The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast – End of Season One

This post got forgotten somehow, it’s been sitting all alone in my draft folder for quite some time, but it’s still relevant… I’ve put the podcast on hold for a while to work on other areas of my life… I’m not quite ready to start Season 2 yet but it’s getting closer… I’m building a list of names and having a few conversations too…

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So this episode signals the end of Season 1

It’s been a great experience running the podcast so far and I’m keen to continue, but there are some ‘life’ things that need to be attended to right now…

Please listen to the episode where I try to explain what the state of play is and why I am taking a step back… As well as looking to the future for Season 2 and beyond… I’m interested in going to the next level with the podcast but in order to do that I really need to know what you want to hear!

So dear listeners, please do send a message with your thoughts and suggestions to podcast@theshiatsuguy.com or if you’d prefer to leave an anon comment then you can visit our feedback page.

There will be more to come in the future… At the very least an update on new developments and direction will come in the next few weeks to a month…

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Jody Patterson – Mystic Dance, Hip Hop and Enlightenment

The Shiatsu Guy Presents podcast - Jody PatersonIn episode Twelve of the podcast, Simon your host, interviews his friend Jody Patterson, about his experiences of discovering the mystical aspects of life, to discovering his spiritual teacher and joining a spiritual community.

Jody talks about his early spiritual experiences through dance, being drawn to a path of enlightenment, and life within a post-modern spiritual community, with very traditional overtones.

Jody speaks about his time of becoming a formal student of Andrew Cohen’s Evolutionary Enlightenment and becoming celibate…

We explore some of the conflicts within the community, from the traditional basis to the the issues with hierarchy and superiority.

We also look into the mess that some Western Gurus have left in their wake… and the impending responsibility of Jody’s imminent fatherhood…

This episode is a kind of Companion episode to Marc Pell’s interview, episode 005 – and if you’re interested could be the foundation to a ‘trialogue’ between Marc, Jody and myself…

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Links for the resources we talked about in this episode:

Kosmic Fire (formerly Neosonic) performance at the Steiner Conference in Frankfurt, Germany

Straight Outta Compton

UK

 

US

 

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Maggie Richards, Meditation, Self-Betterment and Surrendering to the Spiritual Path

the shiatsu guy podcast - Maggie RichardsIn episode Eleven of the podcast, Simon your host, interviews Maggie Richards, a Mindfulness and Meditation teacher,  Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapist and author of A Guide to Being a Better Being by Maggie Richards – out this year!

In this episode we explore Maggie’s path of development and the beginning of her spiritual path, her journey to becoming a Meditation and Mindfulness teacher and learning Somatic Experiencing, as well as how she discovered her Spiritual Teacher, transforming herself in the process…

Maggie talks about her experience of living a heart-centred path and how her destiny aligned to bring her to where she is professionally and spiritually in her life now.

We get a bit esoteric in this episode and discuss the human journey, why we are ‘here’ and the lessons we have to learn as human incarnations on this earth…

It all comes down to love, taking responsibility for our own development and getting out of your own way!

Have a listen to the episode and join in the conversation. Please leave a comment below about your own experiences on the path 🙂

Maggie is currently working through the publishing process with her publisher and doesn’t have a publication date as yet… In the podcast (which was recorded over a month before release) she was looking to use another book title and other publishing options… Things can change quickly 🙂

The Contents of Maggies book: A Guide to Being a Better Being

(Working title was The Girl Who Found Herself)

CONTENTS

Introduction

Chapter 1 – Meditation

Chapter 2 – Spiritual Retreats

Chapter 3 – Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution®

Chapter 4 – Spiritual Living

Chapter 5 – Diet

Chapter 6 – Dreams

Chapter 7 – Overcoming Negativity

Chapter 8 – Forgiveness

Chapter 9 – Losing a Loved One

Chapter 10 – Prayer

Chapter 11 – Finding and Working with a Spiritual Teacher

Chapter 12 – The Divine

 

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Links for the resources we talked about in this episode:

The first personal development course Maggie took – Path of Love 

 

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

UK

US

The Modern Seer Trilogy by Cher Chevalier  (Book 3 is not out yet)

Book 1

UK

US

 

Book 2

UK

US

Corrections/clarifications from Maggie

– Osho was a 20th century mystic

– My mystical love lesson taught by a plant (a hedge, to be precise) is in Chapter 11 (Finding and Working with a Teacher) of my book – not the first, which is Meditation.

