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Homeopathy – individualised, natural healthcare for everyone

Written By Anna Hughes                              Date: 23/02/2024

An introduction from Homeopath; Anna Hughes

My name is Anna Hughes. I am a fully qualified, Registered Homeopath practising in Macclesfield and surrounding areas, keen to see improvements in the health and well-being of my patients. I love to work with people to help them live happier, healthier lives, and am frequently amazed by the power of homeopathy to help them to be
free of their symptoms.
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Anna Hughes

What is homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a system of natural healthcare that has been in worldwide use for over two hundred years and is used by 200 million people worldwide.
Homeopathy treats each person as a unique individual with the aim of stimulating their own healing ability.
A homeopath selects the most appropriate medicine based on the individual’s specific symptoms and personal level of health.
Homeopathy may be used at all stages of life, including when pregnant and whilst breastfeeding. It is safe, non-toxic and can be safely used alongside all forms of medical treatment.
Homeopathic medicines, often called ‘remedies’, are usually given in the form of small tablets which dissolve under the tongue. They are easy to administer, even to babies and children.

How does homeopathy work?

Homeopathy works on the principle of ‘like cures like’. This means that a substance which causes certain symptoms when taken in large amounts can be used in small amounts to alleviate similar symptoms. The homeopathic remedy you are given is determined by your symptoms & how you are experiencing them and who you are as a person, not the name of the disease or condition which you have.
A person suffering from sleeplessness may be given a
homeopathic remedy made from coffee: coffee can cause sleeplessness in some people. Someone suffering from hayfever with streaming eyes and nose may be given allium cepa, a remedy made from onion. Another person suffering from hayfever but with different symptoms would receive a different remedy. The aim is to trigger the patient’s own system of healing so that their health can be restored, and they can live life to the full.
Further information about homeopathy and research into its efficacy is available at:
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Who uses homeopathy?

Lots of people! Homeopathy treats you as a whole person, rather than specific conditions in isolation, so people experiencing a wide range of symptoms may seek homeopathy treatment.
People have consulted me about:
eczema, asthma, acne, cystitis, arthritis, sleep/appetite problems, migraine,
fatigue, psoriasis, constipation;
problems with recurrent infections/
periods, difficulty conceiving, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, menopause;
grief, feeling low, anxiety, fears,
poor memory, stress-related symptoms;
colic, teething pains, colds, coughs,
ear-ache, fever, tonsillitis, ‘flu;
first aid situations (cuts, bruises, injuries, stings, trapped fingers, trauma).
Some people use homeopathy just for acute illnesses such as ear-ache or fever. Others first visit a homeopath with an acute illness but then carry on to have longer term treatment to try to improve their overall level of health and well-being. Still others make their initial contact with a homeopath about a long-term, chronic health concern.
Patients are always advised to keep in contact with their primary health care professional.
At the first consultation I spend about 1½ hours finding out about you: your current health concerns, medical history, personality and lifestyle. I need to understand how you experience your symptoms and how they affect your life so that I can match you with the most appropriate remedy.
I try to build up a picture of you as a person including your energy levels and the way you live: the more you can tell me, the better!
In subsequent consultations, usually every 4-6 weeks, I ask you about any changes that have occurred so that I can understand how you have responded to the remedy.
This enables me to determine what the next step of your treatment will be.
Remedies to help with the distress of symptoms of acute illnesses, such as fever, vomiting or flu, are usually selected much more quickly.
Everything you tell me in your consultations will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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For further information or to arrange a consultation please contact:
Anna Hughes
07985 130443
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Art; how can it help you to ease Anxiety?

Art; how can it help you to ease Anxiety?

Written by Karen Prince                         Date 18 July 2023

Are you searching for new ways to ease the feelings of anxiety? In this guest blog post, artist Karen Prince tells us her real life story and how art helped her to ease anxiety.

I remember the first time I saw the words “Mental Health Issues” in my Medical file and I was shocked, I was sneakily reading this upside down from an open file on a consultants desk.

I thought “that’s not me”, “I don’t have mental health issues” ”I’m not mad am I?”

Then the realisation hit because I had reached out for some help with my anxiety that’s why this label was in my file. I hadn’t really made the connection that having an issue with certain things stopping me from living my life as I wished was a Mental Health Issue.

This was a few years ago now, luckily more and more people are talking about mental health issues and I hope the tide is turning. The more we talk about it the more it will be less of a taboo subject, sometimes there is so much pressure for us to keep things together.

