Exercise Research

Posted by on Friday 23 Jun 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Exercise Research

More and more often these days research is appearing to corroborate the fact that exercise is good for you….. not just good for you, but essential for health and wellbeing. This article should inspire you to either start moving or to keep exercising for as long into old age as you can.

Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky (McMaster University in Ontario) has found, in studies where blood is drawn immediately after people exercised that many positive changes occur throughout the body during and right after a workout. “Going for a run is going to improve your skin health, your eye health, your gonadal health,” he says. “It’s unbelievable.” If there were a drug that could do for human health everything that exercise can, it would likely be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed. ……..

It’s becoming evident that nearly everyone–young, old, pregnant, ill–benefits from exercise. ….. “People think now, because of the health-club and fitness movement, that in order to exercise you need to join a fancy club and wear fancy clothes,” says Berryman. In fact, some of the best exercise, research is showing, doesn’t require a gym membership at all.” “Physical activity includes all movement, not just throwing a ball through a basket.” [Raking the lawn, pushing a wheelbarrow and weeding your garden will do it.]

Not only the heart, muscles, lungs and bones benefit from exercise. “Scientists are finding that another major beneficiary of exercise might be the brain. Recent research links exercise to less depression, better memory and quicker learning. Studies also suggest that exercise is, as of now, the best way to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s, which is second only to cancer as the disease Americans fear most, according to surveys.”

Bamman, an exercise physiologist, “is betting that with this new data, exercise will one day be prescribed to patients. Instead of leaving the doctor’s office with nothing but a slip of paper with a drug name scrawled on it, patients may also get a detailed exercise plan tailored to make their medication work better. “We think that precision will go a long way in changing behavior,” Bamman says. “We’re at a really important time in the field.” [For years I have been advocating an exercise perscription from the doctor. It would save so much patient suffering, as well as NHS funds.]

And, as Hippocrates famously wrote, “Eating alone will not keep a man well. He must also take exercise.”


Reference: TIME Health. The New Science of Exercise, Mandy Oaklander, Sep 12, 2016

A minute meditation/realignment

Posted by on Tuesday 18 Apr 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on A minute meditation/realignment

Taking just a minute I sit comfortably,
gently my breath flow down;
I relax my body.
I let go of speed, of the rush and push of thoughts.
I become still.
I become peaceful.
Peace flows through my mind.
Peace flows through my body.
I am peaceful, I am calm, I am relaxed.

Treatment Feedback

Posted by on Saturday 21 Jan 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Treatment Feedback

Thank you so much for seeing me today. I can’t tell you how much better I feel! The pain in my leg has gone and I generally feel lifted. ~J

2017 Yoga class

Posted by on Thursday 5 Jan 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on 2017 Yoga class

Dynamic hatha yoga starts again 11th January at the Shawfield Day Centre Wednesdays 6.45-8.15pm. Dynamic yoga contains sections of aerobic yoga flows (inspired by Ashtanga yoga) designed to increase heart rate and circulation as well as a stretch and flex and strenghten section. We spend time with breathing patterns and beginning to focus and still the mind and body and finally RELAXATION – time for integrating all the actions of the session into the body, mind and emotions.

Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory and learning.” John J. Ratey, M.D. (associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School).


2017 – Sankalpa

Posted by on Thursday 29 Dec 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on 2017 – Sankalpa

As we approach the turning of the years my thoughts turn to New Years Resolutions. If I made a resolution in the past I have always kept it to only one that will easily be kept throughout the year. This year I have decided to turn to yoga and Sandskrit and will be setting an intention or a sankalpa* for the year. I have done this because the word sankalpa carries so much more than the word resolution. It holds the energy of ‘definite intention’, of ‘a notion formed in the heart or mind’ and we are hearing more and more these days that research (finally catching up) shows that mind and heart work together. So it’s important to be connected to your Intention/Sankalpa emotionally as well as mentally.
My sankalpa for 2017 is to be joyfully healthier and more robust. I will be making sure I have regular MOT’s with my friendly therapist and I will most certainly be managing my energy more efficiently and remembering that I am the creator of my life.
I wish you joyful creation of your intention.
My yoga class begins again on 11th January and as always the focus is on anti-fragility, on the journey of becoming robustly healthy and strong. My therapy clinic opens on the 4th January for craniosacral therapy, massage and Reiki.
Wishing you a healthy and joyful 2017.

*Sankalpa (Sanskrit: संकल्प) means conception or idea or notion formed in the heart or mind, solemn vow or determination to perform, desire, definite intention, volition or will. In practical terms, the word, Sankalpa, means the one-pointed reasolve to do or achieve.


Winter time

Posted by on Sunday 30 Oct 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Winter time

This is a perfect time to be checking your and your family’s health. (I do this twice a year when the clocks change.) Think about a weekly or daily dose of local honey (it has to be local) if you suffer from hayfever in the spring. The honey contains small amounts of plant pollen, acting like a natural vaccine, helping create immunity. (This is not suitable for children under 1 year as the digestive system is not yet mature enough.) An anti-inflammatory property is one of honeys many health benefits. This is also a good time of the year to take a good caffiene-free tonic filled with vitamins and minerals. Kefir is my favourite go-to probiotic for the whole family. Take regular exercise to keep your circulation moving and the blues at bay. Take advantage of those ‘feel good’ endorphins to keep happy and cheerful, as well as healthy and fit. This is also a good time for your own MOT. Craniosacral therapy is great for this.  Book your favourite therapy, relax, re-balance and enjoy the qualities of winter – candles making a room look warm and cheery, the scent of homemade soup, (and my particular favourite) hibernating by the fire) with hot tea by my side, being layered in soft, cozy clothing and that first “aah” moment when you walk into your warm house.

Almost eczema free

Posted by on Tuesday 13 Sep 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Almost eczema free

Thank you Trish, I will use the sandwich bar [soap] first, look forward to trying a new one. My skin has improved so much, a real bonus because I have been using other home made soaps for years, and although there was a big improvement I was never free of eczema. I have only had one small outbreak in the last year or so. So thank you very much I wouldn’t change now!  ~Carol

Silence helps generate brain cells

Posted by on Tuesday 2 Aug 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Silence helps generate brain cells

The journal Brain, Structure and Function published a 2013 study that found that silence helps newly generated cells to differentiate into neurons and integrate into the system. The study was looking at what effect different types of noise has on the brains of mice. Silence was the control, but the scientists were surprised to discover that two hours of silence a day developed new cells in the hippocampus (the part of the brain that is associated with memory, emotion and learning.



Posted by on Thursday 21 Jul 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Quote

“This is the path to freedom…to know and trust your beauty and genius,
your choices and expressions”

~ Anne Sagendorph-Moon

Yoga Quote

Posted by on Wednesday 6 Jul 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Yoga Quote

The rhythm of the body

The melody of the mind

And the harmony of the soul

Create the symphony of life

~ B.K.S. Iyengar