Effective stress relief through developing body, mind and soul – Part 1

Effective stress relief through developing body, mind and soul – Part 1

Effective stress relief through developing body, mind and soul 

(Part one – the body)

The statistics around the prevalence of stress in the workplace and indeed within the day to day lives of South Africans are really quite alarming. The results of just one research paper I read stated that over 30% of South African’s across the board had a lifetime prevalence of general disorders as a result of stress and over 15% were directly anxiety related. 

Businesses in particular are greatly affected by the stresses suffered by staff and should take heed of what can be done to relieve stress in the workplace. No doubt the research and the results vary, but I deal with creating wellness through self-development and self-improvement and I know from personal experience that most of the people I serve privately and in business have stress related issues.

I have often been asked why my business seems to offer an unusual stable of services relating to self-development. Some, like the lessor known Soul plan, seem quite far removed from others like the now commonly practiced Pilates.

The truth is that it is my belief that an evolved person and one that comfortably overcomes the effects of stress, is one that takes a physical, mental and spiritual path to wellbeing. All of these play a role and have their place. This, the first in a 2 part series ‘effective stress relief through developing body, mind and soul’ deals with the physical body. 


Practiced by millions, Pilates is a series of low impact exercises that primarily strengthen the core muscles of the abdomen, lower back, hips and thighs. It not only helps to improve physical strength, but muscular endurance, balance and flexibility. It also has the added benefits of improving posture, body sensing and mindful movement awareness.

In fact, Pilates is not just about physical well-being at all. The founder of Pilates – Joseph Hubertus Pilates, describes it as “A method of body conditioning that re-awakens and stimulates brain cells, stimulating further the functioning of the mind!” Could there be a better testament to the fact that Pilates is not only a wonderful way to get fitter, more supple and stronger, but there is a definite connection with improving the brain and the mind?

I generally only facilitate physical exercise that is linked with the brain and mind (and sometimes the soul) and as the mind too has come into play when this physical exercise is practiced, it makes sense that Pilates is a fantastic stress reliever.


I have recently written quite extensively about TRE. This is Trauma Release Exercises and in essence is a series of exercises that help the body relieve itself from deep muscular tension, trauma and stress.

There is a very definite connection between the body, mind and the spiritual in the practice of TRE. It is for this reason that I heartily recommend this in particular as a great solution for stress relief and injury.

Much stress is the result of trauma of one sort or the other, death, divorce, moving home, accidents and illness etc. These are all traumas that induce a great amount of stress and TRE is ideally suited to deal with trauma of every kind.

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These are two great ways one can relieve stress through the physical medium at self and more, as they are inextricably linked to mind improvement and trauma release. Sometimes it may take a bit more direct mind training or adjustment, or even some soul searching to produce complete stress relief though, so watch this space for part 2.

Contact me  book a consultation to evaluate your personal stress related issues and devise a program using one or more of the services I provide to give you or your business effective stress relief through developing body, mind and soul! 



Trauma release can be a pleasant experience

Trauma release can be a pleasant experience

The title of this article is in no way intended to sound flippant or underestimate the kind of emotional pain that various levels of trauma can inflict. However as is testified to in this article, trauma release can also be an experience that is pleasant and highly constructive and need not always be the arduous process that many seem to think it is.

In a previous article I spoke about TRE and this is one of the ways I believe one can experience gradual trauma release in a not unpleasant way. In that article I explained that TRE (Trauma and Tension Release Exercises) is an innovative, effective series of exercises that assist the body to release deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. It is a great stand-alone therapy and also enhances other stress relief practices like Yoga, Mindfulness and meditation.


Another process I practice that TRE couples well with is QEC or Quantum Energy Coaching. The essence of this is that we do not perform to our capabilities, but to what we believe we are capable of. We are therefore only as much as what we believe.

These beliefs are mostly harboured in the subconscious mind and so with QEC, we access limiting thoughts and change them at a subconscious level to free ourselves up to be aligned with constructive conscious goals.

I make mention of this because it is mentioned in the description of the TRE session as one of the methods that help us to experience a rise in consciousness.

The TRE workshop

A TRE workshop usually comprises a minimum of 5 sessions and is available at a very reasonable fee if the full workshop is booked in advance. Obviously trauma release is a process and not a quick fix and hence the encouragement to do the full 5 sessions.

I have been pleasantly surprised however at how beneficial even one session can be and at this point I think it prudent to let a newcomer to the class, a male who has recently experienced the trauma of moving cities after many years and then a divorce, explain his first experience in his own words…

Trauma release can be a pleasant experience

“I must be honest, I had made the decision to attend a TRE session with some trepidation, as I had really expected a kind of emotional breakdown to ensue after a long psychological grilling. Even though I was aware that it was a series of exercises that induced a muscular sensation in the body to release stress, I was wary that with a history of epilepsy I may go into some sort of out of control trance.

