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Creating a WORLD of difference No.3 : Spring/Summer 2013

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FEATURING

The Healing Power of the Sea Nutrition and Healthy Eating WellBeing Focus: Jersey Women’s Refuge SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

WellBeing in the Workplace News and Views, Physical Health and WellBeing Sport and Fitness, Emotional WellBeing … and Much More to Relax, Energise and Make You Feel GOOD …

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WELCOME

Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” ~ Earl Nightingale

words: Beverley Le Cuirot Founder

Welcome

At last, Spring has arrived in Europe and with it longer days, lighter evenings, and just a hint of sunshine. It has been a cold, harsh Winter for many but now we see the growth and fresh possibilities of the new season, and we look forward to the balmy days of Summer.

Also curling up with a good book; enjoying a luxurious bubble bath; listening to music; and of course, eating nutritious food. A good glass of red was also mentioned. Anything in moderation sounds good to us, and it all helps to fortify the body and build our resilience.

Our Spring/Summer edition is packed with inspirational ideas, information, news and views to help you enhance your wellbeing, including health, nutrition, sports, fitness, holidays, emotional wellbeing and happiness, therapies, beauty, lifestyle, workplace wellbeing. And more.

A good many of these topics are expanded upon in the pages of this magazine and I hope you enjoy it. Please do let us know what you think – we always look forward to hearing your views, feedback and comments.

In particular, with a growing number of people, including myself, looking at ways to reach optimum health through good nutrition, we have a special feature on Healthy Eating, with stories and articles we hope will inspire you. And, if you are already well down the road in terms of healthy, organic, eating, perhaps raw food too, please keep us updated and we will feature your story in the next edition. We are always very keen to help our readers and clients to minimise stress and so we asked you to tell us your favourite ways to de-stress and unwind. We had some wonderful responses, thank you all. Yoga, Transcendental Meditation and other fabulous relaxation techniques were mentioned; gardening and being at one with nature; spending time with loved ones; a whole host of wonderful therapies; going to the gym, sport, exercise, running; swimming ... and walking in Jersey’s beautiful country lanes, enjoying the crisp, clean, fresh air.

One lady told us she loves to walk her dog really early in the morning when it’s totally silent and it’s just the two of them walking in nature admiring the scenery. Sounds idyllic.

You’ll also find a new WellBeing Focus; this time looking at Domestic Abuse and highlighting the amazing work of the Jersey Women’s Refuge in their efforts to reach out and support women and children who are affected. We take a look at Heart Health in Jersey; and the upcoming Cycle Challenge; the Jersey Sailing Trust; and the introduction of Wetwheels Jersey which will enable all Islanders to enjoy the huge natural resource surrounding our shores. I hope you have a happy and healthy year ahead, and I will leave you with one thought: Feed your body with nourishing food and your mind with nourishing thoughts and all your dreams will become a reality.

Beverley Please email anytime to beverley@ wellbeingworld.je – you can also find us at www.wellbeingworld.je and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WellBeingWorld please do join us there.

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CONTENTS

Contents Latest WellBeing in the Workplace Research.......... 5 Jersey’s Better Life Index ............................................... 6 THE HEALING POWER OF THE SEA WellBeing Jersey – An Outdoor Paradise................. 7 Jersey Sailing Trust........................................................... 8 Wetwheels Jersey Changing Lives Already............. 10 SPECIAL FEATURE : Nutrition and Healthy Eating Flexitarianism..................................................................... 12 Parsley – not just for decoration................................. 14 Anti-Ageing Foods........................................................... 16 Alkaline Foods .................................................................. 18 Sugar … The Bitter Truth............................................... 20 Balance | Nutrition | Inspiration | Love...................... 22 Beer – Healthier than you might think..................... 24 10 Reasons for Drinking Warm Lemon Water........ 26 Going the Distance – with Vegan Nutrition............ 28 What really happens when you Go Vegan.............. 29 Detox Delivery – Go easy on your body................... 30 Supporting the Immunity............................................. 32 PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING Moving More Freely......................................................... 33 Good Posture Improves Health and Happiness.... 34 Heart Screening in Jersey.............................................. 36 Changing Your Life with 6 Month Smiles................. 38 Child Obesity – or is it?................................................... 40 Developmental Education for your Child................ 41 Back Pain the Unwelcome 21st Birthday Gift......... 42 Acupuncture and Morning Sickness......................... 43 SPORTS AND FITNESS Do You Wanna Dance?.................................................... 44 Dance Your Way to Better Health................................ 45

Luxury in the Heart of the Countryside.................... 46 A New Take on Going to the Gym.............................. 48 Open Water Swimming.................................................. 50 Gyrotonic Comes to Jersey........................................... 51 EMOTIONAL WELLBEING Meditation.......................................................................... 52 Forgiveness … is a Virtue?............................................ 54 Aura-Soma for WellBeing.............................................. 55 Psychotherapy in Action................................................ 56 Creating the Life You Want............................................ 58 Become a Stress-Free Zone, and Stay that Way..... 60 WELLBEING FOCUS The Amazing Work of Jersey Women’s Refuge...... 62 Are You a Victim?.............................................................. 64 WELLBEING AT WORK How Was Your Day? WellBeing in the Workplace.66 Muscle Imbalance in the Workplace.......................... 70 Less Stress........................................................................... 71 Why Employee Voice is so Valuable........................... 72 Healthy Employees, Healthy Profits........................... 74 An Energetic Approach to Business Productivity.76 New Staff Cycling Scheme for Jersey........................ 78 WELLBEING IN THE COMMUNITY Peace of Mind with All Care Jersey............................ 80 Your WellBeing … Our Top Tips................................... 82 Book Review Revive................................................................................... 84 The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices............................ 85

WellBeing World would like to thank all our contributors, members and advertisers for helping to make our vision a reality. We aim to bring you properly researched information that enables you to make wise health decisions and which support your general health and wellbeing Although every effort is made to ensure the veracity of published information, WellBeing World cannot be held responsible for the information contained herein or for the views and actions of individual contributors. All contributors are qualified to practice in their own fields of expertise. If in doubt, please consult with a medical practitioner before acting on health advice received.

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LATEST RESEARCH

STOP PRESS Latest WellBeing in the Workplace Research

Missing the Productivity Connection The link between health and employee productivity is becoming increasingly clear; however, only a minority of employers make this connection within their health and wellbeing programmes, according to Towers Watson, a leading global professional services company. Towers Watson’s latest Health, Wellbeing and Productivity survey shows that 66 % of employers see linking health to employee performance as a relatively limited part of their health and wellbeing programme. Looking at the next two years, some 69 % of companies are planning to develop their health and wellbeing strategies but only 11% see productivity as a priority for this development. For many organisations in the survey the main drivers for employers to develop their health and wellbeing programmes are the desire to be seen as a responsible employer along with the need to focus on more preventative health measures to manage rising healthcare and disability costs.

Far Beyond Private Medical and Disability Costs Employers are starting to understand that the impact of health and wellbeing goes far beyond private medical and disability costs; there are also the costs of absence, stress, employee performance, and the indirect costs and implications associated with reduced employee productivity, such as reduced customer service levels. The key is for employers to concentrate on enabling employees to be effective in their jobs. This includes health and wellbeing programmes which focus on the needs of the specific organisation, such as reducing stress, facilitating return to work, providing the necessary resources to do the job, and ensuring a motivated and inspired culture where both employer and employee can flourish.

We hope the articles in the WellBeing At Work section provide food for thought – and if you would like to meet for an informal, no-obligation, discussion to review your needs, please email Beverley@wellbeingworld.je

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BETTER LIFE INDEX

How are we doing? Jersey’s Better Life Index Provides a Measure of WellBeing in Jersey Jersey’s Better Life Index provides a measure of the Island’s overall wellbeing and performance on social, environmental and economic indicators, reflecting what people think about the state of their own lives and what is important to them. It allows comparison of the Island’s wellbeing with that of other jurisdictions and allows for the monitoring of factors which influence societal progress as well as providing information for policy making. OECD methodology is used to calculate Jersey’s Better Life Index, allowing for comparisons of Jersey with 36 OECD countries. Topics covered in the report include income, jobs and earning, housing, health status, work and life balance, education, social connections, civic engagement, environmental quality, personal security and subjective wellbeing.

15th Best Place to Live in the World! Jersey’s index score, as announced in March 2013, is 7.5 out of ten and this makes it the 15th best place to live in the world! In terms of overall wellbeing, this score places Jersey slightly below Switzerland and Belgium but above France, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Nordic countries rated highly in terms of overall wellbeing, with Denmark, Sweden and Norway all ranking in the top six OECD countries; Norway had the highest overall score. In contrast, the lowest scores on overall wellbeing were recorded by the Latin-American countries of Mexico, Brazil and Chile, and in Europe by Turkey, Portugal, Hungary, Poland and Greece.

How we compare.. .

A drive to create a broader headline measure of wellbeing which encompasses social, environmental and economic factors has developed internationally. Interest was initiated by the Istanbul Declaration of 2007, which proposed the development of alternative ways of measuring wellbeing and societal progress. Such an approach is now a common international objective; the European Commission, the OECD and the UK Office for National Statistics have each launched projects to examine this issue. Understanding the economic performance of where we live remains important. Nevertheless, it is felt that macroeconomic measures such as GDP may not reflect what ordinary people think about the state of their own lives and what is important to them. As we know, our health, the safety of our streets and how much time we have available to spend with our family and friends are some of the dimensions which can affect our overall state of wellbeing. A fundamental purpose of the report is to strengthen the evidence base for policy making and to improve understanding of the factors which influence societal progress in the Island. The headline Better Life Index, together with a set of subsidiary indicators, can be used to monitor performance against the strategic objectives set by the States of Jersey.

Published for the first time in 2013, ‘Jersey’s Better Life Index’ aims to provide a measure of the Island’s wellbeing, both from an overall perspective and also at a more detailed level. The findings presented in the report also facilitate comparison of Jersey’s wellbeing with that of other jurisdictions.

83+81+80+69 20+23+40+100 78+75+69+49 Average Life Expectancy: Japan – 83 Jersey – 81 UK – 80 Russia – 69

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Traditionally, a nation’s wellbeing has been measured through its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, in recent years there has been a move away from such a purely economic approach to establishing “how a society is doing”.

Unemployment Rate: Norway – 4% Jersey – 4.6% UK – 8% Spain – 20%

Life Satisfaction Out of Ten: Denmark – 7.8 Jersey – 7.5 UK – 6.9 Hungary – 4.9


PERFECT WEEKEND ESCAPE

‘Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.’ Albert Einstein

WellBeing Jersey - an Outdoor Paradise Already rated as the warmest Island in the British Isles, and now with seas proven to be cleaner than UK average, Jersey has also very recently been acknowledged in the UK media as being well on its way to re-inventing itself as ‘an energetic outdoor paradise’. It would seem that a new wave of outdoor pursuit and extreme sports fans are leaving their London offices at 5pm on a Friday, and sneakily making their way to City Airport, where they quietly board one of the multiple daily flights to the Island for a weekend of indulgent outdoor action. It is wonderful to see people reporting about of our lovely Island in this way, and starting to recognise its beauty for what it is. WellBeing World would go one step further and suggest that with our fresh sea air, clean beaches, above average sunshine and blue skies, stunning coastlines, the natural beauty of the countryside, great choice of good food, cultural sites, sports and fitness choices, health and beauty, all types of wellness and complementary therapies, we are THE destination on Europe’s doorstep to rest, relax and re-energise. With this true depth and breadth of wellbeing – all within a close proximity, and in a relatively safe environment, our vote is for Jersey as the veritable European WellBeing paradise, outside and in.

Kite Surfing to Rock Climbing Closer to London than Cornwall, enjoying better weather than the English South Coast, and possessing the most beautiful and empty sandy beaches you will ever see, it is no surprise that Jersey is becoming a prime location for the pursuit of adrenalin pumping thrills. In fact, they say, the only thing that ought to raise eyebrows is why it took them so long to realise. Sports enthusiasts are heading to the Island to try everything from kite surfing to rock climbing above the crashing waves, and even white water rafting. For those of a non-aquatic nature, the horse riding and quad biking is terrific fun, and the golfing is superb, whilst those wanting sky-based adventures have an eclectic choice of everything from para-motoring to skydiving. Journalists also make mention of the food on the Island as being ‘ludicrously good compared to its size. The only thing they don’t refer to yet is the plethora of luxury spas, gyms and vast range of therapies which are available for one’s general health and wellbeing. Taken all together this really is WellBeing Jersey. There are even Ale Trails which we explore on page 24. But it’s the outdoor sports that are making the Island so attractive right now, and it is here that Jersey really comes into its own, offering as wide a range of pursuits on one small island as you will see anywhere. Whether you like going fast in any of an up, down or forward direction, you’ll find something here for you and, just one hour from London, it’s simply perfect for a weekend to escape the city completely.

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THE HEALING POWER OF THE SEA

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

Together Against the Odds Aside from the wind in your hair, fresh air in your lungs and salt spray of the sea on your skin, sailing is literally brimming with benefits to your wellbeing. From the workplace to home, the perks of sailing are endless – metaphorically speaking, sailing can keep you afloat, when things are tough, you ride the storm and come out stronger and more enriched. The physical attributes of sailing work to this regard and the hard work put into the efforts of sailing are rich with satisfaction and reward. We chatted with the Jersey Sailing Trust about sailing in Jersey and why islanders, who are so lucky to be surrounded by our wonderful coastline, should give it a try! Sailing is one of those sports that you can take up at any time of your life. Young or old, able bodied or not, sailing is for everyone – a lifetime sport for all.

Performance and Winning Great for Team Building and Driving Business Returns

We took a look at the many benefits of sailing, focusing first on why employers should try sailing as a team building exercise. Sailing will undoubtedly boost the collective productivity of a group; it is a team effort. Another plus - the environment in which the exercise takes place, at sea and in a confined space, provides a perfect backdrop for team building; idyllic but also, at times, rather challenging. The whole experience can make a team stronger and more productive. Indeed, there are numerous parallels between sailing and business, here’s two for starters: A: The yacht is a compressed environment, providing challenges and rewards in equal measure and B: The support culture that grows between the crew remains long after they have left the boat, manifesting itself in a more cohesive and productive team in the office.

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"Building a team that can adapt and prosper in an environment that is fast paced and moving all the time ensures a business's longevity. Team Sailing is a great analogy for this practice – working out the tides and the winds, who is going to do what and when, how to get from A to B and then back to safe harbour. We’re delighted to be sponsoring the Jersey Sailing Trust this year. Our people will ultimately benefit from this – it will enable them to engage and interact with each other more, develop a better working relationship and most importantly, have fun."

Peter Murley, CEO, Hawksford


Confidence Building Sailing is educational, accessible, fun and affordable, it gives individuals an opportunity to enhance social interaction, and to develop confidence, motivation and communication. Environmental awareness, a sense of adventure, concentration, motor skills, exploration and imagination are all enriched through sailing – in fact, sailing is a pursuit, which has been around as long as humans – we are built to sail! One of the most beautiful things about living in Jersey has to be the stunning views, the finest beaches and the rugged coastline. Sailing in Jersey only enhances all of these factors – imagine looking at Jersey from a different angle - staring up at Noirmont Point, peering north into St Aubin’s Bay or getting closer to that infamous westerly horizon …

A Connection with Nature Sailing builds connections with all walks of life, our natural resources and our community in which we live. Challenging oneself through learning to sail brings a sense of opportunity and risk – it imposes limits and engenders a healthy respect for adversity. When racing, sailing stimulates interest in technology, physics and mathematics – sailing is a sport of strategies and decisions. So, how can you find out more about sailing? Where can you go to give it a try? Well, join The Jersey Sailing Trust and jump onboard! Individual membership is just £6 per month, go to www.jerseysailingtrust.com and head ‘Offshore’ on their website to find an application form. (Corporate packages are available and prices vary dependent on business needs). Ask about The Jersey Sailing Trust’s ‘Learning to Sail Programme’ (details below), offering on-the-water sailing, including boat safety, sailing instruction and active participation in operation of a sailboat. Happy sailing!

“There's no thrill in easy sailing when the skies are clear and blue, there's no joy in merely doing things which any one can do. But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination that you never thought you'd make”. Author Unknown

Skills Learned • • • • • • • •

Challenge – can we work together Cooperation – each member of the crew must work towards a common goal Coordination – working the boats and sails together Strategy – a plan that everyone buys into and works towards Efficiency – what is the best and quickest way to get out on the water and back (AtoB) Communication – everyone needs to know their part of the boat Goal setting – where do we want to go, by when and how we achieve the desired results Contingency Plans - always have a Plan B

• Motivation – get to the finish and beat the others if racing • Confidence building – task completed successfully • Trust – confidence in other crew members • Respect – see people in another environment, acknowledge their strengths & areas of support • Leadership – everyone has a chance to be in charge of the boat  

Learning to Sail Programme Individuals are encouraged to participate as crew – hoisting and trimming sails, steering the boat, assisting with navigation and learning rescue procedures. While therapeutic and educational, the focus is also on relaxation, fun, team work, learning and adventure. Skills are taught by the skipper to individuals who then teach others, emphasising communication skills.

Everyone focuses on constructive and positive input. Encouraged to think about their contribution and the impact they have when sailing Onshore everyone feeds back on the challenges of the day, having watched others attempt tasks The constant changing of roles helps to build a sense of empathy with other crew members. The ultimate aim being to engender a sense of support for each other. 9


THE HEALING POWER OF THE SEA

Wetwheels was the brainchild of quadriplegic yachtsman, Geoff Holt, who after breaking his neck in a tragic swimming accident aged eighteen, has worked tirelessly to campaign for disability boating and enriching the lives of those who would otherwise not get the chance to experience the thrills of being at sea.

Changing Lives Already It is easy to forget that in an Island like ours, the equivalent of a lifeenriching countryside lies more offshore than onshore. The difficulty however is working out how to enable as many people as possible it enjoy it, to learn about it and to feel good about having been a part of it. Sadly only those who are fortunate enough to have access can testify to the positive impact it can have on one’s sense of wellbeing. Wetwheels Jersey is an exciting new initiative which will provide opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged islanders and visitors to explore and enjoy Jersey’s surrounding waters. Bespoke-designed to cater for up to five wheelchairs and a maximum of twelve passengers, the 9-metre Cheetah Marine catamaran will make it possible for almost anyone to experience the thrill of dolphin spotting, catching fish and shellfish, going ashore at Les Ecrehous and other destinations and helming the craft at high speeds. Wetwheels was the brainchild of quadriplegic yachtsman, Geoff Holt, who after breaking his neck in a tragic swimming accident aged eighteen, has worked tirelessly to campaign for disability boating and enriching the lives of those who would otherwise not get the chance to experience the thrills of being at sea. In May 2012, Geoff visited the Jersey Boat Show with Wetwheels and in partnership with local charity, Le Tournoi, welcomed around ninety disabled and disadvantaged islanders on board for hour-long trips. Such was the success of the visit that the local campaign, backed by the Lieutenant Governor, was launched.

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For some, the vessel has already launched. Jersey Mencap was one of the first local charities to enjoy the Wetwheels experience. David Harburn, a client of Mencap, outlines what Wetwheels meant to him.

The Wetwheels vessel and some new sailors!

Wetwheels recognises that wellbeing is not limited to the immediate excitement of taking a trip on a boat, but stems from feeling part of its community. Partnerships are being formed with a number of organisations including JEND, Jersey Mencap and Autism Jersey, where clients will have the opportunity to become part of the management and operations team, responsible for keeping Wetwheels clean and well-maintained, carrying out general administration and managing bookings. To many this will be as enriching as being at sea, affording responsibility for important tasks and increasing their sense of worth.

Wetwheels Jersey will enter permanent service in July 2013 and moves are already afoot to establish a similar operation in Guernsey. Wetwheels has been named as official charity of the 2013 Barclays Jersey Boat Show and will once again be taking as many islanders as possible to sea. Wetwheels Jersey will enter permanent service in July 2013 and moves are already afoot to establish a similar operation in Guernsey. It is hoped that up to 1,500 passengers will enjoy a trip each year.

www.wetwheels.je

"I have experienced other charity based sailing organisations which I've enjoyed immensely but these have to be planned someway in advance, often with application forms and medicals required. I saw the accessibility to a boat like Wetwheels as a huge attraction to many people as there could be a variety of trips on offer from an hour in the evenings to longer trips at the weekend and that the stability of the boat meant we could still take a trip even when the weather is not so good. "Wetwheels gave us the opportunity to enjoy the sea safely, quickly and despite poor weather conditions the boat felt stable. On the day, it was agreed that due to the conditions we would perhaps only have a twenty minute trip. We had so much fun that we were out for well over an hour! Even if it had only been a twenty minute trip then this would have been twenty minutes of fun and exhilaration. I find being at sea uplifting and it really helps to put any issues or concerns into perspective. "I may have a disability but my experience on Wetwheels left me feeling that I could achieve anything. The trip helped put any other issues or concerns into some perspective and the voyage on Wetwheels is one of the top five experiences in my life." Alex Wiles, Mencap's Administrator added "David felt that having access to a Jersey Wetwheels could help people with a disability gain a new experience and increase confidence in trying something new. Passionate about the sea, David would be keen to access Wetwheels evenings and weekends and would be happy to contribute to the cost of these trips. If there was an option to gain some boat handling skills on board then David would be happy to undertake any training".

