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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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Middle-Aged Women: Ignored or Liberated?

Middle-Aged Women: Ignored or Liberated?

I do not know any woman who has not felt discomfort negotiating the shift from young to not young.  Such difficulty does not stem from superficial vanity; it registers the changed social meanings women encounter as they become middle-aged. The brilliant writer and critic Carolyne Heilbrun was the first to point out that women, once they entered midlife, were considered story less.  Past the age in which they might drive the plot of a standard romantic narrative, they disappeared with a few words into settled, fixed characters, to whom nothing interesting would...
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Online Dating - the Secrets to Success

Online Dating - the Secrets to Success

I'm a huge fan of online dating. I have several friends and many clients who have found love that way. And when it works, it works well; a recent study suggests that couples who meet online are more likely to move successfully through the infamous 'seven year breakpoint' than couples who meet in traditional ways. But online dating is often challenging. For many, the journey, however hopefully started, often becomes a yo-yo of frustration and self-doubt as well as excitement and hope. In my work I've come to recognise 'online dating disillusionment' when I see...
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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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Self Protection: A Therapist's Guide

Self Protection: A Therapist's Guide

I often get asked about how I can listen to my client's distress all week without crumpling with exhaustion or getting distressed myself. I tend to give a short answer so as not to put people off asking me anything ever again, something like, “My training involves learning to protect myself/ I make sure to have plenty of supervision”. But there's a much better, longer answer that involves re-calibrating how I empathise in order to ensure my own self protection. Supervision is part of the self-care necessary for any therapist, but it is also an ethical requirement....
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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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Dealing with Difficult Family Members

Dealing with Difficult Family Members

Do you have difficult family members, someone who doesn’t always make for good company? Take 45-year old Simon. He’s been married to Ali for 15 years, and though she loves him, she struggles to cope with his irritating ways. Why does he spend so many hours a day by himself,  most often hidden away playing computer games? And when they do go out, he can’t seem to hold a proper conservation without getting flustered. She can’t stand the way he procrastinates all the time, and is irritable whenever she asks him to do things to help her out. She is fed up that, as she puts it,...
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