 

Where you can find Maggie and her work:

MaggieRichards.co.uk

@Maggie0Richards on twitter and on Instagram

ExpandedLiving.co.uk Personal development course with Ralf Marzen

Cher Chevalier’s website

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Robin Daly, Yes To Life, Integrative Care and The Cancer Revolution

The shiatsu guy podcast - robin daly - yes to lifeIn episode Ten of the podcast, Simon your host, interviews the founder of the cancer charity ‘Yes To Life’, Robin Daly

In this episode we explore how Robin found his way to being the director of a cancer charity that gives advice on Integrative health care. We look at some of the fundamental steps you can take to ensuring your own health should you be in the position of having cancer and facing chemo therapy. Along with other findings on improving your chances to survive cancer.

We discuss the state of the mainstream medical establishment, what is holding it back from being more effective and patient centred, as well as the developments in the field that are changing the way the industry operates.

And we also discuss a number of other brilliant resources that will get you on the right path should you be diagnosed with cancer (or to recommend to anyone in your life who receives the diagnosis)

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Links for the resources we talked about in this episode:

 

Hearts in Healthcare

Buurtzorg – Nursing Agency (site is in Dutch but Google will translate if for you)

Paul Davis – New Scientist lecture (paid site) – Free article in Nature

 

Paul Davis – Cancer from a physicist’s perspective: a new theory of cancer (1 hour 35 minutes)

The Cancer Revolution – Patricia Peat and Yes To Life

UK 

US

The Cancer Whisperer – Sophie Sabbage

UK

US

Radical Remission – Dr Kelly Turner

UK

US

 

Where you can find Robin, Yes To Life and The Cancer Revolution book:

Yes To Life on UK Health Radio

YesToLife.org.uk

Yes To Life on Facebook

@RMK_Daly (on twitter)

Patricia Peat on Cancer Options

TheCancerRevolution.co.uk

The Cancer Revolution on Facebook

@CancerRev (on twitter)

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Leisa Bellmore, self-care for musicians and Shiatsu research

the shiatsu guy podcast - leisa bellmoreIn episode nine of the podcast, Simon your host, interviews Canadian shiatsu therapist, speaker at conferences and Shiatsu researcher, Leisa Bellmore.

Beginning with similar topics to other episodes, we explore how Leisa discovered Shiatsu and what attracted her in the first place.

We talk about the amazing clinic Leisa works from, self-care for musicians, her teaching and presentation work, as well as the research project she has been involved with.

We also have the inevitable discussion about the similarities and differences between Masunaga and Namikoshi styles of Shiatsu…

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Links for the resources we talked about in this episode:

Gabriel García Márquez (UK) (US)

And my personal favourite book, One Hundred Years of Solitude

UK

 

US

Antoine De Saint-Exupery (UK) (US)

And some of his most famour works:

UK

 

 

US

 

 

Baraka film

 

Where you can find Leisa, her research and where she is presenting:

leisabellmore.com

Upcoming presentations

On Facebook

On Youtube

researchgate.net

Hand self-Shiatsu for sleep problems in persons with chronic pain

Shiatsu Society Journal – Shiatsu and Insomnia (collected articles including contributions from other Shiatsu therapists)

 

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… The Untethered Soul, Forgiveness and Heartmath

the shiatsu guy podcastThis is the first Mini-Episode or as Mr Tim Ferriss (my podcasting hero!) calls them, Inbetweenisode!

