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How We Release Mental and Physical Blockages

At Qi Wellness it is our aim to help people improve their health and wellbeing. We view the body, mind and spirit as all-inclusive when looking to improve health.  Our practice is aimed at releasing blockages in the body and mind, which tamper with the flow of energy around our system and cause illness. On today’s blog we detail how exactly we do that – through Qi energy treatments, training and chanting classes.

Qi Treatments

Training Classes

 

Meridian Lines

Our body is connected by a series of meridian lines through which energy flows and circulates around our system. Where there are blockages in our system, energy cannot flow readily and so pain develops in the areas that energy is not flowing to. For example a blockage in the stomach can cause pain in the shoulders as energy flows from the stomach to the shoulders through the meridians lines. As energy cannot flow to the shoulders readily, the shoulders become tight, strained and painful. Often many aches or pains around the body are linked to blockages in the organs from which they are connected to. Below is a diagram of the main meridian lines which shows where different parts of the body are connected. This can give us an indication as to what might be the root cause of the pains we feel around the body.

meridian-lines

Emotional and Physical Blockages

Physical blockages can be fairly easy to identify for example we know that when we have a bad reaction to certain foods, we may have an allergy or an intolerance which will cause a physical reaction of inflammation and pain, likewise if we have picked up an injury then we will have physical pain in that area. However, we also hold emotional blockages in our body as well. To use the stomach as our example again, when we are stressed or anxious, it is our stomach that tenses and over a period of time more and more tension is held in the stomach which can cause physical pain and a blockage. This will then have the affect explained earlier where energy will not flow fluidly to the shoulders and cause tension. This is why people often correlate shoulder pain to stress but the shoulders are not the root of the problem, the root is the tension in the stomach. This can be seen as an emotional blockage. Anxiety and stress are issues with the mind; overthinking, worrying and being fearful. This is a mental issue manifesting itself as a physical problem.

Qi Energy

In giving a Qi energy acupressure treatment,s the practitioners here at Qi Wellness feel for where a client has physical stress as well as areas of weakness in the body. We focus on relieving the stress by applying pressure on the acupressure points using our middle and index finger. The acupressure points are the points on the surface of our body that connect to the meridian lines. So, in applying pressure on the acupressure points in the stomach we help to release the tension in the shoulders. We are also giving energy to weak areas to help strengthen them. All the practitioners also partake in the training and chanting classes to receive energy so that we can give energy through the treatments. For more information on Qi energy treatments, see below:

Qi Treatments

The Qi energy training classes involve slow movements, similar to that of tai chi and aim at releasing physical tension in the body. There is a detailed programme of movements each focusing on a specific area of the body. Practiced over time the training movements can release aches and pains and release blockages in our body, allowing for a smooth free flow of energy through our system. For more information on Qi energy classes, see below:

Training Classes

Chanting classes help to change our vibration. As mentioned, anxiety and stress are created in the mind. They have an intense and jittery vibration, which is uncomfortable. Chanting helps to bring the mind back to a more peaceful vibration which helps us to feel more stable, unburdened and clear headed. For more information on chanting classes, see below:

Chanting Classes

All in all, why do we do this? Why is it important to clear our body and mind of blockages? For our health, and ofcourse our happiness. With a clear mind and body we are not burdened by physical and mental pain and we feel good! That is the most important thing, to achieve health and happiness naturally.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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5 Steps to Accomplish our Wishes

We all have many things that we wish to achieve. Understanding the mind we must adopt to achieve our wishes actually gives us a great understanding of nature itself, as nature always does what is necessary to fulfil its purpose and achieve what it needs to. Below are 5 simple steps to ensuring we give ourselves the best chance to accomplish our wishes with a strong a noble mind.

Set a Goal

When we make a wish it is important to be sure it is coming from the right place. Our original nature is kind hearted, warm, generous, compassionate and giving. We also have an ego. The ego is very much connected to our physical body and is necessary in taking care of our needs as humans to survive. The ego seeks to fulfil personal desires where the original mind thinks of what is best for the whole. When setting a goal we need to understand whether it is coming from our ego or from our original mind.

