Always seem to be catching colds? Your Metal may be out of balance!
Don’t you love the autumn? It’s that time of year where once again nature is in transition; it is preparing for the winter, taking stock before the time of renewal in the spring. As the days shorten and the leaves turn a golden brown and fall to the ground, it’s also a time that we should be retreating; a time to gather round the fire with our loved ones (or the central heating for most of us now!) taking stock of all that we have done and achieved throughout the year, but preparing for the long cold nights of winter and making plans for next year.
About this time of year I see a lot of people who have a cold, and they often tell me that the changing of the seasons affects their health. So why might this be? In Chinese Medicine we associate the Metal element with the autumn, and, on a physical level, the lungs and colon. In our human lifetime, Metal is the time of letting go, a time of tranquility, peace and wisdom. In the autumn of one’s life it is a time of withdrawing from outside involvement and looking for meaning within. We must ‘let go’ to face the limits of life.
Yin organ: Lungs
Yang organ: Colon
So what happens if we don’t (or can’t) let go? Well, if we don’t let go of the summer and continue to wear less, stay up late and eat summer foods, we are more susceptible to viruses and the cold. Or, put another way, if we are not in tune with the changing of the seasons (or nature), our Qi may be weakened and therefore our defences are down.
Mistiming the transition of the seasons is something we are all prone to, however, and that’s why we all get colds every now and then. But some of us seem to get more colds and worse colds than everyone else. If this is you, it might be because your Metal element is out of balance.
And this is where Acupuncture can help you. When our elements are out of balance, we are ill. This might mean you are more susceptible to weather changes, or it might mean things are just not right. In the case of a Metal imbalance, you may have a dry cough and a sore throat (Lungs) or you could be constipated (Colon). In either case, the ‘letting go’ function is impaired.
Acupuncture is able to stimulate the free flow of the body’s energy and therefore its natural healing response.
If you would like to know more about Acupuncture and how it can help you, please call me on 07909 521847 or at the Therapy Life Centre on 01702 433959.
So what happens if we don’t (or can’t) let go? Well, if we don’t let go of the summer and continue to wear less, stay up late and eat summer foods, we are more susceptible to viruses and the cold. Or, put another way, if we are not in tune with the changing of the seasons (or nature), our Qi may be weakened and therefore our defenses are down.
Mistiming the transition of the seasons is something we are all prone to, however, and that’s why we all get colds every now and then. But some of us
MYSTIC HOLISTIC YOGA WORKSHOP
Sunday 29th October 2017 3.30-6pm £25
Mystic asana exploration, discover Mudra & Mantra magic & nourish your spirit with the power of Yoga Nidra. Gain insight with the primordial power of the cosmos; as we move into meditation, let’s release, let go and shift our thoughts to inner restoration, holistic wellness and preparation for our 3rd eye awakening.
Enter a place of stillness…this is the challenge of Winter initiated by Samhain, simply being where you are, not moving forwards or backwards, simply being utterly present. It here we listen to the voices in the crackling fire, rain & wind, entering Winter dark season of the year is for dreaming & remembering.
Honouring ourselves by entering that still place within, connecting with universal energies through our Yoga practice. Asana, pranayama, mudra & mantra lead us into Yoga Nidra to nurture new dreams & sow seeds in the dark, nourishing our spirit; & through this period of rest we find rejuvenation & renewal.
EVERYONE Welcome – workshop suitable for all levels & abilities.
Please wear comfortable layers, bring own Yoga mat if preferred although mats are provided
Inform Paula of any health issues & or injuries prior to workshop via email
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Bookings & Payment via Paula 07958 682172
Paula Lotus Rose
Paula has been living, practising & studying spirituality, natural beauty therapy & holistic healing therapies; here in the U.K. & on her international travels & Yoga; including Yoga therapy, Meditation & Ayurveda in India whilst walking the Yogini path & living a holistic lifestyle. Drawn to reside in the South East coastline, yearning for a high vibrational Earth connection, since living a beach life in India, has brought her to Leigh-on-Sea Essex. Paula’s workshops are also inspired by another lifelong fascination, Astrology & also the Seasonal & Moon cycles, due to their energetic influences.. This has encouraged self enquiry, a life-long personal development & extensive training courses leading to an all encompassing daily yoga & meditation practice. Paula thus discovered the transformative effects of Yoga on her wellbeing & amalgamated her knowledge to teach classes workshops & training courses alongside a Holistic therapy practice. Her pleasure & honour is to share these universal gifts & help support others to be the best they can be on their own journey.
