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An intimate space where I share my thoughts, experiences and news on all thing’s wellbeing and life. If you’ve got your own story to share, I’d love to hear it – please contact me to feature on this page.

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Emma-Kate Wellbeing’s year in review

I’ve had my health challenges, as well as advocating for my daughter through her autism diagnosis and mental health challenges. At work, I continue to learn and grow as a massage therapist and coach – and develop new skills and techniques to support you and your family’s wellbeing.December’s always a good time to reflect on the year that’s been and consider the highlights and lowlights, the lessons you’ve learnt, the insights you’ve gained and the people you’ve been able to serve...

December 13, 2023

This is my why: Becoming a mum and the challenges we’ve faced to get here.

I grew up being told I wouldn’t live past my 12th birthday. Definitely not long enough to have children – so don’t worry about it.If I did live long enough, I would have fertility challenges and wouldn’t be able to have children.But I did live past that age, and I did fall pregnant.This is my story of how – thanks to the help of many medical specialists – I defied odds and came to be the mum of three gorgeous kids.Content warning: This is my story of heavily monitored pregnancies, mi...

August 22, 2023

Ten reasons Emma-Kate Wellbeing offers pregnancy massages and coaching

With pregnancy massages and coaching, I support the journey from preconception to pregnancy – and pre-labour to postpartum – and the transition into parenthood.In this blog, I’m going to share why I’m so passionate about what I do, why I believe in offering pregnancy care to women and their partners, and touch on my own story and how this has shaped me into the practitioner I am today....

August 9, 2023

Why I want to give back to parents and caregivers

My daughter was recently diagnosed with autism, and I found out my son had a heart condition when I was 18 weeks pregnant with him.It’s not my place to impart too much of my kids’ stories – they are personal to them. But......

June 29, 2023

Tips for Post-Massage Care: Extend the Blissful Feeling

Hydrate with Water Stay hydrated after your massage by drinking plenty of water. This helps eliminate toxins released during the massage, as well as relieve soreness from deep tissue work.Stay Relaxed To fully embrace the post-massage glow, choose to remain in a relaxed state. Take your massage home, allowing yourself to unwind in bed or on the couch. Relax your mind too, with peaceful music, meditation, or reading a good book. Deep breathing can also help centre and calm you.Avoid Alcohol and C...

May 31, 2023

What my trauma’s taught me about self-advocacy, compassion, and resilience

Content warning: This blog refers to medical trauma, please be kind to yourself if you are having a hard time or if you are too close to the subject matter right now. We’d love for you to bookmark this page and return when you’re feeling ready....

May 1, 2023

Happy Heart Anniversary

The 17th of July is always a very special day for our Family. It is my Dad’s and his Twins birthday so it's meant to be a day of celebration. But in the 80’s, dad lost a best friend, and I almost lost my life on his birthday. I am going to take you back to 1985 when I was 10 years old. I don't remember all of it, just bits and pieces, together what I have since been told. I had just become a big sister. After being an only child and grandchild on both sides of the family for 10 years, my bro...

July 12, 2022

When Resilience is no longer enough

As Matariki celebrations draw to an end this week, I find myself in a place of deep personal reflection, both for how I feel and how I don't want to feel in my personal life and as a business owner. And when, like me, you’re self-employed those worlds often become one. I see myself as a resilient person, I have a long list of events in myself that can prove that. But lately I have come to understand that it is no longer enough to be resilient. The new piece of the puzzle for me is being adapta...

July 7, 2022

How to Practice Mindfulness and Self-Compassion During Challenging Times

The night before, my 16-year-old had been complaining of a sore tummy, but not enough to stop him from going to the movies. Early on Monday morning, he came to find me saying his stomach was sore and he hadn’t been able to sleep, but he didn’t want to wake me as he thought I needed my sleep. So I took him to the doctor at 7am. When, eventually, he was seen, he was just given pain medication and we left around lunchtime. My gut feeling told me something was off, so I decided to keep a close e...

May 31, 2022

5 Lessons Learned from Becoming A Certified Elephant Pro Rider

In a 7-step-program I learned how to use the Emotional Culture Deck in various settings like at schools, and within families. I can now proudly call myself a Certified EDC Consultant. In this blogpost I want to share the 5 most significant lessons I learned on this Pro Rider journey....

