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No.5 Spring/Summer 2014 Health, Happiness, Inspiration
Spring into Summer WellBeing
FEATURING Why Wellness is the Next Big Thing Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life Inspirational Individuals
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Physical Health & WellBeing Coping with Adrenal Fatigue Loved Ones and Depression, Do’s and Don’ts WellBeing in a Digital World … and much more to Inspire, Relax and Make You Feel GOOD …
Words: Beverley Le Cuirot, Founder & Editor
Spring has most definitely sprung and with it the comforting rays of sunshine to envelop us; longer days for us to enjoy our beautiful surroundings; and lighter evenings perfect for socialising outdoors. The vibrancy of colour and scent of flowers in bloom are all around. A time of renewal and rejuvenation. We are absolutely delighted to bring you our Spring/Summer 2014 edition, bursting with all kinds of wonderful wellbeing topics to enhance your health, happiness and inspiration. We are so pleased, also to see WellBeing World appealing to an increasingly growing audience, men and women, of all ages, so thank you for that, it makes our work so much more satisfying.
What’s inside this edition?
A major Fitness feature, comprising Physical Health & WellBeing, Spring into Summer, and Sports & Fitness, together with new sections on Natural Beauty, Women’s and Men’s Health; exciting news, features and contributions from a number of well-known faces locally and around the world; and new topics to think about, such as Vaping in the Workplace.
We also have an entirely new section that will surely become the subject of our time: Digital WellBeing. The world wide web gives us unprecedented opportunities as business owners, employees and members of the community, but it is also in danger of taking over our lives somewhat. We love technology and social media, and it is definitely here to stay, but for our overall wellbeing, we need to manage it, rather than being managed by it, so we’ve introduced a couple of articles to start the debate. Enjoy the read and I wish you a glorious season ahead!
We have a whole section on Healthhaus, the new boutique styled private members club currently making the news at the Hotel de France; and we’ve got news on the countdown to the NatWest Island Games 2015. And, we all know the benefits of walking; it’s free, and really rather good for you. It’s an energy and natural mood booster and walkers develop stronger bones, but when Paul Owen and 14 of his Itex colleagues set off to walk around the Island in 1990, little did they know what they were creating. Now called the Collas Crill Island Walk, it has raised more than £1.8million for local charities over the years; read all about it on page 12.
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Why Wellness is the Next Big Thing 5 Mindfulness on the Global Agenda at Davos 6 Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life 8 Inspirational Individuals – Steve Hayes 10 Walking His Way to Happiness – on the Island Walk 12
PHYSICAL HEALTH & WELLBEING
When is a Gym not a Gym – When it’s Healthhaus 14 Exercise is for Every Body including Older Bodies! 18 Catch Illness Before it Catches You 20 Look Great and Feel Rejuvenated for Summer! 22 Adrenal Fatigue 24 Focus on Pilates 26 Let’s Talk: BodyTalk 28 Migraine Management 29 Beautiful and oh so Powerful 30
SPRING INTO SUMMER
Age-Proof Your Eyes! 32 Revamp Your Body for Summer – the WellBeing way 34
SPORTS & FITNESS
Keep on Running … 36 A Time to Shine: Natwest Island Games 2015 37
WELLBEING IN THE COMMUNITY
Inspirational Individuals – Melissa Buxton, Caring Cook 38 Caring for the Community 40
Digital Detox 60 Achieving WellBeing in a Digital World 62
WELLBEING AND EDUCATION
Mindful Childhood 64
WELLBEING IN THE WORKPLACE
Mind Calm 66 Motivation Nation 68 Smoke Without Fire – Vaping in the Workplace 70 Healthy (Ergonomic) Habits for an Easier Life 72 From Playing Fields to Commonwealth 74 Senses and Sales 76
LIFESTYLE AND HOME
Inviting Spaces – No Place Like Home
Middle Income Alcohol Epidemic 80
Ready Meals and other traps 82 How’zzz about some honey, Honey? 84 Healthy Lifestyle – Do the Math! 86 Are you Turning into a Coffee Addict? 88 Chilli – Feelin’ hot, hot, hot! 89
Music is Therapy 42 Are you an Extrovert or an Introvert? 44 EFT for Depression 46 Loved Ones and Depression, Do’s and Don’ts 48 Calm in a Frenetic World – with Ruby Wax 50 Transcendental Meditation 52
WELLBEING BUSINESS DIRECTORY
Beauty Warriors – Fighting for Natural Beauty! 54
Stressaholic 90 Beauty Detox Solution 91
Productivity 92 93
New Baby Ergonomics! 56
Thank You and Disclaimer: WellBeing World would like to thank Leah Dunford for our front cover image. Leah recently re-located from Jersey to travel; she now works in Australia and took this photo whilst staying with friends on the Hawkesbury River in Sydney, New South Wales.
Thank you also to all of our contributors, members and advertisers for helping to make our vision a reality. We aim to bring you properly researched information that enables you to make wise health decisions and which support your general health and wellbeing.
Although every effort is made to ensure the veracity of published information, WellBeing World cannot be held responsible for the information contained herein or for the views and actions of individual contributors. All contributors are qualified to practice in their own fields of expertise. If in doubt, please consult with a medical practitioner before acting on health information received.
Why Wellness is the Next Big Thing When world–renowned economist, multimillionaire software entrepreneur, college professor, author, USA presidential economic advisor, and CNN commentator, Paul Zane Pilzer wrote ‘The Wellness Revolution’ (Wiley) in 2002, it was said to be the ‘shot heard around the world’ for the wellness industry. Indeed, it defined wellness as an industry, linking hundreds of thousands of disparate service and product suppliers with a single cause. It showed like-minded scientists, fitness experts, business people, food manufacturers, restaurant owners, wellness product distributors, doctors and others who were focused on disease prevention and anti-ageing that they were part of a worldwide revolution – not just lone voices in their chosen profession.
Compare to the Healthcare Industry which provides much-needed products and services reactively to people with an existing condition, ranging from the common cold to cancerous tumours. These products seek to either treat the symptoms or eliminate the disease.
Pilzer outlined an emerging $200 billion industry in the USA he called “wellness”; by 2007 that industry had experienced a meteoric rise in sales to $500 billion, trending to easily meet and exceed the book’s original prediction of a Trillion Dollar Wellness Industry by 2012.
The 2007 edition of the ‘New’ Wellness Revolution showed that even though millions of people had embraced wellness, the need for wellness had actually expanded in the intervening years due to declining health trends, particularly the rising obesity rate in the United States and other developed nations.
Medical costs now exceed profits for most of the larger employers, and organisations are beginning to recognise that wellness and disease prevention are the only viable solutions to rising healthcare costs that threaten their very existence. They also know that healthy employees equal a healthy bottom line.
The Wellness Industry promotes products and services provided proactively to healthy people to make them feel more healthy, to look better, to slow the effects of ageing, and, importantly, to prevent diseases from developing in the first place.
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Add to this the Ageing Population, rising costs and falling Government funds and you have an industry that is not going anywhere, but up.
WellBeing World was originally established with the ageing population in mind to: • Promote Jersey’s wellbeing service capability (wellbeing defined as all matters contributing towards one’s health, happiness, prosperity and inspiration); • Provide greater awareness and resources to the individual for greater self-care; • Support the Island’s health and medical resources through prevention; • Support the Island’s economy through the health and wellness of its employees. As the population ages and demands on resources increase, WellBeing World seeks to continue to promote wellness through prevention, self-care and looking after one’s overall wellbeing. It is in our universal best interests, and we sincerely hope you find it valuable.
Mindfulness on the Global Agenda at DAVOS The 2014 World Economic Forum became a multicultural platform for mindfulness and meditation at its recent annual winter meeting in Davos, Switzerland. For anyone unfamiliar with the World Economic Forum, it is an independent international not-for-profit organisation ‘committed to improving the state of the world’. It brings together over 2,500 top business leaders, international politicians, academics, humanitarians and journalists to discuss the most pressing challenges facing the world. A gargantuan effort with serious clout across the globe with influence that crosses borders both physically and culturally. Within the vast topics and issues on the agenda, the 2014 World Economic Forum saw mindfulness make its mark. This year, the overall theme for discussion was "The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business". It would seem that mindfulness is able to play a big part in the arena of world-shaping for the better, and, with meditation as a hugely beneficial and practical life skill, it is so positive to see recognition in a broader sense. #doublewinner
At WellBeing World HQ, we have been mindful about mindfulness and meditation, and in our last few issues we have expanded on how global corporations are embracing the benefits of meditation in the workplace. Locally, we have been working alongside a number of forward thinking businesses who are implementing change and introducing meditation and mindfulness into their own offices, nurturing better wellbeing for all of their employees. We are pleased to bring you the lowdown from Davos, where an, ‘aura of mysticism pervaded the air’ as meditation and mindfulness were enthused over and those with the power to advance the wider interests of people and the planet were convinced to put these interests alongside profit. It is reassuring to note that meditation and mindfulness are fast becoming acknowledged in mainstream society and with global corporations participating (the polar opposite to the image of ‘cross legged, incense burning meditation’), the wellbeing benefits will reach people who probably really need it too. Big business can cause big stress, it seems a no brainer
to us champions of meditation, that high stress should be alleviated by meditation and ‘time out’, with a healthy dose of mindfulness running as a constant. Could meditation become as commonplace as physical exercise? It seems that could be the focus of those bringing it to the table at Davos. We recently covered Google’s attention to mindfulness and meditation at work, how they found the time to press pause and how it actually benefitted profit. Goldman Sachs, another global powerhouse, thrives on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. Forget Leonardo di Caprio and the Wolf of Wall Street: these guys have got their karma together. With a Buddhist monk and Goldie Hawn (mega meditation advocate, movie star and all round lovely lady), championing mindfulness and meditation at the WEF a packed hall saw delegates from the World Economic Forum receiving instruction on how to ‘take charge of their thoughts’. Rather than seem unusual, the result was not dissimilar to something one might see at a Buddhist temple, except instead of robes: suits and shiny shoes.
Business leaders are in positions of responsibility and influence, and it seems many have the moral respect to make a difference in the world. Philanthropy and social change are what the B Team stands for and with social business on the agenda at Davos, hopefully Plan B will stretch far further than 20 or so business leaders. With Davos being a hub of international movers and shakers it’s enlightening to know that the World Economic Forum was treating wellbeing as a global priority. From human rights to depletion of natural resources, women’s rights to restoring ecosystems, the Davos agenda ‘The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business’ was on the right track. Davos 2014, mindfulness in world matters.
It is reassuring to note that meditation and mindfulness are fast becoming acknowledged in mainstream society and with global corporations participating, the wellbeing benefits will reach people who probably really need it too.
Alongside Goldie Hawn’s session on meditation, Huff Post’s founder, Arianna Huffington and mega brand Virgin’s founder, Sir Richard Branson, brought forward their commitments toward making the world a better place. With their objective to ‘make business a force for good’, and so the theme of wellbeing flowed on … The team here at WellBeing World HQ are in awe of Arianna as the first lady of wellbeing in the media, her fabulous ‘Third Metric’, and her amazing new book ‘Thrive’ which we review on page 8; provides inspiration alongside determined aspiration for redefining success outside of the remit of dollar signs. Serious yielding of grey matter power – and a strong yearning for ‘a better world’ makes Arianna a favourite. Working alongside Sir Richard Branson and some 18 other business leaders, in 2012 they established the moniker, Plan B, for their quest to turn the attention toward human rights issues and those of the environment when it comes to business. Plan B’s B Team, represent the opposite objective of the current ‘Plan A’ which is solely geared toward driving profits with little or no thought to the aforementioned Plan B objectives.
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Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life WORDS: Beverley Le Cuirot, Founder and Director, WellBeing World | WellBeing At Work
Arianna Huffington (pictured left) is a true champion for wellbeing. At WellBeing World HQ we were so very impressed when she introduced her Third Metric Conference to London last year, and we greatly admire the way she succeeded in driving wellbeing to the very heart of the high powered economic and social agendas with the world’s most senior leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January (report, previous page). Now, in her new book, Thrive - which we bought the second it hit Waterstones - she makes an impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world. Her personal wake-up call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and nasty eye injury the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep. As the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, one of the fastest growing media companies in the world, making her over $20 million in the last 10 years, Arianna is celebrated as one of the world’s most influential women, gracing the covers of numerous magazines. She was, and still is, by any traditional measure, extraordinarily successful.
She is a multi-millionaire, political commentator and media visionary, yet as she found herself going from brain MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram, to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion; she asked herself the question ‘Is this really what success feels like?’.
More to Life
As more and more people are coming to realise, there is far more to living a truly successful life than just earning a larger salary and capturing a corner office. Our relentless pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success - money and power - has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses, and an erosion in the quality of our relationships, family life, and, ironically, our careers. In being connected to the world 24/7, we’re losing our connection to what
truly matters. Our current definition of success is, as Thrive shows, literally killing us. We need a new way forward. In a commencement address Arianna gave at Smith College in the spring of 2013, she likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. They may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we’re going to topple over. We need a third leg, a Third Metric for defining success, to truly thrive. That Third Metric, she writes in Thrive, includes our wellbeing, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving. As Arianna points out, our eulogies celebrate our lives very differently from the way society defines success. They don’t commemorate our long hours in the office, our promotions, or our sterling PowerPoint presentations as we relentlessly raced to climb up the career ladder. They are not about our resumes; they are about cherished memories, shared adventures, small kindnesses and acts of generosity, lifelong passions, and the things that made us laugh. In this deeply personal book, Arianna
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talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritising the demands of a career and raising two daughters; of juggling business deadlines and family crises, a harried dance that led to her collapse and to her “aha moment.” Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplace, and our lives. This is a theme we wholeheartedly live and breathe here at WellBeing World; the reason for our being, if you like. We are so encouraged to see the world waking up, indeed being shaken up, not only by the wellbeing evangelists we so admire, but also by high profile, international business people, such as Arianna Huffington and Richard Branson. As we go to press, Andreas Whittam Smith reports in The Independent of ‘WellBeing and Policy’, a study being led by Gus O’Donnell, the Former Cabinet Secretary. We will report more about this in the next edition; in summary it says exactly what
Arianna is telling us, that it is high time we realised that GDP growth isn’t everything, and that happiness – or the lack of it – also has an economic cost. As Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, said: “We need to get in touch with who we really are so that we can live life on our own terms. From the importance of sleep to the imperative to listen to our own inner voice to ways to deal with the daily time crunches we all feel, Thrive lays out a path for each of us to look within and make our lives more authentic and fulfilling.” And we will leave the last word to the Wharton professor, Adam Grant: ‘Thrive is a captivating look at what it takes to live a more meaningful, satisfying life. Brimming with passion, supported by science, and crowned with practical insights, Arianna’s exceptional book will transform our workplaces, schools and families.” We can’t wish for more than that.
Inspirational Individuals! Steve Hayes, Marathon Man and more
When we were considering the ‘Inspirational Individuals’ in our midst Steve Hayes came immediately to mind; his story is one of endurance in the extreme. Steve Hayes is the guy who swam for 24 hours non-stop at Harve des Pas pool a couple of years ago. He went on to swim the English Channel, all for CLIC Sargent, the children’s cancer charity. Aside from these pretty heavy-duty challenges, Steve has a number of marathons, triathlons and other high endurance and tough physical challenges under his belt. The journey from ordinary man to extreme adventurer. It was Steve’s most recent exploit that really made our jaws drop. A notorious ultra-marathon; the Spine Race is a 268-mile, non-stop, 7-day extreme challenge across the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales, involving some of the most demanding terrain in Northern Europe. The event, which takes place in January, is regarded as one of the toughest physical endurance challenges in Britain, with only a third of the 80 competitors finishing the race in 2014. Steve completed the ultra-marathon in 155 hours and 45 minutes, finishing in 17th place. Steve was also commended for his bravery and compassion after helping an injured competitor who had become dangerously hypothermic, just four miles from the finish line. This, along with his persistence to finish the race against all odds, led to Steve receiving the Cognitive Fitness Award 2014 in recognition of his flexibility, resilience, mental toughness, sense of humour and self-management. In itself, this is pretty remarkable, inspirational most definitely. But as Steve would tell you, he isn’t a professional athlete; he’s the Manager at the Hotel Cristina. He used to drink, smoke, party quite hard and all the other usual behaviour of a young man. Then, he decided to do something different – 10
to challenge himself and give himself more purpose. Many people think of doing things in order to challenge and better themselves, but it’s an inspirational thing when they actually do it. During the Spine Race, Steve had to endure extreme fatigue, sleep deprivation, illness and freezing weather conditions as he battled to survive. It’s a wonderful measure of a person, to see how they commit to a cause and stick to it, regardless of personal detriment or setbacks. What’s next for Jersey’s ultra-marathon iron man? Well, Steve’s plans to take part in more Jersey events, including Round the Rock and the Jersey Marathon in 2014 and hopes to compete in further international challenges in the future such as the Deca Ironman and the Race across America. Whatever it was that Steve Hayes went out to prove, he did it. Challenging himself and bringing attention and funds to charity, he excelled. To be able to look back and have no regrets, to know you really challenged yourself and came out the other side better for it is something u? es Yiroational r i p to tip our hats to. Pretty s p s In t Whloove to makelaInr feature. L! eGet cool for Steve’s wife and ou gu y e e’d r d W a e kids too, having action book inspir iduals Indiv who has n our Face eir man around! us o know ure th
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Walking His Way to Happiness Saturday, 21st June 2014
Interview with Paul Owen, founder of the Collas Crill Island Walk in conjunction with Rotary de la Manche (formerly known as the Itex Walk) When Paul Owen and 14 of his Itex work colleagues set off to walk around Jersey on the longest day of 1990, they had no idea that in the following 24 years 19,000 walkers would tread the same path, raising £1.8 million for local charities and creating an Island institution. Formerly known as the ‘Itex Walk’, Rotary de la Manche joined in 12 years ago and law firm Collas Crill took over sponsorship this year to rebrand it as the ‘Collas Crill Island Walk’. It is a true community event; thousands of people walk, organise, support and benefit each year with every penny raised being distributed to local charities. Both walkers and helpers have ranged in age from 9 to almost 90 and there's a real 'walking family' spirit – as much emphasis is placed on taking care of those who don't finish as celebrating those who do. A keen walker who moved to Jersey in 1976, Paul already had many miles of the Peak and Lake Districts under his belt. Covering 20 miles in a weekend was a regular feat for Paul, who quickly discovered that options for walking were necessarily limited in Jersey. "I would walk the cliff paths but started wondering if I could do it all in one go," he told us. "Eventually some colleagues and I thought OK, why don't we try it? We had no idea how far it actually was, but decided we would do it for charity." And so the Around the Island Walk was born. The first, in aid of Jersey Cancer Relief, raised £1,500 and of the 15 who started, 7 finished. This ratio has largely continued, and about 50% complete it each year, raising on average £100 per walker.
Word of the new challenge got round and the next year 35 people took part, 70 the next. Numbers have increased steadily, reaching over 1,000 in recent years and it's now a fixture in the calendar of walking groups in the UK and France too. At 48.1 miles, the full Walk is a formidable challenge. The Island's former LieutGovernor, Lt Gen Andrew Ridgway, started a new tradition known as the LG's Walk in 2007, cleverly dividing the Walk into 4 stages so that the Lieut-Governor can tackle it over the years of his tenure. This year, the LG's Walk starts at Le Braye at the rather more civilised time of 1pm and ends at the main Walk finish, the Harbour.
“Paul’s advice is to walk in twos and threes – and not necessarily with the friends you arrived with, but people you meet along the way and who walk at your pace” At 12 miles the LG's Walk is perfect for families, for people who want to get involved but don’t have the legs for the full course, and anyone intent on working their way up to the main Walk in future years. Paul walked in the first four years and now, as committee Chair and one of the main organisers, he remains a lynchpin of the event. On the day itself he starts at the Elizabeth Terminal, where walkers register and set off at 3am; he then spends the next 20 hours travelling between checkpoints ensuring everything runs smoothly and walkers are safe.
The photo shows Paul Owen in the middle, flanked by Mark Loane, CEO of C5 Alliance Group handing over the boot (rather than baton) to Collas Crill senior partner Nuno Santos Costa.
