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.

Away from Mass Processing

A lovely client I had recently inspired me to this blog post. She said that she found my website on the internet and even though she is staying in a hotel where they offer massages she wanted a more personal experience. So she contacted me and she said that it was exactly what she was looking for.

Yes, there are loads of places on Ibiza where you can get a massage in summer. Every hotel has their own massage therapist(s), at almost every beach club you’ll find a massage table in a corner where one tourist after the other can find some relaxation between drinking cocktails and Sangria.
Some therapists work non stop for hours but giving massages is something different than sitting in an office from 9-5 and just “doing my job”. At least for me.

As a massage therapist I am not just mechanically kneading muscles, skin and tissues.
I am creating a space for you, for my client, so you are able to forget about the past and the future so you can arrive in the now, and find relaxation and healing from within. That requires my full presence to you when you are getting comfortable on my Shiatsu mat or on my massage table.

How is someone able to do that for hours and hours?
Well, my assumption is: It’s impossible. And most likely quality suffers from quantity. Many people who go for a massage probably don’t care to be therapeutically mass processed, but if you are looking for something different, for something more than you would get from a hotel or a beach club massage, then Never Mind Just Be is the right place for you.

I’m a self-employed and qualified Shiatsu massage therapist and Yoga teacher, being my own boss, I make sure that the quality is always above quantity. I love what I do and this feeling comes across when I do massage treatments or when I teach Yoga classes.

You can reach me on
Whatsapp: +34693766018 or
via email: info (at) nevermindjust.be

I’m looking forward to hearing from you,

with love,
Annika

PS: I either come to your location, or I do treatments at the PureOM Yoga Studio in Santa Eularia!

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

Green green green…

Wow, I think this has been the longest break between writing blog posts since I started about 4 years ago.
Saying that summer was too busy to have time to write would be a lie. Yes, it was busy but “I don’t have time” always just means “I didn’t want to take the time” or “I had other priorities”.
Anyway, it’s almost been two months and I didn’t forget about the blog-series about the 5 elements. It will come as soon as I re-set my priorities.

But today will be about something different.
A while ago I started to drink Matcha latte every morning.
It’s a specially grown and processed Japanese green tea that’s powdered.
There is a special way to make it, using a bamboo brush and all kinds of fancy stuff, but I do it the easiest way possible. Some nerds might strangle me for it, however, I just put it in the blender!

How I do it:
Matcha• Heat up some water and pour it in the blender
• Add 1-2 teaspoons of Matcha tea and blend for a few seconds.
I usually use plant based milk (at the moment my favourite one is millet milk), but any kind of plant based milk will do.
• Heat the milk up on the stove
• Pour it with 1-2 Medjool dates into the blender and • Start to mix Matcha, water, the heated milk and the dates until smoooooth!
• Enjoy this delicious drink!

It doesn’t just taste delicious, there is also a huge range of health benefits to Matcha!

There has been so much information about juicing everywhere around us over the last months and years, that I don’t think it’s necessary to get into the details.
But I want to share a recipe of this green juice that I just made and enjoyed because it’s so good, it blew my mind once again.

Add:
• spinach
• apple
• orange
• carrots
• celery
• ginger

Boost your health while your taste buds dance a dance of happiness and delight!

Matcha & Green Juice. Love at first taste...
Matcha & Green Juice.
Love at first taste…

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.

The Fire Type

Summer is here! The season of the fire element. This element represents transformation, versatility and rebirth. It is about celebration, happiness and love.

Fire has contradictory qualities, as it gives light and warmth, prepares food and forges metals and on the other hand it can have an enormous destructive power.
It is the element with the strongest Yang-character and the energy is concentrated on the surface which enables ease and openness.

While the wood element represents growth, the fire element is nature in full blossom. With excitement, curiosity, enthusiasm, and joy the fire type burns through sensuality, inspiration and strives for finding a deeper meaning behind things in order to live life fully, rather than to survive.

If the fire energy is balanced he knows what fulfills his life and that he will keep struggling if he doesn’t follow his path. He is sensitive to other people and gains energy when he gets attention and recognition and when he inspires others.

Imbalance
A lack of fire energy shows up as a lack of excitement. Doubts, worries and insecurity capture his courage to open up, to put himself “out there”. Drama, irrational feelings, attachment and the inability to draw boundaries are not just in relationships a huge challenge for everyone involved.

An overflow of fire can result in fanatism, jealousy and in the dependence on attention.
The rising energy of the fire needs an anchor and grounding: Learning how to be alone is essential for the fire type, and also to find time to focus on what he really wants.

On a physical level an imbalance affects the main organ of the fire element: the heart.
When there are no organic disorders, a lack of expression of the fire energy can result in symptoms like a racing heart, twinges, etc.

