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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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

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.

As 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

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?

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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

If toxins came in a pretty package….

A question for you. If toxins came in a pretty package, would you put them on your skin?

The answer is, of course, a resounding NO! Yet each one of us takes in harmful chemicals on a daily basis through the products we use. We make our choices based on numerous individual preferences, such as whether the brand in question tests products on animals or use known harmful ingredients such as parabens to which one smells nicest. More and more frequently, studies are showing that diseases are, in part, linked to toxins ingested Continue reading