My Wellness Revolution
As a life long advocate of health and wellness; (working as a 12 year old after school) merchandising the grains, beans and pulses in our local food store, (I think counts!!!!) and these memories always make me smile. Another memory came flooding back as I came across a photograph of me the other day, Lordy!!! taken in 1980 – I was the Jane Fonda of Scotland, matching headband, leg warmers, lycra to die for!!! teaching Aerobics and thought I was the cat’s pyjamas!!
When I commenced my studies in Traditional Chinese medicine it opened up another world to me in terms of what I had been teaching in natural healthcare. There is one other difference between the Wellness Revolution and conventional health care. Much of what inspires the work done in wellness is a respect for ancient systems of understanding the body. It is interesting that centuries ago there was an understanding of how we work that can give us valuable insight into today’s problems. Moving my body every day is something I have never perceived as a chore. I am very fortunate to have taught many different aspects of physical fitness from a young age which eventually led me to teaching ‘chiball’ which I love.
My new dvd ‘Stretchcraft’ with chiball will be available in the Winter.
In India, China, Japan and other Asian countries, there was a very sophisticated appreciation of how the body worked. This system was based on recorded observations of sickness and health over centuries. What these ancients saw was that all the physical parts of the body – the bones, the organs, the tissue – comprised energy. Pretty neat. They knew what we now know – the body is a swirling sea of bioelectric energy.
They called this energy by different names – Chi, Ki, Prana – but they were describing the same thing. They knew that we are part of nature and that health is achieved when that natural exchange with our environment is balanced. The study of this exchange relative to health is called Energy Medicine.
When the flow of energy is blocked, we get sick. I always tell my students to keep their “valves wide open”, to be open to life. They sometimes laugh but they know it’s true. I used to sign off on my answering machine by saying, “Keep your valves wide open”. No matter what life throws at us, it is important to try and remember that ‘keeping our energy flowing’ is of paramount importance. If we remain static, we stay stuck.
To remain in balance we need to look at different areas in our life and what we eat on a day to day basis contributes greatly to that. Eating in the zone as I like to call it!
In my book ‘Macrobiotics for all Seasons’you will find over 200 recipes, home remedies and medicinal teas to keep you in the zone….. available on my website www.marlenewatsontara.com
In good health