Shiatsu and the Small things – Exeter, Devon

We have been without an oven for a few weeks now – I became a very creative slow-cooker cook!

Yestersay the oven got FIXED!!!!!! So on the menu last nightt – home-made pizza.

In the grand scheme of things no oven is not a big deal but boy am I feeling grateful for the small things today 😍

Being thankful for the small stuff has really helped me through these few weeks.

Thankful for the sun on my face
Thankful for family play fights
Thankful for not having to cut my nails (have to be short for Shiatsu!)
Thankful for seeing ducklings grow up
Thankful for time to organise my clothes (a job I always leave until I done all the other house jobs)

Having hands-on body work, like Shiatsu, can be similar to recognising how great the small things can make us feel. Listening and feeling how the body feels can allow an understanding of emotional and mental holding. It can provide a different perspective, ‘oh this is actually how I feel’.

I can’t wait to get back to work but until then I am thankful thay we had such a great supper last night

Xx

Shiatsu and the art of Intuition – Exeter, Devon

Yesterday I was watering the allotment. This involves carrying two watering cans, a fair distance, a number of times……

When I do this I think about my Shiatsu training and the idea of ‘coming from Hara.’ This is the abdominal area and all my movements when giving a treatment ideally come from this area.

Whilst training I remember trying to do every task from Hara – washing-up, gardening, hoovering – one fellow student even tried to brush her teeth from Hara 😁😂😁

Why is Hara such an important focus in Shiatsu?

In Shiatsu it is the centre of energy in the body.
In a treatment my energy flow is at it’s best when it comes from the Hara. This in turn helps the flow of energy in the client’s body.

It represents the ‘Intuition’ rather than the ‘analytical.’ In a treatment it is a grounded and quiet space. This helps the client to feel safe and secure. It also allows me to hear what treatment the body is asking for.

How is the Hara relevant to everyone?

Often in a treatment it becomes clear that either the client is caught up in their own thoughts – constantly using their analytical brain – or that their life demands they use their analytical brain a lot.

I often suggest to a client that sitting quietly and connecting to their Hara (their intuition) may help still their mind – and may also generate more energy across their whole body.

A good exercise to begin to connect with the Hara is to practice some deep breathing. Taking slow deep breaths right down into the belly area.

Also taking a moment to sit quietly before deciding on a decision. What is your ‘gut’ saying? What is the quiet, centred area of your body saying? What is your Hara saying?

This maybe useful as we head out of lockdown. There is likely to be more decisions to make – and maybe coming from Hara can help.

Xx

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Being Grateful – Shiatsu in Exeter, Devon

When there is soneyimhing to loo forward to or focus on – like VE day or a birthday – this lockdown business seems a bit easier.

The hardest days, in our house, are the ones where there doesn’t seem to be any change of routine for days or weeks on end.

Trying to feel motivated can feel almost impossible. When we are feeling unmotivated we have been thinking about what we are grateful for. Just a simple statement, generally in the morning.

The things the kids have said they are grateful for include that lions exist, that they can play computer games, that we made jam roly-poly….

I have been entertained and motivated by listening to the kids and getting an insight into how they see the world.

I have been grateful for moments of peace – when the kids are quiet and happy – and I can grab a coffee in the garden or sit and read.

What you feel grateful for doesn’t have to be a big thing. It can even be the same as the day before. It’s a moment focusing on a positive that may help motivation for the day..

Xx

Monday Motivation & Shiatsu

Not much is happening in our house this morning, 6 weeks in and our kids are really not into doing much school work. I really don’t mind, most importantly they are healthy and happy and settled.

As the situation goes on I’m finding it harder to generate the motivation to get myself going. I’m sure we are all in the same boat. So motivationing those around us is getting harder too.

We have come to a compromise of a little work then a break to read a book or play a phonics game. This is working for us. I am using various techniques to keep myself going. The list below is what I aim towards each day. I definitely don’t worry what I get done and what falls to the wayside.

Take time to wake up – I have a quick meditation and stretch as I get up – my body has time to get used to being awake!

Gentle exercise – I have to eat breakfast quickly as I am so hungry in the mornings – then I do a bit of gentle warm up style exercise to wake my body up further.

Shiatsu works to balance the Meridians – lines of energy in the body. With a lack of physical Shiatsu treatments exercise can help by walking the Meridians up and getting the energy following.

Set intentions – I have a basic list of what I’d like to do – as i tick them off through the day it helps me feel I’ve achieved something! Tasks include print out kids school work – tidy living room – tweet about work – easily achievable stuff.

