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We hope you are keeping well, and enjoying the site of daffodils starting to spring into flower around York. It is always wonderful to see the first signs of spring. A general note for back health; take time to do some gentle stretching before starting work in the garden and don’t hold a forward bent position for more than 20 minutes at a time as this causes the ligaments to overstretch which can leave the back less supported and more liable to straining. If you feel like you are in need of an MOT before launching into your Spring Projects, after the cold wet summer and winter of last year, then we have a variety of different approaches. Improving diet can help musculoskeletal health just as much as hands-on therapy for some people. We hope you find the following information useful for your health and well-being.
We are delighted to be welcoming Bill Windle to YNH. Bill practices the Anat Baniel Method (ABM) which is (amongst many other things) a non-medical learning approach to children with special needs. A child’s brain is almost always available for potent learning, regardless of diagnosis. ABM can benefit children with such challenges as Cerebral Palsy ... Autism ... Stroke ... Brain-Injury/damage ... Genetic Disorders ... ADHD ... Brachial Plexus Injury ... Unspecified Undiagnosed Developmental Delays ... Scoliosis Normal child development is a progression of learning - the brain must know certain things before subsequent development can occur. The Anat Baniel Method can aid this learning process. ABM uses movement and awareness as the main tools for communication with the brain, providing information the brain requires in order to form new neural patterns, pathways and connections that lead to new possibilities for movement, thought and feeling. In children the brain is almost always ready to form new patterns that can improve functioning and quality of life. With this gentle, yet effective movement based work, children can attain breakthrough results after reaching road-blocks in other approaches. The Anat Baniel Method is also beneficial for adults - treating back pain, neck pain, joint pain, repetitive strain injury and is good for assisting people in many professions including musicians, athletes and dancers. You will lie on a special table (or sit in a chair or work from the floor) fully-clothed. Through gentle techniques you will discover new possibilities and create new patterns that will address any pain or limitations and help you accomplish your goals. Do pass on this information about ABM to anyone who may benefit from this treatment – the first 2 lessons of 45 minutes with Bill are free. For more information and to book a lesson, call Bill on 07976 899535.
Alison Jowett & Annette Jowett
Top tip for a spring clean
If you are generally feeling stiff and achy then there is an excess amount of waste products that have built up in your tissues. Try having a couple of days on fruit and salad and veg combined with a waist compress. Never use a waist compress if you are taking medication. A simple way of aiding your body’s eliminatory process and can even help to ease the discomfort of an acute or chronic back pain.
Find a piece of cotton or linen – an old pillow case or an old shirt bottom that is around 1520cm deep and long enough to wrap around your waist once. You will need a woollen or fleece scarf that is large enough to cover the linen completely as in the above photo. Wet the cotton or linen with cold water and wring out the excess. Lie back on the compress on your bed and quickly bring the side pieces over your tummy so the scarf covers over the top. It can then be tucked in and a safety pin or pyjamas can help it to stay in place overnight whilst you sleep. The body will notice that it is cold and send more blood to the tissues to warm the area, therefore stimulating the organs of elimination that are covered, such as the intestines, liver and kidneys. Occasionally a skin rash can occur as the elimination comes through the skin, The compress must warm within 5 minutes of putting it on, otherwise remove it. It is the warm reaction that is required for the healing. It can be repeated on subsequent nights until some relief is felt, but can be done 3-4 nights in a row. It is a great way to help a common cold to clear or to ease a strain in the lower back. Please contact Alison or Annette for more information.
Acupuncture treatment is more than just needles. As a traditional medicine it has taken millennia to evolve. Practitioners commit to a life time of learning, reflection and application. Acupuncture treatment is about achieving and maintaining a positive-health lifestyle. So, when you come for treatment some of the following areas will be considered, as appropriate to you: Diet, nutrition and balanced eating Exercise, activity and mobility Self care regimes Stress management and relaxation Sleep and rest patterns Cosmetic and anti ageing Goal coaching and choosing health Your treatment plan will encompass those areas which are relevant to your health success. This means mental and spiritual health as well as achieving your best physical health. Acupuncture is a positive health choice that extends far beyond any treatment room. Think of your treatment in terms of the following: Time - a tranquil time to touch base with yourself and dedicate to improving health and wellbeing. You can choose between hourly or half hourly sessions depending on need. Understanding - spending time with a healthcare professional who listens and prioritises you. This is your opportunity to share feelings, emotions and experiences in a safe space. A problem shared! Confidentiality - you are free to discuss areas in your life that require attention. This is a safe, stable and importantly, non judgemental environment that allows honesty, a vital step in nourishing health and freeing your spirit. Support - a foundation upon which to build a positive approach to your health. See it as a steadying, nourishing force that builds over time. It should also be a fun and enjoyable experience.
