Our topic for discussion today is on our thoughts. We all have them, constantly, and for many they can seemingly unwillingly and uncontrollably occupy our mind with an activity or quality that does not support our health and wellbeing.
What are the core components that make a good remedial or deep tissue massage? There are the obvious things such as good technique, sound knowledge of anatomy, physiology and trigger point therapy is essential along with an understanding of how to assess the body both through observation, palpation and discussion pre and post massage is vital in order to know what your massage plan is going to be. However, have you ever thought of the quality of how a therapist delivers a massage as being an equal ingredient in the recipe of what makes for a good massage?
I was first introduced to The Yoga of Stillness, Esoteric Yoga, nearly ten years ago by some friends who were practitioners of this modality. Over the years I had already explored many styles of yoga and had been teaching yoga myself for nearly seven.
The practice of Esoteric Yoga, The Yoga of Stillness was unlike any other yoga class that I had attended and I must say it was a game changer for me in that I experienced everything that I had always been looking for in yoga, but had not yet found up until that point.
This class is a 12 minute simple and gentle yoga/exercise session accessible to all. In the event of existing injury and/or medical condition, please take into consideration any recommendation from your primary care physician and be discerning if the physical movements and exercises offered here are appropriate for you. Listen to your body, enjoy and let yourself be guided what your body feels.
We have had a lot of feedback from our previous Body Awareness Meditation to offer a longer version. So here it is!
This is a newly recorded 20 minute Body Awareness Meditation that can be done either in sitting or a lying position. A great meditation to do when you are feeling a bit out of sorts, or can be used as an opportunity to deepen your connection with your body.
In this 10 minute video Donna shares with you some of her favourite stretches. When trying these stretches at home, please take care of yourself by only attempting the stretches if they are appropriate for your body.
Whilst stretching, maintain a gentle natural breath and it is important to not push yourself in the stretches at all. You can hold each stretch for several breaths.
If you are trying these stretches for yourself at home, please take care of your body by being aware of any injuries or conditions that may prevent you from doing the stretches. For those with hip or knee injuries, the hip stretches are best avoided.
Donna Nolan teaches Yoga, Exercise & Massage and is a Bodywork Therapist. She has a love of working with the body and enjoys sharing with people how to move and exercise in connection with their body.
This is a 9 minute recording of The Gentle Breath Meditation™. This meditation is a simple meditation to support you to reconnect back to a gentle quality within your body through choosing to breath gently. It is a very simple meditation that is great for beginners as well as experienced meditators.
The focus of this meditation is to connect to a quality of gentleness and then when you get up from this meditation and head back into your daily activities, there is the invitation to take this quality with you into your next movements.
This is a brief communication to keep everyone formally informed on the changes of Yoga & Healing services due to and in response to what was declared the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
In accordance with the Australian Government and the Department of Health directives and guidelines we have closed our clinics and as such we are currently not able to offer face to face sessions. We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.
In response, we are expanding our activity online.
In our last article Is Self-Nurturing Selfish? we exposed that attending to ourselves – our health and wellbeing (aka self-nurturing) first, is not selfish and that although this is often thought to be the case, that it is indeed a deeply harmful myth.
In this article we would like to offer simple tools to support you to put yourself first – not for selfish reasons, but so that you are able to be of full service to others and bring your all to what you do and those you meet.
In our experience of life and working with clients in our clinics, it is clear that many of us hold the common belief (particularly for women), that putting ourselves first is a selfish act, yet this is in reality the total opposite to the truth.
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About Donna Nolan
Donna Nolan has a love of supporting people to reconnect with their body through yoga, meditation, massage and the Esoteric Therapies. With over 17 years experience as a practitioner, she is dedicated to true health and wellbeing.
About Alexandra Plane
As a complementary health practitioner, yoga and meditation instructor Alexandra Plane is known for her gentle nature, love for people and deep integrity. Alexandra’s love and dedication is towards bringing deep care back into people’s life and the community.