11 Northumberland Place, Bath, BA1 5AR

01225 466 944

Mother’s Day Workshop

Join us for a Wellbeing Workshop

Thursday 24th March
6pm – 7pm

Jane is looking forward to showing us how to prepare a spring clean body scrub. 

At this workshop we will be blending therapeutic essential oils and handcrafting the perfect body scrub for you or your mother while discovering expert tips to enhance wellbeing in daily life.

“Over winter our skin on our body can become dull, dry and itchy. A simple ‘from the larder’ body scrub can help peel back the layers to reveal softer, brighter skin.”

Tickets £15 redeemable against purchases and we are offering 20% discount on any purchases on the night. 

Limited spaces so book today.

Ask in-store or ring 01225 466944 for details

The Incredible Being That You Are

Your body is truly regenerative when you know how to feed and take care of it. And this all starts with gut health.

Each one of us exists thanks to an amazing living community of cells, bacteria, fungi & Protozoa, that balance each other for our wellbeing – welcome to your microbiome.

Your microbiome is found in your gut, on your skin, in your eyes, in your brain – it’s in every tissue that creates your existence. When this living community teaming with life becomes unbalanced we become physically ill and mentally stressed. A compromised microbiome stops your cells from communicating properly, with gut problems, allergies, a weakened immune system and chronic illnesses the result.

There is currently a radical changing paradigm underway in relation to our wellbeing, with research showing our health is determined by the relationship between our food and our gut microbiome, along with the relationship between our gut microbiome and the mitochondria within each cell of our body.

This eco-system determines whether we have a strong immune system, how stressed we feel and how happy we are. Gut issues are a signal from the body that this system needs support.

The foods we eat and the way they are grown, determine our immune function, vitality, brain function and emotional well-being, as they move through a digestive process which relies upon the health of this eco-system that underpins it, which can only function well when the food we eat is grown in soil that is alive — our health and the health of the planet are intimately connected.

Ayurveda, one of the worlds oldest healing systems, places gut health firmly at the centre of its approach to preventative healthcare and healing. It is a health system that connects us back to nature, recognising that we are part of nature and need to live in balance with it, through our food and lifestyle choices. When we don’t do this, Ayurveda explains that digestion suffers, immune function deteriorates and the conditions for disease have been created.

We are living through a time in which we can leap forward into a global food future that brings health to us and at the same time, care for the planet. We can step into this future by acknowledging the harm done by the chemical food production system and switching to regenerative farming, agroforestry and wilding approaches, which will return the life to our soils, nourishment to our food, and well-being to us.

We appear to be at a transition, with science acknowledging the Ayurvedic view, that both physical and mental health are based upon healthy digestion. And, this coincides with the understanding about the symbiotic relationship between the microbiome in the soil, how we grow our food, the microbiome in our gut, and our own biology.

There is a lot to feel optimistic about, but it all begins with understanding the choices we make about the food we eat and the way it is grown, along with how the things we consume through all our senses — our lifestyle choices — impact us. Ayurveda offers a constitutional blueprint for 3 main different constitutional types which covers this. The blueprint includes some simple lifestyle guidance appropriate for all constitutions that includes the following:

  • Live to a natural rhythm
  • Eat and make life choices that support your constitution to stay in balance
  • Eat you main meal at lunchtime when your digestive fire is at its strongest
  • Eat food that has been grown in living soils without the use of chemicals
  • Change your food and other life choices to balance the effects of the changing seasons
  • Carry out an Ayurvedic cleanse between winter and spring, and between summer and autumn
  • Get up at dawn and be asleep by 10 pm

It would be a rare person who followed these guidelines all the time without fail, but these 7 tips can have a huge impact upon your health, giving you a foundation for a happy, healthy life. If you would like to know more pop into the shop for a free 15 minute chat.

Lucy Fleetwood, of Fleetwood Health Coaching, is a health coach and long-time specialist in food sustainability, soil, and food growing. She helps people return to a healthy life balance through the food they eat and stress reduction, using the following approaches:

Lucy is a qualified Coach, Ayurvedic Consultant, and Solution Focused Hypnotherapist, working from the Neal’s Yard therapy rooms on Fridays between 2 pm and 7 pm. Lucy has memberships with The Coaching Association, National Council for Hypnotherapy, and Ayurvedic Professionals Association. She is also a long-time specialist in food sustainability, soil, and food growing.

