Shiatsu and Massage on Ibiza

Shiatsu treatments are different wherever you go. Some people only use their thumbs to work along the meridians, with very light pressure. But in my school we learned to use the whole hand, our elbows, knees and feet. That’s exactly what I love and need.
If I receive any kind of massage or treatment I need to feel something. I don’t need or want to feel pain throughout the whole session. That would just make me more tense than I was before; it would just lead to even more tension in my muscles from the pain. However, I need a firm but gentle touch.
To stay open, to get and to stay relaxed I need to feel safe and comfortable.
There are a few things a therapist can do to create a safe and comfortable environment so this is always what I prepare before my clients come into my practice:

• Warm and comfortable room temperature
• Scent – some essential oils in a candle to support either relaxing or vitalising effects of the Shiatsu treatment
• Quiet relaxing music in the background
• A space where my clients can switch off, feel safe and taken care of

The preparation time (of the room and myself as a therapist) is as important as the treatment itself. If I get there just a few minutes before the client, being stressed myself, it will never be as relaxing as it could be.
There is always enough time in between clients, so there is some time left in the end to rest a few more minutes before getting up, and also for any kind of questions or support if needed.

If that’s the kind of treatment you’re longing for I’m looking forward to meeting you.

Don’t be authentic… all the time!

Authenticity is not just a word that’s somewhat hard to articulate, to some degree it’s also overrated.
Being yourself and being who you really are, expressing what ever is within you and being true to that – sure, it has its validity. But before we throw unfiltered emotions, thoughts or excuses upon the world and the people around us, and instead of repeating old patterns that don’t get us anywhere, we should hold in and see where the need to be authentic comes from.

Does it come from a space of inner freedom and love?
Does it serve others, the world and me?
Or does it keep me small and stuck and does it feed my illusion of being in control?
Do I just try to get what I want to eradicate a feeling of lack and deficiency?

If we always act in an authentic way, according to what’s “true” for us we would never be able to change, to grow, if we hold our limiting beliefs about others or ourselves to be true.

“The only way to leap, the only way to make a difference is to be better in …whatever… than we think we are.” (Seth Godin)

“Fake it until you make it”
If you want to let go of old patterns and you don’t know how, then start to act like you were free of your limiting beliefs. Resist the urge to act on your fears and the need to control the outcome.
This can be really uncomfortable and you might experience resistance, doubt and pain but once you arrive on the other side you discover a new, a more free and really authentic you.

The feeling of “being a fraud”
When we do what we love and we reach a goal in a shorter amount of time than we had assumed, or if we get to a place we didn’t even dare to dream of, we might feel like a fraud sometimes. But go on, don’t let the fear of failing or the fear of “not being good enough” stop you. Do your work, study, and if you continue to be successful then it’s time to believe that you might actually be good at what you do.
Surround yourself with people who uplift you, who believe in you, who make you be more confident and who have the courage to give you constructive feedback.

The comfort zone
Often, and I know it’s not all the time, being authentic can be used as an excuse to stay within our comfort zone.
And this is the key: Be authentic if it requires to leave your comfort zone and don’t be authentic if it keeps you in your comfort zone. Because life begins at the end of our comfort zone.

Instant Life Transformation

Every transformation in life begins with one thing:
A doubt. The doubt of what you are thinking about your self, about others or about the world might not be true.

Up until I was 17 years old I was convinced that I was ugly. I felt too skinny, my hair was too thin and I didn’t like my face or my freckles. I remember when I was a little girl before falling asleep I was praying to wake up the next morning and be pretty. I wanted long, black, straight hair, blue eyes and a more beautiful smile.

It was a sleepless night on a train on the way back from a school trip from France to Austria when someone I had just met asked me if I was a model.
With an inner laugh about the ridiculousness about me being a model I left the conversation at some point and I found myself standing in front of a mirror for quite a while.

Instead of repeating the usual judging thoughts about my self that went on in my head I just looked into the mirror and remained in silence. In this moment of stillness I began to doubt those judgements and I began to wonder if I was actually prettier than I believed myself to be.

