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Using Mindfulness and EFT to enhance focus

Using Mindfulness and EFT to enhance focus

The mind is a wanderer and it will jump from one thought to another and the pattern goes on. This ability of mind makes it challenging to focus on the work you are doing. So, to increase your focus you can use Mindfulness and EFT to enhance focus. Being mindful simply means being aware of your thoughts and what is happening in the present moment-to-moment.

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Using mindfulness to reduce anxiety

Using mindfulness to reduce anxiety

In recent years there has been increased interest in meditation, yoga, and using mindfulness to reduce anxiety. The common link between these practices is the mind body connection or the interaction between the brain, mind, body, and behaviour 

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Why choose Reiki for healing

Why choose Reiki for healing

“Reiki is a blessing: an instantaneously-conferred “Sacred Potential” – for Healing, Protection, and Spiritual Development.” – James Deacon

In the minds of most people stress can cause illness and that conversely, a fun-filled occasion with loved ones can soothe aches and pains and stave off the very same illness. Over the last few years, the intriguing and pervasive links between neuroscience and the immune system has been uncovered. This field of study is known as Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), a mind-body discipline that firmly establishes the link between our psychological state and our physical health. Reiki has become increasingly more popular as it looks at this mind-body connection. 

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The positive influence of mindfulness on self-esteem

The positive influence of mindfulness on self-esteem

Self-esteem is a sense of your self-worth. It’s the attitude that you have towards yourself. Research shows that developing mindfulness skills may help us build secure self-esteem—that is, self-esteem that endures regardless of our success in comparison to those around us. Mindfulness is a way of being aware of the present (moment to moment), with an attitude of openness, curiosity and non-judgment.

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Transform your life with Mindful Well-Being

Transform your life with Mindful Well-Being

Mindfulness is conscious awareness of your thoughts and the impact they have on you, so you can release the thoughts that aren’t serving you and replace them with more positive ones that will help you get the results you want. Through meditation and mindfulness, we can begin to discern whether the thoughts we are having are helpful or unhelpful. Once you have control of your thoughts you can transform your life.

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How Pilates develops core strength

How Pilates develops core strength

People practice Pilates for many different reasons, from general fitness, prevention and treatment of back pain to keeping themselves agile and strong, the list goes on. That’s because Pilates has something to offer people of all ages and levels of ability and fitness, from beginners to elite athletes. The techniques and apparatus can be used to provide support for beginners and people with certain medical conditions, as well as resistance for people looking to challenge and develop their body.

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The many benefits of Yin Yoga

The many benefits of Yin Yoga

Many people are talking about trying Yin Yoga but how do you know if it’s right for you? Derived from traditional yoga poses Yin poses have been renamed to distinguish them from traditional practices. From a physical standpoint, yin postures are all about release. Postures and breath-work focus on manipulating the fascia, the deep connective tissues around individual and muscle groups. When practiced regularly it will improve circulation in the joints and other tissues and increase overall flexibility and. Sounds good doesn’t it!

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Why we love Small Group Training

Why we love Small Group Training

Small Group Training aka “Squads” is a term we are hearing more and more often in gyms. It’s fair to say that Interval training has become the most recent fad. It’s come with the introduction of trends such as CrossFit and F45 classes. Before that we had long lines out of gyms for all of the fabulousness that comes with your standard Les Mills Aerobic or Body Pump classes. Preceding that, we had “Generation Iron” with an influx of gym goers on an Arnold Schwarzenegger inspired body building workout plan. Here’s why small group training is here to stay.

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6 Keys to help you keep your New Year’s Resolution

6 Keys to help you keep your New Year’s Resolution

Are you sick of making your New Year Resolutions and not keeping them?  Making the lifestyle changes necessary to lose weight or get fitter can be very challenging and statistics show 92% of people have been unable to keep their goals by the time they reach February.  With that in mind, we have created a list of six tips for a happy new rear!

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Why chose a Private Pilates Session?

Why chose a Private Pilates Session?

