Five Workplace Wellness Tips

Last week I visited Exeter CoLab to host a day of 30 minute Traditional Thai Yoga Massage sessions for employees at the city centre charity hub. I brought my kit and my practice to this space in order to extend the benefits of Thai Yoga Massage to busy people in their workplace.

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In our work, we are often so caught up in the job that we forget to look after ourselves. We skip lunch, eat at our desks, sit for hours and the stress builds up. Taking time out for wellness can help you recharge, stay fresh and healthy which will boost your productivity.

Thai Yoga Massage was developed many centuries ago, but many of its principles can be applied to living better in today’s working world. Here are five workplace wellness tips inspired by Thai massage

1. Get Fresh Air

If you’ve ever practised yoga, you’ll know that your breathing makes a tremendous difference to the way that your body responds to a session. This principle applies to Thai Yoga Massage but can be used throughout the day. Increased oxygen, enhanced mood and better sleep have all been attributed to getting fresh air.  Even a 10 minute walk can boost brain function and reduce stress. And if you can find somewhere that’s green, then all the better.

2. Stretch

Thai Yoga Massage uses deep stretch to boost circulation along the body’s natural energy lines. Increased circulation means more oxygen moving around the body in a more efficient way. This allows the body to heal, repair injuries and fight illness. So, while you may not be able to engage the deep stretch of Thai Yoga Massage at your desk, taking a moment in your day to stretch your arms, legs and back can give you a quick recharge with lasting effects.

3. Keep it Moving

When energy flows happily the whole body is refreshed, but when blockages occur it can be difficult to feel your best.  During a Thai Yoga Massage treatment, you will be placed on your back, your front, and each side to get the best movement and stretch for your wellbeing. It is a full body therapy that appreciates the importance of joint mobility and muscle flexibility in maintaining the healthy flow of energy in the body.  Sitting for long periods has been connected with health challenges like type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Researchers suggest that taking short, active breaks from sitting, every 30 minutes ‘engages your muscles and bones, and gives all our bodily functions a boost – a bit like revving a car’s engine.’

4. Quiet your Mind

Before the start of a Traditional Thai Yoga Massage session, your practitioner will pause for a moment to quietly meditate, wishing wellness unto you with the hope that you ‘will be happy and that any illness will be released’.  As a Thai Yoga Massage therapist, taking time out to quiet my mind helps me connect with my clients, centring myself and ensuring that my mind is focused and prepared. This simple gesture, the conscious quieting of the mind, takes seconds but can help eliminate stress before it manifests. With emails, phone calls, and constant notifications happening throughout the day, taking a moment to pause and breathe is a precious and valuable opportunity for self-care.

5. Make Time for the Gift of Wellness

Those who practice Thai Yoga Massage often refer to it as a ‘practical act of kindness’. During each massage therapy session, the aim is to convey a sense of wellness for the other person that recentres and revives them. As a recipient of the treatment, you are not making an indulgence so much as an investment in yourself. By making time to help yourself feel better now, you are saving a great deal of stress and hassle in the long run. So whether it’s a massage, an extra glass of water, a bit of a neck stretch while you’re waiting by the kettle or an extra five minutes of fresh air, make yourself a priority.

Want to learn more about the how an ancient therapy can help you thrive in today’s world? Contact Thai Yoga Massage Exeter for more details.

 

Move your lymph!

Another easy detox technique!!

Dry Skin brushing is a really satisfying way to feel good in your skin, I feel more alive and clear when I do this, I do it whenever I feel like I need something to shift, often around pmt time. It reminds me of the feeling I get when I have had an invigorating swim in the ocean-except its a whole lot warmer!

Mobilising lymph is something really positive to do for your body, sitting at a computer or driving can restrict the lymphs ability to shift out toxins.

 So – buy a natural bristle brush (mine has a removable handle which is really useful, I think I got it in superdrug, they are also sold in Boots or a health food shop or on ebay) set aside 4 minutes to watch the video and give it a try!

 

Castor Oil Packing

We will very soon be into Spring Equinox and its THE most perfect time to detox and kick start the liver for an overall improvement in mind and body, the liver processes many toxins that come into our body and can get overloaded and sluggish, this affect our physical and emotional wellbeing. I was recommended castor oil packing  by my acupuncturist and for the last 3 years have turned to this method whenever I feel overwhelmed with hormonal fluctuations or feeling generally run down and lacking in energy.

Castor Oil packing is a perfect way to consciously spend time with your body relaxing,  it is impossible to overemphasise how beneficial relaxation is, we live in a time where stress is considered a normal part of our lives and the consequences lead to cortisol and adrenalin, the stress hormones, play havoc with our lives. Relaxation supports the release of oxytocin in to the body, where cortisol and adrenalin are the ‘fight flight freeze’ hormones, oxytocin’s job is to ‘tend and befriend’.

So, here is how its done, the first time I did it I found it to be a bit fiddly, gathering the kit together took a little bit of thought but since I got the kit together it is very simple.

The Kit

A face cloth

Cold Pressed Castor Oil (preferably organic)

a hot water bottle

a large towel

a roll of cling film

some old trousers and t shirt/long sleeved shirt

Castor oil will stain clothes and sheets and upholstery so please be careful to protect those places with towels.

This video was the one that got me started

Castor Oil Pack

 

Wishing you wellbeing into the springtime

 

 

 

 

 

Green Healing Powers for the winter months

sleepy man needing winter wellbeing
see article from Susun Weed

 

Winter Wellbeing

If you are feeling run down, nettles will give you a fantastic boost to wellbeing, here are some facts that you might never guess of this humble plant.
Susun Weed says;

Nettle is amazingly rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, especially the critical trace minerals: anti-cancer selenium, immune-enhancing sulphur, memory-enhancing zinc, diabetes-chasing chromium, and bone-building boron. A quart of nettle infusion contains more than 1000 milligrams of calcium, 15000 IU of vitamin A, 760 milligrams of vitamin K, 10% protein, and lavish amounts of most B vitamins.
Vitamins A, C, D and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and sulphur are particularly abundant in nettles.

From Nutritional Herbology by Mark Pedersen

Per 100g dry weight:
Calcium – 2900mg
Magnesium – 860mg
Potassium – 1750mg
Selenium – .22mg
Zinc – .47mg
Thiamine – .54mg
Riboflavin (B2) – .43mg

To make a nettle infusion: Measure out one ounce of the dried herb. Boil a quart of water. Put the dried herb into a quart jar and fill to the top with the boiling water. Stir with a wooden spoon and add water until the jar is full to the top. Lid tightly and set aside to brew for at least four hours, or overnight, whichever is easier for you.
To use: Strain and squeeze the liquid out of the herb. Be sure to refrigerate your infusion, as it will go bad at room temperature once it is done brewing. (If that happens, I use it as plant food. And you should see how my roses adore it!)
Nettle infusion is delicious over ice. Its rich green taste is not at its best when served hot. Adding honey can make it taste quite strange. Some folks like to add a little apple juice to sweeten it. Or stir in some miso, for a salty drink. However you consume it, do drink it up within a few days, as nettle infusion doesn’t last.
Green blessings surround us, even in the middle of winter.
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