So, with 50% of people typically finishing the course that means 50% don't, making it the biggest physical challenge that 'average' people can undertake in Jersey. So, we asked him, what’s the attraction? "It's a personal challenge, it's not a race, and that challenge is what you set yourself – it may not be to finish but just to take part. You may be embarking on a new path of taking more exercise and gradually getting fitter," says Paul. "The biggest revelation for a lot of people is the different parts of the Island you see. Even people who have spent their entire life in Jersey have discovered somewhere they never knew existed, and on the longest day of the year there are some stunningly beautiful sights."
Paul's Walk Tips: Preparation is KEY
Preparation is key – people for whom walking is a part of their lifestyle manage the Walk best. If that's not you then aim to train and build up your walking stamina until you can comfortably walk 20-30 miles. Not all walks are equal of course – the north coast is very different from the beaches of the south coast, and much harder, so build those into your training. Ensure you wear the right gear and consider blister prevention methods. Good shoes, socks and plasters all play a part. Mental attitude counts for as much as physical stamina – lots of people listen to music; lots are inspired by the scenery. Paul's advice is to walk in twos and threes – and not necessarily with the friends you arrived with, but people you meet along the way and who walk at your pace. "People make friends very quickly; everyone is like-minded. If you have a buddy you can help each other through the highs and lows." To register go to www.ccislandwalk.com
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When is a Gym not a Gym? – When it’s Healthaus Today the whole concept of going to the gym has evolved. It’s true, many of us just ‘work out’; but now, our more demanding modern lifestyles have changed what it means to ‘go to the gym’. As life asks more of us, so we ask more for ourselves, or so we should! We are busy, strapped for time, and often stressed, but it’s so important for us to invest in our wellbeing. Many of us are looking, not just to ‘work out’, but to ‘work from within’, it’s a journey which takes us on a more holistic and personal route to fitness. The goal is to achieve a sense of wellbeing, which by definition is the ‘state of being happy, healthy and prosperous’! Enter Healthaus - a thoroughly modern concept that knocks the old gym paradigm on the head. The Healthaus philosophy is about total wellbeing, nutrition, being deeply individual, about investing in health and in a personal lifestyle that will last. We were so excited, we went along to find out more.
Taking fitness personally
Healthaus does not take a ‘cookie cutter’ or ‘one size fits all’ approach, but rather a 360-degree holistic approach to wellness that puts the individual at the core. Makes sense, we are, after all, all different; a 20-year-old man won’t have the same goals as a 40-year-old woman. That’s why they design bespoke programmes for the individual. Glenda Rivoallan, one of the co-founders, told us: “Our philosophy is evident in every detail of what we do, and who we are, right
from the very start. As soon as you join you’ll have your own Wellness Mentor who will be your first point of contact in the club and assigned just for you to help you achieve your goals.”
It’s all about you
Healthhaus offers all members a complimentary nutrition course with 6 x 30 minute interactive group talks, focusing on healthy eating strategies for modern day lifestyles. All Healthhaus members receive complimentary medical screening by the resident medical professionals to include a pre-activity questionnaire, orthopedic/cardio and respiratory screen, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes check and body composition analysis. This is designed to leave all members safe in the knowledge that their training is appropriate and that their efforts will be rewarded. If it all sounds a bit daunting, don’t panic. Only around 12% of the population goes to the gym, and it’s not surprising the figure is quite low. But, the Healthhaus philosophy is about taking the fear out of fitness and creating a place you can’t wait to get to, a place that’s more of a home from home.
Hence, the name: Healthaus; the word ‘haus; translated from German means house. Step inside and you’ll experience their non-intimidating home from home feel.
Why is Healthaus different?
Healthhaus describes itself as an exclusive boutique styled private members club for the discerning healthconscious individual; and discerning it certainly is. This spectacular new club is the combined passion of Glenda and her business partner, Nathalie La Mottee. Glenda has nearly two decades of experience in the fitness industry and a personal training background that gives her particular insight into individual wellness goals. She tells us: “We have thought outside the standard ‘gym box’ to help deliver a more personalised approach to wellness. We want our members to feel as much at home in the club as they do in their own home.”
The foundation of training at Healthhaus is the innovative and award winning Milon Circle which allows its members to achieve 30% greater results than conventional fitness equipment. We are told we only need to exercise a minimum of twice every ten days for 35 minutes for guaranteed results; which will certainly allow time to indulge in the finer things in life. Thanks to their chip card control, all Milon equipment automatically adjusts to one’s individual body size and training plan, like a personal trainer in your pocket! This totally eliminates any setting errors by the user and ensures the optimum workout to help users reach their goals. We were very impressed with our visit to Healthhaus and look forward to some amazing results in the weeks and months ahead!
From décor to delivery, every aspect of the club shows impeccable attention to detail. Contemporary lighting by worldrenowned British designer, Tom Dixon is not found everyday hanging from the ceiling in most gyms! You have to see it to believe it, so why not visit the club to see many more home inspired designs.
Technology meet wellbeing – Wellbeing meet technology
And then there is the partnership between technology and fitness to help its members achieve optimum results. Combine German engineering with health and fitness and you get the Mercedes of fitness equipment – Milon. Glenda tells us its cutting edge technology provides balanced total body training that “cannot be surpassed for simplicity, safety, and effectiveness”.
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A Fitness and Wellness Philosophy where Integration is Key We stepped inside to find out more: Technogym Kinesis
Kinesis combines the simplicity of natural and intuitive movements with the benefits of functional strength. It offers an almost limitless range of exercise routines, focusing on balance, strength and flexibility. Its ease of use makes it fun and ideal for both individual and small group training.
Strength & Cardio Equipment
Healthhaus has partnered with leading fitness equipment experts: Milon, Technogym, Matrix, Life Fitness, Versaclimber and Jordan Fitness to provide a variety of innovative health and fitness solutions across 5 studios. Their range has been selected to help its members achieve the results they deserve.
Mind / Body Studio
The Mind/Body Studio is home to the Healthhaus Pilates and Yoga classes which provide a full body workout to focus the mind whilst strengthening and stretching the body. A committed mind / body practice enhances core stability and improves balance and flexibility, leaving one calm and centered for the day.
Unlike more traditional gym classes, the smaller numbers catered for in the Healthhaus Group Training allows for a personal approach. Instructors will guide participants through the class ensuring that everyone works to their maximum potential with perfect technique. Whatever your level there will be a class for you.
Personal coaching at Healthhaus isn’t about pushing you to your limits or quick, short term fixes. It’s about using their knowledge and passion to provide its members with a personalised programme that is highly effective but also fun. Their trainers will inspire, motivate, educate and empower their clients to achieve long term, life-changing results.
Private Members Website Area
Studio Cycling with Myride®
A visit to the Myride Studio revealed a cycling experience, which takes you out of the studio and into a virtual world of mountains, deserts and scenic vistas. Myride’s high-definition forward motion videography provides a stunning backdrop to the ride, immersing you into your workout; resulting in a greater calorie burning effect and a more enjoyable experience. We cannot WAIT to try it properly!
The Private Members Website enables all members to login to their own private area to keep track of their fitness, to book a class or personal training session and keep on top of their account. Members will also have access to the unique library of health and fitness related resources. On joining all members receive complimentary cardiovascular, respiratory and orthopedic screening with the resident medical professional to provide added support in achieving health and fitness goals.
Healthhaus also offers all members a complimentary nutrition course comprising 6 x 30 minute interactive group talks, focusing on healthy eating strategies for modern day lifestyles.
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“We endeavour to make each and every experience at Healthhaus personal, memorable and immensely enjoyable.”
Glenda Rivoallan & Nathalie Le Mottee, Healthhaus Founders
Ayush Wellness Spa
All Healthhaus Gold or Platinum Members can also benefit from access to the world class Ayush Wellness Spa. The only difficult choice you’ll have to make here is which pool to go in next. It is even possible to treat oneself to an Ayurvedic treatment. The Ayush Wellness Spa fits perfectly with the Healthhaus philosophy. It has six private treatment suites, a relaxation lounge, Yoga studio and library. This wonderful facility with its beautiful stone and wood with open glass walkways has been created with nature in mind. There’s no better place than here to start your journey to physical and emotional wellbeing.
Luxurious Private Members Lounge
The luxurious private members lounge is an ideal place to make oneself at home, to unwind by the fire, or to treat oneself to a nutritious meal from the specially prepared super food menu. Final word from Glenda, and she is so right: “As you can see, Healthaus is about getting the details right; the little things that make the difference in delivering the quality and luxury that you deserve.” She and Nathalie would be delighted to welcome you to Healthhaus; you can visit the website and book a tour, and one of their highly qualified staff will contact you to start discussing your fitness and wellness needs. www.healthhaus.co.uk
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Exercise is for Every Body including Older Bodies!
WORDS: Francine Oxenden, Healthhaus, Milon Expert and Personal Coach
Everywhere we look we read shocking headlines about degenerative ageing and associated chronic health problems, such as cardiovascular diseases, Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity and Alzheimer’s. How do we prevent or slow down the rate in which these scary things will get us and what can we do if we are victim of one of these? We are told to be more active and exercise more, but do you really know what type of exercise you should be doing and how often you should be doing it? The idea of exercise for many can be daunting but it really needn’t be! When we were growing up none of us thought our bodies could let us down, we just wanted to have fun and that’s what I try focus on. Life’s for living so let’s live it! Let’s get ourselves out of this era of unhealthiness, change those headlines, make ourselves feel in better shape physically and mentally and have fun whilst doing so! The benefits of being active and exercising are for everyone regardless of age or ability, it’s never too late to start. Older adults who partake in any amount of physical activity will gain health benefits and increased independence and the more you do, the younger and happier you will feel, with a better quality of life and the decreased risk of many diseases. Your aim should be to focus on functional fitness to assist with daily living challenges including dressing, getting around and carrying shopping bags or heavy items. Functional fitness is an approach that considers the tasks of everyday life, breaks them down into components and allows you to build up your fitness levels to perform these tasks with confidence and independence. By focussing on the skills of stamina, strength, co-ordination, balance and flexibility you will develop a feel good factor from being
fitter, more confident, and safer. It really can make the difference between independence and dependence. The type of exercises you do depends on your experience and fitness levels. The lists of exercises are endless; you don’t have to be jumping around in a lively aerobics session or bulging your biceps in the gym; the exercises must be tailored to your needs and goals. You can increase your fitness levels anywhere that you are comfortable, whether it be at home, outside, swimming, or in the gym. If the thought of exercising in the gym makes you feel nervous or intimidated (as many people of all ages feel), then why not try the award winning Milon circle at Healthhaus. It is safe, very simple to use and highly sociable. Make sure to include some core exercises in your exercise programme. Your core consists of the muscles of your abdominal region, back and your hips. These important muscles work together to support your spine, whether you are sitting, bending over to pick something up or walking. Core strength is essential for everyone. Without a strong core other muscles have to work harder to accomplish everyday movements, which especially as we get older contributes to injury and increases the risk of falls. A strong core improves balance, stability, co-ordination, everyday functional movement and importantly, continence. A simple but effective core exercise is to draw your belly button in towards your spine and squeeze your pelvic floor at the same time. Hold
The lists of exercises are endless; you don’t have to be jumping around in a lively aerobics session or bulging your biceps in the gym; the exercises must be tailored to your needs and goals The facts from the NHS: Regular exercise can:
Lower your risk of dementia by up to 30% Lower your risk of early death by up to 30% Lower your risk of osteoporosis by up to 83% Lower your risk of hip fracture by 68%
this contraction for up to 10 seconds, whilst breathing naturally and aim to practice this up to 10 times per day. Flexibility is key in helping with your daily life and needs to be incorporated into any exercise programme. Tight muscles will reduce your body’s range of movement, can affect your balance, and reduces the synovial fluid to your joints, which causes stiffness. When stretching consider your whole body and ensure that you start with slow and easy stretches, progressing to deeper stretches to the point of mild tension only. It is recommended that you perform flexibility exercises at least twice a week, holding each stretch between 10-30 seconds. If you can achieve this you will find everyday activities such as getting dressed and reaching up to pick up items from the shelf easier. You will also significantly reduce the risk of falling. Why not set yourself a goal this week and make time for two stretching sessions? Warm muscles stretch more effectively so stretch after a walk or a warm bath. By stretching and becoming more in tune with your body, life really will become easier. My aim is to prolong active independence with confidence and gusto. Whatever your current ability, knowledge or barriers we can make a change. Let’s not wait for the next New Year to find a new you let’s start now! If you would like to know more, why not make an appointment to see Francine at Healthhaus; she would love to meet you and says you can tackle this together! Tel: 01534 614800. Prior to beginning any exercise programme you should seek a medical evaluation.
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Catch Illness Before It Catches You Interview with Hedi Green, Clinical Thermographer at Jersey Thermal Imaging
It is recognised by many physicians that inflammation is a precursor to many diseases. Early detection may help prevent many negative health conditions from developing, including cancer. Fortunately, there is a high tech screening system which specifically measures inflammation known as Thermography. The medical infrared Thermography camera measures body surface temperature and presents the information as digitised images which are interpreted by Thermography trained Doctors. We went along to find out more. “There are many benefits of Thermography,” said Hedi Green, Clinical Thermographer, who offers this service at the Lido Medical Centre. “Firstly, there are no harmful rays, no contact with the skin, it is also quick, cost effective and can be very useful for your Sara Hiom, of Cancer Doctor, physiotherapist, nutritional therapist or other healthcare provider to get a better picture of what is going on beneath your skin, she told us.
Women are offered routine Mammogram screening between the ages of 50 and 70. However, there is an increase in younger women being diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 50, and recent figures have revealed that more than half of the deaths from breast cancer are in women who are aged 70 or older, suggesting that a wider age range would be beneficial. Thermography is able to detect tissue abnormality in advance of the formation of a tumour; even before the tissue becomes cancerous. This is because the metabolic activity increases in the potentially problem area in comparison to the surrounding tissue. As cells begin to multiply abnormally, new blood vessel growth is necessary. This increase in blood circulation produces an increase in regional surface heat which can be detected by the sensitive Thermographic equipment.
Research UK, commented:
“The sooner cancer is diagnosed, the more likely treatment is to be effective and the chances of beating it are greater – whatever your age.”
She added “One of its main life saving abilities is early diagnosis of abnormal cells in breasts. Thermography will pick up abnormal changes up to 6 years before anything would show on a Mammogram.”
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Other important facts about Thermography: • More than 800 peer reviewed studies of breast Thermography appear in medical literature. • Strict standardised interpretation protocols have existed for over 25 years. • Thermography has an average 90% detection accuracy. • Clinical studies that span at least 40 years have shown that breast Thermography contributes to the longterm survival rates by as much as 61%.
What else can Thermography help detect? • Heart function - inflammation in the carotid arteries may be a precursor to a stroke. • Arthritis – early detection means early treatment strategies can be put in place. • Neck and back pain – thermal patterns will show where the problem is so a targeted treatment programme can begin. • Dental issues – Gum disease, Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome and infection will show up. • Immune dysfunction - cold patterns over T1 and T2 correlate with immune function. • Digestive disorders – Crohns Disease, IBS, and Diverticulitis are often visible with Thermography. • Other conditions - including, bursitis, herniated discs, ligament/muscle tears, nerve problems, lupus, whiplash, etc can also be indicated.
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Thermography is an invaluable tool for both men and women to assess what is going on in their body long before anything may show up as a symptom or lump, giving you plenty of time to assess your treatment options. These may involve a timely visit to your GP and/or having a total rethink of your diet and lifestyle choices. Follow up Thermography studies are also useful in assessing whether a treatment programme or lifestyle/diet regime is working. “I believe in being pro-active when it comes to our health and wellbeing,” says Hedi. “If you don’t make time for your health now, you will have to make time for your illness later.” Prices start at £250 for a breast study (including a 90 day follow up study) and £375 for a full body study (which includes the breast study). More info at: www. jerseythermalimaging.com or contact Hedi directly at email@example.com or 07797 718646.
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Look Great and Feel Rejuvenated for Summer Beth Warren is the Founder and Owner of Jersey Laser Lipo Clinic; she looks stunning at 60, and we wanted to know more … Not only is she living, breathing testament to the efficacy of her treatments and refined technique, she also puts you at immediate ease with her professionalism and knowledge the moment she begins talking. Hailing from Australia, Beth established her clinic in Jersey in 2013. She is a passionate advocate of non-invasive procedures and her growing clientele demonstrates the interest in this ethos. Beth’s procedures are pain free, with clients even being able to leave the clinic and return to work straight after treatment. Win! She told us about non-invasive procedures: “Most of us have something that we would like to improve about our face or body, but people are often apprehensive about invasive cosmetic surgery and, as a result, they are increasingly turning to non-invasive ways to tighten the skin on their face and neck to negate the effects of ageing.”
Radio Frequency Treatments – The Natural Alternative
The Radio Frequency Facial, otherwise known as the nonsurgical facelift, is said to achieve an immediate tightening and on-going rejuvenation of the face, neck and décolletage. This treatment has become increasingly popular, trending among celebrities who want to look more youthful without the tell-tale ‘surgically enhanced’ look.
Streamlining and Refining with Lipolysis
Lipolysis is the process whereby fat stored within cells is broken down. Lipo body treatments are carried out with the assistance of a medical grade PureGenesis Laser. The PureGenesis Laser is at present, unique to Jersey and can only be found in the Jersey Laser Lipo Clinic. Beth’s technique has proven to produce remarkable results. Depending on the brief, some clients may require treatments on several areas such as the stomach, thighs, back or underarms. Other clients may just be looking to lose the last couple of inches from their thighs or hips – to fit into their favourite pair of jeans! A dream we all share ...
I am a qualified Beauty therapist with over 40 years in the Beauty Industry. This gives me a credibility and rapport with clients across a broad age range which has resulted in lots of very happy customers and word of mouth referrals to their friends and family members Beth Warren Taking the First Steps to a New You
People are often confused about the merits of the plethora of treatments promoted in the industry. Coupled with an inhibition in talking about their own body issues they are often reluctant to take the first step. During the initial, free, consultation Beth puts her clients at ease whilst establishing their needs. A bespoke course of treatments is then suggested, complemented at home by Beth’s own range of natural skin care products. Advocating a holistic approach to overall wellbeing, Beth also includes advice on nutrition, exercise and lifestyle. Typically a treatment will last for one hour. However, Beth treats every client individually, allowing flexibility she will extend the allotted time if necessary.
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‘Lunchtime Lift’ – Yes, please! New this year is a series of mini treatments named the ‘Lunchtime Lift’ each treatment duration is 30 minutes. The clinic is also open on Saturdays, which has proved very popular for those who find it difficult to commit to weekday appointments. It may be that you want to lose those inches that you have been unable to shift at the gym, lose post-baby weight, fit into that dream dress or pair of skinny jeans, look a million dollars for your next holiday, or just get back that healthy, youthful appearance. With a solution that is effective, confidence boosting, natural, painless and affordable, why not give Beth Warren a call?
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Adrenal Fatigue What is it?
Adrenal fatigue is becoming more widely acknowledged as an answer for some typical wellbeing issues of late. Symptoms that are all too common in today’s society and undoubtedly as you read through this article, a few of the symptoms will seem all too familiar. To begin with, our adrenal glands are primarily responsible for our stress response; fight or flight, but they also play vital roles in sleep, blood sugar balance, hormonal balance, blood pressure and more. These powerful little endocrine glands manufacture and secrete steroid hormones such as Cortisol, Oestrogen and Testosterone that are essential for life, health and vitality. They sit on top of the kidneys and regulate the critical hormonal jobs in your body, modulating the functioning of every tissue, organ and gland to maintain homeostasis during stress. They also have important effects on the way you think and feel. The main purpose of your adrenals is to enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source, ranging from injury and disease to work and relationship problems. They largely determine the energy of your body's responses to every change in your internal and external environment. Whether they signal attack, retreat or surrender, every cell responds accordingly, and you feel the results. There is debate in conventional medical circles as to its legitimate medical diagnosis, or indeed whether or not it is a real medical condition as there is no test to detect it. What then of Depression, Parkinson’s and Dementia, none of which require a test in order to be diagnosed. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is similarly established based on symptoms, then why should adrenal fatigue be any different.
Could you have it?
