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Chelsea Natural Health Clinic

Chelsea Natural Health

is based almost opposite the Chelsea and Westminster hospital on the Fulham Road in Chelsea, we are home to a large collection of dedicated, experienced and talented practitioners (we aren't sure what the collective noun is for a group of practitioners, but please feel free to make suggestions). We have too many different therapies to list in this section, but to name a few how about Osteopathy, Cranial Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Sports Therapy, many different types of massage, Shiatsu, Reiki, Podiatry and Chiropody, Hypnotherapy, Counselling / Psychotherapy and Nutritional Therapy. A full list is available here.


We are open 7 days a week, from 9am - 8pm weekdays and 9am - 6pm at weekends. Please do browse the site but do feel free to call us on 0207 352 3087 if you have any questions.Our goal is to provide to the highest standards, a comprehensive portfolio of complementary, holistic and natural health care treatments to our clients in Fulham, Chelsea, London and the rest of the, well whole wide world.



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Somewhere to Settle

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There are eight of us sitting in a circle in a quaker meeting house near Hammersmith. In another part of the building there is a constant hum of chatter amid the fading aromas of a delicious north African lunch. The voices are a mix, this is London after all: English, Arabic, French, Congolese and a few more.

In our room we are all silent, waiting for the session to begin, waiting to just breathe and to perhaps find a way to put aside the worries that exist for all the participants. Six of the eight are refugees, we are in the West London Welcome centre. The session is a meditation and mindfulness class.

The centre, established by Joanne MacInnes and Seema Alibhai, offers a day of respite, education, advice, activities and really good food to people who find themselves here in London, from Syria, the DRC, Eastern Europe. They are all waiting, waiting for their cases to be processed. For some this is 2 years and for others it is as much as five.

My class is intended to be a pause, a literal breathing space, a chance to press the pause button of our day to day travails. Not to solve, I say, but to watch them and perhaps to begin to change our relationship with them. The theme for today is ‘Settling’. It comes in the form of a self-query, as much of my teaching and practices do, to ask ourselves if we can settle as we sit, breathe and observe our immediate experiences: our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. This is mindful awareness, breathing and watching, it is the basis of a meditative practice.

I excuse my poor French and non-existent Arabic and along with English, start to use gestures and a great visual aid to demonstrate this settling technique. This resonates with all of them, reminding me of our creative potential, our childs-mind as the Buddhists would say. Their eyes close gently and I offer them the possibility of just observing thoughts, feelings and the body as it is now, and then to allow all of this to settle like dust while we settle our minds on our breathing for five minutes. We then open our eyes and notice a change in the room, a palpable stillness. There is no rush to do anything, nothing to achieve I tell them. We discuss the practice and any issues arising, what the word Settle means to everyone. some speak, some just sit and listen. The idea or ideal, I say, is if our lives are currently in upheaval, areas out of our control, if we are needing some stability then perhaps we can give this to ourselves in five minute practices. We can this take this sense of being settled, of calmness into whatever needs dealing with next. A few nods, a few quizzical looks. I say please don’t believe me, just try it.
We practice again, and another three short times, layering the language and experiences each time, until by the final one, we have a real sense of stillness and hopefully a greater awareness of our immediate experiences: thoughts, feelings and senses. I close the class with a short check-out, asking them not to disappear as there is a Yoga class to follow. The door opens and we are flooded with the din of people moving from the other activities, to getting hotdrinks and nibbles. Volunteers, staff and the guests themselves. People who have found themselves displaced, a long way from the home and life they knew, looking to find a little piece of certainty.

The centre strives to provide them with a haven for a day. I hope my class gives them, even for 30 minutes, the tranquillity they deserve.

I will be running the next 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses in September 2018. In preparation for that I will be putting on some short taster classes for anyone curious to learn how to settle within a busy, frantic life.

To apply for the next taster or for the 8 week courses please email me here:  Email Simon

Simon Heale is a Mindfulness Teacher, Sports and Remedial Therapist.

