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Pregnancy Exercise : Benefits of  Prenatal Yoga

Pregnancy Exercise : Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Pregnancy yoga helps women to connect to their bodies and their babies in the womb. They learn how to move more intuitively and to trust and have confidence in their bodies during birth. Pregnancy yoga helps women sleep better and keeps aches and pains, that are common later in pregnancy, at bay. As the bump starts to get bigger and heavier and the centre of gravity shifts, some women may start to experience back pain, rib pain, hip pain and shortness of breath. Regular yoga practice can help fine tune our balance both physically and emotionally, as we...
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Ever Wondered 'Why Am I Hungry All The Time?'

Ever Wondered 'Why Am I Hungry All The Time?'

Ever shovel one overloaded fork of food into your mouth after another, barely taking a breath until the plate is clean? Ever wondered how you could consume so much without even being hungry? What’s happened to our appetites? Are they in control of us? They haven’t always been: did you know that into the first few years of life we actually have an inbuilt ability to regulate our energy intake? Seems if we honour this our children tend to have better appetite control down the track. There’s a clue to healthy eating right there! I’m thinking of a close family...
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Bare Reality: 100 Women and their Breasts

Bare Reality: 100 Women and their Breasts

There has been so much public debate about breasts recently, from Free the Nipple to No More Page 3, from breastfeeding selfies on Facebook to Rihanna on the red carpet. I think the time has never been better to hear how women really feel about their breasts, and to see how they really look.  I have always been fascinated by the dichotomy between women’s personal lives and how they are depicted by the media; between how we feel about breasts privately and how they are presented for public consumption. We see images of breasts everywhere in the media and yet...
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Faster Isn't Always Better

Faster Isn't Always Better

In today’s fast-moving world, it is difficult to find time to work out, let along to stop and stretch our muscles. Understandable, perhaps, that when it comes to stretching versus cardio, cardio often wins out.  We fit in a high intensity exercise class between work, the school run, dinner and bed; if we burn 600 calories in a fast-class, we don’t have to worry about an extra glass of sauvignon, right? Wrong. Sadly, the net effect of our always-on-the-go lives is a constant adrenalin rush that can leave us more frazzled than when we started. Too much cardio and not...
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Fat: The Facts about Fat in your Diet

Fat: The Facts about Fat in your Diet

A low fat diet can seem an obvious answer to our dietary and health concerns; however it's becoming increasingly clear that fats are indeed an essential component of our body’s functioning. One of the most harmful secrets about low-fat options is that they are often packed with sugar or other unhealthy substitutions so that the product does not compromise on taste. Nutritionist Christine Bailey, who thinks fats are the most unfairly “demonised” nutrition group, says: “Many consumers still believe ‘low-fat’ foods are the healthiest options. This is inaccurate and...
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Thai Massage

Thai Massage

You will come across Thai Massage under a variety of different names -  Nuad Boran, Thai yoga massage, Thai bodywork, Thai massage and yoga therapy are all fairly interchangeable. What is Thai Massage good for? Thai massage is essentially like paying someone to do your yoga for you, its dynamic stretches and massage work your body in a steady, meditative pace. Not only is it great for maintaining general good health, it also helps with the following: Muscle or joint stiffness Headaches Back pain Digestion issues Painful menstruation Low...
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Why You Shouldn't Ignore Your Biological Clock

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Your Biological Clock

“Wanting a child” is a strangely mild phrase to cover a desire that can punch one in the gut, and leave a constant thrumming in one’s ears, hands and knees.  It is warm and deliciously tactile, yet comparable to a war-like rage. Like an obscenely powerful hoover, it vacuums up your inner rational voice, leaving you reckless of loss, care and peace. But the inner rational voice fights back with reminders of easy delights, such as the day-to-day agency whereby it is you who decides where to go, and when.  At work or among friends, the clarion calls of careeer ambition...
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Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage

As the backbone of classic western massage, Swedish Massage is an excellent place to start if you have never tried a massage before. What is Swedish Massage good for? The focus is on relaxing muscles and reducing stress. Controlled trials have shown the following benefits: Pain relief Better circulation and lymph flow Quicker recovery from injuries Reduced cortisol Lower blood pressure Reduced susceptibility to anxiety Reduced sub-clinical depression The activatation of the parasympathetic nervous system (the calming down...
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