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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Episode 000

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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!

You can download the podcast episode fromiTunes and Stitcher Radio or play right here in the browser

 

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

If you enjoy the episodes please Subscribe, leave a positive rating and review on iTunes or your favourite podcast network and recommend to any friends you think would also like the podcast…

 

The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast is un-sponsored by you!

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Get Shiatsu on your Health Insurance!!

More 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

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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!

 

Your Loved One Has Cancer: Here’s How You Can Help

This is a guest post written by Scott Sanders from CancerWell.org. In this post are tips and advice on how to best help a loved one who is going through cancer treatment.

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Being diagnosed with cancer is a life-changing, earth-shattering experience. A person with a serious illness is filled with lots of emotions and feeling a lot of physical pain, too. Learn how to give your best self to your loved one and find ways to give them the support they need during this difficult time.

How to Talk to Your Loved One

The things you say to a cancer patient affect them in a lot of ways. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is simply listen and say nothing at all, according to Cancer Care. Don’t give advice or opinions unless you’re asked or make reassurances that everything is going to be OK.

Get Them to Talk to You

It’s not uncommon for terminally ill patients to attempt to downplay their pain or refuse to talk about it. Encourage your loved one to be open about when they’re in pain, what the pain is like and how much of it they’re experiencing. Physicians treating the cancer need to know about the physical discomfort of their patients so they can design effective treatment plans, and you need to know when they’re in pain so you can help them through it.

Get Physical

There are many physical things you can do to help a person who has a serious illness. Do their grocery shopping for them, run errands and do chores around the house. According to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, these things can be very helpful and provide the sick person with the support they need.

Get Mentally Prepared

The way you react to your loved one is going to affect them. That’s why it’s important for you to mentally prepare yourself for the changes that cancer may cause. People going through this often suffer from weight changes, all-over hair loss, extreme fatigue and pale skin. You will also notice many emotional changes. Cancer patients may have trouble staying focused, vomit frequently and suffer with insomnia, according to the American Cancer Society. Try your best not to have a visible reaction to these changes. Understand that these changes are normal and expected.

Create a Safe Space

People who have a terminal illness often feel as though they have lost control of their lives, because in many ways they have. Depression, anxiety, stress and other strong emotional states are common among people who have cancer. One way you can help them is by decluttering their homes. This may seem like a strange approach, but decluttering can decrease stress and increase that feeling of being in control and in charge that seriously ill people lack in their lives. Decluttering helps increase focus and improves mood, and that will always have a positive effect.

Encourage Positive Feelings

After you’ve decluttered for your loved one, give them a meditation space. Pick a room, or even just a corner of a room, and turn this into a tiny meditation retreat where they can let go of stress and learn how to focus their minds away from the pain. Some physicians use meditation as a treatment tool for this reason.

Create a meditation space by placing a comfortable chair or bed that your loved one can use, along with some candles or incense, in the space. Provide them with a focal point, a small piece of art or some beloved object, so they can use this to tune out the rest of the world. You may even include a book or a graphic picture that offers tips on how to meditate.

Be Supportive

Stay supportive, stay prepared and stay active when you want to help a loved one with cancer. Keep doing the little things that you can do to make them more comfortable and make their environment more pleasant. Be a good listener, and when you aren’t sure what to say just don’t say anything. Stick to a few simple tips, and you’ll be the best friend you can possibly be to your loved one.

Chronic Pain Can Be Improved with Simple Lifestyle Adjustments

This is a guest post written by Jackie Waters from Hyper-tidy.com. She was diagnosed with a chronic illness and wants to help others who are living with chronic pain.

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Suffering from chronic pain can be physically, mentally, and emotionally debilitating. Those suffering from chronic pain may question how or why their bodies could turn on them. They feel frustrated, angry, and sometimes hopeless.

Through simple lifestyle adjustments, chronic pain can be improved.

These can make their pain more manageable and take back their lives and bodies without relying on potentially addictive medications.

Practicing Yoga and Yoga Techniques

Yoga reduces pain by gently stretching muscles, strengthening the body, improving posture, and relaxing the mind and body. In fact, yoga techniques can help minimize the brain’s acknowledgment of painful stimuli, reducing the perception of pain. The breathing techniques used in yoga reduce stress and improve willpower. Additionally, the relaxation and meditation techniques help you learn to relax the body at will and to tune into the inner source of strength and happiness. Undoubtedly, yoga and its techniques help reduce chronic pain on multiple levels.

Certain poses are especially great for chronic pain sufferers. Beginning and ending with the Savannah pose is helpful for people with chronic pain. Other positions include a supported back pose, inversion pose, figure 4 pose, and reclining bound angle pose.

Know How You Fuel Your Body

Certain chemicals, even those found naturally, in the foods you eat may trigger the release of neurotransmitters that heighten sensitivity to pain. For this reason, some experts believe certain foods should be avoided. First and foremost, eat fresh foods that are free of preservatives and additives and buy organic food when possible. While vegetables are a healthy option, avoid nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant.

Limit sugar, caffeine, pasteurized dairy, and aspartame. “If you are overweight, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, you will also want to limit grains as much as possible as they are metabolized very similarly to sugars,” warns Mercola. Wheat and gluten grains are the biggest triggers of the grain group.

