I am aiming to travel overseas at the end of this year, so if you have any outstanding massage vouchers please book in by the end of April. There are lots of courses on offer this year - something for everyone - so please read this email right to the end.
Beginner's Massage Courses:
I am offering two separate weekends for this course - 1/2 April or 29/30 April for full details click here.
Advanced Massage Course:
Once you have completed the beginners course you might want to learn some deeper massage techniques. The Advanced Massage Course is on the 13/14 May. Click here for information.
Crystal Healing Course:
This one day course on the 27th May is for complete beginners or people wishing to develop their intuitive/healing skills and work with crystals. Click here.
Massage for Couples:
If you wish to deepen intimacy between you and your partner through massage - this weekend is for you. I teach basic massage but there is also the opportunity to learn aspects of sensual massage, communication and skills around creating a deeper connection. Click here.
Weightloss without a Diet Course:
I have had lots of requests for my Weightloss without a Diet class so I am running it again, starting straight after Easter. The course runs for 8 weeks either Tuesday nights or Thursday mornings. For more details click here.
Chi Kung Classes restarting in May:
Tao Basic: Stretch and Smile - Tuesday mornings for 8 weeks
Tao Basic: Breathe - Thursday nights for 8 weeks
Tao of Healing Love weekend 30 June (evening) 1/2 July
For more details click here
My New Address: Massage in Nelson has moved to 55 Tasman Street, The Wood, Nelson. I have two late nights - one on Monday and the other on Wednesday. The first session is $70 and if you rebook within 30 days the next session is $55 for a one hour massage. It gets busy at this time of the year, so book a week ahead to avoid disappointment or send me a txt for a time. Gift vouchers are available too.
Did you know that there is a direct relationship with our breathing pattern and stress/worry/anxiety or fear? And that it can work both ways?
When we are fearful or anxious, our breathing pattern and posture changes - this puts us in fight or flight mode. When we relax our bodies and breathe deep, we go into relax mode.
Here is what happens when we get stressed:
1. Our shoulders go up around our ears
2. Often our jaw tightens
3. We take short (sometimes fast) breaths in our upper lungs - or we hardly breathe at all!
4. Our thinking moves to the reptilian brain which triggers
off our flight/fight response read more.
The good news is that we can change this pattern, just by doing the opposite of the above...
1. Relax the shoulders and let them drop
2. Relax the jaw, puff out the cheeks and blow out through the mouth (like a horse blowing through its lips)
3. Breathe deep tummy breaths, filling it like a balloon - exhale extra slow
4. The thinking moves to the hypothalamus which controls the relaxation response
Its an interesting thing that even when we are not stressed or fearful, we can still breathe shallow breaths in the upper chest. To some degree the body still thinks we are stressed, even though we are not! If we have had a long period of stress, our body gets trained into being "on the edge" all the time - it stays in the fight/flight mode. Luckily we can un-train the body and this is done through breath work. Click here for two different techniques for breathing.
Below is a poster with tips for releasing stress. Also some links to other websites for breath work.
Other blogs related to breathing and anxiety:
Please note that these blogs are from a lay person and not a counsellor, psychologist or medical professional. If you think you have severe anxiety or depression, you should consult with a professional.
Click here for my Worry and Anxiety resource page
Autumn is a time of seeming opposites: a time to interact but
also at time to maintain distance and reflect. In Traditional Chinese
Medicine, autumn is connected to the Metal element and the organs are the large
intestine and the lungs - metaphorically it is the “skin” through which we “take
in” and “let go”. The Metal element influences the skin and fascia (the
connective tissue that separates and wraps all the organs, muscles and bones)
and is crucial to the vitality of the body and mind. If this element is
healthy we are in touch with our feelings and we are able to communicate them to
others appropriately – it is the power of honesty, uprightness and pride in
oneself. If the Metal element is impaired a person can feel tired,
depressed, sad, shortness of breath, we can be prone to colds, skin conditions,
elimination problems, irritable bowel.
At this time of the year it is helpful to give our lungs a good tonic
and also boost up the immune system. Burning essential oils
such as peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, manuka or frankincense help the immune
system and the lungs. Often we do feel sad at this time of the
year because we are going into winter. Deep breathing practice helps the
processing of grief and depression – walking in nature with hill climbs are
If you have trouble with your digestion (especially constipation) try
massaging a mixture of 10 mls of castor oil and the essential oils of orange (2
drops), fennel (1 drop) and black pepper (2 drops) on your abdomen, cover with a
towel and a hottie for 15 minutes.
The skin and fascia all benefit from massage, especially myofascial
release massage. It helps the elasticity of the skin and fascia – it also calms the mind
and relaxes the body.