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Feeling Crappy? Try This …

Posture is so important for your health and happiness. Slumped posture can be the result of feeling crappy, it’s reflected in your contracted deflated posture. Bad posture can also be habitual and then this in turn leads to feeling crappy … depression, headaches, asthma, inflammation, unexplained body pain, constipation, hormonal imbalances and the list goes on.

The good news is, that if you improve your posture and smile, whatever the original cause … you will feel a whole lot better both physically and emotionally. Happy posture releases happy hormones. Improved posture also reduces a huge amount of physical strain on your body and you’ll have more energy because of this, you’ll also have more energy because you’ll be able to breath properly. Breathing properly brings improved oxygen into your body for optimal function of your organs, systems and even a clearer mind.

Check your posture, you can do this by getting somebody to take a side view photograph, stand tall and smile. It takes times to rectify the changes that a bad posture has embedded in your body, so make small changes without forcing or straining.

As part of Shiatsu treatments or yoga I always include postural assessment and awareness because it’s one of the keystones of holistic health and happiness.

Take your rightful place on this Earth by standing tall, shining your heart out and being fully present in your expansive, beautiful, miraculous body.

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Returning To Gentle Yoga  After Injury or Illness

Returning to Gentle Exercise

Returning To Gentle Yoga  After Injury or Illness

Returning To Gentle Yoga After Injury or Illness

Check this wonderful lady out. I’m very proud of her. Personally I love welcoming people to my class who have been unable to exercise for a period of time, due to illness, an injury or perhaps a body image perception. Read more

June Yoga Classes, Carrick on Shannon

Yoga Classes, Carrick on Shannon, June 2015

Yoga Classes, Carrick on Shannon, June 2015

If you’ve wanted to try out yoga for a while then why not give it a go this month? Join a class that suits your level on Wednesday evenings or Thursday mornings in Carrick on Shannon, Bridge Street.

Wednesday 6pm or 7.30pm
Thursday 10.15am or 11.30am

All classes are suitable for beginners/improvers except the 11.30am which is a strong yoga class.

I usually write about the benefits of yoga when I’m publishing class schedules but this time I asked my current students if anybody would like to write something that might inspire a beginner who may be feeling a little apprehensive about joining … so Ruth kindly posted this over on my Facebook page. I hope that if you’ve been considering trying yoga, that Ruths words will encourage you to pick up the phone to call me for a chat, text, email or message via Facebook.

I love attending Rebeccas Yoga Classes. I love the fact that she moderates the exercises so you have a choice of how far you go in a particular stretch from minimum to moderate to high. She always encourages you to listen to your body and to only go as far as is comfortable so there is no pressure to keep up. Everyone is so engrossed in what they are doing that I personally don’t be looking at anyone else which I find great. You do feel though that you have been stretched and that you have had a lovely relaxed workout which I love.

You don’t have to sweat and pant to tone your body with yoga. It’s amazing how quickly you adopt to yoga and how flexible you become, no matter what age you are, after only a few weeks. Everyone in Rebeccas classes love her classes and look forward to the relaxation time at the end when you snuggle up in your blanket/wrap etc. Nobody want to leave at this stage as we are all on this lovely relaxed cloud.

A good nights sleep is guaranteed after all of Rebeccas classes. I am a very bad sleeper but this is just the ticket for me and I always sleep so well afterwards. It is very relaxed and friendly especially for all newcomers.

Rebecca Allen Yoga StudioLooking forward to hearing from you,

Rebecca :)
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Wonderful tension release for neck, back & shoulders.

What to expect when you go for a Shiatsu massage

When clients call me to book a Shiatsu massage and ask me what it involves, I never feel like I’ve quite got the full picture across. I’ve come to accept that that’s ok! You can never fully explain in words what a Shiatsu massage feels like, you have to experience it. Even if I could explain what it’s like for me, your own experience will be different and unique to you.

Wonderful tension release for neck, back & shoulders.

Wonderful tension release for neck, back & shoulders.

Before I try to explain, and before I fall short of truly getting across verbally the deep sense of relaxation and arriving home that you may feel … I’ll let clients speak for themselves. Here are some comments people have said as they rise from the floor after their Shiatsu :

Wow, that was amazing, I know you tried to explain what it would be like but you really have to experience it to understand … like, wow, I haven’t felt this relaxed since … I really can’t remember how long it’s been’.

‘I didn’t realise how tense my shoulders were until you put your hands on them. I could feel them melting. I didn’t know I was holding them, until I let go of them.’

‘I could feel the tension around my head melt away.’

