Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Relax man...

Relax your shoulders, do it now. Shrug and relax your shoulders down. 

So often people don't even realize how they're holding themselves. I do it myself, I hunch my shoulders over all the time and then I complain about how my shoulders hurt! 
However if you purposely  relax your shoulders you are making a positive change to your body. 

Every so often when you're sat at your desk, watching telly, walking the dog, just take a second to think of your shoulders, let them fall down your back. 

It will help your posture, keep at it and you'll notice the difference I promise! 

Jules 

Monday, 7 January 2013

Why Prenatal Massage?




Why Prenatal Massage?

This therapeutic massage focuses on the special needs of the mother to be as her body goes through some of the most dramatic changes of her body’s life. It enhances the function of the muscles and joints, improves circulation and body tone and relieves mental and physical fatigue.

The non-invasive approach of prenatal massage can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy, can help the mother-to-be prepare for labour and give her vital nurturing emotional support.

Prenatal massage offers a wide range of physiological, emotional and psychological benefits such as:
  • Alleviating stress on weight bearing joints.
  • Assists in remedying many of the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy, muscular discomforts, lower back pain, upper back pain, headaches, leg cramps, sciatica, stiffness, tension and knots, carpal tunnel syndrome, heartburn, acid reflux, fatigue, nasal congestion, shortness of breath.
  • Increases blood circulation, which provides more oxygen and nutrients to both mother and baby and stimulates the lymph system, thereby increasing immunity and removal of toxins.
  • Stabilizes hormonal levels and helps relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes.
  • Soothes and relaxes the nervous system by releasing endorphins into the mother’s body. As a result, the expectant mother feels more relaxed and at ease, which will help her sleep easier and deeper.
  • Assists in maintaining good posture and adjusting to a changing alignment caused by the baby’s increasing weight. Massage increases muscle tone and flexibility, enhancing the ability to carry the extra weight while also relieving aches and pains, leg cramps and muscle spasms.
  • Offers a natural, safe, drug-free alternative choice for pain relief, since taking medications are limited during a pregnancy.
  • Alongside regular massage the mother-to-be can practice self massage and stretching sequences.
  • In addition to the physical benefits, prenatal massage provides expecting women with the emotional support and nurturing touch provided by nonsexual human touch and energy.


Pregnant clients are encouraged to schedule fortnightly appointments, however as often as can be afforded is of course better than nothing. Towards the end of the pregnancy, weekly appointments are recommended for maximum benefit.

To book your appointment for prenatal massage or for more information, just get in touch!

Tel: 07837 546283          

Email: julesyogamassage@gmail.com             




Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Sorry I've been gone....

I've been away from the world for a while now and although I've been working as much as I can and of course looking after my lovely Sammy and attempting to look after my fiance Chris as well, my main job has been growing a baby. I have suffered through my first trimester (totally unexpected, I barely felt pregnant at all with Sammy, this one has been like being hit by a tornado) and I'm now starting to feel 'normal' again. Chris calls it 'blooming'. I call it 'rapid expansion'! But we're happy and well.

Sorry I've not been teaching much, I've tried to make it to most of my classes, I've tried to teach people well but I feel as though I have let people down over the past few months in an attempt at holding on to my precious little foetus. Yoga, for the time-being has been placed on the back burner. However I feel more confident as a teacher now I can focus my attention more on my class and deliver a better class. Although I look a bit funny practicing yoga and demonstrating yoga to the class but if you can bare with me, and most of my students have just been FAB and I can't thank them enough for their support, the classes are becoming more interesting and inspiring every week and I feel as though I'm starting to really come into my own!

I'm now focusing my attention on my workshop this Sunday at The Yoga Space, focusing on a slow flow restorative yoga to start, suitable for everyone and ending with a guided meditation, either sitting or lying down. Ending in the best kind of yoga, chocolate yoga therapy, the best way to end any practice! I really can't wait. I really hope to see some of my Yoga Space students there as well as some other people who I haven't met before!
This workshop is really suitable for everyone, never tried yoga before? No worries. Pregnant? So am I, it's cool. Post natal? What a great way to relax! Medical issues, no problem!

