Interview – Donna Wilkinson on Meditation

Donna Wilkinson is an advanced clinical massage therapist and an experienced meditator, having attended three 10 day silent meditation retreats over the years. She has an interest in indigenous healing practices and has spent two years training with a traditional shaman from Ecuador, including a month spent living with indigenous tribes in the Amazon jungle. She currently lives in Lewes with her partner and her two pet sugar gliders.  What is meditation? I would really consider meditation anything that allows...

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Natalie Heng – What I love about massage

Natalie Heng is a clinical massage therapist, writer and general life enthusiast. In her spare time she loves running along towpaths, making friends with strangers and narrating audiobooks. She believes if there’s one thing better than a rich chocolate cake, it’s having your joints mobilised by a good shiatsu-style squash on the massage table! What I love most about being a massage therapist is that I get to affect change in someone else’s body - someone else’s problems - through...

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How To Prepare The Day Before The Marathon

Running a marathon requires many things - grit, patience, sacrifice, and a determination to carry on even when your body is exhausted and aching. The months leading up to the race will require you to spend hours of your free time pounding the pavements, missing drinks out with friends because you have your long run the next morning, and heading out when it's cold, dark, raining, or all three during the winter months. So with just 24 hours to go,...

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How To Run A Marathon Without Breaking Your Body

oday's guest post is from Soma Room therapist Naomi Johns - a mum of three, avid runner, qualified personal trainer and massage tutor at St Mary's University in Twickenham. She offers Sports, Deep Tissue and Pregnancy massage every Wednesday at The Soma Room. I really love to run. For me it’s not just about the physical challenge but also about the amazing benefits it gives to the mind.  To date I have run four marathons (one of those up a...

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How to Stay Active in Winter, Despite the Cold

As the weather turns cold, wet and possibly even snowy, leaving the comfort of your sofa to head out to the gym can seem like a mighty task - especially when it’s dark outside. But to stay healthy, you need to stay active, whatever the weather. The Benefits of Year Round Exercise  Keeping active during the winter isn’t just good for physical health, it helps to keep the immune system strong too [1]. This is particularly important at this time...

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Three Minutes To A Calmer You

It can be difficult to feel peaceful in today's fast-paced world. So often it feels that there is an insurmountable amount of things to do, and not enough time in the day to do them all. One great technique for helping to slow things down and bring you back into your body is mediation, but most people don't know where to begin, or how to fit it in with everything else that's going on in their lives. There's an old...

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