To recommend anything I truly feel you have to experience it first hand. So I attended a Pregnancy Yoga class a year into my menopause. I had already attended Lynne Jarretts regular yoga class which I really like. I tried a few before hers which didn't hit the mark and I loved her Hatha Yoga class. Admittedly I haven't been for a few weeks as I was going with my teen-age daughter who now prefers Fitness Pole Dancing to Yoga and the 2 classes clashed. Plus Wednesday seems to be a popular evening for clients to book massages.
The Pregnancy yoga class is 1 hour and 15 minutes and the first 15 minutes is checking in on all the mum's, their health, present aches and pains etc which is great. Lynne writes on her website "A class dedicated to yoga for pregnancy which will help ease and prevent discomfort during pregnancy and prepare you with some useful tools for childbirth. Designed to nourish and relax in this amazing time in your life. Suitable from 16 weeks onwards." Oh how I wish I had already discovered yoga during my pregnancy!
Yoga is wonderful for mind and body at any time and I can't recommend Yoga during pregnancy enough. To gently stretch out muscles and joints is so benficial at a time when they are under extra strain. Breathing is a focus in yoga as it is in labour so it's great to get in tune with that too.
As in her regular massage classes she always reminds everyone to listen to and feel your own personal body limitations and will often give 2 versions of a move depending on what you are personally comfortable with. Lynne is very much aware of what is suitable for each individual mum-to-be and each of their limitations and each exercise suitability. She also holds Birth Breathing sessions and Bring A Baby Yoga
Make your pregnancy even more of a special time! Regular massage and yoga will help you do just that. For more information and to read reviews visit Lynne's website CLICK HERE
My journey started with a night time back pain I had for many years since pregnancy / epidural / emergency Caesarean. I’m actually not sure which one was responsible so I’ll just blame them all. I say night time back ache as that was when I most noticed it because it woke me up at regular intervals during the night, which actually really pissed me off to be honest. I lived in Thailand at the time and went for regular Thai massage which eased it for a few nights. And then it came back.
My Thai husband suggested getting rid of the mattress, so we did and we slept on a thin quilt on a wooden floor. He preferred it. as he’d often slept in the jungle on a mat. Not that sleeping in the jungle on mats is typical of Thai men, he just personally had a thing for it.
Even after my husband died (not in the jungle I must add) I never went back to having a bed. I still have a (very hard) mattress on the floor. It may be tricky getting into a new relationship as there aren’t many people my age who can comfortably get down to ground level, let alone get up again.
Anyway, when my daughter was 13 I went to visit my friend in Phuket and a lovely lady named Lisa Levine was staying with her. My back was playing up and by this time it had been for 13 years. Lisa told me she was an Arvigo Practitioner. “That’s nice” I said, though I’d never heard of that religion, perhaps it was a cult thing.
Lisa informed me that Arvigo therapy is an abdominal massage which has quite amazing results. She had helped her friend who had back pain from falling off a ladder, so did I want to give it a go? For those of you out there who have suffered pain, I'm sure most of you have, it’s wearing. Even a mild unrelenting ache is wearing. I gladly accepted her offer.
The next day I received ‘The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®’. My back pain disappeared and hasn’t returned since. I was so bowled over by the power of this amazing therapy I decided to learn it if I ever got the chance and one day do for someone else what Lisa did for me.
A few years later circumstances brought me back to live in England and I got my chance. The first stage of learning The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® was to attend the level 1 Self-Care course with Amanda Porter. There were 5 of us in a warm nurturing room in Amanda’s house where we learnt what an amazing place the abdomen is. Amanda’s enthusiasm was contagious and my journey into the fascination of the workings of the human body began in that room. Wow. Did you know that 90% of the immune system is in the gut? Did you know that if a Fallopian tube is removed, say the left one, the right tube will sweep across towards the left ovary to pick up the egg? How amazing is that? I also learnt that emotional and tissue armouring takes place in the abdomen and abdominal massage releases emotions that have been buried there. A good few emotions were released on that course. Tears emerged from nearly all of us at some stage in the days we were there after abdominal massage. For me it felt like they came out of nowhere. Pretty powerful stuff. I learned to connect to my abdomen and to learn to take care and nurture myself, after all, if you can’t connect with your own body how can you connect with someone else’s?
I was eager to go on to Level 2 Professional Care which would train me to treat other people. First I needed to get my therapist license and would need to do a massage therapy course in order to do this. I was recommended ‘Jing Advanced Massage Training’ in Brighton by another long-standing Arvigo Practitioner, Louise Crockart. I signed up and was impatient to get it out the way as quickly as possible to move on to Level 2 Arvigo.
