Wellness Education & Why Qualifications are Important

 

 

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Never before has the importance of qualifications when seeking your health and wellbeing information been so important.

The quantity, diversity and overwhelming nature of the information that is available to most people on the internet these days is more of a hinderance than a help.

Gurus, health coaches, medical mediums, scientists and skeptics can offer people such polarising advice. As with any field it requires a lot of discernment and self knowledge to choose the right path for you, and often in the realm of health and wellbeing you’re not always in the best shape to be making these choices. Fear, ill health and exhaustion can have you bouncing from one extreme protocol, diet or ‘it’ food to the next, seeking relief.

Even within highly trained branches of natural, integrative and allopathic medicine there are quite naturally going to be differences of opinion. It is no wonder people are confused and hoping for a magic pill!

So what do you do?

I have been thinking deeply on all of these topics recently as I pivot my business and continue my never ending education.

I continue to be challenged with what to call myself so that it’s easy for those seeking my assistance to know what I do.

The word coach is often swallowed up in a world of ‘7 figure business’ marketing or ‘green smoothie’ wellness advocates. I have no issue with either of these markets but it is just not what I am.

My business involving coaching, courses and acupuncture, is based on my almost 20 years as an acupuncturist with thousands of hours of client interactions involving acupuncture treatment, counseling, lifestyle advice and intuitive support.

It is impossible even when I am not in the traditional clinical setting to leave these skills behind. And I certainly wouldn’t want to.

There is also the very real and ongoing nature of what is required of us as Registered Practitioners in Australia. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Australia is governed by AHPRA. The Australian Health Practitioner Registration Association is the same governing body that oversees Doctors, Nurses, and Chiropractors.

One of the stipulations of this is the minimum 21 hours of ongoing education in your field of practice on top of 4 hours of education to ensure you are up to date with the latest in laws and ethics in your field as well as a current First Aid certificate.

Last year alone I did over 250 hours of ongoing education within the fields of Chinese Medicine, Yoga Teacher Training and Facilitation education.

I think this is important information for clients to know.

So how do I evolve my business and (hopefully) make it easier for my predominately women clients to find and access coaching, treatment and mentoring to support their wellness and health journey?

The answer I believe is simple but it requires both parties to be educated in our approach.

Underneath the title and the branding we need to look rigorously at the education of the person we are approaching and the type of assistance we are looking to receive.

You wouldn’t go to your child minder for a hair cut, neither should you seek psychological medical advice from the gorgeous lady down the road selling essential oils and moonstone (both of which I adore and use in my own home!) You may of course enjoy her company and wear her oils and stones as a reminder of your innate magic, inspire some restoration in your limbic system (where we register scent and emotion in our brain) whilst seeking out professional assistance.

This sounds obvious but I feel that common sense is often not so common and these things need spelling out.

And on the part of the provider there needs to be on going transparency and commitment to the evolution of their education and their field. Health care and our understanding of Mind, Body and Spirit is never going to be a static space.

New developments and understandings continue to occur. I mean, it was less than a decade ago when neuroplasticity was a new discovery.

Having said that I have long eschewed further theoretical based education in preference of emerging fields that offer practical skills that will have lasting effects for clients.

Juggling all of these desires I have chosen to enrol in the Diploma of Wellness Leadership Program through the Australasian Sustainable Wellness Academy (ASWA). It is the first of this kind of qualification to be offered through a registered training authority and as such is a new benchmark in wellness education, not only in Australia, but on a global scale.

It has long been a passion of mine to not just treat corporate burnout on the treatment table and in private coaching but to support preventative change in the workplace environment. It is my aim to become a trainer and mentor of this program in workplaces throughout Australasia and through my involvement with ASWA over the last few years as this course was written I have recently been offered a role as an ASWA ambassador.

This is a truly exciting time for me and the industry I love. Most importantly though qualifications like this one make it much easier for individuals and businesses alike to make discerning choices about where to invest their time, energy (and dollars) supporting their health, wellness, and emotional wellbeing.

Wellness and Wellbeing are more than passing fads and I feel it’s important to acknowledge the importance of the preventative role these qualifications will play in the future and the support they will offer to traditional healthcare modalities.

There is a place for it all, and I look forward to sharing more of my journey as it unfolds.

Did you resonate with something that I have just mentioned, perhaps in your own health journey or education?

I would love to hear from you. This is an ongoing conversation that I would love for you to be involved in!

Discernment, Self- forgiveness and How to move forward with ease.

