The Way of the Tracker

By Carrie Jost

This book is the culmination of almost forty years working as a Creative Kinesiologist.  The journey I have been on has been profound, enlightening and so very interesting.  Discovering the magic of muscle testing has been such a gift as it means that each healing session is geared specifically to the person needing help.  Muscle testing gives us precise feedback from the body and signposts the direction to take in each healing session.  Creative Kinesiology is a form of natural healing, having its own approaches, tools and pathways.  As kinesiologists we become detectives, seeking clues to the story that a person comes with.  We all have stories, some of them needing attention and help.

In the book I write of my own journey with Creative Kinesiology as both detective and a person needing help.  I Include stories from my work.  I show how Creative Kinesiology works.  And it does work! – addressing the body, mind, emotions and spirit to restore health, peace, happiness and fulfilment.

In the course of the book, you will learn how to use muscle testing and start to include some of the power tools and techniques used in sessions.  You will be guided to develop your personal skills of witnessing, listening and supporting to enable you to focus on the whole life of the whole person so you can, potentially, achieve miracles. The Creative Kinesiology approach is whole and wholistic.

Carrie Jost

Each of us comes as a whole not a part – and so Creative Kinesiologists look at the life of a person as a whole, knowing that if one part is struggling it will have a knock-on effect to other parts of the body and all its systems.

The book takes you on an enlightening journey of inner exploration, learning how to use tracking, the detective approach, to investigate a story and understand the clues shown up by the body.  Many clues surface from the unconscious and, because the body knows everything, use of muscle testing may take us to old trauma still stuck in the body, to ancestral issues that have lain dormant until now or to the detection of stresses and strains that have been covered up.

And we have such great tools to bring balance and natural healing to the session that, potentially, miracles can occur!!

From today Available on Amazon, ebook: £0.99 and paperback £14.97

Carrie is a long time BCMA Practitioner and Council Member.

Innovation in supplements – the liposomal technology

Lemon Well Med is a supplier of innovative nutritional supplements that use a cutting-edge health technology – liposomes.

When we think of new technology, our minds are often drawn to machines – the latest smartphone, eco-friendly transportation, AI, and robotics, but what about new innovations in health?

Recently, people have taken a greater interest in their health and are seeking out new and different approaches to preventative health. Not wanting to wait until they show symptoms and are feeling unwell but taking a more proactive approach and finding ways to boost their body’s defences.

Many people have taken at least one vitamin or mineral supplement, but they may not be aware that the body can sometimes struggle to absorb the ingredients in a tablet. This measure of absorption efficacy is known as bioavailability.  Therein lies a tricky problem for manufacturers.

How liposomal technology works

Many years of medical research have led to the development of liposomal supplements. Liposomes are tiny bubbles of healthy phospholipids. Phospholipids are also the basic building blocks of every cell membrane in human body. This makes liposomes a very natural delivery method.

Liposomes are filled with active ingredients and deliver them to the site of action. They protect ingredients from degradation in the gastro-intestinal tract. This makes liposomes a super effective delivery method. After delivering the ingredients, liposomes become nutrients and building material for brain, liver, and cells. There is no waste material, as both active ingredients and liposomes are absorbed. This increases the efficacy of the supplement.

Liposomes are extremely stable, efficient, biocompatible, biodegradable, and non-toxic.

But not all liposomal supplements are created equal either.  Some liposomal supplements containing liquid based liposomes have been manufactured using heat and/or high pressure and chemicals are added for stability. These manufacturing processes can damage the ingredients leading to inferior, less pure, and less effective products.

The LipoCellTech powder liposomal supplements

The powder-form liposomal supplements using LipoCellTech technology are unique liposomal supplements that contain only the vitamins or minerals and the phospholipid layer. This innovative technology pushes the absorption to around 95%, up to 20 times that of some traditional supplements. The powder liposomal products are developed in-house according to GMP and HACCP standards. The in-house manufacture ensures that all products contain only pure and active ingredients. They have no flavourings or preservatives and are highly beneficial and safe for all.

Key benefits

•          More health benefits – A game-changing innovative new way to get supplements, preventing stomach acids prematurely breaking down the active ingredients.

•          Cost-effective – Thanks to this revolutionary delivery method, you get the maximum effects by consuming lower doses. You save money over the time.

•          Pure and natural – This new technology uses non- GMO lipids, that are biocompatible and biodegradable and can fuse with the body cell membranes.

•          Less side effects – No need to take high doses of micronutrients. Appropriate doses are safer and less likely to cause side effects.

•          Increased absorption – Absorbed 20 times better by the body.

•          Higher bioavailability – 5 to 10 times more bioavailable.

Where you can find powder liposomal supplements

They are available for single orders or bulk purchases with special offers to practitioners at https://lemonwellmed.co.uk/health-products/product-category/liposomal/.

