Posture: How it can affect pain, performance and perceptions

Stand up straight, don’t slouch, stop hunching your shoulders. How many of us remember those instructions from childhood? But in hindsight, it was all good advice. Our posture, i.e. how we sit, stand, move, not only affects how our bodies feel but also how well they function and how other people perceive us.

Imagine someone is giving a presentation, introducing a dynamic new product, the ‘next big thing’. As they come on stage, you notice that their shoulders are hunched and are slumped forward, their back seems curved the wrong way and they don’t look comfortable. How much do they convince you that their product is what you need? Continue reading

Why I want to maintain my health the natural way

It’s been a while since I lasted posted anything on here so excuse the wait but now i’m back and i’ll be making more of an effort to bring you interesting articles, tips and information on all aspects of natural health. Feel free to send in your own thoughts and comments on anything I write or on things you have discovered that you want to share.

Stacked chocolate barsAs I have grown older, the state of my health has become more important to me. It sounds an obvious statement to make but often it’s not until things go a little wrong that you think about what really matters. Continue reading

Three simple steps to beautiful skin

Have you ever gone to bed with your make up on? Research shows that not cleansing your skin is a significant ageing factor. It can leave you with dry, parched skin, deeper wrinkles, uneven skin tone, redness and blocked pores. Whether you wear make up or not, cleansing your skin at the end of the day is vital in helping to keep your skin clear and glowing, not to mention an essential part of an anti-ageing regime. Continue reading

Pioneering Aromatherapy: The Micheline Arcier Legacy

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines aromatherapy as “the use of natural oils that have a pleasant smell to make a person feel better especially by rubbing the oils into the skin”. Yet aromatherapy is so much more than that. True, oils can have a pleasant smell and , absolutely, they can make a person feel better but that is just the start. There are so many oils that can help with so many things ranging from headaches to anxiety, digestive problems to skin disorders and the list goes on. Continue reading

The C word (cellulite)…

Cellulite. The thing that affects 95% of women (even supermodels) and causes us to anguish over what we feel are unsightly lines and lumpy bits. For years, I have seen promotions for creams and treatments that claim to get rid of cellulite but the hard truth is, nothing will magically make it disappear overnight.

With time and effort, you CAN reduce Continue reading

What is Thai Yoga Massage good for?

Thai Yoga massage has a wealth of benefits for everyone. Suitable for people of all ages, it involves the use of acupressure and yoga like stretching to leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and ready to face the world.

It’s an amazing treatment and a therapy that I personally love. After I had my first treatment, Continue reading

Take a deep breath. And relax.

I have long been an advocate of taking a deep breath when you can feel panic rising or in stressful situations. It gives you time to formulate what you want to say (if you want to say anything at all) and studies have shown that it almost instantly lowers anxiety levels.  I use east-west breathing (or belly breathing) as part of my postural alignment sessions to promote relaxation and its something I do every day, whether I feel stressed or not, because I find it so beneficial.

Want to know more about how breathing right can not only help relax you but actually aid your posture? Get in touch for more details.

This article by Natural Health 365 gives simple instructions for 3 deep breathing techniques which you can use anywhere, anytime.

http://www.naturalhealth365.com/natural_healing/anxiety-deep-breathing-1135.html

Health benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary is an amazing herb. Delicious in dinners, did you know it also has amazing benefits as an essential oil?

Rosemary essential oil has long been one of my favourites for its ability to warm tight muscles. I frequently use it in a massage  oil blend with black pepper and lavender to warm and relax tense, overworked or tired and achey muscles. Great for use in post training recovery or for mornings where you can’t seem to wake up.

Read all about the amazing health benefits of rosemary, both as a herb and an essential oil, in this article from Mother Earth News.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/meet-lovely-rosemary-zbcz1408.aspx#axzz3Df8om1H5

The stress factor

Stress is often seen as on overused word these days. All too frequently, you will hear someone say they are “stressed out”. But just because it’s used more frequently, does that mean we should ignore it?

There’s no denying that life seems to be more stressful now. In an unsure financial climate, more people than ever are having to travel further for work, or maybe can’t find work. Salaries seems to be dropping whilst other costs, such as food and fuel, are on the increase. The strain on family life and on our own health is on the rise. So, how do we combat stress?

Experts often say that some stress is good for us. Continue reading

It really IS all about you.

Having spoken recently to a few people who have had bad experiences with massage and having had one myself, I thought it was about time to set something straight. When you go for a massage, it absolutely is all about you.

You are the one who has decided to have this experience and you are the one paying for it. You wouldn’t go to a restaurant and order something you know you don’t like so why settle for a massage that you don’t enjoy? Continue reading