Smart Living – Detox Retreat

Headaches were warned, hearts were warmed, energy swarmed.

We started each day with a hot cup of lemon and honey. Super Greens, apple cider vinegar, magnesium and vitamin D were also ready for the taking.

Qi Gong, Mindfulness and Meditation had us laughing, joking, belly rolling and legs shaking.

We enjoyed our afternoon strolling and alpaca stroking.

We ate banoffee pie, beetroot burgers, nachos, chickpea salad and drank smoothies galore. There was always left overs if we wanted to have some more.

When the evening came we watched the fire burner flames flicker.

Our time at the beautiful retreat centre came to a close. Could it have gone any quicker?

New relationships have been formed, dance buddies wrapped in a beautiful bond. Clear heads and happy hearts, long may it continue for then each day will be the very best start.

Vegan Beetroot Burger Recipe

Boost your circulation, detoxify the spleen and help diabetes with beetroot
It doesn’t stop at its striking colour and powerful taste as beetroot is good for digestive issues, detoxifying the blood and regulating blood sugar.

Since being introduced to the Green Kitchen Story recipe by one of my dear friends, it was a weekly task to make a batch and enjoy beetroot burgers throughout the week, normally giving a few away or sharing with others at dinner time.

It was on our recent adventure of running a detoxifying retreat that I embarked on the journey of making the original recipe taste just as delicious but vegan style. Everybody cleared their plates, didn’t complain about the taste and even asked for the recipe. Sounds like the recipe of success to me.

*Be careful with where you put your fingers before washing your hands when making this recipe as some flat mates may not like purple little paw prints (as mum used to call them) on the cupboards.* 

Beetroot Vegan Beetroot Burgers reworked recipe by Green Kitchen Stories 8-10 burgers

Ingredients:

6 raw beetroot

1 ½ cup on oats

1 small onion

2 gloves garlic

2 tsp chia (4tbsp water)

1 Handful Fresh Basil

Sprinkle of salt & pepper

½ cup almond/coconut/cashew milk

50 g cashews

1tbsp flour to thicken

Method:

Prep time: 40 minutes

Put 2 tsp chia seeds and 4 tbsp water in a cup and leave to soak. Peel and place beetroot in a food processor with a grating blade attached so the beetroot cuts into very small chunks rather than into mush.

Put the grated beetroot in a large mixing bowl and add the chia seeds with water that should have turned into a gooey texture. Place to one side while you make the creamy paste.

Put a pan on a low heat and add 1/2 cup of preferred milk. Blend cashews until they turn to mush. Add cashews to the milk on the heat. Add 1tbsp flour and continue stirring the ingedients until its turned to a paste. Add the paste to the mixture.

Finely chop basil leaves, garlic and onion and add to the mixture with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Mix everything together. Add 1 1/2 cup of oats to soak up liquid. If the patties are too wet when shaping with your hands simply add more oats.

Grill the beetroot burgers for a couple of minutes on each side or until they are golden crisp.

Serve with sweet potato wedges and crispy kale.

 

Qi Gong, Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat

***Last Minute Cancellation***

***A space has opened up***

Are you seeking enlightenment?

Curious to find out how to balance the mind, body and soul?

Want to know how to open your pineal gland?

Need to know how to relax and unwind?

We’ll be covering this along with meditation techniques, breathing methods, flexibility exercises and Qi Gong.

Serving delicious, fresh, honest food to make you feel at your best!

17-20th September.

Three nights accommodation, supplements, workshops, breakfast, lunch and dinner and use of all the facilities for just £225.

Call Sarah 07889 224303 or e-mail sarahactivebalance@gmail.com to book your space. It’ll be great to have you join us.

If you can not commit to the full three days we would like to offer you the oppprtunity to arrive on either Monday or Tuesday evening after 7pm, stay the night with us and enjoy a full day, food, workshops and use of the facilities for only £80.

The retreat will be lead by Sarah Peel, who has a background in health, fitness and medicine. She has been running classes to children and adults for over 10 years, while studying and practicing medicine for the past 7 years which includes:

    Acupuncture
    breathing methods
    meditation
    physical therapy
    massage
    nutrition
    remedial exercises
    cupping
    visceral massage
    shiatsu
    kinesiology
    Reiki
    Qi Gong

Sarah spends most of her time running a full time practice in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, treating clients for physical pain and internal dysfunction but still finds time to run classes to share this in value information.

The retreat will house all of this education to bring a wonderfully relaxing rejuvenating, invigorating couple of days guaranteed to set you up for paving a new path or to continue you on your good intentions but above all make you feel lighter and brighter.

For more information on Sarah please visit croxleygreenacupuncture.co.uk

5 Minute Meal – Crayfish, courgette, sundried tomato and kale salad

Turning fresh food into a 5 minute meal
5 ingredients to make a meal in 5 minutes

Its the creations like this that allow for moments of great satisfaction. An imaginary fist pump and a proud inner smile with the thought that this recipe can be here forever,  to reach out to when creativity is sparse and hunger needs curbing, fast.

Ingredients:

1 glove of garlic

150g pre-packed and cooked crayfish

1 courgette

6 sundried tomatoes

1 handful kale

1 teaspoon basil olive oil

Method:

Finely chop garlic and fry on a low heat with a splash of oil, just enough so the garlic doesn’t stick to the pan.

Meanwhile spiralize your courgette and chop your sundried tomatoes.

Put your kale into a microwavable container and cook for 50 seconds.

Take your garlic off the heat and put it into a mixing bowl with the courgette, sundried tomatoes, kale and crayfish. Drizzle the basil olive oil on top and serve.

Immune boosting, fresh food served in a matter of minutes.

