Learn how you can incorporate natural therapies and meditation into your life: Reduce stress, become more present to life, and improve your well-being.
Do You Have Any of These Symptoms?
Problems with your sleep pattern - insomnia, disturbed sleep, hypersomnia
Inflammatory disorders - autoimmunity, joints, ligaments or nerves
Emotional health - anxiety, fear, worry, depression
Digestive problems - IBS, indigestion, pain
Pain - headaches, muscular pain, fibromyalgia, back pain
Mental activity - overthinking, patterns of behaviour, addictions
Fatigue & low energy - CFS, autoimmunity, exhaustion, burnout
How Do Your Symptoms Affect Your Daily Life?
Restrict your mobility, or stop you from exercising or walking?
Make you feel scared or sad because you fear for your future?
Put strain on your relationships with friends and family?
Significantly decrease the quality of your life?
Make you feel angry, frustrated or misunderstood?
Make you feel isolated because you can't get out as much as you used to?
Affect your ability to work, go out, or enjoy life?
Therapies for Mind-Body Health
Natural remedies and holistic therapies can be a highly effective way to decrease anxiety or tension, increase feelings of vitality, calm an overactive mind, gain insight into patterns of behaviour, and control physical symptoms. When used as a regular part of your health regime, therapies can provide significant improvements in your overall wellness.
Holism: Natural health therapies are usually based upon principles of well-being which have a basis in holism: They incorporate the psychological, social, physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of a person, and how these impact wellness. This contrasts with Western methods of healthcare which are primarily based upon physicality, with a focus on biochemical measurements and externally verifiable criteria. Within holistic health approaches, subjective personal experience is of primary importance in establishing levels of wellness and vitality. This includes energy levels, emotions, thoughts and feelings - aspects of experience which cannot be accurately measured by external means.
Spirituality: Many natural therapies also contain an element of spiritual experience, and aim to increase levels of life force energy, sometimes also known as chi, ki, or prana, according to cultural background. Holism embraces both the connection between a person and the world they live in, and the connection to the ultimate nature of reality. Spiritual principles underlie most holistic therapies which usually focus on restoring life force energy within a person. This can be done either by physical manipulation of tissues and muscles, as in massage-based therapies, or by more subtle therapies like Reiki or spiritual healing.
Healing: The body's own healing abilities form a central part of many holistic and natural therapies. It is is important to recognise that the term healing, as used in this context, refers to a restoration of functioning in the individual concerned. Because holistic therapies consider the experience of the person as having paramount importance, the term healing includes positive changes in feelings and emotions within the person. This is different to the use of the term in Western medicine where healing refers to a cure based on externally verifiable changes.
So, holistic and natural therapies aim to improve multiple aspects of a person's experience through changing things which impact their mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health. To do this, they must cover a wide range of aspects of wellness, including: releasing physical and energetic stress, nutrition and digestion, healthy relationships, communication skills, physical and mental health, developing emotional mastery..all the way through to resolving existential issues.
Comparing Approaches to Health
- Person viewed as a unified being who contains inextricably linked aspects; mind, body, emotions and spirit
- Individual is also linked to their environment and shares a two-way, constant, interaction with it through thoughts, emotions, and actions
- Relationships with other people and situations hold great importance because of the inter-dependent nature of existence, and it's effects upon wellness
- It is not viable to experience thoughts, emotions, or actions, without also involving other body systems
- Lifestyle factors like nutrition, exercise and relaxation hold greater significance because of their impact upon the entire person, and their preventative actions on developing ill health
- Higher value on subjective experience and spiritual component, with less requirement for external validation
- Person viewed as comprising of separate substances: mind, body, and systems, which are treated as individual speciality areas for healthcare
- Reductionist approach, base upon separate body systems and categories
- Since physical health is deemed as existing independently, experiences like thought, interaction with environment, and emotional have lower value rating
- Excellent at resolving physical-based acute health issues, but lower success with recovery from chronic illness
- Priority on scientific theory and empirical data collection, with lower value on self responsibility, subjective experience, personal and spiritual connection
Mastering Your Mind
Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness is about focusing your mind so that you can become more aware of what is happening in your life. It helps you to bring habitual thoughts and behaviours into your conscious awareness. This is the first step to being able to create change.
Developing presence of your mind and body is also an important part of healing. It helps you to become aware of tension, thoughts and feelings. This is the basis for somatic release - the deliberate release of stored emotion trauma, and anxiety which exists within you.
Meditation is stereo-typically associated with sitting still, with your eyes closed, and learning how to quiet your mind. But meditation can make many different forms, and contains multiple techniques. This includes mindful awareness - the practice of simply becoming present in your intention as you go about your day.
