Meet The Team
7 Ways to Love Being PregnantNov 2019
How to De-Stress at HomeNov 2019
Year of the Vegan? By Sara NivenNov 2019
Treatment of the month - Plant Power Face & Back RejuvenationNov 2019
A Stress-Free Christmas at SenSpaOct 2019
A Twilight Spa Evening at SenSpaOct 2019
Introducing SenSpa's Charity of the YearSep 2019
Top 7 Tips to Keep Your Heart HappySep 2019
Faking It - How is your relationship with sleep?Sep 2019
Top Tips to Relieve a MigraineSep 2019
Natural Beauties by Sara NivenSep 2019
Mum's the wordSep 2019
Congratulations on your upcoming arrival!
Pregnancy is a wonderfully exciting time, but for some it is not always a walk in the park. From early on, lots of women will experience morning sickness hot flushes and getting comfortable for a good night’s sleep becomes a struggle. Before your little one arrives, take some time to look after yourself so that you can enjoy this time as much as possible. Here are our 7 ways to enjoy being pregnant!
1. Keep active
According to the NHS, staying active during pregnancy can help women to cope during labour and with getting back into shape after giving birth - that's definitely a good reason to get moving! Find activities you enjoy such as pregnancy yoga or swimming, or perhaps join a mother to be walking group. These are also a great way to socialise and meet other mother’s to be.
2. Treat yourself to a new wardrobe
As your bump expands, you will need a whole new wardrobe – there has never been a better reason to go shopping! Treat yourself to a few maternity must haves – jeans with an elastic waistband, a few staple work pieces and some nice tops for when you want to dress up. As your pregnancy progresses, you may notice that you are always feeling hot. Due to hormone changes and an increased blood supply to the skin, your body temperate will likely increase. To keep cooler, try to wear clothing made from natural fibres as these are breathable and more absorbent.
3. Pregnancy massage
Becoming a mum is hard work and sometimes you need a caring break from that lower back ache and tired legs and a SenSpa pregnancy massage is exactly what you need! Using specialised Swedish style massage techniques, your pregnancy massage will help to ease any discomfort, focusing on your legs and lower back. It will also help soothe and nourish your skin so you can look and feel your best. Our pregnancy massage uses an organic jojoba oil, which is completely safe for you and your baby and has been midwife approved, to help nurture you both through this delicate time.
4. Take some time out
Pregnancy is one of the few times in life where it is perfectly acceptable to relax and enjoy it! People will never be more willing to help you out, so let them do the washing up or carry a box for you! If someone offers you a seat, take the opportunity to take some weight off your feet. Rather than feeling guilty, pass on the favour to another pregnant woman later. Make time to do the things you might not normally, like taking a long bubble bath or using a nourishing hair mask like SenSpa's Lava Clay mask.
5. Treat yourself to some pampering products
During pregnancy, parts of your body such as your feet and hands may be prone to swelling due to water retention. Particularly at the end of the day and further towards the end of your pregnancy. This is the perfect time to treat yourself to some quality, natural products ready to pamper yourself. SenSpa’s Nourishing Moisture Bliss Body Butter is the perfect product for mother’s to be. At the end of a long day, take a relaxing shower before using the nourishing body butter on your bump and to massage your swollen ankles and hands. Then, all that’s left to do is sit back and put your feet up (that will help to reduce the swelling too!).
6. Become a model for the day
A maternity photoshoot is a wonderful way to capture the magical moments of pregnancy to then share and remember your beautiful baby bump and how amazing women's bodies are. It may also be a great chance to get Dad involved and have some lovely pictures whilst it’s still just the two of you. Photographs are the perfect way to remember those precious moments – it’s a keepsake you’ll be thankful for, for many years to come.
7. Practice mindfulness exercises
The practice of mindfulness can help to deal with the rollercoaster of emotions that many pregnant women deal with. Mindfulness is a form of meditation that enables our minds to relax whilst still being alert, taking in your thoughts and feelings as the moment happens.
