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By Lotus Finch, Feb 6 2019 08:00AM

This little tale recently came up as a memory on my Facebook timeline, and it struck me as significant at the time, and one of those things that we might want to look at more deeply, and hope to change.

We often refer to people who are brave as "having guts", and conversely, those who we perceive as cowardly as being a "yellow belly". According to sources*, the gut brain's highest expression is Courage, so maybe it's not so surprising to hear this digestive organ linked with bravery, or the absence of it.


This goes back about five years when I was working from the Equilibrium Natural Health Centre. I had just finished with a colonic client and was making my way through reception to show her out, when my attention was grabbed by the receptionist. She had a very perturbed look about her, and told me that she had just received a phone call from my daughter’s school. Edie had had an accident and had cut her head open. In a split second, my mind filled in the gaps. Was she dead? Was she in hospital? How long would it take me to get to her? I could feel that dull grip of impending paralysis, fighting with the need to be super practical and spring into action. The latter won me over. My daughter’s needs were greater and within as few as five minutes, I was running across the school playground to the school's reception area.


There she sat with her bandaged head, looking like a miniature tennis player with one of those sweat bands, cuddled up between the headmistress of the school (bless her) and the teaching assistant from her class. She was pleased to see me, but didn’t really move. Her body was slumped, her pupils wide and when she spoke to me, her voice was not the same. It was like her voice but robotic. And all I heard, over and over from the teachers, hoping to praise her, was this, “She is so brave, so brave. She hasn’t cried once; not a single tear. She’s so brave. She’s amazing.” Now, being her mother I am not about to disagree with the last comment, but I was struggling with everything that had gone before. Whilst I was grateful for the loving, tactile and amazing support she had been given by her wonderful teachers, I had alarm bells ringing in my head about the reinforcement of bravery being associated with not crying. I wasn’t about to venture further into that at the time, because I wanted to get my girl to the hospital to get her properly checked over and have this gaping wound at the back of her head glued back together.

Throughout all of this, my daughter was continuing to “be brave” and when I got her home I kept my eye on her. I knew she wasn’t right, and it was more than a bang on the head. She had internalised the event and it needed to come out. Thankfully (and I love how the Universe works) she dropped a glass of juice on the floor, and the noise and the mess, and the threat of being told off by me was enough to connect her to her fear and shock and she wailed, screamed and cried her little heart out for fully ten minutes. I just sat with her, didn’t shush her up because I knew it had to come out. Afterwards, I asked her if she had wanted to cry before she dropped the glass, and she said she had wanted to, but then everyone would think she wasn’t brave anymore. So we had a big, long chat about it.


So what does it mean to be brave? Not showing our feelings to anyone, pretending that we are super cool and in control of everything? This is what we are brought up believing by others who were uncomfortable in their vulnerability. Isn’t it time we broke that duff pattern?


The thing is, when we are not given the space, the time, the support and the understanding to process these feelings, we internalise them and they never get dealt with. And when this happens, they show up as some kind of problem or symptom further along the lifeline of the person in question.


I see this all the time in the clinic. I have worked with countless clients whose gut problems have manifested as a result of unexpressed frustrations, grief, shame, guilt, and even joy in some instances. But when they connect to the emotions, associate to the event or origin of the problem, they feel it and they heal it. Previously they had just been “holding on” and “controlling” themselves. It is part of our society's belief system that we always look to food as the culprit of our gut issues, but more often than not, it is emotions unexpressed.


It is part of our culture in this country to “batten down the hatches” and “pull ourselves together” and “knuckle down” etc, but if we want to see change in our world, and I believe most of us would prefer to live in a kinder, more compassionate world, then we need to start with us. Let’s try and be a bit more honest about our feelings; a little more compassionate as we firstly relate to our selves, and then to the world outside of us.


If you want to be really brave, be vulnerable. There is such beauty in vulnerability. It is wonderfully irresistible and your healing will be inevitable, but you have to dig deep and find the courage.


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By Lotus Finch, Jan 30 2019 01:59PM

This post is all about traffic. Have you noticed how congested our road networks are becoming? Recently, I had to endure one and half hours in the car to travel three miles, but it got me to thinking about something so I thought I would write about it. Don't worry, this isn't really about cars and roads as that would be a bit boring and I prefer to talk about poop, but there is a connection.


