AS HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS WE ARE STILL OPEN THROUGH LOCKDOWN We are restricting the number of people in the building, and in between clients we are cleaning and doing all we can to ensure everyone's safety. We temperature test everyone on arrival and supply disposable masks (although you will probably wish to bring your own), and we have the Track and Trace QR code clearly displayed for your convenience. Of course, if you would prefer a phone or Zoom call therapists will be all too happy to accommodate this where they can.

Health jottings

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

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Treat coughs with honey

Funny how granny always knew best… honey and over-the-counter remedies should be the go-to treatment for coughs rather than antibiotics, health officials have announced today. The advice, from Public Health England and the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE),  is part of a growing government effort to tackle antibiotic resistance. In most cases (…)

The Daily Dose complementary health

NHS pulls the plug on homeopathy

Sad news is that homeopathy is now no longer available on the NHS. When I finished training as a homeopath 15 years ago there were eight homeopathic hospitals. Now the last bastion of NHS homeopathy in the country, in Bristol, which has provided ground-breaking research and has some top academic brains in homeopathy, is to (…)

Micro biome link to earth

Our micro biome link to planet Earth

It is now widely recognised that our gut flora – the bacteria, fungi, viruses and archaea living in our guts (known as our micro biome) – help to determine how stressed or relaxed we are, how happy or how depressed we feel, how our bodies develop and how well we fight disease. Given that these (…)

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Sound is a natural painkiller

No one would dispute that many sounds bring pleasure. There’s nothing quite so soothing as harmonious music: the trill of the flute in Mozart’s Flute Concerto maybe, or the soulful singing of Aretha Franklin. Bird song and the lapping of waves on the shore bring a smile to the face. But did you know that (…)

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Reflexology: a whole lot more than just foot massage!

People always come out totally chilled out after reflexology with Tracey or Rhi. Clearly one of the most relaxing therapies we offer at The Hub, it’s actually a whole lot more than just foot massage… Check out on the reflexology chart where areas of the body correspond to areas of the feet and you can (…)

The Daily Dose advice on gut health to maintain microbiome

Choosing the right probiotic strains

One acidophilus is not equal to another acidophilus. Increasing evidence proves that choosing the right probiotic is all about finding the right STRAIN of friendly bacteria rather than a generic type of probiotic. Here’s the lowdown on how to choose the right probiotic strains. The only probiotics worth taking are those that contain live bacteria. The range (…)

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Blow a raspberry to stress

Ever put your tongue in neutral? It’s a simple way to blow a raspberry to stress – literally disengaging your head from your brain chatter. Practise it any time to reduce stress I learned this technique in a training session when I was doing my diploma in coaching and I have shared it with hundreds of people (…)

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Take the drama out of your relationships

Hubbie gets in from work, dinner’s overdone and he lets rip to his wife. She’s ‘always’ burning food, he shouts. She retaliates with a ‘yeah but’ – can’t he see their son’s upset and needing some help with a fall-out with a friend at school? He comes back with something like ‘You’re for ever pandering to (…)

Yogic relaxation

Yogic relaxation: de-stress blend of breath work, chanting & yoga nidra

For this monthly yogic relaxation class you will be using a mixture of yogic breath work, chanting and yoga nidra to de-stress and revitalise your mind, body and soul. The class is led by yoga instructor Hannah Bimpson, to allow you to surrender to the practice without having to worry about what to do next. (…)

pretty water bottles with crystals to infuse water

Water bottles with crystals to infuse water

Bewater bottles… be inspired! be empowered! be revitalised! Your body needs water to survive and thrive. Drinking the right amount is essential for good health, with every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needing water to work properly. Good hydration boosts your energy and immunity, strengthens your skin and hair, flushes toxins from your (…)

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Travel sickness and diarrhoea

It’s not what anybody wants to think about really before they fly off for two weeks’ relaxation. But sickness and diarrhoea can be a holiday wrecker. So here are a few homeopathic remedies for travel sickness and diarrhoea – they take up a minuscule space in your suitcase, yet pack immense relief if food poisoning, (…)

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Probiotic for travelling abroad

Off on holiday somewhere you think you might have a spot of bother with your stomach? We advise that you go armed with our probiotic for travelling abroad. When eating and drinking differently in unfamiliar environments it’s all too common to experience stomach upsets, often caused by an upset of the body’s natural gut flora. (…)

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Mindfulness meditation for sleep

So you’re having difficulty sleeping? Trouble is, if that goes on night after night, then bedtime becomes a ‘try harder’ trial: you lie there awake and when sleep doesn’t happen you get in a tiz. Forget counting sheep. Your head gets cluttered with those gibbering thoughts… It’s happening again; if I don’t fall asleep soon (…)

How to stay hydrated

How much to drink in this heatwave?

Do you know how much to drink when it’s hot? A lot more than most of us think, it turns out. A leading surgeon at Southampton General Hospital recommends that in this heatwave people ought to be downing three litres of water a day – yet he’s found hardly anyone drinks that amount. He says (…)

Homeopathic remedies for travel sickness

Beat travel sickness this summer

Motion sickness is such a drag when you’re off on holiday – it even prevents some people from wanting to travel. Children from three to 12 years old are particularly susceptible, and there’s nothing worse than coaxing a sick child through a journey. So whether it’s the car, boats or planes that bring on that (…)

Accepting bad thoughts

Time to accept bad thoughts!

It’s human to feel rubbish some days, maybe even weeks. While it may seem as if you have no choice but to power through those bad times, taking time out to contemplate about your anxieties, self-doubt or feelings of uncertainty can make all the difference – accept what’s causing your distress and you’re on your (…)

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Don’t be plagued by mosquitoes and midges!

If you’re one of those folk who’re plagued by mosquitoes and midges though summer evenings, here are a few tips on how you can fend them off this summer! Our round-up includes not only all-natural insect deterrents, but also  natural ways to soothe stings and bites. ALL-NATURAL INSECT REPELLENTS We strongly recommend that you do (…)

food for anxiety

Eat your way out of anxiety

Meditate, do relaxation and breathing techniques, practise mindfulness, come to The Hub’s yoga classes… These are all excellent ways to help if you suffer from anxiety and nervousness. However, what you may not realise is that you could well be aggravating your anxiety with the food you eat. Not for nothing do we have expressions (…)

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Bring gratitude into your life

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude reaps multiple benefits in keeping us happier, healthier and calmer. A key tenet in mindfulness, it is a powerful force that not only brings a smile to the face, but also links to you to a higher power that you can trust in that all will be well in life. (…)

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Homeopathy for bites and stings

Here are some homeopathic remedies our homeopath Sue Leach recommends to have on hand in case anyone gets bitten or stung. Use 30c potency for bites and stings, the dosage that’s best for all first aid, and take 1 pill 3 times daily, or as required. All these remedies are available at The Hub for £7.50 (…)