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This March means a lot to me and my team at Local Buzz! We have achieved our objective to become a monthly publication and we are moving to bigger and better premises.

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am really excited to say that there will be a training room providing workshops on social media at various levels to our local community. We will promote and invite you to come along, so watch this space!

Lastly, fancy a day at the races? Please check out the events organised by West Berkshire MENCAP in March and April ranging from race days to fish & chips quiz night! A great opportunity to have a fun day out and support our worthy chosen local charity for 2017.

To you, our loyal Local Buzz readers, I anticipate that there will be new features coming up that will make an even more compelling read.

Thanks for all your support! I am grateful to all of you.

So, this is the month that we celebrate and give thanks to the person that brought us into this world! Our Mother! Do you know how it all came about? Read more on page 21 to find out the origin of our Mother’s Day!

Editor-in-Chief Jackie Osborne To the Editor: Designer Vanessa Davis Website Editor Beatriz Silva Digital Media Lisa Cope Food Editor Paul Milverton Fashion Editor Janine Silver


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Lizzie has recently set up her new business and is delighted to bring Boogie Mites Babies to Newbury & Thatcham.

The award-winning Go Green Taxis have recently opened for business in Newbury and West Berkshire, and business is already booming for the environmentally-friendly company.

Thatcham Vision depends entirely on the hard work and dedication of its wonderful group of volunteers who are committed to making Thatcham a better place to live.

Boogie Mites is an active music making 'magic key' that encourages child development. There will be sessions for parents and their babies (birth to crawling) at Acland Memorial Hall, Cold Ash from 10.15 - 11am each Thursday, starting 2nd March. Boogie Mites sessions are packed with catchy, original songs, shaker fun, dancing together and sensory play. You’ll find a friendly, supportive atmosphere, and there’s even a free CD as part of the 6-week course so you can carry on enjoying Boogie Mites with your little one at home! Join in the fun and discover how sharing music with your baby can boost those early communication, physical and social skills and make lots of new friends! You can try Boogie Mites today with a FREE download of our Wave Hello song. Simply email or text Lizzie - or 07876 030129. Facebook page is @BoogieMitesNewbury

The company have won numerous awards including the UK’s Best Private Hire Taxi Company twice. They provide low, fixed price fares, modern vehicles and uniformed DBS-checked drivers who have local knowledge and provide outstanding customer service. The company provides an excellent service for residents and businesses alike, with local journeys, airport transfers and everything in between. Their awardwinning app allows the user to track their car and know who their driver will be. Free business accounts are available for their best prices. To book a cab, call: 01635 800 990 Email:

I’m delighted that they are now starting to see their goals become reality as they plan projects such as shades for play areas, community safety actions in collaboration with Thames Valley Police and maybe a bus service to the station if discussions are successful. Thatcham has a great community spirit that gives the town a strong identity which is why so many people love to live here. If you want to contribute to the community, then find out how on our website. Something I’m very excited about is our new community based website that launched last summer. Rather than just telling you about Thatcham Vision and our plans, although all that is there too, it is a free resource for the community to use. We’ll soon be launching a new service that lets other community groups have their own webpage on the site to promote themselves. They can also add their events to the town calendar, add news articles and their location on the town map.

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Police Advice Planning a spring get away – make your home look lived in while you’re away. Install timer switches on lights and radios.

garden as they could be used to break into your home, chain lawnmowers, tools, ladders, garden furniture and other items to a strong anchorage point. Burglars like to work undercover, so trim back your hedges this Spring. Clever planting can also help, use prickly plants and shrubs close to vulnerable areas such as windows, fences, boundary walls and drain pipes.

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Welcomes. . . The West Berks Chamber was delighted to welcome Michelle Smith, the new Chief Executive of the Education Business Partnership. Michelle has joined up with the local Chamber Council to provide valuable intelligence around the work of the EBP and its vital link between schools and business. The WBEBP has also expanded its services into the Swindon area. Newbury Racecourse has continued its relationship with the Chamber of Commerce into 2017. We look forward to working with the venue and the hosting of a number of high profile events. A real success story of the membership in West Berks is the number of companies using the exporting service provided by Thames Valley Chamber. This not only includes access to export documentation but also market briefings. It is a strong indicator that West Berks has a business community that has a production capability and is supporting British exports.

