There’s no doubt we have an obesity problem in this country. And from what I’ve seen of those suffering the battle of the bulge there’s either confusion as to how to lose weight or denial about their ‘healthy’ lifestyle patterns (‘I really didn’t just eat that fourth serve of take-away, did I?’). So the medical industry is pedaling fast on this bandwagon of weight loss and how to help those suffering from overweight or obesity.
As a mum for the past 11 years I have seen a variety of approaches when it comes to trying to feed healthy food to children. Believe me, I don’t always get it right, but I try to find a blend that consists of healthy most of the time and the odd treat from time-to-time. The trouble I find with this is that the ‘treat’ option is made available to children so much more often than when I was a kid.
I was first introduced to Kundalini Yoga in 1994 while going through a very challenging time in my life. I was 25 years old, newly married to an alcohol and drug addict, and feeling trapped by my commitment to God in the presence of my family and close friends in my marriage to this man. As well as that, his family members were telling me that I was a horrible woman for even considering divorcing their son.
I’ve been in the massage industry for more than 18 years and one of the wonderful things that has burgeoned during this time is pregnancy massage.
In my Canberra practice, pregnancy massage is our second-most booked treatment, behind remedial massage. Massage therapy during pregnancy can be the perfect way for an expectant mum to tune in to her body and her needs during this special time.
I hear it time and time again: “I can’t tell him what I am feeling”; “I better not say it or she will think I’m weird”; or “Best to just keep my mouth shut so I don’t sound ridiculous,”. All I think, when I hear comments like this are that they are copping out. Why is it that people feel that they can’t say what they would like to say? And who is telling you, you can’t? More importantly, if you aren’t, why aren’t you???
In the Media
The media loves reporting on celebrity mothers exercising shortly after giving birth. Rosemary Marchese asks whether all new mums should wait before they start running.
To run or not to run? That is a big question asked by many clients to their personal trainers. While the industry has generally shifted a little from the ‘don’t overdo it’ approach embraced during the postnatal period of yesteryear, there is still a bit of a taboo associated with running too soon after having a baby. So how soon is ‘too soon’?