“Life is too short, live every moment”
Lorna Withers is an Acupuncturist and CranioSacral Therapist at the Therapy Life Centre. She has been practising at the centre since we opened our doors six years ago. And she has devoted her work to the bettering of the Centre. As a Therapy Life Centre original therapist, she has been excited to watch the centre grow and evolve into what it is now. “There are now a broad range of therapies, a lot more than in the beginning, it was quieter back then.”
In her therapy, Lorna is able to use her multiple expertise to switch between Acupuncture and Cranial, this fluidity allows her to work effectively and with positive results in the majority of cases. A vital part of Acupuncture and CranioSacral Therapy is communication, talking to her patients to work out exactly what they need.
Her favourite things about the centre are the sense of community, wide variety of people and being able to discuss and share ideas with other therapists. She describes the community of therapists as ‘like a little family’. During her tenure here, Lorna has observed the centre go from just a therapy clinic to a family-oriented centre, both in management and in clientele, as the centre has grown into an increasingly beneficial place for both children and adults.
Lorna’s upbringing is just as varied as her work, having been born in Liverpool, she spent much of her childhood in Glasgow and Cornwall. Meanwhile her father worked in far-flung corners of the world, in Greece and Japan. The latter country would become crucial to Lorna’s inspiration to become a therapist.
Visiting the sunrise kingdom as a child exposed Lorna to the beautiful and bizarre that Japan had to offer, this early fascination with Japanese culture led her to pursue her own Japan experience in her early 20’s. She worked as a freelance journalist and English teacher, while soaking up all that the country had to offer. Her inspiration to pursue a career in the holistic world came as a blessing in disguise, as she became unwell while in Japan and sought out Acupuncture. This was the seed which would later become the tree.
Lorna’s exposure to Acupuncture stirred up doubt in her work/life balance, and she decided that this was her new calling in life. After studying privately for 6 months, she returned to England, where the next part of her story was set to begin.
Much like her exposure to Acupuncture, Lorna’s first experience with CranioSacral therapy came as a blessing in disguise, after slipping a disc in her back, which prevented her from working. This resulted in a meeting with a Cranial Osteopath. As a result of this newly-found enlightenment, Lorna has devoted her adult life to these methods of healing, introducing her children to CST at an early age.
Fast forward to today, Lorna is still just as enthusiastic and passionate as she was when discovering the Holistic world in Japan. She is a mother to teenage children, aged 16 and 18. Motherhood has taught her to be ‘more understanding of life’s inconsistencies and unpredictability’. Her daily life involves regular treatment (Massage, CST, Acupuncutre), Yoga, meditation, and comedy, which she believes is important. She also exhibits mindfulness in
her everyday life; she achieves this through simple but achievable practises including following a healthy diet, drinking water and getting plenty of rest and sleeping well.
Another passion Lorna enjoys is her allotment, a small patch of land used for cultivating crops. She has successfully grown courgettes, onions, beetroot, potatoes, beans, carrots and tomatoes. Tending the allotment provides her with a direct connection to the earth and nature and is therefore yet another therapeutic pastime Lorna enjoys.
After six years at Therapy Life Centre Lorna continues to enjoy her work here and describes working with her colleagues and patients as a privilege.
Lorna learns about life through her patients, and her patients are able to live a more comfortable life through Lorna.
Menopause itself does not have to be problematic, or symptomatic, but many of my clients ask for help and support at this time:
- Hot flushes, Night Sweats
- Irritable, mood swings, anxiety
- Memory loss, confusion
- Low libido, discomfort during sex
- Skin dryness or thinning, blemishes
- Heavy or irregular periods
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increased PMS, Breast tenderness
- Urine incontinence
- Feelings of overwhelm, not coping
- Weight gain, difficulty losing weight
Peri-menopausal and Menopausal Symptoms – that are caused by the increasing imbalance between oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone – tend to be worse if this quite normal transitional phase of a woman’s hormone cycle comes at a time when a woman is run down, deplete, nutritionally deficient, unwell or stressed. So for example, if you have been on anti-depressants long term as you come into menopause, or have been dealing with any long term stress that remains unresolved, it is likely that your body and mind will find it harder, and will need more support at this time. It could even be something as seemingly unrelated as suffering whiplash, or having a chronic dental infection preceding peri-menopause that leaves your body less resilient and more susceptible to menopausal symptoms.
