Successful Weight Loss

Who doesn’t have difficulties with their weight these days? It appears that more and more people are becoming overweight and many of these people are on a losing battle to reduce the weight they have gained for a couple of reason.

Firstly, it is my experience that most overweight people are emotional eaters; these people are gaining something from eating regardless of their emotional reasons for eating (comfort, reward, stress release etc.)

Secondly, the rest seem to be simply over eating; having 1 mouthful extra per meal is enough to make a big gain over the course of a year. I have added my “Fuel Tank Analogy” to help you understand what I mean.

Fuel Tank Analogy

Food is just fuel, like petrol is for a car, a car will only use what it needs to. Now imagine if a car had an elasticated fuel tank, you would fill the tank and the car would use what it needs with the reserves being held back, you then refill what you initially put in the tank, possibly a little more and so on, the fuel tank will expand at the same time as only using what it needs.

This is a classic trait for overeaters, just one mouthful extra per meal per day than what is require is enough to put on weight over time, nobody every gains masses of weight overnight!

1 extra mouthful per meal = 1 unneeded mouthful x 3 meals per day = 3 unneeded mouthfuls per day, if you do this everyday for just one year then that’s 3 x 365 = 1095 of unrequired mouthfuls per year, which is a lot of meals extra per year than your body requires. I would encourage people to leave a little something on their plate each mealtime.

The most important thing to remember is that you should NOT expect to lose lots of weight quickly, no one gains 2 Stone over night and should not expect to lose 2 Stone over night. A healthy and steady loss of about 1LB-2LB per week is a good goal. If however, you lose a little more then fantastic, if you lose a little less, that’s also just as good, a loss is still a loss and therefore you are succeeding in achieving your goal. Forward is the right direction and a small loss is still moving forward.

Successful weight loss is about getting your body back to its natural way of eating by returning back to nature and to eat how we were designed to eat.

Speaking of nature this is a great place to start; there are no overweight animals in nature, FACT! An elephant is the right size for an elephant and an ant is the right size for an ant and the reasons why there are no over weight animals is because of the eating habits they have and this is exactly what I teach my clients.

There will be times when you will “fall off the wagon” but I want to reassure you that it is ok, you are human after all. The key point is not to beat your self up but to accept what has happened and then to go back to what you were doing to be successful.

Call me if you need some help getting started on the road to a slimmer, healthier you.

Ed Francis
CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPIST

Meditation and Mindfulness classes for everyone

Meditation and Mindfulness half-hour tasters to a 5 week course

Many individuals are actively turning to Meditation and Mindfulness in order to help both prevent stress and stress related illness.

During January and February our Mindfulness Meditation teacher, Judy Claughton, is running a series of Meditation and Mindfulness classes for anyone interested in meditation from first timers to regulars. Starting with a whole evening of taster sessions on Tuesday 30th January – follow this link to find out more  Judy is giving everyone the opportunity find out how Meditation can help to feel relaxed, focused and calm.

If you can’t make the 30th then the following Tuesday (6th February) you can try out a 2 hour session. Enjoy an evening to get away from it all.  This Two Hour Holiday session offers a gentle mix of meditations to take you away to relaxing destinations. Includes mindfulness to gain a sense of calm and relaxation alongside topical props and a few tastes of holiday to trigger that happy relaxing feeling.

OR if you feel like something completely different then on Tuesday 20th February Judy is running a Sound Meditation evening including, drums and chanting.

AND if all that wasn’t enough then Judy will be starting a 5 week course starting on Tuesday 27th February

New Date announced for next Running Workshop

NEW Date announced for the next “ Movement in Running ” Workshop at Theale Wellbeing Centre

Running WorkshopAfter the success of the ‘Movement in Running’ Workshop in December we have new date for the next workshop.

The next running workshop will be on Sunday 18th March, 2018, at our clinic on Theale High Street. The cost of the workshop is just £95 and runs from 10am-4pm. The Movement in Running workshops, run by Shane Benzie, are designed to be fun and interactive sharing both practical and technical information.

Included in the day will be the opportunity to see how making small changes in movement can make big differences in performance and endurance. Participants will be videod three times during the session at the beginning, middle and end. This gives everyone the opportunity to check progress and discuss movement and improvements.

For more information and to book your place call us on 0118 930 3535.

The benefits of the Movement in Running Workshops are:-

  • Improving running efficiency
  • Reducing the chance of injury
  • Improving PB’s
  • Running further

Shane Benzie is the founder of Running Reborn, a running technique coach and movement specialist. He has many years experience in outdoor fitness. His experience spans running, trekking and climbing in the Himalaya, Karakoram and mountains of northern India at altitudes of up to 6000 meters and temperatures down to -30°C, deserts to +50°C and jungles with humidity up to 100% in countries such as Mozambique, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma and the Amazon.

