Do you feel like your batteries are running low? Would you like to have more energy?
We think we get our energy from just our food. However have you noticed how much more energised you feel when you have been walking in nature? It feels good, doesn't it?
The Chinese say that we receive our energy through the following routes:
Lets look at each one of these for a few minutes....
When I talk about enjoying nature, I mean really enjoying it. It is no good walking through a park and thinking about your grocery list - you are not really there. It works when you really participate with and enjoy the nature around you, like a good walk on the beach with a sea breeze and waves crashing on the shore.
Did you know that you can increase your energy levels by eating your food slowly? Paul McKenna says in his book "I Can Make you Thin" place the food in your mouth, put your knife and fork down, taste the food, chew it 20 times, swallow and then take the next piece of food. You will find that a) you eat less food and b) you will have more energy. Try it and find out for yourself.
Breathing... stop a moment and notice how you are breathing. Are you breathing in your upper chest, or do you breathe deep breaths right down to your belly? Oxygen gives us energy. Take a few minutes to breathe deeply and notice the difference in your energy levels - you will feel more relaxed too.
Opening your energy system through chi kung. Wikepedia gives this definition of chi kung: "Qigong, qi gong, chi kung, or chi gung is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used in the belief that it promotes health, spirituality, and martial arts training". Tai chi is a form of chi kung and so are the martial arts - you remember the Karate Kid movie? There are many forms and schools of chi kung, so you can choose from something very easy, to a full on exercise programme (although its much more than that!).
If you are a woman, would you like to experience Restorative Chi Kung with me on Tuesday nights starting the 12th June? I am running some beginners classes in my home for four weeks. You can recharge your batteries without a hard workout and learn about your unique energy system.
Click here for more information.
Its natural to eat when we are hungry and stop when we feel satisfied. And its not rocket science to know that if we take in more calories than we need each day, we will gain weight. However, we still go against our body's natural signals in the following ways….
1. Many of us have been trained to eat everything on our plates – even if we are full
2. We eat in a hurry so we can get back to work
3. Our internal thermostat, which lets us know we are full, is overridden and eventually gets de-sensitised
4. We stand at the kitchen sink and eat
5. We multi-task when we eat and when we have distractions (tv, internet) we don't notice what we eat, or how much we are eating
6. We have forgotten what “full” feels like.
Being full means “I am satisfied – that’s enough food for now”.
Our stomach can tell us when we are full and we can respond to its signals. The way to do this is to remove all distractions, clear the table, sit down, slow down and focus on eating our meal. When we are full there is a gentle, clear, satisfied sensation in the solar plexus area. It tells us to stop eating now!
You will notice that once you are full, each subsequent bite is a little less enjoyable than the one before. Pay attention and it becomes obvious. This is why conscious slow eating is so important. Slow down.
Your solar plexus area gets more and more uncomfortable once you are full - put your food to one side and wait 15-30 minutes. If still you feel hungry then, eat again.
Here’s the food scale:
1 I couldn’t fit another thing in
5 Comfortable and contented
7 Slightly hungry
9 The hoover
10 I am going to pass out
If we listen, the body can tell us what to eat and how much - its natural after all! By paying attention, we can easily recognise when we are full and stop eating.
Elayne teaches Weight Loss classes. Her next course on the 6th May Click here.
We all have to eat, but these days we are not very conscious about the how we eat, or the reasons why we eat.
Let’s face it, food is delicious and there its everywhere! Cafes about with delicious treats, supermarkets abound, magazines and books with yummy recipes, and tv shows with inspiring meals.
There is so much information about healthy eating out there… but many people are carrying excess weight. Why?
Answer: We don’t eat consciously.
Here’s a question for you: Do you eat at times dictated by other people/or timetables when you are not really hungry? Often we eat because everyone else is having a tea break, or we are at the café and cake goes well with coffee. The question is… are you really hungry or are you just eating? Before you eat, check in with yourself – am I really hungry or am I just thirsty? I recently did an experiment with myself and found I was eating between every massage client (every two hours) – I started asking this question and realised that I wasn’t hungry at all! I stopped having the food and found I could easily go 4 hours between meals.