There is a broad spectrum of symptoms displaying signs of adrenal fatigue: • Lower back pain • Knee weakness or pain • Excessive sweating from little activity • Dizziness • Low blood sugar • Muscle twitches • Sensitivity to light • Heart palpitations • Easily irritated • Salt cravings • Chronic infections (bacterial, fungal, yeast) • Low blood pressure • Light-headedness upon standing • Excessive mood response after eating carbs • Tired and wired • Poor sleep • Sweet, sugar, and carb cravings • Premature aging • Dry skin • Low libido
Symptoms are so broad and importantly, typical of our modern lifestyles that it could be raising skepticism over defining an actual illness or disease. Then surely, the question is, are our lifestyles in need of severe change? Our bodies are designed to adapt to change – our adrenal glands used to function on a more primitive basis, when being confronted by danger for example. Nowadays, our adrenal glands are working over time; excess caffeine triggers a response, so does a rushed morning and commute to the office, a horrible boss or dispute with a colleague, road rage, air pollution, a relationship issue or argument, stressful phone call or too many late nights out or up with crying babies, rambunctious toddlers, sulky teens, stress, stress, stress and more stress! Our adrenal glands are literally getting tired. There might not be a medical, laboratory test to diagnose adrenal fatigue, but it exists and as doctors and researchers delve more in to the issues brought about by our adrenal gland fatigue, so come the facts.
And these nasty diseases are affiliated to underlying adrenal exhaustions: • Hypoglycemia • Adult-onset Diabetes • PMS and difficulty during menopause • Frequent colds and bronc hitis, pneumonia and chronic respiratory infections • Asthma • Ischemic heart disease • Rheumatoid arthritis and arthritic pain • Allergies • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and other autoimmune disorders • Alcoholism • Depression and anxiety Basically, we could be in serious trouble if our adrenals shut-down.
What can be done to fix it?
This 21st century stress syndrome will need to be addressed. It comes as little surprise that a modern disease relating to our adrenal glands â€“ our stress responders â€“ is the latest in an ongoing discovery of how the onset of poor sleep, too much processed food, chemicals, high octane lifestyles, etc, is physically effecting our very make up. There are some fabulously informative websites where you can read up more about adrenal fatigue, we especially liked the 8 Tips for Overcoming Adrenal Exhaustion by Caroline MacDougall, and the ample information shared on www. mindbodygreen.com If you think you could possibly be suffering from symptoms relating to your adrenal glands seek advice from your GP. There is a test that can monitor hormones and the release of cortisol from your adrenal glands. In the meantime, cut out processed food and caffeine, try to avoid stressful situations, keep an eye on your blood sugar levels, avoid alcohol, top up on your B vitamins, exercise, and try to get some rest and relaxation, even sleep!
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Focus on: Pilates
We thought you may be interested in the trending subject that is ‘Pilates’; so we caught up with Marilyn Ward at ‘The Diamond Body’ to find out more ... Whether you want to look great for summer, have that special upcoming event, holiday in the sun, or are even longing for some hot beach weather at home, working on your fitness can trigger the momentum for pushing your whole self forward.
Long, Lean and Poised
Lengthen, elongate, strengthen ... These all seem rather appealing words (wouldn’t mind a bit of this, thank you!); and all are conveniently associated with Pilates. Pilates allows the physical body to align itself whilst strengthening and lengthening the individual muscles. Similar to Yoga, Pilates utilises the breath and oxygen flow within the body to help perform exercises with maximum control and efficiency. Often, in our everyday lives we forget the importance of breathing properly, i.e. taking full belly breaths; this is very important as it ensures enough oxygen is being delivered
around the body helping it process more efficiently, thus reducing stress. Our sedentary lifestyles are unfortunately not what our bodies are designed for (predominantly movement), so GET MOVING! Pilates measures quality, not quantity – you should be completing exercises with full intention and should not consider repetitions if you feel uncomfortable.
We hear it again and again during exercise class, “Engage your core”; “Tummy muscles in”. As clichéd, as it sounds engaging your core is VERY important as it is the centre of the body and without a strong core, we are prone to develop back injuries. Pilates exercises help develop a strong core and torso. Control of the core is achieved by use of the trunk, pelvis and shoulder girdle – not by how many sit ups you can do in one sitting!
Joseph ( Joe) Pilates was born in 1880 in Germany. As the First World War broke out Joe was based in the UK, so was interned for the duration of the war. He used the time to work on himself and devised the mat work routine in a prison camp. Part of his
which Joe called his Gymnasium. He devised machines which used springs for resistance. Springs ensure muscles work harder than weights but also seek to create longer lean muscles rather than just creating bulk. The machines also allow for full range of motion throughout the joints.
Similar to Yoga, Pilates utilises the breath and oxygen flow within the body to help perform exercises with maximum control and efficiency internment was centred in the Isle of Man as a hospital orderly. This is where Joe fitted springs to hospital beds, enabling bedridden patients to exercise against resistance - an innovation that later led to the refined equipment designs. These patients got better faster with improved results. The influenza outbreak then struck the UK and IoM, killing many thousands of people, however not a single one of Joe’s trainees died. Joe claimed this was testament of the effectiveness of his system and learnt techniques. At the end of the First World War, Joe returned to Germany where officials asked him to train his fitness systems to the army. He decided not to and instead immigrated to America. On the boat he met his wife Clara who was a nursery school teacher. They later set up a studio in New York
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Pilates became very popular with the New York dancers; George Balanchine got word and invited Joe to instruct his young ballerinas at the New York City Ballet. Several students of Joe and Clara went on to open their own studios and voila! The phenomenon grew from here on out. In 1964 the New York Herald Tribune reported: “In dance classes across the United States, hundreds of young students limber up daily with an exercise they know as pilates, without knowing that word has a capital P, and a living, right-breathing namesake.”
Meet Marilyn Ward A significant piece of Marilyn’s education in Pilates was an apprenticeship - training with Body Control in South Kensington. Expert, Kelly Kane was brought over from America to train Marilyn and her peers on the machines. Working with such amazing teachers was a true blessing to Marilyn - after all we all would like to “ask the expert!” Marilyn was also lucky enough to do three years of the Franklin Method training, so now integrates this knowledge at her studio. The Franklin Method features systems that work on better alignment and greater ease of movement. The Diamond Body, Pilates Studio, Fort Regent Remember, no matter what age or condition, any individual can benefit from Pilates. The only one responsible for you is you. Give Marilyn a call now to find out more and discover a new you! 01534 724771 or 07797 717803, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s Talk: BodyTalk A relatively young healthcare system, BodyTalk is already recognised and trending in America. Cool, calm and collected beings, such as Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey are even said to be fans. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us, so we wanted to know more! We went along to talk with Jersey BodyTalk expert and practitioner Heather NorthLewis. Here’s what she had to say:
So what is BodyTalk?
BodyTalk is healthcare designed by your body, addressing the whole body. Our bodies are designed to heal and grow mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. When all body parts are communicating and the brain is aware, we heal and grow; any stress causes the body’s line to breakdown. BodyTalk uncovers what is happening beyond the physical symptoms to seek the root of the problem. It involves a combination of light tapping and muscle testing techniques which allow the body to heal itself by re-establishing communications within the body, thus reaching optimal function.
Tap to it ...
The computer can be seen as a metaphor for how our brain and heart function. Our brain (like the processor of a computer) processes information and our heart (like a hard drive) stores the information. This is why tapping involving the heart and brain is so crucial. During a session, as breakdowns and imbalances are highlighted, tapping on the brain and heart will then ensure the changes are processed and stored. Every person is different, so each client receives a session tailored to their own individual needs. Results vary depending on the individual and how susceptible they are to change within the body. The intelligence of our body-mind is greater than the perceptions held in the conscious mind. We do not need to understand how imbalances correct themselves for this modality to work. The body-mind will highlight for our conscious mind exactly what’s needed (and when) in order for a shift to occur. Mesmerising stuff really! 28
Dr John Veltheim, the founder of BodyTalk, was originally trained in Acupuncture and Chiropractic techniques, giving him a significant understanding of how the body works as a whole. His Eureka moment came in 1995 with the discovery that you can literally tap into the body’s energy circuits by using simple muscle testing to discover areas of sluggish communication. You can then apply this same technique to adjust the faulty circuit within the body.
Listening to Your Body
Initial sessions often deal with general balancing techniques – this could be compared to when we clean an onion, to then begin to peel away each layer. In a world where people have been conditioned to expect immediate results, this sometimes slower process of unmasking and achieving body-mind health can be difficult to grasp. In western society we are used to telling the body what to do. The ability to listen to the bodymind is something that may need to be re-learned, in order to embrace the mind set of, “my body knows what it needs - I should listen to it.” Our bodies are fascinating things; they behold a natural intuition that goes far beyond our conscious thoughts and actions. BodyTalk may be beneficial when addressing stress, sports performance, personal growth, allergies, insomnia, back pain, and much more.
Heather, the first BodyTalk practitioner in the Channel Islands, works from her tranquil clinic in Trinity, Jersey. She started her training in July 2004 and gained her advanced qualification in June 2012; one of the few practitioners in the UK with the advanced qualification. She sees clients at her clinic but also conducts long distance sessions for those not well enough to attend in person, who are off the Island, or are just busy bees! For more information, why not talk with Heather on 07797 713282 or email: email@example.com
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Migraine Management WORDS: Tasha Bolla
Migraine affects one in four women and one in twelve men in the UK, sufferers will know that migraines are more than just the regular headache. Symptoms of these intense headaches can persist for up to 3 days, and may strike without warning.
Symptoms include – nausea, visual disturbances, sensitivity to light, dizziness, and in some cases vomiting or even fainting. These symptoms are proven difficult to regulate, causing substantial interruptions to one’s daily routine.
Did you know?
Nearly one in three migraine sufferers have been disciplined at work due to their condition. Migraines feature in the World Health Organisation’s top 20 most disabling lifetime conditions. They even lead to more sickness days than any other illness, with a total cost to the economy of more than £2 billion per year. Doctors may prescribe preventative medicine such as strong painkillers and beta-blockers, which may be taken on the rise of an attack. However, there are other ways to treat the problem before visiting the medicine draw or resorting to strong prescription drugs. Consuming more Water I know, I know... ‘One more pint of water’ is hardly the thought when you have a pounding headache, with deadlines to reach at work or dinner to prepare. Any normal person would reach for the 500mg Paracetamol packet! Nonetheless, increasing water consumption should by no means be overlooked as dehydration may be the initial culprit for the escalating migraine. Regularly sipping water can reduce the severity of migraines, thus reducing the need for popping tablets. Scientists have found that drinking around seven glasses of water a day was enough to ease migraine symptoms and improve the quality of life in patients who were suffering from migraines on a regular basis.
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Stress Less High levels of stress and demands can spark migraines. Try to leave work on time, drop heavy commitments and learn to say NO! Ensure you create time for yourself to relax and un-wind. Exercising, Yoga, Pilates and Meditation are excellent ways of releasing built up stress. Common Aggressors to be Aware of Food triggers initiate many cases of migraines. Foods such as cheese, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, wheat & gluten, processed foods, dangerous food additives, smoked meat and fish, dried fruits, bananas and citrus fruits are among the common offenders. Sleep More Improved, consistent sleeping patterns (recommended 7-8 hours per night) will help prevent migraines from forming the following morning. Therapies Therapies which may help Acupuncture, Aromatherapy and Massage.
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Beautiful and oh so Powerful Discover the Fascinating World of Magnetic Jewellery
The power of Magnetic force has intrigued and fascinated for thousands of years. The influence which magnets can have over the body was known to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese. Unfortunately due to developments in chemistry and the rise of the modern pharmaceutical industry in the last two centuries, the western world lost knowledge of many old healing methods. However, in 1964, Linus Pauling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the magnetic properties of red haemoglobin – an important aspect for understanding the medical effect and use of magnet therapy. Only a few years later, manned space travel further showed the importance of the earth’s natural magnetic field. When the first astronauts returned to Earth they were suffering from various health problems which were not immediately explainable by their medics. It was subsequently discovered that the main cause had been energy depletion. This weakness was put down to the absence of the effects of Earth’s magnetic field. Following this realisation, further investigation into the biological effect of magnetic fields was undertaken and there is now a wealth of knowledge about the fundamental importance of magnetic power for our health. For example, it has been discovered that every single atom embodies a small magnet! There are numerous books, scientific studies and reports about magnets and magnetic jewellery however no-one understands the effect of magnetic jewellery as intimately as those who wear it. While scientists were exploring the phenomenon of magnetism, people around the world continued to discover that not only did they benefit from the power of magnets but that they suffered no undesirable side effects.
Because magnetic fields have a positive effect on our systems; they re-establish the energy balance - they are said to improve the system’s blood circulation, raise blood flow and the oxygen supply to the blood cells. Furthermore it is recognised that they can promote wellbeing, ease pain, reduce stress and alleviate depression.
The wearing of magnets within jewellery has produced positive results with a wide range of ailments including arthritis and rheumatism, insomnia, stress, migraine, tennis elbow and back and period pains Following the results of two medical studies in Japan, Energetix carried out its own survey in 2003 questioning over 400 users of magnetic jewellery. From these users, both men and women, only 15 reported no changes in their symptoms. All the others reported a considerable improvement in their original complaints/symptoms.
Magnet use is comparatively cheap, creates no stress for the organism, causes no pain and isn’t dangerous. The achievable results aren’t magic as they can be scientifically explained; the magnetic force itself doesn’t heal – it is more the self-healing powers of the body that are gently encouraged. Neodymium magnets are used in the production of Energetix jewellery – not only are they the latest, most powerful and most expensive magnets but they have a life-long guarantee of their effect as they only lose a very small amount of their magnetic force per year. Some Energetix jewellery features the use of copper; this is because copper can be absorbed by the skin and is very beneficial to the health of the blood. The copper trace element increases the production of anti-bodies in our defence system and it also has an anti-inflammatory effect which means that it can be a very useful therapy for rheumatic conditions. The recommendation is very simple: First of all you should like the piece of jewellery for you will only wear your jewellery regularly if you really like it! And this is the only way to ensure that the magnetic effect of the piece of jewellery can be fully effective. It does not matter where you wear your magnetic jewellery, the effect of the magnetic force will be the same.
If you prefer to wear the same piece of jewellery every day, then copper magnetic bracelets or stainless steel jewellery without crystals are recommended. Magnetic fashion jewellery is often made with stainless steel, as it’s modern, easy to care for and always popular. Stainless steel jewellery is also particularly suitable for people with sensitive skin and a tendency to develop allergic reactions.
For men too!
A word about magnetic jewellery for men - whilst there is a growing number of fashion-conscious men who love to wear jewellery, the majority still tend to be reluctant. The emphasis is on ‘still’, because non-fashion orientated men and ‘tough guys’ might hesitate to wear jewellery. However our tip would be to simply surprise your loved ones with a Magnetic Heart which can be discreetly hidden inside their clothes, this would allow them to feel the benefits of using the jewellery without feeling embarrassed! There’s also a very effective clip which can be used on the waistband, so not visible, at all. There are four jewellery collections - Ladies, Men, Children and Animals - so if someone is looking for a special present, the selection contains such varied designs that there’s something for everyone – even the family pet! Do not wear Magnetic jewellery if you have a pace maker fitted.
Energetix jewellery can be viewed at Up and Above 50 Don Street. Telephone 758808 or order online at upandabovejersey.energetix.tv If it’s good enough for Ronan Keating, it’s good enough for us!
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SPRING INTO SUMMER
Age-Proof Your Eyes! RESEARCH and WORDS: Lucy Sanderson
Your eyes are the windows to your soul and they allow you the wonderful sense of sight, bringing joy in beauty and a lifetime of memories … so you need to take good care of them.
So, do you take care of your eyes? Leading into sunny summer (fingers crossed), here’s the lowdown on taking care of your peepers – from wearing sun glasses to an array of other handy hints to age-proof your eyes!
With a focus on prevention rather than cure, a growing body of research shows that simple lifestyle changes and dietary tweaks can help you control three common diseases of the older eye: Glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
1. Block the sun
2. Get checked
On bright sunny days, put on a brimmed hat and UVA/UVBblocking sunglasses, preferably with yellow, amber, or plum lenses. Protecting your eyes from invisible ultraviolet radiation may decrease your risk of cataracts, which occur when proteins in the eye’s lens are damaged. And lenses of those hues reduce exposure to the sun’s visible light—called the blue rays, says William Schiff, MD, a Columbia University Medical Center professor. Blue rays can increase your risk of AMD, a disease in which the macula (a part of the retina) is injured. Check out the rather trendy and on point in eye care BluBlocker shades that stop those naughty blue rays in. You’ll find the view from behind BluBlockers a visual treat too!
Regular trips to the optician are necessary to catch AMD early. Because the signs are often gradual, waiting until you notice symptoms can result in permanent vision loss. The same applies to Glaucoma, a condition that can cause loss of peripheral and eventually central vision. The academy recommends that all adults have a comprehensive eye exam at age 40.
3. Maintain a healthy weight
This may lower your risk of Diabetes, which can damage the eyes and lead to blindness. People with Type 2 Diabetes have a 72% increased risk of a type of cataract and are twice as likely to develop Glaucoma as non-diabetics.
5. Eat eye-friendly foods
To help protect your baby blues (or browns, greens or hazels), work the following things into your diet and feed goodness to your eyes… Start your day with a glass of orange juice. A dose of vitamin C can lower your chance of developing a cataract. Incorporate other C-rich foods into your daily diet to help meet your daily quota: broccoli, strawberries, chilli peppers (see our feature on the fiery little fruit in this edition!) and cauliflower for example. Folic acid-fortified cereal. Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported a 34% lower AMD risk among women who took a special supplement (not on the market) of B6, B12, and folic acid. Further study is needed, but it's a good idea to meet the RDA for folic acid (400 mcg), B6 (1.5 mg), and B12 (2.4 mcg), says researcher Robert Glynn, PhD, a Harvard Medical School professor. You can get enough of all three with a bowl of fortified cereal. (Check the nutrition label to make sure it's 100% fortified with folic acid, B6, and B12.)
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4. Get vigorous aerobic exercise most days
Increasing your heart rate may have a big payoff for your eyes, suggests 2009 research published in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. In one study, participants who ran nearly 6 miles a day lowered their chance of developing cataracts by more than one-third. Vigorous activity also protects against Glaucoma—if you keep it up. Research shows that regular stationary cycling—3 months of 40-minute sessions 4 times a week— lowered elevated eye pressure to within normal range. The catch: In those who returned to their sedentary ways after the study, eye pressure climbed back to pre-study levels in just 3 weeks.
Increasing your heart rate may have a big payoff for your eyes, suggests 2009 research published in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. In one study, participants who ran nearly 6 miles a day lowered their chance of developing cataracts by more than one-third Kale and other dark, leafy greens. Studies show their carotenoids, called lutein and zea-xanthin, may safeguard your retinas. Just 1 1/2 servings daily can mean a 50% lower risk of one form of AMD, and seven servings a day can lower cataract risk by 18%. Kale is the richest vegetable source, followed by collards, spinach, and turnip greens. Olive oil. Consuming 7 tablespoons of this healthy fat per week, or 1 a day, reduces the risk of a serious form of AMD by 52%, according to a 2009 study in the Archives of Ophthalmology. By contrast, people who ate the highest amounts of unhealthy trans fatty acids, found in shortening and processed foods, increased their chance of getting it by 76%.
SPRING INTO SUMMER
Revamp Your Body For Summer, the WellBeing Way …
We all have a good old bash at dieting come the New Year, with some form of exercise or attempt at losing weight or bettering our physical selves; by now though, let’s be honest many of those good intentions have gone. Summer is the real revamp inducer … We want to be at our best in order to strip off in front of practical strangers at the beach, hoping for the ‘Halle Berry’ body and strut; emerging from the sea like a goddess. OK, so that’s probably not likely for most of us. But still, a bit of effort goes a long way and there are plenty of ways to revamp your body in time for summer, even if it’s simply to give our arms and legs a much needed airing. Jersey seems to have borne rather a lot of boot camp style fitness companies of late, why? Because they work that’s why. A good friend of WellBeing World has literally changed her entire appearance and outlook thanks to a certain boot camp training regime and as a result she is fitter, faster and filled with positivity. But if having someone shout at you to train harder isn’t your cup of chamomile tea, then try a few of our revamp methods and get yourself in shape - best of all, get yourself feeling confident. Revamping isn’t necessarily about dropping pounds or shedding an inch or two; it’s about a state of mind look good, feel good.
