New for 2016…Treats and Eats

Treats and Eats

Myself and Sarah are both very excited to be able to offer you a dynamic collaboration this new year with highly experienced and dedicated chef Fiona Were  www.cheffionanz.com

We are now able to create bespoke spa days where you can indulge in luxury treatments and delicious dining – from nutritional detox packages, to romantic meals, canapés or feast nights. This offering is available for a minimum of 2 people to larger groups, in your home, holiday cottage, or a location of your choice.

Our amazing therapies, from Inlight Organic Facials that are so much more than a facial, the full nurturing immersion that is our Four Handed Massage, Aromatherapy, Chavuttii straight from India, Reflexology and more are all available as individual treatments or as mini versions as part of a package designed especially for you and your guests.

The ideal solution for that perfect hen do or just to totally unwind and feel like you again. We will certainly not mind if you want to spend the day indulging in sublime holistic treatments and enjoying some fantastic food, whilst wearing your robe and sipping champagne!

Please spread the word. We are so excited to have the opportunity to create such special occasions. Ourselves and Fiona are dedicated to giving you the best experience available so get in touch and let us know your dream day xxx

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Locations for Chavutti Treatments

Hello all,

Having returned from India full of enthusiasm for the wonderful Chavutti massage it is now possible to experience this treatment with me our two gorgeous hotels: The Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes and The Merchants Manor in Falmouth. Links can be found below. Both locations are by the beautiful Cornish coast with fabulous facilities, sublime food offerings and the best service. Unfortunately home visits with this treatment are not possible due to the static nature of the equipment but watch this space for some resourceful and imaginative solutions to come…..   :  )  I hope you will come and try this most unusual and fabulous massage xx

www.Tresanton.com       www.merchantsmanor.com

 

Sarahs Feb Blog- Fight For Every Heartbeat

Feb 1st, 2016 

Fight For Every Heartbeat and What’s In Between!

British_Heart_Foundation_logoIt’s seems appropriate whenever possible to include a theme in my article that goes with either the time of year, month or a health campaign highlight; this month is no exception. Maybe more significantly serendipity has led me to the topics included – it’s great to feel that you are in the right place, at the right time! This month’s concoction includes British Heart foundation’s campaign to raise money for research especially next Friday, the 5th as ‘Heart and circulatory disease takes the lives of more than 400 people in the UK each day’. On a holistic level ways we can monitor how our heart is managing with life’s stresses called Heart Rate Variability (HRV) a scientific measurement of the difference between the beats of the heart. Followed by research that is indicative that man’s best friend can help keep the heart healthy.

Did you know that the heart communicates with the brain and the rest of the body; it isn’t just the brain telling the heart what to do. An example of this is that when a heart is transplanted the nerves are cut that communicate with the brain but when the new heart is restarted the heart continues to beat without reconnection of the nerves. The heart even at the beginning of life is highly intelligent, in a developing fetus the heart beats before our cognitive or emotional brain develops. The heart, when it receives a message from the brain doesn’t necessarily act upon it; its innate intelligence takes on board the information and then decides what action to take after considering the circumstances.

healthnaturally-02-16-2This bodes well as it means how we react to certain situations can be altered. The importance of this is evident from what happens between each heart beat; in an ideal world the heart has time to rest but when an individual becomes frustrated the rhythm changes and coherent rhythm is lost. Heart Rate Variability is affected by negative emotion and is used in the USA by cardiologists and other medical professionals. Your heart produces the strongest electromagnetic field of any part of your body. It’s 40-60 times stronger than the brain’s electromagnetic field, and makes EKGs possible from electrodes placed anywhere on your body. In addition to this some say it permeates the space around us possibly linked to how Reiki practitioners work.

healthnaturally-02-16-1A piece of research that found me this month related to ‘Man’s best friend’ and how for many the presence of our pet (or even someone else’s) can reduce our level of stress, bring about the parasympathetic response of the body, reducing the detrimental effect of a long term fight or flight response and allowing our heart beat to find coherence. But for those who don’t consider themselves pet lovers it can have the opposite effect.

I have noticed the positive effect personally when being around my friends’ dogs, for me it is instantly calming and their unconditional love is overwhelming. The exercise entailed in walking your dog or someone else’s is of course additionally advantageous in keeping the heart healthy. More research by medical profession was also found including how a dog can sense when its owner is on their way home; the power of the electromagnetic field maybe? And is this why it feels wonderful to be with positive people but sometimes draining when people are unhappy?

Another exercise that connects well with the one detailed below works with the mind to remember, the heart to feel the emotion and delivers a calming bodily response so you are better equipped to cope in a stressful situation. An occasion when it may work is if you found yourself in an MRI scanner and the machines make very loud noises sometimes making it is difficult to keep physically still or your breathing calm. So try going back to a time when you were truly happy, with those you love and if you can remember the environment and the occasion fully, your heart and then your whole being will find a calming serenity with an endorphin release; leaving you better equipped for a stressful situation such as this.