Again, if nutrition has been unbalanced, due to a busy life, especially if you have become deplete in minerals and healthy oils, there will not be the resources needed to cope easily at this time. Herbs can be very nourishing and supportive at this time – such as sage, black cohosh, wild yam – as the nutrients in certain herbs at a molecular level mimic our female hormones, triggering balance, which is why they are called phytoestrogens.
The menopause can highlight the need to take care of yourself, and Lorraine offers many approaches that identify what you may need to support you at this time. For example, a Cell Well Being hair scan – using 3 strands of hair – will provide an epigenetic hair report that will indicate what foods and supplements you need for 90 days, to function at optimum.
Magnesium is essential at this time – the correct type and doses supports deeper sleep, stress management, and PMS. A lesser known but excellent benefit is that it strengthens the bladder…
Throughout Menopause, balance is needed to be achieved in our mind, body and energy, so the effective natural approaches that Lorraine offers such as Homeopathy, Kinesiology, sound nutritional approaches including hair mineral analysis or Cell Wellbeing hair scan, Bio-resonance, and hypnotherapy can support you and alleviate your symptoms.
Lorraine Whitby LCPH Homeopath and Integrative Complementary Therapist
“To expand and grow yourself, you have to reach the edge of yourself”
Ben Saxon, a man with a double life. Depending on when you catch him, you can either see the white-collar finance worker, or the free-spirited Yogi with a deep passion for spiritualism, Shamans and Pagans. It is no secret that the latter is Ben’s true, authentic self. After working in finance full-time for a number of years, he realised that a life devoid teaching, helping and healing didn’t interest him at all. So he splits his time between the western pursuit of money, and the eastern pursuit of enlightenment.
Ben is a relative new-comer to the Therapy Life Centre, but don’t be fooled. His four months at the Centre pails in comparison to his 10 years of teaching Yoga. Specifically, his own unique brand of Yoga, Total Yoga. Total Yoga draws from three distinct areas; Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and Zen Mindfulness. The three combine to provide a therapeutic, meditative experience which targets the body, the breath and the mind. Ben believes that these exercises can create a heightened state of awareness, releasing ‘feel good’ hormones whilst simultaneously alleviating physical stress.
Ben’s story starts 15 years ago, while studying for a degree in Philosophy, he came across Hatha Yoga at a local gym. Initially unaware of the effects Yoga was having on his mood, this discovery led him on a journey, a journey which culminated with the introduction of Chocolate Gong to his spiritual repertoire. His pursuit of enlightenment has led him to India and South America, and he has been able to incorporate cultural and spiritual elements of these societies into his work.
Chocolate Gong is a modern interpretation of an ancient method of meditation. The gong has been used in spiritual ceremony as far back as the Bronze age. The cosmic sound which the gong creates draws the mind away from the folly of modern life and removes one from their day-to-day thoughts. This is combined with the chocolate aspect, high-quality raw chocolate is used, which contains no dairy, making it accessible to anyone. The use of chocolate in a ceremonial capacity is a tradition amongst South American shamans. Chocolate gong was conceived five years ago, when Ben purchased his first gong as an engagement present.
Despite his travels to India and South America, his ponderings of human nature whilst studying Philosophy, perhaps the biggest change in Ben’s life came five years ago, with the birth of his son. He explains that the birth of his son made him realise the importance of the example he sets, how his son is almost a mirror reflecting his actions back onto him. Ben recalls a particular story when he used the example of the Wright brothers to teach his son patience and hard-work when attempting to fly a paper aeroplane. The recent birth of his daughter is sure to be a whole new lesson for him.