My triggers

There are a whole bunch of issues that can cause anxiety, but my big triggers were….

  1. Watching my son having an anaphylaxis episode when he was 18 months old. It was terrifying watching him swell up almost beyond recognition and then struggling to breath. It also meant a lifetime of being vigilant with his food, eating out would never be the same again, or the weekly food shopping, having to read all the labels and the Epi-Pen training. After a second anaphylaxis episode, we found out he was allergic to Soya milk and soya protein too.
  2. I had a Brain Haemorrhage at the age of 39 with a then 2yr old and an 11 month old baby and in the middle of a building project. Luckily I didn’t need surgery and after almost a week in hospital I could return home. 

However I was left with a long term health issue of Fibromyalgia. I was exhausted a lot of the time and working full time was not an option and the kids were still little, I am grateful for every extra day I’ve had with my children, to be able to see them grow.

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My creative outlet

Before  all of this I’d always been a tad anxious but I always had a creative outlet. Painting and creating has always been my passion since I was a child. I started with painting by numbers and playing with paper dolls. My art teacher was always encouraging and it was the only subject that I loved and was good at. (I went through school being Dyslexic but not diagnosed but then that was the norm in the 80’s) Anyway painting took me to my happy place and 4yrs at Art College. I had a creative career, numerous jobs in different creative capacities and my anxiety was pretty much under control. Then I guess having children took priority over my creative outlet and my health suffered for it.


As my children grew older,  also to help with my recovery I started to paint and rediscovered my passion for Embroidery. I hadn’t done any Embroidery since leaving College and I found the repetitiveness of painting with thread extremely therapeutic. It calmed my mind, having a child with a severe allergy makes you always think the worst. We had quite a few trips to A&E, so much so I was getting calls from the Health Visitor. We discovered that he was also allergic to grass pollen, nope not just a bad case of hayfever! It took a few years before we had the right advice and the correct plan of action to get us through the summer months.

Discovering a new kind of Art

Fast forward to 2020 and we all know what happened then! However, for me it changed my life for the better. I was obviously very anxious like everyone else but a fabulous lady entered my life, in the form of Natasha Gulliford. I had been following Natasha on Instagram and I happened to comment on one of her paintings and she told me that she was going to be running a free Watercolour Workshop. So I signed up and every Monday there was a tutorial, sometimes my youngest son would join in. 

Natasha’s Workshop was a distraction from the awful daily horrors of the Pandemic and I fell back in love with painting. So whilst I suppose so many people were maybe experiencing anxiety for the first time during the Pandemic, I was finally getting to grips with some of mine. Spending hours painting, managing my emotions and it really helped once the home schooling started. At the end of Natasha’s free course she explained that she was going to be running a workshop to develop people’s work into Designs and also showing us how to digitise our paintings. I took the leap and invested in myself. For six months I had the pleasure of connecting online with other creatives. 


I guess we were our own version of Grayson’s Art Club..” we want to encourage everyone to express their creativity through Art. Art is good for you, whoever you are” Grayson Perry.


Natasha’s demos were so relaxing to watch, in fact I was so relaxed I would almost nod off. 

Have you ever watched a Bob Ross painting demo? It’s well worth the time it’s hypnotic watching an image being created. The saying goes that it’s like “watching paint dry” well in some cases that’s not a bad thing. It will make you slow down and connect with what you are creating. 

It might be how you are feeling, you just want to make marks, use bold brushstrokes that are full of energy.

It’s amazing how quickly time flies when you’re at your most relaxed and in your creative zone. I love painting florals and this has led me to wanting to grow flowers in the garden. Getting in touch and connecting to the Earth is magical and therapy in itself. Combining these two things is a real treat, my anxiety hasn’t gone away especially with the menopause in full swing, but I now have the tools to help me deal with my feelings. The colours and texture of paint can be such a joy and distraction, as an Artist/Designer I am constantly driven to explore and expand my creative process, self-discovery and growth. 

My own work

I’m delighted to be able to share my work on Instagram…Karenprince69

This has led to my work being in a few exhibitions, I have had some on line sales and I’m back to designing Wallpaper and Bedding designs.

I also teach watercolour workshops. It’s such a privilege and a joy to see people pick up a paintbrush, possibly the first time since leaving school. Some people get quite emotional, some decide it’s not for them and realise why they haven’t felt the need to paint. But it really is fantastic when people leave promising to start painting on a regular basis. Most people leave the sessions expressing that they haven’t felt so relaxed in a longtime and they can’t believe how quickly time has flown by.