Lemon Well Med’s vision is for a world where everyone enjoys life to the full by being as healthy as possible for as long as possible. We support individuals to adopt healthy choices and healthcare practitioners to provide innovative treatments for optimum health every day. Visit us at www.lemonwellmed.co.uk.

Lemon Well Med is a corporate member of the BCMA. Members of the BCMA can get a special discount, please contact office@bcma.co.uk for the code.

Pregnancy massage – supporting women and babies

By Suzanne Yates – BCMA Independent School – Wellmother

Suzanne has been massaging pregnant women since 1990 when she set up Wellmother and since 1999 has been teaching Pregnancy Massage as a 4-day diploma course for massage therapists in the UK and abroad. In 2010 she wrote “Pregnancy and childbirth: a holistic approach to massage and bodywork”. The course has recently become approved by the BCMA. Suzanne has a YouTube channel and blog on her website with more information.

Our time in the womb affects us profoundly. “It is as important if not more important than our genes in determining how we perform mentally and physically through our lives” (Nathanielz )

The main way we experience this time is through touch. It is the first sense which develops, as early as 8 weeks after conception. Massage can be a powerful tool to support us.

Massaging the baby and abdomen – creating a space for mum and her baby

I have deliberately started a blog on pregnancy massage with getting you to think first about the baby in the womb rather than the mother herself. The baby is perhaps the most important person in the room. Whatever we are doing for the mother, will affect the baby. Many therapists are wary of working on a mother’s abdomen, but this is of course the most direct way to touch the baby. While it is true that some mothers do not want their abdomen touched by a therapist, we can teach the mum how to massage her baby. Some mothers do this instinctively, but others may be wary, especially of a deeper touch. If possible we could also include the other parent in learning some massage skills. As well as supporting the baby in the womb, these skills can be used during birth and continued into postnatal baby massage. If you want some ideas of how to do this, you can read the

Baby breath hug

Or do this  heart- womb visualisation on YouTube

Connecting with her baby can help the mother be more aware of her feelings around the pregnancy and other issues in her life. There are of course physical benefits for the mother of working with her abdomen. The oil can nourish her skin. Touch can support stretched abdominal muscles and aid digestion which may be compromised by the baby. While touching we can support deep abdominal breathing, which women often find difficult in pregnancy.

Some therapists are wary of working on the pregnant abdomen and of course, we need to know appropriate techniques. However, even during birth, abdominal touch may be beneficial. There are few times when we can’t work the abdomen, for example, if the mother is experiencing vaginal blood loss or premature labour. However, in these situations, we wouldn’t be massaging a woman anyway.

Releasing physical tensions for the mother

Before focusing on the tensions a woman may experience, I think it’s important to say that even a heavily pregnant woman can feel in good form. Often women find being pregnant is a good motivation for taking time to rest and to support their health. If women look after themselves well, they may feel healthier than at other times of their life. Ideally we don’t want to wait until issues present. I see part of our aim in offering pregnancy massage is to include awareness of the changing posture and suggest appropriate exercises. It is amazing the difference a few simple exercises or resting positions can make.

Nonetheless, the weight of the baby may cause issues with the lower back, hips, pelvis or abdomen, which may in turn affect the upper body and legs and feet. We also need to remember that many women have other children who they may be lifting and carrying. This may aggravate shoulder and pelvic problems. By the end of pregnancy, many women are likely to be experiencing some physical tensions, such as back ache or shoulder tension, varicose veins, oedema, carpal tunnel syndrome or pelvic girdle issues. All of these can be addressed with massage, but if we can include appropriate exercises then the effects will be more long lasting.

Pelvic girdle instability is an issue which quite a few women suffer from to some degree in pregnancy. It is important to know about it, especially because it may affect women after pregnancy and even during the menopause.

Pelvic girdle instability

What about working during the first trimester?

Some therapists are wary of working in the first trimester, mostly due to fears around miscarriage. It’s important to remember that nothing we do can cause a miscarriage. Only severe abdominal trauma may cause that, and even then, sometimes babies survive.

Indeed, what harm could massage cause if we gear it towards each client? Some women may be very tired and nauseous and so a less physical, and more energy-based approach would be better. Other women are carrying on their normal physical activities and would appreciate more physical work. We need to take into account that the tissue is already softening due to the increase in progesterone and relaxin, however the womb is still protected in the pelvis so some abdominal work could be included.

There are benefits of touch and massage this early on. Many of the early symptoms of pregnancy are caused by lack of rest and so simply helping a woman relax can bring huge benefits. Women often appreciate the space for them to connect with the pregnancy. Physical issues can be addressed early on which is important for women having their second or third baby. Many women do not know what kind of exercise is appropriate and appreciate knowing what they can safely do to prepare their body for the rest of the pregnancy, such as pelvic floor and abdominal exercises and postural awareness. Acupressure points and energy work may contribute to reducing nausea.

