Time for Body Detox

I can hardly believe it’s March already, I expect you are all looking forward to the coming spring and summer months and venturing abroad for your summer holidays or just looking forward to spending some time in the sun.

detox seaweed wrap

After the cold winter months we may have all indulged on rich food and perhaps been over eating and hiding under our big winter jumpers. Our skin will be in great need of vitamin D from the suns rays as it is likely to of become sallow/less radiant and it won’t be long until we expose our skin a little more.. So you ladies out there could all benefit from a great body detox treatment to prepare your skin for the warm season ahead.

When I worked as a Therapist at a world famous Spa, A detox treatment that lasted one hour was extremely costly. So I’m going to show you how to achieve a real deep down cleanse to your body and get rid of accumulated toxins in a more cost effective way.

1. Make sure your bathroom is warm, start off with an empty bath and step into it, exfoliate with a gritty exfoliater in circular movements and work all over the body.

2. Rinse off and then towel dry.

3. Apply a mud or seaweed mask to your whole body.. YES! It is a bit messy but worth it later. You can find mud or seaweed masks online or at a champneys shop- there is one in Chichester.

4. With a body wrap or a couple of thin bin liners, wrap your body in it.. For health and safety reasons be sure to keep your head well away.

5. This is where the mask will take effect. Now totally relax for 20 minutes.

6. Shower off the mask then run a warm bath

7. Relax in it for 10 minutes, and then blast your body with tepid or cold water to boost your circulation. Your skin will look and feel amazing

8. Drink a glass of water after any treatment to keep hydrated and help flush away toxins.

9. Do not apply any creams or other products to the skin as the treatment would have already done wonders to your skin.

body maskDetox Tips

– Make sure that you don’t mind using an old towel

– Before using mud or seaweed check you are not allergic to it

– Avoid detox treatments if you have highly sensitive skin

– Avoid this treatment if you have cuts/abrasions/open wounds (wait until healed)

– Do not detox if you have any heart or blood pressure problems

– If you are pregnant or epileptic do check with your doctor before using any products stated.

– Remember this is a body treatment so only apply products externally

Ladies, remember to check your diaries before starting this treatment - you don’t want to be opening the door to guests looking like a swamp monster!

Happy detoxing!

Image reproduced from lydiasarfati.com and naturaltherapypages.co.uk

Where Can I Get a Good Detox?

London Life Coach & Wellbeing Consultant Sloan Sheridan-Williams talks about detox and the best places to go to detox. Follow Sloan Life Coach on Twitter @SloanSW_London and check out Sloan’s Life Coaching website www.sloansw.com

Well, I have never been a fan of detoxing or suggesting detoxing without knowing a lot more about the history of my client. However if you are going to go on a detox, it’s a really good idea to go somewhere with beautiful views, peaceful scenery and the time to clear both your body and your mind.

One of the most impressive spas that is getting talked about is a spa in Bali which is set on a cliff top with stunning views. It is called Alila Villas in Uluwatu and they have just launched a new detox called Mehta Detox. This detox programme starts off with juices, raw salad, and allows you to take your pick from a vast array of holistic therapies.

You can pick from traditional therapies such as meditation or Ayurvedic massage or go for exercises that are gentle such as yoga and even explore things like Qi Gong and internal martial arts. If that’s not your scene, you can just chill out by your own private pool in this all villa resort. More details can be found on www.alilahotels.com.

However, as I don’t always suggest detoxing as the best form of spa, another alternative would be the Six Senses Spa at Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay in Bodrum, Turkey. This has an extremely picturesque view of the Aegean coast and offers a Life for Inner Peace programme.

These can be taken as a 3-day, 5-day or even 7-day holiday and they also offer holistic therapies in addition to indoor pool, sauna and steam room, and of course the famous Turkish baths. What is lovely about this spa is that you have the added bonus of reiki, hot stone massages, colour therapy, holistic massages, watsu water therapy, shiatsu, and foot acupressure. So if detoxing is not your thing but you would still like a getaway, visit www.kempinski.com for more details.

For those of you who want to go on the Bali detox holiday and want to bring a friend along who happens to be not so keen on detoxing do check out our article by Alan Philippe on the top five restaurants in Bali.

For those of you who are more interested in our spa in Turkey, do check out the Relax and Rejuvenate article written by Sloan Sheridan-Williams on recommendations of five of the best international spas.

Also check out for our travel article by Mariam Noronha on the five best luxury spa resorts in India which was published in August 2011.

If you have any more questions about spas, do not hesitate to leave your comments below. Alternatively if you have visited a spa and want to let us know about it please do get in touch.

Images reproduced from alilahotels.com and kempinski.com

CNM Open Weekend – 10th and 11th September

College of Naturopathic Medicine Open Weekend

Saturday 10 September – Sunday 11 September

City Connect is proud to announce that the College of Naturopathic Medicine, one of the UK’s leading healthcare training providers to colleges all over the UK, is running an open weekend on the weekend of 10th and 11th September. With 5 educational talks each day, this is definitely one not to miss. The entry fee is only £10 per person per day and the talks will be held at:-

College of Naturopathic Medicine
41 Riding House Street

This venue is approximately 5 minutes walk from Oxford Circus Tube Station.

City Connect is proud to highlight that on Saturday 10th September 2011, the following talks will be held:-

10.00am-11.00am: SKINCARE – WHY NATURAL COUNT by Tipper Lewis
11.30am-12.30pm: BOUNCE BACK FROM STRESS by Stephen Langley
1.30pm—2.30pm: THE CNM TRAINING CONCEPT by Gemma Hurditch
3.00pm-4.00pm: REJUVENATE YOUR FACE FROM WITHIN by Deirdre Courtney
4.30pm-5.30pm: NATURAL HEALTH FOR PETS by Richard Allport

City Connect is proud to highlight that on Sunday 11th September 2011, the following talks will be held:-

10.00am-11.00am: HEALTHY TEETH AND GUMS NATURALLY by Suzanne Roelofs
11.30am-12.30pm: DETOX AND CLEANSE YOUR SYSTEM by Zoe Palmer-Wright
1.30pm—2.30pm: NATUROPATHIC DIAGNOSTICS by Hermann Keppler
3.00pm-4.00pm: SLEEP BETTER WITH HERBS by Sarah Williams
4.30pm-5.30pm: NATURAL HEALTH – IT’S YOUR BIRTHRIGHT by Dounne Alexander MBE

To book online click here or telephone 01342 410 505 for more information.