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By West Norwood Therapies Team, Dec 23 2019 09:56AM

Yoga teacher, Reflexologist and Reiki practitioner Laura Devonshire introduces her new Tibetan Singing Bowl session on Sunday evenings in 2020 to coincide with each Full Moon - bliss!



Sound has been used as a tool for meditation, prayer and healing for thousands of years across many different cultures.



Tibetan Singing Bowls create beautiful and powerful multi-layered pulses of sound that affect our brainwaves. During sound healing the singing bowls entrain the brain to move from Beta brainwaves, our normal waking state to Theta brainwaves that are dominant in deep mediation. It is in theta that our senses withdraw from the external world and focus within.



Our bodies are made up of millions and millions and MILLIONS of atoms and molecules that form our cells, tissues and organs. With quantum physics we acknowledge that all atoms vibrate and emit their own frequency.



Through sound healing we are working to restore and rebalance the vibrational frequency in all the cells, tissues, organs of the whole body. Encouraging equilibrium and homeostasis for the body, mind and soul.



Some of the benefits include:


* A deep sense of relaxation and rejuvenation

* Promotes deeper sleep

* Deepens meditative states

* Increased energy levels

* Increased levels of concentration

* It can release old emotional traumas

* Physical pain can be alleviated



Laura offers the following treatments at West Norwood Therapies:



1:1 Sound Massage: The bowls are placed directly on the body and chimed to feel powerful vibrations. Our bodies consist of more than 65% water, if you visualise a stone dropped in water, the ripple effect is the same for the vibrations travelling through the cells in our body, simultaneously relaxing and rebalancing them.



1:1 Sound Therapy: A deeply relaxing treatment where the bowls are placed around the body mapped to the seven main chakras. The bowls are chimed in a sequence to bring balance to each of the chakras and their corresponding areas of the body.



1:1 Appointments are available Thursdays between 11.00am-5.00pm and Fridays 3.30pm-6.30pm.



Group Sound Baths: This is a group session for a maximum of 7 people. A calm and relaxing space inviting everyone to make themselves comfortable for the sound immersion. Full Moon Sound Baths will take place on the following Sunday evenings, 6.30-7.30pm:



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By West Norwood Therapies Team, Nov 18 2019 05:25PM

WNT founder and manager Jennie Duck shares her experience of the WNT team effort in making a video and in general how this collaborative ethos sets the tone for a great clinic and studio.



We made this video with footage taken on an in-house photo and video shoot when I was down for our 5th birthday celebrations at the start of October. It feels appropriate that the collaborative ethos of our work made the very tools that we want to use to promote it - what we can achieve when we get together.


It's been so exciting to see the fruits of our efforts in putting together a video showing who we are as WNT and how we work. The 90 second video we've made really does show us, it gives an authentic feel for our clinic and studio space and us as a team. I'm really proud and happy that the place and environment shown in this video is West Norwood Therapies, a seed I sowed back in 2014 that has grown to be so much more than me working alone in a room! The collaborative ethos and energy that shines through in the video is what makes WNT unique and pretty damn awesome :-)



That trip south (from my rural home on the West coast of Scotland) was a fabulous few days. We were all really excited to be together for celebrating our birthday - it's a rare privilidge to be with each and every one of us, it can be hard to get a dynamic gang in one place at once! We had a meeting on the Saturday afternoon, refelcting on our successes and challenges as individual practitioners as well as a collective. We rounded this off with a 'cup of friendship' - a Scottish tradition involving a bottle of whiskey and a quaich. Yummy.



After our meeting we headed out to one of WN's best local restaurants, The Garden (even more yummy) and nursed our hangovers at Feast the next day before turning WNT into a photo studio and shooting a pile of photos and videos to help us with promoting our unique and awesome business with the people we want to work with (you!).


I keep coming back to 4 words to describe the experience in working with the Wonderful Women of WNT and those are: warm, thoughtful, intelligent and fun. That is the environment we create at West Norwood Therapies which gives the energy that runs through treatments and classes. After celebrating us as a collective we want to celebrate us as individuals - so over the next few weeks we'll be running social media posts along the theme 'we love working with...' describing one another as colleagues. We hope you enjoy getting to know us better!


Jennie x






By West Norwood Therapies Team, Jul 18 2019 08:34AM

Yoga teacher Emma Klein is running a restorative yoga retreat in Hampshire in October:


Come rest and restore with me on an amazing weekend retreat in Hampshire. This retreat will be held at the beautiful lodge at Riverside Lifestyle and across the weekend you will have plenty of time for contemplation, the chance to eat great organic meals and lots of yoga.