How to practice mindfulness during pregnancy:
- Choose a space that is calm and quiet where you will not be disturbed
- Make sure that you are comfortable
- Focus on the present moment and allow yourself to do nothing, just be
- Focus on your breathing, physical sensations and the sounds around you
- If your mind drifts away, simply bring your attention back to where you are
This will help to give yourself a little break from the worries of pregnancy and focus on the little life that you are growing. A positive mind set is also a part of practicing mindfulness. By savouring the positives of each day, you will begin to notice happy moments. Make your mindfulness practice part of your routine and who knows, it may even help to reduce the pain during delivery as you will be in a wonderful, relaxed state of mind!
There has never been a better excuse for some ‘me’ time. Before your little bundle of joy arrives, visit SenSpa for a Mother-to-be Spa Day. Specially designed for expecting mothers, your body will be left glowing, your mind renewed and your soul soothed as you embark on this exciting new chapter in your life.
4th November marks the start of ‘Stress Awareness Week’ which means, there is no better time to stop and ask ourselves the question “Am I doing ok?”
Unfortunately stress is something we all experience whether it's in our personal or work lives. It's important to take control of your stress levels and adopt some simple techniques to take home with you after a long day.
With a diploma in Stress Management, we asked Spa Director, Lina Lotto for her top 3 tips on de-stressing at home:
It’s the single most effective thing you can do to calm the nervous system, fortify your stress response and give your mind and body the rest you know it deserves. And you may be thinking that you breathe naturally, but actually many of us don’t. Just watch a young child breathe – it’s almost always into their belly. Most of us have faced stressful situations or we live daily with low level stress. This can make us habitual shallow breathers, or we can over breathe, both symptoms of stress. These types of breathing deprive our bodies of the oxygen it needs to function optimally, either by not taking enough in or by upsetting the delicate O2 / CO2 balance that we require to use oxygen effectively. Just 10 minutes of slow, deep, gentle breathing at the end of a busy day can make a world of difference to your response to stress.
Even just for 10 minutes at the end of day. It’s good for everyone and especially for people doing repetitive work or sitting at desks all day. Over time, if we sit in the same position or use certain muscles in a repetitive way we shorten one muscle group and elongate the other. Our muscles are designed to work together in perfect parity to maintain posture and give us strength to perform tasks. When muscle groups become imbalanced it is important to restore equilibrium. Yoga is superb at doing this as it both strengthens and stretches the muscles and you can focus on the whole body or specific areas where relief is most needed. As a SenSpa member you can access our yoga classes free of charge. Alternatively I can highly recommend Barbara Benagh’s superb yoga DVD for beginners called Yoga for Stress Relief.
The bathroom is one of the few refuges in the home where you can lock the door and have time to yourself; this is especially true in a busy household. Run a warm bath but not too hot as it is too stimulating and may prevent you from sleeping (37 – 39 degrees is ideal). Put a couple of handfuls of our Himalayan Bath Salts and soak. Warm water is comforting, nurturing, cleansing and relaxing. There’s nothing like it to soak away the stresses of the day.
To unwind, de-stress and recharge why not book a much-needed spa day? Leave all your cares at the threshold when you enter our tranquil spa, hidden in the depths of the New Forest.
Thinking of joining the increasing number of Brits going vegan? Sara Niven takes a look at a few of the things to consider when opting for a plant-based diet.
The Vegan Society marked their 75th anniversary this year and with World Vegan month taking place this November, it seems they have many reasons to be celebrating.
A survey last year reported that the number of vegans in the UK has doubled from 300,000 to 600,000 since 2016. Back in 2008, The Vegan Society estimated the figure as being around 15,000, showing a vast shift in the last decade.
The shift isn’t just restricted to the UK either, with correspondents from the Economist and Forbes magazine dubbing 2019 the “Year of the Vegan.”
