Acupuncture – An Energetic Healing

The-art-of-Balance-Existing-actualy-photo-e1374506336687Acupuncture is – a system of healing based on balancing the energetic forces within us.

When you have been going through a tough time you might just find yourself saying things like “I feel a bit odd”,”just not quite right”,”I don’t know what’s wrong with me”.  “My energy is really low”.

We often feel out of balance when we are going through major changes in our life, it might be a medical treatment, a new job, fertility treatment, pregnancy looking after ageing parents.

Either way, you want and need a time out for yourself. You become exhausted in mind body and spirit.  Continue reading “Acupuncture – An Energetic Healing”

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7 Simple Tactics to keeping your New Year’s Resolutions

Are your New Years Resolutions Fizzling out with the New Year Sparklers

Every January, about 40% of us vow to change one thing or another about our lifestyle. There are the usual favourites:

New Year’s resolutions usually come under one of the following:

  • Weight loss
  • Finance
  • Career
  • Personal development
  • Health and diet
  • Fitness
  • Stress management
  • Focusing on personal relationships

We start out full of intention and motivation but then 6 months later, 60% of us have completely forgotten all about our resolutions and what we were trying to achieve and they all fizzle out with the sparklers.

But carrying out your resolutions can be done if we apply some simple tactics, here are 7 to help you

  1. Define your Motivation

There are 2 types of motivation:

  • Intrinsic – this means your motivation comes from inside. You are doing something you love. For example, you prefer jogging, going to the gym, or shopping by yourself because you like how you feel afterwards.
  • Extrinsic – you’re pushed forward by actions either to avoid something or for the reward. In other words, you prefer working out with your friends, and work harder when there’s a reward system in place.

Once you figure out your motivation type is, then all you have to do is put yourself in situations that make you more excited to accomplish even more.

2. Actions speak louder than results

Deciding on a goal for the New Year is always easier said than done. However, the tricky part is taking the steps to reach your goal. If you want to stick to your resolutions, it is better to break each step down into smaller goals, if possible, to make them more manageable.

Also, each time you achieve a goal, reward yourself and feel proud of what you’ve accomplished. Positive reinforcement is crucial to help guide you as you push toward your goal and commit to your resolutions.

One way to keep everything in check is to make sure your actions are SMART:

  • Specific. Be specific about the result you want, this will stop you from making excuses.
  • Measurable. If you measure your progress as you go you will be better able to keep yourself motivated
  • Achievable. Break your goals down into smaller goals that together, achieve your bigger goal.
  • Relevant. Make your action relevant to your goal, otherwise why bother?
  • Time-bound. Set defined end dates for smaller and larger goals.

3. Be Honest with yourself

The more realistic your resolutions, the more likely you’ll see them through. If your goal for the New Year is to exercise more, then start small. Instead of planning a 5-day workout week, go for 20 minutes a day then increase gradually.

You’ll find that, as with all goals, as soon as you start seeing what you’ve accomplished, you’ll be pumped to do even more.  Your subconscious loves success. So, it’s crucial that you stay away from the “all-or-nothing” approach. Doing something, even if it’s a small piece of what you’d originally planned, and succeeding is much better and more productive than doing nothing at all.

Also, it’s equally important not to have too many resolutions up on the go at the one time. Make a list, prioritize them, and go from there. Once you feel the first one’s in the bag, go for the second, and so on. Focusing on one goal at a time will channel your energy and efforts there, helping you reach your target faster.

4. Think things through

Have a positive mindset remember you will always have set backs. Start again without berating yourself. Be smart and anticipate these obstacles so that when they do appear, you’ll be prepared.

For example, if you get bored when you exercise, choose upbeat workout music that’ll get you revved up. Or you can workout at home, as you catch up on your favorite TV shows. Buddy up with a friend to go to the gym with you, you won’t let a friend down. The idea is to nip the gremlins in the bud before they become stronger than your willpower that way you can overcome any obstacle that comes between you and your goal.

