Let’s face it – who doesn’t love a freebie!? Working hard to earn something that you’ve wanted for ages, whether it be for use in the professional environment or in your personal life, is an extremely rewarding feeling. That being said, there’s not many things nicer than being given something thanks to a gesture of good will from a friend, colleague, or family member. Taking any materialism out of the equation for a second, receiving something for nothing generates positive mental signals that shine through in your demeanour for the hours, and even days, that follow. The chances are that with these positive vibes, you’ll be touching other people’s lives without even knowing it, allowing positivity to generate all around you all thanks to that one moment of gratitude that resulted from your gift. Materialistically speaking or otherwise, freebies rock – so what if we let you in on a secret that would allow you to get free stuff EVERY DAY? You’d call us crazy, would you not?
It turns out that there is a website dedicated to giving free stuff to people like us, with absolutely no catches or hidden agendas. Latest Free Stuff provides an online marketplace entirely dedicated to providing members of the general public with fantastic freebies; pet food, nappies, socks, organic children’s snacks, fragrance, gym memberships – the list goes on…
But why? As it turns out, giving away free stuff is a powerful marketing strategy used by a large number of companies – it generates exposure and interest in a product for a fraction of the cost of a national advertising campaign. There are 1000s of companies in the UK giving away FREE samples of their products on the internet – and the team at Latest Free Stuff spend all day searching high and low for the very best offers, before adding new products to their website on a daily basis. All of their offers are genuine and from reputable companies, and they promise never to pass on your details to third parties.
What I liked most about Latest Free Stuff is how every offer they have is of genuine use to a wide range of people – even us therapists! After spending just 10 minutes in total on the site, I managed to bag myself:
These were just the ones that first stood out to me; there are plenty of options to suit everyone. Best of all, the system is completely user friendly – rather than spend your time trawling through countless deals, simply follow Latest Free Stuff on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date with the latest offers. You can also join their mailing list (like I have!) to receive details of their very best offers every day.
We’re so pleased to have come across Latest Free Stuff, and we’re hoping that by spreading the word, more people in our close knit community can benefit from getting something for nothing. Hopefully the karma will spread and with the money we save, we’ll be able to treat our friends and family as well as ourselves. Check them out at latestfreestuff.co.uk – happy freebie hunting!
In the yin and yang world of Chinese medicine, there isn’t a particular aspect that is especially masculine or feminine. However, one area we can always focus on to strengthen men’s health is the Kidney’s function.
Those of you who know me may have heard me refer to the Kidney* as the fireplace of the home. It is the area where warmth radiates from and where friends and family congregate around. Architecturally it is often the focal point of a room. The Kidney is very much the VIP in the Chinese medicine organ system.
When the VIP is unhappy or unwell all kinds of problems can arise, including low back pain or knee pain or hair loss. A person with strong Kidney qi, whether they are young or old, will look and feel good. They are those people who bounce back from injuries much easier. They are the ones with vigour who never “look their age”. Mentally and physically they are alert and present, with less aches and pains. Their hair may be white but the hair is strong.
In Chinese medicine we refer to the Kidney as the place that stores the “essence of life”, a collective term to describe the congenital essence (essentially what the ancient Chinese called genes and hereditary characteristics as we know it today) andacquired essence, basically the nutrients we absorb from our food. This is an important point because it means that the start you had in life can be impacted by your choices later on. A poorly baby can be described as having “weak congenital essence” but grow up to be healthy and strong. A healthy teenager may go on to have type II diabetes due to a poor diet.
Since human growth and development are imperative in both men and women, then surely everyone would benefit from strengthening their Kidney functions. This is true but men can be affected by a weak Kidney in a very singularly obvious way, and that is sexual health.
All manners of private sexual male dysfunction (such as premature ejaculation, nocturia, impotence) can be due to impaired Kidney function. Traditionally it would be due to an overly active sexual life (every time there is an ejaculation the body needs time to recuperate from the loss of “essence”). However in today’s society it can be any combination of stress, overwork, lifestyle, relationships and diet that can wreck havoc on the Kidney.
