The Art of Alchemy

Natasha de Grunwald

The Art of Alchemy podcast is for those of you wanting to deepen into inner leadership. read less

How to BE it Now with Body Wisdom for the New Year
Jan 5 2023
How to BE it Now with Body Wisdom for the New Year
With the new year upon us the channels are inundated with advice about goal setting, planning, strategies, becoming the new YOU.Many of you will be feeling ready for more, ready for something different and aren’t yet clear on how to get there and the advice you are coming across is old and tired and not motivating you. You're uninspired and you know from this place its unlikely much will change. You might have a master plan, you might have goals, you might even be clear on your why.You might also be questioning, confused, lacking clarity about the past and how it helps you create your future. And you might need to hear this today.In this weeks podcast Natasha is talking about the felt sense/body wisdom and how you can go to the next level by feeling it, by being in it. She talks about:the 3 stages you want to embrace right now to get you to the next level and she guides you through reviewing your year in the most powerful waytaking time to pause, appreciation, acknowledgementhow to see the gifts, challenges, lessons were along with the joys, pains, fun and pivotal times. how to slow it down and uncover these for your growth as the 3rd stage Natasha talks about starting to  create using body wisdom and felt sense awareness to really BECOME the person who is ready for the next levelDownload your workbook hereFind out more about Activate Alchemy here.Come and join me over on Instagram @natasha.degrunwald to share what you thought about today's episode.
How to Begin and Uplevel as a Therapist
Apr 7 2022
How to Begin and Uplevel as a Therapist
Every massage therapist has wondered at some point WHY their client disappeared never to return. Everyone who has ever had high hopes for getting a decent massage has sadly been disappointed (or dare I say it - HURT) at least once. Then there are some therapists who find their business becoming so successful they cant cope with the rapid influx of clients. And others who have got unbelievably long standing relationships with their clients for one reason alone.In this weeks episode we are talking WELLNESS in a deep sense of the word. For many years it has been my passion to raise the standards of massage. I have been injured too many times (broken ligaments and ribs as an example) by well meaning but poorly trained practitioners.  It was clear they had  gone down the cheap and fast route to being qualified (and nearly got themselves sued as a result).  As a teacher with over 3 decades of experience what I can do is help create a new narrative and prevent harm in our industry. I believe wellness starts with the therapist being well (not straining or burning out) and the client having a tailored treatment that makes them snore and dribble. Why right  now is THE time to become a massage therapist - adding  to your skills so you can seamlessly grow a client base of super fansMy personal journey  - from abuse and drug taking - to being the founder of London Institute of Thai Yoga Massage and a published author I also talk candidly about abuse and trauma and the charity work I have done over the years to support clients in hospitals in tragic circumstancesI am sure if you are in the wellness industry you have your own journey connecting you to your WHY and my hope is that this episode will inspire you to go deeper - this world needs more healers and therapists right now Finally, I teach you a little about the 5 Buddhist elements covering some basics about what might be your element type - water, fire or wind and HOW Thai Massage therapists can tailor treatments to suit you so you never have to experience the pain of wasting your money on a treatment againAfter listening to this episode, remember to come over to Instagram and DM me to tell me where you are stuck right now (this could be anywhere in your life and business).To download my 12 simple steps to fully booked in 10 days click hereAbout Natasha:Natasha de Grunwald is a subconscious transformation coach, a mentor, a teacher, trainer, breathwork facilitator and a Mum to a 19 year old daughter. She has been teaching and training and holding space for people in the wellness industry for over 30 years.To find out more about Sacred Health training click hereTo sign up for my newsletter you can click hereFind me at:Website: www.natashadegrunwald.co.ukFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/londonthaiyogaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/natasha.degrunwald
Dissecting the Energetic Layers of Marketing
Mar 31 2022
Dissecting the Energetic Layers of Marketing