“The image of veganism is undergoing the most radical change in its history, while shedding some tired, old stereotypes,” says Dominika Piasecka, spokeswoman for The Vegan Society. “It’s no longer portrayed as an unusual lifestyle, rather it is associated with health, fitness and wellbeing. When we were originally founded, a handful of people ran the charity and it had just over 20 members. Today, we are going from strength to strength.”
As numbers have grown and attitudes have changed, so too have everyone’s options.
A veggie (not vegan) relative of mine, tells the story of being invited to a party back in the 80’s. While the other guests tucked into the birthday buffet, she was given a plate of plain boiled pasta and handed a bottle of ketchup. The host had no idea how to cater for her “special diet” as they put it. It is impossible to imagine this now being the case for vegans, let alone vegetarians.
“In the past, vegans could only buy alternatives to animal products in special health food shops and even soya milk was a rare sight,” adds Dominika. “Now supermarkets fight one another to the latest vegan product launch and restaurant menus are full of delicious, nutritious vegan options.”
That’s great news on lots of levels but as Maria Paula Goncalves (MSc, PhD), a food scientist and certified nutritionist points out, when it comes to ensuring a healthy diet there’s far more to it than simply cutting certain food groups out.
Nutritional considerations for an animal free diet
“Not every food that is vegan or vegetarian is healthy and some people who cut out meat or other animals products aren’t necessarily eating the right amount of fruit and vegetables; some may simply increase their intake of refined carbohydrates, such as pasta, pizza, bread or potatoes,” says Maria, who is based at the Synthesis Clinic in Hampshire.
“Protein is a very important nutrient and how much we need varies according to a range of factors including life stage and medical conditions, ongoing treatment or surgery. If you decide to go vegan, you must ensure you are getting enough and account for the fact that plant protein is less bioavailable, as our digestive systems absorb some proteins better than others.”
Other pointers for vegans include:
“This is an essential nutrient, found naturally only in animal products, so for vegans, supplementation is necessary,” says Maria.
Dominika Piasecka agrees but does point out that it is effectively the same situation for meat eaters.
“Historically B12 is a vitamin produced by bacteria in the soil - people were getting it from stream waters, unwashed fruit and veg and animals got it through eating grass and thus soil. Now animals are fed with grain not grass, neither we or animals get enough B12 in a natural way and animal feed is supplemented with B12 so meat-eaters also eat a supplement - just indirectly.”
Up the iron
Iron is more easily absorbed from animal sources than plant sources, so it is important to ensure you are getting enough. Good plant sources of iron include lentils, beans, tofu, chia seeds, cashew nuts, kale and fortified breakfast cereal to name a few. Including vitamin C rich foods with meals also helps with iron absorption.
Keep up calcium
“If you are cutting out dairy, calcium should come from a significant consumption of cruciferous vegetables, nuts, seeds and legumes and may need to be supplemented as well,” says Maria. “Vegans also need to have extra care with omega-3 by adding chia seeds, flaxseeds and walnuts to their diet and potentially supplementing with algae-derived omega-3 sources.”
The Vegan Society recommend fortified plant milk and yoghurt or calcium set tofu as the richest sources of vegan friendly calcium.
Keep meals interesting
As Maria points out you can be a vegan and still eat an unhealthy, restrictive diet that doesn’t include enough fruit and veg. (She recommends an intake of seven plus portions as oppose the standard five additionally).
If you haven’t got much time to cook, it can be tempting to rely on pre-packed vegan standbys and ready meals of which there are now many, but try to experiment with different recipes additionally. You’ll find many online and umpteen vegan cookbooks and magazines for inspiration. In time it also becomes easier to learn how to adapt non-vegan recipes.
Consider vegan alternatives
There’s now a vegan alternative for virtually every food you can think of as PETA’s Director of Vegan Corporate Projects, Dawn Carr explains.
“From indulgent vegan doughnuts and dairy-free Magnums to plant-based chicken and bacon, you really can have an animal-free version of any food nowadays.”
