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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU
Well, the rooks and buzzards think that Spring is round the corner, and are busy making nests and courting each other. I have had fresh eggs since the New Moon on the 31st December, and the snowdrops are starting to unfurl in the undergrowth.
This is a perfect time of year to realise that we have total freedom of choice in our lives - and to act on our choices. This is more than just New Year's resolutions. It is about being prepared for what lies ahead, and in most cases making the choice of what lies ahead. If you are unhappy about your work or any part of your life, work out what needs to change to make you happy. If that means changing something about yourself, then identify it. If it means changing the wider picture then work out what those changes will be. And do find someone who can help support you through whatever changes need to be made.
To quote Doreen Virtue:
This is a year where all of our lessons are called into action. We will all receive more guidance, clearly and easily. If we follow this guidance without delay, we find ourselves gliding along the flow of a fun, healthy, and prosperous new year. If we ignore the guidance, we wonder if we are being tested, ignored, or punished.
2006 will be like living in a house of mirrors. Whatever you expect to see, you will see. Whatever you send into the mirror, will instantly reflect back to you.
My goals for this year are to be more in tune with the landscape around me - the growing cycle, the animals and people who share my world. I promise to reflect as much positivity as possible. I aim to inspire and guide those who need or want support in their own personal journeys. And I will have as much fun as possible!
Yours in health, Rasma
Please ring the number for the appropriate venue to book.
Flexible times available (not for those allergic to cats)
Rosemount Centre for Complementary Therapies
normally Mondays, some Tuesdays/Fridays and weekends by request
Airlie Complimentary Clinic, Nairn
15-16 February; 12-13 April
VICTORIA BC CANADA
I will be in Victoria between 2nd and 23rd March and am available for sessions during this timeframe. Please ring me after 3rd March on 250-595-3472 to book, or email me before the 1st March.
Absolute Health Show, Aberdeen Exhibition Centre - 3rd to 5th February 2006.
In addition to trade stands, taster sessions and yoga classes, you will have the opportunity to hear guest speakers including Gillian McKeith and Jan de Vries.
Scottish SCIO Network (SSN) Meetings
These are meetings for SCIO/QXCI owners and users in Scotland. You do not need to be a practitioner to participate, but you do need to own a current system. The meetings are designed to support and educate Quantum users - with guest speakers, case studies, and practical work, and will happen every few months.
The first meeting will be held at St James Centre, Linwood near Glasgow, Saturday, 18th February 2006. Please bring a packed lunch or something to share. Hot drinks and water will be provided. Please RSVP to me.
- BSc (Hons) Health & Disease
- Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine (in progress)
- Diploma of Nutrition
- Advanced Certificate QXCI (EPFX/SCIO)
- Sekhem Master in Training
- Emotional Freedom Technique Basic Level
- Indian Head Massage
How to Contact Me
Phone: 01224 210700 (this is automatically diverted to my mobile and there is an answering message if I am switched off)
It has been a long time since I was a girl guide, but Be Prepared seemed the most appropriate motto for 2006.
This is the year that we globally realise that we have true freedom of choice - not just in our daily lives, where we work or live, what we eat and other everyday choices, but the choice of who we are and what we want to become. The guiding law ask guides to be honest, reliable and trustworthy; to use time and abilities wisely; to face challenges and learn from experiences; to be a good friend to all; to be polite and considerate; to respect all living things and take care of the world around her.
Shouldn't this be something we all strive to do and be? This would certainly help us be ourselves, be heard, be happy, work together, and live in peace. So how can we do this? The first step is to take responsibility for ourselves. If we do not respect and love ourselves, then we cannot possibly love or respect anyone or anything in our lives.
Loving ourselves -now there's a gooey 'new age' concept, which will have a lot of you cringing! What I really mean is that we look after ourselves (see Step 2). And yes, if you want to, you can give your self a big old hug too!
We are a mirror image for what goes on around us. If we are positive, then we will attract positivity like a strong magnet. This is applicable to the thoughts we think, the words we say, the things we do and the dreams we dream. It takes practice, like anything else, and does become easier to achieve.
Step 1: Setting goals
New Year's resolutions seem to be made to be broken so I stopped making them a long time ago. Instead, I spend time setting my intentions for the year. This is an excellent time to do work for endings and beginnings. If you know what you want to expel or attract into your life then write out two lists with each and set the intention to achieve them this year in whatever manner seems appropriate for you. If you have no idea where to start…
1.Get a large piece of paper and writing implement - coloured pens are great fun! Prepare your space with favourite music, scents, and candles, etc.
2.Brainstorm everything you have ever thought you would like to achieve, experience, or do in your life. Make it a picture, make it messy, just get it out of your head and onto the paper.
3.Leave it for a few days or a week (under your pillow!); then go back to your dreamscape. Have three pieces of paper ready headed respectively: short term goals, medium term goals, long-term/another time goals.
4.Take each of the dreams in turn and decide which heading to put it under; try to keep an open mind without obstacles crowding in.
5.When you have finished, you may find it appropriate to use the short term goals for your intention this year. Go back to the sheets regularly to add new dreams, or move long-term goals to medium, or medium to short. It is best not to move things the other way! Have fun with the exercise!
