Acorn Health Blog

Are you travel-ready?General Health & Wellbeing

Posted by Jadwiga Tue, June 25, 2019 12:11PM

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Summer and warm weather are approaching in big steps (or so I hope!)

Are you planning a vacation or a stay-cation this year?

Hotel at the seaside or a camping trip?

Evening strolls on the beach or a BBQ in the garden?

Whatever your plans are, I have some tips to make your holidays less stressful with a little help from....


Homeopathic remedies are indispensable both in long and short-stay journeys.

I always take my Homeopathic First Aid kit with me whenever I go away.
Why, you might wonder?

Well, that's because I like to refer to natural and toxin-free ways for dealing with health problems, whether they are painful grazed knees, itchy mosquito bites or a headache from being in the sun for too long!

Homeopathy has over 4000 remedies, so it is very easy to feel baffled when trying to depict which one is the most suitable for your problem.

As I like to make life as nice and easy as possible, I thought I will put list of some of the most common problems experienced by holidaymakers at the start of they journey with the most popular remedies needed to alleviate them :)

I think every one of us knows somebody who is scared of flying (or maybe it's even you!).

If the thought of going on an airplane makes you feel dizzy and turns your legs into jelly, you can try to take a dose (or two) of Gelsemium before venturing out on your journey to the airport, and then again whilst waiting to board.

Motion sickness? Not a problem! Motion sickness can affect us in different ways (and so we might need different remedies to address it), two of the most common scenarios are:

If you go pale, cold (yet sweaty) and shivery, then you would certainly benefit from a remedy called Tabacum, you can take it before a planned journey as well as during, if needs be.

If, however, the worst thing during travelling is the smell (or even thought) of food, your stomach feels cold and hollow whilst the rest of your body is all trembley and weak, you can opt for Cocculus.

Jetlag is definitely one of the problems which can put you off enjoying your getaway to the full for the first few days. To prevent and ease the possibility of feeling jetlagged, you can take Arnica just before, during and after the journey.

Did you know that you can use homeopathy for both minor problems and chronic conditions?

We offer a FREE 15 minute introductory chat is you'd like to see if Homeopathy would be a suitable option for you, you can even book online:

Bowel Cancer Awareness DayTherapies

Posted by Jadwiga Tue, May 21, 2019 03:40PM

In recognition of Bowel Cancer Awareness day on 1 June, we’re offering a special discounted price on our 90 minute Tranquil Sea massage which is specially adapted to support people on their cancer journey – whether in treatment currently, or in the past – and is also especially beneficial for people with chronic illness such fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue.

Penny Brohn Cancer Care endorses a whole person integrative approach to cancer support. We are all so much more than just our physical symptoms which is why a holistic approach is always so effective. The mind, body, emotions and spirit of a person are all connected and synchronous with eachother and all need to be addressed in the course of disease prevention and recovery.

The Tranquil Sea massage is so supportive for the mind, body and emotions. It helps to:

· Promote deep relaxation to help your immune system be as strong as possible

· Provide some relief from pain and discomfort

  • Lead to improved physical and emotional confidence
  • Reduce isolation and reduce fear
  • Restore a sense of balance and wellbeing
  • Improve sleep quality

The Tranquil Sea massage is a fully adapted massage utilising the gliding strokes of Hydrotherm massage with Cancer Touch therapy and slow Tui Na Chinese movements. The treatment couch has 2 warm-water filled cushions resting upon it, which the client reclines on throughout their massage. This makes it super comfortable for people who find it uncomfortable laying on their stomachs as they can stay reclined or semi-reclined for the whole massage with no need to roll over half way through.

Tranquil Sea provides this unique combination of adapted techniques to provide a 100% safe and enjoyable experience for anyone undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or in recovery from surgery and can be adapted as appropriate e.g. PICC lines, lymph node removal, surgical sites etc.

As we learn more and more about different types of cancer, a whole person, integrative approach to prevention and recovery can help you get back in control of your health. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to anyone’s health challenges but taking time out from the daily stresses of life helps you tap into you body’s inner healing wisdom and from a powerful part of your holistic recovery plan.

Tranquil Sea Massage Offer Alert!

Normally £55 / totally tranquil 90 mins Get £15 off when you book before 1 July.

