Take time out for yourself
This one day workshop on Saturday the 20th October focuses on pampering you!
The workshop covers:
* The gentle stretches to release physical tension
* The Inner Smile Meditation
* The Microcosmic Orbit
* The 6 Healing Sounds
* Restorative Chi kung.
There may be some women who cannot do a long day due to family commitments, so there are two options for the course:-
a) 9 am - 5 p.m. with a shared lunch $100 (you won't get to do the Restorative Chi Kung/Six Healing Sounds in the evening)
b) 9 am - 9 pm with shared lunch and dinner $150 which includes the Restorative Chi Kung and Six Healing Sounds.
If you book 1 week in advance you can take $25 off the price and if you bring an extra full paying person you can take a further $25 off the price.
Date: Saturday the 20th October 2018
Venue: Nelson (address to be advised)
Bring: Comfortable clothes and food for shared meals
Spring is a time of new growth and regeneration. In traditional chinese medicine spring is related to the Wood element: everything warms up, grows, multiplies and expands. It becomes easier to get up early in the morning, or to start planting the garden, spring cleaning our houses and start exercising again. It’s natural to feel this rise of energy bubbling up through our bodies – even our sexual energy gets turned on!
Here’s 3 ways to kick-start your spring.
1. Spring clean!
The Wood element is related to the liver, gallbladder, eyes, nervous system and brain. The liver’s role in our body is to metabolise the chemicals we take into our bodies via food and drink, and then to eliminate them. When our liver is over-burdened with toxins (emotional or chemical) it’s common to get cranky, over-think and also to lose sleep! For women it
particularly affects our hormonal balance.
In springtime our liver and gall bladder have extra energy, making this the best time of the year to cleanse the liver. You could begin by using a liver cleansing diet. Alternatively you could start a liver cleanse by taking some bitter herbs (please get advice first from your natural health professional/herbalist/naturopath or health food shop). A good cleanse should be gentle and slow over a period of 6 weeks to 3 months. Avoid or limit alcohol at this time, as it stops the detoxification process. You may get the odd day when you feel really tired several weeks into the detox – this is because your body is using all its energy to get rid of waste. Don’t worry, rest up, it will pass: it’s a good sign.
2. Make plans!
The Wood element is also connected with our mind, thinking and nerves. This element helps us get organised to do our heart’s desires – and spring is a time to start planning! When we are in the flow and getting things done we feel generous, abundant, have clarity of thought. We can allow others points of view, it’s fun to research, gather information, plan, scheme and strategise.
However if we get too calculating, or our rigid plans don’t work out, we feel frustrated, angry, jealous, envious, aggressive and bad tempered. We no longer want to share or co-operate. Mentally we lose our power of focus and become confused, impulsive and obsessive. Our rationality disappears.
When you make plans, give them space for flexibility and change. Rest the mind often (this is good for the creative juices). Be
in allowance of other people’s ideas. Think outside the square through imagination, creativity: “what else is possible?”. This brings wisdom to your plans.
3. Balance the mind!
If you mind is “over-busy”, take time to rest it by changing activities: gardening, walking, make something, learn music or dancing. The mind gets it’s “rest” when you focus on a completely different and absorbing activity. It brings about a sense of balance.
Marin Gilles (1999): Healing from Within with Chi Nei Tsang. Published by North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California
Marin Gilles (2006): Five Elements Six Conditions: A Taoist Approach to Emotional Healing, Psychology, and Internal
Alchemy. Published by North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California
Massage special offer
I have a special offer of $50 (reduced from $70) for a one hour massage or healing session during the month of
October. To see types of massage available or to make a booking click here
Courses coming up
I want to extend a very big Thank You to all the Women who attended the Women's Chi Kung Introductory night at Fairfield House with my teacher Gabrielle Euteneuer recently. Many women asked if they could join weekly my class and I am pleased to say that I have now booked a venue large enough to hold a group this size.
Briefly these classes are designed for Women's Health. I run them weekly on Thursday nights at the Tahunanui Primary School Assembly Hall, Muritai Street, Tahunanui, Nelson, starting at 6.45 p.m. starting on the 1st August. The cost is $50 for ten weeks or $7.00 casual. The first class is FREE!
