Reiki Rings

Reiki share harrogate
Drop in to the Reiki share in Harrogate

Are you loving the energy and balance you get from Reiki but have no one to share it with? Fear not there is a place where you can go and the people won’t think you’re cuckoo!

The Harrogate Reikinians are extremely welcoming and growing in number. You can have an interesting chit-chat with like-minded people, share in some distant healing, discover what is in the cards for you right now and perhaps best of all, a free Reiki healing massage at the end from the other practitioners. Powerful stuff!

Whatever your preconception or inhibitions may be telling you, keep an open mind and give join in – the Reiki drumming session is mind-blowing and certainly something to take you away from the “hum-drum” of daily life!

reiki evolution in harrogate

Reikininians from near and far meet up at St Robert’s Centre (near Waitrose) on the first Thursday of every month at 7pm -9:30pm. The formidable and genteel Martine Moorby gently chairs these informal sessions. She is a wonderful source of knowledge and experience should you wish to come along and just find out more about this fascinating practice based on the graceful traditions and beliefs of Taosim, Buddhism and Shintoism.

Have fun and may the force be with you!

Spiritual Haven

Even the seemingly conservative town of Harrogate ingratiates all disciplines.

We have numerous beautiful churches of a whole variety of faiths. We also have our  own Spiritualist Healing Church. Another reason why I am so proud of this town: it embraces the freedom of choice.

Harrogate Spiritual Healing Church
Harrogate Spiritual Healing Church

It is quite the hive of activity. If you visit their website, you will find talks, meetings, readings and much more on a regular basis in this beautiful building in the heaert of town.

A man amongst the women

I am terribly proud to have met with this young man: Matt Symonds.

He has set up a wonderful therapy clinic in Harrogate where he offers the soothing benefits of acupuncture alongside the exotic treatments of Tui Na massage and cupping.

Harrogate Acupuncture
Matt Symonds – Acupuncture Harrogate

His affable and amiable nature will win you over and set you at ease in an instant. Despite his imposing height, he is a gentle giant ready and eager to help those in need.

His enthusiasm and passion for acupuncture and holistic therapy emanates through the bright sparkle in his eye as whenever he broaches the subject of healing. Matt graduated from the Northern College of Acupuncture in York with a Bsc Acu (Hons) and is a fully accredited member of the British acupuncture council (BAcC).

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Matt’s inviting clinic on Ripon Road

 

So watch out all you lady therapists in Harrogate, there is a man in your midst now and I have a feeling he will go from strength to strength.

Surrounded by nature

We are lucky to have the Stray and Valley Gardens, and to have the added bonus of woodlands and meadows just 5 minutes away makes us downright lucky!

Release your inner woodland fairy
Release your inner woodland fairy

 

It is essential for your inner harmony to keep in touch with nature, to stay grounded and fueled by the beauty it offers away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Least sexy massage name ever for perhaps one of the best massages ever. Just what is lymphatic drainage and its benefits?

Before I dive into the wonders of a lymphatic drainage massage, maybe I need to enlighten you of what your lymphatic system is just in case you have never  heard of this alternative health treatment before… after reading this you will definitely be heading out to your nearest lymphatic drainage therapist. (For Harrogatonians it is a lovely lady called Rachel at Fusionage Therapies )

What is our lymphatic system?

The white vessels in our body circulate lymph, a clear fluid that flows from our lymph nodes, through out our body. As you can see from the diagram there is a high concentration of nodes around our throat, armpits, abdominal  and groin area. These nodes filter out and stop infection and other “invading” bodies – a bit like a waste filtration system. Lymph is to our lymphatic system what blood is to our circulatory system. While our circulatory system has the heart to pump and keep it moving and flowing… the lymphatic system depends on your skeletal muscular system moving it through your joints. If the lymph is not flowing freely then our system will block up with excess fluid and contamination (e.g. excess protein, debris, cells, etc). These blockages could cause swelling and become a breeding ground for infection.

So you can see why it is important for your lymphatic system to be flowing freely.

