Shoulder pain relief

Shoulder pain relief

It’s time to look at those shoulders and receive shoulder pain relief. Apparently shoulders are our doing centres.

I share how are shoulders can feel pain and receive an injury, how I take care of them to make them feel better, so you can continue on with your life and shoulders.

Aw poor shoulders they are an area of the body that need some love. The shoulder joint is apparently the most mobile in the body, but with that it can be injured quite easily.

Due to the structure, frozen shoulders can often be lengthy to heal, bowen technique has a reputation for being the quickest solution for frozen shoulders and can still take some work too. I would suggest at least 8 treatments from my experience of treating others, with results seen usually in the first session.

How do shoulders get hurty?

I always love to remind people that we can physically injury our shoulders, or a build up from repeated movements over time and poor posture can cause irritation, this can often be from handbags! (My nemesis alongside those awful ballet pump shoes which offer zero support for our feet, but feet are for another time). However we also have emotional stress that leads to tension, pain and restriction. The expression ‘shouldering emotions’ can be true, is there something that you are not speaking up about? Do you feel burdened by the weight of the world and your responsibilities? Are you receiving coldness from someone else? Leading to a frozen shoulder. 

Now obvs we all get a bit of tension in the body and that’s normal, like your car tyres need pumping up from wear and tear, we are the same, its not to make you worry that you need to be always levitating on a cushion as then you wont have any pain, life is life and are little vehicles (bodies) need TLC from time to time.

Shoulder support is at hand

I love to support you to uncover why you might have an injury/pain/restriction, to get you back to your working self in the quickest time possible, offering my squidgy care and relaxation, but also to prevent any further pain.

Shoulder pain relief Bristol

That’s why I am here, your shoulder godmother to take the best care of them and support you to understand a bit more about taking care of your shoulders.

Whether its through massage, bowen, reflexology or reiki, I will relax your shoulders and let me them smile again.

How Bowen can help

If you have an injury, pain or muscular restriction i.e. you can’t lift your shoulder up to a certain height, then Bowen is what I would suggest. 4 sessions to sort that out, but if it is a frozen shoulder then 8 sessions are suggested.

Did you know Bowen helps to unravel restrictions and tension in a relaxing way, it also supports posture to be straighter and removes stress and tension from the body whooo, now that’s something to be cheery about.

Due to the wonderful connectedness of the body, I will be checking your lower back, pelvis and knees in particular, as often if one of these areas are grumbly it can impact the shoulders.

Be in touch here if you need any shoulder care.

Caring For You Community Manifesto

Caring For You Community – self care group

 

Caring for you treatments relaxation support

I wrote these in response to where I see my clients pain and struggles are, so I turned them into solutions and how I can support you.

You struggle with one or more of the below:

Physical pain – I am able to do what I love pain free

Musculoskeletal restriction – I no longer feel restrictions hold me back

Stress – I give myself permission to feel truly relaxed

Burnout – I give myself time to recover and feel refreshed

Tiredness – I feel soothed, comforted and at ease

Overwhelm and busy – I carve a daily schedule that supports me 

Lacking direction of how to treat my symptom – Firstly I am ready to love and take good care of myself

Unclear of how to feel supported with my physical or emotional symptoms – I start by feeling grounded and connected to my body

In need of guidance on how to take care of my body – I feel supported and clear on how to take care of my body

Unclear on my career choice – I am clearer on what it is I love to do

Doesn’t receive the healing touch I need – I deserve to feel well in my body

Past or current emotional trauma – I release pain points of the past

Emotional symptoms such as not feeling loved, doubts and or anxiety – I am gentle and squidgy on myself

Lack of sleep – I am allowed to rest easy at night

Feeling out of sorts – I now feel more myself

 

Would you like to know more about self-care? There’s a whole bunch of amazing women who have already joined and we are supporting each other with giggles, education and empowerment, click here to join.

If any of this relates to you, then I am here to support you. I love working with those that have the above difficulties and I truly believe every woman is deserving to feel relaxed and well within their bodies. I offer a gentle alignment technique, that is relaxing and restorative. It quickly reduces acute pain and provides alignment that holds, as it is so relaxing. I also soothes with trauma or emotional disturbances and releases them from the muscles and tissues of the body, so you feel relaxed, refreshed, cared for and more yourself. 

Alongside Bowen technique, I also love pressing sore points on your feet and squidging tense muscles to help promote relaxation. I also use reiki to tune in and ask for guidance that you might need. I offer lifestyle support to ensure we prevent injury/acute pain happening again in the future. 

Book a free call Contact & Book with me to see how I can help you. Approx 15 mins.

Touch Hunger

Touch Hunger

How to deal with touch deprivation

For all beings during this last year we have had to get used to not seeing as many of our loved ones, also not giving or receiving as much touch and receiving the message that the best thing we can do is keep away from everyone! For many of us this has been hard, especially those that have been living alone/feel more energy from being around others/are empaths or sensitive beings. Of course the internet and all the amazing tools we have to stay connected has been crucial, but it can’t replace touch. We probably didn’t even realise the amount of natural touch we received before in our interactions, taking it for granted even, a gentle tap on your arm from even a distant friend seems soothing right now.

Did you know when you receive touch, love and affection, oxytocin (a neurochemical responsible for building relationship) is released in your brain, this supports you in feeling connected, safe and loved and it can lessen anxiety and pain. I imagine at this time we are all a bit low on the neurochemical oxytocin, so symptoms can look like feeling alienated from other brings, a lack of bond with a community and finding it difficult to share appreciation and gratitude.

A way to boost oxytocin levels is through touch and hugging someone, here is how I have been coping with self-care to soothe touch hunger in lockdown.

Hugging trees

Okay you might feel a bit silly, but seriously trees have seen a lot more sh** that we have (literally), they are living, wise and ancient  beings, that can support us to feel rooted and connected to the earth. This can also soothe our root chakra, which is the energy centre associated with security and survival (quite big topics that feel shakey at this time). Also it can soothe with feeling love, touch and releasing oxytocin. 

If you think I am making this up, try it! Also this is essentially part of forest bathing, a huge movement in Japan where its actually prescribed to lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety and stress. 

 

Hugging trees to increase oxytocin

Wearing cuddly jumpers that feel soft on your skin

This always feels nice to wear softy, comfy clothes to feel soothed and cuddled, it also supports activating your touch receptors with different textures. Try stroking a fluffy cushion, wearing a cosy jumper, wearing yummy Brighton Lace underwear, even the texture of plants! Yes stroking plants, I see ways to feel soothed and I am sharing them as we all know at this time we need some support.

Feeling soothed by touch

Gentle squidy self-care

Putting flowers by my bed, as an act of love and self care and plus you wake up and the room smells amazing, perhaps not so good if you suffer from allergies or hay fever though. These are my fav flowers called hyacinth. Simply finding gentle ways to be caring and gentle on yourself, maybe its adjusting your schedule slightly, or having a bath with a few drops of lavender in, or self-massage to your feet. All of this will support relaxation and care of the self.

Flowers by your bed self care

 

Using colour as a self-healing tool

Maybe its painting your nails a really bright colour, picking out clothes with colours you feel attracted too, or doodling or colouring in, using plain paper of a colouring book. Using colours can soothe as it is allowing us to feel creative and play. Colour also carries vibration and can provide healing as it can nourish our chakra points (7 energy centres of the body that are thought to be connected to a colour). Did you know the colour blue is connected to your throat chakra, where we find our voice and speak up for what supports us, it also is connected to our thyroid and immune response. Apparently just looking at the colour blue can release oxytocin! You can also simply try imagining a colour being wrapped around you and feeling nurtured and safe, this is a simple visualisation tool.

Exercise

As it increases oxytocin! Exercise can look like trampolining for 10 mins, listening to your fav music and dancing around the house. Pick something that you enjoy!

Supplements

Caps moodoo from Ringana can improve mental resilience and provide greater serenity, which is ideal for restoring emotional balance if you’re battling with the autumn and winter blues or PMS. An extract of ashwagandha root promotes physical and mental relaxation processes and helps you to find peace.

Moo doo to support oxytocin touch hunger

Meditation

Whether its holding or looking at a crystal, being out and finding peace in nature, or seated/standing meditations, this can soothe to find peace within our mind. My fav is a simple body scan, where you can go through each part of the body and checking in how it feels and making sure it is relaxed, like turning a light on in each part. Some people find writing down their worries can support removing yourself from the stressor, remembering the bigger picture and also connecting to others going through the same suffering can also support.

Receiving healing

Failing all that if your really blue and down in the dumpsters, reach out as I am offering distant healing at this time. It is incredibly powerful to receive a flood of light energy in the body, blasting out the cobwebs and providing fresh energy in areas that feel stagnant. This creates peacefulness and feeling more yourself. I am also delivering Bowen technique at this time and hot stone massage as urgent treatments for those that feel they are struggling with physical pain and/or emotional discomfort.

To conclude

If you are lucky enough to have a pet that likes to be touched then yeay for cuddles with them. I don’t have a partner at current, or a pet, but I do hug plants, trees and teddies.

How do you stay healthy while using a computer?

How do you stay healthy while using a computer?

Ergonomic home office setup

Whether at work or at home, we spend a lot of time at our computer or electronic device, so I share all the ways to take care of your body when using a computer, ipad or phone.

