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  • 06 Oct 2016 4:01 PM | Bridget Barr

    I am running 4 week Alexander technique course on Wednesday evenings in November 2016 at Ilkley Healing Centre (8 Nelson Road LS29 8HN).  Dates are 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd 7-9pm.  Cost £50.  There will be a maximum of 6 people attending to give plenty of opportunity for individual attention.  The course will cover basic principles of the Alexander technique and ways of applying them in everyday situations.

    Booking is essential; see for more details.  

  • 17 Mar 2016 8:51 PM | Anonymous

    Many of my patients have recently complained of disturbed sleep and insomnia.  So I thought I would dedicate this week's wellness tip to this very topic!

    There can be several reasons as to why you may be plagued by disturbed/lack of sleep, and if it continues over a period of time,you may wish to book an appointment with me to investigate the cause.

    In the meantime, preparing for sleep is a good place to start. Quality sleep, as well as, quantity is vital. A busy mind leading to broken sleep does not allow for a fresh mind on waking. Try some of these simple steps below to help you sleep well and wake well.

    1. Use essential oils like vetiver and sandalwood in a vaporiser at bedtime to help you switch off and ground yourself so that you can enjoy quality sleep.
    2. Reduce intake of alcohol and avoid heavy refined foods at night as these can impair sleep and contribute to a sluggish feeling in the morning.
    3. Sleeping in a dark room which is not too warm allows you to enjoy a more restful sleep.
    4. Before you go to bed, write a quick note on any thoughts that are on your mind; writing them down allows you to release them until the next day.
    5.For circulating, unwanted thoughts at night, try a few drops of 'White Chestnut' Bach flower drops under you tongue before you go to bed.
    6. Go to bed before midnight.  It is said that one hour of sleep before midnight equates to two hours of sleep quality after midnight.
    7. Try some ‘sleepytime’ herbs such as lavender, lemon balm, zizyphis, mexican valerian, skullcap, passionflower and chaste tree*.
    8. Try supplemental magnesium and melatonin* to assist sleep quality and quantity.
    9. If you wake in the morning feeling sluggish, start with a quick cool shower or a brisk walk around the block to bring energy quickly to a tired soul.
    10. Vaporise citrus or leaf essential oils like orange, lemongrass, may chang and/or grapefruit to enliven you and give you a kick start to the day. These essential oils will help lift you physically and emotionally. Re-gain the feeling that you are really living and not just existing!

    Lastly, try this D.I.Y Sleep Well Balm

    • 40ml olive oil
    • 10g beeswax
    • 1 vitamin E capsule
    • 20 drops lavender oil
    • 10 drops lemon balm oil
    • 10 drops chamomile oil
    • 10 drops marjoram oil

    Melt oil and wax together over low heat. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add contents of vitamin E capsule and oils. Stir thoroughly. Pour into glass jars. Label and cap when cold. To use: Rub a small amount into temples before bed.

    * Herbs and supplements listed above are best prescribed by your naturopath or healthcare professional.

    To book an appointment, please phone Ilkley Healing Centre on 01943 602177.

  • 18 Feb 2016 1:56 PM | Anonymous

    Getting to the Guts of it


    A FREE Digestive & Bowel health talk by Naturopath, Medical Herbalist & Nutritionist - Jenny Blondel

     Have you had a 'gut full' of digestive symptoms and still looking for answers?

    Are you suffering from food allergies or intolerances?

    Do you experience irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bloating, pain, reflux, constipation, diarrhoea or inflammatory bowel disease?

    Get to the ‘guts of it’ (the cause!), be treated effectively and experience relief and improved health with Naturopathic and Bioresonance medicine.

    When: Tuesday 23rd February 2016

    Time: 7.30pm

    Where: Ilkley Healing Centre, 8 Nelson Road, Ilkley LS29 8HN

    Phone the Ilkley Healing Centre on 01943 602 177 or email to reserve your seat as  numbers are limited.


  • 11 Feb 2016 8:59 PM | Anonymous

    n the medical world parasites are an issue about which still relatively little is known.  Many of us are unaware how dangerous parasites are and how it is not just a third world problem, but a world-wide problem. At least 90% of people will have a problem with parasites at some point in their lifetime.

    Parasites not only invade the digestive tract; they can infect any body tissues and organs, causing a multitude of symptoms and disorders, many of which are so non-specific.

