Posts Tagged ‘Carole Thornton’

Are you feeling safe and secure?

Written by Robert Sanders. Posted in Basic Human Needs, Blog

An article by Robert Sanders, Life Coach, Timeline Therapist and NLP Practitioner
at Vinings Natural Health Centre

We all need to feel safe and secure. This seems like one of the most straightforward of the basic psychological needs. Your unconscious (or subconscious) mind is naturally sensitive to any threats to your safety and security. This need for security is the origin of our most deep-based fears. This is where you learn to notice dangers and respond instinctively to them.

Common sense tells us that we need to avoid things like fire, physical violence, falling from a great height, being attacked by a wild animal, being poisoned or being severely cold or exposed. These go without saying, and your unconscious mind knows how to protect you from these, so you may feel natural fear when faced with a lion, or something being on fire. You will instinctively avoid standing close to the edge on a high building if there is no barrier. You will want to get somewhere warm or wrap your clothes tighter around you if it gets cold.

Time for You?

Written by Caroline Burton. Posted in Blog

Well, the long summer holidays are over – phew! Whether you’ve been away on the holiday of a lifetime, or been coping with little ones who get bored far too quickly; whether you’ve been on “granny duty” or trying to juggle job, home and holidays – now is the time to settle back into a routine.

Now is a good time to focus on you, too. With autumn well on the way, it’s time to get your whole system in shape. Hopefully you’ve topped up with sunshine through the summer – best natural source of vital Vitamin D – and now you should be thinking about those months ahead. Time to build up the immune system, pull the diet back on track, give up smoking instead of just talking about it – and yes, perhaps even a bit of pampering at every level if that’s what your body needs!

At Vinings Natural Health Centre, our team of experienced therapists can take care of body, mind and soul!
Just think how wonderful a relaxing aromatherapy massage with Carole Thornton could be, with specially-selected essential oils to work at deep levels to help you unwind, de-stress and come back to that place of balance.
Or if it’s a deep-tissue-style massage you need to get rid of knots or for rehab, Graham Lines is your man: he specialises in sports massage and offers taping, strapping and ultrasound too.
If you feel you’re out of kilter diet-wise, then our naturopath Kirsty Lander can give you a top-to-toe check-up and help you get back on track, physically, mentally and emotionally. The blend of scientific and traditional healing principles, with kinesiology and practical experience helps with a wide range of imbalances and conditions.
It’s not always easy – whatever your age – to find that path through life, and sometimes we seem to lose our way. Robert Sanders works with a mix of NLP, Timeline Therapy and Life Coaching to help you understand where you are (and who you are!) and how you can get to where you would like to be.
Sometimes, there’s an energy blockage: what better way to release that than with acupuncture with Julia Biggs? Julia’s highly-intuitive approach helps to identify those trouble spots and clear the blockages so that the energy flows smoothly again, easing physical discomfort or that feeling of being stuck.
If you decide that now is the time to tackle that excess weight, or to kick the smoking habit once and for all; if that irrational phobia is getting in the way of your daily life – hypnotherapist Judy Sharp can help! She combines clinical hypnotherapy with past life regression, soul retrieval and other techniques to uncover the real root cause of an issue.
Just because summer is over, don’t forget your feet! They will be tucked into shoes and boots all winter, so treat them well! If you would like regular foot care, Caroline Burton is your lady, while for more clinical / medical advice, our podiatrist / chiropodist Deborah Ferguson can provide the treatments you need.
If you would like to try something completely different – have a consultation with our herbalist Yaso Shan. She is highly experienced in Chinese herbal medicine and also creates her own range of Centella personal care products that contain only natural ingredients. They make fabulous gifts!
And last but not least, if guidance and emotional support is what you need – and most people do at some stage in their lives – then turn to counselling psychologist Dr Lynne Jordan, who is highly experienced in various counselling modalities and will be able to help you through those rocky patches.

This is Time for You – and the team at Vinings Natural Health Centre would be more than happy to help you towards optimal health and wellbeing!
Vinings Natural Health Centre is located in Church Road, Haywards Heath, behind the Orchards Shopping Centre. We have our own parking for clients, and it is a lovely peaceful place to come and unwind as the healing takes place.

Problems sleeping? See what our practitioners recommend!

Written by Caroline Burton. Posted in Blog

We are launching a regular new series of articles where we look at one health issues and ask our experienced practitioners for their input. Sleeping problems seem to crop up on everyone’s agenda, so it’s a good one to start with.

sleep 1 screen shotSleep is vitally important for our overall wellbeing. Interrupted sleep or lack of sleep can have a serious, long-term effect on our health, and may lead to issues such as irritability, depression, reduced mental alertness, headaches and physical fatigue.