That night on the train and actually the whole trip to France changed how I had perceived myself.
I remember clearly how I was thinking on the way there: “No one knows me in this country and I am leaving in a week, no one will ever see me again, so I can be who I really am!”

It took me another 3 years until I got into Life Coaching when I realised that (my) looks didn’t matter as much as I thought. I had another insight that again turned my perception about myself and the world around:
I started to understand that the fact that I am alive, that I breathe, my pure and raw existence in this world makes me valuable and worthy of love. And not just me but everybody else, too.

We all once were babies who pooped in diapers, who couldn’t speak or walk or do anything and yet whenever one of those giant people looked at us their eyes lit up with love and they cared for us – day and night.

Part of us still is this little, fragile human being, our bodies might have grown but the essence, this innocent and clear presence still resides within us and it will never leave.
We might not be aware of this presence, of our own worth, as it’s hidden underneath judgements, insecurities, fears and pain we collected along the way as we grew up.

But if you allow yourself to spend a moment in silence and consider that what you think or believe about your self, about the world, or about others might not be is not true, if you allow yourself a moment of doubt, you can transform your life in an instant.

Growing up…

…is not necessarily at trap. It can be a wonderful thing, it just depends on how you create it for yourself. If you trade responsibilities for playfulness instead of integrating both into your life, if routine and the need of security eat up all your freedom, and if ease and joy are replaced by pressure and worries instead of accepting both as part of life, well then that truly is a pretty bad deal.

The past few weeks have been a joyful ride into adulthood for me. I am blessed to do what I love: Teaching Yoga all around the island in beautiful places and giving Shiatsu and treatments to beautiful people and help them relax and heal; bringing good vibes, fun and ease, movement and relaxation into their vacations.

I finally started my own business and especially during the time I was doing treatments for the HABITAS festival I have found so much more confidence and trust in myself and in the work I do; I got so much more clarity about who I am and what makes me me and what makes my work special!

If growing up means growing into our potential, releasing the fears of failing, making mistakes, or not being good enough that we picked up somewhere along the way towards adulthood and if we keep or re-learn qualities like curiosity, open mindedness, playfulness, ease and joy then please, grow, grow, grow and never stop for as long as you breathe…

Love,
Annika

Island Life P-Review

It’s been almost 2 years since I moved here. Not really knowing what will happen I packed my stuff into my car and drove all the way to Ibiza.
Many times I heard people say to me that they admire my courage for doing this, but you know, it actually didn’t need much. I guess this is something I owe to my parents – not just my trust in life that comes along with the courage to do something new, something that’s unpredictable. But also knowing that they will always be there and have my back and let me move back in if things go down, allows me to take some leaps that might involve one risk or another.

Fact is we never know what’s going to happen, no matter where we go, nor if we stay where we are. Of course, staying in a place or a job, in a familiar environment gives us a sense of security and safety, but in reality nothing is guaranteed.
And at some point you got to choose if you want to feel safe or if you rather be free.
If someone had told me I would live on Ibiza one day I wouldn’t have believed it. What would someone like me (who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t do drugs, doesn’t party) do on a party island?

Well, the first months I spent discovering the other side of Ibiza, the side with Yoga, meditations, healing, beautiful nature and beaches; I began to learn Spanish, I made some new friends and finally I moved into the apartment where I am right now and where I truly feel at home.

Things started to come together, opportunities came up, the island basically welcomed me with open arms and showed me clearly that this is my place to be.
Now I’m not saying that everything is perfect and that my life is better than it would have been in Austria…(well, maybe a little better… 😉 ) Of course, I miss my family and friends, on days like today quite a lot, actually. But I know that I am exactly where I need and want to be. And my new family and friends here on the island make my life so beautiful as well!

So I finally decided to commit to the island, to my life here and I started my own business. I’m in the process of getting Spanish licence plates for my Austrian car that moved my stuff about 7 times since I am on the island and that’s now an essential part of my business: For the massages, Shiatsu treatments and the Yoga classes that I’m giving now in 3 different languages all over the island.

