A platform to CONNECT, LEARN & ENGAGE about HEALTH
When you start receiving Shiatsu, you take on a transformational journey that will lead you to an increased awareness of your body and mind. You will start identifying what is good for you as oppose to what is bad and becoming more assertive in your life style choices.
Personally I took on this transformational journey from the day I started my Shiatsu Course and it never stopped. I connected not only with Shiatsu Therapist but also other Complementary Health professionals. I learned that I respond positively to different types of therapeutic approaches and these responses have changed over the years as my body and mind constantly evolve. I engaged with people who had experienced healthier life changes and realised that we as a community detain a breadth of knowledge that may be worth sharing with others so they can become more responsible for their own health.
So alongside my Shiatsu practice, I decided to create a platform that will make your life easier should you decide to take on this health transformational journey. It includes blog articles about Health and how Shiatsu can help you on this health transformational journey, links to two different communities one dedicated to individuals with Chronic Stress - Anxiety - Depression and the other dedicated to families affected by Dementia, events and workshops you may be interested to attend.
THE MIND PEACE MAKERS is a brand new community support and knowledge centre created in February 2017 for adults who have experienced and are currently experiencing chronic stress, anxiety and depression and seek a way out through an holistic healthcare journey.
This Facebook Group is a platform to learn more about conventional and complementary healthcare options that are available out there and you may want to consider for your recovery. This is also an opportunity to confidentially exchange with others who have faced at some point in their life or are currently facing stress, anxiety and depression. It is important indeed to know that you are not alone and others have gone out of such a distressful situation.
CONNECT WITH YOUR HEART is a brand new Community Support created in February 2017 for adults facing the daily challenges of Dementia, their family members and carers living in West London.
. You feel trapped and isolated and want to reconnect with others in a similar situation to exchange experience and enjoy the warmth of a community support?
. You feel powerless and want to learn more about the support you can get from conventional and complementary healthcare professionals, as well as homecare providers?
This MeetUp Group is for you and I look forward to meeting you in one of our next coffee meeting.
April 2017 - The Key to understand Holistic Therapy and its benefits
You may have or currently experiencing Chronic Back Pain and you want to address seriously this health issue. What would you do spontaneously?
The obvious first step you would take is to proceed with a medical screening to check that your bone structure is not affected, and that you are not at risk of more serious health issue; then may be take some pain killer if the pain is unbearable, until the point that you may consider doing some exercises that will alleviate further symptoms of pain and discomfort.
Another approach would be to identify the reason(s) why you have been experiencing Chronic Back Pain. Is it because you usually expose your body to unhealthy postures – driving or seating long hours – or is it because you have been facing emotional distress that create unconscious muscular contraction?
We know that our body is the physical manifestation of who we are and how we feel by prompting signs, symptoms – such as pain, inflammation, or even distorted body – whenever there is a physical, physiological and emotional imbalance. So, the question is how to understand these signs?
The first step of this journey is to face that pain or discomfort.
We (human beings) naturally and constantly attempt to avoid what is unpleasant in life, who wouldn’t do this? Hence, absorbing regularly pain killers is an attempt to alleviate the pain as quick as possible. The consequence of this action is that you may generate additional imbalance such as digestive issues for intense or long term absorption of chemicals. It is like pushing a button down and another button is popping up somewhere else. You are not resolving the cause of the problem, only the symptom.
By staying with this pain – meaning consciously accepting it and recognizing it that there is most likely a cause to it – you we will identify what makes the pain lesser and when. For instance, you may well find that you have experienced traumatic circumstances at the same time that your back pain started rising and by surrounding yourself with a more peaceful environment your pain lessens. Or you may well find that you have started new job with long commute not long before your back pain started and when you are at rest during the weekend your pain lessens.
The second step is to take appropriate actions that will address the trigger(s) of your pain
If your Chronic Back Pain is caused by a traumatic situation, the action could be to identify the associated emotions, understand what triggered them; so next time you face similar situation your will be healthier.
If your Chronic Back Pain is caused by long-hour commute, the action could be to include appropriate stretches and physical activities during the breaks of your working day; so it counter-balance the sedentary physical position of the commute.
This two-step process described above is obviously a longer process, almost a journey of discovering yourself for the benefit of a sustainable recovery. It requires patience as well, commitment and the belief that you are responsible for your health and you can take the appropriate preventive action in addition to your medical supervision.
In our modern society, taking time for getting on a self-development journey is often perceived as a constraint because life is at high speed; we want to be at the forefront of everything at the same time; we don’t allow or some time don’t believe that we disserve this time for self-reflection.
Therefore, and depending on the level and the cause of the pain, my recommendation is a combination of different therapeutic approaches, whereby you would take advantage of the modern science to understand exactly what is wrong with your back; If there is nothing wrong with your back but the pain is too much to bear and it creates more issues in your daily life, of course pain killers are helpful.
However, you wouldn’t stop here because at this stage you haven’t resolved that much; you would integrate a complementary approach that could help you understand your body better, raise your body awareness, be mindful of your emotions and mental triggers. On a longer term, you will gain the ability to take preventive actions and adjust your life-style before your health issue becomes a real ailment. If unfortunately, there is a confirmed ailment by your medical supervision, what you would have learnt from the complementary therapy journey will be of a great help to maximise comfort and well-being as you go through a difficult time.
Every time you have a health issue such as Chronic Back Pain, it is about pausing for a moment, reflecting and creating your own plan for a sustainable recovery that is not a quick and short term fix. The question for you is therefore, how prepared am I to get on that sustainable recovery journey? Am I prepared to self-reflect and accept there may be something I can change in my life-style that would benefit my health overall?
This is very much what Shiatsu does.
Shiatsu is a eastern body therapy; but because we work at different levels of energy which are physical, emotional, mental and sometimes spiritual, we look at individuals holistically. We give these individuals a chance to understand different aspect of themselves while we help releasing pain, increasing vitality, improving mobility and clearing mind; so they can take ownership of their life-style and take preventive actions for a more sustainable health and well-being.