In the waters with Sarah Walton, body blitz shiatsu therapist, yoga instructor and doula. She talks to us about staying healthy and about healing ourselves.
1. What is your career? What do you love most about it?
I’m a Shiatsu therapist, yoga instructor and doula. I love that my work is never ever boring. Every session is a process of discovery and an opportunity to witness transformation. I don’t heal people; I help them to re-connect with their bodies and help to create a space for healing to occur. Discovering and re-connecting with their bodies creates a doorway into awareness of other aspects of their lives. People are able to make necessary connections about the relationships between the choices they make in their daily routine and what that means for how they feel.
2. How do you stay balanced with life, career, family, friends & health?
Each day, I find a way to connect to my inner core – to centre myself – through qi-gong, mantras, meditation, yoga, self-care or laughing with my daughter who always keeps it real for me.
3. If you could, what advice would you give yourself 10 years ago? 5 years ago? 20 years ago?
Ten years ago, I was in my early thirties and had a young daughter. I had a tendency to overdo things – Back then, I would have told myself to read fewer parenting books and pace myself ,"it's a long trip."
Five years ago, I went through a painful break-up, I would have given myself a pat on the back for making difficult choices that in the long run brought me to a way better place.
Wow twenty years ago! I don't know if I would have listened to anyone's advice, I was pretty headstrong. I probably would just give myself a hug and some band-aids.
4. What are the most common complaints you hear when women come for a treatment?
Mostly women don’t have enough time for themselves because of work, families and taking care of others. Many of my clients are artists who have a career and a family and don’t have enough time to themselves. I see many striving personalities who beat themselves up for not doing enough or accomplishing enough. They even try to be a perfectionist about taking care of themselves. They can be very hard on themselves.
5. What is your advice to them?
Be gentler and kinder to yourself. Acknowledge the efforts you’ve already made and count every victory no matter how small and keep going and push past all voices that limit your ability to enjoy all that you do!
6. As a care giver, how do you take care of yourself?
As a caregiver, I consider my body and my being my instrument, so just as a business needs to do maintenance on their equipment, I need to care for myself. It has been a cultural leap to realize that we have to live in these bodies for a lifetime and that we need to maintain them. I grew up with a lot of energy and I thought it was an unlimited resource that I didn't need to replenish. A bout with chronic fatigue taught me the value of replenishing and self care.I try to get a shiatsu massage every week and I definitely visit the waters at body blitz once a week. Another way I take care of myself is to make conscious choices about where I am going to invest my energy - in my thoughts, in my emotions, in my family, in my friends and in my actions. I ask myself, 'does this nourish me or deplete me?' It was these questions that ultimately healed my chronic fatigue.
7. How has your health changed since using the body blitz therapeutic waters?
I feel like the waters have a cleansing affect on my system similar to clearing off your desk before work. I feel better and more efficient in dealing with tensions and stresses that arise. I notice that my complexion is better, my monthly cycles are very smooth and I am generally more relaxed and better.
8. Proudest accomplishment?
My daughter and the amazing community and family we have created around us.