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Bamboo Massage

Bamboo Massage

What does it treat? Hot stone massage is now a staple treatment in spas; we love the penetrating warmth that eases out tension from our muscles. Bamboo massage follows the same principle; warmed bamboo sticks of various diameters are used to roll, knead and relax muscles. It is brilliant for: Muscle tension Circulation problems Deep relaxation What is a session like? The therapist will ask you questions about your health, life style and general wellbeing to make sure the treatment is safe and...
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Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy Massage

What does it treat? A standard treatment in most spas and complementary health centres, aromatherapy is often thought of as a gentle massage with a pleasant smell. In fact the precise choice of specific oils is more akin to herbalism and treats a surprising range of issues. For example, oils can be effective for treating: Arthritis IBS Hormonal conditions Cancer The immune system Emotional well-being Stress related conditions Skin conditions What is a session like? The...
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No Shame in Naked Yoga

No Shame in Naked Yoga

I didn't ever have ambitions to teach Naked Yoga , nor any kind of entrepreneurial plan thinking this would be the ‘Next Big Thing’ or ‘Latest Fad’, as it has been hailed recently. But when someone I know said to me, ‘Have you ever thought of running Naked Yoga Classes?’ (she'd been searching but could only find men's classes in London), I thought ‘Why not?’. So I set up some classes.  Right from the start, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. I was blown away, and still am, by the messages I receive from people having attended the classes.  That's why I...
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Abdominal Massage

Abdominal Massage

Follow massage therapist Kate Codrington in Welldoing.org series, the A-Z of Massage, which explores how different types of massage can help treat a variety of symptoms. She kicks off her massage guide by looking at the value of abdominal massages... What does it treat? If you have any kind of hormonal or digestive condition, this is the massage for you. Practitioners report success with conditions like Period problems Fertility issues Menopausal...
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Fertility and Mindfulness

Fertility and Mindfulness

In my role as a fertility expert I help women through the difficult and often all-consuming emotions they can experience while trying to conceive or going through fertility treatment. Women seem instinctively aware that their emotions can impact on their fertility. Sometimes they will say to me things like: ‘I’m stressed that I am stressed, because I know it’s bad for me!’ Through out our lives we will experience times of intense emotional difficulty and sometimes unimaginable stress. This is part of the human condition and in many ways how we cope and adapt to these...
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Get High with Aerial Yoga

Get High with Aerial Yoga

30 New Road is a narrow, unremarkable terraced house in Whitechapel, a stone’s throw from the Royal London Hospital and the bustle of the street market on the Whitechapel Road. But it's here you'll find Richard Holroyd, former Buddhist monk and now chief flying instructor at Aerial Yoga London. “I was teaching yoga for years and I just couldn’t get my students to understand that this is supposed to be fun,” says Richard. “Then I discovered the swings: now it’s instant”. Swings awaken the child in all of us. If you don’t want to play when you catch sight of the...
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Why We Love Massage

Why We Love Massage

For as long as humans have walked on two legs we have consoled each other with our hands when injured or sad. The kindly touch from other humans soothes our tears and makes our pain more manageable. Massage therapy is the formalised method of a natural impulse but what a proliferation of styles and modalities there are!
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Yoga Through the Ages

Yoga Through the Ages

Yoga for your whole life From baby yoga to chair-based yoga for pensioners: there’s a class for every age and stage of life. When you approach yoga with the right mindset, it’s a truly ‘whole life’ practice that will sustain you throughout the decades. But different times in life call for different types of practice. What suits the hyperactive teenager is no good for the exhausted mother of toddlers, and what engages the retired arthritis-sufferer won’t sustain the driven 30-year-old career-builder. In this article, I want to take a look at yoga through the stages of...
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Cycling Can Change Your Life

Cycling Can Change Your Life

How many times have we heard that doing exercise is good for us?  But easier said than done, right?  I currently work full time as a beauty editor and am also in my fifth year of training as a psychotherapist so it can be hard enough to factor in time to see my friends and boyfriend, let alone some me-time.  As for exercise – are you crazy? Then last November, over a glass of wine, a friend suggested this hare-brained idea of cycling the length of the country - from Lands End to John O’Groats - to raise money for a small school for underprivileged kids in Peru where I...
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How to Control Emotional Binge Eating

How to Control Emotional Binge Eating

Emotionally driven eating is common. I know that from the number of woman who share their experiences with me.  I also know because I once did it. But it's not only women who binge eat, and it can affect all ages.  When you live with emotionally driven compulsive  eating you can feel very alone, isolated with your behaviour, ashamed and invisible. It’s difficult to find the words or the right person to speak to. The guilty secret can eat away at self-esteem, because though it's often referred to as ‘comfort eating’ there  is nothing comforting about this behaviour. Not...
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