Why you shouldn’t dismiss the practice of gratitude

This month I’m going to step away from the physical side of our health and focus on something a bit more “esoteric” or “New Age speak”. I’m talking about the practice of gratitude. I feel that so many of us spend a lot of time focusing on the negative aspects of our lives as opposed to the positives. For example, we focus on the fact that we never have enough money, we’re so stressed out, we wished we had straight hair (instead of the natural curly hair that you have), you might have a bit more padding around that belly than you’d like, etc. Sound familiar? 

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Why your organs play a more important role in your life than you realise

When it comes to our physical healing and health, many of us tend to focus on the obvious parts of the body like the muscles, ligaments and bones. We go to a chiropractor or osteopath to get a physical adjustment. If we have sore and aching muscles, we’d hit up our massage therapist or myotherapist. If we are trying to recover from injury, we tend to go and see a physiotherapist. Most of us wouldn’t even think about the state of our organs unless something is drastically wrong with them (i.e. they’re failing us)!

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Learnings from my experience with elite performance therapists

In April this year, I was very lucky to be able to spend a week at Altis in Phoenix, Arizona. Altis is an organization that has an elite training environment for track and field athletes and is a global leader of education in sport performance. As a remedial massage therapist, I was very keen to learn from the Altis team what they did to ensure that their athletes are “ready to compete”, and I have to admit, I was very happy to find out that we shared a very similar mindset to approaching the health and performance of their athletes – that is, it’s important to look after people from a holistic perspective, and crucial to this is communication and collaboration and telling your ego to “get out of the way”.

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Who’s really running your life? You the adult, or you the child?

Did you know that your subconscious mind controls over 90% of your behavior as opposed to your conscious mind? And following on from this, did you know that many of the experiences that you went through as a child can still influence your behaviour right now as an adult and you have NO IDEA that it is actually the little child in you that is acting out as opposed to your rational adult self?

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