I cannot help but be aware of the energy people bring to the wellness industry.You might not know but I can also use my sensitivities to feel what is happening for businesses when it comes to their marketing.(Yep I am talking energy here!)Are you a wellness entrepreneur who has been working hard to market your business?You've been expecting all your efforts to bring in new clients.Because that is what you have been told will happen - you followed the ‘formula'.But it hasn’t been the case.You are not growing. You don't have more clients.Is it because there is too much competition?You thought it was down to bad luck.You even thought you must be doing lots of things ‘wrong'.So it is no surprise you started feeling down and losing confidence in your ability to grow as a business. And perhaps you thought you had better do more courses in marketing.  Or more marketing full stop.In this week's episode I talk to you about the ENERGY of your marketing and why it has been problematic for you.I help you realise the mindset trap you may have fallen into without even realising.And I give you some really simple steps to help you break out of the state of mind that is causing you massive problems and stopping your growth.The simple method I teach is critical to your understanding how this is affecting your business (and how this is affecting your energy, your self belief etc).Inside the episode we cover:The subtleties of marketing no one has told you about beforeThe mindset obstacles that are keeping you stuckHow creating a new thought is easy, fast and effectiveThe energy of contraction and expansionWhy you might seek help to grow, shift and heal things in your business NOW​​​​​​​After listening to this episode, remember to come over to Instagram and DM me to tell me where you are stuck right now (this could be anywhere in your life and business).To download my 12 simple steps to fully booked in 10 days click hereAbout Natasha:Natasha de Grunwald is a subconscious transformation coach, a mentor, a teacher, trainer, breathwork facilitator and a Mum to a 19 year old daughter. She has been teaching and training and holding space for people in the wellness industry for over 30 years.To find out more about Sacred Health training click hereTo sign up for my newsletter you can click hereFind me at:Website: www.natashadegrunwald.co.ukFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/londonthaiyogaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/natasha.degrunwald
How To Make Your To-Do List Work For You
Mar 24 2022
How To Make Your To-Do List Work For You
My guess is that you have a to-do list. And if I am right about this I'll hedge my bets you have more than one.Am I right?Now I am not psychic but I'll go one step further and say ‘Your to-do list grows by the day and you never seem to get to the bottom of it’.Have I hit the nail on the head?In this weeks podcast I am going to tell you exactly how you can make peace with your to do list and make it work for you so you no longer feel:overwhelmed when you look at itlike you're putting off the tasks you hatelike you wasted the week and got nowhereAnd the impact of this:proud of yourself for getting SH!T doneyou can see growth in your businessyou will know how to move the dial furthest (and fast) get mega amounts more done in the weekAnd my suggestion for all the tasks you know you will NEVER DO (but need to).Let me know on instagram if this was helpful and how you have implemented the changeshttps://www.instagram.com/natasha.degrunwald/To download my 12 simple steps to fully booked in 10 days click hereAbout Natasha:Natasha de Grunwald is a subconscious transformation coach, a mentor, a teacher, trainer, breathwork facilitator and a Mum to a 19 year old daughter. She has been teaching and training and holding space for people in the wellness industry for over 30 years.To find out more about Sacred Health training click hereTo sign up for my newsletter you can click hereFind me at:Website: www.natashadegrunwald.co.ukFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/londonthaiyogaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/natasha.degrunwald
Menopause - The Next Cycle of Awakening with Petra Coveney
Mar 17 2022
Menopause - The Next Cycle of Awakening with Petra Coveney
In this weeks Dissected Woman Podcast episode you are going to go deep with us- exploring what it means when a woman steps into her POWER.Have you entered the peri-menopause or menopause cycle and have you noticed a huge positive awakening that has changed EVERYTHING for you?Has your body been guiding you towards a new career, a more intimate relationship with yourself, are you suddenly craving deeper meaning and pivoting your business? If so your hormones and body wisdom is guiding you forwards to the next stage of your lifeThe menopause is a powerful and symbolic time of spiritual transformation and there is no one better to be in conversation with than menopause expert, Petra Coveney of Menopause yoga™️.She tells us exactly how her own peri-menopause symptoms coincided with deep grief & bereavement.  