What’s this about Belize?

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What’s this about Belize?

I used to be the girl who never had a plan..” Little Dragon

Dear Friends,

Have you ever seen or read something that hit you in the face so hard you couldn’t ignore it? Suddenly all your dormant dreams rise to the surface together with your personal fears and create a swirling vortex around you. When I stumbled across Catalyze retreat it was as though someone was reaching a hand down into that vortex and offering to pull me up. I had a vision of the possible future I had barely dared to believe positioned tantalisingly over the rim of the swirling mayhem.

Since posting my campaign to social media I have had a number of people approach me to ask “What’s this about Belize?” They would like to know what I expect to get out of it, and the underlying (politely unspoken) question is “Why should we help you with this?”

First let me clarify that I do not expect a free ride on a self-indulgent trip. I am dedicated to making this trip happen with or without the help and support of others. This has always been my approach in life. There is no ‘should’ when it comes to helping me, if you wish to support me, you will, if you do not you wont. There is a deeper issue at stake here. One of the important things I intend to get out of this trip is to


Fear #1 : Asking for help

I have received a lot of help over the years from many different quarters, most often my friends and family. I have appreciated it and shown this appreciation every single time. It was not easy for me to accept the help offered but I had to acknowledge that it was necessary for me to move forward, and that I am not a one-woman-band.

Limit your wants, meet your needs” – Gandhi

A lovely client quoted this to me when I was speaking to her about the trip and my plans to raise funds. I love it because it perfectly embodies my plan of action to ensure that the goal is met. I work very hard at everything I do, believing that I should give 100% to my clients at all times. This is the same whether I am providing a deep tissue massage, a healing session, or teaching a yoga class. I believe I am there to help and to heal. Try me! Donate and leave me a request on Facebook and I will perform a distance healing for you personally.

Over the years I have sought comfort in food, social activities and shopping to name a few. These things became a pacifier for unmet needs rather than something healthy and enjoyable. However I have come to a place now where I realise that there is very little that I require materially to be content. The additional motivation of the Self-development opportunity I need offered by Catalyze really crystallises this for me and keeps me from being distracted.

Fear #2 : Other people’s opinions

If we all did the things we are really capable of dong, we would literally astound ourselves” – Thomas Edison

I’m not a self-indulgent person. I work hard as I have said. However in launching this campaign I have had to acknowledge anew how much I still care what other people – even strangers think of me. This has been one of the most limiting factors in my personal development. This fear could be broken down into many different expressions: Fear of being considered selfish, of rejection, of not being good enough, of disappointing others, of being mocked. It all boils down to the same thing. I have valued other people’s opinion of me more highly than my own. There are times when I have genuinely disappointed myself in life, but there are many other times when I have allowed outside influence to sway me away from what I know to be the best path for me when I should have trusted my own compass. This will not be one of those times. I have no criticism either way on what people think or speak of me but I had to put this out there to prove to myself that it doesn’t matter to me whether anyone else approves of what I consider to be honourable intentions.

Fear #3 : Failure

This fear is common to most of us, so I know I am not alone in this. The suspicion that I cannot do any better than this, and that I will always be working fingers to the bone just to pay the bills while trying to rustle up some extra energy to be a loving parent, friend and girlfriend is bleak to say the least. I’ve worked around this fear for years. I’m no stranger to failure really, but I dust myself off and try again.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

I am very fortunate that I have now found what I can confidently state is my purpose in life. After trying many things for work and leisure I have found something that I do not want to give up EVER. I never want to stop giving healing energy to people, I never want to stop helping people to feel better and improve their lives. What comes first though is to create of myself a clear and sustainable channel of that energy. Catalyze is going to help me do this. Failure can become my friend as it teaches me the direction not to go in. I am extremely grateful for that.

Fear #4 : Being a burden

As babies we start as a burden and a blessing. My beautiful parents would never regret a single ounce of energy, love and yes, money they have expended on my behalf. As I have grown I have felt a strong desire to become less of a burden and more of a blessing in my personal relationships and on society. I wish to be the superhero, I want to provide for those who have provided for me in my infancy and into adulthood.

