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Calling all 10-12 year old girls and their Mums!

I am now preparing for the first Celebration Day for Girls in Adelaide!  I recently conducted this workshop in the UK for a small group of proud mama’s and their daughters.  This is a fabulous workshop for girls and their mums in preparation for their first menstrual cycle.

A Celebration Day for Girls is a one and a half day workshop for 10-12 years old girls with their mother or female carer. This carefully crafted workshop was designed to support girls and mothers at this special threshold in both their lives, and to provide an affirming, grounded and connected celebration of the journey to womanhood.

At the Celebration Day, girls enjoy lively discussion, fun activities, women’s stories and gentle celebration of the magical threshold of puberty and menarche.  Celebration, and positively presented information around these topics has profound impact on body image, emotional health and menstrual experiences, which in turn empowers young women in their relationship, fertility and sexuality experiences later on.
celebration day for girls adelaideAlthough we don’t cover sexuality and contraception as such during the Celebration Day for Girls there is a connection of course, as menarche is a signpost at the beginning of a girl’s fertile years, and the menstrual cycle an intrinsic aspect of her female sexuality.

By enabling a healthy and grounded experience of these changes we deeply nourish girls’ self-esteem and self-awareness, well before they are involved in romantic or sexual relationships. In this way we can support a physical and psychological integrity that underpins healthy decision making around relationships, sex and fertility when that time comes, as well as other life choices.

“Thank you so, so, so, so, so much for last Saturday, and for teaching us all about what is on the road ahead of us. I loved what we all made together, and I loved the way you described things in great detail. The workshop was so fun I can’t describe how much! 🙂 P.S I wish I could come again! ;)” – Jasmin, 11

DATE: Saturday 6th August 9.45 – 4pm plus a ‘Mums night’ 3rd August 7-9pm
LOCATION: Aldgate
COST: $130 per Mother/ daughter

Please check the website for more info and contact me if you are interested.  There is a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 12 participants per workshop.

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Bringing The Womb Blessing to Adelaide

I have just arrived back in Adelaide after the Moon Mother training in Lausanne, Switzerland.  This training allows me to now offer The Womb Blessing for ladies in Adelaide!  Developed by Amanda Gray, author of Red Moon, the Womb Blessing is a beautiful, gentle and powerful female energetic awakening session.

This work supports women to be more authentic in their nature, awakening, energizing and healing the three main female energy centers, thereby increasing a woman’s ability to love.  As well as helping to clear old patterns and blocks, the Womb Blessing energizes the womb energy center, clearing depleted energy and bringing a sense of completeness.  The Womb Blessing also brings increased self -empowerment, a sense of peace, self acceptance and self love.

The Womb Blessing is performed in a chair and is similar to a Reiki initiation in its sequence, but is focused specifically on the awakening of dormant female energies.  Miranda Gray’s book Red Moon talks about these energies and how connecting to the menstrual cycle and bringing this awareness into our lives helps improve our relationship with ourselves and our cyclic nature.  Each time I see clients for Mayan Abdominal Therapy I am alerted to how much of a ‘taboo’ our menstrual cycle is seen and how this impacts our bodies…

Along with The Womb Blessing, I am also incorporating the Womb Healing into my work with women and their journey for healthy menstruation and fertility.  The Womb Healing is a shorter energy balance and is a beautiful way of supporting the female energy.  Both The Womb Blessing and Womb Healing will be available from July.  The Womb Blessing is a stand alone 45 min appointment, or it can be included into a 90 min appointment when connected to the Mayan Abdominal Therapy or a Holistic Massage.  The Womb healing will become a regular part of my Mayan Abdominal Therapy appointments and another tool I am able to use when needed in Holistic Massage sessions.

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Homeopathy for Children Workshop

Do you have children and are looking for a natural and safe way of supporting their health while treating the common childhood conditions?  Come and learn how to use homeopathy for your children in this three hour presentation by Hardo Bottin of the Sunflower Clinic Australia.  This is a fabuous opportunty for parents to get ahead of the game in helping their little ones recover quickly from being unwell.