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Our Chamber of Commerce is not the only framework for your local businesses. Another is the Rotary Club of Thatcham & District, which focuses on the social side of business people's lives The Club is there to foster fellowship and its members' service to their community, also high ethical standards. The fun part being the organising of events for charity i.e. The Santa Fun Run and The Car Show in June. To raise funds for local charitable causes such as equipment for West Berkshire Hospital and Internationally Shelter tents for disaster relief. Interested? For more information go to

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The popularity of personalised number plates has gone through the roof with people from all backgrounds now owning their very own private registration.


The stunning Pagani Zonda S a price tag of over £1 million pounds

The number of cars on England's roads has risen by almost 600,000 in one year. Recent figures show there were 25.8 million licensed cars in the third quarter of 2015 compared with 25.2 million in the same period of 2014.

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Since car registrations were introduced in 1903 the popularity of personalised number plates in the UK has increased dramatically and many highly sought after registration numbers are changing hands for vast sums of money.

Personalised plates are car registrations that read a name or word specific to the owner or their vehicle. They are made up of letters and numbers and follow the legal formats of number plates set by the DVLA. In the past personalised plates were associated with the business elite and people wanting to show the world their success. In today’s motoring world however personalised plates are bought by people from all walks of life who want to add the finishing touch to their vehicles or make their car stand out on the road. Some personalised plates are bought as a present to mark a special date or occasion whilst other people buy car registrations as an investment and sell them on for profit. Whatever the reason, it is clear on any journey that the popularity of personalised plates is growing all the time. In other places the popularity of such plates is just as strong with many countries issuing what are known as vanity plates to personalise the nation’s vehicles. Vanity plates are similar to personalised number plates in that they are all unique and are specific to the owner or their vehicle. The main difference to personalised plates however is that they are typically made

up from 6 or 7 characters (letters and numbers) in any order with no specific format. For this reason vanity plates can read pretty much anything however as with DVLA registrations, obscene and offensive words are banned. In the US vanity plates are hugely popular and can be spotted in every state. The list of personalised number plates on the roads in the US is endless and includes countless classic examples such as FAST (assigned to a 1986 Corvette Pace car), HI-TECH and SNKBITE (spotted on a Dodge Viper). Many of the vanity plates in the US are used for comedy value or to portray a certain image. FBI AGNT for example is not assigned to a Federal agent’s vehicle, it is misleadingly owned by an insurance agent working for Farm Bureau Insurance! Australia is another country which has embraced the use of vanity plates with each state administering their own personalised registrations. Recently there has been a growing call for the DVLA to issue US style vanity plates in the UK however there is a heated debate going on between the government, police and number plate dealers over the implications that the introduction of vanity plates would have. However as the

current format of DVLA number plates has the scope to last until the year 2049 the introduction of vanity plates to the UK is surely still a long way off and the popularity of personalised number plates will continue to grow.

Three of the UK's most expensive car number plates. . . 1. '25 O' : £518,000 The priciest ever sold by the DVLA, bought by Ferrari dealer John Collins in 2014. The plate is now thought to take pride of place on a Ferrari 250SWB once owned by Eric Clapton, worth around £10million. 2. 'F 1' : £440,000 The previous record holder, the initials of Formula 1 were bought by Bradford businessman Afzal Khan in 2008. The digits were then assigned to his McLaren-Mercedes SLR. 3. 'S 1' : £404,000 Claimed to be Scotland's first ever number plate, it was bought back in 2008 by an anonymous bidder who claimed the digits would be fixed to an old Skoda!


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Books Reconstructing Amelia

Wicked Gregory Maguire

Kimberly McCreight

We all think we know our children. We think we understand what makes them tick and we like to think that they would turn to us if they were in trouble. But do we really know what is going on in their lives? Kate certainly thought she knew about her 15-year-old daughter, Amelia. As a young law student Kate found herself pregnant and saw the chance to have the one thing she had always wanted, love. She raised Amelia and became a successful lawyer and appears to have everything. Of course, perfection is fragile, and it doesn’t take much to bring Kate’s world tumbling down.

We all know what happened when Dorothy arrived in the Land of Oz courtesy of a cyclone. She killed the Wicked Witch of the East and magically acquired her ruby slippers. But do we really know the rest of the story? What did happen in Oz before this little girl from Kansas carelessly ‘dropped’ in? Wicked, is the story of the witches of Oz, addressing politics, animal rights, outcasts, fate, friendships, and the philosophical question of what makes us bad. Clearly Oz is not just for children.

The World’s Worst Children

Naughty Amelia Jane!