Get into nature – we are lucky that we can get into some level of nature from our home. It helps me immensely to breathe fresh air and see wildlife and plants doing what they do.

Make sure we all eat well – I’ve been eating as well as possible and making good rounded meals for us all.

Take some time in the evening – I take stock of what we have achieved in the day.

Finally I meditate for a few minutes to settle my mind. Also I go to sleep at a sensible time.

Again I really don’t worry about what I don’t achieve and really praise what we managed to get done.

I am available for online consultations where your specific situation can be discussed. I offer tailored exercise plans to help you specifically. Also there maybe essy lifestyle changes that you can implant to help you manage your days at this time.

Do get in touch with questions or to arrange a consultation. Email amyhinkswright@yahoo.co.uk

Xx

Shiatsu and Beltane – Exeter, Devon

Shiatsu starts with how the body is feeling. Shiatsu uses touch to assess what is happening in the body and what changes take place when a different touch is applied. Is there a release of tension? Is there a better flow of energy.

With a change of energy comes possible relief from symptoms, pain, tightness, weakness. In my experience there is always an emotional and mental attachment to a physical issue, be it an injury, a chronic condition or tension and tightness.

The client maybe able to gain an understanding of how they feel about their health and or situation by experiencing a physical Shiatsu treatment . They can also gain perspective of their mental process and decision making.

This body driven perspective can allow a client to regain control of their situation. My Shiatsu sessions are always a collaboration with the client. I provide suggestions of exercises and lifestyle changes that may help. However clients generally know what they would like to do and what changes may help them to move forward.

Why am I talking about all this today? Well traditionally Beltane was celebrated as a opportunity to look forward and set personal intentions. It’s the end of the Winter and beginning of the Summer. Fires were used to promote fertility of couples, of the land, of opportunities.

Here is a quick video that I made this morning. In the beautiful May Day sunshine, so apt after a week of wet weather.

Supportive Shiatsu for May Day/ Beltane

For those of you on a journey of self discovery towards health and wellbeing why not take the opportunity to focus on what is important to you. Why not make a couple of personal intentions for the next few months. Obviously being able to step out of the house and move freely maybe the first intention for everyone!

Why not identify one or two things that you would like to let go off. Old behaviours that you know don’t work for you. Saying goodbye to decisions or situations you felt were bad for you.

This is a time of new life and new beginnings, right? Nature is doing it all around us. So why not give it a go too, what new things would you like to see in your life? Love to hear your thoughts and whether this is an idea you think could help you.

Xx

The Shiatsu Shed, Exeter, Devon

Really missing my job now. I have enjoyed making the most of the family time but the longer the lockdown goes on the more I am missing what giving Shiatsu gives me.

Whilst supporting clients to work towards their own health, happiness and wellbeing I also get a chance todo this for myself. I am missing being part of the therapeutic journey.

I also have a quiet, calm and special place to practice. Fondly nicknamed (by me) as the Shiatsu Shed. It is actually a shared space, with many husband who practices meditation teaching in there too.

At the moment the Clematis is blooming beautifully outside the window. This is one of my favourite times to practice Shiatsu as I can catch a glimpse of this beautiful plant through the window. The Shiatsu Shed is a great place to practice, even in the rain or cold. I even gave a Shiatsu whilst a thunder storm took place above.

It is a special place to provide a safe and secure environment for healing to take place. I can’t wait to get back in there. Hoping it won’t be long until I can get back into the flow. Until them I’ll make do with watching the Clematis.

Xx

Shiatsu Support – wherever you are

As some European countries begin to ease the restrictions on their citizens here in the UK we are still very much in serious social distancing and self isolation mode. The motivation is beginning to lack, in our house at least. Trying to feel inspired about the short time we can exercise for each day is becoming harder.

We are well and safe so we are lucky and we are having a really lovely time with the kids. There is a lot that I am really making the most of. Time to garden, time to hoover behind big bits of furniture. I normally just pretend that the dust isn’t piling up!

There is still a certain amount of generally anxiety around – don’t you think. Particularly in supermarkets where people seem highly-strung and short tempered. I have also noticed it with people’s reactions whilst driving, and even whilst walking, at times. For a lot of households there is the added stress of financial issues, uncertainty of work. Then there are the single parents, maybe full-time or co-parenting, so having to say goodbye to their children every week. What about those people in isolation due to health issues and what about those with mental health needs. There are a lot of people with a lot going on.

