Stretch to Activate and Open the Kidney and Bladder Meridian Pathway – Forward Bend.

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– Sit on the floor with legs stretched out in front of you. Keep your knees slightly bent, do not lock them. If this causes anydiscomfort, you can sit on a folded blanket and bend you knees slightly out to the side..

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– With chin slightly tucked, slowly stretch forward reaching your hands toward your toes, reach for your knees, shins or ankles. Relax your head.

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– As you breathe in, focus your breath along your back and spine. Expanding outwards with each inhalation and imagining that you are expanding your back like a big balloon. As you exhale, allow your body to relax deeper into the stretch..

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– Hold this position for a few breaths.

There is a Doctor In the House and That is You

Did you know that you are your own doctor?

In the history of medicine, no doctor has ever “healed” a patient! A doctor may have “cured” a problem, but not have “healed” it.

Despite years of experience and expertise in particular specialities, doctors cannot heal headaches, a wound or a broken bone. Doctors and drugs are not cure for anything. The body heals itself because you are your own doctor!

It is true. You are the only person who can heal yourself, providing that your ability to heal has not been disrupted weakened or unbalanced.

We have all been born with an innate ability for healing ourselves. Our bodies have the capacity to regain and retain the correct balance of healing energies that are needed in order to nourish and support every function of our body, and provide us with good health and well being.

A doctor may remove a gallbladder, an appendix, or cure a potential physical problem, but the healing of the body, mind and spirit that must take place can only come from within. When a gallbladder is removed, both the actual wound and your body need to heal, adapt, change and rebalance the normal function of digestion.

The Meridian pathways which traverse your entire body are connected to each organ. According to Chinese medicine, Qi, the healing energy, circulates within these pathways. Qi provides the energy needed to animate each cell, tissues, organ and system of your body. ……………………………………………………….Photo by TheeErin

If the Qi becomes disrupted or is weakened your cells tissues, organs and systems of your body will not receive proper nourishment. This can lead to illness and disease.

Acupuncture and other techniques such as herbs, Tui Na, nutrition and exercise can facilitate the smooth and unimpeded flow of Qi throughout your entire body. When Qi travels freely, you can regain your health, and the doctor within can take over and provide you with proper healing.

Well doc, how does it feel to be your own healer?

Chinese Medicine’s View of Winter

Article contributed by Dr. Elysha Zamora L.Ac.
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Winter is a time of rest, conservation of energy and hibernation in nature.

Unfortunately, in our fast-paced society those are luxuries many of us cannot afford. That is why it is so important to fellow the tenants of Chinese medicine for keeping our bodies strong and healthy during the coldest months of the year.

Chinese medicine dictates that we should live in accordance with the season. This implies eating properly, having regularly scheduled meals and allowing the body and spirit proper rest.

However, many of us don’t take heed of the seasonal changes, i.e. working long hours during the winter-time, eating hot and spicy foods during summer and not taking any down time.It’s these practices that can lead to imbalance in the body and to weakened defences against fending off disease.

Winter should be a time of quiet reflection. The frigid and harsh winter tells us to “slow down”. The winter diet should consist of warm and nourishing foods. All of our bodily functions, including our digestive systems, function at a reduced level during the winter to conserve energy. Eating foods that are easy to digest, such as hearty bean or scallion soups, steamed vegetables and adding spices such as black pepper are winter appropriate choices.

It is also important to take preventive measures against sickness this time of year, such as receiving weekly acupuncture treatments and taking supplements to strengthen system. The body needs to converse energy to stay warm as defence can be slightly weakened.

Many acupuncture points serve the function of immune boosters- such Sanyinjiao or Spleen 6 and Hegu or Large Intestine 4. Taking the Chinese herbal formula Gan Mao Ling during the winter can help ward off colds and flu, as well as the homeopathic supplement Engystol. Talk to your practitioner to see if either of these choices would be appropriate for you.

Practicing Qi Gong, Tai Chi or meditation can help keep the body strong as well as helping to ward off stress, which may weaken defences. If you do get sick, consult with your practitioner immediately to receive an acupuncture treatment and begin an herbal formula. These measures may prevent the diseases from further progression and may help shorten the duration of illness.

Following the principles of living in accordance with the season taking preventive measures and allowing the body to rest will help everyone enjoy the winter season even more. Taking care of your body, mind and spirit during this time of year will ensure that the winter months and holiday season will be happy and healthy.

FREE Breast Awareness Talk – Monday 8th November at 8 pm

The Barcelona Well Woman Clinic is pleased to host a free presentation on Breast Awareness by guest speaker Jane Gregory Staward. Jane is a qualified radiographer specialised in Mammography, and worked in the UK Breast screening Programme as a Senior Mammographer for a number of years.

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About the Talk
Breast Awareness is an important Well Woman topic which no woman can afford to ignore. The talk will cover the following points:

  • What it means to be breast aware
  • Self examination techniques to support breast health
  • Methods of detecting breast disease and Diagnosis
  • Treatments available for breast disease
  • Types of breast disease – both benign and malignant

The talk will last for about an hour with time for questions at the end. Each attendee will be given a UK Breast Awareness publication to take home with further information on being breast aware.

About Jane Gregory Staward
Jane works as a Sound Therapist in Barcelona and is currently training in Cranio Sacral Therapy. As a Senior Mammographer in the UK Breast Screening Programme her duties included; giving information and counselling women on breast issues, performing mammograms and assisting with breast interventions such as biopsies.

About the Barcelona Well Woman Clinic
Barcelona Well Woman Clinic is an integrated health practice, combining both medical and complementary care. We are dedicated to helping women achieve optimum health at every life stage and are sponsoring this event as part of our commitment to helping women in our community.
The clinic is staffed by professional and licensed practitioners of holistic healing modalities that support a nurturing environment. Our practitioners are personally invested in a positive transformation and provide the highest quality of services available to serve the health and healing of our community.

Entrance is free
The talk will close with 10 mins of sound therapy relaxation using crystal tuning bowls played by Jane
Places are limited, first come first served. To reserve a place email BWN member Uby at uby@bcnwellwoman.com

Barcelona Well Woman Clinic
C/ del Bruc 38, Barcelona 08010
622 720 499
www.bcnwellwoman.com

Take a break!

Workrave is a free program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program monitors your activity. Using this information, it frequently reminds you to take breaks, and restricts you to your daily limit.