I hope you don't mind me sharing a bit of my personal life here, but it is relevant. I have, over the past two years, gained about two stone in weight. It's an insidious business as it kind of crept on gradually, almost without me noticing, and I didn't quite believe how much I had changed until I saw myself in a photograph recently. It was a shock. I'm told it's because I'm content (which I am), and that it also might be my hormones (I'm at that time in my life you see...) but it might also be that I persistently overload my body with unnecessary food. Yes I eat pretty cleanly, and I would proffer that I'm quite healthy in my choices, but I'm darned sure that I could manage on a lot less! Of course, I went into denial and struggled with myself for many weeks, thinking that I can accept my new size and it's inevitable given my age etc etc, but I was also harbouring a big dollop of fear about how out of control I felt with it, and big dollop of guilt because I felt a bit of a glutton at times, and maybe a little bit of shame too (see later fraud comment). It was not just the external image of myself that was hard to take, but also the aching joints, the breathlessness climbing stairs, the unsightly skin tags that seemed to be popping up all over the place and the fact that I didn't feel comfortable anywhere at anytime. Add that to the idea that I'm in the business of health, and I began to feel a bit of a fraud.


My body had become sluggish. My system was so overloaded that it scarcely had the time to process one meal, before the next was on its way down. My digestive tract was under persistent stress. I like to work with pictures in my mind so I imagined my gut was like an overworked secretary responsible for supporting an entire department. She just couldn't ever get on top of her workload because as soon as she cleared a pile of files, someone would arrive with another two. Before she knew it, she was swamped, with poor quality work emerging that only got re-presented again later, no sense of order or priority, and a feeling of overwhelm and inefficiency. There was a fear that she might literally pop a gasket!


And my body was reflecting this. I was nearly always bloated, bowels functioning but not in an efficient way, some indigestion by way of belching with a touch of acid reflux here and there, and overall a feeling that nothing was really moving at an appropriate speed. I needed to lock the door to her office so that the secretary in my gut could get a handle on her workload, prioritise what needed to be processed first and then quietly get on with her work.


With some guidance from a reliable source (my husband was a personal trainer and lifestyle consultant for years), I've now been intermittent fasting for about two weeks. I've been reducing my eating window every day so that I only eat between 12 noon and 8pm. I've eaten my usual types of food within this window and have drunk plenty of water, and I've been mindful to eliminate anything that's not necessary (like the odd piece of chocolate, or slice of cake). Surprise, surprise I feel lots better and everything is moving freely. I've also lost about half a stone in weight so far, and my clothes are becoming more comfortable. It's not visible yet, but I know, and that's what really matters.


I'm not suggesting that everyone should be fasting (if you're considering this, I'd recommend you take the usual sensible precautions by seeking professional advice), but I just wanted to share my experience with you. I don't especially understand the science behind it because I'm more of an experiential learner, but from the simplest view it really does make sense.


If you're feeling a bit thick around the middle, and find your system is slowing down, why not try giving it a break. Let your digestive secretary catch up on the workload before giving him/her something else to do. It's not just about food actually. If you're a regular drinker of alcohol, just taking a break from that for a week will give you massive benefits. Your liver, which is a HUGE part of your digestive process, will certainly be giving you a high five!


And if you fancy making this process even more effective, why not book yourself in for a colonic, so while you take care not to overload the top, we can take care of your bottom!




By Lotus Finch, Jan 25 2019 04:25PM

Here we are again at the start of another year and I wonder whether you have managed to keep on top of any resolutions you set for yourself. I confess mine have fallen by the wayside, though I generally tend not to get bent out of shape with these things. After all, every day is a new beginning and if you're determined to make changes, you can do that on any day of any month of any year.


We've been very busy already this year with clients eager to cleanse themselves of their respective indulgences over the festive period. I'm looking forward to my next treatment with Lotus in a few week's time. Despite offering this service I am always blown away by just how fabulous it can make you feel. It cleanses not just your body, but your mind too. In fact, after my last treatment, I remember feeling a sense of spaciousness, ease and positivity in my thinking, which matched the new found freedom in my joints. And my ever present lower back pain disappeared for a good few weeks too. All wins! It makes me realise that despite being better informed on the subject of bowel function than the average person on the street, there is so, so much that I have yet to understand on this subject. But since I love learning, this feels like a delight to me more than a burden.


The greatest challenge in this business is encouraging people to experience a treatment. When you mention Colon Hydrotherapy to anyone it's likely they have an idea of what it is all about and conclude that it's something of benefit only to those with existing bowel problems, but this is not the case. In my thirteen years as a practitioner I've heard a range of feedback from clients, sharing healing experiences that might seem far beyond the reach of my colonic hose! Here are a few:


• Reduces frequency and severity of migraines

• Relieves breast tenderness

• Eases menstrual cramping and PMS symptoms

• Promotes deeper sleep

• Relieves acid reflux, belching and indigestion

• Reduces and often clears problem skin areas

• Increases energy

• Aids mindfulness and meditative practice

• Increases libido

• Supports weight loss

• Reduces and often eliminates flatulence

• Promotes healthy, regular bowel movements


This a pretty impressive list but the thing that excites me the most is when a person reports that as a result of their treatment they have improved the quality of their life. They engage with their surroundings, their relationships, their sense of purpose. So many times I've heard stories of clients going home and sorting out the crap from their lives; be that tidying up their garage and throwing away a load of rubbish, or finalising an unsatisfying relationship, or walking away from a job where they have felt marginalised and unappreciated. Helping people to realise their potential and having the honour of walking a little of the way with them on their journey is the stuff of dreams for me. Do you ever wonder what potential lies hidden within you?



