Emotion, the Body and Wellbeing

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I have spoken before about the mind and body link: we are a spirit, which is separated from the body. The spirit communicates with the mind. The mind communicates with the physical brain. The brain communicates with the body. So it is clear that everything is connected and can impact each element of us, particularly our physical, mental and spiritual health.

It is now widely acknowledged that a large percentage of our illnesses are stress-related – stress has been implicated as a major factor for heart conditions, depression and rheumatoid arthritis and more. Of course it is important to know and address what causes the stress in our lives. You can see my blog post all about stress here

Much of the stress in our lives is actually as a result of unresolved emotional issues. Even if we are not aware of these unresolved emotions; they release stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline that can have a detrimental affect on our body.

Emotions can and do get trapped in the cells of our body – they can take many years to reveal.

We experience emotions with every activity we undertake. It can be the response to a particular situation such as fear if we are involved in an accident or extreme joy for an achievement. Sometimes, seemingly insignificant incidents may have caused a subconscious response that we might not even aware of.

Did you know that both conscious and subconscious memories could be linked the emotional response to events in our life? At time we are aware of what trigger an emotion for example, a song on the radio that we associate with a particular event. Other times a sudden sense of depression is triggered, for which there is no clear conscious trigger – usually because there is in-fact a subconscious trigger linked to a past event.

Our bodies are not machines that can just keep on going through long periods of stresses without any affect. It is often not until we stop that the body can then be given the space and time to show its imbalance through symptoms, which we need to listen to.

I always say “the body has the answer” and when I treat a client, I look at all aspects of a person – including the emotional aspects. When I am able to identify emotional blockages often the client knows what emotional stressor is affecting him/her, particularly it a present situation that their body is responding to. Other times are past emotions or traumas or at time they may be unsure what it could be. Lately, I found myself helping client clearing emotions that are present from when they were carried in the womb! Or there have been occasions where we have found it is an emotion that it has carried down through generations in the bloodline.

I have even found that the person is carrying emotions that are not actually their own but maybe of a partner, a parent and/or a siblings.

It is very difficult to determine the full impact of unresolved emotions. There is so much to discover. But when they are identified balance can be regained.

For me, it is a privilege to help my clients understand how much a particular emotion has impacted them, whether consciously or subconsciously, and it is highly rewarding for them experiencing the feeling after the emotions have been addressed and taken to conscious mind and dealt with.

If you believe you may have unresolved emotions impacting your wellbeing or if you are suffering with physical symptoms and are unable to gain relief please do get in touch to find out how Kinesiology can help you.

A reflection on my journey through cancer

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10 years ago today, the 6th June 2008 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and my life changed forever.

Of that day, I remember that emotionless radiologist delivering the news and my numbness, the inability of thinking straight and me looking into the void until mum brought me back to reality; we needed to act swiftly. Within 2 weeks I had already undergone surgery, was set on a course of 26 radiotherapy sessions and 5 years of HTR.

The initial shock was quickly put aside and an emergency mode in place. Life had already taught me that crying in these circumstances is not productive and as an antidote I started planning my next stage in life which included returning to London and accepting an offer to open a Law firm office in the City. The enthusiasm of returning home helped me overcome the first few months and allowed me not to think too much about the pain and the fears, which were conveniently pushed deep in a remote part of my mind. Back home, it took quite a few months for reality to hit.

Although, the oncologist warned me about the medication’s side effects, I was not prepared for the full impact and my health started deteriorating rapidly. Not only that, having to come to terms with the fact I was facing a life threating disease, those repressed emotions started to manifest in the form of depression, lack of energies and a constant debilitating back pain. My quality and social life were almost not existent and for the next couple of years all my energies were preserved to go work.

It was then, that a friend introduced me to the person, who became my healer, mentor and trusted friend. By only entering his therapy room I knew something had shifted, for the first time in years I felt at peace and I had found someone who understood what I was trying to say; my journey through quantum healing, kinesiology and craniosacral therapy had started.

