September 11, 2014
HYPNOBIRTHING - a gentle way to give birth
What is HypnoBirthing?
HypnoBirthing is a form of childbirth preparation that believes in women’s innate ability to give birth gently and easily.
By learning how to relax profoundly, women are able to enter easily into a relaxed state during labour. In this relaxed state, they are free to release the powerful cocktail of hormones that are necessary for labour to progress and for the baby to be born.
The key hormone in this cocktail is oxytocin. Oxytocin is the true “love hormone”, essential in the most intimate activities: sex, labour and breastfeeding.
The HypnoBirthing Course will teach birthing couples
• Deep relaxations in which the participants learn to go easily into a profound state of relaxation.
• The “tools” that they will have on hand during labour, including gentle breathing techniques and visualisations.
• Information about birth physiology, nutrition, choosing their caregiver and the options they are likely to have during labour and birth.
The HypnoBirthing course also recognizes the importance of the birth partner. As the woman’s prime support during labour, the birth partner also learns the same methods to enter relaxation, gains an in-depth understanding of the birth process and learns how to be a confident advocate for the mother and her needs.
Are you in Barcelona?
Join us for our next course date on Saturday September 27th and Saturday October 4th.
July 30, 2014
So, a few weeks ago I ended up in emergency with chest pains and scared that I was having a heart attack. Unfortunately I come from a family where members just drop dead from this condition every now and then, so when I felt this unwell and was having symptoms that triggered in my brain ‘heart attack’, I didn’t wait to find out if I was becoming a member of the family tradition, I went immediately to the hospital.
Once we arrived at the hospital I straight away had my vitals checked and when the doctors and nurses didn’t go into resurrection mode I realised that I was not in immediate danger….but I was still scared.
In the following hours I was tested….x-ray, cardiography, blood tests…….
After 3 hours a very caring doctor, who thankfully spoke English, came to tell me that I hadn’t had a heart attack but because of my symptoms he wanted me to go through a series of tests and meet him again in two weeks.
I thought I was just working too hard, not dealing with my stress levels and in need of a Summer holiday. All good. Not.
The scare did make me reassess my current work load, enough that I resigned from a project that had been causing me much anxiety and started to think more about my priorities and life work balance.
So, when I went back to the very caring doctor after passing all the tests I was confident that he would tell me to rest, have a holiday and be pleased about my life style changes…..wrong.
This is what he explained:
Our body is still wired like that of a primitive man. When the mind and body acknowledges stress it prepares us to run, as this is what we would have done to save ourselves from danger a few hundred thousand years ago. The body produces fat and sugar in the blood stream so that you have the energy to run. It also produces platelets so incase you get caught or hurt your blood will clot.
The constant levels of these biochemical reactions in our body creates plaque in our hearts, raises our blood sugar levels and can produce clots in the blood stream.
The thing is a little stress in our lives doesn’t kill us, but ongoing and long term stress is proven to cause heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes and stokes.
So despite being fit, having a good diet and being a non smoker my very caring doctor informed me that if I didn’t modify my life style and reduce my stress levels significantly immediately I was in danger of having a heart attack or a stroke….some what like those executives that you hear about who have it all and just drop dead for no apparent reason at 45 years old.
So now it all made sense to me. It was a perfectly logical explanation and it forced me to face the fact that my body was giving me the warning signs that enough was enough. Manage the stress levels or I’m going to break. Which is exactly what I have done. I want to live a long and healthy life and I do not want to live with disease caused through a preventable cause – STRESS.
And I wondered why we do not explain this reasoning to all of us who have trouble managing our stress levels….if we don’t it is at our own risk, even if you are fit and healthy.
June 25, 2014
We had an amazing experience last weekend. We went to the historic town of Naval in Aragon, just 30 minutes from Fonz. We packed the picnic, Spanish style, tortilla, chicken, salad, anchovies, cheese and bread! Check out our Instagram!
Nat thought we were somehow going to Lake Eyre or the Dead Sea! For those of you who know Nat…you can imagine. But where we arrived was in the historic town of Naval. Famous for the aquifer and its pottery, this location has been renowned for nearly a 1000 years for it’s salt mines.