I have been posting videos of exercises that support the lungs and chest and also can help with anxiety, stress, distress and depression. Wherever you are you can access these videos, at any time. Some people are following along as I do the video and others are using what they remember at a time convenient to them. These are on my Facebook page – link below. I can always send them via WhatsApp if you don’t use Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/shiatsuinexeter

Here is my most recent video – https://www.facebook.com/ShiatsuInExeter/videos/1096982903999972/

I have chosen to include this one as it includes exercises for both lungs and anxiety. It does have an interruption – which shows the perils of working from home!

I can always create personalised exercise routines if you require more specific exercises. I am also offering online consultations and support if needs be. You can email me at amyhinkswright@yahoo.co.uk

So wherever you are do stay safe, keep on going, and shout if you need support.

xx

So How Are You Doing? Shiatsu support- Exeter, Devon

The only way to deal with the strange situation that we are in is to take one day at a time – right? Yesterday I was feeling a little strange, stranger than normal is a more honest statement.

This is what I felt and the realisation that I had.

Hello All

How are you doing?

💚I had a tough morning today – I woke and had that moment where everything is normal before remembering the situation we are in….

🧡I instanly felt low, and bamboozled, a bit unmotivated. I felt like the beautiful sun streaming in was mocking me!

❤I got up and was gentle to myself – ate a good breakfast and did some Do-In and stretching. I swept and cleaned the kitchen floor. Achieving something I can control helped me feel a whole lot better.

💚Later I did an exercise session with my husband and kids – I will try and video one of these sessions once we are in a rhythm – the Joe Wicks PE sessions taking place are a no-go for us – but a little mix of Self-Shiatsu and simple yoga poses is working for us.

🧡Each day I am limiting my contact with technology more and more. I am now off my personal Facebook page. I am hardly reading WhatsApp messages. I leave my phone away from me for hours at a time. I am not going on any news sites except once at lunch and 9nce in the evening. This is the best thing I could have done. I feel calmer, more grounded and quieter about the situation.

❤I realise one of the reasons I felt down was that I want to work. I am enjoying being at home but miss the interaction I get with clients. I love the therapeutic work and how it inspires me to push my self development.

💚So if you are interested in having a video consultation with me – in which I can provide support as I would in the consultation space at the beginning of the treatments – then get in touch. This would be on a donation basis – so please do consider this an option even if you feel it’s not financially possible.

🧡I can offer individual self care Shiatsu and exercises and lifestyle recommendations to support your individual needs.

❤And what about exercise classes online? Would you join in with me – if I did them live? These would offer exercises that support the lungs and chest, the body’s vitality and general energy. Also exercises to calm and ground. Again this would be for a donation.

💚Any other ideas? Anything else you would benefit from?

Take care everyone – be kind to yourself – these are strange times

xx

Coronavirus and Shiatsu Points – Exeter, Devon

My goodness these are pretty crazy times we are living in right now. I am loving the kindness that people are showing, looking to protect the vulnerable. I am not loving the fear-mongering news coverage or the me-first panic-buying.

We all have older or vulnerable people in our lives and it’s so hard to know exactly how to keep them safe from catching the virus.

If you, or someone you know, catches Coronavirus you may want try the points I have pulled together.

These Shiatsu points (same as Acupuncture and Acupressure points) are for coughs, lung issues, excess phlegm and breathlessness.

The points in the video may be useful for other common colds or lung issues you or those around you maybe suffering with.

I am always happy to give more detail if you would like it. Feel free to contact me and I can send further videos or arrange a Skype call.

Also I can provide more individual points or exercises if needs be. Whatever concerns or issues you may have there are points or exercises, that you can use at home, that maybe able to help.

Stay safe everyone – in this unusual situation – and please contact me if you’d like to discuss how I may be able to offer distance support.

Xx

Immune boosting Shiatsu – Exeter, Devon

I am still here – offering Shiatsu in Exwick, Exeter. This gentle form of therapy can help boost the immune system and ease high levels of stress. Both useful in these crazy Corona Virus times.

There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment and this can easily affect small businesses, like mine and many others.

I have had a cancellation tomorrow – Monday 16th at 11.30. Plus the, generally popular, 7pm appointment on a Tuesday is available this week – 17th.

I am offering sessions at these times for a reduced price of £35. If you can make either time then do email to book – amyhinkswright@yahoo.co.uk

Another way to support my business would be to buy a gift voucher – maybe for mother’s day? Or for a friend or loved one. Vouchers can be used at any time, so won’t go out of date.

Shiatsu is very supportive an relaxing to have – it can be a great space to ease he mental strain of the uncertainty we are facing. It is also pretty enjoyable to receive!