Listening to Oprah’s podcast again, this time with Tim Storey, I’m struck by his phrase, “a vessel of honour”. Those who know me will know my love of words. I love how words sound together, how they conjure up images and feelings, and how the right words at the right time can elevate us to lighter moods and higher outlooks.
So, today I’m being a vessel of honour. And it feels great. To me it means that I set aside my doubts and concerns, my self-pity and my fears, and I fill myself with optimism and possibility. I ask, “What if today was going to be a great day? What if I could let things be easy? What if I could shine like the star I am from now til dusk? What if this blog could pretty much write itself as I allow myself to rise above the fear of judgement and the risk of failure?
Being a vessel of honour asks me to stand a little taller and breathe a little deeper. But it’s not just that. Being a vessel of honour calls me to awaken within and let my heart fully open into the moment. Connecting with my honour stirs my courage. Connecting with my honour reminds me that I have gifts to share and help to offer.
It’s with this openhearted courage that I invite you to the next stop on the Tribe of Thrive train.
If you want to get on with living and thriving; If you need to get unstuck; If anxiety’s holding you back; this 4 week evening class is for you.
A neuroscience-driven, fun and transformative way to get inspired, get focused, get confident and get on. You just need to get booked in. Full details are on my website.
All vessels of honour are welcome. And I’m excited to share this time, this learning and this opportunity with you. Contact me to reserve your place.
I feel humbled several times a day.
Today, as I ran through Horfield Common, listening to Malala Yousafzai talk to Oprah (on SuperSoul Conversations podcast), I was brought to tears.
Malala ignites in me a magnificent sense of awe and wonder at the strength, courage and potential that lies within us as humans. The power of intention. The majesty and the ministry of love.
Every good act on the planet is an expression of love. To be of service to others, and therefore to the world, is to make love manifest.
Malala’s path is to bring education to every girl. Mine feels twofold… to inspire fellow practitioners towards effortless excellence and to ease everyone towards wellness.
I want to live in a Tribe of Thrive. Do you want to join?
As meditation continues, my experience of my heart keeps evolving. Writing about it feels helpful to me. The discipline of selecting and combining the most appropriate words to outwardly express an inner experience is challenging and fun somehow. Publishing the words feels like a positive thing too. An owning. A sharing. Letting myself be seen. (Eek!)
Recently I’ve been meditating more and bringing tender presence to my heart. Images and feelings have been coming up and I’m receiving them with loving compassion. This poem captures the essence of it so far.
After a solid spell of kneehab, rest and recuperation, I’m delighted to be returning to work in January 2017.
Initially I will be available for massage sessions and hypnotherapy treatment on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10th Jan, at The Healing Rooms, Gloucester Road. Please get in touch if you would like to book in.
Sessions will be in limited supply while I build my stamina again, so I will be operating an active cancellation list – perfect if you are unable to get booked in, but available at short notice if a slot becomes free. Do ask about this when you get in touch via 07976 710 368 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to working with you soon.
Happy New Year,
Following a recent knee injury I’m having an operation* on 21st September. As a result I will be out of action for a good few weeks while I recover and get nicely mobile again. I will keep you updated as things progress and let you know when I can start taking bookings again.
Best wishes all,
* anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
When my brother said he’d like world peace for Christmas, I instantly replied, “I’m working on it… one treatment at a time.” I was only half-joking! You’d be surprised how much peaceful positive feeling can be generated by good massage. And you might also be surprised how much hypnotherapy can help change old patterns of anger, rage and frustration.
Anger is one of the three default emotional states we naturally go into when we encounter stress. When we encounter stress, we naturally either feel anxious, angry or depressed, or some combination of all three. But how often we go into these states, and how long we stay there, is more under our control than you might imagine.
Taking the time to deeply relax on the massage / hypnotherapy couch enables us to switch from our sympathetic nervous system’s stress response of “fight, flight or freeze” into our parasympathetic nervous system’s relaxation response “rest, digest and heal” . This naturally takes us out of the emotional states of anxiety, anger and depression and into a more peaceful positive state of mind.
From this more positive state of mind, anything is possible… even World Peace!
If you think you know someone who might benefit, please share this post with them.
The weekend of 31st October – 1st November is approaching and I’m excited about it because I’ll be meeting a new group of people. People from all kinds of backgrounds, with all manner of idiosyncracies, points of view and passions. But these people will have at least one thing in common – they all want to learn about massage.
We’ll spend two days exploring touch and exploring the responses. We’ll spend time massaging ourselves – self massage is a great skill in itself – and we’ll spend time massaging each other. Along the way we’ll discuss what massage is all about, look at things that support us when we’re massaging, such as moving well, minimising effort, avoiding strain, being mindful.
We’ll look at massage in a chair or on the floor, as well as using massage couches. And we’ll learn about being safe, being creative, and being effective. We’re sure to have a laugh or three along the way. Oh, and there will be biscuits! Definitely biscuits.
I’m looking forward to feeling satisfied and inspired on Sunday evening. Satisfied and inspired by the way this new group of people interacted, shared and respected each other. The way they created a safe space for exploration, learning and building their confidence. When the groups leaves feeling excited about massaging their friends, family, and partners I’ll know my work is done!
I look forward to meeting you there.
As many of you know, I run regular monthly supervision groups for massage practitioners. It’s a safe space to share, ask, practice and celebrate. Essential professional support and development for the motivated therapist.
The groups are based either in Clifton or on Gloucester Road, and the dates and times are thus:
Group 1 Monday morning, Clifton:
Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 16, Dec 14.
Group 2 Friday morning, Gloucester Road:
Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18.
Group 3 Friday afternoon, Clifton:
Sept 11, Oct 30, Nov 20, Dec 18.
£25 per session, with a 10% discount available for paying for all 4 upfront.
If you are interested in joining a group, please get in touch asap for more information. Places are limited.
It was so exciting to be invited to Bristol’s award winning ShoutOut Radio this week. You can hear the interview here, where I talk about life since I quit my regular 9-5 job and moved into the worlds of massage and hypnotherapy. You can listen to the whole hour long show, or press play and move the pink dial to about “twenty five past” to catch my ten minute chat. Please tell me what you think of it 🙂