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SPECIAL FEATURE: NUTRITION AND HEALTHY EATING

Flexitarianism…? Words Lucy Sanderson

The recent, and ever-growing, trend of people realising the health benefits of a fruit and vegetable based diet has seen many label themselves as ‘flexitarian’… Heard of it? Are you one? Perhaps you’re a flexitarian and you didn’t even know it! At WellBeing World HQ, we’re intrigued and think we have a fair few flexitarians on the team, including me. Wondering what the word ‘flexitarian’ means? A straightforward alternative description of a flexitarian is, semi-vegetarian. (*I hear the gasps from actual vegetarians and vegans especially)… Many vegetarians strongly object to the use of the term flexitarian, because headlines such as ‘Meat-eating vegetarian’ confuse and dilute the definition of a true vegetarian diet. How on earth can you be ‘semi’ vegetarian’? ask the purists. Are you curious about a flexitarian diet? Interested in the health benefits? If you are, read on … According to a recent study commissioned by Linda McCartney Foods we’re about to see a surge in “flexitarianism” – vegetarians who sometimes eat meat. “Twenty years ago, vegetarianism was scoffed at,” explains Charles Banks, director of The Food People, which carried out the research. “But there has been a seismic shift in attitudes ... We expect meat-free eating and flexitarianism soon to be a mega trend.” A flexitarian (“flexible vegetarian”, interchangeable with “vegivore”) is defined as: “one whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish”. By 2015, The Food People predict, there will be a “notable increase in flexitarian – or demi-vegetarian – eating” in Britain. Cutting down meat is cheaper, healthier and – for carnivores – a better prospect than going the whole vegetarian hog. Twenty years ago, a Gallup survey into British eating habits found that 5.5 per cent of the population avoided red meat. Today, it is believed that as much as 45 per cent of consumers are actively reducing the amount of meat

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According to a recent study commissioned by Linda McCartney Foods we’re about to see a surge in “flexitarianism” – vegetarians who sometimes eat meat.

they eat. Families who now ''go flexitarian'' a couple of times a week have come together with pragmatic veggies to create a new breed of health-conscious consumers. It’s true, I often catch myself saying, “I only eat meat once or twice a week now” or, “I eat a lot of vegetarian food”, whereby a few years ago I didn’t make reference to how much meat I ate. I am therefore, a flexitarian – and somewhat proud of it too. Research is clear in its conclusion toward eating more fruit and vegetables and cutting down on red meat – if you go flexitarian, you’re being proactive toward your physical wellbeing … We’re all for that here. We love a wheatgrass shot or a green smoothie on a regular basis. On a larger scale, restaurants, cookbooks and chefs (many, normally quite carnivorous), are promoting delicious meat free options. Gone are the times when, wanting a vegetarian dish in a restaurant led to the sad option of goats cheese or a stuffed mushroom, prepared halfheartedly by a majority of chefs – and on to now, where you can expect to find the most innovative ways of serving up veg. Intricate salads laced with flower petals, seeds, nuts, pulses, or packed burritos with oozing cheese… Curried root vegetables, chargrilled, spicy, pickled… No more over boiled veg please – made with a bit of thought, veggie food is GOOD, and most of all varied! Check out the busy new juice bars and vegetarian options in town – all of which serve fabulous, healthy, food. Food trends analysts are predicting a 50% increase in vegetarianism in 2013, and a similarly startling rise in the number of flexitarians. Why? Because of the McCartneys, of course. Well, the McCartneys, rising meat prices, greater focus on one’s health, and an increasingly compelling moral and environmental argument. In summation then, on the flexitarian fad, it’s on the rise and we think it’s here to stay. The option of a less militant approach to eating more healthily is always a good thing. Choosing to eat less meat and more vegetarian food doesn’t have to be radical; it’s a step in the right direction for better wellbeing from the inside out.

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SPECIAL FEATURE: NUTRITION AND HEALTHY EATING

Parsley – Not just for decoration These little leaves are packed with powerful nutrients! A bunch of benefits: Antioxidants: Parsley is rich with an antioxidant arsenal that includes luteolin, a flavonoid that searches out and eradicates free radicals in the body that cause oxidative stress in cells. Luteolin also promotes carbohydrate metabolism and serves the body as an anti-inflammatory agent. Furthermore, two tablespoons of parsley contain 16% of the RDA of vitamin C and over 12% of the RDA of vitamin A - two powerful antioxidants. Improve your immune function: Parsley essential oil has been shown to suppress an over-stimulated immune response making it a key player in the fight against allergies, autoimmune and chronic inflammatory disorders. Beat inflammation: Parsley helps to reduce the pain and swelling associated with arthritis. Parsley contains a volatile oil called eugenol that has been shown in studies to have strong anti-inflammatory as well as anti-arthritic properties and can significantly suppress swelling in the joint. Protect your blood vessels Parsley is a good source of one of the most important B vitamins: folic acid. Folic acid helps to reduce homocysteine. Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid in the body but high levels in the blood can damage blood vessels increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Anti Bacterial: Parsley is a power plant of chlorophyll, this helps curb the growth of bad bacteria as it has anti bacterial properties. Chlorophyll found in parsley is a good cure to stop and avoid bad breath (halitosis) for long time. Healthy gut: Having parsley herbal tea is helpful as it stimulates digestion of protein as well as fat. The tea also promotes enteric absorption and storage in the liver. It is helpful in treating diarrhea.

Parsley Detox Shake If you have a big event planned, this is the perfect beverage to help you reduce any excess water weight. The parsley, cucumber and celery all work as a diuretic. The lemon and ginger are powerfully anti-inflammatory and add a great zing to the shake. Ingredients: •

2 cups parsley, chopped

2 cups cucumber, chopped

3 tbsp lemon juice

1 apple, chopped

1 celery stick

Healthy skin and hair: The oil of parsley herb is a good remedy for hair loss as well as dryness of the skin. Daily application of this oil helps in improving the hair growth as well as makes the skin supple and smooth.

¼ tsp ginger powder

2 cups spring water

Ladies… Parsley improves the hormonal balance in females and it also betters the estrogen secretion. This herb is helpful in treating hormonal problems like premenstrual syndrome, menopause or delayed menstruation cycle. This herb is also known to be helpful in easing cramps during menstrual cycle.

Blend all ingredients in a blender on high until silky smooth – easy as that.

Healthy ears and hearing: Parsley is used by the herbalists to cure some ear infections, ringing in the ear and partial deafness.

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Directions:

Makes 2 large servings


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SPECIAL FEATURE: NUTRITION AND HEALTHY EATING

Anti-ageing foods “ Youth is the only thing worth having,”

wrote Oscar Wilde, and it would appear that many amongst us agree with him. The industry for anti-ageing creams is reportedly worth £176 million per year in the UK alone, yet we don’t appear to be much closer to any guaranteed treatment. So, perhaps the answer isn’t as complicated, or expensive as we think?

The right diet can do wonders for a person’s health and happiness, so it shouldn’t be too surprising to learn that it can also be extremely beneficial to the wellbeing of your skin. This means those sags, bags and wrinkles could be reduced just by swapping a chocolate bar for some fruit and nuts. Here is a definitive list of the top ten foods that can lead to a more radiant and youthful you!

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1. Avocado acts as a source of unsaturated fat which helps to reduce levels of bad cholesterol within the body. It also contains plenty of Vitamin E and helps to prevent ageing skin as well as maintain it!

3. Cruciferous vegetables This family of veg includes cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, turnip, kale, brussel sprouts, radish and watercress. All of these vegetables assist the body in its fight against toxins and cancerous cells.

2. Ginger This spicy root is known to boost the digestive and circulatory systems, which becomes extremely useful as we get older! It can also help to alleviate rheumatic aches and pains.

4. Whole meal pastas & rice Complex carbohydrates provide a consistent supply of energy throughout the day.


5. Soya Can be especially helpful for menopausal women looking to help maintain oestrogen levels. It may also alleviate hot flushes and protect against Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis and heart disease. 6. Garlic Just one clove of garlic helps to fight against cancer and heart disease. The effects of garlic are well documented. One American study in 1994 suggests that women aged between 55 and 69 are 50% less likely to develop colon cancer if they eat a clove of garlic at least once a week. 7. Nuts Almost all nuts are great sources of minerals. Walnuts, in particular, are rich in potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and selenium. 8. Berries All black and blue berries contain phytochemicals known as flavonoids. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants which help to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals and ageing. 9. Watermelon Both the flesh and seeds of the watermelon are extremely nutritious. The flesh is high in Vitamins A, B and C, whilst the seeds contain selenium, essential fats, zinc and Vitamin E, all of which also help to fight free radical damage and ageing. 10. Water Drinking plenty of water each day is so simple, yet so beneficial! It is recommended that a person drink at least eight glasses a day in order to remain healthy. Water helps to wash away the toxins and unwanted waste within the body. Remember, the thirst sensation diminishes with age, so try to keep on top of things!

So, instead of spending your hard-earned money on overly expensive moisturiser, why not try your hand at the fruit smoothie recipe below as a tasty alternative?

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Fresh watermelon juice: •

½ a watermelon (seeds and all!)

2 tsp finely grated ginger

2 tbs lemon juice

Mint leaves and ice cubes to serve

This smoothie is high in vitamins and minerals and is a great way to start off your day feeling healthy and active, with a glow even!

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Alkaline Foods NUTRITION AND HEALTHY EATING SPECIAL FEATURE:

Alkaline Foods What are the benefits and why do we need them in our diet? Is your diet eating away at your wellbeing? Our bodies are made up of 70% water and 30% matter. It matters, therefore, that we maintain hydration in order for our organs to function at their best. Most of us are on to the fact that we ought to be drinking at least a couple of litres of water per day to remain hydrated – but did you know that we get about 20% of our daily intake of water through the foods we eat? Alkaline foods are an especially good source of hydration. In homage to the natural ratio of our inner terrain, research shows that an indicative minimum intake in terms of the acid/alkaline diet, should be at least 70% alkaline food with 30% acidic. Too acidic a diet leads to poor health. It’s as simple as that. Problem is, Western food is epidemically acidic. As wellbeing has become as prevalent an issue as weight, we are becoming more interested in what we eat – understanding that our bodies try to maintain a constant temperature of 98.5F or 37C and appreciating that too much fat or sugar is bad for your health is to be expected,

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but how aware are you that your body tries even harder to maintain the right amount of oxygen in your blood (a pH of 7.365)? When our pH is too high or too low, our bodies don't feel well. Alkaline foods raise the amount of oxygen that our blood takes in. Without a sufficient amount of alkaline foods in our diet, we risk all manner of health issues - from fatigue, indigestion and candida infections, to diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.

Enter, stage left …Raw Food Raw food is becoming increasingly popular in terms of people trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Raw foods are incredibly alkaline. Green foods are super alkaline, the best. Green foods, such as kale, spinach, broccoli, wheatgrass and cucumber (especially good for hydration too) are all packed full of chlorophyll. This cleansing pigment contains magnesium, which is extremely important for our body’s health. Katy Pierce of ‘Moo’ (Mostly Organic Origin, and


purveyors of providing the very best soul food to the Island’s masses) explained the benefits of wheatgrass as a great example of an alkaline rich superfood …

Get Alkaline! Top up on: 1. Root vegetables Due to the healing ‘yang’ nature of these foods in traditional Chinese medicine, and their tendency to be rich in minerals than many other vegetables, it may be safe to say that you can't get enough of them. Look for radishes especially (black, red or white), as well as beets, carrots, turnips, horseradish and rutabaga. Ready to eat after steaming for just 15-20 minutes, root vegetables will help you feel both satiated and better grounded.

2. Cruciferous vegetables These are the veggies we all know and love, made even more delicious with just a small amount of healthy, homemade sauce like pesto. Choose from broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and the like.

3. Leafy greens These include kale, Swiss chard, turnip, greens and spinach - of which spinach may in fact be the best pick. Known especially for its rich vitamin K and folate content, spinach is also packed with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants and fibre, helping to improve digestion and even vision.

4. Garlic A true miracle food, garlic appears at the top of innumerable lists of foods that encourage overall health, and alkalineforming food is no exception. Among its other benefits are its ability to promote cardiovascular and immune health by lowering blood pressure, cleansing the liver and fighting off disease.

5. Cayenne peppers (capsicum) As part of a family of potent, tropical peppers, which contain enzymes essential to endocrine function, cayenne is among the most alkalising foods. It is known for its antibacterial properties and is a rich supply of vitamin A, making it a helpful agent in fighting off the harmful free radicals that lead to stress and illness.

6. Lemons Oddly enough, lemons may be the most alkalising food of all! As a natural disinfectant, it can heal wounds while also providing potent and immediate relief for hyperacidity and virus-related conditions, as well as coughs, colds, flu and heartburn. Lemon also works to energise the liver and promote detoxification.

“There are loads of good things about wheatgrass, just one shot of it is as good, if not better than nine bags of spinach! It’s the chlorophyll; it cleanses the liver, reducing toxins, it’s generally ace in detoxing the body. Chlorophyll is green, the greener the wheatgrass the better it is. In fact, wheatgrass is at its most chlorophyllous, and therefore most effective within seven to eighteen days after cutting. It ought to still be lush green when it’s cut and still retain that gorgeous green colour by the time it’s ingested.” Regardless of how much you work out and try to eat right, if you can't balance the acids in your body, you'll never feel as good as you'd like to be. If you often feel tired, it's a safe bet that you are overly acidic. The simple fact is, most people are. You ought to note that a food’s acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming. Try adding alkaline rich foods to your diet and steer clear of the acidity culprits; like processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, refined grains, conventionally produced meats and dairy, and hidden genetically modified organisms.

Jersey Foodstate has some interesting information relating to how an acidic body is a sickness magnet – have a look at their website, www.jerseyfoodstate.com for tips on how to reduce your acidity and stay healthy!

Alkaline Rich Food… 5 Reasons you need it: 1. Improved Energy Levels 2. Healthier Teeth and Gums 3. Improved Immune Function 4. Reduced Pain and Inflammation 5. Slower Ageing

Why are we too acidic? The famous four: 1. Stress 2. Toxins 3. Parasite … and 4. The FOOD we eat 19


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Sugar …

The Bitter Truth In light of recent news in the UK, featuring a call to levy taxes on sugary soft drinks, we take a look at sugar and its harmful effects in today’s diets. We ask, are you sweet enough? You may be shocked to discover how much sugar you are actually consuming…

scary truth is that health experts believe even those of us who don't take sugar in tea or eat lots of sweets may be consuming far more sugar than is healthy. For example, a shocking report by ‘Which?’ recently revealed that some savoury foods on our shelves contain more sugar than ice cream - and that ready meals, breakfast cereals and even low-fat 'diet' ranges are often jam-packed with it.

Leading medical bodies are calling for a 20p-per-litre levy on soft drinks to be included in this year's Budget in the UK. More than 60 organisations, including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, are backing the recommendation by food and farming charity, Sustain. They say it would raise £1bn a year in duty to fund free fruit and meals in UK schools to improve children's health. Surely subject to debate?

So taxing soft drinks may slow a young person down when racing to the fridges for cola and the likes, but will it actually help the sugar issue? If producers are packing so much sugar into food across the shelves, then soft drinks are but the tip of the iceberg.

So, if radical taxes are to be brought in to tackle the villain that is sugar … Should other food not be questioned too? The

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Sugar is deemed to be the most pertinent cause of obesity, not fat as people used to think, according to a leading US doctor who is taking on governments and the food industry. Dr Robert Lustig, who was in London and


Oxford recently for a series of talks about his research, likens sugar to controlled drugs. Cocaine and heroin are deadly because they are addictive and toxic – and so is sugar, he says. "We need to wean ourselves off. We need to de-sweeten our lives. We need to make sugar a treat, not a diet staple," he said. "The food industry has made it into a diet staple because they know when they do you buy more. This is their hook. If some unscrupulous cereal manufacturer went out and laced your breakfast cereal with morphine to get you to buy more, what would you think of that? They do it with sugar instead." Hard hitting words, but they certainly ring true when you consider a growing number of studies and experts are linking sugar to accelerated ageing, obesity and related diseases, not to mention cancer. It's time we realised that we (and our food) are sweet enough already. The truth began to come to light when researchers from the Medical Research Council and the University of Cambridge developed a new urine test that allowed them to measure sugar consumption for the first time. They found that obese people dramatically underestimated the amount of sugar they consumed each day; those who ate the most consumed as much as 207g a day that's nearly 52 spoonfuls and four times the recommended daily limit - hidden in everyday foods. The sucrose shown in their urine is mostly found in table sugar, processed foods, cakes, biscuits and soft drinks. Previous studies hadn't demonstrated such a strong link between sugar consumption and obesity (because they tended to rely on self-reporting). State-registered dietitian Susan Price, spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, says: 'In general, people have focused on fat because of the calorie content and the link with heart disease.'

'Sugar is made up of empty calories,' says Price. 'Foods high in sugar are generally not filling and can become habit forming. And the fact that so many foods contain hidden sugars makes it all the more difficult, and worrying, for consumers.'

Bitter, sweet facts: • Research has indicated that sugar may be addictive. When researchers at Princeton University, US, fed rats a diet that was high in sugar, they noticed that the rats became anxious when the sugar was removed, and experienced symptoms similar to the withdrawal symptoms of smokers or morphine users - chattering teeth and the shakes, for example. • Since eating a lot of sugar makes you likely to put on weight, it can also increase your risk of diabetes. One study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who drank one or more sugar-laden drinks a day, having previously consumed one or less a week, almost doubled their risk of Type-2 diabetes compared with those who drank fewer than one sugary drink a week. • However, perhaps the most worrying link is that between high sugar intake and cancer. One recent major European study found that women with the highest blood sugar levels increased their chance of developing cancers such as those of the pancreas, skin, womb and urinary tract by 26 per cent. Another study conducted in Sweden and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that drinking two or more sugary drinks a day can increase your risk of pancreatic cancer by 90 per cent, while people who add sugar to their food and drink at least five times a day are at a 70 per cent increased risk of the disease.

Introducing Your New Best Friend:

Date Paste

He’s sweet, wholesome, and was brought into this world with all the goodies you could want from a sweetener: fibre, potassium, calcium, vitamin A, K, B ... the perfect replacement for sugar. A sweetener doesn’t have to be associated with guilt and health problems. If you want to “have your cake and eat it too”...and your health, and your peace of mind...get to know date paste.

Ingredients • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates • ½ cup - 1 cup water or coconut water Soak dates in water for 30 minutes, or until soft. This step will make the blending process easier. Blend dates and the same water you soaked them in, in a high powered blender or food processor until smooth. Store in airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, or make a big batch and keep in the freezer.

• It isn't only the link to chronic disease that's giving the scientists cause for concern. Anti-ageing experts have long regarded sugar as a no-no, noting that its byproducts are harmful molecules known as AGEs – advanced glycation end products.

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Balance, Nutrition, Inspiration, Love WORDS: Lorraine Pannetier

Balance. Nutrition. Inspiration. Love. When these four words join forces they have the power to unite some important aspects of health and wellbeing. We all know we should be eating more fruit and vegetables, less processed foods and alcohol, but how many people become obsessed with dieting, cutting food groups or excessive exercise in the bid to achieve the enigmatic perfect body? This is where Balance comes into play. Eat healthy foods 80-85% of the time and enjoy delicious homemade treats with friends and family on special occasions. Remember the expression, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’? Well it’s true! In these difficult financial times many people are forced to work two jobs, or return to work post-retirement but it’s important to remember to make time for friends and family and, at the top of the list, you! This is why Love is essential. You must love yourself and treat your 22

mind, body and spirit with selfrespect. Get rid of toxic relationships (yes, even those Facebook ‘friends’ that make you feel bad), remove chemically processed foods from your diet and love the food you put into your body. Try shopping locally for farm-grown vegetables or quiz your friendly butcher about different cuts of meat. Meal times should be a time to sit peacefully, preferably seated at a table, away from stressful situations.

I have created my new website, Beetroot Brownie, to bring together all these aspects into healthy recipes that will save you time in the kitchen, help you to work towards achieving Optimum Nutrition and to ensure balance in your diet with delicious treats that won’t break the calorie bank. I love to cook, write and take photos of food and share these with you. I hope to play a small part in motivating and inspiring you on your journey to improved health and wellbeing.

All of which leads on to Inspiration. Who has inspired you lately? A TV chef? A colleague at work? A writer? It’s such a shame that too many people jump immediately onto the criticism bandwagon (social media is especially bad for this) when all around us there is a wealth of knowledge and support. Jersey is especially rich in talented, inspirational therapists, business professionals and leaders, all of whom thrive on teaching, mentoring and sharing experiences. Use these people and their blogs or magazines to inspire you to make positive changes to your health or the environment you live in.

Lorraine works in Jersey as a Personal Trainer, Massage Therapist, Nutrition consultant and Food Blogger and has recently started cooking demonstrations which is an area she would like to expand in 2013. Lorraine has 16 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry, previously working at the luxurious Grayshott Hall Health & Fitness Retreat in Surrey before relocating to Jersey in 1998. www.beetrootbrownie.com hello@beetrootbrownie.com


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Healthier Than You Might Think We tend to think of red wine and its heart-friendly antioxidants. Recent research reveals that beer might also help. Of course, moderation is key. Which means: no more than two 12-ounce beers a day for men and one for women, and people with certain health conditions, for example, gout or high triglycerides should avoid alcohol, say the experts. For most of us, there are good reasons why beer may be health enhancing. Tap Into Beer's Health Benefits: 1.Strengthens the Bones Beer in moderation may protect bone health thanks to its high silicon content. Participants who sipped one or two beers a day had greater bone mineral density than those who drank more or fewer beers, found a 2009 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Even postmenopausal women could fortify their bones in such a manner.

2.Heart Health A beer a day may keep heart disease away. Scientific experts have determined that beer is more than capable of lowering bad cholesterol levels … it also tends to increase the amount of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol, and has anti-clotting effects, which keeps blood vessels clear and healthy. Israeli researchers found that people who drank one beer daily had lower levels of fibrinogen, a protein that helps promote blood clotting (which can cause heart attack and stroke), than those who abstained from drinking.

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Beer also contains vitamin B6, which prevents the build-up of amino acid called homocysteine that has been linked to heart disease.

3.Kidney Cleanser Beer has the capability to act as a diuretic and can cleanse the body of substances that are considered to be kidney-stone builders. Finnish researchers found that men who drank beer had a 40% lower risk of kidney stones compared to those who drank other types of alcohol (due to its high water content as dehydration can increase the risk of kidney stones). Beer hops may also help prevent kidney stones by slowing the release of calcium from the bones.

4.Better Brain Power While excessive alcohol intake can cause irreparable brain damage, moderate daily consumption actually safeguards a sharp mind, research shows.

One classic New England Journal of Medicine study, which analysed the drinking habits of 11,000 women over 15 years, found that those who had up to one drink a day had a 20% lower risk of brain function decline (as measured by memory and other cognition tests) than non-drinkers. Alcohol intake may protect blood vessels in the brain and also lower stroke risk, say researchers.

5.Cooking with Beer The health benefits of beer aren't limited to those who drink it: marinating steak in your favourite brew could eliminate up to 88% of the carcinogens that form as a result of pan-frying meat, according to a Portuguese study. Cooking meat at high temperatures creates cancer-causing compounds known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs). Researchers think that the sugars in beer help prevent HCA formation.

There are many other delicious ways of cooking with beer – it adds flavour and is healthy too!


BEER Healthier Than You Might Think

Did You Know?

Walking Routes to Build a Thirst

• Beer is nutritious if consumed in moderation • It is fat-free and cholesterol free • Has a relaxing effect on the body thereby reducing stress • Helps prevent heart disease and improves the blood circulation • Has proven to have positive effects on elderly people, helping to promote blood vessel dilation, sleep and urination. • It is packed with good nutrients, including zinc, potassium, and riboflavin. • Particular beers contain iron, making oxygen-carrying cells throughout your body function more efficiently. • It contains fibre and is will cleanse your intestinal tract. • It has the potential to reduce your chances of developing diabetes, by effectively lowering blood sugar level. In fact, beer drinkers are 25 % less likely to develop diabetes than non-drinkers.

