Make changes to improve your well being

Complementary medicine, including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage focuses on treating the whole person - not just the immediate symptoms that present themselves.You must realise that your lifestyle has a major impact on your health.

To gain long term benefits from complementary medicine you should be willing to look closely at your current lifestyle and make healthier choices where appropriate. Don’t wait until poor health strikes. That old saying “prevention is better than cure” is most definitely true.

You don’t have to make wholesale changes all at once; it’s okay to focus on one area at a time. Think of your health as a work in progress.

Always remember, you a unique being. The tips on this page are for general guidance only. Some may not be suitable for you in your current state of health.

During your treatment sessions, Ailsa will give you advice which is specific to your own unique needs.

  EAT WELL. The food you eat should satisfy the body’s need for nutrients and calories, support the body’s own healing powers and provide a pleasurable experience.    
  KEEP HYDRATED. Water is absolutely essential to good health. It will help prevent headaches, fatigue, heat
intolerance and light headedness. Your body is not very good at letting you know when hydration is required. If you only drink when you feel thirsty, that’s too late, you’re already starting to dehydrate. Aim to drink 1.5 - 2 litres per day (spaced throughout the day). Soft drinks and caffienated teas and coffee don’t count but herbal and fruit teas do. Natural mineral water is best.
  BREATHE PROPERLY. We breathe without thinking but many use only about one third of their lung capacity. To make energy you need to breathe in sufficient oxygen (eating the right foods is not enough). Are you a chest breather or a belly breather? Chest breathing is shallow and the air may never reach the lower lung. Belly breathing helps optimise oxygen absorption and carbon dioxide removal. This is what you want.    
  MOVE YOUR BODY. Exercise is a vital component of a healthy lifestyle. It benefits both body and mind. Not only will it improve your muscular strength and mobility, it can reduce your risk to some chronic illnesses such as heart disease, strike and obesity. It is also a great stress reliever. You don’t have to exercise strenuously to gain major health benefits.    
  BALANCE YOUR LIFE. You must balance the various demands placed on you by job, family, friends etc with the need for rest and recuperation.    
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