My Therapy Room Music by Carole Chandler

My Therapy Room Music By Carole Chandler – reiki master and relaxation massage specialist at the Health Zone Clinic. 

Does music matter? Yes it does.
Why does it matter? Music has the power to evoke a mood and change the emotions.

A few weeks ago a client thanked me for the music I was playing during her session. She reminded me that she had liked it the first time she heard it in my room, when she visited for a massage during the pregnancy of her second child. At that time, it appealed to her so much, she had asked me the name of it, bought it for herself, played it during her labour and it is now the music of choice at home to soothe her son.

I was delighted to hear this and happy that she had found an example of music that was of value to her. How nice for me to be instrumental (!) in introducing her to music that helps to change emotions and moods of members of her family.

So why do I play music during my sessions anyway?
Well, for a long time I have believed in the power of music to uplift emotions and enhance the mood so I use it to contribute towards creating the atmosphere I enjoy for my clients. This belief is one of the reasons I use specially selected music in my daily life and in my work.

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Ananda SuperFoods – Ayurveda superfoods and energy bars

Ananda SuperFoods®
Ayurveda – the science of life

Ayurveda has it’s origins in India. The three qualities of Vata, Pitta and Kapha (known as doshas), are all around and within us: in our minds and bodies, in nature, in the seasons and in the foods we eat.

Vata corresponds to space and air and is found within all forms of Movement.

Pitta corresponds to fire and water and is found within all forms of Transformation.

Kapha corresponds to water and earth and is found within all forms of Structure.

We all have an innate natural balance of these three qualities. Most of us are a combination of two of these types, e.g. Vata/Pitta; which means a person is mostly Vata with Pitta as secondary. To help us all see how these may apply to us, here are some descriptions of each type that you should be able to relate to:

For predominantly Vata types, do you:

• need to eat smaller quantities a little more frequently? • forget things often? • worry? • often have lighter sleep? • sometimes try to do too many things in a day? • find you are naturally thin and have a high metabolic rate? • often find your hands and feet are cold? • like sweet, sour and salty things?

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Spring May increase fertility, but acupuncture gives it wings.

Spring May increase fertility, but acupuncture gives it wings.
By Richard Collisson LicAc, MBAcC

Recent scientific research now supports the belief that Spring is a fertile season. Researchers at the Countess of Chester Hospital and Liverpool Women's Hospital observed that 20 per cent of IVF cycles from May to September resulted in a successful pregnancy, compared to 16 per cent for the rest of the year. These findings are supported by similar research presented at the World Congress of Fertility and Sterility in 2010, which found higher fertilisation  rates in women undergoing IVF in spring.

Increasing daylight levels in spring stimulates women's bodies to produce higher levels of estradiol (a hormone important for fertilisation of the egg and development of the embryo), confirmed by blood samples taken from the participants in the study, which showed higher levels of this hormone detected in springtime and that those who had treatment in March, April or May were 1.5 times more likely to conceive than at any other time of the year.

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