Ale trails have become increasingly popular throughout the British Isles since the first ones began in the West Country more than 20 years ago. Thanks to the Liberation Group and Jersey Tourism, Jersey has six of its own Ale Trail opportunities for Islanders and visitors to wander country lanes, test their stamina on coastal paths or criss-cross the town centre pausing for refreshment en route. It’s a great way to get some exercise, enjoy lunch or dinner with friends and family, and reward yourself with a pint of healthy, local ale afterwards. What better way to explore Jersey.

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• Beer has potential beauty perks; it contains protein and could enrich your skin and hair.

It is undeniable that drinking beer in moderation is a much healthier course of action than many believe it to be. Cheers!

Mussels in Beer Broth Ingredients

Process

2 lbs mussels, debearded 1 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 leek, thinly sliced 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 3 medium-size tomatoes, seeded and diced 1 Tbsp fresh thyme 1 Tbsp butter 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 2 cups low-hops amber ale or wheat beer Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/3 cup chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley Rinse mussels. Throw out any that are broken or open when tapped.

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add leek and garlic; cook 4 minutes. Add tomatoes, thyme, butter, red pepper flakes, and beer. Bring to a boil, add mussels, cover, and simmer until mussels have opened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mussels and vegetables to 4 serving bowls, dividing equally. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste to the pan and return contents to a boil. Simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. Ladle over mussels and garnish with cilantro or parsley. Makes 4 servings Per serving: 350 cal, 12 g fat (3.5 g sat), 21 g carbs, 680 mg sodium, 1 g fibre, 29 g protein

So, whether you prefer ales, lagers, stout, bitter or wheat beers, the evidence would suggest that beer is good for you. Who ever would have thought it!

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Life is a

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lemon

10 Reasons Why You Should Drink Warm Lemon Water in the Morning The Internet is packed with wonderful wellbeing hints and tips; we found this excellent list by La Jolla Mom of good reasons to drink warm water lemon in the morning. We all know that lemons have a lot of health benefits, but surprisingly this simple little drink can do more for your body than we might at first realise. So, instead of reaching for that cup of tea or coffee in the morning, why not replace it with a warm water lemon drink?

5. Is a diuretic: Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy. 6. Clears skin: The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance.

The Wonders of a Warm Water Lemon Drink:

7. Freshens breath: Not only this, it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should monitor this.

1. Boosts your immune system: Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.

8. Relieves respiratory problems: Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.

2. Balances pH: Drink lemon water everyday and you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes, lemon has citric acid but it does not create acidity in the body once metabolised.

9. Keeps you zen: Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. Lemons are chock full of Vitamin C.

3. Helps with weight loss: Lemons are high in pectin fibre, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. 4. Aids digestion: Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.

10. Helps kick the coffee habit: After taking a glass of warm lemon water, most people suggest a reduced craving for coffee in the morning. Why it has to be warm water not cold? Cold water likely provides a shock or stress factor to the body. It takes energy for your body to process cold water. The recipe is really simple – a cup of warm water (not hot) and the juice from half of a lemon.

www.lajollamom.com

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Vegan Nutrition … Going the Distance WORDS Terri and Dan Garrido Personal Trainers at FX Fitness

As personal trainers and keen participants in a variety of sporting disciplines, including distance running and Thai boxing, one of the most common questions we get asked when people find out we are vegan is whether our diet affects our ability to perform, and even if it is of benefit to our sport. Usually, we tend to refer them to the long list of vegan athletes and sportsmen who are living testament to the benefit of a plant-based diet. Scott Jurek, one of the greatest ultra-

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marathon runners of all time, is vegan.  Brendan Brazier is a vegan pro Ironman triathlete.  Robert Cheeke, Jim Morris and Ed Bauer make the vegan diet work for bodybuilding, as does world authority on kettlebells and strength training, Mike Mahler. Champion strongman, Patrik Baboumian and track legend, Carl Lewis are both vegan, as are tennis greats Serena and Venus Williams. MMA vegan fighters, Mac Danzig, Aaron Simpson, and brothers, Nick and Nate Diaz, compete successfully in one of the world’s toughest combat sports. From personal experience, we found an increase in energy and stamina on

converting to veganism, as well as the many other associated health benefits of plant-based eating. A vegan diet for athletes is really not all that different from a normal (healthy) diet, with the exception, of course, of the meat. The ideal vegan diet comes primarily from whole vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, and beans. Foods come in varying degrees of wholeness, so remember that the less processed it is, the better. After exercise, consumption of protein is important to facilitate the repair and recovery of muscle tissues. Exercise is a form of stress on your body, and some forms of exercise, especially resistance and endurance


Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the WellBeing of a person or animal is at stake Martin Luther King Jr. exercise creates micro tears in your muscles. Your body requires amino acids (protein) to rebuild those muscle fibres so they can grow, get stronger and prevent injury. Vegans have no problem getting enough protein. Favourite protein sources are dark greens and legumes but all vegetables and whole grains contain protein. Nuts, seeds and beans are especially rich in vegan protein. If you're eating right, you should have no problem getting all the amino acids you need to repair and even build muscle. As part of a balanced diet, an intake of healthy fats is essential. Vegans get their fats from sources rich in monounsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats, such as olive oil, nuts and avocados. On the other hand animal sources of fat tend to be packed with unhealthy saturated and trans fats. And of course, the principal fuel for exercise, carbohydrates, is readily available in a vegan diet, preferably from natural, unprocessed sources like whole grains, potatoes and fruit. With regards to the micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals, these again are available in abundance within a healthy vegan diet, all with

and resistance training. This is a vital component in the prevention of heart disease, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Ultimately, will a vegan diet make you a better athlete? Although there is no doubt it will make you a healthier athlete, hard training, dedication to achieve your goals and desire to be the best you can is just as essential.

the exception of Vitamin B12 which is found only in meat; B12 is important for endurance athletes, since it affects red blood cell production. Many cereals, brewer’s yeast and soy milks are now fortified with B12, or you can take supplements.

When questioned by some "But isn't a plant-based diet boring?", we can categorically state that since becoming vegan we have never had a more varied and interesting diet - it forces you to think about what you eat and where it comes from and gives you the opportunity to become more experimental with your food, opening your taste-buds to a whole new world, while at the same time benefitting your health and the world around you.

On the whole, vegans are healthier, with less risk of heart disease and obesity than those on a non-vegan diet. However, physical fitness is also essential. People who are fitter are healthier and live better lives. Many of the leading causes of death are lifestyle diseases that can be cured by frequent and regular physical exercise, which should include both cardiovascular

www.vegansociety.com is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to know more about veganism, or for more information on personal training, sports and vegan nutrition in Jersey, please contact Terri or Dan on info@fx-fitness.co.uk

Dan and Terri after completing last year's Jersey Marathon Relay where their team came 11th overall and 5th in the mixed.

What REALLY Happens When You Go Vegan Clear Skin - After an initial detox, skin becomes clear, smooth and soft! Weight Loss – Ideal body weight is reached as bloating and fat disappear! Energy Boost – Energy levels increase as metabolism reaches homeostasis! Sweet Dreams – Deeper levels of sleep are reaches and dreams become vivid! Mental Clarity – Thinking and processing new information becomes easy! Heavenly Glow – Cheeks become rosy and the eyes begin to sparkle! Better Digestion – Indigestion, stomach aches and constipation disappear! Increased Stamina – Better ability to complete arduous tasks without tiring! And … eating fruits and veggies also has been known to result in an extremely high sex drive!!

And if you don’t believe us … take a look at what happened to Terri and Dan Garrido …

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Go Easy on Your Body! In today’s society most of us consume three meals per day excluding any snacks; morning coffee, energy drinks, and a 4 o’clock pick me up when you’re starting to lag behind at work. With this in mind and the knowledge that it can take approximately ten hours for your body to eliminate just one of those meals, your digestive system is pretty much working round the clock. This constant digestive process is therefore having an effect on your natural energy source. Detoxing is an ideal way to give our bodies a welldeserved break whilst keeping ourselves energised and nutritionally fulfilled, helping us to improve our overall health and wellbeing.

We went to speak with Olivia Morton, who has just started Detox Delivery Company. Olivia moved to Jersey last May with her husband, whose job brought him here. Living the fast life in London, Olivia wanted a change in pace and is developing a business based on her own personal experiences of coping with the stresses of life. “By cutting out your daily meals and replacing them with fresh juices and supporting supplements you are able to allow your body the chance to eliminate toxins that it may have held onto. This process will also give you a heightened sense of connection with oneself making you feel clearer, sharper and revitalised. It’s a chance to step away from your usual eating habits, “ she told us. “My own journey cleansing and juicing on a regular basis started almost eleven years ago now. Having travelled the globe I was fortunate to experience many different types of detox programmes from seven day fasting in South East Asia to rustic detox retreats in Devon. With a love of travel and a new outlook on conscious cleansing I drew inspiration from my own experiences and began extensive research to develop the Detox Delivery Company. The concept behind the brand is that detoxing can be progressive and made more accessible to people here in Jersey.

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Physical and Mental Benefits “There are many physical and mental benefits to detoxing. Although weight loss is a major side-effect I would not look to this as a weight reduction diet. Detoxing is different to dieting as the overall goal is to cleanse and rest the body. This will allow you to give yourself a chance to RESET and RESTART your dietary habits with a clearer mind-set towards food. It will make you more aware of what you put into your body, as this can often be a reason why many of us gain weight and lose energy. “Other benefits of detoxing can include clearer skin, reduction in bloating, regulated bowel movements and improved

mental clarity. Your energy levels can increase and this may in turn reduce stress. Detoxing will encourage conscious eating habits with an overall feeling of body rejuvenation towards a simple, cleaner way of life.” The Detox Delivery Company is able to offer programmes that vary in intensity levels depending on one’s dietary habits and history. First time cleansers may wish to begin with the Reload 3 day programme and work themselves up to the 7 day Rejuvenate cleanse. Each programme has been specifically designed to make sure you get the most out of each cleanse, and love it so much you will want to do it regularly! Sounds good to us.

www.detoxdelivery.co.uk

nutritious people to contact Health Essentials

The Organic Shop

Moo

Health Essentials is an independent family run health shop located in St Helier, Jersey. It is owned and managed by mother and daughter team, Julie and Leah Le Cornu. The shop has been running for twelve years and they pride themselves on their excellent customer service. The Health Essentials team is highly trained and experienced, and they are always on hand to give free, friendly advice on a wide range of high quality supplements.

Founded in 1990, The Organic Shop is one of Jersey’s hidden treasures! Managed and owned by the inspirational Celina, The Organic Shop is the only shop in Jersey to boast a stock of almost 100% organic items from food delicacies to beauty products and household cleaning products.

The new Health Bar in New Street, St Helier, bringing the option of healthier living to customers on a daily basis without compromising flavour. Standing for ‘Mostly Organic Origin’, the foods at Moo are mostly organic and many are locally grown to ensure that they follow an eco friendly policy. Their aim is to provide health conscious yet appetising recipes – from frozen yogurts and raw juices, to delicious and nutritious salads and soup. Ideal for breakfast and lunch takeaways.

They also sell vegetarian, vegan and gluten free foods including chilled and frozen goods. Their motto is "if we haven't got it, we'll do our best to find it for you". They also have a fabulous range of natural bodycare including the amazing organic Pukka skincare range!

Hidden away in Stopford Road, The Organic Shop is a haven of all things delicious and decadent (and yet it is ‘feel good’ decadence as it’s all organic and therefore can only be good for you). Stocked to bursting point with 100s of deliciously tempting food ranges, including speciality foods for dietary needs. The Organic Shop also offers natural beauty & skincare ranges and ecofriendly cleaning products.

They accept Gluten free vouchers The shop is also the only Ecover and and give the change from them. Bio-D Refill Station in Jersey so take Think Health Food Store along your empty bottles, refill them Think Health Essentials! and recycle over and over again.

5 New Street, St Helier JE2 3RA www.healthessentials.co.uk healthessentials@hotmail.co.uk +44 (0) 1534 729 435

47 New Street, St Helier www.ilovemoo.co.uk ilovemoo@live.co.uk

Barannes Health Food & Juice Bar

There is a convenient 20 minute paycard zone right in front of the shop, with three spaces, and if you spend £45 or more, you will receive your paycard free. How does it get any better than this?!

Conveniently located in Snow Hill, Colomberie, Barannes sells vitamin and herbal supplements, skin care products including Dr Hauschka and Sukin, The Soap Mill products. Healthy/Raw snacks, Free From products, herbal teas, and nuts and seeds. Also, freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, Organic WheatGrass shots fresh and frozen, and Protein shakes.

The Organic Shop 68 Stopford Road +44 (0) 1534 789322

9 La Colomberie, Snow Hill, St Helier Also, Barannes Juice Bar now open in Broad Street.

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SPECIAL FEATURE: NUTRITION AND HEALTHY EATING

Supporting the Immunity WORDS: ANDY BARNES JERSEY FOODSTATE

Despite an abundance of food in the Western world, never in our history has the immune system been so exposed to altered and chemically produced foods. Our immunity exists to protect our body from disease, so supporting it is fundamental to human health. There are many lifestyle aspects to consider, including stress, emotions and diet, which create an imbalance to our health. So let us consider how we can help resolve that imbalance with changes to our dietary choices, and consider nutritional support. We often select food at a sub-conscious level, and we can categorise foods in 3 different ways:

1. Nutritional foods, which are the vibrant, nutrient-rich foods that our bodies can absorb. 2. Stimulant foods, many of which contain substances that compromise our immunity, like refined sugars, sweeteners, fried foods, carbonated drinks, refined flour, confectionery, all created by scientists to tempt us, adding undesirable chemicals to our diet. 3. Intellectual foods, created by marketing departments to appeal to our intellects, but offer little health benefit. Often a naturally grown food is processed, stripping away natural food components and adding artificial chemicals. They are created for profit. Our immune system requires the appropriate conditions to function properly, so let’s consider some of the “rebalancing” opportunities:

Water, a key factor in maintaining the energy and efficiency of the human organism. It should be as pure as possible, without pesticides, organic compounds, hormones, and water processing chemicals. Water from glass bottles is preferable, and carbon filters are effective purifiers. Can Nature Provide? We should not ignore the benefits of modern medicine, but nature is a wonderful provider. From the time of Hippocrates, thinkers and writers have proffered the view that nature cures. The media promotes dieting, but most diets are faddish or specific to particular issues, and not based on the principles of nature cure. Sadly over the last 70 years our food has been so altered that nature is unable to fully achieve its healing objective. Plants ultimately provide for us, and the reality is, the nutrients essential to our health have been significantly

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compromised by modern farming. Depleted soils create depleted plant materials, which not only affect us directly, but also indirectly by providing inadequate nutrition to the animals we eat. Some essential minerals, necessary for the immune system, are so depleted from the soil that supplementation becomes necessary. This is where choices become very important. Nature has not created us to recognise nutrients in a chemical synthetic form, yet virtually all so-called ‘natura’ supplements are created this way. Vitamins sold as ‘natural’ are never found in any natural food on the planet, and with regard ‘natural’ minerals, these are substances that can be found inorganically in nature, combined with synthetic compounds that the body cannot use very easily. We can only truly benefit from nutrients in a food form, and that is exactly what we create with the foodstate products.

Immunity-supporting Nutrients A food based broad-spectrum Multivitamin with minerals and trace elements. A food structure Multi-Anti-oxidant with Co-Q10 and trace minerals, including Selenium, reducing harmful free radicals within the body, which supports the immunity in many ways. Essential fatty acids to support many important metabolic processes involving the immune system. Probiotic bacteria, friendly bacteria that help the intestine absorb beneficial nutrients and help remove toxic waste. Bromelain, an enzyme known to help reduce inflammation and support digestion. It also breaks down fibrin in the blood, protecting the heart. Magnesium, required by each cell in the body to deliver nutrients, remove waste, support bones, reduce stress, release energy and support nerve function. We all know of the basic guides to try to eat less fat, sugar and salt, and to increase our fibre intake, but surely there is more to a healthy diet than that! Food should be enjoyed, so as a general rule of thumb, try to get as much fresh food as possible, and eat lots of raw salad vegetables, lightly cooked leaf and root vegetables and fruits. Take advantage of the wonderful feeling of vitality they can impart!

We are delighted to confirm that Andy will undertake a full Immunity Support programme completely free of charge, simply email him at enquiries@jerseyfoodstate.com


PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Are you in pain?

Moving More Freely • • • •

Do recurring injuries or pain keep you from doing the activities you love? Have you had to accept pain as an everyday part of your life? Are you an athlete plagued by recurring injuries? Are you considering surgery because you think you have no other options?

Perhaps Biomechanical Assessment Can Help? i-movefreely Jersey treats and prevents injuries and pain using a unique approach that provides you with an individualised exercise and education programme to help you self-manage your condition. They have found this to be the fastest way to recovery and the most cost efficient for the client. Their approach differs from most primary care providers. It is 100% evidence based and draws on the best skills from a variety of techniques including pain theory, biomechanics, neurology, sports massage, strength and conditioning and holistic therapies to provide a highly effective treatment approach.

They recognise the need to look at the body as a whole rather than focusing on a single area of pain or discomfort. Because they focus on fixing the cause of your pain, instead of just addressing your symptoms, it works where many other remedies may fail. i-movefreely Jersey prides themselves on providing a high level of care to all patients and each person is viewed and evaluated in a holistic way using skills developed over 30 years. Every part of the body is connected with all other areas, and you may be surprised by the implications of this when looking for the true underlying cause of your injury, pain or dysfunction. Improving your body’s function will ensure that your body moves and functions the way it was designed to: efficiently and effortlessly, and with no undue stress on any one part. This will allow you to live a more productive and comfortable life. The unique techniques and approaches used at i-movefreely Jersey produce rapid, effective and long lasting results. If getting better as fast as possible is your top priority, then you are in the right place.

For more details please contact John Scriven 07797 845446 or Mandy Bonhomme 07797 840976 / www.i-movefreely.com

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GOOD POSTURE IMPROVES HEALTH AND HAPPINESS

How are you sitting today, upright, slumped forward, slouching backwards? Did you know your posture affects the way you think, feel and behave? Grant and Penny Henderson of the Active Chiropractic Clinic and Active Ergonomics in David Place, have over 30 years of chiropractic experience between them. They have seen more than 10,000 patients and spent in excess of 100,000 hours assisting a wide spectrum of the population of Jersey towards healthier and happier lives. Patients often comment that that they feel taller, more dynamic and happier after a treatment. WellBeing World went to talk with them.

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“Our patients come in all shapes and sizes from the very young to the very old and every point in between!” says Penny. “One of the pleasures of our job is the variety of people we see and the different problems they come in with”. She goes on; “On a typical day I could be treating stressed office workers, a baby, pregnant mums and retired folk. They might be looking for help with neck and shoulder pain, headaches or low back pain, sometimes with the added complication of being heavily pregnant!” Penny always gives lifestyle advice, which can include posture, lifting techniques or simple exercises. As well as seeing a large number of chiropractic patients, Grant also visits offices in Jersey and Guernsey

performing workstation assessments and advising staff on improving their posture. “My training as a workstation assessor combined with my chiropractic experience and ergonomic research gives me a unique perspective,” he says. In recent ‘lunch-and-learn’ style presentations, Grant demonstrated how adopting an open standing or sitting posture changes how others see us. Interestingly recent studies show that improving our posture actually changes how we feel, think and behave. “It is very exciting to be able to give people a simple 2 minute exercise that boosts self-esteem and effectiveness.” Grant explains. “These talks have proved so successful that we are getting enquiries from local employers in both public and private sectors. It’s going to be a busy year!”


PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

KEY FACTS FROM BACK CARE ASSOCIATION UK All figures are from 2012 - www.backcare.org Back pain is very common • 49% of UK population has Low Back Pain each year • 4 out of 5 adults will experience back pain at some time in their life • In any year, 15-49% of adults will experience back pain • Back pain tends to increase with age, peaking at 35-55 years old

Causes of back pain • 85% of sufferers have no clear pathological cause • It is more common in: Smokers, Obese individuals

Physical factors relevant: • Lifting, twisting, heavy physical work, vibration (eg lorry drivers) • Static postures, repetitive work (eg office workers)

Psychosocial factors: • Stress, anxiety, depression, job satisfaction, mental stress

Recovery from Back pain • Frequently self-limiting, 90% will recover in 6 weeks • 7% of those with acute back pain will develop chronic pain. • These patients account for 80% of social and heath care costs

Cost to the economy • NHS spends more than £1 billon per year due to back pain • £512 million on hospital costs • £141 million on GP consultations • £150.6 million on physiotherapy • In the private healthcare sector, back pain costs £565 million annually. • Total cost in terms of health care £1.6 billion

Indirect costs • Musculoskeletal disorders cost employers £590-624 million a year. • Total cost of back pain to the UK economy around £2.2 billion • Equates to between 1 and 2% of gross national product • Nearly 5 million working days lost to back pain annually • On any day 1% of population off work due to back pain. • Back pain is the number 2 cause of lost time at work after stress, in manual jobs it is number 1.

Treatment of back pain • 40% consult GPs, 10% consult chiropractors, osteopaths or acupuncturists. • When experiencing back pain keep active, bed rest aggravates. • Physical exercise helps reduce pain and discomfort for chronic sufferers.

Stephanie J. King Your highest potential and soul purpose are easier to acheive than you think...

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PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING HAVE A HEART

Heart Screening in Jersey WORDS: DR ANDREW R J MITCHELL, CONSULTANT CARDIOLOGIST, JERSEY GENERAL HOSPITAL

Heart disease There is nothing as shocking as hearing about a sportsman die from cardiac arrest. These athletes are expected to be some of the fittest and healthiest people in the world. Headline events such as the collapse of Fabrice Muamba, the deaths of Italian footballer Piermario Morosini and marathon runner Claire Squire have focused attention for the need for pre-participation screening programmes and raised concerns that heart checks need to be performed more comprehensively and more frequently. Cardiovascular disease remains the commonest cause of death in Jersey, yet nearly half of those who die had no warning that there was anything wrong with them before their death. The lifetime risk of developing angina or having a heart attack is 50% at the age of 50 and women are three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than from breast cancer. These statistics are not widely appreciated.