The earliest systematic exposition of the different kinds of salts, their uses, and methods of extraction was published in China around 2700 years BC . Hippocrates encouraged his fellow healers to make use of salt water to heal various ailments by immersing their patients in sea water.
The merits of salt baths include reducing stress and fluid retention, anti aging for the skin, strengthening of the bones and nails and assisting in increasing the circulation…and I can vouch for the merits of a very good, all over, exfoliation!
We all know that an Epsom salt bath is know for relaxing the muscles and easing muscle stiffness but there are also studies showing that patients suffering from tendinitis and osteoarthritis just from bathing in the Dead Sea found improvement in their conditions in as little as a week after treatments of daily bathing.
Salinar de Naval is basic, but the experience is magic.
The baths are open from the 1st of June to the 31st of August.
Entrance is 7€ per person.
(1.) Machtey, Dr. I. 1982, Dead Sea Balneotherapy in Osteoarthritis, Proc. International Seminar on Treatment of Rheumatic Diseases.(2.) Arndt, Dr. J. 1982, Salt from the Promised Land Helps Psoriasis Patients, Arztliche Praxis, 34(48).
June 11, 2014
Say you’re from Studio Australia Barcelona and get a treatment free!
Since our post about the recently released SUPER JUICE ME documentary by Jason Vale we have had people interested in going to the Juicy Oasis retreat in Portugal featured in the film.
So we contacted the team at Juicy Oasis and they are happy make all of us welcome and in doing so give a 65 euro treatment for free in the deal!
Learn more about the 7 day juice only retreats available on their website: http://www.juicyoasis.com/the-retreat/
And have a look at the treatment menu to see what you might like to do while you are on retreat.
Click for the Spa_Menu
A few details on pricing below…
Juicy Oasis prices are as follows:
Triple – £745 per person
Twin/Double – £845 per person
Single – £1,390
Twin/Double – £995 per person
Single – £1,590
Twin/Double – £995 per person
Single – £1,590
Twin/Double – £1,095 per person
Single – £1,750
Triple – £895 per person
Twin/Double – £1,245 per person
Single – £1,995
Twin/Double – £1,350 per person
Single – £2150
Twin – £645 per person
Single – £995
The retreat runs Saturday to Saturday and you need to travel to Lisbon airport. Group transfers to and from Lisbon airport are £55 each way per person or £110 return per person and run at set times on Saturday. The journey takes around an hour and forty-five minutes.
They can also offer a private transfer which will meet your flight and return at your required time. The cost for this is £170 each way or £340 return and can be booked on any day.
May 26, 2014
In the past couple of weeks I had a few people refer to or ask me about this diet so I thought I should do some investigating and find out what it was all about.
My first impression was……it is not for my friend Nigel! Or for those of us who are vegetarians and pescetarians, but I was wrong.
You can be Paleo and just eat fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.
And if you are celiac or have problems with gluten….this may be a lifestyle choice for you.
What I realised is that this ‘diet’ or way of eating is all pretty much just common sense.
In fact it’s not much different to the way I like to live my life.
If it comes in a package you want to know what else is in there…preservatives, additives and other nasties. What we eat should look like the way nature made it and if it doesn’t you need to investigate.
Basically, it’s about eating unprocessed, seasonal foods and foods that are whole.
And while researching this article I found this great site http://nomnompaleo.com/ by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong. These guys are great! They provide a kind of easy explanation cartoon as to the definition of Paleo….
For a quick reference of all the foods you can eat….or not eat on the Paelo Diet:
- Grass-produced meats
- Fresh fruits
- Fresh Vegetables
- Healthy oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)
- Cereal grains
- Legumes (including peanuts)
- Refined sugar
- Processed foods
- Refined vegetable oils
- Candy / Junk / Processed Food
And for a more comprehensive idea of these groups you can click the links below:
Interestingly the Paleo Diet came in last of 35 on the “US Best Diets 2014”.
http://health.usnews.com/best-diet. And a diet called the Dash Diet made it to No. 1….We’ll talk about this another time!
But, although I like the idea of the Paleo diet, I was disappointed after all the reading to find that this philosophy of Paleo had the lost opportunity to promote the consciousness and support of ethically gown foods. IF we as human beings are going to eat other animals I believe they must be grown and treated well in humane conditions.
