As I mentioned in one of the previous videos (see links below), understanding yourself through the lens of the Five Elements, allows you to breathe a sigh of relief, and gives you permission to really just be YOU.
And that’s really ALL of you – the parts that we perceive as good or positive, those bits of ourselves we feel comfortable celebrating and showing and sharing… as WELL as the parts we find difficult, the challenging or icky aspects of ourselves that we would really rather not have… those parts that we might feel need fixing, or that we are made to feel (by other people) are wrong or that somehow we should be different…
We don’t need fixing! You are not broken… even if you have felt that way for a long time, or if others have projected that image on to you… you do not need to be fixed… many of us have spent so many years, trying to “fix” ourselves, to make ourselves “better”, with all sorts of therapies, seeing all sorts of practitioners…
But what I learnt when Five Element acupuncture came into my life, is that you don’t need “fixing”, you just need to have permission to be yourself, you just need to BE – without resistance to our natural ways of being in the world… and yes, sometimes it is different to others around us, sometimes it isn’t comfortable, sometimes we need to make adjustments to get back into alignment with our true nature… but this is where knowing YOUR ELEMENT is SO powerful…
The things that cause us pain come from our Element, the blocks we have in our lives often have their root within our Element and its innate challenges… The stories we have told ourselves for years, or been told by OTHERS for years – those narratives that run in the backgrounds of our lives, they are created or seen from the space of our Element… and often what triggers us is to do with the energy of our Element and how we view and interpret the world because of it…
The good news is that once we start to understand this, and our Element, we can start to heal some of the wounds that we may have been carrying around for a really long time… And this is because we all have everything we need inside of us – it is the beauty of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture – we help the body heal ITSELF… It’s not about fixing, it’s about restoring you back to YOU again, so you can be in flow…
Working with the Five Elements allows us to be the BEST versions of who we really are, who we ALREADY are. Discovering our particular Element, and its associations, its challenges and gifts, is a way of learning more about ourselves. It is a way of accepting ourselves, and getting rid of blocks or old stories that may be holding us back. It reveals a way of life that is positive and empowering, it is a journey to deeper self-understanding and life-changing self-acceptance…
Just a quick post to announce a VERY new, VERY limited edition offer of coaching with me!
As many of you know, I am an acupuncturist and have been in practice for 5 years, and I ADORE what I do – I LOVE being in clinic with my patients, hearing what is going on in their lives, helping them with their challenges, talking stuff through, supporting them emotionally, boosting physical health, and increasing their overall level of wellness. But this is only in the UK, and only really in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, when people can come visit me in clinic.
And I KNOW there are so many more people who want the GOODNESS of Chinese Medicine wisdom in their lives, WHEREVER they live in the world – and this is why I am formulating an AMAZING online offering which takes all these goodies to a WORLDWIDE audience! Yay! See below for all the details, and please share with anyone you feel would benefit now!
Looking forward to working with you!
Coaching package worth over £350, buy NOW for £150 – better than half price, one-off, limited edition offer!
Special offer closes midnight on Wednesday 31st July 2013 GMT.
Take advantage of this limited edition offer of one-to-one coaching with Rhiannon, wherever you are based in the world! If you have wanted to work with Rhiannon, but haven’t been local enough to attend her acupuncture clinics, NOW is your chance to gain Chinese Medicine wisdom, have one-to-one support, break through those energetic barriers that are holding you back, increase your wellness, and transform your life!
What do you get:
+ 1st session is a 2hr ‘Full Traditional Diagnosis’ as done in clinic with acupuncture patients
+ Guidance on health, lifestyle & dietary advice, based on Chinese Medicine theory to improve wellness
+ 3 additional online coaching sessions, of 45 mins each, over 2 months
+ email support
This kind of coaching may be for you if:
+ You tend to fall into the same habits, emotions, or patterns of behaviour & don’t know why
+ You have tried traditional coaching, but there seems to be something else blocking you
+ You want guidance in both physical & emotional wellness based in Chinese Medicine
There are a VERY limited number of spaces available on this special offer, and you must sign up before midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 31st July 2013.
The FIRST EVER acupuncture awareness week in the UK, as organised by the British Acupuncture Council, is about to hit a clinic near you! It launches on Monday 27th February, finishing on Sunday 4th March. This year’s theme is around dispelling the many myths that still surround acupuncture.
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) commissioned research into exactly what the wider public think or know about acupuncture, and they found some interesting results – we acupuncturists couldn’t believe some of the things people still think about our beloved therapy!
For example, the research revealed that over 21% of the British public think an acupuncturist’s needle is as large as that used in an injection, with even more (26%) thinking it is the same size as a sewing needle! Wowzers, no wonder people don’t want to come for acupuncture if that is what they think!!
The majority (38%) did not know what size of needles acupuncturists used, but the same percentage were put off having acupuncture because they are scared of needles. I can understand this, as I was a needle phobic before having acupuncture – and to some extent I still am scared of medial hypodermic needles, which doctors and nurses find incredibly amusing, given my profession… but they are just SO different, that they may both be called needles, but I actually LOOK FORWARD to having acupuncture, and have it regularly… yet there is still something about injections that makes me nervous.
