Posts tagged wellness
How Hiring A Health Coach Can Help Get Your Health Back On Track In 2017!

Make A New Years Goal To Improve Your Health

Looking after your health is one of the most important things you can do, but why is it so hard for so many? We all come up with excuses as to why we don't have time to exercise, don't have the money to buy healthy, organic food or justify the need to have a glass or two of wine at the end of a stressful work day. People forget it's the little things you do every day which affect your long-term health. The New Year is a perfect time to re-assess your health goals and make a plan to achieve those goals. Whether you live in and around Amsterdam or anywhere else in the world, Helen can help you to get your health back on track! Helen encourages small maintainable changes to your lifestyle that do not take much effort to achieve and are therefore easier to continue for the future.

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Phos Wellness: 21st Century Skin Care

Earlier this year I started using a new brand of skin care products by Phos Wellness . The 'Face Elixir Lipid' for combination skin has become my daily go to for a facial oil. It smells amazing and melts into the skin easily. My normally combination skin has transformed since starting to using these products. After moving from the humid climate of Bermuda to the dry European climate and central heating my skin was not happy. But now the dryness has resolved and is feeling less sensitive and inflamed.  I have also started using the skin products with my Facial Acupuncture clients with great results. I use the Face Elixir Lipid for combination skin with the Bio Recovery Gel  for my skin and the Eye Ozone around my eyes. Here is a bit more info about the products below. 

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Going Dutch: Tony's Chocolonely aim for 100% Slave free chocolate

Recently I had the pleasure of an invite to Tony's Chocolonely's head office in Amsterdam. Yes, be very jealous! I had the guided tour, saw the tasting room, museum cupboard with all the past and present products and the 'Chocolate Wall'. I'm pretty sure the office fridge was just full of chocolate also! It seemed more like Willy Wonker's Chocolate factory than an office. Where do I apply for a job? I also had a good laugh reading the 'Who are we' page for the staff on the Tony's website, who knew the Dutch were so crazy? But I guess it goes in line with their motto 'Crazy about chocolate, serious about people'.

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The Kokedama Craze! My Sunday workshop in Amsterdam.

My Sunday afternoon was spent learning about and making my own Kokedama. The workshop was taught by the entertaining and informative Mahalia and Sirus from 'We Smell The Rain', a local design studio specialising in crafted greenery.  The Hoxton Hotel on the Herengracht hosted the workshop in their lovely apartment setting. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and a great activity to do with friends or maybe get someone as a birthday gift.

So what is Kokedama?

Kokedama is a Japanese tradition and literally means 'moss ball'. It is a variant of the Japanese Bonsai and have become somewhat 'trendy' as indoor plants and are a favourite with interior designers and in eco friendly offices and working spaces. They are also great for those of us living in city apartments and have no garden or outdoor area at home. 

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Cupping: So what's all the hype?

I find it funny how this image of swimmer Michael Phelps is one of the most talked about photos from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The number of news articles written about cupping since he was spotted with cupping marks is huge. Everyone is talking about this 'cupping thing'. My physiotherapy clients keep asking me 'what's this cupping thing that athletes are using at the Olympics?' We are all so influenced by other people, whether its wanting to look like them or wanting to copy the products they use. All I can say is that I'm almost 100% sure Michael Phelps does not receive any money for endorsing cupping. Because there is no money in cupping, or any other holistic health therapy, not the kind of money anyway that would be able to pay sponsorship, but enough to make a living out of if your good at it. None of us would even know he used cupping if it weren't for the fact that if leaves marks on the skin for a few days, though I do know he has posted on social media about it in the past. Heres a guy who makes millions (his approx. net worth is 44 million) promoting brands such as Under Armour, Speedo, Head and Shoulders, Kellog, Omega watcher etc, has probably some of the best medical experts and sports scientists on his team, but yet he chooses to use a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine to aid his recovery after training or competitions. So there has to be something in it right?

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