Art work by Karen Prince

Art as self-care

We really do need to start making time for ourselves, to stop seeing spending a few hours painting or doing embroidery as a luxury. We need to think of it as looking after ourselves.

Many of us painted rainbows with our kids in support of our wonderful NHS workers during Lock Down, it was something to cheer us up when we couldn’t see our loved ones.

But if you feel that painting is too messy for you, try a colouring book, you can still be creative with this, in your colour choice or the marks you make with your pencils.


You could also start with something a little easier but very pleasurable like leaf rubbings or leaf printing,

I’m sure we all did this at some point when we were at Primary School. I love printing with leaves and incorporating them into a lot of my paintings, designs and embroideries.

Floral Art by Karen Prince

There’s nothing better than being in tune with the seasons but sometimes they seem so fleeting and it’s brilliant being able to use leaves and give them a chance to be permanent in a piece of work.

Painted flowers

We have so much inspiration at our fingertips and in the real World, next time you’re out having a walk , slow down and have a good look at the fauna and florals. Take your time looking at the textures and colours, nature really is amazing, since I’ve started painting again I notice things so much more. Have some away time from your screen and take yourself off for a little daily wonder. It doesn’t have to be long but just spend time looking and touching nature. It can be so rewarding, even better if it can inspire you to capture the moment by painting what you’ve seen. It will be your own expression in your own style, just have fun, your mental health really will benefit from it I promise you.


I love working in mixed media, I use concentrated watercolour as the colours are so vibrant and intense. Then I work on top with acrylics, so I can build some luscious texture.

My work is loose and expressive rather than realistic, but my style has changed over the years, just like my handwriting has changed from when I was younger. It’s about finding what flows for you, what works for you, about what comes naturally. Of course practice helps like everything else in life but the main thing is to have fun.

There are some fabulous artists on Instagram and YouTube who happily share their skills. Have a look, dip your toe into a new medium, look for a local art class where you can borrow the materials and then you can

See if it’s something you enjoy before investing in your own equipment. There are so many styles and mediums you can paint in, and fabulous new products being developed all the time. Also great brushes, they can make all the difference to your work.

Thank you for reading and please feel free to get in touch

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How scented candles can play a part in your selfcare routine

How scented candles can play a part in your self care routine

Written by Nicky Burnett                           Date 26 June 2023

Are you wondering how helpful scented candles can be to your wellbeing?
In this blog post, Nicky Burnett the founder of Amare Luxury Fragrance, tells how candles helped her during a tough time in her life, and how they can bring you moments of self care every day.

How it all began for me

Candles have always been a part of my self care routine.
They were my go to, to create a cosy space, to relax me or to give me a boost of energy depending which fragrance I chose.
A way to take little moments for myself every day.
I love the big self care gestures, like a spa day or a holiday, but realistically these aren’t things that we can do every day! I wish they were!
But lighting a candle is something that we can do for ourselves every day.
And those little moments of daily self care really do add up.
And we start to see and feel the wellbeing benefits for us.
Lighting the flame encourages me to slow down and really enjoy the beautiful aromas.
Taking time for myself every day.
I choose fragrances that calm or uplift me, depending on my mood and needs on a particular day. The fragrance you need and its benefits, will change all the time for you. That’s one of the beauties of scented candles!
Calming candle flame
So when my Dad was terminally ill, it came naturally to me to bring a candle into his room. Self care is important for everyone, but it can be particularly difficult to find the time and energy to take care of ourselves in busy and stressful periods of our lives.
But ironically these are exactly the times when we need it the most.
So bringing a candle into my Dad’s room was my way of helping to take care of both him and myself in difficult times.

During the time that he was very poorly, I started to dream about starting a business where I could encourage other people to cherish moments for themselves with beautiful fragrance, and gradually Amare was born. Amare means to cherish in Italian.

My purpose with Amare, is to encourage you to cherish moments of self care every day.
To keep yourself recharged and strong, to be able to cope better with whatever life throws your way.

What are the wellbeing benefits of scented candles?

Candles are a popular way to add a touch of elegance and luxury to any home, but they have been used for centuries for their, fragrance and mood boosting properties too.
And in more recent years there has been more interest in using them in self care.
There are so many reasons why candles can be beneficial as part of your self care routine. Here are just a few of them;
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The act of lighting a candle can be a calming and mindful experience. It can help to slow down your thoughts and allow you to concentrate on the present moment.