Acupuncture needles are not only far thinner, they come down to a point as opposed to a cutting edge, feeling vastly different on insertion. Acupuncture needles are in fact the same width as a human hair and some are just 0.13mm in width – proving that size does indeed matter!
In order to set the record straight on needle size, and a whole host of other misconceptions, I am:
* Talking on BBC Radio Oxford on Monday 27th February, listen from 1pm
* Hosting 15 minute consultations & tongue diagnosis, on Tues 28th Feb, in Thame
* Presenting “Busting the Myths Around Acupuncture” webinar, Thurs 1st March, 8pm
You can register online for both the consultations, and the webinar, by clicking through to the website. The event details will then be forwarded directly to your email inbox – super simple & straight forward!
If you can’t make the face-to-face appointments to ask your questions about whether acupuncture could help you, ensure you attend the live 8pm online presentation as there will be a facility to type your questions to me in real time! Plus, you get all the info from the comfort of your own home, whilst in your PJs or having a cuppa!
I’m also putting together a video for the Awareness Week, so be sure to check back next week to watch! So get involved this Acupuncture Awareness Week, ask questions, get the lowdown, see how acupuncture could help you towards better holistic health – or if someone you know could benefit, then please do spread the word! Thanking you, I am super grateful 🙂
At the beginning of the month I was asked to appear on BBC Radio Oxford as their afternoon show – Jo Thoenes in the Afternoon – was covering the topic of stress, and how this can manifest in our bodies. Local personal trainer George Anderson spoke about the impact stress hormones such as cortisol, has on the body and the way it stores fat, making it difficult to lose weight.
I spoke about how acupuncture can help regulate hormonal imbalances, particularly adrenal fatigue (which is also linked to not being able to shift fat, as well as leaving patients exhausted), as it is a very regulating, balancing and harmonising treatment. And with hormones, balance is the key.
Acupuncture helps both physical and emotional stress, and the best thing about it being a completely holistic treatment, is that when these physical and emotional symptoms occur at the same time, we can treat them simultaneously – we treat YOU as you, not as a tense neck or shoulder… have a listen below!
The piece finishes by highlighting some of the other things your acupuncturist can do in the treatment room. For example, we can recommend dietary changes, lifestyle advice, drawing attention to the rest vs exercise balance, and so on… remember, acupuncture is not ONLY about the needles, we have a whole wealth of Chinese Medicine theory to draw upon, to help you!
Hello 2012! We are now entering the age of love, which means this new year is going to be a super positive one, with tons of great changes – I for one, am soooo excited to see what it has in store for me, and also to hearing all about what it has in store for you – here, online, and of course in the clinic.
For those of you who already follow my Facebook and Twitter pages, you probably already know that my only “resolution” for the new year was to start yoga again, after something like 8 years away from the practice! But I chose to start this just after Christmas – it helps that Santa left me some goodies under the tree to get me going!
Starting early, takes some of the “pressure” off starting today, the 1st January 2012, and all the connotations that come with that – the fact that many people spend the first day of the new year feeling hideously hungover (not me – though don’t get me wrong, in the past I have had my fair share of hungover, negative, depressed New Year Days), just adds to that pressure of “oh no, I haven’t started my resolution”, or “gosh, I need a detox”, or “damn, I’ve broken my resolution in less than 24 hours!”… We do not need to put that much pressure on ourselves! Resolutions are supposed to be empowering – looking at what good stuff we want for ourselves in the year ahead… again, the focus is on what WE want for OURSELVES, not what we feel we SHOULD be doing, or going into competition with our friends, work colleagues or neighbours (meeting them on the doorstep as we get up for the gruelling 5am run before work – YUCK!)…
I know what I want my general life to look like, in all its best holistic balanced glory… I want to ensure that I do at least one of the following each and every day – meditation, qigong or yoga. Of course, more than one each day would be preferable (and wonderful!), but I am realistic – if I am treating in clinic until 8pm, as I tend to for the first part of the week, I am not going to be doing yoga, then qigong and meditating before bed… As you think about your resolutions for 2012, don’t set yourself up for a fall, take small steps, and feel good about what you DO manage, don’t focus on the negative and beat yourself up – we are all human, even acupuncturists!
And sometimes we need a little support in keeping on track, I know I do – so you have my permission to ask me, when I see you in clinic, as to how my yoga is getting along! And acupuncture can help keep you on track, as you move into the new year with wishes for a healthier, more holistic focus – whether that be stopping smoking, losing weight, reducing stress levels and feeling more positive about life, or just having a better level of health with a boosted immune system.
Click here to read an article published in “Go Local” magazine this time last year, in January 2011 (scroll halfway down the page and click on the picture for pdf), which explains exactly HOW acupuncture works to help YOU to keep on track with your resolutions this year, and make this your healthiest and best year yet!
Let me know what your healthy, holistic resolutions are this year, and/or how I can help you keep on track with them for this magnificent New Year! Sending goodness to you all!