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Facial Yoga & Breathing: Can They Change Our Brain and Emotions?

By |2016-12-07T09:48:45+00:00October 23rd, 2012|Facial Yoga, Wellbeing|

I am attending seminars on Yoga & Mind in London next week and will be updating this blog with news. Heart & Mind Connection Our emotional health and wellbeing requires harmonizing the interplay between the heart and the brain and I advocate focused relaxation - an hour or so away from the daily stressful life - among my clients. A few words about emotion and meditation and chants by Dr Alan Watkins Alleviating Stress and Anxiety "Yoga and focused breathing appear to enable the person to divert their attention from an upsetting state to a point of inner emotional stability" By changing breathing patterns, we can alter the messages from the body to the brain. Through these pathways, we can see how specific breathing techniques can alleviate anxiety, insomnia, intrusive memories, over-reactions, distorted body perceptions, disconnectedness and loss of meaning. This research attracts worldwide attention and reflects a new development that crosses psychology, psychotherapy and physiology. Also, while chanting, our heart rate and blood pressure dip to its lowest in the day. Even listening to chants normalises adrenalin levels, brain wave pattern and lowers cholesterol levels.  "By doing yoga, we are rooted in the body when the mind focuses and settles." Emotional Brain [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GMSczR7xrs] Open Hearts - positive emotions induced by loving

Stressed Out Before Christmas?

By |2016-12-07T09:09:24+00:00December 1st, 2010|Skin Concerns, Wellbeing|

November is a month of Stress Awareness in Britain and doctors have seen more symptoms of stress - including sleep and digestion issues, in recent months.Follow the Winter Skincare Rules above. Wrap up warm and watch for that tight skin feeling that signals low levels of hydration when outdoors. Strengthen your immunity - lemon and echinacea work wonders for me - and look after your work/life balance and emotional well-being. And try to sleep as much as you can! Source: A nation of weepy, tired and stressed out people. BA April 2010 10 % of Brits admits to falling asleep or crying because exhausted at work 20 % have taken time off to catch up on sleep 24 % admit to making an error due to being tired 37 % blame money matters 24 % blame health or appearance issues 77 % believe society is more pressured than 5 years ago To fight the sleep deprivation: 45 % reach for a coffee or tea to gain more energy and feel mentally alert 25 % eat chocolate 10 % drink energy drinks and eat sugary snacks

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Mavis’s Mother’s Day Makeover Win

By |2016-12-06T22:01:06+00:00July 20th, 2010|In the Media|

A Pocklington grandmother who won a Mother’s Day competition has a new look and a portfolio of photographs. Mavis Goodwin, 58, was nominated for the competition to reward a deserving Mum with a series of relaxing and anti-ageing facial massages by her daughter, Jayne Bell, who wanted to give her mum some valuable ‘me time’ from her role as a full time carer to Jayne’s father. Organised by FaceWorkshops in conjunction with Mark Kensett photography, the competition attracted many deserving entries but we were so moved by Jayne’s nomination that we awarded the £600 prize of a three month course of anti-ageing facial massages plus a photo shoot package to Mavis without hesitation. As Mavis reached the end of the course of  facial massages that have helped to energise and tone her skin; she said; “Not only is my skin glowing, but I have benefited in other ways, too.  It has helped to take away stress, and forced me to make time for me and to relax.  It’s been lovely and Mark’s photos are a great reminder of my experience.” Mavis’s daughter Jayne accompanied her mum to some of the treatments. “My dad had an accident three years ago that left him brain damaged, unable to speak and totally reliant on Mum, so the last

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