Ibstock Place School Christmas Market Saturday 12th November, 11am – 3pm

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Ibstock Place School Christmas Market Saturday 12th November, 11am – 3pm

This is a Christmas Market that I always look forward to every year and the fact it is hosted by one of our lovely local schools, even better.

You know the place, the time, the date, tickets are £2 per person and all welcomed, the more the merrier!

This year there will be over 90 stalls, many new so you won’t necessarily see the same thing again.  If you come with hungry tummies don’t expect just the usual yet well known BBQ, you will also find also Filipino street food, hot soup, crepes and a wonderful new cake stall, yum!

Hot off the press!  There will be an ice rink this year, advanced tickets for certain time slots have gone however there will still be a few available on the day.

If skating, shopping, eating or socializing isn’t your thing then there will still be the usual rodeo reindeer, laser tag and bouncy castle and a variety of stalls which will appeal to children or even adults young at heart.

See you there

Ibstock Christmas Fair 2016

Thames Riverside Walk, Petersham to Richmond, great fun!


Thames Riverside Walk, Petersham to Richmond, great fun!

What did you do this weekend?

We had a spontaneous moment.  I decided I wanted to go somewhere different as I have done the Richmond Park route back home and Wimbledon Common many times.

Having heard about a route down by the river via Petersham Nurseries I was curious and so headed down that way on Saturday.

We were not disappointed.

With kids and now one dog in tow we headed down to the Thames Riverside in the Petersham area, there are a  few little ways to get down there but always pretty much busy and tight for parking but we were lucky.

I was surprised to see not only dogs but children in the water enjoying the sunshine and small ripples of waves caused by the numerous but varying amounts of boats which was all a joy to see.

My youngest soon rolled up trousers and threw off shoes in various directions and plunged in.  Teddy my frenchbulldog was not so keen.

Having managed to drag my youngest eventually out of the water we headed down the loose pebbled path enjoying the sunshine and watery view.

We passed the rare breed cows who were curious when they met my dog, both having a good close up sniff.

Eventually we came to a gateway which led us through manicured lawns and the much needed ice cream van.

There were varying riverside restaurants from open top canopied ones to high walled rather exclusive ones.

We passed artists with their easels housing waxy paint drying in the sunshine.  There were quite a few small gazebos out with families and friends having fun.  One such gazebo housed a trio of musicians plucking at stringed instruments, their singular table laden with glorious foods that made me salivate and all for a young just wedded couple who posed by the riverside for photos as champagne flutes were quaffed under the suns rays.

There were majestic swans bobbing by the riverside steps waiting for morsels of bread, there was a father and son fishing further down, a puppet theatre, canoeing and much more.

All in all it was a great walk and I am sure there are those out there not yet taken up the joys of a Thames Riverside Walk.

So I have found a link of Richmond Riverside Walks here – Richmond Riverside Walks

If you would like to see some of the fun photos from the walk, please take a look at my Pinterest album below.

As always, thank you for reading, Justine xx

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Oh Darling ~ Let me introduce you!


Oh Darling

I would like to introduce you to not only ‘Oh Darling’ but Ali who owns this lovely boutique shop that we have in East Sheen, London. (contact details can be found at the bottom of this post)

083Most of you will have seen Ali in her shop, I myself have always wanted to find out a little about her (that might sound weird but isn’t, promise!).

To me, Ali with her looks always had a certain ‘je ne said qoui’ and as such I was intrigued to get to know her a little better.  She however informs me that she really is quite ordinary and has no story to tell, but we ‘all’ have some kind of story to tell don’t we?

So we met up, to talk about ‘Oh Darling,’ it’s creation and also a bit about this lovely lady who wishes to make sure the residents of East Sheen have intriguing gifts, chique clothes, pretty ornaments and more to adorn our homes and  to wear.

Some Background History

Ali started of her working life as a ‘nursery nurse’ through the Government sector which she thoroughly enjoyed, however through policy changes and red tape, it ate away at the job satisfaction she felt and eventually she found herself taking on a career change.

Going in to the retail sector was through family ties, starting off in Fulham helping out relatives running perhaps a slightly less Boutique version of what ‘Oh Darling’ is now.

Luckily for us she eventually moved to East Sheen, taking over the property she is in now, but utilizing the ground floor only.  Slowly over the years she established her ‘look’ for the shop and a confident range of furnishing for us East Sheeners to enjoy!

However six years ago an informal conversation took place between Ali and two of the beauty therapists she frequented.  A suggestion was made to make a beauty salon out of her basement, everyone agreed and the idea was developed and it is now a thriving business.

Oh Darling Beauty Salon

Oh Darling reception area

Clean and elegant reception area

The salon downstairs comprises of two rooms and two full time therapists which Ali has known for a long time.