Ayurveda is a preventative healthcare approach and ancient life science that helps to restore and strengthen your body’s innate regenerative abilities.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, applies the knowledge of neuroscience in combination with guided relaxation to help reduce stress, which nurtures a neural network that supports a more balanced life.

Therapy Rooms Open Evening 24/10/19

Please join us once again for our Therapy Rooms Open Evening …

Come and meet our therapists at Neal’s Yard Bath and find out how they work.

We have plenty in store for you on the evening including mini facials on the shop floor, seated massage, tongue and pulse diagnosis, spinal alignment checks and many other mini treatments in one of our 5 therapy rooms.

We will also have informal chats with our Herbalist, Nutritional therapist, Kinesiologist, Acupuncturist and others on the shop floor and of course organic nibbles and wine or sparkling non-alcoholic drinks.

Buy £5 tickets on-line or just turn up on the night. Book your self in for some mini treatments.

Ticket price is redeemable against any treatment booked on the night or within one month.

24th October 2019

18:30 – 20:30

11 Northumberland Place BATH BA1 5AR

Open evening 24th October 6.30 – 8.30pm

Come and meet our therapists and find out which therapies would suit you. Try a taster session such as mini facial, tongue and pulse diagnosis, chair massage, reiki or a spinal check.

Tickets £5 redeemable against any treatment booked that night.

This event has now passed and we’ll have another one in 2020.

Become a Facial Energy Release – face therapy practitioner

2019 Training in Bath   October 12/13 – Module 1
 November 16/17 – Module 2

Location: Harvest Moon Practice  Bath BA16JZ  
“This is how it feels to have your face softly ironed by your favourite seraph” 
(Olivia Lichtenstein for The Sunday Times)

Click here for past student testimonials
A unique holistic, rejuvenating, blissfully gentle facial massage. Sometimes known as “Fingertip Face Lift”, “Angels Touch” and” Rejuvanessence” – working on the fascia, reflex points and nerve endings it restores the natural flow of energy, inducing deep calm and wellbeing. Blissful to receive, lovely to give. It is an especially attractive treatment to offer alongside your main therapy and, because of its gentleness is also lighter on your hands!  four individual separate sessions  Each session of FER -face therapy is unique and works on a separate part of the face, neck, scalp and shoulders A popular and deeply releasing treatment.

A four-day course set over two weekends teaches you a totally new therapy – to be sold as a course of four, not just an add on. After graduation and on completion of four case studies the advanced course teaches you sessions five and a top-up Click here for further course details

A wonderful gentle, life affirming technique to accompany your other therapies

CPD approved by AOR and IFPA

Possible benefits More than just a  beauty treatment, this face therapy restores the natural flow of energy, balancing and revitalising: Profoundly relaxing and healing to body, mind and spirit Release of stressful experiences, instilling confidence and empowerment Releases blocked energy, by working on reflex points and meridians, easing headaches, jaw and shoulder pain,  sinus problems and insomnia Improves skin tone & restores natural elasticity of face Reduces fine lines and wrinkle and firms jaw line Creates a more youthful radiant expressive and relaxed appearance detoxifying the face and system Slows the ageing process
Copyright © 2019 Facial Energy Release – Face Therapy Training, All rights reserved.

The Art of Doing Nothing

“In our busy, fast-paced Western world, we tend to work too much, rest too little and live in a way that rewards achievement, so that we are driven to do too much. We’ve forgotten how to be; how to live a more peaceful, calm and contented life. In Chinese Medical terms, we are living too much from the Yang energy and we are seriously depleting our Yin. Yet Yin is the extremely important energy that needs to be nourished and enhanced in order to be healthy and to succeed”.   (Lillian Pearl Bridges) 

For optimum health and wellbeing our bodies require the harmonious balance of our Yin & Yang* energies.  We embody these two aspects and they govern our daily rhythms (night/day, sleep/ activity), our lifetime cycles (eg. hormonal shifts, growth, development ageing) encompassing all aspects of our physical , psychological and mental-emotional functioning .  
Not only do our bodies reflect these complementary forces but so does the natural world of which we are part of.  