Posture

Getting clear on how we sit when working, when watching the TV or driving can be very supportive in preventing poor postural habits and compensation patterns in the body, thus injuries. By poor postural habits, I mean, sitting wonky, or with one leg tucked in, or over the other leg etc. Imagine we sit wonky every day at work for a total of 4 hours for example (I am sure its more than this), times that by the total hours of the week, = 20 hours, times that by a month, that’s 80 hours spent sitting wonky.

In summary, that’ a lot of time where your muscles are having to adapt to strange postures, which can put pressure on other areas stretching to compensate. So check how you are sitting when at your computer or on your phone and reflect if it matches where you might have pain or tension.

Below is a suggested desk height posture for working on a computer. I use a portable adjustable laptop stand, but there are fixed stands available too. You can also get an iPad stand & a phone stand to save holding the item and looking down, its also way more relaxing! An ergonomic mouse really supports my wrists & a good chair is a great help too, here are some supportive chair options.

Self care correct posture working at desk

Of course you don’t need to feel restricted, tense or like a robot that always has to be in a ‘certain posture’ but its good to raise awareness of drawing attention to how you are sitting, then perhaps finding ways that might be more comfortable.

I have also been testing out using a back brace, which are quite cheap to purchase. They aren’t exactly comfortable, but for sure they do make you sit up straighter. The overall conclusion here is that exercise and posture awareness contribute to the affects of the back brace too, so we don’t just rely on the brace to make us sit straight.

 

Earthing Mat & Electromagnetic Chips

I love Wifi and the benefits of the internet and I am often seen with at least two devices! Yet I also give myself down time away from the screen, this can look like doing something else that you love, maybe going for a walk, or having a day without using a device, for example one day a week. There is this idea that Wifi rays can not be so good for us and we do not really know the long term side effects of living with Wifi. The truth is I am not sure what to believe, but what I do know is I love to take care and it feels supportive for me to sleep on an earthing mat. I buy earthing chips which can be stuck on all your devices too, which somehow stop any stress that the electronic items transmit passing through your body.

 

Sleep

I love the idea of putting our devices in a different room whilst we sleep, or at least turned off, or on aeroplane mode and away from your head. Electromagnetic stress is also a type of ‘stress’ on the body and its thought it can transmit signals, which might be extra noise for our bodies signals, that are busy repairing whilst we sleep. You can simply test out not sleeping with your device on next to you. It also feels nice to have a separation from device time and to not be alarmed first thing in the morning at an email or a notification.

Blue light glasses

These are inexpensive and a support in protecting your peepers from the glare of a computer screen, you can also download flux for free, which adjusts the glare of the screen after a certain time.

 

Exercise You Enjoy

Exercise will flood the muscles with oxygen and fresh energy that they need after being sat still, this does help to free up any tension and movement does feel good for the body. Pick an exercise that you enjoy, roller-skating? Swimming, Pilates, shat about Hula Hooping!? It will help boost the happy endorphins & to promote good sleep, which is essential at this time.

Relax Time 

Whether its meditation, walking, hot bath, just schedule in some time to allow your body to relax and your mind if you have a practice and that’s your thing.

 

Supplements

If you are feeling sensitive or affected by working a lot on your device, you can also consider CAPS protect they are real multi-talents when it comes to protecting us from within against external environmental influences such as air pollution, solar radiation, cigarette smoke and the blue light of computer or smartphone screens. They contain beautiful herbs and natural minerals that are yummy for the body. For example they contain Copper with “anti blue-light effect” helps the cells to protect themselves against oxidative stress, providing optimum skin and hair pigmentation.

If you would like a bespoke desk consultation, or you are struggling to manage stress of any kind, or feel wonky or out of balance, then do reach out for support. I offer a free 15 minute chat, where we can see if I can support you and receive a relaxing alignment treatment to reset and restore you. 

 

Bowen Technique Bristol – Is Bowen therapy good for anxiety?

Is Bowen therapy good for anxiety?

I share how I can support you with anxiety, using Bowen therapy and many more solutions

Firstly, I was taught that anxiety is simply a label we have given to an energy in the body, we usually believe its a negative thought or feeling that we shouldn’t have and that we need to get rid of it to be better. In actual fact, everyone at some point has anxiety and its totally ‘normal’, so you can be gentle on yourself and know its okay to feel anxiety. Its more what it stops you doing that can make you feel limited, so lets look at solutions.

Of course there are many different practices for the mind, CBT, meditation, prayer, taking supplements etc the list goes on and its about finding something that resonates with you. I choose to practice short moments of strong mind, as it really soothes and supports me and I love the idea that no matter what I think or feel, it leaves no trace, like a line drawn in water, or a firework in the sky. For more info on this practice, you can click here.

So, to start with, you know you can be gentle on yourself and think okay its an energy in the body that will resolve and how can I best relax and take care here?

Bowen therapy and anxiety

Reflection

It might be a good starting point to ask yourself what is going on at the moment that might contributing to anxiety, is it work? When you are around certain people? Something you feel uncomfortable or low confidence about? All of these are totally ‘normal’ to have anxiety over and if there is no cause, don’t worry about reflection isnt leading to any useful insights.

On some level, we are simply cute beings that want to be our best at all times. 

Foods to nourish

Avoiding strong stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and sugar could support, as these can exacerbate anxiety. Of course a little is fine if you don’t want to stop this, but I once had a client say ‘I don’t drink much tea’ and when I asked him what that meant for him, he said 7 cups! So its relative to you.

Exercise you enjoy

Exercise will get those endorphins flowing and usually brings relief from sitting with the feeling of anxiety. Perhaps try and join a class with a friend for extra support.

Remembering the bigger picture

Focusing on what things you do enjoy and what is it you love to do can soothe. Focusing on all the positives in your life can simply be enough to shift the focus from the anxiety misery. Of course these suggestions are all things to chip away at to support you, you can write these down or you might find it easier to catch yourself on the downward spiral.

Belly breathing can soothe 

Often we are breathing more shallow from the chest, when it comes to feeling anxious, especially with panic attacks. If our breathing isnt supportive, then this may lead to digestive problems, poor posture and stress, this may also lead to poor sleep and lack of concentration. So test out breathing in and letting your belly expand, as you breathe out let your belly fall in. You could try a cycle of breathing in for 3 and out for 3, or even increase this to 6 seconds. You could do this winding down before bed, or when you feel a strong overwhelm of anxiety.

Figure of 8 visualisation 

Visualisations can soothe, imagining the figure of 8, which is one of my favs to share, in that you imagine yourself and the ‘thing that is bothering you’, you draw a figure of 8 around yourself and the other person, place or thing, relaxing the whole time as much as possible, then you imagine a direct slice happening between yourself and the other person/place of thing and them flowing away in water. The idea here is that you remove yourself away from the stressor. You an be really gentle here and just test it out.

Bowen technique for anxiety

When you come to see me for a treatment, I will listen and understand and we look at solutions together on what could support you in your lifestyle, looking at all aspects of you. We have a beautiful move in Bowen called the respiratory move, which is very opening and soothing to the abdomen and rib cage, supporting the fascial front line. This picture below shows the front line, taken from Anatomy Trains book by Tom Myers 2007. This is showing our connectedness in the body and if one area is impacted, then most like the other areas running through this line might be. In terms of anxiety, you can see the chest, ribcage, abdomen and pelvis are all linked here, so releasing here will allow more relaxation, more opening of the ribcage and more ability to breath easier.

Fascia front line bowen therapy bristol and anxiety

Benefits of relaxing with bowen

Common tension areas I see in practice, are the jaw and temple area of the face, which I work over too. It also feels nice to give yourself an hour to relax on the couch, be listened to, understood and have sore points squidged, aligned and relaxed. The respiratory move also supports asthma suffers too.

The aim is to relax you and in doing so there are multiple benefits, one is that Bowen can re-set the ANS – autonomic nervous system – put simply the nervous system, which controls our fight or flight response, if we are in too much fight, from stressors, an agitated nervous system, too much caffeine stimulation, then more adrenaline is released in the body, you will have higher stress and anxiety. This impacts our digestion and sleep. When you are  relaxed and soothed, your body has a chance to kick back for a bit and operates in the PNS parasympathetic nervous system, which is our resting and sleeping state supporting with digestion, elimination, sexual response and immune system functioning.

To conclude

Whilst anxiety is a natural energy to feel, if its preventing you from doing something or getting you down, then its time to reach out, I have listed many options of solutions but coming for a Bowen treatment will be sure to relax, reset you and balance the body

If you would like to be squidged, aligned and soothed from stress and anxiety, then contact me here.

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Bowen Technique Bristol – How do you heal a pulled hamstring fast?

How to heal a pulled hamstring fast

How do you heal a pulled hamstring fast?

Oooo the mighty and powerful hamstrings, (on the back of your things in case you didnt know) 3 muscles, all involved in hopping, skipping, running and jumping, there is no surprise that many athletes and those that train pull this baby.

Hamstring muscle injuries are the most common sports injury according to this trusted source. These injuries often have long recovery times booo and can return if not treated fully. However don’t be down my cherubs as I have good news for you, as the recovery doesn’t have to be long when you receive a relaxing Bowen Technique. Many sports players have used the hamstring procedure as a release and it can be used mid-match to support the on-going athlete to continue, but for sure a good month of healing is suggested for full repair.