5. Be accountable for your actions

Accountability means you’re taking responsibility for the choices you’re making. This may seem easy to do at work when you have a deadline and a boss reinforcing it. It may not seem as easy when you’re home alone and skip out on cooking a healthy meal, and order take-out instead.

You can enlist the help of a friend or join a group of like minded people where you would know that you made a certain commitment to someone, it can be a walking group, a study group, simply sending a photo of your home-cooked meal on social media or, you can hang a calendar on your wall with progress notes so you can keep tabs on how far you’ve gotten and what still lies ahead.

6. Find a Lifestyle Coach

 If you want to get fitter and healthier most gyms these days have Personal Trainers to keep you motivated and depending on your resolution, there are all sorts of Life Coaches, Mentors, Career coaches Find someone that you personally resonate with to help keep you on track and who can be the person to cheer you on

7. Create a Vision Board

 Do you know that there is an actual science behind VB’s and that we have an information filtering system in our brains known as the Reticular Activating System (RAS) and that Vision Boards serve the role of programming our RAS to tune into the things that help us move closer towards our intentions.

There is a craft to creating a Vision Board that works A bad Vision Board can work against your RAS and leave you with a Vision Board that is just a load of pretty pictures and moves you further away from your intentions.  If you would like to know more about Vision Boards what not join me on my Next Vision Board Workshop You can contact me here.

A Vision Board will help you to stay reminded of what it is you want to achieve as long as you craft it properly.

Keeping your New Year’s resolution can seem scary at first. However, with these 7 tactics, you can do anything you put your mind to. Remember, once you accomplish your first resolution, you’ll find that it’s not only beneficial, it’s fun as well!

 

 

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7 Simple Tactics to Keeping your New Year’s Resolutions

Every January, about 40% of us will vow to change one thing or another about our lifestyle. This tradition  rears its head every New Year when we resolve to change an undesired trait or behavior,  accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve our life

New Year’s resolutions usually come under one of the following:

  • Weight loss
  • Finance
  • Career
  • Personal development
  • Health and diet
  • Fitness
  • Stress management
  • Focusing on personal relationships

We start out full of intention and motivation but the 6 months later, 60% of us have completely forgotten all about our resolutions and what we were trying to achieve

But carrying out your resolutions can be done if we apply some simple tactics, here are 7 to help you

  1. Know What  Motivations you 

There are 2 types of motivation:

  • Intrinsic – this means your motivation comes from inside. You are doing something you love. For example, you prefer jogging, going to the gym, or shopping by yourself because you like how you feel afterwards.
  • Extrinsic – you’re pushed forward by actions either to avoid something or for the reward. In other words, you prefer working out with your friends, and work harder when there’s a reward system in place.

Once you figure out your motivation type is, then all you have to do is put yourself in situations that make you more excited to accomplish even more.

2. Actions speak louder than results

Deciding on a goal for the New Year is always easier said than done. However, the tricky part is taking the steps to reach your goal. If you want to stick to your resolutions, it is better to break each step down into smaller goals, if possible, to make them more manageable.

Also, each time you achieve a goal, reward yourself and feel proud of what you’ve accomplished. Positive reinforcement is crucial to help guide you as you push toward your goal and commit to your resolutions.

 Make sure your actions are SMART:

  • Specific. Be specific about the result you want, this will stop you from making excuses.
  • Measurable. If you evaluate your progress as you go you will be better able to keep yourself motivated
  • Achievable. Break your goals down into smaller goals that together, achieve your bigger goal.
  • Relevant. Make your action relevant to your goal, otherwise why bother?
  • Time-bound. Set defined end dates for smaller and larger goals.

3. Be Honest with yourself

The more realistic your resolutions, the more likely you’ll see them through. If your goal for the New Year is to exercise more, then start small. Instead of planning a 5-day workout week, go for 20 minutes a day then increase gradually.