Believe You Can Achieve It

When we truly believe we can achieve something then we open the door for it to manifest, everything starts with the mind. Belief paves the way for our goals to come into fruition and brings to us all the elements we need to accomplish them.

Plan Your Steps

Before the visible there is always the invisible – without the seed, there can be no tree. Creating a practical plan is essential in paving the way to achieve our intention. You can either have a mental plan or even better set it out in paper and make deadlines to create urgency.

Take Action

The body must always follow the mind. Once you have a plan, the sooner you action it, the sooner you will achieve your goal. It’s one thing to have a plan and to know what to do but it’s another to actually do it. Take courage and put your plan into action!

Persistence and Resilience

Whatever direction we take we will always be confronted by obstacles. The most important thing is to keep our eye on the goal and not to be discouraged but to see these obstacles as tests of our determination. This is not easy but in maintaining trust and not allowing ourselves to become discouraged, we make it possible. If we make a firm decision to overcome obstacles no matter what, then we will achieve our wish.

Footnote

When our wish is made with a pure intention, we can be sure that we are being supported by the universe. To trust this gives our wish even more power for we surrender our ego even further. Whilst still remaining determined, trust stops us from over-thinking and worrying and allows for life to take its natural course. This way if our wish is not achieved then we know there are lessons to be learnt or that there is something better around the corner.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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How Forgiveness Can Change Your Life

Forgiveness can be a difficult process, whether its holding onto a grudge, feeling resentment or shouldering anger, but it’s important to consider how anger affects mental and physical health. Is it worth fixating over another person at the expense of your own happiness? On today’s blog we explain how cultivating forgiveness can bring long lasting benefits.

The issue with anger

Anger is in fact a response to protect ourselves. We feel that a part of us is threatened and in an attempt to stop ourselves from being hurt we react with anger. Behind all anger is sadness and as a defense mechanism we project this pain with anger in attempt to either stop someone from hurting us or threatening a part of you which is vulnerable.

There is a famous quote from Buddha “holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die” which is true in that those we are angry at can be completely unaffected by our anger whilst we feel incapacitated by our frustration. Anger is completely toxic to our system. Anger is held in the liver and when we become angry regularly and for long periods we burn up and produce too much heat in our liver, damaging it’s functions.

Forgiving ourselves and others

Approaching forgiveness as a two-step process, one aimed at forgiving others and the other at self-forgiveness, brings about the greatest improvement to our physical and mental health. In forgiving others we set ourselves free, as although we are releasing a bad feeling towards someone else, we actually free ourselves from the pain.

Sometimes we don’t forgive people as we only see things from our own perspective and in recognising someone else’s perspective is completely different from our own we can empathise and act with wisdom. This makes us stronger and more capable of dealing with any circumstance that comes our way.

Sometimes we get angry because we know we are in the wrong and are ashamed of the way we have acted. In this case anger stops us from feeling belittled and inferior to the person we have wronged. In forgiving ourselves for the way we have acted we release the pain and accept the reality so that we can apologise to others, repair relationships and allow ourselves to be happier!

If can help you reach your potential

Most of us have dreams and aspirations that we are aiming towards, but all too often when we hit bumps in the road and we tend to take know-backs personally. We needn’t come down too hard on ourselves, whilst it’s important to recognise the roots of negative thoughts, it’s equally important to be able to forgive yourself when you hit a snag.

Whilst there’s nothing wrong with constructive criticisms of one’s actions, being too critical can result in a lack of confidence and a lack of belief in what we can achieve as we don’t give ourselves any room to make mistakes. In doing so we never allow ourselves to learn from our errors and so shunning self-forgiveness is effectively limiting one’s potential.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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The 4 Seasons and 5 Elements

Most of us are quite aware that the seasons affect our mood, whether you feel happy in the heat of the summer or calm in the cool of winter, we each thrive in different climates. Each season has an impact in nature and also on us, in our thoughts, behavior and health. The seasons are essential to keep harmony and balance in our environment and according to our constitution and health condition, different temperatures will suit us better.

The seasons are indicative of life, showing us the rhythm of nature’s cycles, with the spring giving new life and vitality, summer a time for growth and expression, autumn is a shedding of the old and winter a time to slow down and conserve energy, ready to start again.

