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Good for your health, mind, body and soul: it’s Spa Week UK 2017

It’s National Spa Week 2017 which means that you can abandon all guilt and book a spa treatment. Or  why not pull out all the stops and book a spa break. There are some great deals to be had, but what’s more important is that it is great for your physical health and mental wellbeing. Trust me – I’m The Spa Man. Running from 3oth October to 5th November, Spa Week 2017 celebrates UK spas and salons by putting them in the spotlight for one dedicated week, giving them the opportunity to showcase the many real physical and emotional health benefits of the treatments that they offer to the UK public. This year the event is sponsored by Groupon and Aromatherapy Associates. Participating spas and salons will be providing some fantastic offers and promotions on a range of treatments so that you can discover for yourself why regularly visiting a spa is a necessary personal investment, not just a one off ‘treat’. The main aim of Spa Week 2017 is to promote the many physical, mental …

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Conscious Water really is a thing

Conscious Water is a 100% natural flower essence water enhancer, that when added to water, makes a refreshing drink that adds a bit of aspiration to your day. So says the introduction on the website. We all know we need water and we all know that we should be drinking lots more of it. This could well be the answer we are looking for. In the spa post-treatment you will find jugs of water, often flavoured with slices of cucumber, lemon or lime. Conscious Water has come along to shake up the way we consume water, both in the spa and at home. It is based on the idea of flower essences, which some people believe are potent agents of change. About flower essences Flower essences are said to provide us with a natural way to adjust our body’s flow of energy. Flower essences are made by floating flowers in water and allowing the light of the sun to help the water absorb their energy. Modern flower remedies were first developed in the early 1930’s by Dr.Edward …

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5 Reasons Men Should Practice Mindfulness

Men should practice mindfulness. It’s something that I have written about before and I have now invited Paul Joseph from Health and Fitness Travel to comment on the growing trend of mindfulness and round-up 5 Reasons Men Should Practice Mindfulness. Paul says…. Women are attracted by practicing mindfulness more but things are changing and more men are starting to see the benefits of integrating mindfulness in their daily life. Paul Joseph, co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, the leading specialists in tailor-made wellness holidays worldwide looks at 5 reasons why men should give mindfulness a good attempt and embrace the challenge. The art of mindfulness focuses the thinkers’ attention on their inner thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment. Men should practice mindfulness to re-focus their minds, to achieve inner balance and stability, with a mindfulness retreat being a relaxing opportunity for those looking to re-connect with their mind and body. Attempting to balance the pressures of home and work life can result in a stressed emotional state, so practicing mindfulness will help men to remain calm, support …

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On National Men’s Grooming Day I’m increasingly frustrated by the lack of innovation in spa

National Men’s Grooming Day is a great way for what? For men to go out and celebrate grooming? I don’t think we will see the streets filled with blokes parading around holding their favourite shave gel or moisturiser up high. I’m increasingly frustrated by the lack of innovation in men’s spa treatments I visit about 30 spas a year and try lots of treatments, experiencing some of the very best the industry has to offer. I find it very frustrating that there’s a real lack of innovation in the market for men. Invariably the treatments will be repackaged generic beauty treatments that have been given a title “Energising facial for men” or “Sports massage for men” when in reality, its just the same old, same old. Repackaged, renamed and lacks thought or inspiration. Men are interested in visiting spas and numbers are increasing around the world. I have seen various figures about the number of men who visit spas – but its hard to get an accurate figure. According to Conde Nast Traveler magazine, 35% of spa …

Global Wellness Day 2017

Celebrate Global Wellness Day 2016

First celebrated in 2012, Global Wellness Day was established in Turkey as the “first” day dedicated to living well, and has now been accepted world-wide, and it is officially celebrated in 73 countries in 2015, reflecting its success. It’s one of the starve, common values of the world that all of us would like to be healthier, to look better, and to live well both physically and spiritually. Living well is the shared dream across the globe. The thinking behind Global Wellness Day is to embrace and celebrate our health and wellbeing, but also to promote this. Highlighting the benefits of living well, there is a team of ambassadors who are the guiding lights of the event. Many spas are actively participating in the global day of celebration with events and activities promoting healthy eating, fitness, meditation and wellness in general. This year the event is dedicated to a passionate campaigner for wellness, Charlene Florian, who sadly passed away earlier this year. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few years ago and she was …