Here’s the hunger scale….
1 I couldn’t fit another thing in
5 Comfortable and contented
7 Slightly hungry
9 The hoover
10 Im going to pass out
Once you have ascertained that you are really hungry, the next step is to eat more slowly. Why? Because most of the time we over eat because we eat so fast we bypass the mechanism that tells us that we are full. Yes, our bodies do have this mechanism but we need time to listen to it. Slow down.
There main reasons why we don’t pay attention to this mechanism is that we hoover our food down and we are not present with our food because we are mult-tasking… watch TV, on the phone, on the computer, reading, writing, playing games, walking or driving. Most of us can relate to this. Food is often a means to an ends and not considered to be an activity to do all by itself. So its no wonder we don’t know what our body wants to eat, when its hungry or when its full. So here is the easy way out…
When you do this two things happen:
1. You will notice when you are starting to feel comfortable and contented and approaching the status of full. When you get to that place ask yourself – do I want this next mouthful or am I full? If you are not sure, clear that table and wait 15-30 mins. If you feel hungry again, go eat!
2. You start really noticing what you are eating - through taste, smell and texture – you will start becoming aware of what your body really wants. You will naturally start selecting foods that your body wants and stop eating foods that you don’t want.
Elayne Lane teaches Weight Loss courses.
To join her next class click here.
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.
Do you ever get a feeling of being “empty”? It’s an uncomfortable feeling, like being bored, restless, or aimless wondering around.
I liken it to the feeling I experience when I am hungry and looking for something to fill me up - I go to the fridge and finding nothing to satisfy my appetite.
I call this feeling the void.
The void turns up when:
It’s a BIG EMPTY SPACE…. Often accompanied with the words “What now?”
Here are some things that you should know about the void:
Fortunately we can use the void to actually assist us in the change of direction. Here’s how:
To create the future, we have to take stock and know who we are now. A little constructive life review can be helpful. Some people might do this through the vehicle of The Hero’s Journey, others through astrology, numerology, or personality testing. Life review helps us to know that we are always moving forward, even when it seems we are not.
The next step is to wait for the empty “void” feeling to come. Then gather up all the emotions around it. The longing, the frustration, the ache, wondering what’s next, and feel it as intensely as I can. This energises the void space, like an oven cooks a cake.
Then I start to become aware of my current energy which is made up of all my life experiences, who I am now, who I want to become, all my curiosity about the future and what it could possibility bring for me. I make it full of potential and as positive as I can then I gather all this feeling up and put it inside of the void. That’s right, in the middle of the oven where all the emotions are.
Then I relax and let go – this gives me a feeling of expansion. I acknowledge that some part of me does know exactly what is really going on and all I have to do is let it unfold. Efforting at this point just blocks the flow, so take a break.
I then say to myself “I know, even though I think I don’t know”. Deep inside of me all the answers are there, even if they have not arrived in my mind yet but I know they are coming. The new path for me could be anything – maybe even something I have never thought of before. For example, I used to work in Law. When I had that job I never dreamed I would be a massage therapist now. It was through a chain of events that led me to where I am now, and that began with a nagging ache that something needed to change but I had no idea what (the void).
Nowadays I am more aware of this feeling and I can consciously use this void to help me move forward. Every time I feel that uncomfortable feeling of the void, I now gather my energy and ask for something new to turn up. I use my mantra: “I know even though I think I don’t know”. I imagine a new wiring happening from my deepest knowing (which appears to be hidden from me) direct to my mind, so that I am aware of inspiration, sign posts for the new direction, and a sense of “go here” or ‘try that” which pushes me forward where my inner being wants me to go.
We can gather our attention to a new direction through creating a ceremony for ourselves. At the end of April I will be teaching how to create ceremonies with Michelle Collier. For further details click here.
