• Mental health

    Can Self-Help Techniques Help to Flatten the Mental Health Curve?

    It’s no surprise that recent research reveals that our mental health has taken a toll since the start of the pandemic. Stress about getting ill, job losses, family members’ health, in addition to feelings of isolation and loneliness has impacted many across the globe. Even though there is light at the end of the tunnel, and we should be able to slowly start getting back to some normality over the coming months, it doesn’t mean an end to the mental health crisis we are seeing.   Current state of affairs  According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), more than two-thirds of adults in the UK (69%) report feeling somewhat…

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    Not All Supplements Are Created Equal

    Not All Supplements are Created Equal Not all supplements are created equal. Trying to understand what nutritional supplements could benefit you, and then trying to pick out the best ones can be overwhelming to say the least. We are a team of holistic health practitioners at Holistic Room and even we sometimes get confused! How supplements are produced is always evolving. We used to only have access to synthetically developed vitamins and minerals, and there is much controversy over their safety. In addition, some supplements that claim to have “natural” ingredients also contain some synthetic ingredients. However, new ways of producing supplements have paved the way in offering better absorbed…

  • Holistic health

    What are Holistic Therapies?

    Our aim is to raise awareness of the benefits of holistic health and promote the services of practitioners. We do this because we believe that natural therapies offer many benefits in treating chronic and mental health conditions. By treating a person as a whole as opposed to their individual symptoms, can be very effective for their overall health and wellbeing. However, just because we’re in this business, we don’t want to assume that everyone knows what holistic therapies are. It’s a question we’ve received numerous times over the past few months. So here we’ll dive deeper and explore exactly what holistic therapies are.   So, what are holistic therapies? Holistic…

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    Supporting Your Immune System This Winter

    What the immune system actually does The immune system is the body’s defence against infections and consists of many cells and organs that work together to protect the body. When the body senses foreign substances, known as antigens, the immune system works to recognise the antigens and get rid of them. The immune system is a complex framework made up of many organs, cells and chemicals that fight microbes which cause infection in the body. Some of the main parts of the immune system are the white blood cells, antibodies, the lymphatic system, the spleen and the bone marrow. As well as the immune system, the body has several other…

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    Don’t Let Fear Run Your Life

    Fear has the power to control our life, our business, our relationships and our decision making. To conquer our fears one by one, we need to first develop an awareness of the life we have created for ourselves because of them. Try the following exercise to shine a light on how fear is stopping you from creating the life you dream of and start taking steps towards your desires with confidence.   List it out Take a piece of paper and divide it into three columns. In the first column, write out all your desires as if you had a magic wand and nothing was impossible. In the second column,…

  • Nervous system

    What does Somatic mean in holistic healthcare?

    Somatic therapy and somatic movement are both terms that we’ve been hearing a lot lately in the world of holistic health. The term somatic is used in a number of movement and healing modalities, each having its own particular healing approach, but ultimately leading to the same result, healing of the mind and body. The word somatic means “pertaining to the body”. It comes from the Greek word “sōmatikos” meaning “of the body”. Somatic therapy is more of a mental health treatment and somatic movement is mainly used to address chronic pain and physical syndromes. However, both acknowledge the interconnectedness of both the mind and body and treatment addresses both…

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    Emotional Freedom Technique for Stress and Anxiety

    What is Emotional Freedom Technique? If you’ve ever seen Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) also known as Emotional Freedom Therapy take place, you might think it looks a bit odd. It’s a treatment that involves tapping with your fingers on various parts of the body to help release negative emotions, stress and relieve anxiety. The tapping isn’t random, there is a specific process that is followed which includes saying certain phrases that address the issue you are looking to solve, such as pain, illness or trauma. By acknowledging the issue, you are being specific about what you are looking to address. EFT tapping, sometimes also known as therapy tapping or acupuncture…

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    How Your Mental Health May be Contributing to Physical Symptoms

    No longer a separate entity The ‘mind’ and ‘body’ used to be seen as two separate entities, each working irrespective to the other. However, most people today will agree that they impact each other fully and should never be thought of as separate. The WHO defines health as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” The approach to health needs to be viewed holistically with each person based on their individual experiences, as each will be unique in all parts. The impact that physical conditions can have on mental and emotional health is widely discussed, yet the way our mental…

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    Britons turn to natural remedies in the face of a pandemic

    Since the pandemic started, health concerns have come to the forefront of everyone’s mind globally. A survey conducted by the team at Holistic Room has revealed 67% of respondents turned to natural therapies to help boost their immune system this year. Clearly, what healthcare means to us has undergone a radical transformation as a result of Covid-19. With the increased use of natural therapies reported over the past few months and with a big shift in behaviour around health moving forward, we believe that the growth of complementary and alternative therapies will continue, potentially at a more rapid pace than before and find a firm place in a new emerging…

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    Breathing for National Stress Awareness Day

    Breathing when you feel stressed might sound obvious, we breath all the time right!? But next time you feel stressed or anxious, pay attention to how you are breathing. Our breathing pattern changes when we are feeling stressed, it tends to be shorter and shallower and more from the upper chest rather than using the diaphragm to move air in and out of the lungs. This shallow breathing activates the sympathetic nervous system which is responsible for the body’s various reactions to stress. Practising conscious breathing exercises throughout the day can help provide not only immediate relief, but when practised long term, can make you less prone to and better…