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Try Yoga for a Better Weekend with Paul for FREE in January

January is a time when many people think about getting fit and healthy for the new year ahead. With that in mind, we have some fantastic discounts available on classes that will have you feeling great throughout the cold winter months including the chance to try Paul’s new Hatha Yoga class for free. So why not get ahead with your new year resolutions and take advantage of these time-limited offers today?Archway yoga instructor Paul

End the working week on a high

Weekends are supposed to be the time we relax and recuperate from the demands of the working week that has just passed in order to get ready for the next one. However, sometimes we carry the stresses and strains of daily life into the weekend with us. With this in mind, Paul’s new Thursday evening Yoga for a Better Weekend class is designed to get both body and mind into an energised yet calm state as the week winds down.

Paul’s classes involve a smooth flowing sequence of asanas that will synchronise body and breath. His classes are less energetic than Hot Hatha Yoga but more energetic than traditional yoga. No previous experience of yoga is necessary and Paul is offering a FREE taster of this new class on Thursday 10th January at 8.15pm. If you would like to come along, please wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a mat.

Save on Hot Hatha Yoga with Harry

Anyone who books onto the next block of Harry’s popular Hot Yoga classes will receive a 20% discount if they do so before December 8th. Harry’s next programme of classes will begin on Monday 7th January at 9.30am and Thursday 10th January at 6pm and 7pm.

Hot Hatha Yoga is based on a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises designed to provide a full body workout that will improve strength, flexibility and muscle tone. At 30 – 35 degrees Celsius, the room is designed to be warm enough to aid stretching to provide a deeper workout, but the atmosphere is never uncomfortably hot.

Harry’s classes are suitable for every age and ability, so come along to try out something new to feel the benefits to both body and mind in 2019. Again, remember to wear loose clothing and bring water and a mat.

Love Pilates with Henna or get your money back

We’re very excited to be working with our new Pilates instructor Henna Pinches. Henna will be teaching three classes for beginners through to improvers on Monday and Wednesday evenings from Monday January 7th. To launch her new classes, which are based on her love of movement as a professional dancer, Henna is offering 6 classes for the price of 5 and a 100% money back guarantee for anyone who doesn’t want to return after the first class.

Improving wellbeing in 2019

To see the full range of classes we have coming up in 2019, please click here. For further information on any of the classes we run, please call our reception on 01858 410820.


By |December 5th, 2018|

Meet our new Pilates instructor Henna Pinches

This December we’re very happy to welcome Henna Pinches to the team at Archway Health Hub. Over the years we’ve become well known for our range of high quality Pilates classes for all ages and abilities and we know that Henna will add to that success with her sensitive and strength-based approach to the practice of Pilates.Archway Pilates instructor Henna Pinches

A focus on movement

Henna first discovered Pilates when she began training as a professional dancer. After benefiting from the hugely positive changes to her posture and alignment that Pilates brought her, she decided to train as a Pilates instructor in order to teach other people how to feel better both mentally and physically through the regular practice of Pilates. As a dancer, Henna applies her love of movement and expertise in dance to all her classes.

Is this the right class for me?

Although Henna comes from a dance career that took her all over the world, there is no need to have a talent for or interest in dancing in order to take part in her classes. Henna will be teaching beginners, improvers and advanced Pilates classes at Archway on Monday and Wednesday evenings from Monday 7th January, meaning that there is a class suitable for every stage of the Pilates journey.

Henna incorporates a sense of precision into every session she teaches and she is qualified in both mat work and equipment Pilates. She has a special interest in both pre and post-natal Pilates but her strength-based classes at Archway are designed for men and women of any age to participate in.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

As you progress with your Pilates practice, you will notice a considerable improvement in your core strength. Pilates can bring physical benefits including increased bone density to everyone, but it is particularly beneficial to people suffering from sports injuries, back problems and pregnant women. The Pilates focus on breathing increases lung capacity and blood circulation and brings mental health benefits, including better sleep and the reduction of stress.

