WHY YOU MIGHT JUST NEED A HOMEOPATH

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We have known our Te Arai neighbour Pip Andrews for a number of years and we are so happy that Pip is joining us as a qualified Homeopath who we know you will fall in love with. Pip has a special warmth, positivity and knowledge base that she adds to our community. She is a truly passionate practitioner who has a unique ability to help many conditions, specialising in musculoskeletal issues and headaches, Pip also treats acute problems and chronic issues.

It’s different completely to herbal medicine and over the years we have become aware of a number of great homeopathic alternatives to standard medications. As massage practitioners we’ve recommended the use of arnica for pain, bruises and swelling. We’ve stocked up on homeopathy for anything from the flu to emergency at home kits for the little ones to deal with fevers and rashes.

As a science graduate from Auckland University, Pip needed evidence based solutions when looking for natural alternatives for her family. The positive experiences she had with Homeopathy led her to study in this field.

Homeopathy is safe, has no side effects or allergic reactions and is both inexpensive and effective. In some countries, homeopathic remedies are the first line of defense against ailment, from the common cold, to bruising after surgery and muscular pain. Such a gentle and effective path to healing and a great starting point for anyone wanting to try alternative medicine.

Pip enjoys a “slow-living” lifestyle on a block of land with her husband James and their two children in the hinterland of Te Arai.

For more information and to book a consultaton contact Pip M: 0211249125

E thehomeopath@outlook.co.nz www.thehomeopath.co.nz

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TE ARAI MAMA MASSAGE

picture courtesy Vanity Fair Magazine

picture courtesy Vanity Fair Magazine

Hi there all you expectant Mamas!

Are you preparing to meet your little one and navigating your body’s constant changes, changes your body will go through during pregnancy and birth?

Of course addressing any alignment or muscle imbalances prior to becoming pregnant is best! Imagine giving birth through a pelvis free from restrictions and able to expand?

Lets be honest here, it doesn’t always feel fantastic, morning sickness, then back pain and swelling are especially common in the last trimester. As your baby grows and your skeletal system changes shape, reducing pain and tension becomes a priority. You’ll be thinking about having greater ease in birthing.

Our bodies register changes in the body and birthing as trauma so it’s very important during postpartum to release the held emotional and physical stress held in the tissues.

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Our Mama Massages are crafted to leave you feeling supported, soothed and re-energized. As skilled therapists, we know how to work with your body and it’s unique needs, aches and pains.

Using bolsters and body pillows for positioning and comfort, safe for pregnancy aromatherapy oils and massage techniques geared toward relieving muscle tension, helping with circulation and swelling plus promoting restful sleep, essential for every Mama to be.

We want you to enjoy this time for yourself and take a moment to rest and recharge knowing the best thing you can do for your baby is to treat your body well.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY - CAN IT HELP US HEAL?

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Steph talks us through it all …

What is it about the magical modality of craniosacral therapy and why is this not-so-hyped practice worth a try…

Craniosacral therapy is an ancient modality that supports the body’s innate ability to heal itself. It’s power is in its gentleness and ability to elevate our overall well-being, which makes it an incredible resource for sustainable, mind-body balance.

I incorporate craniosacral therapy into my bodywork practice to help remove physical and emotional blocks. It’s profoundly light yet grounded, a gentle, hands-on technique that enhances the body’s self healing abilities - and completely pain-free.

Operating as its own physiological system, the craniosacral system is essentially the ebb and flow of the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord as it’s producted and reabsorbed in a semi-closed hydraulic system. This creates a subtle rhythmic expansion and contraction of the body as it pulses, called craniosacral motion.

As we go through life, beginning with birth, our bodies store “traumas” as restricions in the fascia, dural membranes and other tissues. This limits its movement and therefore restricts skeletal movement in response to the flow. These stored traumas can be the result of repetitive use, emotional experiences, injury or even normal daily stressors of life. Craniosacral therapy facilitates the letting go of these held traumas in order to restore normal rhythm.