    Symptoms such as bloating, wind, loose bowels, sweating and itchy skin can all be signs of parasites living in your gut.  However, apart from an array of digestive symptoms, they can also contribute to arthritis (causing joint and muscle pain), allergies, immune problems, sleeping problems, anaemia, skin problems, thyroid problems, respiratory disorders and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

    Parasites can be hard to diagnose and to treat with orthodox methods. But the good news is that parasites can be easily diagnosed with bioresonance testing.  As living organisms, parasites emit electromagnetic fields which are stored in the body fluids, tissue and organs of their host's body and these pathological frequencies can be easily detected and consequently treated with bioresonance and naturopathic medicine. 

    Natural Solutions for Parasites
    In addition to Bicom bioresonance therapy, naturopaths may also prescribe anti-microbial and antibiotic herbs such as black walnut, wormwood, clove and golden seal.  Following treatment, it’s essential to be re-tested as the initial therapy may not completely eradicate the infection, which means a second course may be necessary.  Once diagnosed, it is recommended to avoid potentially unsafe foods like unpasteurised milk and cheese, raw seafood and raw eggs; keep away from foods causing reactions (this can be tested also) and focus on unprocessed plant foods, which encourage the growth of healthy flora.

    Once the infection is eradicated, it is important to “heal and seal”, by using herbs and nutrients to encourage the gut to grow its own healthy cells and make its own healthy bacteria. Parasitic infections reduce gastric acid: this can be improved with a digestive enzyme or apple cider vinegar. A probiotic supplement may be necessary. Yoghurt is inadequate as a tub contains only 500 million live bacteria, compared to 20 billion in a supplement form.  Fermented foods build up lactic acid, which manufactures beneficial lactobacillus acidophilus (good bacteria).
    Want to find out more?

    1. Come along to my FREE talk ‘Getting to the Guts of It’, Tuesday 23rd February, 7.30pm at the Ilkley Healing Centre (bookings are essential - phone 01943 602177).
    2. Book yourself in for a Bioresonance naturopathic consultation - find out if you have parasites or any other virus/bacteria/candida lurking in your body!
  • 04 Feb 2016 8:14 PM | Anonymous

    Taking care of our health and wellness should be more than just a New Year’s resolution. It needs to be a sustainable change – and one that will fulfil us with abundant health.  This is possible now more than ever with the introduction of BICOM bioresonance therapy to my practice!

    I have made a significant investment in BICOM, a sophisticated medical device using state-of-the-art German technology, widely used on both humans and animals in over 50 countries with over 8000 doctors in Germany using the technology to treat patients!

    How does it work?
    Bioresonance technology is designed to adjust your body’s energy patterns (known as frequencies) and effectively ‘tune’ them to a harmonious frequency which can help with problems hidden deep in your body and your cells.
    It’s not difficult to imagine your body as a system of energy. In fact, you are continually emitting energy in the form of measurable wavelengths, or 'frequencies'.
    As long as this energy stays at the right frequency and flows freely everything is fine. But numerous factors can disturb the frequency. The idea of bioresonance is to restore the correct pattern by utilising electromagnetic frequencies to diagnose and treat illnesses.

    What does the treatment involve?
    Bioresonance is a non-invasive therapy which involves placing electrodes on your skin for diagnosis and treatment. The electrodes are connected to a BICOM machine which checks the frequencies coming from your body, and then counteracts bad frequencies by restoring the optimum balance.
    By using electromagnetic frequencies to diagnose and treat, it is possible to stimulate the patient's own immune defences and the body's own ability to self heal. The cells, when healthy, can initiate cellular regeneration to heal damaged tissues, organs, glands and systems. The principles incorporated into the development of the BICOM are based on scientific advances over the past 100 years in the fields of cell biology, biochemistry, physics and quantum physics.
    Is Bioresonance for me?
    In a nutshell – yes!  Everyone can benefit from unsettled newborns to the elderly. 
    BICOM therapy can be used in a wide variety of cases, most notably, allergies and intolerances, chronic pain, chronic inflammatory disease, diseases of the liver, as well as digestive, immune, neurological, and endocrine (hormone) disorders. It has also proven to be a main proponent in the treatment of Lyme's disease.

    What is it good for?

    • Analysing the homeostasis of organs and systems and detection of toxicity and dis-ease in the whole body  - getting to the cause of a health problem!
    • Restoring energy – excellent for chronic fatigue syndrome, ME etc
    • Acute and chronic pain – from sporting injuries to fibromyalgia
    • Detection of nutritional deficiencies
    • Detection and treatment of allergies, food intolerances, chemical sensitivities and electro-magnetic sensitivities
    • Detection of the biological activity of microflora: presence of candida, viruses, bacteria, parasites and liver flukes and treatment of the damaging effect on the body
    • A host of digestive disorders
    • Liver detoxification
    • Hormone problems including thyroid disorders and infertility
    • Headaches and migraines
    • Skin disorders
    • Smoking addiction
    • Sleeping problems
    • Weight loss
    • Lyme's disease

    The list goes on....
    (For further reading, refer to and

    By adding BICOM bioresonance,  a profound and powerful medical therapy to my already extensive repertoire of naturopathy, nutrition, herbal medicine, homoeopathy and flower essences, I am offering a truly comprehensive and holistic range of natural therapies to diagnose and treat illnesses.
    So, are you ready to treat the cause and not just the symptoms?  Are you ready to start the journey to optimal wellness?  Book a consultation today!

