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Restore and Revitalise Retreat at Puyssentut, France 2016

Puyssentut is a retreat in SW France for people with, or recovering from, cancer. It is a haven where you can relax and begin to let go of the stress of dealing with cancer and take time to reconnect to yourself and the simple pleasures of life, in a caring and nurturing environment. I was … Read more

Top 10 tips for Health and Wellbeing

Top Ten Tips for Good Health and Wellbeing 1. Do something creative Being creative can improve mood, and self-esteem, as well as improving mental agility 2. Learn new skills Achieving goals you’ve set for yourself can increase your confidence and help you to feel more optimistic about the future 3. Value yourself and others Spend … Read more

Top 4 benefits of Yoga Nidra Meditation

Yoga Nidra Meditation is a very unique practice derived from the yogic tradition and is a powerful technique in which you learn to relax both body and mind. Here are my top 4 benefits that you experience with regular practice: 1. 1 hours practice of ‪yoga nidra meditation‬ is equivalent to 4 hours ‪‎sleep‬ 2. … Read more

What is Meditation?

The word meditation is derived from two Latin words: meditari (to think, to dwell upon, to exercise the mind) and mederi (to heal). Its Sanskrit derivation ‘medha’ means wisdom. Meditation means awareness. Whatever you do with awareness is meditation. “Watching your breath” is meditation, listening to the birds is meditation. As long as these activities … Read more

Srebrenica, Bosnia 2011

I have done a lot of travelling in my time, but have never felt so vulnerable and wanting to leave a place as I did when I stepped off the bus in Srebrenica. Knowing what had happened there, the unspeakable atrocities, the violence and having treated refugees in Sarajevo all combined to making me feel … Read more

Bosnia, 2010

  A therapist’s story I first heard of the charity Healing Hands Network several years ago, when a friend of mine went out to Sarajevo, Bosnia under their banner, to offer massage to those affected by the war in the 1990s. I was very touched by her experience and felt it was a good cause … Read more

Mindful Yin Yoga practice

Mindful yin yoga combines the influences of mindfulness, Indian Yogic practices, Chinese Daoist principles with western science to improve our health on many levels. With its emphasis on long held, passive stretches, mindful yin yoga increases flexibility in the back, hips and pelvis, mobilises and strengthens the joints and allows both body and mind to … Read more

Complementary Therapies in Cancer and Palliative Care

We know that the physical and emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment can be very challenging. More and more people are using complementary therapies to help manage their stress and anxiety before, during and after treatment. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that complementary therapies: encourages relaxation eases pain … Read more

How often should I have a Massage?

Once people discover the many joys and benefits of massage, I am often asked,  “how often should I have a massage?” Of course, there is no set answer, but studies indicate that massage at regular intervals is most beneficial to your overall health. Scientists are now finding that massage can reduce blood pressure, boost the … Read more

Yin Yoga Retreat, Solterreno, Spain 2016

Spending a week in the Spanish mountains, with background sounds being that of the birds, bees and a gentle breeze, 10 hours daily practice of meditation, yin yoga and yin yoga theory, georgous company and stunning vegan food, what more could you wish for?? Nothing! I was indeed that lucky person who had that week … Read more

Work related Stress, Anxiety and Depression in Great Britain 2015 and how to deal with it.

Work related stress, anxiety and depression is defined as a harmful reaction people have to undue pressures and demands placed on them at work. The latest estimates from the Labour Force Survey show: The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2014/15 was 440,000 cases, a prevalence rate of 1380 … Read more