Does running a mile a day really improve children’s lives?

The Scottish school that asked primary pupils to do 15 minutes of exercise every dayThe Scottish school that asked primary pupils to do 15 minutes of exercise every day started a global trend – and research suggests it really is transforming lives. It was an 80-year-old volunteer who prompted Elaine Wylie, the then headteacher of St Ninians primary school in Stirling, to reappraise the fitness of the children in her school. “Your children are not fit,” the volunteer told her. Wylie was stung by the comment, even though she suspected it was true. The PE teacher confirmed it.
Not just for childrenOriginally aimed at school children, but now the Daily Mile Foundation have tweaked it for adults too - more info can be found in the link below. In short, the study found that children taking part in the daily mile, which is fifteen minutes of jogging per day, became faster, increased their moderate to vigorous activity by nine minutes p…

Theraputic Art Journaling

Art Journaling Here is a Blog by Tess Wyatt she is about to run an exciting new course here in Eyre Place. I have been visiting Eyre Place Osteopathic Practice for a few years and have enjoyed Osteopathic treatment from many of the team. Glynis asked me to produce some art for her 18th year anniversary celebrations. So when Monika and I decided to set up a business for art journaling for self- care I immediately thought of 23 Eyre Place as a venue to host a course. We

Some of Tess' art journalling pages for an international letter swap I am an artist teacher and Monika is a counsellor, we met running art journaling sessions for Safe Space Dunfermline. We enjoyed working with each other so much we decided to run some classes together in Edinburgh.

 journaling pages by Tess produced using found images/ text and pen and ink whilst on a visit to a London

The course
The course is run along therapeutic guidelines with lots of emphasis on mindfulness and group…

Are men and women different? This study says yes – kind of.

This article was originally published by Adrian Tupper on 14 November 2018 on Adrian is a BACP registered counsellor, and is available for appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Eyre Place Osteopathic Practice.
Are men and women different? A recent study at the University of Cambridge for Channel 4 delved into the Empathising-Systemising theory, which suggests that women tend to be more empathic, aware of others’ emotional states Men tend to systemise, that is, to look for and assert rules to help them understand their experiences. The study also scoped in the Extreme Male Brain theory, which predicts that autistic traits shift an individual more towards the systemising and away from the empathising tendencies. Using a scoring system for both empathy and systemising, and then taking the difference (a “d-score”), researchers demonstrated that on a sample of over 670,000 people, including 36,648 autistic people, men did indeed show on average a high d-score (indic…

Let's dance

This post is written by Jane, one of our osteopaths. It covers the benefits of dance to a range of mental health issues raised in the BBC programme 'Dancing to Happiness' presented by Darcy Bussell.

Best wishes from Jane and everyone here at Eyre Place.

Dance and mental health
It’s my turn to write a blog and I am going to wax lyrical about dance again, but this time for a slightly different reason. We all know that dancing benefits your body, improving strength, muscle tone, posture, balance, bone health, energy levels and mobility, but it also benefits mental health. Early in December, the BBC aired a programme called ‘Darcey Bussell: Dancing to happiness’, which I watched over the Christmas break. Did any of you catch it? As someone who is passionate about dance, it really struck a chord with me, especially as it focussed on the positive changes dance can bring to mental health.

The programme is hosted by the delightfu…

Fitness ideas

Happy February to you. I thought I would use my turn to write a blog to talk to you about my exercise regime, fitness and weight loss, and hopefully inspire some of you to either start exercising again, or to keep going.
I didn’t struggle with my weight until I turned 31 and left work to retrain as an osteopath. I was exercising less, sitting more and comfort eating for the first time in my life. After five years of study, I found myself carrying an extra two stone of weight, which categorised me as ‘overweight’ according to BMI charts. I was so determined to get back to a normal healthy weight that I started dieting (weight watchers, calorie counting and the 5:2), none of which worked in the long term. So I made a new plan to make a long-term change for the sake of my health.
Part one of my plan was to eat less sugar, so Monday to Thursday became treat free days (I do allow myself natural sugars such as dairy and fruit), and Friday to Sunday became eat what I fancy days.  Giving up sug…
Need more energy? Want to give your morale a boost ?
Try introducing activities into the working day. Exercise helps us to be  motivated and gives our  concentration a boost.  Some things that you might try. 
- Cycle or walk to work and home again.  Get off the bus a stop earlier than usual. An old one but it would add a few minutes of walking to your routine every day. Take the stairs.  Short bursts of activity during the day build up over the week.Running ,walking or other activities during lunch time are a great way to give you a boost during the day. Has your work Place installed a fitness room ? Or maybe there is a gym close to where you work ? 
- Go to Yoga or Pilates sessions at lunchtime, before or after work. Both are good ways to stretch and unwind if you are sitting a lot during the day. 
 - encourage colleagues to join a gym or go to a class together. Company means you are more likely to stay with a new routine. - organise/join lunchtime walking and running groups. 
Hold a pedomet…
Osteopathic leadership 
 One of my goals this year has been to work with other osteopaths and broaden the scope of my practice beyond the clinical setting. I was very pleased to be given a place on this years Osteopathic leadership course which started in London in June this year. 
I was one of twenty Osteopaths who were selected to take part in the course. As a group we looked  at leadership styles and the way we can lead in our profession.We did this through e learning, personal study and working as part of a team on a group project. The people I met and had the pleasure of working with were very inspiring. Before the course began many of them had already begun projects which would benefit Osteopathic Practice in the U.K.

There are in Scotland many advantages in terms of lifestyle but as osteopaths we also have a disadvantage professionally as there is a lot less on offer in the way of CPD and networking. I'm very pleased to be part of this innovative new project.  The group I work…