Stream in woods

Stress awareness month and ways to cope

April is Stress Awareness Month in the UK, and has been running since 1992 amazingly. Despite this long time, stress levels in society are high and it is implicated in a range of mental health issues particularly anxiety and depression. The Stress Management Society have four main threads of focus this year’s month, which are:…

Logo for Back Care Awareness Week

Back care and back pain

This week in the UK (8th to 12th October 2018) is national back care awareness week. Although their focus this year is back pain in older adults, back pain is extremely common in the general population, and around 60% of adults in the UK can expect to have a back problem at some time in…

Two people receiving a Thai massage

Thai massage for well-being

I recently took advantage of a special offer for a Thai massage by a local therapist who is trained in Wat Po Traditional Thai massage approach from the Wat Po Temple in Bangkok, Thailand. A traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions so the recipient remains fully clothed and lies or sits on a…

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4 Pillar Plan book review

People often say “what are you doing for Christmas?” and I will reply: “eating, sleeping, relaxing and doing some exercise”. That may sound indulgent or frivolous, but it’s genuinely true. By December I find most people, including me, are feeling worn out and a bit frazzled and taking time out to restore our balance is…

Tree roots

Trees – real and in yoga

It’s National Tree Week here in the UK, from 26th Nov to 4th Dec, so now is an excellent time to plant a tree in your garden, or buy someone a tree for them to plant, or donate to charities who plant trees in the UK such as Trees For Life (who are restoring Scotland’s…