- The Winner of the Tablet AND How Much Did We Raise For The ROYAL MARINES CHARITABLE TRUST?
- How hypnotherapy can help with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Duncan’s weight loss and mud run challenge
- Duncan’s Weight Loss Challenge – Part 7 How did I do after 90 days? The results are in
- How to improve the appearance of your skin, what ever your age or skin type
1. A 2014 study from the University of Amsterdam has correlated the practice of meditation with attention to detail and creative performance
2. A 2005 study from the Harvard Medical School has found that meditation increases the thickness of your prefrontal cortex. This cortex is the part of the brain associated with attention and self-awareness
3. A 2010 study from the University of California also found that meditation increases your attention span
4. A 2014 study from the International College in Thailand found that meditators have lower rates or burnout and cope better with stress
5. A 2009 study from Aarhus University in Denmark found that long-term meditators have thicker brain stems
And finally –
6. In 2014, a further study from the Harvard Medical School found that meditation increases the density of your grey matter in processing and perspective taking.
So what’s not to like? Learn to meditate and you will be happier, healthier!
Want to learn meditation? At Ananda Healing we teach a tool box of techniques and meditation types so you have the right method for you.
Want to try something new? How about our fabulous guided meditations/ They have been scien
Calloused Feet? With our amazing new treatment, Calluspeeling, hard, calloused feet will be a thing of the past!
Calloused Feet? With our amazing new treatment, Calluspeeling, hard, calloused feet will be a thing of the past!
We wanted to tell you about our amazing new foot treatment – Calluspeeling from Busymint Ltd
- Amazing & immediate results
- Callouses and hard skin melt away in just 15mins
- Quick, Safe & Simple
- No Blades or files (so avoids risk of bleeding)
- Health, Beautiful Feet in 15mins
Completely natural – no parabens, formaldehyde, preservatives, parraffis or mineral oil. Swiss formulated, it is a synergic complex of plant extracts, such as Gentian, Blueberry, Spruce Fire and pure glacier water. The extraordinary power of nature that heals and protects your feet, giving them a deep freshness and lightness.
Also, it is safe for pregnant ladies and diabetics! (certain conditions accepted)
Want to know more? – Watch this little video
AND THE REALLY GOOD NEWS? PRICES START FROM JUST £20
CALL Amanda on 01342 842098 or 07917 730944
Recent news has held a number of articles showing an increase of people, mainly servicemen, suffering from, and seeking help for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But what is PTSD? How would you know if you’re suffering from it? How can you help yourself? And how can you get help?
Before becoming a therapist I served in both the military and the police, so I’ve seen my fair share of traumatic events. I’ve suffered from a form of PTSD following a life-changing accident, and seen a number of others suffer from the symptoms of PTSD. I’ve helped a number of people suffering from this, often hidden, disease.
What is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how can you help?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop following any traumatic event that makes a person feel helpless or threatens their safety. In the main PTSD is associated with battle-scarred soldiers (combat is the most common cause in men) but any life experience that overwhelms you can trigger PTSD, especially when a person feels out of control. Some examples would include: War, Natural disasters, Car or plane crashes, Terrorist attacks, Sudden death of a loved one, Rape, Kidnapping, Assault, Sexual or physical abuse, Childhood neglect or any other event that leaves a person feeling trapped or helpless.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect those who personally experience the catastrophe, those who witness it, and those who pick up the pieces afterwards, including emergency workers and police officers. It can even occur in the friends or family members of those who went through the actual trauma.
Main types of PTSD symptoms:
- Re-experiencing the traumatic event
- Intrusive, upsetting memories of the event
- Flashbacks (acting or feeling like the event is happening again)
- Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)
- Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
- Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (e.g. pounding heart, rapid breathing, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)
- Avoiding reminders of the trauma
- Avoiding activities, places, thoughts, or feelings that remind you of the trauma
- Inability to remember important aspects of the trauma
- Loss of interest in activities and life in general
- Feeling detached from others and emotionally numb
- Sense of a limited future (you don’t expect to live a normal life span, get married, have a career)
- Increased anxiety and emotional arousal
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Irritability or outbursts of anger
- Difficulty concentrating
- Hyper vigilance (constant “red alert”)
- Feeling jumpy and easily startled
- Other common symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Anger and irritability
- Guilt, shame, or self-blame
- Substance abuse
- Feelings of mistrust and betrayal
- Depression and hopelessness
- Suicidal thoughts and feelings
- Feeling alienated and alone
- Physical aches and pains
PTSD shows differently from person to person and while the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they appear.
