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No.7 Spring/Summer 2015 Happy | Healthy | Inspired

Summertime … and the Living is Easy

FEATURING The Health Benefits of Travel Exclusive WellBeing World Packages Time to Enjoy Life!

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Alcohol – Does It Make You Fat? Reboot Your Sex Drive Sports Massage – Pain or Pleasure Bouncing Back … and Much More to Inspire, Relax and Make You Feel GOOD!




WORDS: Beverley Le Cuirot, Founder and Editor

Blossom by blossom, the season unfolds. We cannot rush things, and nor should we try. Lay the foundations and watch the magic unfold. As we move through the seasons, we enjoy the blooming of the flowers and the longer evenings. It all happens as it should, when it should. This is of course the same with the twists and turns of our own lives. We want to run ahead, and that’s fine, but at the end of the day, it always helps to take it at a steady pace. Lay the foundations and watch the magic unfold, yep.

It is more important than ever to love, nurture and heal ourselves first. This isn’t simply about feeling good – it’s a state of appreciation for ourselves that grows and matures from actions we take to support our body, mind and soul.

In this edition we take a look at the wonders that the summer opens up to us; whether this is travelling to new places or doing something out of the ordinary at home, there are very definite health benefits in seeking new horizons.

So, in this edition we will take you to places new; to the Milon Congress in Hamburg; to the UK with exclusive luxury travel offers; to new book launches; and even to a new invention hot of the press from Imperial College.

We also look at the benefits of taking it easy and avoiding stress. It is often said that we should try to find 30 minutes of quiet time each day for reflection, meditation or simply ‘me-time’; except on a particularly busy day, when we should find more!. Endless stress does us no good whatsoever; it makes us less productive and brings significant health risks. Slow down, to go faster.

We also have an exciting array of health and fitness services closer to home, a veritable smorgasbord of wellbeing for locals and visitors, alike; we have articles on family matters, healthy eating for pregnancy, and much more.

One sure fire way of handling stress is selfcare. Self-care is often misinterpreted as being selfish, but we could all think about taking more care of ourselves. It is our duty to our loved ones, after all, otherwise who will take care of them if we can’t.

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As ever, we hope you enjoy the read and we look forward to your comments.






Gallup-Healthways Measuring Global WellBeing The Health Benefits of Travel Summer Stress? Put the SPRING back in your step Exclusive Luxury UK Travel Offers


The Spirit of Milon Helping the Island Get Back on its Feet! Orthorexia Nervosa?


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Life in the Matrix! Focus on Feelings Mental Health Stigma – Are we beating it? 8 Tips for Understand and Helping Anxiety


#sorrynotsorry – Enough of the negative self-talk Natural Beauty – 8 Ingredients Living with Libido Limbo? Reboot Your Sex Drive! The Tampon Taboo Medical Aesthetics


How CONNECTED are you? Boost Your Signal! Health for a Good Cause At the Blue Gym - A Year on with Wetwheels Jersey Thai Boxing Introducing Cornerman!



Happy Workers, Happy Business 24 Trade Your Wellness Programme for a Wellbeing Culture 26 4 Ways to be Mindful At Work 28 The WellBeing Awards 2015 29 A Proactive Approach to Managing Your Health Alcohol – Does it Make you Fat? 10 Amazing Acupuncture Facts! Telomeres - Slowing Down the Ageing Process Float Spa Chance discovery for an IBS sufferer

Sports Massage – Pain or Pleasure? 60 More about Functional Assessment 61 Inside Man 62 Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow 64

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Rugby Academy Gets Serious About Food Love and Nourish Your Body Pre-Pregnancy


Pregnancy Pilates


The Habit Rejuvenation Revolution What is a Toxic Relationship? Bouncing Back


Individualised care - in your own home Learning to Cook with Caring Cooks!


The FreeMind Experience I Love Me The De-Stress Effect

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Guest Contributors: Abigail Eaton-Masters – UK Charlotte Watts - UK Melli O’Brien – Australia In Jersey: Dr Amanda Bailey DC

Andy Le Seelleur MBE Dan Reiss Georgina Noel Jeralie Pallot Dr Kealey Harding BDS Kenny Manson

Lorna Jackson Lorraine Pannetier Louise Augre Lucy Sanderson Paul Deveney Dr Prasanna Kerur

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Gallup-Healthways – Measuring Global WellBeing The World Health Organisation states that Health is: ‘a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. The concept of wellbeing, on the other hand, goes beyond health to encompass the broader aspects of a life well-lived. This is why we always include all things involving happiness, health and inspiration here at WellBeing World. The Gallup-Healthways study looks at wellbeing through the lens of five elements – purpose, social, financial, community and physical. They look at whether people find daily work and life experiences fulfilling, enjoy strong relationships, feel financially secure, are actively involved in their communities, and are physically healthy. Wellbeing depends on all of these factors, making it complex to measure but worth the effort. When people are thriving in these areas, populations are healthier, economies are more productive, and individuals lead more fulfilling lives. These elements can be measured and acted upon, across the globe, by individuals, employers, insurers, communities, or governments at any level. Leaders can leverage the index to establish a baseline, benchmark their populations, determine where gaps exist in essential services or opportunities, prioritise and implement interventions, and, ultimately, understand the impact of their investments. Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.

Purpose wellbeing is high when people like what they do; learn or


do something interesting every day; and are motivated to achieve their goals. This is true whether they work for a company, are self-employed, care for family members, pursue education, or engage in charity work. Those with high wellbeing tend to be highly engaged in their work, and are emotionally invested in what they do, creating value through their efforts.

Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life

Social wellbeing is having supportive relationships and love in one’s life; someone to encourage you to be healthy, and to give you positive energy every day. These relationships can stem from kinship, friendship, or from anyone a person feels emotionally connected to and relies on in difficult times. It extends beyond immediate family relationships to include a person’s entire social network, including

friends, colleagues, and even those they do not know personally. Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security

Effectively managing one’s economic life to reduce stress and increase security is a key to financial wellbeing. People thriving in this area are generally satisfied with their

overall standard of living. They take active management of their personal finances and know where their money goes and how much they spend. Studies show that people receive an emotional boost from spending money on others. Buying experiences rather than possessions is also important, including vacations, social outings with family, friends or colleagues, or any situation with the potential for creating positive, lasting memories and stories.


Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe, and having pride in your community

Several factors account for high community wellbeing, personal safety being first. Law and order must be established to create a stable, thriving society, and this sense of security must be felt at the community level. There must also be opportunities for individuals, families, and friends to share social experiences. Venues encouraging regular interaction, such as parks, restaurants, and sports grounds, help develop social cohesion and community spirit. And, the community must be tolerant, open and welcoming toward new residents. Tolerating differences, whether ethnic, religious, or socio-economic,

helps community wellbeing to thrive. People who are actively engaged in their communities reap the highest rewards in this element. Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

Having excellent physical wellbeing is often a corollary of achieving high wellbeing in other areas. Most people have the opportunity to make dozens of choices each day that contribute to their physical wellbeing. It is not essential, and not always possible, to always select the healthiest course of action, for example, a person may need to work late to meet a deadline and not get enough sleep. And access to

healthy food choices may be lacking. However to maintain high physical wellbeing over the long term, people must be informed about healthy versus unhealthy choices and have strategies for making more of the former than the latter. At societal level, poor physical health across the population can negatively affect economic growth, productivity, fiscal budgets and ultimately wellbeing. Though these issues are clearly most urgent in developing countries, they are also keenly felt in much of the developed world, especially with the ageing population.


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Thriving: wellbeing that is strong and consistent Struggling: wellbeing that is moderate or inconsistent Suffering: wellbeing that is low or inconsistent


Though Britons are strong in financial wellbeing, they are much weaker in purpose wellbeing, suggesting that many workers do not enjoy what they do each day. As the country’s employment situation improved, it’s possible that many job seekers took the first available position they could get, without regard for whether the job was a good fit for their talents or long-term goals. The country’s improving economy may present more opportunities for employers to help workers find roles in which they are more fully engaged. Jersey is not detailed in the survey, yet, how do you think we would compare above?

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Travelling Keeps you Young. Or at least Healthier. Do we really need to persuade you? Most people love to travel, and think of the health benefits! Whether you are on the beach, swimming in the ocean, or exploring an historic city - you will be doing something! And an active body leads to an active mind. It also allows ‘me-time’; and disconnects your digital life. How wonderful to exchange the inbox for a cup of what you fancy, no distractions and a leisurely stroll with your loved one on the beach or in the park. So take a trip somewhere. Anywhere. It doesn’t have to be thousands of miles away. It can be in the neighbourhood. The whole point is to experience change and to do something different. The psychological and physical benefits are undeniable. It gives an all important shift in perspective, a chance to break away from responsibility, to try new things, meet new people, exercise and bask in the sunshine, and to come home renewed with incredible stories to tell! Think Exercise.

You may not be scuba-diving, kayaking, skiing, or even hiking, OK, but a daily swim will do you the world of good – not to mention all the walking you will do whilst exploring new places – even shopping! You will soon clock up the extra steps on the way to a healthy heart. Think Escape.

New experiences, new foods, new people, new places, all take us away from the day-to-day stresses and strains of daily life. It’s difficult to be stressed when you’re laughing with friends or hurtling down the highest water chute at your favourite theme park. And you’ll return home relaxed , refreshed and rejuvenated with lots of new memories.


Think Environment.

Whether your trip is an adventurous one or simply taking it easy, you’re more likely to be outside in nature, on the beach, in the countryside, or on the mountain top. The benefits are manifold when spending time in nature and breathing fresh air, not to mention the D-vitamins you’ll soak up from the sun, as long you protect yourself accordingly. The Best Medicine

Travel is good for the health; that’s the finding of a study linking travel to decreased risks of heart attack and depression, and even the promotion of brain health. The Global Commission on Ageing and Transamerica Centre for Retirement Studies, in partnership with the U.S. Travel Association, has released research that shows travel offers the same sort of physical and cognitive benefits as crossword puzzles or museum visits. According to the study: • Women who vacationed every six years or less had a significantly higher risk of developing a heart attack or coronary death compared with women who vacationed at least twice a year. • Men who did not take an annual vacation were shown to have a 20% higher risk of death and about a 30% greater risk of death from heart disease.


• Benefits of travel are almost immediate. After only a day or two, 89% of respondents saw a significant drop in stress. The study also noted that 59% of respondents dream of travelling during their retirement, and that the most impactful trips are those spent with family and friends. And, yes, researchers did account for factors such as income levels and pre-existing poor health. Mental Health Benefits

There are mental health benefits too. The Mind Body Centre at the University of Pittsburgh surveyed 1,399 participants recruited for studies on cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and other conditions, and found that leisure activities, including taking vacations, contributed to higher positive emotional levels and less depression among the participants. Other benefits include lower blood pressure and smaller waistlines.

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Women especially seem to benefit from taking vacations, according to an earlier 2005 study conducted by Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal, women who vacationed less often than once every two years were more likely to suffer from depression and increased stress than women who took breaks at least twice a year. Travel takes us to new places filled with new stimuli, and this opens up a world of wider mental associations. Our own lives may look quite different when they’re miles behind us, and we see our challenges in a new light. We can also see more possibilities than we’d previously thought; and find that there are different ways to approach our day to day challenges. Being exposed to new cultures and people, sights, sounds and places will require mental processing and filing, and after stepping away from home for a while, you'll return with

renewed energy and a healthier perspective, ready to take on the next big project. Travelling exposes us to these different concepts in a way that stirs the imagination and stimulates our thinking. The experience can help to loosen rigid cognitive habits that may have been holding us back. New doors open, and the world suddenly seems filled with endless possibility once more. Stepping outside our usual routine is therefore beneficial for both mind and body, and although the actual getting there may be stressful, the long-lasting benefits of visiting somewhere new, far outweigh the costs and time of travel. Of course, the benefits also apply if you stay at home and do something different. The great travel writer Pico Lyer said: "Travel is not really about leaving our homes, but leaving our habits."



Summer Stress? Don’t sweat it, chill out this summer! It’ll soon be upon us; the season of longer days, warmer weeks and summer holiday excitement. But for some people stress means that even the season that promises a glow and more shine for some, is just another season of stress. Stress is always going to be a factor that needs focus in terms of our wellbeing. A lot of it comes down to perception; perception plays a bigger part in stress management than most of us realise. Have you ever noticed how something can be stressful to one person but not to another? For example, one person may find moving (or changing jobs, getting on a plane, looking at a tarantula, etc.) stressful, while another may relish the idea. The warmer seasons bring about the perception of rest and relaxation; but to some, the perception is stress. Stress management is a strong piece of armour against the symptoms of stress. We all appreciate a plateful of


harmony and stress is an unwelcome guest at the best of times, but when you’re trying to enjoy the beauty and rejuvenation of springtime, and the warmth of summer, stress is at its most unwelcome.

to avoid sweating the stress. From lack of sleep to the summer holiday that feels like a house move; there are lots of things, which add to stress this season. Longer days mean cramming more in and with that, less rest or

“Have you ever noticed how something can be stressful to one person but not to another? The warmer seasons bring about the perception of rest and relaxation; but to some, the perception is stress.” Being mindful about what you have on your plate is a good start this season; not overloading it is a first thought – keep it simple this summer

sleep. Research also shows that people prefer to sleep in cooler temperatures and that early daylight brings about a lot more early risers. Restless sleep


is a big issue for insomniacs and broken sleep patterns are equal to no sleep whatsoever. Sleep is a well-known factor in terms of stress related problems: don’t get enough of it and you can turn pretty frazzled in a short span of time. Make sure that you try to maintain a healthy amount of rest and sleep, not just seasonally, but all the time. Wellrested people are more inclined to use awake-time well and tend to have better focus and energy to work, play or enjoy quiet time. This is especially good advice for kids, they really do need their rest and sleep in order to avoid turning into another thing for YOU to stress about.

When it comes to stress management, less is more. That’s not to say, use little thought or energy to manage your stress; the idea is to lessen stress by lessening the unrealistic to do list. Although this season brings about more leisure time offerings; school holidays, outdoor activities, al fresco eating, travel, visiting relatives (and them visiting you), time off work … this doesn’t mean you have to everything everyday. Tis the season for rejuvenation and recuperation and with that in mind, pace yourself. Prevention is the best start, so keeping in mind about mindfulness and pacing yourself, maintaining your regular obligations is easier with a bit of planning and thought. In order to be able to really chill out this summer, there are a few handy tips to help you get the most out of your summer. Plan a ‘staycation’ or ‘playcation’ – the new holidays of choice for those who can't spare the time or the money for a traditional spring/summer holiday. Have you ever

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heard of people saying that they need a holiday after their holiday? Well, if you take away the long haul, travel costs, lost luggage, mosquito bites (ok, we’re laying it on a bit thick, but you get the point) - then you totally take away the stress from your time off. Keeping it simple, but fun means less stress for all the family. Keep the kids occupied – easier said than done you may think, but actually, the warmer, longer days mean that you can get outside for the heck of it. Finding plenty of enriching activities to keep them happy and stimulated doesn’t mean a knock to your bank balance this summer.

Use the garden, the free open parks, walks, the beach, fruit picking, outdoor crafts and games. Let their imagination run wild if you’re struggling to conjur up any fun ideas. Set boundaries – while you’re already setting boundaries on your social schedule, you may need to remember to set boundaries at work as well. Don’t let the siren song of summer steal your focus from your work duties - stay as productive as possible - but be careful not to take on too many of your co-workers’ responsibilities whilst they’re off either. Take advantage of the weather with your own pursuits – outdoor yoga, stand up paddle boarding, meditation al fresco, walking, exploring, and just getting outdoors is one of the foremost factors in relieving and preventing stress. Being active releases endorphins and meditation aligns us; try being empowered by being outdoors and active and feel the rejuvenation in you.



Put the SPRING back in your step. As the shift to springtime weather begins, our bodies are receiving mixed signals by the fluctuating hot and cold shifts in temperature. Our bodies sense the change in season and begin a natural detox. Many of us experience the urge to eat more during the cold months, helping us to keep warm and feel more comfortable. This does however tend to lead to the build up of toxins. Spring is an invigorating time, a time for If you do not adjust your diet and routine renewal and rejuvenation. Cleansing is natural in spring and one of the best times for the seasonal transition, you can build up ama of the year to perform a body cleanse (undigested material stored in our cells which result in according to Ayurveda. It is the time to sluggishness, added weight, poor sleep and mental and release accumulated fluid, fat and toxins physical stress), which is primed to grow as a seed. from the winter months. And whilst the body makes every effort to cleanse itself, we can adopt some natural measures to assist the This is why so many of us are vulnerable to respiratory and body's cleansing mechanism. allergen reactions during early spring. Drink 3-4 cups of herb infused teas; ginger, cardamom, cumin with a hint of honey. Eat freshly prepared food cooked with warming spices like turmeric, coriander seeds, cinnamon ginger and basil. Spices act as natural digestives and cleansers and help kick start the metabolism. Avoid eating left-over, processed or frozen meals. Be active by boosting physical activities with walking, running or cycling. Breathe deeply! Pranayama and yoga postures enhance the process of cleansing. Meditate - it helps in improving mental clarity and balance. Treat yourself! Ayurvedic treatments like Udvartana, herbal body massage; Abhyanga and Nasya, nasal cleanse are recommended.

Spring Allergies

Everyone is more susceptible to respiratory problems during the change of season, such as in autumn and early spring. This is because the body functions differently in each season and in the transition between the hot and cold seasons our digestive fire can start to fluctuate. 12

However there is an added factor, because ama accumulated during the winter starts to dissolve in our system, overloading the immune system, becoming weakened and allowing for bacteria fertilisation. The body mistakenly attacks itself, resulting in allergy symptoms, or hay fever. Western medicine looks at allergies as an adverse reaction to food, environment and cosmetics recommending the best way to remedy the problem is with the immediate relief of antihistamines to avoid the allergens that create the reaction. However Ayurveda identifies allergies as originating from an imbalance of the doshas or bioenergetic principles that govern that function of our mind and body. As with all Ayurvedic treatment, treating the origin as opposed to the symptom is the key to achieving long term relief.


Dr. Prasanna Kerur, Ayurvedic Physician at Ayush Wellness Spa, recommends some natural measures in preventing and treating hay fever: • Eat light, freshly cooked and easily digestible food avoiding excess dairy and wheat. • Eat fruit and vegetables like Indian gooseberries, oranges, radish, peppers and garlic. • Drink herbal teas containing ginger, turmeric, cumin seeds and cinnamon and sip 5-6 cups all day long. • Apply a thin layer of almond oil, coconut oil or sesame oil to the insides of the nostrils. • Take a quarter of a teaspoonful of turmeric powder and black pepper mixed with honey twice daily along with plenty of warm water and herbal teas. • Practice Pranayama / breathing techniques that enhance the flow of prana / life force to help bring back balance. • Avoid frozen, cold, processed food and ice cold beverages including alcohol. • Ayurvedic treatments like Nasya (nasal and sinus treatment), Shiroabhyanga (head massage) and Hot Stone therapy can be beneficial to hay fever.

Why not put the spring back in your step and indulge in the Ayush ‘Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring Package’ which includes: Your choice of either the Ayush Body Envelopment (80 minute), or the Ayush Full Body Massage (80 minute). A cool spring salad lunch in neighbouring Café Aroma. Use of the award winning 17,000 sq ft spa complex comprising of a 15 metre infinity swimming pool, hydrotherapy and massage pool, hot and cold plunge pools, sauna and steam. Plus time to totally relax and drift away in the Ayush Relaxation suite. Only £105 per person. For more info, call Ayush on +44 (0) 1534 614 171 or visit

You don't have to travel all the way across the world to enjoy the benefits of Ayurveda!

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Because You Deserve It

Luxury Travel Offers for WellBeing World Readers Our beautiful Island of Jersey has a plethora of luxury spas, sports and fitness choices and a vast range of specialist therapies to enhance one’s general health and wellbeing, making it one of the best places in Europe to relax, restore and re-energise. A change is as good as a rest, or so they say, so in anticipation of the desire to ‘Get off the Rock’, we are very excited indeed to have arranged these exclusive packages with boutique hotel provider,, and a selection of unique luxury hotels around the UK.

Luxury Spa Break Immerse yourself in 5* spa splendour at Luton Hoo and walk in the footsteps of former visitors, such as Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill and Lord Mountbatten, to name but a few. Take in the beautiful rural setting as the River Lea snakes through the grounds, creating two lakes, and stroll through the mature parkland where several of the trees are more than 300 years old.

For the more energetic, there is a fully restored Victorian grass tennis court with its pavilion that revolves to follow the day’s sun, opportunities for clay pigeon shooting, or fishing and boating on the serpentine lake. And of course you can pack your golf clubs for the 7,100 yard championship golf course with breathtaking vistas of the house and its rolling estate.

If relaxation and rejuvenation is the order of the day, make use of the contemporary spa. Beautifully converted from the original Bothy building and extended with a swimming pool housed under an oakbeam roof with views of the Flower Garden Wood. Here you can indulge in a relaxing treatment or unwind in the sauna.

