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How acupuncture helps with weight loss

Chinese medicine explains that the spleen, liver, kidney and triple warmer are the main organs linked to obesity. Invigorating the spleen will encourage the removal of dampness and energising the liver, with acupuncture, will assist in the removal of blood stasis, supporting the imbalance of obesity.

Acupuncture decreases fatty acid production, which when left in the blood is thought to raise the risk of cardiovascular diseases by causing insulin resistance. Acupuncture also assists in regulating glucose, controlling the blood sugar levels and reducing risks of diseases like diabetes.

Inflammation is a common problem and is also elevated in obese people, however acupuncture reduces inflammation markers in the body.

Obesity related diseases like atherosclerosis and insulin resistance have pro-inflammatory cells which causes an increase in inflammation.  As obesity is causing further inflammation and inflammation is elevated in obese people, the circle of ill health will continue until the inflammation markers are bought down.

Meeting Sarah has completely changed my life. I am eating things that I have never tried in 55 years. I am losing weight (a bonus) but more importantly my body is healthier now than it has ever been. Sarah is always full of good advice and encouragement. Thank you so much Sarah. – Ruth Evans

The hunger hormone ghrelin is found in the gut, but the function can become impaired, and send incorrect signals to the brain regarding hunger. Six weeks of acupuncture partly restored the physiological function and saw a significant increase in the ghrelin hormone, resulting in a clearer hunger signal bring sent to the brain.  

A new peptide found in the brain, nesfatin-1, regulated the appetite in rodents and this same peptide was found to increase in obese patients. A study of acupuncture for 30 minutes was found to decrease body weight, fat mass, body mass index and waist circumferences.

Acupuncture resulted in a decrease in the hormone, leptin, which is triggered in the brain when the fat stores become low. This indicates that the reduced levels of the hormone leptin in the body, will lower the urge to consume foods high in sugar and fat. In addition, acupuncture influences the endocrine system which subsequently adjusts the absorption and storage of the calorie.

During an acupuncture study there was a decrease of POMC, a polypeptide, which diminished the applicant’s food intake. There was also an increase in energy consumption due to protein activity.  When acupuncture is then performed regularly it will assist in achieving a weight loss goal.  

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Feel your heart rate change with coffee

A treatment at Natural Medical Clinic aims to create homeostasis in the body which improves you holistically.  

With a trained eye, it can clearly be seen where the anatomy is compensating and being pulled out of alignment. By moving the body through mobilisation and release this results in improved clarification about the condition of your physical and internal condition.

During our time together your breath will deepen, making you feel more relaxed. Your heart rate will decrease, your feel-good hormones will increase and your circulation will become stronger, improving the complexion of your face, giving you an enhanced glow. Continue your treatments and you will not only feel improvements in your posture and joint strength but brighter nails, improved gut health and energy levels.

Having a 100% success rate on determining whether a client is a coffee drinker or not highlights the sensitivity from finger palpation. Over 6 years of meditating, practicing Qi Gong and being aware of the sensation underneath our skin has developed the ability to invigorate this same sensation in others.  It is most rewarding when the connection is found, allowing the release of pain and tension. When the movement from the practitioner is undertaken with a relaxed pressure, you will feel at ease and comfortable with the release. 

After a couple of years of back ache and related headaches, a few treatment and adjustment with Sarah cured the problem. As an added bonus, the terrible hangovers I used to get stopped when the neck ache was fixed! – Chris Cieslak

There was a time when my IBS was uncontrollable, period pain was debilitating, shoulder pain and neck pain was so annoying and psoriasis was frustratingly constant. Although it wasn’t the intention to start to study Japanese Natural Medicine to help cure all my symptoms it certainly came as a welcomed byproduct.

At every treatment we monitor your health, progression and can discuss personal ongoing improvements in your lifestyle to keep your symptoms at bay.

As a health practitioner, understanding the mind and body has come with part of the practice and letting go of negative attachments, habits and patterns help to heal physical and mental wellbeing.

With a wide smile, a big heart and an open mind, I welcome you to the Natural Medical Clinic.