What a lymphatic drainage massage involves:

A certified massage therapist will apply a series of gentle, rhythmic tapping on your lymph nodes to stimulate them to open and drain. The massaging may be done by hand as well as by using a little suction cup that actually draws out the lymph. The treatment is very comfortable and is not invasive at all – no hose pipes attached to dubious areas as may have been envisaged by some of you! A typical session will involve drainage of the head, neck, abdomen and your extremities and will last anywhere from one hour to 90 minutes.  It is a completely non-invasive “massage” consisting of gentle stimulation in the areas of your lymphatic glands.

Don’t expect to be kneaded and pounded and stretched, this is a very gentle process involving tapping to stimulate the nodes and smoothing of the skin to get the lymph fluid moving.

The effects of a lymphatic massage

If you are in a sedentary job like me, maybe not exercising enough, you may feel “sluggish” and want to give your body a bit of an MOT. It is also great for getting your immune system working properly, reducing water retention (don’t expect your cellulite to disappear overnight!) and improve your metabolism. Plus it is a great way to DETOX.

Here are the astonishing “effects” I experience after just one treatment:

Day 1 – A very relaxing treatment, during which I felt my body tingling and literally felt the lymph fluid starting to circulate. A little tired in the evening but generally just relaxed. Increased intake of water. Didn’t want “unhealthy” foods or wine.

Day 2 – A pounding headache. Obviously the toxins that had been released through the movement of my lymph fluid were on the move. I also felt tired and emotional (I cried at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!!) Continued increased intake of fluid and did not want snack food.

Day 3 – Overrun by sheer fatigue. Do not plan anything strenuous the days after your massage – you just want to sleep. It can hit you any time soon after. Plus a little nauseous.

Day 4 – Not really tired anymore, still hungry for good food and thirsty. Visibly improved complexion.

Day 5 – A miracle. Everything seems easy. Exercise is easy. Concentrating is easy. No sense of fatigue. Like a teenager again without the angst!

Day 6 to Day 14 – A fortnight of mad unstoppable creativity and energy. A wrote a book, I made videos and audios, woke early, started exercising properly again, didn’t feel tired.

I am not sure if everyone experiences a flood of creativity, but I am sure it is related to my lymphatic massage. Clearing the toxins out of the body really peps you up, so you are working at 100%.

An amazing experience I would recommend to anyone:

Here is a link to my amazing therapist Rachel Inchboard at Fusionage Therapies (Lymphatic Drainage Massage Harrogate).

I went for 3 sessions and would say you need at least 2 to ensure it works. You can also help yourself by exercising regularly, even jumping up and down helps!, or trying some DIY drainage techniques.

Keep your engine well serviced. Go for a body MOT and be ready for instant rejuvenation, increased productivity and endless creativity!

Let’s Dance

Invigorating Salsa nights – Dancing is essential to inner happiness and harmony and salsa offers all the magic and intense passion life can offer.

Mental & Emotional Benefits of  Dancing

Incredible as it may sound dancing improves your body as much mentally as it does physically – and maybe even more. Dancing is essential to inner happiness and harmony and salsa if one form of dance that offers all the magic and intense passion life can offer.

Invigorating Salsa nights are hosted all over Harrogate:

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Dance your way to happiness

 

Is it endorphins, mindfulness, or simple fun? Experts around the world prove that dancing lowers levels of stress hormones and significantly
lowers levels of depression.

Counteracting the onset of depression

Depression affects about 121 million people worldwide. Finding an affordable , non-intrusive and effective treatment is an absolute must for society, not just on an individual level but also on a macro level where we are seeing depression impacting on productivity and as a srpingboard to further illnesses.

What better way to combat these effects than dancing!?

Naturally dancing comes with so many other benefits like improved cardiovascular function, increased body strength, improved balance and posture, enhanced agility and
coordination, as well as boosting your self esteem and confidence.

An antidote to aging – Just like Tai Chi but with more zazzle!

Dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels . Two recent studies in the U.S show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance by blending cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and proprioception held in the cerebellum. Through regular exercise that incorporates some type of dance at least once a week anyone can maximise their brain function. (source: Salseros LA

Salsa Harrogate
Learning salsa requires you to focus attention and be fully present in the moment, much like the practice of yoga. Salsa is unique in that you must maintain constant awareness and connection with your partner.
This mindful focus can switch off the negative thought patterns associated with stress and depression.In a related study, dancing Salsa reduced cortisol, the hormone associated with stress. Dancing with a partner to music has more positive effects than dancing alone or moving with a partner without music.