Getting there: Flybe flights direct to London Stansted from £30pp. The Deal: Dinner, B&B, bottle of Champagne, full use of leisure facilities, late checkout, 15% off spa treatments: just

£495 for 2 people sharing for 2 nights (stay longer and save more).

Feel Like a King in this Luxury Castle Bordering the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Swinton Park – ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton – is an exclusive luxury castle hotel set in 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens, with access to rivers, moorland, dales and stunning countryside. Guests enjoy an authentic stately home experience, staying in rooms furnished with antiques and family portraits, combining the warmth and grandeur of a traditional English house. 14

The courtyard houses a spa and fitness area with a variety of health and beauty treatments available. There is also the bar located in the family museum, a private cinema and a snooker and Victorian games room for your enjoyment and relaxation. Feel like something a bit different? Food plays a prominent role at this hotel with its own cookery


The Great Outdoors If walking is your thing, then where better to do it than the spectacular Lake District? Famously the home of William Wordsworth, Grasmere, the ‘Jewel of the Lakes’, is one of Cumbria’s most popular villages. Whether it’s a stroll along the banks of the River Rothay to St Oswald’s Church – Wordsworth’s burial place, or a more ambitious hike taking in Helvellyn or the Red Screes, Grasmere is a great base for exploring. After a long day’s exploring, relax, unwind and recharge at Rothay Garden. No ordinary hotel, this stunning property has recently benefitted from a £2 million redevelopment programme. Retreat to the small residents’ spa to enjoy superb views of the surrounding fells whilst soaking away the strains of aching muscles or stressed minds. Relax in one of the beautiful bedrooms or Loft Suites, enjoy two-AA rosette awarded food in the elegant candlelit conservatory restaurant overlooking the gardens, or take an aperitif in the chic lounge bars. Getting there: Flybe flights direct to Manchester from £74pp. The Deal: Dinner, B&B, bottle of Champagne and late checkout just £210 per night

(2 people sharing, min 2 nights).

Total Relaxation Sometimes, all you want from a short break is total relaxation – the feeling of all your day to day cares being lifted away. Orestone Manor in the coastal village of Maidencombe, South Devon is a 12 bedroom family-run Georgian retreat with an award-winning restaurant. Priding itself on excellent service and great food, this really is a hotel to fall in love with and return to time and time again. The hotel was visited many times by Brunel, when the home of

his brother-in-law, and the adjacent house was the former home of Rudyard Kipling. Take a train ride along the South West mainline, designed by Brunel and arguably the most beautiful rail journey in the UK; visit Agatha Cristie’s home, Greenway, which was the inspiration for many of her novels; or head out to the wilds of Dartmoor and discover that this is so much more to Devon than the coast.

Getting there: Flybe flights direct to Exeter from £35pp. The Deal: Superior room, Dinner, B&B, welcome drink and late checkout, just £170 per night for 2 people sharing,

available until 30th June 2015.

school offering events and courses throughout the year. Take a short walk and you’ll find the Swinton Estate’s own bird of prey centre where can partake in a Falconry experience. You can even have a picnic delivered to a table in the grounds!

Getting there: Flybe and Jet2 flights

direct to Leeds Bradford from £70pp, then hire a car. The Deal: Dinner, B&B just £235 per night for 2 people sharing (SunThurs). Available throughout 2015 subject to room availability.

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The Spirit of Milon

WORDS: Kenny Manson, Health Coach and Wellness Mentor at Healthhaus

Whenever I travel to a new city I like to go running early, to see the city awaken. So when I was asked to represent Healthhaus at the 8th Annual Milon Congress in Hamburg the first thing packed was my running gear. However I knew the act of running was going to challenge me. The name Milon comes from the legendary ancient Greek Olympic athlete who achieved numerous victories through his innovative training methods, his will to succeed and his consistency. The two Milon Circles at Healthhaus are the heart and soul of the club. Training with Milon is simple, safe and effective. The equipment works with electronic resistance instead of conventional weights. Due to this you can train concentrically (lifting a weight) and eccentrically (lowering a weight) with different resistance levels. You are approximately 50% stronger when lowering

a weight (eccentric) and Milon provides a unique way to train accordingly. The settings of the Milon equipment are automatic, saving you time when exercising - a complete workout takes only 35 minutes - and is extremely safe as operating errors are practically eliminated. With this level of innovation Milon is indeed an apt name. Milon also provides a platform from which to be consistent with exercise, though this is also where the human element comes into play. To be consistent and to succeed there is a key ingredient: adherence.

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Adherence is the act of doing what is required by a rule or belief. My interest with adherence comes from beliefs, not rules. Faced with both we're more inclined to follow our beliefs, or values, than the rules around us. In goal setting we should be seeking a rewarding, enjoyable experience, for the pay-off is in the process and adhering to it, not the goal. When the process appeals to our higher values, obstacles fall away. For me, exercise adherence is a challenge. I’m a very active person, I'm on my feet most of the day; I'm teaching clinics or coaching clients day in day out. However exercise is a process carried out for a specific purpose. Activity and exercise are not the same. So the act of packing my running gear was more than just to take in some sightseeing; I was seeking a spark, a catalyst. Friday afternoon marks the start of the Milon Congress with an international theme, ‘Together we will open the gateway to the world’. Two panels of speakers follow an address from the Milon CEO, Udo Munster. “Be stubborn about your goals, but be flexible about your methods,” Udo advises. The first panel discusses ‘The Spirit of Milon’; the second talks on client retention, something that is central to the Healthhaus ethos. I contribute to this debate, sharing the Healthhaus passion in taking fitness personally. I come away knowing that Healthhaus is one of the pioneering Milon facilities with the level of engagement and interaction our staff have with our members and our application of the various Milon training protocols. Talking with some delegates later that evening at a networking event only reinforces this. Saturday morning I wake early to a bright, clear Hamburg skyline. I succeed majestically in finding every reason under the sun not to go for a run. Physical. Mental. Even technological. My phone won't take a charge, it needs fixing. So that becomes my excuse. I have a full day of talks and networking to attend; I can't afford to lose track of time or get lost. What would Milon have made of this back in 6th Century BC? The second day presentations are held at the St Pauli theatre on the famous Reeperbahn where we have three distinct speakers. Prof Dr Lothar Seiwert talks on various

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aspects of time management, the key takeaway being that what is deemed urgent is hardly ever important; that our focus should be on the important things. Dr Freerk Baumann from the German Sport University Cologne talks on the benefits of movement and hypertrophic (strength) training for all populations. His specialty is in the follow-up care of cancer survivors. The use of Milon in his research with this particular population and his findings are challenging long-held assumptions. His talk, even through translation, is inspiring. Our final speaker is Thomas Baschab, a mental health coach who has us all taking part in several practical demonstrations on the power of the mind. Thomas appeals to us to be aware of our filters, of how we see and interact with the world, otherwise we may be missing opportunities around us. Milon finished with a demonstration of the Milonizer, a biometric recognition system that will allow all of the Milon machine settings to be calculated in 5 seconds. We're excited that Healthhaus will be in the vanguard of Milon here too; the Milonizer is coming to Jersey very soon. Our day is rounded off by dinner on the MS Louisiana Star, a paddleboat steamer cruise along the Elbe. Sunday morning I wake with severe cramp in a calf muscle. Phone dead. But there’s no putting it off this time, the Spirit of Milon has awakened in me. I realise, as I'm getting dressed, there's probably a rule against football colours in the hotel. But the belief that the exercise will do me good outweighs any excuses, any rule breaking. It's bright and cold as I run along the Elbe, resplendent in my Aberdeen top. I come to the Fischmarkt; a seething throng of people, even just after 9.00am. It's noisy and colourful and I feel I've discovered a Hamburg beyond the Reeperbahn. I run on to, and then up, the iconic Docklands building with views across the river and the city. A group is making a music video. On the way back I experience yet more sights and sounds. My filter for life is switched on, turned up and tuned in. My run feels good. Important. Necessary. Vital. When I arrive back at the hotel a fellow delegate compliments me on having been up and about so early. "But you didn't swim the Elbe too?" he asks me. "Next time." I tell him as we laugh.



Helping the Island Get Back on its Feet! Elevate, the brand new, privately owned sports and rehabilitation clinic at Harbour Reach on the Waterfront in Jersey was founded by industry-leading professionals with a revolutionary vision to redefine rehabilitation and personal training practice. Comprising the Elevate Sports and Rehabilitation Clinic and the Elevate Personal Training Academy, it is the only Sports and Fitness clinic in the Channel Islands where you can use the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill.

Beverley went along to give it a try ... “Whoa. It was an amazing feeling, removing as much as 80% of my body weight and enabling me to run at 9kms per hour. Not something that happens on a typical day, believe me. I truly felt I knew what it was like to moonwalk; I didn’t know if I felt like Michael Jackson or Neil Armstrong, but either way it was pretty awesome. “And not only whilst experiencing being on the machine itself, it also blew my mind in terms of its potential; far-reaching seems such an inadequate description. It will help people who haven’t walked in a long time; top level athletes and those looking to achieve personal performance goals; those suffering from serious mobility 18

limitations; orthopaedic and neurological; and people looking to lose weight, the potential usage and benefit to clients is immense. “It also means that people are able to return much more quickly, literally helping the Island back on its feet.” AlterG’s patented differential air pressure (DAP) technology, developed at NASA to help astronauts reacclimatise after returning to Earth, applies a comfortable and uniform lifting force to your body. Integrated into a high-tech treadmill, the AlterG technology offers precise body weight reduction and an easy to use set of controls, enabling people who thought they could not exercise to train like an athlete.


Imagine Running 50 Pounds Lighter!

It is such fun to exercise at a lower body weight. Like running on air or moonwalking, it really needs to be tried to be believed. It is so safe, no matter what happens you cannot fall, it’s impossible. When patients are recovering from surgery or injury, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill offers a revolutionary approach – the ability to achieve accurate orthopaedic and neurologic rehabilitation, enabling neuromuscular and proprioceptive retraining that enhances balance and confidence, regaining function like never before.

The unique technology provides accurate, safe and comfortable partial weight-bearing therapy in 1% increments to as low as 20% of normal body weight. This unique precision gives patients the ability to set the exact point where exercise becomes pain free and provides the Elevate team with a way to accurately measure patient progress, restoring normal gait patterns and stride length. The AlterG game-changing technology is currently only offered by top Harley Street clinics, hospitals, universities, and leading professional sports teams. It is now available in Jersey, thanks to the vision of the team at Elevate. It is the only ‘unweighting’ device that allows you to exercise at a reduced body weight whilst maintaining normal running or walking mechanics, and can be used for: • Rehabilitation after surgery of the lower extremity (hip, knee, ankle or foot) • Training through an injury • Reduced impact training and conditioning • Gait analysis for neurological patients • Weight control and reduction • Increase cardio-vascular fitness

during the rehabilitation process • Strength and conditioning for older patients. • Paediatric physical therapy Mark Stewart, the Founder at Elevate told us: “This equipment will revolutionise sports performance and rehabilitation and its arrival in the Channel Islands coincides with the increasing pressure to control

our healthcare costs, by significantly speeding up the recovery process.”

The Anti-Gravity Treadmill is ideal to be used by athletes to maximise fitness retention during rehabilitation, and to reduce the frequency of injuries, build fitness, and train and recover more quickly. They also use the AlterG as a core part of their athletic conditioning and training programmes to strengthen and improve muscle coordination while minimising stress on their bodies.

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Chosen by the World’s Best Athletes The AlterG has been tested and utilised by top professional athletes and teams including Paula Radcliffe, Mo Farah and Rafael Nadal; also professional rubgy and football teams from the UK and Europe including: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Barcelona, Leicester Tigers RFC, and Team England Rugby, to name a few.

Utilising the anti-gravity treadmill, Elevate clients are able to benefit from bespoke training programmes and dedicated one-to-one and small group sessions. They undergo a comprehensive initial consultation with highly skilled coaches to develop tailored regimes, taking into account current fitness, potential injuries, limitations and nutrition.

“… the best piece of equipment made for running in the last 30 years, the most revolutionary piece of equipment, without a doubt. Runners can add up to 15% to 25% more miles to their workouts, thanks to this machine.” ~ Alberto Salazor, Coach and mentor to Mo Farah, Double Olympic Gold Medalist 2012 Olympics

‘Defy Gravity, Defy Expectation’ - contact Elevate for your free 15 minute G-Buck on the exclusive AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, only at Elevate Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Clinic - Quote “WellBeing World”. More info at Contact: or call him on: 07797 784 767.

Their programmes are created around the four pillars of Mindset, Nutrition, Movement and Recovery, more of which in the next edition of WellBeing World!

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Orthorexia Nervosa?

A little bit of what you fancy does you good. Many people have a 'healthy' food, like almond butter, that they tend to overeat – at which point it stops being healthy. Know yours, and keep it out of the house. Indeed, we’re all growing to be a lot more conscious of what we put into our bodies. #eatclean has never been so prevalent and juice bars, vegan, paleo, raw, 5:2 and the rise of super food fashion eating is a revolution in terms of nutrition. But, as with all matters surrounding the food we eat, there are some who take the healthy eating pursuit to a level of unhealthy. Over doing anything brings about a negative result, and in terms of what we fuel ourselves with, we have to maintain a sensible approach. Championing the healthy eating revolution is a flag we definitely fly at WellBeing World HQ, but wellbeing is our mission and bringing to light a trend in overdoing it is as important as telling our readers about the benefits of juicing, or eating kale. Orthorexia Nervosa, the ‘health food eating disorder,’ gets its name from the Greek word ‘ortho’, meaning straight, proper or correct, and and ‘orexis’, meaning ‘appetite’. American doctor, Steven Bratman coined the term ‘orthorexia nervosa’ in 1997 some time after his experience in a commune in upstate New York. Bratman described a ‘fixation on righteous eating’ as orthorexics commonly have steadfast rules about eating. Refusing to

touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods tends to be the start of their diet restrictions. Any foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives are also a massive no-no. The obsession surrounding what foods are ‘good’ and which are ‘bad,’ means orthorexics can end up malnourished or emaciated. Their dietary restrictions commonly cause sufferers to feel proud of their ‘virtuous’ behaviour, even if it means that eating becomes so stressful their personal relationships can come under pressure and they become socially isolated. This is not dissimilar to anorexia nervosa, whereby one of the early symptoms is the underlying feeling of pride as one starves oneself – feeling rewarded by the notion of restricting foods and in turn, calories. Orthorexia Nervosa is not currently recognised as an actual eating disorder by any psychiatric associations – but many practitioners are using it as a diagnosis whilst documenting the hazardous results, which stem from the radical obsession with healthy eating.

“Orthorexia begins innocently enough, as a desire to overcome chronic illness or to improve general health. But because it requires considerable willpower to adopt a diet, which differs radically from the food habits of childhood and the surrounding culture, few accomplish the change gracefully. Most must resort to an iron self-discipline bolstered by a hefty sense of superiority over those who eat junk food. Over time, what they eat, how much, and the consequences of dietary indiscretion come to occupy a greater proportion of the orthorexic’s day.” – Steve Bratman 20


Time to Enjoy Life!

Keeping fit, eating healthily and living longer is all very well but it does of course bring with it the need to fund your longer life. There are many ways to fund your longevity and if you start getting organised early enough, with a bit of discipline and the help of a good financial adviser you should be able to look after yourself in your later years. However, life tends to get in the way and the best laid plans do not always turn out as expected. A classic example of this is the dramatic fall in interest rates over the last decade or so. This has left many older people struggling to maintain living standards as they now earn around 1% per annum on their retirement nest egg and not the 5% or 6% they expected and budgeted for. Of course there are other types of investment available but older people, quite understandably, tend to be risk averse so the deposit account is favoured.


One alternative way to raise money in retirement is to sell a reversionary interest in your home. It is not for everyone but something that more and more people may consider in the future. This sort of transaction is nothing new and has been around for centuries. What has changed is the ability for prospective sellers and buyers to discreetly find out about each other. But more of that in a moment.


So how does it work? A single person or couple decide they would like to sell their house but remain living in it until they die. In the case of a couple, until the second one dies. Let’s assume we are talking of a couple, based on the life expectancy of the youngest of them and assuming a rate of return a buyer would expect on his investment, a discounted purchase price would be agreed. The rate would vary, but by way of example, a 91 and 90 year old couple may be offered say £420,000 for their £500,000 house, whilst a 71 and 70 year old couple may be offered £250,000 for their house of the same value, simply because their life expectancy is much longer.

with the site. If a buyer wishes to be introduced to the sellers they e-mail their interest to:

This type of arrangement is certainly not for everyone and those considering it are likely to be into their seventies either with no children or with children who are financially independent. is a website to confidentially introduce potential buyers and sellers to each other. It is not an Estate Agent and does not provide any additional services such as valuations. It does not provide any financial advice and anyone considering this type of transaction will need to employ the services of their trusted adviser, be it a family member, lawyer or financial adviser. Each transaction will be different and the finer points such as ongoing property maintenance, apportionment of rates and other expenses and of course the price, are all things that

So what has happened to make this type of arrangement more accessible? The Internet! This is often a very personal thing and until the advent of the internet it was virtually impossible to put potential buyers and sellers together in a discreet and confidential way. Local businessmen Trevor Gray and Oliver Baudains think differently and saw an opportunity to develop a website to do just that.

Once a list of interested parties is obtained this is passed to the sellers. This is a very important stage in the process. The list may be just one person, it may be half a dozen, but it gives the sellers the opportunity to select those they wish to allow to view their property. The list may include a family member, next door neighbour or someone they would not wish to deal with and therefore they can decline to allow them to view. Their privacy will be safeguarded.

will need to be discussed and agreed between the parties and their advisers once introduced by the site. In order to help both parties get a very rough idea of what sort of value a property may have Lifetimeenjoyment have developed a calculator which can be used to look at various different rates of return. The approximate life expectancy of the youngest of a couple can be looked up on the site and then put into the calculator with various different rates of return. In reality this is the growth the potential buyer is expecting on his money over the period of the remainder of your lifetime. Both parties can play with this tool using different life expectancies and rates of return. The actual final selling price will be subject to the discussions between the two parties and their advisers and will take in the factors mentioned above. As we all live longer many of us will find that a large portion of our wealth is tied up in our property and it is expected that this type of arrangement will grow in popularity. It’s not likely to be much fun being fit and healthy at 80 if you can’t afford to do anything!

A potential seller simply places very basic details of their home: 3 bedroomed semi, St Brelades , approximate value £500,000 on the site along with their age or ages and these details are automatically sent to potential buyers who have registered

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In ‘The Happiness Hypothesis’, Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University (NYU), argues for a return to the understanding of human nature found in ancient wisdom texts, give or take a few tweaks based on the findings of modern neuroscience and psychology. He concluded that “there are really two information processing systems at work in the mind at all times: controlled processes and automatic processes.”



In simpler terms, our minds are split between a large elephant and a small rider. The elephant represents our automatic responses – gut feelings, emotions and intuitions - and is concerned with prestige and survival - whilst the rider is our more advanced brain, which functions on a more complex level. When we think about happiness, the rider would be more interested in formulating a long-term plan, for example through healthy relationships and sensible spending. Haidt argues that the happiest people are the ones who have achieved a healthy compromise between their inner rider and elephant. Bear in mind the elephant is much stronger so this takes work! All very well and good, but what does this mean in the workplace? According to research conducted by the University of Warwick, if employers can understand and implement what makes their employees tick – or in other words, figure out how to get their employees’ riders and elephants in equilibrium – then they will not only create a positive environment to work in, they will also enhance productivity. Under controlled conditions, it was shown that happiness makes people 12% more productive.

“It’s important for employers to remember that while their employees may be attracted by salary levels, benefits packages and bonuses, these in and of themselves aren’t enough – as we can see, happiness is based as much on relationships and working atmosphere.”

So we can see that there’s a real incentive for employers to create a working environment where their employees are happy. The next question is how do employers do it, and how do candidates find it? The first thing to remember is that no two elephants or riders are the same! Psychometric testing (such as DISCUS, which we offer at Rowlands) gives an individual an outline of the style of management that suits them best, the environment they would work well in and where the stresses might lie. This is a good way for the job seeker to filter out positions from the get-go and focus their search on something that fits them personally and will therefore make them happy.

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According to Herzberg’s two-factor theory, management need to focus on two areas to enhance employee satisfaction; motivators and hygiene factors. Motivators are almost exclusively to do with the nature of the work itself and provide worker satisfaction – these include challenging work, recognition, responsibility and personal growth. The absence of these factors alone does not lead to unhappiness however. The cause of unhappiness concerns ‘hygiene factors’ which he ranked from highest to lowest importance as: company policy, supervision, employees’ relationship with their boss, work conditions, salary, and relationship with peers. When these things go wrong not only is employee satisfaction decreased, their unhappiness increases and their productivity decreases. This means that for bosses, allowing employees to have a quick chat over coffee before getting back to work is actually rather important, as it cultivates an atmosphere where employees can build a rapport with their colleagues. It’s important for employers to remember that while their employees may be attracted by salary levels, benefits packages and bonuses, these in and of themselves aren’t enough – as we can see, happiness is based as much on relationships and working atmosphere.

