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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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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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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.

copyright © 2012 Fiona House

 

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Autumn Equinox Ceremony

 Calling all Wemoon!: Its that time of year again for a Wemoon’s Circle to celebrate and recognise Autumn and the gifts that she brings.  The heat and long days of summer are over and we are now experiencing the wind down and shorter days of Autumn.  This time of year is perfect to take a look at what we have achieved over the last 6 months, and whether we are still going in the direction we want.  Have we created what we needed over the last few months?  Have we created excess of what we needed?  Are there things that are now outdated and need to be let go of?  Do we have gifts to share physically and also with our wisdom and learning’s over this last summer?  Autumn is a perfect time to let things go… clean out cupboards and give away clothes that we do not need anymore  – and to share the fruit from our trees and gardens!   It is also the time to let go of old emotions we do not need, and old ways of being with ourselves.  

Autumn is also a time of gratitude as we reap the rewards of our efforts, and we can now stop and take stock of where we have been and where we are going.

Come and join Samantha Miccallif and I in celebrating this time of year with a women’s circle.  This is the perfect time for you if you need some time out and some clarity on your life and your priorities.  Do you need a clearer vision on how to nourish yourself or how to direct yourself right now?  Do you need to let go of things holding you back, or needing to make space in your life for something new?  This might be the perfect thing.  A beautiful opportunity to connect with yourself and other women, learn about the cycles of life and Mother Nature, and go away with new space and clarity within yourself…

When –  Sunday 25th March
Time –  1.45 pm – 4pm sharp
Cost – $25
Where – Fiona’s Aldgate practice.  (Address given upon booking.)

Please note that this is a beautiful circle to bring daughters (above age 11/12), sisters, mothers and best friends!

Please RSVP ASAP as numbers are limited.

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Woodford Music Festival and Kahuna Bodywork training…

Its been too long since my last newsletter!  Now its already Autumn and I have not updated you with Summer news!
I had a great Xmas break.  I did some more Kahuna Bodywork training at Woodford Music festival in QLD.  This is a massive world music festival similar to Womad, only about 10 times bigger!  The Australian College of Kahuna Sciences has a stall there each year where students participate and work on the festival goers.  Its a super chance to update skills, learn more about the bodywork and connect with other students and my teacher Ki’a’i Ho’okahi Weber.  I was there for eight days working in the therapy room doing bodywork and also helping my teacher manage the logistics of running such large stall.

It was a really super week and in total I worked on about forty different people while there.  When in such an intense environment, which requires huge demand physically, emotionally and mentally, the range of our skills increases and we scale to new heights in our capabilities.  Working on one person after another, day in day out, allows deep integration of new levels of awareness and anchors in new, more contributing holding patterns and ways of being for us.  Great change occurs internally for both the bodyworker and the client, and it is a time to savor and appreciate, as its only an opportunity for training that comes once a year.

I continued my training down in  NSW for another 10 days and participated in a kahuna training workshop.  This is a different style of training to the festival, and although very physically demanding, is a great way for me to begin my year.  We do a lot of exercises that promote the movement of chi or energy throughout our bodies.  This gives me a perfect beginning of the year as I have a chance to repattern my own energy in my body, and set myself up for a new year.  Its a super way to let go of old things, whether that is an outdated belief system, or a way I might be walking or standing that is not good for my being.  The training effects us on all levels, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually – its a bit like clearing out the old clothes closet on all levels, and starting fresh for the year.It was a great way to begin my year!