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As Boundaried has rolled out the last 3 weeks I have been checking in most days and feeling into the content, making sure I have pressed the right buttons and that popping in and making sure the emails are being opened and sending love to each of the participants!

It’s been really fun to see this beautiful program, a first for me, out in the world.

As that hectic full Moon in Capricorn rolled through and illuminated so much for so many I was sitting  the topic of discernment for Day 17.

Discernment literally means ‘to judge well’, and in a society that usually deems judgement in its negative expression we need to get to grips with just how essential this ability is.

The last year has seen enormous change and evolution for me, in all areas of my life, and at each crossroads or turning point I have needed to discern what was right.

What is the next right thing that I need to do, or organise or align myself with?

Do I choose this path or the other? I have been slowly pivoting my business from hands on acupuncture and Rockupuncture to more coaching, and group classes.

It’s been a slow unravel, and I’m very grateful actually that I’ve given myself the time that I have. I can be quite impatient but I’m getting better at it.

As I have sat with what I needed to do next I realised that Discernment happens in two parts. The first part where we check out the specs of the thing we’re thinking about; Do I go on that second date? Do I book that holiday? Do I choose to follow this business idea or the other. Each of these options comes with a raft of information and metrics we can mostly measure.

Then we come to part two and that is, what worked before, and what happened when we did something like this in the past, and how do we feel about it now?

I realised that there was a piece holding me back from taking the path that I know 100% I need to take with my work and my personal life. You see, that bit up there, that ‘what happened in the past and how do we feel about it now?’ Let me share a really vulnerable story with you, but first a metaphor!

Imagine that you worked super hard 3 years ago to save 10k and excitedly threw it into a ‘sure fire’ business idea that flopped badly and cost you that 10k and then some, and you’ve been berating yourself for that ‘ridiculous idea’ and your stupid lack of due diligence ever since. Then imagine that now you’re trying to make a decision around how to budget for the next big idea you’re creating.

How do you think your decision making skills are looking when you’re still berating yourself and haven’t forgiven or let go of or spent time accessing what you learnt from that error of judgment?

You’re not going to be coming from a really aligned space are you?

You’ll be coming from fear and lack of trust in yourself. And nothing good can come from that.

Believe me.

So a few years back I had the aha moment I shared when I launched Boundaried. You know the one where I said that it struck me that I wasn’t backing myself, and I promised myself that from that point on I was going to choose myself and get the heck on with creating my wonderful one life. Sounds simple right?

But I wasn’t totally honest.

The thing is after that internal declaration my personal life fell apart. Like some B Grade afternoon soap opera.

I mentioned way back here  that often people don’t like it when you shift the goal posts but I didn’t tell you the half of it.

I was bullied within an inch of my life in my own home for months on end by women I loved with all my heart. Women I had trusted with my soul. This heartbreak made my divorce many years earlier look like a stroll in the park. I felt betrayed and my heart utterly smashed and I have been carrying the shame of this ever since.

You see that while this was happening the rest of my life was going ahead in leaps and bounds.

This my friends is where the hard lessons in alignment are learnt; Mentoring clients found me left right and centre, my Sydney roadshow was booked out, my pop up clinic was going gangbusters, my newly written coaching immersion package was launched and I was going deep with beautiful clients in a way I had always dreamt of.

I earnt more in that 6 months than I had in any six month period before hand.

It gave me the freedom to support others in my life and myself with yoga, and a psychologist and herbs. My health that had been struggling improved, even with all this extra stress.

I could have lost sight of the truth of this and focused on the escalating drama in my house.

I could have listened to the spiritual bypassing and aggression and lost sight of my truth.

I could have fought back and defended myself.

But I kept quiet, kept my head down, and saved my energy for my clients, for my sanity, and for finding a new house.

A new house that of course found me. Literally by accident. I have many of these stories for another time.

What I have realised this last week as I have been working with my business mentor on my next evolution is that I have continued to keep my head down, to be quiet and not raise my voice. I have avoided some social media because it didn’t feel safe, a feeling I have never been able to understand until now. I have kept my beautiful new relationship totally hidden, again out of an unnamed fear.

I don’t fear these women, I’ve happily assumed they’re off living their best lives, probably oblivious.

I’m ok with that actually.

This is about the healing that is necessary for me to trust myself again so I can move forward in alignment, not just for my business but in my life. You might be able to relate.

Healing takes time. It’s taken time for this kernel of shame to surface. Shame that says I was to blame, that our mutual friends silence also meant that others believed I was to blame. That I deserved it. None of this is the whole truth.

