I've been un-characteristically physically active the last few months! And I'm loving it! What started as a walk has progressed to a 3km run a couple of times a week, at least one 2km swim, a couple of rounds of the red arrow (Cairns locals will feel my pain) and now...drum roll...please I'm also following Betty Rocker's 15min a day for 30day challenge.
I was doing pretty well on my own I have to say but thought I had plateaued. The same routine day in day out...so when someone says that I could make a big change in 15min a day I bought in hook line and sinker! I know this is sounding like a big plug for Betty but very seriously she rocks! I'm a week down and I can already feel the difference. Boy can I feel the difference. I had no idea my core was completely (and utterly) unused and ignored...It's making up for lost time let me tell you.
After day 2 I was in so much pain I couldn't roll over in bed. Oh my aching abdominals! Not a good thing. So my wonderful partner says 'Have you taken a homeopathic for it?'. Cue hysterical laughter from me 'taken a homeopathic....what do you think? I'm a homeopath of course I haven't taken anything!' Oh healer heal thyself! So I hauled my painful muscles out of bed to find what I needed.
Generally speaking if your muscles are a bit achy after a workout or heavy manual work ARNICA will do just fine but in this case I had a deep (oh so very deep) ache right through my core muscles. I'd also treated myself to a stint under the fan to cool down right after. Not my finest decision! Deep muscle damage especially combined with a cool breeze is an indication to use BELLIS PERENNIS. Homeopathically prepared from the common daisy it is also known as the gardeners remedy. When you think of a gardener and all the digging and heavy lifting then just as they start to down tools a lovely cool breeze hits and voila the perfect ingredients for a Bellis Perennis muscle ache.
Ten minutes later I went to roll over again...no crys of pain this time just a twinge that passed quickly and I slept the rest of the night in peace. Thanks little daisy!
To all the others that find their physical limits by bashing up hard against them look at Arnica but if it is deeper muscle damage that was created from a cool breeze (also think fan or air con) then Bellis could be your remedy!
If you're looking to purchase either of these remedies or book an appointment please contact me
Let the sun shine on your day!
**Homeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined but your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies.
Often Bowen Therapy is thought about when we injure our muscles, tendons and ligaments but what about an injured nervous system? A nervous system that has pumped adrenalin for so long it is now fatigued? What about that? What can Bowen do for that?
LOTS! There is a lot Bowen can do for the nervous system!
Why treat my nervous system?
While Bowen works on soft tissue, fascia, tendons and ligaments it also works on the autonomic nervous system. 'Auto' meaning it automatically controls 80% of the daily processes our body does without us consciously having to tell it to. Check out the list!
The nervous system has 2 states. Sympathetic, otherwise known as fight and flight, and parasympathetic, aka rest and repair. It is in rest and repair that all our repair work takes places. It allows food to be digested, cells to divided and rebuild and healing to occur. In theory we should spend most of our day in this state! In practice, in this day and age....we spend more time in flight or fight than is fair to our bodies!
Bowen is the reminder your body needs to turn off, relax and get that repair work done! Look after your nervous system and watch as your health falls into place.
What can Bowen do?
During a Bowen treatment your therapist is able to address the whole body. By doing this the nervous system is relaxed. While it's soft tissue, connective tissue and fascia that the moves are made over the nerves are also activated. The brain gets the message that tension is being held here and there and seeks to release it.
When your therapist hears a tummy rumble or a little snore they get very excited! Why? Because they are doing their job! They have successfully brought your nervous system into rest and repair and it is here that the healing begins.
Clients often report a deep sleep the night after a Bowen treatment. Many people drift into sleep on the table, some snore (not always quietly). Almost all report a deep sense of relaxation and peacefulness as they slide off the table.
So...stressed and overwhelmed? Come in for a Bowen and get back to rest and repair!
Jeepers it's hot up here right now! Rain is a distant memory but the kids sporting activities do..not..stop! My eldest gets off the Futsal field and I could seriously ring his shirt out...his face is red and blotchy and the sweat is running down his legs..eeeeewwwww. My little gymnasts fair no better and it it weren't for the happy grins I'd keep them home!
We know that water is the best hydrator there is but on the occassions that you are in an excessively hot climate, doing unusally high amounts of sports, gardening or other activity or have even had a gastro bug you might want to consider something a bit more heavy duty to replace the electrolytes you've lost.
Why make my own?
Check out the labels on the sports drinks next time you see them. The second ingredient is almost always sugar followed by a dazzling (and scary) array of artificial colourings and flavourings. When you break it down they contain precious little of anything that may be of benefit like for instance...electrolytes!
Make your own and skip the sugar and make sure it has in it what you need ie magnesium, sodium and potassium! Add some real fruit for natural sugars and vitamins and away you go!
What are electrolytes?
They are the ions in salts that are necessary for many body functions including the movement of water across cells and muscle movement. The ones I'm targeting with this drink are potassium, magnesium and sodium as they are most commonly lost through sweat!
I'm adding in tissue salts for an extra boost! Mag Phos is brilliant for muscle and muscle recovery after sports. It can help the cramping associated with dehydration too. And Nat mur which is awesome for making sure the water in the body goes where it is needed- the fluid balancer!
This is so easy! The recipe makes 1L but I often make up a quarter if it's just for one person. Use any fruit you wish and any ratio of water to coconut water (or just water if you wish however coconut water has potassium in it so it is a good addition). I usually use half/half.
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
OR replace the orange/lemon with a cup of raspberries, pinapple etc and whizz it up in the blender!
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups coconut water
OR any ratio of water/coconut water you like. Even just water will be fine.
4 doses of Nat Mur tissue salt (4 Scheussleur tablets or 12 pillules if your Homeopath made them up)
4 doses Mag Phos tissue salt (4 Scheussleur tablets or 12 pillules if your Homeopath made them up)
1/4 tsp himalayan salt/celtic sea salt/ murray rive sea salt
Crush the tablets with a mortar and pestle or similar. Add all the ingredients to a bottle and shake til it's all dissolved. Enjoy!
One cup is a serving. Keep drinking water as well!
PS I think it tastes like old fashioned Staminade that you made up from powder!
Ciao, ciao! Til next time!