Well Women Wednesday’s: Emma Bowen
Meet Emma, remedial massage therapist, kinesiologist, holistic health coach and wellness center owner in the beautiful far North Queensland.
Emma’s passion for health and wellness truly shines through.
She is down to earth and a bit of a funny bugger ( through the interwaves ), we still have actually never met. But since becoming mutual friends through our fabulous health coaching course (IIN), I immediately felt drawn to her authenticity and passion for life.
How did you find your way on this path?
It has been a long and winding road. For over ten years now, I have had an interest in health, toxic free living, but it was only in the last three and a half years, after trying all different ways of eating, that I finally listened to my body and started eating a plant based diet. I was guided to this way of life by some beautiful friends who lead me to the amazing vegan blog Oh She Glows, after eating for that way for a few weeks, I felt lighter, I had no abdominal pain and I just felt aligned with my beliefs, my core essence. That was a life changing event and lead me to really devour any health and nutrition information, which lead me to find and study through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
What does your typical day look like?
I part own a busy Remedial Massage and Wellness Clinic up here in beautiful Far North Queensland, so my days are busy and long. I try to wake up between 6 – 6:30am, I make myself an organic coffee (lately I have been trialing a vegan version of the bulletproof coffee and it’s divine!) I then have some lemon water to balance out the acidity of the coffee and help alkalize my body. I then, if I’m able to fit it in, do a Suzanne Bowen Fitness workout, or listen to a webinar, podcast or uplifting music, text my clients while firing up the Thermomix and make one of my superfood smoothies. I then head into work, see my amazing clients and usually get home around 7pm. If I don’t get my workout in, in the morning, it works as a great post work de-stresser. I am a big believer in maintaining flexibility and how this impacts on our general health, so my workouts are a big part of my daily health regimen. After that it’s dinner and then some chill time and bed. I have been aiming for lights out at 10-10:30pm, but I’m a rebel, so sometimes this doesn’t always happen.
What are your non-negotiable daily practices?
Movement (in whatever form, barre or yoga) and gratitude. I also try and connect regularly with friends, these act like a ‘pause’ button during my busy day and helps me to take time out to chill, regroup and then enjoy my afternoon client sessions. I have recently rediscovered oil pulling, and this is now an integral part of my morning ritual. I swish coconut oil around in my mouth for up to twenty minutes, either when I’m in the shower, or house cleaning and I just feel so much more energized, my teeth are cleaner and it’s been a wonder for the hay fever caused by our dry weather lately.
What does your day look like on a plate?
Interesting question! It is always evolving. I am a huge believer in eating local and eating for the season and I absolutely love the Ayurvedic way of looking at food and lifestyle. I eat a plant based diet and I am constantly having a conversation with my body to determine what it needs in terms of nutrients and what my cravings are truly telling me. I am a regular subscriber of our local Real food Network Box that delivers 100% local and mostly organic fruit and vegetables, I receive this every fortnight. Because of the nature of the box, I have no control over what I receive so each week’s menu plan can look different. In between the box deliveries I shop at the local farmers markets and independent grocer. At the moment, I am following a few different detoxification protocols given to me, by my naturopath, so I am doing mostly liquid meals, in the form of superfood smoothies and soups. I get creative, I love throwing everything in my Thermie and playing with spices and flavours.
What lights you up?
Everything about health and nutrition, connecting with like minded souls and just taking in the beauty of each day. Truly when we stop and look at certain moments throughout our day, we can always find some reason to smile and celebrate. I am so blessed to have amazing people in my life that support and uplift me.
What’s your favourite way to relax & unwind?
I have a few, and I know some people think it’s weird, but hitting the mat and pressing play on an online workout….truly there is no better way to unwind and get out of my head. We live so much of our day in our own heads and I am so guilty of this! To be able to find a workout I love like barre or yoga, and to reconnect the mind and body. It’s just magic! It gets you in tune with yourself and gives you an appreciation of what I like to call our ‘lovely life vehicle’, our body.
What do the words “Love, Light, Wellness” mean to you?
Relationships, Spirit, Connection, Health and Nourishment. To truly find out what nourishes our mind, body and soul. It is as unique to each person as our finger print and it is an evolution. I love that we have the ability to cultivate it, to listen to our core desires and to follow our intuition. That to me cultivates Love, Light and Wellness in our everyday lives. Choosing gratitude and deepening our connection to our lovely life vehicle, that is what lights me up, that is what I would love to imprint on my clients and that to me is true wellness.
That is tough to pin down, there are so many…but I absolutely love this one and it’s pinned on my refrigerator as a constant reminder:
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars….
Jack Kerouac. (I think I was born in the wrong era ;))
Strawberry Fields Forever Smoothie
Anything else you’d like to share? Inspiring message? Recipe?
250ml almond milk
1-2 scoops of Nutraorganics Choc coconut protein powder
1 medium avocado
Blend for one minute and then top with shredded coconut and cacao nibs. ENJOY
I would love to share the thought that it is never too late to change your health for the better, to help your body heal through good food, great company and gratitude. Believe in yourself and honour your lovely life vehicle, it does so much for us, treat it well.
Also please if it resonates with you like my Facebook page and look out for my blog being released in the next few weeks. I will also be studying with the gorgeous Deanna Minich with the Food And Spirit Practioner program, so if you are interested in holistic eating and how to intuitively eat right for your body, keep an eye out for information I will be sharing as I go along with the course.
Thank you for reading and I hope to connect with you all soon x
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