Revamping means renewal, we don’t want to preach about weight loss here, so aside from the usual exercise and healthy eating you’d expect to read about regarding revamping, let’s turn our attention to other revamp routes. Firstly, let’s look at stress. Stress is the cause of lots of issues that we want to rid you of for your revamp. Stress causes pain; headaches, stomach complaints, tired, achy, bloated bodies and weary minds. Wrinkles and frown lines are attributed to stress and smokers smoke more and drinkers drink more when stressed, libido crashes full force and hormones go beserk – reprehensible stress symptoms are notable inside and out. Not a good look for summer. We have come across a fabulous online tool for managing stress and we suggest you have a look at it. Endorsed by our favourite WellBeing publisher (aside from Beverley Le Cuirot!), Arianna Huffington of the Huff Post, meQuilibrium (www.mequilibrium. com) offers an array of stress busting
tools, taking into account everything from eating mindfully to boosting self-esteem: manage your stress, revamp your body. Now, in regard to eating and exercise, consider mindfulness. Be mindful about what you’re eating and when you’re eating it. Don’t eat heavy meals late at night, or indulge in rich food at silly times – your sleep will be seriously affected. Sleep is a magical daily revamp exercise that we often take for granted, or simply don’t take enough of ! Try and ensure you give yourself those 8 hours of rest and wake up with a sparkle in your eyes and a spring in your step. Simple really and all you have to do is get comfortable and relax! Relaxing revamping, we like that a lot.
air and cardio is a blessed blend for revamp! Yoga is undoubtedly a form of exercise that anyone can do and with the vast array of forms to try, there really is something for everyone. Yoga is renowned for revamping the body AND mind and we love that. You can practice at home, or at the beach too!
So, revamp! Feel brighter, lighter and a whole lot better in that summer sun as you venture into what is probably the best season of the year!
Revamping may also mean a trip to the hairdressers, or the shops. If weight loss is your goal, then you may need a few new summertime outfits, treat yourself. If you feel a bikini leaves you a bit too exposed, find a one piece that suits you and team it with a sarong or kaftan. If you tend to opt for a darker shade in your hair over winter, and fancy a sprinkling of golden, summer tones for summer, go and get it done. Revamping can be that simple. With regard to exercise, if Colonel Shout-a-Lot with his heavy kettle bells isn’t for you, find a pursuit that you like and can commit to doing regularly in the lead up to summer. Get fit by doing something you enjoy… perhaps consider getting outside and walking every day, it costs nothing and makes the most of the warmer weather. Fresh
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Keep on Running … As a form of free exercise, running has to be up there with the best. It’s great for cardio, it gets you outside in the open air (or can be done indoors, in the warm on a rainy day), and is awesome for building stamina. Running is one of the first ever forms of exercise and as far as we’re concerned everyone should give it a go. There’s no real bad way to run and the myth about it being bad for your knees can be expelled too! Anyone who’s seen Friends will probably recall the hilarious moment when Phoebe takes Rachel running, encouraging her to run freely, without worrying what other people may think – and off they scamper, legs and arms flailing (until Rachel runs in to a horse…). Well, there’s always THAT sort of running, but in order to really reap the benefits of running, we suggest a decent pair of running shoes and probably some music… The best bit is, you can head in any direction, go as fast or as slow as you want and for as long or as little as you like. However you do it, in the words of Nike, JUST DO IT.
Running is known to boost energy levels, make you smarter, enhance your memory and provide a natural high. Here’s how. Running makes you smart! This is because of enhanced levels of brainderived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which encourages the growth and longevity of neurons (especially in the hippocampus). They also reported higher levels of norepinephrine (a neurotransmitter responsible for enhancing vigilant concentration). Running gives you a natural high! A high is experienced when the endocannabinoid system is activated by the neurotransmitter anandamide. Anandamide is released as a result of high-octane exercise; cyclists and runners alike have been known to experience what has been dubbed,
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‘runner’s high’. Anandamide bypasses the blood-brain barrier easily, provides pain relief, feelings of relaxation, exultation, and dilates blood vessels to make oxygen flow more easily around the body (it's even found in chocolate!). Anandamide does more than just get you high. It also dilates your blood vessels and the bronchial tubes in your lungs. Both of these physical adaptations should help you run better and longer. So, aside from the obvious benefits of stamina, fitness and overall wellbeing, running also gives you a buzz, man.
As one famous female runner put it, "Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance. You can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet." So what are you waiting for, get out your running shoes, pop on your favourite playlist and get going!
A Time to Shine:
NatWest Island Games 2015 The 500 day countdown has begun to what is expected to be the largest and most spectacular Island Games in its 30-year history. It is also the first time the NatWest Island Games will return to Jersey in 18 years; therefore expect a huge celebration of sport for the weeklong event next June/July. More than 3,000 athletes from 24 islands will compete in 14 sports including archery, football, table tennis, shooting and golf. As with all these events, help from volunteers will be essential and the search is already on for hundreds of willing Islanders to get involved. The Organisers have suggested there will be as many as 400 places for the Waitrose Games makers up for grabs, with around 20 different roles from meeting and greeting visitors, and marshalling to media work. Cliff Chipperfield, Chief Games Maker welcomes applications from all members of the community, aged 16 and over. The closing date for applications is Monday, 30th June 2014, with successful applicants being invited to the Registration Event at Fort Regent on Saturday, 5th July 2014. Lots more info and how to apply: www.jersey2015.com/ gamesmakers We look forward to seeing you there!
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Melissa with her family Photo: Mae Gabriel
Melissa Buxton Inspirational Mother and Caring Cook
Another equally Inspiring Individual is the driving force behind Caring Cooks of Jersey, Melissa Buxton. Caring Cooks is an amazing group of volunteers who prepare, cook and deliver fresh home-made meals to those in need of some support, either on a temporary basis or ongoing, and it’s all done entirely free of charge by these wonderful people.
The initiative in Jersey would not have succeeded without the support of Sharon McLucas, who cooks, co-ordinates and delivers the meals for the Grace Trust, and the other inspirational women and men who make up the Caring Cooks team.
Melissa already has a full time job with Lloyds Bank and a family with two children to look after, and yet she found the time to establish this new group. She was originally inspired by a mother in Cardiff who provides a similar service. Just six weeks later in Jersey, Melissa had attracted a group of 180 members and counting, all who share stories and offers of support through their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ CaringCooksOfJersey
So what’s ahead for this inspiring group? There are lots of exciting ideas in the pipeline, all of which will benefit families in Jersey, so watch this space.
The response to Melissa’s initiative has been overwhelmingly positive, inspiring a large number of people (women and men) to get in touch. Melissa also receives individual requests for support that come to her directly. Caring Cooks of Jersey provides more than 70 portions of food per week to families in need, both directly (to around 12 families with between 2 and 7 people in each) and via the Grace Trust, for whom they cook 30-40 meals per week; they also supported the Jersey Women’s Refuge recently when their kitchen was out of commission for a short period of time. 38
The idea has also travelled to Croatia, the home country of Ana Ruzic Host, one of the Caring Cooks of Jersey. Like Melissa, Ana started a Facebook page and within hours she had a large number of wonderful people coming forward to offer to cook and deliver to those in need. All of the Caring Cooks report how very much they enjoy their involvement, whether in the cooking, delivery or other behind the scenes activities; they report back on how it brings a smile to their own faces, as well as to the families. Proof that helping someone else, helps to create one’s own happiness. Anyone interested in receiving the meals, perhaps to get you over a family crisis, illness, or perhaps simply just a temporary lack of time, or who wishes to help in any way, please contact Melissa Buxton on 07797 728 807 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Caring in the Community Like a lighthouse in stormy seas, All Care Jersey stands for strength, protection and peace of mind. Established specialists in the field of care, these well-trained experts can be trusted to look after your wellbeing and that of your true loved ones. We’ve heard a lot about the scheduled introduction of Long Term Care benefit in Jersey, and how this will lead to an increase in people who are eligible for care in their own homes. We’re also very familiar with All Care Jersey, having seen the business continue to expand since we featured them in our Spring 2013 edition, so we went along to meet with the Founder and all round caring lady, Julie Couley, to see how it’s all going.
During the last three years, the business has grown rapidly and Julie now employs a constantly expanding team of carers, all who share her dedicated philosophy. All Care Jersey also now supports the States of Jersey Trackers Apprenticeship Programme; at present they have one employee on the programme and are looking to enrol more in the September intake.
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The daily aspects of life are usually taken for granted until you experience difficulties, then it can become almost overwhelming. A care service, such as All Care Jersey, can step in to reduce the stress, taking care of you or your loved ones, and dealing with those everyday chores, that can otherwise feel too much to cope with.
They are around for those times in life when you need help the most, whether to help you through a temporary crisis or for longer periods, during illness and recovery, for much needed respite, or round the clock palliative care. The team at All Care Jersey pride themselves on providing the highest standard of care for your loved ones. They are carefully selected and all share the passion for providing an excellent standard of care.
The team at All Care Jersey focus 100% on their clients’ wellbeing, comfort and good health. And indeed, if you prefer to remain in your own home, but need an extra pair of hands at times to help out, this service could be ideal.
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All Care Jersey was founded in 2011 by Julie Couley. Julie’s working background had evolved over the past 10 years, working in the health and care industry, covering all aspects of hospital care, residential care and community care. She felt particularly passionate about community care and saw the opportunity to establish her own
company providing high-quality, dependable community care in Jersey.
We all want our loved ones to feel safe and comfortable, and together with a demanding workload and home life, we often do not have the time to be there all day, every day. This is where a Care service comes in to play, helping those in need from East to West, across the island, every day.
On-going personal development is high on Julie’s priority list enabling all team members to add to their existing qualifications and experience. All Care Jersey has developed a team of specialist carers who are considerate, compassionate and continually trained, fully insured, and all are police checked.
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Bespoke Care Packages for Overall Health and WellBeing
All Care Jersey provide tailored packages specifically made for individual families and their needs. Both personal and emotional support for the client and family is arranged, this takes the strains out of daily life that can occur when supporting a loved one. Choosing from the many options available for boosting overall health and wellbeing demands professional expertise, and All Care Jersey are established specialists in the field. The well-trained experts can be trusted to take good care of you and your wellbeing. • Personal Care in the Home • Elderly Care • Respite services • Alzheimer’s and Dementia care • Special Needs support • Dressing/Bathing Support • Shopping, Cleaning, Cooking, General Housekeeping • Companionship
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The team will also accompany older relatives to functions, such as weddings, christenings, etc., to allow family members to relax on the day; they will also accompany the client home should they become tired, allowing the event to continue without stress
• Assistance with medications • Transportation and accompaniment to and from appointments or social outings • Assistance with Doctors/Chiropody/ Clinic visits
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A recent addition to the All Care Jersey team is a wheelchair adapted vehicle, known affectionately by the team as ‘Edna’. Edna can be booked, with a carer, allowing for island wide travel, either for medical appointments or a social outing.
The team will also accompany older relatives to functions, such as weddings, christenings, etc., to allow family members to relax on the day; they will also accompany the client home should they become tired, allowing the event to continue without stress.
If you would like to know more, Julie or one of her colleagues will meet with you for an informal, no-obligation chat. Simply call 01534 619719 or 07700 720222or email: email@example.com
Music Is Therapy WORDS: Lucy Sanderson
Feeling rather lethargic from running, mumming, writing and life, it felt like a time for Beck. No, not a Becks (although an ice cold beer would indeed serve its purpose after a day like this). ‘Beck’, as in the formidably talented musician and composer: One song in particular actually; his ethereal homage to David Bowie’s ‘Sound & Vision’. That song was like a gift when I first heard it and has become a sort of roborant aural medicine, which lifts me up whenever I need a boost. It also has a soothing effect when I feel a little anxious or nervous; it’s an all round cathartic relief. Like millions of people, I find music therapeutic. People are touched by music every day. On a broader note, music has, throughout time, been a tonic for people the world over. Bringing blessed beauty to people’s ears, music is renowned for evoking emotion and as such is an ideal tool in encouraging better wellbeing. Music is one of the foremost pleasures in life… Whether you need help socially, cognitively, physically, emotionally, or developmentally, music can help you. From babies to the elderly, the effects of music can stimulate goodness in anyone at any age. Our brains are primed early on to respond to, and process music. Research has shown that day-old infants are able to detect differences in rhythmic patterns and for generations
mothers across many cultures have used lullabies and rhythmic rocking to calm crying infants. From an evolutionary standpoint, music precedes language. I remember being moved by a video of an elderly man called Henry. Henry was 82 and suffering from dementia; inert and unresponsive, Henry barely moved from his slumped position in his wheelchair for years, unable to even answer simple yes or no questions or recognise his daughter - Henry was lifeless. One day, a nurse tested the notion that music from Henry’s past, music he’d been passionate about, and hoped it would revive him. It did. A doctor monitored the old man as some gospel music was played to him through headphones – the result was phenomenal. Within seconds, Henry was bolt upright, swaying to the music, his eyes sparkling and alert. Henry had literally come to life in front of their very eyes; not only that, but he was singing every word, catching every beat… but best of all, he was revived; alive. When
the headphones came off, Henry was responsive, answering questions excitedly and with clarity. Music did that! The sound of the universe, or the OM sound is an ancient sound with a particular frequency; the rudimental fact that music is simply a formation of sounds and frequencies and all of the music/sounds you hear interact at a universal level with your body. It is scientific fact. With scientists reverting to the conclusion that all things aren’t in fact, matter, everything is frequency, everything is made up from vibrations; sound. Consider also, people who stammer, do not stammer when they sing. Furthermore, and the likely reason for the stammer ‘cure’ is the fact that our bodies retrain to rhythm. For example, if you hum a song in your head you will automatically begin to walk to the rhythm. Our motor systems naturally entrain, or match, to a rhythmic beat. When a musical input enters our central nervous system via the auditory nerve, most of the input goes to the brain for processing, but some of it heads straight to motor nerves in our spinal cord. This allows our muscles to move to the rhythm without our having to think about it or try.
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MUSIC COMES NATURALLY Music is food for the soul. And as someone described it to me as I discussed this article, “music is the vehicle that can trigger more then one sense,” and there is no doubt of the profound effect music has every day, on everyone. Indulge in music and walk to your own beat.
Now we all have an idea of what ‘being extrovert’ or ‘being introvert’ means but actually there are deeper layers to these characteristics than you first might imagine and so, let’s look a bit deeper into some of the aspects of your personality…
Are you an Extrovert or an Introvert? WORDS: Peter McLinton, Cognitive Hypnotherapist, Positive Mind
Extroverts Extroverts are great enthusiasts about other people. They really do come alive when they have others around them. They would struggle with the idea of a cosy night in and would far rather have a few friends around to share it with. Some extroverts will love people with a genuine compassion and a need to understand them, others simply for the opportunity to turn them into an audience. Extroverts can be very warm, funny and entertaining but also very demanding, needing the spotlight on themselves.
For many people this is no problem as they make charming company. They are the sort of people who can walk straight into a party and chat to the first person they meet. Extroverts can become very bored, quickly and need constant stimulation to keep them from wondering ‘off track’. Their ability to concentrate, particularly when they are on their own, tends to be far shorter than introverts.
Introverts Introverts love some people. Some introverts will love only a very few people, and then only in measured doses which they need to control – so the in-laws dropping in unannounced will be stressful, even if they aren’t interrupting anything. Generally introverts don’t like attention from a crowd unless they are very familiar with everyone. They can be content in a bar with a group, but will mainly be the ones quietly listening, the ones who usually don’t say very much but when they do often deliver the killer line. Just because their participation is low does not mean they are not having a good time, or even that they are shy.
Shyness is usually the result of a fear connected to social intercourse which originated from a negative emotional event when they were young. Shyness can be found in extroverts as often as introverts, it is just that the behaviour of an introvert is often similar to someone who is shy. Introverts are mainly focused on their own internal world and can be quite oblivious to what is going on around them. “How can you sit down and read a book when the kids are making so much noise?” is a question an exasperated E might ask their partner. It is because they often have an astounding knack for shutting the world out, and be happy in this self imposed isolation room, than on their own.
Misunderstandings between Extroverts and Introverts Extroverts often describe introverts as boring ‘stick in the mud’s’, while they are themselves described as superficial and loud. These perceptions can have a big effect in any kind of relationship; Here is how it often works; extroverts get lonely when they are not with people, and often need a variety of people to maintain their interest. Introverts can get lonely when they are surrounded by people- especially if they don’t know them. It is wrong to think of introverts as being antisocial. They can be as gregarious in their way as an extrovert. It is just that their way will be different. Socialising for them will usually involve people known to them, with conversation occurring in small groups, often with the opportunity available for them to be observers rather than participants. So while the extrovert is sociable the introvert is territorial. Introverts need space; private places both in their environment and in their mind which they will defend strongly.
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As with all opposites, there is the potential for each partner to balance the other and for the relationship to be mutually fulfilling. It depends on each person respecting the other and not burdening each other with labels about behaviour which only really describe your values about that behaviour, not any intrinsic goodness or badness it may have. While extroverts will often be happy to talk about themselves – in fact try stopping them – including their problems. To extroverts an introvert will appear private, even secretive. They will not usually talk about their problems until they have had the chance to ‘work things out in their heads’. This will be the time when they appear the most withdrawn. You will often find these two types in relationships, and they often complement each other: One brings the other ‘out of their shell’ – but remember they won’t always want to come out and play – while the introvert can ‘settle them down’. But don’t restrict them too much or they will get bored. 75% of the population is extrovert, while 25% is introvert. It explains a lot about our culture and everything about game shows. 45
EFT for Depression WORDS: GEORGINA NOEL
I had yo-yoed in and out of varying degrees of depression for as long as I could remember. Not even for any real reason, it just seemed to creep up on me like a silent shadow until, before I knew it, I was completely engulfed in the weight of its darkness. “You’ve got so much to be thankful for,” people would tell me and I knew they were right, but that just made it worse. Who was I to be wallowing in my own self-pity when there were children starving in the world? What people didn’t seem to understand is that I didn’t want to feel this way, it was not a choice I had made. Depression, it seemed, just happened to me; even when I was feeling pretty good about life, I could feel the threat of it looming, and the fear of it alone was often oppressive enough to send me tumbling back into a pit of despair. This continued into my mid twenties until a very close friend of mine took his own life and I felt like my world had finally collapsed. Everything I’d held onto in the past was so far out of my reach as I slipped into a deep depression. It felt as though I would never be happy again, like my light had gone out and I couldn’t even imagine a time when I might feel normal again. I felt so disconnected and I couldn’t engage with even the closest of my friends. This, it felt, was sure to be the thing that finally sent me spiralling so out of my depth into the blackness that I would not return. I no longer recognised myself. I felt like I was losing my mind.
does that feel to you on a scale of 1 – 10?” My ego said, “What on Earth is this woman talking about? How real does this feel? What kind of question is that?” My mouth said, “10”. So we tapped on this statement, through the tears and out the other side. At the end of the session, I felt physically lighter. Even writing this, I can remember that feeling of something huge shifting. I remember getting to my car and sitting there feeling amazed and confused. What just happened? What kind of crazy voodoo is this tapping stuff ? I didn’t believe that the results would last. I mean, how can you spend an hour tapping your face and just feel better forever? No way. I vividly remember sitting there actively TRYING to make myself feel bad! I know it sounds crazy, but I just couldn’t believe that in one hour, this tapping stuff had managed to shift such an enormous weight. Well, I can tell you now people, it did! Try as I might, every time I thought about my friend killing himself, it was like my brain was a trampoline and, as the thought entered my mind, it just bounced out. Seriously. It just bounced right out with no physical or emotional reaction whatsoever! This was the day I vowed never to use EFT as a last resort again.
I discovered Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) through a practitioner from whom I was initially receiving chiropractic treatment. She told me about a technique that might be able to help me deal with my grief and depression and I was so desperate that I was willing to try anything. I showed up for my session and had no idea what to expect.
It was then, and is still now, my first port of call when I feel any way I don’t want to feel. I no longer live in fear of that shadow. I am free.
When asked to talk about what had happened, what I felt, I remember saying that I was so fed up of hearing myself talk about how miserable I was. I could no longer even muster the energy to put on a mask for the world - I just couldn't hide it anymore. The practitioner took me through tapping rounds with the statements I’d used, “You said you feel like there will never be any light in your life again. How real
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The more I learn about it, the more I love it. EFT can change your life. Fact.