For example, the seasons are aspects of Yin and Yang , Summer (hot) is Yang and Winter (cold) Yin.  We respond to these shifts. We feel the warmth of the sun on our bodies in summer and are actively outdoors.  We feel the coldness penetrate our bones during winter and instinctively like to be snug and warm at home. . 

In functioning of the human body Yang is the field of activity of the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal medulla ( makes adrenaline), mobilises our resources for action, responds to stimuli, gets us moving. Yin is the complementary field of activity of the parasympathetic nervous system and adrenal cortex (amongst other things produces steroid hormones) which governs nourishment, maintenance, repair and storage of our cells.  Yin/Yang equilibrium can be seen as the relative balance within these two branches of the central nervous system,  and of the endocrine system; a dynamic relationship. 

Yin provides a still point for the body to refresh, restore and regenerate it’s energies. It is easily depleted by overstimulation. Physically this appears as exhaustion, nutrient depletion and restlessness .  It is nourished through adequate rest, quietness and turning our attention inward.  Yang gives us our motivating force that propels us into action. It is orientated towards doing rather than its Yin counterpart of being.  It is nourished through movement and activity.  Yang warms the body.  It governs metabolic processes.  It gives strength to muscles and bones. 

Deficient Yin energy is characterised by the loss of the ability to calm and soothe the system . Exhaustion is deep rooted and the nervous system is ‘wired’.
Yang becomes deficient through inactivity, repeated exposure to cold weather or cold environments , through eating too many cold foods.  Yang deficiency can lead to fatigue, lethargy and depression. 

Our Yin is being severely depleted by our overly aggressive Yang in every field of life.  Expansion, speed, rapid growth , competition,  fast communication technologies , noise, over consumption, war/destruction.  In our current times not only is the earth being stripped and worked to exhaustion but this is mirrored in the the health of people with non stop activity.  This permeates not only our working lives but also our leisure time.  So many of us have become adrenaline junkies. The truth is that ultimately this renders us unproductive and ineffective.  

If we look at the natural world we see that living things come into being following periods of cultivation, concentrated nourishment and stillness. We sow seeds in winter and see the plant emerge in Spring, blossom in summer and shed itself late summer and autumn.  We need to follow these cycles within ourselves and engender what our bodies need at the right time and season . 

We need to nourish ourselves in every way so that our Yin is strengthened.  Not only will this then allow effective and sustained periods of activity when needed but this will profoundly benefit our energy and mental – emotional balance .  Connecting with our life giving and life protecting Yin qualities will engender calm and stillness in our inner and outer worlds.  We will then be able to extend this to others around us. 

There are various strategies for nourishing  our Yin:-

☯ Cultivating our Yin energies means being reflective and quiet.  On a psychological level this is an acceptance of oneself, an inner calm and the ability to simply be.  From this place within ourselves we can go with the flow of our lives. 

☯ Meditate, practice mindfulness, rest up/power nap; breath deeply . All of these things will calm the central nervous system.  They soothe the mind.  Breath work will oxygenate the blood.  Rejuvenated we can gain an inner peace and different perspective on our life.

☯ Practice Yoga, Pilates tai chi qi-gong Walk in nature  and get clear oxygen into your lungs . Eastern exercise cultivates our Qi meaning it restores our vital energy.  Pushing the body beyond its limits actually depletes it.  Be mindful that health and fitness do not necessarily go hand in hand.  Go to the gym, run by all means if that’s what you enjoy but counter-balance this with restorative activities. 

☯ Turn off tv, pc, phone – all these things have their place in our work life and leisure time however their electro magnetic field (EMF) can disrupt our bodies electro-magnetic field.  Take time to tap into your creativity instead – draw/paint , make things, cook, write a poem, keep a journal.  All of these things deepen and enrich our experience of ourself and the gifts / talents that we have to contribute in a beautiful and uplifting way.

☯ Actively listen, that includes listening to ourselves through self reflection.  Being receptive to others & our environment will allow us to heighten our awareness and take right action.  What is our hearts deepest desire? how do we feel when the chatter of our mind stops, what intuitively are we drawn to?  We can gain wisdom from our own deep experience of life but also from listening and learning from others, taking time for people. 