Where did the practice originate from?

Dr John Upledger first discovered the CranioSacral pulse in 1971 while assisting a neurosurgeon in a spinal surgery on a dural membrane. It was moving rhythmically, making it difficult to perform the procedure. In his research Upledger noted that the skull was not fused together as previously thought, but instead in constant subtle motion at the sutures where the bones of the skull meet. He developed the techniques to remove the tissue restrictions that serve as blocks to optimal craniosacral motion and system function. My training was at the Upledger Institute. You can read more about craniosacral therapy here.

How does craniosacral therapy work?

A typical treatment begins with my client lying down. First I feel the rhythm at various points in the body to assess the rate, amplitude, symmetry and quality of the pulse for any abnormalities. This will direct me to where in the body tension is being held. I then work with the body to facilitate the letting go of layers of physical or emotional restrictions in the fascia and other tissues. The held trauma begins to release from the tissues through my specific hand placement, intention and direction of energy. Once the block of tension is removed, it allows the affected structures to slowly start to move into more optimal alignment. It’s always the body letting go, and I follow as it softly unwinds. Because the fascia is one continuous piece of connective tissue from head to toe, addressing limitations in one area can free up movement in another.

What does craniosacral therapy feel like?

Often there’s heat or vibration as the tissues release and unwind. Clients are often amazed that its their own body creating the heat or movement - not my (magical) hands. You may experience sensation or a release in a different areas of the body that is being directly treated. Its a very relaxing treatment which resets your nervous system and will continue to process over the course of a few days, allowing the body to self-correct. I always recommend an increase in water intake, rest and emotional release techniques to help in processing and healing.

What conditions does craniosacral therapy address?

It is especially beneficial in treating headaches, musculoskeletal injury, neck/back/pelvic pain, joint inflammation and lack of range of motion. I truly believe anyone can benefit because we all use our bodies daily, we all have built up emotional tension. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t have imbalances or restrictions. Often there isn’t an awareness of symptoms until it appears as physical discomfort or disease.

How do you use craniosacral therapy in your particular physical therapy?

The techniques I use all tap into the central nervous system to allow the body to let go of any restrictions it’s holding onto, instead of aggressively forcing movement or manipulation. I provide supportive scents, sounds, emotional release techniques and chakra balancing to further support healing.

What are the emotional or energetic benefits?

Look, we all hold emotions in our tissues and craniosacral therapy provides a physical release of those emotions. I think also that mood can improve because of the decrease in stress and improved brain function. Imagine if your spine or pelvis is unaligned there would be a kink in the flow, so once alignment happens there definitely is more energy and flow.

BEST MOTHERS DAY YET

"To celebrate the strong, the beautiful, the awesome women in our lives ...

Esther Williams swimming with her children photo via Flickr/ Kat Dev

Esther Williams swimming with her children photo via Flickr/ Kat Dev

You're a Mum and you deserve a little luxury... or a lot! We want to make this the best Mothers Day yet."

 

This Mothers Day we are giving away the chance to experience a luxury treatment with us at Te Arai.

A 2 on 1 four hands massage.

Many people enjoy 2-on-1 massage because they find it extremely relaxing, and they enjoy the sensation of being pampered by two massage practitioners. 

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A blissful European facial massage with lymphatic drainage and deep cleansing... it's the perfect complexion boost and instant pick-me-up to follow a wonderful full body massage.

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ENTER as many times as you wish, entries close 12 May 5pm. New Zealand only, just in time for Mothers Day

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AUTUMN... PEACE, CALM, BEAUTY

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We're kind of on the minimalist side of things when it comes to beauty issues but we are suckers for new wonder products that are apparently going to change our lives.