EFT – The Science … A system of tapping on meridian points. Alleviates stress, physical and emotional pain and trauma in a non-invasive way. The AAMET manual on EFT states, “Scientists postulate that we have up to 750,000 thoughts a day. Each of these thoughts change the chemistry of the brain which in turn affects our body. If we focus on a distressing memory it disrupts the body’s electrical energy system. If we tap on certain acupuncture points at the same time, the body releases electrochemical messengers that help unblock the stuck energy. The result is that the emotional charge attached to the memory is detached. A bit like taking an electrical plug out of a socket. Afterwards, the memory may still be there but there is no negative emotion tied to it”. The uses for EFT are seemingly endless, ranging from relief from chronic and acute physical pain to PTSD and overcoming addiction and phobias to name but a few.
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In the UK, National Health Service departments using EFT include: • Forth Valley NHS (Behavioural Therapy Service) • Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust (Health Psychology Department) • Christie Hospital in Manchester (cancer/palliative care) • Central Lancashire NHS (current pilot study at Stop Smoking Service) • Lincoln NHS • Pembroke & Tavistock NHS • Birmingham Hospital Psychiatric Dept • Swansea Drug Unit • St. Joseph's Hospice - Hackney London
Loved Ones and Depression, Do’s and Don’ts With 1 in 5 people suffering from depression, it is unfortunately a most common issue. Many of us get low, or feel down; struggle with certain days and have periods where we are not our most motivated. Being depressed however, is vastly different. People suffering from depression suffer those low feelings but on a heavier scale and for a longer time. If their depression interferes with their everyday life and they see no way to get through it, a vicious cycle of bouts of debilitating depression usually occurs. Depression can last for a few months. It is usual to recover from depression, but it is also common for the depression to return. It’s often an ongoing process of recovery and maintaining optimum mental wellbeing. Deciphering the delicate dos and don’ts when dealing with a loved one suffering from depression is no easy thing. People can often become accustomed to certain behavioural
traits of a loved one who is suffering from depression and doing nothing is sometimes the best way forward, but sometimes action needs to be taken. A gesture even, can mean the world to someone who is depressed; the very notion that you care enough to discuss their thoughts and problems might mean the difference between them feeling hopelessness and them seeing even the slightest light at the end of the tunnel.
We’ve pulled together a few hints and tips that will hopefully help bridge the eggshells you sometimes find yourself stepping on when walking through life with someone who is depressed:
1. DO listen without judgment.
Allow conversation to evolve in a non-judgmental environment. Being open to listening without prejudice or deprecation and showing empathy to their situation will breed a freeness of thought and discussion. Expressing that you’re there for them, regardless of anything and that you love them unconditionally will create a secure and inviting arena for talking honestly. You might even tell them that you’re there for them, no matter what the depression might be making them feel – people who are depressed often feel like the whole world is against them and that they’re not worthy of the support you’re giving.
2. DON’T always try to offer a solution.
We are often compelled to jump in or say something to ‘fix things’, try not to do that. With every good intention, it is still not a good urge to act upon. Interrupting will take you ten steps backward in terms of your loved one being able to open up to you.
3. DO express empathy.
By letting someone who is depressed know you have some idea of the magnitude of their pain, you can help them feel understood, supported, and validated. For example, it can be helpful to say something like, "I’m here to support you. If you can envision a role you’d like me to play in this challenging time, let me know and I’ll do my best to fulfill that. If not, know that I’m here and I’m not going anywhere."
DON’T be afraid to ask if they’re feeling suicidal.
4. DON'T belittle their depression.
Unfortunately, society breeds a feeling that sadness, tears and depression are associated with ‘weakness’ or even instability. Emotionality is not valued, thus exasperating the feelings of shame and anxiety for those who are suffering from depression. Telling someone to ‘cheer up’ or ‘try not to get too down’ or by telling someone to think positively, is only going to instill feelings of shame and weakness and give the perception that discussing any of their issues or thoughts would be looked down upon and thus invalidated.
5. DO help them find resources.
Understanding what type of care would be best is tricky enough. With the many different therapies and treatments for depression being quite broad in scope, it can be hard to know where to start. Least of all if you are actually suffering from depression, when your concentration levels, motivation and self-worth are at an all time low. So, a good place to start? A doctor, local support group, or crisis helpline is a good place to start. There are a number of charities in Jersey that deal with mental health issues such as depression, contact the Jersey Association of Charities for a list of places to seek help.
Depression can last for a few months. It is usual to recover from depression, but it is also common for the depression to return. It’s often an ongoing process of recovery and maintaining optimum mental wellbeing .
Broach this topic if you feel your loved one is in such despair. Suicide is very real and in Jersey it has some rather high statistics too. Feelings of shame, or anxiety over suicidal thoughts can make talking about them almost impossible.
There is a common misconception that if we ask someone if they’ve been thinking about suicide, we might put the idea in their head or drive them to do it. This is untrue. Often, being asked causes great relief for a person who’s been thinking about it. Encourage them to call a suicide hotline too, and seek immediate help – suicidal thoughts and feelings should be addressed as soon as possible.
People who are considering ending their lives will often make ominous statements like, “What’s the point [in living]?” or “Pretty soon you won’t have to put up with this any longer.”
DO look after yourself in the process of helping a loved one, their depression needs your strength, so be sure to take good care of yourself.
If you feel like you need to talk to someone, either you are depressed or you know someone that is, you can contact MIND Jersey on their helpline 08007359404 or go to their website http://www.mindjersey.org
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Calm in a Frenetic World Ruby Wax: Sane New World
In her one-woman Spring show ‘Sane New World’, Ruby Wax - comedian, writer and mental health campaigner - pulls from her own past experiences and recent Masters from Oxford University in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. The show is based on Ruby’s No.1 bestselling book Sane New World: Taming the Mind which has enjoyed worldwide success since publication in 2013.
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Using her signature humour and quick wit, Ruby gives a tour of the brain and how to tame it: “We know so much about how the world works – but so little about how our minds work. It’s like having a Ferrari on top of your head but no one gave you the keys.” (Ruby) Our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress, and our minds can jeopardise our own sanity. If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking, especially through mindfulness, and find calm in a frenetic world. Helping us become the master, not the slave, of our minds; this is the manual to saner living. The WellBeing World team was lucky enough to catch Ruby’s show in Jersey. It was one of the most entertaining, insightful shows we have seen in a long while: she didn’t disappoint.
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Ruby Wax has an extraordinary mind, and she has brought it to bear with trademark wit and searing honesty on the subject of that mind, and the minds of all of us. Very few will be able to read this wonderful contribution to the literature of mental health without recognising some part of themselves, and certainly of someone they know. A ruby beyond price. (Stephen Fry) I love this book more than I love Ruby. And that’s saying quite a bit … in a loud, funny voice. Yes, I love this book. And I know books. And I know love. And Ruby’s book is both. (Carrie Fisher) Ruby Wax combats ignorance with knowledge, confusion with crystal clarity, prejudice with open-mindedness, rigidity with humour and slays the dragon of stigma in this superb introduction to the 21st century science of the mind. This book will be a turning point in our battle
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to bring parity of esteem to mental and physical health. Explaining in simple language the nature of mental disorder and describing evocatively what you can do about it, is a substantial contribution to making our society a better place. This manual for living must be read by everyone. (Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis at UCL) Ruby Wax is at her best in this wonderful book. Its acute observations are both extremely funny and deeply moving. Many people will be grateful for her courage, openness, humour and wisdom. (Mark Williams, author of Mindfulness)
Ruby arrived in Britain from the United States in 1977, and began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She went on to write and perform in her own hugely popular television programmes for the BBC and Channel 4 and was Script Editor on all series of Absolutely Fabulous. Recently she has obtained a Masters degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford University and spoke at TEDGlobal. She has become the poster girl for mental illness in the UK. Typically outspoken, we’ll leave the final word to Ruby: “We are not equipped for this century, it’s too hard,
Very few will be able to read this wonderful contribution to the literature of mental health without recognising some part of themselves, and certainly of someone they know. In Sane New World, Wax touches upon her own anxieties and fears with honesty and humour ... it royally hauls a stigmatised fact of life kicking and laughing into the open. (The Times) The book does succeed as a ‘life manual’ exactly because it is Ruby Wax who has written it...her life-affirming humour carries it through on a tide of quirky jokes and separate anecdotes from her life. (Daily Express)
Who is the Real Ruby Wax?
Ruby Wax is known for her extensive comedy and television interview career. But we bet you didn’t know that she has previously studied Psychotherapy in addition to her Master’s Degree, and that she now spends her time promoting how to recognise the workings of your own brain. She also campaigns for greater mental health awareness and de-stigmatisation.
too fast, and too full of fear; we just don’t have the bandwidth. Our brains can’t take so much information in a world where we’re bombarded by bad news and force-fed information. I can just about take in the weather then I’m exhausted. You open a newspaper, everyone’s dead. We’re only supposed to know what our neighbour is up to; if the woman next door to you is having sex with the man next door to her we need to know; but four doors down and it’s none of our business.” RUBY WAX: SANE NEW WORLD-THE TOUR is playing at venues across the UK for the rest of April and May 2014. For further details visit www. rubywax.net Sane New World: Taming the Mind, published by Hodder & Stoughton, price £8.99
Peaceful Mind with Transcendental Meditation Generation after generation man is born anew. Each generation gives rise to new aspirations in life and brings a new quest for fulfilment. Each man and woman needs sound physical and mental health, greater ability in action, a greater capacity to think clearly, increased efficiency in work, and more loving and rewarding relationships with others. We all need enough vitality and intelligence to satisfy the underlying desires of our mind and bring contentment to our lives. There is scientific proof that we can gain all of this through the regular practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM). More than 600 scientific studies have been conducted at over 250 universities and research institutes in 33 countries documenting the benefits of TM for the mind and body - proving that it is the single most effective technique to eliminate stress, increase creativity and intelligence, plus promote good health. Not to mention, recently the American Heart Association validated Transcendental Meditation as the only meditation to actively lower blood pressure and help reduce the rate of heart attack and stroke.
Transcendental Meditation is unique in its simplicity and effectiveness and over 6 million people of all cultures, religions, and educational backgrounds have learnt TM, wonderfully there are no boundaries or age limits and it can be taught from the age of 5 to 105. Its principles and practice are fundamentally different to any other mental development available in the world. No effort is involved in its practice as you do not require any specific beliefs, behaviour, or change of lifestyle. Transcendental Meditation is practised for fifteen to twenty minutes twice a day whilst sitting comfortably in a chair. It is taught by a certified teacher of TM and right from the first session the effects can be felt on daily life.
“No effort is involved in its practice as you do not require any specific beliefs, behaviour, or change of lifestyle”
As our lives become faster paced and work schedules get longer and more competitive there is so much more necessary to help us keep up! Renowned Neurologist for consciousness and cognition, Dr Fred Travis PHD has also many physiological changes that take place during Transcendental Meditation practice. Perhaps the most intriguing is the increase in global coherent Alpha waves associated with the experience of brain wave coherence; this indicates more orderly functioning of the brain. As one continues the practice coherence continues outside of meditation and as a result practitioners become more integrated, resourceful, mentally flexible, and adaptable.
Scientific research has also concluded as well as health benefits from TM the deep rest associated with the practice allows our physiology to refresh and rejuvenate thereby prevents the buildup of stress effecting the Nervous and Immune System.
Transcendental Meditation was brought to the world over 50 years ago by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and comes from the ancient Vedic Tradition - the complete and timeless knowledge of natural law; he has revived this complete science of consciousness on the practical level of direct experience and scientific knowledge. A local Centre in St Helier, Jersey was recently set up by certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation, Valerie Murray; the Jersey TM Centre has become an established place where people are able to pop in at any time of the day to meditate. Valerie holds introductory Talks on a regular basis and these are free with no obligation to continue – you can book these online. She also offers one to one talks.
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Beauty Warriors – Fighting for the Cause of Natural Beauty! FYI – Did you know? 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our body, and with skin being the largest of our organs, it is only natural to be concerned about what lotions and potions we put on it. Increasingly concerned about what this means to our overall health and wellbeing, we decided to go and talk with Melody Evans, the Founder of
Bare Allure, a new business which recently set up in Jersey to beautify individuals naturally. Established with the ethos of providing its customers with peace of mind, Bare Allure guarantees that all of the products featured on its website are free from harmful chemicals. Which is why we went along to meet the lovely Melody Evans to find out MORE …
‘We believe that women deserve to use cosmetics that enhance their best features and help them to feel their best, and this should not come at the price of the unnecessary suffering caused to animals in laboratories,’ Melody Evans, Founder of Bare Allure
But first, ingredients to watch out for:
Here’s a brief summary of products to watch out for (you can be assured they are NOT contained in any of the products stocked by Bare Allure); however all are commonly used in the cosmetics and personal-care industry, and may be harmful to your overall health and wellbeing: Parabens Parabens are used in order to prolong the shelf-life of products. Studies have shown a link between Parabens and certain diseases, due to the fact that they disrupt hormone function. Parabens can also irritate certain skin conditions, such as skin sensitivity and eczema. Organic and mineral products which do not contain Parabens have a shorter shelf-life, therefore must be used prior to the expiry date, however, your skin is at no risk of exposure to these potentially harmful chemicals when you use organic and mineral products, such as those stocked by Bare Allure. Sodium Laureth Sulfate (‘SLS’) SLS is a synthetic chemical which has been the subject of growing concern over recent years. SLS is used as a foaming agent in detergents, including face washes. When mixed with other chemicals which are commonly used in the personalcare industry, SLS has the potential to become carcinogenic. Lanolin The skin care industry often relies on Lanolin, which is a waxy product extracted from sheep's wool. Livestock owners routinely dip their sheep into insecticides and the resulting residue has been found to accumulate in skin tissue. And then, there’s Animal Testing Bare Allure's biggest concern is the wide-spread practice of animal testing in the cosmetics industry. ‘We believe that women deserve to use cosmetics that enhance their best features and help them to feel their best, and this should not come at the price of the unnecessary suffering caused to animals in laboratories,’ Melody Evans, Founder of Bare Allure told us. The majority of products stocked by Bare Allure are from manufacturers who are approved by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection - meaning that no animals have had to endure horrific tests in the process of bringing these products to our shelves.
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And now the Good Guys
(all of whom can be found by visiting the lovely Bare Allure website) Zao Cosmetics Zao Cosmetics is a French brand of cosmetics, which come in refillable bamboo casing and cute little pouches. The products are enriched with active organic ingredients to delicately beautify your skin. Magnifique! Inlight Organics Skincare Inlight Organics Skincare seek to find only the finest, ethically-sourced, natural and organic ingredients and harness them at their most potent to create a gourmet, artisan, sublimely luxurious diet for your skin. We love the organic line softener; it feels like silk on your skin! BellaPierre Cosmetics BellaPierre Cosmetics is a mineral range which originated in the US, and offers a wide range of colours suitable for all occasions. The mascara is divine! Barefaced Beauty Barefaced Beauty is another mineral cosmetics range founded in England. The products are completely free from chemicals, Parabens, Ethanol alcohol and perfume. Zoya Nail Polish Zoya Nail Polishes are free from the Big 5: Toluene, Formadelhyde, DBP (Phthalates) and Formadelhyde resin. They have an uplifting range of colours and all have one thing in common, they are vegan. The Bare Allure website also features a vegan category, perfect for all those Vegan Warriors out there! Introductory Discount Bare Allure is currently offering a 15% introductory discount on all products purchased before 15th January 2015. Customers are also entitled to a loyalty scheme where for every £10 spent, 30p will be credited to your account. They look forward to welcoming you to this exciting new shopping experience, and you can receive news about future special offers and new products – all you have to do is ‘Like’ their Facebook page! www.facebook.com/BareAllure
New Baby Ergonomics! Safer Posture for You and Your Baby
WORDS: Penny Henderson, DC MSc FCC, Chiropractor and Medical Acupuncturist, Active Chiropractic Clinic
Congratulations, you have just had a baby! When you come home from hospital your body is still physically similar to when you were pregnant, and your mothering instincts will likely lead you to put your baby’s needs and comfort before your own. This often means you will find yourself slouching at feeds or twisting awkwardly to lift baby in and out of prams and car seats. Sometimes mums are afraid to move once baby has fallen asleep in their arms. You may make these moves for your baby’s benefit, but if you end up in pain, that’s not good for either of you.
for country/beach walks. Opt for a lighter model if you are lifting it daily. Look for adjustable handles so that whoever is pushing can easily raise or lower handles to waist level – the optimal position for ergonomic ease! Try pushing with your elbows slightly bent, back straight.
Here is my guide to safer posture you can use daily with your baby.
Whether you are breast or bottle-feeding, frequent feeding can put a considerable strain on your back if you’re not well supported. Find somewhere comfortable to sit, you may be there some time! Sit with your back well supported and straight. Put a pillow behind your lower back to support the natural curve, feet flat on the floor. To avoid tension in the neck and upper back, use a pillow (‘V’ pillows are excellent) to rest baby and your arms on whilst feeding.
Change nappies and dress baby on a waist height surface.
Avoid bending over a bath or purchasing a separate baby bath as filling and emptying is back breaking! For early days the kitchen sink using a ‘Tummy Tub’ would be my preference and the kitchen worktop is waist height.
Great for giving your back a break! When choosing, think how you will be using your pram, ie will you be putting it in and out of the car all day or wheeling it out from home
Try changing sides with each feed as you would if you were breast-feeding. This helps your neck and upper back as we invariably spend considerable time gazing down at our little one when feeding.
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Lift with your legs! Itâ€™s a great back saving tip. Kneel or squat to do low-level jobs, ie bathing older children, tidying toys off the floor, planting your feet wide apart to create a sturdy base of support, keep your spine upright, bend your knees, hold your child close to your body, using your legs to lift.
We treat: Low back pain and Sciatica, Neck and shoulder pain, Headaches and Migraines, Joint pain and Sports injuries, Pelvic pain in pregnancy (PGP)
Minimise the times you have to carry the car seat. When you have to, carry it in front of you, as opposed to at your side. Free up your arms with a baby sling/carrier, but check your posture. Remember how that extra weight at the front of your body during pregnancy gave you a sore back? Imagine a line pulling you up from the middle of your chest, shoulders down, chin tucked in, holding baby closest to your body is best.
Initially start with your pelvic floor exercises. After your six-week check-up consider postnatal Pilates or gentle Yoga. Finally, if you are experiencing back pain, Chiropractic treatment is a safe and effective way to relieve back pain.
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Manxiety Men are strong, men hunt, men gather and provide, men keep it together, men don’t show too much emotion; big boys don’t cry… It’s old adages such as these that put the modern man in a precarious predicament when it comes to their emotional wellbeing. With more and more reasons to stress and worry than ever before, it’s a good job there’s been a shift in thinking and men are being given the opportunity (in fact, being encouraged) to open up, discuss their feelings, worries and woes and ultimately find ways and means to resolve them. The stresses men face can be worlds apart from that of women and with the male predisposition to ‘bottle things up’, ‘manxiety’ can be a tortuous thing. It’s unhealthy for anyone to avoid dealing with life’s downs and men are renowned for refusing help; often avoiding the doctor, despite lumps and bumps or bits falling off (literally and figuratively). Many men are reluctant to reach out and seek help, especially when emotional or psychological issues confront them. Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of ‘manxiety’ - hopefully we’ll be able to provide a few pointers that will help. No more suffering in silence, guys …
As most of us are aware, depression is not just a notion of sadness or the result of an, ‘off day’. Depression is an altogether more ominous issue, decimating any joy in leisure or work activities; bringing about a constant feeling of listlessness and depleted energy and motivation. Hoping that these things will pass is not the answer - depression requires action, support and change. Therapy is essential and there are many places where help can be found. First of all, see your doctor, or therapist if you already have one.
Typically, men like to fix things. It is with this in mind that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can be of great benefit to guys dealing with anxiety. CBT can be an effective tool for both anxiety and depression – it is solution based and the treatment is finite. Deconstructing anxiety and rationalising it can certainly assist men in addressing a specific issue. Anxiety often stems from low self-esteem and can predictably result in bullying or shouting; aggression masking fear.
In the same way as you’d get the right tools to fix a wobbly table leg, you need the right tools to fix yourself. Talk to family, talk to your partner and be open to the idea of therapy.
Status Insecurity/ Career Issues
Men are typically raised as providers, it’s something of an intrinsic characteristic – status and wealth are often forms of validation, endorsing masculinity. Being able to provide, gaining respect from friends and peers and showing ability in chosen pursuits is a very male expectation and with the recent credit crunch, job redundancies and mounting debt, many men are facing the understandable symptoms of ‘manxiety’. Sports and exercise can be a real boon for blokes – releasing the right hormones and encouraging that competitive nature and camaraderie which men can really thrive from.
