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Off With Your Head!

Do you feel you can’t disconnect from the “to do” list in your head?

Too many tabs open in your mind?

Do you suffer from stress-related disorders, such as anxiety, overthinking, insomnia?

Do you clench your jaws a lot or grind your teeth, especially when under pressure or when asleep?

The multi-tasking skills and the ability to work in a stressful and demanding environment, so much appreciated these days, can be quite damaging for our physical and mental health, especially if we don’t do something to log-off once the day is over.

The Qi flows where attention goes. This is the fundamental principle of the ancient Taoist healing arts. A touch on the body will direct the attention towards that stimulus, and the Qi will flow towards that point or area. This is how the practitioner redirects the Qi in a certain area. Once the Qi arrives in the designated place, all we have to do is work with that Qi to disperse a stagnation causing pain, support and nourish a deficient area, or send away excessive Qi.

The same principle of the Qi flowing where the attention is focused can be applied to any physical, mental, emotional and cognitive activities we perform consciously. The mental and cognitive activities especially will guide our Qi towards the upper part of our bodies, commanding our hands and fingers to type, our eyes to search for certain words and images, our ears listen and our mouths speak, and our brains are busy researching and processing the information received.

Although our bodies might not move much, we still perceive this time spent at the desk, in front of our computers or speaking over the phone as being very active and busy.

According to the theory of the Five Elements, this type of mental activity that requires a lot of reasoning, logical thinking, memorising, and learning new things is related to the Earth Element in our body, the same Element that governs our digestion and our muscles and it is responsible for our nourishment.

It is no surprise then that physical symptoms such as tight jaws and grinding teeth can be found more often in people with very stressful jobs and lives, who worry about everything, overthink things and find it difficult to disconnect. The muscles involved in clenching the jaws and grinding the teeth are the same muscles that we use when we eat, to chew down the food for an easier digestion. The same muscles are also responsible for a lot of the headaches and migraines, as well as TMJ and vision problems, because when tightened for a long time, they will use a lot of the Blood that was meant to reach the brain and the eyes, instead it got used by these overactive muscles.

These are the people who will express themselves using phrases like: “too much on my plate”, “I find that are hard to digest” and they have a hard time delegating some of their responsibilities to others.

These are the same people who excel at keeping things remarkably organised and having a brilliant ability to reason and think logically, provided they learn to disconnect and log-off.

If you find yourself in this category of people, then Off With Your Head is for you.

Off With Your Head is built on the foundation of my head massage routine, a very popular massage with all my clients and with amazing results for both physical and mental health.

Off With Your Head is a guided self-care routine that combines mindfulness, breathing, massage and acupressure, and it has been designed especially for the people who

  • wish to disconnect and turn off the mental chatter
  • suffer from tight jaws, TMJ, teeth grinding
  • suffer from migraines, headaches, vertigo, vision problems, tinnitus
  • wish to experience a deeply relaxing massage in the comfort of their own home
  • wish to embark on the beautiful journey of self-care and wellness

Off With Your Head is more than just a head massage, it is a luxurious, complex procedure of more than 40 steps built on the foundations of scalp reflexology, acupressure, ear acupressure, massage and lifting that covers

  • face
  • scalp
  • ears
  • neck
  • shoulders
  • chest
  • arms
  • hands

Guaranteed to log off your head after a long day in just 45 minutes

Off With Your Head is available for you to experience in two forms at very convenient prices:

  1. Guided live group sessions £5 (per person)
  2. Guided live private sessions £10 (for households)

The sessions can be organised on any online platform at your convenience: Facebook Rooms, Facebook Messenger, Google Meet, Google Hangouts, Skype, Zoom, etc

Disclaimer

  • Off With Your Head is by no means a substitute for medical treatment
  • Off With Your Head is designed to be very safe and with minimal negative side effects
  • Because it is designed on the basis of reflexology and acupressure, it is possible to experience a healing crisis after a few regular sessions
  • Please continue to take your regular medication, even if your initial symptoms have improved
  • Please wash your hands thoroughly before the session begins
  • Please ensure your own safety during the sessions and always work within your own level of mobility and comfort
  • Do not perform the massage with long fingernails
  • Do not perform the massage using oils or essential oils, or with make-up on
  • Do not perform the massage on open wounds, skin disorders, rashes or bone fractures
  • The practitioner cannot be held liable for self-inflicted injuries while performing the Off With Your Head routine
  • The Off With Your Head routine has been designed as a self-massage treatment, do not attempt to perform it on other people

Wuxing Nutrition Therapy Workshop

Join me on a wonderful journey of self discovery with the Five Elements Nutrition Therapy Workshop

What is Wuxing nutrition therapy?