How PTSD differs from a normal trauma response
Following any traumatic event almost everyone would show some symptoms of PTSD. It’s quite normal to feel stress, or numb, in, and following, a stressful situation. It’s very common to have bad dreams, feel fearful, and find it difficult to stop thinking about what happened. These are normal reactions to abnormal events. In the majority of people these feelings are short-lived. They may last for several days or even weeks, but over time they ease. With PTSD the symptoms don’t improve, things don’t get better and they may even get worse. When a person gets stuck in a past event stress becomes PTSD and the sufferer remains in psychological shock. Their memory of what happened and feelings about it are disconnected.
How can I help myself if I’m suffering from PTSD?
Reach out to others for support
You may be tempted to withdraw from your loved ones or from society in general. But it’s important to stay connected to life and the people who care about you. Support from other people is vital to your recovery from PTSD, so ask your close friends and family members for their help.
Consider a support group, where you can share and help each other through this time. Support groups for PTSD can help you feel less isolated and alone. No local support group? Look for an online group.
Avoid alcohol and drugs
You may be tempted to turn to alcohol or drugs. But while they may temporarily make you feel better, they actually make things worse in the long run. Drug use worsens many symptoms of PTSD, such as emotional numbing, social isolation, anger, and depression. It also interferes with treatment and can add to problems at home and in your relationships.
Challenge your sense of helplessness
Overcoming your sense of helplessness is key to overcoming PTSD. Trauma leaves you feeling powerless and vulnerable so it’s important to remind yourself that you have strengths and coping skills that can get you through tough times. You could try volunteering your time, giving blood, reaching out to a friend in need, or donating to your favourite charity. Direct positive action empowers you and challenges any sense of helplessness.
Practice relaxation or meditation techniques
Find someone who can help with learning to meditate or can help you achieve a deeply relaxed state. There are many meditation teachers, and groups to help with this. Ananda Healing offers such services with Amanda Lund-Batchelor.
Spend time in nature
Fresh air and nature helps to bring about a sense of peace in many people. Studies have shown that an aimless walk in a quiet place can help to change the chemical balance of the brain and body, easing symptoms of PTSD and providing positive health benefits too. Focusing on strenuous outdoor activities can also help challenge your sense of helplessness and move on from the traumatic event. Evidence suggests that servicemen pursuing outdoor activities like hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing etc may help with PTSD symptoms and ease transition back into civilian life.
What help and treatment can I get with PTSD?
There are many different treatments that you can seek to help with PTSD. Being a master hypnotherapist and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner I will focus on those. Especially when you take into account the following facts and figures. In “Psychotherapy” magazine (Volume 7, Number 1), different types of techniques were reviewed, the techniques that proved to generate the greatest success in providing lasting change were the following (listed in order of success rate)*:
- Hypnosis : 93% recovery after 6 sessions (approx. 1 1/2 months @ 1 session per week).
- Behaviour Therapy : 72% after 22 sessions (approx. 6 months @ 1 session per week).
- Psychotherapy : 38% recovery after 600 sessions (approx. 11 1/2 yrs @ 1 session per week).
Early treatment is always going to be preferable, so if you, or a loved one, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, contact Duncan from Ananda Healing to find out how he can help. As an additional benefit of the therapy at Ananda Healing, Duncan will donate 25% of all treatment fees to the Help for Heroes charity.