Research also suggests that freestyle partner dancing may offer the best benefit
of all. So get your salsa shoes on and step up to the beat.

Thanks to Salseros LA

Benefits of Yoga

Endless variety of traditional and contemporary yoga classes in Harrogate.

Modern Yoga
Yoga is not simply a form of physical exercise although it does provide a wonderful balancing workout for the whole body and its functions, we should consider it in its wider context in order to appreciate its tremendous potential. The asana poses (such as in Hatha Yoga) provide an effective, physiological workout that provides our system with wonderful sensations and numerous benefits. If carried out in an informed and balanced fashion, vigorous asana practice can be wonderful… even addictive!

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Yoga poses can help de-stress and bring calm

The Eight Limbs of Yoga*
The path to living a meaningful and purposeful life, bringing about a true and liberating understanding of yourself:

1. Yama (restraints)
Your ethical standards, sense of integrity, and how you conduct yourself in life.

  • Ahimsa: non-harming
  • Satya: truth, absence of falsehood
  • Asteya: non-stealing
  • Brahmacharya: energy conservation
  • Aparigraha: non-hording

2. Niyama (observances)
Your capacity for self-regulation, discipline and spiritual observances.

  • Shaucha: cleanliness
  • Santosha: contentment
  • Tapas: austerity
  • Svādhyāya: study of the Self
  • Ishvarapranidhana: surrender to Source

3. Asana (poses)
Poses held in order to optimise the function of the body by promoting circulation, strength, flexibility, endurance, balance and integration.

4. Pranayama (breathing)
Yoga breathing techniques bring awareness to our respiration and thereby regulate and liberate the breath. They cultivate awareness of the subtle body and have tremendous therapeutic benefits. Yoga breathing acts as a gateway to meditative states.

5. Pratyahara (sense-withdrawal)
Taking an internal view, away from outside stimuli, sensory transcendence. It provides you with an opportunity to step back and take a look at yourself.

6. Dharana (concentration)
Concentration is guided single focus, slowing down your thinking process by concentrating on a single source.

7. Dhyana (contemplation/meditation)
This is a relaxed state of mind that is keenly aware without any specific focus.

8. Samadhi (absorption)
The final stage is a state of being without conscious thought,  and the experience of ease, peace and bliss.

*courtesy of the Shantaya School

Gyms & Studios

A comprehensive list of over 70 fitness clubs in Harrogate. Always updated with handy links making it easy for you to search and join

Fitness Clubs in Harrogate

Keeping fit is essential for your mental health and as part of KINTALINI, let’s see where you can make all of this a reality.

So many great clubs to choose from… How many gyms does one town need!! Over 70 it would appear!! From the deluxe fitness studios to the sweaty boxing clubs

Fitness Clubs in Harrogate
Fitness for fun, sense of well-being and mental health

Of course we must firstly feature MY gym! Where the staff are super friendly and it has everything you need: classes with expert instructors, weights, sauna, pool steam room, spa, massages, bar and most importantly an area just for children and an area just for adults – kids needs a break from us too!

David Lloyd Gym Harrogate
David Lloyd Gym Harrogate

And here is a list of all the other great places you can go to get fit in a way that suits you best. Harrogate caters for expectant mothers, cool teenagers and the more reserved among us… contact me if you need help in choosing.

I’ll be setting up the links soon and also categorising them for you – please note that although there are 70+ options listed below, this list is not exhaustive!

