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Summer Hatha Yoga Classes with Paul

Man in yoga pose Hatha Yoga is the perfect activity for anyone who wants to combine getting fitter and more flexible with learning mindfulness and meditation this summer.

It’s very important to take a break from the demands of daily life in order to find the space to focus on yourself to rebalance and find clarity. Hatha Yoga empowers you to do this by going beyond mere physical exercise to unite the mind, body and soul in a way that can ease tension and reduce inflammation, while enhancing overall health and wellbeing. Most people who embark on a Hatha Yoga course notice improvements in both their physical and mental health, with better quality of sleep and an increased sense of calm being common benefits.

All our yoga courses are focussed on teaching you how to stay with your breath during practice as you go through a sequence of postures designed to improve the balance of body and mind as strength and flexibility increases. Our new programme has a choice of options for those who want to continue their practice over the summer period as well as for people who are completely new to yoga.

For our warm Hatha Yoga class, our studio is heated to 28-30 degrees Celsius, which is cooler than the temperatures used in hot yoga classes but warm enough to encourage the muscles to stretch at their optimum level.

To practice Hatha Yoga comfortably women should wear sports tops and bottoms and men should opt for T-shirts and shorts.

Our summer yoga classes with Paul are as follows:

Hatha Yoga for Beginners on Wednesday mornings at 9.15am from 27th June for five weeks, £50.

Warm Hatha Yoga on Thursday evenings at 7pm from 19th July for five weeks, £50.

For more information about Hatha Yoga at Archway Health Hub, please call reception on 01858 410820.

By |June 19th, 2018|

Chiropractic treatment for persistent aches and pains

Do you often wake up in the morning with a stiff back, or do you find your neck always aches after a long day spent in front of a computer screen at work?

It’s all too easy to dismiss niggling stiffness, aching or pain as a fact of life that just needs to be endured. However, avoiding treatment for problems like this is almost always guaranteed to cause your ache or pain to develop into something potentially far more severe that could have a significantly negative impact on your overall health and wellbeing in the long term.

However, if the cause is identified before the pain is given a chance to develop further, treatment can take a matter of weeks, rather than months. Indeed it can be as simple as a series of chiropractic sessions, specially tailored to your needs.

Archway Health Hub’s chiropractors Gemma Webster and Connor Salter specialise in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of problems arising from the joints, muscles and nerves. Both Gemma and Connor take a ‘whole body’ approach, with an emphasis on the function of the spine and how any problems in this area may affect the nervous system as a whole.

The first chiropractic treatment was carried out in 1895 and today it is the third largest health profession in the western world after orthodox medicine and dentistry (World Federation of Chiropractic, 1999).

Conditions that our chiropractors can help with include:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash
  • Disc injuries and sciatica
  • Shoulder/elbow/wrist pain
  • Hip /knee/ ankle pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy

To find out more about how you can alleviate your aches and pains with chiropractic care, call our reception today on 01858 410820 to arrange a free treatment consultation.

By |June 19th, 2018|

Why men are turning to yoga

The latest survey by EMD UK, the governing body for group exercise, reports a 43% increase in men joining yoga classes over the past two years. Although yoga was originally devised by men for men over 5000 years ago in India, in the modern day west it has tended to be a female-dominated pursuit. Here at Archway Health Hub, we’re delighted that yoga is attracting more male interest and not only because two of our yoga instructors, Paul Hodgetts and Harry Hewetson are men!Man doing yoga

The benefits of yoga

Many men looking to get fit turn to cardiovascular activity such as running or cycling. These pursuits undoubtedly have fantastic health benefits, but can cause stiffness and tension in the body and are not without their risk of injury, particularly in middle age and beyond when muscles become less flexible. Yoga on the other hand, when practised regularly, has the effect of improving suppleness. Indeed, when practiced alongside other sports it was found that yoga can actively protect against sports injuries. A paper published by the International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health in 2015 stated that athletes can ‘enhance their game performance and prevent injury by adding yoga to their training plan.”