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Mind, Body and Soul Retreat

                                                      Join our adventure in                                                                                                                      Health, happiness & freedom                                                                                                                    23rd-25th August 2019                                                                                                            Inner Guidance Holistic Retreat Centre                                                                                                   Lavenham, Suffolk                                                             

Secure your space, just £60. Full weekend price £260!

                                                                                    Price after 30th April, £290

Beautiful 16th Century Grade II Listed Tudor Building

Sitting atop a hill in 3.5 acres of garden

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Grade II Listed Tudor Building

Highlights of the weekend:

  • 9 hrs of workshops
  • Freshly picked food from the allotment in the garden
  • Hot tub Trainer swimming pool
  • Grass tennis courts
  • Labyrinth circle Fire pit
  • 500 acre estate
  • Views across unspoiled countryside
  • Full Active Balance Treatments (for an additional but reduced fee)

Come on a journey with us & meet like-minded, friendly people.

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Pay £60 to secure your space.

Full retreat cost only £260 until 30th April, then its £290!

Weekend arrangements:
Please arrrive at 4pm on Friday and leave by 4pm Sunday.

Friday:                                                                                                                                                4pm: Welcome drink & chocolate treat
5.15pm-6.30pm: Gi Gong Workshop
7pm: Dinner
8.30pm-9.30pm: Restorative practice/meditation
Saturday:
8-9.15am: Energising Workshop
10am: Breakfast
11.30am: Labyrinth Walk
1pm: Lunch
2pm: Use of facilities: Hot tub, hammock, Grass tennis courts, Trainer swimming pool, relaxation swing, tipi time out
3.30-4.45pm: Flexibility Workshop
6pm: Dinner
7pm: Firepit
9-10pm: Restorative workshop/meditation

Sunday:                                                                                                                                                     8-9.15am Invigorating Workshop                                                                                                      10am: Breakfast                                                                                                                                    11am: Free time / use of the facilities (see 2pm on Saturday)                                                      12.45pm-2pm: Reflective Workshop                                                                                                2.15pm: Lunch                                                                                                                                        4pm: Leave Retreat Centre

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Bedrooms

              Above is one of the eight bedrooms within the house that sleeps 16 people.                                                                    There are 10 spaces left.
Pay your deposit and choose your bedroom. First come, first served.                                    The Gandhi Room: 2 singles en suite beamed room with fireplace and sofa.
The Churchill Room: 2 singles en suite with fireplace and armchair.
Jack & Jill Room: share 1 bathroom amazing views over expansive countryside.
Character Room: 2 singles beamed room with huge seating area. Shares bathroom with wobbly room.
The Wobbly Room: 2 singles beamed room with sofa. Shares bathroom with Character room.
The Rose room: 2 singles en suite and amazing views of rose bushes in the garden and expansive countryside.

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Workshops

The workshops energise, detoxify, strengthen and purify your mind, body and soul and will vary in style, difficulty and intention. They are not compulsory but are encouraged. If you would like to make yourself familiar with what to expect at the retreat please come along to Loudwater Farm, Rickmansworth, WD3 4HG on Tuesday @ 9.30am-10.30am for just £7.

A member said: “This class has truly touched my mind, body and soul. Sarah’s approach is soothing and inspirational so would recommend these classes to anyone” Helen Crooks

Home grown, picked and made salad served at Lunctime
Home grown, picked and made salad served at Lunchtime

Food 

All the salads served at the retreat centre will be hand picked and home grown from the allotment within the grounds and lovingly prepared by our creatively talented chef. As it is a detox retreat all the food will be home made and will be free from refined sugar, processed meat and gluten. There will be a variety of teas available but no coffee available.

It is advised to stay away from refined sugar, processed food or coffee 2 weeks before the retreat to make your visit an easy experience. If you have a headache or feel nausea during the retreat please be aware this is because of the toxicity being removed from the blood stream. Drinking lots of lemon water will make it pass as quickly as possible.

