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What are you waiting for? Get a massage!

Recently, I've been seeing people who have come in for a massage and want to be "fixed"in one visit. Nothing unusual in that except all of them have one thing in common.  They haven't had a massage for a long time. Here’s a scenario:  You’ve gained a little weight and winter is approaching.  You

How does massage help with weight loss?

Australia Day is done. Australia Day marks the end of the summer school holidays. Typically, the country now returns to "work mode" and we all get back to normal rhythms and routines. Sad or glad, it's time. If you're anything like me, you've been planning the year ahead and looking at your intentions. I,

Tampons? Pads? Menstrual Cups? What feminine hygiene products do you use?

It's that time of the month!  What to use? Feminine hygiene products have long been the subject of controversy. We all know that if men had periods, things would be different!  Tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene products would cost significantly less for a start. Concern over the toxic ingredients found in these products isn't talked

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The first rule of survival… looking after yourself

This week I had a revelation. I spend a lot of time 'working on myself'; meditating, journaling, reading self-development books, reading blogs, attending classes, and talking with other people who are interested in and actively doing the same.  I think I'm a pretty aware and conscious person. Hah! I've had a series of clients over

Incontinence – are you taking care of your pelvic floor?

I am no stranger to bodily functions. Just the same as everybody else, I wee, poo, vomit, cough, spit, and bleed as my body demands. Having had three babies and a couple of miscarriages my body has been through its share of trauma and recovery. I pretty much thought I had experienced it all, but

Gratitude: New Shoes

So here I am, walking my beautiful dog through early morning, dewy wet grass.  A cool, light breeze lifting the fringe off my face.  Slowly warming, with golden sunlight caressing my skin. Feeling... Excitement.  Anticipation.  Trepidation.  Anxiety.  Nervousness.  A little bit of fear. Courageousness.  Defiance.  Triumph.  Joyful.  Careful. Ecstatic! All these feelings come because

Life Lessons from Camping with Grandma

My mother-in-law has just returned to the UK after a five-week visit with us.  Whilst she was here, she had her 70th birthday. At home, friends live nearby, she sees her other grandson once a week when he comes to visit with his father, and when she needs help with something around the house,

Teamwork – Why it Feels So Good

Being a gregarious creature, I like nothing better than to catch up with friends, sharing our goings on and support each other through our various trials and triumphs. Despite this, nearly all my sporting loves have relied on my solo effort - swimming, squash, cycling, kayaking, boxing and so on.  Working alone I know how

Beautiful Skin… And It’s Easy!

As Autumn slowly arrives here in Sydney, I look at my tanned beautiful skin and marvel at its good condition.  I've spent the summer walking in the sun, swimming at the beach, watching my son play sport on Saturdays and so on, all with hardly any sunscreen having been used. This year I've changed two

No Shampoo – How I’ve Gone ‘Poo Free’

Several times over the past 30 years I have gone no shampoo. There have been lots of reasons; losing the chemicals, saving money, saving time, wanting healthy hair. I've used beer, eggs, vinegar, lemon juice and assorted other natural hair care products.  I've tried using Indian hair oil and coconut oil (separately). There was