The intention was to produce a short (20-30 minute) bite-sized episode featuring me presenting some of my thoughts and ideas that I felt would be helpful or useful for my listeners…

In this case we’ve got around 50 minutes of me rambling… But I hope you find it interesting and/or useful… I tried to keep to a set of notes, so imagine how it could have gone without!

This is based around my experience of being involved with a spiritual community, the disillusionment that occurred when the teacher was de-throned (I must watch too much Game of Thrones!), and my journey out the other side…

In this, at times ranty, episode I share my experience of three ‘heart-centred’ techniques that have helped me on my journey and I believe would help any human-being on this earth!

I’ll put links to resources below so you can find them yourselves…

And I wanted to share a quote that made me laugh when I listened back to the recording

There were a lot of broken eggs in the omelette that Andrew made

Now you’ll have to listen to work out what the heck I’m on about! 😉

 

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Links for the books I talked about in this episode:

The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer

(UK)
(US)

and The Surrender Experiment also by Michael A Singer

(UK)

 

(US)  

 

The Law of Forgiveness by Connie Domino

(UK)
(US)
and The Law of Attraction (possibly no longer in print) by Connie Domino

 

Heartmath Institute – www.heartmath.org and www.heartmath.com

 

 

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Fernando Cabo – Namikoshi Shiatsu and Research Projects

the shiatsu guy podcast - fernando cabo In episode Seven of the Shiatsu Guy Presents… podcast I interview Shiatsu therapist and Teacher at the Professional Shiatsu School, Fernando Cabo.

This is the longest episode to date, and follows the increasingly familiar rambling style of the other episodes, meandering through a range of topics including the differences between Namikoshi Shiatsu and Zen or Masunaga Shiatsu, as well as the lack of research across the field of Shiatsu and what is starting to be done about it…

 

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Links for the book we discussed in this episode:

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – by Robert Pirsig

(UK)

 

(US)

 

How to find or get in touch with Fernando

The Professional Shiatsu School

iamYiam video

Fernando Shiatsushi on Facebook

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Marc Pell – Life after a Spiritual Guru and Spiritual Community

the shiatsu guy podcast - marc pellIn episode six of the Shiatsu Guy Presents… podcast I interview my friend Marc Pell about his experience of living in a Spiritual community for a number of years, in what was essentially a social and spiritual experiment attempting to create a new enlightened culture of connectedness and individuality.

The whole international community came tumbling down when the leader, Andrew Cohen, was deposed by his senior students when they took issue with the way he was conducting himself and running the community.

In this interview we delve into what the initial attraction was to becoming involved with a spiritual community, the benefits and drawbacks as well as where it all went wrong for Andrew Cohen and EnlightenNext

I hope that you enjoy this episode as much as I did. This is the first of several episodes in this area, with a part 2 from Marc coming up and another interview in the works for a different perspective on the situation…

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Saul Levitt – Mickel Therapy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and M.E.

Welcome to Episode Five of The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast! With Saul Levitt of IntuitiveHealth.co.uk

the shiatsu guy podcast - saul levitt

In this episode Simon interviews Saul Levitt, about his journey through Chronic Fatigue to being energised and healthy, and in the process discovering Mickel Therapy. We look at the emotional aspects of Chronic Fatigue and what is actually going on, as well as the development of the Mickel Therapy technique to help other conditions that are notoriously difficult to treat.

 

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Links for the things we discussed in this episode:

When the Body Say’s No – Dr Gabor Mate

(UK)

 

(US

 

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

(UK)
(US
Stem Cell Enhancer

Mickel Therapy Training

How to find or get in touch with Saul

Intuitive Health

Twitter: @i_health

+44 (0)7789 383 197

saul@intuitivehealth.co.uk

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… iamYiam.com – Transforming online health care platforms

Welcome to Episode Four of The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast! With the Founder and COO of iamYiam.com

In tThe Shiatsu Guy Presents podcast - episode 004 - iamyiam.comhis episode Simon interviews Lorena Puica (the Founder) and Cyrille Guillet (COO) of iamYiam.com, a new online wellbeing platform with a mission to transform our approach to wellbeing and self-care. We explore the background situation that was the catalyst for the company being born and their revolutionary vision for the future!

