Bowen Therapy - Investing in your health | Mildura Intimate Boudoir Photography
If you have never heard of Bowen Therapy before, you are not alone.
Prior to local Bowen Therapist Lisa Tessier posting on a business callout on the Pure Beauty Facebook page, I didn’t know what it was either.
Pure Beauty reached out to Lisa to gain some insight on what the form of holistic remedial body technique does and the philosophy behind it.
As Lisa explained to me, Bowen Therapy is a hands on, holistic, soft tissue therapy.
“It uses gentle rolling movements over different muscles, tendons, fascia and joints that initiate a healing response in the body,” she continued.
“It manually gives the body a break from flight, fight or freeze."
“It hits that reset button and drops your nervous system down into rest, digest and heal (parasympathetic nervous system).”
Lisa discovered Bowen Therapy in her early teens while living in South Australia. When she moved to Mildura, she noticed there was a lack of therapists offering the service locally and knew she had to change that.
This was particularly important to Lisa because Bowen Therapy is different to other hands on therapies, in that it is holistic.
“We treat the body, mind and emotions during every session,” Lisa said.
“We aren't just treating one area of the body in isolation, every body system is affected."
“For example in one Bowen session, we could treat your anxiety, digestive issues and knee pain.”
There is no denying the last few months have been particularly stressful for everyone and Lisa said Bowen Therapy is essential when we are feeling anxious, exhausted and overwhelmed.
It can also assist with autoimmune conditions, digestive and respiratory issues, emotional and mental wellbeing, fertility, pre and postnatal care, headaches and migraines, jaw and sinus issues, muscular pain and tension and recovery from accidents and injuries.
Bowen Therapy can also be beneficial for babies and children, with it being able to assist with birth trauma, colic, constipation and neck restrictions as well as assist children on the spectrum.
While you’d be forgiven for thinking it is only the patient who is appreciative of what Lisa does, she said she finds being able to assist someone in changing their life for the better incredibly rewarding.
“Sometimes it's a small change, sometimes massive,” she said.
“And sometimes the most important thing I can do in a day is just listen and be present with my client."
“The relationships I build with my clients are the most important part of it all. I am always honored to be part of their healing journey."
“It's a big thing to be honest and vulnerable with any sort of therapist and I never take that for granted."
Investing in your health - Strike Force Self Defence | Mildura Intimate Photography
Photo supplied by Strike Force Self Defence
If you or someone important to you were presented with a physically threatening situation, would you know how to handle it?
Enter Strike Force Self Defence, who deliver an effective, powerful and practical self defence system that simulates real life scenarios.
Strike Force Self Defence is a locally operated and owned business, and Pure Beauty spoke to facilitator, instructor and trainer Don Carrazza about how they could assist Pure Beauty followers.
"It is designed for people 16 years and older, any shape, size and gender to participate in," Don explained.
Strike Force Self Defence seminars cover strategy, tactics and techniques in hand to hand combat, knife and stick threats.
Although the business has been operating for seven years, the duo behind Strike Force Self Defence have been involved in martials arts for over 30 years.
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The reasoning behind starting the business was to empower people and give them confidence.
"(And to do so) with a strong focus on how to protect yourself without hurting anyone, unless you had no other choice," Don added.
Strike Force Self Defence offers cardio kickboxing, close quarter combat, functional training and women's self defence.
"The Self Defence for Women training seminar is taught during a Saturday afternoon," Don said.
"We have found this time frame to work effectively, especially for women with busy schedules".
"Classes are kept to a maximum of 20 participants, allowing for a more controlled environment.
Empowerment, Confidence, Strength and Safety are the key end results".
"Our teaching strategies develop effective fighting skills and encourage a strong fighting spirit against an attack or possible rape".
"These seminars are a great bonding experience for women and highly recommended for larger businesses employing women".
Don said the most rewarding thing about his role is seeing women change their mindset... from when they first come in, to when they leave; feeling confident, empowered and standing up to any situation.
For more information about Strike Force Self Defence, you can visit http://www.strikeforceoz.com.au/
My journey with domestic abuse | Mildura Intimate Photography
EVEN before COVID-19 diverted our lives drastically this year, violence against girls and women had reached pandemic proportions.
Worldwide, 243 million girls and women have been abused by an intimate partner in the last 12 months.
Forty percent of these females don't report it or seek help.
For someone who has never experienced domestic violence, it would be easy to shake your head and wonder why.
As someone who has experienced domestic violence. I know why.
As countries implemented lockdown incidences of violence against women increased, in some countries five-fold.
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Wednesday, November 25 was "International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women". It also signified the start of 16 days of activism to end violence against females.