But self-care can be very effective. Besides having acupuncture and Chinese medicine either as treatment or a preventative measure, nutrition should be your main port of call. Eat well, keep your mind and body happy and your Kidney can enjoy the party. On the other hand, excessive work, excessive exercise, sex, drugs, alcohol, excessive caffeine, anxiety, and stress will deplete kidney essence before its time.
Winter is the season of the kidney, a time when the body naturally seeks warmth and nourishment. So enjoy the summer and soak in the rays to give yourself a good head start.
*Important: The Kidney in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) means more than the actual human organ. It is rather a group of functions, such as the regulation of water metabolism, storage of energy, and providing nourishment for bodily growth. If in doubt always get clarification from your acupuncturist or Chinese medicine practitioner.
by Ka Hang Leoungk
21-22 June 2014 Mind Body Spirit Event at White Light Events in MILTON KEYNES. To find out more head to: whitelightevents.co.uk
14th June 2014 Free HOLISTIC FAIR at Weatherstone Therapies in Wood Green Central Library, London. To find out more head to: weatherstonetherapies.co.uk
28/29 June 2014 BUXTON HEALTH & HEALING FESTIVAL at Pavilion Gardens. To find out more head to: mbsfestivals.com
8th June 2014 Spiritual Birmingham Holistic Event Love & Light Events in Birmingham. To find out more head to: eventbrite.co.uk
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This report of 2014 has some unique features. First, it describes some progress made in alcohol policy development in WHO Member States after endorsement of the Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol in 2010. Second, this report provides a wealth of information on alcohol-related indicators for the comprehensive global monitoring framework for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) adopted by the 66th World Health Assembly.
Following the endorsement of the Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol WHO has strengthened its actions and activities to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm at all levels.
Above taken from the forward of the report written by Oleg Chestnov, Assistant Director-General, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health.
As part of the report, WHO highlights the Health Consequences shown below, and then further details these in the document.
o In 2012, about 3.3 million deaths, or 5.9% of all global deaths, were attributable to alcohol consumption.
o There are significant sex differences in the proportion of global deaths attributable to alcohol, for example, in 2012 7.6% of deaths among males and 4.0% of deaths among females were attributable to alcohol.
o In 2012 139 million DALYs (disability-adjusted life years), or 5.1% of the global burden of disease and injury, were attributable to alcohol consumption.
o There is also wide geographical variation in the proportion of alcohol-attributable deaths and DALYs, with the highest alcohol-attributable fractions reported in the WHO European Region.
This report is a great read to further and up-date your knowledge so that as therapists we can use our platform to keep clients abreast of such important information. This report is especially useful for those therapists working with patients effected by alcoholism either personally or as a family member.
The report includes sections such as: Regulating availability of alcohol, Reducing negative consequences of drinking, and Drink–driving countermeasures.
And can be downloaded from the WHO website here.
It is fast approaching the time when the boots are shelved and the open-toe flats, flip-flops, and peep toes are lined up waiting to see a little sunshine. And of course it is holiday season and so our feet will be seeing the light of day! Maybe your particular modality requires you to be bare foot?
… Feet – they are probably the least aesthetic things on the human body – or at least they get bad press! They can be webbed, flat, and often pretty unattractive, but they do serve a great purpose – and it is so important we give them a little gratitude and TLC right? For most of us mere mortals it certainly takes some work to ensure our feet look decent.
They get squished into all kinds of shaped shoes, and your long suffering feet also have to stand for hours on end. So all you really have to do is take a little time once a week to pamper your feet – or better still you could get somebody else to do it.
QUICK TOOTSY FIX:
You’ll need: a towel, a bowl of water, a 30-45 minutes.
- Scoop a finger full of vaseline and rub into your feet, add some large grain salt or sugar into the vaseline.
- Add some natural moisturizing shower gel or organic soap to your feet and mix it in with the sugar/salt vaseline before rinsing with warm water.
- Leave your feet in the warm water for about 10 minutes – you can add porridge oats if you would like a creamy softness on your skin.
- Now your feet are feeling great – scrub any hard skin away from your heels with a file and use a brush to clean your toenails.
- Pat your feet dry with a towel and massage some natural foot cream into the feet up to your shins.
