We live in a world whose governance and development for thousands of years has rested exclusively with men. This has greatly affected our mental, emotional and physical bodies. 

Although, throughout history and thanks to the strength and struggle of grandmothers, mothers and sisters, we have gained more space in our society, our life experiences still reflect and suffer from the imbalances generated by the patriarchal system. 

Most of our grandmothers were not allowed to receive a proper education or to participate in the professional world and their energy was focused on home care (maintaining cleanliness and order, taking care of the furniture, supplying food based on nutritional philosophy and family economic resources…) and on raising their children and grandchildren. 

Today, women in Western countries have the same opportunities for quality education as men, and share with men the inequalities resulting from economic barriers to accessing education in the most reputable institutions (reserved for the elite). 

As far as work is concerned, it is clear that there has been a radical change compared to the situation of our grandmothers, but the conditions in which we have to carry out our professional activity continue to place us at a disadvantage. In this sense, in addition to the expression of discrimination linked to the wage gap (approximately -25% compared to men) and the glass ceiling (the virtual impossibility of accessing high-level management positions), we work in fiercely competitive, sometimes hostile environments, which irremediably contribute to our life experience of tension, stress and, on too many occasions, a deep sense of low self-esteem as we perceive that our contributions (opinions, project proposals…) are never ‘worth’ as much as our contributions (opinions, project proposals…). ) are never ‘worth’ as much as those of our male colleagues. 

Our role as women…

Our grandmothers had a full life and worked hard to take care of their families. Working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week was not an easy task. But today, for many of us who have managed to find more equality in our lives, the question is now how to balance these choices with our traditional roles as women. We continue to take care of home and family life (some of us are single mothers, or take care of long term convalescing relatives, or care for family members with special needs, etc.). This traditionally undervalued role is not only essential for transmitting and honouring the cultural heritage of each society (without ignoring the necessary adjustments that each generation makes to adapt to the corresponding historical context), but it is also key to the maintenance of family ties, one of the most decisive elements in equipping new generations of men and women with the tools, empowerment, love and strength to contribute to solving the challenges of our world.

But what about women nowadays?

We find that in order to fulfil our traditional female roles, maintain a professional activity as well as having the impetus to realise our deepest desires, we are working too hard, suffering the consequences and paying a price that affects our overall wellbeing.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Needless to say, energising these processes is highly demanding, especially when most of us seem ‘programmed’ to strive for perfection at all costs in whatever tasks we consider our responsibility. So it is not surprising that the complexity of coping with these demands and our willingness to ‘do whatever it takes’ for others (our own needs are the last thing on our minds) is reflected in psychosomatic illnesses.

The consequences of such exhaustion

Many women when they come to me for help are fatigued, with migraines, insomnia, suffering from disorders or problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, constipation and lack of libido.
Some, despite being in their 30s and 40s, complain of what they believe to be the first symptoms of menopause: night sweats, dry eyes and dry mucous membranes. Others feel jittery, short of breath, both indications of the fact that these women are not accessing the natural restorative, primary nourishing aspects of your health, or simply consuming the Yin Essence.

Energía Yin

In Chinese medicine, when we speak of Yin, we refer to organic body fluids, such as good quality blood and mucous membranes, internal membranes, “jelly” and liquid materials in the body. When we lack Yin essence for a prolonged period of time, we dry up internally and the “tank” of our vital energy is emptied. When this happens, it means that we are using and relying too much on the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for our most automatic responses, such as alertness, and should only be triggered in stressful situations where we must react quickly to immediate demands. Operating in this way, without allowing time for the parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for the unconscious restorative processes that deal with our digestion, elimination, sleep and sexual arousal) does not allow us to restore our body/body balance properly.

