Categories for Holistic Therapies

The Power of Positive Thinking

Self-affirmation Does it really work? Can we think ourselves better than we feel?

American Psychologist, Claude Steele, popularised self-affirmation in the 1980’s which examines how being forced outside our comfort zones affect our self-esteem. Studies have found that self-affirmation leads to “better mental and physical well-being, including greater happiness, hopefulness, optimism and health with less sadness and anger.”

How?

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Self Help with Epsom Salts

Epsom Salts

Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate) is a quick and easy self help approach to dealing with minor aches and pains. They are easily accessible from a local chemist and many of the discount shops sell them too. They can be used where there is any calcification in joints, or where there is mild stiffness or soreness after physical activity, such as sport or gardening.

The salts work by reducing the acid build up in the body and by achieving a normal acid/alkaline balance. This makes it a useful tool in reducing the aches associated with colds/flu and fever and in calming skin conditions such as dermatitis or eczema. To use, simply put 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salts in approximately 2 litres of warm water and soak hands or feet for 15 to 20 minutes. To use in a bath, measure a large mug full and add to a normal size bath. Then simply lay back and relax.

Be careful not to have the water too hot, otherwise the salts could raise the body temperature to uncomfortable levels. Care should be exercised by people with high blood pressure or heart problems and Epsom Salts are not recommended for children under the age of 5yrs.

Judith Killgallon
Bowen Practitioner

Homeopathy – For or Against?

Who would have thought Homeopathy would be linked to the contest for the next Labour Leadership? Indeed homeopathy has wide acclaim and support from many famous people, past and present, including Ghandi, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney, Prince Philip and the Queen.
Unfortunately for Jeremy Corbyn, his support of homeopathy, and his suggestion for homeopathy on the NHS has resulted in widespread criticism of him and his beliefs. Like all kinds of treatments, conventional, alternative or complementary, we don’t have to dismiss something simply because it hasn’t received scientific support. All prescription drugs are undergone extensive research and clinical trials before being available to the general public, yet think about the many potential side effects, the risk of excessive use, and the ineffectiveness of so many drugs….despite this we still take them. So whats so bad about Homeopathy?

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