You’ll find that, as with all goals, as soon as you start seeing what you’ve accomplished, you’ll be pumped to do even more. However, it’s crucial that you stay away from the “all-or-nothing” approach. Doing something, even if it’s a small piece of what you’d originally planned, is much better and more productive than doing nothing at all.

Also, it’s equally important not to have too many resolutions up on the go at the one time. Make a list, prioritize them, and go from there. Once you feel the first one’s in the bag, go for the second, and so on. Focusing on one goal at a time will channel your energy and efforts there, helping you reach your target faster.

4. Think things through

Having a positive mindset you will always have set backs. Start again without berating yourself. Be smart and anticipate these obstacles so that when they do appear, you’ll be prepared.

For example, if you get bored when you exercise, choose upbeat workout music that’ll get you revved up. Or you can workout at home, as you catch up on your favorite TV shows. Buddy up with a friend to go to the gym you, you won’t let a friend down. The idea is to nip the gremlins in the bud before they become stronger than your willpower that way you can overcome any obstacle that comes between you and your goal.

5. Be accountable for your actions

Accountability means you’re taking responsibility for the choices you’re making. This may seem easy to do at work when you have a deadline and a boss reinforcing it. It may not seem as easy when you’re home alone and skip out on cooking a healthy meal, and order take-out instead.

You can enlist the help of a friend or join a support group where you’d know that you made a certain commitment to someone, it can be a walking group, a study group, simply sending a photo of your home-cooked meal on social media or, you can hang a calendar on your wall with progress notes so you can keep tabs on how far you’ve gotten and what still lies ahead.

6. Find some to be in your corner 

If you want to get fitter and healthier most gyms these days have Personal Trainers who keep us motivated and depending on your resolution, there are all sorts of Life Coaches, Mentors, Career coaches Find someone that you personally resonate with to help keep you on track and who can be the person to cheer you on

7. Create a Vision Board

 A Vision Board will help you to stay reminded of what it is you want to achieve as long as you craft it properly, place it where you will see it daily. YOu can learn more about Vision Boards here

Keeping your New Year’s resolution can seem scary at first. However, with these 7 tactics, you can do anything you put your mind to. Remember, once you accomplish your first resolution, you’ll find that it’s not only beneficial, it’s fun as well!

 

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Natural Remedies For Aching Feet

Natural Remedies For Aching Feet

Foot pain is something that we have all experienced in our lives. After a night out in high heels, a workout in the gym, a long walk or a long day at work, even working in the garden your feet can be tired, achy, swollen, and heavy.

We often forget how important are feet are to us and how they help us to ground ourselves into Earth energy and how they help us to take a step forward into everywhere we go in life. It is only when our feet begin to ache that we begin to notice the stress we put on our feet.

So whether or not your feet are just tired or achy or you looking forward to sandal season Below are some lovely natural remedies that will ease your sore feet and have you feeling great again.

Alternate Hot And Cold

What to do, Fill one basin with cold water and one with hot water. Find a comfortable spot to sit, place your feet in the cold water for five minutes then, switch to the hot water. Switch back and forth for about of thirty minutes for maximum effectiveness.

How does it work

Alternating hot and cold baths alternately dilates and constricts blood vessels in your feet, this boosts your circulation and reduces swelling and achiness in your feet.

Elevate Your Feet – Elevating your feet for fifteen to twenty minutes on cushions or pillows How does it work  This will increase circulation in your legs and feet and help to reduce pain and swelling.

Epsom Salts –. There are two ways you can use Epsom salts to reduce swelling in your feet. You can either add Epsom Salts to a basin of hot water and soak your feet or add it to your bath and soak your whole body for about 45 to 60 minutes

 A word of caution here you can feel dizzy after an Epsom salt bath so be careful getting out of the bath and if possible go straight to bed. Shower off the Epsom Salts in the morning and all the toxins with it.