I have visited Martha, one of the therapists, quite a lot and having been a ‘holistic therapist,’ trained staff and ran clinics for over 20 years in the past I can confidently say that she is a great aesthieticienne.

Having a pedicure by Martha is like watching a creation of art being made, she treats ones feet like a sculpture being lovingly tended bit by bit until perfection is achieved.

Oh Darling Beauty very much concentrates on a core availability of treatments, the ones that we really cannot do without, leaving specialist, more costly treatments to be covered by other salons.

A basic summary of what is provided can be found below:

  • Facials
  • Body Treatments
  • Body Bronzing
  • Purifying Back Facial
  • Eye Tinting
  • Hand and Foot Treatments
  • Waxing
  • Men’s Treatments

There are some additional treatments provided over and above the standard menu, by other practitioners, these being…

  • Merz Aesthetics, Belotero which is a dermal filler by Gilham
  • RevitaLash by Justyna
  • Restylane
  • Suti by Suzanne

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday 9.30- 6pm

Friday 9.30 – 6pm

Saturday 9.00 – 6pm

Using Local Artisans and Craftsmen

Love Art by Local Artist Mandy Belmokhtar

Love Art by Local Artist Mandy Belmokhtar

Ali makes a point of trying to use local craftsmen where possible, above you will find a painting by Mandy Belmokhtar and she also sells butterflies sourced ethically, framed and presented by another local resident called Ruth Yardy.

Below you will see a brief selection throughout the post of items sourced by Ali.

Whilst talking to her and finding out about how and where she gets her merchandise from I could see an almost tangible concern that she really takes on a lot of emotional responsibility for ensuring that she provides a variety of well made interesting pieces that her customers really will want and be interested in, in the vein more of being a service of satisfaction than just retailing, which is rare and lovely to see.

Range of Products

For a small space that is not cluttered there is a remarkably wide range of items available.  There is clothing from the Great Plains range which I have used before finding them to be of great quality and simple yet chique in appearance.  There is china, glassware, cards, kids toys, jewellery, ornaments, smellies, picture frames, the list is endless.

Ali has long time friend Jo helping her out who now goes on shopping trips to scout for interesting and new items. You will always find friendly chatter and a wrapping service no matter the time of year.


Being a nosy person of course I moved on to Ali’s tattoos and her dogs.

It is quite obvious that they are utterly adored and getting the chance to cuddle six month old Mabel, a mini dutchaund was a real treat and actually made me feel broody which was pretty scary!  Her dog menagerie started off with George who is a cavalier at the grand age of 13 years old, then Monty who is another mini dutchaund yet not quite so mini, he is five years old and now Mabel. The trio of musketeers sometimes making an appearance altogether if you are lucky!



As for the creative artwork that adorns Ali’s body, for those of you as nosy as me for the story behind them, it all started in her 40′s on a trip to Bali where the first one was bought for her as a present.   I won’t tell you how many she has now, but suffice to say they are a work in progress especially the rose upon her derriere.

So if you have not been to ‘Oh Darling’ it is well worth a visit be it to shop or treat yourself to an essential wax or massage.  You will receive a warm welcome and friendly banter from all the staff.

I would like to thank Ali for letting me interview her it was a grand pleasure.

Contact Details Including Social Media


Oh Darling Beauty Salon

Oh Darling Beauty & Lifestyle Boutique


Oh Darling

Address: 226 Upper Richmond Road West,East Sheen, London, SW14 8AH


020 88767226 (Shop)

020 8876 5588 (Beauty Salon)



Thank you as always for reading & viewing, Justine xx

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Fancy a walk? ~ Friends of Richmond Park have organized walks


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The Friends of Richmond Park organize walks through our wonderful Royal Park, please find below details and links to get further information as per their information….

Walks and Courses 2014

Guided walks are offered on the first Saturday of each month, as well as on some additional dates listed below.  These are FREE to both member and non members.  They also offer a wide range of bookable courses for members only.

If you wish to join as a member please click here.


All walks start at 10am from the designated car park unless detailed otherwise.  They take approximately 2hrs, well behaved dogs on leads are welcomed as are children. (not on leads though!) – distance is approximately 2 miles but not exact.

Sat 7th June – Sheen Gate car park

Sat 5th July – Pembroke Lodge car park

Sat 12th July – SUMMER EVENING WALK Sheen Gate car park , 8pm

Sat 2nd August – Kingston Gate car park

Sat 6th September – AUTUMN BIRD WALK Sheen Gate car park

Sat 4th October – Sheen Gate car park

Sat 1st November – Pembroke Lodge car park

Sat 6th December – Kingston Gate car park

Fri 26th December – BOXING DAY WALK Roehampton Gate car park


10am start with a short talk at Pembroke Lodge followed by a walk.  Friends members only.  Booking essential, contact Sue on 020 9409114 or sue.gibbons@npl.co.uk

Refreshments provided – courses consist of approximately 30 minutes talk, break then 2hrs course time.