Within 6 months my back was realigned and pain-free. Cleansing my system via nutrition and the introduction of food supplements helped to keep the medication’s side effects at bay. Yet, the real turning point was when I started to fully realise the impact that traumas can have on our health; one day I suddenly understood why I developed cancer. The whole impact of early traumas, which had never been addressed, came back with vengeance and my body was not able to cope any longer.

For the past 7 years I have worked hard on my physical and mental health. Nutritional support has been added to my diet, more physical activity, meditation and regular healing sessions have worked wonders; even though the path has not been always easy and pain-free.

My self-esteem has increased, my anger has disappeared, and my energy level is unrecognisable. Still at times, like today, memories, pain, fears are haunting me but I know, it is all part of that journey with no return.

Becoming a Kinesiologist was the result of this journey; it is my profession and my passion because I now know there is another way.

If you want to get in touch please email me at Barbara@equilibriumvitae.net

 

Gut Health and How it Affects Physical and Mental Health

The 29th May is World Digestive Health Day and I wanted to take the opportunity to talk to you about gut health. As a Kinesiologist I use muscle testing to understand what is going on in your body and your meridian system. My work encompasses principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and other techniques that support physical and emotional healing and getting your body in balance. This includes looking at nutrition and gut health.

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Have you considered the expression “you are what you eat”? Or more appropriately we could say, you are what you digest.

Until recently doctors didn’t understand the link between the gut and the brain and they treated them as two completely unrelated parts of the body. Neuroscience has moved on and various news reported in the mainstream press have shown the scientific proof that the gut and the brain are in-fact very linked. Many doctors now refer to the gut as the “second brain”.

The new evidence reveals that there is a direct communication between gut microbiome (the microorganisms in a particular environment) and brain. The microbiome has direct communication to the brain and they constantly exchange messages. The highway between gut and brain is called the Vagus nerve – it is the longest cranial nerve running from head to stomach and it has the widest distribution area of all nerves in the body. This nerve connects the body in a way that means what affects our gut will affect our brain. If you are not eating the “right” foods, or indeed not getting all you need from your food [see my post on supplements here] then it stands to follow that this will not only affect your gut, but your brain too.

Our microbiome are completely unique to us and no one can have the same make-up as ours – similar to our unique fingerprints. Yet unlike a fingerprint, our microbiome can change and change fast – based on factors such as medication like antibiotics, lifestyle, diet and more. These changes to our microbiome will have knock on affect to our brain and our body.

It is emerged, for example, that significant stress can produce dysbiosis (this is a term for a microbial imbalance or maladaptation on or inside the body, such as an impaired microbiota – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysbiosis) in a very short period of time. Meaning, that the response to mood or emotion it will impact the balance of our microbioma.

There are studies that show autistic children have distinctly different microbiome compared to neurotypical children. Read more about this here.

Mainstream science is reporting what Eastern and alternative practices have believed for some time that beneficial bacteria in the gut may replace the need for antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. These new developments could mean some “depression and anxiety” is seen as symptoms and not illness.

I have seen clients suffering with low mood, depression and lack of self-esteem – the majority have seen great improvements after balancing the gut with different Kinesiology techniques as well as looking at their diet introducing probiotics, looking at food intolerances and lifestyle.

If you are keen to explore the gut and brain link, or simply want to find out more about how I can help you, do get in touch Barbara@equilibriumvitae.net

 

 

What is Stress and How can Kinesiology Help?

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Do you have trouble sleeping, have headaches or an irritable bowel? Are you low in energy and are you frequently catching colds and viruses? You could be stressed.

We have all heard the word “stress” and have probably even described ourselves as stressed at some point in our lives. Personally, I hear it from someone at least every week – from clients describing their symptoms to friends’ posts on social media. We are surrounded by stress – mothers explaining they are stressed out with the children, bosses complaining they are stressed at work, people distressed from a relationship or family life under stress.