Fear of Commitment
It’s a typical complaint of women, that some men fear commitment. This can quite simply be a symptom of ‘manxiety’. Based predominantly on a fear of losing the feeling of being part of ‘the pack’. These fears and worries with added peer pressure can result in real concerns for some men, that leaving
the security of their pack sets them adrift into the unknown and sometimes treacherous territory. These thought processes may take some effort to detangle and in order to settle down, it could be necessary for a guy to seek a little help. Patience and understanding may be enough, but deep-rooted feelings of doubt about commitment can be self-sabotaging and instill feelings of mistrust. It’s not just a case of immaturity and a wanton need to stay young and free! So, fellas if you are in any doubt as to your ‘manxiety’ levels, if any of this has resonated with you – seek help. In the same way as you’d get the right tools to fix a wobbly table leg, you need the right tools to fix yourself. Talk to family, talk to your partner and be open to the idea of therapy. The simple fact is, boys do cry, and there is nothing to be ashamed of in being in touch with your emotional and psychological wellbeing; women actually prefer a man who can express his emotions and the more open you are, the easier things become. Suffering in silence is not a sign of masculinity in 2014.
30% of people seeking counselling are male 67% of suicidal young men say they have nowhere to turn for help 80% of people dependent on alcohol are male Only 20% of therapists are male 69% of those dependent on illegal drugs are male Suicide remains the most common cause of death in men under the age of 35
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Digital Detox Detoxing is undoubtedly a buzz word at the moment, we’ve covered detoxing in terms of cleansing your body, freeing yourself of toxins and allowing your physical self time to rejuvenate. But what about the digital toxins? Are you a Facebookingtweetaholicsnapchatterinstagramite? If you are, then rest assured that a digital detox is a MUST. That sunset WILL still happen even if you don’t Instagram it and all of your friends and followers will still be there even without an updated status from you to explain what you had for breakfast or how many miles you ran after work! So, start right now, go unplugged, put the device of distraction down and read on. Note how good actual pages feel between your fingertips? Reading this magazine will also help your phantom-phone syndrome; whereby you keep checking on your little digital best mate to see what’s changed every two seconds. Trust us, YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW. How many virtual friends ‘like’ your posts or pictures, is actually so very irrelevant - yes, it feels great when floods of people like your stuff and post smiley faces/hearts/thumbs ups etc, but is it important?
These days there are so many online offerings to keep us distracted from real life that some people spend practically all day updating and checking, updating and checking. Serial texting started it and now there’s a gazillion ways to be online. Even when you’re on one platform, bombardments of other social (anti social) pop ups pepper your screen. That little vibration, indicating a message or post has become an instant intruder throughout every day and night. Let’s get real. At WellBeing World HQ, we love social media and we do value the benefits of online platforms; great for keeping up with friends and family, passing on informative news and offers etc, but even we sometimes have to gauge it and take a step away from the iPhone, to maintain a healthy balance of digital versus actual.
Here are our top tips for not letting the toxic side of digital prevail in your family; we hope it helps quell the crazy when it comes to the wide world of web interaction:
TALK to each other. Engage in conversations about interests/ issues/questions/problems. Don’t let your kids turn to Facebook for answers or goodness knows what they’ll end up with!
Have ‘family time’ over dinner:
Try a ‘phone stack’ when everyone puts their phones in the middle of the table and the first to reach for theirs has to clear the plates and wash up.
Whatever happened to charades? Games like that might seem old fashioned in comparison to Temple Run or all of the ‘Saga’ games online, but actual games over virtual bring more communication and togetherness.
Be aware/be secure:
Don’t allow your kids to disappear off to their room for hours on end with the iPad or laptop. Ensure that the correct security locks are in place and that you are aware of what your children are looking at online. There are some seriously scary stories of truly inappropriate sites using innocent tag words to divert young people to their pages – even words like ‘Disney’ or ‘Cinderella’ have ended up taking unassuming folk to the most unsuitable sites. Remember, kids can’t ‘unsee’ things – once they’ve seen a graphic image, it’s there, in their mind, for them to interpret. Be wary.
Work out a new plan to integrate your digital life with your reality!
Lead by example:
Turn off your devices, stop checking your emails/texts etc and turn your attention to something tangible. It’s all very well asking the kids to tone down the tech, but if you’re constantly pressing the button on your iPhone to check for updates, your request to do any of the aforementioned things will fall on deaf ears. Practice what you preach!
So, if you’re the kind of person who needs a phone to make a queue more bearable, or if you can’t go a day without stalking through your friend’s holiday photos from 4 years ago, or your kids are square-eyed from being online, work out a new plan to integrate your digital life with your reality!
Read books and go outside:
The library is an ideal place to ban the phone. Quiet and brimming with the same amount of information, but with other senses taken into account too. Books feel good, they sometimes smell good, turning the pages into the stories is like a form of meditation – curl up with the kids at home and read – you don’t get pop ups in a book unless they’re made of card! There’s a lot to be said for the Kindle, but in the interests of device avoidance, get the kids their own library card! Get on your bike too, or go for a walk … Leave the phones at home…
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The Challenges for Achieving WellBeing in a Digital World A new generation of professionals has been quietly entering the workplace but they are causing a revolution. They have been called ‘The Millennials’. Individuals born after the invention of the internet, they have grown up digitally connected, digitally agile and digitally switched-on. The older generation, the Baby Boomers, are being replaced by them. The Millennials work, communicate and think in a radically different way to previous generations.
What challenges do they both face and what wellbeing advice can they offer? When Baby Boomer and award winning business leader Richard Rolfe met with a former student of his, 20 year old digital entrepreneur Jordan Love, they swapped notes on the challenges of wellbeing in a digital world.
Tip: The best way of dealing with this problem is by switching off this feature on your phone. After all, if it was an urgent matter someone should call.
How Baby Boomers can seize control of Email? ‘Notification’ is the name given to those annoying little bleeps that we hear every time we receive a text message or email. These bleeps and notifications are now part of everyday background noise but psychologically they are damaging us. At a recent social meeting I observed a group of business people checking their phones as they buzzed every few minutes. This is not good for our wellbeing. If we are alwayson and always available, we cannot fully concentrate when we are meeting with others. Every time our brain registers a buzz it thinks that we should look at the source of the noise; this is because we are naturally curious creatures. If we don’t satisfy this curiosity it will prey on our mind. However, if we respond to a notification we get a ‘hit’ of the neurotransmitter dopamine. This is the same chemical associated with rewards, drugs and sex!
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There is now very little distinction between work and family life. People have always taken work home, for example, teachers often mark books at home and finance professionals often have to work late into the night to seal a deal. However, millions of workers are now a slave to the smart-phone email. Tip: Always leave your phone in the living room at night. When we go upstairs we need to be able to mentally switch off. Millions of people sleep with their phones next to their beds. Yet, it has been demonstrated that our most creative moments happen in the first few minutes of being awake. We need to stop being a slave to technology and remove it from the bedroom. The last thing we touch at night and the first thing we touch in the morning should be our partners and not our smartphones!
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However, my generation has an addiction. Our attention and energy is being diverted from reality and into a screen. Next time you’re in a restaurant look around. Take a mental note of how many people are on their smartphones. Jordan’s view: The Reality
In 2012 it was reported that there were officially more mobile phones on the planet than people. Young people like me have grown up with these devices. The average age for a smartphone in the UK is now only 13. We’re missing the Bigger Picture Social networks are playing a massive part in people’s lives. They allow us to connect with people from all over the globe. So, it’s no surprise that the average American spends over 3 hours a day on social media. Facebook has over 1.1 billion users every month, with over 665 million active users each day. However, my generation has an addiction. Our attention and energy is being diverted from reality and into a screen. Next time you’re in a restaurant look around. Take a mental note of how many people are on their smartphones. Instead of savouring a meal or being engrossed in conversation people are taking photos of their food and posting them onto Facebook or tweeting them. We are investing into a digital life that doesn’t actually exist and we often fail to do what we’re supposed to do - ie simply enjoying the moment. My generation is now fighting back. When I go out with my friends we often play the stack game. We make everyone put their phones face down on the table. The first person to pick up their phone has a consequence. This can be paying for the meal, buying a round of drinks, or my favourite doing ten push-ups!
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Tips for Life Enhancement On the flip side, there are plenty of digital tools out there that increase productivity, creativity and imagination. I love the Google Apps. They are entirely cloud-based online products that cater for storage, email, documents, calendars, reminders and much more. These help me with the organisation and flow of my daily business and life and they’re FREE. Go Google! Balance Yup. It’s that magical word again - balance. It sounds clichéd, but it does simply boil down to this. My generation is starting to recognise that we need to spend time reflecting on ourselves in order to gain balance in our lives. If you find yourself spending 4 hours a day playing ‘angry birds’ when you’ve got work to do take control. Allocate a set amount of time to play, then stop. Simples! You can even get an app that restricts your time if you have little self-discipline. I like to use social media so that it documents my life, rather than creates a virtual one. We should be more motivated to live our lives than to record every minute of it. In order to promote the wellbeing of my generation we should be aiming to make our real lives worth remembering.
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WORDS: Louise Doublet BA(Hons) Psychology & Sociology, PGCE
Mindfulness has come to be associated with something that adults do when they want to feel happier, more grounded and content with life. It is a state that we strive to return to when we encounter the stresses of our everyday activities. While it is often a feat for adults to practice mindfulness in their daily lives, anyone who has ever watched a young child at play knows that this comes easily to them. It is their natural state of being.
A recent spate of studies has demonstrated that even a very short course of mindfulness training can have an immediate and significant impact on children’s general wellbeing and performance at school. A study involving 400 children who took a 5-week mindfulness course showed that they had improved attention span, increased levels of self-control, empathy, self-awareness and reduced levels of stress. This is quite remarkable for just a few weeks exposure. Children who receive mindfulness training find it enjoyable and achievable. Can you imagine what we could achieve if every child had opportunities to be mindful at school on a regular basis?
Children deal with life as they happen upon it, and then they move on. But what changes occur between the ages of 3 and 30 to alter the way our minds work so fundamentally? And can we prevent it happening?
Meditation and Relaxation
Meditation and relaxation are already being used in some Jersey schools. Listening to a guided meditation whilst lying down, relaxing their muscles, and being mindful of how they are feeling can help children ‘come down’ from the lunchtime high, ready for an afternoon of learning. The effect of just 5 to 10 minutes of this is that children are more able to be calm and focused for the rest of the school day. Try a guided meditation before tackling homework at home or if you are a teacher, use it with your class after break time and see if it has an effect on concentration levels.
Philosophy for Children
Philosophy for Children (P4C) is another way of helping children to interact with the world in a mindful way. Developed nearly 40 years ago by Professor Matthew Lipman, P4C is a framework for discussing meaningful concepts such as kindness, truth, friendship, beauty, bravery, altruism, freedom, gratitude, fairness, and what it means to be human. Children gather as a group with a facilitator who introduces an object, song, poem, book, picture or video clip to stimulate the discussion. The facilitator helps the children to structure their thoughts, extend and deepen their thinking and come to their own conclusions about what they think and believe. P4C is being used in some schools in Jersey with children as young as 3 and 4 years old. Children are natural philosophers as they are not wary of pondering ‘big’ issues and are genuinely open-minded. When a child engages in philosophy their thinking skills are tested and stretched in such a way that has a tangible effect on their achievements in other academic spheres.
What can I do for my child at home? Try a body scan. Put some soothing music on and lie down with your child. Talk them through each part of their body from the toes upward and tell them to notice how each part feels, and then relax it. If your child finds this difficult ask them to squeeze the muscles first, and then let go. By the time you reach the top of the body you should both be feeling very relaxed. This is a lovely activity to do to unwind before bed time. Teach your child what it feels like to be mindful. Choose a favourite piece of fruit each and sit down somewhere quiet. Ask your child to pretend this is the first time they have tried the fruit. First of all smell the fruit, look at it closely and see how it feels against the skin. Eat the fruit together slowly and mindfully, asking your child questions such as; ‘How does it feel on your tongue?’, ‘What is it like when you breathe in the smell?’, ‘Can you tell me what colours and patterns you can see?’, ‘What kind of taste does it have?’. Encourage your child to ask questions about the world. Older children could keep a ‘thinking book’ and record their thoughts and questions. Take time to explore abstract concepts and ideas together – you may be surprised at what your child can comprehend. An opportunity to help your child learn meditation, relaxation, philosophy and mindfulness skills is coming to Jersey soon. If you would like more information on these classes please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Introducing the Modern-Day Meditation Technique that Gives You ‘Peace with Mind’ WORDS: Sandy Newbigging, Author
How do you know you have a mind? You are aware of it, right? By that rationale, within you now exists a mind and something that is aware of your mind. Mind Calm is about becoming much more interested in, and attentive to, the conscious awareness that is aware of your mind, instead of going to any great lengths to fix, change, manage, manipulate or improve it. Mind Calm gives you a new relationship with your Self, which can be the determining factor in whether you experience what can be described as a hellish life, full of stress, struggle and suffering, or quite literally nirvana now.
Knowing and directly experiencing the conscious awareness that is present within you is the silent solution to any stressful situation that you may be facing and the secret to enjoying a truly successful life; free from fear, problems
and limitations. By solution I don’t mean an answer that comes from clever or positive thinking but a way out of the box of the thinking mind altogether.
The Peace of Mind Myth
‘Peace of mind’ is perhaps one of the most confusing terms in spirituality today. Mainly because of all the unhelpful images that it conjures up in most people’s minds – often including robe clad monks sitting in full lotus position with a serene look upon their faces. Why so serene? Mainly because they have achieved an empty mind, void of thoughts or emotions. This makes peace of mind for many living busy lives in today’s modern techno-deadlinedriven world, an out of reach pipe dream at best. Ever wish you could stop your mind from working overtime? It has been said that the average person has as many as 100,000 thoughts every day. That’s a lot of thoughts! Also, based upon what I’ve observed teaching meditation around the globe, I would say it is an underestimation to suggest that at least half of these thoughts are of a negative nature. These figures make any attempt to master ‘positive thinking’ by only having positive thoughts a monumental task.
Peace is Being Aware of Your Mind
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However, out of habit most people put most of their attention on what they are aware of, instead of the consciousness that’s aware. In doing so, with all of their attention on their mind, body and life, they miss the still silent spacious consciousness - that is inherently peacefilled. This means they never get to enjoy the calm consciousness that lives within them - always.
Rediscovering the inner reservoir of calm residing within your conscious awareness – always – transforms your relationship with your thoughts, emotions, body and life. No longer needing to work so hard to perfect your mind, emotions and external circumstances, you become at peace with who you are and how life is.
Conscious awareness is still, silent, spacious, peace-filled presence; it is not otherworldly, but as real as you can get. Consciousness is the calm context of every thought, feeling, action and circumstance in your life – whether they appear to be positive or negative. Full of potential, creativity, happiness, and grace, getting to know the conscious awareness residing within you offers the ultimate love affair – oneness with your Self.
What this ultimately means is quite remarkable. Due to the fact that your conscious awareness is already inherently still, silent and peaceful, you don’t need to stop your thoughts and emotions in order to experience peace. Instead, all you need to do is learn how to be at peace with your mind, by placing your attention upon the aspect of your Self that is aware. This goal, is possible for anyone who is willing to play with a new way to relating to their thoughts and emotions.
By solution I don’t mean an answer that comes from clever or positive thinking but a way out of the box of the thinking mind altogether.
Mind Calm Meditation
Mind Calm is a simple, easy and enjoyable modern-day meditation technique for being consciously aware in life. ‘CALM’ stands for ‘Conscious Awareness Life Meditation’, and it is a way to meditate that does exactly what the name suggests. Through meditation with your eyes open and closed, you can become more consciously aware during daily life and as a result, see and experience life from a more calm and self-aware perspective. You have front-row seats at this glorious gift and adventure called your life. It is time to say ‘bring it on’ and welcome whatever happens with a wide-open heart, a healthier relationship with your mind and with the deep life-changing knowing that, although life can have it’s ups and downs, you are free to rise above any challenge by resting within the calm consciousness that lives within you – always. Sandy’s new book, Mind Calm, is published by Hay House – at the time of writing it has already reached top spot in the Amazon charts for Meditation. For more info and to watch a video of Sandy teaching the first step of Mind Calm, visit www.mindcalm.com
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Motivation Nation – or Are you Running on Empty? WORDS: Beverley Le Cuirot, Founder and Director, WellBeing World | WellBeing At Work
Many of us are familiar with the signs; the markers which we should look out for in ourselves and our teams to make sure we are not suffering from dangerous levels of stress in our jobs. • The psychological symptoms include an inability to make decisions, a feeling of mental confusion, or unusual aggressiveness. People might also have mood swings, be fearful, lack confidence or feel burnout signs. • Physical warning signs are moving more slowly and changes in weight. Some can’t stop eating; others have no appetite at all. Unexplained aches and pains, such as headaches, backache and shoulder pain may also be signs. As the condition worsens, sufferers can cease to look after themselves, their hygiene might deteriorate and they may stop caring about how they look. • They might stop showing up for social engagements or no longer find pleasure in hobbies they used to enjoy. At the extreme end they may consider self-harm or suicide. According to Mark Winwood, Director of Psychological Services at Axa PPP’s specialist health services division: “There is a sense of priority confusion where the priority of work overwhelms everything else [in order to achieve a level of perfectionism in their work].”
He was quoted in the Financial Times in March: “The fact that burnout rates seem to be growing isn’t a surprise, people have been living on adrenaline for the past few years. After a long time running on empty, all of a sudden they become very, very unwell,” he said.
Why Investing in Employee WellBeing is Good for You and Your Business
Research shows that people who are happiest at work are 47% more productive than their least happy colleagues; and that they contribute a day and a quarter more. Per week. They will take just 1.5 sick days a year, compared to an average 6 days. And according to Happiness at Work research, they have 180% more energy; will be 108% more engaged; will enjoy 82% more job satisfaction; and will be 50% more motivated than their least happy colleagues. The truth of the matter is that investing in employee wellbeing is not only the right thing to do; it will save your business money and improve your bottom line.
Too good to be true? Not so. Research shows that happiness in one’s work leads to increased motivation, greater engagement, and a healthier immune system, which pays big time, especially when you’re under pressure.
But what is Employee WellBeing?
One thing it isn’t is always smiling, thinking positively, or in a permanent sunny mood. Typically it is said that it cannot be achieved alone but with others. It is a mix of high moments accompanied by low ones, an environment in which you grow and flourish. It is a concept that links physical health, effective management of psychological stress and anxiety, and personal connection and belonging, allowing employees to maximise performance and achieve potential.
More than Just ‘Nice to Have’
So, if improved productivity is more than just ‘nice to have’ for any organisation, large or small, why aren’t more of us doing more about it? Or are we? Companies in the US have long looked to health and productivity programmes as a way to keep employees healthier, to contain health care costs and enhance productivity. They understand the value of health, wellbeing
and employee effectiveness programmes to their overall business health and largely view them as critical to helping the organisation address employee health issues. But despite the best efforts of employers, recent Towers Watson research shows actual participation by employees in these programmes is low. As a business community we are doing so much more here in Jersey than a decade ago. There are many more juice bars, gyms, and health and fitness providers operating in the island today, along with our own WellBeing At Work, all working to support the physical and mental wellbeing of our community workforce, and available to help you help your business.
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It is necessary, though, to gain true insight into the motivations of an organisation’s workforce prior to rolling out an employee wellbeing programme. It is so difficult to second guess the preferred wellbeing support each person most needs; and it may not be what you think it is. The wellbeing providers of the island are akin to the ‘sharpening of the saw’ in Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People; let them help you sharpen the saw of your organisation, but in such a way that proves effective with your employees.
Have you given thought to vaping in the workplace? WORDS: Colette Hunt, Senior Associate, Collas Crill
A projection by Bloomberg Industries shows e-cigarette sales are set to match those of traditional tobacco products in the US as early as 2023, and with nicotine-dependent A-listers such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Allen and Kate Moss all publicly swapping their smokes for vapes, we thought about the implications in the workplace. So, who better to talk to than Colette Hunt, employment lawyer at Collas Crill ... Electronic cigarettes look like the real thing but contain a rechargeable battery and a liquid that contains nicotine. Vaping is when you inhale the vapour produced when the battery heats up. With a rise in sales, and public and medical opinion very divided, e-cigarettes have the potential to become a smoking gun in the workplace!
