I pondered the above statement for a while and came to the conclusion that it was fitting that on Clickholistic’s first birthday that that message: “we are one” was the header. Because that is really what Clickholistic is all about – promoting awareness of various holistic therapies, techniques, practitioners and like minded people – proving that we are all One, striving towards a common goal – Oneness. Holistic Health is the practice of reaching wholeness. I would like to thank all of the practitioners who are subscribers to Clickholistic, all the visitors (thousands!) who reach these pages in their search for information, and those who have contributed to creating a better understanding of what we do. My gratitude to you all.
This month we have submissions from some very busy women! Lehla Eldridge, who is a writer of an inspirational book “The lovely book”; wife to coach Anthony Eldridge Rodgers and mother of three tells us about herself. We also learn more about Jin Shin Jyutsu and the “Self Help Workshops” in this amazing technique offered by Lynda Silk. Dr. Arien Van Der Merwe, medical doctor and wellness practitioner, tells us a bit more about her history, and Ginny Johnstone, Bio-Pulsar practitioner, coach, holistic therapist, wife and Mom of twins is offering a free Biopulsar scan.
A Short Biography – Lehla Eldridge
Lehla Eldridge studied at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1989-1992 along with a host of now famous people. On graduating she was awarded a scholarship by Twentieth Century Fox to study theatre in South Africa. She worked with various theatre companies for a year and then went back to London to work as an actress. She then formed her own theatre company which was chosen to inaugurate The International Theatre Festival in Delhi, with her co written show ‘On The Boil’.
Her love for South Africa did not leave her as she went back with an idea to write and illustrate a cookbook. She approached a publisher and went on to write The South African Illustrated Cookbook. She travelled around South Africa in a hire car with a paint box, pen and notebook and wangled her way in to people’s kitchens. She was generously given recipes from all the different cultures, from Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans and Indian to Cape Malay.
The Cookbook is now on its sixth print run and has also been translated in to Dutch.
She went on to live on a fruit farm with her husband, ran and owned a restaurant and had three children all in three years. This led her to taking time out for her sanity to produce a book called The Lovely Book for Wonderful Women. It is a book celebrating wonderful women and is written with humour and insight in to what makes women laugh and feel good.
She is a self taught artist, having grown up with an artist father who ran workshops in Italy. Her childhood was littered with bohemians doing inventive quirky things, like making papier mache mountains, installing them on their heads and accidentally setting them alight…and it was these people that hugely influenced her life.
The South African Illustrated Cookbook is published by Struik New Holland and The Lovely Book for Wonderful Women is published by The Succulent Press.
Reviews for books
The Lovely Book for Wonderful Women
‘Finally a book that celebrates being a woman…It’s humorous, inspires and delights and aims to give you time to stop, breathe and take stock of all the miracles and wonders that make up the fabric of your life.’ O Magazine- The Reading Room
The South African Illustrated Cookbook
‘A must have for every cook’ The Star; South Africa
‘This is a cookery book with a difference…a delightful keepsake for family or friends’ The Herald; South Africa
‘This is one of the prettiest and nicest South African cookbooks I have seen in ages. The recipes are really tempting-and they work’ Daily News; Tanzania
‘This little collection of recipes from all corners of the country makes a change from the usual modern cookbook…’Cape Argus
Supporting the Wisdom of Winter with Jin Shin Jyutsu
by Lynda Silk
Deep wonder in the stillness
open us up
to the knowing
in our very being
— aaiyn foster 12.’93
(courtesy of Aaiyn Foster)
As the last of the golden orange leaves falls to brown, autumn falls into winter. The sky darkens, the days become shorter. Our focus shifts from that which is outside to the indoors; we turn inwards. The natural inclination is to reduce our activity to essential functioning; simply being cosy at home becomes extra attractive. In winter our energy goes deep, to the deepest level of our bodies, to the marrow of our bones. In this quietening we often become introspective, questioning “where is my life flowing?”.
