The difference between conventional and functional medicine

In the realm of healthcare, there are various approaches to treating and managing illnesses. Two prominent methodologies that have gained attention in recent years are functional medicine and conventional medicine. While both aim to address health concerns, they differ significantly in their fundamental principles and methodologies. This blog post will delve into the distinctive characteristics of functional medicine and conventional medicine, highlighting their approaches, philosophies, and potential benefits. Functional Medicine: Functional medicine is an integrative approach to healthcare that emphasizes personalised and patient-centred care. It delves beyond the surface symptoms and seeks to identify the root causes of illness by [...]


Acupuncture – getting to the point

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body (known as acupoints). The practice has gained widespread popularity in recent years due to its potential benefits for a wide range of health conditions. The origins of acupuncture can be traced back to ancient China, where it is believed the human body had a network of channels (or meridians) through which our vital energy force, Qi (“chee”) flows. Acupuncture balances and restores the flow of Qi in the body. Today, acupuncture is widely recognized as a safe and effective [...]


Celebrating International Day of Yoga 2023

(Guest article from Yoga Therapist, Sammie Mason) With International Day of Yoga 2023 almost upon us it’s a privilege to be able to celebrate the profound impact yoga has on our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. For 2023, the theme is 'One World, One Health' resonating with the ancient Indian principle of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” which promotes the interconnectedness of all living beings. This year’s theme carries immense relevance in today’s global context. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the interconnectedness of human health, animal well-being, and the environment. It has underscored the fact that our actions have far-reaching consequences and that [...]


Keep Cool This Summer

I don’t think anyone has escaped the unusual summer heat this year, which means that there are lots of ideas for ‘keeping cool’ being bandied about! For me, the heat really does effect mealtimes and what I plan to serve the family. I always try and make the most of the seasonal fruit and vegetables while I can, but when you are feeling hot, it can be difficult to come up with original ideas. So, here’s a few of my favourites to get you through the next warm spell and help you feel a little more refreshed. And I’m sure [...]


Tackle your fear of flying with Louise Coyle, our Hypnotherapist

If you are beginning to dread your summer holiday because it involves flying then this is for you. Louise will teach you how to build your relaxation skills, ways of reducing your anxiety and coping skills. So you can begin to feel a tingle of excitement rather than dread! Special offer available during May to August '23. Four sessions for the price of three at £255.


A ‘Spring Offering’ for Healthy Body and Peace of Mind

As we transition into spring, we are presented with an opportunity for growth, renewal, and a fresh start. With the newfound energy and optimism that comes with this season, it's the perfect time to focus on your health and well-being. Yoga Therapy is a powerful tool that aims to restore and maintain both physical and mental health through the ancient wisdom and deep understanding of the mind-body relationship. It's an ideal choice for those dealing with mental health or chronic physical conditions, and our goal is to empower each individual to take control of their own well-being. This spring, for [...]


Experience of pain

Guest blog from our hypnotherapist, Louise Coyle Pain is a curious and interesting phenomenon. What happens in our body is only one part of it. An equally important part is what happens in our brain. How are those pain signals interpreted? What do they mean, now and in the future? What are our thoughts about the pain or the injury we have experienced? Our society has made great progress over recent decades in learning how to mend broken bodies and address the physical experience of pain, but we are only just beginning to figure out why it matters to know [...]


Meet the Team – Louise Coyle, hypnotherapist

1. What was the inspiration behind your chosen career path? My role as a hypnotherapist evolved rather than being a conscious decision. I initially worked as a medical journalist and then in PR, writing about diseases and new medicines and whilst I loved these jobs, once the children had come along, I had time to reflect on where I wanted to take my career next. I took a day course on hypnotherapy, then enrolled on another, then a more advance course and it evolved from there. 2. What challenges you most about this role? I think the most challenging thing [...]


Buddha Bowl Lunch Meal

Lunchtimes are notoriously difficult meals to plan, especially if you want something a little more exciting than a sandwich but not too much that you ruin your evening meal. As much as we hate falling into the latest 'fad’ trap, this year sees the increasingly popular Buddha bowl take its place as a ‘working lunch’ routine. So, what exactly is a Buddha bowl? Is it really nothing more than a salad? Well of course not! It's a salad... but not as we know it! Buddha bowls tend to be largely vegetarian (although don't let that stop you adding your favourite [...]


Living with Covid in our world

We are learning to accept COVID-19 is here to stay and adapting to living in this climate is essential if we are to keep ourselves and our loved ones comfortable and happy.  In addition to worries about the illness itself and the impact it may have on family members and friends, the current situation globally leaves us with feeling ‘out of control’ . It can be difficult to accept. Even though our perception of ‘control’ might have been a mirage, it is one that has previously given us comfort! Accepting these changes which have come so fast, so out of our [...]