More information on my Cancer Support Services visit my website

Hay FeverGeneral Health & Wellbeing

Posted by Jadwiga Tue, May 21, 2019 03:38PM

Watery, itchy, bloodshot eyes, blocked up or runny nose, sneezing or fatigue....?

These are just some of the symptoms allergic rhinitis otherwise known as hay fever can bring as the months start to get sunnier.

Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to airborne substances. The body’s immune system becomes overly sensitive and over reacts to the substance, causing histamine to be released, this histamine causes the symptoms associated with hay fever.

What substances can cause allergic rhinitis/hay fever…?

Tree pollen: late March – mid May

Grass pollen: mid May - July

Weed pollen: late June - September

As well as mould spores, dust mites, pet hair/dander,

I’ve put together a few natural tips you can try at home to help combat hay fever, so you can have your best summer ever:

1. Omega 3. The “bunged up” sensation is caused by the mucus membranes in the nose becoming inflamed. Foods such as chia seeds, salmon, mackerel and walnuts are rich in omega 3 which is a great anti-inflammatory.

2. A spoon of local honey a day could help desensitise your immune system to the local pollen helping to reduce symptoms.

3. 2/3 cups of green tea a day. Green tea is reported to boost the immune system and is a powerful antioxidant and may also be able to help reduce inflammation.

4. Your 5 a day is full of allergy fighting flavonoids, as well as antioxidants and vitamin c for the immune system. Did you know vitamin c is also a great natural antihistamine.

5. Fresh pineapple contains bromelain a good natural anti-inflammatory a refreshingly juicy way to help with the “bunged up” sensation helping you to breathe easier.

6. Lower your stress, stress can really affect your immune system.

7. Garlic a natural anti histamine, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and decongestant...!!!

8. Spices....a good chilli or anything spicy containing chilli peppers can help to unblock the nose, capsaicin found in chilli peppers, helps to break down mucus causing it to flow.

9. Rinse your hair regularly to get rid of any pollen which has got trapped

10. Brush or bathe cats and dogs regularly to reduce the pollen coming in on their fur

11. Avoid histamine producing foods and drink such as pickles, cured and smoked meat, nuts, alcohol and cheese

Starting from the beginning of June I’m going to be offering a new treatment aimed at helping people suffering with allergic rhinitis/hay fever. The treatment will be combining reflexology, aromatherapy and facial massage.

So how can this blend of treatments help...?

Reflexology is wonderfully relaxing and can help boost the immune system as well as relieve and open congested sinuses, reduced stress, help to clear a stuffy head and reduce inflammation.

I’ll also be using a special blend of aromatherapy oils that act as a natural antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and decongestant

Whilst the facial massage tops your treatment off deeply relaxing you, helping to reduce stress, to clear the sinuses and bring relief to itchy eyes.

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This new treatment is £35 get in touch to find out more or to book your treatment.

I hope you enjoy trying out these natural tips and have lots of success with them let me know how you get on….!!

Myth-Busting Benefits and Total Relaxation for people on their cancer journeyTherapies

Posted by Sally-Anne Tue, April 02, 2019 02:22PM

By Eileen Strong Therapeutic Massage & Holistic Complementary Therapist

I attended my first ever massage training course more than 20 years ago, and loved it.

I have learnt various massage techniques since that time and a range of other therapies too. It was a just 3 years ago that I decided to learn some new skills and undertake specialist training for the Hydrotherm Massage system to become an approved Hydrotherm therapist. I was drawn to Hydrotherm because their suite of massages included pregnancy massage and, the one that really caught my attention; massage for people on their cancer journey. Most of us have had our lives touched by cancer in some way, and I’m no exception. Being able to give back to those in need, when they need it most, is something I feel strongly about.

As many of you know, we have a wonderful range of different massages available for you to enjoy at Acorn. The Hydrotherm Massage system is a little different in that the client reclines on the treatment couch upon cushions filled with warm water for their entire massage. Since the person doesn’t have to roll over during their massage, it’s super relaxing and is especially ideal for anyone with mobility problems, or who finds it uncomfortable laying on their stomach.

You can take a look at the massage system here Hydrotherm Quick Peek.

Endorsed by Penny Brohn Cancer Care, the Tranquil Sea Hydrotherm massage takes this deeply relaxing treatment a step further. The training has allowed me to gain confidence and competence when working with clients who are currently being treated for cancer, or have a history of cancer.

