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Gift Vouchers available now

Gift Voucher

 

This year is surely a year that everyone deserves a special treat.

 

Gift vouchers are available for any treatment of your choice;

Select from the ultimate 90 minute massage, an hour’s relaxing and restorative massage, a blissful Indian head massage ‘head in the clouds’, or a great back, neck and massage to ease away tension and tight shoulders.

Or perhaps its time to have a look at your inner health and wellbeing – consider the gift of a Naturopathic Consultation and Food intolerance testing – start the year with the knowledge to get the best health, naturally.

Don’t forget your feet, or the feet of someone you care about – a Foot Health appointment will help with routine nail cutting, corns and callus removal and treatment of fungal skin concerns.

From your head to your toes, there’s something for everyone.

Vouchers are also available for £10, £20, £40 or other.

How to buy

Visit the website www.naturalwellbeingcentre.co.uk and open Payment and Orders page where you can pay via Paypal.

Here’s a link Paypal

 

 

Please visit www.naturalwellbeingcentre.co.uk for the full treatment listing

 

Vouchers will have a full 12 month validity, bookings essential.

 

07880574466

info@naturalwellbeingcentre.co.uk

28 Winchester Road, Romsey, SO51 8AA

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.

Click here to go to the website

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

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar reducing blood sugars and helping in weight loss

 

The anti-glycaemic effects of apple cider vinegar

By Diana Glaiei Houareau, taken from Only Natural newsletter Spring 2019

 

For decades, apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been a staple of health food stores and most household kitchens.  Made from twice-fermented apples, it has a distinctive sharp taste that makes a great addition to salads, sauces and casseroles.

During the fermentation of the apples, acetic acid is produced, which is responsible for the tart flavour and pungent odour of vinegar.  Other constituents of vinegar include: vitamins, mineral salts, amino acids and polyphenolic compound.  Raw and unfiltered ACV also contains ‘the mother’, a mix of proteins, bacteria and enzymes (similar to the symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast in kombucha), which is healed as a digestive aid and prebiotic.

Beyond the kitchen, people often consume ACV diluted with water as a daily drink.  The internet is full of reports of people using it as a healthy tonic to help with a wide array of issues from digestion, to detoxification, joint pain and weight loss.  This isn’t a new concept: as far back as 400BC, Hippocrates, the ‘father of medicine’, is said to have used it for its healing properties and to fight infections.  According to the Online Archive of American Folk Medicine, US medical practitioners in the late 18th century treated many ailments, from dropsy to poison ivy, croup and stomach ache, with vinegar.

Modern research does corroborate some of these health claims. For example, that the acidity of vinegar gives it antibacterial properties and that it also acts as a digestive aid (mainly by reducing stomach pH).  Of therapeutic value in the modern world is the research showing that ACV has an anti-glycaemic effect when consumed regularly.

Postprandial effect on blood sugar levels:

Many take ACV diluted in water daily and often just before meals – this is a popular way to consume it as a health tonic.

The consumption of ACV just before or with meals has been shown to slow down the rise in blood sugar after the meal in both animal and human studies.  Indeed, in humans, consuming vinegar before a carbohydrate heavy meal has been shown to reduce blood glucose response by approximately 20 -30 percent  Three separate placebo-controlled trials have corroborated the meal-time anti-glycaemic effects of 20g of ACV in healthy adults.  20g is the rough equivalent of 1 – 2 tablespoons of liquid ACV.

It is not known how vinegar alters meal-induced glycaemia.  One theory is that it might interfere with carbohydrate metabolism and slow down the breakdown of starches into sugars.  But some research suggests that it reduces the gastric emptying rate.

Fasting blood glucose and insulin sensitivity

Not only can ACV blunt the glycaemic response straight after a meal, it has been shown to reduce fasting blood sugar levels too.  In a study by White et al in 2007, vinegar ingestion at bedtime was shown to moderate waking glucose levels in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Further research into the anti-glycaemic effects of ACV have shown that it can improve insulin resistance.

Johnston et al, 2004, showed that following the consumption of vinegar with a high carbohydrate meal, subjects with type 2 diabetes showed an increased in insulin sensitivity.  Another study of type 2 diabetes observed a decrease in haemoglobin A1c levels after the consumption of 2 tablespoons of vinegar twice daily for 2 weeks.  Haemoglobin A1c, is haemoglobin with glucose attached.  It is a measure of longer-term blood sugar levels.  Higher amounts of glycated haemoglobin indicate poorer control of blood glucose levels, and have been associated with cardiovascular disease, nephropathy, neuropathy and retinopathy.  This reduction of A1c happened rapidly (within the first week of treatment) and was sustained during the study period.

Weight loss

Many claim that apple cider vinegar is a weight loss miracle.  Considering its effects on blood sugar levels, this claim could be substantiated  Indeed, in a blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial on healthy adult women, those who ingested ACV with their morning meal consumed fewer total calories that day (200 – 275 less calories).  This was thought to be due to the slowing down of gastric emptying and a resulting increase in satiety.  Regardless of the mechanism, the slower release of glucose into the blood when consuming ACV means that blood sugar doesn’t spike and is less likely to be followed by a sharp drop and subsequent sugar cravings too.  This effect can be very helpful to those trying to reduce their sugar intake and caloric intake in general.