Essentially, meditation is about increasing your awareness of the fundamental nature of your mind. It can be helpful because it turns your focus inward and helps you to see through the transient nature of thoughts, identify, and beliefs. This is the key to reducing stress, learning how to control your mind and emotions, and the process of awakening.
A Few Examples of Natural Therapies
- Massage: Manipulation of soft tissues of the body. Gentle massage for relaxation. Or deep tissue, sports, or remedial massage for muscular pain relief
- Reflexology: An acupressure technique, usually used on feet or hands, which releases energetic blocks, and promotes self healing within the body.
- Yoga: A spiritual tradition which teaches control of mind and body. In Western culture, yoga is often associated with postures, breath work and stretching.
- Reiki or Spiritual Healing: A non-invasive therapy which re balances life force energy and release blocks from the auric field.
- Bach Flower Remedies: Infusions of plants and herbs, used to treat mental and emotional problems, which often precede physical ailments
- Chiropractic: Manipulation of the joints of the body, usually the spine, to re align function of nerves, and to release build up of stress or tension
- Psychotherapy: Talking therapy which identifies patterns within the mind, and how they relate to current behaviours
- Acupuncture: An ancient Chinese therapy which uses fine needles to release blocks in meridians, or energy channels, within the body
- Nutritional Therapy: Use of dietary intervention and supplements as a form of healing , often used for chronic health conditions
- Counselling: Supportive talking-based therapy which facilitates expression of feelings, emotions, and difficulties, to promote healing
- Homeopathy: Remedy-based treatment which is based upon concept of treating 'like with like'. Uses minute amounts of substance within healing tincture
- Bowen Technique: Gentle manipulation of tissues which stimulates body energy flow and encourages self healing
- Coaching: Therapy which encourages action-based change and practical life skills to create improvement in life, health, work or relationships
- Kinesiology: Preventative therapy which tests muscles for weakness due to chemical, physical, emotional, mental imbalances
- Meditation or mindfulness: Focus on the activity of the mind and body. Often used to calm the mind, promote relaxation, and gain self awareness
Tips for Choosing a Local Holistic Practitioner:
- Ask about relevant qualifications, how long they have studied for, and their level of learning. A reputable practitioner will usually have studies their subject for a period of years, not days or months, and their qualifications are only relevant if they apply to the therapy they practice.
- Check whether they have an active membership within a related professional organisation,
- All reputable practitioners should be fully insured and be able to provide an insurance certificate on request
- If you have a complex or chronic condition, make sure you see a specialist who has plenty of expertise in that area.
- Remember that you are the expert on your own health: no other person knows your experience better than you!
The Emerald Programme
A long-term solution to pain and symptom control at home
Eliminating fibromyalgia pain
Back, neck and muscular pain
Reducing stress-related symptoms
Decreasing anxiety and worry
Increasing energy levels
Relieving digestive symptoms
Increasing mobility of joints, and lowering pain
Improving feelings of well-being and relaxation
Natural therapies can be highly beneficial in relieving unpleasant symptoms of chronic illness, and are especially useful for reducing stress or anxiety, and improving feelings of well-being.
I have been both a provider and recipient of natural therapies for over a decade, and am also qualified in multiple therapies. I believe that learning how to use natural therapies for personal healing when you have chronic illness can be extremely helpful. In addition to relieving symptoms, it also provides you with a greater level of self-empowerment and control over your circumstances.
The Emerald Programme includes 4 hours of one-to-one tuition, and includes an initial health assessment so that you learn relevant techniques for your health concerns.
You choose what you would like to learn:
therapeutic massage for pain relief
reflexology for a specific condition
how to changing health-related habits
acupressure techniques for symptom control
mindful awareness - become aware of your thought patterns
relaxation techniques - decrease stress
aromatherapy for emotional well-being
*These consultations are intended to be used alongside regular attendance with your natural health specialist or medical practitioner, they are not to be used as a substitute for medical advice.
*I may also advise you to seek specialist support for control of some of your symptoms, if I feel this is appropriate.
*These sessions are for personal use only, and do not qualify you to use therapies as a professional
One-to-one tuition and guidance:
how to safely and effectively use natural health practices at home
4 hours of individual tuition for using natural therapies at home
You can choose to use your total 4 hours of coaching time in the way that best suits you.
You can choose to have one block of 4 hours one-to-one tuition - either a full morning or afternoon.
Or you can have 2 x 2 hour sessions once a month, and sign up to a monthly subscription.
Whatever works best for you!
These sessions are best held in-person, but can be held online too. Please bear in mind that the effectiveness will depend on what you want to learn. It's difficult to learn effective massage techniques online, but you don't need to be in the same room to learn therapies like aromatherapy or meditation.
If you have restricted mobility and need your carer to learn how to use the therapies for you, that's fine too. Just let me know when you book.
*For individual use only