In Bowen there is an amazing hamstring move, it not only releases tight hamstrings, but also tension running through the whole of the back line, which is a fascial line shown below. This line runs from your feet to your head, so any ailments in these areas, will also be supported. This alone can often ease headaches. In case you didnt know what fascia is, its a beautiful web of connective type tissue that envelops cells, muscles, joins and nerves. Of course the gluts and lower back will be tight with a pulled hamstring, as the other muscle groups are compensating for walking differently from the pain you might be feeling. 

Hamstring release tips bowen technique bristol

I felt a ping go one day, I had been over training at the gym and it was my left hamstring, probably my more weaker side. Two Bowen sessions later, it had fully resolved in terms of the pain and the mobility. Of course I took care to then strengthen and re-consider my training habits to one which is more long standing and preventative, after it was healed and my body was aligned.

Injury care with a pulled or painful hamstring

Get to me or another Bowen therapist as soon as you can, for an Hamstring injury treatment it is safe to treat immediately with an injury, because the treatment is so relaxing. I hear you, your worried it wont work if its that soft and fluffy, well in my direct experience of receiving and delivering Bowen, it does. It also releases powerful healing and settles emotions connected to your hamstring. Often stressors are stored in your hammies to protect the vital organs, it is a common area that we clench without meaning to and driving can also cause them to tighten. In a nutshell, they deal with a lot, it could be safe to say they are on the front line of supporting with stress.

Pulled hamstring pain relief

Often people experience an energising feeling with the hamstring release too, yeay for releasing those hamstrings.

Hamstring release with bowen

To conclude honour your body and all the amazing things it does without us asking for permission. Take good care to make time to relax and soothe stress, not over train, but a balance of exercise with rest and maintaining supportive postures can all support preventing injury.

If you would like to know more on injury tips, you can read my top injury tips here.

Reiki Bristol – Distance Reiki

What is distance reiki?

I share what distance reiki is, how it can help you and why it is actually so reassuring in these non-contact times to know that healing, relaxation and calmness are still here to support you.

If you are feeling a bit poopy and are in need of some support, read on –

I have a sense that if you are a squidgy, thinking human being in the pandemic, then you are feeling a lot, perhaps anxiety, fears about death/loved ones dying, feeling frustrated and restricted with all the lockdowns. Well firstly you are not alone, as there are many humans feeling the same way as you. If a physical, emotional or mental symptom is bothering you, preventing you from doing something, then its perfect to reach out for support.

It could be you have muscular pain but don’t want to go for any hands on treatment at this time (most alternative therapists are urgent appointments only in lockdown as of February 2021) you could have digestive complaints, insomnia, are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious and basically a bit p**** off at life.

Fear not my darlings as that’s where I come in, to listen openly and offer any guidance I can give you to completely relax as you are, with whatever it is that is bothering you. Lets see what solutions we can find preventing you enjoying your life.

This is me below, in my treatment room.

Distant reikiHow does it work?

I will ‘tune in’ to your energy field using a reiki symbol, I use oracle cards, crystals and ask for support and guidance from beings at a higher source or vibration, what?! These other unseen beings are usually named spirits, angels and guides. Surely no matter what you think of this intellectually, a load of beings worked together to support you, sending you light and loving energy at this time, has got to be a good thing. A lot of our support structures or go to supports might have fallen away during the pandemic due to the restrictions, so if you feel open to trying this out, then it can only lead to benefit. Reiki can help us cope by encouraging relaxation and bringing balance to both mind and emotions.

Reiki healing oracle cards caring for you

What can I expect from a session?

We will have a chat online, via Skype or a preferred platform, then after the oracle card reading, you will kick back and relax somewhere warm, comfy and safe at home. You can select relaxing music if you prefer. I will be sending you reiki healing from my eco treatment room and placing crystals over your chakra points virtually. I have received both hands on and distant reiki myself and it is so relaxing and calming. I enjoy feeling each one of my chakra points come into a balance. Sometimes there is swirling and whirling of colours and thoughts, but it all settles into a nourishing refreshed feeling, like a good nap.

Some people do receive insights and information which may support to offer solutions. The whole session is around 1 hour and a bit and then I gently wake you and share any insights to support you. Benefits include stress relief, improvement to immunity, reduction in blood pressure, a sense of calm, clearing any blockages energetically and physically, a sense of purpose, clarity on a situation or in making a decision, this can come in the appearance of colours, images or words.

An image of our 7 energy centres, otherwise known as chakra points, which become balanced during a reiki healing session.

Long distance healing over chakra points

After the session guidance

To be super gentle on yourself for the rest of the day (always but in particular on this day) drink plenty of water, to support hydrating you from your energy repair session. Note any insights that come to mind as ways to support you improve your situation.

So, in a nutshell, if your struggling and remote healing ticks your boxes for practical reasons then do reach out. I would so happy to hear from you, feel free to ask a question if you are not sure if its suitable. As, I said relaxation and care is deeply needed at this time and yes we have had to be a bit creative here, but distance reiki isn’t a new creation for the pandemic, but a very valuable tool which can support you to be in a balance, mentally, emotionally and physically. If you feel like you would like a spring clean then its worth trying.

Book a distance healing session here.

“I don’t understand how it works, but just seeing Emily and her treatment was very relaxing. The cards she uses are always so profound and touching. As for the reiki healing, I just love to relax and be sent warming energy, even my cat seems to enjoy it as she will come and sit with me and we relax together.” Jade

“Emily supported me through a difficult time in my relationship, I found her guiding reassurance clarifying and soothing” Beatrice

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Natural Facial Products – What products do you use for a facial?

What products do you use for a facial?

I share what products I use for an easeful facial routine at home to take care of your skin

 natural vegan skincare on your face

Facial routines and products are an individual choice based on what you feel supports your skin type, money comes into the choice, product ingredients, i.e is it natural? I hope by now vegan products are the most obvious solution, but do you also consider sustainability? Knowing that your creams will be washed off and end up in the ocean or do the containers end up in landfill? If you are like me and you love skincare, or whether you just want to slap on something you know will work best for both you and the planet, then have a read below, as I share what products I use for a facial in an easeful and simple way.

All the products I share are natural, organic where possible, award winning, vegan, made from a carbon neutral provider using sustainable packaging. I have been a lover of natural skincare as long as I can remember and offering luxury facials for over 5 years.

Cleanser – its there to remove dirt, make up and pollution. Its also there to cleanse your skin before you add any goodies to absorb into it, i.e serums or moisturiser, it also removes sebum to avoid build up of, wait for it *dramatic scary music*, blemishes.

I use Ringana cleanser which has some yummy goodies in like sesame oil, ginkgo, jojoba and almond kernel in. It is vegan, housed in packaging made out of corn starch, its the prefect texture for me to enjoy massaging into the skin and it feels very softening and soothing.

How to apply – Apply to damp face, neck and upper chest area, massage in for up to 1 minute, to remove eye make up, pop some on two cotton pads, hold it there for a bit before wiping and removing, rinse off with a warm flannel. 

My favourite product to use caring for you treatments

Toner – its there to remove cleanser, but also to tighten your pores if your skin is oily, and soothe the skin if its sensitive. I once heard to not use toner is like not cleaning your shower, over time the scale builds up. Toner helps to restore the skin barrier’s ideal, which is a slightly acidic environment.

I use – Ringana tonic calm, as sometimes other toners have caused my face to feel stingy, so this one is perfect for sensitive skin. It has active substances from lactic acid bacteria that supply the skin with moisture, natural balance and reduce skin irritations. It also has hibiscus flower which rejuvenates and betaine from sugar which protects the skin drying out. For oily skin and large pores you can try tonic pure.

How to apply – a few squirts on a cotton pad and wipe over face

Tonic calm what products do I use

Serum – floods the skin with maximum moisture for smooth skin, it hydrates and prevents dryness, fine lines and goes to the depth and level where needed. The molecules are often smaller than a moisturiser, so they reach a deeper level of skin to moisturise.

I use – Hydro serum in the day with fresh adds glow to protect in particular from pollution as I live in a city. In the evening I just use the Hydro serum.

How to apply – 1 pump of each and lightly apply with fingers over the face, neck and upper chest area, only apply around the eye area.

Hydrating serum for your skin Fresh glow to soothe with pollution

 

Moistuiser – A high-quality nourishing cream is “daily bread for the skin”. It supplies the skin not only with fats and hydration, but also contains substances that protect it from everyday stress factors and environmental influences.

I use Ringana medium moisturiser which is perfect for my normal to oily skin, they also do a light and a rich for more oily or dryer skin types. It contains the jiaogulan plant, which is also known as the immortality herb, it has an antioxidant effect and strengthens the skin barrier, it has substances from the rock rose to moisture in the skin and Cupuacu, mango and shea butter nourish the skin. Its also an award winning product!

How to apply – I apply after serum, both morning and night.

Amazing moisturiser caring for you

In the morning I wash with plain water and add serum and moisturiser, this suits my routine and skin, I very rarely wear make up and like the idea of not washing away natural oils on the skin, which is supportive in winter.

In the evening I use the cleaner, toner, hydro serum and moisturiser.

You can cleanse and tone both morning and evening should you wish to and I would encourage testing out what suits you best.

I haven’t mentioned exfoliator, eye serum, masks, lip balm, gua sha tools or face yoga, as I chose to keep this simple and I don’t use these items daily.

Just to touch on Nutricsometics – internal skin care health, is even more important, I eat plenty of vegetables and drink plenty of water, getting out in the fresh air and relaxation can all support with taking care of your skin too.