Sat 17th May – Trees (Janet Bostock)

Sat 19th July – Butterflies (Ray Garrett)

Sat 11th October – Deer (Peter Burrows-Smith)

Sat 25th October – Fungi (Janet Bostock and Elizabeth Cheesman)


If you have any queries on the walk and courses or need special help and or support please contact Peter Burrows-Smith on 020 8392 9888.

For further information on the Friends of Richmond Park, visit the website link above or find them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thefriendsofrichmondpark


Thank you for reading/viewing, Justine x

Dates for Diary ~ Friends of Palewell Common AGM @ 7.30pm Monday 19th May 2014

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Palewell Common

Palewell Common

© Justine @LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

As quoted by the Friends of Palewell Common….

Dear Friend of Palewell Common


Please join us for the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Palewell Common which will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 19 May at All Saints Church Hall, Park Avenue.

The meeting will elect the Committee for the coming year. If you would like to become a member of the Committee please do put your name forward – either in advance by email to office@palewellcommon.org.uk or in person at the meeting itself.

At the meeting we will also be providing reports on 

What has been happening on the Common over the last year including 

  •  the impact the Council’s new maintenance contractors have had on the physical environment of the Common 
  •  sports activities and the sports facilities 
  •  community events which took place on the Common over the last year 

The activities of the Friends of Palewell Committee 

  •  to improve communication with members – for example to update our website and provide information about birds and fungi on the common 
  • to promote more sport on the Common –representatives of Sheen Common Cricket and Glendale Golf will be present 
  • the conservation work we have been doing in the woodland to clear brambles and open up new areas 

Our plans for the future including 

  • a new nature walk through the woodland 
  • improvements to the sports facilities 
  • liaising with Richmond Council about the management of the Common 

We think it is very important for the local community to have a say in the future of the Common. Please do come along to tell us what you think and hear about what we have been doing.

There will also be an opportunity to talk to members of the Committee and others present over a drink after the formal business.

Could I also remind those of you who have not already renewed that annual subscriptions of £10 are now due for the 2014 year.

If you with to look at the Friends of Palewell Common website which has the joining information, please click here.

Dates for diaries for food lovers!



To find out specifics click here.

It is a community effort and all profit goes to local projects.
Why not spice up your kitchen with some real treats & support local traders?


Barnes Farmers Market

To find out more, click Barnes Farmer Market

I certainly know my kitchen always could do with a dehli delight!

Thank you for reading!

Did you pop a date in your diary?

Justine x

Wordless Wednesday ~ Past surprises!

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In ‘Wordless Wednesdays’ I am going to ‘highlight’ an image taken from somewhere either in the local area, a topic of seasonal interest or of similar nature!


Taken in Palewell Common Easter Sunday

Thank you as always for reading!

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Suffering from Tourettes ~ get support locally & help to remove misconceptions!


Helping those with Tourettes locally & removing common misconceptions perceived by some non-sufferers.

A bit of background.

For those of you who follow my Eclectic odds n sods blog,  will know that one of my sons suffers from what we called ‘tics’.  In the past we have called them ‘nervous tics’ when trying to let people know and they just shrug it off as an “oh well” which is fine & dandy but I don’t think they really understand.

We recently had him assessed privately, the Psychologist said “we won’t put him down as having Tourettes as this is often reacted to negatively & might cause him issues in the future, so we shall just say tics”.  I did wonder about this, I feel he should be diagnosed with what he has, not tailoring it to suit “social prejudices or ignorance”.  If one hides behind calling something another name because it seems more acceptable, how do we expect those non sufferers to ‘really’ understand Tourettes?

Tourettes can be physical, vocal and emotional

Being new to this however, I just went with the flow for now as she has in fact been great, not like the NHS Clinical Psychiatrist who after having met him for 10 minutes suggested medicating him for Tourettes and also medicating him for ADHD, the latter of which the Psychologist said he most definitely did not have.

Where are we now?

We are at what I would call experiencing a “bad stage” of my son’s Tourettes in as much as it is clear it is affecting him emotionally quite drastically.  This is not helped either by teasing/bullying, his dyspraxia and word finding issues, which all sort of snowball up one behind the other.

In comparison to other people we have met, who have Tourettes, we have found a big difference comes from confidence levels.  Those sufferers who do have that confidence level are able to ‘fend’ off questions better, generally deal with social interactions more fluidly as well as deal with the bullying/teasing to a degree should this occur.