IMG_1854It feels like a whole new chapter has begun, I’m taking it up to the next level and I’m so excited for what this season is going to bring.
I feel like I have grown so much over the past 2 years, not just as a Yoga teacher and a (Shiatsu) massage therapist, but also the confidence and trust in myself has expanded enormously.
I am continuously getting out of my own way so I can be who I am supposed to be and do what I’m supposed to do.
I do what I love and what makes my heart beat faster. Sometimes because I am nervous about leaving my comfort zone, but trusting and accepting the challenges.
So bring it on, summer season 2016, I am ready for you!

Love,
Annika

Learn to relax

It can be quite a challenge to relax. Even if our bodies lie still on the ground it doesn’t mean we are relaxed. And sometimes we even have a hard time lying still on the floor. There is an itch here, a little tension there and the mind seems to get louder the quieter the body becomes.
Most of the time we either replay past events in our heads or we create (or worry about) possible future events, but to really relax we need to become present to the now.

How to relax (find video below for a short guided meditation)
Find a place where you can either sit or lie down comfortably and undisturbed. Set a timer for how long you want to practice. Begin with a few minutes and increase step by step, if your schedule allows it.

Take three deep breaths, breathing in through your nose, exhaling through your mouth and make a clear decision in your mind to use the next minutes to relax.
Use each exhalation to soften the muscles in your body, to ground down, to release tension, to let go. Empty your lungs as much as you can, and use each inhalation to draw your attention to the now, into your body and towards your breath.

Then begin to naturally breathe in and out through your nose.
Observe if your breaths are deep and smooth, or if they are a bit more flat or uneven. No judgement, no control of breath, simply observe.
Scan your body for tension and feel free to move, stretch out, change position when it gets uncomfortable, take another deep breath and settle back in again.

Thoughts will continuously arise and try to get your attention back into the mind and away from the body. But know that neither the past, nor the future and no judgement is important right now.
Use the sensations of the body, and each breath to re-focus your attention. Even use the noises you hear around you as a reminder to simply come back to your breath.

Know that there is nothing you can do wrong. Even if you get lost in your thoughts all the time, or if you fall asleep. Everything we begin to do needs practice before we see changes.

Make it a habit
Find a time of the day that works for you. Practicing at the same time every day will make it easier. Maybe in the morning when you wake up, or at night when you go to bed.
Do it for at least 21 consecutive days. That’s usually how long it takes to make something a habit.
Avoid following the thoughts that show up before getting to it: Excuses, explanations why today it just isn’t possible etc. Just take your phone, set the timer and sit down.

If you have some more time for a short Yoga practice afterwards or before, your body will be grateful for it. If not, just continue with the rest of the day and notice that you feel more clear, more relaxed and balanced. This is also something wonderful you can do to support even deeper relaxation before or after a massage treatment!

Do you still ask yourself if you feel like brushing your teeth? I guess at some point in our lives we stopped wondering if we want to do it or not, and we just do it because we know it’s important. Our mental hygiene is as important as the physical one and this is an amazing way to clean and still your mind, to create some space between your thoughts and to practice to be present to the now.

In this short video I guide you through the meditation:

What do you do for your mental hygiene?
What tips and tricks work for you to stay committed to a regular practice?
Share in the comments to let us know about your own experience!

PS: For more videos and free online Yoga classes with me subscribe to my youtube channel! 

Namasté

DIY-Retreat

Ibiza is full of retreats where you can do yoga, detox, cleanse your body, mind and soul, where you can enjoy any kind of treatments and massages. There are beautiful retreats, there might be some crappy ones, too, but what most of them have in common is, that they are quite expensive. Probably worth the money, but for some it’s just not an option. If you’re one of them then this might be for you!

