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Headaches and Migraines

Headache and migraine sufferers know only too well how debilitating it can be to go through this period where it seems a whole army is running amok within the confines of the skull. There are many reasons why we have headaches and migraines, I will only cover a few here. Stress At high stressful times,…

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PMS and the debilitating PMDD

“It can leave sufferers bedridden, unable to work and suicidal. But should extreme premenstrual syndrome be categorised as a mental disorder? Amy Molloy, The Age, 2 February 2014 “WHEN THAT TIME COMES AROUND, I CAN’T CONTROL MY BEHAVIOUR OR MY EMOTIONS.” This is the opening of an article in The Age about how PMS, in…

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7 reasons to allow your child to walk barefoot

Children, and specifically very young children, like to walk barefoot. It is often difficult to get them to wear shoes. Isabel Gentil Garcia, professor of nursing, physiotherapy and podiatry at Complutense University in Madrid, did research in this area and found that children who were given the opportunity to walk barefoot were….smarter! Thanks to sensory…

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12 Signs of Ovulation To Be Aware Of

There are many signs of ovulation that you can use to determine when you are at your most fertile, but if you are not paying careful attention, you may mistake one of them as a sign of something else, such as implantation, pregnancy or a menstrual period. The key is to know your cycle inside…

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Realigning the Body

We are generally too busy and preoccupied to consciously think about how we use our bodies, in particular how we stand. The following five steps are a guide on how to realign your body. Stand with the feet pointing straight forward or slightly inward. Realign the pelvis by simply squeezing your bottom with a very…

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PowerFingers’ benefits

  We use our hands for so many tasks and most of us don’t think about it until there is a twitch, a pain or tightness. When hands are used beyond the day to day chores such as work, playing sport or a music instrument there is a high chance that some muscles are more…

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Carers and their needs

Carers look after loved ones who are not well,  from a few weeks through an illness to a few years when there is not much promise of a good outcome. No matter which part of the scale, it is an emotionally charged task. In that realm, it means there is a lot of emotional fatigue…

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Essential oils and safety

Enjoying a friend’s company at my local café, I noticed a man talking as I overheard two words that awoke my interest: essential oils. As it happened, he then talked to my friend and I couldn’t help but ask what the reference to the essential oils was. His partner had sustained serious burns on her…

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Origins and development of Facial Reflexology

Facial Reflexology has its origins in Auricular Therapy and has over time developed in an effective therapy. Auricular Therapy An ancient Chinese practice, also used in some form in other parts of the world.  From 1951 auricular therapy was mapped by Dr Nogier3, a French physician, using acupuncture points1. The Chinese used this knowledge and…

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How can I look after my feet?

The 24 bones in the feet are ‘kept’ together by how they fit ‘into each other’ and by ligaments. The muscles and plantar fascia provide secondary support. Fat pads help with weight bearing and absorb impact. As the foot strikes the ground, this force unlocks the bones in the feet, so these then can adapt to…

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