Bodytalk Issue #15 – January 2018

It’s 2018! How did that happen!

I hope you’ve embraced the new year and have some plans for 2018 that will give you a break and a chance to be with family, friends. And please don’t forget to include some ‘you time’!
I plan to do the same – plus I plan to eat well, keep up a good level of fitness and resume my daily meditation regime.

Lifestyle

I’ve been enjoying the ABC documentary “How to Stay Young” (you can catch up on i-view) which follows the stories of several people who have issues around their energy levels, weight, anxiety, and sleeping. Sound familiar?
Interestingly these people are assessed as having an elevated biological age compared with their chronological age.
Through a change in lifestyle, tailor-made for each individual over 12 weeks, we see remarkable effects on their bodies, body systems, and attitudes. And it’s no surprise that a good diet and regular exercise seem to be the common thread leading to improvement and a biological age which is closer to their chronological one.

How can I help you if you’re experiencing similar issues?

We all want to be as well, relaxed, healthy and fit as we can be.
I can certainly help to alleviate the aches, twinges and general discomfort that make us all think twice about exercise. I can help to calm down your system (I have this wonderfully calming protocol up my sleeve called a spinal tap) – you’ll feel less anxious and you’ll breathe more easily. I can re-energise you and re-charge a sluggish immune system through a lymphatic treatment. As well, regular maintenance can keep all sorts of issues at bay.
I look forward to helping you become the person you would like to be!

Gut and Brain

I’ve been reading two very interesting books recently and thought I’d like to share some information with you.
‘Gut’ by Giulia Enders is a very easy read. “From our miraculous gut bacteria – which can play a part in obesity, allergies, depression and even Alzheimer’s – to the best position to poo …”, Giulia takes us through the latest science about our gut and how closely our digestive system is connected to our brain. Fascinating reading.

’The Brain’s Way of Healing’ by Norman Doidge (author of ‘The Brain That Changes Itself’) is also a very interesting read about neuroplasticity and how a damaged brain can recover functions that may have been deemed irreparable.
I find this book particularly interesting as an Emmett Therapist because Emmett taps into the body’s electrics and resets the ‘circuit breaker’ which may have tripped out due to injury or overuse. We may feel it as muscular pain but the nerves carry messages from the rest of the body to the brain and vice versa. The nervous system is integral to the body’s healing.
In his book, Doidge talks particularly about walking (and the brain processing feedback information) and its important contribution to regaining abilities (examples were given regarding Parkinson’s disease and MS). Doidge explains how regular walking can reduce the onset of conditions such as cognitive decline, dementia or Alzheimer’s.
‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’ cites a thirty year study released at Cardiff University in 2013, which followed 2235 men. The study found that if these men followed at least 4 or 5 of the following behaviours their risk of cognitive problems fell by an impressive 60 per cent!

  1. Exercise (defined as vigorous exercise, or walking 2 miles or cycling 10 miles a day)
  2. Healthy diet
  3. Normal weight
  4. Low alcohol intake
  5. No smoking

By the way, exercise was the most significant contributor to decrease risk. We’re all aware of the benefits of the above, I’m sure, but I love the statistics!

Back to Work

Work related stress and discomfort is a problem for many people.
Several years ago I was asked to provide neck and shoulder massages to staff at a high school near Ipswich. The teachers really appreciated their end of term treat as their upper bodies were crying out for some TLC. Interestingly, we missed one end of term so I turned up after they had been on a 2 week break and was amazed at how their bands of steel pre-break were now putty in my hands!
I have so many clients who come to see me suffering from backache, numb bums, headaches and neck and shoulder pain which sometimes radiates down into their hands. Work related stress and workplace posture and sitting at a computer significantly contribute to these issues. You don’t need to suffer from these debilitating problems.

I CAN HELP YOU!

Thank you for taking the time to read my well overdue newsletter and I hope you’ve found it informative.
I’m really looking forward to being able to make positive changes in your lives or to help you maintain your present level of good health.

I am available Mondays and Fridays 9.00 to 5.00, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.00 to 6.00.

Wishing you a fabulously healthy 2018
Colleen

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