You an also learn Lorena’s 1 minute health boost!

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Links for the book we discussed in this episode:

The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz 

(UK)
and

(US

How to find iamYiam

www.iamYiam.com

iamYiam seedrs campaign

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Aimee Hartley – Transformational Breathwork

the shiatsu guy podcast - aimee hartleyWelcome to Episode Three of The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast! With Aimee Hartley

 

In this episode Simon interviews Aimee Hartley, a transformational breathwork facilitator and yoga instructor, about her discovery of transformational breathwork and her journey with the breath. Including breathing as a practice, the forthcoming breathing revival and her personal mission to transform schools!

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Links for the book we discussed in this episode:

Perfect Breathing: Transform Your Life One Breath at a Time by Al Lee and Dan Campbell

(UK)

and

(US

How to find or get in touch with Aimee

The Breathing Room – www.TheBreathingRoom.co.uk

Inspiration Space – www.InspirationSpace.co.uk

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Emerson Bastos – Family Constellations and Five Elements

Welcome to Episode Two of The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast! With Emerson Bastos

the shiatsu guy podcast - emerson bastosIn this episode Simon interviews Emerson Bastos, a Shiatsu therapist and teacher, Family Constellations and Five Elements facilitator in a wide ranging exploration. Including Emerson’s path to finding Shiatsu, how he began teaching, his own journey with Personal Development and a look to the future with his current projects of working to free the Self…

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Links for the books we discussed in this episode:

The Nature of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts

(UK) 

(US) 

 

Loves own Truths by Bert Hellinger

(UK) 

(US) 

and Love’s Hidden Symmetry by Bert Hellinger

(UK) 
(US) 

 

Even if it costs me my life by Stephan Hausner

(UK) 

 

(US) 

 

How to find or get in touch with Emerson:

www.emersonbastos.shiatsusociety.org

5 Elements Constellation Workshops on Meetup.com

emersonshiatsu@hotmail.com

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Ralf Marzen – Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage and Somatic Experiencing

Welcome to the very first episode of The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast! With Ralf Marzen

the shiatsu guy - ralf marzenIn this episode Simon interviews his Thai Yoga Massage teacher Ralf Marzen in a wide ranging exploration. Including Ralf’s path to finding Thai Yoga Massage, how he began teaching, his own personal journey with Meditation and a look to the future with his current projects of Trauma work and mindfulness teaching…

Ralf talks about his experience and impression of the healing process, dedicating his life to being a healer, as well as what it means to be a therapist and the hidden benefits!

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Links for the books and videos we discussed in this episode:

Jack Kornfield – The Wise Heart on Amazon UK

and The Wise Heart on Amazon.com

 

I am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj on Amazon UK and 

I am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj on Amazon.com

Human Documentaries on Youtube – we created a little playlist for you 🙂

How to find or get in touch with Ralf

Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage – www.muditathaiyoga.com

Stillpoint Centre for Wellbeing – www.stillpointlondon.com

Expanded Living Course – www.expandedliving.co.uk

Thai Yoga Massage Retreat in Southern Thailand – annual retreat every year!

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Episode 000

What’s it all about??the shiatsu guy - health wellness podcast

So this is the very first episode of my new Interview based Health podcast ‘The Shiatsu Guy Presents…’

In this episode I wanted to explain what I’m hoping to achieve, why I want to do it and what I hope my listeners will get from the podcast…

But it’s not all about what I want… Have a listen to this short episode and let me know your thoughts on what you would like included in future episodes; any topics you would like covered, any specific people you would like me to interview (an intro is always welcomed if I don’t know them or have a personal connection already… But I’ve been surprised how open people have been to being interviewed) and anything else you can think of…

I’m really keen to produce a high quality podcast, so if the sound quality is dodgy, please let me know. If the format is lacking, please let me know! If they’re too long or too short, please let me know!