It should be that every animal that is breed for us to eat should be treated with respect and given an opportunity to have a life worth the sacrifice of their lives to feed us.
If we are going to eat like cave men then we should give the animals we eat the same freedoms they would have had 10,000 years ago…..no?
Otherwise….this might as well be just another diet fad?
Surely we have evolved further than this?
¿Qué es la dieta de Paleo ?
Durante las últimas semanas he escuchado hablar y me han preguntado por esta dieta, así que pensé investigar un poco para saber de qué se trataba.
Lo primero que pensé fue: ¡no es para mi amigo Nigel! O para los que somos vegetarianos o pescetarianos, pero estaba equivocada.
Se puede ser paleo y comer solo pescado, verduras, frutas, nueces y semillas.
Si eres celíaco o tienes problemas con el gluten, puede ser una buena opción para ti. De hecho, no es muy diferente a la forma que me gusta vivir mi vida.
Si lo que comes está envasado, quieres saber si contiene conservantes, aditivos o cualquier otra porquergina web: ocaba informaciue contiene: conserventes,ía.
Lo que comemos tiene que ser similar a como la naturaleza lo hizo y si no lo es debemos investigar.
Se trata, básicamente, de comer alimentos de temporada, no procesados y sanos.
Cuando buscaba información para este artículo encontré esta interesante página web: http://nomnompaleo.com/ firmada por Michelle Tam and Henry Fong.
¡Estos chicos son geniales! Nos explican de forma fácil la definición de Paleo a través de un cómic.
Aquí tienes un resumen de lo que puedes y no puedes comer en la dieta Paleo.
- carnes producidas con pasto
- pescados / mariscos
- frutas frescas
- hortalizas frescas
- aceites saludables (de oliva, nueces, semillas de lino, nueces de macadamia, aguacate, coco).
- legumbres (incluyendo cacahuates)
- azúcar refinado
- alimentos procesados
- aceites vegetales refinados
- dulces / comida basura
Para hacerte una idea más completa de esta dieta, puedes hacer clic en los siguientes enlaces:
Alimentos Paleo permitidos:
Carnes Paleo | Hortalizas Paleo | Aceites/ Grasas Paleo | Frutos secos Paleo | Frutas Paleo
Alimentos no permitidos :
Lácteos | Bebidas sin alcohol | Zumos de frutas | Legumbres | Cereales | Carnes grasas saladas | Alimentos | Vegetales con almidón | Edulcorantes artificiales | Aperitivos | Bebidas energéticas | Dulces
La dieta de Paleo fue considerada la 35 mejor dieta de US Best Diets 2014.
http://health.usnews.com/best-diet . ¡Y una dieta llamada DASH fue la nº 1! Hablaremos de ella en otra ocasión…
Aunque me gusta la idea de la dieta Paleo, me sentí decepcionada al saber que esta filosofía dejó perder la oportunidad de promover la conciencia por el respeto a los animales. Si, como seres humanos, nos comemos a otros animales, deberíamos tratarlos en condiciones humanas.
Cada animal que se cría para nosotros debe ser tratado con respeto y tener una vida que valga la pena sacrificar para alimentarnos.
Si vamos a comer como hombres de las cavernas entonces deberíamos dar a los animales que comemos las mismas libertades que habrían tenido hace 10.000 años, ¿no? De lo contrario …. esta bien podría ser solo otra dieta de moda.
Seguramente hemos evolucionado más lejos…
Day 9 Global Community Detox – Maintenance Week
Super Juice Me
We hope you all had a great weekend and for those of you, like myself, did the gallbladder and liver cleanse we hope you are feeling amazing too!
Although, I have to say every time I do this cleanse, I think at 4pm in the morning, ‘why’?!!! For some reason I always forget how hard it is!
This week you need to think about how the food you are eating on the detox makes your body feel and realise the importance of maintaining a whole foods approach to
your regular diet so you continue to feel great, have energy, be able to think clearly, look amazing and most important of all give your body the means to resist diseases.
DON’T GO BACK TO YOUR OLD HABITS. Resist your old patterns of caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol, sugar and refined foods….or what ever your addiction.