David Walliams

Enid Blyton

Ten short stories make up this book, each one telling of the life of a particularly unpleasant child. In many ways it appears to be a straightforward case of morality. The unpleasant children who don’t think things through and only behave in a way that they feel will be beneficial to them. Dip into a story at any point, or read the book from start to finish, it is entirely up to you. But be warned. These truly are the world’s worst children!

Some books never fail to entertain generation after generation and the Amelia Jane books by Enid Blyton are no exception. At some point in childhood we all wonder what would happen if our toys were alive. Well in this nursery they are. Amelia Jane is a big ragdoll and she is not just big, she is bad. And the other toys are generally scared of her. Hardly surprising when she does things like throwing pints of milk over other toys on a regular basis! In the words of Enid Blyton: “I do somehow feel perfectly certain that she can’t be good for long.”

Traitor to the Throne Alwyn Hamilton

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her deadend hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she's fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne. When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime, she is determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan's secrets she tries to forget that she is a prisoner of the enemy. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

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Local Events Senior Citizens get a hearing Logan Released 1 March In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Kong: Skull Island Released 10 March A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

Thatcham Vision is pleased to invite a select audience to a speech by our local MP, Mr Richard Benyon 2pm on 3rd March 2017 at Kennet School, Stoney Lane, Thatcham RG19 4LL. David Conquest, the Chair of Thatcham Vision said “We are hoping to attract representatives from local Churches, from Local Government, Charities, British Legion and the medical community as well as interested members of the public." Following the speech, David will chair the Q&A session at the meeting hosted by Kennet School. Mr Benyon has had a special interest in the concerns of our senior citizens particularly the isolation that can blight the lives of the elderly and their families. Sponsored by Thatcham Vision the event will involve year 13 students who will conduct a formal interview and video the event to be used on You Tube.

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Good Friday Christians around the world observe Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. Many countries celebrate the anniversary of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. Church services are held in the afternoon to remember the hours when Jesus hung on the cross. Churches in countries, such as Belgium and Mexico, are draped in black in memory of Jesus’ suffering. Many Christians in Poland fast on dry bread and roasted potatoes and egg decorating is also part of their preparations. Handmade kites are flown in Bermuda to symbolize the cross. In Australia lots of sporting events are held on this day too. The Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race and the Easter Racing Carnival in Sydney are very popular. The Three Peaks Race in Tasmania also begins, teams sail along

the west coast and then run or walk up and down one of three mountains. There are many theories as to why the day that remembers Jesus’ death on the cross is known as Good Friday. Some suggest the day is 'good' as in 'holy' and others speculate it may be a corruption of 'God's Friday'.


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have a certain meaning. The cross represents the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside signify the spices used to embalm him at his burial.

The sweet spiced bun made with currants or raisins, and marked with a cross on the top are also traditionally eaten on Good Friday in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and some parts of America.

While hot cross buns are now sold and enjoyed throughout the year, they were once reserved for Good Friday alone. Queen Elizabeth I passed a law decreeing that the sale of buns, spiced cakes, bread and biscuits in London was limited to funerals and the Friday before Easter and Christmas. Thus, the tradition to eat them on Good Friday was born.

The buns mark the end of Lent and different parts of the hot cross bun

Nutmeg Until the mid-19th century, the small island group of the Banda Islands, which are also known as the 'Spice Islands,' was the only location of nutmeg. World production of nutmeg is estimated to average between 10,000 and 12,000 tonnes per year.


Easter is a time for fun and chocolate! But it is also a time to celebrate new beginnings and new life.

The deeply superstitious population believed the buns had medicinal or magical properties, and the Church was fearful of these powers being abused. Some thought the buns could protect their home from fire or bad luck, and sailors would take them on their travels to prevent shipwreck. It was also commonly believed that a hot cross bun baked on Good Friday would never go mouldy.

What does Easter mean?

Easter is a spring festival of new life. As a pagan tradition it is the beginning of growth after the cold winter months. The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn and spring - Eostre. For Christians, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and practising Christians attend special church services at Easter time. Easter celebrates life and rebirth, which is why we see lots of symbols of fertility like eggs, chicks and rabbits.

Easter Egg Hunts Activities Set up activity posts around the garden and house. Before hunting for the eggs the children need to complete a physical challenge. This could be star jumps, skipping up and down a path or hopping around while searching for the next chocolate egg.