The Wuxing nutrition therapy is Five Elements nutrition therapy, created on the principles of the ancient art of Chinese nutrition. Please read the article for more information.

Wuxing nutrition therapy, is about self-discovery, self-transformation and self-healing. It puts YOU back in control of your food intake.

What is in the workshop?

We will look at foods, beverages and cooking methods according to the laws of Yin and Yang and the Five Elements and classify them into categories based on thermal energy, taste, flavour, area of influence in the body and the way cooking methods can influence them.

We will learn about seasons, constitutional factors, how food can influence our health and well-being, and how to create recipes for better health and vitality.

Who can benefit from this nutrition therapy workshop?

Anybody who is interested in learning about the ancient Tao healing art of nurturing themselves in accordance to the principles of the Five Elements is most welcome.

Will I have to cook and eat Chinese?

Absolutely not! One of the important rules of Wuxing nutrition therapy is that it encourages the consumption of local foods. You will learn how to combine them based on the Wuxing principles so that you can start cooking for your own personalised needs and preferences.

What if I am vegan or vegetarian?

Wuxing nutrition therapy works with who you are, physically, emotionally and spiritually, to help you transform in the best version of yourself. If you are vegan, you are free to stay vegan, but it will help you be the best version of you as a vegan.

However, please note that the workshop will make mention of all food groups, including meat and dairy products.

Please read the disclaimer before enlisting for the workshop.

DISCLAIMER

The Wuxing Nutrition Therapy workshop has been designed to familiarise you with the principles of the Five Elements nutrition, as they have been written down in the Chinese medicine literature, so that you can become more aware of your daily food intake, enhance well-being, and enrich your relationship with food and food preparation.

One must consider the fact that Wuxing nutrition therapy must be accompanied by other therapies and lifestyle changes in order to become most effective.

The workshop does not enable you to complete a Chinese medicine diagnostic on yourself or others.

The workshop does not present any specific food cures related to any illnesses or medical conditions and it is not a substitute for professional consultation and treatment from a qualified Chinese medicine practitioner, other nutritionist practitioners or your doctor.  

If you have concerns about your health or if you have to follow a special diet due to various illnesses or diagnosed medical conditions, it is recommended that you consult your healthcare team before you make any changes in your diet.

The information contained in the workshop are by no means a substitute, replacement or alternative to any form of medication you may be taking for your medical conditions.

This workshop is designed for personal use.

If you are a professional, you will be able to receive a CPD certificate of attendance, but it will not qualify you a Chinese medicine nutritionist, nor will you be able to use it to get insured as such a nutritionist, unless you are already qualified as a TCM practitioner and/or TCM acupuncturist.

All participants to the workshop will sign a copy of this disclaimer at the moment of their training.

Wuxing Nutrition Therapy

One of my favourite teachers at the Chinese medicine college used to say:

“This person needs nourishment, not punishment!”

Food, glorious food!

As human beings, we have a special relationship with food. Food is not just fuel for the body, food is much more than that.

Our first relationship is with our mothers, through feeding, both in the womb and after we are born. 

We break bread only with friends and family, and many of our first dates include food.  An old proverb says that love passes through the stomach, and they are not far from the truth, considering that the Heart meridian is paired up with the Small Intestine in Chinese medicine.

We use food and eating metaphors to describe how we feel, “full of zest for life”, “with no appetite for anything”, we take in “the sweetness of life”, or “life can be bitter sometimes”.

Food is one of our greatest pleasures in life. Some take pleasure from eating it, some take pleasure from cooking it. For some, food is a hindrance, for others, a sin.

What is nutrition therapy?

Nutrition therapy is one of the Tao Healing Arts also known as the arts of the Mountain or the Alchemy arts. It does not belong to the arts of Medicine. In fact, it is the precursor of herbalism, as physicians developed the herbal remedies from the foods and herbs they were eating.   

According to the principles of Tao Healing Arts, nutrition plays a very important part in preserving and restoring our health. Food is not just a means to nurture our bodies, but it represents a vital part into maintaining a healthy balance of the spirit.

As all the other healing and metaphysical arts of the Tao, nutrition is first and foremost an instrument for preserving health. It was considered one of the most powerful forms of self-transformation and self-healing arts.

Food as an instrument of health preservation

As part of the ancient Tao healing arts, nutrition therapy uses the same fundamental principles to analyse foods and their effects on the human being.