This mimicked what can be felt as a grieving process from the fertile stage of a woman’s life to a to new cycle of life. This episode really pays tribute to this poignant and powerful time and how Petra created a global resource and network from her experiencesIt is a deeply emotive episode, which educates us with fascinating information.We discuss:Holistic approach to menopause - and the recognition of a huge biopsychosocial spiritual transformation Why peri/menopause is such a pivotal and necessary time to create change in the world How leadership by menopausal women is exactly what the world needs for global, local and community changeThe impact on communities when menopause is honoured rather than hiddenThe incredible 7 year cycles of our lives and how RAGE and OUTRAGE are to be celebratedThe traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) cycle of Second SpringHistory and culture of menopauseHow collaborating as business women in a collective circle has a huge ripple effectHow oxytocin and the nervous system are rewarding us for being in community of womenIf you want to work with, support, understand women this is a MUST-LISTEN to episode About Petra:Petra Coveney is the founder of Menopause Yoga, the world’s first specialist yoga practice designed to support women on their Menopause journey. Founded in 2013, Menopause Yoga unites the latest western medical science with eastern wellbeing, and is grounded in many years of research and work with menopausal women. She is passionate about supporting women wherever they live, and has trained nearly 400 teachers in 20 countries across the world to run Menopause Yoga classes and workshops. Her book on Menopause Yoga was published in 2021 and she is now writing her second, with a third book on the way. Petra reframes the PostMenopause as a woman's Second Spring - a time for rebirth, renewal and creativity.Website:  www.menopause-yoga.comAbout Natasha:Natasha de Grunwald is a subconscious transformation coach, a mentor, a teacher, trainer, breathwork facilitator and a Mum to a 19 year old daughter. She has been teaching and training and holding space for people in the wellness industry for over 30 years.To find out more about Sacred Health training click hereTo sign up for my newsletter you can click hereFind me at:Website: www.natashadegrunwald.co.ukFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/londonthaiyogaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/natasha.degrunwald
The Vital Role of Wellness in the Perinatal Period with Alex Heath
Mar 11 2022
The Vital Role of Wellness in the Perinatal Period with Alex Heath
The perinatal period is often a time when here is a huge emotional and spiritual transition into new unchartered territories of parenthood. Becoming a holistic professional who can support during this time is a vital role.Many wellness practitioners are searching for a ‘niche’ where they can bring together passion, healing, skills and techniques, and often their own experiences to help heal.In this weeks episode of the Dissected Woman Podcast I speak with the amazing Alex Heath - founder of Traumatic Birth Recovery - college of perinatal health - who specialises in teaching healthcare professionals to support parents with their mental health.Whilst my courses teach people how to work with the physical body at this hugely transitional time we discuss Alex’s approach to mental health, traumatic birth and mindfulness and how this impacts identity, relationships & lifestyle Alex is a guest teacher on the Sacred Health 4 trimesters & beyond training (LINK) and has a wealth of experience and knowledge, much of which comes from her own journey into parenthood where she was suddenly thrown into looking at her own addictions and anxietyInside this weeks episode we dive into:How good parenting begins with robust, resilient mental and emotional health - how we can achieve this with the right support from holistic professionalsThe real impact pregnancy and birth are having on families How our birth stories which are often traumatic are sustaining suffering longtermSocieties expectations on parents during this profoundly transitional timeSupporting the journey beyond birth - a whole body approach (mind body, spirit)Perinatal mental health - what are the signs to look out for Support, education and traumatic birth recovery, pregnancy and lossAbout Alex:Alex Heath, is the Head of TBR College an organisation the specialises in perinatal emotional health education. She is also the author of the book: Recovering from a traumatic birth; a practical guide.She is also a parent, Clinical Hypnotherapist and still occasionally, a birth doula. Since 2016 she has been training HCPs, birth professionals and pre & postnatal specialists in the therapeutic skills and techniques that can provide a brief intervention to parents struggling to cope after a traumatic perinatal event.Her mission is to put perinatal mental health on the map. For society to realise that good parenting begins with robust, resilient mental and emotional health.Pregnancy, birth and parenthood are not merely physical events to be endured but a spiritual and emotional transition into a new territory. Far too many parents survive the journey when in fact they could be thriving.TBR College has over 500 students and practitioners who are all committed to supporting parents emotional and mental health at this important life stage.Website: https://www.tbrcollege.com/About Natasha:Natasha de Grunwald is a subconscious transformation coach, a mentor, a teacher, trainer, breathwork facilitator and a Mum to a 19 year old daughter. She has been teaching and training and holding space for people in the wellness industry for over 30 years.To find out more about Sacred Health training click hereTo sign up for my newsletter you can click hereFind me at:Website: www.natashadegrunwald.co.ukFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/londonthaiyogaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/natasha.degrunwald