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SLEEP EASY 

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Improve your Sleep with Acupuncture 😴

There is a reason that you may feel as if you are falling apart after being up all night long, – it’s because you are! Kind of literally!….Hormones that get you through your daily activities, namely Cortisol – make your body breakdown and use its resources to go hunting, foraging or nesting (or nowadays commute, work and function in the modern world). All our body’s maintenance and repair work is suppressed all day long so we can keep on going, it isn’t until we are asleep that these processes kick in to repair the damage. So by the time we reach bedtime we actually are disintegrating!

The Growth Hormone rules by night, nerve pathways that were closed by day now open up and the intense repair of inflammation commences. Did you know that if we were to be awake during this process it would actually feel painful?! The body’s nightly healing and restoration is vital for good health. 

The importance of good quality sleep is not underestimated in TCM. Sleep is seen as part of the natural rhythm of yin and yang in the body.

When we sleep, yin is the dominant force in the body. While during the day, when we are active, yang dominates. Insomnia is a sign of a disruption to one’s natural rhythm of yin and yang. Acupuncture helps restore good quality sleep to those with disrupted sleep patterns by addressing a huge host of sleep issues. 

The following are some all too common complaints that acupuncture sessions can help with to return good quality sleep to you:

-night sweats

-night terrors

-dream disturbed sleep

-needing to get up in the night to urinate (nocturia)

-restlessness (mind and/or body)

-worrying before bed

-inability to fall asleep quickly 

-difficulty ‘switching off’

-waking up in the night and unable to fall back to sleep

Please get in touch if you have an issue that is affecting your sleep and would like more information. 💤

Email Alexandra or call  0781 440 4249  

 You can also follow me on Instagram @alexandraacupuncture for healthcare tips.

 

 

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What is the difference between Massage and Shiatsu? Have you been wondering?

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I thought I would share this article to explain the difference between having a massage and receiving Shiatsu therapy.
With massage, you are mostly naked and in some cases oils are used. You may go in with a particular issue you wish treated out or you go merely to relax with the intention of switching off.
With massage, a few questions may be asked depending on the therapist and then the treatment begins. From experience, most therapists follow a routine that addresses the physical body alone which for some is what they seek.
Massage and Shiatsu have their place most definitely.
I’d like to share with you some of the differences between Shiatsu and Massage and share my passion for Shiatsu and its interesting history.

During a Shiatsu session, you are traditionally fully clothed. No oils are used and it’s used for particular physical symptoms your body is displaying and to tweak you energetically. Many of my clients come regularly as it boosts their focus in business, work and study.
Firstly I will state that it is a complementary therapy that has existed for over 3,000 years. I spent years when studying attuning my hands/feelings to hear what is happening within the body. Touch and intuition is very important with Shiatsu. One can eventually become so sensitive that you can pick up pain/tightness and even deep seated wounds in the fascia of the person you are working with.
I have received feedback such as “it feels like I have just had my whole body listened to” and “it’s like you are psychic and go straight to my pain without me saying a word”.
For this reason alone, receiving this level of listening can be a very deep and healing experience. Being heard is one of the most important experiences we can have in our lives and I would be honoured to share that experience with you.
An in-depth medical history is taken on the first consultation, which is firstly understood from a Western perspective and then treated from an Eastern viewpoint. Shiatsu like Acupuncture is based on TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) or OM (Oriental Medicine).
Like Acupuncture, acupoints are used and meridians assisted to get a smooth flow of Chi or Ki (life force/energy). Acupuncturists use needles and Shiatsu therapists use touch via pressing with fingers, hands or knees and deep listening to the acupoint and body until the quality changes before moving along with the treatment.
I would say many may be sceptical at first but I have seen people’s minds change and open up to the wonders of Shiatsu, or it may really resonate and call you.
I am so proud and honoured to have shared so many clients journeys throughout my career.
Hopefully I have shared my passion for Shiatsu and you will feel inspired to share this beautiful journey with me.

Please feel free to contact me on Jan@chelseanaturalhealth.co.uk 

https://www.chelseanaturalhealth.co.uk/portfolio/jan-murphy

 

Jan Murphy (MRSS) (MTBCCP)

 

 

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