Our regimes at Te Arai aren't super complicated and the older we get the more we find ourselves simplifying things. We'd just rather be doing other stuff than laboring over our skincare. So when Sonya Driver from Eco Tan had her chemist make up an oil for her melanoma scar and as well developed a 3 step skincare system we couldn't wait to order some as her tanning products have filled our cupboard for a few years now.

We like to cover all bases with all of the different skin types when we're doing facials and use different products for different results, so we've been trialing Sonya's range in our clinic recently because of the incredible cult following it already has.

Because we love everything oil the Glory Oil doesn't involve a lot of fuss. We can mix it with the Super Hydrator, which is Sonya's answer to a hyaluronic acid product which plumps up the hydration levels in the skin.

We always make time for a self-care Sunday regime. Double cleanse with the Super Citrus Cleanser, exfoliate with Acai Exfoliator before applying the Compost Mask, that's it. Put on some music, pour a glass of wine and relax for 7 minutes before removing. And when you're done, a sprinkling of Face Tan Water followed by Super Hydrator or Glory Oil and you'll have amazing looking skin to start off the week.

It's a really simple system, it definitely works and the claims she makes certainly are real. You can connect with us any time if you'd like to try any of these products and have a look below at what we've added to our menu now at Te Arai for face and body.

    

 

 

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Sonya Driver's 3 Step Skincare

 

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Face and Body Treatments at Te Arai

 

Reiki Facial - one hour $80

For optimal peace and relaxation, you'll enjoy positive Reiki energy during the entire holistic beauty experience.

Massage and Facial - one and a half hours $130

Blissful European facial massage with lymphatic drainage and deep cleansing is the perfect complexion boost and instant pick-me-up to follow a wonderful full body massage.

Hot Stone Therapy - one and a half hours $130

Deep tissue massage with heat therapy. The hot stones have a sedative effect that can relieve chronic pain and promote deep relaxation.

 

 

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A Saturday Naam Yoga series starting in February

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Naam Yoga – The yoga of immortality – is here!

Naam yoga is a practical, universal system of self healing that integrates the mind body & spirit via exercises and meditations. Purifing, stimulating, and strengthening bodily systems particularly the nervous, digestive and glandular systems, giving us more energy and clarity of mind.

Utilizing mantra, breath, mudra (hand and body postures) and asana (body movements) Naam yoga is a contemporary style of yoga blending traditional schools of yoga and mantra with a modern infusion of sound to enhance the benefits of practicing including strengthening your electro-magnetic field, balancing hormones, removing toxins and positively influencing state of mind.

Come and experience a unique form of yoga that will leave you smiling all day and feeling refreshed from the inside out. For more information check out: http://naamyogaofficial.com/new/ and http://www.naamyoga.gen.nz

Regular Saturday morning classes starting Feb 3rd in Mangawhai & Te Arai – keep an eye on our website (www.tearaiwellnesscollective.co.nz) for location changes as we will from time to time be having classes in some of our beautiful natural landscapes and other residences.

When: Sat 3rd Feb

Time:  10.30am

Where: 75 Cemetery Road, Te Arai.

Cost: Koha – proceeds to Womens Refuge

What to bring: Loose clothing, yoga mat, something to sit on if you are uncomfortable to sit on the floor, water.

To Register: Numbers are limited

Contact: leigh@boutiquebodywork.com: 0210 512 748

Forming a Sankalpa for your Yoga Nidra

Total Lunar Eclipse is on 31 January 2018

Total Lunar Eclipse is on 31 January 2018

Some notes on developing a Sankalpa for your Yoga Nidra practice. You may find them useful to read through before going into our guided Yoga Nidra.

1)    A heartfelt desire, a statement that reflects your true nature – far more encompassing than a New Year’s resolution, and requires no action or change. It is literally a statement of who you are, such as “I am already whole and already healed”, or “I am peace itself”. This doesn’t come from the intellectual mind, the resolve comes from deep within us, directly out of the mystery of who we ultimately are. It then informs our mind of a particular direction that we need to take, or are taking in our life.