What do I need to bring?

No special equipment is needed to do Pilates. We recommend you wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle and a mat. Also, if you haven’t taken a Pilates class at Archway Health Hub before, you must attend the beginner’s course or take a 1:1 session with Henna or one of our other Pilates instructors before you start your new class at Archway.

Just like our other Pilates teachers, Henna restricts the class number to just 12 people so that she can give everyone the attention they need.

How do I sign up for Pilates with Henna?

You can book Henna’s Pilates classes here.  We are confident that Henna’s classes will prove popular, however, as a new instructor not only is Henna offering 6 classes for the price of 5 to anyone who registers before midday on January 7th. She is also offering a full refund to anyone who would like one on completion of their first class.

Making Pilates part of your wellbeing regime in 2019

If you have any questions or would like some more information about Henna’s Pilates classes, please call reception on 01858 410 820.

By |December 5th, 2018|

Saturday yoga work shop for well women – to the perimenopausal and menopausal cycles and beyond!

Join our instructor Una Bentley in the tranquil surroundings of Archway Health Hub on Saturday 10th November as she leads a one-off yoga workshop aimed at exploring the life cycles of women, through the menstrual cycle to the perimenopausal and menopausal cycles and beyond.Woman doing yoga

Due to the demands of everyday life, many women don’t give this key area of their health and wellbeing the attention it deserves, so this is an ideal opportunity to take a step back from everyday life to take some well-deserved time to take stock of your wellbeing.

Yoga for every stage of life

Many people practice yoga for the fantastic benefits it can provide to mind and body at every stage of life. However many women find that yoga can be particularly beneficial in finding balance and wellbeing throughout the natural hormonal changes that happen over the course of our lives as we progress from the fertile years of menstruation to the perimenopause and then menopausal stage. Each woman reaches each stage at different times and every experience is unique. However through the gentle practice of hatha yoga, women can find benefits to their health wherever they are on their journey through the life cycle.

Is yoga right for me?

Sometimes hormonal changes in our bodies mean that the last thing we feel like doing is making the effort to exercise. However, the gentle practice of relaxing yoga is designed to make you feel revitalised and rebalanced. No previous experience of yoga is required and there is certainly no expectation that you will be able to bend into bizarre shapes! Una’s individual, holistic approach means that everyone is free to practice at their own pace to get the most out of the workshop. As she focusses on improving physical health by teaching some simple yet effective poses, Una will gently focus on the life-changing possibilities that come when you learn to be kind to yourself and take the time to get in tune with your hormonal health.

What do I need to bring?

Loose comfortable clothing is best for practicing yoga and now the weather is colder, it’s a good idea to bring an extra layer for the relaxation session. You will also need:

  • A water bottle
  • A pen and notebook if you’d like to make notes
  • A blanket and pillow/cushion/bolster (for relaxation at the end)
  • A yoga mat and yoga block (spares are available to borrow)
  • A yoga strap (again spares are available or bring an old tie or scarf)

It’s best to leave 3-4 hours after a meal before yoga or 1-2 hours after a snack.

How to book

The workshop is on Saturday 10th November from 10am to 1pm and the cost is £30. Call reception on 01858 410 820 or book online here.

By |November 6th, 2018|

How acupuncture can help you

As World Acupuncture Day is celebrated at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on November 15th, we take a look at the ways this ancient Chinese treatment can alleviate health problems in today’s world.  Woman having acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Traditional acupuncture is a holistic and natural system of medicine which originated in China over 2,000 years ago. During a session, the acupuncturist inserts fine needles at chosen points along the body’s channels of energy (known in acupuncture as meridians), in order to stimulate the body’s healing response.  To restore its natural balance in terms of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.  Although the insertion of the needles may be felt, acupuncture does not hurt and most people find the experience relaxing.

What is the philosophy behind acupuncture?

