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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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More and more people are coming to realise that Shiatsu is more than 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! Continue reading “Get Shiatsu on your Health Insurance!!”
Its tough being a Mum so try Shiatsu for all stages of motherhood – enhance your immune system, relax, take time out for yourself, get rid of that nagging back pain – all in as little as 60 minutes!
Shiatsu for Fertility
When you’re getting ready to have a child Shiatsu can help prepare you for fertility; by encouraging the right balance of hormones, reducing stress, relaxing the mum-to-be and reducing anxiety about conceiving. Shiatsu will also help you get in the best shape of your life in order to support the baby’s future development and give the best start in life.
Shiatsu in the First trimester
Having conceived its important to use shiatsu to support mums health and energy, as well as early foetal development. Job stress and life’s pressures can have a negative effect on the young foetus, so it’s important to utilise shiatsu at this stage to support your health by de-stressing regularly and taking some time out of your busy schedule. There are certain pressure points that its important to avoid during the first trimester: top of the shoulder, above the ankle bone on the inside of the leg, and the web of the hand between the thumb and forefinger (though all of these are very useful later in pregnancy… Read on)
Shiatsu in the second trimester
Now the baby is established and starting to grow/show… so its time to support the growth of the baby and the changes in future-mums body. You can expect the beginning id back ache, swelling feet, difficulty sleeping, increased frequency of urination… Fun times!
So it’s really important to slow down, look after yourself and make sure it’s as easy as possible from here on out
Shiatsu in the third trimester
By now you may well have ballooned with baby and baby weight, so you need support with the extra weight you’re carrying. You’ll be feeling it in your feet, lower back and inside your pelvis. Your energy levels may well be at an all time low, so regular shiatsu will be supporting your body as all these changes take place
Shiatsu around the Due Date
Remember those points we were avoiding in the first trimester? They’re about to come into their own! Those points encourage uterine contractions, not good when you’ve got a tiny teeny foetus holding on but great to encourage the birth! Shiatsu around the due date includes a series of points which relaxes mum and baby ready for delivery.
Shiatsu for late term mothers
Shiatsu master Kensen Saito helped mothers as late as 43 conceive naturally using only shiatsu (having already miscarried) (p92)
Shiatsu can also be used in conjunction with IVF treatment as will have only positive interactions. supporting mum to relax, boosting the immune system, promoting the right mix of hormones to produce healthy eggs… Generally bringing balance to the system, optimum to fertility!
Post natal Shiatsu
Support mum to recover from the ordeal of birth, recoup her energy, adjust to the new role of being a mother (or a mother of multiple little people). Can also give mum much needed space and emotional support post birth, as well as helping with post-natal depression and the baby blues.
Shiatsu for Mums in action
For Mums it’s all go looking after the little ones, and can contribute to back pain, low energy levels, a feeling of overwhelm… Take the time to switch off, nurture and invest in yourself, boost your immune system, give yourself quality time, and support your sleep cycle all with a simple shiatsu treatment!
So for future mums, expecting mums, active mums… Shiatsu is a one-stop shop to make you feel like super mum again!
Treatments are available in Liverpool street, London Bridge and Forest Hill clinics as well as in the comfort of your own home (travel may charges apply)
Contact Simon on 07951-621-308 or email email@example.com to find out more and to book your Shiatsu session in
Looking for a natural treatment for anxiety and panic attacks, with no side effects? You can start to feel the benefits in as little as 60 minutes
Is there a natural cure for panic attacks and anxiety?
This is a good question and depends a lot on your definition of ‘cure’ and the cause of your anxiety and panic attacks.
The pharmaceutical companies may say the only real cure is to chemically alter your brain to make anxiety impossible to experience, but that doesn’t sound very natural to me… Surely the feelings of anxiety and panic are serving a purpose; to give us warnings and keep us safe in some ways. But it seems that due to a number of factors these signals are turned up too high or are triggered at the wrong times.
And what about the host of potential side effects from taking prescription medication? Often anti-anxiety drugs may make you feel worse in other ways, listed side effects of popular anti-anxiety medication Venlafaxine are blurred vision, headaches, high blood pressure, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, mood changes, possible convulsions, swelling and changes to menstrual cycle. Who would want that? Who would risk feeling worse than they already do, with no real guarantee you’ll ever be free of the medication?
Natural anxiety relief
Whereas if we look at the causes of the anxiety and panic attacks, take a natural approach and try to rebalance the systems responsible for those feelings of panic and anxiety, we would be working towards a more balanced response to the anxiety triggers.
This may be the closest you’ll come to an actual ‘cure’ but it will be a natural one!
By focusing on releasing nervous tension, emotional anxiety and the physical symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, you will be able to gain a greater degree of control over your life, eliminating the need for prescription medication and at the same time enhancing your overall health and wellbeing, instead of jeopardising it with side effects.