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Feel free to either leave a comment below or email podcast@TheShiatsuGuy.com with your thoughts and feedback…

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Get Shiatsu on your Health Insurance!!

Mhealthshieldore and more people are coming to realise that Shiatsu is more that just a way to de-stress the body. For people who are suffering from joint and muscle pain, anxiety or depression and other related illnesses, Shiatsu is recognised as a highly-effective treatment. And because for some, it is considered to be medically necessary, it is increasingly becoming part of health care. And by becoming a part, we mean being more and more accepted by Health Insurance companies. That means someone else will be shouldering its cost provided that the shiatsu therapist is correctly licensed as a health care provider. Good news, right!

Health Shield is one of the Health Insurance companies who have this kind of service. The rule is if your practitioner is a Registered Member of the Shiatsu Society or MRSS* (in which case, I am) and Shiatsu treatments are included in your current membership plan, then worry no more, because as their tagline says… “We’ve got you covered”.

If you’re not a member yet, you may want to check out their services and how to make the most of their benefits. Well, not to be biased, but they do really have a lot to offer.  Here’s their website… 

MRSS Shiatsu treatments covered by Health Insurance*what MRSS means is that a Shiatsu therapist has studied and achieved their Shiatsu qualifications to the standards as set out by the Shiatsu Society UK (the governing body of the field of Shiatsu in the UK) and has maintained continuous membership for a minimum of 3 years, fulfilled all Continued Professional Developement requirements and in some cases have undergone postgraduate studies or assessment. It’s the equivalent of becoming a Chartered Psychologist (except that it’s for Shiatsu…)

And here’s some inspiration on the benefits of Shiatsu and how it can do wonders for your health (from my Pain Management Clinic page)

 

Shiatsu releases muscle tension, tight joints and trapped nerves through applying direct pressure throughout the body, leaving you feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, relaxed and pain-free.

Shiatsu uses the same pressure points and meridians as acupuncture but without the needles, instead using a firm (but not painful) pressure to stimulate and balance the natural energies of the body.

Simon also practices a type of Shiatsu that uses the ‘Hirata Zones’ for releasing pain and inflammation, so you get even more benefit.

  • Shiatsu massage can help:
    Neck and back pain, lower back issues, scoliosis, lordosis, sciatica, slipped discs
  • Headaches, migraines, eye strain, facial neuralgia, Bell’s palsy, jaw issues, teeth clenching, bruxism and grinding
  • Shoulder pain, shoulder impingement, rotator cuff issues, frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), shoulder dislocation
  • Leg pain, knee and hip issues, muscle pain, adhesions and scar tissue, old injuries, misalignment, plantar fasciitis, fallen arches, sprained ankles
  • Arm and hand pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, RSI, tendinitis, tennis and golfers elbow,
  • Premenstrual pain and cramps

This is not an exhaustive list, if you are experiencing pain other than the symptoms listed above, feel free to contact me to find out how Shiatsu can help you.

And if you know of any other Health Insurance providers who also have a facility to cover shiatsu under their plans, please let us know in the comments below. We’ve scoured the net but not been able to find any other UK company that also covers your Shiatsu sessions…

If you’d like to book a Shiatsu session or find out more you can email info@TheShiatsuGuy.com or contact Simon on 07951 621 308

The Shiatsu Guy Presents… The Podcast

**It’s LIVE!!! Launch date was the 1st of April 2016!!**

 

I’ve been a keen consumer of podcasts for some time now and have become inspired to start my own… So a new project for 2016 is to launch my very own Podcast!The Shiatsu Guy Presents podcast

It will be a health and wellbeing podcast with a slant towards the business side of being a therapist or health professional.  The plan is to share people’s personal journeys of how they found their path, what they’ve learned and where they’re going…

I already have a number of interviews lined up and have a growing list of people I would love to feature!