According to ancient Chinese wisdom, our health is dependent on our body’s energy (qi) moving in a smooth and balanced way through a network of channels beneath the skin. The flow of qi can be disrupted by factors including:

  • Emotional states like anxiety, anger and grief
  • Poor nutrition
  • Hereditary causes
  • Infections
  • Trauma

When the flow of qi is disturbed by any of these causes, illness can be the result. Unlike in Western medicine, which is often symptom-focused, acupuncture treatment is aimed at the root cause of the condition as well as the alleviation of symptoms. This holistic approach is designed to result in a more permanent resolution of your health problems.

What’s the proof that acupuncture works?

Those of us who have been brought up in the West and have relied on the scientifically proven system of Western medicine may question whether an ancient Eastern system of medicine has any relevance in the modern world. However there is an ever-increasing body of scientifically proven evidence that acupuncture can help with a huge range of physical and mental conditions. The Evidence Based Acupuncture website has a wealth of information on scientific research into acupuncture’s effects on pain management and conditions relating to the following systems of the body:

  • Brain and nervous system
  • Lungs and respiratory system
  • Heart and circulatory system
  • Metabolism and digestive system
  • Psycho-emotional state
  • Female and male reproductive systems
  • Inflammation and immunity
  • Kidneys and urinary system

The British Acupuncture Council’s newsroom and research pages are also a great resource to find out more about proven ways acupuncture can successfully treat the source and symptoms of a huge range of illnesses and medical conditions alongside conventional medicine.

What happens at the first session?

You need to allow 1.5 – 2 hours for your first acupuncture session, as before any treatment can take place, you and your acupuncturist need to complete a thorough assessment of your health and identify what you are hoping to achieve from treatment. This will involve a short physical examination which includes:

  • Taking your pulse
  • Looking at your tongue
  • Structural assessment

We’ll also discuss your medical history, sleep patterns, diet, digestion and how you feel. All this information can be used to help identify the root cause of the specific issue that has led you to acupuncture. Once this has been completed, you will be ready for your first treatment.

Acupuncture at Archway Health Hub

Alec and Stella Welton each have almost thirty years’ experience as acupuncturists treating people for a wide range of conditions. If you would like to find out more about acupuncture at Archway, click here or call reception on 01858 410 820 to book a free 20 minute initial consultation.

By |November 6th, 2018|

New Mindfulness for Men course will help men beat stress

Our popular Mindfulness for Stress Reduction Course run by Archway owner Alec Welton is returning in November as a six-week programme exclusively for men.  Men suffer just as much stress and other mental-health related problems as women, but are less likely to seek help. This course is designed to help redress that balance in a male-only environment to help men take a proactive role in managing stress.Man looking at lake

Men and mental health

A recent YouGov survey of over 2500 people who had suffered mental health issues showed that 28% of men reported not seeking medical help compared to 19% of women. In addition to that, more than a third of men said they’d waited more than two years or had never confided in friends and family at all, compared to only a quarter of women. Whether men are struggling to cope with the demands of everyday life or suffering from a more serious mental health issue, learning mindfulness techniques can be a simple, practical and effective way to cope with stress, anxiety and other mental health issues on a day-to-day basis.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is about taking a moment, learning to be able to slow down our automatic responses, being able to better soother ourselves and find greater steadiness now.  Mindfulness works on the premise that most of our stress is associated with what has already happened and can’t be changed, or what could possibly happen, which can’t be predicted and isn’t happening now. Potential stressors will always arise in our day-to-day however we can learn to notice them and respond to them differently and then we find we can cope with stress far more effectively.

How does mindfulness work?

Alec’s course focuses on teaching the principles and practice of mindfulness meditation. The word ‘meditation’ can conjure up images of retreating to a silent room for hours on end to achieve a zen-like state. However, although mindfulness can involve more prolonged meditation, the strategies Alec will focus on involve more practical techniques that can be easily incorporated into everyday life. You will also learn useful mindfulness strategies for stressful moments when you feel things are spiralling out of control. In short, rather than mindfulness being a concept you try to concentrate on away from your day-to-day life, you will leave the course with the tools you need to make it an integral part of how you approach life every day.

