Compress Basics

Compresses are used for many and varied treatments over the chest, abdomen, kidneys, liver, limbs and throat. The following details the basic know how of applying a hot compress. Please take care and only use compresses when they have been prescribed. These notes accompany instructions provided in consultation or at a workshop; they do not […]

Cough

In my experience some of the triggers for coughing have included: when the body is trying to release mucus or other obstacles in the throat; when the airways is irritated and inflamed; just prior to sleep because it can aid ‘letting go’ and help the transition to sleep; when we have a level of uncertainty […]

Twelve Senses Introduction

The foundations of sensory development are laid down in the first seven years of life and have a direct influence on the growing child’s ability to develop attention, attachment, and self- regulation: capacities essential for formal education. The senses inform us about the physical world. And at the same time, the senses inform us about […]

Touch Sense

When we touch something or something touches us, we discover where we end and where the something (or someone) begins. The touch sense makes us aware of what is outside of ourself and also what is inside of ourself. This subtle duality is the first recognition that we have an inner life within our physical being. It leads us to be able to […]

Life /Wellbeing Sense

The life sense helps to keep us safe, well and in harmony. Through the sense of life, we perceive inwardly our vitality and life forces. For example it tells us when we need to go to the toilet, when something’s hot and when we need to drink. It  also tells us about our health and […]

Movement Sense

The movement sense makes us aware of how our inner movement can change when we move a particular body part, and how we can abstain from movement despite feeling an inner movement or desire to move.

Balance Sense

The sense of balance is the experience of being in harmony. The balance sense perceives our relation to the external spatial world. Based on our perception, we adjust our balance. When someone moves closer to us we inwardly and externally adjust ourselves to maintain a state of harmony. By experiencing equilibrium in our physical body, we have an […]

Smell Sense

There are what is called four middle senses (of the twelve senses) and they are – smell, taste, sight and warmth. They all help us relate more deeply with the world. The first four senses (the lower senses) help us to relate to our own body. And the ‘higher senses’ relate us to other human […]

Taste Sense

The taste sense is a connection between the inner and outer world. Because of this maturing individual relationship to the smorgasbord life has to offer, the nine to eleven year old child can become more open to the world. In relationship to food they may open up to new flavours or even reject flavours they […]

Sight Sense

The sight sense is connected to the movement sense; it helps to distinguish between what is being seen and where it is in space. A small child has an inner experience of everything they see. The impression is left within them. The distinction that happens at maturity is the ability to differentiate between the images […]

Warmth Sense

The sense of warmth is concentrated in the heart of the human being. With warmth we are participating with what is within the object perceived. When we hold ice we come to know that it is cold through and through not only because of the boundaries of our skin but also because we experience the […]

Hearing Sense

The hearing sense perceives the sounding element and reveals intimate knowledge of the nature of something. The nine year old starts to experience things more deeply and can take an interest in music, though this is most often connected to what is around them. It is from about fourteen years old we can crave a […]

Word Sense

The sense of word is to perceive the being of language as a vehicle formed by the thoughts of another human being. We perceive and make connections to words, differentiated from other sounds. The way we perceive words has a particular relationship to the development and sensitivity of the sight sense and the movement sense. […]

Thought Sense

We understand the meaning behind what someone else is saying by using our thought sense. The thought sense starts to mature in the late teens, early twenties and helps us understand the essence of what we are studying and of those teaching us. When reading, listening or viewing something we use the thought sense to […]

‘I’ Sense

The ‘I’ sense is the sense of perceiving the individuality of another; to truly sense there is another human being present rather than only relating to their persona and conditioning. Despite a person’s race, sex, gender, religion, social status and culture there is an ‘I’ being that is not those things. Sensing the ‘I’ of […]

Beeswax Chest Compress

A cloth that is layered with melted beeswax is warmed and applied to the chest to create a soothing, calming effect, especially on the breathing. It is a safe, easy, enjoyable and effective compress that I recommend for daily use for asthmatics and those with bronchial tightness.

Yarrow Liver Compress

A yarrow liver compress is the application of yarrow tea (leaf and young stalk) in a hot, dry cloth, compressed over the liver with a narrow blanket. It is indicated to support liver function especially post antibiotic use, during aggressive medical treatments that are known to strain the liver, some cases of abdominal bloating as […]

Earache

Onion Ear Compress Earaches that are caused by a swollen eardrum and fluid are often helped by an onion ear compress. Make a little parcel of diced onion (about 1/4 – 1/2 a large onion). The material used for the compress ‘bag’ could be a thin tubular bandage tying the ends once the onion is […]

Schools Sores – Impetigo

School sores are a skin lesion caused by a staphylococcus or streptococcus bacteria that can naturally occur on the skin and upper respiratory system, but can get out of control especially in the hotter months. Once the sores open they spread easily by contact. They are considered highly contagious and the Department Health states a need for “time out ” […]