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