Should employers allow vaping at work? There is currently no law covering the use of e-cigarettes, although if it is introduced in the UK or Europe (expected in 2016), Jersey and Guernsey may do likewise. In the absence of legislation, it is for each employer to determine their own policy. The size of your organisation and the type of work may be determining factors for your policy, as well as how many vapers you have in your workforce. Vaping is the type of issue on which you could consult before determining a policy. This could be done by way of an anonymous survey. 70
However, if you consult, you need to be prepared to provide feedback at the end of the consultation and if it transpires that the majority wish vaping to be permitted, you need to have a good idea as to how you will you manage the minority who do not want it. Most employers will be concerned that if they permit vaping, it will split the workforce and distract or upset the non-vapers, and accordingly decide to ban it. Employers may decide that vaping does not fit with their corporate image and ban it. If so, this needs to be communicated clearly to staff (who must appreciate that a breach could mean that disciplinary action may follow), but also to clients or suppliers attending the workplace. If the work involves any contact with children, an outright ban is advisable. If you have a number of staff who are currently smokers but who have taken up vaping with the intention of trying to give up, you may decide to support them by allowing vaping on a trial basis (possibly for 6 months) and then review.
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If you permit it, you need to communicate where within your workplace the vaping can take place and, also, that any time spent vaping will be monitored. Those vaping should not have any additional break time in order to vape, as this would be unfair to the non-vapers. Allowing vaping, even on a trial basis, is a potentially risky strategy as it could ignite a personal dispute.
If a work colleague lights up an e-cigarette in the office, what can you do? You could politely ask the vaper to stop at work because you find it unpleasant or distracting.
If they continue, you could consult others working close by, or the vaper's manager, to see how they feel. If there is a consensus that it is offensive, the vaper should be informed, and told that if they ignore this informal request, the matter will be taken to the next level. If the vaping continues, a grievance procedure will need to be implemented, forcing your employer to take action and make a decision.
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What about at social events?
Employers may be able to adopt a more flexible approach, and be seen to support any vapers who are genuinely trying to give up cigarettes. If there are others vaping at the same venue it would seem unreasonable to insist that your staff refrain. Prior to booking next year's Christmas bash, you may wish to ask whether the venue permits vaping, so that it does not become an argument on the night. If the public view becomes that vaping is as socially unacceptable as smoking, we may well see vaping bans and areas specifically designated for vapers.
Introducing a policy
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Healthy (Ergonomic) Habits for an Easier Life WORDS: Grant Henderson DC PGDipAcu FCC Chiropractor and Ergonomic Consultant
Ergonomics is a multidisciplinary study that is applied to the design of jobs, work environments and equipment. It addresses the anatomical, physiological, psychological and mechanical aspects of the living and working environment. Put more succinctly, good ergonomics creates a more effective use of resources both human and physical. It makes life easier, more comfortable, more productive and ultimately happier. Working with many thousands of people in a chiropractic setting and providing ergonomic consultancy in Channel Island offices for over 20 years we have found that patterns begin to develop. Why does patient A get better more quickly than patient B despite having a similar back or neck problem? In the workplace, why does one employer or section of an office have higher levels of absenteeism or more staff with neck and back pain than others?
To paraphrase Steven Covey’s multimillion book about success in business, we find that effective and successful people have certain similarities in how they approach life and work. Their level of effectiveness is greater because they have the engrained habits that streamline their day. Whether we are an office junior or a CEO: a new starter or an experienced professional, we can all adopt these to achieve a greater success in our chosen field.
Therefore, with due deference to Mr Covey, we present ...
The Seven (Ergonomic) Habits of Highly Effective People: Cut the clutter: Efficient offices look different. People sit and stand upright, move freely round the room, carrying the minimum amount around with them. The offices are airy spaces with plenty of natural light, variable temperature zones and large uncluttered desks. Clear your desk of all you don’t need today and keep files to a minimum, try to have a flow of work across the desk and get up regularly to file finished work.
Learn to slouch: Slouching correctly by leaning back in your seat by 10-15 degrees reduces the pressure in the disks of the lower back by 10-15 percent. Leaning forward increases the pressure by 10-15 percent. Adjust your chair so you can lean back. Better yet use a chair that rocks, creating constant small movements and strengthening your postural muscles. Get the heads up: Sitting back in the seat with your shoulders against the backrest will bring your head over your shoulders. The weight of your head will be carried down your neck and through your shoulders into the backrest. This simple change will reduce fatigue in neck and shoulder muscles significantly. Mark time: Take ‘micro-breaks’ to reduce optical and muscular fatigue. Every half hour stand up, walk round the chair and sit down again. Our muscles and eyes are designed for movement, not being in one position and looking at a screen all day. Short breaks give the muscles and eyes time to relax, making you less tired and more effective. Set a reminder on your PC to nudge you into action. Stand up for yourself: Whenever you get the chance get up from your chair. The ideal solution is a desk that allows you to stand or sit at the touch of a button. In Scandinavia and much of North America they are the norm and we are beginning to see these appearing in offices across the Channel Islands. Try to use the phone standing up; stand-up meetings are shorter, more focused and more productive. Take some ‘me’ time: A small part of every day, week or month that is just for you. A few minutes reading the paper or doing a crossword over a coffee or cup of tea. Meet friends for a meal, film or show. Have a long soak in the bath. Walk, swim, go to the gym or have a massage. Maybe take up a new hobby, start meditating or join a choir. Time spent relaxing away from work will recharge and revitalise you.
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Exercise, exercise, exercise: Small amounts of regular exercise will generate huge health benefits over time. Walking to and from work, using the stairs and using a stand up workstation will increase your heart rate and improve alertness by oxygenating the blood supply to your brain. Your risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes will reduce, your muscles will be stronger and you will feel better in yourself.
And finally … Don’t kick the habit!
Reinforce your new healthy habits by putting post it notes or red dots round your screen, mouse and keyboard. Perhaps have an agreement with colleagues that you remind each other to sit back into your chairs, keep your heads up and take regular breaks. Rather than emailing or phoning colleagues in the same office, go and see them for a quick chat. At lunchtime get away from the desk, have a walk round the office, climb a few stairs and if possible get out into the fresh air. In our experience making these small changes can bring great health benefits. Stick with them for three of four weeks and they will become healthy habits for life. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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From Playing Fields to Commonwealth WORDS: Tim Rogers
Tim Rogers knows a thing or two about sport and business and how to mix the two for success. He was a Triathlete at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne 2006. He is also an experienced Programme and Change Leader running the ciChange think-tank, bringing TED Talks to Jersey and also the Programme Manager for a major public sector modernisation project. Sport is a good metaphor for business since it is about focus, discipline, goals, milestones, attitude and commitment etc. I think many of these are commonly accepted and perhaps the comparisons are over used. Not everyone is or even aspires to be a top athlete and so many of these messages are lost or meaningless to the majority. What I think is underestimated is the economic cost of days lost due to sickness, the lack of energy and enthusiasm that affects productivity and the unstructured way that we organise our lives which frustrates communication, co-ordination, collaboration and community.Â Many of these challenges can be overcome by simply having a healthy lifestyle which promotes balance and wellbeing.
the opportunities to be gained from working with our Commonwealth neighbours or the business and world leaders whom we share a table with at these events. As an example, Glasgow 2014 will see 7000 athletes participate, 100 world leaders gather representing 70 countries and 5 billion viewers, bloggers, twitter fans. This is a market place and we have been invited to participate. It is also a great opportunity to celebrate and promote Jersey, our athletes and what we can offer the world.
Until recently funding for sport has not been seen as an investment in economic productivity, an opportunity to reduce health costs or crime nor an export and marketing opportunity for the Island.
Many firms recognise that promoting healthy choices and supporting their staff creates loyalty, a sense of community and improved productivity. There is nothing better to breakdown silos than getting people active together whether that is as part of a sports and social initiative or something involving personal challenge.
However we seem to be slow at recognising this from an economic perspective. Until recently funding for sport has not been seen as an investment in economic productivity, an opportunity to reduce health costs or crime nor an export and marketing opportunity for the Island. London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 are big business, as well as legacy for the next generation there are commercial opportunities to be realised. We are nowhere near recognising the potential value of sport tourism to the Island or 74
We spend thousands of pounds on TV advertising, thousands more on trade delegations, and many hours trying to connect with people who may share our passions, support our values or buy our products. How long will it take for us to really recognise the value and opportunity of sport to Jersey, Tourism, Community and Employers? I am hugely encouraged by the Island Games organisation and Jerseyâ€™s hosting of the event in 2015. There is a lot of good business, sport, public and private co-ordination and collaboration. However there is more to be done, and some major opportunities much sooner than 2015.
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Senses and Sales WORDS: Claire Boscq-Scott, CBS Customer Services
Emotions affect awareness, consideration, persuasion, recall and loyalty in the marketplace Dan Hill, author of Emotionomics: Winning Hearts and Minds [Adams Business & Professional, 2007]
Sensory design has earned its place in high-end spas and resorts; but today, hospitals, airports, retail environments and corporate offices alike have to embrace the senses to forge brand identity while creating inviting environments. Our five senses are affected physiologically by everything in our path, we enhance the quality of the work experience by engaging all five senses:
Sight: Scientists say more than half the brain is devoted
Central to consumer engagement in retail environment is the power of touch. Retailers should therefore not underestimate the role that touch plays in the buying decision process. In an office environment if things feel nice you'll feel nice. If they feel hard or rough then you'll be uncomfortable, and uncomfortable workers are unproductive workers.
Taste: A sensory engagement product sampling and trial
to processing visual images, and 80% of learning is based on visual input. A space should not be crowded since emotionally, you want to feel comfortable, this includes visual clutter.
in shops can offer significant benefits in terms of sales lift. Yet many retailers still do not implement a coherent sampling strategy to capitalise on seasonal or promotional product opportunities to engage a their consumers’ sense of taste.
Sound: Noise is one of the most common distractions in an office environment and if it is loud enough and consistent enough it can also cause some health and welfare concerns for those working in the environment. However, audio in the retail space can be honed to reflect the brand, enhance the customer experience and reinforce consumer aspirations, promoting higher sales – so long as it’s done right.
Understanding the subtleties of how the senses can be engaged through sight, sound, touch, smell and taste, interwoven with people’s emotions is essential. For businesses who embrace this sensory challenge, an incredible improvement will be seen in their employees’ performances and without doubt be a much brighter, more interesting and a more engaging experience with their customers.
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That seems to make a lot of sense!
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Your environment has a lot to do with how you feel. And how you feel has a lot to do with how productive you are. Neuroscientists across the globe have studied images of the brain in action and placed emotion in the driver's seat, asserting that thinking is emotion-based, and while emotions form the basis of thoughts, the five senses - sight, sound, smell, taste and touch - fuel those emotions, wielding the power to persuade, relax and heal.
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Inviting Spaces – No Place Like Home ‘There’s No Place Like Home …’ so said Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. In today’s frenetic modern society, the home is a welcoming place for retreat, where we can nurture body and soul. The energy in our home is in a constant state of flux, so achieving the perfect balance between yin (cool, dark and lifeless) and yang (hot, bright and full of life) is essential if we are to create a peaceful, calming atmosphere.
The best way to introduce yin and yang into the home is through the natural elements of fire, water, earth, metal and wood; when these elements are equally represented, their synergy will create the vital, yet calming environment we all seek. It is not necessary to introduce the five elements in their raw state, they may be represented symbolically, using colour or texture. So, if you don’t have room for a water feature, use a turquoise cushion or blue vase. Fire may be represented by a candle or lamp; earth by pebbles; wood by house plants; and metal by a silver photograph frame. It is important to create a living space that is conducive to good relations; calm and uncluttered on the one hand,
comfortable and inviting on the other. By carefully choosing and positioning your furnishings, you will discover the beauty in harmony and simplicity.
The key to creating a pleasing colour scheme is to find a colour or group of colours with which you feel at peace, and then to work with them as a base. Any pale shade, as long as it is clear and tonal, will provide a soothing backdrop. White, cream, grey and beige are the neutral colour palette; creating, pleasing ‘sanctuary’ feelings. They serve as an excellent base as they go with everything and do not stimulate or provoke heightened feelings or responses. For the living area neutrals are often the first choice. Some of us are drawn to vibrant, energetic colours such as reds and oranges, whereas others see these colours as overpowering and the ‘highway to the danger zone’. Blues and greens generally set a calming and soothing tone, as we naturally compare these colours to the ocean and nature. Finishing touches are crucial for making a space come to life, whether a piece of art, sentimental photo, fresh flowers, a house plant, or a warming scented candle.
Keep Clutter to a Minimum!
We’ve said it before, but make sure you clear out those items and memories that don’t serve you. The pointless scatter of junk or ‘golden oldie’ items may be interfering with both your physical and mental wellbeing. You will feel so much lighter when you throw out or recycle. At WellBeing World HQ, we’ve recently tackled our own clutter – we feel so much better for it already! Gone is the accumulation of clutter and here to stay is open space, and the new opportunities that lie ahead.
Think - Feng Shui
Don’t be scared! This phrase may freak you out but you may be more aligned with Feng Shui than you realise. Most of us use Feng Shui techniques intuitively. We look for inviting spaces and we decide if they cater for our wellbeing, or not. One of the basic principles of Feng Shui is clean, open space; essentially leading toward uncluttered living which makes for a clutter free life! This in turn enhances one’s sense of wellbeing. Feng Shui suggests that everything in your life and in your home should have flow and purpose. A house with feel good Feng Shui gives off a smooth, strong and clear energy flow.
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And so with these thoughts in mind, we visited Designer Sofa Interiors; they have recently expanded their premises, and most inviting it was too. They offer the highest quality furniture to meet the exact needs of their clients, whatever their style or tradition. Flooring options include fitted carpets, natural stone and wooden flooring, with a huge variety to choose from. There is also a large choice of modern and contemporary furniture with various fabrics including Harlequin, Romo, Sanderson, Andrew Martin and Zoffany. Sofa varieties include Italian leather sofa designs and many more. They also provide the perfect lighting for your home, whether this is a solo stand out piece, or the more traditional lines. They are also the exclusive agents in the Channel Islands of baobab candles and other handmade quality pieces of art. It’s well worth a visit, you may be very pleasantly surprised with the treasures you will find! You’ll find them at 7 Peter Street, St Helier – or give them a call on tel: 01534 888506.
It is not necessary to introduce the five elements in their raw state, they may be represented symbolically, using colour or texture. So, if you don’t have room for a water feature, use a turquoise cushion or blue vase. Fire may be represented by a candle or lamp; earth by pebbles; wood by house plants; and metal by a silver photograph frame. Tips for bringing more peace and happiness to any environment and so contributing to your sense of wellbeing include fresh flowers and green house plants; both have an incredible ability to lift the human spirit. Lighting is very important to create the right ambience; as are relaxing scents. And occasionally re-arranging, or replacing, furniture can also be helpful to provide a new outlook and can contribute to a positive change in mood. Choose items for both their visual appeal as well as their functionality.
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Middle England Alcohol Epidemic: The modern moderation myth Alcohol has for generations, been the vice of choice for people the world over. Between smoking and drinking (the two legal vices) society has been plagued by its fair share of woes and worries, expense and argument. Alcohol is something of a more boisterous and chaotic issue. The effects of it are by far some of the most troublesome and negative, and are certainly more obvious. Yet, in a vast majority of households across the UK, a drink is simply viewed as a well-deserved reward at the end of a hard day. Problems associated with alcohol have often been attributed with those financially worse off; the homeless, destitute, young binge drinkers and anyone whose life seems interrupted and wrecked by alcohol. The reality presents a stark contrast however, with alcohol becoming a bane of the life of many middle class people and their offspring, who have more of a disposable income, and worst of all, a blasé attitude toward excess drinking. The well-to-do and ordinary folk of the modern middle classes are not only
drinking more than ever, but by their doing so are unwittingly conveying that it’s OK to do drink every day, or ample at the weekends. Wine bars and cocktail bars are bustling - drinks after work, drinks at work, bottle of wine whilst cooking dinner, another with dinner. Quality drinks within respectable places, what could possibly go wrong?
The problem is in understanding how much alcohol is safe, how much should we drink and when before it becomes a problem? There’s the old saying, ‘in moderation’ – the only trouble is, one man’s moderation is another man’s bacchanal! We’re all different in terms of our tolerance to alcohol and different drinks present different volumes of alcoholic units. The issue presented is in the modern moderation mindset, which has changed drastically over the past few decades.
The problem is in understanding how much alcohol is safe, how much should we drink and when before it becomes a problem?
It’s not as though we’re referring to the old mother’s ruin, or a bottle cheap spirit out of a brown paper bag. Or luminous purple meths.
Move over stereotypical alcoholic, hello neighbour, friend, parent.
Alcohol has become cheaper and more readily available, with demographics of society’s drinkers being underestimated too. There is a close link between affordability and consumption; hence middle England being one of the biggest demographics of drinkers that
Medical: • Liver: alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver cancer. • Gastrointestinal tract: oral cavity cancer, oesophageal neoplasm, oesophageal varices, pancreatitis. • Cardiovascular system: atrial fibrillation, hypertension, strokes and cardiomyopathy with heart failure. there is. Safe to say, that the elderly, especially those in a position of having a relatively decent income or pension (and plenty of time on their hands) present a practically untapped demographic of drinkers, often overlooked in measuring problems in drinking habits. Because of the increasing strength of alcoholic drinks and the trend for larger measures, one large glass of wine now counts as three units, a medium glass as two and a small glass as one-and-a-half. According to researchers, many middle class drinkers insist they know what the safe level of alcohol consumption is. This suggests they do not believe they are drinking too much and that simply popping a cork after a long day is a most acceptable thing to do. It is time for people to wise up about drinking, understand their limits and more importantly, look for other ways to ‘wind down’. If the truth be known, alcohol can speed up the heart rate and the ageing process – how relaxed are you about that?
• Neurological system: acute intoxication with loss of consciousness, withdrawal, seizures, subdural haemorrhage, peripheral neuropathy, WernickeKorsakoff syndrome and cerebellar degeneration.
Psychiatric: • Alcohol dependence syndrome • Suicidal ideation • Depression • Anxiety
Other: • Loss of libido • Fetal alcohol syndrome
Furthermore, in case we needed a gentle reminder on the other health risks attributed to excess alcohol consumption, consider the implications in the column to the right.
• Impaired performance at work
As Granny always used to say, ‘a little bit of what you fancy, does you good.’ A little bit being the point. Try taking note of what you drink over a month, then read up on how much that is in terms of your health. Perhaps you’re drinking rather more than you realise and it’s time to make a change.
• Violent crimes - eg, domestic violence and drink driving offences
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• Relationship problems
• Antisocial behaviour
Ready Meals and other food traps … Reaching for a ready meal instead of cooking a fresh, wholesome meal from scratch has become something of a food epidemic, in terms of the nation’s eating habits. Speed and ease taking precedent over nutrition and attention to what we’re feeding our families and ourselves. The trouble with ready meals is that we don’t really know what’s in them. Marketed with messages such as ‘healthy’ or ‘low in fat’, misleading the already hurried consumer, who often takes all of a nanosecond to make a decision between the healthy vegetable Thai curry or tasty lamb mousakka that is ‘low in salt’, a by line promising a health benefit is an immediate winner. This is an argument that has been going on for years and each time the labelling issue is raised, more packaging slogans exclaim better health and less of this or that. Subsequently though, even in 2014, we are often misled when it comes to what we’re getting when we buy food products, especially ready meals. The most recent media outcry with regard to food, ready meals in particular, is the huge salt content in the least likely products. ‘Dangerous levels’ of salt were found to be in a vast majority of ready meals, alongside preservatives, colourings, and other nasties; kids meals weren’t devoid from excess salt either – leaving a sour taste in many people’s mouths. With the food industry’s surmountable contribution to studies on food and pertinent health risks falling, there is criticism of both the bias in terms of those seeking funding are more likely to receive funding based on
their research meeting the criteria of the food industry. This reliance on the food industry to conduct fair research on food has been likened to the influence of the tobacco industry in studies related to smoking and lung cancer. It has been reported that as well as paying for specific academic studies on food, the industry is paying for the development of laboratories and providing universities with grants across Britain.
