Last month I was thinking about seeking out some advice from a Chinese Doctor. I had been suffering from hormonal skin issues for the past 18 months and I wanted another opinion which didn’t involve taking the conceptive pill or using a harsh topical cream. Literally that week, an opportunity popped into my inbox about a Chinese Doctor called Katie who was trying to spread the benefits of her Hayo’u method. I very much believe in being open to the universe and it’s opportunities so I took myself along for a consultation, hoping Katie would have the answers for my skin.
After a long chat over multiple cups of Chinese Jasmine tea, Katie shared her story with me about how she came to study Chinese Medicine and how making small changes in her client’s lifestyle had helped revolutionise their lives. Personally for me, we talked about cutting back on damp foods whilst living in London (think avocado and banana) and we discussed the issues of environmental and emotional stresses that can manifest in our bodies.
My upbringing was naturally alternative, so the advice that Katie shared with me fell on open ears. I was soaking it all up like a sponge. We also chatted through what I did in my job and how I should try to make my home office like a spa environment. Yes, yes, yes I said. I soon purchased an air purifier and ioniser to help create this spa like environment.
Lastly but most importantly, the most revolutionary piece of advice I received, was Katie’s morning routine. This daily ritual included a shaking, tapping and twisting exercise and a short “inner smile” meditation. Katie instructed that the ritual should be done immediately on waking which will help to wake up the body and dilute any bad energy that had settled in the body overnight. And the inner smile was to help create positive energy in the body and mind before you embark on your daily activities. Katie explained that these routines and methods are taught at a very young age in China and are incorporated into every day life.
After a short demonstration from Katie, I was tapping and shaking to ensure that I had the technique down pat. You must think… what the hell are you talking about Phoebe? Tapping and shaking – how? So here is a short video that Katie has created. It may look a little funny, but you will feel amazing.
Still not convinced? Well, I’ve been doing this morning routine for around about a month now and I can honestly say, I’ve only had 2 small blemishes on my chin (compared to about 15 angry spots each month). I’ve also eliminated banana and avocado from my diet (for the time being) and I have attempted to transform my home office into a spa. I’ve also personally found that stubborn weight has shifted from my legs and arms which hasn’t budged for the past 18 months (hoorah).
Katie advises that the more tapping the better, so I will often get up after a long period of sitting at my desk and give the tapping exercise another go. If you need a little energy boost at work, pop to the bathroom and have a tapping session or get your colleagues involved to shake it off.
I’ve been very open with sharing the one minute morning ritual with my partner and friends and even on snapchat! I feel more alive and awake and ready to take on the day after completing the morning ritual. I don’t get my afternoon energy slump, and overall I have more energy throughout the day. I encourage you to try it yourself right now and let me know your feedback.
For more information about the Hayo’u method and Katie’s practices, visit hayoumethod.com
This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.