The wisdom of winter is the capacity and confidence to be still and recognise and review our unique heritage and capacity, and with that, to restore our clarity in what is ours to create in this lifetime. As we know the depth of who we are, our fears are allayed. Having confidence in what we are made of, and confidence in the capacity of the bigger whole to support that, we flow effortlessly with life. We accept that we have a unique form to express, and we meet the challenge of making our unique contribution to the world.
Jin Shin Jyutsu (pronounced jin-shin-JIT-soo), an ancient art of harmonising body mind and heart, reminds us that we are not separate from nature. We are nature. Nature is not just something that we experience on weekends away in the countryside; nature is within the rhythms of our own body. We are strongest when we live in harmony with the seasons of nature.
“At the heart of us exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm. Whatever our imperfections there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm,” said Mary Burmeister, the Japanese-American woman who brought the gift of Jin Shin Jyutsu from Japan to the West. Jin Shin Jyutsu simply helps us to live this perfect expression of harmony that is innate to each of us, to be the divine blueprint, to live in harmony with the greater whole.
As well as a profound and beautiful philosophy, Jin Shin Jyutsu is the art of knowing and utilising simple practical helpers to bring our body, mind and heart into harmony with the bigger whole. It is for this reason that Mary referred to Jin Shin Jyutsu as Physiophilosophy, Physiopsychology and Physiophysiology. In order to know the universe, we focus on knowing who I am. The body is a microcosm of the macrocosm.
An easy Jin Shin Jyutsu helper to energize and balance the rhythm of the winter months is simply to hold the entire index finger with the opposite hand. Hold it for a few minutes or until you feel a rhythmic pulse. So doing, instead of freezing through the winter, we flow in its wisdom.
According to ancient written records, stored in the archives of the Imperial Palace in Japan, the principles of Jin Shin Jyutsu were widely known in ancient times across many cultures. For many generations these were passed on through verbal teachings and shared experience. Knowledge of this ancient art of harmonising life energy faded gradually until the concept was virtually lost.
It was rediscovered in the early 1900s by Master Jiro Murai, who, after recovery from a ‘terminal’ illness, in gratitude devoted himself to the revival of the Art for future generations. Master Murai was a man of keen intelligence with great dedication and capacity for questioning. After years of broad, systematic and meticulous research, he organised the body of ancient knowledge for transmission.
Jin Shin Jyutsu differs from other healing modalities in that the focus is never on healing, the focus is always simply and profoundly on harmony. Healing is a side-effect of living in harmony with who and what we are. Jin Shin Jyutsu is empowering in its foundation on the innate ability of each to harmonise him/herself. Through utilising specific hands-on sequences we are able to restore emotional equilibrium, relieve pain, and release the causes of acute and chronic conditions. It can be utilised as an adjunct to other therapies or medications and can be used by anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Our wellbeing depends upon the free and even distribution of life energy throughout our body, mind, and spirit. ‘When the stress and strain of daily living disrupt the movement of life energy, our mind, body, and spirit are all affected. Not only do we succumb to worry, fear, anger, sadness, and pretensions, but we increase our tendency to become ill or “out of balance.”’1
Jin Shin Jyutsu harmonises all bodily systems – endocrine, immune, nervous, skeletal, digestive and so forth by simply addressing the availability of the underlying source, the flow of energy that supplies life force to all systems.
Anybody who is interested in establishing and maintaining harmony and health in their lives can benefit from Jin Shin Jyutsu. A session with a qualified Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner commonly lasts 1 hour. It may be shorter. During a Jin Shin Jyutsu session the client remains fully clothed and reclines on a therapy table. The session might begin with the practitioner simply observing the body – where the tension sits in the body, whether one shoulder is higher than another, the way the hands rest, or the toes bend. The practitioner also listens to the client’s pulses, before beginning sequences of holds to energise specific “safety energy locks”. Only gentle firm pressure is utilised during holds, no massage or deep pressure is applied.
Jin Shin Jyutsu can also be deeply empowering when practised as a self-help tool.