Shiatsu is an amazing natural massage technique that is especially effective when dealing with the connection between the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the body. Shiatsu is performed fully clothed on a futon on the floor or a traditional massage couch. A firm and steady pressure is applied with palms, thumbs and fingers to a series of energy lines and points throughout the body (meridians and pressure points, the same as acupuncture, but we don’t use needles). This pressure allows the body to release tension from the muscles, let go of stuck emotions, relax the mind and rebalance the central nervous system.
Shiatsu helps in many other ways below the radar: promoting the correct balance of hormones and chemistry in the body to enhance health and improve feelings of wellbeing. The only side effects are beneficial; such as reduced pain and tension, improved sleep, looser joints and muscles, improved concentration, enhanced immune system, improved mental clarity and much more…
Shiatsu sessions are generally 60 minutes in duration but can be 90 minutes or longer (by arrangement). A number of weekly or fortnightly sessions may be required to reduce the tension and anxiety levels to what feels manageable, then monthly maintenance sessions are advised to keep anxiety levels to a minimum. Extra sessions are recommended when experiencing greater levels of stress and pressure in life, to help you cope and carry on with your day-to-day life in as normal a way as possible.
Simon has four London clinics and makes house calls within London and Bromley.
I recently attended an Evening Standard Business Connections event where Michael Acton-Smith of Mind Candy and Moshi Monsters was the guest speaker.
Moshi Monsters is one of the most successful UK startup companies, with 75 million registered users. Moshi Monsters is an online playground for children and their adopted Moshlings, cute and scary cartoon monsters.
Michael Acton-Smith first found success with university friend Tom Boardman when they launched Firebox.com, and particularly with their shot-glass chess set!
Between Firebox.com and Moshi Monsters Michael Acton-Smith founded Mind Candy and the locational puzzle game Perplex City, which by all accounts was a great learning experience but not a commercial success.
Since then Mind Candy hit it’s stride and Michael Acton-Smith has become a leading spokesman for the UK startup scene and one of it’s leading Entrepreneurs.
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Michael’s talk at the Evening Standard Business Connections event covered the development of his various businesses and what he sees as the future of the tech scene in London and the UK. The talk was followed by a Q and A session with a range of questions from the audience generally revolving around how to be successful in the UK startup scene.
After the presentation and Q & A Michael was swamped by people asking 1 to 1 questions, so my friend and I went off to eat cheese and drink wine at the buffet tables (it’s only natural).
Later having chatted so several of the other attendees and enjoyed the complementary snacks and drinks, Michael Acton-Smith appeared in the bar area with only 5 or so people around him.
This was my chance, I approached, was somehow standing in front of him very quickly… I pulled the Wired Magazine out of my back pocket (showing off my geek credentials) and got it signed. I then produced my business card and suggested to Michael that his growing staff team at Mind Candy might appreciate and benefit from Onsite Massage 🙂 Michael seemed to appreciate the novelty of my approach and the idea of treating his team to some massage.
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He now had my card but the deal was not yet on the table… I still had work to do…
At the time of writing this blog post I haven’t landed the sweet gig of working with Mind Candy and Moshi Monsters, but for me the action of going beyond my shy and reserved self was a big move and felt great.
I also made a pitch to a former Dragon of Dragons Den, which I’ve written about in this blog post. (coming soon)
The benefits of this sort of thing:
For me, it’s about going beyond my comfort zone, to actively promote my services (rather than letting my treatments, website and clients speak for me) and to make connections in real time and space.
For the new High Tech and Startup companies: A great way to look after your staff when wages and salaries may not be as high as the industry standard, when there is a lot of pressure on the team to produce the next release of software or launch a new product. It may even stop your best people being poached by another company who can offer them more money.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure… So by looking after your staff now you can save on future recruitment costs, lost productivity, sick leave, low morale and hangover days (just book me in for a day of onsite massage after a big social event and count how many more of the team turn up for work!)
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So for example, for a regular booking of 5 hours per week, you could give 80 staff a massage per month, at a cost of around £1000, or £12.50 per head (for 15 minutes each) which is much cheaper than either a pay rise, recruiting a new team member or even in the lost productivity from a sick day, hangover or disgruntled and disenchanted member of the team…
It’s more of a positive contribution than a day of paint-balling (not to mention cheaper) and 5 minutes after their massage session has ended they’re back at their desk getting on with their tasks with a renewed enthusiasm and vigour!
I’m a low tech geek available for the high tech and Startup industry. I deliver an excellent massage, targeting the most important areas and getting real results in a short time. I come to you with my specially designed massage chair and can deliver anything from 2 hours of chair massage right up to 7 hours of massage in a day. So anywhere from 8 staff up to 28 can receive a massage in a single day!
There are of course a range of massage lengths and regular bookings will receive a preferential rate…
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Get in touch now for some complementary sessions in your office*: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Simon on 07951 621 308
Stay tuned for updates on my mission to massage the Moshi Monsters!
*Ts & Cs apply, but get in touch anyway, it’s always good to talk 🙂