Winds of change-a blog post from Emma Cannon

It’s fair to say that I have been burning the candle at both ends lately, taking too many things on, not having the time to exercise or do yoga properly, eating on the run and going to bed really late and it seems my body is sending me gentle nudges to slow down a little and just make peace with my inner-self.

As serendipity would have it, I received a newsletter from Emma Cannon today and when I read her latest blog post, it made so much sense, that I knew that I had to share it with you:

http://www.ahealthyconception.co.uk/emma/blog/

Another great read, if you are facing changes that are making you nervous or uncomfortable is from the site that a friend recently told me about, called Positively Positive-if you subscribe to their service ( free of charge ), you will receive daily e-mails from them with new posts or quotes that just might make sense or feel relevant to you on certain days:

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Acupuncture awareness week-video from Emma Cannon

Acupuncture is a magical tool of traditional Chinese medicine that can help to sort out a magnitude of problems, aches and concerns, obviously if it’s done by a qualified practitioner. 

I have been lucky to experience the effect of acupuncture and remain a firm believer in its wonderful benefits, so I wanted to share with you a video that was done by one of London’s leading experts, Emma Cannon, who has a wonderful, engaging smile, reassuring manner and a magical touch-she helped one of my dear friends get pregnant and that pregnancy was truly magical, as my friend struggled to conceive for many years and now has a beautiful baby girl. So whatever your age, have a look at the video and I hope it will inspire you to try acupuncture!

http://www.introducingacupuncture.co.uk/ask-the-experts.html

Acupuncture awareness week-video from Emma Cannon

Acupuncture is a magical tool of traditional Chinese medicine that can help to sort out a magnitude of problems, aches and concerns, obviously if it’s done by a qualified practitioner. 

I have been lucky to experience the effect of acupuncture and remain a firm believer in its wonderful benefits, so I wanted to share with you a video that was done by one of London’s leading experts, Emma Cannon, who has a wonderful, engaging smile, reassuring manner and a magical touch-she helped one of my dear friends get pregnant and that pregnancy was truly magical, as my friend struggled to conceive for many years and now has a beautiful baby girl. So whatever your age, have a look at the video and I hope it will inspire you to try acupuncture!

http://www.introducingacupuncture.co.uk/ask-the-experts.html

Acupuncture facial with Laura Jones at Content / Beauty Wellbeing

I am a big fan of acupuncture and have been lucky in the past to have body treatments withLauraJones John Tsagaris and Emma Cannon, both of whom I found quite inspirational but when I was offered to have a facial acupuncture treatment with lovely Laura Jones BSc MBAcC who specialises in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Facial  Acupuncture and Reiki ( and with whom I recently had a wonderful Pai facial ), I was intrigued and jumped at the chance !

This time, when I entered the salon, a tiny bit out of breath as I was running late, Laura gave me a detailed health questionnaire to fill in, covering my general health and any issues/health conditions. I have had acupuncture before, but as the needle work is involved and the effect can be quite powerful, both of us preferred being confidently informed. After I filled in the questionnaire, Laura took me downstairs, to the already familiar treatment room. We sat down and Laura went through my answers, also asking me about any health concerns that I possibly had wanted to address. I told her that I had body acupuncture before, but never a full acupuncture facial and was surprised to see how tiny and almost cute the facial needles looked. Laura explained the whole process to me, examined my tongue and took my pulse on both of my hands, according to Chinese principles, which are quite different to the one your GP might take. After that Laura slipped out, allowing me to get undressed and make myself comfortable on the treatment bed.

When I was ready, she returned and almost instantly, with a few movements on some points on my head she put me into relaxed, almost slumber like state. She then inserted a few needles in my lower legs and as the treatment progressed my legs felt heavier somewhat, in a very comforting way.

Laura uses an organic brand of products, called Amala during this facial and on this occasion she chose to useIMG_0388 Amala rejuvenate products, which include Rejuvenating cleansing milk ( with cocoa bean, brazil nut & andiroba seed oil ) and Rejuvenating face cream ( which contains acai and cupuacu butter both of which provide your skin with anti-oxidant and moisturising benefits ) -the range not only feels very nourishing, but smells chocolatey-add to that Laura’s firm, but gentle strokes and I dare you not to be lulled to sleep, like a baby.

After calming my mind and cleansing my face, Laura proceeded to the next stage, which was pleasantly surprising.

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Thoughts on pregnancy

PregnancyPregnancy is a special time in the life of any woman, but I am not going to say that it’s always easy and straight forward. Some of us get pregnant just by ‘looking’ at our partner, some struggle to do so and some choose not to have kids-every choice is personal and to be respected.

My pregnancies were different in the sense that I felt different emotionally and physically with each of my ‘bumps’ but I was lucky to have had straight forward pregnancies and was guided by a wonderful support network.

I have extensively discussed the subject with many of my girlfriends and have to say, that there are no exact guidelines. For example, a few years ago you were told not to have any alcohol, now it’s being said that an odd glass of red wine might be beneficial for both mother-to-be and the bump.

Does one eat sushi? I did or so did many of my girlfriends, as long as the fish was really fresh and the restaurant ‘tried and tested’.

Do you take supplements? Some buy any off the counter vitamins for pregnant women but many of my girlfriends name Zita West’s ones for each trimester and pre-c0nception as firm favourites.

