago I went for a bike ride on a bike which was a bit too big for me. I was leaning forward more than I was used to and my muscles were straining. I did have a bath that night to relax them, and in the morning they felt okay.... UNTIL I went make my bed! I stretched forward and suddenly the over strained muscles went "ping" and I had a muscle strain. Think of it like a rubber band - it gets tight with our posture and daily use of the muscle - we get used to this and don't notice the pain/tension. Then we do something different and it gets tighter still until one day we just stretch it too far and the rubber band/muscle gives out "ping". So one thing to be aware of with back injuries is that they can be an indication of something that has been developing for a very long time. For proper healing to take place we need to look at the whole body structure through:-
Elayne Lane is a massage therapist and hypnotherapist. Click here to get in touch.
Have you ever had muscular pain and been told "its all in your head"? How could someone say that, when you are in pain - its real, isn't it? I once had an experience that made me think again.
Several years ago I was plagued with a sore neck and headaches. It was very stressful as I still had to work, and the headaches lasted for several days at a time.
I tried everything I could do to stop it, and yet the painful headaches and tension in the neck prevailed. This all changed when I started to learn about the effects "anchors" have on us in hypnotherapy.
An anchor is a strong emotional feeling connected with a part of the body which creates a response. Just like the smell of lavender reminds me of my Grandmother and triggers off happy memories.
I noticed that when I woke in the morning I didn't have a headache or neck pain for about a minute. Then I would sit up and start moving my head around, lift my shoulders up to my ears and generally check to see how my neck and shoulders were (the body) - all the while I was anxiously thinking about whether I would have a headache that day (strong feeling). This pattern of behaviour activated the anchor. Within a short period of time I would feel my neck muscles tighten and then the headache would come on. I would then think more about the headache and have more strong feelings (and words too!), reinforcing the anchor.
So this was a case of me activating an anchor (neck/head movement + strong emotional feeling) and boom, the mind says "I can give you that" and it automatically starts tightening up the muscles and bringing on a headache.
"Okay", I thought, "how do I stop this?" And therein lies the answer - I had to stop triggering off the pattern. A clever plan was put in place:
1. When I woke up I would immediately get up. I had to do a different morning routine.
2. I was NOT allowed to check my neck, lift my shoulders, or roll my head around and look for tension.
3. I was NOT allowed to think about headaches, neck pain, or anything related to it - at all.
4. If I was to think about this, I was to sing the Beatles song "All you need is love" to get my mind off those habitual thoughts, and to distract myself as soon as possible by getting on with something else.
Well much to my surprise, it worked!!! It took a few weeks to change some persistent habits, but it really worked. I celebrated when my head felt good and in the end, I completely forgot that I had had headaches at all.
I found out that whilst the pain might have been real, it started in my head.
Elayne Lane is a massage therapist and hypnotherapist. She specialises in relaxation massage and hypnotherapy. If you suspect your pain is related to an anchor - I can help you. Click here to get in touch.
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Beginner's Massage Course
My next Beginners Massage course will be held over the weekend 29/30th June.
Click here for more information.
Intermediate Massage Course
If you have already attended my Beginner's Massage course and want to carry on with your training, then this course will take you up to the next level in massage skills and knowledge about the body. The course dates are 15/16th June. The cost for the weekend course is $350, and there is an EARLY BIRD price of $300 if it is paid 10 days in advance of the start day. You can also join us on the Chi Kung for Bodyworkers course held on the Friday night for FREE. If you want to attend this course, click here to enrol.
Please note: I only run the Intermediate Massage course a couple of times a year.
Chi Kung for Bodyworkers
If you want to learn how to use energy when you are working with a client, I am running an evening class on Friday the 14th June 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. I will teach you the ancient chi kung technique of Bone Breathing (which cleans and boosts your energy) and Bone Packing (which is used when working with clients). This class costs $100 but is free for anyone attending the Intermediate Massage class. There is also an opportunity to practice from 9-9.45 am on the 15/16 June. You will also receive a Bone Breathing recording to use when you are at home. To book in, click here and complete the form on my website
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. If you know if anyone else wanting to attend a wonderful relaxing weekend, learning massage, please pass this email on.