Many factors may affect the amount and quality of sleep you achieve on a regular basis, for instance:

  • stress
  • depression, anxiety and / or worry
  • hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms
  • medication
  • diet – quality of food, timing of meals
  • outside factors eg noisy neighbours, uncomfortable bed, partner who snores, very young children waking in the night
  • variable shift work prevents the body from establishing a regular routine
  • certain illnesses and pain will hinder deep, restful sleep.

When looking to resolve your sleeping problems, it is important to establish the real cause – it could well be a combination of various factors. Take an holistic approach – in other words, look at your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being rather than just one of these in isolation.
It t is always recommended that you consult a qualified practitioner before self-diagnosing!

At Vinings Natural Health Centre our experienced practitioners can help uncover the root cause and deal with it.

BAD FOODS, GOOD FOODS                            (from Yaso Shan, Herbalist at Vinings)

BAD FOODSGOOD FOODS
Biscuits, cakes, chocolates and other foods that are high in refined sugarsGreen vegetables except spinach
Coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate drinks and fizzy drinks (too much caffeine and / or sugar)Lettuce (a natural sedative)
Red meats, rich creamy dishes and cheese (high in protein and difficult to digest, especially late at night)Porridge (slow-release carbs will regulate sugar and energy levels)
Spicy dishes, curry or oriental foods (can cause heartburn, which will disturb sleep)Sunflower and pumpkin seeds (high in magnesium to relax muscles, relieve stress and promote sleep)
Alcohol and tobacco (disrupt body processes and are generally bad for health)Wholegrain foods and other low glycemic index (GI) foods (eg wholewheat foods, brown rice, oats). These regulate blood sugar levels, calm and soothe the gut and nervous system.
Bacon, ham, sausages, sauerkraut, spinach and tomatoes, all of which increase adrenaline which will keep the body alert at night, not conducive to getting to sleepIncreased complex carbs in wholefoods (eg pasta) boosts serotonin levels which promotes sleep. Serotonin is regarded as the body’s natural relaxant and anti-depressant.
 Cottage cheese, turkey, yoghurt, bananas and avocado are all high in tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin, promoting good sleep

Let’s look now at some ideas from our practitioners. First, Vinings’ herbalist, Yaso Shan:Take steps to lower your stress levels. Apart from yoga, meditation (or mindfulness), aerobic exercise, a hobby or just socialising with friends can help you relax.

Herbal remedies can help to calm, soothe and relax the mind and the body. Recommended herbs include chamomile tea, hops, valerian, passion flower, lemon balm, Californian poppy, lettuce and St John’s Wort. Natural remedies such as these avoid the unwanted side-effects of grogginess that some prescription drugs may cause.
http://www.viningsnaturalhealthcentre.co.uk/practitioners/yaso-shan/

Julia Biggs, Vinings’ Acupuncturist, emphasises the importance of quality sleep for good health. Acupuncture has a long history of treating all types of sleep disorder. Unlike conventional therapies, it addresses the underlying causes of disturbed sleep, providing safe and effective relief for many conditions including difficulty dropping off; night sweats; snoring; early waking; restless legs; and dream disturbed sleep. Treatment is customised to a client’s individual needs and restores balance on the physical level as well as helping to relax and quieten the mind.
http://www.viningsnaturalhealthcentre.co.uk/practitioners/julia-biggs/

Carole Thornton, Aromatherapist, Massage Therapist and Healer at Vinings, suggests creating a new bedtime regime. She advises leaving 2 – 3 hours after your last meal so that your digestive system can do its work before you go to bed – and, of course, ensure that you eat the right sort of foods especially late at night!

Modern gadgets stimulate the brain and are not good for encouraging sleep. Remove computers, tablets and mobile phones from the bedroom – not only are they highly distracting, the blue screens are very disruptive to the brain.

A warm, relaxing lavender bath will soothe, and massaging two drops of neat lavender oil into the soles of your feet will act as a natural sedative. Put a drop of lavender oil on a tissue under your pillow in the morning, then turn the pillow over when you go to bed and you will have the beautifully relaxing scent of lavender as you drift off to sleep. Sandalwood is a good alternative is lavender is not for you.

Read something uplifting before you sleep, and keep a gratitude diary, noting good things that you experienced during the day. And, of course – relax. Just sit quietly and say the word “relax” over and over. Ensure your whole body is relaxed – no clenched fists or teeth – and let thoughts drift out as easily as they drift in. In time, this will become much easier and will certainly help you to have a good night’s sleep.
http://www.viningsnaturalhealthcentre.co.uk/practitioners/carole-thornton/

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