You’d think that with his 9-to-5 work, his spiritual efforts and his young family that ben would have enough on his plate, but his appetite exceeds expectations, as he is working on a book too. The book has been a slow-burning project since his first day of work in London. The project is titled ‘The Buddha and the Wolf’, a modern re-telling of an ancient Zen parable. The title is inspired by two symbolic mascots on his desk; a Buddha and a Wolf. In many ways, these two differing symbols provide an understandable insight into the nature of Yin and Yang. The Buddha represents patience, calm, enlightenment, while the Wolf represents the volatility within us. Perhaps the two represent the east and the west, or quite simply man and beast.
When he’s not teaching enlightenment, crunching numbers or modernising ancient Zen literature, Ben exhibits mindfulness and inner control in his daily life. The first thing he does in the morning is empty the dishwasher, a seemingly mundane household chore, this is a precise act of mindfulness. Ben is also a passionate learner, stating that he is not a ‘finished product’. His daily consumption of web content includes motivational material on YouTube.
All of these things drive Ben forward in all of his pursuits, whether that be professional, personal or spiritual.
Are your children off on their own? Travelling, going Uni or just out with friends? Would you like for them to know how to protect themselves?
There is nothing better than having the peace of mind that you and your loved ones are safe!
But do you actually know how to protect yourself or anyone else in a bad situation? You may think you’re fine because you’re physically fit or because you don’t think it would ever happen to you.
But the amount of reassurance that comes with knowing that you’re truly prepared is an unexplainable boost of confidence!
The benefits of self-defence
There are so many positives other than the obvious when learning self-defence! Learning self-defence can help boost your confidence, it contributes to building self-discipline, it can help improve your physical conditions and so much more!
Empower yourself with the knowledge that you can protect yourself and others!
Gary Hogben has over 35 years of experience in Martial Arts & self-defence; you will be taught the necessary manoeuvres and will learn about awareness, avoidance & the laws of reasonable force!
This course will teach you the simple but effective way to be protected against stronger, bigger aggressors while also including defence against knife violence!
(As this course will include lethal techniques attendees will need to be over 18)
It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, everyone can benefit from knowing how to protect themselves, big or small you can learn to stay safe!
For £25 per person, and if you are a past attendee it is only £18
Booking is essential so call us on 01702 433959
Take the first steps towards bettering yourself by understanding and working with the Law of Attraction.
Imagine making tangible and measurable changes to your life and circumstances; imagine starting to truly believe in yourself and your infinite possibilities. Imagine believing you get and deserve everything you want out of your life.
Now imagine getting all of this and much more from your life.
Have YOU heard of The Secret of The Law of Attraction?
Are YOU interested and curious to know what they are?
The Law of Attraction is said to be the most powerful law in the universe; we all use it every moment of every day whether good or bad. By simply applying the Law of Attraction correctly and consciously; rectifying any pre-programmed obstacles that are stopping you from succeeding, your life will begin to resemble the life you dream of.
Mystery is another name for ignorance; all things are mysterious when they are not fully understood, but once we understand, it no longer appears mysterious.
Come and de-mystify the Law of Attraction and discover your potential; this is your incomparable opportunity to learn how to take real, practical and invaluable steps to change your life for the better.
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change”
Maria Louise has just joined the Therapy Life Centre team, and with her she brings over a decade of experience and education in a number of different areas. By profession, she is a reflexologist and a practitioner of Reiki healing. She also works with Indian and Swedish head massage, as well as having counselling qualifications.
Reflexology is the ancient art of massaging and manipulating the feet, which opens up meridian lines. It, like many of the treatments available at the therapy life centre, dates back to ancient China, roughly 4,000 BC. Reflexology is also referenced in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. In Maria’s own words, Reflexology “allows the body to get into a state of deep relaxation, where healing can take place.
Maria’s path truly begins at the age of 19. When after a trip to Mexico, which resulted in an infection, she suffered from bouts of Chronic Fatigue. At the time she was nursing within the NHS, but felt that she couldn’t help people within the confines of the National Healthcare Service. However, her calling would soon come, as she explored the benefits of Reiki healing during this difficult time. Her treatment was so life-changing that she immediately sought out Reiki training, and now is preparing to undergo her masters in the subject, which will allow her to teach Reiki, and pass the traditions along. She now considers her experiences with Chronic Fatigue as a learning experience, claiming that it gave her a greater appreciation for health.