Vegans who previously enjoyed the taste of meat may appreciate versions of burgers and sausages etc that replicate the real thing while others actively prefer to avoid them and don’t like the texture or see the point. Ultimately at least the choice is available.
Support for a change in diet
Organisations including The Vegan Society and PETA provide plenty of support and advice for anyone keen on converting to plant-based eating, either on a temporary basis or a longer-term commitment.
“Every year, thousands of people take our vegan pledge – over 3,000 have signed up this month already – and with World Vegan Month is the perfect opportunity for anyone to dip into the world of vegan eating for 30 days,” comments PETA’s Dawn Carr.
The Vegan Society’s VeGuide app meanwhile is a downloadable tool providing a series of short daily informational videos aimed at those keen on changing their way of eating.
Robert Gee, 66, from North Wales is among those to have used the app recently when switching from a pescatarian to vegan diet. He explains this was primarily for health reasons although he also feels he is doing his bit in terms of climate change and animal welfare issues.
“I discovered I was dairy intolerant and quickly found replacements for yoghurt and milk but cheese remains my biggest challenge – I am interested in trying to make vegan cheese from cashews and have some recipes,” he explains. My son has been vegan for 10 years so I thought I knew a lot but found the app a useful introduction; the presentation was well done and the drip feed each day made it easier to take in the information.
“I plan to continue this way of eating – it’s getting easier all the time now to find suitable products in supermarkets and there are several local restaurants that serve vegan food even in my rural area of Wales. I can now go out and really enjoy a meal without having to worry I will have a tummy upset.”
Giving up all animal products, even just for 30 days may not be on everyone’s agenda but regularly incorporating plant-based meals can be a great way of upping your intake of vegetables as well as getting us thinking about what goes into a healthy meal and what doesn’t necessarily need to.
Go Vegan at SenSpa with delicious plant-based food from Spring Green London and a brand new spa treatment that combines our expertise in alternative therapy with the power of plants.
Veganism is undergoing the most radical uplift in its history as behaviour shifts towards adopting veganism as part of a healthier lifestyle and concerns about animal exploitation grow. Plant-based diets aside, how do skincare and cosmetics fit in to this mega-trend?
We have always thought natural ingredients are better for the skin. When natural skincare products are chosen based on the needs of the individual, it helps to support the skin’s own ability to withstand environmental stress. Natural, unprocessed foods in the daily diet, some relaxation time, moving the body and a good daily skincare regime which includes cleansing with water and natural products help to restore the skin’s balance. It’s all about balance and natural skincare plays a part in maintaining equilibrium.
Here at SenSpa, we've always believed natural and organic is best and have created a brand new spa treatment that combines our expertise in alternative therapy with the power of plants - introducing the Plant Power Face and Back Rejuvenation.
A powerful multi-tasking face and back treatment to relax and rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Harnessing plant power from the Eminence Stone Crop range, this vegan friendly treatment has ability to treat multiple skin concerns as well as relieve muscle tension and stress.
What is Stone Crop?
Stone crop is a type of succulent that is extremely hardy and thrives in dry environments due to its superior ability to retain moisture. Water-storing capabilities enable stone crop to deeply hydrate and heal dry and dehydrated complexions as well as provide anti-inflammatory properties, reduce pigmentation and the signs of ageing.
What happens during the Plant Power Face & Back Rejuvenation?
The treatment begins with a massage to the back using stone crop body oil, providing deep hydration as well as relief from aches and pains. The face is then cleansed using detoxifying microgreens including broccoli, radish and clover. Rice flour is then used to buff the skin leaving a smooth texture whilst adzuki powder absorbs excess dirt and oils, purifying the skin. A face massage using stone crop oil soothes and hydrates the skin. To complete your treatment, a stone crop toner, hydrating gel, serum and moisturiser is applied and left to deeply penetrate during a soothing scalp massage.
What are the benefits?