Hardo is a registered and very experienced homeopath.
http://www.sunflowerclinic.com.au/
http://www.sunflowerclinic.net.au/
Discussion will cover general homeopathic treatment and procedure for giving remedies. It will cover ailments such as:

– Colds and Flu
– Stings and bites
– Rashes and skin conditions
– Temperatures and Fever
– Ear aches
-Digestive issues, vomiting and food poisoning
-Accidents in the home

First Aid kits will be available to purchase for those who wish to apply the teachings straight away and dont already have a kit.

WHEN -Sunday 31st July 9.45-1pm
COST – $30
LOCATION -Hahndorf

For more information please see the Facebook Events page or give me a call.

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‘The Moon Inside You’ Film Fundraiser

Fundraising for UGANDA Menstrual Hygiene Project

If you have any interest in supporting women in developing countries to have dignity and a full life...

 If you have any interest in supporting women in developing countries to have dignity and a full life…
Come and immerse yourself in an intimate evening of film watching, wine, nibbles, door prizes and a silent auction.

 

 

A journey to the roots of femininity and life… the movie ‘The Moon Inside You’ is a fresh look at the menstruation taboo that defines the political and social reality of both women and men in a more profound way than society might be willing to admit…. the award winning documentary approaches the subject through both personal and collective references, thus challenging our preconceived idea of womanhood.

All profits go towards the UGANDA Menstrual Hygiene Management Project (MHM). Come and support this very needed cause!

Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 7:15-9:45pm

Mercury Cinema – 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide, South Australia

The MERCURY cinema is right next to the Jam Factory.

Tickets $30 for one or $50 for two.

BOOK HERE for tickets.

All profits go towards the UGANDA Menstrual Hygiene Management Project (MHM).

For women and girls to live healthy, productive and dignified lives, it’s essential that they are able to$20 will provide 4 Ugandan girls with washable and reusable sanitary menstrual kits for one year. manage menstrual bleeding effectively; something that western communities largely take for granted.In Uganda, PLAN for Girls are supporting local women to make low-cost sanitary pads so that women and girls can afford to use these products. It’s a win-win approach, as women have gained a source of income and new skills, and their female customers now have access to an essential hygiene product.

As well as addressing women’s practical needs, PLAN for Girls is also promoting better awareness among women and men to reduce embarrassment, cultural practices or taboos around menstruation that negatively affect the lives of women and girls.

$20 will provide 4 Ugandan girls with washable and reusable sanitary menstrual kits for one year. 
Getting your period can be confronting for any girl. But in Uganda, many girls don’t have the resources or support to prepare for menstruation.

Brought to you by…

Fiona House of Your Body Your Temple and Leanne Muffet.
For more information, please contact Fiona on 0416 473 163.

So far, our current sponsors for The Moon Inside You fundraiser include….


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A deeply personal account of pregnancy…

A few deeply personal thoughts on the process of my pregnancy.  Its taken me a few years to be open enough to share these.  I think all women need to know how pregnancy shifts the body not just physically, but emotionally, mentally and spiritually…

IMG_2093As soon as I found out that I was pregnant, I noticed a shift in the reality of my world.  The space in which I lived encompassed my work (to a large extent), my home and the land we live on, and also the topigraphical area from Victor Harbor to Houghton, in the Adelaide Hills, where my family lived.  Within these mapped areas, I lived the majority of my life.  As soon as the pregnancy took hold I felt my world shrink.  The barrier, or edge that my life was lived in was marked, and I could feel it slowly becoming smaller and smaller.  My work immediately was affected as my workload capacity immediately shrunk, and I saw less clients in a day to adjust to the decrease in energy levels and so I could have an afternoon siesta each day.  I also expereinced very painful sacroiliac pain all throughout my pregnancy, which limited my ability to exercise and keep fit.  As the weeks went past and they turned into months, my life became very much centered around my home and what I needed to do to prepare for this little being.