On top of her initial nursing training, Maria also holds Diploma’s in Massage and Reflexology. Her studies in counselling allows greater freedom in her work, and provides a verbal alternative to physical treatment. Her preferred method of massage is the Indian Head Massage, a practise which originated in Indian barber shops. She particularly enjoys this method as it gives her patients more autonomy during the treatment, the length of the treatment and the clients clothing are completely optional.
Like many of the Therapists within her field, Maria is capable of moving in between multiple treatments effortlessly. This stems from a lifelong appreciation for spirituality and the methods other cultures use to treat every day ailments. This is alongside a fascination with western new-age fields of thought. Namely the Law of Attraction, with Abraham Hicks a personal influence on Maria. Although she identifies as a spiritualist, her appreciation of Buddhist values has led her to numerous temples, though she see’s her relationship with Buddhism as more a guide to living a full and happy life, as opposed to an answer for existential questions.
Her day-to-day routine revolves around the bettering of ones’ self and ones’ state of mind. “Wellbeing”, she said, “should be an inherent part of life”. And this mentality manifests itself in every day decisions Maria makes. Every morning begins with meditation, and she makes a point of being ‘in the now’. Her day includes a healthy balance of diet, hydration, exercise and movement. And for fun she enjoys dance, maintaining an active social life, exercising and meditating.
Maria’s values, compassion and ethos align perfectly with that of the Therapy Life Centre and all that it hopes to accomplish. And her clearly defined outlook on what makes a happy life ensures that she has a long and productive future here at TLC.
You can read more about Reflexology here
Sleep Solutions Talk with Lorraine Whitby LCPH
Thursday 30th November 2017 19.00-21.00pm.
Therapy Life Centre.
This two hour talk with Lorraine Whitby, a Homeopath and Integrative Therapist of nearly
thirty years, will look at many factors around sleep problems, and point you in the right
direction in order to identify the causes of your own imbalances, and start putting a Better
Sleep Protocol together.
Sleep when healthy and refreshing is restorative and invigorating.
Lack of sleep or disturbed sleep can literally drive us crazy when it continues without
solutions. Just a night or two of poor sleep will leave us feeling under par, exacerbating
symptoms you are already suffering from, causing overwhelm, irritability and feeling
cranky. We simply cannot heal if we are sleeping poorly.
Come along and see how you can
sleep better and improve your life! Children suffer from insomnia too, in increasing severity
and numbers, with pressure of school, after school clubs, homework, and just a life with too much crammed in and not enough time to unwind..
There are solutions!
But before solutions first we need to identify what the root causes are of our own specific
sleep issue are: this could be
- nutritional imbalances,
- excess stimulants such as alcohol or caffeine,
- unresolved stress,
- back, neck or joint pain leading to discomfort,
- bladder weakness disturbing sleep,
- breathing issues such as sleep apnea or asthma,
- a chronic cough,
- a past unresolved trauma,
- cranial-sacral issues,
- excessive worry
- inability to switch our brains off from a busy day at work,
- digestive complaints causing discomfort, pain and trips to the bathroom,
- shift work or going to bed habitually too late,
- too much light in the bedroom,
- night sweats,
- and many more..
You will receive a questionnaire during the talk to help identify the root cause of your
sleep disturbance. This can be the first step in improving the quality of your sleep.
Every sleep problem will need an individual solutions, sometimes very simple, other cases are equally solvable, but will need a multi pronged attack!
This talk will allow you to start identifying the causes of you and your children’s sleep
issues, and be able to start correcting the problem with natural solutions for better sleep.
You will also receive a goody bag as the first step on your journey to Better Sleep
Lorraine offers many therapeutic modalities and treatments when a quick solution for
better sleep just isn’t enough: Homeopathy, a review of diet and nutrition, the use of
herbs, Kinesiology, Bio resonance, Hair Mineral Analysis, Cell Wellbeing Epigenetic Report.
Lorraine’s Weight Loss talk will take place on September 21st at 7pm.
My mission as a homeopath and integrative therapist is to make the journey to a slimmer, healthier body as easy and effective as possible for whoever wants to lose weight. People often say to me – ‘I really want to lose weight, but don’t tell me I can’t have my glass of wine when the children are in bed’, or ‘I am not giving up my chocolate, I need it’. At this point, the person does not always understand that the cravings are a symptom of their current stress. There are easy solutions to stuck weight issues. It is not necessary to ask a client to give up something they feel attached to; instead I add things to their diet and lifestyle that bring balance to their nutritional status, resulting in cravings reducing.
