Wellbeing, Massage, Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness


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WELLBEING

Wellbeing means different things to different people, our aim is to help you achieve your goals to enable you to live your life well despite any chronic condition you may have.

It may be just that you are looking to improve the balance in your life, maybe you want to become fitter, increase mobility/stamina or to find inner peace and relaxation and de-stress.

We offer Swedish Massage, Yoga, Meditation, and Mindfulness – either as a stand alone for as part of a well-being plan


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MASSAGE

In Sweden, “Swedish massage” is simply known as “classic massage”. And that is exactly what it is — a classic treatment which represents the western standard for massage.  The five main techniques used in Swedish massage — stroking and gliding; kneading; rubbing; tapping or pounding; vibration — are probably what spring to mind when you think about a “typical” massage.

What is Swedish massage good for?

The various Swedish massage techniques are designed to improve your circulation, soothe your muscles and make you feel more relaxed.

Swedish massage uses softer strokes on the bonier and more delicate parts of the body, and stronger strokes where there is thicker muscle coverage. This adjustment of pressure makes it an ideal massage for relaxation.

Besides the calming benefits, Swedish massage is thought to be good for:

  • relieves muscle tension, aches and pains
  • improves mobility by helping to keep ligaments and tendons supple
  • reducingemotional and physical stress and promoting relaxation
  • stimulates the lymphatic system and improving the circulation
  • helps maintain muscle tone and improves skin condition
  • balances the body

As with all treatments, inform your therapist of any medical conditions you may have and tell them if you are — or just think you might be — pregnant.

It’s best to avoid heavy meals and alcohol in the hours leading up to your massage.


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YOGA

What is yoga?

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.

The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. Yoga is now commonplace in leisure centres, health clubs, schools, hospitals and surgeries.

What are the health benefits of yoga?

Dozens of scientific trials of varying quality have been published on yoga. While there’s scope for more rigorous studies on its health benefits, most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance.

There’s some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.

However, many people  hesitate to embrace this ancient form of fitness due to several misconceptions:- Yoga is too slow and boring; it’s practised in stuffy, incense-filled rooms – or in 90C heat; it’s just for girls and people who are into chanting. And – most misguided of all – yoga is only for the flexible.

The truth is that there is a class to suit you whatever your body type or temperament. Yoga develops strength and balance as well as flexibility – the latter is a consequence of practising yoga, not a prerequisite. No one has turned up to their first yoga class (unless they were a dancer or a gymnast) able to execute advanced yoga poses.

All yoga styles create a feeling of lightness, ease and relaxation. But to get the most benefit and the most enjoyment, you need to find a yoga style and a teacher that suits you. Before you make a decision, talk to the teacher about their style ask them about whether it might be suitable for you.  All teachers have their own unique focus based on their personalities, their own yoga practice and where and with whom they’ve trained,  and working on a 1:1 basis could give you the chance to understand better how to make the most of it and feel more confidence in what you are doing.

Cordelia teaches two styles of yoga :-

Yin yoga

Yin yoga comes from the Taoist tradition and focuses on passive, seated postures that target the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Poses are held for anywhere between one and 10 minutes. The aim is to increase flexibility and encourage a feeling of release and letting go. It is a wonderful way to learn the basics of meditation and stilling the mind. As such, it is ideal for athletic types who need to release tension in overworked joints, and it is also good for those who need to relax.

Vinyasa flow

Teachers lead classes that flow from one pose to the next without stopping to talk about the finer points of each pose. That way, students come away with a good workout as well as a yoga experience. If you’re new to yoga, it is a good idea to take a few classes in a slower style of yoga first to get a feel for the poses. Vinyasa flow is really an umbrella term for many other styles. Some studios call it flow yoga, flow-style yoga, dynamic yoga or vinyasa flow. It is influenced by ashtanga yoga.


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MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION

What is Meditation?

Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person.  It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective.  You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment. And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well.

Meditation is a skill

Learning to meditate is like learning any other skill. Think of it like exercising a muscle that you’ve never really worked out before. It takes consistent practice to get comfortable. And it’s usually easier if you have a teacher. We’ve got you covered there.

It’s meditation practice, not meditation perfect – There’s no such thing as perfect meditation. Sometimes your focus will wander or you’ll forget to follow your breath. That’s OK. It’s part of the experience. What’s most important is to meditate consistently. It’s one of those things where the journey is more important than the destination.


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Our Treatments


Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a patient centred system of healthcare where Osteopaths try to “Find the Health” in each patient. They help to reduce pain and stiffness, improve mobility, and restore health and balance.

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Wellbeing, Massage, Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness

It may be just that you are looking to improve the balance in your life, maybe you want to become fitter, increase mobility/stamina or to find inner peace and relaxation and de-stress.

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Children’s Clinic

Meridian Osteopath is an informal, relaxing, and friendly environment for you and your family to visit. We have books, toys and crayons for colouring should they be needed whilst your child is visiting us.

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Pilates

Marina Urquhart-Pullen, an osteopath of 30 years experience, is currently undergoing her training as a Polestar Pilates teacher and gradually will be expanding the Pilates capacity at the clinic as her knowledge and skill grows.

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