    Consultation Charges

    • Standard naturopathic initial consultation - 1 hour £75
    • Standard naturopathic follow-up consultation - ½ hour £45
    • Bicom bioresonance naturopathic initial consultation - 1 ½ hours £110 (introductory offer)
    • Bicom bioresoance naturopathic follow-up consultation - 1 hour £75
    • Allergy testing 1 hour £75
    (Private health fund receipts are available if you are able to claim)

    New Clinic Hours
    I work at the Ilkley Healing Centre on Mondays and Tuesday and Wednesday (9.00am – 2.30pm), and one Saturday per month (9.00am – 1.00pm).  For appointments, please phone the clinic on 01943 602 177.

  • 11 Jan 2016 10:13 AM | Eileen Mullard

    Are you feeling unable to focus , unable to be..... Consider then evidence based mindful meditation that research has shown to decrease pain, improve sleep, improve your memory, improve your overall cardiac status (decreased pulse and blood pressure)! These are a few of the many benefits obtained when you learn mindful meditation. It is a tool for your whole life! For more info contact Eileen Mullard who learned with founder of Mindful Meditation in Massuchusetts ,USA : Jon Cabat Zin at or 

  • 04 Nov 2015 12:02 PM | Bridget Barr

    Great news for people suffering from chronic neck pain and more evidence that Alexander technique provides lasting change.  A large, well designed study just published from the University of York found that people with chronic neck pain benefited from Alexander technique lessons and the benefits lasted well beyond the time they were having lessons. 

    ‘The Alexander technique enabled participants to make long term changes to the way they carried out their every day activities such as working at a computer, walking, sitting or standing.  At the end of the trail, one year after the study began, they were still on average enjoying the same level of pain reduction that they did at the end of the lessons about 7 months before.’

    More details here


  • 18 Oct 2015 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    It’s that time of year when we should be supporting and boosting our immune system. Sensible healthy eating, wearing adequate clothing, regular hand washing can help so far, but we can add more 'armour' to ward off winter ills including highly effective herbs and nutritional supplements.

    To read more, click on this link:

  • 07 Oct 2015 8:12 PM | Anonymous

    Fermented foods provide a much broader range of beneficial bacteria for our gut ‘microbiome’ than most probiotic supplements. A top-quality supplement might have eight different strains of probiotics, albeit in high amounts specific for certain health conditions, but research also shows fermented foods such as kefir, yoghurt, kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha can contain up to 50 different strains.

    In terms of preventative medicine, the benefits of fermented foods are experienced when regularly consumed because they fuel the gut microbiome which in turn supports our immune system.  Up to 60% of our immune health stems from the state of our gut bacteria. Fermented foods also improve digestion and nutrient absorption, with each probiotic strain having a role working on different parts of the gut.

    In our modern lives, we can be over-nourished, in that we consume too many calories, but also nutrient-poor, so anything that helps us absorb more nutrition from what we eat will help with our gut health, immune health, weight management and overall health.

    Lastly, patients who book a consultation for the months of October and November for gut issues will receive a copy of ‘Wild Fermentation’ by Sandor Ellix Katz.

    Clinic News

    I am now accepting credit and debit card payments, however a 2% surcharge will be incurred.

    I am available for consultations on Mondays and Tuesdays, and one Saturday per month at Ilkley Healing Centre.  For appointments, please phone the clinic on 01943 602 177.

    For more health tips, recipes, photos and links, please follow me on facebook!

    Yours in health,

    Jenny Blondel

  • 05 Oct 2015 3:28 PM | Bridget Barr

    Next week (12th-18thOctober) is International Alexander Awareness week.  The Alexander Technique helps to improve posture, reduce tension and reduce pain.  Benefits include improved confidence and easier, more graceful movements. 

    Why not give it a try?  If you are suffering from pain as a result of actives as diverse as sitting at a computer to gardening to playing a musical instrument or if you are lacking confidence/feeling stressed it could help.  Book your first lesson between 12thand 18th Oct, pay £20 (normally £40) and take it anytime.

    Want to know more?  Contact Bridget on 07957 981240 or attbridgetbarr@gmail.comor see website 

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