Want to know more? Book in a free online skin consultation to discover your skin type and I can offer product suggestions and a routine to suit your skin type.

Happy home facialing.

Home Self Care – Back pain tips

Back pain tips

I put together 6 simple tips for how to take care of back pain, in particular when its an annoying niggle and you are trying to work out what it is, where it came from and what to do to take care and improve the pain, have a read below.

1 Morning slowness movement

1. How do you take care of any back twinges? The first tip is movement. You have probably heard the advice, don’t sit still, yet are worried about moving as you are not sure which sort of movement could irritate it? Its true sitting still for long periods will make any twinges/tightness/aches worse. Move in a way that feels supportive, such as walking, a simple pilates routine, or a gentle morning yoga video on utube, I would suggest yoga where you are checking in with your body and feeling out your posture in a way that is good for you. Stretches are beneficial, but overstretching isn’t! Just start with a few gentle moves, here is an example, I start every morning with gradually rolling back and letting my back align on the floor (it usually crunches for me) relax your shoulders, feel your spine fully on the floor, move your neck slowly from side to side. Start to curl up your lower back, so pelvis tilted upwards to move around the lower back/sacral area. Bring your knees in and hug them, rock gently from side to side, backwards and forwards along the spine, do a figure of 8. Circle your hips, then use your abs and momentum to sit yourself up. Yeay for moving our backs in a supportive way. 

2. Epsom salts or arnica in your bath

Epsom salts or a 30c arnica capsule in your bath. There is a reason why athletes and dancers use Epsom salts, they work! An Epsom salt bath can soothe aching muscles, relax you and provide yummy magnesium to soothe the body. Take extra care as they can make things slippy, also no longer than 20 minutes in the bath.

Arnica is perfect for relaxing tired, overworked muscles, especially good for bruising. If you don’t have a bath, you can take an arnica capsule internally or rub some arnica cream onto the affected area.

 

3. Schedule in relaxation time

Schedule in time to totally relax. Relaxation is the best medicine and that can look different for each person, for me it’s literally scheduling in some time to do nothing and asking your body what does it need to feel better. That could look like going out for a walk in nature, listening to the birds, going to the sauna (in our lockdown dreams), meditation, have a bath and an early night.

Whatever it is you need to do to make your back smile again, be gentle on yourself and know that you are a soft animal body that needs relaxing care right now.

PS Ted’s fav way to relax is to literally sit in bed and look at the clouds passing and the occasional bird flying over (we have a skylight)

Relax with ted caring for you treatments

4. Adjusting your schedule

That’s something we have all had to experiment with during the pandemic! ✨Sometimes unexpected things crop up (that’s life peeps) the same with an injury, it can stop us doing what we love, for example gardening or training, you may need to slow down and that can be tricky for some, but also there are benefits to relaxing back into your body and re-considering your schedule, that includes a training schedule.

✨Ask yourself, what actually is an essential task that can’t wait?
✨Clearing time to take care of your injury is numero uno priority, it’s also a perfect excuse to stop rushing around.

✨Don’t forget cherubs to keep your fluids topped up with plenty of water. Water will help aid your body to be hydrated and fascia loves to be hydrated, (fascia is a connective web that envelopes muscles, ligaments and joints). Water can also flush out any toxins and support the body to do its job best. If your body is inflamed, which it often is with an injury, water will support your lymphatic system to flush out any debris that is not wanted and reduce the swelling.

✨I would also recommend joint capsules such as these, they are natural and made by a company that is carbon neutral as well as housed in sustainable packaging. They have yummy things in to benefit the entire musculoskeletal system such as Turmeric, Frankincense and Calcium from an algae.

Back care tips Bristol

6 Reflect and protect 

Take note of what happened prior to the pain/niggle, so symptoms you feel and taking stock of what has been happening over the last few months. This could be mental/physical/emotional stress to potentially weaken things or contribute to the niggle or pain.

When are your symptoms worse or better? Use your own natural intelligence to work out what you see you need to do to support yourself. A maximum 10-minute ice pack can help if there is swelling. Keeping an area warm for example using a hot water bottle around your lower back/kidney area can soothe too.

To conclude

So there you have it, my 6 easeful tips to take of a niggly back and if your still getting trouble from your back, then reach out here for an alignment treatment and I will support you. We will work through steps to work out possible causes, reduce and eliminate your pain and send you off more relaxed and hopefully a bit clearer about taking care of your body.

The pros and cons of Bowen Technique

The pros and cons of Bowen Technique

I plan to share some of the many bowen therapy pros and cons. This is based on my experience of receiving Bowen over the past 20 years and practicing it for 5 years. In a nutshell, Bowen therapy is a relaxing alignment technique, providing pain relief and increase in mobility. 

❤ It is sooooooooooooooooooo relaxing – literally it calms down your ANS, er what is this? Part of the nervous system (system of nerves) that takes us out of fight or flight, (too much adrenaline/fight = adrenal fatigue) therefore it supports your digestion, sleep, blood flow and sexual response, oh so now your interested eh?

❤ It can help reduce pain & inflammation – I love working with peeps that are ready to commit to being pain free, you deserve to be.

❤ It can increase your movement in your joints and muscles – yipsters

❤ It provides freedom to do what you love to do, but pain free!

❤ It can support healing of trauma from old & new acute injuries

❤ It can relieve back pain, sciatica and spinal problems, see some of my case studies here.

❤ It can ease joint pain and restrictions

❤ It can ease respiratory conditions

❤ It can help pre and post recovery of an operation

❤ It can ease sports injuries, such as a pulled hamstring, athletes such as Michael Owen, Jonny Wilkinson and Bear Grylls have all received Bowen treatments.

❤ You become more aware of your weaker areas after receiving a treatment and what your body is supported by to prevent injury from happening again.

❤ It improves posture – over time and from repeated moves, fascia becomes sticky and restricted. Fascia is a web like substance which surrounds all the muscles, ligaments and joints. With Bowen Technique, we work to free up fascia, this supports to unwind, restrictions and free up compensation patterns, providing a straighter, freer, lighter you.

❤Its a nice relaxing way to receive alignment as opposed to through strong alignment manipulation – some manipulation therapies require forcing bones back to alignment but often this is stressful and dosent hold, with bowen, your body receives the moves and processes where to make the changes,  realigning itself in a relaxing way.

❤ It encourages the bodies own self-healing mechanism, so your body does its own healing – Bodies are so clever and many of us don’t really understand how they work or how connected they are, in bowen when we make a move all the stretch receptors in the skin tissue and the brain are communicating.

Bowen cons

❤ It is a lighter touch and it’s not hands on all the time, so those used to hands on all the time massage, might feel a bit like they want more squidging. Would you ask your dentist or osteopath for a massage? No, the same with Bowen its a technique to support those that need help and there is no need to fluff it up, however it is still relaxing, I often do some lovely moves around the face and feet for extra relaxation.

❤ Some can find it hard to understand how it works, if its not painful or hands on all the time. A lot of us are used to the idea that you need to feel pain to see an improvement, whilst its perfect to choose what you see best supports you, this is a myth that you need to feel pain to see improvement. Like many of our beliefs and systems in society, they can be a bit out dated. So, I also am very patience to educate and introduce those that are already and wiling to re-education in how we take care of ourselves. 

So, to conclude I hope I explained some of the many benefits of Bowen, its a relatively unheard of treatment, but the effects are so incredible.

Fascia Release Technique – What is Fascia and How it Impacts Your Health

Fascia Release Technique – What is Fascia and How it Impacts Your Health

Fascia release technique, otherwise known as Bowen Therapy.

Every cell in our body has its own electromagnetic field and each field pulses at different vibrations. Each cellular structure is surrounded by fascia. Fascia is like a web that wraps around all our cells, organs, bones, muscles, tendons, tissues, vessels. It acts like a telephone with many lines that are constantly transmitting and receiving. It is predominantly collagen, which has a characteristic of toughening when under stress.

Every bit of you is encased in it. You are protected by fascia, connected by fascia and kept in taut human shape by fascia.

Fascia is messy stuff, its hard to study, its so expansive and intertwined it resists the medical standard of being cut up and named for textbook illustrations, its more subtle that that of the other body systems.

Fascia is what composes over 80% of what we consider muscle tissue. Trauma, daily life and repetitive motions or positions can create fascial restrictions in your body. Imagine the amount of time per day we spend badly sitting at our desks or driving, over time this compensation takes hold.

Lack of activity will cement the once supple fibres into place. Chronic stress causes the fibers to thicken in an attempt to protect the underlying muscle. Poor posture and lack of flexibility and repetitive movements pull the fascia into ingrained patterns.

The picture below is taken from the book Anatomy Trains, by Thomas W. Myers. It is a beautiful illustration showing the different colours of fascial lines. You can see that the jaw has a close link to the pelvis and also runs through the digestive meridian. You can also see the knees are connected to the shoulders. This demonstrates why we sometimes have pain, restriction in one area, but it shows in another area. our body is a beautiful connected fascia web.

How to take care of your fascia

♥Move! Sticky adhesions form between fascial surfaces that are not regularly moved and over time these adhesions get strong enough to inhibit range of motion.

♥Drink plenty of water, it is made up of water and is happier when wet, if dehydrated, this will dehydrate. We loose so much water each day through sweat, urine and filtering out toxins.

