Holistic Kinesiology

Holistic Kinesiology

What? Kinesiology

Where? Emma Sternberg, Holistic Kinesiology, Northern Beaches, Sydney

Why? Holistic Kinesiology uses a unique mix of complementary therapies and muscle monitoring to release physical, mental and emotional stress.

Holistic Kinesiologists have training in a wide range of complementary therapies, including acupressure, nutrition, chiropractic techniques, various forms of counselling, colour therapy, flower essences, chakra healing and homeopathy.

My session with Emma started with her asking some basic questions. Surprisingly, those questions quickly opened up a conversation around some much deeper issues and honed in on some of my main stressors and their underlying beliefs. And then Emma got to work!

During the session I was impressed by how much my mindset shifted – so much so that by the end I felt dramatically lighter, less burdened (a feeling which has continued long after the session).

Emma is both empathetic and skilled – which is why she is a perfect choice for such sensitive work. I felt great clarity after the session and were it not for the fact Emma is Sydney based and I’m in Melbourne I’d have been back to see her again already. A very powerful therapy.

How much? $135.00 for 90 minutes

Two minutes with … Sally Obermeder, mama to Annabelle, aged almost 5 years

Two minutes with … Sally Obermeder, mama to Annabelle, aged almost 5 years

When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time? 

I had a massage, that my girlfriend Lizzie had given me for my birthday the year before. As is typical with me the voucher had expired and then it forced me to call and get an extension which made me surrender and use the voucher. It was 90 minutes of total and utter serenity, except for my snoring!

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?

I love a massage or a manicure or a long lunch with girlfriends or even brekkie by myself at a cafe. I would say though my absolute most favourite way to recharge is on the couch with a pile of magazines or curled up in bed with a book. I find that time slows right down and it feels like so much more me-time than it actually is.

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? 

Try, try and try again. We always give to everyone else first and so it’s hard. I fail constantly. Sometimes i get to boiling point before I do it, and then I just remind myself to not let that happen again, but most of all, I don’t punish myself for not getting enough me time. I’m doing my best and that’s all I can do.

How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?

I don’t make time unless it’s with someone else, and then it’s in the diary. But curled up with magazines or a book – they are stolen moments, when fortune collides with an empty house and I look around and think “OMG. There is no one here, and no one wants anything from me.” At that moment the challenge is to enjoy the opportunity and not fall into the habit of chores, and thinking “great, i’ll just tidy up the Tupperware cupboard for the next four hours!”

Two minutes with … Melissa McCullough, mama to Kennedy, aged 6 years and TJ, aged 4 years

Two minutes with … Melissa McCullough, mama to Kennedy, aged 6 years and TJ, aged 4 years

When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?

I try to squeeze in 45 minutes- 1 hour of me time a couple of times a week after collecting both of the kids from school/care. I get them sorted with a snack and an activity and then go into my bedroom, feet up, and quietly read a few pages of my book.

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?

I go to the gym 3 times a week and enjoy clearing my head during the treadmilling. Another thing I do for me is my nails. After the kids go to bed I take out my little kit…file, buff, clip, polish. I find it extremely relaxing…until the next morning when I wake with sheet marks!;)

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?

My best advice is to squeeze in at least a little bit of time a couple of times a week. Even if it’s just like my 45 minutes with a book. Yes, there’s laundry to be done, and dinner get to get started…but you are important, too! It is amazing how that 45 minutes resets me.

Two minutes with … Tessa Hop, mama to three boys aged 11 years, 8 years and 5 years

Two minutes with … Tessa Hop, mama to three boys aged 11 years, 8 years and 5 years

When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time?

Well, since all three of our boys are now in school, it is much easier to create some time for myself. So I have a little time for myself daily. That can be a bath, or just reading a magazine or book, or taking some pictures.

A moment I enjoy every day is my morning coffee, which I make with care.

The more special moments are when I go out to have a massage, or do some yoga, or when I visit my sister or sweet friends, just to talk and be with them.

The most precious moments are the mornings when I go out for a coffee with my husband, to have some special time for each other and to talk without being interrupted – which is not so easy to have in our hectic family life. I enjoy these moments a lot, and it makes me feel very calm – being together and knowing each others thoughts and feelings.

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care?

I think taking care of your body and listening to its signs are very important. For me it sure is. To feel good and fit I go to bed on time.  I don’t drink a lot. I don’t eat sugar regularly, only occasionally when celebrating a birthday for example, and I eat mostly organic food. When I am not feeling well I always try to feel better by using homeopathic supplements or herbs. I don’t visit a regular doctor very often, but I go to a homeopath every three months. Practicing yoga is a way to be more calm and in my body, instead of in my head. So that is also a good thing for me to do.

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself?

In a busy family it can be hard to find a moment for yourself. But I think it is important to do what you really love to do. That is what gives you energy and inspiration. It can be just a short moment. Even ten minutes can be valuable. For example when your children are playing together, or in bed, or maybe when they are watching a movie or something. When I had my first boy I would feel a bit guilty about that, but  now I can see that it is better for all of us. But when it’s hard to find these moments it can help to create these moments yourself, and ask someone to take your children to a playground for an hour, or have a babysitter I you feel like that, and enjoy a moment to do something you really like.

Two minutes with … Meg Langton, mama to Austin, aged 2 years

Two minutes with … Meg Langton, mama to Austin, aged 2 years

When was the last time you had “me-time” and how did you spend that time? 

Last Sunday I went to a dance cardio class. Any type of exercise dancing is definitely my favourite. And having a few hours to myself is always a treat!

What are some of your favourite ways to practice self care? 

Since being a mum I find that I’m usually always rushing from one thing to the next. For me practicing self care is about the little things. Taking 5 minutes to sit down for a coffee with no distractions or taking 10 minutes to do some stretching (even if it’s just in the lounge room next to the toys scattered everywhere!).

What advice would you give to mamas struggling to create “me-time”? How do you make time in your schedule for yourself? 

Finding time for ‘me’ time can be really difficult and I know it took me quite a while after Austin was born to really decide it was important for me. I try to go to a regular dance class once a week, and find having something ‘scheduled’ in helps me to plan and organise for it. Of course there are some weeks where things just don’t go to plan (teething clingy babies have a knack for keeping you by their side!). I’ve also found that if you really want that little bit of me time sometimes you might need to compromise on something else… leaving the house messy for the day or trusting hubby to get things sorted (the control freak in me struggled with this at first) but having those 1-2 hours away always means I’ve got so much more to give when I get back.