Do you exercise? Again, depends on the pregnancy. Sometimes you are just too tired and don’t want to do anything other than walk in the fresh air and that is the right thing to do. More often than not pregnancy yoga and pilates achieve great results-be it in the class or doing a DVD workout at home-a word of warning though-don’t start any new activity during pregnancy and often yoga and pilates are not recommended before you are 3 months along. Again, talk to your midwife or Ob. My favourite and tried and tested yoga DVDs are by Shiva Rea ‘Prenatal yoga’ (it has trimester modifications) and

‘Tara Lee’s ‘Pregnancy
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Interview with Emma Cannon

BM BibleIf your life is straight-forward, you take things like good health or having kids for granted. But not everyone is so lucky.

I have several girlfriends who struggled or still haven’t succeeded in getting pregnant and I can’t begin to describe how painful it is for a woman. People ask questions, friends mean well, family tries to be supportive but it doesn’t give you what you want-a healthy baby and takes away your identity as a woman (I am talking about women who want to have kids, because some choose not too and you have to respect their choice). There are lots of books and specialists out there but many of them are more patronising than helpful and a woman often ends up feeling worse and on her own with her fears. But when I opened a book that was published earlier this year by Emma Cannon called ‘The baby-making bible: simple steps to enhance your fertility and improve your chances of getting pregnant’, it grabbed my attention and from the first page I knew that this book might make a difference for many women out there.

I became so curious about Emma that I decided to interview her and even though she has a busy life, she managed to find a slot (albeit a short one) to fit me in.

When I enter her practise, Emma, a beautiful woman, with shoulder length hair, strikingly beautiful eyes and a healthy glow, instantly makes me feel relaxed, tells me to sit down and disappears to make us some tea. Her practise is very un-medical, with grey walls, beautiful flower paintings, pink cushions and kid’s collages adding a welcome touch-it’s hard not to relax, even if your shoulders are burdened with problems.

One of her clients leaves and we settle in for a chat, Emma’s eyes radiating calm and friendliness and the place is intimate and girly, where one feels at ease to talk and get down to the root of the problem. It is only one of the things that makes Emma and her practise different. I remember going to the practise of Gowri Mota, when expecting my son, and her practise looked remarkably impersonal, women being treated side by side, separated by whimsical screens and privacy becoming obsolete.

Emma has done a degree at London’s School of Acupuncture followed by the postgrad course which covered the management of infertile couples. I ask Emma about her childhood and whether someone in her family had a medical background, at which she shakes her head and tells me that it is probably the fact that her father, a general in the Army, had died suddenly and early, in his 50s, made her think about diet and whether some tests could have prevented his untimely death. This shaped her and her way of thinking and led her to help people who struggle to conceive.

Emma says that she is not anti-western medicine. It’s not bad medicine but bad practitioners and often traditional and complementary medicine produce stronger, much more successful results. She mentions that she had a lump in her breast when she was 27 but no one took it seriously, as she was too young. She still wonders if she could have been diagnosed earlier and not at 37, when she was happily married with two young daughters and cancer diagnosis was even more devastating.

She is sure that her background, her attention to the diet and practitioners she knew helped her recover and so far, she is doing well, not so long ago receiving a five year clear. I am sure that it’s her determination to beat this disease and the support of her friends and family that make her who she is. Many people, having battled a disease in the past, prefer to take a day at a time, listen to themselves and become more oblivious to the people around them. Emma chose exactly the opposite, doing her best to help women who struggle to have a longed for baby, help them tune into their bodies and ultimately become healthier in the process.

Emma talked to me about the importance of a good diet, which helps us feel more in control, but then it doesn’t work for everyone, and if a particular client is too controlling as a person, Emma might choose not to try to give dietary guidelines to start with. Her approach is individual, mostly listening to the patient to start with, observing her and then deciding on the best course of treatment.

As with her book, she tries to make a connection and to push a person in the direction right for them. Every one of us is unique, hence we have different reactions and each one of us has inherited strengths (our Jing, as Chinese call it) and weaknesses. Clients can also vary in their needs, some failing to conceive, some having irregular cycles and some already going through IVF. You also have to bear in mind that the result isn’t going to be instant. Emma says that Western medicine often doesn’t address the spirit and our spirit makes each one of us who we really are, underneath the face that we might choose to put on in public.

Emma combines her life experiences and her intuition in her work and she stresses that it is very important to her to hear what her patients are saying. Some people might need a more medically geared approach and some more emotional but it is important to find the key approach to each individual. Of course Emma can’t fix everything but she is intent on giving people the tools and ideas, trying to examine correctly the heart of the matter.

I do ask Emma if it has taken her a long time to write a book and she surprises me by saying it took her about six months to actually write it but that it was based on years of experience of working with the patients. She had strong intentions and wanted to focus on attracting the people she can actually help.

Even though her name is being mentioned more and more often Emma doesn’t seem to be affected by it and I think being level-headed is what you need in a professional like Emma’s. Good reviews might come and go, magazines might be praising you today, moving on to a new practitioner next month, but it is your substance as a professional that serves you and in the end gives you a much bigger chance of success in treating people and helping them realise their dreams.

P.s I have read Emma’s book but don’t want to review it here, as every person will find something useful for herself and Emma did mention to me in passing that there are quite a few reviews on the amazon. It is written in a manner of a caring but knowledgeable friend, who will hold your hand through difficult times and I think many women will find such approach helpful. 

Emma’s book can be ordered via the amazon link below: 

 

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