♥Stretch for 1-3 minutes and relax into the stretch. When muscles are chronically tight, the surrounding fascia tightens along with them. Over time the fascia becomes rigid compressing the muscles and the nerves.

♥Epsom salt baths for up to 20 mins can loosen up tight muscles and fascia.

♥Use a foam roller to help free up tightness, take it slowly and gently.

♥If you are not seeing improvements or have a niggling injury, new or old, then see a therapist that can deliver fascia release technique, like a Bowen therapist, which is what I love to treat with. This will uncoil, relax fascia, soothe pain and provide more mobility. 

Bowen work is a gentle but powerful technique that works by balancing the ANS, which controls more than 80% of our bodily functions.

Bowen technique realises it is also working with our energy systems, not just the central nervous system but our meridians, which are like rivers that dissect our fascia, organs and all body matter.

♥Listen to your body, if you have an injury perhaps best to not push yourself but to do gentle exercise that benefits, rather than harms further.

Contact me here to book a fascia release technique treatment.

 

Back Pain Tips – 10 Ways to Take Care of your Back

 

Back care support caring for you treatments

1 Backpack

Two straps are better than one, can you imagine if everyday you wear a bag on one shoulder, slowly the muscles will adapt to balance out wearing the bag. They may rise up on the bag wearing side and to counter act this, the mid back may tilt for balance, the neck will tilt to counteract the change and then the pelvis will tilt up. It only takes 30 days for the muscles to adapt a new posture.  See direct example below.

So in a nutshell both straps for a happy back.

2. Footwear

Yeay for taking care of our feet. They carry us around, they put up with wearing all sorts of shoe shapes & heel heights, they provide stability, posture support, they carry natural waste (uric acid & calcium deposits) products in the form of crystals, there are loads of nerve endings here, they need care, put them in shoes that support all aspects of your foot. Pumps are death to feet. If you wear flip flops a lot, consider how much harder your muscles in the feet are gripping hold. I love Ecco & Hotter shoes, which are both UK companies & sandals that have straps so my feet are happy, secure & supported.

3 Posture awareness

How often do you bring the focus back internally, to how you are sat, are you relaxed? You can try this be isolating an area, tensing it then relaxing it, hunch your shoulders to your ears, then relax them down and back, tighten up your face muscles then relax them, especially the eye area. If you repeat this naturally when you remember, you will have greater awareness of your posture & can sense when you are sat in a way that doesn’t support you. Here is a simple beginners guide to this exercise.

4 Alignment treatments

Do you feel a bit wonky? Do you notice some areas have a restricted range of motion? Alignment treatments can prevent injury, soothe pain/injury, increase range of movement, improve posture & relaxation.

Bowen is what I love & practice, so it is my go-to, when I have an injury. Yes it can be used immediately on an injury, think of me as an emergency musculoskeletal support. Bowen is the perfect treatment to calm the nervous system immediately after an accident/injury and it removes the shock/trauma from the body, instantly relaxing you & prepping the body for restoration. Bowen supports to align fascia, surrounding all muscles, joints and nerves, therefore benefits are pain reduction, more range of movement and quicker recover time. The sooner the better, benefits felt from 1 treatment,  but typically 3 are recommended, 1 week apart. In my own experience and my clients, recovery is quicker with Bowen & you can get back on with your life again.

5 Sitting position

Getting clear on how we sit at work, when watching the TV or driving. then imagine how many hours a week, a month, a year do we spend doing the same actions repeatedly? A lot! So check how you are sitting & reflect if it matches where you might have back pain, Below is a suggested desk height posture for at work, I use a portable adjustable laptop stand, but there are fixed stands available too. You can also get an iPad stand & a phone stand to save holding the item, its way more relaxing just try it! An ergonomic mouse really supports my wrists & a good chair is a great help too, here are some supportive chair options.

Self care correct posture working at desk

 

6 Engaging your core with exercise

I always love Pilates for strengthening & posture support, but its important to find some exercise you enjoy, if you are not sure, try it! Backs typically prefer movement to being still.

7 Relaxation

Relaxation is our natural state, as seen more obviously in nature, for example the trees aren’t sweating that they don’t know what the future look likes, nor the flowers quivering due to fearing lack of money, or the bees worrying about their bumbly round body image, they are just doing their thing in complete relaxation.

Relaxation supports all of our body systems & mind to work at their best. A regular form of relaxation is a great way to provide self care & it can be whatever works & provides support to you. I love to take short moments of mind & body relaxation, also called strong mind, which can be carried out anytime, anywhere, with nothing else needed, it is so easeful & the results are very quick & profound. It supports stability of mind no matter the worries, fears of uncertainty, we never know what is around the corner, so to simply focus on each moment is very refreshing. This doesn’t mean that we can’t plan or prepare for the future, but for me, it has meant I can live a happier life where I feel contented, no matter the thoughts or emotions I have.

It is an ancient Tibetan practice that has been developed for the modern day. This practice has ultimately supported me to see the best way to take care of the self, how to make decisions & have clarity on how I would like to live my life. See here for more info https://www.bright.how/ also books can be found here.

8 Good mattress and pillow

We spend a vast amount of time in bed over our lifetime, please invest in a good quality pillow & mattress that will support to keep your spine aligned. Also how do you wind down for bed? A few stretches? A bath? what pillow do you use? Is it supportive? Is it providing benefit to your neck & spine? It is so important to upgrade your mattress & pillow to support preventing injuries & providing care for you. When you book in a treatment not only do I provide freedom from pain & injury but also look at your

posture at work & play so you can continue on injury free 💜

9 Lifting 

What the toddler did, we can learn a lot from small beings on the natural way to lift items.

10 Emotional care

Can you see when you are getting overwhelmed and stressed? We all know a bit of short term stress has benefits, as in getting our shit done, but if we are sitting around for a long time overwhelmed by a state of emotion, then it’s time to reach out for support. Emotions can sometimes manifest into physical ailments, so often backs I see need some relaxation from an emotional stress, rather than a physical injury. Fresh air & relaxation is always my first go to, also connecting with those important people in our lives, that truly wish for us to flourish and be well. We all and I mean ALL experience a continued variety of emotional thoughts and on some level it is just particles and energy, like fireworks in space.

Shifting our focus from a singular being of suffering, is a concept, yes, but actually there is part of us that is connected to many other beings, feeling the same thought or emotion at the same time. Whether it is your church, community, family, guru, pet, professional help, whatever it is that works for you, please always be brave and reach out, as just that alone can be a great relief.

Happy backs to you all 🙂 unhappy backs can make contact here.

How I plan to re-open with Care

How I am continuing to work during the pandemic with Care

Hi, I’m Emily and I am a lower back pain therapist. I love to help you relax, be free from pain and get on with your life in the quickest time possible. I treat using the Bowen Technique.

I share with you here my Covid19 safety measures:-

CAM (complementary therapies) is an unregulated profession, so there are a lot of opinions out there, but I went with guidance from the APNG (Association of Physical and Natural Therapists) and my insurance.

💜 Clients where possible are encouraged to bring their own towels and water bottle or empty bottle and I can provide water.

💜Upon entry to my home clinic, a hand sanitising/hand washing station will be set up.

💜 I will leave 15-30 minutes in between clients to ventilate the room with fresh air. I will disinfect any areas that the client before may have touched, i.e. door handles/chair (I have created a daily cleaning schedule for this yeay!)

💜 It is mandatory that I should wear a visor over my face. Thankfully they make them in Bristol too, so yipsters for that. 

💜 I will limit time working over the face at this time, except for when delivering  facials, as they are now permitted as per government instructions on 15th of August 2020 and now April 12th 2021.

💜 There will be screening questions asked to each client around Covid19 and follow up contact to check no one is showing any symptoms. 

💜 As of the 8th of August 2020, or clients must wear a mask, so please bring one with you.

💜 Payment will be made online or cash in an envelope

💜 I will follow the suggested protocol if myself, a member of my household or a client I have been in contact with within 7 days develops symptoms. I will ensure everyone I have been in contact with are notified in case isolation is needed as a precaution to maintain the possible spread.

💜 If you are unsure about anything or have questions, then please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Natural Facial Products

Ringana Natural Products

Amazing natural facial products!

As you know, I love skincare, I love caring for other beings, I love supporting people and finally I found a way to merge all that into one! I met Ringana through my housemate, she isn’t one for products but she was raving about them, perhaps she knew she had tapped into a secret treasure, so curious as the cat is me, I started asking her and she showed me the 100% fresh cream medium, no parabens or preservatives in at all, packed full of benefit, no added perfumes or aromas just fresh yummy nutritious cream on your skin.

So that was that, I was hooked, they have this cool 4 part philosophy:-

Fresh – a 14 days from production to customer aim, products are not sat around getting dusty on shelves, they are made on demand.

Effective – the products are designed for maximum benefit, as fresh as they can be, made with great care for the customer and planet, no extra fillers, cheap additives or artificial aromas.

Consistent – the products are sat in either sugar cane or glass, the glass products arrive wrapped in an unbleached cotton flannel. Collect 10 glass bottles and send them back and you receive a free product. Corn pops arrive in the package, they can be put straight on the compost. They also use plant paint for the tape logo.

Ethical – complete respect for the customer receiving amazing fresh products that work, the planet with their great sustainability policies, for animals as they are all vegan, cruelty free products and they make sure all of their suppliers also have this important care guidelines.

