I hope you are all having a good start to the year. As often this time of year, it seems like there is a lot of illness around so I just wanted to write to share my tips to stay healthy right now.
I have acutually recorded a video of this which you can find below, but if you prefer to read here is my story here. Towards the end of last year I started to feel really low energy, overwhelmed with all I have to get done and my digestion was messed up. I kept bloating with everything I was eating. So, as I have been learning more and more about Chinese Meridian Theory through my Yin yoga practice I thought I would give acupuncture a go to deepen my own understanding of it.
I have been visiting a low cost clinic at About Balance studio with Dragon Acupuncture. This makes it affordable so I can go every week. The benefits I have found from going are
- I feel present
- I feel grounded
- My digestion is calming
- My natural energy is returning
- I am sleeping well
Last week I actually felt like I had finally come down with the flu that everyone around me has had. So in my weekly acupuncture session he did a couple of extra needles to help the virus release, by the next day I started to feel better and it completely cleared the day after!!!
So I can't recommend Acupuncture enough! If you don't like needles another alternative is Acupressure, which is putting pressure on the meridian lines instead. You can do this via self massage on meridian points or in a Yin practice, by holding poses for a few minutes we stimulate our energetic pathways (meridians) through the body to bring our selves back to balance. It's such a healing practice.
If you are interested in finding out how to do this for yourself at home I recommend Sarah Powers Insight Yoga Book.
I am running a 3 hour Yin workshop based around the Stomach and Spleen meridian line on 3rd March, 2-5pm at Revitalise if you'd like to join that. It could be for you if you have been feeling:
- Over worked
- Over promising and not getting everything done
- Over whelmed
- Low self image or jealousy of others
- Sugar cravings
The stomach and spleen line is crucial for our immune system and our digestion, it helps us to feel grounded and at home in ourselves.
If you'd prefer a 1-1 with me please let me know.
A couple of other natural things I recommend to help you stay healthy this winter are:
- Take turmeric capsules - great for reducing inflammation and other things. I get mine from Pukka herbs
- Neals Yard Throat Spray with elderberry and propolis
- Neals Yard organic defence essential oil - lovely for clearing the nasal passages, I do a facial steam or drop a couple of drops in my bath. I diffuse this in my classes sometimes so you might have smelt it! Really clearing and healing.
And of course rest! Ideally going to bed around 10pm and getting up around 6/7am. Winter is the time to slow down and sleep more so we are ready for all the new energy to rise in Spring!