Yoga-Bowen Workshop- April 26th 2020

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Maxine and I are pleased to announce we will be running our 5th workshop in this series of Yoga-Bowen collaborations.

This workshop has been devised to focus on bringing awareness to the individuality of the bodies we live in. Through a sequence of repetitive movements and the subtle application of Bowen Technique, we aim to guide, without force or imposition, the potential to breathe and move more freely.

Our philosophy– There is no need to try and fix the body, but simply to bring awareness to what maybe restricting natural movement, thereby creating opportunity for change.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing and bring your own lunch. This workshop is relevant for newcomers, and for those who have attended any of our previous workshops.

Date: Sunday 26th April 2020. Time: 10:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: £50. Early bird rate: £45 (if booked before 26th March 2020)

Venue: The Yoga Tree, All Saint’s Green, Norwich NR1 3NB

For more information about Maxine or Natalie please go to http://www.yoga-bowen.co.uk

 

ReSPECT…The Launch of a new summery plan that put the person effected at the center of their care.

Yesterday, I was invited in my capacity as a Compassionate companion/Soul Midwife to attend and take part in the launch of a new process ReSPECT, that is to be rolled out across Norfolk and Waveney, to replace the DNR-CPR form.

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“The ReSPECT process is all about thinking ahead with patients about realistic care options in a truly person-centred way. Ultimately the process aims to help people understand the care and treatment options that may be available to them in a medical emergency and enables them to make health professionals aware of their preferences”
Dr Juliet Spiller, Co-Chair of the ReSPECT Working Group & Consultant in Palliative care at Marie Curie Hospices, Edinburgh

With insightful and moving talks from speakers The Right Honourable Patrica Hewitt  and Kate Masters and Palliative care clinicians, it was clear that the recognition for medical services involved in End Of Life Care “to do better, in getting it right” was central to the core ideals of this new process. The level of humility was humbling, and the daring prospect of consultants and clinical leads to examine their processes that repeatedly failed their patients was inspiring. From this intensive examination of failure and the willingness “to do better, in getting it right” the ReSPECT summery plan for emergency care and treatment has the potential for reducing negative experiences for those and their families facing End Of Life Care .

Take a look at the form by clicking the link below.

https://www.resus.org.uk/respect/ 

What is ReSPECT?

ReSPECT is a process that creates personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care in a future emergency in which they are unable to make or express choices.

This in itself, is a change to the medical paradigm. It replaces the knowledge of the Consultant or clinician, who in a medical context is above all, with that of the person who is effected. Their wishes and desires come before the medical model that has been to keep treating even when there is no more to be done, (a view that can prove irrelevant in a palliative care context). If the medical profession can get clearer about where their role ends, then maybe the conversation about what can come in at that point will be more positive and effective experience for the patient and their families? The reality is there is much more that can be done, when there is no more that can be done.

This process is to be ‘a one stop shop and guide’ for all health care professionals that one maybe involved with, (ambulance clinicians, out of hours doctors, care home and hospital staff, GP’s and so on) so that all necessary information is kept in one place to avoid multiple repetitions and explanations.

It has to start with an honest conversation . This can take time, and needs time. With compassionate care and attention in ‘listening’ https://www.deeplisteningtraining.com/  to the needs of those affected. The act of being herd and believed can be an empowering and effective experience.

Support and trust are key to keeping fear and anxiety under control and this process could be a positive start to developing a more person centered, personalised experience for those in acute health situations. Treating each person as an individual rather than a collection of symptoms, is a major step towards a more holistic and dignified approach to End Of Life Care.

Yoga -Bowen day 9th June.

We have made an extension to our early bird offer of £45. You can now apply till 19th. May! In this session we will be giving particular attention to the spine, in both standing and floor postures, with Bowen in between.  It will be an interesting and restorative day. Hope to see you there.