Lynda Silk offers private consultations as well as workshops on Jin Shin Jyutsu Self-Help Current weekend workshops include Cape Town 11-12 July, Johannesburg end July and Durban beginning August.
Please refer to her website for more information.
Tel: 084 875 4585
Deep solutions needed for today’s problems
Dr Arien van der Merwe is a medical doctor, author, health coach on integrative medicine, and specialist corporate health & wellness service provider.
Dr Arien facilitates individual health coaching sessions on integrative medicine, a 12 week to wellness health coaching course, week-end or mid week retreats, seminars & workshops throughout SA, on deep relaxation training with left & right brain integration (using many healing modalities), for deep healing of mind, emotions, body and soul. Topics include: ‘Journey to the Centre of Your Soul’; ‘Soul Lessons for Modern Woman’; ‘Journey into Inner Healing’; ‘Opening your Heart’; ‘Executive Wellness Retreats’. For more info: www.HealthStressWellness.com / email@example.com / Tel. 012 460 0191 or 012 755 6641/3. Cell. 083 731 2049.
Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB (Pretoria) FRSPH (London) MISMA (UK) is a medical doctor, health coach, trainer, internationally published author and specialist corporate health and wellness service provider. She has extensive experience in workplace wellness, stress management and health promotion through well researched health solutions, wellness products and sustainable interventions, incorporating the power of thoughts and emotions (mental-emotional aspects) and their effect on physical health and wellbeing. Arien strongly believes in the power of thought to create new realities, support change and build a healthy and prosperous global community.
Dr Arien has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH) in the UK for the work she does in South Africa to promote public health and wellness through education, training and communication. She is a Member of the International Stress Management Association, UK branch.
Dr Arien writes books and training manuals, develops programs and presents regular wellness/peer educator training, stress management (where she teaches people to deeply relax) as well as workplace wellness talks, workshops, courses and seminars. She sends out a regular, free newsletter, Health Info, to an ever growing data base of (at present) >6000 subscribers. The newsletter aims to disseminate credible, topical and easily understandable health information to a broad global community. She also maintains her own web-site that is accessed by thousands of browsers looking for reliable health information, every day.
Dr Arien developed and facilitates three accredited Short Courses on Peer Educator Training, Stress Management and Wellness in the Workplace, through the University of Pretoria. Courses are offered in-house for companies, as well as at UP’s Postgraduate & Continued Education Training Centre.
As director of Health Stress Management (Pty) Ltd, Arien acts as wellness advisor and consultant, workplace peer / wellness educator trainer, stress expert, product and program developer to the health care industry, companies, interest groups, websites and the media.
As an accomplished author of many books and training manuals, the focus of her work is on addressing and finding lasting and sustainable wellness solutions for the chronic diseases of lifestyle (CDL’s), among these especially heart disease, HIV & Aids, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, lung disease, osteoarthritis, depression and cancer.
Dr van der Merwe’s recent books are ‘Health & Happiness’, ‘Herbal Remedies’ and ‘Stress Solutions’ (all HSM Publishers). All the books are now also available as E-books to download from her web-site: www.HealthStressWellness.com. She released a relaxation CD especially aimed at newcomers to meditation and relaxation techniques. She writes training manuals and presents regular peer / wellness educator training, stress management and workplace wellness talks, workshops, courses and seminars. Her new book ‘Journey into Healing’ will be published later this year. She contributes a monthly column on workplace wellness for HR Future magazine, on integrative health for Natural Medicine Journal and on deep healing for Odyssey magazine. She recently developed an E-course on 12 weeks to wellness through a health coaching process, to help and support people with health risks, as identified during health screening procedures, breast thermography and those with high stress levels. The 12 week health coaching course helps people to access deeper levels of their unconscious and superconscious mind, to assist in the deep healing process.
She has an extensive list of clients in the health, mining, parastatal, government, services, corporate, banking, IT, engineering, legal and manufacturing sectors and offers a comprehensive range of training, consulting and advisory services that aim to improve the status of employee health and wellbeing, by providing lasting health and wellness solutions to address the burden of disease. This translates into improved productivity and creativity, with decreased absenteeism, sick leave and presenteeism, thereby showing that wellness is a good return on investment.