* Figures taken from healmyptsd.com
They seem to have gone a little out of fashion of late. Is it because the young think they are only for the mature? Is it because the more mature think they are only for young problem skin? Maybe it is because there are so many over the counter products now available to use at home? Whatever the reason, at Ananda Healing we are keen to bring back the facial and here is why –
- It is beneficial to ALL SKIN TYPES
- It is deep cleaning, refreshing and rejuvenating
- It removes dead skin cells giving you a healthy glow
- It improves elasticity of skin
- It is very relaxing
- It stimulates circulation
- It increases lymphatic drainage, thus reducing puffiness
A good facial makes you feel good AND it will make your skin look and feel good
We have a facial that is perfect for you whether you are young or mature, whether your skin is problematic or sensitive.
AND FOR SEPTEMBER ONLY WE ARE OFFERING YOU A HALF PRICE EVE TAYLOR AROMATHERAPY FACIAL TO PROVE IT!
Call and book a facial today for just £17.50, or order online using the discount code: SEPT_FACIAL!
Let me talk you through our luxury spa pedicure.
We begin by checking your feet, looking for any conditions that may need special attention.
We clip & nip those nails before placing them in our massaging foot spa, filled with our beautiful Arbonne Sp Detox Rescue Wash http://www.ananda-healing.co.uk/treatments-services/arbonne-skincare-and-spa-range/
As your feet soak away, so do the stresses and strains of your day. We then gently apply our cuticle care & softener (no part of your feet go un-attended!)
Then we come to the exfoliation, again, using our luxurious Arbonne Spa Salt Scrub. We cleanse away any residence dirt and bacteria, thus preventing many foot disorders and odour. This stage also removes any dead skin cells and encourages new skin cell growth.
Already your feet feel smoother and softer!
As we buff away any remaining hard skin, we then apply our deeply nourishing foot mask and wrap your feet is hot towels leaving you to relax and chill out whilst the mask does it’s majic.
After removing the mask, the next, and for many the best, stage – the foot and lower leg massage! Using our deeply nourishing and moisturising lotion, the massage is not only relaxing but also stimulating the circulation and blood flow and removing of toxins.
Watch your newly treated toes soak in that smooth, cooling lotion – delicious!
Chaps? – Are job is now done, we can buff it you like then you can go.
Ladies? – you now get to choose a nail colour and we apply using our base & top coats so the polish lasts. We can even apply some gems or nail art if you would like?
BEAUTIFUL! – But not just beautiful. This is essential care for those hard working feet. Think about all they do for you – don’t you think they deserve it?
Finally, you can walk away on air! and all for £24.99!
Waxing is a semi-permanent form of hair removal, which removes the hair from the root, unlike shaving or depilatory cream which remove hair from the surface. Because it removes from the root it takes much longer to grow back giving you a longer hair-free period. Another benefit of waxing is that it generally, especially over a number of treatments, grows back softer and without the harsh, stubbly effects that you get with shaving or creams.
So how long has waxing been around? Around 60BC! The ancient Egyptians developed the method of sugaring (using honey) to remove hair. Egypt at that time priced hairlessness on women as a symbol of beauty and youth. Later the ancient Greeks and Romans also adopted the fashion of hairlessness beauty and developed various different methods of removal including waxing using resin or pitch.
Us Brits didn’t really catch on until 1960s with the invention of the bikini!
More recently though it has become more popular with the gentlemen as well as the ladies. The trend started with sports people and models who wished to show definition of muscle and not to mention the whole sweating, chaffing thing!!
YES, BUT DOES’NT IT HURT I HEAR YOU ASK? NO! Provided your therapist is well trained in removal technique the pain should be minimal. There are different types waxes now available for different areas and they are skin friendly. Waxing isn’t like it used to be.
So now you know a little bit more about waxing!
For your appointment with super smooth, hair-free skin, call Ananda Healing on 01342 842098 or follow the link http://www.ananda-healing.co.uk/treatments-services/waxing/
How often do you think about your feet? Well unless they hurt, probably not much. So here are some interesting facts about YOUR FEET
- On average you walk 10,000 steps per day, that is 115,000 miles in a lifetime, 4 times around the world!