Bend it like Clooney

Yoga’s proven benefits to athletes is reflected in the fact that elite sports stars like Rory McIlroy, Andy Murray and Joe Hart have all incorporated it into their training. Screen stars are getting in on the act too, with George Clooney, Orlando Bloom and Russell Brand being just a few of the celebrity aficionados. Some men feel that yoga isn’t for them due to their lack of bendiness. However, practising yoga isn’t about being able to contort your body into complicated positions or balance on one leg straight away. Any beginners’ yoga class will focus on practising simple poses (asanas). With regular practice, a new found strength and flexibility will naturally evolve. The International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health also found that yoga “helps the muscles, tendons and ligaments move through a full range of motion, cultivating balance and core strength.”

Yoga for mental health

As well as the physical benefits, yoga is known as a way to rebalance and ease stress. Again, this something that can put some men off yoga as they worry that the deep breathing side of yoga will come at the expense of getting any exercise done. While certain disciplines of yoga do focus on meditation, a beginners Hatha yoga class will incorporate breathing techniques into the fluid sequence of movements. Also, many men who turn to yoga for the physical benefits soon find that the positive effect it has on their mental health is just as beneficial, if not more so.

At Archway House, we offer a wide range of yoga classes for all abilities, including hot Hatha yoga and hatha yoga courses and workshops. To find out more, please call 01858 410820.



By |June 4th, 2018|

How to stay well at work

With Massage at Work Week taking place from the 4th June, some lucky UK office workers will be enjoying some quality downtime during their working day. Although there is a general trend for employers to invest more in employees’ health and wellbeing, not least because of the increased productivity it generates, it’s still a rare employer who will provide an onsite masseur. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the effects of the services we offer at Archway Health Hub as you tackle the daily and fitness life

Take a breath

It’s a well-documented fact that modern workloads can lead to increased stress. Ironically it’s at times when we need proper breaks that we are most likely to neglect our needs and make ourselves prone to making silly mistakes as we spend long hours staring at a screen. While it’s not always possible to leave our desks to do a guided meditation, we can use mindfulness techniques to cope with both acute moment of stress and the more mundane demands of long days in the office. Taking just a minute to slowly and consciously breathe deeply can go a long way towards helping you rebalance and control rising anxiety levels.

Are you sitting healthily?

Sitting is something we do unconsciously, however to avoid problems like back pain and repetitive strain injury, it’s important to take some time to make sure your chair and desk are both set up properly. When sitting at your desk check the following:

  • Your chair supports your lower back with knees positioned slightly lower than hips.
  • Your chair height enables you to type with your wrists and forearms level with the floor.
  • Your feet are flat on the floor or on a footrest.
  • Your screen is at arm’s length with the top of the screen at eye level (use a mount if necessary)
  • Your computer mouse is close to you and placed on a mouse mat.
  • Your phone and any other items you regularly use are placed within easy reach.
  • If you use your phone for long periods of time, use a headset to prevent neck strain.
  • Take a break – regular screen breaks are necessary for good concentration and productivity.

At Archway Health Hub our chiropractors can help with work-related pain and advise on how to sit for optimum health and comfort.

Brain food

If you’re lucky enough to work in an environment with healthy options available in a canteen, then great. Otherwise planning is key when it comes to making sure you don’t slip into bad habits of quickly grabbing a junk food lunch to eat at your desk or worse, skipping lunch altogether. Beginning the day with a healthy, filling breakfast will stop you craving sugary mid-morning snacks and bringing in healthy snacks like fruit and nuts will also combat the need to hit the vending machine. If it’s hard to find healthy lunch options near your workplace, make your own. And again, taking a proper break for lunch should never be seen as a negative as returning to your desk alert and refreshed will improve your productivity. At Archway, our nutritional therapy practitioner Sheila Storer can advise you on healthy eating habits to improve your health.

At Archway Health Hub we pride ourselves on the far-reaching benefits our treatments and classes can have for our clients in all aspects of day-to-day life. To find out more about what we offer, please call us on 01858 410820.