At Rowlands we see the effects of unhappiness at work on our candidates. In worst-case scenarios it shows up in the relatively short time span of an interview in terms of confidence levels, motivation, positivity and communication skills. It’s distressing to see this, as it hinders promising individuals from progressing. Beyond this though, the average person spends one third of their life in work; in an ideal world that time should be spent feeling appreciated, motivated, happy. The elephant and the rider demand no less!



Trade Your Wellness Programme for a Wellbeing Culture WORDS: Beverley Le Cuirot

Evidence shows that when the health of our employees is a priority, the workplace becomes more efficient and productive. This is a concept now embraced by many organisations the world over. But we also see examples where the programmes put in place either result in lack lustre response from the majority of employees, or if they do participate the benefits are not lasting. What then is the answer? Our experience shows that as well as engaging with employees from the outset to find out exactly what they want, there are some key questions, the answers to which can make the world of difference with the success of employee wellbeing programmes. First and foremost, are we talking programme or culture?

Our view is that a positive wellness culture in the workplace plays an important role in the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of your people. The office becomes a place that is respectful of the time, talents and lives of the individuals working there, and everyone has clearly established roles and responsibilities, along with personal development routes.


Whilst many wellness programmes will speak of return on investment (ROI), just the creation of a culture that values overall wellbeing is enough to reduce sick days and health care costs. Which is why at WellBeing At Work we designed our WellBeing Audit to review a much wider range of aspects than you might expect.We find that this enables the organisations who use the tool to derive the maximum value and benefit long term. Wellness or wellbeing?

Corporate wellness is a good term; we use it ourselves, but does it encompass everything that wellbeing covers? We think not.

There is a difference. Both aim to improve the health status of employees, but wellness typically supports physical health alone. It often relies on assessments and biometric screenings to determine who’s sick or at risk, but offers little support in helping people actually change or improve their behaviours. WellBeing on the other hand takes a more holistic look at health and supports employees’ physical, emotional, social and financial wellbeing, and more. Wellbeing programmes are for everyone, no matter where they are on the health spectrum; they help people to understand their health now, the implications, and support them in making healthy, sustainable behaviour changes over the long term. Importantly, they provide robust tools, resources and programmes that take an overall approach to health, enabling the people to take care of themselves and to feel on top of life, so they come to work ready to engage and thrive.


Buy-in from the top?

One of the most crucial questions when aiming to go beyond the basic wellness programme to create a true culture of health and wellbeing is; ‘Do you have buy-in from the top?’ Leading by example is the only way to establish an authentic and credible environment for your people. If it’s not there, it would be better not to waste your time, money and effort until you have succeeded in bringing the CEO, directors and department heads on-side in championing a healthy lifestyle and inclusive culture. Employees should feel comfortable talking to managers about worries with their work-life balance and stress issues; and leaders should be empowered and equipped to help employees address those concerns. Not only is it important anyway that your senior people are operating in this way and therefore at their best, it also makes encouraging others to become involved, a whole lot easier. How to change habits?

The most successful wellbeing programmes provide the right tools or resources; support employees in embracing new ways; seek opportunities to give recognition of effort; and celebrate successes; all bound within an overall organisationwide culture of supporting the wellbeing of employees.

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Too many wellness programmes assume that people can change their habits quickly and easily following a lunch and learn session. It is therefore important to provide positive reinforcement for healthy behaviours and provide employees with the tools they need to take action and achieve their goals.

The idea grew, and he announced the plan to his elated employees amid much whooping and cheering. He plans to keep his own salary low until the company earns back the profit it had before the new wage scale went into effect. If it's a publicity stunt, it's costly one; the salary of about 70 employees will grow, with 30 ultimately doubling their pay.

What does money have to do with it?

However far you go to develop your culture of wellbeing, it will be more beneficial than a single focus on wellness. You will drive employee engagement, productivity, loyalty and retention, all the while creating lasting positive change in and for your employees, and ultimately your business. Let’s hope it works for Mr Price, too!

It may be rather radical for most businesses, however as we went to press, the story broke of the founder at Gravity Payments, Dan Price who had just announced that he was going to decrease his $1m salary by 90% in order to increase the salaries of all of his 120 employees to at least $US70,000 (£47,500). The thought started when he has read an article on happiness showing that, for people who earn less than around $US70,000, extra money makes a big difference in their lives.



4 Ways to be Mindful At Work WORDS: Melli O’Brien, Australia’s ‘Mrs Mindfulness’.

Work is an important part of life. Necessary not just for income, but also for self-expression and personal fulfillment. Work life can be very rewarding, but for many of us it’s also one of our major sources of life stress. At work many of us get caught up in ‘driven doing’ mode. We lose touch with ourselves and the present moment. We push our bodies and minds too far and then end up exhausted and stressed at the end of each day. There’s no need for it to be that way; we can be productive without pushing ourselves. It is also very possible to enjoy our work life with a sense of balance, ease and energy. The key to it is to bring more mindful moments into the work day.

free app called Zazen (for iPhone) which I set to go off every 30 minutes during the day. It chimes the sounds of a meditation bell. When I hear the bell, I stop whatever I’m doing for a mindful check-in.

I’ve been experimenting with ways to infuse my days with more mindfulness (my partner and I run two businesses and have an 8-acre property to take care of, which keeps my days full). Here are my 4 most effective ways to be more mindful at work.

Visual mindful reminders can take the form of a note taped to your computer monitor or perhaps a symbol such as a little Buddha statue. When you look at your reminder, let it bring you back to mindfulness, even if just for a moment.

1. Regular Mindful Check-Ins

You might make your office doorway a portal to mindfulness — put a sticker on the door to remind you to ‘check in’ as you enter or leave. Another good place for a visual reminder is in the car so that you see it just before you drive off.

Take time out, at regular intervals during the day, for a mindful checkin. There are two methods I use to remind myself to take a pause: Mindfulness Bells

Set a gentle alarm to go off periodically and call your attention back to your mind and body. I use a 28

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2. Breathe Mindfully

The breath can keep your awareness tuned into the moment. Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” Think of the breath as a mindfulness tool you have on hand at all times. Tune into your breath for a moment whenever you transition from one activity to the next. Before you make the next phone call, or get back on the computer, or return from lunch, stop for a moment to notice your breath. You don’t need to alter the breath; you’re not doing breathing exercises here. Allow it to flow naturally, effortlessly, in its own comfortable rhythm. Simply become aware of it. Feel your lungs expand and contract, belly rising and falling, and the sensations of breath at the tips of the nostrils. Let the breath bring you home to yourself in the present moment.


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3. Practice Unit-Tasking

In this busy modern world we live in, multi-tasking has become the buzz word for people driven to success. While it might seem like a good idea, studies show that multitasking is ineffective. Switching gears repeatedly from one task to another trips up the brain and inhibits focus on any one of them. Unit-tasking – focusing on one task at a time – improves your productivity and accuracy. Even more importantly, it means you can focus your attention in the present moment. Being mindful of the moment while performing tasks keeps you happier while you work, and isn’t that what life’s about? Not just being productive, but being happy?

4. Meditate Regularly

Doing a regular daily meditation practice will greatly strengthen your ability to maintain mindfulness during the work day. If you don’t have a practice already, why not start with just five or ten minutes every morning? Or do a short meditation during your lunch break.

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There is really no substitute for a regular daily practice. Regular meditation is the most powerful way to infuse the energy of mindfulness throughout your day. I believe there is no need for the stress, struggle and striving that is considered to be normal at work. Try these 4 ways to bring a little more ‘being’ into your ‘doing’ and you’ll find you can be just as productive but with a little more lightness, ease and joy. With a little more mindfulness at work, we can really allow our skills and creativity to shine. Melli is an internationally-accredited Meditation, Satyananda Yoga, and MTIA-trained Mindfulness teacher, based in Australia. Her passion is demystifying and simplifying the world’s wisdom teachings and making them accessible and practical for everyday people. Need help with How to Do a Mindful Check-In? More info at:

The WellBeing Awards will celebrate the excellent work of wellbeing practitioners in Jersey, and recognise employers who commit to the health and wellbeing of their employees. Awards will include: Practitioner Awards:

• Inspired Practitioner • Best Newcomer • Lifetime Achievement Award • Giving Back Award Employer Awards:

• Inspired Employer • Best Workplace Culture • Caring Employer of the Year • Healthiest Workplace We are in contact with a panel of international judges and will update you very soon! If you are a wellbeing practitioner, or a business that takes seriously the wellbeing of your employees, we want to hear from you! And if you own, run or work for a business that would like to support us with sponsorship, please contact: More info soon at:



Taking a Proactive Approach to Managing Your Health All of us (hopefully!) put our cars through an annual ‘health check’, but we don’t all do the same with our bodies. Regular health checks are proven to help with the early detection of potentially serious health conditions, allowing for early treatment plans and / or lifestyle changes to help improve the chances of recovery. Rossborough Healthcare International Limited, the leading healthcare insurance broker in the Channel Islands, have developed a number of initiatives to promote the importance of preventative health checks and to encourage islanders to be proactive in managing their health. The team at Rossborough Healthcare manage several hundred corporate medical and dental insurance policies (as well as many more individual clients) across Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and further beyond. Because of this, they are regularly involved with member claims and are exposed to some of the more serious health conditions that arise. This experience has shaped Rossborough Healthcare’s development of a number of preventative health initiatives,


recognising the importance that early detection of medical conditions and the role that regular personal health checks can have in helping people manage this. Richard Clarke, Manager of Rossborough Healthcare’s Jersey Office, told us: “Some of the medical insurers will provide a contributory benefit for a member to have an annual or bi-annual health check, but not all of them. Whilst we continue to work with the insurers to develop that type of benefit, we decided to take things into our own hands and have developed relationships with some of the local GP practises to be able to offer our clients a health check at a preferential rate, developing different levels of health check at different price points. We have found employers are becoming more and more proactive in encouraging their staff to take things like this up.”


Health checks allow individuals to gain a detailed picture of their overall health and give the opportunity for early detection and treatment plans / lifestyle changes for any potential health problems that may be identified. Detecting a problem early can, of course, improve ones chances of recovery.

Rossborough Healthcare are also able to arrange health check days for corporate clients who are looking to provide health checks as part of a health and wellness initiative. In some cases, Rossborough Healthcare and WellBeing World are partnering to provide a complete package to corporate clients.

Encouraging people to take charge of their personal health in this way is something the team at Rossborough Healthcare clearly feel passionate about. They have extended this even further through the introduction of their Free Health Check Day in June last year.

After the success of their 2014 event, Rossborough Healthcare have confirmed that they will be repeating the event on Tuesday, 2nd and Wednesday, 3rd June 2015. This year’s event will have the capacity to see twice as many people as last year and will be providing even more in-depth testing, together with some innovative new heart screening technology.

Richard Clarke said “We wanted to put on an event that really brought the idea of preventative health checks to the forefront, and importantly, to make sure that event was free for people to attend. We managed to do that and the feedback received from people who attended the event was very positive, with a number of people having some potentially life changing health issues identified. An extra positive about the event is that we were able to give some useful exposure to the local charities associated with the health conditions we were targeting.”

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The event’s focus will be on heart conditions and diabetes and will once again be supported by some of the key medical insurers, along with local charities and healthcare professionals, and of course, WellBeing World. More specific details on event timings / pre-registration can be found on the event website at:



Alcohol - Does it Make You Fat? WORDS: DAN REISS, HEALTHHAUS

Alcohol has been part of the British Culture for hundreds of years. Social events often include alcohol as it brings a warm, sociable, talkative mood to those events, in a similar way that we socialise over food. 1-2 drinks has, in many studies, shown to have a positive effect on one’s health, although the current data isn’t all that great. Too much and the health risks become higher and over a long period of time they can range from organ damage (brain, nervous system, heart, liver and pancreas), blood pressure and cholesterol levels (which are major risk factors for heart attacks and stroke), it can weaken your immune system and your bones, depression, cancer, infertility, the risk just goes on … I think the majority of us are aware of the implications of alcohol misuse. What I want to talk about today is how alcohol can affect your body composition. The big question is: “Does alcohol make you fat?”

One study found that men consuming an average of 56 grams of ethanol per day (four beers) took in 16 percent more total calories than a matched group of non-drinkers. The two groups — drinkers and non-drinkers — had identical amounts of physical activity. So, logically, you'd think that the drinkers gained weight. They didn't. Both groups had the same body-mass index, despite all those excess calories for the drinkers. Is alcohol the next new secret to fat loss? You are probably smiling right now while enjoying a glass of wine, but hold up … It's doubtful. Nobody's ever measured what would happen if you matched up two groups of drinkers and non-drinkers, consuming an equal number of total calories, and followed them over a long period of time.

While going through a calorie deficit (lower calories than maintenance= weight loss, easy physics) your body is under a lot of stress, perhaps taking away the alcohol could help you further down the line?

Alcohol itself is a name given to ethanol or ethyl alcohol and is a substance that hangs between food and drugs. It is technically a macronutrient like carbohydrates, proteins and fats, containing around 7 calories per 1 gram, less than fats which contain 9 calories per 1 gram, but more than carbohydrates and protein containing 4 calories per 1 gram. Macronutrients provide our body with calories giving us fuel, so in theory alcohol can provide us with energy to use, but it gets tricky ...

You see, our bodies require protein, carbohydrates and fats for growth and survival, that’s how our engines run, however, alcohol is a non-essential macronutrient so our body views it as a toxin and fights to get rid of it, creating a higher thermic effect (calories burned through digestion and storage) than the other macronutrients, meaning that it burns more calories to digest than proteins, carbohydrates and fats.


Another study compared two weight-loss diets (1,500 calories per day). In one diet, subjects got 10 percent of their total calories from white wine – 150 calories, or just over a glass per day. The other group got 10 percent from grape juice. After three months, the white wine group lost almost a kilogram more total body weight (a kilogram is 2.2 pounds), although the difference wasn't statistically significant. No one knows how this would work out over time. While alcohol stimulates more calorie expenditure by burning more overall calories during digestion/storage process, it also suppresses the oxidation of dietary fat (breakdown of fat as fuel) so your body burns more calories but less fat, confusing I know.


If your current fat loss efforts are failing and alcohol is still part of a day to day activity, perhaps it would be worth giving alcohol a break for a couple of months and see if you can break through that plateau. You will be lowering calories through the day (thus putting you on a lower calorie intake) but you will also avoid the suppression of fat burn. While going through a calorie deficit (lower calories than maintenance= weight loss, easy physics) your body is under a lot of stress, perhaps taking away the alcohol could help you further down the line? Perhaps replacing those calories with extra fruits and vegetables may maximise your recovery/energy levels further? If you are just maintaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle and exercising smart, there is research backing health benefits associated with the consumption of alcohol, but take it with a pinch of salt for now and just remember, more doesn’t mean better.

Some studies conducted in certain types of alcohol concluded the following:

Moderate beer consumption (half a pint to 1 pint per day) improved immune response in two recent studies. Another showed it improved concentrations of blood lipids. Drinking three to four glasses of beer a day reduced C-reactive protein (linked to inflammation and heart disease) and fibrinogen (linked to blood clotting and thrombosis) by 35 percent. This points to an antiinflammatory mechanism that might partially explain the link between moderate drinking and lower risk of heart disease.

darker varieties of beer and wine tend to have higher polyphenol content. After reading this article, you may experience mixed feelings towards alcohol. This is the thing, new research keeps being published so information as well as recommendations can change over time (you must be aware of the ‘fat’ consumption situatin, when it used to be really bad for you in the 90s, now it’s good). It wouldn’t be professional from my part to tell you the right or wrong about this topic, all I can give you are the facts, the science and let you decide. As long as you are aware of the risks, potential benefits and what happens to your body when alcohol is ingested, I think you will be just fine. Let’s be honest, anything in moderation has never killed anyone. Life is about a balance, if alcohol is throwing you out of that balance (or stalling your fitness goals) then may be best to cut it down or out completely, especially if there are hereditary health issues in your family. Also remember, alcohol still has calories, so you can still gain weight if you consume over your recommended calorie intake and you’re not exercising, that is the main cause of weight gain. Perhaps it’s not the calories from alcohol that cause the weight gain when you overeat, but what you’ve eaten through the day (your other meals/snacks etc). Originally I had referenced this whole article but for the sake of keeping things simple, we have cut them out. If you’d like to read the research/studies or even chat about the topic, feel free to contact me at dan@

A variety of studies have shown the cardioprotective benefits of roughly one or two glasses of red wine per day. The nutrients in wine (such as reservatrol and proanthocyanidin) and the alcohol benefit your heart in different ways. The nutrients combat oxidative stress, while the alcohol improves vasodilation (opening up your blood vessels) and blood flow. Other benefits include increased HDL (the ‘good’ cholesterol) and reduced platelet aggregation, better known as blood clotting. If you want to dive into the best ways to protect your heart,

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10 Amazing Acupressure Facts! FACTS from: Lorna Jackson MBAcC AFN

Have a bad headache, or a backache that just won’t go away? Well, here is a therapy that can help relieve your symptoms, calm your mind, align the workings of your body and work as an efficient diagnostic tool – and it’s called acupressure. At Health Point Clinic acupuncturist Lorna Jackson regularly prescribes acupressure techniques alongside acupuncture treatment to help support a patient’s 1. Acupressure helps the mind and body.

Acupressure can help relieve stress, tension and pain often immediately. Practicing acupressure on a daily basis is the best way to help one’s body recover, recoup and relax. 2. It’s free! 

Acupressure is free and can be practiced in the comfort of your home or even at work, as it does not require too much space. It can be practiced by people of all ages and doesn’t take much time. For all the extremely busy professionals out there, this is your best way to stay in tiptop health.


treatment plan and continue the healing process outside of their treatment. She shared with us the top 10 facts about acupressure she felt we should know:

3. It’s an easy self-help tool.

Lorna often recommends certain acupressure points to patients to help support their acupuncture treatment during the week. Acupressure should be practiced on a regular basis, as it is such an effective self-healing and self-regulating system.

4. It's a natural diagnostic tool.

Acupressure is an excellent diagnostic tool. If a pressure point is tender, painful, hot or cold chances are that the organ, gland or muscle it represents is in need of repair. For example, if a person is experiencing tension headaches, they often naturally rub the area that hurts such

as their temples, forehead or back of the neck. Often with a headache heat may be felt in the local area. 5. It’s painless! Many people are scared of needles and acupressure is a great tool to supplement a treatment or as a treatment alternative. Acupressure can help ease a wide range of dayto-day niggles such as headaches, anxiety and back pain. Acupressure also soothes and refreshes the mind making it ready to absorb the stresses of the day ahead.


“Two minutes a day is enough. No matter how busy you are two minutes is an achievable amount of time for everyone, anywhere. If you can do more, even better!” 6. Two minutes a day is enough.  No matter how busy you are two minutes is an achievable amount of time for everyone, anywhere. If you can do more, even better!

acupuncture also places great focus upon distal acupuncture points in the arms and legs, as these areas are very potent and strong on the channel/ meridian pathways.

7. Concentrate on both halves of the body.

10. Despite all its benefits, some precaution must be taken.

Acupressure practitioners say that one must stimulate the body bilaterally, ie on both sides of the body or both hands and feet. 8. Wearing jewellery is also acupressure.

The Indian habit of adorning oneself liberally with jewellery, such as rings, anklets, armlets, waistbands, toe rings, has a lot more benefits than just accessorising. Jewellery can be worn over certain acupressure points that when stimulated, helps keep the body in sync. For instance in many Indian cultures women wear nose pins or toe rings. Both these points are associated with fertility and are supposed to ensure the proper functioning of the uterus. 9. Your hands and feet are the switchboards to your system.

The human body has hundreds of pressure points, but many practitioners believe that the hands and the feet are the parts that should be concentrated on. Traditional

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Please take into account the following: Acupressure is a complementary treatment. Do not use it as a treatment replacement for chronic, long-standing illness or disorders. If you have any cause for concern please speak with your acupuncturist or GP. Certain acupressure points can be very strong and so some acupressure points are contraindicated during pregnancy, particularly the early stages. Pregnant women are advised not to practice it without having spoken to a practitioner. If you are, or may be pregnant please let your practitioner know and they can adjust the treatment plan to suit your needs. Always check that your practitioner has completed the correct qualifications, this way you are ensured a relaxing treatment with peace of mind.

3 Go-to Acupressure Points for Stress, Headaches and Pain Relief Contraindications:

Some of the following acupressure points have a strong action and should not be used if you are pregnant. Please feel free to contact Lorna at her clinic if you have any further questions. Apply sustained pressure or small massage rotations to each point for 30 seconds to a minute.

Large Intestine 4

Between the thumb and index finger on both hands. A strong dull ache on deep pressure confirms that you have hit the right spot.