Too much fire on the other hand can result in an imbalance of his psyche, like anxiety, nervousness, or an irrational emotional rollercoaster. Also sleeping problems and speech disorders are linked to an imbalance of the fire element.
The passion of the fire type, however, often leads to high highs and low lows, which is quite common and just a result of his strong and open heart.

How to balance the fire element
Movement is important for the fire type. Running marathons, however, or achievement-oriented sports does not exactly express the bubbly and lively energy. Dancing is the best way to do so, or any form of movement that is fun and where he can express himself and bond with others. Especially physical sensuality and sex are an important expression of the fire energy.

Nutrition-wise the best thing a fire type can do is to eat in good company. Also, bitter foods and drinks have a cooling effect that helps to balance the fire.

Finding joy in what he does keeps him sane and healthy. So does taking some time out to go inwards to re-focus the dispersive energy. Yoga can be an incredible tool for that.
Working with people, anything that involves communicationart and the expression of the self, and to live his full potential is more important to him than the financial aspect.

Fire is not tangible and constantly changing its shape, reacting to external influences; hence the physical characteristics of the fire type are less significant than his nature. However, some of his visible features can be: small hands and feet, a rather short and compact body, liveliness and that “spark in his eyes”.

What’s the state of your inner fire? Are you allowing it to burn, taking the risk to burn yourself sometimes? Or do you rather keep it small and controlled? Then you might be interested in my blog post about the metal element which will come… when the time is right 🙂

Watch out for the next blog post about the related organs of the fire element: The heart, the small intestine, the pericardium and the triple heater.

Liver & Gallbladder

The wood element is the expression of our individuality. Suppressing who we are has an effect on the organs of the wood element – the liver and the gallbladder.

Often they are also called “the general” (liver) and “the chief officer” (gallbladder), sometimes they are considered as “the architect” (liver) and “the master builder” (gallbladder). The architect is the planner and the creative energy that wants to find expression, the builder is the executing energy that makes decisions:
Considering options, wondering whether to go left or right, therefore the meridians run along the sides of the body.
The liver on the inside (yin-meridian) is the energy that gives us the possibility to plan our life’s journey. It’s the view within to finding our potentials and our individuality. The gallbladder meridian (yang) runs along the outside of our body and is in charge of carrying out, it is the active expression of who we are.

Liver
The word “liver” contains the word “live” as it has this strong force to maintain and express life. It is the “mother of emotions”, so any disharmony in the wood energy is most likely caused by emotional issues.
We are able to realise our plans and intentions when the liver is in a state of harmony:
We have the energy to work hard on reaching our goals and to create and express ourselves. If there is a disbalance it’s possible that the plans exist but don’t get executed.

According to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) the liver stores the blood and regulates the free flow of Qi. In case of poor distribution we can experience phases of high motivation, followed by exhaustion.
Other imbalances of the liver energy can be: physical and mental inflexibility, PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), mood swings, intense or unreasonable outbursts of emotions, aggression (seeing others as obstacles on our path) or shyness (the lack of courage to walk our path).

If we don’t get the chance to make our own decisions from early on, and if we cannot unfold our individuality we become incapable of living our potential. When our true self doesn’t find expression, we often develop conditional excessive behaviours, such as drinking, or over-eating, anorexia or drug abuse. The pain might get numbed temporarily but it stresses the functions of the liver.

Gallbladder
The gallbladder is the officer in the field who makes decisions. That requires determination and the courage to take risks. The expression “to have the gall” is therefore used in the sense of “boldness”. In order to make decisions we need to have a clear vision and we need to free ourselves from biases.

The meridian runs along the sides of the head, laterally along the body down to the feet. Migraine and related vision disorders are a common symptom of a disharmony, so are complaints with shoulders, hips or sciatic pain and anything in the lateral body area. Stiffness in our muscles or hyper flexibility are influenced by the gallbladder, as well.

Sometimes we feel like we are split in two – one side of the body shows a different level of tension than the other. This can be caused by being in conflict of two facades of the personality:
For instance the gap between how we want our life to be, what we value in life and what’s important to us versus what we do, how we act, and how we live our life instead. We cannot suppress our nature, no matter how hard we try.

You can find release of complaints through movement, relaxation (yoga is ideal as you gain strength and flexibility, you find relaxation and you step into awareness as the goal of yoga is self-realisation) and also through involvement in your patterns, beliefs (coaching, therapy). But any kind of sports that you love and enjoy doing will balance your liver and gallbladder energy, as long as you find the time to relax as well.
When the liver and the gallbladder work together in harmony we have a healthy judgement and make the required decisions to follow our life’s plan.