To help give you the resolve and the strength have a look at this……I watched an amazing documentary on the weekend called ‘Super Juice Me’ by Jason Vale. It is an inspiring account of 8 chronically sick people with 22 diseases between
them. One English gentleman brings a suitcase full of his clothes and another full of 52 medications for the month!
Over 28 days Jason Vale takes them on a journey of juice only to see if they can cure their diseases, change their life threatening habits and turn their lives around.
The conclusion of this 14 day Detox Program is a beginning to always nurture and care about your body and be aware of how everything that you eat or consume affects it.
Here is the kit:
- Epsom Salts – 4 tablespoons
- Olive Oil – organic cold pressed (Light) ¾ cup
- Grapefruit & Lemons: ¼ cup squeezed lemon juice ½ cup squeezed grapefruit juice. (Do not use concentrate of store bought juice. If you cannot get grapefruit use lemons only or visa versa)
- Vitamin C Powder – ½ teaspoon
- Jar with non metalic lid – to combine and shake mixture well
- Extra ½ cup of lemon/grapefruit juice – have a small amount after taking each solution to help get it down - essential!
- Enema Kit – optional. To be done 2 hours before drinking the first dose. Take a rectal enema with warm distilled water to clean out the large intestines of any unwanted fecal matter.
Hint. This is best done in a bath, Laying down. Make yourself comfortable with cushions and towels. Try and relax and be close to the toilet.
- 4 cucharadas de sales de Epsom
- ¾ de vaso de aceite de oliva ecológico prensado en frío (suave)
- Pomelo y limones: ¼ de vaso de zumo de limón exprimido y ½ vaso de zumo de pomelo exprimido. (No utilices ningún concentrado de zumos no naturales. Si no puedes conseguir pomelo, utiliza sólo limones o viceversa)
- ½ cucharadita de vitamina C en polvo
- Una jarra con tapón no metálico–agítala y mézclalo todo bien
- ½ vaso extra de zumo de limón / pomelo – bebe una pequeña cantidad después de tomar cada solución para ayudarte a ingerirlo mejor, ¡es esencial!
- Kit enema – opcional. Házlo 2 horas antes de la primera toma. Realiza un enema rectal con agua caliente destilada para limpiar el intestino grueso de cualquier sustancia fecal no deseada.
Sugerencia. El mejor lugar para hacerlo es en una bañera, echado. Ponte cómodo con cojines y toallas alrededor. Intenta estar relajado y estar lo más cerca posible del inodoro.
You are probably wondering why Studio Australia Barcelona is supporting Allergy Awareness Week, well, apart from the fact that it’s a good cause?
The truth is that for us it is a subject very close to home as Natalia has been suffering with severe food allergies since we moved to Barcelona nearly 9 years ago and in 2007 her condition reached a pinnacle moment when she had a severe anaphylaxis reaction.
The best thing about the moment was that it made us take what was happening to Natalia’s body very seriously.
We went on a journey that took us to some of the best allergy specialists in Barcelona and also gave me the impetus to create a complete detox program so that we could allow her body to recover and understand what foods were affecting her and in what ways. This was the beginning of writing the Detox Guide.
After many tests and some time it turned out Natalia is allergic to quite a few things including green beans, strawberries, sunflower oil, corn, all nuts and seeds, figs, asparagus, salmon and mustard.
NOT fun when you are asked to dinner at friend’s houses or going out dining in restaurants!
We have managed her allergies with the help of histamines, good diet and being very vigilant.
Some of the foods, such as strawberries, she is now able to tolerate. Her renewed tolerance of this food was after a tailored session with our Reike Master Alex Prehn.
Nat can now eat sunflower oil but if her system is low she it will still have an affect on her.
And curiously other foods like salmon and asparagus didn’t show up in her allergy test results, but we have over the years, through trial and error, learned that she should avoid them because they have an adverse affect on her.
A couple of weeks ago we were at a local cafe we go to nearly every day for our morning coffee. After taking one bite of her breakfast she started sneezing then feeling unwell and then within a few minutes her face began to swell. It was like watching a horror movie when someone metamorphosizes before your eyes. Something had contaminated the food and she was reacting very quickly.
When you are with someone and this is happening it is very scary as they don’t have all of their senses, this is one of the symptoms, and the don’t think straight.
All Nat wanted to do was go and look in the mirror!