Interestingly, studies in rodents found that acetic acid consumption, the main component of ACV, increased fatty acid oxidation and prevented fat accumulation.  However, there are no human trials to corroborate this.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

The beneficial effects of apply cider vinegar on postprandial and fasting blood sugar levels mean that it could be used as a natural complementary treatment for PCOS.  Women with PCOS tend to have higher levels of circulating insulin and an increase in insulin resistance, which also makes their tissues less responsive to luteinising hormone (which controls ovulation).  Research also shows that women with PCOS are four times more likely to develop diabetes.

Conclusion

Research indicates that daily apple cider vinegar consumption favourably influences postprandial and fasting blood glucose levels and insulin resistance in healthy adults a well as adults with or at risk of type 2 diabetes.   ACV is inexpensive, readily available and a delicious addition to food.  Although studies have used vinegar diluted as a drink, it could also be incorporated into meals as a vinaigrette/salad dressing or on vegetables.  It is worth noting that studies have mostly researched liquid ACV, therefore it shouldn’t be assumed that dry ACV tablet counterparts have the same benefits.

According to most research, the best time and frequency of ACV consumption, for its anti-glycaemic benefits, is to use it at meal times, twice a day.  It has also been used first thing in the morning and at bedtime.  But seeing as ACV is acidic, it may be best to take it before meals rather than on an empty stomach.  The acidity of ACV is helpful to stomach digestion too.  Making sure the vinegar is diluted is also important as it could irritate the throat and erode tooth enamel.

The amount used to confer blood sugar balancing benefits varies between studies, but it ranges between 1-2 tablespoons at each meal.

ACV could confer therapeutic benefits in people with type2 diabetes, insulin resistance, PCOS and potentially in weight management clients.

Data from Public Health England reveals 3.8 million people in England over 16 years had diabetes in 2015, that’s around 9% of the adult population.  According to www.diabetes.co.uk diabetes prevalence in the UK is estimated to rise to 5 million by 2025.   Type 2 diabetes has been growing at a particularly high rate and is now one of the world’s most common long-term health conditions.

Considering the rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes in the modern world, ACV seems a simple and rather inexpensive natural complementary treatment to help improve blood sugar levels and reduce insulin resistance and could be easily added to most peoples daily routines.   What’s more ACV is almost calorie free and a great flavour enhancer.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar available NOW at Natural Wellbeing Centre

Some of you will remember that I used to stock Ostlers Apple Cider Vinegar.  After reading this article and wanting to share it with you, I have also bought a stock of ACV in from Ostlers in Devon.   500ml bottles with the ‘mother’ are available from clinic for £4.25.   Go on, make good use of it now and see the benefits for yourself.

 

Spring Special Offers – Great ideas for Mothers Day

Spring is here and it’s time for a Special Offer (or two)

This offer might prove to be an excellent idea for Mothers Day Gifts, or you might just like to indulge yourself.  Go on, you deserve it!

Facial with your choice, of Head or Back Massage £58
Enjoy a full facial using natural organic products from Neals Yard and add your choice of Head in the Clouds Massage or a full Back, Neck and Shoulders Massage.

This treatment will last for 1 hour and will cost £58. (Value is £76).   You can buy it as a Gift Voucher which will expire end of May 2019.

 

or treat yourself this Spring

3 for 2 on any treatments
Select any THREE treatments and may just for TWO of them.  The cheapest of the 3 being the free one.    These 3 treatments can be taken at any time that you wish, as long as they are fully used before the end of May 2019.

To Book

Email me with your details of what you would like info@naturalwellbeingcentre.co.uk or go directly to our payments page and enter your details there to buy with Paypal (Fill in the details of the 3 treatments and pay only for the top 2).

Or phone 01794 513153 and buy over the phone with a Debit card.

Vouchers will be emailed too you and are not transferrable for cash and will expire end of May 2019.

 

Truffle Hunting with Lee Moreton

Can you imagine meeting a real live Truffle Hunter?  I don’t think you get to do that very often and I can’t quite imagine what the careers advisor thought when this young man  announced that he wanted to be a Truffle Hunter.

Lee Moreton a Foraging expert took us out this last week to meet with his fellow bushcraft friend and expert Truffle Hunter.

There was a group of 9 of us and we set off into the Somerset woods to learn and discover the art of Truffle Hunting.    Before this day I had personally never tasted or touched a truffle and knew that they were expensive and sought after but I learnt so much.

 

 

It really is like a sport, you can spend hours upon hours walking the woods with your trained dogs or pigs should you choose and if you know how to have trained your dog and you are quick you will be able to find the truffles.  Well, I guess it’s like fishing, sometimes you are lucky other times you are patient.

The two guys shared their passion and knowledge of the woods and their wild foods, we learnt how to train a dog, some of the dangers of being a truffle hunter (which are many – hence not disclosing the names and images here) and we got to see the hunt in person.

Lee who will never fail to delight you with his wild fire cooking, provided us with a feast.  We ate a 3 course Truffle infused menu, including baked brie with truffle, polenta and partridge and pheasant with roasted root vegetables and a delicious almond and orange cake with roasted stone fruit and truffle honey.  All washed down with bottles of red wine.

The sun was shining, the truffles were shared out and we headed home very happy people, wiser and really looking forward to more days in the woods with these guys.

If you think you might be interested in join us another time, please do email me.  I am already collecting names for an Autumnal day out and will share details when I have them.  info@naturalwellbeingcentre.co.uk