The Yoga tree, All saints Green. Norwich. NR1 3NB.  10.30.-4.30pm

to book contact Maxine at yogawithmaxine@outlook.com

Yoga-Bowen day 4

Update… Yoga-Bowen day March 17th 2019

 

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For this, our fourth workshop, Maxine and Natalie will be offering an opportunity to explore, through Yoga and Bowen Technique, the different ways in which we move. Exploring both floor and standing postures, there will be particular attention given to the spine, and the experience of opposing forces; lightness and lift, ground and support, aspects that affect all living things.

Venue: The Yoga Tree, All Saint’s Green, Norwich NR1 3NB

Date: Sunday 17th March 2019            Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Cost: £50. Early bird £45 (if booked by 28th Feb.)

To Book: www.yogawithmaxine.co.uk

Maxine and Natalie have again brought together their practices to devise a day of enquiry and insight with particular attention given to the way in which we move.

The day will be divided into four sessions, each of which will be repeated before the gentle (optional) application of Bowen Technique.

There will be a theme of enquiry that relates to different options for movement, working with and against gravity to find the most harmonious movements. We will sometimes work with the body as ‘whole’ and sometimes with differentiation of the parts.

The work is not about stretching, but it might be…it’s not about doing postures better, but that be an outcome……

The day will also be punctuated with some breath awareness practice.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing and either bring lunch with you or there are other options in the area.

This workshop is relevant for new comers, and for those who have attended previous days, as a continuation.

For more information about Maxine or Natalie please go to

www.bowentechniquenorwich.co.uk

www.yogawithmaxine.co.uk

 

Yoga-Bowen Day – March 17th 2019

A Collaborative Day of Yoga & Bowen Technique

Myself and Maxine Matthews – Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Teacher  will for this, our fourth workshop, will offer offering an opportunity to explore, through Yoga and Bowen Technique, the different ways in which we move. Exploring both floor and standing postures, there will be particular attention given to the spine, and the experience of opposing forces; lightness and lift, ground and support, aspects that affect all living things.

Our philosophy– There is no need to try and fix the body, but simply to bring awareness to what harms us or restricts natural movement, creating opportunity for change in the body.

Date: Sunday 17th March 2019. Time: 10:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: £50. Early bird rate: £45 (if booked before 28th Feb)

Venue: The Yoga Tree, All Saint’s Green, Norwich NR1 3NB

To Book:  contact yogawithmaxine@outlook.com or bowentechniquenorwich@gmail.com

Please wear loose comfortable clothing and either bring lunch with you or there are other options in the area.

Please click on the link below to see the flyer….

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Deep Listening Intensive- with Rosamund Oliver

 

Since early last year I have been trying to find the best way to develop resilience, both in my life and working practice. With all the chaos and change that is happening in the world, I wonder how we can authentically be there for each other? The shock of seeing the shadow present in so many of our major institutions, how can I find and develop trust without hardening to hopelessness?  deep- listening- cert- 2018

Last October I received a certificate in Deep listening, from Ros Oliver, after attending a five day intensive course at Dzogchen Beara.   If you have never had the opportunity to visit or stay, I really recommend it, either for educational purposes (they run a wide varying education programme) or for a bit of R&R, it is the perfect place to unwind and discover your natural pace. I am drawn to contemplative ways of working and was made aware of the course via Rigpa’s spiritual care programme. They offer a non-denominational, contemplative-based care and education, to discover our own inner resources for well-being and wholeness. (In my next post, I will tell you in more detail about an on line course I did with them, on Cultivating mindfulness and Awareness in End of Life Care.)

Deep listening combines two streams in it’s development: contemporary psychology and the Buddhist tradition of mindfulness and compassion. The course is open to all professionals from all professions. Our group ranged from body workers, Soul Midwives, palliative care volunteers , lawyers working in the field of conflict resolution, GP’s, film makers, bereavement councillors, psychotherapists, parents, clowns, yoga teachers, nurses, consultants and the added bonus was that half the class was Dutch. Deep listening is growing fast in the Netherlands due to the hard work of the deep listening team and the open heartedness of the Dutch.