Liver 3

Two thumb widths behind the skin-margin between the big toe and second toe on both feet. Yintang

Midway between the eyebrows.

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Telomeres: tell us more? Slowing down the ageing process … If we were to tell you that your chromosomes have little buffers on the end that need strengthening in order to retain your youthful glow and vigour - would you know what we were talking about? Most probably not, we didn’t. Having stumbled across some rather interesting information, which is due to get some serious attention in 2015, we thought we’d tell you more about telomeres … The caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes - they are a bit like the plastic, protective tips at the end of shoelaces and these miniscule little chromosome protectors play a vital role in regard to anti-ageing. In more scientific terms, inside the nucleus of a cell, our genes are arranged along twisted, doublestranded molecules of DNA called chromosomes. At the ends of the chromosomes are stretches of DNA called telomeres, which protect our genetic data, make it possible for cells to divide, and hold some secrets as to how we age and possibly, how we get cancer. Cue, telomeres and their important role in anti-ageing and possible prevention of cancer; they keep chromosome ends from fraying and sticking to each other, which destroys or scrambles an organism's genetic information. Each time a cell divides, their telomeres get shorter and when they get too short, the cell can no longer divide; it becomes inactive or ‘senescent’ or it dies. This shortening process is associated with ageing and cancer. These little telomeres, or shoe lace protectors, for those of us who aren’t scientifically minded, can be likened to little bomb fuses - when they expire, so do our cells … and in turn, so do we.


Telomere shortening is involved in all aspects of the ageing process on a cellular level. Telomere length represents our biological age as opposed to our chronological age. World-renowned telomere expert Calvin B. Harley, PhD and his team made some impacting discoveries; he and his collaborators were the first to observe telomere loss in cell division from normal human cells, and to link this process to cellular ageing. Dr. Calvin Harley co-founded Telome Health Inc. (THI), a molecular diagnostics company focussed on leveraging telomere biology for health monitoring, disease risk, and drug response. Recently, studies have linked telomere length to an array of chronic agerelated conditions (so as well as that youthful glow, telomeres are important to the health aspects related to the ageing process), including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, infections, and Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, along with some forms of cancer.

So, how can we slow down the shortening of our telomeres?

DON’T EVER SMOKE. Smoking is not only hazardous to your lungs and cardiovascular health, but is also found to increase the rate of telomere shortening, which can lead to dysfunction and instability of chromosomes. DE-STRESS YOUR LIFE. The more stress you have in your life, the greater risk of increasing the rate of telomere shortening and ageing more quickly. How to slow it down? As simple as it might sound, the key is to always have a positive outlook on life. Plus, take time off, take holidays, enjoy time with friends and social activities, get plenty of sleep every night, and try meditation. EXERCISE REGULARLY AND PRACTICE SENSIBLE WEIGHT LOSS. By increasing amounts of

physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight, research shows you could keep your telomeres long and healthy, even buffering the effects of chronic stress.


GET YOUR ANTIOXIDANTS DAILY. When high amounts of free

radicals attack cells (causing oxidative stress), they leave no stone unturned making chromosomes and their telomeres vulnerable to shortening. You can best protect yourself by getting plenty of antioxidants in your diet from eating fruits and vegetables daily and/or taking supplements.

TAKE FISH OIL. Fish oil contains long-chain omega-3 fatty acids that are well known for being healthy for the heart, but recent evidence has shown that increasing amounts of fish oil in the diet is associated also with slowing telomere shortening over time. You can get enough by

the most popular nutrient of the decade because of its many benefits including an association with longer telomere length. You can make sure you’re getting enough by practicing safe sun exposure and supplementing with vitamin D daily.

telomerase and telomere lengthening goes on even as you’re reading this article and 2015 looks set to bring this interesting, anti-ageing area of study more to the forefront. So keep your eyes open and look out for telomere tales as the year unfolds.


An enzyme called telomerase can slow, stop or perhaps even reverse the telomere shortening that happens as we age. In 2009, the Nobel Prize for Physiology/ Medicine was awarded to three scientists (Elizabeth H Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak) who discovered how telomerase impacts telomere length.

“Cue, telomeres and their important role in anti-ageing and possible prevention of cancer; they keep chromosome ends from fraying and sticking to each other, which destroys or scrambles an organism’s genetic information.” eating fish a couple of times per week and by supplementing with longchain omega-3s daily.


discoveries have made vitamin D

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Their work explained how the ends of DNA strands are protected by telomeres, and that telomeres are built by telomerase. Exposing human cells to telomerase slows cell ageing and allows cells to begin copying again. The work on



Float Spa

A new and unique approach to relaxation at The Wellness Centre (Castle Quay) We are so very excited that the first Float SPA in the UK, and the ONLY Floatation Therapy pod in the Channel Islands, is available right here in Jersey. Looking rather like something out of a sci-fi movie, the Float SPA is an uber modern, sensory treat for anyone wishing to unwind and relax. Research has proven that this form of therapy boasts an array of benefits and is a wonderfully time efficient way to unwind from the daily grind. Floating is a means of intense relaxation, based on the perfect state experienced in our foetal existence. The beneficial effects of floating mimic those found in nature - the Dead Sea in Jordan is a prime example - known for its high salt concentration, it attracts thousands of visitors each year to relax and treat various medical conditions by immersion in to the water. During a floatation session, the client rests within a sensory-controlled environment, floating on the surface the water, which is super-saturated with Epsom salt. The experience is both highly nourishing for the skin, and deeply relaxing and rejuvenating for the body and mind. It reduces harmful stress hormones, alleviates

pain and tension, and stimulates the release of beneficial endorphins within the brain. When all external stimuli are removed, the human brain goes into what is called the ‘Alpha’ or ‘Theta’ brainwave state; the state which directly precedes sleep, and is actually similar to the state induced by relaxation training, hypnosis, meditation, yoga and massage, both from a psychological and physical perspective. Floating allows the client a short amount of time to be free from the effects of gravity therefore alleviating aching muscles and joints, enabling them to relax completely. While floating, the body is in a state of weightlessness, due to the water’s

high Epsom salt concentration, which allows the client to float effortlessly on the surface of the water. Each floatation pod blocks all noise and light, thereby creating an atmosphere free of distraction. The fewer distractions there are, the more intense the regenerative effect is on the body. This weightless, stimulus-free environment frees the brain from the constant task of orienting the body in space (proprioception) and processing sensory input. By creating a kind of neurological gap, the brain and nervous system are automatically redirected to the task of deep relaxation and restoring balance (homeostasis) in the mind and body. Float therapy is open to all; the benefits are immense and the results are proven. Described as ‘an oasis of calm’, the Float SPA combines wellness and wellbeing, and there is no doubt that each and every one of us could use a little of that. More info at:



Chance discovery for IBS sufferer Lisa Rowat’s life was ruined by IBS until a chance discovery changed her world. Original interview by Melanie Whitehouse for S Magazine

Until the age of 13, Lisa Rowat (pictured above) was a normal, healthy youngster who could eat almost anything. But around the time she began her periods, she started getting crippling abdominal pains and bloating after meals. “The cramps were so bad I even landed up in A&E one night because my mum thought I’d got an appendicitis,” Lisa says. Foods that seemed to trigger a reaction included bread, onions, mushrooms and green peppers, and by the time she was 16, almost everything Lisa ate resulted in diarrhoea or vomiting. Lisa’s doctor said her problem was Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and that flare-ups were linked to her menstrual cycle. Various treatments were recommended, from


Fybogel to Imodium (which can cause constipation – a very bad thing for IBS sufferers). Then, in 2007, Lisa was sent for an endoscopy and colonoscopy, followed by a biopsy on both her bowel and intestine. No problems were revealed, other than an intolerance to gluten. “So I started a gluten-free diet but that tends to be very high in fat, and I began putting on weight,” she said. “It also costs a fortune. I ended up at WeightWatchers weighing in at 13st 9lbs, and I was retaining so much fluid that some days I could only wear a tracksuit. Also my nails and hair were dry and brittle and I had no energy.”


“So I started a gluten-free diet but that tends to be very high in fat, and I began putting on weight. It also costs a fortune.” Lisa’s mother had experienced similar problems as a teenager but her condition improved with age. Lisa’s, unfortunately, seemed to be getting worse. “I’d get so sick that I’d sweat from the pain of the cramps and the diarrhoea,” she recalls. Then, in 2010, Lisa’s mother saw a magazine article about a new ‘prebiotic’ – a food supplement that stimulates the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. “I wasn’t that hopeful but I thought I might as well try it,” Lisa says of the chewable pastilles. “Within a week of taking them, I started to feel better and within three weeks I decided to try lasagne, which had always made me sick for a whole day. Incredibly, I was fine. “Gradually, I added in other ‘forbidden’ foods – things I hadn’t been able to look at in years, like bread, dairy products, pre-prepared sauces, mushrooms and peppers – and they are all back on the menu now. The only thing I still avoid is stuffing, but that doesn’t bother me. I also began to notice that I felt much more energetic and my hair and nails were less dull and brittle. I’ve even lost two stones. Since then, I’ve taken two prebiotic pastilles a day and always will, because they are the only things that have worked for me. My doctor is amazed. I only wish I’d discovered them much earlier – they’ve made such a difference.”

IBS – the Facts Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a common gut disorder but the cause is unknown. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, wind, diarrhoea and constipation. Up to one in five people in the UK will develop the condition at some stage, often as a teenager or young adult. IBS is twice as common in women as in men. The foods most often reported to provoke IBS symptoms are wheat (in bread and cereals), rye, barley, dairy products, coffee and other caffeine-rich drinks (such as tea and cola) and onions. There is no cure for IBS but a clinical trial by the University of Reading found that the prebiotic supplement taken by Lisa Rowat (shown), called Bimuno IBAID, could ease the symptoms. “Gut health is so important,” says GP Dr Ellie Cannon. “Few people realise that around 60% of our immune system is associated with the gut. The best way to stop feeling run-down and lethargic is to build up your immunity, and certain types of naturally occurring ‘good’ gut bacteria can play a central role in that. Prebiotics can serve as an ideal foodstuff for good gut bacteria, causing them to grow and flourish and also helping to reduce bad bacteria.” Bimuno IBAID (£9.99 for 30 chewable pastilles) is available from Boots or at:

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Life in the Matrix! WORDS: Georgina Noel, EFT Practitioner

In March, I went to Brighton for training to become a Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner. This technique is an amazing addition to my current work as it uses tapping, but with an interesting twist. Imagine being able to go back to the first time you emotionally ate or decided you were afraid of spiders, change the belief and give yourself back the power? Sounds too good to be true? Well, it’s now a very real possibility with Matrix Reimprinting. Whilst training, I got an opportunity to work with Karl Dawson (EFT Master and founder of Matrix Reimprinting). Yes, I was a little star struck! I started with a memory which I had, of being on Greve de Lecq Beach when I was tiny, being in the sea and a huge wave scooping me up and dragging me under. The exact memory was of me in the sea in between being dunked as I popped up for a gasp of air and saw my mum and her friend running towards the water – my mum can’t swim so I knew she would be panicking. 42

As I was delving deeper into this memory, another one popped up! It was of me in my car having just received the phone call from the police about my friend dying. The ‘me in the sea’ and the ‘me in the car’ are both ECHOs (more on this below). So, I stepped in and tapped on my ECHO in the car. She had frozen, just like we do when we go into shock, I tapped on her and told her she would be OK and we were going to get through this together. With Matrix Reimprinting, we are

looking for the belief you formed in that moment. So, after my ECHO had calmed down, I asked her and she told me that she thought it was all her fault. That was the belief. “It’s All My Fault”. I become quite emotional because it was like a switch had flicked in my head and I could see how this belief had drawn events and people to me throughout my whole life. So, the rest of the session was spent healing my ECHO and helping her see that it wasn’t her fault. It dawned


on me that the previous memory of me in the sea was linked due to this belief. Little me in the sea had known her mum would panic and had felt that it was all her fault. Woah. So, that has been a theme in my life, which I can now heal by going back to other memories around this theme and reimprinting them with a more positive belief. Matrix Reimprinting works with your ECHOs (Energy Conciousness Holograms). These are likened to your Inner Child. I think of it like a Sliding Doors moment. At the time of trauma, a version of you splits out and carries the trauma for you because it would be too big for you to deal with at that moment. The ECHO holds the trauma so you don’t have to. However, over time, it gets harder for the ECHO to keep you protected (it must be tiring carrying all that trauma

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for so long!) so it’s like we’re going back and healing you when the trauma really occurred. You know, those times when you ‘froze’, we can go back and help you through that traumatic event quickly, as with my ECHO in the car. The effects of this are incredible and I am already feeling the benefits. When my session was over, my brain felt like it had been cleaned! I felt lighter. I looked like a member of Kiss having shed a few tears and streaking my mascara down my face, but I felt so much lighter and so relieved. As with classic EFT, this technique brings clarity and release from old thought and emotional patterns and behaviours.

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Focus on Feelings

A better strategy to get what you REALLY want. Measuring our success by the things we manage to attain, obtain or maintain is proving to be less than effective in terms of achieving happiness. Indeed, a better strategy for getting what we really want, is to focus on what we DO have; for positive emotions beget positive feelings, and feeling good is after all how we want to feel. We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognising and appreciating what we already have. We pursue £££s, property and perfect partners; yet we forget how we want to feel once we have those things. The focus tends to weigh too heavily on the things, as opposed to the feelings we hope for as a result. By not thinking about how we want to feel once we’ve hit our targets, nailed our objectives and married the proverbial ‘one,’ we are falling short on the happiness scale in the long run. Picture this, you have always dreamed of having that special car parked outside your ample property in that area you walked through every day as a kid, dreaming dreams of success; you have enough money for those trips to various corners of the globe that you always wished to visit and you eat at the restaurants your parents couldn’t afford to go to apart from on special occasions, in fact, you pretty much do all the things you ever wanted to do. You’ve made it, right? You’re blissfully happy and affluence is your middle name. Not necessarily. You could, like many who reach their ‘life goals,’ feel disappointed, disheartened and deflated – your


goals were never the actual things, rather the feelings attributed to the things; the feeling of momentum and achievement when reaching set targets is now gone as each milestone has turned into a reality and what are you left with? The feelings that you may have thought would actually come from gathering up your desires one by one, could actually be lacking – and the emptiness which comes as a result is a gargantuan shock to most people – the notion that we will feel happy once we have all of those items and things crossed off our bucket list is often misconstrued and that’s why we should consider how we want to feel first. Too many of us do things back to front in terms of reaching our goals – our goals aren’t the ‘things’ our goals are the feelings we hope for by attaining these ‘things’. Feelings First

Feelings don’t tend to lie, and good feelings – the ones, which bring about that notion of contentedness and satisfaction, are the real marker of success and wellbeing at its best. As you delve in to the ‘feelings first’ strategy, you reach milestones in a different way; as you open up to your authentic self and attain your desires,

you notice that magnetic magic – following your feelings brings about more of the same. Energy flows where attention goes, and if you focus your attention on your feelings first, instead of the material things you might wish for, you make lifeaffirming actions that bring about life-affirming results. Being wholeheartedly realistic, some days, aiming for laws of attraction and unwavering positivity can be hard. Sometimes we take a knock on the target and we hit the post in terms of a goal – well, in order to get back on track, try manifesting the feelings you desire (of importance, prosperity or excitement etc.), with small steps, manageable methods to attain the feeling derived from those desires. Treat yourself, pamper, meditate, exercise and spend some time indulging in a modicum of something that measures the feeling you most want overall. Even if it’s for just half an hour a day. Remember; feelings are magnetic and good feelings equal positive actions and in turn, the results you want and deserve.


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Mental Health Stigma Are we beating it? A lot has changed in terms of how people understand mental health, but has enough changed to stop the stigma? At its worst level, mental health stigma can rob people of their right to opportunities; at it’s best, well… there is no best. The fact is, the more we understand about mental health, the better. More of us actually suffer from mental health issues than ever before; more time and energy goes into scientific research than ever before, and society and our environment has brought about labels, so we can all give our issues names, and relate. The Internet has enabled more understanding, more help and more means to find out about our own mental health and it’s given a platform to those whom we can acknowledge to be suffering from mental health issues - all power to those people who do share their stories.

That reluctance can be understandable. Although most of us crave support, understanding, and love, we also worry that if we reveal our true selves, we’ll be judged, criticised, or rejected in some way or another. And even worse, perhaps calling upon antiquated points of view, some worry that, if we were to reveal our inner selves to a psychiatrist, we might be labelled as crazy, locked up in an asylum, medicated into oblivion, or put into a straightjacket. Of course, such fears are the accompaniment of the very idiosyncrasies, foibles, and life struggles that keep us from unattainably perfect mental health; things that fuel the stigma associated with that side of our wellbeing.

When someone who works in psychology or psychiatry meets people at a party and reveals what he or she does for a living, two responses are typical. People either say, ‘I’d better be careful what I say around you,’ and then clam up, or they say, ‘I could talk to you for hours,’ and then launch into a litany of questions or complaints, usually about one or another family member, in-law, co-worker, or friend. It seems that people are quick to acknowledge the ubiquity of those who might benefit from a psychiatrist’s attention, while expressing a deep reluctance ever to publically seek it out for themselves.

With various neurosis stemming from an ever-evolving society; from war to the digital revolution – there are an array of extra reasons and causes of issues to our mental health. More studies on autism and mental health issues raised by behaviour in children, bring about a deeper need to understand and exult the stigma from mental health. Celebrities are speaking out on topics such as bipolar and the controversial issue of ADHD spends a large amount of time being discussed in the media. Mental health issues are topical; they’re discussed in the mainstream and long may that be so.


The deep-seated concern within mental health is arguably, the common worry that on admitting their problems, people feel that they’ll be labelled. It’s the words that we use which (albeit in a sort of clichéd resolution of truisms), cause mental health issues to remain stigmatised. The connotations associated to words such as ‘crazy’ or ‘mental’, bring about notions of deranged or demented; words that really have no place in describing today’s mental health issues. An overall consensus on reaching the goal of beating the mental health stigma, is that it’s a topic that has to remain up for discussion; current, candid and heard without judgment or ridicule. Using honesty and open mindedness (if you haven’t suffered from mental health issues or concerns, there’s a good chance that you’ve met someone who does or has). The more people can be upfront about their mental health, the better - more treatment, more checks, more investment in to research and less lost opportunities for those who, if they remain quiet, hidden behind the stigma of mental health, don’t get to make it. Our mental health is after all, just as important as our physical health.


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8 Tips for Understanding and Helping Anxiety WORDS: CHARLOTTE WATTS, Nutritional Therapist & Yoga Teacher First published for Heal Your Life and reproduced with the kind permission of the Author.

I’ve been interested in anxiety for a long time. My own nervous breakdown at 23 has since proved an amazing resource with clients, teaching and writing, as I really do know what it is to live with this state where our mind-body is responding to feelings that the world is ‘not safe’. This constant alert mode is exhausting, with vigilance mechanisms revved right up to sensory overload and often wanting to hide away when all filters are open and communications feel jarring. It can be a bit of a vicious cycle. Those of us who tend to go to anxious states when things get too much, may well have learnt coping mechanisms to be around others from a young age. Holding it together and being on the self-defensive can often come across as aloof or cocky (two words I’ve heard myself described as, when feeling very different inside!). Anxiety is an expression of the fight-orflight stress response, but we often can’t run away. To be around others then comes out as the fight – intolerance, snappiness and sudden mood swings are common reactions that don’t help our case. Essentially attacking others doesn’t really help us get the comfort, reassurance and calm that we might crave, even subconsciously. I’m currently running a case studies programme to explore the content from my latest book The De-Stress Effect. Almost half of the 24 participants said that they


applied because of anxiety and every member said they experienced it at some time. They are not wearing this trait obviously on the outside, for most it comes and goes and they try to hide away when it’s at its worst. It was reassuring to the group to realise that their anxious world inside was not unlike that others experienced. Other folk - intelligent, ‘normal’, functioning - all had stuff going on beneath the surface; were wrestling with their own demons. Talking freely about this state as a pretty rational response to over stimulation, doing too much and high expectations, was liberating for all. Being able to view this agitation for the all body response that it is, has been helping them find perspective and space, where there was previously knee-jerk reactions and feeling locked in, locked down and seeing no way out.


Several key effective, but simple changes helps lay down the foundations to find calm. Find what works best for you and then your personal best route back down from anxiety: 1. Make a foundation – sit down and eat

a good breakfast to settle and start from a place where you can feel sustained and not lacking, so you feel more able to cope with whatever comes up.

2. Eat celery – long used as traditional

calmative and sleep medicinal, celery contains apigenin, which engages the calming ‘rest, heal and digest’ parasympathetic nervous system.

5. Sigh out with an out-breath – so much

of being anxious is feeling overwhelmed, like everything is too much. The exhalation is releasing and helps do some important ‘emptying out’, especially when we may be prone to taking on too much (work, information, support for others) and ‘filling up’.

