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Why try reiki ? by Carole Chandler

Why try reiki?
Why not?

by Carole Chandler – reiki master and energy balancing massage therapist

Do you need to understand how it works?
Is it okay to believe in something you don’t understand?
Few people understand how electricity works but many believe and trust that it will – and it does.
Few people understand how reiki works but many believe and trust that it will – and it does.

Why try reiki?
Why not?

Just consider the possibility of something which consistently and effectively brings you a peaceful mind, leading to clarity of thought.
Imagine the benefit of that!

Just consider the possibility of something which efficiently releases you from the torment of rushing through your day with muddled thinking and clouded judgement.
Imagine the benefit of that!

Just consider the possibility of something which may help you to find answers to those questions you have been asking.
Imagine the benefit of that!

Just consider the possibility of something which helps slow you down so you can return to harmonious relationships with other people as well as with yourself.
Imagine the benefit of that!

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More Music, Meditation and Me – Carole Chandler

More Music, Meditation and Me
Carole Chandler
reiki master and relaxation massage specialist

So as promised in my previous article, here are a few words about how certain music came to be in my life and why I incorporate some of it to support my work with clients in the therapy room.

Before I launch into the relaxation, meditation specific recordings in my collection, it may be worth mentioning that I have a broad taste in music and I listen to a variety of styles for the fun and sheer enjoyment of it. Naturally, my choice mostly depends on where I am and what I happen to be doing.

I have been known to pass the time hula hooping to the sounds of Lighthouse Family or Madonna, perhaps sewing to Frankie Valli or Rossini’s petite messe solennelle, perhaps cleaning to Bizet’s Carmen or Michael Jackson, or perhaps washing up to Cecilia Bartolli or Luther Vandross. These are just a few examples, however for the purposes of this article I shall devote my attention to my array of sacred, spiritual and meditation music.

The piece of music (a) which inspired my previous article, first came into my awareness at a Friday morning meditation group which I attended regularly for a couple of years in London’s vibrant and exciting Covent Garden. One track was specifically used for the visualisation section of the session and I grew to love it. The lovely lady who was the group organiser, kindly shared the name of the track and the artist with me and I treated myself to the album, only to find that every track is just as glorious.  

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Effective Herbal medicine for Hayfever By Richard Collisson

Effective Herbal medicine for Hayfever By Richard Collisson DipPhyt, MNIMH (Medical Herbalist)

Hayfever season is now in full flow and especially bad this year due to the unusual weather conditions combined no doubt with ever rising traffic pollution levels in our cities. Many over the counter antihistamines for hayfever have the unfortunate side effect of causing drowsiness. Herbal medicine can offer an effective non-drowsy alternative to antihistamines.

Ephedra sinica aka ‘JointFir’ or Ma Huang in Chinese, is a herb native to Mongolia, Russia and north east China, used both in Traditional Western Herbal medicine, as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), to treat asthma, bronchitis, hayfever and colds. It’s thought to be one of the oldest plants used in TCM with usage possibly as far back as 6,000 years.

In my over 25 years as a practicing  medical herbalist, Ephedra is without doubt the most potent and effective hayfever remedy I have come across. In fact it is so potent that it cannot be sold as an over the counter remedy, but only on prescription from a qualified medical herbalist.

The plant contains the medicinally potent alkaloids ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and norephedrine which rapidly relieve bronchial spasms and hayfever symptoms by  decreasing nasal and sinus congestion. Unlike many antihistamines which cause drowsiness, ephedra being a central nervous stimulant has the opposite effect and enhances wakefulness.

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