The word itself, ‘stress’, carries negative connotations and there are many causes of stress. Everyone has different stress triggers but some typical major causes of stress can be bereavement, family break-ups and divorce, financial problems and illness or injury.

You might have a general idea of what you think stress is but a lot of people don’t realise the impact stress can have on our physical and mental health. Stress manifests differently in a lot of people and symptoms can range from constipation and bowel issues to general aches and pains. But beneath the surface chronic stress can be doing even more damage.

Under stress our body reacts as being under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode. Fight or flight is actually a response we have brought on by stress hormones, namely, cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine.

Adrenaline causes your heart to beat faster and raises blood pressure. Cortisol can interfere with the function of the inner lining of your blood vessels that can cause plaque build up in your arteries. This increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Norepinephrine is similar to adrenaline and increases blood pressure and blood glucose.

Chronic stress often results in high blood pressure and heart diseases as well as weight gain too, but this isn’t all. It interferes with your entire immune system so your body struggles to do the job of keeping you protected and healthy.

Chronic stress even causes epigenetic changes. For those you who haven’t heard of epigenetics, it is the ability of the DNA to change itself and how it is expressed, but that is for another blog post. Stress triggers systemic inflammation that is the culprit for various chronic diseases such as colitis.

The link between stress and detrimental events in the gut is well documented. Stress can affect your gut in numerous ways including:

  • Lessened nutrient absorption
  • Decreased oxygenation to your gut
  • Significant drop of blood flow to your digestive system – this in turn leads to a decreased metabolism

Scientists and researchers are finding out more about our bodies all the time and we now know that our gut and brain are in constant communication. More and more studies are being conducted and they are showing a strong link between gut and brain.

You may have noticed in the news that more emphasis and attention is being given to diet to treat depressive and mental health illnesses. This is in response to this new found evidence about the gut and brain link.

In this day and age we know that stress is unavoidable so we need to find ways to prevent it to become chronic.

As a Kinesiologist I look at:

  • Diet – certain types of food and alcohol can increase stress
  • Lifestyle – help clients to find ways to have me time without feeling guilty
  • Restoring the body’s alignment using multiple technique
  • Emotional stress release technique

These are just some of the areas I can look at to treat someone suffering with chronic stress. Most importantly, I start peeling off the layers to get to the root cause.

Please contact me at Barbara@equilibriumvitae.net if you want to discuss any particular issue.

 

Supplements? I’m getting everything I need from my diet…

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No one can deny that what we put into our body matters and most people are in agreement that what we eat affects our health. Our body is designed to heal itself but if we have nutritional voids in our diet, our bodies are unable to repair themselves and stay healthy. Addressing nutritional deficiencies affects our whole well-being – physically, emotionally and spiritually.

In the modern society, it has become difficult to get the right nutrients completely from food due to a combination of various factors including busy life and modern diet that includes a lot of processed food.

The right balance of nutrients in our food can help us enjoy life more and get sick less. Toxins and environmental pollutions have contributed in the depletion of our soil and it cannot produce the right amount of mineral and vitamins that our bodies need to stay strong.

The body needs vitamin and minerals, omega fatty acids and of course water is essential to avoid dehydration too. But, have you considered that each person’s body has a different need in terms of nutrition too?

I see clients that have experienced improved concentration, less mood swings and more happiness simply by reducing sugar from their diet. There are clients who were told by their doctors that they suffered with IBS turned up that what they needed was detoxing either form parasites or metal toxicity.

Personal stories, where you live, the type of life you lead has an impact on our system and it should be addressed individually.

Take, Amy, for example. Amy is a young student that for years has been suffering from IBS, at least that were the symptoms and her GP substantiated the diagnosis. She was about to go to university in a different town and was scared. She didn’t know what to do as nothing seemed to improve this “IBS” and so she sought alternative help. Her IBS symptoms went by cleansing the parasites and increasing her Vitamin C level.

I always emphasise to my clients the importance of well-sourced quality supplements as well as good balanced diet.

