Im done with Groupon’s coupons & Pigsback, Wowcha vouchers

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I’m always tempted when I see a massage for cut-price value – oooooh I think, nice, something for me ……… but I have decided I am worth more.  Too many disappointed, wasted afternoons spent on uncomfortable plinths feeling like I was being pummelled by a few feathers instead of receiving a deep tissue massage.  It’s always a sinking feeling when I turn up and its a beauty parlor.  I know this is not the massage that satisfies me. I want connection and deep holding, not product and generic strokes.

Today was the final straw when my therapist said that arms were not included in a full body massage.  Really!! You would think after the time I turned up for a Thai massage and the therapist opened the door wearing 3-inch heels with leather trousers I would have stopped buying massage deals promising all the extras, but no I carried on.  I had 1.5-hour treatments where they cut the treatment to an hour without explanation, another where the masseuse opened the door and had a conversation with her landlord as I lay naked on the plinth behind her. No one asks me if I have any injuries or what I would like.  I just get what I’m given. So enough is enough, I’m standing up, I’m being seen, I’m recognizing my worth………… I know what a good treatment is because I give them.  They are a held contained space, safe and warm where the client can enter deep states of relaxation.  Where their body is encouraged to start its own healing process.  Where I connect and talk to their body via the energy flow in the meridians;  I hear what it’s saying and my hands engage in a dialogue with their bodies present vitality.  Each treatment is different, unique and individual, just like the client on the mat.

I am grateful for all the mediocre treatments and even the downright awful ones because I now value my own healing Shiatsu treatments and I value the skill in the other Shiatsu practitioners that I will be visiting in the future.

So don’t sell yourself short – Have a Shiatsu.  Make sure you receive my next blog  “How to find a good practitioner” by entering your email on the homepage – they say teach what you need to learn 🙂

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Love your food, Love yourself

Your relationship with food is a mirror for your relationship with life.  So rather than feeling bad about what you eat, be in love with the conscious choices you make every time you put a scrumptious morsel in your mouth.  Feel the love as the food gives you life.sweet cravings 1

Our relationship with refined Sugar can be difficult.  We love it, we hate it.  We swear we will never have chocolate again and yet when we are at our most vulnerable it comes knocking on the door, and like a lover we know will do us no good we let it back in. For in Chinese Medicine security, comfort and motherly love is found in sweet things.  Who doesn’t want a soft squidgy embrace full of love?  Unfortunately chocolate cannot give us this hug – it may alleviate uncomfortable lost symptoms for a while but really its just keeping us in a loop of highs and lows, comfort then guilt.  There is nothing wrong with Chocolate but it may be our relationship with it that might need to change so that there’s no addiction, there’s no “must have” with guilty feelings to follow.  You either have or don’t have – it’s got to be a conscious choice full of love.   

So how do we get to the state of choice with our food as sweet things can be very addictive, physically, mentally and emotionally.  Using my experience of Chinese Medicine and my background of facilitation and coaching, I have found that the big thing that helps us make a change is love.  Love for ourselves and love from others supporting us through the lifestyle transformations.  Others care for us; we care for ourselves

I will be offering 1-1 support and answer questions, provide solutions and possible alternatives to problems that arise throughout the course.  Also don’t underestimate the power of the group.  As we journey together the closed Facebook group can provide support through sharing and posting.  This interactive course is very different to a self help book that sits alone on your shelf.  This course is filled with living people all on the same path seeking to love food they eat.   Don’t miss out though – course is for maximum 20 people and enrolment closes 30th October.  I will not run this online course again until Autumn 2018 – scroll down for the freebie

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Then there’s the Chinese Medicine information part.  There are points on the body and certain foods that will help alleviate sweet cravings and bring satisfaction.  Within the 6 week online supported programme I show you acupressure points, explain meridians, share ingredients and create dishes that are really tasty .  With all these tools we are more likely to make the change to a nourishing, wholesome, healthy life where we have a life full of love, delicious food and conscious choices

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Healthy doesn’t mean denial – with my course it means the opposite – if you consciously love your food, you love yourself.

For a snapshot of the course visit www.shiatsuconsciouscooking.com  

Registration now open – course runs from Halloween till Christmas 2017 – 20 participants max

And for advice on a special ingredient Theres even a free video to stop sweet cravings: just click on the links

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Shiatsu & Conscious Cooking is all about helping you recognise and connect physical symptoms with emotions and how to treat them with food, drink and acupressure points.

I am a Shiatsu Practitioner specializing in the energy of food in Traditional Chinese Medicine – using what we eat and drink as a source of everyday energy to strengthen and heal. By using this website, you can gain insight into the connection between how you feel and the food you choose

“Understanding what your body’s craving and using healthy food in your everyday life is the underlying principal of Shiatsu & Conscious Cooking. “

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Shiatsu uses comfortable thumb pressure and palming massage to penetrate deeply into the muscles, energy channels and acupuncture points.  I use the Hara to diagnose and treat both physical and emotional conditions.  Shiatsu is a Holistic treatment which diagnoses and treats the root of the problem as well as the manifesting symptoms.

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In Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine the body is classified into yin/yang organ pairs and meridian pathways which correspond to emotions, flavours, seasons and colours.  There are no good or bad foods simply foods which do and don’t suit us at this time. It’s all about connecting with the body, seeing what it wants and loving ourselves more.

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Joanne is the Author of “Shiatsu & the Art of Conscious Cooking” which is a cookbook with recipes, meditations,acupressure points to suit your mood, stop cravings and alleviate physical symptoms.  To look inside the book visit Amazon look inside – to buy in Euro visit Joanne’s Etsy Shop

” —I am delighted to offer shiatsu treatments, online video courses, regular cooking classes, a tactile and colourful cookbook, personal diet consultations, events and retreats all of which, I hope. will help you to use the simple 5 Element System of Traditional Chinese Medicine, putting together physical symptoms, emotional states and the food we eat.”

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By understanding the body as a whole system in Traditional Chinese Medicine we can understand why certain emotions and conditions create cravings and desires for certain foods. If you would like to find out what food suits you today simply click www.shiatsu-consciouscooking.com/app – just answer only 2 simple questions …… and its free  

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 For more information please contact me on 086 607 0432 or email joannefaulkner@live.ie