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A New Flavour of Chocolate for 2020, the Year of the Rat

In Chinese astrology, The Rat is the first of the zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived at his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.

The Rat is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) Zi (子) and the midnight hours. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day.

In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.

Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.


Although the rat is clearly a swindling character, and I’m really hoping that the rats that I know will indeed live quietly and peacefully…. its representation of a NEW DAY is kinda nice! I think we can work with that.

This year of the New Day, I would like to propose a more programmed approach to our sessions, where we will build strength and endurance as the term progresses then we can now track the results.

Although sessions are fantastic for everyone, there will be a focus on peri and menopausal relevant exercises to promote bone density, muscle mass, strength and core.

Here are the new flavours in my Chocolate Box of 2020!

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