After a lovely long holiday and a few days off to spring clean my house, I am finally back at work. Its going to be a busy year for me as I will be travelling to Auckland and Wellington to complete my training as a hypnotherapist.
It's business as usual with massages, healing/bodytalk and life coaching - sessions are available Monday to Friday aftenoons and my late nights are Mondays and Wednesdays 6.15 and 7.30.
I am offering lots of wonderful courses on this year, and I hope you can join me for one of them. As I am planning on going overseas in the next year or so, this might be the last time I offer these courses, so if you have been waiting for the "right time" please book early and come along.
Beginners Massage Courses: There are two weekend courses available, the first one 2/3 April and the second one 14/15 May. Click here for further information.
Intermediate Massage Course: Another weekend course 28/29 May. Click here for further information.
The Women's Pamper Weekend will be held at Kimi Ora on the 24/26 June.
The Couples Massage Courses are still available. Click here for further information.
Ill still be sending out my blogs/newsletter from time to time. If you have any topics that interest you please
My massage special offer of $50 dollars for a one hour massage is still running - full details below.
These weekly classes are designed specifically with women in mind. Benefits are:
They are relaxing
Opens your heart
Make you laugh
Tones the pelvic floor
Gives you inner strength
Healthy menstrual cycles
Gives you extra energy
Improves lymphatic flow in the breast tissue
Balances the emotions
Warm up – gentle exercises to get your energy flowing and loosen the joints
Swimming dragon – good for the waist, lower back and the movement massages the organs
Lower abdomen pull up – massaging your lower abdomen for good reproductive health
Toning the perineum – for bladder control and strong pelvic floor
Breast and ovarian massage – healthy breasts, ovaries, womb and hormones
Microcosmic orbit – revitalise yourself
The Inner smile - smile within and your body will smile back at you!
The Six Healing sounds – balancing your emotions and promotes sleep
Energy bath – revitalise your skin, a natural beauty treatment.
When: Every Thursday night 7th August - 11th September (six weeks)
Where: Tahunanui Primary School, Main Hall, Muritai Street, Tahunanui, Nelson (map below)
Time: 6.45 - 8.15 p.m.
Cost: $60 payable on the first night
Note: The course runs subject to numbers (minimum 10 people)
“This amazing wisdom is wonderfully taught by Elayne! When I arrived to class I felt tired and looked like a wilted flower......my energy changed noticeably from the exercises....such a gift! I am learning how to nurture myself! Thank you Elayne for sharing”. A.M.
“Thanks so much for giving us your time last night, I am really enjoying my Thursday nights. You are teaching really cool
stuff. It should be compulsory for all women”. D.A.
“For the last four weeks I have been going to Elayne Lane's Chi Kung classes for women. Thought I would post the changes I
have noticed in myself over that time, just to give an insight to any reader who might be interested in attending as to how profound this work can be. Benefits I have noticed and be sure there will be things that I have not consciously noticed yet... Sleeping extremely well, less frustration, more calm, improved eyesight, my shoulder blade which was sticking out has moved closer to its natural position, more energy and motivation, hydration has improved and visits to the WC in the night have become less frequent...in just 4 weeks!”. C.F.
Women's Pamper Weekend with Restorative Chi Kung, Massage and Spa at Kimi Ora, Kaiteriteri, Nelson 9-11 October
Thank you for a fantastic weekend Elayne. Just what I needed and in such a beautiful location with fabulous women!
Venue was great for the soul .... beautiful, peaceful and uplifting with great facilities and accommodation.
Great group of woman ... lots of fun and laughter. Learned heaps but enjoyed the light hearted approach. Fantastic food made with lots of love. Massage experience to die for. Venue great for the soul.
The teaching was clear and easy to follow - the circle allowing good viewing for following the moves.
Thank you for organizing a fabulous weekend- lovely company, great food and a wonderful introduction to women's Qi Gong.