One of my clients is a pastry chef, so you can imagine she loves sugar, her creations are made from sugar, and she tastes sugar all day long. When I explained that her excessive sugar intake was contributing to her disturbed sleep, weight problems, and the energy lag she suffered every afternoon, along with irritability and mood swings, she decided she wanted to change her diet and see what had happened, but was concerned as she had never been sugar-free. I added liquorice root capsules to her diet (which balance blood sugar), as well as chromium, and asked her to increase her intake of protein – fish, meat, eggs, nuts, seeds. So instead of having jam on toast or croissants for breakfast, she chose to have scrambled eggs, or a protein smoothie. I specifically asked her not to reduce sugar, just to let her body re-adjust. I also asked her to increase her intake of pure water. A year later, she has dropped 20
pounds, started running, sleeps better and has gained two promotions at work from being more confident and stable. Her PMT is virtually non-existent now. Interestingly she is now a sugar-free advocate, and helps her children make better choices every day.
Cravings are just the body asking for something it doesn’t have, but needs, but the cravings aren’t always identified as that; the cause of the craving just needs to be interpreted – salt can mean the adrenals are exhausted, chocolate often indicates magnesium levels are low, caffeine products mean we are running on empty, burnt out, and alcohol can be masking stress, or is used to decompress or wind down after a too hectic day. Craving bread or marmite could
indicate B vitamin deficiencies.
Did you know that there are #10 specific types of hunger? Each one is caused by something specific, and needs a specific strategy to stop the craving. Understanding which hungers you are prone to, can help you plan to lose weight and manage the cravings more successfully, so breaking the vicious cycle of craving, cheating, self-criticism, comfort eating etc..
For example, Hunger #3 is Lack of Variety. It is very easy to fall into the habit of buying the
same foods in the supermarket trolley each week. One of the best diets designed is the rotation diet, where foods are eaten, and then avoided for four days. This reduces the build up of food intolerance; we can become intolerant to foods that we eat too often; I once treated a computer programmer, who worked and lived alone, from home, putting in very long hours. He was suffering from low energy, was overweight and had bad skin. Food intolerance testing
showed an intolerance to chicken, tomatoes, onions, garlic, mushrooms and pasta. He told me he used to make a one pot dish of those exact foods every Sunday to last him all week. His body got very bored of the same combination. Moving on, his health, energy and weight improved by introducing some variety.
It is good practice to buy a different brand of any regularly eaten food, such as olive oil, tinned food, nut butters etc, so ring the changes and keep your body happy! This Lack of Variety Hunger is caused by eating too limited a range of foods, leaving the body lacking essential nutrients. Imagine that the cravings you experience – for chocolate, for
example, are really the body needing the magnesium contained in chocolate. The craving for salty peanuts or potato crisps could indicate the body self medicating to support the adrenal glands (exhaustion, stress, chronic adaptive stress, inability to recover, tired all the time) that always need (good) salt when depleted. N.B sea salt, Himalayan salt would be classed as good salt. Table salt containing aluminium anti -caking agents would be classed as unhealthy.
Did you know that to lose body fat, you need to eat fat? The trick is to understand the difference between good and bad fats and oils. Heated, saturated fats such as crisps, cookies, cakes, biscuits, and chips, are bad for our health, and create toxins in the body, trigger cravings whilst increasing cholesterol and encouraging weight gain, by affecting blood sugar and insulin levels. Good oils such as raw olive oil, walnut oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, and grass fed butter encourage weight loss by increasing our metabolism and lowering cholesterol, increase energy and health, and balancing blood sugar. Good fats also trigger ketosis – fat burning – and keep us feeling full and satisfied, for much longer so weight loss becomes easier and more effective.
Lorraine offers one to one consultations for weight loss, and also runs weekly classes, so you can learn tips and
nutritional strategies to take the quickest route to your desired target weight, and a happier, healthier body.
Lorraine Whitby LCPH Homeopath and Integrative Complementary Therapist.
T: 01206 247178 M: 07590 644778