As I Began To Love Myself – Author Unknown

As I Began To Love Myself – Author Unknown

As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT.
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4th and 18th September 2018 – A talk by Tasha Ault on Pain and how to deal with it

In September 2018, we welcomed Tasha Ault to both the Winchester and Eastleigh Group meetings on 4th and 18th September to give us a very interesting talk about pain and how to deal with it.

As with any advice, we do recommend doing your research first before embarking on a course of therapy and we don’t recommend you try any of the information provided without careful consideration and consultation with your doctor if required.

Both meetings were very well attended with much debate and discussion.

Tasha told us how she initially had chronic debilitating back pain and an auto-immune condition, but was simply given pills to cope. She had no real quality of life – so she started to look into other options and she became interested in how the body deals with pain. She discovered that what we eat (nutrition) and what we put on our skin, hair and nails (make-up, nail varnish, shampoo lotions, washing powder and liquids etc) could impact our bodies’ set-up and potentially cause pain or inflammation – it all gets into our blood stream.

She told us how the body tells us if it is not happy, by causing pain / inflammation – so pain is created by an imbalance in the body.

When acute pain occurs, pain receptors send messages to the brain, neo-transmitters activate the immune system and send fluid and blood to heal the area, and the body swells to make room for the extra fluids flowing to aid healing.  But we usually take anti-inflammatories for inflammation and painkillers for pain, but this could delay or stop the body healing itself.

Chronic pain therefore occurs when the messages have stopped but the body hasn’t healed itself yet.

Pain can be in various forms – physical pain, emotional pain (eg. bereavement), mental pain (eg. stress), nutritional pain (eg. gluten allergy)… and there are 11 body systems that could be affected eg. Respiratory, Heart, Lymphatic system etc.

Tasha likened our bodies to a car, which needs water, oil and petrol to run smoothly. Our bodies need Clean water, Amino acids and Healthy / Nutritional food to run smoothly. We all know what happens to a car if you put Petrol in, instead of Diesel.

We need to drink lots of water to hydrate our bodies. Tap water contains lots of “products” so you could try a Brita water filter or fit a filter to your water system under the sink.

Our bodies also need to rest (physically and mentally) while this healing process happens – no stress! Our body needs to move from a state of “Fight or Flight” (panic) to a state of calmness to help with the healing process.

Eating healthily is important and with so many additives to our food, more people are looking to grow their own and reverting back to local produce so that we know where the food comes from.

Magnesium Oxide drinks can flush our systems through and help to prevent food / sugar cravings eg. Chocolate.

Too much acid in the body could also cause pain. We can try to neutralise this with eg. Apple cider vinegar, Lemon, Drinking plenty of fresh clean Water.

There is an App called “Thinkdirty” where you can enter any products to see how good or bad they are for you.

Vitamin C is important for our bodies – a deficiency manifests itself as Scurvy
Vitamin D is important for our bodies – we know that this deficiency causes Ricketts
Vitamin E is important for skin, nails, hair and Collagen creation.

If we have a positive outlook, we can sometimes influence our body’s ability to heal.

 Meditation and Mindfullness can help – even 5 minutes per day. It uses another part of the brain so it distracts the brain from the pain signals. This is where “attitude can change biology” so concentrating on something other than the pain is a positive step. There are a number of Websites and Apps available – here are some that you might like to research:-

Mindvalley.com

Doyogawithme.com

Breathe – App

Headspace – App

Any form of exercise will help – even gentle exercise, as the lymphatic system doesn’t have a “pump” so it relies on our muscles moving to keep the lymphatic system working. This Lymphatic System drains waste from our bodies and is an essential part of our bodily functions. Daily Exercise is good – whatever the level – whether sitting down or standing.

Organic / vegan supplements, not from the high street but from specialist outlets, have a higher % of actual nutrients in them and can therefore provide much more benefit to us.

Sleep is so important for healing, and again, there are a number of Apps available to encourage sleep.

“DREAMMS” helps you remember what the body needs :
-Drink clean water
-Rest
-Eat nutritious and delicious
-Attitude / beliefs can change biology
-Meditate, breathing exercises / mindfulness can help
-Movement pumping lymphatic system + blood
-Supplements and sleep

Tasha uses Cycloidal Massage (on a Cyclossage bed) to treat patients’ pain. Vibration and Infrared heat is used to promote blood flow and lymphatic system drainage, to reduce pain. It is a passive form of therapy. (The bed was developed by a German company.)

Scenar Therapy was developed for Russian astronauts as a way of promoting and encouraging the body to self-heal whilst in space. It is Micro Current therapy, connecting the body to the brain. It can also be used as another form of pain therapy which transmits signals to tell body to heal itself – especially if the pain triggers have been blocked by taking painkillers or TENS machines. Tasha rents these small hand-held devices for anyone to try before you think of buying one (she thinks they are about £500 to buy)

Tasha also advised that Philip Day is giving a talk on cancer in November in Bournemouth. He has researched cancer and other illnesses, around the world. He has a DVD called “Food Matters” if this might be of interest and a Book called “ABC of diseases”.

