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Brenda Seaborn
Complementary Health Practitioner

01206  512280

14
April
2014

It's a nightmare not getting any sleep, I'm shattered, drained and exhausted.

Even one odd nights sleep can leave us feeling groggy and unable to focus for a few days after; imagine what it can feel like if you haven't slept in days, weeks, even months. 
Drained, shattered, exhausted, emotional, slurred speech, poor co-ordination, feeling anxious and depressed are just a few of the common words an insomniac voices but how can you get back to having a good nights sleep?  

Often we find that there was an intial upset, incident or trauma when the sleepless nights first started or that you have a current stress which you just can't turn off from and this is where we would focus with the use of Emotional Freedom Technique to gently and safely dissapate the intial trauma. 

We would also encourage the keeping of a regular sleep routine, the use of vitamin B complex to help reduce stress and muscular tension on a daily basis. Just one or two drops of gentle essential oils, such as lavender, tea tree/orange combination, clary sage, petitgrain, sandalwood or ylang ylang on a tissue by your bed can often aid a restful sleep too. Please do not use lavender or clary sage if your are pregnant.

Categories: stress blog

11
April
2014

Why flip flops are bad for your wellbeing.

With the warm sunny weather we have been experiencing many of you have hauled out last years flops and are already wearing them all day. 

Just a few tips that may make you think about how they affect your health.

Take a look underneath at the bottom of the flip flops and see if it is worn on one side more than the other, are you walking with your feet turned in this is known as pronation?

Some pronation is necesssary when walking but when excessive pronation occurs the foot arch flattens out and stretches the muscles, tendons and ligaments underneath the foot.

If you are walking on the outside of your foot this is known as supination.  A natural amount of supination occurs as the heel lifts off the ground and the front of your foot and toes are used to propel the body forward.  However, excessive supination places a large strain on the muscles and tendons that stabilize the ankle and can lead to the ankle rolling completely over, resulting in an ankle sprain or total ligament rupture.


Excessive rolling of the ankles can lead to uncomfortable or painful conditions such as:

  • Arch pain
  • Heel pain
  • Flat feet
  • Corns and calluses
  • Ankle sprains
  • Shin Splints
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Back pain

Instead of spending money on expensive treatments such as physiotherapy, chiropractic or osteopathy, take care of your feet at ground level and spend a little more on a sandle with a small heel and support around your ankle for a pain free spring in your step.

Categories: stress blog

06
April
2014

Combating Hayfever Season The Natural Way

Many of you have been asking about how you can reduce or even stop the itchy skin around your eyes, your runny or blocked noses and that dreadful feeling of exhaustion and fatigue that hayfever season brings. A simple formula  of Vitamin C + Echinacea + Moogoo Irritable Skin Balm which we have found very effective. The MooGoo irritable skin balm soothes the itchy skin on your face, especially around the eyes and the combination of Echinacea tincture and soluble Vitamin C in a bottle of water sipped throughout the day will help you feel human again.  The doses of Echinacea and Vitamin C will depend entirely on the individual as histamine levels vary for each individual, depending on body mass.  If you find that high doses of Vitamin C help your hayfever but not your stomach then add some probiotics to help you maintain a more harmonious balance.

Where to get your hayfever remedies:
  • We sell the MooGoo Irritable Skin Cream here at the practice £12.50 for 120g and it's so good for all kinds of irritated skin including eczema, psoriasis and soothing allergic reactive skin.
  • Holland and Barrett stock the Echinacea Tincture which must contain the Angustifolia variety, to soothe the immune system; tincture is far more effective than tablets.
  • Soluble Vitamin C can be found in all your local supermarkets; their own brands are just as effective as the more expensive named brands.
Holistic Facial Massage

If you are suffering but just don't know where to start, we can off you some extra help with one of our lovely Holistic Facial Massages that will not only reduce the inflammation in your sinuses but help calm your mind and bring some much needed relief to help you feel more human again.  
Holistic Facial Massages are £35 for a whole hour of blissful relief or if you are short on time we have an express treatment at £20 for 30 minutes.

Categories: stress blog

15
March
2014

Holidays abroad ruined by a fear of flying?

Are your holiday plans ruined or not even started yet because you, your family or friends have a fear of flying?

" I have a complaint to make about your fear of flying sessions. You made my husband soooo laid back and relaxed about flying, when our flight was delayed, he couldn't give a hoot and it drove me potty!! "

The only delay you should put up with, is in the airport, not in taking a few simple steps with me to get you on that fabulous holiday or adventure with your mates or even that special visit to your loved ones abroad. 

You can pay as much as your flight at your local airport to attend one of their fear of flying courses or you can let me disapate your fears and help you enjoy your whole holiday experience with EFT, emotional freedom technique or tapping as some people refer to it. It's really simple and even fun to do; to have a chat with me or book an appointment, call 01206 512280 or email at banishstress@ntlworld.com

These are just a few of the fears that clients have felt when asked about their fear of flying. EFT can help with all of these fears and many more and help you get on that plane, so that you can finally enjoy wiggling your toes in that beautifully warm sand, with a nice glass of iced lemonade.