All I wanted to do was get her into a cab to the hospital as we didn’t have her adrenaline pen on us and I was very scared.
Luckily we were able to take her straight to emergency and put her on a drip with cortisone. After 3 hours and a couple of rounds she was feeling much better. I knew when she was starting to recover as her first inclination was to start to take ‘selfies’ to show the world!
The statistics are currently that one in every 10 babies born in Australia, the US and UK will have an adverse reaction and allergies and in every country the hypersensitivity seems to be to those foods that are most common in our diets such as nuts, milk, fish, seafood and eggs. Interestingly though in places like Africa and South America the reactions are to grains and in Eastern countries such as Japan the issue is rice.
For Natalia, despite the myriad of foods she must avoid, we have managed to create a balanced and satisfying diet that keeps her safe – well most of the time! If you have allergies and need help to manage your diet please do not hesitate to call.
Thanks to all of our supporters of our awareness campaign this week and we hope that it makes a difference in how you perceive how those around you with allergies must manage their life styles…especially next time you invite them to dinner!
¿Por qué apoyar la Semana de concienciación ante las alergias?
¡El selfie de la alergia de Nat!
Probablemente te preguntes por qué Studio Australia Barcelona apoya la Semana de concienciación ante las alergias, además del hecho de que sea una buena causa.
La verdad es que para nosotros es un tema muy cercano porque Natalia ha sufrido graves problemas debido alergias alimentarias desde que nos mudamos a Barcelona hace casi 9 años que culminaron, en 2007, en una seria reacción anafiláctica.
Lo mejor de ese momento fue darnos cuenta de que lo estaba sucediendo en el cuerpo de Natalia era muy serio.
Emprendimos un viaje que nos llevó a algunos de los mejores especialistas en alergias en Barcelona y también me dio el impulso para crear un programa de desintoxicación completa. Quería conseguir que el cuerpo de Nat se pudiera recuperar y descubrir qué alimentos la estaban afectando y de qué manera. De esta forma empecé a escribir la Guía de desintoxicación.
Después de tiempo y muchas pruebas resultó que Natalia es alérgica a un buen número de alimentos: judías verdes, fresas, aceite de girasol, maíz, frutos secos, semillas, higos, espárragos, salmón y mostaza.
¡NO es divertido cuando la invitan a cenar a casa de amigos o salir a comer a un restaurante!
Con la ayuda de histaminas, una buena dieta y mucha atención, hemos logrado controlar sus alergias. Ahora tolera algunos de los alimentos, como las fresas, gracias a una sesión a medida con nuestro Maestro de Reiki Alex Prehn.
También puede tomar aceite de girasol pero, si su sistema está bajo, aún puede tener efectos sobre ella.
Curiosamente, otros alimentos como el salmón y los espárragos dieron negativo en las pruebas de alergia. Sin embargo, en los últimos años hemos descubierto, a través del ensayo y el error, que debe evitarlos porque tienen un efecto adverso sobre ella.
Hace un par de semanas, estuvimos en un café del barrio donde vamos a desayunar todas las mañanas. Después de tomar el primer bocado, Nat empezó a estornudar y a sentirse mal, al cabo de pocos minutos su cara comenzó a hincharse. Era como estar en una película de terror y ver ante tus ojos como alguien sufre una metamorfosis.
Algo había contaminado la comida y hizo reacción en Nat muy rápidamente.
Cuando estás con alguien a quien le pasa algo así es muy aterrador. La persona pierde sus sentidos y no piensa con claridad.
Todo lo que Nat quería hacer era ¡irse y verse en el espejo!
Yo estaba muy asustada, solo quería meterla en un taxi y llevarla al hospital, porque no teníamos su lápiz de adrenalina.
Afortunadamente, pudimos llevarla a urgencias donde le pusieron un goteo con cortisona. Después de 3 horas ya se sentía mucho mejor. Lo supe porque cuando empezó a recuperarse lo primero que quiso hacer fue ¡selfies para mostrarlos a todo el mundo!
Según las estadísticas, uno de cada 10 bebés que nacen en Australia, los Estados Unidos y el Reino Unido presentará alergias. Parece que la hipersensibilidad se manifiesta ante los alimentos que son más comunes en nuestra dieta, como nueces, leche, pescados, mariscos y huevos. Curiosamente, en África y América del Sur se producen en mayor número las alergias a los cereales y, en Japón, al arroz.
