Learning Ways to Tackle Stress with the Hayo’u Method

4th August 2016

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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.

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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 exercise. 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.’

View the one-minute breathing ritual.

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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 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.’

View the one-minute morning ritual.

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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 made me think about how I can exercise a little more self-care. This includes considering what I eat, how much I exercise I undertake and taking regular time out to look after my mind. It was a fascinating couple of hours.

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Always consult your GP if you have concerns about your health or undertaking exercise.

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  • Reply Sue 5th August 2016 at 7:21 am

    My favourite way of dealing with stress is to bake a cake. The focus on getting the ingredients correctly measured out and mixed, the timings and so on, really help my brain to stop that cycle of worry/stress. Plus there’s a tasty treat at the end. When I switch off from stress this way, the issue never seems as bad on my return. Sounds like your session was really interesting!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 5th August 2016 at 12:45 pm

      That sounds like a great way to unwind. Especially with a cake to enjoy at the end!

  • Reply Rachel | little pip (@peacockfeather) 5th August 2016 at 10:41 am

    Sounds like a fascinating day. I love your photos of the lavender. They are very calming too.

    I always do breathing exercises when I am having trouble sleeping to try and de-stress & clear my mind.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 5th August 2016 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you Rachel.

  • Reply Victoria Eales 5th August 2016 at 10:44 am

    So interesting and I could definitely do with taking a minute out of my day for this.

    Victoria x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 5th August 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks Victoria for stopping by.

  • Reply fritha 5th August 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve heard a bit about this lately and it sounds fascinating! I learnt quite a bit about relaxation in preparing for my births and its amazing the difference it made x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 5th August 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks Fritha! Have a great weekend.

  • Reply Slummy single mummy 5th August 2016 at 3:19 pm

    I love the images you’ve used for this post. I’ve been having a go at these techniques lately and my weak spot seems to be memory! I always feel better after doing them, I just need to do it often enough for it to become a habit.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 5th August 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you. I agree, it takes a while to form a habit.

  • Reply Lucy 5th August 2016 at 7:09 pm

    It sounds really interesting. I’d love to know even more about it now… Thanks for sharing xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 5th August 2016 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks Lucy. It was fascinating and I’d like to learn more.

  • Reply kathryn 8th August 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Sounds interesting though I was slightly distracted by your stunning floral photos 😉

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th August 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Aw, thank you!

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