Burn Out

Carrying on like this with an empty tank leads to “burn out”, which generates internal weakness and lack of vitality, often leading to stress and a loop of continuous strain and exhaustion.
This cycle becomes extremely difficult to stop without the help of a professional specialist.
When we reach this state, it is common to feel fear and lack of self-confidence, and to feel the need to control life situations as much as possible so that everything is unconsciously under control, in the hope that this will reduce levels of fear and insecurity. However, this abnormal modus operandi of control forces us to live life exclusively from the mind. We are no longer able to anchor ourselves in the body, no longer able to be grounded in the Earth, and this is essential for us to trust, to be able to let go of worries and be fully present in the here and now.

Building the vital juice and refilling the tank

To reverse this negative spiral, to be able to settle into the present and let go of the impulse to control, it is necessary to relearn how to build the “juice” and refill the tank.
The process of regeneration requires that you are committed to devoting your time, attention, care and love to yourself in a sustainable and intentional way.
Building vitality is based on nourishing Yin and the practice aims to restore the balance between the internal organs so that the driving nutritional force is produced in all systems of the body.

Tools to refuel

In our programme we use a variety of therapeutic “tools” to treat a woman’s body and initiate this process.
Already in the first online session, we immediately address your main complaint, assess the quality of your reserves and also you already learn what to do to prevent them from depleting, setting this rehabilitation process in motion. We will also use some techniques to “tonify” your Yin essence and start to unblock your vitality.
In more extreme and severe cases that require immediate attention, we start with the 90 minute SOS Stress Release session (online or onsite) which is a mixture of a physiotherapy technique called Positioning associated with self-stimulation of specific acupuncture points to “tone” the Yin. And to really produce a lasting and significant physiological change in your body/mind, IGung, Yang Shen self-cultivation, gentle but profound exercise practices complete the treatment.

                                                                                                                                                            These practices are one of the most effective tools to regenerate these nutritional energy flows. The training consists of short sessions (5 to 10 minutes) of daily conscious exercises (in this case adapted to your needs), where the patient/student, lying on her back, learns herself, how to release tension and stimulate these vital acupuncture points. Using small internal movements that keep the muscles malleable and flexible so that the body fluids regenerate and keep moving, producing internal moisture.

The decision to intentionally invest in your health and apply this new integrative routine to your lifestyle, where sleep and digestion are attended to, and also include regular specific guided breathing sessions (audios) to activate energetic areas, will restore the internal spaces of the body and mind and in turn restore your body to a more efficient metabolism with good blood flow and a clearer mind.

The body natural healing intelligence

This ancient knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine, when applied to modern life, awakens the body’s natural healing intelligence and renews a sense of personal power that is the natural extension of our balanced state.

When the mind can reside in its home, our body, we feel more focused, connected and present. It is then that we learn to savour life. We literally feel good, more secure, and this allows us to accept the natural unfolding of whatever happens in our life.

Finding confidence, energy and flourishing

Regaining our confidence allows us to open ourselves from the inside out, like a flower in the sun. When we blossom like nature we can see life from another perspective, and feel more “juicy”!
By having a higher energy level and being more optimistic and perhaps even finding our spirituality, we can allow ourselves to fall in love with life again.
From this position of vigour based on respect for ourselves, our bodies and our well-being, we can face the life challenges we choose as modern women with greater strength and energy.
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Authors: Physiotherapist Aline Tisato & Dr. Anna Iñesta-Codina


 

 

Testimonials

“Since I was very young I have had migraines every month. On the recommendation of a friend, I contacted Aline and with her I started a routine of IGung exercises from bed as well as a self-massage routine, on specific acupuncture points, which she also taught me. I am now delighted because for several weeks now I have not had any more episodes of pain and I notice a considerable improvement in every way. Aline is a very kind and gentle person, she explains very well what she wants to achieve with each movement and makes you feel very comfortable. I am really very happy with the result.¨

María Solís, 37 años – Designer

¨  At the age of 43 I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. The doctors were willing to grant a prolonged leave of absence from work. Fortunately, I found the Aline and quickly began to learn the IGung method. With the few minutes the practice required, I began to feel the difference immediately: body pain decreased to a minimum and the movement of Chi in the body soon began to produce more energy. ¨

Dra. Anna Iñesta-Codina – Directora del Proyecto H.R.Talento y Bienestar