The Healing Space

Keeping you up to date with complementary health news, views, advice and support from our team at The Hub

What is it that keeps you coming back to your yoga mat time and time again?

Our yoga instructor Hannah Bimpson ponders on how yoga reaches so much more than just the physical… We all know it’s important for our physical health to engage in some form of exercise, but it can be really difficult to find the motivation to continue going, week in week out, to the same exercise class. (…)

Homeopathy kits

Staycation or vacation… homeopathy kits for your summer holidays

When the kids were small school holidays were always the time when I brought out my basic homeopathy kits most. If it wasn’t that tiny patch of skin we’d missed with the suntan cream, it was holiday constipation or mosquito bites that swelled up a whole leg. And then there was the summer we all (…)

Summer survival guide

Our naturopathic nutritionist Rhi Hepple offers handy holiday hints, from how to fend off mozzies to guarding against holiday stress and sun damage Taking a B Vitamin Complex that includes Vitamin B1 is great for preventing insect bites. Local bee pollen is effective at warding off nibbly insects, and it will naturally help your histamine (…)

Gut ready for a foreign trip

Do you find you get stomach upsets when you go on holiday? Well, the reason may well be that the unfamiliar food and drink you’re enjoying is in fact causing an imbalance in your natural gut flora. That’s why we recommend that everyone with a sensitive tum takes OptiBac Probiotics for Travelling Abroad, especially if (…)

Yogic breathing clinically proven to lower stress

A study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine has found that yogic breathing (pranayama) for just 20 minutes is proven to lower stress levels in the body. Researchers examined levels of cytokines in the saliva of 20 participants; cytokines being one of several types of biomolecules that we release when we are het up which act (…)

10 tips to everyday mindfulness

Choose a colour and decide to notice that colour as you go about your day. Every time you notice it stop and acknowledge it. Sit in your garden, balcony or by the window with a hot drink and observe the sky, clouds, greenery, stars, birds or insects for five minutes. Pause at your computer for (…)

Negative self-talk: five tips on turning that critical inner voice into positivity

The more man meditates upon good thoughts the better will be his world and the world at large – Confucius Confucius quite rightly pointed out that what we think about affects our whole world. Our thoughts are directly affected by our self-talk and we all talk to ourselves, all the time. When the voice inside our (…)

Why you should practise the shoulder stand, Sarvangasana

I’m sure you can remember doing plenty of shoulder stands as a child with your friends… Such a shame we all lost our inhibitions as teenagers and stopped doing them because actually they’re hugely beneficial for the body in many ways. So much so that it’s something we should be doing on a regular basis. (…)

What your food cravings are really telling you… and what to do to stop them

We’ve all been there, when a certain food item, flavour or sensation is all you can think about. But why do we get cravings and are they signs of something else underlying? As a naturopathic nutritionist, I believe we need to tune into and connect to our bodies and listen to all the little messages it (…)

Euphrasia, panacea for hayfever eyes

The homeopathic remedy euphrasia (made from a plant commonly known as eyebright) is a fabulous all-rounder for any eye problems, from hayfever to eye strain to conjunctivitis. Take tablets, or a few drops of tincture neat or in water are the homeopathic equivalent of Optrex. Euphrasia is a top remedy (although by no means the only (…)

nurturing nails

Toxin-free nail polishes

So you avoid eating ready-made food, preservatives and additives… you don’t like taking drugs… you shun weedkillers and chemicals in your garden. Yet you never think twice about coating your toenails in nail varnish. Think again. Nail polish typically contains a cocktail of chemicals that were actually quite a shocker to us when we discovered (…)

woman deeply relaxed in a reiki treatment

My experience of reiki: in one hour I went from apoplectic rage to inner peace and perspective

First there was an intense heaviness and darkness around my head, then a warm glow and swirling clockwise flow, and all of a sudden I saw a flood of intense pinky-purple. At last my body sank into the couch and I relaxed for the first time that week… The brain churning over. I had arrived (…)

Stretch goodbye to pain with yoga

When you see a pose like the one in the picture, you’d be forgiven for thinking you have to be in the peak of fitness and super-flexible to practise yoga. Quite the opposite… A study published in January reveals that yoga is better than any other form of exercise for back pain. Researchers analysed the (…)

Yoga benefits children’s well-being and helps them sleep better

A Nottingham University study has proved that yoga can help the psychological well-being of children in care. After undertaking a 20-week yoga programme in three children’s homes in the Midlands, researchers found that regular classes, especially when participation was good, encouraged togetherness and mutuality and improved health and psychological outcomes. All the children reported positive social and meaningful benefits, including feeling more open and (…)

Proof that homeopathy works for hayfever

Homeopath Sue Leach specialises in the treatment of hay fever here at The Hub. She aims not just to reduce your symptoms, but to stop you suffering from your hayfever altogether. Hayfever is one of the best-researched areas that proves homeopathy works. A study published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet in 1986, by Dr David (…)

Calendula, the homeopathic antiseptic

Made from the marigold plant, calendula is an essential homeopathic first-aid remedy to have in your bathroom cabinet, suitcase, handbag or car. It is the homeopathic antiseptic, suitable for treating any wound or injury to the skin: not only does it take away local pain and reduce inflammation, it can be used to cleanse those (…)

On the fence about trying yoga…? Feeling apprehensive about starting classes? Here are 10 tips from Hannah, including… you’re allowed to fart!

If you’re thinking of trying yoga for the first time and you’re feeling a bit apprehensive, have a read through my top tips to help feel a little more prepared. Everyone is a beginner at some point so each person in your class will have felt the same way you do! If you’re on the (…)

Meet the team: Shelley on life powered by yoga

I got into yoga 16 years ago after my husband said ‘I have a mate at work who teaches yoga, shall we give it a go?’ Well, I was a complete gym fanatic who had what could be construed as a rather full-on obsession and routine for the gym. I never missed my sessions and I (…)

Listen to your gut feeling: it could be why you’re feeling so het up…

Ever heard your gut referred to as your ‘second brain’? Well, it’s true – get the delicate balance of the bacteria that live in your stomach right and you may well feel a whole lot better emotionally. Scientists are increasingly studying the link between mind and stomach (known as the microbiota-gut-brain axis) and coming to (…)

Meet the team: Hannah on life in an ashram

It was 5am when I arrived at the AyurYoga Eco Ashram, India. Tired, groggy and disoriented from my long journey, suddenly my excitement turned to anxiety. It didn’t help arriving in the pitch black, the sun yet to make an appearance, to quiet that voice in my head asking if this was the right thing (…)