Wellness

Unsocial Media - Keeping It Real

Lisa Regan | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Regan

Whilst I am an advocate of living a healthy lifestyle and training your body for agility, strength and movement; I am not however living in an obsessive vault where I am defined by what the aesthetic now is for what people have pre conceived as the perfect body type.

Scottish Retreats - Cameron House, Loch Lomond

The Spa Spy | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Scattered family-friendly lodges fringe the edge of the colossal Loch - which, incidentally, sports two Seaplanes should you wish to peruse the waters and islands in style. And a championship golf course, Marina, Michelin star restaurant and an award winning, state of the art spa span the estate.

Detox in Deutschland: Buchinger Wilhelmi, Uberlingen, Germany

The Spa Spy | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

I'm no stranger to fasting: I've tried hippyish water fasts in Thailand, juice fasts in Devon, and the Mayr cure (yogurt and copiously-chewed bread) in Bavaria. But I've never experienced this degree of thoughtfulness and support, and that's what makes the Buchinger Wilhelmi the natural choice for first-time fasters.

The Black Dawg Launch - Aiding Emotional Wellbeing

Louis McIntosh | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louis McIntosh

Over the past year I have been involved fully in The Black Dawg project. It started off simply, writing down late at night my thoughts and feelings in the wake of a debilitating depressive episode in my life.

Choose Life, Choose Hope: The Black Dawg Project

Louis McIntosh | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louis McIntosh

I have been writing or discussing depression for a few years rather than brushing the experience under the carpet. Whilst moving on to a happier and more hopeful phase, I realised I have a duty of care to share.

Inside My Natural Makeup Bag: A Better Kind of Beautiful

Xochi Balfour | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Style
Xochi Balfour

To me, being beautiful is letting your inner light shine through undaunted, treading lightly on mother earth, trying to live as harmoniously as possible with her and the life she sustains, learning to love ourselves and each other unconditionally and without judgment, and giving our magical bodies the best fuel and ingredients we can.

Welcome to My Family of Addicts

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

Both my uncles are obsessive shoppers, both of whom are equally obsessive about paying the bill at any given restaurant. Both my grandfathers died from a smoking addiction and my Grandma has a tendency to clean manically when stressed. Three members of my family have a tendency to over-eat and are incapable of stopping and my mum can't sit still until all the drawers and doors in the house are shut.

Greek Retreats: Eagles Palace, Halkidiki

The Spa Spy | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Perched on the stunning 'third finger' coastline of Halkidiki in the spiritual surroundings of Mount Athos, Eagles Palace, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the world, is a boutique resort spanning a golden beach with a majestic mountainous backdrop. Surrounded by manicured gardens, lavender, pine and olive groves and pretty courtyards there's a cool and tranquil vibe throughout the resort.

Self Love: Lessons in Catching the Most Important Person (You)

Xochi Balfour | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Xochi Balfour

Self love is a term often banded about in spiritual enquiry and I touched on what it means to me in my blog post on vitality last week. It is not some selfish indulgence, as our minds might lead us to believe: in fact, it is quite the opposite. In order to love others fully and without judgment, conditions or limitations, we must first love ourselves in this way.

A Little Bit of Quiet Please: Five Ways to Be Still

Kate Taylor | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Taylor

We've all got busy lives. There's always something we should be doing, or something we should start doing that we're not, but think about it this way; if you can find time to get exercise for 30 minutes per day to keep your body healthy then why would you not find time to keep your mind healthy?

Letting Go of 'Should': Opening to the Here and Now

Xochi Balfour | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Xochi Balfour

On Tuesday my husband Ben and I took part in a magical cacao ceremony with Joel and Aiste from the Wild Food Cafe, supported by the beautiful music of our friend Antarma. We played the singing bowls, danced, sang, drummed and prayed and it transformed what had been a challenging few days into new horizons and rememberings.

Pandora's Box IS Depression

Louis McIntosh | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louis McIntosh

Oh no, not another blogpost about Depression, I wish it would go away. Funnily enough so do a lot of us. But it won't. It's here to stay, this 21st Century disease, or could there be signs of similar dark phantoms in the psyche of our past?

