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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Help! I Suffer from Migraines

Migraines - as anyone who has experienced one knows, they're more than just a bad headache. Soma therapist Donna Elsey explains what they are, what to do if you get them, and how massage therapy can help.  What are migraines? A migraine is classically a one-sided headache often accompanied by nausea, and can last for several hours.  For some people, migraines can last a few days.  It is estimated that 6 million people in the UK are affected by migraines....

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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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Do You Know an Ealing Hero?

The Soma Room is on a quest to celebrate the unsung heroes in our local community - the people of Ealing who devote their lives to helping others. And we need your help to find them! If you know of someone who deserves the title of Ealing Hero - whether a teacher, volunteer, community figure, NHS worker, or even a kindly neighbour - then make sure they get the recognition they deserve by nominating them below. Nominations will be featured...

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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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