So hope to see you soon, and I hope that my old regulars can forgive my sudden absence from work :)

Shanti,

Jules xx

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Ode to Sammybean



When I look at my son I see so many things. Sometimes I see his eyes that look like mine. I usually see his mouth that is just like his dads. His cute ready styled hair frames his face beautifully but usually I just see myself in him, bursting with pride. Not just for his good looks, but how his personality is shaping up to be. His pleases and thank yous, bargaining when he wants a bit more time, a bit more food, a new toy. His counting (getting up to 37 without hinting now!), his truly awful jokes (gets them from his Grandpa). And of course don’t forget his love of playing hide and seek. But also his general good nature and general awesomeness, but also when he’s stroking the cat and giving him cuddles and being super gentle with the beast. When he’s gardening with me with his garden gloves on and his spade. When he’s exploring things in his bedroom with his ‘Sam’ superhero cape on. When he randomly says that people are beautiful and then wants to ring them to tell them, the latest being Auntie Sarah who he said ‘looked like a princess on her wedding day’. When he’s tired and he holds onto his ears and when I pick him up to cuddle him he holds onto my ‘big’ ears too. Of course he has his moments when I yell at him, he does naughty things like any other kid, but I try not to remember it!

On the whole I think I’m pretty lucky, in fact I think that anyone who has anything to do with Sammy and any influence over his life is pretty lucky. If it isn't Sammy wanting Grandma cuddles it’s him wanting to feed the fish with Grandad Michael, or playing hide and seek with Chrissy, or being as tall as Uncle Paul. He is so lucky to have so many family and friends who love him but honestly I think it’s everyone in his life who should be lucky to have him enhancing everyone’s lives. Especially mine. 

So here's my thoughts about parenthood. Love them unconditionally. Count yourself lucky that you have children in your life, whether they're yours or not. Just be there with them and never ever take yourself seriously around them! 

Namaste 

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

15 Things You Should Give Up To Find Happiness:


15 Things You Should Give Up To Find Happiness: 

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. I hold on to so many things as others do too, and they cause a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today I will give up on all those things that no longer serve me. Are you ready? Here we go:

1. Give up your need to always be right
There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big? 

2. Give up your need for control
Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc, you can’t control everything anyway! Whether they are loved ones, co-workers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.
“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu

3. Give up on blame
Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.

4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk
Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.
“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle.

5. Give up your limiting beliefs
Beliefs about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!
“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle.

6. Give up complaining
Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you un-happy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

7. Give up the luxury of criticism
Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.

8. Give up your need to impress others
Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take off all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.

9. Give up your resistance to change
Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” Joseph Campbell.

10. Give up labels
Stop labelling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer.

11. Give up on your fears
Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt.

12. Give up your excuses
Send them packing, get Alan Sugar on them, point the finger and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.

13. Give up the past
I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now. Life’s a journey not a destination. In the words of the Zen Dog 

‘He knows not where he’s going, 
For the ocean will decide. 
It’s not the DESTINATION... 
It’s the glory of the ride’

-Edward Monkton.

14. Give up attachment
This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another, attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words. I don’t believe in attachment parenting, I believe in LOVE parenting!

15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations
Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. I did this for years. Eventually it backfires, trust me. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget about themselves. You have one life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.

So if you’ve read this and thought, wow she must be really serene and enlightened having done all these things then don’t kid yourself. I haven’t done them. I’m trying to do them. All. No apologies for trying to be a better person. 

Just one step at a time....

Namaste

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Massage Number 1



I have had a new flourish of massage clients over the past few weeks which is ace. And I’ve loved meeting new people, massaging old friends for the first time and returning to well massaged bodies for more work too. It’s all ace for me. 
Every time someone rings me or emails me and asks to come for a massage it makes me happy on the inside, not for my wallet. I’m happy that people value the importance of taking care of themselves, looking after their bodies. And they trust me to help them take care of themselves.  It’s a great job, I really can’t complain. 
Every now again you can get a client who just gets you and what you’re trying to do. They completely relax their body into your hands and allow you to work with them and in the end they get so much more out of the massage than just relaxation or looser shoulders or whatever they came in for. They get this calm serene look on their faces. It almost looks a bit like they’re drunk, but drunk on happiness. And when I see that look in people, it immediately reminds me of why I trained and why I’m the luckiest person in the world for getting to do this wonderful job. 

Monday, 16 April 2012

Another vegan delight!


So here's another recipe for some vegan loveliness! Enjoy! 

Rice and Lentil Salad

Great as a side dish for a BBQ, a lunch salad or as part of a main meal. Easy to make and super filling!

Serves 12

Ingredients:
·      500g brown rice
·      300g puy lentils
·      3 spring onions
·      1 small red onion
·      5 tbsp soy sauce
·      7 tbsp olive oil
·      3 tbsp lemon juice
·      Salt and pepper to taste

Method:
1.    Bring 1.5litres water to the boil, cook rice until done. Bring 900ml water to the boil in a different pan, add lentils and cook until done but not mushed up, around 30 mins. Drain both well and rinse with cold water. You can cook them both in the same pan if you want with 2.5 litres of water.
2.    Finely chop onions. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and combine everything in a large bowl.  Yes, it’s that easy!

Jules Staveley