- Your foot holds 25% of the bones in your body
- On average, a woman will walk more than a male (it is a fact-really)
- Toe nails grow faster in warmer weather
- You have more sensory nerve ending per square inch in your feet that is why they tickle
- The afternoon is the best time to shop for shoes -WHY? Because it is when your feet are most swollen
- They are 33 joints and 100 tendons in your feet – WOW!
- Feet love to walk, it is the best exercise for them and less tiring than standing! BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT!
- You have 250,000 sweat glans in your feet that produce up to 1/2 pint of sweat per day – POOOH!
Now you know all about them, isn’t it about time you starting looking after them?
At Ananda Healing we love your feet so bring them on over and we will make them feel brand new for you with our fabulous Luxury Spa Pedicure!
Gels – The future of beautiful nails. Our quick guide to what they are, what they are not, and why we love them
Gelish (our choice) is a gel that looks like a polish but it last longer (21days in the case of Gelish)and in that time, with your care, will not chip or peel and remain a high gloss finish.
Coloured, clear or French, they are an ‘enhancement’ not an extension. They protect your natural nail when applied by a skilled, trained technician. They protect nails from breakages, and allows healthy growth.
With Gelish, we are also able to offer repair and strengthening treatment with Vitagel – a vitamin based repair system. This has only been available in the UK since last November but already the results have been outstanding.
What else do you need to know?
Gelish does not contain the toxic big 3 – toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and formaldehyde
The finish is stunning. Your nails are protected, none of the above chemicals, and all this for 21 days!
So whether you are an acrylic girl, a tradition polish girl or a never had my nails done girl, come and see us. Try it and we know you will be a convert too!
GELISH Manicures and Pedicures are currently available now
Recently, I had to do a presentation to a room full of strangers who had little or no idea about Ananda Healing, who we are, why we started the business, our ethics, our passion. So, I told them our story, our why!
It struck me afterwards, that probably few of you know the whole story and so I decided to share it with you too
Firstly, who are we? Lets start with Duncan, Duncan is a Reiki Practitioner, Master Hypnotherapist, and Master NLP Practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming). He comes from a very practical, no nonsense background, his family had a carpentry & building business, they ran a small holding and the extended family were all farmers. He left school to join the Royal Marines and then the Police Force. Maybe not the background you think of when you think of a therapist? He loves Mathematics, computers and logic (I prefer shopping myself!). But how you go from IT to Hypnotherapy and NLP? To Duncan it is simple – if you can program a computer, you can program a mind – if you can fix a bug in a pr0gramme, you can fix a problem in the mind! And I have seen him do this so many times, and sometimes at lightening speed! It never ceases to amaze me.
I have seen him fix phobias, fears, self-esteem issues, sports performance, smoking and weight – he is the registered Hypno-Band practitioner for the area (some of you may have heard Paul McKenna talking about this recently – it is basically providing the benefits of a physical gastric band but without the pain, risks, surgery of massive cost! Not to mention an over 70% success rate!). Duncan is also amazing at dealing with children’s issues, including self-esteem, bullying, psychology impact of divorce etc.
So now you know a little bit about Duncan but why did we set Ananda Healing up? What was behind this ‘crazy’, according to my Mum, decision to give up successful corporate careers to start a therapies business? What are out core values?
We are passionate about well-being, we want people to feel good about themselves. We want to help people see that there is always a choice.
Both Duncan and myself have had to come to terms with serious health issues in the past and continue to live with these now. Duncan was a serving Police Officer, aged just 28, when he broke his back whilst riot training. He could have just given up at this point but he didn’t. He took a masters degree, carved a new career and, this is the interesting bit, if you ask him about the accident now, he would tell you it was one of the best things that has happened to him.
I too have had a difficult ride with regards to my health, since babyhood really, including a heart condition and Type 1 Diabetes but I would echo Duncan’s thoughts. I would say the decision that made the greatest difference to me personally was learning to meditate. My dad considered meditation to be as important as learning to read and write, but then my dad was something special – a story for another day. For Duncan it was learning to become a Hypnotherapist & NLP Practitioner. We always say to our clients, “Everyone’s journey is different and you have to find what works for you” – we are just here to facilitate.