How does it work  Epsom salts are made of magnesium sulfate heptahydrate. Magnesium is known to help reduce swelling and therefore ease the pain, it will also draw toxins from your body

Soak In Essential Oils – Essential Oils can be used as an alternative to Epsom salts Add 10 drops of essential oils to a half glass of milk and then add to your bath this will help to disperse the Essential oil evenly

A Word of Caution here Never underestimate the power of essential oils, Choose from a reputable brand, be careful of over marketed brands. If in doubt consult with a qualified Aromatherapist and never mix more than two oils ie. a blend would be 5 drops of each or 10 drops of one oil in a half cup of milk never drink essential oils.

How does it work essential oils, help to increase blood circulation and reduce swelling. Essential oils are used in the same two ways as Epsom salts.

The best essential oils to use to increase blood flow are peppermint oil, clove oil, eucalyptus oil, and rosemary oil.

Vinegar Soak – The kitchen cupboard remedy If you don’t have Epsom salts or essential oils in the house, you can use vinegar. Vinegar helps to reduce inflammation and can be used in two ways.

First, you can fill a basin with hot water and add two tablespoons of vinegar; it is additionally beneficial if you add some salt to the water as well. Soak your feet for about twenty minutes.

Second, you can put equal amounts of water and vinegar into two basins. Make one basin cold water and one basin hot water. Soak a towel that is big enough to wrap around your feet in the hot mixture and squeeze out the excess liquid. Wrap the hot compress around your feet for five minutes.

Repeat the same process using the cold mixture.

The second process is a little fussy but will give you the benefits of vinegar as well as the hot and cold method to maximize blood flow and reduce swelling and achiness.

Preventative Self-Care Measures

If your feet are constantly sore or you are usually on your feet for a very long time take preventative Self-Care Measures. Invest in a good pair of shoes, stretch and massage your feet throughout your day. Visit a Chiropodist who will remove any pressure points and advise on proper foot and nail care

 

You can also build regular Reflexology Treatments to your self care plan.

Reflexology is a therapeutic method that relieves pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on your feet and hands. Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating nerves in your body and encouraging the flow of blood. In the process, reflexology not only eases the sensation of pain, but relieves the source of the pain as well. Your Reflexologist will also be able to give you analysis of your feet and suggest some exercises to ease pain.

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5 Ways Hypnosis Helps Stress

So much is said about stress and to put it simply there are two types of stress, good, and the bad.

The good kind raises your heartbeat, elevates your blood pressure, and gets you alert and ready for anything. You will easily know the difference between good and bad stress and when it suddenly flares up it might happen during a business meeting, excitement at a sports game or even when you’re driving and someone cuts you off.

This type comes and goes quickly You feel your adrenaline pumping in your veins and you are sharper, quicker thinking and your reflexes become faster.  You will feel your stress going away after a while as your adrenaline levels return to normal and your blood pressure stabilizes.

The stress we really have to be careful of is the second type of stress. This stress is chronic, you feel exhausted and worn out because you have been stressed over a longer period of time and it feels like it you have no way out and no peace of mind.  This creates havoc on your body, and your normal body systems begin to break down sometimes to the point of creating chronic diseases in our body.  Because chronic stress exposes us to cortisol and other stress-related hormones for longer periods of time than short term stress we can eventually find ourselves suffering from any of the following:

  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of energy
  • Lower or Weak immune system
  • Depression
  • Aches and pains
  • Type-2 diabetes
  •  Digestive problems
  •  Cancer
  • Higher risk of heart disease

There are many ways to treat your stress, such as meditation, exercise or massages, all of these will initially help you to relax and unwind and get some relief from your stress.

These practices should become part of your self care plan, however, this is just dealing with your stress on the surface. If you really want to get to the bottom of your stress and your anxiety, you have to dig down deep and find the source, a bit like pulling out the weeds by the roots instead of just trimming the surface.

That’s what hypnosis does, it helps you to get to the source of your stress. Hypnosis is probably one of the least-understood therapy techniques, even though it has helped with many physical and mental ailments over the years.

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What are the benefits of using hypnosis to treat stress?