If you’d like to be featured please see the bottom of this post…

The plan is to launch on the First of March 2016 with a number of episodes recorded and ready to go!

So at the moment I’m busy getting everything set up at the backend, scheduling interviews, fine tuning my questions, getting to grips with the technology, the technique and the finer aspects of the concepts I want to explore.

My guests will generally be interviewed on an audio only Skype call unless they are local Londoners and want to do an in-person interview instead.

And I will also be including some shorter episodes where I explore a specific topic, give an over view or review of something that I use and value myself… I’ve got some ideas but working out what exactly will be part of the journey!

 

The Shiatsu Guy Presents - podcastFuture Podcast Guests…

This will be an audio only Podcast exploring the SuperStars of the Natural Health Field!

My guests will require basic equipment such as this headset and mic:

Or if they want to go really high quality, this bad boy:

 

A decent broadband connection is also essential…

If you’d like to be interviewed please outline what you do and pop an email over to info@TheShiatsuGuy.com

And if you’d just like to listen then please subscribe to updates from this blog so that you get sneak peaks in advance, find out first when we launch as well as getting regular updates!

 

I’m quite nervous pressing the publish button but here goes!

Is the Yoga Studio App any good? Yoga Studio App review

It won Best Yoga App at the Best App ever awards in 2013… But does it stand the test of time?

I’ve been a fan of Yoga Studio app by Lotus Studios (recently acquired by Gaiam Inc) for some time now and have recommended it to anyone and everyone since discovering it!

So I decided it was about time to put a wee video together to explain why I find it to be so good!

Take a couple of minutes out of your day to watch the video and grab the app!

 

 

Hopefully you can see the value in a high quality and versatile app like this!

Please visit the App Store and get your own copy today!

 

If you’ve used the Yoga Studio app yourself please leave your impressions in the comments below. We’re also interested in hearing about other Yoga apps too 😎 Maybe I’ll even review it!

 

 

Can Meditation and Yoga Help Relieve Social Anxiety?

This is a guest post by Dan Fries:

Dan Fries is a science writer and published author in the field of translational oncology. Dan’s work has been featured in journals such as Cancer Discovery and Cancer Research. His contribution is exploring the natural health approach to social anxiety and panic attacks. Find out more about Dan’s mission at www.corpina.com 

 

Have you ever felt a cramping sensation in your gut or beads of sweat forming on your forehead when you enter a room full of people? Clearly, anxiety is killing your professional as well as social life. Fear, stress and anxiety are in the driver’s seat and you end up being a passenger who is traveling into the depths of the unknown.

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” – H.P. Lovecraft.

Yoga and Meditation to beat social anxietyThis quote tells us that it is normal to have slight fear, as it is in human nature to be afraid of unforeseen circumstances. But you need to be focused, disciplined and dynamic to overcome and fight this fear. The problem begins when this fear becomes intimidating and persistent, and starts to take control of your everyday life.

Slowly this leads to anxiety disorder, worry, a state of overly-uneasiness, etc. which if left unchecked can require medical treatment. That is where yoga and meditation can help. Of course, yoga and meditation alone are unlikely to be your only treatment options. Both of them should sync with each other and than only after consulting a specialist or a doctor. The medical practitioner can guide and help you to know what kind of anxiety disorder you are having – OCD, Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to name a few.

Symptoms of Social Anxiety

  • Having obsessive and uncontrolled thoughts related to past traumatic experiences
  • Feeling uneasy, scared and panicky
  • Tendency to repeatedly wash hands
  • Waking up from frequent nightmares
  • Having problems getting sound sleep
  • Sweating hands and feet
  • Frequent heart palpitations

Kicking Anxiety Through Yoga

The regular practice of yoga can assist you in staying relaxed and calm in your day-to-day life. It can give you the energy for facing events as and when they occur without being restless. The practice of yoga consists of a complete package of body postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayamas).