Rhymes Place rhyming poems around the house giving the children clues where to find the eggs, for example in the fridge :

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You will find an egg somewhere cold,

Where you find milk, eggs and ham,

The room is downstairs where dinner is made,

But it is not next to the jam!

ow? Didyoukn 90 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK each year.

Egg Decorating Chick eggs are very cute and easy to make with the children. 1. Insert two small holes into the egg. 2. Using a straw gently blow the contents out through the opposite hole. 3. Use yellow acrylic paint to cover the eggs. 4. Once they are dry stick a yellow feather on the top, draw black eyes and a red beak. 5. Shred green paper and use an old cardboard egg box.

Rocky Road The Creme Egg Way! Method 1. Melt in a pan on very low heat the milk chocolate, dark chocolate, butter and golden syrup stirring regularly to ensure it doesn’t burn. 2. Once the chocolate has melted set aside 150ml to be used later, leave the rest in the pan but turn off the heat. 3. Crush the biscuits into small pieces (but not too small) and fold into the chocolate mixture in the pan.

You will need. . . 140g butter 150g rich tea biscuits 250g milk chocolate 120g dark chocolate 4 tbsp golden syrup 50g mini marshmallows 50g raisins 16 mini creme eggs

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4. Mix in the raisins and mini marshmallows.

Put the mini creme eggs (16) and the marshmallows in the freezer for a couple of hours beforehand (ensuring the marshmallows are separated from each other) so they hold their shape. When you take the eggs out chop them in half to show off their classic yellow and white inside.

5. Chop the mini creme eggs into half. Set half of them aside to


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use later and put the other half in the pan and mix in gently. 6. Lay out baking parchment onto a tray (20cm x 26cm) and spoon the mixture onto it. Press down firmly on the mixture to compress it so it forms an even layer. 7. Pour the 150ml of melted chocolate, which you set aside earlier, evenly across the top of the mixture. Fill in any gaps and create a slightly smoother top surface. 8. Put the remaining creme eggs on top of the rocky road (with the white and yellow creme showing), pushing them down carefully into the mixture. Place in the fridge to set overnight. Once set, cut it into squares and serve.

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Food Waste Food waste is a major problem. The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN estimates we waste a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food globally each year, approximately a third of all food produced. With millions of people around the globe suffering hunger and food insecurity, it is criminal that we, as a society, waste so much perfectly good food. Additionally, food waste is hugely damaging to our environment. If food waste were a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of carbon dioxide after China and the USA.

The emissions from the process which culminates in the food we see in the supermarkets (and that which is wasted before it even reaches the shelves) includes those from the production stage, the packaging and the delivery. There is also the massive amount of water wasted in commercial food production processes.

How can I help? Some fruit and vegetables do not make it to the supermarket shelves, simply because it doesn’t meet certain aesthetic criteria, even if it is completely edible. So why not grow your own fruit and vegetables and regardless of their shape and colour, they will taste delicious.

One of the most damaging aspects of food waste is its carbon footprint.

As certain vegetables can be re-grown from scraps, many homegrowers will be using the leftovers of their produce to grow the next batch, further cutting down on waste.

Top Tip Fruit and vegetable cuttings also make excellent compost. See our garden feature at the back for more handy tips.

If you grow more produce than you need, give the surplus away to friends and family. Not many people will turn down delicious and fresh homegrown fruit and vegetables. And you never know; you may even inspire them to become kitchen gardeners themselves. If you have a lot of a particular fruit or vegetable that is coming to the end of its life, use it to make a big batch of something easily freezable, like soup or smoothies.

If you need another reason to keep growing your own produce, not only are your home grown fruit and vegetables tastier, fresher and better for the environment; you are also contributing to the fight against the serious problem of food waste.

Wondering whether that dicky tummy or rash could be down to something you’ve eaten?

I cannot eat that!

Food allergies and intolerances What’s the difference between food allergy and food intolerance? A food allergy affects the immune system. Symptoms usually appear within a few minutes of eating the offending food, and can include a skin rash, upset stomach (eg vomiting), stomach pains and wheezing. The most severe allergic reaction is anaphylaxis, which can affect breathing and send the body into shock. Without treatment, anaphylaxis can be life-threatening, which is why it’s so important for people with a known allergy to carry an EpiPen if they’ve been prescribed one, and to teach colleagues, friends and family members how to use it. Food intolerances are more common than food allergies. Symptoms include irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, stomach upsets, eczema, migraines and even arthritis. The immune system isn’t affected and symptoms might not appear for a couple of hours, which can make it harder to work out what type of food is causing the problem.

