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Keeping the clinic open, clean and healthy for all

 

Keeping the clinic open, clean and healthy for all.

 

As we are all aware the rates of Covid infection are increasing and all of us are hearing of people that are testing positive and increasingly showing with ill health alongside the positive tests.   This is, naturally, something that non of us want to have or to hear about for our friends and family.

Here at the clinic since being permitted to open I have continuously implemented measures to ensure that I provide the best possible space for you to come for your treatments.   It goes without needing to state the hygiene measures and spacing of clients to ensure no cross over and provides time for room ventilation.

What many of you might not know is that outside of work I have maintained a very limited social existence to reduce the opportunity of me being in any situation that might render me contact traced or testing positive.   Whilst being double vaccinated myself and believing I am of good health and wellbeing I am not personally in fear of getting the virus but I am extremely anxious of the business having to be closed down again, and the resultant loss of both income to me and provision of your healthcare treatments.

I personally choose not to be in any enclosed space with groups of people and will continue to do that for the forthcoming months.     I have control and choice over what I choose to do to stay well.  What I don’t have choice over is what everyone else does.

So please can I ask you to help protect my business by ensuring that you don’t inadvertently bring something into the clinic.    For example, if you have been looking after your grandchildren during school holidays and one of them has caught Covid, please think and test yourself before coming into the clinic or delay your appointment.  If you are going overseas, on a flight or even a cruise, please perhaps allow a little time after returning and then test and delay your appointment if there is any reason to be uncertain, and so many other scenarios.

Additionally if in the days following a visit to the clinic you discover that you have tested positive please do let me know immediately so that I can back track the diary and take any necessary precautionary steps.

Whilst I can’t and don’t want to be the Covid police, I do take seriously making my workplace a healthy space for everyone to be in and I’m hoping that by writing this note you will work to help support me to keep the business open in these months which might prove to be challenging.

Thank you and most importantly stay well for your own selves.

 

Thank you

 

Spark – Outdoor Small Group Exercise

Spark – is the name of our small outdoor exercise group.  We currently meet each Sunday morning at a park in Romsey, whatever the weather.

The group consists of just 4 members at present who are ranging from their 60’s to 80’s and exercise is tailored to ensure that each person is working to their levels as well as ensuring that any health conditions are given consideration.   Whilst with a small group we like to have a good chat and always find ourselves with a coffee at the end, it is about doing some exercise and working to help maintain wellbeing, with a focus on balance, strength and cardio.

It would be good to have a few more members, and it is honestly such a great way to exercise.

Additionally I am going to be putting the Wednesday morning session back on as well, so let me know if you might be interested in that.   I stopped so that I could myself go to a pilates class, and now as we are coming towards enclosed rooms for the cooler months, I realised that I really dont want to be inside doing exercise, I want to do it outside and by being part of the group we are all motivated to do it.

Classes are based on 5 sessions for £40, you dont have to come each week but I do ask that you provide adequate notice for lesson plans to be created.

Do you think you might enjoy this?   Benefit from it?   Why not get in touch and come along for a trial session, its open for men and ladies, whatever your age, whatever your fitness.    We all had to start somewhere and we are all grateful for having started this group.

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Tim Brooks Tarot Reader Oct 2021

Tim Brooks will be visiting the Natural Wellbeing Centre on Friday 1st October for Tarot readings.

Tim Brooks has been a regular and well respected visitor to the clinic for more than a decade now.   It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that we have a date fixed for him to be here again.

Tarot readings will be given in the form of a full 12 month spread, with the opportunity for you to ask any specific questions.  The session is recorded with a CD for you to take home and review throughout the year as you might wish to.

Tim does get booked up very quickly and it is not uncommon for a 2nd date to be given, so please if this date does not suit and you  are interested let me know as I will do my best to put a date on that suits you.

Session are 1 hour and the charge is £40 which is to be prepaid at the point of booking direct to the Natural Wellbeing Centre.

If you are interested in getting a space please email me in the first instance and I will be back in touch with a suggested timing.  Sessions will start at 11, and last one will be 4pm.

