Aromatherapy: what is it?

Aromatherapy: what is it?
Aromatherapy is known as a type of holistic therapy that uses plant extracts and essential oils in massage for physiological and physical well-being. The Chinese are one of the first cultures to use aromatherapy and plants by burning incense for their healing properties which aids wellbeing. Many consider aromatherapy and its uses as not being ...

Binge Eating 101 – what it is and how to avoid it

Binge Eating 101 - what it is and how to avoid it
Binge eating,  or ‘comfort eating’ is commonly used to cope with stress and depression, making the binge eater feel satisfied in the short term but worse for wear in the long term. Binge eating is a vicious circle of over-eating, but it is resolvable. It may feel like there is no coming back from a ...

Why you should exercise

Why you should exercise
When you think about going on a diet, your primary reason is typically to lose weight. And so you count the calories meticulously and avoid eating unhealthy food. The problem with this thinking is that what you visualise as being your “ideal” weight does not usually result in you achieving the actual body shape you ...

Warm up and stretching for Tai Chi

My warm up and stretching routine for tai chi. I also use it before strength training, rock climbing and general fitness and exercise. Do this for 10 minutes every day and enjoy better flexibility, improved balance and better mobility. Part 1 focuses on warming up the joints – neck, shoulders, spine, hips, knees, ankles, elbows, ...

How to do a pull up

Introduction I’m a big fan of exercises that involve the whole body. It’s something to do with the body having to flow and move as a complete unit (a concept from Tai Chi). One exercise that really challenges the whole body (utilising the biceps, triceps, lats, abs and back) and is an impressive feat for ...

How to stop being lactose intolerant

How to stop being lactose intolerant
What is lactose intolerance? According to Wikipedia, “Lactose intolerance, also called lactase deficiency and hypolactasia, is the inability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and to a lesser extent milk-derived dairy products.” This can manifest itself in stomach cramps, bloating, wind, diarrhoea and other health problems whenever dairy products from milk to ice cream are ...

Tough core exercises to give your abs a real workout!

Tough core exercises to give your abs a real workout!
Having a strong core is good for sports but it is also useful for a good posture and to reduce the risk of back injuries. The following two sets of exercises are my favourites and are suitable for intermediate and advanced practice. Inclined leg raises For the first exercises, you will need a weights bench ...

How to do tricep dips at home

Triceps? What are they? Located in the upper rear of the arm, triceps are under-rated muscles as everyone seems to focus on biceps but triceps are actually very useful muscles – you need them when you are driving, cycling, getting up from a lying position and pushing something away from you. Additionally, as they are ...

Chi Kung meditation

Chi Kung meditation
Achieve inner calm and good health, learn to still the mind and achieve a greater sense of well-being. Using various techniques including affirmations, visualisation and energy control, Chi Kung is an effective way of achieving wellness. If you are always suffering from the same illnesses, Chi Kung can be a great way of freeing the ...

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a japanese healing technique and comes from two Japanese words, “Rei” and “Ki”, which mean “Universal” and “Energy”. It is a hands-on modality which helps the body to heal and achieve a deep sense of peace. Reiki is said to flow through the healer and into the patient – the Reiki therapist is ...