6. Lay with legs up the wall (or on a chair) – turning your body upside-down so your

legs are above your head, slows down the blood needing to pump from the heart as gravity takes blood from the legs back to the heart instead.

7. Supplement magnesium – this mineral is essential for our nervous system to be able to bring us down after we’ve gone up. Low levels are common in Western societies and linked to anxiety, insomnia, IBS, depression, panic attacks and headaches. 300mg magnesium citrate with dinner helps the quality of sleep that regulates appropriate stress responses.

3. Drink camomile tea – not new advice

I know, but it has only recently been understood how the effects of camomile actually accumulate several days after drinking it, raising body and brain levels of the calming neurotransmitter glycine.

4. Treat yourself as a friend – be kind and

8. Take a good quality probiotic – in research circles, these beneficial gut bacteria are now being referred to as psychobiotics. The quality of our gut environment determines to what level we are able to self-soothe; too few and the signals to keep stress responses up keep going round in circles.

talk to yourself as you would a close friend or child. Your anxiety is not you, nor a reflection of yourself – you can thank it for being vigilant and looking out for you. Let it be heard and……

More info about Charlotte, health resources, her classes, workshops, retreats and consultations: Charlotte’s new book, The De-Stress Effect is out now – more info on page 89.

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Enough of the negative self-talk, we need to stop apologising. Sending out an SNS … say, what? Have you seen it, or been part of the social media awakening #sorrynotsorry – the wake up call a lot of us women needed in order to stop ourselves from apologising too much? There is a delightful degree of camaraderie and in fact, this feel good factor wake up call was really long overdue. So, without further ado, and without saying sorry, here’s the lowdown on #sorrynotsorry. The message is clear; negative self-talk and the over-use of ‘sorry’ is damaging. What’s more, it’s rife in women. Sorries often permeate perfectly good conversations for no apparent reason A sorry as you sit down at the dinner table, a sorry when you hand over loose chang.e at the till, a sorry as you pass someone in a crowd, a sorry for standing, for sitting, for breathing. Why so sorry? Women especially, seem to drop a sorry in to conversation where silence would have sufficed. Sure, it’s the right thing to say – and not the hardest word for nothing – when you’ve made a mistake and have genuine remorse, but all this apologising is no good for our health. Saying these words repeatedly can have a negative impact on our self-esteem, and can also be seen as a sign of weakness when an apology is inappropriate. We need to stop saying sorry when we’ve got nothing to be sorry for!


If you’ve caught yourself doing this, it’s time to stop. But how?

Log those sorries

Keep a note of every time you say ‘sorry’, what was the reason, and how did you feel – before and after the word slipped out? Sorry is often used when people are feeling insecure or awkward, as a soothing mechanism when they’re not sure of what to say next; although then, having said it out of context, it also makes you feel even more timid. So instead, try changing your thoughts so you come from a position of strength and confidence.

Ask a friend

Ask your friends what they think. Your closest friends will tell you if you apologise too much. You could even task them with pointing it out each time you do it!


Find a new link word

Very often saying ‘sorry’ is an automatic response or introduction of a new thought, so if you feel you need a ‘link’ word, think of new ways you could do this. Perhaps, ‘What if …’, ‘Thinking of it another way, …’, or ‘Let me say …’ – you’ll know the right ones to use, once you start to think about it.

Quiet the inner critic

It may be a case of your inner critic becoming overly active. Your inner critic is there to guide you; it should be a constructive and honest inward friend. If it is becoming your enemy, then take control of it, don’t let anyone get you down, least of all you. If and when your inner critic pipes up to do you down, hand over again to your best friend, what would they say? Go with that version, it’s going to be more authentic and loving.

Silence is golden

And if there is nothing to apologise for, then have the courage to keep quiet. There is no harm in a pause from time to time. Silence used confidently and with intention is powerful. You will soon become known for your moments of deep and considered thought!

Genuine apologies

Save your apologies for when you’ve genuinely done something wrong - when you’ve hurt someone’s feelings or when you’re offering your condolences. Then take ownership and say it as you’ve never said it before; not only will it mean more, it will be heartfelt. We’re not sorry for being strong and you shouldn’t be either! #shinestrong

Avoid over-committing

Remember that it’s not humanely possible to please everyone all of the time. Start by politely declining requests that you don’t have time for or you don’t want to do.

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Natural Beauty - 8 ingredients

Aside from what’s within, it’s what’s within the larder too! The recipe for natural beauty doesn’t have to consist of a bunch of chemicals that you’ve never even heard of; have a peek in your kitchen and no doubt you will find at least half of the natural ingredients you need for an array of skin and hair care remedies. From avocados to onions, sour cream to honey - there are plenty of natural beauty treatments right there at your finger tips and another bonus of these easy access, natural ingredients is of course, they come a whole lot cheaper than most branded beauty products! Onions …

Chamomile Tea Bags …

Avocados …

Honey …

Yes, they make our eyes water and their pungent smell is hardly something we’d suggest as breath freshener, but did you know that the juice from an onion can encourage eyebrow hair growth? Really? With Cara Delvingne blazing the trail for bushy brows, some of us may feel like we’ve over done it with the tweezers. If you want to kick start your Cara brow, then try squeezing out the juice from an onion and rubbing it in to a cotton wool bud, just apply regularly to the brow area and, ta dah! Guacamole will soon be on the summer menu, but save a pear or two for a nourishing face mask. This superfood fights ageing and provides intense moisture for dry skin. It can also help get rid of age spots, while leaving pores free and clear. And you can lick it off after too!


If your eye area is looking a little puffy and dark, help comes in the form of your morning beverage. Tests show that tea bags contain two important compounds – caffeine and tannins (anti-inflammatory astringents), that reduce those pesky, puffy areas. Leave your tea bags in boiling water for five minutes, pop them in the fridge to cool, and then do a little at-home spa with each bag covering an entire eye area. Chamomile contains added anti-inflammatory properties and so enables those bright eyes to shine. Lovely, runny, sweet delicious honey is a must have for any household. Replace sugar with honey for added nutritional benefits and slap it on your face, lips and hair for extra shine, gloss and lustrousness. Basically, all honey is good but not all honey was created equal, there are some which are better than others. There’s evidence that the darker honeys have more antioxidants, so that’s a good attribute to seek.


Garlic …

Garlic was once known to ward off Dracula and his buddies, but did you know that the cloves of this pungent cooking ingredient can also scare off the unfriendly visitors to our skin-zits! Ayurvedic healers believe the antioxidant properties in garlic can help heal acne scars and prevent new blemishes from forming. You can apply fresh garlic juice directly onto a newly formed pimple, or dilute with water and cleanse with a washcloth. If the smell offends you, simply soak peeled cloves in milk for an hour before applying … Wasabi …

Do you want pillowy, pouty lips without the need to apply lip balms that induce the bee sting look? Try dabbing a bit of spicy wasabi on your lips for a super pouty kisser. Who needs fillers or injections?

Apple Cider Vinegar …

Apple cider vinegar is the best astringent in nature because it helps to balance your skin's pH, making you both less oily and less dry. Plus, it promotes blood circulation and kills bacteria, yeasts, and viruses. Always dilute apple cider vinegar - it is pretty pungent stuff. Apply to your face with cotton or a spritzer. No need to wash it off, although you may want to wipe with a warm damp cloth because as we said, it smells pretty strong!

There are lots of other fabulous natural skin and hair care ingredients, it can be fun putting together your own recipes - so report back to us on our Facebook page and share the natural beauty care love!

Sour Cream …

It can be hard to find products that won’t irritate sensitive skin, but sour cream, which includes lactic acid, smoothes and nourishes gently. The acid is a type of alpha hydroxyl acid, found in many skin care products, and works to improve skin tone and texture. Apply a tablespoon of the full-fat variety and leave on your face for 20 minutes for a healthy, glowing complexion. (Why not prepare some crudities and enjoy the rest of your sour cream whilst the rest of the tub works its magic on your skin!).

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? o b im L o id ib L h it Living w Reboot your sex drive! WORDS: Lucy Sanderson

After a long day at the office, school runs, gym or wherever your day takes you, you may be left feeling more than exhausted and let’s face it, hardly in the mood for some lovin’… But what if the stresses and strains of daily life affect your libido and render you something of a husk in the bedroom? Maybe it’s time to reboot your sex drive. Declining hormones, medications, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, work stress, relationship issues, and other problems all take their toll on women in the bedroom. Loss of sexual desire, known in medical terms as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), is the most common form of sexual dysfunction among women of all ages. A recent study showed that nearly one third of women aged 18 to 59 suffer from a lost interest in sex, and it's not all in their heads. Unlike men's main sexual complaint (erectile dysfunction), women's biggest sexual problem is caused by a combination of both mental and physical factors, which aren't likely to be cured by merely popping a pill. Women’s sexual desires and needs tend to be multifaceted and one issue can have a knock on effect; detrimental to keeping your sex drive in gear.


A lot of the time, lifestyle changes can make a world of difference when it comes to rebooting your sex drive. Taking time to reduce stress levels, eating well and not drinking too much alcohol (one or two glasses of wine never hurt, in fact a little glass of wine can actually help to relax and get you in the mood!), decent amounts of sleep and a bit of pampering and self care can all help toward sparking the desire for sex. But if you feel there is something else hindering your sexual prowess then it’s time to speak to someone to ascertain whether there are other more deep-rooted reasons behind the lack of lust. There is no real definition as to what constitutes ‘normal’ libido, or how often you ‘should be’ wanting to have sex. It’s up to YOU to decide what’s normal for YOU. And there’s no connection between having a low sex drive – that is, not thinking and fantasising about sex on a regular


basis — and enjoying sex when you do have it. So if your level of sex drive isn’t bothering you, and it’s not getting in the way of your partner’s satisfaction in the relationship or enjoying sex, you may not have a problem at all! Only YOU know when things are feeling a little lacklustre in the lust department. If you think you have an issue with sex, or lack thereof, then perhaps it’s time to talk to someone. Try talking to your partner first – they will know whether things have taken a nosedive and you can also benefit from keeping communications open. One of the main issues that arise from low libido (in one partner and not the other) is that relationships may suffer. By enabling conversation and discussion with your other half, you are already addressing the problem and probably instilling a bit of much needed confidence in your partner by being open and honest and reassuring them that it’s not their fault – and that there’s no one else on the scene taking up your time in the bedroom.

Talk with your doctor or a counsellor about what you're going through. Your primary care GP may be able to address the physical aspects, but you may also benefit from relationship counselling or sex therapy: your doctor should review your overall health, note any medications you're taking, and talk with you about what you're experiencing. If you feel awkward about talking to your doctor (or if they seem dismissive or unable to help), look for a gynecologist, or a sex therapist who is knowledgeable about the physical, relationship-related, and emotional elements of loss of libido. Remember, a healthy sex life is indeed an important part of overall health but, there is no external measure of what counts as a healthy sex drive. What counts is what is healthy and satisfying to YOU.

Things YOU can try at home to reboot your sex drive:

Stock up on foods that are rich in zinc, including oysters, pumpkin seeds, toasted wheat germ, and dark chocolate as they all boost libido, so does maca, ginseng, shatavari, ginkgo, and oatstraw. All of these may be taken alone or in combination, or as liquid extracts, capsules, or pills.

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Yoga… Exercise can indeed encourage and invigorate sexual energy but yoga in particular can help stimulate your libido and enhance pelvic health.

(even if no one else knows!), run a bath, use essential oils, light candles, get your partner to give you a massage, stick on a bit of Marvin Gaye and well, you get the picture!

Do something each day that makes you feel sexy and confident… Wear your most seductive underwear

Watch Fifty Shades of Grey … OK, that last one was to raise a smile but … whatever floats your boat!



The Tampon Taboo - Why can’t we talk about periods? WORDS AND RESEARCH: Lucy Sanderson

Why is society so shy about menstruation? From advertising and the media (on TV, the graphics are always light blue and women smile and skip and dance - yeah, right), to real life, women are faced with more than just the painful cramps; mind numbing back ache, massive disruption and inner demons of what is commonly referred to as ‘PMT’. It’s recently becoming more of a topic, in light of women’s issues in some countries such as India, where menstruation is seen as impure, embarrassing, unclean – and what’s worse, something that should be dealt with discreetly and silently and often away from the house. These countries are often also the ones where a vast number of families have no sanitation and the risk of using dirty cloths and water causes great risk to women’s health. The thing is, menstruation is a fact of life for the vast majority of women, for a vast majority of their life for up to ten days per month and as such, why can’t it just be talked about openly? It’s quite interesting that so much embarrassment, awkwardness, and shame surround a normal bodily function, even in Western society. Religion and culture play their part in establishing this taboo within this particular topic of women’s health. The Old Testament stipulates that a woman is unclean during menstruation and the laws of Judaism ordain “a menstruous woman shall be unclean for seven days from the beginning of her period, whether it lasts only one day or all seven…” In fact, everything she touches will be unclean and men are definitely not supposed to go near a menstruating woman, as they too will be unclean. In the Hindu faith, women are prohibited from participating in normal life while menstruating and aren’t allowed into a temple, or even a kitchen. Across the board, most religions and cultures have something or other to say about menstruation and it’s often not useful (one exception is Sikhism; Guru Nānak, the founder of Sikhism, condemned the practice of treating women as impure while menstruating). Archaic views indeed, but the sinful thing is that these beliefs are still manifested in today’s modern society too, where education prevails yet we are still shamed out of talking about something so normal. One third of girls don't think they can talk to their fathers about it and a large proportion of women the world over say that they think talking about it to guys is inappropriate.


Think of it this way; what would your brother, boyfriend or husband say if you asked them to pick you up some tampons whilst they nip out to get the paper? How do you feel if a sanitary towel falls out of your bag as you’re digging around for your bus fare? Does it really matter? Guys, if you do happen to wince at the thought of picking up a box of tampons for your other half, think about it does the person at the check out really think they’re for you? C’mon. The fact is, this taboo needs to be addressed. As long as these sorts of topics are kept on the lowdown, women’s issues are held back. For instance, without a wider understanding of menstruation, can it be deemed as a viable reason to be off sick from work, for instance? Probably not. In actual fact some women are literally debilitated by their monthly cycle; furthermore, issues surrounding irregular periods can also indicate more serious issues with regard to women’s health and if it’s not a topic that’s up for discussion then surely some women are suffering in silence and not getting treated. No one needs to go around with a megaphone, announcing details of their period, but in order to put this taboo topic into perspective, it needs to be viewed as a simple fact of life; a bodily function - nothing dirty, embarrassing or shameful. In some countries in the world, women are forced to go and live in cowsheds, or barns whilst they menstruate, and education about periods is almost non-existent. The deep-rooted taboo feeds into the risible myth making around menstruation: women are impure, filthy, sick and even cursed during their period. It's reported that at least one in five girls in India drop out of school due to menstruation. More recently, charities and initiatives to educate people, empower women and assist with sanitation have sprung up and are making a difference. It’s time to shake off this taboo, from here to India: we are women, we bleed. Deal with it.


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Medical Aesthetics WORDS: Dr Kealey Harding BDS Medical Aesthetics Practitioner and Dental Surgeon

It has long been a belief that the wellbeing of an individual is about being satisfied with one’s health, appearance, possessions and the environment in which we live. This has in part, resulted in the ever-increasing popularity of Medical Aesthetics. This term encompasses non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures such as (but not limited to) muscle relaxing injections, volume replacement fillers, medical micro needling, chemical peels, microdermabrasion and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. Although these procedures are typically elective, they can significantly improve quality of life, psychological wellbeing and social function. As we age, skin loses elasticity, volume, texture and tone. Wrinkles form, eyelids droop, cheeks hollow and you may appear more tired, worried or older than you are or actually feel. The complexion can become dull and uneven. What can you do? There used to be few options for turning back the clock without going under the knife. However today, you can soften the signs of ageing with a wide range of non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures. No solution is right for everyone and treatment depends on your skin type, lifestyle habits and overall health. Many procedures can also be combined to maximise results as part of an on going treatment plan. Skincare protocols using Medical strength cosmecuticals can restore

and revitalise your skin and can successfully treat conditions such as Acne and Rosacea, as well as sun-damaged skin and hyperpigmentation concerns. However skin rejuvenation can also be self-propagated. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy harnesses the natural healing components of your own body to promote skin rejuvenation. From a small blood sample, your unique PRP is prepared. PRP has a resultant concentration of growth factors and other natural regenerative molecules, 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual. Once on site, these molecules stimulate collagen, elastin and cellular growth. As well as improving local blood supply and hydration, skin texture and tone should gradually improve and lead to a rejuvenated looking skin.

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Unlike other treatments PRP is autologous (self-sourced) and therefore adverse reactions are very rare. PRP has been used for many years to assist healing in Implant Dentistry and has been shown to be successful in accelerating healing times from chronic tendon injuries such as tennis elbow. Amongst others, advocates of this treatment include Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal. Dr Kealey Harding offers proven therapies, non-surgical procedures and medically managed skin enhancement protocols to help minimise the negative effects of the environment and time, whilst maintaining natural expression. You’ll find her at The Wellness Centre (Castle Quay).


Sports massage… Pain or pleasure? There are so many different types of massage that you can have, one of the most popular is the Sports massage. We hear many stories of clients who enlist the services of various massage therapists, and some tell stories of abject agony and pain that they have endured in the name of Sport! So... it got us thinking. Why should a Sports massage be painful? The Lido Physio and Spinal Clinic recently welcomed Kirstie White to their team. She started working in the clinic in March and her services have proved extremely popular. Here’s Kirstie’s take on the subject... “The aim of a Sports massage is twofold, depending on when you have it. It can be used to warm muscles up before competition or simply aid muscles to recover after exercise. “There is a plethora of literature that shows pain and excess pressure to desensitise and inhibit muscle function. So if you have a long-term injury and you have a painful Sports massage, it may feel great 60

afterwards, but if you are still not shaking off that niggle, then perhaps a more gentle, controlled approach is better for you.

“The aim of a Sports massage is twofold, depending on when you have it. It can be used to warm muscles up before competition or simply aid muscles to recover after exercise.” “We can combine a massage with a Functional Movement Assessment of our clients before massage and then compare the improved movement performance using our ViMove technology afterwards so that you can accurately measure the improvement in your quality of movement.”


More about Functional Assessment WORDS: Paul Deveney, Lido Physio and Spinal Clinic The importance of your baseline

We all move in a unique way. An interesting way to illustrate this is to touch your toes. This can be done through a combination of rotation through your pelvis and/or bending your back. Some people do not bend their back, whilst others achieve the same result by over rotating their pelvis. The way you touch your toes is not overly important on its own. The baseline movement tests take just 30 minutes and capture the full range of how you move. How can a Baseline Assessment help me?

It can help identify areas that increase your risk of injury. A tailored programmeme can be developed to strengthen or retrain certain muscle groups. ViMove can monitor your progress and help you get to where you would like to be. A baseline is your normal reference point and is a guide to help you recover from an injury. For example, if you have injured the hamstring on your left leg – when should you resume your normal activity? ViMove can monitor the recovery of your hamstring injury and ensure that you regain normal activity without a re-injury. What will we Assess?

We will test the following movements: Forward flexion: bending forward as far as comfortable Back extension: bending back as far as comfortable Lateral flexion: bending to left and right side as far as comfortable One leg standing: standing on left leg and then right leg Pelvic tilt: tilting pelvis towards the back and then towards the front while standing Sitting: sitting in normal, upright and slouched postures Sitting pelvic tilt: tilting pelvis towards the back and then towards the front while sitting These movements look simple, but they are fundamental in how you move and enable us to determine your baseline with the help of the ViMove report. More info:

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Inside Man If it’s feeling like ‘man down’ time, then read on … Men and women are indeed very different creatures; from the challenges we’re faced with, to the type of foods we should or shouldn’t eat. Guys, we know how much you tend to dislike facing up to things that might worry you; lumps and bumps and concerns about your health, whether you’re Mister Timid, or Iron Man, we urge you to be mindful of your wellbeing. We looked into some common traits and subsequent issues that guys face every day, there are some factoids here that are brand new news, so fellas, please read on! Get Up: Stand Up …

Did you know that hitting the ‘snooze’ button numerous times before dragging yourself out from under the duvet is a sure fire sign that you need to get more rest. Obvious, maybe, but people hit snooze and procrastinate because they're intimidated by their day, they feel overwhelmed by their workload because they're not realistic. When it comes to sleep, the right amount varies from person to person, overall, anywhere between 7-9 hours is practically perfect; add to this an agenda that doesn't stress you out (and still accomplishes what must be done) means you'll be ready to tackle the day when your alarm goes off. Skipping breakfast …

Not a good move. An uber strong, fiercely fit and definitely wise sensai once gave us the lowdown on the break of the fast, which is breakfast, and judging by his wellbeing, he had it down right. The idea here is to start


your morning strong (hence the above tidbit of advice too), nourishing your body after a good night’s sleep with a healthy fuel of a good breakfast sets you up for the day – gets the juices flowing and the energy sparked. Plus, it stops midmorning snacking on junk; sugar and caffeine and all those quick fix baddies. Overtraining …

You want to bulk up, lose weight, impress the ladies (or guys), get mega fit for a competition; everyone’s been there right? The thing is, way too many guys take their training as an excuse to over do it – proving a point that’s not really a point at all. The point is to achieve something (be it the weight loss or bulking, etc), not to cause your body any stress or trauma. Research has shown that 90 minutes or more of continuous, moderate to high intensity training weakens the immune system. It’s really important to let your body recover after working out.