1. It’s time-efficient.
One of its benefits of hypnosis is that you can get right to the source of your stress usually during your first session, which is quick compared to other methods of treatment.

2. Gets to the bottom of things. Through hypnotherapy, you can find what triggers your stress and anxiety. It could be due to a negative past experience, a certain situation that left its mark, or an illness yours or someone else’s. Regardless, your therapist can help you diagnose and treat your stress through hypnosis.

3. Hypnosis is Holistic. Hypnosis treats your body, mind, and soul as one entity.

4. Hypnosis is gentle and gradual.  Your session allows you to be safe and to explore where and how your stress is manifesting, what you are feeling and where all this is showing up in your body. Hypnosis will help with the self sabotaging thoughts that keep you stuck and because it is gentle and gradual you will be able to do this without feeling lost or alone.

5. You’re in control. In spite of what many claim or believe, during hypnosis, you’re awake and remain conscious the entire length of the session. The only part the licensed hypnotherapist, someone whom you trust, plays during the session is to listen to you, guide your suggestions of how you’re feeling, where it hurts, and how to get rid of the pain. Other than that, while you are undergoing hypnosis you stay conscious and in control the entire time.

The reason why hypnosis is successful is because when you’re in a trance, you’re in a state of deep relaxation.

This is when your brain is open to suggestions. It’s a way for you to unlock and  change your negative thoughts into positive ones, allowing you to break free of negative patterns, and learn how to react when you are faced with stressful situations.

Finally Hypnotherapy can help you change your perception of the stress-triggers that you have identified, in your life.


And since stress is created through your thoughts and perceptions, Hypnotherapy is a great way to lower your levels of anxiety and reduces stress, and if you can lower your levels of anxiety and stress, you are on your way to a happier, healthier, more balanced you.

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How Persistent are you?

How persistent are you when you meet a challenge?

Are you persistent enough to get things done?

What is Persistence?

The dictionary describes persistence as “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition” but here are a few other ways of describing persistence. 

Persistence is; your ability of continuously moving forward no matter what you might be feeling,

Persistence is; when you push past the point where you feel like you want to give up, throw your hands up in the air, surrender and quit altogether.

Persistence is; a combination of your desire and your willpower, your urge to get there, no matter what happens.

Being persistent is; having determination. Just like the waves wearing down a rock a litle at a time.

If you want to see persistence in action, watch any young child and how persistent they can be when they want something. The child never falters they will try every angle of persuasion until they get what they want, it’s pretty difficult to resist them.

Can you find your persistent child?

It might just be some fun to tap into your Inner Persistent Child and see how persistent you are when you want to be.

Close your eyes for a moment and think about a time when you were really persistent when would not give in until you got what you wanted.

How did it feel when you got what you wanted? Really feel the sense of achievement and all the other feeling you felt. 

Now imagine how your life is going to be if you can tap into that persistence whenever you want.

Are you persistent enough to achieve your goals?

Are you persistent enough to DO, BE and HAVE all the things that you want in your life?

 

Whether we admit it or not, there are times when we are ready to throw in the towel on a project and it takes courage to choose to carry on, until we reach our goal.

Being persistent comes from having a vision of your future and having a  burning desire to make your vision happen. Being persistent pushes you to give everything you’ve got until you make the impossible possible.

TIP: When you feel like you want to throw in the towel, look for that one next step you can take and begin with that one task, that first step, things might move slowly but stick in there, this is where you will find out how persistent you are. You can accomplish each small step and move on to the next step and the next, all you need to do is hold onto to your resolve and persist.

Every step you accomplish will build your confidence and you will move forward building each step on top of the next, and as you go through this process of building you also build your persistent levels.

When you have reached your lowest low and everything seems to go against you, keep your eye on your target. Dig your heels in and stay persistent, think of the persistent child, stand your ground and meet your challenges.

Believe me, we will all have many challenges and setbacks in this life and there is no way that we can avoid that.  But you can help yourself by building your persistence as you move forward and achieve your goals.

