I recently had the pleasure of being treated to some of the health & wellness services that is offered to clients at a private studio called “Matters of the Mind” and we have come to the conclusion that this is definitely a business in Blouberg that is more than worth supporting. Here we share our experience:
“Matters of the Mind” is proudly founded & run by Julie Roelofse. Julie is a qualified hypnotherapist that uses Chinese medicine in conjunction with massage, hypnotherapy & other traditionally alternative techniques to bring about healing of the mind, body and spirit. The minute you step out of the busy rat race of the world and into her presence you are enveloped with a kind of calm strength. She has a very relaxing, comforting & nourishing energy.
I was lucky enough to experience her work with Moxa, massage & hypnotherapy.. Julie’s comforting hands performed the heavenly massage in which she focused specifically on working on the necessary meridians, in a calm, well-practiced manner. It was evident right from the beginning that she knows the body and reads it like a book. She was able to diagnose & start treating problems that I knew I had, but hadn’t even told her about. It was fascinating listening to her explain what she was seeing & doing. It felt like my body was being listened to, understood & treated in a way that it hasn’t been in a very long time. This in itself was a very healing experience.
Next up was the Moxa. Moxa (or dried Muwort) has been traditionally used in Chinese medicine to relax the body & calm the mind. The technique that Julie uses involves holding a burning bar of Moxa over various acupuncture points. It feels a bit like hot stone therapy and assists in stimulating the mind, helping it connect with the body. This technique was particularly effective in treating my busy mind, literally almost forcing it to let go of the ‘million things I still have to do’ and just focus on the sensations of the moment.
Last, but definitely not least, I was treated to a hypnotherapy session in which we practiced visualisation. Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic technique which assists the mind in reflecting on the past, imagining the future, letting go of the present & connecting to the inner self. This was the hardest part for me. I tend to deal with life by dealing with it. I fix, I solve problems and I think a lot, but I’ve never really focused too much on living life holistically, taking into consideration my mind, body & soul. When I am busy thinking, I tend to ignore the mind. When I am busy working, I ignore the soul. On the rare occasion I do some ‘soul’ searching, I rarely involve the mind or body. I even find breathing exercises difficult, because I am unable to ‘perfect’ my breathing.
I must say, though, Julie dealt with me very professionally and skilfully. Her voice was very calming & easy to listen to. I felt strange, awkward & scared at first, but the more she spoke, and the more I listened, the more I was able to connect to a part of me that I haven’t connected to in quite a while. When I woke up, Julie asked how I felt and I immediately, almost automatically responded that I felt happy, very, very happy. What a precious experience.
I almost immediately made up my mind that I have got to go back to this healing place, at least once a month, if not more, and I trust that I will reap the benefits of a healthier mind, body and soul.
I do recommend that everyone in the neighbourhood make an effort to support this business & visit Julie, even if only once. You will be richer for the experience.
Contact Julie on 0833189693 for a booking or read more & pay online at http://www.mattersofthemind.co.za