Hi my name is Cathy and I came to find Reiki through my own health journey.
For many years I suffered from depression and anxiety, which made my day to day life hard and stressful, not being able to achieve all I wanted to because of these illnesses was very frustrating which caused a never ending negative cycle.
I was however determined to get well, I tried medication from the doctor and it just made me feel worse, so I decided to try a mindfulness meditation course the doctor had suggested to me.
Through doing this, showed me how to rethink things to turn my negative thinking into positive and it taught me how to be more present in the moment.
Because of the stress I felt it caused an excessive amount of tension in my shoulders & head, leading to much discomfort and difficulty sleeping. I attended my local therapist for some massage and she suggested I try Reiki, I did and I've never looked back.
Not only has it helped me to release all old negative thought patterns, Reiki has freed me from depression and most of my anxiety issues.
It has shown me there is light at the end of a very long tunnel, I just needed to be shown that light and how to use it.
So I decided to become a Reiki practitioner to continue to help myself heal and to help heal others.
I absolutely love what I do, it means a lot to me, I love to see how much a difference I can make to somebodies life, it’s so very rewarding.
I used massage a lot to help relieve many of my symptoms including my tension. It was so good to have this regularly to keep on top of stiff sore & achy muscles, it helped me to cope better and relax.
I wanted to bring massage and reflexology into my therapies as I know first hand how beneficial they can be.
Diet and exercise
Diet is an important part of our healing journey, so many of us are addicted to sugar, alcohol, nicotine, drugs, medication or even junk food.
I have found personally that with certain foods I am very sensitive to and I have cut out wheat, rich dairy foods and sugar. I drink mainly water and my alcohol consumption is small, I feel much better for this. I used to drink a lot, smoke and eat sugary cakes, desserts and even sugary breakfasts but after cutting all of these out (which wasn't easy granted) my energy levels have rocketed, my skin is so healthy, my hair and nails are in fab condition, it's been well worth it.
I exercise too, this also increases my energy levels and strength and just all round makes me feel great.
It's a combination of healthy living, diet, exercise and healing that give you the best results, plus your willingness to change your habits and routines that no longer serve you.
There are so many simple health recipes online these days, pinterest is amazing!
I will add a new recipe every month to show you how you can change your everyday meals and snacks for the better.
Butternut squash, sweet potato and carrot soup.
This time of year soup is a must, it's no nutritious warm and filling and its so easy to make.
1 medium butternut squash, peeled seeded and cubed
2 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 medium sized carrots, peeled and chopped.
1 medium onion, chopped
4.5 cups of vegetable broth
3/4 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons maple syrup
Salt & Pepper to taste
1. Add all the ingredients and stock to a slow cooker. Set on low and let it cook for about 6 hours, alternatively set it on high for 3 to 4 hours or until the vegetables are soft.
2. When cooked, puree with either an immersion stick blender or a ordinary blender until the soup is smooth.
3. Add the cocnut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup and blend agin making sure all the spices are incorporated.
4. Season with salt and pepper and Enjoy!
You could top your soup with croutons or cheese or both, with you favourite bread.
No bake chocolate brownie balls
These are gluten and vegan freindly makes about 10
3/4 cup of runny peanut butter such as "pip n nut" or a nut butter of your choice like almond.
4-5 tablespoons of either maple syup honey or agarve nectar
3 tablespoons of cocoa or cacoa powder
3 tablespoons of coconut flour
2 tablespoons of vegan chocolate chips
1. Whisk together the nut butter and syrup of choice in a bowl.
2. Add the cocoa powder and coconut flour and mix again.
3. Fold in the chocolate chips. If the mix is too sticky to touch, cover and place in the fridge for a few minutes to harded up.
4. scoop out tablspoons of the mix and from into ball with your hands.. Leave in the fridge for about 30 minutes to set.
Store in a air tight container for up to 2 weeks.
You can pop them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds so it turns them into a fudgy, chocolate dessert.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me