I did a breathwork session recently with Amoda Maa Jeevan and Kavi Jezzie Hockaday. Also known as conscious breathing or rebirthing, it is a form of alternative therapy that works on four energy levels – physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual – to clear blockages. According to Gerd Lange, a St Leonards-based rebirthing practitioner ‘it is a powerful healing method, which offers you an experience of freedom and mastery in your life.
‘It brings into awareness not only our unconsciously held beliefs and emotions but also the relationships we have with our bodies, our intimates, our world and ourselves. When we consciously breathe with this awareness, we make it possible to resolve, integrate and heal previously unresolved issues within ourselves. This frees up energy, bringing greater aliveness and joy and allowing us to move towards fulfillment of our potential as human beings’.
An update from sculptor Jamie McCartney, which reminds me I really must go and pick up my labia cast while it’s still an affordable price ;-)
“As part of his latest exhibition at Hay Hill Gallery, artist Jamie McCartney presents a large-scale wall sculpture entitled The Great Wall of Vagina, which consists of an entire wall taken over by sculptural casts of female genitalia. The work may seem shocking but there is good reason: to attempt to counter the recent rise in cosmetic labial surgery.
The average woman has nine bras at home, spending £16 on each one yet 1/3 of these are unworn at a cost of almost £1.2 billion, according to a recent survey by Oxfam.
The Big Bra Hunt campaign is running throughout April and Oxfam needs your unworn bras; the aim is to collect 1 million by the end of the month. Most of these will be sold in Oxfam stores or recycled and the remainder will be shipped to Frip Ethique, a social enterprise in Senegal. The country has an active secondhand clothing market and UK bras are a valuable commodity due to their complex design and the fact that they don’t currently have the technology to manufacture bras. The women sort the bras and make money by selling them on to market traders.
A new online service is being launched in London next week to deliver the morning after pill via courier to the workplace.
The 2-hour delivery service costs £20 (£5 cheaper than buying the pill from a pharmacy) and is being offered by DrEd, an online medical service, in response to customer demand.
How it works
Go to the website and sign up to see if the service is available in your area (currently London only). You then fill in a form and pay online using a debit/credit card (over 18s only). A GP will check your form and the pill (Levonelle 1500) will be delivered in plain packaging to your workplace within two hours (Monday – Friday). You can also pre-book online and choose a time slot for next day delivery.
Naughty New York: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City (January 2012) is a travel guide written for women by women with insider information on solo dining, bars, lingerie boutiques, female-friendly toy shops, burlesque shows and sensual classes and workshops to feed your inner kitty. So far I’ve learned:
Why we call it ‘The Big Apple’.
Some naughty lingo – ‘Do you want to share a cab?’ means ‘Let’s go home together.’
Where to find a romantic cruise – for free.
Sexy shoe sample sales and where to find luscious lingerie.
Where to go for same day, discounted tickets on Broadway.
When to visit MOMA for free.
I read an article in The Times last week on the rise in married women using dating sites such as Illicit Encounters. A spokesman for one of the sites, Marital Affair, said that the majority of its users are parents aged 35-54, university educated and that women outnumber men by three to one. Ashley Madison, a US-based site for ‘discreet affairs’, says more than 150,000 Brits use the site each week and its CEO, Noel Biderman, believes Britain is unique in its number of women trapped in ‘sexless marriages’. ‘The number of 50-plus married women in the UK joining has surprised me. The foundation of our business in Britain is the married woman,’ he said.
Several news stories out this week claiming that the hormone oxytocin could be the new Viagra. The Daily Mail tells us ‘Oxytocin: Forget Viagra, the ‘cuddle drug’ could be the new way to boost performance in the bedroom’. A bit premature given that the study results are based on one man rather than a clinical trial. Still, the science is interesting and merits further research because oxytocin has been found to be beneficial in different scenarios for men and women, producing emotional as well as physical changes.
For some, one-night stands are ideal for no-strings-attached sex, but it can be risky. Follow these tips and rules to ensure your own health and safety.
When you’re young, life is all about getting out there, meeting people, partying and discovering your sexual side. For some, one-night stands are ideal for no-strings-attached sex. But one-night stands are also incredibly risky. If you are the type of girl or guy who loves a bit of one-night action instead of just going home to your vibrator (though that’s fun too!) consider these tips to keep you safe:
1. Use Condoms
This is probably the No 1 rule when it comes to one-night stands. Basically, when you meet someone new, you don’t know where their private parts have been. They might have a sexually transmittable infection, like Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Herpes or Hepatitis. They could even have a life-threatening disease like HIV, AIDS or Hepatitis C. The last thing you want from a bit of fun is to have your life cut short – so a condom is essential. Did you know that these diseases can also be spread both by intercourse and oral sex?
This story put a smile on my face today: ‘Sex and Chocolates’ vicar from Hove gets 300 to his church service’.
He said to his congregation: “So why not stay at home, have a lie in, have sex and eat some chocolate.” What a fabulous, sensible man. Beats the travel chaos, lack of trains and winter weather.
On that note, here’s a recipe from Tessa Davey for some uplifting and yummy raw chocolate. Tessa is a natural nutritionist based in Battle and sells fabulous raw truffles and starter kits online so you can make your own at home.
I’ve just finished Dr Eva Cwynar’s new book: The Fatigue Solution. Cwynar is an endocrinologist and has put together an eight-step plan to help boost energy levels and beat fatigue. Each chapter covers one of the ‘steps’ so you can dip in and out and read the section that’s relevant to your symptoms. It covers food, sleep, digestion and colonics, sex, exercise, thyroid issues, menstruation, and health tests.