There are so many supplements you can buy over the counter in the supermarket or in high street chains and pharmacies, but all to often what you pay for is what you get. The cheaper vitamins and supplements have very little of the goodness in them and are full of binders, powders and fillers.

Good quality supplements can be a big cost on a family’s budget and it can feel like an unnecessary expense. But remember, just because we cannot quantify the savings in future and potential health costs, it doesn’t mean it isn’t important and a good investment in yourself and well-being.

Our bodies require a variety of other nutritional elements to remain in balance. Nutrition is just one of the elements that affects the balance in our bodies and energies.

Kinesiology can identify deficiencies and imbalances in the body including nutritional deficiencies. When addressed, balance can be restored and you are able to live a healthier and happier life.

If you would like to find out more about how I can help you, please get in touch.

 

The Importance of Energy Free Flowing in our Meridian

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As a Kinesiologist I look at all aspects of a person – physical, emotional, nutritional and spiritual, to identify imbalances in the body. This means I work extensively with meridians and energies.

The meridian system, also known as the acupuncture system, has its basis in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is based on a set of interventions designed to restore balance to human beings. What is referred to as illness by Western medicine is considered to be a matter of disharmony or imbalance in TCM.

People come to me for a variety of reasons – with chronic pain, issues like IBS or even emotional illness, but people also come to see me without adverse symptoms. This is to keep their body in balance and free of energy blockages in order to prevent a physical manifestation of the blockage.

We have 12 meridians that are named according to their corresponding organs (stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, bladder, kidneys, triple warmer, lung, large intestine, bladder, liver and gall bladder) and two additional meridians known as governing vessel and central vessel. If you are experiencing some digestive problems it is likely your stomach meridian has an energy blockage!

So what are meridians?

Meridians carry energy throughout the body much in the same way arteries carry blood. Energy is our life force. Energies flow through these meridians accessing all parts of the body and are responsible for all the body’s major organ systems.

If the energy flowing through is imbalanced in any way, the system it fuels is jeopardized and this may result in disease. This is why it is so important to remove any blockages and make sure that the energies flow freely in our body.

We can think of the meridian system as a giant web, linking different parts of our body together.

The meridians main functions:

– to connect the internal organs with the exterior of the body

– connect the person to the environment and the universe

– to harmonize the yin and yang principles within the body’s organs and Five Elements;

– to distribute qi (pronounced chee) within the body

You may have heard of yin, yang and qi, but perhaps you don’t understand that they are.

One of the objectives of Traditional Chinese Medicine is to keep yin and yang in harmonious balance within a person.

Yin: Often symbolized by water or earth, the yin is associated with femininity, darkness, passivity, receptiveness and the night; while Yang: Often symbolized by fire or air, the yang is associated with masculinity, light, activeness and the day. Both forces are equally necessary in nature and in human well-being, and neither force can exist without the other.

Taoist teachers also believed that there is a third force, primordial energy or qi (also spelled chi or ki). The interplay between yin, yang, and qi gave rise to the Five Elements of water, metal, earth, wood, and fire. These entities are all reflected in the structure and functioning of the human body.

The energy flow in our 12 meridians follows a specific time schedule with qi being more prevalent in different meridians at different times of the day. For example, the active time for the Liver Meridian is 1am – 3am so if you are waking up at this time every morning it is your liver telling you that it needs looking at!

This could be on a physical level and you may be need to be detoxing or it could even be on an emotional level showing that you may need to deal with anger in your life – as one of emotions associated with the Liver Meridian emotion is anger.

One important difference between the development of medicine in China and in the West a doctor might be interested in body weight, height and symptoms, the Chinese medicine practitioner looks at a patient holistically. Treatment will work to correct imbalances and disharmonies in the flow of qi.

Our bodies communicate with us and guide us to the root of the problem, but too often we don’t know how to listen or don’t understand what they are saying. My advice is that your body has the answer.

