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It takes more than one thing to heal

8 Dimensions of health

People often think of healing only in terms of physical health but there are more aspects that should be considered!

Holistic health is linked to the choices and actions we take to bring together different dimensions to work in harmony: nurturing the spirit, engaging the mind as well as addressing physical aspects of good health. Importantly, it is also an awareness of the physical, social and cultural environments in which we live.

Eight dimensions of wellness should be considered when we strive to heal ourselves from injury or illness, neglecting one will eventually adversely affect another. Read More…

Multitasking? Stop it!

For a long time I considered myself an expert at multi-tasking.  I often would be working on 3 or more tasks at the same time, thinking I was being productive.  As a single mum and small business owner I figured multi-tasking the best way of getting everything done.  Wrong!

It made me constantly stressed and tired.  I made mistakes that I then beat myself up about, and, worst of all, I often over cooked or burnt dinner.

Then one day I read a list of “Zen things” and at the top of the list was “Do one thing at a time”.  I started putting this into practice and discovered that I was much more efficient and productive, made less mistakes and produced better quality results (and meals).  Admittedly, it took me a while to develop this new habit and even now I sometimes have to remind myself to stay focused, but it has been well worth the effort.

I did some research to find if other people had similar results and here’s what I found…. Read More…

Maintaining Mobility

Swimming at Darwin Waterfront – Rena Walker in the lagoon

Staying active is one of the most important tools for leading a long, healthy life, however, when pain strikes, it becomes challenging to maintain your activity.  Injury and pain often occurs because of a lack of mobility and flexibility.

When I work with my clients I define flexibility as the ability of a muscle to be lengthened and mobility as the ability to move through your full range of motion efficiently and comfortably.

In this context true mobility requires a combination of flexibility, balance, coordination, control and strength.  Muscles and tissues need to lengthen, as well as work together to activate and relax in a coordinated way to allow smooth, controlled movement throughout the full range.  This requires the neuromuscular system (the communication system between the brain and muscles) to be working effectively. Read More…

From struggle to ease with Kinesiology

Whether you are struggling with a lack of energy, confidence, motivation or persistent pain and discomfort, Kinesiology can help you live your life with more ease.

As I was looking through my records to find the reasons clients come for treatments with me, I discovered that the basic theme is to get help with overcoming problems that prevent you living your best life.  Here are just a few samples:

 

  • Men and women who want to enjoy movement and exercise without persistent pain and discomfort.
  • People looking for enough energy to power through their workday and still have some energy left to enjoy a pleasant evening with their family and friends.
  • Adults and children trying to build their confidence to develop and demonstrate their true value, skills and abilities in all aspects of their life.
  • People who realise it’s time to release their fears, unleash their potential and start living the life full of love and adventure they crave.
  • Grandparents who want the simple pleasure of getting on the floor to play with grandchildren then get up again with ease.

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5 Tips to take control of your chocolate cravings

 

Everywhere you look in the weeks leading up to Easter there’s chocolate!  It gets harder and harder to control your cravings, with foil covered eggs and bunnies calling out to you.  Seriously, it feels like the shops are out to undermine your latest commitment to eat healthier, avoid sugar and hopefully drop a kilo or two.

The good news is that there ARE health benefits to consuming chocolate, but moderation is the key.  Don’t deny yourself completely and then blow your diet by bingeing when your willpower finally gives in.  Try these tips to help you make healthier choices and enjoy chocolate in moderation. Read More…

Adapting to change

If 2020 was the year of cancelled plans and forced change, what does 2021 hold for us?

The risk of infection and prospect of lockdowns and border closures means uncertainty is our constant companion, at least for now.

We are not in total control of anything.  But being resilient and adaptable are qualities that have helped humans survive for centuries; these are the same qualities we need to navigate the changes forced on us over the past year.

Two maxims I use to view change in a more positive light are:  “Whatever happens I’ll be ok” and “What if this is the best thing that could have happened?” Read More…

Foot Mobilisation Exercises

Even if you don’t suffer from foot pain, this 5-10 minute routine feels great to ‘wake up’ your feet and keep you moving comfortably.  Your feet are the base your body stacks on, so it’s important they stay mobile and working fluidly so they can support comfortable movement of your body.
Naturally, we are meant to walk barefoot on a variety of surfaces; grass, sand, dirt or rocks.  The unevenness of the surfaces encourages our feet to mold and adapt, massaging and mobilising the numerous muscles and joints in our feet.
Modern life finds us constantly wearing shoes and/or walking on smooth, hard surfaces.  We wear boots with hard inflexible soles, or thongs that make us curl our toes to hold the footwear on, restricting the fluid roll through the foot as you walk.  Wearing high heels puts unnatural pressures on your ankles and joints of your feet.  This means our feet lose their mobility and can become painful.
In my mid forties I began long distance running, and after a couple years developed foot pain.  I spent a lot of time and money looking for solutions.  This routine is a result of that research and self experimentation to come up with a combination of exercises and movements that has worked well not only for me, but also for numerous clients I have shared it with.
I recommend you aim to do the routine twice daily, especially before a walk or running activity to warm up your feet and get the joints moving freely.  Your feet will thank you.

 

Laughter is the best medicine

Recently there has been plenty of troubling events happening around us, both locally and worldwide.  Justifiably we are taking these events very seriously.  However, to balance this seriousness and to improve our physical and emotional health and well-being we need to remember to LAUGH!

A good giggle can lighten our mood, reduce anxiety, and help to release muscle tension, leaving us feeling more relaxed and buoyant.  One Korean study testing the effect of laughter therapy on patients in a long-term care hospital showed improved sleep and better general mood.

Laughing helps to increase circulation, lowers blood pressure, increases respiration and oxygen consumption which benefits cardiovascular health.

A hearty belly laugh tones your abs and burns calories.  Read More…

Twenty Seconds of Courage… can change your life

The adage that confidence only builds after you take action, not before, has underscored much of my life. I can think of situations where I lacked confidence and only after I stepped up and gave it a go, did I feel my confidence start to build.

Waiting for confidence and motivation to arrive, can mean you never begin working on that dream.

Many great business ideas die before they get started.  Healthy consideration of your next move is important for good decisions, but too much thinking and planning may actually mean you give in to fear and anxiety. Read More…

What CAN you do?

Rena Walker at East Point, Darwin NT

What if 2020 tuned out to be the best year of your life?
What if the restrictions brought about by COVID-19 were the best thing that ever happened to you?

Try exploring these questions.  I have found they can be an excellent way to change your mindset and view the current situation in a different light.  Look at the opportunities and possibilities and the things we CAN do rather than what we can’t. Much, much better for our mental health!
Change can be challenging and scary.  Fear of the future can leave us frozen.  Read More…

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