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Free your mind

One day I am feeling hopeful, positive and living my life with joy. Another day, suddenly I feel cross and easily upset by small things. This is normal for many of us at the moment. When I ask people how they feel the response for many is, “Up and down don’t you know?” is a common response.

Considering my time, I become clearly aware of something: Spending time watching the news, reading Facebook and listening to folk who are fearful causes the day to fall apart. My own sense of self becomes overwhelmed in a tidal wave of bad news. If however I don’t start with the news, reading social media, have lovely chats with people who are making the best of the situation, what a difference it makes. The situation has not changed but I remain in a much calmer space. I get on with life, paint, see friends, watch comedy on TV, read books with a sense of contentent. I am not denying what is going on – life is challenging. As a therapist I know that our minds need time out from the hard stuff. If you find yourself feeling anxious or fearful ask, When did this get bad? Did you read a scary article or watch a program full of anger and blame? Give yourself permission to switch off from the bad news for a couple of days in order to do the things that give you a sense of fun and creativity. Like me, you might notice that you feel better and keep life in perspective.

About Us

Marilyn aims to empower people to see new ways of changing their lives for the better. She has a gift of listening and reflecting people’s thoughts back to them with fresh insights on the way forward.

Marilyn Perrott is qualified in hypnotherapy and psychoanalysis. She has a diploma in Health and Social Welfare. Her background was in nursing. She has worked with a charity helping people suffering from depression.

Myofascial unwinding

Muscles and organs are covered with a white elastic membrane called fascia. It protects the organs and allows one muscle to connect with another. Research done by Robert Shleip measured the strength of the big muscles in your buttocks called gluteus maximus. It was thought that the muscles inserted onto the long leg bones called the femurs. Instead they found that 50% of the energy had disappeared. In practice the muscles blended with the fascia of the hamstrings. If you have tight hamstrings it will affect the muscles in your buttocks. That will flatten your back and contribute to back pain. You might even have pain under your heel called plantar fasciitis. The connection is in the fascia. “The problem is where the pain isn’t”. Fascia sometimes twists and tightens up the muscles. People call it a knot. Someone might have highly sensitive areas in the muscles running alongside the spine. Lightly stroking your fingers down their spine causes the muscles to twitch. Today someone had this problem. I placed four finger tips in the hollow between the vertebrae and waited. At first I could feel the subtle twitch, then I felt a light pulse. As I waited the fingers started to move. Two fingers started to move up the spine and two moved down. The square was rotating. My fingertips changed position as the pulse returned. Then everything went quiet. All movement paused. After about 3 minutes I gently took my fingers away, waited then lightly stroked down the spine again. All the sensitivity had gone.

E. Coli

E. Coli or Eschericia coli are a type of bacteria that live in the gut. They are helpful to us humans because they inhibit the growth of other bacteria like salmonella and make vitamin K2. K2 helps in blood clotting and is essential for strong bones and the integrity of blood vessel walls. Warfarin or coumadin, is a drug that is commonly given to people who have had a blood clot or stroke or who are at risk of turbulence from a heart arrhythmia with possible clotting. Warfarin inhibits the production of K2.

E. Coli bacteria are anaerobic. ie. they can live without oxygen. They grow by multiplying in a warm environment. Reasonable levels are not harmful but an overwhelming growth can cause watery or bloody diarrhoea with the complication of kidney failure in severe cases. If the gut wall is damaged they leak into the abdomen leading to peritonitis. They are also present in high numbers in Crohn’s disease, an inflammation of the mucose lining of the intestine.

The main sources of E. coli on food are from manure, wild pigs roaming amongst food crops, poor hygiene amongst food workers. Bean sprouts are susceptible because they are often grown in a warm, watery environment from mung beans imported from Thailand. For many years I worked as a quality manager in the whole food industry. It is not commonly known that insects and bird droppings are possible sources of E. coli. For instance some countries are susceptible to cockroach infestations. There is a risk of infestation on seeds and beans imported from some countries with haphazard hygiene standards. The simplest protection is to wash all seeds, especially before sprouting them and blanch them in boiling water or steam before consuming them. You  can lightly roast nuts for 10 minutes in the oven before consumption. As a general rule, if nuts look scuffed they have been mechanically shelled and cleaned. If they look grubby or completely whole they have probably been hand shelled and cleaned. If they come from California they are hygienically cleaned and stored. Think about were they have come from and how they might have been stored. Personally I would never eat raw Chinese pumpkin seeds, unheated natural sesame seeds, or raw peanuts. Lightly roasting them, or eating peanut butter is fine. Washing leafy vegetables is fine.