Dinner will be served at the sound of the DING! These speedy, salty, saturated ready meals are not advisable on a regular basis it’s as simple as that. In terms of counting on the big branded retailers to be honest, it’s not as straightforward as labelling all ingredients on packaging, it needs to become common knowledge that in order for ready meals to remain ‘ready’, they need to contain certain
things. Fresh, natural ingredients on the other hand, require no preservatives and as such, it’s a no brainer that fresh is best. As much as the big supermarket chains offer freezers filled with ready meals and quick cook options, there is a balance that can’t go unnoticed – the gargantuan healthy lifestyle campaigns that all of them promote. As well as being great PR, it would seem that the big hitters do have a healthy heart and offer deals on healthy ingredients, recipe cards for freshly cooked meals and most of all, the promotion of the importance of eating fresh healthy food alongside an active lifestyle. Championing a balanced diet with plenty of fresh vegetables, and frozen ones too – most supermarkets stock a wide selection of frozen vegetables, not too far from the dastardly ready meals; frozen vegetables are packed with goodness, so you can cut some time off food preparation and use ready prepared frozen veg.
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The recent horsemeat scandal ran almost parallel to the salt scare, a double whammy in why we ought to try and buy locally, buy fresh and buy wisely. You don’t need to be an expert in additives, but you ought to clue up on where your food comes from, read up on food suppliers locally - notice in the bigger supermarkets, how many of them support local farmers and producers and try to purchase those items when you can. It’s handy to understand what’s in season and in terms of sauces and other quick, ready-made dishes, when you make something suitable for freezing, make extra and thus create your own, healthy ready meals! And remember, just because something is ‘organic’, organic junk food is still junk food …
How’zzz about some honey, Honey? RESEARCH and WORDS: Lucy Sanderson
Do beelieve the hype – honey really is the bee’s knees and we splosh it into pretty much everything here at WellBeing World HQ (as if we weren’t sweet enough already). We report plenty about the damaging effects of too much sugar and lately that has been all over the media – even the least likely of food products are literally packed with sugar. Processed foods being public enemy number one!
Honey, oh lovely runny honey. Golden, gorgeous and sweet deliciousness. As Winnie the Pooh could vouch. It has been a nectar of wellbeing nurture for thousands of years, dating as far back as 4,000 years. Honey was used as a traditional Ayurvedic medicine, where it was thought to be effective at treating material imbalances in the body.
the Bee to build its cells in hills, on trees, and in (men's) habitations; Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colors, wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought.”
In pre-Ancient Egyptian times, honey was used topically to treat wounds. Egyptian medicinal compounds more than five millennia ago used honey and the ancient Greeks believed that consuming honey could help make you live longer.
Quite the testimonial, and it’s true – with regard to honey, the darker the colour, the most antioxidants and aside from that honey is brimming with fructose (healthy sugar) and this gives it its durability - honey literally never goes off. Honey also contains proteins, minerals, enzymes and vitamins. It ought to be kept below 40degree C as heating it any more than that can destroy its health qualities.
Even the Prophet Mohammed glorified the healing powers of honey. With the Koran even saying, "And thy Lord taught
So there’s the buzz about honey, but what about the actual benefits? Colds, coughs and flu – a good old hot toddy, or boiled water with honey, lemon cinnamon and ginger is known to alleviate the symptoms of cold and flu. Acne – A drop of natural honey on pimples is known to reduce their severity due to the anti-bacterial properties of bee juice. Wounds, burns and ulcers – For the very same reason as acne, a gauze smeared with honey and applied to the skin can sooth and help prevent infection. Dry skin – Honey is like a heavenly moisturiser and is an excellent ingredient for bath time! Gingivitis – Applying honey directly to the affected area helps address the problem quickly. Stress – A spoonful in your chamomile tea is just the tonic for relaxation. Menstrual cycle – Honey stimulates the production of omega-6 fatty acid that regulates the hormonal process. Hangover! – Alcohol is the liver’s worst enemy, causing dehydration, thirst and nausea. The winning combo of fresh lemon and honey in some warm water is a great detoxifying combo and will reduce the affects of alcohol. *This is actually a rather good way to start your day, even without a hangover! Dry hair – Mixing honey with olive oil (or coconut oil) and applying it directly to dry hair and leaving it to soak in (pop a warm towel around it chill out for half an hour), shampoo as normal and see the glossy effects of the nourishing ointment. Ageing skin – Honey’s nourishing properties are a godsend to ageing skin. Never mind the fountain of youth, honey mixed with evening primrose oil and lavender essential oil will enhance a youthful glow. Use just like a mask, rinsing off gently with a splash of warm water. Honey isn’t just an ace sugar substitute; it is an all round magic natural medicine. So, next time you see the humble bumblebee, think about how much that little fella brings to the table. And of course, if you haven’t done so already, ditch that horrible refined white sugar and replace it with some yummy, scrummy honey.
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Healthy lifestyle? Do the math! WORDS: Lucy Sanderson
Living by numbers doesn’t sound too exciting (unless of course, you are a numerologist or mathematician)… But you don’t have to be Carol Vorderman to get to grips with the simple equations and numbers we’re going to tell you about. There are a few factors in life that are supposed to equate to a healthier lifestyle, but we’re all unique so realistically, we should all be a little more considerate about crunching our lifestyle numbers. Ok, so let’s start with an easy one that we can all relate to. The numbers 2000 and 2500 (2000 for women and 2500 for men), representing the amount of calories that we are advised to eat per day as adults. Apparently, consuming any more than this will result in gaining weight and eating any less will result in, yes, you guessed it – losing weight. Now, real people in the actual real world are all different. Some people have fast metabolisms, some slow (some, like me, seemingly stagnant!)… With this and differing heights, ages, weight and exercise schedules (if any), everything contributes to what your ideal calorie intake should be. The answer to this riddle is to consider your weight, height and age and how active you are. Metabolism slows down with age, so try to move about a bit more and keep up the active pursuits as you gain in numbers yourself. On the matter of food, do you eat your recommended 5 a day? That was indeed a massively successful marketing campaign (and still is) encouraging lots more people to eat more fruit and vegetables. However, it’s actually better to eat MORE. More than 5 a day is what you should aim for as it’s been proven that people who eat 7 or more fruit and veg a day live on average one year longer.
What about the ratio of fruit and vegetables? Well this is simple, eat more veg than fruit, less sugar, more goodness. For all you juicers, remember to keep the portions at least 70% veg and 30% fruit (80%/20% if you feel brave). Balance the same equation in your diet. The stuff we add to our food ought to be recalculated too. Look at salt; we’ve always been advised to eat no more than 6g per day in order to prevent heart disease for example. Recently however, the widespread concern over the shockingly large amounts of salt added to the least likely of food products has halved the recommended daily amount. Studies have shown that 3g ought to be the goal in terms of salt consumption per day. Sugar, lovely sugar… we covered the aspartame issue and have also brought you information on refined salt and sugar. But how much sugar should we actually be consuming per day? Too much sugar is linked to issues and ailments like tooth decay, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, to name a few. Make sure you read labels carefully and consider honey and syrups (and anything ending in –ose, glucose, fructose etc) do count in terms of daily allowance as well. The total daily amount should equate to no more than 70g for men and 50g for women.
Most of us enjoy a glass of wine here and there (note our feature on alcohol consumption!), and there is fierce speculation on how much or how little is best. There are reasons for people drinking and not drinking and there are preferences as to what people drink and when. When it comes to units of alcohol, what are the recommended amounts? First of all, it’s definitely not a good idea to ‘save up’ all of your units and consume them in one raucous Friday night! Try not to exceed 2-3 units per day, abstain from drinking alcohol on at least two days/nights of the week and opt for European wine (if liquid grapes are your tipple of choice), European wine often contains less alcohol.
What about the ratio of fruit and vegetables? Well this is simple, eat more veg than fruit, less sugar, more goodness. For all you juicers, remember to keep the portions at least 70% veg and 30% fruit (80%/20% if you feel brave). Balance the same equation in your diet.
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Exercise is bursting with numbers, stats and measurements. The Department of Health (DoH) recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (that’s 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week). We’ve got some good news for you in regard to exercise, activities like housework and shopping also count! We suggest simple things too, like always opting for the stairs instead of the lift or escalator. We read somewhere that sex is a pretty good cardio work out too, so… And… Rest. Do you get at least 8 hours sleep per night? It’s not likely that we always get enough sleep, regardless of what statistics say. Kids create a whole new sleep routine, and work, travel and late nights out etc. all play their part in sleep deprivation at some point or another. The theory here is to relax, chill out about the hours you get every night and think about how tired you are in the moment; if you’re tired, go to bed. If you feel like you want to lie in on your day off, do so. If you function on 6 hours, waking up bright eyed and bushy tailed every morning, then 6 hours it is. No one else can really determine how much sleep you need. Only you can figure out that. On that very beautifully timed note, I am coming to the total number of words for this article… So I’ll leave the last word to Plato, “A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”
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There is no doubt caffeine is mankind’s favourite drug. According to a study undertaken by Bristol University, it is estimated to be consumed by 80% of people worldwide. Most of us will have at least one, perhaps several cups a day. Those of us that are hooked are aware that caffeine withdrawals are not pretty, or recommended. The necessity to have at least three cups of coffee during the day may indeed rule your life! According to the Daily Mail, ‘One in five of us visit a coffee house once during the day; and £730 million was made in sales last year alone.’ It is reported that one famous coffee house (Costa) serves more than one million cups a day in the UK, and Waitrose comes in second place as a result of its ‘Free cup for MyWaitrose cardholders’, serving more than one million cups per week. These figures reflect our society’s crucial need to be consistently alert and on target, and the psycho-stimulant effects that coffee provides may help us get nearer to this goal. Beginning the day with a coffee wakes one up and later on during the day coffee perks us up, avoiding the mid-afternoon decline.
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Coffee is in fact a reigning superfood, ripe with antioxidants. Consumed in the correct, moderated amount coffee is considered a health food (studies show that up to 400mg a day is enough, anymore can have negative effects). However, do be careful as in large quantities caffeine can be detrimental to your overall mental and physical health. Excessive caffeine consumption can lead to the jitters, restlessness, anxiety, over-excitement, muscle twitches, poor quality of sleep, insomnia and promotion of an irregular heartbeat. High caffeine consumption upsets the body’s natural rhythm and heightens the stress response. Too much coffee later in the afternoon or evening can interrupt good sleeping patterns.
How do I knock back how much I am consuming?
Caffeine withdrawals come with headaches, fatigue, mood swings and in some cases even depression. However these initial headaches and mood swings will subside within a few days. Some experts argue, that coffee addiction, like any other addiction is bad. ‘You are at the mercy of a craving which is causing you to avoid reality and gloss over what is really going on’ says Juliet Carter, Psychotherapist.
Coffee is in fact a reigning superfood, ripe with antioxidants. Consumed in the correct, moderated amount coffee is considered a health food Re-evaluating your life is a good method when trying to curb a coffee addiction. Try asking yourself why you are feeling out of balance, exhausted or stressed out. You now need to decide how to tackle and overcome these issues, rather than brewing another cup of coffee to glaze over the problem.
The best way to break a habit is to slowly reduce the amount of coffee that you are drinking - every cup should be substituted with an alternative, such as the decaffeinated variety or an herbal tea instead.
Want an alternative to your morning espresso shot?
Wheatgrass may taste interesting, but in fact it is amazing for revitalising your overall mood in the morning. Wheatgrass is packed with nutrients and vitamins. And even chlorophyll, which holds detoxing properties. Don’t underestimate the power of the Beetroot; beetroot incorporated in your daily juice will provide you with power pumping energy. We are not saying go cold turkey, but do explore the possibility of other caffeine alternatives – you might even enjoy them!
Chilli – Feelin’ hot, hot, hot! They certainly pack a punch in any dish. Chilli peppers aren’t for everyone and the burn simply doesn’t appeal to all. Some however, like it hot and regardless of your penchant for the fiery chilli pepper – one thing’s for sure the pepper is full of goodness. The range of health benefits associated with the chilli pepper is vast. From being a hugely popular dietary aid: Hollywood stars are ‘swearing by it’ in order to drop pounds, spicing up their lifestyle and gaining motivation and energy from the powerful pepper, enhancing work outs and increasing metabolism.
As capsaicin enters the body, adrenaline is released to the blood stream, therefore causing the breakdown of and burning of fats As far as slimming is concerned, the chilli pepper has been used in the development of a supplement known as ‘Chilli Burn’, containing chilli, green tea and micronutrients. Chilli Burn is ideal for people that have a low threshold for the fire taste of the pepper. Taking the dietary supplement has been shown to stimulate the metabolic rate, burn fat and carbs and increase oxygenation rates in the body when exercising.
So, how does the chilli pepper help with slimming? The ingredient in chilli (and paprika, cayenne pepper etc), is capsaicin. This is the chemical that gives the burning sensation, as capsaicin enters the body, adrenaline is released to the blood stream, therefore causing the breakdown of and burning of fats. Combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, the chilli can be an integral part of a slimming programme.
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What else of the chilli pepper?
Aside from slimming, the chilli is packed with such goodies that its benefits are tremendous, beta-caroltine, potassium and vitamins, C, A and E, folic acid all make up the healthy ingredients of the chilli pepper. Prevents stomach ulcers: Chilli peppers have a bad - and mistaken- reputation for contributing to stomach ulcers. Not only do they not cause ulcers, they can help prevent them by killing bacteria you may have ingested, while stimulating the cells lining the stomach to secrete protective buffering juices. Immune system boost: The chilli is bursting with disease battling anti-oxidants, full of vitamin C therefore, it is a natural boost to your immune system. Reduces pain and inflammation: Capsaicin is being studied as an effective treatment for sensory nerve fiber disorders, including pain associated with arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy. Topical capsaicin is now a recognized treatment option for osteoarthritis pain. Several review studies of pain management for diabetic neuropathy have listed the benefits of topical capsaicin to alleviate disabling pain associated with the condition. Clears congestion: Capsaicin not only reduces pain, but its peppery heat also stimulates secretions that help clear mucus from your stuffed up nose or congested lungs. A few ideas on adding some chilli spice to your life! • The next time you make healthy sautéed vegetables, add some chili peppers to turn up the spice volume. • Add some chopped, fresh chilli to scrambled eggs (a bit of coriander too – yum!) • Add sliced or chopped chilli peppers to yoghurt to use as a condiment or dip. • Add jalapenos to your favorite salad recipe – great with tuna. • Purée fresh chilli peppers together with olive oil, garlic, coriander, peppermint, and caraway. If you would like, add your own favorite herbs and spices to this mixture to make your own version of Harissa, a condiment popular in the some Middle Eastern and North African countries. 89
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Chronic multitasking and ever-increasing demands on our time and energy have caused a neurochemically-based dependence on sources of stress and stimulation to provide fuel for our chaotic lifestyles. While this may boost performance in the short-term, studies have consistently shown that when stress hormones are elevated over time they create the worst form of internal wear and tear; decreasing productivity, wasting time, and even killing brain cells. As a result, modern society is tired and wired, suffering from physical exhaustion while mentally amped up, and unable to get adequate rest. Stress in and of itself is not bad, and is actually utilised for growth when balanced with adequate recovery. The solution to stress addiction is to build in and prioritise optimal rest and relaxation on a holistic level—body, mind, and spirit—in order to consistently recharge and create a more resilient operating system. Stressaholic shows you how to win the war on stress without limiting progress by creating an optimal performance pulse of stress and recovery for life, explains the impact of chronic stress on the human operating system; body, mind, and spirit, shows how a simple shift in mindset can dramatically alter physiological responses to stress and reveals simple techniques for altering daily stress patterns to improve natural rhythms, creating a personalised performance pulse. With easy to implement tips and real-world examples of people and organisations that have turned stress into sustainable drive, Stressaholic will guide you on your journey from exhaustion to enlightenment!
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About the Author HEIDI HANNA, PhD, has trained thousands of individuals on practical ways to incorporate nutrition, fitness, and positive psychology strategies to improve productivity and performance. Heidi is CEO and founder of SYNERGY, a coaching and consulting company that specialises in customised health and wellness solutions for individuals and organisations. As an experienced speaker, Heidi has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit and the ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit.
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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 www.upandabovejersey.energetix.tv
GEORGINA NOEL EFT PRACTITIONER Georgina is a Level 2 EFT Practitioner specialising in EFT for the treatment of depression, stress, anxiety management, and bereavement. She practices in Jersey, Channel Islands, and sessions can be conducted in person or via Skype. She is a member of the AAMET and fully insured. Your first session will include a free 30 minute consultation; bookings can be made through the website. Georgina looks forward to working with you! W: www.georginanoel.com E: email@example.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/gnoelEFT Twitter: @georginanoeleft
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.
Integration is key to the Healthhaus philosophy; true wellness can only be reached when we achieve a balance of work and relaxation in our lives.
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.
E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: +44 (0) 7797 824 924
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 360Ëš approach to wellness.
W: www.healthhaus.co.uk E: email@example.com T: +44 (0)1534 614 800
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HEALTH POINT CLINIC
Experience less pain, greater energy and life balance today! More than pain management, treating headaches or back pain, traditional Acupuncture is uniquely suited to modern life as physical, emotional and mental blocks are seen as interdependent. Safe and gentle, it can be used by everyone, including babies, during pregnancy, sport enthusiasts, and the elderly. Most private health insurers cover acupuncture treatment. Please check before treatment. W: www.healthpointclinic.co.uk E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: +44 (0) 1534 852 039 (St. Martin Practice) T: +44 (0) 1534 789 367 (Lido Medical Centre)
JERSEY THERMAL IMAGING
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging, also known as Thermography, is a non-invasive, safe technique for detecting and monitoring many injures and conditions for both men and women. Invaluable for breast health as Thermography will pick up abnormal changes up to 6 years before anything would show on a mammogram. Jersey Thermal Imaging is based at the Lido Medical Centre â€“ please call first to make an appointment. W: www.jerseythermalimaging.com E: email@example.com T: +44 (0) 7797 718 646
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JERSEY LASER LIPO CLINIC
Beth is a qualified Beauty and Laser Therapist with over 40 yearsâ€™ experience in the Beauty Industry. Her passion is to offer non-invasive, non-surgical alternatives to cosmetic surgery and achieve natural, painless and lasting results. Using the latest in anti-ageing and non-invasive technologies, treatments are tailored to the individual and clients are encouraged to make healthy lifestyle changes to achieve optimum benefit from the treatments. W: www.jerseylaserclinic.co.uk E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: +44 (0) 7797 902 083
Peter and Gina of Positive Mind can help you with phobias, addictions, anxiety, depression, lack of confidence, low self-esteem and weight loss (among many other problems). Using a combination of Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Counselling and Coaching they guide clients toward their solutions. They also run group courses including Positively Slim, Positive Confidence, Positive Sleep and Positive Presenting; particularly beneficial for people who gain motivation from others in a mutually supportive environment. W: www.positive-mind.com E: email@example.com T: +44 (0) 1534 520 850
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TM MEDITATION JERSEY
His classes are based on traditional Indian yoga which allows the body and mind to enter a state of true relaxation and restores you to a state of balance. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. First class is free!
The Centre in St Helier, Jersey has a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation, Valerie Murray. It has become an established place where people who are working in town have the option to come in to meditate each day.
Manju is an India born yoga teacher who has trained in both India and the UK. As one of his teacher’s wrote: ‘We have an ancient body subjected to a modern problem living with constant stress.’
W: www.sanjeevani-yoga.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: +44 (0) 1534 728 961
THE DIAMOND BODY PILATES STUDIO
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: email@example.com T: +44 (0) 1534 724 771 or Mobile +44 (0) 7797 717 803
Transcendental Meditation was brought to the world over 50 years ago by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and comes from the ancient Vedic Tradition - the complete and timeless knowledge of natural law.
W: www.uk.tm.org E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: +44 (0) 7797 746 078 / + 44 (0) 1534 733 496 2nd Floor, 9/10 Wests Centre, St Helier
Vanilla Therapy offers professional, quality treatments in the comfort of your own home. Tasha of Vanilla Therapy specialises in Massage, Holistic Therapy, Beauty and Yoga Instruction. Treatments include - Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Waxing, Shellac CND Gel Nails, Manicure & Pedicure and Sienna X Fake Tanning. Pamper packages and group bookings are also available, email for general enquiries. E: email@example.com F: Vanilla Therapy T: +44 (0) 7797 789 490
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