Candlelight can help to reduce stress and anxiety. They create a calming and relaxing atmosphere that can be particularly helpful after a long day or when you are feeling stressed or anxious.
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Research has proven that fragrance can have a powerful impact on your mood. They can boost our mood and make us feel more relaxed and happier.
 I certainly found this when I was lighting candles in my Dad’s room.
It calmed me down, created a pleasant atmosphere in the room for him, and generally lifted our mood in difficult times.

Beautiful fragrance can boost your creativity. It can help you focus and be more creative.

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How you can include candles in your self care routine?

If you are looking for a way to incorporate scented candles into your self care routine, here are some ideas that I use:

  • Light a candle before bed. The soft light and calming fragrance of a candle, can help to signal the start of winding down ready for your sleep, and can help you to sleep better.
    Some fragrances have proven properties to help you to relax, such as Lavender and Camomile.
    Make lighting a candle part of your evening routine. Reminding your body and mind that it is time to slow down and switch off.
  • Take a bath with a candle.The combination of the warm water, bubbles and relaxing fragrance can help you to unwind and de-stress after a long day. I also add relaxing essential oils into my bath water!
    Remember to use your candle safety and keep it away from water 
  • Do your Yoga practice or meditation with a candle. Focus on the flickering flame and your breath. Let the calming candle fragrance help you to relax, clear your mind and focus.
  • Read a book curled up on the sofa, pressing pause on the world for a while. Candlelight provides a cosy and inviting atmosphere that is perfect for relaxing and enjoying your book. Or playing your favourite music.
  • Light your candle while you paint your nails, or give yourself a facial.
    The relaxing atmosphere created by candlelight can help you to feel pampered and indulged.
  • Light a candle when you spend time with loved ones. Candlelight can create a cosy atmosphere to sit with a glass of wine and chat, or maybe a romantic atmosphere.

Some additional tips when you are using candles for self care

  1. Place them in areas of your home where you will be able to enjoy the benefits of their gorgeous aromas, A quiet and relaxing space if your aim is to let the candle stress you.
  2. Light your candle and take a few deep breaths. Allow yourself to relax and feel the benefits of the fragrance.
  3. Create a comfortable space, get cosy on that sofa and light your flame.
  4. Take time for yourself, unplug your phone, turn your devices off, and focus on what you need.
  5. Remember to keep candles away from draughts and curtains, and out of the reach of children and pets. Never leave a lit candle unattended 
No matter how you choose to use them, candles can be a perfect way to add a touch of luxury and relaxation to your self care routine.
So next time you feel tired, stressed or overwhelmed, light that candle and take some time for yourself.
Taking a few moments every day for yourself, to reap all the wellbeing benefits that beautiful fragrance can bring you. 
To bring your mind, body and soul back into balance again, recharging and relaxing.
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Sleeping in a heat wave

Sleeping in a heatwave

Written by Victoria Goss                             Date 08 June 2023

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A huge thank you to Victoria Goss for writing this guest blog post for those having difficulty sleeping during a heatwave. Victoria Goss specialises in beautiful, pure cotton nightwear for women and so knows a thing or two about getting a good night’s sleep!

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to both our physical and mental well being but it can be difficult to achieve when the night is far too warm for comfort and so, with Summer just around the corner, here are a few quick tips to help you achieve that longed for sleep in hot weather:

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Prepare your bedroom in advance for the night ahead – try to keep the blinds drawn when the sun is shining into your room and if the air is hot then close the window too during the day.  Open the window when the air has cooled in the evening to help lower the temperature inside.  A bowl of ice cold water placed on the windowsill will further help to cool the air coming into the room.

Only use natural fibre sheets on your bed – poly cotton or polyester sheets will only make you feel hotter.  A good quality cotton under and top sheet will help to let your body breathe overnight.  Don’t be afraid to wet your top sheet with cold water too, this will help to cool your skin and is a trick that is used frequently in Mediterranean countries.

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Put the duvet away.  Even a summer weight duvet is too hot for heatwave temperatures.  A top sheet will probably be enough but if you’ve been very successful at cooling your room then add a lightweight woollen blanket to the bottom of your bed that you can quickly pull up if needed during the night.

Have a cool bath or shower before you go to bed.  This will remove any stickiness from the day and help to relax you especially if you use a soap or shower gel scented with natural lavender oil.