I took myself through a gentle and powerful process of self forgiveness that has helped enormously to shift my energy. The response of life flowing again these last few days has been wonderful confirmation.

Brené Brown says two things that I have held close this last week.

Firstly that shame cannot exist in the light of compassion and

Secondly once we own our story we can change the ending.

I’m ready to let this shame go because it is getting in the way of me trusting myself and backing myself and knowing I am worthy of the beautiful things I am creating. That I am worthy of support from my sisters (and brothers) unconditionally. You are too.

So you see discernment isn’t just about having the stats and metrics and mentally preparing for the path ahead. You need to be able to let go of the past to fully make yourself available for your present to shine.

Maybe what you’re letting go of isn’t quite so personal, maybe like my example up there your still berating yourself about a choice you made.

We are so often our hardest critics and could all do with a little more self compassion in our lives.

I have taken this process I used and created an audio for you if you’d like some help moving forward.

It is short just ten minutes with a couple of journal prompts at the end. You can find it here.

Let me know how you go.

With love Keri

Boundaried – 21 days of Practical Magic + Personal Devotion

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She stared back at me from my past and I remember the exact day a few years ago now that I got it.

A really deep and embodied understanding that Self Care wasn’t just about doing all the lovely more superficial things that I had been doing. It was those things too for sure.

But there was more.

It was great that I took care of my health, and that I ate green food, and walked on the beach and did yoga and occasionally went and had a pedicure. But on this day as I sat there writing I realised that what I hadn’t been doing was choosing myself. That I had been hoping subconsciously that somehow, magically someone ELSE was going to come along with a magic wand and give me the power to do the things in my life that I was hoping to do, be and experience.

I wasn’t living from the inside out.

But handing it all over to someone, anyone (everyone) out there. And it was making lots of things really difficult. How on Earth was I hoping to have success in my work when I was hoping that someone outside of myself needed to like it first? How was I going to find myself in a healthy romantic relationship if I didn’t have my own back first?

I had been prioritising the needs of those I loved to the point that my self care up had been very superficial almost tokenistic.

I recall sitting there that afternoon in my very sunny apartment, looking around like it was all brand new and knowing that from that moment on I would choose me first.

I would back myself wholeheartedly and that the things I wanted to experience more in my life would be prioritised.

I mean it sounds so obvious.

If I wanted something I was working on to be a success I would define that success and then wholehearted go after it. If I was tired and needed time to myself to support my health I would take it.

This embodied decision completely renegotiated my whole life. And put me at the centre of it.

That moment in time completely transformed every relationship I had. (not all of them survived) And it opened up a world of possibilities.

But even as I write this, I can hear it, that voice, you might have heard it go through your head just now too? Because that’s what articles like this trigger off in people like us.

Recovering people pleasers.

Did you hear it? The “But what about them?” But what about what they will think or do if I put myself first.

That’s the definition of selfish isn’t it?

No it’s not.

It’s the definition of Boundaried.

Of knowing what you need, of what you value, of what is of primary importance for you right now.

Of the help you might need to ask for or organise. It will look different for each and every one of us. But the results will be the same. Deep and abiding self respect Energy, Grace and resilience to navigate your life.

This is NOT a boundary that is a barrier keeping everyone out. This isn’t that same wall that keeps a broken heart locked up or a wounded soul in safe isolation.

This is about keeping what you need IN and about elegant choices of where your energy goes based in your values, needs and daily circumstances. It’s about your wild heart knowing it has free reign because she knows her edges are respected. It’s about all this and so much more.

 

The woman I was and the woman I am now are pretty dang excited t share with you that Boundaried is open for  pre-sale.

Two weeks of 20% off then that discount will continue for subscribers till we kick off on the 13th of June.

I would love to hear from you. Subscribe, check out Boundaried HERE and message me with any questions you have.

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How to connect with your Divine Feminine super powers!

 

Rituals- breakdown to breakthrough

The importance of magic and mystery in our lives is something that we need to honour more.
I attended a retreat last August with founder of Tigress Yoga Dévashi Shakti.
In this post about ritual I shared my experience of the water temple ceremony.

At the end of the retreat she encouraged us to not speak about our retreat experience, not from a hush hush ‘what happens on retreat’ point of view, but to encourage the acknowledgment that  what we had experienced was sacred and personal and we needed time to integrate our experiences.