You may have seen the orange ribbon tied around trees at places like the Langtree Mall or Mildura Base Hospital.
The theme is: Orange the World - Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect.
There are many different types of violence - some more prevalent in our community then others.
Probably most common in our country are domestic violence, which includes economic violence (controlling finances, school or work), emotional violence, physical violence, psychological violence and sexual violence and Digital or Online Violence, which includes cyberbullying, doxing (public release of identifying or private information) and non-consensual sexting.
In Australia, 16 percent of women have experienced physical violence from a partner since they were 15.
More than one million children are impacted by domestic violence.
On average, one woman per week is killed by a current or former partner.
For me, it was that I thought I would struggle to cope without my partner, mainly emotionally and financially.
On top of that, I had conflicting thoughts of the love for my partner, the memories of the good times, when they were "good" and then there was always the promise that he would change.
I know too well how these thoughts can consume and suffocate you - forcing you to stay in a relationship where you are being treated not like you should.
There are many services that can support you locally when domestic violence is involved but even knowing that it was hard to make that first step - daunting, frightening and the unknown.
I like to think I have a small but special group of friends, and family members who have all the care, love and support in the world for me. But still it was a huge step to take.
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And then one day I had enough. I had enough of being belittled. I had enough of being controlled financially. I had enough of the emotional abuse. I had enough of the name calling. I had enough of being scared and I had enough of walking on egg shells.
Suddenly the unknown was less scary than reality; the life I was then living.
And so I did it. I ended my relationship. I turned to my family and friends, I turned to The Orange Door.
I let go of that control and I trusted, because I believed I deserved more than how I was being treated. I believed my family deserved more than how they were being treated.
I'm not going to lie. It's been challenging, it's been hard. Most days I cry.
There are constantly times when I feel how hard this all is, dealing with all the services when you have a family involved is overwhelming.
I can even understand why people contemplate staying in abusive relationships with how hard separation is made.
But there is that underlying feeling of relief. Relief that I don't have to be subjected to that abuse again. Relief that the only way now is up. I just keep reminding myself I am one step closer to freedom and happiness.
I recognise my past relationship gave me some of the best experiences and times of my life, but I also refuse to let the bad times define who I am today.
I never thought I would be brave enough to break the cycle. I never thought I would be brave enough to say enough is enough. But I made that change.
And if you need to make that change - it all starts with you.
You don't need a referral to call The Orange Door or you can visit their website for further information about their services: https://orangedoor.vic.gov.au
And remember, if you believe your safety is at risk, call 000.
Stevie's Boudoir Photo Shoot | Mildura Intimate Photography
With her striking coloured locks, bombshell curves and sexy pout, I think all of our breath was taken away when we were given a glimpse of Stevie's Boudoir Session.
Stevie absolutely nailed her session, and brought to it a bit of sass, a sultry style, and her favorite boots!
Let's read on about what fears and feelings Stevie overcame during her session and take a look at this Goddess absolutely Slaying her Shoot!
Did you have any obstacles or fears about doing this session?
I’m not a fan of my body
What made you take the leap of faith to do a boudoir session?
How short life truly is.
Did I provide enough pre-session info?
How did you feel BEFORE your session?
How did you like working with my team? Did you love your hair & makeup?
Yes. Absolutely loved them both!
How would you describe the session? (poses, direction, comfort level, thoughts, FEELINGS)
Excellent. Felt comfortable really quickly. Felt good. I loved all the poses.
Was the session different than you expected? If so, how?
Definitely. Was not awkward like I thought it was going to be. And I felt pretty confident in my lingerie in front of someone I hardly knew.
How did you feel AFTER your session?
Happy. Which is rare at the moment.
What was your favorite part?
I loved having my make up done. But I loved the poses in my boots.
What was your least favorite part?
Ahhh I didn’t have one.
Would you ever do another session?
How did you feel when you saw your images?
It felt strange. Like it wasn’t me. But I love them. And I’m so excited to see them all.
Did anything change about the way you see yourself after the session?
I was that bit more confident in myself. Happy I could do that.
Do you have any advice for women considering doing a boudoir session?
Just do it. It’s so worth it. Makes you feel better about yourself! And Lauren is just amazing.
Any final thoughts on your session, or anything you'd like other woman to know?
If you need to feel empowered or need that life lift up, do it. Life is to short not to try it.
Here you will find my featured babes, #wearepurebeauty , as well as some tips for your boudoir shoot- from lingerie shopping to hair and makeup
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Mildura resident and Photographer, Lauren Southwell launched Pure Beauty in late June, 2018 & is committed to helping woman feel beautiful, sexy and empowered through the art of Boudoir Photography.