 

Advantage Health Club – St George Hotel
AEGIS – Martial Arts
Alissa Lawrence Yoga
Arashikage Martial Arts Academy
Armed Forces Fitness Harrogate
B-Physical Personal Training Harrogate
Beckwith Health Club
Big Kat Martial Arts and Fitness
Bliss Yoga
Brimhams Fitness Centre Harrogate
Cannons Health and Fitness
Christine Chawla Pilates
CrossFit Harrogate
Crowne Plaza Harrogate
Curves – Gym
DariYoga Harrogate
David Lloyd Gym Harrogate
Dragonfly Yoga
EBMAS Wing Tzun Self Defence
Elev8 Gym
F45 Training Harrogate
Gambaru Gym & Fitness Harrogate
Go Revolution Indoor Cycling Studio
Go Studios
Go Yoga
Goldsky Yoga
Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu academy
Graham Whitehead Health
Gymophobics Harrogate
Harrogate Boxing Club
Harrogate Fitness – TG Fitness
Harrogate Gymnastics Club
Hydro Swimming Pool
Harrogate Jujitsu Club
Harrogate Personal Training
Harrogate Personal Training Studio
Harrogate Shotokan Karate
Harrogate Sports and Fitness Centre Squash Club
Harrogate Yoga
HG1Pilates
HG3 Fitness
Innovate Fitness & Wellbeing – Harrogate
Joy Therapy Centre Harrogate Yoga studio
Kao Loi Gym – Fitness classes, Personal training, Self Defence, Thai Boxing, MMA, Boxing.
Ladies Workout Express
LEAR Fitness
Nidd Hall Leisure Club
Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym
one wellness
Perfect Pilates
Performax Fitness
Personal Training & Therapy
Phoenix Fitness Harrogate Ltd
Pilates Fairy
Pole Academy UK
PureGym
Rise Pilates
Rudding Park Gym and Studio
Six Harmonies Martial Arts
Starbeck Swimming Pool
The Fitness Rooms at The White Hart
The Little Gym
The Body Docs
Urban Circus Pole & Aerial Fitness Studio
Victoria Boid Fitness Limited · Pilates Studio
Yoga Harrogate
Yoga With Georgie
YogaZEN Harrogate
Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing
Yorkshire Yoga & Therapy Centre
YuYoga

Acorn Wellness Centre for Yoga

H Hour Boxing

For greater ease I have also divided the studios and clubs into their respective categories so it is easier for you to find what you are looking for in Harrogate:

HEALTH CLUBS IN HARROGATE

Advantage Health Club – St George Hotel
Beckwith Health Club
David Lloyd Gym Harrogate
Gambaru Gym & Fitness Harrogate
Gymophobics Harrogate
Harrogate Fitness – TG Fitness
Rudding Park Gym and Studio

SWIMMING IN HARROGATE

Advantage Health Club – St George Hotel
David Lloyd Gym Harrogate
Harrogate Hydro Swimming Pool
Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym
Starbeck Swimming Pool

BOXING IN HARROGATE

AEGIS – Martial Arts
Big Kat Martial Arts and Fitness
Harrogate Boxing Club
Harrogate Personal Training Studio
H Hour Boxing
Kao Loi Gym – Fitness classes, Personal training, Self Defence, Thai Boxing, MMA, Boxing.

GYMS IN HARROGATE

Crowne Plaza Harrogate
Curves – Gym
David Lloyd Gym Harrogate
Elev8 Gym
F45 Training Harrogate
Gambaru Gym & Fitness Harrogate
Gymophobics Harrogate
Harrogate Fitness – TG Fitness
Harrogate Gymnastics Club
Harrogate Personal Training Studio
Ladies Workout Express
LEAR Fitness
Nidd Hall Leisure Club
Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym
Performax Fitness
Personal Training & Therapy
Phoenix Fitness Harrogate Ltd
PureGym
Rudding Park Gym and Studio
The Fitness Rooms at The White Hart

YOGA / PILATES CLASSES IN HARROGATE

Yoga in Harrogate

Alissa Lawrence Yoga
Bliss Yoga
Christine Chawla Pilates
DariYoga Harrogate
David Lloyd Gym Harrogate
Dragonfly Yoga
Go Yoga
Goldsky Yoga
Harrogate Yoga
HG1Pilates
Joy Therapy Centre Harrogate Yoga studio
Perfect Pilates
Pilates Fairy
Rise Pilates
Victoria Boid Fitness Limited · Pilates Studio
Yoga Harrogate
Yoga With Georgie
YogaZEN Harrogate
Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing
Yoga at the Acorn Wellness Centre
Yorkshire Yoga & Therapy Centre
YuYoga