Step 2: Keep it simple and positive
Feed yourself good, healthy non-toxic food; get plenty of good clean air and water; avoid stressful situations that make you ill or upset; become aware of what your body and mind needs most, and learn to listen to the inner you!
If you do something nice for someone else, there will be someone out there saying or doing something nice for you. Why not try to do at least one great thing for someone else every day?
Step 3: Make time to relax and de-stress
It is important, no matter how busy your deadlines with work or family, to take at least 10 minutes for yourself every day to regroup your mind. Some people sit in a designated 'safe haven' in their homes; some people listen to a specific song on their drive home; some people dance or stamp their feet; some people go for a walk at lunchtime. All these daily actions help curb the build up of stress.
And why not treat yourself to a relaxing pampering session? Sekhem and QXCI are two of the therapies I offer that reduce stress, and there are many others out there - there will be something for everyone.
And at the end of this, I am reminded of my school motto 'Do thy Best, and Rejoice in those that do Better'. May I wish everyone who reads this a very Happy New Year, and may all your wishes come true in 2006.
Spotlight on a Friend
This section highlights a fantastic Bowen/EMRT therapist, treating humans and animals all over Scotland. She is a dedicated, inspirational and passionate healer, with the ability to tune in and communicate with animals. I recommend her for humans too!
Sahajo Nicola Southey
Nicola grew up in South Africa working with horses. After deciding that she wanted to be a complementary therapist, she looked for something that would treat horses and humans. She researched various techniques but believed the EMRT(TM) to be the most beneficial and started training in 2001. Modules of The Original Bowen Technique where included because as an EMRT practitioner you aim to treat the horse and rider as a unit. During this time Nicola found that she enjoyed treating people as well as horses. She qualified as an EMRT Practitioner in 2002 and went on to qualify as a Bowen Therapist in 2003.
After being asked by many horse owners if she could help their dogs as well as their horses, Nicola has completed a Cat & Canine Muscle Release Therapy (CCmrt(TM)) course in 2004. CCmrt(TM) is the only small animal therapy which is recognised by the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia.
Ever on the path of self-improvement, Nicola has recently studied the first two levels of Sekhem training, as well as completing her Mind Body Bowen instruction in 2005.
What is Bowen and EMRT?
Put simply, the Bowen Technique helps reset the body to heal itself. It consists of a series of gentle, rolling moves made with the practitioner's hands, fingers and thumbs over muscles tendons and ligaments. The practitioner can target a specific problem or address the body as a whole. The Bowen Technique is truly holistic in its approach. One Bowen move may address the entire system producing maximum results with minimal intervention. The technique addresses not only the musculoskeletal framework, but also the nervous and circulatory systems and internal organs. The body's integrated response improves circulation and lymphatic drainage and aids in the assimilation of nutrients and elimination of toxins. A treatment balances and restores energy flows, resulting in a deep sense of overall relaxation. (NB from Rasma: I have found it very beneficial for controlling the pain and immobility brought on by arthritis, and have had some amazing sessions with the Mind Body Bowen)
Just as in a Bowen treatment, an EMRT treatment involves a series of gentle, rolling moves made with the practitioner's hands, fingers and thumbs at key points on the horse's body. Most of the EMRT body work is concentrated on the fascia. Injury or stress results in a hardening of the fascia and therefore a reduction in the flow of fluids and elasticity. Internally, problems in the fascia show up in many ways: contracted muscles can pull the skeleton out of alignment; the flushing of waste products from compressed tissues is inhibited resulting in a build up of toxins; nerves can be entrapped. On the outside, the above is reflected in the restricted movement of the horse and a lack of symmetry as highlighted by muscle wastage or overbuild.
EMRT works by activating the small nerve cells, called propriorecptors. These cells carry their messages via the central nervous system to the brain to re-programme the area of trauma. By freeing congestion, correcting restrictions and misalignments of fascia and tissue EMRT helps to bring the body back into a state of balance and symmetry, allowing the horse to achieve optimum health and therefore performance.
For further information, please visit Nicola's website at www.nicola-southey-io.co.uk
Recipe of the Month
Jungle Banana Bread
This is great for using up any old bananas, or if you have frozen the overload. It can be made food sensitivity friendly, or in the normal manner.
Makes 2 loaf pans
6-8 medium bananas, very soft, ripe and mashed
1 heaped tsp instant coffee or chickory
8floz boiling water
1 tsp orange zest grated or mixed peel
200g raw cane sugar
2 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp almond essence
625g gluten free or plain organic flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 Tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
1. Peel bananas and mash with a fork. Combine boiling water and coffee, then pour over bananas and leave to soak.
2. Butter or line 2 loaf pans (if you are buttering, you can sprinkle poppy or shelled hemp seeds around the pans). Pre heat oven to 180C 350F or GM4.
3. Beat sugar and butter together until well mixed. Add eggs gradually, beating well after each one. Then mix in vanilla and almond, and orange.
4. Sift flour, salt, soda, baking powder and spices. Fold this mix into the sugar/butter mix, alternating with the banana mix until everything is well mixed.
5. Pour batter into the loaf pans and cook 55 to 60 minutes, until a skewer comes out of the middle cleanly.
6. Once cooked, leave to cool slightly and place on cooling rack.
7. Tastes great served with butter icing.
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