Dr Arien van der Merwe believes in a holistic, integrative approach to manage health and wellness risks, and therefore designs and implements comprehensive and integrated sustainable health and wellness solutions, that also addresses social responsibility obligations.
She is passionate about helping others find the real cause of disease and therefore the way to healing, which lies deep within us. I’m working very much on the epigenetic structure of the cell membrane, where the messages actually go through to the DNA molecule within the cell nucleus. Whatever binds to the receptors on the cell membrane, ultimately affects the function of every cell. These binding molecules (the vibrations of thoughts, emotions, nutrients, oxygen, water, sound), are under our control and the better we know how to do it consciously, the more control we have over the unconscious saboteurs within our own unconscious minds. This is my life purpose: to help others while I’m forever learning myself to do so! (‘We teach best what we most have to learn!). Her dream is to, eventually, open a healing sanctuary for those with chronic disease, to come for rest, relaxation, deep healing and recovery.
Would you like to win one of Dr. Arien’s books? Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Dr. Arien” in the subject line.
Ginny Johnstone – Biopulsar Practitioner
Ginny is the vibey mum of twin girls who decided that there was more to life than being a nine-to-fiver. Following her passion for healing, she begged, borrowed and bargained to buy a Bio-Pulsar machine, knowing it was the tool she required to set up her energetic healing studio from her beautiful home in Hout Bay. Since the day it arrived, she hasn’t looked back! She is an accomplished coach and energetic healer, giving regular workshops and one-to-one sessions based on Biopulsar scan information. For more information check out her site: www.vitalichi.co.za
Ginny is offering a free bio-pulsar scan for one reader. E-mail email@example.com with BIOPULSAR in the subject line.
The winners of the 3 signed copies of Lehla Eldridge’s “Lovely Book” will be on the site in a few days, so keep your entries for that give-away coming in – the best will be chosen on 02 July!
Thanks to everyone who has posted comments about Clickholistic to my mail address, along with great suggestions for future topics.
A few of you asked for more information regarding glyconutrients, especially the Mannatech version, as it would appear that Mannatech’s agents are encouraging you to sell (and buy!) their products. For those of you who aren’t aware, Mannatech is a huge biotech company which uses multi-level marketingto sell it’s products. I have contacted a Mannatech SA representative with a list of your questions, and have received a reply stating that the list has been forwarded to someone within the company better suited to giving (more informed) answers. I will most likely publish my research and hopefully Mannatech’s response for the next edition, so if you have had any experience (good or bad) of dealings with the company or it’s products, please let me know. I strive to give all sides of the story – so your information is valued. You may remain anonymous – i.e. I will not divulge your details, name or occupation to readers if you choose.
This month, Jay Williams, a therapeutic reflexologist based in the Cape, sent a post to explain a little more about what he does.
He has touched many souls – and soles! – (sorry, couldn’t resist…) with his tireless devotion to helping disabled children. His touching account of how therapeutic reflexology helped him cope with his own health challenges is really an illustration of what I believe to be one of the wonderful things about being a holistic health practitioner. So many of us are doing what we love to do and what we feel is our purpose, and most of us are doing it because we found healing through the very modality we now practise.
Jay, in return is continuing that cycle by giving back and helping a community in need. I’m sure he has inspired many of his young clients / patients to consider a career in holistic health.
Using Reflexology to assist children at Special-needs Schools and Care Centres
I am Jay Williams, a Reflexologist and member of The South African Reflexology Society.
As of January 2007, I have provide Reflexology, once a week, to children at De Heide Children’s Special Care Centre, and at EROS School for Cerebral Palsy. The children have a range of challenges in varying degrees of severity; from learning issues, speech and hearing challenges, physical challenges and severe intellectual challenges. Their families struggle financially and often cannot afford treatment for their children.
