A Review from Honey & Roots

This is a review from Lilo, founder of Honey & Roots. She is a Health Blogger and makes beautiful posts about food, nutrition and recipes, as well as other health related topics. After meeting at an event in my workplace at Triyoga, she booked in 6 weekly sessions with me to help with her chronic neck and shoulder pain. She has written a review about her experience:

‘It’s not a secret that I spend lots of time in front of my mac and on my phone, that’s my work and life. I guess I could say that’s one of the downsides of being an influencer. As we all are so well aware of, it’s not the best posture for our precious body and we should be much better at looking after our bodies that does everything for us. Over the past 2 years, my neck and shoulders have become more and more of a pain. So I finally took action and signed up for 6 sessions with the incredible Lucy De Barr.

I was introduced to Lucy through an event at Triyoga Ealing with Health Bloggers Community, where I was given a 30 min taster session with her. It worked wonders, she knew exactly how to help my poor neck and shoulders, on a very deep level. She was extremely knowledgeable and professional. I find this very rare to find in a big city like London and have over time become more and more sceptical about practitioners. It might be because I grew up with my mum, 2 aunts, uncle and cousin being Physiotherapists, acupuncturist and a Chiropractor. So I’ve always being in good hands back home in Norway.

At this point, when I first met Lucy, my situation had come to a place where I found it hard to sit in front of my mac for more than 15 minutes before I started to feel discomfort and pain. I also struggled falling asleep as I didn’t manage to relax my neck. After a chat with Lucy about this and after the 30 min treatment, I decided to sign up for 6 sessions. Since this is something that had been going on for a while, I knew it would take more than one session to get back to normal.

I’ve now finished all 6 sessions. 6 hours in total of treatments with Lucy and I have to admit I feel silly I didn’t do this at a much earlier stage. Honestly, I feel great now, the pain and discomfort is gone and I really don’t understand why I would put myself through this for almost 2 years.

Lucy has a wide knowledge with different techniques and she is an expert on finding the right knots and stretching even the tiniest muscles that I wasn’t even aware existed. She has examined me before each session and given me a few stretches to focus on a daily basis. It’s not a secret that the reason for my discomfort comes from my own bad habits, Lucy has helped me massively to find the root cause of my posture habits, helped correct me and then given me “homework” – this way I’ll get long lasting results. It’s now a few weeks since I had my final treatment, and my neck and shoulder is still feeling amazing. I know for sure it wouldn’t have disappeared by itself and also knowing how my work affects my body by sitting still for hours and hours in front of my mac. I will make sure to take time to come back to Lucy for regular check-ups and adjustments. It’s the least I can do for myself.’

Lucy De Barr
Wellness techniques: Grounding

Something that’s been coming up a lot in sessions lately is that many people aren’t grounded. It’s understandable in this day and age, with all the stress, busyness and worry of everyday life. We can feel a bit flighty, up in our heads, in our thoughts; which can often lead to feeling overwhelmed and anxious. This isn’t helped by all the electromagnetic radiation from wifi, mobile phones, computers etc that induce voltages in our bodies that can disrupt our electrical system; which is so vital in how our body functions. So if we experience symptoms such as overthinking, nervousness or irritability, we may need to ground ourselves. Just like a plug needs to be earthed, so do we.

I first became aware of grounding around 10 years ago when I started my first massage course. We would practice Chi Kung (Qi Gong) for an hour in the morning before teaching began. It helped me to feel calm, clear-headed and more centred - it set me up for the day in the most lovely way. There are many techniques that can help us feel grounded - here are three to get you started:

1) Earthing/Getting out in nature

The Earth emits negatively charged free electrons which help to balance the positive charge in our bodies from free radicals and electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) in our environment. So kick off those shoes and socks and walk about on the grass or sand, to have direct contact with this natural energy. You can find out more about the health benefits and scientific research of earthing, by visiting www.groundology.co.uk

2) Mindful walking

Energy flows where attention goes, so by bringing our awareness to our feet as we walk, we help to bring energy that’s often in our heads, down to our feet. Spend a few minutes slowly walking around, placing most of your attention on your feet. Notice how they make contact with the ground, feel the sensations in your feet.

3) Tree visualization/meditation

This is a Chi Kung exercise that you can do for 3 – 5 minutes:

Stand with feet shoulder width apart and facing forward. Soften (unlock) the knees, relax the shoulders and lightly place your tongue on the roof of your mouth, keeping the jaw nice and relaxed. Place your hands, one on top of the other, over your navel – this is called your ‘Dantian’, the primary energy centre of the body (located 1.5 thumb widths below the belly button and 2 – 3 thumb widths inward).

Breathe comfortably and slowly through the nose and with each exhale, feel your bodyweight sink down to your feet, until they feel planted on the ground. Then imagine energetic roots growing from the soles of each foot down to the earth below...moving down further, deeper into the Earth, all the way down to the centre. Then picture your roots wrapping around Earth’s core.

With each inhale, visualize your roots drawing energy from the centre, all the way up through the Earth, into the soles of each foot; flowing up through your legs, into your Dantian. Picture it filling up with this grounding, supportive energy. Then imagine the energy in your Dantian expanding out into your whole body. If you feel any tensions or stress anywhere, imagine them dissolving into the Earth with each exhale.

Lucy De Barr