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Choose your nightwear with care – a polyester nightdress will not let your skin breathe but a pure cotton one will.  Bamboo also makes wonderful fabric for nightwear in all weathers as it naturally helps to thermo-regulate your temperature and as it is produced in a jersey type fabric it has a bit of ‘give’ in it making it very comfortable.  Don’t be tempted to sleep without clothes, it may seem like a good idea but not only will you feel warmer than if you had a cool (again even dampened) nightdress on, you will be more likely to be bitten during the night by all those pesky insects!

Close down all blue light emitting devices at least two hours before bed.  Not only does the blue light confuse your brain into feeling more alert than it should at bedtime but having a gadget to hand will add extra heat to your room which you don’t want.

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Be sure to drink plenty of fluids during the day.  Tea, coffee and wine don’t really count for this!  A long glass of diluted fruit juice or squash is much better and I prefer it to plain water as it helps to add some important salts and sugars to your system.  Be sure to take a glass of water to bed with you in case you wake in the night feeling thirsty.

Eliminate all unnecessary light in your bedroom.  If you have a TV in the room then try not to leave it on standby.  If you can’t be without your phone close at hand then turn it off before you go to bed.  Let the darkness settle around you and allow yourself to be drawn into the shadows towards sleep by it.

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I hope you find these tips helpful and remember that if you need to purchase a pure cotton nightdress or pyjamas to wear on these warm nights there is a great selection to choose from at

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Healthy Body Healthy Mind

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind; the importance of regular exercise

Written by Matthew Rigby                                                        Date: 2nd April 2023

Would you like to know how to keep a healthy body and a healthy mind? Exercise and physical activity are important for individuals for so many
reasons and can help with overall health. There is not only the individual benefit in terms doing something for
yourself, but also the social aspect of doing activities in a group or club.
There are many studies which have shown that doing physical activity can
improve mental health. It can boost your mood as you experience physiological changes.
Physical activity releases feel-good hormones that make you feel better in yourself and give you more energy.
As you exercise, endorphins are released in the brain, it helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the
Since the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels
better your mind will naturally begin to feel the benefits too.

Matthew Rigby is a Macclesfield based PT, offering a number of different opportunities to get fit and lose weight. From beginners courses and sessions to advanced level. He decided to change his own life in order to get fit and healthy and helps others to do the same!

Matthew Rigby PT

Physiological changes

When a person takes part in exercise, the cardiovascular, respiratory, energy and muscular systems all work together to supply energy to the working muscles and remove waste products.
When the muscles start to work, they need more oxygen so the respiratory
system responds by getting more oxygen into the lungs. The blood carries greater amounts of oxygen and the heart responds to pump more oxygenated blood around the body.
Taking part in regular exercise or training around three times per week for six
weeks will lead to adaptation of the body systems that are used or trained.
This has the effect of increasing performance in that type of exercise or sport and is often beneficial to general health and everyday life.
After 4-6 weeks people close to you will start noticing physical changes, and they’ll give you positive comments on how good you look or how you’ve changed. This in turn will lead to a boost in morale and self-esteem.
When you are comfortable, or begin to feel more comfortable with your body
you will become more confident. You can build your self-esteem and help
combat and deal with depression, anxiety and stress.
I have personally found the benefits of exercise which has essentially helped to
turn my life around for the better. I wasn’t happy with the way I looked, I
lacked confidence. I got out of breath chasing my two little boys (at the time)
around a small back garden. I was sad and depressed, I knew something had to change. I then made a conscious decision to make some lifestyle changes.
Over time I’ve worked on this and to achieve the goals and milestones I wanted. It also led to a significant career change. Because I have personally been through this experience myself I feel my experiences have helped me as a personal trainer over the last 7 years, by giving clients motivation, support, encouragement and empathy.
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Building Foundations and Creating Positive Habits

The key is to make the right lifestyle choices. Take the time to invest in yourself. Find something you think you’ll enjoy and give it a go.
Plan your day so you can go for a walk or run. There are massive benefits to simply having a high daily step count, anything over 10,000 is good and going in the right direction.
If you are just starting out, it’s better to take small steps than throwing yourself straight in at the deep end.
Planning is really important, if you fail to plan a time to do a certain activity, then you’re more likely to fail in completing that activity on the day or during the week.
You have to recognise that something needs to change, once you’ve done this
it’s about shifting your mindset and creating sustainable habits, even if you just plan to something like a 30 minute walk three times per week, over a month or so. Then you can begin to progressively increase this and build in other physical activities.