Sudden cardiac death in the young There are many inherited structural and electrical abnormalities that lie dormant but that can present with cardiac arrest. Sudden death in the young is unfortunately more frequent than many expect. Every week in the United Kingdom at least twelve teenagers

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and children die suddenly from heart conditions that they knew nothing about. These heart conditions affect approximately 1 in 300 young adults and include heart muscle abnormalities such as the cardiomyopathies and electrical irregularities such as heart block and the long QT syndrome. Unfortunately these catastrophic deaths are usually provoked by exercise and therefore often manifest with collapse during sport. In Jersey we are unfortunate to have had several deaths in recent years in young, otherwise fit, adults from these conditions.

What can we do? In many countries and in most high-level sports, heart screening is mandatory before competition. After the introduction of heart screening in Italian athletes, the incidence of sudden cardiac death in young adults fell considerably. These screening programmes are recommended by sporting bodies such as FIFA, the International Olympic Committee with advice from the American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology. At the moment, screening for these cardiac conditions is not funded by the state in the Britain and is largely provided by independent ventures such as Heart for Life in Jersey (www. heartforlife.co.uk) or via charities such as Cardiac Risk in the Young in the UK (www.c-r-y.org.uk).


What is a heart-screening test? A typical heart-screening test would consist of a review of your medical history, a physical examination, a recording of your heart rhythm (electrocardiogram or ECG) and a heart ultrasound scan (echocardiogram). These tests can pick up most of the heart conditions that can cause sudden cardiac death. Unfortunately not all conditions can be detected and subtle, rare cardiac abnormalities can still exist with normal screening tests.

What else? Up to 90% of premature vascular disease is preventable. Obesity is on the increase and doubles the risk of having a heart attack. Cigarette smoking is a common contributor to heart attacks and premature death in the young. Even one cigarette a day is enough to increase the risk of suffering a heart attack.

lifestyle changes to significantly reduce the risk of heart attack and strokes.

Start your campaign The Oliver King Foundation (www.oliverkingfoundation. co.uk) has recently generated over 100,000 signatures in a petition to the UK government asking to legislate for mandatory heart screening. Automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) should be instantly available at every public location and sports field in the Island, not just for the players but also for the supporters. In Jersey we must ensure that every school has at least one AED. Jersey’s heart charity the Jersey Heart Support Group (www. jerseyheartsupportgroup.org) has already started funding AED placements in Jersey. Donations to the charity will help protect our society. Finally, everyone should learn basic life support with courses provided by organisations such as St John’s Ambulance. Thanks to your support and new skills, one day you may save someone’s life.

Should we be doing more? There are many other things we can do to reduce the risks of sudden cardiac death. Everyone competing in sport, from the weekend amateur to top end professionals should consider having a heart-screening test. If you are over forty then you should have an estimate of your heart disease risk with your GP or cardiologist. Early detection of heart disease allows interventions with drugs and

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PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

It is said when you smile at the world, the world smiles back at you. Are you confident and proud of your smile?

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Change Your Life with 6 Month Smiles Your smile plays a major role in how you feel about yourself and how others perceive you. Smiling not only makes you feel better but also gives the impression that you are successful, gives you a more youthful appearance, relieves stress, makes you feel more relaxed, helping to boost your immune system, releases endorphins that are considered to be a natural drug and pain killer and helps you to stay positive. It goes without saying, then, that maintaining a healthy smile is the key to making good things happen and, at the same time, a healthy smile prevents harmful bacteria from entering your bloodstream and lungs and contributing to the effects of cardiovascular disease.

The Not So Good News … However, not everyone is blessed with a great smile. Genetics play a major role in every part of your life and your mouth is no different. The alignment of your teeth can be affected by genetics and determine the likelihood of tooth decay, even

though you brush your teeth every day. People with teeth that are poorly aligned, are at greater risk of cavities as acids can easily sneak in the crowding which is trickier to clean, dissolving more of the tooth. Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. Photograph opportunities become something to be avoided. They feel stuck because they do not want to wear adult metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective teeth straightening procedures could be too invasive or too expensive.

The Good News … Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic braces solution that fits your lifestyle. A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought - Six Month Smiles® utilises specialised clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.

clinic with his colleague Dr Jon Sproson BDS. ‘Whilst we get a huge demand for my orthodontic work there is definitely a place for short term orthodontic solutions for those people whose chief concern is the appearance of their smile. We now believe we offer the best options for everyone whatever their orthodontic needs are’ he explains.

The Best News ... Not only are straighter teeth deemed more attractive, they are easier to clean so helping to keep your dental fees lower! Better still is that they offer easy payment options or interest free credit for all cosmetic options plus a Dental HealthPlan for your essential care.

If you would like to take the first step towards improving your smile, your confidence and your life, call Heather today on 01534 731680 to book your complimentary cosmetic consultation at 9 David Place, St Helier, Jersey. More info at www.jerseysmiles.co.uk – or email for details: info@jerseysmiles.co.uk

Dr Jonathan Wood BDS who founded the orthodontic clinic at The Cosmetic Dental Group, and is also an experienced Invisalign orthodontist, is delighted to introduce Six Month Smiles to the

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PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Child Obesity – or is it? WORDS: TRUDI ROSCOUET BESPOKE FITNESS Before

A king size snickers bar has just as many calories as a main meal of steak, potatoes and broccoli! What is Making our Children Obese?

So what can we do?

Wow what a question!! Are our children obese or just overweight? Or is it just “puppy fat”?

Limit the amount of e-play to 2 hours a day

Encourage a reward system for e-time

Outside play and homework should come first; encourage family activities

Active play at home and playing active games with friends ie Using scooters, skateboards, bikes, roller blades, skipping

Children should be encouraged to help with cooking and clearing away the evening meal

Restrict TV viewing at breakfast

Well, the most crucial time of your child’s life in this respect is between 0-5 years: the time when their fat cells are laid down for life. And, according to statistics there are currently 2.3 million obese children living in the UK. Research shows that during our lifetime there are three significant fat layering periods: •

The developing foetus during the third trimester of pregnancy;

Between 9-18 months of age; and

The onset of, and throughout, puberty.

If there is evidence of significant excess calories present during these “layering periods” more fat cells will be produced and this could lead to weight difficulties in the future. So is it inactivity or diet? Well there are arguments for both. Let’s just say that the situation has arisen as a result of the abundance and regularity of calorie dense foods that we are now eating combined with the significantly more sedentary lives that we lead.

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If we reduce the amount of densely calorific foods we give our children as well as encourage them to be more active – even when we are tired and don’t feel like it – they will thank us for making these decisions now at a young age rather than having to undergo years of bullying and “diets” because they are unable to help themselves as they go through their teenage years.

If you would like to find out more about how to help your child, please feel free to contact Trudi Roscouet on 07797 769 993 or email trudi@bespokefitness.je


Development education programmes

Developmental Education Programmes and How it MAY Help Your Child

Not Paying Attention? Problems with Reading? It may not be what it seems Developmental Education Programmes help with difficulties with balance, coordination, reading, writing, paying attention and listening. A Diagnostic Assessment is carried out to identify aberrant reflexes (retained primitive reflexes and under-developed postural reflexes in a child over the age of 3 ½ years). Balance is the first of the sensory systems to start to develop between 3 and 8 weeks after gestation. It is essential for the most basic of functions in a gravity-based environment. If physical balance is not fully developed, problems may be seen in delayed language and expression of intelligence (S. Goddard Blythe, The Well Balanced Child). Primitive Reflexes are important for the development of the foetus and during early infancy. They should naturally be replaced by more mature Postural Reflexes, such as Head Righting Reflexes, over the first 3 ½ years of a child’s life. If there is either continued primitive reflex activity, in the absence of injury or disease, or under-developed postural reflexes are apparent, there is increasing evidence that this can have an effect on advanced learning and social adaptability. (L.J. Beuret – The Role of Postural Reflexes in Learning, Part 2).

Developmental Education Programmes identify areas of neuro-developmental delay (NDD). ‘Neuro-developmental delay describes the omission or arrest of a stage in early development, which, in the absence of disease or damage, continues to affect a child’s performance at specific tasks as he or she matures.’ (S. Goddard Blythe). If appropriate, a child’s development and learning may be enhanced by looking at their physical development so far – not their chronological age – and providing a home exercise programme tailored to an individual’s needs. These programmes are based on specific reflex stimulation/ inhibition movements, allowing the brain and central nervous system a ‘second chance’ to complete its natural maturation. So, as research by the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology, Chester, has shown, brain and movement interact in child development. With some children spending more time sitting at computers, tablets, and television, awareness of the significance of sufficient natural movement and exercise could have even more importance now than ever before.

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PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Back Pain the Unwelcome 21st Birthday Gift Words: Lorna Jackson, Health Point Clinic

Back pain is no longer just the curse of middle age according to new released research as 1 in 3 people under the age of 35 admit to constantly suffering with the condition. Despite the common occurrence of back pain amongst the under 35s as identified by the research, nearly 4% of people aged between 18 and 24 years old claim they visited a GP about their problem and were turned away without treatment.  The most common cause of back pain for the nation, said the research study, was wear and tear (21%) however nearly 9% blame gardening and a further 10% say lifting heavy work equipment was the culprit. Over 2% of those polled are clearly getting more of it than others as they admit their back pain is the result of having lots of sex!

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The independent study, in which 1,000 UK men and women were questioned, was carried out on behalf of the British Acupuncture Council to highlight back care awareness. It’s common knowledge that the UK is a nation of pill poppers and this research supports that as nearly half

the nation is relying on over-thecounter or prescription medication to cope with it. However there are proven, natural ways to combat the pain, including acupuncture. In fact the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture for patients with persistent low back pain.

Over 2% of those polled are clearly getting more of it than others as they admit their back pain is the result of having lots of sex! of those polled (48%) admit they rely on painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs to deal with their back pain. Over 12% however prefer the natural route using acupuncture and massage to gain relief. Surprisingly 15% have not sought any professional help and ignored their back pain, whilst 4% suffer in silence because they don't know how to deal with it. It is clear from the results that back pain can have a significant effect on wellbeing and much of

Back pain can have a huge impact on our everyday lives say those surveyed with over 18% admitting it has made them depressed and nearly a quarter (24%) claiming it has affected how much exercise they do. Sadly over 9% are on constant medication because of their condition and 6% have lost their job as a result of it. Though a surprising 9% of the nation says back pain has impacted on their sex life!

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Acupuncture and Morning Sickness Nausea and vomiting are commonly experienced by women in early pregnancy; the prevalence rates are 50-80% for nausea, and 50% for vomiting and retching (Miller 2002; Woolhouse 2006). The symptoms are most common in the first trimester, between 6 and 12 weeks, but can continue to 20 weeks and last longer than this in up to 20% of women ( Jewell 2003; Miller 2002). If vomiting is intractable, it can be associated with weight loss, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances, and may lead to hospitalisation (Miller 2002). The symptoms are thought to be associated with rising levels of human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) or oestrogens (Goodwin 2002). Women experiencing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can suffer considerable physical and psychological effects (Attard 2002; Chou 2003; Chou 2008). The symptoms can affect daily activities and relationships, and result in lost productivity and increased healthcare costs (Attard 2002; Piwko 2007). Morning sickness refers to nausea and vomiting during pregnancy – despite occurring at any time of the day or night! It occurs in about 50% of pregnancies, usually between the sixth and sixteenth weeks, but the most intense at 8-12 weeks. Eating little, if there is nausea, is not the main concern, the real issue is vomiting – this can lead to dehydration, and then hospitalisation to receive intravenous fluids. Morning sickness is generally thought to occur because of the massive change in hormones although fatigue, stress or emotional factors can also contribute. During the early stage of pregnancy, huge energetic changes are going on in the body and acupuncture can help at that energetic level - so the nausea subsides, vomiting (if there was any) or belching fades away, the sense of smell becomes manageable, and energy and emotions return to balance, so that mum-to-be can enjoy her pregnancy.

Are You Affected by Persistent Pain? Around 8 million people of all ages in the UK are affected by persistent (chronic) pain, leading to depression in 22% of cases (1). Chronic pain can have widespread consequences on both body and mind. While initially these changes may have occurred to help you cope with your pain or injury, they can become entrenched in the way you function and become part of your day-to-day behaviour and possibly impede your ability to recover.

How can Health Point Clinic Help? Certain acupuncture points have been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety (2). A combination of acupuncture, bodywork such as tui na (Chinese) massage, making sure you have the correct eating and sleeping habits are also key, as well as addressing any emotional issues that may be involved.

Health Point Clinic aims to help you reach your optimum health point.

The treatment is entirely safe to the pregnancy and generally the morning sickness will resolve from the beginning to the end of the treatment but sometimes it can take a little longer in more severe cases.

For more information, please contact Lorna Jackson at Health Point Clinic – or visit www.healthpointclinic.co.uk

01534 852039 References: 1. Chronic Pain Policy Coalition, 2010. About chronic pain [online]. Available at http://www.policyconnect.org.uk/cppc/about-chronic-pain 2. Wu MT et al. Central nervous pathway for acupuncture stimulation: localization of processing with functional MR imaging of the brain-preliminary experience. Radiology 1999; 212: 133-41.

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SPORTS AND FITNESS

Do You Wanna Dance? What a song – it has certainly stood the test of time – written and first recorded by Bobby Freeman in 1958, he clearly knew something we didn’t!

For centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we've seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of wellbeing. Then most recently we've heard of another benefit: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one's mind can ward off Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit. Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages. The 21- year study of senior citizens, 75 and older, in the USA, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, funded by the National Institute of Aging, concluded in 2001, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Quoting Dr. Joseph Coyle, a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist who wrote an accompanying commentary: “The cerebral cortex and hippocampus, which are critical to these activities, are remarkably plastic, and they rewire themselves based upon their use.” 44

You may have heard about the New England Journal of Medicine report on the effects of recreational activities on mental acuity in aging. Here it is in a nutshell. Their method for objectively measuring mental acuity in aging was to monitor rates of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The study wanted to see if any physical or cognitive recreational activities influenced mental acuity. They discovered that some activities had a significant beneficial effect. Other activities had none. The researchers studied cognitive activities such as reading books, writing for pleasure, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards and playing musical instruments. And they studied physical activities like playing tennis or golf, swimming, bicycling, dancing, walking for exercise and doing housework.


One of the surprises of the study was that almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind. There was one important exception: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing. Significantly, almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. There can be cardiovascular benefits, but the focus of this study was the mind, i.e., are there ways to reduce the risk of being overtaken by some form of dementia. One important finding from the study: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing.

Dancing has been shown to: • Reduces stress and depression • Increases energy and serotonin • Improves flexibility, strength, balance and endurance • Strengthens bones and boosts cardiovascular health • Increases mental capacity by exercising cognitive processes • Dynamic and rapid-fire decision making, creates new neural paths terms of reduced risk of dementia, here is how some of the activities, mental and physical, stacked up: • Bicycling and swimming – 0% reduced risk • Playing golf – 0% • Reading – 35% • Doing crossword puzzles at least four days per week – 47% • Dancing frequently – 76% – the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical.

Dance Your Way to Better Health All Fitness Levels

Words: Helen Allen Holistic Fitness Instructor and Wellbeing Coach

There is a feeling within us all, which is sometimes referred to as ‘universal joy’. It is sensed as a unique quality of aliveness and comes when we release resistance and instead, embrace the reality of what is. Experiencing this feeling brings us into balance and encourages healing. I would like to share with you three fundamental ways to dance your way to better health: Connecting with Sensation, SelfHealing through Movement, and Free Dancing your Body’s Way.

2. Self-Healing through Movement It’s so easy to blunder our way through daily chores and tasks. Instead, when you approach every step and gesture with mindfulness and use everyday actions as an opportunity to heal and become fitter, you begin to dance through life. For example, when you lift your shopping and swing it onto the table, sense mobility in your shoulder, elbow and wrist joints. Sense the strength in your arms and notice stability in your feet. If an area of your body feels tight or painful as you move through your day, adjust your movement and position to bring about ease. When you step onto the ball of your foot to reach for something high up, hold your step a moment longer than usual, and notice the contact you make with the ground. Increasing stability in the ball of your foot will also strengthen your ankle.

1. Connecting with Sensation

3. Free Dance your Body’s Way

Bringing awareness to your movement can significantly benefit your health. Let your first movement of the day really count. As you wake up in the morning, scan your body for sensations. Notice where they are and what they feel like. Become aware of your breathing and gently begin to stretch, allowing the weight of your limbs to move you from one side to the other. As you sit up on the edge of your bed, imagine what kind of day you would like to have, and set an intention to have it as your bare feet touch the ground. Notice if the ground feels cold or warm, soft or hard. Practicing to sense through your bare feet as often as you can will help you build body awareness.

When you practice awareness of sensation, your Free Dance will bring you greater pleasure and healing. We all have a beat and a rhythm pulsing through us every second and need no training to be able to Free Dance. Listen to music, soak it in through your skin and respond to a beat or an instrument, activating all 13 major joints – ankles, knees, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders and neck. Mobility is energy in constant motion and is a key signifier of healthy joints. If you can move and keep moving for extended periods of time in stress free ways, your joints are happy! Play some music each day and dance with spontaneity. Express your emotions, whatever they are. Be creative and set your spirit free.

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Luxury in the Heart of the St Saviour Countryside Chateau Vermont, home to the Jersey Music Academy, has also recently opened Jersey’s newest luxury gym and spa.The vision of Gary Hotton, known by many for his Florida Pools and Spa business, work started on 21st December 2012, and just seven weeks later, Gary and his team opened the doors to the new complex. WellBeing World went to take a look. Well-equipped Gym The gym is extremely well-equipped; they have weights from one kilo to 50 kilos and many of the machines are multi-function. There is also a bench press, cable cross-over, a Smith machine and a good sized stretching area. And much more. All new members receive a comprehensive gym induction with one of the qualified team, which is very helpful, as there is a lot to take in. One of the gym’s greatest assets, according to Gary, is that all of the training areas benefit from natural light. They are in a wonderful location in the heart of St Saviour and one of the Personal Trainers is organising a running club comprising three circuits of varying distances, all finishing at the gym where runners can take a swim, a shower and a cool down in the luxurious surroundings. 46

Luxurious Pool Complex At the heart of Chateau Vermont Gym & Spa is an extensive and naturally lit pool complex dominated by the infinity edge swimming pool. The pool is heated to 28 degrees and has two depths. It even has underwater running and cycling machines for high resistance training; and a counter swim jet unit located at the 1.8m deep end where you can swim for half an hour, getting far more benefit than from the swimming alone. A traditional sauna cabin is located within the pool complex. The benefits from experiencing the dry heat of saunas are long known and include; stress relief, soothing aches and pains, flushing toxins, cleansing the skin, improving cardiovascular performance, burning calories and can also assist with a good night’s sleep. And to complement the sauna, there is a luxury mosaic tiled steam room; complete with the original Chateau features of built-in chairs. The heat and humidity create the perfect eucalyptus-infused environment. Some of the benefits reported are a boosting of your immune system, increasing the body’s metabolism, aiding against cellulite and the relaxation of muscles. The Jacuzzi is always set to 38 degrees, overlooking the tranquil grounds of the Chateau, pheasants, squirrels,


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One of the gym’s greatest assets, according to Gary, is that all of the training areas benefit from natural light. They are in a wonderful location in the heart of St Saviour and one of the Personal Trainers is organising a running club comprising three circuits of varying distances, all finishing at the gym where runners can take a swim, a shower and a cool down in the luxurious surroundings. some of the most influential anti-ageing products and professional spa-therapies the beauty industry has seen. Jessica cosmetics understand what it takes to achieve and maintain naturally beautiful nails. Every part of the Jessica Nail Cultivation System is about promoting the well-being of the natural nail. Any man or woman can achieve healthy nails with proper care and maintenance. and other wildlife share the grounds. Perfect for those members wishing to relax, soothe aching and joints and even relieve the pains of arthritis. The multi massaging jets can be adjusted and the ambience can be further enhanced by switching on the mood lights.

GELeration is the new nail technology. It is not only gentle to the nail, it also protects them while they grow. There is no smudging and it flawlessly dries in seconds. The Gel glides onto the nail like polish, but performs like a Gel and shapes to the natural nails.

And not forgetting the lavender infused relaxation room, a perfect space for rest and rejuvenation after a stressful day or challenging workout, allowing all your senses to unwind with peaceful music and dimmed lighting, taking in the stunning ‘Dune Moon’ wall painting of the sand dunes at St Ouen’s Bay by moonlight.

Studio Classes

Treatments for Members and Non-Members

They provide a wide range of classes including spinning, Willpower and Grace, zumba, dynamic yoga, hot yoga, yogalates and muscle pump whilst Aqua Zumba and Aqua Aerobics are held in the swimming pool. When the studio is not in use clients are welcome to use the open space for their workouts, and may use all the interchangeable barbells, kettlebells and mats provided. Weather permitting, there is also an outdoor decking area which will be used for some of the classes, enabling participants to soak in the beautiful surroundings of Chateau Vermont’s gardens at the same time And our conclusion: Chateau Vermont Gym and Spa is a credit to Gary Hotton and his team and well worth a visit.

Chateau Vermont Gym & Spa also offer a wide range of treatments, using Jessica and Geleration for hands and nails, and Elemis for face and body. All treatments are available to both members and non-members, and nonmembers who spend more than £65 on any one treatment can take advantage of having full use of the pool complex during that visit. Elemis is a British brand and is very well known for its clinically proven, natural products, and renowned for having products that are 100% free from parabens, silicones, artificial colours and mineral oils. The successful combination of natural, active ingredients with cuttingedge technology has enabled Elemis to bring to market

There is also a naturally lit, ventilated studio which has been designed to suit a wide range of classes, with heat lamps in place for our hot yoga classes and a sprung floor in place which is perfect for absorbing the movement involved in classes such as zumba or circuits.

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A new take on going to the Gym We know the importance of exercise to achieve a healthy heart and general state of wellbeing. But what if you don’t have the time to maintain the perfect balance of work and exercise ... and the visits to the gym are getting more and more infrequent?

Given the variety and range of fitness equipment available, selecting the right fitness equipment to purchase can be challenging. The professionally qualified and friendly team will be pleased to help you select the right fitness equipment at the right price for you.

This is where The Fitness Agency come in. They will bring the gym to you! Either to your home or office, wherever is the most convenient. The equipment will therefore also be available to the whole family, at no extra cost, and having your fitness equipment conveniently located will enable you to split exercise throughout the day, if you so wish.

Their prices are competitive and they aim to provide value for money and expertise that is hard to beat, together with the reassurance that as service agents for all the products they provide, you will receive ongoing support locally for the lifespan of your fitness equipment.