Ditch the braces or gym belts …

Taking note of the above, it is said you really ought not to wear braces or gym belts on a regular basis. On all but the heaviest lifts (at or near one-rep max) best wisdom says that weight belts shouldn’t be worn. By giving continuous external support to your core muscles, you actually weaken those muscles over time. Heavy squats, overhead presses, deadlifts etc; all train the abs when performed without any lifting gear – a belt eliminates the benefit. If your doctor has prescribed a brace for your knee or ankle, then allow the doctor to let you know how often and when and where to wear it. Use condoms …

Without trying to sound tiresome, even if your gorgeous new girlfriend says she’s on the pill, it’s good practice to still take precautions. Of course, it’s always best to get tested regularly but without the openness and honesty of a more stable relationship, you just don’t know. Pregnancy is not your only concern; chlamydia and gonorrhea are both up in terms of the rate with which men are seeking treatment over the past few years and the only way to stay STD free is to use a condom. Lay off the booze and caffeine …

After a long day (fuelled by coffee, tut tut), the first thing a lot of guys want to do is go and chill out – shoot some pool perhaps, and throw back a few beers. That’s all well and good, but as an every day habit, this is not going to bode well for your wellbeing. It has been reported that men who drink 3-4 alcoholic drinks a day are at a much higher risk of developing cancer of the mouth, neck and throat. They are also twice as likely to develop liver cirrhosis and high blood pressure. Two alcohol free days per week, AT LEAST, will make a vast difference to you if you’ve been hitting the pub or the bottle to wind down. The coffee that kick started the day and managed to fend off heavy eye-lids throughout an arduous day at work is going to have had almost as bad an effect as too much booze. The shocking fact here is that guys, who drink more than 28 cups of coffee per week (that’s just 4 a day), have a 56% higher risk of dying of any cause at all! There we go. A few wellbeing factors for fellas. Keep it mindful, strength comes from within, so keep the inside man fuelled with good, nutritious food, take plenty of rest and sleep and exercise, but don’t over do it. A little bit of what you fancy does you good, but play it safe across the board; booze to a minimum, caffeine too and when it comes down to you know what, wear a condom!

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow Accepting the challenges faced by your follicles WORDS: Lucy Sanderson

It can be a troubling time, when you find more and more hair building up in the plug hole in your shower or sink. Millions of men of all ages, across all countries, for generations have dealt with that day - where it’s seemed on the cards for a while, but there’s that moment when the scalp/hair ratio switches from barely any scalp, to bare/patchy scalp and the hair gets thinner and less lustrous. Goodness knows, there are jokes and pranks all based on hair loss but for some men, this is a particularly tricky time. No one has ever referred to men’s hair as their “crowning glory,” (aside from maybe Samson in the Bible), but hair loss can still be a big psychological blow to men. For many, it’s likely to be the first sign they’re getting older. Baldness is a subtle reminder that one’s youthful glory days are slowly slipping away and it can make a lot of


men feel less confident and attractive. In fact, going bald can bring with it a sort of grieving process. Denial is the first element that most men experience in the hair loss process, retaining that same old hair do/ponytail when really, a close shave would be best. Confusion can often

come next, with men feeling at a loss (pardon the pun) in regard of what to do - toupee or not toupee, that is arguably the question … But wouldn’t it be great if men could look at their hair loss as a kind of rite of passage; in the same way that women are encouraged to feel when dealing with stretch marks, wrinkles and the menopause? There are an array of ways with which men can handle saying goodbye to their hair. The old adage of the ‘Silver Fox’, whereby it is undeniably sexy to see greying or silver hair within a man’s mane. OK, George Clooney could rock a huge green mowhawk and still


look the business, but the silver fox look works on pretty much everyone - it conveys wisdom, self assuredness, experience and a manly confidence that one has earned those silvery strands over time. What if, your hair loss creeps up on you in your twenties, or earlier? What then? It is deemed unfair if someone young loses their hair - but maybe that’s the sort of outlook that needs changing. Big time. Take the stigma away from hair loss and a lot like every other ‘affliction’, such as this (wrinkles, stretch marks, etc), and treat ourselves with more acceptance and positivity, then perhaps hair loss would just stand as an evolving function of the body - like when your nails grow. The thing is, there are a number of reasons behind hair loss and as such, research and scientific testing has led to an abundance of ‘remedies’. Stress is a well known cause of hair loss in both men and women. The problem with that, is surely to worry about it will only make it worse? In many cases, hair loss isn’t caused by heredity, and steps can be taken to slow it down or even stop it. If you’re calmer than the Dalai Lama and therefore stress isn’t an issue, then consider medication – but some medications come with the unfortunate side effect of hair loss ...

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Another possible cause of balding is calcium deposits on the scalp. Calcium deposits close the pores on your head which prevents hair from coming through the scalp. There is a suggested remedy of shampooing your head with hot vinegar, wrapping a hot towel around your head, and letting it sit for a few minutes. Be very careful with this, it’s HOT! And we’d suggest that you shampoo normally right afterward, unless you want to smell like a gherkin. OK, so once you move past the denial stages of hair loss, and you’ve exasperated all of the possible reasons for it (and no doubt tried one or ten remedies), then the next and most important stage is acceptance. When you’ve decided to accept your hair loss and revel in it, you will feel a new beginning. We say, congratulations, you’ve got moxie and here’s a happy factoid about balding men: 99.9 percent of women say they think baldness falls somewhere along a spectrum of ‘not an issue’ to ‘totally sexy’.



How CONNECTED are you? Boost Your Signal, Speed Up Your Brain Wave & Cellular Communication! WORDS: Dr Amanda Bailey DC (pictured right) Wellness ChiropracTOR & Health Educator

We live in the age of the technological revolution, this has made communication so easily accessible it’s literally at our fingertips. From your home anywhere in the world you could be chatting, texting, gaming, instagramming, or snapchatting someone in a small remote island off the coast of Fiji, all via a technological device! This new revolution and use of technology has brought about great advances for our society but also has brought with it a lot of alarmingly serious health concerns for the consumer and our next generation. Have you heard of text neck, nintendonitis, wii-itis, gamers thumb? These are all injuries gained from using your phone, tablet, laptop or games console. These injuries may sound ridiculous but these are actual diagnoses that can develop from repetitive overuse.

This is where the serious concern is manifested. Take a look around you right now, observe the people’s posture around you or even look at yourself as you read this article, what is your posture like? Where are you looking when you’re using your device(s). While computers and TVs are typically directly in front of you, not very many people hold their phone/book/tablet up in front of their face in order to get on apps, read, play games, or text.

The average person spends 171 minutes per day on their phones and that’s not making calls. That’s 2 hours and 51 minutes EVERY DAY! Which ends up being over 33 days a year you spend staring at your phone.  If you include the average 2 hours and 12 minutes spent on computers and 4 hours spent in front of the TV each day that’s another 90 days, that equates to 123 days a year in which we are totally absorbed on technology, don’t you think that that is a considerable amount of time? A recent Ofcom study revealed that the average individual spends more time using technological devices than sleeping! When using such devices our posture is usually severely compromised. 66

Instead you hold your phone down in front of your body, and lean your head forward and slouch your lower back to view it. What would you do if you had to keep your head down like that for the 33 days in a row (the average yearly usage), it would probably get very painful, uncomfortable and fatigued.  Your head would start to feel heavy and you would really notice how much it weighs, your shoulders might start to ache.

The reason for this is that for every inch forward your head is from the neutral spine a tremendous amount of strength is required from your postural muscles to hold the posture, but because in real life the usage is broken up into 171 minutes a day the discomfort may go unnoticed for a period of time. You/your spouse/children may not be experiencing any symptoms yet. But these symptoms could include headaches, numbness, or neck, shoulder, or back pain.  But, where the head goes, the body will follow.   Let’s do a test.  Sit up perfectly straight and take a deep breath, filling your lungs.  Now, lean forwards and hunch over and take another deep breath, trying to fill your lungs.  It was harder wasn’t it?  Your lungs didn’t feel as full.  Your neck or your lungs are not the only part of your body that is affected when you are leaning forward.   Your lungs didn’t carry as much oxygen to your organs, which means they have to work harder to function.  Your brain and your nervous system aren’t communicating as effectively with the rest of your body.  


Posture = Function

To make it simple, Posture = Function. Posture means having a good alignment, which allows your nervous system to function optimally without interference, or bad signal/reception. Most people in the workplace have heard of ergonomics, it’s really important to maintain an upright posture and look forward with your head in a neutral position – no slouching.  Yet this posture isn’t usually adopted when at home or at school. There has been a growing epidemic of children with back pain resulting from the severe poor posture and load on their bodies. Children and teenagers, are not fully developed, being compromised in poor positions impacts their health. With correct posture, exercise and chiropractic care it is very easy to reverse/prevent any issues developing.

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However, if you let it go for years without being corrected, you are likely to be carrying around an excessive load on your back. If you or your children, bury your head in your phone the best thing to do is to get checked (a bit like a dental check up) in a chiropractic check when your spine will be analysed for subluxations and posture.

If you want to make sure that you are functioning as best as you should be, give us a call on 01534 789 367 or check out our webpage at: Don’t forget to bring your kids!



Health for a Good Cause You may well know that Lido Wellness Centre hosted a very worthwhile DIY Healthcare event earlier in the year – worthwhile for the charity it was supporting and tremendously worthwhile for all the people who visited the centre over the two days of the event. All of the proceeds raised (£542.50) were donated to Holidays for Heroes Jersey. Holidays for Heroes Jersey is a charity whose aim is to provide a week’s holiday on our beautiful island, of Jersey to any past or present member of our courageous HM Armed Forces that have been injured (either in mind or body), whilst valiantly serving in the line of duty. As well as raising funds for an excellent cause, the two day event provided lifestyle health tips from a variety of well-respected practitioners, doctors and authors who are located at the Lido Wellness Centre. They did this through talks, demos and workshops; looking at everything from movement, diet, sleep, and physical and mental stress patterns. The aim was to help assist the attendees in setting achievable lifestyle changes and goals, ultimately promoting their own health and wellbeing.

Dr Marie-Christine Dix, Dr Amanda Bailey both qualified Chiropractors and Daniel Thomas qualified Osteopath, of Back to Balance, held seminars and workshops on breathing, wellness, posture and provided coping strategies on how to manage stress. Ciara Ahern who specialises in sports and remedial massage held two workshops on how to de-stress by teaching massage techniques to the attendees that they could perform on their loved ones back at home. She also took a look at how ordinary household utensils can be used on the body to relieve pain. Dr Ian Jones from SDS Rejuvenate spoke about the importance of looking after your skin and conducted demos of their revolutionary 3D Lipo Machine. Dr Alyssa Burns-Hill, an expert in the science of Hormone Health, held talks on sleep, antiageing strategies and how hormones can affect your weight loss.

Lorna Jackson, a qualified acupuncturist, presented workshops on how acupressure can help relieve your pain and de-stress your body. And guest speaker, Mamma Jones, provided demonstrations on nutrition and juicing recipes. The event was such a great success that Lido Wellness Centre and its expert practitioners have committed to do more throughout the year. The next one is planned in May which is Pregnancy Awareness Month, so the event will focus on trying for a baby, pregnancy and birth. Stay up to date on this event by ‘Liking’ Lido Wellness Centre on Facebook!

“The event was such a great success that Lido Wellness Centre and its expert practitioners have committed to do more throughout the year. The next one is planned in May which is Pregnancy Awareness Month, so the event will focus on trying for a baby, pregnancy and birth.”



At the Blue Gym A Year On with Wetwheels Jersey WORDS: Andy Le Seelleur MBE

When internationally-renowned yachtsman Geoff Holt tragically broke his neck in a swimming accident aged 18, there were few positives to help him through the years of rehabilitation which saved his life but left him quadriplegic and fearing he would never enjoy the sea again. 20 years later he became the first disabled person to sail solo round the British Isles and then crossed the Atlantic unassisted two years later. However, probably his proudest achievement was founding the charity Wetwheels, which provides life changing experiences to thousands of disabled and disadvantaged. Wetwheels Jersey, the second boat in the fleet, was commissioned in late-2013 and last year took 850 passengers to sea. For many, this was their first time on a boat and for others it was an opportunity that they never thought would ever experience again. With passengers having ranged from three to 99 years old, and with a wide range of physical and learning disabilities, being able to positively change the lives of any member of the community is possible. Growing attention is being paid to the benefits of the ‘blue gym’ where time spent in the open air and at sea brings significant levels of wellbeing and improved psychological condition. Not only does a Wetwheels trip result in positive but with passengers who may normally feel restricted by age, disability or other social disadvantage they are left with a lasting sense of 70

achievement. Many passengers report significant increases in self-confidence, self-esteem and general positivity following a trip and with a big emphasis on education, passengers also disembark feeling positive about new things they have learned. Geoff is convinced of the psychological benefits of a Wetwheels trip and said “One day, it is my expectation that in the not too distant future doctors will be prescribing their patients trips on Wetwheels rather than pills”. If passenger feedback is anything to go by, he may well be proved right.


Introducing Cornerman!

And look who and what we discovered recently at the Science Museum in London. We met Imperial College undergraduate, Charles Burr, who was exhibiting Cornerman, a new invention resulting from Charles’ university boxing project. The Cornerman project aims to develop a novel training tool for boxers that implements wearable sensors to track their performance. In order to quantitatively assess their training Boxers must rely on feedback from coaches or from video analysis.

Thai Boxing Pisces Thai Boxing Gym in St Brelade caters for everyone from beginners to fighters. They offer Muay Thai Adult Classes, Fitness Circuits, Open Gym Sessions, Ladies Only Muay Thai and Private one2one Lessons. The main Junior Thai Boxing Class is held on a Friday at 4.45pm for ages six to 13 years old. These are energy packed classes, which are fun and enjoyable whilst the participants practice the basics of Muay Thai (kicks, punches , knees and elbows). It helps to develop confidence, discipline, and respect in a safe environment. The Juniors also have lots of opportunities to test their skills in competition. The most recent event for the Junior Fight Team was the SANDEE British Muay Thai Championships which were held in the UK. Adam Barton, Aine Ruth, Chloe Fletcher, Amber Buttersworth, and Kayla Crowther (shown) all travelled to compete in the Southern qualifiers in Watford, London. Going up against the best ranked UK fighters did the team proud. Kayla Crowther got the chance to compete in the British finals in Stoke-OnTrent in March, and she brought home the title belt. Aged 14, she WON with an outstanding performance and is now the SANDEE British Champion (under 60 kilo weight) in her age category.

Simple unobtrusive sensor wristbands would make high quality performance feedback more convenient and accessible to Boxers. A fully working prototype of the Cornerman programme is currently able to detect different punch types during a round of Boxing training, and calculate useful statistics such as punch speed, pull back time, punch count and punch combination count.  Whether the aim is to improve your fitness or perfect all aspects of your Boxing game, Cornerman provides a solution to set goals and track your progression with simple but informative visualisations. If you would like more info, or if you would like to support Charles with his project, you can email him at:

Pisces coaches, Andy and Natalie Sellars, are always looking for local business sponsors to support their talented fighters and help them get them onto the UK circuit as much as possible. If you would like to join in, or if you can help them with sponsorship, or know someone who can, please email:

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Rugby Academy Gets Serious About Food Members of the Jersey Rugby Club’s ( JRFC) Academy are being encouraged to focus on their diet, nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle if they’re serious about pursuing a career in rugby or sport more widely.

That was the message at a talk given to the Academy, which is sponsored by Ashburton Investments, by the JRFC’s strength and conditioning coaches Lucy O'Sullivan and Nick Dingle, attended by around 70 Academy members, recently. During the talk, the coaches discussed the need to closely monitor calorie intake, highlighting how they should approach different food

groups, including proteins, fats, sugars and carbohydrates, in order to give them the energy they need. “The focus really needs to be making sure, as a young athlete, you are getting a balanced diet,” explained Nick. “That means getting into good habits. The whole point of this talk was to try and make sure our Academy members are prepared for the future, so that when

they get to adult age, they are able to make good decisions." The coaches also identified a number of healthy – and not so healthy foods and snacks, pointing to quinoa as an increasingly popular ‘superfood’, and also offered a number of useful practical tips, such as using uncooked olive oil but opting for alternative oils for cooking, and discussing the importance of hydration.


"If our Academy members have aspirations to be rugby players at a senior level,” adds Lucy, “then there are things they’ll need to think about, and often it can mean making compromises.” Those compromises include not just what you eat, but when you eat it - thinking about the timing of meals and the importance of getting into a routine. Essentially, the message at the talk was to keep things simple, don't over complicate your diet, make sensible choices, and focus on good, slow release energy foods. And, of course, to steer clear of fast food.

All this is of vital importance to the future of the JRFC, as Club Chairman Bill Dempsey explained. “For the long-term future of the Club, we need to progress through as many of our young players as possible,” he said. “The Academy is key to that. If we can encourage them to start making the right health, nutrition and lifestyle choices now, it will stand them, and the Club as a whole, in good stead."

Whether the Academy members have taken on board what they're being told, time will tell – at the talk, the coaches threw down the gauntlet, challenging the young players to help with their families' healthy shopping for one month and to cook a healthy meal for their family once a week.

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How to Love and Nourish your Body when Preparing for Pregnancy WORDS: Lorraine Pannetier, Nutrition and WellBeing Specialist, Beetroot Brownie

Nourishing your body in preparation for pregnancy is often overlooked. Many women are aware of taking folic acid to prevent spina bifida, but how many make a concerted effort to eat a supercharged healthy diet or take regular exercise for the months or years preceding pregnancy? In fact, why put all the pressure on women at all? Shouldn’t men be taking control of their health too? After all, a baby is equally created of egg and sperm (even if women do slightly more of the work for the next nine months!). I believe that everyone should take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, so with that in mind, here are my top tips for super-nutrition, pre-pregnancy:

Start early! It’s never too soon to make positive changes to your eating and exercise habits. Eat an abundance of green vegetables. Locally grown kale is literally packed full of calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and magnesium - plus it’s rich in fibre and tastes great! It can be eaten raw or cooked, mixed into family favourites such as shepherd’s

pie or bolognese or added to naturally sweet banana smoothies. Crowd your plate with colourful vegetables. Crunchy red pepper, sweet carrots, vibrant beetroot and yellow butternut squash all contain phytonutrients - naturally occurring chemicals in fresh produce - which, although not essential to life, do help to prevent disease and promote wellbeing.


Crowd your plate with colourful vegetables. Crunchy red pepper, sweet carrots, vibrant beetroot and yellow butternut squash all contain phytonutrients. Enjoy fresh fruit. Fruit has been given a bad rap lately due to its sugar content. However, it is wrongly accused and should not be lumped in with processed fruit juices and refined sugar treats. Why? Because fruit also contains fibre, water, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and will aid digestion, increase mental alertness, give your skin a wonderful glow and provide natural energy. Include beans, lentils and pulses in your diet. Many people fear beans and lentils due to their gassy properties, however, if you start gradually and always ensure you soak and cook dried pulses properly, then these can make a brilliant addition to your diet. They are low in fat, high in protein and carbohydrate and rich in fibre - important for keeping you full, maintaining weight and ensuring healthy elimination. Try making a delicious bean, vegetable and potato casserole, split pea dhal or tomato and lentil soup. The social media phenomenon #meatfreemonday can give you endless culinary inspiration. Try different whole-grains. Quinoa, a tiny seed from South America is incredibly high in protein and makes a great alternative to rice, oats or couscous. Brown rice is the wealthier cousin of traditional white rice; it hasn’t been stripped of all its outer goodness and retains an abundance of magnesium and vitamin B6. Swap coffee for green tea. Green tea is hailed as one of the healthiest beverages on the planet, being loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that

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have a powerful effect on the body. Plus, it improves brain function, aids fat loss and reduces the risk of cancer. Drink a couple of litres of water every day. Adequate hydration is essential for athletic and mental performance but also plays a role in the elasticity of our skin - an important factor to remember as skin will be substantially stretched during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Add some delicious plant-based fats to your diet. Avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and seeds all contain healthy fats and are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These fats will ensure your digestive system runs smoothly and will give you shiny hair and strong nails. Move your body more every single day. While it’s true that you can’t outrun a bad diet, it’s also true that regular inactivity is more harmful to health than occasional exercise is beneficial. So move around regularly if you have an office job, use the stairs, get off the bus a stop early or park a little further away from work, start a new sport or active hobby.