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Longevity retreats at Chiva Som

Five new longevity retreats at Chiva Som have been launched, designed to tackle a wide range of health issues. With wellness and longevity at the core, the world renowned health and wellness resort in Thailand has launched programmes support treatment of specific conditions. These include cancer (Cell Vitality), migraines (Cranial Relief) and high blood pressure (Tension Release). As well as assisting in the management of stress (Emotional Wellbeing) and excess body weight (Sustainable Slimming) – all of which can often be managed through diet and lifestyle interventions. Chiva-Som’s ‘retreat’ concept now offers 13 collections of treatments and therapies with specific health objectives, which give guests a foundation on which to build a personalised programme. The following five brand-new longevity retreats require 10 night’s minimum length of stay:   Cell Vitality This retreat has been carefully created to support guests who have recovered or are in remission from cancer, with the programme fine-tuned by wellness experts for each individual guest. A selection of nurturing and non-invasive treatments is accompanied by a gentle exercise programme to promote physical and mental …

The first International Day of Yoga: 21st June

Today, 21 June, is the first International Day of Yoga and it’s really gaining some momentum. It’s impressive that The United Nations General Assembly declared 21 June the International Day of Yoga in December 2014, when a record 175 member states endorsed the resolution. The resolution notes “the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.” Around the world people are planning yoga events throught the day which also coincides with the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi led thousands of people in a mass yga session in the capital, Delhi who did stretches, bends and breathing exercises with around 35,000 school children, bureaucrats and soldiers.Millions of people across India and around the world are participating too. At the UN, simple yoga poses will be demonstrated at the Visitors Plaza Entrance, while in Times Square, New York – which has had a yoga event timed with the solstice for the past 13 years. There’s even going to be yoga in the sky …

Global Wellness Day

Global Wellness Day – 13th June 2015

Most of us would like to be a bit healthier, to look better, and to live well both physically and emotionally. It’s about living well. It’s so important that a special day has been dedicated to wellness – it’s Global Wellness Day. With the slogan “One day can change your whole life,” you too can celebrate Global Wellness Day which takes places on the second Saturday of June every year as an international day dedicated to living well. Founded in Turkey three years ago, Global Wellness Day is an international non-profit making movement created by volunteers dedicated to living well. In order to make Wellness a lifestyle, Global Wellness Day aims to adopt the following seven simple steps. What is important is not to implement all of the steps all at once, but to incorporate at least just a few of them into your daily life on a regular basis. Here in the UK, the UK Spa Association has become an official ambassador for Global Wellness Day. Global Wellness Day is supported by lifestyle oriented …

Wellness rooms introduced at Macdonald Hotels

Macdonald Hotels have launched dedicated Wellness Rooms, providing a one-stop shop the health and wellbeing needs of guests, at three of their top spa hotels. Macdonald Portal Hotel in Chester, Macdonald Alveston Manor in Stratford-upon-Avon and Macdonald Craxton Wood in Cheshire are the first hotels  to provide this new comprehensive wellbeing facility, and the group intends to expand this throughout 2015. The rooms are a designated space for one-to-one wellbeing expert consultations, covering everything from dietary advice and fitness assessments through to physiotherapy and complementary therapies. It’s the perfect way to kickstart a New Year wellbeing programme, combining a focus on health and fitness with the relaxation of spa. They are available for hotel guests, Vital Health Club members and day spa guests to seek expert professional wellbeing advice. to complete the wellness offering Macdonald Hotel’s Vital Health Clubs are offering free comprehensive Health Checks as part of their health club membership which includes an analysis of blood pressure, resting heart rate, body mass index (BMI), body composition (Fat), peak flow lung function, flexibility and …