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Treatments 

Natural Medical Clinic treatments specialise in curing your physical pain and balancing your internal dysfunction. An 1hr 15 minute treatment involves acupuncture, acupressure, cranial sacral therapy, massage, remedial exercises, visceral massage, MET stretches and nutrition advise.                                                                                                            20% reduction on treatments, saving you £11!                                                                                Retreat Treatment Price: £44                                                                                                             Standard Treatment Price £55                                                                                                  You save £11 for every treatment you have at the Retreat.    

There are limited spaces for treatments so please book early to avoid disappointment.      For more information on treatments or to view testimonials please click here  or call Sarah on 07889 224303

To secure your place pay your deposit of just £60

Account number: 25004344 Sort Code: 600550 or call Sarah on 07889 224303.

Join us for a weekend of feasting on home cooked, fresh food, fun by the fire pit, reflective walks and working on different movements to enhance your entire being.

Cancellation Policy:

Number of days in advance of holiday start date: Cancellation charge payable

70 days or more: Deposit Paid

69 – 43 days: 40% of total holiday cost

42 – 29 days: 60% of total holiday cost

28 – 8 days: 90% of total holiday cost

7 days or less: 100% of total holiday cost

Payments can be made in installments.

For more information please call Sarah on: 07889 224303

To book please send your deposit to Account number: 25004344 Sort Code: 600550        make payment via Paypal  or call Sarah on 07889 224303.

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Health & happiness,

Sarah & the Team

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How can a massage help you?

Have you ever heard someone say ‘if you are in pain, punch somewhere else and make the pain go away?’ This is what doctors call ‘referred pain.’ The idea is similar to holistic massage, whereby, if for example, your hamstrings are tight they can become suppler with a massage to your lower back; this is because your hamstrings are connected to your pelvis, which joins to your spine and thus relaxing one area helps the other.

The spine is a very important part of your skeletal system and, therefore, the back is where we will most commonly massage. Massage is included in every treatment, along with acupuncture, physical therapy, cranial sacral therapy and visceral massage. If it is necessary to massage other areas of the body, instead of or as well as the back, we will do so in a direct approach as this is going to be more sustainable for the reduction of your symptoms.
Clients have reported reduced abdominal pain e.g. digestive issues after a holistic massage, less tension in their back neck and shoulders and feeling a sense of calmness. There are studies to support the positive effects of a holistic massage on the body’s immune system by stimulating the lymph nodes. It is also said to improve the condition of the body’s largest organ, your skin, by promoting tissue regeneration so reducing scar tissue and stretch marks. Also enhancing circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients into your tissues and vital organs.

Active Balance practices in Chorleywood with clients travelling from surrounding areas such as Rickmansworth, Watford, Moor Park, Maple Cross, Pinner, Ruislip, Bushey and places further afield like Chalfont St Peter, Slough, Luton, London, Birmingham and Manchester. Sarah has experience with, and is happy to travel to treat the disabled and the heavily pregnant. Please visit our contact page to make arrangements.

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How to get rid of pain in 1hr

Natural Medical Clinic T/A Active Balance can ensure you will feel less pain in only one session. You are not allowed to go leave otherwise.

Practicing acupuncture, physical therapy, massage, cranial sacral therapy, visceral massage and remedial exercises in one session with the intention of getting to the root of your problem, making your pain go away for good.

Most of us know how distracting pain can be. Leading to procrastination, lack of motivation and a downfall in work load, all of which will sacrifice your success. Stop the pain, bring back the health and make wealth easy to reach with a positive mindset.

Many others are reaching out for help. Why not you too?

‘Having Sarah as my therapist is like having the secret potion to maintain my posture and wellbeing. I go to Sarah to alleviate post travel stiffness as soon as I can.’Fuaad Latif

‘Sarah Has stopped me from popping pain killer.’ Hannah Hockin

‘Wow! I never realised that having treatment with Sarah would be so life changing…For the better obviously. I had tendonitis in my right hand and foot, neck problems, stress, headaches and TMJ (Jaw problems) Sarah has been a fantastic help with all.’ Donna Payne

Watch this short clip of Sarah in action at her clinic in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, WD3 3EN.