By Lotus Finch, Jan 25 2019 04:22PM

During our wonderful summer I began cycling. I thoroughly enjoyed getting on my bicycle and bumbling around our country lanes in a pretty summer dress (hiding ghastly unflattering lycra cycling shorts). But I have to say it requires a bit more determination to get the bike out in this weather. However, I did manage it at the weekend and whilst out in the country, I stopped at a clearing in the hedge, leaned over the gate and watched and felt the energy of this season. Have you ever done that? There is a profound sense of timelessness; a stillness if you like, with little to no movement above ground. There is a haunting hollowness in the quality of sound too. It is almost brittle.


As part of my acupuncture degree, we were required to study the energetic shifts in nature and the seasons, as these correspond to organs within our body. The organs of winter are the Bladder, considered to be the body's energy reservoir, and Kidneys; considered as the Root of Life. At this time of year, we, like mother nature, should be at rest, consolidating our energies, and contemplating and reflecting on our existence. The energy is in the descent, and we should be quiet, gentle and nurturing to ourselves in all ways possible in order to top up our reservoirs. In theory, this will provide us with the resources to take on new ventures when the spring comes.


Sadly, our modern lives do not support this kind of awareness, and we find ourselves doing the opposite; especially with Christmas and all that it brings. Consequently, year after year, we become more and more depleted and instead of feeling just a little tired occasionally, we feel exhausted and overwhelmed.


Health is the most precious gift we can give to ourselves and those that we love. It is much easier to maintain your health than it is to mend what becomes broken. So please, take note and book yourself some time off, for you - to rest, to breathe, to bathe, to read, to stare out of a window - whatever it takes to top up your reserves.



By Lotus Finch, Apr 25 2018 01:35PM

I hope this post finds you well, and that you're enjoying our lighter evenings. I love the Spring with all its vibrant energy and sense of hope. It reminds me that another year has passed, another cycle is beginning and I am grateful for the life that I have. This brings me to the subject of this month's post, which is possibly a bit less cheery when viewed from the perspective of the media and medical profession, though there is light at the end of this particular tunnel. As well as being IBS Awareness Month, April is also Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, so I thought it might be a good time to let you know that there are options available that might put your mind at ease around the subject.


There are some pretty grim statistics for bowel cancer and these I've taken from the Bowel Cancer UK website:


- Over 41,200 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK.

- Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK after breast, prostate and lung cancers.

- More than nine out of ten new cases (94%) are diagnosed in people over the age of 50, and nearly six out of ten cases (59%) are diagnosed in people aged 70 or over. But bowel cancer can affect any age.

1 in 14 men (7%) and 1 in 19 women (5%) will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime.


There is a whole host of related information on their site but I thought those stats are enough to get the point across. The good news is that bowel cancer can be treated quite successfully if detected and diagnosed early enough. Unfortunately though, the NHS doesn't start screening until you reach 60 years of age and whilst there are plans to introduce an earlier screening from age 55 (whereby a doctor or nurse will insert a thin flexible instrument into your bottom to have a look around), it doesn't seem to qualify as a standard procedure in all areas of the UK yet, so your eligibility for this might be dependent upon where you live.


Many people we see in the clinic are afraid they might have cancer of the bowel. They might comment that there has been a history of cancer in the family, and it might even be the reason that they've come for treatment. It seems to make sense that a clean colon might be a happier and healthier one, although I am required to clearly state that there is no evidence to support that colon hydrotherapy is a preventative measure to cancer. However, if you're really concerned and would like some peace of mind on the subject, it is possible to perform a stool test to find out more about the health of your bowel, prior to you reaching 60 years of age. The test kit can be ordered and performed in the privacy of your own home. The sample is discreetly sent off to a laboratory for analysis and the results will be received a couple of weeks later. Please email me [email protected] for the cost of this service.


I'm sorry to bring your awareness to this difficult subject, but so many lives are touched and affected by cancer these days, we cannot afford to deny its existence. And like I said previously, bowel cancer is one that can be managed with great success if it's identified quickly.


Of course, I'm pretty bowel focused and many of our family conversations revolve around poo, but I imagine we're in the minority. Some folk are embarrassed and uncomfortable around the subject, but please don't let that be a reason to not seek help if you've got some fears or doubts in this area.


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