How to Experience Success and Achieve Your Goals
Mar 3 2022
How to Experience Success and Achieve Your Goals
The idea of setting goals is not new and if you are wanting to grow and expand your business it is an integral part of your success.However, the experience of many entrepreneurs, therapists and wellness professionals is they are either not setting goals, or if they are they are not reaching them and this leads to feeling stuck or overwhelmed or just downright fed upSo the question is - what can you do differently to make sure you set yourself up for success?You will find the answer inside this weeks episode where I share with you some unique ways of looking at this that WILL give you actionable tools - I have a few spins on this you will not have heard before.You’ll be able to implement the tangible strategies I give you straight away.In this weeks episode I teach you about:The importance and health of having multiple goalsHow to move the dial furthest and fastThe cycles in your business and how to embrace, integrate and appreciate themWhat a stretchy goal will do for you in comparison with an unrealistic goal or easy goalSetting yourself up for successHow to create achievable steps and have a master plan to followFailure as healthy motivationWhat is happening when multi-tasking and preparing for actionHow and why to activate the autonomic nervous system to get laser focussed About Natasha:Natasha de Grunwald is a subconscious transformation coach, a mentor, a teacher, trainer, breathwork facilitator and a Mum to a 19 year old daughter. She has been teaching and training and holding space for people in the wellness industry for over 30 years.To find out more about Sacred Health training click hereTo sign up for my newsletter you can click hereFind me at:Website: www.natashadegrunwald.co.ukFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/londonthaiyogaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/natasha.degrunwald
When Wellness Meets Birth Activism with Kemi Johnson
Feb 24 2022
When Wellness Meets Birth Activism with Kemi Johnson
As a therapist I always ask clients about their own births as it is clear the affect it has on the physical structures or the body as well as the physiology.Birth is a massive event in your life - your own birth and the birth of your children but what if it could be a positive rite of passage (or even orgasmic) rather than something to fear.Have you ever considered just how much your own birth has impacted your life, your choices, your mental health as a child and all the way into adulthood? What if it could have been different? What would the impact of this be on the world when it is such a fundamental event in life. There is a huge amount of evidence to show how significant  birth is - for the whole family and our communities at large. In this weeks episode I am talking with the magnificent Kemi Johnson - an expert in the birth world - an activist, educator, birth nerd and birth keeper. In this powerful episode we talk about:The impact and trauma of c section on the body - every layer of the body is cut into and this is more significant, affecting your baby and your own body in ways you may not have realised are linked. The power of Bowen technique (which I teach on the sacred Health training) for the whole family and how it positively impacts babies health.What is Industrialised birthing and what a birth looks like when there is real choice and autonomy.Impact of birth on body and first breath - the links to anxiety and function.We talk about the anatomy of the breasts and specifically them being an extension of the heart.What it looks like to birth outside of the system and how complimentary therapies such as Bowen are vital for everyone .Come over to Instagram and let me know what you learnt  after listening to this episode and if you want to be able to work with babies and whole families using light touch get in touch. About Kemi:I am a mother and a birthkeeper. I have been in the birthroom as a mother, doula, midwife and now as a birthkeeper. Parents have permitted me the privilege of refining my knowledge on physiological/natural birth and now I spend all of my days loving my family and friends and facilitating healthy, happy, ecstatic births for anyone who will listen. I am also a fearless loud mouth and game changer on social media.Instagram: @kemibirthjoyjohnson About Natasha:Natasha de Grunwald is a subconscious transformation coach, a mentor, a teacher, trainer, breathwork facilitator and a Mum to a 19 year old daughter. She has been teaching and training and holding space for people in the wellness industry for over 30 years.To find out more about Sacred Health training click here To sign up for my newsletter you can click hereFind me at:Website: www.natashadegrunwald.co.ukFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/londonthaiyogaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/natasha.degrunwald
