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Home Spa Treatments: Aromatherapy

Many people misunderstand aromatherapy as a complex treatment that requires specific attention to mixtures, measurements and blends – but as home treatments go it really couldn’t be any easier. To get started, you first need to decide on what kind of “effect” you’re looking for and the type of aromas you enjoy. The wealth of market choice is extensive, with different types of scent to suit all tastes and needs. Some of the more popular scents include lavender, peppermint, lemon, thyme and jasmine all of which have relaxing or stimulative properties.

Where does it come from?

Aromatherapy utilises concentrated essences and oils taken from plants and other organic materials that can be blended with water or burned to release their aromatic properties. The scents released in the aroma helps to stimulate the part of your brain that processes smell, affecting the system that controls emotion – This helps to releases naturally relaxing endorphins. It’s these aromatic properties that so many people utilise for an endless array of health benefits.

What can aromatherapy do for me?

Aromatherapy has been known to help treat conditions such as stress, depression, sleep deprivation and digestive problems to name just a few. You can utilise aromatherapy oils in a number of ways such as adding a few drops to your relaxing bath or an oil burner in the home for an aroma infused atmosphere. Some luxury steam shower cabins utilise aromatherapy intakes as standard features, whilst some spa centres use aromatherapy oils with certain types of massage to help accentuate the sense of relaxation.

How do I get started?

Aromatherapy is something that anyone can try, as it’s relatively cheap to get started. All you need is an oil burner and an aromatherapy oil of your choice and you’re set to go. For more information on aromatherapy oils, there’s plenty of great reference books worth a read. To get you started, we’d recommend The Aromatherapy Bible by Gill Farrer-Halls – it’s packed full of great ideas and information on different essences and how they can effect you.

10 ways to unwind this Christmas!

As the Christmas period starts to swing into full flow, our lives will start to become increasingly busier, often forgetting that our bodies and minds need time to stop, unwind and relax.

Relax this festive season!

Relax this festive season!

We know that the Christmas shopping needs to be done, family visits need to be organised and penciled into the diary, and Christmas menus need to be planned.  Why not try a few of the Healthy Hideout’s top 10 ways to unwind this festive month;

  1. Have some quiet time – Before continuing with anything after arriving home from the office, be sure to spend at least 5 minutes sitting in a quiet place to relax your mind. Close your eyes and breath deeply during this time. It will allow your mind to empty the stress of the working day.
  2. Make the work commute fun – Enjoy this time by yourself in the car or on the train doing something you enjoy. Why not try taking your favourite novel to work and reading through a few chapters, or perhaps listen to a few of your favourite musical numbers. You could even throw in a few Christmas classics for good measure!
  3. Write things down – If you have too many things on your mind, or are trying to juggle too many tasks, grab a pen and notepad and start to jot things down. Give yourself a quick time frame for each task, and then work through them one step at a time. There’s simply no point in trying to remember 100 things at once!
  4. Tidy your home – Clutter around the house can quickly become overwhelming, and can often make you feel like you’re out of control. Take a few minutes each day to tidy away any mess, and try to keep on top of general cleaning bit by bit.
  5. Leave work, at work – Try to avoid bringing any work from the office to your home. Mixing your working life with the comforts of your home can quickly become stressful. If you must bring work home, try to limit yourself to just a few nights a week.
  6. Drop it at the front door – Get yourself a container or box large enough to hold your work bag or office brief case and place it next to the front door. When you get in from work, put it all in the box and don’t touch it until the next working day.
  7. Take a bath – The bathroom is often one room in the house with a catch or lock on the door. Run yourself a nice hot bath, lock the door and escape for at least 1 hour. It’ll do wonders for your stress.
  8. Spread your chores – Try not to pack all your “must-do” chores into a single evening. Try doing the laundry one evening, followed by Christmas shopping the next night. Spreading the load makes it easier to handle.
  9. Recognise the ritual – Set yourself a standard “start to the evening” that you’ll look forward to at the end of each day. Even if it’s something as simple as a cup of tea at the dining table. At this point, you know your evening has officially begun.
  10. Play it loud – Playing enjoyable fun music throughout your home, lifts both you and your families spirits! A few sing-along Christmas carols can’t hurt now can they?

With these tips, you’ll find the uncountable stress of Christmas becoming easier to manage. Remember this is the season to be jolly, and Christmas is meant to be enjoyed. How are your Christmas preparations coming along? Is your Christmas tree up yet?

Top 6 Tips to a Healthy Heart

Many of us believe that in order to maintain a healthy heart, serious action is needed such as the intake of medicines and rigorous diet changes. The truth is, simple short term changes can have lasting long term effects.

Many research studies have shown the healing power of a positive attitude and having a generally good time with life – We only get one after all, so why not make the most of it!

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top 6 tips towards a healthy heart!

Enjoy life to the fullest! Your heart will thank you for it!

Enjoy life to the fullest! Your heart will thank you for it!

Enjoy Life to the fullest

Studies have shown that people who laugh more and have lives filled with activity are much less likely to fall victim to a heart condition. When we finally decide to fly the nest and leave our parents house after signing a mortgage agreement of our own, adult responsibilities tend to result in the fun coming to a sudden stop. Maintain some childlike fun in your daily lives – Your healthy heart will thank you for it.

Spend time relaxing

The cycle tends to be the same for most of us. As life begins to gather pace, more things need doing, stress levels boom and the risk of heart disease increases.  The world moves along at the fast pace, a pace that you can’t change. You can however change your response to it. Dedicate a time in the day to get away from it all and relax your mind, be it with yoga, reading your favourite book or even walking the dog.