By |June 4th, 2018|

Enhancing men’s health

With Men’s Health Week running from June 11th – 17th, it’s hoped more men will be inspired to take action to improve their health and wellbeing. Here at Archway Health Hub, we offer a wide range of options for men looking to boost their physical and mental health. Man in suit relaxing on grass

Sports massage

The rise in popularity of cycling and running has had a hugely positive effect on men’s health in recent years. However, if you are regularly pounding the pavement or conquering hills on a bike, it can take a toll on your body, particularly in middle age and beyond. At Archway Health Hub our therapists Marie Steadman, Laurie Pratt and Zoe Pearson offer bespoke sports massage tailored for a range of needs including treating soft tissue injuries, speeding up the dispersal of lactic acid and alleviating muscle fatigue while enhancing muscle growth and repair. Not only that, potential problems can be identified and treated before they become an issue.

Pilates and yoga

These may be gentler forms of exercise than traditional male-dominated testosterone-fuelled sports, but many men, including elite athletes, swear by yoga or Pilates. Although they are very different disciplines, they both offer similar benefits in terms of improved muscle strength and tone, increased flexibility, injury prevention, stress reduction and more. And anyone who still thinks these are feminine disciplines should bear in mind that two of our yoga teachers at Archway Health Hub, Harry Hewetson and Paul Hodgetts, are men!


Stress in the workplace and at home can creep up on us almost without us realising it. This is particularly true for men, who are statistically less likely to talk about their problems or seek out solutions to combat them before they threaten to become overwhelming. The practice of mindfulness, which means learning to become fully present in each moment, is a fantastic tool to help you cope with both the demands of everyday life and more challenging periods. Our 6-week mindfulness stress reduction courses run by Alec Welton are an ideal introduction to this life-enhancing practice.

Counselling and psychotherapy

The fact that men are still 3 ½ times more likely than women to end their lives by suicide is a stark reminder that when it comes to removing stigmas so that men feel more able to open up about mental health issues, we still have a long way to go. At Archway, our practitioner Nicola Flinn can help you explore and find strategies to help resolve issues that are taking over. Talking to a therapist can help with general anxieties and stress or specific problems such as a breakdown of a relationship.

For information on these, or any of the many other treatments and classes we offer, please contact our reception on 01858 410 820.

By |May 16th, 2018|

What are the benefits of aromatherapy?

With Aromatherapy Awareness Week beginning on June 11th, this ancient practice is set to be in the spotlight. Many people use aromatherapy oils in baths and diffusers at home, but for an immersive deep relaxation experience, nothing can beat a professional aromatherapy treatment.Field of lavendar

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy involves using essential oils extracted from plants. At its heart, aromatherapy is a holistic treatment, designed to bring calm and balance to mind, body and soul.  Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy, meaning rather being seen as a ‘cure’ in itself, it is used to help alleviate the symptoms of certain conditions such as stress and insomnia. However, many people return to it again and again simply for the deep relaxation and the feeling of well-being it evokes.

What will my treatment involve?

A professional aromatherapy treatment involves essential oils being introduced to the skin using skilled massage. Before the treatment begins, your aromatherapist will take you through a detailed consultation to identify which oils and massage techniques will best suit your needs. Although aromatherapy is a safe treatment, some aromatherapy oils are not suitable for people with certain conditions such as allergies, diabetes or some types of cancer, so the consultation is an important way of establishing what your needs are. Based on the results of your consultation, your therapist will choose a combination of essential oils for you. Aromatherapy oils are highly concentrated, so your aromatherapist will dilute the oils in a carrier oil before applying them to your skin.

How does an aromatherapy massage feel?

An aromatherapy massage is a gentle, relaxing experience, designed to provide a release from the stresses and strains of the everyday world. As well as the soothing feeling of the oils being massaged into your skin, the olfactory experience is an important one too, as the fragrance of the oils do their part in transporting you on a sensory journey to balance body and mind. Depending on your needs, your aromatherapist may choose calming aromatherapy oils like lavender or geranium, uplifting scents like rose or neroli or oils with decongestant properties such as eucalyptus and pine.

Aromatherapy at Archway Health Hub

Our aromatherapist is Marie Steadman, who qualified as a therapist at the Shirley Price Aromatherapy College in 1995. As well as aromatherapy, Marie is qualified in shiatsu, sports massage and structural integration.

To make an appointment with Marie or find out more, please contact our reception on 01858 410 820.

By |May 14th, 2018|