Based at Good Health, Harbour Reach in the St Helier Waterfront, The Fitness Agency have an extensive fleet of treadmills, cycles, cross trainers and rowers for hire, available from a minimum period of 4 weeks from as little as £65 including delivery and collection. They are the exclusive agent for Life Fitness home equipment for the Channel Island and many others also, and will help their clients decide on the type of exercise they specifically need, which fitness equipment will benefit them the most, and will also help them assess whether it would be better to buy or hire. The hiring option is perfect for those who do not wish to commit to a purchase, and provides the versatility of trying different fitness equipment in the comfort of your own home. And a percentage of the hire fee will be returned to you, should you later decide to change from hire to buy.

Large Selection of Equipment – All Fitness Levels, All Budgets They have a large selection of treadmills, elliptical crosstrainers, exercise bikes, rowers and multi-gyms and in addition to Life Fitness home equipment, they also supply other leading brands such as York Fitness, Kettler, Jordan Fitness, Reebok, Adidas, PowerPlate, Tunturi, Bremshey, Powerplate, WaterRower, and Technogym. They will install the equipment, service it and provide warranty for whatever they sell; and will also plan and design small private gyms, as well as commercial units. All levels of fitness, and budget, are catered for, so there are no more excuses. 48

And, if you want a particular fitness product, but can't find it on their website, they may be able to source it for you.

Delivery to Your Door – and ‘Try Before You Buy’ in the Comfort of Your Own Home The team at The Fitness Agency will deliver single items, or a range of cardiovascular fitness equipment and strength training equipment and accessories straight to the location of your choice, and demonstrate it on site, free of charge. All costs include shipping and delivery although some items may attract an installation charge. If you are at all unsure about which type of equipment to choose, you can even arrange a 'try before you buy' scheme, which will help you to make a more informed decision. It is vital you not only choose the right fitness equipment but that you know how to use it to achieve optimum use for your specific needs. So, once your equipment arrives, not only will they show you how the machinery operates, but if you require further advice, they can recommend a qualified personal trainer to offer advice and provide help with training programmes. Daily exercise regime … sorted!


Based at Good Health, Harbour Reach in the St Helier Waterfront, The Fitness Agency have an extensive fleet of treadmills, cycles, cross trainers and rowers for hire, available from a minimum period of 4 weeks from as little as ÂŁ65 including delivery and collection.

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Local waters provide the best sea swimming this planet can offer and once the bug takes you it is very easy to become addicted. 

Open Water Swimming Words : Neil Faudemer, Vice President of the Jersey Amateur Swimming Association and Long Distance Swimmer

As the Island experiences the coldest spring for over one hundred years and a sea temperature struggling to improve on 7 degrees in April, the very thought of sea swimming fills many an individual with complete horror. Only a few hardy all year rounders from the Jersey Polar Bear club and one or two other individuals regularly break the daily ice at these temperatures. Conditions will surely soon improve and the opportunity for many to return to the sea for the warmer months will be upon us. Make no mistake, Open Water swimming is increasing in popularity and is appealing to all age groups.

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Whether as an individual you have high ambitions to swim the English Channel or simply wish to keep fit the health benefits of taking to the sea are enormous. Swim fitness brings with it a great feeling of vitality, personal achievement and the opportunity to socialise with others at the majority of cafes dotted around the various Island beaches for a hot brew after your sea swim session. Jersey waters provide the best sea swimming this planet can offer and once the bug takes you it is very easy to become addicted.  For those with bigger ambitions opportunities are available to take on some serious Endurance Swimming and the challenge of swimming around the Island or to the

French coast are achievable targets but are no strolls in the park. Traditional swim events like the Green Island to Havre Des Pas and Castle to Harbour Swims organised by Jersey Swimming club are a part of local history and are open to all competent swimmers from the age of 12 upwards. Local waters are of course to be respected and swimming in a group or with a partner is strongly recommended. Or, simply contact one of the swimming clubs to enquire what is available. Safety is paramount. So why not dip your toes and surprise yourself the feel good factor is second to none even if at times a little cold ... promise!


The Next Big Thing:

Do you like the Movement of Yoga and the Core Stretching of Pilates? Then you’ll love Gyrotonic … The Gyrotonic Expansion System is a holistic approach to movement that is designed to meet the needs of people of all ages and abilities. Gyrotonic students are both young and old, recovering from illness or injury and healthy. Some of the benefits of Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis exercises include increased strength and flexibility, renewed energy and vitality and a general sense of calm and wellbeing. "I want music in my body and poetry in my body, and I want to be skillful without struggle; it has to come without struggle" - Juliu Horvath, Gyrotonic Expansion System founder. Gyrotonic is one of the newer exercise systems to enter the mind/body fitness arena. Developed in New York by Juliu Horvath, a former ballet dancer whose career ended when he injured one of his Achilles tendons, it started out as a programme of yoga for dancers, combining elements of Kundalini yoga, gymnastics, swimming, ballet, tai chi and resistance training - a perfect complement to any workout.

She is running a Pre-Training Course over two weekends in July and will be in the Island for almost 2 months running various workshops, retreats, classes and private sessions. This will include Gyrokinesis movement and breathing exercises, the mat version of Gyrotonic. If you practice, teach or enjoy Pilates, Yoga, or any movement based modality you will be well suited to teaching GYROTONIC®. It would also suit Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Osteopaths and Physical therapists, so if you are looking for a new opportunity to teach, this could be it!

Become a GYROTONIC® Trainer: GYROTONIC® Pre-Training with Master Trainer Alicia Rypma

It focuses on three dimensional, circular, energising movements, Gyrotonic has been referred to as "yoga in motion", "yoga with resistance" and "the next big thing". Improved flexibility, muscle tone, joint articulation, range of motion, stamina, balance, blood circulation and core strength. Central to Gyrotonic are several specialised machines that mimic the moves of swimming, yoga, tai chi and gymnastics to improve muscle strength, balance and flexibility. It can be approached as a slow, gentle, restorative experience or the speed of the movements can occur to induce a balanced cardiovascular challenge. There is also a mat based version called Gyrokinesis which is based on the same circular principals. With an emphasis on spinal flexion and dynamic stabilisation, poses and postures flow in a smooth, dance-like fashion. Gyrotonic has been embraced by the performing artist, athletic and rehabilitative communities and is slowly working its way into mainstream fitness popularity as a sensible approach to condition the whole body. And it is coming to Jersey in July! Master Trainer, Alicia Rypma from San Francisco California, will be in Jersey to share her Gyrotonic experience and is offering teacher training workshops to those interested in becoming GYROTONIC® Certified Trainers.

Friday - Sunday, 19th/20th/21st July Friday - Sunday, 26th /27th /28th July This course is designed to give a full experience through the GYROTONIC® system. It will deepen your understanding of your GYROTONIC® practice and needs to be completed before proceeding with the Foundation Course Level 1. The Pre-Training Course is about you! It's about learning the system deeper in your body; having this dedicated time to hone in on what needs to move, to clear up stagnations and let natural rhythms take over. See into the source of joy through movement and GYROTONIC®! The Pre-Training Course is designed to prepare the student for the Foundation Teacher Training Course to become a Certified GYROTONIC® Trainer Level 1; this will also be held in Jersey in August.

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MEDITATION

Find peace within

Meditation is extremely beneficial … by meditating, you enter a deep state of relaxation and achieve a tranquil mind. What could possibly be better to eliminate stress or worries in your life? Once the streams of jumbled thoughts that trouble your daily life have gone, you will feel an overwhelming sense of clarity and focus that will completely enhance your physical and emotional wellbeing. The reason meditation has been around for thousands of years, spanning continents, religions and cultures, is because it is an umbrella term for many different relaxation techniques. The key is finding the right technique that works for you - so why not try a few until you find something that works for you? The most traditional form of meditation is guided meditation. This method requires you to form mental images of situations or places that you find relaxing. It is important to involve as many senses as you can to make it as realistic as possible. Another common form of meditation is mantra meditation, similar to guided meditation, though it requires you to silently repeat a calming word, thought or phrase which prevents any distracting thoughts or other distractions. You may be practicing meditation already without even realising! So many of us practice yoga these days; although slightly different to the meditation stereotypes, yoga and tai chi are considered to come under the meditation umbrella. With yoga, a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises are performed to promote a calmer 52

mind, and a more flexible body. Yoga requires great balance and concentration, which helps you to focus on the moment, and less about any built up stress. Tai chi is similar, incorporating a form of Chinese martial arts and deep breathing techniques. Despite the different techniques, there are certain elements that characterise meditation. Master these, and you’ll be stress-free in no time… Focused attention – If you are distracted in any way, then you won’t be able to achieve astate of meditation. By focusing your mind, you help to free yourself from stress and worry. Do this by focusing on your breathing, an image, a mantra or a specific object. Relaxed breathing – Take deep, even-paced breaths to slow your breathing and take in more oxygen. Also, reduce the use of your shoulders, neck and upper chest muscles so that you breathe more efficiently and in a more relaxed way. A quiet setting – Important for anybody looking to meditate, but especially for beginners as you may struggle to reach a stage of deep concentration. Try to eliminate all television, radio or telephones. As you become more skilled in meditation, you may be able to practice in busier environments. A comfortable position – You can practice meditation in any position, but it is crucial you are comfortable. The most common position is sitting; you may also lie down. If you think meditation might be for you, give it a try. You should find yourself feeling more balanced, less stressed and more focused as a result!


Stopping Worry in its Tracks Stop, stop, stop, your mind from worries and fears. Let go and breathe. If your mind is confused with negative thoughts towards self, the world or other people, then let those thoughts go right now. Breathe everyone ... Focus on all the things you have to be grateful for this very moment. It all starts with you. Remember that.

Giving Worry the Proverbial BOOT!

Why do you waste time Worrying about what lies ahead? Your anxiety will not change the future It only multiplies your sense of fear and dread There will always be problems you have to face Challenges you have to overcome But if you rely on worry to see you through The fight will be bitter and leave you numb What does worry do for you? It comes at such an expensive price High blood pressure, wrinkles, headaches, colitis Yeah, those things can be awfully nice! Be real! Worry is a health killer It wants to break you body and soul Don’t let it in; don’t give it the edge Don’t let it take its miserable toll When you feel the pangs of worry Preparing to attack Focus on only positive thoughts And beat that worry back Whenever the future looks uncertain Hopelessness cannot take root Say thanks to God for every blessing you have now And give worry the proverbial boot

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Not being able to govern events, I govern myself ” ~ Michel de Montaigne

Forgiveness: … A decision for yourself, rather than a virtue. Holding on to negative emotion is always detrimental to our wellbeing. For instance, holding a grudge or feeling cheated, feeling resentment, or worst of all, feeling angry, is going to eat away at you; make you stop living your life to the full. Holding on to those feelings causes a blockage and forgiveness is a release … a means of letting it go in a positive and advancing way, so you can carry on with the constructive things in your life. The initial thought of forgiving can be daunting. Holding on to negative emotions might feel safe and justified. This stems from anger; anger towards the person who has wronged you, or the situation that arose from the issue. That feeling of anger shouldn’t control any aspect of your life. It is the most insidious of emotions. Anger (when controlled and recognised) is also an alert system, telling you that something is wrong and needs to be resolved. This would be the first step in the decision to forgive – realising where the hurt and anger is coming from and making a plan to let it go. The thing is, we live in an imperfect world and sometimes

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life doesn’t seem fair. There is so much that we can’t control in minor day to day things; where we seem to just accept, adapt or wherever possible, effect change. The life affecting issues are much more difficult to control. Therefore, with a decision to forgive comes an ability to move forward. Needless to say, forgiveness is not about being ‘good’, rather it is about being real. You cannot just simply say “I forgive you,” and then harbour deep-rooted resentment, simmering inside. Forgiveness means seeing those who have hurt you in a new light. To forgive someone doesn’t mean that you need to spend time with them, or even talk to them again – it’s for you to know and feel forgiveness, letting go of any ill-feeling towards them. So, forgiveness doesn’t erase the past, and it doesn’t change anything that happened, but it brings hope to the future and takes the focus away from damaging negativity; enlarging the prospect for prosperity and wellbeing. After all, holding resentment is like eating poison and waiting for the other person to keel over. It just won’t happen – but it might kill you instead, it will certainly make you very unhappy. Forgiveness doesn’t mean the other person was right, it means setting yourself free.

Forgiveness is inspiring. Forgiveness is most certainly inspiring; it is grounding and wholesome for your wellbeing, but do not forget that the forgiveness which you practice will also inspire others to forgive. It’s all about evolvement, moving on to fuller and more satisfying lives.


“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.” ~ - Louis B. Smedes (Ethicist) We came across an incredibly inspiring book about forgiveness recently, The Railway Man by Eric Lomax; an explicit biography about being held in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Having survived, Lomax held deep-rooted hatred toward his captures, consumed with revenge against one in particular. In the last remaining years of their lives, Lomax managed to meet his enemy, talk through all of their emotions and forgive. Eric Lomax confronted his demon and he became a friend; the Japanese capturer and torturer was relieved of his guilt and forgiven. The story is due out on the big screen soon and we will certainly be watching it. A truly inspiring story about the process of forgiveness.

Who are you helping most when you forgive the person who hurt you? Actually, you’re helping yourself more

than the other person. I always looked at forgiving people who hurt me as being really hard. I thought it seemed so unfair for them to receive forgiveness when I had gotten hurt. I got pain, and they got freedom without having to pay for the pain they caused. Now I realise that I’m helping myself when I choose to forgive. ~ Joyce Meyer The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good. No good thing can be withheld from the forgiving state of mind. Forgiveness fosters humility, which invites gratitude. And gratitude blesses us; it makes manifest greater happiness. The more grateful we feel for all aspects of our lives, the greater will be our rewards. We don’t recognise the goodness of our lives until we practice gratitude. And gratitude comes easiest when we’re in a forgiving state of mind.

Aura-Soma Aura-Soma is a colour system at which has at its heart a range of 110 beautifully coloured bottles of oil on water. At a consultation the client chooses their favourite four bottles and these are the focus to go deeper to the various aspects of the being. The beauty of this is that you choose your own colours giving you a recognition of self at a very deep level. A typical consultation lasts about one hour. The client is given the opportunity to purchase and use the oils, pomanders and quintessences and shown how this may assist them on a day to day basis. Eileen Holland is an Aura-Soma Consultant & Teacher who has been practising and sharing this amazing therapy for 14 years. She continues to research and update on a regular basis and loves to pass on the knowledge to her clients in order that they may help themselves.

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Psychotherapy in Action at the Lido Medical Centre

WellBeing World took a closer look … Ann Marie Clarke runs a thriving Psychotherapy Service at the Lido Medical Centre.

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyse you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” (Bernice Johnson Regan)

Taking time out with a qualified psychotherapist enables you to understand more about yourself, and your situation. As a result your ability to make informed decisions and exercise choice is greatly improved ...

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Referrals are made by GPs, employee assistance programmes and individuals themselves. Many clients initially enter Psychotherapy suffering from depression, stress, anxiety, relationship problems and major life changes such as redundancy and bereavement. It is not unusual, however, for clients to continue with therapy as they discover the broader potential it has for enabling them to be more effective in their lives. Healthy individuals find Psychotherapy helpful in remaining psychologically fit, just as regular exercise maintains physical fitness. Ann Marie is accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy. She is also recognised by leading health insurance companies. Anyone interested in working with Ann Marie is invited to attend a free informal discussion, lasting 30 minutes, in her consulting room at the Centre (which provides free car parking and disabled access). Here you can see the comfortable and confidential setting in which Ann Marie works, ask any questions that you may have, and be supported in discovering


whether or not Psychotherapy may be helpful to you. Should you decide to go ahead with Psychotherapy, Ann Marie asks that you commit to 6 weekly sessions, each lasting 5060 minutes, in order to allow for a therapeutic alliance to be established and the issues of concern to be worked through.

Integrative Psychotherapy Training – in Jersey In 2011 Ann Marie established a four year, part-time, Integrative Psychotherapy training programme in Jersey. Eleven students living in Jersey are now in their 3rd year of training and have been working under supervision, with clients for over a year. The students are working in private practice, a few GP centres and community facilities. This initiative from Ann Marie has significantly improved access to the ‘Talking Therapies’ and while the students are in training, psychotherapy is provided at reduced rates.

If you would like to meet with Ann Marie, or one of the student psychotherapists , please contact Ann Marie at: annmarie@ therapybreaks.com or tel: +44 (0) 7797 770 059.

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EMOTIONAL WELLBEING

Alignment, Clarity,Surrender & No Attachment to the Outcome.

Creating the Life You Want words: Elaine McGoogan Practitioner of Brennan Healing Science

There are a lot of books and movies out there which talk about manifesting and creating what we want in our lives. Sometimes we get the impression that if we’ve not managed to instantly create a million pounds, or whatever it is that we think we want, somehow we’ve failed or there’s something wrong with us. Not true of course, but an expectation is created and when we don’t meet that expectation we can think we’ve failed. From my perspective as an energy healer I like to start from the place that we are all perfect while recognising the reality that we want to create, develop and make changes in our lives. Creating how we want our lives to be can be a process – a process that sometimes takes an instant and sometimes a little longer.

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In order to manifest and create from a conscious level, it seems to me the elements of the creative process are: Alignment, Clarity, Surrender and No Attachment to the Outcome. Alignment, from my perspective, means finding that place within yourself where your intention feels strong and grounded. Alignment with your wants and longings. A wise woman once said to me pay attention to your wants, they’ll lead you to your longings and your longings will lead you to your life purpose. It’s easy though to dismiss as trivial a want such as a new dress or a new car but perhaps those wants might either show us what‘s missing in our lives – a gap we’re filling with something outside of ourselves – or they can simply be a natural expression of who we are and how we present ourselves to the world. This is where bringing Clarity into the equation helps us to really discern what those wants mean and where they can lead us. Often what we think we want on the surface is not what’s needed on a deeper level for our journey through life. Clarity doesn’t only mean knowing


A wise woman once said to me pay attention to your wants, they’ll lead you to your longings and your longings will lead you to your life purpose. It’s easy though to dismiss as trivial a want such as a new dress or a new car but perhaps those wants might show us what‘s missing in our lives exactly what it is you want to create in your life – it also means being present and in contact with yourself, listening to yourself and your intuition, listening to what your next step is without knowing for sure it’ll lead you to your destiny. Following your heart and your impulse on something that’s seemingly trivial can bring big gifts too. Playfulness and spontaneity allow clarity to emerge, leaving judgement behind as we can never truly know where something will lead us. Once we’re more aligned and clearer about what we want to create, Surrender to the bigger purpose of your creation comes next. This is a merging of our human desires, needs and wants with the deeper creative impulse arising from our bigger self – this strengthens the intention, brings even greater clarity to whatever it is you want to create. And finally, letting go all attachment to the outcome and trusting the process is a really important part in the journey. This can sometimes be a moment to moment choice to let go and trust that your bigger self knows exactly what you need. Sometimes it’ll take a moment to manifest and sometimes longer while events unfold to allow your creation to come into being. During this process what you think you want and what you actually want can shift and change quite dramatically so it’s important to allow that flexibility and playfulness in your creations – going with the flow with a strong intention to allow your true longings to emerge and be fulfilled. Energy healing can support this journey of creation by strengthening your alignment, helping to bring blocks and fears to consciousness to be cleared, and of course by bringing more contact and presence with the self.

To find out more and for a free 15-minute consultation to see if energy healing will work for you, please contact elaine@fullypresent.org / tel: 722617 or mobile 07700 800731 www.fullypresent.org .

Energy Healing Clear habitual patterns and bring more flow into your life If you would like support to bring more flow into your life by clearing blocks and habitual patterns, to increase your self confidence and bring more clarity into your life or help with pain relief, call or email Elaine to arrange a free 15-minute consultation to learn more and find out if energy healing will benefit you.

Elaine McGoogan Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing Europe

01534 722617 elaine@fullypresent.org www.fullypresent.org

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Become a stress free zone – and stay that way… You know the feelings that you carry, the thoughts you think and what is going on around you at this moment - and every moment. You know the story you have lived so far and what it’s meant to be ‘you’ every step that you have taken - but you don’t know how things will end, or what will happen next year, next month, next week – not even in five minutes time. The future has itself yet to unfold.

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Yet put all of these things together – and what do you have? You have your story, the script of which you write yourself along the way, day by day. You are a work in progress. You are the real live role that you choose to let yourself become. You attract and deflect what you want or don’t want, what you take on board as acceptable – or will not. You have the leading character role in your own drama. Too often we believe we are at the mercy of a heartless life story playing out. We believe we have little control – so we give our power away to everyone else. Life does not control you – you control it. Your mind does not control you – you control it. Your DNA does not control you – you control it, you programme it. Situations and other people do not control you – you control them. You are not led by your feelings – you have control over them. Your emotions chop and change instantly – you control them. Worry and stress do not master you – you


control them. In fact there is nothing on Earth that has power over you – for you create, think, believe, speak and action every single thing that you connect to – into being. From a very early age we are programmed to be the same as every other being that’s ever lived. We are patted on the back for being like our parents, grandparents, siblings and peers. We are taught the pros and cons of historic and current life, what to do the same and what to steer clear of – the problem is that we are individual. We may have the same experience as someone has had before, but we may need to take something completely different from it. The life journey you are travelling is your own – it is unique. You have different hopes and dreams and different karma to work through and overcome. You are alive on Earth today for reasons of your own soul – so the life that you carve out – is different too. (I am I) The totality of the thinking mind of every being upon the planet gives to Me the meaning of humanity. Every thought, belief or spoken word – is fed directly back – as input – as live programming that in turn programmes the reality that is lived. Mankind has superceded, and continues still, the evolving function of the conscious mind and nature’s mapping. Through the function of free will – nothing that Man does through his will or choice – can be overwritten. It therefore falls to Man to understand this process, that the future can flow in, in the way it should, based on positive – not negative – undertakings. (I am I) For nearly 20 years, Stephanie J. King has been working within the field of self development on levels such as these and more, to help you understand this process better. As a gifted spiritual healer, reiki master, counsellor, public speaker, life coach, published author and

medium - she channels insights, truths inspiration and guidance directly from the highest spiritual realms – to aid you now – whatever your intelligence or walk of life... Author of ‘And So It Begins…’ and ‘Life is Calling...’, and the soon to be released ‘Divine Guidance – The Answers You Need to Make Miracles’, her works will completely turn your life around – to once again get things working as they should - easily and with very little fuss or effort needed from you… Every day is a new day. It lies unwritten until it’s experienced by every person. Every thing is possible. No one can dictate how your time should be spent. Every soul alive is independent – yet each connects directly to the greater web of life unfolding on the planet – in very real terms. Each contributes to peace or war, to peace or stress, to love or hate – directly, and the process begins within us – every living moment that we are here… If your life were to end right now – would you be happy with the accomplishments you’d leave behind you? What would your personal story say about you? Before birth upon the Earth you were still alive in spirit. You lived within the realms of what lies unseen to the naked eye. You chose to birth ‘now’ in this timeframe, to be part of the developing history of ‘today’. You had a life agenda. Boxes you wanted to tick, with things to accomplish and contribute to the totality. You came to Earth to live a physical life on a physical planet. You came to fall in love, to dance, to sing, to cry, to laugh and to do all that you yourself have until today. But you also wanted to make a difference, to undo what should not be – you came to add your personal efforts – to what’s unfolding. Life is not getting worse – instead it is rebalancing, changing. The planet has itself entered a new phase of existence, and mankind is very much part of that movement. You decide from moment to moment – if you’ll be stressed – or free and happy. Nothing on the planet can pull your strings!!