2)    A second form, that of a specific intention or goal. When you discover your purpose, not everything happens all at once. To live your soul’s mission, you need to reach milestones. Setting specific intentions can help align your moment to moment choices with your heartfelt desire. Suggest looking forward into the next year and ask yourself what specific things need to happen to move you forward on your path. Your specific sankalpa will describe what you need to do, and where you need to direct your energy, to make progress on your larger life goals.

Discovering your sankalpa is a process of listening. Your heartfelt desire is already present, waiting to be seen, heard and felt. It’s not something you need to make up, and the mind doesn’t have to go deeply searching for it.

There are three stages of the listening process.

The first: Sravana, is the willingness to hear the message of the heartfelt desire. It can take courage to listen to the heart, and a quiet settled mind – one can cultivate through meditation – will best be able to hear this innermost call.

The second state: Manana, is the act of turning to and welcoming the messenger in. When you hear the call, you must be willing to sit with it, feel it, and deeply reflect on it.

The final stage: Nididhysana is the willingness to do what the heartfelt desire requires of you. It will call you into action, into the world. You must be willing to respond!

“What do I really want?”  Any goal can be an entry point, including a typical New Year’s resolution, even a desire that might be interpreted as simple or shallow can lead you to the heart’s desire. It might arise out of conditioning, but if you must practice and keep following the heart’s desire, it will take you to the essence of your being.

To get to that deeper yearning, work with whatever goal arises, but also ask yourself what’s underneath it. What is the feeling you are striving for? What is the longing in the heart that is pointing you in this direction?

Stating the Sankalpa: It’s natural to identify the desire as “I want” and an intention as “I will” or “I won’t”. But these phrases lack the truth of the commitment that comes from heartfelt desire and connection to one’s dharma. A sankalpa isn’t a petition or prayer, it’s a statement of deeply held fact, and a vow that is true in the present moment. For this reason, your sankalpa – both the heartfelt desire and the specific intention, should be stated in the present tense e.g. “compassion is my true nature”. Stating your sankalpa in present tense acknowledges the tremendous will, energy and truth that arrives with the discovery of your heartfelt desire. It also reminds you whatever is required of you is already within you.

Planting the seed: The core practice of sankalpa is remembering. By bringing the statement to mind, you strengthen your resolve and honour your heartfelt desire. But simply reciting the sankalpa is not enough. “As soon as you want something, a part of you recognizes that you don’t have it”. By repeating what you want, you reinforce the belief that you don’t have it. When the unconscious mind operates from a place of lack or perceived inadequacy, the energy that supports your resolve is weakened.

To fully realise your resolve, the mind must shift from dualistic thinking to nondual awareness. This is why meditation is the most fertile ground for sankalpa practice. It returns the mind to a state of present moment wholeness. “The longer we are able to effortlessly rest in that place of oneness, the more rapidly we are able to fulfill our sankalpa”. The mind becomes a more powerful agent to help us fulfill our intentions.

The most supportive state of mind for remembering your sankalpa is the direct experience that you are already open, timeless and perfect, as in the state of Yoga Nidra.

To discover your heartfelt desire, reflect on or write about the following questions:

Before you dive into self-inquiry, spend a few moments in quiet meditation. Let the mind settle and become spacious. Cultivate an attitude of listening, and welcome whatever feelings, images, and thoughts might arise in response to these questions.

            What is something I really want in my life?

            How do you think having it will make you feel? Looking back over the course of your life, has some form of this desire always been present?

            What is the most important goal in my life right now?

            What have you been working toward? What desire is behind that goal?

            What should I be devoting my energy and resources to?

            At this stage of your life, what direction do you find yourself being pulled forward?

            What stands out as the biggest opportunity or responsibility in your life?

            What is my biggest dream for myself and my life?

            Is there a dream so big, a vision so bold for your life that you wonder if it is possible?

