£15 Ticket includes 20% off Neal’s Yard products on the night and a goody bag. There will be a refreshments and nibbles. You will also be able to redeem the ticket price against treatments booked with Giacomo within a month of the workshop.
The sensorial herbalism workshop is designed to facilitate your intuitive connection with common medicinal herbs. You will be guided on a sensorial journey to connect with herbal medicines in their dried, infused, and tinctured form. This process will allow to gain experiential wisdom that you will be able to apply to your everyday life. You will also receive a 50ml tincture at the end of the workshop to take home with you This will take place on the shop floor and will sell out quickly so don’t delay ringing to secure your place.
Event on shopfloor at Neal’s Yard Remedies, 11 Northumberland Place, Bath, BA1 5AR Call to book 01225 466944
Event on shopfloor of Neal’s Yard Remedies, 11 Northumberland Place, Bath, BA1 5AR Call to book 01225 466944 www.nealsyardbath.com
£15 Ticket includes a goody bag and 20% off on any shopping on the night. Also redeemable against treatments with Beth within a month of the event.
Beth will talk you through a sequence stimulating the facial marma points. Energy blockages are released here. The stresses of everyday life can build up within our facial muscles. This gentle technique can help to delay the aging process by releasing deep-seated tensions and freeing layers of muscle and connective tissues. Facial muscle tone and elasticity are improved. This workshop will give you the tools to be able to give yourself a natural face lift.
To book or learn more, call 01225466944 or contact Beth via her website www.rockrosetherapies.co.uk
£15 Ticket includes a goody bag and 20% off any shopping on the night. Also redeemable against treatments with Jo King within a month of the event.
Jo is excited to offer a talk and demonstration on reflexology and mindful reflexology which incorporates the vagus nerve, both modalities are relaxing and powerful, healing and balancing.
Dive deeper with a vagal nerve mindful reflexology/demo. This type of reflexology specifically works with your fight or flight reaction center, which we can all experience on a day to day level. It goes that little bit deeper so you can just be in your body and let go of intrusive or unhelpful repetitive thoughts. It also assists in grounding, so truly connects you to Source. Each session is unique to the individual and allows you to feel held, supported and connected.
On the shop floor Thursday, 15th September 2022 6pm till 7:30pm
If you’ve ever wondered what kinesiology is and how it works, here’s your chance to find out.
Kinesiologist Caroline Metz will introduce you to this intriguing therapy and demonstrate it in action. There will be an opportunity to experience kinesiology muscle testing yourself and to learn how it’s used for food intolerance testing. Bring food items to test!
This will be a relaxed, informal and hands-on session, of interest to anyone who would like to find out more about kinesiology and explore how to get to the root of their health issues.
Ticket price is redemable on treatments booked up to 1 month after the talk/event.
Book your place by phoning the shop on 01225 466944
Caroline Metz has been working at Neal’s Yard Remedies as a practitioner for many years and sees clients with issues ranging from headaches, low energy and anxiety to digestive problems, eczema and asthma, and much more! She specialises in working with children and teenagers.
Caroline has always been an advocate of natural health and discovered kinesiology when it helped her son over 12 years ago. After being made redundant from her job shortly afterwards, she was inspired by this experience to train as a kinesiologist. More recently, she qualified as a reiki practitioner and teacher.
She has a passion for natural health and the ability of the body to heal itself, given the right tools and support, and is especially interested in how our emotions affect our physical health. She is dedicated to prevention as well as alleviating conditions. Her aim is to guide and support you to optimum health in a holistic way that works for you as an individual. Her approach is non-judgemental, calm and compassionate.
Kinesiology is a simple, non-invasive therapy, suitable for all age-groups. It uses muscle testing to detect imbalances in the body which are causing symptoms and corrects those imbalances using nutritional supplements, flower remedies, emotional stress release techniques, stimulation of lymphatic points and energy work.
Like many people, I have long been aware of Bach Rescue Remedy and had used it once or twice, although it wasn’t really on my radar. It wasn’t until I began working at Neal’s Yard Remedies Bath in August 2018 that I became more aware of the whole range of flower remedies and their potential to play a big part in our health and wellbeing. As I listened to colleagues talking to customers about the remedies, I became fascinated by their gentle healing powers and made it my mission to find out more.
I was in the middle of a year-long foundation course in Herbal Medicine when the pandemic hit in 2020. The course was a distance learning one, so it was ideal for me to complete this during that long summer of lockdowns, and gave me a real focus during that difficult time. However, the uncertainty of that period made me question the wisdom of going on to the three-year full-time degree course in herbal medicine – and it was then that I had a light bulb moment! I just knew that it was the flower remedies I wanted to study instead – I instinctively felt that this was the direction meant for me and I enrolled, full of anticipation, on Part 1 of the Bach Flower Remedies training.
The course, despite taking place via Zoom due to the pandemic, was expertly run and utterly fascinating. I felt a whole new world had opened up to me and I soaked up all this fascinating new information like a sponge.
The flower remedies are a wonderful way to address negative feelings and emotions (and haven’t we all had a lot of those during the last couple of years?). Dr Bach, who developed this system during the 1930s, believed that physical symptoms and disease manifest from a negative emotional state – and of course now it is widely acknowledged that the mind and body are closely linked and that mental and physical health go hand in hand.
How wonderful to be able to address anxiety, worry, uncertainty, feelings of inadequacy or of over-worry for others by using gentle, powerful flower remedies – which have no side effects, are really easy to take and are completely safe for everyone to use.
From Mimulus which helps with fear of known things (like a job interview or exams) to Aspen for fear of unknown things (a vague feeling of apprehension but not really knowing why), Walnut (for protection from overbearing people in our lives or to help with changes such as moving house or going to a new school) to Elm (for capable people who just feel temporarily overwhelmed with all their responsibilities). This is just the tip of the iceberg – there are 38 remedies (plus Rescue or Five Flower Remedy) which can be taken individually or in a blend tailored to our needs. At Neal’s Yard Remedies we sell the Healing Herbs range, which are prepared and created to the exact method created by Dr Bach.
I am very excited about moving on to Part 2 of my training this year and fully intend to carry on to Part 3 (Practitioner Level). I have seen the (sometimes quite profound) benefits of using the remedies with my own family and now I love to share my passion with our lovely Neal’s Yard customers.
I’m very much looking forward to hosting some special events at our Bath store over the coming months, where customers will have the opportunity to make up their own flower remedy blend to take home.
So, watch this space for more information about upcoming workshops/events and in the meantime feel free to come into the shop to chat to our friendly team about the wonderful world of flower remedies.
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.
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.
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
“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.
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