Using Exercise Vehicle to Help Others and Improve Myself

I absolutely love my job, because of the good experiences I’ve had with
exercise I have a real passion to promote it to others.
Clients have come to me and I have helped them achieve their goals and things they didn’t think would be possible.
One client I have helped and trained from her couch (total non-runner) to a sub 4 hour Marathon runner in under 2 years.
Having the ability and knowledge to help people achieve their goals in a safe,
correct and effective manner gives me an immense feeling of satisfaction.

My Journey

My journey began mid 2012. I enlisted the help of a personal trainer who I saw at least once a week for 16 weeks. I slowly built up, I began to enjoy exercise.
As I had more sessions and workouts I became more confident about doing things on my own.
As I started to become fitter. I started to challenge myself more. I began to run
further for longer. I then entered races, that feeling of crossing the finish line
knowing you have given your best is amazing, it’s something that I have
become slightly addicted to.
In November 2012, I completed my first Tough Mudder event, I was absolutely buzzing!
At the time I had friends and family doubt if I was physically and mentally capable of finishing such an event. I ended up turning this into a positive, I used this as motivation to prove people wrong and put in the hard work to achieve my goals. I really enjoyed training for and actually doing the event.
In the last ten years I have completed 36 different Tough Mudder events.

Significant Accomplishments in Obstacle Course Racing

Mr PT in obstacle course racing
October 2019, Represented Team UK as an Age Group Athlete at the 2019
Obstacle Course Racing World Championships
Jan 2022, Mixed Pairs Runner Up with client Michelle, at Conquer Fitness Wild
Winter Challenge.
July 2021, 3rd Tough Mudder Yorkshire
August 2021, I was crowned Europe’s Toughest Mudder Age Group Champion
35-39 and finished 9th overall out of 484 participants.

Road Race Progression

In September 2012 I did my first 10km road race in 1hr 4 mins. 2019 I set a personal record of 42 mins and 3 seconds, knocking 22 minutes off my first
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I founded the #mrptrundamentalist run club in October 2018, with one group of six people training for a 10k race at the end of November that year.
Fast forward a couple of years and through Covid the run club is still going strong!
I have three groups running so far. I have runner that have just graduated from my 5th Couch to 5K course and some have moved into the next group.
My next Beginners 0-5K will start with a FREE TASTER session on the 27th May at 08:30 meeting at Yas Bean, followed
by a 7 week course on the 3rd June. Same time, same place every week.
Alphas (4-6k) and Inters (5-9k) groups run on a Tuesday night at 18:30 and 19:30 retrospectively meeting at 5S Fitness during term-time.
For more info on this please check out my website or contact me directly.

Closing note

I found using various training methods, mixing strength training with
HIIT/circuit style and cardiovascular workouts beneficial towards achieving my
My training has developed, leading with more function fitness based exercises, as I explore fitness racing events like Conquer Fitness, Hyrox and
Deka, in a bid to continue to get that finish-line feeling and continuing to improve as an athlete and coach.
I am a Strength and Conditioning, British Obstacle Sports and UK Athletics
coach based at 5S in Macclesfield, on Hurdsfield Road. If you are interested in a
complimentary taster session then please get in touch.

Get in touch...

If you would like to find out how hypnotherapy or counselling could help you I am here to answer all of your questions. 


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Ageing Hair

Written 6th October 2022

Today’s blog post has been contributed by Bex from Quirky Do, a Macclesfield based hairdressers. Bex has the specialist training and expertise to offer advice and support to assist you in developing a personalised strategy for holding back or rejuvenating ageing hair. 
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Holding back ageing hair

The appearance of people’s hair can influence how they feel about themselves, their confidence and sense of wellbeing. Ageing cannot be avoided – it is a fact of life. Nevertheless, ageing can impact on how we feel about ourselves and our wellbeing. Thankfully, when it comes to hair care we can do something about ageing. First, we need to know what causes hair to age.

The causes of ageing hair are numerous and include natural oil not reaching our hair as it should due to shrinking oil glands.

  • Weathering of the hair shaft is another cause of ageing. This can result in minor hair loss, but more commonly weathering leads to frazzled or hard to manage hair.
  • Ageing hair follicles (the roots) cannot be prevented – our genetics see to that. However, environmental factors, stress and inflammation can also play their part. Ageing hair follicles are the reason our hair turns grey.
  • And let’s not forget the scalp – our scalp also ages because of physiological factors such as genetics and their chemical expression – known as epigenetic mechanisms. While extrinsic factors including smoking, and ultraviolet radiation also contribute to scalp ageing.