The programme for the five days was well structured, informative and practical. All the exercises were hugely informative and innovative. In the Seminars, we learnt about the elements that make up the deep listening model, how to listen deeply, what qualities are needed to listen deeply, what is the somatic experience of deep listening…Ros taught us how to give and receive feed back, which became a vital tool in understanding how it feels to listen. All the time, we were developing awareness and skills, that could help us let go of judgement and the need to find answers.

The practice of deep listening provides an opportunity as a listener, to come into our body with awareness, provide a supportive presence and generate a compassionate connection. This model of listening gives protection for both the speaker and the listener. The listener is present to ‘what is’ and provides a compassionate, congruent, non- judgemental safe space for the speaker to say what’s on their mind, without interruption or interjection, which allows truth to surface and for answers to be discovered for oneself. For me I find it most useful in difficult situations, where words a rendered useless, where there is nothing to be said, it helps me to build the resilience not to flee when faced with difficulty and to avoid burn out. It has taught me to care and look after myself so that I can genuinely be there for the other. For more information about Deep listening and for course information please click on the link in the second paragraph.

 

 

Yoga-Bowen Day. What does it mean to be grounded?

What does it mean to be grounded? This is a question that Maxine and I have been fascinated with. It’s a phrase that is bounded about, but what does it really mean to us?  What does it FEEL like to be grounded? How can we be more grounded? We decided to devise our Yoga-Bowen workshop around exploring what our idea of being grounded is?

‘Gravity is fundamental to our existence, and all human activity has its basis in our response to its force. One simply and intelligently gives weight to the ground, not hanging or collapsing under its force, but sensitively and delicately, from moment to moment, getting out of the way to allow our weight to go down and our best response to be revealed’- Unknown

Grounding is an expression of our planetary life. Grounding grows out of being born. It grows out of coming into the world with a body. We plant ourselves in the world. Our natural function grows roots on one end and leaves and branches-social relationships-on the other – Stanley Keleman

Above are a few of the quotes that we used to ‘hang’ the day on. These phrases become an important signpost for turning discussion into a physical understanding. We spend a lot of time workshopping the sequences that Maxine devises out of her wealth of intelligent movement. We want the sequences to fit as closely to the influences we are using, and then add in the appropriate bowen moves. We made the decision to focus attention on where we contact the ground most, we felt it would be insightful to focus attention on our ‘rootedness’ and contact with the earth, So for us, this workshop became all about giving attention to the feet.

We organise the day in four sections that go like this….Sequence-Bowen-rest- repeat sequence- breath awareness-rest. We have noticed, and had verification through participant feed back, that this combination offers time and space for slowing down, noticing what is happening and integration.

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We began the day with self massage and focus on the feet. Giving equal attention to the soft paddy parts of the foot and the boney parts. We used the first session to ‘wake up’ and engage the feet so they were prepared for the day ahead. In the second section of the day, our participants worked together in pairs, exploring movement that originates from the foot. Partner work can be incredibly informative as there is a chance to have a witness/observer and then to receive feedback. After lunch we did a lot of standing work giving the chance to explore the walking pattern. The last session was more floor based, ending up using the wall as way to explore the term..”when something goes down, something else goes up”

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Regardless of our personal history we are all suitable candidates for change. – John Stirk

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‘One can talk about freedom, resting, engagement and relating better and all these things, but they only carry meaning when they come from experience. By quieting down one gets that as an experience, and not just an idea’. Ed Fellows