How safe is it to have a massage or shiatsu in the first trimester of pregnancy?

Preparing for birth

The main focus of a mother during her last trimester is on birth and so it is helpful for a therapist to know how to support her preparation. This can include working with positions which prepare her body and baby for birth which can also be used during birth itself. A favourite of mine is using a ball. The mum can lean in an all-fours position over it. This is an excellent position for releasing tension in the lower back as well as helping the baby move into an optimal position. Sitting on the ball can be great for supporting a connection with her baby as well as releasing tight neck and shoulders or working the legs.

Including positions on the ball in massage

Exercises for the mum on the ball

Deep sacral work is a powerful way to release tension in pregnancy and birth, as well as help the baby to move. I include acupressure points which can support both pregnancy and birth. There are lots of myths about these points, and so it is important to understand when and how to include them.

Is it safe to work with higher risk women?

If we understand how to adapt our work to the more serious conditions which may arise, such as pre-eclampsia, low lying placentas or, babies at risk, then it is safe. We need to know when the condition needs emergency medical referral, but these situations are rare, and most women would know that they need to go directly to hospital rather than come for their massage. If you are wondering why we would want to work in these higher-risk situations,  I would reply that women and babies who are experiencing difficult pregnancies need the benefit of rest and connection even more. Most women classed as “at-risk” do not go on to develop the condition for which they are at risk. It is a shame that they are deprived of all the amazing potential benefits of pregnancy massage. Some of my higher risk clients have said to me that their time of pregnancy massage is vital to them because it is one of the rare times when they feel they are simply able to have time with themselves and their baby in a relaxing way and tune into what is right for them. Rather than focusing on all that can go wrong, they have time to focus on all that is going right.

In conclusion

Working with a pregnant mother and her baby is a privilege. It is a special time of creating and nurturing new life. We are helping a mother tune in to herself and her baby, and offering them a space to move into the next phase of their life. We do have to be prepared to know how to support the times when all doesn’t go well, but even then, the relationship we have built up may be able to support the mother during difficult times as well.

References:

Life in the Womb: The Origin of Health and Disease Peter W. Nathanielsz 1999 

Pregnancy and childbirth: a holistic approach to massage and bodywork Suzanne Yates Elsevier 2010

BCMA Member and Author – Henriette Maasdijk

Our Member Henriette Maasdijk has recently produced the following wonderful books

Crystals and Healing for the Serious Seeker –  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/09547569597
You are Energy – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0954756932

Here are Henriette’s descriptions of the books:

The (little) book : ‘You are Energy’ is for everyone and in this difficult time could well be useful to those who are not all that much aware of energy work. I have put a number of exercises in it as well, such as self-healing, meditation etc on a fairly basic level.

The Crystal & Healing book is mainly for healers and those who are attending (long term) courses in healing and/or crystal healing.

Henriette is a founder of the Vibrational Healing Foundation and co-founder of the Federation of Subtle Energy Medicine. She has taught throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe for over thirty years, leading diploma courses and workshops on crystal and energy healing and a number of related subjects. She has always had a keen interest in the so called unknown as well as a great love and respect for the beauty and power of crystals. She believes that inner development and healing are the key to a life of joy, empowerment and fulfilment. Henriette is of Dutch origin and has been a member of the BCMA for many years.

BCMA founder member of the Integrated Healthcare Collaborative

IHC

The BCMA is proud to be a founder member of

the Integrated Healthcare Collaborative. 

The Integrated Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) is a collection of leading professional associations and stakeholders within complementary, traditional and natural healthcare, working together on common areas of interest, to increase access to these therapies, promote greater integration with conventional Western medicine, and improve patient outcomes.

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IHC calls for further assistance for self-employed complementary healthcare workers during Covid-19 crisis

The Integrated Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) has welcomed the Government’s announcement of the Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme on 26th March, as much of the complementary healthcare industry falls into this category.

However, there are concerns that Government action in this area will not reach a considerable number of these workers, leading to financial hardship for this valued subsection of the working population.

This group includes those:

• who became self-employed after April 5th 2019

• who have invested much of their profit in the start-up of their new business

These workers will receive no support unless they fit into the tight constraints of the Universal Credit system, which was originally developed for non-workers.

Some of our members have only been self-employed for this tax year, others have invested their net income, but all have shown commitment to their new careers by financing their training, completing a qualification, and by registering with a professional membership body. We would suggest that, where these criteria have been met, the Government offers some support at this difficult time.

We propose that there is a grant of £550 per month for any complementary healthcare worker who does not currently receive the employment or self-employment grants, but who holds a full membership with one of our recognised complementary healthcare organisations as of 1st January 2020.

