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By West Norwood Therapies Team, Apr 15 2019 01:35PM

WNT founder and manager Jennie Duck shares how we decided on a beautiful new studio floor and the teamwork that made it happen

I always hated laminate flooring. It had been suggested that it would be a good alternative to our carpet a couple of years back as we were starting to offer more classes as well as treatments and I pretty much flatly refused. We ended up going with a foam interim - sounds awful but actually worked well for classes and looked quite good. But it was a faff for treatments since it needed protective mats and not the most durable option in the long term so back to the drawing board...


Then I discovered laminate can be nice!!! Who knew??! In fact it can be really lovely - like the oak effect that we went for as pictured here.


So it was all hands on deck to get the room cleared out and then reconstituted with minimal disruption to the clinic and classes. Our team in action - I stayed 400miles away in Scotland and kept in tune with progress. My husband travelled down to put the flooring in - a mammoth job over a long weekend with 4am starts and late nights. Thank goodness he loves me enough to see it through, as old-man-like he was on arrival home with sore knees from kneeling and a tired body.


Again I give my thanks that the team at WNT is so much a team and the comaraderie and engagment is there to make decisions together (once I open my mind to the options of course ;-) and carry out work to make things happen.


Everyone is happy with the look and the first round of students have enjoyed classes on it so we are excited and optimistic that it is a great new chapter for us in our life as a yoga, tai chi, qigong and (soon) Feldenkrais studio as well as a clinic for treatments.




By West Norwood Therapies Team, Apr 8 2019 03:04PM

Osteopath and yoga teacher Yinka Fabusuyi shares some thougths about 'wellness' - what it is and how we can take simple, attainable steps towards achieving it.



In 1948 the World Health Organisation defined health as ‘not merely the absence of disease or infirmity but a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being’. This sounds great, aspirational and perhaps impossible.


One approach might be to make small affordable, realistic changes over a sustained period to optimise mental physical and social health. Wellness might be about cutting down, exercising, scaling up, downsizing, recycling, repurposing, cleansing, purging or whatever you think will help you stay as fit and healthy as you can within your means. Wellness can be about addressing changes to your diet or exercise routines which you have always meant to get around to but never seem to have the time. Make a small change right now rather than waiting for the “ideal time”. Get off the bus, start a class, ring a friend, bake that cake, start that hobby. As a yoga teacher I often hear people say things like “I would love to do yoga but I am not flexible enough”. I say, find the right class for you (this may take several attempts), start slowly and gently, keep going and you will get more flexible with the side benefit of learning relaxation techniques, getting stronger and you might even sleep better.


Schools are including wellness in the curriculum and we are beginning to teach children that mental as well as physical health is important for wellbeing. In an ideal world all the resources we need would be freely available, but sadly this is becoming less and less common. I was very saddened not to be able to continue working as an osteopath within the NHS due to funding cuts, but perhaps a regular commitment to exercising, getting more sleep, and planning more leisure time to name a few examples could make a big difference to how well you feel, and decrease the chances of needing medical or other therapeutic intervention. If you do need some input I can help signpost what you could do to get back on track.


Start now, keep going and good luck. Yinka.



By West Norwood Therapies Team, Apr 1 2019 03:36PM

Tai chi and qigong teacher Hannah Horsfall shares the gentle yet powerful effect of tai chi - perhaps suggestive of a good way to approach life


Many of my students find themselves surprised at the end of a gentle calming session they also feel as if they have “done a good workout”!


It is often thought that Tai Chi is so slow and so gentle that it could not possibly offer anything like the cardiovascular benefits of other more vigorous exercise. However in the programme “Trust Me I’m a Dr” a beautifully clear experiment was conducted between a group of adults doing 12 weeks of Tai Chi and a group doing 12 weeks of Zumba!


Watch this 2 minute film to see the results!











By West Norwood Therapies Team, Mar 27 2019 02:31PM

Aromatherapist Veronica Massa considers the power of violet essential oil in the complex and painful process of grief and shares a meditation to do with this sacred oil


Violet colour has the faster vibrational frequency and the shortest wavelength in he entire spectrum. The therapeutic qualities of the colour are mirrored by the essence of the flower Violet


After reading the deeply touching blog on Grief written by Jennie Duck, I was impelled to share a wonderful helper from the flowers kingdom, much valued in herbal medicine and in the Sacred Oils age-old lineage.


Sacred Oils have a very ancient history, dated back even earlier than dynastic Egypt, when they were used for guidance, healing, rituals, celebrations and divination. They are a small, very special group of essential oils regarded for their special energies and sacred attributes.


Sacred Oils were also used to help the dying cross over to the other realm and prepare them for burial. In the Bible Mary Magdalene, High Priestess trained in the knowledge of these Precious Oils poured perfumed and costly Spikenard oil on Jesus to prepare him to pass over. The honorific anointing with aromatic oils is an act frequently mention in ancient time’s literature.


Sacred Oils are Healing Masters, some of them with a very high vibrational frequency that can reach very deeply inside of us and re-arrange our vibrational frequency to match theirs. They have the ability to help at a Soul level and harmonize and support profound emotional challenges and pain such as grief.

Violet Oil has been used by Felicity Warner for about 3 decades in her beautiful work as a Soul Midwife, “she who assists the dying to pass over” and exit this physical plane. Her work also supports the family and loved ones in their process of grieving.


Violet oil is so valuable for extreme, inconsolable grief, helping to release the pain and heal the wound, gives comfort and strength to a broken bleeding heart. It embraces us and guide us through our healing into acceptance.


Below is a Violet Sacred Oil meditation channelled by Felicity. Creating sacred space and sinking into a meditative state, prepare yourself to invite in and respectfully ask for Violet’s help. Meditate with this Healing Helper as you go through you healing process of acceptance and surrender to the divine plan. You can smell the oil; put a drop of diluted oil in the palm of your hand and breath in deeply and slowly cupping your hands to your nose; sweep your hands around your body: your aura (energetic field). You could also diffuse the oil in the room. Continue this practice daily for as long as you need.


Violet Meditation

“Call on me when the pain of deep grief is unrelenting, when the crying and the state of missing a beloved has become a deep, raw wound that nothing seems to heal.

I’m gentle but strong. I ‘ll release you from the deepest pain of your soul’s suffering. Even holding a bottle containing a few precious drops of my essence may bring a soothing shift in your heart. You’ll heal and greet joy in your life once more. I’ve a soothing and high vibration. I’m a powerful gift from the Earth that will hold your soul in a place of total love and release.”

Felicity Warner, Sacred Oils, 2018





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