This could not have been further from the truth and Marlene, after a brief non-intrusive interview to ascertain my general medical condition, assured me that I would be in control at all times and she would be there to assist should I have any discomfort during the process.

I found her from the beginning of the session to be a calming and re-assuring facilitator of the process throughout. I had come into the session after a not particularly good night’s sleep feeling somewhat ‘fuzzy,’ but my apprehensions had already been dissolved and I quickly began to relax.

As we sat comfortably on our yoga mats we chatted about previous experiences and our feelings at the time. There was a senses of comradery in the room. Only a few people can attend and so it was cosy and intimate. 

Marlene then explained the ‘layers’ of trauma that are released through methods like TRE and QEC, using a chart to show the progress one can achieve from an absolute ‘frozen’ state, through a ‘flight or fight’ state of emotions like shame, guilt and grief – towards an improved state of pride, courage and acceptance – to finally achieve a state of love, joy and gratitude and ultimately excitement.

Now we were taken through a grounding process, to ensure we were in tune with our bodies and then a few very gentle exercises, just readying the body for the TRE exercises to come. Marlene now ensures that the class understand the process and shows us all how to do a ‘control’ movement if we at any time wish to stop the exercises.

The TRE exercises themselves were very simple and as one begins to feel the gentle vibrations running through parts of the body as you relax completely Marlene is at all times there. She goes from student to student, always re-assuring and ascertaining one’s comfort level.

At one brief stage, due to a personal neck injury, I felt a little muscular twinge and she was immediately there making the correct adjustment for me and remaining until I was again comfortable.

Without question, after a short period of dozing, to attain a level of total relaxation, I felt revived and totally calm. The TRE experience was for me one that I thoroughly enjoyed and do believe it can be of great benefit to anyone in a stressed condition.”

In Summary

My thanks to that student’s contribution and testimony. I hope it gives you an idea of what a TRE session actually feels like and convinces you that trauma release can be a pleasant experience.

Contact me to find out as much as you need to know about the various disciplines that Self and More facilitate- and begin your journey to discover your full potential today!

A Soul Plan reading – and its benefits!

A Soul Plan reading – and its benefits!

I wrote just little while ago about ‘Soul Plan’ – what it is and how it is connected to your name and origins.

For those who may have missed the article, what’s in a name? – could be your Soul Plan! – in essence your birth name and even name changes are all linked to the worldly challenges you will face and your personal talents. By recognising these challenges you utilise you greatest talents and can better assess the goals you should be setting for yourself.

I also looked into who most benefits from a Soul Plan reading and gave you some background on its origins. Assuming I perked your interest, this article takes a look at the more practical side of investing in a Soul Plan – the reading itself and the numerous benefits that can be derived from this reading once it has been done.

The Soul Plan reading process

Prior to the reading, I require your full original names as stated on your Birth certificate. I also need permission from you for me to perform it, as it requires delving into aspects of your past – obviously only from an origination of your name aspect, I’m not a private investigator!

Now some extra time on my side comes in, as the Soul Plan reading process is applied to your name, the Soul Plan chart prepared and I conduct an intuitive review.

Next, either online or in person, we meet to review the Soul Plan together. A recorded version of this is advisable as there is a lot if information to discuss and advice given to you during the reading. I can provide that at a small additional cost.

What’s in the reading?

The Soul Plan reading includes a full analysis of your life in terms of talents, goals, potential, lessons to be learned and obstacles to overcome. Advice is given on the ways to overcome the challenges that face you and help you to achieve your potential goals,

The awesome discovery of your full life potential is often a life changing moment and it is not uncommon for recipients of the reading to experience massive shifts in their lives and circumstances!

What are the benefits?

This is the part that makes my job as the facilitator of Soul Plan readings so rewarding, as the potential benefits are numerous and impressive.

There is often a powerful transformation when pointing to, analysing and healing obstacles and redundant blockages that may lie in one’s path. This opens the way to a clearer future journey.

When clarity is obtained on what may have been just vaguely suspected talents and abilities, a new path is set and actioned, as it is now one of attaining a whole new life’s purpose. 

Now, with a better understanding of your past actions and short comings, you are able to access yourself on a new, clearer, ’Soul’ level. You can accelerate your healing and boost purposeful change and future growth.

By activating your newly discovered unique abilities and potential, your role in life is understood and your true ‘Soul Plan’ revealed to you. A clearer path to sought after, attainable goals, leads to a life of meaning and purpose.

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I hope you will allow me to introduce and facilitate a soul Plan reading and its benefits to you. I know that it can only help you to find a clearer path forward.

The reading can be done both online and personally with me and as there is a fair amount of my time involved (usually over 3 hrs) the fee is R1,200. When you know of the full benefits, you’ll understand that it is money well invested in yourself and living to your full potential. The time of the reading itself is 60 to 90 minutes.

My business, Self and More, is my own Soul Plan, a lifelong dedication to unleashing the full potential in every human being on a physical, mental and spiritual level. I hope that you will connect with me to assist you to do this. I look forward to it.