When it comes to ageing hair, all is not lost.

What can be done to help ageing hair?

Ageing can be held back simply because external factors have more influence than genetics. Innovations in the hair care industry and consumer demand, mean a number of strategies are available to bring our hair back to the future.

1. Colouring the hair
Having a colour, is the most frequent “go to” for greying hair and returning hair tone. Yet, alternatives to a colour are available.
2. Anti-ageing shampoo

With the right care and product, anti-ageing shampoos can impact on the external influences and hold back the signs of ageing through the rejuvenation of the scalp.

3. Conditioning treatments

Conditioning treatments can fight hair loss and other age-related changes to our hair. Again, the right care and product is all important.

4. Anti-ageing treatments

Through the wonders of science, anti-grey treatments can protect against depigmentation and reactive pigmentation as-well-as strengthening the hair.

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Today’s blog post has been contributed by Pamela Rae-Welsh, a leading online visibility specialist and the face of Worsley Creative Services. Pamela has supported hundreds of small business owners with no jargon, actionable support to increase their online visibility and get their websites seen by the search engines. Pamela offers a range of services from programmes and courses to done for you SEO management, website builds and brand creation.
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The importance of resilience as a small business owner

Do you hide online so that you don’t poke the bear? Are you someone who doesn’t like to ruffle feathers? Would you be horrified if someone disagreed with your opinion? Do you avoid posting up bold statements for fear of judgement? You are not alone. But the reality is that the best content is when the message comes from your gut and your experience, your skill, and your knowledge. It’s time for you to face your fears and learn resilience, a trait every small business owner needs to have.
It is important to be genuine and authentic in anything that you do but especially when you are producing content for your small business. By being open and honest online, you are much more likely to engage with a new audience who will enjoy your content/products and start conversations which will draw more attention to your small business.
Even if you aren’t normally into social media, blogging or email newsletters or you’re scared of posting online, perhaps now is the time to try something new. Allowing yourself to let your guard down and be your honest self in front of potential clients will help them to get to know you. This will show that you are open and trustworthy, which will make people want to engage more with you and your business. This process will help you to slowly build up your resilience as a small business owner.

Here’s how to get more confident with being visible in your niche

1. Stay Humble

Errrhhh isn’t that the opposite of what you’ve just said? Nope! Being confident to put your knowledge out there with humility and knowing that others may have a different opinion is the ultimate sign of respect. Be humble in acknowledging the different views of others and where those views come from and you’ll be able to post up your content more confidently.
Respect that others will have different opinions to you, and that this doesn’t mean you can’t continue to stand by your own. At the same time, being able to see another take is an invaluable skill which shows you can adapt and have an open mind.

2. Be approachable

Encourage debate, inspire conversation and accept that others have differing views. Being open to different opinions is really powerful – as it sets you apart as a LEADER in your field.

3. Set boundaries for when things get toxic

This one is important. If someone gets personal, if someone gets rude, if someone says something egregiously false – that’s your red flag to stop the conversation. Being open to encouraging debates and giving a platform for opinions is powerful – allowing yourself or others to be bullied or misled, is not.

4. Demonstrate the results

Show why you have your opinions and approaches to what you do. Demonstrate the results and this will help your audience to see your credibility and authority in your niche.
You must know exactly why you are doing or saying the things you are doing and saying – this will help to keep you focused on the main aims of your small business and remind you to not take things personally. So try not to waffle about things you aren’t an expert in. Focus on showing people, through your results, that you are useful and provide value to your niche.

5. Keep learning

No one knows everything. Demonstrate to your audience that you have a commitment to learning and developing your skills and leadership and this will go a long way in building your credibility.

Still feeling scared about putting yourself out there as a small business owner?

