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Morning Motivation

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Morning Motivation

Namaste. My name is Lucie, I’m currently a placement student adjusting to the working world. One thing I’m sure about: it’s not until you try it yourself, that you find out how difficult it can be waking up in the morning Monday to Friday after a late night of work. I’ve probably experienced the majority of physical states one can experience in a 9-5 job. Motivation, excitement, laziness, and tiredness – you name it. If there’s a thing many of us have in common it’s that we all can find it difficult to get out of bed time to time. Whether it’s after a late night or interrupted sleep, we enjoy having a few extra minutes after the alarm goes off. Once its time to get out of bed, thoughts such as “do I really neeeed to get up?” “Do I really neeeeed to go into work today?” and picturing yourself staying in bed for a few more hours.

However, once we get into work we end up waking up and being in a better mood. Here are my top 2 tips that I would advise you to follow if you feel demotivated to wake up/get out of bed during the early hours of the day:


1.   Think of how what you will be doing in the day will benefit you in the short and long term. Is there someone you’re doing it for? You may be going into work for overtime so you can buy that special someone his or her favourite gift. Whatever the reason behind the planned day activities, also try to remember they will either benefit you or someone you care about, eventually.


2.   If you wake up wide-awake a few minutes before your alarm – get out of bed. Try to avoid falling back to sleep when you have woken as you will feel a lot more tired once your alarm goes off, making it more difficult to recover in the morning. 

By Lucie Fialova

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What Is Meditation ... And What It Is Not

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What Is Meditation ... And What It Is Not

Meditation can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. There are many benefits to meditation and it is not a religious concept but simply a finding an connection with oneself. Meditation is a form of stress relief and a chance to take a break from the stress in your life.

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Hope .. Along The Backwards Slippery Slope

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Hope .. Along The Backwards Slippery Slope

Depression can be so lonely and feel as though you are fighting alone. However as this article shows you are not alone and here have the chance to read how other people struggle. Although at times it may feel like two steps back to make one step forward, however finding the strength and inner confidence to face this depression is the important aspect.

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What Is Indian Head Massage

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What Is Indian Head Massage

Learn about the stress relieving power of Indian Head Massage. Embrace the releasing effects and the rejuvenating possibilities  within this holistic treatment.

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Cherish Relaxation CD

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Cherish Relaxation CD

After much deliberation,  luckily much support from friends (and in fact requests from clients), I am proud to announce the launch of Cherish Relaxation!

This 7 track CD gives you an introduction to meditation, key points for meditating and several guided relaxation tracks.

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Nature And It's Beauty

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Nature And It's Beauty

Run through the leaves. Jump in muddy puddles, bathe in the sun and enjoy all aspects of nature and all its rejuvenating power of natures energy.

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Power of Accupuncture

 

 

As a therapist I find it an essential to get regular treatments, keeping myself nourished is a priority and I have an open mind to practices old and new.

I hold a cherished space for 5 elements acupuncture in my heart, as it was duringsaid treatment in Australia where an eureka moment led to me changing vocations and retraining as a therapist.

To be honest it was bit of a surprised at the time.  I was working at a wellbeing retreat in Australia and I kept on hearing about 5 Elements and this amazing therapist Neal over and over, the majority of the other therapists and senior management went to him so I though what better recommendation that that?

It was only after I had booked in for this 5 elements treatment that I realized it was acupuncture. I don’t want to be a pincushion I thought, (regressing to horrors of immunisation for trips to India where as a child I’d walked out of many a surgery to avoid the dreaded jab!) Luckily Neal’s recommendations were too strong and I managed to talk myself around and had several amazing treatments.

What is5 Elements Acupuncture?

 

Well it’s a form of therapy that involves using needles and herbs to balance the body. ‘In Chinese philosophy the belief is that our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy (Qi) moving through a series of channels which flow beneath our skin. It is this Qi which becomes out of balance and is corrected through the insertion of needles.’According to Chinese theory, we’re made up of the 5 Elements:Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

They’re our creative and controlling energies and ideally should all be in balance. Your therapist diagnoses problems by evaluating your colour, sound, odour or emotion. This enables them to put together a treatment that will treat what Element you represent. This ancient system enables the body/mind/spirit to heal itself, as far as nature will allow.

So my treatment was part of a swaps with a colleague of mine Manjeet Ark, she’s getting her end of the deal next week!

Manjeet is actually a qualified pharmacist and medically trained so it’s reassuring that she has a foot in both allopathic (western mainstream medical practices) and eastern treatment knowledge. Manjeet practices acupuncture from private clinics in Birmingham and we had shared banter a few times across the reception desk at Barefoot Birmingham where I teach meditation. We got talking about treatments and before I knew it we both had dates in the diary.

On the day I turned up and I went into the elegantly designed room, which was welcoming and began the session. I personally think to get the best out of treatments is to be as open as possible and give yourself permission to be vulnerable in trusted hands. Manjeet made me feel at ease and had a real sense of care as I share my personal and private information. From topics such as relationships, my womanly cycle down to my bowel movements!

 

It was insightful just to talk and to reflect, and before I new it I was on the table receiving needles to my back. Manjeet kept the conversation flowing which was a welcomed distraction from the idea that pins were being inserted into my body. Did it hurt…? Yes a bit, but hey I’m a brave lady and it was much less uncomfortable that you may think. I then had some herbs and moxibustion treatments done. This was new to me and very exciting. Just watching the smoke to the herbs flow upward and away from the body was therapeutic in itself. I also got given some moxa to work on some self-healing at home. I love treatments with a bit of sustainability and shared knowledge.

 

The treatment was over after more needles and chat, I felt totally fine and cared for which was lovely, feeling pretty immune to any dramatic effects of the treatment off I set.

That was until I left to pay in a cheque at the bank and pick a few things from the high street and felt myself feeling as if I was floating. It was an amazing feeling of lightness, open heartedness and deep deep calm. I got given a discount at a shop and event got asked out on date in this state! Luckily I had cleared my diary so I could rest after the treatment and had a few hours deep sleep followed by a hot yoga session to cap off my night.

All in all I feel that there are a number of ways to address your health and rebalance the body. I think the value of the treatment and consultation is massive.  Often it’s time for reflection and self care that people neglect, making a point (pardon the pun) to priorities your nourishment is super important, if you’re a therapist or not.

Seeing what you are drawn to and allowing yourself once in a while to be given a helping hand is a brilliant idea, but then again I would say that wouldn’t I ;-)

For more information on Manjeet check out her website with this link

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Yoga - Frequently Asked Questions

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Yoga - Frequently Asked Questions

Don't worry about the fear of the unknown. Here some of thw questions you want or always have wanted to ask are answered! So you can find and access Yoga in your way! Yoga is for everyone.

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Empathy V's Compassion

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Empathy V's Compassion

Don't burn out, read this article to allow you to be empathetic to the world around you whilst protecting yourself from an emotional burn out.

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