The benefits of these classes are:
My chi kung teacher, Gabrielle is coming to Nelson to teach 4-7 July. She has many years experience and has learnt directly from Mantak Chia - a Taoist Master living in Thailand. I want to invite you to two different events:
1. An Introductory night on Thursday 4th July (donation only) where Gabrielle will lead our Women's Chi Kung class. This is a unique opportunity to experience Chi Kung. For further details and testimonials click here
2. The Tao of Healing Love weekend course 5-7 July in Marahau. For further information click here
Here is Gabrielle’s experience of these ancient practices: “More than 30 years ago I attended my first Healing Tao workshop. I was on a spiritual path, but had so many health issues. I practiced Yoga for years, but it didn’t improve my immune system. I was looking for answers - how to move in
my life - and I didn’t expect working with my sexual energy will be the key!
I learnt the sexual energy massage as a preparation for a meditation and was amazed by the outcome.
Massaging the breasts (on top of my clothing) and the lower abdomen whilst connecting with an inner smile, changed the chemistry of my body. After the sexual energy massage came a healing meditation.
My mind was quiet effortlessly! It was easy to sit in silence and just observe what the massage had
created. 15 minutes practice per day already can shift our vitality.
I am not someone who does an exercise, because it is good for me. I do need a motivation, and this Tao
practice holds this promise. Before I started the practice, I had premenstrual symptoms and pain during the menstruation. When I learnt the practice, I continued to do it once a day for 10 - 30 minutes.
When the next cycle came, the symptoms were already much less. I was amazed from the outcome and within 3 months they disappeared completely. Minimum effort made a great result”.
This is Elayne's personal experience of the Tao of Healing Love:
“This is a system designed to cultivate my energy (chi), good health, foster self-love, and grow spiritually. It has had a huge impact upon my life, and I love to teach it! The Tao of Healing Love teaches us how to awaken and combine our sexual energy with our heart energy, and use it for health and longevity. I liked it because it was practical and I could actually experience the benefits of doing the practice. It helped me immensely in my private practice as a healer/masseuse, as well as in my personal/intimate life. The course sets out a way of working with our sexuality on our own, and then how to use the practices with another person. The self cultivation helps balance hormones, balance the sex drive (too little or too much), increases vitality, helps process emotions which come up when you fall in love and brings about deeper connection when you are with a partner. What I personally have observed since doing these practices are as follows:
1. I am more steady emotionally and less affected by other people’s emotions. The Inner Smile has helped me to love myself and puts me in touch with my body
2. My sex drive balanced out
3. I have a sexual/heart practice to use during periods of celibacy which gives me health and vitality
4. My breasts are healthier, with less pre-menstrual breast lumps. They are also more sensitive
and responsive to touch.
5. It has helped me grow spiritually by loosening blockages and teaching me through the wisdom which arises from my inner knowing
6. When I have a deep connection with a client in a massage session, I stay centered through the practice of circulating my energy in the Microcosmic Orbit
7. It has helped me open up as a healer: I am able to send more chi/energy to assist my client’s healing process
8. I am more sensitive to my clients’ emotions because I am more aware of my own through the Six
9. I have more vitality and stay well
10. I have techniques which I can use to sleep better, to quiet my mind, to release stress, to balance my hormones and clear my energy field.
If you have been feeling a bit flat or struggling with your relationship, here are two courses for you!
Reconnect your Relationship: If you want to put the sparkle back into your relationship I want to share with women an audio programme I have recently purchased.
There are some awesome tips:
* How to give him space so he can come towards you
* Why men move away from us
* Love yourself first!
* Dealing with the nasty voice that sabbotages your relationship and potential in life
* Getting your sparkle back - how to get into your happy place
The workshop is on Saturday the 11th May in Nelson.
Contact Elayne for further information firstname.lastname@example.org
Womens chi kung weekly classes start in Nelson on Thursday the 8th May and run through the whole of term two. These excercises strengthen the pelivic floor, reduce lower back pain, improve your menstrual cycle, improve breast health, increase your energy levels and vitality, reduce stress and balance your libido. The excercises are simple and easy to learn.
Bookings are essential as spaces are limited.
For further information or to book in click here.
Staying Healthy as a Woman – Are you looking after yourself?
Staying healthy when we have busy lives can be quite a challenge. As women we spend a lot of time looking after other people and lose focus on taking care of ourselves. We are often bottom of the list, yet we are no good to anyone when we get exhausted, grouchy, can’t think clearly and forget to laugh. So here’s a reminder on what to pay attention to:
Regular checkups. This can be with anyone who can give you honest feedback about how they see you. Your GP, a naturiopath, BodyTalker, health professional, masseuse, kinesiologist or a really good friend all can act as a sounding board to see where you are at. Do you feel tired all the time or do you have lots of energy? Are your glands up? Do you sleep well? What is your menstrual cycle like, is it changing? How is your emotional life, does it have ups and downs, have lots of drama, are you depressed or are you happy and on an even keel? Are you anxious or worried and what about? Are you eating well, gaining or loosing weight? Does your skin glow or does it have a different pallor? Do you feel loved or is life a bit empty at the moment. Do you sparkle or are you dull? What could you do about it?