Friday: Arrival after 5pm, dinner and Yoga Nidra.


Saturday: Morning Dynamic Flow Yoga Class, Breakfast, Pranayama Workshop, Lunch, Free Time, Dinner, Restorative Yoga.


Sunday: Morning Dynamic Flow Yoga Class, Breakfast, Free Time, Lunch and return home.


Prices start from £350pp sharing. Mix of rooms with en suites and shared bathrooms. All rooms can be double or twin beds.


Book Now – go to the Yoga Flo-ga Shop (www.yogafloga.com/shop) or contact me via email (info@yogafloga.com).


Tickets via the website have a PayPal surcharge, or pay via bank transfer for no extra cost. Rooms can be reserved by paying a deposit, and payment plans are available. Please contact me for more information and with any questions.


Venue: www.riversidelifestyle.co.uk/



By West Norwood Therapies Team, Apr 29 2019 07:29PM

Sports massage therapist Lauren O'Sullivan shares her fabulous experience massaging at the London marathon in aid of the NSPCC this year, we're proud of her efforts and enthusiasm :-)



Last year I volunteered with NSPCC, giving post event massage at the London Marathon 2018. It was such a fulfilling experience that this year I went back for more and I couldn’t wait to put my green t-shirt back on! As you can probably remember, 2018 was the hottest London Marathon ever recorded. Water stations started running out of water and medical teams had their busiest year treating heatstroke. This year already looked to be shaping up for a stark contrast on the weather front. With strong winds and heavy rain dominating the weather forecast, I prepared to massage some soggy windblown runners!


Waking up this morning to calmer winds and a nice fresh feel in the air might have tricked some runners into thinking they were still dreaming! Pretty ideal weather conditions for long distance running. So far so good. I was feeling positive as I walked through Trafalgar Square and looking forward to working with Chris and the team again. After a quick hip loosening demonstration, Chris talked about posture and how to maintain good form. It’s all about keeping that chest forwards and proud!


At around 12:45 we applauded the first runner into our massage area. There was then a slow trickle of runners for about half an hour before the trickle turned to a steady stream and all 20 massage therapists were working flat out to ease the aches and pains. The atmosphere in the room was absolutely buzzing; you could almost feel a physical energy to it. Congratulations and elations never ceased and every time someone came up to me, no matter how exhausted they were, they had a smile on their face and such a sense of pride in what they had just achieved. Not one person was moaning or grumbling about any pain they were in, their achievement seemed to lift them above it.


At events it is likely that you will be massaging through clothes and there are several techniques to achieve great results with this. One of them is simply compressions and you can even try these on yourself (mainly on the legs) after a hard training session, event or performance. Simply use the heel of your hand or make a fist and press down on the muscle using your other hand to create the force, holding the compression for 10 - 20 seconds. Vibrations can also be another useful tool, as well as pin and stretch – compressing a muscle when contracted and then slowly extending the muscle whilst keeping the compression; something I like to use on the hamstrings especially and it can be done passively or actively.

Conversations with the runners sometimes verged on hysteria due to adrenaline and exhaustion! However the main topic of the day was their appreciation for the overwhelming support they received: from the crowd, from the charity, from their friends and family and from us! Times didn't matter. They had just run 26 MILES. I chatted to one runner who was running a marathon for every month of the year...that’s 314 miles this year! What an incredible human feat let alone the amount of money raised for charities. The 500 runners for NSPCC today raised £1.1 million between them. What an amazing event to be part of.
Conversations with the runners sometimes verged on hysteria due to adrenaline and exhaustion! However the main topic of the day was their appreciation for the overwhelming support they received: from the crowd, from the charity, from their friends and family and from us! Times didn't matter. They had just run 26 MILES. I chatted to one runner who was running a marathon for every month of the year...that’s 314 miles this year! What an incredible human feat let alone the amount of money raised for charities. The 500 runners for NSPCC today raised £1.1 million between them. What an amazing event to be part of.

Even though it was a long and tiring day, I went home ecstatic and full of inspiration from everybody I had met, runners and volunteers alike. Just knowing that I had helped some of those amazing people in some way gave me my own sense of pride and achievement.


If you ever get the chance to volunteer with a charity at an event like the London Marathon, DO IT. You’ll find me massaging next at the Windrush Aquathlon on Sunday 30th June at the West Norwood Therapies stall. If you’re racing come and see me for some post event massage! If you’re there supporting, come and say hi to some of the team – we offer a whole range of complimentary therapies and classes.




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