Beginner’s guide to abdominal breathing

Beginner's guide to abdominal breathing
Abdominal breathing is a type of breathing whereby you breathe into the abdomen and appear to fill it with air. What actually happens is that instead of breathing so that your lungs force your shoulders upwards, you push your abdominal area outwards as your diaphragm moves downwards. To perform this type of breathing, you can ...

He said, she said

He said, she said
Relationships, whether between friends or lovers, can be a source of joy and happiness but they can also bring stress and anxiety into your life. A badly-phrased sentence or something said in the heat of the moment can lead to bad feelings and result in the conversation echoing around in your head for hours or ...

Can meditation really re-wire your brain?

Can meditation really re-wire your brain?
Yes, according to the latest scientific research! One of the many emails that drop randomly into my inbox mentioned a recent article by Dr. Marsha Lucas, an American psychologist and neuropsychologist describing how meditation can rewire the brain. The article is particularly concerned with how the brain handles relationships but reading between the lines (which ...

The gentle art of weight loss

The gentle art of weight loss
Whenever people want to lose weight, they immediately think about doing some very intense exercise such as running, cycling or aerobics. However, just thinking about leaping around the room or pounding the pavement mile upon mile is enough to make you tired! And while these are very efficient ways of burning fat and something fitness ...

Beating stress with chi kung

Beating stress with chi kung
Problems arise when we are constantly under pressure. Big problems! Our chi stays up, our adrenaline levels stay high, our bodies overwork themselves and exhaustion sets in. Our nervous systems become tired and worn down and cease to function properly. Our energy becomes depleted and our immune systems are no longer able to function as they should so we become prone to ...

Aromatherapy: what is it?

Aromatherapy: what is it?
Aromatherapy is known as a type of holistic therapy that uses plant extracts and essential oils in massage for physiological and physical well-being. The Chinese are one of the first cultures to use aromatherapy and plants by burning incense for their healing properties which aids wellbeing. Many consider aromatherapy and its uses as not being ...

Warm up and stretching for Tai Chi

My warm up and stretching routine for tai chi. I also use it before strength training, rock climbing and general fitness and exercise. Do this for 10 minutes every day and enjoy better flexibility, improved balance and better mobility. Part 1 focuses on warming up the joints – neck, shoulders, spine, hips, knees, ankles, elbows, ...

Chi Kung meditation

Chi Kung meditation
Achieve inner calm and good health, learn to still the mind and achieve a greater sense of well-being. Using various techniques including affirmations, visualisation and energy control, Chi Kung is an effective way of achieving wellness. If you are always suffering from the same illnesses, Chi Kung can be a great way of freeing the ...

What is Emotional Freedom Techniques?

Emotional Freedom Techniques is a relatively new therapy combining the theory of traditional Chinese Medicine with modern psychology to help people overcome emotional, mental and physical issues, including stress management, addictions, weight loss, allergies, vision problems, headaches, panic/anxiety, asthma, trauma, PTSD, abuse and depression. It is a powerful yet simple technique… To help you understand ...

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a japanese healing technique and comes from two Japanese words, “Rei” and “Ki”, which mean “Universal” and “Energy”. It is a hands-on modality which helps the body to heal and achieve a deep sense of peace. Reiki is said to flow through the healer and into the patient – the Reiki therapist is ...