What makes your hands sweat, your pulse race and your stomach churn, is it?

  • the noise and crowding in the airport.
     
  • you've heard about a crash on the news and feel your plane may crash too.
     
  • you've had a friend or family member injured in a plane 
     
  • you can't cope with the enclosed space of the cabin
     
  • you are afraid of heights
     
  • you are afraid of falling
     
  • you are afraid of crashing
     
  • are you worried the pilot hasn't had enough sleep and may fall asleep in the cockpit
     
  • are you afraid of turbulence on the plane
     
  • you are convinced that you won't be able to get into the brace position and manage to put your oxygen mask at the same time
     
  • you just don't like the thought of having to sit next to a group of total strangers for hours on end
     
  • you had a bad experience on a flight before and you just can't face getting on a plane ever again

Categories: stress blog

15
March
2014

Your 5 a day on a budget tips.

Your 5 a day on a budget tips.

Trying to get your 5 a day on a budget can seem a tiresome task
but here are a few tips that may help you out.

  1. Share the costs of fruit and veg with a friend or neighbour, that way you'll save money and wastage too.
     
  2. Buy fruit from your local farm, farmers market or grocer as they are usually cheaper.
     
  3. Buy fruit and veg when they are in season, that's when they are at their cheapest, especially if locally grown.
     
  4. Buy loose items instead of prepacked but always check you are getting the better deal.
     
  5. Buy one get one free offers are great, especially when you share them.
     
  6. Replace your snacks with fruit as they are often cheaper than a bar of chocolate, crisps or cake and are a nice healthy alternative.
     
  7. Don't throw away vegetables that are going out of date, make a great soup, you can always freeze too.
     
  8. Buy canned fruit, often stores own brands are the cheapest but do look out for those in juice instead of being loaded with sugar.
     
  9. Keep your eyes peeled in the supermarkets for reduced fruit and vegetables.
     
  10. Try swapping ready meals for homemade, it's often cheaper, tastier and contains loads less salt. Vegetables don't have to be boring, you can make a tasty curry or a hearty stew especially when you use butternut squash, a tin of chickpeas and a few yummy spices.

Categories: stress blog

15
March
2014

Benefits of flaxseed

The facts about flaxseed, otherwise known as linseed.

Flaxseed is a good source of dietary fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. The fibre in flaxseed is found primarily in the seed coat. Omega-3 fats are important for maintaining the body's health. Oily fish are a common source of some types of omega-3, but for those of you who don’t like the repeating taste of fish for the rest of the day, flaxseed is a great alternative.
Here is a list of some of the benefits and precautions about flaxseed.
 
Can be useful in helping maintain your weight if taken before a meal, flaxseed fibre seems to make people feel less hungry, so that they might eat less food.
Some people believe flaxseed helps with heart health, supports a person's mood and emotional wellbeing and helps maintain the skin's barriers. 
For systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), flaxseed is thought to improve kidney function by decreasing the thickness of blood, reducing cholesterol levels, and reducing swelling.
It can help lower haemoglobin A1C, a measure of average blood sugar level over three months, in people with type 2 diabetes
Lowering cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol. Various flaxseed preparations - including ground flaxseed, partially defatted flaxseed, and flaxseed bread and muffins - seem to significantly reduce total cholesterol and the “bad cholesterol in people with normal cholesterol levels and in men and pre-menopausal women with high cholesterol.
It is useful for the treatment of constipation but before use please note the precautions below*
 
Flaxseed is LIKELY SAFE for most people, however there are some conditions that may be affected by it please see below.
 
Bleeding disorders: Flaxseed might slow clotting. This raises the concern that it could increase the risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders. Don’t use it, if you have a bleeding disorder.
Adding flaxseed to the diet might increase the number of bowel movements each day. It might also cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, stomach ache, and nausea. 
 
*Gastrointestinal (GI) obstruction: People with a bowel obstruction, a narrowed oesophagus (the tube between the throat and the stomach), or an inflamed (swollen) intestine should avoid flaxseed. The high fibre content of flaxseed might make the obstruction worse. 
Although it is non-toxic it is not recommended for use when you are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant or breast feeding, as it can act like the hormone oestrogen.
 
Hormone-sensitive cancers or conditions: Because flaxseed might act somewhat like the hormone oestrogen, there is some concern that flaxseed might make hormone-sensitive conditions worse. Some of these conditions include breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer; endometriosis; and uterine fibroids. However, some early laboratory and animal research suggests that flaxseed might actually oppose oestrogen and might be protective against hormone-dependent cancer. Still, until more is known, avoid excessive use of flaxseed if you have a hormone-sensitive condition.
High triglycerides: Partially defatted flaxseed (flaxseed with less alpha linoleic acid content) might increase triglyceride levels. If your triglyceride levels are too high, don’t take flaxseed.
 
Always remember to check with your GP or pharmacist if you are taking any other medication or have a condition that may be affected by the use of supplements.

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