Yoga Postures

Yoga postures or asanas can help in getting a healthy body and mind. Stress and negativity are released from the system through the following postures –

  • Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
  • Shirshasana (Headstand)
  • Janu Shirsasana (One-Legged Forward Bend)
  • Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
  • Shavasana (Corpse Pose)
  • Marjariasana (Cat Stretch)
  • Setubandhasana (Bridge Pose)
  • Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)
  • Paschimottanasana (Two-Legged Forward Bend)
  • Adhomukha Shwanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

Once you’ve finished the yoga postures, you need to lie down so that your body and mind can get a few minutes of relaxation. This flushes out the toxins in the body which are the major cause of stress for your biological system.

Breathing Exercises

Proper breathing techniques can help free your mind from unwanted clutter and thoughts. This avoids the breeding of anxiety and keeps the mind fresh. You can try the following breathing methods –

  • Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breathing Technique)
  • Kapalbhati Pranayama ( Skull-Shining Breathing Technique)
  • Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breathing Technique)
  • Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

Meditating Your Way To A Relaxed Mind

meditation for anxiety and stressMeditation is a great technique for relaxing a mind which is distracted. It provides a sense of peace and calm. You can observe that with daily practice your mind gets involved with petty and insignificant things. Plus, meditation can help you to avoid worrying or getting anxious about the unforeseen future.

You will most likely be familiar with the term ‘adrenalin rush’. This occurs when you are too anxious or scared about a potential threat. For example, at the time of an adventure ride, your adrenalin levels would be higher than usual, leading to a faster heart beat. It could also make your muscles tense and your body sweat profusely.

Various scientific researches have shown that regular practice of meditation can lower the stress hormones. A study was conducted by the Department of Psychology of the Standard University for the participants of social anxiety disorder. They underwent a two-month meditation training which resulted in reducing their anxiety and transforming their thoughts to a more positive outlook.

Supplements For Controlling Stress And Anxiety

Did you know supplements are one of the best options for taking control of your anxiety and stress? You could for instance try the nootropic supplement of Phenibut, which is available in tablet as well as powder form. This supplement is not only safe; it has already been used by people for several decades. Phenibut is a derivative of the brain chemical GABA, but is able to pass the blood-brain barrier more effectively, it is one of the most significant neurotransmitter of the human body. It effectively calms the hormones related to anxiety and stress and brings a positive change to the mood and confidence of the user.

Summing It Up

Social anxieties and stress can be traumatic and create majorly off-putting experiences in your life. With the regular practice of yoga and meditation you can minimise the negatives and hopefully kick them out of your life. However, if they are still persistent in your life, you can take mood and memory enhancing supplements to counter their ill-effects and reduce it safely and gradually. So go ahead and enjoy a stress-free life!

 

Thank you to Dan Fries for this guest blog post!

 

If you have suffered in the past or currently suffer from stress and social anxiety we would love to hear about how you’ve managed. Have you been successful using meditation and yoga or other types of natural therapies, or have you been successful in taking supplements to cope?

Please leave a comment below, we love to hear from our readers!

 

Get Your Free Shiatsu Guide

The Free Shiatsu Guide by Simon Henderson - The Shiatsu GuyThis is a project I started a long time ago and never quite finished! Now as part of my new path, I am working on completing past projects before starting the next one…

So if you’d like to grab my wee Shiatsu Report for free then please do.

In the Free Shiatsu Guide you can learn about:

  • The Origins and History of Shiatsu
  • What to expect from your first Shiatsu session
  • How to prepare for your first Shiatsu session
  • The benefits of Shiatsu
  • When NOT to use Shiatsu
  • The different types of Shiatsu…
  • Research into the effectiveness of Shiatsu
  • And more!