This will provide, in some part, analogous provision with Government supported employees and the self-employed. This grant is comparable to those that have not been working, but on Universal Credit at £318 per month, and is currently less than the basic pension. The same grant of £550 could be provided to any workers that currently receive no support because they have chosen to show entrepreneurial spirit and re-invested their income in their new businesses, and therefore show little profit to date. The self-employed grant is wholly based on an ability to show profit, which many small businesses especially at start-up, do not.

This grant should also be provided, therefore, as a top-up to those businesses that have small profits reimbursed by the self-employment income support scheme but that deliver less than £550 per month.

Secondly, where there are part-employed workers that depend on supplementing their paid income with their self-employment, there is now a considerable gap between their situation, and what both the employed and the self-employed receive, with 80% of their usual income protected by the Government’s income protection schemes.

Where income tax is paid annually on self-employment, regardless of any other income, the Government Self-employment Income Support Scheme should provide the standard profit-based grant. This would ensure parity for the part-time self-employed.

Whilst IHC members appreciate the challenge the Government faces in supporting workers in need, but also preventing fraud, we ask it to show fairness and parity in its approach, and accept that some workers do not fall into the narrow boundaries of the current financial relief.

We have therefore written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, calling for action to limit financial hardship for this subsection of the self-employed, which could prevent many micro businesses going out of business in the aftermath of Covid-19.

What is a food intolerance?

From bloating and IBS to migraines and joint pain, food intolerance causes misery and uncomfortable symptoms for thousands of people. But what is a food intolerance and why is it estimated to affect nearly half the UK population?

Food intoleranceFood intolerance can occur when your body has difficulty digesting certain foods. When this occurs over time, large food particles (proteins) may enter the blood stream.

A reaction manifests when these partly-undigested food particles enter the bloodstream and are treated as foreign substances – antibodies ‘attack’ the food in question and generate an inflammatory response. The body produces food-specific IgG antibodies as a defence against certain ingredients that may not agree with you.

Over time, food intolerances may build up and persist in the system. Just like if you stopped brushing your teeth, you would expect to see a build-up of plaque, bad breath and discolouration which may lead to problems, such as tooth decay. Food intolerances can build up in the same way if the root cause hasn’t been rectified.

Food intolerance vs food allergy

Many people confuse an intolerance with an allergy, but the two are very different. Potentially life-threatening and quite rare, the immune response that causes an allergic reaction (IgE) happens soon after consuming specific foods, such as peanuts or shellfish and it affects around 2% of the adult population.

A food intolerance, on the other hand, can provoke an IgG reaction and is estimated to affect around 45% of the UK population*. The body’s abnormal reaction to certain foods can cause gastrointestinal upsets such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bloating, diarrhoea, as well as migraines, fatigue and joint pain. Although not life-threatening, the uncomfortable symptoms can have a major impact on a person’s quality of life.

The rise in food intolerances

People may often wonder whether it’s simply our awareness into food intolerances which is increasing, or whether food intolerances are actually on the rise.

There are a number of likely reasons why there is an increase in food intolerances, some examples are:

  • Farming practices
  • Environmental pollution
  • Processed foods
  • Food additives
  • Antibiotic and painkiller usage
  • Stress levels

What can be done about it?

Many people who suffer from food intolerance symptoms might be given the all-clear by their doctor yet strongly suspect that food is the roost cause of their problems. If you know someone who is experiencing some unexplained symptoms – such as feeling unusually tired more often, bloating regularly, or suffering from migraines without any known cause – perhaps it could be worthwhile taking a closer look at their diet.

Here at Lorisian, the business to business brand of YorkTest, we believe there are a number of options that individuals can choose when they suspect that they may be reacting to a food or foods that they are eating. These are:

  • Do nothing

Of course, ignorance is sometimes bliss, but when it comes to health, it’s always better to seek help. If a food intolerance is the symptom cause, it will persist or may even develop in the body over time if neglected.

  • Choose to remove foods from their diet by second guessing

It can be second nature to attempt to guess which foods are contributing to certain symptoms. Bread, for example, might be assumed to be the culprit – however, there’s a variety of potential trigger ingredients, such as wheat, gluten and even yeast. As a result, foods might be cut from the diet unnecessarily.

  • Seek support from a dietician or nutritional therapist and try an elimination diet and challenge method

This method strips diet back to basics by eliminating large food groups for a period of time then slowly reintroduce specific foods and monitor symptoms accordingly. Unfortunately, this method can be laborious, and it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly which combination of ingredients provoke reactions.

  • Take a food intolerance test to identify their food triggers and fast-track their elimination diet

A credible IgG food intolerance test is used as a strategy for identifying foods to which a person may be sensitive. Lorisian has found that the average person with positive results typically reacts to 4 to 5 ingredients. This shows there could be some unsuspecting ingredients that may be challenging to find by simply removing ingredients that feel suspect.