My son can easily step in to “fend off” be it physically or verbally a bully towards another, however he struggles to deal with it when directed towards himself, he either crumbles or lets his frustrations get the better of him, either way these feelings provoke reactions that bullies love, don’t they?  It is about stopping the breaking down of confidence before it becomes too much of an issue and finding managing strategies.

It is very hard as a parent to stand by and watch one’s child suffer, one feels helpless and this is never a good place for any parent to be in, so with this in mind I made efforts to try and get local support.

We have found some local support.

I started searching for some kind of support as the NHS support is “six weeks” away at least, which doesn’t help my son today or tomorrow.

Tourettes is not a disease, you won't catch tics

I found in my searches Tourettes Action UK and within this site an array of understanding and caring supporters who helped me around the site, e-mailed me a list of specialists, told me about the forum they have where youngsters can log on and chat to others and last but not least a ‘meet up’ with other parents and children, run by volunteers.  The next local meet was Sunday just gone, my son was keen and we attended.

On the day I will admit I had moments of doubt, thought about cancelling.  What was it going to do for us?  Would it make my son feel worse?  Would it make me feel worse? Would there actually be anyone else there?  What would these people be like?  How would I react, my family, my kids?  Would my youngest behave?  Would my back hold out after the drive?

I am a little ashamed I thought all these things.

We made the drive

We arrived at a church, the meeting was in a hall. There was a warm welcome and initially about 8 people, plus a couple of children, this grew as time progressed.  My youngest soon shot in to the ‘playroom’ next door and created merry hell with the others, fuelled by wotsits and fizzy drinks.  We persuaded my eldest to stay in the main room and meet the grown ups and or listen to the talk.  The first talk was to be on Tourettes & employment, the next with Education.

I have to say WOW now, because it was Jess who spoke about employment, no I digress, she spoke about Tourettes as a whole, how it effects her, how she has progressed through life with it and she was a total inspiration, mind blowingly.  She is also an amazing speaker, her words effortless in clarity and sense, thought provoking, insightful and helpful.  In just one afternoon I learned a whole lot more about my son through listening to her than I might have ever done otherwise, my understanding of certain experiences he undergoes so much clearer.

One thing is clear with Tourettes and that is to own it, rather than letting it own you, in that I mean, though it will still be there, empower yourself, own your Tourettes, make it work for you.  Part of this is being confident, sharing the knowledge of it with others, educating them, trying to rid any stigma and ignorance.  This is very hard to achieve when not confident, my son has a long way to go on this front, but I have complete confidence he will get there in the end.

Jess pointed out it is pointless waiting for the day your Tourettes might go, because it might well not go, to learn to live life now and tailor your life to work for you, to make sure you are empowered enough to get what you want out of life that people should make adjustments where necessary in order for one to accomplish what others take for granted.

Jess’s Tourettes is so intense that she is in a wheelchair.  Her legs ‘tic/twitch’ to the point she just cannot walk more than a few steps.  She also has other physical tics, vocal ones too.  Every few words a tic word will join in, yet with all of this, she has been strong willed enough to get all the ‘support’ necessary to live life to the fullest in the way that she wants to.

I might miss out unintentionally a few things that Jess does, but she has started the website and blog called Touretteshero, she is also a writer, works with young people and an artist.  You will see from her site that there is a whole host of activities and information for people with Tourettes, but on a platform of ‘let Tourettes be used within your life where possible to enhance it’, don’t let it become a negative.

This ‘meet up’ happens around once a month and sometimes consists of different activities, the next one, which unfortunately I am gutted to say that we will miss due to unforseen circumstances is on Saturday 12th April 12-6 at none other than the Tate Gallery in London.

At this event 5-16 yr olds with Tourettes will be given the opportunity to work with visual artists & explore.  Also Dr Tara Murphy, Consultant Psychologist from the Tourette Syndrome clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital, will be on hand to answer questions from12.30–14.30.

I have included here a video of jess at The Royal Albert Mueseum, talking about her Tourettes, it’s a great speech:

Here is the artwork attached as flyer for the event:

Tourettes flyerWFTL Flyer

To finish off!

My children had a great time at the ‘meet’.  My youngest met his match in many of the other youngsters and had a wild time.  My eldest though painfully shy and moody at the whole idea of having to be present did eventually warm up, listened to a little between darting in and out of the kids room.

