[title maintitle="Summer Athleisure: The Gym Gear we LOVE!" subtitle=""]
As summer finally makes an appearance it's time to brighten up our gym wardrobes.
There's nothing I love more than new gym apparel, so I've been scouting out the hottest new gym pieces that I can't get enough off...
[title maintitle="Sleep easy with our TOP trialled and tested recommendations" subtitle=""]
With our modern day non-stop lifestyle it’s no surprise more and more people are struggling to get a decent amount of sleep each night.
As a health professional I strongly advise my clients to take time out to relax and make sure they get adequate rest to help their bodies recover. However, recently I found myself joining them in the #UPALLNIGHTCLUB so decided to search for some great remedies to encourage sound sleep. By Vicky Hadley
An unusual solution that I actually love is an essential oils organic pillow spray. This beautifully scented spray creates a feeling of calmness as you gently drift off to sleep. Just spray your pillow and sheets 5 to 10 times and the gentle relaxing combination of Orange and Lemon oils with lavender and Geranium will help clear your mind allowing you to enjoy a peaceful sleep and awaken in a settled frame of mind. This is also suitable for sensitive skin (used in moderation) and we highly recommend it!
Nutri Expert Brume d’oreiller controllee bio – Organic essential oil spray by Nutri Expert
Organic Pillow Spray 100ml is available here for £14.95
[title maintitle="" subtitle="GET A GOOD PILLOW"]
Have you ever worked up with neck pain and wondered where on Earth it came from? Well perhaps it’s not how you slept but what you slept on that caused it. Recently I tried Tempur Pillows after recommendations from my partner and I genuinely have never slept better! The price point is on the pricy side looking
At £85 for a pillow BUT my neck pain has dramatically reduced and if you see it as a investment for your health and keep it for years then really it’s a win win situation.
[title maintitle="" subtitle="REDUCE STRESS AND BOOST RELAXATION WITH THE POWER OF TOUCH"]
I recently had the pleasure of trying a Kokolokahki massage with lava shells by masseuse Sam who explained to me just how the power of the human touch is one of the most powerful healing remedies there is.
"Numerous studies have shown that a massage can eliminate stress levels dramatically. With stress being linked to so many illnesses it is imperative to take some time out so that all organs as well as the body can rest. Research found that after massage therapy, the human body secretes lower levels of the stress hormones cortisol, norepinephrine, and dopamine. These hormones not only make you feel anxious, which can be unpleasant, they can actually cause stress-related diseases – especially heart attack. Reducing their presence through massage, conversely, lowers stress hormones’ ill effects. After a massage, levels of the stress hormone cortisol drop in saliva tests, examinations show an improvement in alertness and relaxation, depression scores decrease, and mental focus improves.
Benefits of massage include:
Increasing the number of white blood cells
Lowering blood pressure
Increasing your feel-good hormones
Reducing your stress hormones
Helping you to sleep better
How massage can help improve sleep.
If you’re kept up at night worrying about stressful issues, massage may be the key to sounder sleep. The massage will decrease depression and anxiety levels and improve sleep quality because they trigger the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can help you feel calm. While we sleep our bodies go into repair mode regenerating and healing plus if we have a good nights sleep it greatly improves our ability to deal with stressful situations the next day".
[title maintitle="" subtitle="ESSENTIAL OILS"]
Arnica oil is the must have staple for your medical cabinet. Not only does this oil work wonders for sore, aching muscles, perfect for massages but it also smells wonderful. Nelsons have included Lavender and Grapefruit essential oil to help calm and relax your mind whilst the combination of the different oils helps create a peaceful mood. Using this in your bath has a fantastic bonus, not only does it soothe your muscles but the Evening Primrose and Sweet Almond oil relax your mind and leaves your skin soft and hydrated and possibly little need for moisturiser! Definitely one to keep!
Nelsons arnicare bath & massage balmcosts £8.55 and is available from Boots and Amazon and www.arnicare.co.uk
[title maintitle="What's HOT in food and drink this summer" subtitle=""]
Our brand new favourite summer trends for food and drink is here. The healthy London brunch spot we can't get enough of, the ice cream company that have made our summer and a cocktail bar you need to try!
[title maintitle="" subtitle="THE HEALTHY ICE CREAM: Miiro"]
[caption id="attachment_3369" align="alignnone" width="701"] Vicky with her Miiro Ice Cream[/caption]
Think chocolate ice cream is a far away dream this summer which will only happen if you have a cheat meal? Think again! Life saviours Miiro Ice Cream are here to help. Their ice creams which initially look like a magnum come in three different flavours: peanut, salted caramel and hazelnut (salted caramel being my ultimate favourite!) and are made from pea protein, coconut milk, raw cacao and coconut sugar. They are low in fat, completely vegan and refined sugar free. So, a perfect option for those who avoid dairy (like me), are trying to eat healthily or avoid animal products!
[caption id="attachment_3368" align="alignnone" width="616"] Bikini Girls' Vicky's favourite flavour ice cream[/caption]
Shop the range here / @miiro_ice_cream
[title maintitle="" subtitle="THE ULTIMATE BRUNCH HOTSPOT: The Lodge Space"]
[caption id="attachment_3378" align="alignnone" width="584"] Vicky and Maria at The Lodge Space[/caption]
Fancy a brunch, class and day in the sun? Then this urban spot is the perfect go-to place! With a delicious allergy friendly menu of pancakes, vegan & non vegan brunch options and protein shakes which you can eat outside or inside and that's not all. The Lodge Space offer classes from Acro Yoga to HIIT. I trialled their acro yoga class and had so much fun getting into brand new inversions and trying new skills.
[caption id="attachment_3366" align="alignnone" width="530"] Acro Yoga at The Lodge Space[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3367" align="alignnone" width="518"] Protein pancakes at the Lodge Space[/caption]
Find out more here
[title maintitle="" subtitle="COCKTAIL HAVEN: The Megaro"]
Because summer isn't summer without a cool London cocktail...
[title maintitle="Ying Trangkasombut reveals how she stays healthy in Thailand" subtitle=""]
Hotel heiress of Ammatara Pura Pool Villas on Thailand's Koh Samui, Ying Trangkasombut reveals her fitness tips.
[title maintitle="The three best fitness classes at Virgin Active Australia" subtitle=""]
Virgin Active Australia is a step above other gyms and now has several branches across Australia - and a heap of awesome classes.
[title maintitle="Ammatara Pura: Pool villas in paradise" subtitle=""]
[caption id="attachment_3302" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Bikini Girls Diary at Ammatara Pura[/caption]
Deni and Vicky visit Ammatara Pura, a wondrous resort resembling an opulent Thai palace right on the beach on Thailand's Ko Samui island.
[title maintitle="TRAVEL TIPS: How to be healthy in Thailand" subtitle=""]
When I go abroad it’s no secret that I love to be healthy. From trying the cultures healthy cuisine to trialling brand new, unique exercise classes and Thailand was most certainly no different.