When I left work at 34 weeks I noticed another major shift in the world in which I lived.  This edge, or barrier shrunk again as my working focus dissipated completely and my life became focussed on the birth.  I lived each day in my Pj’s in the last weeks having restless nights and feeling like a swollen water buffalo.  I went out less and less, and each trip became harder and harder to achieve.  Even pushing around a shopping trolley in the supermarket became a hard task!  I slept a lot, and really relished in the nesting hormones and cleaned my house, and prepared my babies room.  I felt my world, as the weeks go on shrink to point that my life was only lived within the boundaries of my home.  In the last weeks, the only visitors I had were those who were to be present at the birth, and my family.  My world was getting smaller and smaller each week and each day.  When I did have to go out and get something I felt distinctly separated from the rest of society.  I felt like I was in a bubble, and the world was traveling too fast.  I let go of driving as I felt like I had to drive too slow to feel safe.  I could not turn to see my blind spot, and sitting in the car became uncomfortable as my belly rested on my legs.  My walk became a slow cumbersom waddle and my mind just wanted to rest, read and meditate.

This bubble around me seemed to cloud me, and put me in a different space from the rest of the world.  I was highly sensitive to the superficial aspects of society, and only really felt at ease when people came into my home, where my bubble felt less obvious.

The day I was in labor, this edge that I felt shrink my work had continued to shrink for so many weeks and days, that today, it was only me, and the space about 1 meter around me.  As my labor progressed more and more it continued to get smaller and smaller and smaller until it was just about me, and my breath.  It became so small that my mind could only be in the present moment.  There was not the space for me to jump ahead in my thoughts, or be in the past where we had come from.  To birth this baby, I was being held in the complete present moment.  Each contraction forced this focus, and this bubble became so small that it felt like I was in that space between the breath in, and the breath out.  I had to hold myself on this pin point of present time and feel relaxed in a world that had shrunk to a place smaller then I thought existed before.  What is ironic is that in the smallness of this point, was also the most expansion within my being….

It was like I was in a tunnel as soon as I became pregnant, and then it shrunk over the weeks, with different parts of my life dropping away.  I had to move through with my family and friends, and then eventually alone, just me walking through this tight space.  People there cheering me on, and yet alone at the same time.

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The day she was born, and having her on my belly, was the point when I reached the other side.  My world immediately began to expand again.  First it became about my new family, this beautiful baby, Tim and my midwife.  Then over the days my family, and my home again.  For weeks this bubble of my reality hovered around my bed and living room.  Soon the kitchen was included, and other friends came and visited.  It slowly expanded and opened up to a new life.  It was like I had entered a world in which I never knew existed.  All the rules were different and all the priorities I previously had had changed.  It reminded me of the scene in The Matrix when the choice is offered to take the blue or the red pill.  I feel like I took the pill at pregnancy, and now at the birth, I had arrived in this new world.

When my little girl was 6 weeks old, I felt another big shift in the space of my world.  These 6 weeks are the first 40 days.  Many old traditions speak of looking after the new mother fir the first 40 days and not letting her do anything around the home.  She is catered for, and taken through a healing journey.  Many would go into a cave or private hut with their new born, and only greet the rest of the village after this time period.  I really understood this.  After 6 weeks I felt that I was able to leave my cave of hibernation and begin to show my little girl to a select group of people.

I became very conscious of this time being what some call ‘The Fourth Trimester’.

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What is a Doula?

“Doula” is a Greek word that translates into ‘mothering the mother’, or ‘womens servant’.  She is a birth attendant who’s primary objective is to support a woman during the rite of passage of giving birth.  She is an advocate for the woman, and has her best interests at heart throughout the entire process.  A doula works with the woman prior to birth, during the birth and then after the birth to ensure that she is prepared for this process, and that she experiences it in the most empowered way.  She understands that the process of birth impacts the mothering that comes afterwards.

 

A doula is there to listen to and nurture the mother during her birth.  She understands that birth is a sacred process that requires sensitivity and awareness and she has the capacity to ‘hold space’ for the mother and her partner during the process.  She can also help you communicate with your other support members, whether that is in a hospital, birthing unit or with a private midwife and she understands that the partner has the primary role of a caregiver.  Her role is to honor the mothers desires and wishes and allow her to let go and allow birth to unfold.