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Massage misunderstood

I was particularly drawn to learning the Tranquil Sea massage because back in 2008 at the massage training school, we were taught that on no account should we massage anyone with cancer. Historically, until very recent times, it has always been a grey area in the massage industr. This is largely due to a plethora of myths surrounding whether massage is safe whilst undergoing cancer treatment. There is also an additional rule, however, that if someone has a letter of permission from their GP, then they CAN have a massage. But if a therapist isn’t given specialist training about how to perform or adapt a massage for someone on their cancer journey, how can they possibly know whether it is safe or not. Confusing? Absolutely.

I was recently quite surprised to learn that there’s still around 70 per cent of spas in the UK that continue to operate an outright ban on offering their services to people who have previously had, or are in treatment for, cancer.

This issue really hit the media in January 2018 when Jo Mackie was refused a massage and manicure at Center Parks where she was celebrating her 50th birthday. Asked what she thought about being turned away by Centre Parcs, Ms Mackie told ITV London:

"Fundamentally, I think it's humiliating - you fight tooth and nail as a cancer patient to beat a disease which is potential life threatening only to be told you can’t do something as normal as have a massage..... It's ridiculous ."

Ms Mackie sued Center Parcs over her experience. The company said in a statement: "If a guest has a medical condition or had undergone a medical treatment we do ask for a letter from their GP, as therapists are not medically trained.”

The issue is, therefore, ensuring that therapists are adequately and expertly trained to be able to provide a safe and comfortable massage for anyone at any stage of their cancer journey. No one with cancer should ever get turned away from a treatment, I think you’d agree.

Informed understanding

Scientific research is moving forward all the time and we now have a much deeper understanding about different types of cancer and how they spread within the body.

We also know that cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy effect not only the cancer cells, but also surrounding healthy cells too. This can compromise the strength and function of body systems, organs and tissue while the person is in recovery.

A typical example of this would be where lymph nodes have been surgically removed, or where radiotherapy has been directed to an area where lymph nodes proliferate. If the lymph system becomes compromised, a massage carried out by an untrained therapist could potentially overload the system and contribute in the longer term to other complications such as Lymphodema ( why lymph fluid cannot flow freely and backs up, causing pain and swelling)

This is just one example of why a massage might need to be adapted, and why a massage therapist should have the knowledge and skill to know what to do.

Massage is good for you!

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In treating the person holistically as a whole, the Amethyst Trust in conjunction with Penny Brohn Cancer Care says that in their experience, regular massage can:

· Lead to improved physical and emotional confidence

· Help people express emotions and deal with anger

· Reduce isolation and reduce fear

· Reduce nausea

· Restore a sense of balance and wellbeing

· Provide a sense of calm

· Reduce symptoms of pain and discomfort

· Improve sleep

· Help people to feel special

We know that hospices and treatment units have been providing massage and other relaxational therapies to patients for a many years, because they know how beneficial it is.

As one previous cancer patient explained, “ I just needed to shut down and have time for me away from everything, I just wanted to feel human again; it is important that therapists don’t treat a cancer sufferer with fear, but learn how to treat us safely; adapting treatments and treating us as “normal”. It made my life just that little bit easier in a time when I felt my life had changed forever.”

So the reality is that massage is perfectly safe if adaptations are made and there has never been any scientific evidence behind the contention that massage can spread cancer.

Both at Acorn Natural Health Centre and my own practice at home in Milford, I’m delighted to be able to provide a confident and competent massage therapy for anyone on their cancer journey, without the need for a signed GP referral.

In addition to being a certified Hydrotherm Tranquil Sea therapist, I’ve also undertaken intensive 3 day training in Cancer Touch Therapy. The two treatments compliment each other beautifully, and can both be considered wonderful spa style treatments in their own right, suitable for everyone, whatever their health challenges may be, including people on their cancer journey.

Clients who have these treatments give wonderful feedback. It isn't just the treatment itself, but also the one to one care, the supportive touch, and complete time out all really help.

If you would like more information about the massage therapies and other services I provide, then please get in touch to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.

SPRINGTIME SPECIAL OFFER on 90 MIN TRANQUIL SEA TREATMENTS - you can click on the link to book and enter the redeem code: TRANQUILSEA90 or get in touch to find out more and book. Offer expires on 1st June 2019.
Contact: 01773 687349 or 07745409059.