New Name!

We’ve had a name change here at Yoga with the Flow. We’re now JLB Therapies to reflect the wider scope of skills and services available which are yoga, massage (holistic, deep tissue, table Thai & on-site chair) and Reiki. We hope you like the new name!

We’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch using our contact page to book a treatment, or just to say hi!

New skills

Yoga with the Flow now offers deep tissue, table Thai and on-site chair massage. We’ve been working hard lately learning some new skills to offer you, and we’re happy to say that these are now available.

More to come, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to know more.

Love xx

Passed

I’m extremely pleased to let you all know that I passed my exams last month and am now an ITEC qualified holistic massage therapist! *audience applause*

I reflect happily on this year and am so grateful to have been encouraged by my friend Clare of Nua Massage to take the massage course, for all the friends I’ve made and the things that I’ve learned, not only about massage but about myself and others. The old adage is true that we evolve when we learn and I’ve come out the other end of the course feeling more self-confident and with a surer feeling of what direction I am taking my life in. There are more ideas in the pipeline that will take a couple of years to manifest so rest assured I’ll keep you updated! Mostly, I’m excited to have learned this new skill that I can use to assist others in healing and relaxing.

If you would like to make an appointment for a massage, please visit our Contact page and get in touch.

Busy busy!

I started off this blog with the very best of intentions to make writing a more regular feature in my life, but as with all the best-laid plans, life has got in the way and I haven’t had as much time available as I’d like.

My massage course started two weeks ago and aside from a 30 minute morning yoga practice every day and a 1.5 hour class with my favourite teacher on a Sunday, I have little time in my life for things that aren’t studying. Writing will have to go on the back burner for now, until August when I take my exams.

My course tutor made a comment that has stuck with me since the first class, which is that as massage therapists, we really need to take care of our physical, emotional and spiritual needs daily. This really resonated with me as I don’t want to burn out before I’ve even got started so I’ve been waking up half an hour early to do some sun salutations and a short meditation and then make myself a smoothie from the Superfoods book that my housemate got me for my birthday.

You may not hear from me for a while but rest assured if I have any time available I shall try to write or if not, I’ll be seeing you in August 🙂

Namaste friends ❤

Realisation

Do you ever overhear yourself sometimes while talking to a friend?

“I’ve got a really good palm reader in Camden……my acupuncturist says I need a course of treatment for it to have a real effect……..I had to see my cranial osteopath when my back went into spasm the other day”

I’ve become Edina from Absolutely Fabulous! I’ve collected various people to assist with my physical and spiritual ailments…sweedie darling!

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Procrastination

Procrastination is one of my greatest enemies. I haven’t been working a regular 9-5 job for the past two weeks for reasons beyond my control but during the first week, I was incredibly motivated and energetic. I spent hours in the garden, planting new seeds, pulling up old weeds and creating an open and inviting space which is much needed when you live in the city. So proud was I of my efforts that I would occasionally hang out the garden-facing window and admire my handiwork. I looked like a complete nutter. Then there were the hours of housework; load upon load of washing, cleaning and tidying the kitchen, living room, bathroom, landing… Anything I could get my hands on. It was really quite handy having the time available to complete all this life admin.

Fast forward two weeks and I find myself feeling lazy, wasting time surfing the internet looking at nothing particularly interesting and feeling quite low. A few days ago, I thought I could use my time wisely. Study! I thought to myself. Yes, studying is a sensible thing to do while I have all this free time. Sit down to study I did but that’s as far as I got. Sitting. And interwebbing (yes, I’m pretty sure that’s a word). I’ve also noticed a real correlation between my use of technology and my energy levels and general mood. But that’s another post for another time.

Sometimes I’ve idly wondered if there’s a magic cure-all for procrastination. I question why I’m so lazy but then it occurs to me that yes, there is laziness within me but it’s up to me to practice awareness and catch those moments where my mind wants to distract me. When I want to search Google or waste hours on YouTube clicking from one video to the next; THOSE are the moments where I need to come back to myself and focus on what’s really important. And actually, that’s not a bad place to be. To be aware of being aware. We all have to start somewhere and treat ourselves with compassion. It’s easy to bully ourselves for exhibiting unhelpful behaviour but instead, let’s be kind and work on moving forward. I’d much rather be a friend to myself than a foe.