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There has been lots of speculation in the media about a link between sugar and depression. In additi...
Meatless Monday is a step being taken by growing numbers of people as we all become more aware about...
We are running our antenatal KG Hypnobirthing 3 week course again in July, September and November. T...
Many mums-to-be worry about the physical pain that comes with childbirth. It has been suggested that...
This year we, The Maris Practice, are again sponsoring the Turks Head 10K Fun Run in support of MDS ...
We often underestimate the importance of our hormones when it comes to our health and well-being. We...
If you’re pregnant you’re probably thinking about what your labour and delivery will be like – from ...

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Welcome to The Maris Practice Blog. Here you will find musings, reflections and information about best practice in alternative therapies. We hope you find it useful and interesting.

Does sugar make you sad?

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There has been lots of speculation in the media about a link between sugar and depression. In addition to obesity, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, eating high levels of sugar does have consequences that go far beyond our waistlines. Eating sugar gives...
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Getting your dietary protein, calcium & iron from plant-based foods

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Meatless Monday is a step being taken by growing numbers of people as we all become more aware about the environmental impact associated with meat production and the health benefits of a plant-based diet. So are the tales that vegan...
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KG Hypnobirthing Courses

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We are running our antenatal KG Hypnobirthing 3 week course again in July, September and November. This course will give you and your partner the knowledge and the tools to have a positive birth experience and give your baby the...
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Mindfulness and meditation during pregnancy

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Many mums-to-be worry about the physical pain that comes with childbirth. It has been suggested that including mindfulness skills in childbirth education helps women cope with their fears. While many women take childbirth classes to educate themselves about the birth...
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Turks Head 10k Fun Run 2018

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This year we, The Maris Practice, are again sponsoring the Turks Head 10K Fun Run in support of MDS UK and DKMS Delete Blood Cancer. A yearly event that this year takes place on the 10 June starting outside The...
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Eating for Hormonal Balance

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We often underestimate the importance of our hormones when it comes to our health and well-being. We also forget that what we put in our mouths really does have an impact on our bodies hormonal balance. Often unless we have...
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What is Hypnobirthing?

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If you’re pregnant you’re probably thinking about what your labour and delivery will be like – from easing any pain with drugs like epidurals or more natural methods such as a birthing pool. Or maybe this all sounds like a...
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Bonding With Your Baby; it isn't always immediate & why you may feel guilty

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Bonding refers to the special attachment that forms between a mother and father and their new baby. That bond is what sends parents rushing into their newborn's room in the middle of the night at the slightest whimper. It's also...
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Can changing your diet help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME?

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The symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) can be very debilitating. These may include short term memory problems, being unable to concentrate, joint pain and stiffness, headaches, IBS, food intolerances and exhaustion. Anybody suffering from...
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A message from Mary Jane

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Dear patients and friends of The Maris Practice, Five years ago, having moved to Portsmouth, I was very happy to hand over The Maris torch into Claire MacDonald’s caring and competent hands. The practice has gone from strength to strength...
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Winners of Richmond Business Awards 2017 for Best Customer Service

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We are delighted to announce we are the winners of this years Richmond Business Awards for  Best Customer Service. Claire and Holly had the honour of collecting the award at the Gala Dinner.
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How Acupuncture and the Alexander Technique can help chronic neck pain

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Neck pain is a common condition — so common, in fact, that the expression "a pain in the neck" is an often used figure of speech in English. It can be mild enough so that it is a mere annoyance,...
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Complementary therapies to help with Arthritis

Complementary therapies to help with Arthritis
Arthritis is a common condition that literally means inflammation within the joint itself. Inflammation is part of your body's natural healing process. Normally it occurs as a defence against viruses and bacteria or as a reaction to injuries such as...
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Meditation – the why and the how

Meditation – the why and the how
Why do people meditate? Meditation is about balance, wakefulness and awareness. It is well known to reduce stress and anxiety, depression, improve concentration and reduce blood pressure, as well as improving focus and general wellbeing. Meditation allows us to take...
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The Maris Practice is recruiting for a Saturday receptionist

The Maris Practice is recruiting for a Saturday receptionist
The Maris Practice is looking to recruit a new team member! We are in need of a Saturday receptionist and administrator in this busy natural health practice. Applicants need to have excellent spoken and written English with good computer skills...
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Liz Lambourn has won the NCT Stars London ‘Practitioner of the Year' Award 2017

Liz Lambourn has won the NCT Stars London ‘Practitioner of the Year' Award 2017
We are so proud to announce that one of our breast feeding counsellors, Liz Lambourn  has won the London ‘Practitioner of the Year' in the NCT Stars Award 2017 . Liz is an experienced Breastfeeding Counsellor who does invaluable work...
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Coping with Hot Weather

Coping with Hot Weather
Many people love the summer and the hot weather it (usually!) brings, but for others amongst us it is a time when we feel drained, exhausted and generally over heated!  The two physical risks of being too hot are dehydration...
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Coping with the symptoms of Menopause

Coping with the symptoms of Menopause
Some women sail through the menopause without much trouble, however, many others do not.  Hot flushes, sweating, mood swings, sleepless nights, memory problems, irritability and depression are all symptoms associated with the menopause and can affect you, with varying degrees,...
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Lower Back Pain will affect many of us at some-point during our lives

Lower Back Pain will affect many of us at some-point during our lives
Lower back pain is something many of us will suffer with at some stage in our lives.  There are many causes and types of low back pain due to the interconnected structure of our back with spinal muscles, nerves, discs,...
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What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome a.k.a. Runners Knee?

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Iliotibial Band Syndrome is a common and often persistent knee pain causing discomfort and swelling to the outside of the knee.  The Iliotibial Band is the fibrous connection running down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the...
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