Three Vital Communication Tips to Attract More Clients
Feb 17 2022
Three Vital Communication Tips to Attract More Clients
In this weeks episode I share with you 3 tips in how to communicate to attract clients (and keep them.)Have you got an elevator pitch and does it turn clients away or towards your business?  I have seen it go wrong with wellness practitioners so many times in the past and its disheartening Are you ethical, prioritising the clients health over your income and can you have integrity and build a successful practice - we talk about the nuances.Are you building a referral system - we dive into this so you can get clarity about why you may need to explore this in your practice.How inclusive is your wellness business?  Never has this been a more important time to ask yourself this question to ensure ALL people feel welcome in your practice. How do you navigate boundaries - how can you communicate these boundaries and why is this important for you.The use of language and how incredibly powerful it is (and without knowing it you may need to tweak HOW you speak and WHAT you say).Did you consider that the art of listening is also a major component in communication skills that will help you build a reputation and loyal clients.I've had 30 years in practice with clients and I know all of these make a big difference. About Natasha:Natasha de Grunwald is a subconscious transformation coach, a mentor, a teacher, trainer, breathwork facilitator and a Mum to a 19 year old daughter. She has been teaching and training and holding space for people in the wellness industry for over 30 years. To sign up for my newsletter you can click hereFind me at:Website: www.natashadegrunwald.co.ukFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/londonthaiyogaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/natasha.degrunwald
From serious addiction to wellness leadership with Steph Magenta
Feb 10 2022
From serious addiction to wellness leadership with Steph Magenta
Let me ask you this:Have you been running your wellness business by pushing, struggling and forcing things to happen, using yang energy and feeling exhausted? Do you ever think that allowing yourself to deeply reset and rest could be the way to thrive?  What would it be like to have a business that allowed you to have the freedom to travel and not be tied down to brick and mortar clinics or spaces?I know that I have done the pushing and struggling AND I have now created a business that gives me more freedom than I thought was possible (see Sacred Health here) as has my special guest on the podcast this week.In this weeks episode I am in conversation with Steph Magenta who is an inspiration and has become a global wellness leader after many years of addiction and struggle.She talks about how she turned her life around and found purpose by learning shamanic practices, finding breathwork and now living a life she is in LOVE with, one that comes from a place of trust, alignment and clarity, having done the deep inner work.Are you someone who knows its impossible to avoid the inner work if you want to find meaning, purpose and fulfilment.?You’ll hear us talk about:The power of Ceremony & rites of passage - how this helped Steph become a better human and walk in alignment Shamanic practices & The medicine wheel, looking at nature and life cycles and how this knowledge helps to live a healthier life The healing power and transformation of breathwork Keeping Integrity in the healing space and honouring lineage We also talk about our shared opinion around the immediacy and  dangers of fast tracking training - how important it is to go deep into learning and knowledge Steph shares her top tips for keeping herself healthy and talks about her new found love of cold water swimmingThis episode will certainly have you questioning how you can make tweaks and changes to your own self development journey and bring more success to your business.About Steph:Steph Magenta is a Certified Breathwork Facilitator and the Co-Founder of Integrative Breath, a 7 month comprehensive breathwork facilitation training program. She is a licensed bodywork therapist with a background in addiction support and research, and has over 25 years of running her own juice bars and healing centres behind her, the knowledge of which she brings into her work to create sustainable wellbeing. Steph follows a Red Path shamanic practice, much of which she brings to her work.Website: www.stephmagenta.com and www.integrative-breath.comInstagram: www.instagram.com/integrativebreathAbout Natasha:Natasha de Grunwald is a subconscious transformation coach, a mentor, a teacher, trainer, breathwork facilitator and a Mum to a 19 year old daughter. She has been teaching and training and holding space for people in the wellness industry for over 30 years. To sign up for my newsletter you can click hereFind me at:Website: www.natashadegrunwald.co.ukFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/londonthaiyogaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/natasha.degrunwald