Spring

Spring is the beginning of the season cycle. It is also the energy of the element Wood. This is the energy that brings forth new growth, so the perfect time to make changes and bring new things into our life.

The wood of a tree gives nature it’s structure and shape, nothing can hold it back as it drives forward towards the light and is relentless in its determination to achieve maximum growth. So should we adopt this mind, with a consistent effort to achieve our goals and potential.

Summer

After Spring we move into the active time of Summer, this is the energy of Fire.  Summer time is full of warmth, movement, growth and relationships.  Nature itself is moving, the plants are growing, animals are getting ready to produce young and life is in full bloom. In society this is when we are outside, gathering in groups, enjoying each other’s company. Humans and plants flourish with the warmth of the sun.  There is an uplifted, joyful feeling and a sense of satisfaction.

Fire is our ability to have relationships, connect to others, to feel safe and in control, to share intimacy, to have fun, to laugh and show our vibrancy and true self. Just as fire we should burn brightly, showing our beautiful nature and unique qualities to the world.

The end of summer holds the energy of earth. As the season draws to a close and energy subsides, it is a time to harvest, a time of plenty, of reaping what we have worked for throughout the year. Late summer is a time for joy; to experience the beauty of life and to be generous in sharing it with others.

Autumn

Autumn is the energy of Metal, the time when nature rids itself of what is not needed, trees shed their leaves which decay and produce compost, enriching the soil to ensure it has all the nutrients it will need to grow in the next cycle.

Metal is the element on solidity and helps to us to feel grounded and stable. In doing so metal allows for a connection to the source and to ourselves. Metal helps us understand that we are more than just our physical selves, rather we are connected to all that is.

For us, Autumn is a time to reflect on our experiences and actions, to let go of what is unnecessary for our body, mind and spirit. Thus helping us to stay clear and not blocked by things that no longer serve us.

Winter

Winter is the energy of the element Water, the time of rest and hibernation, when nature retreats to build up its reserves for its next cycle of seasons. Water represents our ability to be fluid and overcome obstacles.  To understand the attributes of water in ourselves we can think of the many ways water presents itself in nature. Water comes in many forms; a mighty river, a trickling stream, the waves of the ocean, a frozen lake, gentle rain. Just like water we can adapt to any surrounding or situation and accept and embrace any challenge that we face.

This is a quieter, more reserved time of year, a time to conserve our energy and to plan ahead for the future. In looking back on the months gone by, we recognise areas for improvement and how we can work most effectively and efficiently in the coming year.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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Optima Magazine Visits the Qi Wellness Centre

Lisa Botwright, assistant editor at Optima Magazine visited Qi Wellness for a Qi treatment, here is her account of her visit to the centre and her experience of the treatment.

“With its calming, but smart, pastel shades, it’s much more akin to a boutique hotel, than a spiritual retreat. One of the practitioners, Joe, gives me a quick tour, which includes a glimpse into a large room where the group classes (t’ai chi, chanting and meditation) are held every day, and then I’m shown to one of the treatment rooms and introduced to Leigh Anne, who’s going to look after me today.

“Leigh Anne explains that the centre’s treatment focuses on unblocking the body’s meridians, or channels, through which the Qi flows – and on encouraging positive energy (Qi) back into the body.”

Qi treatments lasts for approximately an hour. This includes a consultation before and after the actual treatment where the practitioner will ask general questions: “She asks me some questions about my own health (not too bad, fingers crossed) and reasons for coming along (pure curiosity) I find I’m strangely emotional. Most of us are so busy rushing around, that we never take time to reflect on our own wellbeing, and the phrase ‘how are you?’ is scattered so liberally and perfunctorily through modern conversation that it ceases to have meaning.

“Leigh-Anne’s ‘how are you?’, on the other hand, feels disarmingly penetrative: her warmth and aura of calmness make me want to pour my heart out. It’s just so nice for someone to listen, as I describe my (incredibly minor) niggles, and I imagine that this process of unburdening is just as important as the treatment – more so, if you’re cynically-minded. It’s definitely central to the holistic philosophy of the place: the idea that mind and body must be aligned for optimum physical and mental health.”