Let's de-marginalise Tourettes
Let’s de-marginalise Tourettes

At the end we got to mingle and chat.  We met a University Student who came with a ‘dance teacher’ who has severe Tourettes which effects him quite intensely physically yet he has managed to continue a vocation that requires control of his body, how fantastic.  The young ladies name is Sheera Al-Hassani and is a filmaker/youtuber/poet who has managed to secure a grant and use some of her own grant to make a film about Tourettes in a non documentary basis, but more of an artform, she will be there next month, again another reason for me to be gutted, but it goes to show there are those out there passionate to make a difference.

I also met an inspiring man called Peter, who has Tourettes, only diagnosed later in life, he is now a young man and went through his childhood not realizing he had Tourettes, which can and does change over the years in many different ways.  He is teaming up with professionals to try and explore the whole process of the brain and what happens during a ‘tic’ experience, to try and work out possibilities of de-marginilisation through understanding.  He also does stand up comedy where he introduces humor around the subject of Tourettes, laughing with rather than at having this disorder.

I feel lifted in spirit after having been to this meeting, the difference I know small for my eldest but it is at least something, small for us could be very big for him.  I know next time around he won’t feel so shy and it has now given us an opportunity to find ways to empower him with Tourettes bit by bit, day by day and to learn a lot more about it as parents.

I have enclosed a link here to children who have contributed to TourettesHero in talking about how it effects them.  Click here for further watching.

I thank you for reading.  Do any of you have Tourettes or know someone that does?  If you would like to chat here I would welcome comments 🙂

© Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

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Zero balancing ~ A fantastic treatment on your doorstep!

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What is it?  Zero Balancing

I wanted to write this post not just about the actual treatment/therapy or however you might like to phrase it, but also on the therapist/practitioner, because I feel that you can have a great therapy but it takes a certain connection between the customer and practitioner to make the experience either a good one or a great one.

It is important to connect and feel comfortable with the person treating you and to understand a little bit more about them, what makes them tick, some of their history, their philosophies a head start in helping one to make that decision of “yes I think I would really like to try and benefit from that treatment with that person.”

Like all things however, one therapy might suit one person but not another, much like trying on a pair of shoes might be fantastic to one person’s foot but not another, there’s nothing wrong with the shoe it’s just a case of it fits one person better.

So with this in mind I would like to tell you a little bit about Jane, my Zero Balancing therapist, then a bit about my experiences with Zero Balancing and then some official links if you wish to learn more.

Jane von Bieberstein

Jane von Bieberstein

London born Jane spent her childhood in Tunbridge Wells.  It was here that her passion for ballet grew shortly followed by a love of gymnastics.  Her childhood days were filled up with both, sometimes 10 hrs plus of ballet and the commitments of being in the South East Gymnastic Squad.

Unfortunately the love affair with both was to come to a halt as they clashed in many ways.  Dance won the day, her passion now taking on other forms such as tap and modern. Jane sadly soon learned though that her dancing dreams would not come to fruition.  Her mother having never taken it seriously put her foot down.  Her daughter having attended a very academic girl’s grammar school was then steered towards taking a Pharmacy Degree in Brighton, graduating in 1989.

Jane whilst dancing met Alan Herdman who taught Pilates, this was the first nurturing in taking an interest in ‘other’ forms of exercise, sowing the seeds slowly.  Having moved on from the University College Hospital, branched out and taken another job, Jane’s professional interests veered towards specializing in HIV or Oncology.  In 1989 she started at the Marsden, this is also the time she met her German born husband with whom she ended up living in Putney with, continuing her profession, marriage and still dancing 5-6 professional ballet classes a week.

Jane also is a GYROTONIC® teacher (which I will cover in another post), and it was through a girlfriend of hers that she first came in to contact with this particular form of therapy, having found a natural affinity with it upon undertaking sessions during her maternity leave. Jane finally then took the plunge and decided to train.  Luckily one of the training centres was 15 minutes from her in-laws, so 9 month baby girl was taken for two weeks to visit grandparents whilst she completed her first basic course.  All in all the whole certification took about one year.

It was whilst working in Nature Works that she met Geoff Leonard, a Zero Balancer.  Upon having some sessions Jane felt that this therapy would accentuate her GYROTONIC® treatments, allowing her to work more deeply in the areas she would try to open up through Gyro.

Zero Balancing

Zero Balancing is a wonderfully relaxing treatment based on eastern healing traditions.

In order to take up Zero Balancing one has to have a recognized certificated therapy, i.e. acupuncture.  Unfortunately at that time GYROTONIC® was not recognized, however Jane earlier had undertaken an ITEC Therapeutic Massage Course with Claire Maxwell Hudson, which though she liked, she felt only scratched upon the surface.

Training in Zero Balancing never really stops as it is a personal learning journey also in self development however Jane did complete the two courses, took on board a mentor, finished her case studies, wrote essays and worked continuously on herself.

