Sewing 5 ways to protect your back

Sewing 5 ways to protect your backI love to sew and have at different times made clothes, toys, embroidery, tapestry and quilting. This last one I started to use up my dress making scraps but it developed into a completely separate way to add to my fabric collection.  Working with fabric has been a great way for me to relax I find it is easy to forget my worries when I am working with fabric and colour. I am completely absorbed by the challenge at hand. I love to express my arty side. Sadly I rarely have time as a working parent to do these things now but know I will return to them in time. If these are new to you or you are experienced with needlework I am keen that you get as much out of doing these activities as possible. 

Each of these things has a different challenge to complete some the small and intricate,other larger pieces involved more bending reaching and in the case of the finished quilt lifting. One thing I notice as an osteopath is that patients who are enjoying hobbies …

Activities during exam revision

Revision/Training/Activity ideas
This blog was written by Glynis one of the osteopaths here at Eyre Place in Edinburgh.

When you are revising everyday in the run up to exams you will have a timetable of subjects.Unless you revise away from home in a library or at school or college you are probably much less active than you are usually. In an average day at school you walk there and back and change classes as well as any sports or activities. Non of this happens during revision. It is very easy to spend your whole time revising and forget to do other things. If you include some activity in your plans it will help your concentration as well as keeping your energy levels high.
HIIT High intensity interval training is perfect when you are short of time.Download an interval app. It lets you set the time and number of reps. The free version of  12 minute athlete is good.12 Minute Athlete by 12 Minute Athlete Aim for 4-5 minutes of high intensity activity with short reps 30-40 seconds and repeat…
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…

Gardening- 5 ways to protect your back

Gardening tips from Glynis 
5 ways to protect your back 

1- Kneel Bring yourself down to where you are working 

2- Bend your knees, this is good exercise for your legs and reduces back strain 

3-Alternate activities from bending to stretching. So weed for 20 minutes then prune for 20 minutes. It may mean that weeding takes 2 or 3 sessions but you will feel better when you have finished. 

4- Bring pots up onto a table. 

5 - Do get help-a job shared is a job halved.