When I was 10 years old, my parents unselfishly gave up their opportunity of any kind of career to serve the needs of others in the Middle East. They returned to the UK when my Dad reached retirement age and my Mum redesigned and re-qualified herself as a foot-care specialist to support them. Even in her work she is giving again and again. There is only so much longer this will be possible. It’s hard work and she does this despite having suffered with rheumatoid arthritis for many years.

I feel it really is my turn. Facing this fear and turning it around is not an option, it is a necessity, and this very special team of people on the Catalyze Retreat are offering the resources I need to make these kind of level-jump in my business.

Fears aside, opening this door already seems to have caused a shift in my life patterns. This past week I have been contacted by two people offering work opportunities which I am excited to be a part of. If even the act of setting this intention to attend the Catalyze trip has brought positive opportunities to my doorstep, who am I to back out now. Like Edison, I shall always try, just one more time.

To donate visit http://igg.me/at/wduQ7tCuATE

To learn more about Catalyze visit www.thecatalyzeretreat.com

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Product Recommendation – Allicin Max

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The question that people ask me when I recomment Allicin to them is ‘What makes this garlic (derived) supplement any different to the garlic supplement that I am taking now?’ It’s a good question.

I take Allicin because of it’s anti-microbial and immune supporting actions. It certainly seems to ward off the worst of all those viruses that the kids bring home from school! And that’s coming from someone who has, in the past, been susceptible to every little virus going, and the occasional bout of tonsilitis. If I start feeling a little under the weather I increase my dose (in addition to Vitamin C and Zinc which I seem naturally tend to be low in).

The answer to the question is that Allicin is the most potent thing in garlic, however, as the brand’s preferred retailer says:

“No other garlic supplements contain ANY allicin. They rely on your body being able to generate allicin once you have swallowed the tablet or capsule. Garlic oil supplements are produced by distilling fresh garlic, the oil that is produced is then diluted and placed into a capsule. This destroys most, if not all of the available allicin. A few garlic powder supplements can generate some allicin but this depends on the prevailing stomach conditions and may take several hours to accomplish conversion to allicin. New AllicinMax® doesn’t need to wait to be converted since it actually IS allicin. When AllicinMax® enters your stomach it dissolves for easy absorption into the blood stream and breaks down to form allicin derivatives. The allicin in AllicinMax® likes the acid environment of your stomach, unlike other supplements that can be inactivated by acidic conditions.”

Don’t just take their word for it however, pick some up for yourself at B Healthy in St Albans. More information at www.allimax.com/products.html

Product Recommendation – Sun Chlorella ‘A’

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“High quality chlorella contains basic nutrients for health in abundance”

When reading these kind of sentences it can sometimes be too easy to feel awash with well-being speak. The fact is, with Sun Chlorella ‘A’ it does exactly what it says on the tin.

The product was recommended to me by a lady called Nadine. Nadine is not a therapist, nor a nutritionist, she is just a lovely lady who discovered that taking this supplement had a positive impact on her health – in more ways than claimed by the product!

Of all the Chlorella supplements on the market, Sun Chlorella A is on the upper end price-wise, very good products are also provided by such brands as Pukka and Nature’s Aid. Chlorella is a whole food, lauded for it’s high nutritional content. These nutrients include: essential amino acids, protein, minerals, vitamins, chlorophyll and carotene. The protein in fact accounts for 60% of the weight.

In addition to this, the technology used to produce the supplements guarantees that cell walls are broken down by 95%, ensuring that all this goodness is absorbable by our bodies.

When I take the product myself I experience less fatigue, higher mental alertness, increased energy and a general feeling of healthiness. Nadine experienced an additional benefit. She had been suffering from neck and lower back pain for some time. After starting on Sun Chlorella ‘A’ this recovered completely! It turns out that a secondary action of the nutrients in chlorella is to have a beneficial effect on connective tissue in the body.

If you’d like more detailed information on Sun Chlorella ‘A’, please visit www.sunchlorella.co.uk

Get your Life(Pak) back!

