Last month I travelled to London to learn about the Hayo’u Method from its founder the Chinese physician Katie Brindle. I love trying new ways to calm my life and improve my wellbeing. So I was excited to hear a little more about it.
Distilled from the healing and tension relieving techniques of classical Chinese Medicine, Hayo’u was designed to help us exercise some self-care. All completed with an at-home health and wellbeing regime. Kate said, ‘Chinese Medicine is a natural healing system that has been used by millions of people for thousands of years. Rather than suppressing symptoms, Chinese medicine teaches you to read the subtle symptoms from your body, in order to safeguard your health.’
Katie introduced me to two simple one-minute rituals based on the Chinese techniques of Qi Gong and Tui Na. The rituals help to lower stress, get our bodies moving and bring us back into the present moment.
One-Minute Breathing Ritual
The first technique consists of a series of deep breaths that can be carried out throughout the day. They’re particularly helpful in times of stress because they enable us to calm the body and return to the present moment. As someone who practices daily meditation and tries to be mindful, I love this particular exercise. And it was uplifting to imagine a smile as I exhaled. Katie said, ‘breath is the antidote to stress. Breathe deeply and it becomes harder for acidity to thrive, thus triggering an immediate reversal of stress levels.’
One-Minute Morning Ritual
The second technique consists of shake, twist and drum movements to invigorate body circulation and wake up the muscles. The effects of each movement can be found on the Hayo’u website. Katie advised that this is a great morning technique and would help to ease any day to day stress. She added, ‘I make sure I do these rituals each morning and evening and I can honestly say they keep me calm, centred and able to cope with whatever life throws at me.’
It was lovely to meet Katie and in addition to the daily rituals she gave me some tailored advice for my knee injury and general wellbeing. Katie said, ‘I believe that the best medical system that a society could wish for would combine the best of Western and Eastern healthcare. This would give us options for everyday issues that don’t necessarily require antibiotics, anti-depressants or pain killers.’
The session really made me think about how I can exercise a little more self-care. This includes considering what I eat, how much I exercise and taking regular time out to look after my mind. It was a fascinating couple of hours and I left with a greater understanding of my body and mind.
This post is in collaboration with Hayo’u.
Always consult your GP if you have concerns about your health or undertaking exercise.