Freeze-Frame a recommended activity from ‘HeartMath’ company to help restore your coherent heart rhythm pattern to promote optimum performance:

  • Shift out of the head, and focus on the area around your heart.
  • Keep your attention there for at least ten seconds.
  • Continue to breathe normally.
  • Recall a positive time or feeling you had in your life, and attempt to re-experience it.
  • Try not simply to visualize it, but rather to feel it fully.
  • Ask a question from the heart: “What can I do in this situation to make it different?” or “What can I do to minimize stress?”
  • Listen to the response of your heart.

I do hope some of these ideas help to remind you of ways to have a loving, healthy and happy February.

Best wishes

Sarah Greenhalgh

www.pressuresoflife.co.uk

Sarahs October Blog- Rites of Passage

Health, Naturally! – October 2015 – Sarah Greenhalgh

Oct 1st, 2015 | By | Category: Health, Naturally!, Health, Naturally! 2015

Rites of Passage

(c) Carmen Di Luccio

As you may be aware we have just experienced a total lunar eclipse also defined as a Super Moon as it was at its closest point to the earth. Some say that such eclipses are times of major shifts that bring endings to certain aspects of our lives, in preparation for new beginnings. A beautiful image that links well to the topic of the month –

Rites of Passage – Crossing a threshold that separates or distinguish boundaries, points of transformation in life where crises may occur. But such new beginnings are perceived by different societies in different ways, for our own peace of mind we need to embrace the challenge of exploring new horizons towards greater wisdom.

Described later as the mystical 12 but for now considering them on a physical level these stages are affected by hormones. From the stage of pubescence to motherhood and then menopause Lara Briden, a Naturopath has some illuminating tips on managing and balancing your hormones.

HealthNaturally10.15-2She explains that the road to progesterone is hard but exceptionally beneficial as it is your calming, soothing, happiness hormone. It acts like a neurotransmitter that promotes serenity and sleep. It boosts thyroid and metabolism. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and makes your hair grow thick and adds shine.   The only way to make this hormone naturally is to ovulate every month or to be pregnant. The process of ovulation requires high energy and high amounts of nutrients including magnesium, selenium, iodine and zinc. Without a naturopath to guide you always consider types of food to boost your trace elements as too many supplements can be hazardous. As discussed previously, consider your stress levels too as this on a long term basis can cause a depletion in progesterone production.

In another article Lara picks up on Oestrogen and how advantageous it can be not to have too much of this hormone. It causes premenstrual irritability, suppressed thyroid function and an increased risk of breast cancer.   Considerations that could lead to an overabundance include: a natural excess in early teenage years but this usually settles down within the first few, the hormonal birth control pill contains a form of oestrogen much stronger than the natural one made by the body.

HealthNaturally10.15-3In Perimenopausal women, the levels can swing erratically in both directions leading to hot flushes and insomnia due to a deficiency of oestrogen then breast pain and mood swings within only a few days where suddenly there is an excess. Progesterone helps to balance but at this stage its production is falling too. Lara recommends keeping a healthy body weight as within greater areas of adipose tissue an additional oestrogen hormone is produced; reduce alcohol to ensure natural detoxification of the hormone otherwise it can be reabsorbed back into circulation leading to a build-up. Fresh vegetables and an avoidance of inflammatory food such as diary can also help to keep the balance of hormones in check.

Change is the essence of life.
Be willing to surrender what you are
For what you could become. (Reinhold Niebuhr)

To menopause, this stage of life can be a source of enlightenment. Theorists have described a cycle with 12 points of focus within our physical and spiritual evolution including ‘Reconnection with the Feminine bringing ego redefinition and illumination, with a deep sense of your own truth, maturity and refinement from around mid-forties’. Dr Spiezia from Inlight Organics describes how it is important for women to understand and accept this rite of passage as they move from a state of giving out (looking after the needs of others) to one of looking inwards in rediscovering their own needs and true self.

JeanetteWintersonFinally back to a highly recommended new form of help to recapture your ‘va-va vroom’ during menopause; naturally. A writer, Jeanette Winterson wrote in the Guardian about finding Dr Marion Gluck a world pioneer in the prescription and preparation of Bio-identical hormone treatment for women and men.

Gluck explained that for women the ratio of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone is crucial – but that ratio changes as we do, according to our age and fertility. “Women didn’t used to live much past the menopause – let alone be starting an active and productive second life, as many women do once their children are grown-up. We are asking a huge amount of our bodies, even when they are perfectly well.”

Jeanette was put on a low dose of all three hormones and found dramatic changes within a few weeks. Her blood test just before writing the article, showed her hormones were fluctuating within an optimum range and she was feeling at home in her body once more.