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This week has been a week of nursing my sick family back to health! My partner developed a throat infection and stomach pains over the weekend and by Sunday my 5 year old had also succumbed. Fortunately for me, despite being a little weary, have been introduced to a secret weapon! This morning my first delivery of the Pharmanex LifePak supplements arrived on my doorstep. Now I have tried many different vitamin and mineral supplements in my time and I have to say that this offering took me by surprise.

I was struggling with viral onslaughts this Autumn for several weeks and was coming to the end of my tether. Then the kind ladies with whom I work with some anti-ageing technology (post coming soon!) kindly gave me a week’s worth of their LifePak supplements. Within one day I was feeling better and ordered my own LifePack a week later. The system is simple. You take four tablets twice daily with food. The ingredients of these tablets are those common to any over-the-counter supplements with one important difference. LifePak’s ingredients have been thoroughly tested and developed to ensure 100% bioavailability. This means that every benefit you pay for is absorbed by the body and doing it’s work effectively.

For more details on this and Pharmanex’s other nutritionals, please give me a call on 07854 157 234.


Sun Power Yoga

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You may recall I mentioned my introduction to Sun Power Yoga at Holistic Health in May. I haven’t forgotten that I promised to blog about my experience of the DVD that I purchased as part of my research into different Yoga Teacher Training Courses. The Sun Power Yoga website states:

“Sun Power Yoga is a Modern Contemporary School of Yoga that specialises in deep intensive training through their teacher training centres. The founder Anne-Marie Newland has trained and studied many of the traditional forms of yoga practice including Sivananda yoga in which she is qualified working with Swami Vishnu Devananda back in 1984, Iyengar yoga (though not as a teacher)and studied the art of Astanga from various well known teachers here and in the States.”

Following my experience of Iyengar Yoga with Steve Lamont here in St Albans and my appreciation for the emphasis on correct positioning and alignment, this does seem to be a course I would appreciate.
The DVD, though not exactly what you would call ‘high budget’ (does it need to be?) is very clear and provides easier options on the most advanced postures. It takes a little time to get used to taking all the information on screen, the pace is moderate. There are certainly postures that I find challenging, so I shall continue with my practice using this DVD for a while before visiting some local Sun Power Yoga classes and deciding whether this type of Yoga Teacher Training is for me.
Accreditations include:
  • YMCA Approved Centre to deliver CYQ LEVEL 3 REPS Yoga Syllabus diploma
    (an international qualification, includes Australia and NZ)
  • REPS Approved
  • Skills Active Approved
  • Job Centre Approved
  • Learning and Skills Approved
  • YOGA ALLIANCE for our Sun Power Yoga 200Hrs
The only one noticeably missing is of course the British Wheel of Yoga, but as the Alliance accreditation is International, this seems sufficient.
One thing I really appreciated about Anne-Marie’s style of teaching is that she uses classic hand gestures to create a smooth, flowing and mindful practice that seems to help me centre myself more easily amongst the challenge of the postures.
Click here for more information about Sun Power Yoga.

Lava Shells Relax

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I had the pleasure in June of training with Shared Beauty Secrets on the Lava Shells Relax course. It is a course I signed up for at the Holistic Health exhibition earlier this year and I have to say the course is fantastic!

We took it in turns to be the ‘body’ and I have to confess that when I was being guinea pig I actually fell asleep…

I’m very happy to add this to my massage repertoire, as it is surely one of the most indulgently relaxing treatments to be had. The heat of the shells and the exotic scent of the oil is delicious, you wont want it to end! The shells themselves are so pretty also, it just adds to the whole experience.

Here is the Lava Shells offer: 20% off a Lava Shells Relax massage until the end of July! 

See Treatments page for more details.

Peace :)
Sha sha

Holistic Health & Beauty UK Exhibitions 2011

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My colleagues and I spent a stimulating day at the Holistic Health and Beauty UK exhibitions this weekend and needless to say came away buzzing with ideas! There are a few products I will be reviewing here including Sun Power Yoga and Genki Haramaki, the Japanese organ-warming garment that is taking the UK by storm.
A treatment about which I am particularly enthusiastic is the Lava Shells Massage Treatment. As new enthusiasts, Shasharishi will be offering Lava Shells Treatments in the very near future.
Keep checking the blog for more details!
Shasha x
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