Connect with Nature to improve your Mental Health & Wellbeing.

Nature can mean a lot of different things to different people.

Nature can be the local park, seas, rivers, forests, mountainsides, wetlands, moors, or even a window box. People who are connected to nature are happier. Connecting with nature can be visiting your local park, a day at the beach, a walk in the hills, or a form of ecotherapy, Gemstone H&W are very keen on which emerged in Japan in the 1980s as a physiological and psychological exercise called shinrin-yoku (“forest bathing” or “taking in the forest atmosphere”).

Not everyone is able to get out to visit the vast open spaces we are so lucky to have around the UK, but that is not a problem, mental health benefits can also be achieved by connecting with the nature on your doorstep. For example, tending to your houseplants, doing things like growing food or flowers in your yard or on your windowsill, being around animals or even watching nature programmes on TV can all have lots of positive effects. Which means the mental health benefits of nature are accessible to everyone.

Gemstone H&W Yoga regularly practice outdoors in gardens, forests, or at the beach, as research into combining physical activity and connection to nature, has been shown to have beneficial effects on health and wellbeing. Yoga outdoors helps you to feel connected to nature feeling the earth/sand between your toes has a wonderful grounding effect on the bodies energy. With the names of so many yoga poses coming from the natural world ( Tree, Eagle, Crow, Frog, Pigeon, Fish, Mountain) it seems the perfect activity to undertake in the great outdoors.

Whether yoga is for you or not, in whatever way you can place one Connection with Nature activity at the top of your weekly to do list, and feel the benefits.

Blue Tulips for Mental Health Awareness Week 10 to 16 May 2021

Award-winning artist Paul Cummins MBE (responsible for the 2014 ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ installation at the Tower of London) and Mental Health UK have come together to spring into action this week.

As we across the UK continue to move slowly forward from COVID 19 lockdown, Tulips are an appropriate symbol for us, they have withstood viruses, and continue to flower each spring a beautiful emblem of hope for the future.

Paul Cummins has donated a unique illustration of a tulip, you can download it here

During the week, Mental Health UK wants us to colour it in blue and stick it in our window as a symbol of mental health awareness.

We look forward to seeing you share your Tulip pictures and lets all seed a conversation about Mental Health.


April 27th 2021 -Pink Super Moon

This months full moon reaches its peak at 4.31am on April 27th 2021. The naming of moons originates from early Native Americans who used them as a way to track the seasons. The names were adopted by colonial Americans and are still in use today. Aprils Pink Moon is named so because of the pink wild flowers that would bloom at that time in America. In England at this time of year we are surrounding by Pink Tree Blossom, I think it is an appropriate name for us to continue to use.

So what is a Super Moon?

A Super Moon happens when a full moon is at the point in its orbit that brings it closest to Earth, so when we look up it appears around 30% brighter and 14% bigger. Two super full moons are due on April 27 and May 26, as well as two super new moons on November 4 and December 4, but we won’t be able to see these as new moons are invisible to the naked eye.

How does a Super Moon affect us?

The obvious impact of a Super Moon is on the tides which are higher, as the moons gravitational pull is stronger on the Earths surface water.

As the human body is 60% water then it is logical that a Super Moon would have an impact on us. Emotions are heightened, it can be harder to sleep the nights of and around the full moon, with lower melatonin levels at the full moon you can tend to wake feeling less refreshed, leading to feeling more erratic, emotional and prone to accidents at this time.

So what should I do when its a Super Moon?

All full moons are the perfect time to use grounding Reiki and Yoga practices to feel centered and avoid activities that over stimulate the senses, avoiding alcohol is a good idea too.

Put out your crystals to make the most of that close moon energy to recharge them. Lastly, enjoy just gazing at the full moon, to get the most benefit make sure you do so for a minimum of seven minutes, you will be amazed by the insights that come to you.

Gemstone H&W Background

Gemstone Health & Wellbeing was established by Julie Shawcross when she completed her training as a Reiki Master in 2018. Since then she has worked with people experiencing a range of conditions, including dialysis patients, cancer patients & providing distance reiki to medical staff working on Covid Wards across the UK. People come to Gemstone wanting support with some physical and many emotional issues. Gemstone offers a combination of Reiki & Coaching to empower individuals, to bring their own life back into a state of balance and well-being. Helping them to find inner peace aswell as motivation and self confidence to achieve their life goals. From Summer 2021, we will also be offering Yoga classes online and face to face in Leigh Greater Manchester.

Gemstone is also a registered and insured Animal Reiki Practice, meaning we can work alongside Veterinary staff to help cats, dogs, other household pets. We are an Equine specialist working with leisure horses and their humans using Reiki energy to help with stress related health and behavioural issues.

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