Or so you may think!
Being able to relax is a skill that you can develop - with a bit of practise.
The first stage of relaxation is gaining an awareness of where in your body you hold onto stress and tension.
Common signs of tension are:
scrunching up your shoulders
Holding your breath
compressing your abdomen and
gritting your teeth
A classic example of tension is driving in heavy traffic. Imagine being stuck in Bristol traffic and now see if your body has taken on that posture. Shoulders up around the ears and chin jutting forward! Ouch!
I know...... some folks get tense at the thought of relaxing, so instead of focusing on forcing relaxation - focus on removing tension.
The easiest way to do this is by progressive relaxation. Relaxing body parts and softening your muscles slowly from your head down to your toes.
Tension eats up your energy & prevents it from flowing smoothly and naturally around your body. Creating stiffness instead of flexibility.
If you have always thought about relaxation as something you can't do - give it another look - have a go. Strip away the tension, soften your muscles and breathe more easily - it has huge benefits to your health.
I am a great fan of post exercise relaxation... love a few minutes after Pilates.
I have just returned from my Tai Chi class and during our closing meditation three of the sentences which are spoken are:
I am Bliss
I am Peace
I am Contentment
These words resonate with me on quite a deep level - they will be different for everyone as we will all put a slightly different meaning to them. I find these words give me a feeling of calmness which can last for a good few hours.
Here is a little exercise for you to try ….
Think of a word or short phrase that makes you feel calm and relaxed.
Find somewhere comfortable to sit and allow your eyes to gently close, take in a few deep breaths as the muscles of your body relax. And then allow your breathing to settle into it's natural rhythm.
Start to repeat your phrase or word to yourself either silently or aloud and continue to do this for 5 - 10 minutes. If something else pops into your head acknowledge it and allow it to drift on through like a cloud and then return to repeating your word/phrase. When your time is up open your eyes and notice how you feel.
If you find this a nice exercise to do then practice it for a week and see if you notice any changes in your mood.
And if you are really keen you can start to extend it to 10 -20 minutes!
Struggling with stress? Hypnotherapy can be a useful way of helping to lower your stress levels - if you would like an appointment you can book below ...
I just heard someone saying that if you make an NG sound (like a hum) it can help you to relieve Tinnitus. It has peaked my interest today so here is a bit of collected information.
There are some specific Hypnotherapy Downloads for Tinnitus - I don't have a specific recording but I do have a general relaxation recording try it and see if it helps!
If any of these help I would love to know
There are links to my email and social media below.
I hope that you are enjoying some seasonal warmth and topping up your levels of Vitamin D.
This is my first News Letter – and it may be my one and only J
April was The ‘Women on Fire’ Conference in Brighton with lots of interesting speakers over 2 days and extra day training in Hypopressive techniques. This was a very interesting conference with trainers from USA, Spain & Australia as well as our own fabulous UK trainers – teaching the latest techniques and research from the exercise, physio and nutritional worlds.
I am poking up my head in the far right corner!
My Hypopressive training with Master Trainer Kaisa Tuominen
May was a month of exams (acupuncture), visiting the Chelsea Flower Show for the first time, Holidaying on the West Coast of Scotland for a week in a campervan (and having exceptionally warm weather).
Now it’s back to reality and I’m on a mission – and gearing up for some serious work time.
I am still offering a few places to anyone who would like to be a case study for acupuncture – so if you would like to try 4 sessions of acupuncture free of charge – get in touch.
I am off to Brighton this month to add to my abdominal/sacral massage skills by adding Mizan Pre and postnatal massage
Saturday 7th July @ 11am is Bristol Fertility Support Group – if you are struggling with fertility issues come along and talk to others who are walking a similar path.
I am also updating some of Pilates training with courses on Scoliosis and Back Pain with APPI – and hopefully will be introducing some weighted ball workouts soon.
Abdominal/womb massage is as popular as ever - it’s a lovely massage which focuses on part of the body that is often ignored in massage – I also treat scar tissue.
Loads more on my site
Thanks for reading my Newsletter
Have you started to notice a decline in your ability to remember people's names?
(This just happened yesterday to a friend who could not remember my name - LOL - I had to tell her in the end).
Do you worry that you are developing early onset dementia?
Do you find it increasingly difficult to concentrate?
Are you a peri/menopausal woman?
*Don't panic 'Brain Fog' is a common symptom of menopause*
How can I reduce these symptoms?
I have been looking for a safer alternative to put under my armpits for years now. I really had given up ever finding one that would work for me. So my expectations for a rather expensive tube of deodorant which I was ordering from another country were rather low. (Having said that - the Dutch are super innovative and super friendly - love The Netherlands! )
Showered and applied pea sized amount to each arm pit and then to put it to the test done some exercise - weight training, Shabashi and Hypopressives. Still working at this point! This deodorant stood up really well especially against others that I have tried.
Day two: I did reapply after my shower even though for some people it might have been OK. There is information on the packaging that explains that it can take a couple of days to detox from your old deodorant. Having exercised again I have to say that this deodorant is standing up really well.
I think after two days of good work I have made my mind up - it has far outstripped my expectations.
*Nuud have a Face Book page with reviews - it doesn't work for everyone and there have been some comments about the ingredients. I think that I will use my tube and watch for new developments. I am really hoping that this will be a better alternative to other deodorants.
One in six couples in the UK are struggling with fertility Issues. It seems to be a more common occurence in recent years with many people knowing someone, maybe a friend or member of their family, who has unexplained infertility or is navigating the world of assisted conception.
For many people going through fertility issues it can be a long and unforgiving road. They often feel isolated from their peers, find the financial burden of assisted conception stressful and feel as though their body has let them down.
I offer a natural holistic approach to support you through your fertility journey - helping you to feel more positive, teaching you techniques to help you manage stress. I am trained in a selection of specialised alternative Fertility Therapies which will help you to relax deeply, release any unhelpful emotions and move forward.
Please contact me if you would like to find out more......
I work from Yanley Court, Long Ashton, Bristol.
Bump by Kate Evans
I was really lucky to be recommended this book by my midwife friend. Bump is very entertaining and is chocked full of great information about preconception, pregnancy and birth. I am looking forward to reading Kate's other book on Breastfeeding in the near future.
Have you read It?
Let me know what you liked about it!