Email or call to book a space.

 

Foot Health Care

Foot health care is something that many of us will find ourselves needing at some stage of our lives.

Difficulty getting to the toenails is a reason that many people find themselves coming for regular appointments at the Chiropodist, Podiatrist or the Foot Health Practitioner.

I have recently qualified at the Institute of SMAE with a diploma of Foot Health, and am able to work with people of all ages to help with their foot care needs.

As mentioned, many people come for routine nail cutting as they have difficulty getting to the nails easily.

Others will come for removal of hard skin and callus, which can be painful, especially if it forms as a hard corn in a weight bearing position.    Debridement, or removal of this hard skin and the central enucleation of the core is something that can be simply done in a treatment giving immediate relieve and comfort.

Sadly, it is unlikely to be a one stop fix, as hard skin and callus is infact a protective mechanism of your own body from where friction is found, perhaps from excess walking, poor gait, or from shoes that don’t fit quite right and rub onto the little toe, for example.

Some people find they have a problem with athletes feet, and fungal concerns, which left untreated can get into the nails and under the nail plate, lifting the nail from the toe – unsightly and unpleasant, and unnecessary as it can be treated and cleared.

Cracked heels and sore feet, with the right treatment, creams and at home advice can be resolved and you can find yourself ‘sitting at home admiring my feet’ as one client has told me he took to after just one visit.  He now is looking forward to a summer in sandals not afraid of how his feet look.

If you are having any problems with your feet, book in for an initial assessment and treatment, and with my background in massage you can be sure to receive a lovely foot massage at the end if you would like it.

Mushroom Foraging Day with Lee Moreton

Mushroom Foraging Day with Lee Moreton

Friday 18th October

10 – 3pm in a location close to New Forest

Bacon and mushroom rolls and hot coffee on arrival to meet Lee and to hear about the day ahead.  Time to learn about foraging and the treats that lie ahead

Heading off into the woods to see what there is.  Guided by the expert eyes and knowledge of Lee to find some real treasures of the woods.   You will learn more than you could imagine and gain first hand the passion that Lee holds and will share with you in abundance.

Lunch will surely be a gastronomic delight based on mushrooms and other wild foods.  I think Lee usually calls his lunch a ‘sexy indulgence from nature’ and I have never yet been disappointment in any meal with Lee.  Your belly will be full, your taste buds delighted, your mind full of new knowledge.

If the weather is on our side, like last year, it will be one of the best days of your autumn.  If not, we will find a way to make it work and ensure that you all get to have a terrific day.

Finishing up at 3pm.

The cost is £85 per person.

Spaces are limited, so please do reserve a space ASAP.

To reserve and find out how to pay please email info@naturalwellbeingcentre.co.uk

Summer Fitness tips from Eileen

Summer Exercise and Wellbeing tips from Eileen

Summer is really here this year, with the hottest day on record and them some crazy lightening storms.

As lovely as it is to see and feel the warm sunshine, it can hinder our activity levels somewhat by making us feel lethargic and sweaty, resulting in feeling less motivated to move around. Not to mention the desire to change our usual eating and drinking patterns! BBQs, picnics, parties, holidays and even just a change in appetite for more salty or sugary foods and beverages.

Personal Trainer for Exercise and Wellbeing Coaching

So, what can we do about it?

 

My top tips for keeping active but not getting too hot and sweaty!

·        Exercise first thing in the morning. Set your alarm, and get up and about before your day begins for real. It’s the best part of the day and makes you feel amazing. Get outside for a brisk walk regularly, aim for 3 to 4 times a week for around 30 minutes. Try and find some inclines or steps to include to elevate your heart rate and pump your arms to help propel you along. Increase your speed at regular intervals, say in between several lampposts, or even try a jog.

·        Make the most of cooling down by trying a swim, or try a new outdoor activity such as a water sport or a forest bike ride. There are lots of cycle routes local to us, in country parks and more and more routes are appearing nearby.

