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Hello everyone

A very happy belated new year to you! I can’t believe we are more than half way through January already – time is flying! Personally, I am glad to see slightly longer days. I have to admit I struggle in the winter with the dark mornings and evenings. I'm looking forward to spring and what this year may bring. I feel more positive than I have for a while. 
 

Tibetan Singing Bowls


I am a firm believer that your physical health is strongly influenced by your emotional and spiritual state, and for your body to function at its best you need to have everything in balance and harmony. That’s where things like reflexology can help. Reflexologists believe it helps brings balance, harmony and a sense of wellbeing to the body. It's a natural, safe and holistic therapy which can boost your energy, rebalance if you are feeling off kilter and help create a sense of calm.

As well as having regular reflexology, I also take time out of the day to meditate which helps brings some calm to my body and mind.

I don’t tend to make new year's resolutions but this year I decided I need a bit more self-care. I know I talk about it regularly in my newsletter, but sometimes I think we don’t always listen to our own advice!

Next month I am joining a wellbeing workshop which incorporates Pilates and Tibetan singing bowls. I wasn’t entirely sure what Tibetan singing bowls were, so I did some research which I thought I would share with you.

A Tibetan singing bowl is a type of ‘bell’ that vibrates and produces a rich, deep tone when played. This sound is unique to that bowl’s history, shape, size, weight and dimension. They are also known as singing bowls or Himalayan bowls, and they are believed to be at least 3,000 years old. Tibetan singing bowls are said to promote relaxation and offer powerful healing properties.   

Buddhist monks have long used Tibetan singing bowls in meditation practice.

How does it work:

  • The vibrations the bowls produce may affect the mind and body
  • The sounds the bowls create may impact brain waves in order to induce relaxation
  • They may induce the same psychological effects and benefits as listening to music

Although very few scientific studies have examined the potential benefits of Tibetan singing bowls, despite their long history of use, some people do report that they help them feel more relaxed.

So I look forward to using them at the workshop next month!
 

Benefits of reflexology 

This month I am running a special discount offer - £5 off a reflexology treatment for those who subscribe to my newsletter. I still have a few spaces available. So if you feel you are running on empty, need a boost and some relaxation, please get in touch.
 

Healthy habits


I spent most of Sunday reading (well in between napping, I told you I was taking self-care seriously in 2022!) and there was an article online that caught my attention.

It’s that time of year where you hear and read so much about making new year's resolutions, whether dieting or pushing yourself to the limits in the latest exercise craze. More often than not you end up feeling worse – or is that just me?

This article in Stylist magazine looked at what actually makes women feel healthy.  And that if you break it down to its simplest level it simply means being ‘energised, happy and the best versions of ourselves’.

In a survey of 58 women the two most common answers were walking in nature and lifting weights. Two things I do regularly! 

According to Chloe Gray, a senior writer for stylist.co.uk's fitness brand Strong Women, both these activities have huge physical benefits. However she said: ‘the reasons women love them seem to be for the mental health impact. Weight lifting is about “feeling strong” and “being empowered”, while walks are seen as “grounding”. Maybe that’s because lockdown has made us realise just how relevant mental health is to overall wellbeing, but it could also be because we’ve finally started to realise that movement is much more sustainable when it encompasses our brain and body.’ 

Check out the article for other ways to feel better.  What I took from this article is that what is important is taking time for ourselves. It's about making some time to get outside and enjoy the world but also take time to empower your mind and body.


That's all for this month. Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter. If you haven’t seen my Facebook and Instagram pages please take a look and give it a like (if you do!)

Stay safe and well.

Love Andrea x

 

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