- Pop your feet up to give them a nice rest so they will be ready to wear a lovely pair of sandals the next time you head out.
FOOT TIP 1: Remember to be careful if you are pregnant when using certain creams. Also, some foot creams have the wonderful ingredients of tea-tree oil, eucalyptus, or peppermint – and these can give a lovely tingly, refreshing sensation as well as having an anti-bacterial effect… but some of these aromas can keep you from falling asleep, and so if you are pampering your feet prior to bedtime, substitute your invigorating foot cream for a fragrance-free hand cream.
FOOT TIP 2: If you plan to polish your toe nails, then ensure that you do so prior to moisturizing your feet. Ensure your feet are thoroughly dry and free of any greasy residue.
Okay – so not all dark chocolate is kind to trees – but this stuff – is my personally current favorite – tasting amazingly delicious, as well as being ethical in every way. You may noticed that the image is of empty packets… well, this is because it has been unwrapped, chewed and swallowed by me… And I’m not afraid to admit – that I shall be purchasing another bar shortly… And I will feel good about eating it and buying it because it is organic, fair trade, and the productions allows work for farmers, as well as preservation of tree/farming land… and plans to plant more.
I love trees just as much as I like good quality chocolate!
Here are five reasons why dark chocolate is good for you:
- Some research shows that a small amount of dark chocolate eaten daily can reduce blood pressure.
- Dark chocolate includes chemical compound that have positive effects on the brain, and also create feelings of happiness.
- The bitter taste of dark chocolate can reduce your cravings for more, so you only need a small dose of the good stuff.
- Dark chocolate contains anti-oxidants, and it also contains something called Theobromine, which is supposed to help keep tooth enamel hard.
- Dark chocolate’s flavonoids help the body to use insulin efficiently.
Oh – and it tastes GOOD!
Here are five reasons why quinoa is good for you:
- It is a super food – and protein rich.
- It contains more fibre than most other grains.
- It contains iron, and Lysine – vital for growth and repair.
- It is rich in Magnesium.
- And rich in B2 vitamins.
Oh – and it tastes GOOD!
Here are five reasons why trees are good for you:
- Trees purify the air – our air.
- Trees provide oxygen – HELLO! isn’t that the stuff we breath in to survive!
- Trees preserve energy, whilst keeping the streets cool.
- Trees provide food, shelter, soil preservation and more.
- Trees are spiritual and beautiful… and so much more!
Oh – DON’T eat them! Save them… and even HUG them! ;o)
You can find out more about Alter Ego.
So we all begin the New Year with an investment in gym membership, chucking out all of the festive food, and any new year booze, and we promise ourselves NO MORE! We all know that this shock tactic can lead to eating more, doing less and sneaking the odd pint of beer or glass of wine during the week… not to mention that gym membership not been used three times a week as planned!
SO WHAT IS THE TRICK TO STICKING TO THE NEW YEAR HEALTH PLAN? There is no right answer for everybody, as we are all different, but for those of us that struggle with committing to a new health plan… the trick is simply to do it slowly, without pressure – after all, we don’t want to be in this position each year right? It is much better to make a permanent shift in lifestyle than to yo-yo diet or binge on booze than stop altogether.
Here are some tips to help you to integrate your lifestyle shift slowly:
- Start by switching sweets and chocolate to a nice juicy apple or a nut snake… EASY!
- Walk or cycle to work instead of public transport or driving, if you have stairs at work or go via tube – walk up the escalators and opt for the stairs… YES if really does make a huge difference over the course of a day or week.
- Get a chair yoga DVD and do stretches and exercises during the day – no need to change your clothes and twenty minutes is plenty to get your lifestyle shifting in a healthier direction.
- DON’T go supermarket shopping when you are hungry.. you will grab every bargain going – as well as eat a packet of crisps or choccy bar before you’ve even reached home. So maybe write a shopping list and stick to it.
- Plan your meals – particularly your lunch.
- Make a healthy switch for the whole family, so you do not feel left out – try not to pressure your partner or kids to eat or live a particular way, just encourage it gradually, as you are doing with yourself… so bring in a family bike ride, or walk, or swim.