As the nights are getting lighter and spring is just around the corner why not come along to one of our evening classes or talks? Try a relaxation class - £5 In this practical class we focus on a variety of techniques to help you to relieve stress throughout your day. Enjoy a lovely guided visualisation to ensure you leave the class with a calm mind and relaxed body. Relaxation classes begin again on 20 March and will be held from 7.30 to 8.30pm on the first and third Wednesdays of the month (3 & 17 April, 1 & 15 May)
Talks - £5 Perhaps you’ve wondered about hypnosis or EFT and would like to know a little bit more about these therapies and how they could benefit you. Perhaps you have questions you’d like answering. Then these “introductory” talks are for you. 3 April - “Introduction to hypnosis” What is hypnosis? How does hypnotherapy work? How it can help improve your health and wellbeing? Come along to find out. 1 May - “Hypnosis - relief for IBS” Find out more irritable bowel syndrome and how this proven hypnosis programme can help to reduce your symptoms. 15 May “Beginning EFT” Introducing this simple and effective self help technique which can help you to reduce stress, tension, anger, aches and pains etc….. ……and my top tip for the spring; make time to be outdoors, visit a park or other green space if possible. As the weather gets warmer and the nights get lighter, discover how your health and mood can benefit from time spent outside. See you soon
Easy way to lose weight - to lose weight you reduce your calories, drop the pounds. Sounds simple but most people find it more complicated. Jenny Gilmore, rapid change practitioner uses Hypnotherapy and two other powerful techniques, NLP and EFT to help you to get unstuck and move towards the weight that you would like to be. She is now offering one off sessions to address a specific issue, or a 6 - 8 week tailor made weight loss programmes at York Natural Health. This is a 2 hour initial session, with 5 - 7 follow ups. Cost for 6 sessions is £190, £115 for 3 sessions or £65 for a single 2 hour session. For more information e-mail jenny on firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone her directly on 01904 289341.
The MOT Package Four weekly Massages to get the results that you needed. Fancy the idea of this? Whether you want structural release/ to feel more connected/ energy / nurtured ( the list is endless!) get all you need from a weekly dose of healing and powerful therapeutic touch. The York Natural Health offer is valid until the end of March 2013. 4 x 1 hour sessions for an investment of £100 - saving you £60 off the standard pay on the day rate. Terms & Conditions: Full payment for the MOT must be made on booking and is nonrefundable. All sessions must be booked in advance and missed sessions will not be carried over to another week. Contact Joe directly to arrange: email@example.com or 07799 145548. Joe ( Joanne) Bull is qualified with the No Hands Massage Therapy System as created by Gerry Pyves. She is committed to her practice and has just started her second year of advance training on the Mastery Training Program. This is a deep yet gentle way of working - why not try it for yourself? I invite you to just feel it - try your first session for half price - just £20!
Thank you for taking the time to read this short article. I hope you find it useful. On a personal level I would like to thank all my clients who have supported me with the move to York Natural Health and all the new faces I have had the pleasure of welcoming for podiatry treatments. I look forward to welcoming more of you and hope that together we can keep your feet in the best possible condition. We often neglect our feet until they hurt, after all they are easily hidden away in shoes! Here are my top tips to keep your feet in excellent condition: Wash your feet at least once a day; always dry them especially between your toes. Apply cream daily after washing. Apply it everywhere but not between the toes. This area is naturally moist any way. Ensure shoes fit correctly. Make sure your shoes are wide and deep enough to accommodate your feet. Let the toes have a little room to wiggle! Cut toe nails straight across never down the sides. Only your podiatrist should do this if needed. See a podiatrist at least once a year even if you have no problems with your feet. After all you take your car to be serviced don’t you? It’s not a good plan to wait until they breakdown!