Thai Massage for touch aversion, trauma and social anxiety with Drew Hume
Feb 3 2022
Thai Massage for touch aversion, trauma and social anxiety with Drew Hume
In this weeks podcast listen to this fascinating conversation with a fellow Thai massage trainer &  yoga teacher Drew Hume. Drew has a retreat space in Costa Rica (you’ll hear the sound of the rain and tropical birds in the background), he keeps bees,  is an anatomy geek, with a degree in human biology.In this insightful conversation we discuss Thai Massage for touch aversion, trauma and social anxiety.We ask the questions: Are we now living in a society that is widely touch averse?  What can we do as manual therapists ? As a practitioner offering touch are you aware of past traumas held in your clients body? How might this might show up? Have you come across resistance to touch?  Understanding these vulnerabilities we can pull out the tools to honour this space for clients and help them - it starts with awareness and education. As practitioners we have a unique opportunity so how do we build bridges for the touch averse or people with social anxiety?Listen & Discover:Two experienced teachers talking about their passions for the wellness industry (and acknowledging the shadow side of it)Is it possible to ditch feeling competitive and embrace collaboration instead?Like many wellness practitioners there is a gut instinct that directs the path towards healing and training and we talk about how this has been a powerful guiding forceSettle in and enjoy the conversation which includes talk about massage, anatomy, indigenous medicine and retreats.The next Thai Massage Foundation Diploma starts in March. You can find more details about how to train with Natasha hereAbout Drew:Drew is a Thai Massage practitioner and teacher and is the founder of Navina  in Costa Rica, He runs retreats and trainings from this space and is an avid lover of bees.Instagram: Drew Hume and Bees FirstAbout Natasha:Natasha de Grunwald is a subconscious transformation coach, a mentor, a teacher, trainer, breathwork facilitator and a Mum to a 19 year old daughter. She has been teaching and training and holding space for people in the wellness industry for over 30 years. To sign up for my newsletter you can click hereFind me at:Website: www.natashadegrunwald.co.ukFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/londonthaiyogaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thaiyogamassage/
Preventing the Acceleration of the Ageing Process and Understanding Pain with Sue Hitzmann
Jan 20 2022
Preventing the Acceleration of the Ageing Process and Understanding Pain with Sue Hitzmann
Have you ever experienced unexplained pain in your body and wondered to yourself ‘what is going on?’ Would you implement a daily self care practice if you knew beyond doubt that you would look, feel and live better?  Have you ever considered there may be ways to (naturally) prevent the acceleration of the ageing process?   In this weeks episode of the Dissected Woman podcast I have the pleasure in talking about all of this (and a huge amount more) with Sue Hitzmann who is a scientist, researcher, New York Times bestselling author, teacher and the creator of the Melt Method™.  This is one of the most educational episodes so far and I am excited for you to listen and learn and implement some of the suggestions that come from the conversation.  Sign up for the FREE Felt Sense Meditation here Apply to join the Sacred Health Programme here About Sue:Sue Hitzmann, founder of Longevity Fitness Inc, is a nationally recognized neurofascial science & research educator, manual therapist, exercise physiologist, and founding member of the Fascia Research Society. She’s the founder and creator of The MELT Method, a simple self-care technique that addresses the missing link to pain-free living – hydrated, supple fascia and a stable, balanced nervous system. She’s authored two bestselling books and has an online education platform for professionals and an on-demand channel for consumers to share her method worldwide.Website: https://www.meltmethod.com/MELT method Instagram: Sue Hitzmann  and Melt Method Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meltmethod/ About Natasha:Natasha de Grunwald is a subconscious transformation coach, a mentor, a teacher, trainer, breathwork facilitator and a Mum to a 19 year old daughter. She has been teaching and training and holding space for people in the wellness industry for over 30 years.  To sign up for my newsletter you can click hereFind me at: Website: www.natashadegrunwald.co.uk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/londonthaiyoga Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thaiyogamassage/