The life journey you are travelling is your own – it is unique. You have different hopes and dreams and different karma to work through and overcome. You are alive on Earth today for reasons of your own soul – so the life that you carve out – is different too.

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You are Not Alone WellBeing World had the opportunity of attending the Jersey Women’s Refuge Breakfast and listened in awe to the words of domestic abuse expert and author, Dr Hilary Abrahams . Dr Hilary Abrahams is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Violence Against Women Research Group at the University of Bristol. She talked so candidly about the facts surrounding abuse, her own personal experience and the real need for refuges that we wanted to feature some of her comments to help raise awareness for the work carried out by the Jersey Women’s Refuge, and to reach out to those who may be touched in any way by this. Having been invited to Jersey to celebrate International Women’s Day, Hilary addressed a crowd of more than 200 ladies at the Women’s Refuge Breakfast and what an inspirational speaker she was too. There was a particular remark Hilary made which gave a profound understanding of how domestic abuse affects people …

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She said, “A young child loves and trusts its parents; if that love and trust is betrayed, the child feels bewildered, confused, uncertain. And when someone who professes to love us behaves like this when we are adults, the same thing happens – we begin to doubt ourselves and question our own competence, and even our sanity. And if your own thoughts can’t be trusted, who can you trust?” The sense of loss experienced by the majority of women so affected is one of the principal findings of Hilary’s work. She continued, “It is very difficult for people to be convinced that ending an abusive relationship can be a matter for grief, but the relationship starts with love, the belief that it is a loving relationship. When that love and trust is betrayed, you have confused and ambiguous feelings.” Tucked away securely and confidentially, the Jersey Women’s Refuge offers women the privacy they need and deserve. Many islanders may not know where the Refuge


is located, and that’s how it should be, though a growing majority are starting to hear about its tireless efforts to aid domestic abuse victims.

refuge offers a supportive community where the victim is believed and doesn’t have the pressure of justifying or explaining themselves.

2013 Shero Challenge

Safe Environment

At the start of 2013, three women pledged to take part in a monthly challenge, in order to raise awareness and increase funds to support the work of the Jersey Women's Refuge, who are celebrating 25 years of opening their doors this year. Each challenge will happen on the 25th of each month at different locations. The monthly challenges will provide a variety of activities that demonstrate the hardship many women experience whilst living with domestic abuse.

Children are safe; there are people who understand and can advise and importantly, genuinely listen. Hilary mentioned how many women had said to her that the active listening from support workers in refuges had a monumental impact on them – being given the gift of time, and a sense that they truly mattered; they counted for something.

The Shero Challenge has thus far seen the women remain in Voisin’s Department Store window for 25 hours. The second Shero Challenge took place on Monday 25th February. The three Sheroes, volunteered to be bin men for a day spreading the message 'Don't treat women like rubbish'. March’s event related to a lesser-known area of domestic abuse, financial control and was held at Barclays. So far, over £4,400 has been raised! The Jersey Women’s Refuge has an ongoing need for fundraising and awareness campaigns; it operates a confidential 24 hour service of support, advice and safe accommodation, seven days a week, to women and their children, who are affected by domestic abuse. It is not necessary to stay at the Refuge to receive support, often times a confidential chat really helps. The Refuge Team is a dedicated group of people, consisting of support workers and volunteers. Without the Jersey Women’s Refuge, hundreds of women would suffer in silence every year. Hilary Abrahams mentioned in her talk, how someone had asked her if refuges were still necessary these days; with the higher awareness in society about the issues surrounding domestic abuse, surely people were able to call the police and have their abuser arrested, taken away in order that they can’t abuse any more?

The Jersey Women’s Refuge plays an indispensable role in our community. Jersey is something of a microcosm; everyone knows everyone and privacy can be tricky. The Women’s Refuge is entirely confidential, it is a secure and safe place allowing victims of abuse somewhere to go to recover from their ordeal and from which to set off on a new and positive path. Hilary explained her journey from being a child who suffered from the effects of domestic abuse, to the successful author and speaker on the topic that haunted her past. Her work within the field of domestic abuse has highlighted the significance of refuges and we fully agree, the Jersey Women’s Refuge (and Victim Support – for men) is crucial in our community. We urge readers to support the Shero Challenge by going to their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/sherochallenge and give what you can.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, don’t hesitate to contact the Women’s Refuge, on their 24 hour FREE helpline, 0800 735 6836. Do not suffer alone. www.jerseywomensrefuge.org

Refuges however, are an integral part of the process of getting free from abuse from the perspective of the victim. It’s not a case of just getting the victim out of the abusive situation, patching up the cuts and bruises and finding a new place to stay – problem sorted. It’s the camaraderie within the refuge, which is a vital cog in the wheel; the support, the alleviation of isolation – a major symptom of domestic abuse, the building of confidence and selfesteem and the instillation of an inner sense of personal integrity that make the Women’s Refuge so important. There is sincere value in the safety of a place where victims of domestic abuse can recover from the physical and mental exhaustion that living with abuse imposes. The

English, Polish, Portuguese and French speaking support workers and counsellors are available.

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Are You a Victim? TELL SOMEONE In light of the recent Shero Challenge campaign by the Jersey Women’s Refuge, we take a look at domestic abuse. Does it affect you? Are you a victim? How does it affect children? And exactly, what is domestic abuse? Domestic abuse spans over a number of recognisable issues, from physical abuse to financial abuse. Some forms of abuse are easier to recognise than others. Many women say that emotional abuse is worse than physical abuse as it leaves no visible scars, it is difficult to prove and can be very damaging. In Jersey, 1 in 4 women are the victim of domestic abuse and frighteningly, the issue is on the rise. Domestic abuse is all about control. A healthy relationship is home to equality between two people. When domestic abuse becomes part of any partnership, there is an intentional behaviour, designed to take and keep control over a partner in a relationship that is founded on power rather than equality. This means that things will be done the abuser’s way and there will generally be consequences for the victim if they do not comply. This power and control is established and maintained by using different tactics and behavioural patterns.

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Physical abuse is likely to be the easiest form of abuse to recognise: • It includes kicking, slapping, punching, pushing, spitting, restraining, or using a weapon. • It includes any form of physical intimidation as well as physical harm. • It can escalate over time, and is not usually present at the beginning of the relationship. Emotional/psychological abuse: • This can be hard to recognise, especially when it has happened gradually. • It can include put downs, belittling, name-calling, undermining, and emotional manipulation which can make the victim feel that it is all their fault. • The abuser can isolate the victim by putting down friends and family or preventing her from seeing them. He can do so by monitoring telephone calls or mileage • The abuser can use threats of punishment to children, animals, or belongings to get what they want.


Financial abuse: • Keeping control of all the finances

something that is as understood or recognised in the same way as domestic abuse against a woman.

• Taking her money away from her.

We implore any guys reading this that are the victims of domestic abuse to tell someone; asking for help does not make you weak. Telling somebody that your partner is abusing you is difficult; but for all victims of domestic violence the advice is the same - you are not alone and there is help available.

Sexual Abuse:

How does domestic abuse affect children?

• Forcing any sexual attention that is unwanted.

Children are also the often, unseen victims of domestic violence – in 40 to 66% of domestic abuse cases; the same man is directly abusing the children. About two thirds of the Women’s Refuge residents are children.

• Preventing her from working • Refusing to acknowledge that house keeping and bringing up children deserve any financial recognition

For the first time the crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is appealing to the public to give information they may have about domestic violence abuse of a loved one, colleague or neighbour. Domestic violence is not a private matter between two people - it is against the law and everyone's concern. Highlighting the issue of domestic abuse seems to be one of the most useful ways of tackling it. Domestic abuse is notorious for being a ‘behind closed doors’ issue, most victims suffer shame from being abused and do not want to discuss it due to being scared or downtrodden by their abuser. With campaigns such as the Shero Challenge and the Crimestoppers method of seeking information from neighbours, friends and colleagues, domestic abuse is brought to the forefront of people’s concern… Although domestic abuse is primarily against women, there are men who suffer the very same – and they may be even more reticent about it. Generally, men don’t like to admit to being abused, it is emasculating and therefore not

Needless to say, children are seriously affected by domestic violence. Children are more aware of domestic violence than most parents realise - in 90% of situations where domestic violence occurs, children are either in the room or close enough to hear what’s happening. Mothering through domestic violence can be difficult as the abuser can target and undermine a mother’s authority as part of the abuse. An abuser will commonly use the threat of having the authorities take the children away. This is most often not the reality. It can just be another method of controlling the victim to prevent her from leaving. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, you do not need to feel alone. The first step to freeing yourself of domestic abuse, is to tell someone.

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WORDS: NICK KIRBY, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, BUSINESSLIFE.CO KINDLY REPRODUCED WITH PERMISSION.

IF YOU BELIEVE all the headlines you read in the papers and see on TV, we are a nation of obese, stressed-out (or depressed) people in need of more exercise. When we aren’t stuffing our faces outside the pasty shop, it would seem that we are in a state of permanent anxiety about our personal and work lives. In the face of constant bombardment with headlines and statistics about the state of the nation’s health, there is a risk that we can become desensitised to it (and perhaps even a little flippant). The reality, however, is that the figures are pretty disturbing, and that ill health is affecting both us and our economy. According to papers published in The Lancet, researchers are predicting that by 2030, up to 48 percent of men and 43 per cent of women in the UK could be classified as obese, adding an extra £1.9bn to £2bn a year in medical costs to the NHS. And recent research by data-

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analysis firm SSentif states there are now 4.7 million people in the country suffering from depression – up a staggering half a million in three years. Businesses are feeling the strain as well. Stress, for instance, is the biggest single cause of sickness in the UK, with more than 105 million work days lost at a cost to UK employers of £1.24bn, according to the Stress Management Society. Indeed, a survey in November 2012 by professionalservices firm Towers Watson found that only half of UK workers feel their stress levels at work are manageable. The wellbeing of the nation’s workforce, it would appear, is becoming as much of a business issue as a health one. As Beverley Le Cuirot, Founder of WellBeing World in Jersey points out: “Employers are waking up to the fact that they have a role to play in the health and wellbeing of their employees. While they already have a duty of care under the law with regard to health and safety, many are going beyond that as they begin to realise the link between health and general wellbeing and employment.”


Stress is the biggest single cause of sickness in the UK, with more than 105 million work days lost at a cost to UK employers of £1.24bn

Counting the cost Le Cuirot cites a number of ways in which poor health and wellbeing have an effect on business. “The most obvious is in staff taking sick days, so there can be a cost to the business in the payment of overtime or taking on temps,” she explains. “Illness also leads to reduced productivity – where staff may be at work, but not functioning to their full potential. Ultimately, ill health can lead to people quitting, which may create additional costs through recruiting and training new staff.” It’s not surprising, then, that many employers are embracing wellbeing programmes as part of an employee benefits package, providing their staff with access to online health programmes, gym memberships, nutrition workshops, stress- management courses and help with smoking cessation covering everything from physical and mental health, to social, financial and emotional wellbeing. But, as Nick Boyton, Principal at Alexander Forbes Healthcare & Risk,

stresses: “It’s not just a question of throwing gym memberships and Indian head massage at employees and thinking that everything is going to be OK. A call centre in Swindon won’t require the same wellbeing programme as a factory in Leeds, for instance.” Both Le Cuirot and Boyton advocate starting with a wellbeing ‘audit’. This can then help with putting a new wellbeing programme in place, or help revise one that is already running. “By having an audit, you don’t waste money putting in place a gym programme when stress management might be more appropriate,” says Boyton. “You can also set up ways of measuring return on investment through improved staff engagement and productivity and reduced absenteeism.”

Duty of care While Boyton is keen to stress the benefits of implementing a wellbeing programme – for example, lower absence costs, better morale and fewer claims through sickness, which can subsequently help reduce premiums on, say,

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company health insurance – one can’t help but ask two questions: do employers actually have a duty to look after health issues that might, in reality, not be caused in the workplace; and is wellbeing actually nothing more than a CSR ‘box-ticking’ exercise?

just want to tick a box, then that is fine, as long as the employee gets the benefit. However, I prefer to work with people who are really passionate about wellness in the workplace – when management buys into it and really cares, it shows.”

On the first point, Nick Boyton makes a simple observation. “Even if things are being caused outside of work, claims may be made on policies inside work, or employee health may have an effect on business, so if it’s going to have a cost in premiums or absenteeism, then why not do something about it, as it will benefit you as well as them,” he says.

With research showing that for every £1 spent on a wellbeing programme, there

Louise Hall, Founding Partner of AO Hall in Guernsey, raises a far more significant concern with regard to potential legal action from health issues that do rise from the workplace, most notably from stress. “Many wellbeing issues fall under existing health and safety legislation,” she explains. “But there can be legal repercussions if an employer doesn’t consider the impact of issues such as stress at work. The employer has a duty of care towards employees and has to design a work environment that protects their psychological health – if they fail to do this, then the employee could well bring a claim, the most common being constructive unfair dismissal.” As the UK, arguably, increasingly becomes a nation of ‘ambulance chasers’, a wellbeing programme may well help protect them from legal action as well as providing positive benefits all round. As Hall points out, it’s about companies doing as much as they can. “The Health and Safety Executive has issued Management Standards for workrelated stress,” she explains. “And there are rules protecting employees against discrimination that employers need to adhere to. Adding in an extra wellbeing ‘layer’, such as counselling or stress management techniques, can only help.” As for whether wellbeing is just one big CSR exercise and companies are doing it simply to become an Employer of Choice, Le Cuirot is sanguine. “If a company does

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As the UK, arguably, increasingly becomes a nation of ‘ambulance chasers’, a wellbeing programme may well help protect them from legal action as well as providing positive benefits all round. has been a return of £2.47 across areas associated with absence, it’s difficult to argue with the potential benefits. But as Boyton and Le Cuirot both point out, instigating a wellbeing programme is not just a ‘one-hit wonder’ – it needs to be continually monitored and updated. “This requires a commitment on the part of senior management and those tasked with driving the programme forward, and ultimately it should form an integral part of the culture of the organisation,” says Boyton. Quite often accused of being behind the curve on such matters, businesses in the Channel Islands are fast catching on to the wellbeing movement. “I’m working with companies of all sizes across all sectors,” says Le Cuirot. “It’s not something that needs to cost a fortune, and without a doubt wellbeing in the workplace is the fastest growing part of my business.” With pressure on firms to stay competitive, it’s conceivable that a happy and healthy workforce could make all the difference.


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Muscle Imbalance in the Workplace WORDS: ANNE-MARIE WEBB, SENIOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Do you have back pain after sitting all day in the office? Shoulder pain after digging in the garden? Could you be suffering from muscle imbalance? Of course a full assessment is required before diagnosing any pathology us many of us are suffering the ill-effects of muscle imbalance in our bodies from sustained postures or repetitive movements. What is Muscle Imbalance? Muscle imbalance occurs when some muscles surrounding a joint become weak and others become tight and overused. When muscles are out of balance they can cause pain in the joints; pain in the muscles; low energy and poor posture. Muscles are designed to work together and when they do not they can be described as ‘out of balance’.

An example: Prolonged Sitting As many people are office based in Jersey I will use an example of prolonged sitting. When you sit at your desk all day your hip muscles (hip flexors) and muscles at the top of your thighs (quadriceps) remain in a shortened position. At the end of your day you stand up and walk to the car activating your buttock muscles. For some, this may be the only time in the day that you use these muscles as when you get home you make tea and then go to bed. Over a period of years your hip flexors and quadriceps remain in a shortened position even when you stand up. This causes your pelvis to rotate forward as you stand. As a result you back muscles to work to tilt your shoulders and chest back to help you to stay upright. Then your back starts to hurt. Thus the effects of muscle imbalance can be seen and felt throughout the body. Some of these effects are compounded by people going to the gym and working the already overeractive muscles and therefore increasing the problem. 70

What can I do about this? As with all symptoms it is best to seek the guidance of a professional to be sure you receive the correct diagnosis. Harmony Physiotherapy is one such practice that can assess your posture and any areas of pain to establish the cause.

What can be done for Muscle Imbalance? •

Activation techniques can be performed to help reactivate any underused muscles.

A home exercise programme can be established as well as workplace guidelines in order to limit any further muscle imbalances.

Dry needling can be used to decrease muscular spasm and tightness. This involves an acupuncture needle being inserted into the area in order to relieve any tight spots know as ‘trigger points’.

Taping can be used to help assist with any postural issues.

Small group Physiotherapy Pilates classes can help address any areas of muscle imbalance. All clients receive a full postural assessment before commencing the course. Treatments take place at The Physiotherapy Studio, Les Quennevais Sports Centre parking and lift access.

Want to know more? Please email: harmonyphysiotherapy@hotmail.co.uk or call Anne-marie Webb on 07797 824 924.


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But local professional help is at hand. In November last year, WellBeing At Work and BPP hosted the first LESS STRESS seminar in a ground-breaking move, featuring a number of wellbeing professionals across the spectrum from nutrition and office ergonomics to mental and physical health. Participating practitioners offering practical solutions to immediately apply back in the workplace included Andy Barnes, MD of Jersey Foodstate; Peter Mac: Cognitive Hypnotherapist; Claire de Gruchy Health Kinesiology; Elaine McGoogan, Fully Present; Grant Henderson, Active Ergonomics; and Lorna Jackson, Health Point Clinic.

Less Stress Over 10 million working days were lost in Britain in 2010/2011 due to work-related stress, costing the UK economy more than £26 billion. In Jersey, 18,000 days were lost to illness in 2010, of which more than 40% were stress related; this costs Jersey businesses thousands of pounds every year in absence, staff turnover and lost productivity. Add to this, the cost of presenteeism, where employees are at work but not productively engaged, together with direct health and compensation costs, and stress becomes an epidemic of serious proportions. Over half of small and medium sized businesses claim it is an issue in their workplace, and yet a quarter of small business owners do not feel confident that they would be able to recognise and address ill health, stress or depression among their employees.

This was the first time a Stress Management course had been delivered in this way in the Channel Islands and takeup was most encouraging with 60 people in attendance at the one-day event.Attendees also gained access to the WellBeing At Work Audit and an optional Mindfulness in the Workplace Meditation, now so popular with many successful organisations for reducing stress and enhancing productivity. Lincoln Miles, MD at BPP Jersey at the time, said: “Stress is a major threat to business, but it needn't be. By recognising the symptoms early and working with your employees to overcome any issues, you can help reduce the impact that stress related absence has on your business. The partnership with WellBeing At Work has brought a new dimension to this essential business skills training course.” The seminar was held in recognition of National Stress Awareness Day on Wednesday, 7th November 2012 – a similar event is planned for the last quarter 2013. CPD = 5.5 hours.

For more information please visit www.wellbeingworld.je – or to be added to the mailing list, please email beverley@wellbeingworld.je

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Why Employee Voice is so Valuable to Your Business Research shows time and again the strong correlation between employees who feel they have a ‘voice’ in the organisation and those who feel engaged. It is therefore rather disconcerting that CIPD research released in February 2013 showed a deterioration in Employee Voice, and Employee Engagement levels at a record low.  Pointing to a worrying decline in the satisfaction of employees in respect of their ability to feed views upwards, the CIPD Employee Outlook survey also highlighted a particular deterioration in the extent to which employees feel leaders consult them about important decisions.

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The Key to Engagement and Productivity Employee voice is the KEY to employee engagement and productivity. It is also a powerful driver for innovation and insightful strategic planning, providing an invaluable link between frontline customer interface and the boardroom. And equally importantly, it helps support effective corporate governance and risk management by allowing concerns about potential risks to the business to be aired, at an early stage. Whether employee engagement, strategy and innovation, governance and risk, or all of the above, is your focus, it is beneficial to an organisation to enable its employees to find their voice and to give them the platform to speak out and feel valued. Which is why WellBeing At Work and BPP Professional Education are continuing their


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partnership to host a one day Employee Engagement seminar, ‘VOICE: Getting Heard’.

BPP Professional Development Programme Leader; it will be chaired by Beverley Le Cuirot, WellBeing World. Participating practitioners offering practical solutions to immediately apply back in the workplace will include Lincoln Miles of Miles Professional Development; Peter Mac: Cognitive Hypnotherapist; Grant Henderson of Active Ergonomics; and David Witherington, Director of JACS. Natalie Dimond, MD at BPP Jersey said: “Everyone in business, at all levels, will benefit from finding their innate inner confidence, giving them the ability to speak out and to be heard, effectively and persuasively; and to enable their colleagues to do the same. We are delighted to be working with WellBeing At Work once again to bring their unique, new dimension to this essential business skills training course.” Beverley Le Cuirot added: “Research shows that being heard is a key driver of employee engagement, and that feeling listened to is the most important factor in determining how much employees value their organisation. Mrs Le Cuirot added: “Not only that, employee voice is the key to business success especially when innovation and effective corporate governance is at stake. It is in everyone’s best interests to use everything in their power to find the edge in business; employees hold the key to this.”

Help Your Employees Tap their Innate Inner Confidence

Where, When and How to Book

Unique in content and approach, the seminar will be held WELLBEING AT WORK

VOICE: Getting Heard will help delegates find their innate inner confidence, giving them the ability to speak out and to be heard, effectively and persuasively. It will also provide practical guidance for delegates to use in the office environment, when faced with challenging situations, providing the tools to make a difference. Designed for employees at all levels, for their own personal development and for sharing with their team(s), VOICE will hone the influencing skills useful for interacting with clients, colleagues, senior managers and/or group head office. It will also give your confidence a real boost.

in the newly refurbished Banjo Events Rooms (formerly the Victoria Club), at 8 Beresford Place, St Helier, on Wednesday, 12th June 2013. Individual tickets are £195.00 each, exc GST; bulk discounts available. CPD = 5.5 hours. For more information please visit www.wellbeingworld. je or to secure your place, email Beverley Le Cuirot at beverley@wellbeingworld.je

The one day seminar has been created for business owners, managers and employees, and will be led by newly appointed BPP MD, Natalie Dimond, and Ian Lucas,

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How many times can you do the mighty tyre flip?