Below is some feed back we received from our participants…

Did you find the day useful ?
Yes, it made me aware of small movements in my body.
I found the repetition particularly useful and noticed the Bowen made a real difference.
What have you most enjoyed and what will you take away?
How relaxed I feel.
Because we explored a few movements in depth I think I will be able to practice these in my everyday life.
The slowing, the movements, the gradual building. I hope to practice this approach.
Great day. Maxine’s teaching is very clear and concise, lovely use of language.
The Bowen ‘adjustments’ were useful and helpful to the movements.
Relaxing… Grounding… ‘Befriending’ my body – tuning into it’s innate knowledge.
Other comments
I think I will take a lot of this experience away with me and can put it into my own practice. It was lovely to have the time to explore the movements and to have Maxine’s instructions. The Bowen did increase my spinal twists.
We can see that there is something happening in this work. The combination of Bowen and Yoga has such great possibilities and we hope to keep providing these day so that we can continue to explore at a deep level.

Bowen Therapy – A personal account

Bowen Therapy – A personal account.

In February 2018, I fell heavily onto my right shoulder, breaking my upper humerus in two places and stretching the shoulder joint somewhat, but not dislocating it. The NHS and Physiotherapist did their bits well and speedily and I was warned about the length of time recovery would take. It was also suggested, in view of my age, that movement would not be as good as it was before. I thought I could handle it.

For the first six weeks I followed advice except that the analgesia I was advised to take did little to alleviate my pain and had unwanted side effects, so apart from the occasional panadol, I didn’t use them. When my sling came off, things got worse. Every movement of my right arm was painful and sleep was constantly disturbed. My spirits sank and I fell into a dark place for a while, feeling as though I’d never be right again. It was at this point I sought help. My instinct led me to be kind to my broken bit and try to help my body – not be angry with it.

This is when I found and contacted Natalie Lang. I wasn’t sure that the Bowen therapy would be suitable in my situation but Natalie thought it may help.

The first session was a turning point for me – the treatment was tailored to my condition and did not cause me pain. The most important outcomes for me on that occasion was the confidence and calm that came to me. I felt I was on the path to recovery and that healing was possible. Subsequent sessions were adapted to my changing condition and each one left me feeling different and a step further on. I learned to listen to my body more and to work with it, with kindness.

From my first visit, I learned to exercise my body gently and regularly. Gradually my range of movement increased and the pain diminished. Sleep returned quickly and was a boon. I’m learning still. My body is somewhat tense and awkward and I hope to continue learning how to look after it better. It’s never too late, I am 70 years old and very thankful I found such a wise therapist.

Sue Lake.

13th September 2018

PS My pain is gone and full movement is 98% restored.

Yoga-Bowen Day. 28th October 2018

A Collaborative Day of Yoga & Bowen Technique

with

Maxine Matthews – Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Teacher with 18 years teaching experience

And

Natalie Lang – Bowen Practitioner with 14 years professional practice

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In this third workshop Maxine & Natalie will be offering an opportunity to explore, through Yoga & Bowen Technique, ‘what it means to be grounded’. Working from the feet upwards, the day will focus on restriction verses ease and support verses tension.

Venue: The Yoga Tree, All Saint’s Green, Norwich NR1 3NB

Date: Sunday 28th October 2018

Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Cost: £45. Early bird £40 (if booked by 28th Sept.)

To Book:  contact yogawithmaxine@outlook.com or bowentechniquenorwich@gmail.com

 

Maxine and Natalie have brought together their practices to devise a day of enquiry and insight to aid movement and melt away restriction.

Our philosophy– There is no need to try and fix the body, but simply to bring awareness to what harms us or restricts natural movement, creating opportunity for change in the body.

We have devised this workshop to focus on bringing awareness to our contact with the earth, to draw on its constant support and how it can offer both rest and expansion. There will also be subtle (optional) application of Bowen Technique, and some breath awareness practice.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing and either bring lunch with you or there are other options in the area.

This workshop is relevant for new comers, and for those who have attended previous days, as a continuation.

For more information about Maxine or Natalie please go to www.bowentechniquenorwich.co.uk

www.yogawithmaxine.co.uk