I’m here to help

Wisdom over Information 

Mary

086 8381017

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Slow your ageing 5 key Tips

Slow your Ageing process With these 5 Key Tips

Ageing is inevitable. No matter how hard you try, it will catch up with you eventuality, but that does not mean that you have to sit back and let it prematurely take your youth away.

No, there are things you can do starting right now to slow down your ageing process, and maintain your youthful looks and vigour well into an age nobody will be able to guess!

These tips are extremely simple- there’s no magic pill here. Read on to find out the five keys tips you should be doing:

Sleep More

Sleeping is one of life’s simple pleasures, and something that should come naturally to everyone. However, more than half of the adult population is chronically sleep deprived, in the sense that they get less than the recommended 8-9 hours nightly, for many days running.

Sleep is the one thing that everyone has going for them.

Sleep is the hit reset button for your body.

During sleep, repair ensues, so that proteins in skin are fixed, hormone production is ramped up, and the process of rebuilding in general. Chronic sleep deficiency inhibits the ability of the body to fix structural defects, including those already programmed in our DNA, which can accelerate greying of hair, wrinkling of skin and deterioration of organs

Get Your Veggies

Eat lots of vegetables. It doesn’t really matter which, but include a variety of different ones, as each bring something different to the table. Most vegetables are extremely low calories, making them perfect for bulk at mealtimes, as you can eat a lot, and not get a lot of calories. In addition, vegetables are full of fibre, which keep intestinal and colon health on point, as well as tons of anti-oxidants, vitamin and minerals, which fend off free radicals and compounds that damage DNA and promote ageing.

Let go of your Bad Recreational Hobbies

Sure, watching TV late into the night is a bad hobby, and it is damaging, but it is not bad in the sense we are referring to.

The ways we are talking about, relate to drinking, smoking and eating junk food. Excessive alcohol consumption places undue stress on your liver whose primary job is to remove toxins from your body. Undue stress on your liver, in some cases, results in your Liver being unable to do its job. The end result is that this accumulation of toxins in your body is bad for your health, and kick starts and accelerates your ageing process.

Smoking, on the other hand is worse in many aspects. With negative effects ranging from your lungs, to blood vessels and more, smoking can age you 25 years in just 5 years.

Smoking stops nutrients from being delivered to your body and your skin suffers. Smoking encourages ageing and wrinkles at a much younger age far than it should, and it goes without saying here that you increase your risk of dying from complications of the lung.

Stay Happy

We don’t expect you to be euphoric all day long, but being happy has proven benefits over being sad, or pouty. This can be explained by endorphins, which are feel good chemicals produced in the brain that boost mood, reduce heart rate and blood pressure, and reduce stress levels as well.

Practicing mindfulness meditation is one of the best ways to develop your appreciation of the little things in life, and improve your happiness and outlook. Frowning just speeds up development of wrinkles and fine lines! So practice being happy!

Weight Train

A little jogging or cycling is good during any point of life, for cardio vascular health  but in order to diminish the effects of ageing, weight training is a must. Not only does muscle help you fill out your clothing, but it can also help prevent skin from sagging, wrinkling, or your posture from stooping.

Nothing screams old like a hunched back and sagging skin, but luckily, weight lifting can delay this for years to come, not only that, but your overall mobility will be kept in check, your bone density will stabilise and you will look great, so do some weight bearing exercises!


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How to make the most of your acupuncture treatment

Acupuncture can often produce results faster than common medications, depending upon your condition.

However, it’s still important to try to get the most out of your treatment and commit to healing.

Here are some tips for ensuring that you receive the maximum benefits from your sessions.

 

BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT

  • Keep an open mind. Positive energy speeds up any healing process
    Refrain from alcohol and drugs (unless prescribed) for at least 12 hours before your session.
  • Eat a light meal or snack, you don’t want to be starving but you also do not want to be overly full. Avoid greasy, heavy foods that could upset your stomach.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes for comfort. Make sure the clothing can be rolled up so that the practitioner can reach all of the necessary acupuncture points, ankles, knees, belly and arms.