Who are Lorisian?

Lorisian aim to promote wellbeing within the pressures of a modern lifestyle. They work with practitioners in a wide range of fields, sports and fitness professionals and provide corporate health and wellbeing programmes. Lorisian’s in-house laboratory has over 35 years’ experience in diagnostic testing and dedicated account managers for end-to-end support.

Targeting your clients’ wellbeing, Lorisian’s simple finger-pick blood tests analyse IgG reactions to over 200 food and drink ingredients, such as common foods like cow’s milk, wheat and gluten through to health superfoods like quinoa and kale to establish your clients’ trigger foods. It’s also worth noting that Lorisian also specialise in other health tests, such as Homocysteine, Diabetes and our LiverCheck test which indicates your client’s overall liver health.

Registration is completely free of charge and can be done by contacting info@lorisian.com or calling +441904 428 550. Alternatively, you can complete the below:

https://www.lorisian.com/register-as-a-practitioner/register-as-a-practitioner-jn/

* Allergy UK
† Defined as a food-specific IgG reaction

Lorisian’s information is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. Lorisian do not claim to treat or cure symptoms and recommend that you discuss any medical concerns you have with a GP before undertaking a Lorisian programme.

NEW BCMA Corporate Member: Lorisian

We are delighted to welcome Lorisian as our new Corporate Member – this will provide a good standard of laboratory tests for practitioners going forward and we look forward to a mutually beneficial relationship. – The BCMA Team.

“Lorisian specialises in offering laboratory tests that measure food-specific IgG antibodies, which are sometimes referred to as food intolerances†.

We work with practitioners in a wide range of fields, as well as serving sports teams and corporate health professionals. In each case we can provide a solution for identifying their client’s individual food triggers and helping them to optimise their diets.

Lorisian’s parent company, YorkTest, was set up in 1982 and has designed, developed and manufactured their food-specific IgG enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test since 1998.

Our food-specific IgG method has had more papers published about its performance than any other type of food intolerance test on the market.

Lorisian aims to provide the maximum benefit and support for sufferers of a food intolerance by pinpointing and advising on dietary changes.. We have data sets that support a reproducability of greater than 98%. This is because the Lorisian Laboratory uses consistent and controlled manufacturing processes and operating procedures.

†Lorisian define food intolerance as a food-specific IgG reaction. Food intolerance is a condition with a range of symptoms including gut symptoms, bloating, headaches, migraines, low mood, fatigue, weight gain and skin problems. These symptoms must always be checked out by a Medical Professional. If you have clients that have seen a Medical Professional but have not been given a diagnosis for their symptoms then they may be suffering from food intolerance.”

“Register your interest via the below link:

https://www.lorisian.com/register-as-a-practitioner/register-as-a-practitioner-jn/

Adding a New Dimension – Bringing Therapeutic Sound into your Therapy Room

Do you use music in your therapy room?  If so, what is your preference – classical, new age, traditional, contemporary?  Something else?  Have you ever wondered how and why certain tracks or sounds are better at relaxation than others?  Have you ever struggled to find the ‘right’ music for your style of treatment?

I have been working with therapeutic sound and music since 1994 and have developed different techniques based on how our brains have evolved to respond to sound and music due to the way our brains have evolved over millions of years.  Different sounds (whether they be music or nature sounds) can elicit different responses, so high pitched sudden and short sounds will stimulate the mind and body and low pitches will relax”.

Sound therapy1

These days more research is being done to find out how we react to different instruments. For example, people will use words such as ‘warm, rich and cuddly’ to describe the sound of the Himalayan singing bowls whereas the crystal singing bowls were found to be ‘cleansing, clear and cool’.  A BAST Sound Therapist will use this ‘sound psychology’ as well as other techniques based on research to help improve health and wellbeing.

Therapeutic sound and music can be applied in your therapy room and I’d love to share my latest project ‘LifeSonics RelaxÒ’ with you.  LifeSonics RelaxÒ is a ‘music medicine’ programme that will mainly be delivered in group relaxation sessions.  Participants will be taken on a musical journey designed to improve health and wellbeing.  As well as group sessions, you can download separate tracks to use in your therapy room or at home and/or work.  This ‘Consciously Designed Music’ (CDM) draws on research in the fields of sound and music psychology, sound therapy, sound cognition and neuroscience together with creativity to create music for a therapeutic effect. Great composers such as Mozart used sounds to elicit different emotions and many great artists use music to tell a story – especially in film.  Most composers use intuition and experience to create their music and there is nothing wrong with that – a lot of great music is created in exactly this way.