As the treatment begins, Lisa describes the initially uncomfortable sensation, but not prohibitively so. “I lie flat as Leigh-Anne presses her hands into various parts of my body and works systematically from head to foot. As she pushes, she makes a deep ‘whooshing’ sound – energy is apparently carried by sound waves, and the noise is a way of pushing ‘good’ energy into the body.”

As the treatment progresses, Lisa explains that the stomach area is especially painful for her. After the treat the practitioner will talk you through the process, and Leigh-Anne explains that the abdomen is like a battery: the main energy centre for the body and working the muscular areas of the body, the legs and neck, for example, can feel much more relaxing.

Reflecting on the treatment, Lisa says: “What I do know is that after the treatment I feel incredibly serene, although a touch ‘spaced-out’. I have to sit and gather myself for a few moments, before I can coherently string a sentence together, even to thank her.

“Much later, I float around the house cooking the dinner and helping the children with their homework with such contented good humour that the husband looks at me sideways; I continue to surprise myself by not having to reach for any of my usual western crutches (ie wine).

“I’ve only had one treatment, but I really appreciated the benefits. Whether it’s the power of Qi or the power of a good chat, though, I shall never know – but I was sufficiently convinced by the experience to point my husband in their direction…”

To find out about Lisa’s full experience at Qi Wellness, please read her blog post Unblock Your Energy.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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4 Ways to Clear Negativity Out of Your Life by Qi Wellness

No matter what life we lead we will always encounter situations in which we have to deal with negativity, it is unavoidable and a part of life. Qi Wellness can help with how we deal with negativity to ensure it is completely within our control. If we feel overwhelmed with our own emotions, by our surroundings or by other people then it’s time to reconsider how we can be more positive and protect ourselves from negativity.

Qi Wellness has identified 4 ways to clear out negativity:

1. Start with your mind

The best way to combat negativity is with positivity! First of all it is important to embrace mindfulness, which is easier than you might think. With mindfulness we can identify and manage our patterns of thought. In becoming more aware of these patterns we can stop ourselves from continuing them, changing our perspective to a positive one i.e. rather than wishing we lived in a bigger house, we can decide to be grateful for having a house to live in. Changing our patterns of thought is not easy as they can be quite deeply rooted, but our mind is our greatest tool for defending ourselves from negativity. What we put out we attract, so if we think negatively we attract negativity so think positive and attract positivity!

2. Create a space for important things

Often we have the best intentions and try to take on the burdens of the world, trying to help everyone and take responsibility for everything. In the end we have to let go and surrender that not everything is within our control. We have to help people and help the world but not to the detriment of ourselves. We have to balance giving and receiving. Be sure to find time to spend doing the things you love and with the people that make you happy. In this space we allow ourselves to be happy which is imperative because we can only do so much for others if we ourselves are not happy.

3. Negative people

Unfortunately, at times we may have no choice but to be around negative people, whether it be in the workplace or even within our own families. For those outside of our family we can allow ourselves to be passive, not to engage in their negativity. It can be easy to fall into arguments with people like this as we may become frustrated by their negative opinions or complaining but for these people it can be best to not even discuss issues as there may be no reasoning with them. Just keeping these kinds of people at arms length is a good idea, not letting them affect our happiness!

For our families it is slightly more difficult as we have an emotional connection and want to be able to help and change them. It is important to always be there for and support our families but we still have to set boundaries and not take full responsibility for our family members problems or responsibilities as we can become completely bogged down by them, their problems become our problems and they constantly unload their problems onto us with no impetus to change. No matter what, people always have to be empowered to take responsibility for their own lives.

4. Focus on yourself

It’s perfectly okay to focus on yourself from time-to-time; it doesn’t mean you’re being selfish! After all, if you don’t love yourself, how can you love somebody else? So if you’ve had a stressful day, allow yourself to relax and rejuvenate, eat well and give yourself some me-time! Whether it be taking a bath or going out for a meal, we have to take care of ourselves to be able to take care of others.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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How to Prevent Back Pain from Ruining Your Sleep by Qi Wellness

Sleeping should be a way of recuperating from the day gone by, recharging for the next day and leaving our stresses behind but for many, bed time brings around its own problems – back and neck pain. Following an article published in LifeHacker, we explain how certain techniques can help relieve pressure on the neck and back and maintain a neutral alignment of the spine. Although we recognise that back and neck pain can be linked to various blockages in our digestive system, for this blog Qi Wellness is going to concentrate on how we can best look after our back during sleep.

