Add something new, drop something old…

Some years ago, I remember a friend telling me how after Christmas, she sat down with her children to find places for their new toys. The deal was they had to give away an old one for every new toy. As a sentimental, ‘stuff’ queen, I was impressed by this, as it clearly could prevent collecting clutter, and, almost more to the point, encouraged

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2014 here we go!

So, even though my year end is September and I do a lot of assessing, analysing and projecting at that point, I just can’t resist the pull of New Year to do more of the same. Maybe it’s being part Scottish, or, in a different life, was married to a Scot… who knows? I seem to be compelled to follow a closing and opening

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Strategies in 2013

As we come towards the end of 2013, I have compiled a list of ‘wellness’ elements I have used which have carried me through a challenging yet very successful year. I hope you find some of them useful – feel free to book a session (phone or in person) if you’d like my help to explore your desire to make some lifestyle shifts. These

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Back to basics

This blog post is aimed at those who feel I’ve gone off-piste with the content recently! If your focus is more about injuries or physical conditions and less about the ‘bigger picture’, you could check out Ben Benjamin, an American bodyworker and trainer. He also has a number of videos on YouTube, again, some of which could be interesting viewing. Although both the articles and

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Emotional Intelligence

Not a new idea any more though there are still those who haven’t grasped or accepted the significance of Emotional Intelligence (EI), and it’s relevance in everyday life, including the workplace. I attended an interesting talk last week given by Steve Neale of BCS International (Behaviour Change Specialists) where he referred to ‘The Biology of Belief’ written by Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist. The specific piece

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Intelligent Bosses…

Recently I’ve been reading more and more research about the benefits of a happy, connected, appreciated workforce and how it leads to better output from staff members. Frankly, I’m stunned we needed research to prove this! The organisations I work with know this instinctively and are looking to ‘care’ for their staff through health and wellbeing issues being addressed, as it produces great results. They

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Lots on…too much?

Gosh, when does ‘lots on’ become ‘too much’? I’ve come to the conclusion it’s when I don’t prioritise correctly! I sense what works best is when we assess what urks us most and get that done first. And, clearly, that sometimes means ignoring what someone else wants you to do! But then, I made a choice to become self-employed a while back after a

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Self care or self destruct?

Perhaps a provocative heading but it is that simple a choice when you peel away the layers. So do you choose self care with how you fill your minutes, hours and days… or do you consistently choose temporary measures which are essentially self destruct? Life can go so fast that it’s possible to never convert those ‘temporary’ self destruct elements of our lives to

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New adventures for the mind and body

This weekend I had to make a choice between another Barefoot Hike or a Feldenkrais workshop – the Feldenkrais won! Although both open up new ways of thinking and can trigger childhood memories, encouraging processing and healing, right now my body tells me Feldenkrais is the right choice on the menu of life! The experience of breaking down everyday movements into tiny pieces and putting

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Self care – how goes it?

I’ve noticed of late that a fair number of my clients are forgetting how busy, demanding lives can impact on habitual patterns of use, which in turn can lead to old injuries or problem areas re-appearing. Something as subtle as changes in our breathing, which can happen when we haven’t had or made time to pause, can cause shoulder and upper body tightness. Deep,

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