‘That’s the first massage I’ve ever had that didn’t hurt me and yet my hips feel released.’

‘I felt a release of a blockage, in my belly, I felt a warm glow moving down towards my feet’.

‘I was totally zoned out. I haven’t been that relaxed for a very long time.’

‘My body felt all wonky before I came in and now I feel like every things back to normal.’

 
Ok so what do I do? I gently use the palms of my hands to pulse pressure on and off your body, along the energy pathways called meridians. Scientifically, meridians have now been shown to flow along paths of least resistance to electro magnetic energy. Blockages or stagnations can occur, through physical injury of the body, emotional trauma which results in subconscious holding of muscles tightly or long term low levels of stress which cause muscles to tighten. I also use my fingertips or thumbs to hold acupressure points. Each acupressure point has a specific effect, so no two treatments will be the same. Each of the 12 meridians also have certain qualities and I choose which ones to work on depending on your symptoms or what I feel with my hands. I work along arms, legs, hands, feet, face, neck, torso and the back. It’s a holistic treatment so even if you come with sciatica or a painful right shoulder, I’ll focus on these areas but I’ll also work the rest of your body too.

You receive Shiatsu fully clothed on a special futon mattress at ground level.

Every outcome is different. The results can be physical and/or emotional. You may feel an immediate release of physical symptoms or you may experience a feeling of clarity which helps you to see what you need to change in your life in order to feel better, aid recovery or accept what is. This could be a change of circumstance, a job/career, more time with friends or family, an improvement in diet or exercise. Again, as a holistic treatment, the changes you feel, and the changes you implement as a result of Shiatsu will be unique to each individual.

What I can say is that Shiatsu invites your body to initiate it’s own healing. It invites you in a safe and nurturing way to see your body, to listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Your body never lies. If we can just take the time to tune in, to listen, and to give an honest reply then this is a huge step.

So whether it’s a once off deep relaxation treat, a programme of treatments over a number of weeks or a regular part of your self care during the year, your experience will be unique, supported and positive.

Upper Body Gentle Stretch & Release to Reduce Tension

Use this short and simple practice to relax and release the arms, shoulders, upper back and neck. Lovely to do first thing in the morning to bring some mobility and oxygen to the cells and muscles, wake them up. Link your movement with your breath to deeply calm your nervous system and to help anchor you fully in the present moment. It’s also a great  practice to do at least every 40 minutes if you are working at a desk, get those limbs and joints moving to avoid stagnation and reduce pain or tension.

Move slowly, bringing your attention to how the movements feel.  Contain your movement within a range that feels good and involves some effort but never pain or discomfort. If you encounter pain or discomfort make smaller movements until you find a pain free range. This is where your beneficial therapy is. Enjoy it.

 

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Shoulder and Upper Back Tension Release Tip

Use this rolled towel technique to release tension in the upper back and shoulders at home. You can try it while meditating, during Savasana at the end of your yoga practice or just relax for a ten minute cat nap. In the video I explain how to set up your towel, level with the lower edge of your scapula (shoulder blades). Move the towel slightly up or down from here until you find your comfortable spot!

While lying on your back consciously release and relax your back muscles, surrendering to the support of the floor and towel beneath you. Every time you exhale, release and relax at little more.

Listen to your body. If it becomes uncomfortable simply remove the towel. If your back is very tense slowly work up from just a few minutes towards ten minutes at each session. Always stop if it becomes uncomfortable. Enjoy.

Ask questions or let me know how you got on in the comments below.

Shiatsu Massage Therapy, Carrick on Shannon

RAThe ancient art of Shiatsu massage body therapy has arrived in Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim. This form of massage is received fully clothed, at ground level on a futon mattress. Unlike Swedish massage, Shiatsu uses a combination of palming and thumbing. Palming involves the giver using body weight to gently and slowly add gentle pressure to the back and limbs, resulting in the muscles relaxing underneath. Thumbing is used to work along energy meridians and hold certain acupressure points, encouraging flow of energy and a return to physical and mental balance.

Shiatsu is incredibly relaxing. The process increases the receivers own bodymind awareness, gently highlighting areas that may be holding tension. Shiatsu is not painful and works respectfully by encouraging relaxation from skin level down through each layer of muscle. As muscles relax the giver projects even to bone level in the minds eye. The treatment can be profound.

Wow, I had no idea it would be so deeply relaxing. I know you explained it to me beforehand but seriously, you just can’t appreciate how deeply relaxing it is until you’ve experienced it. I mean, I have not been this relaxed for a very very long time.” August, 2014.

Fifteen minute taster, half hour treatment or one hour sessions available by appointment.