For many years the media and the macrobiotic movement have fed consumers with a romantic notion about eating unprocessed raw food, unprotected by chemicals that kill bacteria. Most of the fresh food you buy has been washed in a dilute solution of chlorine or in the case of many fresh fruits irradiated, to lengthen its shelf life and inhibit moulds. Again the answers are to take simple hygiene measures before eating them. Some pulses also contain lectins and enzymes that might cause severe stomach aches if not cooked. Sprouting them only reduces their effect by a small amount. The modern trend for very lightly cooking meat and fish allows worms and bacteria to remain in the food. When you eat fish ask yourself is a muddy bottom feeder like cod or mullet. If so, the risk of worms is higher. Ignore the sushi fashion and cook it properly. Farmed salmon is prone to sea lice that attach themselves to the gills and skin. We fool ourselves with all the advice about eating food as near to its original state as possible.

Probiotics are helpful for the gut. They ‘seed’ the intestine with helpful bacteria. Probiodaily is the best regular one that I have come across. Phone Higher Nature T: 0808 178 8614 and quote my practitioner number 171983 if you want to order some or ask their advice. Liquid yoghurts are of some value but probiotic tablets are coated to survive stomach acid.

Resolve muscle and joint pain

Have you been to the doctor with aches and pains? Have you seen a physiotherapist, or even an osteopath or chiropractor?

Have you tried to understand why your pain persists? Well, I might be able to help.

I take a structured approach to diagnosing the possible causes of joint and muscle pain. We look into your medical history and any accidents or operations
you might have had. We look at your lifestyle and changes that might co-incide with the onset of pain or stiffness in the joints.
We make a full postural assessment that looks in detail at your musculoskeletal alignment. We might notice a fallen arch in one foot that a podiatrist has commented on.
Or a physiotherapist for example might have told you that one leg is longer than the other. All of these factors affect your pelvis and might put a small scoliosis or side bend into
your spine. We then treat you by making small adjustments to key joints that you cannot adjust without help. Stiff joints affect  blood flow and circulation making the heart work harder. As circulation improves so will your energy levels. We  help you to use the diaphragm to breathe smoothly and deeply. We follow that with lymphatic massage, acupuncture if needed, and stretches based on Ashtanga and Iyenga yoga or pilates. Many people make a dramatic improvement, others need several sessions to make a difference. We do not persuade you to keep coming to see us. It is up to you, with our guidance on how long it will take. Having successfully helped thousands of people I have a fairly good idea of the possible outcome or prognosis.

Phone us on 01908 502015 for an appointment.

Konigsee Bavaria

back pain, pelvic pain, craniosacral therapy

Back Pain and Pelvic Pain

Back pain affects everything you do. If you see a chiropractor or osteopath they often concentrate on the spine looking for facet joint restrictions or subluxations. These might well be a factor in maintaing the pain. Orthopaedic surgeons concentrate on the intervertebral discs, looking for possible bulges or herniations. Disc injuries are not as common a cause as you are led to believe. By using muscle energy techniques we engage your own muscles to make small but important corrections to your posture.

Your posture is affected by bad habits for instance crossing the legs, sitting awkwardly, draughts and cold muscles, sudden movements, reaching out and twisting, lack of exercise or holding the body in one position like cycling all day.

Blood Flow and circulation of Energy, Qi

The blood flows through arteries and veins. Your heart is a double pump. It pumps blood to your lungs, back to your heart, around your body and back in less than 30 seconds. A major blockage in a joint, organ or muscles makes your heart work harder leaving you with less energy. Qi or in yoga prana, is the life force or energy that flows around your body. Our Western view of Chinese medicine identifies meridians or 12 major channels of energy. In yoga they are thought of as nadis. The energy that flows down the spine and back up is thought of as pingali and ida. Western medicine often dismisses this as archaic concepts. However the flow of energy around the spine is similar to the flow of craniosacral fluid.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral fluid is a yellowish liquid that baths and protects the brain and central nervous system. We make about half a litre a day. When a baby is born their lungs fill with air as they take their first breath. Once they start to suckle the craniosacral fluid (csf) starts to flow. CSF is produced roughly in a six second cycle. In a healthy person it switches on for about six seconds and switches off for about the same time. Should the flow be blocked for any length of time the body shows signs of disease. Poor organ function, low energy, depression, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic back pain or pelvic pain are all signs of blockage in energy flow.

The approach of a craniosacral therapist is to assess the body by tuning in to these gentle waves. John Upledger first formed the idea of energy cysts where energy can be lodged much like the trauma from a bullet entering tissues. A craniosacral therapist can help you to resolve long-standing affects that cause you to feel “under par”.

Personally I choose a mixture of techniques depending on what I sense are a person’s needs. In addition to craniosacral therapy I use muscle energy techniques, acupuncture, myofascial release, massage and a little guided imagery to help you resolve whatever is troubling your body.

Phone us on 01908 502015 for an appointment

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