The Penny Brohn centre in Bristol offer weekend retreats – all free of charge – for a donation – where all of the above areas are discussed in a calm, relaxing environment.

We would like to thank Tasha very much for attending both of our meetings this month and if you would like to know more about any of the information above, please go to Tasha’s website –  www.alternativepainrelief.co.uk

As with any advice, we do recommend doing your research first before embarking on a course of therapy and we don’t recommend you try any of the information provided without careful consideration and consultation with your doctor if required

Winchester Meeting 3rd July 2018 and Linda’s 50th birthday celebrations

Last night’s meeting in Winchester was a surprise celebration for our Group Leader Linda’s, 50th birthday, the week before.  How we all managed to keep this a secret from her we will never know, but I think we all deserve a pat on the back for doing so.  Email exchanges in the preceding weeks had co-ordinated foods and beverages being provided by our members.

We met in our usual venue in the Christ Church Hall in Winchester and we arrived early to put up some decorations and to lay out the huge amount of finger food that our members arrived with.  The food just kept on arriving and two long tables were stacked with an array of savoury and sweet foods, some soft drinks and a little fizz for those who weren’t driving.

Emma’s mum had made a Gluten Free chocolate Birthday cake which took pride of place alongside the presents.

Aly had offered to pick Linda up and we think her suspicions were raised, but still we managed to keep it a secret until she finally walked through the door to cheers from the group.

After the shock had subsided, Linda showed us photos that her husband had collated over the years, showing Linda from University through to current day.

Then we tucked in to the food…..

…… followed by the lighting and blowing out of the candles on the cake…..

…. and then we gave Linda her card and presents, courtesy of the generous contributions from the group members.

A “Rhodedendron Linda” which should look beautiful when in bloom next Spring, some Garden Centre Vouchers, a Gardeners notebook, a “framed 50” made up of the Group Members names and a “50th Birthday Survival kit”.

Everyone was full to bursting but there was a little room left for pudding ……. fruit kebabs, meringues with cream and fruit, chocolate profiteroles, cheesecake, and a gorgeous GF chocolate cake, to name a few.

Then all to soon it was over and time to clear away the remaining food and tidy up the hall.

Thank you to each and every one of the group members who helped with this celebration and/or contributed to the presents – I am sure Linda had an amazing evening that she will definitely remember.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Betsie Jane River Hamble Cruise 22nd June 2018

What a beautiful sunny afternoon we had on the River Hamble.  The River Hamble cruise was very kindly donated to our Winchester & Eastleigh Cancer Support group through fundraising by a charity called SAIL4CANCER, and then a local nomination from Fiona Coldron at her charity “SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO”.  The trip was provided to us by Blue Box Experiences in Hamble Marina aboard Betsie Jane.

“Built in 1938 in Cowes on the Isle of Wight by Saunders Roe, Betsie Jane has a rich history. Now fully restored she is a time capsule allowing you to take a glimpse back at life aboard a 1930s Gentleman’s Launch. From the lustre of the deep varnish to the smell of the teak, Betsie Jane offers you the chance to experience an authentic luxury classic motor boat experience.”

The day was made extra special as we also started the celebrations for our amazing, supportive group leader Linda’s, 50th birthday, which was the week after.

15 ladies arrived in Hamble Marina from mid-day on a very sunny June afternoon.  Blue Box Experiences had very kindly erected a gazebo over their decked terrace to shade us from the heat of the mid-day sun – we were so lucky with the weather.  After initial drinks in the cafe, half of the group made their way to Betsie Jane – a restored 1938 Classic Gentleman’s launch – where they departed with their refreshments on board.  They were treated to the full Afternoon Tea experience on board Betsie Jane, complete with 3 tiered cake stands and vintage tea cups and saucers.  The rest of the group tucked in to the same experience in the comfort of the sunny Blue Box Café.

The first group enjoyed 90 minutes sailing up the River Hamble to where the M27 crosses over the river, and then back again, with stunning views of the boats moored along the river, the Jolly Sailor Pub and the house owned by the boss of Car Phone Warehouse (apparently).

Then it was time to swap over, and the second group boarded Betsie Jane, to be served beautiful cakes and multiple cups of tea and coffee by the very attentive Crew along their River Hamble cruise, whilst group 1 were served their cakes in the Café.

The whole experience was an absolute pleasure, and in the words of one of our group members “the Betsie Jane outing was just glorious. It was wonderful from start to finish – a real treat and a great ‘getting away from it all’ day for me.  Huge thanks to you for organising it all and for all the behind the scenes work that went into making it such a super day.”

We would like to thank the charities who made the day possible for us :-

> “SAIL4CANCER”  www.sail4cancer.org/

> “SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO”  www.somethingtolookforwardto.org.uk

And our thanks also to Jono and Lisa at Blue Box Experiences in Hamble Marina who turned the donated trips into a day we will always remember –  http://blueboxexperiences.co.uk/betsiejane

Here’s some photos from the day

 

Blue Box Experiences