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Jan11

2020 is on!

Posted on Jan 11 by

I am feeling strong, rested and peaceful to resume work. I am carry with me all the teachings of the cancer treatment, not only about myself and my relationships, but also about care, compassion and healing. And I cannot wait to see how these experiences will expand and improve my practice. I am happy to grow into a healthier life, which among other things, include reduced hours at work and increased nurturing time with loved ones. I am grateful for my family, friends and my clients. Your support has meant the world to me. The online booking system is back live on this website. Please note the new pricing policy too. I look forward to seeing familiar faces soon. Happy...

Dec16

Lunch with Phillip Beach

Posted on Dec 16 by

It was a delightful surprise to meet Phillip Beach for lunch yesterday. I have heard/read and known about Phillip Beach’s work for a few years now. It was a wonderful to meet with him in a very relaxed setting and chat, among other things, about muscular chains and contractile fields and to find validation for many beliefs I share about movement and posture. I learned that he will be teaching in Wellington in February and I am excited to come along for the workshop. I am also interested to get my teeth into his book about meridians and muscles. I have just ordered it on Amazon and it will be an amazing summer read. Check out his work on...

Aug12

W Seat

Posted on Aug 12 by

Children develop their muscular system as well as body awareness and balance through play, action and manipulation of objects.  Naturally, for short periods of time, siting in W position is not harmful.  However, when that becomes a preferred posture, or is often adopted, there are very serious consequences to the child’s development. When in W position, children enjoy an increase in the base of support. That results in a more stable static posture, retarding the development of normal balance and protection responses, as well as muscular control of the trunk. Children may choose to “W sit” simply because it is easier not to worry about balance while manipulating an object, however, this is also the preferred posture for children that suffer from neuro motor syndromes with distal hypotonia, like down syndrome and myelomeningocele.  “W seat” is detrimental to the development of trunk rotation abilities, lateral inclinations (involved in the action of reaching for an object) and weight transfer, as well as the pelvic and shoulder girdle dissociation.  These are imperative qualities to the normal motor development of children as well as their...

Aug08

Yoga and Radiotherapy

Posted on Aug 8 by

I am at the end of 6 months of chemotherapy when I take up Yoga. Even though I have been to classes on and off, I haven’t practiced in a while and chemo leaves me feeling extremely weak, exhausted and short of breath. By then I am also suffering from severe neuralgia and experiencing crippling muscle and joint pain, besides decreased immunity. For ten weeks, I practice a combination of Yin and Flow Yoga on a daily basis.  They help my movement’s fluidity and I note a reduction on chemo’s mialgias and arthralgias. During the classes, due to severe anaemia I take my time standing up so I will not pass out, but I am finally able to build up muscular mass again. Yoga’s attention to breathing helps freeing up my intercostal muscles, affected by the mastectomy.  It also provides calming and relaxation techniques for the radiation procedures, that can be very stressful. The meditative aspect of Yin yoga is also key in keeping my mind serene, aligning very much with my mediation practice. The radiation treatment starts.  ...

Apr13

Baldness & Boldness

Posted on Apr 13 by

Chemotherapy is a preventive therapy to kill rogue cancer cells that may be hidden in my body.  Chemo kills cancerous fast growing cells as well as other fast growing cells, like hair, nails and skin, to name a few. Last Christmas I started loosing my hair.  My scalp was very painful and I was shedding clumps of hair at a time, which was emotionally draining. Shaving my head, with the help of my husband, restituted some of my control over my body and my reality.  It was a relief to the pain on the scalp as well as the emotional pain of being a victim of strong drugs in my system. A shaved head is, at the best of times, a cold experience.  With that there is the weight of cancer looming above my head.  I get looks of pity or solidarity and people who simply can not face me at all. The physical impact of cancer treatment is vastly discussed, but the emotional impact is equally challenging.  It takes a lot to be bald and bold, vulnerable in...

Apr05

Managing Chemo

Posted on Apr 5 by

I am grateful for NZ’s health system. I am just over half way through my chemo and no stone is being left unturned to investigate my chest pains. Meanwhile I choose to have the weekly chemotherapy infusions.  I go to get healed at the Day Cancer Clinic at Wellington hospital.  I visualise my veins opening up to the needles, allowing them in with no trauma. I see the golden healing medicine going through my body and reaching my cells and making them better.  All my systems cooperate with the medicine, filtering my blood, enhancing it, and clearing any residue that is harmful. I manage the side effects of chemotherapy with a combination of complementary medicines. I will start by discussing Acupuncture. Acupuncture/Acupressure/Moxa Christopher and I had a number of IVF treatments, but it is thanks to Chinese Medicine that we conceived our daughter naturally. We both had acupuncture and herbs, et voilá! I have since been a believer! I am also grateful to Coco Acupuncture Woman https://theacupuncturewoman.co.nz,whom I see weekly for acupuncture. And I am glad to say this:...