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Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is much more than just a massage. Tapping into centuries of Chinese medicine, this Japanese healing art treats everything from injuries to general symptoms of ill health. It is particularly good at treating stress related issues. What can Shiatsu Massage treat? Back and neck pain Whiplash Joint pain and stiffness Depression and low self-esteem Sports injuries Digestive problems Headaches Fatigue and burnout Menstrual problems Widely used in medical settings and charities, Shiatsu looks at all the layers of...
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Don't Rush Forgiveness

Don't Rush Forgiveness

In my psychotherapy practice I often sit with people who are struggling with forgiveness.  Many of us, whether in therapy or not, have a hard time forgiving both ourselves and others. Someone close to us betrays our trust. Someone takes something from us, be it a purse, a car, or our very sense of safety in the world. We’re told when this happens that we must not act like victims. We’re “survivors” of every awful thing that befalls us. We seek the experience of forgiveness in order to free ourselves from hatred, anger, grief and again, victimhood. But forgiveness is...
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Why We Shouldn't Fear Touch

Why We Shouldn't Fear Touch

The media impress upon us the often horrifying results of inappropriate touch. As increasing numbers of celebrities have come under investigatation, media coverage has been innundated with examples of inappropriate touch.  The fact that Rolf Harris is now serving five years for using his celebrity status to control young women is a case in point.  Are we  fearful of touch?  We now struggle to decipher what is appropriate and what isn't.  At this years sports day, I was surprised to discover that primary school teachers are no longer allowed to put suntan lotion onto...
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Parenting and Gender: What's the Difference?

Parenting and Gender: What's the Difference?

When my triplet daughters went to university in 2005 my household switched overnight from one in which I, as a female, was in a 4:2 majority, to one in which I was outnumbered. Suddenly it was just me, my then three-year old son, and his dad. The shift in dynamic is one I'm still getting used to as my son grows up. I confess I miss my daughters, and I miss female company. People assume I'm an old hand at this parenting lark, but the truth is that raising one boy is very different to raising a trio of girls, and is providing just as much of a learning curve. Parenting...
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Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage

If there is ever a time you need a massage it's when you are pregnant. The average pregnancy weight gain is 12.5kg  and this can create all sorts of aches and pains that massage treats brilliantly, but here many other highly beneficial effects too.  What can pregnancy massage treat? Relieving lower back pain Giving you space to integrate the changes your body is going through Reducing anxiety Providing a neutral space to explore how you feel about your pregnancy Helping get better quality sleep Managing swollen feet and...
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What We Don't Know About Death

What We Don't Know About Death

I’ve heard ghost stories about death before, but, until the spring of 2008, I didn’t realise that in reality they were usually love stories. No one in my family realized that until, one March morning, my father unexpectedly died in his sleep. My beloved elder sister Katharine happened to be awake in her bedroom one hundred miles east, that night. All of a sudden, she sensed a presence with her, and felt hands gently cupping the back of her head. Tender, loving hands; an inexplicable swirl of energy. It was an utterly uncanny sensation that she’d never had...
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