Talking and sharing about our experience with people outside of the retreat diluted that experience some how.
It also encouraged me to refocus on my own experience. In a world where almost everything now can be on display .. hello bloggers life! This mysterious experience was just for us.

It kept my focus on how I was feeling not how I would explain it to someone else.
This is extremely beautiful feeling.
This rich magical nourishing experience was just for me.

How divine.

Over the last year I have been diving deep within my own psyche and subconscious beliefs.
I believe that this retreat was a real catalyst for some truly divine unravelling.
Necessary on a lot of levels.
Not always pleasant or comfortable let me be real here!

 


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In Chinese Medicine we talk about Yin being the ‘mother of all things’.
In Taoist philosophy she is the divine darkness in the caves of the Kunlun mountains where all things originate. In these mountains Xi Wang Mu the Queen Mother and Goddess of Immortality resides.

In my sessions with Dévashi I had what I can only describe as an initial fleeting visit to my very own personal Kunlun Mountain.
The deepest yin recesses of my bodily awareness which I saw in my minds eye as caves filled with mercurial water, a place of great magnetic beauty and stillness, a place that felt potent and ripe.
It is this magnetic feeling that I have kept in my consciousness this last year, to remind my self that this magnetic place is the seat of my divine feminine power, and that all the striving and stretching and reaching and working and over doing that had lead to my burn out and physical dis-ease is the absolute opposite of that.

This yin power centre is infinite and as a women in a uniquely women’s body this power source has been here all along yet untapped and unrecognised as who has there been to explain this to me?
I will be forever grateful to Dévashi and the Tigress practice for showing me that all women have within us this unique power centre and way of operating and being in the world. This is just as powerful and effective as mens’ but so very different due simply to our feminine biology and wiring.
For so many women it takes an experience of burn out, illness and fatigue to look for an alternative way of being or more simply put, to stop the endless doing and seeking externally and look within for answers.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
It is possible to seek out the magnetic and the beautiful pathway for us to reach our goals and attain our dreams. This doesn’t mean sitting passive, on the contrary.
It means showing up as all of ourselves.
For women this means feeling safe, and healing that huntress warrior in ourselves that has been on the lookout for danger (often quite necessarily) our whole lives.
It means aligning ourselves with likeminded nurturing circles of sisterhood who by virtue of our mutual intention and numbers, together provide safety and nourishment.

It means choosing when to be vulnerable with our men, men who its appropriate to be vulnerable with and knowing the difference.

Most importantly its about knowing when we need to walk away from our relationships and commitments even briefly and reconnect to the infinite magnetic resource that is our inner world and the natural world around us.

 

I am committed to continuing this journey of personal discovery, and in my work sharing this magical magnetic process with every women I have the honour of working with.

My wish is for each and every women on the planet to know this resource within them.

So mote it be.

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What if there was enough time?

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The only reason for time is so everything doesn’t happen at once – Albert Einstein

 

What if there wasn’t this pressing gushing racing push of time?

What if I truly believed that there was enough time to get what needed to be done, done?

What if just for a second I didn’t believe the story that I am solely responsible for ensuring the spinning of the planet?

What if in the face of overwhelming biochemical compulsion to run and flee I sloooowwwed down and met myself coming back the other direction?

What if I used all the distractions as a tool for connection …. you know the ones? What if I went all a bit matrixy and just moved at my own pace and all the people that were looking for me would be able to see me more clearly… cause we’re on the same page me and those people… What then?

Is it the fear of missing out?

A Fear of being left behind or being wrong?

Of not being enough, or not being worthy of love?

How can any of these things be true or real or even possible?

To all you beautiful people reading this I offer you these questions, there is no right or wrong answers. Perhaps just be curious with them and see how you feel in response. x

Healing @ Home!

Theres a lot of talk in my world about walking the talk. To be truthful it’s probably a good thing. As a healer/therapist type its too easy to book your work up, fill your ‘spare’ time up with family, admin, and all the other things that seem necessary in our daily existence then wonder why you hit burn out. So with that in mind I thought I would share with you the first in my series of…

Beautiful day in the life…. 

 

Heres how you do it.

1. Grab two super besties…. insert Jac Jac and Jo Jo! (Yes we have repetitive code names… of course we do)

2. Set the space up with intention, presence, joy and magic and LOVE

3. Grab your crystals, oracle cards and all your therapist goodies…. insert hot stones, black sesame oil, subtle energy potions and lotions, singing bowls. Oh and of course your own super powers.

 

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4. Aaaaand Repeat with regularity!

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