Interested in trying a gorgeous Kale-Quinoa Salad? Here’s one of my favourites:


Kale leaves, washed and torn into small pieces Coconut oil and sea salt

Quinoa, cooked according to packet instructions Toasted pumpkin seeds

1 pear, apple or bunch of seedless grapes

Dressing for quinoa: olive oil, lemon or lime juice, fresh chilli (optional), garlic, ginger and fresh parsley

Create your super salad:

Massage the kale leaves in half a teaspoon of coconut oil. This breaks down the fibrous structure and reduces any bitterness (and it will leave your hands super soft!). Make the dressing and add to the quinoa. Add this to the kale and combine well. Slice the fruit and add to the salad.

Toast the pumpkin seeds in a dry non-stick pan or skillet and sprinkle on top. Serve by itself as a delicious plant based meal, or as a side dish with grilled tofu, chicken or salmon.

You can find the full recipe on my website:

Spend time away from social media and more time with family and friends. Practise yoga, Pilates or mindfulness, enjoy walks by the beach or in the countryside, and always make time for yourself, however busy your job or home life.



Pregnancy Pilates WORDS: Louise Augré, Augré Physiotherapy

Pilates trains your body to be strong, flexible and balanced and because it targets the tummy, back and pelvic floor muscles without straining other joints, it is the perfect exercise to enjoy when you are expecting, and after the birth of your baby. Your abdominal muscles undergo a great amount of stretch in all directions and as your waistline increases, the two bands of recti muscles stretch to allow more space for the expanding uterus. Pilates exercises try to avoid strengthening the rectus abdominus and oblique muscles, which can cause the two recti muscles to pull away further from the midline, making it even harder The movements centre around specific muscle groups which are all key to good posture, balance and strength, to correct; and instead places importance on activating the deep postural muscles, in particular, the transverses helping to keep your back and pelvis supported. Strengthening these muscles abdominus. Learning to engage the transverses will enable you to develop a “A recent study suggested stable core and the exercises abdominus and perform the the incidence of back pain in exercises correctly is not easy, then build upon this, through a series of controlled pregnancy is over 68%. But even and not something that can movements that won’t put be learned from without pregnancy, most of us sit generally a book or video. Midwives your body under any strain. badly, stand poorly and pick up recommended that mothers A recent study suggested the things without care, all of which who suffer from this incidence of back pain in be referred early to can result in a lack of engagement condition a physiotherapist or Pilates pregnancy is over 68%. But even without pregnancy, most of our postural muscles, which then specialist for one-to-one tuition in the first instance. of us sit badly, stand poorly become weak.” and pick up things without The pelvic floor muscles also care, all of which can result in a lack of engagement of our postural muscles, which then play an important part in our pelvic spinal stability, along become weak. These postural muscles become even more with other important functions, such as supporting the pelvic and control of continence. After birth, the pelvic important when you are pregnant. floor muscles have the ability to be retrained and in the During pregnancy, certain biomechanical changes take Pilates studio, we start this process in positions where place that also result in poor posture. Because of the rise there is the lowest load on the pelvic floor muscles, such in levels of hormones such as relaxin, ligaments begin to as lying on the back or side, progressing to seated and soften, leading to loss of stability of certain joints. standing exercises afterwards. Involving a series of movements and positions that help to improve your strength and coordination and one of the main benefits, Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on the exact muscles and functions that can be a problem during pregnancy and after birth, in a safe way.



Regular Pilates sessions have many benefits including:

Strengthening your tummy muscles, thereby better equipping your body to cope with the strains caused by the weight of your growing baby.

Reducing back pain, weak muscles can lead to back or pelvic pain, but by exercising the deepest tummy muscles you can help stabilise your back and pelvis. Strengthening your pelvic floor, which will help to support your bowel, bladder and uterus as your baby grows and moves down. Achieving better balance, you may feel a little more clumsy than usual during pregnancy, or that your balance just isn’t quite as good as usual. Pilates exercises strengthen your core, helping to make you more stable when you walk as your bump grows. Taking the strain off your back and pelvis, by using positions including working on your hands and knees, which is a great position for pregnancy. Towards the end

of your pregnancy, it may also help to get your baby into the right position for birth. Relaxing and controlling your breathing, an important technique for pregnancy and labour. Remember regular exercise is good for you during pregnancy and if possible, you should aim to do both aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking or swimming, and muscle-strengthening exercise, such as Pilates or Yoga. The changes that occur in your body during pregnancy and labour are both wonderful and remarkable. Once your baby has arrived the continuation of a gentle exercise programme will gradually help you regain core strength as well as tackling any postural issues that may have developed through the pregnancy. Pilates can also give you time to focus on yourself and your recovery and this in turn will improve sleep, minimise depression and help you begin to ‘feel like yourself again’.

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The Habit Rejuvenation Revolution Spring into action and make a change! WORDS: Lucy Sanderson



We spend an awful lot of time trying to break bad habits and probably even more time making lists of things we need to change about our lifestyles in order to maintain optimum wellness and wellbeing. There is always a new regime, diet, plan or strategy to boost one’s energy, happiness, harmony or attractiveness. There are creams, and pills, and there’s advice, there’s also all manner of notions on thought, which we’re to apply to our life in order to make it better. But when we do decide to challenge ourselves to break bad habits, why is it that we struggle to keep up the change. Why are we addicted to habits? That is not to ask, why are we addicted to cigarettes, food or coffee, for instance – the question is, why do we battle with our habits and what sets us up to fail? In looking at the times we tend to address our grey areas, our weak spots or our bad habits, it’s often a lemming’s route. January means New Year and with that comes a massive expectation to make the last year a mere snapshot of what the fresh, new impending 365 days will bring. The entire world makes resolutions, to break. Add to that, the way we often end up skidding in to the New Year (fuelled by over-indulgence and a numbed by the gargantuan hole in our bank accounts), and really it’s easy to see why a lot of us fail to leave our bad habits behind.

If we abolish the notion of a ‘resolution’ (it sounds so, well… resolute and demanding), and aim to join in in a time of rejuvenation, then perhaps we’d all be better at dealing with negative or downright bad habits. The key is, not only losing the lemming approach, but also, replacing a bad habit with something good. Positive reinforcement over taking something away and leaving nothing but a void - the only thing filling it, being the resounding failed expectation as your social media feed is abuzz with other people’s mileage on foot, or fancy new recipes from the Nutribullet - a rejuvenation means to revitalise and bring about something new, something better. Thus instilling the idea that in order to break a habit, we put something new, fresh and better in the old one’s place. A much better place to succeed from.

“Replace apathy with action; swap selfindulgence to a selfdiscovery. Your habits don’t define you and everything is changeable, it’s how and maybe, when we go about our habit changing that can either set us up, or let us down.”

Hopefully, you’ll be reading this with the sun on your face (not too much, so as not to be able to see the words, but enough to make you sense the warmer season). There may be birds tweeting somewhere, and the fresh smell of cut grass may be under your nose; it’s springtime and it’s when the world wakes up and things feel new; rejuvenated. Shall we consider this to be a good time to make a plan, change a habit or break one altogether?

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Replace apathy with action; swap self-indulgence to a self-discovery. Your habits don’t define you and everything is changeable, it’s how and maybe, when we go about our habit changing that can either set us up, or let us down.

So, with a spring in your step and the sun on your face, we challenge you to use this season to rejuvenate and shake off bad habits with a renewed perspective …



What is a toxic relationship? People aren’t poisonous, but relationships can be.

We’ve all been there: pondering over the whys and wherefores when a relationship limps on, problem after ever seeming problem. Yes, stresses and strains in coupledom are an inevitability; but what if your relationship is screaming out for a finish line? What if the person in your life is poisoning your ‘happily ever after’? The toxic relationships we cling on to can have devastating results in terms of our mental wellbeing, yet a lot of people carry on regardless for longer than they should. How do we know when it’s time to remove the fly from our ointment and move on? From jealousy to cheating, controlling behaviours, mocking, belittling, berating to outright abuse; many people have suffered at the hands of someone else in a relationship at some point in their life, yet for a while, they still thought that person could be ‘the one’. It’s a multifaceted scenario; personality clashes, differing degrees of intelligence,


abilities to trust and communicate, emotional maturity unevenness, basic inexperience of life or altered ideas of what the future/partnership should be, can all be factors that contribute to a toxic relationship. The point is to know when to say, enough is enough. The reality is, that some people boost us; add to our authentic self and bring out the best in us, whereas others, well some people can just drain you dry. There are some sure fire signs that point to a toxic relationship, but sometimes it’s pretty tricky being objective when you’re actually in the midst of a relationship that’s wearing

you down. Undoubtedly, if you ever discuss any of the issues with friends or family, they will have given advice or perhaps even suggested that you break up with the person, before they eventually break you. So, what can we look out for to avoid getting in to toxic patterns in a relationship? Communication is a major issue within a toxic relationship; you might not feel like you’re able to discuss issues at all – herein lies a big problem. Talking through relationship worries and woes is all part of building a strong bond with another person. If communication is void, then most


likely, so is the relationship. Two voices, two opinions and compromise are the foundations of fairness and realness when you embark on the journey of a relationship, so always remember that your thoughts and feelings are valid, even if someone disagrees with them – you should be able to speak up.

Every day brings another challenge.

If you recognise the above, think very carefully. A healthy relationship is home to equality between two people. If this isn’t the case with yours, voice your concerns. When someone undermines your dreams, criticises or tries to control you, it’s their story not

You’re uncomfortable being yourself around that person.

yours, but it can be very unsettling if you’re in a close relationship. So, you must talk it through, hopefully you can help your partner sort the underlying issues. Never assume that you’re stuck with the way things are. Life changes every single moment, and so can you.

You probably find yourself unable to enjoy good moments with this person. It seems as though they are always raising gripes about you. Their attempt to control your behavior is an attempt to control your happiness.

Watch out for any or more of these five signs and evaluate whether the relationship you’re in is bringing out the best in you: It seems like you can’t do anything right.

The other person constantly puts you down as not good enough, or that the things you do aren’t good enough. They mock your personality, and you feel ashamed a lot of the time. You only feel pardoned when you take on the traits of the person doing the condemning, judging and putting down. Everything is about them and never about you.

You have feelings, too, but the other person won’t listen or acknowledge them. You’re unable to have a two-sided conversation where your opinion is heard, considered and respected. Instead of acknowledging your feelings, they battle with you until you don’t bother to speak up or speak out.

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You don’t feel free to speak your mind about anything. You have to put on a different face/persona just to be accepted by that person. You may have come to realise that you don’t recognise yourself anymore, and neither do your closest friends and family. You’re not allowed to grow and change or develop.

Whenever you aim to grow and improve yourself, the other person responds with mockery and disbelief. There is no encouragement or support for you. Instead, they maintain that hold on you which keeps you down and holds you back.

If it’s more serious, seek professional help. Above all, do not feel alone, the first step to freeing yourself from a toxic relationship, is to recognise it, and then to do something about it. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.



Bouncing Back WORDS AND RESEARCH: Abigail Eaton-Masters

If you want things to change, it has to start with you. Nobody can rescue you – you have to be willing to be your own hero. The question is, are you willing? How you respond to what your life throws at you, determines whether you can thrive and laugh in the face of challenges and adversity. So how can you ensure that you have at all times, exactly what it takes to harness the skills of resilience and bounce back? I believe that resilience can be taught and I have been teaching these skills, to enable women to bounce back in their lives and businesses for the past decade. The first step in bouncing back is to tell the story out loud and be heard by someone. This enables you to let it go; to experience feedback and move forward.

Imagine sucking on a piece of lemon. Notice how your eyes may squint, the corners of your mouth pull in, or your mouth watering at the thought. The same applies with anything that

Bouncing back from a relationship break-up calls for self-love and being with friends. Spending time outdoors each day and stay connected with nature is also helpful, and make sure your diet is supporting you too, and not depleting your energy. If it’s a work issue, there could be numerous factors influencing your ability to excel at work; including your home life, relationships and health. If it’s a work colleague who is upsetting or criticising you, know that uncompassionate criticism can stem from another person’s own perceived shortcomings. Still, it can feel like a blow, so it’s important not to let one negative person derail you. Remember all the good things in your life which you can come back to when you’re feeling insecure.

“Bouncing back from a relationship break-up calls for self-love and being with friends. Spending time outdoors each day and stay connected with nature is also helpful, and make sure your diet is supporting you too, and not depleting your energy.”

I’ve especially found that women with stories of abuse bottle up their violations and internalise them; this affects their beliefs and how they perceive the world. When a woman feels that she has lost hope, lost her voice, lost her dreams then all she can do is stagnate. I know exactly what that's like; I've gone from being in victim mentality where I wrote myself off in life but have been fortunate enough to turn that around. Now it is my pleasure to teach other women how to bounce back in their own lives and business. It can be difficult though. As human beings, we’re so good at telling ourselves the story of ‘what has


already happened’, that there can be a tendency to get stuck in reliving the event or expecting more of the same to come. This is especially true when we allow these thoughts to stagnate rather than be released.

you think of; there’s a physical and an emotional reaction. So if you are consumed with thoughts of whatever has happened to you, then it can be difficult to see through to your truth of now as on some level you are reliving the event every time you engage with it.

If it’s not something you can pinpoint, loss of confidence can be a wake-up call that it’s time to make a switch. Ask yourself: Is your career fulfilling? Does it give you a sense of purpose or passion? If not, what does? What’s that one thing that people come to you for, perhaps something so ingrained in you that it doesn’t even feel it deserves attention? Start there and watch your exciting prospects unfold.


Real Life, Real People, Real Advice

About Abigail

Abigail invited feedback from fellow female entrepreneurs, she asked them: ‘”What does it take to Bounce Back in life or business?” Here are some of their real life responses.

Abigail Eaton-Masters is psychotherapist and media psychologist who specialises in enabling people to bounce back in life and business.

"Resilience and resourcefulness with a sprinkle of trust has helped me get back up, and bounce back. Since being able to add unwavering self-love, I'm certainly in good stead."

In the last decade, she has interviewed and heard thousands of stories in overcoming life’s greatest obstacles and challenges; researching how to triumph in the face of adversity. With a Bachelors degree in Integrative Counselling from the University of Roehampton, and whilst continuing her Masters research at the University of Salford, she has developed a branch of coaching called Bounceology, based on her research and investigation into resilience.

Asja Svilans

"Being willing to have my own back and out-create anything or anyone who tries to get in my way has taken me further than I ever imagined. Having tenacity to keep creating and expanding my vision keeps me moving forward – whatever my day is showing up as!" Lisa Murray

"To start with it was simply breathing and being and allowing the space for whatever I was feeling, than I started reaching for what felt better and eventually what felt good, leaning into my knowing that the purpose of life is joy and I wanted to feel joy again! This was a journey infused with so much discovery, self-love and trust."

What do you think it takes to bounce back? If you would be happy to share your story, for the benefit of others, Abigal would love to hear from you! More info at: www.

Trina Rabideau

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Individualised care – in your own home A lot has happened at All Care Jersey since we last spoke with them, and all for the good. They continue to expand their specialised care team; they have moved to an amazing new office overlooking the Harbour which doubles as a meeting ‘hub’ for the growing team; they’ve invested in wheel-chair adapted cars; they’ve extended their range of services; and they now offer Holiday Respite to family carers giving them a little time away safe in the knowledge that their loved ones are being cared for professionally. All Care Jersey was founded in 2011 by Julie Couley, a specialist with over 10 years’ experience across the health and care sector, including all aspects of hospital care, residential care and community care. Her passion for community care led to the opportunity to create All Care Jersey, providing an exceptionally high standard of individualised home care. They also appreciate that asking for help can be a daunting experience, and that each person’s situation is different, whether this is a helping


hand for family members or roundthe-clock care. Safety and wellbeing is at the heart of everything they do, which is why they focus 100% on the happiness, comfort, and good health of each and every one of their clients. They will therefore tailor their services to suit each family

and its needs, both in terms of the level of care required and budget available. This may be from as little as one hour per day to 24-hour care, whatever it takes to ensure that individuals can remain in the comfort of their own home and that their independence is maintained.

“Safety and wellbeing is at the heart of everything they do, which is why they focus 100% on the happiness, comfort, and good health of each and every one of their clients.”


A Complete Package of Care and Support

Examples of the services offered include: • Emotional Care – companionship, conversation, interactive hobbies • Personal Care – bathing, dressing, eating • Household Care – cleaning, cooking, washing, ironing • Medication – reminders and administration • Transportation – outpatient appointments, GP/clinic visits, shopping, social activities • Exercise – maintenance of health, mobility, independence • Dementia and Alzheimer’s – 24hour care • Special or complex needs – for young, disabled or special needs adults • Palliative care – end of life packages • Supported living, outreach services and day care services

All Care Jersey are renowned for providing high-quality care in a client’s own home, either visiting as required, or on a full-time basis, depending on needs. It’s not easy to invite a stranger into your home, All Care Jersey know this and the team will help you take it in your stride, making it as smooth and seamless as possible for everyone concerned. One client, Mrs M, has been so pleased with the benefit it provided to her and her family, she was happy to share her story: “We were first introduced to All Care Jersey by the States of Jersey. We were looking to have a week’s holiday, which we nearly had to cancel due to the fact we were unable to find respite cover for our disabled daughter. It was suggested that perhaps All Care Jersey could send carers to care for our daughter in our own home. Our initial reaction was very negative as we were adamant we did not want strangers in our house and felt this would be a total invasion of our privacy. How wrong we were.

above all, totally professional in the way they visited our home to carry out risk assessments, check out equipment, find out our daughter’s needs, etc. It was clear to us that the best way for us to ensure we had a great holiday, whilst ensuring that our daughter was safe and happy (obviously the most important thing), was to have carers for our daughter at home. In this way very little to our daughter’s daily routine would change as she was in her own environment. “We went on holiday knowing that our daughter was happy, safe and being well cared for by someone of a similar age to her. We kept in touch over the course of the week and at no time did we ever feel we had done the wrong thing – we totally trusted the carers involved and to be honest had a totally relaxing holiday.” ~ Mrs M. Experience and Specialism

The All Care Jersey team cares for clients with different conditions or illnesses, including Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Cancers, Diabetes, Depression, Autism and Learning difficulties. They also work closely with GPs, Occupational Therapists, Jersey Hospice and other medical professionals to provide a comprehensive service to meet individual needs. The team is continually expanding, therefore if you are a qualified, experienced carer or support worker, or if you would like to create a new and exciting career in care, why not get in touch. Flexible hours, and training available! More info at:

“We met Julie and a young carer whom our daughter took to straightaway. They were friendly, open and honest but

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Learn to Cook with Caring Cooks! Pictured right: Michelle Banks and Heidi Grimes

Caring Cooks provide meals, or the tools and skills to prepare meals, that are home-made, balanced and on a budget to improve nutrition in families. They specifically support families with children of school age, as they strongly believe that food and nutrition from an early age in a child's life is so very important and they want to support parents in making that a part of daily life, through the services they provide. The weekly meal service is for families facing challenges such as illness, financial or other and is a weekly meal cooked and delivered once a week for six weeks. All of their services are free of charge to families and are funded by charitable donations. Community Cooking Programme

They have recently launched a new service, the Community Cooking Programme, with the aim of giving parents the confidence and skills to get back in the kitchen or to start cooking from scratch. It comprises a 5 week course teaching parents to cook basic home-made meals on a budget of £5. The absence of Home Economics classes in some schools, and skills

passed down through generations combined with busy lives means a lot of parents often don’t have the time, confidence or inclination to prepare a fresh meal in the home, which is where Caring Cooks are really making a difference. The Community Cooking Programme which started in February 2015, has just completed its first course which helped six

“Nothing you do for your children is ever wasted.” ~Samuel Greenberg

parents learn how to cook simple but nutritious meals on a budget of £5, such as risotto, macaroni cheese, and beefy potato bake. Each week the course allows for two meals to be prepared and taken home for parents to enjoy with their children, and to then implement the skills they have learned at home.

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It has been very successful. On completing the survey, the students felt 100% better about budgeting more effectively, and all have increased their daily intake of fruit and vegetables as a result. 66% of students will now cook 2-4 times a week from scratch, compared to 33% before the course, and on a scale of 1-10, average scores for cooking skills have increased from 5.6 to 8 and for confidence from 4.5 to 7.

The next two courses are already full, with more are planned for September and November. The courses are held on a Monday evening from 6.45pm at Le Rocquier School. Caring Cooks would like to hear from anyone who would like to join either of these courses, first come, first served!