I was blown away by their great care and so now I love using the products and sharing about their incredible benefits to support you.

Fresh skin care, body care & hair care – moisturisers, serums, exfoliator, body milk and much more, click in blue to see each product range.

Caps range – targeted capsules filled with goodness drawing from ayurvedic, herbology and Chinese medicine, support for all areas such as hormones, memory, joints & immune system.

Drinks range – alternative to coffee without the caffeine jitters, brilliant for conscious partying, gives you mental alertness and energy using natural ingredients such as ginger, pineapple, vitamin C & ginseng.

Sports range – isotonic drink, protein powder and ginger and chilli muscle rub for those that love working out.

Packs – antiox, balancing and cleansing power packed powders to support your immune system, alkaline the body and cleanse the digestive system.

I also love working in a lush team and mentoring other beings to see that we can create an easeful work/life balance.

I love supporting people!

Shiny being post presentation

This is me post my first online Ringana fresh date, a 30 minute presentation of the philosophy and the product range.

Vegan shake meal replacment

One of my fav products, the D-eat complete meal replacement shake, its only 200 calories, vegan, contains all your micro and macro nutrients in, proteins, omegas, seeds, yummy goodness, perfect for on the go. No need to worry about missing a meal or missing out on nutrients. Also perfect for weight loss, 1 day a week, take 2 of these, then eat a balanced meal, as well as exercise this is a gradual way to loose weight.

Beauty skin hair and nails caps

The beauty and hair caps, are perfect for strengthening nails, hair and supporting the skin. I have vitiligo where the skin looses its pigment and I have white patches on my face, taking these have supported these to reduce and have made my hair grow and my nail stronger. Stressors and daily life can mean our bodies don’t always operate fully if something is using up energy, so this just felt like a natural support. It contains lush things like, SOD from melon extract, which reduces skin impurities and refines the skin. Hyaluronic acid ensures beautiful, even skin. Saw palm extract supports natural hair growth. Manganese and copper from buckwheat germ powder contribute to the formation of connective tissue. Zinc from buckwheat germ powder supports a healthy skin, hair and nail structure. Copper from buckwheat germ powder helps protect cells from oxidative stress, which plays a major role in skin aging.

These are just some of my favs, If you would like to know more about the products, you can view/purchase them here, or contact me if you have any question and I would be happy to support you! <3

Home Self Care

Home Self Care Tips

Relaxation

Relaxation is our natural state, as seen more obviously in nature,  for example the trees aren’t sweating that they don’t know what the future look likes, nor the flowers quivering due to fearing lack of money, or the bees worrying about their bumbly round body image, they are just doing their thing in complete relaxation.

Relaxation supports all of our body systems & mind to work at their best. A regular form of relaxation is a great way to provide self care & it can be whatever works & provides support to you. I love to take short moments of mind & body relaxation, also called strong mind, which can be carried out anytime, anywhere, with nothing else needed, it is so easeful & the results are very quick & profound. It supports stability of mind no matter the worries, fears of uncertainty, we never know what is around the corner, so to simply focus on each moment is very refreshing. This doesn’t mean that we can’t plan or prepare for the future, but for me, it has meant I can live a happier life where I feel contented, no matter the thoughts or emotions I have.

It is an ancient Tibetan practice that has been developed for the modern day. This practice has ultimately supported me to see the best way to take care of the self, how to make decisions & have clarity on how I would like to live my life. This is a pic of me below on a relaxation retreat, ahhhh super relaxed. See here for more info https://www.bright.how/ also books can be found here.

Relaxation self care tips

Exercise You Enjoy

Do something you actually enjoy, working out doesn’t need to look like pain & misery e.g. running for hours on the treadmill, do what is practical & will fit into your life, maybe a 7 minute workout each morning would work for you, or a Pilates class? There are many around, I personally love Sean Vigue pilates, he is on YouTube, so you just need a mat. I also have been tuning into a kundalini yoga class with Kirsty who is so down to earth, lovely & Bristol based. What about Hula Hooping!? It will help boost the happy endorphins & to promote good sleep, which is essential at this time.

Food To Nourish You

Our eating habits may well have changed due to panic buying, fear taking over when shopping that you forget what you need, or comfort eating. Even amidst comfort eating, be kind & gentle on yourself, you are a soft squidgy animal being that is feeling a lot at this time. I definitely laid into eating more sugars, alcohol & caffeine at the start of the pandemic, but now I have settled back into a typical diet, one where I relax, eat plenty of veg, protein, carbs, choccie & cake when I feel like it, but mostly cut out alcohol & caffeine as it triggers off urinary infections for me. I always say go with what you see you need to eat, if you listen to your body it will tell you. It definitely feels a time to nourish, bake & enjoy food together if you can. If you notice some foods don’t agree with you, test it out by not eating them for a few weeks & see how you respond, even better go & get some intolerance testing done here is a great lady I know which can help with that. She is still doing online testing.

I love juicing, my favourite is apple, carrot & ginger, I also love raw choccie occasionally, here is my fav, yum yum!

Self care chocolate includedCarrot orange ginger juice

Office/Work Posture at Home

Adapting to working from home, I wonder what are postures are like? How many hours a week, a month, a year do we spend doing the same actions repeatedly at work? If you are used to staring at a screen, give yourself little eye breaks every so often by looking away into the distance, hopefully there will be something nice to look at too! Below is a suggested desk height posture, I use a portable adjustable laptop stand, but there are fixed stands available too. You can also get an iPad stand & a phone stand to save holding the item, its way more relaxing just try it! An ergonomic mouse really supports my wrists & a good chair is a great help too, here are some supportive chair options. These can all be used at home as they are lightweight and portable.

Self care correct posture working at desk

Earthing Mat & Electromagnetic Chips

I love Wifi & the benefits of the internet & I am often seen with at least two devices! Yet I also give myself down time away from the screen, this can look like doing something else that you love, maybe going for a walk. There is this idea that Wifi rays can not be so good for us & we do not really know the long term side effects of living with Wifi. The truth is I am not sure what to believe, but what I do know is I love to take care & it feels supportive for me to sleep on an earthing mat & I buy earthing chips which can be stuck on all your devices too. I do not need to intellectually understand how this works but it feels a supportive thing to do & I share it here so you can read more & go for it if you would like to.

Fresh Air

Whether in your garden, sticking your head out of the window, like a dog in the car, or your daily allowed walk, really enjoy the fresh air, which is seriously low in pollution at this time. I have seen more stars at current in Bristol than ever before as there is less pollution. The bluebells are amazing at this time!

Lavender fields Dorset

Bed Time!

We spend a vast amount of time in bed over our lifetime, please invest in a good quality pillow & mattress that will support to keep your spine aligned. Also how do you wind down for bed? A few stretches? A bath? I love to relax in short moments which supports me to feel calm & when I remember, I naturally reflect on the day & all the things I enjoyed. It is when we are asleep that the body gets a chance to reset, so do take care of yourself here.

Comfortable sleeping position self care

Relaxing Treatments at Home

Whether a hot epsom salt bath, full of magnesium to soothe aches & pains, a foot soak with some rose petals, foot scrub, home made facial, gua sha crystal massage, don’t forget to treat yourself. I found these heated eyemasks by Spacemasks, which are amazing.

Spacemasks Eyemask Bristol

Focus on What You Love!

For me that looks like dancing, colouring in book for grown ups, walking & smelling flowers, watching netflix, catching up with friends & family. This is a time which is difficult, but we also are having to adapt to a new schedule, so to focus on your loves is a good support with the change. You could start by writing a list if you are not sure, no matter how small it is.

Reach out, for personalised self-care guidance or to share any feedback from this post.

Thanks for reading, please take care of yourself you little precious beings.

Emily xx

Reiki Benefits

What are the benefits of reiki?

Reiki in Bristol

Benefits

Reiki literally translates as universal life force energy. It is perfect for anyone that feels they need healing, feel out of sorts, stagnant, stuck, unsure what decision to make and, or suffering from emotional/physical stress or trauma. Reiki can help us cope by encouraging relaxation and bringing balance to both mind and emotions.

Benefits include relaxation, stress relief, improvement to immunity, reduction in blood pressure, a sense of calm, clearing any blockages energetically and physically, a sense of purpose, clarity on a situation or in making a decision, this can come in the appearance of colours, images or words.

Treatment

During any of my treatments, I always provide a health consultation, so I can listen and understand what is going on for you and how I can support you fully. I tune into a higher source of energy, called universal energy and I ask for information and support for the individual, thats you. I use different oracle cards as a way to receive support, these look like this:-

 

The consultation can be delivered online, or face to face. I then provide a reiki healing session, using crystals and universal energy from angels, spirits and guides that are here to help me and you, yeay! Just because you cannot see something, dosen’t mean it dosen’t exist!

This is a beautiful time to give yourself permission to relax, to open your mind and energy to information, that is needed to support you. Reiki is a non-invasive therapy, using mostly no touch or light touch.

This treatment can be delivered in person, or long distantly. [Please note during the coronavirus pandemic, long distance is the only option available until otherwise stated]. So you can find a nice warm and comfy spot to lie or sit in and I send you warm, beneficial healing, yippee.

Reiki’s gentle energy is easily adapted to most medical conditions and may be used safely by people of all ages, including pregnant mothers, new-borns, surgical patients, the frail and the elderly, in any situation.

