The Retreat Blog

What Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, And Is It For Me?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a talking a therapy which aims to alleviate emotional distress by identifying and exploring the client's views on issues. The goal is to start to see things from different angles and to assess whether the thoughts and views are fair...

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Are You An Empath?

An empath can be described as someone that feels things that others don't - they sit very high on the empathetic spectrum. It is likely they will have been labelled 'over-sensitive' at some point in their lives and this may have stuck with them.  It is true that they...

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Why You Should Avoid Refined Flour And Sugar

We are what we eat. Most of our life revolves around food, therefore it's really important to pay attention to what we feed ourselves. . There's increased awareness about food compared to how things were even a few years ago. This is thanks to the internet which has...

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I’m Suffering With Anxiety, Help!

The issue I find I'm dealing with most often during LifeHeal Coaching sessions at The Retreat, is anxiety - while I've had many different situations that have come up, anxiety seems to be a recurring theme. Many people talk of feeling like they are drowning and or out...

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Benefits of Meditation

Wellness and beauty are not solely related to our body, but also - or especially - to what's inside, our mind and soul. With this concept in mind, at The Retreat we’ve begun to focus equally on our inner wellbeing. Activities such as yoga and meditation are part of...

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Living With Crohn’s Disease

Living With Crohn's Disease By the time I had been diagnosed with Crohn's at 19, I'd already lost several stones in weight and was a size 6, an unnatural shape for me.  My diet over the previous six months had consisted, on the better days, of half a piece...

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What is Kinetic Chain Release (KCR)?

As many of you may know we recently introduced new treatment - KCR, which stands for "Kinetic Chain Release". . What is KCR? . Kinetic Chain Release is a fairly new treatment protocol developed by Scottish physiotherapist Hugh Gilbert, who has spent 36 years refining...

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Autism & ADHD

My son's first day of school didn’t turn out to be a happy one for us.   When his Dad went to collect him at the end of the day, the head teacher pulled him aside and told him that he had autism and both himself and his older brother were dyslexic.  Despite not being...

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Women’s Health – Endometriosis

Our LifeHeal Clinics have gone really well so far, however I have been surprised to hear just how many of you suffer from women's health issues. This is something I can really relate to,  and  I felt I’d like to share my experience.   As I write this I am reminded...

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Dare To Be Different

I’ve never done anything the ‘right way round’.    From a very young age I felt different from everyone.  I was lucky enough to go to a private school in Edinburgh, which had both pros and cons for me. There can be immense pressure for any kid in school,  however...

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What’s New At bareMinerals?

2017 saw some interesting new products from bareMinerals family, this is a brand that keeps surprising us by delivering excellent quality along with original formulas and creativity. Last year we had the nude lip shades with the Gen Nude range and its different...

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Table For One…

Finding myself single at 42, after a twenty year relationship was somewhat scary - to say the least! Having to adjust your whole life is a massive task and for me, included a new house, new friends, and a whole new outlook on life. As part of this journey I recently...

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How To Go Meat Free In 2018

How to go meat free in 2018   Many people now see the health and economic benefits of replacing meat with vegetables in their diet.  Some of us may only be able to commit to a 'Meat Free Monday', others may be considering going vegetarian or even vegan.  In this post...

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Take A Moment To Reflect

This is a guest article from Erica, our  life coach. In this article she covers how you can begin to make the changes you want in your life, perfect for the beginning of a new year. Erica joins me at each of the salons to offer a LifeHeal package which includes both...

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Why Does Everybody Love Bio Sculpture Gel?

One of the most requested nail treatments at our Salons is certainly Bio Sculpture Gel, also known as “Bio Gel”.  It’s a one-component durable gel treatment that strengthens the nails and promotes their natural growth, as it doesn’t cause them any damage. Bio Gel...

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Skin Care During Cancer Treatment

We recently had a client wishing to purchase a gift for a close friend who was going through cancer treatment. Understandably, she was hesitant in picking out a product from our retail area because she was unsure of whether or not they were safe for her friend. Cancer...

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What Exactly Is Microdermabrasion?

When clients call to ask for a facial recommendation, we always ask what skin issues they’re struggling with. A frequent answer is that their skin is dull and dry, but also congested. Our Therapists often recommend our Microdermabrasion Facial, as it helps remove dead...

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Skincare routine: moisturiser, facial oil or serum?

Nowadays there are many ways and types of beauty products needed to build an effective skincare routine. Some are more natural than others, whereas some, respond to completely different needs and purposes. We understand that with such an overcrowded beauty market,...

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Why You Should Stop Wearing Make Up To The Gym!

It’s easy to get into the habit of wearing make up any time you leave the house, however, there’s one place where a full-face of make up can harm the health of your skin: the gym. In an interview with Byrdie, celebrity make up artist and industry veteran Jo Baker...

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From QVC To Catwalks: The Story Of bareMinerals

Nowadays mineral make up is very popular, but if we go back to 2009 - not really that long ago -, it was mostly unknown and most of people had no idea of how to use it. Since then things have definitely changed, and mineral make up has become one of the most loved...

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