Qi Wellness recommend 4 ways to protect your back whilst sleeping:

1. All about the pillow

Like a poor pair of running shoes can cause stress on the knees, having a pillow that is too thick or too thin can place your neck in an unnatural position leading to headaches, neck and shoulder pain and arm numbness, which is why it’s important to tackle the pillow issue first and foremost.

Back pain is quite a generic term, the back is a large area of the body and pain in different parts of the back can be caused by a many number of things. Whether it be muscle strain, scoliosis, arthritis and spondylitis to bulging or ruptured discs and osteoporosis, there are many types of back pain people can suffer from. This means that there is no blanket solution and it can take a number of measures to strengthen our back.

2. Stomach sleepers

Sleeping on your stomach is generally regarded as the worst sleeping position because you have to twist your head to one side just to maintain proper breathing. This position can place stress on your neck, as it would if you were to look over your shoulder for over 8 hours straight. It also hyperextends the spine for long periods, which can make us susceptible to spinal injuries.

It is recommended that you really try to prevent yourself from sleeping on your stomach, even if you struggle to adapt to a different sleeping position.

3. Back sleepers

Our lower back has a natural curvature, which is also important to consider maintaining whilst we stand and sit to allow for the greatest flow of energy throughout our body. Sleeping on your back can cause the natural curvature of the lower spine to flatten, placing pressure on the lower disks. You can try putting a pillow under your knees to promote the natural curvature of the spine allowing the lower back muscles to relax.

For back sleepers, thick pillows can also intensify pain, so it is recommended that you invest in a pillow that is no thicker than the distance between your neck and your shoulder.

4. Side sleepers

If you’re a side sleeper, placing a pillow between your legs will allow you to maintain a neutral position. By doing this, you prevent your top leg from dropping which would otherwise cause the pelvis to move into a twisted position, placing pressure on the spine.

As a side sleeper, you need a pillow that’s firm and thick enough to cover the distance between your ear and mattress to ensure your neck remains in a neutral position and not on an angle.

Finally, it is also important to remember when to correctly use heat and cold treatment. For chronic back pain sufferers, use heat to relax the muscles. For an acute injury such as a strain or tear, use ice to contact the muscle, as heat can cause further inflammation to the surrounding area.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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5 Incredible Benefits of Deep Breathing by Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness recognises that breathing is something that most of us don’t take much time to consider. Because our body regulates our breathing naturally we rarely take time to check in on our breathing. Often our breathing is shallow and only into our chest, which does not maximise the incredible benefits breathing can have on our health. Deep breathing, or mindful breathing, can provide numerous health benefits.

Qi Wellness explain 5 key benefits of deep breathing:

1. Energy levels

Our dunjeon, which is located at our lower abdomen is the energy centre of our body and manages the circulation of energy around our system. When we breathe in we take in Qi energy and by breathing deeply into our dunjeon we increase the store and flow of QI in our system, which improves our overall energy levels and wellbeing.

Also by taking deeper, fuller breaths we increase the amount of oxygen taken in and supplied to the lungs and heart, increasing our overall energy levels and strengthening our respiratory system. This in turn can ease conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments.

2. Feel Happier

Deep breathing has been shown to trigger the release of endorphins – the feel good hormones. So the next time you’re stressed out, take 5 minutes and focus on taking deep breaths, counting to 5 seconds on the inhale and 5 seconds on the exhale and allow the happy hormones in your body to be released!

3. Lowers stress

Slow deep breathing helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which gives the body a chance to recuperate, regenerate and heal. It also relaxes the body so is great to use during particularly stressful moments or to relax when you have some down time.