On arriving at the Jing Bodywork Beginnings course at 9am there were smiling faces to greet us, balloons, champagne, loud cheesy music…. And then an ice-breaker game. “Oh God” I thought, “let this week be over as quickly as possible.”
I’m extremely glad it wasn’t. I realise now walking in that room to a party celebration at 9am was exactly like it should have been because walking in that room is certainly worth celebrating. Jing Advanced Massage Training is second to none when it comes to learning clinical, pain relieving massage. It is the baby of Meghan Mari and Rachel Fairweather who have put literally years of their extensive knowledge, love of massage, passion and fire into developing techniques and protocols that ease pain in every part of the body and more! A fusion of East meets West, deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial release, stretching, sports and all taught with such passion and dedication from all those that work there. Bodywork Beginnings hooked me. It brushed the surface and I wanted more. I love their ethos and holistic style of teaching. We did Thai Chi in the mornings which is used in the stance of massage. We played with an imaginary energy ball and we faced a partner, palm against palm and slowly moved our hands in anyway they would drift, just seeing where they would go. Our first lesson in fascia, even though I didn’t realise at the time. Meghan’s style of teaching sowed the seed to return and learn more, with her grounding voice, her knowledge, enthusiasm and her humour. The support teachers made me want to return too, their enthusiasm was contagious. All so helpful and supportive. An amazing 2 weeks which resulted in me getting massage clients virtually straight away.
I got my therapist licence and went on to do my Level 2 Arvigo Professional Care. It was held at Ridge Farm in Surrey, a 14th century farmhouse in the middle of stunning countryside. Amanda Porter and Louise Crockart were our amazing teachers who shared their wisdom, knowledge and humour. All together 16 women attended that course. I wondered what that would be like and it actually turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. The energy was amazing. During the course there was a lot of laughter and some tears and by the end of it I felt I knew each of them a lot longer than I had. I felt privileged to learn a such an amazing powerful protocol that had originated in Belize, techniques developed by Dr. Rosita Arvigo, based on her apprenticeship with the Maya healer Don Elijio Panti and her own education, training, and research as a naprapathic physician. Taught to us with faith and encouragement by Amanda and Louise. The protocol uses supporting modalities, one of them being a vaginal steam. I believe Gwyneth Paltrow has made them quite fashionable. Louise kindly brought along a number of buckets for us to have a go so we poured in our steaming water and dried herbs and off we went to the swimming pool outhouse to sit on our buckets with a towel draped round to give our vaginas a good old steam. It actually felt very nice and nurturing I have to say. Half way in, the room went in to darkness, an electric fuse had gone. Frank the owner came to the rescue with a new fuse and the lights sparked back on. He was confronted with a crowd of women sitting on buckets steaming their vaginas. He was mortified. The course came to an end too quickly and I got my Level 2 Certificate.
lySo what next? So much more. I’ve discovered work that doesn’t feel like work. It’s a passion To help relieve pain and assist in healing is just an indescribable high (and no chemicals involved)
I’m now doing 25 Arvigo case studies to enable me to do level 3 Arvigo Advanced Professional Care. And I’ve truly been ‘Jinged’ I’m very lucky to have Jing Advanced Massage Training on my doorstep in Brighton and have already been back 3 times since that first course so far. I’m doing my Advanced Clinical Massage Training and enjoying every minute.
Those of you who want to learn massage go to Jing, their techniques are the best. Even qualified therapists I have come across on courses at Jing literally want to unlearn what they have learnt and go the Jing way.
And those of you who would like to explore an amazingly healing, powerful therapy which can help and heal a variety of health conditions, I urge you to explore Arvigo. At the very least do the Self Care course for your own well being. You know you’re worth it.
You need to make an informed decision on what you eat. And you can only do this by knowing the truth.... please watch and share.
Although American alone is spending more than $17 billion a year on supplements for health and wellness, the rates of some forms of chronic disease have not changed, and others have actually increased. There are a number of reasons for these poor statistics and many things remain a mystery.
One thing seems fairly clear, however. Most supplements aren't helping very much if we don't first address the necessary basics of health and healing. Not all supplements are created equal.
