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Why did you want to be a massage therapist?My decision to train as a therapist came about because of...
Scary as it may seem it really is just around the corner… what are we talking about? The Christmas S...
Older people often say they have trouble sleeping, and approximately 50% reporting sleep disturbance...
The number of vegans in the UK has risen dramatically, quadrupling* in the last 5 years and many oth...
A study by Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry recently found that exercising outdoors can p...
A healthy meal suggestion from our family nutritionalist, Sophie Crosswaite.I discovered this recipe...
The concept of eating seasonally is actually really simple. It involves eating foods that are grown ...

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Welcome to The Maris Practice Blog. Here you will find musings, reflections and information about best practice in alternative therapies. We hope you find it useful and interesting.

Meet the therapist - Evelina, our Aromatherapy and holistic masseuse

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Why did you want to be a massage therapist? My decision to train as a therapist came about because of my own experience of treatment here at the Maris Practice. I found the treatment so helpful when I was struggling...
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The modern Christmas spirit of stress!

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Scary as it may seem it really is just around the corner… what are we talking about? The Christmas Season! In some shops its started weeks ago when the trees still had leaves! And for some, this is a wonderful...
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Ways to improve sleep quality as you age

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Older people often say they have trouble sleeping, and approximately 50% reporting sleep disturbance or have insomnia. Commonly two main difficulties are stated: falling asleep at the start of the night, waking up too early and finding it impossible to...
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Just because it’s vegan, doesn’t mean it’s good for you!

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The number of vegans in the UK has risen dramatically, quadrupling* in the last 5 years and many others are adopting a largely meat-free diet. This sudden growth hasn’t come out of nowhere and is part of a steady progression...
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The benefits associated with outdoor exercise

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A study by Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry recently found that exercising outdoors can provide more mental health benefits than indoor exercise. The study was based on results of indoor and outdoor exercise trials. It did find that the...
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A family meal recipe - Teriyaki Salmon

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A healthy meal suggestion from our family nutritionalist, Sophie Crosswaite. I discovered this recipe recently and realised it was a winner because it includes everything my rather fussy 8 year-old loves: cucumber; edamame beans; noodles and salmon. It is a...
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What is seasonal eating and why do it?

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The concept of eating seasonally is actually really simple. It involves eating foods that are grown at the same time as you want, or need, to eat them. As most fruits and vegetables are being grown somewhere in the world...
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Breakfast Cereal Sugar Revealed

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We often hear it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and trying to put a healthy cereal in front of our children is something we invest our time and energy into achieving. But how easy...
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Helping new born babies and their mums in successful breast-feeding with the help of Osteopathic treatment

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Lactation consultants around the world have been extensively studying the process of muscle movement, (biomechanics) used during sucking, in babies from birth through to weaning. Lactation consultants are trained to assess difficulties, correct positioning, provide emotional support to the mothers,...
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Turmeric Chicken Skewers - a recipe

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Courtsey of our nutritional therapist,  Sophie Crosswaite . This is a recipe that I’ve adapted from one my Mum used to make as soon as it was warm enough to get the BBQ out. It is now a firm favourite...
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Homeopathic Remedies for Hayfever

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As the wonder of Spring starts to emerge with blossoms and seeds creating a new cycle of life with re-awakenings and renewals abounding among the Flora and Fauna, for some individuals it can be the beginning of torment and suffering. This...
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Lower back pain during pregnancy

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One of the most frequent complaints during pregnancy is lower back pains and up to 80% of women will at some point in their pregnancy experience back problems. During a pregnancy in a healthy woman, the overall body weight gain...
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The Day 3 Cry – post baby emotions

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Most women will experience symptoms three to five days after the birth, such as mood swings, teariness, feeling overwhelmed and anxiety. Often called the 'baby blues' It is thought the symptoms are caused by the rapidly changing hormone levels after...
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Feeling overwhelmed?

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How is it December already? Did I blink and miss a couple of weeks somewhere? Does it feel as though you are on a treadmill of ever-increasing chores dragging you inexorably towards December 25th. Does it all feel rather overwhelming?...
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Coping with the symptoms of Menopause

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Some women sail through the menopause without much trouble, however, many others do not.  Hot flushes, sweating, mood swings, sleepless nights, memory problems, irritability and depression are all symptoms associated with the menopause and can affect you, with varying degrees,...
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What is aromatherapy?

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Lets talk about aromatherapy and essential oils. These have got a bad rap over recent years due to some unrealistic claims that have been made surrounding them. However, essential oils can help tremendously with a variety of chronic issues including...
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When antibiotics are necessary, natural options and post treatment recovery

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Antibiotics are generally very safe but do have side effects. Some patients report symptoms such as stomach upsets, diarrhoea and allergic reactions. According to the NHS, 1 in 10 people experiences side effects that harm the digestive system after taking...
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Does sugar make you sad?

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There has been lots of speculation in the media about a link between sugar and depression. In addition to obesity, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, eating high levels of sugar does have consequences that go far beyond our waistlines. Eating sugar gives...
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Getting your dietary protein, calcium & iron from plant-based foods

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Meatless Monday is a step being taken by growing numbers of people as we all become more aware about the environmental impact associated with meat production and the health benefits of a plant-based diet. So are the tales that vegan...
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KG Hypnobirthing Courses

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We are running our antenatal KG Hypnobirthing 3 week course again in July, September and November. This course will give you and your partner the knowledge and the tools to have a positive birth experience and give your baby the...
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