If you want to
• re-treat yourself
• do yoga
• enjoy the beaches and the sun of Ibiza
• be free of any schedules
• enjoy a massage, Shiatsu or any other kind of treatment
why don’t you create your own retreat? Do it your own way…

It’s simple and you can save a whole lot of money.
Click here on this link to find out HOW…

Ampuku – Abdominal Massage

Our digestive system is sometimes referred to as our second brain. It is a separate, autonomous and complex nervous system that plays an important role, not just in our digestion but also in our physical and mental wellbeing. However, the correlation of the two brains is yet to be researched and understood by scientists.

We might not be aware of our “gut thinking“, but it can detect danger, and we all have experienced that our intuition often has (or would have) saved us a lot of stress or worry.
Speaking (or actually, writing) of which, when we have stress or when we are upset, many times it affects our digestion or appetite.

Relaxation is often times the best way to find release of stress related digestive issues. Effective are techniques like Meditation, Mindfulness training, Breathing exercises or massages.
Ampuku, abdominal massage, can help find relief of bloating, constipation or diarrhea, a lack of or an increased appetite.
It balances and improves the function of the digestive system by increasing the blood flow. It reduces pain and supports your body to release toxins, as it stimulates other internal organs, like the liver and gallbladder.
Performed about a week prior to the expected date of the menstruation a lot of women experience reduced menstrual symptoms or cramping.

Apart from the improvement of the physical wellbeing it also helps to relax mentally and emotionally and to find peace of mind and release stress.
If you are interested in getting a “brain massage” on Ibiza get in touch… 🙂

What is Yoga…?

Yoga is in everyone’s mouth, behind every corner and there is hardly anyone out there who isn’t doing Yoga or who doesn’t know someone who has done Yoga.

There are so many different styles of Yoga and even more interpretations. So I can only talk about what Yoga is for me.
I didn’t get hooked the first class I took. I was more confused. And bored. But one day I gave it another try and coming out of class I felt completely at ease, nourished and in love with myself. That’s what got me into it.

Yoga is an instrument to reveal your inner world to an outside experience, expressed through moving the body.It is a moving meditation, that keeps your body and mind engaged and it brings your focus to the present moment.

Being constantly distracted from outside events, being constantly fed with outside information, Yoga draws the attention to what’s going on inside of you. Right here, right now.
When we become more present, the mind gets still and we can connect to that which lies behind our conscious mind – our true self.
In Yoga we use the breath and asanas (poses) to unite body, mind and soul. On the mat we practice to be present and focused while our bodies become stronger and more flexible. But Yoga goes beyond that.

Yoga is what happens once our mat is rolled up in the corner of the closet. It appears in all life events, and in all our relationships including, or especially, the one with ourselves.

Yoga is more than just poses. It is not about getting the perfect alignment, but about getting comfortable with our imperfections, with who we are. It’s about finding our Self and our truth.

• Be present •
• Lose track of time •
• Fully arrive in your body •
• Connect to your breath •
• Move and flow mindfully •

Aside from private and one-on-one classes I also teach group classes for all levels at the Pure Om Yoga studio in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza, where I also offer workshops. Click here to find out when I teach.

For more offers click here, please…

The importance of relaxation

There are four main factors that have a direct impact on the health of our body, mind and soul:
1. Breathing: How deep and conscious we breathe
2. Nutrition: What and how (much) we eat and drink
3. Relaxation: How much stress we have in our life and if we find time to switch off; the quantity and, more importantly, the quality of our sleep
4. Movement: How (much) we move (strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, coordination)

Yes, relaxing is as important as eating, drinking, breathing and moving! 
You might live longer without relaxation than you do without eating, drinking or breathing, however, long term studies show that relaxation is a necessity and we all know where chronic stress can lead to.
Sadly many people wait too long and only start to begin taking care of themselves when their bodies show some sign of imbalance, like pain, discomfort, complaints or in the worst case, disease.

If you never recharge your batteries sufficiently you will not be able to perform with your full potential. So make sure you look for and find ways that work for you! Go for Yoga classes, get some comfortable running shoes, meditate, treat yourself with a massage every now and then… Do anything that works for you personally.
Make sure you find time to relax, to switch off to maintain and improve your health and to regularly recharge the amount of energy you have available to go through life.