FMTV;

A few weeks ago, Food Matters launched Food Matters TV aka FMTV. For the price of a green smoothie a month, you get access to hundreds of health & wellness documentaries, extended interviews with leading health exports, healthy recipe videos and yoga, exercise and meditation programs. 

So far, I’ve watched E-motion; Fat, sick & nearly dead; The Shift; You can heal your life and The Tapping Solution. All have been incredible in such different ways.

E-motion (the trailer is behind that hyperlink)  is a factual, feature-length documentary set to change the way humanity thinks about the physical symptoms of disease. Driven by interviews with cutting edge healers whose backgrounds include western medicine, quantum physics, kinesiology, biology and genetics, E-Motion looks at the underlying cause for everything that makes us sick. 

Fat, sick & nearly dead (trailer found here) is a documentary that follows a man named Joe Cross who is 100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle (I’ve now watched this twice because it was THAT good).

The Shift, starring Wayne Dyer, explores the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning. The powerful shift from the ego constructs we are taught early in life by parents and society – which promotes an emphasis on achievement and accumulation – are shown in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back.

You can heal your life, starring Louise Hay, gives penetrating insights into Louise’s fascinating personal story; and shows how her views on self-esteem, abundance, and the metaphysical causes behind physical ailments were developed. It also reveals how she applied these concepts to her own emotional, spiritual, and professional life.

The Tapping Solution, starring Jack Canfield, explores Tapping in a way that’s never been seen before. The film combines the wisdom and experience of world famous teachers, speakers, and motivators, with an element that’s usually missing: REAL LIFE CASES, unfolding before your eyes.

Plus, ‘Hungry for change’ and ‘Food Matters’ are a must see. Seriously, the price of a green smoothie a month for all this amazingness? Total bargain!

Question time, where do you watch your documentaries? 

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Happy 12 months to me!

On Thursday night last week, I graduated from university & went straight to the airport to catch the red eye to Brisbane. For the last 12 months, I’ve been on the greatest wellness journey to date, feeling better & better as time goes on. I started this journey for energy, a stronger immune system and a big detox post summer celebrations.

What I didn’t know last February was the fact that aligning my body would change my life in ways I wouldn’t even be able to imagine. Other than having energy for days, not being sick in 8 months, better sleep & feeling happier, less stressed & burnt out, I’ve met a HUGE amount of amazing people on this same journey as me.

And for someone that moved to Perth in 2007 & went straight into the party scene when I was still underage, this has been the biggest blessing of all. I remember breaking down to my parents in early 2009, confessing just how bad my life was spiralling out of control (first time ever admitting I had a drug problem to my parents – turns out they knew the whole time). I was just about to do a 2-year bridging course for university (since I dropped out of high school as soon as I turned 16) and I felt so stuck. I was surrounded by toxic people, negativity, drugs & alcohol and in general, people who weren’t on the same path as me.

I did my 2-year bridging course, meeting some incredible people along the way before doing 3 months backpacking through Europe & then straight into 3 years of intensive work & study.

Over the last 5 years, I’ve slowly changed aspects of my life. I’ve done lots of physical activities, saved as much as possible to travel, spent lots of time reading, connecting with new & old friends & done plenty of stuff by myself (as well as working and studying of course).

If I could tell my 17 year old self where I would be today, at the age of 23 (nearly 24), I would describe my current situation as completely outrageous from what it used to be.  To think how much my situation has changed in the last 5 years, especially the last year, totally blows my mind. The amount of times I have cried in the last 3 days, just thinking about how amazing things are at the moment cannot even be counted on two hands (and here I was thinking I was an emotional-less Russian!)

So this weekend has been the biggest game changer. I flew to Brisbane by myself, having met some of the people briefly in person or spoken with online. I’ve known a handful of people for a few years that were there but that was it. But I guess that’s what I’ve learnt over the last 7 years – you have to go out there & meet people. We celebrated the success of this amazing wellness company we’ve all partnered with & all the incredible individuals that really get it (there were SO so many!!) Can you imagine a company conference going from 300 people in February 2013 to over 2,000 in 2014? It’s a pretty good indication of its success over the last 12 months that I’ve been SO blessed to be a part of & witness.

So what’s next? It’s all a work in progress at the moment but now that university is finished and my property valuation reports are just days from being submitted for my property licence, I’ll be updating this blog as often as possible, sharing as much as I can.

All I can say for now is, I’m SO so excited for what’s to come in the next few months!

H a n d s t a n d s ;

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I was sitting in the sauna last week & just outside, there was a man doing a headstand. A lot of banter goes on in this sauna & some people got onto the topic of the benefits of head and handstands. The last time I did a handstand was when I did gymnastics many, many years ago so to me, handstands were part of my routine (amongst other things).

Reading about the benefits though, got me doing handstands this week! Here are the top 3 benefits:

  • They help stimulate the endocrine system: they get blood moving to the head; they stimulate the pituitary gland which helps the set point for a healthy weight. They also bring blood to the adrenal glands to help reduce the production of cortisol, the “stress hormone” AND not only that, they’re good for the metabolism too!

  • They help build upper body strength (but that’s a pretty obvious one)

and…

  • They help relieve minor depression: handstands are a well-known remedy as a mood-elevator; they can often relieve a headache, improve digestion and prompt detoxification.

