Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
World Health Organisation
I am passionate about health and well-being. As a Physiotherapist, Yoga Teacher, Integrative Therapist and Life Coach with over 20 years’ experience of working with people I feel I have a good understanding of what the physical body, the mind and the emotional/social aspects of a person needs to enable them to live in the most optimal way and hence support their health and well-being.
Feeling healthy is not about having the ‘perfect body’, being clever or having a full social calendar. I believe being healthy is an integrative matrix of our mind, body and soul being woven together and connected by healthy, positive, creative relationship to ourselves, to others, to the natural world and to the unseen forces which are variously described as ‘Spirit’, ‘God’, ‘Goddess’, ‘Mother Nature’, ‘The Divine’, ‘The Beloved’ or ‘The Light’. Without connection we undoubtedly become ‘disconnected’ which I believe is at the heart of disease of the body, mind or soul.
Having some kind of ‘dis-ease’ within is a powerful reminder and ‘wake-up’ to ourselves that something is out of balance in our beings. My own enquiries over the years, having treated hundreds of people with a wide variety of conditions from low back pain to chronic fatigue, from anxiety to sprained ankles, start with the questions: ‘Does disease start in the body or does it start in the mind?’, ‘What is the root cause of this person’s problem?’ ‘What was the catalyst for this chronic condition that had no apparent reason for onset?’, ‘How much does stress effect our body?’, ‘Does lack of connection lead to social isolation, to depression, to low back pain getting worse?’
I have seen enough patients who do not manage their conditions well, especially those with chronic conditions or recurring conditions that have depression, low self-esteem, poor general health and vitality and low social interaction as a common theme that I feel impacts their recovery. Whereas those patients that may have to live with a chronic condition who stay connected through regular treatment, self empowerment, taking responsibility, being part of support cheap cipro online groups, getting out into nature, and connecting to something bigger than themselves are the ones who truly are walking the Hero/Heroine’s Journey.
Having run many yoga retreats over the years in locations where nature surrounds us like a warm and tender blanket of love, I have noticed how healing it is by the simplicity of inviting people to come and spend time in the natural world, that is so alive, free and rejuvenating. Providing a safe and supportive environment where people can work with their body to release tension, create inner space, focus their mind and become still, eat nourishing local organic food and simply have time to be, away from the intensity and demands of everyday life… something magical happens. People slow down, they start to deeply feel again, tuning into the elements, the breeze on their skin. By offering a space and reminding people to listen to the birds, they start to quieten their minds, become still and present and let go of their habitual ‘doing’.
When the right conditions are created it does not take long to start reconnecting, reconnecting to our own true nature, reconnecting to how we truly are and what we really need to do to meet our own individual needs so that we can find our own route and pathway towards our optimal health and well-being. Reconnecting to the natural world by walking in nature, sitting in nature, being with friends, having a picnic, timeless, free, abundant gifts that are always there if we care to notice, we are deeply fortunate to have nature within our field of awareness at any moment, even if that is just looking up at the sky for a moment in a crowded city.
We only live once, make your life an abundant, vibrant, connected one. Take time for yourself, take time to be in nature, to replenish, to feel, to become still, it really is one of the greatest gifts that we have been given in our lives. If we can keep ourselves in connection we may hopefully learn to listen more deeply to our own body/mind/soul’s needs and find our optimal health and well-being.