It’s only one glass!

Studies by the British Heart foundation have shown that those who choose to drink a glass of wine with their evening meal may lower their heart disease risk by at least 30 percent.  A small amount of alcohol enjoyed each day may be better than practising abstinence, and is of course better than drinking excessively. Red wine in particular is associated with having a strong healthy heart.

Create your own home haven

Spending time relaxed rather than being stressed can halve your heart disease risk, so why not create your own haven in the comfort of your own home? Plenty of natural light, soothing music and an abundance of fresh flowers are great starting points. Have a dedicated quiet space in the house to ensure you have a place to think without interruption.

Soothe your soul

Belief in yourself helps to to keep you mentally grounded, which can help towards maintaining a clear focus. Research has shown that people who use positive words such as “hope” and “joy” tend to outlive their pessimistic others by a decade. Try to embrace all the good things in your life, rather than focusing on the negatives – It’s obvious, but happiness is better than anger.

Have fun and socialise!

Our hearts are healthier when in the company of others that we know and love. Try not to make excuses by not having enough time, and surround yourself with family and friends! It’ll do wonders for your well being, without you even thinking about it.

So what do you do in your daily lives to help maintain a healthy heart? The Healthy Hideout would love to hear your recommendations.

Increase your energy levels!

With winter continuing strong and snow falling all around the UK,  it’s important to not let your energy levels dip throughout the day. By maintaining certain aspects of your day to day life, you can ensure you feel good from morning until night. Below are a few of our top tips towards feeling great;

  • Drink plenty of water – Two-thirds of the body is made from water, so it makes sense to ensure you’re well hydrated throughout the day. Joints, eyes and the digestive system are the first to benefit as the body works constantly to flush out toxins and other unwanted materials. Although we receive a lot of water from the food we eat, it is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day, in many cases between 6 – 8 glasses. In you are participating in heavy exercise, sauna use, or similar you obviously need to compensate for increased water loss. If you feel that you are struggling to concentrate, thirsty or have dark coloured strong-smelling urine, there is a strong chance you may be dehydrated.
  • Eat well –  The importance of what we eat and when we eat can have a huge impact on how we feel throughout the day. Supplements should not be needed if you manage to maintain a healthy balanced diet, providing you’re fit and healthy, but sometimes individuals do not get the recommended daily vitamin intake. Vitamin C is important for maintaining a strong immune system.
  • Exercise – When we do exercise, our bodies release endorphins, boosting metabolic rates and increasing our overall energy levels. One of the worst things an individual can do is avoid exercise when they are feeling tired.
  • Sleep – The amount of sleep required can vary from person to person, with factors such as age and activity levels coming into play. The common requirement for most is between 7 – 8 hours per day, even though many of us fail to get even this. Try to familiarise your body with a routine, by going to bed a similar time each night. A good tip is to take a bath before bed allowing your mind to switch off from work or exercise. Ensure your bedroom is at the right temperature free from light, noise and other stimulants such as TV or computers.
  • Relax – Stress and anxiety can cause fatigue on our bodies without us even knowing about it. Taking as little as 10 minutes of each day to clear your mind and relax the body can have substantial benefits on your health long term. Along with relaxing in the bath, utilise other means of relaxation such as having a massage or using a personal infrared sauna. All can help contribute in giving yourself a chance to relax.

Chocolate Saunas in Slovenia

A chocolate sauna?  This doesn’t make any sense if you’re thinking about a sauna that is made out of chocolate as many people do. When I first heard about chocolate saunas I envisioned a sauna made out of chocolate, full of an intoxicating chocolate aroma, with the inner walls melting slowly, caving in as the heat softened the delicious structure. In a perfect world a chocolate lover would have all saunas made out of chocolate, but you’ll just have to settle for second best: Covering your body in chocolate.  That’s right, sauna enthusiasts and novices alike have been experiencing the wonderful delight of covering their bodies in chocolate, and entering in and sitting back in a hot traditional sauna. The heat of the sauna starts to melt the chocolate which is coated on the body, which slowly drips off.

Simultaneously, the body sweats as it’s heated, allowing the invigorating benefits of the chocolate to penetrate the pores.

The Atlantis water park, which has 16 pools, slides, wave machines, underground caves, whirlpool, geysers, relaxation areas and 15 saunas say that the chocolate contains no sugar, is 70% cocoa and is full of nutrients which will make the body feel wonderful. The experience of a chocolate sauna would certainly be a memory that would stay with you forever, if not for it’s invigorating rush, then for its unique novelty.

So where can you find one? Chocolate saunas can be found at the Atlantis, which is in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The chocolate sauna isn’t the only appeal of Ljubljana, which offers an array of wonderful sights and attractions, including a festive Christmas market in December.

If you like mud masks, body scrubs and luxurious spa treatments, maybe you should add this to your ‘To try’ list. What are you waiting for?

Labour MP puts Sauna on expenses!

The latest addition to the MP’s expenses fiasco shows how one politician utilised the taxpayer’s money to install a sauna in his home. The unknown MP, who is thought to be a senior Labour figure, claimed for the sauna to help with a current skin condition that required regular sauna sessions. It has been stated that this new discovery is bound to trigger a fresh storm in how MP’s are abusing the £24,006 second home allowance.

Many Ministers fear an uproar of unjustified claims will be uncovered once MP’s are to declare all expenses receipts this summer.  It is believed that such embarassment could cause a number of members to quit in order to avoid further scrutiny.

For the full article, please visit the following link: www.telegraph.co.uk