The FreeMind Experience The Three Pillars of Absolute Happiness Author: Tom Fortes Mayer Published by Watkins Publishing

In this life-changing book, Tom Fortes Mayer takes his experiences and skills as a therapist and looks at what real happiness is and how we can enjoy more of it. At the launch, this was creatively brought to life through live theatre and musical entertainment in a most effective way. Combining teachings from the world’s ancient wisdom traditions with the most effective rapid-behaviour-change techniques, hypnotherapist Tom Fortes Mayer presents with clarity, passion and playfulness the three pillars upon which all lasting happiness and success can be built: Pillar 1: Peace (emotional intelligence and deprogramming fear) - how to let go of the limiting thoughts, beliefs, feelings and behaviours that are holding you back Pillar 2: Power (success psychology) - how to unleash your enormous potential and flow through life with brilliance by learning to relate to life in new ways Pillar 3: Purpose (unconditional love) - how to enjoy everything that matters most by experiencing more connection, contribution and celebration

What They Said:

‘This is the best emotional intelligence system I have ever come across. It really works for different types of people’ ~Dr. Bal Rana PhD, Psychologist and Senior psychology lecturer ‘This is an astonishingly powerful tool. I have seen patients with long term issues who had previously explored traditional therapies without much success be totally transformed by FreeMind.’ ~Dr David Morris MBChB MRCP(UK) General Practitioner

Featured throughout the book are links to free online videos as well as a preparatory hypnosis recording that turns the very reading of the book into a happinessgenerating ritual. This makes the whole reading experience even more engaging and hugely increases the chance of real transformation happening in the life of the reader. By working through this programme, you will understand why you think as you do, how you can lose the thinking that keeps you afraid and emotionally stunted, and how you can connect to a deep, lasting happiness.

About the Author

Clinical hypnotherapist and creator of the FreeMind process, Tom Fortes Mayer is also the founder of the FreeMind Project Charity, an organisation dedicated to bringing emotional intelligence, success psychology and unconditional happiness to as many people as possible.

Happiness, Hot Off the Press!

WellBeing World experie nced the FreeMind Exp erience at its official book launch, held at Regent ’s College in Lon don in March, and what an upli fting, entertaining, and tho roughly enjoyable three hours this was!

‘Over the years I have listened to hundreds of personal development recordings from across the whole industry. The FreeMind Recordings are the best that I have ever listened to and I do not say that lightly! The combination of powerful, inspirational psychology and incredible music is nothing short of genius!’ ~Christopher Adams, NLP Master Practitioner & NLP Trainer

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“Why is this not required reading? Why is this not the first book we’re handed in life? It definitely should be.” ~Pam Grout, author of 17 books including New York Times bestseller E-Squared. “David has lived every step of this book, which is packed with illuminating science, warm anecdotes and easy-toapply techniques. His heart and soul shine through every page and the world will be richer for it.” Andrea Gardner, Author of Change Your Words, Change Your World.

I Love Me The Science of Self Love Author: Dr David Hamilton PhD Published by Hay House

How much love do you have for yourself ? Not the narcissistic ‘Aren’t I wonderful’ kind of love, but the essential regard for self that empowers you and helps you navigate through life. The type of love that enables you to feel safe and secure in who you are and inspires you to make choices that are good for your authentic self. When scientist David Hamilton realised that his own lack of self-love was sabotaging him in hundreds of subtle ways and more than a handful of major ways, he devised an experiment using himself as the guinea pig. For more than a year David studied the latest research into brain chemistry, neuroscience, and psychotherapeutic and personal development techniques. He realised that self-love was as much about biology as psychology - that self-worth is in our genes, but trained out of us. The biological drive to seek connection with others often leads us to try to be ‘someone else’ to win love and approval. But the brain can be reprogrammed, and David devised 27 powerful exercises that he tested on himself and presents in the book to help you: • Increase your own level of self-worth • Connect powerfully with your authentic self • Attain a greater sense of happiness and general wellbeing • Create stronger and more real connections with others


“I love this book, and especially how David weaves science, personal insights and practical ways to feel good about yourself with such an open heart. Get ready to feel nourished and uplifted as you embark on a wonderful journey of self-love and healing.” ~Alisoun Mackenzie, Author of Heartatude: The 9 Principles of Heart-Centred Success. “The greatest gift you can give the world is to be at peace with yourself, and self-love is fundamental to that peace. David’s book is a wonderful contribution to understanding how you can release learned emotional patterns and allow your natural self-love and compassion to surface. Read it and be inspired, moved and transformed.” ~Nick Williams, Bestselling Author of The Work We Were Born To Do. “Very impressive.” ~ Red magazine. “You will be touched by the profound wisdom held in the pages of this book, and inspired by the simple ways in which you can achieve significant breakthroughs in your own self-love journey.” ~Kindred Spirit. “It is guaranteed to make you feel better about yourself than you ever have before.” ~No. 1 Magazine. “David Hamilton has the unique gift of combining spirituality and science in a simple but powerful way. Everyone must read his work!” ~Suzy Greaves, Psychologies. “In this inspirational and truly transformational new book, best-selling author David Hamilton fuses science with self-help to offer simple yet powerful strategies for learning to love yourself.” ~Best You.

About the Author

Dr David Hamilton worked in the pharmaceutical industry for four years after gaining his PhD. Now a bestselling author, he travels the world offering workshops to help people understand the power of the mind on the body. David also blogs for The Huffington Post and Psychologies magazine.


What They Said:

“I defy anyone to read this book and not relate it to their own life, see where there is room for improvement and, more importantly, use it to help get rid of that dreaded ‘stress’ that enters all our lives! I love anything that does no harm, is non-invasive and can only do ‘good’, and this book is that.” ~Emma Forbes, TV and radio presenter. “Chronic stress affects everyone, depletes your mental and physical vitality and increases your risk of serious illness. The good news is you can reverse its effects, and nurture resilience quickly and naturally. Charlotte beautifully brings together the science and traditions of nutritional, lifestyle and mind-body medicine in an immediately practical way.” ~Benjamin Brown ND, The British College of Nutrition and Health and author of The Digestive Health Solution. “Easy to read, powerful information for both your health and your weight.” ~ Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD, leading UK nutritionist specialising in women’s health and author of Fat around the Middle.

The De-Stress Effect Rebalance Your Body’s Systems for Vibrant Health and Happiness Author: Charlotte Watts Published by Hay House

The De-Stress Effect is a new revolution in eating, exercise and relaxation that will return you to vibrant health by gently bringing balance back to your body and your life. The fast pace of modern life and the constant pressure we put on ourselves to keep doing and achieving can keep us locked in patterns of giving in to food cravings, negative habits and self-criticism – keeping our minds and bodies on constant alert. This disruption to the natural rhythms of our body can lead to all kinds of complications that are hard to resolve, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, IBS, weight gain, fertility problems and skin issues. Without faddy diets or punishing exercise regimes, and pPresenting the latest research on how we can finally heal this damaging cycle, The De-Stress Effect will give you the space to truly feel what is right for your health and your life – realistically, intuitively and with compassion. With a low-stress preparation six-week eating plan for optimum nutrition, mindfulness practices, yoga sequences and exercise routines, this book will sooth you back to a happier, healthier you, whatever your life’s demands.

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“The De-Stress Effect is brilliant, brilliant. From cuttingedge, well-researched nutrition to simply-put science, balanced with yoga and mindfulness - this book will help the reader to get to the bottom of what type of stress they are suffering from, and offer simple yet effective solutions to help discover more health, wellbeing and calm.” ~Fiona Agombar, yoga teacher and author of Beat Fatigue with Yoga. “Stress shuts us down: psychologically, emotionally and physically, cutting off our natural senses and killing our joy. Charlotte shows us how we can easily reconnect, and get refreshed, excited and back in our natural flow in really accessible and enjoyable ways.” ~Gemini Adams, author of Ways to Unplug with a Digital Detox. “This is an invaluable book. There is so much information out there now, but if you are going to buy one book that encapsulates everything you need to know - whether you are having recurrent health issues or physical injuries, or if you are stuck in a rut and just can’t find an effective solution - then this is the book for you.” ~Graham Stones, director of Broken Yogi and former national kung-fu champion and sports injury therapist for the English National Ballet.

About the Author

Charlotte Watts is a high-profile practising nutritional therapist who tutors and lectures on nutrition and wellbeing. She appears regularly on TV and is the author of several books. She is also an experienced yoga teacher – and a regular contributor to WellBeing World magazine!


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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 assistance, and much more.

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Recently awarded ‘Best Spa in the South West UK & Channel Islands’ at the Good Spa Guide Awards, Ayush Wellness Spa offers a combination of authentic Ayurvedic therapies and luxurious spa treatments. An Ayurvedic physician works with Indian and Western therapists to provide consultations and treatments and share with you the teachings of this timeless tradition enabling you to develop practices that will help restore and maintain mind and body. The concept is authentic in an environment that advocates a healthy lifestyle, enriching both physical and emotional wellbeing. W: T: +44 (0) 01534 614171 Hotel de France, St. Saviour’s Road, St Helier

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A small and friendly practice, Augre Physiotherapy is based at the Lido Medical Centre. Their experienced team of physiotherapists have the ability to treat all musculoskeletal conditions and each are qualified in their own sub-speciality of physiotherapy. They specialise in knee and shoulder complaints. They also offer Pilates and specialised Pregnancy Pilates led by a qualified Physiotherapist and Personal Trainer. Classes are limited to just five people and conducted in a fully equipped gym. W: E: T: +44 (0) 1534 280 010


Chiropractic and osteopathy are primary health care professions that specialise in the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions that occur secondary to the mechanical dysfunction of the joints and muscles. Back to Balance uses a number of techniques tailored to your individual goals, including massage, acupuncture, manipulation, cranial techniques to name a few. Chiropractic and osteopathy are gentle safe tehniques that can be used on babies through to the elderly and is covered by most major health insurance providers. W: E: T: +44 (0) 1534 789 367





All products are cruelty-free and they also stock a vegan selection.

Lorraine Pannetier’s recipes are low in sugar, salt and processed carbohydrates and ensure a healthy balance between optimum nutrition and scrumptious homemade treats.

Bare Allure is a local business set up to provide the lovely ladies in Jersey and Guernsey with organic and mineral cosmetics and skin care products as well as nail varnishes which are free from harsh chemicals which are potentially harmful when absorbed into the skin.

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Beetroot Brownie is a happy blend of personal fitness training, massage therapies, nutrition consultations, food writing and private cookery lessons.

W: E: T: +44 (0) 7797 742 929 Lido Wellness Centre, Suite 2.8 Lido Medical Centre

Developmental Education Programmes & Health Kinesiology ...helping you become the person you are meant to be


Enhancing Learning and Life! Claire, as a Health Kinesiologist and Neuro-Developmental Therapist, addresses most areas of life that may challenge an infant, child, teenager or adult. Whether support is needed in Learning, Concentration, Behavioural Difficulties or in Wellbeing, Physical Injury, Coordination or Nutrition, contact Claire. She is happy to give a FREE 10 minute consultation to identify how she could help you. Special WellBeing World Offer: Nutrition Assessment @ £55 (£20 Saving) Quote “WBW Nutrition” W: E: T: +44 (0) 7797 714 758 New Vision Therapy Centre



Clasado BioSciences is a leading International Biotechnology company headquartered in Jersey. They research and develop the world’s most advanced galacto-oligosaccharide (GOS) products, providing solutions for Food, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical companies across the global wellness market. Through their extensive research and innovation programme and their ground-breaking prebiotic technology, they have rapidly established themselves as the leading experts in the field of gut mediated wellness, providing clinically proven solutions to improve and enrich the quality of people’s lives. W: E: T: +44 (0) 1534 715 000



Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Clinic. Elevate is a privately owned sports and rehabilitation clinic in Jersey, founded and run by industry-leading professionals with a revolutionary vision to redefine rehabilitation and personal training practice. It is the only Sports and Fitness clinic in the Channel Islands where you can use the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill. Elevate’s programmes are created around the four pillars of Mindset, Nutrition, Movement and Recovery; and can help anybody: top level athletes and those looking to achieve their personal performance goals; those suffering from serious mobility limitations, orthopaedic and neurological; and people simply looking to lose weight. W: E: T: +44 (0) 1534 723 516 The Waterfront, 1 Harbour Reach, St Helier, Jersey


Mary and her horses provide a retreat where wellbeing and personal development can be explored. It’s not a riding experience, it’s being with the horses, no previous experience of horses is required. This experience can be educational and therapeutic and could be the greatest investment you make in yourself.

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English and Mulley provide the highest optometric clinical care and apropriate spectacle and contact lens correction. Mary’s particular interest is in the detection and assistance of those who find reading challenging because of visual stress and dyslexia. Coloured spectacle lenses can help make text easier to see.

20 Hill Street, St Helier, Jersey W: T: +44 (0) 1534 730 099


Energetix combines sophisticated exclusive jewellery with the power of magnets. People wear the jewellery because they are fascinated by its radiance and want to have the power of magnets in their immediate vicinity all the time. All the jewellery and accessories have the same purpose, to give us moments of wellbeing in our daily life and each of these moments tells us we are on the right track. Designs for women, men, children and a great sports look. T: +44 (0) 1534 758 808 Up and Above, 50 Don Street, St Helier Order online at




Elaine McGoogan of Fully Present is a practitioner in Brennan Healing Science, a unique and highly specialised form of energy healing which can be beneficial for physical, mental and spiritual imbalances. Elaine works with clients to support their personal journey to wellness and reconnecting with their authentic self.  Distant healing is offered as she is based in France with visits to Jersey for in person treatments.

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Georgina uses both EFT & NLP techniques. She specialises in supporting people suffering with stress, anxiety, depression and bereavement. Georgina also offers a variety of Weight Loss programmes both in person and online. For information on all offerings, please visit her website.

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Membership of Gym Club is easy and commitment free – it’s just £99 for the year – or £10 for a 30 day membership, and you can cancel at any time

The Physiotherapy Studio is based at Les Quennevais Sports Centre. Physiotherapy Pilates classes are held at The Isis Centre and Les Roches Spa in the Outdoor Gazebo.

Gym Club allows members to book sessions at participating private gyms, health clubs and spas; it is designed to cater for people who would not normally be interested in a full-time gym membership because they may want to vary their fitness programme or only want to use the gym now and then.

W: E: T: + 44 (0) 1534 887 265


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. She also offers reiki.

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Lorna Jackson Acupuncture 1st BSc (Hons), MBAcC, AFN. Traditional acupuncture is more than pain management, treating headaches or back pain, it is uniquely suited to modern life as physical, emotional and mental blocks are seen as interdependent. Acupuncture is safe, gentle and it can be used by everyone, including babies, during pregnancy, sports enthusiasts and the elderly.  Lorna operates from her clinics in The Lido Wellness Centre and Greencliff Chiropractic Clinic. Most private health insurers cover acupuncture treatment. Please check before treatment.

W: E: T: +44 (0) 1534 852 039 (Greencliff Chiropractic) T: +44 (0) 1534 789 367 (Lido Medical Centre)


Nicky is qualified to practice in Health Kinesiology, Energy Healing, Stretch Results, and Nutrition Response Testing. She is an Associate Member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (AFHT) and also of the Kinesiology Federation (KF). Health Kinesiology is non-invasive and can address all areas of your life. Nicky incorporates the principles of Energy Medicine to help optimise your body’s natural capacity to heal itself and stay healthy; and Stretch Results to manage back, shoulder and neck pain. E: T: +44 (0) 7797 724 854 La Vielle Maison, St Peter

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Healthhaus is a boutique styled private members club for the discerning health conscious individual. With the pace and pressures of modern living, the vision at Healthhaus is to provide an effective and time efficient fitness solution leaving you the opportunity to indulge in a 360˚ approach to wellness. Healthhaus Express is a smaller, more intimate club with service and support values synonymous with Healthhaus. Using Milon it gives you a time efficient fitness solution that can be incorporated seamlessly into your working day. W: E: T: +44 (0)1534 614 800


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.

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Situated directly on St Brelade’s Bay we believe in taking things easy. One of the highlights of the four star hotel is the new spa which includes six treatment rooms, a relaxation area, sleep room with a pedicure and manicure area. Appointed alongside the existing features of the 15 metre pool with views overlooking the bay, sauna, steam room and spa pool. With 106 bedrooms and three restaurants, the hotel offers the ideal setting for lunch, afternoon tea or evening meal for two to 200 guests where you can indulge and relax in the atmosphere of the bay. W: E: T: +44 (0) 1534 743 101 La Route de la Baie, St Brelade, Jersey JE3 8EF


A diverse and experienced range of health therapists have come together to provide the island with a premium centre for wellbeing. The Lido Wellness Centre is based on the 2nd floor at the Lido Medical Centre in St Helier. With six individual treatment rooms, the Centre provides a base for a wide range of therapies, offering a vast array of knowledge and experience to support people back to wellness. The centre is open 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. W: T: +44 (0) 1534 789 367



Owned by local Physiotherapist, Paul Deveney, Lido Physio and Spinal Clinic welcomes you to our brand new, fully equipped suite and gym on the second floor of the Lido Medical Centre. We pride ourselves on treating all muscular, sports and spinal pain or injury. We combine the very latest in analytical technology with the highest quality Physiotherapy. Our range of services also include Sports Massage, Acupuncture and Ante-natal/ Post-Natal Physiotherapy with our qualified and experienced Obstetric Physiotherapist. W: E: T: + 44 (0) 1534 639 233


Offpeakluxury is a boutique hotel booking agent, offering great discounted packages at a collection of over 200 carefully selected independent luxury hotels across the UK. We are so much more than just a web site, and pride ourselves on our helpful customer service.  Our reservations team know our hotels, and are on hand to give you frank and impartial advice. Our job is to find just the right hotel break for you. W:  T: +44 (0) 845 2871 007



Craniosacral Therapy supports the body’s innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, also helping to reduce stress and to build underlying energy. It is a gentle non-invasive therapy, using light touch on areas of the body such as the head, the base of the spine or feet. Suitable for any age group. Pat Walker is a qualified Craniosacral Therapist, a member of the CSTA, and is fully insured. E: T: +44 (0) 7797 939 361


Tap It Better is the brainchild of advanced practitioner Yolanda Sáez Castelló MSc and combines Emotional Freedom Technique and Thought Field Therapy for comprehensive treatment of a wide range of complaints. These include anxiety, stress, phobias, physical pain, performance nerves, academic performance issues and even hayfever. Non-invasive and drug-free, EFT and TFT can be used effectively on both adults and children. Tap It Better is a member of AAMET (Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Therapies) and fully insured. Facebook: E: T: +44 (0) 7700 788 870

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Adopting a holistic, lifestyle approach to massage therapies, personal training and reflexology, Pippa Campbell is perfectly placed to help you meet your health and fitness goals - whatever they might be. Pippa’s ethos is to work with each client on an individual basis, assessing needs, discussing goals, and then creating a personalised plan. Reforma offers a fully equipped studio in a convenient location with free parking.

W: E: T: +44 (0) 7797 728 864


Marilyn has a unique approach to teaching through her study of the Franklin Methode in Switzerland. The Franklin Methode was a three year study of anatomy in breathing and movement and with this knowledge she teaches Pilates on equipment designed by Joseph Pilates at her studio at Fort Regent. All classes and personal training is by appointment only. Suitable for both men and women regardless of age or ability. E: T: +44 (0) 1534 724 771 or Mobile +44 (0) 7797 717 803




The Fitness Agency have an extensive fleet of treadmills, cycles, cross trainers and rowers for hire, available for a minimum period of 4 weeks from as little as £65 including delivery and collection. 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. Please note that The Fitness Agency, Good Health, and Puffin Cycles are no longer based at Harbour Reach. They can be contacted on the numbers below. W: T: +44 (0) 1534 633 109 (The Fitness Agency) T: +44 (0) 1534 875 057 (Good Health) T: +44 (0) 1534 639 720 (Puffin Cycles) M: +44 (0) 7797 727 446 (All businesses)


Combining Complementary Therapies with conventional Physical Training and Nutrition, whatever your problem we can help you find an answer. Whether you want to get fit, stop smoking, get relief from anxiety, phobias or chronic pain, have trouble losing weight or have performance issues in sport or business, our unique approach to total mind & body fitness will equip you with the tools to easily move beyond all your problems. Initial consultations by phone/Skype or email are Free, with no commitment, so don’t live with your problem any longer. W: E: T: +44 (0) 1534 863 141



...Bring Balance to Your Life... The Professional Team at ‘The Wellness Centre - Castle Quay’’ is here to help you feel your best. Acupuncture... Skin Care... Chiropractic... Pilates... Counselling Services... Floatation Therapy... Massage... Reflexology... Yoga... and much more. There’s something for everyone.

W: E: T: +44 (0) 1534 633 060 Millais House, Rue De L’Eteau, St. Helier


Known for her work in training women and children, Trudi Roscouet has rebranded! Opening Spirit Studios ( in Castle Quay as the first WOMEN ONLY group exercise studio is the first step to encourage ladies of all ages, from 13 to 100, that exercise can be fun. Combine that with nutritional consultations and evening sessions, Trudi will be providing 1 to 1 training, plus HIIT Boxing, Core Circuits and more. She will also be offering help to ladies with a BMI of +30, and specialist exercise referral classes. W: T: +44 (0) 7797 769 993 Castle Quay, St Helier, Jersey

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WellBeing World Spring / Summer 2015  

Summertime... And the living is easy.

WellBeing World Spring / Summer 2015  

Summertime... And the living is easy.