A Clean Home is a Happy Home

A study showed that women who described their homes as “cluttered” had higher levels of depression, fatigue, and cortisol (a hormone linked to stress) than women who described their homes as “restful” and “restorative.” Coming home to piles of things (dishes, clothes, etc.) or a to-do list may prevent the natural decline in cortisol that should occur during the day, which has negative effects on your health, mood, sleep, and more. A clean home can help you feel happier and more relaxed.

Cleaning can be tiresome and cumbersome, especially when you have to tackle the entire house, but if you incorporate small tasks each day to tidy up, cleaning won’t seem like such a huge chore to tackle. Start each day by making your bed as soon as you wake up. After you get out of the shower, quickly spray, wipe, and rinse it. Reuse towels two to three times to lessen your laundry load. Just be sure to hang the towels to dry. Also, you should wash one load of laundry a day so it doesn’t pile up by the end of the week, and immediately rehang items you wore or place them in a hamper to be washed.

Keep a basket in each room in your house, and once a day, walk through each room and fill up the basket with accumulated clutter. Before bed, put the items back where they belong. It’s also helpful to keep a mail sorter near your door in which to place mail as soon as you come inside. Empty the mail sorter once a week.

Ensure the bathroom countertops remain free of clutter and make a nightly ritual of putting away every product that was used to get ready in the morning. Also, allow a toilet cleaner to work its magic while you brush your teeth and wash your face. Give it a quick scrub before you head off to bed, and use a wipe to quickly clean the countertop and toilet seat. Try to avoid going to bed with a dirty kitchen. Wipe down the stove and counters each night and make sure all dishes are completed.

Chronic pain doesn’t have to control your life. Manage pain more efficiently with a few lifestyle adjustments, such as practicing yoga, being careful about what you eat, and keeping a tidy home. These simple modifications can help you get your life back and help you enjoy what each day brings.

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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The Shiatsu Guy Presents... Podcast - health wellness podcast

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…

And as always, you can download the podcast episode from iTunes and Stitcher Radio or play right here in the browser

If you enjoy the podcast please subscribe, share with your friends and colleagues and if you feel so inclined we’d really appreciate a review!

 

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Patreon is a bit like crowd funding for artistic projects, you can pledge as much or as little as you want, starting from as little as $1 per month or per episode and you can even decide to cap your contribution at a monthly max…

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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…

And as always, you can download the podcast episode from iTunes and Stitcher Radio or play right here in the browser

If you enjoy the podcast please subscribe, share with your friends and colleagues and if you feel so inclined we’d really appreciate a review!

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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Patreon is a bit like crowd funding for artistic projects, you can pledge as much or as little as you want, starting from as little as $1 per month or per episode and you can even decide to cap your contribution at a monthly max…

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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

 

And as always, you can download the podcast episode from iTunes and Stitcher Radio or play right here in the browser

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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)

And as always, you can download the podcast episode from iTunes and Stitcher Radio or play right here in the browser

If you enjoy the podcast please subscribe, share with your friends and colleagues and if you feel so inclined we’d really appreciate a review!

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)

 

The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast is un-sponsored by you!

We’ve decided to keep the podcast sponsor and ad free by utilising Patreon as a way for our listeners to pledge their support to the project!

Patreon is a bit like crowd funding for artistic projects, you can pledge as much or as little as you want, starting from as little as $1 per month or per episode and you can even decide to cap your contribution at a monthly max…

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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…

And as alwasy, you can download the podcast episode from iTunes and Stitcher Radio or play right here in the browser

If you enjoy the podcast please subscribe, share with your friends and colleagues and if you feel so inclined we’d really appreciate a review!

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! 😉

 

And as alwasy, you can download the podcast episode from iTunes and Stitcher Radio or play right here in the browser

If you enjoy the podcast please subscribe, share with your friends and colleagues and if you feel so inclined we’d really appreciate a review!

 

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…

 

You can download the podcast episode from iTunes and Stitcher Radio or play right here in the browser

 

If you enjoy the podcast please subscribe, share with your friends and colleagues and if you feel so inclined we’d really appreciate a review!

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…

You can download the podcast episode from iTunes and Stitcher Radio or play right here in the browser

 

If you enjoy the podcast please subscribe, share with your friends and colleagues and if you feel so inclined we’d really appreciate a review!

The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast is un-sponsored by you!

We’ve decided to keep the podcast sponsor and ad free by utilising Patreon as a way for our listeners to pledge their support to the project!

Patreon is a bit like crowd funding for artistic projects, you can pledge as much or as little as you want, starting from as little as $1 per month or per episode and you can even decide to cap your contribution at a monthly max…

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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!

You can download the podcast episode fromiTunes and Stitcher Radio or play right here in the browser

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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

 

The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast is un-sponsored by you!

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Patreon is a bit like crowd funding for artistic projects, you can pledge as much or as little as you want, starting from as little as $1 per month or per episode and you can even decide to cap your contribution at a monthly max…

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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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If you enjoy the podcast please subscribe, share with your friends and colleagues and if you feel so inclined we’d really appreciate a review!

 

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… 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

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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 relieve 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 then 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

Relieving Social 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 for the relief of Social Anxiety

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 Shavasana (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 to relieve Social Anxiety

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 heartbeat. It could also make your muscles tense and your body sweat profusely.

Various scientific researchers 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 Relieving 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 neurotransmitters in 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 to relieve it. 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!