Reflections on death

reflections on deathMy continuing shamanic training has led me to examining death and dying over the last couple of months. Not just the big death, the time when we depart this earth as our life comes to an end, but also the small deaths, the endings of cycles and relationships.

I have been unfortunate enough to lose two of my siblings at what seemed an untimely age. Both died from terminal cancer and therefore in both cases we knew the end was coming.

We are conditioned in Western society to fear death. Read more

What stories are you telling yourself?

what's your story smallWe each have a personal story, a sort of autobiography, ‘my story so far’ kind of thing. It is these stories which help inform our view of life and our experiences on-going.

Our stories develop over time. At first they are heavily informed by the people around us, parents, siblings, family members, family friends. Slightly later you encounter school, and teachers and childhood friends start to play a role in your story. Moving on again you start to venture out into the world and your horizons are broadened. We are forever experiencing, learning, and developing. It is the way life works. Read more

Dancing is good for the soul!

IMG_6449I was reminded last weekend just how important it is in times of high stress to make yourself a priority and ensure you are creating time and space for yourself to actively unwind.

I have been going through some very stressful times recently.  I have worked pretty much none stop for the last six weeks, and have had some pretty big practical, mental, and emotional challenges to face within that time.

Last weekend I decided to allow myself a day off.  I met a friend for coffee in the morning, and I whinged and moaned, and generally verbalised a lot of stuff that I have been carrying round with me.  You would think that might have helped, but no, I came away from the meeting feeling miserable and angry about all the stuff that has been happening.  Although I had spent a good couple of hours setting the world to rights, I did not feel any better for it.  I’m pretty sure my poor friend didn’t feel great either (I have sent her an apology).  Read more

Introduction to Shamanism – Tripping the light fantastic (with no hallucinogens in sight)

20150322-_KAM6936“He (the Shaman) is a self-reliant explorer of the endless mansions of a magnificent hidden universe.” Michael Harner (Anthropologist)

I have been on many journeys.  The one I wish to talk to you about today started four years ago, and is still in progress.  I didn’t realise back in 2011 that I was choosing to start this particular journey, and I certainly don’t know when it will end, but I’m sure as hell having the time of my life in the process.  Read more

Summer shakeup – Right now is the best time to get moving with new projects, and making changes in your life.

butterfly smallWe celebrated the summer solstice just a few short days ago which means we are at the height of summer right now (even if a glance outside the window may have you believing otherwise).

Traditionally according to the medicine wheel this puts us firmly in the position of the south, and the element of fire.  Fire is all about movement; at this time of year our energy is at its highest and our capacity for productivity is huge.  If you are ever wanting to undertake a new project, or change lifestyle habits, summer is often the best time to get these underway. Read more

Reflexology – It’s not crazy, it’s just a little misunderstood

ReflexologyIf I were to say “Would you like a reflexology treatment?” what response instantly comes into your mind?

Let me guess…….

Erm, that’s that feet thing isn’t it?…. I’m not really sure what that is…. Isn’t that for like when your ill and stuff?….. If I’m having a massage, I’d rather you did my shoulders than my feet!……. I’ve got really ticklish feet, I’m not sure it will do me any good!…… How’s that going to help me relax?…… I hate my feet!

These are all genuine responses that I’ve had to this very question.

As a multi-disciplinary holistic therapist I am often amazed and sometimes even disappointed by people’s responses. People often have a massively skewed perception about this really quite amazing treatment. Read more

Introducing Myofascial Release

fasciaIf truth be told, I have been using myofascial release techniques alongside my existing massage skills for years, as many of you who have undergone treatment with me will know.  I feel I should at this point offer my humble gratitude to those of you who came forward to be practiced on whilst I was training.

So why now? 

Why have I decided to make a big song and a dance about it all of a sudden?

Some of you will already know, and many of you may not, however I completed my training at the back end of 2012 to become an integrative Myofascial Release practitioner.  I have continued to use the techniques as part of my existing practice, but more and more I am seeing people walking through my treatment room doors who would benefit from a solely fascial approach to their treatment.

Myofascial release is fast gaining recognition due to recent scientific research and has even been heralded by some as the ‘missing link’ in traditional body work, so I feel I should do my duty in educating those of you who have no idea what this super-efficient form of body work is all about. Read more