 

So my goal for the next few months, to be able to do a split leg handstand (like this) on the beach. Who’s with me?

Bowen Therapy & some advice;

After hurting my foot, when I thought going for a big walk in thongs was a good idea, I came back to Perth in A LOT of pain. I was limping and each day spent not being able to walk or run made me very annoyed and frustrated. Luckily, I have a lady at work that is like my 2nd mother who is perfectly aligned with my holistic approach to life. She sent me a link about Bowen Therapy & within 30 minutes, I was all booked in with her Bowen specialist at lunch (gotta love cancellations!)

What is Bowen Therapy? It’s a holistic remedial body technique that works on the soft tissue. Bowen therapy helps the body’s own healing resources to achieve balance and harmony.

It’s something that can be noticed from the first session. I went in for an inflamed foot and I got a full body message; the lower back pain I mentioned to her before the massage was due to the muscle tightness I felt in my left quad in particular and my shoulders too.

I walked out of that room feeling like a whole new person. I couldn’t believe how tight my quads were until they were back to normal.

Like any where I go, I always ask as many questions as possible. In between working different parts of the body, the specialist stops for a few minutes and gives the body time. In these moments, I asked for some tips with walking & running and how to reduce injuries. What I learnt is pretty important.

Before doing any walking or running, one must always stretch; not like you would after a work out but a small stretch for 30 seconds each muscle. Any less than that and it is a waste of time. 

& doesn’t matter how much you’ve been told that your knees point in, you should stretch your left quad with left arm (something I’ve done all my life until the beginning of the year when someone advised me other wise- doh!)

So what else is Bowen Therapy good for?

  • Circulation
  • Lymphatic and venous draining
  • Assimilation of nutrients
  • Elimination of toxins
  • Joint mobility
  • Posture
  • Normalisation of cellular physiology and tissue integrity

And what can it help with?

  • Sports and accident injuries
  • Frozen shoulders
  • Stress disorders
  • Neck and head tension
  • Whiplash
  • Musculoskeletal pain and imbalance
  • Respiratory and asthma complaints
  • Acute and chronic fatigue
  • Stroke
  • Bed wetting
  • Digestive problems
  • Menstrual complaints
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Colic
  • Fatigue
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Hyperactive disorder
  • Learning difficulties
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis

If you’re in Perth, you’re in luck! You will find this amazing specialist in Maylands (her name is Karen).

& if you want to be in the know about special offers from the spa, check out Gemma’s facebook page.

Sing at the top of your lungs;

Photo taken at Groovin the Moo, 2011

With the amount of assignments & tests on at the moment, I’m finding little time to go for my usual river walk. I know from past experience that walks in the fresh air are my number one solution for a mood booster but what I didn’t know was that singing can have a similar effect!

After hearing that, I did some research and here’s what I found:

– “All types of singing have positive psychological effects. The act of singing releases endorphins, the brain’s “feel good” chemicals. Singing in front of a crowd, a la karaoke, naturally builds confidence, which has broad and long-lasting effects on general well-being. But of all types of singing, it’s choral singing that seems to have the most dramatic effects on people’s lives” via How Stuff Works

– “Canadian research has shown that when people listen to their favourite music, it activates the same pleasure-rewards centre as sex, and thus a release of dopamine. The pain-dulling effects of endorphins, however, appear to require more active involvement” via Canada.com

–  “Singing gives the lungs a workout; it tones abdominal and intercostal muscles and the diaphragm and stimulates circulation; it makes us breathe more deeply than many forms of strenuous exercise, so we take in more oxygen, improve aerobic capacity and experience a release of muscle tension as well.”

&

– “It is very effective as a stress reliever and improves sleep; it also improves mental alertness” via Barbershop Harmony Society

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What’s there not to love about singing huh? Now my question is, what’s your favourite song or album that always gets you singing the loudest?

Disconnecting;

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I found this quote last week…..somewhere on the internet (thank god there’s a tag; via Striking Truths) and could not believe the timing. After a busy start to 2013, with work picking up at an increasing speed and uni also doing the same (thanks Murphy for your stupid law), I said yes to a last minute trip with my bestie. Considering the fact we haven’t spent more than a whole day alone in a year is a crazy thought (group catch ups with friends in Melbourne &Sydney last year don’t count).

So as you read this, I’m on my way to the airport for a week in Broome for quality, relaxing time with my best friend, S. I’m bringing my tablet with me to do some study but other than that, I plan to read, write and relax by the pool and have big chats with S.

Can I do 5 days with no social media or my phone? For someone that spends a crazy amount of time on Instagram…we’ll see about that one!

x

Operation: Exercise overload;

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Now that uni is over for the year, it’s time to focus on the most important thing: my health! I’ve maintained a good eating plan for most of the year (I’m not even going to include chocolate because I have a problem) but I’ve brushed exercise aside even though I know that’s just as beneficial. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t do zero exercise, I go for walks most evenings & then do some squats/jacking jacks etc but it doesn’t compare to what I’d like to do.

So for the next ten weeks, until summer school begins, my life will be filled with wakeboarding, paddle boarding, swimming and the odd pump class and boxing session.

Can you tell I’m a water rat?