The massage has been specifically designed to relieve muscular tension in your back, neck and shoulders. Swedish massage techniques ease tension in the mind as well as in the body leaving you feeling lighter and calmer. The microgreens in the cleanser combat the damaging effects of pollution and sun damage, alongside stone crop which reduces inflammation. The face massage increases blood flow encouraging fresh nutrients and oxygen into the skin cells and leaving a radiant glow.
Please note: This treatment is not suitable for contagious skin infections on the face, neck and chest or eye infections
Celebrate World Vegan month with us this November and book the Plant Power Face & Back Rejuvenation today.
Even the most organised of people can feel the festive stress at this time of year. Whether it’s your busy social diary, tackling the gift list as long as your arm or the thought of spending most of Christmas day sweating it out in the kitchen, it’s hard to avoid the madness.
People come to SenSpa to relax and escape and as a spa we have a duty to ensure you feel calm and rejuvenated when you leave. So how can we help make this Christmas just a little easier and more enjoyable for you this year?
The SenSpa Boutique shopping experience is a far cry from the chaos of town centres at this time of year. Whether you visit in-store or shop online, you’ll find some brilliant stocking fillers and the perfect gifts for family and friends. Whilst you’re browsing through our products in-store you’ll inhale the calming scents of SenSpa's signature scent and listen to the soothing sounds of spa music – bliss!
The Perfect Hideout
Tucked away in the heart of the enchanted New Forest, SenSpa is the perfect place to escape to this Christmas. If you’re a little overwhelmed and need to go somewhere for some un-disturbed rest and relaxation we’re here to help.
Get cosy in your spa robe, slip on your spa slippers, bring a good book and retreat to the quiet room for some ‘me’ time. If your Christmas brain is hurting a little why not indulge in a spa treatment to relax your tired muscles and busy mind? Or sip our signature tea by the pool after swimming a few lengths?
Retreat to Thailand
…but without the jetlag!
You hear of people jetting off at Christmas to avoid the stress so why not do the same but without the flying? Intensely proud of its Thai heritage, SenSpa subtly fuses the best of Eastern and Western cultures, with treatments crafted by Thai therapists around ancient rituals with a focus on the health of mind, body and soul.
Imagine waking up on Christmas morning and the only thing you have to think about is how you’d like your eggs for breakfasts, or when to go for a swim or soak in the hydro pool? Rather than slaving away on Christmas day preparing your festive feast, simply walk from your room to the restaurant for all your favourite trimmings, all ready and cooked for you to enjoy.
Filled with the enticing aromas of winter fires, fresh pine, mulled wine, and delicious food, the hotel is the perfect place to escape to for the festive season, filled with traditional decorations to keep you in the festive mood.
When it comes to the festive season, a spa break offers a sense of wellbeing that’s always truly welcome in the winter months, and makes for a decisively positive note on which to begin the next chapter.
A great spa taster or the perfect evening indulgence with friends and loved ones – the Twilight Spa experience.
Perfect for the dedicated spa-goer who's busy by day or for mums in need of relaxation, a twilight spa session is the ideal solution if you want to dip into the spa-world before bed and it's guaranteed to give you a great night's sleep too!
It goes without saying that visiting a spa is a fantastic way to relax and de-stress. A visit to SenSpa offers a great opportunity to separate yourself from life’s everyday stressors and have some precious ‘me time’. Allowing yourself this time to wind down and relax has so many additional benefits, such as a clear mind, increased productivity and a good night's sleep.
When we are feeling stressed, sleep is often one of the first things affected. At one time or another we’ve all probably struggled to drop off and found ourselves awake at 'silly o'clock' mulling over our to-do list. According to Michael J Breus aka The Sleep Doctor it is not uncommon for anxiety to affect your sleep in different ways:
“Anxiety causes racing thoughts, making it difficult to quiet the mind. It can contribute to heightened, intense emotions, including intrusive fear and a sense of being overwhelmed. Stress and anxiety lead to physical tension throughout the body. Under stress, the body releases more hormones—including adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine—that boost energy and alertness, raise heart rate and blood pressure, and prime the body for “fight or flight.