How can mindfulness benefit men?

The good news is that anyone can learn mindfulness techniques and benefit from its hugely positive benefits for quality of life which include:

  • Psychological and emotional wellbeing
  • Reduction of stress and anxiety
  • Better ability to manage difficult situations
  • Lowering of blood pressure
  • Better health and vitality
  • Improved sleep

Mindfulness for Men at Archway Health Hub

The Mindfulness for Men course will run for 6 weeks from Thursday November 1st at 6.45pm and the cost is £120. To find out more, please call reception on 01858 410820 or book here.

By |October 11th, 2018|

Take time to focus on mental health

Each year the World Health Organization recognises World Mental Health Day on October 10th. This year, the World Federation for Mental Health has decided on a theme of ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’.

Woman practicing mindfulnessHowever, no matter what our age, it’s just as important to look after our mental health as it is our physical health.

Taking the time to nurture our mental health on a day-to-day basis can help prevent problems arising in the future. Also, seeking help for mental health problems when they do arise can be enormously beneficial, while trying to hide them and hope they will go away is likely to have the opposite effect. At Archway Health Hub, our practitioners offer a wide range of services to help alleviate the symptoms of and treat the root cause of many different types of mental health problems.

Talking therapy with Nicola Flinn

Nicola uses her extensive experience as a British Psychological Society chartered psychologist to work with people suffering from anxiety and depression. Her specialist area of expertise is helping couples facing problems in their relationships and people who are dealing with grief or addiction problems. Anxiety, depression and other mental health issues can arise both as a result of a specific problem such as the breakdown of a marriage or for no discernible reason at all. Either way, Nicola’s empathetic approach to psychotherapy, which is often referred to as the ‘talking cure’, can help you find a way forward that will work for you.

Support for young people with Dr Diane Lewis

Child, Family and Educational psychologist Dr Diane Lewis trained at the globally acclaimed Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust where she gained valuable experience in the clinical team of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. As the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day demonstrates, stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health problems are a bigger issue than ever for young people. Indeed, recent research from Psychological Medicine found that mental health problems in young people in England have increased six-fold since 1995. Many of the children and teenagers Diane treats have faced issues including bereavement, family breakdown, early trauma or issues with social interaction. However Diane’s family-focused approach to treatment can help the whole family resolve a mental health problem for a young person in their care across a wide range of issues.

Hypnotherapy and mind coaching with Terri Richmond

Terri Richmond’s enduring fascination with how the mind controls performance and how the body works led her to specialising in working with athletes, in particular dancers and riders in order to tackle mental blocks to optimising performance.  Her strongly scientific background includes experience in both the NHS and the independent healthcare sector, including psychiatric hospitals. Terri also applies her professional skills to help those with dealing with anxiety, lack of confidence, performance issues, pain and grief relating to all areas of life. She also has an excellent track record when it comes to helping people deal with emotional eating and stopping smoking.

Living in the moment with Alec Welton

Archway owner Alec Welton’s popular six-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course is designed to tackle the negative effects of stress on our day-to-day lives. The course teaches people how to live in the present without letting concerns about what has happened in the past or might occur in the future impact the here and now. After all the past cannot be changed and the worries we have about the future may not materialise. Even if they do, worrying about them in advance will only increase the stress associated with them. Learning mindfulness often involves undoing the habits of a lifetime, but the good news is that anyone can learn mindfulness techniques and benefit from its hugely positive effects in improving wellbeing by reducing stress and anxiety and being able to manage challenging situations better.

Finding the right help for you

When tackling difficult issues that are having a negative impact on your life, it’s important to find a therapist who is the right fit for you. With this in mind, all of our practitioners who offer one-on-one sessions offer a free 20 minute no-obligation consultation. To find out more or to book, please contact reception on 01858 410820.


By |October 4th, 2018|