We Did It!

On Sunday 26th September 2021, five intrepid Soma Room therapists met in Lammas Park to attempt the Ealing Half Marathon, a notoriously hilly event that has been voted the best half marathon in the UK for the last three years in a row. Between us, we had a wide range of running experience, from total beginners to seasoned marathoners. Despite a number of challenges along the way, all of us managed to complete the event injury-free and with huge smiles...

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Befriending – More Than Just a Cup of Tea

Loneliness can be seen as one of the greatest health concerns we face, increasing the risk of depression, high blood pressure, cognitive decline and coronary heart disease. It is also on the rise, and half a million older people currently go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all.* We spoke to Rachel Hill, CEO of local charity Befriend, about their mission to tackle loneliness in Ealing, some of the amazing transformations...

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Daniel Whiley on Minimalist Running

Daniel Whiley is a movement specialist who has run all over the world, completing a number of long-distance races, including an 80km route in the Netherlands. He particularly enjoys fell running and uses running as a means to explore. In this interview, he discusses minimalist running - what it is, why it can be useful, and where to start.   So you mentioned in a previous blog post that you do minimalist running. Can you explain a little more about...

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Meet the Soma Therapists Doing the Ealing Half Marathon!

At The Soma Room, we're used to helping runners stay injury-free whilst training for races, but this year Sophie, Donna, Emily, Ann and Daniel have decided to put the (running) shoe on the other foot, and dust off our trainers to take part in the Ealing Half Marathon on the 26th September. Between us, we have a wide range of running experience - from complete beginners who have never worn a pair of running shoes before, to experienced runners who...

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Self-Care Tips for the British Summer

Everyone loves a sunny summers day. However long days outdoors, sun exposure and high temperatures can be tough on the body. Read on for our top tips to look after your body inside and out in these summer months. Be sun safe We all know the damage the sun can cause to our skin: uncomfortable and unsightly redness and burning, as well as the risk of long-term damage and cancer. To minimise these risks, the NHS advises the following:  Wearing...

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​Getting Active Locally – Walking in Ealing

There are many benefits to exercise. It helps to keep us fit and healthy, build strong bones and lean muscle mass, lose body fat and keep our weight under control. It also helps our mental health, by helping to relieve stress, anxiety and depression by releasing endorphins which make us feel happier [1]. Exercise also helps us relax and sleep better, as well as boost our energy levels during the day. But exercising locally, close to where we live or...

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