What do you see when you look in the mirror?

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see a person worthy of compliments, with a body that has adapted through growth from baby to adult, compensated for injuries along the way and generally achieved amazing things?  Or do you see something else? A reflection staring back at you that, instead of inspiring compliments and love, inspires insults and negative feelings?

“Fat, disgusting mess’.

That was one of the many insults I
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Passion lead us here written on the pavement

My work – my passion, part 2: Katy Lomas, Calm on Canning Street

When we decided to move to Edinburgh, I started looking around for places to work. Finding the right place is not as easy as it sounds. In theory, I just need a room with enough space for the massage bed and a few other bits and bobs. In practice, I want much more than that. I want a space where people start to feel relax when they walk in the door. I want warmth and friendliness, quiet and stillness so I can work to the best of my ability. I want Continue reading

Self care is NOT an indulgence

Me Time. Self Care. Time Out. Whatever you call it, making time for yourself is NOT an indulgence. It’s vital to your personal well-being, both physically emotionally and mentally. And if you are under prolonged periods of stress, it’s even more important that you take that time to look after yourself.

One of my most used phrases is that you can’t pour from an empty vessel. Life these days is often full on; Continue reading

The Christmas stress factor….

Stress. It’s 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. And at this time of year, when diaries fill up quicker than ever and there seems to be a hectic schedule of shopping and socialising, many feel it should be called the meltdown season, rather than the festive season.

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Fertility & IVF – Preparing to start treatment.

According to the infertility network, as many as 1 in 6 couples in the UK will experience fertility problems and perhaps you or someone you know are in that situation.

In my practice, I treat a huge number of couples who are thinking about or opting for In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). IVF is a challenging and difficult process and not a decision that is taken lightly. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting my tips for how to cope with different aspects of the treatment. The reasons why people to turn to IVF are varied and complex and are far too many for me to cover. Instead, I have chosen to look at the treatment itself, what may be involved (in general terms, as treatment will always be tailored for each patient) and what you may be able to do to help yourself as you go through the treatment. Continue reading

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.

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