“Along with the other symptoms of anxiety, these hormonally driven responses to stress all contribute to -difficulty falling asleep, trouble staying asleep throughout the night, waking very early, waking feeling un-rested and un-refreshed by sleep.”
A twilight spa session is the perfect way to unwind from the tensions of everyday life. It will help you switch off from life’s distractions and could be just the ticket for a peaceful slumber. The spa’s warm water relaxes you and improves circulation leading to the production of endorphins (the body’s feel good hormone) and the massage effect of our hydrotherapy jets relieves muscle tension in six areas of the body: neck, shoulder, mid-back, lower back, thighs and feet to rid you of those nuisance aches and pains.
Your spa evening wouldn’t be complete without an indulgent treatment before dinner. A massage can help reduce pain and ease your aching muscles so you can get a much better night of sleep too! Our Thai-trained therapists bring extensive knowledge and understanding to a range of pampering and restorative treatments inspired by ancient Thai rituals. Indulge in a re-vitalising body treatment to detox and restore suppleness to the skin or re-discover your natural radiance with a results driven spa facial using high performance organic skincare. You choose.
Imagine, you can leave work one moment and be relaxing in a jacuzzi the next before feasting on an authentic Thai dinner and you don’t have to do the washing up! Now that’s quality down time. At the Zen Garden Thai Restaurant, you will instantly find yourself cast away into an exotic world of flavour, spice and tranquillity. Close your eyes and inhale the fragrance of aromatic spices, listen to the chime of the soothing Thai music and enjoy the heavenly taste of lemongrass, kaffir lime and chilli to finish off the night. A glass of wine wouldn’t go amiss either! The part we relish most is being able to slope straight off to bed for the best night’s sleep. Bliss.
What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy working week than with our Twilight Spa evening?
The sacred national emblem of Thailand, the Asian elephant has a special place in Thai history but, with only two born for every 10 that die, it is under serious threat of extinction.
To help save these beautiful animals, SenSpa has pledged $21,000 over the next three years to the elephant conservation charity in Laos which will help fund breeding programmes, education and health services at the elephant hospital.
Laos is officially known as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and is a land-locked country sharing a border with Thailand - the source of SenSpa's inspiration. As a spa commited to natural, organic and ethical practices, we are constantly looking at ways to limit our environmental impact and give back to the earth. The asian elephant is Thailand's national emblem and when we learned of the danger this sacred animal was in, we knew we had to act.
Domesticated elephants in Laos are traditionally used in logging and can be worked to the point of exhaustion, meaning their life spans, birth rates and quality of life are falling well below acceptable standards. Elephants at the conservation centre are there to rest, either waiting to give birth or recovering from an exhausting life in logging or mass tourism industries.
SenSpa director Lina Lotto said:
“Elephants in Thailand have always been seen a symbol of power, peace, stability, strength and wisdom, and the notion that elephants bring good luck has a long history in Asia. Our Thai heritage is extremely important to us at SenSpa and we are keen to help secure the future of these wonderful animals.
The money we have pledged will be helping to fund the vital work done by the Elephant Conservation Center, which has been protecting elephants in Laos for over a decade by running welfare, vet care, breeding and training programmes.”
To honour our three-year pledge, SenSpa will add 50p to the bill of anyone dining at the Zen Garden restaurant and make a £1 donation from every beautiful soap stone elephant sold in our boutique.
Dine at the Zen Garden during your next spa day and help secure the future of the Asian elephant.
Show your heart some love. Did you know your heart beats about 100,000 times and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood throughout the body each day?
Consider these healthy habits to keep your ticker in top condition:
- Eat healthy
Increase the amount of potassium in your diet by eating at least five portions of fruit and veg a day (potassium can help to lower your blood pressure). The nutrients in fruit and veg – including vitamins, minerals and fibre – may also help to keep your heart healthy. Some fruits and veg that are rich in soluble fibre may also help to lower your cholesterol, including citrus fruits, sweet potato, aubergine, mango and most beans and pulses.