A pesar de la gran cantidad de alimentos que debe evitar Natalia, hemos conseguido crear una dieta equilibrada y satisfactoria que la mantiene segura ¡casi siempre! Si tienes alergias y necesitas ayuda con tu dieta, por favor, no dudes en llamar.
Gracias a todos los seguidores de nuestra campaña de sensibilización de esta semana. Esperamos que haya cambiado un poco vuestra percepción de las personas que tienen alergias de vuestro entorno y de cómo les afecta en su vida, ¡sobre todo la próxima vez que las invitéis a cenar!
May 13, 2014
Hello fellow detoxees!
Last day of the raw food cleanse. How’s it going?
I have already had reports of people starving themselves and still not really understanding the merits and ways of a raw food diet. It’s a hard one to get your head around if you have not been exposed to the idea of eating raw before. As I keep saying ‘it’s not all apples…and carrots’.
Today I had to revive a client with dates before class as she had been only drinking green juice for 2 days! Her blood sugar levels were so low she was weak and I’m sure that her body thought it was being starved!
Which by the way, if you are wanting to loose weight, just encourages the body to hold onto the fat because it still has the instincts of being a caveman…..when food is scarce it holds on to the stored fat until the next opportunity to eat…just in case it’s going to be a while before you can find the next source of bush tucker or a lizard to eat!
Drinking green juice alone is all well and good if you have a balanced green juice but you can not sustain your normal day to day activities without a balance of the food groups ie. fats, sugars, carbohydrates and proteins in every meal.
Here is a great recipe of a balanced raw breakfast for you to try and start the day with. Eating a balance breakfast will enable you to maintain your energy and keep your metabolism happy through to morning tea and in turn burn the calories.
Raw, Vegan Bircher Muesli: Superfood Inspired!
May 12, 2014
This week is Food Allergy Week in Australia so Studio Australia Barcelona has created it’s own awareness week to highlight the symptoms of food allergy.
There has been a dramatic rise in babies and children suffering from allergies over the past 40 years and in almost every classroom in the US, UK and Australia there is at least one child who has to avoid milk, egg or nuts.
To symbolize that one in 10 babies born in Australia today will develop a food allergy Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia http://www.foodallergyaware.com.au/about-us/ has suggested that we PAINT ONE FINGER NAIL to promote awareness.
Considering we are in Barcelona and that the Studio Australia Barcelona community is very multicultural we are going to PAINT ONE FINGER NAIL at the studio this week for all the babies around the world who may develop a food allergy.
Join us by painting a fingernail and sending us a photo and posting it on our FB, Twitter or Instagram or send it to us to post and the first 10 people will win a complementary gift voucher express manicure at The Oriental Jasmine www.orientaljasmine.com in Barcelona to use by the 30th of June 2014.
Semana de la alergia alimentaria. Píntate una uña
Esta semana es la Semana de la alergia alimentaria en Australia. Por eso, Studio Australia Barcelona ha creado su propia semana de concienciación para destacar los síntomas de la alergia a los alimentos.
En los últimos 40 años, ha habido un aumento dramático de bebés y niños que sufren alergias. En casi todas las aulas de los EE.UU., Reino Unido y Australia hay al menos un niño que tiene que evitar la leche, el huevo o los frutos secos.
Para simbolizar que uno de cada 10 bebés que nacen hoy en Australia desarrollará una alergia a los alimentos, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia http://www.foodallergyaware.com.au/about-us/ propone que nos pintemos una uña para promover la toma de conciencia ante este problema.
Teniendo en cuenta que estamos en Barcelona y que la comunidad Studio Australia Barcelona es muy multicultural vamos a pintarnos una uña por los bebés de todo el mundo que pueden desarrollar una alergia alimentaria.
Únete a nosotros y píntate una uña. Envíanos una foto o publícala en nuestro Facebook, Twitter o Instagram. Las primeras 10 personas ganarán un vale de regalo de Oriental Jasmine, en Barcelona, para una manicura exprés (válido hasta el 30 de junio de 2014). www.orientaljasmine.com