I believe the key to staying healthy is nourishment. Recently I asked the question “how do we nourish ourselves and where is our source of love that keeps us full and happy?” Often we go outside of ourselves to get filled up: time with our friends, going to an uplifting movie or show, buying a dress, being in nature, dancing, music, spending time with a loved one or our children. When we really enjoy the interaction then we absorb the energy and fill up. Enjoyment seems to be the key – it makes us feel happy and expanded.
During times where our friends and family are not available to give to us, we have to develop new strategies to replenish our supply. I believe this supply comes from within our own being: meditating on our inner beauty, smiling into our bodies, treating ourselves to a relaxing bath with all the trimmings and then basking in the water, taking time out to sit and be still, doing some chi kung, yoga or tai chi, breathing deeply or saying words of affirmation to ourselves. Its an inner loving experience. When we really enjoy the experience, being fully present to it, we are nourished. However if we care for ourselves and still think about the chores or worry about the children at the same time, it just doesn’t work.
In my experience there are certain situations that put us off balance:
We run around after so many people that we don’t take care of ourselves by not eating properly or getting stressed. This means we don’t absorb our food as well and our body begins to lack nutrients and is more prone to getting sick. The stress stops us from sleeping properly and we get tired. Poor nutrient uptake, stress and emotional strain affects our hormones and we can develop a chemical imbalance which leads to feeling flat or emotional swings. In my practice I see several people a year who say their emotions are out of control due to long term stressful situations. After seeing a good natriopath and balancing their hormones through herbal remedies they feel like different people altogether. They can cope with life and their emotions settle down again. When our hormones are off, we are not ourselves!
Movement is a wonderful way to release stress and connect with ourselves. Chi kung, tai chi, dance, walking, any form of exercise which we enjoy can change our state of mind instantly. It enables our energy to flow and we can connect to a sense of inner “lightness”.
On a more personal level breast cancer seems to be around us everywhere these days. Take time to massage your breasts while you are in the shower. It doesn’t take long and it keeps the breast tissue and lymph healthy. Did you know that there is a direct connection from the breasts to the heart. When we massage the breasts the heart releases nourishing/loving energy which makes us feel good – why not spread it around? It’s there anyway, we just need to activate it. Push up bras give us shape but do have some loose bras with no underwire to wear or go braless when you are at home. The lymph in our breasts moves freely when there are no pieces of metal pushed hard up against the vessels and blocking them.
Lower abdomen massage also helps keep our ovaries and uterus healthy. There are some very good exercises which help: squats, forward bends, gentle pelvic curls all assist the movement of lymph and blood in this area. If you work with alot of chemicals or use perfumes and strong smelling creams, have had lots of fillings removed, frequently use hair dyes, its worth getting checked for heavy metals now and then. These sink to the lowest part of your abdomen and affect your reproductive health.
The other part of us which looses tone when we get older is the pelvic floor. With the loss of tone comes incontinence and we actually loose life force energy this way too. So gentle squeezing of the pelvic floor keeps us healthy on lots of levels. It can be done anywhere and only you will know – you can even smile when you do it.
It goes without saying that making healthy food choices and being discerning about the amount of alcohol we consume also has huge benefits to our bodies. I frequently use an affirmation “I make healthy choices about the food and drink I consume”. This keeps my mind focused on getting good nutrients in through my diet intake. I have noticed that sometimes I get a craving for orange juice, spirulina or to eat a certain food. The more I listen to my body and respond to its requests the healthier I get.
Nourishment also comes from being open to receive from our family, friends, pets, nature and even what “life” has to offer. Its a rich tapestry and to receive is to be in the flow.
Nourishment comes from everywhere and taking the time to enjoy its many forms means we stay healthy and have a lot to give. Life truly is abundant when we let it be.
Its not easy building this into your lifestyle on your own. Women’s Wellbeing Courses to assist you to get into the routine of naturally nurturing yourself are being run by Elayne.
Elayne Lane is an instructor of the Universal Healing Tao. She has been teaching and doing bodywork in excess of 14 years.