Elayne's Pamper Weekend was relaxing, enjoyable and educational. It was so lovely to be in the company of conscious, fun loving women. I feel like I have a new circle of friends. I had tried learning women's Qi Gong from a book before and it felt very disciplined and difficult to figure out if I was doing the exercises correctly. I find Elayne's teaching style easy to pick up, clear and enjoyable, she adds a delightful joy to learning. I would recommend this retreat to anyone wanting to meet open minded people, refresh and rejuvenate themselves and enjoy good food and good company in a beautiful setting.
I would thoroughly recommend this amazing woman's pamper weekend. You will not be disappointed with the richness of the teaching the energy and the knowledge that Elayne shares with kindness, and her joy for life that will touch and inspire you. I can't wait for the next one!
Everything was wonderful - communicating with nature, our being, your essence and all the wonderful energy from other wonderful women. Running in nature, the bird life, early morning swims, sauna's and spa's with conversations full of fun and laughter and making new friends xc Being inspired by JOY!
If you are a woman, dealing with moods are part of your life.
Our hormonal cycle, health of our organs, stress levels, past experiences and
state of mind all have an impact upon our moods. Being able to experience the highs and lows of life can be quite a ride. Emotions are part of being human and make up the tapestry of life. There are times when it is appropriate to be angry, it moves us towards making positive change in our lives. Other times its okay to be sad - grief is a natural process of letting go. But sometimes we get stuck, and this "stuckness" can stay with us for years. Unresolved issues of the past
takes away our enjoyment of the present moment.
Prolonged moods, such as depression, anxiety, fear or anger can affect the chemistry of our body. Once our chemistry is out of balance it then feeds into accentuating our moods. Likewise, if our chemistry is out of balance through poor diet, alcohol and drug use, then our emotions will be affected.
What helps our moods:-
Firstly we need to balance the chemistry in our bodies. A healthy diet (avoid alcohol), along with herbs which calm our emotions, tone the organs and balance the hormones. Very often if we experience prolonged stress our adrenal glands become exhausted. Licorice tea acts as an adrenal gland tonic (not to be used with high blood pressure).Calm the mind. This could be through meditating, using visualisations, deep breathing practice, or doing an ascetic activity that requires your concentration i.e. gardening, painting, sewing or dancing.
Deal with the issues. If you have problems or work, suffer from long term grief or anxiety, feel constant fear - get help. Sometimes all we need is a trained listening ear to unravel how we feel and some new skills for dealing with feelings when they
Learn Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). We are always going to have issues and feelings coming up. So why not learn a tool which you can use whenever you want to deal with them? This is a marvellous skill which can shift negative feelings very quickly.
Love yourself. Often our health and well-being is out of balance just because we beat ourselves up with our words and thoughts! Imagine if you were an employee doing the best job you could and your employer said you were no good. How would you feel? Crushed...Deflated....Discouraged. Now imagine if that employer said you were "awesome". Would you feel Excited...Enthusiastic...Keen....Proud? In chi kung we use a practice called The Inner Smile where we send loving thoughts to our inner self and develop self love. Its simple and easy to do.
Learn how to breathe. Put a hand on your chest and one on your tummy and take a breath. How do you breathe? In the upper chest or tummy? Do you breathe shallow or deep? Rapid shallow upper chest breathing causes anxiety. Slow deep tummy breathing causes relaxation. Our breath is related to our nervous system.
Transform your emotions. There is an ancient practice I use called The Six Healing Sounds. It uses movement, sound and colour to transform negative emotions into positive ones. Let us say our body is like a garden in which plants grow. The
weeds are like negative emotions and the vegetables are like the positive ones (virtues). Like weeds, negative emotions contain energy and nutrients, and if we compost them in the garden, then the energy and nutrients from the weeds can be used to enable the vegetables to grow. Likewise when we use the Six Healing Sounds, a composting of emotions happens and good feelings/virtues are able to develop.
If you want to transform your moods, why not try my Women's Chi Kung class starting this Thursday?
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:
Elayne Lane is an instructor of the Universal Healing Tao. She has been teaching and doing bodywork in excess of 14 years.