So you can see from this point that Jane’s whole life so far has contributed to a vast wealth of knowledge both conventional and unconventional on the workings of the body, which I think as a therapist is a huge advantage, giving one a fast forwards in learning anything related, giving one time also to work on the spiritual side.  This also meant that moving from the Pharmaceuticals to Zero Balancing and GYROTONIC® became quite a natural easy transition, though many of her friends and colleagues questioned it.

How does Zero Balancing work in Jane’s eyes?

Jane feels the Zero Balancing is like mapping a client before moving on to for example GYROTONIC®.  It gives her feedback on their energy fields.  For instance someone might come in with an injury, you can see that the symptoms are in a certain place, but it might not be the place that needs moving.  Often one will have pain in the place that is mobile but very often another area is very stuck and immobile, so Zero Balancing gives a complete picture, allowing her to see whether they are grounded, where the energy levels are.

Touch is used to locate and release tension held in the bones (which is deeper than muscle-held tension) and as a result the muscles in turn are able fully to release their tension.

Touch is used to locate and release tension held in the bones (which is deeper than muscle-held tension) and as a result the muscles in turn are able fully to release their tension.

Zero balancing aims to touch bone, not just the soft tissue as in massage.  Rigid bones can feel very tense, but worked on areas take on a more spongy sensation.  By touching a stiff area it encourages the body firstly to pay attention, to think on its current state and how it should be and this is hopefully helps the energy to flow, allowing the bones to take on a kind of fluidity, this is when energy fields start to be moved.

Bones connect with the chakras and this is the deepest energy layer of the body, they have memories like muscles and when tension is removed from such a deep layer it has a knock on effect removing tension from the layers sitting above.  One can end up feeling quite re-arranged from inside out after a session, it might feel very passive but it is in fact incredibly active.

During a treatment the therapist connects very deeply with the customer, their body telling her where to go and this can give Jane sometimes a completely different view of the person.  Often she feels that she sees the more ‘authentic’ person i.e. realising this person is so amazing but they don’t know it themselves, like they have disconnected on some level.  So one always sees the better part of a person and their full potential that they may not realize themselves, it is a lovely experience.

One is dressed in comfortable clothing during the Zero Balancing Session and predominantly laid upon a couch.  There is a set way the therapist works around the body, though guided by the feedback from the person’s energy fields.  This navigational process is uncannily similar to GYROTONIC®, hence such a complimentary treatment to each other.  The session starts with hands placed on the pelvis, this area being important, because if not upright the rest of the spine does not sit properly.  Then movement goes to the lumbar spine, ribs and pulling energy down the legs.

Jane did try Zero Balancing on her GYROTONIC® guru, Julio, which he loved, saying it felt like she was opening up channels in his body.  Fritz the Zero Balancing Inventor was an acupuncturist first and foremost, so there are a lot of similarities between the two.

Like many alternative therapies, it is important for the person receiving it to be open minded, the more sessions you have the deeper you connect, and no session is the same twice. Jane says “by improving someone’s own general well being it puts them in a better place to heal themselves, so if their energy fields are really clear it is much easier to heal.”

I then asked Jane if it had ever been difficult to work on someone

Jane did say that if someone is totally blocked it can be hard and in this situation it is hard to gauge one’s effectiveness at that particular time, even though it works regardless, it is the therapist’s natural interpretation in trying to get feedback.

I asked her how she felt in these situations

Jane answered honestly and bravely saying that it can perhaps cause a little bit of self doubt.

I asked Jane then if she had to protect herself in some way, protection being “emotionally and energy wise”

Jane answered that with Zero Balancing there are clear boundaries between therapist and client, one does blend energetically.  Some people can be very heavy energetically, this does not relate to size nor weight, one persons energy can be like a bouncy ball and light whereas another can be heavy like a thud and this can differ from one end of the body to another.

I asked Jane if she remembered her first paying client

Jane answered that she had been practising on her GYROTONIC® clients from very early on so there was a merging between the two, however she remembers early on having a client with very bad scoliosis.  The treatment did wonders for her; it helped with pain levels enormously so this was a very good starting experience for her as a therapist.

I asked Jane about the frequency needed for treatments.

Jane answered that in a severe situation it would be more than once a week, gradually lessening.  In an average situation it would be once a week for three weeks to gauge the effects.  After the first session one can feel miraculous, this is not uncommon, the second not so much, the third is when the client begins to connect more.

Jane has been having Zero Balancing for years, sometimes the after effects can be a day or two later, you just suddenly think “oh I feel so different I can’t quite put my finger on it.”

