Wellbeing Wrap is a round up of what’s hot in the world of wellbeing, along with practical tips, things you can try out, and lots more…
Here’s this week’s round up of any news, tips, ideas and wellbeing things you can try or buy.
Essential oils to Balance
I’m going to share a few of my favorite essential oils that can be used to promote balance, along with some ways you can use them.
Geranium this is a lovely essential oil that’s uplifting and floral; excellent for balancing emotions.
Lemon Balm with its sweet and citrusy scent, this is great for calming down stress and anxiety.
Rose Otto a sweet and sensual oil that is calming in times of emotional stress or tension.
Choose how you want to use your essential oil:
- Burn in an oil burner
- Add to a diffuser
- Add 3-5 drops into a bath
- Put a few drops under your pillow
- Add a few drops to pine cones or potpourri
- Add to a massage carrier oil for a neck, back, and shoulder massage
I love to use Neal’s Yard ‘Women’s Balance’, with my client’s. Expertly blended with geranium and rose to harmonise and balance emotions, when extra help is needed to bring about a calm and peaceful mind.
Neal’s Yard essential oils, carrier oils, massage blends, roll on remedies, aromatherapy room sprays and diffusers can all be bought direct from Alison at the Flourish therapy room or from Alison’s shop.
Eating clean vs eating lean
This year I read Louise Parker’s ‘Lean for Life’ book and I loved the part where Louise talks about the difference between eating clean and eating lean. There’s been so much hype about ‘clean eating’, and that’s no bad thing in itself, however, you can’t munch your way through countless bags of nuts and seeds, or add huge glugs of coconut and olive oil, without consequence (i.e. building up the calories). Equally, if you drink lots of fruit smoothies you’re piling on the sugar content too. So ‘clean’ food may be healthy in moderation, too much will pile on the pounds. Balance is key to nutrition, as it is with everything, no matter what it is you’re eating or what your eating lifestyle choice is.
Holistic treatment of the week
In this week’s theme of ‘balance’, my holistic treatment pick would be aura and chakra balancing. I love giving and receiving this treatment, it’s wonderfully relaxing and rejuvenating for mind and body. If you’ve never come across aura’s and chakra’s before you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about, let me give a brief explanation.
Most of my therapies are in the ‘energy healing’ category, and this is one of them. Energy healing has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine and practices, and has been used for centuries. You may know this type of energy as ‘Prana’ or ‘Chi’, or heard it referred to as meridians. Everything on Earth is made up of atoms and energy; energy healing aims to balance that energy by removing blockages, healing tears or damage in the auric field, and bringing our chakras back into equilibrium.
The aura itself has several layers and like a rainbow, the 7 core chakras (which run down the centre of our body), each have a different colour associated with them:
- Root Chakra – red (base of spine)
- Sacral Chakra – orange (navel)
- Solar Plexus – yellow (base of sternum)
- Heart – green (chest)
- Throat – blue (throat)
- Brow – purple (in between your eyes)
- Crown – violet-white (top of your head)
The natural flow of energy moves through the chakras, permeating to the minor chakras and beyond to the aura. When a chakra gets blocked it affects the chakras upstream or downstream, any associated minor chakras, and if not resolved, eventually our aura. You may experience a mild chakra imbalance as feeling out of sorts, or it may manifest in mental or physical problems. This is because each core chakra is linked to our physical body (organs) and to our mind.
The most popular treatment I give uses a combination of crystals and reiki. Clients who come with severe imbalances that are affecting their general health come for a course of 4 or 6 sessions that generally occur weekly. For those just seeking to maintain balance, a regular balancing session will do the trick, with the added bonus of claiming some down time to relax, without any of the usual distractions or demands. Ahhhh, bliss.
Book lovers corner
This week I was asked, if you could take just one book onto an island with you, which one would it be? As a bookworm who loves fiction and non-fiction equally, that was a tough question. I read so many books and I have hundreds around the house; I do love the smell and feel of a real book in your hands 🙂 After much deliberation, I chose two; anything from Terry Pratchett (love that guys work), and Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. Why mention this in a wellbeing blog? I love to get lost in a fictional book and there’s no room for a busy mind as you melt into the characters and storyline, and both of these authors facilitate this with ease. Reading a book is mindfulness personified.
A meditation to bring about balance
If you read my blog on a regular basis you may recall this from ‘The healing power of meditation’ – I’m going to share it again as it’s such a good meditation to bring about balance.
- Sit in a chair where your feet can touch the floor, you’re upright and comfortable.
- Take 3 deep breaths: Breath in through your nose for the count of 3 so that your ribcage expands with air and your breath goes right down to your stomach.
- Hold the breath for the count of 3
- Breathe out for the count of 3 – breathing through your mouth whilst making a continuous whoosh sound
- Close your eyes
- Become aware of the space around you; the noises, smells, any tastes in your mouth, just notice without thinking about any of them in particular
- Become aware of your body; the weight on the chair, the contact points on the chair, any sensations
- Keeping your breath steady and controlled, count your in and out breath until you get to 3
- For all of the chakras you are going to imagine the associated colour as a spinning disc, spinning steadily and evenly. You will then imagine a bright light of the associated colour joining the disc and enriching the colour. You will focus on the disc for the count of 3 breaths.
- Crown Chakra – white light:
Just above the crown of your head, imagine a spinning disc coloured in bright white light, now imagine a stream of white light enriching the colour of the disc
- Brow Chakra or 3rd eye – purple-violet:
Right in the middle of your eyes imagine a spinning disc coloured deep purple. Now imagine a purple stream of light enriching the colour of the disc
- Throat Chakra – blue:
on the soft part of your throat, imagine a spinning disc coloured rich blue, Now imagine a blue stream of light enriching the colour of the disc
- Heart Chakra – green:
At the point between your chest, imagine a spinning disc coloured deep green. Now imagine a green stream of light enriching the colour of the disc
- Solar Plexus Chakra – yellow:
At the point at the top of your ribcage, imagine a spinning disc coloured bright yellow. Now imagine a yellow stream of light enriching the colour of the disc
- Sacral Chakra – orange:
At the point about 3cm above your navel, imagine a spinning disc coloured in vibrant orange. Now imagine an orange stream of light enriching the colour of the disc
- Root Chakra – red:
At the end of your spine (coccyx), imagine a spinning disc coloured in deep red. Now imagine a red stream of light enriching the colour of the disc
- Crown Chakra – white light:
- Let go of all of the colours, knowing every disc is bright and spinning evenly
- Become aware of your surroundings, your body in contact with the chair, your presence in the room
- Slowly open eyes, take a minute and be mindful of how you now feel
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