Pilates focuses on the development of core strength, stability, posture and body awareness. It is low impact, with limited cardio and is suitable for nearly anyone including professional sports people, seniors, pre and post-natal and those undertaking physical rehabilitation as recommended by a doctor. It’s also a great option if you just want to look good in your swimmers!  Pilates is focused on posture and alignment and often it may only be a small movement between doing an exercise right (and therefore effectively) or incorrectly and risking injury. Many studios offer Private or Semi-Private Sessions to supplement regular Pilates or fitness training, it’s a proven way to improve your Pilates techniques and increase confidence and knowledge during these intimate sessions.

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Stay Well Hydrated

Stay Well Hydrated

Water drives all the chemical reactions that create and nurture life so stay well hydrated. So many of us are so disconnected and so “busy” that we fail to notice symptoms of dehydration. It may interest you that a dry mouth is actually one of the last symptoms of dehydration. We live in a self inflicted dehydrated society that accepts caffeinated drinks, sports drinks, alcohol, and juices as a method of rehydration.

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Keeping Active at Work

Keeping Active at Work

Do you find it difficult to exercise during work hours, because you’re always too busy? I believe you can make time for anything you feel is truly worthwhile if the benefit out ways the cost. When you’re working, exercise is a great way to get fresh air, clear the head and pump the body full of good hormones, so you function at your peak and communicate better with your customers and colleagues.

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What is Dry Needling and how does it work?

What is Dry Needling and how does it work?

Dry Needling also known as ‘musculoskeletal acupuncture’ and ‘Sports Acupuncture’ is a therapy which involves a very thin needle inserted through the skin to stimulate a trigger point or ‘knot’ within a muscle. Despite its scary-sounding name, Dry Needling is safe and is getting very good results in the hands of skilled practitioners.

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Barre Box – are you ready to sweat?

Barre Box – are you ready to sweat?

Looking for something new to lift your fitness levels that will make you break a sweat whilst grinning ear to ear? Barre Box is a high intensity workout combining the best of all things we love most, from standing Pilates work, short cardio boxing intervals, to dance moves all in a ballet class! Punch your way through cardio intervals and take a jab at non-traditional dance and core movements with this 50 minute cardio Barre Boxing workout.

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Yoga today, benefits tomorrow

Yoga today, benefits tomorrow

Yoga is hugely popular around the world today, yet until now little has been known of its origins. Western intellectuals “discovered” yoga at the end of the nineteenth and it has since been deeply influenced by Western spiritual and religious ideas, representing in many respects a radical break from the grass-roots yoga extraction of India.

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How quieting the mind with Yoga helps children

How quieting the mind with Yoga helps children

I first found yoga and meditation whilst living and travelling through Europe in my 20’s. As soon as I took my first Body Balance (mix of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates) I was hooked! I used my time overseas to immerse myself in the practice and attended yoga festivals and retreats across the UK. At first I just enjoyed my own personal practice, but soon began to think that everyone should be practicing yoga to experience the ease and calm it can bring to your daily life. One summer’s day when I was in Glastonbury, the spiritual heart of the UK – I had a lightbulb moment – why is this sense of ease and calm just limited to adults, yoga should be taught from a young age to help children better navigate their way into adulthood.

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The Benefits of Hyper Core Pilates Class – Low Pressure Fitness

The Benefits of Hyper Core Pilates Class – Low Pressure Fitness

We are introducing a New Class at Active Mind Body called, Hyper Core Pilates – Low Pressure Fitness

Hyper Core Pilates -Low Pressure Fitness (LPF) is a holistic approach to core and posture training that focuses on training the involuntary function of the core and pelvic floor. This helps to:

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Injured? Give Pilates a try

Injured? Give Pilates a try

Whether you’ve had a chronic injury for years or have a twinge from your last workout, injuries are painful, frustrating and often restrict your participation in the things you love doing. We want to make our classes accessible to EVERYONE!

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Beautiful Broth

Beautiful Broth

I highly recommend you make yourself big batch of broth and use this practice as part of your healthy eating regime.

There are so many benefits to broth, you’ll find you have a stronger immune system so less colds and flu’s when regularly consuming it.

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What music can do for exercise!

What music can do for exercise!

We love music, all types of music. We love how it can make or break a complicated situation, bring people closer together, bring out emotions you didn’t know were there. But what we love the most, is what it can do for an exercise program. Be it weights, cardiovascular or the two combined.

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