- Get moving
Regular, moderate physical activity is great for your heart health. It’s never too late to start and reap the benefits. It’s also important to sit less during your day and break up your sitting time with regular breaks away from the desk. Consider walking to work or during your lunch break as walking has a number of benefits. It’s the small steps which will make the big difference.
- Quit smoking
No new news here. Smoking is bad for you. Smoking increases your risk for heart disease. Smoking affects the vessels that supply blood to your heart and other parts of your body. It reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood and damages blood vessel walls and the lining of your arteries. If you currently smoke, it’s a great time to stop. There are medicines that can help, as well as other “quit smoking” tools such as nicotine gum and patches. Ask your doctor to recommend a resource. Try to steer clear of second-hand smoke, as well.
- Manage stress
If you’re under a lot of stress, you may be more likely to smoke, take little or no exercise and drink more than a moderate amount of alcohol – all of which are linked with heart problems. Managing your stress can help reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Stress is often associated with high blood pressure. Chronic stress exposes your body to elevated levels of stress hormones, which also is not healthy. Walk away from the computer, the phone, and other distractions. Make time to recharge your batteries, to find both energy and calm. Try some mindful breathing exercises or meditation.
- Sleep more
Sleep is an essential part of keeping your heart healthy. If you don’t sleep enough, you may be at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease no matter your age or other health habits. It is recommended to get 8 hours of sleep a night. By going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, even weekends, you’re reorienting your circadian rhythms to follow a schedule. Pair your new sleep schedule with a calming routine such as mindfulness.
- Monitor your weight
Being overweight can increase your risk of heart disease. The more weight you gain, the higher your body mass index (BMI). Your BMI is a measure of your body fat based on your height and weight. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar levels. Being obese also puts you at risk for breathing problems, gallbladder disease, liver disease, and even cancer. Stick to a healthy, balanced diet low in fat and sugar, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, combined with regular physical activity.
- Find your happy place
Taking a moment each day to acknowledge the blessings in your life is one way to start tapping into positive emotions. These have been linked with better health, longer life, and greater well-being, just as their opposites — chronic anger, worry, and hostility — contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease. Why not write down 5 things each day that you are grateful for and focus on the good stuff?
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health, so we have partnered with Millbrook Beds to talk sleep and how to get the best night's sleep you've had in ages...
Look up the definition of sleep, and you’ll most likely come across a description of sleep as a ‘naturally occurring condition or state’. But isn’t it funny how, for some people, sleep can feel anything but natural these days...but is sleep something we can get away with faking?
Our bodies have a natural instinct for respite and a primitive need to restore ourselves following the daily exertion of our bodies and minds. But in our modern lives this need is often masked by stimulants, or our body’s natural rhythm is denied by social or working patterns, or positive sleep habits are eroded by the demands of parenting young children and - before we know it - sleep doesn’t seem to come so naturally anymore.
To make matters worse, our next step is often to turn to off-the-shelf artificial sleep remedies. From sleep apps or videos that trick our brains into falling asleep to alcohol or sleeping pills as a chemical override. If we’re not careful, all sleep remedies do is smokescreen the true cause of our poor sleep and invite the question: at what point does unnatural sleep followed by artificial remedies mean that our sleep can no longer be defined as a ‘naturally occurring state’?
If your relationship with your sleep is feeling anything but natural these days, it’s time to stop faking it. In the majority of cases sleep problems relate to our lifestyle or a poor sleeping environment. The former can take time and commitment to change, the latter is a much easier fix but, in either case, ignoring sleep problems can come at a cost to your short term wellbeing and your long term health.