If you would like to find out how I can help you, or want to know more about meridians and energies please get in touch on Barbara@equilibriumvitae.net

Electromagnetic frequencies – the invisible danger to our health and wellbeing

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The safety and danger of Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF) exposure is a controversial subject.

But what is EMF? In summary it’s an energy radiated from objects in the form of electrical and magnetic waves that can travel through space. The electromagnetic spectrum is the range of all possible electromagnetic energy.

Some people believe that these EMFs are completely safe but EMFs are a non-natural energy and researchers have connected EMFs to health problems such as behavioural changes, memory loss, as well as DNA damage, chronic inflammation and also fertility problems.

I’ve seen that around 95% of my clients present with health implications caused to some degree by EMFs exposure.

Radiations are invisible to the naked eye but this does not make them less dangerous. Poor electrical wiring triggered massive joint inflammation in my 12-year-old female client. Another of my female clients started developing Alopecia after power cables were left uncovered for months for repair in her street.

Teenagers can lie wide-awake until late hours due to stress of EMFs exposure. Children are often up to 1,000 times more sensitive to low-frequency EMF fields such as mobile phones, Wi Fi and computers when they are asleep. A TV screen in your bedroom will radiate energy all night, even after it has been unplugged.

The telecommunication and electronics industry undeniably have a huge conflict of interest against consumers becoming aware of the impact of EMF exposure. In fact, they might even be in denial.

Currently, the claims by mass media that the low frequency EMF exposure is safe are based on the fact that there is no direct evidence showing that certain sources of EMF exposure are safe (or unsafe). The International Agency for Research on Cancer has already categorised low frequency EMF radiation a class 2B possible carcinogen. However, harmful effects of EMF radiation are not limited to cancer.

Here are some practical things to put in place to mitigate the effects:

  • Keep all electric appliances out of the bedroom (clocks, TV’s, computers, stereo, electric blanket)
  • Make sure that you move your bed if there are electrical appliances plugged in on the other side of the wall where your bed head is located. This is very important because whilst we sleep, we move into unconsciousness and our body relaxes and in this vulnerable state, research indicates that we are 100-150 times more open to damage from EMFs than when you are awake!
  • Replace your alarm clock with a battery-operated device
  • Always sit more than 1.5 metres away from television sets.
  • Do not use or own a microwave, and be sure never to look through the doors of a microwave oven in operation or stand in the same room when one is in use;
  • Switch off your Internet router at night
  • Do not work with your laptop on your lap

Unfortunately, due to the high coverage of mobile phone and power line networks, it is virtually impossible to avoid man-made EMF exposure. EMFs can easily penetrate walls and our bodies. This is why it is so important to make the changes recommended above that we have control over in order to mitigate negative health effects.

If you are concerned about EMFs and the impact on your wellbeing or would like to find out more from me please be in touch with me Barbara@equilibriumvitae.net

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) – the importance to have it balanced

The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. It is capable of a greater range of movement than any other joint. The motor cortex controls every movement we make, the TMJ occupies 50% of the motor cortex, i.e. 50% for the brain’s messages filter through this area. TMJ imbalances directly affect cranial, neck function, and have a significant impact on how you hold the rest of your body.

If this joint is injured or damaged, it can lead to a localized pain disorder called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a common condition that many people report experiencing, but may not realize it. It can manifest as difficulty chewing, clicking jaw, headaches and migraines, grinding teeth, hip pain neck pain and almost anything of structural nature.

A variety of factors can create jaw pain and TMJ issues; some causes include muscular imbalances in the head and neck, malocclusion (irregular contact of the upper and lower teeth), grinding or clenching the teeth.

Trauma to the body such as whiplash, concussion, falls, or sports injuries often have restrictions in the craniosacral mechanism. If a person has had dental work which requires holding the mouth open for extended period of time, the pterygoids (jaw opening muscles) may have gone into spasm.

Emotional and/or stress, as well as nutritional factors may be involved in an imbalanced TMJ.