·        If you have Children or grandchildren around this summer, there are so many activities you can try with them, local and further afield, crazy golf, indoor climbing walls, outdoor Go Ape or walking treasure trails are often on at the local country parks with lots of shade. Set the kids challenges or get there early and hide a few items on your own trail for them to pick up and find. Another lovely activity which is very popular at the moment is rock painting and hiding. You paint a rock, varnish it and hide it, often they are linked with a local facebook group written on the back to then post your find and then re hide. These can be found at many nature or tourist spots. Find out more about a local group Romsey Rainbow Rocks

·        If balance is your weakness, which is actually very common, try standing on one leg for at least 10 seconds at home every day. Drop those shoulders back, lengthen that spine, gently pull the core muscles up and in and hold your chin up proud. You can also practice standing on tip toes which will help improve balance and strengthen the muscles in your lower legs.

·        A short basic strength work out at home could include:

20-30 seconds of stepping up and down on your bottom step, 10 press ups against the wall. Stand up from your kitchen chair ten times and with a suitable weight try ten bicep curls.

·        Drink PLENTY of WATER to keep you hydrated, it really is so important to your overall health

 

Our fantastic Spark group is still running strong. You are welcome to come and join us one Sunday morning where we incorporate lots of different methods of health and fitness training, such as strengthening muscles in a safe yet effective manner, moving to improve fitness levels and burn calories. Various different methods are often added to help improve your balance and coordination and then some lovely stretches and sometimes even a meditation to help lengthen out these well worked muscles and relax before we finish. We have a great core group of around 8 regular ladies now all supporting each other to keep coming and making a real difference to being back in control of their health. We are always thinking of new ways to keep everyone keen and motivated, whilst still working within their own personal limits.

Please don’t be put off if you have a health issue. If you are concerned speak to me  beforehand to discuss your condition. I am a highly qualified personal trainer with many years experience in working with patients referred from GPs, practice nurses, physiotherapists and chiropractors. Many of our current participants have varying health issues and have found that they feel so much better for joining us. Reporting they feel stronger, more flexible and able to do more than they ever thought they would.

Here’s a little video clip of this year’s Spark – throughout the seasons.

Have a great summer everyone, stay well, workout early and regularly and stay hydrated always.

Eileen Munday

Exercise and Wellbeing Coach, Leader of Spark Fitness Group

 

Time to get Fruity

Time to get Fruity with

Romsey Young Carers Pamper Day

 

When my work shopping list consists of avocado, strawberries, yoghurt, porridge, honey, eggs, lavender, rose petals, banana, sugar and coconut oil you know its time for Romsey Young Carers Pamper Day.

 

Romsey Young Carers is a local charity that works to provide support and respite to the young carers of Romsey and the Test Valley.   Read More here.

For a number of years now they have invited us to help at their Pamper Day.   It is such a great day that you look forward to it.

We started out providing nail polishes, which whilst very popular was already being provided by one of the mums of the group, and so it was Jean (our previous Reiki Master) who having had a long standing career in natural skin care suggested we put together a Natural Face Treatment programme.  And so it was born, and this is no a firm fixture on the Pamper Day Calendar.

Here’s a little video of the day.

As well as being fun, it is educational, the learning about your skin, and how you can care for it, without the need to expensive products – everything being used could be found in your own kitchen.

 

I enjoyed these sessions so much, having groups working together that it has got me thinking, it would be good to put on Young Peoples Skin workshops here at the clinic, group session for a different party idea.  What do you think?  

Vegan Varnishes

2019 has really been a year that has seen the demand for Vegan products soar.  And I personally, think that it is a good thing.

We did an audit at the beginning of the year to see what the situation was in clinic and were delighted to be confirmed that we are infact, really very Vegan friendly.

Vegan Friendly Treatments

The area that we were not sure about was all the varnishes, as such products as Shellac are most definitely not Vegan.   But what about Gellux and the other brands that Natasha prefers to use.

Natasha after a lot of research the last couple of months and ringing/emailing the suppliers and companies directly has found out where we are with the products we are using.

Choosing colours last year from a new gel polish company, The Manicure Company, proved to be very beneficial as they are all Vegan friendly and have a massive range of beautiful colours.