4. Mental clarity

Deep breathing also allows you to slow your thoughts when stress takes over. This in turn creates mental clarity and helps you to focus on positive thoughts. Practiced over a period of time, this technique can be used to reprioritise our thoughts and change our patterns of thinking to be more positive and productive.  Not only can this help in stressful situation, but will also allow us to be more pragmatic and rational in our decision making. We have covered How to Manage Negative Thoughts in a Previous blog…

5. Detoxification

Our lymphatic system regulates the flow of waste from our immune system as well as flushing out toxins. Unlike the heart, which acts as a pump, the lymphatic system relies on breathing and bodily movement to remain active. With more oxygen in our system, the lymphatic system can work more readily to detoxify the body.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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3 Simple Activities That are Great for the Mind by Qi Wellness

People are increasingly making more of a concerted effort to take care of their physical health; gyms are hugely popular and more and more people are introducing physical activity into their every day lives. Taking care of our physical health is, in part, taking care of our minds but it doesn’t end there. We have to make a conscious effort to watch and consider our patterns of thought in ensuring we keep a positive attitude. This is done internally but Qi Wellness recommend activities we can participate in which also help our minds without having to be constantly mindful of our thoughts.

Qi Wellness top 3 activities for the mind:

1. Aromatherapy

Plant and herb extracts such as lavender have been shown to improve one’s ability to sleep as well as relieving stress. The best scents to de-stress are considered to be the following: ylang ylang, sandalwood, lavender, chamomile, and frankincense. Making tea with and consuming herbs can also be very beneficial to the body as they detoxify our system. A clearer system improves our overall wellbeing as it also allows for a clearer mind.

2. Sudoku

Sudoku can take time to learn and requires mental acuity to succeed. However, it’s well worth the persistence as it has been shown to stimulate synapses, improve memory and reduce stress. Activities like Sudoku can also be useful in that they require focus which takes practice, but the focus we learn in doing Sudoka can be implemented in other areas of our life. It helps us to be more present and improves concentration.  It’s also a great idea for someone looking for something to challenge their brain!

3. Acupressure

In recent blogs we have written about the benefits of acupressure for easing shoulder pain and nausea but acupressure is also great for the mind in that it helps to remove tension and stress in the head which can cause an overactive mind. By removing physical blockages in the head, acupressure allows for a clearer mind where we can have more control of our thoughts and our emotions. Acupressure has also been shown to help with sleeping difficulties and insomnia. There are even reports of people with fibromyalgia, heart disease, and cerebral palsy finding solace in acupressure to help them sleep.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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4 Key Factors That Raise Blood Pressure

Hello and welcome back to the Qi Wellness blog. Today we look at high blood pressure and consider some key factors that can cause the potentially life threatening condition. As a general guide, the ideal blood pressure for a young healthy adult is 120/80 or lower. However, it’s also possible to have abnormally low blood pressure

  1. Salt

Perhaps the most obvious contributor to high blood pressure is excessive salt in your diet. Salt is made up of two minerals – sodium and chloride and it is sodium that you have to watch out for in particular. An average UK adult consumes around 8.1 grams of salt (3.2 grams of sodium) per day. Although this seems fairly low, in terms of blood pressure risks, you should aim for no more than 6 grams per day.

The figures are slightly different for youngsters:

  • 1 to 3 years – 2g of salt a day (0.8g sodium)
  • 4 to 6 years – 3g of salt a day (1.2g sodium)
  • 7 to 10 years – 5g of salt a day (2g sodium)
  • 11 years and over – 6g of salt a day (2.4g sodium)
  1. Lack of physical activity

Research has shown that just a few minutes of light activity for people who sit most of the day can lower blood pressure in those with type 2 diabetes. Taking three-minute walk breaks during an eight-hour day was also linked to a 10-point drop in systolic blood pressure. Even if this means getting up and walking around the office several times a day, it’s better than nothing.

Further to this, weight gain is also responsible for increased blood pressure, so daily exercise is essential. Cardio combined with Weight training is a great way to maintain healthy blood pressure and prevent muscular atrophy if you spend all day sitting.

  1. Stress

In today’s fast-paced world it’s easy to be overcome with stress. Although stress may not directly cause long term high blood pressure, other factors associated with stress such as overeating, lack of exercise or increased alcohol consumption can cause high blood pressure.

  1. Decongestants

This is a little more obscure, but common over-the-counter cold and flu decongestants can raise blood pressure. For people already suffering with high blood pressure, decongestants should probably be avoided. If you do purchasing decongestants, the item should be clearly labelled warnings about blood pressure.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing. Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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