            Is there a deeper longing that feels a bit risky to the conditioned mind, and makes you feel vulnerable, open and tender?

 

To translate this desire into a specific intention, ask yourself the following question:

            What actions can I commit to that are constant with this heartfelt desire?

            What needs to happen in the next 6-18 months to move me forward on my path?

            What is the first step in this direction?

 

AFFIRMATION

In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete. Each moment of my life is new and fresh and vital.

 

Full Moon 01 February 2018

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PLEASE JOIN STEPHANIE, EVE AND LEIGH THURSDAY 1ST FEBRUARY AT 7:00PM FOR AN EVENING OF YOGA NIDRA, SOUNDBATHING AND BREATHWORK.

YOGA NIDRA -EVE COMPILES AND WRITES HER OWN YOGA NIDRA TO BE IN TUNE WITH THE MOON.

YOGA NIDRA IS THE ART OF RELAXATION AND A MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE FORM OF PSYCHIC AND PHYSIOLOGICAL REST AND REJUVENATION THAN CONVENTIONAL SLEEP. A SINGLE HOUR OF YOGA NIDRA IS AS RESTFUL AS FOUR HOURS OF CONVENTIONAL SLEEP.

BREATHWORK – LEIGH WLL BE LEADING US THROUGH A SPECIFIC BREATHWORK SEQUENCE WHICH HAS MULTIPLE HEALTH BENEFITS TO REDUCE STRESS AND ANXIETY, TO CALM THE MIND AND BODY, PROMOTE FULL AND COMPLETE BREATHING, INCREASES OXYGEN SUPPLY TO THE BLOOD, HELPS TO KEEP THE LUNGS HEALTHY, BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM, RELEASES MUSCULAR TENSION, PREPARES THE MIND FOR RELEAXATION AND DEEPER MEDITATION.

SOUNDBATH – A GENTLE YET POWERFUL AUDITORY MEDITATION EXPERIENCE.  SOUND HAS BEEN USED SINCE ANCIENT TIMES AS A HEALING TOOL TO PROMOTE DEEP RELAXATION AND WELLBEING, EASE PAIN, AND INCREASE ENERGY LEVELS IN THE BODY. STEPHANIE USES ALCHEMY CRYSTAL SINGING BOWLS MADE USING THE HIGHEST QUALITY QUARTZ CRYSTAL WHICH MAKES THEM INCREDIBLY RESONANT. THE TONES ARE NOT JUST HEARD BY THE EAR, YOU CAN FEEL THEM IN YOUR BODY. WHEN SOUND FREQUENCIES MOVE THROUGH A SPACE, WE ARE PART OF THAT SPACE AND OUR BODIES RESONATE WITH THOSE FREQUENCIES. OUR BODY HAS THE ABILITY TO HARMONIZE WITH DIFFERENT FREQUENCIES, THIS HAS SIMILAR EFFECTS TO MEDITATION.

 

PLEASE BRING A BLANKET, AN EYE COVER IF YOU LIKE AND AN OPEN MIND.

RSVP EMAIL STEPHYGRACE@GMAIL.COM

Tan Vibes - Stephanie talks about spray tans

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 After our Dad passed away from melanoma in 2014 we became more aware of the risk from UV rays here in Aotearoa and we began to like a real tan less and less. We decided that aged, pigmented, dry and coarse skin was never going to be an option for us even though we have adventurous spirits and love the outdoors.

We were also concerned about the ingredients used in fake tans and sun screens for ourselves and the children in our family so we began to research solutions that didn't have toxic chemicals. On one of our family holidays to Byron Bay we came across Sonya Driver's company Eco Tan and found her melanoma story was inspiring and her dedication to creating this organic product range for her sister truly came from the heart.