We both took responsibility and made positive choices – choices regarding our lives and our well-being. Many people do not even know that have a choice. My Dad, who I have already explained was extraordinary, always told me “You may not have a choice in what happens to you but you always have a choice in how you deal with it” AND THIS IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE WISH TO GIVE OUR CLIENTS
Before we started Ananda healing though we took time to talk and form our ethos that would drive and guide our philosophy. We decided that money would not drive our business, service would. We made the conscious decision to provide the very best for our clients, even if that meant recommending they go to someone else! And we have stuck to that throughout.
We began by specifically offering treatments that enhance well-being and by doing so we saw this was giving people back some control. I could go on about the research on massage etc and the chemical/physiological changes that happen in the body but, again, that is for another day. Gradually we also discovered that beyond the holistic therapies, our clients also responded profoundly with treatments that made them look good, which in turn made them feel good. It started when I was asked, many times, by clients, if I could recommend a skincare range that was natural and, or, provided help with problem skin, children’s skin etc. It took me two years of research and putting some very strange stuff on my own skin until I eventually found Arbonne, the Swiss formulated, botanical skincare range – it is phenomenal! (Do let us know if you would like to trial it). It really is the skincare industry’s best kept secret as it is only available through consultants such as ourselves. Forget what the Celebs are advertising – this is what they are using!.
Because of our discovery about how people look and the effect on their well-being since starting Arbonne, we have decided to now start moving more into the beauty side of the business. We have recently launched the Gelish 21 day manicure system that DOES NOT DAMAGE YOUR NAILS and DOES NOT CONTAIN FORMALDEHYDE.
During the summer we will be launching other beauty services BUT THIS WILL BE DONE, AS ALWAYS, WITH YOUR WELL-BEING AND HEALTH IN MIND.
Your well-being is our passion.
As a Neuro Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner I like to think that I’m an architect of my life, in fact I know that am, but what are you? Are you a victim of circumstances in your life or do you create a life that’s worth living?
The thing I love about the therapies I use at Ananda Healing to help people, is that pretty much everyone walks in as a victim and leaves as an architect, at least in respect of their old problem. The important difference between the victim and the architect is that the victim sees no choice, whereas the architect sees nothing but choice.
I read a simple equation by a wonderful man called Jack Canfield – E + R = O, Event + Reaction = Outcome. The majority of victims will focus entirely on the events of their lives, blaming their problem(s) on things they cannot change, for example, I’m not clever because I’m dyslexic, or I’m late because of the weather. We can all find excuses for the way we are, and we can all believe them too! How about accepting that the weather may be terrible and then plan so you can deal with it. It is the same with any problem. “Easy for Him to say” I can hear you utter, I mean what has he had to cope with? What challenges has he had to face? For one a broken back and a load of titanium screws stuck in my spine! So what do I focus on? Well not the problem, that I cannot change, instead I focus on what I can do in spite of it and create my life! The common theme you will see for ALL people that have overcome great adversity is that they accept they cannot change what has happened, and focus on what they can do!
Having said all that, we all have our moments when we cross from architect to victim and back again. For example, this very morning I had a phone call I didn’t want to get. I started to say to myself “why does this have to happen to me?”. Then I stopped, reminded myself that I can’t change the event, and brought myself to a peaceful acceptance. I don’t get angry with myself for having done that, because again I can’t change what has happened, just learn from it.
So here’s a challenge for you. Just for today, when things happen and you find yourself stepping over to the become a victim, take a breath, STOP, just for a few moments, and breathe. Accept that you cannot change the event and let it go. NOW, NOTICE HOW YOU FEEL. Do you feel better? I’d be willing to bet that you do. Now isn’t that better than raging against things you can’t change? Imagine having that feeling throughout the day, week, month or year.
I love to help people to learn these simple lessons of life, take responsibility for their lives, and create a better life for themselves. That was why we started Ananda Healing, why we are so passionate about it, and a source of great pleasure for us.