A trained doula also has a tool kit of knowledge and skills to support you during a birth.  They use massage, essential oils, homeopathy, awareness, visualisations, movement, meditation, voice expression, accupressure and water (amongst others) to support your body  in opening and letting go.  She will also support the partner during the birth and she understands that the birth process has an impact on bonding and unity for the family, so the partner, if they chose, is present and active in the supportive role aswell.

According to research undertaken in the US, Klaus, Kennel and Klaus, authors of Mothering the Mother, “How a Doula Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier and Healthier Birth” have identified the benefits of having a doula at your birth:

  • 50% reduction in caesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labour
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in oxytocin use
  • 30% reduction in analgesia use
  • 40% reduction in forceps delivery
  • Improved breastfeeding
  • Decreased incidence of postpartum depression
  • Greater maternal satisfaction
  • Better mother-infant interaction

I am a firm believer of the continuum of care for pregnancy.  Already in my work I am supporting women in their prenatal preparation,  throughout pregnancy with massage  and in post natal care.  I wanted to follow this through and be able to support them also during their birth.  This repore and continual care supports the mother physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually for her rite of passage on becoming a mother (or 2nd or 3d time mother!)

As a your doula, I would.

1. Visit you three times before your birth for your preparations.  This includes helping  you decide on a birth plan and how you can make informed choices and actions regarding interventions and medical options throughout the birth according to your needs now, and if they change during the birth.

2. Be at your entire birth for support regardless of the time of day, day of the week or whether you are having a home birth, birthing centre birth, hospital birth or cesarian.  (This includes 24 hour student support for me from a supervisor over the phone, if needed, to ensure you receive the utmost of care)

3. Have two follow up post natal visits

4. Be on call for two weeks before and two weeks after your birth

Please note – as a doula I am part of your support team.  This also includes your partner (I hope so if thats what you wish), midwife and obstetrician etc.  I am not available for ‘Freebirths’ which is when there is no midwife or medical person present.

 

 

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Kahuna Bodywork while Pregnant!

I woke from a dream one morning about a month ago and knew that I had to go and visit my Kahuna Bodywork teacher Ki’a’i Ho’okahi Weber in NSW while I was pregnant.  It was one of those things that you just cannot ignore.  There was to be a two day workshop refresher at the beginning of June so the timing was great.  While there, I reconnected with her and the beautiful land around her home, as well as participated in some of the workshop – belly and all!   It was a beautiful experience doing our flying steps (martial art style exercises) in a group with my belly included.  I connected in a deeper way with the little one inside me and it was a wonderful way to introduce this little spirit to the work that I do on the ‘outside’.  I had two pregnancy kahuna bodywork sessions and had wonderful work by Ki’a’i and her husband Norbet who helped support and realign some non contributing patterns I had been holding for a long time.  This little friend is certainly opening up new ways of being for me and new ways to expand!  And not just physically!  🙂

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Maternity Leave

It’s now June with Winter here, and the days are at their shortest.  It’s time to huddle in and have lots of soup and warm wintery meals around the fire.  I am finding myself extra busy at home nesting and preparing for the birth of my baby.   I have been continuing to expand in my pregnancy journey over these last 6 months and am now 31 weeks – and have a nice big belly to show for it!   My current plan is to continue to work up until the end of June.  This is how long I have taken bookings for so far.  There is a chance, depending on my health and energy levels, that I may work one more week in July.   If you are wanting an appointment before I take a full step back, please let me know now, and I will pop you onto my cancellation list.  If I am unable to slot you in during June I may be able to see you in July instead.