Whole Food Nutrients Vs. Synthetic, Isolated Nutrients
Although there are numerous viewpoints on what kind of foods we should or should not be eating, as well as the ideal ratio of these foods, everyone from all corners of the diet and nutrition world seems to agree on one thing: No matter which foods we choose and in what ratios we eat them, whole foods are better for you than refined foods. This fact has never really been argued and why should it be any different for vitamins?
Just like refined foods, these refined vitamins have been robbed of all of the extra accessory nutrients that they naturally come with as well. In turn, like refined foods, they can create numerous problems and imbalances in your body if taken at high levels for long periods of time. They can also act more like drugs in your body, forcing themselves down one pathway or another. At the very least, they won't help you as much as high quality food and food-based supplements.
Whole Food Supplements
Whole food supplements are what their name suggests: Supplements made from concentrated whole foods. The vitamins found within these supplements are not isolated. They are highly complex structures that combine a variety of enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, trace elements, activators and many other unknown or undiscovered factors all working together synergistically, to enable this vitamin complex to do its job in your body.
Nutrients from within this complex cannot be taken apart or isolated from the whole, and then be expected to do the same job in the body as the whole complex is designed to do.
The same analogy applies to the vitamin C (ascorbic acid) or vitamin E (delta tocopherol) you can find on most health food store shelves. They are parts of an entire complex that serve a purpose when part of the whole. However, they cannot do the job of the entire complex by themselves.
Synthetic or Isolated Nutritional Supplements
Isolated nutrients or synthetic nutrients are not natural, in that they are never found by themselves in nature. Taking these isolated nutrients, especially at the ultra-high doses found in formulas today, is more like taking a drug. Studies show the body treats these isolated and synthetic nutrients like xenobiotics (foreign substances).
By the same token, food-based supplements are never treated like this by your body. For example, your urine will never turn florescent yellow, no matter how much meat (a good source of B vitamins) you eat. This sort of rapid excretion happens only with foreign substances in your body.
Not only are isolated nutrients treated like drugs or other chemicals by your body. Like drugs, they can create problems for you too. Nature does not produce any nutrient in an isolated form. The nutrients in foods are blended together in a specific way and work best in that format. For an isolated nutrient to work properly in the body, it needs all the other parts that are naturally present in the food too.
If the parts are not all there from the start, they are taken from the body's stored supply. This is why isolated nutrients often work for a little while, then seem to stop working. Once your body's store of the extra nutrients is used up, the isolated nutrient you're taking doesn't work as well anymore. Worse yet, a deficiency in these extra nutrients can be created in your body.
And, because most nutrients are isolated from the foods they come in -- using a wide array of potentially nasty solvents and other chemicals -- taking high amounts of these products can also expose you to these potentially toxic chemicals, if care is not taken to remove them. With the burden we are already facing from the high number of chemicals in our environment, why would anyone want to add more?
Synergy and Potency
The various parts of a natural vitamin complex work together in a synergistic manner. Synergy means that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Supplement makers typically try to stuff as much as possible in a capsule, telling us that the more we take, the better it is for us. This is simply not the case. As you now know, it is not necessarily the amount of a nutrient you ingest that is important, but its form and how much is bioavailable that counts the most. In fact, remembering that ingesting single nutrients can actually create imbalances in the body, logic would dictate the higher the level of a single nutrient that you take in, the quicker this imbalance will occur.
What all of this means: The potency of a supplement has much more to do with synergy than with actual nutrient levels. It is a combined effect of all the parts of the food, rather than the chemical effect of a single part, that is most important.
Don't Forget ...
Popping vitamin tablets has detracted from the most important part of health and healing. The basics of proper diet, exercise, detoxification, structure, mental/emotional and spiritual health must all be in order for true healing to occur. No supplement will work on its own if these foundations are not in place. Health foods are just that, food that is healthy and should be used to give you the balance of vitamins to your healthy diet. A health food shake in the mornings isn't going to do you much good if the rest of the day you are eating processed and junk food and not taking exercise.
**PLEASE NOTE Exceptions to the "foods are better" rule are two B vitamins. Ten to thirty percent of older people don't properly digest and absorb natural vitamin B-12 from foods, so it is recommended to get B-12 from a supplement if you are over age 50. Folic acid (vitamin B-9) from supplements and fortified foods is absorbed twice as well as from regular food. Consequently, pregnant woman are advised to get folic acid from a supplement (or fortified food) as well as regular foods.
After living in Thailand for 20 years, owning a health shop and studying nutrition, I feel very strongly about the toxic chemicals & carcinogenics sold to us on such a wide scale in our food and skin care products.