- Make sure your shift is fun – you are more likely to stick to it… try a new hobby that is exciting but also a good form of exercise – so don’t assume that the gym is the only way to stay fit! What about netball, rock climbing, dancing?
- Turn off Face Book and switch off the TV – even if you start one day a week and see what you can do with your time. We tend to snack a lot when we are watching movies. Dedicate just one evening to an electronic-free one.
- Write sticky notes with inspirational phrases – stick them on your fridge, your mirror, the toilet door… read them and pay attention to your words!!!
YOU CAN DO IT! WE ALL CAN!
Innovation in self-care is happening all around us, whether a gadget to tell you how many steps you’re taking everyday or monitor your eating habits, it’s clear that the future of our wellbeing is looking decidedly digital.
With this in mind, health and wellbeing platform Puffell.com was created. It’s free to use, and a place for you to set yourself goals, track your progress and find advice and support along the way. So far, so good?
Digital self-care can also be holistic: “Behaviour research tells us people want to look after themselves but need a little help…” Stuart Jackson, Puffell co-creator explains, “The best thing about Puffell is the offline connections being made in the community. Puffell’s groups feature means you can connect digitally like you might on social media site Facebook, then linked with like-minded people in your postcode, start a walking group or other wellbeing activity with the advantage of having a place to track your progress online.”
Sign up on: https://puffell.com/
Befriend on/Like: https://en-gb.facebook.com/Puffell
We are sure that the HTM readers would like to join the whole team in congratulating the MD and his lovely partner, on the arrival of their beautiful daughter.
Thank you Jessica for your smile, and for the wonder in your eyes; for reminding us that everybody was once a child, and that each and every human-being is beautiful.
Importance: Of family; Of union; Of commitment; Of love; Of the purity and innocence of new life. Children bring the seemingly important things into true perspective – not everything we place effort, or time on is as important as we believe it to be. The wonder of children is grounding, beautiful; the true essence of existence. So whether it is a friend’s child, a family member, or your own child, be inspired by them, and embrace a moment to feel your childlike nature again. Drink in that wonderful feeling of youth. Look at the sky as though it is the first time you have seen it (blues, pinks – and even shades of grey), be engulfed by the beauty in this world, the beauty, which we so-often take for granted. Just for a moment absorb it, maybe a moment per day, and gradually, perhaps these moments will stretch out and alter our perception forever.
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Woohoo! Jump for joy at the thought of this beautiful season… It’s summertime! I love the unpredictable nature of the British weather… the anticipation of sunshine is always accompanied by the same warmth in the smiles of people passing by. There is a unique vibrancy and soulfulness in the air and this positive energy is shared with the clouded skies of silver, because we all know that the sun will show itself soon enough.
… And what better way to enjoy the random showers of sunshine than camping with your family (page 50). It is the perfect opportunity to visit a day spa or a retreat, and revitalise your body, mind, heart and soul… check out our great reviews this issue: Jan heads to the Homefield Grange (page 44), Yvonne visits Deer Lake Lodge (page 65), and Kate reviews facial reflexology (page 64). We have plenty more for you and your health as always.
…But as you all know, Holistic Therapist Magazine is the industry’s number one business guide, and so we have heaps of advice and tips for you to continue to flourish in your business, and reinforce the industry as a whole, so that together we can share the benefits of holistic therapies and lifestyles!
We revisit advertising with an article on writing effective flyers (page 24), as well as offering some words of wisdom from Louise Jensen (page 22) and Mark Shields (page 23). From advertising advice, we head to Marketing on a Shoestring, expertly written by Rachel Fairweather (page 26). Jonathan Pollinger sheds more light on the world of social-networking, focusing this issue on the business website, LinkedIn (page 16)… And one of my favorite news pieces this issue has to be that written by Doctor Stephen Hopwood (page 13).
Enjoy journeying through this issue of HTM, and remember I am just an email away on Jordan@holistictherapistmagazine.com. So if you have a product or book you’d like us to review, or an interesting story or case study please do contact me.
Warmth and love this season
Model: Sarah Parker
Stylist: Daniella Jukic
MUA: Jolina O’Hair
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