Staying Healthy as the Seasons Change

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We are not separate from our environment. As the seasons change outside, so do our bodies. Just like a new job or a new relationship, we need a bit of time to "warm up" to the changing climate. I love turning to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda (traditional Indian Medicine) to help guide me and my clients through this transition. With each tradition over 5,000 years old, I reckon they know what they're talking about! 

Observing nature, we can see that the plant life is slowing down and contracting in Autumn, preparing to rest. It is wise for us to follow suit. Simple changes like sleeping a little longer, eating warming foods with longer cooking times (root vegetables, soups, and stews, for example), and looking inward (i.e. paying closer attention to our inner world) will all help to serve us and keep our bodies feeling balanced. Autumn is often windy, dry, and unpredictable - counteract the erratic nature of this season by creating a sense of stability, routine, and groundedness. Warm baths, journalling, quiet alone time, getting outside for a walk, and self-massage are all easy ways to feel more grounded.

Signs of imbalance moving into autumn include:

  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Loneliness
  • Poor ability to focus or commit
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Gas, bloating, or constipation
  • Dry skin, hair, and/or nails
  • Weight loss or irregular appetite
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Low libido

With knowledge and understanding comes power. BodyTalk leverages both TCM and Ayurveda and uses their principles to to bring our bodies into balance with nature. If any of the above symptoms ring true for you, BodyTalk can provide you with a tailored explanation as to why your body is reacting in that way. As we become aware of the why we allow our bodies to heal naturally, from within, without the use of any drugs or medication. For example, a build up of grief or sadness creates bodily dysfunction. From a TCM perspective, the Metal element (associated with Autumn) becomes imbalanced and this can lead to problems within the lungs and large intestine (i.e. coughing, sinus and lung infections, constipation, IBS, flatulence). Who would have thought all these different aspects were related? Bodytalk has an incredible ability to untangle complex problems and effect healing at a very tangible level.

One last note, if you are interested in learning more about your body I would highly recommend taking a Dosha Test (it’s like a personality test for your body), it will provide you with invaluable insights. Or if you’d like to get super specific, boost your immune system, and heal imbalances showing up in your body, mind, or life, click here to book in a 1-on-1 BodyTalk session.

Holistic Sleeping Hacks

We all deserve restful sleep. Listen as I share my  go-to sleeping hacks - no drugs or medicine necessary!

Here are the links I referenced in the video:

BodyTalk Client Testimonial on Sleep:

" Thank you for the amazing BodyTalk session. I had to get off the phone quick. All I could think was "I have to go to sleep, I have to go to sleep". It felt like my whole body needed to shut down. I had a very deep, body-heavy sleep. I slept better for the first 2 nights, deeper than in a long time. And had more calm through my body than I have in a long time. It was powerful.”
Bec - Australia

Distance Sessions Explained

I've had a lot of clients enquire about long distance BodyTalk sessions so I put this video together to help clarify.  Distance sessions, also known as remote sessions, are conducted similarly to an in-person session and afford equal benefit. Sessions are typically conducted via video chat or telephone.
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Testimonial from a client in Melbourne, Australia:
"My 7 year old was diagnosed with ASD/ADHD. After just 1 session she was much more comfortable around large groups of people, and her social skills improved in just a few days. I was amazed and so happy we tried this."

Testimonial from clients in Belgium:
"We had been trying to get pregnant for over a year without luck. We are now happy to say that one month after our BodyTalk session our pregnancy test showed positive."
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To learn more about how BodyTalk sessions work and what to expect, click here (there's another video to watch!)

What is BodyTalk?

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The BodyTalk System seeks to address the "whole person". This means that no aspect of the human psyche can be overlooked, be it emotional, physical or environmental. BodyTalk understands the profound influence the psychology of the body has on our health. Instead of focusing on the symptom, BodyTalk finds the underlying causes of illness by addressing the whole-person and their whole-story.

If any of these complaints describe you, BodyTalk can help...
* Chronic pain / pain management
* Sports injuries
* Mental disharmony - depression, anxiety, relief from painful memories, addressing fears and phobias, general stress, etc.
* Allergies and intolerances
* Digestive disorders
* Children's developmental delays and learning difficulties
* Migraines
* Common cold and flu
* Arthritis
* And much more!

 

Make Food Your Friend this Holiday Season

Call off the war with food. Ready to let go of guilt around food and make peace with your mind? Here are a few tips for making food your friend this holiday season.

 
 

1. STAY CONSCIOUS

Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately this is not always the case. Whenever we set up a "rule" around food, the Food Police in our mind stand vigilantly on guard to protect us against said rule. For example, don't eat the dessert at the Christmas potluck, don't have a second helping of food, only eat until you are full, stick to your diet, no more than two drinks, etc. etc.

So the Food Police help us to enforce the rules we've set for ourselves, keeping us hyper-conscious about food decisions. But (and there is a definite but), as soon as we break the rules, guilt ensues and our awareness around food quickly drops away. We become unconscious. Ironically, for many of us as soon as the "rule" is broken, we are actually likely to eat more - to break the rule even further. For example, perhaps you've broken your one piece of cake rule, so the mind says "Well, might as well stock up while you're here. You've already done what you said you weren't going to do so might as well go for it and eat another piece."

You see, it's the rule we've created in the first place that actually triggers sacristy consciousness and instigates us to feel like this is our last chance to eat the food in question (a Last Supper feeling).

So how do we combat this vicious circle?

  1. Throw away the rules (I know this may sound crazy, but the more rules we hang onto, the more looming guilt, negative self-talk, and potential to trigger out-of-control Last Supper eating consciousness);
  2. Before eating, tune in: How does the food smell? Are the colours appealing? Is it going to satisfy my preferences and desires? How hungry am I?
  3. During eating, tune in: How do the textures feel in my mouth? What flavours am I experiencing? How full am I? Am I full and ready to stop eating? Ask yourself these questions several times whilst eating;
  4. After eating, tune in: How do I feel in my body? Satisfied? Too full? Slimy? Uncomfortable? Etc. Scan your body.
  5. Check in with your mind too. Is there any negative self-talk going on? If so, gently acknowledge the guilt or negative emotion being experienced and give yourself permission to release it. It does not serve you.

2. A BODYTALK TECHNIQUE YOU CAN DO AT HOME

The Cortices Technique is a simple way to balance the impulses your brain is sending you. Often we eat as a coping mechanism to combat stress. The Cortices Technique helps to lower your overall stress levels, as well as highlight and extract limiting, unconscious beliefs. 

Use it often and regularly. Once you get the hang of it, the whole process will only take you about 15 seconds.

It's a great to perform this on yourself just before a meal, or anytime you can feel your stress level rising. Enjoy!

 

Want to raise your awareness around eating?Want to get to the bottom of unhealthy eating patterns or weight gain? Want to improve your body image? I recommend a personalised BodyTalk session. Contact me to discuss how a BodyTalk session can help you achieve your goals.

 

3. Yoga for Digestion

Simple stretching is a great way to activate the digestive system and eliminate energy blockages in the abdominal area.

Try these basic poses after a meal or anytime you're feeling stagnation.

Join a class or lets develop a program specifically suited to your needs. Contact me for further information.

YOGA SEQUENCE: Open your heart, still your mind

Free up your chest, neck and shoulders while creating more flexibility in your back. Hunching the shoulders is an unconscious way for the body to "armour" or "protect" the heart. Try these heart-opening positions to improve posture and allow for a little more love to enter your orbit.