☯ In terms of foods a Yin nourishing diet is mineral and vitamin rich.  Such foods penetrate deeply into the body. Incorporate a small amount of high quality protein with wide range of fruit and vegetables.  A little meat (especially duck), fish, eggs, seafood. Wheat and oats are very nutritious. Seeds and beans are full of concentrated nourishment.  Yin deficiency in the body can lead to dryness (e.g. dry eyes, skin, itchy throat, dry cough, constipation).  Foods with a high water and mucilage content such as marrow, pears, chia seeds are recommended. 

☯ Stimulants, especially the more drying ones such as coffee, alcohol, very hot spices can exhaust the Yin and dehydrate fluids.  Rosehip and hibiscus tea is moistening, also juices with cucumber, celery, melon.  Supplements of Royal Jelly and aloe vera are helpful.It is important not to overdo it with Yin foods.  

Remember that it is maintaining a balance between Yin and Yang which is needed.   The sage Lao Tzu expresses this beautifully in the Tao Te Ching.
‘….All beings support yin and embrace yangand the interplay of these two forces fills the universeYet only at the still point, between the breathing in and the breathing outcan one capture the two in perfect harmony ….’

Teresa Syed, traditional acupuncturist is at Neals Yard therapy rooms on Thursdays 9.30am – 6pm.
If you would like to book an acupuncture treatment or explore with her how acupuncture may be able to help you then call 01225 466944

* Yin/Yang – a concept through which the ancient Chinese perceived everything in and around us as comprising of these two interdependent qualities.  This model is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a way to understand ill health and disease on a physical, mental emotional and psychological level and in order to restore the body’s equilibrium to good health. 

Join Christiane from the 30 June – 06 July 2019 and be fit for the summer

Fasting with Christiane Ley

Start your summer 2019 with a fun challenge that will teach you how to gently and naturally de-tox, how to use fasting to work towards your ideal weight and improve your overall state. In this week programme, you will learn:

– How to fast in different modes to work towards your ideal weight, tackle your health issues, maintain your good health and boost immunity.

– How to use smoothies effectively and to harvest the power of nature to learn what your body essentially needs, aid the release of toxins and strengthen your immune system.

– How to use special alkaline salts to release toxins and acidity in a safe and gentle way.

– How to use warm water effectively to support you during de-tox and fasting.

What to expect

– Christiane will provide you with a guide you for the week and will be fasting with you. She will be available throughout to support you through this process. You will experience, particularly using the Buchinger method, what a profound effect fasting can have on your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. 

– During this week, your experience will be supported by concentrating on green smoothies and alkaline bathing.

– If you live in or around the Bath area the group can meet live. You will get further information upon booking and once numbers have been confirmed. 

– The cost of this programme will be £80 for the week. 
To book please email: homeoley@gmail.com or text Christiane on 07532 02 01 06

– Please note places will be filled on a first come first served basis. Get in touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Saying Goodbye to Celia

From Celia;

I would like to wish a fond farewell to all the lovely customers and clients I have had the privilege to know over the last 13 years at Neal’s Yard Remedies. 29th December was my last day in the therapy room as I am going to now focus on finishing my degree training to become an Addictions Counsellor where I will hopefully one day incorporate all the knowledge of natural health learned while working at this beacon of light in Bath🌟

PS I will continue to practice from Rode near Frome, contact me via my website http://www.bathholistic.co.uk

Sleeping Soundly Workshop; Thursday, 15th March, 18:30–19:30

Do you wake up tired and needing more sleep?

Come and book a place on our workshop where Kinesiologist Caroline Metz and Herbalist Amanda Lewis Starks will share natural and gentle ways to slip into a restful nights sleep and wake refreshed.


Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets: £20 includes handouts and a sleep kit.

Pop in or call 01225 466944 to book your place

15th March at 18:30–19:30
Neal’s Yard Remedies, 11 Northumberland Pl, BA1 5AR Bath

UK bans microbeads in beauty products in bid to cut plastic in oceans

Tipper Lewis, Herbalist and head of training at Neal’s Yard Remedies, said: “We think the ban is absolutely fantastic.

“We use all sorts of things instead of plastic; rosehip seed powder which we can use for facial products, we’ve got pumice powder which we use in body products, it’s a bit more exfoliating… and we’ve got ground rice powder which we use in our facial scrubs as well.

“The benefits of these is they’re all biodegradable so they break down in the oceans, they don’t get into the food chains and we don’t end up eating them.”

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