Diagnosis You’ll need to see your GP if you suspect you have an allergy or intolerance, so that they can rule out any other causes for your symptoms. They’ll then likely refer you to a specialist for tests. Food allergies can often be diagnosed with

blood or skin reaction tests. Intolerances are more difficult to diagnose. You may be asked to follow an ‘elimination and challenge’ diet, if necessary, to try to determine what foods you’re intolerant to. You’ll be asked to cut out certain types of food for a period of time, then reintroduce them gradually.

While you can be allergic or intolerant to any type of food, there are eight common culprits: Shellfish

If you have an allergy or intolerance to one type of food, you may well be allergic to other types in the same food group.

Treatment If you’re allergic or intolerant to a type of food, you’ll need to avoid it completely. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Ingredients such as milk powder and egg white are often used in products you wouldn’t expect to find them in. Restaurants aren’t always as vigilant as they should be about cross-contamination. So you might be prescribed steroids, antihistamines, or an epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen) if you have an allergy. You may also be referred to a dietician, to make sure you’re still getting all the nutrition your body needs.


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Regular Sandwich Box Sandwiches and crisps for five people £12.50 Fillings selection: Home baked ham & tomato Roast chicken & crispy leaves Free range egg & cress Cheddar & chutney

Savoury Pastries Sausage Rolls, Cheese lattice & cut quiche for five people £7.00 Cookies for five people £4.50 Fresh cut fruit for five people £10.00

Gorment Lunch Box Rustic Baguettes and Ciabatta with crisps for five people £15.00


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Fillings selection: Mozzarella tomato & basil Ham & chutney with salad Coronation chicken with rocket Free range egg and spinach leaves

We roast a beef joint every day to carve up for hot baguettes and we cook our own free range Wiltshire Ham with a special recipe.

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Reflexology Have you ever tried Reflexology, if not, you should come and see Tania and try it out, see if its for you and be pleasantly surprised with the relaxing experience, but also treating different ailments and diagnosing symptoms through your feet. Magical stuff! £10 for a taster treatment every Thursday night at Laurabella.

Energy Medicine If you suffer for Anxiety or Depression do come and see Sarah, working on a physical, mental and emotional level, Sarah has worked with teenagers giving them tools to help cope as well as specialising in stress related ailments in all ages. First treatment £20 introductory offer.

Hypnotherapy We welcome Jana to our team, a Hypnotherapist who works with a selection of methods to help combat, phobias, weight loss, smoking, confidence and much more. Jana works every Tuesday and first consultation is free of charge.

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Are all you fellas doing your pelvic floor exercises? Mel Harrison

Are your headaches a pain in the neck? Although it is important to note that there are many different types of headache, one of the most common is known as a cervicogenic headache, which affects up to 18% of the population. A cervicogenic headache basically means head pain that originates from the neck and base of the skull. There are a number of different causes for these headaches, but the most common include previous trauma, repetitive movements or prolonged postures. Over time, these factors cause dysfunction particularly to the top 3 vertebrae in the neck and their surrounding tissues. This dysfunction then causes a referral pattern to the skull, as the nerves that supply the upper neck structures, also supply the skin overlying the head, forehead and the backs of your eyes and ears.

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Joint release and mobilisation to the upper neck.


Massage and stretching techniques.


Prescribe appropriate exercises.


Advice on work and sleeping postures.

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Yes, that’s right! Men have pelvic floors too. It’s common knowledge amongst women that if we don’t exercise our pelvic floor muscles they will become weak and can lead to embarrassing leaks as we mature. Standard ante-natal advice tells us to exercise these muscles before and after childbirth to tone our Pubococcygeus (PC) muscle to keep ourselves honeymoon fresh. However, men are rarely given this advice. Men have the same Pubococcygeus muscle which runs from the tailbone to where the penis attaches to the pubic bone. Because it connects the front, the back and all the important bits inside, it stands to reason that strengthening it will increase control and sensation in the entire genital area. In 1952, Arnold Kegal devised some simple exercises, which are now named after him, as a method for increasing genital strength to help with incontinence. What Dr Kegal didn’t anticipate was the number of patients who would then report that their vaginal muscles had become stronger resulting in increased sensation during intercourse and better orgasms. If you don’t use it you lose it, and strength in any muscle that doesn’t get used is no different. Regular Kegal exercises not only prevent the consequences of poor muscle tone, like urinary incontinence, but help to increase vaginal and penile strength. Kegals increase sensitivity and vaginal lubrication, they can intensify orgasms, strengthen erections and assist in delaying ejaculation.

