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Brenda Seaborn
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Home made sugar scrub gift

With Christmas just around the corner and most of us cutting back on our funds, why not make a wonderful 'home-made' gift that will delight your family and friends and help with the re-cycling too.
Over the next few days collect: 
some small, empty glass jars
a few elastic bands
some thin ribbon if you wish 
an adhesive label for each jar
and fill them with my wonderful sugar scrub recipe below.
Home made sugar scrub recipe
(makes 1 small jar of scrub)
Perfect for gardeners and mechanics, as well as those of us who just love soft hands.
2-3 tablespoons of sunflower oil
6 tablespoons of granulated sugar
5 drops of essential oil of your choice
Lavender or rose is lovely for the ladies or tea tree and orange for the gentleman. Lemon, melissa or bergamot are also refreshing and uplifting.
Using a glass bowl mix the sunflower oil and essential oils together thoroughly with a metal spoon and add enough of the sugar into the oil until you have a stiff mixture. Spoon this carefully into the glass jars, cover the opening with a circle of cellophane and circle with an elastic band; finish with some ribbon to make it look fancier if you wish. Do store jars upright as the oil will travel under the cellophane if you are not careful and take care not to place on any wooden surfaces. Label as you wish.  To use the scrub simply place a small amount on to your hands and scrub both top and bottom, rinse with warm water and pat dry for a super pair of soft, clean hands.  

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How to ease those Christmas stresses

This year don't let the pressures of Christmas stop you enjoying the big day, with my top tips for surviving the festive season.
1.  With your cards and presents, get the rest of the family to help you wrap them.  Make it a family afternoon event, don't make it traumatic.  If you've got children you'll obviously want to put the presents away and quietly wrap them but just relax when you're doing them.  Sit down with a glass of mulled wine or a cup of tea and focus on the smiles on their faces when they unwrap their gifts.
2.  If you're inviting family or friends round for Christmas don't take the brunt of the event all upon yourself.  Share it.  Get someone to bring a pudding, someone else can bring nibbles etc.  Make it a real family event, that's what Christmas is all about. 
3.  If you are feeling stressed at this time of year the most important thing you can do is talk about it.  If you're on your own and don't have any family, friends or neighbours to speak to you can always call the Samaritans and they'll offer you any advice that you need and offer some comfort too.  You can also try the Salvation Army or your local church or community centre.
4.  If you're at home and you're finding that it's going to be a really busy and stressful time, you can put some essential oils into a simple burner, or if you don't have a burner you can use a small bowl of warm water, some essential oils like spearmint which is very calming but refreshing and it won't interfere with any of your cooking smells.  Orange and tea tree is wonderfully calming, anti-bacterial and anti-viral too.  Cinnamon can be quite strong and can interfere with some people's medication even though it is the base of many Christmas aromas.
5.Do be aware that when you're giving Christmas goodies that some people may be allergic to nuts or dairy products.  It's important to bare in mind that once nuts are open in the atmosphere they can still affect people.
6.  If you're suffering from winter coughs, colds and sore throats then a natural remedy you can try is honey in warm water with a splash of lemon too if you like.  It's one of the best sources of relief you can give yourself at this time of year alongside the usual medicines that reduce pain and fever .  It is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory so will help soothe your cold.  Try mixing the honey with a sprinkling of cinnamon to soothe a sore throat and do remember to top up your immune system with  Vitamin C, Zinc or Echinacea; these will all help you fight the bugs more efficiently.
7.  If you've over-indulged over the Christmas period Andrews Liver Salts or milk thistle is a really good over the counter remedy to help cleanse the liver.  This will in turn balance the digestive system and rid your body of any unwanted excesses. Vitamin C + zinc will help rid the body of any unwanted toxins that may have built up and a good probiotic will help keep your digestive system happy too. 
8.  Do remember that to avoid a hangover, eat something that is fatty before you go out to drink.  Something like a piece of cheese or if you can't have dairy then try something like peanut butter to line the stomach this will help prevent the absorption of some of the alcohol.  Remember to drink plenty of fluids - drinking loads of water before you go out and when you get back home will help re-hydrate your body, which is the major cause of a hangover.

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Wellbeing Weeks

Wellbeing Weeks are not just good for your feet, they're good for your soul too.

We run 'wellbeing weeks' every month, in order to help everyone take good care 

of their own wellbeing.These treatments are offered at a WHOPPING £10 off for just £25 for a full reflexology or maternity reflexology treatment.  Please note that Wellbeing Weeks are only open to clients who have already received an initial consultation to ensure that we treat clients both safely and effectively.

Here's what one of our clients have to say about Wellbeing Week.

" I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy having Reflexology during 'Wellbeing Weeks'. I always leave feeling as if I am walking on air. It is amazing how you can tell what is going on with my body, through my feet. I have been attending for some time now and I and my husband, can certainly see the difference in me. Much more relaxed and at peace with myself. If I have had to miss a session, I almost get withdrawal symptoms. Thank you once again for making me feel special."