I asked about aftercare and after effects

She said it is unpredictable.  She has never had a client feel a terrible after effect, but sometimes one can feel uncomfortable at being re-arranged, though it’s a good thing.  This dissipates.  As you get off the couch the treatment still works and continues to do so and needs time for the body to go with it, sometime one can feel really energized.

I asked Jane if she had a quote or an ethos with her work or life philosophy.

The treatment can be used to relieve backache, headache, fatigue, insomnia and nervousness and to clear and calm the mind.

The treatment can be used to relieve backache, headache, fatigue, insomnia and nervousness and to clear and calm the mind.

Jane explained she had never envisioned going in to anything spiritual, her life has taken her on many journeys all of which have brought her to this place now.

Now she meets when possible with Fritz her Zero Balancing Teacher who is very spiritual and spends times in Ashrams, has written books, is friends with Deepak Chopra, his spiritual learning’s are all integrated in to his continuous teachings.

These meetings and talks have spurred a heavy interest for her in energy which now she is researching and reading up upon.  She has a belief that 99.9% of things going on, i.e. pain etc are emotional on some level of which the spiritual side helps to work on.

Janes life’s lessons have taught her not to be so judgemental; you see the bigger picture even if they can’t see it themselves.  She is passionate on the philosophy that in order to be a good therapist in this type of field one really has to work on oneself first. You need to love yourself to be able to help other people, so by dealing with herself helps her to deal with her clients.  When you look upon someone, reactions you might have that are negative are a reflection upon oneself with one’s own failings or insecurities and to work on those will eradicate those negative feelings.

Alternative therapies have become more popular, i.e. meditation.  Jane feels most people embark on this for escapism and somehow disassociate from their bodies which takes away from the purpose of doing this, that one must be grounded, ones solar plexus connected, everything has to be on a physical level as well as spiritual.

Her desire is to bring people to work more on the physical side rather than just the mental state, because if it is in your body then it is really there, whereas not just in ones imagination.  She said “Listen to your body, it never lies, the chatter in your head can talk you out of listening to your intuition, but your body never lies to you.”

I asked her what she would like to achieve in the next year.

Jane said she would like more awareness of GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®, for it to be more accessible.  For people to invest more in themselves and their health, to see it as a priority before they have to take note due to ill health or an accident.  She has also found using these therapies on children with learning difficulties to be extremely beneficial and would like to see this more available also.

How have I found Zero Balancing as a treatment upon myself so far?

Jane von Bieberstein says: “I was drawn to become a Zero Balancing practitioner after being on the receiving end for several years. I found no other treatment left me with such a profound sense of wellbeing. After a session, my body felt as though it had been rearranged from the inside out. I always wanted to come back for more.”

Jane von Bieberstein says: “I was drawn to become a Zero Balancing practitioner after being on the receiving end for several years. I found no other treatment left me with such a profound sense of wellbeing. After a session, my body felt as though it had been rearranged from the inside out. I always wanted to come back for more.”

I went to Jane with the intention of GYROTONIC®, I had not heard of Zero Balancing.  I was incredibly nervous about the whole thing, in fact to the point I felt quite sick.

Why?  I have suffered from chronic pain for 2-3 years now with an undiagnosed condition.  It has taken me with serious determination about a year to go from being bedridden to now being able to walk and get out and about.

I have tried and tested many treatments, conventional like physio and alternative, it just takes a wrong pull or making me move in a way that sets off my pain levels which sets me back of which I am not a fan.  I knew GYROTONIC® was exercise based, so my anxiousness set in.

However upon meeting Jane she filled me with a sense of confidence “yes I can do this”… and she also enthused a confidence in herself that she would be able to help me, that I could put my trust in her hands.  She advised me to start with Zero Balancing then move on to GYROTONIC®.

Having had a holistic background myself, I struggled with loving hands on treatments, to now barricading myself against physical touch because of ‘possible’ pain, but when Jane put her hands upon me, I felt nothing but a sense of calm, a sense of “this is just amazing” washing over me.

Yes there were a few times especially the first time where a muscle kicked in to a spasm and hurt, but as a whole the experience was amazingly relaxing.  There is an old advert about a beer that gets to places no other beer can, Jane was like that beer, she would hit spots and for me it was a simple “ahhh thank goodness” mentally as I relaxed in to her movement.

I went home after the first session and slept heavily.  The second session I enjoyed, not as miraculous as the first which she says is common.  The third time I was in a lot of pain from having sat for three hours at a dinner party, I was nearly in tears, however even though anxious I laid upon the couch and somehow, she managed to take away the pain, re-adjusted me and all the fuzzy head, stress and pangs of pain throughout my body went.

I can’t recommend Zero Balancing enough to anyone, I am an advocate.

Where can you get this treatment?

