June is Stress Busting month here at Vitality + and we are holding a series of events and activities to help you get rid of those unhealthy worries.
Our Chiropractor and Reiki Master, Sara, is holding a special hour of meditation every Thursday evening during June. Open to everyone, this relaxed session gives you time for you! Sara will guide you through some easy to follow meditation exercises to help you relax and throw off the pressures of work or home. The sessions are just £3 each (inc. refreshments). You are welcome to turn up on the day, but places are limited, so we recommend you book first.
If you are interested in learning more about Reiki for yourself, Sara is also running a Reiki 1 course here at Vitality on Sunday 12th June. On this full day course you will learn how to heal yourself using the energy to heal and balance our mind, body, and spirit. The cost of the day is £85 (inc lunch and refreshments). For More information go to http://www.body-at-ease.com/Reiki_Courses.html
At the end of the month we are holding a Special Stress and Insomnia Open day. On Saturday 25th June, all our relevant therapists will be available to discuss the different ways to beat stress or help you sleep. The herbalists, psychotherapist, counselor and chiropractor can provide advice on a range of treatments and will be offering some free massage tasters to help you de-stress. Why not pop along and talk to us?
Exercise and walking in particular, is a recognised way of dealing with anxiety and stress - so the next day, Sunday 26th June, our qualified botanist and herbalist Tim, will be leading an Aromatic Herbal Walk. Starting with a train ride to Irwell Vale, Tim will follow the river back to Ramsbottom, seeking out wild plants that have a distinctive aroma. Some of them might even help with stress! The walk is around 3 miles and will take about 1-2 hours. The cost is £5 and the train fare is £3.70. Please come along for a relaxing and informative afternoon.
Finally, if your idea of relaxing is being pampered with natural and luxuriant lotions and creams, then we can help there too. During the whole of June we are offering all our Neal's Yard beauty care products at 20% Off. This is to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Neal's Yard and help you treat yourself to a bit of luxury.
Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival is just round the corner - 16th and 17th April and the whole town is gearing up for this annual event - and that includes Vitality + !
You might not think of herbal medicine when you think of chocolate, but the good news is that Cocoa is not only delicious, but good for you. As herbalists we can use the cocoa beans in creams, balms and medicines. To Find out more, why not come along to one of our in-store demos during the festival to see how to make your own natural remedies using cocoa products. You can even buy your own kit and have a go yourself at home!
11:00 a.m. Chocolate Lip Balm Demonstration - Find out how the Mayans used cocoa to heal wounds and see how to make your own chocolate and mint lip balm
1.00 p.m. Chocolate and Orange Skin Cream Demonstration - Learn about the healing properties of cocoa butter and watch as we use raw cocoa to make a healing skin cream
3.00 p.m. Chocolate and Herb Bedtime Drink Demonstration - Chocolate is perfect as a mood enhancer and feel good drink. Learn how we combine it with powerful herbs to make a delicious bedtime drink to help you sleep.
All demonstrations are free and will run on both days of the Chocolate Festival, but places are limited, so please arrive in good time. If any of the demonstrations inspire you to make your own remedies, we will be selling ready-to-go kits with all the ingredients (and instructions!) you need
Download the Festival Brochure here
Just to say thanks to everyone who came along to our Open Day on Back Pain - today - both therapists and clients! We had a lovely time and we hope you did too. Sara was rushed off her feet with people asking about chiropractic and getting free spinal checks, whilst Jess, Tony & Gareth were kept busy talking about acupuncture, podiatry and osteopathy. Whilst people were waiting many people were taking advantage of Denise's free reflexology tasters (see picture}, whilst all Tracey and I could do was make everyone cups of herbal tea.
Again Big Thanks - Look out for more Open Days later in the year
Ramsbottom Natural Health Clinic, Vitality Plus, is hosting a Back and Joint Pain Open Day on Saturday 26th March. On offer will be advice from a range of therapists, free spinal checks, free foot health checks and reflexology taster sessions along with a range of discounted back care/pain products.
A massive 80% of us will suffer from back pain, and 1 in 5 of us will visit our GP with it each year. So it's a common problem. The most common symptom is pain in the lower back, but people may also have muscle spasms, reduced mobility and pain down either or both legs. Poor posture and foot problems can also contribute to back, hip and knee pain. Most back pain is not serious and keeping active or applying hot or cold compresses helps reduce recovery time and pain. However you should seek advice from your GP or a Medical Professional if your pain is associated with fever, swellings or lumps in the back, pain spreading to the higher back or chest or any loss of bowel or bladder control.
Remember though, most back pain is not serious, and although it can be debilitating at the time, the long-term outlook is good. There are many natural treatments available to help that recovery and many of these are available through the clinic and shop at Vitality +. The Open Day is an opportunity to experience one or more of these treatments without obligation and without charge. On 26th March vistors to Vitality + will be able to gain free advice from our therapists including the Osteopath, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, Podiatrist, and Reflexologist who all treat back and joint pain regularly. All our therapists are fully qualified and registered with their professional bodies.
The atmosphere in the clinic is relaxed and friendly with free Herbal Tea for all. Why not come along and join us. We'd love to see you!
Tim Cappelli- Medical Herbalist