The treatments were done for 20min, in the classrooms, so the children stay close to their learning activities.
Some of the visible benefits for some children who I treated are;
Gradually lessened muscular stiffness or spasticity.
Fewer emotional outbursts.
Much calmer reactions and enjoyment of stimuli.
Much improved therapeutic interactions in general.
Improved performance of learning tasks.
I have Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalus from the age of 3 months. In 1998 at age 21, I first experienced Reflexology as a case study for 10 treatments. The ticklish sensation quickly faded and became intensely comforting, though I didn’t understand how it worked. Gradually over a period of weeks, I felt more relieved, relaxed and happy, which I had not experienced with other medical treatment. At the time I was in the midst of clinical depression for four years; after a traumatic surgery at 17 years old in Standard 10 caused devastating short term memory problems. It took so much longer for my mind to heal compared to my body. During and after the Reflexology treatments, I noticed my thought processes gradually becoming more coherent, more creative and in a comfortable rhythm again. My body felt more energised and mobile.
Reflexology is based on ancient theories about points on the feet and hands corresponding to parts of the body. The fingers are used to put pressure on these points to stimulate the corresponding organ which benefits the body’s ability to resist diseases, overcome physical challenges and emotional stress. One of the well-known modern methods is called The Ingham Method. Current international forerunners in Reflexology Research are Kevin and Babara Kunz, who have extensive interactions with international medical and non-medical practitioners. They have published several books.
Diagnosis is not within the scope of Reflexology and it does not “cure” the children’s conditions. Reflexology stimulates holistic functioning of the child’s body and mind, improving the response to stimulus. Good results are visibly noticeable; sometimes within minutes and usually after a few hours. I feel partnerships with medical specialists need to be developed for more holistically-effective treatments to be properly investigated.
I believe Reflexology is a vital additional therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy. It has been such a pleasure for me to use Reflexology to help children experience a difference in “awareness” in their bodies. Some of the children can express how much they enjoy the reflexology; such a wonderful affirmation of my help to them.
If anyone would like to enter into discussion with me, you may call me on
072 245 0722.
Also, click on the tab for events at the top of this page and you can access Jay’s price-list for his services. Supporting him will also enable him to continue in passion for helping others in need, so do pass his information on to your friends and clients.
Ginny Johnstone gave me a call inviting me to her “Vitali Ch’i”wellness studio in Hout Bay. I gladly and graciously accepted her offer of a Biopulsar scan. Ginny asked me to place my hand on the machine which “scanned” the reflex points in my hand and then miraculously came up with a series of graphs depicting my organ function and so on. I was a little disturbed to see how much work I had to do on myself, yet it was re-assuring in a way to know what areas needing “tuning”. In general, the machine was spot-on in highlighting many of my issues, both physically and mentally (not completely nuts yet, but getting there…) What was also fascinating was the chakra reading and scan of my aura. It was quite a bit of synchronicity; as I had just completed Dr. Caroline Myss’s book; “Anatomy of the Spirit” where she describes “seven stages of power and healing”. If you haven’t read it, do get yourself a copy. It is an important work which has become quite a classic. I am only sorry it took so long to find me…(Thanks Desi – for lending me your lovingly dog-eared copy!) By referring back to the book I was able to reflect on the Biopulsar reading with a fresh perspective.
Ginny is a warm and friendly person who is very enthusiastic about Biopulsar and the various treatments she offers to help correct the imbalances shown in the readings. She is also very thorough and sent a follow-up e-mail a day later, attaching the report and a brief synopsis of our session which was really excellent, as I was unable to take it all in at the time – there really is a lot of information to digest! Ginny agreed to explain a little more about her take on good health and this fantastic machine in her own words:
Take back the control of your health
It is a sad fact for a large number of us that traditional medicine and allopathic health treatments are failing to cure many of today’s conditions.
I have personally suffered from skin and stomach problems since the age of 15 and now, over 15yrs later, I have only just been able to get to the root cause of these issues (despite years of doctor’s and specialist visits and hundreds of pounds of medical bills and medicine costs!).