May 18, 2022

What is the real cost of perfectionism?

On a couple of Saturdays, I asked two 15-year-old girls to help me be curious and come up with different ways to use the emotional culture deck in school. We came up with different ideas and different questions we could use it for. For example for an assignment: how do we want to feel during the assignment? And what might we feel but don't want to feel as we go through it? We also talked about interactions with teachers, especially those that we don't get on with. How can we use the emotional cu...

May 6, 2022

What COVID taught me

Would this be the day that I woke up with symptoms?Would this be the morning that I needed to cancel everything?And how would COVID affect me?...

April 26, 2022

Bringing emotional culture into the class environment

In early March 2022, I ran an Emotional Culture Deck workshop with the Wellbeing Leadership Team of Raroa Intermediate School. They will help me run a pilot study to see how we can growemotional culture and emotional awareness among their students. I was really impressed by thewillingness of the teachers to take on more work even when we’re amid a COVID pandemic. The Emotional Culture Deck is a simple card game toolkit that helps leaders like teachers, ormanagers uncover what truly motivates t...

March 23, 2022

How to have a difficult conversation without losing touch with your heart

We all know that sinking feeling of dread when we realise we need to have a difficult conversation with someone. Our thinking brain starts working overtime and reflects on all the things that can go wrong. Our emotions become heightened, and we become anxious. What if she hates me when I tell her what I think? What if he doesn’t want to work with me anymore? What if they will not understand what I am trying to say? What if I stumble, or can’t get my words out at all? The result? We go into t...

March 1, 2022

Why emotions matter in the workplace

“A sociology professor at the University of Seville, says, ‘As human beings, we can only experience life emotionally” - Brené Brown As a wellbeing practitioner, I see clients coming to me daily at a breaking point. This has become even more prevalent since covid, which has just added another layer of uncertainty to everything we do. Everyone is feeling overstretched both physically and mentally....

February 14, 2022

Supporting the wellbeing of children during and after the pandemic

The impact of the global pandemic on families has caused more stress and uncertainty in the past 18 months than potentially ever before.I’ve been up close with anxiety. I was born with a rare heart condition called truncus arteriosus. There was very little hope that I’d live past childhood and an even lower chance of living a long life.This Christmas, I’ll turn 47. I’m the oldest person living with this condition in New Zealand and Australia.My heart condition started a cycle of trauma w...

December 10, 2021

Finding Joy Despite Chronic Pain

Listeners will learn about coping strategies that enable self-acceptance, confidence, happiness to lead a fulfilled life while living with chronic health issues.View the original article here....

March 15, 2021

The C Word

What happens when the glue that keeps your family together dies? Mindfulness practitioner Emma Woodham lost her mum, Sally in 2020. She joins Helen to talk about the pain and beauty of being present for a loved ones final months....

March 8, 2021

Led by heart, backed by mindfulness

I invite you to read my published article featured in the Unika June 2020 issue....

June 8, 2020

Interview with Hearts Kids, talking about my Heart story and how I use Self compassion in my daily life

Here is an interview I did with Hearts Kids on 8 April 2020, talking a little about my Heart story and how I use Self compassion in my daily life....

April 8, 2020

Life with a Congenital Heart Conition

Born with a rare congenital heart condition, doctors didn't think Emma-Kate would survive into adulthood. But she's consistently proved the doctors wrong, and is keen to share her hope with others. Emma-Kate doesn’t remember her first heart event – she was just a week old at the time. But her mother vividly remembers Christmas Eve 1974 when she found her week-old infant blue in her crib."It was really weird," says Emma-Kate. "The cat was creating a real racket outside my room and so Mum went...

September 17, 2019

My Heart story

Today was a very nerve racking and exciting day I was interviewed by Monica Ferguson for her new podcast Maiden Speech, she asked me to tell my Heart story and how and why I chose to live my life the way I do. Listen here....

April 11, 2019

Facing my anxiety

I have chosen to share our story in hopes it will help others and opens up conversations. I have spoken to my Mum and we both agree we want something positive to come out of all of this. I am know for being strong, good under stressful situations along with being well organised and able to cope well not matter what is going on and doing so with a big bright smile. I am all of those things but for the first time in my life I am suffering from ANXIETY and its a horrible feeling. Most people will s...

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