When an imbalance of TMJ function is found, Kinesiology offers techniques that correct the balancing the jaw’s muscular activity. Treatment includes the temporalis, buccinators, masseter and pterygoid muscles. These muscles work together to encourage smooth jaw operation, whether it is for yawning, chewing, or conversation.

Evaluating the TMJ is part of my protocol in most of the cases; particularly if the person has seen a dentist recently and had the mouth open for an extensive period of time. Balancing a TMJ during a session has amazing and beneficial impact on the body and the client normally notice the benefit almost immediately.

Empowerment

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What is empowerment? Empowerment is loving ourselves for what we are, amazing human beings living in an incredible world through very difficult times. Empowerment is taking responsibility for our life, the choices we make, our happiness and above all our health.

To my personal expense, I discovered that health does not carry a price tag. I remember, what it seems a very long time ago, feeling tired all the time and my quality of life suffered quite badly. At the time I did not know much better, it did not even cross my mind to question the fact that at 35 I was constantly exhausted, it was part of life.

We are all so used to seek medical or alternative help when we are already not well. All this could be almost avoided if we took some preventative steps. Being healthy does not only involve having a good diet and regular exercises; it involves taking care of your soul as much as your body.

Being responsible for our well-being is not only something we owe to ourselves, we owe it also to the people we love and care of us. Sometimes, I still need to remind myself what if I fall ill again? How would this affect the life of my husband, my family and the friends who do care for me?.

Taking responsibilities for our lives may be daunting and at times not easy; however the reward of feeling in charge of your life cannot be monetary measured.

I feel honoured I was introduced to Kinesiology. It helped me transforming my body and while my body was getting stronger, I was able to face some of the emotional baggage I had been carrying for a long time.

In order to live life in full it is important we are in balance; body – mind – soul. Body and mind are not separated, if your mind and heart are hurt, then that hurt will show in your body.

 

One year on

                                                                       

It all started a weekend back in 2015 when I decided to continue with my studies of Kinesiology.

I have always loved studying so it did not come as a surprise to those who have known me long enough. However, it was a surprise when the following Christmas I anticipated to friends that I had made the decision to leave the City to embark on the journey of running my own practise as a Kinesiologist. On March 31st,  2016, I walked out the office and left behind 15 years of City Corporate world.

I do not remember how I felt that evening, though I remember well the birds singing in the park the day I resigned 5 weeks before.

I had always been a planner, good organiser and someone who needed security and stability. I had no idea of was expecting me; I simply followed my dreams and my heart.

A year on, I am still living the dream. Waking up and not having to rush to the train station but instead go to a meeting or to a client has a total different taste. It is about you, your practise, your own personal empowerment and life.

Has it been easy? In fairness, no! and at times it is still very daunting.

One day you have a salary and the next one you are your own boss; I never sat down thinking what this would really mean. It means that you have to totally reinvent yourself and getting creative, your own professional knowledges are not sufficient to run a business. You have to learn how to manage your time, the first few months I found myself procrastinating and allocating the wrong amount of time to various activities, which put me in the situation of over-running in everything.

I had never done budgeting (except for personal finances), marketing and networking; all activities very much necessary to run a proper business. At a point, I was so confused that I did not even have the clarity to whom and what type of help I could ask.

To make things even worse, I lost in very traumatic circumstances, the person who gave me a second choice in life; my foster mother Sofia. The truth is that I reached a point where I had to close most doors, contacts and social relationships in order to preserve the little energies left and try to move on in life. Slowly, with patience and self-love I moved on and despite the wound still very much open, I managed to come up for air again.

However, my deepest thanks go to the friends who were there with their love and support and to my amazing Athena’s fellow members. This amazing group of women in business, all with  different type of businesses, personal stories and expertises,  have given me so much strength and support and allowing me to take control of the my practise once more; I will never be able to say thank you enough or express how important their support has been.

A year on and the road is still tortuous, security is not achieved yet, there is still so much to learn and experience. However, I am still living the dream and despite the ups and downs and the difficulties I would do everything again. Sometimes, a bit of craziness is what we in need life!!