DURING YOUR TREATMENT

  • If you are asked any questions , answer them honestly and completely. Don’t short change yourself by using answers you think the acupuncturist wants to hear or omitting bad habits. Some questions may seem irrelevant to your current condition, but keep in mind acupuncture is a holistic practice and deals with all aspects of your body, mind, and spirit. The most effective personalized treatment plan will come from honest answers and a comprehensive health history.
  • Be sure to alert the acupuncturist about any other treatment you are currently receiving and any medications you are taking.  Ask pertinent questions so that you feel confident and well-informed
  • Once the needles are set, take the time to truly relax. A quick body scan starting at your feet and moving up to your shoulders and head will give you an opportunity to make sure your body is completely relaxed.

AFTER YOUR TREATMENT

  • For the rest of the day after your acupuncture treatment I recommend that you avoid alcohol, stressful situations, caffeine, strenuous exercise and heavy or spicy meals,
  • It’s fine to go to work, school, or other activities following treatment, but avoid overexerting yourself.
  • Avoid strenuous activity and caffeine within a few hours of your treatment.
  • You may feel tired after your session, so take it easy drink plenty of water and stay at a comfortable temperature
  • Be realistic : There is no such thing as an instant cure it may take several sessions and some lifestyle changes
  • After your first treatment allow yourself time to reflect, take notes on how you feel, bring them to your practitioner so any necessary adjustments can be made, at your next treatment.
  • If you are extremely drowsy you must rest

If you have any questions that have not been answered here

please feel free to call me on 086 8381017

 

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My Vision Board Story

Oprah says that Vision Boards have changed her life.

Well, Oprah and I have something in common. A Vision Board changed my life, too.

No, it doesn’t mean I got my own TV show and magazine! But that’s not what Vision Boards are all about. They’re about creating your own authentic outcomes in your own ideal life.

For instance, when I made my first Vision Board... I felt it was a nice exercise in day dreaming and childlike in cutting and pasting but as I got into it I began to build an image of what I wanted to do in/with my life.

In fact when I found myself redundant, it was a Vision Board that allowed me to re-invent myself, knowing what I wanted was a huge help in getting me over a very bad time, a time when I felt I had no idea where I was going, My Vision Board helped me to get clear on what ‘I’ wanted for the first time in my life.

At the time I didn’t believe anything on my board was going to happen but even with my scepticism it all manifested even down to a sneaky vision I pasted on for someone special in my life, I’ll tell you about that at the workshop  (they got what they wanted too!!)

In 2011 I facilitated a Vision Board workshop as part of a “Explore Holistic Practices” series of wokshops and a few months ago I got this comment from one of the participants

“I am moving to my new home and I found my vision board in the back of the wardrobe, and guess what ?, everything on it has manifested except for one thing and I’m working on that! I rang my friend who was with me on the course and she checked hers and said the same thing, her Vision Board had all manifested too”

So what about you? Would you like to see how a Vision Board will change your life? (Especially when you give it the true clarity you deserve?)

Check out the dates of my next  CREATE YOUR LIFE VISION-BOARD WORKSHOP. It’s a full-day immersion for you to focus on your authentic life, core clarity and ideal outcomes.

Due to the deep nature of the work, there are only 10 spaces available. Would you like to create your dream life?

Let’s do this.

Email me at info@maryfletcherburke.com and I’ll send you all the information!

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How well do you maintain balance in your life?

A little bit of fun to see how you are looking after yourself 

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If trying to maintain balance in your life makes you feel like a tightrope walker, you’re not alone. Most of us have so many demands on our time and energy, life can feel like you are balancing plates in a three-ring circus.Take this quiz to see how well you are meeting responsibilities, while also recognizing and fulfilling your personal needs and wants.

Circle either True or False

True or False    1.  I  successfully manage my life and take care of myself physically and emotionally.