I also feel that reducing music just to a specific formula could take away its soul, which is something that I definitely don’t want to do!  I see my compositions rather baking a cake.  The cake could end up being chocolate, carrot or lemon. The basic ingredients you need will always be roughly the same (eggs, flour, butter) but you can add extra ingredients until you get the exact flavour, size and shape you want. When I set out to create a piece for relaxation or creativity – just like baking two different cakes, once I have the basic ingredients in place I will then add different ingredients (instruments, musical intervals and ‘motives’, tempo, shape and time). I also try to use as many natural sounds as possible.  A study by Ratcliffe et.al, (2013) found that ‘bird songs and calls were….the type of natural sound most commonly associated with perceived stress recovery and attention restoration.’

I will sit with a piece for weeks and weeks sometimes.  Listening to it and feeling the effect, tweaking one or two sounds, re-listening, re-tweaking – it can be a real ‘fine tuning’ process.  In my last piece, ‘Glow’, I knew the last track needed something and yet I just couldn’t find the sound I needed.  It took months!  One day I thought popped into my head – I need Gibbons!  I found a lovely sample of some Gibbons in the rainforest and it has brought the piece to life.

Take a look at my compositions on my Soundcloud account – you can also go on to www.lifesonics.com and in exchange for signing up you can get a sample of ‘Cosmic’ one of the LifeSonics RelaxÒ sessions. When you are next considering what music to accompany your therapy session, think about how the tracks make you feel. Stop for a moment, take in what you are hearing and feeling – let your mind go and see what happens.  If the music supports you, relaxes you and helps you feel refreshed it is perfect.  If it distracts you, the tempo is too fast or there are too many high pitches, you may want to try something else.

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By Lyz Cooper of The British Academy of Sound Therapy 

BCMA Independent School

Soulistic Face Reading Unveiled

Anna-Louise Haigh explains her pioneering approach to an ancient skill

Anna-Louise Haigh

Every therapist wants to deliver their very best for their clients. Building trust and rapport quickly during the initial consultation is essential. Knowing and understanding your clients more deeply means that you can really meet their needs before they even know they have them! Every day, since 1988, with every client, I use Soulistic Face Reading to help me achieve the success my clients recommend me for!

Not only is this ancient skill fascinating because of its accuracy to unveil important messages about character, health and underlying personality, it is essential for anyone who wants to really ‘know’ themselves at a deep soul level.

I attribute the consistent results that clients enjoy to the fact that this skill has helped me understand their unspoken and underlying causes of their dis-ease and dis-harmony. By trusting the insights of this highly accurate skill, I know that I am always meeting my client’s needs which softens those times of self-doubt every practitioner experiences.

What is Face Reading?

So, what is Face Reading and why am I still so fascinated about it after all this time? Let me start by telling you what it is NOT! Despite it being called a ‘reading’, this is not a psychic endeavour to reveal the future or confirm what is already known. It is also NOT about interpreting facial expressions.

Face Reading is the systematic interpretation of the structure, features and lines of the face which reveals insights about personality, character and well-being status.  Every aspect of the face holds messages that create the story of the person, chapter by chapter, hence the name Face Reading.

Where it all began

DatinChinese Face Readingg back to the ancient days of Chinese Emperors, as with acupuncture and reflexology, a volume of knowledge was amassed based which became validated over time. Face Reading, or Siang Mein as it is called in China, is based on observing people’s behaviour and health in conjunction with common facial characteristics.  Initial correlations were catalogued and conclusions were drawn after thousands of observations.

One of the most common applications of traditional Face Reading is found within the Chinese medical system. Although Western Medicine or Complementary Practitioners would not claim to ‘diagnose’ through Face Reading, the accuracy of this approach is commonly used within Traditional Chinese Medicine to assist in diagnosing a patient’s condition.

This picture is taken from a 400-year book which identifies the significance of parts of the face with personality traits.

Face Reading Speaks Volumes

At the time, with no books available, I built upon my initial introduction by basically following the Chinese approach to learn and trust my observations. Having conducted many thousands of Face Readings myself, I know how accurate this approach is.

When engaging with a client, I listen to their story, and at the same time I am reading the features and lines on their face. This allows me to ask, ‘just the right’ questions which open up their ‘real’ well-being needs. Then, I can create the most appropriate treatment session which ignites their return to balance and well-being on all levels.

Over time, witnessing how this approach went deeper than just assisting with general holistic needs, it became obvious that a new level was being reached. I coined the term Soulistic Face Reading to reflect the depth of this whole-being approach. This means that clients receive support for their mind, body, emotions and soul.

Stories the Face Can Tell – A Case Study

Here I am going to highlight 5 attributes and their meanings for this person. Each feature tells part of the story of the person so when they are all put together a clear understanding is unveiled.

