Biodynamic craniosacral therapy

I’ve just returned from a session of biodynamic craniosacral therapy (not the catchiest of names).  Sometimes serendipity really does trip-trap into one’s life.  I’ve had a relentless cough for the …

Bach Flower Remedies

My mother introduced me to the Bach Flower Remedies way back when I was a teenager. We’d spend hours poring over each remedy, deciding which combinations we’d make up for family …

Tibetan medicine

Traditional Tibetan medicine can appear as mysterious and magical as its beautiful home country. I first encountered it about 20 years ago, when I was researching my book The Natural …

Family constellations – healing inter-generational trauma

I’m watching the most extraordinary scene. My own family dynamic is being played out in front of me, with strangers representing my parents, my grandparents, even myself. I watch, with …

Holotropic breathwork – making the psyche whole

I’m lying on a padded mattress, surrounded by cushions and I’m breathing fast. The music is loud, deep, rhythmic, insistent. My body starts to curl and I have the strangest …

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is the secret behind many a healthy body and beautiful face. It has the ability to boost the immune system, clear sinuses and can stop a …

Be kind to your back

My back has always been my weak spot, my Achilles’ heel if we’re going to mix metaphors. It’s hardly surprising as I’ve spent most of my adult life hunched over …

The Good Breathing Guide

Good breathing is the hidden health secret – a sure-fire way to improve your well-being, freshen up your looks and boost your mood. While we all know how to breathe, …

Depression – unraveling the mysteries of the black dog

Why should one person sail through life while another gets beaten down? When does a low mood become a clinical illness? And are drugs the only answer? These are questions …

Kaliyoga – sociable yoga in Spain

A warm breeze is caressing my skin and I’m almost drunk on the sweet heady fragrance of orange blossom and jasmine. Lying in a hammock at Kaliyoga is so supremely …

Biodynamic Therapy – rediscovering your ‘true self’

How many of us simply muddle through life as best we can? There’s the job that stifles us, the family who drive us mad, the relationships that grate. Over the …

The Alexander Technique – realigning posture to improve health and mood

A straightforward, down-to-earth technique could make you taller and slimmer. It can help silence stress and banish the blues. It can even give significant relief from back and neck pain …

Floatation meets shamanism

As a journalist and author of books on health and wellbeing I’ve tried pretty much every technique and treatment going. All were interesting but there were only some I fell …

Autogenic Training – ‘mental circuit training’ to control stress

NOTE: I wrote this feature some years back, before mindfulness was such a buzzword.  If you can’t seem to get on with mindfulness – or meditation – then this might …

Art therapy – painting the unconscious mind

When we were children we used to paint and draw with pleasure and delight. For a few short blissful years we could do no wrong with our paints and crayons …

Is massage the new psychotherapy? Bodywork and the mind connection

Might the massage table take over from the psychoanalyst’s couch? Just imagine if all your painful memories and old hurts could be simply massaged or pressed away? It’s not just …

Is Niacin the cure for schizophrenia, alcoholism, migraine, arthritis and heart disease?

I recently read a book called Niacin: the Real Story while I was on detox in Portugal.  We were taking Niacin four times a day to dilate blood vessels (and …

How to eat – the Viva Mayr way – for weightloss, energy and good health

The Viva Mayr programme is totally different from most detox programmes on offer.  Forget juicing and raw vegan regimes, the Mayr doctors believe firmly that cold raw food is tough …

Tazeka Aromatherapy – a dose of optimism, balance and motivation in shiny pretty bottles!

Remember, all those years back, when I talked about flirting?  Not about how people flirt (well, not necessarily) but how things can flirt with you?  Well, that’s what happened with …

Smudging – clear your home, your aura, your life

I was introduced to smudging at a workshop by the wonderful Denise Linn.  The scent of the burning bundle of herbs sent tingles through my body and I could feel …

Liver flushing – Polarity Therapy’s liver detox

A few years back, my GP raised her eyebrows and said my liver was unhappy.  Mild understatement really.  Bottom line?  I was drinking too much alcohol.  Now, nobody likes to be …

An ayurvedic detox for autumn

Here’s one of my favourite autumn cleanses, based on ayurveda.  I like it for this time of year because it’s warming.  As we prepare for colder weather, it’s best not …

McTimoney Chiropractic – no pain, all gain

The first time I saw a chiropractor I thought I was going to die.  She took my head between her hands and, without warning, gave my neck a sharp twist.  …

Esalen massage with John Orum – Let go and relax, damnit!