Future Wellbeing weeks are as below and we already have some clients booking right through till 2015, so be sure not to miss out and grab your slots now.

July 6th - 9th

August 3rd - 6th

September 1st - 3rd 

Please note appointments are given on a first come first served basis.

Regular treatments, just once a month can enable you to: 
• reduce stress 

• ease muscular aches and pains

• strengthen your immune system

• encourage a better night’s sleep 

• regulate hormonal imbalances 

• alleviate tiredness

• boost your general wellbeing 

• reduce morning sickness

• alleviate symphis pubis pain and dysfunction

• prepare the body for a more effective and shorter labour

and of course whilst you are in the practice, you can be assured that you will be taken good care of with a caring, professional and friendly approach.

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How well do you listen to your body?

One thing we always ask our clients to do after each treatment they have,

no matter which treatment they have chosen,
is to listen to their bodies and act upon it's requests.
I mean really listen........

We all get those little messages that say:

  • I need to rest now
  • I 'm thirsty
  • I need sleep
  • I'm hungry
  • I need better nutrition
  • I need to relax
  • I need to get up and run around
  • I need to clear my head
  • My head hurts
  • My back aches
  • I'm stiff
  • I need a hot bath
  • I'm in pain
  • I need a holiday
  • I need to get a life

but how many of you act upon them?

We all live in a fast paced world and it's often vital that we march on regardless of what our body tells us.
It's easier to say 'In a minute' or to take a headache pill rather than to get some fresh air
or drink a large glass of water.  It doesn't take big changes, just a little one every now and
again to make the world of difference to your wellbeing. Making small changes along the way
can save you becoming ill for a longer period in the longrun. If you are ill you can't work effectively,
if you can't work effectively, you worry, if you worry you could become distressed.
If you become distressed chances are you will become dis-eased.  

Listen carefully, your body is designed to self heal and sometimes in just needs a minute or two to recover.

When you take that minute..................... make sure it's for yourself.  You'll thank yourself in the end.

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Neck, shoulder, arm pain? Could your pillow be the cause?

Often in the practice we have clients who experience neck, shoulder and even arm pain. Sometimes the cause of that can simply be corrected by changing your pillow. If you think about how long you spend in bed, often only turning a few times a night; you would never sit still in that position all day without expecting to become stiff and achey. 

Whether you're a side sleeper, an on your back or front sleeper, you sleep with your arm under your head or a combination of all three, the most important thing to remember when choosing your pillow is:

  • Is your neck straight and fully supported whichever angle you sleep at? If you toss and turn all night long, a memory pillow would be best suited to you.
  • Does your arm get squashed or do your joints get compressed. Pillows with a gap for your arms are available by mail order from the internet. Make sure your pillow is high enough to ensure you have adequate support of your neck and that you are not curled under at the shoulder joint which could lead to compression and a decrease in circulation.

    If you are sleeping on your side. Often 1 pillow is not enough and 2 is too much. Try adding a layer of foam in a pillowcase under your top pillow. Ask some one to help you measure the distance between the outer edge of your arm to your ear to get a perfect fit for your pillow. 

  • Companies like Dunelm Mill sell pillows to suit your sleeping style but remember to measure before you go shopping as you cannot return pillows if they are not suitable, even if you haven't opened them some companies refuse to allow you to return. 

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Do exam nerves hold you back?

Do Exam Nerves Hold You Back? 

You work hard all year studying and striving to achieve your goals but when it comes to exams do you just fall apart?  

It is often very difficult to pinpoint where exam nerves originate from, after all you know your subject well because you have been learning them for years. Sometimes, even with the very best of intentions, our peers, our families and even our tutor's expectations of us may prove too much for us to cope with the pressure of letting them down. The pressure to achieve top grades to be in with a chance of employment or further education is enough in itself but how many of you have heard " You won't get anywhere if you don't get good grades or study till the wee small hours". " You're stupid or you'll fail anyway because you're just not as good as your brother or sister!"

In EFT these kind of comments are what we refer to as 'the writing on your wall'. Every negative comment that anyone has ever made about you sticks like glue and comes back to remind you of how others see you, until you finally believe you are who they say you are. This becomes a fearful and difficult place to survive so the body reacts as it believes it should and sometimes this is one of the very reasons we become nervous.  

We can gentley and safely help you dissapate old thought patterns with a simple tapping technique and positve thinking. So don't let nerves of any kind bog you down, call and have a chat with us and we will help put you on the happy path to success. 

Tips to help you cope at home are:

  • To make sure you have a study timetable with frequent breaks, plenty of fluids and snacks to keep your brain from sagging.
  • Take a walk to clear your mind and if you walk briskly your body will release seratonin which is your happy hormone.
  • Make sure you have adequate lighting to study by, this will help keep you brighter and also reduce eye strain.
  • Use vitamin B conplex, it's known as the anti-stress vitamin.
  • Pure lavender essential oil will help you relax whilst pure essential oil of basil or rosemary will help you focus. Always remember to drink plenty of fluids when using essential oils.

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