The Expensive Soul

Chloe Tomlinson | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Tomlinson

It all began with a pair of Sweaty Betty Chandrasana Yoga Leggings. They cost £75, and I wanted them as soon as I laid my eyes upon them. I rang my boyfriend and, in the most wheedling voice I could muster, said, "so there are these leggings I really like. I'll send you a screenshot of them. Just so you can see.

Five Ways to Address Wonky Boundaries

Jayne Hardy | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Hardy

We all have boundaries. There are certain things we just wouldn't do. No matter what. Then there are the other boundaries, you know the ones - the boundaries which are a little wonky. The boundaries which we are a little unsure of and struggle to assert. The ones which lead to resentment, anxiety and anger.

Balinese Retreats: The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Villas, Bali, Indonesia

The Spa Spy | Posted 21.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

Before arriving at The Mulia, I have to confess I didn't know what to expect, I had heard that it was massive and wondered how a resort so large could pull off a luxury service. On our approach to the resort seeing the building looming in the distance I thought perhaps this wasn't the right fit for The Spa Spy.

The Lowdown on Current Trends in Wellness Travel...

Stella Photi | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Photi

I'm always being asked what's 'new' in the world of wellness travel which makes it very inspiring to be part of and hopefully we are responsible for helping to set the trends too! The start of the year is a good time to think what lies ahead and I'd say these are the main trends that are coming to the fore:

Five Easy Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

Lucy Beresford | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Beresford

It's hard to motivate yourself to go outside in grotty weather, but we are group creatures. Socialising lifts the spirits. Invite friends round to watch comedy shows on TV. Or tap into your inner child by going as a group - male as well as female - to a shopping centre or department store to have free makeovers at the beauty counters.

New Year, New You...

Amanda Byram | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Byram

A new year, a new you. A chance to turn it all around, to start fresh and to make things happen - right? Well, sort of. I always say that every day is a new day and another chance to start over. I think one of the problems we face in the New Year is the expectation to have so many goals. But the pressure adds up and if we don't achieve the goals immediately we just set ourselves up for a fail. Here I have set out my lists of things to do in 2016, to take with you all year.

Top 2016 Health and Fitness Travel Trends

Paul Joseph | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Joseph

Forecasting the next big trends in wellness travel for 2016, I'm continually on the lookout for the next big thing, from fitness DNA testing to healthy foodie holidays, here I predict the emerging health and fitness travel trends that will shape the wellness world for 2016.

You Can Listen To Wikipedia Being Updated In Real Time And It's Surprisingly Beautiful

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Tech

According to Wikipedia's Wikipedia entry (that's a bit meta isn't it), there are over 5 million English language articles on the site, and over 37 mil...

Portuguese Retreats: Water and Wine at Six Senses, Douro Valley

The Spa Spy | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
The Spa Spy

The resort has just 50 rooms and six garden villas in a former late-19th-century mansion surrounded by gardens and woodland, with commanding views. Ask for a river view room, or a terrace. The décor is an uber-stylish mix of country retreat meets streamlined modern, all in soft sage, slate grey and fawn.

Own A Fitbit? Your Fitness Tracker Is Getting Smarter Without You Having To Do A Thing

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Tech

Fitbit has released an over-the-air update for its Fitbit Charge HR & Fitbit Surge fitness trackers which will give it some seriously smart tracking f...

Trust Her, She's a Doctor...

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

My life has shown me that the biggest epiphanies come in the most unlikely of places. I just never expected a hospital treatment room to be one of them. And I definitely didn't expect the words of a Nuclear Medicine doctor to affect me so much that they touched me more deeply inside than anything I could have possibly imagined.

Half Empty, Half Full? Optimise Your Optimism

Amisha Bhavsar | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amisha Bhavsar

When you think of a situation as a 'problem', tension, worry, disappointment, frustration are most likely to arise. Now what happens if you were to think of the same situation as a 'challenge'? And what happens if you think of it as an 'opportunity'?

Is Collaboration in Mental Health the Key to Unlocking UK Economic Growth?

Patrick Watt | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Patrick Watt

The good news is that there is a huge amount of tools and insight available to help to create a new strategy or build on existing programmes and if businesses receive specialist support on 'how' to address mental health challenges then this could the next big step towards advancing the wellbeing agenda and unlocking UK economic growth.