According to the holistic healing philosophy we are made up of body, mind and soul or spirit.
The soul is our essence. It is the part of us that lives on after death.
How then, does this viewpoint fit in with the definition of holism where the combination of the parts is greater than the individual units?
A random question seeded itself in my mind, early this morning as I was raking up fruit that had been dropped by the pomegranate tree and the quince hedge after a typically windy Strand night.
Can one extract oil from a pomegranate and a quince? And if so, how can it enhance a massage treatment?
Flip-flops, thongs, plakkies, slops - synonymous with summer, sun and sea.
But these no-heel-strap sandals have become the daily footwear choice for many for its comfort and convenience. many people spend the entire day in flip-flops even wearing it to work.
But that is not the full story. Comfortable and convenient yes, but there is a distinct dark side to wearing flip-flops for long periods.
Read here to see what it can do to posture, muscles and walking patterns.
What does the term healthy lifestyle mean to you?
Is it an empty buzz word that no longer makes an impression on you? Or does it leave you with guilt feelings because you are not fulfilling society's expectations?
I want to tell you that living a healthy lifestyle has more to do with your own needs and desires than the external prescriptions and pressures from the media and the medical fraternity. You have to look at your health from the inside out.
Here is why:
The benefits of massage during and after pregnancy have been well documented. But there is one that I think needs to be emphasised - the way it boosts your body image.
The many ways in which ones body changes during pregnancy can be at the same time intriguing and overwhelming, even scary.
Despite the romantic image of pregnancy in the media and in advertising, these drastic shape shifts and the weight gain may affect our self-esteem and body image.
So, if you are pregnant but it feels like you are living in a stranger’s body, consider a massage treatment.
Besides helping you maintain a healthy body image, massage can support a mother-to-be and her baby in so many ways.
Here are 10 reasons to book a pre-natal massage.
With World Cancer Day on 4 February around the corner, I thought I would talk a bit about how massage can support people undergoing treatment for the condition.
Learn more about the role of massage, here.
For my clients the decision by a major South African medical scheme to reimburse members for massage, is a bonus.
For me however, it is another step towards my vision for therapeutic massage in South Africa, a dream that has required great effort and tenacity bordering on plain old pigheaded-ness.
This is but one small step towards incorporating massage into the primary healthcare system, but I want to congratulate my colleagues at Massage Therapy Association of South Africa (MTASA) who had negotiated it.
I am very, very grateful to them.
Find out here how you can benefit from this new development in the massage profession.
We really have no excuse.
Thanks to our high standard of living we have moved beyond basic survival needs. We have the Internet that puts all the information about health and wellness at our finger tips.We have clever apps on our electronic devices to support our good intentions.
And we can employ people like massage therapists and personal trainers and dieticians to support our efforts.
Yet something still prevents us from putting intenstions and desires for healthy living into practice.
Very often that something is the way we think and the way we talk about health and wellness.
If you want to reach new heights in your company this year, invest in the one resource you cannot replace – YOU.
Make workplace wellness your business even if, or in particular if, you are the only person in the business.
Here is how solopreneurs and micro business owners can improve the business bottom-line by improving your own health and wellness.
In this, my last post for 2016, I can’t help looking back and reviewing the year that has been.
And as things stand, it has been a year in which I expanded my reach but had my roots disturbed.
It has been a year in which much was gained but so much more was lost.
Body-mind or mind-body? If you are struggling with physical and mental pain and feel that the dominant health paradigm’s dualistic approach to mind and body seems inadequate to explain anything, I want to talk to you. Join me under the tree in my garden for a cup of rooibos tea and let’s talk massage and SomaSense!