Healthy Employees, the Secret to Healthy Profits … In association with Chateau Vermont Gym & Spa What do you do to try to ensure the wellbeing of your employees…? Your troops? Do you over work and under pay? Do you rule with an iron fist? Surely not. IF you do, you may well be adding stress and poor health at work, so whether or not, best read on … It has been shown that high levels of psychological wellbeing amongst employees le d to lower absence levels. It also leads to higher productivity, and will help attract and retain talented people within the workplace. Customer service levels are also likely to be enhanced as a result! If the customer is happy, well, he just keeps buying stuff. In terms of fitness, if your employees are fit and healthy, they generally have better psychological wellbeing – the associated benefits to business will only increase… More profits in other words…

Introducing, the Mind & Body Corporate Package from WellBeing At Work and Chateau Vermont Gym & Spa Our mission at WellBeing World is to bring wellbeing to the forefront and promote methods and ideas on how to achieve positive wellbeing.

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Acknowledging that nourishing the body, as well as the brain, achieves the best results for employee morale and confidence building, in partnership with one of the newest facilities in Jersey (Chateau Vermont Gym & Spa), we are pleased to bring you the ultimate in Corporate Experience Packages, the ‘Mind & Body Corporate Package’. Teaming up together to launch a new type of Corporate Employee training day, we believe we have the passion, skills, contacts and facilities to offer you and your employees, a unique experience. Training Days to Make a Difference Research has shown that having experienced a Corporate training day, employers see a notable difference in the work ethic of returning employees, as they feel more valued and work more efficiently as a team. So, what makes a Corporate Experience Package at Chateau Vermont Gym & Spa unique? For those requiring a full day’s training, the ‘Mind & Body Corporate Package’ catering for up to 10 employees, is recommended. This package starts in the Chateau Boardroom, which will be laid out ready for you and your team, complete with refreshments and nutritious snacks.


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Spend the Morning with WellBeing At Work Motivational Trainers

Exercise, Rest and Relax with Chateau Vermont Gym & Spa

Here you will spend the morning with the team of WellBeing At Work motivational trainers and speakers who will provide guidance and practical tips to help your people prevent and manage their work stresses and strains. They will build their resilience and find an innate inner confidence and self-esteem; they will also gain an insightful understanding of themselves and their colleagues, which will in turn unleash a powerful and explosive creativity.

Completing these challenges, your team can then take as much time as they like, to relax using the full range of facilities on offer. These include the naturally lit Pool complex, a firm favourite for those wanting a piece of luxury, boasting an 11m x 6m infinity edge swimming pool, set to a warm 28 degrees, complete with a counter current swim jet and relaxing water fall. There is even an underwater treadmill and exercise bike at your disposal. Or you may prefer the therapeutic Jacuzzi, traditional Sauna or fully tiled Steam Room, where you can really begin to unwind, before the ultimate in relaxation, the Chill Out room, designed to let you simply drift away.

The trainers will provide the tools to enhance effective teamwork and productivity, enabling delegates to approach team meetings and work situations with a new mind-set. This will immediately raise the energy, creativity and positivity of the team, resulting in increased confidence and sustained positive psychological wellbeing. Lunch with Danny’s Breaking around noon, your lunch will be served, designed and created by Danny's Restaurant and pre-ordered ahead from his deliciously healthy and creative menu of renowned fusion style Asian food. Your team will then move into the heart of the Chateau, where they will spend the remainder of the day in the hands of the Lifestyle coaches, in the newly refurbished Gym and Spa set in facilities to rival anywhere in Europe. Using specially designed exercises they will build team morale, promote team bonding and inspire confidence, showing what can be achieved when a group focuses as one towards a common aim.

For the more active, there is a complete Multi Gym with dumb bell weights ranging from 1kg to 50kg and numerous weight machines to provide a full body work out to complement the training your mind has received during the morning session. There is also a choice of Cardio machines, including a selection of running, rowing, cycling and cross trainer machines. For those clients wishing for more organic cardio work, there is a purpose built Studio, complete with spinning bikes, punch bags, step exercise units, kettle bells and skipping ropes, and, located outside, the exclusive TRX multi train work out area, incorporating the renowned Strong Man equipment.

How many times can you do the mighty tyre flip? For more information about the Corporate Experience Packages available at Chateau Vermont, please contact the Lifestyle team on 01534 877763.

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WELLBEING AT WORK

An Energetic Approach to Thriving Employees and Business Productivity Words: Energy Healing Group

What if there was a way to improve the wellbeing of people at work and have a thriving business? What if energy healers could work with you and your business to accomplish this win-win scenario? Would you try it out? When we travel to work and step through the door of our workplace, there might be a particular response in our body, mind and spirit: a feeling of excitement or a flow of creativity and aliveness – perhaps from a project about to finish, deadlines to meet, new orders flowing in, work colleagues to interact with, or the anticipation of another type of New. However, we might also feel a certain resistance or a drain on our energy, compelling us to not want to be there: “I wish it were five o’clock!” The company’s finances might be under pressure, which can be a heavy burden to carry:

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“Will we keep our jobs?” Internal relationships can be strained, work can be boring, and we may not feel heard or seen, or valued for who we are and the talent, time and effort we offer to the company. Pressure can affect a whole company, and it can affect any single employee within it. Likewise, whether through excitement or anxiety, stress can build in our system, and the company’s system as a whole. Stress hinders a healthy flow of energy and redirects it through the flight or fight response. Unhealthy stress has negative effects on the brain and nervous system. It impairs creativity and positive decision-making; it basically makes us less smart and more likely to make mistakes. The productivity of any business will suffer as a result. We know that in Jersey alone, 18,000 days were lost to illness in 2010; of these more than 40% were stress-related, and if each case can lead to as many as 30 days away from work, that’s a lot of lost time.


But luckily research results on stress in the workplace are being taken seriously. An increasing number of companies are paying attention, and have started offering their employees varied stress-reducing services, such as those provided by WellBeing At Work and its members. WellBeing World member, Elaine McGoogan, is a trained energy healer. Some of you may have met her already through WellBeing At Work, as she gives lunchtime meditation sessions in some of Jersey’s companies, or you might have met her through her private healing practice (www.fullypresent.org). Elaine is also a member of Energy Healing Group – an international group of energy healers, all graduates of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, a world-renowned institute for energy healing. Energy Healing Group offers energy healing, as a group, to individuals, projects and businesses (large and small) – something that is currently unique in the world. The 12 members of Energy Healing Group come from many countries and walks of life: engineering, medicine, psychotherapy, the world of business, the world of arts – a real mixture of abilities brought together by a strong desire to use those talents within the context of energy healing. From the perspective of an energy healer, a business is an energy form. You and your colleagues bring your energy and consciousness to your business. You bring your ideas, longings and purpose, as well as your frustrations. There are countless relationships in the workplace, all of which have an energetic presence. Healers can perceive these relationships in the form of relational cords and other energetic structures. They form between employees, with customers, with competitors, and everywhere your business relates to around the world. The energy of life flows through your business as it does everywhere else. The energetic whole of your business is bigger than the sum of its individual parts. A business has an energetic ‘branding’ so to speak: a core essence, and both that which is outside the business and that which is inside the business responds to it. One might call this the spiritual equivalent of a ‘corporate identity’. Employees have a sense of how their company feels to work in, and customers, competitors and the general public also have a feel of how a company feels to interact with.

Energy Healing Group can support both individuals and companies by relating to the energy and ‘consciousness’ of your company or organisation, and give a healing response to the areas in need. Whenever there is flow, there is movement and creativity, allowing the energy of life to express itself freely. Health is a natural result of that. This is just as true for your personal energy system as it is for the energy system of your business. If this flow gets blocked, for one reason or another, the system will be adversely affected. This can be felt as much on the outside as on the inside of the business, perhaps through more troubled relationships among staff members, perhaps through dwindling sales, or perhaps through lack of confidence of investors. Energy Healing Group can support both individuals and companies by relating to the energy and ‘consciousness’ of your company or organisation, and give a healing response to the areas in need. Energy Healing Group works with small and large energy systems to realign them with their purpose, to restore balance, clarity and creativity, and to bring awareness to those parts of your company in need of attention and change. The increased potential in receiving a healing from a group is not merely in the power of numbers, but also in the synergistic effect of the diversity and uniqueness that each healer brings. Issues can thus be addressed through a multifaceted approach, which far exceeds what a single healer working alone could bring. The system of Energy Healing Group can meet the system of your company, and invite back wellbeing, health and flow. How Energy Healing Group works together, as a group body, is a new and unique concept. If you are curious to try it out, Energy Healing Group will offer one free healing to the first business or company from Jersey to contact us via our website.

www.energyhealinggroup.com

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An exciting new incentive based staff cycling scheme – Cycle Challenge Jersey Can your organisation get the most staff cycling, burning off thousands of calories and creating positive, healthy working environments? What is it? Cycle Challenge Jersey is a fun, free competition where workplaces in Jersey will compete to see who can get the most people riding a bike. Organisations are invited to compete for 3 weeks in June from Monday,10th to Sunday, 30th June to see who can get the most staff cycling to win individual and team prizes. The organisers are expecting over 30 businesses and 700 people to take part (if not more!). All abilities are welcome, and every effort counts. It's not about cycling the furthest or the most miles, but who can encourage the most people to give cycling a go. For example, if you ride a bike for the first time in a year you can win a cinema ticket. Other prizes include Active passes, local restaurant vouchers and bike gear to support your cycle journey. Throughout the Challenge there will be other activities, such as try-a-bike events and free bicycle check-ups.

Why should my organisation be involved? Get your staff to rediscover the joys and benefits of cycling and you will start seeing the results - fitter and healthier staff, team building, increased productivity and less demand for your car parking (where applicable) demonstrating your organisation's commitment to sustainability. Invest now in the wellbeing of your employees.

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How do I get involved? Register on the website, it's free: www.cyclechallengejersey.org.uk Ride a bike anywhere, anytime for at least 10 minutes between Monday,10th and Sunday, 30th June. The organisers will even offer free bikes, events and help staff to try cycling. (They log their activity online.) Record your ride and tell your friends and workmates about the Challenge and monitor how your organisation is doing Reward yourself - have fun and win prizes! This exciting Island-wide competition run by States of Jersey is going to give cycling a big push in Jersey, so register today and show your support. Sponsorship Cycle Challenge Jersey is sponsored by Transport and Technical Services, Department of the Environment and Health and Social Services, with contributions from Education, Sport and Culture and States of Jersey Police.

Interested in providing prizes? They are currently sourcing a range of spot prizes that you and your team can win by taking part in the Challenge. This is a great opportunity and your business can benefit from advertising on the website (e.g. adding your logo to the sponsors section; there will be a link directly from their website to yours; your business will be mentioned in emails that will go out to participants; and prizes and sponsors will be mentioned, where possible, when they are promoting the Challenge to the media (via press releases). Alternatively, you can host your own internal cycling events throughout the Cycle Challenge and provide staff members with your own prizes.

Sign up today www.cyclechallengejersey.org.uk


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Peace of Mind with All Care Jersey Like a lighthouse in stormy seas, All Care Jersey stands for strength, protection and peace of mind. Established specialists in the field of care, their well-trained experts can be trusted to look after your wellbeing and that of loved ones. With a combined total of more than 100 years’ experience in care, you can depend on their team of professional, highly-trained, and friendly staff to look after your every need. We talked with founder, Julie Couley and she told us about the variety of services now offered, from day to day housekeeping duties, to the provision of respite relief and holiday cover, to social outings and companionship, they will tailor make your care plan to suit you and your budget, allowing total flexibility. They also offer housekeeping services, including shopping, cleaning and meal preparation, and will also assist with Out Patient visits; anything and everything to give you support and peace of mind when you need it most. A 24-hour cover is also available.

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Two very happy and satisfied clients, also said:

“Knowing that my mother has All Care Jersey to hand means so much to me, being frequently off Island it is a comfort to both of us that she has help when she needs it.” ~ Ms B. St.Saviour, Jersey

“It's a real relief knowing that All Care Jersey can call in daily to see me, I used to worry about how I'd manage all the chores that have become too much for me. Now they help me, or just take care of it so I don’t have the worry anymore. Thank you.” ~ Mrs F. St.Helier, Jersey If you would like to know more, Julie will meet you for an informal, no-obligation, chat – entirely free of charge. Simply call her on 07700 720222 or 01534 618755 – or visit www.allcarejersey.com


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Your WellBeing – Our Top Tips

We’re all about bringing you inspirational ideas to help you enhance your wellbeing, and will be sharing our tips soon with Channel 103 listeners – if you miss us on air, here they are:

from our network of experts

Your WellBeing Our Top Tips

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Creative Laughter

Top Tip from Helen Allen, Energising Your Life

Make yourself laugh even if you have to force it. A good belly laugh exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abs and even works out the shoulders, leaving muscles more relaxed afterwards. It even provides a good workout for the heart. Laughter can bring your focus away from anger, guilt or stress in a more beneficial way than other mere distractions.

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Spa for your Eyes

Tip from Helen Allen, Energising Your Life

A stress-buster for your eyes – this can revitalise your eyes in seconds. Sit comfortably at a table, or somewhere you can lean on your elbows. Rub your palms together for a few seconds until they feel warm. Cover your closed eyes with your hands in such a way that there is no pressure on your eyeballs. Cup the palms of your hands over each eye, with your fingers resting on your forehead. Notice the blackness in front of you and breathe slowly until the blackness becomes velvety. Palm for one minute or more at a time and do it often, so your eyes remain as relaxed as possible.

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Muscles and Joints

Active Chiropractic Clinic Top Tips

Chiropractors aim to improve the function of your muscles and joints. Here are three good tips to help you help yourself. 1)If you are going to do something vigorous like housework or gardening, stretch gently before and after to reduce strain on your muscles. 2) Change your activity every 15-20 minutes. This balances the use of your different muscle groups. 3)If your health permits, take a brisk 15-20 minute walk every day. This improves posture, strengthens muscles and helps concentration.

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Comfort at Work

Active Ergonomics Top Tips

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tips to reduce strain on your muscles and joints. 1)At your desk, sit with your back against the backrest, and if possible tilt the backrest back by 5-10 degrees. This reduces pressure on the disks at the base of your spine. 2)Move whatever you use most close to you, either keyboard and mouse or paperwork. Bring them close so you are not stretching your arms out and straining your neck and shoulders.

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Fashion Tip

from Vivien Aygun of Up and Above:

The best buying tip ever? Apart from the basics in your wardrobe, if you buy it when you see it rather than when you need it you will always have something to wear whatever the occasion.  The worst purchase is the one you buy out of desperation, so always be prepared.  If you really like a garment when you first see it and it fits well, buy it, you will probably still be wearing it and loving it months or even years later.

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Dental Group

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Present Energy Healing:

Dental Hygiene Top Tips from The Cosmetic

Poor oral health doesn’t just cause problems inside the mouth. A smile is hugely important to our personalities, self-confidence, relationships and success. General health is also at risk too as studies continue to associate poor oral health to serious health problems, so: • Brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and change your toothbrush regularly • Cut down on sugary foods and drinks • Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly, as often as they recommend

Mind, Body and Spirit Tip from Fully

To increase your creativity and energy overall - draw a large pyramid on paper and write Mind/Body/Spirit on each side. Stick it on your fridge or your wall and write on it each day something to do that day for your Mind, your Body and your Spirit.  Challenge yourself to do things you wouldn’t normally choose to do and which make your heart sing.  This will increase your creativity and connection with yourself, as well as expand your whole energy system.


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Mood Booster from BodyRox Gym

Lunch on the Go? 30 seconds spent chewing each mouthful will curb your afternoon appetite as your brain remembers the meal for longer so it won’t signal for food again so soon!  AND 5 minutes added to your usual workout will boost your mood according to researchers at Penn University who found that people reported a greater overall feeling of satisfaction with their life on days when they exercised for a few minutes longer than usual.

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Pain Relief from Health Point Clinic

Acupuncture provides pain relief (for example, back pain and headaches) as well as focused support and wellbeing (such as pregnancy support). 1)For frontal headaches, insomnia, anxiety and nasal congestion, press the midpoint between the medial extremities of the eyebrows. 2)Tennis, squash or golf balls are great pressure point tools and can be used to apply varied pressure to aching joints, muscles and acupressure points.

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Fresh is Best, so says Jersey Foodstate

1.Try to buy farm-fresh produce grown in fertile soil, and consume 20% of your diet as raw food 2.Boost your immunity with lightly cooked broccoli, cabbage and sprouts, and consume plenty of ripe apples, cherries, apricots, figs, raspberries and cranberries, reduce stimulants foods and consume plenty of water 3.Take daily food-based supplements containing essential nutrients like magnesium and selenium that are known to be in short supply in our diets.

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Your Own Care First

All Care Jersey Thought for the Day

When caring for a family member or friend, it is vital you remember to take good care of yourself, too. So: • Make sure you get plenty of rest and sleep. • Ask for support. • Remember we are all human, and don’t get everything right all of the time. • Relax, there are only 24 hours in a day. Many chores can wait until tomorrow.

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Developmental Education Programmes

2) When giving instructions look at your child and keep them simple such as "please go to your school bag and bring me your lunch box". 3) And, before doing a writing exercise, let the child chat about it, you write down in brief what they say and they complete the exercise with those written ideas in front of them.

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LESS STRESS – now! Claire de Gruchy Health Kinesiology

Dr Jimmy Scott, Health Kinesiology Founder, developed the 'Balancing Tap' to act like a 'reset button' to help return you to a more balanced and grounded state. Place your fingertips of one hand to the left of the top of your breast bone, tap upwards a few cms and continue tapping in an anti-clockwise circle, roughly the size of an orange, for about 30 seconds.  The 'BalancingTap' can be done regularly during the day and also on a child if they are upset or feeling out of sorts.   

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Beautiful Hair by Bonita Hair and Beauty

My tip for beautiful hair is diet. You can spend a small fortune on lotions and potions some will help But a rich diet full of natural vitamins will show in your hair. A poor diet will produce dull lifeless hair with no suppleness or shine. For a natural remedy for dry hair and scalp why not try using any vegetable oil eg sunflower or olive. Apply to dry hair, wrap in a towel or sit in a bath for 20 min . A must to remember is apply shampoo straight on the oily hair do not add water first or you will have oily hair for the next three months!

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Ultimate WellBeing at Chateau Vermont Gym& Spa

For ultimate wellbeing, strike a balance between fitness, nutrition and relaxation. Fitness is not only how you look but how you feel, it is easy to get stuck in a routine of either no exercise or the same exercise routine that no longer challenges you. Variety really is the spice of life!

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy WellBeing World

Don’t worry. A person who worries excessively will perfect the art of imagining how things will turn out for the worst. Non-worriers, on the other hand, take every prudent action to reduce a threat, then focus on the expectation that something good is going to happen!

The following 3 tips can help release a child's ideas and understand instructions easier. 1) Squeezing a soft ball or Play dough in their hands can stimulate the brain allowing speech and ideas to flow more.

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BOOK REVIEW

Revive – End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again Do you feel unusually tired most of the time, even after a full night’s sleep? Are you having trouble finishing anything or losing weight? Does your mind race even when you’re physically exhausted? If so, this book is the way to turn your life around! Revive (previously published as Spent) is the answer to the problem that millions of people face: how to step back and cope with the pressures of a non-stop life. Using Western and complementary therapies, Revive contains the 42 simple steps to gradually remove the problems that lead to exhaustion and replace them with ways to help your body heal and feel better – fast. Includes how to: Make fast, nutritious and healthy meals Get back your natural sleep rhythm Replace punishing workouts with moderate exercise, including yoga, spine adjustments, and the ultimate foot and shoulder massages Promote your body’s own healing – from meditation and breathing exercises to music and spending time in nature

Essential reading for anyone feeling exhausted by modern life ~ Gwyneth Paltrow

With an extensive nutrition plan, troubleshooting tips and time-tested advice for remaining relaxed, fit and healthy, Revive is the complete guide to rediscovering the natural rhythms that help our bodies restore, revive and replenish. And it is everything we stand for here at WellBeing World also! Originally published as Spent by Hay House in 2009; Revive was published by Hay House UK on 6th February 2012.

About the Authors Frank Lipman, MD, is the holistic physician of whom O The Oprah Magazine said is "at the vanguard of a revolutionary new way to deliver health care." He is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, where for 20 years his personal blend of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine, Functional Medicine, nutrition, herbal medicine, biofeedback, meditation, and yoga have helped thousands of people recover their energy and zest for life. A former editor at Random House, Mollie Doyle is a freelance writer and yoga teacher.

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BOOK REVIEW

The Juice Lady’s Big Book of Juices and Green Smoothies: More than 400 simple, delicious recipes! The Juice Lady, Cherie Calbom, provides all of her most popular recipes for juicing, smoothies, shakes, soups, and sauces, in one complete volume. Juice and smoothies are sweeping the nation! Why? They’re fruity, delicious, easy to make, and packed with powerful nutrition. It’s no wonder everyone is enjoying the convenience and great taste of these healthy meal and snack alternatives. Bring your blender or juicing machine into the twentyfirst century with the most updated versions of Cherie’s recipes to be found anywhere—more than just refreshment, these recipes enhance your energy and boost your mental and physical health. Enjoy simple, tasty recipes for: Healing juices and smoothies that will help fight the flu, infections, and ageing skin Low-carb juices and smoothies that will help you lose weight Green smoothies that pack a powerful punch of phytonutrients and antioxidants Perfect recipes for kids and those on the go Workout and body-building drinks And more! Published by Siloam ( January 2013)

About the Author Cherie Calbom, MS, is the author of The Juice Lady’s Turbo Diet, The Juice Lady’s Living Foods Revolution, and Juicing for Life, which has nearly two million books in print in the United States. Known as ‘The Juice Lady’ for her work with juicing and health, Cherie has taped HealthWatch for CNN and scores of TV and radio shows and has appeared in Shape, First for Women, Women’s World, Men’s Journal, Vogue, Quick & Simple, Marie Claire, and Elle Canada. Cherie earned a master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University, where she now serves on the Board of Regents, and has practiced as a clinical nutritionist at St. Luke Medical Centre in Bellevue, Washington.