Are you having a BAD HAIR day?
Stress is something I am very aware of that this time of year. It can build up to the point where we are constantly on high alert – ready to react to anything and everything.
So what happens when we are stressed? A video I watched recently explains it perfectly (here is my synoposes).
When we are stressed, we experience one of four things:
Fright – we get jumpy, sensitive to loud sounds, or feel uncomfortable in new places
Flight – we run
Fight – we kick, yell, hit
Freeze – withdraw or cannot move
All this happens because our thinking brain gets turned off, and our reptilian brain goes into action (this is our place of instinct). We are having a healthy response to an unhealthy situation, and it happens on auto pilot.
Adrenaline is quickly released from the adrenal glands – this gives us a boost of energy so we can act quickly in response to the situation.
Cortisol is slowly released from the brain. It’s the cortisol that stays in the body a long time, which is why we can get re-triggered again very quickly if another “danger/stress” is perceived i.e. we are on “high alert”.
The antidote to stress is oxytocin which is released into the body by the brain when we interact with people (and our pets) in a positive way through cuddles, hugs, smiles and, of course, massage! It is important to know that we have to actively engage with the interaction – to receive the hug, to allow yourself to feel good, to enjoy it – then the oxytocin is released.
It’s a bit like walking through a park. If you stop to look at the flowers, enjoy the colours, admire the trees - just experience the beauty of it for a few minutes - you will feel uplifted and refreshed. However if you were to walk through the park thinking of your shopping list or work, there is no change. You know what I mean? Well it’s the same with human interaction. We have to experience it to receive the benefits of it.
In an earlier blog of mine, I talk about another chemical the brain releases called DHEA which helps us when we are stressed. This is released in the body when we get into “appreciation/gratitude” mode AND go for a walk at the same time (which moves the DHEA around the body).
There is always a point after an event where we can take a few slow deep breaths, and allow ourselves to calm down, a time where everything is okay again. You know what I mean?
So remember to give each other hugs and smiles throughout this busy time. To receive each other. Take the time to be grateful and appreciate what you have and what is around you. Smell the roses and enjoy the beauty of our country. Stress will naturally melt away.
Elayne Lane is a massage therapist and hypnotherapist. She specialises in relaxation massage and hypnotherapy for stress relief. Click here to get in touch.
Last night I read these words:
"I touched my chapped and peeling lips carefully with my fingers and winced…
“Your body is trying to tell you something,” Ani said as she held up the mirror to so I could see my face.
I was shocked to notice that my lips were swollen bright red. They were even cracked and bleeding from when I had tried to widen them into a smile.
“Oh, Ani, they are so sore.”
“Why have you not tended to them?” Ani asked.
“I was busy with other things, I guess.” I looked at her sheepishly.
“When you refuse to learn a lesson in this life, because you’re too busy, or because you’re afraid, or because you don’t know how to stop doing a certain activity, the body takes over and begins to teach you.”
“What does that have to do with chapped lips?”
”Chapped lips, colds, fevers, accidents – whatever you ask for, your body gives you"." Abridged except from Chapter 8, Windhorse Woman by Lynn V. Andrews
I was touched by the wisdom of these words. How often have I refused to listen to my own inner knowing, or not tended to my own needs, let myself get too busy, and obstinately continue on with habits that were not good for me. It really is like going against my inner guidance and the natural flow of life.
A question comes to mind: am I affirming life (my natural wisdom) and what I really want; or am I going against it? It’s an interesting thought, isn’t it?
Let us say you wake up in the morning with 10 units of energy to spend through the day. You decide you want to use the energy to make up a website. Here’s how you spend your units:
Now here is a different scenario….
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Elayne Lane is an instructor of the Universal Healing Tao. She has been teaching and doing bodywork in excess of 14 years.