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Why did you want to be a massage therapist?My decision to train as a therapist came about because of...
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The number of vegans in the UK has risen dramatically, quadrupling* in the last 5 years and many oth...
A study by Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry recently found that exercising outdoors can p...
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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.

How can complimentary therapies help with Cyclists Back Pain?

How can complimentary therapies help with Cyclists Back Pain?
Back pain is one of biggest cause of medical care in the world.  Over 70% of the population will suffer with back pain at some point in their lives, and this obviously includes cyclists.  The biggest sufferers are those who...
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Coping with sleep deprivation and it isn’t just for parents of new borns!

Coping with sleep deprivation and it isn’t just for parents of new borns!
What is Sleep Deprivation? This affects anyone who has had less sleep than they need to feel awake and alert.  It is one condition which is very often brought up at mother and baby groups, and quite understandably too!  A...
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Adaptogens – can they help us manage our stress levels?

Adaptogens – can they help us manage our stress levels?
Adaptogens are herb powders from a unique class of healing plants which activate the body’s natural defence mechanisms against stress.  Eating a nutritious well balanced diet, getting enough sleep and keeping physically active can all help us avoid the effects...
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The Cabbage Patch 10 running race 2016

The Cabbage Patch 10 running race 2016
What is The Cabbage Patch 10? It is a 10 mile race organised by runners for runners.  It starts from King Street, Twickenham, crosses the Thames at Kingstone Bridge and Richmond Bridge, runs along the Riverside and finishes on the...
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Emails – A great information tool or a source of frustration and stress?

Emails – A great information tool or a source of frustration and stress?
Emails can be either a great information tool or a source of frustration and stress; which is significantly dependant on how we manage emails.  How many times a day do we check our emails? Do we receive more emails than...
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Tongue Tie Assessment Day on Sunday 10 July 2016

Tongue Tie Assessment Day on Sunday 10 July 2016
The Maris Practice is pleased to welcome Dr Alison Hazelbaker, who is a world renowned expert on tongue-ties and breastfeeding. Dr Haselbaker will be at our Practice conducting a one-off training day on tongue-tie assessment for a group of International...
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Looking for help with fertility issues?

Looking for help with fertility issues?
Fertility issues can be deeply upsetting and often all consuming. Balancing hormones, good nutrition, reducing stress and increasing ‘relaxed’ time have all been shown to help with fertility issues. There are a number of complimentary therapies that help both men...
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Shiatsu Massage – the therapy, the theory and the pure relaxation!

Shiatsu Massage – the therapy, the theory and the pure relaxation!
What is Shiatsu Massage? Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing physical therapy which originated in Japan originally from Chinese medicine. It is a therapy which treats not only the physical body, but also the psychological, spiritual and emotional wellbeing of the...
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Running injuries – causes and cures

Running injuries – causes and cures
If you are a runner, at some point you will most likely incur an injury. Sad, but true. Mostly these injuries are soft-tissue related which heal with a bit of rest. However, what if the same injury keep reoccurring? Or...
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The Turks Head 10k Fun Run organised by the Bearcat Running Club

The Turks Head 10k Fun Run organised by the Bearcat Running Club
This year we are again sponsoring this fantastic event in support of Delete Blood Cancer, MDS Patient Support Group and Shooting Star Chase. Happening on Sunday 22nd May, this is not just a race! The party lasts all day starting...
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Helping to reduce the winter blues using Aromatherapy

Helping to reduce the winter blues using Aromatherapy
The lack of lots of sunshine and a tendency to stay indoors during cold, wet weather result in our bodies producing more melatonin and less serotonin than during summer which hormonally makes us more sleepy and prone to depression. Getting...
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How a Lactation Consultant can help with feeding your new baby

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There is a lot of expectation on new mothers to breast-feed their baby. Like with most aspects of parenthood, it is very difficult to comprehend all the advice given antenatally until you are actually in the situation postnatally. Just as...
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Ski season is nearly here, so how should you best prepare and avoid injury?

Ski season is nearly here, so how should you best prepare and avoid injury?
In order to enjoy your winter sports holiday to the best of your capabilities, it makes sense to start preparing your body at least 6 to 8 weeks beforehand. Swimming is a great form of exercise as it gently uses...
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Exciting news - we have won the Richmond Business Award for Best Customer Service

Exciting news - we have won the Richmond Business Award for Best Customer Service
At this years Richmond Business Awards, we built on last years Highly Commended in their Best Professional Practice category! This year winning their Best Customer Service award and again getting Highly Commended in their Best Professional Practice category. Here is...
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World Arthritis Day is today, 12th October 2015 and aims to highlight the debilitating effects of this disease

World Arthritis Day is today, 12th October 2015 and aims to highlight the debilitating effects of this disease
Its World Arthritis Day  today, 12th October and with this in mind we thought we would highlight how complementary therapies have been demonstrated to help manage the symptoms. Arthritis is such a wide spread disease in Western culture with 1...
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Art & Jewellery Sale on 4th November 2015 at The Maris Practice

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You are invited to our Art & Jewellery Sale on 4th November 2015 Featuring art by Jonquil and Tabitha Burrill and Michele Betzner’s Jewellery including the Original Oil Painting pictured by Jonquil. Come along to a fun evening of Art...
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When are ‘healthy’ foods not, and some foods you may think of as ‘bad’ that are actually useful

When are ‘healthy’ foods not, and some foods you may think of as ‘bad’ that are actually useful
Unless you have been living in a hermit’s cave, you will have heard and read plenty of material about good and bad foods. Yet there is still a huge amount of misconception with whether what we eat helps or hinders...
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The Alexander Technique for musicians, dancers and performers

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The Alexander Technique is not a physical therapy as such. It does not aim to target specific conditions, for example back pain, and resolve them. The basic principles are very simple; it works to educate people about how to move,...
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Its the St Margaret's Summer Fair 2015 on Saturday 11th July

Its the St Margaret's Summer Fair 2015 on Saturday 11th July
As usual the St Margarets Summer Fair will be held in Moormead Park on Saturday 11th July 2015 with live music, a fantastic fun dog show, lots of tasty food and drink plus plenty of entertainment for children. It starts...
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The science behind Acupunture

The science behind Acupunture
More than 3000 studies have been completed since the 1970’s into the efficacy of Acupuncture. It is a recognised treatment by the NHS , regularly offered to patients by GPs and covered by many health insurance policies. The requirement for...
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