A Few Fascinating Foot Facts: A third of all the bones in the body are located in our feet. There are 26 of them, and each foot also has 33 joints, 19 muscles, 10 tendons and 107 ligaments. Shoe size in Britain is measured in barleycorns, a unit of measurement that stretches back to Anglo-Saxon times. Based on the length of a grain of barley, there are three barleycorns to an inch, so each shoe size adds a third of an inch in length to a shoe. Most people do not wear the correct shoe size for their feet in fact its estimated that three quarters of us wear the wrong sized shoes. Researchers in South Africa concluded that people had healthier feet and posture before the invention of shoes. The Zulu, who often go barefoot, had the healthiest feet of the modern humans. Did you know the average person walks the equivalent of 4 times round the world in their lifetime!
With Best wishes and I hope to see you soon.
This is a print out I regularly give patients. I consistently find that our modern lifestyle (slouching in chairs, driving cars, irregular exercise) means our low back muscles are working too hard to support the body. With active lower abdominal muscles you can give your back a welcome break. It takes five minutes, it is surprisingly simple as it’s not an abdominal crunch, it makes a big difference to your pelvic stability which helps lessen falls, back problems, and helps you sit up tall when you are stuck at a desk or in the car. The majority of low back problems I treat are a consequence of wear and tear of the lower lumbar joints due to fatigued and stiff back muscles. Good posture, active lower abdominal muscles and sensible lifting habits reduce the number of visits my patients need. So here is a copy of the pelvic tilt/pelvic floor exercise that can start you on your way towards a strong, healthy, pain free back. Pelvic floor exercises Lie on your back on a comfortable surface with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Have a small pillow under your head. Lift your bum off the floor gently and imagine lengthening your spine from your bra strap area down to your coccyx as you lower your back onto the floor vertebrae by vertebrae. Have a peek and see that your feet, knees and hips are in line with your body. Rest your hands on your abdomen just below the belly button. Without clenching your buttocks and remembering to breathe, tighten the muscles just above your pubic bone, as if you are stopping yourself from passing water. It's like pulling your tummy in as you do up tight jeans. Does your tummy sink in when you tighten your abdomen, or bulge out? It should look flatter or pulled in when you are contracting the lower abdominal muscles. If you find this tricky try resting a bag of rice or similar on your lower abdomen below the belly button. You can hopefully feel the weight of it. Try contracting as if you were trying to pull your tummy away from the bag. Getting there? This time clench again but slowly, tightening from your coccyx right round and up to your belly button. Relax. Repeat 10 times. Focus on keeping the rest of your body relaxed, this is a subtle movement because you are using muscles deep in your body so it's much less than an abdominal sit up. Ideally your upper abdominal muscles shouldn't tighten as hard as the muscles below your belly button. If you keep breathing whilst holding the abdominal tension this will occur naturally. It is easier said than done! Finally you can check you're using the abdominal muscles by pressing one hand above and one hand below your belly button and feeling your muscles work. They are there, and they are definitely working so don't panic if you feel nothing. As long as you are breathing whilst contracting the muscles you're doing it properly. It can take a week of daily clenches to wake
these muscles up so do it regularly. Once you have mastered this you can move on to moves like the 'Bridge' and the 'Plank' which I will be covering later on. It takes five minutes to do a set of pelvic floor exercises. Contract slowly ten times, then hold one contraction for a count of ten, repeat three times. Do this simple exercise you will reap the benefits; Stronger 'core' muscles and therefore a stronger back, which protects you against injury Taller leaner posture which keeps your spine healthy and reduces tension in the neck and shoulders During and after pregnancy it supports your pelvis and stabilises your posture at a time when it is undergoing the most change Improved bowel and bladder control
And finally just a reminder for anyone you know who would like to kick the habit....
No Smoking Day
Wednesday 13 March From March we will be offering a support programme for those wishing to stop smoking. By combining hypnotherapy and acupuncture we aim to offer you the very best chance of success. The package consists of: One 2 hour hypnotherapy smoking cessation appointment. Three 1 hour appointments of detox acupuncture. A great package that can be modified to your exact needs. Cost £200. Please call YNH for more information.
And even if you don’t smoke but occasionally have smoke coming out of your ears, let us help lighten the load and put some spring back in your step! For appointments call the clinic on 01904 788411 Wishing you the Best of Health from All the Team at YNH