You can log on to the website Zero Balancing UK and it has a ‘find a practitioner’ section…or if you are a local of East Sheen you can either:

The Garage Studio

The Garage Studio

click on to the website where Jane practices to get further details:  The Garage Studio

or better still contact her here:  For further information and bookings, contact Jane:
mob: 07811 132 313
email: janevonb@hotmail.com

Thank you for reading, if you have any comments/feedback or questions I welcome you to put on a kettle and fill up my comments section I will answer back as concisely as possible 🙂

©2014 All Rights Reserved – Justine @ LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

Teddington Lock on a fine Sunday afternoon!


What to do on a Sunday?

I wanted to go to York House after having seen the photos of the statues in water, a great photo opportunity for my budding passion.  However, they are not open on Sundays so out came the trusted tablet and Google, where to go?

Shall we take the dogs?

pug and french bulldog

They look innocent right?

Sometimes we leave them at home when embarking on a nice tea experience as my young frenchie and greedy pug aren’t really conducive to a relaxing time in this type of environment.

Is that mean of me?  No way.

I have found out that attaching leads around either table or chair legs not a good idea as the strength of either dog having spotted a scrap of scone or jam seem to take on the ability to pull a truck as various pieces of furniture go flying in their attempt to race to the fallen morsel first.  As for the option of holding the lead, that’s fine if you want dislocated shoulders.  If you like Tom & Jerry though you would enjoy the show.

So it’s Teddington Lock

Teddington Lock

Teddington Lock

A few things came up, should we go to a famous house?  No, the kids said, “boooooring” they were in one of those “Kevin the teenager” moods and seemingly not much was going to wet their appetite.  So mummy (aka me), decided to go hard ball and said “that’s it, the dogs are coming and we are going to visit a Lock”.  “What is that?” they said, I left the question unanswered until we got there, just manipulating enough interest out of them with the unknown to keep them quietish/well behaved during the journey.  This really means, there weren’t any whiney “do we have to go there” “I want to stay at home” kind of sentences.

We arrived

Landmark Arts Centre

The Landmark Arts Centre is a creative resource for the whole community in south west London.

Landmark Arts Centre

Landmark Arts Centre

There aren’t many parking places, so nip down various side streets and you might find one.  It took us about half an hour from East Sheen to get there on a Sunday.

We passed on the way the Landmark Arts Centre, lots going on here and it was in fact the stunning building that caught our eye first as seen here.

The Landmark Arts Centre holds
  • a diverse, year-round programme of arts events and fairs
  • arts classes, courses, workshops, for adults and children
  • visual art exhibitions in their unique art gallery
  • space hire, sponsorship opportunities, business membership, personal and family memberships, and volunteering opportunities.

Moving on –  If taking prams there are walkways as well as stairs, plus there are many ‘tiers’ to walk on.  I.e. you can walk right down by the waterfront, look at the boats, a smoother surface further up and then a stony/muddy area.  I tended to hop from one to the other much like TV channel surfing to get the best experience of all.


Teddington Lock

Teddington Lock

Of course, for me, looking at all the different kinds of boats was fascinating.  The lock is quite ‘murky’ to look at but the huge fast flowing expanse of water quite dramatic.  I saw a few children feeding the birds, some birds deciding to circle like the mafia, swooping down and causing fights with others, all entertaining stuff.

I am not sure how far we walked, but it was certainly far enough.  Enough time for one man to come out and tell my youngest off for stepping on one of his ropes and ‘making his boat sway’. My 8yr old is a scrap of a child and I was doubtful that he would have enough weight to sway anything but the man reminded me of Victor Meldrew so we apologized profusely and continued on our way.  We saw plenty of other boat Owners coming out and conversing, their dogs tagging along and it was a nice experience to see ‘boat life & community’ on a semi decent day as far as weather was concerned i.e.: it did not rain at that particular moment.

BMX Track

The kids spotted this a mile off!  Yes a BMX Track was near the bridge where we crossed to walk down the side of the lock, so if any of you have any BMX’s you might want to bring them along.  I must say it took quite some persuading to tell the kids “no you can’t use your regular bikes here”…why?  “because they will fall to bits”  The muddy hills and dips were really quite severe, perhaps this is normal for a BMX track, but I think I might gain a few grey hairs if I saw my children traversing such hilly climbs though thrilling I am sure.

The Pub

There were a couple of pubs on the way back; we chose one where we had seen people outside with dogs prior.  The children were gagging by then for something to quench their thirst after climbing various trees and annoying various boat owners, it’s all hard work that you know for a youngster!

All in all a thoroughly pleasant afternoon!

A little gallery for your perusal.

As always I welcome comments/feedback, someone out there talk to me! 🙂

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