FITNESS STUDIOS IN HARROGATE

Armed Forces Fitness Harrogate
B-Physical Personal Training Harrogate
BigKat Fitness and Martial Arts Centre
Brimhams Fitness Centre Harrogate
Cannons Health and Fitness
CrossFit Harrogate
Crowne Plaza Harrogate
Curves – Gym
David Lloyd Gym Harrogate
EBMAS Wing Tzun Self Defence
Elev8 Gym
F45 Training Harrogate
Gambaru Gym & Fitness Harrogate
Go Revolution Indoor Cycling Studio
Go Studios
Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu academy
Graham Whitehead Health
Gymophobics Harrogate
Harrogate Boxing Club
Harrogate Fitness – TG Fitness
Harrogate Gymnastics Club
Harrogate Hydro Swimming Pool
Harrogate Jujitsu Club
Harrogate Personal Training
Harrogate Personal Training Studio
HG3 Fitness
Kao Loi Gym – Fitness classes, Personal training, Self Defence, Thai Boxing, MMA, Boxing.
Ladies Workout Express
LEAR Fitness
Nidd Hall Leisure Club
Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym
one wellness
Performax Fitness
Personal Training & Therapy
Phoenix Fitness Harrogate Ltd
Pole Academy UK
thebodydocs – Harrogate
Victoria Boid Fitness Limited · Pilates Studio

MARTIAL ARTS CLUBS IN HARROGATE

Martial Arts Clubs in Harrogate

AEGIS – Martial Arts
Arashikage Martial Arts Academy
Big Kat Martial Arts and Fitness
EBMAS Wing Tzun Self Defence
Harrogate Fitness – TG Fitness
Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu academy
Harrogate Jujitsu Club
Harrogate Shotokan Karate
Kao Loi Gym – Fitness classes, Personal training, Self Defence, Thai Boxing, MMA, Boxing.
Six Harmonies Martial Arts

Magic Massages at Vanity Health and Beauty Clinic

How many massage parlors does a town need!!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Repetitive strain injury giving you neck ache?

Being in the same position at a desk day in and day out can put a lot of strain on our posture.

Now those good girls and boys out there who are following their Yogitivity routine or standing up, walking around and stretching regularly can read this with a smug smile and no pain!

But for us mere mortals who slave away at a computer and can’t quite seem to tear ourselves away, it is very easy to fall prey to the excruciating burning and jabbing pain that grows in our neck and shoulders and even in our lower back.

FINDING THE RIGHT BLEND

Aromatherapy massages Harrogate
Aromatherapy massages at “Vanity Health and Beauty”, in Harrogate

But don’t fear help is at hand.

In the form of Alice’s magic hands! Here in Harrogate Alice Danker from Vanity Health has been my saviour for many years. I initially went to her with a lot of stress knotted between my shoulders and a veritable “lump” of tension on my neck.

HOT STONE THERAPY WITH A TWIST

Hot stone therapy Harrogate
Hot stone therapy at “Vanity Health and Beauty” in Harrogate

Alice set about working her magic weaving and intertwining the beauty of several different massage and aromatherapy together in order to come up with her magic potion. Now I cannot reveal her trade secrets, you’ll have to visit her yourself for that!, but what I will say is that she took the best from all the worlds of complementary therapy and poured them into my aching shoulders. She kneaded my twisted nest of pain and stress with her hot stones and warming oils, she soothed away my worries with her uplifting blend of essential oils and then she deftly worked away the pain in and around my shoulders and back to leave me feeling like a new woman.

The only nagging pain was that there was something missing: it was the sensation of the missing ache that I had been carrying around and was used to feeling for so many years. It was gone and I was missing it like I would miss a hot water bottle in the Sahara!

Other therapists would do well at times to take a leaf from Alice’s book. Sometimes we do not need to rigidly stick to one routine, one therapy, one massage technique, sometimes what is needed is a blend of many to come up with just the right solution.

If you’re busy working at a screen or hunched over a desk and not keeping up the yoga or holding all of your stress and tension in your neck as we sometimes do!) you may well be feeling the strain, but remember, for around £40 all that pain can go away. What a small price to pay – don’t delay treat yourself to some Alice Magic from all the wonders of the world of wellness.