How does it work?

When giving Reiki, practitioners have been shown to emit electo-magnetic or bio-magnetic energy from their hands. The frequencies of the energy emitted vary from one moment to the next; but many appear to correspond to those that medical researches have identified as being the optimum frequencies for simulating the healing process in tissues, bones and other body parts so far investigated.

Two ways in which these pulsing magnetic fields may stimulate repair of bone and other tissues include:

A cascade of reactions takes place from the cell surface to the cytoplasm and on the nucleus and genes, where selective effects on the DNA have been documented.

A phenomenon called amplification, in which a single hormone molecule, neurotransmitter of photo of electromagnetic energy has been shown to trigger a cellular response; and in fact very tiny fields have been shown to produce the best effects, suggesting that living tissues are much more sensitive to external fields than previously considered possible

One theory is that energy healing works up by opening up the communication channels that enable cells in the body to talk to each other, and opening up the terrain through which cells are able to migrate to places where they are needed to initial repair or to fight diseases. Another is that these methods help to calm the person so their immune functions can operate smoothly.

Contact me here to book a healing session. 

 

Back Pain Therapist Case Studies

Read case studies and results from Emily, a back pain therapist in Bristol

Bowen technique back care

1 Symptoms and prevented activity

49 year old mum had recurrent episodes of her back seizing up and feeling out of place, she was prevented from doing anything when this happened, including working and especially working and gardening and she loved gardening.

Treatment and results

She had 4 Bowen sessions and the pain was resolved, the client wasn’t expecting it to work, but she couldn’t believe the quick and long lasting effect it had. She is now able to do so much more in the garden and has since had no further episodes of her back pain. Client now returns, for a luxury facial to feel relaxed and pampered.

2 Symptoms and prevented activity

34 year old counsellor was presenting with shoulder tension and pain, which was affecting her daily life, low self confidence and dissatisfaction and emotional stress from her work. 

Treatment and results

The client loved receiving treatments in Bowen, Reiki and Reflexology, so she often chose a different treatment depending on how she felt and had also asked what I saw would be best too. Results were complete relaxation, stress reduction, release of shoulder tension, increase in wellbeing, increase in confidence and encouragement to focus on her passions in the workplace, which led to a change in job.

3 Symptoms and prevented activity

24 year old student was presenting with back pain, after a fall to the coccyx, that had been untreated. Every few months her back would feel out of place and that would mean missing work, she was also suffering with migraines. She previously had found the chiropractor too aggressive for her preference and it created a bad pain in her neck.

Treatment and results

She began with a hot stone massage and she couldn’t believe how much this alone eased her symptoms, she then went on to have 4 sessions of bowen which completely resolved her migraines, back and neck pain and meant she was no longer taking days off work as her back wasn’t coming out of place. She now comes as and when for a top up either in bowen or hot stone massage.

 Quote taken from Kim from Google reviews

“I have been visiting Emily since April receiving marvellous treatments to help with aches and pains, specifically an injury on my lower back and neck. I first had a hot stone massage which made me feel as though i was in heaven and freed up a lot of aches in my body the warmth of the stones is very soothing. Emily made me feel at home straight away and really listens to what you are saying to ensure her treatments are personalised for you as an individual. Having spoken to Emily about the Bowen therapy I have since had a course of 3 treatments which completely fixed and reset my neck and back and helped me get back to my old more active self. I now just top up my treatments with a massage or bowen to keep the pain at bay…and just because I feel so damn lovely after a treatment!! couldn’t recommend Emily any higher – she is fab. Thankyou :)”

4 Symptoms and prevented activity

48 year old nurse suffering from stress, migraines and insomnia. This affected her work and social life with tiredness and needing to rest when migraines were present.

Treatment and results

After 1 bowen session her migraines had completely resolved and she had the best night sleep for a long time. She went on to have 2 more bowen sessions to relieve tension in her hamstrings, provide a balance to the body and aid relaxation and stress reduction.

5 Symptoms and prevented activity

34 year old fitness coach presenting with back pain after a coccyx injury, which affected her when exercising and she was experiencing difficulty in conceiving.

Treatment and results

Client received 9 sessions of a mixture of reflexology and bowen. After 4 sessions her back pain had completely resolved, after 4 more sessions she informed me that she was pregnant, this was a very heart warming moment to have supported someone along their journey of a wish to conceive a baby.

6 Symptoms and prevented activity

 34 year old female that books in monthly hot stone massages, overall improvements are.

I have experienced so many positive changes. I came to you initially as a gift to myself because I had recognised I was suffering from stress. You’ve always been so kind, gentle and nurturing and have listened and responded to what I’ve told you. When a reoccurring back issue flared up you suggested Bowen Technique might be helpful, and after only two treatments I am no longer suffering from any back pain. This is remarkable for me as the pain has been there in the background for some time. I cannot thank you enough.

The other thing you have done so well is give me gentle guidance around how I can improve my wellbeing. You’ve always done so in such a brilliant way…it’s never felt like you are preaching to me or trying to tell me how to live my life. That sort of approach would’ve completely turned me off but you’ve been so brilliant…it’s enabled me to make good choices and change some of my less healthy habits. I have replaced my endless cups of tea throughout the day with water and have been allowing myself to snack when I’m hungry. The latter might seem like nothing, but for me, with my seemingly endless issues around food, it is a major step forward. I am so very grateful for the impact you’ve had on my life.

It was such a big step for me to invest in myself in this way and commit to a regular session with you. But I’m so glad I have. It’s making a huge difference to my life.”

7 Symptoms and prevented activity

56 year old musician who loves playing the violin but experienced constant pain in her shoulder, neck and back with stiffness and limited range of movement. This also affected her sleep as the pain was so bad.

Treatment and results

Bowen treatments improved her sleep, she now no longer has pain in her shoulders, neck and back. She has more energy and has began exercising more, which is benefitting her too. She still comes for preventative treatments as she is continually using her muscles a lot when playing her violin and bowen supports with overall health and freeing up stiffness. She says how much she looks forward to coming for a treatment and finds it so relaxing.

8 Symptoms and prevented activity

28 year old marketing manager was suffering from constant back pain, which she felt at work, when driving and when sitting on the sofa, this was seriously impacting her daily life and preventing her from feeling comfortable, on top of that she wasnt sleeping well.

Treatment and results

4 bowen treatments later, her back pain had completely resolved and she was sleeping much better, she could sit on the sofa without any discomfort. She chooses to comes back monthly for top ups as preventative care, which is her preference to support herself, after years of back complaints.

Taken from Felicity from Treatwell

“Emily has really helped me over the past few months. I had never tried Bowen therapy before but the results have been fantastic. Emily is really lovely too and her treatment room is so calming and relaxing.”

 9 Symptoms and prevented activity

65 year old housewife presenting with a slipped disc, from a previous injury, so she had a lot of back pain, sciatica, (shooting pain down the side of her leg) she was unable to walk and sit, without feeling some sort of pain. 

Treatment and benefits

6 bowen treatments have been received and she felt relief from day 1, such as being able to walk straighter, freer and the pain had reduced. The slipped disc has completely resolved and the client comes back monthly to support with overall health.

Taken from anonymous on Treatwell

Emily is very good at explaining the treatment. Very relaxed quiet atmosphere. I have benefitted from reduced pain and better posture from my damaged spine

 

10 Symptoms and prevented activity

27 year old sports lover had a ski injury with cartilage damage to the sternum, she experienced a lot of pain in her shoulders, arms, ribs and back when breathing and moving, she was unable to lift objects at work, the pain was seriously impacting her everyday life.

Treatment and results

After only 3 bowen sessions all symptoms had resolved, except minor pain when breathing due to cartilage damage to the sternum, which will take a little longer to heal. She told me she had another skiing trip booked after the first session and I said lets take it easy as you might not be able to ski and then she successfully managed to ski! Also enjoy her holiday as she quickly sought help for her injury. She is now way more relaxed and had the trauma/stress from the injury removed from her body. 

Taken from Jess from Google reviews 

“Emily helped me massively over 3 sessions! I was in some serious pain when I first came to see her, and a couple of days after my first session I had already gained back the majority of my movement that I had lost due to an injury.

She is very kind, provides a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere, and is very good at what she does. I highly recommend Emily and will definitely be going back for a visit when needed!

You do not need to put up with back, neck or shoulder pain, bowen technique can provide a quick long lasting support.”

Jujitsu student had ‘crunched’ her neck doing a backwards roll, which led to serious limited neck movements and a lot pain and discomfort in moving.

Treatment and results

She came to see me right after the injury for an emergency appointment, she didnt realise that Bowen is safe enough to treat right after an injury, she felt relaxed, the shock was taken out of her body and the body could begin to repair. Her neck movement returned shortly after the treatment and then had a follow up session a week later and was able to get back to training the following week. 

Taken from Indi google reviews 

“I badly injured my neck during jujitsu training and had to immediately stop. I was shaky and in shock. I called Emily as she had completely cured my RSI with 2 sessions of Bowen previously and so I wanted to see how quick she could see me now for this. She was pleased I called so quickly because Bowen can be used immediately on injuries as it’s non invasive and can really help the healing process right from the start. Treating acute injuries is another area she’s specialised in and she wished more people contacted her when they had just injured themselves, rather then days or weeks later.