Shane Benzie’s biog  on our team page

At Theale Wellbeing Centre we treat people as patients, not customers, and strive constantly for the best outcomes. We do this by applying proven, evidence-based treatments that are administered by fully qualified, regulated therapists at the top of their respective professions.

Theale Wellbeing Centre is located on High Street, Theale and serves Reading, Newbury, Calcot, Tilehurst, Pangbourne and other surrounding villages. As well as Podiatry/Chiropody we offer osteopathy, massage, counselling, acupuncture and other complimentary health therapies.

If you would like to know more about any of our therapies or the workshops either call us on 0118 930 3535 or email info@thealewellbeingcentre.co.uk.

Meet Eds’ bugs

Come and meet Ed and his bugs

Ed & his bugs are making another appearance on Saturday January 27th, between noon and 4pm, after the successful open event during the Theale Christmas Fair. In addition to the bugs, including spiders, hissing cockroaches and praying mantis Ed is planning to bring Mary Jane his cane snake. Visitors will invited to make a donation to The Village of Hope in India – a charity that Theale Wellbeing Centre supports.bugs

Ed runs Phobia Busting courses on a regular basis particularly for those who are afraid of spiders. Ed overcame his own fear of spiders and now has a wide collection of arthropods and other interesting insects. If you would like to know more about Ed’s courses follow this link.

If you would like to know about the other work that Ed does click here.

Lloyd & Ali from our Podiatry team will be visiting India in January to treat the hands and feet of people at the Village of Hope many of whom suffer with Leprosy. This is the second trip Ali has made – earlier in 2017 she visited with a friend who assisted her in helping in the bandaging unit. Ali has instigated a training program for the onsite nurse and with the help of friends raised enough money to support an assistant. Read more here.

 

Village of Hope 2018 visit

At the beginning of January Ali and her husband Lloyd will be going to the Village of Hope in India to provide treatment and training. Many of the people they will be treating suffer from Leprosy which means they have painful blisters and wounds on their hands and feet. They will also provide training support to the onsite team as well as taking them extra supplies of bandages etc. This is the second trip that Ali has made and she hopes that it will encourage other chiropodists and podiatrists to do the same.  There is more information about the work at the Village available by following this link.

We will  running a regular blog about their visit on this website and sending email updates to anyone who would like to receive them – send us an email if you would like to be added to the list. The working conditions are a little different to those that our team are used to and there is never a dull moment with all sorts of visitors including goats and chickens.

The recent sponsored walk that Ali and Lloyd completed was a great success finishing the walk in 7 hours and raising more than £1200 for the Village of Hope.

The charity is always looking for support so if you would like to donate then you can via any of the following methods:-

Jane Whitworth, Operations Manager,  Head Office: 360 City Road London EC1V 2PY

Registered Charity no. 1045930 | Company Registration. no: 2659784

  • direct to our fundraising account  Santander 09-01-28   83678760
  • or by cheque made payable to Hope Worldwide. Please write’ Bandaging Unit, VofH’ on the back and send to:-

Jane Whitworth, Operations Manager,  Head Office: 360 City Road London EC1V 2PY

Registered Charity no. 1045930 | Company Registration. no: 2659784

Theale Christmas Fair – bugs and all

Ed & his bugs were a popular draw on Saturday when Theale Wellbeing Centre opened their doors for anyone wanting to ‘meet the bugs’. In addition to the bugs, including spiders, hissing cockroaches and praying mantis Ed also brought Mary Jane his cane snake. Mary Jane was on top form and happily moved from one person to another carefully managed by Amber, Ed’s assistant. Children and adults alike were fascinated and enthalled with the exhibits.

Ed runs Phobia Busting courses on a regular basis particularly for those who are afraid of spiders. Ed overcame his own fear of spiders and now has a wide collection of arthropods and other interesting insects. If you would like to know more about Ed’s courses follow this link.

Ed is arranging another day to meet with his bugs on Saturday January 27th. Visitors will invited to make a donation to The Village of Hope in India – a charity that Theale Wellbeing Centre supports.

Lloyd & Ali from our Podiatry team will be visiting India in January to treat the hands and feet of people at the village many of whom suffer with Leprosy. This is the second trip Ali has made – earlier this year she visited with a friend. Ali has instigated a training program for the onsite nurse and with the help of friends raised money to support an assistant.

 

GNP – Gross National Happiness in Bhutan

We would like to say a huge “thank you” to Michael and all the staff at Theale Wellbeing Centre, for so generously sponsoring three children from Tschapel Lower Secondary School in Bhutan.