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Saunas certainly are a great way to relax after having a stressful day. This act of relaxing and unwinding alone makes a session in a sauna highly desirable, but what other benefits are there?

however it should be noted that blood pressure effects are unpredictable, and can rise in some people and fall in others.

5. Anti-aging Therapy A sauna gives older people a simple path to achieving a healthy sweat, and thereby an excellent anti-aging therapy. Similarly, a sauna is a popular option for young people who are incapable of exercising, and consequently achieving a good sweat due to physical disabilities.


6. Improved Sinus and Breathing A sauna can also provide relief to patients with asthma and chronic bronchitis. It should be added that whilst these benefits hold true for a lot of users, some traditional sauna users do experience difficulty breathing if for example the air is dry (the heat conditions in a sauna can vary from dry air to a more steamy environment), and such individuals could be better served by Far Infrared saunas, where the issue is reported to be non-existant.

1. Toxin Cleansing There are a lot more toxins within our environment and our food than any other time, and it seems our bodies are in danger of turning into toxic waste dumps! Saunas may help in this matter because of the fact that the average person sweats approximately half a litre of body fluid

during an average sauna session, and sweating is one of the body's primary natural method of cleansing itself of toxins.

2. Better Blood Circulation

Chilling out in a steam room regularly seems to have a visible influence on your health, wellbeing and your appearance. Steam rooms are well known for their relaxation and deep skin cleansing, but steam room benefits also include relief from muscle soreness and stiff joints, blood circulation improvement and sinus congestion relief. Using a steam room regularly can have a visible impact on your wellbeing and appearance.

Taking a sauna in the evening facilitates going to sleep, in addition to a deeper sleep.

The heat within a sauna causes the blood vessels to expand and can therefore aid better blood circulation,

Steam Room Chilling out in a steam room regularly seems to have a visible influence on your health, wellbeing and your appearance.

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1. Respiratory Benefits Steam rooms have been shown to be an effective remedy for conditions such as asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis and allergies. Breathing passages are soothed on account of improved moisture content within your lungs, throat and nose.

2. Pain Relief Heat has always been considered to be effective against joint and muscular pain. It causes your blood vessels to expand, which raises blood circulation. Consequently, more oxygen and nutrients can reach damaged areas of your body. This has the double effect of briefly suppressing or stopping pain and accelerating your body's healing rate.

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3. Skin Benefits Dermatologists recognize the benefits of steam, there is nothing better for your epidermis than a heavy sweat as it cleanses your skin more thoroughly than soap and water.

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Physiotherapy is available on the NHS and via private therapists

What does a

Physiotherapist do? Physiotherapists take a science-based approach and look at the whole person including their lifestyle and general wellbeing. They educate patients so they can become involved in their own care and often give advice about posture, lifting techniques and the correct ways to carry objects. Physiotherapists frequently recommend exercises to strengthen specific parts of the body and improve overall health and mobility. These may be exercises which are done at home or they may suggest exercises which are done in warm, shallow water known as hydrotherapy, or general activities such as swimming and walking. They also use manual therapy. This may be the aforementioned massage or other forms of manipulation. Some physiotherapists also use specialist methods such as acupuncture, ultrasound and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (where mild electric currents are passed through the skin).

Physiotherapy can be defined as the use of physical methods such as massage, heat treatment and exercise to treat those affected by illness, injury or disease, rather than the use of surgery or drugs. It can also be used to help reduce risk of injury or illness in the future.

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How to become a Physiotherapist To become a qualified physiotherapist in the UK, you must pass an approved degree. This will take three years if you study full time and around six years if you study part time. You will need three A Levels to get onto most courses and these will usually need to include a biological Science and possibly PE, as well as at least five GCSEs including Maths, English and one Science. There are also some accelerated MScs available for those with non-cognate degrees. To be successful therapists need to show an aptitude for caring as well as knowledge of physiotherapy. Physiotherapists need to be good listeners, motivators and able to explain treatments clearly and calmly. In addition they should also have good manual skills and be physically fit themselves as the work can often be strenuous. To practice in the UK, physiotherapists must register with the Health and Care Professions Council and have professional liability insurance. They have to keep their knowledge and skills up to date and pay an annual retention fee. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists is the professional, education and trade union body for around 56,000 physiotherapists in the UK. 35

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