Theres a back story here to this post.
It goes back to 2007 when I did my first programming for Woodford folk festival. That was the same year my son Alex was hanging out with Kead another young student at Nambour hight school.
We met Gwyn and Gaia Williams. Kead is their son. I had invited Gwyn to do the very first yoga and live music at the Woodford Folk festival. He showed up with Radha. She was an incredible young woman who played a super long version of Hare Krisna. Gwyn taught yoga and The Blue lotus was in year one! We have since found out that was the very first yoga and live music in any festival in Australia.
Of course thats an old story and the trend has grown to epic proportions. Gwyn then introduced us to kevin James, Krisna Lane and its a beautiful love story for us all.
Then in 2013 at Woodford Gwyn said to me. " Come to Bali with me and Kev doing a retreat. You need it" Oh, did I need it. I was departing from a 30 year marriage and I was a lost girl! Trying to find something in me that was me! Sure my medicineroom and naturopathic work is my core, I love that. But it was complicated to leave something so deep and ingrained. And, I was leaving for me. I needed to find me. No one else.
I remember being in Jasri Bali, and there was a moment when we all got to choose whether we wanted to chant or do Zen Thai shiatsu for the final sessions. My body went straight to the Zen Thai shiatsu and it was a journey to be embraced at the highest level from there. I did the nine month practitioner training in 2014. I then went in 2016 for my first teacher trainings and did that again in 2018. I practiced on my family, my friends and even learnt to receive and accept my life.
I'm telling you all of this because we are complex humans, and yet again something beautiful has come from my relationship with this community.
We took a year or more. But finally here we have the therapist balms. Gwyn sent an email one day.... He said... " where are you placed in our community? what do you want to do to move forward?" So I replied with this offering.
The rest of this blog is what I wrote. Read it or not! I want to say these balms are special and they are available now. Therapists can get bundles wholesale for your clinics.
Its all a journey of love and light. For me much healing takes place and I am grateful for everything in my life. Here are the balms. Welcome them.
ZEN THAI SHIATSU THERAPIST BALMS. ( Please take a photo of this info for your use)
Water Element balm
Use for enhancing the water elements powers of emotional support, softness, flexibility, emotional buoyancy, clarity, and aiding in the process of surrender to the flow of your life. Allow water to bring movement and openness to the stagnant areas of your mind, body and emotions.
Support your kidneys, urinary tract, bladder and release what no longer serves you through the qualities and actions of water. Open your intuition and dreaming powers.
Qualities of our cooling Water element balm.
Blue lotus, chamomile, arnica, bergamot, ylang ylang, lavender
Blue lotus. Muscle relaxant, cooling, pain support, increase circulation, urinary regulation, dream like consciousness, aids sleep and relaxation. Subtle calming, etheric.
Spiritual consciousness, enhanced memory, nuciferine and aporphine to activate serotonin and dopamine receptors. Aids mindfulness, reduces anxiety and depression.
Lavender, ylang ylang and bergamot all contain Linalool which is for reducing anxiety, stress, and promoting restfulness and relaxation. They enhance joy and strength.
Chamomile is commonly regarded as a mild tranquilizer or sleep inducer. Its calming effects may be attributed to an antioxidant called apigenin, which is found in abundance in chamomile. Apigenin binds to specific receptors in your brain that may decrease anxiety and initiate sleep.
Arnica is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It contains sesquiterpene lactones, flavonoids, and phenolic acids which all help with pain management. It is cooling and alleviates bruising on skin and helps heal wounds.
Fire element balm
Use for enhancing the fire elements power of warmth, heat, stimulation, passion and adding to the eternal flame of the soul. Heart felt connection to our source of light, true purpose and living our dreams to their potential. Uplifting, motivating, going forward with definition and focus. Supporting the heart, circulation, pericardium, small intestine and your digestive agni. The fire of life. Bringing us the fullest expression of warmth.
Qualities of our warming fire element balm.
Tulsi, ginger, camphor, wintergreen , eucalyptus.
Tulsi In Hindi known as “the incomparable one” as the most revered herb on earth. Used to combat the negative effects of stress in the body, maintain stable blood sugar levels, and promote longevity. Inflammation care and adaptogenic qualities means Tulsi is able to help balance all systems of the body in synergy with other herbs. Here used to bring balance to the qualities of fire.
Ginger. Warming and stimulating. Ginger contains natural oil gingerols that reduce inflammation and pain. Anti-inflammatory benefits of gingerols can help soothe irritated skin and reduce headaches, tension and induce warmth and heat in body.
Camphor, wintergreen and eucalyptus are key ingredients in some topical analgesics
relieve pain and reduce inflammation in the skin. They can be quite warming and go deeply into muscles for relief and heat.
You know. I don't offer these treatments at the moment. Its like I don't offer any body work. It's because I am super focused on the Medicine Room , our courses, our medicines. The balms and body products are here for you to use.
Much love Dom xox
Come to Maleny Weds from 10am till 3pm for free community clinics. No appointment needed. Also check out our other offerings online. Its all a work of love and commitment to natural medicines and wellness for all.
Oh another blog will come this week as I presenting in the UK for the NIMH on the weekend. ( actually on my birthday which is pretty special )