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Mind-Body and Immune System Studies

The field of psychoneuroimmunology (“psycho” for psychology; “neuro” for neurology, or nervous system; and “immunology” for immunity) began in 1964 after George Solomon a psychiatrist saw that rheumatoid arthritis worsened when people were depressed and this led him to investigate the impact of emotions on inflammation and immune function in general. Continue reading

Stress Reduction through Breathwork

hay47Stress reduction through breathwork has long used by meditators as a way to “inner peace”, health, and vitality, intentional breathing can be used as a calming technique and is also an excellent way to release stress and long held tension which may have been stored in the body as a result of mental, emotional or physical trauma. Conscious use of the breath is known by many names, “conscious Breath”, “intentional breathing”, “transformational breath” to name just a few… but essentially they are the same thing; the conscious use of breathing to develop a very deep and revealing state of inner consciousness.

Why Use Breathwork for Stress Reduction

Andrew Weil MD (author of 8 Weeks to Optimal Health) states that :”conscious breathing is the most important thing we can do for our health, regardless of exercise and diet”. We all have our own reality, what we believe about life, our role and how others will treat or respond to us. This is based on past experience. As a result of life events there can be times when we feel under threat (mentally, emotionally or physically), we may have experienced other peoples anger and fear as we grew up. This can change our natural breathing pattern – we can unconsciously start to suppress or hold our breath especially when we believe something bad is about to happen. At the same time as we are limiting our breathing we may be making a limiting decision about life or ourselves e.g “I am not worth loving”…”people hurt you if they love you”…..”I can’t do anything right”. These decisions keep us safe to ensure the same event will not happen again. Unfortunately, these personal laws, often made as a child without full understanding of what is going on, do not always create harmony in our lives. If we fail to resolve these traumatic events at the time, they can remain in the form of contracted energy (cellular memory). This in turn can result in stress, illness, depression, lack of joy, or aches and pains in the body. This is where breathwork can be particularly helpful in releasing this contracted energy.

Incorporated into the breathing session will be powerful positive affirmations to support you in the changes you wish to bring about and to aid the release.  Follow this link to find out about the next Breath Workshop. If you are interested you can read about my own first breathwork experience.

Is Breathwork Rebirthing?

No, although it is possible to have a re-birthing experience during this kind of Breathwork. Some years ago “Re-birthing” became very popular and fashionable as a therapy with the work of Leonard Orr. Since then many others have developed various techniques and it is no longer necessary to go through the re-birthing experience to enjoy the benefits from working on your breathing. Techniques like Healing or Conscious Breathwork allow an individual to choose issues they would like to work on and to take it at their own pace with the guidance of a practitioner. They have also brought in an element of spirituality for those wishing to work on this aspect of their lives.

Is there something I can try by myself? Even without attending workshops or Breath sessions you can become aware of your breathing patterns and how they change under differing circumstances. As a simple example; a friend of mine discovered that he holds his breath when concentrating on computer work. He had never really noticed this or the stress that it caused his body, now that he is aware of it, when he notices it coming on he just breathes steadily throughout his work, continuing to feed the body/brain with the oxygen it needs to operate effectively and in a more relaxed mode.

If you are used to meditating then you will be aware of how the breathing quietens and slows down when you are relaxed and meditating and the wonderful feeling of calm that comes from that. Just take the time right now to notice how your body is feeling, are there areas of tension? Are you breathing fully i.e down into the abdomen or just in your upper chest?

Use a guided meditation CD like the “Life Healing” chants & meditations, or “Heartfelt” CDs. Check out the health page for possible issues. If you are someone who enjoys instructional DVDs then there is a DVD entitled “Breathe” available form my online shop. Want to try a quick and simple exercises now click here.

Healing Affirmations

Health Affirmations ListHealing Affirmations List

“I know that my healing is already in process”

“Every cell in my body vibrates with energy and health”

“I am healthy, healed and whole”

“I choose health”

“I naturally make choices that are good for me, I take loving care of my body
and my body responds with health, an abundance of energy and a wonderful feeling
of well-being”

For those about to undergo surgery or medical treatment:

“Every hand that touches me is a healing hand”

“I now receive the treatment I need in the perfect time, place and way for me”

“My body heals quickly and easily”

If you are facing a health challenge then we have the following for you:

Healing Hypnosis Download

Healing Inside Out – Book and CD with complete healing process.

