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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