Facereading case study

  1. Wispy hairs along the hairline – Indicate natural creativity and that there is a strong soul need to be regularly engaged in something that brings the imagination to life in order for the person to feel fulfilled, whole and happy.
  2. Eyebrows – In general, straight eyebrows indicate a very pragmatic approach to life. Curved ones indicate a natural interest in spiritual matters. In this case, they are slightly curved which shows that she is cautious about exploring ideas that are not concrete, however, once she has enough information to make up her mind, she is likely to be very engaged.
  3. Ears – The upper rim of her ear angles outwards indicating that she has a naturally playful, even mischievous, side. She gets bored easily, so it is important to direct her energy towards something productive and meaningful.
  4. Lower lip – The lips represent what is happening in the digestive tract. In this case, because the lower lip is larger than the upper one, my observation would be that she struggles with bloating and needs to be better hydrated. From a soul perspective, it is likely that she experiences deep lack of self-appreciation and holds onto emotional issues unnecessarily so there is a need to ‘let go and move on.’
  5. Face Shape – In Soulistic Face Reading as I teach it, we focus on five main face shapes. Each one reflects a selection of core personality traits. The slim, long face shape pictured here denotes that this person likes a challenge and who gets restless easily. She is motivated by achieving goals and has a need to be recognised for doing so. She will give her best to meet the needs of others who she wants to please.

Overall, this young woman is happiest when focused on achieving her goals through creative expression which she approaches with great enthusiasm and dedication. She inwardly challenges herself to overcome what she perceives to be past failures, and can be unnecessarily hard on herself.

As a client, although it would be typical if she presented wanting help with headaches or migraines or insomnia, employing Soulistic Face Reading would reveal her deep sense of feeling out of balance, frustration at not moving forward fast enough due to lacking direction. I would approach her well-being needs by helping her feel more grounded, and comfortable at times of rest. In doing so, she would have the time and space to gather her energy and focus her mind which would give her the clarity she seeks.

Meeting the needs of today’s clients

We are in times or great uncertainty, it is said. I believe that we are in a time of great opportunity. While so many things are seemingly outside our control, it is only your clients are seeking some sort of stability. The foundation of true well-being is found in feeling content, fulfilled and valued.

For this reason, self-knowing is the key to unlocking the inner wealth of well-being and wholeness that underpins all our decisions, experiences and relationships. Soulistic Face Reading is the art and skill of self-knowing that every therapist can use, and every client can benefit from. This fresh and exciting approach to a time-honoured skill gives well-being practitioners the opportunity to expand their reach and make a difference in greater ways. Many students of Soulistic Face Reading develop a mentoring role which enhances their value to clients.

 

Learn Soulistic Face Reading Online

The time is right to share Soulistic Face Reading beyond the classroom. Delivered with the same richness of information, numerous reference illustrations supported by clear guidance, it is now possible for every well-being professional to gain the benefit of this fascinating approach. Learning online gives you the freedom to study when it is most convenient, yet have the connection with other students and myself through our dedicated Facebook community. Completing this accredited course means you will have received a thorough education and the opportunity to know and grow yourself, improve your relationships and strengthen your career….and benefit all your clients too!

For further information, please visit

www.anna-louisehaigh.com/learn-face-reading-online

 

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Anna-Louise Haigh was the first BCMA Member to do a webinar for the BCMA in November, thanks to Anna-Louise it was so successful we plan to do many more!

Find out about the next webinar on our promotions page

 

Spotlight on Creative Kinesiology

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A branch of Kinesiology that offers Body Tracking

The School of Creative Kinesiology was founded in 1989 by Carrie Jost, who had made the exciting discovery that the body can actually give feedback about how it is functioning. She saw this as an unfolding of the mystery about the way the body is working (or not) which allows a creative process to take place between therapist and client, through witnessing and working with symptoms and problems.   ‘I love the gentle non-invasive work of acupressure and healing techniques that can really shift the energetic problem in the body, relieving symptoms and encouraging a new view on life’.  Understanding that all of our experiences – physical, emotional or spiritual – can be held in our physical self is the basis of the work of Creative Kinesiology.

Body Tracking is the method we use to find out what your body is saying to you.  Our bodies are wise – they know all about us.  Symptoms come about so we can listen to what our bodies are saying – they have no other way of speaking. They can show up as any kind of discomfort, stress, aches and pains, digestive difficulties, low energy, ongoing problems of any kind, including relationships, family stresses and not being able to achieve goals in life.

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We can track the problem, discover what it is doing there and from our wide array of techniques available find the ones to make a positive change.  We use muscle biofeedback for the tracking – a method that comes from chiropractic – we include some bodywork techniques also originating in chiropractic work.  Energy techniques give us a huge range of ways to help – many founded in acupuncture theory – such as acupressure – to make a change in the energy flows in the body.

 

This work will appeal particularly to those interested in personal growth and their Life Journey – healing the past, expanding the Self in the present and moving forward with potential.