Feeling fear is only natural but you have the power to overcome these fears. To feel the fear and to do it anyway is part of becoming a resilient small business owner. If you’re afraid to share your opinion for the first time, talk it through with someone who can advise you first, so you can get their feedback and feel more confident in your actions. If it helps you, plan what you’re going to say. You should also remind yourself why sharing your opinion is worth enduring any nervous feelings and think about what you will get out of it.
I also recommend that you start putting yourself out there ASAP. Today even! Don’t wait to become confident before speaking your mind. Confidence is something we have to constantly practice as
business owners – it’s very “fake it til you make it” – but by putting your opinion out there now and dealing with the positive (and potentially negative) results,
you are showing yourself that you have got this, and you just have to be brave enough.
You should also try to detach yourself from your business when it comes to criticism. By focusing on your customers and your business, you are not making it about you. This will make it easier to grow a thick skin against negative feedback because you are much more than your work. You will become resilient and criticism will be useful to your business rather than damaging to your ego.
Just remember to always make sure you’re being authentic to yourself. You are a business owner. Not a comedian or a political commentator. You don’t have to force yourself to have an opinion on something just because it’s expected of you. You’re not expected to be hilarious or overwhelmingly intelligent all the time – people make mistakes and learn from them. If people do negatively react to them, remind yourself that they do not know you or your processes and it is more of a reflection of their insecurities.
Pamela; helping small business owners

Becoming resilient as a small business owner is a slow process, but you can do it!

I know that putting yourself out there can be scary and overwhelming. But you shouldn’t fear putting it out there because of judgement or worry that someone will disagree. The more you stand up for your beliefs and what you know is right – the more you become credible in your niche and build the Know, Like & Trust factor. If you could use some advice on putting yourself out there and increasing your online visibility as a small business owner, check out my SEO Beautiful Privilege Group.

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Morning Anxiety

Morning Anxiety

A guest blog written by jane etty: new beginnings

One of the best ways to manage anxiety is to look for patterns. Ask yourself, when does anxiety occur most for you? Many people feel their most anxious in the morning and so I have written a short case study about morning anxiety. I want to identify the factors that can make this worse and include my recommendations for starting the day on a more positive note.

What triggers morning anxiety?

In the first hour after we wake, there is a natural increase in the stress hormone within our body. This can be compounded by many factors including what we put into our body, our mindset and what we did the night before.

Starting the day with a healthy breakfast is so important in the quest to reduce morning anxiety. Caffeine, however, can increase our experiences of anxiety so be wary of drinking caffeine before any food has hit your stomach. Staying hydrated by ensuring you drink water, on the other hand, can significantly reduce anxiety first thing. Drinking alcohol the night before can also make a big difference to those that suffer from morning anxiety. The withdrawal from the effects of the alcohol can cause an overwhelming feeling of depression and anxiety.

Engaging in negative self talk in the morning is a common factor too. We can fall into traps of anticipating the events of the day and worry before anything has even happened. On top of this, following the daily news first thing in the morning can trigger anxiety and fill our brains with worry.

Finally, a poor sleep routine can often be the most important factor in increased morning anxiety. It is important to not only get enough deep sleep but, if possible, have a calming and relaxing bedtime routine to ensure our sleep is recuperative.  To promote restful sleep, we want our bedrooms to be a welcoming space, free from clutter, technology and other disruptions such as bright lights.

How to start the day positively.

A good morning starts the night before so practicing good sleep hygiene can make all the difference. Follow a guided relaxation or meditation, and engage in some bedtime stretches or yoga practice, as part of a relaxing pre-bedtime routine.

If you go to bed worried or wake up in the night with anxious thoughts, you are more likely to feel anxious and concerned the next morning. Clear your mind as the last thing you do before sleep. You should feel more refreshed and prepared to face the day the next morning.

Begin the day by waking up with a gentle alarm clock that fades in gradually so that you don’t wake with a sudden jolt. This isn’t always achievable with children, I know, but the idea is to wake up slowly, giving yourself time to gradually adjust and stretch your body out. Starting the day in a state of hurry only provokes more stress and anxiety. If you struggle to wake up, having a shower and alternating the temperature can help or using an uplifting scented citrus shower gel. 

Next, practice some affirmations. Self-compassion and acceptance are important to focus on. Be gentle to yourself, morning anxiety is common and it doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with you. Tell yourself, you are doing your best and you are exactly where you need to be.

As mentioned before, starting the day with breakfast is very important. Allow extra time if need be to make sure you get something in your stomach; this is crucial in stabilising your blood sugar. Healthy and satisfying options include wholemeal toast or porridge with cinnamon.  If possible, skip the caffeine and if decaffeinated tea or coffee doesn’t do it for you, try a milky drink with honey or revitalising herbal tea.

I hope these suggestions are useful and help you to reduce your morning anxiety!

Written by Jane Etty

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