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WELLBEING SERVICES DIRECTORY

Active Chiropractic Clinic

Active Ergonomics

Chiropractic care is much more than just helping with neck and back pain! Double award winning husband and wife team, Grant and Penny Henderson treat a wide range of muscle and joint problems at their clinic in David Place. As well as the gentle McTimoney method of chiropractic, they use massage, stretches and where appropriate Medical Acupuncture. They will also give lifestyle advice, suggest exercises and provide advice on posture.

Improving office ergonomics means improving comfort, performance and wellbeing and reducing pain, distress and absenteeism. It also involves ensuring that employers fulfil their legal Health and Safety responsibilities. Grant Henderson, who runs Active Ergonomics, is an experienced local chiropractor and workstation assessor. He has a profound understanding of posture and office ergonomics and has helped many thousands of people in the Channel Islands in both clinical and office settings.

7 David Place, St Helier. W: www.chiropractorsjersey.com E: chiropractorsjersey@gmail.com T: +44 (0) 1534 617 987

7 David Place, St Helier. W: www.chiropractorsjersey.com E: chiropractorsjersey@gmail.com T: +44 (0) 1534 617 987

All Care Jersey

Ayush Wellness Spa

Like a lighthouse in stormy seas, All Care Jersey stands for strength, protection and peace of mind. Established specialists in the field of care, their well-trained experts can be trusted to look after your wellbeing and that of loved ones. Services include personal care, palliative care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia support, companionship, respite, recuperation, special needs support, short or long term care, housekeeping, shopping and much more. Awarded Preferred Provider Status for the States of Jersey in April 2013.

The Ayush Wellness Spa is a haven where time stops. ‘Ayush’ means a long healthy life, where the vision is pure and authentic, creating an environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle, enhancing both physical and emotional wellbeing.

W: www.allcarejersey.com T: +44 (0) 1534 618 755 or 07700 720 222

W: www.ayushspa.com T: Dr Prasanna Kerur +44 (0) 1534 614 171

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Back to Balance Chiropractic

Bespoke Fitness

Chiropractic is a primary health care profession that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. It is a gentle safe technique that can be used on babies through to the elderly and is covered by most major health insurance providers.Back to Balance uses a number of techniques tailored to your individual goals, including massage, acupuncture, manipulation, and cranial techniques.

Bespoke Fitness was formed in 2011 and focuses on helping women to attain their fitness and nutritional goals. Since the launch of KIDROX in 2012, it also now specialises in Children’s Fitness and encouraging corporates to support the fitness issues in children and to buy into the fight against obesity. A number of school fitness projects, both during the school curriculum and after school fitness clubs, are underway. Currently looking for corporates to support local States schools in providing this specialised activity and to encourage not only the children, but the parents as well, to get motivated to stay fit for life.

W: www.jerseychiropractors.co.uk T: +44 (0) 1534 789 367

E: trudi@bespokefitness.je T: +44 (0) 7797 769 993

Bliss Yoga

BodyRox

Svaroopa® yoga is a less active style of yoga that meets your body where it is based on the concept of Core Release, or spinal decompression. The process is easy and natural due to the precise angles and alignments of every pose. Supported in all of the poses using blankets and other props you can fully rest in each angle and benefit from the release of the deep muscles that attach to your spine in the core of your body.Svaroopa®  yoga is reliable, safe, effective and accessible. This approachable and compassionate style of yoga is available to everyone regardless of prior yoga experience, fitness level, shape, size or age. This is truly “yoga for the rest of us”.

One of Jersey’s newest gyms, BodyRox offers a full range of classes and state of the art equipment, the BodyRox team welcomes everyone of all ages and all levels of fitness. New classes include: Hot BodyRox, Hot Yoga – at Langford every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; KidRox – After School Club designed for schools to promote Fun & Fitness for Kids aged 5-15 years; and PreNatal and Post Natal Fitness – classes designed specifically for pregnant/post natal ladies.

Chinmayi (Celina) bliss.yogini@gmail.com tel: 07797 919 149

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WELLBEING SERVICES DIRECTORY

Hair and Beauty Salon at Les Ormes

BodyTalk Jersey

Bonita Hair & Beauty

The language of health that addresses illnesses, injuries, fears, allergies, emotional problems, spiritual growth, and more. Heather North Lewis also specialises in Manual Lymph Drainage which helps boosts the immune system and cleanses the body. Heather is offering 20 minute BodyTalk taster sessions for £15 and 15 minute Lymph Drainage for £10 at the Fair – see her on Stand no. 19.

Located within the beautiful setting of Les Ormes Golf & Leisure Club, Bonita Hair & Beauty is now in its 20th year. Anita and her team of experienced stylists offer a wide range of services, including styling hair for weddings and special occasions. Tiaras, hair accessories, and other special gifts are also available from Bonita’s stunning range of handbags, jewellery and decorative items.

E: bodytalkheather@gmail.com T: Heather +44(0)1534 610 514

E: bonitahairjersey@gmail.com T: +44 (0) 1534 720 081

Bowen by Bryant Jersey

Chateau Vermont Gym & Spa

Tony Bryant M.C.S.P. specialises in Bowen Therapy, a non-invasive hands-on therapy, using gentle finger and thumb movements over muscle, ligament, tendon and fascia. Bowen Therapy can be effective to help relieve everyday stresses and revitalise the whole person.

Nestled in the heart of the St Saviour countryside you will find Jersey’s newest luxury gym and spa. With a state of the art gymnasium, luxurious pool complex, boutique treatment rooms, you will love the facilities and leave feeling refreshed and invigorated.Whether you are looking to improve your fitness and physique, enjoy a leisurely swim or rejuvenating spa treatment, or simply to relax, socialise and meet new friends, the dedicated team of qualified and professional staff at Chateau Vermont Gym & Spa will deliver a high quality service to achieve your health and fitness goals.

E: antonybryant@jerseymail.co.uk T: +44 (0) 7797 844 153

W: www.chateauvermontgym.com T: +44 (0) 1534 877 763

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Claire de Gruchy

Eileen Holland Aura-Soma

Developmental Education Programmes uses entirely drug-free and non-invasive techniques, including specialised listening programmes. Claire deals with the underlying causes of Neuro-Developmental Delay which can contribute to specific learning difficulties. The aim is to improve reading, writing, concentration, balance, coordination and behavioural difficulties. Health Kinesiology (HK) helps to restore balance to your body systems using various techniques, including acupressure.. Claire is an Authorised Research Associate, and uses HK to help address reactions to foods, chemicals, pollen, etc., and works with clients with anxiety, stress and other physical symptoms. Claire is based at New Vision Therapy Centre.

Eileen Holland is a qualified Aura-Soma Consultant & Teacher. Aura-Soma is a colour system at the heart of which is a beautiful range of over 100 dual coloured bottles. Choose your colours to reflect your being’s needs and achieve a path to deeper understanding.

W: www.dep.je W: www.myhealthkinesiology.com E: claire@myhealthkinesiology.com E: claire@dep.je T: +44 (0) 1534 485 158

E: e7.holland@gmail.com T: +44 (0) 1534 619 167

Energising Your Life

Feathers Healing

Energising Your Life workshops provide insights into key issues in your life, enabling you to learn valuable tools for everyday healing. Releasing stress whilst having fun is just one of the benefits. With a fusion of Nia, guided visualisation, intuitive art, vocal toning, drums and percussion, you’ll find a safe space to be in your flow. Helen Allen, Holistic Fitness Instructor and Wellbeing Coach, has held workshops in Russia, Greece, South Africa, Israel and the UK. Robert Norton is an Inspirational musician whose healing music has touched the hearts of millions of people worldwide.

The culmination of a lifetime of intuitive and psychic activity, Feathers Healing has been introduced to Jersey by Carol Le Quesne, a qualified practitioner in Reiki, Sekhem, ThetaHealing and other modalities. The combination of hands-on-healing provided at Feathers also incorporates a number of meditation and sound healing tools which are tailored to individual needs, providing a unique experience to support and encourage healing on all levels.

W: www.energisingyourlife.com T: 44 (0)20 8371 9333

E: feathersjersey@gmail.com T: Carol +44 (0) 7797 827 927

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Fiteez

Footprints … To Health

Offers Nordic Walking, Guided Walks, Running Training, 1:1 and Group Training for men and women. Fiteez Training is tailored to include the wonderful beaches, woods, parks and country lanes that Jersey has to offer. Suitable for all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes. Fitness is fun with Fiteez!

Marie Daly is qualified in Reiki Energy Healing, Reflexology and Crystal Healing, an ancient art of the laying on of crystals and Gemstones on the chakra points on and/or around the body, infusing the aura and body with light and colour. The crystals work through the principle of vibration and resonance restoring balance and harmony to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the body.

W: www.fiteez.co.uk T: Karen +44 (0) 7797 721 315

T: +44 (0) 1534 733 837 M: +44 (0) 7797 747 408

Frances @ Baoli Beauty Salon

Francesca Warner for Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Frances is based at the Beauty Salon at Baoli which was renovated a few years ago. She uses Decleor products for face and body – the delicious aromatherapy and natural fragrance of the products immediately trigger the olfactory senses into relax mode before the treatment even starts! Facials and massage are bespoke, and can incorporate feet or hands and head massage, as you wish. Nailtiques are especially nutritious for after care following artificial nail damage.

Safe, light touch, effective treatments helping you to live with more vitality and less pain. By working with the health in your body lasting changes can occur. Francesca originates from Jersey and is back in the Island treating each month, please contact her for information or to make an appointment.

Located at the Hotel de France. W: www.baoli.co.uk T: +44 (0)1534 758 144

W: www.francescawarner.co.uk T: +44 (0) 7775 5647 753

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Fully Present Energy Healing Elaine McGoogan of Fully Present specialises in Brennan Healing Science, a holistic form of energy healing which merges High Sense Perception skills with handson healing to assist an individual in their personal journey to health and wellbeing. Each treatment is unique to the individual but always with the intention to help that person experience their true self.

W: www.fullypresent.org T: +44 (0) 1534 722 617

Graham Taylor – Bowen Therapist and CranioSacral Therapist Graham specialises in light techniques that prompt the body to heal itself. The Bowen technique and Craniosacral therapy are suitable for newborns to the elderly. Both are used to re-align and correct imbalances in the body which make them effective for many conditions. Graham works in St Helier and also St Brelade.

W: www.bowenjersey.com E: jerseyremedy@gmail.com T: +44 (0) 7797 720 828

Gyrotonic

Harmony Physiotherapy

Gyrotonic is one of the newer exercise systems to enter the mind/body fitness arena. Developed in New York by Juliu Horvath, a former ballet dancer, it combines elements of Kundalini yoga, gymnastics, swimming, ballet, tai chi and resistance training . Coming to Jersey in 2013, Master Trainer, Alicia Rypma from San Francisco California, will be running a Pre-Training Course over two weekends in July, following by various workshops, retreats, classes and private sessions. This will include Gyrokinesis movement and breathing exercises, the mat version of Gyrotonic.

Anne-marie Webb Senior 1 Physiotherapist BSC (Hons). MCSP. SRP runs Harmony Physiotherapy specialising in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy and small group Physiotherapy Pilates, and is covered by all major insurance companies. The Physiotherapy Studio is based at Les Quennevais Sports Centre. Physiotherapy Pilates classes are held at the tranquil Isis Centre and at Les Quennevais Sports Centre.

E: Alicia@maringyrotonic.com W: www.maringyrotonic.com

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E: harmonyphysiotherapy@hotmail.co.uk T: +44 (0) 7797 824 924


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Health Essentials

Health Point Clinic

Health Essentials is an independent family run health shop located in St Helier, Jersey. It is owned and managed by mother and daughter team, Julie and Leah Le Cornu, along with Annique. The Health Essentials team is highly trained and experienced, and are always on hand to give free, friendly advice on a wide range of high quality supplements. They also sell vegetarian, vegan and gluten free foods including chilled and frozen goods, also natural body care, including the Pukka skincare range.

Lorna Jackson is a qualified therapist; she uses Traditional Chinese Medicine which works to help maintain the body’s equilibrium. This health system includes acupuncture, acu-pressure, massage (Tui na) alongside nutrition, exercise and lifestyle recommendations. Treatment is aimed at the root cause of the condition as well as easing the symptoms. What is the point? To simply achieve good health.

Health Essentials, 5 New Street, St Helier JE2 3RA W: www.healthessentials.co.uk E: healthessentials@hotmail.co.uk T: +44 (0) 1534 729 435

W: www.healthpointclinic.co.uk T: +44 (0) 1534 852 039 / 07829 999 084

I-Move Freely

Jersey Foodstate

Do recurring injuries or pain keep you from doing the activities you love? Have you had to accept pain as an everyday part of your life? Are you an athlete plagued by recurring injuries? Are you considering surgery because you think you have no other options? Specialists in Biomechical Assessment, i-movefreely Jersey treats and prevents injuries and pain using a unique approach that provides you with an individualised exercise and education programme to help you self-manage your condition. They have found this to be the fastest way to recovery and the most cost efficient for the client.

Nutrients presented in a healthy, natural way, just as they are with whole food, Jersey Foodstate exists to provide the highest quality vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements, as well as information and education about diet and nutrition.

W: www.i-movefreely.com T: John Scriven 07797 845446 T: Mandy Bonhomme 07797 840976

W: www.jerseyfoodstate.com T: +44 (0) 1534 855280

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Lorraine Pannetier - now also Beetroot Brownie

Marilyn Melvin M.A.R. now Soul to Sole Healing

Lorraine will help you achieve your personal best through a combination of exercise, optimum nutrition and massage therapies. Her positive attitude and approach to clean eating will motivate and inspire you. She can help you to improve energy levels, lose body fat and improve digestive issues. Lorraine loves to write about all aspects of nutrition and wellness, specialising in gluten-free meals and helping frazzled families eat more healthily for less.

Marilyn is a full member of the Association of Reflexologists (M.A.R.). With over 16 years of experience in Reflexology, she utilises Precision Reflexology to balance the energy systems of the body and enhance healing on all levels. She also uses The Metamorphic Technique to enable the individual’s transformation to full potential. Home visits by arrangement.

E: supermummy1@hotmail.com T : +44 (0) 7797 742 929 F : Lorraine Pannetier – Personal Trainer

E: mazron@jerseymail.co.uk T: +44 (0) 1534 877457

Moo Health Bar & Yoga Studio

Peter Johns Chiropractor

The new Health Bar opened in New Street, St Helier in August 2012, bringing the option of healthier living to customers on a daily basis without compromising flavour. Standing for ‘Mostly Organic Origin’, the foods at Moo are mostly organic and many are locally grown to ensure that they follow an eco friendly policy. Their aim is to provide health conscious yet appetising recipes - from frozen yogurts and raw juices, to delicious and nutritious salads and soups.

Conveniently located at Springfield Stadium, St Helier. Peter (Doctor of Chiropractic) uses a number of highly-effective manual therapy techniques to help improve biomechanics of the spine and extremities. He also provides guidance and planning in exercise, posture and lifestyle changes to promote self-reliance and long-term health.

47 New Street, St Helier T: +44 (0) 1534 618 396 E: ilovemoo@live.co.uk

Springfield Stadium, St Helier

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Peter Mac: Cognitive Hypnotherapist

Roll & Tone

Peter trained at the Regent’s College in London to become Jersey’s first Cognitive Hypnotherapist and since then has helped hundreds of people overcome a huge variety of problems. We are all of us wearing a ‘mask’ to hide from the world how we really feel. Peter will help lift that mask so that you can start to be the ‘real you’. We are all fellow strugglers; struggle no more.

Natalia Warzecha (Nat) is the organiser of the Zumba

W: www.petermactherapy.com T: +44 (0) 7797 727 747

E: info@rollandtone.com T: +44 (0) 7829 857 140

Sunday Fiesta. Originally from Poland, Nat has been passionate about dance and fitness all her life, having always dreamed about sharing her passion with others. She is now a qualified IDTA teacher and is licensed to teach Zumba Basic, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumba Aqua, and Bokwa Level 1. Nat believes that not only does the music allow you to lose yourself, it is an amazing way to lose weight.

Stephanie J King

The Cosmetic Dental Group

Stephanie is an internationally respected healer, Reiki master, counsellor, public speaker, life coach and published author, and has worked in the field of self development for nearly 20 years. Author of ‘And So It Begins…’ and ‘Life is Calling...’, and the soon to be released ‘Divine Guidance – The Answers You Need to Make Miracles’, her works will help to turn your life around – to once again get things working as they should.

The Cosmetic Dental Group is passionate about preventative care for your oral health and wellbeing. At the forefront of the best and latest techniques, the CDG team takes pride in delivering personalised care for you and your family’s healthy, happy, beautiful smiles.

W: www.stephaniejking.com E: stephanie.j.king@btinternet.com

Dr Jeremy Willetts | Dr Jonathan Wood Dr Jon Sproson – 9 David Place, St Helier W: www.jerseysmiles.co.uk T: +44 (0) 1534 731 680

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The Fitness Agency

The Organic Shop

Based at Good Health, Harbour Reach in the St Helier Waterfront, The Fitness Agency have an extensive fleet of treadmills, cycles, cross trainers and rowers for hire, available from a minimum period of 4 weeks from as little as ÂŁ65 including delivery and collection. Â Exclusive CI agents for Life Fitness home equipment and many others also, they will help you decide on the type of exercise you need, which fitness equipment will benefit you the most, and will also help you assess whether to buy or hire.

The only organic shop in Jersey to boast 100% organic produce and products. As well as fresh produce they also stock cheese, eggs, cereals, teas, beauty, and household cleaning products. They also offer a fruit and veg box scheme with free delivery to your door. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 5.00pm at 68 Stopford Road, St Helier. Parking in front of the shop.

Good Health, Harbour Reach, St Helier Waterfront W: www.thefitnessagency.co.uk T: +44 (0) 1534 633 109

68 Stopford Road, St Helier E: theorganicshopjersey@gmail.com T: + 44 (0) 1534 789 322

Therapybreaks

Up and Above

Ann Marie Clarke of Therapybreaks practices at the Lido Medical Centre, Jersey. She provides psychotherapy, professional supervision and therapy breaks for individuals seeking to improve their experience of life and relationships. If you would like to find out about

Contemporary, stylish fashion collections for discerning women in sizes 14 to 26. The team at Up and Above has sourced the best fashion brands from Europe in both casual and occasion wear. Prices will surprise as everything is VAT and GST free.

Psychotherapy and how it may be of benefit to you, Ann Marie offers a free 30 minute consultation.

W: www.therapybreaks.com T: Ann Marie +44 (0) 7797 770 059

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Exciting new collections are now arriving and Up and Above and showcasing several new fashion houses this Spring. Colour is going to play a vital role to keep us all uplifted this summer, so keep an eye on the window and call in for a browse whenever you pass. 50 Don Street, St Helier T: +44 (0) 1534 758 808


Look and Feel Fabulous Inside and Out Anita and her team at Bonita Hair & Beauty are dedicated to making you look and feel fabulous. Offering the highest standards of expertise in haircare , with the best customer care to match, a visit to Bonita will be sure to make your day. Located within the beautiful surroundings of Les Ormes Golf & Leisure Village, Bonita Hair & Beauty was established 21 years ago in 1992 by Anita Brown, a talented stylist in her own right. Today, Bonita is one of the most beautiful salons in the Island, with a dedicated team of experts offering Hair, Beauty, and a well stocked salon shop catering for all homecare needs. They also have a gorgeous range of gifts and jewellery on display, suitable for every occasion.

Book your appointment now and feel the difference. Business Hours: Monday to Friday – 9am to 6pm; Saturday – 9am to 5pm. Late night by appointment.

Hair and Beauty Salon at Les Ormes bonitahairjersey@gmail.com +44 (0) 1534 720 081 Les Ormes Golf & Leisure Village, Le Mont a la Brune, St Brelade


wellbeing thoughts for the day

"Sit, be still, and listen." ~ Rumi Chinmayi (Celina) enjoying the North Coast Your Body, Mind and More… We know how important is mindful eating … organic, Classes: seasonal, right for your constitution, nourishing foods … Monday taking time to prepare it and to eat … 10am-11.30am

Slow down … if we squeeze every second out of our day at record speed, our flesh, bones, muscles, organs – everything – will eventually suffer … Too busy …it’s not as if any of us wants to live like this; it’s something we collectively force one another to do … sweating on the treadmill … We can undo it … it’s a choice … walking …daily communion with nature is sooooo beneficial … allowing the energy to flow freely through your body … It’s more important knowing what your body really needs, instead of how you wish it was… Do yoga … bringing harmony into your body and peace to your mind … choosing yoga practice, which has a restorative and revitalising effect on all levels of your being, your body, your mind and more … Meditate … connecting to the stillness and silence within allows each of us to live life with expanded awareness, deeper compassion, and greater fulfillment … Breathe … ~ Chinmayi (Celina)

“This is about you. This is about how you feel, and about who you feel yourself to be. When you know your own Self, you experience an inner depth and joy. You live in freedom and fearlessness which overflows into a beautiful generosity and love for all.” ~ Swami Nirmalananda founder of Svaroopa Yoga 98

Tuesday 6.15pm-7.45pm Thursday 6.15pm-7.45pm.

All classes are held at the Indoor Bowling Stadium, next to Grainville School, St. Saviour’s Hill.


Discover Sailing Days Any day of the week Any departure time Your choice

Join the crews of the Jersey Sailing Trust on their red white and blue International Etchells or their Zodiac Rib. Have a go at sailing and experience how much fun sailing is. It’s a great way to find out about sailing, spending a free enjoyable morning or afternoon out on the water and sharing your first sail with family and friends.

Join and become a member today for ÂŁ6 a month per person The yachts are moored at the Yacht Club in St Helier. To learn more please contact us on 07797745963, email us at admin@jerseysailingtrust.com or visit our website www.jerseysailingtrust.com

The Jersey Sailing Trust was founded by a group of local professionals who share a passion for sailing and who are keen to share their passion and experience with others.

Jersey Sailing Trust

07797745963

Email: admin@jerseysailingtrust.com


A weekend to

savour.

Jersey is a gourmet’s delight. Surrounded by crystal-clear waters, if the lobster came to your table any fresher it would still be swimming! Combine this with the island’s fresh-from-the-field produce and rich dairy products, and it doesn’t get much better. The only question is which Michelin-starred restaurant to eat in. Or perhaps you’d prefer a cosy country inn or trendy gastropub, where after lunch you can walk for miles on breathtaking beaches. Then pop back to your stylish hotel for a relaxing spa or beauty treatment. Add Jersey’s mild climate, easy travel from the UK and great-value offers, and you’ve found 45 square miles of gastronomic bliss.

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Wellbeing World 2013  

Jersey's magazine for wellbeing.

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