Martin and I have returned from our second trip to this wonderful country and as the first question we are usually asked is “where is it?” we thought we would set the scene:

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a remote country in the eastern Himalaya, land-locked between China and India.

Locally known as Druk Yul (the land of the thunder dragon) Bhutan is the size of Switzerland with a population of around 750,000.

Bhutan’s isolation, (both geographically and by deliberate policy) meant that:

  • Until the 1950’s there were no public hospitals or schools
  • Until the 1960’s there was no electricity, roads or diplomatic relations with other countries
  • Until the 1970’s there were no tourists allowed
  • Until 1999 there was no television or internet

Nowadays this Buddhist country measures its success not by GDP but by GNH – “Gross National Happiness” – (meaning permanent contentment). This includes protecting the environment and preserving culture.

A lot of focus is on education, which is free, and lessons are taught in English.

70% of the population live in remote valleys and live off the land. This land ranges from Himalayan mountains in the north to subtropical forests in the south and as much of Bhutan is too steep, high or cold to farm, it means that less than 10% of the land is cultivatable and very labour intensive.

Tschapel School is located in Haa – one of the most unspoiled, least populated and least visited places in Bhutan.

In this farming community Potatoes, wheat and buckwheat are grown.

As everywhere in Bhutan, education is seen as important but in Haa, the obstacles faced by children which make schooling difficult are:

  • Walking up to 2 hours a day to reach school
  • Reliance on children (especially in none, or one parent families to work on the farm or in the home
  • The cost of uniforms, which for low income families is prohibitive

We have been working with various initiatives with schools in Bhutan and know that sponsoring a child to provide full uniform, shoes and stationary will make the difference between them getting and completing an education or not!

So Theale Wellbeing Centre has made the world of difference to these three children who are from one or no parent farming families.

Ngawang Tenzin, Age 12

 

Nim Dem, Age 17

Tshering Lham, Age 8

And they, we and their school Principal: Mr. Tandin Wangyel are incredibly grateful for such generosity:

“The support from Theale Wellbeing Centre has enabled these children; who are orphaned or brought up by single parents, to purchase vital uniform, shoes and learning materials.

This in turn has ensured the children will attend school and whilst there it will help improve or better their learning which will help them and their families in the future.

Thank you from us all”.  – Tandin Wangyel – Principal, Tschapel Lower Secondary Shcool.

Theale Christmas Fayre – Satuday 2nd December 2017

Theale Wellbeing Centre are pleased to be participating in the annual Theale Christmas Fayre on Satuday 2nd December. There will be a display of bugs by our resident Hypnotherapist, Ed Francis, story telling and some light refreshments for anyone visiting us during the fair.

Theale Christmas Fayre

Sponsored Walk

SPONSORED WALK (to raise funds for podiatry treatments and for the bandaging units)

SponsoredOur lead podiatrists will doing a sponsored walk from Hungerford to Theale along the Kennet and Avon canal (approximately 23 miles) on Saturday 2nd December.

We would be very grateful for any sponsorship or donations you would like to make. There are three ways to donate:-

  • direct to our fundraising account  Santander 09-01-28   83678760
  • or by cheque made payable to Hope Worldwide. Please write’ Bandaging Unit, VofH’ on the back and send to:-

Jane Whitworth, Operations Manager,  Head Office: 360 City Road London EC1V 2PY

Registered Charity no. 1045930 | Company Registration. no: 2659784

NEW Physiotherapist joins Theale Wellbeing

New PhysiotherapistNew Physiotherapist

We are delighted that Catia Silva, physiotherapist, is joining the Theale Wellbeing Team.

Catia moved to England from Madeira in 2014. She studied Physiotherapy in Porto, Portugal and finished her degree in 2009 and has been working as a Physiotherapist ever since. Her great passion is to help people to heal and to find a healthier lifestyle. Catia has extended her studies to include TMJ dysfunction, Paediatric respiratory Physiotherapy, Craniosacral therapy, Acupuncture for Physiotherapists, Kinesiotaping, Mulligan and Mezieres method (functional postural reeducation).

Catia uses multiple treatment techniques to help to eradicate the cause of injury and pain.

The Mézières Method

The Mézières Method was created in 1947 by a French Physiotherapist Françoise Mézières. The Mezieres Method treats the person from a global perspective and it is designed to find out in the general imbalance of our whole musculature the contracted or retracted muscles and to work their pathological expressions.

Through stretching the retracted muscle chains, removing respiratory compensations and improving body awareness the treatments aims to restore the global mobility and function. It always requires the active participation of the patient.

Each session is totally adapted to the patient.

Find more information about Catia on our team page and more information about physiotherapy here.

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