Refexology and You:The Perfect Partnership- Sarahs Blog

Health, Naturally! – June 2015 – Sarah Greenhalgh                                   Jun 1st, 2015  Category: Health, Naturally!, Health, Naturally! 2015                               Taken from http://www.roselandonline.co.uk

Reflexology and You: the Perfect Partnership

HealthNaturally06.15-1This month, I had an opportunity to relive what it was like to hear about and feel Reflexology for the first time. A young couple; down in Cornwall as part of a celebration, decided to have Reflexology for the first time as part of their experience.

Both partners were very different in how they reacted to the experience the young lady was very vocal asking many questions about the ancient therapy its history and theory and exclaimed at the end ‘why haven’t I been privy to this information before, it’s amazing the way it works!’ we concluded that it would be great if it was on the national curriculum for future generations to learn how to take control of aspects of their health.

HealthNaturally06.15-3The young man came along afterwards to have his treatment. He was quiet for most of his Reflexology session but at the end marveled at how he felt the connections in the referral areas of his body while I stimulated the reflex points on his feet. As you can imagine, such enthusiasm was a delight. So with hope of promoting Reflexology further; this article is how Hand Reflexology can be an aid for those struggling with hay-fever or sinusitis, problematic for some at this time of the year.

As mentioned in previous articles, hand reflexology is a great tool to help you personally to boost areas of weakness in your body. Your fingers are the reflex areas to boost and release congestion in the sinuses and to relieve pressure in the head. I call the technique ‘rocking and rolling’ as the best way to work the fingers is to alternate your pressure from each finger as they either support or work the finger that is having the attention. See the photos that look strangely like a shadow rabbit!

HealthNaturally06.15-4Next it would be beneficial to flush the congestion away via the lymphatic system; this can be done by ‘milking the lymphatics’ by squeezing the webbing between the thumb and each adjacent finger. For best results it is important to start at the thumb and first finger as seen in the photos and then squeeze the same area between 2nd and 3rd, then 3rd and 4th followed by 4th and 5th (your little finger); But then reverse this action finishing at the thumb and 1st finger as this is the reflex point for the lymphatic duct where the upper lymphatic nodes drain into. This needs to be done on both your right and then left hand.

HealthNaturally06.15-2Finally, our thumbs relate to our neck and head reflexes with the lower joint being your neck and upper joint, your head. The arrow indicates the positioning of the cervical vertebrae; these upper bones of the spine have nerves that innervate them. To stimulate the impulses provided by these nerves is always beneficial and especially that of 2nd cervical vertebra as this one informs the sinuses, forehead and eyes so useful for sinus trouble, allergies and eye trouble. We have seven cervical vertebrae so the 2nd is found near the top of the arrow but to rub or circle the whole area indicated would be advantageous.

I do hope this information is useful for you if suffering from sinusitis or hayfever; also keep in mind in case you get a summer cold as the wind is still a little chilly. Contact details below as always if you need more advice.

Wishing you a happy and healthy summer.

Sarah Greenhalgh

Dr Spiezia talks on getting your skin ready for summer

It’s time to get your skin ready to look its best for the sunny season.

Dr Spiezia has a few tips for you to ‘awaken’ the skin ready for the summer

One of the problems, after a long winter where we are constantly covered by layers of clothing, is that the skin can lose tone and appear flabby and weak.

This is partly due to the cold: the blood vessels nearest the surface shrink, resulting in a lack of blood supply and nutrients – this impairs the production of elastin and connective tissue.

Moreover, in winter we tend to eat more fats and carbohydrates and fewer vegetables, reducing our intake of vitamins and anti-oxidants.

So, to combat this, here are a few steps to tone and awaken the skin ready for summer: – 

1) Temperature is key! try and set the temperature to 36-7°C when in the shower. Massage the skin quite firmly with a loofah glove to activate the epidermal circulation and naturally remove dead cells. Reduce the water temperature now to make it fresh and stimulating.

2)Don’t stay in the shower more than 10-15 minutes to avoid damaging the hydrolipidic layer of the skin.

3)Dry your skin with a towel and massage in Inlight Organic Firm & Tone Oil, rich in Vitamin E and a fusion of toning botanInlight Organic Body Care at Kynance beachicals, that will sink into your skin making it feel instantly tight and revitalized. Firmly massage the oil towards the lymphatic system to move any residual toxins trapped in the dermis.

4)Use Inlight Organic Body Oil with Arnica, To support fragile vessels and skin that bruises easily, which has provides a dual tightening and therapeutic effect, with a comforting, relaxing fragrance.

5) Remember to include Vitamin C in your daily diet, if possible by eating lots of fresh food, or take Vitamin C with bio-flavonoids as a supplement together with a Silica and Vitamin B complex.

My priority is the health and well-being of my patients and customers. My holistic approach to organic skincare reflects my observation of how the way you look and feel plays a big role.

Wishing you a happy, sunny time

Dr Mariano Spiezia

Dr Spiezia