Natasha also loves to use Gellux which after research and directly speaking to the supplier, was able to identify that all their products are vegan friendly and cruelty free, with the exception of a small amount of their colours which they were happy to email her the names and their reason for not being Vegan.   A list is kept in clinic and available when you are making your colour choices.   OPI and Shellac are not vegan friendly, and will be phased out and replaced by The Manicure Company and Gellux.   Our regular varnishes (non gels) are from a company called Jessica and these are also friendly.

So you can have your nails painted and enjoy the knowledge that we know that our treatments are cruelty free and Vegan.

Looking towards the eye treatments Natasha has found that the solutions used in tinting, perming and extensions are sadly not completely vegan friendly but after speaking to suppliers this is something that they are looking into and hoping to change in the near future.

 

Natasha says that she feels she has been instrumental in raising awareness of this and that in future hopefully we will see vegan friendly options to buy throughout the whole ranges.

It really does not seem necessary that any being should be harmed in the need for us to be beautiful.

Please do give us your feedback and let us know your thoughts on this.

 

Sun Safety and Skin Cancer

Sun Safety and Skin Cancer

The Facts, Prevention and Early Detection

Five Simple Steps to Sun Safety when UV Levels reach 3 or above

Slip, Slop, Slap, Slide, Shade

  1.  Slip on sun protective clothing
    – clothing can be one of the most effective barriers between our skin and the sun
    – clothing should cover as much skin as possible
    – always keep shoulders covered, they can easily burn
    – a closer weave fabric will provide better protection
    – a high UPF rated fabric provides best protection
  2. Slop on SPF 30+ sunscreen
    – no sunscreen provides complete protection
    – never rely on sunscreen alone to protect skin
    – always use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or above, preferably water resistant
    – Make sure it’s broad-spectrum and carries a UVA symbol (if it has a star rating, use a minimum 4 star)
    – Store in an accessible, cool place and remember to check the expiry date
    – Apply a generous amount to clean, dry, exposed skin
    – apply 20 minutes before going outdoors and once out
    – regardless of the instructions all sunscreens should be reapplied at least every 2 hours (more often if perspiring) and straight after swimming
    – Protect your lips with an SPF 30+ lip balm
  3. Slap on a wide brimmed hat
    – Wear a wide brimmed hat to shade the face, neck and ears.  Legionnaire hats (with a flap that covers the neck and joins the front peak) or a heat (with a minimum 7.5cm brim ) are the most effective.
    – A close weave or UPF rated fabric provides best protection
    – Baseball caps do not provide adequate shade
  4. Slide on quality sunglasses
    – solar UV radiation can be damaging to the eyes, so always wear quality sunglasses
    – overall protection depends on the quality of the lens as well as the design
    – look for the EU CE Mark, which indicates a safe level of protection
    – those labelled with a high EPF (which ranges from 1-10) will provide best protection
    – ensure they are close fitting and wrap around to stop solar UVR entering the sides and top
    – Remember price and darkness of the lens have no reflection on the quality of protection
  5. Shade from the sun when possible
    – shade can provide a good barrier from UV rays
    – Seek shade whenever possible, particularly at the hottest times of the day between 11am and 3pm when UV penetration is strongest
    – Keep toddlers and babies in the shade at all times
    never rely on shade alone, always combine with personal protection measures

Who is most at risk of Skin Cancer?

NO MATTER HOW EASILY WE TAN, WE ARE ALL AT RISK, However those at greater risk typically fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Red or fair hair
  • Fair skin the burns more easily
  • lots of moles and or freckles
  • a family history of skin cancer
  • a history of sunburn
  • a history of tanning or sunbed us

 

Spark – a workout before our latest review

At the turn of Spring this year, our Spark exercise and wellbeing group got together for a little workout in the sunshine and a review of our weights and measures.

Collectively we have lost 21kgs, 57 cms and flexibility has increased by over 2 standard ruler lengths.

You would be most welcome to join us.  We currently have between 4 and 8 turning up each week and would be happy to add a few more.

Here’s a little video that Eileen and her son Isaac have put together for us.