Sleep and wellbeing are symbiotic: maintaining a natural balance in your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing becomes very difficult very quickly if we’re sleep deprived. More worrying still is that the health implications of long-term sleep deprivation are becoming ever-clearer through an ever-increasing volume of research that relate poor sleep to higher risk of serious medical conditions including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
So, because there’s no faking it when it comes to sleep, here at Millbrook Beds our luxurious mattresses and beds are designed to encourage natural sleep. Traditionally handmade on the edge of the New Forest using craftsmanship techniques, our luxury pocket sprung mattresses are made using some of the finest natural fillings to create a naturally sumptuous sleeping surface that is breathable and free of chemicals to guarantee you the best night's sleep.
To help you rediscover the benefits of natural sleep, this #Sleeptember we're giving one lucky winner the chance to have the best night's sleep they've had in years.
Win a 1 Night Zen Spa Escape Break for two at award-winning Thai spa, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa, along with a hand-crafted Millbrook Beds Grandeur 8000 so that you can continue that great night's sleep every night when you return home too!
Migraine is the third most common disease in the world and affects 1 in 7 people. It is estimated that the UK population loses 25 million days from work or school each year. If you suffer with migraines, then you know just how awful they can be.
Here are our 7 top tips to help prevent a migraine:
Since migraine headaches are more common during times of stress, finding healthy ways to cope with stress may help. Rather than looking for ways to squeeze more activities or chores into the day, find a way to leave some things out making time to do something you enjoy. It could be reading a book, having a cuppa with a friend or pursuing a hobby like yoga. Doing something you enjoy is a natural way to combat stress and at SenSpa we understand how busy life can get so we have created a bunch of half day and evening packages that it fits around you.
- Exercise regularly
A regular exercise routine can help reduce the overall number of migraines you experience, as well as the frequency of your symptoms. It decreases your sensitivity to pain because exercise releases endorphins-the feel good hormones made in the brain. Swimming and walking are great ways to fit in aerobic exercise. With the weather taking a turn for the worse, check out our facilities and retreat to the comfort of SenSpa.
- Sleep Well
Migraines are often triggered by a poor night's sleep and we know that a good night’s sleep is crucial for both our physical and mental health. Unwind at the end of the day with a soak in the bath whilst listening to a soothing playlist. Designed to soothe both the mind and body, SenSpa’s Sweet Dreams Bath Milk and Blissful Moment Body Balm help you to unwind, destress and float away into a restful night’s sleep.
Meditation exercises can ease your mind and your pain by helping you focus on the present moment as well as helping you foster a positive attitude. Deep breathing from your diaphragm can help you relax. Focus on inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply for at least 10 minutes every day. When you're done, sit quietly for a minute or two. You can do this whilst in the bath too.
- Try Yoga
Yoga poses and stretching can help reduce muscle tightness and tension in the head, neck, and shoulders. This is important because when these muscles are tight it can make migraine symptoms worse. Yoga helps loosen your muscles as well as helps to reduce stress. SenSpa has an exclusive selection of classes including Yoga available to our members to enhance every aspect of your physical and mental fitness.
- Practice good posture
Poor posture such as hunching over a computer all day can strain your head, neck, and shoulder muscles, leading to a migraine. Check in with yourself throughout the day and notice your posture. Are your shoulders hunched? Is your spine straight? By making some adjustments to your posture, it may help reduce the frequency of your migraines. If you are feeling tight from sitting at a desk all day long, book yourself in for a massage. Our anti-stress massage focuses on the back and shoulders to relieve tension and tight muscles as well as helps you relax.
- Eat right
Eating well-balanced meals and getting enough fluids can help keep migraines away. Be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water every day and maintain a balanced, healthy diet by eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and protein. Why not take a break and let us look after you? Spend the day relaxing by the pool before your hour long massage to relieve you tight muscles, a delicious meal created from locally sourced, fresh ingredients and the best night’s sleep you’ve had in ages. We’ve got you covered…
Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the most effective ways to try to keep migraines at bay. By avoiding things you know that may set off a migraine and incorporating healthy habits, you can actually help to reduce the amount of migraines you experience. Making time for you is by far the most important thing you can do for yourself. Remember – you only have one body so it’s time to start looking after it.
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