We were so pleased to find Eco Tan products and to be able to create the look of a tan without adding to our skin aging woes. The colour looks completely natural and lasts for at least 5-6 days. It's made in Australia, vegan and cruelty free. Sonya Driver from Eco Tan has put together a spray tan solution that is beautiful, safe and totally free from all toxic ingredients. She uses certified organics and naturals in all of her formulas. There is no "green washing" here!! These products are so safe even whilst pregnant and breast feeding.

We offer two different professional solutions for spray tanning, both have a developing time of two hours before being washed off.

RICH HONEY is perfect for those who are fair skinned and also a great option for brides. Its a beautiful, natural golden tone that contains aloe vera to help hydrate the skin.

TWO SOLUTION gives you that richly luxurious earthy brown tan. This looks especially beautiful on medium-olive toned skins.

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR A SPRAY TAN

  • Exfoliate 24 hours beforehand. Pay particular attention to the dry areas on your body like elbows, knees, ankles and feet. Use a scrub or exfoliant glove.
  • Bring an old g string or you don't have to wear anything at all.
  • For afterwards, make sure you have some loose fitting clothing

AFTER CARE - Your tan will last between 5-6 days, depending on how you look after it. If your skin starts to dry out then your lovely tan will start to fade. We recommend moisturising with a non oil based moisturiser daily. Avoid harsh soaps and remember that swimming pool chemicals may decrease the life of your tan.

 

 

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WELLNESS RETREAT - HEARTFELT DESIRES

Heartfelt Desires and Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a treasure, a powerful and meditative resource for healing, insight and empowerment, it involves a guided meditation and rotation of consciousness throughout the body. We are so passionate that yoga nidra is one of the most vital forms of spiritual practice for twenty-first century medicine and enjoy sharing it whenever possible and so it was at life coach Eva Angel Diamond's "boho-lux" retreat space located in the countryside at Te Arai that we invited our guests to experience some of the benefits of this practice.  You know that feeling when you meet someone in a large group and they are only slightly paying attention to the introduction? Eva is the opposite. You can feel her with you in that moment, and it's really powerful. We had asked Eva to help us to enable everyone to form their "sankalpa" or heartfelt desire to be set as an intention for their yoga nidra. Eva's approach to life is imaginative, mindful and all about trusting what the universe has in store.  Shots of herbs from our medicinal dispensary, herbal teas served up alongside hot turmeric drinks and some snacks to graze on kept us nourished throughout the day. Adding in Steph's sound bath and Ayurveda polarity massage was pretty much enough to give everyone an opportunity to experience some of what we do as practitioners at our clinic on Cemetery Road.  We shared and laughed and listened while we dropped into the moment. We let go of what didn't belong and we set positive intentions for the future, for ourselves and our community.   

Yoga Nidra is a treasure, a powerful and meditative resource for healing, insight and empowerment, it involves a guided meditation and rotation of consciousness throughout the body. We are so passionate that yoga nidra is one of the most vital forms of spiritual practice for twenty-first century medicine and enjoy sharing it whenever possible and so it was at life coach Eva Angel Diamond's "boho-lux" retreat space located in the countryside at Te Arai that we invited our guests to experience some of the benefits of this practice.

You know that feeling when you meet someone in a large group and they are only slightly paying attention to the introduction? Eva is the opposite. You can feel her with you in that moment, and it's really powerful. We had asked Eva to help us to enable everyone to form their "sankalpa" or heartfelt desire to be set as an intention for their yoga nidra. Eva's approach to life is imaginative, mindful and all about trusting what the universe has in store.

Shots of herbs from our medicinal dispensary, herbal teas served up alongside hot turmeric drinks and some snacks to graze on kept us nourished throughout the day. Adding in Steph's sound bath and Ayurveda polarity massage was pretty much enough to give everyone an opportunity to experience some of what we do as practitioners at our clinic on Cemetery Road.

We shared and laughed and listened while we dropped into the moment. We let go of what didn't belong and we set positive intentions for the future, for ourselves and our community.

 

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