I used to be physiotherapist for 10 years and I never touched a patient who had literally just injured themselves (especially on the neck!) and would recommend rest and ice or heat etc for the initial period. It was such a relief to find there was something I could actually do immediately to specifically help my injury directly. Within the hour I was on the treatment bed in the incredibly relaxing environment and in the safe hands of Emily. I was made comfortable as my neck had seized and my muscles in spasm. I felt my body immediately able to relax at a time of such pain and shock.

Emily carried out the treatment and I have no idea what she does or how Bowen works but after the treatment the shock in my body and mind had gone – I was no longer shaking! I felt more aligned, calmer and the pain had certainly decreased. I knew with this type of injury I wasn’t going to be pain free and have full range of movement for a while, but I knew I had significantly helped the healing process already and as Bowen continues to work over several days, and with Emily’s post treatment advice too, I was so confident that a more rapid healing would continue and that I was taking the best care.

I went back to see Emily about week later a lot better for the severity of the injury and very pleased with the progress, I was quite amazed actually as with the loud crunch of my neck I thought it would be weeks,  maybe even months, before I was back to normal again. So not surprisingly, I still had some decreased range of movement, pain at the end of range and most annoyingly, I still kept waking several times at night with discomfort. Immediately after the session, I literally couldn’t believe it; I had complete range of movement and no pain at the end of range at all – such immediate results! Not only that, but that night I slept like a baby, and have done every night since! Very happy 🙂

In all my time as a physio I have never seen or experienced such dramatic results for such an acute and significant injury. Neither for my clients or that of any of my colleagues. A few days later and I’m back to training again. I have no understanding of how Emily does it but she is just completely brilliant and magic as far as I’m concerned. I simply can’t recommend her enough: If you have any injuries or pain at all anywhere, do yourself a massive favour and just get to her as quick as you can!!”

12 Symptoms and Prevented activity

Anne was presenting with hip pain, lower back pain and knee pain, which was noticed after sitting for too long and driving

Treatment and results

Anne had already received Bowen from another therapist who relocated so she knew the potency of the results and although her symptoms were relatively minor, they were still problematic to her. After 2 sessions all symptoms had resolved and she now returns for maintenance treatments as and when.

Taken from Anne from google reviews

“Believe in Bowen! Bowen therapy with Emily is to be highly recommended. It is a remarkable treatment which realigns your body and miraculously eases any aches and pains you may have.

Some years ago I was convinced I needed a hip replacement after suffering with a painful hip for months. After x-rays showed there was no issue with the joint, I chose to go for Bowen treatments following a friend’s recommendation who has also experienced its benefits. The pain went within 2 or 3 treatments and has never returned. More recently, Emily has freed my other hip of pain as well as my knee. General every-day living such as driving, lifting, working at a computer, carrying uneven loads, sitting awkwardly etc. can, over time, put the body out-of-kilter. I cannot recommend Bowen therapy enough as a means to reverse these strains.

My elderly neighbour who was suffering with such a bad back that she wasn’t able to walk up stairs can now, after 2 treatments with Emily, do so easily – she is both amazed and delighted. I would urge anyone, whatever their age, who is suffering from any aches and pains to try Bowen therapy. Be amazed and believe in Bowen!”

13 Symptoms and Prevented activity

50 year old fireman struggling with lower back pain, sciatica and right shoulder pain which he could only raise up the side to a certain point, so it was restricting his range of movement. He also had a sore wrist and felt general concern and motivation to take better care of his body. 

Treatment and results

After 2 sessions the shoulder pain and sciatica had resolved, however the left shoulder now felt pain, most likely due to compensation patterns 

14 Symptoms and Prevented activity 

23 year old marketing executive with recurring kidney infections and lower back pain.

Treatment and results

After 1 session the thirst and urgency to urinate became slightly exacerbated for 24 hours then completely resolved, which usually lasts for up to a week. The follow up 3 sessions were able to align her pelvis which resolved her lower back pain and meant she had less recurring kidney infections.

15 Symptoms and Prevented activity 

66 year old retired teacher and grandmother had slept ‘funny’ her neck was seriously restricted and she couldn’t move her head to the right, she was in a lot of pain.

Treatment and results

After 1 session of Bowen she regained full movement in her neck and was amazed at how improved she felt with only 1 session,

16 Symptoms and Prevented activity

67 year old man with what he suspected was tennis elbow in his right elbow, this was causing him pain, it was swollen and felt warm to touch.

After 1 session of Bowen, the swelling had reduced, the pain had reduced and there was considerable improvement, after a second session the pain had reduced further and there was more movement to the elbow joint and shoulder.

Contact me here to book a treatment.

Bowen Technique Bristol – Top 8 Injury Tips

Top 8 Injury Tips

How to speed up muscle strain recovery and care for your injury.

Emergency Bowen Appointment

To save time being in pain, or not earning money at work, or ruining your holiday/weekend activities, go and book an alignment appointment, as soon as possible. Bowen is what I love and practice so that is what I will share about here and is my go-to, when I have an injury. Yes it can be used immediately on an injury, think of me as an emergency musculoskeletal support.

Bowen is the perfect treatment to calm the nervous system immediately after an accident/injury and it removes the shock/trauma from the body, instantly relaxing you and prepping the body for restoration.

Bowen supports to align fascia, surrounding all muscles, joints and nerves, therefore benefits are pain reduction, more range of movement and quicker recover time. 

The sooner the better, benefits felt from 1 treatment, but typically 4 are recommended, 1 week apart, however frozen shoulders may take up to 8 treatments.

In my own experience and my clients, recovery is quicker with Bowen and you can get back on with your life again. Find out more about Bowen therapy here.

Reflect & Protect

It is good to take note of what happened, so symptoms you feel and taking stock of what has been happening over the last few months to potentially weaken things or contribute to the injury. 

An injury is a perfect time to stop and check in on how to therefore take the best care of you.

I aim to get you back to your working self asap and then together, we can plan ways to support injury prevention.

Self-care

When are your symptoms worse or better? Use your own natural intelligence to work out what you see you need to do to support yourself, for most people, it is better for moving, such as walking and worse for sitting still. 

Arnica capsules are great if there is bruising, a maximum 10-minute ice pack can help if there is swelling, tumeric capsules can help with reducing inflammation.  

Keeping an area warm for example wearing a scarf around your neck, or using a hot water bottle can soothe too.

Pain Relief

It is fine to take pain relief, such as ibuprofen or CBD drops, or your chosen support to help relax and ease things. Yes it won’t treat the cause but it might soothe things in the short term. 

Bow to Epsom Salts

There is a reason why athletes and dancers use these, they work! An Epsom salt bath can sooth aching muscles, relax you and provide yummy magnesium to soothe the body. Take extra care as they can make things slippy, also not longer than 20 minutes in the bath.

Hydrate

Drink plenty of water, it will help aid your body to be hydrated and flush out toxins and support the body to do its job best. 

Movement

Stretches aren’t always helpful, as they can exacerbate symptoms for some people, but for others it can soothe things, just start with a few gentle moves, here is an example. 

Start by lying flat on your back with your knees supported by something comfy.

Back care stretch injury care

Back care injury tips Bristol

Schedule Adjustment

Yes you may need to slow down and that can be tricky for some, but also there are benefits to relaxing back into your body and lifestyle. Re-consider your schedule, that includes training schedule. 

Do something to support relaxation and being present in your body. I can support you here if you are unsure how to fully relax.

Bowen Therapy for Sciatica

Sciatica Relief

Bowen Therapy for Sciatica

What is it?

Sciatica literally means inflammation of the sciatic nerve, presenting as pain radiating down the leg, often felt around the lower back and glut area too. Ow!

How does Bowen help?

Bowen works to relax the nervous system as well as tense muscles, tendons, and ligaments, thereby allowing the pinched sciatic nerve to be released.

Not only is Bowen Therapy superb in addressing sciatica, but is it also very effective for other issues originating in the lumbar/pelvic region including lower back pain, hip pain, hip flexor issues, and sacroiliac pain.

Is your sciatica pain preventing you from your exercise, sport, or daily life? Ask yourself what makes it better or worse and use your body’s natural intelligence to support the healing here. It’s also fine if you don’t know as I can support you.

Usually, sciatica is resolved in a few sessions so it isn’t something you need to put up with and there is often a quick easy solution. 

As we treat the whole person in Bowen, I won’t just look at the localised sciatica area, but checking and address alignment across the whole body, as it is all connected. 

A brilliant side effect of this is an improvement in posture, more relaxation, more awareness of your body and the ability to get with your life pain-free hooray!

Get in touch here to see how I can support you further, or book in a 4 part treatment programme here to resolve sciatica pain now.

 

Sciatica pain relief

My round up of 2019

My round up of 2019

Here's my best posts to sum up the full year I had, mostly full of flowers, giggles & great care.

From left to right:✨Stuffing my nose into flowers  I love my work & caring for you all  Improving the quality of life for women by reducing back, neck & shoulder pain, by providing realignment, relaxation & self-care support I love the sound of the rain on the skylight when you’re in a warm cosy treatment room with salt lamps, crystal & plants  I am officially a giant daisy  I’m happy to share that I treat in an eco-friendly home that uses ✨solar power energy for appliances used in the daylight So lovely to be on the receiving end & to value even more what a treat it is to offer someone time to relax & recharge  I often get asked what treatment should I have? So I blogged a clear & simple breakdown with problems you might have & my suggested treatment.

Thank you for a great year caring for you!