It is becoming more and more accepted that the root causes of many of our current day health concerns lie outside of the physical body and more in the mental and emotional realms of our being.
Holistic practitioners are bringing our attention to the mind, body, soul connection and allowing our health programmes to go deeper into the foundations of well-being. This is enabling us to correct problems at the root and not just on the surface.
Think of an apple tree. If the tree is producing unhealthy apples, it is useless trying to work on the apples themselves. To get healthier apples we must work with the surrounding environment and go deep beneath the surface, examining the conditions of the roots and the soil. By maximizing the surrounding environmental conditions, correcting any blockages in the roots and balancing the nourishment of the soil, we can ensure the tree has all it needs to produce beautiful fruits.
And so it is with us. We must identify what is causing the disharmony on a holistic level and then understand what it is we need to do to correct those deep rooted imbalances if we wish to live in super-health.
In the busy and frenetic world we live in today there has been a growing realisation that a healthy life does not just happen. Rather it is something that anyone can achieve with a commitment to their wellbeing. Optimum health and vitality come through self-awareness and the balance of body, mind and soul.
For me, identification was the most frustrating part of my own health journey. No one could tell me what was going on so I never felt I had any way to work on a root cause. I had to just give my power over to medicine and hope that I would one day find a drug that would make me better. This was frustrating and disempowering and made me feel so detached from being in any sort of control of my own health.
Now, so many years later, I realize that it is imperative that we are all responsible for our own bodies and that we play an active role in our health maintenance. Being conscious of our bodies and our minds is critical. We must change our mindset from one of sickness to one of health and realize that any physical manifestations of illness or discomfort is merely the body’s way of communicating with us that there is some work to be done on some profound level of our being.
If we listen to our bodies we will soon realize when we are moving off course or are becoming out of
alignment with ourselves and can then act from a space of preventative medicine. I was told recently that
there are doctors in Japan who charge their clients only when they are in health and if ever they get sick
they are not charged as this means the doctor didn’t do their job properly. This makes so much sense to
So this is why I have introduced a unique holistic body and mind
diagnostic service at my energy studio, Vitali Ch’i. I want people
to be able to know what is going on inside them and play an
active role in their well-being.
I use a biofeedback device called the Biopulsar Reflexograph – a cutting-edge technology that is based on
ancient health principals. This state-of-the-art device demonstrates the energetic health status of over 42
organs, glands and parts of the body in under 2 minutes. It does this through a series of graphs.
The Biopulsar Reflexograph (a certified medical device in Germany) uses the latest biofeedback technology to provide a visual snapshot of the key internal organs such as the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. It also shows the balance of glands like the adrenals, the thyroid and the pituitary as well as various body parts including the hip, spine, legs and the shoulders.
By scanning the electromagnetic frequency emanating from the hand’s reflex zones, this revolutionary equipment produces a series of graphs that depict the client’s overall energetic health state. Analysis of these graphs highlights the imbalances that may need to be addressed to return the body to optimal order.
The service is part of a range of energy-balancing techniques I employ at the Vitali Ch’i wellness studio; a studio built on the belief that all imbalances in the body start first in the mind through thoughts and emotions.
As in Traditional Chinese Medicine, I believe that each area of the body reflects an emotional state, so to fix a physical imbalance, the emotions must first be returned to harmony. So when I see that a client’s graphs show a high energy in the liver I know that there is something we need to work on to release stored up anger. If they present a low energy in the kidney I know there is much fear and anxiety that is being held in the body and needs to be balanced.
A personalised treatment plan is designed for each client based on the results of their biofeedback reading and guidelines are included on lifestyle changes that will help that client to maintain a healthy energetic state.
Other services at Vitali Ch’i include life coaching and mental training (consciousness coaching to re-programme the negative thought patterns held in the mind), emotional release, Chromalive colour and light treatment plus aura analysis and chakra balancing.
For more information please contact Ginny Johnstone, founder of Vitali Ch’i.
Tel: 082 323 4262