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By West Norwood Therapies Team, Jun 20 2018 08:00AM

Acupuncturist Philippa Summers considers keeping your skin safe over the (hopefully) long summer days ahead...

I am sure, like me, you will have been relishing the glorious sunshine and spending more time outdoors. Long may it continue. While it is lovely to be out it is important to be aware of the risks of sun and protect yourself. Remember, a ‘heathly’ tan is a complete misnomer.

The advice from skin care and skin cancer specialists is to use sunscreen throughout the year, even on cloudy days, but it is especially important to be sun aware throughout the summer months and to take extra steps to stay safe.

Here are some tips for the summer:

Spend time in the shade, especially when the sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm.

Cover up with clothes, a hat and sunglasses.

Use a sunscreen with a protection level of at least SPF 30 and 5 stars. Use it generously and reapply it regularly.

Drink plenty of water.

Covering Up

The more skin that is covered by your clothing the better. Loose, denser woven fabrics are best and darker, brightly coloured fabrics protect you more by absorbing more UV radiation than lighter pastel shades, so less reaches your skin. The protection reduces if your clothes are wet.

UV sun suits are great for giving children added protection when swimming and at the beach – Decathlon sell them for under £10.

Choose a wide brimmed hat or one with a brim and a flap over the neck and ears.

Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes – choose those with 100% UV protection.


Choose a sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays as they both play a role in skin damage and increasing the risk of skin cancer. UVA are the most prevalent and penetrate the skin more deeply but UVB are more intense and contribute more to sun burn.

Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going outside. Cover exposed areas thoroughly including hands and feet. About 2 teaspoons is enough for head, arms, neck and feet. About 2 tablespoons is enough for the whole body, for example when you are in swim wear.

Reapply every couples of hours or after swimming or excessive sweating and after towelling dry. Even ‘once a day’ and water resistant sunscreen should be reapplied regularly which also helps to you to avoid missing bits of skin.

I would add that sunscreens can lure people into a false sense of security and may encourage some people seeking a tan to spend longer in the sun. They should be thought of as products to protect you while you are in the sun rather than to support ‘safe’ tanning.

I am going to unapologetically recommend my favourite brand, ‘Altruist’, developed by UK skin cancer specialist, Dr Andrew Birnie. He is a consultant dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon who has developed a product that is top quality and cheap because his company doesn’t spend lots of money advertising and doesn’t have high profit margins. His mission: to reduce the incidence of skin cancer by enabling more people to use more sunscreen. There is a wealth of information on their website, including getting enough Vitamin D. Check it out.

More information: Cancer Reasearch UK

By West Norwood Therapies Team, Jun 13 2018 08:00AM

Hypnobirthing teacher Clare Butler's partner Rob shares his introduction - and subsequent conversion - to hypnobirthing and how it helped with his daughters' births.

“Hypnobirthing?...”. I was reluctant and fairly sceptical ahead of our first hypnobirthing session. We had already arranged to do an antenatal course and, to be honest, the name alone put me off. However, being a dutiful husband, I was willing to go along.

We turned up at the course and, living up to my expectations, there was a candle flickering in the corner and we were offered a rose water infused muffin. Oh no, what had I let myself in for? Everyone introduced themselves and amongst the open minded enthusiastic attendees I felt slightly out of place.

However, as the course progressed, the logic of what we were being taught really started to sink in. There were great similarities with techniques we had been taught at work for handling nerves when speaking in front of large audiences, and also to breathing and visualisation techniques used by sports people to make sure that they perform at their highest level and do not let fear and anxiety get in the way.

If anyone asks me now about the birth of our two children, or about hypnobirthing in general, then I cannot speak highly enough about it. Hypnobirthing gives the birth partner a role and equips them with skills and techniques to help both them and the mum throughout the birth. It was amazing and I am so grateful that a random person at a wedding told Clare about it. Both Clare and I felt in control, calm and relaxed, and enjoyed two really positive homebirths. It was a really wonderful experience.

My new parent tip? Do hypnobirthing. Happy Fathers Day. Visit www.westnorwoodtherapies.com/hypnobirthing-and-relaxation for more information.

By West Norwood Therapies Team, May 31 2018 09:47AM

Lauren O'Sullivan joins the WNT team this June as a sports massage therapist and she wrote a blog about her journey to this point and what she is excited about in joining the team. Welcome Lauren!

Something that I have been eager to do ever since I qualified in Sports massage, I can proudly announce that I will be starting a Tuesday afternoon clinic at West Norwood Therapies on 5th June. My client base and bookings have been steadily rising through my independent mobile massage service and I could not be more grateful. I must say though, it can feel a bit isolated sometimes which is why I am so excited to tell you about West Norwood Therapies and the great inclusive community vibe they have.