 

The Differences between Northern and Southern Style Thai Yoga Massage

“The body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care”. As quoted by one of the greatest people of all time, Gautama the Buddha.

The Buddha has, in his own way, been a part of how Thai Yoga Massage was developed and evolved over the centuries.

But before we explore the different styles of Thai Massage, let’s look a little more deeply into its origin.

Thai Yoga Massage’s roots lie in India and the flower bloomed in Thailand. Jivaka Kumar Bhacca is the founding father, and is now known in Thailand as the Father of Medicine. An Ayurvedic doctor renowned for his knowledge of herbal medicine, his exceptional medical skWat Pho - Thai Massageills and for providing medical care to important people during his day, including the Buddha himself.

While Thai Yoga massage’s principles came from the Buddhist schools, its basic practices and techniques evolved in India, China, Thailand and South East Asia and have since spread throughout the West over the past 20 years or so.

Within Thailand two distinct forms evolved, giving us its two main styles, Southern and Northern Thai massage.

For us to be able to fully appreciate these two styles, we’ll first look at their similarities and then their differences.

First, Southern and Northern styles both recognise Jivaka Kumar Bhacca as its founding father, originated in India along with Buddhism, some 2500 years ago.

Second, both styles came from two elements. The ‘Royal Style’ and ‘Common Style’ of Ancient Thai massage.

The Royal style is called ‘Nuat Rajchasumnak’, meaning; providing the receiver with great respect and courtesy by the practitioner.

The other, which is the Common Style is called ‘Nuat Chaloeyseuk’, meaning; manipulate tense and tight muscles due to intense labour occupations.

Wat Pho - Thai Yoga Massage - Sen LinesAnd last, they both include combinations of stretches and muscle manipulation as well as giving pressure to the 72,000 Thai Sen lines and energy points of the body.

Now for the differences between the Northern and Southern styles of Thai Yoga Massage

The Southern style is known as “Folk Thai Massage”, it is taught in Wat Pho temple in Bangkok and its has been largely influenced by Chinese medicine. As a result it’s more focused on the powerful work on energy lines and pathways, opening energy channels and giving deep Chinese acupressure. A good invigorating choice for someone who wants to feel strong and be full of energy.

While the Northern style is known as “Royal Thai Massage”, mainly taught in Chiang Mai and has a greater Indian influence. Unlike the Southern style, it has more of a focus on slow, yogic stretching techniques and done in a gentle rhythm way found in Ayurveda and Yoga. Perfect for those who want to unwind and relax after a long day of hard work, or to release tension from tight muscles.

Depending on the receiver’s needs and personality, both styles have their own unique and special way of conditioning the body and providing relief for muscular tensions, stress and body pains due to overactivity.

Simon studied the Northern style of Thai Yoga Massage at Muditha Thai Yoga school, but the southern style shares some similarities with Japanese Shiatsu Massage.

If you’ve enjoyed this blog post please see our two other posts on Thai Yoga massage, specifically the benefits for Office Workers and for Sports People.

Please comment below and share you’re experience a if Thai Yoga Massage. Perhaps you’ve visited Wat Pho temple or received Thai Yoga massage yourself.

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Melek Abay - Thai Yoga Massage Testimonial for Simon Henderson - The Shiatsu Guy 2I’m so grateful that I have found Simon, I now recommend him to all of my clients!

I had been suffering with shoulder and hip pain for several weeks due to my intense weight training program getting ready for a competition. I had 3 Thai Yoga massage treatments with Simon over several weeks, after the treatments I felt relief from the pain in both my shoulder and hip. Throughout my days afterwards I felt more relaxed and flexible and was able to focus more on my day than on the pain. I’m so grateful that I have found Simon, I now recommend him to all of my clients!

Melek AbayPersonal Trainer/Owner - PostureTransformation.com / SupertrainLondon.co.uk