  • Enabling individuals to empower themselves
  • Supporting people through change
  • Learning the tools for life

When we see life as a story, we can find the triggers to our problems or symptoms and understand and heal them, so we are free to be fully ourselves.

The approach of Creative Kinesiology is person-centred. Practitioner and client work alongside each other in a co-creative journey. This process works by accepting, witnessing and using gentle, non-invasive healing techniques (derived from Applied Kinesiology and other modalities.)  Each session is tailored to you – every one of you is unique and our bodies will be talking just about you – on all levels of body, mind, emotions and spirit.

Our Kinesiology practitioners are well trained and thorough and above all, they love the work they do – making a difference by facilitating your own healing mechanisms to work effectively. It is worth having a go if you have an ongoing problem that doesn’t seem to be getting resolved, if you are interested in preventing ill health and if you wish to be full of energy to live life to the full.

The School has now expanded, having trained over 250 Professional Practitioners and currently 10 Teachers providing courses all over the country. The CK School became an Association of the BCMA in 2016. A summary of our training courses are below:

THE LIFE TRACKING SERIES
A foundation kinesiology course, recognised by the Kinesiology Federation of GB. As well as an exploration of the world of subtle energy and an opportunity for self-development, it gives an introduction to the “tracking” approach, pioneered by Creative Kinesiology.  The syllabus is below:

  1. Everything is Connected
    We are connected to all of life and each other. Well-being happens when every part of our self is balanced & connected.
  • Chinese Medicine – the basics
  • kinesiology muscle testing
  • balancing subtle energies
  • practical tools for maintaining equilibrium
  1. We Can Make A Difference
    Exploring how intentions, thoughts and goals can shape our lives:
  • starting to track in the energy system
  • releasing the blockages so we can move forward
  • the Chinese five elements
  1. Witnessing: The Key to Change
    When our stories and our Selves are uncovered and witnessed, our bodies and energy systems can let go of any unnecessary patterns:
  • body language, posture & energy splits
  • balancing the waters of life
  • witnessing others and ourselves
  1. Self Empowerment
    Our focus is on enhancing self-esteem and ways of standing more fully in our own power:
  • tracking into the past and healing it
  • deeper techniques for centring
  • balancing the chakras
  1. Launchpad
    As we deepen the tracking work and build our tool kit, we are ready to launch into the next part of the journey:
  • recognizing & developing gifts and talents
  • the body’s inner realms
  • tracking into the future

WAY OF THE TRACKER
This is the professional kinesiology training and a journey of profound spiritual growth and self-discovery which develops the detective work approach of “tracking” to discover the story behind a person’s symptoms and how best to heal. This is designed for you if you:

  • Are interested in making a difference
  • Enjoy being with people Wish to help others to heal and change
  • Are open to being a detective – a body detective
  • Have some idea what it means to take a journey of personal growth

You will learn to:

  • Listen deeply and witness another as they tell their storyck_session_2_web_200_300
  • Help to alleviate symptoms using an array of wonderful techniques
  • Look beyond the obvious and discover what is not being said
  • Find and use the maps that can guide the work (Physical maps, Nutritional maps, Elemental maps, Emotional maps, Medicine Wheel maps, Energy maps and many others)
  • Support people wishing to go on a journey of discovery
  • Understand the importance of relieving stress, finding balance and celebrating life.

 

PERCEPTUAL BODYWORK
A professional kinesiology training offering the opportunity to undertake a healing journey through learning simple and effective adjustments to the physical body and the electro-magnetic energy, as well as exploring various other approaches derived from Applied Kinesiology.

COMBINED DIPLOMA – WAY AND THE TRACKER AND PERCEPTUAL BODYTRACKING

This new kinesiology professional training will take you on a profound spiritual journey through which you will receive a thorough training in kinesiology practice. Taking place over roughly two years, you will become confident in the skills of a professional Kinesiology practitioner, able to work deeply with emotion, energy and bodywork.

CORE SUBJECTS
The School provides courses in most core subjects.

  • Nutrition
  • Inter-Personal Skills
  • Practice Management
  • Anatomy & Physiology

The aim of these courses is to provide a creative and experiential approach to the subject matter while incorporating the creative Kinesiology approach.

KINESIOLOGY PRACTITIONER DEVELOPMENT
Includes mentoring, master classes and continuing professional courses – these are important aspects of the work of the School.

KINESIOLOGY TEACHER TRAINING
An in-house programme of teacher training and how to lead groups and workshops is available that enables the School to train Kinesiology practitioners as teachers and workshop leaders of LifeTracking, Way of the Tracker and Perceptual Bodywork. Courses available are: Presenting Kinesiology and Group Work Skills. Practitioners must also repeat the professional training if they wish to teach at a professional level.

For further information, please look on www.creativekinesiology.org