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Treatments are changing temporarily.

As we try to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, I like many other have taken the decision to cease hands-on treatments for the time being.  I am following government guidelines and will look forward to resuming normal service when it is deemed safe to do so.

Long time coming

However I am introducing some things that have been at the back of my mind for a long time, and now seems like a prudent time to bring out into the daylight.  As a Holistic Therapist, working with the whole person, I feel I must find ways to share the energy work I do with you and offer relief and release from the confusion, uncertainty and possible distress of the current situation.  Please feel free to share this email with friends, family, work colleagues or people in your community who would benefit from the contact and energy.

Meditation Group

As many of you will remember I used to run regular meditation groups in Thurleigh and Northampton but as people’s lives have become busier they became less and less able to commit to regular sessions.  I have often considered creating a way of doing this online and the current situation has really made look into the logistics of this.  It is more important than ever for people to be able to access the beautiful power of meditation and the ability, with practice, that it has for helping us deal with difficult or stressful situations.

So I am delighted to launch my new meditation group – Medulla Meditation Group (there is a Facebook group of this name too) where you will be able to find details of the live sessions I will be holding on Zoom.  Don’t worry if you’ve never used Zoom before, I will post a link up on the events page of this website and also on the Facebook group and you can just click it or copy and paste into your browser.  There is an app that you can download but if you prefer not to then you can use it straight from the web page.  As usual, if you have any questions or queries then please get in touch.

From next week I will run two half-hour sessions a week – on a Monday lunchtime and a Thursday evening, unfortunately I will not be able to provide tea and cake as I did with my previous, but perhaps you can have your own ready and we can still share the same vibe and conversations we used to have around the table, after our online practice.

This week (w/c 23rd March) I have been offering the groups for free whilst trialing software to run the live sessions on but after that will ask for an exchange of £5 per session (if however you are also self-employed or have lost your job or income especially in recent days then please do let me know, as I don’t want anyone to miss out, particularly when you need it the most).

I will publicise them as events on the Events page here on my website and also on my Facebook Page Medulla Holistic Therapies, so if you do not already follow me, please do so and to help me spread the word.  Please would you be kind enough to share the events on your timelines, to friends, on groups or pages?  I truly believe that these sessions will be beneficial to all but particularly to those who are self-isolating or are struggling with limited social contact.  You may well be aware of people in this situation in your village or workplace who are not aware of me and what I do, so please share the details to as many people as you can.

Distance Reiki

With more of us going into self-isolation; a calming, healing energy therapy is a wonderful way to ease the strain and loneliness as well as help us deal with the emotional aspects of our current situation.

Thankfully, Reiki does not only have to be done in the hands-on manner; as an energy, it can easily be sent across any distance.  From one side of the room to the other or across countries and continents, the effects of distance Reiki can be as relaxing and healing as when you’re having warm hands laid upon you.

No, it’s not the same as going to a beautiful treatment room, with lovely music and aromatherpay oils for a face to face treatment, but it can still be very soothing and equally effective.

Distance Reiki is like a concentrated version so sessions do not need to be as long and so I am now offering a 30 minutes session for an exchange of £20.

We would make an appointment and I would ask you to make yourself comfortable for that time either sitting or lying down and not to be disturbed.  We can connect by phone, facetime, Whatsapp video or some equivalent to do the consultation part, then keep the connection whilst you get comfortable and relax and I send the Reiki to you.  I will talk you into a relaxed state as I always do and afterwards we will review your experience, just like in the treatment room.

Body scan to know when to take time-out
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The importance to taking time-out.

How important is it to stop and see if you need time-out to re-charge your batteries? We are all human beings and even the fittest and most healthy of us will tire at some point. But most of us are just ordinary people trying to fit in extraordinary amounts of tasks, thoughts and conversations into an increasingly shorter 24 hour period.

By checking in with your body and mind on a regular basis you can become aware of when tiredness isn’t alleviated by a good night sleep.  Checking in can be a mindful practice including a full body scan practice, however it doesn’t need to be a lengthy exercise and can be done in a minute or two.  I have got into the habit now of doing this in 20 seconds two or three times a day to compare how I’m feeling throughout the day.  Be careful not to allow your mind to use the overpowering burdens of your to do list to influence this, try to go beyond this and have all your attention on your physical body to see how it is feeling.  The great thing is that no-one needs to know you’re even doing it!

Going back then, to that point where tiredness isn’t alleviated by a good night sleep – this is the point at which you would ideally do something about it.  Maybe you could book a holiday, take a couple of days off to rest or an afternoon to sit in the garden with a good book; at the very least you could take a long soak in the bath or practice some meditation.

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There are many things you can do to feel refreshed and revived, and most of them will involve not thinking about your to do list.  So anything that takes your mind off this, even if it involves extensive thinking about something else, will give your mind a break.  This is why meditation is so useful, especially if done on a regular basis.  By having something else to think about (if you’re following a guided meditation) or by thinking of nothing at all (which yes, admittedly does take practice) your mind is given a rest from chasing the usual suspects in your to do list – and a mental rest is often just what most of us need!

There are times, however, when this is not enough and you really do need to physically rest your body.  With regular observation of the body and how it’s feeling, you should be able to pick up when physical tiredness is becoming more than just noticeable.  And here you really should be doing something to help yourself – the body needs to rest, it cannot keep going endlessly; it needs to repair itself, to re-build muscles and blood cells and clean the digestive system etc.  All these things happen when you rest and if you don’t allow your body to look after itself it will start to go wrong – pain and illness will become issues and the longer you ignore this the more serious it could be.

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The good news is you can prevent this (or even prevent things from getting worse if they’ve already started) by getting to know your body’s warning signs and doing (even little) things to help it.  By knowing that your knee is more sore today than yesterday, which is more painful than the day before, you can make the decision that running every day is maybe not right for you and to take a day off.  I don’t mean give up but a bit of a rest!

So look after yourself by starting to create a habit of checking in with your body regularly to see how it is genuinely feeling.  You might need to set a reminder on your phone or make it part of your morning or evening bathroom routine but this simple practice might turn out to be one of the most important things you do all day.

If you would like further guidance on mindful body scan practices or guided meditations then please drop me a line through the contact tab above or click here to drop me an email.