The five a day debate

Once again the debate about our recommended intake of fruit and vegetables is on the agenda. New research from University College London and University of Liverpool is encouraging us to increase our intake of fruit and vegetables. 7 a day is being touted with suggestions that up to 10 will bring the most benefits. Eating more fruit and vegetables is good for your health and decreases the risk of dying from a whole range of diseases including heart disease and cancer. The new UCL study reports that eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42% compared to eating less than one portion. Ths new push (which is not yet endorsed by the government) follows the advice in the USA and Australia. Australia suggests 2+5 which equates to 2 portions of fruit and 5 of vegetables. The UCL study took a swipe at fruit juice and canned and frozen fruit, revealing that fruit juice offered little benefit and that canned fruit …

Maintain your motivation

The gym is still full of high hopes and expectation. There are new faces, all keen and eager to lose a few extra pounds and get fit for the coming year. I see it every year, new recruits, January is wildy busy, it’s hard to find space to workout and you end up waiting for equipment and kit. As February rolls around, the enthusiasm wanes, gym visits drop and it’s all back to normal and for most people that monthly membership is wasted. I wanted to get a few motivational tips from the experts to help maintain the good work, to keep people fixed on fitness for the duration of the year. It is hard, waking up in the dark pulling yourself out of a warm bed to face the freezing cold all before the sun has reared it’s pretty head. If it’s raining – then it’s worse. But the pay off is well worth it. My goal at the beginning of January was to lose 4 kilos (8.8 lbs) by 6th March when I …

What matters in wellness

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published some interesting facts that give an insight into how we feel about our health and wellness and how we measure it.   The report ‘What matters most to personal wellbeing?’ looked at what is more important to people’s own views about their wellbeing.   Self-reported health had the strongest association with personal well-being.   Employment status was the second strongest measure. People who were unemployed had lower personal well-being than those who were employed.   Third was relationship status, with people who were married/in a civil partnership having better personal well-being on average than those who were cohabiting, single, divorced or widowed.   ‘Choice’ and ‘control’ have emerged as important themes. For example, it is not just about having a job that is important to personal well-being, but also how content people are with that job situation. Permanent employees who wanted an additional or alternative job had lower personal well-being on average than those who did not want an additional or alternative job.   Gaining an understanding …

Get walking

Walking has been in the press a lot this week with reports that a quarter of adults walk no more than one hour a week. Equivalent to about 9 minutes per day. Seriously! The Ramblers commissioned a YouGov survey, which polled 2,000 adults across Britain about walking habits, and also found that another 43% walk for less than two hours a week. Launching Get Walking Week (4-11 May) the group said the results showed a ‘pandemic of inactivity’ and is launching a campaign to get 100,000 more people going for regular daily strolls. GET MOVING – THE GUIDELINES Government guidelines suggest people should do 150 minutes of “moderate” physical activity each week and research shows – two thirds of people in the UK aren’t doing enough. The British Heart Foundation supports this, recommending around 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week. Public health minister Anna Soubry, said walking was “one of the best ways to keep healthy”, and that she supported the Ramblers initiative. Walking is easy, cheap and you can do it …

Back to the gym

It’s World Health Day today so instead of just dishing out health and fitness advice to others, I’ve put my money where my mouth is and re-joined the gym. I used to go to the gym regularly but let my membership lapse about a year ago. I kept on walking, cycling and doing the odd bit of yoga – but you know what – for me nothing beats a workout in the gym. I have tried (and really enjoyed) Holmes Place, Virgin Active and Fitness First – which are all great and usually come with fancy changing rooms, a cafe and lots of extras. This time around I have gone for a local leisure facility. Kinetika at Balham Leisure Centre. It’s got everything you need including a decent sized pool and is much more keenly priced than the previously mentioned health clubs. My goals: to lose a bit of weight, tone up a bit around my middle and get my heart pumping. Whatever you do today – take a bit of exercise. Your body will …