True or False         2. I Nurture myself to enlarge my capacity to help others.

True or False        3. I eat healthfully and exercise regularly.

True or False        4. I get check-ups, go to the dentist, and take preventative precautions.

True or False       5. I set aside personal, quiet time for myself, whether I’m meditating or simply letting my thoughts drift.

True or False      6. I experience the gifts of each season: ice skating, sledging, bundled-up beach walks; gardening, hiking, more time outside; camping, swimming, barbeques; harvesting the bounty, gathering wood, spending more time inside.

True or False    7. I set aside creative time to nurture me.  I do what I love, whether that’s cooking, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, singing or another creative pursuit.

True or False   8. Reaching out to others enriches my life. I spend quality time with family and friends.

True or False   9. Contributing to the world provides connection and purpose, so I give my time, energy and experience where it is most useful.

True or False   10. I notice and heed the emotional signals that tell me I’m out of balance: irritability, overwhelm, resentment.

True or False  11. If I feel that I’m catching a cold, I realize I may have stressed my immune system with overactivity, so I stop and take care of myself.

True or False  12. When I need or want to, I say no to requests for my time.

True or False  13. I listen to and honour the requests my body makes for such things as a nap, a walk, green vegetables, hot soup.

True or False  14. If I have something planned for myself, I don’t just toss that aside when someone makes a request of me.

True or False  15. I’m busy, but I find time to do the things I want to do.

True or False   16. I’m happy. I regularly experience well-being, contentment, even joy.

If you answered false more often than true, you may want to take a look at the questions to which you answered false and see if you can make some changes to these areas in your life.

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Ways to Keep Your Memory Sharp

memory loss, forgetting thingsWays to Keep Your Memory Sharp

 If you find you are becoming forgetful it can often mean that your mind is elsewhere, most likely stressing about things that just might not happen

Your memory is important at any age. You can start minding your mind by incorporating these healthy habits into your life. It is never too early to cultivate a strong memory that will stay with you for years to come.

1. Don’t forget about physical exercise

Believe it or not, when you’re exercising your body, you’re exercising your mind as well. Aerobic exercise gets your blood pumping, which increases the oxygen going to your brain and lowers your risk of disorders such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease that can lead to memory loss. If you can, start with some exercise in the morning. This can clear your head right off the bat to stay focused and alert during the day. Exercises that require coordination are especially helpful for keeping the mind active such as simply throwing a ball back and forth.

2. Make sure you’re sleeping

Sleep is one of the best ways to make sure your brain and memory are in tip-top shape on a daily basis. To get the most out of your sleep, aim for 7.5-9 hours every night. Make sure to shut off the electronics at least an hour before bed to help the mind shut off as well. Try to limit your caffeine and alcohol intake earlier in the day. Both can result in a shallow sleep. For more help on sleeping go Here

3. Keep your brain stimulated

Research has shown that keeping mental stimulation as we age is very important for lowering the risk of dementia. Stay social, interact with others, learn new skills, play mind-exercise games like crossword puzzles or Sudoku. Interacting with others and continuing to learn is vital for keeping the brain healthy at any age.

4. Be aware of your stress

Chronic stress can not only make someone miserable, but also cause serious long term effects. Stress over time has been shown to destroy brain cells and damage the area of the brain that creates new memories and recalls past ones. To avoid memory loss, minimize your stress. Don’t take on too many tasks if they overwhelm you, sometimes it is ok to say no. Make sure you have outlets to relieve stress whether it is physical exercise or talking with someone about your frustrations.

5. Don’t forget about your superfoods

Certain superfoods have shown to be significant in preventing memory loss. Make sure to get your fruit and vegetable servings in, many are filled with antioxidants that help protect your brain cells. Eat more foods with omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna and foods cooked with olive oil. Green tea is another option that has powerful antioxidants to protect from brain damage.

Your memory is important at any age. Its never too soon to start incorporating healthy habits and keep a strong memory for years to come.

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