Back to List of Affirmations

Caregiver Stress Weakens Immune System

A study by scientists at Ohio State University suggests that caregiver stress weakens the immune system by affecting a critical pathway in the immune system in the long term. This results in chronic health problems like heart disease, arthritis, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. They also found that reduced immunity brought on by caregiver stress continued even long after they ceased to be Carers. So Care-giving may have important implications for future health and costs of provision from a service perspective. Continue reading

Carers Workshop – Learning to Live & Care

Many people now find themselves in the position of caring for an elderly relative either within their own home or close by. Some are also caring for young children. Whilst care within a family can sound like the ideal provision, the stress and strains placed on the Carer are enormous and can result in various health and emotional problems. Having had personal and professional experience of Caring and Care Givers I have put together a two day workshop and follow up personal counseling session for each participant, details follow below but if you would like more background information and research go to How a Caregivers Immune System is weakened. Continue reading

Life Healing Workshops

Life Healing Workshops

Life Healing WorkshopsAre you stressed, experiencing poor health, bad relationships, unsatisfying work, feelings of ongoing sadness or unhappiness or just feel that there has to be more to life? Perhaps you have what many would consider as the perfect job, partner, car, house etc. and yet…then this is for you.

Any time spent not really living your life is a waste.  The benefits of these workshops come mainly from working at a sub conscious level and it is wonderful the insights and the private aha! moments that come along with the release and relief of working in this way.

Life Healing workshops are not like any others. They have been perfected by author and international metaphysical teacher – Gillian Bowles MBA (certified by Louise Hay) using powerful techniques that Gillian used to heal her own body and her whole life. Her no nonsense, results oriented skills from years of research and management consultancy bring a more practical approach to topics that many others like to cloak in mysticism. Can it all change in just two days? YES. Results start to come on the weekend but this is not a short term fix it keeps working.

Why might a Life Healing Workshop be right for you?

If you need change to happen for you rather than just talking about it and want to do something that really makes a difference then a Life Healing workshop is the way to go  whether in a group or individually.

Some of the reasons this may be for you:

- This is like a Life Intervention and you get it all in one go, Gillian works at making herself redundant quickly by getting the job done.

- This course is for everyone. The workshop is designed to fulfill the needs of the individual even whilst being a group experience.

- There is no requirement for attendees to have any particular religion or belief system for it to work.

- Change will happen and quickly (read some of the amazing testimonials on the website).

- There is no mysticism involved, just practical steps and exercises that work, but you may feel like you have had a mystical experience!

What are the likely benefits you can expect?

Following on from the workshop many have reported improved sleep, work, relationships and health.  Some have stopped smoking and lost weight even though they did not come for that reason these are side effects of the releasing that occurs on the two days.  As a general rule you may experience the following:

- improved relationships

- understanding of where your health issues (if any) have come from

- improved health

- overall feeling of well-being

- feeling connected

- a new sense and appreciation of who you are

- breaking destructive patterns

- being back in control of your life or feeling what it is like to be in control for the first time

Unsure, got some questions or have something else you need help with?  Just give Gillian a call on Tel: 029 20710744.

If you cannot make the workshop date or would like an even more personal experience Gillian runs personal workshops for individuals or private groups. She can come to you or you can come to her and will work with your dates where possible. You will have two days (or more if you want it) dedicated time getting to the root of anything holding you back or not working in your life so you can release it and move forward into a life you love.

Check On the latest date here

Health and the Mind Body Link

The mind body link is the link between our emotions and our physical body.

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Mind Body Link

Certain emotions have been linked to disease. So for example, if you tend to be angry or hostile you may be increasing your risk for coronary heart disease, obesity (particularly having excess fat around the waist), insulin resistance (which can lead to diabetes), and abnormal cholesterol (specifically, high triglycerides and low HDL the good kind of cholesterol). Continue reading

I left my husband and two children …

Dear Gillian,

15 months ago I left my husband and two children.  My husband was a workaholic and I worked full time.  My husband discovered he had cancer it scared the life out of me, we moved house to lesson his load with work but nothing changed that was 3 years ago .  My children got older and I realised that my life was going by and I was living the stressful life that my husband lived, he neglected me by coming in late from work etc . Continue reading

I do not want surgery, is there a correlation between the fibroid growth and extended visit with my parents? …

Dear Gillian,

I’m wondering if it would be OK for me to give you a call. I’m feeling like it might help give me some of the direction I need right now.  It is strange (and frustrating) because at the same time I feel like I know what I need to do but still seem to need some guidance. I don’t want surgery. Continue reading