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6 ways to avoid workout burnout

6 ways to avoid workout burnout

You might be pushing too hard. You might be expecting too much. Or you might just be bored out of your mind. Whatever the reason, mental and physical burnout is rapidly becoming a modern epidemic and it’s stressing a lot of us ou. While regular exercise is a proven antidote to work-induced stress, if you’re stretching your body too far or labouring through a lacklustre...

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Sciatica: a pain in the bottom!

Sciatica: a pain in the bottom!

If you have ever suffered from sciatica (a pain caused by irritation and compression of the sciatic nerve) you will know it is a very uncomfortable feeling. At worst the pain can run through your lower back, pelvis, buttocks and all the way down your legs to your feet. This pain may manifest as tingling and numbness often worse when sitting for a long period...

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Confused Over What to Eat?

Confused Over What to Eat?

We have access to so much more information than ever before in history, and yet some of us are more confused about what we should be eating, what is healthy and what’s not. This is understandable as there is a wide diversity of opinions out there on what to eat: theories, experts, scientific studies and so on. There are people telling us to eat paleo because...

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Weight Training for Women

Weight Training for Women

This month our therapist Amanda Burnett discusses the importance of weight training for women “Anyone who knows me knows that I love to stay fit and strong, and for a long time I thought (as a lot of women do) that the way to do that was spend hours at classes jumping around or on a treadmill.  I thought it was the best way to burn calories...

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What is ‘functional fitness’ and what is it doing in a Barre class?

If you’ve ever tried Veronika’s BarreConcept or Pilates class you’ve probably heard her talking about functional fitness and functional exercises. From squats to lunges, we incorporate it in every single class. In a barre class we do lots of pulses, we move up and down an inch – all movements requiring a small range of motion. Those are great for providing a big burn and...

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Top Five Stretches To Prevent Neck Tension

Pain in the neck..? We all get neck tension from time to time and for lots of different reasons, and as a massage therapist Jane has seen many clients complain of a sore neck over the years. Here are her top 5 tips and stretches to release that tension and strengthen the neck muscles. These take seconds to do and if practised on a regular basis you’ll soon...

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Everything You’ve Always Wanted To Know About Ayurveda (But Were Afraid To Ask)

Everything You’ve Always Wanted To Know About Ayurveda (But Were Afraid To Ask)

Ayurveda is an ancient health system developed by the wise sages of India thousands of years before modern medicine. Ayurveda is a sanskrit word meaning ‘science of life’ (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). As this translation indicates, it is a system to promote a happy, health life – and it’s a vast, yet comprehensive, system that incorporates a wide variety of methods both for preventing ill-health...

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Stop Living With Discomfort – Get a Massage!

Stop Living With Discomfort – Get a Massage!

You don't have to treat your body like a sanctuary but that means you should treat it like a fairground. A massage will prevent tension from settling into your neck, shoulders and other parts of your body.


How Acupuncture Can Help With Sleep Issues

How Acupuncture Can Help With Sleep Issues

Acupuncture can help you sleep as well as those kittens.. You try very hard not to look at the clock to check what time it is. “Don’t look at the clock, no don’t! Just breathe, focus on your breath, meditate and you will get to sleep.”   Here we are again, it’s the middle of the night and you can’t sleep. You have tossed and turned, your...

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What to Expect in a Barre Class: Learn to Speak Fluent Barre

What to Expect in a Barre Class: Learn to Speak Fluent Barre

Trying a new workout class is always terrifying, especially if it comes with its very own special language. You don’t need to know it all straightaway, but here are some of the key phrases to get you started on your barre journey: Plié: A plié is a movement in which you bend the knees and straightens them again, usually with the hips turned out and the...

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