Pregnancy has been an interesting journey for me as I surrender into the big changes happening inside of me, around me and at home as I prepare for this new life to emerge.  I have had my own pregnancy related ups and downs, and have an ever growing compassion for pregnant women and the big ride it takes us on.  It has been magical and awe inspiring, while also physically demanding and challenging during different months as my baby grows.  It has affected me not just physically, but also emotionally and mentally as I ride the hormonal roller coaster and realize the responsibility of bearing a new life.  Spiritually I have been touched in my dreams, and expanded in my visualizations and birth preparations.  It is indeed, a very special and unique experience to have the privilege to bare life and become a mother.

It is a process of continual surrender as I let go of my working practice for the next 6 months and trust that it will take on a transformed new life in 2014 when I return.  I have spent the last nine years building and growing this little business of mine, and I have had such pleasure and gratification watching it grow, enhancing my skills and meeting such wonderful clients.  I very much appreciate each of you, what you bring into my life and what we share together.  It is truly a wonderful gift for me to have had this privilege.  I will be back around January seeing clients again, and this time, as a mother!I will be keeping in touch over this time.  Many of you have expressed wonderful wishes for me when you have come to your appointments.  You have also requested to know who exactly pops out after this nine month journey!  For this reason, after I birth in August, I shall send out a little newsletter introducing you to my new little friend!  I shall also be in contact later as the year progresses with an update to when I shall be open for bookings, so keep posted and before we know it, we will be in 2014 with a new year swinging in. See you in 2014!

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Adelaide Training for Kahuna Bodywork Workshop

This November Ki’a’i Ho’okahi Weber is coming to Adelaide for a weekend introductory Kahuna Bodywork training workshop.  This is a perfect weekend for you if you have been thinking about learning Kahuna Bodywork and have been feeling uncertain about traveling interstate for training,  or if you are just feeling stuck in life and feel the need for some personal development tools to help move you into a new space and place.  The weekend will give you a chance to experience some of the Kahuna Sciences exercises that move you forward in life and increase our connection to ourselves and our greater environment.

You will meet Ki’a’i Weber and personally experience her training styles that form the Australian College of Kahuna Sciences.

We welcome you all to this weekend in Adelaide, to gain a personal insight right there and then, or to decide on your future development or training in this dynamic form of bodywork.

No previous massage or bodywork skills are necessary!

Saturday 3rd November and Sunday 4th November

9am – 5pm

Venue – Natural Health Academy, 3/47 South Tce, Adelaide SA

Here you can watch Kahu Abraham (Ki’a’i Weber’s life teacher and mentor) speak about Kahuna Sciences training, and see him perform his magical Kahuna Bodywork modality.

This workshop is to be facilitated by Ki’a’i Weber – Ki’a’i is the first certified master in the field of Kahuna Bodywork.

Ki’a’i Weber trained for 16 years under the guidance of the Hawaiian Kahuna and founder of this lineage of Kahuna Bodywork – Kahu Abraham Kawai’i.

Ki’a’i is the founder and CEO of the Australian College of Kahuna Sciences. With the assistance of Kahu Abraham Kawai’i she developed 3 Government Accredited courses ranging from Certificate through to Advanced Diploma level.

The teaching is preserved and taught in Australia at the Australian College of Kahuna Sciences in its original format.

INVESTMENT for the weekend is $360

With a $100 non refundable* deposit required on registration

Final payment due Friday 20th October 2012

Lunch will provided, with catering by the award winning Bliss Organic Cafe

Places are limited to only 30 participants! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity of self transformation

(*deposit may be put towards further training/workshops with ACKS if unable to attend)

REGISTRATION/ENQUIRIES can be made by contacting
Fiona House – 0416 473 163 info@fionahouse.com.au

 

FURTHER INFORMATION……

 

KAHU ABRAHAM KAWAI’I

Kahu felt that the wealth inherent in Hawaiian culture could be taught outside of its cultural framework. He went on to formulate strategies to teach the principles at work.

He often stated that none of the trainings he offered were ever about healing, rather they focused on the manifestation or mastering of the self.

Kahu stepped out of this existence into the next in 2004, but his work continues in Australia, primarily through teachings by Ki’a’i Weber

AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE of KAHUNA SCIENCES

www.kahunasciences.com.au

The college offers 3 government accredited courses in Kahuna Bodywork.