Smart Healing – No Antibiotics Needed!

Antibiotics have been a saving grace for many, for a lot of years, until the recent news that bacteria and organisms are becoming resilient to all forms of antibiotic and we are having to act fast to find other ways to kill bacteria.

As antibiotics cannot discriminate between good and bad bacteria it ends up killing both, which is why it is good practice to take probiotics at the same time as antibiotics. That is if you have to take antibiotics at all.

When you feel the benefits of a medicine you more fully understand the ability of that medicine to act in a particular way, which is why I am delighted to tell you that the bacterial throat infection caught after spending 3 nights camping in the cold, wet weather was improved by 40% after 24hrs, 70% better after 48hrs and 100& better after 56hrs using acupuncture and Evergreen Herbal Medicine.

Yaaaaay. No more antibiotics needed. Bye Bye!

After a relaxing session of acupuncture, which helped to clear the phlegm, relax the muscles around the throat and boost the immune system, a course of Herbal ABX and Resolve AI, improvements began.

Taking 8 tablets of each, 3 times a day, (yep, that’s 48 tablets a day!), the energy was lifted and within 1 day the white sports on the back of the throat had practically disappeared. After day 3, optimum health was back.

Natural Medicine is the best!

I feel fantastic and have full confidence in recommending these herbs to you and would urge you to give them a try next time you are unwell, before you automatically go onto a course of antibiotics.

 

 

How can a massage help you?

Have you ever heard someone say ‘if you are in pain, punch somewhere else and make the pain go away?’ This is what doctors call ‘referred pain.’ The idea is similar to holistic massage, whereby, if for example, your hamstrings are tight they can become suppler with a massage to your lower back; this is because your hamstrings are connected to your pelvis, which joins to your spine and thus relaxing one area helps the other.

The spine is a very important part of your skeletal system and, therefore, the back is where we will most commonly massage. Massage is included in every treatment, along with acupuncture, physical therapy, cranial sacral therapy and visceral massage. If it is necessary to massage other areas of the body, instead of or as well as the back, we will do so in a direct approach as this is going to be more sustainable for the reduction of your symptoms.
Clients have reported reduced abdominal pain e.g. digestive issues after a holistic massage, less tension in their back neck and shoulders and feeling a sense of calmness. There are studies to support the positive effects of a holistic massage on the body’s immune system by stimulating the lymph nodes. It is also said to improve the condition of the body’s largest organ, your skin, by promoting tissue regeneration so reducing scar tissue and stretch marks. Also enhancing circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients into your tissues and vital organs.

Active Balance practices in Croxley Green with clients travelling from surrounding areas such as Rickmansworth, Watford, Moor Park, Maple Cross, Pinner, Ruislip, Bushey and places further afield like Chalfont St Peter, Slough, Luton, London, Birmingham and Manchester. Sarah has experience with, and is happy to travel, to treat the disabled. Please visit our contact page to make arrangements.

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Bloating and Jaw ache : symptoms gone in one treatment

Treating a physical (jaw ache) and internal (bloating) condition at the same time is a harder task. As the patient has not been suffering with the symptoms of bloating for long, it is quicker to treat.

Upon inspection of the tongue, which every acupuncturist will ask you to show when dealing with an internal condition, it revealed that the patients fluids were not moving, which was causing her to feel bloated.

Assessment of the patients jaw and the muscles around the area were checked and they all showed strong, which indicates that there is an imbalance with the blood in the area.

Treatment of Acupuncture, physical therapy and massage of the back, neck and shoulders relieved the patient of her symptoms.

Alarm points are also checked to highlight the patients overall well being.

In this instance, the left kidney alarm point, right lung and right triple warmer were all active.

The acupuncture points used to eliminate symptoms and to start bringing the body into balance were:

Lung 6 & 6.5 Activating the lung channel will enhance its functioning of carrying oxygen around the body via the red blood cells assisting with the movement of the trapped fluid.

Kidney 3/4/9 The kidneys move the fluid around the body. Activating this channel will change the condition of the tongue and ease the bloating.

The stomach and large intestine channels run through the jaw. The lung channel is the yin to the large intestine channel. As the lung channel has already been made active to deal with the bloating we don’t want to cause an overload of energetic messages by activating both channels.

Through our palpation of the ICV Value we know that the value has been flipped open and discover that part of the patients job today was making ice cream and checking it was edible, giving us reason to support the spleen channel, which regulates blood sugar. The spleen is the yin to the stomach which is yang. Assisting the spleen we have in effect helped the stomach, the channel which also runs through the jaw.

Spleen 6/8/9 Your spleen, which the west refer to as the pancreas, produces insulin and glucagon, two hormones that regulate sugar levels in your blood.

Reassessment of the alarm points confirms the body is in balance. The patient is asked and there is no pain in the jaw and the stomach feels less bloated.

The patient is left to rest for 15 minutes.

After removing the acupuncture the liver, stomach, spleen, large intestine, kidneys and ICV value are all given attention. The sound of the kidneys and the liver filtering is reassuring as it implies that the fluid is moving and the bloating will be reduced.

A balance of the head, pelvis and feet support the internal condition.

Release of tension in the head, neck, jaw and cheekbone
Trigger point therapy

Please note, the person in the picture is not the patient with the symptoms listed. This picture is to support the understanding of this case.

Trigger point therapy of the jaw enhances the healing effect for the patient.

The patient leaves feeling no pain in her jaw and no bloating in her stomach and ready for a symptom free weekend. Yay!

References: https://patient.info/health/cough-leaflet/features/the-respiratory-system

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/factfiles/pancreas/pancreas.shtml