Foods, drinks, spices and cooking methods are differentiated according to the following principles:

  1. Energy/thermal energy. This is related to the Yin or Yang nature of the nutrition. Thus, we have hot, warm, neutral, cooling and cold energy. Hot and warm influence Yang, cooling and cold influence Yin and neutral can be either.
  2. Taste or flavour. Here we have five aromatic categories, corresponding to the Five Elements (Wuxing) and also to the five pairs of Zang-/Fu organs. The five flavours or tastes are: sweet, pungent, salty, acrid/sour, and bitter.
  3. Qi affecting properties. This represents the way in which a certain food or drink affects the movement of the Qi. We have foods that move the Qi upwards, foods that move the Qi downwards, foods that keep the Qi at the surface and foods that sink the Qi deep in the body.
  4. Area of influence. In this category we find foods that support the Qi, foods that nourish Blood or nourish the Bodily Fluids and foods that supplement the Essence (pre-natal Qi)
  5. Cooking methods. The way we process the foods can enhance their properties or destroy them

We are not what we eat, we eat who we are

Since no two people are exactly identical, what we eat and how we eat should be as individual as ourselves and should help us preserve our health and cure us when needed.

Choosing to follow the principles of Wuxing nutrition therapy means to learn about our unique constitutional profile, our strengths and weaknesses, what our symptoms mean, and eat our way back to balance. It is a journey of a lifetime. As we change, so should our nutrition change to support the new us. It is a very personal path and nobody can walk it for us. 

Many people think that they will have to start cooking and eating Chinese or they have to change their dietary regime. Far from the truth. Wuxing nutrition therapy works with who you are, physically, emotionally and spiritually, to help you transform in the best version of yourself. If you are vegan, you are free to stay vegan, but it will help you be the best version of you as a vegan.

Wuxing nutrition therapy, aka Five Elements nutrition therapy, is about self-discovery, self-transformation and self-healing. It puts YOU back in control.

If you want to learn this ancient art, join me for the Wuxing Nutrition Therapy workshop. Private consultations also available.

Mind full or Mindful?

The choice is yours

The human mind can be a wonderful servant or a terrible master. As a servant, it can turn you into the most accomplished warrior. As a master, it can turn you into the most accomplished worrier.

One of the most successful people in the world are the ones who made their minds work for themselves instead of allowing their minds to control their pain, thoughts or emotions. If we look at their lifestyle habits, they all seem to have one thing in common: they meditate.

Are you looking to improve your life? Would you like to enjoy better health and more wealth?

The practice of mindfulness, developed by the ancient cultures, such as the Buddhist and Zen practitioners, is now available at Purple Jade Holistics. All you have to do is choose whatever suits your needs from the offers at the end of this post.  

Yes, it’s all in your head!

Scientific studies have demonstrated that mindfulness and meditation do actually change the brain chemistry and how we react to stimuli.

Did you know?

The corporations in Japan have interior gardens built within the premises so that all their employees can spend time in contemplation every day. Many of them will also spend at least one week in Buddhist or Zen retreats, because they believe that mindfulness not only helps maintain good health, emotional balance and general well-being, but it also makes them more successful in their professions, leading to wealth and prosperity.

This art of contemplating the present moment, as it is, without trying to change anything about it, without judging or trying to quantify it in any way, has many benefits.

The act of gently guiding the mind to the present moment is not only grounding, but it also helps deal with an overactive mind, stress and anxiety.

Mindfulness relaxes the mind and helps it become open and aware, which improves the memory and focus.

A relaxed mind is also better equipped to handle pain. Mindfulness can be a very important instrument for people who struggle with chronic pain and inflammation, such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Also, by releasing stress, mindfulness can help with strengthening the immunity and lowering the blood pressure.

One of the first effects people notice when they start practising mindfulness is a significant improvement in their sleep patterns. Mindfulness not only helps them fall asleep faster, it also helps them stay asleep, and the quality of the sleep is much improved as it assists in the reduction of nightmares.

One of the fundamental principles of mindfulness is to explore everything with new and curious eyes. This helps develop creativity and problem solving skills. This is why people who meditate and practice mindfulness tend to be more relaxed, creative and more successful.

Another interesting side-effect of mindfulness is that people practising staying present in the now seem to feel less lonely. Being present and aware of the surroundings and looking at everything with new eyes and a vivid curiosity renders one feeling connected not only with themselves, but to the world at large. Plus, by attending mindfulness group sessions, one is prone to meet like-minded people and make new friends.

Mindfulness is able to regulate the moods and the responses one has towards external and internal stimuli. A regular daily practice of mindfulness, even just for a few minutes, will prevent the stress build-up.

In a nutshell, it puts YOU in control of how YOU choose to respond to the events inside or around you.

Mindfulness can become an empowering tool by putting YOU in control of your mind and your life.

Can you afford NOT to give mindfulness a try?