Certificate IV in Kahuna Bodywork (Relaxation)
Course code: 30704QLD

Diploma of Kahuna Bodywork (Therapeutic)
Course code: 30705QLD

Advanced Diploma of Kahuna Sciences (Bodywork/Instructor Training)
Course code: 30706QLD

And also…..

Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice
Course code: HLT40307

Diploma of Remedial Massage
Course code: HLT50307

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A Girls Rite of Passage – The Sri Lankan Way…

I have just arrived home after two weeks away in the gorgeous country of Sri Lanka.  While there, amongst many adventures and delicious meals, I learned of the way the Sri Lankan people celebrate the time of menstruation for a girl when she first becomes a woman.

I was going through a wonderful tour at a spice garden when I met Manju.  He was showing us around and was also a student at the local Ayurvedic college.  After the tour we dropped him back to his home and went in for a cup of tea and a meal of hoppers (the local pancake type dish often served with chilli paste or curry).  While we were sharing a meal, it somehow came up in conversation that he had two daughters and that they would be doing ceremonies for them when it came to their first bleed.

The eldest daughter of Manju with Tim.

I sat there in amazement as these two men, Manju and my fabulous driver Channa, both opened up and told me of the Rite of Passage that all girls go through during this time.  It was so wonderful to hear the respect and pride they had of their customs and ceremonies and their willingness to openly share it with me.  They went into explicit detail for me as I asked questions and probed with undivided attention to their stories and honoring that is involved for their women.

This is what they told me:

1. The first thing that happens is the girl tells her mum what is happening.  She is now having her first bleed.

2. She is taken to a special hut or room where only women are allowed to go.  She has other family with her, either an aunt, sister, cousin etc who will stay with her the whole time for this sacred process.  If she has to leave this place, (to go to the bathroom etc) she has a white cloth wrapped over her face so that the men will not see her.  This is important as it is a time of transition and she is becoming a women.

3.  An astrologer is contacted and advised about the best time for her for a celebration.  This would be in the following weeks  and will be specific in time and date for the girl to be embraced into her womanhood.

4. On the day that she is allowed out of the room before the ceremony, a special pot is bought into the room.  In this pot herbs are prepared and boiled.  These include saffron, jasmin, sandalwood powder, jungle jasmin amongst others.  The water is warmed and is then poured over her head in cleansing.

5.  After this, a new white cloth is wrapped around her face and head so she cannot see, and people cannot see her.  The pot is crashed to the ground in ceremonial way to ensure it is never to be used again.

6.  She is dressed in white clothing that has never been worn before and she is bought into the home.

7. On a special table in the home there is an array of ceremonial items.  These include a Kandian Oil lamp, rice, spices, flour and betal leaves all spread around the lamp.

8. At this point the white cloth is removed from the face of the girl.  The family and friends that have come to be part of the celebration all sing out to her words that translate to “Big Girl” in honor of her transition and rite of passage.  There is lots of clapping and they do a special type of clap which claps out the candles on the table so they go out.

9. Seven betal leaves are handed to the girl.  She then passes, with both hands, one of the leaves to the mother who then blesses her and gives her gifts of jewellery.  She then passes, with two hands,  one of the leaves to her father, who also blesses her and gifts her jewellery or fabric etc.

10.  The final leaves are then passed, one at a time and with both hands, to the remaining guests who also bless and give gifts to her.  This can include other sisters, aunts, cousins etc who are present.

11.  Finally there is a big feast and celebration before her final event of the evening which is to visit the local temple for prayers and blessings.

 

Manju and his wife with Tim and I. The man on the far left is Manju’s father.

It was an honor to hear the way this time in a girls life is celebrated.  I was a bit jealous that here in Australia this time is so often disregarded and suppressed.  I loved the mens passion and interest in honoring these transitions and respecting such a sacred time.  I also loved their willingness to talk about it and share it with me.  Thank you Channa and Manju!

 

Channa, Tim and I at our last night before coming home.

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