When I first launched my business in March nobody really prepared me for how tough it would be to market myself and advertise my business. I had my massage couch, couch roll, oils, lotions, a qualification, insurance and most importantly my hands - I was ready for clients! But the trouble was they weren't ready for me, or to put it more accurately, they didn't have a clue I existed. It was then that I longed for a support network, a nice organisation to umbrella myself under and be seen by potential clients. Unfortunately that wasn't the case and I wondered out into the expanse of the internet alone, armed with my determination and passion to grow my own client base from scratch.

In the beginning it felt tortoise-like, a tortoise that has just eaten a whole grocery shelf of cabbages and can't move from the food coma. But with a little help from my friends and the great wonders of Facebook group pages, it started happening. Because I had done it purely by myself, each client interest and booking felt 100 times more amazing and every time I did a little mini celebration. I am proud that I took my business off the ground with my own two hands but I now have the opportunity to spark a little fire under it with the support of a community and clinic network. Allow me to introduce West Norwood Therapies.

West Norwood Therapies is a team of complementary health professionals who work together to offer a broad range of therapies and classes to the local community. As well as massage the clinic offers osteopathy, acupuncture, pregnancy treatments and classes in yoga, pilates and hypnobirthing. Being a dancer, I am passionate about yoga and pilates to help me maintain my form and stay in shape. I think they are such great practices to get involved with no matter what your background and can help to develop a stable core and promote efficiency in your day to day movement. If a clients muscular imbalance is due to poor flexibility or an inefficient movement framework then I always recommend yoga and/or pilates to help rectify the problem and prevent further complications and bad habits.

That is what is so great about West Norwood Therapies. We are a team and ultimately provide a complete spectrum of practices all under one roof! We are a community and are there for each other for advice, marketing, support and to generally make being self-employed a bit more fun and less isolating. All of the practitioners contribute to a blog, speaking about different topics related to them and their interests making it a really unique and engaging read every time. I hope to do it justice when it comes around to my turn!

I am already excited to attend my first Feast festival this Sunday 3rd June. Me and two of the WNT team will be handing out flyers and no doubt sampling all of the yummy food on offer. Happening every first Sunday of the month (April - December) 10am - 4pm at 5 different sites around West Norwood station and along Norwood Road, Feast is a volunteer powered street market festival. Find out more at westnorwoodfeast.com. If you're local to West Norwood come along, it's not to be missed.

As it will be my first clinic hours on Tuesday 5th June, I am keen to fill my slots between 2:30 - 5:30pm. If you are interested in booking a massage and available, please message me for more details on SPECIAL OPENING RATES.

Check back to the blog soon for more updates on upcoming events I will be attending as part of the West Norwood Therapies team. Exciting times ahead!

Stay fabulous.

Lauren x

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By West Norwood Therapies Team, May 23 2018 08:00AM

Osteopath and Yoga teacher Yinka Fabusuyi considers foot support, how choosing footwear can influence posture and pain and whether it's worth using insoles or not...

This summer we are all hoping to get into our Summer footwear and enjoy whatever the elements bring us. A pedicure is lovely especially if your feet have not have seen the light of day for sometime. Quite apart from cosmetic appearance comfortable well supported feet can make all the difference to posture and pain.

Standing on your own two feet is a complex matter. The foot is composed of more than 25 individual bones. The shape and in-tegrity of the foot is created by the shape of the bones, the

ligaments and the muscles of the calf and shin. The arches of the feet are important for spreading load equally through the foot and transferring forces up to the pelvis and lower back.

Poor footwear can create pain and discomfort in the muscles and joints of the foot, ankle and legs which may aggravate arthritis of the hips, knees, ankles and toes and contribute to lower back pain. Footwear that is fit for purpose may help to reduce strain and pressure on these areas. Osteopaths are excellent at taking a history, examination and treatment that can draw these issues out, give treatment and advice.

There are plenty of really stylish shoes around that offer support and cushioning. Shop around and try shoes on, think about how much walking or standing you do throughout the day. There is good evidence to support the use of insoles or orthotics for arthritis of the hip and lower limb and sports related mechanical foot, knee and ankle problems such as knee tendon inflammation. However there is poor evidence for the role of insoles and orthotics for back pain, and the recent NICE guidelines do not recommend them. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/conditions-and-diseases/musculoskeletal-conditions/low-back-pain#guidelines

If you need to wear an insole, don’t try to wear it all day when you first get it. Wear it for a short period at first and gradually build up to longer periods. gradually build up to longer periods.

Ageing, hereditary factors and disease processes such as diabetes * can lead to more specific conditions such as bunions, arthritis, fallen arches, planter fasciitis, loss of sensa-tion in the feet, and ulcers or sores of the legs and feet.

Joint related and soft tissue problems may be helped with osteopathic treatment, in addi-tion there may also be occasion to seek advice from a podiatrist, chiropodist, your local pharmacist or your GP.

 For more information go to: www.diabetes.org.uk/putting-feet-first

Have a great Summer

Yinka Fabusuyi

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