So I was lying on a massage table at the Emelisse Art Hotel in Greece, giving a little sigh of pleasure because truly there is little in life I like more than …

Watsu – water shiatsu that takes you back to childhood

Watsu is a deep, powerful and curious form of bodywork.  A long, intense, intimate session of massage and manipulation techniques, carried out while you float in (or even under) a …

Trager – maximum effortlessness and freedom from pain

Trager ® or Trager Psychophysical Integration (to give it its full name) is a gentle system of bodywork whose predominant goal is to make life easier, more comfortable, more pleasurable.  …

The Natural Year begins…living in tune with the seasons

I loved writing The Natural Year. The aim was to produce a book that would act as a friend throughout the year, not badgering or hectoring, but offering suggestions, inspiration, …

The Body Retreat: smart and supportive de-stress and weight-loss

The Body Retreat’s Stress Re-Set retreat is a four-night retreat that aims to balance body, mind and emotions through an immaculately thought-out programme of diet, exercise, mindfulness and behaviour modification.  …

Ten ways to love the cold

Yes, it’s freezing out there but, while it’s tempting to turn up the heat and huddle by the fire, maybe we’re missing a trick. There’s been a sudden plunge in …

Ti Sana – detox spa with a dose of science in Italy

Ti Sana has the ambiance of a monastery: an ancient but very smart monastery. Set in the heart of a small Italian village, midway between Milan and Lake Como, the …

Kaliyoga: sociable accessible yoga in Spain

A warm breeze is caressing my skin and I’m almost drunk on the sweet heady fragrance of orange blossom and jasmine. Lying in a hammock at Kaliyoga in the foothills …

Ayurvedic healing at Austria’s Schloss Pichlarn

I love Ayurveda, the 5,000 year old system of Indian mind-body spirit medicine.  In fact, I love it so much I wrote an entire book about it.  Yet I hadn’t …

Mindfulness – the key to less stressful living?

Could mindfulness provide the key to less stressful living?  The simple form of meditation, based on Buddhist principles, is fast gaining acceptance as a powerful way of bringing peace to …

Superfoods – safer than supplements?

A new book is warning that vitamins might not be as healthy as we think: they could even be causing us harm.  Dr Paul Offit, author of Killing Us Softly …

Medical spas – the new route to all-over health

Spas have become so commonplace now that it’s unusual to find a smart hotel that doesn’t have one.  The word spa has become synonymous with pampering, with elaborate ‘rituals’ and …

Crystal wand healing with Nicki Hughes

Nicki Hughes is one of my favourite therapists so when she said, ‘Come and have a treatment – as a treat – on me’ I made my way forthwith to Nicki’s …

Repêchage – fantastic facial with Nicki Hughes

I’ve been pretty spoiled over the years. Having worked as a health and beauty journalist (mainly for the Mail and the Telegraph) for decades I’ve been pampered every which way. …

Brain gym – simple exercises for a better mind and body

A simple series of exercises could help your brain function better, making you sharper, smarter – and far more confident.  Brain Gym comprises very easy body movements which have been designed …

Power Plate: Shake your way to fitness

The trouble with getting toned is it all takes so much time and effort.  So when Madonna let slip that her uber-toned body was down to no-sweat sessions on a …

Are lava shells the new hot stones? No, they’re much better

Nothing much surprises me when it comes to massage. I’ve been pummelled with hands, elbows, feet; on the floor, in swimming pools, on beds of hay.  But when I heard …

Annee de Mamiel: the nourishing touch

How often do we nourish ourselves? I thought about that word for quite a while. At first I wrote ‘pamper’ but I think it’s been downgraded somehow nowadays. All that …

Moor mud – celebrity beauty starts at home

Sometimes the oldest and simplest products are the best.  Mud from the lowland moorland of Austria, Hungary and Czechoslovakia has been used for wellbeing for at least two thousand years …

Zero Balancing = zero stress

Good bodywork can soothe away the strains of modern life. It can unravel taut muscles, banish back ache and even soften emotional stress and psychological pain.  Yet many people flinch …

Cranial osteopathy – easing the trauma of birth

Cranial osteopathy is an absolute boon for new mothers. This most gentle form of manipulation can soothe the trauma of birth and give their babies a head-start for a healthy happy life. But what exactly is this wonder therapy and is it really such a miracle cure-all?

EMDR – farewell to phobias?

EMDR is an exciting technique which can help banish fears and phobias. Pioneered in the US it is now spreading around the world and is an invaluable new tool which offers freedom from anything from mild anxiety to full-blown life-restricting phobias.

MLD – Manual Lymphatic Drainage for health & beauty

MLD is a very gentle yet highly effective treatment – superb for people with lymphoedema and lipodema. Yet also a wonderful cosmetic treatment. One I wholeheartedly endorse.

Cryotherapy – for pain relief, insomnia, depression

Cryotherapy is the coolest therapy on the planet – literally. Testing out the Big Chill in Austria and finding it highly impressive for pain relief and energy boosting.