Introducing our Ealing Hero!

We had some fantastic nominations to our Ealing Heroes campaign; our mission to find the people of Ealing who make a difference in our community. Nominations were put to a public vote last month, and the support for Innovation Dance owner Emma Hardy blew us away. Emma’s nomination is below:”Whenever you see Emma she always has an infectious smile on her face and always offers a warm greeting. Throughout the many lockdowns she and the Innovation team worked tirelessly to maintain a...

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S.A.D – Adapting To The Seasons

We are suddenly well in to the shorter days and darker evenings of winter. Have you noticed any changes in your mood and/or stress levels? It is thought that approximately one out of three adults experience symptoms of SAD at this time of year. SAD stands for ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ and usually involves feelings of low energy, low self-esteem and anxiety. For some, symptoms may be more severe and lead to depression (which should be discussed with a GP), however...

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Therapist Spotlight – Aurélie Splawski

Aurelie Splawski is a remedial massage therapist with twelve years of clinical experience, having trained in the USA and Australia and worked around the world. We caught up with her to find out a little more about her experiences of working abroad, how she looks after herself, and her love of french cheese and wine,,, What inspired you to pursue a career in massage therapy? Through receiving massages during my travels abroad, and realising how beneficial they were for my...

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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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