Please note all sessions are online, via Skype, Google Meet or Hangouts, Facebook Room or Messenger, WhatsApp or any other platform at your convenience

MIND 1 – Crash Courses

You can choose one, two or three 120 minutes crash courses on how mindfulness could help you according to your needs:

  1. Mindfulness for emotional wellness and stress management. This session is especially designed to provide you with simple yet effective means of managing stress, anxiety and overthinking, as well as coping strategies for mood swings and emotional roller-coaster
  2. Mindfulness for pain management and full body relaxation. Physical pain can be amplified by mental distress. During this session, we look at how mindfulness can help settle the mind and the emotions, by assisting the body go into a state of deep relaxation at the same time
  3. Mindfulness for health and wealth. Do you know what the wealthiest and most successful people on this planet have in common? They meditate and practice mindfulness. This special session will tap into how mindfulness can lead to an increase in creativity and problem solving skills

Each session contains

  • a lecture giving information on the topic of the month
  • needs assessment
  • practical exercises and guided meditations especially designed for the topic of choice

Duration of one session: 120 min

Your investment: £20 per session or £50 as a trio bundle

MIND 2 – Crash Courses + Off With Your Head Self-Massage

Purchasing the Mind 1 trio bundle, entitles you to a significant discount for an online one to one session of the Off With Your Head Self-Massage (which means only £5 instead of £10), or if you want to purchase a copy of the self-massage instructions (which means only £20 instead of £35)

You choose how much pampering you deserve

MIND 3 – Tailor-made sessions

Personalised, one-to-one online sessions which include

  • a complete TCM consultation and follow-up
  • guided mindfulness meditation based on your needs
  • guided self-massage and acupressure based on your medical needs
  • crystal therapy recommendations
  • lifestyle recommendations, based on your natal chart

Only £30/session

These sessions may be a combination of written information and online chats. For optimal results, one session every week or every fortnight is the usual recommendation, for a period of minimum 5 weeks

YOU decide how much your peace of mind is worth to YOU

Tai Chi for Health and Well-being

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Please be advised that it is always recommended that you consult with your GP and other healthcare specialists before starting ANY Tai Chi programs

Tai Chi belongs to the great family of physical exercises designed with the purpose of cultivating and preserving the life force Qi.

With roots in martial arts, developed by the Chinese monks in order to counterattack the long time spent immobile in meditation and mindfulness, Tai Chi, alongside QiGong and other forms of Qi cultivation and preservation, presents many forms and styles, all created with the same principles in mind: the integration of body and mind by controlling the movement of the body and the breathing, thus cultivating the life force and rendering the human being in total harmony with themselves and with the Universe. 

The slow, soft moves were created to build and reinforce fitness, agility and balance, both in body and mind. The mind is present and aware of every move the body makes.

Benefits of Tai Chi:

  1. Reduces pain. From the Chinese medicine point of view, Tai Chi enables the free flow of Qi, Blood and Body Fluids. The moves are especially designed to follow the natural flow of Qi along the meridians and collaterals, thus restoring the healthy flow of Qi and the elimination of stagnant energy and pain. A good flow of Qi also leads to a good flow of Blood and Body Fluids which nourish the muscles and the joints, which means less pain and stiffness and more mobility.
  2. Promotes mindfulness. Because the mind is present and aware of every move the body makes and it focuses on the breathing at the same time, Tai Chi is in fact moving mindfulness. It makes you aware of your body and breathing in the present moment, helping you control the mind from wandering off. This calms the mind and helps you think more clearly.
  3. Reduces stress. The classes do not measure progress in any way. All the participants are there to enjoy themselves while moving within their own range of mobility and comfort. This contributes to a very a relaxed state of mind.

Tai Chi for Health programs developed by Dr Paul Lam combine Western medical science with Oriental wisdom. The programs are designed especially for medical conditions, such as: arthritis and fall prevention, diabetes, rehabilitation and so on.

It is a known fact that people in pain and elderly people are more prone to accidents due to lack of balance.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention contains twelve simple and easy to follow moves that have been chosen for their ability to increase muscle strength, balance and confidence in people suffering from:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • MS
  • Post-stroke rehabilitation
  • Asthma

Benefits of Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention:

  • Increases strength and flexibility
  • Decreases pain in joints
  • Decreases stress
  • Helps reduce high blood pressure
  • Increases a sense of well-being
  • Improves balance
  • Improves lung capacity

The program is endorsed and recommended by many international health organisations, such as CDC in America and Arthritis Care in UK.

If you are interested in joining any of the classes I teach in Tameside, please drop me a line 🙂

Your Transylvanian Tai Chi instructor and TCM coach,

Daciana

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