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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|

Try Nia – The Joy of Movement for free this autumn

If you’re looking for a fun way to get fit this autumn that will benefit your mind as much as your body, our Nia – The Joy of Movement class could be just what you’re looking for. We still have a few spaces in our autumn classes, however if you’d like an opportunity to try a class for free to discover what Nia is all about, book a place on our free taster class on Friday 26th October from 6-7pm.Nia instructor Ildiko Miklos

What is Nia – The Joy of Movement?

Nia is a non-impact fitness class suitable for all ages and abilities. There is no need to be fit and certainly no requirement to be able to dance. The class, led by Ildiko Miklos, our certified Nia Brown Belt teacher draws on aspects of healing arts, martial arts and dance arts to create a whole body workout that is designed to improve flexibility, mobility and co-ordination throughout the body.

What does Nia mean?

Nia was originally an acronym for non-impact aerobics, which was founded by Debbie Rosas and Carlos Ayarosas in San Francisco in 1983. At a time when Jane Fonda was leading the craze for high-impact aerobics, Nia was designed for people who needed or wanted a safe non-impact system of exercise that benefited both body and mind. As CEO, Debbie Rosas is still the leader of the Nia technique movement which is practised in over 45 countries across the world.

The mind-body connection

In a Nia class, the focus is always on the connection between the body, mind, emotion and spirit. So as well as improving your physical health and fitness, completing a course of Nia classes will also bring benefits to your day-to-day life in the form of a reduction in stress levels, increased calm and better sleep.

What kind of music is involved?

Unlike most dance classes, which by their nature rely on one genre of music such as ballet or jazz, Nia draws on an eclectic range of music to explore the joy of movement to. Indian, pop, New Age, hip-hop, electronica, jazz and Latin are all musical styles regularly heard in Nia classes.

What dance techniques are used?

There are 52 basic movements in the Nia Technique that are inspired by techniques from the dance genres of jazz, modern and Duncan Dance, a style of dance pioneered by Isadora Duncan, an American dancer who found fame in Europe in the early 20th century. However, it’s important to reiterate that Strictly Come Dancing-style moves are not needed to get the most out of a Nia class!

Nia – The Joy of Movement at Archway Health Hub

Our airy and spacious studio is the perfect setting to practise Nia – The Joy of Movement. Classes are limited to 12 so that there is plenty room to move and so that Ildiko can give every class member plenty of individual attention. Comfortable clothing and a water bottle are the only equipment needed for Nia, as we dance barefoot. However, if you would like to wear shoes, thin-soled ones will the most suitable.

Find out more

Our Nia – The Joy of Movement class runs on Tuesdays at 11am and Fridays at 6pm and can be booked in a block of six. If you are interested in joining a class part way through a block please call reception on 01858 410820 to find out if there are any spaces left.  You can book your place on the free taster class on October 26th here.

By |September 17th, 2018|

New physiotherapist joins Archway Health Hub

This month we’re delighted to welcome chartered physiotherapist Beverley Berns to the Archway team. Beverley joins us with over three decades in private and NHS practice, most of which has been spent specialising in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy (MSK). This area of physiotherapy focuses on conditions affecting the joints muscles and soft tissues.Physiotherapist Beverley Berns

Treating illness and injury with MSK physiotherapy

Beverley combines her professional expertise with a caring and empathetic approach to treating patients for a wide range of conditions including arthritis, neck pain, back pain, sciatica, whiplash, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, joint injuries, muscle strains, ligament sprains, repetitive strain injuries and ligament reconstruction. Beverley can also design effective rehabilitation programmes for those in recovery following a fracture. As well as alleviating the symptoms and pain associated with these kinds of conditions, physiotherapy can effectively protect against many of them returning in the future.

A ‘whole body’ approach to treatment

As she has gained her extensive experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, Beverley has worked closely with a wide range of GPs and hospital practitioners and is registered with several private health insurance companies including BUPA. Beverley’s ‘whole person’ approach to physiotherapy involves treating injuries, illnesses and disabilities through a combination of manual therapy, movement, exercise and lifestyle advice.

Physiotherapy in the workplace

Beverley has a strong background in workplace assessments. From a physiotherapy point of view, workplace ergonomics is designed to identify and get rid of any risk factors in the working environment such as repetitive or sustained awkward postures or task repetition that could lead to musculoskeletal conditions such as repetitive strain injury. This preventative approach lessens the chance of problems developing and leads to increased performance and productivity in the workforce by improving conditions and reducing days off taken due to workplace-related conditions.

Equine physiotherapy

Beverley’s interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy is complemented by a more unusual interest in equine physiotherapy, which arose through her passion for horse riding. Equine physiotherapy is beneficial for rider and horse alike. Riders find physiotherapy effective in treating the musculoskeletal issues that can arise through riding and it can be used to aid rehabilitation in horses in a range of conditions including osteoarthritis and ligament and tendon damage.

Arrange a free initial consultation with Beverley

With its rural location and proximity to Market Harborough, Archway Health Hub is an ideal base to visit Beverley for physio treatment. If you would like to find out more about she can help with your specific issue or would like to book a free 15-minute consultation, please call reception on 01858 410 820.

By |September 17th, 2018|